Next on News 7-
Charges are filed against the Hampton Roads Hockey coach-
We'll hear from Coach Brophy tonight.
A plane crash lands on busy Route 460 in Lynchburg-
Plus a big store is closing its doors-
And verdicts in the VMI case and the trial of a Danville teacher.
The news is next.
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((I'm not going to plead guilty to anything. Never. Ever. Because I'm not guilty of anything."))
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Hampton Roads' hockey coach is charged with assault, but he says fans in Roanoke are to blame.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
You just heard him say he'll plead "not guilty", but Hampton Roads Hockey Coach John Brophy will have to face assault and battery charges in a Roanoke courtroom.
Roanoke police took out warrants against the "Admiral's" coach for his alleged attack on two Civic Center employees.
The city prosecutor told Keith Humphry tonight that he felt the coach was wrong but that Brophy was certainly not the only one at fault.
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((BY NOT IMMEDIATELY LEAVING THE ICE, BUT APPEARING TO CHALLENGE THE CROWD, I THINK THE COACH WAS ACTUALLY ESCALATING THE SITUATION HIMSELF, AND THAT JUST IS SOMETHING HE SHOULDN'T DO.))
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As for Brophy, he denies pushing any officer.
He told a Norfolk television station this evening that Roanoke fans were throwing shoes, flashlight batteries, and other objects at him.
He says fans here are responsible for the volatile atmosphere during, and after, the game.
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((I can't take back the fact that we beat 'em last year. I can't take back the fact that we beat 'em the year before. I can't take back the fact that every time anything goes before th league, I get suspended, it doesn't matter what happens."))
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The East Coast Hockey League has already imposed sanctions against Brophy for his actions Sunday night.
In the meantime the Express is going to bat for Announcer Slam Duncan. Roy Stanley will more on that in SPORTS.
A close call for one truck driver and one pilot tonight after a private plane crashed in the westbound lanes of Route 460 in Lynchburg.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( Just before 6, the Lynchburg airport got a call from the pilot of this twin- engine Piper airplane.. he'd lost one engine on approach about five miles south of the runway.
Emergency crews were on the road seconds later.
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((BATT. CHIEF WALT BAILEY/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: HE EXPERIENCED SOME TYPE OF ENGINE PROBLEM AND LOST AN ENGINE. THEN THEY LOST CONTACT WITH THE PLANE AND WERE UNABLE TO ADVISE US ANY FURTHER.))
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By that time, the pilot.. 59- year- old Herbert "Sandy" Frazier of Lynchburg.. had lost BOTH engines.
Rapidly losing altitude, he clipped the tops of several trees and crashed in the westbound lanes of Route 460.. narrowly missing a tractor trailer.
The plane skidded across the highway and into the median, coming to rest near this culvert.. that's where motorists helped pull Frazier out of the wreckage.
He remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition.. police say he's lucky to be alive.
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((SGT. BOB STOUT/VA STATE POLICE: ANY TIME A PLANE MAKES AN UNCOMMANDED DESCENT IN AN AREA LIKE THIS, DIDN'T HIT ANY VEHICLES, MISSED ALL THE TRAFFIC, MISSED ALL THE POPULATION AREA OF THE MALL AND PLACES OVER THAT WAY.. WE WERE EXTREMELY FORTUNATE.))
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The F-A-A is investigating the cause of the crash.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[VMI-Beating]
One cadet was cleared. Two others will perform community service for hazing another student at Virginia Military Institute.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on the decision.
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Jean, the basic facts of this case were never really in doubt.
What the attorneys argued was the severity of the alleged offense, the intent of the defendants, and the definition of hazing under state law.
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((George Wade was a rat, a first year student at V-M-I, in the fall of 1997.
The Lexington school prohibits physical abuse on the rat line, but Wade says he was struck with a belt approximately ten times... hit with a coat hanger on one occasion.
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((GEORGE WADE/FORMER VMI CADET: IT WAS A CATCH 22 SITUATION AS I SAW IT. IF I GO TO GET EHLP OR GO TO RECEIVE HELP FROM SOMEONE, THE RETRIBUTION FOR RATTING OUT OR WORMING OUT AS THEY LIKE TO CALL IT, WOULD BE WORSE.))
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The three V-M-I graduates who came to court admitted taking part in the sessions, but disputed their severity.
They said Wade and other rats were willing participants in what was described as an "old corps" initiation.
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((TRAVERS CLEMONS/DEFENDANT: IT CREATED AN UPROAR. EVERYBODY WAS REALLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT. THEY ALL WERE BRAGGING, I CAN DO THIS MORE. I CAN TAKE MORE THAN YOU, THIS AND THAT. AND IT WAS FUN. WE HAD A GOOD TIME.))
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The defendants said they were not trying to inflict injury. Other cadets said the red marks that resulted disappeared within a couple of days, and did not require medical attention.
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((VOICE OF MIKE IRVINE/PROSECUTOR: WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THESE HITS. YOU TALK ABOUT A BOND, WHAT DOES IT PROVE? JONATHAN GONZALES/DEFENDANT: IT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN SAY YOU DID WITH YOUR RAT, THE DYKE OR FIRST CLASSMAN. YOU HAVE SOMETHING WITH THAT PERSON.))
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Judge Honts dismissed the charge against Thomas Upshaw, but said there was enough evidence to convict Travers Clemons and Jonathan Gonzales.
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Rather than give them a criminal conviction, Jean, he ordered each of them to perform 56 hours of community service.
A courtroom victory tonight for a Danville teacher and former city councilman accused of soliciting an undercover cop for sex.
A jury found Dwight "Freddie" Willis NOT GUILTY after an hour of deliberations.
Christy Hubley has reaction to the verdict.
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With his wife by his side, Freddie Willis walked out of the courtroom feeling vindicated.
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((FREDDIE WILLIS: WE'RE JUST HAPPY IT'S ALL OVER AND WE THANK GOD AND A LOT OF WONDERFUL FRIENDS WHO HAVE BEEN VERY SPECIAL TO US.))
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There were hugs and tears from the family and friends who supported Willis through the charges.
Those charges stemmed from a conversation in Ballou Park last July between Willis and an undercover police officer.
The officer believed Willis propositioned him for oral sex.
The jury apparently believed Willis, that the conversation was all a misunderstanding.
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((PHIL GARDNER: I JUST CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOU WORRY ABOUT A CASE LIKE THIS BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT SUCH A GOOD, FINE DEFENDANT AN YOU HOPE THE JURY WILL DO THE RIGHT THING, AND THEY DID, BUT YOU STILL WORRY ABOUT IT AND I'M JUST AWFULLY RELIEVED.))
[OUT Q=just awfully relieved.]
Willis's attorney says while this case brought his client some negative publicity, his impeccable reputation was really never in jeopardy.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.
There was no reaction tonight from the prosecution in the Willis Trial.
Lawyers did not make themselves available for an on-camera interview.
One of Roanoke's biggest retailers is shutting down.
Montgomery Ward has been one of the major stores at Valley View Mall since 1990.
Now, it's one of 39 stores across the country the company is closing by May of this year.
The closings are part of the companies efforts to boost profits.
Winter weather is gripping much of the nation.
Ice is causing trouble for flights in the Northeast.
Boston's Logan International Airport was closed all morning-
Not easy going for ducks in Philadelphia who had trouble navigating the icey water banks.
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Hundreds of thousands of residents are without power in several states including Ohio and Maryland.
In Saginaw Michigan a roof collapsed at a car dealership under the weight of the snow.
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This is the scene in Syracuse where snow has fallen for the 18th consecutive day.
Nearly 50 inches... are on the ground.
Yesterday the mercury never rose above three degrees.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
House managers make a bigger push for calling witnesses. Still ahead, the latest from the impeachment trial.
And now that the trial is underway, a respected medical journal prints a story about "What sex is", and the editor is fired.
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((O-K everybody a big R-V-D basketball game over at Cave spring between the Knights and Colonels Express officials talk about ECHL punishment dished out to a coach, two player and a P-A announcer and Mike Stevens will check in with another report from the NASCAR Media tour.
All that and more coming up in Sports.))
Will Monica Lewinsky testify before Senators in the trial of President Clinton?
It's appearing more likely-
Jonathan Freed has more from Day Two of the historic trial.
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((As the House prosecutors pressed their case against the President, they continued to argue for the calling of witnesses.
They insisted that the President's story is at odds with testimony from many of the other central figures in this controversy...and that looking everyone in the eye would be the best way to get at the truth.
REP. BILL McCOLLUM/R-FL.: LET'S EXAMINE MONICA LEWINSKY, VERNON JORDAN, BETTY CURRIE, AND THE OTHER KEY WITNESSES. LET YOU
EXAMINE THE TESTIMONY. INVITE THE PRESIDENT TO COME. JUDGE FOR
YOURSELF THEIR CREDIBILITY.
The President's lawyers were insisting that the Republicans want to call witnesses because they know their case is weak.
GREG CRAIG/WHITE HOUSE SPECIAL COUNSEL: THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN MANAGERS ARE SEEKING TO EXPAND AND EXTEND THIS PROCEEDING FOR ONE REASON: THEY DO NOT HAVE A CASE BASED ON THE FACTS, ON THE LAW, ON THE
CONSTITUTION, OR ON THE VOLUMINOUS RECORD FOR OVERTURNING AN ELECTION AND REMOVING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
But at least one Republican Senator says he's starting to change his mind...in favor of witnesses.
SEN. ROBERT BENNETT/R-UT.: IF THE PRESIDENT WERE TO DECIDE THAT HE WANTED TO CALL A WITNESS, THERE ISN'T A SINGLE MEMBER OF THE SENATE THAT
WOULD DENY HIM THAT RIGHT EVEN IF WE DIDN'T THINK IT MADE MUCH SENSE.
IF WE WERE TO GRANT THE PRESIDENT THAT COURTESY HOW COULD WE TREAT THE
HOUSE MANAGERS WITH LESS COURTESY.
The prosecutors took turns again on Friday...arguing that President Clinton's conduct has caused grave damage to the justice system...and that leaving him in office would do even more.
REP. BOB BARR/R-GA.: WE ASK YOU TO STRIKE DOWN THESE CANCERS...POISONING FUTURE GENERATIONS.
CLINTON RETURNS TO WHITE HOUSE.
The President returned to Washington after a trip to New York...still sticking to his official calendar.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE PROSECUTORS WRAP UP THEIR PRESENTATION ON SATURDAY. THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS GET THEIR CHANCE NEXT
WEEK...STARTING ON THE SAME DAY THAT MR. CLINTON DELIVERS THE STATE OF
THE UNION ADDRESS. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
One magazine editor's attempt to publish an article relating to the Clinton trial cost him his job.
Dr. George Lundberg, the long time editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association published a research article that explored how Americans interpret the phrase "had sex".
The American Medical Association felt the article threw the the Journal and the Association into the current political debate that has nothing to do with science or medicine.
While President Clinton's impeachment trial continues in the Senate, one area congressman has some advice for his colleagues across the aisle.
Sixth District Republican Bob Goodlatte was a member of the Judiciary committee that approved the articles of impeachment.
Goodlatte says the Senate needs to hear live testimony from key witnesses on BOTH sides of the case.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT: AND FOR THESE SENATORS TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THE PRESIDENT COMMITTED PERJURY, WHETHER OR NOT THE PRESIDENT OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE, I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY GOOD FOR THEM AS A PART OF THAT PROCESS TO ACTUALLY SEE THESE WITNESSES AND SEE THEM ANSWER QUESTIONS, RATHER THAN JUST READ FROM TESTIMONY WHERE MAYBE ONLY ONE SIDE WAS IN THE ROOM ASKING QUESTIONS.))
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Goodlatte was in Lynchburg today, speaking to government students at E.C. Glass High School.
Virginia's Governor is doing some more "trash-talking" with the mayor of the Big Apple.
Jim Gilmore's complaints about out-of-state garbage drew fire this week from New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani.
Now, Gilmore's firing back.
In a letter sent today, Gilmore says, quoting now, "I am offended by your suggestion that New York's substantial cultural achievements, obligate Virginia and other states to accept your garbage."
Gilmore also wrote: "Let me assure you the home state of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison has NO intention of becoming New York's dumping grounds."
The "Rugrats" pull the rug from a local performance. Find out why in a few minutes.
And the man who shot President Reagan is about to taste a little freedom. That story is next.
The man who shot President Ronald Reagan back in 1981 may be soon be allowed out of a mental hospital for day trips..
A federal appeals court ruled that John Hinkley Junior may be allowed supervised trips- the visits will be at the discretion of Hinckley's doctors.
Prosecutors disagree with the decision.
Hinkley's been in a mental hospital for the past 18 years.
The "Rugrats" won't be coming to the Star City.
The live production of the cable TV kids show was supposed to be at the Roanoke Civic Center next month.
The company cancelled performances so that they won't cut into sales of the popular movie.
If you bought tickets, contact the civic center for a refund.
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Highlights and scores from high school basketball The East Coast Hockey League lays down sanctions following last Sunday's excitement after the Express and Hampton Roads games and Mike Stevens makes another stop on Media Tour.
But first our Extra Point.
Jayson Williams has reached an agreement with the News York Nets. The new contract is a seven year deal that could be worth 100 million Dollars.
The 30 year old center could earn over 100 million if he plays seven seasons. His base deal is 85 point 8 million dollars under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Now, Here's tonight's numbers.
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The Roanoke Valley District standings tightened tonight as Freshman J.J. Redick scored 23 points in a 65 to 59 win over William Fleming.
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Coach Billy Hicks talking to the troops after a 32 to 32 tie at the half.
The Knights would get this three point play when Jess Seamon drives in and gets the basket and foul tieing the score att 43.
Fleming would come right back as Michael Fleshman hits this basket as the Colonels take a two point lead.
Cave Spring would answer as Redick hits this three pointer, he would hit five in the game as the Knights take the lead.
Fleming would play tough to the end watch as
[SUPER=33-Cave Spring/65/William Fleming/59/;] Jermaine Hardy goes in for the basket but the Knights win it 65 to 59.
Hampton Roads coach John Brophy, Admirals player Jeff Corbett and Roanoke's J.F. Tremblay will miss a total of 23 games due to their actions last Sunday night.
Express GM Tony Mancuso met with ECHL director of Hockey operations Andy Van Hellamond. In that meeting, over the all star break, the tape of the incidents were shown, displaying Admiral Jeff Corbett Cheap shotting Jeremy Schaeffer and Hampton coach John Brophy pushing secirty officials
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PA announcer Slam Duncan, who made a comment that was directed at Hampton Roads during the post game show, has been forced by he ECHL to step down from his Express position. But the league made that decision without hearing from Duncan.
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The Express was in Dayton tonight and Dayton wins the game 7 to 6.
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In the N-H-L, The Caps hosted Montreal in Washsington tonight.
The Canadiens get on the board in the first period. Stephane Quintal gets the puck from behind the net and scores 1 to nothing Montreal.
Montreal would open the second period with a score.
Brian Savage gets on the break away and scores the goal to make it 2 to nothing and __ wins it __ to __.
And coming up, Drivers and sponsors are always changing on the Winston Cup Circuit.
Well, Mike Stevens found a driver who's working for a new boss as well as changing his name.
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NASCAR sponsors come in all shapes and sizes.
tonight, Mike Stevens checks in from Huntersville, North Carolina with a team in transition.
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It's been the site of several fatal accidents and controversies about the need for more lanes.
Now, I-81 is the subject of a new song.
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Local singer Bill Hudson features "The 81 Song" on his latest C-D, "Liberty Street."
He said the idea came to him while traveling down the four-lane highway a few months ago.
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((BILL HUDSON/SINGER: AS WE ALL KNOW, 81 IS GETTING A LITTLE CRAZY AND THAT'S EXACTLY HOW I STARTED WRITING THAT SONG. I WAS DRIVING DOWN 81 AND IT WAS GETTING REALLY CROWDED AND THAT'S WHAT THE SONG HAS TO DEAL WITH.))
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The song also talks about road rage, and truckers along the highway who need to put on the brakes more often.
Other songs on the C-D include Faded Tail-lights and Circle of Fire.
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