On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll attend the sentencing hearing for a killer who complains of being tried by a "Kangaroo Cour
And we'll check ourselves in at the hospital to see what happens if we're hooked up to an I-V pump when the Y-2-K bug strikes.
Tonight on the Big 7, we'll visit with the high flying, top ranked Hampden-Sydney men's basketball team.
Plus the Tech women play tonight.
And the Big Orange wrestlers are already on the mat in Vinton for two days of grappling.
Temperatures slip back to a more normal range this weekend. We are watching for a chance of winter precipitation by Sunday night.
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Garnett "G-P" Johnson's family members say the judicial system can work.
This morning a judge upheld a jury's recommendation - and sentenced Emmett Cressell Junior to life in prison for dousing Johnson with gasoline, setting him on fire and beheading his corpse.
Teresa Hamilton has reaction from both sides.
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((Emmett Cressell, Junior apologized to the victim's family inside the courtroom...
But Cressell did NOT accept responsibility for his role in Johnson's murder-- instead he blamed co-defendant Louis Ceparano.
Last minute words that obviously didn't sway Judge Colin Campbell.
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(( IN WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY, UNDER KANGAROO COURT, THEY'VE GOT A PICTURE OF JD BOLT AND COLIN CAMPBELL.))
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In addition to spending life in prison-- Cressell was also fined 100-thousand dollars.
After the hearing, one of Johnson's cousin's tried to offer Cressell's mother support and prayers.
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((WILMA CRESSELL/CRESSELL'S MOTHER: YOU ALL HAVE SENT HIM TO PRISON AND HE'S INNOCENT.
PAT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN: I'L GIVE YOU MY PRAYERS.
WILMA CRESSELL: I'VE BEEN SAYING SOME MYSELF, WE ALL NEED PRAYER NOW. ))
[OUT Q=prayer now.]
Cressell's wife also believes her estranged husband is innocent.
Pat Johnson says she understands how they feel-- but says Cressell and Louis Ceparano are equally responsible.
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((PAT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN:GP'S BLOOD THAT THEY SPILLED WILL BE ON THIS COMMUNITY FOREVER AND I'M SORRY FOR HIS MOTHER, I'M SORRY FOR HIS WIFE AND HIS CHILDREN BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I'M HAPPY BECAUSE THEY ARE BETTER OFF. ))
[OUT Q=better off.]
Cressell's attorneys are appealing.
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((JEFF DORSEY/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:ISSUES OF JURY SELECTION, ISSUES OF THE CHANGE OF VENUE AND WE'LL BE PURSUING THOSE AGGRESSIVELY. ))
Now that formal sentencing is over, the question now becomes, whether the Justice Department will deem this a hate crime.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Independence.))
The man convicted of the Rainbow Family Murders has been freed from prison.
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Jacob Beard was serving two life terms for the murders of Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero.
The two young women were shot to death in 1980 as they hitchhiked to a Rainbow Family Gathering in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
Last week, a judge set aside Beard's conviction. The prosecutor must decide by mid- February whether Beard will be tried again.
A white supremacist on death row in Missouri has confessed to the crime.
But investigators who looked into the claims of Joseph Paul Franklin do not believe he murdered the two young women.
Franklin County residents have won their battle to keep federal prisoners out of their community.
The Bureau of Prisons had planned to build a halfway house on Route 40 West in Rocky Mount or in Snow Creek.
Two companies were competing to run the facility.
But federal officials say public opposition killed the idea.
[IN Q=We have a number]
((DICK PRILLAMAN/SNOW CREEK RESIDENT: WE HAVE A NUMBER OF YOUNG FAMILIES IN THE AREA AND WE DID NOT FEEL THIS WAS THE TYPE OF PEOPLE WE SHOULD WELCOME INTO OUR COMMUNITY.))
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Citizens collected more than 500 signatures against the halfway house, plus letters from politicians and sheriffs.
And Franklin County officials were going to fight the proposal in state supreme court.
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State lawmakers are cheering yesterday's vote to approve a new Union contract at the Volvo truck plant in Pulaski County.
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((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: IT REALLY HELPS US HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROGRAM CONTINUES ON, SO THAT THERE ISN'T A KIND OF GRAY CLOUD WONDERING WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS.))
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: WELL A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS YOU SAY THINGS THAT MAYBE YOU REGRET LATER. I THINK VOLVO IS VERY GOOD FOR THE NEW RIVER VALLEY AND THINGS GET SAID ON BOTH SIDES THAT MAYBE SHOULDN'T BE SAID.))12
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The lawmakers say an incentive package that would help create 13-hundred new jobs appears to be on track for approval.
New Year's Eve is one of the busiest nights for hospital emergency rooms.
What if the Y2K computer bug effects them?
It could put machines like I-V pumps and cat scans on the fritz.
Tonya Flory in is the newsroom and explains how Carilion Health System and Lewis-Gale Medical Center plan to beat the clock.
Lewis-Gale, and all seven Carilion-owned facilities say they are ready.
The hospitals have been working on making sure equipment is compliant for the past two years... but if you've ever put your hands on a computer, you know, glitches can and do happen.
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And even though Carilion's team of Y2K debuggers say they are confident nothing will go wrong...there is a Plan B just in case.
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((GREG WALTON/VP CARILION INFO. SERVICES: CARILION, LIKE OTHER COMPANIES, ARE PREPARING CONTINGENCY PLANS TO MAKE SURE IF THERE IS SOME KIND OF DISRUPTION, WE CAN QUICKLY RECOVER.))
[OUT Q=quickly recover]))
And every new item that comes into the hospitals is being checked and manufacturers of medical equipment are making sure what they build now is not going to face the same dilemma as the old ones.
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When News 7 returns, University of VIrginia officials respond to charges that minorities get preferential treatment when it comes to admissions.
And what's in a name?
A lot, apparently -- UVA alumni say a Southwest Virginia College should NOT bear the University's name.
But what will the Board of Visitors say?
The story, still to come.
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The University of Virginia is denying that it gives preferential treatment to black high school students applying for admission.
Two different conservative groups this week identified U-V-A as one of several schools in the country that use race as one factor in admissions.
They claim a black student is 45 times more likely to be accepted at U-V-A than a white student with similar S-A-T scores.
U-V-A's Board of Visitors today appointed a committee to look into the allegations.
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((JACK ACKERLY/UVA RECTOR: UVA IS ONE OF FIFTEEN SCHOOLS ON THEIR TARGETED LIST. I APPOINTED THE COMMITTEE BECAUSE WE WANTED TO FIND OUT WHY WE'RE ON THEIR LIST. WE FEEL THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA COMPLIES WITH THE LAW AND WE'D LIKE TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHY WE'RE BEING TARGETED. THIS GROUP HAS ALLEGED THAT IF YOU'RE NOT COMPLYING WITH THE LAW, MEMBERS OF YOUR BOARD OF VISITORS ARE PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES.))
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[OUT Q=for any damages.]
School officials say the study's numbers are flawed because they don't take into account U-V-A's large number of out- of- state applicants.
"It's another slap in the face to southwest Virginia."
That's what Scott County Delegate Terry Kilgore says about the attitude of some alumni of the University of Virginia.
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Kilgore's pushing a bill in Richmond that would change the name of "Clinch Valley College of the Univeristy of Virginia" to "University of Virginia - Wise."
U-V-A's Alumni Association reports "an avalanche of negative reaction" about the change of emphasis in the long-standing affiliation between the schools.
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((DEL. TERRY KILGORE/D-GATE CITY: I THINK IT SHOWS A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CLINCH VALLEY. I'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF COMMENTS, AND A LOT OF SCATHING COMMENTS, TALKING ABOUT THAT WE'RE NOT UP TO THEIR STANDARDS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. YOU KNOW THAT MAKES SOMEONE LIKE ME FROM THE MOUNTAINS WANT TO FIGHT HARDER. SO YOU KNOW, THEY'RE NOT BACKING ME DOWN WITH THOSE.))
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Clinch Valley has been part of U-V-A since 1954.
Montgomery County's state Senator has never been shy on issues he cares about.
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((I DON'T HAVE A BULLY PULPIT, LIKE THE GOVERNOR. I CAN'T COMMAND AN AIRPLANE FROM SOMEPLACE TO FLY ME AROUND.))
[OUT Q=fly me around.]
So today, the 73-year old Senator did what he knew would grab the spotlight to push the Governor on the food tax cut.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: OH THE GOVERNOR'S BILL IS A MIGHTY SILLY BILL, A HALF A CENT HERE AND A HALF A CENT THERE. IF IT GETS LOST IN THE SHUFFLE, WELL HE DOESN'T CARE.))
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((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: WHEN WE START LOOKING AT THE LITTLE BILL OF WHICH THE GENTLEMAN FROM SHAWSVILLE MENTIONS, LET'S ALSO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE 2-POINT-7 BILLION DOLLARS OF AMENDMENTS OF WHICH OUR MEMBERS HAVE REQUESTED BE SPENT IN THIS YEAR'S BUDGET.))
[OUT Q=year's budget.]
Democrats want the sales tax on groceries cut this year-- while Republicans want to phase it out more slowly.
A 17- year- old in custody at the Roanoke Juvenile Detention Center attempted suicide yesterday, but quick action by the staff apparently saved his life.
Officials say the boy tried to hang himself with a bed sheet he had worked behind a light fixture.
Staff members found him quickly and revived him.
Superintendent Jack Trent says Coyner Springs has had more than a dozen suicide attempts in the last two years, but none as serious as the latest incident.
Trent says he is proud of his staff and the way they responded to the incident.
A judge accidentally shot a police officer a couple of weeks ago in Danville.
Lieutenant Barry Creasy was injured in the incident at a private firing range.
Sources have confirmed that the gun was being handled by Circuit Judge James Ingram -- seen here swearing in a new judge and presiding over a case in court.
The Danville Regional Medical Center says Lieutenant Creasy suffered minor injuries and was treated and released the same day.
One of Creasy's fellow officers says it was a "freak accident."
Chief of Police Neal Morris won't comment on the incident.
Judge Ingram is out of town and couldn't be reached.
The week finishes on a positive note for investors.
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The Dow climbed 77 points to finish up at 9359.
The Nasdaq saw a gain of nearly 29 points.
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He was mayor of Richmond for two years.
He's still on City Council.
Now he's probably going to prison.
Reverend Lee Young says he will plead GUILTY to four of 19 federal charges against him on Monday.
[IN Q=Whatever I]
((REV. LEE YOUNG/RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL: WHATEVER I HAVE DONE, IT WAS NOT DONE TO SUPPORT AN EXPENSIVE LIFESTYLE OF EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIRS, AND I HAVE NEVER CHEATED A MEMBER OF MY CONGREGATION.))
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[OUT Q=my congregation.]
Young faced a variety of charges, including fraud, racketeering, influence peddling while mayor, and bilking an eldlerly parishioner of his church.
Videotapes removed from the Salem Public Library may soon be available at City Hall.
The tapes of council meetings were placed at the library by residents who were unhappy with recent votes involving the Elizabeth campus rezoning.
Salem city manager Randy Smith had the tapes removed from the library, but he's now offering to place them with audio recordings the city makes at each meeting.
Citizens would be able to view the videotapes in a conference room at city hall.
There's no reaction yet from the residents who made the tapes.
Coming up tonight on the Friday night edition of News 7 sports - the Big Orange wrestling extravaganza is underway in Vinton, the Tech women are back on the road tonight.
And Roy Stanley hits the road and checks into tonight from Hampden-Sydney with a report on the top ranked Tigers who are coming to town tomorrow.
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One of the most prestigious wrestling tournaments in the state kicked off this afternoon in Vinton.
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This is the 23rd year for the Big Orange Tournament.
Sixteen teams are entered, which translates to more than 200 wrestlers waiting for their turn on the mat.
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Jane Layman says there are more than 10 teams on a waiting list to participate in the Big Orange Tournament.
The action starts up tomorrow morning at 9:30 and ends with the championship event at 7:30 that night.
The undefeated Virginia Tech Lady Hokies begin a two game road swing tonight at Xavier before heading to Dayton Sunday.
These two games are the first of 8 straight Atlantic 10 contests for Tech. The Lady Hokies will need a strong defensive effort against a dangerous 15 and 3 team.
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Virginia Tech Women's Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...excited about the challenge"]
With only a month left in the ODAC season, The Tigers of Hampden-Sydney have set themselves apart from the rest of the conference.
Roy Stanley was on campus today talking with the talented Tigers.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/Hampden-Sydney Head Coach; :15]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Garst/Senior Co-Captain; :44]
[OUT Q=....news 7 sports."]
((The Tigers were working on that perfect season until they ran into a red hot Randolph-Macon team earlier this month. And the Yellow Jackets handed the Tigers their first loss of the year.))
((TONY SHAVER/HAMPDEN-SYDNEY HEAD COACH:))
((Even with that loss, The Tigers lead the ODAC in several stastical categories.
At this point in the season, the team's margin of victory over their opponets is 27. The Tigers are 10 and 1 in the conference 16 and 1 overall and the number one ranked team in the Southern Region.))
((KEVIN GARST/SENIOR CO CAPTAIN:))
((The Tigers and Maroons tip it off at 3 oclock. Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
It looks as though Dennise Rodman may be playing for the Orlando Magic this coming season.
Reports out of Florida say
the NBA's rebounding king would be a good fit for Magic because he once played for Chuck Daly when the two won NBA titles with the Pistons in 1989 and 1990.
The only problem right now is that the Magic can only offer Rodman one million a season. He made $10 million last year.
The Falcons remain 7 point underdogs in Sunday's Super Bowl with the Broncos.
Everyone has an opinion about the game
Including concert pianist, composer, Grammy award winner Mike Reid who is in town this week.
Reid has writtten a new composition for the Kandinsky Trio that will be performed tomorrow night at Olin Hall at Roanoke College.
But it wasn't too long agho that Reid was crushing running backs and quarterbacks as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
He thinks the Falcons have a chance.
But he really has an opinion about Sunday's pregame hype.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Reid/Former Bengals Lineman; :00]
[OUT Q=...game's gonna be."]
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It's like a three-ring circus at the Roanoke Civic Center this weekend.
Yes, the circus is in town.
The Kazim Temple Shrine circus put on a show for kids this morning... with classic acts such as bareback horse riding... and trained lions jumping through hoops of fire.
If your child missed the dress rehearsal, there's always the show tonight, three tomorrow and two on Sunday.
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