In the midst of his re-election campaign...
the Giles County prosecutor is publicly reprimanded... but he keeps his law license.
We'll tell you how that happened as we begin NEWS 7 at SIX.
AND a proposal to spend nine million dollars improving the tracks to bring back passenger rail service.
We'll check on a soggy opening day at the Roanoke Valley Juniors.
The Valley loses one of its softball founding fathers. We'll update you on the Terry Holland situation,
and have an update on Tim Duncan, who was injured last night in Orlando.
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Garland Spangler can continue to practice law.
The Giles County prosecutor had been in danger of losing his law license stemming from a State Bar investigation into misconduct.
As Teresa Hamilton reports-- Spangler opted for a different form of punishment.
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Garland Spangler's troubles came to light in the summer of 1997 when he missed the deadline to prosecute a rape case.
It was an error that angered the alleged victim and would lead to a state bar investigation--- one that would revea
l this wasn't the first time Spangler had missed the speedy trial deadline.
The investigation also concluded that on TWO occasions Spangler had failed to file the paperwork required to bring out a suspects prior criminal record in court.
This morning-- a three judge panel decided Spangler's fate during a phone conference.
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Spangler asked for the public reprimand saying he did NOT want to go through a trial.
During today's conference-- his attorney offered a brief explanation as to what happened.
He indicated Spangler was NOT incompetent-- that the deadlines and paperwork simply got overlooked.
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((ROBERTS MOORE/SPANGLER'S ATTORNEY: MAR SPANGLER, I BELIEVE, IF WE'D ONE TO TRIAL WOULD HAVE WON THE CASE, AND ALL MATTERS WOULD HAVE BEEN DROPPED, BUT THAT INVOLVED A LENGTHY PROCESS THAT REALLY WAS NOT IN ANYONE'S BEST INTEREST.))
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A public reprimand means that anyone who wants to check into out Spangler's record as an attorney will be told about the state bar investigation.
All of which could not have happened at a worse time-- considering Spangler is running for reelection.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.
Lynchburg police are still looking for a gunman who shot and killed a man after forcing his way into a home last night.
A mother and her eight- year- old son watched in horror as a masked gunman burst through the front door of the house on Stuart Street just before midnight.
The gunman fired several shots at 26- year- old Morris Anthony, then ran out the back door.
Anthony was hit in the chest and died soon afterward.
Authorities have not released a motive for the killing.
Tommy David Strickler has spent nine years on death row.
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Now he's nine days away from his scheduled execution-- and he hopes to prove that a key witness against him lied.
Strickler was convicted of abducting and killing J-M-U sophomore Leanne Whitlock.
His lawyer has filed a petiton in federal court saying Donna Tudor lied at his trial.
The Supreme Court of Virginia has written that Strickler could have been convicted on Tudor's testimony ALONE.
But last fall, Tudor's husband turned over a letter she allegedly wrote.
It says, in part, "you was right... I lied in court on Strickler... but I had to... I know he only tried to save the girl."
Strickler's co-defendant, Ronald Henderson, is serving three life terms.
A hearing on Strickler's latest appeal is set for Thursday.
The Vinton woman who hired an undercover cop to kill her husband won't learn her fate for a while.
Peggy Irene Hanna could've been sentenced today to five years in prison.
But Judge Roy Willett wants to wait until she undergoes a psychiatric evaluation.
Hanna's lawyer says that's a good idea, because no one in her right mind would have done what she did.
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((MARK CLAYTOR: THE STATEMENTS THAT SHE GAVE WERE CONFLICTING ABOUT "I DIDN'T WANT A DIVORCE, BECAUSE IT WOULD UPSET THE CHILDREN." COMPARE THAT WITH THE DEATH OF THEIR FATHER. ABOSLUTELY MAKES NO SENSE.))
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Hanna was arrested in February after the hit man she hired to kill her husband turned out to be an undercover police officer.
She and her husband, Blair, have been married for 12-years and have two children.
Hanna was having an affair with a younger man.
One of two young men accused of setting several fires in Northwest Roanoke in the Spring of '98- -David Lamont Banks- -has admitted to one incident.
He's been locked up for more than a year, undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
Today Banks pled guilty to arson.
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He admitted starting the fire last year that burned 103-year old Gertrude Jumper out of her home on Harrison Avenue.
Banks actually set fire to the vacant house next door- -planning to sit on the porch across the street and watch the fire trucks arrive.
But the fire spread to Jumper's home and did extensive damage.
Banks will be sentenced in September. Co-defendent Robert Lee Jones is set for trial later this month.
Today's steady rain has soaked the ground in western Virginia and raised the hope that some of the moisture would end up in Carvins Cove.
More than an inch of rain has fallen in the Carvins Cove watershed during the last 12 hours.
And this afternoon, water was flowing from Catawba Creek into one of the tunnels that feeds Roanoke's main reservoir.
Today's rainfall is not expected to make a major dent in the city's water deficit, but it may help to slow the rate at which the water level is falling.
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The rain was a factor in a fatal accident in Floyd County today.
It happened on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Adney Gap.
Police say a man pulling a camper with a pickup truck was driving too fast, and lost control on the wet road.
The truck hit a tree, killing the driver.
A motorist who saw the wreck broke out the truck's windshield, allowing the man's wife and grandchild to get out.
They were taken to Roanoke Memorial hospital.
Police say the family is from North Carolina.
They haven't released the victim's name.
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State police are looking into what caused a tractor trailer to overturn this morning near Thaxton, killing the driver.
The wreck tied up westbound traffic on Route 460 for several hours.
The road is now clear, in both directions.
The name of the driver has not yet been released.
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Protestors rally to save Virginia's forests from wood chip mills.
Details coming up.
And - local Republicans stand by their man - as he faces assault and battery charges for spanking someone else's child.
The latest on Al Bedrosian straight ahead.
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The local Republican party says assault and battery charges may actually help Al Bedrosian beat Delegate Dick Cranwell.
Bedrosian will go to court later this month for hitting a two-year-old child Friday in the Lewis-Gale Medical Clinic.
Bedrosian says Malik (muh-LEAK) Campbell was rowdy, knocked over a jar of candy, and could have hurt his infant daughter. So he spanked the boy and told him to stop.
The chairman of the local Republican party says this will earn Bedrosian MORE support from volunteers.
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The two-year-old's mother says Bedrosian over-reacted.
Delegate Dick Cranwell says he'll leave it up to the court system to sort out.
They brought five thousand signatures to Richmond to save their Southwest Virginia county.
But Dickenson County protesters are fighting the state's number one agricultural commodity: big lumber.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( These were the hills of Washington County in February.
Pittson Coal Company owns much of nearby Dickenson County -- and is ready to start cutting trees and chipping them at a massive new mill.
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So a busload of Dickenson County protesters brought their petitions and pleas to Capitol Square.
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They're particularly upset with Governor Jim Gilmore -- who has taken more than 78- thousand dollars in political contributions from Pittston.
But the company's assured the administration that it will use "best management practices" in harvesting its trees.
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A tw o year legislatve study is about to get underway into the impact of the logging industry on Virginia.
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Not much change on Wall Street.
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The Dow bounced around all day- -up and down- -ended the day gaining seven points to close above 11-thousand-200 for the first time.
Nasdaq was off two points.
If you're tired of battling traffic on Interstate 81 or along Routes 29 and 460, the answer could soon be found at the nearest train station.
A newly- released study recommends expanding passenger train service between Bristol and Washington, D.C. and between Roanoke and Richmond.
Officials are asking the state to come up with nine million dollars to improve railroad tracks between 19 cities on the new route.
They say the system would ultimately pay for itself by tapping into new markets.
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Bevon (BEE-vun) says Amtrak likely would be contracted to handle the new passenger rail.
Coming up tonight on New 7 sports, it looks like Terry Holland will be staying put in Charlottesville.
Tim Duncan gives team USA a big scare.
And the rain was a welcome sight today, even for the the golfers in the first round of the Roanoke Valley Junior championship that was played in weather fit for a duck today at Blue Hills.
Terry Holland has spoken with the University of Minnesota's athletic director Mark Dienhart about becoming the Gol
den Gophers new head basketball coach, but don't look for the UVa athletic director to be leaving Charlottesville any time soon.
Although Holland and his wife Ann are still very much intrigued about the possibility of him getting back into coaching some day, it doens't look like this will be the job to make his leave Virginia.
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Instead, it looks like Minnesota has re-intensified its effort to lure Tommy Amaker away from Seton Hall.
The afternoon edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press says Minnesota is ready to offer Amaker a seven year $7 millio
n dollar contract.
Amaker played and coached at Duke before going to Seton Hall in 1997.
The sporting community in the Roanoke Valley has lost one of its pillars.
Cave Spring head softball coach Lynn Saunders died yesterday after battling liver cancer.
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Saunders helped coach every type of team from little league to college in the area for the past 25 years.
During his days at Cave Spring he worked as an assistant under Fuzzy Minnix before taking over the Lady Knights team as head coach.
Ironically, it was Minnix, now a member of the County Board of supervisors, who spearheaded the movement to have Field Number one at Penn Forest Park renamed Lynn Saunders field last month.
Saunders is survived by his wife, two children, and hundreds of his former players. He was 56 years old.
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Jason Owenby is leading the RoanokeValley Junior Golf Tournament at even par.
Tommy Rooney, Kris Koon and Matt Chandler are one under.
Denise Allen tells us as always the tournament is in the good hands of a Hall of Fame inductee.
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The unusual occurrance of rain didn't prevent the tee-off of the Roanoke Valley Golf Association Valley Junior Golf Tournament.
And for more than 30 years H-L Jackson has been there to start the youngsters off right.
He organizes these tournaments for one reason.
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The rain caused a few problems, instead of playing 18 holes, the 13 to 18 year old golfers played 12 holes and parents were allowed to caddy, but not instruct.
This is Jackson's 31st Valley Junior, but he spent the past three decades teaching more than golf.
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Jackson will be inducted into the Roanoke valley Golf Hall of Fame later this year, but he's looking forward even more to working with a third generation of young golfers.
Denisen Allen News 7 Sports.
The United States Men's senior national basketball squad outran Canada last night 97-to-69 and in the process dodged a major injury bullet.
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Tim Duncan scored nine points last night in the blowout win, but he gave everyone a scare when he came down hard and sprained his left ankle.
he eventually was able to walk off the court and should be able to play in the team's next game on Thursday.
The Major league all-star game takes center stage tomorrow night, but on this day in Baseball history 20 years ago
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two Chicago radio disc jockeys came up with the idea of having people bring unwanted disco records to the stadium for "Disco Demolition" night.
The LPs were burned between games of a doubleheader between the Tigers and Sox at old Comisky Park
Unfortunately, many of the people decided not to burn their records, but ratehr throw them like frisbees.
A riot erupted on the field and the Sox had to forfiet the last game of the doubleheader.
Many blamed Disco, but I think I should note it was also 50 cents beer night at the park.
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Hog farms in our area have been causing a big stink with residents for months.
Tonight, people on both sides of the issue get a chance to speak out.
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Jean Jadhon has details for us tonight.
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Halifax County is inching closer to new laws controlling hog farms.
Some county residents say the hog farms are too close for comfort -- jeopardizing property values, water supply and air quality.
But hog farmers say Virginia's regulations are among the toughest.
Tonight the County Planning Commission will hear from residents on both sides of the issue about proposed ordinances that supervisors say are tougher.
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We'll have that story for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
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