Murder inside a Roanoke restaurant. Was it gang-related or simply the result of a personal dispute. We'll look
into that on NEWS 7 tonight.
And it was back to school for a lot of kids today with parents volunteering to be "on-call" in case there's trouble.
Tonight in sports, we'll why UVa isn't cavalier when it comes to a former Patriot from PH.
Plus, the ACC is going Hawaiian.
And one of Roanoke's top hockey players is coming back for another year. J.F. Tremblay signs for the upcoming season.
Very little rain in Botetourt but nearly five inches in southern Roanoke county. Isolated heavy downpours are expected to continue.
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[IN Q=people die and get]
((VILLA HEIGHTS RESIDENT; PEOPLE DIE AND GET SHOT EVERY DAY, BUT IT DON'T NECESSARILY BE GANGS))
[OUT Q=be gangs]
Friends of a Roanoke murder victim say gangs had nothing to do with the crime.
[SS=News-7 at Six]
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference says the weekend murder proves gang violence is getting out of hand.
Today they called for action.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[IN Q=Police DO know]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Simms/Lincoln Terrace Resident; :16]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/SCLC; :37]
[SUPER=01-Bill White/City Council Member; 1:01]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]
(( Police DO know, several people were there when Prentice Jordon was murdered Saturday morning in Easley's restaurant, and several shots were fired....
The next night, in the Lincoln Terrace neighborhood, gunfire erupted again... Barbara Simms says it sounded like a war zone.
[IN Q=I don't know of]
((BARBARA SIMMS/LINCOLN TERRACE RESIDENT; I DON'T KNOW OF ANYBODY WHO'S IN A GANG, BUT WHEN YOU SEE MORE THAN ONE PERSON WITH GUNS THEY'RE RELATED SOME KIND OF WAY. ))
[OUT Q=some kind of way]
The SCLC says it's all part of a gang conflict between a Lincoln Terrace group called LTP-1 and a group known as VH-1 in Villa Heights.
They say Roanoke needs a Gang Task Force, a hot line, more police patrols... and most importantly needs to acknowledge there's a gang problem.
[IN Q=we've told them]
((JEFF ARTIS/SCLC; WE'VE TOLD THEM THE SAME PLAN THREE YEARS AGO, THEY IGNORED US, TWO YEARS AGO, THEY IGNORED US, LAST YEAR THEY IGNORED US, THIS TIME WHEN WE GIVE THEM OUR PRESENTATION, HOPEFULLY THEY'LL PAY ATTENTION. ))
[OUT Q=they'll pay attention]
They were listening, two undercover city police officers joined the small group of journalists taking notes.
A police spokesperson says an investigator has been assigned to look into the SCLC's concerns.
Councilman Bill White says the bottom line is catching the criminals involved.
[IN Q=the gang is not]
((BILL WHITE/CITY COUNCIL MEMBER; THE GANG IS NOT THE ISSUE, THE ISSUE IS THE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY AND THE PROTECTION OF OUR PROPERTY AND OUR CITIZENS. ))
[OUT Q=and our citizens]
But protect them from what?
Two young men from Villa Heights, who don't want their faces shown, knew the murder victim and say it was an argument over a girl... gangs, they say, are a myth.
((VILLA HEIGHTS RESIDENT; YOU CAN GET A GUN, JUST CAUSE YOU GOT A GUN, I'M 21 YEARS OLD WITH A REGISTERED GUN, I AIN'T IN NO GANG. ))
[OUT Q=in no gang]
The two men say those cryptic symbols, LTP and VH-1, refer to parks where people hang out, not gang-land turf.
This talk about gangs disturbs them because they don't want police distracted from the search for their friend's killer.
[IN Q=this ain't no gang]
((VILLA HEIGHTS RESIDENT; THIS AIN'T NO GANG, THIS IS ABOUT LIFE, SOMEBODY GOT MURDERED AND YOU SHOULDN'T DIE AND VAIN AND HE SHOULDN'T HAVE PEOPLE GOING AROUND AND SAYING HE WAS IN NO ******* GANG AND THIS AND THAT, HE WASN'T DOING NONE OF THAT. ))
[OUT Q=none of that]
But the SCLC says groups of young people hanging out with guns are how gangs get started. They say they want it stopped before it's too late.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Virginia is in its eighth straight year of economic expansion.
So there's a budget surplus of 167-million dollars.
But even that's NOT enough for lawmakers who see BILLIONS of dollars of new road needs looming.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave]
Ellen Qualls is in Richmond, where the Governor briefed the General Assembly money committees today.
[Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave]
Keith, the Governor says of the 167-million dollar surplus, 104-million comes right off the top, by law, to the state's rainy day fund.
Another 34-million goes to the Water Quality Improvement Fund, again by law.
Add in some other previous obligations, and all that's left is 8-point-2 million dollars.
[IN Q=So out the]
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :10 ]
[SUPER=@Cranwell; :43 ]
[OUT Q=awful lot of money.]
(( So out the window go Democratic and Republican proposals alike to pay for new roads around the state with various combinations of surplus and borrowed money.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THESE PROPOSALS WOULD BE A FINANCIAL DISASTER FOR THE STATE, AND A ROADBLOCK TO THE PROSPERITY OF FUTURE GENERATIONS OF VIRGINIANS.))
One Democratic proposal would be to borrow road building money against the recordation tax-- the money the state takes every time a piece of real estate is sold -- based on numbers from this year's real estate market.
[SOT 09:54:16 ]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: TO BORROW MONEY SOLELY ON THIS ASSUMPTION WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF SAYING THAT THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA IS WILLING TO SELL JUNK BONDS.))
Lawmakers say the Governor is "lowballing" his estimates to make their plans look dumb.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: REVENUES ONLY HAVE TO GROW AT 3-POINT-1 PERCENT FOR US TO MAKE OUR ESTIMATE, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR THAT WE'RE IN. NOW LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THAT MEANS. IF THEY GROW AT A MODEST RATE OF FIVE PERCENT, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE 200-MILLION MORE DOLLARS TO SPEND IN THIS BIENNIUM, THAN THE 167-MILLION THEY WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT. IF THEY GROW AT EIGHT PERCENT, THAN YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A HALF A BILLION DOLLARS. IF THEY GROW AT TEN PERCENT LIKE THEY DID THIS YEAR, YOU'LL HAVE AN AWFUL LOT OF MONEY.))
[Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave]
The Governor says he will unveil his own carefully studied plan for transportation funding next Tuesday.
He says it will involve some money from the national tobacco settlement.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/StateMicrowave]
(QUESTION: Is the car tax cut still on track for phase-out?)
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]
It's a question that is making more than one governor uncomfortable.
Law and order governor Jim Gilmore has worked hard for months to help Texas Governor George W- Bush win the presidential nomination.
We asked Gilmore what he thought of Bush's hedging last week about whether he's used cocaine.
[SOT 10;11:55 ]
[IN Q=Well I don't]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL I DON'T KNOW WHETHER GOVERNOR BUSH USED COCAINE OR NOT. BUT, UH-- Does it matter? WELL I THINK THAT HE HAS SAID THAT THERE HAS TO SOME ZONE OF PRIVACY. I THINK THAT THAT IS BEGINNING FOR THE FIRST TIME TO SET OFF IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT'S WHAT I THINK. So you don't want us to know? I DON'T KNOW. HAHAHAHA. When you were Commonwealth's Attorney, did you send people to jail for cocaine use? CERTAINLY DID. I CERTAINLY DID. Thank you.))
[OUT Q=Thank you.]
Governor Gilmore served as a Commonwealth's Attorney in Henrico County, and then as Virginia Attorney General.
A witness with no ties to the victim or defendants provided valuable details today as prosecutors wrapped up their case against the twins accused of murdering a man inside a Blacksburg night spot.
Attorneys for Terry and Kerry Scales say their clients shot and killed Richard Bullard in self defense.
They say Bullard grabbed Kerry by the throat and was choking him for looking at a woman on the dance floor just before shots were fired.
But a witness who was also on the dance floor inside Arnold's restaurant two years ago-- says he never saw Bullard's hands AROUND anyone's neck.
[IN Q=i could]
(DAMIEN BOOKER/PROSECUTION WITNESS: I COULD SEE HIS HANDS, THEY WERE UP ON ONE OF THEIR SHOULDERS, IT WAS PRETTY CLOSE
TO THEIR NECK.
one on each side? YES, THEY WERE LAYING ON HIS SHOULDERS, I MEAN UP BY HIS NECK.)
[SUPER=01-Damien Booker/Prosecution Witness; :00]
[OUT Q=up by his neck.]
Bullard's childhood friend-- Paul Shoemaker was shot ONCE during the incident.
Today-- the judge dropped charges against Kerry Scales related to Shoemaker's injuries.
Terry Scales is still charged with malicious wounding.
A Roanoke man faces 10 months in custody for the pickup truck accident that killed his friend.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Nov. 22, 1998]
John Samuel Martin Jr. had been drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking marijuana before the wreck. His truck ran off Ninth street and flipped, killing 19- year- old James Dooley.
Today, the victim's mother asked the judge for a lenient sentence.
Janie Dooley said she believes Martin is truly remorseful and deserves another chance.
Judge Jonathan Apgar sentenced Martin to six months in jail, and four months in a vocational detention center in Russell County.
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School is back in session for much of the area-- amid rising concerns about school violence.
Still ahead on News-7 at Six, find out about one high school's new plan for the new year.
And changing the face of Lynchburg's downtown-- a new program has businesses and government working together.
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One of Lynchburg's historic buildings got a major facelift today.. one the city helped pay for.
Steve Smallshaw tells us about a program that's changing the face of downtown.
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[SUPER=01-Rodney Taylor/High Peak Sportswear]
[SUPER=01-Rachel Flynn/Community Planner]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(([natsot metal banging]
Piece by piece, the aluminum facade that had covered the old McGregor furniture store building is being peeled away.. revealing intricate brickwork that's been hidden for nearly forty years.
The building, owned by High Peak Sportswear, is the first to take advantage of Lynchburg's new facade improvement program.
If an owner is willing to renovate the face of their building, the city will pick up 30 percent of the cost, up to 25- thousand dollars.
((RODNEY TAYLOR/HIGH PEAK SPORTSWEAR: THE INCENTIVE FROM THE CITY BEFORE WAS TWO THOUSAND, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE, BUT IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT WAS GOING TO MAKE A DECISION ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. WITH THE NEW FACADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, IT REALLY HELPED US MAKE A DECISION TO GO AHEAD AND DO IT.))
[OUT Q=and do it.]
Taylor and city officials hope other businesses will follow suit.
Community planner Rachel Flynn says the program sends a message that Lynchburg cares about preserving its downtown architecture.
((RACHEL FLYNN/L'BURG COMMUNITY PLANNER: IT'S JUST AN IMAGE BUILDER, REMINDS US OF OUR HISTORY. PEOPLE DON'T LOOK UP AT AN ALUMINUM FACADE BUT THEY'LL LOOK UP AT THE DETAILED BRICK BUILDINGS AND STONE BUILDINGS.))
[OUT Q=and stone buildings.]
(( Rediscovering the historic charm of the downtown area can also have other advantages.. the city's applying to have Main Street and Church Street included in downtown's historic district.. which would mean even more tax breaks and incentives for business owners here.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))
18 tobacco farmers and business leaders will help legislators decide how to distribute two-billion dollars in tobacco settlement money to farmers.
The Governor appointed nine farmers and nine business leaders to the commission on Friday.
They'll have to divide the money between tobacco farmers and tobacco-growing communities.
Southside grower Joe Williams -- one of the 18 appointees -- says figuring out who gets how much could be heated.
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[IN Q=It's a very serious undertaking]
((JOE WILLIAMS: IT'S A VERY SERIOUS UNDERTAKING AND I'M SURE THAT AT SOME POINT IN TIME THERE WILL BE SOME GOOD DEBATES ON HOW THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Williams/Tobacco Farmer;]
[OUT Q=how the money will be spent.]
Danville businessman Thomas Arthur -- another commission member -- says the portion that goes to communities will be used to find alternate crops and attract new business.
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[IN Q=The loss of income to the]
((THOMAS ARTHUR/COMMISSION MEMBER: THE LOSS OF INCOME TO THE COMMUNITY IS CERTAINLY CATASTROPHIC TO THIS AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Thomas Arthur/Settlement Commission Member;]
[OUT Q=catastrophic to this area.]
The commission has not set a date for its first meeting.
A Franklin County mother came home this afternoon to find her mobile home on fire--
and almost all her possessions destroyed.
No one was hurt.
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[IN Q=I'm devastated]
((PAULA HODGES/OWNER: I'M DEVASTATED. I'M SORRY, I'M TOTALLY DEVASTATED. I TOOK THE KIDS SHOPPING YESTERDAY AND SPENT ABOUT 450 DOLLARS ON SCHOOL CLOTHES AND SUPPLIES. I LOST A PUPPY.))
Firefighters say a short circuit in the electric service panel probably sparked the fire but they're still investigating.
The trailer is on Byrd's Mill Road near Union Hall.
The fed may hike interest rates tomorrow, but investors have apparently already factored that in.
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The DOW gained 199-points for a record close at 11-thousand-300.
NASDAQ gained 71 points.
The first day of school is over for many kids in our area.
The Cave Spring High School cafeteria buzzed as students talked about things like summer vacations.
County school officials spent their summer break focused on preventing violence.
Cave Spring has a new strategy to go along with the new year.
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[IN Q=Caring, connecting]
((DR. MARTHA COBBLE/ PRINCIPAL: CARING, CONNECTING, AND COMMUNICATING. WE WANT TO INVOLVE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY SO THAT THEY WILL KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR SCHOOL BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED AND INCLUDED ARE A PART OF KEEPING OUR SCHOOL SAFE.))
[SUPER=01-Martha Cobble/Cave Spring Principal]
[OUT Q=our school safe.]
Parents are an important part of the new campaign-- volunteers will be called in to help with situations such as bomb threats.
Student leaders' support of the program is also important.
So far school officials say things are going smoothly and they hope to see students settling into a pattern soon.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the Express inks another fan favorite, we'll have an update on the Arena football scene in the Star City.
And Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville where the Cavs are a little defensive about the upcoming season.
UVa is of course hoping to battle for the conference title again this year, but should the team falter it could still get a handsome reward.
This afternoon, the ACC announced that the fifth place finisher in the league will play the fifth place finisher from the Pac 10 in Hawaii on Christmas Day.
Patrick Kerney has a starting job with the Atlanta Falcons, one of four former UVa defensive players in the NFL. Who will take their place? Steve Mason tried to find out.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Travis Griffith/UVa Senior Defensive End; :14]
[SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Linebacker; :42]
[SUPER=04-August 23, 1997; :47]
[SUPER=01-Rick Lantz/UVa Defensive Coordinator; :58]
[SUPER=01-Byron Thweatt/99 Tackles in 1998; 1:29]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
((Patrick Kerney, Anthony Poindexter, Walley Rainer, three good reasons Virginia ranked 17th national in rushing defense. But they are gone and there are some big shoes to fill in Charlottesville.
((TRAVIS GRIFFITH/UVA DEFENSIVE END:))
A baptism under fire for five new defensive starters who open the season with two road games against North Carolina and Clemson. Shannon Taylor is refocused on playing linebacker and helping newcomers like his former classmate at Patrick Henry, UVa freshman defensive lineman Boo Battle.
Taylor is somewhat new considering he took last year off and the season before, he played defensive end, now he is relearning linebacker.
The Cavs do have some depth at corner, with Tim Spruill, Antwan Harris and Dwayne Stukes coming back, the key is for the starters to stay healthy, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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The Arena Football II season does not start until April. Roanoke's team must submit logo and a name by October 15th.
[SUPER=04-Arena Football; :00]
Over the weekend, Express and football team ownership went to the Arena Bowl in Albany, New York. In addition to going to the Championship game, Roanoke ownership attended Arena Football II league meetings to gather information on the field that needs to be put in at the Roanoke Civic Center. Dates and operations issues were also worked on.
[graphic=news 7 sports]
During the first Arena Football II board of directors meeting, Roanoke found out that Greensboro will field a team
this season, giving the Star City a close rival. Roanoke has yet to name a coach.[S-Park]
James River high school played host to a six team football jamboree over the weekend that included the Knights, Patrick Henry, Alleghany, Lord Botetourt, Albemarle and Laurel Park.
The Lancers appear to have a very young team this season and are coming off a 5 and 5 season in 1998 in which they lost in the first round of the playoffs. This year Laurel Park will rebuild.
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[IN Q="I ]
((BRAD LOPEZ/LAUREL PARK HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Brad Lopez/Laurel Park Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=....gonna happen"]
The Lancers open the season this Friday night at home against Franklin County.
Tomorrow, the Roanoke Express will announce it's new director of communications. The new hire will handle all the radio broadcasts.
The Express also signed fan favorite J.F. Tremblay to a one year contract today. The left winger registered 31 points last season and was second on the team in penalty minutes with 153. This will be Tremblay's fourth year with the Express.
And don't forget the NFL is back on Your Hometown Station this week. Mark the viewing calendars for Thursday night as the Chiefs take on the Jaguars at eight right here on WDBJ-7.