Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX a domestic odyssey across state lines that ended
We'll hear that story.
And the political clout of women in the state legislature ensures a "yea"
vote in the face of fierce lobbying by managed health providers.
Tonight in sports, March Madness begins a day early and ends abruptly for
Roanoke readies itself for Shenandoah.
And Neil O'Donnell flees the steel city to fly with the Jets.
Looks like we need to watch for some light snow tomorrow night. A storm on
the South Carolina coast is our next winter troublemaker.
"I know I got Steve, I hope I got Tina too."
That's the statement a 16 year- old boy says his father made immediately
after shooting Steve and Tina Quesenberry in Hillsville last May.
Today a judge certified capital murder charges against Dennis Stoneman.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Dennis Stoneman was an abusive
SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Carroll Co. Prosecutor; :17
SUPER=03-Hillsville/May 17, 1995; :37
OUT Q=Altizer, NEws 7.
(( Dennis Stoneman was an abusive husband and a devoted, though sometimes
That's according to his 16 year- old son D.J., who rode with his father from
North Carolina to Hillsville May 16th on a search for D.J's six year- old
brother and his mother, Teresa Stoneman.
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR: AND AT FANCY GAP THEY STOPPED AT A
CONVENIENCE STORE AND SWITCHED VEHICLES. AND AT ONE POINT DURING THAT TIME MR.
STONEMAN MADE THE STATEMENT THAT HE'D SHOT A MAN BEFORE AND THEN AFTER THAT
THEY TRAVELED TO HILLSVILLE GOING TO VARIOUS HOUSES LOOKING FOR MRS. STONEMAN
AND THE YOUNGER SON. ))
D.J. says his father pulled into the Westview Terrace apartments, where they
thought Teresa lived, after they spotted her car.
But the occupants of the car were Teresa's sister and brother-in-law, Tina
and Steve Quesenberry.
D.J. testified the three were sitting in their cars arguing about why Dennis
couldn't see his child when Dennis thrust a gun across D.J.'s face and shot the
su The defense tried to portray Dennis as a father who was so devastated at
being kept from his child that he was driven to violence in the heat of
passion. His lawyer says that would make him guilty of nothing more than
That will be up to a jury decide if the grand jury indicts Stoneman when it
meets March 11th. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Amherst County authorities don't believe the man they arrested yesterday for
two murders is responsible for any others.
44- year- old James Henry Burley is charged with shooting to death two women
last year and dumping their bodies in Amherst County.
Experts say the gun recovered from Burley's home is the weapon that killed
Police have not established a motive for the killings, but say Burley is NOT
a suspect in any other murders in the area.
IN Q=The other
((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: THE OTHER AUTHORITIES THAT HAVE BEEN HELPING
US THROUGHOUT THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, THE REGIONAL HOMICIDE SQUAD THAT WAS
ORIGINALLY ACTIVATED, ALL THE DEPARTMENTS THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THAT, THEY HAVE
BEEN NOTIFIED AND THE WORD HAS DEFINITELY GOTTEN OUT TO ALL THE SURROUNDING
COUNTIES AND JURISDICTIONS ABOUT THE ARREST MADE IN THIS CASE.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=made in this case.
Burley is being held without bond pending an April court date.
One of the two Virginia Tech football players accused of sexual assault was
in court today on an unrelated charge.
James Crawford pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Blacksburg General
Crawford and Hokie teammate Tony Morrison are accused of raping Christy
Even though today's hearing had nothing to do with THAT case, Crawford's
lawyer had some choice words for Bronzkala's attorney, Eileen Wagner.
IN Q=What I'm
((JOE PAINTER/CRAWFORD'S ATTORNEY: WHAT I'M QUESTIONING ABOUT MRS. WAGNER IS IF
SHE'S SO CONCERNED ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, WHY HAS SHE NEVER SPOKEN OUT
AGAINST THE VIOLENCE PERPETRATED AGAINST THOUSANDS OF UNBORN FEMALES EACH YEAR?
SUPER=01-Joe Painter/Crawford's Attorney;
OUT Q=each year
Crawford will not serve any jail time as part of the plea.
But he'll have to pay a 400- dollar fine.
The full force of the women's caucus in the Virginia General Assembly didn't
used to be much force.
But with 21 members this year, it's driving through a women's health care
bill -- over the fierce protests of the managed care industry.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=nat sot doctor
SUPER=01-Del. Gladys Keating/(D) Fairfax Co.; :10
SUPER=01-May Fox/Va. Assoc. of HMOs; :39
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((nat sot doctor
The bill's patrons say women just know their bodies -- and they don't like
to pay a primary care doctor when they know what's wrong.
((DEL. GLADYS KEATING/D-FAIRFAX CO.: THEY KNOW THEIR BODIES. THEY KNOW WHEN
THERE'S A PROBLEM. I CAN REMEMBER I FOUND A LUMP IN MY BREAST, AND I KNEW THAT
I HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND I WENT TO A DOCTOR, THIS WAS YEARS AGO,
AND HE SAID "OH NO, THIS HAPPENS, EVERYBODY GETS THAT." I HAD TO PRESS, AND I
The bill giving about 400-thousand women HMO members direct access to their
gynecologists sailed out of a Senate committee on a unanimous vote.
((MAY FOX/VA. ASSOC. OF HMOs: AND I KNEW GOING IN THAT THERE WAS A STRONG
PERCEPTION THAT IF YOU AMENDED THE BILL IT WAS PERCEIVED AS A VOTE AGAINST
WOMEN. AND THERE WAS NOT MUCH SENTIMENT TO HAVE A VOTE AGAINST WOMEN.))
((DEL. JOYCE CROUCH/R-LYNCHBURG: THEY FOUGHT VERY DILIGENTLY THROUGHOUT THE
YEAR TO KEEP US FROM INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION. SO YES, I DO THINK IT'S AN
IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOR WOMEN.))
The Governor has declined to say if he'll stand against the women's caucus.
But here's how he feels about extending hospital stays for new babies and
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE'S A BALANCE BETWEEN MAKING SURE THERE'S GOOD
MEDICAL CARE VERSUS MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE AFFORDABLE INSURANCE. YOU PUT TOO
MUCH ON IT YOU END UP INSURANCE COSTS SO HIGH THAT MANY PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD
But for all its hype as a landmark bill for women, it only covers those
already enrolled in HMOs.
It does NOT cover Medicaid recipients or state workers.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Just ahead on News 7 at Six--the problem of vacant homes. More than just a
neighborhood eyesore, they can be dangerous. Our special series "Safe and
and a Pittsylvania County company that wants to burn hazardous materials
feels the wrath of neighbors who say "Not in our backyard".
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=Safe and Sound?
Empty buildings are taking a toll on Roanoke neighborhoods.
Double Box=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Tonight, Joe Dashiell looks at vacant housing in the second part of our
series, Safe and Sound.
Keith, vacant homes sometimes breed crime, but even when the homes are
boarded up and secure, they make it more difficult to keep the rest of a
neighborhood occupied and in good repair.
IN Q=356 Day Avenue
SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 5, 1987; :
SUPER=01-Dan Pollock/Roanoke Housing Development; :10
SUPER=01-John Kepley/Property Owner; :32
SUPER=01-Florine Thornhill/Neighborhood Group President; :53
OUT Q=for a low-income family.
((356 Day Avenue burned in January, 1987. The fire killed a six- month-
old boy and the building's been vacant ever since.
IN Q=We felt like enough
((DAN POLLOCK/CITY HOUSING DIRECTOR: WE FELT LIKE ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH AND THAT
COMMON SENSE SAID IT'S TIME FOR THIS BUILDING TO BE REMOVED FOR THE BETTERMENT
OF THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD.))
OUT Q=entire neighborhood.
Much of the siding has been removed. The roof and porch are in disrepair
and inspectors say the building has poor structural integrity.
Owner John Kepley has done little to repair the building in the last nine
years, but says he still intends to renovate.
IN Q=Let's have integrity
((JOH KEPLEY/PROPERTY OWNER: LET'S HAVE INTEGRITY. LET'S BE ABOVE BOARD. WHAT'S
REALLY LAYING BEHIND THE PRESSURE TO TEAR THESE TWO HOUSES DOWN. AND ON AND ON
AND ON. WHAT IS IT? TO TEAR DOWN THE HOUSES AND HAVE VACANT LAND?))
OUT Q=have vacant land.
Despite the city's best efforts, vacant houses remain a pervasive problem
in old southwest, northwest roanoke and other neighborhoods.
SOT THORNHILL & PENN
IN Q=This block right here
((FLORINE THORNHILL/NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP PRESIDENT: THIS BLOCK RIGHT HERE, GILMER
WAS ONE OF THE WORST BLOCKS OF VACANT HOUSES, SO WE HAVE GOTTEN ONE, TWO, SIX,
SEVEN RIGHT HERE IN THIS BLOCK.))
OUT Q=right here in this block.
Florine Thornhill and Louise Penn are longtime officers of the Northwest
Neighborhood Environmental Organization... a group that has renovated more than
15 homes, built others from scratch and is now re- claiming a block of Gilmer
IN Q=What do you see when you
((WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT A HOUSE LIKE THIS. I SEE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
MAKE A NICE HOME FOR A LOW-INCOME FAMILY.))
OUT Q=low income family.))
The Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization is looking to hire an
executive director, recruit more volunteers and expand its efforts.
Double Box=Keith and Joe/Microwave
And keith, the building code appeals board has given the owner of the Day
Avenue property another chance to repair the home on Day Avenue.
A Floyd County man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Yesterday, 34- year- old David Joel Hall was found guilty of murdering his
Today, the jury handed down a life sentence.
The severely- beaten body of Ellen Plocki was discovered June fourteenth
in the Willis section of the County-- Hall was the only suspect.
On top of the life sentence, he got 16 more years in prison for other crimes
related to the killing.
Neighbors living near a Pittsylvania County chemical plant get their chance
to be heard tonight.
Cook Composites and Polymers in Chatham wants to burn hazardous waste at its
facility, but some residents say it's not safe.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=For now
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Law/Permit Opponent; :21
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( For now, Cook Composites and Polymers burns natural gas in its
But the polyester resin producer has applied for a permit from the Virginia
Department of Environmental Quality to burn the chemical Xylene instead.
Xylene is already present at the facility because it's produced as a waste
Steve Law lives nearby.
((STEVE LAW/PERMIT OPPONENT: SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE CHEMICAL COMPANY'S MAKE A
VALUE JUDGEMENT OF YOUR LIFE VERSUS THEIR BOTTOM LINE AND I'M NOT WILLING TO
GIVE UP OR RISK MY LIFE. ))
OUT Q=risk my life.
In defense of the company, State officials say a trial run using Xylene was
conducted at the facility and the company demonstrated compliance.
In fact, State officials say they've tentatively agreed to the permit.
Still, Steve Law isn't satisfied.
((XYLENE IS VERY FLAMMABLE, THAT'S ONE OF ITS MOST PREDOMINANT CHARACTERISTICS,
IT'S TOXIC IN ITSELF, I INVITE ANY OF THEM TO DRINK IT IN FRONT OF ME AND I'LL
GO ON MY WAY AND THEY'LL NEVER HEAR FROM ME AGAIN. ))
OUT Q=never hear from me again.
Law says he plans to point out what he sees as holes in the company's draft
permit-- which is what State officials say they hope to gather out of tonight's
The public hearing is scheduled for seven pm at Chatham High School. Teresa
Hamilton, News 7.)))
For the fourth straight session, the Dow posted a loss--dropping 21 points
today to finish at 54 hundred 85.
NASDAQ was down seven points.
They're tired, cold and hungry...but dozens of Habitat for Humanity
volunteers in Lynchburg are going home happy.
The undertook an ambitious project on this Leap Year Day.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw joins us live from the White Rock neighborhood which has
added another house in just the past 18 hours. Steve?
That's right Keith, Habitat volunteers here are certainly making the most of
this extra day in February.
What started as bare foundation at midnight is now a house that's almost
ready for its new owner to move in.
IN Q=It's hard to
SUPER=01-Fontaine Howard/New Homeowner; :00
SUPER=01-John Wingfield/Habitat Volunteer; :34
SUPER=01-Gene Firebaugh/Habitat Volunteer; :48
OUT Q=it's great.
IN Q=It's hard to
((FONTAINE HOWARD/NEW HOMEOWNER: IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, YOU REALLY HAVE TO BE
HERE TO BELIEVE IT.))
OUT Q=believe it.
In less than 18 hours, Fontaine Howard has gone from apartment dweller to
Since midnight, the saws have been buzzing and the hammers flying at 2300
Bransford Street, where the Lynchburg Habitat For Humanity's 108th home is
The magic wand that helped transform this property was wielded by dozens of
Habitat volunteers... who have forsaken sleep, warmth and homecooked meals just
to get the job done.
IN Q=Not tired yet
((JOHN WINGFIELD/VOLUNTEER: NOT TIRED YET. PROBABLY WHEN EVERYTHING SETTLES
DOWN, IT WILL HIT ME ALL AT ONCE, BUT NO, NOT TIRED YET.))
OUT Q=not tired yet.
Gene Firebaugh is a regular volunteer on the Habitat crew... he's seen a lot
of houses go up, but never one this quickly.
IN Q=It's hard to
((GENE FIREBAUGH/HABITAT VOLUNTEER: IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT'S GONE UP LIKE IT
HAS, AND EVERYTHING'S FIT, YOU KNOW. IT'S GREAT.))
OUT Q=it's great.))
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Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
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Coming up tonight in sports, Neil O'Donnell flies with the Jets.
The Big South tournament opens in Lynchburg, Roanoke prepares to battle
And Rusty Wallace zings Governor Allen about his "dipping" of tobacco on the
airwaves today in Richmond.
The New York welcomed home Neil O'Donnell today as the free agent quarterback
signed a five year $25 million dollar contract.
SUPER=03-Hempstead, NY; :00
O'Donnell spent the past six year with the Steelers, but now he must play on
the worst team in the football - that he believes is on the rise.
IN Q="I see...
((NEIL O'DONNELL/SIGNS WITH JETS FOR $25 MILLION:))
SUPER=01-Neil O'Donnell/Signs With Jets For $25 Million; :00
OUT Q=...CARE OF THEMSELVES."
GRAPHIC=big south tourney
The Big South tournament opened today at the Vines Center in Lynchburg and
ended also as quickly for the Radford Highlanders.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Radford vs. Charleston Southern; :00
Playing in the second game of the day against a Charleston Southern team that
had beaten them twice in the Regular season, Radford played a little sloppily.
Corey reed's pass is picked off by Brett Larrick, who drives in for the one
handed jam as Charleston takes a lead in the first half.
Radford came back to lead by 6 at halftime, and then in the second half Jason
Lansdown hit s the shot to keep RU in front.
But Southern would take a three point lead late in the game, and Radford
needed a 3 to win it.
Landsdown's heave from the right wing rims out, and Radford is knocked out in
the first round for the first time in 7 years falling 55-TO-52.
SS=hold big south
Earlier today top seeded UNC-Greensboro beat Coastal Carolina 78-to-67.
Liberty plays it's opener against UMBC tonight at 8.
GRAPHIC=NCAA Div III Tourney
In just over an hour; Roanoke and Shenandoah will open NCAA Division III
Tournament play at the Bast Center in Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
The 18 and 8 Hornets are led by Al White and Dixie Conference player of
the year Phil Dixon.
IN Q="He makes
((DAVE DUTTON/SHENANDOAH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dave Dutton/Shenandoah Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...big games"
SUPER=03-Salem/1996 ODAC Championship;
The 22 and 4 Maroons must use their depth to slow down the fast break
IN Q="We got
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...stick backs"
The Virginia Tech Hokies close out their regular season tonight at the
Cassell against Atlantic 10 foes Xavier.
This marks the final home game for Tech's talented senior class of Shawn
Smith, Shawn Good, Damon Watlington, and Travis Jackson.
The quarter helped lead Tech from a 10 win season to the top 10 in the
We'll have some highlights for you tonight at 11.
The Winston Cup stars roll into Richmond tomorrow morning for practice and
qualifying for this Sunday's Pontiac Excitement 400.
SUPER=03-Richmond/This Morning; :00
One driver made it into town this morning.
Rusty Wallace dropped in on Governor George Allen's monthly call-in radio
show on WRVA.
The Governor is a big NASCAR fan, but today Rusty zinged him good about one
of his habits.
Take a listen to this conversation.
IN Q="We have Rick Mast...
((GOVERNOR ALLEN & RUSTY WALLACE:))
OUT Q=...HA HA HA."
Steve Mason will be in Richmond tomorrow, and have qualifying highlights for
us at six.
If you haven't heard yet, this year is leap year.
It takes 365-and one-quarter days for the earth to revolve around the sun.
So each year we add 6 hours to the year.
By the end of four years--an entire day has been added.
And just like any other day of the year--people have birthdays.
Like Fred Ingram from Ferrum who turned 88.
Some folks even get married, but haven't agreed on when they'll celebrate
IN Q= The 28th or
((WALTER AND JOLENE HALL/LEAP YEAR MARRIAGE; THE 28TH OT THE FIRST OF MARCH, SO
WE CAN'T GET MAD AT EACH OTHER IF WE FORGET, CAUSE THERE WAS NO 29TH.))
SUPER=01-Walter and Jolene Hall/Leap Year Marriage;
OUT Q=was no 29th.
The couple says the decision to get married on February 29th--just makes their
wedding day even better.