Coming up on news 7 at 6, two Virginia Tech football players are facing
charges of rape and attempted sodomy.
Pope John Paul the second tries to intercede for a man on Virginia's death
And we'll get the latest tallies as generous donors rally to gather bicycles
for the area's children.
In sports, we will check out a Roanoke and Salem based NEBRASKA fan club, we
will also here from the Redskins and the Cavaliers,
plus a new coach is welcomed to the Big East ranks, all that in sports.
More off-the-field trouble for the Virginia Tech football team.
Blacksburg police have charged two players with rape and attempted sodomy.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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After a season of turmoil and numerous criminal charges against various
players, the Virginia Tech football team was finally basking in the glory of
its upcoming Orange Bowl bid against Nebraska.
Now another serious diversion.
Senior starting fullback Brian Edmonds, one of the players charged in an
on-campus brawl earlier in the season, is now charged with rape and sodomy.
So is his roommate, sophomore receiver James Crawford, one of two players
whom Christy Brzonkala accused of raping HER last year.
According to an attorney who represents both players the alleged victim in
this case says Crawford and Edmonds raped her in an apartment the players share
He says the woman had been at the apartment Friday night for a party, that
she left, then broke in through a patio door several hours later to demand
((JOE PAINTER/DEFENSE LAWYER: DIFFERENT STATEMENTS, ONE TIME 25 THOUSAND
DOLLARS FOR MY TUITION FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. ANOTHER TIME FIVE THOUSAND
DOLLARS A WEEK IF YOU GO TO THE NFL. OTHER TIMES TELLING PEOPLE "NOTHING REALLY
HAPPENED, I JUST WANT MONEY OUT OF THIS." ))
A university spokesman says Coach Frank Beamer has discussed the situation
with both players. But it's too soon to know when or if he and the university
will take any action.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.
Police arrested Crawford and Edmonds late this afternoon. Their bond was
set at 45 thousand dollars each.
No word yet if a Roanoke teenager accused of shooting and killing another
teen last week will be charged as an adult.
17-year old (STEFF-fahn dee-WAYNE Jones) Stephan Dwayne Jones of Roanoke
was arraigned on three charges including capital murder, in connection with the
death of Antwan Gray last week.
Because the charges are so serious,
the case has been transferred out of juvenile court, and a different judge will
decide how Jones is charged.
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((MELVIN HILL/PROSECUTOR: IF THE JUDGE FINDS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THE
OFFENSES HAVE BEEN COMMITTED AND HE COMMITTED THEM HE WILL BE INDICTED AND
TRIED AS AN ADULT. THERE IS NO BACKGROUND REPORT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. ))
OUT Q=like that.
A judge is expected to decide whether Jones is charged as an adult during a
preliminary hearing January third.
The charges against him could be reduced because of his age.
Right now Jones is being held without bond at the Coyner Springs Juvenile
Detention Center where he had previously been part of the facility's Outreach
GRAPHIC=Pope John Paul
Governor George Allen says he won't weigh words from the Pope any higher
than the criminal evidence.
Virginia Beach killer Joseph O'Dell is two days away from becoming the first
Virginian to die by electrocution in two-and a half years.
That may be despite a plea from a very high place.
IN Q=You don't
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU DON'T WANT TO SAY THAT THE POPE GETTING INVOLVED IS
NOT IMPORTANT. THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ARE THE FACTS. THE ACTUAL FACTS. THE
ACTUAL EVIDENCE. I DON'T KNOW IF THE POPE WENT THROUGH ALL THESE TRANSCRIPTS,
AND WENT THROUGH ALL THE EVIDENCE, AND WENT THROUGH ALL THE DECISIONS BY THE
FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, AND VARIOUS DISTRICT COURTS, AND THE STATE
COURTS. I DON'T KNOW IF HE DID OR DID NOT. BUT I AM.))
OUT Q=But I am.
Allen says his office received 300 to 400 calls from Italian media and
government officials by noon today.
Meanwhile, Ronald Hoke is just hours away from becoming the eighth man to
die by execution in Virginia this year.
A school bus loaded with 27 Lord Botetourt High School students collided
with a tractor trailer this morning.
But it could have been much worse.
In all, only four of the 27 students suffered minor injuries.
Two of them were sent to the hospital.
The truck clipped the rear end of the bus after the truck was unable to
stop at a red light.
The accident happened at the intersection of Read Mountain Road and
State Police have charged the truck driver with reckless driving.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
the candidates in tomorrow's special election make their last minute push,
and we'll check in with the Bikes or Bust event to see how local Santa's
helpers have responded to getting the Christmas spirit off to a rolling start.
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The state senate race between Delegates Allen Dudley and Roscoe Reynolds is
down to the wire.
The special election to fill the seat vacated by Congressman- elect Virgil
Goode is tomorrow.
Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville newsroom with the latest.
Jean, the 20-th district senate race has been a hard-fought and closely
watched race-- considering what's at stake.
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OUT Q=representing these people
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((DEL.ALLEN DUDLEY/R-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE:AT THIS POINT, YOU'RE RIGHT, IT'S
JUST AN ATTEMPT TO SEE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN NOW AND ELECTION DAY.
OUT Q=and election day.
Allen Dudley is doing what he can to persuade voters.
But it's not been easy, for either candidate, because of time constraints.
Dudley and his Democratic challenger, Roscoe Reynolds, have had only about a
month to campaign.
((DEL.ALLEN DUDLEY/R-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: YOU'VE HAD TO DO A LOT OF THINGS
IN A VERY UNUSUAL FASHION OR A HURRIED FASHION, AND IN AN ATTEMPT TO DO THAT
YOU'VE HAD TO BE VERY CAREFUL THAT YOUR FACTS WERE CORRECT IN WHAT YOU ARE
SAYING OR PUTTING OUT.))
OUT Q=putting out.
Despite the hurdles, Dudley believes he's run a positive and accurate
campaign, but his democratic challenger sees things differently.
Roscoe Reynolds says the race has been littered with inaccuracies.
Last week, Dudley questioned Reynolds' committment to the Governor's
Opportunity Fund, a program which uses state money to lure business to
Reynolds' stance on crime was also challenged.
IN Q=I fought
((DEL. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE:I FOUGHT SINCE 1986 FOR CHANGES
AND IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CRIMINAL LAW, ALLEN HASN'T BEEN A LEADER IN THAT FIGHT,
THAT'S WHY THE GOVERNOR PUT ME ON THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM COMMISSION AND
NOT ALLEN DUDLEY.))
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Dudley has also questioned Reynolds' campaign tactics-- in particular-- a
direct mailer dealing with medicaid and medicare.
Campaign tactics-- aside-- there's a lot at stake in this special election.
A republican victory would put the G-O-P in control of a Virginia
legislative chamber for the first time in history.
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((DEL. ALLEN DUDLEY/R-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE:I DON'T KNOW THAT THE PRESSURE IS
THERE ON ME ON BEHALF OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND WHAT ALL THAT INVOLVES I
THINK IT'S MORE A MATTER OF LEADERSHIP FROM THIS DISTRICT REPRESENTING THESE
OUT Q=these people.
This campaign has also been characterized as an expensive one-- because of
time constraints the candidates have had to spend a lot of money on
Double Boxes=Jean and Teresa/Microwave
(Who is eligible to vote in the special election?)
Your vote in the presidential race was cast today -- and it went to Bob
At noon, members of the Electoral College did their thing in all 50 states.
IN Q=Each elector
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: EACH ELECTOR WILL REFLECT THE POPULAR WILL OF OUR
CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA AS EXPRESSED AT THE BALLOT BOX ON
((JOHN SWALLOW/ARLINGTON RESIDENT: I THINK IT'S A VERY KEY PART OF OUR SYSTEM,
THAT THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WORKS TO BALANCE THE INTERESTS OF VARIOUS STATES.
RATHER THAN JUST HAVE AN OVERALL POPULAR VOTE THAT COULD MAYBE BE DOMINATED BY
A CANDIDATE WITH AN URBAN AGENDA OR SOMETHING, LEAVING ALL THE RURAL AREAS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE PICTURE.))
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OUT Q=the picture.
Virginia had 13 votes to cast, based on population.
Consolidation's been talked about recently in Martinsville and Henry
Today the two localities voted to merge their social services departments.
The consolidated department will move into the building now owned by Tultex
in downtown Martinsville.
Meanwhile, the existing county social services building will house the
Officials say the merger will save taxpayers money, offer better service,
and bring the city and county closer.
IN Q=Over a period
((JACK DALTON/HENRY CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, WE FEEL
IKE WITH THE JOINT EFFORT WITH THE CITY, THIS WILL BRING US CLOSER TO WORKING
TOGETHER ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS. ))
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The county will foot the bill for 66-percent of operating costs, the city
will pay for 34-percent.
The new department should be up and running by June first.
In other business today, Henry County attorney Dale McGhee announced he's
taking early retirement.
Virginia Supreme Court Justice Roscoe Stephenson says he's retiring.
The 74-year old Covington native sent a letter to Governor Allen notifying
him of his resignation.
Stephenson practiced law in Covington, and was Commonwealth's Attorney for
He was elected to the State Supreme Court in 1981.
Though he's leaving the bench, Stephenson says he will still serve as a
senior Justice, performing what ever services the court assigns.
On Wall Street today, the stock market continued its sell off as a decline in
high tech stocks forced the market lower.
The DOW dropped 36 points to close for the day at 62-hundred-69.
NASDAQ dropped about 24 points.
What has more than 24-hundred wheels, lots of chrome and makes kids smile?
The bicycle Christmas Tree that formed in the Tanglewood mall parking lot
over the last four days.
The tree is the result of the Bikes or Bust campaign, co-sponsored by J-93
point-five and your hometown station.
The goal was one thousand bikes, but the two-wheelers kept rolling in this
morning, until the total added up to 12-hundred-37.
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((SLAM DUNCAN/J-93.5 DISC JOCKEY; ALL I WANT TO DO IS ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH MY FAMILY NOW THAT WE'VE GOT THIS UNDER OUR BELT AND KNOW THAT THERE'LL BE
A LOT OF OTHER FAMILIES
ABLE TO ENJOY THEIR HOLIDAY SEASON BECAUSE OF ALL THE FOLKS WHO CAME OUT AND
BROUGHT US BIKES.))
((SSGT. STEVE GARDNER/TOYS FOR TOTS; FORTUNATELY ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THE ROANOKE
VALLEY HEARD ABOUT IT AND JUST SAID THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO SUPPORT THIS YEAR
AND BECAUSE OF THAT IT WAS GREAT))
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SUPER=01-SSGT Steve Gardner/Toys For Tots;
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The bikes were taken from the mall parking lot to the Salvation Army.
They'll be delivered to children around the Roanoke Valley over the next few
Pittsburgh names a new football coach, the Redskins talk about their what
motivation they have left,
and a small sea of red has found it's way into Roanoke County and into salem.
More on some Nebraska fans ina few.
Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer has a new oppoentnet to condent with next season
as the Big East football welcomed a new coach to it's coaching fraternity
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Former Ohio State assistant Walt Harris was named the new head coach at
Pitt today; he replaces Johnny Majors and hopes his team will play like the
NFL's Pittsburgh steelers.
((WALT HARRIS/NAMED NEW PITTSBURGH COACH:))
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The Washington Redskins can blame the end of their post season dreams on the
Butler. Kevin Butler's game ending 28 yard field goal eliminated the Skins from
the playoffs, but there is some motivation with Dallas up next week.
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((KEN HARVEY/WASHINGTON LINEBACKER:)) ((GUS FERROTTE/WASHINGTON QUARTERBACK:))
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SUPER=01-Gus Frerotte/Washington Quarterback; :11
OUT Q=...see it again"
7 and 4 Virginia is preparing for it's december 27th meeting with Miami.
Coach George Welsh usually down plays the rankings, but with the Cavs out of
the top 25; things have changed for this game.
((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...helps recruiting"
The Virginia Tech Hokies are fine tuning their game plan for their new
year's eve date with Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
And while the Cornhusker state is miles and miles away from Hokie land; a
small river of red does flow through the valley.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Benne/Nebraska Fan Club Chair; 1:02
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As if you counldn't tell; Bob Bryan hails from Nebraska. 7 of his siblings
still live there, His strong football and family ties helped his daughter's
basketball college decision making process. The Cave Spring senior center
recently accepted a full scholarship to nebraska.
Even though Nebraska red and white decorate his house in Roanoke co., Byran
is happy to see the Hokies make it to the Orange Bowl.
Which takes us to Roanoke college where Religion and Philosophy chair Dr.
Robert Benne also heads the Salem Cornhusker club.
it's amazing that Benne, who hails from West Point Nebraska, would even
cheer for the Huskers and their head coach Tom Osborne.
Benne, like Bryan predicts a Nebraska win. He also is a Tech fan and Getting
together on New Years eve will be interesting.
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