Next on News 7-
Students cause controversy at
a Cave Spring High School Basketball Game-
A teenager accused of murdering his newborn turns on his girlfriend in court.
New owners for Roanoke based Advanced Auto.
Plus it's Monday night and that means it's time for Wrestling.
News 7 is next.
A teenager charged in the 1996 death of his newborn son
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pleaded guilty today to manslaughter.
Brian Peterson's lawyer says he threw the baby in a dumpster at the mother's urging.
A high school principal is apologizing for racial slurs students used to taunt players at the Roanoke Valley District Tournament.
And severe weather is pounding the Southeast, causing massive flooding.
Eight are dead, including a baby swept from its mothers arms.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
The local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants an investigation, following a high school basketball game in which some fans used racial insults.
Joe Dashiell has more on the incident.
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((The William Fleming and Cave Spring basketball teams met on February 20th, in the championship game of the Roanoke Valley District Tournament.
At one end of the floor, the SCLC says, was a group of Cave Spring fans who taunted Fleming players with racial taunts and at least one offensive sign.
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((DIANE WADE/WILLIAM FLEMING PARENT: IF THEY STOP IT NOW, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE THESE PROBLEMS WITH THE ARGUMENTS, THE FIGHTS, THE CARRYING ON. IF THEY STOP IT. IF WE WORK TOGETHER AS A GROUP, WE WOULDN'T HAVE THESE PROBLEMS.))
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Cave Spring principal Martha Cobble says she was unaware of the problem during the game... But since then she has investigated, disciplined students and written an apology to the Fleming community.
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((MARTHA COBBLE/CAVE SPRING PRINCIPAL: THE INFORMATION WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION AT THE END OF THE GAME BY THREE TEACHERS WHO WERE CONCERNED. I SHARED WITH THEM THAT I WISH THEY HAD BROUGHT IT TO MY ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY, BECAUSE I COULD HAVE TAKEN IMMEDIATE ACTION.))
[OUT Q=taken immediate action.]
Meanwhile the SCLC is calling for full review of the incident by the Roanoke Valley District, the Virginia High School League and the Roanoke County School System.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
At least ten people are dead from torrential rains, flooding and tornadoes that swept across the Southeast.
Lee Cowan has more.
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((From the air what's left of a central Florida neighborhood looks
like a spilled box of matches.
It is the second time in as many weeks that tornadoes have
ripped apart property and lives here..
This is what a lot of the southeast looked like at daybreak..in
the carolinas, the wreckage of a horse barn was one tornado's footprint.along
with minor injuries to the 75 horses inside...
From Georgia to Alabama electricity was cut.and many schools
remain closed hours after the storms had passed..what wasn't blown away across the Southeast this weekend, was soaked.
But no more so than in the town of Elba Alabama..which you could
see if it wasn't under about 6 feet of water.
IT WAS SCAREY.VERY SCAREY.
At least 5 people have been killed..and thousands wll be
spending the next several days in emergency shelters watching helplessly as the water continues to pour through a break in the levee.
In Georgia there is helplessness too. Rescuers continue to look
for a 20-month old boy washed out of the hands of a his desparate mother..too
young to fight what others had survived a state away.
IT WAS BAD.IT SWEPT ME RIGHT AWAY.
LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS: AFTER SUCH A WET AND WINDY WEEKEND, MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST IS GOING TO BE
SEEING CLEAR SUNNY SKIES..GOOD NEWS? IT SHOULD BE, BUT THOSE CLEAR SKIES ARE
ALSO BRINGING WITH THEM SOME FREEZING TEMPERATURES. ANOTHER QUICK-CHANGE FOR
MOTHER NATURE WHO IS ALREADY HARD ENOUGH TO KEEP UP WITH. LEE COWAN, CBS
Two high school sweethearts accused of murdering their newborn are turning on each other in court.
Brian Peterson pleaded guilty to manslaughter-
Under a plea agreement he's agreed to testify in the murder trial of his
former girlfriend, Amy Grossberg.
The baby was found in a trash dumpster outside a motel in 1996.
((JOE HURLEY/PETERSON'S ATTORNEY: THE FACT THAT HE ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT HE ACCEPTED FOR HERE TODAY IN NO WAY CHANGES THAT HE OUTRIGHT DENIES THAT NEVER NEVER NEVER DID HE INTEND TO HARM THAT NEWBORN.))
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Grossberg claims the baby was stillborn.
((SHE MAINTAINS HER INNOCENCE THAT'S WHAT THIS TRIAL IS GOING TO BE ALL ABOUT. ))
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Peterson was facing first degree murder charges and could have faced capital punishment.
He now faces up to ten years for manslaughter.
Will Au Pair Louise Woodward go back to prison, home to England or will she face new trial in the United States?
Those are the decisions now in the hands of the highest court in Massachusetts.
The justices must decide whether a lower court judge overstepped his bounds by throwing out the jury's verdict.
((I JUST HOPE THEY WON'T YA KNOW REINSTATE THE SECOND DEGREE AND THAT THYE'LL LEAVE IT ALONE AND LET ME GO HOME.))
((BARRY SCHECK/WOODWARD'S DEFENSE TEAM: YOU CAN'T PREDICT ANYTHING ABOUT AN OUTCOME. THIS IS A VERY GOOD COURT. THEY'RE VERY WELL INFORMED.))
((WE'LL ACCEPT THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURTS OPINION ON THIS ISSUE. THIS IS THE HIGHEST COURT IN MASSACHUSETTS.))
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A jury convicted Woodward of second degree murder in the death of Matthew Eappen, but a judge threw out the verdict.
The high court has 130 days to rule and the decision will be final.
Louis Ceparano's lawyers asked for a delay in the start of their client's capital murder trial today.
And they got it.
But the lawyers representing Ceparano, who's charged with burning and beheading a black man, are still waiting to hear a judge's reply to another request.
Ceparano's lawyers want the court to appoint a toxicologist who would serve as an expert defense witness.
Ceparano is one of two men accused of killing Garnett "G.P." Johnson after a night of drinking last summer.
Ceparano's lawyers said he was too drunk to premeditate a murder the night Johnson was killed.
Being drunk is NOT a defense for murder.
But expert testimony might help Ceparano's lawyers get charges reduced to second degree murder.
The judge did not say when he'll decide if the expert can testify.
A former Halifax County jailer could end up in prison himself.
Jonathan Majors was indicted today on two counts of oral sodomy.
Last year, two female prisoners accused Majors and two other jailers of sexual misconduct.
All three men were fired, but there was only enough evidence to indict Majors.
He is expected to turn himself into authorities and faces a maximum penalty of ten years in jail.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
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Still to come on the newscast, Rocky Mount wants to make a trade with Franklin County,
and a local principal speaks about the suspensions of students who handed out vitamins.
A deal's been struck.
The House of Delegates Finance Committee has finally approved a plan for a car tax cut AND grants and bonds for school construction and repair.
Tonight, the evenly split committee that has deadlocked on the tax cut question for weeks unanimously okayed the deal.
It would provide money for a slower phase-in of Governor Jim Gilmore's car tax cut.
For instance, the compromise with Democrats scales car tax relief down from 15-percent of the car's value in the first year to 12 and a half percent.
But a House Republican revision to Gilmore's plan: owners of cars under one thousand dollars in value would pay NO tax at all.
The plan also calls for about 375-million dollars in bonds and direct grants to localities to help with school construction and repair.
A House commission has been named to recommend a way to cut the tax on food-- but NOT until next year.
The compromise now faces both chambers and Governor Jim Gilmore this week.
The town of Rocky Mount says it will trade sewer lines for land in Franklin County.
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Route 40 East needs sewer service but Franklin County says it cannot afford to build the lines.
So town council is offering to pay for construction as long as it can annex the land around the new lines.
That would include Wal-Mart -- a tax jackpot for the town.
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((POSEY DILLON/TOWN COUNCIL: AT THE SAME TIME IT WILL HELP US TO OPEN UP PARCELS FOR DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THAT AREA THAT HOPEFULLY THE TOWN WILL SEE SOME BENEFIT FROM AS FAR AS TAXES.))
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Rocky Mount Town Council calls it a win-win deal.
The county can attract developers with new sewer lines but the town will share in the tax revenue.
Franklin County has not yet received the formal offer.
The four Snowville elementary students suspended for handing out and eating Flintstone's vitamins at school will have a record.
Pulaski County superintendent
Bill Asbury says the mark will specify the incident involved vitamins to prevent anyone from thinking the violation involved something more serious.
The school system's drug policy does NOT mention vitamins-- but Asbury says officials consider Flintstone's an over the counter medication-- which students are prohibited from possessing.
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((BILL ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SUPERINTENDENT:WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED DOSAGE FOR CHILDREN THAT AGE, FLINTSTONE'S VITAMINS, OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM-- ONE TABLET A DAY, NOT TEN, NOT FIVE, ONE. THIS ENTIRE BOTTLE WAS EMPTY. ))
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Nine-year old Scott Boyd was one of the students suspended for accepting the vitamins.
Before the incident-- he had perfect attendance.
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((SCOTT BOYD/STUDENT:EVEN IF I WAS SICK SHE SENT ME TO SCHOOL AND THEN LATER ON IF I GOT TOO SICK SHE'D COME GET ME AT LEAST I'D GOT THERE.
DONALD BOYD, JR./SCOTT'S FATHER:THEY SHOULD'VE CALLED ALL THE PARENTS TOGETHER, HAD A MEETING WITH PARENTS AND STUDENTS AND WORKED IT OUT AND I'M NOT SAYING HE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN PUNISHED, HE'S BEEN PUNISHED I'D IMAGINE, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE, BUT I THINK IT WAS JUST TOO HARSH.))
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Donald Boyd says he's considering hiring an attorney in an attempt to clear his son's record.
Virginia's new Task Force on Drinking by College Students got started today.
And right off the bat, Attorney General Mark Earley took one of its possible solutions to binge drinking off the table.
Earley says Virginia will NOT consider lowering its drinking age to take away the allure to teens.
But four groups of the task force started work on other priorities.
They heard from the father of a Radford sophomore.
His son was killed in a drunk driving accident last Halloween.
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((COL. JEFFREY LEVY: NOW YOU HEAR STORIES THAT THE SOLE PURPOSE IS JUST TO GO GET DRUNK. YOU JUST START-- GETTING FUN EQUATES TO GETTING DRUNK. PARTYING EQUATES TO GETTING DRUNK. NOT DRINKING OR NOT JUST HAVING A DRINK. STARTING OUT WITH THE SOLE GOAL OF JUST GETTING COMPLETELY DRUNK. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.))
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[OUT Q=That's unacceptable.]
Colonel Levy (LEH-vee) says he'd like to see the task force order school punishment the first time a student can be proven to be legally drunk on campus.
The second time, he'd push for a suspension.
Marijuana manufacturing charges against a Bedford County man have been sent on to the grand jury.
Authorities raided 23- year- old Anthony Gordon Ray's home in Forest last October.
That's where they found an elaborate marijuana growing operation, complete with water tanks and special lights.
87 plants were seized in the raid, each worth an estimated one thousand dollars.
Police believe most of the pot was being sold in Blacksburg.
Ray remains free on bond.
A grand jury could indict him next month.
Up next on the newscast, one of Roanoke's largest businesses is sold,
and we'll visit Lynchburg where an annual tradition is about to come down.
Advance Auto Parts is getting a new owner.
The Roanoke-based company has been sold to Freeman Spogli (SPOH-lee) and Company, an investment firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles.
A spokeswoman for Advance said the chain's headquarters will stay in Roanoke.
And she said there won't be any layoffs or store closings.
In fact, Advance said it plans to keep expanding -- opening new distribution centers in Georgia and Tennessee.
Advance operates more than 800-stores nationwide.
The new owners take over this spring.
Terms of the deal have not been made public.
It hasn't been used for years, but some Lynchburg residents are mourning the loss of one of the city's oldest water towers.
Crews started taking down the tower on V.E.S Road this morning.
It was built in the mid- 1920's.
Residents there say they'll be sorry to lose their long- time landmark.
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((ANNE BOLTON/RESIDENT: PEOPLE SAY `WHERE DO YOU LIVE?', I SAY `COME OUT TO OAKWOOD CLUB AND TURN DOWN V.E.S. ROAD AND COME ON UNTIL YOU SEE THE WATER TANK AND I LIVERIGHT UNDER THE WATER TANK. SO THEY FIND ME VERY EASY.))
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The tower also has been a favorite target of students from the nearby Virginia Episcopal School.
Every fall, the senior class would sneak out and paint the tower before Homecoming Weekend.
School officials aren't sorry to see that dangerous tradition go.
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((PHIL GARMEY/VES HEADMASTER: I WOULD HOPE THAT OUR KIDS COULD COME UP WITH A CREATIVE AND HEALTHY, SAFE WAY TO CULTIVATE NEW TRADITIONS AND TO BOND WITH EACH OTHER.))
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[OUT Q=with each other.]
Demolition is expected to wrap up on Wednesday.
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A big award for the Big Heel, Odom sounds off about the Deacs demise, Rick Reeves says his Lady Flames got the shaft, Bobby Labonte gets the big win, and WCW highlights from Winston-Salem tonight in sports.
But first March Madness isn't just reserved for the college boys and girls.
Check out the end of this boy's championship game in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Delco falls behind on this jumper with time running out.
But watch Mike Christensen call bank from 65 feet away to win it.
Now your scores.
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Still to come tonight. highlights from this WCW six man tag team bralw in Winston-Salem, plus we'll check out the results of today's rain delayed Primestar 500
down in Atlanta where Bobby Labonte put some more Pontiac excitement in victory lane.
The ACC tournament champion North Carolina Tarheels are the number one team in the final Associated Press basketball poll that was released last night.
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The Heels also have the ACC player of the year.
Antawn Jamison was overwhelmingly named the ACC player of the year last night by the Associated Press.
The 6-foot-9 junior from Charlotte received 96 and a half of a
possible 102 votes by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers
Association to become the first North Carolina player since Larry
Miller to be named the league's regular season and tournament MVP in the same season.
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The North Carolina Tarheels and Jamison will be the first team in action here on Your Hometown station this week as the first round
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The action begins Thursday afternoon at 12:10 with a short pregame pregame show and then the Heels and Navy tip things off at 12:20.
The second afternoon game around 2:50 will have the Richmond Spiders hooking with South Carolina.
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Then after a short dinner break you can check out the most interesting opening day matchup as Princeton meets UNLV at 7:40.
The late game at 10:10 will have Fairleigh Dickinson battling U-Conn.
Of course you will get bonus coverage from the other games.
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One team you won't get to see is Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons were bypassed in favor of Florida State by the selection committee, something Dave Odom can't understand.
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((DAVE ODOM/WAKE FOREST HEAD COACH:))
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Also, if you are planning an viewing party. The Radford-Duke game on Friday has been given a 10pm tip off time from Rupp arena right here on WDBJ.
Whenever the brackets for the men's and women's tournaments are announced they also manage to raise a few eyebrows, especially on the women's side.
Like how Va. Tech play a WEST regional game in Gainesville, Florida?
And why is UVa's EAST regional game being played in Tuscon, Arizona?
And better yet, how can the unbeaten Liberty women be a low number 16 seed?
Despite being 28-to-Oh Liberty must open the tournament against top seed Tennessee on the Lady Vols home court.
Coach Rick Reeves says the NCAA has thrown the Christians to the Lions.
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((RICK REEVES/LIBERTY HEAD COACH:))
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With temperatures here climbing into the 60s yesterday it seems only appropriate that we step outside for a little spring training action with the Orioles.
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Eric Davis was the man for the O's yesterday as they separated the Twins 9-to-3.
Davis hit two homers - a 3 run shot and 2 run homer.
Doug Drabek also contributed pitching four scoreless innings for the O's.
Thanks to a persistent rain in Atlanta over the weekend, the Winston Cup cars had to wait until today to run their scheduled Primestar 500 event.
Today they would also have to dodge some rain and
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the walls. Mike Skinner brings out the second caution of the day as his Lowes' Chevy get to know the concrete.
Skinner was taken to Baptist hospital. He should be OK.
Late in the race with 212 laps in the book, Derrike Cope outdid Skinner as he whacked the outside wall with the driver's of his Pontiac.
It took over 15 minutes to get him out of the car. He was taken to Baptist hospital. No word at this hour on his condition.
Not everyone made a point of testing the strength of their roll cages. Rookie Kenny Irwin was the man most of the race as he led the most laps in the Havoline Ford.
He was joined at the front for a good part of the race by his teammate Dale Jarrett.
In fact Fords dominated nearly the entire race. But in the end it was the Pontiac of Bobby Labonte that would continue its dominance at the track.
Labonte wins the race, and he has now won 3 out of the last four Cup events at Atlanta.
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All Fords round out the top five with Jarrett, Mayfield, Wallace and Irwin finishing 2 through 5.
Rusty Wallace now leads the point race by 49 points over his teammate Jeremy Mayfield.
Earnhardt who was 13TH today is in third in the points race 87 back.
Gordon finished 19th today and Rick Mast 33rd.
And finally, we close tonight at the soldout Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem where the WCW and NWO went head to head for three hours this evening.
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The Nature Boy Ric Flair, who lives in the Mecklenburg County just outside of Charlotte, ventured into the Triad tonight to tangle with Kurt Henning.
But Ric would have to be rescued from the NWO sneak attack by the Hit man Bret Hart.
The Main event was a six man tag team match with Sting, the Giant and the Macho Man battling the Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Hollywood Hogan.
This time the New World Order would prevail, but not without more outside help as Hogan pins Savage after getting some aid from one of his comrades.
Things were going downhill today at a New York ski resort as a bunch of dummies took to the slopes.
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Its the annual ski competition at the Holiday Valley Ski Resort. Hundreds of people show up every year to watch their home made dummies go down the slope.
The idea is to get the dummies all the way down to the bottom of the hill intact.
Not many make it. Most end up in a heap at the bottom of the hill.