Coming up on NEWS 7 at six...
Shots ring out in the parking lot of a local restaurant... leaving one person injured and investigators looking for answers.
Plus, a behind the scenes look at the Salem Fair-- and what it takes to make sure the ride of your life doesn't end up taking your life.
Tonight in sports, the men's final at Wimbledon is a mismatch, Lance Armstrong loses his lead in the Tour de France,
and J-J Reddick gets ready for this week's high school all-star game in Hampton.
A very pleasant day around the region, sunny skies and warm temperatures. The workweek starts off much the same. I'll have the forecast details straight ahead.
[IN Q=Safety is number one]
((DANNY ABNER/SAFETY CONSULTANT: SAFETY IS NUMBER ONE, AND I WOULD SAY IT IS NUMBER TWO TOO.))
[OUT Q=number two too]
Most of the time they're fun to ride but at times they can also be far from amusing.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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The illusion of danger makes amusement park rides a thrill.
But increasingly, the danger is real.
Thousands of people are injured every year on amusement park rides.
Justin McLeod shows what steps the Salem Fair takes to make your thrill ride a safe one.
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[SUPER=01-Tom DiDonato/Asst. Ride Superintendent; :55]
[SUPER=01-Danny Abner/Safety Consultant; 1:28]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Salem]
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They're fast....scary (SHOT AT 54:02)...and definetely mind boggling. (SHOT AT 57:34)
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF A RIDE))
They're just some of the thrill rides at this year's Salem Fair.
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[IN Q=It's not something]
((RACHEL BELTZ: IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU WOULD RIDE TWICE IN A HOUR.))
((TONYA BELTZ: IT WAS AWESOME.))
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Awesome but also sometimes dangerous.
A recent study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports park rides sent more than ten thousand people to the emergency room in 1999.
[IN Q=Most of those injuries]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: MOST OF THOSE INJURIES WERE CAUSE BY THE RIDER NOT THE MACHINE. THAT'S PARTLY WHY THE STATE OF VIRGINIA RECENTLY PASSED A NEW LAW THAT WENT INTO EFFECT JULY 1ST. IT IS CALLED THE RIDER RESPONSBILITY LAW AND IT BASICALLY SAYS YOU CAN BE CHARGED IF YOU ACT UP ON A RIDE.))
[OUT Q=act up on a ride]
((NAT SOUND AT 17:55))
Even so, safety is taken very seriously here at the Salem Fair.
An independent safety consultant conducts a four day inspection before the fair opens.
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Each ride then undergoes a two hour daily inspection.
[IN Q=These are machinery]
((TOM DiDONATO/ASST. RIDE SUPERINTENDENT: THESE ARE MACHINERY. THESE ARE JUST LIKE YOUR CAR. WHEN YOUR CAR BREAKS DOWN YOU DON'T BLAME IT ON ANYBODY YOU REPAIR IT. IT IS THE SAME THING WITH THESE MACHINES HERE. WHEN THEY BREAK, WE REPAIR EM. WE'RE CONSTANTLY ON TOP OF EVERYTHING.))
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To prove it, we went along for an inspection.
((NAT SOUND "THAT'S WHAT THAT IS FOR" (SLAM) 23:45))
We watched as workers checked safety harnesses, pins, and did routine maintenance.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF RIDE RUNNING))
Each ride also runs empty every morning.
And if something even small goes wrong, the ride is shut down immiedately.
That happened to this ride even though the manufacture says it is still safe to operate.
[IN Q=If we set it on manual]
((DANNY ABNER/SAFETY CONSULTANT: IF WE SET IT ON MANUAL THE LIGHT NO LONGER WORKS AND WE CHOOSE NOT TO RUN THE RIDE UNLESS WE KNOW IT IS 100-PERCENT.))
Even then, accidents can and will happen.
But these guys work day and night to make sure your thrill ride doesn't turn into a fatal attraction.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Salem.))
It appears more people than ever are experiencing the Salem Fair.
The event is in its 15th year and is the second largest in the state.
A record crowd of more than forty thousand people attended the fair July fourth.
However, organizers do report crowds have been down when the temperature goes up.
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[IN Q=The crowds still come]
((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER/SALEM FAIR DIRECTOR: THE CROWDS STILL COME BUT THEY COME LATER WHEN IT IS REALLY HOT. IT WAS EXTREMELY WARM AT THE MIDDLE PART OF LAST WEEK AND LATER PART. SO THE PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSE TO COME OUT AT 4:30, 5, 6 O'CLOCK COME OUT AT 7:30, EIGHT O'CLOCK WHEN IT GETS COOLER IN THE EVENING.))
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The total attendance at the fair is expected to top more than 300-hundred thousand this year.
The Salem Fair runs every day until July 14th at the Salem Civic Center.
Police have few leads in a shooting that happened at a Roanoke County restaurant.
Officers say multiple shots were fired just outside the Waffle House restaurant, near Peters Creek Road and 5-81.
Detectives say two people exchanged words inside the restaurant before the shooting happened.
18 year old Vernon James Jones Jr. suffered a superficial wound.
He was treated and released from Community Hospital.
Police say they have no suspects but believe anywhere from five to ten people were involved.
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If you have any information, you are urged to call the Roanoke County Police Department at 561-8094.
Congressman Jim Moran is disputing reports that he received preferential treatment from a credit lender, days before becoming a leading supporter of bankruptcy reform legislation that the company was pushing.
The Washington Post says the Democrat from Alexandria closed on a home refinancing package worth 447-thousand dollars with M-B-N-A Corporation in 1998 -- then signed on as the lead Democratic co-sponsor of the wide-ranging bankruptcy reform bill four days later.
Moran says the timing of the loan was "coincidental'' ... and the credit lender never lobbied him for the legislation.
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Some army veterans are fighting to raise money to help the former president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.
Richard Burrow was charged last month with four counts of fundraising fraud.
But vets from the 29th Division Association are standing behind him - trying to help Burrow pay his legal bills.
None of the charges against Burrow indicate that he used money raised for the memorial for personal gain... but that he lied about donations to secure money and to boost his reputation as a dynamic fundraiser.
Burrow's trial is scheduled to begin September third in Lynchburg.
Still to come on News 7 at 6, a local school system takes a lesson from the Richmond area that could benefit students...
and members of a local congregration get ready to embark on an adventure to help those less fortunate.
More in just a few minutes, but first let's check in with Brent in the WeatherCenter.
Laptop computers will be finding their way into the hands of some Roanoke County school children this fall as part of a pilot program.
School officials will decide how many middle and high school students will get computers after they take a closer look at cost estimates and available funding.
Henrico County is already using laptops for some of its students... paying out more than 18 million dollars over a four year period to lease 23- thousand laptops for all middle and high school students.
A Roanoke County church is on a mission.
More than 60 members of the Cave Spring United Methodist Church departed this morning for West Virginia.
They're taking part in the annual Appalachian Service Project.
They'll be spending the next week sprucing up and repairing homes for residents who are less fortunate.
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((SARAH LYON/VOLUNTEER: YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE STUFF WHAT WE CAN DO FOR THESE PEOPLE. THEY HAVE CLOSE TO NOTHING. LAST YEAR, WE PUT UNDERPINNING AROUND THIS TRAILER. WE BUILT A PORCH FOR THEM AND PUT INSULATION IN BECAUSE THEY HAD NO WAY KEEP THE COOL AIR FROM GETTING UP UNDER THEIR TRAILER.))
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This is the 13th year United Methodist Church has taken part in the program.
Most of the volunteers are young people.
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[IN Q=I think most of the]
((BRUCE PRILLAMAN/ORGANIZER: I THINK MOST OF THE YOUTH HERE ARE AWARE THAT IT'S TO GIVE AND YET YOU WILL RECEIVE SO MUCH MORE SO BASICALLY IT IS A MINISTRY WHERE YOU GET MORE THAN YOU GIVE.))
[OUT Q=than you give]
The church raises the 15-thousand dollars needed for the trip.
The volunteers will work during the day and then each evening they plan to learn more about the Appalachian culture and history.
Officials say there is a construction boom in the Southern part of West Virginia as the state replaces homes destroyed by floods.
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In the past 12 months, the Housing Development Fund has committed 17 million dollars to the effort. Construction is expected to continue for another five to six years.
Officials say the work is providing employment as well as new homes. Much of the work is being done by West Virginia engineers and contractors.
Flooding since last July has destroyed or damaged thousands of homes in southern West Virginia--
So far, the state's construction program has provided new houses or apartments for about 80 families.
Meanwhile, in Texas, floodwaters that devastated the San Antonio area last week are continuing their flow toward the Gulf of Mexico.
The Governor is asking President Bush for more federal funding. Now some residents are returning home, to find they may have little left.
CBS' Drew Levinson has more.
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[SUPER=03-Abilene, TX; :37]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Rick Perry/Texas; :54]
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FLOODWATERS MOVED WITH A VENGEANCE THROUGH SOUTH-CENTRAL TEXAS SUNDAY.
AS RESIDENTS DOWNSTREAM FEARED THE RIVER'S WRATH.
(NAT SOT - RESIDENT - I'm really gettin' nervous now.")
THE SWOLLEN GUADALUPE RIVER HAS POURED WATER INTO HUNDREDS OF HOMES.
... IT'S DESTROYED MANY MORE -- FLATTENING WHAT TOOK SOME A LIFETIME TO
(nat sot -- resident - "I can't believe this!...believe it, it's real..")
SOME RESIDENTS HAVE RETURNED HOME.
AND AS THEY WADE THROUGH THE MESS -- THE AFTERMATH OF THE FIERCE
FLOODING IS SINKING IN.
(nat sot - Mary Lee Maxwell/Home Destroyed - "I could just cry - hope
the good lord helps me through this.")
IN THE WEST TEXAS CITY OF ABILENE, A SURPRISE STORM DUMPED MORE THAN A
FOOT OF RAIN ON SATURDAY.
SEVERAL CREEKS TURNED INTO TORRENTS, LEAVING MANY RESIDENTS SCRAMBLING
TO GET OUT OF THEIR HOMES.
FLOOD WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT IN TWO-DOZEN TEXAS COUNTIES.
AND FORECASTERS SAY THUNDERSTORMS ARE A GOOD BET FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL
(SOT - Texas Governor Rick Perry "Our hope is that rain won't come
in...and hit areas again, that are already saturated.")
MANY TEXANS SAY THEY'RE TAKING NO CHANCES.
... MOVING OUT - BEFORE FLOODWATERS MOVE IN.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS.))
Still to come on News 7 at 6, Lleyton Hewitt nets a big victory at Wimbledon. Travis Wells will have more in Sports.
but before that, we'll check in with a local man who is trying to make sure a classic car stays on the road.
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The Roanoke Valley played host to hundreds of classic cars this past week, as part of the Fourth of July festivities.
Richard Lesko has more on one man's love with Studebakers in this week's Virginia Profile.
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[SUPER=01-Leland Smith/Studebaker Owner; :00]
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[INQ=In high school...]
((LELAND SMITH/STUDEBAKER OWNER; IN HIGH SCHOOL I HAD A 1953 STUDEBAKER COUPE. DROVE THAT TO WAKE FOREST COLLEGE FOR A WHILE. AND WE HAD SEVERAL STUDEBAKERS IN MY FAMILY.))
[OUTQ=in my family.]
More than 20 years ago, Leland Smith's interest in a special make of automobile revved into high gear.
He's been collecting Studebakers ever since, trying to make sure an automobile with a unique history stays on the road.
((LELAND SMITH/STUDEBAKER OWNER; STUDEBAKER BUILT WAGONS 150 YEARS AGO. THIS IS THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF STUDEBAKER BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ALTHOUGH THEY CEASED PRODUCTION IN 1966. THAT WAS THE LAST STUDEBAKER EVER MADE ))
At this show, Smith showed off his 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, equipped with air conditioning, overdrive and power steering. High tech for the time.
Recently, Smith and a friend took to the road, driving the 665 miles from Franklin County to South Bend, Indiana, the home of Studebaker, to compete in a car show just for the fun of it.
[INQ=A friend of mine...]
((LELAND SMITH/STUDEBAKER; A FRIEND OF MINE FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY, CURTIS BRUBAKER AND I DROVE THIS CAR TO SOUTH BEND AND BACK LAST WEEK. IT WAS ENTERED IN A COMPETITION. I DON'T THINK IT WILL WIN ANYTHING, BUT WE SURE ENJOYED IT.))
[OUTQ=we sure enjoyed it.]
Now Smith is sharing his love of Studebakers with others in our area. The Southwest Virginia Studebaker Driver's Club has about 25 members locally. It's all an effort to make sure a classic make is not forgotten.
Richard Lesko, News 7, Roanoke.))
On the way in sports, J-J Reddick talks about his last game at the high school level, the Avalanche continues a long road swing, and
Lleyton Hewitt swings away at Wimbledon, taking his 2nd Grand Slam title.
J-J Reddick will play the final game of his high school career later this week in Hampton when he leads the West squad in the Virginia High School All-Star game. After playing in the McDonald's game and Nike All-Star games already, Reddick knows what to expect later this week.
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Reddick's high school coach, Billy Hicks will call the shots for the West, and he's gotten some words of wisdom from his star player.
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[OUT Q=one more time too."]
Reddick will be joined on the West team by Martinsville's Brian Frazier and Kameron King, as well as Laurel Park's Frankie Harris.
The Salem Avalanche takes on Potomac in game two of their three game set with the Cannons tonight at Pfitzner Stadium.
One of many bright spots for the Avalanche offense this season has been Cory Sullivan. The outfielder is batting well above .270 and is among the Carolina League's top five in extra basehits, closing in on the 35 mark.
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[SUPER=01-Stu Cole/Avalanche; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cory Sullivan/Avalanche Outfielder; :22]
[OUT Q=......hit the ball"]
Sullivan and his teammates will face Andy Benes tomorrow. Benes, the St.Louis Cardinals pitcher is on a rehab assignment with Potomac. Next up, the Avalanche heads to Myrtle Beach for a three game series. Salem returns home July 15th to begin a seven game homestand at Salem Memorial.
In the big leagues today, the Braves closed out the first half of the season with a dominating pitching performance from Greg Maddux.
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Maddux tuned up for Tuesday's Midsummer Classic with a seven inning performance that included 4 strikeouts and just three hits against the Cubs.
The Braves led one-nothing in the seventh when Henry Blanco drove in Vinny Castilla. That was all the insurance Atlanta needed. John Smoltz came on to pitch the ninth for his 17th straight save and his 31st overall. The Braves knock off the Cubs 2-nothing for their 15th win in 18 games.
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Lleyton Hewitt was making his fourth appearance at Wimbledon, Argentina's David Nalbandian his first. The experience factor made all the difference in this morning's men's final.
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The top seeded Hewitt overwhelmed Nalbandian in straight sets 6-1, 6-3, and 6-2. The match took less than two hours. Nothing could stop Hewitt today. Not even this guy in his birthday suit. At the age of 21, Hewitt became the youngest Wimbledon champ since Boris Becker won the championship at 18 in 1986. Hewitt is also the first Australian to win the event since Pat Cash turned the trick in 1987.
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Lance Armstrong, who won yesterday's Tour de France prologue dropped to third after today's first stage.
Switzerland's Rubens Bertogliati took today's stage in 4 hours, 49 minutes and 16 seconds. Armstrong finished 30th in the flat 119 mile stage. He is just 3 seconds off the overall lead. Armstrong has lost the yellow jersey only once before on the Tour. That was in 1999, the year of his first title. He regained the lead in the mountains and kept i(------------)
t until the finish. Monday's 112 mile run goes from Luxembourg to Saarbruecken, Germany.