A truck driver beats the odds after smashing through a house near Rocky Mount.
And Virginia beats budget projections. Now taxpayers will get an unexpected break.
Tonight on News 7 Sports - the US wins Olympic Gold in softball.
Floyd County gets the preseason treatment,
and we'll get in step with Tech's redshort freshman linebacking sensations - Vince Hall and Xavier Adibi.
Some fog, some sun and temperatures that are right on the mark for the season. More on the forecast just ahead.
News 7 is next.
A house and a tractor trailer are totaled.
But the only person involved in this afternoon wreck is, amazingly, in good condition.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.
The accident happened around 1:30 this afternoon between Rocky Mount and Glade Hill.
One of the witnesses was the truck driver's uncle who was following not far behind.
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[IN Q=Right when I came over the knoll...]
[SUPER=01-Bob Argabright/Witness; :00]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :08]
[SUPER=01-Don Palmer/Witness; :30]
[SUPER=01-Trooper Tim Harris/State Police; 1:22]
[OUT Q=he's apparently done the right thing.]
(([SOT=8:10:30 - 8:10:41]
[IN Q=Right when I came over the knoll...]
((BOB ARGABRIGHT/WITNESS: RIGHT WHEN I CAME OVER THE KNOLL I SAW A BLUE PICKUP... THEN I SAW HIM ROLLING AND TUMBLING, OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND SAW THE WHEELS FALL OFF THE TRAILER.))
[OUT Q= wheels fall off the trailer.]
That next time Bob Argabright saw his nephew he was helping pull him out of the crumpled tractor trailer.
The two had been making a routine haul to Rocky Mount,each with a load of crushed cars when, for some reason,Charles Timothy Argabright swerved to the right.
[SOT 8:04:55 - 8:05:07]
[IN Q=I was turning, gave a signal...]
((DON PALMER/WITNESS: I WAS TURNING, GAVE A SIGNAL TO TURN INTO MY PARKING LOT... WE HEARD A BOOM AND CRASH AND SAW THE SMOKE AND TOOK OFF RUNNING...))
[OUT Q=and took off running.]
Don Palmer owns the house the truck plowed into.
He's been using the building to store equipment from his electronics store next door.
Since he knew nobody lived there, his concern was with the man behind the wheel.
[SOT 8:05:21 - 8:05:36]
[IN Q=The truck cab was flat...]
((PALMER: THE TRUCK CAB WAS FLAT... THEN THE DRIVER SAID SOMETHING AND I THOUGHT, THERE'S HOPE, YOU KNOW?))
[OUT Q=there's hope, you know?]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT=8:11:18 - 8:11:24]
[INQ=Me and three or four other guys got him out...]
((ARGABRIGHT: ME AND THREE OR FOUR OTHER GUYS GOT HIM OUT OF THE TRUCK. HE WAS PRETTY HURT... I DON'T KNOW HOW BAD.))
[OUT Q=I don't know how bad.]
Police won't confirm whether Argabright was trying to avoid hitting another vehicle.
But, they do say, if that was the case, he made a heroic effort.
[SOT 8:13:33 - 8:13:49]
[IN Q=He tore up a bunch of property...]
((HE TORE UP A BUNCH OF PROPERTY BUT NOBODY ELSE HAS BEEN INJURED. IF HE DID TAKE EVASIVE ACTION HE'S APPARENTLY DONE THE RIGHT THING.))
[OUT Q=he's apparently done the right thing.]))
Argabright drives for C.D. Thomason out of Bedford.
He is listed as being in good condition.
Three people are under arrest for a weekend vandalism spree in Botetourt County.
Joseph Daniel Luck and James Richard Looney, both 18 years old and from Montvale, and a 17-year-old boy from Bedford all face charges.
Residents in the Blue Ridge area woke Saturday morning to find a church and more than 50-homes, mail boxes and street signs spray painted.
Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle says the three face charges under Virginia's hate crime laws since the lettering "KKK" was sprayed on both the home and vehicle of an African-American family.
Additional charges are pending and a second juvenile is also under investigation.
Radford University is warning students to be careful after two separate assaults.
One of the assaults happened last Wednesday in a campus parking lot near Moffett Hall.
A female had a purse stolen while walking home around 3:00 in the morning.
The other attack was off-campus, but much more violent.
It happened on Jefferson Street.
A male was beaten and robbed while walking home early in the morning.
A friend of the victim says he needs reconstructive surgery.
City and University police are investigating both crimes and say they do not appear to be related.
A body was discovered at Smith Mountain Lake today.
The medical examiner's office is now trying to figure out the person's identity.
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake/June 20;]
Game Wardens say the body was found in the same section of the lake where 49- year- old Judy Thurman drowned more than two months ago.
Thurman was boating with her fianc� when she jumped into the lake after one of her dogs.
The swim back to the boat became too difficult and Thurman went under.
Divers searched for her body for days, but were unsuccessful.
Virginia taxpayers are being rewarded for giving the state its first revenue surplus in three years.
Governor Mark Warner today told the General Assembly's money committees that the state recorded a nearly 324 million dollar surplus.
He says the surplus will allow the state to accelerate a tax break.
The increase in the personal exemption allowed every taxpayer and their dependents will now take effect one year earlier than scheduled.
The tax break will begin January First 2005 instead of 2006.
House leaders say they are glad the governor is providing the additional benefit.
But they say the surplus bolsters their contention that one-point-four billion dollars in tax increases were unnecessary.
[IN Q=I DON'T THINK IT COMES AS ANY]
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: I DON'T THINK IT COMES AS ANY SHOCK THAT WE HAD A SURPLUS NOR DOES IT COME AS A SHOCK THAT THE TAX INCREASE PROPOSAL WAS RICHER THAN WHAT WE NEEDED IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=WHAT WE NEEDED IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.]
Warner was unapologetic about supporting the additional taxes.
He says the long term effects will be positive.
Virginia's Presidential ballot may be a little more crowded after all.
Today, the state attorney general said the Board of Elections must accept petitions submitted by Ralph Nader's campaign.
On Friday, the State Board of Elections rejected petitions by the consumer activist's campaign staff.
Officials said the petitions failed to meet state requirements because they were improperly sorted.
But today Attorney General Jerry Kilgore told the board to reverse course.
Kilgore says there is no evidence that the sorting rule was ever approved by the board so it can't be enforced.
A former N-Double-A-C-P leader will challenge Bob Goodlatte for Congress.
Just as he did two years ago, Martin Jeffrey will conduct an independent write-in campaign in the 6th district.
Jeffrey is a former president of the N-Double-A-C-P Roanoke branch.
He is now a partner with his wife in a publishing and consulting company,
More kids are heading back to school.
Still ahead on News 7, see why, for some students, class and construction go hand in hand.
They're fast, fun and some say fraught with danger.
The big controversy over these tiny bikes next.
You may have seen them on the street --
Tiny motorcycles known as Pocket Rockets.
[***POCKET BIKES IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda & Shannon/BAM;]
They've been labeled one of the hottest novelty items this summer.
But, many wonder are they safe?
Myranda Stephens is here with more on that.
Shannon, we're talking about a bike that's about a quarter the size of a regular motorcycle.
But, like many motorcyle owners will tell you, it's not the bike, but the operator that can make it dangerous.
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[SUPER=01-Sam Peters/Xtreme Truck and 4x4 Owner; :23]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Bill Althoff/Roanoke City Police Department; :55]
[OUT Q=THEM SAFER FOR EVERYONE ]
(([SOT NATS OF BIKE STARTING UP @ 9:07]
Don't tell Sam Peters his pocket bikes aren't safe.
Not only is he an avid rider, but he lets his 12-year-old daughter ride them too.
((I DO, OF COURSE NOT ON THE STREET, BUT I HAVE A PRETTY BIG PARKING LOT.))
As the owner of Xtreme Truck and 4-by-4, Peters also sells the mini-bikes.
((THEY'RE SAFE, DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH IT, YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ON ANY MAJOR HIGHWAYS WITH THEM ANYWAY 00))
And in many communities, like Roanoke city, the regulations are even tougher.
In addition to registering the bikes, riders must also wear a helmet, and be at least 16-years old.
And just recently, the state tightened its laws as well -- requiring the bikes to have head and taillights, and that operators carry a photo i-d.
But police believe this is just the beginning.
((I REALLY EXPECT DURING THE NEXT TERM OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, WE MAY SEE SOME BETTER LAWS COMING OUT GOVERNING THE REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION OF THESE THINGS TO TRY TO MAKE THEM SAFER FOR EVERYONE 02))))
The bikes only go about 30 miles per hour, but some can be specially made to reach speeds up to twice that.
And while Roanoke police haven't reported any major crashes involving the bikes, officers believe with their growing popularity, it's just a matter of time.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda/Shannon /BAM;]
Shannon, just to give you and idea how popular these bikes are, earlier this year, Roanoke city ordered 300 moped license-plates, and already they've sold out.
More than 18 months after he was arrested and charged with his wife's murder, a former Pittsylvania County minister has yet to stand trial for the crime.
[SUPER=03-Yanceyville, NC/February 2003]
44-year-old Rick Pulley was charged in February of 2003 with killing his wife, Patty Jo.
She disappeared in May of 1999.
Her body was discovered near Yanceyville, North Carolina three years later.
Pulley's two-week long murder trial was scheduled to start today, but was continued at the request of the prosecution.
A judge will set a new date during a hearing next month.
A dissapointing outlook from Wal-Mart sent blue chips lower.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
The DOW lost 37 points today.
The NASDAQ gained a fraction.
The end of summer has come for another school system - today students in Roanoke City headed back to class.
But for some kids, just getting to school was a learning experience.
Susan Bahorich was there as Patrick Henry student made their way through the construction to start another year.
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[IN Q=Steve Dalton has patrolled...]
[SUPER=01-Steve Dalton/Head of Security; :12]
[SUPER=01-Gary Leah/Patrick Henry H. S. Principal; :40]
[OUT Q=SB, NEWS7, ROANOKE.]
((Steve Dalton has patrolled the grounds of Patrick Henry High School for the last five-years. But on this first day of school, Dalton has his work cut out for him.
[INQ=With the construction...]
((STEVE DALTON/HEAD OF SECURITY: WITH THE CONSTRUCTION AND ALL THAT, WE'RE STRETCHED A LITTLE BIT MORE THINLY THAN NORMAL, SO WE HAVE TO BE A BIT MORE SPECIALIZED IN WHAT WE'RE DOING AND COVER THE CAMPUS A LITTLE BIT BETTER...))
[OUTQ=... a little bit better.]
P.H. is undergoing a major overhaul. Meaning, on top of reading, writing and arthimetic, students will have to contend with the sound of hammers, saws and backhoes.
[INQ=What might seem to others..]
((GARY LEAH/PRINCIPAL: WHAT MIGHT SEEM TO OTHERS LIKE TURMOIL, IS SOMETHING WE'RE GETTING USED TO CAUSE IT'S THE FIRST TIME WE'VE GONE THROUGH CONSTRUCTION LIKE THIS ...))
[OUTQ=.. construction like this.]
Two-buildings have already been demolished, so students and the faculity will call modular units home. But, not everything has run smoothly at the start of this year- mobile classroom didn't arrive and teachers will have to make due until after the Christmas holiday. But that aside, the Patrick Henry community is moving forward and looking to the future.
[INQ=PH is changing...]
((GARY LEAH/PRINCIPAL: PH IS CHANGING - IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BRICKS AND THE MORTAR, IT'S ALL THE PEOPLE OUT HERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, ALUMNI- THAT'S WHAT WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW AND THAT'S THE MEMORY WE WANT TO CARRY ON...))
[OUTQ=... we want to carry on.]
And, these memories will live on a little bit longer- phase one of the PH construction is expected to wrap in two-years, while officials hope the entire project will be completed by 2007.
SB, News7, Roanoke.))
Hokie fans could soon have even more to cheer about.
The finacial picture is looking good for the Virginia Tech Athletic Department.
A new report shows revenue projections tripling over the next three years.
The university is already making enough money each year to save a few million dollars.
Officials say when money from the Atlantic Coast Conference starts "officially" pouring into the school in 2007, there will be lots to go around.
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[SOT: 59:20:00 ]
[IN Q=Immediately this year]
((LARRY HINCKER: IMMEDIATELY THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO SEE JUST A BOUT A DOUBLING IN OUR CONFERENCE REVENUE. AND BY THE TIME WE START RECEIVING FULL REVENUE FROM THE ACC IT WILL BE ABOUT TRIPLE OF WHAT WE WERE RECEIVING IN THE BIG EAST. AND THAT WILL AGAIN BE ADDING TO THE BOTTOM LINE EVEN MORE.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/VA Tech Spokesperson;]
[OUT Q=bottom line even more.]
Officials say the university will eventually use the money to start beefing up the entire department.
They say fans should start to notice several Hokie teams becoming even MORE competitive.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the US women's softball team wins the gold.
We'll talk with the Tech dynamic duo at Linebacker -
and the Floyd County Buffaloes take their turn in the Friday Football Extra spotlight tonight.
The real United States Dream Team won the gold medal today in Athens.
The US women's softball team that made a stop in Salem earlier this year beat Australia 5-to-1 for the gold.
The women went unbeaten, and didn't allow a single run until today.
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[SUPER=01-Stacey Nuveman/USA Catcher; :00]
[OUT Q=...best team in the field."]
The preseason preparations for the Hokies are now history.
Now the focus shifts to preseason number one Southern Cal as game week practice for the BCA Classic.
Tonight, we introduce you to two linebackers who are both the future and the present for the Hokies' defense.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=04-Last Fall; :00]
[SUPER=01-Xavier Adibi/VT Redshirt Freshman Linebacker; :29]
[SUPER=01-Vince Hall/VT Redshirt Freshman Linebacker; :45]
[SUPER=03-Landover, MD; 1:42]
[OUT Q=...SO NERVOUS AND EVERYTHING."]
(( Ever since their arrival on campus a year ago, linebackers Vince Hall and Xavier Adibi have been tabbed the as the players most likely to bring Tech's overall defense back to a position of national prominence.
Last year as they watched the Hokies defense self-destruct they developed a bond and made a pact not to let that happen on their watch.
Right now the dynamic duo is technically in a backup role behind Blake Warren and Mikal Baaqee.
But their skills and demeanor will have them in the mix early and often this weekend.
Hall and Adibi will be even more hyped Saturday night when they open their careers on a massive stage - Fed Ex Field - as the only game in town - against the defending national champions.))
Lets pay the Floyd County Buffaloes a visit today as our Friday Football Extra pre season tours come to a halt and the end of this week.
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It has been an amazing run for longtime FFE coach Winfred Beale who is embarking on his 24th campaign as the head coach at Floyd. This preseason has been without a doubt the most grueling for his team. The perennial playoff Buffaloes are more hungry than ever this year after, what they call, was a lack luster finish to 2003.
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[SUPER=01-Aaron Mathis/Floyd Co. Senior Lineman; :03]
[SUPER=01-Winfred Beale/24th Season as Floyd Head Coach; :18]
[OUT Q=.....winsome of those close games(DOUBLE OUT)"]
More on the Buffaloes at 11.