Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A junior high school counselor in trouble with the law in Halifax.
And a victim of the old "pigeon drop" scam tells her story so maybe you can
see it coming.
Tonight in sports, The Cavaliers and the Redskins look forward after big wins
over the weekend.
The NHL stars are going to the Olympics.
And 61-year old Sparky Anderson quits as the Detroit Tigers manager today.
Our weather view will be rather cloudy this week. Opal may be a factor and
we have a spooky October almanac straight ahead.
A North Carolina junior high school counselor is free on bond after an
appearance in Halifax County on criminal charges.
Police say James Arthur Totten, Junior wrote a check to a South Boston
Department store using someone else's check book.
Teresa Hamilton reports, the account belonged to a 25- year- old man who was
murdered about three months after the check was written.
IN Q=Police say
SUPER=03-South Boston; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/South Boston Police Chief; :17
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((Police say the check was written for more than 320- dollars to Leggett in
Shortly afterward, authorities say Totten returned the merchandise to a
Leggett in Danville and kept the cash.
Authorities say pictures taken by a store surveillance camera are their
strongest piece of evidence.
((JIM HALL/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE CHIEF: A LOT OF THINGS DO NOT SURPRISE ME IN MY
YEARS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE. I WOULD SAY THAT IT IS SOMEWHAT OF AN
UNUSUAL CRIME, YES. ))
OUT Q=CRIME, YES.
What police say makes this case even more unusual is that the man who
actually owned the account was murdered about three months later.
Police do NOT know the connection the 38- year- old Totten has to Kevin
But authorities say he is NOT a suspect in Slade's murder.
Another man has been convicted of the crime.
Authorities say school officials are aware of the allegations. During the
course of their investigation South Boston police came to Yanceyville and
questioned Totten on school property.
Totten works as a guidance counselor at Dillard junior high.
The Superintendent of schools there did not return our calls-- nor did
Totten's attorney. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
An early morning accident in Roanoke left one man dead and another injured.
Police say 65- year- old Elmer Amos of Salem was killed when his vehicle
struck another head on- in the 1700 block of tenth street.
Police say the other driver, 34- year- old Harry Cunningham of Roanoke, had
veered to the wrong side of the road.
Amos died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police are still investigating.
Peggy Stem says she should have known better, but on Friday she fell for a
scam that cost her a few hundred dollars and a cellular telephone.
IN Q=And even though
((PEGGY STEM/VICTIM OF SCAM: AND EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW BETTER, THEY'RE SO ADEPT
AT IT AND SO SMART WITH IT, THEY CAN ALMOST MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT IT'S SNOWING
WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING, SO TO SPEAK.))
SUPER=01-Peggy Stem/Victim of Scam;
OUT Q=so to speak.
Stem was shopping in a Roanoke office supply store, when two women told her
they had found an envelope full of money near her car.
They offered to divide the windfall three ways if she would provide enough
money to even out the shares.
Ultimately, she lost the money she withdrew from her bank account and a
cellular phone that was taken from her car.
IN Q=If you think that somebody's going
((PEGGY STEM: IF YOU THINK THAT SOMEBODY IS GOING TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING, AND DO
THIS, DON'T TAKE IT. IF YOU'RE GOING TO INVEST YOUR MONEY, INVEST IT WITH
REPUTABLE PEOPLE, DON'T DO WHAT I DID.))
OUT Q=do what I did.
Roanoke police say they encounter this scam, commonly known as the pigeon
drop, more often as the holidays approach.
They say senior citizens shopping at area malls are a favorite target.
Starting today, welfare reform is in effect for recipients in central
Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell
comprise the second area in the state to initiate the welfare changes.
Steve Smallshaw joins us from our Lynchburg newsroom. Steve, a big part of
welfare reform is finding jobs for able- bodied recipients...did the governor
have any suggestions on how to do that?
Keith, that's where the Allen administration is looking to the private
sector for help.
Allen says it's important to make these welfare recipients more competitive
in the job market.
IN Q=The jobs are
SUPER=01-Kay Coles James/Health & Human Resources Sec'y; :12
OUT Q=elected me to make.
(( The jobs are out there for those who are being told to get off welfare and
But business leaders say many of the applicants they've seen are under-
skilled and poorly educated.
SOT 15:02:27 (#2)
IN Q=It seems to
((KAY COLES JAMES/HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES SECRETARY: IT SEEMS TO ME THAT
HIGH ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND EDUCATION REFORM IS ESSENTIAL IN ORDER TO BRING OUT
REAL AND LASTING CHANGE.))
OUT Q=lasting change.
It may not have been the message Governor George Allen wanted to hear, but
this forum of social workers and business leaders was designed to help work out
the kinks of welfare reform.
The Lynchburg area is the second in Virginia to phase in the new changes
that limit benefits and require some recipients to find jobs.
Allen says success will mean a change in attitude.
SOT 15:48:34 (#2)
IN Q=So the work
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: SO THE WORK ETHIC IS CERTAINLY GOING TO BE A BIG PART OF
THIS EFFORT NOW, AND IF THEY DON'T WANT TO WORK THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GET
WELFARE BENEFITS. NOW THAT CERTAINLY MAY BE A DRASTIC CHANGE, BUT IT'S THE
CHANGE THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA ELECTED ME TO MAKE.))
OUT Q=me to make.))
George Allen says in the past, it's been easier and more profitable for
people to stay on welfare...these reform measures are designed to change all
(QUESTION: Some would say that getting recipients to simply change their
attitudes about wanting to work is going to be a monumental task...?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, U-S Air may have a friendly buyer,
and security tightens at airports- -even in this area- - following yesterday's
conviction of a middle eastern terrorist.
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After the weekend conviction of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman (OH'-mahr AHB'-dehl
RAHK'-mahn) U-S officials are on alert for potential acts of terrorism.
Ron Jones reports that airports across the country are beefing up security.
IN Q=This weekend a
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Regional Airport; :20
SUPER=01-Shawn Brown/Philadelphia, PA; :46
SUPER=01-Markliff Fountaine/Elliott City, MD; 1:00
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News 7, Roanoke.
((This weekend a jury found the Sheik and nine other muslim militants GUILTY
of plotting to bomb U-S landmarks to change American policies concerning the
In Roanoke the Regional Airport has responded to the verdict.
((MARK COURTNEY/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: THERE IS GOING TO BE AS FAR AS
ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT IS CONCERNED A NUMBER OF NEW SECURITY PROCEDURES THAT
WILL BE NOTICEABLE TO PASSENGERS. BUT NOT ANYTHING THAT REALLY SHOULD BE
SOMETHING THAT WILL BE A MAJOR INCONVENIENCE TO PASSENGER TRAFFIC.))
Officials will check I-D's and ask passengers questions concerning their
Security is also on alert for any suspicious, unattended bags, parcels, or
However, some travellers don't mind.
((SHAWN BROWN/PHILADELPHIA, PA: IT'S NECESSARY. I'D RATHER GO THROUGH THAT
THAN GO THROUGH ANY TYPE OF PROBLEMS DURING THE FLIGHT OR PRIOR OR AFTER JUST
BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF CRAZY PEOPLE OUT THERE.))
Some say it's business as usual.
((MARKLIFF FOUNTAINE/ELLIOTT CITY, MD: I REALLY HAVEN'T NOTICED TOO MUCH CHANGE
IN SECURITY. ORIGINALLY I'M FROM NEW JERSEY. OF COURSE THEIR SECURITY IS A
BIT MORE OBVIOUS THAN IT IS IN ROANOKE OR BWI FOR THAT MATTER. BUT I REALLY
HAVEN'T NOTICED TOO MANY CHANGES. NOTHING EXTREMELY OBVIOUS OR EXTREMELY
Since the conviction of the muslim militants the Secretary of Transportation
has advised airport officials across the country to continue their heightened
Ron Jones, News seven, Roanoke.))
U-S Air may be shopping itself to the highest bidder.
There's word today that United Airlines is considering the purchase.
And the Dow Jones News Service reports U-S-Air is also talking with AMERICAN
Airlines about a buyout.
U-S-Air is the primary carrier serving our area.
The airline recently returned to profitability after years of
But this summer its chief executive officer abruptly announced his
GRAPHIC=drug bust Pot
Authorities in Rockbridge County say one of the two men arrested hauling 500
pounds of marijuana in a tractor trailer last week is from Roanoke.
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./Last Week;
33- year- old Samuel Wallace Hurt of Roanoke and 37- year- old Wayne Robert
Jackson of San Juan, Texas are being held at the Rockbridge County jail.
Police say last Tuesday the two men were pulled over during a routine
traffic stop and nine duffel bags of marijuana were discovered.
Hurt and Jackson will appear in court next month.
Due to a technical problem we are unable to bring you tonight's local stock
However Analysts are blaming reports of a sluggish economy for today's
sharp drop in the stock markets.
The DOW dropped 28 points in heavy trading.
The NASDAQ lost 16 points to close at one thousand-28.
Breast cancer is expected to kill more than 12- hundred women in Virginia
this year, and be diagnosed in more than 45- hundred.
Virginia First Lady Susan Allen wants to help change that.
She's the spokeswoman for a new campaign called "tell a friend."
Health officials hope each woman who hears about it will call five other
women and encourage them to get a mammogram done.
IN Q=Well one of the
((SUSAN ALLEN/VIRGINIA'S FIRST LADY: WELL, ONE OF THE OBSTACLES THAT WOMEN
OFTEN WILL PUT FORTH IS THE FACT THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO PAY TO HAVE A
MAMMOGRAPHY DONE, OR THAT THEIR INSURANCE MAY NOT PAY FOR THIS, OR THEY MAY NOT
HAVE INSURANCE AT ALL. AND SO, THERE ARE LOW COST MAMMOGRAPHIES AVAILABLE,
ESPECIALLY IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, AS WE TRY TO CREATE A BIGGER AWARENESS
SUPER=01-Susan Allen/Virginia's First Lady;
OUT Q=awareness about this.
The incidence of breast cancer goes from one in more than 21- thousand at
age 25, to one in 222 by age 40.
((DR. ELLEN DE PARADES/MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA: THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF
EVIDENCE THAT THERE'S BEEN A BENEFIT FOR WOMEN UNDER 50 TO HAVE SCREENING. IN
THAT THEY CAN REALLY -- BREAST CANCERS CAN BE FOUND EARLY IN THOSE GROUPS AND
THAT THEIR LIVES CAN BE SAVED IN THOSE GROUPS TOO.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ellen de Parades/Medical College of Virginia;
OUT Q=groups too.
Check with your local doctor for any mobile cancer screening units in your
area during October's breast cancer awareness month.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Skins talk about stopping the Cowboys.
Bruce talks about his lack of sacks.
Sparky pulls the plug on himself in Detroit.
And Steve Mason checks in with our weekly Monday night report from
Charlottesville on the state on the now ninth ranked Cavaliers.
The Angels and Mariners are battling at this moment for the final spot in
The winner claims the American League western division title.
Right now in the top of the 6th, it's one to nothing Seattle on top.
One of baseball's all-time great managers called it quits this afternoon.
Sparky Anderson quit his job as the Detroit Tigers manager today.
The 61 year old future hall of famer says he'll make his retirement
permanent if he isn't hired by another club.
He's won over 2000 games, but it's the losses that were killing him.
IN Q="I think when...
((SPARKY ANDERSON/QUITS AS TIGERS MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Sparky Anderson/Quits As Tigers Manager; :00
OUT Q=...shake hands!!
The Redskin shocking 27-to-23 win over the Cowboys yesterday turned quite a
It also may have turned the Redskins season around and turned this stagnant
rivalry back on.
IN Q="Like i SAY...
((NATE NEWTON/DALLAS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:))
((GUS FREROTTE/REDSKINS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Nate Newton/Dallas Offensive Lineman; :00
SUPER=01-Gus Frerotte/Redskins Quarterback; :18
OUT Q=...NEED TO DO."
The Virginia Cavaliers have moved up to number nine in the nation, thanks
to their 35-17 win over wake Forest Saturday. But, Steve Mason says, the cavs
must first win over their coach, before beating North Carolina.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :16(Quick!!)
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/UVa Quarterback; :28
SUPER=01-Demetrius Allen/Started the 1992 Game as a Freshman; 1:17
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/1992; 1:26
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Year; 1:31
SUPER=01-Duane Ashman/UVa Defensive End; 1:38
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
One of the top NBA draft picks is already on the sideline with an injury.
Former North Carolina and Oak HIll academy All-American Jerry Stackhouse has
a hairline fracture in his left hand that is forcing him to miss the next 2 to
3 weeks of action.
And just minutes ago the Chicago Bulls announced that they have completed a
trade for Dennis Rodman.
The NBA bad boy will join MIchael Jordan in Chicago.
The Bulls give up only Will Perdue for the NBA's top rebounding forward.