Topping NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
An AMTRAK train deliberately derailed by someone trying to make a political
point. A rail worker is dead, scores of passengers injured.
And the political face off in Tidewater between Governor Allen and Speaker
Tonight in sports, Dan Marino has successful knee surgery, East Carolina's
head football coach has a close call in a plane this afternoon.
Steve Mason checks in from UVa.
And on the eve of their one and only home exhibition game, head coach Frank
Anzalone cuts four players reducing the Express roster to 22 players.
October continues to bring a wonderful weather story. Cool mornings and
sunny days make for a pretty leaf display. The tropics are still cooking as
well. Details straight ahead...
Amtrak officials say they're taking "extraordinary" measures to protect the
tracks following a derailment today in Arizona.
Officials say it was NOT an accident-- they're calling it an act of domestic
An Amtrak employee was killed and 78 other people were injured when several
cars plunged off a bridge into a dry ravine.
SOT 3:00 cbs feed tape 15:06:22
IN Q=Most everyone
((MOST EVERYONE WAS ASLEEP AND WE FELT ONE JOLT AND THEN WE FELT THE SECOND
JOLT AND THEN THE THIRD JOLT JUST BROUGHT IT TO A SCREECHING HALT. ))
OUT Q=screeching halt
Amtrak officials say someone tampered with the track-- removing several
bolts from a section of it.
Someone apparently strung electrical cord to bridge the gaps in the rails--
preventing computer equipment from warning the train crew of track damage.
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IN Q=I find it
((THOMAS DOWNS/AMTRAK PRESIDENT: I FIND IT DESPICABLE THAT ANYONE WOULD
JEOPARDIZE THE LIVES OF AMTRAK PASSENGERS AND CREW FOR WHATEVER PURPOSE. ))
SUPER=01-Thomas Downs/Amtrak President;
OUT Q=whatever purpose
An Arizona sheriff called the wreck a terrorist attack-- saying deputies
found notes signed, "Sons of the Gestapo" near the wreckage.
In our region Amtrak has stations in Lynchburg, Danville, and Clifton
Meanwhile, Norfolk Southern officials say they'll be "more vigilant" to
guarantee that something like this doesn't happen to them.
N-S plans to continue its track maintenance inspection program.
A Danville school bus and golf cart collided this afternoon sending one
person to the hospital.
James Shaw says he had just dropped off the last of his students and was on
his way to turn around when he saw the golf cart.
He says the driver was on his side of the road and appeared to be trying to
get out of the way when he struck the front of the bus.
IN Q=I looked out
((JAMES SHAW/SCHOOL BUS DRIVER: I LOOKED OUT AND SAW ONE OF THEM LAYING ON THE
GROUND AND HE WAS THE ONE THAT CAME INTO THE FRONT OF THE BUS SO I FIGURED HE
WAS REALLY HURT BAD. BUT WHEN I GOT OVER TO HIM, HE TURNED OVER AND GOT UP, SO
HE WAS IN SHOCK.))
SUPER=01-James Shaw/School Bus Driver; :00
OUT Q=in shock.
Police say the driver of the golf cart, Daniel Wayne Little, was charged
with reckless driving.
Little's passenger was treated at the hospital for a broken shoulder.
Governor George Allen and Majority Leader
Dick Cranwell faced off today ...in a contest for the hearts and minds of
Virginia's urban leaders.
Ellen Qualls sorts through the rhetoric at the Virginia Municipal League
IN Q=The Governor
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach; :03
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Virginia Beach.
(( Lottery profits to localities.
The Governor says voters were promised that.
But the General Assembly has so far resisted creating a 300- million dollar
whole in the state budget.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK THAT THIS WAY OF THINKING IS DOWNRIGHT INSULTING
TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. IT IS ELITIST. IT IS ANTI-DEMOCRATIC.))
Majority Leader Dick Cranwell hammered back -- reminding urban leaders of
the budget hits Allen had proposed for them last December.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LOOK BEYOND THE RHETORIC.
FOR EXAMPLE, IF IN FACT, SOMEONE BELIEVED THAT YOU WERE WASTEFUL SPENDERS THAT
NEEDED TO BE WEANED FROM YOUR WASTEFUL SPENDING, WHY WOULD THEY SUGGEST NOW TO
THE TAXPAYERS THAT THEY OUGHT TO GIVE YOU THREE HUNDRED MILLION MORE DOLLARS TO
PUT IN YOUR WASTEFUL COFFERS TO SPEND?))
Those who actually pushed for the lottery say the Governor is now re-writing
SOT STANDUP 12:35:45
((NO PROMISES WERE, IN FACT, MADE TO RETURN LOTTERY PROFITS TO LOCALITIES.
VOTERS SHOULD REMEMBER THEY WERE INSTEAD TOLD A BROAD RANGE OF WAYS THE PROFITS
COULD BE USED, INCLUDING THEIR FIRST USE, FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ACROSS
Allen says the Democrats are stretching the truth more with their Omnibus
Education Act of 1995.
((BY STICKING THE LOTTERY LABEL ON GENERAL FUND REVENUES THAT ALREADY GOING TO
EDUCATION. AND THEN CLAIMS THAT THEY HAVE DONE SOMETHING FOR LOCALITIES AND
EDUCATION. NOW EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THIS IS A SHAM.))
The voters' shot at sorting all this out may be one in 7.1 million.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Virginia Beach.))
For the second time in four years, House Speaker Newt Gingrich is paying a
visit to Liberty University in Lynchburg.
The Republican leader delivered Liberty's commencement address in 1991, and
he's back in the Hill City tonight for another speech.
Steve Smallshaw is at the Vines Center where Gingrich's speech will get
underway later this evening. Steve, what's he expected to talk about tonight?
Keith, Newt Gingrich was invited here by the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who is
hosting his annual "SuperConference" for pastors from across the country.
**steve's mic hot under vo**
The pastors and other church workers spend four days here attending seminars
and workshops, and discussing religious and political issues of the day.
Falwell expects Gingrich's speech to to fall somewhere along those lines.
IN Q=He said that he'll
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR:))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty University Chancellor; :00
OUT Q=a lot of national media here.
(Are they expecting a full house tonight)
Twenty-eight workers at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant are on furlough
until officials determine how a foreign object got into its Fourth Rolled
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
It happened last Thursday.
An arsenal spokesperson says officials are also still investigating to
determine what the object was and how much equipment damage it caused.
The rolled powder section is expected to be back in full production by the
end of this week.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Ahead on News-7, a man's family and the sheriff are threatened during a
police standoff in Wythe County,
and a happy ending to the mystery of an overturned canoe found in the New
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Roanoke businessman and philanthropist Joel Krisch is dead.
Krisch and his brother built their family business into a
At one time Krisch was the largest franchisee of Holiday Inns in the
Krisch was also known as a man who played a big behind-the-scenes role in
more than a dozen prominent organizations.
IN Q=Well I know
((BEN RICHARDSON/KRISCH FRIEND AND ATTORNEY: WELL I KNOW HE WAS A GOLDEN HOKIE
AND HE LIKED THE SALVATION ARMY. I THINK THE SALVATION ARMY PEOPLE WERE NICE
TO HIM WHEN HE WAS IN THE SERVICE.))
SUPER=01-Ben Richardson/Krisch Friend and Attorney;
OUT Q=in the service.
Others who knew Krisch, such as former Central Fidelity executive Carson
Quarles, describe him as "a pillar of the community...a quiet giant."
Krisch died yesterday at the age of 71.
He had been suffering from a debilitating neurological disease.
A happy ending to report in the mystery of a capsized canoe in the New
As we reported on News 7 at Five, the canoe was floating upside down at the
Peppers Ferry crossing between Montgomery and Pulaski Counties.
Rescuers were concerned because they had no way of knowing who the craft
belonged to or whether the person at the helm made it to safety.
But upon seeing the news story, the owner recognized the canoe and called
the game warden to claim it.
Apparently some of his friends had borrowed it over the weekend, and failed
to tell him they had capsized it and left it in the river.
A 48- year- old Ivanhoe man is in custody for allegedly threatening to kill
his family, himself AND Wythe County Sheriff Wayne Pike.
Police say when they arrived at the home of Carlie Pearman (PEER-man) last
night, he was on his porch waving a pistol.
After a two- hour standoff, Wythe County's tactical response team used a
device that emits a piercing noise and bright light to distract Pearman, then
entered his home and arrested him.
Pearman is diabetic. Authorities now believe his behavior was insulin-
Roanoke Police say they arrested five Vietnamese men yesterday for allegedly
beating another man with baseball bats.
It happened around nine p.m. in the eleven-hundred block of Chapman Avenue.
25- year- old Hoang Den Phan (HOE-ANG DEN FAN) told police he was at home
when the men forced their way in.
Phan says one of the men was also armed with a sawed- off shotgun.
Police say the attackers were between the ages of 16 and 19.
Authorities found Phan lying on his bedroom floor suffering from a variety
Phan told police he fought one of the men last week.
Phan was treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and released.
The Columbus Day Holiday proved to be no holiday for Wall Street.
Nasdaq fell below 1-thousand, losing 27 points.
And the DOW fell just about 43 points, hurt by weak earnings and a falling
The DOW closed at 47- hundred- 26.
A head-on collision in Franklin County this afternoon left two men with
It happened at about 4 o'clock, on Route 919.
Police say a Toyota pickup collided with an Olds '98.
Authorities say the driver of the truck, Connie Janney of Ferrum, was taken
to Franklin Memorial Hospital.
No word yet on his condition.
The driver of the car was taken by Lifeguard 10 to Roanoke Memorial
His name and condition have NOT been released.
A collision with a police car sent a Roanoke man to the hospital over the
Police say it happened around 2:30 Saturday morning.
They say officer D.L. Rosser was heading west on Orange Avenue when an
oncoming car turned left in front of him.
After colliding with the police car, the other vehicle slammed into a
35- year- old James W. Drewry was hospitalized in satisfactory condition.
The officer was not injured.
Police are still investigating.
Some good news about breast cancer-- 90-percent of cases detected EARLY are
A Roanoke institution has been recognized nationally for its efforts
promoting early detection.
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Carilion Health System was honored last week in Washington, with a Progress
Award for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The provider was commended for educating women about breast screenings and
IN Q=We're trying
((MARGARET HARVEY/CANCER CENTER OF SOUTHWEST VA.: WE'RE TRYING TO REACH WOMEN
IN OUR COMMUNITY, BY REACHING THEM WE PROVIDE THEM WITH AN INCENTIVE FOR A FREE
ELIZABETH ARDEN GIFT SET.
THE SECOND PART OF OUR PROGRAM INCLUDES OUR SPEAKER'S BUREAU AND PROFESSIONALS
FROM CARILION WILL GO OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND SPEAK ABOUT EARLY DETECTION OF
BREAST CANCER. ))
SUPER=01-Margaret Harvey/Cancer Center of Southwest Va.; :
OUT Q=of breast cancer.
Carilion also offers free clinical screenings and mammograms at some
Another Carilion physician-- Dr. Joel (Shup-EYE-Ro) Shapiro, will receive
the Susan B. Koman Award-- that's a 15-thousand-dollar grant to provide
mammograms to indigent women in the region.
Breast cancer strikes one in every nine women-- it's the leading cause of
death among women ages 40 to 45.
Coming up tonight in sports, a close call for East Carolina's head football
coach as the plane in which he was riding was forced to make an emergency
landing this afternoon.
Steve Mason checks in from UVa.
And one day after setting an NFL record for completions, Miami quarterback
Dan Marino undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery.
The Head football coach for East Carolina, a former voice of the Hokies and
three others are counting their blessing today.
The small plane, in which Logan, radio play by play man Jeff Charles and
three others were traveling today had to make an emergency landing in a soybean
The plane was in route from Charlotte back to Greenville, North Carolina when
it completely lost power and landed in a field in Princeton, North Carolina
about 45 miles west of the campus.
Amazingly no was injured.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino should be back in the lineup in a
couple of weeks.
Early this morning Marino underwent surgery on his right knee to have some
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/NBC; :00
He slightly injured his hip yesterday, but it took an MRI exam late last
night to reveal the loose cartilage flating around in the knee.
IN Q="We expect...
((HARVEY GREENE/MIAMI DOLPHINS SPOKESMAN:))
SUPER=01-Harvey Greene/Miami Dolphins Spokesman; :00
OUT Q=...tarkenton's records.
Marino broke Fran Tarkenton's all-time NFL record for pass completions in a
career in yesterday's 27-to-24 loss to the Colts.
Virginia dropped 10 spots in this week's Top 25 college football poll after
losing to the Tarheels on Saturday.
Steve Mason checked in with the 19th ranked Cavs this afternoon to find out
their state of mind seven weeks into the season.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP-Sports; :00
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :11
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Averaging 103 Yards a Game; :23
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/1355 Yards Passing This Year; :30
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/35 Tackles This Season; :53
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Roanoke Express will be rocking the Roundhouse for the first time this
season when they host Hampton Roads tomorrow night in their lone exhibition
game of the preseason.
SUPER=03-Hillsborough, NC/Express Training Camp; :00
The team has been hanging out in Hillsborough, North Carolina in training
camp the past coupe of weeks evaluating talent.
Today head coach Frank Anzalone cut four players reducing the roster to 22.
Goalie Scott Barber, Defenseman Colin Anders, and forwards Brett Dunleavy and
Andrew Sherman were cut today.
Two more players must go before Friday.
Don;t forget the team is holding an open house tonight at the Civic Center
You can meet some players, and buy your season tickets for the upcoming
Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt were the big winners at Charlotte yesterday.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Yesterday; :00
Martin completed a weekend sweep at the track by winning the UAW-GM 500 for
his fourth win of the season.
He also won the Busch race on Saturday.
IN Q="We've had...
((MARK MARTIN/FOUR WINSTON CUP WINS IN 1995:))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Four Winston Cup Wins In 1995; :00
OUT Q=...LAST THREE RACES."
Jeff Gordon's mechanical troubles allowed Dale Earnhardt to pick up 97 points
in the chase for the championship.
He now trails by 205 with three races to go.
IN Q="That's the breaks...
((DALE EARNHARDT/TRAILS GORDON BY 205 POINTS:))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Trails Gordon By 205 Points; :00
OUT Q=...BIG PART OF IT."
The Roanoke County School board is once again asking for public input on
future building plans.
Issues such as whether the county should build a new high school will likely
come up at tonight's meeting at Cave Spring High School.
We'll also take you to Boones Mill-- where residents will hear plans to
improve their water system.
Leaks in the system have left residents without water several times in the
past few weeks.
More on both stories-- plus all the day's news tonight at 11.