The headlines for NEWS 7 at SIX:
Sara Lee's shutting down its Salem distribution center.
Police have the car and a suspect in Saturday's abduction of a Roanoke
woman. WE have an interview with the victim.
Tonight in sports, The Express cuts two players to make the league limit of
Dan Marino is on the mend.
The Indians hope to be on the rebound tonight in Seattle.
and the Braves will throw John Smoltz at the Reds tonight in hopes of taking a
2-games to none lead in the National League Championship series.
We may be stuck in a weather-rut but no one seems to mind. Sunny skies and
80 in the Thursday forecast.
The Sara Lee Corporation is closing its distribution center in Salem.
More than 130 employees will be affected, when the operation moves to South
The company has offered transfers, but Joe Dashiell reports this was a day
of disappointment for longtime employees.
IN Q=Employees learned
SUPER=01-John Higgins/Director of Operations; :28
SUPER=01-Joe Yates/Salem Planning and Dev. Director :55
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Employees learned of the company's decision in a morning meeting... the
Leggs products Salem distribution center will close by July 1st 1996.
IN Q=A lot of sad people
OUT Q=enjoy it very much.
Sara Lee has decided to combine its hosiery dyeing and distribution in
Florence South Carolina.
And employees here in Salem will have the option of transferring there.
IN Q=We're committed to doing
OUT Q=make that possible.
The news was a disappointment to local economic development officials who
had hoped Sara Lee would combine its operations in Salem.
Now they're looking to attract another corporation to keep the 140- thousand
square foot building in business.
IN Q=Because it is
OUT Q=about any user.
Employees who choose not to move will receive severance pay and benefits.
And the company is promising job placement counseling and other employee
assistance before the distribution center closes its doors next year.
Joe Dashiell News 7.))
Danville police are questioning witnesses as they piece together what led to
the fatal shooting of a 14- year- old boy.
Authorities say Kevin Warren was shot at 450- Henry Street around 11:30 this
He died about an hour later at a Danville hospital.
Mary West was inside her home when she says she heard a loud knock and saw
Warren standing on her porch with blood coming from his mouth and neck.
IN Q=I had
((MARY WEST/NEIGHBOR: I HAD THE DOOR LOCKED SO I SAID WAIT A MINUTE KEVIN AND
I WENT BACK AND GOT A TOWEL AND GAVE HIS FRIEND THE TOWEL AND I DIALED 911 AND
THEN I GOT OUT THERE WITH HIM AND TRIED TO PUT PRESSURE THE BEST I COULD ON HIS
NECK AND TRIED TO MAKE HIM BE STILL WHICH HE WOULDN'T.))
OUT Q=which he wouldn't.
Warren did not live at the residence.
His address is listed as Richmond Avenue.
Police in Massachusetts have found the car taken from a Roanoke woman at
gun-point over the weekend.
The car was discovered in Boston around ten o'clock last night.
A man matching the description of the suspect was asleep in the back seat.
IN Q=According to Boston
SUPER=01-Sgt. Robert Stout/Virginia State Police; :00
OUT Q=than anything.
IN Q=According to Boston
((SGT. ROBERT STOUT: ACCORDING TO BOSTON POLICE HE WAS EXTREMELY VIOLENT. HE
HAD NO IDENTIFICATION ON HIM. HE WOULD NOT GIVE THEM HIS NAME. RIGHT NOW HE'S
UNDER COURT ORDER TO BE FINGERPRINTED, AND WE'RE TRYING TO ID HIM THAT WAY.))
OUT Q=ID him that way.
The victim has asked not to be identified.
IN Q=But the guy
((BUT THE GUY WAS MOST UNCOOPERATIVE, I UNDERSTAND.
MRS. McDONALD: NO, I WAS THE COOPERATIVE ONE. STRANGE BECAUSE I SHOULD BE, I
SUPPOSE. WELL THAT KEPT YOU ALIVE NO DOUBT. OH, OF COURSE. OH, I THINK HE WOULD
HAVE KILLED ME IF I'D TRIED TO GET OUT. ))
OUT Q=to get out.
Mrs. McDonald agreed to let us use her last name, but did not want her full
name or her face on television.
She was leaving the S-and-S Cafeteria at Towers Mall Saturday, was about to
get in her car, when she was accosted by a man with a small handgun.
IN Q=He just pushed
OUT Q=he was going.
They drove around Roanoke for hours, she says, finally ending up in Amherst
IN Q=There was no
The man took her into the woods, tied her up and left her in the woods with
a bear-skin rug and a blanket, claiming he'd be back in half an hour.
An hour and a half later she'd managed to free herself, walked to a house-
-where at first they didn't believe her story- -but someone called police.
Mrs. McDonald says she prayed the entire time- -not just for herself but
for her abductor.
IN Q=I still don't
OUT Q=than anything.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Ahead on News-7, following the paper trail... residents of Roanoke's Justice
House have more than just the bills to worry about these days,
and the written words of Democrat Gil Cobbs get him in trouble with some
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For eight hours yesterday, about 50 low-income Roanokers went without
electricity and hot water.
The reason...a delinquent account.
Justice House residents want to know why the bills are being ignored, and as
Scott Prince found out, no one seems to know who's responsible.
IN Q=The power
SUPER=01-Jody Matchett/Justice House Resident; :11
SUPER=20-Scott Prince; 1:08
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News7
(( The power may be back on at Justice House, but most of the people who live
here still feel powerless.
Residents pay $150 dollars a month, and they want to know why the bills
aren't being paid.
IN Q=The money
((JODY MATCHETT/JUSTICE HOUSE RESIDENT: THE MONEY. WE JUST WANT TO KNOW WHERE
OUR MONEY WENT TO. WHERE THE RENT MONEY WENT TO. ))
OUT Q=RENT MONEY WENT TO
Rodney Richards and his girlfriend, Donna Wolcott, are the two people who
collect money at Justice House and some of the tenants are not happy with them.
IN Q=TRASH, NOBODY PAID
((TRASH, NOBODY PAID FOR TRASH, NOBODY PAID FOR WATER, NOBODY PAID FOR
Richards and Wolcott say they aren't sure what happened to all of the money.
But Wolcott has signed and endorsed Justice House checks, despite the fact
that her name wasn't on the bank's signature card.
There are also two different versions of Wolcott's signature on the checks.
Many of the residents are on fixed incomes and have small children.
They say they feel abandoned and they're not quite sure where to turn.
Five years ago the Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions thought they had
sold the building to the community and four trustees-- one of which was David
But records show Hayden never completed the deal and the city still lists
the Mennonite Church as the owner of the building.
In January, Hayden severed all ties with Justice House and he told News- 7
that he had transferred power to Roanoke Area Ministries.
RAM-House officials flatly deny that. They say they were asked to run the
facility, but decided against it.
No one is quite sure who is responsible for Justice House right now.
Many of the residents say they don't want to leave. But they might; at least
until someone is put in charge.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
A controversial letter to hundreds of state employees has outraged
Republican candidates in central Virginia.
The G-O-P says not only did Democrat Gil Cobbs misrepresent the facts, but
he may also have broken state election law.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=The letter
SUPER=01-Steve Newman/(R) State Senate Candidate; :20
SUPER=01-Gil Cobbs/(D) House of Delegates Candidate; :34
SUPER=01-Preston Bryant/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :43
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( In a letter last week to employees of the Central Virginia Training Center,
Gil Cobbs claimed Republican Steve Newman voted to cut the salaries of state
workers last year.
Newman says that's a lie...what he actually did was vote against a state
budget that included PAY RAISES for Virginia employees.
Newman says if Cobbs' letter was an honest mistake, he should apologize.
IN Q=But if it's
((STEVE NEWMAN/R- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: BUT IF IT'S A DECISION TO USE THE
MISINFORMATION TACTICS THAT HE USED LAST TIME, THEN THAT'S UNFORTUNATE AND IT
CAN'T BE STOOD FOR.))
OUT Q=stood for.
Cobbs says the letter could have been worded better, but was still
The mailing list came from the state Democratic caucus.
IN Q=That's public
((GIL COBBS/D- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THAT'S PUBLIC INFORMATION AND YOU
COULD GET THAT. IT'S PUBLIC INFORMATION SO ANYBODY CAN GET THE LIST OF ANY
STATE EMPLOYEES IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND SO I GOT IT.))
OUT Q=I got it.
IN Q=There's been
((PRESTON BRYANT/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THERE'S BEEN A LAW THAT'S
BEEN PASSED THAT YOU CANNOT USE STATE EMPLOYEE LISTS FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. I
AM NOT USING ANY STATE EMPLOYEE LIST FOR ANY POLITICAL PURPOSE OR OTHERWISE FOR
THAT MATTER. OBVIOUSLY, GIL HAS A LIST AND HE'S USING IT FOR POLITICAL
PURPOSES AND I THINK THAT'S NOT ONLY ILLEGAL, BUT AT BEST EXTRAORDINARILY
It IS Preston Bryant and not Steve Newman who Cobbs is running against for
the House of Delegates, although both Republicans are starting to wonder.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Roanoke Republican Newell Falkinburg would like to repeal or revise the
controversial "B-POL" tax.
Especially since he just paid four years of late taxes plus a penalty.
Falkinburg says his tax attorney discovered the unpaid business,
professional, and occupational license tax for some consulting work he does
outside of his primary medical practice.
He says his accountant doesn't even think he owes the tax.
But he paid about five thousand dollars in back taxes and penalties "just to
be on the safe side" so that it wouldn't, quote, "bite him in the you know what
as a campaign issue."
Falkinburg is challenging Democratic Delegate Chip Woodrum.
Republican Senator Brandon Bell had his own problem with the B-POL tax this
Bell's parcel shipping company was six weeks late renewing its business
He paid a ten percent penalty.
Bell says the taxes were late because of a dispute over how his business is
Bell's being challenged by Roanoke Vice- Mayor John Edwards.
A new political action committee is endorsing five local Democrats and one
Republican in this year's General Assembly elections.
The PAC is called the "Human Services Association Political Action
The committee, also known as HUSAPAC (HUSS-ah-pack), is particularly
concerned with social services issues.
It is backing House Democratic candidates Creigh Deeds, Dick Cranwell, Vic
Thomas and Chip Woodrum.
Senate candidate John Edwards, along with Republican Bo Trumbo, are also
Trumbo, the sole Republican on the list, is running unopposed.
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IN Q=He has been very
((JERI NOLAN-ROGERS/HUSAPAC: HE HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF SOCIAL SERVICE
PROGRAMS. HE'S BEEN FRIENDLY TOWARDS THOSE ISSUES AND WE'VE TALKED TO HIM.
BASED ON THAT TRACK RECORD, WE BELIEVE WE CAN COUNT ON HIM IN THIS NEXT
OUT Q=this next session.
The group says it does not give money to candidates. Instead, it uses
grassroots efforts to gather support for its candidates.
The stock market climbed today as technology issues bounced back from a
steep sell-off yesterday.
Nasdaq gained 18 points, and the DOW rose about 14- and- a- half points.
It closed at 47- hundred- 35.
The Roanoke Valley's first industrial shell building since the late 1980s
was dedicated today.
The new digs are in Botetourt County's EastPark Commerce Center.
Construction of the 75- thousand- square- foot building began in February.
The one- and- a- half million dollar project is about three- quarters of the
way complete-- with room for expansion.
It's a joint venture between Botetourt County and the Greater Roanoke Valley
The Roanoke Valley Economic Development Partnership will market the
The Christiansburg Fire Department is cleaning up after a bizarre brush with
Around 11:30 this morning a deer came calling at the fire station on Depot
A Bell Atlantic employee working nearby saw the eight- point buck make its
entrance, and called 9-1-1.
((BILL DAVIDSON/WITNESS: HE WAS EVIDENTLY SCARED. HE RAN ACROSS THE PARKING
LOT AND I HEARD GLASS BREAK, AND HE JUMPED THROUGH THE WINDOW. ))
OUT Q=through the window.
Fire Chief Jim Epperly was inside on the phone when he heard the commotion.
((JIM EPPERLY/CHRISTIANSBURG FIRE CHIEF: EVERY TIME I STARTED TO GO OUT AND SEE
ABOUT THE DEER IT BECAME EXCITED AND WAS HURTING ITSELF, TEARING UP MY FIRE
SUPER=01-Jim Epperly/Christiansburg Fire Chief;
OUT Q=my fire trucks.
Crew members were finally able to shepherd the animal into a mechanical room
until the game warden arrived to tranquilize it.
The game warden said the deer would have to be put to sleep because of its
Dan Marino is back on his feet and recovering from his surgery on Monday.
The Express gets down toe h 20 man limit.
UVa gets ready to deliver some payback.
And the Indians turn to Orel Hershiser in game two tonight to try and even
their series with the Seattle Mariners.
The Atlanta Braves hope to make it two in a row tonight as they go for their
second straight road kill at Riverfront stadium.
Last night the Braves won game one in the top of the 11th on this rbi single
by former Oriole Mike Devareaux.
Tonight the Braves will go with John Smoltz, as they hope to steal two games
on the road.
IN Q="I JUST...
((MIKE DEVEREAUX/GAME WINNING HIT LAST NIGHT:))
((REGGIE SANDERS/REDS OUTFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Devereaux/Game Winning Hit Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Reggie Sanders/Reds Outfielder; :08
OUT Q=...MORE TO GO."
The Indians hope to come back tonight and get a road win before the American
League championship shifts back to Cleveland on Friday night.
The Indians will go with veteran hurler Orel Hershiser tonight while the
Mariners will counter with Hershiser's former Dodger teammate Tim Belcher.
IN Q="We don't want...
((MIKE HARGROVE/CLEVELAND MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Hargrove/Cleveland Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Ken Griffey Jr/Mariners Outfielder; :15
OUT Q=...WE WANNA DO IT."
Down in Miami, Dolphins' quarterback Dan Marino continues to make progress
just two days after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery and having blood
drained from his hip.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Sunday-NBC; :00
Marino was beaten up in Sunday's overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts and
he's definitely out this weekend.
He says his right knee feels great, but his hip is another matter.
IN Q="The progress..
((DAN MARINO/MIAMI QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Dan Marino/Miami Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...MOST PROBLEM."
Virginia entertains Duke this weekend in Charlottesville. And while the
Wahoos have won six straight against their ACC rival at Scott Stadium; the
Wahoos know they could have a Devil of a time Saturday. Steve Mason explains.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI/August 26th; :00
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/This Past Weekend; :09
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Football Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/UVa Quarterback; :32
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa Tailback; :49
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Season; 1:09
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/Last Year; 1:18
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; 1:28
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((7 games in 7 weeks. Pressure cooker opponents like; Michigan, North
Carolina State and Clemson, all on the road; Then a trip to Chapel Hill to play
North Carolina. All this added up to a mentally tired Virginia football team.
((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:))
((MIKE GROH/UVA QUARTERBACK:))
((TIKI BARBER/LIMITED TO 65 YARDS RUSHING VS UNC:))
The level of play must pick up in a few key areas. On defense. The UVa
defensive line has just 14 sacks this season combined. Last year; Mike
Frederick had 15 alone.
The lack of pressure means quarterbacks have had more time to dissect UVa's
pass coverage. Duke's Spence Fisher accounted for three of Duke's TD's last
year is passing for near 250 yards on average this season.
((RONDE BARBER/UVA DEFENSIVE BACK))
Game time at Scott Stadium is scheduled for 1:30. In Charlottesville, steve
Mason News 7 sports.)) (-------------)
The Roanoke Express, which plays its regular season opener this Friday night
against Richmond, got down to the league limit of 20 players today by cutting
defenseman Mike Larkin and forward Pete Rutili.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Express; :00
Last night the Express closed out a perfect preseason by posting a come from
behind 4-to-3 win over the Hampton Roads Admirals at the Roundhouse.
Hampton was all over Roanoke early scoring two goals in the first period and
another early in the second to take a commanding 3-to-nothing lead.
But Frank Anzalone's boys did not pack it in and quit.
Ilya Dubkov passes over the Jeff Jablonski who gets the comeback started as
Roanoke cut the lead to 2-to-1.
The two would switch roles a couple of minutes later, and Jablonski gets the
assist to Dubkov from behind the
net, as Roanoke scores 4 unanswered goals to win it 4-to-3.
(toss to Jean)
Boston Police have been able to identify the man wanted for that abduction
over the weekend. He's John David Ford, no hometown given.
Ford's going to be arraigned tomorrow on fugitive charges.
--Tomorrow is the 125th anniversary of the death of the South's most
Coming up tonight at ELEVEN, we'll take to you Richmond to see the face of
A small, but touching exhibit on the death of General Robert E. Lee.
News, sports and weather tonight on News-7 at 11.