Who's supposed to be paying the bills at "Justice House?"
Coming up on NEWS 7 at Six: we'll hear from some likely candidates. But
nobody's claiming responsibility.
And taking the train to Washington- -if there was one- -would be cheaper
In sports, The Richmond Renegades pay a visit to the Roundhouse as the
Express opens its Hockey Season.
And the Hokies and Cavaliers prepare for another big weekend of College
A great weather week ends on a rather soggy note. Sweaters will be
necessary on Sunday. The fall forecast straight ahead...
The controversy revolving around Justice House has everyone involved
No one is taking responsibilty for the recent problems at the Roanoke
And Scott Prince reports that includes former director David Hayden.
IN Q=Homeless Advocate
SUPER=01-David Hayden/Former Justice House Director; :15
SUPER=01-Wendy Moore/Roanoke Area Ministries; :31
SUPER=20-Scott Prince; 1:08
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Homeless advocate David Hayden can't keep quiet about Justice House
The former head of the facility says he won't be the fall guy for the
problems surrounding it, and that Roanoke Area Ministries agreed to take
responsibility for Justice House in January.
IN Q=For them
((DAVID HAYDEN/FORMER JUSTICE HOUSE DIRECTOR: FOR THEM TO SAY THAT THEY NEVER,
NEVER COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT MINISTRY FOR THAT
WORK IS AN ABSOLUTE UNTRUTH AND FALSEHOOD. PERIOD. ))
So did RAM decide to take control of Justice House?
IN Q=No we have not
((WENDY MOORE/ROANOKE AREA MINISTRIES: NO WE HAVE NOT, NOT EVER. NOR DID WE GO
ON RECORD AND EVER SAY THAT WE WOULD TAKE IT OVER. ))
OUT Q=take it over
For 8 hours Tuesday, the electricity and hot water were cut off at Justice
House because of a delinquent account.
That's just one of the problems ever since Hayden severed ties with the
facility January 25th.
But just one day before that date, RAM officials sent this letter to the
Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions. According to the city, the board still
owns the building.
The letter states that Roanoke Area Ministries is trying to figure out its
role in Justice House, and that, quote-- we continue to EXPLORE what that role
The Mennonite Church thought it had sold the building to the community and 4
trustees; one of which was Hayden.
But that deal was never completed.
In a statement released today, the church says it plans to resolve this
unfortunate situation through proper legal procedures.
IN Q=In the name
((HAYDEN: IN THE NAME OF TRUTH, THAT IN THE NAME OF RELIGION, IN THE NAME OF
FAITH, FOLKS ARE HIDING BEHIND A SMOKE SCREEN. ))
OUT Q=SMOKE SCREEN
Meanwhile, RAM officials say they'll try to provide emergency financial aid
to anyone who wants to move out of Justice House.
Scott Prince, News 7))
An alleged murder suspect in Roanoke has turned himself in.
Michael Wayne Crump was arrested this afternoon for the shooting death of
Police made the arrest after Crump showed up at the police department to see
if there was a warrant out for his arrest.
Police found Jones last week in a house on Signal Hill Avenue suffering
from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Witnesses had said Jones was shot by a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
He died later at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
A 19- year- old Danville man has admitted to robbing and killing a grocery
The plea agreement came down less than an hour ago.
Michael Lamont White is charged with capital murder in the death of Winn
Dixie store manager Oliver Lee Everett Jr.
In court, White pled guilty to robbery and use of a firearm.
He also entered what's called an "Alford plea" on the murder charge.
Under the terms of the plea, White admitted pulling the trigger last year
but said he did not do so intentionally.
White says during the robbery he was struck from behind, he and Everett
struggled and the gun went off.
The hearing is still going on at this hour.
A 16- year- old Danville boy has been charged with killing his best friend.
But family members of the 14- year- old who was killed hope that other
teenagers will learn a lesson from this tragedy.
Kevin Warren died Wednesday, after he was shot in the neck with a revolver.
Today police charged the victim's best friend with INvoluntary manslaughter.
Family members of Kevin Warren say they don't harbor resentment toward the
Warren's oldest sister says she was told the two were playing Russian
Tamela White says there was only one bullet in the chamber.
IN Q=I know people
((TAMEL WHITE/VICTIM'S SISTER: I KNOW PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY I KNOW A PERSON THAT
WAS SHOT FIVE TIMES AND THEY LIVED, AND THE LORD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT WAS A
BLESSING. MY BROTHER WAS SHOT ONE TIME AND HE DIED. IT ONLY TAKES BUT ONE
BULLET TO KILL YOU, THAT'S ALL, JUST ONE.))
SUPER=01-Tamela White/Victim's Sister; :00
OUT Q=just one.
Family members donated some of Kevin Warren's organs.
The 16- year old, who's name is not being released, is in his parent's
Governor Allen took a heaping helping of credit today for a falling crime
rate in Virginia.
At the same time, a new poll shows he may be slightly out of step with the
public on how to handle criminal kids.
Ellen Qualls has both stories.
IN Q=We are making
SUPER=03-Henrico Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Del. Jerrauld Jones/(D) Norfolk; :54
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WE ARE MAKING VIRGINIA SAFER!))
He's finally got the numbers to prove it.
To show critics that parole abolition, truth in sentencing, three strikes
and you're out, bifurcated trials, and five tough new parole board members were
good for Virginia.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ALL CATEGORIES OF VIOLENT CRIME IN VIRGINIA ARE DOWN.
OUR VIOLENT CRIME RATE OVERALL IS DOWN NEARLY SIX PERCENT. ROBBERIES ARE DOWN
BY MORE THAN EIGHT PERCENT. RAPES ARE DOWN BY MORE THAN 13- PERCENT.))
But the Governor says he can't rest on his laurels.
Next up is the mammoth reform effort to get tough on juvenile crime.
But there's a competing reform commission.
And the Democrat who heads it says new poll results mean the Governor's
rhetoric is too harsh.
The Virginia Commonwealth University poll shows 63- percent of respondents
favor rehabilitation for juveniles over punishment.
sot juvy tape 2 10:36:57
((DEL. JERRAULD JONES/D-NORFOLK: SEEMS THAT THE PUBLIC IS NOT WILLING TO TURN
ITS BACK ON THE TREATMENT ASPECT OF THE JUVENILE SYSTEM AND BELIEVE THAT IT
WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE IF OUR EFFORTS WERE DIRECTED SOLELY TOWARD PUNITIVE
SANCTIONS FOR DELINQUENTS. AND I'M VERY GRATIFIED TO HEAR IT.))
sot 13:30:25 TAPE TWO
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IF THE DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING THAT THEY THINK IT'S FINE
THAT THE 16- YEAR OLD THAT MURDERED A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY IN WYTHE COUNTY SHOULD
ONLY GET FIVE YEARS, I'M SORRY, I THINK THAT'S WRONG.))
The devil's in the details of ambitious reform plans.
But going into the November elections, the Governor's plan has more of the
details on paper.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, Who will pick up the baton for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra?
The first audition begins...
and General Motors' decision to boost profits could leave some G-M dealerships
running on empty.
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Some residents upset over the shooting of a man by Blacksburg police are
pinning their hopes on an F-B-I civil rights investigation.
A special prosecutor determined a separate state police investigation shows
no evidence of wrongdoing.
Gino Williams said the officers were justified
in shooting Berman Maurice Taylor when he pulled a B-B gun on them as they were
trying to arrest him.
Some residents believe the officers wouldn't have fired 18 rounds if Taylor
((PAUL HENDRICKS: I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THAT THERE WAS NO WRONGDOING OF THE
POLICE DEPARTMENT. BUT WE JUST GOT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT, WE HAVEN'T
GOT THE F-B-I REPORT YET.))
OUT Q=FBI report yet.
The Montgomery County Human Relations Council hopes concerned residents will
help build better community and police relations.
((OSCAR WILLIAMS/HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL CHAIRMAN: IF WE COME UP WITH GOOD
RESPONSES TO PREVENTING THIS KIND OF TRAGEDY AGAIN IN OUR COMMUNITY, THEN
MAYBE, JUST MAYBE MAURICE WILL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN. ))
SUPER=01-Oscar Williams/Human Relations Council Chmn.;
OUT Q=died in vain.
The council is hosting forums aimed at bringing all segments of the community
together for relationship-building.
A restructuring of General Motors' dealership network could mean more
driving for car shoppers in less populated areas.
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=Raymond Underwood
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :00 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Raymond Underwood/Underwood Chevrolet-Geo; :39
SUPER=03-Bedford; 1:00 (quick!)
SUPER=01-Steve Garner/Peaks View Pontiac-Buick-GMC; 1:06
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
((Raymond Underwood fears a new plan by General Motors could affect his Chevy
dealership in rural Floyd County.
SOT 14:53:18 tape 1
IN Q=I'm very
((RAYMOND UNDERWOOD/UNDERWOOD CHEVROLET-GEO: I'M VERY MUCH CONCERNED.))
OUT Q=much concerned.
In a letter to dealers, the auto giant says it wants to boost profitability
and product identity over the next five years by having "the right number of
dealers, at the right locations, and of the right size".
G-M has a four point plan, part of something called Project 2000.
It wants to close about 20-percent of its 84-hundred dealerships, encourage
dealerships like Pontiac, Buick and GMC to join forces, move import cars out of
GM dealerships, and relocate dealers to thriving retail districts.
SOT 14:53:19 tape 1
IN Q=I don't know how
((UNDERWOOD: I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY MIGHT WANT TO TIGHTEN THE SCREWS TO
ENCOURAGE ME TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS, I'M REAL CONCERNED ABOUT THAT.))
OUT Q=about that.
SOT TAPE TWO 15:22:09
IN Q=But G-M
((But G-M does face a big potential roadblock because a number of states
including Virginia have some tough franchise laws on their books, and that
could make it real difficult for G-M to force these changes down dealers'
OUT Q=down dealers' throats.
NAT SOT FROM TAPE ONE OF DRILLING
Most dealers though, appear ready for the plan, although it could still go
through a number of changes before it's carried out.
SOT TAPE TWO 17:21:53
IN Q=Their goal
((STEVE GARNER/PEAKS VIEW PONTIAC-BUICK-GMC: THEIR GOAL IS TO HAVE PONTIAC AND
BUICK AND G-M-C FRANCHISES UNDER ONE ROOF, SO WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO FIT INTO
THAT SCHEME, AND SO MUCH IN FACT THAT WE'VE BEGUN OUR PROCESS OF BUILDING A NEW
OUT Q=a new building.
One dealer likens this situation to getting in a fight with your spouse.
You want your partner to know you're mad, but you don't want it to end in a
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
A local tire dealer is on the fast track when it comes to growth.
Over the past eight years White Tire of Roanoke has become one of the 20
largest truck tire companies in the country.
It has done that by purchasing a number of small dealers in the southeast.
Now it has acquired another one, Lucas Tire of Roanoke.
IN Q=If we grow
((DAVID WHITE/WHITE TIRE PRESIDENT: IF WE GROW, GET BIGGER, WE'RE ABLE TO BUY
CHEAPER, AND WE'RE ABLE TO OPERATE CHEAPER AND KEEP OUR COSTS DOWN AND GIVE THE
CUSTOMERS A BETTER VALUE.))
SUPER=01-David White/White Tire President;
OUT Q=a better value.
White Tire has more than 200 employees in four states.
During the past five years the company has TRIPLED the size of its business.
It expects to have 35-million-dollars in total sales this year.
Back in the late eighties White Tire had annual sales of just five-million.
The stock market ended the week on a plus note.
Nasdaq was up two- and- half points.
And the DOW climbed briefly into record territory.
It closed at 47- hundred- 98, a gain of nearly 29 points.
State engineers were on the right track last winter when they announced that
passenger train service to southwest Virginia could be economically feasible.
That's the finding of a team of private consultants.
The consultants are recommending running the X-Two-Thousand tilt train on
conventional train tracks from Bristol to Washington and Richmond.
The twice daily train would have fourteen stops in between.
State officials say the study shows the tilt train would be cheaper than
IN Q=And I think train
((LEO BEVON/RAIL & PUBLIC TRANS. DEPT.: AND I THINK TRAIN SERVICE IS
UNDERGOING A RENAISSANCE. AND WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THAT WHAT WE HAD 30 YEARS
AGO IN TERMS OF TRAIN SERVICE IS REALLY A PRETTY GOOD DEAL. AND IS LOOKING
EVEN BETTER, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE SHORT, UNDER 300 MILE DISTANCE TRIPS.))
SUPER=01-Leo Bevon/Rail & Public Trans. Dept.
OUT Q=distance trips.
The General Assembly could get a detailed proposal on the rail corridor by
its 1997 session.
The train is projected to start turning a profit in the year two- thousand-
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra begins rehearsals tomorrow with the first of
five finalists for Music Director and conductor.
29- year- old David Wiley has two days to rehearse with the musicians and
will conduct Monday's opening night concert.
Wiley recently accepted a position as Assistant Conductor of the Minneapolis
Symphony and was most recently Assistant Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony
Wiley says it's important to have a balance of music in a program and he
feels it's important that orchestras feature music by living composers as well
as classical selections.
9 20 44 00 - 9 20 51 00
IN Q=Programming is much like
((DAVID WILEY/CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: PROGRAMMING
IS MUCH LIKE PUTTING TOGETHER A MEAL TO HAVE A VARIETY OF THINGS THAT
COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE WHOLE. ))
SUPER=01-David Wiley/RSO Conductor Candidate;
OUT Q=to the whole.
Wiley toured the Roanoke Valley today. He starts working with the musicians
Four other finalists will perform with the symphony this year. The Orchestra
will choose the new Music Director in April.
And coming up, Tech and Virginia prepare for weekend football games a big
night of Friday Football Extra.
And the Roanoke Express opens its season tonight at the Roundhouse against
the Richmond Renegades.
Tonight, The Salem Spartans will put their perfect 5 and OH record on the
line against Pulaski County.
Steve Mason joins us from the Cougars den for a pre game report on this
battle and what it means to both programs. Steve.
SUPER=05-Pulaski Co.; :
Roy, after talking with both coach Hicks and Coach White today; I'm
beginning to sense that this game means as much to the people from Salem and
Pulaski as it does to the players.
The outcome has no bearing on making the playoffs for each team. It has
had no influence on how each team performs after the game. Salem lost to
Pulaski last year and then won 5 straight.
But mention the words pride or bragging rights and this game means
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :00
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Week; :17
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Eagles vs. Cougars; :34
SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :56
OUT Q=...biggest game of the year for us"
((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH:))
((Salem lost to Pulaski 21-18 last year and the Spartans will try and take back
the bragging rights with a balanced offense.
210 pound running back Chris Huff has bulldozed opponents for a team
leading 7 rushing touchdowns,
while quarterback Seth Moore has thrown 4 TD passes with close to a 50
percent completion rate.
There are also a couple of Kings in Cougar Country. There is always the
dangerous foot of kicker Shane Graham.
Quarterback Ronald Branch ran for over a 100 yards against Franklin County
last week and threw for a touchdown.
And while all the weapons on both sides with be especially fired up tonight;
the coaches have made sure everyone knows this is not a make or break game.))
((JOEL HICKS/PULASKI COUNTY HEAD COACH:))
Steve Tosses back to Roy
Roy, the winner in this game does receive power points which go towards
securing home field advantage in the playoffs, but other than that, tonight is
about pride. Kick off is at 8pm, highlights on Friday Football Extra.
And here are the rest of the games we will cover on Friday Football Extra
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=....last score."
It's homecoming at Virginia Tech this weekend as the Hokies host The Akron
SUPER=03-Annapolis, MD/Last Saturday; :
Tech's win over Navy last weekend has the Hokies over 500 on the season.
While Head Coach Frank Beamer is concerned with the Offense he's not sure
what Akron Team will show up at Lane Stadium.
IN Q="I think the
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :
OUT Q= ....can control."
The Virginia Cavaliers hope to get back on track tomorrow at Scott stadium
The Blue Devils have yet to win in the ACC this season, but this rivalry is
as nasty as ever.
IN Q="Every game in...
((MIKE GROH/UVA QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/UVa Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...NEED TO WIN.
VMI is back home at Alumni field tomorrow taking on UT-Chattanooga in a one
And the Ferrum Panthers hit the road looking for their fifth win of the year
at Chowan tomorrow.
The Roanoke Express opens the ECHL regular season tonight AT 7:30 at the
Roundhouse against the defending league champions, the Richmond Renegades.
A team that gave Roanoke fits in more ways than one last year.
IN Q="I JUST THINK...
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...RESPECT FOR US."
Plenty of tickets are available for tonight's opener. We'll have the
highlights at 11.