Coming up on NEWS 7:
A shooting on Hanover Avenue in Roanoke tonight- -the gunman is said to
have committed suicide.
We'll tell you what we can in just a moment.
And the future of a major monument to the past gets a pledge from the U-S
In sports, The Poindexter brothers from Jefferson Forest talk with Steve
Mason. The Braves are healthy again,
and the Roanoke Express comes from behind to beat the Charlotte Checkers last
night in Charlotte.
A repeat of last week. Strong cold front arrives Friday night with rain and
much colder weather.
Police are trying to unravel a mysterious situation tonight.
One man has apparently shot himself tonight and Roanoke and Roanoke County
authorities are still searching for another possible victim.
Joe Dashiel Joins us live from North west Roanoke
(Rollcue possible shooting suspect there.)
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :15
Two people were killed in a collision between a car and a dump- truck this
afternoon in Danville.
The accident happened around 4:30 at the intersection of Route 265 and
Police say the driver of the dump truck was treated at the scene for minor
Rescue crews had to remove the four passengers in the car.
Police say the two people killed were both juveniles. Two others were
transported to a local hospital.
Mickey Wayne Davidson may get his wish granted by the state tonight. His
current wish is to be put to death for the 19-90 Saltville murders of his wife
and two step- daughters.
Ellen Qualls is at Greensville Correctional Center, where Mickey Davidson
has faced death twice before and initiated last minute legal appeals.
(ROLL CUE: a federal judge in Richmond.)
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IN Q=Capitol resource center
SUPER=01-Steve Surber/Saltville Police Chief; :23
SUPER=01-G.R. Call/Former Saltville Investigator; :54
OUT Q=with the kids involved.
((STEVE SURBER/SALTVILLE POLICE CHIEF: AND IF HE WAS DRINKING WE'D SAY "WE'RE
GONNA PLACE YOU UNDER ARREST FOR DRUNK IN PUBLIC TILL THINGS COOL DOWN." HE WAS
NEVER NO PROBLEM, HE'D COME WITH US. SHE WOULD, WE WOULD ADVISE HER SHE NEEDED
TO GO GET WARRANTS. SHE'D SAY SHE WOULD BE VERY FEW TIMES I EVER KNOWN HER TO
EVER DO IT, TO GET WARRANTS AND SO FORTH. BUT HE WAS NEVER A VIOLENT PERSON.))
OUT Q=never a violent person.
((G.R. CALL/FORMER SALTVILLE INVESTIGATOR: IT WAS A VERY, I GUESS THAT'S THE
WORST THING I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED AS A POLICE OFFICER, ESPECIALLY WITH THE KIDS
OUT Q=the kids involved.
(ad lib Ellen)
(And this will be another death by lethal injection?)
A local sheriff says he did not take matters into his own hands.
Instead, he's left it to the law.
There are complaints-- uncomfirmed-- that Botetourt County sheriff Reed
Kelly beat a prisoner after receiving a threatening letter from him.
19- year- old Jason Joseph Jones sent Kelly a note through the mail.
In the letter, the inmate describes in graphic detail how he plans to murder
Kelly's family and burn down his house.
Jones' mother spoke to News- 7 this afternoon and says her son was thrown
against prison bars and choked by the sheriff.
Kelly admits that he went over to the jail to talk to Jones, but never beat
IN Q=That's ridiculous
((REED KELLY/BOTETOURT COUNTY SHERIFF: THAT'S RIDICULOUS. I DIDN'T TOUCH HIM
OTHER THEN TO TAKE HIM OUT OF THE BLOCK. I CERTAINLY DIDN'T BEAT HIM. I DIDN'T
CHOKE HIM. I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING OF THE SORT.))
OUT Q=of the sort
Jones is currently serving time on burglary convictions.
Kelly says he's not sure when he'll be released, but did say Jones has many
charges still pending.
Jones has not filed any battery complaints against the sheriff.
Instead JONES has received an additional charge-- sending a threatening
letter through the mail.
On Capitol Hill, the House is taking the final vote on the G-O-P Medicare
Republicans say they have the votes they need to pass the measure-- calling
the day a "great and historical occasion."
Democrats however, charge the plan will darken the future of the nation's
Here's Connie Stevens in the newsroom with some local reaction,
Keith, as you know the plan calls for saving 270-billion dollars on
Medicare over seven years.
We talked to the League of Older Americans today-- before the vote.
The Executive Director there, Susan Williams IS concerned that the G-O-P
measure will in fact translate into higher premiums for older people, unless
they're willing to join managed care plans.
And, as she explains, there may be problems with that, too.
IN Q= HMO's are new
SUPER=01-Susan Williams/League of Older Americans; :00
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :12
OUT Q=no sense
((SUSAN WILLIAMS/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS: HMO'S ARE NEW, IN LOTS OF PARTS OF
THE COUNTRY. THERE ARE LOTS OF KINKS TO BE IRONED OUT OF THAT SYSTEM YET.))
OUT Q=system yet.
Williams is also worried about loopholes in the medicare legislation that
would diminish current restrictions on hmo's.
And, she warns-- if the medicare picture looks bleak now, just see what
happens in the year 2010, when the baby boomers are factored in.
Still, what really concerns her is proposed cuts to MEDICAID-- the bread and
butter of much of the nursing home industry.
There are suggestions that would weaken the Nursing Home Act of 1987-- which
could lead to a decline in the quality of care-- even increased use of
restraints in nursing homes-- both physical and chemical.
IN Q=And I can't
((AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT A CONGRESS THAT IS SO CONCERNED ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO
ABOUT THE QUALITY OF CARE IN NURSING HOMES IS DOING THIS,. IT JUST MAKES NO
OUT Q=no sense.
Keith, one final note echoed by the LOA and many other organizations.
These are not just issues that effect the elderly.
In some cases, families may have to chose between caring for an elderly
relative, and sending a child to college-- there could be a huge impact on the
hard MUSIC UNDER
Ahead on News-7 at six, another buy-out offer for some Norfolk-Southern
and a possible arson fire at the old White Foundry in Roanoke.
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A massive fire destroyed the former White Foundry building in downtown
Roanoke this morning.
Fire investigators say the blaze is considered suspicious.
Crews arrived at 14th Street and Norfolk Avenue just after 7 o'clock to find
flames and heavy smoke consuming the building.
The place was gutted. Firefighters say even portions of the roof are gone.
They say it's one of several fires they've fought in the building in the
No one was injured, and investigators are not sure how the fire started.
For the second time in a month, Norfolk Southern is trying to reduce its
Roanoke area workforce by offering voluntary retirement packages.
But Len Besthoff reports that while N-S wants to cut back in some
departments, it's hiring in others.
IN Q=Rail giant
SUPER=01-Bob Auman/Norfolk Southern Spokesman; :15
SUPER=01-Bill Pickle/East End Shops Manager; :52
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Rail giant Norfolk Southern is one among many members of corporate America
realizing productivity gains through the use of computers.
This week it began offering voluntary retirement packages to unionized
office clerks at its regional offices in Roanoke.
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IN Q=Mainly because
((BOB AUMAN/NORFOLK SOUTHERN SPOKESMAN: MAINLY BECAUSE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT
THE COMPANY HAS ACQUIRED AND BEGUN USING.))
OUT Q=begun using.
This is the second buyout offer N-S has made in less than a month.
The first voluntary retirement plan was offered system- wide, with about 100
Roanoke workers eligible for the program, this one targets Roanoke workers
specifically, with 450 of them eligible.
SOT 11:09:07 TAPE ONE
IN Q=I understand
((AUMAN: I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S A GROSS BENEFIT OF ABOUT 35-THOUSAND
OUT Q=35-thousand dollars.
Nat Sot FROM EAST END SHOPS
But N-S says it's a different story over at its East End Shops in Roanoke,
where it repairs rail cars.
It has hired about 40 people there.
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IN Q=That's car men
((BILL PICKLE/EAST END SHOPS MANAGER: THAT'S CAR MEN AND CAR MEN WELDERS. AND
THEY PAY APPROXIMATELY 15-51 AN HOUR. Good jobs? PICKLE: THEY'RE EXCELLENT
OUT Q=excellent jobs.
And N-S says unlike the clerical jobs, it'll be a long time before these
workers are replaced by a computer.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
If you've ever been caught in an Atlanta traffic snarl, you've probably
wondered how anyone will get to any of the 19-96 Olympic events there.
But a company in Christiansburg hopes to help.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Hey, hey. (sound of cows mooing)
SUPER=01-Bill Neely/Force President & C.E.O.; :24
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((HEY, HEY. ))
OUT Q=sound of cows mooing.
Force, Incorporated's location across from the Christiansburg Livestock
Market is the butt of jokes from big-city visitors.
But they quickly find this is a force to be reckoned with.
Never heard of 'em?
Well, if you watched any downhill or cross country skiing of the '94
Olympics in Lillehammer, you have Force to thank for providing the t-v cameras'
fiber optic transmitters.
((BILL NEELY/FORCE PRESIDENT & C.E.O.: SO ALL THOSE NIFTY PICTURES OF THE
WINTER OLYMPICS, AT LEAST IN THOSE COMPETITIONS, WERE BROUGHT TO YOU COURTESY
OF FORCE. ))
And if you're planning a trip to the '96 Summer Olympics, you may already
be dreading an Atlanta traffic nightmare.
But Force will help get you there.
Georgia's transportation department is buying Force transmitters for a
series of traffic control video cameras.
((THEY'RE GONNA BE SENDING A LOT OF PICTURES FROM VARIOUS POINTS AROUND THE
BELTWAY BACK TO A CONTROL CENTER, AND THESE PICTURES WILL BE TRANSMITTED AGAIN
OVER FIBER USING TRANSMITTERS THAT FORCE MAKES. ))
With 60 employees, Force has beaten out the likes of AT&T and
Hewlett-Packard for certain niche-market contracts.
((WE HAVE PICKED OUT NICHES THAT ARE GROWING 20 TO 30 PERCENT A YEAR, WHICH WE
THINK WE CAN BE A MAJOR PLAYER IN. ))
Educational, military and government markets may be Force's future, all from
Park Street, where "down-home" meets "high-tech." Tracy Altizer, News 7. ))
Investors reacting to corporate earnings reports and firmer bond prices
helped the Dow reach a record today.
The DOW closed at 48- hundred- two, a gain of nearly 25 points.
Nasdaq was up a point and a half.
A Republican bill in Congress that could close down dozens of national parks
has Democrats out stumping for its defeat.
Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt visited Appomattox Courthouse today,
one of ten sites in Virginia that could be shut down.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=This was
SUPER=01-Bruce Babbitt/Secretary of the Interior; :19
SUPER=01-Jon Montgomery/Appomattox Park Superintendent; 1:06
OUT Q=News7, Appomattox.
(( natsot 23:45:14
((NOW THIS HOUSE IS A RECONSTRUCTION?))
On the same land where the North and South reunited, Interior Secretary
Bruce Babbitt has drawn a new battle line between Republicans and Democrats.
Babbitt's first visit to Appomattox Courthouse left him that much more
determined to keep the park open to the public.
IN Q=As long as
((BRUCE BABBITT/SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: AS LONG AS I AM THE SECRETARY OF THE
INTERIOR, THIS SITE WILL NOT BE CLOSED.))
OUT Q=not be closed.
Republican lawmakers are looking to trim dozens of historic sites, including
Appomattox, from the list of parks the federal government operates.
Democrats are fighting just as hard to defeat that bill... and to let the
public know what's going on.
SOT 9:46:01 (#2)
IN Q=We must make
((BABBITT: WE MUST MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICA UNDERSTANDS THE
IMPORTANCE OF THIS SHRINE AND RESIST THE EFFORTS, WHICH ARE TRULY UNDER WAY, TO
PLACE THIS SITE ON A CLOSURE LIST.))
OUT Q=closure list.
SU 10:22:01 (#2)
IN Q=Even if
((Even if House Bill 260 passes and a park closure committee is established,
that does NOT necessarily mean Appomattox would be shut down. Still, park
service employees say they're taking no chances.))
OUT Q=no chances.
IN Q=And I would
((JON MONTGOMERY/APPOMATTOX PARK SUPERINTENDENT: AND I WOULD HOPE THAT
APPOMATTOX WOULD NOT BE CLOSED, EVEN IF IT WERE ON THE LIST BUT IT COULD WELL
BE. 10:08:39NOW'S THE TIME TO FIGHT THE BATTLE BEFORE THEY GET TO THAT POINT
OUT Q=I think.
The park closure bill is part of an overall budget measure that comes up for
debate later this fall.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Appomattox.))
And coming up, The Roanoke Express came from behind last night to beat the
Checkers in Charlotte.
And Steve Mason will have a report on the Poindexter brothers from
The Roanoke Express heads into tomorrow night's game against defending
Riley Cup Champion Richmond with a 2 and 1 record thanks to the teams bruiser;
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Night; :00
But Clarke lead the Express to a 7-5 victory over the Checkers last night
with his finesse, not his muscle.
Clarke recorded his first career hat trick as Roanoke came back from a three
goal deficit to win 7-5.
The Checkers jumped out in front 5-2 in the second on a three goal serge.
Charlotte is winless so far this season.
GRAPHIC=Anthony and John
After stellar careers at Jefferson Forest, John and Anthony Poindexter are
playing college football.
And Steve Mason says the tandem stays close through a mutual respect and a
lot of phone calls.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Forest/1991-John's Senior Year; :00 (QK!)
SUPER=03-Forest/1993-Anthony's Senior Year; :05 (QK!)
SUPER=03-Ferrum/This Season; :10
SUPER=01-John Poindexter/Pre-Season All-American Selection; :18
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI/UVa vs. Michigan; :28
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/UVa vs. William & Mary; :35
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Linebacker; 1:10
OUT Q=....news 7 sports"
((They both quarterbacked the Cavaliers. You knew they had to be brothers
because each displayed the same Poindexter toughness that never avoided taking
a hit or giving one.
The elder John moved to receiver and is now finishing up his college career
at Division three power Ferrum.
Anthony is only a red shirt freshman at Virginia and is now a linebacker, but
he has spent little time on the bench.
He is third on the team in tackles with 60 and has started off and on this
The sibling rivalry has always been strong. Perhaps the biggest showdown
occurred when Anthony returned home after a year at UVa.
Anthony will be calling John again soon. The older Poindexter is 10 catches
away from breaking the Ferrum record for receptions in a season. Steve Mason ,
News 7 Sports.))
M W Manufacturers, Inc has reached an agreement with Michael Waltrip to
drive its colors in the
Busch Grand National Division.
The company will sponsor Waltrip's Busch Grand National Ford for 15 events
during the 1996 season.
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The company has been involved in Busch Racing for the past three years and
Waltrip has also made several appearances for the company in the past.
M W windows manufactures and distributes a broad line of residential windows
and patio doors throughout the United States.
The week off between games has helped the Atlanta Braves heal a couple of
Dave Justice, who missed the last game of the championship series with a
knee injury is doing well and expected to play on Saturday.
And Jeff Blauser, who missed the series against Cincinnati, has recovered
from a bruised thigh.
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And New York Yankee Manager Buck Showalter main remain in New York.
Reports from the Big Apple say that Yankee owner George Steinbrenner wants
Showalter to stay on as the team's manager.
Showalter has managed the Yankees since late 1991 his contract expires at
the end of the month. Showalter has coached in new York longer than any manager
since Steinbrenner became the team's owner in 1973.
NEWSCAST= in Danville.
The Republican Medicare reform plan has received a majority of votes in
It passed with a total of 231 votes in favor, 201 against.
The bill calls for spending 270-billion less for Medicare over seven
More on the CBS Evening News, and News-7 at 11.