Up next on News 7 at eleven-
Authorities order a lockdown on all federal prisons after a string of
More details about the criminal background of a Roanoke man who
apparently killed his former girlfriend before shooting himself.
Plus high school students are jamming tonight as they celebrate an
News 7 is coming up next.
Federal authorities are calling for a lock down on all federal prisons in
The moves comes after three prison uprisings in just the past day or two.
The latest at a federal lockup in Memphis.
Roanoke police say Larry Mack was arrested and released on bond six times
this month- before he killed his former girlfriend yesterday and then committed
SUPER=03-Safety Harbor, FL;
And we'll tell you about a man who was crawling for his co-workers-
Dave Thompson had to roll a peanut down a street after losing a bet-
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The Bureau of Federal Prisons is ordering a lock-down of all Federal Prisons
It's comes after four uprisings at prisons around the United States.
The latest rebellion came today at a federal prison in Memphis- Tennessee.
Authorities report a semi-riot there that started this afternoon.
Fire also broke out at the building with about 20 victims of smoke
Several people were removed on stretchers.
It was just last night that a riot broke out at a Talladega, Alabama prison
injuring 13 people and causing one million dollars in damage.
And tonight an uprising at prisons in Greenville, Illinois and Allenwood,
Divorce papers apparently prompted a man to fatally shoot his wife and then
turn the gun on himself.
Robert Montgomery apparently walked into the bank where his wife worked-
locked himself in an office with her and began firing.
SWAT teams rushed in help the 27 customers and workers out through the
One customer was able to run out as the shots were fired.
((ALL OF THE LADIES BEHIND THE DESKS IN THE OFFICES WERE YELLING AND SCREAMING.
THE ONLY REASON WHY I CAN FIGURE OUT NOT EVERYONE RAN OUT OF THE BANK LIKE I
DID IS THERE WAS A TABLE THAT WAS KIND OF BLOCKING THEM AND I HAD A STRAIGHT
SHOT TO THE DOOR.))
OUT Q=shot to the door."
Both Montgomery and his wife are dead.
Officials say the woman had filed for divorce on Tuesday.
Roanoke Police say Larry Mack was arrested and released on bond six times
this month, before he killed Alesha Johnson and committed suicide.
Joe Dashiell reports Mack faced a variety of charges, including a complaint
filed by the woman he apparently killed yesterday.
IN Q=Police say 26- year- old
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :12
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Police say 26- year- old Larry William Mack shot himself late Thursday
afternoon, after telling a relative he had shot and killed his girlfriend.
He died a short time later at a Roanoke hospital.
Roanoke County Police later found the body of 21- year- old Alesha Ann
Johnson at a construction site in the Valleypointe area of the County.
She had been shot several times.
Roanoke Police say Larry Mack had been arrested six times since October 3rd,
and he was released each time on an unsecured bond.
The charges included assault and battery, embezzlement, and shooting into a
vehicle. The most recent came just last weekend when Alesha Ann Johnson filed
a complaint against him for stalking.
An assistant commonwealth's attorney had moved to revoke Mack's bond, but
the hearing was scheduled for today.
Johnson's relatives declined comment this afternoon, but indicated they will
have something to say soon.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Two men were charged today with the murder of a Grayson County man.
Authorities arrested Gary Allen Call and Walter R-C Stamper for the shooting
death of 82 year old Cecil Farmer.
Farmer was shot five times in the back of the neck and head at his home in
the Rugby section of the county.
The sheriff says it appeared Farmer was NOT asleep when he was shot.
Several antique guns and a safe were taken from his home.
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It is a controversial gay-rights bill-
Tonight its won President Clintons endorsement.
White House Advisor George Stephanopolous made the announcement tonight.
The legislation would bar most job discrimination against homosexuals.
((GEORGE STEPHANOPOLOUS/WHITE HOUSE ADVISOR: FRANKLY MOST AMERICANS DON'T
REALIZE IN 41 STATES, GAY AND NON GAY CITIZENS ALIKE CAN BE FIRED FROM THEIR
JOBS, DEMOTED OR DENIED A PROMOTION JUST BECAUSE THEIR BOSS DISLIKES THEIR
SUPER=01-George Stephanopoulos/White House Advisor;
OUT Q=THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION."
The bill faces strong opposition in the Republican-controlled Congress.
Fidel Castro's own daughter will join other protestors against her father
Castro will be in New York City for the 50th anniversary of the United
SUPER=03-Union City, NJ;
His daughter has been an outspoken critic of her fathers communist military
((ALINA FERNANDEZ/CASTRO'S DAUGHTER: I ACCUSE HIM OF COLLABORATING WITH DRUG
TRAFFICKING AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST. I ACCUSE HIM FOR VIOLATING HUMAN
RIGHTS ON THE ISLAND.))
SUPER=01-Alina Fernandez/Fidel Castro's Daughter;
OUT Q=on the island."
Fernandez last saw her father 12 years ago.
She left Cuba two years ago declaring her father a drug smuggler and
She now lives in Atlanta.
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Up next on the newscast, a student is found innocent of burning down a high
And these little pigs stayed home.
As a result, their owners are off to court.
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A jury finds a black activist's son innocent of setting fire to an Alabama
SUPER=03-Wedowee, AL/August 1994;
Christopher Johnson was acquitted of burning the school.
The school went up in flames shortly after a white principal condemned
interracial couples at a prom.
The defense says the former principal was the more likely suspect.
Johnson faced 30 years in prison if he was convicted.
A new traffic light may be in store for a dangerous intersection in
Family members of two children who were killed yesterday are working to make
sure the intersection is made safer.
The children were on their way to the store with Norma Jean Daniel yesterday
when she pulled out from Elizabeth Street into the path of a dump truck on
12- year old Jami Renee Earles and her 10- year old brother James were
Route 2-65 was constructed in the early 1980's.
At the time, the state had made plans to construct a bridge so traffic would
not have to cross the highway.
IN Q=Because of
((T. A. WILES/RESIDENT ENGINEER: BECAUSE OF FUNDING PROBLEMS WHEN THE PROJECT
CAME ALONG THAT PART, THE BRIDGE, WAS DELETED AND SINCE THAT TIME THERE HAS NOT
BEEN FUNDING OR A NEED FOR IT TO BE PUT IN.
ROBERT LEE JONES/CHILDREN'S GRANDFATHER: YOU'RE PUTTING MONEY OVER LIFE AND
ITS NOT ENOUGH MONEY, MONEY CAN'T BUY LIFE, BUT IT CAN SAVE A LIFE.))
SUPER=01-T. A. Wiles IV/Resident Engineer; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Lee Jones/Children's Grandfather; :12
OUT Q= save a life.
Tim Wiles says he immediately notified his district office when he heard of
He says the state will study the incident and could put in a stop sign or
possibly a traffic light.
The driver of the car was a family friend.
She's in fair condition.
A four- year- old also in the car is in good condition.
The truck driver was treated for minor injuries.
A Roanoke County employee of some 19 years has been stripped of his job and
his retirement benefits.
He faces three felony charges.
Sherman "Red" Cable allegedly stole truck- loads of county equipment, over a
Authorities say the County's former Communications Director was hoarding
stuff in his home.
((SKIP BURKART/PROSECUTOR: INSTEAD OF JUST LIKE ONE PAIR OF GLOVES, YOU KNOW,
THERE'D BE 10 PAIRS OF BRAND NEW GLOVES STACKED UP. INSTEAD OF ONE SOCKET
WRENCH, THERE WERE DOZENS OF THEM.))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Atty.
OUT Q=dozens of them.
HIS lawyer points out most of the items were still in the original boxes,
stacked up in his home.
Attorney Morgan Griffith says: it wasn't a matter of greed.
Cable was set to enter a guilty plea today, but the case was delayed while
he completes psychiatric testing.
The county fired Cable when all this came to light.
He had worked for Roanoke County for 19 years.
The saga of the three pot-bellied pigs continues.
Now the Town of Vinton is taking the owners to court.
The town has filed a civil suit against Emma and Gerald Saunders for keeping
pigs at their home.
The council ordered the Saunders to remove the animals earlier this month,
saying that keeping pot-bellied pigs is against a town ordinance.
The Saunders successfully challenged the town's animal control ordinance in
But earlier this month, town council amended that ordinance.
IN Q=they lost
((PAT FERRANCE/SAUNDERS' ATTORNEY: THEY LOST THE FIRST ROUND. THEY CHANGED
THE LAW. THEY'VE CHANGED THE JUDGES. THEY'RE MAKING THE RULES AND THEY'RE
MAKING IT HARDER AND HARDER FOR US TO HELP THE SAUNDERS KEEP THEIR PIGS.
EMMA SAUNDERS/VINTON RESIDENT: STILL GOING TO FIGHT. STILL GOING TO GO
THROUGH COURT WITH IT. GO FROM THERE.))
SUPER=01-Pat Ferrance/Saunders' Attorney; :05
SUPER=01-Emma Saunders/Vinton Resident; :12 quick!!
OUT Q=go from there
The pigs are still living at the Vinton home.
The Saunders have 21 days to file a response to the town's suit.
Town Manager, Clay Goodman, says the town is just trying to enforce the
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When News 7 at 11 returns, We'll see how Blacksburg residents are getting a
chance to hook up to the internet.
And some area mail order companies are trying to hook up with some seasonal
MUSIC UP FULL
It's not a good year to enter into the mail order business.
Paper, printing, and postage costs have all gone through the roof.
And some companies now have a new problem to contend with: a lack of
Len Besthoff has the story.
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SUPER=01-John Keith/J. Crew; :09 (QUICK)
SUPER=01-Marjorie Skidmore/VA Employment Commission; :36(QUICK)
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :50(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Mike Lutz/Hanover Direct; :55
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( NAT SOT "Hello J-Crew"
The J-Crew catalog company in Lynchburg is just dying for folks to come in
and apply for work.
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IN Q=We need to
((JOHN KEITH/J. CREW: WE NEED TO HIRE ANOTHER SIX OR SEVEN HUNDRED PEOPLE
BETWEEN OUR TELEMARKETING CENTER AND OUR WAREHOUSE CENTER.))
OUT Q=warehouse center.
SOT LB TAPE TWO 14:53:05
IN Q=Now when was
((Now when was the last time you heard a company say something like that! It's
definitely been a while, and it couldn't come at a worse time for a mail order
company like J-Crew, which right now is gearing up for the holiday season.))
OUT Q=holiday season.
SOT TAPE TWO 14:18:20
IN Q=The crunch time is on
((KEITH: THE CRUNCH TIME IS ON, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.))
OUT Q=no question about it.
The reason for this worker shortage? It's a combination of factors,
including low unemployment, which have created a sellers market out there for
SOT TAPE ONE 12:13:19
IN Q=Employers are
((MARJORIE SKIDMORE/VA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: EMPLOYERS ARE REALLY RUNNING INTO
PROBLEMS TRYING TO FIND PART TIME PEOPLE, AND CERTAINLY FULL TIME PEOPLE, FOR
LESS THAN SIX DOLLARS AND HOUR.))
OUT Q=six dollars an hour.
Other companies with fulfillment operations, like the Home Shopping Network,
have also had trouble finding seasonal hires.
That's not the case though for Orvis, and Hanover Direct, which, like many
consumers, do their holiday shopping early.
SOT TAPE ONE 13:50:02
IN Q=Where we have
((MIKE LUTZ/HANOVER DIRECT: WHERE WE HAVE THE TELEMARKETING CENTER WE'VE HIRED
ABOUT 150 PEOPLE, IN THE HOME FASHIONS CENTER WE'VE HIRED ABOUT 90. WE KNOW
THAT THIS IS A SEASON WHERE EVERYBODY'S LOOKING FOR PEOPLE SO WE TRY TO GET A
HEAD START ON IT.))
OUT Q=head start on it.
Chances are other employers will experience difficulty finding seasonal
workers as well.
Many retailers start looking for their help a few weeks after their
counterparts in the mail order business.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
The most connected town in the world is spreading its electronic tentacles
The Blacksburg Electronic Village has received national recognition and with
that comes a 267-thousand dollar grant.
Congressman Rick Boucher says this community has received the grant because
it's got one of the most advanced information infrastructures in the world.
The money will be used to teach Montgomery County residents how to use the
It will also be used to connect schools with museums.
IN Q=Museums are in
((SUSAN ERIKSSON/BLACKSBURG MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: MUSEUMS ARE IN DIRE
CIRCUMSTANCES THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. I THINK TAKING
TRADITIONAL MUSEUMS PRACTICES AND PUSHING THEM INTO THE FUTURE TO WHAT'S
HAPPENING IN EDUCATION IS A POSITIVE MOVE FOR MUSEUMS.))
IN Q=so we can
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-9th DISTRICT: SO WE CAN HAVE FULLY INTERACTIVE
ELECTRONIC CLASSROOMS AND DISTRICTS. THE GOAL IS TO INSURE THE MOST ADVANCED
INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE IN ANY SCHOOL IS AVAILABLE IN THIS REGION.))
SUPER=01-Susan Eriksson/Blacksburg Museum of Natural History;
OUT Q=in this region
Boucher says they hope to have all the high schools and colleges in
southwest Virginia connected by fiber optic lines in the next three years.
He also hopes the grant prompts the creation of electronic villages in
Radford, Christiansburg and Abingdon.
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Still to come on News 7 at 11,
Steve Mason will tell us if the rain has dampened the spirits of the area's
high school football players.
And we'll see how some teens are staying dry tonight competing in the Battle
of the Bands
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We start with the battle of the Burgs. Christiansburg against against
neighbor Blacksburg on the Indians home turf.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Blue Demons vs. Indians; :00
Right to the action. Deep in their own territory, Demon quarterback Chris
Epperly rolls right and hits Ricky Williams in the flat. Williams turns on the
jets and cuts back against the grain. He goes in for the TD 13-12
To the 4th quarter; this time the Indians are backed up in their own
realestate. Tommy LaForce goes back to pass, but ..Nooooo, he is stripped and
Rocky Grabbly grabs the ball and runs in to score. Christiansburg wins 19-12.
The Unbeaten William Byrd Terriers walked into Salem Stadium hoping to stay
on top of the Blue Ridge District standings
But the Spartans would be top dog tonight beating Byrd 35-3.
SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Spartans; :00
All the Terriers would win tonight folks, is the coin toss.
The Spartans put the pressure on throughout the first half.
Quarterback Seth Moore sets up Salem's second score finding Ricky Eubanks.
Eubanks cuts across the middle makes the catch and works his way through the
crowd for the score.
And the scoring didn't stop there.
Seth Moore fakes the hand off, makes the 11 yard run for the touchdown.
Salem takes the game 35-3.
Down at Victory Stadium tonight; it took the Pulaski County Cougars a half
to take the bite out of William Fleming; beating the Colonels 27 to 14.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Cougars vs. Colonels; :00
A royal homecoming greeted the Colonels and their fans and the team gave
them something to cheer about early.
Fleming scored first when sophomore tailback Lee Suggs broke a few tackles
and crossed the goal line from 11 yards out. 6-zip Colonels.
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Pulaski would score on their first three possessions of the second half.
Derrick Hunter finds the end zone after a 47 yard jaunt. Cougars win by two
Highlights from 8 games coming up on Friday Football Extra, Mike Stevens
will join us in one minute to everyone what's a head on FFE, but first, the
digits from week number eight.
Chyron in motion
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OUT Q=last score
An still to come tonight, college football previews from UVa, Virginia tech
and ferrum, plus, some great news for local college basketball fans,
and the final WDBJ live racing telecast is less than a day away at the New
River valley Speedway.
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This afternoon, WDBJ programming announced that the station will televise its
first live college basketball game on Tuesday night November 28th when
Washington & Lee meets VMI at Cameron Hall in Lexington.
IN Q="It's a great...
((MIKE BELL/WDBJ PROGRAM DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Mike Bell/WDBJ Program Director; :00
OUT Q=...BONUS POINTS FOR US."
SUPER=03-Lexington/June 27; :00
Officials from both schools announced the play after a 55 year break back in
And tonight we're excited to announce that the winningest coach in Virginia
Tech history has agreed to be a part of our broadcast team that night.
IN Q="Well, this will be...
((CHARLIE MOIR/WDBJ BASKETBALL ANALYST:))
SUPER=01-Charlie Moir/WDBJ Basketball Analyst; :00
OUT Q=...TO THE PROGRAMS."
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The News 7 Sports crew will be at the New River Valley Speedway tomorrow
afternoon with our final Late Model Stock Car telecast of the year.
The 250 lap Chevy Dealers Shootout should be just that!
Around 70 cars are expected to qualify for a shot to make the field and earn
a 10 thousand dollar first place check.
((RAY YOUNG/TWO CAREER WINS AT NEW RIVER:))
SUPER=01-Ray Young/Two Career Wins At New River; :00
OUT Q=...FOR THE FANS."
The telecast gets underway tomorrow afternoon at three.
Busch Pole day qualifying at the Rock for Sunday's AC Delco 400 was
postponed today because of rain.
NASCAR has rescheduled qualifying for tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM in
Rockingham, North Carlolina.
To the freezer we go. The Roanoke Express played the defending Riley Cup
Champion Renegades tonight at the Richmond Coliseum. Roanoke lost 8 to 2. The
Express trailed 3-2 in the second but Richmond scored 5 unanswered goals to
win. Now tonight's other numbers from the hard water.
Chyron in motion
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OUT Q=....last score
14th ranked Virginia battles 4-1 and 1 Texas tomorrow in a 1pm showdown at
Memorial Stadium in Austin. This marks the cavs second trip to the lone star
state to meet the Longhorns, who are ranked 16th in the country.
IN Q="I know
((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...depends how good we are"
A four game Big East stretch lies in front of Virginia Tech. The Hokies
begin the conference run tomorrow at Rutgers.
The Hokie offense picked up a lot of momentum this past saturday as the
Hokies had record yards rushing and they also scored 7 touchdowns.
Tech has also scored Big against Rutgers but because of big plays the
Scarlet Knights have beaten Tech three straight in New Jersey.
IN Q="They're also
((BILLY CONATY/TECH CENTER: ))
((LAWRENCE LEWIS/TECH DEFENSIVE END: ))
SUPER=01-Billy Conaty/Tech Center; :
SUPER=01-Lawrence Lewis/Tech Defensive End; :
OUT Q=......be alright."
Kickoff is scheduled for one oclock.
A good crowd and good fun on Brambleton Avenue tonight.
The Roanoke County teen center celebrated its first anniversary, with a
battle of the bands.
NAT SOT BAND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
Upstairs at the center, eight groups competed for free time in a recording
Downstairs, the arcade and game room was rocking, too.
The center is open to all teens, from grades 6-12, Wednesday through
((Closed captioning is brought to you by Carilion Health System and WDBJ-7))