The man who shot and killed his girlfriend last night- -then took his own
life- -was due in court TODAY.
The tragic story of Larry Mack and Alesha Johnson is coming up on NEWS 7.
As well as:
Pigs as pets.
A county official accused of embezzlement.
And a new book about the Beale Treasure.
It's been a rainy day in sports, as the weather forces football
postponements, but friday Football Extra will be there with 8 games,
Longhorns and Knights are on tap for the Cavaliers and Hokies,
and your hometown station has big news for area college basketball fans.
If this cold front stays on track, our weekend will not be wet. That story
and the discovery of yet another tropical storm coming up...
Roanoke police say Larry Mack was out on bond when he shot and killed his
girlfriend and then committed suicide.
Mack had been arrested six times this month alone.
And Joe Dashiell reports he faced a variety of charges, including stalking
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))
A man was shot and killed in his own bed in Grayson County last week.
Today, two men were charged with his murder.
Authorities arrested Gary Allen Call and Walter R-C Stamper for killing 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.
A senior Roanoke County employee has been forced out of his job for
allegedly stealing county equipment.
Sherman Ace Cable now faces three felonies.
At one time, "Red" Cable was the County's Communications Director.
Last Spring, County police began investigating losses at the county radio
They had already begun staking out his home.
IN Q=And he got
((SKIP BURKART/PROSECUTOR: AND HE GOT IN HIS COUNTY VEHICLE, DROVE STRAIGHT TO
HIS HOUSE AND STARTED CARRYING BOX-LOADS OF STUFF OUT OF HIS HOUSE, PUTTING IT
INTO HIS VEHICLE. ))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Atty.
OUT Q=into his vehicle.
***Keith on ENG**
The prosecutor says they eventually seized truck loads of county property.
IN Q=Drills, drill bits
((DRILLS, DRILL BITS, VOLTAGE METERS AND WATT METERS, CLOTHING, SCREW DRIVERS,
WRENCHES, SOCKETS, YOU NAME IT.))
OUT Q=you name it.
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 never used most of the stuff.
He 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... just turned 65 in August.
He forfeited 12-thousand dollars in retirement benefits.
Family members don't want the death of two Danville children to go
They say the intersection where they died has seen too many accidents.
The children were on their way to the store with Norma Jean Daniel yesterday
afternoon when she pulled out from Elizabeth Street into the path of a dump
truck travelling on Route 2-65.
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 bought a right of way 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 immediatly notified his district office when he heard of
He says the state will be studying the incident and could install a stop
sign in the median or 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.
The owners of three pot-bellied pigs will have their day in court, but not
at their request.
The Town of Vinton is taking Emma And Gerald Saunders to court for keeping
the pigs at their home.
The town ordered the Saunders to remove the pigs by October 12th.
The animals are still living at the Vinton home so the town has filed a
IN Q=THE TOWN HAS
((PAT FERRANCE/SAUNDERS' ATTORNEY: THE TOWN HAS NOW CHANGED THE LAW ON THEM.
THEY CHANGED THE COURT FROM GENERAL DISTRICT TO CIRCUIT TO CHANGE THE JUDGE.
NOW THEY'VE CHANGED FROM CRIMINAL TO CIVIL. PRETTY MUCH STACKING THE DECK IN
IN Q=STILL GOING
((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;
SUPER=01-Emma Saunders/Vinton Resident; :14
OUT Q=go from there
The Saunders successfully challenged the town's animal control ordinance in
But earlier this month, town council amended that ordinance.
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
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7, Virginia Democrats discount a naysayer from within their
and some local mail- order houses are already battling the holiday blues-- it
seems there aren't enough workers to go around.
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Democratic Congressman L.F. Payne says the Republican bill to revamp
Medicare could end up jeopardizing the future of rural health care across
The Fifth District Congressman says there were some positive aspects to the
G-O-P's Medicare plan, but the spending cuts went too far.
He fears reduced Medicare spending could hurt small hospitals that rely
heavily on those revenues.
IN Q=These are hospitals
((REP. L.F. PAYNE/D- 5TH DISTRICT: THESE ARE HOSPITALS THAT ARE VERY CRUCIAL TO
OUR COMMUNITIES, THEY'RE HOSPITALS THAT ARE REALLY WORKING VERY HARD NOW TO
MAINTAIN MARGIN AND BE PROFITABLE AND STAY OPEN, AND THESE WILL BE THE
INSTITUTIONS THAT WILL BE HARDEST HIT. AND I THINK WE ALL NEED TO BE VERY
CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR RURAL VIRGINIA AND RURAL AMERICA.))
SUPER=01-Rep. L.F. Payne/(D) 5th District; :00
OUT Q=and rural America.
Payne says both parties will need to find some common ground to come up with
a Medicare bill President Clinton will sign.
A Democratic pollster says Senate Democrats are in trouble.
But two and a half weeks before historic elections for control of the
Virginia legislature, party officials are discrediting that pollster.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Democrats hold just
SUPER=03-Richmond/February 14; :16
SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Va. GOP Caucus; :27
SUPER=01-Gail Nardi/Democratic Party of Va.; :52
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Democrats hold just a three- seat edge in the upper chamber.
But an October 4th memo from pollster Alan Secrest, to Democratic
candidates, says "we have found absolutely terrifying marks for a number of
Democratic State Senators."
Republicans are delighted by the memo -- just as they were during the
General Assembly session, when they intercepted an Alan Secrest memo that
referred to a "playbook" for making the Governor's ideas look "too stupid."
((SCOTT LEAKE/VA. GOP CAUCUS: ALAN HAS A PENCHANT FOR COLORFUL LANGUAGE, AND
HE'S USING IT AGAIN HERE.... NOT A GOOD YEAR TO BE A DEMOCRAT IN VIRGINIA.))
Democrats say Secrest is NOT their main pollster, NOT right about the Senate
races, and is just trying to drum up more work with the party.
((GAIL NARDI/DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF VA.: NOT AT ALL. YOU KNOW, POLLSTERS AND
POLITICAL CONSULTANTS... IT'S A LITTLE LIKE HIRING A PLUMBER OR AN AUTOMOTIVE
MECHANIC...YOU NEED THEIR SERVICES.))
Both parties admit the fight for control of the House of Delegates is the
The odds of a Republican Senate in January are stronger.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
One of the Roanoke Valley's newest companies wants to hire even more
SUPER=03-Last Month/Roanoke Co.;
Hanover Direct has 365 employees at its new distribution center in Roanoke
About 90 seasonal workers could become full time employees, if the company
goes through with plans to service a second mail order catalog here.
Hanover Direct may also hire an unknown number of new people on the
distribution side of its BOTETOURT County operation.
Right now it has 148 people in its women's clothing division.
But it plans to add more in late December when it starts handling men's
apparel at that site.
Overall though, it has been a rough year for the mail order industry, which
has watched paper, printing, and postage costs go through the roof.
But Len Besthoff reports some companies have another problem to contend
with: a lack of seasonal help.
IN Q=Nat Sot
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.
SOT TAPE TWO 14:18:11
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.))
A retreat for the stock market today, as options and futures contracts
Both Nasdaq and the DOW were down about seven- and- a- half points.
The DOW closed at 47- hundred- 94.
The Beale Treasure has eluded searchers for more than a century, but many
"prospectors" still believe a fortune of gold lies buried beneath the Bedford
Roanoke postal worker Ed Easterling is opening a new chapter in the hunt for
He's sharing five years of research in a book that's hitting local
bookstores this month.
While treasure hunters as famous as Mel Fisher have come up empty- handed,
Easterling says he's convinced the Beale Treasure is more than a mystery.
IN Q=I would like to pass on
OUT Q=may actually break the story.
"In search of a Golden Vault" details the story of Thomas Beale and his
Legend has it, they discovered gold in Colorado, and buried it in Bedford
County 175 years ago.
The weather has forced high school football postponements, we will give you
the new list of Friday Football Extra games for tonight, the date is set for
your hometown station's live college basketball telecast,
and WDBJ's final live racing telecast of the year takes center stage at the
new River Valley Speedway tomorrow at 3pm.
The weather has once again turned our Friday Football Extra schedule up
side down. Nine of the 15 games we originally planned to cover tonight have now
But we will bring you the highlights from eight games this evening. Here's
a look at the Friday Football Extra rain day list.
IN Q=graphic full
OUT Q=...music stops/graphic full
GRAPHIC=wdbj college hoops
The start of the College basketball season is just around the corner.
As many of you know, practice began for most universities at the stroke of
midnight last Saturday.
double box w/Mike is sports office
Mike Stevens now joins us from the News 7 sports office with some exciting
information for area hoop fans, Mike.
Steve, this afternoon WDBJ programming announced that the station is set to
televise its first LIVE college basketball game on Tuesday night November 28th
when Washington & Lee takes on VMI at Cameron Hall in Lexington in the first
game between the two schools in 55 years.
IN Q="I think...
((MIKE BELL/WDBJ PROGRAM DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Mike Bell/WDBJ Program Director; :00
OUT Q=...THE HOUSE AT CAMERON.
SUPER=04-40th Anniversary Archives;
WDBJ is also pleased to announce that former Virginia Tech, Tulane and
Roanoke College head coach Charlie MOir will serve as out color analyst for the
IN Q="IT should be...
((CHARLIE MOIR/WDBJ BASKETBALL ANALYST:))
SUPER=01-Charlie Moir/WDBJ Basketball Analyst; :00
OUT Q=...TO PLAY BELIEVE ME.
TOSS BACK TO STEVE
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS
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."
Tomorrow's 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.
Back to the gridiron; 6 and 2 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
IN Q="I know
((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...depends how good we are"
The next four games beginning with Rutgers tomorrow will decide where
Virginia Tech finishes in the Big East.
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 one oclock in New Jersey.
The 2 and 1 Express will have a chance to avenge it's opening season loss
to the Richmond Renegades tonight at the Richmond Coliseum. The defending Riley
Cup champs beat Roanoke 6-3 last Friday. The puck drops at 7:30.