Up next on News 7 at eleven-
Relatives of Alesha Johnson speak out about her murder.
The 50th anniversary of the United Nations brings Castro to New York City,
and a protest here in Roanoke.
And three hundred BASE jumpers take the plunge into the New River Gorge,
News 7 is coming up next.
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One Roanoke family hopes to change the way the community and the court
system look at domestic violence.
Relatives of 21-year-old Alesha Ann Johnson say the court system is partly
to blame for her death.
Johnson was shot and killed on Thursday, apparently by her former boyfriend,
26- year -old Larry William Mack.
Mack then committed suicide.
Members of Johnson's family say Mack had been stalking her for weeks.
IN Q=Family members
SUPER=01-Silvia McCollum/Alesha's Mother; :16
SUPER=01-Angela Johnson/Alesha's Sister; :32
RUNS=1:31 QUICK OUT!!!!!!
OUT Q=abuses them.
((Family members say Alesha had filed several warrants against Larry William
They say Alesha broke off the relationship with him about three weeks ago.
Since then they say his actions became progressively more violent.
((SILVIA MCCOLLUM/ALESHA'S MOTHER: NOTHING STOPPED HIM FROM KNOCKING ON THESE
DOORS AND WINDOWS. NOTHING STOPPED HIM FROM CAMPING OUT ON THESE GROUNDS AND
WATCHING THIS HOUSE 24/7 AND STALKING US.))
((ANGELA JOHNSON/ALESHA'S SISTER: HE HAS GONE INTO PUBLIC PLACES AND SHOWN HIS
AGGRESSION. HE ABDUCTED HER FROM A PUBLIC STORE. NOW WHAT MORE INDICATION DO
YOU NEED THAT THIS MAN IS VIOLENT.))
Roanoke police say Mack had been arrested six times since October third.
The charges included assault and battery, embezzlement and shooting into a
Each time he was released on an unsecured bond.
The latest incident happened last weekend, when Alesha Johnson filed a
complaint against Mack for stalking.
Angela Johnson says each time Mack broke the restraining order, Alesha
called police, but she says it seemed the police and the court system did not
take the complaints seriously.
And Angela says she believes it's a problem that occurs too frequently.
((ANGELA JOHNSON: WOMEN TODAY HAVE NO RIGHTS UNTIL THEY'RE DEAD. THEY SCREAM
OUT FOR HELP AND EITHER THEIR LIVES ARE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN OR THEY'RE AFRAID TO
COME OUT OF THEIR HOMES. THEY'RE AFRAID TO GO TO WORK. THEY'RE CONSTANTLY
LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDERS. BUT THESE MEN ARE ALLOWED TO WALK AROUND
EVERYDAY AND NO ONE HARASSES THEM OR STALKS THEM OR ABUSES THEM.))
Family members says they plan to fight for a change in the laws so that
others won't suffer the pain of losing a loved one.
In one of the biggest Anti-American protests in Japanese history, residents
of Okinawa voiced disgust for the United States Military.
More than 58-thousand people turned out to protest the rape of a 12-year-old
girl and demand the U-S reduce its presence.
Three U-S servicemen have been charged in the attack.
The Army does admit it's time to change the attitude of the young people
Japanese officials say they don't want the U-S to downsize it's Japanese
IN Q=the military
((THE MILITARY PRESENCE IN JAPAN --IN OKINAWA-- IS VITAL FOR THE SECURITY AND
THE MAINTENCANCE OF PEACE AND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECONOMY IN THE AREA OF
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC))
SUPER=01-Yoshinori Ohno/Member of Japanese Parliament;
OUT Q=and the pacific.
Nearly 30-thousand U-S troops are stationed on Okinawa.
An unprecedented gathering of world leaders, and a security nightmare, is
underway in New York City tonight as the United Nations marks its fiftieth
There was little fanfare as Fidel Castro arrived at the Cuban Mission in
Castro is expected to address the General Assembly tommorrow, but his visits
drew more protests today from opponents including his own daughter.
((ALINA FERNANDEZ REVUELTA/CASTRO'S DAUGHTER: ANYONE WHO WILL DIALOGUE WITH HIM
ARE LACKING RESPECT FOR THE CUBANS.))
SUPER=01-Alina Fernandez Revuelta/Castro's Daughter;
OUT Q=for the cubans.
The day also brought protests against the U-S embargo of Cuba... and claims
that the embargo does more to help Castro than hurt him.
IN Q=For hardliners
((ELLIOTT RICHARDSON/FORMER DEFESNE SECRETARY: FOR HARDLINERS IN CUBA, THE
EMBARGO IS PROBABLY THEIR GREATEST ASSET. THEY BLAME EVERYTHING ON THE U.S.))
SUPER=01-Elliott Richardson/Former Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=blame everything on the United States.
The U-N anniversary also brought a protest closer to home.
Citizens in Action sponsored a rally in Fallon Park this afternoon.
The group is made up of volunteers who travel from city to city to educate
people on what they say is the truth about the U-N.
Members of the group ended the event by burning the U-N flag.
They say the idea of a world peace keeper is a good one, but the U-N fails
at this job.
They add the U-N organization is an example of a tyrannical government.
IN Q=we're not against
((DOUG JEFFERYS/CITIZENS IN ACTION: WE'RE NOT AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
WE THINK THIS NATION IS THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH AND WE WANT TO MAINTAIN
OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS OVER STEPPED ITS BOUNDS, AS FAR
AS TAXATION, WELFARE SYSTEM, OUR NATIONAL DEBT.))
SUPER=01-Doug Jefferys/Citizens In Action;
OUT Q=our national debt
About 100 people turned out to hear what speakers had to say.
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Coming up on News-7, some Lynchburg residents traded in their guns for
Plus, a car crash near the Radford arsenal leaves two dead.
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It's almost seemed like winter today-- with not only the chill in the air,
but the sleet that fell in some areas.
We were expecting a little more of the wintry stuff tonight-- but now things
are clearing up.
We should wake up to mostly sunny skies tomorrow.
Also, temperatures warming up over the next few days.
The complete forecast, coming up.
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State Police are still investigating an early morning accident in Montgomery
County that left two people dead.
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20- year- old Eric Taylor of Blacksburg was killed when the Plymouth Colt he
was travelling in collided with a Chevrolet Camaro.
Another passenger in Taylor's car also died.
The name of the second victim is being withheld until relatives are
The accident happened around two A-M at the intersection of Route 1-14 and
8-12 near the Radford Arsenal.
State police say the Camaro passed another vehicle on a solid line, hitting
the Colt head-on.
Five other people were also involved, but there is no word tonight on their
Today in Lynchburg, dozens of residents traded their old handguns for
They were lined up an hour early at the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce to
take part in the city's first "Goods For Guns" program.
Anyone who brought in a working firearm could exchange it for 75 dollars
worth of groceries at any Food Lion store.
Most residents said they were getting rid of their guns to make their homes
IN Q=My husband
((ROBIN/LYNCHBURG RESIDENT: MY HUSBAND DIED ALMOST TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO AND
I GOT THREE LITTLE BOYS NEXT DOOR AND I'M ALWAYS SCARED THEY'RE GOING TO PICK
THEM UP AND USE THEM.))
((JIM TAYLOR/GOODS FOR GUNS ORGANIZER: THAT'S OUR PURPOSE, WE WANT TO TRY TO
REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY THAT YOUNG PEOPLE EITHER INJURE THEMSELVES OR SOMEBODY
ELSE WITH A GUN.))
SUPER=01-Jim Taylor/Goods For Guns Organizer; :08
OUT Q=with a gun.
Lynchburg police carefully catalogued each gun, before they are shipped off
to be destroyed.
IN Q=A lot of
((CMDR. WAYNE EVANS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: A LOT OF THESE GUNS ARE THE SAME TYPE
THAT WE TAKE OFF CRIMINALS ON THE STREETS, AND I KNOW THAT A LOT OF OUR YOUTH
ARE OUT THERE ON THESE STREETS WITH THESE TYPES OF GUNS.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Wayne Evans/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=these types of guns.
A total of 111 guns were collected today.
Plans are on the drawing board for one of the largest residential
developments to be built in the city of Roanoke in some time.
A gated community called Southwood will be constructed in multiple stages on
a 63-acre piece of land in South Roanoke.
The first phase of construction will include 26 courtyard homes and eight
The community is geared toward professional and empty nest couples, looking
for a "low maintenance" lifestyle.
IN Q=They want
((TED FEINOUR/SOUTHWOOD OF ROANOKE COMMUNITY, INC.: THEY WANT HOME OWNERSHIP,
BUT THEY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE MAINTENANCE THAT GOES ALONG WITH THAT. AND THIS
WAY ALL EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE WILL BE COVERED AND DONE FOR THEM THROUGH A
SUPER=01-Ted Feinour/Southwood of Roanoke;
OUT Q=homeowners association.
The site is off Avenham Avenue near Franklin Road.
The first homes are priced between 150 and 300-thousand-dollars.
The land is owned by the Friendship Foundation, which is affiliated with the
Friendship Manor retirement village.
The political races are heating up as the candidates gear up for the final
There's a little more than two weeks before election day, and the candidates
say they're making tracks to drum up support.
Republican house of delegates candidate, Trixie Averill, was pounding the
pavement in Vinton.
Averill says she is trying to open the door for what she describes as an
Earlier in her campaign, Averill joined other Republicans in signing the tax
payer protection pledge.
IN Q=it's not a
((TRIXIE AVERILL/-R- CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES: IT'S NOT A LOYALTY OATH
TO THE GOVERNOR. IT'S A PLEDGE TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA AND WHAT WE WANT TO
DO AND I FEEL THAT IT'S DEFINITELY STUFF THAT'S DO-ABLE AND WE PLAN TO LIVE UP
TO THOSE PROMISES.))
SUPER=01-Trixie Averill/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;
OUT Q=those promises
Democratic incumbent Dick Cranwell has also been out meeting and greeting
He says Virginians know that the commonwealth is already one of the best
places to live in the country.
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IN Q=the change
((DICK CRANWELL/(D)HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THE CHANGE PEOPLE ARE TALKING
ABOUT ON A NATIONAL LEVEL IS A CHANGE THAT WILL LEAD THE PARADE TO VIRGINIA.
VIRGINIA IS A LOW TAX AND A LOW EXPENDITURE STATE.))
OUT Q=expenditure state.
Both candidates say they're optimistic about the outcome of the November 7th
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In this week's On Record, Denise Allen tells us about the competitive nature
of youth sports.
The space shuttle astronauts are finally off the ground and hard at work on
a 16 day mission.
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Many children in Southwest Virginia participate in recreational sports.
Parents say they hope their kids learn sportsmanship and teamwork.
But are these lessons lost when the emphasis is placed on winning rather
than having fun?
Denise Allen reports.
SUPER=01-Christy Lucas/Parent; :18
SUPER=01-Nathan Sims/Parent; :28
SUPER=01-Rob Lanahan/Clinical Psychologist; :44
SUPER=01-Josh Ferris/Player; 1:07
OUT Q=News 7.
((GO! GO! GO!))
Thousands of children in Southwest Virginia play recreational sports.
And Monday through Saturday, there's not an open field in the region.
Parents say they send their children onto the field, hoping the lessons
learned will last a lifetime.
((CHRISTY LUCAS/PARENT: FROM JUST PLAYING THEY LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS IF THE
COACHING IS RIGHT. I THINK IT TAKES A LOT FROM THE PARENTS TO FILL IN THE GAPS
AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THAT COMPASSION, BECAUSE THERE'S ALWAYS A WINNER AND
THERE'S ALWAYS A LOSER.))
((NATHAN SIMS/PARENT: I SEE IT AS A WAY FOR HIM TO LEARN EARLY HOW TO MAKE
DECISIONS AND HOW TO ACT ON THOSE DECISIONS.))
But the child's experience depends greatly on the adults involved in the
((ROB LANAHAN/CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: YOU MENTIONED SOMETHING ABOUT A TEAM THAT
WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEY WERE ALL IN TEARS BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T PLAY WELL
ENOUGH. THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE. WHEN KIDS CAN'T VALUE
THEIR TIME JUST BEING OUT THERE.))
((YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET THE BALL IF YOU DON'T RUN TO IT.))
((SHOOT IT. THAT'S A BABY.))
Is too much emphasis placed on winning?
((JOSH FERRIS/SOCCER PLAYER: YOU HAVE TO RUN. YOU GET YELLED AT.))
Tomorrow On Record-- a look at the recreational leagues in southwest Virginia
and how parents can help their children have a positive experience while
Denise Allen News 7.))
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The Space Shuttle Columbia is in orbit tonight.
After six unsuccessful launch attempts, the 5 man 6 woman crew reports that
things are going surprisingly smoothly.
The astronauts spent their first full day in space setting up experiments in
the shuttle's roomy cargo bay.
Among other things, the crew is monitoring potato plants.
They want to find out if they can be used for food on long missions such as
the planned international space station.
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E.C. Glass protected its number one ranking in the state and the Friday
Football Extra Super Seven tonight beating G.W. Danville 29 to 18.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/E.C. Glass vs G.W. Danville; :
In the first quarter, Garnett Daniel hands off to Chris Matthews who goes
over the right side and scores to make it 7 to nothing.
But the Eagles come right back quarterback Nathan Poole fakes the handoff
then goes to the air and hits Clifton Johns for the score but the extra point
missed glass led 7 to 6.
The Eagles picked up the momentum scoring two unanswered touchdowns
including this pitch from Poole to Keith Terry and G.W. took an 18 to 7 lead in
the second quarter.
But 18 would be all the Eagles would score Glass took the lead on a fumble
Keith Terry has the ball stripped and it goes to Raden Vereen he scores and the
Hilltoppers hold on for the 29 to 18 win.
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((BO HENSON/E.C. GLASS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bo Henson/E.C. Glass Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....enough to win."
In other scores, Parry McCluer beat Glenvar in overtime, Magna Vista downed
Laurel Park 33 to nothing and Dan River beat Fieldale-Collinsville 15 to 12.
The 14-th ranked Virginia Cavaliers were on the road this afternoon at
Texas for a game against the 16-th ranked Longhorns.
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U-V-A head coach George Welsh taking a stroll along the sideline.
But he didn't want to see this. Texas quarterback James Brown hits Jeffery
Clayton on the screen he dives over the goal line to score from 30 yards out 7
to nothing Longhorns.
A Rafael Garcia field goal made it 7 to 3 but Virginia scored 10 points in
the second quarter including this one yard pass to Walt Derey and the Cavaliers
led 13 to 7 at the half.
Texas scored a touchdown in the fourth to lead 14 to 13 but with 3-minutes
left in the quarter Rafael Garcia booted this 56 yard field goal to make it 16
to 14 U-V-A.
But the Longhorns answered with 3 SUPER=36-Texas/=17/Virginia/=16;
seconds left in the game Phil Dawson booted a 50 yard field goal in the wind
Texas beats Virginia 17 to 16.
Jim Druckenmiller threw two touchdown passes as Virginia Tech posted its
fifth straight win with a 45 to 17 decision over Rutgers.
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Trailing 3 to nothing Ken Oxendine bulls his way over from the one yard
line and the Hokies took a 7 to 3 lead in the first quarter.
But the Scarlet Knights came right back Chad Basch takes it in from
2-yards out and Rutgers went back on top 19 to 7.
The Druckenmiller went o work throwing two touchdowns the first this 6
yarder to Brian Still and the Hokies led 14 to 10 in the second quarter.
Tech would get on the board again SUPER=36-Virginia
Tech/=45/Rutgers/=17;with over a minute left in the third Dwayne Thomas
scoring from the five and Tech Beats Rutgers 45 to 17.
The Ferrum Panthers in search of their sixth win on the season hosted fellow
independent, Methodist College this afternoon.
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The Panthers ran onto the field today for their final regular season home
game at Adams Stadium.
Ferrum wasted no time getting on the board. John Poindexter takes the
opening kickoff and works his way down the right sideline inside the Monarch
Four plays later, David Anthony takes it in, off the right side and Ferrum
led it 7-nothing with 2 minutes gone.
Two Tony Bujega field goals, including this one from 28 yards, cut
the Ferrum lead to 7-6, but the Panthers win it 20 to 13.
Top ranked Florida State continues to roll and Notre Dame knocks off
For those and all of the college scores lets check the boards.
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Coming up in sports, Game one of the World Series in Atlanta the Express
was on the hardwater at the Roundhouse.
And Rodney "Six Pack" Cundiff takes the checkered flag in the Chevy Dealers
Shootout at the New River Valley Speedway.
The Braves and Indians opened the 1995 World Series tonight at Atlanta
Fulton County Stadium.
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The Indians led 1 to nothing on a fielders choice in the first then Fred
McGriff takes this Oral Hershiser pitch deep over the right field wall for a
solo homer and the Braves tied the game at one to one.
The Braves took the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a fielders
SUPER=35-Atlanta/==3/Cleveland/==2; choice then Rafael Bellard lays down a
perfect squeeze bunt scoring Dave Justice from third to make it 3 to 1 and the
Braves win it 3 to 2.
The Braves take the one to nothing lead in the series.
After dropping a 9-2 decision last night in Richmond, the Roanoke Express
returned home tonight to battle the Hampton Roads Admirals at the Roundhouse.
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The Express had taken four out of the last five contests with the Admirals
before tonight's meeting.
Hampton got on the board first. Rod Taylor finds Serge Aubin in front of
the net for a 1-nothing Admirals' lead.
But Roanoke answered. Off the faceoff, Chris Potter picks up the loose
puck and slaps it past goalie, Mark Bernard to tie things at 1.
The Express struck again within minutes. Craig Herr beats Bernard one
on one and the Express downs the Admirals 4 to 3.
A Cool afternoon up in the New River Valley tonight but after a rain delay
the Chevy Dealers Shootout took the green Flag a little bit after four.
Tony McGuire had the dominant car he started on the outside pole position
but he was the leader at the halfway mark.
Then with 64 laps left in the race Six Pack Cundiff was on the move and he
would pass McGuire with 56 laps left in the race. Cundiff came from back in the
Cundiff was too strong and he would continue to lead the field taking the
checkered flag ahead of Elliott Sadler to win the Chevy Dealers Shootout at New
IN Q=First audio
((RODNEY "SIX PACK" CUNDIFF: ))
SUPER=01-Rodney "Six Pack" Cundiff; :
OUT Q= ......love em all."
Sadler was second and Tony McGuire was third.
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Hundreds of parachutists showed up for Bridge Day in West Virginia.
We'll tell you about a man who is soaking up the sun's rays and saving
money while doing it.
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Cloudy skies and rainy days may dampen spirits, but they usually don't
affect our daily routines.
But what happens when you depend on the sun to keep your house functional?
A Botetourt County man faces that dilemma throughout the year, but says he
is sold on solar power.
Scott Prince has more.
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SUPER=08-Mark Hanson/Owns Solar Home; :16 (screen left)
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
((Mark Hanson says he doesn't mind rainy weather, even though he relies on the
sun to heat his house and warm his water.
When clouds prevail and the temperature drops OUTSIDE, Hanson has enough
solar energy stored up to keep things normal INSIDE.
((MARK HANSON/OWNS SOLAR HOME: YOU HAVE ABOUT THREE DAYS RIDE THROUGH WITH THE
HOT WATER. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU'LL HAVE HOT WATER FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS. NOW
THERE IS A BACKUP FOR THAT. AS FAR AS THE AIR HEATING GOES, YOU GET A WARM
NIGHT FROM A SUNNY DAY.))
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Eight solar panels on the roof capture sunlight.
The panels then heat plumbing pipes, which carry water down to the basement
of the house.
The hot water is stored here in this bin.
But Hanson is not completely dependent on the sun.
He uses electricity to light up his house, and it's the only way to charge
up his electric car.
It takes six to eight hours to fully charge the vehicle, enabling it to go
from his home near Fincastle to his job in Roanoke.
He says it's much cheaper to maintain than a conventional car.
IN Q=Your're looking
((HANSON:YOU'RE LOOKING AT ABOUT 3- POINT- 5 CENTS A MILE TOTAL COST. AND YOU
DON'T HAVE TO CHANGE MUFFLERS, OR OIL, THAT TYPE OF THING. NO TUNE-UPS ))
OUT Q=NO TUNE-UPS
Hanson says he spent about fifty- five hundred dollars converting the car.
He shelled out another two- thousand dollars to install the solar- driven
system in his house.
But he says that has just about paid for itself in the money he saves on
So what's next for Hanson????
How about a solar- powered hot tub.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Every autumn, bridge day brings thousands of people to Fayette County, West
Most come to the New River Gorge for the spectacular view, but for more than
three hundred, today's event was a spectacular thrill.
SUPER=03-Fayette Co., WV;
Despite rainy, 40-degree weather and winds of 15 to 25 miles per
hour, 360 registered parachutists stepped, somersaulted or dived
from the 876- foot- high bridge.
The third Saturday of October is the only day of the year base jumpers are
allowed off the bridge.
Four jumpers were injured today, landing in trees or on rocks.
Others landed in the river, and one crashed onto a crowd of sightseers, but
that incident didn't injure anyone.