Coming up on News 7...A memorial service for the Roanoke woman killed by her
A third person dies as result of a fatal accident yesterday in Montgomery
In sports, South Boston's Ward Burton wins his first Winston Cup Race, The
Redskins beat the Lions again and U-V-A drops in the A-P Top 25 College
A good- looking Sunday-- as we enjoyed more typical Fall weather today.
Our good friend, high pressure will keep conditions pretty pleasant for the
next day or so.
Good Evening this is News-7 at Six, I'm Len Besthoff.
The murder of a Roanoke woman has drawn attention to the way the court
system handles stalking charges.
Roanoke police say Larry William Mack fatally shot Alesha Ann Johnson and
then committed suicide.
Today family and friends of Alesha Johnson gathered for a memorial service.
And as Denise Allen reports loved ones wonder how many more will have to die
before stalking laws are enforced.
IN Q=They came to
SUPER=01-Angela Johnson/Alesha's Sister; :15
SUPER=01-Darlene Young/Turning Point Women's Shelter; :
OUT Q=News 7
They came to say good bye.
Alesha Johnson had just recently turned 21.
And police say last Thursday, Johnson was shot by her former boyfriend
26-year old Larry Mack.
Family members say she was moving on with her life.
IN Q=JUST BECAUSE
((ANGELA JOHNSON/ALESHA'S SISTER: JUST BECAUSE A WOMAN DOES NOT WANT TO BE
WITH YOU ANY LONGER IS NO REASON TO KILL HER AND TAKE HER LIFE. YOU MOVE ON.))
OUT Q=MOVE ON
Family members say Mack had been staking out their apartment for weeks.
And shortly before her death Johnson filed stalking charges against him.
The stalking law went on the books in 1992.
Many say its over used and not taken seriously.
IN Q=I THINK
((DARLENE YOUNG/THE TURNING POINT WOMEN'S SHELTER: I THINK WE SHOULD STAND UP
AND START ENFORCING THESE LAWS AND STICKING UP FOR THESE WOMEN.))
OUT Q=THESE WOMEN
The law states that a person is guilty of stalking if on more than one
occasion that person's behavior places another person in reasonable fear of
death, sexual assault or bodily injury.
If convicted it's a class two misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six
months in jail.
IN Q=if that person
((BETTINA ALTIZER/ATTORNEY: IF THAT PERSON IS CONVICTED MORE THAN ONCE IT'S A
CLASS ONE MISDEMEANOR AND THAT IS UP TO 12 MONTHS IN JAIL. OR A 25-HUNDRED
DOLLAR FINE. ON THE THIRD OFFENSE IT'S A CLASS SIX FELONY WHICH IS ONE TO FIVE
YEARS IN THE PENITENTIARY.))
OUT Q=in the penitentiary
Bettina Altizer says maybe using computers to improve communication between
the different divisions of the court system will help prevent cases similar to
Alesha Johnson's family says they'll do what ever it takes to help other
families avoid losing a loved one.
They says they want Alesha to be more than just a statistic.
Denise Allen News 7,
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department is reporting there's a major
accident that has blocked BOTH lanes of Interstate 81 near Ironto late this
The Lifeguard helicopter from Roanoke Memorial Hospital has been sent out to
assist in the rescue efforts.
We'll have more on this later in the newscast or on News-7 at 11.
Meanwhile, another person has died as a result of a motor vehicle accident
YESTERDAY in Montgomery County.
18-year-old Joel Roop of Dublin died late yesterday afternoon at Roanoke
Apparently, Roop was passing another vehicle on a solid line when he
collided head-on with a car driven by Eric Taylor of Blacksburg.
Taylor and his passenger -- 22-year-old Ronald Leonard, of Bristol,
Tennessee -- were also killed.
The accident happened around two o'clock at the intersection of Route 1-14
and 8-12 near the Radford Arsenal.
For the first time in eight years, Campbell County sheriff Robert Maxey has
some opposition for his job.
Retired postal investigator Richard Metz is the Republicans' choice to
oppose Maxey this year.
Steve Smallshaw tells us, these are two men who have very different ideas
about what it takes to be sheriff.
IN Q=I'm perfectly content
SUPER=01-Robert Maxey/Campbell Co. Sheriff; :00
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.; :09
SUPER=03-October 10th; :18
SUPER=01-Richard Metz/Campbell Co. Sheriff's Candidate; :49
OUT Q=News7, Campbell County.
IN Q=I am perfectly
((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: I AM PERFECTLY CONTENT TO STAND ON MY
RECORD AND LET THE VOTERS OF CAMPBELL COUNTY DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY THINK
WE'VE DONE A GOOD JOB.))
OUT Q=a good job.
After twenty two years in the Campbell County sheriff's department, the last
twelve as sheriff.. Robert Maxey is proud of his department and what it has
The feeling apparently is mutual..
virtually every member of the 62- person staff is standing behind their boss in
IN Q=I think that's
((MAXEY: I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE GREAT STRENGTHS THAT I HAVE IS THE SUPPORT
OF MY DEPARTMENT.))
OUT Q=of my department.
But the endorsement Maxey did NOT get opened the door for his challenger to
enter the race.
In June, Campbell County Republicans picked Richard Metz as their candidate,
although they'd endorsed Maxey several times in the past.
A retired state trooper and postal inspector, Metz says he was drafted by
residents who are dissatisfied with Maxey's leadership.
IN Q=When you've done
((RICHARD METZ/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S CANDIDATE: WHEN YOU'VE DONE SOMETHING ALL
YOUR LIFE AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, IT'S HARD TO SIT ON THE
OUT Q=the sidelines.
Both Metz and Maxey agree a key issue in this race is experience.. Maxey
says his local background gives him the edge, but Metz disagrees.
IN Q=I've been here
((ROBERT MAXEY: I'VE BEEN HERE 22 YEARS, THE LAST 12 AS SHERIFF, AND WITH THE
HELP OF MY DEPUTIES, WE'VE BUILT ONE OF THE STRONGEST, BEST- TRAINED, BEST-
EDUCATED SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IN THE STATE.))
OUT Q=in the state.
IN Q=There are great
((RICHARD METZ: THERE ARE GREAT IDEAS AND ENERGIES OUT THERE, BUT YOU HAVE TO
BE ABLE TO NETWORK AROUND THIS COUNTRY TO PICK UP ON THEM, AND YOU CAN BRING
THOSE TO CAMPBELL COUNTY, BUT IF YOU NEVER LEAVE CAMPBELL COUNTY YOU'RE NOT
EXPOSED TO THEM.))
OUT Q=exposed to them.
Both candidates say they trust the voters to make the right choice on
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
Joe McKean has this week's feedback,
And, the skies above Roanoke may be getting more crowded if two major
airlines get their way.
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Today was certainly a welcome change from the nasty weather we had
We're in a more settled, more seasonable pattern now-- with sunny skies and
Tomorrow looks like a carbon copy of today-- then clouds will start
returning to the region on Tuesday.
All the details of what you can expect this week-- coming up in the
Please stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
More buyout offers at Norfolk Southern, new jobs are on the way in Danville,
and a big score for a Christiansburg firm.
We recap the week's top economic stories in southwest and central Virginia
with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Month; :24
SUPER=03-High Point, NC/Thursday; :52
OUT Q=NAT SOT
The region's largest employer will cut 135 management jobs over the next two
It's all part of the Carilion Health System's re-engineering effort.
Danville will have 150 new jobs next fall.
Hannaford Brothers of Maine will build a jumbo size supermarket on this land
near the Piedmont Mall.
A catalog company that just came to town may be hiring again.
Hanover Direct plans to increase the workload at its two distribution
centers, and that will mean an undetermined number of new jobs.
Norfolk Southern has made another buyout offer to its employees.
Last month 102 Roanoke workers were eligible, this time 450 can apply.
The high-tech traffic system being built in Atlanta for the Summer Olympics
will use parts made in Christiansburg by Force Incorporated, which recently won
the contract for the work.
And a number of manufacturers from our area are at the the fall furniture
market that began this week in High Point.
Analysts predict sales will be lower than in years past.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose a point,
closing at 4794.86.
Also this week, the new owner of Rubatex says there will be little or no
changes now that it has finalized the deal to purchase the company.
The rubber products company is Bedford's largest employer, with a workforce
topping 700 people.
Virginia Transformer has opened a new plant in Mexico.
The company says the move has helped increase business at its Roanoke plant.
And Target department stores announced plans to build a 85-million-dollar
distribution center in Augusta County, creating 500 new jobs.
The facility will serve a growing number of stores the chain plans to put in
A leading travel expert predicts our area will likely benefit if U-S-Air,
the main airline serving the region, gets taken over by another carrier.
John Dalton addressed a luncheon sponsored by Martin Travel this week.
He says talks between United Airlines and U-S-Air are ongoing.
But if they do decide to pair up, United's sophisticated feeder system might
make it easier for people to fly from this area to a variety of U-S
IN Q=So I see
((JOHN DALTON/TRAVEL EXPERT: SO I SEE UNITED BEING A STRENGTH BECAUSE THEY'VE
HAD THE FORMULA FOR OVER 50 YEARS ON HOW TO MAKE THAT WORK. AND THEY'VE BECOME
A VERY STRONG FINANCIALLY BASED CARRIER RIGHT NOW. THAT'S WHAT U-S-AIR NEEDS.
SUPER=01-John Dalton/Travel Expert;
OUT Q=what U-S-Air needs.
Dalton believes it may not be long before other airlines, including the
discount ones, move into the Roanoke and Lynchburg markets.
He says as the region keeps growing, it could increase business travel and
lure in more carriers.
But Dalton warns that they may leave the area as fast as they come here, if
the passenger volume doesn't remain steady or grow.
WDBJ-7 last week learned of the death of former anchor Rick Mosher.
The news stunned and saddened his old friends and colleagues here at the
We got scores of calls from viewers who liked and respected Rick's work on
We also got a couple of letters.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with Feedback.
IN Q=From Iron Gate
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
((From Iron Gate, a viewer wrote that she "was stunned at the news of Rick
Mosher's passing away. I am so sorry. I really enjoyed Rick on WDBJ. It seems
like every time I get used to and really like one of your employees, they go
somewhere else. I think a lot of all the newspeople you have on WDBJ, much more
so than any other channel. I hope all your people know that."
A viewer from Altavista said "It does please me to know that he was a
talented writer and broadcaster and to know that he was held in high regard by
his former colleagues...I know I will miss the lost chance, as remote as it
would have been, to know Rick Mosher as a friend. I hope all of you treasure
the opportunities you had to know him."
On a different topic, a viewer from Christiansburg wrote to says thanks for
broadcasting "the races at New River Valley Speedway. I am not able to go to
the races and it is really nice of you all to put them on TV. I think Friday
Football Extra is the best local TV show anywhere and your station is really
our hometown station."
And a football fan from Rural Retreat said "I write on behalf of many
people here in Rural Retreat who were very pleased to see our football team
highlighted on the past two Friday Football Extras. Since we are about halfway
between Roanoke and Bristol, it seems we sometimes get left out of coverage. We
thank you and will look forward to seeing Rural Retreat and other teams from
our area again on your show."
If you have a topic in the news you'd like to comment on, send your letters
to News-7 Feeback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
And if you prefer E-mail, our address is email@example.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A local man is using the sun's power to give him his heating and hot water.
MUSIC UP FULL
Now you might think that a cloudy day would ruin our plans to do a story
about a Botetourt County man who uses solar power in his home.
But Scott Prince says, think again.
IN Q=Mark Hanson
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
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.))
OUT Q=SUNNY DAY
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.))
And coming up, The Redskins hosted the Lions at R-F-K The Winston Cup
Drivers were at the Rock for the A-C Delco 400.
And the Atlanta Braves win game one of the World Series last night at
Atlanta Fulton County Stadium.
South Boston's Ward Burton won his first Busch Race at the Rock and Today
he won his first Winston Cup race there taking the checkered flag in the A-C
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN SPORTS; :
Dale Earnhardt was working his way through traffic from back in the field
he was running 8-th at the time but having handling problems.
Rick Mast was the strong car on the track and he was the leader at this
point and just about to pass Jeff Gordon putting Gordon a lap down.
Rick made the pass and then Gordon gets hit in the rear by Greg Sacks as
he was trying to go into the pits for a tire change on lap 156.
Michael Waltrip, Who started on the outside pole, gets hit by Shane hall
and he slides into the Barrels at pit row and gets a light shower.
Mast had some engine problems and had to pull his car behind the wall.
Then Earnhardt lost his chances at winning when he was blacked for what
appeared to be a missing lug nut. However when he pitted the lug nut was
there. To correct the mistake Nascar pulled out the caution and re-lined the
cars putting Earnhardt seventh.
IN Q=First audio
((DALE EARNHARDT/FINISHED SEVENTH: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Finished Seventh; :
OUT Q=.......than nothing."
Burton was the leader of the race on the re start and he pulled away to win
the race, his first Winston cup Victory.
IN Q=First audio
((WARD BURTON/A-C DELCO 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Ward Burton/A-C Delco 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.....on a rail."
Wallace was second, Mark Martin third, Terry Labonte fourth and Jeff
The Washington Redskins finally won a close game. This afternoon at R-F-K
Darrell Green intercepted a Scott Mitchell pass and returned it for a touchdown
in overtime Washington beats Detroit 36 to 30.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/FOX SPORTS; :
The Skins took the lead with 12-minutes left in the first quarter when Terry
Allen scored over the left side from the two to make it 13 to 6.
But the Lions came right back going to the air Scott Mitchell hits Herman
Moore in the back of the end zone from 17 yards out to tie the game at 13 at
The Lions scored in the third to take the lead again but Allen gets the
call on fourth and inches and scores to tie the game at 20 to 20.
Washington led 27 to 23 in the fourth but Mitchell goes to the air again
this time he hits Brett Perriman he makes a nice move and takes the ball in
from 51 yards out and Detroit led 30 to 27.
An Eddie Murray field goal sent it SUPER=30-Washington/36/Detroit/=30;to
over time and then Green stepped in front of the Mitchell pass and returned it
4 yards for the score Washington wins it 36 to 30.
The Carolina Panthers won their second straight game today beating New
Orleans 20 to 3.
SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/FOX SPORTS; :
A beautiful sunny day at in Clemson this afternoon.
And the Panthers got on the board in the third quarter Howard Griffith bulls
his way over from the two yard line to make it 10 to 3 Carolina.
The Panther defense stopped drives on three consecutive possessions with
the interception. On this one Bubba Mcdowell picks of the Jim Everett pass and
returns it to the Saints 20 yard line.
Several plays later Kerry Collins SUPER=30-Carolina/=20/New
Orleans/==3;throws a two yard touchdown pass to Griffith and the Panthers beat
the Saints 20 to 3.
Jacksonville upsets Cleveland and the Jets Beat the Dolphins. For those
and all of today's scores lets check the N-F-L Boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....SAN DIEGO/SEATTLE."
SUPER=03-Austin, TX/RAYCOM SPORTS; :
Yesterday in Austin, Texas Phil Dawson booted a 50 yard field goal to beat
the Virginia Cavaliers 17 to 16. It's the second time this season the
Cavaliers have lost in the closing seconds of the game and it dropped Virginia
from 14-th to 20-th in the A-P College football poll.
Texas moved up one spot from 16-th to 15-th.
Not much change in the top 10 Florida State still holding down the number
one spot followed by Nebraska, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee.
Rounding out the top 10 are Kansas, Colorado, Northwestern, Michigan and
The Braves and Indians opened the 1995 World Series last night at Atlanta
Fulton County Stadium and the Braves get the 3 to 2 win.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/ABC SPORTS; :
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.
IN Q="I know...
((FRED MCGRIFF/SOLO HOME RUN: I KNOW OREL THROWS A LOT OF STRICKES. HE COMES
RIGHT AT YOU. HIM AND MADDUX ARE SIMILAR IN THEIR PITCHING STYLES. THEY DON'T
HAVE THE BEST FASTBALLS IN THE LEAGUE, BUT THEY KNOW HOW TO PITCH AND THEY
THROW A LOT OF STRIKES, AND SO I WAS JUST TELLING MYSELF, BE AGGRESSIVE AND HE
GOT A FASTBALL UP A LITTLE BIT.))
((MIKE HARGROVE/INDIANS MANAGER: THIS CLUB HAS BOUNCED BACK AND COME READY TO
PLAY EVERY DAY SO I...YOU KNOW DON'T LOOK FOR THIS TO BE A BIG DRAG ON WHAT
WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. ATLANTA OBVIOUSLY HAS A VERY GOOD BALLCLUB. WE
KNWE THAT COMING IN--BUT WE'VE GOT ONE TOO.))
SUPER=01-Fred McGriff/Solo Home Run; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Hargrove/Indians Manager; :19
OUT Q=......got one too."
The series continues tonight in Atlanta with Cleveland's Dennis Martinez
pitching against Atlanta's Tom Glavine.
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