Up next on News 7 at eleven-
This family lost two children in a car accident last week. Earlier today
they were arrested.
A school bus is hit by a commuter train outisde Chicago. Now investigators
are asking why?
Plus these potato chips may be fat free but one group says they could make
News 7 is next.
Members of a Danville family were arrested this evening after they blocked
the intersection where 12- year old Jami Renee Earles and her 10- year old
brother James were killed last week.
Teresa Hamilton was there.
IN =Two lives
SUPER=01-Tammy Mustain/Children's Mother; :00 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Robert Jones/Children's Grandfather; :33
SUPER=01-Raymond Mustain/Children's Stepfather; 1:13 QUICK!!
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
((TAMMY MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S MOTHER: TWO LIVES HAVE BEEN TAKEN. THIS IS EXTREME?
THIS IS NOT EXTREME, THIS IS A START.))
OUT Q=a start.
((Tammy Mustain has turned the loss of her two children into a mission.
She met with officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation
But when Traffic Engineer R. B. Moore could not promise a bridge over the
intersection the family took matters into their own hands.
Using their own vehicles, they blocked the intersection of Elizabeth Street
and Route 265.
The children's grandfather was the first to be arrested.
IN Q=Until they
((ROBERT JONES/CHILDREN'S GRANDFATHER: UNTIL THEY DO SOMETHING, IT'S GOING TO
Q: SO, YOU'RE WILLING TO GO TO JAIL TO GET THAT MESSAGE OUT?
A: YES. ))
Jones' son was also arrested for impeding traffic.
Danville police asked the family several times to leave.
Then the children's step-father was the third to be arrested.
IN Q=This is
((Q: THIS IS AN AWFULLY DESPERATE MEASURE?
POLICE OFFICER: NO, NO.
RAYMOND MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S STEP-FATHER: SHE CAN INTERVIEW ME. SHE HAS FREEDOM
OF THE PRESS.
REPORTER: I CAN INTERVIEW HIM.
TELL US WHY YOU FEEL THIS IS NECESSARY?
RAYMOND MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S STEP-FATHER: BECAUSE THE CITY WANTS TO COVER IT UP
Q: IF THERE'S ONE THING YOU WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
RAYMOND MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S STEP-FATHER: DON'T COME UP THIS HIGHWAY, ITS A
DANGEROUS HIGHWAY, THE CITY IS COVERING IT UP. ME AND THEIR GRANDFATHER TOOK A
STAND BECAUSE THE CITY AIN'T DOING NOTHING BUT SITTING ON THEIR BUTTS.))
OUT Q=their butts.
All three family members were released from police custody.
A fund has been set up at all branches of People's Bank in Danville to pay
for the children's funeral expenses.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
Authorities in Illinois are still trying to find out why a school bus was
straddling railroad tracks this morning.
It was hit by a train, killing five students and injuring dozens more.
As Byron Harlan reports, the train's engineer tried desparately to stop
but could not.
SUPER=03-Fox River Grove, IL; 00
SUPER=01-Taben Johnson/Student on Bus; 14
SUPER=01-Teresa Robertson/Student on Bus; 23 quick!
SUPER=01-Sandy Lake/Eyewitness; 56
SUPER=01-Jim Homola/Eyewitness; 1:10-1:13!
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:25
OUT Q=standard outcue."
(( A suburban commuter train, travelling 50 miles per hour, slammed into an
Illinois school bus this morning, tearing the bus apart as the high school
TABEN JOHANSON/STUDENT ON BUS: I SAW ALL OF THE KIDS RUNNING FORWARD AND
I DIDN'T KNOW WHY AT FIRST BUT THEN I FIGURED IT OUT AFTER AWHILE THAT A TRAIN
WAS COMING CAUSE WE WERE ON THE TRACK AND THE LITTLE BELL THING WAS RINGING AND
THE GATE FELL.
TERESA ROBERTSON/STUDENT ON BUS: I CAN'T BELIEVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD
Witnesses said the bus carrying students to Cary-Grove High School was
waiting for a red light in Fox River Grove with its rear portion still on the
railroad tracks when it was struck by the Chicago-bound train.
The impact twisted the bus around 180 degrees, and separated the body of
the bus from the chassis.
SANDY LAKE/EYEWITNESS: I SAW KIDS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR.
Jim Homola, a carpenter driving his children to school, was stopped behind
the bus when it was hit.
JIM HOMOLA/EYEWITNESS: WE STARTED SCREAMING: GO,GO!
Ambulances and medical helicopters ferried the dead and injured to
hospitals as far as 30 miles from the crash site.
The National Transportation Saftey Board is investigating the accident
which leaves a small town devastated.
Byran Harlan, CBS News, Chicago.))
For more than a year Danville and State police have been teaming up to get
drugs off the streets.
Today both agencies announced warrants were issued for 85- people, as a
result of an intensive investigation known as Operation Knockout.
IN Q=We always
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: WE ALWAYS SEE AN IMPROVEMENT WHEN WE HAVE
A DRUG ROUNDUP LIKE THIS BUT UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST AS
HAPPY THAT DEAL DRUGS WHEN WE MAKE THESE ARRESTS BECAUSE IT MAKES IT BETTER FOR
THEM TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS LATER ON AND SO WE HAVE TO KEEP A CONSTANT VIGIL
GOING ON FOR THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief;
OUT Q=for this.
Police say 10- of those charged were underage.
So far, 65- people have already been picked up.
A privately- operated prison may go up in Wythe County yet.
The state Department of Corrections has narrowed the finalists for a one
thousand- bed, minimum- security facility from eight to three.
It includes Corrections Corporation of America,
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./File Tape;
which has a site on farmland next to interstate 77 outside Wytheville.
The state rejected C-C-A's bid for a medium- security prison on the same
Prison opponents hope the latest proposal will meet a similar fate.
((FARRON SMITH/PRISON OPPONENT: BUT WE DON'T SEE HOW THEY COULD HAVE THE BEST
BID ON A THOUSAND- BED IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE IT ON THE 15 HUNDRED- BED. ))
SUPER=01-Farron Smith/Prison Opponent;
OUT Q=15 hundred bed.
The other finalists are Wackenhut Corrections and United States Corrections
State officials expect to award a contract within a month.
Fears become reality for dozens of Justice House residents.
This morning Roanoke building inspectors condemned the facility and want
everyone to move out as soon as possible.
Without electricity or water, the city's action came as no surprise to
residents of the low- income apartment complex.
Still, there are some who refuse leave.
IN Q=I'm staying here
((CONNIE RITTER/JUSTICE HOUSE RESIDENT: I'M STAYING HERE. I AIN'T LEAVING. IF
THE COPS COME UP HERE, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAUL ME OUT OF HERE AND PUT MY
BUTT UNDER THE JAIL! I AM NOT LEAVING. ))
SUPER=01-Connie Ritter/Justice House Resident;
OUT Q=I am not leaving.
But the majority of the residents ARE moving out.
They say they simply can't put their children in danger.
City officials say the building needs a number of repairs.
That coupled with the loss of utilities forced them to shut it down.
Roanoke Area Ministries says it will offer financial assistance to any
Justice House resident.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7--
A former girl scout troop leader who had her hand in the cookie jar enters
her plea in court today.
Plus-- Chyrsler is off the hook when it comes to unsafe latches on several
of its minivans--
Despite crash tapes showing dummies ejecting in low impact collisions.
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There is nothing sweet about Girl Scout cookies for one former troop
Catrice Stokes-Goode pleaded no contest to embezzlement in Salem Circuit
A few months ago she admitted to police that she stole close to 25-hundred
dollars in cookie money.
She says the majority of the cash was spent at fast- food restaurants and
Stokes-Goode told the court she had every intention of repaying the money,
but wasn't able to after she lost her job.
Then she apologized to her scouts.
IN Q=To my girl scouts?
((CATRICE STOKES-GOODE/TO MY GIRL SCOUTS? TO MY GIRL SCOUTS I WOULD SAY I WAS
OUT Q=I was sorry
Stokes-Goode could receive up to 20 years behind bars for stealing the
money when she is sentenced January 18th.
The law allowing police to seize the licenses of suspected drunk drivers on
the spot got a vote of confidence today.
The Virginia Court of Appeals upheld administrative license revocation.
The controversial law has been an enforcement headache for police officers,
judges, and prosecutors since it took effect in January.
David Tench-- a Henrico County driver gave the law its first appeals court
Tench's attorney argued the seven- day license seizure was double jeopardy,
punishing the driver twice for the same crime.
The Appeals Court says NO--
Suspending a drunk driver's license for seven days is NOT a punishment, but
a way of getting him off the highway for a week.
No word yet if Tench will appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.
A Democratic incumbent looking out for Southwest Virginia-- and a
Republican challenger seeking to make a change.
That's how Vinton delegate Dick Cranwell and opponent Trixie Averill
portrayed themselves during a debate tonight.
SOT tape 2 10:39:12
IN Q=We need more
((TRIXIE AVERILL/R-HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: WE NEED MORE REAL PEOPLE IN
THE LEGISLATURE WHO LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD, WHO SHOP AND KNOW HOW MUCH
GROCERIES COST AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE AND WHO DON'T THINK WE'RE UNDERTAXED.
WE NEED MORE PEOPLE IN THE LEGISLATURE WHO ARE STILL IN AWE OF A MILLION
tape 2 10:37:25
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: I PUT THE DEATH PENALTY BACK ON THE BOOKS. I
HELPED VIC THOMAS PUT THE FIRST MANDATORY SENTENCE ON THE BOOKS FOR FIREARMS IN
COMMISSION OF FELONIES, AND I WORKED TO GIVE VIRGINIA THE TOUGHEST DRUNK
DRIVING LAW IN AMERICA. THAT IS NOT THE RECORD OF A LIBERAL.))
SUPER=01-Trixie Averill/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :00
OUT Q=record of a liberal
The hotest topic for debate-- education funding versus building more
SOT TAPE 1 9:52:22
IN Q=Remember this
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: REMEMBER THIS-- EVERY DOLLAR THAT YOU SPEND ON
DEBT SERVICE TO PAY FOR PRISONS IS A DOLLAR YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND ON
sot tape 1 9:50:13
((TRIXIE AVERILL/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF
CUTTING EDUCATION TO FUND PRISON. IT'S A MATTER OF MAKING SURE THAT THE MONEY
IS AVAILABLE FOR BOTH.))
OUT Q=available for both
The candidates also discussed the Moter Voter Bill, B-POL taxes and job
Besides a host of political offices to fill, Bedford County voters will
also have to decide on consolidation when they head to the polls next month.
Bedford City and County are considering a merger that would protect the
county from annexation at the hands of Lynchburg.
It's been a hot issue for more than a year, but just a handful of people
turned out for an informational forum in Moneta tonight.
Government officials answered residents' questions about the proposed
They say if it does happen, most people won't notice the difference.
IN Q=We said the
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE SAID THE OTHER DAY THAT THE AVERAGE
CITIZEN, THE ONLY CHANGE THEY WERE GOING TO NOTICE WAS THE LETTERHEAD ON THE
STATIONERY AND THAT'S ALL THEY WOULD SEE, AND I THINK THAT'S PRETTY MUCH
SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; :00
OUT Q=pretty much true.
Some Smith Mountain Lake residents spoke out against consolidation.
They say it would prevent their community from ever becoming its own
Norfolk Southern's stock price has been hitting new highs on almost a daily
Now the rail giant says it's had its most profitable quarter EVER.
Norfolk Southern's net income for the third quarter was 184-million-dollars.
That's up nine-percent compared to the same period a year ago.
N-S's figures exceeded analysts' expectations.
And you'll have a hard time finding anyone who will say anything bad about
N-S's bottom line, or the entire rail industry.
IN Q=We don't
((JIM KERN/INTERSTATE-JOHNSON LANE: WE DON'T EXPECT THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY TO
EXPERIENCE THE VOLATILITY THAT WE'VE SEEN IN EARNINGS REPORTS THAT SOME OF THE
OTHER SECTORS HAVE SUFFERED FROM.))
SUPER=01-Jim Kern/Interstate-Johnson Lane;
OUT Q=have suffered from.
N-S chairman David Goode says the corporation achieved these new heights in
spite of weakness in two of its key markets...coal and chemicals.
He expects coal traffic to pick up this quarter.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up in the newscast--the skinny on fat:
Plus we'll meet an author who has made her way to the New York Times
Bestseller List--by weaving stories from issues and towns right here in our
Faulty gate latches on some Chrysler minivans failed to keep the gate
closed in low-speed crashes-
The result- serious injuries and fatalities.
That's according to the National Traffic Safety Administration.
It showed films of dummies flying out of the back of vans-
But the agency says Chrysler responded effectively-notifying owners to get
new replacement latches, free of charge.
IN Q=and that's
((RICARDO MARTINEZ/NHTSA ADMINISTRATOR: AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE FOR US. A
COST FREE REMEDY FOR OWNERS.))
SUPER=01-Ricardo Martinez/NHTSA Administrator;
OUT Q=remedy for owners."
The Agency is now dropping its investigation of Chyrsler saying the
company responded vigorously to the problem.
First it was fat.
Now its a fat substitute.
A consumer group that's targeted high-fat foods is now attacking olestra-
a proposed fat substitute.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says the stuff is
dangerous- and can cause gastro-intestinal trouble.
It says Proctor and Gamble is seeking FDA approval to use Olestra in
foods like potato chips.
IN Q=we think
((MICHAEL JACOBSEN/CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: WE THINK
AMERICANS WANT TO EAT POTATO CHIPS WITHOUT THE RISK OF DIARRHEA OR PERHAPS
PROCTOR AND GAMBLE SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO INSERT A COUPLE OF PAMPERS IN WITH
EVERY PACKAGE OF POTATO CHIPS.))
SUPER=01-Michael Jacobsen/Consumer Interest Group;
OUT Q=POTATO CHIPS (DOUBLE OUT)
But Proctor and Gamble says the fat substitute is safe.
IN Q=there's a
((DR. WAYNE CALLAWAY/PROCTOR AND GAMBLE CONSULTANT: THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF SAID
THAT JUST DOESN'T HAVE SCIENTIFIC BASIS AT ALL AND WHAT WAS SAID WAS LOOKING AT
STUDIES IN THE EXTREME.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Wayne Callaway/Proctor and Gamble Consultant;
OUT Q=IN THE EXTREME."
Olestra is made from sugar and vegetable oil molecules-
P- and- G contends Olestra can be safely used to reduce fat in foods
without sacrificing taste.
(ROBIN ad lib into BITE)
IN Q=the impact of
SUPER=01-James Baker/NOAA Administrator;
OUT Q=weather forecasting
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Shaquille O'Neal is out for two months with a broken thumb. We'll hear from
Shaq-Daddy, plus head down to Buena Vista and check in with the family of
Cleveland Indians hitting instructor Charlie Manuel, and see how they're coping
with the world series tension.
But first tonight's damage report from the hardwater.
go to scores
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last score.
take a break
The Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians are hooked up in game number four of
the world series tonight, and again this one has been tight.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/ABC-TBN; :00
Mike Hargrove hoping that his Indians could tie the series tonight, but first
they would have to tie the game.
And Albert Belle turned a one run deficit into a just that a tie game with
this solo homer off Steve Avery in the sixth. It's and opposite field shot and
But in the seventh the Braves would come alive against reliever Paul
Dave Justice, who'se had a rough series, comes through with the two run RBI
single that scores Luis Polonia and Chipper Jones.
The Braves get three in the inning and take a four to one lead. and right now
they lead it ____ to ____ in the
Indians hitting coach Charlie Manuel, who lives in Roanoke County, still have
much of his family and roots in BUena Vista.
Tonight the Manuel family welcomed Steve Mason into their home as they
cheered on Charlie and the Indians.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Manuel/Charlie's Brother; :07
SUPER=01-Darrell Manuel/Charlie's Younger Brother; :32
SUPER=01-Pres Manuel/Charlie's Brother; :50
SUPER=01-June Manuel/Charlie's Mom; 1:05
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Roanoke Express opened a four game 10 day road trip tonight on a sour
note in Louisville.
The IceHawks whipped Roanoke 7-to-2 tonight as they converted four power play
Goalie Mike Parson gave up four goals in the first period before being
replaced by Matt DelGuidice.
The Express travels to Huntington Friday night.
On the NHL hardwater tonight, the St. Louis Blues doubled up the Hartford
SUPER=03-Hartford, CT/Prime; :00
Blues task master Mike Keenan looking on tonight as he shook up his team this
week, more on that in a minute.
But first - Dale Hawerchuk had a huge night for the Blues with a goal and
three assists as the Blues scores three SUPER=31-St. Louis/==4/Hartford/==2;
in first period and held on to post a 4-to-2 win this evening.
Shaquille O'Neal will miss the next six to eight weeks of the upcoming NBA
season due to a broken thumb.
SUPER=03-Orlando/Last Night; :00
Last night in the Magic's exhibition game in Orlando, O'Neal took a beating
as he was fouled hard inside on this play by Stacy King.
But here's the play that put Shaq Daddy out, Matt Geiger fouls him hard on
the inside, and that CHOP broke Shaq's right thumb.
This afternoon he found out he needs surgery to fix the right thumb, and that
he'll be out until just before New Year's Day.
IN Q="I'M PROGRAMMED...
((SHAQUILLE O'NEAL/SUFFERS BROKEN THUMB:I'M PROGRAMMED TO HANDLE ANY SITUATION.
SO, I JUST HAVE TO TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE GOOD AND THE BAD WITH THE BAD. I JUST
HAVE TO COME BACK STRONGER.))
SUPER=01-Shaquille O'Neal/Suffers Broken Thumb; :00
OUT Q=...COMEBACK STRONGER."
Still to come tonight, the Northside Vikings are on top of the high school
As they return home to Roanoke County with the school's first state
championship trophy in hand.
GRAPHIC=Northside state champs
The Northside golf team is back home after winning the first state title in
school history yesterday at the Group Two-A golf championships up in
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
This afternoon, the Vikings showed off their new state championship trophy.
The beat the Harrisonburg Blue Streaks by seven strokes to win the title,
and the championship has yet to sink in.
IN Q="Well, for me...
((JIM WOLFE/NORTHSIDE GOLF COACH: WELL FOR ME, I DON'T REALLY COMPREHEND IT
ALL YET. ITS NOT QUITE 24 HOURS. ITS REAL SPECIAL FOR THE SCHOOL. WE'VE BEEN
CLOSE ON A LOT OF THINGS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, WE WERE CLOSE IN BASKETBALL A
FEW TIMES, YOU KNOW IN TRACK AND CROSS COUNTRY AND THINGS, SO ITS REALLY
SPECIAL TO FINALLY GET ONE. YOU KNOW AND BRING IT ALL HOME )) ))
SUPER=01-Jim Wolfe/Northside Golf Coach; :00
OUT Q=...Bring it all home"
Northside went 13 and OH this season. Viking ace Justin Young was one of
two top golfers who lead the way, but it was team effort that proved to be the
IN Q="I think
((JUSTIN YOUNG/FINISHED 2ND PLACE INDIVIDUALLY: I THINK IT WAS A TOTAL TEAM
EFFORT I MEAN YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY CONTRIBUTED DURING THE WHOLE SEASON, YOU KNOW
IF ONE GUY LET DOWN, THEN ANOTHER WOULD PICK UP, AND THAT WAS PLAYING TOWARDS
OUR FAVOR GOING INTO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND WE JUST PULLED THROUGH.
THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY. ))
SUPER=01-Justin Young/Finished 2nd in State; :00
OUT Q=....that's all I can say"
SS=Hold Northside state champs
And look out next season, the Vikings return 7 players from this year's
And finally tonight, the New Jersey Nets of the NBA are looking for a few
good singers who can croon the national anthem.
They've been holding open tryouts, but so far the auditions have produced few
star spangled singers.
IN Q=AUDIO UP FULL
OUT Q=...ETHEL MERMAN'S VOICE."
The tiny community of Shawsville in Montgomery County may not be the place
you'd expect to find a bestselling novelist.
But it's been home to Sharyn McCrumb for five years.
And for the first time she has a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=When I was still
SUPER=01-Sharyn McCrumb/Author; :00
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((SHARYN MCCRUMB/AUTHOR: WHEN I WAS STILL ASKING MY PARENTS HOW TO SPELL ABOUT
EVERY THIRD WORD, I SAID "I WANT TO BE A WRITER." ))
And now she's a bestseller. Hitting the New York Times list was a dream
come true for Sharyn McCrumb.
Her book, "She Walks These Hills" ranked fourth behind household-name
novelists Sidney Sheldon, Tom Clancy and Danielle Steele.
((IT'S WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT SO MANY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY
ARE READING ABOUT OUR REGION. ))
"She Walks These Hills," like most of McCrumb's works, is set in the
Appalachian region, her lifelong home.
((THE TOWN OF HAMELIN, TENNESSEE IS A FICTIONAL TOWN, BUT IN MY MIND I'M
PICTURING NEWCASTLE, VIRGINIA. ))
((I WANT TO WRITE BOOKS CELEBRATING THE HERITAGE AND THE LAND AND ALL THE
WONDERFUL THINGS THAT WE HAVE HERE.))
McCrumb says she likes to weave the issues and the folklore important to
Appalachia into stories that teach, as well as entertain.
((WHEN I HAVE AN IDEA THAT WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE, WHEN I HEAR A STORY AND IT
HAUNTS ME, THAT'S THE BOOK THAT I HAVE TO WRITE. ))
She's just beginning research on the most recent story to haunt her.
It's based on the first woman hanged for murder in North Carolina.
((AND WE'RE GONNA GET OUT IN THE CAR AND RIDE THE ROADS AND CLIMB MOUNTAINS AND
TALK TO DESCENDANTS OF FRANKIE, AND FIND OUT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. ))
And come NEXT October, she'll share the story with us. Tracy Altizer, News