Relatives of traffic accident victims are arrested for taking their
demonstration to the street.
We'll have a live report from Danville.
And we'll hear from a remorseful former Girl Scout troop leader convicted of
taking the cookie money.
Tonight in sports, the Braves and Indians try to produce their fourth
straight one run game tonight.
Shaquille O'Neal is on the shelf for two months.
And the Northside Vikings golf team is flying high after conquering the state
and winning school's first ever championship on the Links.
The forecast features a rather chilly evening followed by increasing clouds
and some rain into Friday.
Members of a Danville family were arrested an hour ago after blocking the
intersection where 12- year old Jami Renee Earles and her 10- year old brother
James were killed last week.
Teresa Hamilton was there and joins us live from our Danville newsroom.
Keith, family members say they were willing to do anything to draw attention
to the intersection-- including being arrested.
IN Q=This is
((THIS IS NOT GOING TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING-- OK, LETS GO. ))
TERESA LIVE VO
Robert Jones had planned to block the intersection of Elizabeth Street and
Route 265 with his families vehicles.
And he knew he and his son would be risking arrest.
Jones was the children's grandfather.
IN Q=Do you
((Q: DO YOU HATE IT HAD TO COME TO THIS?
ROBERT JONES/CHILDREN'S GRANDFATHER:YES, YES, AND I HATE THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS
GOING TO BE KILLED RIGHT THERE.))
OUT Q=right there.
TERESA LIVE VO
No more than five minutes later the children's step- father told police
they might as well arrest him-- because he too, wanted to make a statement.
((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=on their butts.
Keith, it's important to point out the police did not want to arrest the family
and asked them several times to leave peacefully.
( What were they charged with?)
All three were charged with impeding traffic, a class one misdemeanor.
A former Girl Scout troop leader got caught with her hand in the cookie jar.
Catrice Stokes- Goode pled "no contest" to embezzlement in Salem.
She stole almost 25- hundred dollars in Girl Scout cookie money between
February and May of this year.
According to the Commonwealth's attorney she confessed her crime to police,
and said she spent the cash at restaurants and night clubs.
Stokes- Goode told the court she let- down her scouts, and later apologized
IN Q=To my girls scouts
((CATRICE STOKES-GOODE: TO MY GIRL SCOUTS, TO MY GIRL SCOUTS I WOULD SAY I WAS
OUT Q=I was sorry.
She could face as many as 20 years behind bars when she's sentenced next
First the electricity, then the water, now... hope is lost.
The city is closing down Justice House.
Building inspectors have posted signs condemning the building, and they want
everyone out as soon as possible.
Today's action comes as no surprise to residents, considering all of the
problems surrounding management and ownership of the low- income apartment
Even so, there are some who say it will take physical force to make them
leave their home.
IN Q=I'M STAYING
((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=NOT LEAVING
But there are many who aren't as brave.
The majority of them have either left or intend to leave tonight.
According to city officials, numerous repairs need to be made to the
That along with the loss of power forced them to deem the building unsafe.
Roanoke Area Ministries is offering financial assistance to any Justice
House resident who wants it.
Both sides of the abortion issue squared off today in Lynchburg, where
Planned Parenthood celebrated the opening of its new offices.
A half dozen anti- abortion activists picketed the ceremonies on Langhorne
They say they were there to "expose the evil" of Planned Parenthood.
IN Q=They're the
((DAVID LYTLE/CENTRAL VA CHRISTIAN VOICE FOR LIFE: THEY'RE THE LARGEST
SUPPORTER AND PROMOTER OF ABORTION, THE SHEDDING OF INNOCENT BLOOD, THAT'S AN
ABOMINATION TO THE LORD GOD.))
((KATHRYN HAYNIE/PLANNED PARENTHOOD: IT'S A FREE COUNTRY, THEY CERTAINLY HAVE
EVERY RIGHT TO BE ABLE TO EXPRESS AN OPINION. THEY DON'T REFLECT THE MAJORITY
OF OPINION AND THAT'S VERY CLEAR IN LYNCHBURG AS WELL AS ACROSS THE NATION.))
SUPER=01-David Lytle/Central VA Christian Voice For Life; :00
SUPER=01-Kathryn Haynie/Planned Parenthood; :10
OUT Q=across the nation.
Haynie says Lynchburg- area supporters contributed 130 thousand dollars to
help open the central Virginia office.
For the moment, they have "no" plans to offer abortion services in the Hill
The State has won the first round in the legal battle over seizing the
licenses of suspected drunk drivers.
The Virginia Court of Appeals upheld the administrative license revocation
law, in an 8-to-1 ruling handed down today.
The controversial law has been an enforcement headache for police officers,
judges, and prosecutors since it took effect in January.
A Henrico County driver named David Tench gave the law its first high 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," because suspending a drunk driver's license
for seven days is NOT a punishment, but a means of getting him off the highway
for a week.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Ahead in the newscast, a record for the books at Norfolk Southern,
and the hills of western Virginia are coming alive for readers of author Sharyn
More on the Shawsville writer in a moment.
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A Botetourt County jail escapee is back in custody--captured in Northwest
According to the Sheriff's Department, 32- year- old Brian Miller walked
away from kitchen detail this morning and then made his get away by stealing a
The vehicle was recovered around 4- o'clock this afternoon and they found
Miller just about an hour ago.
He had been convicted on embezzlement and fraud charges and was scheduled to
be released in a few weeks.
But that might not happen now because Miller is facing new charges--
escaping from prison and auto theft.
Corrections Corporation of America still has a shot at building a minimum-
security prison in Wythe County.
C-C-A is among three of eight finalists the Department of Corrections is
considering for a contract.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./File Tape;
The Tennessee- based company has proposed building the one thousand- bed
facility on the Bowling Green Farm next to interstate 77.
Corrections officials rejected C-C-A's bid for a larger medium- security
prison on the same site.
Prison opponents say they'd like to review the latest proposal and be given
a chance to speak.
((FARRON SMITH/PRISON OPPONENT: WE WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO REBUT SOME OF THAT
INFORMATION. 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.
Others welcome the idea of a private prison for the jobs it would create and
the revenue it would add to the tax base.
The other two finalists are Wackenhut Corrections and United States
State officials hope to award a contract within a month.
One of the largest employers in our area is posting record profits...good
news for both workers and shareholders.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=Norfolk Southern
SUPER=@File; :39 (QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Jim Kern/Interstate Johnson Lane; :44
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Norfolk Southern is of particular interest to our region, since N-S has
more than 3000 employees here, and thousands of retirees that own stock.
Its share price has been hitting all time highs and pushing the 80-dollar
mark...not bad considering less than a year ago it was as low as 59.
IN Q=Strong earnings
(( Strong earnings have played a role...in five of the past seven quarters N-S
has posted a record, including the one just announced, which actually is an
all-time record. ))
OUT Q=all-time record.
Third quarter profits are 184-million-dollars, up nine-percent compared to
the same period a year ago.
N-S chairman David Goode explains that the rail giant's wide variety of
customers has kept it in good shape, despite some weakness in two of its most
important markets...chemicals and coal.
IN Q=They've done
((JIM KERN/INTERSTATE-JOHNSON LANE: THEY'VE DONE A VERY GOOD JOB IN
DIVERSIFYING THEIR BUSINESS. THE MARKETING DEPARTMENT HAS DONE A GOOD JOB IN
BRINGING IN ADDITIONAL BUSINESS THROUGH, ON THEIR OWN PART, AS WELL AS SOME
OUT Q=strategic alliances.
But Goode says "...expect to see coal traffic improve in the fourth
He added that N-S will retire 17-thousand rail cars, which should bring
savings in terms of repair costs.
The move won't affect N-S's largest rail car repair shop, which is in
Roanoke, because it doesn't work on the kinds of rail cars that will be
Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
A retreat for the stock market today. The DOW lost 50 points during trading
today before regaining some ground.
The DOW closed at 47- hundred- 53, down 30 points.
Nasdaq lost nearly 13 points.
The gloves are off; they're all over the airwaves.
It's the same thing every fall.
But actually, Virginia Republicans and Democrats have pioneered a new first.
Television ads encouraging you to vote for a party, not a candidate.
IN Q=But the liberal
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BUT THE LIBERAL BIG-SPENDING DEMOCRATS WHO WANT TO KEEP
ALL THE POWER IN RICHMOND VOTED NO.))
((SO THIS YEAR WHEN THE GOVERNOR ASKS YOU TO VOTE YES FOR HIS TEAM, REMEMBER
WHAT THAT MIGHT DO TO OUR CHILDREN.))
SUPER=04-Va. Democrats; :07
OUT Q=our children.
Both parties clearly want to identify all Republicans with the top guy.
IN Q=We say it's
((KEN STROUPE/GOVERNOR'S SPOKESMAN: WE SAY IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE. AND
THERE'S NO BETTER WAY TO BRING ABOUT THAT CHANGE THAN THESE NOVEMBER
((GAIL NARDI/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: WE FELT THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT
VIRGINIANS HAVE ANOTHER VOICE ON THEIR TELEVISION SETS AND ON THEIR RADIOS
SAYING COMPETITION IS A GOOD THING. AND THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT
GOVERNOR ALLEN IS A NICE FELLOW.))
SUPER=01-Ken Stroupe/Governor's Spokesman;
SUPER=01-Gail Nardi/Va. Democratic Party; :07
OUT Q=a nice fellow
The Republicans have run two statewide ads so far.
The Democrats' first ad premiered today.
Expect more from both parties.
The roads between Roanoke and Smith Mountain Lake became an issue in a
local campaign, as democratic candidate John Edwards said he will work to
improve the link between the two.
As a member of the 5th Planning District Commission, Edwards initiated a
study of possible improvements.
Though no specific plan is on the table, Edwards says an upgrade that
shortens the drive time could fuel economic development in the region.
IN Q=To my knowledge
((JOHN EDWARDS/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: TO MY KNOWLEDGE THERE HAS NOT BEEN
ANY SERIOUS UPGRADE OF THE TRANSPORTATION LINK BETWEEN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, AND I THINK IT'S TIME TO GO FORWARD WITH THIS.))
SUPER=01-John Edwards/(D) State Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=go forward with this.
Senator Brandon Bell doesn't take issue with Edwards proposal.
But he says other transportation ideas including passenger rail service
between Bristol, Roanoke and Washington, promise more benefits.
IN Q=Obviously we need safe roads
((SEN. BRANDON BELL/R- ROANOKE: OBVIOUSLY, WE NEED SAFE ROADS FOR PEOPLE THAT
TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, BUT IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT
BRINGING PEOPLE AND PROVIDING THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT OF WASHINGTON AND
MORE POPULOUS AREAS UP NORTH TO SPEND TIME IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY, SPEND THEIR
DOLLARS, I THINK THAT'S VERY MUCH AN OPPORTUNITY FROM AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
OUT Q=economic development standpoint.
It's a long way from the Montgomery County community of Shawsville to New
But not for novelist Sharyn McCrumb.
This week her latest book, "She Walks These Hills," hit the New York Times
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
Coming up tonight in sports, the Northside Vikings celebrate the school's
first ever state title in golf.
Shaquille O'Neal will miss the next two months of the season.
And the world series continues tonight in Cleveland.
Less than 18 hours ago the teams were still playing as the Indians won game
three in 11 innings.
GRAPHIC=Northside state champs
The Northside golf team won the first state championship in school history
yesterday, beating Harrisonburg by 7 strokes at the Carper's Valley Golf Course
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
This afternoon, the Vikings showed off their new state championship trophy.
they earned the brass after shooting a two day total of 622; and winning the
title has yet to sink in.
IN Q="Well, for me...
((JIM WOLFE/NORTHSIDE GOLF COACH:))
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:))
SUPER=01-Justin Young/Finished 2nd in State; :00
OUT Q=....that's all I can say"
SS=Hold Northside state champs
The Vikings should be in good shape next year. Jim Wolfe returns 7 players
from this year's team.
The World Series resumes tonight with game four in Cleveland.
Game Three ended a little before one this morning.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/NBC-TBN; :00
Around 12:45am the Indians broke open a six-all tie with the Braves as Eddie
Murray slapped this single to center field and plated Alvaro Espinoza with the
game winning run.
The win cut the Braves lead in the series to 2 games to one, and it marked
the third straight one run game in this best of seven series.
IN Q="AS A FAN...
((JOHN SMOLTZ/BRAVES STARTER LAST NIGHT:))
((CHARLES NAGY/INDIANS STARTER LAST NIGHT:))
SUPER=01-John Smoltz/Braves Starter Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Charles Nagy/Indians Starter Last Night; :12
OUT Q=...RIGHT NOW."
Tonight the Indians send Ken Hill to the mound to face the Braves Steve
Off the field this afternoon the Anheuser-Busch corporation announced that it
is putting the St. Louis Cardinals up for sale.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/This Afternoon; :00
The company says it wants
to focus on its core businesses which consist of beer, theme parks like Busch
Gardens and Water Country in Williamsburg, and the manufacturing and recycling
of aluminum cans.
Brewery official John Jacob says the baseball team no longer fits with those
Jacob says the brewery hopes to keep the Cardinals in St. Louis, where they
have been for the past 43 years showcasing stars like all-star Ozzie Smith.
Shaquille O'Neal of the Orlando Magic will miss six to eight weeks of the
upcoming NBA season due to an injury he suffered last night.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/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 foul broke Shaq's right thumb.
He now has to have minor surgery on the thump and he'll be out until just
before New Year's Day.
The battle of unbeatens in girls basketball took center court down in
Narrows last night as Galax held off the Green Wave for a 68-54 Mountain Empire
SUPER=03-Narrows/Last Night; :00
Both teams entered the contest undefeated with a combined record of 31 and
The battle for sole possession of the district lead went to Galax. Tammy Cox
lead the Tide charge with 26 points.
Narrows trailed 48-25 in the fourth period but the Green Wave made a run
that closed the gap to 9 points before losing 68-54.
IN Q="I'm very
((TODD LUSK/NARROWS HEAD COACH:))
((KEN ROSS/GALAX HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Todd Lusk/Narrows Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Ken Ross/Galax Head Coach; :09
OUT Q=...play basketball"
And finally, today marks the 31st anniversary of one of the most bizarre
plays in NFL history.
Back on October 25th of 1965 the 49ers were battling the Minnesota Vikings.
SUPER=04-October 25, 1994; :00
San Francisco quarterback George Mira is pressured in the pocket, but he gets
the pass off to Billy KIlmer, who'll fight for yardage but eventually be
stripped of the football.
Viking lineman Jim Marshall, one fourth of the famous Purple People Eaters,
scoops up the fumble and takes off for the end.
The only problem is that it's the wrong endzone.
Instead of scoring a touchdown he scored a 2 point safety for the Niners.
But the Vikes did win the game 27-TO-22.