The body of a Martinsville High School student is discovered in Bassett.
Federal officials may have some answers in their investigation of
yesterday's fatal train- bus crash in Chicago.
And Boris Yeltsin in hospitilized in Moscow.
Changes in the forecast as moisture rides up the mountains from the South,
bringing us the chance of showers by tomorrow. Stay tuned for all the details.
Don't go away the news is next.
A 15-year-old Martinsville High School student was found shot to death on the
side of the road last night.
Authorities say a motorist found the body of Lavina Scales in a wooded ravine
off Route 6-79 in Bassett.
Investigators say Scales apparently was shot at the same place her body was
found, and there did NOT appear to be signs of a struggle.
Scales had been reported as a runaway, and was last seen by her family Monday
Members of a family protesting what they call unsafe road conditions in
Danville were taken away by police yesterday.
Last week, 12- year old Jami Renee Earles and her 10- year old brother James
were killed in a traffic accident.
Family members blocked the intersection where the collision occurred, and
three of them were arrested.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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.))
((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.
((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.
((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.))
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.))
Transportation safety is also a concern in Chicago.
Federal investigators are checking into reports that a malfunctioning signal
light may have caused yesterday's deadly wreck between a school bus and a
SUPER=03-Fox River Grove, IL;
Five high school students died and 30 others were injured.
Witnesses say the bus was stopped for a red light and straddling the tracks
when it was hit.
Today, the crossing is closed by barricades and the lights at the crossing
are flashing as workers examine the signal boxes.
((JOHN GOGLIA NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: I HAVE HEARD VERBALLY THAT
THERE HAVE BEEN COME PROBLEMS AT THIS INTERSECTION WITH THESE SIGNALS OVER THE
PAST SEVERAL DAYS. I'M TOLD THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE OBSERVING THE SIGNALS
BECAUSE OF EARLIER REPORTED PROBLEMS.))
SUPER=01-John Goglia/Nat'l Transportation Safety Board;
OUT Q=of earlier reported problems.
Four students remain in critical condition, and two are in serious
Last night friends and family members attended a memorial service for the
On Capitol Hill, both houses of congress are debating the G-O-P's budget
A house vote is expected later today, the Senate may vote on ITS version
Both plans include sweeping changes in Medicare and Medicaid and would meet
the republican goals of balancing the budget by the year two- thousand- and-
President Clinton accuses the Republicans of holding hostage the
government's ability to remain solvent in order to get him to accept their
He says he won't pay that ransom.
((IF THEY SEND ME A BUDGET THAT SAYS YOU TAKE OUR CUTS OR WE'LL LET THE COUNTRY
GO IN DEFAULT I WILL VETO IT.))
OUT Q=I WILL VETO IT.
Clinton has argued that the Republican budget would devastate the
government's education and training programs, ruin health benefits for the poor
and elderly-- and hurt the nation's prospects for future economic growth.
Meantime some Republican lawmakers continue to stir up the Whitewater
Republicans on the Senate Whitewater Committee are accusing the Clinton
administration of withholding telephone records related to its probe.
The panel today issued 40 new subpoenas for various documents and telephone
And new questions are being raised about the death of White House lawyer
Three handwriting experts conclude that the torn-up suicide note found six
days after Foster's death is a forgery.
They did their study for the newsletter ``Strategic Investment.''
And in news from Russia, President Boris Yeltsin has been hospitilized with
heart trouble for the second time in four months.
SUPER=03-Hyde Park, NY/Monday;;
Just two days ago, Yeltsin returned from the United States, where he held a
summit with President Clinton.
Yeltsin's top aide says the Russian leader has a condition that restricts
the supply of blood to the heart.
Symptoms include chest pains and difficulty breathy.
The B-B-C reports Yeltsin's condition is NOT too serious, and that he's
expected to retain power.
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Still to come --
A major drug bust in Danville nets more than 80 arrests,
and Tracy Lippard is appealing her two- year- jail sentence.
Her attorney says the former beauty queen did NOT receive a fair trial.
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Former Hill Brothers shoe company executive Gene Hoffman was sentenced
today for bilking the company's mail- order customers.
The sentencing hearing was overshadowed by word that Hoffman is now working
as a corporate financial advisor and loan packager in Michigan, despite his
convictions here for bank fraud, money laundering and mail fraud.
IN Q=I think Judge
((FRAN STEPHENZ/BBB: I THINK JUDGE TURK WAS VERY VERY WISE WHEN HE SAID "I
DON'T THINK THIS MAN IS GOING TO MANAGE MY MONEY."))
SUPER=01-Fran Stephenz/Roanoke Better Business Bureau;
OUT Q=my money, ha ha.
Though he was ordered to serve 16 months in a federal prison, Hoffman will
NOT have to start serving time until NEXT YEAR- -after his case is heard in
TAPE#edit of Hampton on 95-19
A Christiansburg man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for beating
and robbing a garage owner and stealing a woman's car as she clung to the
Billy Joe Hampton pleaded guilty yesterday to robbery, carjacking,
abduction and two counts of malicious wounding in connection with the February
19-94 crime spree.
Hampton already has been sentenced to three life terms in Pulaski County for
participating in the beating and robbery of a man who was left seriously
He's also been sentenced to 30 years for abducting an elderly woman from a
Wal-Mart in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Hampton still faces federal and state charges in connection with the
abduction and sexual assault of a West Virginia woman.
TAPE#edit of 94-106
A former Virginia beauty queen is seeking to overturn her seven misdemeanor
convictions in an attack on a romantic rival's family in West Virginia.
SUPER=03-Lewisburg, WV/January 4;
Twenty-four-year-old Tracy Lippard is serving a two year jail sentence
in the regional jail in Beckley.
Her attorney filed an appeal yesterday with a West Virginia circuit
court, contending Lippard did NOT receive a fair trial.
The appeal says jurors read or saw pretrial coverage, and several had ties
to victims or witnesses.
It also says Lippard's lawyer should have made a motion to move the trial
to another county.
The continuing effort to get drugs off the streets of Danville is paying
Danville and State police say 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.
The state Department of Corrections has narrowed the finalists for a one
thousand- bed, minimum- security facility from eight to three.
But it still 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.
GRAPHIC=bedford county seal
Bedford City and County are considering a merger that would protect the
county from annexation with 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 last night.
Government officials answered residents' questions about the proposed
They say IF it does happen, most people WILL NOT 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
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 continues,
They had their water turned off, and lost their electricty - now residents
of the Justice House face another problem,
and a local author's dream of making it to the best seller list come true in a
book about the Appalachin region. (-------------)
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TAPE#edit of 95-89
Residents of Justice House are now looking for another place to live.
Yesterday, Roanoke building inspectors condemned the facility and told
everyone to move out as soon as possible.
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.
A best selling novelist has a home in our area.
Sharyn McCrumb has lived in Shawsville for five years, and for the first
time she has a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Tracy Altizer has the story.
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
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports this morning that Motorola and Siemens
A-G of Germany are considering Henrico County as a possible site for a
one-point-five BILLION -dollar computer chip plant.
Citing a source it does NOT identify, the newspaper says the companies are
looking at a state-owned site near the Richmond International Airport.
Virginia Power customers may get a break in their electric bills.
The State Corporation Commission staff has recommended a 107- MILLION
dollar cut in Virginia Power's annual rates.
The staff report recommends the cut in the utility's retail fuel rate.
It amounts to ten- MILLION dollars more than the company proposed last
If approved, the typical residential customer would save two- dollars- and-
nine cents a month.
Stocks are lower on concerns there will be a timely resolution of the budget
fight in Congress.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 13 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
When it comes to the World Series, one Roanoker has the best seat in the
house -- THE DUG OUT,
and the tennis world bids farewell to a former top-ranked tennis player.
MUSIC UP FULL
Tennis great Bobby Riggs died of cancer last night.
The former Wimbledon and U-S open champion was diagnosed with prostate
cancer eight years ago.
Riggs claimed his greatest fame by losing the battle of the sexes tennis
match against Billie Jean King In 19-73.
He was 77 years old.
The Braves are just one victory away from their first World Series crown in
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/ABC-TBN; :00
Atlanta has a three games to one lead.
First, Albert Belle turns a one run deficit into a tie game with a solo homer
off Steve Avery in the sixth.
But in the seventh the Braves come alive against reliever Paul Assenmacher.
Dave Justice, whose had a rough series, comes through with the two run R-B-I
single that scores Luis Polonia and Chipper Jones.
The Braves get three in the inning and take a four to one lead.
They win it 5-to-2.
Indians' hitting coach Charlie Manuel, who lives in Roanoke County, still has
family in Buena Vista.
Last night Steve Mason joined the Manuels as they cheered on Charlie and the
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/Last Night; :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."
(toss to patrick)
(patrick ad lib)
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