The father of a murder victim has a sidewalk confrontation with his daughter's
And one week before the election Virginia voters say the Republicans are
Tonight in sports, Tech is ready to rip Syracuse in this Saturday's big east
The Hornets will not keep Alonzo Mourning after this season.
And Ryne Sandberg is back with the Cubs, and anxious to earn his 10th gold
glove at second base.
The forecast for cool conditions with occasional showers is still on track.
The Halloween version of News 7 weather coming up.
Police in Henry County say the teenager accused of murdering a 15- year- old
Martinsville girl was on a crime spree.
This morning he faced a judge.
Ron Jones was in the courtroom and has the latest.
IN Q=Last Wednesday Lavina
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Wednesday; :09
SUPER=01-Sgt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :47
SUPER=01-James Vaughn/Victim's Father; 1:21
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News-7.
(( 16-year old Tommy Helms of the Bassett area is charged with first- degree
murder in the shooting death of 15- year- old Lavina Scales.
Last Wednesday Lavina's body was found on a road side in the hills of Henry
Police say after an intense investigation Helms became their primary
He turned himself in and confessed to the shooting.
((ACCORDING TO POLICE TESTIMONY TOMMY HELMS, THE VICTIM LAVINA SCALES, AND TWO
OTHER JUVENILES PULLED OVER HERE. BOTH HELMS AND LAVINA GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND
HELMS, ARMED WITH TWO HANDGUNS, SHOT SCALES EIGHT TIMES IN THE HEAD UNTIL THE
GUN WAS EMPTY.))
According to police testimony this was not Helms' first serious offense.
He has also been charged with three separate robberies and a malicious
((SGT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: BUT WE FELT THAT WE... OF HIS
In the malicious wounding Helms is charged with shooting a man three times.
Helms is being held without bond.
The judge will decide later if he'll be tried as an adult.
As Helms was escorted by police outside the courthouse, the victim's father
went after him.
The father later apologized for his actions.
((JAMES VAUGHN/VICTIM'S FATHER: I HOPE THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM WILL DO THEIR JOB OF
PUTTING THIS GUY AWAY.. IF HE'S FOUND GUILTY.. THAT'S ALL...))
Ron Jones, News-7.))
The suicide of a Roanoke City jail inmate last night is under investigation.
Police say 29- year- old Lisa Hunt of Rocky Mount hanged herself with a bed
Her body was discovered around eight o'clock last night.
Hunt was sentenced yesterday on drug charges in Franklin County.
She was then transferred to the Roanoke jail to start serving a four- year
After the dust settles on next Tuesday's elections, it will have been a very
close race for control of the General Assembly.
But Republicans appear to have the inside track.
That's according to the latest NEWS 7 - Roanoke Times poll from Mason- Dixon
Ellen Qualls has the numbers.
IN Q=It's what pollsters
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( It's what pollsters call a statistical dead heat.
The margin of error is three and a half percent -- and the numbers are
closer than that.
There are undecideds.
But the measure of comfort for the GOP is that every time the question's
asked, Republicans are slightly on top.
Who would voters like to see have control of the General Assembly?
Statewide, 47- percent say Republicans.
44- percent say Democrats.
Nine percent say they're not sure.
In a gender breakdown, 52- percent of men want a Republican legislature.
Only 42- percent of women feel that way.
Along racial lines, 56- percent of white voters favor Republican control --
compared to two-percent of black voters.
Of course, voters aren't picking a party, they're picking a person.
But looking at individual races--
in the State Senate, the numbers go 46- percent Republican, 41- percent
Democrat, and 13- percent still not sure.
In the House of Delegates it's closer.
45- percent favor Republicans.
42- percent favor Democrats.
And again, 13- percent are unsure.
Top Republican George Allen has increased his favorable job performance
rating one point, to 54, over the last three months.
Virginians have a new "single most important issue."
And it may favor Republicans.
For the first time under the Allen Administration, taxes and government
spending top the list of voter concerns at 27- percent.
That's still in that statistical dead heat with education -- at 24% -- which
Democrats claim is their issue.
So pay attention on Tuesday.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
More charges of deceptive advertising today in a local General Assembly
Today, supporters of parental notification said Dick Cranwell is performing
a political masquerade.
Anne Kincaid is a member of Governor Allen's staff and a co- founder of a
group called The Family Foundation.
She called today's news conference with others who have lobbied for a law
requiring parental notice when a minor seeks an abortion.
In the last three years, she says Cranwell has worked to weaken parental
notice legislation, and introduced his own bill that was riddled with
IN Q=Now folks
((ANNE KINCAID/FAMILY FOUNDATION: NO FOLKS, THIS IS A BILL TO PROTECT TEENS AND
PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF PARENTS. IT CAN'T BE A BOGUS BILL AND THAT'S WHAT THIS
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: I WOULD PREFER PURE PARENTAL NOTIFICATION, BUT I ALSO
KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAVE TODAY, WHICH IS NOTHING.))
SUPER=01-Anne Kincaid/Family Foundation; :00
OUT Q=which is nothing.
Cranwell says he has voted seven times for some form of parental notice and
insists he has been a voice of moderation in the debate over abortion rights.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's more campaign news ahead on News-7. We'll hear from some more
candidates from the Roanoke Valley, and from central Virginia,
plus the ghosts and goblins got an early start at one of the schools in Roanoke
today. Robin, will it be a tricky forecast?
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Roanoke Millionaires Peter and Edward Via have anted up another 60- thousand
dollars for republican candidates in two of the Roanoke Valley's General
According to the latest campaign finance reports, the brothers'
contributions to house candidates Newell Falkinburg and Trixie Averill now
total more than 160- thousand dollars.
One race that won't set any spending records pits a longtime lawmaker
against an unconventional challenger.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell goes door- to- door
with Democratic Delegate Vic Thomas and his
Republican opponent, Jeff Artis.
IN Q=Jeff Artis is battling stereotypes
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00 quick!
SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :32
OUT Q=JD News 7
(( Jeff Artis is battling stereotypes as he works his southeast Roanoke
WALKING INTERVIEW 10:14:57
IN Q=People want to talk about polls
((JEFF ARTIS/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: PEOPLE WANT TO TALK ABOUT POLLS
AND STUFF, BUT YOU CAN'T GET AN ACCURATE POLL READING IN THIS ELECTION.))
OUT Q=reading in this election.
A black republican in a blue- collar district, a pro- choice candidate who
preaches personal responsibility, Artis hopes his campaign will cross the lines
of traditional constituencies.
And while he may not have the money to place commercials on television...
he believes he will still be in the race on election day.
IN Q=And while Roanoke is
((JEFF ARTIS: AND WHILE ROANOKE IS A BIG METROPOLITAN AREA, YOU GET MORE
RESPONSE FROM INDIVIDUAL VOTERS BY KNOCKING ON THEIR DOOR, STICKING YOUR HAND
OUT AND SAYING I'M JEFF ARTIS. I WANT YOU TO VOTE FOR ME ON ELECTION DAY AND
OUT Q=and here's why.
Democratic Delegate Vic Thomas says he's taking nothing for granted.
THOMAS AT DOOR 15:19:14
IN Q=You got any questions
OUT Q=okay I'll do that
Thomas has been going door to door for several weeks... talking with the
voters who have kept him in the House of Delegates for two decades.
He points to a traffic signal now under construction near the Friendship
Manor Retirement Community as an example of the improvements he has helped to
bring to his district.
IN Q=To get an idea of the future
((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D- ROANOKE: TO GET AN IDEA OF THE FUTURE, YOU GOTTA LOOK AT
THE PAST. AND I'VE WORKED HARD AND I'VE LISTENED CLOSELY TO WHAT PEOPLE HAD TO
SAY AND I'VE TRIED TO DO THINGS THAT BENEFIT THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT AS WELL AS
THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT.))
OUT Q=people of Southwest Virginia
And with a week until election day, the candidates in this race will be
waging their campaigns one doorstep at a time.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Heading into the final week of campaigning, central Virginia politicians are
pulling out all the stops in an effort to attract voters.
23rd District Democrat Gil Cobbs today picked up the endorsement of the
state's oldest living former legislator: 94- year- old Charles Grabeel
Cobbs says he's trying to stick to the issues in his campaign with
Republican Preston Bryant.
IN Q=I try not
((GIL COBBS/D- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: I TRY NOT TO, THIS TIME AT LEAST,
TRY NOT TO GET TOO CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE IS SAYING, BUT IF IT'S
TOO MUCH OFF- BASE, TOO MUCH OF A SPIN, TOO MUCH OF A MISCONCEPTION, I TRY TO
RESPOND, BUT IF IT'S SOMETHING GENERAL, I DON'T SPEND TIME TO BOTHER WITH IT.))
SUPER=01-Gil Cobbs/(D) House of Delegates Candidate; :00
OUT Q=bother with it.
Bryant's new radio ads blast Cobbs for being too liberal in his stand on
welfare reform and juvenile crime.
IN Q=I think the
((PRESTON BRYANT/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: I THINK THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN
A PRETTY AGGRESSIVE ONE, IT'S BEEN AN ISSUES- ORIENTED ONE, IT'S BEEN ONE WHERE
WE'VE TRIED TO DO JUST WHAT YOU SAID AND THAT IS DRAW LINES OF DISTINCTION, NOT
BLUR THE LINES BUT DRAW CLEAR LINES.))
SUPER=01-Preston Bryant/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :00
OUT Q=draw clear lines.
Bryant and State Senate candidate Steve Newman were cited today as two of
the top pro- business candidates, according to Virginia-FREE, a non-partisan
The teenager accused of murdering a Wythe County deputy WILL be tried as an
Just moments ago, a Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge
transfered 16-year old Christopher Shawn Wheeler's case to circuit court.
Wheeler is accused of shooting to death Deputy Cliff Dicker last December as
the deputy tried to serve Wheeler with court papers.
A teacher at the Christiansburg Juvenile Detention Center described Wheeler
as fascinated with guns, drugs and violence, and said she heard him brag to
another student about shooting Dicker in the head.
The probation counselor recommended Wheeler be transferred to adult court in
the interest of public safety.
The defense argues that Wheeler was raised in a chaotic environment--that
he's still developing and could be rehabilitated.
Authorities are making some progress in identifying a decomposed body found
over the weekend in Danville.
Assistant Chief Medical Examiner David Oxley says the body is that of a
young, black female.
The skeleton was discovered Saturday evening behind Motley's Warehouse on
Piney Forest Road.
Oxley says the body had been there for weeks, possibly even months.
The next step will be to clean and examine the bones which could help
authorities determine the woman's identity and cause of death.
Bedford authorities are still investigating a suspicious fire that damaged a
home near the Rubatex plant last night.
More than two dozen firefighters spent a half hour containing the blaze near
the corner of Grove and Church Streets.
Stacks of rubber products stored in a parking lot caught fire around 5:45
p.m., igniting a nearby house.
Investigators are still in the process of interviewing witnesses.
Anyone with information about the fire should contact the Bedford City Police
Some profit- taking on the stock market today.
The DOW had been up more than 40 points, before slipping back down later in
It closed at 47- hundred- 55, a loss of one point.
Nasdaq lost about two points.
In addition to local efforts at HOME recycling, area businesses are
working hard to reduce the waste stream and become more environmentally
First Union has made a hard push at reducing waste, with a new program
that recently began at their Roanoke County Operations Center.
While only in its first month, the program is already reaping major
IN Q=In the Operations Center
SUPER=01-Kathy Nebel/First Union Recycling Coordinator;
OUT Q=waste stream 68 per cent.
The amount of paper waste at the facility has been reduced from 50 to only
16 tons since the program was introduced.
Eventually all First Union locations in eight states will participate in
A special Halloween treat for students at Raleigh Court Elementary School.
Kids there got to invite their grandparents to school today.
It's an event from the P-T-A's outreach program-- encouraging community
involvement in the schools.
IN Q=What we're hoping
((JENNIFER LUCKAY/PTA: WHAT WE'RE HOPING FOR IS THAT THEY'LL FEEL COMFORTABLE
BEING AROUND THE SCHOOL AND POSSIBLY VOLUNTEER SOME OF THEIR TIME IF THEY'RE
AVAILABLE TO HELP OUT THE CHILDREN AND DO SOME THINGS. ))
OUT Q=do some things
Two hundred grandparents attended an assembly this morning.
They spent the rest of the day visiting in the classrooms-- and getting
acquainted with teachers.
Coming up tonight in sports, The Hokies hope to make Orange juice this
weekend, parking could be a problem this Thursday night in Charlottesville.
Sandberg is officially back with the Cubs.
But Alonzo will not be back with the Hornets after this season.
Ryne Sandberg officially rejoined the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, as one of
the franchise's most popular players ended his short retirement.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/This Afternoon; :00
Sandberg, who is now 36, has remarried and in his words straightened out some
personal problems that forced to leave the game in 1994.
((RYNE SANDBERG/RETURNS TO CUBS:))
SUPER=01-Ryne Sandberg/Returns To Cubs; :00
OUT Q=...ABOUT THAT."
Reports out of Charlotte tonight say the Hornets will not resign Alonzo
Mourning after this season.
The Virginia native, was seeking a new seven year contract worth 13 million a
The Hornets reportedly offered ten million a year, but Alonzo and his agent
Charlotte is now talking with at least 8 teams about working out a trade.
SUPER=03-Long Island, NY/Sunday;
Also, the NBA fined Charles Oakley
six thousand bucks and suspended him for a game for throwing a punch at 76er
center Scott Williams during the exhibition season.
He'll miss Friday's season opener in Detroit.
The top spot in the Big East is on the line this Saturday as the Virginia
Tech Hokies play host to Syracuse. Steve Mason says a national television
audience and some top notch bowlers will be on hand for this high stakes
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SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/Saturday; :00
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/This Season; :15
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :25
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Season; :34
SUPER=01-George DelRicco/Hokie Leading Tackler; :46
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/6 Sacks, 74 Tackles; :55
SUPER=03-Syracuse/Last Year; 1:33
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
Fans traveling to Thursday night's UVa/Florida State game in
Charlottesville- beware! There will be some significant parking disruptions.
The lots around the stadium will not open until 5pm for season parking holders
and the general public, that normally parks at University Hall, will be
IN Q="We'll basically...
((MARK FLETCHER/UVA FACILITIES & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Mark Fletcher/UVa Facilities & Operations Dir.; :00
OUT Q=...for everybody on that night"
The Bears ended an eight game losing streak on Monday Night football last
night as they stopped the Minnesota Vikings 14-to-6.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/ABC; :00
The Bears were clinging to a 7-to-3 lead with the clock running out in the
first half, when Erik Kramer lofted this rainbow to Curtis Conway - who hauls
in the 48 yard TD to give the Bears the 14-to-3 win.
The Bears are now 6-and-2, riding a four game wining streak.