Coming up on News Seven at Six a woman dies following a fire in southeast
Roanoke last night.
And an eighty-two year Martinsville woman shoots and kills a would be
In sports, A big day for two state college football teams as 14-th ranked
Virginia and 21-st ranked Virginia Tech each clinch at least a share of their
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for southwestern Virginia-- as
well as a high wind warning.
Plus, snow showers in the higher elevations.
A woman is dead following a fire last night in southeast Roanoke.
Brenda Mason died in her home on Dundee Avenue shortly after 11.
When firefighters arrived they found the two-story brick house fully
SOT DUNDEE (FIELD-TAPE) 30:47:09
IN Q=The house was
((BEV MITCHELL/ROANOKE DISTRICT CHIEF: THE HOUSE WAS INVOLVED IN FIRE FROM THE
BASEMENT THROUGH THE ATTIC. WE FOUND THE VICTIM ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE
SUPER=01-Bev Mitchell/Roanoke District Chief;
OUT Q=could get in.
The woman's husband was also home at the time.
He escaped and ran to the neighbor's house for help.
Fire officials believe the blaze started in the chimney.
SOT EDISON-FIRE (FIELD-TAPE) 14:15:37
IN Q=Evidently there
((MARLAN MORRIS/ROANOKE ASST. FIRE MARSHALL: EVIDENTLY THERE IN THE CHIMNEY IT
EXTENDED DOWN TO A LOWER LEVEL, THE BASEMENT LEVEL, CAUGHT FIRE THERE AND
EXTENDED THROUGH THE REST OF THE HOUSE. ))
SUPER=01-Marlan Morris/Asst. Fire Marshall;
OUT Q=the house
Fire officials are still investigating.
Fire investigators believe a cigarette may have been the cause of a fire
that injured a Roanoke woman.
The blaze broke out around 1-30 this afternoon.
Officials say the fire apparently started in the living room of the Edison
A neighbor noticed the flames and called 9-1-1.
Dick Moran then entered the house and pulled his elderly neighbor to safety.
IN Q=she was laying
((DICK MORAN/NEIGHBOR: SHE WAS LAYING ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR AND I GRABBED A
HOLD OF HER SHOULDERS AND DRUG HER OUT ALMOST TO THE SIDE DOOR AND THEN A
COUPLE PASSER-BYS HELPED ME GET HER THE REST OF THE WAY OUT.))
OUT Q=THE WAY OUT
69-year-old Maudine Oney is in stable condition at Roanoke Memorial
She suffers from smoke inhalation and burns to her hands and feet.
Family members say she also suffers from Alzheimers.
This is the second time the family has lost everything because of a house
A robbery suspect was shot and killed in Martinsville this morning.
Police say an 82-year-old woman was in her bedroom when the man entered her
home on Purdue Street.
The man is identified as 30-year-old Scott L. Thompson.
Police say Thompson entered the home around three.
The woman shot him and apparently Thompson fled the home then collapsed on
Police are not releasing the woman's name.
The incident is still under investigation.
Last night a woman walking on Interstate 77 in Wythe County was struck and
killed by a van.
It happened around 9-30 when 48-year-old Margaret Vreeland of New York state
was attempting to cross the highway.
Vreeland died at the scene.
The van, carrying four people, pulled into the median and then was struck by
a tractor trailer.
State Police say those in van were treated and released from the hospital.
GRAPHIC=Blue Ridge Parkway
A section of the parkway in Bedford County has re-opened following a rock
A five mile section, about 15 miles south of the Peaks of Otter, had to be
closed around noon.
The slide occurred near the Terrapin Mountain Overlook at milepost 72.
It was re-opened around 10 this morning.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Senator Warner comes to town for Veteran's day.
And a World war two veteran recounts an amazing experience in Belgium that
happened 50 years ago.
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Some pretty amazing weather today-- everything from thunderstorms to snow
showers throughout the region.
But just about everyone reporting high winds along with the precipitation.
The cold front creating all the mess will be crossing the area tonight--
So tomorrow, we'll be left with dry, but cold and windy conditions.
Stay tuned for the complete details, coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
This Veteran's Day marks the 50th anniversary of the end of World War Two.
But despite the passage of time, Bill Merriken recalls his war-time
Denise Allen tells us how Merriken survived the massacre in Belgium.
SUPER=01-Bill Merriken/World War II Veteran; :00
OUT Q=News 7 Bedford
((BILL MERRIKEN/WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN: COMMANDER LY AND CAPTAIN WEIGH STOPPED
THE VEHICLES AND ALL THE VEHICLES STOPPED AND THEN ALL THIS GUNFIRE CAME IN ON
US. MORTARS, ARTILLERY SHELLS, SMALL ARMS FIRE, OF COURSE IT TOOK US BY
SURPRISE. WE WERE IN A REAR ECHELON AREA. NO ACTIVITY.))
Merriken was one of 150 men in the 285th Field Artillery Observation
He says he's not sure why his unit was ordered into the small Belgium town.
But before they could reach their destination a German Armor Unit ambushed
the U. S. troops.
Merriken says the soldiers were lined up in a field for execution.
Only 15 survived the massacre at Malmedy.
((MERRIKEN: I LAID THERE, DIDN'T MOVE. I DIDN'T LET OUT ANY SCREAMS OR MOAN OR
ANYTHING. MY ARM WAS OVER MY MOUTH CAUSE WHEN YOU'RE IN THE COLD WEATHER
THERE'S VAPOR. I GUESS THEY SAW THE TWO ROUNDS IN MY BACK AND THEY THOUGHT I
WAS DEAD ANYWAY.))
He listened for hours as a 15 mile long German convoy passed by on that
December day in 19-44.
Then Merriken crawled to safety.
These are aerial photographs of the town near Malmedy taken shortly after
He and another soldier were taken in by a local woman.
She helped reunite the men with U.S troops.
Merriken says the time he spent in a military hospital was the beginning of
a very long and difficult recovery.
((MY BEST BUDDIES, WHETHER THEY WERE STILL ALIVE OR NOT. AND YOU JUST WENT
THROUGH THE WHOLE THING OVER AND OVER, OVER AND OVER, OVER AND OVER, OVER AND
Two other Bedford men died in the Malmedy massacre.
Merriken says Veteran's Day is a good time to thank those who paid the
highest price for freedom.
Denise Allen News 7 Bedford.))
U.S. Senator John Warner was in town today to honor local veterans.
The Virginia Veterans Care Center hosted a day long celebration.
Officials dedicated the Alice Fielden Memorial today.
Fielden was a War War one veteran and the first woman admitted to the
Veterans Care Center.
Warner says being invited to speak to veterans is a humbling experience.
IN Q=i was privileged
((U.S. SENATOR JOHN WARNER: I WAS PRIVILEGED TO WEAR THE UNIFORM OF THE U-S
NAVY IN WORLD WAR TWO. I SERVED IN THE MARINES DURING THE KOREAN WAR. THEN
FOR FIVE YEARS AS THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY. I FEEL VERY CLOSE TO THE MEN AND
WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES AND TO THE VETERANS.))
OUT Q=to the veterans
The Virginia Veterans Care Center houses more than 200 veterans.
The facility is the first of it's kind in Virginia.
Efforts to revitalize downtown Roanoke were dealt a blow this week when the
Heironimus Department store said it will vacate its Jefferson Street location
soon after its lease expires next year.
But as Len Besthoff reports, just a few blocks away, business surrounding
the farmers' market are going well.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/November 2; :00
SUPER=01-John Edwards/(D) Senator-Elect; :11
SUPER=01-Todd Lancaster/Awful Arthur's; :36
SUPER=01-Millie Moore/Boone & Company Sales Mgr.; :50 QUICK!!
OUT Q=WDBJ-7 (nat sound)
(( When Roanoke leaders celebrated the opening of O'Dell's restaurant last week
on Salem Avenue, they noted that it's one of many newcomers on the downtown
SOT 16:50:12 FROM MARKET-BUSINESS TAPE
IN Q=There's 17 different businesses
((JOHN EDWARDS/D-SENATOR-ELECT: THERE'S 17 DIFFERENT BUSINESSES THAT HAVE
OPENED UP SINCE THE FIRST OF AUGUST. YOU CAN SEE THEM. TWISTS AND TURNS A
MONTH AGO, IMAGINATION STATION AND ANNIE'S COTTAGE JUST THIS MORNING. AND OF
COURSE O'DELL'S THIS AFTERNOON. AND THERE ARE ANOTHER FIVE OR SIX THAT THE
CITY'S WORKING ON BRINGING TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA.))
OUT Q=to the downtown area.
So why are these empty spaces near the market filling up so fast?
There are several reasons.
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IN Q=Sunday to Wednesday
((TODD LANCASTER/AWFUL ARTHUR'S: SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY I GUESS ARE THE DAYS THAT
WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE DUE TO THE HOTEL ROANOKE AND PROBABLY THE BRIDGE ALSO.))
OUT Q=the bridge also.
SOT ON RECORD TAPE 00:07:49
IN Q=People want
((MILLIE MOORE/BOONE&CO. COMMERCIAL SALES MANAGER: PEOPLE WANT TO BE WHERE
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES ARE LOCATED WHETHER THAT'S DOWNTOWN OR IN A SHOPPING
CENTER, CERTAINLY THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE MARKETPLACE.))
OUT Q=the marketplace.
The area still has a lot of hurdles to overcome.
The city's about to lose its last downtown department store, a lot of these
businesses still hear complaints about parking, and there's questions about how
many more restaurants the market can sustain.
To hear more about this, watch On Record, tomorrow morning at 11, on
MUSIC ON TAPE
All interested parties are welcome at a Roanoke tattoo parlor.
But not if you are going be rude by scaring the customers and tearing up
We'll tell you about a FURRY visitor who put some tattoo-ees in a HAIRY
MUSIC UP FULL
A Native American artist hopes to pass on his heritage through his work.
John Guthrie is Cherokee.
He says his job is that of an historian.
In his paintings he tries to tell the stories handed down from generation to
This painting, "Grandfather's Eyes," depicts how many American Indians
became U.S. citizens.
The back drop is the school roll with his grandfather's citizenship number.
IN Q=in this book
((JOHN GUTHRIE/ARTIST: IN THIS BOOK ANGIE DEBO DISCLOSED THE LAND GRAB THAT
HAPPENED AT THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY. SHE INTERVIEWED A MAN NAMED RED BIRD
SMITH. HE WAS TAKEN TO A FEDERAL PRISON IN CHAINS AND MADE AN AMERICAN
CITIZEN. THESE WERE MY GRAND FATHER'S GLASSES. WE ONLY NOW HAVE THE
PERSPECTIVE TO SEE WHAT THEY DID TO OUR GRANDPARENTS.))
OUT Q=our grandparents
Guthrie says the very roll designed to destroy the Cherokee nation is how
many trace their family histories today.
Guthrie is showing his art at the Amerind Gallery in Daleville through
A tattoo parlor in Roanoke County received an unexpected customer.
And before it was over the customer tore up the place-- terrorized the staff
and customers and left without saying a word.
The unexpected customer? -- a deer.
It happened yesterday around four O'Clock.
The Owner of Mistic Tatoos says the deer ran across highway 4-60 and through
their front door.
IN Q=All of a sudden
((TRACY WEEKS/TATTOO PARLOR OWNER: ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS BIG OLE DEER, NICE SIZE
RACK ON HIM, COME RUNNING THROUGH THE DOOR. JUMPED OVER HERE HIT THIS CURTAIN,
JUMPED OVER, KNOCKED OVER A FISH TANK, STARTED BATTLING AROUND IN THERE AND
WENT IN THE BACK ROOM AND SCARED TWO GENTLEMEN WORKING ON THE WATER HEATER.))
SUPER=01-Lacy Weeks/Tattoo Parlor Owner;
OUT Q=on the water heater.
One customer says he was sitting in a chair getting a tattoo.
When he got up to look in the mirror the buck made his appearance.
IN Q=When I was
((RODNEY PERRINEAU/CUSTOMER: WHEN I WAS GOING TO LOOK AT IT THE LADY SCREAMED
AND THE DEER CAME RUNNING STRAIGHT IN AND JUST MISSED ME.))
OUT Q=just missed me.
Weeks says the new slogan for the parlor will be-- the Buck stops here.
The deer could not be reached for comment.
And coming up, The Virginia Tech Hokies clinch at least a share of the Big
East conference championship at R-F-K in Washington.
While just around the beltway the Virginia Cavaliers claimed at least share
of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
For the first time in 32 years, virginia Tech can call itself a conference
This afternoon at R-F-K the Hokies beat Temple 38 to 16 to claim at least a
share of the Big East Title.
Steve Mason has more.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Virginia Tech vs Temple; :00
SUPER=01-John Marrapese/Washington, DC Resident; :15
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Tech Quarterback; :35
SUPER=01-Jim Baron/Tech Defensive Tackle; 1:03
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/Tech Defensive Tackle; 1:23
SUPER=-36-Virginia Tech/38/Temple/=16; 1:45
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Tech Fullback; 2:02
SUPER=01-Frank beamer/Tech Head Coach; 2:08
OUT Q=......news 7 sports. (NAT SOUND OUT)"
The Virginia defense intercepted four Scott Milanovich passes and beat
Maryland 21 to 18 to clinch at least a share of the A-C-C title.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/JP SPORTS; :
The Cavaliers fell behind midway through the first quarter when Milonavich
fakes the inside handoff and scores over the left side the two point conversion
was good 11 to nothing Terps.
Rafael Garcia's first field goal made it 11 to 3 Terps then the defense took
over. Anthony Poindexter steps in front of this Milanovich pass for the
interception giving the Cavs good field position.
Several plays later Mike Groh on the option to Tiki Barber he scores
untouched from the three yard line the two point conversion tied the game at 11
to 11 late in the second quarter.
Virginia took the lead midway through the third quarter when Kevin Brooks
takes the handoff and scores up the middle from 5 yards out to make it 18 to 11
Garcia's 41 yard field goal into SUPER=36-Virginia/=21/Maryland/=18;the
wind in the fourth quarter was enough to give the Cavaliers the 21 to 18 win
over the Terps.
The Cavaliers will share the conference championship with Florida State.
The Seminoles beating North Carolina this afternoon 28 to 12.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP SPORTS; :
Leading 7 to nothing on a blocked punt Florida State's Warrick Dunn takes
the hand off breaks a couple of tackles and scores from 43 yards out and the
Seminoles led 14 to nothing.
Carolina came back and scored midway through the second quarter quarterback
Mike Thomas on the keeper from six yards out to make it 14 to 6 Seminoles.
Florida State took a 21 to 6 lead SUPER=36-Florida State/=28/North
Carolina/=12;late in the second quarter when Dunn takes the pitch and dives
over from the one and the Seminoles win the game 28 to 12.
James Madison and William and Mary won games this afternoon for those and
all of today's college football scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=first score
The Roanoke Express returns to the Roundhouse tonight for a game against
the Erie Panthers.
The Express lost on the road to Hampton last night 7 to 2. Roanoke is 7
and 6 in the east division heading into tonights game.
The Roanoke Rush has a second round playoff game tonight in West Virginia
taking on the Lightening at 7:30 in Charleston.
The Lightening, led by former West Virginia Quarterback Major Harris, has
beaten the Rush twice this year.