These things really do come in threes sometimes.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: three bank robberies this month in Lynchburg-
-where there hadn't been ONE this year.
And the search resumes for a small plane believed to have gone down in West
Tonight in sports, Alabama gets break from the NCAA, Byrd, Floyd and Lord
Botetourt get ready for tomorrow's state semi-final in girl's basketball.
And clear a place on the mantle - Frank Beamer is a unanimous choice as this
year's Big East coach of the year.
How about a nice, quiet forecast all the way through the weekend? The mild,
sunny details straight ahead.
After almost a year without a bank robbery, Lynchburg has had three in two
That includes this morning's holdup at the First Virginia Bank on Main
Street, which has been hit twice this month.
Steve Smallshaw joins us from Lynchburg. Steve, is there an explanation for
this rash of bank jobs?
Keith, police don't really have an explanation for it, unless you buy into
the theory that everything happens in threes.
While they have a definite suspect in one of the robberies, they still have
not been able to make any arrests.
IN Q=It's been a
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Nov. 14; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Pickeral/Eyewitness; :21
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :39
OUT Q=looking into that possibility.
It's been a tough month to be a banker in Lynchburg.
November 14th, two men hold up the First Virginia bank on Main Street.
November 29th, the Nationsbank on Boonsboro Road is hit.
And this morning, First Virginia is robbed again.. the suspects had only
gone a hundred feet before a red dye pack in their bag of money exploded.
SOT 10:48:18 (#1)
IN Q=They was running
((DOUG PICKERAL/EYEWITNESS: THEY WAS RUNNING FROM THE BANK, THE TWO OF THEM,
AND THE BOMB BLOWED UP IN THE BAG, YOU KNOW. AND MONEY WENT EVERYWHERE AND THEY
TOOK A LEFT AND RUN OFF DOWN THE ROAD.))
OUT Q=down the road.
Pickeral helped recover some of the money and returned it to the bank.
A police tracking dog was called to the scene, but the trail in this
robbery.. like the other two, had gone cold.
IN Q=Any explanation
((Q: ANY EXPLANATION FOR THREE BANK ROBBERIES IN TWO WEEKS?
CMDR. EARL BURNETTE: NO, NONE. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THE PUBLICITY HAS ANYTHING
TO DO WITH IT OR NOT.
Q: DO YOU BELIEVE THERE'S ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN ANY OF THESE ROBBERIES?
BURNETTE: IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL RIGHT NOW, BUT WE'RE CERTAINLY LOOKING INTO
OUT Q=into that possibility.))
Burnette says there are one or two similarities in the physical descriptions
of the bank robbers, but not enough to conclude these robberies are the work of
the same men.
(more live tag)
The search continued today for a Lynchburg pilot whose plane may have
crashed in the mountains of West Virginia.
SUPER=03-Webster Springs, WV;
Rescue teams began searching late Tuesday in a rugged and snow- covered
section of Webster County.
They're looking for 31- year- old Colin Campbell who was flying to the
Lynchburg Regional Airport when he disappeared.
Poor visibility had kept helicopters on the ground, but one was in the air
this morning and three more were expected to join the search this afternoon.
A Roanoke man suffered severe injuries today after a roofing accident.
Witnesses say Skid Wheller was weather- proofing a house on 11th Street when
he apparently lost his footing and fell thirty- two feet.
When emergency crews arrived he was not breathing.
IN Q= I ran
((HAROLD THOMPSON/WITNESS: I RAN, CALLED 911 AND COME BACK HERE AND CHECKED ON
HIM. HE WAS LAYING THERE. I WAS HOLLERING FOR HIM. HE DIDN'T SAY NOTHING. I WAS
SCARED TO MOVE HIM. HE DIDN'T COME TO AND WAS TELLING EVERYONE TO LIFT HIS HEAD
AND I DIDN'T WANT TO MOVE HIM. I WAS SCARED. ))
OUT Q=I was scared.
After a few minutes, emergency medical technicians were able to revive
Wheller. He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital but has been transferred
to U- V- A Hospital for more treatment.
No word yet on his condition.
Two years after a million- dollar arson fire scorched E.C. Glass High School
in Lynchburg, the legal proceedings continue to drag on for one of the
juveniles charged in the crime.
17- year- old Elmo Jason Wilkerson was set free last summer when prosecutors
violated his right to a speedy trial on the arson charge.
Wilkerson now faces charges of statutory burglary and damaging a public
A judge this week rejected a defense claim that the new charges constitute
double jeopardy for Wilkerson.
His trial is expected to last through tomorrow.
The truck driver who escaped injury in a flaming crash in Franklin County
last month has been fined 50- dollars.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./October 6;
Last month a tractor trailer hauling thousands of gallons of a toxic
chemical overturned, and exploded at the intersection of Routes 220 and 605.
The fumes forced dozens of Fork Mountain residents to evacuate their homes.
45- year- old Norman Craig of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was behind the
wheel of the rig that morning.
Today a judge in a Franklin County convicted him of improper driving.
Craig was fined 50- dollars and ordered to pay court costs.
How to make the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake more accessible to more
people--that's the challenge for one newly- formed group of business and
A project called Smith Mountain Lake Vision has brought together
representatives from Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties.
They're meeting today and tomorrow at Bernard's Landing for a strategic
The group says it's excited about future development at the lake-- a future
EVERYONE can enjoy.
IN Q=We just got
((JIM BROWN/S.M.L. POLICY ADVISORY BOARD: WE JUST GOT BACK THE RESULTS OF A
SURVEY THAT WE SENT OUT TO SOME 17,000 PEOPLE, RANDOMLY SELECTED IN THE
COUNTIES. MANY OF THE COMMENTS THAT CAME BACK SAID YES THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL LAKE
BUT WE NEED MORE PUBLIC ACCESS. A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE CAN'T AFFORD THOSE NICE
HOMES ON THE LAKE AND IT SHOULD BELONG TO ALL OF US-- AND IT SHOULD.))
SUPER=01-Jim Brown/S.M.L. Policy Advisory Board;
OUT Q=all of us-- and it should.
Brown says in the past, the three counties have worked hard on individual
projects for their own communities.
He hopes planning workshops like this one will pave the way for new ideas
and activities at the lake.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--So whose land is it anyway? The fight over
annexation is heating up in Carroll County.
and a potential traffic headache-- find out how Roanoke drivers will be getting
around once the bridge comes down.
WX AD LIB
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The Walnut Avenue bridge in Roanoke is coming down, and construction of its
replacement may disrupt traffic for a year.
The bridge over the Roanoke River will close on December 18th at nine A- M.
It carries more than six thousand cars every day, and traffic on route 116
will have to be re- routed.
A second detour will provide access to Mill Mountain and residential streets
in the area.
The bridge was built in 1890, and it will cost the city nearly two million
dollars to replace it.
Carroll County and Hillsville town officials were able to shake hands instead
of fists today, as a three-judge court approved their annexation compromise.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=The compromise brought
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape; :16
SUPER=01-Billy Mitchell/Carroll Co. Administrator; :28
SUPER=01-Lacy Bowman/Intervener; :51
SUPER=01-Larry South/Hillsville Town Manager; :57
OUT Q=News 7 Hillsville
(( The compromise brings a cease fire to a three year- old border war.
The deal is good for the next 15 years. Hillsville will nearly double in
size, and possibly triple later on, though it gives up further annexation
rights during that time.
It will also see a net gain of at least 75 thousand dollars a year through
sharing half of Carroll County's meals and lodging taxes at the I-77/U.S. 58
But the county will still encompass the 80 million dollars worth of
((BILLY MITCHELL/CARROLL CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE MAINTAIN DIRECT OWNERSHIP AND
CONTROL OF THE INTERSTATE AND INDUSTRIAL PARK AREA, WHICH I THINK WAS VERY
IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE OF CARROLL COUNTY AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. ))
A Carroll County landowner voiced the only opposition, arguing Hillsville
should expand to the interstate or not at all.
Lacy Bowman says the 75 thousand dollar gain isn't nearly enough to provide
services for the areas the town WILL take in.
((LACY BOWMAN/INTERVENER: THAT DOESN'T GO VERY FAR, PUTTING IN SEWER LINES AND
WATER SYSTEMS AND THINGS. ))
((LARRY SOUTH/HILLSVILLE TOWN MANAGER: THAT'S WHY THE AMENDMENT WAS WORDED THE
WAY IT WAS, TO GIVE THE TOWN THE LEEWAY TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS AS APPROPRIATE
BASED ON REVENUES AND THE ABILITY TO PAY. ))
The annexation process has cost Hillsville and Carroll County taxpayers more
than 700 thousand dollars. Officials on both sides would like the healing
process to begin now, but Lacy Bowman is still considering whether to take his
case to the state Supreme Court. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Hillsville. ))
An audit has apparently turned up additional problems with the finances of
the Salem Rescue squad.
But city officials hope the report, due within the next two weeks, will put
to rest lingering questions about squad record keeping.
Salem City Council authorized the audit several months ago. An independent
accounting firm is reviewing squad records dating back three years.
City Manager Randy Smith says the report may raise questions about a number
of financial transactions, but Smith says he doesn't know if the audit will
lead to another criminal investigation.
IN Q=This like a lot
((RANDY SMITH/SALEM CITY MANAGER: THIS, LIKE A LOT OF OTHER MATTERS THAT HAVE
BEEN HANGING FIRE, FOR SO LONG A TIME, NEED TO BE PUT TO REST AND I THINK WE'RE
GETTING CLOSE TO DOING THAT WITH THIS ONE.))
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Salem City Manager;
OUT Q=doing that with this one.
Two former officials of the Salem squad, Garry Lautenschlager
(LOWT-uhn-SCHLAY-guhr) and Ray Houff (huff), have been convicted of embezzling
from squad accounts.
Workers at a Salem manufacturer have decided NOT to go union.
Employees at Mascotech voted against the United Auto Workers by just 12
The un-official tally was 66-to-54.
Mascotech came to Salem about a year ago.
It makes engines and axles for the Volvo- G-M truck plant in Dublin.
The man who led the organizing drive was surprised by the election results.
IN Q=What they
((FRANKLIN STONER/UNITED AUTO WORKERS REPRESENTATIVE: WHAT THEY BROUGHT ME DOWN
HERE FOR WAS TO TRY TO GET BETTER WAGES AND BETTER BENEFITS AND TO BE TREATED
LIKE HUMAN BEINGS. THAT WAS SOME OF THE BIG ISSUES.))
SUPER=01-Franklin Stoner/U. A. W. Representative;
OUT Q=the big issues.
A manager at Mascotech says the company is pleased with the vote.
The U-A-W has targeted a number of local companies for organizing drives.
Most of them are Volvo-G-M suppliers.
They moved here after the truck plant announced a major expansion last year.
Wall Street's string of six straight record closes ended today. Profit
takers forced the Dow down 31 points. NASDAQ was up just a little more
than one point.
College professors are increasingly in the hot seat over the issue of
Today, lawmakers and college faculty members counted the pros and the cons
of the ultimate in job security.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Once college
SUPER=01-Ruth Intress/Richmond Times-Dispatch; :21
SUPER=01-David Hager/Old Dominion Univ. Pres.; :34
SUPER=01-Tom Morris/Emory & Henry College Pres.; :53
SUPER=01-Del. Panny Rhodes/(R) Richmond; 1:02
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Once college professors get tenure-- barring gross misconduct, they've got
a job for life.
The down side is that good teachers may never become tenured professors,
because they don't bring in research dollars or write famous books.
A newspaper reporter delivered the blunt message from the public to the
American Association of University Professors in Richmond.
SOT TAPE ONE 02:47:59
((RUTH INTRESS/RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH: LET'S FACE IT. TENURE HAS BEEN
ABUSED. TEACHING HAS BEEN UNDERVALUED IN TENURE DECISIONS. TENURE DOES
PROTECT LAZY FACULTY OR BURNT-OUT FACULTY.))
SOT 02:58:29 TAPE ONE
((DAVID HAGER/ODU PRESIDENT: WE'RE EASY TARGETS. WE HAVE NOT EXPLAINED
OURSELVES WELL. I KNOW WE DON'T DRINK CAPPUCINO AND MOW THE LAWN ALL DAY. I'D
LIKE TO. BUT I KNOW THIS IS A TOUGH BUSINESS. PEOPLE WORK 60 AND 70 HOURS A
WEEK. IT'S NOT SOMETHING WHERE WE'RE WELL PAID.))
SOT 03:49:24 TAPE TWO
((TOM MORRIS/EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE PRESIDENT: OH I THINK THAT THE BEST
ARGUMENT FOR TENURE CONTINUES TO BE THE HISTORIC ONE. THAT IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO
SPEAK AND PUBLISH FREELY.))
sot 03:52:03 TAPE TWO
((DEL. PANNY RHODES: I RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE GOOD ASPECTS...AWAY FROM THE
((THE MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO PROFESSORS IS CLEAN UP YOUR OWN
HOUSE, OR FACE A POLITICAL MAKEOVER OF THE TENURE PROCESS. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS
Soon shoppers will be able to grab some Jack Daniels along with their milk
Liquor stores inside your local supermarkets could be coming soon to a strip
mall near you.
A-B-C officials say they'll open a pilot store inside a Farm Fresh store in
Norfolk this month.
If it works, they'll take the concept statewide.
House Democratic Leader Tom Moss was pleasantly surprised by the news.
IN Q=And if you
((DEL. TOM MOSS/D-NORFOLK: AND IF YOU CAN HAVE A ONE STOP SHOPPER, WHAT'S
WRONG WITH THAT? I MEAN IF THEY GO TO BUY THE GROCERIES, AND THEY HAVE A NEED
LIKE I SAY FOR EGGNOG OR WHATEVER IT IS, THEY CAN GET IT ALL IN ONE PLACE.))
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: WELL I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S -- THEY'RE GONNA
GET THE BOOZE ANYWAY.))
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D) Norfolk;
SUPER=01-Del. Vance Wilkins/(R) Amherst; :11
OUT Q=booze anyway.
A-B-C employees will continue to work in the mini-stores, and all the usual
laws will still apply.
Coming up tonight in sports, we'll preview tomorrow's Girls state basketball
semi-finals at the salem Civic Center as Byrd, Botetourt and Floyd shoot for
Plus Bama gets a break from the NCAA.
And Virginia Tech cleans up as the Big East conference passes out its
The Virginia Tech Hokies placed five players on the all-Big East conference
first team All-star squad today and walked away with two top individual honors.
Offensive guard Chris Malone, defensive tackle JC Price, LInebacker George
DelRicco and safety William Yarborough are joined on the first team by
defensive end Cornell Brown, who was also named the Big East defensive player
of the year.
The 6-2, 240 pounder from E.C. Glass in Lynchburg had 125 tackles, and 14
He was the conference's player of the week four times this year.
Also, head coach Frank Beamer is a unanimous pick as the Big East coach of
Beamer rallied his team from an 0-and-2 start to a 9-and-2 finish and a share
of the conference championship.
SS=HOLD BIG EAST
Six more Hokies earned spots on the second team all-Big East squad including
quarterback Jim Druckenmiller and former Glenvar linebacker Brandon Semones.
Dwayne Thomas, Billy Conaty, Jay Hagood and Torrian Gray also earned second
Still no word tonight on what if anything the NCAA plans to do about Miami
before this weekend.
But the NC Double A did respond to Alabama's appeal of probation today.
SUPER=03-Tuscaloosa, AL; :00
This afternoon Alabama players listened intently as a member of the
infractions committee told them via telephone hookup that the third year of
their probation was taken away and nine scholarships were being reinstated.
However, you see the reaction when they were told they were still barred from
bowl games this year and next.
In one positive note head coach Gene Stallings ended speculation that would
retire, announcing he'll return for next season.
Tomorrow, the Defending state champion Floyd County Lady Buffaloes will
battle George Mason in the Group A girls basketball state semifinals at the
salem Civic center.
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./This Season; :00
Floyd is chasing a third straight state title. Plenty of help off the
bench, a pressing defense and a partial home court advantage should help the
IN Q="this is
SUPER=01-Melissa Cantrell/4 Year Starter; :00
OUT Q=...this is our home court"
Floyd is facing an undefeated George Mason team that is 50 and 1 over the
past 2 years.
IN Q="you going to
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd County Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...Look for"
Tomorrow night the Group Two A teams will take over at the Salem Civic
William Byrd went over its last minute scouting report today as the Lady
Terriers prepare for Park View Sterling. A team making its first appearance in
the state tournament.
IN Q="We've been
((RICHARD THRASHER/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Richard Thrasher/William Byrd Head Coach; :
The Lady Cavaliers of Lord Botetourt will have their hands full when they
take the court against Culpeper.
The Lady Blue Devils have one of the tallest teams in the state.
IN Q="What we have
((DAVID WHEAT/LORD BOTETOURT HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-David Wheat/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......our strength."
Negotiations between he NBA and its striking refs continue today with both
sides inching closer to an agreement.
And let's hope the regular zebras hurry back soon, so we can avoid any more
fiascos like this one in last night's Hornets-Knicks game.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Night; :00
After the Hornets Larry Johnson slammed this one down with authority in
Patrick Ewing's face, the Knicks took exception to his antics.
A couple of plays later, he and Charles Oakley got into a shoving match,
Oakley put his hand over Johnson's face and Allan Bristow then got into the
middle of it.
Notice that the referees are nowhere to be found as they staff back and
didn't even attempt to break up the incident.
The Hornets won it 115-to-105 and Matt Geiger helped lead the win.
The new Winston Cup champion will be in the Late Night spotlight this evening
as Jeff Gordon makes his first appearance on David Letterman's show.
No word yet on what type of racing stunt he'll be performing, but Gordon says
he's ready for anything.
IN Q="i CAN'T WAIT...
((JEFF GORDON/1995 WINSTON CUP CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 Winston Cup Champion; :00
OUT Q=...with it."
NASCAR took advantage of its New York ties this week to announce this
afternoon that the circuit is going overseas next year and run an exhibition
race in Japan at the conclusion of the 1996 season.
30 of the top drivers are expected in Suzuka, Japan on November 24th.