Coming up on News seven at six,
Martinsville records it's second homicide in less than three days.
And as 20-thousand troops gear up for Bosnia, a Roanoke family has mixed
In sports, Glass, Bath County and Amherst County win high school football
games this afternoon and Virginia Tech picks up a basketball win on the road.
So far, so good for the month of December-- we had another unseasonably
warm day around the region.
More nice weather's on the horizon.
A drunken argument may be the reason for yet another murder in Martinsville.
Police arrested 60- year- old Prince Easterling and accused him of killing
43- year- old William Rudd.
The men were drinking and fighting last night at Easterling's Virginia
Street apartment when officials say Easterling pulled out a butcher knife and
stabbed Rudd in the neck.
IN Q=When the officers
((RICKY WALKER/MARTINSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATOR: WHEN THE OFFICERS ARRIVED THEY
FOUND THE VICTIM MR. WILLIAM EARL RUDD INSIDE THE RESIDENCE WITH A STAB WOUND
TO HIS NECK AND THE SUSPECT WHO WAS ARRESTED WAS ALSO AT THE SCENE. ))
SUPER=01-Ricky Walker/Martinsville Police;
OUT Q=at the scene
Rudd was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry
Easterling, who goes by the nickname "June" is being held at the
Martinsville jail on 10- thousand dollars bond.
This is the second murder in Martinsville in less than a week.
A man was killed after being hit by a train in Lynchburg early this morning.
Police say it happened at around 3:30.
24- year- old Mark Douglas McCoy, of Lynchburg, was attempting to cross the
tracks on the Concord Turnpike near the C-S-X Railyard.
A freight train struck the passenger side of the car, pushing it 100 feet.
No one else was in the car and no other injuries.
Warning lights or barriers were not at the intersection.
A C-S-X official says no problems were found with the train or its crew.
Police say the incident is still under investigation.
20-thousand U-S troops are gearing up for a peace mission in Bosnia.
However, one Roanoke family whose son may be on his way to Bosnia has mixed
feelings about it all.
IN Q=President Clinton has
SUPER=01-Mike Mitchell/Soldier's Father; :51
SUPER=01-Linda Mitchell/Soldier's Mother; 1:00
OUT Q=over there.
(( President Clinton was in Germany today and told the troops to remember
their committment to service.
((PLEDGED TO THE .... THOSE ESSENTIAL STANDARDS.))
The president went on to say to respond if attacked.
((IF YOU ARE THREATENED.... DECISIVE FORCE.))
Greg Mitchell, a soldier going to Bosnia, was born and raised in Roanoke.
He was among the many soldiers that shook hands with the President.
However, his parents believe the American committment is unnecessary.
((MIKE MITCHELL/FATHER OF SOLDIER: I'M PROUD WHAT... THAT'S WHAT HE HAD TO
((LINDA MITCHELL/MOTHER OF SOLDIER: WELL PERSONALLY I DON'T.... HAVE TO GO
Greg a sergeant is married to Michalia who lives in Germany and they have a
son, Joshua Taylor.))
Some support troops will start deploying within the next 36-hours.
A new curfew ordinance took effect in Clifton Forge last night.
Authorities reported TODAY that there were no problems.
Jay Moore was there to see what teens thought about the curfew.
IN Q=Last month
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge; :04
SUPER=01-Jessica Shelton/17 Years Old; :15
SUPER=01-Saritta Wynn/Clifton Forge Police Dept.; :28
SUPER=01-Shalako Crawford/17 Years Old; :45
OUT Q=Moore, News-7
(( Last month, Clifton Forge City Council took steps to keep minors off the
A curfew ordinance passed by council makes it illegal for people under 18 to
roam the street after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
IN Q=You ain't got
((JESSICA SHELTON: YOU AIN'T GOT NO PLACE TO GO. NO PLACE TO HANGOUT.
THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE A MAYBERRY OUT OF CLIFTON FORGE. IT AIN'T GOING TO
HAPPEN. MY MOMMA AIN'T GAVE ME NO CURFEW AND POLICE CAN'T GIVE ME NO CURFEW.
OUT Q=no curfew
Some teens say they're out on the street because there's nothing else to do.
IN Q=That can be agreeable
((SARITTA WYNN/CLIFTON FORGE POLICE: THAT CAN BE AGREEABLE TO AN EXTENT. ON
THE OTHER HAND I DON'T SEE A NEED FOR THEM TO BE OUT HERE TWO TO THREE O'CLOCK
IN THE MORNING JUST WALKING THE STREET. ))
OUT Q=walking the street.
The ordinance also requires teens to be in by 11 o'clock Sunday through
IN Q=I'm going to
((SHALAKO CRAWFORD/17 YEARS OLD: I'M GOING TO TELL YOU. YOU KNOW IT'S A JOKE
TO ME MAN. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO HAVE FUN YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING. ))
OUT Q=I'm saying.
Violators of the curfew will be subject to a 500-dollar fine.
IN Q=The agreement
((THE AGREEMENT IS THAT IF WE SEE A JUVENILE BREAKING A CURFEW ORDINANCE WILL
BRING THEM TO THE STATION AND NOTIFY THE PARENT. ))
OUT Q=notify the parent.
IN Q=Police officials
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: POLICE OFFICIALS SAY THE NEW ORDINANCE WILL BE STRICTLY
ENFORCED BUT SOME TEENS SAY THEY'LL CONTINUE WITH THEIR OLD WAYS UNTIL BETTER
ALTERNATIVES CAN BE FOUND. IN CLIFTON FORGE, JAY MOORE NEWS 7. ))
OUT Q=News 7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7,
Denise Allen will discuss what is being done to fight domestic violence and
And Governor Allen makes it clear how he feels about some new plans to curb
cigarette smoking among youth.
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You just couldn't have asked for a better looking Saturday-- especially now
that it's December.
Temperatures climbed to nearly 15 degrees above normal -- and tomorrow
promises to be just as pleasant, with high's again in the 60s.
High pressure's in control-- but how long will it stick around?
We'll have the complete forecast for you-- coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
Governor George Allen has made it clear where he stands on some legislative
efforts to keep children from smoking.
In his monthly radio show this week, the Governor responded to a caller's
questions about vending machines and tobacco merchants to help control whether
they sell to minors.
IN Q=No I do not
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: NO I DO NOT SUPPORT BANNING VENDING MACHINES. AS FAR AS
LICENSING-- WHAT IS IT LICENSING OF TOBACCO MERCHANTS? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE
SAYING? I DON'T SEE ANY REASON TO DO THAT. Thanks for your call Martha.))
OUT Q=your call Martha.
The Governor went on to clarify that he, of course, does NOT support minors
Bills to ban vending machines and license merchants are expected in the
upcoming General Assembly session.
Every 15 seconds a woman is battered.
But does the woman face even more abuse when her case goes to trial?
Denise Allen takes a look at domestic violence and how the court system
deals with it.
IN Q=The family of
SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 21; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./October 19; :08
SUPER=01-Harry Bither/Magistrate; :55
OUT Q=News 7
(( The family of Alesha Johnson says the court system didn't take Alesha's
complaints against her former boyfriend seriously.
In October, the 21-year-old woman was shot and killed.
Police believe her former boyfriend, 26-year-old Larry Mack pulled the
trigger, then killed himself.
Reports indicate Mack had been arrested six times in the three weeks before
Each time he was released on an unsecured bond.
((DARLENE YOUNG/TURNING POINT: I THINK IT'S VERY HARD TO PROVE THAT A WOMAN IS
BEING STALKED. I THINK SHE PROBABLY FEELS IF HE'S SITTING ACROSS THE STREET OR
IF HE'S WATCHING HER HOUSE THAT SHE CAN TAKE OUT A WARRANT FOR STALKING AND
THAT'S NOT THE CASE.))
Those involved in the process say the problems don't stop at poorly written
They say lack of information often makes it difficult for those trying to
work in the judicial system.
((HARRY BITHER/MAGISTRATE: WE DO HAVE A COMPUTER SYSTEM. BUT WE CAN ONLY TELL
WHEN THE LAST TIME THE PERSON WAS IN AND THEN WE CAN'T TELL WHAT THE CHARGE
For more information on domestic violence and the court system tune in to
"On Record" tomorrow morning at 11.
Denise Allen News 7.))
MUSIC ON TAPE
And there's still more to come,
Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, a Roanoke family has a brand new place to
MUSIC UP FULL
If home is where the heart is, then it's beating proudly on Cleveland
Habitat for Humanity dedicated their 47th house in the Roanoke Valley this
Mike and Peggy Graham and their four daughters received the key to their new
four- bedroom home this morning-- a home the Graham family is very thankful
IN Q=I thank all
((MIKE GRAHAM: I THANK ALL OF THEM FOR STAYING HERE WEEK AFTER WEEK. IT TOOK US
THREE MONTHS TO GET IT DONE. WE FINALLY GOT IT DONE. IT'S GREAT. ))
OUT Q=it's great
The Rotary Club of Roanoke Valley played a big role with this particular
Members raised 15- thousand dollars and contributed another 3- thousand to
complete the project.
IN Q=We wanted
((JENNINGS BIRD/ROTARY CLUB OF ROANOKE VALLEY: WE WANTED A SIGNIFICANT PROJECT
TO HELP CELEBRATE OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY. WITH THAT IN MIND WE WERE LOOKING FOR
SOMETHING MORE THAN WE USUALLY DO. THE CLUB GOT BEHIND THIS AND DECIDED TO GO
WITH IT. ))
SUPER=01-Jennings Bird/Rotary Club of Roanoke Valley;
OUT Q=go with it
Habitat for Humanity plans to dedicate four more Cleveland Avenue homes by
the end of the month.
They hope to place fourteen needy families in new houses next year.
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In just a few minutes, the Roanoke Festival of Lights parade will begin.
It starts at 6:30 at Victory Stadium and follows Jefferson Street downtown.
The parade ends at Third Street and Campbell Avenue.
And coming up, HIghlights from the High School State Semi final football
games today Byrd and Botetourt battle for a girls basketball championship.
and Virginia Tech hit the road this afternoon and Beat the Indians of
William and Mary.
E.C. Glass is headed to the Group Three A state championship game. The
Hilltoppers beat Lee-Davis 34 to 32 in overtime in the division 5 semi finals.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/E.C. Glass vs Lee-Davis; :
After trailing in the second quarter the hilltoppers get on the board in
the second quarter Chris Matthews takes the handoff up the middle and scores to
make it 7 to 6.
The Hilltoppers fell behind big in the fourth quarter Adam Burke gets some
running room and goes all the way down the left side for a touchdown the extra
point failed Lee-Davis led 26 to 20.
But glass comes back Quarterback Andre Kendrick passes to Hunter Thacker
for the touchdown with 40 seconds left and regulation would end with the game
tied at 26.
Glass got the ball first in overtime and Kendrick scores on the
quarterback keeper the two point conversion made it 34 to 26 glass.
Lee Davis scores but their 2 point SUPER=36-E.C.
Glass/=34/Lee-Davis/=32;attempt fails and the Hilltoppers hold on for the 34
to 32 win in overtime.
IN Q=first audio
((ANDRE KENDRICK/GLASS QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Andre Kendrick/Glass Quarterback; :
OUT Q=......thankful for it."
Maurice Clark rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns as amherst County
advances to the state finals with a 34 to 8 win over Grundy in the Division 4
SUPER=03-Amherst Co./Amherst Co. vs Grundy; :
A beautiful day in Amherst for today's Semi Final game against Grundy.
On the fourth play of the game, Clark takes the handoff goes over the
right side and scores from 30 yards out and the Lancers took the 7 to nothing
Then after stopping Grundy the lancers do it again. This time Clark's
running mate Cam Jackson takes the handoff and he struts down the right
sideline for an 82 yard touchdown run and the lancers led 14 to nothing.
Grundy tried to stay in the game taking advantage of a turnover Quarterback
Tommy Crigger hits Billy Altizer for an 18 yard touchdown to make it 14 to 8
Amherst late in the first quarter.
Then after taking a 20 to 8 lead SUPER=36-Amherst/=34/Grundy/==8;into the
half Amherst scores again in the third Clark takes the handoff and scores from
58 yards out and the Lancers win it 34 to 8.
William Campbell's super season ended this afternoon up in Bluefield.
In a close game, the G-Men of Graham beat the Generals 7 to 6 in the
division three state semi finals.
Graham advances to the championship game next week.
The Giles Spartans saw their season come to close this afternoon, as well.
Defending state champ Powell Valley beat the Spartans 28-to-6 in the Division
SUPER=03-Big Stone Gap/Giles vs. Powell Valley; :00
The Spartans needed a quick start to make a statement and they did just that.
Former player of the Week Kevin Slusser fools the Powell Valley defense by
scooting up the middle and into the clear for the opening score and
6-to-nothing Giles lead.
But the Giles defense could not stop Thomas Jones. The all-state tailback
rushed for 262 yards and couple of scores as the Vikings reeled off 28
Jones who also intercepted a pass sealed the win with an 84 yard scamper in
the fourth quarter, as Giles loses 28-to-6.
((STEVE RAGSDALE/GILES HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Steve Ragsdale/Giles Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...football team."
The Chargers of Bath County are headed to the Group A state championship
game next weekend.
The chargers beat Appalachia this afternoon 36 to 14 in division one.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Low Moor/Bath Co. vs Appalachia; :00
SUPER=34-Bath Co./=36/Appalachia/=14; :48
SUPER=01-Steve Isaacs/Bath Co. Head Coach; :59
OUT Q=.........they've earned it."
Lord Botetourt captured the the school's first-ever state title in
basketball this afternoon.
Mike Stevens has the story of Botetourt's 43-to-39 victory in the Group Two-A
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Salem/Lord Botetourt vs. Wm. Byrd; :00
SUPER=01-Sara Moore/12 Points & 3 Assists; :54
SUPER=01-Sarah Hicks/23 Points & 8 Rebounds; 1:06
SUPER=34-Lord Botetourt/=43/William Byrd/=39; 1:13
SUPER=01-David Wheat/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; 1:26
SUPER=01-Richard Thrasher/William Byrd Head Coach; 1:37
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
Virginia Tech hit the road this afternoon for a game against the Indians of
William and Mary.
SUPER=03-Williamsburg/HOME TEAM SPORTS; :
Bill Foster and his Hokies hoping to get the win on the road.
On this play Shawn Smith gets out on the break and scores the jam and the
Hokies led 46 to 31.
Two minutes later the Hokies go to Travis Jackson and he hits the jumper
the Hokies led by 15, 48 to 33.
But William and Mary's Bobby Fitzgibbons hit three straight from 3 point
range and the lead was cut to four.
The Hokies turned back the 10 to nothing run when Keefe Matthews scored
the inside basket giving Tech a six point lead.
Tech's Ace Custis then added the SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=71/William &
Mary/=66;icing to the cake scoring in the paint and the Hokies beat the
Indians 71 to 66.
Up in Lexington this afternoon, V-M-I and Radford got into a run and gun
game and when it was over the Keydets walked away with a 110 to 103 victory
over the Highlanders.
And over at the Bast Center in Salem this afternoon Virginia Wesleyan beat
Roanoke College 76 to 73.