Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A pipe bomb suspect on trial... again.
Lieutenant Governor Beyer on his vision for Virginia.
And Roanoke's new fire chief praising the troops.
In sports, Mike Stevens will join us live from the Friday Football Extra
awards banquet, the Roanoke Express talks about why it is the hottest team in
the league right now,
and the green Bay Packers announce whether or not their sack Master Reggie
White will play against this season.
Winter weather gives us a miss tonight and warmer weather is just around the
The man accused of trying to kill his girlfriend's father with a pipe bomb
was back in court today.
Last summer the judge declared a mis-trial in the case of Michael Draper.
Ron Jones is at the courthouse in Martinsville once again.
Double Boxes=Keith/Ron Microwave
(( Rollcue: A soap opera than a trial.))
OUT Q=that away from me.
Double Boxes=Keith/Ron Microwave
A juvenile court judge is recommending that 16- year-old Tommy Helms of
Henry County be tried as an adult for the murder of a teenage girl.
Police say Helms has confessed to the murder of 15- year- old Lavina Scales,
and to three robberies.
Scale's body was discovered on a roadside in October.
After hearing the evidence in court the judge wants Helms tried as an adult.
IN Q=If the circuit
((BOB BUSHNELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: IF THE CIRCUIT COURT FEELS THE JUDGE
MADE THE RIGHT DECISION WHICH I THINK SHE MADE AND HOPEFULLY THE CIRCUIT COURT
AGREE. THEY WILL THEN ENTER AN ORDER PERMITTING ME TO PRESENT THESE CASES TO
THE GRAND JURY AND THEN THE ADULT PROCESS TAKES OVER.))
SUPER=01-Bob Bushnell/Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=process takes over.
The victim's father was pleased with the judge's request.
((JAMES VAUGHN/VICTIM'S FATHER: HE'S OLD ENOUGH TO CARRY A GUN, HE'S OLD ENOUGH
TO BE OUT ON HIS OWN, BE OUT ON THE STREET AND CAUSE SO MUCH HAVOC, THEN HE
SHOULD BE TRIED AS AN ADULT.))
SUPER=01-James Vaughn/Victim's Father;
OUT Q=as an adult.
The Circuit court will now have to agree with the judge's decision before
Helms can be tried as an adult.
A correction and some additional information on our story about murder
suspect Michael Crump and the shooting death of Eric Jones.
The Jones family believes the bullet was intended for someone else... not
Eric's sister, Lisa.
She wasn't at the house the night of the shooting.
Authorities speculate the hooded intruder may have meant to shoot Irese
Brown- -who WAS there, but that Jones got in the way.
High- tech classrooms, state money for school construction, adult literacy,
and tax breaks for small businesses.
Those are the highlights of Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer's legislative
vision for the next two years-- and the beginnings of a 1997 campaign for
IN Q=I look around
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I LOOK AROUND VIRGINIA AND I SAY WE'RE SO MUCH STRONGER
BECAUSE WE HAVE VIRGINIA TECH, WE BUILT I-81, AND WE BUILD THE EXPLORE PARK.
AND WE BUILD INVESTMENT AFTER INVESTMENT THAT MADE US STRONG. WELL WE ALL WANT
A LEAN EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT. WE'VE GOT AMONG THE BEST MANAGED STATE
GOVERNMENTS IN AMERICA. NOW IT'S TIME REALLY TO RE-EMPHASIZE THE INVESTMENT
NATURE OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP. AND THAT MEANS FOR ME BUILDING THE BEST
SCHOOLS IN AMERICA.))
OUT Q=schools in America.
Beyer unveiled his agenda today, calling it his first break away from
"niche" leadership on specific issues like welfare reform.
Beyer says that by the time George Allen leaves office, Virginia will have
spent 40 years under Governors who've all been lawyers- -the same amount of
time Moses wandered in the desert.
Beyer is a Volvo dealer who expects to face Attorney General Jim Gilmore for
Governor in 1997.
Just a few months ago, rumors of financial mismanagement had them locked out
of their offices.
Now, central Virginia's only AIDS support agency is back in the business of
helping its terminally- ill clients.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=01-Tom Jividen/CVACC Executive Director; :18
SUPER=01-Carol Franklin/Office Manager; :45
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Community Action Group; :56
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Since its birth in 1992, the Central Virginia AIDS Coordinating Council had
been a fairly loose- knit organization of volunteers.
The problem was many of the people charged with handling CVACC's federal
grant money also were clients.
A September audit suggested that agency officials no longer write checks to
IN Q=We decided that
((TOM JIVIDEN/CVACC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE DECIDED THAT WE'D REORGANIZE THE
BOARD AND ASK THE PEOPLE WHO WERE CLIENTS TO NOT BE ON THE BOARD, AND THEN IN
THE FUTURE WE'LL ORGANIZE AN ADVISORY BOARD TO ALLOW CLIENTS TO HAVE SOME INPUT
INTO THE AGENCY AND THE DIRECTION IT'S TAKING.))
OUT Q=direction it's taking.
Leading the way is office manager Carol Franklin who came on board three
An accountant has been hired to handle the books, and things are slowly
returning to normal.
IN Q=It's basically almost
((CAROL FRANKLIN/OFFICE MANAGER: IT'S BASICALLY ALMOST THERE. BUT WE'RE STILL
PLANNING, WE'RE STILL TRYING TO MAKE THIS INTO A GOOD ORGANIZATION.))
OUT Q=good organization.
IN Q=They share our
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP: THEY SHARE OUR INTAKE
TELEPHONE SYSTEM, OUR WAITING AREA, AND IT'S JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL.))
OUT Q=business as usual.
IN Q=Junius Haskins says
((Junius Haskins says CVACC has a home in the LYNCAG building for as long as it
wants.. there's even room next door for the group to expand. CVACC officials
say the most important thing now is to restore clients' confidence in the
OUT Q=in the agency.
Clients say they're still waiting to see how the CVACC reorganization shakes
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---Advice on making the most out of your 401k.
They're becoming more popular, but there are new warnings about keeping
track of your investment.
IN Q=You should definitely
((ROSALIND ADAMS: YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY CHECK INTO IT AND IF YOU ARE NOT
PLEASED THAT'S THE ABSOLUTE TIME TO MAKE ANY CHANGES.))
OUT Q=any changes
Stay tuned and we'll find out how you can make sure you're getting your
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Jim Grigsby has his work cut out for him.
But the new chief of Roanoke's Fire and Emergency Services also says he's
confident the merger of two departments will be accomplished without major
Joe Dashiell talked with him today.
IN Q=Four or five years from now
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief; :00 QUICK
OUT Q=JD News 7
(( SOT 11:11:37
IN Q=Four or five years from now
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF: FOUR OR FIVE YEARS FROM NOW I THINK THE
COMPLEXION OF THE DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT THAN IT IS TODAY.))
OUT Q=than it is today.
Jim Grigsby's arrival in Roanoke promises change for the newly combined fire
and emergency medical services.
On the job and in the stations now for about six weeks, Roanoke's new fire
and E-M-S chief is meeting with the men and women under his command.
And he says he is convinced they are up to the challenges of a changing
IN Q=Overwhelmingly, the quality
((JIM GRIGSBY: OVERWHELMINGLY, THE QUALITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS ORGANIZATION
REALLY ASTOUNDS ME. GOOD PEOPLE WHO WANT TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND WORK,
HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL AND HIGHLY TRAINED AND WANTING TO DO THE JOB. SO IT'S GOING
TO BE A TOUGH PROCESS TO GET THAT PLANNING DONE, BUT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES, THE
CAPABILITY AND THE MOTIVATION TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=motivation to do that.
Right now, Grigsby says the fire and E-M-S services are one department in
But give them six months, and he says there will be little doubt the merger
is moving forward.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Roanoke teachers may be in line for pay raises averaging seven percent, but
the school system must close a two- million dollar gap in funding before that
The Roanoke School Board wants to bring city salaries in line with the
national average over three years.
The preliminary budget proposal of superintendent Wayne Harris takes a step
toward that goal.
IN Q=Teachers in Roanoke
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: TEACHERS IN ROANOKE CITY WORK
AWFULLY HARD. THEY'RE COMMITTED. THEY'RE SPENDING TIME LONG AFTER THEIR
CONTRACT IS OVER WORKING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE READY FOR THE STUDENTS THE
NEXT DAY. AND I BELIEVE IN THEM AND I THINK THEIR PAY NEEDS TO REFLECT THAT.))
OUT Q=needs to reflect that.
But harris says the salary increase is not a done deal.
The proposal will likely require two million dollars more from the city and
A recent Labor Department investigation uncovered irregularities with some
companies' 401-k retirement programs.
Len Besthoff reports there are some steps you can take to make sure your
savings are being handled correctly.
IN Q=Companies that
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :09 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; :30
SUPER=01-Tyler Pugh/Wheat First Butcher Singer; 1:01
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( If you have a 401-k pension fund, chances are your employer's handling it
IN Q=So I feel
((RACHEL NOEL: SO I FEEL VERY SECURE IN MY 401-K.))
OUT Q=in my 401-K.
But the companies that help set up these plans have some warning signs to
look out for if you suspect fraud.
Make sure you're getting quarterly 401-k statements on a timely basis...if
not, find out why.
And you should be getting materials from the investment firm holding onto
your money...if you only get items with your company letterhead on it, ask
IN Q=When you enroll
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC.: WHEN YOU ENROLL IN A 401-K YOU
SHOULD RECEIVE A PROSPECTUS AND INFORMATION THAT TELLS YOU WHERE YOUR MONEY
WILL BE INVESTED, AND WHAT THE SUCCESS HAS BEEN OF THE FIRM THAT WILL BE
INVESTING YOUR MONEY.))
OUT Q=your money.
Even if you DON'T suspect any wrongdoing, experts still suggest checking up
on your 401-k.
Be curious...ask questions, talk to fellow employees about it.
Study your check stub...see how much money is taken out, and trace it to
your quarterly 401-k statement.
Call the firm that's handling your funds, if you don't want your employer to
know your checking up on your account.
And when you call, ask for your balance.
IN Q=Many plans
((TYLER PUGH/WHEAT FIRST BUTCHER SINGER: MANY PLANS DO OFFER 1-800 NUMBERS
THAT YOU CAN CALL AND CHECK YOUR BALANCES, AND EVEN MAKE CHANGES IN YOUR
INVESTMENTS ON A DAILY BASIS.))
OUT Q=daily basis.
(( Experts emphasize most 401-k plans are above board, and provide a great
opportunity to build a retirement nest egg.
But they add keeping close track of them never hurts.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
On Wall Street the Dow jumped 41 and a half points, to close above
52-hundred for the first time.
NASDAQ was also up, four and a half points.
A psychiatrist practicing at Lewis Gale Clinic in Salem carries a national
Doctor David Hartman is one of the only working blind physicians in the
He's been blind since childhood-- and in fact it was the physician who
wasn't able to save his sight who inspired Hartman to go into medicine.
Even in this high-tech age, paperwork is not a problem for Dr. Hartman.
He uses a Braille computer to read the latest medical journals, and keep
notes on his patients.
IN Q=What I find
((DR. DAVID HARTMAN/PSYCHIATRIST: WHAT I FIND USEFUL IS THAT I ENABLE THE
PATIENT TO TELL ME THEIR STORY AS THEY'RE COMFORTABLE. THAT THEY CAN COME IN
HERE AND REVEAL THEMSELVES TO ME IN THE WAY THEY WANT TO REVEAL THEMSELVES.
THEY CAN SHARE THEMSELVES TO ME AT A RATE THAT THEY'RE COMFORTABLE WITH
SUPER=01-Dr. David Hartman/Psychiatrist; :
OUT Q=with sharing.
Making it through medical school was certainly a feat for Dr. Hartman.
Students often volunteered to read for him.
He learned subjects like histology and microscopic anatomy through raised
line drawings that were made especially for him.
Our annual Friday Football Extra awards banquet is here, Mike Stevens will
join us for a live report,
The Express gets a rare day off..sort of,
and more on the suspension of Virginia tech linebacker Tony Morrison.
The 12th annual Friday Football Extra awards banquet is on tap tonight inside
the Airport Marriott's Grand ballroom.
And Mike Stevens is hanging out with this evening's 160 guests, Mike
Steve, this is always a big night for the players and coaches and also all of
us at WDBJ-7 as we recognize some of the best efforts from the just completed
Seven thousand dollars in awards and scholarship money, along with a lot of
trophies and plaques will be passed out tonight.
And Two coaches who have a chance to take home some of that hardware are
Amherst County's MIckey Crouch and Bath's Steve Isaacs - both winners of state
titles this past weekend.
Steve Let's start with you...
Mike will adlib two question interview with Bath Coach
SUPER=01-Steve Isaacs/Bath Co. Head Coach; :00
Roll B-Roll on the second question!
(VIDEO RUNS :45, GET OUT BY 30)
WHILE IN VIDEO, GREG WILL COME OUT TO A THREE SHOT.
GRAPHIC=three shot GOING TO 2
Amherst also made a little history as the Lancers won the Division four state
title in the school's final year as a Double-A member.
SUPER=01-Mickey Crouch/Amherst Co. Head Coach; :00
ROLL B-ROLL ON 2ND QUESTION AND ANSWER!!!
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Last Saturday; :00
VIDEO RUNS :45 - GET OUT BY 30
MIKE WRAPS UP INTERVIEW AND TOSSES BACK TO STEVE
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer continues to ready his Hokies for
the Sugar Bowl; despite the sour situation that surrounds two of his players.
Yesterday, Beamer suspended reserve receiver James Crawford and that
gentleman; Tony Morrison, indefinitely.
The Associated Press reported today that the linebacker was arrested this
past weekend on charges of public intoxication, petty larceny and destruction
of private property.
Morrison played in all 11 games for the Hokies this season, but has been in
and out of trouble. Morrison's father Jim says Tony is the victim.
(toss to Jean)
We've already seen our first major snowfall, and it's not even winter yet.
Jean Jadhon is going to tell us about a couple of local merchants gambling
on Mother Nature.
Amrhein's Jewelers and Schewel Furniture Company are each advertising free
if it snows during the holidays.
Of course, certain rules do apply.
We'll have the details for you-- as well as the outlook for a white
All the day's news, weather, and sports at 11.