The State Corporation Commission says APCO needs controversial high
voltage power line in our area.
The S-C-C says the line is needed to maintain reliable electrical service
A collision between an Amtrak train and a pickup truck killed five people
All those killed were in the pickup.
SUPER=03-New York City;
And how would you like to own this diamond that Aristotle Onassis gave
Jackie O- It's up for auction along with the rest of Jackie's estate.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A woman walking along the road was struck by a car tonight.
She's now in critical condition.
The accident happened in Roanoke County-
The car struck the woman knocking her unconscious.
The victim was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she's in critical
IN Q=At approximately
((T. W. HAYNES/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: AT APPROXIMATELY 8:20 THIS EVENING WE
RECEIVED A REPORT OF A PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY A VEHICLE ON KINGSMILL ROAD NEAR
THE INTERSECTION QUEENMILL WE RESPONDED AND IN FACT FOUND THAT TO BE THE
SUPER=01-T. W. Haynes/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=to be the case.
Police took the teenage driver of the Acura into custody.
The investigation is continuing.
Michael Draper walked from the Martinsville Courthouse a free man today
after a jury found him not guilty of malicious wounding.
Draper was accused of placing a pipe bomb in a parking lot in October of
Police believe the blast was intended for the father of Draper's former
girlfriend, who was scheduled to testify against him in court.
Another man was seriously injured by the explosion.
But today, a jury deliberated for less than two hours before acquitting
IN Q=I have always treated
((MICHAEL DRAPER/DEFENDANT: I HAVE ALWAYS TREATED PEOPLE DECENT, TREATED THEM
WITH RESPECT NO MATTER WHAT FEELINGS THEY HAVE TOWARD ME. I NEVER TRIED TO DO
ANYTHING AGAINST THEM.))
((RANDOLPH SMITH/PROSECUTOR: WE SOLVED THE CRIME. IF THE JURY WANTS TO TURN HIM
LOOSE AND LET HIM DO IT AGAIN, THAT'S UP TO THEM. THAT'S THEIR RIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Michael Draper/Defendant; :00
SUPER=01-Randolph Smith/Prosecutor; :09
OUT Q=that's their right.
This was Draper's second trial on charges of malicious wounding and
possession of an explosive device.
The first ended with a hung jury.
A collision between an Amtrak train and a pickup truck killed five people
The accident happened this afternoon at a crossing about 40 miles from New
The five people killed were all in the pickup.
No one on the train was hurt.
An Amtrak spokesman says there are no lights or barriers at the
Small commuter planes must now go by the same standards as full sized
Byron Harlan reports from Washington.
SUPER=01-Federico Pena/Transportation Secretary; 00
SUPER=01-David Stempler/Passenger Advocate;
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/CBS News;
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."
((FEDERICO PENA/TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: PRESIDENT CLINTON WANTS US TO PUT
PEOPLE FIRST AND THAT S WHAT WE RE DOING WITH A SINGLE SAFETY RULE.
The single safety rule. It means about what it says...the safety rules that
apply to big jets now will apply to smaller commuter planes.
PENA: FIRST, UNDER A COMMUTER SPECIFIC RULE, WE RE TIGHTENING OPERATIONAL
PROCEDURES, IMPROVING AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS, AND INCREASING
ON-BOARD SAFETY EQUIPMENT.
They're also going to require more safety equipment on commuter planes and
order commuter plane pilots to get more rest between flights.
DAVID STEMPLER/PASSENGER ADVOCATE: WE VE BEEN ASKING FOR THESE CHANGES. THESE
IMPROVEMENTS. WE'VE WANTED ONE LEVEL OF SAFETY AND THE F.A.A. AND THE
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAVE FINALLY GIVEN IT TO US.
But the changes do not come without controversy.
Up until now there s been no mandatory retirement age for commuter plane
pilots. Now they ll have to retire at 60...just like jetliner pilots.
BYRON HARLAN/CBS NEWS: A GROUP THAT REPRESENTS ABOUT TWO-THOUSAND COMMUTER
PLANE PILOTS WHO RE IN THEIR 50'S IS GOING TO FIGHT.
THE ORGANIZATION IS PLANNING A LAW SUIT, CHARGING AGE DISCRIMINATION.
BYRON HARLAN, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
President Clinton calls it a moment of hope-
He speaking of today's Bosnia Peace treaty signing in Paris.
But in Bosnia- people are not as optimistic.
One soldier says many people forced from their homes are still not
((SERBS GOT TOO MUCH TERRITORY WITH THIS SIGNING OF PEACE.))
((WELL I DON'T THINK IT'S REALLY PEACE, BUT THE FIRE HAS STOPPED, SO IT'LL BE
OK FOR NEXT YEAR.))
OUT Q=BE OK FOR NEXT YEAR."
That woman like many Bosnians fear once the NATO troops leave in a year,
trouble will begin again.
Appalachian Power plans to build a high voltage line through the area have
been bogged down in red tape for years.
But today the project took a big step forward.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=Appalachian Power
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Appalachian Power says it needs to build a 115-mile, high-voltage line like
this one from West Virginia to Botetourt County, if it wants to keep up with
the future demand for electricity.
And after years of evaluation, members of Virginia's State Corporation
Commission have reached the same conclusion, saying a proposed high voltage
transmission line may be needed.
SOT 15:52:55 POWER LINE TODAY TAPE
IN Q=We're pleased
((CHARLES SIMMONS/APCO: WE'RE PLEASED THAT THE COMMISSION HAS RULED THAT IN
FACT THERE WAS A NEED FOR THE FACILITY.))
OUT Q=for the facility.
This marks a defeat for power line opponents, one says I still think the
needs issue is out to lunch.
But the opponents' fight isn't over just yet, because regulators stopped
short of giving the thumbs up.
A spokesman says the S-C-C wants further information about how the line will
be used, and it also wants the company to explore whether there are feasible
ways to lessen the line's impact on two areas within Craig and Roanoke
SOT 15:53:24 POWER LINE TODAY TAPE
IN Q=And we
((SIMMONS: AND WE REMAIN CONVINCED THAT THE ROUTING THAT WAS DONE BY THE
UNIVERSITY STUDY TEAM REPRESENTS THE LEAST ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ROUTE IN TOTAL,
BUT WE'LL CERTAINLY BE RESPONSIVE TO THE COMMISSION'S REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL
OUT Q=for information.
Apco may have received an early Christmas present from Virginia regulators.
But it doesn't even have a application on file to build the line in West
Virginia, where a majority of the project will go, and even more ardent
Len Besthoff, News-7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, a Carroll County family deals with the holidays
following a year of tragedy,
Charges are dropped against the son of Henry County's animal warden
And Governor Allen's office suffers its first defection. Now some are
speculating Kay Coles James is eyeing a higher prize.
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It was just seven months ago that a Carroll County family lost two family
members- who were shot to death.
Since then the siblings of one of the victims also lost their parents.
Now the Hill family is speaking out about the ordeal- Tracy Altizer has
IN Q=Yeah, Mama made all these
SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Nancy Beasley/Sister; :45
SUPER=01-Junior Sowers/Brother; 1:14
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((YEAH, MAMA MADE ALL THESE ORNAMENTS. HANDMADE EVERY ONE OF THEM. ))
This will be a traditional family Christmas for the Hill and Sowers
((WE'LL ALL BE HERE TOGETHER, JUST LIKE ALWAYS. YEP. ))
But four family members will be missing.
In November their father Joe Hill lost his battle with cancer, six months
after his daughter Tina Quesenberry and her husband Steve were shot to death.
Police have said the couple was trying to protect Tina's sister, Teresa
Stoneman from an abusive husband, whom she had fled.
Teresa says Tina encouraged her to leave, and though she's still in
counseling, that has helped her through her guilt.
((TERESA STONEMAN: SHE HAD TO PAY A PRICE FOR ME LEAVING, BUT I DON'T THINK,
SHE WOULDN'T HAVE WANTED IT NO OTHER WAY. AND MY FAMILY HAS SUPPORTED ME WITH
THAT, THEY'VE ALL TOLD ME THE SAME THING. ))
((NANCY BEASLEY/SISTER: EVERYTHING WE'VE BEEN THROUGH AND EVERYTHING WE'VE
LOST, I STILL THANK GOD THAT I HAVE MY SISTER AND HER BOYS HOME WITH US WHERE
THEY BELONG. ))
A powerful statement, given what the family faced a few days later.
((THE FIRST THING WE WERE BURYING TINA AND STEVE, AND THEN THE VERY NEXT
WEEKEND WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING, WE WERE HAVING TO BURY MAMA. ))
Family members say their mother, Neta Hill, suffered a massive heart attack
triggered by stress over the murders.
((JUNIOR SOWERS/BROTHER: AND MY MOTHER WOULDN'T HAVE EVER DIED THIS QUICK IF
IT HADN'T HAVE HAPPENED.))
But as they gather 'round the tree this year, they'll try to forget Dennis
Stoneman and remember the lessons their mother taught so well.
((MOM ALWAYS TOLD US THAT YOU DON'T HATE ANYBODY. AND EVEN THE DAY THAT SHE
DIED SHE TOLD US THAT WE STILL HAD TO PRAY FOR HIS SOUL. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.
Dennis Stoneman is set for a preliminary hearing on capital murder charges
The son of a Henry County animal warden is free.
Drug charges against 20 year old Gary Wheeler were dropped earlier this
In June, PATRICK County deputies caught him with (PENTA-barbitall)
a drug used to euthanize animals.
But a judge ruled that Wheeler was working for his father when he was
Meanwhile animal warden Gerald Wheeler is still facing charges in HENRY
He's accused of distributing the drug and falsifying records.
Health and Human Resources Secretary Kay James is the first member of
George Allen's staff to jump ship. But so far James hasn't said what
she'll do next.
Capitol Square is buzzing though with speculation about whose idea it was
for her to go and what she'll do next.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=James has avoided
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVA Political Analyst; :41
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
James has avoided reporters since her vague resignation letter was made
But sources close to the Governor say the Administration privately considers
her a lightning rod for General Assembly critics.
Implementing the nation's toughest statewide welfare reform which she helped
craft can only become a bad news story.
And she's an independent thinker, a little farther right than George Allen.
Maybe that's why Allen insiders are now backing Chesapeake Delegate Randy
Forbes for the chairmanship of the Republican party.
That's a position that James supporters hoped she'd get.
But most think her eyes are on a bigger prize, maybe Lieutenant Governor in
She's talked with Bob Dole.
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, REPUBLICAN
CANDIDATES AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS LOOK FOR MINORITIES AND WOMEN TO FILL
SLOTS. THEIR CONSTITUENCY TENDS TO BE WHITE MALE. SO ANY TIME YOU HAVE A
PROMINENT AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN, SUCH AS KAY JAMES, THEY REALLY HAVE THEIR
CHOICE OF POSITIONS.))
Between now and then, Kay James can pick up a tidy sum of money on the
conservative lecture circuit.
And expect to see her in the conservative spotlight on national issues.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
It's like a beautiful girl loosing her front teeth.
That's how one person described what would happen if downtown Lexinton lost
the former Lyric theater.
The city's planning commission this afternoon put its support behind a
conditional use permit allowing condominiums on the first floor of the Lyric
IN Q=The difficulty with
((JEAN DUNBAR/DEVELOPER: THE DIFFICULTY WITH THE LYRIC IS THAT IT'S BASICALLY
NEW CONSTRUCTION. THERE IS NOTHING LEFT OTHER THAN THE SHELL.))
OUT Q=than the shell.
The current zoning for downtown allows only commercial use of the first
The Lyric has been vacant for nearly a decade.
The recommendation will now go to city council
Bedford County supervisor Henry Creasy says personal reasons have led to his
resignation from the board effective next month.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape
The 49- year- old Creasy was appointed to the board in 1992, then won a
four- year term in November, 1993.
He says he's not unhappy with the job... he only wants to spend more time
with his family and at work.
Creasy's resignation takes effect January 6th.
The board will then have thirty days to find a replacement for him.
The controversial director of the Waltons' Mountain Museum in Nelson County
is stepping down next month.
SUPER=03-Nelson Co./File Tape
Bill Luhrs (Loorz) helped create the museum but says he's now ready to enjoy
Luhrs is 80 years old.
His leadership became the center of controversy earlier this year-
That's when Luhrs clashed with "Waltons" creator Earl Hamner and his brother
James over the way the museum was being run.
The center dedicated to the T-V show- has attracted more than 40- thousand
visitors a year since it opened in 1992.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7, recognition tonight for Roanoke's outstanding
And we'll show you some presidential goods, that could one day be yours.
An auction from Camelot coming up a little later in our newscast. Stay
Things are returning to normal in the town of Narrows tonight.
The water is flowing again after crews fixed numerous main breaks.
Crews found two breaks in the line yesterday.
Another was found this morning.
IN Q=They were
((W. H. CLEMONS/NARROWS POLICE CHIEF: THEY WERE ASKING PEOPLE TO CONSERVE
WATER, NOT WASH ANY CARS OR CLOTHS, OR USING THE WATER FOR ANYTHING UNNECESSARY
UNLESS IT WAS EMERGENCY USE ONLY. ))
SUPER=01-W. H. Clemons/Narrows Police Chief;
OUT Q=use only
Water in the storage tanks have dropped to low levels.
The town is taking precautions in the event of an emergency.
IN Q=All the fire
((ALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND RESCUE SQUADS IN GILES COUNTY HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED
ON THE SITUATION AND IF THERE IS A FIRE OR ANYTHING IN TOWN ALL THE FIRE
DEPARTMENTS IN GILES COUNTY WILL RESPOND. ))
OUT Q=will respond.
Officials say the water use restrictions will be in effect into the weekend.
Narrows Elementary AND High School will dismiss classes at noon tomorrow.
Roanoke's Firefighter Association named it's Outstanding Firefighter of the
Vernon Wade Bernard received this year's award.
Bernard served the city for 12 years before having to retire after
developing Lou Gehrig's disease.
Association president Ed Crawford says even through his illness Bernard has
displayed the qualities that made him an outstanding firefighter and an
inspiration to others.
SUPER=01-Ed Crawford/Firefighters Association
OUT Q=Vernon's been able to do.
State senator Bo Trumbo and Delegate Chip Woodrum were also honored for
their support of firefighter causes.
The All-State football teams are announced tonight in Group Two-A and
We'll check the lists,plus a couple of Redskins make the pro bowl, and MIke
Groh gets ready for the Peach Bowl,
While Mike Tyson prepares for Saturday night's fight with Buster Mathis.
Tonight he weighed in at 219 while Mathis tipped the scales at 224.
Now let's check some other numbers.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...last score
take a break
GRAPHIC=DOUBLE A ALL STATE
The Associated Press all-state football team was announced last night and for
William Campbell's Kevin Saunders the announcement kept his wild week rolling.
Wednesday night the 30 year old, former Radford High assistant was voted
Friday Football Extra's overall coach of the year by his peers.
Now he adds this honor.
Fellow Seminole member Maurice Clark from State champion Amherst County was
named a first team running back.
His backfield mate Camm Jackson also made first team but as a linebacker.
Salem quarterback Seth Moore, made first team all-state as a defender as
well, in the secondary.
SS=hold group aa
Byrd's Michael Berry, Liberty's Gregg Reynolds, Martinsville's Marco Law, and
Graham's Davis Bailey also made first team all state in Group Two-A.
GRAPHIC=SINGLE A ALL-STATE
The Single A team also has a very distinctive Southwest Virginia flavor to
As Bland County Ed Selfe and Dave Lambert were named coaches of the year by
the A.P. after getting Bland in the playoffs for the first time in school
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
The player of the year is none other Thomas Jones, from two time defending
state champion Powell Valley.
Jones rushed for more than 7000 yards and over 100 touchdown in his career.
Fort Chiswell's Michael White, the Mountain Empire district player of the
year was also named all-state as a kick returned. He returned 21 kicks for 700
yards this year.
Giles Brandon Steele also earned first team honors again as a linebacker.
SS=HOLD GROUP A
Other local players on the first team are Radford Elmo Dunbar, Bath County
Dennis Loan, and Chilhowie's Blake Mason.
The NFl Pro Bowl teams were announced last night and 10 Cowboys made it,
along with 9 members of the San Francisco Forty Niners.
Two Redskins made the Hawaiian all-star game.
Brian Mitchell, who leads the NFC in punt return average and is tied for the
lead in kickoff return average, topped the balloting in voting by players,
coaches and fans.
Eight-year veteran linebacker Ken Harvey also makes the NFC team.
The game is set for February 4th in Honolulu.
The College football bowl season officially kicked off tonight in Las Vegas,
in what else but the Las Vegas bowl.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV/ESPN; :00
So far 25th ranked Toledo, who is 10-0-and-1 coming into this season has been
the dominant team thanks to running back Wasean Tate, who ripped off two big
touchdown runs in the first half to put Toledo in front of Nevada 21-to-7.
Right now in the 3RD quarter, Toledo leads it 21 to 14.
Later this month Virginia will be a similar situation at Toledo was tonight
when it plays Georgia in a eight o'clock kickoff on December 30th in the
Georgia Dome Peach Bowl.
And despite a huge UVa alumni base in the Atlanta area, the Cavs are treating
this like an away game in front of a hostile crowd.
IN Q="I think it would...
((MIKE GROH/UVA QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/UVa Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...AND PLAY HARD."
Groh certainly played hard all season long leading the Cavs to a share of the
ACC championship with Florida State.
But he was also there for the disappointments, and we asked to try and put
the 8-and-4 season in perspective.
IN Q="If ever...
OUT Q=...A PART OF IT."
And mark your calendars for December 30th when News 7 Sports will present a
LIVE half hour bowl special from the French Quarter in New Orleans and
Peachtree Street in Atlanta.
Roy Stanley and I will get you ready for the Peach and Sugar bowls that
Saturday night at 7:30 right here on Your Hometown Station.
Still coming your way tonight, the Express gets ready for a huge three game
and Jack McDowell picks up several million dollars as he leaves the Yankees
for the Indians.
The Roanoke Express is ready for a gruelling stretch of games this weekend.
Friday the team travels to Norfolk to play Hampton Roads
Saturday the Express is back in the Roundhouse skating against Richmond.
And then then after that tough night game they turn around and play
Tallahassee this Sunday in a 3 pm matinee.
The Express currently holds the third place spot in the East, behind this
weekend's first two opponents the Admirals and the Renegades.
IN Q="There's no love loss
((DAVE STEWART/EXPRESS CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Captain; :00
OUT Q=...beat everyone"
The major leagues general managers were a busy bunch tonight as free agent
signings were rampant throughout the bigs.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH; :00
In Cleveland, the World Series runners-up improved their already talented
club by inking 1993 Cy Young award winner Jack McDowell to a two year contract
worth nine-point-eight million dollars.
IN Q="Looks like it's gonna be...
((JACK MCDOWELL/SIGNS WITH INDIANS:))
SUPER=01-Jack McDowell/Signs With Indians; :00
OUT Q=...right now."
Also, the Orioles have signed the national league saves leader Randy Myers to
a 2 year deal.
And Craig Biggio has agreed to a four deal with the Astros.
How would you like to own the high chair that John John Kennedy once
used in the White House?
SUPER=03-New York City;
That's one of the items going up for auction in New York.
The items come from the estate of Jackie Onasiss-
They include a diamond ring given to the former first lady-
((ON THE RIGHT WE HAVE A DIAMOND ARISTOTLE ONASSIS GAVE TO MRS. ONASSIS WHICH
IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE ESTIMATED PIECE IN THE SALE AT FOUR TO SIX HUNDRED
SUPER=01-Diana Brooks/Sotheby's Auction House;
OUT Q=SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS."
Also up for bids- President John F. Kennedy's Golf clubs and one of his
Most of the jewelry, art and books come predominately from Jackie O's New
York apartment- where she lived from 1964 to 1994.
The sale is scheduled for April.