Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
APCO gets what it wanted from state regulators... endorsement of the
750-thousand volt power line. We'll have details.
And a pipe bomb suspect leaves the courthouse a free man. We'll hear from
Tonight in sports, Mike Groh talks about the UVa season and the challenge of
playing Georgia in the Peach bowl.
The Express talks about he challenge of playing three games in 60 hours.
And the Cleveland Indians improve their already solid franchise by signing
free agent Jack McDowell.
Temperatures moving back into the comfort range. Highs in the 50s tomorrow
with rain moving in as well.
Appalachian Power is a step closer to getting the approval it needs
for a controversial high voltage power line.
This afternoon state regulators said they agree with the electric company's
belief that it needs the transmission line to keep up with future demand.
DOUBLE BOXES=KEITH/LEN BESTHOFF
Len Besthoff joins us from APCO's Cloverdale Power Station.
Len I imagine APCO still has a lot of red tape to wade through.
(Len ad libs)
(rollcue: " in the power line's way")
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SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;04 (VERY QUICK)
SUPER=@File; :08 (VERY QUICK)
OUT Q=impact route
(Len Ad Libs)
RESUME DOUBLE BOXES
(Keith question: The majority of the line will be in West Virginia. Can
you update us on the status of APCO's efforts there?)
Michael Draper's first trial ended in a hung jury, his second with a verdict
of not guilty.
The man accused of placing a pipe bomb in a Martinsville parking lot was
acquitted this afternoon.
Joe Dashiell has more.
IN Q=Michael Draper
SUPER=01-Michael Draper/Defendant; :12
SUPER=04-October, 1993; :25
SUPER=01-Randolph Smith/Prosecutor; :47
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Michael Draper walked from the courtroom with a case of nerves and a
measure of relief, after a jury found him not guilty of aggravated malicious
wounding and possession of an explosive device.
IN Q=I think the only reason
((MICHAEL DRAPER/DEFENDANT: I THINK THE ONLY REASON WHY THE CASE CAME OUT LIKE
IT DID IS BECAUSE OF THE WAY I HAVE ALWAYS TREATED PEOPLE. 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.))
OUT Q=against them.
The pipe bomb exploded in October, 1993 in the parking lot of Sara Lee Knit
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, James Harris was seriously injured.
He declined comment after the verdict, but prosecutor Randolph Smith said
the result was a triumph of "pseudo-science."
IN Q=We have four
((WE HAVE FOUR OF THE BEST-TRAINED PEOPLE, THE MOST-EXPERIENCED PEOPLE IN THE
COUNTRY WORKING IN THE LABORATORY IN ROANOKE, ALL OF WHOM SAY IT WAS DEFINITELY
THE DEFENDANT'S FINGERPRINT ON THE BOMB FRAGMENT THAT WAS RECOVERED FROM THE
SCENE. NOW HOW YOU CAN OVERLOOK THAT TESTIMONY, I DON'T KNOW, BUT IT JUST SHOWS
YOU CAN GET A PSEUDO EXPERT IN HERE AND CONFUSE THE JURY.))
OUT Q=and confuse the jury.
Smith says he believes a guilty man has gone free, but the jury deliberated
just an hour and a half before reaching a different conclusion.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
The family of a Danville man has won its first battle with the Richmond
The department's "use of force" committee has looked into the fatal shooting
of Marco Loney by one of its officers.
A grand jury did NOT indict the officer.
Loney's family protested to get the officer fired for having shot Loney in
the back when he was un-armed.
Richmond police have yet to release the findings of the internal probe.
The prime suspect was NOT among them, but several more marijuana tenders
admitted their guilt in Federal court today.
Among them: Majid Khoshghad- -an Iranian native who set up the grow house
police busted one year ago.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Police Video
A highly- sophisticated indoor- marijuana farm in the basement featured an
elaborate watering system, 1-thousand- watt grow lights... with an electric
bill to match ...in Khoshghad's name.
Cultivation expert Victor Layman is accused of setting it all up. He's plea
But the attorneys are still trying to pin down what happened to the hundreds
of thousands of dollars Layman allegedly squirreled away in Bahamian bank
Former School Superintendent Frank Tota isn't making the grade with the
Roanoke School Board.
Tota is now a consultant for the Board.
He's paid 35 thousand dollars a year to report on funding for the city's
Tota's most recent report was 18 pages long and handwritten.
Board members say he'll have to do better than that if he expects to be
10 30 15 00 - 10 30 25 00
IN Q=We're not yet
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE ARE NOT YET SATISFIED WITH
THE INFORMATION RECEIVED. WE'VE REQUESTED INFORMATION, UNTIL WE'RE SATISFIED,
THE BOARD'S POSITION IS THAT WE WILL NOT MAKE FULL PAYMENT.))
SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke School Board Chairman;
OUT Q=make full payment.
The board has offered to pay Tota one third of the fee for work already
Harris says Tota's seven year contract is worth about a quarter million
He says the deal is unusual, but legal.
He says no other retired Roanoke city official or worker has a retirement
agreement like Tota's.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--an update on the water situation in Narrows,
where crews are battling a series of water main breaks.
and the aftermath of what police say was a fatal domestic dispute.
A Carroll County family struggles to understand the tragic loss of loved
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The water has been flowing freely in the Giles County town of Narrows.
That's because it's been one water main break after another.
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.
Seven months after losing two family members in an apparent domestic
dispute, the surviving members of a Carroll County family are speaking out.
This is a difficult holiday season for the Hill family.
They spoke to Tracy Altizer about their ordeal.
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
Bedford County supervisors have a hole to fill on their board following the
surprise resignation of Henry Creasy.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape
Creasy first joined the board in 1992 and was elected to a four- year term
in November, 1993.
Creasy says he's not unhappy with the post... he only wants to spend more
time at home and at work.
His resignation takes effect January 6th.
The board will have 30 days after that to appoint someone to replace Creasy
as the District 4 supervisor.
The son of the Henry County animal warden is out of the dog house.
Earlier this week, a Patrick County judge threw out drug charges against 20-
year- old Gary Wheeler-- the son of Henry County Animal Control officer Gerald
Back in June, the younger Wheeler was caught with drugs used to euthanize
But defense attorneys were able to prove that he was working for his father
at the time of the arrest.
Meanwhile Gerald Wheeler still faces charges of distributing the drug and
A five thousand dollar reward is being offered in the search for a missing
plane that went down in West Virginia last month.
SUPER=03-Webster Springs, WV
The plane disappeared November 28th, but extensive ground and air searches
have turned up nothing.
Its pilot.. Colin Campbell of Lynchburg, was working for an Oregon- based
construction company and was flying to the Hill City when he apparently
Casey Industries is offering the reward for information leading to the
discovery of Campbell or the plane.
An off day on Wall Street today--the Dow fell 34 points.
NASDAQ was down more than 18 points.
Pittsylvania County authorities say they originally thought the suspects
involved in a high speed chase last night may have been tied to a fatal New
York City fire bombing.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Sunday;
Bronx police contacted Virginia authorities this week because one of fire
bombing suspects has family in Halifax County and might be headed this way.
The November 26th incident destroyed a toll booth. The booth operator was
badly burned and later died.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Night;
Last night's chase began in Altavista and ended 15- miles later when the
vehicle crashed in Pittsylvania County.
Officers arrested Carlos Quinones, but two other suspects jumped out and
have not been found.
Police say the car was stolen from Washington, D-C.
Authorities say they have NO information at this time tying the suspects
involved in the chase to the New York incident.
The Salvation Army is ready to spread holiday cheer throughout the Roanoke
Starting Wednesday, more than 3- thousand needy families will visit the
distribution center at the Roanoke- Salem Plaza.
There, they will find everything from groceries to toys for the kids.
IN Q=They have
((MAJ. LINDA DELANEY/SALVATION ARMY: THEY HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF PICKING OUT
WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE FOR THEIR CHILD AND MANY VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED DURING
THOSE DAYS TO HELP DO THAT SO IT'S A WONDERFUL TIME. AND WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL
TOYS, LOTS OF SELECTION AND WE'RE READY TO OPEN UP. ))
SUPER=01-Maj. Linda DeLaney/Salvation Army;
OUT Q=to open up
This season's distribution center is different from years past.
For the first time, local charities have teamed up with the Salvation Army
and will hand out items together.
Officials say that will help to eliminate gift- duplication problems.
Coming up tonight in sports, Blackjack McDowell joins the Tribe, Roanoke gets
ready to Express itself three times this weekend.
And the Virginia Cavaliers talk about begin in the hotseat against Georgia,
and about their up and down season right after this break.
A number of major league general managers stayed away from the malls today to
do a little free agent shopping over the phone.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/This Afternoon; :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.
The Green Bay Packers say Reggie
White's hamstring surgery has now been postponed and that the all-pro defensive
end may play in Saturday's game with New Orleans.
Just yesterday, the team announced that White's season was over and that he
would have surgery next week.
The team's medical staff released a statement today calling the
difference in White's condition from yesterday as nothing short of
The Peach Bowl bound Virginia Cavaliers are finishing up exams and getting
set to meet the media tomorrow at the school's big bowl newsconference.
The Cavaliers take on Georgia in a eight o'clock kickoff on December 30th in
the Georgia Dome.
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.
The Roanoke Express is approaching it's busiest part of the season to date.
Friday the team travels to Norfolk to play Hampton Roads
Then returns Saturday to face their second divisional opponent in as many
days as they skate against Richmond at the Roundhouse.
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"
Roanoke plays the Tiger Sharks Sunday. This weekend's series marks the first
of four times this year the Express must play 3 games in a 2 and a half day
IN Q="The big
((JOHN LARSON/EXPRESS LEFT WINGER:))
SUPER=01-John Larson/Express Right Winger; :00
OUT Q=...even longer"