Coming up on NEWS 7:
A bank robbery suspect nabbed in North Carolina.
A job offer for a defeated Senator.
And improved prospects on state funding for Explore... not MORE money-
-just being included is encouraging.
In sports, Botetourt County and the school board honored their basketball
champs in a thousand ways this morning, Virginia tight end Bobby Neely talks
about the Peach Bowl,
and all is not peachy in the freezer where the Express went to work today in
an attempt to break out of their 4 game slum.
Snow tonight will not amount to more than a brief spat, by tomorrow we'll
see clearing and breezy conditions and downright cold temperatures.
Police looking for a suspect in a Lynchburg bank robbery think they've got
their man--only he's in North Carolina.
Authorities in Rowland (ROE-land), North Carolina arrested 19- year- old
Brian Keith Watson today.
Watson is charged with robbing the Nationsbank on Boonsboro Road in
Lynchburg on November 29th.
Police found his abandoned car in Bedford County, but Watson escaped.
Rowland police allegedly caught Watson breaking into a hotel room around
7:30 this morning.
He's also been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle there.
Two Lynchburg detectives traveled to North Carolina this afternoon to talk
He'll appear in Robeson (ROB-ih-sun) County district court tomorrow.
It's been just over a month since an elderly man was found locked away in
the trunk of his car.
Today, he told his story in Roanoke General District Court.
83- year- old Vernon Laughon (LAWN) was discovered in the trunk November
eighteenth, after police received an anonymous tip on his whereabouts.
31- year- old Mitzi Horton was found in the driver's seat.
She's now charged with abduction.
IN Q=He had gotten
((ANNE GARDNER/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: HE HAD GOTTEN INTO A VERBAL
ARGUMENT WITH THE DEFENDANT AND RESULTED LATER IN HER CHOKING HIM TO THE POINT
WHERE HE LOST CONSCIOUSNESS AND DISCOVERED HIMSELF IN THE TRUNK OF THE CAR. AND
HE WAS IN THE TRUNK OF THE CAR FOR A PERIOD OF TWO DAYS, MAYBE EVEN LONGER
WITHOUT ANY FOOD OR WATER OR ANY WAY TO TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF.))
SUPER=01-Anne Gardner/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=take care of himself
Horton has been convicted on larceny and burglary charges in the past.
This latest charge has been sent to the Grand Jury.
Prosecutors are hoping for an indictment in February.
A 19- year old wanted by police for the death of an elderly Pittsylvania
County man is now in custody.
Paul Michael Dalton, Junior turned himself over to authorities a little more
than an hour ago.
Authorities say Dalton is a suspect in the death of 72- year old Clark
Police found Adkins' abandoned car in the Callands section of Pittsylvania
County Sunday night.
Adkins' body was located a short distance away.
He apparently had been shot to death.
Warrants for first degree murder were served, but Dalton's bond has not been
A Halifax County teenager accused of murder is facing a second jury.
17- year- old Kevin Chase Newman was tried in October, but that one ended in
a hung jury.
Prosecutors began presenting their case again today.
Newman is accused of pulling the
trigger in a drive-by shooting that killed Anthony Scott Whitlock.
Whitlock was standing outside a mobile home in the Westside Trailer Court
when he was shot.
In February, Harry Traynham (TRAY-NUM) was found guilty of first- degree
murder. The jury held him responsible for driving the car.
Governor George Allen may NOT have helped Senator Brandon Bell win
re-election -- but he can still help a Republican loyalist get a job.
Bell is in the running for the open seat on the three- member Alcoholic
Beverage Control Board.
ABC Board and Parole Board members are the only full- time, paid appointees
of the Governor -- outside of his own Cabinet.
The regulatory post pays about 60- thousand dollars a year.
The Allen Administration says people in the wine and beer industry
recommended Bell's name.
Bells says he's NOT sure he's interested because he'd have to spend at least
five days a week in Richmond.
He owns a parcel shipping business in the Roanoke area.
Bell lost his Senate seat to Roanoke Vice- Mayor John Edwards last month.
The ABC job came open when commissioner Ted Dykes resigned last month after
bottling company executives complained he'd approached them about a private
More good news for Virginia's Explore Park...
Governor Allen has included Explore in his state budget proposal for the
next two years, and officials say that is an important sign of bi- partisan
support for the project.
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on that.
Keith, the governor hasn't promised an increase in state dollars for
400- thousand a year will continue the current level of funding.
But local lawmakers had to fight for that money in 1994... this is the
first time operating funds for explore have been included in the governor's
IN Q=Explore had requested
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./September; :00
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Executive Director; :12
OUT Q=risen above that.
((Explore had requested one half million dollars from the state, but
officials say they're breathing easier with the news that governor allen
included any money at all for the living history park in his budget proposal.
IN Q=We felt we might have to claw and scratch
((WE FELT WE MIGHT HAVE TO CLAW AND SCRATCH TO GET BACK IN THE BUDGET, BECAUSE
WE'RE NOT A STATE AGENCY. WE'RE A NON-STATE AGENCY. WE'RE NOT UNDER THE
UMBRELLA OF THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION OR THE SECRETARY OF NATURAL RESOURCES,
SO WE HAD TO STAND ON OUR OWN AND I'M REALLY PLEASED TO SEE THAT WE'RE NO
LONGER A PARTISAN ISSUE. WE'RE BI-PARTISAN IN TERMS OF REPUBLICAN AND
DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT. WE'VE RISEN ABOVE THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Executive Director;
OUT Q=risen above that.))
The prospect of state funding for Explore will not prevent Cutler from
soliciting more support from the Roanoke County Supervisors and the Roanoke
Keith, the state dollars are matching funds, so Explore must raise the same
amount of money from other public and private sources.
The next round of federal budget negotiations are scheduled for tomorrow.
After what they call ``constructive'' talks with President Clinton,
Republican leaders today say both sides are ready to agree on a seven year
time- table for balancing the budget.
But in the meantime, the Federal shutdown continues to branch out-- this
time to the U-S Forest Service.
That means some 200 workers at the George Washington and Jefferson National
forests will be off the job.
Campgrounds and other facilities will be off-limits to the public, but most
roads and trails should remain open.
The U- S Forest Service wasn't effected by last month's shutdown because of
left- over money from the Interior Department.
But this time around, the well has run dry.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---new shopping in the city.
there's a new kid on the retail block in downtown Roanoke.
We'll show you what the latest new tenant has to offer.
Toss to Patrick
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
As Roanoke's city council members mull over possible renovations to Victory
Stadium, one businessman already has plans for the facility next year.
DOUBLE BOXES=KEITH AND RON Microwave
Ron Jones is at Victory Stadium to tell us what those plans are.
Keith, racing promoter Danny Taylor says he has scheduled 13 weeks of stock
car racing next fall.
He believes racing is big business for the valley.
But he is concerned renovation may jeopardize racing here in the future.
IN Q=Taylor says he
SUPER=Danny Taylor/Racing Promoter;
OUT Q=options in January.
Taylor says he held a similar race here in July and it was great success.
And not only does he want 13 races here next year but 24 in 1997 and 30 plus
He says racing is good business.
((DANNY TAYLOR/RACING PROMOTER: THE IMPORTANCE OF IT OF COURSE IS GENERATING
ECONOMIC DOLLARS, THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT IT WOULD PROVIDE HERE FOR THE
MARKET. AND THOSE ECONOMIC DOLLARS WILL COME FROM NOT ONLY THE ROANOKE AREA
BUT FROM OUTLYING AREAS.))
Taylor says he feels so good about racing coming to Victory Stadium he plans
to set up office right next to it.
Experts say the structure of the stadium is sound but still may cause
problems during flooding.
The council will discuss their options in January.
(RON AD LIBS HERE)
Ongoing financial problems may cost Southern Virginia College of Buena Vista
The Southern Association of Colleges and schools unofficially voted not to
renew the accreditation for the two year college for women.
College officials say the committee's decision was made because of the
school's financial troubles.
Spokesmen say despite grants from the state and large donations from alumnae
the school is still experiencing budget problems.
Southern Virginia officials add they expect to keep accreditation and plan
Two years ago Woolworth's closed its downtown Roanoke location, leaving a
gaping hole on the edge of the city's retail district.
This morning that space gained a new occupant, who hopes to stay there for a
long time to come.
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=The front
SUPER=01-Ann Parks/Assistant Manager; :39 (QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Linda Wallace/Customer; :59
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( The front of the building has a gold and red sign similar to the one
Woolworth's had, but that's where the similarities end between Woolworth's and
its successor in downtown Roanoke, Campbell Mart.
SOT Nat Sot 10:05:08
IN Q=One, two, three, welcome Campbell Mart!
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: WELCOME CAMPBELL MART...ALRIGHT.))
By filling 17-thousand-square-feet of space with merchandise, Campbell Mart
owner Mun Kwang Cho and his wife Ja Cho have opened the largest store to come
to downtown Roanoke in a long time.
A native of Roanoke's sister city, Wonju South Korea, Cho told us through
his assistant manager that it was a big effort to move everything from his old
store, Style Plus, to this new location.
IN Q=He's very
((ANN PARKS/ASSISTANT MANAGER: HE'S VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT AND ALSO HE WORKED
FOR DAY AND NIGHT FOR I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY DAYS.))
OUT Q=for how many days.
Campbell Mart will sell general merchandise and even some
groceries...something that hasn't been done downtown in a long time.
The customers we spoke with seem to like the idea of having a store like
this downtown, but this one says Campbell Mart still needs some fine tuning
when it comes to prices.
IN Q=I will travel
((LINDA WALLACE/CUSTOMER: I WILL TRAVEL A LITTLE EXTRA MILE TO GET THE BEST
Q: SO THEY GOTTA WORK ON THAT A LITTLE BIT?
A: CORRECT, VERY MUCH SO. ))
OUT Q=very much so.
We can't tell you what will happen with the prices, but we can tell you that
coming soon Campbell Mart DOES plan to resurrect the old lunch counter people
remember from the old Woolworth days.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
After yesterday's 100 point plunge, the stock market was bouncing back
The Dow rose 34 and a half points.
NASDAQ was up too, nearly 24 points.
The Christmas season isn't just a time for giving presents-- it's also a
time for giving blood.
And it's traditionally a busy time for the American Red Cross.
The organization is sponsoring Donorama '95.
Officials hope to encourage more people to donate blood during this period
when the need can be greater than usual.
IN Q=Travel periods go up
((BOB OSTROM/AMERICAN RED CROSS: TRAVEL PERIODS GO UP, SO OF COURSE, YOU HAVE
A LOT MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE ROAD AND YOU HAVE A HIGHER RATE OF PEOPLE
BEING INVOLVED IN SERIOUS ACCIDENTS, BUT IT TAKES THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IN
THIS REGION 260 TO 300 PINTS EVERY DAY COLLECTED, JUST TO SUPPLY THIS AREA. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Ostrom/American Red Cross;
OUT Q=SUPPLY THIS AREA
The Red Cross has held the holiday blood drive annually for the past 22
With a school construction project under roof and ahead of schedule,
Roanoke County school superintendent Deanna Gordon served up congratulations
Gordon dished out beans and barbecue for the construction workers who are
building Glenvar Middle School.
In a friendly wager with Sam Lionberger of Lionberger Construction, Gordon
agreed to serve lunch if the building was under roof by December 15th.
IN Q=The December 15th date
((SAM LIONBERGER/LIONBERGER CONSTRUCTION: THE DECEMBER 15TH DATE WAS A VERY
AGGRESSIVE DATE AND WE ALMOST DIDN'T MAKE IT. IN FACT THE ROOF GOT ON AT TWO
O'CLOCK ON THE 15TH. THE WEATHER DIDN'T COOPERATE PRETTY MUCH THE LAST TWO
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: YOU DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO
DO TO GET THE JOB DONE AND THIS IS A LOT OF FUN. THE FELLOWS HAVE REALLY WORKED
HARD, THE FELLOWS AND LADIES, TO GET THIS JOB TO THIS STAGE AND SO WE WERE
REALLY PLEASED TO LIVE UP TO THAT PROMISE TO SERVE THEM LUNCH TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Sam Lionberger/Lionberger Construction; :00
SUPER=01-Deanna Gordon/Roanoke Co. School Superintendent; :12
OUT Q=serve them lunch today.
Gordon says she is pleased with progress at Glenvar Middle School.
And with a bond issue going to the voters in the spring, Gordon says she
hopes the county will be moving forward with more construction soon.
The Express talks about getting out of their 4 game slide and then visit
some children with cancer, The Hokies rebound from their first loss in fashion
and the Virginia Cavaliers are preparing for the Peach Bowl, a game that
has special meaning for one Wahoo.
GRAPHIC=State girls tourney
The Botetourt County Supervisors and the school board got together today to
honor their state champion Cavaliers.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./This Morning; :
The Botetourt county supervisors welcomed the group 2A champs into their
They presented head coach David Wheat with a check for 1 thousand dollars
that will go towards the purchase of championship rings. The board cited the
Lady cavs for their talent, committment and desire.
Lord Botetourt won it's first girls state championship back on december 2nd
with a win over William Byrd.
The 8 and 4 Virginia Cavaliers are focussing on their December 30th Peach
Bowl meeting with the Bulldogs.
And while the wahoos have not had Georgia on their minds until now, tight
end Bobby Neely has been thinking about this scenario all season long.
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI/August 26th; :00
Aside from setting up UVa's first touchdown of the season against Michigan
way back on August 26th, Neely year has been far from Peachy. He's played in
only 5 of the Cavs 12 games and the senior has yet to score a touchdown this
season, but returning to his home state to play his final collegiate game ever,
has made the sting from his injury filled year a little less painful.
((BOBBY NEELY/16 CATCHES, 158 YARDS THIS SEASON:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Neely/16 catches, 158 Yards this Season; :00
OUT Q=...in the Peach Bowl"
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Bulldogs vs. Yellow Jackets;
Neely played football at Atlanta's Mays high school and has watched The
Dogs fight for departing coach Ray Goff to hold a 6 and 5 record.
IN Q="When they
OUT Q=...on the team"
Former Virginia tech punter Robbie Colley is close to signing a contract
with the World Football League. three teams have his rights, but team London
will probably get him. Colley played this past season with the Roanoke Rush.
Colley averaged 46.6 yards per punt this season.
The Virginia Tech Hokies rebounded from their first loss to beat West
Virginia 68-62 last Night.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
Ace Custis lead all scorers with 20 points and had nine boards.
And while the season is early some lessons have been learned.
IN Q=This team
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...needed it"
The Roanoke Express dropped three games in three days this past weekend.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
This Morning, the team went back to practice, and the problem seems to be
IN Q="our problem...
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...a good job""
The 16 and 13 Express is also a little banged up.
IN Q=It's very...
OUT Q=...baby steps"
With Berthiaume in question, Anzalone said today that he will most likely
begin preparing back up Matt Dejuidice for this weekend.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
The Express still has that holiday spirit, earlier today, several team
members brought toys to the cancer patients at Community Hospital.
Many of the children receiving chemotherapy had previously sent Christmas
bags to the Express and the players returned the gesture by spending some time
with the youngsters.
(toss to Jean)
After a suspenseful recount in the Henry County Board of Supervisors'
race-- a local cable T-V personality is gearing up to take her seat.
Jean Jadhon is here to fill us in.
Keith- It was just one week ago that Debra Buchanan
officially defeated Simon Spencer for the Horsepasture District seat.
Tonight, we'll hear from the supervisor- elect-- and find out what she
plans to do in her new post. (----------------)
That story-- plus all the day's news, weather, and sports at 11.