Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A school bus driver accused as a crack peddler has other charges pending.
A county government department head going to jail for theft.
And we'll check in for a brief stay at the Peaks of Otter Lodge- -where
workers are tired of what they're calling "political games" in Washington.
In sports, grant Hill's hat, Alonzo Mourning's shoes and a whole bunch of
other NBA stuff is ready to be raffled off at Roanoke College, UVa talks about
what the Peach Bowl means to them,
and we will hear from Georgia Coach Ray Goff and his quarterback as they
discuss playing the cavaliers.
A blustery cold night ahead, with no significant warming trend in sight.
Stay tuned for the latest from the News 7 Weather Center.
A Roanoke School bus driver indicted on federal drug charges says he is not
Wayne Anthony Hicks entered the plea this afternoon as he was arraigned in
Roanoke federal court.
The 23- year old was accused of posessing 38 grams of crack cocaine... and
he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison if he is
The bus driver also faces charges in state court following an unrelated
arrest in May of this year.
Those charges include failure to stop for police and passing a stopped
A 20-year employee of Roanoke County, "Red" Cable, will go to jail after
The judge ignored sentencing guidelines that called for NO time to serve.
The 65-year old retired Communications Director stole hundreds of items-
-over a ten-year period- -worth thousands of dollars.
And yet Cable could not bring himself to admit to the judge that he'd
committed a crime.
IN Q=Why can't you
((SKIP BURKART/PROSECUTOR: WHY CAN'T YOU LOOK HIM IN THE EYE AND SAY, "I'M
WRONG. I STOLE THESE THINGS?" (long pause) RED CABLE: WELL, I TOOK SOME OF THE
SUPER=02-Skip Burkart/Prosecutor; :00
SUPER=01-Sherman "Red" Cable; :14
OUT Q=of the items.
Keith on ENG
He said he didn't know why he took them, that he had no intent of stealing.
A long-time friend of the family described Cable as the ultimate pack- rat
-a man whose home is "cluttered beyond belief," because he saved everything.
The judge was told the former county government department head has never
been in trouble before.
IN Q=But I have
((JUDGE ROY WILLETT: BUT I HAVE EVIDENCE THAT YOU'VE BEEN COMMITTING THIEVERY
AGAINST YOUR EMPLOYER THAT HELD YOU IN TRUST FOR OVER TEN YEARS. I CANNOT
UNDERSTAND ANYONE SAYING THAT YOU "ACCIDENTALLY" TOOK AN AIR CONDITIONER.))
SUPER=01-Judge Roy Willett/Roanoke Co. Circuit Court;
OUT Q=took an air conditioner.
The judge ordered Sherman Ace Cable, Senior to serve 90 days in jail
beginning January third.
A jury has convicted a Halifax County teenager for his role in a fatal drive
17- year- old Kevin Newman was found guilty this afternoon of second degree
murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Newman was accused of shooting and killing Anthony Scott Whitlock during a
drive- by shooting at the West Side Trailer Court in February.
The jury recommended Newman spend 79 years in prison.
This was Newman's second trial.
His first ended in a hung jury.
Governor George Allen says it's time to crack down on "predatory juveniles,"
and he's prepared to spend 41- million dollars to do it right.
Allen received the final recommendations from his juvenile justice reform
DOUBLE BOX=Keith/Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Will this fly in the General Assembly?
ROLL Q= rehabilitation before harsher punishments.
IN Q=Attorney General
SUPER=01-Julie McConnell/Va. ACLU; :55
OUT Q=not a good idea.
(( Attorney General Jim Gilmore's commission wants to automatically transfer
the most violent juveniles to adult courts.
Send disruptive students to alternative schools and incarcerated young
people to military style boot camps.
Open the secretive juvenile court process.
George Allen wants Democrats to like it.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK WE CAN. THERE'S NO REASON WHY WE CANNOT MOVE
FORWARD...PAROLE.. OVERWHELMING BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT.))
So at this meeting, Allen and Gilmore extended the olive branch of
((GILMORE: I STRONGLY...INITIATIVE. ))
Critics are glad to see a softened stance.
SOT tape two 13:58:26
((JULIE MCCONNELL/VA. ACLU: THE GOVERNOR'S COMMISSION ... NOT A GOOD IDEA.))
A bi- partisan commission has put it in writing -- a bill to try the
controversial charter school concept in Virginia.
They say they must be public schools, with NO religious affiliation, and
meet the same rigorous academic standards.
But the bill would allow local school boards to decide if they wanted up to
two schools -- created and run by parents and teachers -- in their district.
IN Q=From my standpoint
((FROM MY .... OPEN SESAME AND YOU KNOW.))
SUPER=01-Del. Panny Rhodes/(R) Richmond;
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania; :16
OUT Q=for themselves.
Last year, House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell called the charter schools
concept "a return to segregation" and "the Balkanization of Virginia's
Lawmakers on this commission admit he may already have the votes to defeat
the bill again.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---Another Democrat sets HER sights on John
Warner's Senate seat.
and there's no holiday joy at one popular Bedford County resort.
Just four days before Christmas, Washington's budget battles hit home
again---and it means a number of people won't be getting a paycheck, at least
Toss to Patrick
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Her campaign is "not about the establishment."
Former northern Virginia Congresswoman Leslie Byrne says her bid for the
U.S. Senate IS about economic fairness for working families, protecting the
environment, and equal access to good education.
Byrne faces former Democratic party chairman Mark Warner for the nomination.
IN Q=The positions
((LESLIE BYRNE/D- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: THE POSITIONS I'VE TAKEN, AND FEEL
VERY STRONGLY ABOUT ARE NOT JUST WORDS. THERE'S ACTIONS TO BACK THEM UP. AND
I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE DIFFERENCES. BUT QUITE HONESTLY, IF YOU LOOK AT ME,
I'M DIFFERENT THAN THE GUYS. I TALK DIFFERENT FROM THE GUYS. AND IT DOESN'T
MATTER WHO THE GUYS ARE.))
SUPER=01-Leslie Byrne/(D) U.S. Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=guys are.
Byrne is the only woman to ever represent Virginia in the U.S. Capitol.
She says current Republican Senator John Warner isn't representing the
firefighters, nurses, factory workers, and farmers of Virginia.
Republican leaders and the President continue to point fingers in the
balanced budget battle.
Meanwhile even more livelihoods hang in the balance now.
Peaks of Otter Lodge is now closed because of the government shutdown.
And as Scott Prince reports, vacationers aren't the only ones suffering.
IN Q=Nat sound keys
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Tammy Rollins/Peaks of Otter Employee; :27
SUPER=01-Ron Wagner/Co-Owner; :55
OUT Q=S.P., News 7, Bedford Co.
Nat sound keys,
then "That's it" 12:11:45
(( At least for now it is.
The Federal shutdown has forced Peaks of Otter Lodge to lock its doors.
But the eighty or so workers won't be furloughed.
Instead, they'll be laid off until a budget agreement is reached.
Even though the resort is privately owned and operated, it's located on
Now instead of Christmas cheer, employees have Christmas FEAR.
IN Q=My husband
((TAMMY ROLLINS/PEAKS OF OTTER EMPLOYEE: MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH WORK UP HERE.
WE HAVE THREE SMALL CHILDREN-- CHRISTMAS. I'M TIRED OF THE POLITICAL GAMES
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS PLAYING. THEY'RE PLAYING WITH A LOT OF PEOPLES LIVES.
THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IT HAS HAPPENED. WE'RE NOT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, SO WE
DON'T GET BACK WAGES.))
OUT Q=back wages
But workers aren't the only ones feeling the effects.
All 63 rooms were booked through New Year's Day.
And nearly half a dozen Christmas parties were scheduled.
Unless things change soon, everyone will be turned away.
IN Q=We were just
((RON WAGNER/CO-OWNER: WE WERE JUST LOOKING FOR A FULL HOUSE FOR EIGHT OR NINE
DAYS IN A ROW. EIGHT OR NINE HUNDRED PEOPLE FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER. ASIDE FROM
CHANGING ALL OF OUR VISITORS' PLANS OUR PEOPLE ARE JUST TOTALLY DEJECTED.))
OUT Q=totally dejected
Wagner says the lodge will re- open minutes after they get word from
And for workers and vacationers alike, it wouldn't be a minute too soon.
Scott Prince, News 7, Bedford County.))
The Roanoke man accused of setting up an elaborate indoor marijuana farming
operation pleaded guilty today in federal court.
Victor Layman could face up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Police Video
Police discovered hundreds of plants when they raided a home in Roanoke
County last year.
Today, Layman plead guilty to one count of conspiring to manufacture and
But a judge must still decide how much of the pot is Layman's
IN Q=I think that is exactly
SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Layman's Attorney;
OUT Q=associated to mr. Layman.
Layman's wife, Dayna, also plead guilty today. She told the judge she knew
of her husband's activities and helped to manicure the marijuana plants... but
today her attorney described her as a minor player in the operation.
State police say a Virginia Tech student who died in a car accident this
morning may have been driving while high on cocaine.
It happened around three A-M on route 460 near Pembroke in Giles County.
21- year- old Matthew Raymond Petrasy of Richmond died at the scene.
Police say they found a bag containing cocaine residue in his pocket.
Petrasy was driving West in the Eastbound lane when his car ran off the road
and hit a parked pickup truck.
The Danville family that lost two children in a recent fatal traffic
accident is suing the driver to recover the cost of the childrens' funerals.
The October accident at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Route 265
killed 12- year old Jami Earles and her 10- year old brother James.
They were passengers in a car driven by 18- year old Norma Jean Daniel, a
friend of the family.
On Monday, the children's mother filed papers in Pittsylvania County Circuit
Court to collect the 50- thousand dollars Daniel's insurance company has agreed
The children's step-father says he doesn't harbor resentment toward Daniel.
Raymond Mustain says the lawsuit is necessary because the insurance payment
has been held up by red tape.
On Wall Street late selling dropped the Dow Jones Industrial Average more
than 50 points.
NASDAQ was down a little more than a point.
A Blacksburg company may begin construction on a medical waste incinerator
in Bland County this summer.
The state air pollution control board has approved Case-Lin Systems' permit.
State law will probably prevent opponents, who say they are fearful of toxic
chemicals, from appealing.
Case-Lin must still resolve a zoning issue with the county.
In 1992 the Board of supervisors deeded land to Case-Lin in the Bastian
But in 1994 a new board rezoned the land for agriculture.
If your nerves are already shot by Holiday Stress, you may need this advice.
At Lewis- Gale's Health Management Center they say it's important to turn
holiday traps into holiday treasures.
The recommendation-- concentrate this season on strengthening your soul.
Ask for help when you need it, and take care of your body as well.
IN Q=So now's
((JULIE LUSK/LEWIS-GALE HEALTH MANAGEMENT CENTER: SO NOW'S A CHANCE TO REALLY
LOOK AT WHAT YOUR HOLIDAYS WERE LIKE LAST YEAR AND WHAT YOU REALLY FOUND
SATISFYING AND FULFILLING TO RENEW YOUR FRIENDSHIPS, YOUR SPIRIT. AS WELL AS
THOSE THINGS THAT WERE REALLY A DRAG. ))
SUPER=01-Julie Lusk/Lewis-Gale Health Management Center; :
OUT Q=a drag.
Lusk also suggests finding humor in your holiday dilemmas.
Georgia is practicing for UVa, we will hear from the Bulldogs head coach,
George Welsh will shott a few comments back,
and we will tell you why Grant Hill's hats are over at Roanoke College in the
Maroons locker room, along with a pair of Alonzo Mourning's size 17 shoes.
The Georgia Bulldogs are preparing for their December 30th meeting with
Virginia in the Peach Bowl.
Georgia coach Ray Goff and his Dogs have practicing this week, and while
he is leaving after this season, the team will settle for nothing less than a
win against UVA.
((RAY GOFF/GEORGIA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Ray Goff/Georgia Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=....go out and earn it"
The Bulldogs are 6 and 5, but with the tough opposition in the SEC, they
are better than that record indicates. They respect UVa, especially the defense
IN Q="A lot of
SUPER=01-Hines Ward/Georgia Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...is tremendous"
The 8 and 4 Cavaliers and their season has many similarities to the
Georgia and it's season. and the Wahoos also have a lot to play for.
IN Q="I think
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...need to play for"
The UVa offense will be considerably stronger for the Peach Bowl. Expect
top UVa receiver Patrick Jeffers back from hamstring injuries and Bobby Neely
has put the crutches away and will be ready to go.
IN Q="I think
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/UVa Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...production goes"
Cornell Brown is one good reason the Hokies are playing Texas in the
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Hokies vs. Cavaliers; :00
The junior consensus all-american leads the team in sacks with 14 and he's
the most decorated Hokie since Bruce Smith. One other quality he has
demonstrated is that he is finishing what he started.
IN Q="I remember...
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...part of that"
VMI running back Thomas Haskins has been selected to the Football
Gazette's NCAA Division 1-Double A All-American team.
The Junior has been named to the second team as a tailback. He rushed for a
VMI school record 1 thousand, 548 yards this season and scored 17 touchdowns,
also a school record. He was the Southern Conference offensive player of the
Roanoke College is gearing up for the fourth annual Dominos-Lewis Gale
basketball tournament January 3rd and 4th.
Aside from the great division three action, one of the best highlights is
the NBA and college memrobilia that is raffled off during the course of the 2
day tourney. Proceeds go cancer research and the V-Foundation.
Tech's Bill foster donated a Tech Jersey as did UVa's Jeff Jones. Miami Heat
center Alonzo Mourning even threw in a pair of size 17 shoes!
(toss to Jean)
A dispute over what books should be used in the classroom highlights
tonight's 11 O'clock newscast.
Jean Jadhon is here to fill us in.
Keith, some parents in Bath County are upset over two books used in their
teenager's high school.
They say "Go Ask Alice," and "Of Mice and Men," are indecent.
Others parents say getting rid of the novels would be censorship.
Both sides will have their say tonight.
We'll have the full story on News 7 at 11 plus all the day's news, weather