Coming up on news seven at six a stand-off between police and an armed man
in Montogermy County sends one to the hospital.
And woman in Boones Mill is hospitalized after getting burned in a portable
In sports, Kentucky beats state rival Louisville this afternoon and the
Chargers clinch a N-F-L playoff spot with a win over the Giants.
Two days before Christmas-- and snow flurries are in the forecast.
So are below- normal temperatures.
You'll want to stay bundled up this holiday weekend.
One woman is sent to the hospital following an accident involving a kerosene
Fire officials say an elderly woman tripped and fell as she was trying to
refuel a kerosene heater.
The fuel spilled and ignited, burning the woman and setting a shed on fire.
Lifeguard 10 flew her to Roanoke Memorial, where there is no word yet on her
Authorities say caution is needed when using any type of portable heater.
IN Q=It does bring
SUPER=01-Richard Glass/Asst. Fire Chief;
OUT Q=heater works.
In Botetourt County a little girl leads her grandmother to safety after
their home catches fire.
It happened around one this afternoon on Brown avenue.
Ola Hamblin who has problems seeing and hearing didn't notice smoke coming
from the walls of her home until her granddaughter pointed it out.
IN Q=When we arrived
((ADAM FLEMING/READ MOUNTAIN FIRE AND RESCUE: WHEN WE ARRIVED WE HAD SMOKE
COMING OUT OF THE EVES AND OUT OF THE WINDOWS. OUR FIRST ATTACK TEAM WENT IN
AND FOUND OUT THERE WAS FIRE BETWEEN THE FIRST FLOOR AND SECOND FLOOR WHICH WAS
APPARENTLY CAUSED FROM THE CHIMNEY.))
SUPER=01-Adam Fleming/Read Mountain Fire and Rescue;
OUT Q=from the chimney.
The Troutville fire department also assisted.
Fire officials say no one was injured in the incident.
In Montgomery County an apartment complex was evacuated as a man held police
at bay with a gun.
It happened around noon today.
Police say 50-year-old Dennis Drummond called a suicide crisis hotline from
his Ridgewood Apartment saying that he was going to harm himself.
When police arrived Drummond stuck the barrel of a gun out his front door
and police took cover.
After three hours of speaking with Drummond he agreed to surrender.
There was a brief scuffle with police and Drummond was hospitalized with
Police say Drummond has a history of mental illness.
Charges are pending.
An Amherst County teenager is dead following a single car accident.
It happened around six this morning.
Police say 18-year-old Jason Eugene Rucker was driving on route 1-30 near
route 6-79 when he ran off the road and struck a tree.
Police say he was not wearing his seat belt.
He died at the scene.
Statistics show that drugs are a factor in many crimes.
Now Roanoke City has found a new way to battle the problem.
Reporter Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=MR THOMPSON
SUPER=07-David Thompson; :18
SUPER=03-John Rauck/Chief Probation and Parole Officer; :28
SUPER=01-Judge Diane Strickland/Drug Court; 1:12
OUT Q=News 7
((((JUDGE DIANE STRICKLAND/DRUG COURT: MR. THOMPSON YOUR REPORT CONTINUES TO
BE AN EXCELLENT ONE.))
David Thompson was the first drug offender to enter Roanoke City's Drug
The program is the first of its kind in the state.
It allows some non-violent drug offenders to plead guilty and receive
treatment instead of jail time.
((DAVID THOMPSON: I'M ABLE TO RAISE MY FAMILY NOW. I'M ABLE TO WORK AND BE A
PRODUCTIVE PART OF SOCIETY. I CAN GO THROUGH LIFE WITH A CLEAR HEAD. BEFORE I
HAD MY HEAD UP IN THE CLOUDS AND DIDN'T KNOW WHERE I WAS.))
((JOHN RAUCK/CHIEF PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICER: THE EASIEST WAY OUT IS TO
PLEAD GUILTY AND HOPE FOR STRAIGHT PROBATION. THESE PEOPLE ARE AVOIDING THE
POSSIBILITY OF A FELONY CONVICTION, BUT THEY'RE PAYING FOR IT IN TERMS OF A
HIGHER LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY BEING PLACED ON THEM.))
((JUDGE DIANE STRICKLAND/DRUG COURT: THERE WAS AN APPARENT CURFEW VIOLATION
BACK ON THE 13TH OF DECEMBER IS THAT CORRECT?
WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?))
But those involved with drug court say it isn't a walk in the park.
Initially the offenders submit to several drug tests a week, plus visits
with probation officers and meetings with counselors.
Violation of curfews or missed meeting are punished.
((JUDGE DIANE STRICKLAND/DRUG COURT: WE HAVE A SERIES OF INTERNAL SANCTIONS
THAT HAVE BEEN AGREED UPON BY THE STAFF OF THE DAY REPORTING CENTER. I'M HERE
TO LET THEM KNOW THAT SOMEONE IS WATCHING OVER THE STAFF AND THAT THERE COULD
BE MORE SERIOUS PUNISHMENT IMPOSED.))
((YOU CAN'T GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING AND YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T TRY. PEOPLE HAVE
TRIED AND GOTTEN CAUGHT. I TRY TO KEEP MY NOSE CLEAN AND DO EVERYTHING THEY
TELL ME TO DO.))
((JUDGE STRICKLAND: WE COULDN'T ASK FOR A BETTER PERFORMANCE THAN WHAT YOU'VE
SHOWN US AND I CONGRATULATE YOU FOR THAT.))
Praise plays a big part in the drug court program.
Probation officers say this is often the first positive reinforcement
participants have received.
((THOMPSON: WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY YOUR HONOR.
JUDGE: THANK YOU.))
Roanoke's Drug Court program is only four months old but officials say it's
off to a good start.
In January the program will spread into Salem and Roanoke County.
Denise Allen News 7.))
By nearly all accounts, 1995 was a good year for business in our area.
And it wasn't too bad for investors either.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=The Roanoke
SUPER=01-Anne Piedmont/Econ. Development Partnership;:09
SUPER=01-Herb Cork/Business-Technology Center;:31
SUPER=01-Richard Fisher/A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; :48
SUPER=01-Tyler Pugh/Wheat First Butcher Singer; :58
SUPER=@Len2; (quick!) 1:11
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( The Roanoke Valley can't help being bullish about 1995.
In just one week alone, it had two major job announcements.
SOT 00:05:44 ON RECORD AIRCHECK
IN Q=We're seeing
((ANNE PIEDMONT/ROANOKE VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP: WE'RE SEEING
A LOT OF PROSPECTS. OUR INTEREST HAS BEEN STEADY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. SO IT'S
BEEN A VERY GOOD YEAR. AND I THINK THAT IT'S SHOWING THAT WE'VE COME OFF THE
RECESSION OF A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND IT HAS JUST BEEN BUILDING.))
OUT Q=been building.
Even with a slowing national economy, business people familiar with our area
say prospects for next year look good.
SOT 00:12:59 ON RECORD AIRCHECK
IN Q=We probably
((HERB CORK/BUSINESS-TECHNOLOGY CENTER: WE PROBABLY HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY IN
TERMS OF THE OVERALL NEW RIVER VALLEY AREA THAN YOU DO HERE IN THE ROANOKE
VALLEY WHERE YOU'RE CONSTRUCTED UP A MUCH HIGHER PERCENTAGE THAT WE ARE, AND WE
SEE THE INDUSTRIAL PARK EXPANSIONS GOING ON.))
OUT Q=going on.
These two stockbrokers say much of the same for Wall Street next year.
SOT 00:27:36 ON RECORD AIRCHECK
IN Q=I feel
((RICHARD FISHER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC.: I FEEL THERE'LL BE MORE VOLATILITY
BOTH UP AND DOWN BUT I THINK THERE'S GOOD FUNDAMENTALS WITH INTEREST RATES
COMING DOWN THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THE DOW MIGHT GO UP ANOTHER 10-15-PERCENT.))
OUT Q=ten, fifteen percent.
SOT 00:27:51 ON RECORD AIRCHECK
IN Q=We think
((TYLER PUGH/WHEAT FIRST BUTCHER SINGER: WE THINK THAT THE DOW WON'T PERFORM
QUITE AS WELL THIS COMING YEAR AS IT DID IN 1995 BUT WE ALSO THINK THE DOW
REACHING 56-HUNDRED OR SLIGHTLY HIGHER ISN'T OUT OF THE QUESTION.))
OUT Q=out of the question.
For more on a wrapup of 1995 and a look toward 1996, watch On Record, Sunday
morning at 11.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, we'll meet a woman who wants to make sure
exotic pets have a home for the holidays,
and we'll show why one of this season's most popular toy stores is asking its
customers, "Do you want fries with that?"
I don't know about french fries-- but you could probably go for some hot
chocolate about right now.
It's pretty cold out there-- Today's highs didn't make it out of the 30's--
and wind chills were down into the single digits.
We could see some scattered snow flurries tonight-- and possibly again on
The complete holiday forecast is straight ahead.
MUSIC UP FULL
Running out of creative gift ideas for Christmas?
Giving exotic pets as presents can be thoughtful-- but only when the
receiver knows all the facts.
Kimberly McBroom spoke with a pet expert.
IN Q=Meet Cooper, the Iguana
SUPER=01-Dorothy Runion/Roanoke Wildlife Rescue;:36
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Meet Cooper, the Iguana--
This leather- skinned reptile was released by his owner because of his
Cooper's story has a happy ending, though-- he's been adopted as a Biology
class mascot at William Fleming High School.
Cooper is just one of many abandoned creatures Dorothy Runion has taken in
at her wildlife rescue.
Everything from chinchillas to prairie dogs-- these unusual animals were
once family pets.
But they were abandoned because their owners couldn't take proper care of
SOT tape 1 10:37:44
((DOROTHY RUNION/ROANOKE WILDLIFE RESCUE: THE EASY WAY OUT IS TO JUST OPEN THE
DOOR AND LET IT GO, WHICH MEANS IT'S GOING TO GET HIT BY A CAR, OR IT'S GOING
TO BE ATTACKED BY A DOG, OR YOU LEAVE IT AT A DUMPSTER. IT'S TOTALLY
Runion says it's important to note that a person receiving an exotic animal
as a gift will have to spend a lot of time caring for it.
SOT standup tape 2 11:36:50
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: TAKING IN EXOTIC ANIMALS AS PETS CAN BE A LIFETIME
COMMITMENT. PARROTS, LIKE PERKINS HERE, CAN LIVE TO BE A HUNDRED YEARS OLD.
So, before you give someone an exotic pet-- make sure they know what to
SOT tape 1 10:42:44
((I HAVE DONE THE RESEARCH. I KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE. I HAVE THE PROPER
CAGING. I HAVE THE PROPER FOODS, AND I HAVE LOCATED A VETERINARIAN WHO CAN
HELP ME WITH THE NEEDS OF THIS ANIMAL. ))
But a genuine love of all creatures-- exotic and domestic alike-- is
still the biggest requirement.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
When was the last time you went Christmas shopping at a burger joint?
Well, at one national burger chain, you can stuff your stomach with food-
and your stockings with the season's hottest toys.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=Almost every
SUPER=04-Courtesy Disney Films; :07
SUPER=@Len1; :41 (SCREEN RIGHT)
SUPER=01-Mike Sloan/Burger King Franchise Owner; 1:12
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Every holiday season some toy becomes a big hit.
This year, it didn't appear any was leading the pack, until the movie Toy
Story came out.
Nat Sot movie scene
Figurines and puppets of Toy Story's main characters...including Mister
have become big sellers.
SOT BK TAPE 6:11:48
IN Q=You can
((CHASE DOOLEY: YOU CAN PRETEND LIKE HE HAS WINGS, PRETEND LIKE HE HAS WINGS
AND HE CAN FLY WAY UP INTO THE AIR.))
OUT Q=into the air.
SOT lb standup
IN Q=But you
(( But you won't find these toys in the stores.
Strangely enough, a trip to Burger King is on a number of shopping lists. ))
OUT Q=shopping lists.
Nat Sot lady ordering toy on drive thru line
As part of a holiday promotion, you can get a toy if you purchase a meal.
Burger King says without question, this is its most successful movie tie-in
SOT 05:42:32 BK TAPE cover top or bottom half of sot
((MIKE SLOAN/BURGER KING FRANCHISE OWNER: TYPICALLY IN THE LAST SIX TO 12
MONTHS, A POPULAR TOY WE'RE DOING, 600 A WEEK, MAYBE 800 A WEEK...POCAHONTAS
THIS SUMMER. RIGHT NOW WE'RE AVERAGING OVER 1300 A WEEK IN EACH OF THE SIX
RESTAURANTS THAT WE OPERATE.))
OUT Q=that we operate.
Burger King had 35-million figurines and 15-million puppets made for this
It wasn't enough though. Some locations have already run out.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return, Habitat for Humanity marks a happy occasion in the valley,
and we'll see how RAISING money for charity becomes a hair RAISING experince
for two local radio personalities.
The cost of losing a bet cut deep for two local disc jockeys.
K-92's morning crew asked listeners to help out with the annual toy drive
for the Salvation Army.
Two D.J.'s promised to LOSE hair if the station collected over 500 toys.
Listeners donated more than one thousand toys.
So, morning personality, Mo-Fo, had to shave his legs and morning producer
Don Walker had to get a hair cut.
Walker hadn't cut his hair in two years.
His father made the first cut.
A house warming party marked a monumental accomplishment for the Roanoke
Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Today the organization dedicated its 50th house.
The Hail family received the keys to their new home this morning.
The ceremony celebrated the end of months of hard work, but the Hails say
the sweat was all worth it.
IN Q=makes it more
((TONY HAIL/NEW HOME OWNER: MAKES IT MORE SPECIAL. THE LAST TWO MONTHS I'VE
BEEN GOING ON ADRENALINE. BUT NOW THIS LAST WEEK I GOT A LITTLE TIRED. BUT NOW
IT'S JUST GREAT. IT'S COMING ALL TOGETHER.))
SUPER=01-Tony Hail/New Home Owner;
OUT Q= ALL TOGETHER
Moores Lumber and Building Supplies sponsored the house.
The company raised more than 50-thousand dollars during a charity golf
Moores also threw in a Christmas baskets of sorts--a wheel barrow full of
lawn care supplies.
IN Q=BUILDING SUPPLIES
((CATHY JANSEN/MOORES LUMBER AND BUILDING SUPPLIES: BUILDING SUPPLIES AND
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY JUST GO TOGETHER. IT WAS OUR WAY OF HELPING PUT THINGS
BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Cathy Jansen/Moores Lumber and Building Supplies;
OUT Q=INTO THE COMMUNITY
Habitat For Humanity helps people who normally would not be able to buy a
home-- become homeowners.
The Hails spent the rest of the day moving into their new house.
Tonight they plan to put up their first Christmas tree.
And coming up scores and highlights from college basketball the Panthers
prepare for their showdown with the Washington Redskins.
And the San Diego Chargers clinch a spot in the playoffs with a big win over
the New York Giants.
Fourth Ranked Kentucky won the battle for state bragging rights today
beating 15-th ranked Louisville 89 to 66.
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY/CBS SPORTS; :
An ugly first half but Alvin Simms drives to the hoop and draws the foul
giving the Cardinals a one point lead.
Louisville went to big man Samaki Walker he scores on the jam and the
Cardinals led by three.
But the Wildcats rallied. Walter McCarty comes in and hits the jumper and
Kentucky took its first lead at 12 to 10.
The Cardinals didn't back down on this play Sims goes in for the jam but
Louisville trailed at the half.
Kentucky upped the defensive SUPER=33-Kentucky/=89/Louisville/=66;
pressure getting easy baskets and the Wildcats beat the Cardinals by 23, 89 to
The San Diego Chargers clinched a spot in the N-F-L playoffs this
afternoon beating the New York Giants 27 to 17.
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/NBC SPORTS; :
Charger coach Bobby Ross looking a little chilly as he walked the sideline
at the Meadowlands.
And the Giants took the lead in the second quarter. Dave Brown scoring
from three yards out to make it 10 to nothing New York.
The Giants added to that lead when Rodney Hampton bulled over from the one
yard line to make it 17 to 3 at the half.
But the Chargers rallied in the second half and this Rodney Culver 8 yard
touchdown run tied the game at 17 to 17 with 9 minutes left in the game.
San Diego was backed up to its SUPER=30-San Diego/=27/N.Y.
Giants/=17;goal line when Shaun Gayle came up with a big play. He picks off
the Dave Brown pass and takes off like a bullet scoring the touchdown from 99
Yards out and the Chargers win it 27 to 17.
George Byrd hit a jumper as time ran out to lead Virginia Commonwealth over
for that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
The Carolina Panthers are preparing for their final game of their inaugural
SUPER=03-Rockhill, SC/WBTV; :
The Panthers travel to R-F-K this Sunday for a game with the Washington
If the Panthers are victorious, they will finish the year with an 8 and 8
500 record which would be the best for an expansion club in any professional
IN Q=First audio
((FRANK REICH/PANTHERS QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Reich/Panthers Quarterback; :
OUT Q=.......the football."
Dallas Cowboy Jay Novacek will go under the knife this evening.
An M-R-I detected a cartilage tear in his knee after he aggravated the
injury from two weeks ago.
Team officials say Novacek will miss the rest of the regular season.
He's expected to be able to return sometime in January.
The Richmond Renegades beat the Roanoke Express last night in Richmond 4
to 2 extending the Express losing streak fo five straight a franchise record
SUPER=03-Richmond/Express vs Renegades; :
The rivalry between the two is the hottest in the East Coast Hockey League.
And last night the Renegades got the early lead when Jay Murphy scored and
the Express fell behind one to nothing in the first period.
The Express rallied Tim christian takes the puck and scores the first of
his two goals on the night and it was tied at one.
Richmond answered later in the second when Brian Goudi gets the goal to
make the score 2 to 1 Renegades.
The Renegades coasted the rest of SUPER=34-Richmond/==4/Roanoke/==2;the
way scoring again in the second and Richmond beats the Express tonight 4 to 2.
Before taking a couple of days off for Christmas, The Express will host
the Hampton Roads Admirals at the Roundhouse tonight.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been sold. Anheuser-Busch announced today
that an investor group purchased the team for 150 million dollars and will keep
the team in the city.
The new owners, led by St. louis lawyer Fred Hanser, expect to close the
deal by February 15-th. The sale must be approved by Major League Baseball.
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