Another murder in Amherst County-
Hunters find a body not far from where a Lynchburg woman was found dead.
Also tonight a Montgomery County man is dead after an automobile accident
And the State Police release their report on allegations against former
Parole Board Chairman John Metzger.
In sports, Mike Stevens will join us live from New Orleans where the Hokies
are preparing for the Sugar Bowl, we will also hear from UVa as the Cavs get
ready for the Peach Bowl,
and Virginia basketball coach Jeff Jones, along with former Patrick Henry
star Curtis Staples were at the Roanoke civic center a few hours ago, getting
themselves ready for tonight's battle with the Hokies.
OK, time for a gentle warm up for the region. This forecast has sun and
mild temperatures before a New Years Day rain.
An accident on Interstate 81 killed a man and injured at least two others
It happened in Montgomery County, just north of exit 109.
State police say the driver of a logging truck was thrown from his vehicle
when he rear-ended a car while changing lanes.
The truck driver died at the scene. Police have not released his name.
The victims in the car were taken to Radford Community Hospital. No word
yet on their conditions.
He told crude jokes and violated some policies of the Virginia Parole Board.
But State Police say former chairman John Metzger is NOT guilty of criminal
Ellen Qualls has the results of a state probe released today.
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SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/Va. State Police Superintendent; :18
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Chesterfield County.
(( Last month, John Metzger ended a career leap from the U.S. Marshall's office
in Roanoke to the head of George Allen's tough new parole board amid scandalous
The most damaging was that Metzger had had parolees re-arrested after their
M.E.D. or minimum expiration date for their parole period.
((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VA. STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: OVER THE COURSE OF YEARS
OF TRADITION, THE M.E.D. HAS COME TO BE THE DATE THAT THEY WERE IN FACT
RELEASED. AND THAT'S THE WAY THAT THE PAROLE BOARD THROUGH PRACTICE HAS
INTERPRETED THE M.E.D. WHEN THE CODE APPARENTLY DOES NOT SAY THAT.))
Metzger was also cleared of a perjury allegation related to one of these
And State Police say they found "NO hard evidence" of racist behavior.
But as for the sexual jokes...
((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS: ATTEMPTS AT HUMOR IS THE WAY IT WAS REFERENCED. CRUDE
JOKES. CRUDE REMARKS. THAT TYPE OF THING THAT OFFENDED SOME OF THOSE THAT
WERE PRESENT WHEN THOSE REMARKS WERE MADE. WE DID NOT FIND ANY EVIDENCE THAT
THERE HAD BEEN TOUCHING OR SEXUAL ADVANCES.))
((PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY JERRY KILGORE SAYS PAROLE BOARD POLICIES ARE NOW
BEING CHANGED TO GIVE PAROLE BOARD MEMBERS AS MUCH FLEXIBILITY TO PROTECT THE
PUBLIC SAFETY AS THE LAW ACTUALLY ALLOWS. THAT'S THANKS TO, BUT WITHOUT, JOHN
METZGER, WHOM KILGORE WISHES WELL IN THE FUTURE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7,
For the second time in a month a body has been found in the woods of Amherst
Around 8-30 this morning, two hunters found a woman's body off of Earley
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SUPER=01-Gordon Mathews/Found Body;
SUPER=01-Buck Mathews/Found Body;
OUT Q=down to the ground.
An investigator says the body has been identified but they're are not
releasing the name until next of kin are notified.
Just last month a woman's body was found in the Galt's Mill Area, just five
miles down the road.
Monday, the Montgomery County sheriff's department will change hands for the
third time in eight years.
Incoming sheriff Doug Marrs has yet to reveal all his plans for the office,
but two of his first moves will leave two top- ranking deputies without jobs.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape; :08
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/September 1994; :21
SUPER=01-O.P. Ramsey/Capt. of Law Enforcement; :26
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Ten months shy of retirement eligibility, Captain of Law Enforcement O.P.
Ramsey spent his last day at work today.
Ramsey was a Blacksburg police officer for 23 years before joining the
Montgomery County sheriff's department in 1992.
He says he knew when he ran for sheriff as an independent he could be
risking his job.
Ramsey says when he entered the race the man who eventually won the
election, Doug Marrs came to his home and made that clear.
((O.P. RAMSEY: HE SAID "WELL, YOU KNOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THIS. I THOUGHT
YOU WERE GONNA SUPPORT ME AND IF YOU HADN'T DONE THIS YOU WOULD'VE HAD A JOB.
Chief Deputy Dan Haga, who challenged Marrs for the Republican nomination,
also says HIS termination is political payback, though it's common for a new
sheriff to name his own chief.
Marrs would not comment other than to say he's making appointments based on
the best qualified people.
To that, Ramsey says his 28 years of experience speaks for itself.
He'd like state lawmakers to consider legislation to give deputies statewide
more job security.
((POLICE OFFICERS HAVE THE POLICEMAN'S BILL OF RIGHTS, WHICH THEY CAN APPEAL
((DEPUTY SHERIFF'S DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT.))
Between Ramsey and Haga, the sheriff's department is losing 52 years of law
enforcement experience. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a prosecutor finds himself on the other side
of the witness stand as a convicted drug trafficker tries to avoid tax charges,
and we'll tell you how Governor Allen has sweetened the pot for this weekend's
college bowl games.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
U-S Attorney Hunter Smith is used to battling defense attorneys- but not
from the witness stand.
That's where he found himself today, as lawyers for Victor and Janet Cucci
tried to get tax- evasion charges dismissed.
Defense lawyers argued illegally seized evidence lead prosecutors to pursue
fraud charges against the Cuccis.
They also believe prosecutor Hunter Smith presented inconsistent evidence--
Today the judge had the Prosecutor take the stand.
IN Q=It didn't surprise
((TOM LEGGETTE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IT DIDN'T SURPRISE ME. OBVIOUSLY MR. SMITH
DOESN'T HAVE ANY NOTES SO HE'S GOING ON HIS RECOLLECTION THAT WE ALL KNOW FROM
LAST MONTH, WASN'T VERY GOOD.))
SUPER=01-Tom Leggette/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=wasn't very good;
But the motion to dismiss tax evasion charges was denied.
SUPER=03-Beckley, WV/December 1992;
The Covington businessman is already serving a 14- year sentence for drug
trafficking and money laundering.
Both Cucci and his wife will face a jury April twenty- second.
No bitter outbursts today as the Governor's proposed budget faced the
public for one of the first times.
Teresa Hamilton has the highlights from Southside.
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SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Whitten/VEA Executive Committee; :18
SUPER=07-Delores Davis; :51
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((Those who showed up at Halifax County high school were given three minutes
to make their point.
Steve Whitten with the Virginia Education Association was among the first to
He's concerned the Governor's budget calls for NO state pay raises in the
first year of the biennium.
Members of the House and Senate joint money committees were listening.
Some of what they heard, probably didn't come as a surprise.
Halifax County is the heart of tobacco country.
Several who spoke were lobbying for the Virginia Cooperative Extension
The Agency fared well in the Governor's budget, but has been hit hard in
This was the second of five public hearing scheduled around the state.
The next one in our area will be held January fourth in Hillsville. Teresa
Hamilton, News 7.))
The man who once ran the Star City is now headed to the Lone Star State.
Former Roanoke city manager Bern (YOU-ert) Ewert will work in Galveston,
Texas for the next three months.
Galveston city council today hired (You-ert) Ewert to be acting city
He'll be in charge while they look for someone to take the job permanently.
Since leaving the Explore Park almost five years ago, Ewert has been working
as a consultant.
He spent several months in Czechoslovakia, helping the newly elected
government of the city of Pilsen.
On Wall Street today, investors taking year end profits pushed the stock
The DOW dropped 10 points closing at five thousand-96.
Nasdaq lost six points.
Governor George Allen wants to reduce the trade deficit between Virginia and
Texas-- and he's counting on the Hokies to help out.
The Governor told a Richmond radio audience today he lost Virginia peanuts,
hams, and apples to Texas Governor George Bush in October, when Texas defeated
Now, he's hoping the Hokies will win him some Texas ribs and ruby red
grapefruits at the Sugar Bowl.
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((IT'S GREAT OF COURSE THAT VIRGINIA TECH'S GETTING INTO THE SUGAR BOWL...
The Governor says First Lady Susan Allen vetoed trips to either bowl game or
tonight's UVA-Tech basketball game -- but he'll catch the bowl games on TV.
UVa and Virginia tech are our focus at home and abroad. Both will battle
each other tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center in hoops, Mike Stevens will join
us from New Orleans,
and we will have a report on the Wahoo footballers who continue their Peach
Bowl preparations in Atlanta.
The countdown to Sunday' Sugar Bowl continues in New Orleans. Both Texas
and Virginia tech are trying to balance business and pleasure,
double box/steve and Mike
Mike Stevens is doing the same and he now joins us from somewhere near
Bourbon street where he has been covering the Hokies. Mike, I have to ask ya..
how are the crawfish tasting?
SUPER=06-New Orleans, LA; :
Mike add libs interview with Jim Druckenmiller
HE WILL ROLL B-ROLL FROM THE TRUCK!!!!!!
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/14 TD Passes;
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/Tulane University; :00
The cavaliers continue to prepare themselves for Gerogia and this
saturday's Peach Bowl.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Today; :00
Mike Groh will be a key for the cavs, if they are to finish on a positive
note this season.
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/UVa Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...peach bowl"
Groh faces an aggressive Bulldog defense that will put him and his line to
OUT Q=...plan for it"
Tonight at 7pm, the Cavaliers and the Hokies meet at the Roanoke Civic
UVa coach Jeff Jones and his Cavaliers went through a brief workout around
1:30 this afternoon on the civic center floor.
Former Patrick Henry star Curtis Staples, along with his teammates shot
for about an hour. The Wahoos are 4 and 2.
The 4 and 1 Hokies practiced at noon. Shawn Smith leads Tech in scoring;
averaging 16 per game. Tonight pits the 21st ranked Hokies against the 22nd
ranked cavs. UVa leads the series 66 to 43.
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/Va. Tech Forward; :07
OUT Q=...Like Virginia"
GRAPHIC=Nations Bank Hoops tourney
Salem took on North Carolina's Riverside in the Nations Bank Holiday Hoops
tournament championship today at the salem Civic Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/Spartans vs. Pirates;
Salem's Sammy Lazzaro in-bounds to Eric Grinnell who throws it up from way
outside, gets the roll and the two points.
At the other end of court, Spartan Herschel Thomas, gets the rebound and
takes it all the way, pulling up in the paint to make the 'J'.
But Riverside starts to put the moves on Salem.
Marc McPhatter fakes the 'J' and spoons the ball into the basket to cut Salem
lead to one.
But the Pirates win 69-53.
William Byrd beat Northside 73-66 in the consolation championship.
We conclude our wrapup of the top economic stories in our area this year
with a weekday edition of the News-7 Business Review.
Len Besthoff reports the last four months of 1995 brought more bad news than
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Workers at Babcock and Wilcox in Campbell County got some bad news in
The defense contractor announced it would have to eliminate 200 jobs due to
federal budget cuts.
Two of the area's largest employers, Norfolk Southern and the Radford
Arsenal, made buyout offers to hundreds of workers.
Sara Lee delivered a shocker to its 130 employees in Salem this fall, when
it decided to close its Leggs distribution center.
Most people in Roanoke weren't surprised at all though, when the city
learned it would lose Heironimus, its last downtown department store.
The fall also featured two sets of layoffs at the Volvo-GM truck plant in
Dublin due to slowing demand.
The moves put more than 350 people out of work.
The routing of a new interstate called I-73 was given the president's stamp
When it's built, it will pass through the New River Valley, the Roanoke
Valley, and the Martinsville area.
Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern won the second largest contract in its
The Roanoke firm will design part of a communications system for six Florida
law enforcement agencies.
Roanoke and Martinsville received enterprise zone designations from the
It gives them valuable tax breaks and subsidies to improve business sites.
And throughout the latter part of the year Bell Atlantic remained in the
headlines, from news about a contract dispute with its unions to merger
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review Year End Edition.
The final pieces are falling into place and soon the water will be flowing
from the Spring Hollow Reservoir.
It's taken three years to build the dam, treatment facilities and
transmission lines, but the work is now winding down.
And Roanoke County plans to begin pumping water from the reservoir in
We'll have that story-- plus all the day's news, weather, and sports at 11.