Two bodies found in less than two months. Now Amherst County authorities
try to figure out if the two deaths are related.
Plus Southwest Virginians take to the skies headed for New Orleans and
In sports, I will play traffic cop today between Mike Stevens in New
Orleans and Roy Stanley in Atlanta, both will join us live,
and Pulaski County kicker makes a verbal committment today to a college
football program. His decision in sports.
Saturday looks very nice but then things go downhill into the New Year.
Forecast details are coming up.
The Amherst County Sheriff's Department is trying to find a connection
between a woman's body found yesterday and one found last month.
32- year- old Jacquelyn Dorsey Carter was found in a remote area of the
county yesterday morning.
Jay Moore is in our Lynchburg Bureau with the latest.
Jay, can police find any similarities between these two apparent murders?
Well Jean, so far the department has found many similarities including the
fact that these bodies were found less than five miles apart.
Roll cue: five miles apart.
IN Q=It started
SUPER=03-Amherst Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=04-November 24; :13
SUPER=01-Michael Cox/Amherst Co. Sheriff; :18
OUT Q=gunshot wounds.
Now Jean, no arrests have been made in either case.
The last time the family talked with Carter was Saturday morning.
Sheriff Cox says his office is looking for anyone who may have had contact
with her since then.
If anyone has any information they can contact the Amherst County Sheriff's
Department at (8-0-4) 9-2-9, 9-3-0-0 OR 9-4-6, 93 hundred.
DOUBLE BOXES= Jean/Jay
(Q/A: Jay does the department have any suspects?
Sheriff Cox says his department doesn't have a definte suspect, but it
pursuing different avenues at this time. )
A judge in Martinsville threw out a felony drug charge against a Henry
County animal control officer.
But this afternoon he convicted Gerald Wheeler of falsifying records, a
Wheeler was fined 500 dollars for the logbook entry he made on June 8th.
That was the day his son was arrested in Patrick County and charged with
possession of a drug used to euthanize animals.
Charges against Gary Wheeler have since been dismissed and today judge
Charles Stone said he believed there was no criminal intent when Gerald Wheeler
provided the drug to his son.
IN Q=I could argue
((GERALD WHEELER/HENRY CO. ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER; I COULD ARGUE ALL DAY LONG
THAT EVERYTHING I DID WAS WITHIN THE LAW. I CAN STAND HERE AND TELL YOU WHY I
DID WHAT I DID, AND AT THE SAME TIME I CAN STAND HERE AND TELL YOU WHY JUDGE
STONE DID WHAT HE DID.))
((RANDOLPH SMITH/PROSECUTOR: AT LEAST WE DID GET A CONVICTION. I THINK WE
PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT WHAT MR. WHEELER DID WAS WRONG AND NOT LEGALLY PROPER
AND WE GOT A CONVICTION BECAUSE OF THAT.))
SUPER=01-Gerald Wheeler/Henry Co. Animal Control Officer; :00
SUPER=01-Randolph Smith/Prosecutor; :15
OUT Q=because of that.
Wheeler was suspended without pay six months ago.
He says he doesn't know whether he will try to reclaim his job.
Montgomery County's sheriff-elect spent his last day on the job today as
investigations lieutenant with the Christiansburg police department.
Monday, Doug Marrs will take his new seat as Sheriff.
Tracy Altizer reports Marrs is eager to roll up his sleeves and get to work.
IN Q=So help me God.
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff-elect; :30
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
SOT nat of swearing in
((SO HELP ME, GOD.
It's been a tense holiday season for deputies at the Montgomery County
sheriff's office, not knowing whether they'd have jobs under incoming sheriff
But all except for two top administrators have been resworn to duty.
Marrs has filled those positions with Christiansburg police sergeant Michael
Cox, who will be chief deputy, and a former deputy, Neal Turner, as
With his staff now in place, Marrs says he's eager to start his new job, and
his office will have an open door.
((DOUG MARRS/SHERIFF-ELECT: I WANT THE CITIZENS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY TO
UNDERSTAND WHEN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DOES SOMETHING, WHY HE DOES IT, HOW
THEIR TAX MONEY IS BEING SPENT. ))
Marrs says to help facilitate public input he's considering setting up a
citizens police academy, similar to one he helped create at the Christiansburg
((THAT IS SOMETHING THAT I WANT TO LOOK AT VERY STRONGLY WHEN I GET INTO THE
SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT THERE, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S SUCH A WORTHWHILE PROGRAM.
ANOTHER THING THAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IS ESTABLISHING A RIDE-ALONG PROGRAM.
Marrs says he also wants to work closely with neighborhood watch and DARE
programs, and promises to keep citizens informed of investigations into their
complaints. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Demolition crews cleared away the remains of a Lynchburg landmark today.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
A crane knocked down the rest of the old Lukens building on the city's
riverfront, five days after a devastating fire.
The crane went to work on the elevator shaft and then the one wall that was
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--live reports from the Sugar and Peach Bowls.
Also government workers at the Salem V-A protest the budget talks breakdown
that has been costing them a regular paycheck.
IN Q=I just wish
((I JUST WISH THEY'D GET OFF THEIR DUFFS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, YOU KNOW.
IT'S REALLY TERRIBLE. ))
OUT Q=really terrible
We'll tell you about the human impact of the showdown in Washington--but
first let's check in with Robin Reed.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The family of a Radford Army Ammunition plant employee who died will not
receive death benefits.
The State Court of Appeals upheld a ruling the Workers Compensation Board
44 year old Ivery Boysaw died in 1991 while trying to clean up a liquid
(EE-ther) ether spill.
The court says Boysaw violated plant safety rules when trying to clean up
the chemical so the family can not collect benefits.
Another worker also died- 56 year old Mary Duncan.
Today's ruling states both workers signed a form saying they understood
the safety rules.
It is day 14 of the partial Government shutdown.
Now some employees at the Salem V-A Medical Center are speaking out.
They protested today at the main entrance of the V-A.
The hospital's union says about 14-hundred employees are still on the job--
working WITHOUT pay.
Another 105 have been deemed "non-essential", and SENT HOME without pay.
IN Q=We need to
((BOBBY BEARD/SALEM V.A. EMPLOYEE: WE NEED TO BE PAID. WE'RE COMING TO WORK
EVERYDAY. AND WE DESERVE OUR PAY.))
((STEVE RORAGEN/SALEM V.A. EMPLOYEE: SOME OF MY CO-WORKERS, THEY'RE TAKING SOME
OF THEIR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS BACK TO THE STORES CAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO GET
THROUGH THE REST OF THE HOLIDAYS.))
SUPER=01-Bobby Beard/Salem V.A. Employee; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Roragen/Salem V.A. Employee; :08
OUT Q=the holidays.
This week, employees will receive only partial pay.
The union says that translates into decreased spending throughout the
((ALMA LEE/SALEM V.A. UNION PRESIDENT: WE UNDERSTAND THAT ONE EMPLOYEE IS
GETTING THREE DOLLARS. WE HAVE AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS GETTING $27.54 AND IT JUST
GOES ON AND ON LIKE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Alma Lee/Salem V.A. Union Pres.; :
OUT Q=like that.
Lee and the Union are also asking merchants to be more lenient with their
credit terms in light of the federal employees' pay situation.
Meanwhile late word this afternoon that a budget breakthrough may be in
Republican leaders say they're discussing with President Clinton
plans to return federal employees to work while negotiating a balanced budget.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia beekeepers felt the sting of George Allen's budget cutting last
This year, they may feel it again.
Along with the state insect lab and the nuisance bird control program.
As Ellen Qualls reports, one look at the Agriculture Department budget, and
you might think the Governor's got a problem with the birds and the bees.
IN Q=nat sound of bird
SUPER=01-Carlton Courter/Va. Agriculture Commissioner; :28
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( nat sot bird crowing 05:44:59
Virginia farmers don't have much to crow about in Governor Allen's new
His targets include the nuisance bird control program, scientific support
for beekeepers, and the lab that holds jars of so- called beneficial insects
that state scientists hope will replace some pesticides.
nat sot insect lab 11:55:03
((THE FIRST ONE HERE IS...INDIENSIS))
((CARLTON COURTER/VA. AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: WE REALLY HAVEN'T HAD THE REAL
SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH WITH THE PROGRAM. AND AGAIN, IT'S THE CHICKEN AND THE
EGG SCENARIO WHERE IF WE HAD MORE RESOURCES WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO MORE
RESEARCH IN TERMS OF GROWING CERTAIN BENEFICIAL INSECTS.))
OUT Q=beneficial insects.
It's a good idea, Courter says, but something that, oh say, Virginia Tech
could be doing.
It would mean no one to maintain one of the state's premier insect
((CARLTON COURTER/VA. AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: THE GOVERNOR HAS ENCOURAGED US
TO BE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH OUR CLIENT GROUP. SO I DO HOPE AND EXPECT TO
RECEIVE SOME OF THAT INPUT.))
As for the nuisance birds, the Governor's philosophical choice is private
sector pest control.
But by far the biggest impact comes from the Workforce Transition Act, which
eliminated 14- percent of the department's jobs this year.
((CARLTON COURTER/VA. AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: WE'VE FOCUSED ON CREATING THE
FIELD OR EMPHASIZING THE SERVICE WITHIN THE FIELD, AND KEEPING THOSE FRONT LINE
SERVICES IN PLACE. AND REDUCING SENIOR AND MIDDLE MANAGEMENT. FLATTENING THE
CORPORATION IF YOU WILL.))
((FINDING LEGISLATIVE ADVOCATES FOR THINGS LIKE THE BENEFICIAL INSECT LAB MAY
BE TOUGH FOR FARMERS. AS ONE LAWMAKER WHO DECLINED TO BE INTERVIEWED FOR THIS
STORY SAID "THE ONLY GOOD BUG IS THE ONE ON MY WINDSHIELD." ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS
The stock market advanced in the last session of the year.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 21 points.
NASDAQ gained nearly ten.
South Boston's police department has a new crime fighting tool.
The town now has a "Bike Patrol"-- thanks to a federal grant.
Officers Ronald Edmonds and Jim Binner volunteered for the job.
The town's police chief says bike patrols work well because the officer is
able to actually communicate with residents.
((CHIEF JIM HALL/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE DEPT.: YESTERDAY, I WAS JUST NOTICING AND
OBSERVING THE CITIZENS AS THE OFFICERS WERE OUT RIDING AND PATROLLING AND THE
PEOPLE WERE TAKING SECOND LOOKS, WHICH AGAIN IS THAT HIGH VISIBILITY.
OFFICER JIM BINNER/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE DEPT.: WE'RE HUMAN, THEY ARE AT EASE
WITH A BICYCLE, ITS SOMETHING THEY CAN RELATE TO, SEEING US ON A BICYCLE
BECAUSE CHILDREN HAVE BICYCLES, THE CHILDREN HAVE BICYCLES, SO ITS A
SUPER=01-Chief Jim Hall/South Boston Police Dept. :00
SUPER=01-Officer Jim Binner/South Boston Police Dept. :17
OUT Q=its a relationship.
To prepare for the job, the officers recently underwent a week of training.
The Peach Bowl is just a day away!!! The Virginia Cavaliers have gone
through their final practice in preparation for Georgia.
our Roy Stanley now joins us from downtown Atlanta for an up to date report
on the Wahoos and their thoughts on taking on the Bulldogs. Roy, I understand
it's warmed up for you down there?
IN Q=Steve, it warmed up
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :26
SUPER=04-1984 Peach Bowl;
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :51
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/UVa Quarterback; :1:03
OUT Q=back to you.
ROY ADD LIBS AND THEN TOSSES BACK TO STEVE!!
Virginia Tech is two days away from their New Year's eve date with Texas
in the Sugar Bowl. Fans are starting to arrive and the excitement is starting
DOUBLE BOX STEVE AND MIKE
Mike Stevens is in New Orleans with the Hokies as they put the finishing
touches on their Sugar Bowl game plan, Mike, I asked Roy this when he joined us
from Atlanta, and I will ask you the same...Hows the weather in New Orleans?
SUPER=06-New Orleans, LA; :
MIKE ADD LIBS/THEN INTERVIEWS 2 PLAYERS!!!
SUPER=01-Shane Miles/Va. Tech Tight End;
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Va. Tech Fullback;
Pulaski County kicker Shayne Graham announced this afternoon that he will
play college football at Virginia Tech.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Today; :00
Seated next to his parents and Cougar head coach Joel Hicks; Graham made a
verbal committment to Tech at a 2pm news conference at his high school.
Having hometown ties to the Hokies was one of many factors that played into his
IN Q="The coaches...
((SHAYNE GRAHAM/WILL ATTEND VA.TECH: THE COACHES, THEY HAVE A COACH WHO PLAYED
AT OUR SCHOOL AND HE'S REALLY BEEN GOOD TO TALK TO AND THE OTHER COACHES HAVE
ALL BEEN VERY NICE AND THE SURROUNDINGS, THE ATMOSPHERE, AND THE SCHOOL MADE ME
FEEL COMFORTABLE, MADE ME FEEL AT HOME WHEN I'VE BEEN THERE AND WHEN I COMPARED
IT TO THE OTHER SCHOOLS, THE KICKING SITUATIONS THERE, IT JUST SEEMED TO BE THE
OUT Q=...right thing"
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./This Season;
The 2 time Friday Football Extra Player of the Week's 38 career field goals
ranks second in the nation. He was a all state selection this season.
A 22- year veteran of the Martinsville police force will serve as the city's
Major David Edwards was sworn in this morning. He assumes the post January
Edwards' appointment coincides with the retirement of Terry Roop who's led
the department for fifteen years.
IN Q=I think Martinsville
((DAVID EDWARDS/NEW MARTINSVILLE POLICE CHIEF: I THINK MARTINSVILLE PROBABLY
HAS BEEN ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE LAST
15 YEARS, AND CERTAINLY CHIEF ROOP HAS HAD A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON THE DEPARTMENT.
I THINK HE'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PREFOESSIONALISM THAT WE HAVE IN THE
DEPARTMENT TODAY AND CERTAINLY I WANT TO CONTINUE THAT.))
SUPER=01-David Edwards/New Martinsville Police Chief;
OUT Q=want to continue that.
Edwards says accreditation of the police department will top his list of
He also hopes to build stronger relationships with the city's teens and