Coming up on news seven at six, officials in Roanoke say they need the
public's help in finding a missing woman.
And police in New Orleans have arrested a teenager in the shooting death of
a Southwest Virginia schoolteacher.
In sports, Mike Stevens has a final chat with Virginia Tech coach frank
Bemaer, and Roy Stanley has acloser look at Georgia coach Ray Goff, plus action
from the Liberty bowl and the Dolphins/Bills wild card.will have a report
Blue skies today-- but not for long.
The forecast is calling for a cloudy and wet start to the New Year.
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Police in New Orleans have arrested a 15-year-old suspect in the shooting
death of a schoolteacher from Southwest Virginia.
33- year- old Connie Reasor (RAY-zohr) was visiting the city with her
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when she was robbed and murdered at a cemetery on Christmas Eve.
A television station reported that the teenager said the real gunman was a
28-year-old man who turned himself in on another charge.
Reasor (Ray-zor) was an elementary teacher near her home in Dryden.
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A former Ferrum College basketball player faces murder charges in Petersburg
in connection with a drive- by shooting.
Twenty-two-year-old QUINCY Quick is also charged with conspiracy to
commit robbery and attempted robbery in the October 5th shooting.
Police say they believe someone else was the triggerman, but say Quick was
involved in the crime.
Since his arrest last Thursday-- Quick has been in the Petersburg Jail.
While at Ferrum he was a starting point guard and graduated in 19-94.
Roanoke Police are investigating the suspicious disappearance of a
They also want to speak with her estranged husband.
Police say Vickie Ross has been missing since yesterday evening from the
52-hundred block of Lancer-Lot Lane.
A friend of Ross told police she saw Ross' husband, Bryant, drive away from
Vickie's home at a high rate of speed.
When police arrived at Ross' home they found blood in two of the rooms.
Vickie Ross is described as a black female, 5-9, with brown hair and eyes.
Her estranged husband, Bryant Ross, is a 36-year-old black male, 5-6, 160
pounds with brown hair and eyes.
He was last seen driving a 19-88 red Buick-- with a Virginia License plate.
Police are asking anyone with information to give them a call.
The get away car used in a bank robbery in Bland County was possibly seen in
Bluefield, West Virginia earlier today.
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The robbery occurred last night around six at the First Virginia Bank in
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((DAN WHITTEMORE/STATE POLICE: HE DEMANDED THAT SHE GIVE HIM MONEY. HE
PRESENTED A BAG AND ALSO EXPOSED A GUN. THE TELLER PRESENTED HIM WITH MONEY
THEN LEFT IN A VEHICLE.))
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The man is described as a five foot eleven, african- american male in his
Police say he took an undetermined amount of cash in a red Ford Tempo with
stolen West Virginia tags.
No one was injured in the incident.
The Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant officials say they are back in
business-- even though the government shutdown continues.
The resort closed 10 days ago because of the federal government's budget
Workers removed the barricades on the road leading to the lodge around 1-30
Since then the tourists have been stopping by for a visit.
During Christmas and the winter season the lodge and restaurant make most of
their money on Holiday travelers.
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((JACK MANN/PEAKS OF OTTER: IT'S BEEN DEVASTATING TO OUR BUSINESS. WE HAD TO
CANCEL BOOKINGS AND I'M REALLY JUST HAPPY FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO GET BACK TO
SUPER=01-Jack Mann/Peaks of Otter Restaurant;
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The two shutdowns have closed the parkway resort a total of 14 days.
The lodge is privately owned, but closed because it's on federal land.
The more than 50 workers will NOT be paid for their time off.
The lodge is usually open year round.
Parkinson's Disease is usually thought of as an illness affecting the
But in rare cases children suffer from the same symptoms.
Denise Allen spoke with a teenager living with-- juvenile parkinson's
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SUPER=01-Lisa Foster/Parkinson's Disease Patient; :00
SUPER=01-Sheila Foster/Parkinson's Disease Patient; :07
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((((LISA FOSTER/PARKINSON'S DISEASE PATIENT: FOR ME IT'S MY ARM THAT SHAKES OR
MY LEG SOMETIMES.))
((SHEILA FOSTER/PARKINSON'S DISEASE PATIENT: WHEN THEY DIAGNOSED LISA WITH
JUVENILE PARKINSON'S THEY ASKED TO TEST ME AND I AGREED. THEY FOUND I HAD THIS
That was three years ago, but Lisa actually suffered with the symptoms for
several years before doctors at Johns Hopkins diagnosed her.
Parkinson's Disease affects one million people in the United States, more
than multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy combined.
It's a progressive disorder of the nervous system.
Patients lose nerve cells in the brain and the chemical dopamine which
carries messages from one nerve cell to another.
Parkinson's disease causes stiffness of the arms, legs and sometimes the
Tremors of the arms and legs and slowness of movement are also symptoms.
Patients often lose their balance.
((SHEILA FOSTER: I WAS FALLING, STUMBLING AROUND, SLIGHT TREMOR, TIRED ALL THE
TIME AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHY TO BE AS TIRE AS YOUNG AS I WAS.))
Mornings are the hardest times for both Sheila and Lisa.
It takes about two hours for their medication to take effect.
Since being diagnosed Lisa has not been able to attend school regularly.
When her illness acts up, she's homebound and has to be tutored.
((LISA: I CAN'T WRITE AND I TIRE EASILY.))
((SHEILA: STATISTICS SAY YOU HAVE 20 YEARS BEFORE THE DISEASE CAUSES MAJOR
PROBLEMS. BUT WITH THE NEW MEDICATION THEY'RE EXTENDING THAT TOP 30 AND 35
YEARS. HER FUTURE LOOKS A LOT BRIGHTER THAN IT USED TO BE FOR A LOT OF
The Fosters want to help others have a brighter future.
With their doctor's help they're organizing a support group for people who
are working and trying to raise a family while fighting Parkinson's Disease.
They hope to have the group up and running by spring.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Tomorrow is New Year's Eve-- and many of us will be out celebrating.
Ringing in the new year often involves alcohol-- along with the risks of
drinking and driving.
Kimberly McBroom spoke with two people who shared their stories about how
drunk driving can led to tragedy.
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SUPER=01-John Markey/People Against Impaired Drivers; :29
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(( Keeping drunk drivers off the road is a crusade for Tom and Brenda
Altman-- ever since it hit home for them.
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((TOM ALTMAN/MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING: IN 1988, MY WIFE AND HER SISTER
WERE RETURNING FROM VIRGINIA BEACH AND A DRUNK DRIVER, DRIVING ON THE WRONG
SIDE OF THE ROAD AT NIGHT, WITHOUT LIGHTS ON, HIT THEM HEAD- ON-- KILLING MY
WIFE'S SISTER AND BADLY INJURING MY WIFE. ))
This man has a similar story.
His daughter was killed while riding with a drunk driver.
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((JOHN MARKEY/PEOPLE AGAINST IMPAIRED DRIVERS: UNFORTUNATELY, IT WAS JUST A
BAD CHOICE ON HER PART-- THERE'S NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T-- MYSELF
AND ALSO HER MOTHER-- JUST MISS HER EVERY DAY. ))
Experts say such tragedy can be avoided-- if people realize that they lose
judgement after only the first drink.
And often, a false sense of confidence builds in once they're behind the
The key is-- taking the keys away from someone who's had too much to drink.
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((MARK COWELL/MT. REGIS CENTER: I'VE HAD PEOPLE CALL ME ON THE HELPLINE AND
SAY, "HOW DO I GET THE KEYS AWAY FROM MY BOYFRIEND? HOW DO I STOP HIM FROM
DRINKING AND DRIVING WITHOUT CAUSING A SCENE? AND THE ANSWER TO THAT IS, WHY
NOT CAUSE A SCENE? THE SCENE YOU'RE GOING TO CAUSE AT THE PARTY IS A LOT
BETTER THAN THE SCENE THAT'S GOING TO BE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD LATER. ))
To hear more drunk driving prevention-- as well as D-U-I law enforcement--
watch On Record tomorrow morning at 11.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
In addition to our bowl coverage, we will have basketball highlights from
the UVa/Liberty game in Charlottesville today, MIke Stevens will join us from
and Roy Stanley will have a report from Atlanta on Georgia's departing
football coach Ray Goff.
The final news conferences and the final practices for the Sugar Bowl are
in the books.
Our Mike Stevens caught up with Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer for one
final conversation on the eve of tomorrow nights sugar bowl battle with Texas.
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UVa is just a couple of hours away from their season ending battle with
Georgia in the Peach Bowl.
Roy Stanley has been following the Cavaliers all week and has a report on the
oppositions, inspiration; departing head coach Ray Goff.
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Earlier in the newscast we told you about the search for a missing Roanoke
woman Vickie Ross.
Now Roanoke city police tell us they have found Ross' body in the back seat
of a car located in the 42-hundred block of Peach Tree
The vehicle was the 1988 Buick reported leaving the parking lot of Ross'
We will have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 11.
apartment earlier this week.