Coming up on news seven at six, Rockbridge County records it's second murder
in a week.
And Roanoke Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a woman.
(denise from Roanoke)
In sports, Mike Stevens will join us live from New Orleans for a report on
Virginia tech's Sugar Bowl. He will also have highlights from Bill Foster's
500th career win as the Hokies do no wrong against Wright State, Roy Stanley
recaps the peach Bowl and a UVa coach is a possible candidate for the Marshall
1995 comes to a close on a rather wet note--
Raincoats are the recommended attire for this New Year's Eve.
Pittsylvania County authorities had their hands full this afternoon.
A fire- truck in route to a call collided with a car.
The accident happened around 12- 15 at the intersection of Route 58 West and
Traffic was tied up in both directions as rescue teams from Danville, Axton
and Brosville worked the accident.
A Brosville- Cascade Fire Truck and 1990 Mercury were involved in the crash.
The fireman's name was NOT available, he was taken to a Martinsville
There were three people in the maroon Mercury.
Rescue workers had to remove an elderly woman from the passenger seat.
She's reportedly in serious condition.
Her elderly husband was driving the vehicle and suffered minor injuries.
He's been identified as DeRoy Clay of Danville.
An 11- year- old boy was also in the car and suffered broken bones.
A State trooper says he won't know the cause of the crash until he talks to
all the parties involved.
TAPE# net-a (edit of 595-31 Hewitt)
Rockbridge County has recorded its second murder in a week.
Police say 37- year- old James Garfield Nash died this morning after being
Robert Scott Lynn of Buena Vista has been charged with the murder.
Authorites say Nash was at a party on Route 1 in Buena Vista when he was
The department received the call around 2-45.
Just last Sunday, 24- year- old Christopher Wayne Higgins was shot
and killed in bed at his mother and step-father's home in Raphine.
26- year- old Ronald C. Hewitt, Junior has been charged in that murder.
Roanoke police have arrested the husband of a woman found dead yesterday
Police are charging 36-year-old Bryant Richard Ross with the murder of his
The body of 34-year-old Vickie Ross was found in the back seat of her car on
Peach Tree Drive in Roanoke.
Police say she was apparently shot in the back of the head.
Investigators had been looking for Vickie Ross since Friday night after a
friend reported her missing.
The friend also told police she noticed Bryant Ross driving away from
Vickie's home at a high rate of speed.
Police arrested Bryant Ross early this morning without incident.
Police say they have not recovered the gun.
Ross is being held in the Roanoke City jail without bond.
A Brookneal woman is dead following a three car accident in Halifax County
Police say 28-year-old Melissa Ann Navarro was driving north on route 5-0-1
Navarro's vehicle crossed the center line and into oncoming traffic.
According to police, Navarro's car struck two other cars-- one of them head
Her vehicle then ran off the road and flipped.
Navarro died an hour later at Halifax Regional Hospital.
The other drivers were not seriously injured.
And in Henry County a Collinsville man is dead after an early morning
accident on Route 2-20.
Police say 31-year-old Christopher Allen Handy lost control of his vehicle,
ran off the road and struck a culvert.
The car then went airborne and struck an embankment.
Police say Handy was thrown from the car.
He died at the scene.
The accident happened at 12:30 this morning.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Martinsville's city manager is looking forward to a prosperous new year
And Denise Allen joins us from the Roanoke's First Night Celebration.
(Denise ad lib)
(goto to kim in wx office)
ANCHOR=Kimberly in wx office
Well, it promises to be a pretty cloudy and damp night for the celebration--
but the party must go on.
So when you head out tonight-- remember to bring along an umbrella.
Some light rain is already moving into southwestern Virginia--
We'll check out the doppler radar-- along with the complete five - day
Please stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
For thousands the countdown to the New Year includes Roanoke's alcohol-free
This is the fifth annual First Night Party and organizers say each year it
Denise Allen is at the festivities.
Denise, what's going on down there?
Photographer Rob Monroe and I are at the Virginia Museum of Transportation,
one of 15 locations for First Night Activities.
There are at least 10 events at this location alone.
In the large warehouse here at the museum you'll find a psychological
obstacle course and miniature golf.
And while the party just started at six o'clock, the preparations have taken
Roll Cue: have taken months.
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/First Night Organizer; :15
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :26
OUT Q=events are in doors.
(( This morning volunteers laced skates and organized them by size.
Just two of the many jobs that needed to be done before tonight's gathering.
More than one hundred performances and activities are scheduled at 15
locations around Roanoke.
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FIRST NIGHT ORGANIZER: PLUS WE HAVE A LOT OF NEW EVENTS. WE
HAVE THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES FUN AND FITNESS COURSE. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR WE
WILL HAVE A VENTRILOQUIST AND WE'LL HAVE STILT WALKERS AND WE HAVE A LOT OF NEW
PERFORMERS WE'RE HIGHLIGHTING AS WELL.))
The old favorites are here as well--such as the ice-less ice skating and
And the party goes on no matter what the weather holds.
((THE THINGS THAT ARE OUTSIDE ARE THE THINGS YOU'D EXPECT, LIKE THE ICE-LESS
ICE SKATING AND THE CARRIAGE RIDES. BUT THE MAJORITY OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Now last year it rained all day and organizers say they still had about
10-thousand people here.
As Wendi said most of the events are inside and since it's raining miniature
golf is one stop you might want to make.
The course is inside the warehouse at the Transportation Museum. There are
-- holes with varying degrees of difficulty.
So if the cold weather has kept you off the links may be this course will
bring back memories of warm weather.
Q/A: Denise, will rainy weather effect any of the events?
Ron, so far organizers say everything is a go.
That includes the firework display at midnight.
Schultz says only a down pour would cause them to reschedule them.
Now all you need to get into these events is a First Night Button.
You can get them at the door.
Nine dollars for adults and five dollars for children under 12.))
Martinsville's city manager, Earl Reynolds, says he is looking forward to
1996 with a strong sense of optimism.
He predicts the new year will bring progress for the area in both the public
and private arena.
IN Q=I believe that people
((EARL REYNOLDS/MARTINSVILLE CITY MANAGER: AND I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE IN THE
COMMUNITY HAVE TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES AND THEIR ABILITY TO ENDURE HARD TIMES,
DOWNSIZING, PLANT CLOSINGS AND THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, BUT ALSO HAVE THE STENGTH
TO BE ABLE TO LOOK INTO THE FUTURE AND SAY NO MATTER WHAT, WE ARE GOING TO
MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND THE FOLKS HERE IN
MARTINSVILLE/HENRY COUNTY HAVE DONE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Earl Reynolds/Martinsville City Manager;
OUT Q=have done that.
The city begins 1996 with a new police chief.
David Edwards was sworn in on Friday to fill the shoes of Terry Roop, who is
retiring after 15 years on the job.
And Reynolds says the regional economy will benefit from new construction in
IN Q=1996 is going to be
((EARL REYNOLDS: 1996 IS GOING TO BE A YEAR OF STRUCTURAL BUILDING. I THINK
YOU'RE GOING TO SEE US BUILDING PLANTS AND INDUSTRY. I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO
SEE US BEGINNING CONSTRUCTION ON NEW MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT PROJECTS AND THAT'S
THE PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF SUCCESS.))
OUT Q=manifestation of success.
As early as March, Reynolds says he will present a proposal to city council
to finance several municipal projects.
They include construction of a new jail, and a physical education building
that could host district and regional athletic tournaments.
During the holiday season, more than 50 percent of all motor-vehicle
fatalities are alcohol-related.
That's according to the National Safety Council.
If you're hosting a party to bring in the new year, Triple A of Virginia
encourages you to keep these tips in mind.
IN Q=Serve a variety
OUT Q=Encourage car pooling.
(( Serve a variety of nonalcoholic beverages.
Slow down the drinking rate of your guests with lively talk and party games.
Serve protein- rich and starchy foods throughout the evening to help slow
Put away the alcohol when it gets late.
Serve coffee and dessert instead.
Encourage car pooling.))
MUSIC ON TAPE
Mike Stevens will bring us a pregame report from the Sugar Bowl in New
We'll tell you about a new internet service provider for people in the
MUSIC UP FULL
The Roanoke Valley has a new on ramp to the information superhighway.
Officials at Rev-Net, or Roanoke Electronic Village, say it's the only
on-line service that provides a direct connection to the internet for Roanoke
IN Q=We're going to
((DOYLE EDGERTON/PRESIDENT, KENETIC DATA SYSTEMS: WE'RE GOING TO OFFER FULL
INTERNET ACCESS AND ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THAT IMPLIES. THE SERVICES THAT
COME WOULD BE THINGS LIKE E-MAIL, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN COMPANIES AND
ASSOCIATES, WORLD WIDE WEB. CREATIONS FOR ADVERTISEMENTS BUSINESSES CAN USE ON
THE INTERNET. JUST BASICALLY THE ENTIRE ARRAY OF SERVICES THE INTERNET
SUPER=01-Doyle Edgerton/Kenetic Data Systems President;
OUT Q=the internet provides.
Officials at Rev-Net say training is available to new users.
Their monthly fees range from 9-95 for ten hours to 24-95 for 150 hours.
They have about thirty subscribers so far.
Six months ago, Rock- 105 radio in Christiansburg changed its format and its
Majik-105 now brings adult contemporary music to the New River Valley.
Tracy Altizer has the story.
IN Q=Majik 105, it's more hits
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
SUPER=01-David Roederer/New River Media Group; :32
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((MAJIK 105, IT'S MORE HITS, MORE FUN FOR THE NEW RIVER VALLEY. IT'S 8:26,
COMING UP SOME MORE OF THE YEAR IN REVIEW FOR '95. ))
'95 has been a good year for 104.9 on the F-M dial.
New River Media bought the station, then WVVV and moved it to Fairlawn.
Now it's WVMJ, and instead of rock music, listeners are tuning in to adult
SOT 19;06:10 MUSIC PLAYING "HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS IF WE CANT BE FRIENDS"
Majik-105, as it's called, hopes to pull a New River Valley audience away
from Roanoke's K-92 and Q-99.
((DAVID ROEDERER/NEW RIVER MEDIA GROUP: SO THE ROANOKE STATIONS, WHERE THEY DO
A GOOD JOB FOR THEIR FOLKS, THE PEOPLE IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY, THEY NEED A
RADIO STATION AS WELL THAT HAS AN ADULT CONTEMPORARY FORMAT. ))
((IT GIVES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LOCAL LISTENERS TO INTERACT AND REACT WITH
THE RADIO STATIONS WITH A NUMBER OF PROMOTIONS.))
For instance, a Sugar Bowl/New Year's Eve party at an area night spot.
((OUT AT CHAMPS IN BLACKSBURG, IT'S GONNA BE A BIG PARTY Y'ALL. ))
But the station realizes that parties and promotions can't capture and keep
listeners as well as good sound and music.
So at midnight New Year's Eve the audience will hear yet another change, as
the frequency moves to 105.3 F-M.
((AT THAT TIME WI'LL HAVE A 300 PERCENT INCREASE IN POWER, ALL OF OUR NEW
DIGITAL EQUIPMENT IS INSTALLED AND IT WILL BE A BRIGHT, CRISP, CLEAR SIGNAL. ))
Closing out a positive '95, Roederer hopes the improvements will bring the
station a magical '96. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Roy Stanley will have a recap of Virginia's Peach Bowl win last night from
Plus a U-V-A assistant might be a candidate for the head coaching job at
SUPER=06-New Orleans, LA;
(Mike in New Orleans)
TAPE#=ROLLED FROM TRUCK!!!!
This is the night that all Virginia Tech fans have been waiting for as the
62nd Sugar Bowl kicks off in less than an hour.
But we start with some news about Bill Foster and the Tech basketball team
which played earlier today.
MIke Stevens now joins us from the Super Dome with that basketball news...and
Mike, everyone is so caught up in the Sugar Bowl, most of us forgot just how
sweet today was for Foster.
SUPER=06-New Orleans, LA;
Roll cue:(ROLLED FROM TRUCK)
IN Q=fist audio
SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/=62/Wright State/=46; :35(out at by :42)
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Won His 500th Career Game; 1:00
OUT Q=...get along well with threir players"
SUPER=06-New Orleans, LA;
TAPE#(Rolled from the truck!!)
GRAPHIC=Mike centered in New Orleans
Mike add libs into second piece which will be rolled from the truck.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Virginia Tech Athletic; :31
OUT Q=...hide it"
After a season filled with last minute losses and close games that seemed to
get away; the Virginia Cavaliers got the monkey off their backs in the Georgia
Dome last night as they puilled out a year ending win in the final two minutes
Georgia in the Peach Bowl.
Roy Stanley has more on the 34-27 Wahoo win.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Cavaliers vs Bulldogs; :00
SUPER=01-Pete Allen/Scored Winning Touchdown; 1:18
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; 1:23
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Peach Bowl MVP; 1:29
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((A win in the Peach Bowl would ease the memories of the 1 point losses, and
especially the Loss to Tech to end the regular season. UVA's Skeet Jones took
a bite out of the peach early intercepting this Hines Ward pass and returned it
to the Bulldog 10 yard line, and 3 plays later, Groh goes to Tiki Barber on the
option, he scores from 1 yard out and the Cavs led 7-0 early in the first
quarter. With 5 minutes left in the first quarter, UVA blocked a punt,
Virginia turned it into another score on the Kevin Brooks 5 yard run to make it
14-0 UVA, 2 Georgia Field Goals made it 14-6, but on 3rd and long Groh goes to
the air, hits Pete Allen. He outruns the dog secondary to score from 83 yards
out, UVA led 24-6. Georgia came back, and scored on the Hines Ward QB sneak,
but UVA led 24-14 at the half. 2 plays in the final 2 minutes of the game
decided the winner, Groh's pass to Walt Remey is fumbled, Georgia picks it up
and scores to tie the gameat 27. But this time the Cavs come up with the big
play. Pete Allen takes the kickoff, cuts to the sideline and scores from 83
yards out, and UVA beats Georgia in the Peach Bowl 34-27.
((DEMETRIUS "PETE" ALLEN/UVA WIDE RECEIVER: IT WAS A GOOD PLAY. ALL THE GUYS
MADE THE BLOCKS, I JUST DID MY PART. I RAN AS FAST AS I COULD, ALL THESE GUYS
DID THE BLOCKS, THEY DID THE HARD PART.))
((RONDE BARBER/UVA DEFENSIVE BACK: WE CAN BUILD ON THIS. A LOT OF RECRUITS SEE
THIS WIN, THAT WE GOT THIS MONKEY OF OUR BACK.))
((TIKI BARBER/UVA TAILBACK: IT'S NOT GREATER FEELING, WE BROUGHT ABOUT 20
THOUSAND VIRGINIA FANS DOWN HERE. I LOVE VIRGINIA TO DEATH DOWN HERE!))
This time, the Cavs get the come from behind win and they also give Head Coach
George Welsh his 2nd Peach Bowl win. In Atlanta, Roy Stanley, News 7 sports.))
The Peach Bowl win and Virginia's 9 and 4 season are two possible reasons
Cavaliers offensive coordinator Tom O'Brien has been linked to the head
coaching job at Marshall.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Last Night; :00
A report from the Huntington Herald today says that O'Brien, the red headed
offensive coordinator seen here at the Peach Bowl last night next to George
Welsh; is a "strong candidate for the Marshall job".
Marshall Athletic Director Jim Tressel says he has not offered the job to