Kyle Helton's Mom says she's still expecting her 8-year old to walk through
the door anytime.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, more about the third grader struck and killed
while waiting for the school bus.
And we'll talk with the experts on cold feet and hot food- -military style.
The support troops are right here in Virginia.
In sports, Don Shula is stepping down in Miami Virginia Tech wins a big
basketball game on the road last night.
And Maurice Deshazo sill resume his football career in Canada later this
Ready for some snow Virginia? A classic gulf storm will bring white stuff
into the region by tomorrow night.
A grieving Henry County family says it's too early to concentrate on how
eight- year- old Kyle Helton was killed-- struck by a car at his school bus
But local school officials are stepping up efforts to make sure something
like this doesn't happen again.
Len Besthoff reports.
SUPER=01-Rhonda Helton/Kyle Helton's Mother; :0
SUPER=01-Kathy Helton/Kyle Helton's Sister; :22 Quick
SUPER=03-Yesterday/Henry Co.; :27
SUPER=01-David Martin/Henry Co. Supt. of Schools; 1:01
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
SOT TAPE 3 TOT 22:24:29
IN Q=Trying to
OUT Q=walk in the door any time.
Kyle Helton's family tries to come to grips with his death after the eight-
year- old was struck and fatally injured by a car.
SOT TAPE THREE 22:28:41
IN Q=It just don't
OUT Q=it's a nightmare.
State police say Kyle was hit as he crossed route 57 while waiting for his
This marks the second time in two months that a Henry County student has
been struck by a car before boarding a school bus, so this morning Kyle's
classmates got some counseling and reminders about school bus safety.
SOT TAPE TWO 19:45:20
IN Q=Because we want to
OUT Q=with our students.
SOT TAPE THREE STANDUP 21:52:09
IN Q=The person who
OUT Q=emphasize safety enough.
SOT TAPE TWO 19:46:23
IN Q=Our emphasis
OUT Q=what's not safe.
Kyle's classmates have been asked to serve as pallbearers at his funeral.
Services will take place Sunday at three-p-m at the County Line Christian
Church on route 57.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
An Evington man was seriously hurt in a 40- foot fall this morning.
37- year- old- Steven Twedy was working at the Lynchburg Wastewater
He was trying to hook his safety line when he slipped and fell into a well.
It happened around 10-30.
A crane was used to bring Twedy out of the well.
He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
He broke both heels.
One of two defendants charged in the September murder of a Rural Retreat man
walked free today.
At the end of a preliminary hearing, Judge Danny Bird ruled there was not
enough evidence to send the second- degree murder charge against Kerri Ann
Koehler to a grand jury.
However, assistant prosecutor Keith Blankenship says he'll most likely seek
an indictment against Koehler anyway, as well as her co-defendant William Ray
The judge DID certify the charges against Lindsey.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./September 11;
struck Jabe Ferguson in the head with an axe at Rural Retreat campground, then
fled with Koehler to Tennessee.
Koehler was alleged to have helped cover up the crime.
TAPE# edit of 95-112
A Rockbridge County couple made a brief court appearance this morning
following a raid at their home yesterday.
Kenneth and Laurie Keller have been charged with manufacturing
The two were allegedly operating a lab when police entered their residence
on Route 645.
The couple's three children were at home asleep at the time.
Ages three, six and nine... they've been put in their grandmother's care.
Household substances such as muriatic (Mur-Attic) acid, paint thinners, and
potassium were confiscated from the home.
A preliminary hearing will be held in March.
There's only so much the police and courts can do to prevent domestic
Someone intent on hurting a family member is not only dangerous-- he can't
be stopped until he makes a BIG mistake.
Members of a Roanoke family want something done about a system that failed
Alesha Johnson had taken out five warrants against Larry Mack. HER family
insists he'd been stalking her before he shot and killed her and himself
Alesha's mother says she's tempted to take the law into her own hands.
IN Q=I waited for
((SYLVIA JOHNSON/VICTIM'S MOTHER: I WAITED FOR THE SYSTEM TO WORK. THE SYSTEM
DIDN'T WORK. MY DAUGHTER'S DEAD. NOW I FEEL LIKE: WHY SHOULD I PAY TAXES? WHY
DON'T I JUST GO OUT AND TAKE CARE OF THINGS MYSELF? I'M A SINGLE PARENT. THIS
GUY WAS THREE TIMES BIGGER THAN ME. I COULDN'T FIGHT HIM.))
SUPER=01-Sylvia McCollum Johnson/Alesha's Mother;
OUT Q=fight him.
Keith ON eng
Last night the Commission on Family Violence Prevention heard Alesha's
future brother-in-law outline what he intends to do if it happens again.
IN Q=I told all
((ROBERT PENDERGASS: I TOLD ALL FOUR OF MY SISTERS: IF YOU HAVE SOMEBODY
STALKING YOU, YOU CALL ME UP. BECAUSE I'M COMING DOWN. AND IF THE POLICE CAN'T
DO IT, I'M GOING TO DO IT. BECAUSE I'D MUCH RATHER MY SISTERS COME TO THE
PENITENTIARY AND VISIT ME THAN FOR ME TO GO TO THE GRAVEYARD AND VISIT THEM.))
OUT Q=and visit them.
The Commission is considering a number of legislative reforms that would
give magistrates and police more authority.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--Virginia's Fort Lee lends some valuable
support to the U-S troops keeping the peace in Bosnia.
And the latest on the federal government shutdown---the workers are heading
back to their jobs, but for how long?
We'll hear from employees at the Salem V-A whose lives have been disrupted
by the wrangling in Washington.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Virginia put Walter Correll, Junior to death last night by lethal injection.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./May 1986;
Correll was convicted in 1986 of the stabbing murder, abduction, and robbery
of C.W. Bousman, Junior in the Bay Roc Marina area of Franklin County.
The man who was Correll's spiritual advisor was asked after the execution if
Correll was "borderline mentally retarded" as his attorneys claimed.
IN Q=He seemed
((FATHER JAMES GRIFFIN/DEATH ROW CLERGY: HE SEEMED THAT WAY NINE YEARS AGO.
HALF AN HOUR AGO, HE SEEMED VERY MUCH IN CONTROL, AND VERY CONVERSANT, AND VERY
MUCH ABLE TO KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING TODAY. I THINK HE CHANGED DRASTICALLY IN
THE NINE YEARS HE WAS HERE.))
SUPER=01-Father James Griffin/Death Row Clergy;
OUT Q=was here.
Greensville corrections officials say Correll had NO last words and asked
that his last meal remain confidential.
Correll's execution is Virginia's sixth lethal injection since that was made
an option one year ago.
Media witnesses say New Jersey authorities were present last night to learn
more about lethal injection.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is trying to find out what happened
to four thousand dollars that's missing from a fund at the jail.
Sheriff Ralph Dobbins says the money was collected over the last year from
inmates on work release.
The prisoners pay the jail 10 dollars for every day they work.
Corrections officers collect the payments, which are then turned over to the
county treasurer's office.
Dobbins says an internal audit has found discrepancies between the amounts
collected and deposits.
Jailers who had access to the money are undergoing polygraph examinations
conducted by state police.
Dobbins says it's too early in the investigation to know whether the money
has been stolen, or simply deposited by accident into the wrong account.
It looks as if Federal workers will be back on the job Monday.
The House voted overwhelmingly to end the furlough-- at least until January
The temporary spending measure is expected to be approved by both the Senate
and President Clinton.
But in Southwest Virginia, there are many Federal workers still unsatisfied.
Scott Prince explains.
IN Q=It's just not right
SUPER=01-Alma Lee/V.A. Union President; :00
SUPER=01-Sharon Martin/V.A. Hospital Worker; :16 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Danny LeBlanc/Virginia AFL-CIO; :21
SUPER=01-Anthony Hall/V.A. Hospital Worker; :30
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
IN Q=It's just not right
((ALMA LEE/V.A UNION PRESIDENT: IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT ))
OUT Q=it's just not right.
Workers at the VA Hospital in Salem have had enough of Federal budget
They're not convinced a temporary stop- gap measure will solve anything--
especially they're OWN financial woes. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=I haven't
((SHARON MARTIN/V.A. HOSPITAL WORKER: I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO PAY MY RENT THIS
OUT Q=this month
Some speakers ridiculed politicians.
IN Q=We can not be defined
((DANNY LEBLANC/VIRGINIA AFL-CIO: WE CAN NOT BE DEFINED BY A BUNCH OF YOUNG
UPPITY FRESHMAN IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. ))
OUT Q=United States Congress
Others haven't lost faith.
IN Q=I'd like everyone
((ANTHONY HALL/V.A. HOSPITAL WORKER: I'D LIKE EVERYONE TO BOW THEIR HEADS
BECAUSE THOSE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON NEED THE DIVINE WISDOM. ))
OUT Q=divine wisdom
Workers ARE able to get some immediate help.
Many banks are offering low- interest short term loans.
And utility companies are cutting them some slack.
But unless a permanent budget solution is reached soon, they won't be the
only ones in trouble.
There's been lots of concern that funds would cease for medical supplies and
drugs--placing patient care in jeopardy.
But VA Hospital employees have vowed to do everything in their power to
They just want everyone to know that they will never forget this dilemma.
IN Q=We will
((ALMA LEE: WE WILL REMEMBER DECEMBER IN NOVEMBER. ))
OUT Q=IN November;
Nat sound crowd
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Roanoke city police warn citizens to watch out for anyone asking for money.
Authorities say recently a woman has been trying to solicit money from homes
and businesses, claiming she needs cash for her son's medication.
She's been known to ask for 15 or 20 dollars.
This scam has been reported half a dozen times since December 15th in the
North East and North West areas of the city.
The woman is described as a white female in her 40s, about 5-foot-five, thin
with brown hair. She drives a 1970's model white Pontiac.
Anyone with information is asked to call Roanoke city police.
Cox Cable subscribers in the Roanoke Valley can expect their bills to go up
The increase takes effect March first, but the exact amount won't be
determined until the end of this month.
Cable officials say the increase is due to changes in services and
IN Q=The rate change in any
((SHARRON DAVIES: COX CABLE COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER: THE RATE CHANGE IN
ANY CASE ARE USUALLY BASED ON CHANGES IN OUR PROGRAMMING, INCREASES IN THE
PROGRAMMING COSTS THAT WE PAY TO PROGRAMMING PROVIDERS, EQUIPMENT CHANGES, AND
JUST THE OVERALL CHANGE OF THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS.))
SUPER=01-Sharron Davies/Cox Cable Roanoke;
OUT Q=cost of doing business.
To ask questions on the new billings-- cable subscribers can contact Cox
The stock market finished mixed with the Dow up seven and a half points.
NASDAQ was up almost four points.
The officers at Virginia's Fort Lee know exactly what's on the minds of U.S.
troops in Bosnia.
There's nothing high- tech about the mission of the Virginia- based
But its hot chow and thermal underwear are crucial to the success of the
American peacekeeping mission.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=See this
SUPER=01-Sgt. Liza Herring/U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps; :11
SUPER=01-Sgt. Donnie Williams/U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps; :38
SUPER=01-Chief Peter Motrynczuk/U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps; :49
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Petersburg.
((nat sot tape 2 02:12:27
((SEE THIS IS FOR EXTREME COLD WEATHER.))
Sgt. Liza Herring ought to know.
She trained as an Army food service officer in Alaska.
sot TAPE ONE 04:04
((COOKING IN COLD WEATHER ENVIRONMENT -- IT'S NOT THE BEST THING. So you guys
learned the hard way. THE HARD WAY.))
Herring is part of the Quartermaster Corps at Fort Lee, Virginia.
The Corps supplies the Army and Marines with the right equipment for any
kind of conditions.
nat sot tape two 02:16:06
((YOU HAVE TO KEEP THIS CLOSED SO THE AIR WILL STAY IN THE BOOT. BUT ONCE AIR
GET IN HERE AND THE AIR IS COLD YOUR FEET IS COLD.))
Fort Lee is also home to "92- Gulf" -- the food service training division.
((SGT. DONNIE WILLIAMS/U.S. ARMY QUARTERMASTER CORPS: YOU IN BAD CONDITIONS.
AND FOR YOU TO SUPPLY THE SOLDIER WITH HIGH, TOP-NOTCH QUALITY FOOD -- THAT'S
SAYING A LOT. AND THAT'S OUR JOB.))
sot TAPE TWO 01:24:56
((CHIEF PETER MOTRYNCZUK: YOU CAN'T JUST KEEP GIVING ...GOTTA TASTE GOOD.))
About three years ago, an Army innovation revolutionized the much- maligned
MRE -- meal ready to eat.
nat sot tape one 01:41:37
((ALL HE WANTS IS FOR THAT CHEMICAL TO ACTIVATE.))
Just add water, and a chemical reaction in a bag warms your food to 140
nat sot tape one 01:49:50
((AND IT'S QUITE A BIT OF BEEF STEW IN FACT.))
Fort Lee expertise is at work in Bosnia now.
Getting the right equipment to the remotest areas to help the troops feel
like they're in Mom's kitchen.
Even if it's glazed sweet potatoes among land mines.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Petersburg.))
The State Health Department says the FLU has spread through most of Virginia
Despite the aches and pains of many sufferers, Southwest Virginia hasn't
been as hard hit as the rest of the state.
It's still not too late to get a flu shot, particularly for those who might
develop complications from the flu.
If you see a doctor when symptoms first appear, the anti-viral drug
"Amantadine" can cut the duration of the illness in half.
This year, the most common form of the bug nationwide is known as the Type-A
And coming up, Maurice Deshazo signs a contract to play in Canada Ruben
Brown gears up for his return to Pittsburgh.
And its official, Don Shula is stepping down as head coach of the Miami
Well, it's now official. Don Shula is stepping down as head coach of the
SUPER=03-Davie, FL; :
This afternoon at Nova University Shula announced that he will retire as the
Dolphins head coach.
Shula is leaving football after 33 years in the sport. He said he plans to
spend time with his family but he will also remain with the Dolphins as part
owner and Vice Chairman of the Board.
IN Q="The thing
((DON SHULA/RETIRES AS DOLPHINS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Don Shula/Retires as Dolphins Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......Can be.
Shula has won a record 347 games 328 of them in the regular season during
his career that began in Baltimore in 1963. Shuler celebrated his 66-th
As expected, Speculation is centering on former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy
Johnson as Shula's possible replacement.
Shula's resignation shocked the sports world. But the veteran coach will
leave the game with the respect of his players who know what Shula's absence
will mean to South Florida.
IN Q="It really
SUPER=01-Brian Cox/Dolphins Linebacker; :
OUT Q=......being accountable."
While Virginia Tech All-American Cornell Brown's post season is over; his
brother's is just beginning. Reuben Brown and his Buffalo Bills face the
Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday in the AFC playoffs.
Reuben might just be the only Bill anxious to travel into Pittsburgh,
considering he played his college football at Pitt.
IN Q="Very excited
((REUBEN BROWN/BUFFALO OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Reuben Brown/Buffalo Offensive Lineman; :00
The Bills are known for their post season stability; and that experience
will be put to the test against the Steeler defense.
IN Q="Oh yeah
OUT Q=...have one"
After sitting out a year after graduating from Virginia Tech Maurice
Deshazo will resume his football career next year in Canada.
Deshazo's agent says the quarterback has signed a two year contract to play
for Calgary of the Canadian Football League.
The contract also has an option to allow Deshazo to return to the N-F-L
after the contract expires.
Deshazo was hoping to play in the C-F-L this season but negotiations fell
Calgary's number one quarterback is Veteran Doug Flutie. And Former
Virginia quarterback Shawn Moore is also on the team.
The Virginia Tech Hokies posted their
seventh win of the season last night as they dominated UNC-Charlotte 76-to-60
in the first half of the Atlantic 10, Conference USA Challenge in Worcester,
SUPER=03-Worcester, MA/ESPN; :00
The Hokies jumped out to a 13-to-2 lead and never looked back, as Ace Custis
scores 2 of his 15 points on the baseline with the nice shot.
Then watch Damon Watlington with the wicked move into the paint. He leans and
scores to keep the lead in double digits.
The Tech defense was also tough in the first half. Shawn Good goes up on the
glass to swap down the 49 shot.
The Hokies got a big lift in the second half, as Jim Jackson came off the
bench and scored 14 points all in the final 20 minutes.
SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=76/UNC Charlotte/=60;
The Hokies win it by 16. They return home on Sunday afternoon to open
Atlantic 10 play against St. Joe's.