Up next on news 7 at eleven-
The latest information on the roads and airports.
Plus the story of the twins that arrived in the world during the Storm of
And a verdict in the case of the man accused of stalking Madonna.
Plus Kim says we could see more snow by the week's end.
News 7 is next.
Snow, Snow everywhere is the story across the region.
Despite efforts of countless road workers and snowplows, many residents
can not take advantage of many driveable PRIMARY roads.
The reason? No one can get out of their driveway.
IN Q=I just
((RANDY BOHON/MOTORIST: I JUST SEE UNSCRAPED ROADS BEING PACKED DOWN, GONNA BE
WORSE TOMORROW BECAUSE IT'S SOLID ICE NOW.))
OUT Q=solid ice now.
In Roanoke officials expect to have All roads cleared by Thursday.
That's just in time for a possible snowfall expected on Friday.
A homeless man is found guilty of stalking and terrorizing pop superstar
Robert Hoskins scaled a wall at Madonna's home and was shot by a
Hoskins could face ten years in prison.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The weather emergency is over, but our troubles related to the record
snowfall have really just begun.
The question many people want answered is: when will my street get plowed
so I can get back to work?
Len Besthoff has some answers.
Len, I imagine it's fair to say it remains slow going for most people.
Jean, my neighbor began digging his car out around 10 this morning, and he
only moved about 50 yards in four hours.
Snowplow crews throughout our region know they won't be able to please
IN Q=Soon as you
SUPER=01-Gary Bowman/Roanoke Snowplow Operator;
OUT Q=vehicle in the way.
IN Q=Soon as you
((RANDY BOHON/MOTORIST: SOON AS YOU HIT THE ROANOKE CITY LINE, ROADS ARE JUST
LIKE THIS ARE HORRIBLE SHAPE, YOU KNOW AS MUCH PROPERTY TAX AS WE PAY HERE,
THERE'S NO REASON FOR THIS, THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR IT AT ALL.))
OUT Q=for it at all.
Public works crews all across our region, from greater Lynchburg to
Southside, snowplows are working around the clock to clear the roads.
But it's not so simple dealing with a record snowfall, as we found out while
driving with Gary Bowman from Roanoke's snowplow crew.
IN Q=It's not
((GARY BOWMAN/ROANOKE SNOWPLOW OPERATOR: IT'S NOT A HEAVY SNOW, IT PUSHES
FAIRLY WELL, BUT AS FAR AS THE PAST 15 YEARS IT'S THE MOST THAT I'VE SEEN.
I'VE BEEN OUT PUSHING FOR AROUND 15 YEARS PLUS.))
OUT Q=fifteen years plus.
Bowman says it's unfair to compare the condition of the city roads to the
state roads, because municipal snowplow drivers have to deal with cars parked
along the streets, and state crews don't.
IN Q=And if we're widening a
((GARY BOWMAN/ROANOKE SNOWPLOW OPERATOR: AND IF WE'RE WIDENING A ROAD OUT OR
MAKING OUR FIRST PASS, A LOT OF TIMES WE'RE STUCK WITH ONE PASS, WE'RE NOT ABLE
TO MAKE THE SECOND PASS BECAUSE THERE'S A VEHICLE IN THE WAY.))
OUT Q=vehicle in the way.))
Jean, we can't tell you how fast the streets will be cleared in every town
we cover, but here's a general idea.
Roanoke expects to have all of its sidestreets roads cleared by Thursday.
Lynchburg says it should have residential roads pushed by Wednesday
We also spoke with the more rural area of Halifax and Charlotte counties,
that say their local roads will be passable by tonight.
The state says its primary roads are all cleared, but some have a thin layer
of packed snow on some of them...it expects to get to all the secondary roads
it covers by late this week.
(QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT THE AIRPORTS LEN?)
Digging out has been especially tough in the New River Valley, and not just
because of the deep snow.
Strong wind is also to blame.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=I guess sooner
SUPER=01-Steven Moore/Christiansburg Resident; :08
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :18
SUPER=01-John Thompson/Asst. VDOT Resident Engineer; :31
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((I GUESS SOONER OR LATER WE'LL DIG OUT OF HERE. ))
It may be later for a lot of folks if this wind keeps up, making shoveling a
((STEVEN MOORE/CHRISTIANSBURG RESIDENT: YOU'LL THROW IT RIGHT BACK UP BEHIND
YOU AND IT'LL BLOW RIGHT BACK UP AGAINST YOU. IT'S WONDERFUL, JUST WONDERFUL.
Certainly wonderful if the wind would blow the snow off our roads and cars,
as it has this hillside.
But it's done much more harm than good, especially for road crews who are
finding themselves having to double back on some of the main roads.
That means it will take longer to get to the secondaries, which are piling
up with drifts.
((JOHN THOMPSON/VDOT ASST. RESIDENT ENGINEER: WE HAVE CONSIDERABLE PERCENTAGE
OF OUR SECONDARY SYSTEM IS BLOCKED RIGHT NOW DUE TO DRIFTING CONDITIONS. ))
Patience may be the name of the game, as it may take a couple of days to see
SOT nat of sledding
But with this deep snow, that's just fine for sledders.
((JOSH BARNETT/SLEDDER: WE HAVEN'T BEEN GOING IN THE DEEP SNOW BECAUSE IT'S
JUST TOO HARD TO GET AROUND MOSTLY. ))
Despite the problems, people are slowly tunneling out.
As interstate 81 clears and primary roads improve, signs of life are
emerging again, evidenced by the handful of businesses which managed to open
to a few customers by late afternoon. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Imagine going into labor with TWINS in the middle of this snowstorm?
It happened to Ivey Lupacchino (loo-puh-CHEE-no) and her husband Rick.
The Botetourt County couple managed to get to Community Hospital with more
than eight inches of snow already on the ground Saturday night, but not without
a few scary moments.
To top it all off, Eli and Elena Lupacchino were born a month early.
IN Q=And we had
((IVEY LUPACCHINO/MOTHER OF TWINS: AND WE HAD TO CALL THE AMBULANCE TO COME
GET US ABOUT 11 O'CLOCK WE CALLED. AND IT TOOK THEM AN HOUR TO GET THERE AND
AN HOUR TO GET US HERE. SO BY THE TIME WE GOT HERE CONTRACTIONS WERE FOUR
SUPER=01-Ivey Lupacchino/Mother of Twins;
OUT Q=four minutes apart(laughs).
IN Q=Well the ride
((RICK LUPACCHINO/FATHER OF TWINS: WELL THE RIDE WAS PRETTY SCARY WE HAD AN
ELDERLY WOMAN WHO WAS THE AMBULANCE DRIVER, AND I WAS A LITTLE CONCERNED AT
FIRST, BUT APPEARANCES ARE DECEIVING AND SHE WAS TREMENDOUS.))
SUPER=01-Rick Lupacchino/Father of Twins;
OUT Q=she was tremendous.
Eli weighed in at six-pounds, one ounce.
His sister Elena is five and a half pounds.
The family guesses that Community Hospital will let them stay until they can
make it back home.
As Southwest Virginia crawls out from under, emergency rooms are bracing
for a busy spell.
Connie Stevens has some safety advice from the experts, so you won't go
from house-bound to hospital-bound.
IN Q=You've heard it
SUPER=07-Rick McGarry; :09
SUPER=01-Dr. Evelyn Manetta; :33
SUPER=07-Loren Thomas; 1:06
OUT Q=CS. News 7.
You've heard it before.
There are plenty of ways to hurt yourself when suddenly trying to manage
with the world buried under two feet of the white stuff.
IN Q=My back is
((RICK MCGARRY: MY BACK IS SCREAMING, I HEARD SOMEBODY SAY THAT BY THE TIME YOU
START DOING THIS FOR A REAL SHORT TIME, YOUR HEART RATE GETS WAY UP THERE AND I
CAN BELIEVE IT. I FEEL LIKE I'VE RUN A MARATHON.))
OUT Q=a marathon.
Maybe even worse, for some.
E-R- personnel know they can always expect cardiac cases, when people
suddenly become snow warriors. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=It's always important
((IT'S ALWAYS IMPORTANT THAT ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE HEART DISEASE OR MAY BE OLDER
BE CAREFUL WHEN THEY SHOVEL SNOW. IT'S A LOT OF WORK SHOVELING SNOW. IT'S A LOT
OF WORK JUST WALKING AROUND IN SNOW. YOU NEED TO TAKE IT EASIER AND JUST DO
THINGS MORE SLOWLY. ))
OUT Q=more slowly.
If while shoveling snow you start having chest pains, and feel nauseous,
dizzy, or light-headed-- STOP. If the symptoms persist, contact your doctor.
IN Q=NAT SOUND SHOVELING
OUT Q=NAT SOUND SHOVELING
But for others with healthier hearts-- the walkway workout serves as a
stand-in for an hour at the gym.
IN Q=It was better
((LOREN THOMAS: IT WAS BETTER THAN DOING AEROBICS INSIDE FRESH AIR, THAT KIND
OF STUFF.. AND IT WAS THE ONLY WAY TO GET MY HUSBAND HOME TODAY. SO!))
If sledding rates higher with you than shoveling, safety and supervision
are still the prescriptions.
Adults also need to be careful about over-indulging in alcohol, another
popular pastime for some.
IN Q=The old cartoons
((THE OLD CARTOONS OF USING BRANDY TO RESUSCITATE PEOPLE WHEN THEY'RE COLD ARE
REALLY INCORRECT. ALCOHOL AND COLD DO NOT DO WELL TOGETHER. YOU BECOME
DEHYDRATED AND YOU'RE MUCH LESS TOLERANT OF THE COLD AND CAN BECOME
A few other health notes-- elective surgeries at many hospitals have been
postponed-- contact your hospital.
Also, check on the elderly, or those with known medical conditions.
They may need you-- as some are just more mobile than others.
Connie Stevens, News 7.
A Lynchburg family is spending tonight in a shelter after fire heavily
damaged their home on Memorial Avenue.
Heavy smoke was pouring from the building when firefighters first arrived
Snow around the house and on the roof made it difficult for crews to get to
Authorities say a faulty wood stove apparently sparked the blaze which
gutted the home's second story.
A family of ten escaped without harm, but is reportedly staying at the
Salvation Army tonight while they seek more permanent shelter.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, we'll have more on the region's record
snow, including reports from Lynchburg and Danville,
and from sunny California, a jury decides if a homeless is guilty of stalking
pop star Madonna.
Jean, the Weather is closing many school closings tomorrow.
We will have that complete list coming up after News 7 at 11.
Well, we're finally getting rid of the massive winter storm that dumped
record snowfall to the region.
But it'll be a while before we see any melting of that snow-- the
temperatures aren't helping us out with that at all.
Very cold tonight-- with wind chills falling below zero.
It didn't get all that warm today-- let's roll you through the day's highs
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The storm that crippled much of the East Coast is now moving off to Sea.
While the big dig out continues into the night.
Crews are working non-stop to get out from under all the snow.
((BETWEEN NATIONAL AIRPORT AND DULLES AIRPORT WE'VE HAD OVER 250 PEOPLE WORKING
ROUND THE CLOCK NOW TO CLEAR BOTH AIRPORTS. WE EXPECT TO OPEN BOTH DULLES AND
NATIONAL TUESDAY AT NOONTIME.))
OUT Q=Tuesday at noontime."
From Dixie to New England plows are out. Wind is making it tough to keep
the snow off the roads.
SUPER=03-New York City;
Meanwhile, New York has its own mini epidemic.
Several people were injured by carbon monoxide poisoning.
The problem- people sitting in running cars with the tailpipe stuck in
********WIPE WIPE WIPE
Heavy snow is blamed for a ceiling collapse at a Maryland nursing home.
It happened at the Bradford Oaks Retirement Home forcing about 125
residents- out into the cold and snow.
Most were taken to nearby hospitals and hotels.
No one was injured- but the collapse caused a power outage and a gas
The African nation of Zaire (zah-EAR) is coping with a tragedy that's left
more than 200 people dead.
A cargo plane crashed just after take-off smashing into a crowded outdoor
The plane plowed through cars, people and shacks.
No word on a cause.
A moment of silence at the United Nations today for France's former
President Francois Mitterrand.
The French leader died this morning.
((SIR JOHN WESTON/SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT: IN RECENT YEARS PRESIDENT
MITTERRAND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE PROCESS OF THE UNIFICATION OF EUROPE.))
SUPER=01-Sir John Weston/Security Council President;
OUT Q=UNIFICATION OF EUROPE."
Mitterrand led the country for 14 years. He stepped down last year
suffering from Prostate Cancer.
Mitterrand was 79.
Jurors in Los Angeles agree a homeless man did terrorize Madonna.
Robert Hoskins was found guilty of stalking, assault and making terrorist
Madonna testified she was haunted by nightmares about Hoskins.
((HE'S A SICK MAN. I WOULD BE AFRAID IF HE WERE WANDERING AROUND MY HOUSE
BREAKING INTO IT.))
OUT Q=BREAKING INTO IT."
SUPER=03-Hollywood Hills, Ca;
At one point, Hoskins was shot by Madonna's bodyguard after he scaled the
wall into her estate.
He could face ten years in prison.
George Allen has won some big showdowns over the last two years.
Abolishing parole, making people statewide work for welfare and ushering
high- tech jobs into the state.
But he's also faced problems with a budget many thought too radical for
Wednesday night, Allen kicks off year number three.
Tonight, he takes a look back with Ellen Qualls.
IN Q=The most devastating
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 1993; :21
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The most devastating moment over the last two years?
Not a moment's hesitation.
((LOSING MY ANTERIOR CRUCHET LIGAMENT LAST YEAR PLAYING WITH THE GOVERNOR'S
INTERNS JULY 27TH.))
Not the devastating election day that weakened him by failing to oust his
But the knee injury that literally hobbled him -- and made him a more
George Allen's learned something since January 1993.
sot INAUGURATION 20:04
((THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHANGE THAT IS
NEEDED. THEY HAVE GIVEN US A CLEAR MANDATE.))
In 1995, he's seeking bi- partisan compromise.
((I WOULD HAVE DONE IT EITHER WAY, REGARDLESS OF THE ELECTIONS. BUT GET THE
LEGISLATORS MORE INVOLVED IN IT. SOME STATED THAT THEY WERE SURPRISED BY THE
That was last year's budget amendments, with the surprise income tax cut
that died a dramatic death.
This year's effort -- the first full budget of his administration -- was put
together around a vigorous campaign schedule.
It was, he says, the toughest part of the job so far.
sot 04:43:09 TAPE ONE
((GOT IN THE BED AND ALL I DREAMT THE WHOLE NIGHT WAS WAS THIS FISCAL '97 OR
FISCAL '98, HOW MUCH CAN WE SHIFT TO THIS YEAR OR THE OTHER. WOKE UP EARLY IN
THE MORNING TO GET BACK IN, AND I JUST FELT LIKE I WAS IN ONE OF OUR BUDGET
MEETINGS ON MY BED AND EVERYONE WAS JUST AROUND ME WHILE I WAS LAYING DOWN.))
To sell that spending plan, Allen has a new mantra.
((SURE I THINK DIPLOMACY'S VERY IMPORTANT. WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO CLOSE A
BUSINESS DEAL YOU DON'T JUST SAY HERE THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GONNA OFFER YOU. LIKE
IT AND TAKE IT.))
statue to allen shot
With two more years in the saddle, Allen seems to be looking for a ride
that's a little less rough.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, we'll see how one tow truck operator is dealing with
the flood of business,
and we'll see how some Danville businesses refused to let the snow slow them
Southside is one area UN-accustomed to salt and shovels.
But when the going got tough, many store owners in Danville got going...to
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=No, we're sold
SUPER=01-Noah Pennell/Dominion Hardware; :00 quick
SUPER=01-Pat Sterner/Dominion Hardware Owner; :12
SUPER=01-Bobby Bryant/Hardee's Manager; :34
SUPER=07-Reginald Wilson; :43
SUPER=07-Joann Walter; :54
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
((NOAH PENNELL/DOMINION HARDWARE: NO, WE'RE SOLD OUT OF THOSE, SOLD OUT OF
THAT, TOO. ))
While many Danville businesses made a three day weekend of the snow, others
like, Dominion Hardware were busy profiting from Old Man Winter.
IN Q=Ice melt and
((PAT STERNER/DOMINION HARDWARE OWNER: ICE MELT AND SALT, WE STILL HAVE SOME OF
THAT. SHOVELS, WE'RE OUT OF THE SHOVELS, EXCEPT THE ROUND POINTED SHOVEL, JUST
THE SNOW CLEARING MERCHANDISE IS WHAT THEY'RE ASKING FOR.))
OUT Q=they're asking for.
Hardee's on Route 58 was another Danville business that decided to make a go
Manager Bobby Bryant says several regulars were waiting for coffee when he
IN Q=We like
((BOBBY BRYANT/HARDEE'S MANAGER:WE LIKE TO BE HERE FOR THEM, I MEAN, THEY'RE
HERE FOR US, SO WE LIKE TO RETURN THE FAVOR. ))
OUT Q=the favor.
Folks who worked up an appetite clearing their drive ways and sidewalks were
among those in line for lunch.
IN Q=Everything else
((REGINALD WILSON: EVERYTHING ELSE WAS CLOSED....ALL DAY. ))
OUT Q=all day.
IN Q=We came
((JOANN WALTER: WE CAME OUT TO VENTURE TO THE STORE, WE STOPPED HERE INSTEAD
AND WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO THE STORE. ))
OUT Q=to the store.
The sun did manage to make a brief appearance-- threatening the virtual
Winter Wonderland. But Old Man Winter managed to keep the upper hand. As for
how long the tug of war will last, that's one Mother Nature will have to
decide. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville. ))
The 1996 NASCAR Media Tour has hit the track. Yesterday, defending Winston
Cup Champion Jeff Gordon was among the drivers to speak up.
Among other topics, Gordon and the DuPont Racing team voiced their support
for teammate Ken Schrader.
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 Winston Cup Champion; :
Crew Chief Ray Evernham also addressed rule changes and his dominating
IN Q=All we...
SUPER=01-Ray Evernham/Gordon's Crew Chief; :00
OUT Q=...to hurt it"
GRAPHIC=MEDIA TOUR 96
A public relations official from the The Charlotte Motor Speedway said today,
that they received around 6 inches of snow.
But the winter storm has not stopped the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Media Tour
scheduled this week in the Carolinas.
Mike Stevens will begin his two a day reports tomorrow and has a quick
preview of what's a head.
IN Q=first audio
OUT Q=...fort worth area."
(( Steve, this marks the 14th year for this preseason tour of various Winston
Cup shops throughout the Southeast.
Here's a look at some of the stories photographer Lynn Eller and I will be
providing our viewers starting TUesday night on news seven at Five and
continuing into the weekend.
Of course no preseason tour would be complete without a chat with the reigning
champion. We'll see what Jeff Gordon has in mind for an encore, plus check in
with the other 2 thirds of Rick Hendrick's talented trio.
Visits with the 2 Winston Cup Champions are in store as Dale Earnhardt hopes
to regain his championship form and Richard Petty prepares for STP's 25th
anniversary in racing.
Speaking of Petty's, we'll try to find out what's up with Kyle and how he
plans to rejuvenate his stagnant race team.
Darrell Waltrip has also had his troubles of late, going 3 years without a
victory. We'll see if the winningest active driver can squeeze one more win
out of the twilight years.
Plus before the Fords head to Daytona for testing, we'll take a look at the
new three member team at Jack Roush racing in Liberty, North Carolina, and
talks with both Jeff and Ward Burton as they begin the next phases of their Cup
Plus, besides those stories, we'll also give area race fans a look at the
brand new Texas Motor Speedway. The one and a half mile superspeedway is
currently under construction in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.))
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng!!
After retiring in 1994, Harry Gant has decided to get behind the wheel
again; this time in NASCAR's Supertruck series.
Gant, who turns 56 Wednesday, said he will run around 10 races on the 24
race Supertruck schedule this season.
The Magic/76ers came was cancelled and the Washington Bullets wished their
game with Cleveland was called as well.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Bullets vs. Cavaliers; :00
The Cavs dropped the Bullets 109 to 91. Danny Ferry was one of many
Cavaliers who shot 59 percent from the field. His three is good.
Cleveland has now won six of seven and with give and goes like this one
from Ferry to Bobby Phills.
Wipe to boards!!
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
And still to come tonight, the class of 1996 for Cooperstown..strikes out,
while a snow goer in Roanoke hits the jackpot. Those stories when we come
For the first time in 25 years, no player was selected to the baseball hall
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball; :00
A player is required to have 75 percent of the vote needed for the
induction and Phil Niekro, who was 32 votes shy with 321, Tony Perez and Don
Sutton all came up short.
The vote; or lack there of, marks the first time since 1971 that the Baseball
Writers of America failed to select anyone to Cooperstown.
The class of 96 still has a chance when the veterans committee meets March
If most of you are frustrated by your inability to get around in the snow
either by car or foot, take a look at one man who is not having one bit of
trouble making hay in the snow.
T.C. Clark is a former Buffalo resident who has managed to turn the streets
of the Roanoke Valley into his own private cross country skiing course.
IN Q="This is actually...
((T.C. CLARK/CROSS COUNTRY SKIER:))
SUPER=01-T.C. Clark/Cross Country Skier; :00
OUT Q=...URBAN SKIING."
With hundreds of snowbound vehicles clogging the streets, you'd expect tow
truck drivers to be shoveling up the money these days.
But for one Lynchburg wrecker service, that's not necessarily the case.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=01-Jean Phillips/Receptionist; :24
SUPER=01-Glenn Trent/Wrecker Service Owner; :56
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( natsot truck 4:02:36
For more than fifty years, Glenn Trent's wreckers have been a familiar site
on the streets of Lynchburg.
And on the heels of one of the biggest snowfalls in years, his office has
been a beehive of activity.
As weary drivers stand by, Jean Phillips has been taking requests for
service...more than 150 in the last two days...and they've turned away dozens
IN Q=Some of em's
((JEAN PHILLIPS/RECEPTIONIST: SOME OF EM'S ON THE SIDE STREETS AND THE SNOW'S
JUST SO DEEP THAT WE CAN'T GET THROUGH TO THEM.))
OUT Q=through to them.
IN Q=This is one
((This is one of the problems Glenn Trent has been running into. Before one of
his big trucks can get in and rescue a stranded vehicle, he has to use his own
snow plow to clear a path to that vehicle. Of course all of this takes time,
and in the wrecker business, time is a valuable commodity.))
OUT Q=valuable commodity.
So even though they're running more calls than usual, it takes more time to
handle each call.
The toll is showing on the trucks and their drivers.
IN Q=We've got three
((GLENN TRENT/WRECKER SERVICE OWNER: WE'VE GOT THREE TRUCKS ALL TORN TO PIECES
RIGHT NOW, CLUTCHES OUT OF 'EM, DRIVE SHAFTS OUT, AXLES BROKEN, YOU DON'T MAKE
ENOUGH MONEY. AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY DOES. IN THIS KIND OF WEATHER, I THINK
IT'S JUST A LOSS FOR EVERYBODY BUT WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH IT.))
OUT Q=put up with it.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Just like everyone else.