Up next on News 7 at eleven-
He admitted to embezzling 24 thousand dollars but this man won't go to
jail. We'll have the story.
A sinkhole swallows a school bus in Brooklyn.
Plus one lawmakers wants new moms to stay in the hospital longer after
Plus Robin with the forecast.
News 7 is next.
North Cross school suffered a great loss.
Student athlete Grayson Hooper suffered a fatal heart attack after
stopping to rest at practice yesterday..
Counselors were called in to help students and faculty deal with their
A school bus in Brooklyn fell into a sink hole today.
It's believed a water main broke causing the 20 by 25 foot hole.
And there is more evidence that your diet can help prevent illness.
A new report says bran and calcium help prevent colorectal cancer.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A former Salem City Councilman is relieved- He's not going to jail for
embezzling twenty-four thousand dollars.
Gary Lautenschlager admitted to taking the money from the Salem Rescue
In court this morning he received a ten year suspended sentence and twenty
Lautenschlager testified that he took the funds to pay off credit card
His attorney says justice was done.
IN Q=He did not get
((JACK GREGORY/LAUTENSCHLAGER'S ATTORNEY: HE DID NOT GET AWAY WITH IT. HE'S
BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY, HE'S LOST THREE JOBS, HE HAS CERTAINLY SUFFERED THE
LOST OF REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY. HE SUFFERED MORE SO THAN ANY OTHER
DEFENDANT I CAN THINK OF PRIOR TO COMING IN FOR SENTENCING.))
SUPER=01-Jack Gregory/Lautenschlager's Attorney;
OUT Q=coming in for sentencing.
Lautenschlager was also sentenced to 300 hours community service.
But it doesn't end there-- now Salem Rescue Squad officials say they have
initiated ANOTHER investigation concerning other accounting irregularities.
Students and staff at Roanoke County's North Cross School are still trying
to get past the shock-- after a star athlete there died of an apparent heart
18 year old Grayson Hooper-- Number 71-- was Captain of the Football Team.
During wrestling practice yesterday, he told his coach he felt ill
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
after a short work-out on the track.
After resting about 45 minutes, his heart stopped beating.
He couldn't be revived despite several attempts at C.P.R.
IN Q=We're just
((HUGH MEAGHER/NORTH CROSS DEAN OF STUDENTS: WE'RE JUST TRYING THE BEST WE CAN
TO ENABLE THE KIDS TO GET THROUGH THIS PERIOD OF GRIEVING, IN RECOGNIZING THIS
IS JUST THE FIRST OF MANY DAYS.
IT'S NOT GOING TO BE OVER AT THE END OF THE DAY. WE'LL BE CONSCIOUS OF THIS
LOSS FOR A WHILE. ))
SUPER=01-Hugh Meagher/North Cross Dean of Students; :
OUT Q=for a while.
Autopsy results are not in yet.
Cardiologists say such incidents of sudden death among young athletes are
very rare-- and often occur without any warning.
IN Q=Certainly if
((DR. TERRANCE MAY/ROANOKE CARDIOLOGIST: CERTAINLY IF YOUNGSTERS ARE FEELING
ANY SYMPTOMS OF SHORTNESS OF BREATH, CHEST DISCOMFORT, PALPITATION, OR LIGHT
HEADEDNESS, THESE SYMPTOMS WOULD NEED TO BE EVALUATED AND NOT IGNORED. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Terrance May/Roanoke Cardiologist; :
Counselors at North Cross have been called in to help students through
A Henry County teen accused of murder is one step closer to standing trial
for the crime.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
A grand jury today indicted 16- year old Tommy Helms for murder and a host
of other charges.
He's charged with killing 15- year old Lavina Scales.
The young woman's body was discovered on a roadside in October.
Police say Helms has already confessed to Scales' murder.
A possible motive for the murder of an elderly Pittsylvania County man was
mentioned in court today.
19- year old Paul Michael Dalton, Junior appeared in court this afternoon
for a bond hearing.
His attorney says police have indicated the teen murdered Clark Aubrey
Adkins because the 72 year old man allegedly gave drugs to and raped his
Dalton's attorney argued his client should be released on bond because he
has NO prior record and turned himself over to authorities two days after
warrants were issued.
A judge, however, declined to make a ruling because a psychiatric exam has
not been completed.
The hostage situation is still going on aboard a Turkish Ferry.
Chechens holding the boat are now threatening to blow up the vessel with
it's Russian passengers on board.
The gunman are demanding an end to the Russian military offensive against
The First Lady is promoting her book- but as Dave Fehling reports, she's
having trouble escaping questions about Whitewater.
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR; 00
SUPER=07-Hillary Rodham Clinton; 04
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/CBS News; :15
SUPER=01-William Kennedy/Former White House Counsel; 1:03
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."
((HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: MY MOTHER AND LATE FATHER ALWAYS TOLD ME, DONT GIVE
INTO BULLIES, THAT'S WHAT I'VE ALWAYS AND WILL ALWAYS TRY TO DO.
DAVE FEHLING CBS NEWS/BUT BACK HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, THE REPUBLICANS MRS.
CLINTON APPARENTLY THINKS
ARE BULLIES CONTINUED THEIR WHITEWATER INVESTIGATION. DEMOCRATS MAINTAIN THE
PROBE IS NOW NOTHING BUT POLITICAL.
It's Republican Chairman however...
SEN. ALFONSE D'AMATO/D-NY: DONT TELL ME WHAT I CAN AND CANT SAY.
...sought to show a pattern of deception on the part of the whitehouse
staffers in answering questions about what was known about hillary clinton's
involvment with the collapsed madison guaranty savings and loan and the
whitewater land deal.
Testifying were three White House legal advisers who took part in
meetings with the Clintons or with each other about Whitewater.
William kennedy's notes included one that could have been taken to
suggest a cover-up.
D'AMATO ASKES WILLIAM KENNEDY/FORMER WH ASSOC. COUNSEL: VACUUM ROSE LAW
FILES...WHATS DOES THAT MEAN?
(KENNEDY: NOT ONE SENTENCE. IT REFERS TO SURROUNDING WHITEWATER REAL
ESTATE THERE IS AN INFORMATION VACUUM.
And under questioning by Democrats on the Senate panel, the former
White House lawyer said there was never anything sinister afoot.
D'AMATO: DID YOU DESTORY FILES? KENNEDY: ABSOLUTELY NOT.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Washington.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, a Roanoke car dealer faces as much as 25 years in
prison for food stamp fraud,
And we'll hear from a delegate who wants to see an end of the so called
drive through Baby deliveries.
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A Roanoke used car dealer admitted in federal court today to accepting food
stamps as payment.
Joseph Spangler pleaded guilty to two counts of food stamp fraud.
The owner of the "Sport Motors" car lot on Melrose Avenue will have to pay a
75- hundred dollar fine.
He must also pay more than nine- thousand dollars in restitution .
Meanwhile, authorities still don't know what Spangler did with the food
stamps he received.
IN Q=They have not
((TONY GIORNO/PROSECUTOR: THEY HAVE NOT COME BACK THROUGH THE SYSTEM. AND WE
DO HAVE A TRACE AND HAVE HAD A TRACE ON THOSE FOOD STAMPS FOR SOME PERIOD OF
TIME. AND THEY HAVE STILL NOT COME BACK THROUGH THE SYSTEM. ))
OUT Q=through the system (double out)
Spangler could receive up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced March
Workers at the Polymer Corporation in Wytheville will vote tomorrow and
Thursday on whether to join the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union.
The O-C-A-W is the second union in three years to try to organize at the
plant, which makes engineering plastics.
One union supporter says workers need improvements in job security and
seniority issues, and more say in setting policy.
((ROBBIE ALBERT/UNION SUPPORTER: WE THE EMPLOYEES DON'T HAVE TOO MUCH OF A
VOICE IN WHAT THE COMPANY DOES, IT'S ACTIONS. IT'S MOSTLY ONE-SIDED. ))
SUPER=01-Robbie Albert/Union Supporter;
OUT Q=it's mostly one-sided.
In 1993 workers rejected the Steelworkers by a two-to-one margin.
The company says it then proved its willingness to involve workers in
decision-making with its response to their scheduling concerns.
((MARY JANE UMBERGER/HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER: OVER A NUMBER OF WEEKS THEY
ACTUALLY PARTICIPATED IN SELECTING THE SCHEDULE THEY CHOSE TO WORK. WE
IMPLEMENTED THAT SCHEDULE AND ARE USING IT TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Mary Jane Umberger/Human Resources Manager;
OUT Q=using it today.
About 120 workers are eligible to vote in this week's election.
Roanoke Democrat Chip Woodrum wants mothers who've just given birth to
relax, and stay awhile.
As we told you last fall, Woodrum wants to guarantee mothers a 48 hour stay
in the hospital -- and 96 hours for those who've had a C-section.
IN Q=I'm the father
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: I'M THE FATHER OF THREE CHILDREN BUT I HAVEN'T
HAD TO BEAR ONE. BUT I AM TOLD THAT THAT'S A FAIRLY DIFFICULT PROCESS FOR THE
PERSON BEARING THE CHILD -- FOR THE MOTHER. IN ADDITION, BREAST FEEDING AND
BONDING WITH THE CHILD IS NOT ALWAYS, IS NOT A COMPLETELY UNCOMPLICATED
PROCESS. AND IT'S NECESSARY QUITE OFTEN TO ASSIST THE MOTHER AND TEACH HER.))
OUT Q=mother and teach her.
Fairfax Senator Jane Woods is introducing a similar bill in the upper
Woodrum says a panel of doctors could develop guidelines to assist in
deciding how long mother and baby should stay.
A national parents rights movement is looking to change the state's
The group says it wants to guarantee the right of parents to direct the
upbringing and education of their children.
But some legislators are concerned.
Ellen Qualls takes a look at the issue.
IN Q=Last Wednesday
SUPER=10-Gov. George Allen//January 10; :05
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Martin/(R) Richmond; 1:02
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Last Wednesday, George Allen became the first Governor in the nation to
publicly endorse it.
sot 19:46:52 neil tape of speech
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE FUNDAMENTAL ROLE OF PARENTS OUGHT TO BE RECOGNIZED IN
OUR FUNDAMENTAL LAW THROUGH A PARENT'S RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO OUR STATE
SOT 03:50:44 TAPE ONE MONDAY
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THE SIMPLE LANGUAGE DOESN'T SEEM CONTROVERSIAL AT ALL.
BUT SEE WHETHER THIS IS A DIFFERENT WAY TO GET TUITION TAX CREDITS FOR PRIVATE
AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS, EDUCATION VOUCHERS FOR PRIVATE AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS,
AND FOR HOME- SCHOOLING, THINGS THAT THEY CAN'T DO STRAIGHT AHEAD POLITICALLY.
LET'S MAKE SURE WE FULLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS CHANGE TO THE
Opponents worry it could sanction what some consider child abuse.
It could give a minority of parents too much control over school curricula.
Beyer says the Governor's support might be a nod to the "ultra- conservative
folks" who helped get Allen elected.
The so- called parents rights amendment was dreamed up by a conservative
think tank two years ago. 28 legislatures are expected to consider it this
Richmond area Senator Steve Martin tried and failed with the bill last year.
SOT 04:50:09 TAPE ONE MONDAY
((SEN. STEVE MARTIN/R-RICHMOND: ONE GREAT EXAMPLE I THINK MIGHT BE IN THE
GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AREA WHERE IT NO LONGER BECOMES A QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR
NOT WHEN A CHILD IS BEING BROUGHT IN FOR THE TYPE OF QUESTION YOU SPEAK OF THAT
A PARENT SHOULD AT LEAST BE NOTIFIED AND I WOULD SAY GET THEIR PERMISSION.))
For some parents, it would be a victory in a state where the board of
education has fiddled with -- but done nothing about -- controversial guidance
counseling regulations for three years.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Roanoke City Council tonight named the successor to former councilman John
Council appointed Wendell Butler to fill Edwards' unexpired term.
Meanwhile, William White was named acting Vice- Mayor.
This is his second term on council.
SOT 7:20:34 council night tape
IN Q=It is an honor
((WILLIAM WHITE/ROANOKE VICE MAYOR: IT IS AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE TO SERVE IN
THIS CAPACITY. ALSO, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FELLOW COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR
DISPLAYING THE CONFIDENCE IN ME. ))
SUPER=01-William White/Roanoke Vice Mayor;
OUT Q=confidence in me
Earlier today, members discussed the options for renovating Victory Stadium
and building a field house-- which could include an indoor track, aquatic
center, and ice rink.
But they said such multi- million dollar projects will be difficult to
finance without regional support.
SOT council tape 1 13:02:27
IN Q=I'd like to say
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT, AS WE GO FORWARD WITH
THIS, WE SHOULD NOT GO FORWARD WITHOUT CONSULTING WITH OUT GOOD NEIGHBORS IN
THE COUNTY AND VINTON AND SALEM-- AND SEEK THEIR INPUT AND SEEK THEIR COUNCIL
AND SEEK THEIR SUPPORT. ))
OUT Q=seek their support
Council members also brought up the idea of a regional sports authority to
help garner support for the projects.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on our newscast,
it was a kids dream come true today, when the earth opened up and
swallowed the school bus.
MUSIC UP FULL
One of Rocky Mount's oldest buildings will likely be torn down.
That's the word from investigators after fire destroyed the Old Mount
Jackie Hubbard of the Rocky Mount Police Department, says insurance
companies will ultimately decide the building's fate... but he doubts if it can
The theater was transformed into a barber shop and auction house.
Officials still haven't nailed down the cause of the blaze, but think it
could have started from a kerosene heater.
Workers in a Boston High Rise had to stick their heads out the window to
breathe when fire broke out today.
The blaze started on the fifth floor and smoke spread quickly to the upper
((GORDON BARRETT/RESCUED: GOT SCARY AT THE END BECAUSE OUR OFFICE FILLED UP
WITH SMOKE AND THE ONLY WAY TO BREATHE WAS TO KEEP OUR HEAD OUT THE WINDOW.)))
((WILLIAM OATS/RESCUED: IT WAS ON THE TENTH FLOOR AND WE WERE LUCKY TO GET OUT
OF THERE LOT OF SMOKE YOU CAN SEE I'M A SHAMBLES.))
SUPER=07-Gordon Barrett; :03
SUPER=07-William Oats; :07
OUT Q=I'M A SHAMBLES."
Six people were injured including a firefighter.
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In Brooklyn the ground gave way under a school bus today- A sink hole
opened up and nearly swallowed the back of the vehicle.
Everyone on board escaped without injury.
A water main break is believed the cause of the sinkhole that measured 20
by 25 feet.
Highlights form the Roundhouse, Vikings Gym and the Bast Center, where former
Byrd star Marcee Hufton hit a career milestone tonight.
Also, Steve Mason with a look at the homeless Hokies are about to move back
into their castle.
But first the scores.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
The Roanoke Express was looking to continue its 2 game winning streak last
night at the Roundhouse against the team just ahead of it in the standings, the
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Checkers;
Frank Anzalone was shooting for club victory number 100 in the season's
fifth meeting with Charlotte.
Roanoke was rockin' early, courtesy of the power play. Jason Clarke's shot
hits the post, but Jeff Jestadt picks up the loose puck and finds the net for
his 15th goal on the year and a 1-nothing lead.
But Charlotte answers. Matt Robbins finds Daryl Noren for one of
his two goals on the night to tie things up and the Checkers go on to beat the
Express 6 to 2.
The two teams meet again Saturday night in the Queen City.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
After a week of postponements, some area high school basketball teams were
back on the hardwood last night. Salem and Northside renewed an old rivalry
and the Vikings got a leg up in the Blue Ridge District race.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Spartans vs. Vikings;
Charlie Morgan's Spartans troops were primed for the road upset.
In transition, Sammy Lazarro finds Herschel Thomas who finishes with the
easy layin. Salem led by three after 1.
Northside hung tough and got the home crowd in it. Adam Wimmer picks up
the loose ball and puts it in, but the Vikings still trailed at the half.
Salem extends the lead in the second half. Scott Hall gets the board and
But the Vikings go on a run. Justin Porterfield goes to the rack and gets
the hoop and the hack. Northside wins it 61 to 54 with the comeback.
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE.
Lady maroon Marcee Hufton joined the 1 thousand point club last night in
leading Roanoke College past Randolph Macon Women's College 73 to 58 at the
Bast center in Salem.
Hufton hit the floor for pre game introductions needing just 8
points to reach the milestone and she didn't take long to get there.
On her third shot of the night, the former William Byrd standout sank this
trey to score her 1 thousandth career point.
The game was stopped momentarily as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Her fellow lady Maroons aided her cause. Former Floyd County great Lori
Boyd with the nifty pass inside to former Cave Spring star Amy Athey, who
knocks down the shot.
Hufton was also in a giving mood, dishing to Athey, she spots up and snaps the
The Maroons move to 8 and 3 on the season with the 15 point win.
The Virginia Tech Hokies roll back into Cassell Coliseum for a Thursday
night meeting with Dayton riding a 7 game winning streak.
And Steve Mason says beating Atlantic 10 foe George Washington in Roanoke
last night is just the latest positive for the number 11 team in the country.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Va. Tech Forward; :20
SUPER=01-Terry Holland/UVa Athletic Director; :34
SUPER=01-Travis Jackson/Va. Tech Center; :46
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; 1:02
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:10
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/Va. Tech Forward; 1:31
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
(( The Virginia Tech men's basketball team has journeyed to it's highest
ranking in school history despite taking the road less traveled.
A weak Cassell roof has forced Tech to play it's last two homes games away
from home. But, as evident by the win over G.W., playing at neutral sites has
enabled the Hokies to shift to a higher gear.
The team's maturity has not gone unnoticed, even in the eyes of an in state
So what's new and refreshing about the Gobblers? Maybe the fact that rankings
and winnings have not gone to their heads.
Roanoke fans had a rare, second chance to see the Hokies fly in the star
city, but a man's home is his "Cassell".
Game time Thursday against the Flyers is scheduled for 7 pm. Steve Mason,
News 7 Sports.))
Tonight the Virginia Cavaliers will try to make a statement that they deserve
to be back in the top 25 when they play host to 10th ranked North Carolina.
The game tipsoff off at seven, Steve Mason and photographer Greg Moore will
have your highlights and postgame tonight at eleven.
Last night the UVa women hammered Florida State 91-to-58 to improve to
Still to come tonight,
the Suns burn Paul Westphal - firing the popular Phoenix head coach today.
The Sun set on Phoenix head coach Paul Westphal today as the Suns fired the
former all-star and replaced him with Cotton Fitzsimmons.
The Suns have struggled this year under Westphal and are currently five games
Cotton says he can turn things around if the players get healthy and
IN Q="We gotta get...
((COTTON FITZSIMMONS/NEW SUNS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Cotton Fitzsimmons/New Suns Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...RECORD AROUND."
This is the third time the 65 year old Fitzsimmons has coached the Suns.
His latest baptism comes tomorrow night against the Orlando Magic.
The latest round of General Motors testing at Daytona wraps up later today.
Yesterday Terry Labonte was the hottest thing on four wheels turing in a speed
of 187 point 680 miles an hour.
Dale Earnhardt checked in at 186 point 8, and Rick Mast was the fastest
Pontiac with a speed of 186 point 513 miles an hour.
Ward Burton was a disappointing 183 point 7 miles an hour.
More evidence that bran and calcium can help prevent colorectal cancer.
Arizona researchers say they've found diets high in bran fiber or calcium
soak up the bile acids doctors think cause tumors.
The research is reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Virginia will get its first state history museum -- courtesy of three
The Governor announced the consolidation of the state Department of Historic
Resources with the private Virginia Historical Society today.
IN Q=Virginia's been
((CHARLES BRYAN/VA. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: VIRGINIA'S BEEN ONE OF THE FEW STATES
IN THE COUNTRY NOT TO HAVE A STATE HISTORY MUSEUM. MOST STATES HAVE A STATE
HISTORY MUSEUM. TENNESSEE HISTORY MUSEUM. SOUTH CAROLINA. WE OF ALL STATES
HAVE NOT HAD THAT.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: VIRGINIA'S HISTORY SHOULD NOT BE STORED AWAY IN SOME
WAREHOUSE OR SOME BASEMENT OR SOME PLACE LIKE THAT WHERE MUCH OF IT IS
SUPER=01-Charles Bryan/Va. Historical Society; :00
OUT Q=is stored.
Over five million state artifacts will be on display or available for
researchers in a new wing at the Historical Society museum in Richmond.
The state will rent display and office space in the museum.