The sudden death of the Captain of the football team at North Cross shocks
the private school community.
The story of Grayson Hooper is coming up on NEWS at SIX.
And a suspended sentence for embezzling 24-thousand dollars from the rescue
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason takes a look back at the 11th ranked Hokies
7th straight win.
The Roanoke Express hits the ice in hour to take on the Charlotte Checkers.
And Sun set on Paul Westphal today as the Phoenix Suns fired the veteran head
With temperatures in the mid 30's and a chance for drizzle, take extra care
on the road late tonight and Wednesday.
A student athlete at Roanoke County's North Cross school has died from what
appears to have been a heart attack.
Students and teachers are still trying to make sense of the death of 18-
year- old Grayson Hooper.
Hooper was Captain of the Football Team, and a member of the wrestling team.
It was during wrestling practice SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
yesterday that he fell ill while running around the track.
He sat down and rested for about 45 minutes, and then went into cardiac
Several attempts at C-P-R were made.
IN Q=They were never
((HUGH MEAGHER/NORTH CROSS DEAN OF STUDENTS: THEY WERE NEVER ABLE TO GET HIS
HEART BEATING AGAIN. HE HAD A CORONARY ARREST AND WHY HE HAD IT WE DON'T KNOW
AND WE MAY NEVER KNOW. AND OUR STUDENTS ARE JUST SHOCKED BY THIS. THE IMMEDIACY
OF HIS DEATH, AND HOW VULNERABLE WE ALL ARE IS VERY CLEAR TO THEM TODAY, AND
WE'RE VERY CONCERNED FOR THEM, CONCERNED FOR OUR STAFF.))
SUPER=01-Hugh Meagher/North Cross Dean of Students; :
OUT Q=for our staff.
Autopsy results are not in yet, but cardiologists advise parents cases of
sudden death among young athletes are NOT common.
IN Q=One has
((DR. TERRANCE MAY/ROANOKE CARDIOLOGIST: ONE HAS TO KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE.
THE ACTUAL OCCURRENCE OF THIS SORT OF TRAGEDY IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE ON THE ORDER
OF SEVERAL DEATHS PER MILLION IN YOUNG HEALTHY ATHLETES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Terrance May/Roanoke Cardiologist; :
OUT Q=healthy athletes.
Grayson Hooper's teachers describe him as the type of kid who got along with
Counselors have been called into the school to help his friends and
teammates deal with the loss.
A Former Salem City Councilman asked a judge for mercy in court today and
Gary Lautenschlager admitted to taking twenty-four thousand dollars from the
Salem Rescue Squad.
In court this morning he got a ten-year SUSPENDED sentence plus twenty years
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.
Salem Rescue Squad members say they're trying to put the past behind them.
IN Q=Squad pulled together
((EDDIE HITE/SALEM RESCUE ASST: SQUAD PULLED TOGETHER HAVE BEEN DOING THAT
THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE INCIDENT, THROUGH THE WHOLE YEAR. RUNNING CALLS AND DOING
WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSE TO BE DOING AND THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN BEHIND US.))
((MIKE MOORE/SALEM RESCUE CHIEF: I THINK A LESSER CREW THAT WOULDN'T HAVE HAD
THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY, SUPPORT OF FAMILY MEMBERS AND SUPPORT OF CITIZENS OF
SALEM WE WOULD HAVE FOLDED.))
SUPER=01-Eddie Hite/Salem Rescue Asst. Chief;
SUPER=01-Mike Moore/Salem Rescue Squad Chief; :09
OUT Q=we would have folded.
Lautenschlager was also sentenced to 300 hours community service.
But that's not the end of the Salem Rescue Squad's woes.
Rescue Squad officials say they have initiated ANOTHER investigation
concerning their books.
A guilty plea today from a Roanoke used car dealer charged with food stamp
In federal court, Joseph Spangler admitted accepting food stamps as partial
payment for cars he sold at his "Sport Motors" car lot.
Spangler will have to pay a 75- hundred dollar fine-- PLUS 95- hundred
dollars in restitution.
The prosecution says Spangler's plea came as no surprise.
IN Q=We had two undercover
((TONY GIORNO/PROSECUTOR: WE HAD TWO UNDERCOVER OPERATIVES WHO WERE PRESENT
DURING THE TRANSACTIONS, IN ADDITION, THE TRANSACTIONS WERE BOTH AUDIO TAPED
AND VIDEO TAPED. SO, WE HAD A VERY STRONG CASE AGAINST MR. SPANGLER. ))
OUT Q=against mr. spangler
A sentencing date has been set for March 28th.
Spangler could receive up to 25 years in prison.
The attorney for a Pittsylvania County teenager accused of murder suggested
a possible motive for the crime during a bond hearing this afternoon.
An attorney for 19- year old Paul Michael Dalton, Junior says police have
indicated Dalton committed the crime, because the victim allegedly gave his
sister drugs and raped her.
Dalton's charged with killing 72- year old Clark Aubrey Adkins of Chatham.
The teen's attorney told the court his client is NOT a flight risk, because
he has no prior record and turned himself in two days after warrants were
The judge declined to set bond until a psychiatric exam is completed.
Roanoke city officials say they hope to learn some lessons from the
Blizzard of '96.
But today they also said city employees deserve more credit than complaints
for the job they did last week.
Bob Herbert says the city is taking a hard look at last week's performance.
He says teams will be reviewing both the capability of the city's snow
removal equipment and its procedures.
But today, Herbert and members of council said that doesn't diminish the
efforts of city employees in the face of a major storm.
IN Q=So this is something that
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT OUR CITIZENS WEREN'T
USED TO AND PERHAPS SOME OF OUR STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION WEREN'T PREPARED FOR,
BUT NONETHELESS WE COMMEND YOU FOR THE VALIANT EFFORT THAT YOU GAVE AT
CONSIDERABLE EXPENSE OF TIME AND WHAT WILL PROVE TO BE A CONSIDERABLE EXPENSE
TO OUR TAXPAYERS OF 400- THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
OUT Q=of 400- thousand dollars.
Meanwhile, a request to demolish two homes in old southwest will NOT come
before council tonight.
The episcopal diocese of southwestern Virginia is appealing a decision by
the Architectural Review Board, but the church has asked for a postponement
A former sheriff's deputy in Bedford County WILL get some money for his
additional work with the County's tracking dog.... but it's no where near what
Doug Mayhew had sued the sheriff for unpaid overtime, demanding 35-thousand
dollars for Gypsy's care and feeding.
Though Mayhew never asked for compensation-- and Sheriff Carl Wells never
denied it, the judge ruled Mayhew was entitled to an extra 53-hundred dollars.
Mayhew says he's not sure whether that'll even cover his legal bills.
Attorney Terry Grimes said tonight that he's studying Judge Jackson Kiser's
nine- page opinion on damages before deciding whether Mayhew ought to appeal.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next on News 7 at 6, a proposed amendment to the state Constitution
calling for parental rights is causing a stir in Richmond,
and we'll hear from management and the union as a plastic company in Wytheville
tries to fight off its second union bid in three years.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
For the second time in three years, workers at the Polymer Corporation in
Wytheville will vote on whether they want union representation.
The Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union is the latest to attempt to
organize the plant, which makes engineering plastics.
One union supporter says workers need improvements in job security and
seniority issues, and more participation in company policies.
((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.
The company says its response to the failed Steelworkers organizing attempt
in 1993 proves its willingness to involve workers in decision-making.
At that time, employees were most concerned with shift scheduling.
((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 cast ballots tomorrow and Thursday.
A couple who filed a lawsuit against Pittsylvania County officials for
allegedly using illegal subpoenas has been awarded three-thousand dollars in an
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Nov. 1995;
Daniel and Laurie Cardwell filed the federal suit last fall.
They allege a social worker used bogus subpoenas to try forcing them to
cooperate in a child- abuse investigation.
No charges were ever filed against the Cardwell's.
Their attorney says as part of the settlement the Pittsylvania County
Department of Social Services also has to sign an agreement promising not to
use un-authorized subpoenas.
The right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their
children is a fundamental right.
That's what a national parents rights movement would like added to
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.))
Getting money out of Richmond is no walk in the park.
But Franklin County officials hope that's exactly what it turns out to be.
For years, the county has owned more than three dozen acres of land at Smith
Officials hope to turn the property into a public park-- one that would
offer fishing docks, a beach, and an aquarium.
Parks Director Neil Sigmon presented a progress report to the Board of
Supervisors this afternoon.
IN Q=What we have
((NEIL SIGMON/FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS DIRECTOR: WHAT WE HAVE COME TO NOW IS THAT
WE ARE IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE STATE--WITH THE COMMONWEALTH--ON TRYING TO
SECURE A LEASE AGREEMENT OF SOME SORT WITH THEM ON THIS PIECE OF PROPERTY WHICH
IS 37-ACRES. ))
SUPER=01-Neil Sigmon/Franklin Co. Parks Director;
OUT Q=thirty- seven acres
Representatives from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
will visit Franklin County later this month.
Sigmon hopes that detailed lease agreement will be worked out then.
A late rebound pushed the stock market sharply higher.
After spending much of the day in negative territory, the DOW finished UP
44 and a-half points.
NASDAQ gained seven points, closing at nine-hundred-96.
Three weeks after it was destroyed by fire, a Lynchburg business is on the
Steve Smallshaw reports Blue Ridge Anesthesia hopes to duplicate its
IN Q=It was the
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Dec. 25; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Morris/Blue Ridge Anesthesia; :27
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It was the worst Christmas present anyone could ask for.
After fire destroyed the old Lukens building and the business next door, all
Steve Morris and his partners had left were a few pictures of what used to be.
((WE DID SALVAGE OUR SIGN...))
The sign now decorates the front of their temporary headquarters on Church
The day after the fire, Morris and his staff had phone and computer lines
set up and were essentially back in business.
Still, losing everything has hurt.
IN Q=We were just
((STEVE MORRIS/BLUE RIDGE ANESTHESIA: WE WERE JUST IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE
WRONG TIME. I MEAN THERE WAS NOTHING WE COULD HAVE DONE TO HAVE PREVENTED IT OR
TO HAVE SAVED OUR BUILDING.))
OUT Q=our building.
Now Morris figures if they can renovate one old building, they can do
Blue Ridge holds an option on the former Eastern Electric building next
door, and they hope to move in within six months.
IN Q=But our prime
((STEVE MORRIS: BUT OUR PRIME MOTIVATION FOR STAYING DOWNTOWN IS REALLY JUST TO
HELP WITH THE REVITALIZATION. WE'VE BEEN DOWN HERE, WE FEEL WE REALLY HAD ONE
OF THE NICEST BUILDINGS DOWNTOWN AND WE'D LIKE TO TAKE AN OLD WAREHOUSE AND
CREATE THAT SAME AMBIENCE THAT THEY OFFER IN AN OFFICE SETTING.))
OUT Q=office setting.
IN Q=Meanwhile the
((Meanwhile the investigation into the cause of the Lukens fire is continuing.
The recent snowfall has slowed things down somewhat, but fire marshal John
Jennings says he considers it a very strong possibility that that blaze was
deliberately set. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
Coming up tonight in sports, The Phoenix Suns fire head coach Paul Westphal.
The Express gets ready to play Checkers tonight at the roundhouse.
And we'll take a look back at last night's late win by the 11th ranked Hokies
at the Roanoke Civic Center.
GRAPHIC=NORTH CROSS HELMET
Students and faculty members at North Cross school in Roanoke are mourning
the death of Raiders' football captain Grayson Hooper.
The senior, who was also a member of the wrestling and baseball teams died of
an apparent heart attack yesterday afternoon.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Understandably, the mood at the Roanoke County school was somber today as the
flag outside the office flew at half mast in honor of one of the private
school's most popular students.
SOT 11:38:50 tape one
IN Q=That makes
((HUGH MEAGHER/NORTH CROSS DEAN OF STUDENTS: THAT MAKES IT TOUGH TOO, CAUSE
EVERYBODY LIKED HIM SO MUCH.
AND EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN'T HAVE THE BEST LUCK AT FOOTBALL IT WASN'T BECAUSE OF
HIM, HE WAS WONDERFUL AT ORGANIZING SUMMER PRACTICES, AND REALLY SET A HIGH
EXAMPLE OF HARD WORK, DILIGENCE, AND DEDICATION TO HIS TEAMMATES, AND A LOT OF
THEM ARE TAKING IT PRETTY TOUGH. ))
SUPER=01-Hugh Meagher/North Cross Dean of Students; :
OUT Q=pretty tough.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
Head football coach Jim Muscaro, is also a professional counselor at the
school, and he is helping Hooper's teammates and fellow students cope with the
The Phoenix Suns made a coaching change this afternoon as they fired popular
Paul Westphal and replaced him 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.
Virginia Tech gave local fans a second look at the 10 and 1 Hokies last
night at the Roanoke Civic Center as the Hokies ran their winning streak to 7
games with a 79-71 victory over George Washington.
Steve Mason has more on another Atlantic 10 win for the Tech away from the
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Terry Holland/Virginia Athletic Director; :19
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/Virginia Tech Forward; :34
SUPER=01-Mike Jarvis/George Washington Coach; :55
SUPER=34-Va. Tech/=79/George Washington/=71; 1:07
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Coach; 1:11
OUT Q=News 7 sports"
((The Hokies hit foreign ground for the second straight game thanks to a
lot of snow and a Cassell Coliseum roof with not enough support. But the
nations 11th ranked team shrugged off being the second traveling team on the
floor and beat The Colonials by 8.
A win that even impressed ESPN-2 color commentator Terry Holland.
four hokies were in double figure scoring. Ace Custis did the most damage,
registering 18 points.
The Hokies fast start and unanswered run before the half proved to be a
winning combination. A one/two punch that knocked out Mike Jarvis and his
Colonials. So is the conference now second guessing adopting this rising heavy
The respect is mutual, especially when the Hokies addressed the fact they
were hardly giant killers when it came to stopping 7'1" goliath Alexander Koul,
who finished with 20.
Tech leads the west division outright and playing the last two games away
from home could yield positive results down the road.
The 22-19 and 1 Express host East Division rival Charlotte tonight at
the Round House.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Wednesday; :00
Roanoke currently holds fourth place in the East Division; one spot below
the 3rd place Checkers, who beat the Express 6-3 last Wednesday at the Roanoke
IN Q=We watched
SUPER=01-Craig Herr/Express Right Winger; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Potter/4 Points in Last 3 Games; :12
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Express Center; :27