These are the among the stories coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
- -A Roanoke school bus hi-jacked at knife- point.
- -A fatal fire in Madison Heights.
- -A half million dollar wrongful death settlement in Roanoke.
And the final battle in the war between the sexes at V-M-I reaches the U-S
Coming up tonight in sports, the Express makes a couple of announcements sure
to please area fans.
Michael Jordan talks about Rodman's offensive outburst last night.
and the Mayor of Cleveland and the Governor of Ohio are at the NFL owners
meeting in Atlanta trying to keep the Browns from heading to Baltimore.
Despite a break today, our weather view is clouded over and wet as well.
The forecast along with weather school is just ahead.
A Roanoke City school bus driver and her nine- year- old daughter had some
anxious moments this morning, when a young man carrying a hunting knife
hijacked their bus.
The incident began shortly after eight at the intersection of Cove Road and
Florida Avenue, when the bus pulled up to a stop sign.
Roanoke Police say a black male about 15 years old motioned for the driver
to open the door, then forced his way onto the bus.
No one was injured. The driver, Terri Labiosa, had just dropped off a
busload of students at Westside Elementary School, but the man ordered her to
take him to Salem.
IN Q=According to the driver
((CHAUNCEY LOGAN/TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR: ACCORDING TO THE DRIVER HE MADE NO
DEMANDS, ONLY TO BE DRIVEN TO WHERE HE WANTED TO GO.
Q: AND YOU SAID EARLIER THAT HE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE A PLAN ABOUT THAT EITHER?
A: APPARENTLY HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY SPECIFIC DESTINATION.))
SUPER=01-Chauncey Logan/Transportation Director;
OUT Q=specific destination.
After driving around for about 20 minutes, the hijacker got off the bus on
Route 419 at Midland Road.
Salem Police searched the area for more than 30 minutes, but could not find
Investigators are looking for a young man about five feet seven inches tall
who weighs about 140 pounds. He was wearing a ski cap, and a "Members Only"
A space heater is being blamed for a fire that killed an elderly Amherst
County man this morning.
Crews responded to 320 Old Wrights Shop Road around 10:30 after neighbors
reported smoke billowing from the rear of the house.
Firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly. Inside, they found
the body of 77- year- old George Overstreet.
IN Q=Heavy smoke
((ASST. CHIEF LEE DAY/MONELISON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.: HEAVY SMOKE CONDITIONS
INSIDE THE ENTIRE STRUCTURE. WE HAD FIRE COMING FROM THE REAR, THE REAR WAS
PRETTY MUCH INVOLVED, THE KITCHEN AREA, BEDROOM- TYPE AREA, SITUATION AT THE
((INVEST. LINDY INGE/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: APPARENTLY HE HAD A SMALL
ELECTRIC SPACE HEATER IN THE KITCHEN UNDER THE KITCHEN TABLE, FROM ALL
INDICATIONS THAT'S WHERE THE FIRE STARTED.))
SUPER=01-Asst. Chief Lee Day/Monelison Volunteer Fire Dept.; :00
SUPER=01-Invest. Lindy Inge/Amherst Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :09
OUT Q=where the fire started.
Authorities say Overstreet apparently died of smoke inhalation.
No autopsy will be performed.
A major settlement was reached today in the death by fire of a home-bound
invalid in Roanoke.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 11, 1993
Melody Ann Caldwell suffered severe brain damage in an auto accident only to
die in a house fire.
The 20- year- old victim was in a special hospital-type bed that may have
actually started the fire.
Without admitting any liability, Maxwell products will pay more than half a
Caldwell's mother stands to collect more than a quarter of a million.
Cheryl Smith is the woman who got into a public dispute over whether she should
be allowed to plant flowers on Melody's grave.
Among other things the settlement will enable her to move Melody's remains
to a private cemetary where she can have all the flowers she wants.
What may be the final battle over publicly- supported single sex education
was fought today in Washington.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case between the Clinton
Justice Department and Virginia Military Institute.
DOUBLE BOX=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
Ellen Qualls was there and joins us now from our Richmond newsroom.
What was the court most interested in hearing about?
Well Keith, you know VMI, the state of Virginia, and the Justice Department
have already submitted hundreds of pages of briefs -- so when the Justices hear
oral arguments -- that's what exactly what happens, they argue with attorneys.
Today in Washington, a little more of the needling was aimed at VMI and
whether excluding women violates the equal protection clause.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00 QUICK
SUPER=01-Trimble Bailey/VWIL Student; :03
SUPER=01-Marsha Greenbacker/Nat. Women's Law Center; :38
SUPER=01-Deval Patrick/U.S. Asst. Attorney General; :49
OUT Q=to VMI.
(( Trimble Bailey of Roanoke was in the court.
((TRIMBLE BAILEY/VWIL STUDENT: I DIDN'T GO TO VWIL BECAUSE I COULDN'T GO TO
VMI. I WENT TO VWIL BECAUSE I LIKE VWIL. WHETHER OR NOT VMI IS CO-ED.))
All sides admit V-WIL is NOT VMI.
But some justices asked, what about those women who want the intense,
adversarial experience of the VMI rat line?
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: THE QUESTION IS DOES THE CONSTITUTION DEMAND
THAT THERE BE CO-EDUCATION IN EVERY INSTANCE? AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE
CONSTITUTION DOESN'T DEMAND THAT.))
If women were admitted, Gilmore and VMI's attorney say it wouldn't be the
same place -- wouldn't produce the same result.
((MARSHA GREENBACKER: WHEN IT ACCEPTS WOMEN AND I BELIEVE IT WILL, IT WILL
LOOK BACK AND SAY AFTER ALL IT HAS BECOME A STRONGER INSTITUTION AS A RESULT.
ITS METHODS OF TEACHING CAN SURVIVE.))
((DEVAL PATRICK/U.S. ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT OF WHAT I
SOMETIMES REFER TO AS THE CHICKEN LITTLE SYNDROME ABOUT THIS CASE. THE SKY
WILL NOT FALL IF WOMEN ARE ADMITTED TO VMI.))
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
(Keith QUESTION: So we can expect a ruling by late June. What about the
An autopsy has determined what killed a North Cross student athlete Monday
According to the Medical Examiner,
Grayson Hooper died of atrial myxoma (AY-tree-al mix-OH-ma). A tumor on the
upper chamber of his heart blocked the flow of blood.
Hooper, Number 71, was one of the captains of the North Cross football team.
He complained of not feeling well after a short run at the school's indoor
He was 18 years old.
Grayson Hooper was a tissue donor.
Through this form of donation, up to 125 people can be helped from a single
The procedure can supply corneas, it can help burn victims, and is also
used in orthopedic and neurological surgeries.
The man who killed 11- year- old Phadra Carter got no relief from the state
Billy Layne's lawyer had tried to convince the court that he was convicted
of abduction with intent to defile, BASED ON HEARSAY.
The girl's mother had recounted a story Layne told her about the abduction
and rape of a young girl.
"Layne could have concocted the entire story," said the appeals court, "and
the relevance would be the same: that this thought was on his mind" around the
time of the crime.
That was the only issue the court addressed in the ruling that upheld the
conviction and two life sentences.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--If as announced Southern Virginia College
closes its doors--what happens to students and faculty? We'll have an update.
and judgment day for a former pastor accused of defrauding his
IN Q=Frankly I think
((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: "FRANKLY I THINK HE
MADE THE WISE MOVE, RATHER THAN HAVE THIS MATTER GO TO THE JURY." ))
OUT Q=to the jury
But church members say it will take some time before they can forgive and
forget. That story and more just ahead.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A former Halifax County pastor charged with fraud faces 200- years in
prison when he's sentenced next month.
This morning 45- year old Jonathan Frizzelle pled "NO contest" to 13- counts
Teresa Hamilton reports, authorities say this isn't the last we'll hear
about this case.
IN Q=It will
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./July 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Charles King/Local Church Superintendent; :12
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((It will likely take some time before members of McKendree and Asbury
United Methodist Churches will forget Jonathon Frizzelle.
He was ministering at both churches when he was arrested last spring.
IN Q=We're still
((CHARLES KING/LOCAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SUPERINTENDENT: WE'RE STILL
FEELING IT AND WILL FEEL IT FOR YEARS TO COME. ))
OUT Q=to come.
Authorities say Frizzelle would take out loans for expensive vehicles and
No problem, except police say he would sell the items without notifying or
paying the bank.
The same people who trusted Frizzelle to conduct weddings and funerals were
in for another shock.
Authorities say Frizzelle has a criminal record stretching back to 1968.
IN Q=We've had
((CHARLES KING/LOCAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SUPERINTENDENT: WE'VE HAD TO
INSTITUTE VARIOUS BACKGROUND CHECKS AND CREDIT CHECKS AND WHATEVER AS A RESULT
OF THIS MISFORTUNE. ))
OUT Q=this misfortune.
Federal officials aren't through with Frizzelle.
Commonwealth's Attorney John Greenbacker says investigators have evidence
which indicates Frizzelle altered his father's death certificate to read as his
own, in order to collect on credit life insurance-- which would have paid off
No charges have yet been filed in connection with that. Frizzelle will be
sentenced in February. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
State police investigators are looking into whether a defunct Bedford County
mailing company embezzled from its employees' health insurance plan.
Direct Mail Communications folded in November, 1994 after creditors seized
the company's assets and bank accounts.
Now some of the 200 former employees have asked authorities to look into why
their health insurance plan failed.
The workers say D-M-C's owners never deposited their payroll deductions into
the insurance plan's checking account.
Authorities say it could take several weeks before they have any results.
House Majority Leader and Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell says there's NO
conflict of interest in him representing insurance giant Trigon.
Financial disclosure forms show Cranwell did more than ten- thousand dollars
of legal work for Trigon last year.
IN Q=Every time
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: EVERY TIME YOU HAVE A CITIZEN LEGISLATURE AND
THE CITIZEN LEGISLATURE HAS GOT TO WORK FOR A LIVING, YOU'RE ALWAYS CONFRONTED
WITH THESE KINDS OF SITUATIONS. THE IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT OUR
RULES AND AND THE LAW RECOGNIZE ALL THAT WITH SPECIFIC PROVISIONS THAT DEAL
WITH THE SITUATION. AND THAT IS THAT, IF THERE'S A CONFLICT, I MUST ABSTAIN.
IF THERE'S A CONFLICT, I WILL ABSTAIN.))
OUT Q=will abstain.
Trigon is trying to get state approval to become a profit- making company --
and the General Assembly may face votes on surrounding issues.
Cranwell says he was hired by Trigon six years ago because- -this is the way
he put it: he's a "a pretty fair country lawyer."
A mixed day on Wall Street today.
The Dow lost 21 points.
The blue chips were hurt by news that today's budget talks at the White
House were called off.
NASDAQ, meantime, gained two and a half points.
Campbell County supervisors have okayed a plan that could help rebuild the
washed- out dam in the Timber Lake subdivision.
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./June, 1995;
Torrential rains and flooding caused the dam to collapse last June, killing
two people on nearby Route 460.
Efforts to secure federal funds for rebuilding the dam have failed, but now
the county has agreed to loan the money to the homeowners.
IN Q=These people have
((JIMMY MAYS/CAMPBELL CO. SUPERVISOR: THESE PEOPLE HAVE GONE TO ALL ENDS AND
THEY'RE NOT BEGGING, THEY JUST NEED SOME HELP AND THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE
DEVASTATED, AND THE COUNTY, WE NEED TO HELP THEM. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR,
THAT'S WHAT I WAS ELECTED FOR.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Mays/Campbell Co. Supervisors; :00
OUT Q=was elected for.
Homeowners say the county loan is only a BACKUP option if other financing
doesn't come through.
Engineers estimate it will cost close to a million dollars to dredge the
lake and rebuild the dam.
After more than one-hundred years of service the all women's Southern
Virginia College in Rockbridge County is closing its doors this May.
As Ron Jones reports two years of financial problems may wipe out more than
a century of dreams.
IN Q=Majestically sitting high
SUPER=01-Grace Sarber/Southern Virginia College;
OUT Q=Ron Jones News Seven.
Majestically sitting high on a hill in Buena Vista-- is Southern Virginia
This facility was built after the Civil War as the popular "Buena Vista
It was later privately bought and founded as a college for women.
Even though this 129-year-old institution is rich with TRADITION-- it's NOT
Because of financial problems this academic gem of Buena Vista is about to
((GRACE SARBER/SOUTHERN VIRGINIA COLLEGE: UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE OF OUR
FINANCIAL SITUATION, EVEN THOUGH IT HAS GREATLY IMPROVED IN THE PAST TWO YEARS
HAVEN'T IMPROVED ENOUGH.))
School officials say it would take at least two-million dollars to give them
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools denied them accreditation
because of the lack of funds.
With a student body of 165 these women represent 26 states and 11 foreign
The students can't believe it.
((LORRAINE KLEEBERGER/STUDENT: I WAS DEVASTATED... I HEARD IT ON THE NEWS. WE
DIDN'T HEAR IT FROM THE SCHOOL AND I JUST SAW IT ON THE NEWS AND IT WAS
DEVASTATING. I WAS REALLY UPSET, REALLY UPSET.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((AMANDA LOVEJOY/STUDENT: ITS VERY SAD BECAUSE THE SCHOOL... THERE'S A 129 YEAR
TRADITION AND I THINK ITS REALLY SAD THAT ITS THE ONLY 2 YEAR COLLEGE LEFT IN
So as the doors of this facility close this spring-- it seals with it the
treasured memories of a legacy gone by.
Ron Jones, News Seven.
Tonight in sports, Cleveland makes one more pitch to keep the Browns.
A William Byrd star verbally commits to VMI.
And we'll find out why Dennis Rodman was so anxious to part with the shirt on
his back after last night's win over the Sixers.
The city of Cleveland is still scrapping and clawing to keep the Browns from
moving to Baltimore.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
As the NFL's owners continued their weeklong meetings in Atlanta today, city
and state officials from Cleveland and Ohio crashed the party to plead their
case to the league's owners.
((MICHAEL WHITE/CLEVELAND MAYOR:))
SUPER=01-Michael White/Cleveland Mayor; :00
OUT Q=...TO GO FORWARD."
In one other NFL note, Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson made a change on his
coaching staff today firing defensive line coach Mean Joe Greene.
The Virginia Cavaliers return to the hardwoods tonight for a crucial ACC
battle with North Carolina.
The Cavs have had good success at University Hall against the Heels in recent
years, but tonight they'll be battling the number ten team in the country with
several player and head coach Jeff Jones weakened by the flu.
The Roanoke College Maroons are also back home tonight at the Bast center
entertaining ODAC member Guilford.
That game tipsoff at 7:30.
We'll have the highlights of both of them tonight at 11.
As if the Chicago Bulls didn't have enough offensive fire power with Jordan
and Pippen, last night rebounding specialist Dennis Rodman got into the act by
recording his first ever triple double.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Last Night; :00
Last night at the United Center, Rodman grabbed 21 rebounds, scored 10 points
and picked up 10 assists.
He also shocked everyone in attendance by stepping behind the arc and nailing
his first three pointer of the season.
IN Q="He showed...
((MICHAEL JORDAN/BULLS CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Bulls Captain; :00
OUT Q=...HA HA HA."
Rodman celebrated his big night, which by the way was also his 700th career
NBA game by giving his jersey to this lucky fan on the front row.
GRAPHIC=william byrd logo
One of the William Byrd Terriers top athletes has secured a partial
scholarship to VMI for next season.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
Michael Berry, who was all-state as a kicker each of the past two season and
an all-state selection as a receiver this year, decided last night to attend
VMI and try to make his mark as a kicker.
SUPER=04-Region III Soccer;
Area sports fans know Berry has plenty of leg strength. He was one of the
main men on Jeff Highfill's dominant soccer teams the past three season.
William Byrd also announced today that the school's prestigious Big Orange
WRestling tournament that was snowed out last weekend has been rescheduled for
February 2nd and 3rd.
And the big 8th grade wrestling tournament at Dublin Middle School scheduled
for this Saturday has been cancelled.
The Roanoke Express got crowned by the Checkers last night at the
Roundhouse losing to Charlotte 6-to-2.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Checkers;
Frank Anzalone avoided the spotlight last night as he went for club victory
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 answered with a flurry of scoring as Daryl Noren got two
and the Checkers got four tallies in the second period to win it 6-to-2.
They play again Saturday in Charlotte.
Tonight the team announced that season ticket for next year will go on sale
And guess what? There is no price increase for next year, and fans will
also be able to buy a season parking pass that assures you a spot for all home