Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Heavy rain combined with melting
snow makes for a real mess in many communities.
Flash flooding has meant evacuations, temporary shelters and power outages
in many localities. We'll have the latest.
Tonight in sports, Roy Stanley looks back at the last night Atlantic 10 win
by the Hokies.
A big wrestling tournament is headed to Blacksburg this weekend.
And the Charlotte Hornets trade Kendall Gill to the New Jersey Nets for point
guard Kenny Anderson.
And now the big chill is on. Roadways that are wet will freeze quickly
tonight...travel problems have already been reported in the New River Valley.
As if the Blizzard of 96 was not enough today Western Virginia is facing a
Alleghany, Bath and Highland Counties have all seen substantial flooding.
It was also a difficult day for residents of Rockbridge County where today's
flooding was all too familiar.
Double Boxes=Jean and Joe/StarLink
Joe Dashiell reports tonight from Goshen.
(Joe ad lib)
Tape rolled from truck
IN Q=In Glasgow homes
SUPER=03-Glasgow; :00 Quick
SUPER=01-Robert Smith/Plant Manager; :12
SUPER=01-Candy Kelso/Flood Victim; :32
SUPER=01-Eddie Bennett/Flood Victim; :40
OUT Q=get through it fine
(Joe Ad Lib)
Double Boxes=Jean and Joe/StarLink
(Jean question: Are there concerns about high winds overnight?)
The problems started late last night in Bath County, and this morning more
than a dozen people were evacuated from their homes.
Three feet of rushing water closed roads.
Schools were also closed, and water blocked portions of the county's primary
roads, Routes 220 and 39.
Firehouses were used as temporary shelters.
Authorities say they were especially concerned about the elderly.
IN Q=We are moving
((WE ARE MOVING PEOPLE. WE ARE GETTING THE ELDERLY OUT PUTTING THEM IN NURSING
HOMES OR WHEREVER... PLACE TO SLEEP. WE ARE ALSO PATROLLING THE ROADS TO SEE
THE CONDITION OF THE ROADWAYS.))
SUPER=07-Emergency Services Official;
OUT Q=of the roadways.
There were also a few power outages.
Officials are urging residents in the flooded areas not leave their homes
unless absolutely neccessary.
Emergency services officials say no one was hurt.
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Flooding in the Roanoke Valley was not as severe. Early this morning, the
Roanoke River reached dangerous levels... but only a few roads were barricaded
and only minor damage was reported.
Roanoke County was not as fortunate.
Bradshaw Road looked more like Bradshaw River.
Both cars and houses were submerged in water.
It could take a week before everything dries up in that area.
Salem was spared for the most part.
Except for a few isolated areas, there was no major damage... and no reports
The storm showed no mercy on parts of the New River Valley.
Pulaski took the hardest blow, with an inch and a half of rain in just one
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Angel and Dallas
SUPER=01-Angel Anderson/Flood Victim;
SUPER=01-Stan Crigger/Pulaski Co. Emergency Services;
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
Angel and Dallas Anderson haven't lived in their Dora Highway home very
long, but neighbors had told them when the rainstorms come to expect the worst.
That didn't make it any easier.
((ANGEL ANDERSON/FLOOD VICTIM: EVERYBODY TOLD US WHEN WE MOVED IN OUR HOUSE WAS
ALWAYS THE FIRST TO GO, AND THEY WAS RIGHT. THEY WAS TELLING US THE TRUTH.
BUT I, YOU DON'T FIGURE IT'S GONNA HAPPEN, YOU KNOW. ))
The Andersons were among about 25 Pulaski families evacuated when Peak Creek
jumped its banks, swirling into their homes and washing out downtown streets.
By dawn the torrents stopped, leaving residents and businesses who are no
strangers to flooding in awe of how fast it happened this time.
((STAN CRIGGER/PULASKI CO. EMERGENCY SERVICES: THE RISE CAME VERY QUICKLY,
FLASH FLOOD IN A HURRY BECAUSE OF THE SNOWFALL AND THE WATER, THE RAIN ON TOP
OF IT. ))
In Pulaski County, Back Creek also raged out of its banks.
A logging bridge near collapse caused a scare, but held in the end.
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And in Montgomery County, the North Fork of the Roanoke River stranded
motorists and threatened homes.
((HOW WAS IT DOWN THERE AT THE TRAILER PARK?
IT'S STARTING TO RISE. YEAH, PEOPLE CAN GET OUT BUT IT'S STARTING TO RISE ON
SOME OF THE LOWER TRAILERS CLOSER TO THE RIVER. ))
By late afternoon, floodwaters were retreating, leaving residents who have
just finished DIGGING out to begin DRYING out from the blizzard and the flood
Tracy Altizer, News 7.
Several area rivers have crested above flood stage. Robin Reed has been
tracking that and he joins us now with the latest information.
(Robin ad lib)
Meanwhile American Electric Power reports Smith Mountain Lake is at full
SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake;
As additional water feeds into the
system tonight, water will go over the spillway on Saturday.
Projections put the lake at one foot above full pond.
With no additional rain in the forecast, damage is expected to be minimal.
(Robin toss back to Jean on set)
In other news today Campbell County authorities have a suspect but no motive
in a double shooting that proved fatal for one teenager.
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Last Night
19- year old Roger Vassar Junior was shot to death in the basement of his
family's home on Route 6-52 in Gladys.
Authorities say the gunman apparently killed Vassar while the two stood in
the back doorway.
IN Q=Vassar was inside
((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: VASSAR WAS INSIDE THE HOUSE AND APPARENTLY
IT APPEARS THAT THE LIKELIHOOD IS THAT SHOTS WERE FIRED FROM OUTSIDE INTO THE
SUPER=01-Robert Maxey/Campbell Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=into the house.
Maxey says Vassar's 16- year- old neighbor is the prime suspect in the
Minutes after Vassar was taken to the hospital, authorities found the 16-
year- old in his home, suffering from an apparent self- inflicted gunshot wound
to the neck.
Police have NOT established a motive. (----------------)
The 16- year- old was transferred to U-V-A hospital, where he's listed in
The man accused of a drug- related murder in Lynchburg last summer will NOT
be prosecuted for the crime.
23- year old Darryl Braxton was arrested last August for the shooting death
of 28- year old Robert Lee Callaham.
Police say Callaham was killed during an argument over drugs July 23rd.
Braxton was scheduled to stand trial for the crime on Monday, but the murder
charges have been (KNOLLE-PROS) nolle pros'd--meaning he won't be prosecuted.
Prosecutor Bill Petty says the only eyewitness to the shooting suddenly
changed his story, and could NOT positively identify Braxton as the gunman.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--Governor Allen's education policy comes under
and celebrating Virginia's history--we'll take in ceremonies marking
Lee-Jackson Day. That story and much more when we come right back.
Virginia Tech has filed papers in federal court denying the allegations of a
former student who says the university and two football players violated her
Christy Brzonkala (Bron-kala) is suing for eight-point-three million dollars.
Last Spring the University Judicial Committee convicted football linebacker
Tony Morrison for sexual assault and suspended him for two semesters.
Brzonkala (Bron-kala) says Head Coach Frank Beamer intervened to get the
The university says the ruling was overturned to make it more consistent
with similar cases.
Tech also claims Brzonkala's lawsuit is inconsistent with her testimony
during the judicial hearing.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Not ALL of the raging rapids we've seen in the past 24 hours have been
delivered courtesy of Mother Nature.
A 16-inch water main break in Roanoke also created an overflow near the
Salem Turnpike this morning.
Residents in northwest Roanoke and northern Roanoke County may now have to
deal with low water pressure.
The city is urging people in Roanoke to use water sparingly.
IN Q=Don't do
((MICHELLE BONO/ROANOKE INFORMATION OFFICER: DON'T DO LAUNDRY TONIGHT, JUST TRY
TO CONSERVE WATER. JUST FOR OVER THE EVENING AND THAT WILL ALLOW US TO GET THE
WATER PRESSURE BACK UP TOMORROW EVERYTHING SHOULD BE FINE.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Roanoke Information Officer;
OUT Q=should be fine.
The city says if you have brown water it's NOT harmful to your health.
Iron deposits get stirred up in the water lines when something like this
The city says the brown water does stain clothes, so if you have it, don't
do your laundry.
The flooding has prompted Governor George Allen to extend the state of
emergency he declared 13 days ago.
It is the twelfth of his administration.
Allen says he'd like Mother Nature to be a little kinder to Virginia.
IN Q=I just was
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I JUST WAS LOOKING AT THE LIST OF -- PRELIMINARILY, BUENA
VISTA AND ROCKBRIDGE AGAIN. I JUST SAW THAT AND THOUGHT, OH GOSH, NOT AGAIN.
AFTER THE FLOODS THEY ALREADY RECEIVED JUST LAST YEAR. SO PEOPLE NEED TO BE
AWARE OF THIS AND HOPEFULLY IT WON'T BE AS BAD AS THE STORMS OF LAST SUMMER.))
OUT Q=last summer.
National Guard units are now being deployed for flood relief.
Governor Allen was cautioned to tread carefully today in his efforts to
toughen academic standards and testing programs.
As Ellen Qualls reports, what Allen's office billed as a major policy speech
may have raised some hackles in its audience.
IN Q=The Governor
SUPER=01-Frank Royal/VUU Trustees Chairman; :27
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The Governor spoke to a crowd at the historically black Virginia Union
University -- as part of its commemoration of Martin Luther King, Junior.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THROUGH FAIR TESTING...ALL ABOUT.))
But just after Allen's remarks, Richmond Republican and University Trustee
Chairman Frank Royal issued the Administration a warning.
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((FRANK ROYAL/VA. UNION UNIV. TRUSTEE: AND I IMPLORE EACH OF YOU AND BEG OF
YOU NOT TO FORGET THE PEOPLE. NOT TO FORGET THOSE OF US WHO FLUNKED THE TESTS
YOU TALK ABOUT. I WOULD HAVE HATED TO HAVE MY GRADES DETERMINE MY FUTURE.))
(( Some lawmakers say Allen's testing program should be sensitive to the
concept of what they call cultural, or in some cases, racial bias. That
statistically, some financially disadvantaged children performed poorly on
standardized tests, but excelled with more academic help.))
sot tape two 09:19:30
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WELL THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY CULTURAL BIAS. I DON'T SEE
WHAT THE CULTURAL BIAS IS IN MULTIPLICATION, SUBTRACTION, ADDITION, AND
DIVISION. THERE IS NOT A CULTURAL BIAS I WOULD THINK IN THE WAY THAT WORDS ARE
Allen's testing program gets its most important grade from the General
Assembly money committees, which control the purse strings.
So far, Allen has yet to unveil any specifics on the program.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The General Assembly adjourned in honor of Martin Luther King, Junior on
Today, it did so for Robert E. Lee.
And, Confederate history groups from around the Commonwealth held their
annual state capitol wreath laying ceremony.
It honors Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Matthew Fontaine Maury--
The ceremoney took place in the chamber where Lee received his commission to
lead the Army of Northern Virginia.
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((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD: PERHAPS THE MOST OUTSTANDING QUALITY OF HIS
CHARACTER WAS THE CONSTANCY OF HIS AWARENESS OF DUTY.))
SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford; :07
OUT Q=of duty.
Lee and Jackson were portrayed by re-enactors, who have this opportunity
more than once a year.
The stock market surged in a strong rally today.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed more than 60 points.
NASDAQ was up more than 11 points.
The mayor of Salem isn't saying much when it comes to his successor.
Jim Taliaferro talked with reporters today about leaving office after 24-
years... but he isn't recommending anyone for the top spot at City Hall.
He did say that he'll support any member of Council seeking re- election.
Taliaferro also talked about how Salem has changed over the past quarter-
He says the city's education efforts deserve a gold star.
IN Q=The single thing
((JIM TALIAFERRO/SALEM MAYOR: THE SINGLE THING THAT'S HAPPENED SINCE I'VE BEEN
ON COUNCIL THAT'S OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE, IS THE COMMITMENT TO AN EXCELLENT
SCHOOL SYSTEM. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Taliaferro/Salem Mayor;
OUT Q=school system
Taliaferro is due to step down in May.
Coming up tonight in sports,
the Hornets make a big trade with the Nets.
Bimbo gets fined.
And Roy Stanley takes a look back at last night nailbiting win for Tech and
tells us how the Hokies survived the Sports Illustrated jinx.
The Charlotte Hornets have been in need of quality point guard to go along
with Muggsy Bogues for the past couple of seasons.
Tonight they finally have their man.
The Hornets have acquired Kenny Anderson from the New Jersey Nets in exchange
for Kendall Gill.
The Hornets get the former Georgia Tech star, who earlier this year turned
down a six year 40 million dollar offer from the Nets.
In Gill, the Hornets lose a 13 point a game scorer and a player who was not
very popular with his teammates.
The Hornets also gave up guard Khalid Reeves for forward Gerald Glass.
The NBA has also been busy processing fines and suspensions today.
First the fines. Former Virginia Tech All-American Bimbo Coles and Bullets
star Juwan Howard were each suspended for one game today and fine for their
parts in this bench clearing brawl Wednesday night.
Howard was fined 12 thousand by the league, while Bimbo will have to fork out
6 thousand bucks.
The fight took place at the Miami sports arena.
Virginia Tech returned to the Cassell last night for the first time in
about a month.
The Hokies managed to hold on for a 63 to 62 win over the Dayton Flyers.
Roy Stanley has this report.
IN Q="The 11-th
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Tech vs Dayton; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Tech Head Coach; :
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/17 Points & 8 Rebounds; :34
SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=63/Dayton/62; :49
SUPER=01-Keefe Matthews/10 Points; :58
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((The 11-th ranked Hokies had the first nail bitter in their Atlantic 10 season
and it happened at the same time the Hokies were featured in Sports
((BILL FOSTER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((Thanks to a strong first half by Ace Custis the Hokies went in at the break
leading the Flyers by seven points.
The Flyers quickly erased that lead in the opening moments of the second
half and Dayton led by one with 12 minutes left in the game.))
((ACE CUSTIS/17 POINTS 8 REBOUNDS: ))
((After several lead changes, Substitute Keefe Matthews hit a jumper along the
baseline giving Tech a 63 to 62 lead.
Dayton got off a shot but it bounced high off the rim and tech rebounded
the miss to hold on for the 63 to 62 victory.))
((KEEFE MATTHEWS/10 POINTS: ))
((BILL FOSTER: ))
((The Hokies have to road games next week traveling to St. Bonaventure on
Monday and George Washington on Thursday.
Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
The states best wrestlers are at Virginia Tech this weekend for the
Virginia State Tournament.
Tech, Virginia, James Madison, Old Dominion, George Mason and V-M-I will
compete in the two day event.
IN Q="We're Hoping
((DAVE BRAINE/TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Tech Athletic Director; :00
OUT Q=........a little bit."
The preliminary round started at six today and the semi finals and finals
will be held tomorrow at the Cassell.
A big weekend for area high school basketball fans as the Crestar Classic
returns to the Roanoke Valley.
Four games are scheduled for the Salem Civic Center tomorrow.
At three William Fleming will battle Science Hill of Johnson City the
third ranked team in the nation.
The other afternoon game has Salem taking on G.W. of Danville the top
ranked Triple A team in the state.
At 6:30 Patrick Henry Faces Coolidge High of Washington D.C. And
Northside takes on Petersburg at 8:15.