Coming up on News Seven at Eleven--
Officials at V-M-I aren't taking any chances following the death of a
student from a rare blood disease.
The Northeast is now wading through flood waters as thousands are evacuated
from their homes.
And some former drugs addicts at the Rescue Mission in Roanoke are loving
News Seven at Eleven is next.
Good evening I'm Ron Jones--this is News 7 at Eleven.
Firefighters have been battling a house fire in southeast Roanoke for more
than an hour.
It started shortly before ten tonight.
The two story house is located at 12-28 Stewart Avenue.
More than 30 firefighters rushed to the scene.
The home has sustained heavy damage.
There was also concern the fire could spread to neighboring homes.
We will have more information for you as it becomes available.
An 18 year old V-M-I student has died from a rare blood infection.
And as a precaution about 150 students at The Virginia Military Institute
are receiving medication this weekend.
The disease is caused by the same bacteria associated with meningitis.
Denise Allen has more on the infection that killed Scott Hickey.
IN Q=Freshman cadet
SUPER=01-Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesperson; :12
SUPER=01-Adelle Zmarzly/Roanoke City Health Dept.; :46
OUT Q=News 7
(( Freshman cadet Scott Hickey was majoring in Civil Engineering.
Today flags at VMI were flying at half staff in honor of the Staunton
Hickey's life was cut short by a rare infection.
((MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESPERSON: HE WAS MANAGER OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE
FALL. IN HIGH SCHOOL HE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN 4-H, PRESIDENT OF HIS YOUTH
Hickey was given Tylenol for a fever and other flu-like symptoms here at the
When Hickey's condition worsened, the school physician sent him to the
emergency room at Stonewall Jackson Hospital.
((THEY WERE GOING TO AIRLIFT HIM TO CHARLOTTESVILLE, BUT WHEN THEY GOT HIM UP
IN THE AIR HE HAD AN ARREST. THEY COULDN'T HANDLE THAT ON THE HELICOPTER SO
THEY BROUGHT HIM BACK.))
Hickey died from a rare blood infection caused by a bacteria called
Neisseria Meningitides(nih SEAR ee uh men IN JI Ditties) which often causes
The bacteria is actually so common an estimated five to 20 percent of the
population carries the germ in the its throat.
The bacteria is airborne or spread by contact.
The incubation period for the disease is one to 10 days.
((ADELLE ZMARALY/ROANOKE CITY HEALTH DEPT.: THE SEVERITY OF ANY ILLNESS
DEPENDS ON THREE FACTORS: ONE IS HOW MUCH OF A DOSE OF THAT GERM YOU GET, HOW
DISEASE PRODUCING THAT GERM IS AND HOW SUSCEPTIBLE THAT PERSON MIGHT BE.))
Symptoms of meningitis vary, depending on the cause-- but may include:
--Stiff neck & back
And Adelle Zmarly says it can even be prevented by good personal hygiene.
For instance don't share drinks.
If you're ill wash your hands and of course a healthy lifestyle with proper
diet and exercise.
The infection is treatable.
150 people at VMI have been given the antibiotic Rifampin to prevent the
bacteria from taking any more lives.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Swollen rivers began to recede today, and many communities are beginning to
dry out after yesterday's flooding.
It's expected the cleanup will take several days or longer.
In most areas emergency crews are out pumping basements, surveying damage,
and cleaning up the mud.
No deaths or injuries have been reported because of the floods.
Most primary roads are open again, except for Bath County-- Route 220 and 39
are still closed.
The situation is still very serious in West Virginia's Greenbrier Valley.
Flooding there has shut down Route 60 between Lewisburg and White Sulphur
Communication in the area is very difficult; phone and power service has yet
to be restored in many places.
School officials tell us the communities of Caldwell, Alderson and parts of
Rutherford have sustained severe damage.
The National Guard has been called in to prevent looting in the area.
Residents forced from their homes are staying in shelters.
The Northeast part of the country is also experiencing the wrath of mother
The state of Pennsylvania has been especially hard hit.
At one point more than 100 thousand people were evacuated from their homes in
In Pittsburgh a state of emergency was declared this morning after
overflowing rivers and creeks caused major flooding.
The Point State Park is under water, and Three Rivers Stadium is threatened.
Some barges and boats broke from their moorings along the Allegheny and Ohio
rivers which caused police to close some bridges.
Sandbagging efforts are in full swing to prevent further damage.
GRAPHIC=Martin Luther King
The group Concerned Citizens for Justice pounded the pavement today.
Their goal: to draw attention to what group members say are injustices in
Roanoke Valley's court system.
They say they're marching for jobs, justice and peace all in memory of
Doctor Martin Luther King.
Organizers fashioned this march after ones headed by the slain civil rights
They say equal justice is not just a black issue, but an issue for all
IN Q=be it black
((PERNELLER CHUB-WILSON/SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: BE IT BLACK
OR WHITE, IF YOU POOR YOU DON'T WIN. IF YOU RICH, WE HAVE SEEN IT THIS WEEK,
WHEN YOU HAVE MONEY YOU CAN GET OFF OF ANYTHING. WHAT WE WANT IS EQUAL RIGHTS,
EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW.))
SUPER=01-Perneller Chub-Wilson/Concerned Citizens for Justice;
OUT Q=UNDER THE LAW
Perneller Chub-Wilson would like to see Virginia develop a court monitoring
system similar to those in California or Texas.
Today's march was originally scheduled for King's birthday, but it was
postponed because of bad weather.
Members of Citizens for Justice and The Southern Christian Leadership
Conference are taking their concerns to the nation's capitol.
They'll address government leaders in Washington, this March.
A Texas community mourns the death of an abducted child.
Witnesses say 9- year- old Amber Hagerman screamed as she was grabbed off
her bicycle at an abandoned parking lot.
She was abducted in broad daylight by a man in a pickup truck.
Her body was found Wednesday in a creek.
The reverend who presided over the funeral service says Amber is "survived
by a nation that is saddened and enraged."
Teams of police and F-B-I agents are pursuing leads on the killer's trail.
President Clinton joined more than 15-hundred mourners today in Houston's
Good Hope Missionary Church to honor Barbara Jordan.
Jordan, the former Democratic Congresswoman from Texas, died earlier this
week of pneumonia and leukemia at age 59.
She was the first black from the south to be elected to Congress since
Reconstruction, and in 1974 was part of the House Committee pondering President
When she left Congress she taught at
the University of Texas.
In 1994 President Clinton gave her the highest civilian award, the
Presidential Medal of Freedom.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at 11,
Denise Allen will tell us about a group of people who are determined to get
their lives back on track.
They are getting some help from the Roanoke Rescue Mission's drug recovery
That story and much more just ahead.
Some areas are still trying to get back to normal after the latest round
with Mother Nature.
Flood warnings remain in effect tonight along the lower James and
Meanwhile, a weak disturbance will move through the region late tonight and
early tomorrow-- bringing some scattered snow showers.
Then that'll clear out-- and a warming trend will start Monday.
More on all that coming up a little later-- stay tuned.
MUSIC UP FULL
Governor Allen gambled on having Powerball and Keno lottery revenue when he
submitted his most recent budget.
The general assembly has yet to decide the fate of the two proposed games.
And so far, Governor George Allen is remaining mum on the topic.
IN Q=I think people
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK PEOPLE CAN MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES ON IF
THEY WANT TO SPEND THEIR MONEY ON THE LOTTERY OR NOT. WHETHER I SUPPORT IT OR
NOT, I DON'T PARTICULARLY CARE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER TO BE HONEST WITH YOU ABOUT
KENO OR POWERBALL. AND THAT'S WHY I SAID IF THE LEGISLATURE PASSES A BILL
RESTRICTING THE LOTTERY DEPARTMENT'S AUTHORITY TO DO THAT, I'LL SIGN THE
OUT Q=sign the bill.
Allen used almost 70- million dollars to balance his budget in anticipation
of gambling revenues.
Despite criticism from Senate Democrats, he won't say how he would plug the
hole if lawmakers reject his gambling proposition.
Someone in Roanoke has turned a 1-dollar investment into a 25-thousand
Virginia lottery officials say there was one winning ticket sold for Friday
night's Cash Five drawing.
The ticket--bearing the numbers seven, eight, 12, 14 and 17--was sold in
No tickets worth 100 thousand dollars or 50 thousand dollars were sold.
At the Rescue Mission in Roanoke, every Friday is a day to
celebrate--celebrate those who have completed the Misson's drug recovery
Denise Allen reports it is hoped these success stories will help others turn
their lives around.
IN Q=i found
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester Johnson/Rescue Mission; :18
SUPER=01-Robert Cutroni/Graduate; :34
SUPER=01-David Hockenberry/Graduate; :59
OUT Q=news 7
((((I FOUND SOMEBODY WHO CAN SAVE ANY BODY.))
These men are learning to save themselves.
Friday is rally day at the Rescue Mission.
Here all victories are celebrated.
((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN OUR DRUG
RECOVERY PROGRAM HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY'RE A FAILURE FOR SO LONG THAT IT'S REALLY
NICE TO BE ABLE TO OVERTLY SHOT IT OUT.))
In the mission's drug recovery program participants can get help with their
education, learn social skills and learn what it takes to be productive in
((ROBERT CUTRONI/GRADUATE: THEY SHOWED ME MONEY WASN'T IMPORTANT. YOU COULD
HAVE A THOUSAND DOLLARS IN YOUR POCKET AND STILL NOT BE RIGHT WITH YOURSELF.))
Robert Cutroni says now that he's off drugs he's able to make friends and is
rebuilding relationships with his family.
David Hockenberry came to the mission after nearly drinking himself to
Both he and Cutroni graduated from the program.
But they say they still get inspiration from the mission.
((DAVID HOCKENBERRY/GRADUATE: I'M WORKING IN THE TRANSIENT AREA AND I SEE THE
MEN THAT COME IN AND I WAS JUST LIKE THEM. THAT'S ENOUGH TO KEEP YOU SOBER.))
The Rescue Mission's program is six months long and soon will be lengthened
to nine months.
A program for women is also planned.
Sylvester-Johnson says that will just give them more to celebrate on
Denise Allen News 7.))
Do you feel like you're in the slow lane on the information superhighway?
If so, we have some advice for you, in this weekend's "On Record".
As Jean Jadhon reports, starting to learn about computers and the Internet
isn't as hard as you may think.
IN Q=This is what
SUPER=02-Doyle Edgerton/Roanoke Electronic Village; :15 quick!
SUPER=02-Cortney Martin/Blacksburg Electronic Village; :19
SUPER=01-Cortney Martin/Blacksburg Electronic Village; :37
SUPER=01-Tom Ceceros/Va. Western Community College; :59
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke
((This is what it looks like to be On-line. You can read magazines, find out
about government or even learn about News 7.
You can also spend- by shopping at the electronic mall.
You can even chat with folks all over the world.
DOYLE EDGERTON/ROANOKE ELECTRONIC VILLAGE: A LOT OF THE INTERNETS REALLY ALL
ABOUT ALL THE GLOBAL COMPUTERS SHARING INFORMATION.
CORTNEY MARTIN/BLACKSBURG ELECTRNOIC VILLAGE: THERE IS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION,
GOVERNMENT INFORMATION, EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES. THERE'S JUST NO END TO WHAT
YOU'LL FIND OUT THERE.
More and more people are getting in on the computer craze but you don't
have to own a computer or spend a lot of cash to get on line.
MORE AND MORE WE'RE SEEING PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS THAT PEOPLE CAN USE FREE OF
CHARGE FOR INSTANCE AT THE BLACKSBURG ELECTRONIC VILLAGE WE HAVE COMPUTERS SET
UP IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. FOLKS CAN GET A FREE E MAIL ACCOUNT AND THEY HAVE
ACCESS TO EVERYONE ON THE INTERNET.
Jean Jadhon/News 7: The Web, the Internet, E-Mail. The lingo can be
overwhelminging if you're new at it, but it doesn't have to be. Learning
computer talk and how to travel the superhighway is easier than you might
TOM CECEROS/VA. WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE: ONCE THEY GET THROUGH THE WINDOWS
APPLICATION WHICH TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF TIME BUT ONCE THEY GET ACCUSTOMED TO
THE MOUSE IT'S NOT MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE ROYAL REMINGTON TYPEWRITER OF THE
FIFTIES AND SIXTIES.
For more about what it's like to be on line and how to get started join me
for On Record Sunday morning at eleven. Jean Jadhon News Seven Roanoke.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
There's nothing wrong with going to the bar when you are on a Carribean
That is, unless you are captain of the ship, and you happen to steer onto an
We'll have that story and more when we come right back.
MUSIC UP FULL
Tourists aboard the cruise ship "Regal Express" off the Florida coast made
an unscheduled and unusual stop on an island this morning.
SUPER=03-Manatee Co., FL;
Unfortunately, the island was
The ship ran aground on a sand bar about 2-miles west of Port Manatee.
There were no casualties and the ship was not ruptured in the mishap.
The Coast Guard worked all morning to free the vessel.
Two tugs have been busy trying to remove the ship from the bar and get it
back on its way.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour touched down right on time early this morning.
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center, FL;
The rare night landing ended a successful 9 day mission.
The six astronauts aboard retrieved two satellites and took two extended
They also tested tools and equipment to be used in building the
international space station.
A Shuttle program manager said he's please with the mission--in spite of a
three week government shutdown which threatened the program's funding.
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
The basketball smorgasboard continued tonight over in Salem. The night
session of the Crestar Classic opened with Patrick Henry entertaining Coolidge
High out of D.C.
SUPER=03-Salem/Patriots vs. Colts;
Woody Deans watched his club take a 10 point halftime lead and pull away
for the 13 point win.
Brian Jackson makes the nice dish to Colby Leftwich who scores in the
Then the Colts' Kenya Williams penetrates and knocks down the mid range
But the Patriots open things up. SUPER=33-Patrick Henry/=67/Coolidge/=54;
Ronnie Casey goes in among the trees and scores as PH wins it 67 to 54.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
One day after losing their head coach, The William Fleming Colonels took
third ranked Science Hill of Johnson City to the wire in the Crestar Roundball
Classic at the Salem Civic Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/Colonels vs. Hilltoppers;
With Marshall Ashford at the reins, Fleming played like the ranked team
Back to back buckets by James Stokes gave the Colonels a six point lead
Fleming led by 19 early in the second. Brad Dunleavy goes to the hole and
But the Hilltoppers started to click. Virginia Tech recruit Nathan Bailey
finds the range on this three pointer.
Then watch Michael Lewis throw the SUPER=33-Science Hill/=56/William
lob to Jovann Johnson who jams it down, and Science Hill hangs on to win it 56
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Salem took the floor earlier in the day, but fell to G.W. Danville 92 to
Another Blue Ridge member, Northside was in action tonight, taking on
SUPER=03-Salem/Vikings vs. Crimson Wave;
The Vikings got off to a slow start, scoring just 8 first half points.
Adam Wimmer gets free inside and gets the friendly bounce on the iron for
The Crimson Wave comes right back. Don Brooks nails the wide open 3
pointer and Petersburg led by 3 after 1.
The lead was stretched to 8 by the
break. Steve Bonner gets the board and the bucket as Petersburg beats
Northside 51 to 22.
Georgia Tech opened the newly renovated Alexander Memorial Coliseum with a
20 point win over the Virginia Cavaliers.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WSET; :
Jeff Jones and the Cavaliers fell behind early.
Stephon Marberry pulls up and hits the three pointer and the Yellow
Jackets led 28 to 14.
Virginia's Norman Nolan takes it to the hoop and scores but the Cavaliers
trailed by 13 late in the first half.
Georgia Tech continued to have the hot hand and the Yellow Jackets led at
the half by 23, 44 to 21.
Virginia's Curtis Staples got hot in the second half hitting this three
staples finished the game with 20 points.
Georgia Tech comes right back going outside for the trey and a 20 point
lead with 11-minutes left in the game.
Courtney Alexander finished the SUPER=33-Georgia
Tech/=90/Virginia/=70;day with 26 points but the Cavaliers come up short in
Atlanta 90 to 70.
Roanoke College has taken over third place in the ODAC with a big win over
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs. Yellow Jackets;
Paige Moir's club had their hands full with Hal Nunley's troops.
Tim Braun finds a cutting Mike Ball and Roanoke led by six in the first
But Macon went on a run to tie things up. Kurt Axe finds Matt Meehan
inside for the easy deuce.
Kevin Sigafoes then knocks down a longe range bomb for 3 of his 16 points
on the day.
Roanoke led by 12 at the break SUPER=33-Roanoke/=85/Randolph-Macon/=83;
thanks to this leaner by Jason Bishop, and the Maroons hang on for the 85 to 83
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/CBS SPORTS; :
In Philadelphia, Jerry Stackhouse in the crowd as Villanova hosts North
Kerry Kittles scored 23 points and held Dante Calabria to seven points as
the &-th ranked Wildcats beat the Tar Heels by 20 points.
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/CBS SPORTS; :
And in Milwaukee Memphis and Marquette squared off this afternoon.
Marquette jumped out to an early first half lead and never trailed and
Marquette pulls off the upset on its home floor.
for that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=first score
OUT Q= ......roanoke/charlotte."
And coming up, The Roanoke Express was on the road at Charlotte the N-H-L
all stars were on the ice tonight.
And men's top seed Pete Sampras is knocked out of the Australian open
during today's third round.
The Express was on the road tonight at Charlotte and Roanoke comes up short
in a shootout and loses 2 to 1.
Tim Christian scored the Express goal and Roanoke is 7 and 2 in Shootouts.
The National Hockey league was in Boston tonight for its All Star Game.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/FOX SPORTS; :
A light show just before the faceoff to open the game.
The East jumped out to the quick lead. Eric Lindros takes the puck and
scores Brian Leetch and John LeClair with the Assists to make it 1 to nothing.
Moments later in the first period SUPER=31-East/==5/West/==4;Mario
Lemieux makes the nice pass to Pat Verbeek he scores the East led 2 to nothing
and the East wins the game 5 to 4.
Pete Sampras appears to be losing his number one ranking as the top men's
Sampras was upset this afternoon in the third round of the Australian Open.
SUPER=03-Melbourne, Australia/ESPN; :
Mark Philippoussis had 29 aces on his way to beating Sampras in straight
sets today 6-4, 7-6, 7-6
His serves were clocked at up to 129 miles an hour.
IN Q="He just
((PETE SAMPRAS/LOSES IN THIRD ROUND: HE JUST MAINTAINED THAT LEVEL FOR 3 SETS--
YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T PLAY BAD, I THOUGHT I COULD HAVE PLAYED A LITTLE BIT BETTER
BUT WHEN HE'S SERVING THAT BIG, THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO. ))
SUPER=01-Pete Sampras/Loses In Third Round; :
OUT Q=.....you can do.
fourth seeded Boris Becker survived today's third round. He defeated
Magnus Larsson in four sets 7-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.
Conchita Martinez the women's second seed won her match today.
The Virginia State wrestling tournament wrapped up this afternoon at
Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :
Virginia and Virginia Tech both had a good showing in the tournaments first
round and both teams are using the competition for future events.
IN Q="For the last
((LENNY BERNSTEIN/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
((JERRY CHEYNET/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Lenny Bernstein/UVa Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jerry Cheynet/Tech Head Coach; :16
OUT Q=......to be tough."
George Mason won the tournament Virginia was third and Tech finished
College football's seniors strutted their stuff today as the North beat the
South 25 to 10 in the Senior Bowl.
SUPER=03-Montgomery, AL/TBS SPORTS; :
Dennis Erickson was the coach of the North this afternoon.
In the first quarter, Bobby Hoying tossed this 31 yard touchdown pass to
Derrick Mayes as the North took the 6 to 3 lead.
Florida State's Danny Kannell hooks up with Chris Doering on this 20 yard
pass in the second quarter and the South led 10 to 9.
Hoying would give the north the SUPER=34-North/=25/South/=10;lead for
good in the second quarter tossing the 2-yard T-d pass to Mayes and the North
wins it 25 to 10