Coming up on News Seven at Eleven--
A Roanoke woman loses her mother and four young children in a house fire this
In Lynchburg fire investigators are looking into a rash of mobile home
And in Pittsburgh residents finally emerge from their shelters as the flash
flood waters recede.
They are amazed at what they find.
News Seven at Eleven is next.
It is described as the worst fire in Roanoke in some 30 years.
Last night four young children and their grandmother died as flames swept
through their home.
The childrens' mother is the only survivor.
As Denise Allen reports, investigators believe a faulty extension cord is
the cause of the fire.
IN Q=Smoke billowed
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Tony Sheppard/Neighbor; :32
SUPER=01-Chief Jim Grigsby/Roanoke City Fire Dept.; :48
SUPER=01-Tina Fisher/Neighbor; 1:19
OUT Q=News 7
((Smoke billowed from the house on Stewart Avenue in Roanoke.
Inside six year old Mark, his brothers five year old Clyde, four year old
Patrick and their sister three year old Nancy, along with the childrens'
grandmother, Goldie Christie Duncan, were all trapped by the flames.
The mother of the children, Patricia Leftwich told fire fighters she smelled
She went downstairs to investigate.
The fire spread so quickly she was unable to get back to her children and
A neighbor dialed 9-1-1 and tried to help.
((TONY SHEPPARD/NEIGHBOR: SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE TOP OF THE HOUSE. KIDS
HOLLERING OUTSIDE THE WINDOW. WENT BACK IN MY HOUSE, PUT ON A COAT AND GRABBED
A FLASHLIGHT. WENT IN THE FRONT DOOR THERE WAS JUST TOO MUCH SMOKE.))
((CHIEF JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE CITY FIRE DEPT.: THE STAIRWELL TO THE SECOND FLOOR
IS IN THE BACK. THEY WENT AND WERE ABLE TO GET A FAIRLY QUICK KNOCK DOWN OF
THE FIRE AND WE DISCOVERED THE BODIES INSIDE THE HOUSE.))
The fire apparently started in the kitchen.
Investigators say a short in an extension cord connecting a space heater to
an electrical outlet is the cause of the fire.
Family members say Patricia Leftwich is in shock.
Neighbors say they too are devastated by the loss.
((TINA FISHER/NEIGHBOR: SHE WOULD SMILE AND WAVE. HAD A LITTLE ANGELIC FACE
AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT I'LL MISS MOST. SHE WAS SO PRECIOUS. I MEAN THEY WERE
((WE ARE DEALING WITH OUT FIRE FIGHTERS RIGHT NOW AND TRYING TO DE-BRIEF THEM.
IT'S A VERY EMOTIONAL ISSUE FOR ALL OF US. IT'S A TRAGEDY FOR THIS
Neighbors say Patricia Leftwich was planning to move her family this Friday.
In addition to the move family members say she was working hard to better
her life by studying to be a nurse.
Fire investigators say they'll finalize their investigation early this week.
But family members say their struggle to understand this tragedy may never
Denise Allen News 7.))
Family members say Patricia Leftwich lost everything in the fire.
The Red Cross will be taking donations on her behalf.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused three mobile home
fires in Lynchburg.
Two homes in the 44-hundred block of Wards Road burned last night.
Firefighters responded to a third call around 6-30 this morning.
Officials told News 7 they secured the fire scene last night.
But when they returned to the area this morning the front door to one of the
burned trailers was open and another trailer was fully engulfed.
There is no word on the cause of the fires.
None of the mobile homes were occupied.
The investigation is on-going.
An argument turned deadly outside a Lynchburg night club early this morning.
Investigators say 24-year-old Robert Lewis Allen had apparently been
fighting in the parking lot outside a night club called The Glass House.
Allen was shot in the chest.
He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, where he died.
The shooting happened around three this morning.
Police are not saying if they have a suspect.
Wythe County authorities are investigating the murder of a teenager whose
body was found on a creek bank early this morning.
Yesterday, the victim's mother reported him missing.
One of three suspects now charged in the case led deputies to a creek on
Route 6-18 last night.
19 year old Jason Dennis Hibbs and 20 year old Eric Dwayne Ball, both of Max
Meadows, are charged with abduction and first degree murder.
An unnamed 17 year old is charged with abduction.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Later on in the newscast,
A barge makes an unscheduled stop off the Coast of Rhode Island.
Thousands of gallons of heating oil have been leaking from the vessel since
Friday, and now there is concern for wildlife in the area. We'll have that
story and much more.
KIMBERLY IN WX OFFICE
Old Man Winter made a fairly quick appearance today-- leaving behind just a
trace of snow in some places, a few inches in others.
That moisture's now moved off the east coast-- and we have a mostly sunny
and warmer Monday to look forward to.
So stay tuned-- we'll have the complete forecast coming up in a few
MUSIC UP FULL
Pittsburgh residents finally got some relief after flash flooding devastated
However, they were amazed at what they found.
Overturned cars-- beached boats and heavily damaged buildings.
President Clinton has now cleared the way for federal money to help
Pennsylvania recover from the flooding.
Federal officials say Clinton signed a disaster declaration which offers
temporary housing and low-interest loans, as well as other assistance.
Clean up could take several weeks or longer.
Flooding has caused a water shortage in Pendleton County, West Virginia.
Several of the county's water tanks have run dry.
Residents in the Town of Franklin have been asked to conserve water.
Public Safety officials also say residents should boil water for at least a
minute before drinking.
Pocahontas County and Greenbrier County are also struggling in the
aftermath of the flood.
The National Guard is removing debris and repairing bridge approaches in
Red Cross shelters are still assisting almost 300 people whose homes have
been damaged by water.
Most power and phone service in the area has been restored.
Good unemployment numbers for most of the region,
And a sock manufacturer in Pulaski is planning to add 450 new jobs.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/File Tape; :05
SUPER=03-Wytheville/Thursday; :46 Quick
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Less than two years after it opened, the Montcalm Corporation shut down its
Buena Vista operations.
The company made fuel pellets out of recycled paper, and employed about 20
After several years in the planning stages, Roanoke Electric Steel will move
forward with a 14-million-dollar expansion plan.
The move will mean roughly 15 new jobs.
The Roanoke Valley has tied Northern Virginia for the LOWEST jobless rate
among the state's metro areas, coming in at three-percent.
Statewide, unemployment was four point two percent last November.
When you rank the state by MUNICIPALITY, our area had communities on both
the low and high end of the spectrum.
Bedford and Salem had some of the lowest jobless numbers, while Charlotte
and Bath counties had two of the highest.
By a two vote margin, workers at the Polymer Corporation in Wytheville voted
to join the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union.
The final tally; 60 IN FAVOR, 58 AGAINST.
A sock manufacturer that employs 13-hundred people in Pulaski is about to
get even bigger.
The Renfro Corporation is investing millions of dollars into an expansion
that should create up to 450 new jobs over the next few years.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 124-points,
closing at 5184-point-6-8.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Are your holiday shopping sprees coming back to haunt you?
For some little reminders are coming in the way of big bills.
Shoppers who bought on credit last month are getting the bills in the mail
And some are finding it difficult to pay up.
Credit Counselors say those who are in financial trouble after the holidays
usually have a history of bad budgeting.
Ed Garretson says many don't save, over-spend and are unfamiliar with their
IN Q=they forget
((ED GARRETSON/CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELOR: THEY FORGET THA THEY'RE WEARING OUT
THEIR TIRES. THEY FORGET CHRISTMAS IS COMING. THEY FORGET THEY'RE GOING TO
HAVE SOME EXTRA MEDICAL EXPENSES. WHEN THOSE THINGS HAPPEN THEY'RE TAKEN BY
SURPRISE BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T PUT ENOUGH MONEY ASIDE FOR THAT.))
SUPER=01-Ed Garretson/Consumer Credit Counseling;
OUT Q=aside for that
Garrettson says planning your spending and not using your credit cards will
help ease budgeting pains.
Consumer Credit Counseling offers a free budgeting class on the first
Thursday of every month.
Many of their clients actually cut up all their credit cards to show that
they're sincere about getting out of the red.
Snow postponed last week's rememberance of Confederate Heros Robert E. Lee
and Stonewall Jackson until today.
In downtown Roanoke members of the Fincastle Rifles dressed in traditional
confederate soldier attire, played bagpipes, and participated in military
They say the Confederate flag is a symbol of tradition and way of life.
IN Q=My ancestors bought
((LT. CMDR. JOHN BRISCOE/FINCASTLE RIFLES: MY ANCESTORS FOUGHT UNDER THIS FLAG
FOR THEIR HOME COUNTRY. IT IS SIMPLY OUR SYMBOL. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO
HAVE ABUSED IT AND WE DON'T STAND FOR THAT. BUT WE ALSO PUBLICLY PROCLAIM IT
AND WE CARRY THE FLAG PROUDLY.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((LT. CMDR. JERRY ALDHIZER/FINCASTLE RIFLES: MY GREAT GRANDFATHER DIED
FIGHTING UNDER THIS FLAG. WE WERE FIGHTING FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE FIGHTING
A NORTHERN AGGRESSION COUNTRY THAT INVADED THE SOUTH. THE SOUTH AT THAT TIME
WAS A DIFFERENT COUNTRY... IT WAS THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Cmdr. John Briscoe/Fincastle Rifles;
SUPER=01-Lt. Cmdr. Jerry Aldhizer/Fincastle Rifles;
OUT Q=confederate states of America.
A wreath of flowers was also laid at the foot of a memorial for the two
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Some people consider their dog part of the family.
So when they drop off their kids at school, they go the extra mile and take
the family pet to doggy day care.
MUSIC UP FULL
Tragedy in the seas off Indonesia, a ferry sinks killing 54 people and
another 150 passengers are still missing.
The rescue operation for survivors was temporarily suspended tonight as
hopes of finding any more survivors dwindled.
More than 40-people, including a woman from the United States, survived the
Officials suspect the vessel may have been overcrowded.
Authorities report in addition to passengers, the ferry was carrying 80 tons
In Rhode Island thousands of gallons of heating oil continues to flow from a
SUPER=03-South Kingstown, RI;
barge run aground off South Kingstown.
Since Friday evening, more than 720 thousand gallons of oil have spilled
from the crippled barge.
Rough seas have also made it difficult for workers trying to stop the leak.
There is now concern over the long-term damage to wildlife along the
The barge ran aground during a storm when the tugboat which was towing it
caught fire and was abandoned by its crew.
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Clemson forced a three way tie for first place in the A-C-C this afternoon
knocking off sxith ranked Wake Forest.
SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/RAYCOM; :
Dave Odom and the Deacons working on a perfect conference record.
But Terrell McIntyre led the tiger attack in the first half this basket
gave Clemson a 16 to 11 lead.
Tony Rutland came out firing for the Deacons he hits this three pointer
but Wake Trailed 16 to 14.
The Tigers went inside against Tim Duncan Harold Jamison with the score
and the Tigers led 18 to 14 at the break.
Wake's Tony Rutland opened it up in the second half he hit back to back
jumpers and the Deacons cut the lead to 5.
But Clemson's Greg Buckner hit a SUPER=33-Clemson/=55/Wake
Forest/=41;big bucket the Tigers stretched the lead to 10 and Clemson beats
Wake Forest 55 to 41.
IN Q="They Played
((DAVE ODOM/WAKE FOREST HEAD COACH: THYE PLAYED EXTREMELY WELL, EXTREMELY
HARD. THEY DESERVED TO WIN... IT HURTS ME TO SAY THAT, BUT WE MAY AS WELL TELL
THE TRUTH ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Dave Odom/Wake Forest Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=......about it."
Fifth ranked Connecticut extended its win streak to 15 games with a 9
point win over 12-th ranked Syracuse.
And the Michigan Wolverines handed 14-th ranked Penn State its first loss
of the season.
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI/CBS SPORTS; :
In the second half of the game, Donovan Williams pulls up and hits the
jumper and Penn State led 66 to 65.
But Michigan's Maurice Taylor takes in for the jam and the Wolverines took
a one point 67 to 66 lead.
Penn State had a shot at the win SUPER=33-Michigan/=67/Penn State/=66;
Dan Earle comes down for the hoop but his shot is blocked by Maceo Baston and
Michigan holds on for the 67 to 66 win.
MIchael Jordan scored 36 and Scottie Pippen 22 as the Chicago Bulls won
their 11-th straight game this afternoon beating the Detroit Pistons 111 to 96.
SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI/NBA-NBC SPORTS; :
Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan talk during a time out.
But Grant Hill said this is my house he takes in for the Slam and the
Pistons led 24 to 22.
Pippen and Jordan took over in the third quarter. Scottie pulls up and
hits the three Chicago led 60 to 43.
And when Jordan scored on the pump for two of his game high 36 points the
Bulls led the Pistons 67 to 50.
Chicago opened it up in the fourth SUPER=32-Chicago/111/Detroit/=95;
quarter leading by as many as 20 and the Bulls beat the Pistons 111 to 95.
We'll look at the Magic's win over the Rockets later on Mornin.
Shaquille O'Neal scored the winning points this afternoon as Orlando won the
rematch of Last seasons N-B-A championship against the Houston Rockets.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/NBC SPORTS; :
The game was close all the way late in the fourth quarter Shaq pulls down a
rebound and scores the layup and the Magic led the Rockets 97 to 96.
Shaq then went to the other end of SUPER=32-Orlando/=97/Houston/=96;the
court and came up with this big block of the Sam Cassell shot and the Magic
slips by the Rockets 97 to 96.
IN Q="Wanted to
((SHAQUILLE O'NEAL/SCORED WINNING BASKET: ))
SUPER=01-Shaquille O'Neal/Scored Winning Basket; :
OUT Q=....WON THE GAME."
SUPER=03-Toronto, ON/NBA-CTV; :
In Toronto, The Raptors hosted the Boston Celtics.
Junior Burrough gets out on the break and takes in for the slam but the
Celtics still trailed by seven.
Boston made a run for it in the second half but the Raptors hold on for
the two point win.
For that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, Lynchburg's Chris Parker is the top amateur athlete in West
virginia the seeds advance at the Australian Open.
And Ferrum Head basketball coach Bill Pullen is back on his feet after a
wreck back in October.
There are comeback players of the year in all sports and over in Ferrum
Panther head coach Bill Pullen may be the "Come back coach of the Year."
IN Q="On October
SUPER=01-Bill Pullen/Panther Head Coach; :16
SUPER=01-Chuck Ellis/Senior Forward; 1:00
OUT Q=.........this season."
((On October 28-th Pullen lost control of his pickup on a slick Franklin County
road and hit a tree. He was trapped in the vehicle for two hours.
After the rescue Pullen was in the hospital with several serious
((BILL PULLEN/PANTHER HEAD COACH: ))
((NAT SOT: ))
((But despite those injuries, Pullen was back on the bench coaching the
Panthers from a wheel chair and he just recently gave up his crutches.
And because of the injuries and a young team Pullen began to question his
((CHUCK ELLIS/SENIOR FORWARD: ))
((Pullen is back on his feet again but with a noticeable limp.
And even though he's still recovering from the injuries, his main focus is
getting the team back on its feet.
When we visited pullen the Panthers were 3 and 6 and 1 and o in the
((BILL PULLEN: ))
((Pullen may limp the rest of the season but his main goal is to get the
Panthers back to defend their Dixie Conference championship later this
Americans Andre Agassi and Jim Courier advanced after three rounds of the
SUPER=03-Melbourne, Australia/ESPN; :
Agassi dropped the first and third sets but rallied to beat Jonas Bjorkman
of Sweden in five sets 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Courier had a tough match also today but he came through beating Marcos
Ondruska of South Africa 7-5, 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to advance.
Michael Chang also won today and on the women's side Monica Seles and
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario also advanced.
Lynchburg's Chris Parker picked up a big award from the West Virginia
Parker, a tailback at Marshall university, received the Hardman Award the
oldest sports award for top amateur athletes in the state.
During the 1995 season the Senior tailback broke the Southern Conference
career rushing and scoring records.
Parker was named first team All-America by two groups and he was the
league's Offensive Player of the year after rushing for more than 18-hundred
yards and 18-touchdowns.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
The Dallas Cowboys are ready to quiet the critics and give their head
coach Barry Switzer a Super Bowl ring.
Switzer has been critized by the media all season long. But he has the
respect of his Players.
And when it comes to comparing Switzer to former Cowboys head coach Jimmy
Johnson the players say Switzer is their man.
IN Q="Jimmy didn't
((EMMITT SMITH/COWBOY RUNNING BACK: JIMMY DIDN'T ALLOW TOO MANY PLAYERS TO GET
TOO CLOSE TO HIM...UNLESS YOU WAS ONE OF THEM KIND OF PLAYERS THAT WAS
PERFORMING LIKE A MICHAEL IRVIN OR A TROY AIKMAN I MEAN HE HAD HIS STANDARDS.
HE LET YOU KNEW RIGHT THEN AND THERE WHAT HIS STANDARD WAS. BUT WITH BARRY,
ANYBODY CAN GET CLOSE TO HIM.))
((NATE NEWTON/COWBOY OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: HE'S BEEN A POSITIVE. I MEAN A LOT OF
TIMES PLAYERS HAVE DOUBTS AND DISBELIEFS, BUT HE'S ALWAYS BEEN A POSITIVE, I
MEAN HE'S GOT VERY THICK SKIN. HE SHRUGS OFF A LOT. YOU KNOW A LOT OF COACHES
WOULDN'T TAKE WHAT HE'S TOOK THIS YEAR. AND ALL WE GOTTA DO KNOW IS PUT THE
ICING ON THE CAKE AND WIN THIS THING. AND IT'LL BE A PERFECT SEASON. I MIGHT
AS WELL RETIRE. ))
SUPER=01-Emmitt Smith/Cowboys Running Back; :00
SUPER=01-Nate Newton/Cowboys Offensive Lineman; :21
OUT Q=...well retire."
A new trend is emerging among working parents with dual incomes.
For a number of people that
But as Susan McGinnis reports daycare isn't always just for the kids.
IN Q=More and more
SUPER=01-Judy Parrillo/Dog Daycare Owner; :12
SUPER=01-Nancy Mandeville/Pet Owner; :29
SUPER=01-Susan McGinnis/Reporting; 1:15
OUT Q=so I know he's happy.