GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A prosecutor will decide if a local landlord should face charges for
failing to install smoke detectors.
The home burned on Saturday night, killing five members of one family.
Though building officials had decided not to take action against the
property owner, Joe Dashiell reports they have now referred the case to the
IN Q=On Stewart Avenue
SUPER=01-Ron Miller/Roanoke Building Commissioner; :20
SUPER=04-Saturday Night; :32
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((On Stewart Avenue, friends and strangers have created a makeshift
memorial to the four children and their grandmother who died Saturday night.
A day after officials said they would not take any legal action against
the property owner W-T-S of Virginia Incorporated, the city has called in the
commonwealth's attorney Don Caldwell.
IN Q=It's a very sensitive issue
OUT Q=in that perspective.
The City code requires smoke detectors in rental property, and the Stewart
Avenue home was not equipped with any.
City officials say the landlord may have also failed to get permits and
inspections for renovations.
IN Q=I'm not really
OUT Q=that might apply.
The city's property maintenance code was designed to bring landlords into
compliance, not punish them after the fact.
That may ultimately decide whether the property owner will face any legal
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Virginia Tech has suspended seven Corps of Cadet members for two semesters
as punishment for a hazing incident.
University spokesman Larry Hincker says the students dropped a fellow cadet
off in a remote area of Montgomery County and left him to walk home.
The cadet filed a complaint with the university, and all seven admitted
their involvement without going through the judicial process.
Hincker says the incident was alarming because it happened on an extremely
cold night in early December, and there was great potential for harm to the
With all the snow and rain this month you wouldn't think there would be a
But, in Lexington officials say their water supply has been drying up.
The recent floods created problems with processing water at the treatment
For the past two days residents have been asked to conserve water.
Consultants were called in to address the problem.
IN Q=All the snow melted
((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MGR.: ALL THE SNOW MELTED IT ALL CAME DOWN THE
RIVER. IT FLOODED OUT OUR INTAKE A LITTLE BIT. BUT PRIMARILY IT WAS SOMETHING
IN THE WATER AND THE RIVER THAT WAS DIFFERENT THAN NORMAL. AND SOMETHING WE
HADN'T SEEN BEFORE IN TWENTY YEARS IN THIS AREA. AND WE WERE SIMPLY UNABLE TO
SUPER=01-Jon Ellestad/Lexington City Mgr.;
OUT Q=unable to treat it.
Officials say they have now fixed the problem and the conserve water request
has been lifted.
One of the hottest legislative issues in Virginia will probably stay on a
slow burn this year in Richmond.
Annexation bills have been filed -- but none solve the rising tensions
between cities and counties.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=There's a moratorium
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( There's a moratorium that keeps Virginia cities from gulping up affluent
Roanoke County would like to see more limits when the moratorium ends.
But the man who'd be the county's advocate-- and wrote the law -- says it's
not neccessary in an urban type county.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: ROANOKE COUNTY MEETS THAT CRITERIA. THEY FILED
A COURT PROCEEDING, WENT TO COURT, PROVED THOSE FACTS, AND THE COURT ENTERED AN
ORDER SAYING THAT THERE CAN NEVER BE ANOTHER ANNEXATION OF ROANOKE COUNTY.
THAT IS PART OF THE LEGISLATION THAT I WORKED SO HARD TO GET PASSED IN THE LATE
70'S. THAT'S THE ONE THAT MEL CARRICO SAID WHEN I GOT PASSED THAT I OUGHT TO
GET A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))
Lynchburg Senator Steve Newman would extend the annexation moratorium.
It's an issue in his city.
Lacey Putney has the same bill .
And after Bedford voters rejected consolidation, Putney's ready for state
((DEL. LACEY PUTNEY/I-BEDFORD: I THINK THERE'S JUST A REAL CLEAR CRYING OUT TO
ADDRESS AND SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IF WE POSSIBLY CAN. SO WHETHER THESE BILLS
PASS, I THINK THEY'RE SUBJECTS THAT OUGHT TO BE PUT ON THE TABLE AND
((THERE ARE TEN SEPARATE BILLS THAT WOULD LIMIT OR BAN ANNEXATIONS OR TOWN
REVERSIONS IN THIS SESSION ALONE. AND THE ANNEXATION MORATORIUM DOESN'T END
UNTIL JULY OF 1997. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--Just five years ago they were being honored
at the State Capitol--high school football champions.
But now some members of the 91 Halifax County squad are in serious trouble
with the law--
IN Q=We're disappointed
((LARRY CLARK/HALIFAX COUNTY PRINCIPAL: "WE'RE DISAPPOINTED BUT I DON'T THINK
IT SHOULD DIMINISH THE REPUTATION OF THAT FOOTBALL TEAM." ))
OUT Q=football team
School officials aren't sure what went wrong--that story and more just ahead.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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A cross burning at a home in Southeast Roanoke was NOT an act of racial
That's what police are saying today about the incident last weekend.
Residents of the Tompkins Avenue home told police they feel the cross was
set on fire because of an ongoing neighborhood dispute-- not because of their
Cross burning is a felony in Virginia.
As state high school champions five years ago, they were on top of the
But it's been a long, hard fall for some members of the Halifax County 1991
One former player, J-J Powell, is being sought by police, accused of murder.
And as Teresa Hamilton reports Powell isn't the first from the '91 team to
find himself in serious trouble.
IN Q=With a
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Clark/Halifax Co. Principal; :12
SUPER=01-Larry Smith/Halifax Co. Football Coach; :48
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((With a 14- and 0 record, the Comets were clearly on top.
The team was affectionately pegged "The Wreckin' Crew"-- a name they lived
up to by defeating Lloyd Byrd High School for the State Title.
IN Q=We've had
((LARRY CLARK/HALIFAX CO. PRINCIPAL: WE'VE HAD MEMBERS OF THAT TEAM WHO'VE
GONE ON TO THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY, TO THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY, TO THE
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, TO EMORY AND HENRY.))
OUT Q=Emory and Henry.
Unfortunately, the State Title did not follow all the players in a positive
For some, going head to head with a teams like GW Danville would prove easy
compared to going head to head with the judicial system.
Robert Clark was the first of three players to run into serious trouble.
Nearly two years after winning the state title, he was convicted of Capital
Larry Smith coached the team to victory.
IN Q=I hate
((LARRY SMITH/HALIFAX CO. FOOTBALL COACH: I HATE ITS HAPPENED BUT AT THE SAME
TIME I DON'T FEEL LIKE A CERTAIN PART OF THIS SCHOOL SHOULD BE STIGMATIZED FOR
THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS.))
OUT Q=of others.
Not long afterward, another player was arrested for murder.
George Boyd was later acquitted.
But he was convicted of petty larceny for his role in the crime.
It's too early to tell what will become of J- J Powell.
The former team member wanted for the county's latest murder has yet to be
IN Q=I personally
((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: I PERSONALLY HAVE WONDERED
WHETHER OR NOT ITS GOOD TO GIVE YOUNGSTERS THE TRAPPINGS AND PUBLIC ADULATION
SO EARLY IN THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF SPORTS WHEN THERE'S A VERY HIGH LIKELIHOOD
THEY CAN NOT SUSTAIN THAT POSITION BEYOND A FEW MONTHS. ))
OUT Q=few months.
That question is one many have pondered. At the same time, it's unlikely
anyone will ever find a clear cut answer. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
The only member of George Allen's cabinet to step down so far has popped
back up on the state Board of Education.
The Governor has appointed former Health and Human Resources Secretary Kay
Coles James to a four year term on the board, effective Monday.
James oversaw the start of Virginia's welfare reform before resigning last
month to pursue other interests.
One of the newest concepts in retailing has arrived in the Roanoke Valley.
Walmart, America's largest discount chain, has opened one of its Super
Centers next to the Valley View Mall.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff says if its first day is any indication, this store will be a
big hit with area shoppers.
Len, I assume people like what they see?
Rollcue: To check out.
SUPER=01-Don DeFeo/Wal-Mart Store Director
SUPER=01-Bob Bengtson/Roanoke Traffic Engineer
OUT Q=flowing very well
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
(Q&A: Len, has there been anymore talk about building an off ramp leading into
the shopping center?)
A good day on Wall Street. The Dow set another record, closing at 52- hundred
-43, a gain of more than 50 points.
NASDAQ was up 15 and a half points.
Last year, the Cascades Recreation Area in Giles County hosted more than 115
thousand visitors between May and November.
But this Spring they'll be turned away.
As Tracy Altizer reports, last week's flooding has closed the popular
recreation spot until further notice.
IN Q=Okay, there's no trail
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :04
SUPER=01-David Collins/District Ranger; :17
SUPER=01-Bill Sweet/Recreation Staff Officer; 1:03
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7 Giles Co.
((OKAY, THERE'S NO TRAIL LEFT HERE. ))
It's the same story all along the two- mile trek to Cascades Falls.
Where there used to be a walking trail, there are now piles of rock and
The lower, most popular trail along the creek took a direct hit.
((DAVE COLLINS/DISTRICT RANGER: I WOULD ESTIMATE WE HAVE ABOUT 90 PERCENT
DAMAGE TO THAT PORTION OF THE TRAIL. AND ON THE UPPER TRAIL, WHICH WAS AN OLD
ACCESS ROAD, I WOULD GUESS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 20 AND 30 PERCENT DAMAGE TO IT. ))
Some of the debris slid from the saturated hillsides, some of it Little
Stoney Creek discarded when it raged out of its banks.
((HERE'S ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE IT WASHED AWAY FROM THE BANK. ))
SOT nat of creek
The creek wiped out two foot-bridges, the first time that's ever happened.
A third was damaged and will have to be replaced.
Initial damage estimates run as high as 300 thousand dollars.
Some of the trail may simply be repaired, much of it will have to be
Trouble is, Congress has slashed the budget for that kind of work, and
right now the money just isn't there.
((BILL SWEET/RECREATION STAFF OFFICER: SO WHERE WE NORMALLY HAVE A TRAIL
CONSTRUCTION BUDGET OF ANYWHERE FROM 150 TO 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS, WE WON'T BE
LOOKING AT ANY MORE THAN 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND THAT WON'T TAKE US VERY FAR
ON THIS PROJECT. ))
suIt's doubtful the lower trail will reopen at all this year. In fact, the
reconstruction may have to take place in stages over the next couple of years
depending on funding. Officials hope to have the upper trail open this summer.
Tracy Altizer, News7 Giles County.))
Coming up tonight in sports, The Steelers are talking tough despite being
Kevin Greene talks about his long locks.
And the Hokies talk about riding the elevator to the top of the college
Roy Stanley will have that story when we return.
The free nights end for the Steelers and Cowboys tonight as players from both
teams face their first mandated curfews this evening.
SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ; :00
The Cowboys remain nearly a two touchdown favorite, but the Steelers says
they're coming to play, win and let it all hang out in the process.
((NEIL O'DONNELL/PITTSBURGH QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Neil O'Donnell/Pittsburgh Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...AFTER THAT."
Even if the game isn't close, you can bet on one thing - it will be a war on
IN Q="You know
((BILL COWHER/PITTSBURGH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Cowher/Pittsburgh Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...AS DALLAS."
Unlike some years, Super Bowl 30 is not without personality.
A menagerie of characters have assembled in Tempe with Deion Sanders leading
But on the Steelers side, no one creates a stir like defensive end Kevin
Greene, who last night cut down Ric Flair and after Sunday hopes to cut off all
IN Q="After we win...
((KEVIN GREENE/STEELERS DEFENSIVE END:))
SUPER=01-Kevin Greene/Steelers Defensive End; :00
OUT Q=...and start chopping."
SS=hold super bowl
By the way, a GTE computer program that picked last year's Super Bowl score
within a few points says Dallas wil win 45-to-44.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are bringing a lot of attention to Blacksburg.
And believe it or not the Hokies are not having any problems dealing with
all the national exposure.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q="The Hokies
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :22
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Virginia Tech Forward; :55
OUT Q=........7 Sports."
((The Hokies are now hanging out with the big boys.
Last week the Hokies and Forward Ace Custis were featured in Sports
This week C-B-S sports spent the day at the Cassell and will feature the
Hokies this weekend.
Tech is ranked 8-th in the Associated Press Poll the hokies are 12 and 1
overall and 5 and 0 in the Atlantic 10.))
((BILL FOSTER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((The Players are enjoying all the exposure but they know all it takes is one
slip and the spot light will go dim.
But the seniors are working hard on and off the court with the new and
young players to prevent anybody from getting the big head.))
((SHAWN SMITH/TECH FORWARD: ))
((BILL FOSTER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The Charlotte Hornets play their first with Kenny Anderson running the show
Dell Curry says the newly acquired point guard should blend in well.
((DELL CURRY/CHARLOTTE GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Charlotte Guard; :00
OUT Q=...IN THE FUTURE."
The Hornets host the Bullets this evening at 7:30.
Former VIrginia Lancers and Richmond Renegades head coach Dave Allison didn't
last too long on the NHL hardwater.
The likeable head coach was fired last night after just two months at the
helm of the hapless Ottawa Senators.
The Senators won just 8 times in 44 games under Allison.
Jacques Mar-Tahn replaced him today.