Coming up on News Seven at Six,
Danville police are investigating a shooting that left one man injured.
And shots rang out in Giles County last night as an armed gunman kept police
at bay for four hours.
We will hear from bothe Dallas fans and Pittsburgh fans preparing for the
big game right here in Roanoke, UVa losses to Uconn, but the Tech women win,
and Boris is the man down under.
Well, we had a break from precipitation this weekend--
But now it looks like the break is over.
Scattered snow and rain showers are in the forecast.
Shots rang out in Pearisburg last night as a gunman barricaded himself in
his home to keep police at bay for four hours.
Tracy Altizer reports-- it's another example of the dangers police officers
face when responding to calls of domestic violence.
IN Q=nat of dogs barking, then gunshot
SUPER=01-Sgt. J.C. Martin/Pearisburg Police; :43
SUPER=01-Lt. Curtis Bailey/Va. State Police; 1:12
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
SOT nat of gunshot
((THAT SHOT SOUNDED LIKE IT MAY HAVE COME FROM OUTSIDE. ))
Throughout the tense standoff, a total of four shots rang out from 111
Woodrum Avenue, the home of Marvin Donald Kirk, Junior and his wife Lisa Kirk.
Police say Don Kirk flew into a rage when officers arrived to serve him
with two misdemeanor warrants.
Lisa Kirk had secured a warrant against her husband for assault and battery.
Another woman had charged him with curse and abuse.
suThe standoff began around 7:40p.m. Police say two officers were escorting
Kirk's wife away from the house. They made it as far as the front porch when
Kirk allegedly fired one round from his rifle.
((SGT. J.C. MARTIN/PEARISBURG POLICE: AT THIS POINT THE OFFICERS BACKED OFF, WE
SECURED THE RESIDENCE, EVACUATED THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS AROUND THE HOUSE. ))
And for the next four hours officers from the State Police tactical
response team, the Giles County Sheriff's Department and Pearisburg police
waited, and negotiated with Kirk over the phone.
Police said he was extremely agitated, and fired his weapon three more
Officers never returned his fire, and no one was hurt during the ordeal.
((LT. CURTIS BAILEY/VA STATE POLICE: HE TALKED TO THE SERGEANT IN CHARGE OF THE
TACT TEAM, THE SHERIFF AND HIS FATHER AND BROTHER, AND CONVINCED HIM THAT HE
WASN'T IN TOO MUCH TROUBLE AND TALKED HIM INTO COMING OUT. ))
Kirk finally walked unarmed onto his porch, asked police not to shoot, then
laid down and surrendered.
Besides the two misdemeanors charged in the original warrants, he now faces
three counts of attempting to kill police officers. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Danville police are still at the scene of a shooting that's left one person
It happened a little more than an hour ago at the corner of Winslow and
Authorities say an 18- year- old male was apparently shot twice.
Police are still questioning witnesses.
More than a hundred civil war re-enactors gathered to march on the Last
Capital of the Confederacy.
It's all part of what's become an annual tradition for one local
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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SUPER=07-Jim Summers; :24
SUPER=07-Glenn Vaughn; :36
SUPER=07-Denise Verdi; :52
SUPER=01-Wayne Byrd/Local HPA President; 1:10
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((This is the third year, the Last Capitol of the Confederacy has served as
a backdrop for the Lee- Jackson Heritage Parade.
take sound of the muskets
The event is sponsored by the Danville Chapter of the Heritage Preservation
For those who take part, the parade is a way to show off their Southern
((JIM SUMMERS: THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT, WE ALL HAVE PROVEN HERITAGE IN THE
CONFEDERACY, WE KNOW OUR GENEALOGY AND WE KNOW WHO WE ARE WE'RE JUST TRYING TO
PROTECT OUR HERITAGE. ))
((GLENN VAUGHN: IT'S A SENSE OF PRIDE IN SOUTHERN HERITAGE AND YOUR BACKGROUND,
JUST A CELEBRATION IN THAT.))
Organizers plan to make the parade an annual tradition.
Each year, more than a hundred civil war re-enactors travel from all over the
South to take part.
IN Q=I don't
((DENISE VERDI:I DON'T THINK IT SHOULD BE A SENSE OF PRIDE FOR ANY GENDER, I
THINK IT'S SOMETHING ALL SOUTHERNERS, MALE, FEMALE HAVE IN THEIR HEART. ))
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take stand up
There were no big names at this year's celebration. A year ago, Republican
Pat McSweeney was a guest speaker.
((WAYNE BYRD/LOCAL HPA PRESIDENT: WELL THAT WAS A MONUMENT DEDICATION,
SOMETHING YOU ONLY DO ONCE IN A LIFE TIME. ))
The monument and Confederate flag pole was erected outside the Danville
Museum of Fine Arts and History-- HPA members want everyone to remember
Danville as the Last Capitol of the Confederacy year 'round. Teresa Hamilton,
The winds of change are blowing in Floyd County.
This month a new board of supervisors took control of the political reins.
As Denise Allen reports, four new supervisors took office at the beginning
of the year and they're facing some major decisions.
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :00
SUPER=01-David Ingram/Floyd Co. Supervisor; :09
SUPER=01-Kirby Harris/Floyd Co. Supervisor; :31
SUPER=01-Gary Gillespie/Floyd Co. Supervisor; 1:05
SUPER=01-James Thornton/Floyd Co. Supervisor; 1:13
SUPER=01-Donald Linkous/Floyd Co. Supervisor; 1:28
OUT Q=News 7 Floyd County.
(( David Ingram is the only incumbent on the Floyd County Board of
Voters ousted two incumbents and two more retired.
((DAVID INGRAM/FLOYD CO. SUPERVISOR: THEY SEE THINGS ARE NOT GOING AS THEY
SHOULD AND THEY WANT A CHANGE. WHEN'S THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT CHANGE
THEY REACH OUT AND GO FOR THAT.))
Some say a controversial user fee, known in the county as the environmental
fee, pushed voters to make the change.
Officials say the fee helps the county meet the rising cost of the waste
((KIRBY HARRIS/FLOYD CO. SUPERVISOR: THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THE PEOPLE THAT
TALKED TO ME ABOUT WAS THE FACT THAT THEY DIDN'T FEEL IT WAS FARE. IF WE DO
KEEP IT WE WILL HAVE TO LOOK AT A WAY TO MAKE IT MORE FARE OR IF WE DON'T KEEP
IT WE WILL HAVE TO LOOK FOR OTHER ALTERNATIVES.))
The changes in the county's government also includes a new county
Randy Arno vacated the job late last year.
The board is narrowing down the list of candidates this week.
Once the new administrator comes on board, supervisors will start looking
into ways to bring businesses to the county.
All the supervisors agree, it's the only way to keep their small county
((GARY GILLESPIE/FLOYD CO. SUPERVISOR: I DON'T THINK THEY'RE GOING TO COME
LOOKING FOR PLACES LIKE FLOYD. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET OUT THERE AND REALLY
LOOK AND TRY TO FIND SOME INDUSTRIES THAT WILL COME HERE.))
((JAMES THORNTON/FLOYD CO. SUPERVISOR: WELL WE GOT A SHELL BUILDING. THE LAST
BOARD PURCHASED A FARM FOR AN INDUSTRIAL PARK.))
((DONALD LINKOUS/FLOYD CO. SUPERVISOR: I'D LIKE TO SEE A SMALL SHOPPING
CENTER, DRUG STORE, GROCERY STORE, TO HOPEFULLY CREATE A LITTLE COMPETITION.))
Board members say they're hoping November's high voter turnout translates
into community involvement.
They say the best way for them to serve the county is to get input from
residents at their monthly meetings.
Denise Allen News 7 in Floyd County.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Where there's smoke, there should be a smoke detector.
And due to last weekend's fire, there AREN'T many left at local retailers.
We'll see how a new Wal-Mart SuperCenter will affect businesses in the
wx ad lib
Well, if you were out shopping today, you probably noticed how sunny, yet
chilly it was.
Now, the skies are clouding up due to TWO approaching frontal systems.
Some light snow or rain showers are possible by tomorrow-- but not enough to
cause any more flooding problems.
We'll tell you more about it in the forecast-- you'll want to stay tuned for
MUSIC UP FULL
Without question one of the biggest events for consumers in our area this
week was the much-anticipated opening of WalMart's SuperCenter next to the
Valley View Mall.
The unique concept has something for almost everyone.
All the discount items are found in a the standard WalMart.
But it also sports a grocery, a bank, and numerous other departments.
But what impact will the SuperCenter have on it's next door neighbor?
The marketing director at the Valley View Mall says WalMart should help, not
IN Q=It's gonna
((SCOTT ASHCRAFT/VALLEY VIEW MARKETING: IT'S GONNA WIDEN OUR MARKET, IT'S
GONNA GIVE PEOPLE MORE REASON TO COME TO OUR VICINITY, THEY HAVE TO DRIVE RIGHT
BY VALLEY VIEW...WALMART IS, WE WELCOME THE ADDITION.))
SUPER=01-Scott Ashcraft/Valley View Marketing;
OUT Q=the addition.
The Valley View Mall is a retail draw for nearly 70 miles in any direction.
Mall management says the construction of SuperCenters in the communities
surrounding Roanoke may eventually pull away SOME year-round business.
But the mall still expects its holiday season will remain strong.
Last weekend's fatal fire in Roanoke may bring a new campaign to equip more
homes with smoke detectors.
The Roanoke fire department has been distributing smoke detectors to
residents who cannot afford them... and a valley- wide civic group is now
considering how it can supplement that effort.
IN Q=Since last spring
((MICHELLE BONO/ROANOKE PUBLIC INFORMATION: SINCE LAST SPRING WHEN WE DID OUR
INSPECTION PROGRAM AND WE REALLY LAUNCHED A BIG PUBLIC RELATIONS EFFORT, WE'VE
GIVEN AWAY 650 SMOKE DETECTORS. SO WE KNOW THAT'S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG,
BUT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO TAKE THIS TRAGEDY AND USE IT AS A WAY TO SAY TO
PEOPLE, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SMOKE DETECTOR GET ONE NOW AND IF YOU HAVE ONE, GO
AHEAD AND CHECK THAT BATTERY AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ONE ON EACH LEVEL AND MAYBE
EVEN PUT THEM INTO THE BEDROOMS.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Public Information Officer;
OUT Q=put them into the bedrooms.
The home on Stewart Avenue that caught fire last Saturday night had no smoke
detector, and fire officials say an alarm might have given Christine Duncan and
her four grandchildren a chance to escape.
Fire officials are also stressing the importance of using properly rated
extension cords with electrical appliances.
IN Q=Most people do see every extension
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF: MOST PEOPLE DO SEE EVERY EXTENSION CORD AS
ALIKE AND THEY'RE DIFFERENT. AND IF YOU HAVE AN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE, WHETHER
THAT BE A HEATER OR A HAIR DRYER OR A CURLING IRON, IT SHOULD BE RATED TO THE
PROPER EXTENSION CORD.))
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief;
OUT Q=the the proper extension cord.
The Roanoke Fire Department offers free fire safety inspections and the
Building Department will inspect homes and rental properties for compliance
with building codes.
Because of recent fires smoke dectors are in demand at area stores.
Retailers say it's hard to keep them on the shelves.
The story is the same at K-Mart.
There are still a few models on display, but the manager says this week's
sale on smoke detectors has increased the demand even more.
IN Q=WE MIGHT HAVE
((WALT CASSADY/KMART OPERATIONS MGR.: WE MIGHT HAVE SOLD 24 PIECES IN WEEK
LONG SALE. WE SOLD THAT IN A FEW HOURS OF BUSINESS THIS MORNING. WE HAD TO
REORDER AND SHOULD HAVE 60 PIECES BY THE END OF THE WEEK.))
SUPER=01-Walt Cassady/Kmart Operations Mgr.;
OUT Q=END OF THE WEEK
Walt Cassady says most smoke detectors are sold during fire prevention
He says recent sales have matched that month.
Cassady also says people should remember to change the battery in their
detectors at least once a year.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Where do you go if you have Super Bowl Fever?
We'll check in with local fans as they get ready for the big game.
What radio station in the Roanoke/Lynchburg market has the most listeners?
Len Besthoff will tell you next, in the News-7 Business Review.
MUSIC UP FULL
A big layoff at a local high-tech firm-- and a snapshot of the region's
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Salem/File Tape; :24
SUPER=03-Bath Co./Last Week; 1:07
OUT Q=NAT SOT
With the Hotel Roanoke renovation complete, Roanoke has another big project
On Tuesday community leaders unveiled an 18-million-dollar plan to renovate
the Henry Street area.
Norfolk Southern posted another strong set of financial results.
The railroad giant had a 713-million-dollar profit last year.
G-E Drive Systems in Salem says it may send close to 150 jobs to Mexico.
But the company emphasizes that even if the proposal is carried out, it will
NOT result in any layoffs in Salem.
The latest radio ratings in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market show a clear winner
for the most listeners overall.
Country station WYYD-FM is on top, nearly doubling the numbers of its
WalMart opened its first SuperCenter in the Roanoke Valley Wednesday.
It employs 420 people.
The Valley View Mall next door says this should increase its customer
traffic...though in the next 18 months nearly a quarter of its storefronts will
change over due to a number of expired leases, and lackluster holiday sales.
The flood that battered Bath County last week took a toll on its largest
The Homestead Resort says it suffered two-and-a-half-million-dollars of
Litton-Fibercom of Roanoke has permanently reduced 51 jobs due to a slowdown
The computer network company says most of the cutbacks will come from its
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 87-points,
closing at 5271-point-7-5.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Super Bowl 30 is just minutes away, we will hear from ROANOKE fans from
both the Pittsburgh camp and the dallas camp who are right here in town gearing
up for the game,
and it was not a good game for UVa today as the cavs lose their fourth
Fans here in the valley are gearing up for the big game. We caught up with
some Pittsburgh fans at Chi-Chi's and some Cowboy's at Stoner's on Peters Creek
The Steeler faithful was rockn' & rollin' during pregame, confident that
there club will pull off a big upset. This guy went so far as to have a
steel rod put in his leg. The 14 point underdogs need a perfect game in this
IN Q="I think
SUPER=01-Jim Greer/Steelers Fan; :00
OUT Q=..beat this team
Meanwhile Cowboy fans were a little more subdued before the game as they
gathered at Stoners. But when it comes to talking about confidence; they did
not mind talking big.
IN Q="I think
SUPER=01-Elvin Connor/Dallas Fan; :00
OUT Q=....always will be"
Definitely not a super day for the Virginia Cavaliers. The Wahoos fell to
4th ranked Connecticut 76-46 this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Hartford, CT/Cavaliers vs. Huskies; :00
Jeff Jones's Cavaliers would be outscored 39 to 18 in the first half
Curtis Staples kept UVa close in the first 10 minutes of the game with
this three pointer and UConn led 11-7.
But Ray Allen was unstoppable, as he answered Staples marksmanship with
some sharp shooting of his own.
The Cavs had little success taking the ball inside, but Jamal Robinson did
get by on this drive and hoop.
UVa closed to within 5 late in the first half on Courtney Alexander's
basket, but Allen was too hot for Virginia.
He gave his team a 12 point lead on SUPER=33-Connecticut/=76/Virginia/=46
this basket off the screen; Allen was 4 for 4 from the field at that point.
Norman Nolan did end a Uconn 16 point run with this shot from in the paint
but Virginia falls to the Huskies 76-46.
The Duke Blue devils completed their first three game winning streak since
1994 today. Coach "K"'s boys beat maryland by 10 at Cameron.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC; :00
Mario Lucas did silence the Cameron crazy's for a brief moment with this 3
pointer, but you can't keep good fans down for long...or a good team for that
Jeff capel finds the runway and takes off for this basket. Duke led by as
much as 20 in this ACC battle.
Chris Collins also has licence to drive as he takes the rock in the paint
and gets the roll for the Blue devils.
Maryland never quit and did cut the lead to 7 with 5:10 to go. Keith Booth
makes a statement with the slam,
But the quiet Crag Wojciechowski made the loudest statement. he hit a trey
with 2:58 remaining and Duke wins 83-73.
The Virginia Tech Women improved to 5 and 10 on the season today by downing
Xavier 87-82 in a thrilling overtime win at the cassell.
Hokie center Michelle Hollister led all scorers with 27 points. Here she
takes Cherry banks's miss and puts it back late in second half.
Then with 6 seconds left in the game, her Hokies trailing by 2, she nails the
shot to send the game into overtime.
Former Floyd County star Lynnette Nolley shined in OT as she sunk this trey,
she had 9 points and the Lady Hokies beat Xavier by 5 in OT.
One NBA game on the menu today as the Chicago Bulls would come from
behind against Phoenix to win their club record 15th consecutive game.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Suns vs. Bulls; :00
Chicago is now 22 and OH at the United Center and the Bulls have now won
their last 29 regular season home games. All that adds up to a league best 38
and 3 record.
Michael Jordan scored 31 points in a game that featured two of the sports
best in "AIR" and Sir Charles.
Michael and Scottie Pippen received many passes from
Dennis Rodman. The worm collected 20 rebounds; an average day for Denny.
Sir Charles added 20 points and 16 boards for the Suns, but The Bulls win
93-82 after trailing by 7 at the half.
Chyron in motion
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To the other courts, where Boris becker has always said one of his dreams
is to complete a grand slam.
SUPER=03-Melbourne, Australia; :00
becker took a giant step towards that goal when he beat Michael Chang in
four sets to capture the Australian Open.
Becker dominated at the net and despite the vintage hustle from Chang;
Becker put the shots in places he could not get to.
Becker wins 6-2, 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2.
The Roanoke Express has a few days to wrest after a big weekend, before
this TUESDAY nights game against Nashville at the Round House.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Hampton Roads; :00
Last night, Daniel Berthiaume turned away 26 shots to lead an outstanding
defensive effort against Hampton Roads. Roanoke won 1-nothing.
Ilaja Dubkov scored his 9th goal on SUPER=34-Roanoke/==1/Hampton
the season; unassisted at the 11:45 mark of the first. With friday's 4-3 win
over Richmond; Roanoke gets the sweep this weekend against the two best teams
in the division.