Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A shooting where the victims won't talk.
State computers that won't work.
And it was home to a devoted congregation- -now the Bethel United Methodist
Church in Pearisburg is a blessing for the homeless.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason will have a LIVE pregame report on the Express
from the Roundhouse.
A Giles Spartan is headed to Penn State.
And the Magic man is set to reappear at the Fabulous Forum tonight as the
Lakers host the Warriors in the first game of Earvin Johnson's comeback.
Looking for a little more winter precipitation? You've come to the right
place. An inch or two for the highlands...less for the rest. Details coming
It's been a frustrating day for police investigating a shooting last night
in Pittsylvania County.
That's because neither victim appears too willing to cooperate.
A fight apparently sparked the shooting but investigators still aren't sure
what the dispute was all about.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Night;
It happened on State Road 969 in Callands (KAL-unds).
Officials say Keith Harris is in stable condition with a gun shot wound to
his lower abdomen.
Authorities believe Harris was fighting with another man when he was shot.
Investigators say Carl McKinley was treated and released with injuries to
his upper body.
Authorities say this was a tough case because both victims left the scene.
IN Q=We had
((MAJ. GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE HAD THE SHERIFF'S
DEPARTMENT RESPONDING TO THE CRIME SCENE AREA WHICH WAS ON 969, PLUS A
RESIDENCE WHERE ONE OF THE VICTIMS WAS AT. PLUS, AT THE VOLUNTEER FIRE
DEPARTMENT STATION WHERE ANOTHER VICTIM WAS AT SO IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO
COORDINATE ACTUALLY HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED AND THE NUMBER OF LOCATIONS
WE HAD TO RESPOND TO. ))
SUPER=01-Maj. Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=had to respond to.
Authorities say neither man is talking.
Arrests are pending.
A stabbing in Pittsylvania County has landed one person in custody for
Investigators got the call at around 3- 45 this evening.
Officials say a woman and small child were taken to the hospital.
Both had been stabbed.
It happened at a residence on State Road 992 in Ringgold.
Authorities say they do NOT have a motive.
No other details were available.
A Bedford County jury deliberated late into the evening last night before
finding Joe Gardner Bolling guilty of murdering his girlfriend.
Bolling had claimed the June 18th shooting was an accident.. that his .44
Magnum revolver fired without his having pulled the trigger.
The jury rejected that story, but apparently reasoned the killing had
occurred in the heat of passion, while Bolling and Torina Wright were arguing.
They found him guilty of second degree murder and asked for a total prison
term of thirty years.
The sentence will be imposed later.
Members of a Bedford County family are homeless tonight after fire heavily
damaged their home near Forest.
Around 3:15 this morning, firefighters were called to this house off Route
They arrived to find the rear of the home engulfed... all five residents
were able to escape the blaze.
The owner, Robert Hansen, and his son suffered minor burns and smoke
They were treated and released from Lynchburg General Hospital.
Authorities have not been able to determine the cause of the fire.
The state fire marshal is investigating.
On the heels of numerous fires in the Roanoke Valley, local Rotary Clubs are
helping to fight fire with PREVENTION.
Fire departments from Roanoke, Roanoke County, Vinton and Salem are getting
four-thousand dollars worth of smoke detectors.
Last week's fatal Stewart Avenue fire motivated club members to donate money
for 800 smoke detectors.
Fire department officials say that this donation came at a PERFECT time.
IN Q=This is a wonderful
((CHIEF JAMES GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT.; THIS IS A WONDERFUL EFFORT AND
INITIATIVE ON THE ROTARY CLUBS AND LIKE I SAID, WE'RE GLAD TO GET THEM AT THIS
TIME BECAUSE WE HAD HANDED ALL OURS OUT AND WERE LOOKING FOR A SUPPLY. ))
SUPER=01-Chief James Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=looking for a supply.
Roanoke City residents who are interested in smoke detectors and home
inspections can contact the fire department at 981-2327.
Employees at the I-T-T Night Vision plant in Roanoke County may get word
about layoffs at their plant later this week.
Sources tell News-7 the company plans to trim its workforce by approximately
Those affected would come from both I-T-T's hourly and white collar ranks.
The cuts are apparently being made to help the company begin shifting its
business from defense to more consumer-oriented products.
I-T-T's consumer line was well-received at a recent consumer electronics
The company currently has about 650 employees.
Back in the early 1990's it had more than a thousand workers.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
So you think your computer acts up and gives you trouble?
Just check out the State Social Services Department's dilemma.
Millions of dollars have been spent and still no one's sure how to fix the
department's computer system. We'll have that story and more.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The Federal Government is extending a helping hand to waterlogged West
Six more counties in the Mountain State were declared disaster areas by
President Clinton today... paving the way for more Federal aid.
This afternoon, West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton and Congressman Bob
Wise got an up- close look at flood- ridden Marlinton.
Representatives from FEMA also took a tour of the Pocahontas County town--
calling the damage "absolutely devastating."
Meanwhile some folks in Greenbrier County can finally use their OWN water
for flood cleanup.
Alderson (All-der-sun) residents are still under a boil- water advisory...
but town officials are now encouraging them to use their taps. They have been
using bottled water supplied to them by cleanup workers.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Seven months into implementing the toughest statewide welfare reform in the
nation, the Allen Administration has decided to stop "throwing good money after
bad" on the computer system that handles welfare benefits.
The administration's report to lawmakers today raises more questions than
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The ADAPT computer
SUPER=01-Del. Andy Guest/(R) Front Royal; :14
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Acting Social Services Commissioner; :21
SUPER=01-Del. Marian Van Landingham/(D) Alexandria; :41
SUPER=01-Del. Jean Cunningham/(D) Richmond; 1:00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The ADAPT computer system has been in development since 1990.
It would, in a perfect world, automate the system of deciding who should
receive food stamps, Aid for Families with Dependent Children, and Medicaid.
It's NOT working.
((DEL. ANDY GUEST/R-FRONT ROYAL: HARDWARE IS IN PLACE. MAYBE A REWRITE OF
SOFTWARE IS CALLED FOR. BUT THAT'S A TREMENDOUS INVESTMENT TO WALK AWAY
((CLARENCE CARTER/ACTING SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER: WE SHARE THE EXACT SAME
OUTRAGE. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE.... THEY INVESTED.))
((DEL. MARIAN VAN LANDINGHAM/D-ALEXANDRIA: ONE OF THE BASES ON WHICH THE
ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN CUTTING STAFFS IN SOCIAL SERVICES IS THAT WE HAVE IT
ALL, INFORMATION COMPUTERIZED. AND THIS WOULD REQUIRE LESS IN TERMS OF STAFF.
WELL NOW WE'VE CUT STAFF. AND WE'RE NOW STOPPING THE PRESENT
((DEL. JEAN CUNNINHAM/D-RICHMOND: AND NOW WE ARE 17 MILLION DOLLARS DOWN THE
ROAD AND OOPS WE'VE MADE A MISTAKE. I THINK THAT WOULD BE DISASTROUS FOR THE
STATE AND THE LOCALITIES.))
THE ALLEN ADMINISTRATION'S OWN INTERNAL REPORT OBTAINED BY NEWS 7 SAYS ONE OF
THE MAIN PROBLEMS IS THAT NO ADDITIONAL TIME, MONEY, OR STAFFERS WERE ALLOCATED
TO ENTER THE WELFARE LAW CHANGES INTO THE SYSTEM.
The confidential report estimates fixing it and running it for five years
would cost 84- million dollars now.
That's NOT in the Governor's budget.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A former member of the Wilder administration is running for a city council
seat in Martinsville.
Elizabeth Haskell made the announcement at a morning press conference.
She is currently on the Board of Directors at the Martinsville Bulletin, the
City officials say Haskell is running for an open seat in the May elections
and no one has challenged her yet.
Haskell served as Governor Wilder's Secretary of Natural Resources.
Roanoke has the shelter space and services to help the city's homeless,
but making that connection can be a difficult job.
Now the city and a network of social service agencies are trying some new
One strategy is a four- person Homeless Assistance Team, that has been on
the street for several weeks now, trying to help the city's homeless find
SOT 14:33:32 tape #1
IN Q=Roanoke has a wonderful
((CRAIG MILES/HOMELESS ASSISTANCE TEAM: ROANOKE HAS A WONDERFUL NETWORK OF
SERVICES. IT'S JUST THAT THIS PARTICULAR POPULATION DOESN'T ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO
ACCESS THOSE SERVICES, AND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS FIND THE CLIENT, DO AN
ASSESSMENT, FIND OUT WHAT THEY NEED AND THEN CONNECT THEM WITH THE SERVICE.))
SUPER=01-Craig Miles/Homeless Assistance Team;
OUT Q=connect them with the service.
Today, the city also announced a program called Shelter Plus Care.
A federal grant and a promise of local services will provide housing and
support for up to 21 homeless people who suffer from chronic mental illness,
substance abuse problems, AIDS or physical disabilities.
For more than 100 years, it was a CHURCH home for black worshippers in
Now the historic Bethel United Methodist Church is becoming a home of a
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Built in the 1860's
SUPER=01-Helen Armstead Leece/Church Member; :23
SUPER=01-Terry Fitzwater/NRV Habitat for Humanity; :43
SUPER=01-Alfred Chevalier/Architect; 1:02
OUT Q=News 7 Pearisburg.
(( Built in the 1860's by freed slaves, Bethel United Methodist Church served
its African-American congregation for more than a century.
Dwindling membership signaled its death in 1983.
When it was condemned in 1993, Helen Armstead Leece was devastated.
The granddaughter of a founding member, Leece was raised in the church and
cried at its final service.
((HELEN ARMSTEAD LEECE/CHURCH MEMBER: I WAS HOPING THE LORD WOULD TAKE ME
BEFORE IT WAS TORN DOWN. I KNOW ACCORDING TO NATURE I CAN'T BE HERE TOO MUCH
LONGER AND I SAID WELL, MAYBE I'LL GO BEFORE IT GETS TORN DOWN. ))
But Leece's spirits have been lifted, with Habitat for Humanity's plans to
resurrect Bethel into a three bedroom home.
((TERRY FITZWATER/NRV HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: BECAUSE WE ARE A CHRISTIAN HOUSING
MINISTRY, TO BE ABLE TO RENOVATE A CHURCH INTO A HOME FOR A HOMEOWNER IS A
GREAT FEELING. ))
Methodist churches are raising 30 thousand dollars for materials.
The building needs a new roof, a new foundation and siding.
Workers will keep as much of the original detail as possible, even the bell
will become a monument relating the church's history.
((ALFRED CHEVALIER/ARCHITECT: BASICALLY HOLD THE DETAILS INSIDE AS FAR AS THE
WAINSCOATING AND THE WOODWORK IN PLACE BUT REPLACE EVERYTHING ELSE, ADD
INSULATION, NEW PLUMBING, NEW ELECTRIC. ))
A ground blessing is scheduled for March 14th, and that's when the
renovation work will begin. Habitat for Humanity is already taking
applications from Giles County residents, and the home should be ready for a
homeowner this Fall. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Pearisburg.))
The stock market surged in another blue chip rally.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 76 points for a record close.
NASDAQ gained almost ten points.
Collecting baseball trading cards is a popular hobby for both youngsters and
In Martinsville the police department has found a new use for trading
cards--officers use them as a way to encourage better relations with young
Beth Myer explains.
IN Q=03-Martinsville; :00
SUPER=01-Lt. Charles Long/Martinsville Police; :18
SUPER=01-A.L. Petty/Martinsville Police; :33
SUPER=01-Capt.David Wallace/ Martinsville Sheriff's Department; :55
OUT Q=News 7.
((The Martinsville police department is one of the first in the Nation to use
Police trading cards in its crime prevention program.
Officers want to get to know the children in the neighborhoods they patrol
and they want the kids to recognized them.
Police trading cards make this task easier.
1 52 38 00 - 1 52 47 00
IN Q=With the kids
((LT. CHARLES LONG/MARTINSVILLE POLICE: WITH THE KIDS, GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO
GET CLOSER TO THE KIDS, YOU HAVE TO WALK UP AND HAND THEM SOMETHING AND THEY
GET TO TALK TO YA.))
OUT Q=talk to ya.
Every year the cards are updated and the neighborhood children are already
asking for the 1996 set.
2 35 06 00 - 2 35 15 00
IN Q=They mob the car
((A.L. PETTY/MARTINSVILLE POLICE: THEY MOB THE CAR ALL WANT AND GET AS MANY
CARDS AS THEY CAN GET. IT'S NICE THEY APPROACH US AND ARE NOT INTIMIDATED BY
THE CARS. ))
OUT Q=by the cars.
The City of Martinsville pays for the cards, at a cost of 7-thousand dollars.
The money comes from funds set aside for crime prevention.
2 45 29 00 - 2 45 35 00
IN Q=The community's
((The community's response to these police cards has been so positive that even
the sheriff's department will use them this year.))
OUT Q=them this year.
02 12 40 00 - 02 12 53 00
IN Q=They were being
((CAPT. DAVID WALLACE/MARTINSVILLE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: THEY WERE BEING
APPROACHED BY CHILDREN FOR CARDS, THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE POLICE OFFICERS AND WE
THOUGHT IT'D BE GOOD TO FAMILIARIZE COMMUNITY WITH OUR OFFICERS WHAT WE DO. ))
OUT Q=what we do.
All the members of the Martinsville police department are having their
pictures shot this month.
Local printers will soon bid on the job and the '96 cards should be on the
street by March. Beth Myer, News 7, Martinsville.))
Coming up tonight in sports, a Friday Football Extra scholar athlete is
headed to the bigtime.
The Lakers unveil their 36 year old Magic tonight against the Warriors.
go to steve for LIVE tease to break
VO-NAT LIVE TEASE
And Magic Mason is at the Roundhouse.
Steve Takes it to the break.
The 24-20 and 2 Roanoke Express will try to make it three in a row over
at the Roanoke Civic Center tonight as the team faces off against South
Division power Nashville at 7pm.
Double Boxes=Mike & Steve/Microwave
Steve Mason is at the Round House for a pre game report. Steve?
Mike, Fans who come out tonight will see one of the leagues best defense's
in Roanoke's and one of the ECHL's wildest offenses. Nashville leads the league
with 227 goals scored.
The Express is coming off perhaps it's best weekend of hockey where it beat
Richmond and Hampton Roads.
The guy who sparked the win against Richmond was Jeff Jestadt.
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/17 Goals & 22 Assists; :00
Steve asks question/B-roll over answer
Jeff, you broke out of your slump against Richmond. what enabled you to do
that--what have you done differently?
VO-NAT #eng VIDEO RUNS :16!!
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Friday Night; :
Roanoke has allowed 3 or less goals in five of it's last 6 games. The
leader of that stingy defense is Captain Dave Stewart.
Dave, the team beat Richmond and then your defense turned around and beat
Hampton 1-nothing, Berthiaume played well but the defense was the key; what did
you guys do differently and what has this past weekend's wins done for the
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/8 Goals & 23 Assists; :00
MIke, the Juice, Matt DelGuidice, will get the start in net tonight. he
played for Nashville last year and Express sources say, he did not get along
with Nashville coach Mark Kumple.
Double Boxes=Mike & Steve
Mike, all the highlights at 11.
One of the most well rounded student-athletes to appear on Friday Football
Extra this past season has decided to play his college football at Penn State
Giles LInebacker Brandon Steele, a two-time all-state selection at linebacker
says he'll walk-on for the Nitany Lions next year after being encouraged to do
so by assistant coach Jay Paterno.
At five-nine and 245 pounds , Steele may be little small to play big time
linebacker by some folks standards, but Penn State is impressed by his other
He has a 4 point 2 grade point average, and is involved in Numerous
activities including a select chorale group at Giles high school.
OUT Q=SINGING FADES.
SUPER=04-December 1995-FFE Banquet; :00
Steele won't know until March about how much aid he'll receive from Penn
He already has $2000 after winning this past season's WDBJ-Stop-In scholar
Magic Johnson's number 32 jersey comes down from the rafters tonight and
slides back on his body, as the great one makes his latest comeback to the NBA.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/This Afternoon; :00
The atmosphere at today's shootaround was almost circuslike with reporters
and photographers following Magic's every move.
IN Q="Well, it's...
((DEL HARRIS/LAKERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Del Harris/Lakers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...A SPORTING EVENT."
Magic will not start but he will get in before the end of the first quarter
against the Warriors.
The Virginia Tech Hokies upped their record to 14 and 2 last night with a
85-to-76 win over Atlantic 10 foe St Joseph's at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
The Hokies got balanced scoring for the second straight game, putting four
players in double figures.
Ace Custis was solid as usual with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but the entire
team impressed the opposition.
IN Q="It's a team...
((PHIL MARTELLI/ST. JOSEPH'S HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phil Martelli/St. Joseph's Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...the game."
The Hokies are back home tomorrow night taking on UNC-Greensboro.
Don't look now but the Charlotte Hornets are at the 500 mark on the season
for the first time since November.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Night; :00
With the game tied at 86 and the clock running out, Kenny Anderson hit this
running left hander off the glass with 6 tenths of a second to play to beat the
IN Q="I was...
((KENNY ANDERSON/HORNETS POINT GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Kenny Anderson/Hornets Point Guard; :00
OUT Q=...happens, happens.
Hornet Glen Rice was honored today by earning his first appointment to the
league's all-star game.
IN Q="Over the past...
((GLEN RICE/NAMED TO EAST ALL-STARS:))
SUPER=01-Glen Rice/Named To East All-Stars; :00
OUT Q=...GREAT FEELING."
(toss to Jean)
This month's flooding has re-opened some old wounds in the town of Glasgow.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean
Jean Jadhon joins us now with more on that.
Keith, last June Glasgow
was hit hard by flooding. It marked the fifth time in the last 26 years that
the Maury River forced town residents from their homes and businesses.
At the time, representatives toured the area to see what could be done to
But now seven months later, some residents say nothing's changed.
Tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll hear what they want done.
Toss back to Keith
Be sure to join us for that plus all the other news, sports and weather.