They hid in a closet to escape the flames.
Two young children die in a house fire.
On NEWS 7 at SIX: we'll hear from investigators and a neighbor in New
And how to put a price tag on ten years of a man's life... agonizing over
compensation for Ed Honaker.
In sports, the Hokies are gearing up for yet another test tonight at the
Cassell, this time, it's UNC Greensboro, the Express make it three in a row,
and Magic's return is a success, but now Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls
lay ahead, Magic's thoughts on being bullied in sports.
This next batch of winter weather looks like ice. Expect travel problems
late Thursday and Friday.
For the second time in less than two weeks... fire has claimed the lives of
Last night in Craig County, a five- year- old, and his three- year old
sister were killed when flames engulfed their New Castle Home.
Scott Prince has our report.
IN Q=Investigators returned
SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :00 QUICK!!!
SUPER=03-Craig Co./Last Night; :04
SUPER=01-Roy Price/Neighbor; :24
SUPER=01-Robert Perry/State Police Investigator; :44
OUT Q=S.P., News 7, Craig County
(( Investigators returned to this New Castle home.
A home destroyed by fire.
A fire that claimed two young lives.
Five- year- old Christopher Thomas Howard and his sister, three- year- old
Harle (HAR-lee) Gayle Howard had apparently locked themselves in a closet when
the blaze started yesterday evening.
Their parents were home when the fire broke out, but neither they, nor
neighbors were able to save the children.
IN Q=All of them
((ROY PRICE/NEIGHBOR: ALL OF THEM-- EVERYONE WAS TRYING TO GET THEM OUT. THEY
JUST COULDN'T. AND I FOUND OUT LAST NIGHT THAT THEY WENT IN THE CLOSET.))
OUT Q=in the closet
The children's bodies were taken to Roanoke for an autopsy... to determine
the exact cause of death.
As for the cause of the fire... police aren't saying much at this point.
((ROBERT PERRY/STATE POLICE INVESTIGATOR: IN ALL CASES OF FIRES WE CONSIDER
THEM ACCIDENTAL UNTIL WE HAVE ESTABLISHED OTHERWISE. AT THIS POINT WE VIEW THIS
FIRE AS ACCIDENTAL.))
OUT Q=fire as accidental
stand-up close 13:57:41
((Investigators say it could take days before the cause of this fire is
They say amongst this rubble, they will leave no stone unturned.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Craig County.))))
A Danville woman says one of the men charged with killing Angel Dejesus
(De-HEY-sues) also tried to kill her.
The young woman testified she saw Phil Dennis Clayborne, Junior standing
over Dejesus holding a towel.
She says Clayborne then tried to strangle her before he forced her to hide
out in a motel with him.
Dejesus' body was found last July behind a residence in Danville.
One of Clayborne's former cell mates also testified against him.
IN Q=Why did
((BILL FULLER/DANVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: WHY DID HE SAY HE CHOKED HIM?
JAMES TOTTEN/PROSECUTION WITNESS: A DEAL THAT WENT SOUR.
BILL FULLER/DANVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: A ROBBERY THAT WENT SOUR?
JAMES TOTTEN/PROSECUTION WITNESS: YES, SIR.
BILL FULLER: WHAT DID HE MEAN BY THAT?
JAMES TOTTEN: THAT HE WAS TRYING TO ROBB THE MAN BUT EVIDENTLY THE MAN PUT UP A
SUPER=01-James Totten/Prosecution Witness; :00
OUT Q=put up a struggle.
The defense is expected to call witnesses tomorrow when trial resumes.
Another man is also charged with Dejesus' murder.
Bryant Lymont Powell is scheduled for trial next month.
Ed Honaker's attorney says his client is going to make it -- but he could
really use some help from the state.
Lawmakers today had to wrestle with how much help to give the Roanoke man
who was imprisoned by mistake for ten years.
Honaker's request was 750- thousand dollars, but that was quickly scaled
down to about a half million.
IN Q=That's a quantum
((DEL. KENNETH MELVIN/D-PORTSMOUTH: THAT'S A QUANTUM LEAP IN TERMS OF THE
AMOUNTS OF RECOMPENSE THAT THIS COMMITTEE HAS EVER PAID OUT. I KNOW THIS IS A
HORRIBLE SITUATION, BUT ARE WE READY TO TAKE THAT LEAP?))
sot 32:25 tape one
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: WE CAN'T RECOMPENSE SOMEONE FOR THE KAFKAESQUE
HORROR OF KNOWING YOU'RE NOT GUILTY BUT TO KNOW FOR TEN YEARS THAT YOU MAY WELL
SPEND THE REST OF YOUR NATURAL LIFE -- 85-PERCENT OF IT -- BEHIND BARS FOR
SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH.))
SUPER=01-Del. Kenneth Melvin/(D) Portsmouth;
OUT Q=do with.
The claims committee put the issue off for a few days to study what's been
done in other states.
Residents in the Bedford area have been anxiously awaiting a series of
company-wide meetings held today by Rubatex.
The rubber and foam rubber maker is the city's largest employer, and its
parent company was recently purchased by a New York investment group.
Len Besthoff says that instead of confirming the workers' worst fears, the
company instead appears willing to spend some money to upgrade the plant.
IN Q=Rubatex employees
SUPER=01-Cinderella Brown/Rubatex Employee; :12
SUPER=01-Bob White/Rubatex Employee; :23
SUPER=01-Gary English/Rubatex Employee; :51
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
((Rubatex employees look pleased following a speech by the company's new
president, Frank Roland.
The workers say Roland wants more productivity, timely shipments, and better
IN Q=They want us
((CINDERELLA BROWN/RUBATEX EMPLOYEE: THEY WANT US TO ALL WORK TOGETHER AND
COOPERATE, SO THEY'LL DO BETTER.))
OUT Q=do better.
And if all that happens, a multi-million-dollar plant renovation could be on
IN Q=Well they said the first
((BOB WHITE/RUBATEX EMPLOYEE: WELL, THEY SAID THE FIRST PHASE WAS
THREE-POINT-THREE-MILLION I THINK, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
Q: WHAT ABOUT AFTER THAT?
A: IT WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL TWO, OR WHATEVER IT COMES TO. ))
OUT Q=it comes to.
IN Q=This news came
((This news came as a relief to many of these workers here, because earlier
this week they were told to come here for a mandatory meeting, topic unknown,
and many of them assumed the worst.))
OUT Q=assumed the worst.
IN Q=Ah well yeah there
((WHITE: AH WELL YEAH THERE WERE A LOT OF RUMORS THAT THERE'D BE LAYOFFS, AND
THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT NOTHING'S HAPPENED YET.))
OUT Q=nothing's happened yet.
IN Q=The president
((GARY ENGLISH/RUBATEX EMPLOYEE: THE PRESIDENT MADE A REAL GOOD PRESENTATION
AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE PRETTY MUCH DISMISSED OF THE IDEA OF LIKE I
SAID LAYOFFS, AND JOB CUTS.))
OUT Q=and job cuts.
Rubatex employs about a thousand people in Bedford, and it plays a large
role in keeping the city's jobless rate among the lowest in the state.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Is a compromise in the works when it comes to reforming Virginia's juvenile
Also--reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated---AGAIN.
A Roanoke funeral director has spent the day convincing family and friends
he's alive and well.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A Danville woman who police say was stabbed in the chest by her husband is
in serious condition.
16- year old Medley Clark was taken to the hospital yesterday afternoon.
Investigators say she was stabbed at the couple's home in Ringgold.
Authorities have charged 18- year old Christopher Lindley Clark with
aggravated malicious wounding.
He remains in the Chatham jail.
The couple's three month old baby was treated for a minor cut to her leg.
Two hours before lawmakers heard a flurry of protest in a public hearing
this afternoon, the Governor and Democratic leaders announced a bi- partisan
compromise on juvenile justice reform.
Democrats and Republicans shook on a deal today that would send more violent
juveniles to adult courts -- but leave some discretion to prosecutors and
IN Q=The compromise we
((DEL. JERRAULD JONES/D-NORFOLK: THE COMPROMISE WE OFFER TODAY REFLECTS A
CONCERN AND COMMITMENT TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF YOUNG PEOPLE
WHO COME BEFORE THE JUVENILE COURT ON MINOR CHARGES AND ARE IN NEED OF
REMEDIATION TO TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND.))
SUPER=01-Del. Jerrauld Jones/(D) Norfolk;
The compromise still faces legislative scrutiny -- but is fully funded in
the Governor's proposed budget.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Social Service Departments around the state are reacting with anxiety and
confusion to the news the Allen Administration has put on hold a computer
system that would automate much of the new welfare system.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in the state capitol newsroom.
What's the confusion the local departments are having?
LIVE=Ellen Full/State Microwave
Keith, the Administration told us yesterday it's stepping back from what is
says is a flawed ADAPT system, and studying whether to turn it over to a
Roanoke's department was to start training on this thing last week.
Now local departments around the state say they haven't been told what's
wrong with a system they think would make their jobs easier right now.
IN Q=In Richmond's
SUPER=01-Michael Evans/Richmond Social Service Dir.; :13
OUT Q=the ADAPT system.
(( In Richmond's Department of Social Services, training is going on now to
transfer to a new system that would make sense out of the complex web of
Medicaid, food stamps, and AFDC benefits.
((MICHAEL EVANS/RICHMOND SOCIAL SERVICE DIR.: WE'RE ONE OF THE LARGEST
AGENCIES IN THE STATE. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO STOP WHAT WE'RE DOING BECAUSE THE
AGENCY WOULD HAVE TO STOP ITS OPERATIONS. WE'VE GOT TO PROCEED AS IF THIS
THING IS STILL ON LINE. AND KEEP OUR FINGERS CROSSED.))
The Administration says it's committed to getting some kind of automated
system in place -- even if ADAPT is scrapped, and a private vendor has to take
((MICHAEL EVANS: THE REAL HARDSHIP FOR US WILL BE THE LACK OF CLERICAL STAFF.
OVER THE LAST TWO TO THREE YEARS, WE'VE BEEN REDUCING THE NUMBERS OF CLERICAL
STAFF THAT WOULD HAVE PERFORMED THE FUNCTIONS THAT ARE TO BE PERFORMED BY THE
LIVE=Ellen Full/State Microwave
In Roanoke, no layoffs have occurred.
But the big question is when will a system be provided, because there's NO
more money in the Governor's two year budget to deal with it.
That raises the political question of whether putting this computer system
on hold was needed to balance the Governor's budget or was needed because it
was NOT working.
DOUBLE BOX=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
An interesting sub-text, Keith, is that the Governor's first Social Services
Commissioner resigned abruptly, giving no reason earlier this month.
On Wall Street stocks got a boost after two key interest rates were cut by
the Federal Reserve Board.
The Dow gained nearly 14 points for another record close.
NASDAQ was up eight and a half points.
Lynchburg's city council elections are still more than three months away,
but the political maneuverings have already begun.
Incumbent Larry Carey's decision not to seek re- election has Republicans
and Democrats alike scrambling for position.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Larry Carey's
SUPER=01-Charlie Judd/Lynchburg Republican Chairman; :27
SUPER=01-Ray Perkins/Lynchburg Democratic Chairman; :55
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Larry Carey's decision not to seek re- election to his Ward I seat this May
has sent ripples through the Lynchburg political scene.
Recently- appointed at- large member Dr. Robert Vogel may now run for
Carey's seat...leaving at least two Republicans to vie for Vogel's at- large
Add to that former party chairman Robert Garber's decision to take on
incumbent Republican Jim Curling in Ward III, and you have the makings of a
political firestorm for the GOP.
IN Q=I'm probably not
((CHARLIE JUDD/LYNCHBURG REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN: I'M PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAVE TO
PUT ON A STRIPED SHIRT AND A WHISTLE BUT I THINK IF WE KEEP THE DIALOGUE OPEN
AND HONEST THAT WILL PROBABLY DO THE JOB. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THE PARTY COULD
MEET IN A PHONE BOOTH, AND NOW WE HAVE CANDIDATES, ACTUALLY WE HAVE A CHOICE OF
CANDIDATES FOR THE SAME POSITION AND THAT'S A GOOD SIGN.))
OUT Q=a good sign.
On the other hand, aside from incumbent Junius Haskins, Lynchburg Democrats
could find themselves scrambling to fill some spaces on the ballot.
IN Q=It's difficult
((RAY PERKINS/LYNCHBURG DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: IT'S DIFFICULT TO ASK CITIZENS TO
TAKE TIME OUT OF THEIR BUSY SCHEDULES TO MAKE SUCH A COMMITMENT TO COUNCIL AND
THAT'S REALLY WHAT PEOPLE ARE PONDERING RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=right now.
IN Q=Perkins says Democrats
((Perkins says many Democrats who might be willing to run get discouraged by
the perception that taking on Republicans in a city like Lynchburg is an uphill
battle. Still they hope to capitalize on the potential for disunity within the
GOP this spring. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
Words from Magic Johnson to come-- you've heard of the 1 million dollar
basketball shot, now a million is up from grabs for a fan at the Pro Bowl,
and we will catch up with Jeff Adkins, a former Martinsville All-American who
has a million dollar private school team.
After four years of retirement; Magic Johnson made his return to the Lakers
last night against the Golden State Warriors at the Fabulous Forum.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/Last Night; :00
Magic walked onto his old Forum floor to a standing ovation, but he
admitted the butterflies were flowing.
The 36 year old averaged 19 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds over his NBA
career. Last night, he picked up where he left off; He scored 19 points dished
out 10 assists pulled down 8 rebounds.
Add this specatuclar move against Latrell Spreewell to the list.
IN Q="was I...
((MAGIC JOHNSON/LAKER POWER FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Magic Johnson/Laker Power Forward; :00
OUT Q=...help me out"
Magic sparked his team to a season high 72 points in the first half and the
lakers went on to beat Golden State 128 to 118. But this Friday, Magic and his
Lakers face the NBA's best team in Chicago at the Forum.
The 13th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will be shooting for their 15th
consecutive home court win at the Cassell tonight when they battle UNC
The visiting Spartans are 13 and 4 and they lead the Big South Conference
with a perfect 7 and OH mark.
The Hokies are 14 and 2after beating St. Joseph's Monday night. Tip off
tonight is scheduled for 7pm.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Carlisle is currently the number one ranked independent school in the state.
The Chiefs are coached by an all-american who relates to his players just as he
did with his teamamtes.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :00
Jeff Adkins, who was an All-American at martinsville high school, is in his
third year of coaching at carlisle. Adkins played at Maryland under Lefty
SUPER=01-Jeff Adkins/Carlisle Coach; :00
OUT Q=...in that"
The Roanoke Express plays Richmond, Hampton Roads and then Raleigh over a
three day span this coming weekend.
Lately, good things have come in three's. Last night; the team won it's
third straight, beating Nashville 2-1.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Knights vs. Express; :00
Matt DelGuidice played between the pipes and came up with a few big saves
early to set the tone. He finished with 29 saves.
Jason Clarke scored his 17th goal of the season, on the assist from Karry
Biette in the first period.
Ilja SUPER=34-Roanoke/=2/Nashville/=1 ;
Dukov scored his 10th goal of the season. Credit the assists to Tim Christian
and Jeff Jablonski. Roanoke is now 25-20 and 2 on the season.
Finally, police officer Michael Volino has been given a chance to bank a
The sergaent has won a chance to kick a 35-yard field goal and win a
million dollars at the Pro-Bowl in Hawaii. If he makes it; he keeps the mil, if
he misses he still wins 5 grand! Volino has hired New York Jets special teams
coach Ken Rhodes for a crash course in booting.
He admits he isn't a football player and he's happy just for the
A misprint in the newspaper has brought a lot of PUBLICITY into one man's
Intern Reporter Tracey Hoffman has more on this mistake of a lifetime.
IN Q=Charles Tomlinson spent
SUPER=01-Charles Tomlinson/Funeral Home Director; :30
SUPER=19-Tracey Hoffman; 1:17
OUT Q=Tracey Hoffman, News 7.
((Charles Tomlinson spent the morning answering telephone calls and faxing
information explaining how he's NOT REALLY DEAD.
The Roanoke Times obituaries reported yesterday that the musician turned
funeral home director died January 27th.
This isn't the first time the lively 60-year-old has been listed as deceased
in the Roanoke Times.
The first notice came out last November.
SOT 2:15:10-2:15:15 TAPE #1
IN Q=As a matter
((CHARLES TOMLINSON/TOMLINSON FUNERAL HOME DIRECTOR; AS A MATTER OF FACT, I
WENT TO A COUPLE OF PLACES THIS MORNING AND THE FIRST THING THEY SAID WAS "HEY
YOU'RE NOT DEAD!"))
OUT Q=you're not dead.
Tomlinson attributes all the confusion to the faxes of obituary notices that
he sends to the newspaper.
The Roanoke Times issued a statement on the mistake saying that it was due to
The newspaper also said that changes have been made in its proofreading
techniques to prevent this in the future.
Out of all the publicity and phone calls that Charlie Tomlinson has received
from--dying twice and still being alive to tell about it--he says there are
just a FEW phone calls that really mean the most.
SOT 2:14:32-2:14:45 tape #1
IN Q=And I guess
((AND I GUESS WHAT YOU REALLY APPRECIATE IS WHEN YOUR FRIENDS CALL... AND THEY
HAVE RESPONDED, THEY REALLY HAVE. AND THAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE-ITKEEPS YOU GOING,
AND YOU KNOW EVERYTHING'S OKAY THEN.))
STANDUP TAG 3:20:45 TAPE #2
Charlie Tomlinson remembers when he made music with Hee-Haw's Roy Clark, but
weekend gospel show. Tracey Hoffman, News 7.))
as far as he's concerned, he's just glad he can keep on making music on his