Coming up on news seven at eleven,
A five year old Grayson County girl is in very critical condition tonight
after allegedly being shot in the head by her 3-year-old brother.
A bitter burst of cold air is streaming across Virginia.
Forecasters are predicting a wind chill factor of fifteen to twenty-five
degrees below zero in our area.
News seven at eleven is next.
The National Weather Service has posted a wind chill advisory for all areas
of Virginia tonight.
Temperatures are expected to dip to 10 below zero in the far southwest...
and to the teens in the southeast.
Forecasters say the wind chill factor overnight will sink to around 30 below
That means big problems for the estimated one thousand people in Danville
And also for the more than 500 families without power in Pittsylvania
Road conditions around the state are improving but frigid temperatures could
hamper the snow removal effort.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=Plows attacked
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; :09
SUPER=01-Evelyn Manneta/Roanoke Memorial Hospital; :42
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Finkler/Roanoke Animal Hospital; 1:07
SUPER=07-David Tien; 1:28
OUT Q=so easy so calm
(( Plows attacked the secondary roads today in the Roanoke and New River
V-Dot officials say it will take another day to reach people in the higher
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: THE ROADS ARE GOING TO BE SLICK AND THEY'RE GOING TO
STAY THAT WAY FOR A FEW DAYS. BUT THEY ARE PASSABLE. WHAT WE CAN DO TO ASSIST
IN THE TROUBLE SPOTS IS PUT DOWN ABRASIVE MATERIAL TO GIVE A LITTLE MORE
The mercury isn't supposed to rise much over the next few days.
But some sun could do wonders for the clean up effort.
((IF WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF SUN IT ACTUALLY COULD HEAT UP THE ASPHALT JUST
ENOUGH TO BREAK UP WHAT'S OUT THERE AND SO WE'RE ALL KEEPING OUT FINGERS
While the sun may warm up the roads it will do little to warm you up.
Doctors say take precautions.
((DR. EVELYN MANNETA/ROANOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO AVOID
EXPOSURE. AT TEMPERATURES OF 18 DEGREES WHEN YOU HAVE WIND YOU CAN'T BE
OUTSIDE FOR LONG WITHOUT PROPER CLOTHING. LAYERING IS IMPORTANT, MAKING SURE
YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO BREAK THE WIND ON THE OUTSIDE.))
Pets also suffer in the cold temperatures.
Frost bite to the the ear tips and toes is a possibility.
Animals can also get dehydrated.
((DR. MARK FINKLER/ROANOKE ANIMAL HOSPITAL: THE WATER BOWLS WILL FREEZE SOLID
AND THE ANIMAL HAS NO ACCESS TO WATER AND WILL NOT EAT. SO EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE
PROVIDING FOOD IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY HAVE WATER.))
Many spent the day digging out to avoid tonight's big freeze.
While the storm has been an aggravation to some, others look at it as a
picture taking opportunity.
((DAVID TIEN: I THINK THE SNOW IS BEAUTIFUL. I LIKE SNOW. IT MAKES MY HEART
FEEL SO EASY, SO CALM.))
And if you want to remain calm during these hazardous conditions, take it
easy on the roads.
VDOT officials want to caution motorists to drive slower than normal and
make sure their car is prepared for winter travel.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The ice wasn't the only thing frozen this evening.
Traffic at Valley View Mall was at a stand still.
An early accident blocked a major artery.
Shoppers had to sit in their cars for almost two hours as police tried to
clear up the mess.
SUPER=03-Blowing Rock, NC;
The deep freeze of '96 is prompting requests to the federal government for
North Carolina is seeking an emergency declaration to deal with snow, ice
and freezing rain that has knocked out power to more than 300-thousand
residents and businesses.
Officials say in some cases it will take up to five days to restore power.
Virginia Power says around 64-thousand customers are without power tonight
after ice-covered limbs snapped and fell onto power lines.
Over 160-thousand households lost power at the height of last night's storm.
More than three inches of ice fell in the area.
Two thousand workers-- including many from out of state-- are trying to fix
the problem this weekend.
There's no relief in sight from the bitter cold across the Plains, Midwest
and South for at least a week.
The winter blast is being blamed for at least 17 deaths.
Devastating arctic cold yesterday sent temperatures plunging to record lows
throughout the Upper Midwest.
In the tiny community of Tower, in northeast Minnesota, the mercury dropped
to 60 below zero this morning. That's a new record low for the entire
Vicious storms ripped through northern Florida last night resulting in two
tornados and at least one death. The high winds downed power lines and
Most of the damage was to houses and cars.
Emergency crews were out on the street immediately after the storm passed.
However, power has been restored to the region.
An American soldier was killed when a mine exploded in Bosnia.
The soldier's name has not been released.
An Army spokesman says he believes the soldier was on foot when he came upon
the mine near Tuzla.
It's the first American death due to a mine explosion.
Army officials say the troops are aware of the dangers.
IN Q=they knew that
((COL. ROBERT GAYLORD/U.S. ARMY SPOKESMAN: THEY KNEW THAT THERE WERE MINE
HAZARDS CLEARLY WHEN THEY CAME OVER HERE. THEY WENT THROUGH EXTENSIVE TRAINING
ON MINE AWARENESS. BUT COMPLACENCY IS THAT CLEARLY ONE HAS TO BE CONCERNED
SUPER=01-Col. Robert Gaylord/U.S. Army Spokesman;
OUT Q=be concerned with.
President Clinton says he deeply regrets the accident but has no
second thoughts about sending U-S troops to enforce the Bosnian peace accord.
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Still to come on our broadcast,
A Rodeo turns deadly in Bedford County,
And A V-DOT truck slides off the road-- while trying to clear the way for
Getting colder and colder out there--
Tonight's low temperatures are expected to fall down into the single digits.
And a wind chill advisory is in effect for southwest and central Virginia.
We could see some scattered flurries tonight-- otherwise, mostly cloudy
But we'll get a good peek at the sun tomorrow-- all the forecast details are
on the way.
The storm that brought snow to Roanoke and the New River Valley dumped
several inches of paralyzing ice on Southside.
Teresa Hamilton takes a look at the de-icing efforts.
SUPER=01-Keith Noe/Danville Electric Employee; :00
SUPER=01-Leslie Cosner/Danville Electric Employee; :40
SUPER=07-Jordan Motley; 1:11
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
IN Q=Yeah, we worked
((KEITH NOE/DANVILLE ELECTRIC EMPLOYEE: YEAH, WE WORKED 16 1/2 LAST NIGHT AND
THEY LET US GO HOME AND GET A COUPLE OF HOURS SLEEP AND WE'RE BACK AT IT AGAIN
THIS MORNING. ))
One can only hope Keith Noe had rested up-- because he certainly had his
work cut out.
At one time, 25- hundred homes in the Danville area were without power.
Elsewhere, the story was much the same in Southside.
Folks in Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties were also affected.
Yesterday's downpour of ice and freezing rain left its mark.
Ice had frozen to nearly everything it came in contact with-- whether it be
sidewalks or door handles.
No problem, there.
The trouble was with power lines and trees, which simply snapped under all
IN Q=You get one
((LESLIE COSNER: YOU GET ONE TREE UP AND THEN, THERE'S THE DANGER OF THEM
FALLING ON TOP OF YOU WHILE YOU'RE GETTING UP THE LINES DOWN IN THERE, YOU
KNOW, SO IT'S KIND OF DANGEROUS TO BE DOWN IN THERE WITH TREES FALLING LIKE
OUT Q=falling like that.
The job was also frustrating.
Many times power company employees had to cut trees that had fallen across
the road to find the damaged power lines.
The cold temperatures were another complication.
The ice and freezing rain from yesterday made driving difficult.
Even primary roads, still had a layer of ice.
IN Q=I just praise
((JORDAN MOTLEY: I JUST PRAISE GOD I'M ABLE TO GET BACK OUT IN IT, IT'S RIGHT
SLIPPERY BUT I'M JUST THANKFUL I'M ABLE TO GET OUT AND GET AROUND AND DO
SHOPPING AND WHATEVER I NEED TO DO.
REPORTER ASKS: WERE YOU ONCE OF THOSE LEFT WITHOUT POWER?
NO, MAM, I PRAISE GOD THAT I WAS BLESSED, I WASN'T OUT OF POWER. ))
OUT Q=i wasn't out of power.
The wintry weather did have its perks.
For kids, it was a chance to pull out the sled.
For others, it was a chance to sit back and enjoy the beauty.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
Big snow is a winter bonus for independent plow operators.
The Virginia Department of Transportation contracts extra help during major
And many find work scraping parking lots.
Bobby Higgins moonlights as a plow operator after winter storms.
He says he was busier during January's big storm.
But this month's sequel is still bringing in the bucks.
Now the cold temperatures are making his second job difficult.
IN Q=it's harder to
((BOBBY HIGGINS/PLOW OPERATOR: IT'S HARDER TO GET THE LOTS CLEAR ALL THE WAY
DOWN TO ASPHALT. PEOPLE DRIVE ON IT AND PACK IT DOWN AND I CAN'T DO MUCH WITH
SUPER=01-Bobby Higgins/Plow Operator;
OUT Q=DO MUCH WITH IT
Higgins is a salesman by trade.
But he says, the extra cash comes in handy when it's time to pay bills.
After the snow stopped early this morning, a few brave ventured out into the
Scott Prince joined them, and he has this story.
IN Q=Mother Nature
SUPER=07-Bob Levine; :16
SUPER=07-Chuck Jarret; :33
SUPER=01-Connie Ratcliffe/Newspaper Courier; :50
SUPER=07-Marcus Wilhelm; 1:04
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7;
(( Mother Nature rolled in... and the scrapers rolled out.
Snow plow drivers worked through the night once again-- focusing on the
Roanoke Regional Airport and primary roads.
Early morning travelers said their efforts did not go unnoticed.
((BOB LEVINE: ACTUALLY, IT WASN'T ALL THAT BAD. I CAME RIGHT DOWN FRANKLIN ROAD
AND IT WAS IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. ))
OUT Q=pretty good shape
There were others that went to work on parking lots and sidewalks.
Folks like Chuck Jarret were doing their best to grin and bare it.
IN Q=It's going
((CHUCK JARRET: I WANT TO GET DONE BEFORE THE WIND GETS HERE. I HAVE A FEELING
I'M GOING TO FREEZE IF I HAVE TO BE OUT THERE THEN.))
OUT Q=out there then
Connie Ratcliffe was out there... making sure everyone got to read about
this latest winter blast.
But this time the snow did not mean hard times for the Roanoke Times.
IN Q=It's the deep
((CONNIE RATCLIFFE/NEWSPAPER COURIER: IT'S THE DEEP SNOW. IT'S HARD TO GET
THROUGH THE SNOW. PEOPLE HAVEN'T SHOVELED THEIR SIDEWALKS AND THE SNOW SCRAPERS
HAVE SCRAPED IT UP TO YOUR WASTE ON THE SIDE OF THE STREET. ))
OUT Q=side of the street.
But believe it or not there was at least one person just out for a leisurely
stroll this morning.
IN Q=Marcus Wilhelm
((MARCUS WILHELM: I'M WALKING TO SEE A FRIEND OF MINE ALL THE WAY IN VINTON.
QUESTION: YOUR GOING TO WALK TO VINTON THIS MORNING?
OUT Q=this morning, yeah.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
If you need proof that you shouldn't drive tonight.
Well check out the accident this V-Dot truck operator had!
It happened around 1-45 this afternoon.
The driver was pushing show off Crystal Creek Road when he got a little to
close to the edge.
His truck then toppled down a 20 foot embankment and landed on its top.
The vehicle was later recovered and the driver, though a little shaken, was
A 23-year-old Augusta County man died after being trampled by a bull at an
Jason Smallwood was pronounced dead on arrival at Lynchburg General Hospital
He was thrown off a bull at a Bedford County farm then trampled and pinned
against a fence.
It was his first time on a bull.
Smallwood had prepared by practicing on a mechanical simulator.
A five year old Grayson County Girl is recovering from surgery after
suffering a gunshot wound to the head.
Officials say the girl was accidentally shot by her three year old brother
The Grayson county sheriff's department reports the girl was flown to
Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
She is out of surgery at this hour and is in VERY serious condition.
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Coming up later on News 7,
Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey is having some trouble of his own with law.
And things are looking up for Sarah Morales.
We'll check on her condition when News 7 returns.
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Doctors had some very encouraging news yesterday on little Sarah Morales.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA/File Tape;
The baby, seperated from her twin sister last weekend in San Diego,
underwent surgery to close a hole in her chest.
The operation was to have taken place Monday but Sarah's recovery has been
Surgeons used bone and tissue from her sister Sarahi, who died shortly
after an operation that separated them.
Recent fires have drawn attention to low income housing.
Many of these rental properties don't meet building codes and often the
tenants are afraid to make complaints.
Those who plan on renting should take a good look at the house and apartment
they want to rent.
Also get the landlord to put promises in writing.
IN Q=i would have in there
SUPER=01-Ron Miller/Roanoke City Building Commissioner;
OUT Q=on each floor
Tenants do have legal rights.
The Legal Aide Society in Roanoke, often helps low income renters.
IN Q=a landlord cannot
OUT Q=some protections
You can find out more about tenants rights and fire safety during On Record.
That's tomorrow morning at 11.
Virginia Tech's Damon Watlington scored 23 and Ace Custis 18 as the Hokies
held off Rhode Island this afternoon 72 to 66 in overtime.
SUPER=03-Providence, RI/ATLANTIC 10 NETWORK; :
The Hokies trailed by 8 at the half but when Travis jackson hit the jumper
Tech led 40 to 39 with 13 minutes let in the game.
Rhode Island came right back Chad Thomas takes it to the hoop for the
basket And the Hokies trailed 41 to 40.
Ace Custis was the go to man on this play he hits the jumper for two of
his 18 points in the game tech led by two.
The Rams rallied Tyson Wheeler pulls up and hits the trey from the corner
and the game was tied at 49 to 49.
Tech led by as many as five but the Rams sent the game into overtime when
Preston Murphy nailed the three.
The Hokies took control after the SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=72/Rhode
Island/=66;tip and Virginia Tech gets the 72 to 66 win in overtime upping its
A-10 record to 8 and 1.
The Virginia Cavaliers came from behind in the second half to pick up an
A-C-C win over Florida State 64 to 59.
SUPER=03-Tallahasse, FL/ABC SPORTS; :
Jeff Jones and the Cavs hoping to break a five game losing streak.
But the Seminoles took the early lead when Randall Jackson hit the jumper
for a four point margin.
Virginia comes right back Courtney Alexander takes the ball to the hoop for
the score and the Cavaliers tied the game.
Florida State continued to hit the outside shot. Scott Shepherd connects
this time and the Cavaliers trailed at the half.
But Point Guard Harold Deane went SUPER=33-Virginia/=64/Florida
State/=59;to work here he scores three of his game high 25 points as the
Cavaliers come from behind to beat the Seminoles 64 to 59.
The Kentucky continue to roll. This afternoon in Lexington the Wildcats
beat Florida 77 to 63.
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY/JP SPORTS; :
Rick Pitino watching his Cats build a lead in the first half.
Tony Delk pulls up and nails the three pointer and Kentucky led the Gators
27 to 15 in the first half.
The Cats get out on the run this time Antoine Walker with the pass to
Derek Anderson for the jam and Kentucky had a big lead at the half.
Florida made a run early in the SUPER=33-Kentucky/=77/Florida/=63;
second half Leron Williams with the jam but it was not enough Kentucky beats
Florida 77 to 63.
Expect the standings in the A-C-C to change this week because of a couple
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/RAYCOM; :
In College Park Gary Williams and the Terps hosting 25-th Georgia Tech.
Maryland took an early lead and never trailed Exree Hipp scoring on the
alley oop as the Terps beat the Yellow Jackets.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/RAYCOM; :
In Durham, The Blue Devils hosted the 24-th ranked Clemson Tigers.
Jeff Capel scored 21 and ricky Price 15 as the Blue Devils routed the
tigers by 30 points.
For that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=first score
And coming up, Three former Ferrum Baseball players now in the majors were
in Rocky Mount Thursday night.
and we'll have all the scores and highlights from pro hockey and the N-B-A.
The Buffalo Sabres suffered their 8-th loss in the last ten games losing
today to the Boston Bruins.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/FOX SPORTS; :
This youngster at the game sporting a Bruin hat.
And the Bruins got off to a good start Josef Stumpel takes the puck and
scores from the side of the net and Boston led 1 to nothing in the first.
Brad May knocks Ray Bourque into the glass breaking it and cancelling the
rest of the period for repairs.
The Sabres came out hot in the second period. Pat Lafontaine's 22-nd goal
of the season tied the score at one to one.
But the Bruins took over from their SUPER=31-Boston/==4/Buffalo/==2;Tim
Sweeney's goal made it 2 to 1 Boston and the Bruins beat the Sabres 4 to 2.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/FOX SPORTS; :
In Denver, Mark Messier sits on the bench as the Rangers get dogged by the
The Avalanche scored 7 goals through three periods this afternoon and that
was enough for an easy victory over the Rangers.
For that and all of the pro scores lets check the numbers.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
Three former Ferrum baseball players in the majors returned to Rocky Mount
for a visit Thursday night.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/Thursday Night; :
Eric Owens, Billy Wagner and Keith Mayhew were at the Ben Franklin Middle
School signing autographs.
Owens, a third baseman with the Cincinnati Reds, is recovering from knee
Surgery. But in his first at bat as a Cincinnati Red Owens drove in the
winning run in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
IN Q="I just want
((ERIC OWENS/CINCINNATI THIRD BASEMAN: ))
SUPER=01-Eric Owens/Cincinnati Third Baseman; :
OUT Q=......April First."
SUPER=03-Ferrum/File Tape; :
Wagner was the Houston Astros number one prospect in 1995. Wagner had a
good season in the minors last year and his goals are to be with the major
league team after spring training.
IN Q="MY first goal
((BILLY WAGNER/HOUSTON PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Billy Wagner/Houston Pitcher; :
OUT Q=...........some other goal."
Mayhew has a year's experience as a relief pitcher in the Atlanta Braves
He's anxious to get to spring training to beginning working on his game
and maybe get a shot with the big league team.
IN Q="I don't
((KEITH MAYHEW/BRAVES PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Keith Mayhew/Braves Pitcher; :
OUT Q=...........at it."
Attorney F-Lee Bailey faces six months in jail.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/File Tape;
That's if he doesn't comply with a court order to turn over about 21 MILLION
dollars in stock he is holding from a former client and drug dealer.
Today he was found in contempt of court and given until the end of the month
to turn over the money.
Bailey, one of O-J Simpson's attorneys, claims the stock is his,
payment for legal services for representing a French-American
arrested on drug charges in Hong Kong in 19-94.
As a reminder,
Following the newscast, during Seinfeld, we'll be running church closings
across the bottom of your screen.
SS=News 7 at 11
Goodnight and stay warm!
That's going to do it for News 7 at 11.