Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We'll hear from the Attorney General on the state police investigation of rape
allegations at Tech.
We'll hear from school kids on their last day of snow day, as more school
districts plan to get the buses rolling again tomorrow.
Tonight in sports, racing news from Daytona as Mast gets the pole for the
Clash, plus we'll have an update on Arrington and Hensley.
Also, they're camping out for Camby at the Cassell.
and mourning a hoop star in Daytona, as the Flyers 22 year old Chris Daniels
is found dead early this morning.
You don't need a trip south for warmer weather. Stick around for a mild
forecast and WeatherSchool striaght ahead.
A guilty plea today in a carjacking case that started in Roanoke and ended
in Amherst County last October.
Thirty-Two year old John David Ford enter an Alford plea today to three
charges in Amherst Circuit Court.
Under such a plea, Ford admits prosecutors had enough evidence to convict
him on the charges but he does not admit guilt.
He was accused of abducting an 86 year old woman at gunpoint from a Roanoke
shopping mall October 7th.
Ford left her tied up in the woods in Amherst County.
He was apprehended four days later in Boston.
Judge Michael Gamble sentenced Ford today to a total of 20 years in prison
on carjacking, abducting and firearms charges.
Prosecutor Ed Meeks says the victim is satisfied with the outcome of the case.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore says he takes seriously any allegation of
sexual assault on a college campus--and that's why he's getting State Police
involved in Christy Brzonkala's (bron-KA-la's) case.
She's the former Virginia Tech student who claims she was raped by two Tech
Ellen Qualls spoke with Gilmore today, and also with the attorney
IN Q=Civil attorney
SUPER=01-Eileen Wagner/Brzonkala's Attorney; :30
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape; 1:08
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Civil attorney Eileen Wagner says she merely requested the Attorney General's
public statements on campus sexual assault.
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: HER LETTER...INVESTIGATION.))
((EILEEN WAGNER/BRZONKALA'S ATTORNEY: ATTORNEY GENERAL GILMORE HAS AN
EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD... AT THE CUTTING EDGE.))
But Wagner says the probe will actually complicate her civil cases against
Tech for violating women's rights, and against the two accused players for the
alleged rape itself.
((BUT WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY COMES TOTALLY UNSOLICITED... MORALLY OBLIGATED TO
Virginia Tech says it welcomes the State probe -- pointing out it's NOT
about the university -- it's about this man-- Tony Morrison and his alleged
accomplice James Crawford.
We'd love to let you hear what Christy Brzonkala herself thinks of this
probe, but she's sold her story to a tabloid show and by contract can't talk to
us before that story airs next week. Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
After a week without classes, students in Roanoke City and Roanoke County
are heading back to the books.
Both school systems will operate on their regular schedules tomorrow.
IN Q=I'm kind of enjoying this
((CALEB DAWSON/ROANOKE COUNTY EIGHTH GRADER: I'M KIND OF ENJOYING THIS. IT'S
GIVEN ME TIME TO RELAX FROM THE HOMEWORK, TESTS.))
SUPER=01-Caleb Dawson/Roanoke Co. Eighth Grader;
OUT Q=homework, tests.
*******Keith on Cart*******
For Caleb Dawson and other students who have enjoyed their unscheduled
vacation, the holiday is over.
This afternoon, workers were clearing snow from school parking lots, and
school officials were planning for a productive return to the classroom.
IN Q=Hopefully, the chaos
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: HOPEFULLY THE CHAOS IS
SHORT- LIVED AND WHEN WE DO GET BACK TO SCHOOL AND FOCUS ALL OF OUR ENERGIES ON
INSTRUCTION WE WILL STILL MAKE A GOOD YEAR OF IT.))
OUT Q=good year of it.
Most schools outside of the Roanoke Valley will be back in business
tomorrow, though many will be operating on delayed schedules.
Franklin County will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow and Saturday,
but buses will be on snow routes.
All the other school information is coming up at 6:30.
A bill to lower the burden of proof that social workers need to file a
complaint of child abuse got out of the state Senate today -- but only after
The bill would lower the bar for complaints from "clear and convincing
evidence" of child abuse to "a preponderance of evidence."
IN Q=Those scales
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-BOTETOURT CO.: THOSE SCALES THAT WE WEIGH OUR JUSTICE ON
HAVE TO BE PUSHED MORE THAN JUST A SLIGHT TIP IN ONE DIRECTION. THIS IS AN
ABUSE CASE. THEY CAN TAKE CHILDREN FROM YOU.))
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN/D-FAIRFAX: YOU ARE NOT TRUSTING THE MATTER TO OVERZEALOUS
PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTING ON THEIR OWN.))
sot continued at 38:42
((WE INTERVIEWED JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT JUDGES IN ALL THE MAJOR
AREAS OF THE COMMONWEALTH. FAIRFAX, TIDEWATER, ROANOKE. UNIFORMLY, THESE
JUDGES PRAISE ALMOST WITHOUT QUALIFICATION, THE WORK THAT CHILD PROTECTIVE
SERVICES WORKERS DO IN BRINGING THEIR CASES TO COURT.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :13
OUT Q=cases to court.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer broke a tie to send the bill on to the House.
It includes an amendment guaranteeing parents quick court hearings to clear
their names if they've been falsely accused.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
it's being called a landmark measure--
One that will effect all of us. Coming up: what you can expect from the new
telecommunications bill. It promises to affect much of our daily lives--from
computers to long distance phone service and cable T-V.
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A church in Old Southwest Roanoke will finally be able to expand its
Today the Architectural Review Board agreed to allow the Episcopal Diocese
to move two neighboring houses to do the work.
Several months ago the board turned down the Diocese's request to demolish
The new owner says big plans have been made for the houses.
IN Q=The beautiful
((TERRY PARSELL/PARSELL & ZEIGLER CONSTRUCTION: THE BEAUTIFUL QUEEN ANN HOUSE
WE'RE GOING TO MOVE OUT OFFICE INTO THAT. THE WHITE, MOORE HOUSE WE THINK IT'S
BEST USE WILL BE AN OFFICE BUILDING.))
SUPER=01-Terry Parsell/Parsell & Zeigler Construction;
OUT Q=office building.
One the houses on First Street will be moved down the street.
The other will be moved up to Highland Avenue.
Child molester Robert Dallas filed a complaint last Fall that someone had
been using his credit cards while he's been in the Roanoke County jail.
It's not uncommon for inmates to allege mis-use of their personal property
while they're locked up.
In this case, Dallas had 900 dollars worth of unauthorized charges to prove
County police have narrowed it down to one of the jailers, a sheriff's
deputy who apparently took the cards from the property room at the jail and
went on a spending spree with them.
The deputy has resigned and is likely to be indicted in April.
A volunteer in the Fort Lewis Rescue Squad has admitted to stealing squad
Anita Hansen pled guilty today to embezzlement.
The 39- year- old rescue worker was not the treasurer but had taken charge
of some of the finances.
In addition to pocketing half of a 1-thousand dollar donation from Grand
Piano's Cartledge Foundation, she started using the squad's Master Card for her
((MARK CLAYTOR/PROSECUTOR: APPARENTLY IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, JUDGE, MS HANSEN
WAS USING THE CREDIT CARD TO MAKE PERSONAL PURCHASES, TO MAKE CASH ADVANCES.
WHEN THE BILL CAME TO THE POST OFFICE BOX, THE ACTUAL BILL WAS INTERCEPTED. MS
HANSEN WOULD MAKE THE PAYMENTS. ))
OUT Q=the payments.
Hansen racked up 48-hundred dollars on the card between December of 1993 and
She's paid off a lot of the debt, but 17-hundred dollars remains.
She'll be sentenced next month.
For years Congressman Rick Boucher has talked about a bill he co-sponsored
to reform the telecommunications industry.
Now that the bill is law, and it will likely have a dramatic effect upon
who, and how much you pay, for your phone, cable t-v and computer services.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=Imagine a world
SUPER=07-Diane Jones; :07
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :12
SUPER=01-Don Reid/Bell Atlantic; :30
SUPER=01-Sharron Davies/Cox Cable Roanoke; :50
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Imagine a world where more than one company competes to provide you cable
Or how about local phone service?
SOT TAPE TWO 13:11:54
IN Q=I think
((DIANE JONES: I THINK IT'S GREAT. I THINK IF YOU'VE GOT COMPETITION BETWEEN
THE COMPANIES THE PRICES WILL PROBABLY BE LOWER FOR THE CONSUMER.))
OUT Q=for the consumer.
Those are just a few things in a sweeping overhaul of the telecommunications
industry President Clinton has signed into law.
The legislation allows phone and cable companies to combine services, ends
federal controls on many cable T-V rates, and has provisions against T-V
Violence and the transmission of Adult Material on Computer Networks.
SOT 14:08:10 TAPE TWO
IN Q=We can
((DON REID/BELL ATLANTIC: WE CAN MOVE OUTSIDE OF OUR SERVING AREA LITERALLY
TODAY TO PROVIDE LONG DISTANCE SERVICES AND IN FACT WE WILL SHORTLY FILE
APPLICATIONS IN FIVE STATES TO PROVIDE THAT TYPE OF SERVICE.))
OUT Q=of service.
Both local telephone and cable companies expect the changes will present
them with an equal number of challenges and opportunities.
SOT TAPE TWO 15:13:11
IN Q=Cox finished
((SHARRON DAVIES/COX COMMUNICATIONS: COX FINISHED A FIBER OPTIC NETWORK IN
1994 WHICH PROVIDES NOW, OR HAS THE CAPABILITY TO PROVIDE, VOICE, VIDEO AND
DATA SERVICES. THE CHALLENGES COME IN TO GETTING THAT BUSINESS AND LEARNING
OUT Q=that business.
IN Q=But as
(( But as limitless as the possibilities may be with these reforms, they may
not go into effect right away.
Because, as promised, a number of civil liberties groups are challenging the
law's anti-smut provisions. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
A company that has a plant in Blacksburg is up for sale.
Warner-Lambert of New Jersey confirms its Tetra division is among several
non-core businesses that could be sold.
Tetra makes aquarium products and employs about 100 people in the New River
Warner-Lambert says it will sell Tetra only if it gets a good offer, noting
it remains a strong part of its business.
Wall Street continued its string of record setting days.
The Dow climbed 47 points to close at 55 hundred 40.
NASDAQ gained eight points.
By a narrow margin, the Craig County school board has voted to ask its
superintendent to resign.
But Dallas Helems (HELL-ums) has no such plans.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=Craig County Schools
SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Hettie Farley/Craig Co. School Board; :16
SUPER=01-James Cady/Craig Co. School Board Chairman; :1:02
OUT Q=S.P. News 7, Craig Co.
(( Craig County Schools superintendent Dallas Helems says he never saw it
Tuesday, the board of education asked him to hand in his resignation.
It appears the handling of a fuel leak at Craig County High School spurred
on the vote, a vote that was initiated by newly elected board member Hettie
IN Q=There have been
((HETTIE FARLEY/CRAIG COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF CONCERNS
ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP ABILITY OF DOCTOR HELEMS AND THE OIL SPILL KIND OF BROUGHT
THAT TO A HEAD.
SOT 13:13:44 PLEASE COVER WITH SCHOOL
BY MY EXPECTATIONS, DOCTOR HELEMS WASN'T AS THOROUGH WITH IT AS HE SHOULD HAVE
OUT Q=should have been
Helems wouldn't talk on camera, but says he isn't packing his bags.
This life- long educator still has eighteen months left on his contract...
and he plans to honor it.
Stand- up 13:51:03
The board can't FORCE Helems to leave, at least not yet.
The same night they asked him to resign, there was also a motion to
terminate his contract.
But no one would second that motion.
Board Chairman James Cady voted against the resignation describing Helems as
a more- than qualified superintendent.
IN Q=Mr. Helems is the third
((JAMES CADY/CRAIG COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: MR. HELEMS IS THE THIRD
SUPERINTENDENT I'VE SERVED WITH. MR. HELEMS IS PROBABLY AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN
ANY SUPERINTENDENT I'VE SERVED WITH. ))
OUT Q=served with
Despite those comments, Cady says his personal views won't get in the way of
the board's decision.
No one will say if another motion to fire Helems will be made.
But if it does happen, it will likely take place during next month's school
Scott Prince, News 7, Craig County.))
Traffic is finally back to normal on Interstate 81 in Wythe County.
One of the southbound lanes around mile marker 68 was closed for much of the
day, because of a tractor trailer accident early this morning.
State police say the driver, Margie Youngblood, of Oklahoma lost control of
the vehicle when she reached for her coffee cup.
The rig overturned and spilled much of its load of candy.
Youngblood is charged with reckless driving.
She and her husband were treated at Wythe County Community Hospital.
Coming up tonight at six, one of Oliver Purnell's players at Dayton is found
They are camping out at the Cassell.
Mast is on the pole for the Clash.
And Jimmy Hensley and Joey Arrington are ready to do some serious trucking
Members of the Atlantic Ten mens basketball conference are reeling tonight
after learning that 22 year old Dayton University star Chris Daniels was found
dead in his room early this morning.
Daniels was the Flyers main man inside leading the team in shooting
percentage the past three seasons.
This year he ranked second in the nation hitting his shots at a 68
A preliminary autopsy failed to determine the cause of death although
Montgomery County, Ohio, Coroner James Davis says there's no evidence of drugs
or alcohol, and Daniels' heart
appears to have been sound.
Lab results will not be available for two to three weeks.
This is second such tragedy Dayton head coach Oliver Purnell has had to
endure in his career.
He was also on the staff at Maryland, when Len Bias died of a cocaine
In a much more upbeat note from the A-10,
The students in Blacksburg are apparently heeding coach Bill Foster's words
and getting serious about their basketball.
Student ticket pickup for the February 17th game with number U-Mass is set
for this coming Monday.
But students have turned the area around Cassell coliseum into a tent city -
camping out for tickets since the first of this week.
((ANDY CARROLL/VA. TECH FRESHMAN:))
((RUSH BLEVINS/VA. TECH SOPHOMORE:))
SUPER=01-Andy Carroll/Va. Tech Freshman; :00
SUPER=01-Rush Blevins/Va. Tech Sophomore; :09
OUT Q=...ALPHA SIGMA PHI.
One tent didn't withstand today's windy conditions, and the warmer weather
has turned the campground into a slushy mess. My question is where does a
college student get a snow shovel.
The Winston Cup drivers are back at Daytona for the beginning of Speedweeks
Today they drew starting positions for Sunday's Busch Clash.
And Rick Mast pulled out the number one starting spot.
Earnhardt and Gordon weren't as lucky Here's a look at the starting grid.
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=RICK MAST
OUT Q=...Jeff Gordon.
You can watch the 20 lap dash for cash live Sunday at Noon right here on your
While the Winston Cup Drivers are in Daytona preparing for Speedweeks, one
of the top engine builders in the sport is in Martinsville with a garage full
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q="Joey Arrington
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Joey Arrington/Engine Builder; :15
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/Last Spring; :20
SUPER=01-Jimmy Hensley/SuperTruck Driver; 1:06
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
((Joey Arrington has been building engines for most of his life. But when his
father Buddy retired from Winston Cup in the late 80's his development work
with Chrysler increased and now the business keeps Joey in the garage seven
days a week.))
((JOEY ARRINGTON/ENGINE BUILDER: ))
Macbeth opens tonight on the Mill Mountain Theatre Main Stage. Tickets
$14-$18. Call the box office for tickets.
((Arrington has built motors for just about any cars that run on the NASCAR
circuit and some Late Model stock cars that run on the local tracks.
He's been a part of the Chrysler motor development program from the start.
And his new venture is providing motors for Dodge in the Super Truck series.
One of those motors will be in the Dodge truck owned by Greer Lackey and
driven by Ridgeway's Jimmy Hensley.
Hensley will run the full schedule in the Super Truck Division and he's
familiar with Arrington's work and anytime Hensley has a question all he has to
do is go across town.))
((JIMMY HENSLEY/SUPERTRUCK DRIVER: ))
((JOEY ARRINGTON: ))
((ROY STANLEY: ))
SS=HOLD M'VILLE S'WAY
Tomorrow night we'll talk with Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell
and show you the track's latest expansion.
Spring training opens next season with 44 year old Dave Winfield, who retied
today after 23 seasons in the major leagues.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
Winfield made the announcement in New York this afternoon.
He says the rotator cuff problem in his left shoulder just makes it
impossible for him to be effective anymore.
He finishes a stellar career with a
and ten hits and 465 home runs.