Coming up on news seven at six,
Allegations of police brutality against Roanoke P-D... police say they were
just doing their job.
And the controversy continues over a another exotic club in Montgomery
In sports, Dale Jarrett wins the Busch Clash at Daytona While Massachusetts
and Wake Forest pick up victories in college basketball.
After starting the day off with mild temperatures-- Mother Nature's
reminding us that it's still winter.
Colder air's moving in-- along with some snow flurries.
SUPER=#D-50; NEWS-7 AT SIX BANNER
A Roanoke man and several police officers were injured after an early
30-year-old Steven Leftwich is in satisfactory condition at Roanoke Memorial
He says the officers used unnecessary force.
Leftwich says he was a passenger in a car when police pulled them over for a
broken tail light.
Police could not indicate why they were attempting to arrest Leftwich.
Police did say he resisted arrest and that's when the trouble began.
The incident happened on Campbell Avenue around 3:30 this morning.
Leftwich is being charged with assault and battery of two Roanoke police
officers and causing injury to a state trooper who was assisting the city
According to police the window of a business was broken during the fight
when Leftwich and an officer fell through it.
Leftwich and his family say he did nothing to provoke the attack and that
he's thinking of seeking legal action.
The officers and the state trooper were treated and released.
The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and NOT charged.
An armed robbery in Carroll County sends a man to the hospital.
Yesterday, police say two black males forced their way into Jimmy Nester's
trailer in Cana.
Nester was tied up and struck in the head.
He was taken to a North Carolina hospital where he was treated and released.
One suspect is described as a black male with a pale complexion.
He's six foot, two- hundred pounds, wearing a camouflage coat and jeans.
The other is also a black male.
Six foot, two- hundred and fifty pounds, wearing a dark hooded jacket and
A legislative committee today endorsed a bill requiring a parent,
grandparent or adult sibling to be notified when a girl under 18 seeks an
The measure was sent to the House of Delegates floor on a 17-5
vote of the Courts of Justice Committee.
Passage by the full House is considered likely -- but the bill
could face an uphill battle in the Senate.
The Senate Education and Health Committee already has killed a similar
A bill to lower the burden of proof in child abuse cases is now in the hands
of the House of Delegates.
The legislation narrowly passed through the Senate Thursday.
And some social workers say the bill could increase their workload without
increasing their resources.
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=those scales
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :14
SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Roanoke; 1:00
SUPER=01-Corinne Gott/Roanoke Social Services; 1:16
OUT Q=News 7
((((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.))
((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.))
This is just a sample of Thursday's heated debate.
The bill at issue would change the wording of a law concerning child abuse
At this time social workers must have "clear and convincing evidence of
child abuse," before filing a complaint.
The new wording lowers the burden of proof to "a preponderance of evidence."
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES DETERMINES
THAT THE PARENT HAS COMMITTED AN ACT OF CHILD ABUSE. THE PARENT WOULD THEN
HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPEAL TO THE JUVENILE JUDGE AND HAVE THE CASE HEARD ALL OVER
For every founded child abuse complaint social services must offer programs
((CORINNE GOTT/ROANOKE SOCIAL SERVICES: WE WANT TO CONSIDER HOW WILL WE DO THE
TREATMENT. WE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE STAFF OR WE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE PURCHASE OF
SERVICES IN ORDER TO REFER THEM TO COUNSELORS.))
((THIS BILL WILL GIVE PARENTS MORE RIGHTS WITH REGARD TO APPEALING THE
DETERMINATION OF CHILD ABUSE. WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS TO PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH
THE SERVICES THEY NEED.))
Corinne Gott says just changing the law won't help children.
She says society needs to start making children a priority.
The House of Delegates will start debating the proposal in the next two
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Another candidate for the Roanoke Symphony Conductor Position will show his
But HE'LL conduct with his instrument, as well as his baton.
The opening of a second exotic club in Montgomery County has prompted
lawmakers to attempt changing local ordinances.
That story next...
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You're probably wondering what happened to all the warm weather we enjoyed
yesterday-- and even this morning.
A cold front moved through-- and the strong northwesterly winds are bringing
us back to reality.
Temperatures will drop into the 20s tonight-- and some areas are already
seeing some snow flurries.
We'll tell you what to expect over the next few days-- coming up in the
MUSIC UP FULL
Another exotic club has opened in Montgomery County.
Bumpers Cafe opened Friday in Radford.
Just last month a strip club re-opened in the Plum Creek community. Now
citizens in the county will have an opportunity to voice their opinion about
both clubs tomorrow night at a public hearing.
Jay Moore reports.
IN Q=Juice's re-opened
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./January 26; :00
SUPER=01-Roy Thorpe/Montgomery Co. Attorney; :13
OUT Q=Moore, News7.
((Juice's re-opened after being closed for alleged obscene performances.
Charges were dropped against three dancers at the request of the
commonwealth's attorney who says the state law was too vague.
Now the county is presenting a new local ordinance at the hearing.
IN Q=It'll be presented
((ROY THORPE/MONTGOMERY CO. ATTORNEY: IT'LL BE PRESENTED TO THE BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION. NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE YET. BUT
BEFORE THEY DECIDE THEY'LL GET TO HEAR WHAT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY PEOPLE REALLY
OUT Q=really want.
The county is following the language of a Virginia Beach ordinance.
When that ordinance was passed, some restaurants and clubs filed suit ...
saying it was an infringement of their freedom of speech.
IN Q=That went up
((THORPE: THAT WENT UP TO THE SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA AND THE COURT FOUND
THAT IT WAS NOT AN INTRUSION AND BASICALLY THE IDEA THAT THE PUBLIC DOES HAVE A
RIGHT TO EXPECT CERTAIN COMMUNITY STANDARDS BE UPHELD AND PUBLIC DECENCIES TO
OUT Q=to be protected.
The public hearing will be held at seven o'clock in the Montgomery County
Jay Moore, News 7, Montgomery County. ))
A big acquisition, a possible sale, and a brave new world for the area's
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :17
SUPER=03-Bedford/Last Week; :28
OUT Q=NAT SOT
(( First Union will overhaul its back office operation in Roanoke County...a
division that has about 200 workers.
The bank does not anticipate the move will reduce its 22-hundred member
workforce in the Roanoke Valley, though.
One of Lynchburg's largest employers says it had a strong 1995.
The First Colony insurance corporation says its after tax operating income
was up eight-percent compared to the year before.
The company that owns Rubatex in Bedford plans to buy out a competitor.
R-B-X Holdings of Roanoke has signed a letter of intent to purchase the
Ensolite division of the Uniroyal Technology Corporation.
The owner of the Tetra plant in Blacksburg has put the company on the
Warner Lambert is exploring the sale of the aquarium products division,
which employs about 100 people in the New River Valley.
Thursday was a banner day for communications companies as large as Bell
Atlantic to the upstart N-R-V Net.
They say the Telecom reform package signed into law will present them with
numerous expansion possibilities.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 168-points,
closing at 5541-point-62.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, union workers at Alcatel have approved a new contract.
The rank and file will receive a ten-and-a-half-percent pay hike over a
The Roanoke County company makes the fiber for fiber optic cable.
The fourth of five conductor finalists for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
will make his debut tomorrow night.
Ming-Feng Hsin (shin) is currently Conductor of the South Shore Symphony in
Long Island, New York and holds the first violin position at the Metropolitan
Hsin (shin) says his goals in Roanoke would be to raise the community's
pride in its orchestra and bring the music to the children of the Valley
through educational programs.
Hsin will be conducting the Monday Night Classics concert at the Roanoke
9 13 10 00 - 9 13 33 00
IN Q=It's going to be a very
((MING-FENG HSIN/CONDUCTOR CANDIDATE: IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY EXCITING PROGRAM
AND WE ARE STARTING WITH ROMEO AND JULIET. I WILL BE THE SOLOIST FOR THE
BEETHOVEN ROMANCE AND I THINK IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO CONDUCT FROM THE VIOLIN
AND IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PIECE. ))
SUPER=01-Ming-Feng Hsin/Conductor Candidate;
OUT Q=a beautiful piece.
Tomorrow's concert starts at eight.
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra will announce it's new music director in
Congress will be looking for someone to fill the shoes of Fifth District
Representative L.F. Payne.
Today the fifth district G-O-P committee decided it would use a convention
to select a candidate.
The convention will be held May 18th.
Payne, a Democrat from Nelson County said Monday he would not be seeking
State Senator Virgil Goode has already announced his intentions to seek the
Democratic nomination for the seat.
Rick Boucher, who has worked closely with Payne in Congress, sang Payne's
praises but declined to make any endorsements.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) NINTH DISTRICT: I WILL SAY THAT I'M VERY HOPEFUL THAT
L.F. WILL BE REPLACED BY SOMEONE WHO HAS HIS VIGOR, HIS ENERGY, HI
INTELLIGENCE, HIS NON- CONFRONTATIONAL BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO SOLVING PROBLEMS,
AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT SUCH A PERSON CAN BE FOUND AND WILL BE RUNNING IN THE
FIFTH DISTRICT. ))
OUT Q=the fifth district.
Boucher says he hopes that Payne will decide to run for a state- wide office
in the next election.
MUSIC ON TAPE
We'll take a look at a new pool opening in Roanoke, that should help out all
sorts of people.
A couple has opened a gallery in Franklin County--
They're featuring art that they think will catch on.
MUSIC UP FULL
As more people are able to get out in the warmer weather--one Franklin County
couple has opened a gallery--full of all the things you'd find outside.
Our intern reporter Tracey Hoffman has more from the world of the wild.
IN Q=Judy Sear and
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Judy Sears/Westlake Wildlife Gallery; :16
SUPER=20-Tracey Hoffman; :43
OUT Q=Tracey Hoffman, News 7.
((Judy Sears and David Kinne drove across the U.S. for close to a year before
moving to Franklin County.
But now that they've moved to the area from New York--they've made their way
into the business world.
The couple opened Westgate Wildlife Gallery, Incorporated with all the things
THEY love in mind.
IN Q=Well, Dave Kinne
((JUDY SEARS/PRES. WESTGATE WILDLIFE GALLERY, INC.; WELL, DAVE KINNE AND I HAVE
BEEN COLLECTING WILDLIFE OURSELVES FOR SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS. IT'S SOMETHING WE
ALWAYS ENJOYED COLLECTING, IT'S HARD TO FIND PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE WILDLIFE,
IT SEEMS TO HAVE A NATURAL ATTRACTION TO MOST PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=to most people.
The items for sale in the gallery have been brought in from across the U.S.,
Canada, and Sweden.
At Westlake Wildlife, the limited edition prints are mounted using a method
called conservation framing--which leaves the prints in their original state.
Each step of the framing process can be reversed if needed.
But limited edition prints aren't the only things in the gallery that attract
attention--in fact, there's something for everyone...
IN Q=So, we're trying
((JUDY SEARS/PRES. WESTLAKE WILDLIFE GALLERY, INC.; SO WE'RE TRYING TO APPEAL
TO A WIDE VARIETY OF PEOPLE WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF COLLECTION DESIRES AND A
WIDE VARIETY OF MERCHANDISE AND BASICALLY SEE WHAT SELLS.
video over audio at 11:09:38 Westlake Wildlife #1
AS YOU SAID, WE HAVE JEWELRY, PILLOWS, CANDLES, BOOKS, MUSIC, BESIDES THE
PRINTS AND THE COLLECTIBLE ITEMS.))
Judy Sears and Dave Kinne have received a lot of positive feedback from the
But the couple has one main concern--they want people to know where they're
located--Westlake Corner, intersection of 6-16 and 1-22 in Franklin County.
Tracey Hoffman, News 7.))
Roanoke's Central Center Y-W-C-A is inviting the public to come take a look
at it's new renovated swimming pool.
At a warm, 88-degrees, this pool is a teaching pool-- meaning it's flat and
four and-a-half feet deep.
It's completely accessible for the disabled, a feature appreciated by this
Arthritis Aquatics class.
IN Q=One of the
((HARRIET LEWIS/YWCA CENTRAL CENTER: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENS WITH PEOPLE
WHO ARE DEALING WITH PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES IS THAT THEY TEND TO
BECOME ISOLATED FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN THE POOL
AND FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHERS WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THE SAME CHALLENGES WHO ARE
BENEFITING AND SHARING THE ENJOYMENT OF THAT BENEFIT JUST BOOSTS SPIRITS AND
YOU SEE PEOPLE LEAVING HERE IN A DIFFERENT FRAME OF MIND THAN THEY ARRIVED.
BETTY SITTLER: IT'S WONDERFUL AND THE WATER IS SO WARM, BECAUSE WITH ARTHRITIS
AND WITH A LOT OF MUSCLE DISEASES, YOU TEND TO TENSE UP, THEY TEND TO GO INTO
SPASMS AND IN THE WARM WATER YOU GET A NICE TWO HOUR NAP AFTER THIS...THEN
SUPER=01-Harriet Lewis/YWCA Central Center; :00
SUPER=07-Betty Sittler; :33
OUT Q=after this, LAUGHS.
The Y also offers a program called KISS-- for Kids in Special Situations, as
well as aqua aerobics, a seniors swim, and a therapeutic swim.
IN Q=As far
((MARY JANE CLARY: AS FAR AS THE PAIN IS CONCERNED, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A
WHOLE LOT MORE PAIN. USE IT OR LOSE IT. ))
SUPER=07-Mary Jane Clary; :
OUT Q=or lose it.
For many people, water therapy can offer increased range of motion,
stamina, and flexibility.
And coming up, the Number one and number two ranked college basketball
teams were on the hardwood this afternoon Wake Forest hosted Duke.
And Dale Jarrett blows away the field in the Busch Clash at Daytona this
The Roanoke Express took on Charlotte in an afternoon matinee at the
Roundhouse with hopes of winning their fourth straight.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Checkers;
Roanoke was primed for the weekend sweep of the division's top two teams,
after knocking off Richmond last night.
After taking a 1-nothing lead early in the first, Ilya Dubkov keeps things
going by slipping the puck between the goaltender's legs, and the Express led 2
to nothing after 1.
Roanoke took a three goal lead before the visiting Checkers got on the
board. J.F. Aube knocks home this rebound.
But a solid performance by Matt Del SUPER=34-Roanoke/==4/Charlotte/==2;
Guidice between the pipes kept Charlotte at bay and the Express wins it 4 to 2.
At Daytona today a 17 car field and two 10 lap sprints and when it was over
Dale Jarrett was the winner of the Busch Clash in a ford.
SUPER=03-Daytona, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
Rick Mast led the first lap of the first segment but there was no question
who had the fastest car. Sterling Marlin took the lead on the second lap of
Dale Earnhardt started in the back and he would remain there for the rest
of the segment.
Marlin had the power in his chevrolet to remain up front and he led the
final nine laps to win the first segment.
The cars went to the pits to make adjustments for the second segment of
The field was inverted putting Earnhardt up front and he would lead the
field for a couple of laps.
But Jarrett made a move passing six cars on the first lap and he had the
power to hold off the field and win his first Busch clash.
((DALE JARRETT/BUSCH CLASH WINNER: EVERYONE SEEMED TO BE WANTING TO FOLLOW
EARNHARDT THERE, AND SO I JUST DECIDED TO GO TO THE INSIDE, AND I HAD SOME GOOD
HELP FROM THE BACK, AND YOU KNOW, JUST FORTUNATE THAT THINGS WORKED OUT. I HAD
AN AWFUL GOOD CAR. I MEAN THE ENGINE WORKED OUT, THE CHASSIS WORKED GREAT,
JUST A TRIBUTE TO THESE GUYS FOR GETTING THIS CAR READY. ))
((STERLING MARLIN/FINISHED SECOND: WELL, IT'S ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE I
GUESS. THE CAR DROVE REALLY GOOD, THE CAR RUN GOOD, THE 500 CAR WAS GOOD WHCIH
WE SAVED IT, IT'S A LITTLE BETTER THAN THIS CAR. SO WE'RE GONNA TRY TO DO OUR
BEST, AND DO OUR BEST ALL WEEK.))
((DALE EARNHARDT/FINISHED THIRD: I RECKON UP IN THE LEAD DRAFTING IT WAS A
LITTLE BETTER. IT WOULDN'T HELP ANYTHING, IT WOULDN'T DO NOTHING...WITH
SOMEBODY DRAFTING IT WAS OK. BUT I THINK WE BURNED OUT THE ENGINE A LITTLE
YESTERDAY. BUT YOU KNOW, THAT'S RACING. IT'S THE BUSCH CLASH. BUT JUST GO
FOR IT, AND ALL US CHEVROLETS PROBABLY JUST RACED EACHOTHER AND LET THE FORD GO
ON OUT FRONT. SO, WHO KNOWS... ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Busch Clash Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/Finished Second; :20(quick out)
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Finished Third; :28
OUT Q= .....who knows."
Terry Labonte was fourth and Ken Schrader fifth.
The Demon Deacons of Wake Forest nailed down the number one spot in the
A-C-C this afternoon with a 79 to 65 win over Duke.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/JP RAYCOM; :
Dave Odom watches as his team takes the early lead.
Duke's Ricky Price pulls up and hits this jumper as the Blue Devils break a
scoring drought in the first half.
Wake would answer at the other end Rusty Larue gets out on the break for
the snow bird Wake led by 10.
Then the Demon Deacons go inside Tim Duncan with the jump hook for two of
his 20 points Wake led 34 to 25 at the Break.
Duke made several runs in the second half behind the play of Greg Newton
who hits two of his 20 points in the game.
Then watch Duncan pass to Tony SUPER=33-Wake
Forest/=79/Duke/=65;Rutland who finds a wide open Shawn Allen underneath for
the hoop and a 13 point lead and Wake Forest wins it 79 to 65.
Top ranked Massachusetts kept its undefeated season alive this afternoon.
The Minutemen routed Temple 84 to 55.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Minutemen vs Owls; :
The two coaches meet at midcourt and shake hands before the start.
And U-Mass went to work going inside to Dana Dingle who scores the easy
basket down low for the early lead.
Temple makes a run Bernard Stewart pulls up and nails the three pointer
but the Owls were still trailed at the half.
U-Mass opened it up in the second half going inside to Marcus Camby who
gets the easy jam.
But the man for the Minutemen this
SUPER=33-Massachusetts/=84/Temple/=55;afternoon was Carmelo Travieso. He was
8 of 11 from the three point line finishing with 26 as U-Mass beats Temple 84
Several other A-P top 25 teams were on the hardwood this afternoon.
19-th ranked Iowa had an easy time beating Bobby Knights Indiana team 76 to
Kentucky had a conference game and the Wildcats beat the Razorbacks of
Arkansas this afternoon 88 to 73.
And in the A-C-C Todd Fuller scored 28 as N.C. State routed Arizona state
89 to 69.
To the mats where the Franklin County Eagles are on pace to surpass last
year's 5-th place overall finish in the Group 3A state tournament this season.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00
The team is 11 and 4 on the season and Next Saturday the Eagles will go
after their 9th straight individual Roanoke Valley District Title which takes
place at Franklin County.
IN Q="it's so small
((KRIS KAHILA/FRANKLIN CO. COACH:))
SUPER=01-Kris Kahila/Franklin Co. Coach; :00
OUT Q=Coming on"
After district, The Eagles turn their attention to the state, and the goals
and expectations are always sky high.