Should he stay or should he go.
That's the question the Craig County School Board asked the public tonight
about its school superintendent Dallas Helems..
And it got it's answer.
Jay Moore tells us how residents came out in full force in support of their
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SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bonnie Hutchinson/School Board Member; :12
SUPER=01-Jim Cady/School Board Chairman; :26
SUPER=01-Dallas Helems/School Superintendent; :46
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IN Q=Nat sound
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This sums up how a majority of the residents felt following a motion to
rescind last week's motion asking for Superintendent Dallas Helems' (HELL-ums)
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((BONNIE HUTCHINSON: SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I AT THIS TIME WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A
MOTION TO AMEND THE PREVIOUS ACTION TAKEN ON FEBRUARY 6 AND ASKING FOR HIS
OUT Q=the resignation.
Hutchinson says she felt the board acted too fast in asking for the
IN Q=I think her
((JIM CADY/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: I THINK HER DECISION IS VERY FAIR. I THINK
WE SHOULD A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION PRIOR TO TAKEN THE ACTION.))
OUT Q=taken the action.
Board Member Hettie (Het-tee) Farley had questioned Helems (HELL-um)
leadership ability.. in particular.. a recent fuel leak at the county high
She also questioned whether the vote was legal... but that didn't stop the
board from approving it 3 to 2.
Helem (HELL-um) says hopefully the controversy will also pass.
IN Q=I've gotten a lot
((DALLAS HELEMS/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: I'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF CALLS. THIS
OUTPOURING TONIGHT INDICATED THEIR SUPPORT FOR ME AND THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. ))
OUT Q=school system.
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: THE CONTROVERSY IS OVER FOR NOW AND THE NEXT STEP WILL
BE FOR THE BOARD TO INVESTIGATE THE CHRONOLOGICAL SERIES OF EVENTS LEADING UP
TO THE FUEL LEAK. THAT'LL BE MADE PUBLIC AT A LATER MEETING. IN CRAIG COUNTY,
JAY MOORE NEWS 7.))
OUT Q=Moore, News-7.
No fireworks at tonight's GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire.
But as Elizabeth Kaledin reports, the candidates chastised each other for
running negative campaigns.
SUPER=01-Suzanne Keach/Voter; :23
SUPER=01-Bob Watt/Voter; :36
SUPER=01-Dean Weeks/Voter; :53
SUPER=01-Pat Buchanan/(R) Presidential Candidate; 1:19
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/CBS News; 1:40
OUT Q=CBS NEWS
((In living rooms across new hampshire voters tuned into the debate.
with the primary just five days away, many voters like Suzanne Keach are
undecided and are hoping the debate provides a revelation.
Keach likes Dole and Alexander.
Bob Watt likes Dole, Alexander and
Buchanan. He just doesn't believe most of what they're saying:
In manchester at alpine club...undecided becamse
indifferent...residents preferred playing darts over watching the candidates
throw them at each other
For the most part the debate offered up a traditional blend of
politics, self-promotion and traded barbs...though polls favor Bob Dole...teh
large number of undecideds could mean a close race between dole/alexander and
buchanan...much of the hour and half forum was spent on negative advertising.
Afterwards...each of the candidates claimed victory...but back at the
pizza party...it was not so clear to these voters...and may not be until next
Tuesday. Elizabeth Kaledin CBS News, Bedford, New Hampshire.))
The best and worst of one 16-year old boy.
It all came out in court today.
The teenager who ran down a 45- year old teacher last year will NOT be tried
as an adult.
Keith Humphry explains the reasoning with a few numbers.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 14, 1995; :07
SUPER=01-Charlie Phillips/Defense Attorney; :26
SUPER=01-Robert Woodruff/Accident Witness & Glenvar Student; :48
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( He is an honors student with a 3-point-8 grade point average, taking
subjects such as advanced algebra, trigonometry and biology.
On December 14th, it was a point-2-1 blood alcohol level that reduced this
exceptional student to a stupid drunk. He never knew what he'd hit. It was
Bonnie Kitts on her nightly walk with her husband.
The high school junior could have gone to the penitentiary for 20 years, if
he'd been tried as an adult. But he has a spotless record.
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((CHARLIE PHILLIPS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE HAS NEVER BEEN BEFORE THE COURT
BEFORE. HE HAS INTELLIGENCE. HE'S SORRY. HE'S GRIEVING. HE'S GOING TO SUBSTANCE
ABUSE COUNSELING. HE IS TAKING PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING. HE'S DOING EVERYTHING
POSSIBLE TO SEE THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN IN HIS LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Charlie Phillips/Defense Attorney
OUT Q=in his life.
Judge Phil Trompeter declared the boy "responsible for Mrs. Kitts' death."
But the judge will keep the case in juvenile court... making the final decision
on punishment next month.
IN Q=Sure he's only
((SURE HE'S ONLY 16 YEARS OLD AND HE'S A SMART GUY AND LIKE HIS LAWYER WAS
SAYING SURE HE'LL BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE LATER IN LIFE, BUT WHEN YOU COME RIGHT
DOWN TO IT HE DID SOMETHING THAT WAS WRONG, THAT WAS LIKE REALLY TERRIBLY WRONG
AND HE NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED FOR IT, PUNISHED AS SEVERELY AS POSSIBLE.))
OUT Q=as possible.
Meanwhile the store where the teenage driver says he bought beer that night
is under investigation and one of the clerks has been charged with selling
alcohol to minors
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke Police Chief M. David Hooper says he believes his officers used
reasonable force when they subdued Steven Leftwich over the weekend.
The incident early Sunday morning brought complaints of brutality-
But tonight Joe Dashiell reports an internal investigation has cleared the
IN Q= I think that
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
OPENS ON HOOPER SOUNDBITE
IN Q=I think that they used
((M. DAVID HOOPER/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: I THINK THAT THEY USED THAT FORCE WHICH
WAS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF RENDERING MR LEFTWICH AS HARMLESS.))
OUT Q=as harmless.
Referring to a diagram of downtown Roanoke, Hooper outlined the sequence of
events on Sunday morning, when a routine traffic stop turned ugly.
Steven Leftwich says the beating he received left him bloodied and bruised,
but chief hooper says the officers were also injured in a violent struggle that
Hooper said he believes the officers used reasonable force to subdue
Leftwich and take him into custody.
IN Q=He was hit and he was kicked
((M. DAVID HOOPER: HE WAS HIT AND HE WAS KICKED, BUT AT NOT TIME WAS HE HIT OR
KICKED THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE SOMEONE'S HAND IN HIS MOUTH AND THEY WERE TRYING TO
BREAK THE BITE LOOSE OR HAVE HIS HAND ON A WEAPON TRYING TO TAKE IT.))
OUT Q=trying to take it.
Steven Leftwich wasn't available for comment following Hooper's news
But members of his family were planning to meet with an attorney and prepare
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a train derailment may be an act of sabotage,
and as he faces a civil lawsuit, Virginia Tech football player Tony Morrison
answers separate charges in court today
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A judge found Virginia Tech football linebacker Tony Morrison guilty of a
traffic code violation, but cleared him of criminal charges.
Morrison was accused of damaging a door and stealing tip money at a bar in
He paid the damages, so Judge Thomas Frith dismissed those, as well as a
public drunkenness charge.
He did find the 19 year- old guilty of possessing his older brother's
In an UNRELATED case, Morrison is named in a federal lawsuit filed by
Christy (bron-KA-la) Brzonkala, a former student who claims Morrison and
another football player raped her.
His lawyer says today's ruling will NOT impact that case.
((JOE PAINTER/MORRISON'S LAWYER: THIS ONE CONVICTION UNDER THE TRAFFIC CODE?
NO, BECAUSE IT'S NOT A CRIME OF MORAL TURPITUDE, IT DOESN'T EVEN SHOW UP AS A
CRIMINAL CHARGE. ))
SUPER=01-Joe Painter/Morrison's Lawyer;
OUT Q=a criminal charge.
After the bar incident in December, Morrison was suspended from the football
team and not allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl.
Today the judge fined him 500 dollars. Four hundred will be suspended if
he completes an alcohol education program.
Meanwhile Christy (bron-KA-la) Brzonkala credibility is being loudly
questioned by Tony Morrison's attorney.
Today, the negative media counter- attack included the revelation that
(bron-KA-la) herself has a criminal record.
Ellen Qualls has that story.
IN Q=Christy Brzonkala
SUPER=07-Christy Brzonkala; :14
SUPER=01-Eileen Wagner/Brzonkala's Attorney; :24
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( Christy Brzonkala took 42- dollars in merchandise from the Christiansburg
Wal- Mart in the weeks after her alleged rapes.
Her legal opponents want you to know that.
She performed 50 hours community service for the crime.
((CHRISTY BRZONKALA: I USED TO SAY I WISH I COULD GO BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL.
JUST EVEN SENIOR YEAR. AND JUST CHANGE SO MANY THINGS AND JUST BE SO MUCH MORE
((EILEEN WAGNER/BRZONKALA'S ATTORNEY: HER SHOPLIFTING INCIDENT FITS THE
PROFILE OF SOMEONE WHO IS IN THE DEEP THROES OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.
Both Tony Morrison and Virginia Tech filed legal papers this week to have
Brzonkala's civil suits dismissed.
Her attorney admits she's considered dropping one part herself -- and
pushing for criminal charges.
((EILEEN WAGNER: BUT SINCE WE HAVE HAD A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST NATIONWIDE IN
SUPPORTING HER CLAIM ON THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN STATUTE, WE'RE REASSESSING
THAT NOW AND CONSIDERING GOING FORWARD WITH THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN PORTION.
((CHRISTY BRZONKALA: I FEEL LIKE IT WASN'T JUST THOSE TWO GUYS THAT RAPED ME.
IT WAS THE SCHOOL. THEY DID IT ALL OVER AGAIN. AND THEY DRAGGED IT OUT.))
Virginia Tech writes in its legal filing that it has, in its words, great
compassion for Brzonkala for what she has endured.
But the University says, that's NO reason for a federal lawsuit against the
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
A train accident in Minnesota may not have been an accident at all.
SUPER=03-St. Paul, MN;
Burlington Northern officials won't give details but they say something is
fishy about the derailment.
Now the FBI is investigating possible sabotage
The train's brakes failed, it then hit an engine and then plowed into a
((MARTI CLARK/WITNESS: ONE OF THE CARMEN GOT TRAPPED UNDERNEATH THE RUBBLE ON
THE CEILING AND THE WALL AND THERE WAS A CONDUCTOR ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
HALL THAT WAS TRAPPED UNDER THE RUBBLE.))
SUPER=01-Marti Clark/Witness; 00
OUT Q=UNDER THE RUBBLE.
Four people are hospitalized-
Their injuries are not life threatening.
A Tennessee police officer in a coma for almost eight years suddenly began
speaking to his family this week.
SUPER=04-Home Video; 05
SUPER=07-Dr. James Folkening; 25
SUPER=01-Dennis Dockery/Brother; 31
OUT Q=out of the woods yet."
42 year old Gary Dockery is a father of two sons who loved to sing country
songs on the front porch.
He was shot in the head by this man while responding to a prank call back
Doctors say Dockery began talking to his sister - I'm your sister she
said. He answered uh, huh. She blurted out you're talking. he said I sure am.
DR. JAMES FOLKENING: THERE IS CERTAINLY NO APPARENTLY MEDICAL EXPLANATION FOR
THIS SUDDEN IMPROVEMENT IN MR DOCKERY'S ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE.
DENNIS DOCKER/BROTHER: MIRACLES DO HAPPEN. JUST BECAUSE YOUR PRAYERS ARE NOT
ANSWERED RIGHT AWAY DOESN'T MEANT THEY'RE NOT GONNA BE ANSWERED.
Dockery underwent surgery to remove fluid from his lungs. That was
successful but doctors say he is not out of the woods yet.))
Doctors say Dockery may have severe memory problems, trouble speaking and
motor disabilities. They say Dockery does remember his family, but not the
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin Reed will be along with the weekend
and we'll see why a national restaurant chain is trying to avoid brewing
trouble over ice tea.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Imagine you're a single parent who's been weaned off welfare and sent back
But the only job you could find meant working at night or in the early
Who would take care of your children?
One Lynchburg child care center may have the answer.
Sylvia Hobson runs Blossoming Branches Child Care, which is now expanding to
provide 24 hour a day service.
Hobson says when welfare reform took hold in central Virginia, she saw a
need for round the clock child care.
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((SYLVIA HOBSON/BLOSSOMING BRANCHES CHILD CARE: YOU FIND A LOT OF TIMES WHEN
PEOPLE ARE FORCED INTO A SITUATION, THEY'RE NOT KNOWING WHERE TO GO, NOT
KNOWING THE TYPES OF JOBS OR WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK, SO I WANTED
TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOMETHING IN PLACE FOR WHATEVER THEY WERE ABLE TO FIND, THAT
WE WOULD TRY TO ACCOMMODATE.))
SUPER=01-Sylvia Hobson/Blossoming Branches Child Care; :00
OUT Q=try to accommodate.
Hobson got permission from Lynchburg city council this week to expand her
operation 24 hours a day.
Council members praised her foresight, and said this was an example of how
welfare reform is stimulating private business growth.
The C-D-C has issued a warning about the safety of iced tea.
There are concerns it can make people sick if it's not brewed or stored
IN Q=Iced tea
((GAIL CASSELL/MICROBIOLOGIST: ICED TEA, IN FACT DEPENDING ON HOW IT'S STORED
AND IN SOME CASES EVEN THOUGH IT MAY BE REFRIGERATED PROVIDES A FAIRLY
NUTRITIOUS GROUND FOR CERTAIN BACTERIA TO GROW AND REPLICATE. IF IT STANDS OVER
A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, YOU WOULD HAVE ORGANISMS CONTINUING TO GROW REACHING
NUMBERS THAT WHEN THEY ARE INGESTED THEY COULD CAUSE DISEASE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Gail Cassell/Microbiologist; :
OUT Q=could cause disease.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
Nationally, Wendy's fast food chains pulled the plug on iced tea.
It will offer iced tea again when restaurants have an iced tea "fountain
The advice for restaunteurs and those at home: don't let tea stand at room
Also, heat water for iced tea to at least 175-degrees, if not boiling, for
a minimum of five minutes to kill bacteria.
Chyron in motion
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OUT Q=last score
The Virginia tech Hokies will play number 1 ranked Massachusetts
saturday. LAst night; the Minutemen improved to 24 and OH overall and and 12
and OH in the conference.
SUPER=03-Amherst, MA/Prime Sports; :00
John Calipari's victim tonight?....A-10 west division cellar dwelling La
How can The Hokies stop Marcus Camby? I don't know...La Salle did not
figure it out. Here he makes his fourth point of the game a rather large one.
Camby scored 26 on the night; UMass by 17.
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/Demon Deacons vs. Terrapins; :00
In ACC action, Tim Duncan led Wake Forest past Maryland 85-78 with a
career high 33 points and 9 rebounds. The big guy can even hit from the
perimeter, Wake wins by 7 points.
Patrick Henry sent coach Woody Deans out with a bang at the Patriot gym
LAST night by beating cross city rival William Fleming 71 to 63.
Roy Stanley Has more.
IN Q="Deans is
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs Patriots; :00
SUPER=01-Marshall Ashford/Fleming Interim Head Coach; :28
SUPER=33-Patrick Henry/=71/William Fleming/=63; :50
SUPER=01-Woody Deans/Patrick Henry Head Coach; :59
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Deans is retiring after the end of the season and he was coaching his final
game on the P-H floor.
It just happen to be against the Colonels and Fleming had plans to spoil
Fleming Senior James Stokes connected on 9 first quarter points as the
Colonels led by 5 at the end of the first quarter.
And when Stokes came through with the throw down of the offensive rebound
the Colonels led by 15.
But the Patriots found a way to stay in the game and they trailed by 8 at
the half 37 to 29.
((MARSHALL ASHFORD/FLEMING INTERIM HEAD COACH: ))
((But the Colonels led for most of the third quarter thanks to Sterling Tate.
He scored on a variety of shots as Fleming led by as many as 10.
P-H led by four after three but scored the first five points of the fourth
quarter to lead 57 to 55.
Fleming had a one point lead with under four minutes left in the game but
the Patriots took over and hold on to win 71 to 63.))
((WOODY DEANS/PATRICK HENRY HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANLEY STANDUP: ))
Ted Marchibroda was named the new head coach of the Baltimore franchise
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :00
team owner Art Modell introduced his news coach at a news conference.
Marchibroda has inked a three year deal, He coached the Baltimore Colts from
1975 to 1979.
((TED MARCHIBRODA/NEW BALTIMORE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Ted Marchibroda/New Baltimore Coach; :00
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
Marchibroda's old team, the Indianapolis Colts have hired Lindy Infante as
their new coach. Infante was Marchibroda's offensive coordinator this past
Still a head tonight, you now know him as King Daddy NASCAR, here at the
Big 7, we know him as Mike Stevens!
When we return, he will have a report from Daytona on the twin 125's, the
unofficial start to the racing season. Stick around!
The field for the Daytona 500 is now set thanks to some twins.
The 43 car field was decided today in two 125 mile qualifying races.
Mike Stevens has been at the Beach all week long and has this report.
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SUPER=04-First Gatorade Qualifier;;
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Seven Straight Gatorade Wins;:43
SUPER=01-Len Wood/Citgo Ford Team Manager;:54
SUPER=01-Ward Burton/Finished 7th; 1:08
SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Finished 15th; 1:24
SUPER=04-Second Gatorade Qualifier; 1:37
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Winner Second Race; 1;53
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Finished 8th; 2:12
OUT Q=News 7 sports"
Warner Brothers may succeed where both the Joker and the Riddler failed.
The movie company just might get rid of another Batman.
The Hollywood Reporter says problems have developed in signing the current
Caped Crusader, Val Kilmer.
The negotiations continue, but the Reporter says it is not guaranteed Kilmer
will return for next installment of the highly profitable series.
The trade paper says E-R's George Clooney is being considered as a possible