Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Roanoke County provides the land plus 2-and-a half million dollars in worth
of incentives to lure R-R Donnelly.
And in Floyd County, they said she planned to kill the man if he left her.
Denise Lomax is convicted of murder.
Tonight in sports, Taylor and Mullins step aside from the college limelight.
Capriati comes back with a win today.
Richie Petitbon is back in the news.
As is Bryan Cox, who signed a new 13 million dollar deal with the Bears this
The mild weather sticks around for the rest of the week and WeatherSchool
looks to the sky for problems with lightning.
Roanoke County may have exorcised the ghost of Allied Signal.
In 1991 the Fortune 500 company cancelled a deal to bring hundreds of new
jobs to the area.
DOUBLE BOXES Jean/Len
But the county hung onto the land it set aside for Allied Signal, and Len
Besthoff reports that move has paid off.
So what's the county doing with this land, Len?
Keith a year-and-a-half ago the county converted the land into an industrial
park, landing its first tenant last summer.
And as we first told you, R-R Donnelley will be the next company coming
here, and it plans to take up the rest of the industrial park.
IN Q=but this
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :06
SUPER=01-John Pecaric/R. R. Donnelley;
OUT Q=worth it.
SOT Allen Sot t1 13:39:07
IN Q=But this
OUT Q=even better.
The governor wouldn't miss this announcement for anything.
R-R Donnelley, one of the world's largest printing companies, announced
plans to build a state of the art facility in Valley TechPark, which lies in
the western part of the county.
SOT co. sot 13:54:25
IN Q=We're here
OUT Q=good citizens.
In the project's first phase 175 jobs will be created, it's second, 137
positions, and 338 jobs in the last phase.
Donnelley has a magazine plant in Lynchburg that employs 750 people, but
there was no room left for it to grow and handle the job the company has
planned for its new facility, which is making books.
SOT tape one 13:56:58
IN Q=And that's
OUT Q=print runs economically.
For the county's part, it's shelling out two-and-a-half-million-dollars
worth of incentives to bring Donnelley here.
SOT tape one 14:04:18
IN Q=It's a lot
OUT Q=worth it.
(QUESTIONS: WHAT KIND OF AN INVESTMENT DOES THIS REPRESENT...DOLLARS WISE?)
A formal announcement is set for March eighth to welcome Fireworks by Grucci
(GREW-chee) to the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
Vice President of Operations Phil Grucci stresses the date is tentative,
because the deal is not yet final.
The New York-based company is among the nation's largest fireworks makers
In 1983 an explosion leveled its Bellport plant on Long Island, killing two
people and damaging 30 neighboring homes.
Phil Grucci says the arsenal site is attractive because it already meets all
the safety requirements intended to prevent similar tragedies.
The company would also have to secure local fire permits and federal storage
A Floyd County woman has been found guilty of murdering her boyfriend last
42- year- old Denise Lomax called it an accidental shooting... but the jury
called it premeditated.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=The jury finds you
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./August 4, 1995
SUPER=01-Gino Williams/Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=S.P. News 7 Floyd County
Nat-sound 13:22:25/ verdict tape
(CIRCUIT CLERK: THE JURY FINDS YOU GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER.)
It took a Floyd County jury more than four hours to convict Denise Lomax.
Now she faces a lifetime behind bars.
Six months ago, her live- in boyfriend Daniel McPeak was shot and killed
outside their home.
Lomax said she WAS holding the pistol at the time, but only to get his
attention-- she was afraid he was moving out.
She told the court the gun went off accidentally, after McPeak threw a bag
of clothes at her.
SOT tape #4/ 14:49:16
IN Q=I had no
((DENISE LOMAX/I HAD NO INTENTIONS OF HARMING DANIEL. I HAD MORE INTENTIONS OF
HARMING MYSELF. ))
OUT Q=harming myself
But a prosecution witness testified that Lomax planned to kill McPeak if he
walked out on her.
SOT tape # 3/ 13:56:02
IN Q=She said Daniel
((TINA SALMONS/WITNESS: SHE SAID DANIEL WAS HER LIFE. HE ALWAYS WAS AND SHE
WOULD KILL HIM IF HE LEFT. ))
OUT Q=if he left
Plus Commonwealth's Attorney Gino Williams argued that the shooting could
not have been an accident-- because the gun was difficult to fire.
SOT 15:21:32/ verdict tape
IN Q=The trigger
((GINO WILLIAMS/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE TRIGGER WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO
DISCHARGE. IT WAS NOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HAIR TRIGGER. IT REQUIRED A GREAT DEAL
OF FORCE AND THE DEFENDANT TESTIFIED IT WAS NOT COCKED. ))
OUT Q=it was not cocked
Defense attorney Robert Seppard says Lomax will appeal the decision.
Meantime, a sentencing date will be made sometime next month.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Floyd County.
A standoff in Catawba last night ended when police shot the suspect.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
Police say they had no other choice than to shoot David Ira Bell.
Lieutenant G-W Roche (Roach) fired one shot that struck Bell in the chest.
Police were answering a domestic dispute call in the 52-hundred block of
When they arrived--they found Bell in front of the house with a loaded
Bell went back in the house only to come out hours later apparently pointing
his gun at police.
IN Q=When Mr. Bell
((SGT. CHUCK MASON/ROANOKE CO. POLICE DEPT.; WHEN MR. BELL CAME OUT OF THE
HOUSE WITH THE GUN AND IGNORED THE OFFICERS INSTRUCTIONS TO PUT THE GUN DOWN
AND TO STOP HIS ADVANCE ON THE OFFICERS, OFFICERS HAD LITTLE CHOICE EXCEPT TO
DO WHAT THEY DID.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Chuck Mason/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=what they do.
Bell was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
His condition has not been released.
Charges against Bell are still pending.
Giles County Commonwealth's Attorney Garland Spangler says he'll most likely
file misdemeanor charges against two girls involved in a suicide hoax.
Divers spent two days searching the New River for a 14 year- old girl, whose
friend reported Sunday she had jumped from Commissary Hill bridge.
Sheriff's Investigator Willie Lucas now says the girl did NOT jump, and was
never even in the river.
He learned yesterday that the girl was safe and sound.
The 14 year- old is in a hospital undergoing psychiatric treatment.
News- 7 is not broadcasting her name or the name of her 16 year- old friend
because of their ages.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a member of the House of Delegates is
charged with indecent exposure,
And an undercover drug operation in Southside results in the arrest of
dozens of suspects.
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Cocaine
An undercover drug operation in Pittsylvania County has drawn to a close.
Authorities began rounding up suspects this morning.
By late this afternoon they'd arrested 20- people, including a juvenile.
They're still searching for 32- other suspects.
The undercover operation began last June.
Authorities say most of the violations involved the sale and distribution of
IN Q=We have
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF: WE HAVE SOME SEIZURES, I'M NOT AT
LIBERTY TO GIVE AMOUNTS AT THIS TIME, BUT DURING THE INVESTIGATION THERE WERE A
NUMBER OF BUYS MADE FROM INDIVIDUALS AND THAT'S WHAT BROUGHT INTO THE
OUT Q=the arrests.
The operation involved some 25- law enforcement officers from six different
Authorities say this is the biggest undercover operation in Pittsylvania
County county over the past year and a half.
It was dubbed, "Operation Iroc (EYE-ROC)".
Most defendants don't get OUT of jail the day they enter a guilty plea.
But that was the case for Harry Lee Thompson.
Last month his rape trial ended in a hung jury.
Today he pled guilty to aggravated sexual battery of a prostitute. The plea
bargain called for a five- year SUSPENDED sentence.
So he was released from jail this afternoon. He'd been locked up since
Prosecutor Greg Phillips says he's satisfied. "All we wanted to do was
label Thompson a sex offender," he said, "and saddle him with a felony
A Republican member of Virginia's House of Delegates says he will contest an
indecent exposure charge.
36- year old Suffolk lawmaker Robert Nelms has little to say about his
arrest last Thursday in a Richmond park.
IN Q=I hope
((DEL. ROBERT NELMS/(R) SUFFOLK: I HOPE IT'S NOT AN ISSUE BECAUSE I DON'T
THINK. I THINK IT'S GONNA BE -- taken care of? EXACTLY. IT'S NOT, IT'S NOT,
IT SHOULDN'T BE THERE, SO.))
SUPER=01-Del. Robert Nelms/(R) Suffolk;
OUT Q=there, so.
Police say Nelms was alone at the time of the alleged incident.
He's married, has one child, and coaches a Little League team back in
Nelms is in his third term as a Delegate.
He's an environmental consultant by profession.
Former Governor Doug Wilder says he welcomes the State Police probe into his
Administration's handling of the failed welfare computer system.
The Allen Administration ordered the criminal and civil probe -- but
declined to say who its targets were.
IN Q=It doesn't
((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME...TALK TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor;
OUT Q=to them.
The computer system was first developed in 1991, but the extent of its
problems were NOT revealed until last month.
On Wall Street today, the stock market broke it's five session slump.
The DOW climbed 57 and a-half points to post it's first gain in nearly a
NASDAQ rose 14 points.
Tomorrow Lynchburg Republicans will nominate their city council candidates,
but one GOP incumbent says he's been abandoned by his own party.
After 40 years as an active Republican, Ward Three representative Jim
Curling will seek re- election as an INDEPENDENT this May.
That's because he's being challenged for his seat by former GOP chairman
Curling says he's being punished for not voting the party line when it came
to nominating people to local boards and commissions.
IN Q=But everything
((JIM CURLING/LYNCHBURG CITY COUNCIL: BUT EVERYTHING I HAVE DONE, I'VE DONE
WITH THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CITIZENS OF LYNCHBURG AND TRYING TO KEEP THE
BALANCED BEST INTERESTS OF ALL.))
SUPER=01-Jim Curling/Lynchburg City Council; :00
OUT Q=interests of all.
Also today, funeral director Carl Hutcherson announced he's making an
independent run for the at- large council seat that's up for grabs.
Hutcherson also ran in 1994, but says THIS campaign will be better
IN Q=We're going to
((CARL HUTCHERSON/I- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: WE'RE GOING TO RUN HARD,
WE'RE GOING TO RUN A VERY POSITIVE CAMPAIGN AND WE'RE GOING TO RUN WITH A GREAT
DEAL OF ENERGY SO THAT WE CAN WIN IN MAY.))
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/(I) Lynchburg Council Candidate; :00
OUT Q=win in May.
Late today, Lynchburg Democrats announced they will not nominate ANY
candidates for the May elections, claiming city council already is "too
The deputy director of Total Action Against Poverty hopes to win a seat on
Roanoke City Council.
Today, Alvin Nash said he will seek the nomination of the Republican party.
Roanoke voters will fill five of the seven seats on council with the May
elections, and Nash is among the first candidates to announce a campaign.
Today, he said economic development and neighborhood protection will be two
of his priorities.
IN Q=I've always fought for change
((ALVIN NASH/R- ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I'VE ALWAYS FOUGHT FOR CHANGE
AND FOUGHT BATTLES, BUT I THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE INFLUENCE AND YOU HAVE TO BE
IN A POSITION TO MAKE CHANGES AND CITY COUNCIL IS THE WAY TO DO IT.))
SUPER=01-Alvin Nash/(R) Roanoke City Council Candidate;
OUT Q=the way to do it.
Nash has not been active in either political party. He says he wasn't
confident he could win as an independent.
He says he chose to run as a Republican, because the G-O-P is more in line
with his conservative, common sense approach to problems.
Coming up tonight in sports, Capriati comes back, Taylor steps aside, Jeff
Mullins does the same, Brian Cox signs with the Bears.
And could former Redskins boss Richie Petitbon be returning to the NFL with
the new Baltimore franchise.
This afternoon the Radford University board of visitors approved the
reassignment of athletic director Chuck Taylor.
After 22 years as the czar of RU athletics, Taylor asked to return to
Taylor came to RU as the school's first AD and basketball coach in 1974.
He will stay on board until a replacement is found.
A number of Radford alumni, including Charlene Curtis who'se now at U-Conn,
John Montgomery as associate AD at UNC-Greensboro, and current Radford
associate AD Greig Denny will likely be among the candidates to replace Taylor
VMI's annual trek to Norfolk's Foreman Field to play in the annual Oyster
Bowl is about to end.
SUPER=03-Norfolk/November 12, 1995; :00
The 50 year old charity game has no teams after VMI decided to pull out and
host the Citadel in Lexington instead of playing in Tidewater.
In past years proceeds were donated to Shriners Hospitals for Crippled and
Burned Children. But Oyster Bowl officials say the game
has lost money the last two seasons.
Taylor isn't the only one on the move.
This afternoon in Charlotte, Jeff Mullins announced his retirement.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
UNC Charlotte's athletic director and head basketball coach says he will
step aside at the end of the current season.
The 53 year old former Duke all-american says the decision was a tough one.
IN Q="This was...
((JEFF MULLINS/WILL RETIRE AFTER THE SEASON:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Mullins/Will Retire After The Season; :00
OUT Q=...I KNOW THAT."
The NFl free agent signing frenzy continues tonight with the Bears and
Panthers inking former Pro Bowlers.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00
The Bears signed former Miami linebacker Bryan Cox to a four year $13 million
Cox has been known to get a little excited on the field, but he says there's
a reason for his hyper behavior.
IN Q="This is ...
((BRYAN COX/SIGNS WITH BEARS FOR $13 MILLION:))
SUPER=01-Bryan Cox/Signs With Bears for $13 Million; :00
OUT Q=...AND MY KIDS."
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
The Carolina Panthers also introduced their newest acquisition today.
Cornerback Eric Davis Davis leaves the 49ers for $11 million bucks to play in
The new NFL franchise in Baltimore in taking shape, but it will not have the
distinctive shape of Richie Petitbon, as many had hoped.
SUPER=03-Carlisle, PA; :00
The Former Washington Redskins head coach has turned down an offer to become
Baltimore's first defensive coordinator.
Petitbon has been retired since
the Redskins fired him after the 1993 season.
He says he wants to stay retired and concentrate on his business interests.
GRAPHIC=NEW S7 SPORTS.
Jennifer Capriati made a successful return to pro tennis today
as she routed seventh seed Kristie Boogert of the Netherlands,
6-1 and 6-2.
SUPER=03-Essen, Germany; :00
playing in the opening round of the Faber Grand Prix in Germany, Capriati
needed only 51 minutes to defeat Boogert, who is ranked
32nd in the world.
It is just Jennifer's second match since 1993.
IN Q="i WAS QUITE...
((JENNIFER CAPRIATI/WINS 6-1 & 6-2:))
SUPER=01-Jennifer Capriati/Wins 6-1 & 6-2; :00
OUT Q=...ALL THE PRESSURE."
Spring training continues in Florida for the major league clubs today.
SUPER=03-West Palm Beach, FL; :00
Most eyes are of course on the defending world champion Atlanta Braves, who
know they are in the hotseat this season.
IN Q="We're not...
((BOBBY COX/BRAVES MANAGER:))
((DAVE JUSTICE/BRAVES LEFT FIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Cox/Braves Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Justice/Braves Left Fielder; :13
OUT Q=...WHAT WE CAN DO."
The Martinsville Speedway is set to host a open Late Model Stock Car practice
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Last Year; :00
Drivers and crews will have a chance to prepare for the March 17th Miller
300, that pays $25 thousand to the winner.
The practice session runs from nine to 4:30 Saturday, but registration will
begin at 7am.
Fans are invited to watch the session free of charge.
(toss to Jean)
As we told you earlier-- it's been a day for major economic development in
And tonight, county officials will push for more industry to come to the
Double Boxes=Keith Jean
Jean Jadhon now joins us from the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, the county wants to rezone about 45 parcels of land in
west Roanoke County from residential to industrial.
But many residents are against the idea of development in their
They'll have the chance to share their concerns tonight at a community
We'll tell you what they had to say-- plus all the day's other news,
weather, and sports at 11.