A tense three hour police standoff in Roanoke County ends with gunfire,
And Governor Allen prepares to make a major business announcement that will
mean hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars for the Roanoke Valley.
A little taste of spring today, as temperatures warm up rapidly after a
fogging night. I'll have all the latest from the News 7 Weather Center.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Roanoke County is about to land a big one.
Governor Allen is flying into town today to announce what the county calls
the largest private investment in its history.
DOUBLE BOXES Melanie/Len
Len Besthoff is at the county administration building, where this story is
Len, I'm guessing they're just wrapping up some of the details at this hour?
That's right Melanie, county supervisors are holding a special meeting to
approve the deal.
As we first told you yesterday, a large printing company will move into
Valley TechPark, a 179-acre industrial park on the western edge of the county.
We have confirmed that the company is R-R Donnelley, one of the largest
printing companies in the world.
If the name sounds familiar, that's because it is, the company has a plant
just 60 miles away in Lynchburg that employs more than 700 people.
Sources tell us Donnelley will initially invest close to 60-million-dollars
in this new facility, and it will employ about 175 people by 1998.
(MEL: QUESTIONS: LEN WHY IS THE COMPANY PUTTING A PLANT IN ROANOKE IF IT
ALREADY HAS ONE IN LYNCHBURG?
IN TERMS OF LAND, HOW BIG A PLANT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
THE GOVERNOR IS COMING TO TOWN, SO IT'S FAIR TO SAY THE STATE HAS PLAYED A BIG
ROLE IN THIS DEAL?
HOW ABOUT PAY, ANY IDEA?
Roanoke County police are defending their shooting of a man during a three
and a half hour standoff last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
David Ira Bell was shot once in the chest by Lt. G.W. Roche (Roach) after
officers responded to a domestic dispute call in the 52-hundred block of Keffer
Road last night.
When they arrived they found Bell in front of the house carrying a loaded
Bell retreated into the house where family members had locked themselves into
an upstairs bedroom.
After hours of police watching Bell's movements in the house--the 36-year-
old Bell came out.
IN Q=Officers challenged him
((SGT. CHUCK MASON/ROANOKE CO. POLICE DEPT.; OFFICERS CHALLENGED HIM.
IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES AS POLICE OFFICERS. ORDERED HIM TO DROP HIS GUN. BELL'S
RESPONSE WAS TO ADVANCE TOWARDS THE OFFICERS WITH HIS WEAPON RAISED.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Chuck Mason/Roanoke Co. Police Dept.;
OUT Q=his weapon raised.
Bell was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
His condition has not been released and police say charges are pending.
Was it an accidental shooting, or premeditated murder?
It's now up to a Floyd County jury to decide.
Forty- two- year- old Denise Lomax in on trial, accused of killing her
boyfriend last August.
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=jurors watched on
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :00
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./August 8, 1995; :08
SUPER=01-Denise Lomax/Defendant; :20
SUPER=01-Tina Salmons/Witness; :51
OUT Q=news 7, floyd county
They said it would be a close race and in the end Pat Buchanan defeated Bob
Dole by just over a thousand votes, a slim margin that has created a huge
division within the Republican Party.
Elizabeth Kaledin reports on the New Hampshire primary results and what they
could mean for the G-O-P.
IN Q=A giddy Patrick
SUPER=03-Manchester, NH/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Pat Buchanan/(R) Presidential Candidate; :13
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; :52
SUPER=01-Lamar Alexander/(R) Presidential Candidate; 1:10
SUPER=01-Bob Beckel/Liberal Analyst; 1:34
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/Reporting; 1:42
OUT Q=cbs news, bedford, new hampshire
A giddy patrick buchanan leaves New Hampshire a winner...he campaigned
here promising a bold new conservatism that will protect the little guy from
big business and big government...
PATRICK BUCHANAN:A CONSERVATISM THAT PROTECTS MEN AND WOMEN'S JOB.
The theme resonated with new hampshire voters...but is ringing hollow among
many in the G.O.P....Buchanan's populist message of defending the unheard
voices includes vehement opposition to abortion right and foreigh trade... and
he is openly anti-gay...today Bob Dole.
A three timr loser in New
Hampshire...said only his mainstream conservatism can win for the Republicans.
BOB DOLE (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: THIS IS DEADLY SERIOUS BUSINESS.>>WE ARE
TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS TO BE ABLETO BEAT BILL CLINTON
Lamar alexander, pleased by his third place finish...has dismissed
Dole as a viable candidate saying he has no ideas...in his mind its an
Aalxander Buchanan contest from now on:
LAMAR ALEXANDER (R) CANDIADTE FOR PRESIDENT:BOB DOLE HAS NOT ONE NEW
IDEA...HE OUGHT TO STEP ASIDE SO THAT PAT BUCHANAN AND I CAN HAVE A CONTEST
ABOUT WHERE OUR COUNTRY OUGHT TO GO"
To political observers, the close New Hampshire race...and all this talk of a
fight for the soul of the Republican party is nothing but good news for bill
Clinton who stays above the fray:
BOB BECKEL...LIBERAL ANALYST:
CLINTON IS GOING TO HAVE THE LUXURY OF WATCHING THE FOOD FIGHT GO ON FOR THE
As for Steve Forbes...he is said to be reassessing his campaign as he and all
the other candiadtes head toward another thirty primaries in the next five
weeks, Elizabeth Kaledin, CBS News Bedford New Hampshire.))
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 Shot
And joining us now to offer more insight into the presidential election is
former state senator and newspaper columnist Ray Garland.
Thanks for taking the time to be here this afternoon.
SUPER=01-Ray Garland/Former State Senator;
(What does Buchanan's win mean for Dole? What does it mean for the
Do you think the party will now try to block Buchanan?
Dole says he is the only Republican candidate who has a chance at beating
Bill Clinton. Do you agree?
What can Dole do now to salvage his campaign?
What about Lamar Alexander?
Let's talk Virginia politics. Has John Warner shot himself in the foot?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, a couple of accidents cause traffic problems in Roanoke and
and a girl who reportedly jumped into the New River turns up alive and well.
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Two Southern Pacific crew members are dead this afernoon following a train
derailment in Colorado.
Officials say at least one other may be injured.
The train also spilled hydrochloric acid down a mountainside and onto a
There's no word on how strong the acid is, or what danger it poses, but the
highway is closed for now.
Traffic is flowing again on Route 29 south of Lynchburg now that hazardous
materials teams have finished cleaning up a tractor trailer accident.
The wreck occurred in heavy fog about eight this morning, near the
intersection with Route 906.
This trailer carrying several drums of highly flammable toluene and acetate
ran off the road and flipped onto its side.
A haz- mat team from Danvillle was called in to check the drums for possible
IN Q=You really can't
((HAYWOOD BELVIN/ALTAVISTA FIRE CHIEF: YOU REALLY CAN'T TAKE NO CHANCES,
BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING YOU NEVER KNOW, YOU GOTTA HAVE YOUR GUARD UP AT ALL
TIMES, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COULD HAPPEN. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN
HAPPEN SO TO SPEAK.))
SUPER=01-Haywood Belvin/Altavista Fire Chief; :00
OUT Q=so to speak.
None of the containers of chemicals leaked, and they were removed without
State police say charges against the truck driver are pending.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
And it could have been a lot worse for a tractor trailer driver hauling
concrete through the Roanoke Valley this morning.
He says his brakes gave out as he was travelling north on route 2-20.
He made an emergency exit on Franklin Road, crossed a median into oncoming
traffic and flipped.
No one was injured in the wreck.
Police are still investigating.
A 14- year- old believed missing in the New River is safe and sound.
For two days, divers searched for the girl after her friend said she jumped
from Commissary Hill bridge in Giles County Sunday afternoon.
But police learned yesterday the girl is okay.
And they say they've determined that she was never in the water.
Authorities will consult with the Giles County prosecutor before deciding
whether the girl will face any charges.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 continues,
More bad news for folks who just love to eat out,
and Roanoke City school students who enjoyed doing this all winter, won't be
able to enjoy the sun as long in the spring.
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GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Students in Roanoke City received a long winter break, but will pay for it
in the spring.
Last night, the school board decided to use three days of spring break to
help make up snow days.
Kimberly McBroom has more.
IN Q=Figuring out the equation
SUPER=04-January 12; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :08
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke City School Superintendent; :15
SUPER=01-Candace Beamer/William Fleming Senior; :36
SUPER=01-Fenn Crutchfield/William Fleming Senior; :49
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Figuring out the equation of how to make up snow days proved to be as
tough as any problem students would encounter in the classroom.
Roanoke city school board members buckled down-- debated and discussed
every known option.
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: HERE IS A SITUATION WHEN
NO MATTER WHAT THE RECOMMENDATION IS, THERE WILL BE SOME WHO WILL BE
DISPLEASED. BUT I REALLY BELIEVE THE VAST MAJORITY OF EMPLOYEES AND PARENTS--
AND EVEN STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL TIME. ))
But for many students, tampering with Spring Break is the wrong answer.
Some say they'll take their vacation anyway.
((CANDACE BEAMER/WILLIAM FLEMING SENIOR: IT MIGHT MESS UP MY ATTENDANCE RECORD,
BUT IT WON'T MESS UP MY PLANS. SINCE IT'S ROUTINE, WE'RE GOING TO GO WITH THE
((FENN CRUTCHFIELD/WILLIAM FLEMING SENIOR: MOST STUDENTS AND TEACHERS NEED A
BREAK DURING THAT TIME BECAUSE IT'S CLOSE TO EXAMS AND GETTING CLOSE TO THE END
OF THE YEAR, AND PEOPLE GETTING WOUND UP-- AND I THINK THEY NEED THAT VACATION
JUST TO RELAX. ))
But board members ended up biting the bullet and approved April 10, 11, and
12th as make- up days.
At its last meeting, the board also authorized the inservice day on January
26th-- as well as March 15th and Memorial Day as make up time.
That accounts for six of the 12 days missed--
Three days are padded into the school calendar-- and the remaining three
days will be pulled from excess banked time the school system had acquired.
The board also approved a contingency plan in the event of more inclimate
If additional days are missed, the school day would be extended by up to
30- minutes, starting April first.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
The next time you make a dinner reservation with a credit card you better
think twice about not showing up, if you do it may cost you.
U-S-A today reports that American Express is testing a program that charges
card users a penalty of up to 25 dollars for not calling to cancel when
reservations are made with the company's card.
The company has tested the program in 20 major U-S cities and plans to go
nationwide in May.
MasterCard and Visa say they have no plans for such a program.
Turnaround in stocks today follows four straight days of declines.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was
UP 53-and-a-half points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up, Patrick tells us about a change of pace for Radford University's
and he'll have high school hoops, including the showdown for the girl's Roanoke
Valley District title.
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Radford University's athletic director Chuck Taylor is stepping down from
the post he has held for the past 22 years.
Taylor wants to return to teaching at the University, and has asked for a
Taylor came to the University as the school's first basketball coach in
Since then, he has taken the school into the Division one ranks and
overseen an athletic department.
A number of Radford alumni including John Montgomery and Charlene Curtis
will, no doubt, be candidates for the job.
The Blue Ridge District tournament tipped off at the Salem Civic Center last
night as post season basketball began.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cavaliers vs. Terriers; :00
William Byrd's Paul Barnard leads his Terriers into action against the Lord
Mayo Wilson puts up the rock from near the top of the key for three.
SUPER=33-William Byrd/=52/Lord Botetourt/=46;
Botetourt hangs tough.
Sean Osborne benefits from some nifty passing as he hits the jumper.
Chris Childress scores 28 points on the night to lead Byrd into the second
round with a 52-46 win.
SUPER=04-Mountaineers vs. Wildcats;
Alleghany took on Rockbridge in the night cap.
Wildcat Rickey Wright takes the pass from Jaymie Terrell and sinks the
But the Mountaineers advance.
Casey Burks drives, hits, and gets the foul.
Alleghany beats Rockbridge 65 to 50.
In girls' hoop action last night, Cave Spring and Pulaski County met in a
playoff with the RVD regular season crown and a regional berth at stake in
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/Lady Knights vs. Lady Cougars;
Alyssa Riddick scores off the window for an early 4 point lead.
Pulaski stays strong.
Missy Shirah works inside for the rebound, and gets the foul.
The Knights' Jackie Banks hits the jumper SUPER=33-Cave Spring/=53/Pulaski
for a 6 point halftime lead, but the Cougars come back to beat Cave Spring and
take the regular season 57-to-53.
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That's it for News 7 at NOON.
Thanks for joining us.