Coming up on News seven at six a Radford student dies in a fraternity house
fire... we'll have live report.
And in Blacksburg police are investigating three bodies found at a
The victims apparently died of gunshot wounds.
In sports, A big upset in college basketball Randolph-Macon is the ODAC
women's tournament champion and Mark Martin wins the Goody's 200.
A day to drive with the windows rolled down--
Sunny skies and warm temperatures today--even warmer weather on the way
We've got a forecast you're sure to like.
A Radford University student died in a house fire this morning.
Officials believe Christopher T. Mirch of Herndon died of smoke inhalation.
DOUBLE BOXES=Ron/Denise/B'Burg Bureau
Denise Allen joins us now from our New River Valley Bureau.
Denise, what do we know at this point?
Ron, the cause of the fire is not known at this point.
Two people and a dog were in the fraternity house when the blaze began.
Roll cue: in the fraternity house.
IN Q=the fire started
SUPER=01-Jereme Macready/Neighbor; :07
SUPER=01-Shawn Setter/Fraternity Brother; :17
OUT Q=help out everybody else
(( The fire started about two around the back porch of the Delta Tau Chi
fraternity house on Grove Avenue.
Firefighters found Christopher Mirch on the floor of the bathroom.
Witnesses say rescue workers tried to revive him with C-P-R.
Mirch was transported to Radford Community Hospital where he died.
OUT Q=help out everybody else
The Radford Police department, the fire marshal and state police are
investigating the fire.
The back porch and the kitchen were destroyed while the rest of the house
received smoke damage.
The fire marshal estimates around 25-thousand dollars in damage to the
(Q/A:Denise where does the investigation go from here?)
Ron investigators are now waiting for autopsy results.
They have also sent material from the fire to the crime lab in Roanoke.
Fire Marshal Calvin Whitt says that's normal in cases where the cause of
the fire is not easily discovered.
Investigators in Blacksburg are waiting for the autopsy results on three
bodies found yesterday.
The bodies were found at a townhouse at Fairfax Point.
Two of the victims, 44-year old Susan M. Asbury of Blacksburg, and
60-year-old Robert L. Asbury of Christiansburg were found in a bedroom.
The third victim, 44-year-old Donald G. Anderson of Radford, was found in
The shooting happened around four yesterday afternoon.
Police say at least 10 gun shots were fired.
They say Robert and Susan Asbury were separated, and Anderson was an
The preliminary investigations reveals that all three apparently died of gun
The exact cause of the incident and the identity of the shooter is still
African-American men from all over Southwest Virginia marched on Roanoke
this morning with the objective of creating a better tomorrow.
The Thousand Man March was organized in hopes of sparking unity in the black
At least 300 people showed up to make the journey from the Washington Park
Pool to Lucy Addison Middle School.
Harold Cannaday chose the middle school because Lucy Addison was such a
positive force in the black community.
Cannaday hopes this march will help raise the self esteem of the black
community AND create good role models for young people to follow.
IN Q=No matter
SUPER=01-Harold Cannaday/March Organizer; :00
SUPER=01-James Divers/March Participant; :08
SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/(R) Roanoke City Council Candidate; :13
OUT Q=baby maker
Cannaday says the community strongly supported the march with donations of
time and equipment.
He says the march cost nothing to organize and hopes the experience will
encourage others to get involved.
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The Virginia Military Institute's superintendent says the school has a plan
if the U-S Supreme Court rules against its all-male policy.
Josiah Bunting told a group of newspaper executives last night that the
school would go private in order to ensure its tradition.
V-M-I and The Citadel in South Carolina are the only state-support, all-male
military schools in the nation.
Bunting says he expects the court to rule this summer.
He says the school would have to raise close to 150 MILLION dollars for an
Revenue from the endowment would replace approximately nine MILLION
dollars the state allocates every year to V-M-I -- which is about a
third of its operating budget.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
The Mill Mountain Zoo has some new things to show off -- but cages aren't
needed for these additions.
A major Roanoke employer celebrates its 40th anniversary with record
Wx ad lib
A taste of spring today-- with warmer than normal temperatures and lots of
Also, perfect kite- flying weather as winds gusted up to 36- miles an hour
The mild weather continues tomorrow-- with temperatures expected to soar
into the 70s.
So, head outside and enjoy it-- but first, stay tuned for the forecast.
That's coming up later.
MUSIC UP FULL
Law enforcement executives across the country are recognizing the importance
of partnerships between the police and the community.
Some of our local agencies have instituted a new tool to enhance that
partnership called Community Oriented Policing.
Officials say it's a role that's different from the traditional cop who
patrols his beat in a police car.
IN Q=We're facilitators... we're
((STEPHEN JOYCE/MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPT.: WE'RE FACILITATORS... WE'RE POLICE
OFFICERS... WE'RE SOCIAL WORKERS... WE'RE INNOVATORS. WE BASICALLY DO WHATEVER
NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND ONE OF THE BIG POINTS OD COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING IS
A SERVICE PHILOSOPHY.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Joyce/Martinsville Police Dept.;
OUT Q=a service philosophy.
Police say they work closely with residents in their community to solve
problems before they start.
IN Q=What you're trying
((MICHAEL PACE/MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPT.:WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO IS HELP
PEOPLE IMPROVE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE AND IT'S PRO-ACTIVE... INSTEAD OF
REACTIVE. YOU GET OUT THERE AND YOU TRY TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM SO IT
DOESN'T HAVE TO KEEP HAPPENING. AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP GOING BACK FOR THE
SAME CALL EVERY TIME.))
SUPER=01-Michael Pace/Martinsville Police Dept.;
OUT Q=same call every time.
For more information about community oriented policing and how it's working
in our region... tune in to "On Record" tomorrow morning at eleven.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Electric Steel
One of the area's largest employers recently celebrated its 40th
And from the way its bottom line looks, Roanoke Electric Steel and its 750
employees will be here for a long time to come.
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=Roanoke Electric
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Moultrie Dotterer/Scott & Stringfellow Analyst; :33 Quick!!
SUPER=01-Don Smith/Roanoke Electric Steel CEO; 1:01
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Roanoke Electric Steel posted records in a number of categories in 1995,
including, sales, profits, and total assets.
SOT 10:21:49 ROANOKE ELECTRIC STEEL RAW
IN Q=The company's
((MOULTRIE DOTTERER/SCOTT & STRINGFELLOW ANALYST: THE COMPANY'S DOING GREAT,
STRONG FINANCIALLY, THEY'RE LOOKING TO DO AS WELL IN 96, ALSO.))
OUT Q=in 96, also.
That, along with word that first quarter profits are up three-percent, was
music to the ears of those attending the company's annual meeting.
The strong showing in the first quarter was particularly impressive to
analyst Moultrie Dotterer, who figured severe winter weather would severely
impact the company's bottom line.
SOT 10:22:46 ROANOKE ELECTRIC STEEL RAW
IN Q=And they
((DOTTERER: AND THEY ONLY MISSED, ONLY MISSED, A DAY AND A HALF OF WORK DURING
THIS BAD WEATHER, WHICH IS PRETTY UNUSUAL. I THINK THAT GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT
THE STRENGTH OF THE MANAGEMENT. THEY WERE ABLE TO BRING THE PEOPLE TOGETHER TO
GET OUT THERE AND GO TO WORK.))
OUT Q=go to work.
But a 131-percent profit increase this year may be an elusive goal.
Prices have dropped for it's reinforcement bars...but C-E-O Don Smith hopes
to make that up with a backlog of orders for its roof joists.
SOT 10:38:39 ROANOKE ELECTRIC STEEL RAW
IN Q=The backlog
((DON SMITH/ROANOKE ELECTRIC STEEL CEO: THE BACKLOG THERE IS VERY HEAVY AND WE
HOPE THAT THAT WILL OFFSET ANY DOWNWARD MOVING PRICING FOR OUR BAR PRODUCTS.))
OUT Q=our bar products.
The company also hopes to keep its reputation as one of the industry's low
cost producers by adding 14-million-dollars worth of state-of-the-art equipment
Len Besthoff, News-7.
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It's been less than a month since the Montcalm Corporation closed its Buena
Now the company has filed for Chapter Seven bankruptcy, closing ALL of its
operations throughout the nation.
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/File Tape;
Montcalm last month closed its operations in Buena Vista eliminating close
to 20 jobs.
The company made fuel pellets out of recycled paper.
A spokesman said it was difficult obtaining raw materials and also operating
with management oversights.
Bell Atlantic says it will enter the Internet business this summer.
The telecommunications company will provide rural customers inexpensive
local access to on-line services such as America Online and Prodigy, and will
offer its own Internet access service.
The service will offered initially in the Roanoke, Blacksburg and Norton
MUSIC ON TAPE
Coming up in the broadcast,
Roy has all the sports, including U-MASS's struggle against George
We'll go to Rockbridge County and catch up with a father-son rodeo team.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
The Mill Mountain Zoo got a facelift today.
Volunteers dressed up the zoo with nearly 450 plants.
The trees, shrubs and perennials were used to create an Asian Theme.
Workers say it will take about a year for the plants to take root.
IN Q=it ought to have
SUPER=01-Jim Snyder/Southwest VA Nursery & Landscapers;
OUT Q=plants are in here
The Southwest Virginia Nursery and Landscapers Association supplied the
30 additional companies donated the plants.
Zoo officials say the landscaping improvements would not have been possible
without the donations from area landscapers.
The Lone Star Championship Rodeo rolled into Rockbridge County last night.
One of the riders is from Bedford County, and he doesn't mind coming in
As long as the winner is his father.
Jay Moore has the story.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Thursday; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Renaud/Calf Roper; :14
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./Last Night; :40
SUPER=01-Rich Renaud/Calf Roper; 1:01
OUT Q=(nat sound..1,2,3..dissolve)
(( Ever since Jeff Renaud can remember, he's been ropin' just about anything
that comes along.
IN Q=My daddy and my
((RENAUD: MY DADDY AND MY FAMILY STARTED ME OUT WITH IT. WHEN I WAS BORN I
PICKED UP A ROPE SO I'VE DONE IT ALL MY LIFE. ))
OUT Q=all my life.
Speakin' of father, well he's also a calf roper ... and he doesn't mind
throwing a little competition his son's way.
IN Q=It's kinda
((RICH RENAUD/CALF ROPER: IT'S A GOOD FEELING. IT'S KIND OF SPECIAL TO BE
ABLE TO DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR SON, GO TO THESE RODEOS, COMPETE WITH HIM.))
OUT Q=with him.
Rich lives in Rhode Island.
But he comes back for local events, like the one at the Virginia Horse
So how did family get so involved in roping.
Rich said it was inevitable since he has three older brothers who also rope.
Now the big question..how does Rich do against his son.
IN Q=Usually he's
((USUALLY HE'S A LITTLE TOUGHER THAN I AM...(laughter) BUT IT'S VERY GOOD. A
LOT OF FUN.))
OUT Q= a lot of fun.
IN Q=With any
((With any sport, it takes a lot of practice. and preparing for a rodeo is no
different. plus there is a lot of other factors involved.))
OUT Q=factors involved
IN Q=It takes a
((RENAUD: IT TAKES A LOT OF TRY. YOUR HEART'S GOT TO BE IN IT CAUSE IT TOUGH
BEING OUT ON THE ROAD ALL THE TIME AND BEING AWAY FROM HOME YOU'VE GOT TO WANT
TO DO IT. ))
OUT Q=want to do it.
Once the summer time rolls around Jeff will leave Bedford County and join
his dad for team roping competitions... putting their years of experience
In Rockbridge County Jay Moore, News 7.))
And coming up, Mark Martin wins the Goody's 200 Steve Mason will check in
with a report from the ODAC Women's championship.
And U-Mass will not go through the regular season undefeated the Minutemen
losing this afternoon to George Washington.
Randolph-Macon is the ODAC women's champion. Macon beat Roanoke College
this afternoon 84 to 73.
Steve Mason has more.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Randolph-Macon; :00
SUPER=01-Allison Beightol/Yellow Jackets Guard; :11
SUPER=01-Aimee Beightol/Scored 14 Points; :16
SUPER=33-Randolph Macon/=84/Roanoke/=73; :43
SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Roanoke Coach; :49
SUPER=01-Amy Athey/Scored 20 Points for Roanoke; 1:15
SUPER=01-Carroll LaHaye/Randolph Macon Coach; 1:32 Quick!!
OUT Q=......news 7 sports.
Top Ranked Massachusetts will not go through the regular season unbeaten.
This afternoon, George Washington knocked off the Minutemen 86 to 76.
SUPER=03-Amherst, MA/ESPN; :
The Colonials came out hot J.J. Brode gets out on the break for the easy
layup and a 16 to 5 lead.
U-Mass comes right back going inside to their man Marcus Camby for the jam
cutting the lead to 9.
John Calipari picks up his second technical and gets ejected.
George Washington took over Shawnta Rogers pulls up and nails the three
pointer as the Colonials led at the half.
And Alexander Koul took over on SUPER=33-G.
Washington/=86/Massachusetts/=76;the inside as the Colonial's win their fourth
straight over U-Mass 86 to 76.
Virginia will take on 10-th ranked Wake Forest tonight at University Hall
and you can see it right here on your Hometown Station beginning at 9-Oclock.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/CBS SPORTS; :
A big upset in the A-C-C this afternoon James Collins scored 27 as Florida
State knocked off 17-th ranked North Carolina at the Dean Dome.
For that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
It was the Busch Grand National Cars in the spotlight at The North
Carolina Motor Speedway this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN SPORTS; :
Johnny Rumley, Who races at New River, was running strong until his car
broke lose and hit the wall late in the race. He later returned.
But this day belong to Mark Martin. Martin led the race several times
before he took the checkered flag winning the Goody's 200, his 21-st career
IN Q="I missed the
((MARK MARTIN/GOODY'S 200 WINNER: WE HAD AN AWESOME ENGINE TODAY. I MISSED THE
CHASSIS SET UP JUST A LITTLE BIT, BUT I HAD SO MUCH ENGINE, IT JUST PULLED US
THROUGH, AND I TELL YOU WHAT, I CAN'T WAIT TO GO TO ATLANTA WITH AN ENGINE LIKE
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Goody's 200 Winner; :
OUT Q=like that."
Mike McLaughlin was second, Jeff Purvis third, Ricky Craven fourth and
Bobby Labonte fifth
Michael Waltrip in the Woods Brothers Citgo Ford led today's second round
of qualifying at the Rock.
Waltrip turned a speed of 154-point 533 miles per hour moving him up a
spot from yesterday.
For the remainder of the field lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST CAR
OUT Q=.....LOY ALLEN JR."
The Roanoke Junior Express picked up a couple of wins today at the Can Am
Invitational in Montreal.
Roanoke beat Houston 3 to 2. And the Junior Express beat baltimore 5 to 3.
Meantime, The Roanoke Express is on the road at Johnstown tonight for game
two of a three game road trip.
Roanoke lost to Toledo 6 to 3.