Here's what's next:
Some serious prison time for a health professional, the end of a political
career- -by choice.
Some retail moves in Radford, Blacksburg and Christiansburg... where the
stores are going and where to park it coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Tonight in sports, Roanoke gets ready for a big challenge in the Sweet 16.
Jeff Burton talks about his fast start on the 96 Winston Cup campaign.
And Frank Beamer takes a bow at Roanoke City Council's meeting this
The region is in for a warm up. And if you toss in a few showers...you've
got the forecast.
He admitted his guilt, turned in his license, publicly apologized to the
Nevertheless, James Gary Nowlin will spend the next four and a half years in
Nowlin was a certified occupational therapist.
Last year a surveillance camera caught him in the act- -molesting a young
woman who'd been incapacitated by an auto accident.
He claimed it was an isolated incident.
IN Q=And I think
((AND I THINK IT'S TOO HIGH OF A COINCIDENCE TO BELIEVE THAT ON THE FIRST DAY
THAT THIS TAPE IS ROLLING THAT HE GOES IN THERE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME AND
ABUSES HER IN THE MANNER THAT WE SAW ON THE TAPE.))
OUT Q=on the tape
* * * KEITH ON ENG * * *
The tape shows the sexual abuse was repeated- -five times in the space of 25
HIS lawyer says Nowlin was such a deeply compassionate person that he
crossed the line of appropriate behavior in his attempts to help the woman.
IN Q=and I think
((AND I THINK HE JUST FELT CLOSER TO HER THAN WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN. THAT'S
HOW IT GOT STARTED, I BELIEVE. THAT'S WHAT THE RECORD INDICATES ))
SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Nowlin's Attorney
OUT Q=record indicates.
Judge Clifford Weckstein said society has to protect those who cannot
Though the sentencing guidelines called for NO time, the judge said he found
"incarceration absolutely necessary" in this case.
Elizabeth Bowles says she will NOT run for re- election to Roanoke city
And Mac McCadden may be preparing to make the same announcement.
A Republican, Bowles was first elected to city council in 1976. She's the
only woman to have served as vice- mayor.
Bowles says it's time to give others with fresh ideas a chance to serve, but
she says it was a difficult decision.
IN Q=It's a very emotional one
((ELIZABETH BOWLES/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: IT'S A VERY EMOTIONAL ONE. IT WAS NOT
EASY BY ANY MEANS, BECAUSE I HAVE LOVED SERVING. IT'S WITH A LITTLE BIT OF
SADNESS AND YET WITH A GREAT DEAL OF RELIEF. I DON'T MIND SAYING SO, I'M GOING
TO BE 75 YEARS OLD, AND IT'S TIME FOR ME TO RETIRE. ))
OUT Q=it's time for me to retire.
Mac McCadden has also hinted that he will not run for re- election.
He's expected to announce his plans tomorrow.
Cooperation between Roanoke City and Roanoke County now appears to be
moving forward on several fronts.
Today, City Council and the Board of Supervisors approved a cooperative
agreement involving their police departments.
Teams of city and county employees are also studying others areas where the
governments could share services and save money.
IN Q=I would say
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I WOULD SAY THE LIST OF ITEMS ON COOPERATION HAS
GROWN FROM THIS SIZE LIST TO THIS SIZE LIST.))
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN:GREAT STRIDES AND I THINK THE END
BENEFICIARY WILL BE THE TAXPAYERS, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO SEE IN MY OPINION
SOME SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS BY WORKING TOGETHER.))
OUT Q=by working together.
The areas of possible cooperation now under discussion include garbage
collection, radio communications, and health insurance for government
It ain't over til it's over.
But today's deadline for committee action in the Virginia General Assembly
means the end of the road for a number of bills -- both controversial and
DOUBLE BOX=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol with the highlights.
LIVE=Ellen Full/State Microwave;
Keith, the committees make and break bills and legislative careers every
year here in Richmond.
But one bill that refuses to die this year, with its best chance ever for
success, is parental notification for minor abortions.
Its supporters rolled out the friendliest version they could today in the
unfriendly Senate Education and Health Committee -- joking at one point that
they'd allow a telephone pole to be notified if it would get the bill to the
IN Q=As far as
SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :23
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Springfield; :33
SUPER=01-Sen. Warren Barry/(R) Fairfax; :48
OUT Q=Senate floor.
(( SOT 16:16:36
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN: AS FAR AS I GO...OPEN DEBATE.))
((SEN. JANET HOWELL: IF WE LET...OF WOMEN.))
SOT TAPE TWO 16:25:50
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: YOU KNOW IT AND I KNOW IT. IT IS MEN WHO COME DOWN HERE
YEAR AFTER YEAR. ...ACROSS AMERICA.))
SOT TAPE TWO 16:32:30
((SEN. WARREN BARRY: SENATOR SASLAW IS WELL AWARE THAT THIS COMMITTEE WAS
LIVE=Ellen Full/State Microwave
Senator Barry is a supporter of parental notification, but also abortion
He's telling the anti-abortion forces though that he will work again, as
chairman of Education and Health, to send the bill to the anti- abortion Courts
Either way, expect it somewhere on the Senate floor this week.
((Q&A=So how can bills that died or were put off in committees today be
For those issues that lawmakers really care about, extensive strategic
planning is going on to attach amendments to germane, and sometimes not so
germane bills that can still be considered on the chamber floors in the next
And of course, the Governor has his shot at amending these bills when the
lawmakers go home.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--a five year old murder case finally comes to
trial in Pittsylvania County.
while a ground breaking signals a Head Start for pre-schoolers. The
project is literally rising out of the ashes--we'll explain.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
By many accounts, Thomas Martin and Paul Deshazo were friendly
So it didn't seem unusual for Deshazo to help out when Martin's car ran out
of gas along a Pittsylvania County road.
But Deshazo never came home that night.
Teresa Hamilton reports, five years later-- prosecutors believe they've got
enough evidence to convict his killer.
IN Q= Thomas Alvin Martin
SUPER=03-Chatham/October 10; :00
SUPER=01-Brian Marshall/Prosecution Witness; :26 (quick)
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Thomas Alvis Martin was in a South Carolina prison serving time on a fire
arms charge when he was brought back to Virginia, last fall.
Pittsylvania County authorities in October charged the 42- year old with
take stand up
The evidence against Martin dates back to September 7th, 1990.
It was then Paul Nathaniel Deshazo's white Corvette was found torched on
State Road 869, near Brosville.
Deshazo was nowhere to be found.
IN Q=The car
((BRIAN MARSHALL/PROSECUTION WITNESS: THE CAR WAS PRETTY MUCH GONE AS FAR AS
THE BODY WAS CONCERNED. ))
OUT Q=was concerned.
It would take six days before authorities found Deshazo's body lying some
40- feet from the road.
Deshazo's girlfriend, Nancy Parker Cooper, testified the last time she saw
her boyfriend alive he was with Thomas Martin on his way to the gas station.
In opening statements, prosector David Grimes said he'd provide a witness
who'd testify Martin confessed to Deshazo's murder.
Defense attorney's, however, say Martin is innocent.
Deshazo, in their words, was a drug dealer who was possibly killed by
someone interested in drugs and money.
The trial is scheduled for three days.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
A new Head Start Center for Total Action Against Poverty will soon be rising
where the original building burned in Roanoke.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 23, 1989;
video on tape 89-97
Just days before Christmas in 1989, a massive fire gutted the center for
The 70-thousand square foot building was destroyed.
This morning Congressman Bob Goodlatte and TAP officials broke ground for a
This is an 850- thousand dollar project funded through state grants and a
Loan from First Virginia.
10 54 33 00 - 10 54 48 00
IN Q=Not only will it mean
((TED EDLICH/TAP PRESIDENT: NOT ONLY WILL IT MEAN TEN CLASSES FOR 120
CHILDREN, BUT THIS IS THE RESTORATION OF THAT BUILDING THAT BURNED AND SO IT'S
SYMBOLIC LIKE THE PHOENIX RISING FROM THE ASHES. ))
SUPER=01-Ted Edlich/TAP President;
OUT Q=from the ashes.
Head Start currently serves 660 children in the Roanoke area. The program
helps develop the youngsters' social and learning skills before they start
The new building will provide space needed to expand the program. It is
scheduled to be complete August 15th.
Heading into a crucial week of primaries, Senator Bob Dole has the edge in
the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
But to defeat President Clinton, the GOP has to stop beating up on itself,
particularly candidate Pat Buchanan.
That's the opinion of the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who says Buchanan has
unfairly born the brunt of attacks from his fellow Republicans.
Falwell says the party will need the Buchanan vote to win in November.
IN Q=The political
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR: THE POLITICAL DIFFERENCES
SHOULD NOT BE USED BY REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES TO CALL HIM BAD NAMES, IT WILL
SIMPLY MEAN BILL CLINTON WILL SPEND ANOTHER FOUR YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND
THAT WOULD BE A DISASTER.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty University Chancellor; :00
OUT Q=be a disaster.
Falwell says the party's ardent pro- life faction could abandon the GOP if
their views aren't represented on the national ticket.
He adds he'll support whoever wins the Republican nomination.
Grand Piano and Furniture Company is joining the stores moving in droves to
the New River Valley's retail center in Christiansburg.
But two downtown districts may face empty storefronts as a result.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Grand Piano was the last
SUPER=03-Radford :09 QUICK
SUPER=01-Arnold Saari/Blacksburg Downtown Merchants Assoc.; :31
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Grand Piano was the last major retailer doing business in Blacksburg.
It's been a vital downtown anchor.
But Grand is closing its Blacksburg and Radford stores, consolidating its
New River Valley business into the Heironimus building in Christiansburg.
In Radford, Grand's lease is up.
But in Blacksburg, the company says a difficult building layout and an even
tougher parking problem led to the decision to close there.
Blacksburg merchants fear until the town has a parking garage, that's a
problem that won't go away.
((ARNOLD SAARI/BLACKSBURG DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS ASSOC.: THE TOWN DOES MAKE SOME
GOOD ATTEMPTS TO PURCHASE PROPERTY AND MAKE LOTS SPREAD AROUND, BUT THAT'S ALL
STOP-GAP. WE NEED A PARKING RAMP. ))
Saari says the parking situation will make it hard to attract another large
retailer to fill the 25 thousand- square foot space Grand currently leases.
He'd like to see the building divided to accommodate a number of merchants.
((WELL IT WOULD GIVE VARIETY AND IT WOULD BE EASIER FOR A BUSINESS PERSON TO
AFFORD CERTAIN SQUARE FOOTAGE RATHER THAN A WHOLE BUILDING LIKE THAT. SO I
THINK TO HAVE SEVERAL STORES IN THERE, A MIN-MALL OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL
IT, WOULD BE BENEFICIAL. ))
In Radford, Main Street director Bud Jeffries would rather see another large
retailer move in.
Grand expects to open in Christiansburg this summer. No one from Heironimus
was available to comment on that store's closing. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Stocks closed sharply higher on Wall Street today. The Dow was up 63 and a
NASDAQ dropped one and a quarter points.
Are local jails a thing of the past? The state senate is considering a
measure which would close most rural jails in favor of larger regional jails.
But Ron Jones reports officials in Bath County are concerned such a move
would mean layoffs and confusion.
IN Q=Some state lawmakers
SUPER=03-Bath Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Tommy Black/Bath Co. Sheriff; :20
SUPER=01-Doug Hirsh/Bath Co. Supervisor; :45
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
((Some state lawmakers say a jail such as this one is NOT cost effective.
They contend there are not enough inmates to support its existence and they
are threatening to reduce funding.
Sheriff Tommy Black says his department was blind- sided by this latest
((TOMMY BLACK/BATH CO. SHERIFF: THE LEGISLATION THAT'S BEING PROPOSED RIGHT
NOW... IF THAT GOES INTO AFFECT I WOULD BASICALLY LOOSE FIVE CORRECTION
OFFICERS. SO THAT WOULD BE ONE THIRD OF MY MANPOWER BASICALLY DOWN THE
((STATE LEGISLATORS SAY THEY WANT TO CLOSE SMALL JAILS LIKE THIS ONE AND
COMBINE THEM INTO REGIONAL JAILS. BUT OFFICIALS HERE SAY THEY DON'T KNOW HOW
THEY ARE GOING TO DO THAT... SINCE THEY'RE NOT GOING TO FUND REGIONAL JAILS
((DOUG HIRSH/BATH CO. SUPERVISOR: ON ONE HAND THEY'RE SAYING TO GO TO A
REGIONAL JAIL CONCEPT. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND THERE ARE NO FUNDS AVAILABLE WHEN
THEY HAVE FINANCED OTHER REGIONAL JAIL PROJECTS. BUT SOMEHOW THE SENATE DIDN'T
THINK IT THROUGH.))
Both Sheriff Black and Supervisor Hirsh agree it would be cost effective to
combine local jails into one... but they say THEY want to work it out...and not
leave it up to Richmond.
((THE FOLKS DOWN IN RICHMOND, WE HOPE, ARE GOING TO COME THROUGH FOR US AND
GIVE US SOME TIME,. LET US RESTRUCTURE, REORGANIZE, AND I THINK IT MAY BECOME A
REALITY THAT WILL HAPPEN.))
EDITOR: JAILER SHUTTING DOOR
And officials fear unless Richmond compromises... the door will be shut...
on the careers of many deputies.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Roanoke gets ready for the Sweet 16.
Beamer picks up at honor at Council chambers today.
And Steve Mason talks with the hottest Jeff on the Winston Cup circuit, and
it's not Gordon.
GRAPHIC=D-III NCAA Hoops Tourney
Roanoke has the week to get ready for this Friday's night "Sweet 16"
showdown with Illinois Wesleyan.
Roanoke is preparing for a team that held the nation's number 1 ranking in
mid February and whose front three players are all over 6'6".
IN Q="We think...
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...threw at us"
While the student body is off on spring break the community has come out
for an average two game attendance of around 14 hundred.
IN Q="The revenue...
SUPER=01-Scott Allison/Roanoke Athletic Director; :00
OUT Q=...regular season"
Four more college hoop teams will earn automatic berths in the NCAA Division
one tournament tonight.
The Colonial champ will be crowned in Richmond as VCU takes on
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Southern Conference Final; :00
Last night cinderella got an invitation to the big dance, as upstart Western
Carolina knocked off regular season champ Davidson 69-TO-60.
The victory by the Catamounts puts them in the NCAA tournament.
It also produced a flood of emotions from first year head coach Phil Hopkins,
who many of you remember as an assistant to Joe Davis when both were at Radford
GRAPHIC=Pontiac Excitement 400
Jeff Gordon shook the monkey off his back yesterday to win his first race
of the season.
He pocketed over 92 thousand dollars while taking the checkered flag in the
Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond. But Steve Mason says another Jeff has
been making the most noise so far in 96.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Jeff Burton/1994 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year; :17
SUPER=03-Richmond/This Past Weekend; :28
((Mike. Gordon might have won yesterday's race, but Jeff Burton is the
new hot story as far as young drivers are concerned.
He has finished 5th, 13th and 4th in the three races so far this season. All
that adds up to second place in the current Winston Cup points standings.
Burton and his Exide Ford team have been the top bread winner for the three
Jack Roush racing teams. Mark Martin is 7th in the points race while Ted
MusGrave is 8th. But Burton has been the most consistent.
Burton credits his early season success to both his first year team's ability
to gel quickly and remembering his roots.
Mike, Buddy Parrott; Burton's crew chief, also has a lot to be proud of. His
team is second din the points while his son todd's Quality Care Ford team is
currently leading the points race. Both teams are in their first year. Mike.))
Roanoke City council took time out of its busy bi-weekly meeting this
afternoon to honor Virginia Tech's football team.
Mayor David Bowers and council had tried to host Frank Beamer in chambers
before but one of the many snowfalls we've had this winter got in the way.
The head coach made it today, and he was quick to point out Tech's need for
support from the Valley.
IN Q="I think...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...REALLY SPECIAL."
(toss to Jean)
Another suicide bombing today in Israel-- killing at least 13 and injuring
more than 100 others.
That brings the total to four bombings in nine days.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, the local Jewish community is also affected by the terrorist
Tonight we'll have an interview with a Roanoke Rabbi-- who is pessimistic
about the future of peace talks.
We'll also speak with others who have some thoughts on what the U-S
response should be.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Be sure to join us for that story tonight on News 7 at 11.