The girls who made up the story about a suicide jump into the New River
face criminal charges.
On NEWS 7 at SIX in a moment, we'll hear from the investigator on the case.
And up to six inches of the white stuff conspire with frigid temperatures
to remind us: it's still Winter.
Maryland and Ga. Tech move on to the ACC semi-finals.
UVa gets ready for its 7 o'clock battle with Wake.
And Johnny Benson delivers the wake up call in Atlanta this afternoon as he
wins the pole for Sunday's Purolator 500.
After the snow in Central Virginia, what's next? Hope about record cold
temperatures this weekend. Bundle up, the frosty details are next.
The two teenagers who allegedly faked a bridge- jumping suicide in Giles
County WILL face charges.
But the girls are still telling two totally different stories.
Tracy Altizer joins us from our New River Valley newsroom with more.
Keith, Giles County investigator Willie Lucas is seeking juvenile petitions
charging the girls with making a false report to summon rescue personnel.
He believes the story of the 14 year- old girl who was reported to have
jumped from Commissary Hill bridge February 18th.
IN Q=Rescuers put their own lives
SUPER=03-Giles Co./February 19 :00
SUPER=01-Willie Lucas/Giles Co. Investigator; :15
OUT Q=end the scheme.
(( Rescuers put their own lives on the line, braving the icy waters of the
New River in search of the girl's body.
Her 16 year- old friend told police she jumped off the bridge.
But the 14 year-old now says it never happened, so she and her friend will
((WILLIE LUCAS/GILES CO. INVESTIGATOR: THEY NEED TO SEE THE RESPONSIBILITY AND
THE ERROR OF THEIR WAY, AND THEY NEED TO ANSWER FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE. ))
((TRACY ALTIZER, NEWS-7: LUCAS AND THE YOUNGER GIRL'S MOTHER, WHO SPOKE TO US
BY PHONE, SAY THE 14 YEAR-OLD HAD BEEN GETTING INTO TROUBLE, AND WAS SO UPSET
OVER THE THREAT OF BEING SENT AWAY TO REFORM SCHOOL THAT SHE FIRST PLANNED TO
RUN AWAY. BUT SHE SAID HER 16 YEAR- OLD FRIEND CAME UP WITH ANOTHER IDEA SHE'D
GOTTEN FROM A TV SHOW, TO FAKE HER DEATH BY JUMPING FROM A BRIDGE. FOUR DAYS
LATER THEY PUT THE PLAN INTO ACTION.))
Lucas says the girl did go to the river, then walked about five miles to the
home of her accomplice to hide out.
((SHE WAS IN THE COMPANY OF THE GIRL WHO HELPED HER PLAN THE WHOLE HOAX. ))
Two days later he says she left the trailer but got so cold and tired she
decided to end the scheme.))
Her friend's mother, who picked up the girl and notified police she was safe,
tells News-7 her 16 year- old daughter wasn't faking her grief when she thought
her friend was dead.
She says with the vigil she kept on her daughter during that time, there's
no way the younger girl could've been holed up in her home.
((QUESTION: WHY ARE THE GIRLS TELLING DIFFERENT STORIES?))
Abortion bills are flying around the State Capitol so fast at the end of the
General Assembly session, some lawmakers are comparing the process to a tennis
We told you last night that a bill requiring pregnant teens to notify a
parent before an abortion had cleared an historic hurdle and was expected to
Since then, it's died twice in other forms -- and been revived a third time
by Governor George Allen.
IN Q=We're just
((ANNE KINCAID/GOVERNOR'S STAFF: WE'RE JUST PRAYING FOR A WONDERFUL PURE BILL
AGAIN TO GET TO THIS GOVERNOR WHO WILL DO WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT AND THAT'S SIGN
IT. AND YES, NEXT YEAR IT COULD BE MORE DIFFICULT. BUT AGAIN, WE'RE NOT
QUITE YET GIVING UP ON THIS YEAR.))
((KAREN RASCHKE/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF VA.: ALL PRO-CHOICE WOMEN IN VIRGINIA
OUGHT TO BE AFRAID ABOUT WHAT THE GOVERNOR'S DOING. DOES HE HATE WOMEN SO
MUCH? DOES HE DISTRUST US SO MUCH? WHY DOES HE WANT TO TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS?
THIS IS JUST THE FIRST RIGHT HE WANTS TO TAKE AWAY.))
SUPER=01-Karen Raschke/Planned Parentood of Va.;
OUT Q=take away.
Abortion opponents concede that part of their persistence this year is based
on one key player.
If Rocky Mount Senator Virgil Goode is elected to Congress this fall,
abortion foes lose a key ally in the Democratic party.
The fate of about 35- Billion taxpayer dollars is in the hands of eight
politicians this evening at the State Capitol.
With the latest- ever start on final budget negotiations, and some of the
stickiest fights over the appointment of judges in history, Virginia's General
Assembly goes into an anxious weekend.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=It's ending up
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/(D) Petersburg; :
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((It's ending up much like it started.
sot 12:48:33 BIG TAPE
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: SENATE'S IN RECESS UNTIL 4PM TODAY. gavel))
Lots of hurry up and wait.
Blame the power-sharing 20-20 Senate -- and senior Democrat Stanley Walker,
whose objections to Rocky Mount Senator Virgil Goode's presence on the powerful
budget conference committee were finally overridden -- eight days late.
sot friday tape two 05:22:18
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS: VIRGIL, BY BEING A CONFEREE ...NORTHERN PARTS OF THE
The delay that got Goode there gives the rest of the lawmakers very little
time to look at the final budget this weekend.
Anxiety is in the air.
sot friday tape two 05:07:13
((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS: FRANKLY I'M WORRIED..BUDGET.))
sot friday tape 04:37:30
((DEL. TED BENNETT: I WISH WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN THERE SOONER. I'M CONCERNED
ABOUT THE LENGTH OF TIME WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO LOOK AT THE BUDGET.))
Then there's disagreement over the appointment of judges, which becomes a
matter of debate with Republicans finally having a say in the Senate.
sot friday tape one 04:44:23
((DEL. JAY DEBOER: THIS SESSION HAS BEEN LIKE A DULL HEADACHE... JUST GOES ON,
AND ON, AND ON.))
The rules lawmakers adopted in the second week of January say they finish up
March 9th. So for technical purposes, March 9th looks likely to stretch into
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
It came as a surprise to most people, but last night's snowfall did not
cause any major problems for the area.
Central Virginia saw anywhere from two to six inches of snow.
There were a few minor accidents to report during the morning rush hour.
Road crews say those could be attributed to a sudden drop in temperature
IN Q=And then about
((TOM RAMEY/VDOT DISTRICT SUPERVISOR: AND THEN ABOUT DAYLIGHT THIS MORNING, THE
TEMPERATURE DROPPED BY ANYWHERE AS MUCH AS TEN DEGREES, SO IT FROZE KIND OF ALL
OF A SUDDEN AND THAT HAPPENED ABOUT THE TIME PEOPLE WERE STARTING TO COME TO
SUPER=01-Tom Ramey/VDOT District Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=come to work.
Ramey says today's sunny weather left most of the area's primary roads
clear and dry.
Drifting snow and icy areas could continue to cause problems for motorists
over the next couple of days.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, Connie Stevens takes a look at a new
treatment that could help 400-thousand men avoid surgery,
and we'll hear what some analysts are saying about today's big drop on the
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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Former Franklin County teacher Lari Scruggs has "resolved her differences"
with school officials.
Her lawyer has gotten the judge to dismiss her complaint against the school
board, the principal and superintendent of schools.
Scruggs is the High School math teacher who was fired for offering a couple
of students her opinion of inter- racial dating.
She still has a claim pending against fellow teacher Nadine Keen and
community activist Linda White.
It was their public protest over the incident that attracted media attention
to the case, and Scruggs believes that's what cost her her job.
They lost five members of their family in the January fire on Stewart
And last night, Patricia and Mark Leftwich joined the debate over the city's
rental inspection program.
Joe Dashiell reports on the community workshop.
IN Q=More than 300 people
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church; :28
SUPER=07-Mark Leftwich; :43
SUPER=07-Patricia Leftwich; :49
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((More than three hundred people turned out for the community workshop to
hear city officials explain the proposed rental inspection program and to
register their concerns.
IN Q=Think of the mess in the city
((THINK OF THE MESS IN THE CITY THAT'S GOING TO OCCUR AT THE END OF THE
OUT Q=at the end of the month.
The city is refining a proposal that will require inspections of rental
property before new tenants can move in.
Though the program was in the works before the Stewart Avenue fire, the
blaze has propelled the issue into the headlines.
IN Q=You had to have someone
((REV. WAYNE HARRISON/BELMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: YOU HAD TO HAVE SOMEONE DIE IN
ORDER TO GET TO THIS PROCESS AND IT THINK THAT'S A TRAGEDY.))
OUT Q=that's a tragedy.
Among the members of one discussion group were Mark and Patricia Leftwich.
While they say the program is overdue, they're now encouraged by the
direction the city is moving.
IN Q=It's moving in the right steps.
((MARK LEFTWICH: IT'S MOVING IN THE RIGHT STEPS. I HOPE TO SEE IT PASS THROUGH
AND EVERYTHING WORK OUT.))
((PATRICIA LEFTWICH: THE TENANTS AND LANDLORDS ARE ALL GETTING TOGETHER ON THIS
AND WE'RE GETTING FEEDBACK LIKE WE'RE SUPPOSED TO. AS BEFORE, IT WAS LIKE A LOT
OF TENANTS WERE SCARED.))
OUT Q=were scared.
City officials say they will consider the suggestions as they refine the
rental inspection program.
And they are planning another community workshop early next month.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Wythe County administrator Billy Branson is offering an olive branch to the
board of supervisors.
Billy Branson says the board held an illegal meeting January 15, at which
members discussed seeking Branson's resignation.
Former chairman Mark Munsey organized the meeting.
Branson says he won't take the board to court if Munsey will publicly
admit the meeting was illegal, and promise future meetings will comply with
Munsey says he hasn't seen the proposal yet.
On Wall Street, it was a day many people would like to forget.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
At one point the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 200-points,
and nearly all of the other major stock indices followed suit.
If you invest in individual stocks, this will give you cause for concern,
but experts say that if you have your money in mutual funds, you shouldn't let
this scare you.
IN Q=I think
((RICHARD FISCHER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS: I THINK IT'D BE NATURAL FOR THEM TO BE
CONCERNED. I DON'T THINK THEY SHOULD BE WORRIED. A MUTUAL FUND INVESTOR
SHOULD BE SOMEONE WHO IS IN IT WITH THE IDEA OF A LONG TERM INVESTMENT.))
SUPER=01-Richard Fischer/A.G. Edwards & Sons;
OUT Q=term investment.
The selloff was prompted by news that more jobs were created in February
than in any month since 1983.
The job creation dashes hopes that interest rates will be cut again this
Lower interest rates usually help the stock market.
**WIPE TO STOCK BOARDS*
******Wipe to stocks****
Each year, about 400-thousand men undergo surgery for prostate enlargement--
but for some, their discomfort is never relieved.
Double Boxes=Keith/Connie Newsroom
Connie Stevens joins us from the newsroom with an alternative therapy
currently being tested at Duke Medical Center.
Keith, men over age 60 have a 60-percent chance of having prostate
enlargement and the risk increases the older you get.
Check out this new microwave device-- and they are looking for volunteers to
try it out free of charge.
IN Q=The problem
SUPER=01-Dr. Glenn Preminger/Urologic Surgeon; :00
SUPER=03-Durham, NC; :22
SUPER=01-Silas Singleton/Patient; :46
OUT Q=to the bathroom,
IN Q=The problem
((DR. GLENN PREMINGER/UROLOGIC SURGEON: THE PROBLEM WITH BENIGN ENLARGEMENT OF
THE PROSTATE IS THAT IT INTERFERES WITH THE ABILITY TO COMPLETELY EMPTY THE
BLADDER. AND THIS OFTEN TIMES WILL GIVE THE PATIENTS THE SYMPTOMS OF NOT BEING
ABLE TO EMPTY THE BLADDER, THE FEELING THAT THEY NEED TO GO FREQUENTLY, AND
GETTING UP OFTEN AT NIGHT.))
OUT Q=at night
Now though, this new microwave therapy uses what's called a Urowave device
to warm up the prostate, causing it to shrink.
It's relatively painless office procedure.
IN Q=The antenna
((THE ANTENNA GETS PUT INSIDE THE PROSTATE GLAND, THE HEAT COMES OUT
IT RADIATES INTO THE PROSTATE GLAND AND AS IT WARMS IT UP TO A HIGH ENOUGH
TEMPERATURE THE PROSTATE WILL EVENTUALLY SHRINK ))
OUT Q=eventually shrink
Silas Singleton arrived at Duke a desperate man-- before the treatment, he
had to use the bathroom once an hour, EVERY HOUR, day and night.
IN Q=I feel that
((SILAS SINGLETON/PATIENT: I FEEL THAT IT'S DONE ME A GREAT DEAL OF GOOD AND I
PLAYED GOLF LAST FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AND I PLAYED 18 HOLES OF GOLF WITHOUT
HAVING TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. ))
So there you have it.
Now, to figure out if you're a candidate to participate in this clinical
trial-- here are the guidelines.
First of all you must be over age 60.
And of course, you have to have symptoms of obstruction of the prostate.
You cannot have had previous surgery to correct it, and you should not be on
medications to manage your prostate enlargement.
pinnacle page two
You can call 1-800-456-4009 to get more information about the study.
Keith, just a few dozen patients have gone through this procedure
nationwide-- so far, they've had about a 70-percent success rate.
Coming up on this busy Friday night, a pontiac driver wins the pole for
sunday's winston cup race in Atlanta.
March Madness intensifies at the Bast Center
here on your hometown station as Virginia gets set for seven o'clock date
with Wake Forest at the Greensboro Coliseum.
It only tonk one game for the ACC tournament to produce its first mild upset.
Fifth seeded maryland opened the festivities at high noon by beating Duke
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Raycom-JP Sports; :00
Duke had to play with star Chris Collins on the bench in street clothes with
an injured foot.
Speaking on benches - Maryland's was the difference today as the Terrapin
reserves outscored the Dookies 44-to-3.
Maryland wins it by 13 and advances to the semifinals.
N.C. State's dream of winning the ACC as the event's bottom seed ended this
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Raycom-JP Sports; :00
The Jackets will now take on Maryland tomorrow afternoon.
Stephon Marbury led the way for the Jackets with 23 points as the Yellow
Jackets blew open a tight game in the final five minutes to sack the pack
The Virginia Cavaliers open A-C-C play tonight against Wake Forest in a
do or die situation at 7 right here on your hometown station.
UVa's sorry season got even worse earlier this week when top recruit
Melvin Whittaker was arrested and charged with malicious wounding.
Roy Stanley has more on the team's state of mind less than an hour before
IN Q=First Audio
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Wednesday; :00
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :07
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/UVa Point Guard; :51
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Whittaker was working in charlottesville and had not enrolled at the
University at the time of the incident.
And following yesterday's afternoon practice session in Greensboro, Head
coach Jeff Jones was asked if he thought Whittaker will ever wear a Virginia
((JEFF JONES/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
((Jones and the Cavaliers are concerned about Whittaker's future but their main
focus is a game plan to beat Wake Forest and advance to the semi finals of the
((HAROLD DEANE/UVA POINT GUARD: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
GRAPHIC=DIVISION 3 LOGO
The division 3 basketball sectional doubleheader at the Bast center is
underway at this hour.
Christopher Newport is taking on Washington, Missouri right now, and then
tonight at 8, the Roanoke College Maroons host Illinois Wesleyan.
We'll have highlights of the sweet 16 encounter tonight at 11.
The inclimate weather Central Virginia experienced overnight has forced the
postponement of tonight's Group Two-A state quarterfinal game.
The game was supposed to be played tonight at 7 at Rustburg, but now the
Liberty Minutemen and Gate City Blue Devils will have to wait until Monday
night to play.
The game will still be held at Rustburg.
The Winston Cup circuit is in Georgia this week for the Purolator 500.
And it has been a chilly day outside of Atlanta.
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA; :00
For everyone except rookie Johnny Benson, who shocked the field by putting
the Pennzoil Pontiac on the pole with a speed of 185 point 434 miles an hour.
IN Q="You know...
((JOHNNY BENSON/PUROLATOR 500 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Johnny Benson/Purolator 500 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...around here."
Joe Nemechek had a fast first lap and a terrible second one as he flattened
the Burger king chevy with a Whopper of a wreck. Now here's a look at the top
25 and a few who'll have to try again tomorrow.
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IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
The Roanoke Express looks for its ninth straight win at the Roundhouse
tonight as they host the Charlotte Checkers at the Civic Center.
Tonight's game faces off at 7:30.
The Checkers come in smokin' having won eight in a row.
(toss to Jean)
The New River Valley is getting an economic spark.
Fireworks by Grucci (GU-ROOCHIE) is bringing a new manufacturing facility to
the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
Double Boxes=Keith Jean
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more.
Keith, Grucci Incorporated is best known for its fireworks displays at the
presidential inaugurations and the U-S Olympics.
edit of 96-14 Arsenal
The New- York based fireworks maker will move into a 24- thousand square
It should be up and running by early fall, resulting in about 50 new jobs.
on News 7 at 11.
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight