These are the top stories on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
An arrest in last month's bank robbery.
A rift within the S-C-L-C in Danville.
And the story of a store clerk who was ready to plead guilty to selling
alcohol to minors- -but found her case dismissed.
Tonight in sports, Bill Foster, Ace and Pitino talks about tomorrow's
We'll check out this afternoon's NCAA scores
and check in with Roy Stanley who has the story on LIberty's last second win
and Northside's loss in the state group two-a semi-finals.
Such a weather day. Rain, lightning and severe weather closer to the coast.
How about your weekend? Stay tuned for the details..
Federal authorities have made an arrest in last month's robbery of a
The Co-Operative Savings Bank on Old Forest Road was hit during the late
afternoon of February 6th.
A lone gunman walked into the bank wearing a ski mask, forced the employees
to lie on the floor and made off with an undetermined amount of money.
The F-B-I announced today that it has arrested 25-year-old John Victo
Philbrook of Vinton, and charged him with the crime.
Philbrook works at the main Roanoke post office.
He's being held without bond.
A Danville Civil Rights organization is fighting an "internal" battle.
Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are at odds over the
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=In January
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./January 15; :00
SUPER=01-Rev. William Avon Keen/SCLC Danville Pres.; :18 VERY QUICK!!
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((In January, SCLC President William Avon Keen and the Reverend Thomas
Motley showed a united front in memory of Martin Luther King, Junior.
Today-- the two say they still respect one another.
But that respect hasn't prevented Motley from asking for Keen's resignation.
IN Q=At this
((WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT: AT THIS PRESENT TIME I AM STILL
THE PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. ))
OUT Q=leadership conference.
And Keen has no plans of stepping down.
Keen says Motley was recently forced to resign as Vice President when he was
quoted in a local newspaper.
Keen says the SCLC has strict rules-- the President is the only one to make
statements to the press.
Motley declined our offer for an interview.
But off camera-- he said the differences between himself and Reverend Keen
are purely philosophical.
Motley doesn't feel the SCLC has what it takes to carry its message into the
Motley believes in "the power of subpoenas and lawsuits".
He says quote "marches have not and will not change the ways and
philosophies of those who will deprive us of our civil and constitutional
According to Keen, the SCLC does believe in litigation-- but only as a last
IN Q=To use
((TO USE THE COURTS AS AN INITIATION PRINCIPLE IN SCLC IS AGAINST OUR
PHILOSOPHY, IT'S AGAINST THE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE. ))
OUT Q=the biblical principle.
Motley says he has 60- signatures from SCLC members also asking for Keen's
News 7 has NOT seen the list and State SCLC officials aren't commenting.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
The store clerk was ready to admit she made a mistake.
Sherri Lynn Willis had sold beer to a couple of minors, not knowing Roanoke
County police had put them up to it and were monitoring the transactions.
IN Q=You know being
SUPER=01-Sherri Lynn Willis/Store Clerk; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 14, 1995;:24
SUPER=01-Karen Cowell/Glenvar High School Counselor;1:00
OUT Q=be too true.
((YOU KNOW BEING TIRED AND YOU'RE WORKING HARD AND YOU'RE BUSY. SOMETIMES YOU
JUST FORGET OR YOU'RE JUST IN A HURRY, DON'T WANT TO TAKE TIME OUT TO "CARD."
I KNOW THAT'S A MISTAKE.))
The 22- year- old clerk was the only one working at the Riverside Quickette
store December 14th. That's the night a 16- year- old Glenvar High School
student bought a six-pack there, then plowed into Bonnie Kitts. She died. He
admitted he was driving drunk.
Police had gotten countless calls urging them to investigate the Quickette
store, so they sent in two underage beer-buyers- -a boy and a girl- -one at at
Willis pled guilty last month, but Judge George Harris dismissed the case.
((WELL AT FIRST HE SAID: "THE GUY LOOKS OLD ENOUGH." I TOLD THE JUDGE, "THAT'S
WHAT I THOUGHT." THEN HE LOOKS AT THE PICTURE OF THE GIRL AND SAID: "SHE LOOKS
OLD ENOUGH." I SAID, "THANK YOU."))
Agents of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board have been
investigating. As of this afternoon, however, the store's beer license remains
((THOSE PLACES NEED TO BE STOPPED. AND IF THEY WON'T DO IT VOLUNTARILY, THEY
NEED TO BE SHUT DOWN. IF YOU PULL THEIR LICENSES, THEY WILL NOT BE IN BUSINESS,
SO THEY CAN'T SELL. ))
School officials, police and Glenvar residents all say the Riverside
Quickette store has a reputation as one place minors have gotten away with
buying beer... for years.
IN Q=tHE OWNER
(The owner of the store, Fred Dotson of Dotson enterprises, did not return our
phone call for a comment. ))
OUT Q=FOR A COMMENT.
Sherri Willis says she's heard the rumors, but says Dotson IS "carding"
((I MEAN HE'S GOT HIS BEER LICENSE. HE'S SELLING BEER, SO IT MUST NOT BE TOO
OUT Q=be too true.
The drunk- driving teenager is set to be sentenced next week.
The disappearance of a young woman in the Culpeper area has state police on
alert. Alicia Reynolds disappeared near Culpeper two weeks ago after she
apparently pulled over for a man signalling that she had car trouble.
Beth Myer reports police want people to know it's NOT safe to pull over for
just anyone on the highway.
SUPER=03-Madison County/March 13; :00
SUPER=02-Lucy Caldwell/State Police Communications; :24
SUPER=01-Tony Britton/Virginia State Police; :54
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7.
(( Police divers searched a small pond in Madison County earlier this week,
hoping to find traces of a missing 25- year- old Baltimore woman.
Alicia Reynold's parka was found near the pond. She was last seen on U-S
29 near Culpeper Saturday March 2nd.
Police believe she was abducted by a man who told her she had something
wrong with her car. Other women have called police with similar stories.
44 21 00 - 44 41 00
IN Q=More than a dozen
((LUCY CALDWELL/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE COMMUNICATIONS: WHAT MORE THAN A DOZEN
WOMEN HAVE TO TOLD POLICE GENERALLY IS THEY WERE FLAGGED DOWN. THE MAN TOLD
THEM SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH THEIR VEHICLE AND THAT HE WOULD GIVE HEM A RIDE
TO A GAS STATION IF THEY NEED IT.))
OUT Q=they need it.
2 11 25 00 - 2 11 35 00
IN Q=If a citizen is trying to pull
((If a citizen is trying to pull you over, police say it's best not to stop.
Instead take an exit to a populated area where you can see for yourself if
anything is wrong.))
OUT Q=is wrong.
But, if you have already pulled over, and feel you are not safe, police say NOT
1 00 21 00 - 1 00 31 00
IN Q=I'd definitely stay in
((TONY BRITTON/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: I'D DEFINITELY STAY IN THE CAR, KEEP
DOORS LOCKED AND WINDOWS AS FAR ROLLED UP AS YOU CAN, SO YOU CAN TALK. ))
OUT Q=you can talk.
Trooper Britton says law officers on duty are dressed in proper uniform.
State police will wear their hats, the badge is on the left pocket flap, a name
tag is on the right, and state police patches are on both shoulders.
Citizens can look for a blue bar light on top of the car, and state police
decals on the sides, front and rear. Unmarked cars have blue strobe lights on
the dash and rear windows.
Still, police recommend only rolling your window down just enough to
communicate with the officer if you are pulled, especially if you are not sure
the person is a real law officer.
Beth Myer, News 7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 6 returns, an airplane struck by lightning makes an emergency
landing in Roanoke, a strike against General Motors starts to hit close to home
and we'll meet a Lynchburg couple who have been doubly blessed by a miracle of
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Passengers of a U- S Air commuter flight are breathing a collective sigh of
While traveling from Washington, D-C to Roanoke, their plane was struck by
An airport alert was issued, but the pilot managed to land safely.
There were no injuries among the three crew members and twelve passengers.
But there were some anxious moments.
IN Q=There was a flash
((MIKE MCLOUGHLON/PASSENGER: THERE WAS A FLASH OF LIGHT INSIDE THE PLANE. THE
CREW HANDLED IT REAL WELL. FORTUNATELY WE MADE IT DOWN SAFELY. ))
OUT Q=down safely
Meanwhile in Franklin County, a school had to be evacuated because it too
was struck by lightning.
No one was hurt, but the electricity went out.
Students had to be taken to a nearby school.
Officials hope Dudley Elementary will open again Monday.
Salem Fire officials are blaming an electrical problem for the blaze that
damaged a home there this morning.
Investigators believe a short- circuit in the home's wiring was responsible.
The fire apparently started in a wall space and caused extensive damage to
the building near the intersection of Mulberry Street and Hill Avenue.
A dog was rescued from the burning home, but there were no injuries.
Neighbors say a family was preparing to move in.
A Roanoke County woman backed out of her driveway and over a 40 foot
embankment this afternoon.
Violet Hambrick was backing out from her home on West Riverside Drive when
she went into the Roanoke River.
Witnesses say Hambrick was travelling at a high rate of speed.
It happened around four.
Hambrick didn't appear to suffer from major injuries.
The strike by 27- hundred General Motors employees in Michigan is taking its
toll in Southwest Virginia.
260 workers of the Kingston-Warren Corporation in Wytheville remain
furloughed since the plant shut down Monday evening.
Kingston-Warren makes rubber window moldings for several G-M vehicles.
And in Radford, officials at New River Castings are watching the strike on a
25- to 30 percent of its business is making iron castings for G-M.
Officials say they may have to go to a shorter work week if the strike
continues much longer.
For couples who have had trouble having children, in vitro fertilization has
provided a ray of hope.
For one central Virginia couple, the medical procedure proved nothing short
of a miracle.
Jane and Jim Lowe had suffered through the tragedy of SIX miscarriages since
their first son was born in 1990.
After conventional methods and fertility drugs failed, they turned to in
vitro fertilization as a last resort.
Jane Lowe became pregnant in July, and last night she gave birth to healthy
twins, a boy and a girl, at Virginia Baptist Hospital.
IN Q=We still feel
((JANE LOWE/MOTHER: WE STILL FEEL LIKE IT'S BY GOD'S GRACE THAT THOSE MEDICAL
TALENTS ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN, BUT IT WAS BY GOD'S GRACE THAT IT WORKED.))
((JIM LOWE/FATHER: WE'RE VERY HAPPY, I KNOW THAT MY SON'S GOING TO BE A BIG
BROTHER NOW AND HE'S REAL HAPPY. NOW I HAVE A FAMILY WITH THREE CHILDREN AND
THAT HAS TO SINK IN, I THINK, A LITTLE BIT.))
SUPER=01-Jane Lowe/Mother; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Lowe/Father; :10
OUT Q=a little bit.
Doctors told the Lowes that while twin births through in vitro were not
unheard of, they are somewhat rare.
Campbell and Cate Lowe will leave for home in another day or two.
On Wall Street today, the stock market slipped but only slightly.
The DOW dropped one point closing at 55-hundred-5.
The DOW finished UP over 114 points on the week.
Nasdaq gained eight and a half.
For the second time in less than a month, Patrick County is getting some
GOOD economic news.
A few weeks ago it concerned manufacturing...this time around, it's tourism.
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=Patrick County
SUPER=01-Leonard Wood/Wood Brothers Racing; :17
SUPER=01-Tommy Payne/R-J Reynolds; :48
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Patrick County is revved up after receiving a 50- thousand- dollar check
for the Wood Brothers Racing Museum and the Virginia Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The museum will go next to the Wood Brothers garage in Stuart, home of one
of racing's most successful teams.
IN Q=It's certainly
((LEONARD WOOD/WOOD BROTHERS RACING: IT'S CERTAINLY A GOOD START AND NOW YOU
KNOW, IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S REALLY GETTING ON THE WAY. ))
OUT Q=on the way.
This is the first private sector donation to the museum, and Congressman L-F
Payne had a lot to do with it.
IN Q=I had
((REP. L.F. PAYNE/D-5TH DISTRICT: I HAD MENTIONED TO SOME CORPORATIONS THAT
THEY MIGHT WANT TO HAVE A LOOK AT BEING SPONSORS OF THIS.))
OUT Q=sponsors of this.
IN Q=So where
((So where did this money come from? Well, it was presented here at the
birthplace of R-J Reynolds, whose tobacco empire for years has been a major
sponsor of NASCAR'S Winston Racing Series.))
OUT Q=Racing Series.
IN Q=The Woods
((JIMMY PAYNE/R-J REYNOLDS: THE WOODS BROTHERS MUSEUM SHOULD BE A GOOD
ECONOMIC PLAN FOR PATRICK COUNTY..))
OUT Q=for Patrick County.
R-J Reynolds says that even though the tobacco industry remains under fire,
there's still places where its support is welcome.
IN Q=There are
((PAYNE: THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON WHO BELIEVE THAT R-J REYNOLDS
SHOULD NOT SPONSOR NASCAR OR ANY OTHER EVENT. WE STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH
OUT Q=with that.
And in Patrick County, the company will be remembered as the one who set the
pace for this project, slated for completion late next year.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Roy Stanley checks in from Lynchburg with a
report on the Group Two semi-finals.
Louisville infringes on Tulsa Time,
and the Virginia Tech Hokies meet the press before facing the the real press
tomorrow afternoon against the Kentucky Wildcats.
The two former Radford University assistants in the NCAA's failed to turn the
tournament upset down, but you can't fault them for trying.
Last Night Phil Hopkins and Western Carolina almost upset Purdue and this
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/CBS-NCAA; :00
Steve Robinson and the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes had Louisville on the ropes
and on the verge of elimination.
Michael Ruffin's 21 points and 16 boards included this sweet tip to start a
run that would give Tulsa a 12 point lead.
Louisville would come back with Samaki Walker sending it into overtime with
this dunk straight off the mean streets. Louisville wins 2 in overtime.
Now here are the other first round afternoon numbers.
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IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...last score
The Carolina-New Orleans game will get underway a little before 10 tonight.
But before that one you can tune in to WDBJ at 7:30 and check out the Wake
Forest Demon Deacons as they play Northeast Louisiana from the Midwest
regionals in Milwaukee.
The Hokies will play at approximately 4:45 tomorrow afternoon right here on
your hometown station against number one seeded Kentucky.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/This Afternoon; :00
Both teams took part in afternoon news conferences today.
Tech came into the NCAA's looking for respect, they have that so now they
want the ultimate upset.
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((ACE CUSTIS/VA. TECH FORWARD:))
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/Va. Tech Forward; :16
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Head Coach; :23
OUT Q=...IMPRESSED WITH THEM."
Again that game is set to tip off around 4:45 tomorrow afternoon.
More madness on the high school level in Lynchburg this afternoon as
Northside was eliminated in the Group Two-A state semi-finals.
Roy Stanley has more on that game and Liberty's dramatic comeback win.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Northside vs. Lakeland; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Pope/Northside Head Coach; :30
SUPER=04-Nansemond River vs. Liberty; :42
SUPER=33-Liberty/=59/Nansemond River/=58; 1:13
SUPER=01-Gregg Reynolds/Hit Game Winning Shot; 1:19
SUPER=01-Mark Hanks/Liberty Head Coach; 1:25
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
Last night Glenvar was knocked out of the Group-A tournament.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night; :00
Head coach Art Lawrence and his Highlanders came out of the blocks with Cory
Willis hitting a three pointer to open the scoring.
But the Highlanders ran into a buzz saw as Marcel Jones and Troy Taylor
combined for 44 to lead Northumberland to tomorrow's state final with a