Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Some serious injuries in a Bedford County house fire. We'll hear from a
neighbor who came to the rescue.
And a dead- end story about school buses and snow plows that so enraged
some Glenvar residents they parked their displeasure in the road.
Tonight in sports, the NCAA slaps Florida State on the wrist.
Joe Gibbs oldest son is trying his hand at Late Model Stock car racing.
And the Roanoke Express is getting ready to rock the roundhouse for the final
time this regular season, as they play their home finale before the playoffs.
Winter is going for one last big shot. Snow in southwest Virginia
already...winds of 30mph...the cold details coming up.
A Good Samaritan helped rescue a family from their burning home today.
The house on Route 43- -eight miles south of Bedford- -caught fire around
one o'clock this afternoon.
A neighbor driving down the road spotted the blaze-- and stopped to help
rescue the family.
IN Q=We reached in there
((ELMO AYERS: WE REACHED IN THERE AND GOT THEM OUT AND THE LADY WAS GOING BACK
AFTER HER DAUGHTER-- AND I HAD TO HOLD HER WHILE WE GOT THE OTHERS OUT--
BECAUSE SHE WAS GOING BACK AND SHE WAS BURNT BAD. ))
OUT Q=she was burnt bad
Authorities say 42- year- old Richard Cunningham suffered burns and scrapes.
His wife 43- year- old Patricia Cunningham is being transported to the U-V-A
Also injured were their daughter, 24- year- old Annette Nelms and
granddaughter, four- year- old Mercedes Mason.
No word yet on how serious their injuries were.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause-- but believe the fire
started from a wood stove.
A woman was arrested this morning in Danville for allegedly robbing a bank
by threatening employees with a bomb.
About 900- dollars was taken from the American National Bank on West Main
Street at around 9-20.
Police say about 15- minutes later an officer noticed what he thought was
the suspect's vehicle parked outside a motel.
Minutes later-- he spotted a woman running into a wooded area.
IN Q=This is
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: THIS IS A VERY DENSE AND HEAVILY WOODED
AREA, A LOT OF UNDER GROWTH AND WE TRIED TO SEARCH THROUGH THE AREA, OFFICER
PETTY ACTUALLY WENT INTO THE AREA HIMSELF, ABOUT 10-38 THE SUSPECT EMERGED AT
THE OLD MAYFIELD AND MAXINE ROAD WHERE SHE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.))
OUT Q=into custody.
24- year- old Tina Louise Frye is in the Danville jail.
She's also being looked at as a possible suspect in last night's robbery of
a local fast food restaurant.
A migrant worker charged with murder in Amherst will remain in jail a little
27- year- old Juan Jose Ochoa (oh-KOE-uh) waived his preliminary hearing in
General District Court today.
Judge Paul Whitehead refused to set bail for Ochoa, despite assurances from
his employer that Ochoa wasn't a flight risk.
IN Q=We wouldn't have
((HENRY CHILES/ORCHARD OWNER: WE WOULDN'T HAVE KEPT HIM WORKING FOR US FOR 15,
12 YEARS IF HE HADN'T BEEN GOOD. WE GO THROUGH QUITE A FEW PEOPLE, WE COULDN'T
HAVE HAD HIM ON THE PAYROLL THIS LONG.))
((WILLIAM MUNDY/ASST. PROSECUTOR: THIS IS A SERIOUS CHARGE AND IT'S VERY LIKELY
THAT HE'D LEAVE IF HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT. HE'S FACING A LOT OF TIME.))
SUPER=01-Henry Chiles/Orchard Owner; :00
SUPER=01-William Mundy/Asst. Prosecutor; :10
OUT Q=a lot of time.
Ochoa is charged with killing 22- year- old Jesus (hay-ZOOS) Martinez during
an argument in the Town Court Mobile Home Park February 19th.
The murder was the first in the town of Amherst in nine years.
Residents of one Glenvar neighborhood are angry because they say state and
county vehicles use and tear up their road, but the government won't pay for
State maintenance ends several hundred yards from the end of Yale Drive.
Residents say school buses and snow plows turn around at this dead end
destroying yards, driveways, and the road.
This week, residents have taken action to stop the buses from turning
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IN Q=We've blocked the
((JOHN HINKLE/RESIDENT: WE'VE BLOCKED THE ROAD TO KEEP FROM TURNING. WE'VE
ALSO BLOCKED PRIVATE DRIVEWAYS DOWN BETWEEN THERE AND STATE ROAD MAINTENANCE
ENDS. THAT'S ALL WE CAN DO UNTIL WE HEAR FROM THE STATE.))
OUT Q=from the state.
School transportation officials say for now, they have stopped the buses from
going down Yale Drive.
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IN Q=I've been working
((ROBERT WOOLWINE/ TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR: I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE
COUNTY AND V-DOT ON THEM TAKING THIS LITTLE SEGMENT OF ROAD OVER. NO ONE HAS
COMMITTED TO ME AT THIS POINT. I'M GOING TOMORROW WITH V-DOT TO LOOK AT IT
AGAIN AND WHAT TAKES PLACE AFTER THAT I DON'T KNOW. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Woolwine/ Transportation Supervisor;
OUT Q=I don't know.
Woolwine says Yale Drive is in Roanoke County's five- year road improvement
plan, but he's not sure when or if the state would actually take over the
If you live in Lynchburg and you own a home that's more than 30 years old,
you could be coming into some money in the next two years.
That's because the city may start paying residents to take part in the
Combined Sewer Overflow program.
Federal law now prohibits dumping overflow sewage into nearby streams.
That means thousands of Lynchburg homes built before 1965, will have to
disconnect their raingutter downspouts from the sewer system.
To help offset the costs, the city will pay 150 dollars or more to
homeowners who voluntarily do the disconnections over the next two years.
IN Q=We want to
((BOB BLAIR/BLAIR ADVERTISING: WE WANT TO DEVELOP THAT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE
CITY GOVERNMENT AND THE CITIZENS AND TO FOSTER A TRUE VOLUNTEER SPIRIT. WE'RE
GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE VOLUNTEERING OUT THERE TO DO THINGS, THAT'S HEALTHY,
THAT'S GOOD, WE WANT THEIR INVOLVEMENT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Blair/Blair Advertising; :00
Council will vote on the proposal next month.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--teaching kids about fire safety.
Some firefighters drive the point home in the classroom.
Also--an update on Meico, one of Roanoke County's crime fighting canines.
How is he adjusting to his new partner? We'll have the story.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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The chairman of the Wythe County board of supervisors wants FORMER chairman
Mark Munsey to join him in making a public apology.
Charles Dix says Munsey was responsible for a meeting the board held January
15th which was in violation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
Dix apologized to citizens today, but said the whole board shouldn't take
((QUESTION: YOU DON'T THINK EACH MEMBER BEARS SOME RESPONSIBILITY?
CHARLES DIX/WYTHE SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: TO SOME DEGREE, BECAUSE WE WAS ALL IN
ATTENDANCE. BUT LIKE I SAY, I THINK MR. MUNSEY NEEDS TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS
((MARK MUNSEY/WYTHE SUPERVISORS VICE-CHAIRMAN: IT HAS TO DO WITH AN
EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE CONFIDENTIALITY AND BECAUSE OF THAT I CANNOT RESPOND AT THE
PRESENT TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Charles Dix/Wythe Supervisors Vice-Chairman;
SUPER=01-Mark Munsey/Wythe Supervisors Vice-Chairman;
OUT Q=the present time.
At the meeting the board discussed seeking county administrator Billy
Branson is taking the board to court.
A boardroom battle may be behind Leggett's decision to consider putting the
firm up for sale.
A leading consumer analyst has some insights on the Southside department
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=This month
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :08 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Ken Gassman/Consumer Analyst-Davenport & Co.; :15
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( This month Leggett department stores confirmed it was at least CONSIDERING
the sale of all or part of its stores.
Ken Gassman of Davenport and Company says it appears that something is going
on internally at Leggett.
IN Q=Fred Leggett
((KEN GASSMAN/CONSUMER ANALYST-DAVENPORT & CO.: FRED LEGGETT, WHO WAS CHAIRMAN
OF THE BOARD OF LEGGETT, WAS NOT RE-ELECTED TO HIS POSITION ABOUT A
WEEK-AND-A-HALF AGO. IT'S A FAMILY-RUN CORPORATION AND HE'S NOW ON THE OUTS
WITH HIS FAMILY. THE APPARENT SOURCE OF DISAGREEMENT HAS TO DO WITH A LETTER
THAT THE COMPANY RECEIVED FROM AN UNKNOWN REGIONAL RETAILER WHO SAID LET'S SIT
DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBLE SALE OF LEGGETT.))
OUT Q=sale of Leggett.
Gassman's sources speculate the letter came from Proffitt's Department
Stores of Tennessee.
But he adds Leggett has several possible suitors.
IN Q=Belk Department
((GASSMAN: BELK DEPARTMENT STORES OWNS APPROXIMATELY 20-PERCENT OF LEGGETT,
THEY COULD BE A POTENTIAL BUYER, PROFFITT'S COULD CERTAINLY BE A POTENTIAL
BUYER, DILLARD'S DEPARTMENT STORES COULD BE A POTENTIAL BUYER, BUT IT APPEARS,
THAT LEGGETT MAY BE PUT IN PLAY SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.))
OUT Q=sooner rather than later.
Neither Leggett nor Proffitt's will comment.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
First Union bank should have spotted the forgeries and put a stop to
embezzlement at the Harrison Museum.
A first- of- its- kind ruling from Judge Pat Doherty holds the bank
Museum bookkeeper Norma Underwood admitted embezzling more than 40- thousand
dollars from the museum three years ago.
The judge ordered her to pay back the stolen funds, but she has not.
Insurance covered the loss. Then the insurance carrier convinced Judge
Doherty that the bank's responsible for more than half the loss.
If the decision stands, it's sure to change the way banks scrutinize
transactions in the future.
The Dow lost ground today, dropping 14 points to close at 56 hundred 69.
NASDAQ was down two points.
The January fire that killed four children and their grandmother is having
an impact in many Roanoke classrooms.
During the next two weeks, Joe Dashiell reports, the city's elementary
school students are getting a refresher course in fire safety.
IN Q=Who knows what
SUPER=01-Chris Georgoulis/Paramedic Firefighter; :00
SUPER=01-Edward Fielder/Assistant Fire Marshal; :40
SUPER=04-January 20; :50
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
(( OPENS ON NAT SOT
IN Q=Who knows what the emergency number is
((WHO KNOWS WHAT THE EMERGENCY NUMBER IS, IF WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY? JUST YELL IT
OUT TO ME. 9-1-1. GREAT. GREAT EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT.))
SUPER=01-Chris Georgoulis/Paramedic Firefighter;
OUT Q=everybody knows that.
Second- graders at Preston Park Primary School are getting the message, and
during the next two weeks, all of the city's elementary school students will
hear about the importance of smoke detectors, how to summon help by dialing
9-1-1, and what to do if their home or their clothes catch fire.
IN Q=Can you hear me
((CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES. CAN YOU HEAR ME GOOD? YES. ARE YOU SCARED OF ME? NO. DO
I LOOK LIKE AN ELEPHANT?))
OUT Q=like an elephant.
Using humor to highlight a serious subject.. Firefighters hope an
entertaining talk will help them reach students and their parents, too.
IN Q=When you get somebody
((EDWARD FIELDER/ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHAL: WHEN YOU GET SOMEBODY TUGGING ON
DADDY'S COATTAIL SAYING WE'VE GOT TO LEARN THIS, WE'VE GOT TO PRACTICE THIS.
WE'VE GOT TO STOP, DROP AND ROLL. WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A MEETING PLACE. DAD
LISTENS TO THAT.))
OUT Q=dad listens to that.
An extension of the department's regular fire prevention programs, the
latest school visits are one way the department and the city schools have
responded to the January fire on Stewart Avenue.
Firefighters hope to carry their message to more than seven thousand
students in 21 schools by April first.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
One of Roanoke County's canine officers quit last summer- -arguing he should
be allowed to take his dog with him.
Rick Ruggieri's theory was that he and Meico had developed such a bond-
-working together for two years- -that the five-year old Shepherd would never
respond to another handler.
The county might as well give him up, Ruggieri reasoned. The dog would be
useless without him.
NAT SOT- -woof, woof
* * * Keith ON ENG * * *
Well, the County didn't buy that, refusing to sell the highly- trained
Meico's got a new handler now, Officer Steve Elswick.
After a six- week training course last Fall, Elswick and Meico have become a
IN Q=We bonded almost
((OFFICER STEVE ELSWICK: WE BONDED ALMOST FROM THE FIRST DAY. I HAD MY SON OUT
IN THE YARD PLAYING WITH HIM WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK. HE'S A TWO-YEAR OLD, PRETTY
RAMBUNCTIOUS. MEICO TOOK TO HIM WITH NO PROBLEM AT ALL.))
SUPER=01-Steve Elswick/Roanoke Co. Canine Officer;
OUT Q=problem at all.
Officer Elswick says he had been warned there might be problems with
children, because the dog can be very aggressive.
Didn't seem to be any difficulty during the demonstration at Tanglewood
Mall's kids day this weekend.
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Roanoke Express is about to take the
ice for the team's final home regular season game of the year.
Plus, Joe isn't the only Gibbs involved with racing these days.
I'll introduce you to his oldest son JD, who'se now trying his hand at
driving late model stock cars.
The Roanoke Express plays its final home game of the season tonight against
the third place South Carolina Stingrays.
Steve Mason has some notes from the freezer.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Jason Clarke/Express Right Winger; :10
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :17
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; 1:00
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((Frank Anzalone was so tense about his team this morning that the often out
spoken speaker was at a loss for words when asked about his final home game of
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
((DAVE STEWART/EXPRESS TEAM CAPTAIN:))
Stewart will serve a one game suspension tonight; an ECHL ruling that
raised his coaches blood pressure another notch.
Jason Clarke returns and should add more punch to a line up that has held
it's own without him.
((JASON CLARKE/EXPRESS RIGHT WINGER:))
The Memory of last year's season ending mistake is also fresh in the players
To hang any type of banner, the Express will need solid goaltending; an
element that has been missing of late.
The puck drops at 7pm tonight. At the Round House, Steve Mason news 7
The NCAA slapped the Florida State football program with one year's probation
today for failing to properly monitor the school's student athletes.
SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL/This Afternoon; :00
The probation will not cost the Seminoles any scholarships or keep them from
appearing in a bowl game next year.
Still, the Noles say they plan to appeal.
IN Q="We still have...
((DAVE HART/FLORIDA STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Dave Hart/Florida State Athletic Director; :00
OUT Q=...appellate remedy."
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The Roanoke RiverDawgs continue to sign some top flight college talent for
the upcoming season.
SUPER=03-Radford/July 30, 1995;
Today Big South player of the year Ian Spooner from Radford University came
to terms with the team.
Spooner was the second leading scorer in the nation last year with 20 goals.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./November 11, 1995;
The Oxford, England native was also a starting forward for the RiverDawgs
last season, scoring 10 goals.
Because of the intense competition and the large number of entries, more cars
missed Sunday's Miller 300 at Martinsville than made the field.
One of those who failed to make the main show was J.D. Gibbs, the oldest son
of former Redskins boss and current Winston Cup car owner, Joe Gibbs.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/January 1995; :00
SUPER=01-J.D. Gibbs/Late Model Stock Driver; :18
OUT Q=...my brother."
(( When his Dad stepped away from the NFL and moved to Charlotte and into the
world of NASCAR racing, JD wasn't far behind. After playing football and
graduating from William & Mary his Dad became his employer, and racing crept
into his blood.
((J.D. GIBBS/LATE MODEL STOCK CAR DRIVER:))
His main job is handling marketing and licensing for the Interstate Batteries
race team, but now he's trying his hand at a little driving. Like most of us,
he figured what's the big deal? It's just a bunch of guys riding around in
Sunday was J.D. first taste of true late Model stock car racing and his first
run at Martinsville. He did an admirable job in the first heat race dodging
three different wrecks that could have put him out of the race.
His luck finally ran out when Richard Bailey spun him out. Out of the race,
but not the sport.))
One Roanoke music man is trying to perform his way into the hearts and lives
His message is simple-- you can be anything if you just believe.
Ron Jones has the story.
IN Q=Music can be a
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Franklin Riles/Musician; :42
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.
NAT SOUND (Roanoke Symphony Orchestra)
((Music can be a common bond appreciated by all... regardless of culture,
race... or even age.
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These youngsters at the Rugby Day Care Center are also bonding through
Following the lead of their conductor, Franklin Riles, the children
enthusiastically try their hand at playing unconventional instruments such as
cherrio boxes, chili cans--basically anything that makes noise.
NAT SOUND (Children Playing)
Riles says it's not the instrument that's important but freedom of
((FRANKLIN RILES/MUSICIAN: AND I FEEL THAT COMING TO THESE CHILDREN HERE AND
LET THEM KNOW WHAT THIS GREAT COUNTRY IS ALL ABOUT... AND THAT IS ABOUT
Riles and his travelling buddies, Ventriloquist Charles Telfare and Ray
Jackson the third, stop at local Day Care Centers spreading fun and creativity.
He believes the make shift instruments prepare children for the future.
((AND I JUST WANT TO SEE THEM GROW UP TO BE JUST GREAT CHILDREN. FINISH
SCHOOL. BE TEACHERS, JUST BE ANYTHING.. BE DOCTORS... JUST BE ANYTHING THAT
COMES INTO THEIR LITTLE HEARTS.))
Riles, an unconventional music man, says he hopes the children remember it's
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
not what you have... but how you use it.