Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX: the woman who called the law last night says
police were UN-justified in shooting her fiancee.
We'll hear from her in a moment.
And a former mayor going to prison for a crime he doesn't believe he
In sports, the UVa women are gearing up for powerhouse Tennessee, Rob
Dibble calls it quits, Jeff Gordon is just getting started
as is Lynchburg native Stacy Compton, who is joining the Winston Cup ranks
this season. We will take you to his new shop in the Hill City.
After a few more showers, a chilly but sunny forecast for Tuesday. Details
on that and WeatherSchool are straight ahead.
Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell will decide if two police
officers used reasonable force when they shot and killed a man last night.
Thirty-Five year old Edwin Plunkett was holding a loaded rifle when the
officers fired, but the woman who called police to the home says the shooting
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Joe Dashiell reports on last night's confrontation and the investigation that
is now underway.
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: she believes the officers overreacted)
IN Q=he was
SUPER=01-Billie Patton/Plunkett's Fiancee; :09
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :15
OUT Q=key to the resolution.
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
(Q&A: Have autopsy results today revealed anything?)
A former mayor of Amherst will serve a year and three months in a federal
prison and pay a five-thousand dollar fine.
Roger Beidler was convicted of money laundering in connection with a drug
and gambling ring in central Virginia.
Beidler took more than 100- thousand dollars from ringleader Wendell Wood,
and invested it in a real estate development.
Beidler's attorney says his client still maintains he's innocent.
IN Q=His faith in the
((JOHN PYLE/BEIDLER'S ATTORNEY: HIS FAITH IN THE AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM IS A
LITTLE SHAKEN NOW. HE STANDS BY THE FACT HE DIDN'T KNOWINGLY DO ANYTHING
WRONG. AND THAT'S BEEN HIS POSITION, HIS CONSISTENT POSITION THROUGHOUT.))
SUPER=01-John Pyle/Beidler's Attorney;
OUT Q=consistent position throughout.
Beidler was also placed on probation for two years. He's supposed to report
to prison within a few weeks.
Plans to assign two full- time police officers to Danville's five public
housing communities have hit a snag.
The Danville Redevelopment and Housing authority was recently awarded a
140-thousand dollar federal grant to hire the extra officers.
The officers are on the payroll but housing officials say they were UNAWARE
the men would require up to a year's training-- in another part of the city.
Housing officials are concerned they'll loose the grant because of the delay.
IN Q=I have asked
((ALVIN STEINGOLD/HOUSING AUTHORITY EXEC. DIR.: I HAVE ASKED OUR SAFETY AND
SECURITY MANAGER, KEN WIGGINS, TO BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT TUESDAY TO COME UP WITH
SOME POSSIBLE ALTERNATE USES OF THE MONEY, TO PROVIDE THE SAME SAFETY AND
SECURITY WITHOUT USING THE DANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Alvin Steingold/Housing Authority Exec. Dir.; :00
OUT Q=police department.
Danville Police Chief Neil Morris says Housing officials were told the
officers would require up to 12- months training and that there must have been
Carroll County is borrowing 13- million dollars from the federal government
for its new administrative complex.
The site work is already under way for the facility, which will house all
county offices and court services under one roof.
Congressman Rick Boucher has announced the federal Rural Housing Service is
providing two loans.
One of them, for six million dollars, is the agency's largest GUARANTEED
loan in Virginia.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: AND THAT IS AN INVESTMENT THAT I THINK
IS WELL WORTHWHILE, IN VIEW OF THE TREMENDOUS GROWTH THAT'S OCCURRED RECENTLY
IN CARROLL COUNTY'S ECONOMY. AS NEW EMPLOYERS HAVE BEEN ATTRACTED HERE, AS NEW
JOBS ARE BEING PROVIDED FOR CARROLL COUNTY RESIDENTS, NOW GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES
WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP PACE.))
OUT Q=to keep pace.
The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority is funding the remaining
500 thousand dollars.
The complex is expected to open in 1998.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
The debate was heated and emotional last week in Washington--now two area
Congressmen explain their votes on repealing the ban on assault weapons.
Also--It's a long way from Virginia, so why is a Roanoke prosecutor working
in the Aloha State? It's part of a unique job exchange--we'll tell you all
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
It was the Coca-Cola 800 and it involved plenty of traffic -- but it wasn't
At about noon today, a Coca-Cola truck dumped part of its cargo onto
Colonial Avenue in Roanoke, near the intersection with Brandon Avenue.
The driver of the truck says the door to one of the bays on the vehicle
wasn't properly latched.
About 800 glass bottles of Coke slid out when the truck turned onto
A pickup truck that came through the area right after the spill wound up
with several flat tires.
Lunch-hour traffic on Colonial had to be diverted while workers cleaned up
Senator John Warner says a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit
challenging Virginia's open primary law.
Warner opted for a primary open to all voters over a party convention after
polls showed he's less popular among his own party.
So now, Warner says state Republican Chairman Pat McSweeney and Delegate Bob
Marshall don't have the legal right to even challenge the law.
Warner says he, however, does.
IN Q=I'm just not
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VA.: I'M JUST NOT SOME STRAY DOG THAT CAME OFF THE
STREET. I'M A UNITED STATES SENATOR. AND AS SUCH I HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTECT
THE DIGNITY OF THIS OFFICE AND THE DIGNITY OF THIS ELECTION.))
OUT Q=of this election.
Warner says if the lawsuit prevails, the fall elections would be thrown into
He says he's getting involved to defend voters and Republicans.
GOP opponent Jim Miller says the notion he's doing it for Virginia voters
"doesn't pass the Hee Haw test."
Governor George Allen will head off to New York tomorrow to show off
Virginia's new academic standards and proposed testing programs.
Allen says the country "doesn't really need" another education summit, but
he's going to share Virginia's education reform efforts with other Governors.
IN Q=The taxpayers
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE TAXPAYERS ARE SPENDING LITERALLY SIX MILLION DOLLARS
IN THIS UPCOMING BUDGET ON EDUCATION. NOW DON'T YOU THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO
SAY WELL IS IT DOING ANY GOOD? AND WITH STANDARDS THAT ARE CLEAR
UNDERSTANDABLE AND MEASURABLE.))
OUT Q=and measurable.
The General Assembly approved Allen's proposal to test in four grades.
Those tests will based on the academic standards the bi- partisan state
Board of Education adopted last year.
NO final word yet from the Governor on whether he'll apply for federal Goals
2000 education dollars.
Two Southwestern Virginia Congressmen are defending the bill to lift the ban
on assault weapons.
Supporters of the repeal say the ban is ineffective and infringes upon a
citizen's right to bear arms.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte is among the Republicans to vote FOR lifting the
ban on assault-style firearms.
IN Q=it has not
((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE/-R- 6TH DISTRICT: IT HAS NOT BEEN EFFECTIVE IN
KEEPING WEAPONS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS AND IT DOES EFFECT THE RIGHT OF
LAW ABIDING CITIZENS TO OWN WEAPONS. THERE'S A LOT OF CONFUSION OUT THERE
ABOUT WHAT THESE WEAPONS ARE; THESE ARE NOT AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.))
OUT Q=automatic weapons
Ninth district Democratic congressman Rick Boucher joins the majority
Republican vote in supporting the repeal.
IN Q=the federal government
((CONGRESSMAN RICK BOUCHER/-D- 9TH DISTRICT: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT
BE BANNING RIFLES THAT ARE TYPICALLY USED FOR THESE COLLECTIONS AND ARE MANY
TIMES USED FOR PEOPLE FOR SELF DEFENSE PURPOSES AND IN VOTING TO CONFIRM THAT
JUDGEMENT ON THE PART OF THE MAJORITY OF RESIDENTS IN THIS AREA, I WAS BEING
VERY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE VIEWS OF THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIANS. ))
OUT Q=southwest virginians
The bill to lift the ban of assault rifles passed the House but is not
expected to pass the Senate. Even if it were to pass the Senate the president
is likely to veto the measure.
In the minds of many, our region's economic development hopes are riding on
Western Virginia's main highway artery is the topic of discussion at a
two-day conference taking place at the Hotel Roanoke.
But participants say before I-81 can become an engine of growth, it needs a
major upgrade that will require more than a billion-dollars of state funding.
IN Q=It's gonna
((RON CARRIER/JAMES MADISON UNIV. PRESIDENT: IT'S GONNA BE IN COMPETITION WITH
THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA AREA AROUND FAIRFAX FROM WILSON BRIDGE TO DULLES THAT
WILL NEED ABOUT FIVE-TO-SIX-BILLION-DOLLARS.))
SUPER=01-Ron Carrier/James Madison Univ. President;
Perhaps the biggest issue of the conference is how to use more of the
transportation technology developed at Virginia Tech on I-81.
Also of concern is how to bring more tourist dollars off the highway and
into local merchants' pockets.
The stock market finished mixed today.
The Dow gained seven points and finished at 56 hundred 43.
NASDAQ dropped 15 points.
If you'd only known- -last fall- -what kind of winter we were in for- -you
might have found a way to trade places with someone in, say: Hawaii.
That's exactly what Ken Sorenson did. A federal prosecutor- -based in
Roanoke for the past decade... he engineered a six- month swap with another
Assistant U-S Attorney in Honolulu.
IN Q=It's just a wonderful
SUPER=01-Sharon Burnham/Assist. U.S. Atty, Hawaii; :17
SUPER=01-Ken Sorenson/Assist. U.S. Atty, Western Va.
OUT Q=they have here.
IN Q=It's just a
((IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE.))
An avid skier, Sorenson insists he actually regrets missing the near-record
snow fall we had here.
And the other half of this equation- -the woman who took his place in the
U-S Attorney's Office in Roanoke- -insists she's just as happy she came when
((IT'S BEEN FASCINATING. I'VE ENJOYED THE TIME HERE. I ARRANGED TO COME IN
WINTER TIME. I KNOW EVERYONE THINKS I'M CRAZY FOR DOING THAT. BESIDES, IT WAS
EASIER TO CONVINCE KEN TO GO TO HAWAII IN WINTER.))
The U.S. Justice Department approved the swap as long as it didn't cost the
Sharon Burnham literally traded places with Sorenson.
IN Q=We traded houses
((WE TRADED HOUSES, TRADED CARS, TRADED CASE LOADS. OBVIOUSLY THAT WAS THE MOST
IMPORTANT ASPECT FROM THE DEPARTMENT'S POINT OF VIEW.))
OUT Q=point of view.
IN Q=You know, like
((YOU KNOW LIKE YOU SAY, SHARON AND I SWITCHED EVERYTHING. IN FACT, THIS IS
HER ALOHA SHIRT, SO....))
OUT Q=aloha shirt, so....
Assistants to the U-S Attorney in Hawaii typically wear aloha shirts in the
office- -though they keep more "suitable" apparel handy for court appearances.
But there are more fundamental differences between U-S Attorneys Offices in
Roanoke and Honolulu.
((THEN THERE'S JUST A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENT PROCEDURES, DIFFERENT METHODS,
DIFFERENT PROSECUTOR PRIORITIES. SO IT'S JUST BEEN A REALLY GREAT LEARNING
While Sorenson has filled his free time snorkling and SCUBA diving, Burnham
says Roanoke fairs well in comparison to the island paradise she left behind.
((I FEEL THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPRESSED SUCH SURPRISE, "WHY WOULD I COME TO
ROANOKE?" DON'T APPRECIATE WHAT THEY HAVE HERE. ))
Burnham has less than three weeks left to enjoy what she calls a "charming
town with a lot of character."
She and Sorenson have apparently started something.
The Justice Department may create an exchange PROGRAM, based on their
Stacy Compton unveils his new shop to news 7 sports cameras, The Express is
all set to play Charlotte,
while the sun sets on releiver Rob Dibble, who call its quits at 32.
Jeff Gordon's win in the Transouth Financial 400 has vaulted him in to the
top ten in the Winston Cup top 10 in points.
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/ESPN; :00
Gordon led 189 of the 293 laps and beat Bobby labonte by about a second
and a half.
Dale jarret ran out of gas but still holds the number one spot in the
points; 47 better than Dale earnhardt, but the wonder boys is making a run.
IN Q="we did
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Has Won 2 Races This Season; :00
OUT Q=...a real fight"
Lynchburg native Stacy Compton has had success in late model stock car
This season; he is making the jump to Winston Cup. Recently; he unveiled
the new team to the public.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Will Also Try ARCA Races; :09
SUPER=01-Dean Monroe/Team Owner; 1:37
OUT Q=...the faster you run"
(( Not having a single sponsor for the multi million dollar Winston Cup price
tag makes Stacy Compton's purpose this racing season simple.
Wait a minute?? How can this late model stock car driver talk about
competing for Winston Cup rookie of the year honors when he's never even made a
Stacy does pocess the handsome looks sponors like and taking the Dale
carnegie public speaking course has improved his already solid communication
Compton's team is owned by Dean Monroe. The 19 thousand square foot facility
is headquartered in Lynchburg and the team has already put in the time to get
it up and running.
((DEAN MONROE/TEAM OWNER:))
All 9 cars and his equipment were purchased from A.G. Dillard; the team Ward
Burton used to drive for. The former South Boston track champion and New River
race winner will test at Martinsville April 3rd and 4th.
GRAPHIC=Womens final four
The Road to the women's final four continues today. Right now, the Lady
Cavaliers of Virginia are battling Tennessee in the east Regional championship.
UVa's tamaya walker was tough early. She nails this jumper to put her Lady
cavs on top 21-9 with 7 minutes left in the first half.
The lady Vols got some steady play from Abbie Conklin, She knocks down this
shot to pull UT within 10.
Walker hits again and, at the half UVA was beating tennessee 27-14. Right
now, the Lady cavs lead 31-21 with 15 minutes left in the game.
A former Nasty Boy is hanging up his cleats.
Veteran relief pitcher Rob Dibble announced his retirement today.
The 32-year old Dibble was trying to make the team with the Chicago Cubs.
He had been out most of past two season following surgery on his right
shoulder in 1994.
One of Dibble's former teammates with the Cincinnati Reds also announced his
Thirty-five year old Tom Browning has had arm problems for the last two
Blacksburg police say a fracas outside a town nightspot has led to charges
against Virginia Tech football player George DelRicco.
DelRicco was arrested early Thursday morning on assault and battery charges.
In a news release today, police say DelRicco confronted four other students
outside the Top of the Stairs. Police say an exchange of words turned physical.
One student was jumped from behind, punched and kick repeatedly, by two
Police arrested 25-year-old Christopher J. Bishock and charged him with
DelRicco is a linebacker for the Hokies.
DelRicco was arrested later on a warran for assault and battery.