The first of 50 malpractice claims against Dr. Eric Korsch goes to court in
We'll have a summary of arguments on both sides topping NEWS 7 at SIX.
And the 20-dollar car wash that doesn't deliver.... What ever happened to
V-I-P Customer services? We'll tell you tonight.
In sports, Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer comments on his Hokies
and Spring football practice,
The Roanoke Rush loses its coach, while the Salem Avalanche gains a hot tub,
and the Express is about an hour away from playing the Checkers in Charlotte
in the playoffs.
The cooler air is already moving in and the rain will follow later tonight.
Keep the rain gear handy through Friday.
A Roanoke jury at this hour is hearing opening statements in a civil
lawsuit against former Spine Surgeon Eric Korsh.
More than 50 complaints from former patients have been filed against the
Double Boxes=Keith and Connie/Microwave
Connie Stevens is at the courthouse with more.
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(Rollcue: many more to go.)
IN Q=So many people
SUPER=01-Carol Fielder/Former Patient; :00
OUT Q=as he says he is
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Double Boxes=Keith and Connie /Microwave
(Question: What's the trial schedule at this point, Connie?)
The 1996 presidential campaign may include a swing through Lynchburg later
Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole reportedly has agreed to deliver
Liberty University's graduation address in May.
Dole's campaign staff would not confirm his appearance, saying the
candidate's schedule for that time period has not been set.
Dole's invitation came during a private meeting with Liberty chancellor
Jerry Falwell last winter.
Falwell recently urged Republicans to stop attacking Pat Buchanan, but
Falwell has NOT endorsed a presidential candidate.
Three University of Virginia law students who challenged the state
Republican party, then carried their case to the U-S Supreme Court, have won a
The students had argued a 45 dollar fee charged at the 1994 state convention
amounted to a poll tax and was a violation of the federal voting rights act.
Today, the Supreme Court ruled state political parties must get federal
approval before charging a fee.
Today's decision did not address the merits of the law students' lawsuit,
but it did clear the way for another round in state court.
The rush to buy Lottery tickets is on--tonight's Lotto prize is an estimated
20 million dollars.
Meantime Virginia Lottery officials are moving full steam ahead with a plan to
join or start a Powerball-like multi-state game.
The Lottery Board discussed the possibilities today in Richmond.
IN Q=I don't think
((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYONE THAT
ACTUALLY PUTS THEIR DOLLAR DOWN AND THINKS "OUT OF 54- MILLION PEOPLE, I'M
GONNA WIN THIS 82 MILLION." BUT THE NUMBERS ARE SO INCREDIBLE, IT'S LIKE ISN'T
THIS FUN JUST TO DO?))
SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Va. Lottery Director;
OUT Q=just to do?
The General Assembly got over its jitters about Powerball or a game Virginia
might start with other states.
The new two year state budget relies on some multi- state game to be started
Also on the drawing board -- a new bar code scanning device that would speed
up instant ticket redemption.
The Lottery's looking at two kinds of scanners.
They'd allow winners to cash in at any retail location -- NOT just where
they bought the ticket.
Was it a telemarketing scam, or just bad business practices?
Some folks say they were left high and dry by a local car wash company and
that prompted a News- 7 investigation.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=For a while
SUPER=07-Joan Young; :39
SUPER=07-Paul Ripley; :46
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday; :54 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Yesterday; 1:04 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=01-Jennifer Farmer/Professional Car Services; 1:17
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( For a while it looked like this vehicle and a number of others would never
But the new owner of this car washing company says SHE'S clean, and soon
vehicles will be, as well.
The business is now called Professional Car Care Services, formerly VIP
VIP telemarketers had been offering these certificates for twenty dollars a
piece, promising customers that someone would come to their home or business
and perform a hand wash and wax on their vehicle.
But a News- 7 investigation found that a number of unsatisfied customers
complained to the Better Business Bureau about VIP.
Customers say they paid up front, but in a number of cases, folks believed
they got doused with empty promises.
end stand up
IN Q=They never
((JOAN YOUNG: THEY NEVER WOULD RETURN MY CALL AND MOST OF THE TIME, THE
RECORDING SAID THE MESSAGE TAPE WAS FULL. I TRIED TO REACH THEM FOR WEEKS. ))
BUTT BUTT BUTT
IN Q=There was no
((PAUL RIPLEY: THERE WAS NO SHOW HERE TO WASH MY TRUCK AND WAX IT AND I TRIED
REPEATED CALLS BACK AND THE TAPE KEPT SAYING THE MESSAGE TAPE WAS FULL. ))
OUT Q=tape was full
Earlier this week, we went to VIP's headquarters to get some answers from
Stephanie Peters... who according to city records still owned the company.
All we found was a locked office.
Then we went to her home, where we were told the business had been sold to
Radford resident, Jennifer Farmer.
Farmer is well aware that there are plenty of vehicles that were never
cleaned, but says she has every intention of making good on the past promises.
IN Q=I'm going
((JENNIFER FARMER/PROFESSIONAL CAR CARE SERVICES: I'M GOING TO MAKE EVERYTHING
RIGHT. IT'S GOING TO TAKE ME A FEW WEEKS BECAUSE WE'VE GOT A LOT OF CARS WE'VE
GOT TO GET DONE. BUT IT WILL BE DONE. ))
The customers we talked to weren't very sympathetic toward VIP, or as it's
now called, Professional Car Services.
Even though it looks as if vehicles will now be cleaned, some say the hard
feelings toward the company will never wash away.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Just ahead on News 7 at Six--From tomatoes to tires it's all under one roof.
Wal Mart opens two more Super Centers in our area.
and later--is this racing's future? We'll introduce you to a two time
national champion--and he's only 13 years old.
That story and more still to come.
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We've all known the feeling-- there never seems to be enough hours in the
day to get everything done.
But one local sheriff's department has discovered technology can be the
Steve Smallshaw explains.
IN Q=The life of
SUPER=01-John Price/Lynchburg Sheriff's Deputy; :09
SUPER=01-Lawrence Simpson/Lynchburg Sheriff; 1:08
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( The life of a sheriff's deputy is a busy one...from serving court papers to
keeping track of prisoners, time can be a valuable commodity.
SOT 2:37:48 (3)
IN Q=We've got to
((JOHN PRICE/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: WE'VE GOT TO UTILIZE SOME KIND OF
TECHNOLOGY TO HELP US GET THAT JOB DONE, BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF TIME WE HAVE TO
DO IT JUST GETS SMALLER ALL THE TIME.))
OUT Q=all the time.
That's why the Lynchburg sheriff's office has gone high-tech.
It's newest improvement is a computerized booking system: a suspect is
brought in, fingerprinted and photographed and the essential information is
stored in the department's computer.
Not only does it produce foolproof ID bands for a prisoner's wrist, the
system can put together a photo lineup of pictures based on physical
IN Q=We've seen times
((PRICE: WE'VE SEEN TIMES WHEN WE NEEDED A PICTURE OF AN INDIVIDUAL AND HAD TO
WAIT TWO WEEKS TO GET IT PREVIOUSLY. WE CAN GENERATE THAT PICTURE WITHIN THREE
MINUTES NOW AND HAVE A COLOR PHOTO TO SHOW TO A VICTIM OR SOMEBODY WHO NEEDS TO
IDENTIFY A PERSON.))
OUT Q=identify a person.
Computers are also becoming standard issue in the deputies' patrol cars.
With this laptop an officer can record each warrant and subpoena they serve,
then transfer that information to the main computer.
A process that used to take more than an hour is now done in seconds.
IN Q=Everything is
((LAWRENCE SIMPSON/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF: EVERYTHING IS TIME SAVING NOWADAYS, WITH
THE AMOUNT OF CUTBACKS IN PERSONNEL I GUESS WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR INNOVATIVE WAYS
TO OVERCOME THAT.))
OUT Q=overcome that.
IN Q=And technology
((And technology marches on. In a few months, the sheriff's office will add a
computerized fingerprinting system...instead of the old messy ink pad, a
computer will scan a suspect's prints and immediately enter them into a
nationwide data bank. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
Odds are the Wal-Mart "experience" is moving closer to a neighborhood near
This morning WALMART opened Super Centers in Henry County and in
Interest in the store that sells everything from tomatoes to all- season
tires ran high.
All you had to do was look at the parking lot.
IN Q=Did it
((Did it have everything you expected? BEATRICE PENN/WALMART CUSTOMER: LORD
AND MORE TOO BECAUSE I COULDN'T EVEN FIND IT THERE'S SO MUCH. I COULDN'T
EVEN...LOOK AROUND, I COULDN'T FIND WHAT I WANTED. YEAH, IT WAS NICE.))
((DANNY PLASTER/WALMART CUSTOMER: WALLY WORLD. IT'S NICE, MAN. IT'S REAL
NICE, REAL NICE.))
SUPER=01-Beatrice Penn/WalMart Customer; :00
SUPER=01-Danny Plaster/WalMart Customer; :12 (VERY QUICK!)
OUT Q=real nice(double out!).
Wal-Mart will open close to 200 of these monster-size stores across the U-S
this year ALONE.
Within the next few years we'll have more than half-a-dozen Super Centers in
A local union has brought a national labor issue to the Roanoke Valley's
Union workers from Yokohama Tire in Salem organized a large rally outside
the Firestone Tire Center near Tanglewood Mall.
Demonstrators urged passers-by to boycott Bridgestone-Firestone products.
They say the company has not dealt fairly with its workers, who went on
strike after contract talks broke down nearly three years ago.
IN Q=If we
((TONY HENSLEY/BRIDGESTONE-FIRESTONE WORKER: IF WE DON'T WATCH IT, WE'RE GONNA
ALL BE WORKING FOR MINIMUM WAGE AND NO BENEFITS, NO HEALTH INSURANCE. WE NEED
TO START BACKING THE PEOPLE THAT BACKS LABOR.))
SUPER=01-Tony Hensley/Bridgestone-Firestone Worker;
OUT Q=backs labor.
Well over 100 people attended the rally, some from other tire and rubber
plants in Bedford and Danville.
As far as Bridgestone-Firestone's side of the story goes, no one at the
company was available for comment.
It was a down day on Wall Street.
The Dow dropped 44 points to finish at 56 hundred 26.
NASDAQ slipped five and a half points.
A teenager in Rockbridge County says he wants to race Rick Mast and Jeff
He's considered a champion racer who has the need for speed.
Ron Jones reports.
IN Q=In the racing
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Pearce/Father; :31
SUPER=01-Hunter Pearce/Race Car Driver; :52
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
EDITOR: FILE OF RACING
((In the racing world Dale Earnhardt, Daryl Waltrip, and Ernie Irvin are
considered super stars...the elite!
WIPE INTO TODAY'S STUFF:
And in Rockbridge County 13 year old Hunter Pearce is a star in the making.
This seventh grader is already considered an accomplished veteran among his
peers and the racing world.
Driving his motor karts throughout the southeast he has racked up more than
75 trophies and plaques... along with two national championships.
((BILL PEARCE/HUNTER'S FATHER: ONE THING THAT MAKES ME SO PROUD IS WHERE HE
STARTED IN 92 TO WHERE HE'S AT TODAY. FIRST RACE HE'D EVER RACED TO WATCH
HIM...THAT RACE, COMPARED TO WHERE HE IS NOW RACING AGAINST NATIONAL
COMPETITION. PEOPLE FROM CANADA, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, TEXAS. ALL OVER THE
COUNTRY RACING AGAINST THE TOP QUALITY DRIVERS.))
Hunter says the key to winning is expectation.
((HUNTER PEARCE/KART DRIVER: I LIKE TO TELL MYSELF I'M GOING TO WIN. I'M
CAPABLE OF A WIN. I TRY TO TELL MYSELF THAT YOU KNOW. MY DAD AND ME WE JUST
GO OUT AND TRY TO WIN EVERY TIME.))
Hunter and his 70- mile- per- hour kart also raced against Richard Petty's
grandchildren... he beat them soundly.
He wants to take on Dale Earnhardt someday.
However, his dad says for now his next big step is this super truck... when
he's old enough.
As for the karts, Hunter is still looking for sponsors.
He's learned, just like the big leagues, it still takes money to make the
racing world go round... and round. Ron Jones, News Seven.))
The Express offers famous last words before the opening round of the ECHL
playoffs in Charlotte, Virginia tech coach Frank Beamer talks about his
football team in spring practice,
and Florida introduces it's new head basketball coach and he's a Rick Pitino
Virginia tech Spring football practice is in full swing down in
Blacksburg. The Hokies are coming off a top 10 national ranking and a Sugar
Bowl win. But the bitter pressure that comes with success has not affected the
IN Q=I think
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=Real pressure there
The key leaders on the team will be Cornell Brown and Jim Druckenmiller.
They willneed to step up. The Hokies have experineced some injuries this
spring. Center Bill Conaty is down and out with a bad leg.
IN Q=That's a tough loss
OUT Q=next fall
The Spring game will be played April 20th at 3pm at Lane Stadium. Practice
continues for three more weeks and the attitude is positive. weeks.
IN Q=our goal
OUT Q=year end year out.
The Roanoke Rush announced today that head coach Denie Marie is stepping
down from his post.
Marie is leaving the second year franchise to pursue collegiate coaching
Under Marie, the Rush went 8 and 4 during the regular season and then 1 and
1 in the playoffs.
Veteran NFL receiver Don Beebe was cut by the Carolina Panthers but will
now play for the Green Bay Packers.
One other NFL note. Washington Redskin center John Gesek reportedly told the
Washington Post that a neck injury might end his career. He has a bulging disk
and the Skins team doctor has advised him to retire.
The Roanoke Express is just about 45 minutes away from the opening face
off of the ECHL first round playoffs with the Checkers in Charlotte at
The Express will need to play near flawless hockey to beat a team that has
the third best record in the entire ECHL.
Goalies Daniel Berthiaume and Matt Del Guidice will play a huge roll.
IN Q="The key
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Coach; :00
OUT Q=...win the series"
Roanoke is 3-4 and 3 against the Checkers this season. Playing Roanoke
hockey is a must, especially in Charlotte, which averages the third best
attendance in the league.
((JEFF JESTADT/EXPRESS LEFT WINGER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/Express Left Winger; :00
OUT Q=...strong point"
The University of Florida has a new head basketball coach. Thirty year old
Billy Donovan has left Marshall University to join the Gators.
Donovan played under Rick Pitino at Providence so expect the Gators to run
and gun under their new boss. (/////SOT/////)
((BILLY DONOVAN/FLORIDA BASKETBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Billy Donovan/Florida Basketball Coach; :00
OUT Q=...in this style."
(toss to Jean)
A 10- million- dollar lawsuit against two Virginia Tech football players
has focused new attention on allegations of sexual assault on college campuses.
Double Boxes=Keith Jean
Tonight, the Tech campus will hold a rally to protest violence against
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, former Tech student Christy Brzonkala
is suing the University and two Hokie players for allegedly raping her in 1994.
Tonight, the school will host the seventh annual Take Back the Night Rally.
tonight on News 7 at 11.
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports