A union vote at Kroger. We'll examine the issues and see what it may mean
to you when you go looking for groceries.
And an emotional hearing. The debate over whether or not to lock up an
arsonist who has severely limited mental ability.
Tonight in sports, Syracuse and Kentucky continue March Madness into April
The Major league baseball season opens across the nation,
but not without incident, as veteran home plate umpire John McSherry
collapses and dies of an apparent heart attack in the first inning of the
No foolin...some snow showers tonight in the west and downright windy
weather through tomorrow. Details straight ahead.
Thousands of union workers at the Kroger stores in our area could be on
strike within the next hour or so.
Last night they turned down to the supermarket chain's new five-year
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff says this will affect dozens of stores in our area.
So Len, why are they considering a walkout?
Keith Kroger stores like this one here have mastered the art of the big
sale, but a majority of its unionized clerks say its new contract offer is no
IN Q=And it
SUPER=01-Janet Hale/Kroger Union Employee;
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/UFCW Local 400 President;
OUT Q=remain open.
SOT 17:31:52 TAPE LABELLED "KROGER" FROM LAST NIGHT
IN Q=And it
((AND IT. IT SUCKS. IT REALLY SUCKS.))
OUT Q=really sucks.
That's what some union workers said as they examined the five-year-deal
Kroger put on the table.
And their vote echoed those sentiments...538 people were for it...613
SOT FROM "KROGER" TAPE 17:33:05
IN Q=Even if
((JANET HALE/KROGER UNION EMPLOYEE: EVEN IF YOU WORK THERE FOR TEN YEARS, I
MEAN YOU KNOW YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO THIS COMPANY AND THEY DON'T CARE. THEY
DON'T PAY ENOUGH, THEY JUST DON'T.))
OUT Q=just don't.
Kroger says it will maintain the workers existing health benefits and give
them a dollar-ten wage increase over five years.
A union committee endorsed the offer, and leaders say it may be hard for
Kroger to increase it.
SOT 17:25:02 FROM "KROGER" TAPE
IN Q=These are
((TOM MCNUTT/UFCW LOCAL 400: THESE ARE GOOD JOBS AND WHILE THIS MAY NOT BE ALL
THE MONEY THAT EVERYBODY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT PROTECTS THEIR BENEFITS, THEY
DON'T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING FOR THEM, AND IT DOES GIVE THEM WAGE INCREASES.))
OUT Q=wage increases.
Kroger says its disappointed by the rejection of the contract proposal,
noting it was a very fair and reasonable offer...and it adds that its stores
will remain open.
( ad lib live interview)
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
(Keith question: So where do we go from here?)
Two people wanted by the F-B-I have landed in the Rockbridge County jail on
drug and gun charges.
The South Carolina couple, Jerry and Colleen Sexton of North Charleston are
also wanted by the F-B-I for questioning about unsolved murders in Delaware.
The two were arrested at the Golden Carol restaurant in Lexington yesterday
morning in their R-V.
A state trooper says he just happened to be in the area.
IN Q=I was just on
((DAVE ALBERT/STATE TROOPER: I WAS JUST ON ROUTINE PATROL. GETTING READY TO
GET BACK OUT ON THE INTERSTATE AND HAPPENED TO OBSERVE THE VEHICLE THAT MATCHED
THE DESCRIPTION. I HAD WRITTEN DOWN THE THE DESCRIPTION ON THE VEHICLE ON A
NOTE PAD IN MY CRUISER AND JUST FOR SAKE, I SAW THE ONE THAT MATCHED IT WHICH
PULLED IN AND SAW THE TAG AND ONCE I SAW THE TAG I KNEW I HAD THE VEHICLE.))
SUPER=01-Dave Albert/State Trooper;
OUT Q=had the vehicle.
Authorities say the Sextons were arrested without incident.
Police confiscated about a kilo of cocaine, some meth-amphetamines, and
A young man with severe emotional problems got a 20-year sentence in a
Roanoke arson case today.
Jermaine Anderson has an I-Q of 82- -high enough "to read anything you put
in front of him," his grandmother says, but he's barely able to tie his shoes.
He set fire to his grandmother's house at Christmas time, in 1994, following
an argument with her.
IN Q=He is sick
SUPER=01-Jean Anderson Mack/Jermaine's Grandmother;
SUPER=01-Jermaine Keith Anderson/Arsonist
SUPER=01-Lt. J.B. Lahar/Roanoke City Police
OUT Q=to burn again.
((HE IS SICK. HE'S A SICK BOY HE DOESN'T NEED TO GO TO PRISON, HE NEEDS TO GO
TO A HOSPITAL, SOMEWHERE. WHEN HIS MEDICINE DOESN'T WORK, HE ACTS UP. ))
SUPER=07-Jean Anderson Mack
Anderson's lawyer has spent that past year trying to come up with a suitable
treatment facility for a man the 20-year old's limited mental capacity.
The only one costs 365 dollars a day.
His lawyer asked Anderson to tell to judge how he would have felt if he'd
killed his grandmother... the woman who raised him.
((VERY SAD, WHY IS THAT? SHE THE ONE TO TAKE OF ME.))
One of the arresting officers pleaded with the judge to lock him up.
((BECAUSE I FEAR THAT IF HE IS RELEASED, IN ANY SENSE OF THE WORD, THAT ONE DAY
THERE WILL BE AN INQUIRY INTO THE CONDUCT OF THIS TRIAL. AND THE PRINCIPLES IN
IT WILL ALL BE ASKED HOW HE CAME TO BE ALLOWED TO BURN AGAIN. ))
Judge Diane Strickland said: "I wish with all my heart there was something
else I could do," but she sentenced him to serve 20 years in the penitentiary.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--the changing face of the State Parole Board.
The panel's new members include crime victims and a former federal prosecutor
And caring full time for elderly parents takes a toll on a family. But in
Southside there's a program that offers a helping hand.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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Christy Brzonkala says Virginia Tech defensive end Cornell Brown was in the
same dorm room the night two other football players allegedly raped her.
Brown's name was recently added to her lawsuit against Tech.
But today, Brown's attorney filed a response in federal court-- requesting
the complaint be dismissed.
Brown's attorney says Brzonkala only filed suit against him for additional
The papers also allege Brzonkala acted with a "cavalier and disturbing
indifference to the facts and the law."
Brzonkala is suing Virginia Tech for 10- million dollars for her alleged
rape in 1994.
Former Virginia Spine Center Surgeon Dr. Eric Korsh took the stand today in
the first of many medical malpractice suits filed against him and his former
employer, Lewis- Gale Clinic.
This case was filed by a former patient, Pat Brunson, who has "painful
degenerative disc disease."
Brunson says Dr. Korsh told him spine fusion surgery was necessary or else
he faced paralysis.
Three years after the surgery Brunson now says he can't work on his farm and
is in constant pain.
Still, Korsh maintains bone fusion with pedicel screws was the right
procedure for Brunson.
Closing arguments are expected in the case Wednesday.
Supporters of the plan to build a network of trails in the Roanoke Valley
are setting their sights on a sewer line.
Today, members of the local greenway steering committee presented a plan to
city council that includes more than 50 trails.
Supporters also asked city officials to coordinate greenway construction
with a new sewer interceptor line that will soon be built along Tinker Creek
and the Roanoke River.
IN Q=Once every hundred years
((BILL TANGER/FRIENDS OF THE ROANOKE RIVER: THE CITY HAS KNOWN ABOUT THE
OPPORTUNITY FOR A GREENWAY FOR OVER A YEAR AND THE PLANS FOR THE INTERCEPTOR
LINE HAVE NO CONNECTION WITH THE GREENWAY WHATSOEVER. CITY COUNCIL IS JUST
ABOUT READY TO MISS THE BOAT.))
SUPER=01-Bill Tanger/Friends of the Roanoke River;
OUT Q=miss the boat.
City officials says they will consider the greenway plan where it's
feasible, but they note the sewer interceptor will cross the river a half dozen
times... making it difficult or impossible to coordinate the two projects in
Jackie Sharpe's son was murdered in 1990.
Today, she and a former federal prosecutor from Roanoke helped make Virginia
They joined a Parole Board that has all the makings of being less charitable
toward violent criminals than any other in history.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Governor George
SUPER=01-Jacqueline Scott Sharpe/New Va. Parole Board Member; :34
SUPER=01-Monty Tucker/New Va. Parole Board Chairman; 1:03
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond
(( Governor George Allen's appointees to the Parole Board were already
turning down parole requests three times more often than their immediate
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF CONFIDENCE IN THEM AND SLEEP
BETTER AT NIGHT AND HOPE VIRGINIANS WILL TOO.))
Allen may sleep better having overseen the end of parole in Virginia,
starting January first of last year.
But those who committed crimes before that date have to face Jacqueline
Scott Sharpe, whose son was murdered.
They've had to face Linda Pitman for two years.
She's a victim of sexual assault -- and made history as the first victim on
((JACQUELINE SHARPE: BECAUSE I AM A VICTIM, I KNOW WHAT THAT IS. BUT ALSO
BECAUSE I AM A VICTIM, IT HAS ALLOWED ME TO BE ON THE YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICE
BOARD. AND THAT HAS GIVEN ME A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT CERTAINLY -- JACKIE SHARPE'S APPOINTMENT -- SENDS A
CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THE CONCERNS OF VICTIMS OF CRIME AND THE CONCERNS OF
FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF CRIME WILL CONTINUE TO BE LISTENED TO AND CERTAINLY WILL
But the former federal prosecutor for the western district of Virginia
maintains the group will be objective.
((MONTY TUCKER: 20 YEARS WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ALLOWED ME TO SEE
BOTH SIDES. TO SEE EVERY SIDE. IT ALLOWED ME IN MANY OCCASSIONS TO SEE THAT
THE DEFENDANT'S FAMILY WERE VICTIMS, INDIRECTLY, BUT THEY WERE VICTIMS TOO.))
Tucker replaces John Metzger at the head of the board.
Metzger resigned under fire last year, admitting to making tasteless jokes
to other board members.
Allen's new board is now 60- percent African- American.
But that, finally, is NO longer a first in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The stock market began the month with a rally.
The Dow was up 51 points, finishing at 56 hundred 38.
NASDAQ gained five points.
Caring for an elderly parent or loved one with special needs is time
But a Danville organization is lending a helping hand to families in need.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=Starts with nat sound
SUPER=01-Carol Dodson/Care Giver; :13 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Linda Frazier/Care Giver; :38
SUPER=01-Deborah Jones/Program Coordinator; :57
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
Start with nat sound of music
The Danville Y-W-C-A is proud of its Adult Respite Care Program.
It's the only one of its kind in Danville and Pittsylvania County.
IN Q=It's hard
((CAROL DODSON/CARE GIVER: IT'S HARD TO LET SOMEBODY ELSE TAKE CARE OF THEM FOR
A WHILE, BUT I FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE WITH HER HERE-- THEY'RE VERY LOVING. ))
OUT Q=very loving.
Care givers aren't the only ones singing the program's praises.
Coordinators say the Seniors themselves benefit from socializing.
((NOW DON'T YOU ALL LEAVE ME SINGING ALONE. ))
IN Q=He's kind of a
((LINDA FRAZIER:HE'S KIND OF A CHARACTER, HE CUTS UP AND CARRIES ON, BUT HE
LOOKS FORWARD, LIKE I SAID. AND A COUPLE OF DAYS HE'S BEEN ILL AND HAS NOT BEEN
ABLE TO COME AND HE'S MISSED IT AND MENTIONED THAT'S MISSED GOING AND WANTED TO
OUT Q=wanted to come.
The program's offered twice a week, from ten in the morning until two.
That gives families eight hours a week to run errands or simply relax.
IN Q=Just knowing
((DEBORAH JONES/PROGRAM COORDINATOR: JUST KNOWING WE'RE HERE PROVIDING THE
SERVICE, WE WANT TO GET THAT OUT TO THE COMMUNITY IT'S A PLUS. ))
OUT Q=it's a plus.
The program costs 10- dollars a day, but there are scholarships.
The only thing that's required is a doctor's permission and willingness to
part with your loved one for a few hours. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
Coming up tonight in sports, opening day in the major leagues is marred by
the death of an umpire, and some unwanted weather.
Michael irvin is indicted on 2 drug charges.
And the college basketball season comes to a close tonight as Syracuse tries
to pull off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history tonight against
The 1996 major league baseball season has gotten off to an abysmal start.
For starters three of today's season openers in Cleveland, Baltimore, and
Philadelphia had to be postponed because of snow and rain.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/This Afternoon; :00
Then this afternoon just two minutes into the Reds-Expos game, home plate
umpire John McSherry collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack.
Medical Personnel administered CPR to the 53 year old New York native before
taking him to University of Cincinnati hospital.
Doctors pronounced him dead 55 minutes after the collapse.
McSherry, who weighed 330 pounds has had medical problems for the past
Doctors believe he died of a massive heart attack.
The game understandably was rescheduled for tomorrow.
The Braves opened defense of the their world series title this afternoon by
beating the Giants 10-to-8.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Giants vs. Braves; :00
Greg Maddux got the win today although he gave up four runs.
The Braves were just too much at the plate as Ryan Klesko, Jeff Blauser, Fred
McGriff, Mark Lemke and Jerome Walton each hit homers.
Before the game the Braves were honored for last year's championship with a
ring ceremony and the traditional raising of the banner.
The weather was a factor in Cleveland, Baltimore and Philadelphia where snow
and rain forced the postponements of opening day action.
March Madness comes to a close tonight with the NCAA national championship
game between Kentucky and underdog Syracuse.
The Orangemen are this year's cinderella team, and they are coached by a man
known to some of his former players as the "Human Hemorrhoid."
SUPER=03-E. Rutherford, NJ; :00
Jim Boeheim, is one of the most successful and most misunderstood coaches in
He has a reputation as a whiner and complainer, but his good friend and
former assistant Rick Pitino says that isn't the case.
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...their players."
The last big underdog to shock the world was Villanova back in 1985.
That year Rollie Massimino's Wildcats beat Patrick Ewing and Georgetown.
Two years before that the ultimate upset occurred as N.C. State coached by
the late Jim Valvano knocked off Hakeem Olajuwan, and the other Phi Slamma
Jamma members from Houston.
Dallas Cowboy all pro Michael Irvin is facing drug charges.
SUPER=03-Last Week; :00
The receiver has been indicted on two counts of drug possession.
One of the charges is a misdemeanor marijuana possesion charge while the
other charge of cocaine possession is a felony.
Police found Irvin and the drugs in a motel room with three other people
including former teammate Alfredo Roberts.
No trial date has been set.
The Express returned home this morning down two games to none and facing
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
Charlotte beat Roanoke twice over the weekend. The Express was OH for 14
on the power play while the Checkers were 5 for 12.
((JEFF JESTADT/EXPRESS LEFT WINGER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/Express Left Winger; :00
OUT Q=...as well
In two games, Veteran Checker goalie Nick Vitucci has allowed only 2 goals.
((JASON CLARKE/EXPRESS RIGHT WINGER:))
SUPER=01-Jason Clarke/Express Right Winger; :00
OUT Q=....wear down"
Game three faces off tomorrow night at 7 at the Round House.
Congratulations are in order for Shawsville senior wrestler Scott Holleman.
This past weekend the state champion at 171 pounds competed in the national
high school championships in Pittsburgh and won two matches.
He was part of state of Virginia team that finished a very respectable ninth
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS
You know it's hard to catch every single sports happening over the course of
a weekend and I have one item that most of you probably overlooked.
During the 20th annual Effinger Reunion down in Rockbridge County on
_________ night, our own Patrick Evans was master of ceremonies and master of
disaster on the basketball court.
The Effinger and Lexington fire departments played Donkey basketball, but
Patrick was stuck with a stubborn Llama.
More than 500 folks witnessed this spectacle that helped benefit the Effinger
volunteer fire department.
NEWSCAST=6 & 11
TAPE#Weather Edit #3
The March numbers are in the book, with several records broken.
Temperatures were well below normal...more than five degrees below normal in
Roanoke. Precipitation totals ranged from 3 3/4'' in Roanoke to 4 1/4'' in
Lynchburg. What about April? Patrick Evans has the Alamanc numbers.
IN Q=(music up)