Here's some of what's coming up on NEWS at SIX:
A sheriff's deputy charged with theft.
An arson suspect gets a psychiatric re-evaluation.
And a man with a new notion about the Beale Treasure.
Tonight in sports, the Avalanche and Hillcats open their seasons tonight.
Earnhardt and Rusty are racing in Japan.
And Michael Jordan and the Bulls are in the hive tonight looking to spoil the
Hornets playoff ambitions.
Just in time for Easter, the return of winter temperatures and some cold
rain and light snow for the mountains as well.
A former Roanoke County sheriff's deputy was indicted today.
William Gerald Lucas, Junior, faces one count of credit card theft.
The investigation began late last summer when inmate Robert Dallas reported
he'd gotten a statement of charges on his credit card... a card that was
supposed to be locked up in the property room of the jail.
IN Q=whatever they come
((WHATEVER THEY COME IN WITH IS WRITTEN DOWN EVERYTHING'S THERE AND THEY SIGN
IT AND THEY GET A RECEIPT FOR IT.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Barry Tayloe/Roanoke Co. Sheriff's Dept.
OUT Q=receipt for it.
* * * Keith on ENG * * *
Once county police identified Deputy Bill Lucas as a suspect in the case, he
resigned almost immediately.
IN Q=WE MAKE EVERY
((SHERIFF GERALD HOLT: WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT POSSIBLE IN OUR RECRUITING AND
HIRING PROCESS. AND I MAY ADD THAT THIS WAS A NEW RECRUIT DEPUTY FOR THE
ROANOKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.))
SUPER=01-Gerald Holt/Roanoke Co. Sheriff
OUT Q=sheriff's office.
Lucas does NOT intend to contest the charge.
His lawyer says it's "apparently all true..." what attorney Tom Blaylock
called a "stupid mistake."
He also says Lucas has paid back the 13-hundred dollars in charges Lucas
allegedly made with the stolen credit card.
The statements Phillip Orren made to police BEFORE his arrest ARE admissible
That's the ruling a circuit judge made this afternoon.
The 21-year-old Roanoke man is accused of setting fires in the Patterson
Avenue area of the city.
Today his attorney, Gretchen Knoblauch(knob-block) tried to have Orren's
early statements to police suppressed.
Knoblauch says Orren's low I-Q and alleged police intimidation should make
his early statements inadmissible.
IN Q=I think he is
((GRETCHEN KNOBLAUCH/ORREN'S ATTORNEY: I THINK HE IS A SPECIAL CASE. YOU SAW
HOW EASILY LED HE WAS BY MS ANTHONY AND IN MOST OF THE STATEMENTS HE RARELY
EVER SPEAKS FREELY.))
((BETTY JO ANTHONY/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: HE'S NOT FUNCTIONALLY
ILLITERATE. HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT'S GOING ON IN LIFE. HE'S NOT THAT EASILY LED
BECAUSE HE DIDN'T ADMIT TO ALL THE FIRES DETECTIVE KAHL ASKED HIM ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Gretchen Knoblauch/Orren's Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Betty Jo Anthony/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney; :15
OUT Q=asked him about
The judge ruled the statements WERE admissible.
He found the police officers took all the necessary steps to protect Orren's
The judge DID allow for a second, more indepth, psyschological evaluation to
be conducted later this month.
Roanoke officials are making some changes in the plan to inspect rental
The changes are the result of a workshop the city held recently for
landlords and tenants.
The revised plan calls for the city to provide inspections in designated
neighborhoods on a routine schedule.
The goal would be to have each rental unit inspected at least once every two
The city also wants to encourage property owners to take part in the
scheduled inspection program, by providing the first inspection and the next
two at no charge, if the rental unit passes.
The city will hold another workshop on the plan Monday night.
Authorities in Salem say this morning's fire at Wal Mart is suspicious.
The fire started in the rear of the West Main Street store at about 1:30
Smoke was coming from the building when firefighters got there.
But the sprinkler system was activated, and the fire was soon out.
Several workers inside got out safely.
No word on how much damage was done. The store DID re-open.
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A six- year- old boy playing with a lighter is reportedly responsible for a
fire that gutted a Lynchburg home Wednesday night.
Fire authorities say the boy was in a back room of the house when he
accidentally ignited some papers.
The blaze quickly spread through the rest of the house at 8-10 Wise Street,
as firefighters spent more than an hour bringing it under control.
All eight candidates for Lynchburg city council got together this morning to
talk with the employees of Nationwide Insurance.
As expected, the controversial 17- million dollar sports complex, which will
be built in Nationwide's backyard, was a major topic for discussion.
Six of the seven council seats are held by Republicans.
Lone Democrat Junius Haskins says its time he got a little help.
IN Q=I've been home
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I'VE BEEN HOME ALONE TOO LONG NOW,
AND I THINK PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE IDEOLOGY THAT WE HAVE A POLITICAL PREFERENCE
FOR MAKING APPOINTMENTS OR MAKING DECISIONS, THAT'S COUNTER TO THE DEMOCRATIC
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=the Democratic process.
But incumbent mayor Jim Whitaker says the people didn't elect conservatives
to see them appoint liberals to various boards and commissions.
Whitaker hopes the GOP maintains its firm grip on city politics.
IN Q=As a conservative
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: AS A CONSERVATIVE, CERTAINLY I HAVE THE
PHILOSOPHY OF A CONSERVATIVE AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US MAINTAIN A MAJORITY ON
COUNCIL OF CONSERVATIVES, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT LYNCHBURG IS A CONSERVATIVE
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=a conservative city.
Both Haskins and Whitaker are unopposed for re- election.
Starting in August, the Campbell County Rescue Squad will own one of the
most sophisticated pieces of rescue equipment in the state.
That's when the squad's new 340- thousand dollar crash truck will officially
go in service.
The state- of- the- art vehicle will serve as a command center during major
emergencies in central Virginia.
Getting the truck took three years of planning and fund-raising, hence the
slogan "attitude is everything".
IN Q=We just picked
((STEVE COLEMAN/CAMPBELL CO. RESCUE SQUAD: WE JUST PICKED THAT UP IN THE BACK
OF A TAILGATE OF A TRUCK IN NEW YORK THAT WE SAW THAT WE LIKED. EVERYBODY IN
THIS DAY AND TIME, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE ABOUT SOMETHING THEN
YOU'RE IN TROUBLE. AND WE FIGURE THAT WE PROBABLY HAVE THE BEST ATTITUDE GOING
SUPER=01-Steve Coleman/Campbell Co. Rescue Squad; :00
OUT Q=attitude going now.
The truck was outfitted with a 25- thousand dollar radio system this week,
courtesy of the Ericsson Corporation.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
two Franklin County companies are hoping to hire new workers. We'll have
and the Roanoke S-P-C-A has taken in an abandoned puppy--one born without any
paws. She's full of energy, though, looking for a home.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
A member of the Patrick Henry High School baseball team was attacked by
three other students at the school this morning.
The victim was not identified, but police say he was severely injured by
blows to the head and a bite on the stomach.
The three assailants were all dressed alike in identical plaid shirts,
black jeans and white tennis shoes.
The city prosecutor plans to file felony charges against the three ages
15, 16 and 17.
Authorities don't seem to know why they attacked the P-H senior who was
treated and released from the hospital.
A measure allowing women to have direct access to obstetricians and
gynecologists is now law in Virginia.
Up until now, women insured by health maintenance organizations, have needed
approval to see an O- B- G- Y- N specialist.
But Governor George Allen signed a bill today that changes the H- M- O
IN Q=Why spend the time
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: WHY SPEND THE TIME IN THE WAITING ROOM FOR THE
APPOINTMENT? WHY SPEND THE MONEY ON TOP OF IT ALL TO SEE THAT PHYSICIAN WHO
WILL THEN SAY "NOW YOU CAN GO ON TO THE FOLLOW UP VISIT." ))
OUT Q=follow up visit
The Governor signed other medical bills today... including one that extends
hospital stays for mothers and their newborn children.
Another law provides coverage for pap smears and mammograms.
Statistics show 25 percent of all new homes are a product of manufactured
And two Franklin County operations are reaping the benefits.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=They're not
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Joe Campbell/Mod-U-Kraf; :23
SUPER=01-Macon Sammons/Franklin Co. Administrator; 1:09
OUT Q=S.P. News- 7, Franklin County
((They're not just building homes... they're building the economic future of
Both Mod-U-Kraf and Fleetwood have been hammering out manufactured houses
for more than two decades.
Now both are expanding their operations, and adding additional plants at the
Franklin County and Rocky Mount Industrial Park.
IN Q=This plant
((JOE CAMPBELL/MOD-U-KRAF: THIS PLANT IS SMALL. WE NEED THE PRODUCTION SPACE.
WE'RE BUILDING A LOT OF BIGGER HOUSES. THE MARKET HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY OVER
THE YEARS SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BUILD THIS KIND OF PRODUCT ))
OUT Q=kind of product
Once the new 3- million dollar facility opens, Campbell estimates production
at Mod-U-Kraf will increase by four times its current rate.
And more work means more jobs.
The company plans to double its production staff to about 120 employees.
Meanwhile, just down the hill, Fleetwood is nearing completion on ITS new
multi- million dollar plant.
The national mobile home manufacturer will ALSO hire an additional 50 to 60
workers... and that number could reach 200 hundred over the next couple of
Combined, Fleetwood and Mod-U-Kraf are making a 10- million dollar
investment, potentially bringing in 50 to 60 thousand additional tax dollars to
IN Q=Taken all
((MACON SAMMONS/FRANKLIN COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: TAKEN ALL TOGETHER, IT'S A
SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE COUNTY TO THE POSITIVE SIDE. ))
OUT Q=positive side
Both Mod-U-Kraf and Fleetwood say they'll continue manufacturing operations
at their current sites.
Meanwhile, their second homes should be ready in June.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
The stock market had the day off for Good Friday.
There's more to come on News 7 at Six--including Patrick Evans with a live
report from Explore Park as another season of events gets underway.
And the hunt for the fabled Beale's Treasure--one man continues his search.
It's painstaking work but he thinks it will be well worth it.
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Roanoke veterinarians say a puppy born without paws will be able to live a
fairly normal life.
This lab mix pup was found in a local dumpster about three days ago and
taken to the Roanoke SPCA.
The staff there says she has no problem running around but will not be able
to do a lot of walking on concrete, or jumping for frisbees.
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IN Q=She has no
((AL ALEXANDER/ROANOKE SPCA: SHE HAS NO SHOCK ABSORBERS BEING WITHOUT FEET.
AS SHE GETS OLDER AND HEAVIER, HER LEGS ARE LIKE POSTS.))
SUPER=01-Al Alexander/Roanoke SPCA;
OUT Q=are like posts.
Veterinarians predict she'll get to be about 40 pounds and be knee height.
She'd be best with a quiet family with a small, fenced- in backyard with
Ed Easterling has written a book, chosen a likely spot, and now he's hoping
to prove that the Beale Treasure is not just an elaborate hoax.
IN Q=It would be real easy to miss it
((ED EASTERLING/TREASURE HUNTER: IT WOULD BE REAL EASY TO MISS IT. THAT'S WHY
YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND DO IT RIGHT.))
OUT Q=and do it right.
**Keith on eng***
The Roanoke Postal Worker has identified 25 acres in Bedford County, where
he believes the legendary cache of silver, gold and jewels may be buried.
He has assembled a team of treasure hunters... and beginning this weekend
they will fan out with sensitive metal detectors to cover the terrain.
And Easterling says he's nervous about the prospects for his hunt.
IN Q=You know
((ED EASTERLING: YOU KNOW MEL FISHER SPENT 16 YEARS SEARCHING FOR THE ATOCHA.
AND I'M SURE THERE WERE TIMES WHEN HE WAS DISCOURAGED AND YOU KNOW "WE'RE NEVER
GOING TO FIND THIS THING." I'M A LITTLE BIT QUEASY ABOUT IT. I GET BUTTERFLIES,
BUT YET I'M EXCITED BECAUSE I REALIZE THERE'S THE POTENTIAL THAT IT COULD BE
SUPER=01-Ed Easterling/Treasure Hunter;
OUT Q=could be buried here.
Easterling doesn't want to rush the search. Working on weekends, he says it
may take up to two years to determine whether or not the Beale treasure is
buried on the property.
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Chief looks to enter the record book
against Jordana and the Bulls.
John Deere tractors will be a on the trail of this year's Tour DuPont.
And I'll tell you what Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace are doing racing on
this road course in Japan.
Normally at this time on Friday afternoon's we're talking about Winston Cup
Busch Qualifying results.
But the Easter weekend is traditionally provides some time off for the
drivers and their families.
SUPER=03-Suzuka City, Japan; :00
But Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace may be a little late getting back home
for the Easter Egg hunt.
The two drivers have spent most of this week in of all places -Japan.
Dale and Rusty spent a couple of days in Suzuka City testing tires on a road
course for Goodyear.
A select group of Winston Cup drivers will stage the first ever stock car
race in Japan on November 24th in the Suzuka Thunder Special.
IN Q="I really...
((RUSTY WALLACE/DRIVER - PENSKE FORD:))
((DALE EARNHARDT/DRIVER - GOODWRENCH CHEVY:))
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Driver - Penske Ford; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Driver - Goodwrench Chevy; :16
OUT Q=...TIME HERE."
The Japanese also have a Ford Thunderbird ready to race at the track,
although right now it's a two seater so, curious about racing can get an
upclose look inside the car.
The Charlotte Hornets host the Chicago Bulls in a game they desperately need
to win to keep their playoff hopes alive in the East.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
The Game is also big for center Robert Parish. The 42 year old enter, who is
also a grandfather will play in his one thousandth, five hundred and 60th game
That will tie him for the all-time record with Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
IN Q="wHAT MAKES ME...
((ROBERT PARISH/HORNETS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Robert Parish/Hornets Center; :00 quick!!!!
OUT Q=...IN THE PLAYOFFS."
Local baseball fans will have to wait until Monday to get their first
look at the Avalanche in action. Salem begins the season tonight, on the road,
against Prince William in a three game series. The team's first home game is
Monday, but beginning the season on the road does have its advantages.
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
OUT Q=...three weeks"
The Washington Redskins are on the verge of signing the pass rusher they so
The Washington Post says Pro Bowl defensive lineman Sean Gilbert of the
St.Louis Rams is likely headed to the Skins in exchange for the Redskins
first-round draft pick and other considerations.
The 1996 Tour DuPont will again be making its way into the Roanoke Valley in
exactly one month.
Stage five of the tour will wrap up in downtown Roanoke on Sunday May 5th.
This morning event organizers held a newsconference to talked about some of
the events surrounding the tour that will allow area cycling fans to get
involved - like a golf tournament, a bike rodeo and and a tricycle race
sponsored by John Deere Health care.
IN Q="This I think....
((MAC MCCADDEN/PRESIDENT - CYCLE ROANOKE VALLEY:))
SUPER=01-Mac McCadden/President - Cycle Roanoke Valley; :00
OUT Q=...ON THE TOUR."
The Lynchburg Hillcats open their 1996 season tonight against the Wilmington
Blue Rocks at 7:05 at City Stadium. Kevin Pickford will start on the mound for
the cats, who hope to start the season with a balanced attack.
IN Q="I think
((JEFF BANISTER/HILLCATS MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Banister/Hillcats Manager; :00
OUT Q=...this year"
The Explore Park celebrates its grand opening this weekend, and we've sent
Patrick Evans to check out preparations.
Double Boxes=Robin and Patrick/StarLink
Patrick, I understand there are some new places to go this season at
(ROLL AFTER MY SUPER)
Take B-roll :20
Double Boxes=Robin and Patrick/StarLink