Coming up on NEWS 7 at Six:
Details of a corporate expansion plan in Roanoke.
Some commiseration for those of you still working on your taxes.
And an UN-armed bank robbery suspect subdued by employees and carried to
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason has the latest on the Tour DuPont that is
rolling our way in about three weeks.
Uta wins another Boston Marathon.
And Magic gets fined $10 thousand dollars and suspended for three games for
doing the bump.
Two fronts combine to pound the region tonight with everything from
thunderstorms to high elevation snow. We will break down the forecast by area
A Roanoke optical company has its eye on some big expansion plans.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=It's not visible
SUPER=01-Ronald Blum/Innotech Chief Executive Officer; :25
SUPER=01-Phil Sparks/Roanoke Econ. Development Chief; :47
SUPER=01-Ken DiRocco/Innotech Employee; 1:17
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
It's not visible to the naked eye, but there's a lot going on inside this plain
looking building in Roanoke.
Innotech Incorporated has developed a machine called the Excalibur which
makes bifocal lenses faster, cleaner, and cheaper...and to satisfy demand for
this new product, the company says it needs to increase its workforce
IN Q=If Innotech
((RONALD BLUM/INNOTECH CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: IF INNOTECH ACHIEVES WHAT WE
WANT IT TO ACHIEVE, THERE WILL BE OVER 550 NEW JOBS IN ROANOKE, AND 450 NEW
JOBS IN PETERSBURG. ))
OUT Q=in Petersburg.
SOT besthoff s/u
((Innotech sees itself expanding for two main reasons. For starters, it thinks
it has a unique product, and second, the demand for the bifocal lenses it makes
is growing by the day.))
OUT Q=by the day.
IN Q=When you look
((PHIL SPARKS/ROANOKE ECON. DEVELOPMENT CHIEF: WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MARKET,
BABY BOOMERS ARE COMING OF AGE NOW, AND I HEARD THAT RECENTLY WE HAVE 10
THOUSAND PER DAY TURNING 50, AND THEY'RE GONNA NEED THE PRODUCTS THAT THIS
OUT Q=company's making.
Innotech began selling its product three years ago to opticians and retail
eyeglass centers, and orders have climbed steadily ever since.
The company will fund its expansion with the 30 million dollars raised when
it sold its stock to the public last month...this has employees like Ken
DiRocco excited, he's been with Innotech almost from the beginning.
IN Q=It's a big growth
((KEN DIROCCO/INNOTECH EMPLOYEE: IT'S A BIG GROWTH IT'S A SHOCK IT'S HARD TO
BELIEVE WE STARTED OFF WITH SUCH A SMALL GROUP.))
OUT Q=small group.
Innotech has space available to expand its Petersburg operation, but Roanoke
remains a question.
The company says though, it will make every effort possible to have its
growth take place inside the city limits.
Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
Fire destroyed a home on Owens Road in the Snowville section of Pulaski
County this afternoon.
It took about 20 minutes for firefighters to bring the blaze under control.
They say it was probably too late to save the 40 year- old log house by the
time the fire was reported.
((LEE SIMPKINS/SNOWVILLE V.F.D. CHIEF: WE GOT THE CALL AND THE PEOPLE THAT
CALLED IT IN SAID IT WAS ALREADY COMING THROUGH THE ROOF. WE HAD TWO
FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED WITH THE PUMPER. WHEN THEY GOT HERE THE LOG CABIN WAS
TOTALLY INVOLVED WITH FIRE. ))
SUPER=01-Lee Simpkins/Snowville V.F.D. Chief;
OUT Q=involved with fire.
The house and all of its contents were destroyed.
Simpkins says the fire started in the wiring of a front porch light.
No one was home at the time.
A melee in a Lynchburg bank this morning ended in the arrest of a suspect on
bank robbery charges.
Police had to use chemical spray to subdue 34- year- old Troy Nathan
Jennings before they could carry him out of the First Federal Savings Bank.
Jennings allegedly had grabbed money from a teller's drawer then fought with
bank employees who were able to detain him until police arrived.
IN Q=The bank manager
((CMDR. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THE BANK MANAGER MANAGED TO LOCK HIM
INTO THE VAULT WITH THE GATE AND THE ALARM WAS SOUNDED AND POLICE RESPONDED. A
FIGHT ENSUED, NOT ONLY BETWEEN THE BANK MANAGER AND THE SUSPECT, BUT THE POLICE
OFFICERS AND THE SUSPECT.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=and the suspect.
Four people, including Jennings and a police officer were slightly injured
in the struggle.
Authorities say Jennings apparently was NOT armed.
He's been charged with two counts of robbery.
Its the time of year where everyone remembers their Uncle Sam as the clock is
inching toward the midnight tax deadline.
Double Boxes=Keith/Kimberly Microwave
Kimberly McBroom is at Roanoke's main post office where they are trying to take
the sting out of the tax deadline.
Kim, it looks like a party down there.
(Rollcue: up until the midnight deadline)
SUPER=01-Martha Hoyle/Last Minute Filer; :10
SUPER=01-Greg Bowman/Last Minute Filer; :16
SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Postmaster; :37
OUT Q=get it delivered to them.
(Question: What other post offices are open late tonight?)
A former national budget director has found he needs a little more time to
file his taxes.
Senate candidate Jim Miller released 11 years of his personal tax records to
the media -- including an extension request to file late this year.
Miller says he and his wife have been so busy on the campaign trail that
they haven't gotten their taxes done.
A spokesman for John Warner declined to release the Senator's records.
Today was also the day for candidates to file their fundraising and spending
reports for the last quarter.
John Warner reports 484- thousand dollars raised, and 778- thousand on hand.
Jim Miller's campaign raised 288- thousand -- and has 178- thousand left.
On the Democratic side, multimillionaire Mark Warner reports 257- thousand
raised in the last three months, and 107- thousand still on hand.
Leslie Byrne did NOT release her finance figures to the media in time for
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the news cast, good news on the tax front for one
and we'll explain why Montgomery County workers are jumping at the chance to
build a new frog pond.
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Roanoke City Manager Bob Herbert has unveiled a budget proposal that
maintains services and tax rates while it provides a pay raise for city
Double Box=Keith & Joe
Tonight, Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with the numbers.
Keith, the 152- million dollar spending plan represents a four- point- one
percent increase over the current budget.
Among the new initiatives are two that Herbert says will benefit the city's
IN Q=City council's basic direction
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: CITY COUNCIL'S BASIC DIRECTION IN TERMS OF
THE BUDGET WAS TO TRY IF POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN SERVICES. WE'VE DONE THAT. NOT
INCREASE TAXES. WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT. AND TO BEGIN SOME NEW INITIATIVES
TO ADDRESS THESE CRITICAL NEIGHBORHOOD NEEDS THAT ARE FACING THE CITY AND I'M
MOST PLEASED ABOUT THOSE INITIATIVES.))
OUT Q=about those initiatives.
A program to conduct regular inspections of the city's rental property gets
the go- ahead in the city manager's budget proposal.
So does a move toward automation in trash collection. By providing
residents with roll-out trash containers, the city ultimately hopes to save
money... and do a better job of containing garbage in neighborhoods and on the
street before it's picked up.
The budget also includes a four- and a half percent pay raise for
employees... and full funding of the school board's budget request.
Double Box=Keith & Joe
Keith, The local share of the education budget amounts to more than 39-
million dollars... an increase of almost five percent over the current budget
Of course, city council must still pass judgement on all of this, and
members will hold a public hearing on the plan April 29th at the Civic Center.
Lynchburg homeowners will be getting a slight tax break next year.
The 1996- 97 Lynchburg budget calls for a two cent drop in the real estate
tax rate for the next fiscal year.
The city also is cutting back on its business license and machinery and
It all adds up to about 750- thousand dollars less in revenue, but officials
say services won't be affected.
IN Q=I think the
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK THE AVERAGE CITIZEN WOULD
VIEW THIS BUDGET AS BEING REASONABLE. IT DOES CALL FOR SOME TAX DECREASES WHICH
EVERYBODY LIKES, IT ALSO FUNDS OUR MAJOR INSTITUTIONS AND THE SCHOOLS IN A
PRETTY REASONABLE MANNER. IT'S A REAL START TOWARD DOING THAT, AND WE HAVE NOT
DECREASED SERVICES IN ANY WAY.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=in any way.
Davenport says local funding to schools also will increase by more than one
million dollars this year.
The executive director of the Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing
Authority has admitted criminal acts that cost her her job.
Clara Whitt pled guilty in federal court this afternoon. She has already
paid the government 12-thousand dollars in fines and restitution.
According to a two- count information filed today, Whitt accepted gifts-
-including renovation work on her own home- -in return for tampering with the
bidding process on low-income housing projects in Wythe County.
In one instance she got the department of Housing and Urban Development to
pay Ridgewood Contractors 2-thousand dollars the contractor wasn't entitled to.
The 58-year old Wytheville resident is set to be sentenced in July.
Kids in Montgomery County may cool their heels in the frog pond this summer.
Contractors will be hopping for the next six weeks to complete work on the
new county swimming pool, named "The Frog Pond."
It's about half finished, but officials hope by Memorial Day weekend it
will be ready to open.
((TOM BAIN/MONTGOMERY CO. PARKS & REC.: WE STILL HAVE TO FINISH THE WALLS, WE
HAVE TO DO THE WHITE-COAT IN THE POOL, THE EQUIPMENT LIKE THE FROG-SLIDE, THE
TUBE SLIDE AND THE WATER DROP STILL HAS TO BE INSTALLED. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Bain/Montgomery Co. Parks & Rec.;
OUT Q=has to be installed.
The county has been without a pool since a broken valve destroyed the old one
two years ago.
Insurance is covering the half- million dollar- construction cost.
The county is seeking donations to improve the pool's playground.
((WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS NOW THAT ARE DONATED AND WE HOPE TO
RAISE THE OTHER FIVE THIS SATURDAY MORNING. ))
OUT Q=this Saturday morning.
Children and their families are collecting signatures this week to sponsor
them in a fundraising walk around the New River Valley Mall.
On Wall Street today, the stock market got the week off to a good start.
The DOW climbed more 60 points closing for the day at 55-hundred-93.
Nasdaq rose nearly 10 points.
A ground- breaking ceremony in Franklin County is the first step to breaking
new ground in Virginia.
The Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration should be complete
by the fall of '97.
And officials say it's the first of its kind in the Commonwealth.
The facility will give eighth and ninth graders the opportunity to learn
about a wide range of occupations.
IN Q=The students
((LEONARD GEREAU/FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: THE STUDENTS ARE GOING
TO COME OUT WITH SALEABLE SKILLS. SO THEY'LL BE MUCH BETTER PREPARED FOR THE
WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW... BEING ABLE TO APPLY TECHNOLOGY TO ANY CAREER. ))
SUPER=01-Leonard Gereau/Franklin County Schools Superintendent;
OUT Q=any career
Gereau says the concept for the center was developed a couple of years ago,
with the help of business leaders and parents.
Teachers at the 6- point- three million dollar facility are expected to
instruct five- hundred students each semester.
A pawless pup that was found in a local dumpster has found a new home.
Matt and Pam Lucas of Roanoke are the proud owners of the lab mix.
The puppy was born without paws, so the owners will have to deal with the
special needs of the pet.
IN Q=some special booties
((PAM LUCAS/NEW OWNER: SOME SPECIAL BOOTIES WE'RE THINKING ABOUT HAVING MADE
FOR HER WHICH WOULD HELP HER ALSO OUTSIDE AND INSIDE.))
SUPER=07-Pam Lucas/New owner
OUT Q=outside and inside
The black lab was found in a dumpster and taken to the Roanoke Animal
Vets say she is in good hands.
IN Q=she's not going
((BRIDGET QUATMANN/ROANOKE SPCA VETERINARIAN: SHE'S NOT GOING TO BE THE KIND
OF DOG THAT CAN GO OUT AND PLAY LIKE EVERYONE ELSE CAN BUT SHE CAN STILL HAVE A
GOOD QUALITY LIFE.))
SUPER=07-Bridget Quatmann/Roanoke SPCA Veterinarian
OUT Q=good quality life
Pam and Matt Lucas were selected from 29 applicants wanting the dog.
Coming up tonight in sports, the NBA lowers the boom on Magic Johnson, more
that 38 thousand run the Boston Marathon today.
And Steve Mason has the latest on the upcoming Tour Dupont that is rolling in
the valley in less than 3 weeks.
There will be no more Magic in Los Angeles for the rest of the regular
Yesterday Magic Johnson puffed out his chest and bumped a referee.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/NBC-Yesterday; :00
The incident which occurred after referee Scott Johnson failed to whistle
what Magic Thought was a foul will cost Earvin $10 thousand dollars and a three
IN Q="It was all...
((EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON/SUSPENDED FOR THREE GAMES:))
SUPER=01-Earvin "Magic" Johnson/Suspended For Three Games; :00
OUT Q=...I KNEW BETTER."
Tour Dupont officials held a news conference this morning to introduce one
of the world's top mountain climbers who will be favored in Roanoke's uphill
stage 5. Steve Mason says some changes in the course and increased prize
money should make this stage exciting!
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Mac McCadden/President of Roanoke Cycle Valley; :10
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Year; :22
SUPER=01-Mike Engleman/U.S. Postal Service Cyclist; 1:01
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
((The Airport Marriott served as the site for an early morning Tour DuPont
news conference. On the agenda; officially introducing 8 new sponsors.
May 5th's Stage 5 is no longer a mountain time trial. cyclists will not race
the clock, but will now race each other.
More prize money. Try 25 thousand more sponsorship dollars than last year.
John Deer shelled out a grand for the king of the Mountain Jersey winner. Team
U.S. Postal Service cyclists and mountain specialist Mike Engleman hopes to put
his stamp on stage 5.
((MIKE ENGLEMAN/2 TOP 10 TOUR DUPONT FINISHES:))
Winners of the Lynville and Cahas mountain sprints also earn a thousand each.
The price for winning is high. After stage 5, cyclists face the longest of the
tour's mountain stages in the 135 mile stage 6, which turns the beautiful
Mountain Lake resort area into an ugly 4 thousand foot monster.
Stage 6 finishes on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Stee mason
news 7 sports.))
The 100th running of the BOston Marathon took place today under ideal
conditions with a record number of runners.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/This Afternoon; :00
Temperatures were in the 50's as 38 thousand 706 entrants began the 26 point
2 mile jaunt through the streets of Boston.
But by the end, a familiar face was mugging for the camera in the women's
Germany's Uta Pippig became the first woman in history to win three straight
marathons with a time of 2 hours 27 minutes and 12 seconds.
American Jean Driscoll won the women's wheelchair division for the seventh
Switzerland's Hans Fry captured the top prize in the men's wheelchair
And the overall winner was Kenya's Moses (TA-NOO-EE) Tanui. Last year's
runnerup in the marathon won today's event in a time of 2 hour, nine minutes
and 16 seconds.
This is a third straight year a Kenyan has won the men's marathon.
The 13 member search committee in charge of selecting a new athletic director
at Radford University has been formed.
Chuck Hayes the university's faculty rep to the NCAA and a professor in the
theatre department will chair the committee that also includes women's
basketball coach Lubomyr Lichonczak,
and student representative Kim Hairston.
The Winston cup circuit rolls back in to Martinsville this weekend for the
Qualifying is set for Friday afternoon, and then Sunday look for more of
SUPER=03-N.Wilkesboro, NC; :00
The Iceman tied Richard Petty's Ironman record for consecutive starts as he
won the First Union 400 yesterday.
Sunday he'll pass the King with his 514th start.
Also, in case you missed it over the weekend the defending Late MODEL stock
car champion at New River Valley opened the season in style.
Jeff Agnew won the first 100 lapper of the year, while Tim McGuire was