Roanoke County Police are investigating a high speed chase that ended in a
The chase started around 1-30 this afternoon.
Two people were killed and an infant was critically injured when a suspect,
who was allegedly fleeing from police, hit their car.
Denise Allen was on the scene and has this report.
IN Q=The chase ended
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SUPER=07-John Shepherd; :30
SUPER=01-Danny Snider/Hollins Fire & Rescue; 1:17
OUT Q=Roanoke Co.
(( The chase ended here, at the intersection of Plantation and Williamson
Police were apparently chasing the driver of this blue car, 21 year old
Scott Carlton Allman of Roanoke.
Witnesses say Allman ran a red light, then broad sided this black Monte
Lori Mason of Vinton was thrown from the Monte Carlo and died at the scene.
Thomas Faucher,Jr, was also killed.
Six week old Joleen Faucher was also thrown from the car and she's in
intensive care at Community Hospital.
IN Q=we noticed there
((JOHN SHEPHERD: WE NOTICED THERE WAS A CHILD SEAT IN THE BACK. WE FIGURED
THERE MIGHT BE A CHILD LAYING AROUND. SO I STARTED DOWN HERE AT THE DRAINAGE
DITCH AND WORKED MY WAY UP AND ABOUT 50 FEET I FOUND A BABY LAYING. IT WAS
BLUE AND IT WASN'T MOVING.))
OUT Q=wasn't moving
Police say the chase began in the 5000 block of Franklin Road.
It then continued to Hershberger Road and on to Plantation.
Witnesses say the speeds during the chase exceeded 80 miles per hour.
IN Q=we heard the
((SHEPHERD: WE HEARD THE SIRENS COMING UP THE STREET AND THEN I NOTICED THE
BLUE VEHICLE FLYING DOWN THE ROAD. THEN I NOTICED RIGHT BEHIND HIM WAS A
ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE OFFICER FOLLOWING HIM.))
OUT Q=police officer was following him
The end result of the chase was a four car collision.
Life Guard 10 was called in to transport a passenger out of the suspect's
car to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Her condition is not being released.
IN Q=we've got the
((DANNY SNIDER/HOLLINS FIRE AND RESCUE: WE'VE GOT THE JAWS OF LIF OVER HERE.
WE HAD TO CUT OUT THE WINDSHIELD POST AND THE POST BEHIND THE DOOR AND ROLL THE
TOP BACK TO GAIN ACCESS.))
OUT Q=to gain access
stand up 6:06:35
Police say the accident and the chase are under investigation.
Witnesses say they're anxious to find out what that investigation uncovers.
They want to know why the chase had to end with death.
Denise Allen News 7.))
We've just learned that Allman first hit a vehicle on Hershburger Road and
then continued to the scene of the fatal accident.
The driver of that car was apparently uninjured.
Allman is being charged with attempting to elude police, hit and run, and
driving on a suspended license.
Additional charges are pending.
The father of Thomas Faucher tells News 7 he will speak to his lawyer
concerning the accident and plans to take legal action against the police.
Police pursuits and high speed chases have the subject of controversy
throughout the nation.
In our area this is the second police pursuit to end with an accident in
less than two months.
IN Q=Last month a
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Afternoon;
OUT Q=What they're doing.
Last Month a high speed car chase started in Bedford County and ended
dramatically in Roanoke.
NAT SOUND (Tape #96-24)
Authorities from several jurisdictions were in hot pursuit of 22- year- old
Sean Michael Love who was wanted for attempted murder in Prince George County.
During today's pursuit this family says they were just a few feet away from
They say the vehicle police were chasing passed them at a high rate of
They say it was so close their vehicle rocked back and forth from the speed.
They say they were terrified.
((SUSAN MARKHAM/WITNESS: WHAT FLASHED THROUGH MY MIND WAS THAT LITTLE CHILD
SITTING THERE KNOWING THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN HIM IT COULD HAVE BEEN US. MY
HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY, THE VICTIMS THAT GOT KILLED. IT COULD HAVE BEEN
And that's what had some of these family members concerned.
They felt the police caused more harm than good and that police chases
endanger citizen's lives.
((MELISA ANDREWS/WITNESS: AND WHEN THEY CAME DOWN THROUGH THAT INTERSECTION, IF
IT HAPPENED, IT WAS TERRIBLE. MY SON WAS SITTING BESIDE ME, HE WAS WHITE AS A
But Glen Markham, who was also in the car, says citizens should give police
the benefit of the doubt.
((GLEN MARKHAM/WITNESS: I THINK IT WAS A VERY TOUGH CALL FOR THE POLICE
OFFICERS TO MAKE ON A CALL LIKE THAT. ONE MINUTE I THINK, WELL THEY THEY DIDN'T
NEED TO DO THIS AT A VERY HIGH SPEED AND THEN, THE NEXT MINUTE I'M NOT A LAW
ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL. YOU HAVE TO PUT FAITH AND TRUST AND HOPE THEY KNOW WHAT
Some witnesses say there were atleast five to seven police cars involved in
However, police officials are still investigating the incident.
Sources tell The Associated Press that Bell Atlantic and Nynex Corporation
have agreed to merge.
That would create the nation's second-largest phone company -- with
customers from Maine to Virginia.
Sources who did NOT want to be identified say Nynex's board approved the
deal today and the Bell Atlantic board approved it yesterday.
An announcement by the companies is expected tomorrow.
Survivors and victims of child abuse were remembered today in Danville.
It was there-- a guardian angel was unveiled in their memory.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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SUPER=01-Ann Worley/Abuse Survivor; :18
SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Danville Vice-Mayor; :48
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
(( The unveiling of the marble statue was the realization of a dream for Ann
nat sound of unveiling
The Danville grandmother began her crusade after hearing the story of
Michael and Alex Smith of South Carolina.
The two young boys were killed when their mother sent her car rolling into
((ANN WORLEY/ABUSE SURVIVOR: EVERY NEWS STORY OF VICTIMS TORE MY HEART APART,
SO MY MISSION TO HELP STOP THESE HORRIBLE CRIMES OVERWHELMED ME AND AS VICTIM
OF CHILD ABUSE AND RAPE MYSELF, I COULD NOT CONTINUE TO SHUT MYSELF OFF FROM
OTHERS WHO NEEDED MY HELP. ))
OUT Q=who needed my help.
The guardian angel, which now watches over the city from inside Highland
Burial Park, arrived in style.
nat sound of singing
More than a hundred residents and local dignitaries turned out for the
unveiling-- which included numerous speakers.
IN Q=It behooves
((LINWOOD WRIGHT/DANVILLE VICE-MAYOR:IT BEHOOVES US NEVER TO BE SHORT, NEVER TO
BE QUICK AND BLUNT WITH THOSE LITTLE MINDS AND THOSE LITTLE BODIES, BECAUSE OUT
OF THAT GROUP WILL GROW UP THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW. ))
OUT Q=of tomorrow.
Now that Ann Worley has realized one dream, she's determined to fulfill
That's to continue spreading words of encouragement and support to all
survivors and victims of abuse.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
A early morning bomb attack in India kills at least fifteen.
SUPER=03-New Delhi, India;
The bomb leveled a four story hotel in a New Delhi district known for
hosting foreign backpackers.
A previously unknown militant group has claimed responsibility for the
They are apparently protesting a decision to hold polls in the troubled
At least 35 people were injured in the blast, and nine foreigners have been
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
A school begins an expansion in Danville,
And the Roanoke Symphony begins a NEW ERA, under David Wiley.
Wx ad lib
Pretty pleasant out there-- good night to maybe sit out on the front porch.
Temperatures still mild at this late hour-- and the skies are partly cloudy.
The mild weather carries over into tomorrow's forecast, with sunny skies and
highs in the 80s.
Things could turn wet again by late tomorrow and Tuesday-- when a cold
front's expected to swing through the region.
More on that in the forecast-- coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
Another bank chain is open for business in Franklin County.
More jet service to Roanoke Regional Airport.
And the Dow is steady.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Monday; :07
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Tuesday; :31
SUPER=04-Comair Video; :45
SUPER=03-High Point, NC/Thursday; 1:06
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; 1:17
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The Bank of Ferrum anticipates that Franklin County is on the growth track,
so it has decided to grow along with it.
On Monday the bank opened its fourth location, along route 220 north in
Innotech expects to hire upwards of a thousand people at its plants in
Roanoke and Petersburg.
The homegrown company makes a machine that produces bifocal lenses faster,
cleaner, and cheaper than conventional techniques.
Two shopping centers in our area will soon have some gaping holes to fill.
The Brendles department store chain will close its locations in
Christiansburg and the Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke County, as part of a company
Roanoke will soon have two carriers providing jet service to its airport.
Comair announced Wednesday that starting in July it will have one roundtrip
flight daily to its Cincinnati hub.
Virginia's largest union is about to get a lot bigger.
More than five thousand unionized workers from four Danville area companies
are preparing to join forces with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
The semi-annual international furniture market opened in High Point this
Dozens of companies from our area are pinning their hopes for a profitable
year on a good showing there.
And White Tire is making some serious inroads into eastern Virginia.
The Roanoke tire dealer says with the acquisition of the Davis Tire and Oil
Company, its 1996 sales should reach 38 million dollars.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 3 points,
closing at 5535.48.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, air traffic at the Lynchburg Regional Airport was down
slightly in March compared to a year ago.
For the year its off between six and eight percent.
And a Martinsville bank is expanding its reach.
MainStreet Bankgroup says it will purchase the First National Bank of
Clifton Forge in a deal valued at 26 million dollars.
Route 58 is set to be improved by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
V-DOT says the transportation board has approved design plans in Lee,
Grayson, and Mecklenburg Counties, and V-DOT is beginning to acquire the right
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
And continued progress on improvements to Route 58 is assured in the new
budget approved by the General Assembly, which includes 40 MILLION dollars for
each year of the biennium approved by Governor Allen.
Route 58 is the single longest road in Virginia.
It stretches more than 500 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to Kentucky.
Much of it though, has just two lanes.
A new addition is in the works for a private school in Danville.
Dozens gathered at Sacred Heart School on Wednesday for a ground breaking.
To keep up with increasing enrollment, the Catholic school is expanding.
Plans include building a new gym and eight new classrooms.
The current facility was built in 1966 and has already expanded twice.
Construction on the new addition is expected to be complete by the year 2-
Cuts in corporate and government funding, as well as the death of a major
benefactor have dealt the Roanoke Symphony a financial setback,
But as the Symphony welcomes a new conductor, officials say the future looks
Last week, the symphony ended a two- year search as it named David Wiley its
new music director.
Though the death of Marian Via and cutbacks in corporate and government
funding have strained the budget, symphony officials say they have weathered
IN Q=We've taken the fiscally conservative
((BRIGGS ANDREWS/SYMPHONY PRESIDENT: WE'VE TAKEN THE FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE
APPROACH OF CUTTING BACK ON THE THINGS WE'VE DONE, BUT KEEPING THE QUALITY UP.
SO WE'VE DONE FEWER PERFORMANCES, BUT WE'VE MADE SURE WE HAVE THE RIGHT NUMBER
OF REHEARSALS AND THE RIGHT PEOPLE PERFORMING AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT IN
THE FUTURE, BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE THE FINANCES.))
SUPER=01-Briggs Andrews/Symphony President;
OUT Q=improve the finances.
Symphony officials hope David Wiley's musicianship, enthusiasm and sense of
humor will help expand their audience.
MUSIC ON TAPE
People gathered today in the Roanoke City Market to learn about other
And Jimmy the greek, a former C-B-S sports analyst, dies.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
TAPE# net 15:12:40
Oddsmaker and former sports commentator Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder has died in
a Las Vegas hospital.
A longtime friend says Snyder was 77 and died of heart failure
after a long illness.
Snyder ignited a firestorm in 19-88 when he said in a television
interview that black athletes were superior to whites because of their slave
C-B-S Sports fired Snyder the next day, and Snyder issued an apology.
It was an eventful day at Martinsville as Terry Labonte started his record
514-consecutive race, Stacy Compton started his first and Rusty Wallace won his
fourth straight in record time.
Mike Stevens has more.
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Goody's 500; :
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Finished 29-th; :48
SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Finished 33rd; 1:15
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Goody's 500 Winner; 1:36
SUPER=01-Jeremy Mayfield/Finished 4-th; 2:05
SUPER=01-Robert Yates/Owner Havoline Ford; 2:16
OUT Q=.......News 7 sports.
And coming up, The Bulls and Knicks close the regular season with wins the
Braves lose to San diego.
And the Texas Rangers complete a three game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.
The Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Bullets today for win number 72.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Sportschannel; :
Ron Harper in the stands with a sore ankle snapping a few pictures.
And Michael Jordan gives him an action shot as he drives the baseline and
scores on the reverse for two of his 26 points.
The Bullets run the floor. Calbert Chaney passes to Ladell Eackles who
takes it in for the easy layup.
But Chicago was too tough Jordan SUPER=32-Chicago/103/Washington/=93;
drives to the paint and passes to Dennis Rodman for the jam and the Bulls win
it 103 to 93.
The New York Knicks finished in fifth place in the Eastern Conference
standings with a win over the Boston Celtics.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Sportschannel; :
New York's John Starks pulls up and nails this three pointer and the Knicks
padded their lead in the first half.
Knicks Center Patrick Ewing had the hot hand here he gets it inside for
two of his 28 points on the day. Ewing also had 13 rebounds.
The Celtics started a comeback in SUPER=32-New York/122/Boston/111;the
fourth quarter Dee Brown with the three but it was not enough New York Beats
Boston 122 to 111.
The Atlanta Braves were home this Sunday afternoon taking on the San Diego
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WTBS; :
Several big defensive plays in the game here Braves third baseman Chipper
Jones makes the nice catch right in front of the Padres dugout. Jones was a
little shaken but remained in the game.
The Padres scored in the top of the ninth and in the bottom Fred McGriff
SUPER=35-Atlanta/==1/San Diego/==2;sends this line drive to right centerfield
scoring Jones from first to tie it 1 to 1 and San Diego goes on to win it 2 to
1 in 15.
The Texas Rangers completed a three game sweep of Baltimore beating the
Orioles 9 to 6.
SUPER=03-Arlington, TX/HTS; :
A young fan snares the foul ball with his fishing net.
Then some fans in right field scrambled to catch the Brady Anderson leadoff
home run, his fourth in a row, and the Orioles led the Rangers 1 to nothing.
But Texas got that run back and SUPER=35-Texas/==9/Baltimore/==6;took the
lead for good in the third Dean Palmer hits this grand slam homer to make it 4
to 2 and the Rangers win it 9 to 6.
SUPER=03-Calgary, Alberta/FOX SPORTS; :
In hockey, The Chicago Blackhawks exploded for five goals in the first 23
minutes before holding off Calgary this afternoon.
For that and all of today's pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....St. Louis.
Hale Irwin won his first Senior P-G-A tour major this afternoon capturing
the Seniors Championship.
SUPER=03-Palm Beach Gardens, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
Irwin shot a steady one under par 71 to finish the tournament at 280, 8
The 50 year old Irwin began and ended the final round with a two stroke
lead to beat Japan's Isao Aoki.
SUPER=03-Hilton Head, SC/CBS SPORTS; :
In Hilton Head, Loren Roberts played a conservative final round to win the
M-C-I Heritage Classic.
Roberts shot a four under par 67 to finish at 19 under par and beat Mark
O'Meara by three shots.
The Roanoke City Market was a little more colorful today.
People from 36 countries gathered to share their cultures.
These girls moved to Roanoke from Bosnia just two years ago.
Now they're sharing music and dance from their home country.
IN Q=WHEN I SEE
((PEARL FU/LOCAL COLORS: WHEN I SEE THAT SOMEONE LOOKS A LITTLE FOREIGN AND
FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY I HAVE NO QUALMS OF RUNNING OVER AND SAYING, "EXCUSE ME
ARE YOU FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY?" THEN THEY TELL ME AND THEY'RE ANXIOUS TO SHARE
THEIR CULTURE WITH EVERYONE HERE AND THEIR MEETING OTHERS FROM DIFFERENT
COUNTRIES AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Pearl Fu/Local Colors;
OUT Q=DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AS WELL
This is the sixth Local Colors celebration.
The event has grown from four exhibits to exhibits from 36 countries.
Visitors could sample food, music and buy crafts from different countries.
Pearl Fu says the festival is one way to unite all the people of Roanoke.