Next on News Seven a high speed police chase ends in Roanoke County.
Two people are dead, and an infant is in critical condition.
We'll have a live report.
And an organization in Danville pays homage to victims of child abuse.
In sports, Rusty Wallace wins another spring race at Martinsville and the
Bulls and Knicks end their regular seasons on winning notes.
A few light showers fell this morning-- otherwise the sun made a fairly
Look for more sunshine and 80- degree temperatures tomorrow.
A car chase leaves two people dead, several injured, and an infant in
critical condition-- after a police pursuit into Roanoke County.
This is News 7 at Six.
I'm Ron Jones.
It all started around 1:30 this afternoon as several police agencies pursued
a vehicle onto Williamson Road.
The chase ended in death and multiple injuries.
Denise Allen is at the scene of the crash with the lastest.
Denise what can you tell us?
(denise ad lib)
Roll cue: of Plantation and Williamson Road.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=07-John Shepherd; :23
SUPER=01-Lt. Gary Roche/Roanoke Co. Police :45
OUT Q=people in the accident.
(Q & A: Denise, was the suspect injured?)
An eight foot guardian angel is now watching over the city of Danville.
The marble statue, erected in memory of all survivors and victims of child
abuse, was unveiled this afternoon at Highland Burial Park.
Ann Worley, herself a survivor of abuse, began her crusade after hearing
about the deaths of Michael and Alex Smith of South Carolina.
The two young boys were killed when their mother drove her car into a lake.
More than a hundred residents and local dignitaries were on hand to witness
Speakers, including Worley, encouraged the community to do what it can to
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((ANN WORLEY/ABUSE SURVIVOR:GOD HAD GAVE ME A MISSION AND THERE WAS NO TURNING
BACK, EACH VICTIM'S PAIN BECAME A PART OF ME AND I WAS DETERMINED TO DO
WHATEVER IT TOOK TO STOP THIS VIOLENCE.))
SUPER=01-Ann Worley/Abuse Survivor;
OUT Q=stop this violence.
The guardian angel was made in Italy.
It took Worley a year and a half of fundraising to make her dream a reality.
A special subcommittee of the General Assembly will meet tomorrow to
consider how state money might be used to build a professional baseball stadium
in northern Virginia.
The 45-thousand seat stadium is expected to cost 30 MILLION dollars a year
in operating costs and debt service.
And some of that money will come out of state coffers.
The question of how to fund the proposed park is forcing Virginia
legislators to decide if professional baseball should be a private enterprise
or a public investment.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is moving ahead with its work on
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.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
We'll take you to Danville, where a Catholic school breaks ground for a
And the Roanoke Symphony is hoping that David Wiley's charisma means more
widespread exposure for classical music in the area
But first let's check in with Kimberley.
Wx ad lib
Today started out a little gray, with light showers spreading across the
But then sunny skies prevailed by the afternoon.
Meanwhile, the warm temperatures we enjoyed today will climb even higher
tomorrow-- into the 80s.
A warm, but unstable air mass settles in for the next couple of days-- we'll
tell you what that means for our weather.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
The death of a major benefactor, and cuts in other funding have complicated
the finances of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in recent years.
But as the Roanoke Valley welcomes a new conductor, officials say the
symphony is on sound footing.
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.
The future looks good for a Roanoke optical firm,
and a longtime retailer in the Roanoke and New River valleys has decided to
close up shop.
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-Roanoke Co./Tuesday; :31
SUPER=04-Comair Video; :45
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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.
Dozens were on hand to witness ground breaking for a private Catholic school
Sacred Heart in Danville is expanding.
On Wednesday-- ground was broken to signal the welcome addition.
The school is adding a gym and several new classrooms at a cost of about
510- thousand dollars.
30 years after Star Trek's debut on television, it's followers are as
devoted as ever.
Many gathered today at the Trek-o-rama at the Holiday Inn Select in
Cancelled after 79 episodes, the original series eventually spawned three
more shows, seven movies, books, and millions of devoted fans.
Trek fans in Roanoke gathered yesterday to talk about the show that has
captured the imagination of many.
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((TERRY STEVENS/PLUS COMICS: IT'S ABOUT HUMANITY OVERALL, THE STORY LINES.
IT'S A PART OF THE HUMAN CONDITION. STORIES IN THE FUTURE RELATE TO TODAY'S
SUPER=01-Terry Stevens/Plus Comics;
OUT Q=today's society.
The event features films, bloopers, and plenty other merchandise.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Mike will join us live from the Goody's 500 in Martinsville.
And the Russian and American women's volleyball teams squared off in Roanoke
We'll see what makes a winning team in just a moment.
MUSIC UP FULL
United States Women's Volleyball team members say this could be their gold
They have experience, power and finesse.
And they demonstrated their talents in an exhibition match against Russia.
Denise Allen spoke with both teams during their visit to Roanoke.
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SUPER=01-Tara Cross-Battle/USA Volleyball; :03
SUPER=01-Lori Endicott/USA Volleyball; :40
SUPER=10-Elena Batoukhtina/Russia/Olga Dmitrievia Interpreter; :56
SUPER=10-Marina Lichtenstein/Russia/Olga Dmitrievia Interpreter; 1:22
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SOT tape 1 11:10:17
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((TARA CROSS-BATTLE/USA VOLLEYBALL: I'M AN OUTSIDE HITTER.))
OUT Q=OUTSIDE HITTER
SOT TAPE 1 11:10:56
IN Q=I'M THE PERSON
((I'M THE PERSON WHO IF EVERYTHING IS NOT REALLY GOING RIGHT , IF THEY HAVE TO
THROW IT OUT THERE HIGH AND WIDE I'M OUT THERE TO THROW IT DOWN.))
OUT Q=THROW IT DOWN
And this is one of her counterparts on the Russian team--hitter Elena
Russia is described as a power team.
While Cross-Battle says the U-S has a unique blend of power and finesse.
SOT tape 1 11:12:02
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((CROSS-BATTLE: WE HAVE BIG HITTERS, BUT WE'RE ALSO ABLE TO PLAY GOOD DEFENSE
AND ABLE TO KEEP THE BALL IN PLAY LONGER.))
OUT Q=PLAY LONGER
Lori Endicott is one of the teams finesse players.
The eight year veteran is a setter--the quarterback of the team.
SOT tape 1 11:06:22
IN Q=there's a full
((LORI ENDICOTT/USA VOLLEYBALL: THERE'S A FULL SCHEME OFFENSIVELY. A FULL
SCHEME DEFENSIVELY, BLOCKING. THERE'S REALLY A LOT OF STRATEGY THAT GOES INTO
OUT Q= INTO PLAYING VOLLEYBALL
Part of that strategy is scouting the competition and videotapes seem to be
the universal scouting tool.
SOT tape 2 11:24:17
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((ELENA BATOUKHTINA/RUSSIA: INTERPRETED BY OLGA DMITRIEVIA: THEN WE STUDY THE
AMERICAN TEAM AND EACH PLAYER AND HOW THEY PLAY, THEIR MANNERISMS, THEIR STYLE
AND HOW THEY REACT.))
OUT Q= THEY REACT
For these wold class athletes volleyball is not a game, it's their job.
Six hours workouts five days a week, all for the Olympic dream.
And for Russian setter, Marina Lichtenstein's it's her third and most likely
last Olympic games.
SOT tape 2 11:20:33
IN Q=every sportsman
((MARINA LICHTENSTEIN/RUSSIA, INTERPRETED BY OLGA DMITRIEVIA: EVERY SPORTSMAN
IS GETTING READY DURING HIS CAREER FOR ONE GAMES AND THAT IS THE OLYMPICS.
IT'S THE HIGHEST POINT IN SPORTS ACHIEVEMENT.))
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SOT TAPE 1 11:08:25
IN Q=GROWING UP IN
((ENDICOTT: GROWING UP IN MISSOURI THAT'S WHAT I DREAMED ABOUT AS A KID WAS
PLAYING IN THE OLYMPICS.))
OUT Q=IN THE OLYMPICS
These two teams ended their Stars and Spikes Tour in Roanoke, with the
series tied at three.
12 of the 15 U-S players visiting Roanoke will make the trip to Atlanta.
The rooster will be trimmed in June.
Women's Olympic Volleyball competition begins July 20th.
Denise Allen News 7.))
And coming up, Virginia's Patrick Jeffers is picked by Denver in the fifth
round of the N-F-L draft the N-B-A's regular season ended today.
And Mike Stevens will join us live from the Goody's 500 at Martinsville.
The Chicago Bulls closed the regular season with a record 72 victories
after today's win over Washington.
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 ended the regular season with a win for fifth place in
the Eastern Conference Standings.
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.
It was an eventful day at Martinsviflle 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 is at the track, Mike.
(mike ad libs)
....Indeed all eyes were on Labonte and compton before the race began.
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=.......in and out of the pits.
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 Phillies and Expos won today for those and all of today's pro scores
lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE