Coming up on NEWS 7 at Six, we'll hear from the chief of police and see the
man HE says is solely responsible for the death of a Vinton family of three.
Also a trip to Jamestown with the governor and Q-V-C, cable T-V shopping on
the road in Virginia.
Tonight in sports, Rusty rules Martinsville, Stacy looks ahead to the future,
the NBA axe hits two coaches today.
and the avalanche returns home after 7 to begin another 7 at home. Kinston
is in town tonight.
The chief of police in Roanoke County says his officers followed proper
procedures as they pursued a fleeing suspect yesterday.
The high speed chase cost three people their lives, including an 6-week old
Ron Jones spoke with the chief today and joins us now from the scene of the
(Ron ad lib)
(roll cue: officers did the right thing.)
IN Q=What started out as
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday; 1:18
OUT Q=local hospital
((NAT SOUND (Chief's statement)
This was the police chief's response to a pursuit that ended in tragedy.
The 12 mile chase would span from the 5000 block of Franklin Road on route
220 to the corner of Williamson and Plantation Roads.
Police say it all started around 1:40 Sunday afternoon.
An officer noticed a suspicious vehicle with tinted windows parked in a
parking lot for a long period of time.
When the officer approached the car the chase was on.
They traveled on 220 to 581 North at speeds sometimes reaching as high as 90
miles per hour.
The suspect's vehicle took the Hershberger exit travelling and continued
The vehicle struck another car --no one was hurt in that collision.
The chase continued west on Plantation Road.
Moments before the fatal collision police say the officer called off the
pursuit but the suspect continued at a high rate of speed.
GRAPHIC OF MOVING CARS
Police say the suspect vehicle went through the intersection at Williamson
road at the same speed and plowed into a black Monte Carlo ejecting 36-year-old
Lori Mason from the passenger side of the car into the street.
The driver of the Monte Carlo, 34-year-old Thomas Faucher-- both victims
died at the scene.
Six- week- old Joleen Faucher was thrown from her car seat onto the side of
She later died at the hospital.
TODAY'S COURT STUFF
The suspect that led police on the chase, 21-year-old Scott Carlton Allman,
Allman's wife was also in the car with him. She had to be cut out of the
wreck and airlifted to a local hospital.
(Ron ad lib)
Scott Carlton Allman has a miserable driving record.
He would have been in Roanoke CIRCUIT court this morning for driving on a
suspended operator's license... one of more than a dozen past or pending
He was arraigned instead in Roanoke County today on a felony hit-and-run,
failure to stop for police and a new charge of driving on a suspended license.
The hearing lasted barely five minutes, just long enough for the judge to
read him the charges and name a court-appointed lawyer to represent the 21-year
Allman said he has no job, no assets. He doesn't even have a CAR, now, he
Manslaughter charges were added later in the day.
Authorities stepped up their search this afternoon for a Henry County man
believed to be missing.
43- year old Danny McMillan of Collinsville hasn't been seen since Saturday
Authorities found his red Ford truck parked near the Martinsville Reservoir.
A helicopter and tracking dog were brought in this afternoon to search the
Divers are now preparing to search the area.
Authorities say, at this time, they have NO reason to suspect foul play.
Radford City Police have charged five Radford University students with
burglarizing the dorm room of Valerie Cole.
The university freshman died of alcohol poisoning in February.
Police say after the investigation into her death was complete, several
students kicked in the door of her room and stole jewelry before her family had
a chance to collect her belongings.
Police say more charges may be forthcoming against Anthony Somers, Brent
Recker, Christopher P. Green, Joseph B. Rogers and Gina Roppolo.
An article that appeared in a national magazine focusing on crime in one
Henry County community is having a ripple affect.
This afternoon, state officials met in Henry County to outline a strategy
for fighting back.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Va. Public Safety Secretary; :28
SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/Va. State Police; :59
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( State Police Superintendent Wayne Huggins and Secretary of Public Safety
Jerry Kilgore got down to business within minutes.
Last week-- a U-S News and World Report article focused on the problem with
drugs and other crime in the Sandy Level Community.
Sheriff Frank Cassell invited the two to Henry County in hopes of securing
All three acknowledged the meeting was a success but declined to outline
IN Q=Without getting
((JERRY KILGORE/VA. PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY:WITHOUT GETTING INTO SPECIFICS,
WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RESOURCES WE TALK ABOUT MONEY IN THE FORMS OF GRANT
POSSIBILITIES, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM ANY NUMBER OF
STATE AGENCIES, RESOURCES THAT WILL BE AIMED AT THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM IN
HENRY COUNTY. ))
OUT Q=in Henry County.
Sheriff Cassell was concerned outlining their strategy would give the
criminal the upper hand.
Colonel Wayne Huggins says the problem in Sandy Level isn't uncommon.
IN Q=We have
((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS: ))
OUT Q=in an urban area.
Henry County officials have been concerned by a lack of manpower and
resources for some time. But in a matter of hours, it seems they gained a
glimmer of hope. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6, Governor Allen throws out the first pitch as
Q-V-C comes to the Old Dominion,
and we'll see how Roanoke hopes a new ordinance will get junk cars off the
streets and out of the yards of the city.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Firefighters from three central Virginia companies spent several hours
battling a house fire in Altavista today.
The blaze at 11- 08 Bedford Avenue was reported just before eleven a-m.
Crews arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the rear of the two-
It took them more than an hour to bring the fire under control.
About 35 firefighters from Altavista, Hurt and Evington answered the call.
Authorities say an electrical malfunction may have sparked the blaze.
A California family recently had moved in and was renovating the home.
The city of Roanoke is declaring open season on junk cars.
Next week, officials will begin enforcing a new ordinance that allows the
city to tow inoperable vehicles from private property.
Under the old law, the city had to take offenders to court to force them to
move their junk cars.
The new ordinance gives the city the authority to tow a vehicle fifteen days
after the owner is notified of the violation.
IN Q=We've got approximately
((SILVERINE JAMES/MELROSE RUGBY NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM: WE'VE GOT APPROXIMATELY
FOUR HUNDRED CARS ON A LIST WAITING FOR THIS ORDINANCE TO COME INTO EFFECT AND
I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING THE NEIGHBORHOODS NEED MORE.))
((AL ARGABRIGHT/SOUTHEAST ACTION FORUM: IT MAY UPSET SOME PEOPLE, BUT IN THE
ULTIMATE END IT WILL MAKE THE NEIGHBORHOODS A LOT BETTER FOR EVERYBODY THAT
LIVES IN THEM.))
SUPER=01-Silverine James/Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Forum; :00
SUPER=01-Al Argabright/Southeast Action Forum; :14
OUT Q=that lives in them.
City officials say they will begin enforcing the new ordinance on Monday,
A spiral sliced ham, a Pocahontas throw rug, or a Virginia vacation.
Governor George Allen did his best this morning on the QVC shopping network
to get Americans to buy all three.
Ellen Qualls previews a week of Old Dominion info-mercial excitement.
IN Q=Virginia's premier
SUPER=01-Larry Santor/V.W. Joyner Hams; :18
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Jamestown.
(( Virginia's premier pitchman was at it again.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: Y'ALL COME AND VISIT US. DAN HUGHES: WE'RE GONNA GO
OVER TO LISA. SHE'S GONNA SHOW US SOMETHING THAT IS AS TRADITIONAL AS VIRGINIA
CAN GET -- A SMITHFIELD HAM.))
Hams and ham products are just the tip of the iceberg this week on QVC.
NAT SOT 01:49:33 :04 pre-roll
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: JUST GREAT.))
((LARRY SANTOR/V.W. JOYNER HAMS: ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER, WE WERE ON FOR
TEN MINUTES AND SOLD ABOUT 16- HUNDRED OF THESE SPIRAL CUT HAMS. IT WAS
AMAZING IT WORKED OUT VERY VERY WELL.))
It's that type of response that brought the world's largest American map --
or so they claim -- to Jamestown.
It's crew will be popping up pictures from the Roanoke Farmer's Market on
The Allen family is part of the hard sell.
((How many of these do you expect to sell this week? WELL WE WOULD HOPE TO
SELL CLOSE TO A THOUSAND-500 OF THEM. I HOPE. At how much? I THINK THEY SAID
THEY'RE SELLING THEM FOR 19- DOLLARS.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: JUST FOR TOURISM PROMOTION, THE VALUE OF THIS BEING WORTH
EASILY A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ADVERTISING. AND SO THE INVESTMENT BY THE
STATE OF MAYBE 35 OR 40- THOUSAND DOLLARS, JUST THAT WAY, MAKES IT WORTHWHILE.
BUT THEN ON TOP OF IT ALL, THERE'S ALL THE SALES THAT SMALL BUSINESSES WILL
RECEIVE FOR IT.))
sot standup 02:25:15
((QVC SAYS IT REACHES 54 MILLION HOMES NATIONWIDE. IT'S PITCHING 98 VIRGINIA
PRODUCTS THIS WEEK, INCLUDING SPORTSWEAR FROM MARTINSVILLE, FURNITURE FROM
BASSETT AND O'SULLIVAN IN SOUTH BOSTON, AND THE HOMESTEAD COOKBOOK FROM HOT
SPRINGS ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, JAMESTOWN.))
On Wall Street today, the stock market started the week on a strong note.
The DOW gained 29 points.
Nasdaq rose almost fifteen points closing at 11-hundred 54, a new high.
Tonight, Roanoke residents will air their views on a modified ward system
for electing city council members.
It's a system that's been in place in Lynchburg for twenty years, and one
that council representatives there say works well.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=After less than
SUPER=01-Robert Vogel/Lynchburg Council Member; :22
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :50
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( After less than five months on Lynchburg city council, Dr. Robert Vogel is
looking to trade in his at- large seat to be the Ward One representative.
((LET ME GIVE YOU ONE OF MY FLIERS. THANK YOU..))
Handing out fliers at the local supermarket on a sunny Saturday gives Vogel
a chance to meet his constituents face to face, which is partly why he would
rather represent a specific ward.
IN Q=It brings politics
((ROBERT VOGEL/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IT BRINGS POLITICS DIRECTLY TO THE
PEOPLE, IT BRINGS GOVERNMENT DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE AND THE CLOSER TO THE
PEOPLE GOVERNMENT IS, THE BETTER OFF PEOPLE ARE.))
OUT Q=people are.
Lynchburg adopted its ward system in 1976 under a court order designed to
ensure minority representation.
Junius Haskins is the council's lone black and lone Democrat, representing
the inner city residents of Ward Two.
Haskins says without him, minorities would have no one looking out for their
best interests... still he votes with the entire city in mind.
IN Q=So I think
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: SO I THINK IT'S DOUBLY DEMANDING,
BUT THAT'S THE INTERESTING PART OF IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO BE ACCESSIBLE TO
EVERYONE, NOT JUST YOUR CONSTITUENTS IN THE WARD THAT YOU REPRESENT.))
OUT Q=that you represent.
IN Q=While the ward
(( While the ward system does help to isolate specific neighborhood problems,
that kind of politics doesn't figure to be much of a factor in next month's
election. Two of the most controversial issues recently have been the regional
jail and the new sports complex.. both are being built in areas where the ward
representative is running unopposed. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg. ))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Avalanche returns home tonight, Rusty was
right at home in Martinsville's Victory Lane yesterday,
And STacy Compton is trying to find his own home in Winston Cup racing.
We'll talk with the Hurt native about his debut right after this.
The Avalanche returns to Salem memorial Stadium tonight for the first time
in a week to battle Southern Division rival Kinston. Former Colorado first
round draft pick John Burke will start for the Avalanche tonight.
IN Q="Throws hard...
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
OUT Q=...innings in"
The Avalanche is coming off a 7 game road swing where the team went 4 and
3. Tonight marks the first time salem has played Kinston this season.
IN Q="we've seen
The Winston Cup warriors have packed up at Martinsville and turned their
focus toward this weekend's superspeedway stop at Talladega.
But it will be a long time before Stacy Compton packs up the weekend's worth
of memories he accumulated at the Martinsville Speedway.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Started 9th & Finished 33rd; :16
OUT Q=...GOT A FUTURE IN IT."
(( For a man who didn't even have a Winston racing patch on his uniform until
his Mom sewed one on late Saturday night, Compton fit right in with the big
((STACY COMPTON/STARTED NINTH IN GOODY'S 500:))
One of the mistakes was spinning out veteran Dave Marcis, although the
Marcis gave him little choice when he slowed in turn three to straighten his
Stacy isn't scheduled to try again until next month's ARCA race in
Charlotte, but yesterday's showing has already forced him to accelerate his
Stacy burnt up his brakes and blistered his feet but he got a lot of
attention, some new much needed sponsorship and some experience out of the
weekend. He also got some advice from two of the best.))
Despite Stacy's exciting outing, the Day once again belonged to Rusty
Wallace, won won in the Spring at Martinsville for a record fourth straight
Rusty led four different times in the race and ran up front for a total of
But a botched pit stop just past the halfway point dropped him back as far as
Jeff Gordon, meanwhile, had checked out on the field and appeared to be
headed for his first win ever at Martinsville.
Gordon led a race high 210 circuits, but Rusty caught him with 11 to go, and
passed him for the lead and the win.
IN Q="I TRIED...
((RUSTY WALLACE/GOODY'S 500 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Goody's 500 Winner; :00
OUT Q=...THAT WAS IT."
The points leaders were shuffled yesterday as Dale Jarrett's brake problems
forced him to finish 29th and drop to from first to third.
Dale Earnhardt now has the lead in the points race by 76 points over Jeff
Gordon, who has risen from 43rd to 2nd in the last six races.
The NBA regular season ended yesterday, the playoffs begin on Friday and today
two teams fired their head coaches.
The New Jersey Nets fired Butch Beard. Under his leadership the New Jersey
was just 30-and-52 this season.
But Beard contributed to his own exit when he criticized his bosses and
called his team a bunch of second line players a couple of weeks ago.
Also, the Raptors fired Brendan Malone one day after his 54th birthday and
replaced him with Darrell Walker.
The Virginia Tech football team wrapped up spring drills over the weekend,
and Frank Beamer might have found someone to fill Bryan Still's shoes at
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Saturday Night; :00
Shawn Scales, a redshirt junior caught four passes for 65 yards and turned two
of those catches into touchdowns, one of 8 yards and the other 40.
IN Q="He's a guy...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=04-1995 Season; ;00
A couple of UVA players who were not drafted were signed as free agents
Tight end Bobby Neely and offensive lineman Jason Augustino each inked
contracts with the Chicago bears.