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The man charged AFTER a police chase- speaks from jail.
This Bassett High School student is suing for the right to go back to
Plus bathing beauties like you've never seen before.
And this little girl goes to the hospital and hopes to come home with a
News 7 is next.
The man charged with three deaths after an accident and police chase- spoke
from his jail cell today.
Scott Allman says he's sorry the Vinton family was killed, but contends the
police were at fault even though they ended their pursuit before the accident.
IN Q=Yes, they slowed
((YES THEY SLOWED DOWN TO ABOUT 25 MILE BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. YEAH, THAT'S
OUT Q=Yeah, that's true.
A student and his family are suing the school board and the superintendent
of Bassett High School.
They say Brian Woods rights were violated when he was expelled for
carrying a knife.
Join us at eleven.
The man charged after a police chase and deadly accident- spoke out from
21 year old Scott Allman says he's sorry for what happened but still blames
Ron Jones reports.
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OUT Q=low maximum sentence.
((VOICE OF SCOTT ALLMAN: BUT I FEEL LIKE I'M JUST ANOTHER. I FEEL LIKE I'M
JUST THAT GUY TIM McVIEGH. THE HATED GUY IN OKLAHOMA CITY. I FEEL LIKE I'M
THE HATED GUY OF ROANOKE.))
Allman cried throughout the interview saying he has led a confused and
It came to head on Sunday when he led police on a twelve mile high speed
chase that ultimately claimed the life of a Vinton family and put Allman's
wife, who was a passenger in his car, in the hospital.
When asked why he ran from police.
((THE REASON WHY I RAN IS BECAUSE I WANTED TO BE WITH MY WIFE. OKAY IF YOU
LOVE SOMEBODY SO MUCH ENOUGH TO DIE FOR HIM LIKE I DO TO MY WIFE.))
Allman says he didn't want to go to jail-- plus he says he had a bunch of
outstanding warrants against him.
Moments before the fatal crash officers say they slowed down and called off
the chase-- Allman says...
((YES, THEY SLOWED DOWN TO ABOUT 25 MILE BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. YEAH, THAT'S
When asked why he kept going?
((I DON'T KNOW... I COULDN'T TELL YOU.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((I DON'T BLAME THESE PEOPLE FOR BEING UPSET. BUT I'M JUST A 21 YEAR OLD,
ADULT, OR BOY. WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT. THAT'S BEEN TRYING TO GET HELP
SINCE HE WAS A KID.))
What about his pending court case and his feelings about the family that was
((I JUST AM REALLY SORRY. I MEAN... I'M 21. I' JUST WISH THEY JUST GIVE ME THE
LOW MAXIMUM SENTENCE.))
Allman also believes the police shouldn't have chased him for tinted
But during the interview Allman contradicted himself and said if he had to
do all over again-- he would pull over.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
Two teenagers and a 20 year old from Roanoke narrowly escaped serious injury
when they were shot outside a public housing complex this afternoon.
Len Besthoff reports rounding up the suspects proved almost as dangerous for
IN Q=Police say
SUPER=01-Keith Goodrich/Eyewitness; :10
SUPER=01-Stan Smith/Roanoke Police; :45
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Police say at one point as many as FIVE people were firing handguns outside
this home in the Bluestone Park public housing complex.
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IN Q=First I heard
((KEITH GOODRICH/EYEWITNESS: FIRST I HEARD FIGHTING...FIRST THERE'S FIGHTING
THEN THEY START SHOOTING, THEN I WENT IN THE HOUSE. MY BROTHER AND I WENT UP
IN THE HOUSE. How many shots did you hear? GOODRICH: OH 15, BOUT 15, 13,
SOMETHING LIKE THAT IT WAS A WHOLE LOTTA SHOTS.))
OUT Q=whole lotta shots.
The shootout left 17 year old Aaron Reynolds and his friend, 20 year old
William Campbell, with gunshot wounds to the buttocks and thigh.
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((POLICE DISPATCH: I HAVE A MAN THAT'S BEEN SHOT IN THE LEG.))
OUT Q=in the leg.
A 16 year old made it to his Hanover Avenue home and then told police HE was
also shot in the incident.
The shooting apparently had something to do with revenge for a previous
fight involving Aaron Reynold's sister.
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IN Q=All these
((STAN SMITH/ROANOKE POLICE: ALL THESE PEOPLE WERE STANDING OUT BASICALLY
WATCHING THIS PHYSICAL ALTERCATION AND THEN AFTER A WHILE JUST GUNFIRE ERUPTED.
OUT Q=gunfire erupted.
After separate automobile and foot pursuits police found five of the alleged
But three of them were a little hard to get to, since they had a pit bull
terrier with them.
Nat Sot w/ dog
Eventually an animal control officer separated the group from the dog, and
they may have found one of the handguns involved.
So far five people have been charged with malicious wounding, two of them
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
A jury rules against Bernhard Goetz saying he was NOT justified shooting a
man on a subway car.
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The jury ordered Goetz to pay 43 million dollars to Darrell Cabey- who is
paralyzed and brain damaged as a result of the shooting.
Goetz was once acquitted of attempted murder for shooting the four men who
tried to rob him-
((RON KUBY/CABEY'S ATTORNEY: IT SENDS A REAL CLEAR MESSAGE TO ALL THE BIGOTS
OUT THERE AND ALL THE RACISTS WITH GUNS. ALL THE PEOPLE THAT CONSIDER THE LIVES
OF YOUNG BLACK MEN TO BE WORTHLESS. THOSE LIVES ARE WORTH A LOT. THOSE LIVES
ARE WORTH A LOT, SO YOU BETTER KEEP THE GUNS IN THE HOLSTER.))
SUPER=01-Ron Kuby/Cabey's Attorney; 00
OUT Q=IN THE HOLSTER."
Darrell Cabey though has little chance of collecting, since Goetz has little
A 16- year- old Henry county boy is learning a lesson in law--
But it's not out of a textbook.
In fact, Brian Wood is trying to get back INTO school after he was expelled
for violating the weapons policy.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=Brian Wood
SUPER=01-Lavonne Wood/Brian's Mother;
SUPER=01-Reid Young/Brian's Attorney;
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Brian Wood was spending his Sophomore year at Bassett High School as an
active member of the band and wrestling team.
He was about to be inducted into the National Honor Society-- and his
family says he'd never gotten into trouble.
But a field trip to the Henry County jail changed his life.
It was during that trip that Wood realized he'd left this five- inch pocket
knife in his jeans.
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((BRIAN WOOD: FOR SOMETHING I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW I HAD-- AND THEN TO EXPEL ME
FOR A YEAR FROM SCHOOL-- I FEEL THAT'S UNFAIR. ))
After a hearing April fourth, Brian was expelled for violating the
county's weapons policy.
His family then filed suit against the school board and its
superintendent-- believing Brian's punishment was too harsh.
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((LAVONNE WOOD/BRIAN'S MOTHER: I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE HE GOT A REAL HEARING. I
DON'T FEEL LIKE ANYONE REALLY LISTENED OR CARED ABOUT WHAT THIS WAS DOING TO
Pre- Pro here
The policy states it will expel any student who has brought a firearm or
destructive device onto school property or to a school-sponsored activity.
But the Woods' attorney says Brian was denied due process at the school
board hearing-- and says the system is trying to make an example of him.
SOT tape 1 7:30:11
((REID YOUNG/WOOD'S ATTORNEY: WE DON'T CARE THAT HE WENT TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY.
HE'S GOING TO BE THE EXAMPLE BY VIRTUE OF THE FACT THAT HE INADVERTENTLY LEFT
THIS KNIFE IN HIS POCKET. ))
Meanwhile the school superintendent wouldn't comment-- and the school
board's attorney did not return our phone calls.
As for Brian Wood-- he says he just wants to finish the school year he
A hearing planned for next Monday will determine whether he gets to do
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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When News 7 at 11 returns, snack food may become very important to
Lynchburg. Frito Lay could
bring more jobs to the area.
and the Navy accuses one of its own of espionage.
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A Navy machinist is being held on suspicion of espionage.
F-B-I sources say Kurt Lessenthien (LES'-ihn-theen) tried to sell top secret
information to an undercover agent posing as a foreign spy.
The Navy says it received a confidential tip that Lessenthien was wanting to
sell top secret information.
Officials say no classified information was ever leaked.
Lessenthien trains crews for Nuclear submarines in Orlando, Florida.
If you lose your job, you should be able to keep your health insurance.
That's the bill Congress passed today- Regina Blakely explains.
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SUPER=01-Tom Miller/Competitive Enterprise Institute; 34
SUPER=01-Ron Pollack/Families U.S.A.; 54
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/CBS News; 54
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(( SEN. NANCY KASSEBAUM/R-KANSAS:
I THINK IT WILL BE AN IMPORTANT MOMENT IN ADVANCING HEALTH CARE
EFFORTS ON THE PART OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TODAY.
The Kennedy-Kassebaum bill guarantees any worker with health
insurance uninterrupted coverage after losing or changing jobs even if that
worker has a health problem.
It does not provide coverage for the uninsured nor does it guarantee
While the main concepts enjoy a wide range of support from business
and insurance groups debate continues with some believing the bill will
only lead to more regulation.
TOM MILLER/COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE: THIS BILL PROMISES A LOT THAT IT
CAN'T DELIVER WHAT IT WILL DELIVER IS HIGHER COSTS OF INSURANCE, REDUCED
INSURANCE COVERAGE AND A LOT OF
CONSEQUENCES IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS.
RON POLLACK/FAMILIES USA FOUNDATION:
WHAT THIS PROMISES IS THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL
CAN NOT DENY COVERAGE TO PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY GOT SICK.
STANDUP REGINA BLAKELY/CAPITOL HILL:
DESPITE THE RARE UNANIMOUS SENATE VOTE. THERE ARE MANY DAYS OF
DEBATE AND COMPROMISE AHEAD BEFORE THIS REFORM BILL BECOMES LAW. BUT THE VOTE
CERTAINLY REPRESENTS PROGRESS IN AN AREA THAT JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO..
WOULD HAVE SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE. REGINA BLAKELY, CBS NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.))
A 24- year- old woman was killed this afternoon in a single- vehicle
Patricia Ann White of Low Moor was driving along route 220, just south of
route 622 in Botetourt county.
Authorities say her car ran off the left side of the road, went over an
embankment, struck a tree, and overturned.
White was partially ejected from the vehicle-- and died at the scene.
Since thunderstorms were moving through the region at the time--
authorities believe the accident may have been weather- related.
It appears the city Salem is leaning toward a new visitors center.
That was one of the main topics of discussion at tonight's city council
Scott Prince reports.
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OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Salem
(( Political stumping took center stage-- on the auditorium stage-- of Salem
Incumbents Alex Brown and Howard Packett are seeking re- election, while
Harry Haskins, John Moore and Steve Smeltzer are looking for a first term in
One of the hot topics-- a Salem visitors bureau.
A proposal is already on the table to use the Civic Center as a site... a
plan that has all five candidates cautious yet optimistic.
Right now the Salem- Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce acts as a pseudo-
visitors center-- assisting passerbys and new residents.
Salem is also part of the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
All of the candidates feel that funding should continue.
For all of the debate and discussion on the visitors center, there are other
issues in Salem.
Citizens here expressed concerns over potential tax increases and industrial
These issues could prove vital come election time as candidates now have
less than three weeks to get their views across.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Salem.))
A Roanoke County group opposing the 37 million dollar bond for schools was
staking out new territory today, while county officials were trying to figure
out their next move.
The Roanoke County Supervisors sat down with members of the School Board for
the first time since voters rejected the bond issue.
The meeting produced little agreement. But school board members say they
hope to have a new plan to address overcrowding and other problems by early
IN Q=So I fully anticipate
((JERRY CANADA/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: SO I FULLY ANTICIPATE US COMING BACK
RELOADED, HAVING RE-WORKED THIS BOND ISSUE, HAVING MORE PROJECTS OUT THERE ON
SOMETHING NEW IN THE FUTURE, TO INCORPORATE MORE AREAS OF THE COUNTY. THE
AMOUNT COULD EVEN BE MORE, THE NEXT TIME WE COME AROUND. ARE THE CITIZENS
WILLING? I DON'T KNOW.))
((DON TERP/CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR GOOD GOVT.: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO BACK
AND LOOK AT OUR ASSETS. THEY WILL, AND DETERMINE WHAT THEY CAN DO WITH WHAT
THEY'VE GOT TO DO IT WITH. AND THEY CAN'T GO BEYOND THAT, BECAUSE THE CITIZENS
HAVE SAID NO THEY CAN'T.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/School Board Chairman; :00
SUPER=01-Don Terp/Concerned Citizens for Good Govt.; :25
OUT Q=no they can't.
Don Terp and the Concerned Citizens for Good Government held their own
meeting today to call for cuts in taxes and government spending. They also want
a plan for school improvements that won't strain the county's finances.
Snack food giant Frito Lay is apparently coming to the Hill City, bringing
about one thousand new jobs for the area.
Lynchburg officials confirm Frito Lay wants to build a 100 million dollar
plant on a site inside the city's industrial park on Lakeside Drive.
Details are still being worked out, but a ceremony is scheduled for next
month where Governor George Allen would help welcome Frito Lay to the city.
Lynchburg beat out four other locations in Virginia, West Virginia and
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Stay tuned, coming up a little later on News 7, Doctors hope corrective
surgery will bring a smile to the face of a little girl and
we'll show you a beauty pageant that will set tongues...and tails wagging.
A little girl may soon be able to smile for the first time-
SUPER=03-Woodland Hills, CA;
Seven year old Chelsea Thomas was born without the muscles needed to smile.
Today she's having surgery in California that will allow her to do so.
Chelsea had the left side of her face operated on in December.
Today surgeons worked on the right side.
((BOB THOMAS/CHESLEA'S FATHER: SHE WAS ASKED IF SHE HAD ANY THOUGHTS BEFORE THE
SURGERY. SHE SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT THAT PEOPLE SHOULDN'T MAKE FUN OF
PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE DIFFERENT AND THEN SHE WAS ASKED WHY AND SHE SAID
BECAUSE THEY CAN'T HELP IT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Thomas/Chelsea's Father;
OUT Q=CAN'T HELP IT."
When the surgery is done, Chelsea should be able to smile just like the
other kids do.
And don't forget the Greater Greensboro Open's big Celebrity Pro-Am is set
for later today at the Forest Oaks Country Club.
12 former champions are in the field along with the likes of Tom KIte and
I'll have that story for you tonight.
The Virginia Tech Hokies and their long time rivals from West Virginia made a
day of it yesterday - actually they made a day and a night of it.
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Rain and gusty winds forced the game to be postponed some 82 minutes.
Once things calmed down the Hokies stirred something up at English Field.
West Virginia pitcher Chad Spencer is ripped by junior outfielder Kevin
Barker in the bottom of the first for a grand slam.
The Hokies jump on top four to nothing and never look back as Barker finishes
the day with 2 homers and six RBIs.
The Hokies win it 17-to-9 in a game SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/=17/West
that lasted three and half hours and had to be called not because everyone wore
their cleats out, but because of darkness.
Yesterday was not so pleasant for former Tech star Brad Clontz, the Braves
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Dodgers vs. Braves; :00
The Patrick County native came on in relief of Tom Glavine against the
Dodgers in the eighth, but his second pitch was muscled by Mike PIazza for a
two run opposite field homer to right.
It turned out ot be the game winner SUPER=35-Los Angeles/==3/Atlanta/==2;
as the Dodgers snap a four game losing streak and beat the Braves 3-to-2.
Brad is now 0-and-2 on the season.
It also was a less than happy day for another Tech Alumnus, Allan Bristow, as
he and the Hornets parted ways yesterday morning.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
After five up and down years as the team's head coach, not to mention sagging
attendance and a sagging defense this season both sides agreed a change was
necessary for the good of the franchise.
((ALLAN BRISTOW/RESIGNS AS HORNETS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Allan Bristow/Resigns As Hornets Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Bass/Charlotte Assistant Coach; :08
OUT Q=...IN ORDER FOR US."
First round NHL Stanley Cup playoff action continued tonight in five rinks
including the new hardwater in Montreal.
SUPER=03-Montreal, CAN/Game Four; :00
Game four tonight as the Rangers tried to knot their series with the
Canadians at two games apiece.
And Mark Messier would come in and get it done - well almost but Jocelyn
Thiebault turns him away.
Thiebault could not stop the Rangers in the third as Adam Graves gets two of
the Rangers 3 tallies in the period.
New York win it 4-to-3.
That series is now tied at two all, as is the Tampa Bay - Philly best of
seven after the Flyers 4-to-1 win over the Lightning.
In the West, the Blues now have a 3 games to 1 lead on Toronto after tonight's
___ to ___ win.
Detroit is also close to going up 3-1 on Winnipeg.
The Flames and Hawks are late tonight.
The Roanoke Express is in good hands according to team's board of directors.
Steve Mason says team owners addressed the club's recent front office power
play this morning at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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SUPER=01-Joe Steffen/Express Acting Vice President; :11
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :51
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((John Gagnon was one Express owner not in attendance. He now has ownership
in 2 hockey teams. His involvement caused problems, which were eliminated
Steffen and the other board members addressed their reasoning behind last
week's removal of Gagnon from his Express president's post and Paiement as
Paiement, who is still the Express general manager, was involved in helping
gagnon with Biloxi, but realized the attention he was giving that franchise
hurt the one here.
Express ownership assures the fans that the team is on track.
Two questions still remain, a hockey practice facility and a productive
affiliation. Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))
Still to come tonight,
I'll show you a basketball game in Roanoke tonight where their truly were no
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There was a unique basketball game played at the Roanoke Armory gym last
A group of doctors from Carilion went head to head in 33 minutes of three on
three basketball with some of their former patients.
The "transplant jocks" as they were dubbed are not only surviving but
thriving transplant recipients.
IN Q="it's just...
((TOM REED/VIRGINIA'S ORGAN PROCUREMENT AGENCY:))
SUPER=01-Tom Reed/Virginia's Organ Procurement Agency; :00
OUT Q=...THE TRANSPLANT."
The transplant patients beat the doctors 2 out of 3 periods, in a game that
also had an official who had a kidney transplant just last year.
IN Q="I think...
((DON YOUNG/16 YEAR VETERAN REFEREE:))
SUPER=01-Don Young/16 Year Veteran Referee; :00
OUT Q=...to do."
People looking for bathing beauties at a pageant yesterday were barking up
the wrong tree. It seems all the contestants were dogs- REAL dogs.
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Bulldogs to be precise.
More than 40 canine cuties strutted their stuff in a bulldog beauty contest.
Judges rated the dogs on such attributes as drooling, protruding teeth and
overall pleasant demeanor.
Otis the Bulldog won the coveted crown. It was his fourth year in the
contest and his first win.
Still his owner says Otis is a natural beauty.
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IN Q=He doesn't
SUPER=01-Cathy McGill/Otis' Owner
OUT Q=I can tell