Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The question of chasing a suspect- -sometimes at high speed. Is it necessary,
under what conditions?
We'll also have the latest in the case that prompted the inquiry- -the man
accused of killing a family of three.
In sports, the Avalanche pitching is hot while the bats are not, an Amherst
football standout verbally commits to Virginia Tech,
and Mike Stevens will have a report on the first day of action from the
Greater Greensboro Open as the Pro-Am hits the links.
After a cool start, temperatures will move up quickly tomorrow and highs
will be at least 10 degrees warmer.
The man accused of killing a Vinton couple and their infant while fleeing
from police faces up to 30 years in prison.
21-year-old Scott Allman was advised by a judge of three counts of
in-voluntary manslaughter filed against him.
His preliminary hearing is set for May.
Allman is accused in the deaths of 36-year-old Lori Mason, six- week- old
Joleen Faucher, and 34-year-old Thomas Faucher.
Faucher's co-workers, who called him Fred, says he never had a problem on
IN Q=He was one of
((BRYAN YOUNG/FAUCHER'S SUPERVISOR: HE WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE ALWAYS WILLING TO
HELP. EVERYBODY SAYS THIS ABOUT PEOPLE BUT FOR ONCE IT'S THE TRUTH. FRED WAS
JUST THE TYPICAL NICE GUY.))
((PAT WILLIAMS/CO-WORKER: FRED WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PEOPLE HERE
AT WORK. HE WAS A VERY GENUINE PERSON. A VERY UNIQUE PERSON. HE LOVED
EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY REALLY LOVED HIM.))
SUPER=01-Bryan Young/Supervisor; :00
SUPER=01-Pat Williams/Co-Worker; :08
OUT Q=really loved him.
The funeral for the crash victims is scheduled for later this week.
Allman told News 7 this is actually the second time he ran from police.
He says he was chased on foot and arrested by Roanoke County officers three
weeks ago because he had numerous outstanding warrants.
Allman says he was trying to avoid going to jail.
In the wake of the fatal Roanoke County chase, some law enforcement agencies
are reviewing hot pursuit policy.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=03-Blacksburg; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Jerry Bowyer/Blacksburg Police Dept.; :15
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Sunday; :27
SUPER=01-Wayne Pike/Wythe Co. Sheriff; :40
SUPER=01-Ralph Dobbins/Pulaski Co. Sheriff; :58
SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief; 1:12
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Jackson/(D) Hillsville; 1:34
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Traffic stops are usually routine for police, until a driver flees.
In an instant, the officer must process lots of information to decide how
and whether to give chase.
((SGT. JERRY BOWYER/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.: YOUR SAFETY, THE POLICIES AND
PROCEDURES THAT ARE SET FORTH BY YOUR DEPARTMENT, AND THAT GOES FROM LAWS THAT
HAVE BEEN VIOLATED, HOW YOU WANT TO APPROACH THE VEHICLE, TIME OF DAY, TIME OF
NIGHT. ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT THINGS GO THROUGH YOUR MIND. ))
The fatal crash in Roanoke County prompted Wythe County sheriff Wayne Pike
to order a review of his policy.
His officers, like many, do not engage in high speed pursuit unless they
know a suspect is wanted for a felony.
((WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF: MINOR OFFENSES AND TRAFFIC THINGS, IF IT'S A
HAZARDOUS SITUATION AT ALL WE JUST DON'T ENGAGE IN IT. ))
But when an unidentified motorist flees from a traffic stop, most officers
say they're duty-bound to find out why.
Most often, police find they're driving on a suspended license.
Some say the law needs to be tougher on those offenders.
((RALPH DOBBINS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF: IF THERE WAS SOME TYPE OF JAIL SENTENCE
IMPOSED ON THESE FOLKS, WHETHER IT BE TWO DAYS, THREE DAYS OR 10 DAYS, AT LEAST
THEY WOULD HAVE TO SIT THERE AND REALIZE THAT NEXT TIME IT'S GONNA BE WORSE. ))
Others argue that could lead to MORE chases.
((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF: THE POLICE SAYS "WELL, A FELONY HAS JUST
BEEN COMMITTED BECAUSE THIS PERSON FAILED TO STOP, THEN I'M OBLIGATED TO
STRETCH THE RULES A LITTLE BIT, TO TAKE SOME GREATER RISKS IN TAKING THAT
PERSON OFF THE ROADWAY. ))
Most officers agree that since every situation is different, they have to be
able to make judgement calls.
Could a statewide policy help? Delegate Tom Jackson doubts it.
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: EVERY YEAR WE ARE ASKED TO TRY TO FIX TRAGIC
SITUATIONS THROUGH LAWS, AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO DO. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
A Roanoke police detective says someone took a shot at him, on his way to
investigate yesterday's shooting at Bluestone Park apartments.
Neil Tolrud responded to a "malicious wounding" on Hanover Avenue just
seconds after the call went out.
He says a single small- caliber bullet went right past him as he got out of
his unmarked police car.
A city police news release points out that Detective Tolrud is a
"twice-wounded Viet Nam veteran" who would know what it sounds like.
Tolrud eventually found a 16- year old with a gunshot wound, but everybody
inside denied taking a shot at the detective.
Richmond officials won't use the label serial killer -- but this afternoon
they stepped up an investigation and community P-R campaign.
The FBI and State Police have now joined in on the probes of ten unsolved
The victims are all women over the age of 50. Their bodies have been found
over the last two years in the Richmond area.
Two victims were found in the last 36 hours.
Today, City Council considered a ten- thousand dollar reward for information
leading to a conviction or convictions in the murders.
IN Q=I can tell
((I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE TRY TO BE CALM BUT THERE'S REALLY TURMOIL INSIDE AS WE
TRY TO DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES.))
((IN SOME OF THESE CASES THERE ARE SOME SIMILARITIES, AND IN SOME OF THESE
CASES THERE ARE SOME DIFFERENCES. OUR JOB IS TO SHUFFLE THROUGH ALL THAT.))
SUPER=01-Robert Bobb/Richmond City Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Fred Russell/Richmond Deputy Police Chief; :10
OUT Q=all that.
Richmond police are heading up what they're calling the Golden Years Task
Police are being very tight-lipped about details of the crimes.
City Manager Robert Bobb likened the fear in the community to that
experienced when "Southside Strangler" Timothy Spencer was still at large.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six:
A puppet show at one elementary school carries a serious message about
attitudes toward the disabled.
Also--why your trip through the grocery checkout line might be research
material for one writer.
IN Q=I really
((I REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT'S COMING THROUGH. AND THEN WHEN A PERSON DOES
NOT TAKE THEIR TICKET, IT'S MINE. ))
OUT Q=it's mine
We'll meet one woman who's fascinated by what's in other people's shopping
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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Roanoke attorney Dean Cranwell has been suspended from practicing law for
the next four months.
The Disciplinary Board of the State Bar found Cranwell dropped the ball on
an appeal to the state Court of Appeals.
Though he perfected the appeal, he mis-represented progress on the case,
while letting months go by without doing anything on it.
The state bar actually suspended him a year ago, but the disciplinary
action was stayed while Cranwell appealed to the State Supreme Court.
Now the court has upheld the suspension which is effective a week from
Pi Kappa Phi fraternity has yanked the charter of its Radford University
The fraternity was one of two under investigation for alcohol violations
following the death of freshman Valerie Cole.
Cole died of alcohol poisoning in February. She had attended parties the
night before at Pi Kappa Phi and another fraternity, both of which have been
suspended since then.
Officials say Pi Kap held an event last week which violated the terms of
A new fiber optics computer system will soon make it easier for Lynchburg
city employees to communicate with each other and access information.
A different kind of groundbreaking helped kick off the project this morning.
Instead of turning over dirt, city leaders helped pull the first fiber optic
cable to where the main station will sit on Court Street.
The new system will connect every municipal department and several city
schools to a single computer network.
IN Q=We are witnessing
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE ARE WITNESSING THE BEGINNING OF THE CITY'S
JOURNEY ON THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY. YOU KNOW, WE MAY NOT HAVE AN
INTERSTATE IN OUR CITY, BUT WE WILL SOON HAVE AN INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY.))
((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: THIS CABLE WILL TRULY NURTURE THE
MINDS OF OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH PROVIDING INFORMATION ACCESS AND REMOVING THE
BARRIERS TO EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN LYNCHBURG.))
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
SUPER=01-Charles Church/Lynchburg City Manager; :14
OUT Q=communication in Lynchburg.
It's costing the city 1- point- 6 million dollars to build the new fiber
Officials hope to have everyone on line by the fall.
Lynchburg authorities have arrested four people and charged them with
stealing then re-selling thousands of city trash stickers.
Police say a city employee stole the tags from a storage area then
distributed them to two Lynchburg convenience stores.
Sources say more than fifteen thousand trash stickers were taken.
Social Services worker Leroy Shelton Junior and his wife Starlet were two of
All four persons have been charged with a single count of receiving stolen
A warrant for a fifth suspect is still outstanding.
Dublin businessman Hiawatha Nicely has backed out of his new job as director
of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance.
Officials announced earlier this month that Nicely would assume the post May
President Barry Evans now says Nicely was unable to adjust his business and
personal activities to devote full attention to the Alliance.
Nicely was chosen from among 70 applicants and six finalists.
Bad weather and a strike by General Motors workers has not affected the
bottom line at one of our area's largest employers.
Norfolk Southern says it achieved record earnings per share for the first
quarter of 1996, ahead of analysts' expectations.
N-S was particularly pleased that its railway operating revenues rose two
Rail operations represent N-S's core business.
According to its most recent figures, Norfolk- based N-S has more than 3000
workers in the region.
Mixed results on Wall Street today.
The Dow dropped 34 and a half points, finishing at 55 hundred 53.
NASDAQ was up ten points.
The "Kids on the Block" are now touring.
They're a group of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members who've taken the
semester off, all in the name of puppetry.
They're trying to teach school children-- like the kids here at Grandin
Court Elementary-- some life lessons about disabilities.
IN Q=The able-bodied
((SETH FRIEDLAND/"KIDS ON THE BLOCK": THE ABLE BODIED STUDENTS WILL REALIZE
THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE REALLY NO DIFFERENT. THEY CAN DO EVERYTHING
THEY CAN DO AND STUFF THEY CAN'T HOW MANY ABLE BODIED PEOPLE COULD GET IN A
WHEELCHAIR AND CAN POP WHEELIES LIKE MARK REILLY CAN?
THE REACTION FROM THE ABLE BODIES AND DISABLED STUDENTS-- IT'S AWESOME,
IT'S A GREAT FEELING TO SEE THEM COME TOGETHER AND WORK TOGETHER IN THE EMPATHY
TRAINING. IT'S A WHOLE LOT OF FUN FOR US ))
SUPER=01-Seth Friedland/"Kids on the Block"
OUT Q=fun for us.
With empathy training, students try buttoning a shirt-- while wearing socks
on their hands.
Or, they learn to give Mr. Potato Head a new face-- while blindfolded.
The Kids on the Block practice an ancient Chinese style of puppetry called
Boon Raccu-- meaning "shadow of the puppet."
The trial of a Ferrum College football standout has been punted until
but Lonnie David Anthony did enter a not guilty plea in Franklin County General
District court today.
He's charged with assault and battery on both a school security guard and a
The 23- year- old junior led the Panthers in rushing the past two seasons.
But when the charges were filed last month, Anthony was thrown out of
Mike Stevens will have the sites and sounds from the Greater Greensboro
Classic, The Tigers and the Twins have a shootout in the Motor City,
while the Avalanche bats have been shooting blanks of late , Manager Bill
McGuire talks about what his team's gonna do about it.
GRAPHIC=GREATER G'BORO CLASSIC
It was party time in the North Carolina TRIAD today at the Greater Greensboro
Classic's annual celebrity Pro-Am.
Mike Stevens and photographer Dennis Brown have more on the festivities and
something that won't be so much fun once the 72 hole tourney starts tomorrow.
IN Q=nat sound
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Celebrity Pro-Am; :00
SUPER=01-Joshua Morrow/"Nick" On Young & the Restless; :31
SUPER=01-James Worthy/Former Los Angeles Laker Star; :54
SUPER=01-Vince Evans/Former Raiders Quarterback; 1:14
SUPER=01-Peter Jacobsen/Finished Second Last Year; 1:35
SUPER=01-Fuzzy Zoeller/Tied For 12th Last Year; 1:45
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
Game three of the Avalanche's 7 game homestand hits Salem Memorial Stadium
tonight with Kinston. Last night the Avalanche beat the Indians 1-nothing.
Salem's pitching staff is currently ranked third in the Carolina League
with a 3.54 ERA.
But the Avalanche bats have been quiet of late. Salem's batting average is
.229 and the team has hit just one homerun in the last 7 games.
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
The Tigers and the Twins hooked up in the only major league baseball
matinee today in a game that produced a 24-11 Minnesota win!
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Twins vs. Tigers; :00
Chuck Knoblauch and Kirby Pucket joked before the start...it's all fun and
games until both teams combine for 35 runs!!
In the second, the twins ageless wonder Paul Molitor smacks a three run
homer to left to make the count 6-2 Minnesota.
To the third, Eddie Williams cranks out a three run dinger of his own and
the Twins still led 7-6...and there are just 22 runs to go!
Detroit tried to climb back into this one on Mark Lewis's 2 run shot, 10-7
Twins though, and Minnesota goes on to win 24 to 11.
Amherst county football standout David Pugh has made a verbal committment
to attend Virginia Tech.
Pugh was all state as an offensive guard and defensive tackle on the
Lancers state championship team last season.
Pugh visited the Tech campus this weekend and was impressed with the
university's forestry curriculum.
The next time you're grocery shopping, BEWARE: the cashier may just be
watching what you eat.
YOU might find working the supermarket check-out line about as exciting as
flipping burgers at McDonalds.
But Susan Nork is doing this for the fun of it... a learning experience...
research for an up-coming book, she claims.
IN Q=See what I
SUPER=07-Susan Nork; :18
OUT Q=read the labels. (double out)
((SEE WHAT I DO, WHEN PEOPLE COME THROUGH MY LINE, LIKE I MAKE A LOT OF MENTAL
She actually pays attention to what people are buying.
((THE TV DINNERS, THE CANNED BISCUITS, ALL THOSE THINGS.))
By pocketing any receipts the customers don't take with them, she's compiled
a list of the most common items. And it's not a pretty picture.
IN Q=Bacon, salami, donuts
OUT Q=...equal in there to cut down on calories.
Susan Nork is not your typical cashier. She doesn't really need the money.
She has her own business, teaching people about herbs and selling herbal
products. Her husband's a successful financial planner.
NAT SOT at coffee shop
Until recently she also kept an eye on the patrons at a coffee shop in
Salem... another part-time job... another chance to observe people's eating
((DID YOU LEARN SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T EXPECT?
(THAT)RUNS=:05 PEOPLE REALLY JUST DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO ANYTHING THEY'RE
EATING. IT'S CONVENIENT. IT'S FAST, IT'S PRETTY. IT'S GOT TO BE PRETTY.))
The message of her book: know what you're eating. Make sure that includes
plenty of pasta, grain, beans... lots of fresh produce. And avoid pre-packaged
((YOU CANNOT GO BY ADVERTISING. YOU CAN'T GO BY WHAT YOUR FRIEND SAYS WAS
WONDERFUL FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT. READ THE LABELS. READ THE LABELS.))
OUT Q=read the labels. (double out)
(toss to Jean)
TAPE#Promo edit of 95-18 (Yorktown)
The prestige of visitors to Lexington keeps growing.
Former President George Bush will be speaking there tonight.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Last week, former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney spoke in Lexington.
And Dan Quayle spoke last month at Washington & Lee's Mock Convention.
Now the man both Chaney and Quayle served under will take his turn.
Former President George Bush will deliver an address at the Virginia
He'll be speaking under the Johnson Lecture Series.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
on News 7 at 11.
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight