Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A ruling on whether to prosecute police officers who shot and killed a man
with a rifle.
D-N-A tests rule out- -as fathers- -the two sheriff's deputies accused of
And a pay check of 4-dollars-68 -cents, the hourly wage of the average day-
A state delegate gets a dose of Worthy Wage Day.
Tonight in sports, we'll head down to the Greater Greensboro classic and
check in with Pavin, Jacobsen and Wadkins.
Plus, the NBA playoffs open tonight.
and the Roanoke Riverdawgs get ready for their second season in the Star
City. Their season opener is coming up Saturday night.
Once again some passing showers in the forecast and a quick chill down for
the weekend. Forecast details straight ahead.
Roanoke's chief prosecutor will NOT bring charges against the two police
officers who shot and killed Edwin Plunkett last month.
Today, Don Caldwell said the two men were justified in their use of deadly
Double Box=Keith & Joe/Newsroom
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on the investigation.
Keith, in the wake of the shooting there was some question whether or not
Edwin Plunkett actually aimed the gun at the officers, but Caldwell says he
believes they had reason to fear for their lives.
IN Q=In my estimation
((DON CALDWELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: IN MY ESTIMATION WE'RE PROBABLY TALKING
ABOUT AN INCIDENT THAT TOOK LESS THAN FIVE SECONDS FROM THE TIME THE FIRST SHOT
WAS FIRED AND SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AN EXTREMELY QUICK SITUATION.))
OUT Q=extremely quick situation.
Police were sent to the home on Cherry Hill Circle to investigate a
complaint of domestic abuse.
35- year- old Edwin Plunkett had been drinking and he resisted their
attempts to arrest him.
When he raised a loaded hunting rifle from the behind the front door,
Caldwell says officers T.D. Kanode and G.F. Bingeman reasonably believed their
lives were in danger.
IN Q=I believe that the police have
((DON CALDWELL: I BELIEVE THAT POLICE HAVE TO MAKE A QUICK DECISION AND THE
ESSENCE IS NOT WHETHER IT'S POINTED AT YOU. IT'S WHETHER IT IS DISPLAYED OR
BRANDISHED IN A MANNER THAT YOU BELIEVE CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU.))
OUT Q=used against you.
Plunkett's family and friends have considered a civil case against the
Double Box=Keith & Joe/Newsroom
But Keith, tonight there is no word on whether or not they have decided to
pursue a lawsuit.
D-N-A tests indicate twins born to a Roanoke woman were not fathered by
either of two Roanoke Sheriff's deputies the woman claims raped her.
In May of last year, Larry Dean Neighbors, the Second, and David Keith Bell
were charged with sexual assault.
Ronlyn Eaton says she was raped by the two men after they gave her a ride
home from a bar.
Both deputies were off duty.
Bell's attorney says this will only strengthen his client's case.
IN Q=I think this
((TONY ANDERSON/BELL'S ATTORNEY: I THINK THIS IS JUST ANOTHER OBSTACLE SHE
WILL HAVE IN TERMS OF HER CREDIBILITY. IT'S ANOTHER AREA WE WILL USE TO ATTACK
HER CREDIBILITY. IT'S WHAT WE'VE SAID FROM DAY ONE IN THE DEFENSE OF MR. BELL
AND MR. NEIGHBORS.))
SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Bell's Attorney;
OUT Q=and Mr. Neighbors.
In December, Eaton gave birth to twins.
The case was scheduled to go on trial this week but was delayed awaiting the
paternity test results.
No new date has been set.
Danville police are looking for a suspect in a fatal shooting early this
29-year-old Sandra Deshazo was found lying in the street near a car. She had
been shot once in the chest.
She died about an hour later at the hospital.
So far, no arrests.
Police HAVE made an arrest in a murder last night in the town of Hurt.
17-year-old Margueritte Whitfield was shot with a small caliber handgun, at
the Pine Acres Trailer Park.
22-year-old David Lee Jones was arrested at the scene, and charged with
Philip Morris has had a tough year in court... the court of public opinion
and with government regulators.
But 700 stockholders went to the heart of cigarette manufacturing in
Richmond today. They heard: business is booming.
DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What message did tobacco industry leaders offer today?
LIVE=Ellen Full/State Microwave;
Keith, we'd love to show you CEO Geoffrey Bible's remarks.
Bible told shareholders the international cigarette market is booming and
the company is "morally right" in all its battles right now and would prevail.
But we can't show you, because cameras and microphones were banned from the
IN Q=The protestors
SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Anne Morrow Donnelly/Anti-Smoking Shareholder; :11
SUPER=01-Greg Connolly/Anti-Smoking Shareholder; :27
SUPER=01-Helen Erwin/Shareholder; :52
SUPER=01-Frank Trevillian/Shareholder; :57
OUT Q=lie to you.
(( The protestors were at the front gate.
But behind the dark glass, more were inside.
Having bought one share of stock, they annually attend these meetings and
((ANNE MORROW DONLEY/ANTI-SMOKING SHAREHOLDER: IT'S ALWAYS INTERESTING TO ME
WHEN A PRESIDENT OF A COMPANY TRIES TO SAY THAT HE IS NOT HIDING BEHIND
ANYTHING, BUT THEN HE REFUSES TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AS HE DID TODAY.
REFUSES TO PROVIDE ANY VIDEOTAPE TO THE PRESS OR TO THE PUBLIC.))
((GREGORY CONNOLLY/ANTI-SMOKING SHAREHOLDER: I WAS SURPRISED BY THE HARDNESS
AND THE HARD LINE OF MR. BIBLE. I THINK THE COMPANY HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH
THE PUBLIC, WITH FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, WITH LITIGATION. AND HE'S DIGGING THE
But by and large, the other shareholders are proud of the company.
The world's most popular cigarette just keeps cranking out the profits.
So they don't really mind the health activists who dominate the meetings.
((HELEN ERWIN/SHAREHOLDER: NO THAT'S JUST PART OF THE PAGEANTRY OF THE
MEETING. PART OF THE FUN OF IT.))
((FRANK TREVILLIAN/SHAREHOLDER: I'M IN IT FOR MONEY. SAME REASON EVERYBODY
ELSE IS IN IT. NOW SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIE TO YOU.))
LIVE=Ellen Full/State Microwave
It may be that last sentiment that governed the defeat of all four
They were put forward by the health activists.
The activists say they were pleasantly surprised that a measure asking
Philip Morris for further study of the effects of second- hand smoke actually
got six percent support.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
((Keith question:Any comment from Bible on the Philip Morris whistleblowers?
He discredits the retired researchers who are telling federal prosecutors
that the company routinely regulates nicotine levels to keep smokers addicted.
And he says the company will fight back mostly in the courtroom, where it
feels it gets justice.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
It's still on your grocery store shelf--but what's holding up production of a
popular local product?
And most of us would agree their job is an important one--looking after
children--so why are many daycare providers paid so little?
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Leslie Byrne says she is still a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
But today she suspended her campaign for the Democratic nomination.
And she released the delegates that were pledged to her at this month's
Byrne was way behind the likely nominee, Mark Warner.
But she says by remaining a candidate on paper, it will be easier to
challenge the way delegates were selected.
They're called the "green berets" of traffic enforcement, and in truth, the
deputies in Wythe County's traffic safety unit have waged war on moving
violators in their county.
Now they're teaching the folks in Bedford everything they know.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=If Bedford sheriff
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :07
SUPER=01-Sgt. Mike Anders/Wythe Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :24
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; 1:12
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( If Bedford sheriff Mike Brown has his way, it will be a long, hot summer for
criminals and traffic violators in his county.
IN Q=This is another
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: THIS IS ANOTHER OPERATION THAT IS BEING
UTILIZED THROUGHOUT THE U.S., AS I SAY WE'RE GOING TO BE PRO-ACTIVE IN DRUG
ENFORCEMENT AND I'VE GOT A FEW OTHER THINGS UP MY SLEEVE ALSO.))
OUT Q=my sleeve also.
This particular trick involves deputies who will be specially trained to
take a normal traffic stop a step further.
IN Q=Checking to see
((SGT. MIKE ANDERS/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: CHECKING TO SEE IF THEY'RE
WANTED, SUSPENDED THINGS LIKE THAT. WE'RE LOOKING TO THE VEHICLE TO SEE IF WE
SEE ANY TYPE OF CRIMINAL VIOLATION THAT WE CAN SEE IN PLAIN VIEW. IT'S A FUNNY
THING, BUT A PERSON THAT'S COMMITTING A CRIME WILL GENERALLY TELL YOU WITHOUT
SAYING A WORD.))
OUT Q=saying a word.
Ironically these suspects DID say something, what we're not sure, but it was
enough to draw officers' attention to their broken taillight.
natsot bite 3:30:03
((YOU KNOW IF I DIDN'T HAVE A LICENSE I WOULDN'T BE DRIVING..))
26- year- old John M. Kirby did have a license, but it was suspended.
A search of the vehicle and Kirby was in even more trouble.
Inside the engine compartment police found a baggy of what appeared to be
marijuana...along with roach joints and a pipe in the cab.
IN Q=Thursday afternoon
((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MIDDLE OF THE
DAY, MOST PEOPLE THINK THESE ALL ARE FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY NIGHT TYPE OF
DEALS, BUT IT'S NOT, IT'S EVERY DAY OUT HERE.))
OUT Q=out here.
And Robey says that's exactly why the traffic safety unit is needed and how
effective it can be.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
One of two students charged with beating another student at Liberty High
School three weeks ago will NOT be tried for the crime AS AN ADULT.
Juvenile court judge Phillip Wallace today denied a motion to transfer the
case to circuit court.
Witnesses gave conflicting accounts of the April 4th fight, but prosecutors
argued the 17- year- old suspect had participated in a vicious beating.
IN Q=When you get
((DIRK PADGETT/BEDFORD CO. ASST. PROSECUTOR: WHEN YOU GET AN INDIVIDUAL ON THE
GROUND AND MALICIOUSLY BEAT HIM WITH YOUR FEET UNTIL HE'S UNCONSCIOUS, IT'S NO
MORE SCHOOLBOY THING, IT'S AN ADULT ACTION AND OUGHT TO BE TRIED AS AN ADULT
SUPER=01-Dirk Padgett/Bedford Co. Asst. Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=as an adult crime.
The teenager's case will be decided in juvenile court on June 18th.
Another student charged in the assault had his case continued today to give
his attorney more time to prepare.
When Roanoke county police went to talk to a jailer about items charged to
an inmate's credit card, they found some of the merchandise right there at
Deputy William Lucas' house: some fishing equipment and a battery charger.
IN Q=He told them
((HE TOLD THEM HE HAD DONE IT. HE HAD DONE ALL OF IT, THAT HE HAD TAKEN A
NUMBER OF CREDIT CARDS AND USED THEM AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE
SUPER=02-Randy Leach/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=the area.
**Keith on ENG**
Lucas pled "no contest" today to credit card theft.
He's already paid the bill: Twelve hundred-39 dollars in all.
((OBVIOUSLY HE LOST AN EMPLOYMENT, NOT JUST A JOB. HE LOST HIS CAREER, BECAUSE
OF WHAT HE DID. HE RECOGNIZES THAT.))
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Lucas' Attorney
OUT Q=he recognizes that.
Lucas will be sentenced in June.
On Wall Street today the Dow gained 13 points, closing at 55 hundred 66.
NASDAQ was up seven points.
Five years ago the Quibell Corporation moved into a modern new plant in
Roanoke's Center for Industry and Technology.
Recently though, the local soft drink company's workforce has dropped from
40 people into the SINGLE DIGITS.
But Quibell says its fortunes haven't fizzled.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=In many ways
SUPER=04-1994; :04 (quick!)
SUPER=10-Ronald Quibell/Quibell President/July 17, 1994; :15 (QUICK!)
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday; :21 (QUICK!)
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :26 (QUICK!)
OUT Q=Len Besthoff, News-7.
Over the years, Quibell has helped out others with their problems.
The Roanoke soft drink company has supplied sparkling water to desert troops
in the Gulf War, Washington D-C residents during a water shortage, and flood
victims in Georgia.
SOT quibell sot from 94-68 tot 00:01:43
IN Q=It's going
((RONALD QUIBELL/QUIBELL PRESIDENT: IT'S GOING TO TAKE A MONTH BEFORE THEY CAN
GET UTILITY WATER RUNNING PROPERLY AGAIN.))
OUT Q=properly again.
Now Quibell has problems of its own.
Production has come to a halt.
Quibell's attorney, Andrew Goldstein, says this stems from a disagreement
with a bottle supplier.
Goldstein adds it would be difficult to find a new supplier that makes a
bottle with the unique shape Quibell uses.
Quibell's president considers this a temporary problem.
For right now though, the company has only a skeleton staff on hand.
SOT FROM QUIBELL TAPE YESTERDAY 12:44:54 turn up ch 2 mike all-the-way!
IN Q=There's nothing
((RONALD QUIBELL/QUIBELL PRESIDENT: THERE'S NOTHING GOING ON. WE'RE STILL
CONTINUING WITH THIS BUSINESS. So you're gonna stay in business? QUIBELL: OH
SUPER=01-Ronald Quibell/Quibell President;
OUT Q=Oh yes!
Quibell says backlog orders for its products have actually never been
higher, and there's enough inventory to keep its shelf space full until
production resumes next month.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
Coming up tonight in sports, The NBA playoffs begin tonight, the Roanoke
Riverdawgs name their roster and show their colors for the upcoming season.
Plus, we'll head back down to the Greater Greensboro Classic and talk three
of the big name stars competing in this week's tournament.
1996 marks the 58th year the Greater Greensboro Classic has been played in
the North Carolina Triad.
In that time the tournament's name, sponsor and even location have changed,
along with the prize money.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; ;11
SUPER=01-Corey Pavin/Ranked 29 In Money Winnings; :34
SUPER=01-Peter Jacobsen/Second At Greensboro In 1995; 1:06
SUPER=01-Lanny Wadkins/1983 Greensboro Classic Winner; 1:34
OUT Q=...SENIOR AT WAKE FOREST."
(( When Sam Snead won Greensboro's inaugural event in 1938, he took home a
whopping 12 hundred bucks.
This year's winner will pocket 324 thousand out of a record 1 point eight
million dollar purse.
And that's part of the reason fan favorite Corey Pavin is back in
Pavin leads the tour in Sand saves and is in the top ten in scoring, but
compared to last year's figures, 1996 hasn't been that hot for the defending US
((COREY PAVIN/TWO WINS IN 1995:))
Peter Jacobsen hasn't played enough events to win this year. And innercostal
muscle problem in his back forced him to miss the Masters and several other
events. But he finished a strong second here last year.
((PETER JACOBSEN/SECOND AT GREENSBORO IN 1995:))
One player who would just like to get it going period, is Virginian Lanny
Wadkins. He's made just 48 thousand dollars in 9 events this year, and he's not
even ranked in top 200 players in the world in the latest SONY rankings.))
((LANNY WADKINS/1983 GREENSBORO CHAMPION:))
Roy Stanley will have a look at the first round leader board tonight at 11.
Chip Beck and Guy Boros have the clubhouse lead with five under 67's.
The NBA playoffs open tonight with the marquee game of the evening featuring
the Los Angeles Lakers and the two time NBA champion Houston Rockets.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Yesterday; :00
Yesterday in Greensboro former Laker James Worthy, who won three NBA titles
and a playoff MVP award in his career, said he likes the Lakers' chances but he
has no desire to be a a part of the team, or the league considering the way
players are acting these days.
IN Q=:The league...
((JAMES WORTHY/WON THREE TITLES WITH LAKERS:))
SUPER=01-James Worthy/Won Three Titles With Lakers; :00
OUT Q=...I MISSED THAT."
Three other first round series open tonight.
The Bulls open play tomorrow night against the Heat.
The 1996 Roanoke Riverdawgs semi pro soccer team was unveiled today at Mac &
Bob's in Salem.
7 players return from last year's team that went 5 and 13 in the USISL.
Former Radford star Ian Spooner scored 10 goals last season while former
Virginia Tech standout Eric McClellan notched 7, but there must be a balance
between offense and defense on the second year team.
IN Q="I think...
((ERIC MCCLELLAN/CENTER MIDFIELDER:))
((IAN SPOONER/2ND YEAR FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Eric McClellan/Center Midfielder; :00
SUPER=01-Ian Spooner/Second Year Forward; :11
OUT Q=...get injured"
The Riverdawgs will again hold 8 soccer camps throughout the summer, each
running a week. Roanoke opens the season this Saturday at 7:30 at Cave Spring
junior high against Chapel Hill Club.
Some local and state government officials in the New River Valley spent an
eye- opening morning as day- care workers.
It was part of Worthy Wage Day, a national campaign to raise awareness about
low care-giver pay.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Delegate Jim Shuler spent
SUPER=01-Kristi Snyder/Rainbow Riders Owner-Administrator; :28
SUPER=01-Del. Jim Shuler/(D) Blacksburg; :45
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((Delegate Jim Shuler spent his morning making friends with some of his
((LOOK, A PIG IS IN HIS HAIR.
WHAT'S THAT? OH, A PIG ON HER HAIR! ))
OUT Q=end on laugh
But rather than child's PLAY, this visit was about teacher PAY.
Shuler was job shadowing at Rainbow Riders Child Care Center. He even
earned a check, equal to the average one- hour wage for a caregiver in the New
((FOUR DOLLARS AND 68 CENTS, AFTER SOME DEDUCTIONS. ))
Centers such as Rainbow Riders are funded solely through tuition. The
challenge is balancing that and caregiver pay with the needs of working
3 Snyder says the state has compounded the problem in Virginia over the last
couple of years, eliminating a child care council which provided technical
assistance and training.
((IT'S PRETTY SERIOUS. WE FEEL LIKE WE'RE SLIDING BACKWARDS INSTEAD OF MOVING
FORWARD WHERE WE SHOULD BE IN VIRGINIA. ))
The goal of Worthy Wage Day is to promote a revamped and fully- funded
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
national child care system.