Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Criminal warrants issued in the case of a mock hostage drill at Martinsville
And a message of hope for those who've lost a baby in childbirth- -or before
We'll have a first-hand account from a mother who lived through it.
In sports, Ferrum's basketball coach resigns, Marcus camby might be headed
to the NBA, the Cosmo invitational burns up the track,
as does the Winston Cup drivers at Talladega, qualifying results from the 9th
race of the season in sports.
Weekend looks fair with temperatures on the cool side. Details and
WeatherSchool coming up.
Criminal charges have been filed against six people for their role in a
controversial mock disaster drill at a Martinsville hospital.
Teresa Hamilton reports, two of those arrested are hospital employees.
IN Q=It's been
SUPER=01-Bob Morrison/Attorney; :36
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( It's been three months since masked men pointing weapons entered the
emergency room at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville.
What took place was part of a planned drill to test the staff's ability to
handle a "real" hostage situation.
But for several nurses on duty that night, the drill went overboard. They
weren't told about the drill beforehand and said they suffered emotional
distress because of it.
Four of the nurses filed complaints with a local magistrate, who apparently
agreed something was amiss.
48- warrants have now been issued.
IN Q=They thought
((BOB MORRISON/ATTORNEY:THEY THOUGHT IT WAS REAL, THESE WERE REAL GUNS THAT
WERE BEING USED, EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE UNLOADED, THEY HAD NO PREPARATION FOR
IT, THEY HAD NO TRAINING FOR IT. ))
OUT Q=no training for
The nurses decided to seek criminal charges on their own after
Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Smith and the Martinsville police department
failed to investigate their complaints.
Of the six people charged, two are hospital employees.
Security Director Manuel Bledsoe, Junior was charged with aiding and
Security Guard John Wayne Cassell is facing the same charge as well as
brandishing a firearm.
((BOB MORRISON/ATTORNEY:SUDDENLY THIS IS NO LONGER A JOKE, WHICH IS APPARENTLY
THE WAY IT'S BEEN TREATED.))
OUT Q=been treated.
Hospital officials did issue a statement.
Officials there say they have "every confidence that the individuals
involved were not engaged in any criminal conduct."
Commonwealth's attorney Randy Smith, who has said in the past he doesn't
believe there was any criminal intent involved, says he'll present any
evidence gathered in General District Court. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
A Bedford man is facing attempted capital murder charges after he allegedly
attacked a Bedford city police officer last night.
Police say 33- year- old Carl Thomas Evans jumped Officer B-T Smith as Smith
was trying to arrest Evans' nephew.
Evans reportedly wrestled Smith to the ground, choked him, then grabbed the
officer's loaded weapon and took aim.
IN Q=What happened
((SGT. MEL MASSIE/BEDFORD CITY POLICE: WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT, ONCE THIS
WEAPON WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM OFFICER SMITH, THE INDIVIDUAL JACKED IT BACK AT
WHICH TIME THE ROUND FROM THE CHAMBER EJECTED AND ANOTHER ROUND WAS PLACED IN
THE WEAPON AT THAT TIME.))
SUPER=02-Sgt. Mel Massie/Bedford City Police; :00
OUT Q=at that time.
Police officers responding to Smith's call for help arrived seconds later,
and Evans surrendered without incident.
He remains held without bond.
A Bedford County grand jury will hear the case against a Gretna man charged
38- year- old Randall E. Faris had a brief preliminary hearing this morning
in Bedford General District Court.
Faris is accused of shooting to death Bobby Anthony Carter in February, and
dumping his body near the Bedford- Pittsylvania County line.
Faris' son told police his father admitted to killing Carter.
The grand jury could indict Faris on the murder charges next month.
Virginia students may cash in on Goals 2000 even though Governor Allen has
vetoed the federal funding.
Delegates at the Virginia Education Association Convention passed a
resolution today supporting an effort to by-pass the veto.
Legislation introduced this week in Congress would allow local governments
to apply for the federal funding even if the state refuses.
V-E-A Delegates say Virginia's educational goals already meet all the
standards for the Goals 2000 program.
IN Q=IT'S EXPENSIVE TO EDUCATE
((KITTY BOITNOTT/ROANOKE COUNTY TEACHER: IT'S EXPENSIVE TO EDUCATE CHILDREN
THAT WE HAVE BEEN OPERATING ON A STRAINED BUDGET FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. EVERY
SINGLE DOLLAR WE CAN GET FROM WHATEVER SOURCE, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, STATE
GOVERNMENT, STATE GOVERNMENT, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, IS HELPFUL.))
SUPER=01-Kitty Boitnott/Roanoke Co. Teacher;
OUT Q=GOVERNMENT IS HELPFUL
Boitnott says two-thirds of the school boards in the state would seek
Goals 2000 funding.
Amtrak is telling the Roanoke Valley to take the high- road.
For eight years, AMTRAK has offered bus transportation between Roanoke and
the Clifton Forge Train Station.
But an Amtrak spokesman says the shuttle will stop after this weekend.
The company cites a lack of ridership for elimination of the service.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
safety in the workplace. One group says more can be done to prevent injury on
the job. We'll have a live report from a rally in Martinsville.
Also, what can you do if you drive one of the Ford cars subject to this
week's big recall? We'll check in with a local dealer.
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Christy Brzonkala's trial in Roanoke federal court promises to become a
national test case of the Violence Against Women Act.
The Fairfax woman claims a couple of Virginia Tech football players raped
her, and that the athletes got special treatment- -being allowed to return to
the Tech campus while she felt she could NOT.
Tech and the ball players have challenged the constitutionality of the new
Today the U-S Justice department and a long list of women's groups filed
lengthy briefs in support of it.
Government lawyers cited statistics regarding what they call "a national
epidemic of violence against women."
A second fraternity has been kicked off the Radford University campus for
alleged alcohol violations and endangering conduct.
18 year- old Valerie Cole attended parties at the fraternities the night
before she died of alcohol poisoning.
Today, the university withdrew its recognition of Chi Phi until the Fall of
Earlier this week, Pi Kappa Phi lost its national charter. It will not be
able to reorganize at Radford for five years.
A Lynchburg man was hospitalized this afternoon after he reportedly was
stabbed in the back by his sister.
It happened in the 1300 block of 14th Street.
The victim walked to a nearby convenience store where a clerk called police.
Authorities say the victim's 16- year- old sister stabbed him in the back
with a butcher knife during an argument.
He was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.
The workplace is where you earn your livelihood, but it can also be a place
for health risks.
Employees from all across the country are gathering today for a worker's
memorial day rally.
Double Boxes=Keith and Kimberly/Microwave
Kimberly McBroom joins us from Martinsville City Hall where one of these
rallies is taking place.
Kim what is this all about?
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(Rollcue:awareness about worker's rights.)
SUPER=01-Anita Lawrence/CIWC of Virginia;
OUT Q=it was malicious.
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(Camera pans over to Rally)
Double Boxes=Keith and Kimberly/Microwave
In a few weeks, replacing ignition switches will be "Job- 1" at Ford
More than 8- million vehicles are part of a voluntary recall, after some
faulty ignition switches caught fire.
Local dealers say they're ready to handle the situation.
IN Q=Very small
((RONNIE ECHOLS/FRANKLIN FORD: ...VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE. SURE THERE IS REASON
FOR CONCERN BUT IT DEFINITELY LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF WELL. ))
SUPER=01-Ronnie Echols/Franklin Ford;
OUT Q=care of well
The list of recalled models is lengthy.
'88 through '90 Escorts...
1988 E- X- P's...
'88 through early '93 makes of the Mustang, Tempo/ Topaz and Thunderbird/
The recall also includes '88 and '89 models of the Crown Victoria/ Grand
Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car.
1988 through 1991 models of the Aerostar, Bronco along with F- Series Light
Trucks are also affected.
The stock market remains virtually unchanged today.
The DOW gained a point, closing at 55 hundred 67.
NASDAQ was up three points.
This Sunday, Radford Community Hospital will host its second annual memorial
service for pregnancy and infant loss.
As Tracy Altizer reports, for some grieving families it may offer the first
step out of the darkness.
IN Q=When a child enters the world
SUPER=07-Laurie Coleman; :21
SUPER=01-Jonathan Webster/RCH Chaplain; :52
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( When a child enters the world, so do a whole new set of hopes and dreams
for the parents.
All that is lost when a baby dies after, or even before birth.
Laurie Coleman has known the joy and the sorrow.
Her fourth child, John entered the world barely a year after she went to the
doctor and learned her full-term fetus, her THIRD baby, would be stillborn.
((LAURIE COLEMAN: SIXTEEN HOURS OF LABOR AND EVERY PUSH FELT LIKE MY HEART WAS
Coleman says baby John is proof that life does go on.
But it was a struggle dealing with her and her family's grief, and the well-
meaning comments that she could still have more children.
Radford Community's memorial last year offered recognition of her pain.
((THEY GAVE A US A CHANCE TO STEP FORWARD AND SAY OUR BABY'S NAME, WHICH MADE
US FEEL LIKE WE HADN'T LOST EVERYTHING AND THAT EVERYBODY HADN'T FORGOTTEN WHAT
WE HAD GONE THROUGH. ))
((JONATHAN WEBSTER/RCH CHAPLAIN: ANYTIME WE HAVE ANY TYPE OF LOSS WE NEED THAT
TO BE RECOGNIZED. AND SO OFTEN, ESPECIALLY WITH MISCARRIAGES AND STILLBIRTHS
FOLKS DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT LOSS.))
Webster says the memorial also allows grieving parents to find support in
others facing similar emotions.
From one who has gotten through it:
((HAVE HOPE, BECAUSE THINGS CAN COME OUT RIGHT AND THE SUN CAN SHINE AGAIN. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The Blue Ridge Alliance for Organ and Tissue Donation OFFICIALLY introduced
This is, appropriately enough, Donor Day in Virginia.
The Alliance wants more people to understand the importance of organ
Currently though, only about a third of the families of potential donors
give their consent.
IN Q=Donation is
((TOM REED/BLUE RIDGE ALLIANCE FOR ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION: DONATION IS LIFE
WHETHER IT COMES FROM ORGAN DONATION, FROM BLOOD DONATION, FROM TISSUE OR EYE
DONATION. DONATION MEANS LIFE AND THAT'S WHAT THIS ALLIANCE IS TRYING TO DO--
PROMOTE LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Reed/Alliance for Organ and Tissue Donation; :
OUT Q=promote life.
The Alliance is comprised of the Alleghany and Roanoke Health Districts--
it's the largest LOCAL commission of it's kind in the country.
Qualifying at Talladega today, Ferrum's basketball coach resigns, the
Chance Crawford softball tourney gears up,
and the Roanoke valley's premiere high school track event kicked off this
afternoon at Salem and Glenvar's high school's.
Ferrum's Bill Pullen resigned as the Panthers head basketball coach today.
Pullen is giving up his post to pursue a career in the insurance business.
In 11 seasons at the Ferrum helm Pullen compiled 148 wins and 137 losses.
He led the Panthers to Dixie conference regular season titles in 1992, 93, and
95. His 92 team reached the NCAA Division three tournament.
The 31-st annual Cosmopolitan Invitational Track Meet opened at Salem High
School this afternoon.
Nearly 1-Thousand Athletes from 23 area schools will compete in the meet.
IN Q="This Year
((RANDY LOWER/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: ))
SUPER=01-Randy Lower/Tournament Director; :
OUT Q=....in the past."
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
One Athlete competing is Glenvar's Trish Nervo. Nervo finished third in a
national cross country meet in San Diego and will run for North Carolina next
Nervo will run the mile and two mile events and her focus is meet records
in both events.
IN Q="My two mile
((TRISH NERVO/GLENVAR RUNNER: ))
SUPER=01-Trish Nervo/Glenvar Runner; :
OUT Q=......after it."
The biggest softball tournament on the East coast will be held in Salem
The Moyer Sports Complex in Salem is just one of several sites for the
16-th annual Chance Crawford Softball tournament.
Teams from the state and all over the east coast come to Salem the first
big tournament in the Mid Atlantic Region.
IN Q="We got...
((CHARLIE HAMMERSLEY/SALEM PARKS AND RECREATION: ))
SUPER=01-Charlie Hammersley/Salem Parks and Recreation; :
OUT Q=......be that successful."
The tournament begins today and goes through Sunday with championships in
The Roanoke College women's lacrosse team advanced to Sunday's ODAC
championship by pounding Randolph Macon 15 to 5 today.
SUPER=03-Salem/Yellowjackets vs. Maroons; :00
Roanoke is hosting the tournament and played the Lady Yellow Jackets in the
12:30 game. In the first half, Roanoke's Ali Oglesby with the behind the back
scoop shot that finds the back of the net. 5-1 Noke.
Then, Gayle Avery notches the assist, giving to Lindsay Wernert who
SUPER=34-Roanoke/=15/Randolph Macon/==5 ;
bounces the shot past the Macon keeper for the tally.
Roanoke led 9-1 at the half and they advance to the championship. The Lady
Maroons will meet Lynchburg in the title game.
Driving Davey Allison's old car on Davey's hometown track, Ernie Irvan
captured the pole in first round Busch Pole Qualifying at Talladega for
Sunday's Winston Select 500.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN-2; :00
The first car to qualify was the number 21 Wood Brothers Citgo Ford. Michael
Waltrip turned the 2.66 mile oval in about 51 seconds.
He did not stay on the pole long. Sterling marlin and the Kodak Chevrolet
held the pole through 9 cars with a speed of 191. 623 miles per hour.
Then, Jeremy Mayfield and the # 98 car knocked Sterling off the top
But Ernie Irvan and the Texaco Havoline Ford Thunderbird came along and
took the pole from Mayfield. Now here's a look at the top 25.
SUPER=400-=1/Ernie Irvan/192.855/=2/Dale Jarrett/=3/Jeremy
Mayfield/=4/Sterling Marlin/=5/Ted Musgrave;
SUPER=401-=6/Mike Skinner/=7/Jeff Purvis/=8/Robert Pressley/=9/Jeff
SUPER=401-11/Jeff Gordon/12/Derrike Cope/13/Terry Labonte/14/Bobby
SUPER=401-16/Dale Earnhardt/17/Ken Schrader/18/Ricky Rudd/19/Ward
SUPER=401-21/Dave Marcis/22/Ricky Craven/23/Steve Grissom/24/Rick
For one class at Roanoke's Oak Grove Elementary School history class isn't
just about memorizing dates and events.
More than 100 fourth graders
went back in time to Colonial Williamsburg, as they presented the "Publick
Times" of the 17th and 18th century.
Fourth- grade teacher, Sue Hodge, says the kids took a required subject,
Virginia history, and made it more interesting with a hands-on approach.
IN Q=they've actually
((THEY'VE ACTUALLY DONE THE REAL QUILTING, THEY'VE DONE WEAVING-SO THEY'RE
WORKING ON LOOMS, THEY'VE MADE YARN DOLLS - JUST NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES.))
OUT Q=just numerous activities
IN Q=i want it to
((SUE HODGE/FOURTH GRADE TEACHER: I WANT IT TO COME ALIVE SO THAT IT'S NOT
PICK UP THE BOOK AND READ IT AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AT THE END. I WANT THEM
TO EXPERIENCE IT.))
SUPER=01-Sue Hodge/Fourth Grade Teacher;
OUT Q=to experience it.
The "living history" lesson is a hit with the students.
IN Q=everybody is getting
((ANNA CLOETER/FOURTH-GRADER: EVERYBODY IS GETTING TO DO ALL THIS NEAT STUFF
LIKE SINGING AND DOING THE FIRST OF APRIL DANCE AND I THOUGH IT WAS FUN
LEARNING ALL THIS COLONIAL STUFF.))
SUPER=01-Anna Cloeter/Fourth Grader;
OUT Q=this colonial stuff
Also as part of their history studies, the class plans to visit Monticello
and Stonewall Jackson's home.