Two teenaged girls caught in a tale of attempted suicide. Their stories
don't exactly match, but we'll hear from one of them tonight, after a judge
threw out the case against them.
And the ripple affect of higher prices at the pumps: it's more than just a
higher cost to cruising with the top down.
Tonight in sports, the NBA playoffs resume tonight, we'll hear from Magic and
Plus, have an update on Bill Elliott,
And former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino has landed a job back in the NCAA
division one ranks with Cleveland State.
The weather story starts out chilly but really warms up by the weekend.
More on the forecast is coming up.
A 16 year- old girl who was charged with filing a false report says she's
endured death- threats and hatred. She just wants to put the incident behind
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy/Microwave
A judge in Giles County has cleared the girl, and her 14 year- old friend.
Both girls were accused of faking a bridge- jumping suicide.
Tracy Altizer joins us with more.
Keith, the 14- year old who was reported to have jumped off Commissary Hill
bridge would not speak with us.
But her 16 year- old friend, who has maintained her story from the start, is
talking, and still saying that the younger girl really did jump.
We're concealing her face to protect her identity.
IN Q=She said she's not
SUPER=03-Giles Co./February 19; :05
OUT Q=see that also.
((SHE SAID SHE'S NOT GONNA GET SENT OFF, AND JUMPED OFF THE BRIDGE. ))
The 16 year- old says her friend was afraid of being sent to reform school
when she jumped into the icy New River.
Rescuers searched for two days, during which time the younger girl says she
hid out in the home of her friend.
The 16 year-old says that's not true.
((I HAVE NO CLUE WHERE SHE WAS, I WISH I DID BUT IT DON'T. I KNOW SHE TOLD ME
SHE WAS ON THE RIVER. ))
The 14 year- old, who first told police the same thing, later told them she
never jumped at all.
The older girl said it then appeared SHE was lying.
((IT WAS LIKE EVERYBODY THAT I KNEW AND TRUSTED JUST TURNED AGAINST ME AND SAID
"I HATE YOU." THAT WAS REALLY HARD. ))
She hopes that since the court found her not guilty, others won't be too
quick to judge.
((THEY EXPLAINED WHAT HAPPENED AND HE SAID THAT I'M INNOCENT. AND I WISH PEOPLE
WOULD SEE THAT ALSO. ))
As long as both girls continue telling different stories, we may never know
what really happened.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy/Microwave
(Keith question: Is this the end of it, as far as authorities are
Halifax County authorities have charged an elementary teacher and a school
janitor with cocaine possession.
The teacher, 37-year-old Dorothy Ferrell was arrested last night at a county
park, along with the janitor, 40-year-old Jerry Ragsdale.
Deputies answering a disturbance call spotted them and a third person in a
car, along with some crack and pipes used to smoke it.
No word on how much cocaine the deputies found.
School superintendent Kenneth Walker was unavailable for comment.
Fire investigators say they'd never seen anything like it before.
The fire that gutted Lynchburg's historic Lukens building on Christmas Day
WAS the work of a professional arsonist.
Authorities are now asking for federal help in the investigation.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Lynchburg fire
SUPER=04-Lynchburg/December 25; :00
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :19
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Lynchburg fire authorities say whoever set fire to the Lukens building on
Christmas Day knew exactly what they were doing.
The blaze that gutted the century- old landmark started on the third floor
where a chemical accelerant ignited a fire that reached more than 2400
degrees, hot enough to melt bricks.
IN Q=I believe
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: I BELIEVE YOU COULD BACK A TANKER TRUCK
... NOT HAVE DONE THIS.))
OUT Q=have done this.
IN Q=Jennings says
((Jennings says the Lukens fire resembles what's known as a high temperature
accelerant fire, of which only five or six have been seen in the entire United
States. For that reason, he's asking agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco
and Firearms to assist in the investigation.))
OUT Q=the investigation.
Jennings says the A-T-F is highly trained in fire and explosion
Even with a hundred combined years of experience working here on the local
level, investigators knew this one was out of their league.
IN Q=In my 20 years
((JENNINGS: IN MY TWENTY YEARS OF INVESTIGATING FIRES, I HAVE NEVER SEEN
ANYTHING LIKE THIS,... LIKE THIS.))
OUT Q=like this.
The investigation continues.
Jennings would not comment on possible suspects, and whether that list
includes the building's owner Larry Halstead.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Arson is suspected in a fire which sent a Roanoke couple fleeing from their
apartment this morning.
It happened in the 1600 block Keswick Avenue.
Police say 23-year-old Robin Williams and Benjamin Greene were asleep when
Williams' ex-boyfriend vandalized Greene's car and then set the couple's
apartment on fire.
Authorities say the two jumped from a second story window and were
hospitalized with numerous cuts and burns.
Police have identified 23-year-old Aquila M. Barnett as a suspect in the
Prosecutors began presenting evidence late this afternoon against a Henry
County woman accused of contributing to her child's death.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./February 28
31-year-old Vivian Thomas is charged with abuse and neglect of her three
Last February her six-month-old daughter died from smoke inhalation after
the family home caught fire.
Her two other children were seriously injured.
Thomas was at a neighbor's house when the fire started.
A state police agent testified the oven was left on 500 degrees and caught
the wall on fire.
Prosecutors plan to show that this was part of a pattern of neglect Thomas
exhibited toward her children.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--tracking severe storms. We'll see how the
National Weather Service identifies potentially dangerous weather systems.
Also if you think you're being hit by higher gas prices, wait 'til you hear
from those who drive for a living.
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Lawyers for Scotty Overby say their client acted AGAINST their advice when
he pled no contest this morning to charges of capital murder and rape.
The surprise plea came as jury selection in his trial was about to enter a
Overby had already confessed to killing his estranged wife, Sheila Ann
Stafford, mutilating her body, and sexually assaulting her with various
But he was hoping the jury would consider lesser charges of first degree
murder or manslaughter, which do not carry the death penalty.
His lawyer says the jury selection process was more than Overby could stand.
((JIMMY TURK/OVERBY'S LAWYER: SIMPLY COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT SIT THROUGH
ANYMORE OF THAT QUESTIONING OF EVERY JUROR AND HAVING TO RELIVE ALL THOSE
EVENTS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. ))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Turk/Overby's Lawyer;
OUT Q=AND OVER AGAIN.
Despite Overby's no contest pleas, the judge must still hear all the
evidence and witness testimony before deciding whether to convict Overby of
Overby IS expected to testify.
Christiansburg lawyer Keith Neely has exhausted his appeals and will report
to prison at the end of the week.
Now 46, Neely is facing the next decade in prison.
He reports to the federal penitentiary in Petersburg at noon Friday and says
he expects to serve all- but 21 months of a ten- year sentence.
He was convicted more than three years ago in a drug and money- laundering
Neely was brought down by his association with some high- rolling
international drug- traffickers.
Though he maintains his innocence, Neely says he "still believes in the
The Justice Department is investigating recent gasoline price increases,
looking into allegations of price gouging.
The jump in gas prices is not only tough on drivers, but the increases have
brought inflation into the picture.
Len Besthoff explains.
SUPER=01-Wayne Dyke/Truck Driver; :09
SUPER=01-Steve Falk/Truck Driver; :27
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :35 (quick)
SUPER=01-Joyce Bradford/AAA of Virginia; :50
OUT Q=Len Besthoff, News-7.
Like gasoline, diesel fuel prices have risen quite a bit over the past month
And independent truckers such as Wayne Dyke know it.
IN Q=But uh, what
((WAYNE DYKE/TRUCK DRIVER: BUT UH, WHAT CAN YOU DO? I MEAN, YOU GOTTA DO IT.
GOTTA HAVE FUEL TO RUN OUR TRUCKS. What's it doin' to your business? DYKE:
WELL, IT'S ACTUALLY CUTTIN' ME DOWN BIG TIME, IT'S CUTTIN' OUR PROFITS DOWN BIG
OUT Q=our profits down big time.
IN Q=And believe it
((And believe it or not it things could actually get worse from here, because
it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that when the price of hauling
freight goes up, what comes next.))
OUT Q=what comes next.
IN Q=We gotta use
((STEVE FALK/TRUCK DRIVER: WE GOTTA USE DIESEL TO DELIVER THE GOODS. IF IT
COSTS MORE TO DELIVER IT, IT'S GONNA COST YOU MORE TO BUY IT. THAT'S ALL
THERE IS TO IT.))
OUT Q=all there is to it.
The average consumer though, is already feeling the impact of higher prices
at the pump.
Triple A of Virginia says so far, it hasn't had a major impact on the summer
driving season right around the bend.
IN Q=Our business
((JOYCE BRADFORD/AAA OF VIRGINIA: OUR BUSINESS, AS FAR AS DOING OUR TRIP TIX
AND SERVICING OUR MEMBERS, HASN'T DECLINED. SO I STILL THINK EVEN WITH THE
PRICES RAISING, YOU HAVE TO FIGURE IT'S STILL LESS THAN AIRLINES TICKETS AND
THAT TYPE OF THING.))
OUT Q=type of thing.
But that could change.
Right now the average price of unleaded regular self serve gasoline stands
nationally at a dollar thirty six a gallon, and if it keeps going up at its
current rate of two cents a week, well...you do the math.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
The Roanoke Valley will have a new center for Alzheimer's patients by the
end of 1997.
The Richfield Retirement Community has announced plans to build a 100- bed
facility in Roanoke County.
The new building will be located alongside other Richfield facilities.
Construction should begin this fall, and when the center is completed late
next year, it will employ about 100 people.
Officials estimate there are close to 30 -thousand people within a q00-
mile radius of the Roanoke Valley who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease.
On Wall Street the Dow slipped a bit--down four points, closing at 55 hundred
NASDAQ was up two points.
One out of every three Americans is overweight.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new, apparently
non-addictive, prescription drug.
The diet pill, dexfenfluramine, which could effect the health habits of
millions of overweight Americans, is winning approval locally.
Still Bonny Lee with the Roanoke Center for Bariatric Medicine says every
drug carries a risk.
IN Q=with anything it's a risk
((BONNY LEE/BARIATRIC NURSE: WITH ANYTHING IT'S A RISK TO BENEFIT WITH ANY
OTHER MEDICATION AND THIS IS NO DIFFERENT - WE HAVE TO WEIGH THE RISK OF BEIGN
AROUND 20 TO 30 PERCENT OVERWEIGHT TO THE RISK THAT MIGHT BE INERENT USING THE
DRUG LONG TERM.))
SUPER=01-Bonny Lee/Center for Bariatric Medicine;
OUT Q=long term.
Lee also says it's not a matter of losing weight but maintaining the weight
Lee says the clinic is waiting for arrival of the drug. It could be
available in June.
Coming up tonight in sports, Bill Elliott begins what is likely to be a slow
and painful road back to racing.
THe Lynchburg Hillcats are trying to find their bats and a win these days.
And a win tonight by the Orlando Magic, will make the Detroit PIstons
disappear from the playoffs, as the NBA postseason continues.
A familiar face from the college basketball ranks is back in the coaching
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH; :00
Former Villanova and Nevada-Las Vegas head coach Rollie
Massimino is the new men's basketball coach at Cleveland State.
The 61 year old, Massimino is best known for leading Villanova to an
improbable national championship in 1985.
Most recently he spent two years as the head coach at UNLV.
Bill Elliott is resting as well as can be expected after undergoing to hours
of surgery yesterday to repair an unstable fracture on his upper femur bone in
his left leg.
SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL; :00
A teams of surgeons including Bo Jackson's doctor, James Andrews performed
the operation that could keep Elliott off the track for three to six months.
((DR. JAMES ANDREWS/ELLIOTT'S SURGEON:))
SUPER=01-James Andrews/Elliott's Surgeon; :00
OUT Q=...IN A RACE CAR."
Elliott had started 395 straight races before the mishap. Tommy Kendall will
replace him this weekend at Sonoma.
Todd Bodine is a possibility for the next event in Charlotte.
Tonight at 11, we'll hear from Ricky Craven who;se out of the hospital and
talking to reported form the first time since his wreck on Sunday.
The 1996 Tour Dupont begins tomorrow in Wilmington, Delaware and for the
first time in the history of the event, it will not begin with a Prologue, or
SUPER=04-1995 Tour DuPont; :00
Instead the 12 hundred and 25 mile race will begin with a 51 mile race through
the streets of Wilmington.
The spring begins at 5 tomorrow afternoon and ends at 6:45 after the riders
have made 14 trips around the 3 point 7 mile course.
The Tour Dupont will be in the Roanoke Valley on Sunday and Monday of next
The Lynchburg Hillcats hope to get back on the winning track tonight as they
host Winston-Salem in game two of a four game series at City Stadium.
Last night the Hillcats lost their fourth in a row to drop three games below
the 500 mark.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Warthogs vs. Hillcats; :00
Last night's game was decided in the first inning, as Dee Jenkins drills this
shot over the third baseman's head.
Decomba Conner scores on the play and it's 1-to-nothing.
The Warthogs would then close the inning with a grand slam as Steve Eddie
rockets one over the right center field fence and the Hogs lead by 5 after an
The Warthogs would keep piling it on as James Lofton grounds one through the
infield and drives in two more runs
Winston-Salem takes game one of the series with ease 13-to-2.
Unbeaten Jimmy Anderson will be on the hill for the Hillcats tonight. He is
3-and-0 with a 1 point 44 ERA.
The 1996 NBA playoffs continue tonight with action in three different first
The Bulls do not play again until tomorrow night, and they hope that by then
Dennis Rodman's emotional state will be in better shape.
Rodman was kicked out of game two on Sunday, and head coach Phil Jackson says
his entire team needs to do a better job of ignoring Miami's bullying tactics.
IN Q="THEY ARE...
((PHIL JACKSON/BULLS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Bulls Head Coach; :00
OUT Q= ...STEP BACK.
SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI/This Morning; :00
In Detroit, the Pistons hope to avoid elimination tonight as they host the
Magic in game three.
Orlando rolled in the first two games of the series and they weren't even
playing that well according to point guard Penny Hardaway.
IN Q="I think...
((PENNY HARDAWAY/ORLANDO POINT GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Penny Hardaway/Orlando Point Guard; :00
OUT Q=...WANNA GO."
Also tonight the two time defending world champion Rockets will try to take a
two games to one lead on the Los Angeles Lakers in the most evenly matched
first round series.
IN Q="I'm still...
((MAGIC JOHNSON/LAKERS CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Magic Johnson/Lakers Captain; :00
OUT Q=...IN A SENSE."
Severe storms are in the weather forecast more and more this time of year.
Storm watches are issued when bad weather could be on the way. A warning
is issued when a storm is already happening or will be in a very short period
Beth Myer tells us more about the conditions experts look for when issuing
severe weather bulletins.
IN Q=Last June
SUPER=04-June 23, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Emlaw/Meteorologist; :24
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7.
open with file video 95-61 00:17 amherst flooding package.
Rt. 460 near the Bedford and Campbell County line was flooded last year after
the Timberlake Dam broke during severe thunderstorms. Flash flood warnings were
out as rescue workers tried to save people caught by surprise by the rising
waters. One volunteer firefighter lost his life in the process.
The national weather service was watching and reporting on the intensity of the
storms in that area as they approached.
10 48 22 00 - 10 48 40 00
IN Q=Roanoke is situated
((MIKE EMLAW/METEOROLOGIST: ROANOKE IS SITUATED RIGHT HERE. THE AREA OF HEAVY
RAIN FALL WAS INDICATED IN THE ORANGE AND RED AREA. AS THE TIME LAPS GOES ON,
THE HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES IN THAT AREA AND MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS KEPT
DEVELOPING IN THIS AREA AND KEPT MOVING ACROSS THE SAME AREA OVER AND OVER
OUT Q=over and over again.
video of martinsville tornado 94-64 "tornado" pkg 8/18/94
Tornadoes are not common in this area, but they can occur.
Meteorologists use doplar radar which detects motion and precipitation to
locate tornado formation.
11 11 02 00 - 11 11 27 00
IN Q=This is 60
((MIKE EMLAW/METEOROLOGIST: THIS IS 60 MPH TOWARDS RADAR, BACK HERE IT'S 40
MILES PER HOUR A WAY FROM RADAR. WE HAD A STRONG BUT BROAD CIRCULATION. WE
WATCHED CLOSELY. IF A TORNADO WERE TO FORM, THIS CIRCULATION WOULD GET CLOSER
TOGETHER AND KEEP STRENGTHENING AND WORK TO THE GROUND. THAT'S WHAT WE'D BE
LOOKING FOR. ))
OUT Q=be looking for.
This storm did not cause a tornado, but did drop baseball size hail near
Smith Mountain Lake last May.
the WDBJ7 Internet Home Page. Beth Myer News 7.))
For more information on tornados and flooding, look to the weather section of