Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Details on the arrest of a second- grade teacher.
And Professional Car Care promised to make good on contracts... but the new
owner didn't even leave a water mark.
Tonight in sports, the Tour Dupont is underway in Delaware, Ralph Sampson was
in the Hill City this afternoon, some top archers are coming to the area,
And Allen Iverson says he's leaving Georgetown two years early and entering
the NBA draft to help ensure him family's financial future.
As the cold jet stream retreats to Canada this weekend, watch for a big warm
up. Weather details straight ahead.
A Halifax County community is asking some tough questions after an
elementary teacher and custodian were arrested for cocaine possession.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=37- year old
SUPER=01-Dr. Kenneth Walker/Halifax Schools Superintendent; :54
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Halifax.
(( 37- year old Dorothy Ferrell taught second grade at Halifax Elementary
But the job she has held for several years may now be in danger.
A Halifax Sheriff's Deputy answering a disturbance call says he spotted
Ferrell and a school custodian sitting in a car along with some crack cocaine
and pipes used to smoke it.
Ferrell and 40- year old Jerry Ragsdale were immediately taken into custody.
Dorothy Ferrell isn't the first teacher this school year to run into trouble
with the law. Elizabeth Brade, a business teacher at Halifax County high
school, was suspended without pay after she was charged with 68-counts of
writing bad checks.
Prosecutors allege Brade wrote the checks to support a substance abuse
The County's Superintendent of schools says his hands are legally tied when
it comes to random searches of teachers and custodians.
IN Q=We follow
((DR. KENNETH WALKER/HALIFAX SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT:WE FOLLOW THE FEDERAL AND
STATE LAWS AND PROVIDE RANDOM TESTING OF PEOPLE IN SAFETY SENSITIVE POSITIONS,
BUT WE'RE NOT AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO DO RANDOM SEARCHES OF OTHER EMPLOYEES. ))
OUT Q=of other employees.
Bus drivers are one group of employees who are subject to random testing.
Both Ferrell and Ragsdale are suspended without pay pending the outcome of
their case. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Halifax.))
Complaints continue to mount against a Roanoke car washing service.
This despite the new owner's promise to clean up the business.
Scott Prince updates the situation.
IN Q=When last
SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 27; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Musselwhite/Unsatisfied Customer; :26
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau; :59
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((When last we saw Jennifer Farmer, she had just taken over V- I- P Customer
The car washing company was doused with complaints after area residents paid
up front to get their vehicles cleaned, but then never received the service.
Farmer changed the name of the company to Professional Car Care Services...
and then made this pledge.
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((JENNIFER FARMER: I'M GOING TO MAKE EVERYTHING RIGHT. ))
That was then... this is now.
It seems Farmer closed the Williamson Road office... leaving her customers
high and dry.
IN Q=They had
((LARRY MUSSELWHITE: THEY HAD THE MOBILE UNIT AND THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO COME TO
DO JUST A MARVELOUS JOB. THE JOB'S BEEN DONE, BUT NOT TO THE CAR. ))
OUT Q=to the car
stand up 4:38:41
Larry Musselwhite is not alone.
According to police a number of unsatisfied customers have called in the
past week, expressing their displeasure with the car washing company.
And as of right now no one seems to know the whereabouts of Jennifer Farmer.
end stand up
Telephone service to the office has been disconnected, and a new phone
number is not listed.
The Better Business Bureau has sent written complaints, but they've been
returned for lack of a forwarding address.
IN Q=We are still
((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: WE ARE STILL REQUESTING THE COMPLAINTS
IN WRITING AND IF WE CAN FIND SOMEWHERE TO FILE THEM WE WILL FOLLOW THROUGH ON
IT. I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU THOUGH, I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET THEIR
MONEY BACK. THAT'S MY OPINION. ))
OUT Q=my opinion
That seems to be the feeling of most of the customers too.
They say one of the few things they HAVE received is a lesson for the
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Northside High School students learned a hard lesson the easy way today.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross staged an Alcohol-
Related Mock car accident.
The program is aimed at getting students to think about the dangers of
drinking and driving. Northside will hold its prom next week.
Since 19-88, there have been NO prom night drinking and driving arrests or
accidents at Roanoke Valley schools participating in the program.
The students chatted as the program started, but then the message began to
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IN Q=it's very emotional
((ANGIE WADE/STUDENT: IT'S VERY EMOTIONAL BECAUSE YOU LOOK AROUND AND YOU SEE
THE CARS AND YOU THINK THOSE ARE FRIENDS OUT THERE THAT YOU SEE AND THEN YOU
THINK BUT MY REALLY GOOD FRIENDS COULD BE THERE ON A CERTAIN NIGHT IF THEY MAKE
A BAD CHOICE.))
((DANIEL BEASON/STUDENT: IT WILL MAKE ME THINK TWICE BEFORE I DO SOMETHINK
STUPID LIKE THAT - USE A LITTLE COMMON SENSE WHEN I GET INTO THE CAR.))
SUPER=01-Angie Wade/Student; :00
SUPER=01-Daniel Beason/Actor; :14 quick
OUT Q=into the car.
James River High School will stage a mock accident tomorrow.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--after nearly 75 years it's the end of an era
in Altavista, as the National Guard packs it in and moves on out.
Also, no you weren't seeing things in Old Southwest Roanoke this morning--a
couple of homes really were moving down the street. We'll explain.
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With A-T-F agents now on the case, Lynchburg authorities hope to find
whoever set the fire that gutted the Lukens building in Lynchburg.
And Steve Smallshaw says the debate continues over what to do with what's
left of the building.
IN Q=Even as
SUPER=01-Walter Erwin/Lynchburg City Attorney; :27
SUPER=01-Joe Freeman/Lynch's Landing Inc.; 1:03
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Even as investigators struggle to find out who burned down the historic
Lukens building, who's going to clean it up is another unanswered question.
IN Q=The deadline
((City officials notified property owner Larry Halstead in March that he had
until May 8th to arrange to have the debris cleared from the site. As of this
afternoon they were still waiting to hear from him. Halstead already owes the
city the 25- thousand dollars it cost to demolish the building.. cleaning it up
could double that amount.))
OUT Q=might come through.
IN Q=The state law
((WALTER ERWIN/CITY ATTORNEY: THE STATE LAW ALSO ALLOWS IF WE WOULD HAVE TO
REMOVE THE DEMOLISHED DEBRIS BECAUSE THE OWNER DOESN'T DO SO, THAT THOSE COSTS
CAN BE ADDED TO THE LIEN AS WELL.))
OUT Q=lien as well.
Erwin says the city may have to wait in line with other potential creditors
for any insurance money that's paid out.
Halstead's insurance company has paid off the remaining 40- thousand dollars
he owed for the original purchase of the building.
But any other payouts could hinge on what the arson investigation reveals.
Meanwhile, the future of the site is still being decided.
Lynch's Landing Incorporated, a group that's helping redesign the face of
the city's riverfront, says a scenic overlook is one possibility.
IN Q=There have been
((DR. JOSEPH FREEMAN/LYNCH'S LANDING, INC.: THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF
SUGGESTIONS ABOUT SOME SORT OF AREA DOWN HERE WHERE YOU CAN VIEW THE RIVER.
THERE'S NO PLACE ON TOP THE BLUFF WHERE YOU HAVE A NICE VIEW AND THOUGH WE MISS
THE BUILDING, IT'S GONE AND IT LOOKS LIKE THIS MIGHT BE THE PLACE FOR THAT.))
OUT Q=place for that.
Freeman says his group will first wait to see what happens to the land.
Whether Halstead retains title to the property will go a long ways towards
determining its future.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Attempts to reach Larry Halstead and his attorney for comment on this story
A controversy in Old Southwest Roanoke is ending with a change of address.
Two homes on First Street are being relocated to vacant lots just a few
The Episcopal Church had planned to demolish the buildings to make way for
the expansion of its offices.
But today, the church and the neighborhood were celebrating the agreement
that saved the structures.
IN Q=This is what we call
((MAX MATTHEW/OLD SOUTHWEST BOARD MEMBER: THIS IS WHAT WE CALL A CONTRIBUTING
STRUCTURE FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND SAVING IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.))
((BISHOP HEATH LIGHT/EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF SOUTHWESTERN VA.: IT LOOKS LIKE A
WIN-WIN SITUATION TO ME FOR PARSELL AND ZIEGLER, FOR OLD SOUTHWEST AND FOR THE
DIOCESE OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Max Matthew/Old Southwest Board Member; :00
SUPER=01-Bishop Heath Light/Episcopal Diocese of SW Va.; :10
OUT Q=Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.
The Episcopal Church contributed to the cost of moving the homes.
Parsell and Ziegler Construction Company is renovating one of the
buildings for its new offices.
Ninth district republicans now have three people to pick from to field a
candidate to challenge incumbent Democrat Rick Boucher.
31 year- old Thomas DeBusk is the vice- chairman of the Montgomery County
Two years ago he managed Steve Fast's unsuccessful bid to unseat Boucher.
He says he'll continue the networking he's already started.
((TOM DEBUSK/R-CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: TALKING TO PEOPLE, REACHING PEOPLE
THROUGH THE MAIL, TRAVELING THROUGHOUT SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, TO GO TO EVENTS AND
SPEAK TO THESE PEOPLE. I FEEL IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THEY SEE A CANDIDATE UP
CLOSE AND IN PERSON, AND I'M MAKING THE EFFORT TO DO THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Tom DeBusk/(R) Candidate for Congress;
OUT Q=effort to do that.
DeBusk holds two masters degrees in theology and currently holds a temporary
job in Virginia Tech's special events office.
Patrick Muldoon of Giles County and former delegate Barnes Kidd of Tazewell
are also seeking the G-O-P nomination.
Defense lawyer Jimmy Turk broke with his client's wishes and asked a judge
NOT to accept Scotty Wayne Overby's no contest pleas.
Overby made the surprise plea yesterday as jury selection in his capital
murder trial was entering a second day.
He's charged with strangling and raping his estranged wife, Sheila Ann
Stafford, and sexually assaulting her with various objects.
If Judge Ray Grubbs accepts his pleas, he must then decide whether to
sentence Overby to death, or life in prison.
Roanoke County is meeting some big challenges as it takes on a major
economic development project.
The county found a contractor that prepared a site for R-R Donnelley in half
the time it would usually take.
That's helping the printing company keep its 63 million dollar project on
When finished, it will create several hundred high paying jobs.
((JOHN PECARIC/RR DONNELLEY: MEETING THESE DATES ARE CRITICAL TO US AND TO THE
COUNTY IN THAT WE'LL HAVE A FULLY FUNCTIONING FACILITY ON TIME AND ON SCHEDULE
IN MAY OF 97.))
SUPER=01-John Pecaric/RR Donnelley;
OUT Q=May of 97.
IN Q=We worked
((JOE THOMAS/THOMAS BROTHERS: WE WORKED 12 HOURS A DAY, DAYLIGHT TO DARK, AND
WE MOVED 165 THOUSAND YARDS OF DIRT.))
SUPER=01-Joe Thomas/Thomas Brothers;
OUT Q=yards of dirt.
With its largest piece of industrial land now taken, the county is looking
for other potential sites.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Supervisors say the 460 acre Glenn Mary parcel REMAINS under consideration,
in spite of some opposition from residents in the western part of the county.
On Wall Street midweek the Dow gained six points, closing at 55 hundred 75.
NASDAQ was up nine points.
This is "Law Day" in Virginia, and respect for the law was the message
police tried to get across to some Roanoke County middle school students.
The program is called "Youth for Justice".
These sixth graders are given an opportunity to evaluate and discuss current
IN QUE=I think it's really
((ALLISON SAUNDERS/SIXTH GRADE STUDENT: I THINK IT'S COOL. HE DOES THESE GAMES
WITH US AND IT'S JUST FUN. I MEAN HE'S NOT LIKE BORING OR ANYTHING.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: WE'RE TAKING THE TIME TO EXPLAIN TO THEM WHAT
THE LAW IS, WHAT IT'S PURPOSE IS, HOW IT RELATES TO THEM. AND ANYTIME YOU
UNDERSTAND SOMETHING AND HOW IT WORKS AND WHY, THEN YOU'RE GENERALLY MORE
SUPPORTIVE OF IT AND WE FIND THAT'S THE REACTION OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Allison Saunders/Sixth Grade Student;
SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police; :09
OUT Q=of the young people.
Officer Kincaid tries to makes the law interesting by teaching through games
IN Q=He's kind of acting
((TERRENCE BROWN/SIXTH GRADE STUDENT: HE'S KIND OF ACTING LIKE WE ARE, BUT
TEACHING US THE WAY OF LAW IN A CHILD'S POINT OF VIEW.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((LILY TURPIN/SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS: I THINK IT'S REALLY FUN AND SOME OF THE
GAMES THAT WE PLAY ARE REALLY FUN AND IT TEACHES THINGS ABOUT LAW.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((ASHLEY KESSLER/SIXTH GRADE STUDENT: THE WAY HE TEACHES IT HE MAKES IT REALLY
INTERESTING. IT'S FUN.))
SUPER=01-Terrence Brown/Sixth Grade Student;
SUPER=01-Lily Turpin/Sixth Grade Student; :06
SUPER=01-Ashley Kessler/Sixth Grade Student; :12
OUT Q=It's just fun.
The course is actually taught year round.
Coming up tonight in sports, The Tour DuPont is underway in Wilmington,
Delaware, a couple of high school hoopsters pick their colleges, a college
hoopster opts for the NBA.
And speaking of that league, the two time defending champion Rockets are a
game away from the second round of the playoffs, we'll hear what former Rocket
Ralph Sampson thinks about their chances of winning it for the third time.
Allen Iverson the former Group Three-A state football and basketball player
of the year in Virginia from Hampton's Bethel high school is leaving college
two years early to enter the NBA draft.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
Iverson made the announcement at a newsconference at Georgetown this afternoon
with his Mom by his side.
IN Q="I JUST
((ALLEN IVERSON/DECIDES TO TURN PRO:))
SUPER=01-Allen Iverson/Decides To Turn Pro; :00
OUT Q=...do some things."
Iverson is the first player in Thompson's 24 years at Georgetown to leave
school early. That includes the likes of Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo.
IN Q="When patrick...
((JOHN THOMPSON/GEORGETOWN HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Thompson/Georgetown Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...TOO SOON.
The two time defending NBA champion Rockets are just one win away from
advancing in the playoffs.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/Last Night; :00
Last night they beat the Lakers in game three, and this afternoon we talked
to former Houston star Ralph Sampson about the Rockets chances of pulling off
IN Q="The Lakers...
((RALPH SAMPSON/FORMER ROCKETS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Ralph Sampson/Former Rockets Center; :00
OUT Q=...it can happen."
Ralph also says the turmoil in Charlottesville with the Jeff Jones UVa
basketball program needs to be resolved as soon as possible for the sake of
recruiting and Ticket sales.
Two local high school basketball standouts have decided on colleges, and
G. W. Danville's Bobby Wimbush and Patrick Henry's Brooks Berry will not play
division one ball next season!
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Season; :00
Brooks Berry has decided to attend Fork Union Military Institute next
year. Berry averaged 11.7 points and 4 rebounds per game this past season. He
also led the Patriots in three point and free throw percentages.
Brook's teammate, Phillip Taylor has committed to Bluefield College. The PH
forward scored 8 points per game during his senior campaign.
Wimbush will attend Hagerstown Junior College in Maryland next year. The
Eagle center and forward was a first team all state selection this past season
averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Former G.W. coach Harry Johnson said today that Eagle assistant Chris Carter
is being interviewed for his old job. A new coach is scheduled to be named next
week. Also, Danville guard Howard Graves is still looking at Roanoke College,
but is expected to except a full scholarship from Concord.
The first stage of the 1996 Tour Dupont is complete! America's premiere
cycling event ended at 6pm this evening in Wilmington, Delaware.
SUPER=03-Wilmington, DE; :00
Before 1995 champion Lance Armstrong could begin defending his title, the
Motorola team member was swamped by autograph seekers.
Armstrong was not in contention for the Food Lion Yellow jersey, but one of
his teammates was! Team Motorola cyclists George Hincappie was one of several
riders who turned the end of the final circuit into a break away.
Hincappie finished 4th. Arvis Piziks won the first stage and captured the
yellow jersey with a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes and 44 seconds.
In June, some 16-hundred archery shooters will come to the Roanoke Valley
for the Trebark A-S-A Pro-Am Virginia Championships.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :
The tournament will be held on American Electric Powers property at Smith
It took the Archery Shooter's Assocaition three years to pick the location.
IN Q="We looked at
((DAVE FOSTER/VANTAGE MARKETING, INC. : ))
SUPER=01-Dave Foster/Vantage Marketing, Inc.; :00
OUT Q=......here we are."
Randy Chappell the A-S-A Shooter of the year in 1995 headlines the
professional category. In 1993 Chappell set a world record with the sports
first perfect set.
Chappell spends up to 8-hours a day working on his skills which include
concentration and judging distance.
IN Q="you're concentrating...
((RANDY CHAPPELL/ASA CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Randy Chappell/ASA Champion; :
OUT Q= .....approach a shot."
April is in the books and a quick look back reveals a dry month with rainfall a
full inch and a half below normal and a number of windy days with gusts near
60mph. How about May? Well, here are the numbers.
The end of an era was celebrated in Altavista this morning where ceremonies
helped close the town's National Guard Armory.
The shutdown of the armory marked the end of a 74- year presence for the
Guard in Altavista.
Defense cutbacks have forced six armories in Virginia to close their doors.
The move evoked memories from longtime Altavista residents.
IN Q=We've had some
((RUDY BURGESS/ALTAVISTA MAYOR: WE'VE HAD SOME FLOODS IN THE PAST AND WE'VE HAD
SOME BAD SNOWSTORMS AND THEY WOULD GO GET THE PEOPLE AND BRING THEM TO WORK AND
THOSE TYPE THINGS. IT'S BEEN A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND WE'RE
GOING TO MISS THAT PART OF IT, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.))
((MAJOR FRED DOYLE/VA NATIONAL GUARD: IN KEEPING WITH THE REGIMENTAL MOTTO
`EVER FORWARD', SO MUST THE VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD MOVE FORWARD TO MEET THE
CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY.))
SUPER=01-Rudy Burgess/Altavista Mayor; :00
SUPER=01-Major Fred Doyle/VA National Guard; :10
OUT Q=the 21st century.
The Guard's 70 Altavista members will be transferred to different units
across central and southwest Virginia.