That's the big question today after the most recent attempts to
settle the Freemen standoff prove fruitless,
and the Governor welcomes Frito Lay to Lynchburg.
Sunny skies today will give way to some clouds, and scattered showers
overnight and through tomorrow afternoon. I'll have the complete outlook
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
Groundbreaking ceremonies in Lynchburg this morning welcomed one of the
nation's largest snack food makers to central Virginia.
The Frito Lay Company is building a 400- thousand square foot plant on the
outskirts of the city.
Steve Smallshaw joins us from the industrial site where the plant will be
Steve, tell us about this morning's ceremony.
(steve ad lib)
(****rollcue: impact on this area over the next ten years.)
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/(R) Lynchburg Mayor; :22
SUPER=01-Richard Goodmanson/Frito Lay, Inc.; :46
OUT Q=best choice for us.
(steve ad lib)
(mel/q and a: Why does Frito Lay need to expand?)
Ford's recall last week of millions of cars and trucks in the U-S and
Canada may not have been enough.
"U-S-A Today" reports the automaker did not include other vehicles with
fire-prone ignition switches.
The paper cites a 19-93 company memo that indicates tens of thousands of
vans could also have faulty switches.
The Econo-line and Aerostar vans were not included in the recall.
Hope for an imminent resolution to the Freemen stand-off in Montana has
And negotiators say the Freemen have taken an "oath to God" not to surrender
until their demands are met.
John Blackstone reports.
SUPER=03-Garfield Co., MT; :00
SUPER=01-Bo Gritz/Conservative Activist; :31
SUPER=01-John Blackstone/Reporting; 1:18
OUT Q=CBS News, Garfield Co., Montana.
Two mediators tried and failed to bring an end to the freemen standoff
Montana's assistant attorney general had carried in an offer to
drop state charges against the fugitives tho' they'd still face
more serious Federal charges.
The freemen rejected the offer.
And volunteer mediator Bo Gritz spent two and a half hours with
the Freemen but heard the same familiar demands.
The freemen want to be judged under their own theories of common law by
their own grand jury.
BO GRITZ:THIS GRAND JURY OF 23 MUST RETURN A UNANIMOUS DECISION AGAINST
THEM BEFORE THEY WILL SURRENDER.
It's a demand that will never be accepted.
BLACKSTONE: SO WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN?
GRITZ: SO WHAT IS GONNA HAPPEN IS, I PRAY SOMEBODY WILL GO UP
THERE AND SAY ARE YOU GONNA SHOOT ME."
Gritz says the Freemen won't give up voluntarily but they may surrender if
the FBI actually went onto the ranch to arrest them.
GRITZ:THESE ARE NOT VIOLENT PEOPLE. THESE ARE NOT MUSLIM JIHAD.
Gritz is giving up on the freemen, for now at least.
Before flying out his final words to the FBI were ones of caution.
GRITZ:I WOULD CALL IT A COMPOUND AND I WOULD SAY ITS ARMED. THEY GOT
A LOT OF GUNS.
But with no sign that mediation is working there is some feeling
in Garfield County that the FBI //will soon start start to apply
pressure to the Freemen...at least make life on the ranch a little less
John Blackstone CBS News Garfield County, Montana.))
TAPE# Edit from Klaas pkg
In northern California today, jurors in the Polly Klaas trial get a
firsthand look at the crime scene.
They are scheduled to make the trip outside the courtroom to get a better
idea of where and how the 12- year- old's murder took place.
Yesterday saw more high emotion INSIDE the courtroom.
The jury listened to audio tapes police made during their trip with
defendant Richard Davis to find Polly's body.
One day earlier they watched a videotape of Davis confessing to the murder.
DAVIS:"I STRANGLED HER.. WHILE WE WERE OUT AND SHE WAS COMING BACK TO THE CAR
TO GET BACK IN. YOU STRANGLED HER? YEAH. WHAT DID YOU USE TO
STRANGLE HER? A PIECE OF CLOTH? ))
SUPER=04-December 12, 1993;
OUT Q= a piece of cloth.
Davis is accused of kidnapping Polly from her bedroom while the girl and
two of her friends were having a sleep-over.
That was in October of 19-93.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 continues, more room for inmates and workers at the Henry
and we'll show you a close call for this busload of students.
They're safe now, and a 17-year-old is being called a hero.
WX ad lib
music up full
A teacher arrested this week on drug charges isn't the only Halifax County
school employee with an arrest record.
A high school business teacher may also lose her job for writing bad checks.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=37- year
SUPER=03-Halifax; :00 Quick
SUPER=01-Kenneth Walker/Halifax Co. Schools Superintendent; :11
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Halifax.
37- year old Dorothy Ferrell has taught at Halifax Elementary for a number
But the charges against her may place her job as a second grade teacher in
IN Q=I was
((DR. KENNETH WALKER/HALIFAX SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED
AND CONCERNED, WE VIEW ANY KIND OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE BY EMPLOYEES AS A VERY
SERIOUS MATTER. ))
OUT Q=as a very serious matter.
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 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 say Brade wrote the checks to support a substance abuse problem.
Whatever the case, news of MONDAY night's arrest has raised questions in the
Many want to know the school system's policy toward random drug testing.
((DR. KENNETH WALKER/HALIFAX SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT:I'VE CHECKED WITH LEGAL
COUNSEL AND I'VE BEEN ADVISED THAT WE'RE NOT AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO DO RANDOM
SEARCHES OF TEACHERS. ))
OUT Q=of teachers.
Custodians are also exempt.
But the county is allowed to search employees in safety sensitive positions,
such as bus drivers.
Both Ferrell and Ragsdale are suspended without pay pending the outcome of
their case. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Halifax.))
Some very scary moments aboard a school bus captured on video tape.
OUT Q=(start of bus ax)
This bus in Indiana went out of control after its driver suffered a seizure
and passed out.
A 17- year- old student on board rushed to the front of the bus and was able
to move the driver and stop the bus before it plunged into a creek.
None of the students was seriously injured.
The bus driver says he does not have epilepsy but will not drive a
school bus again.
And it's been a bumpy ride for the Henry County Jail as its tried to
accomodate more and more inmates over the years.
But now, an expansion project has paved the way to more space.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=We didn't realize
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; :32
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT NAT SOUND
((WE DIDN'T REALIZE... IT'S A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE CELLS UPSTAIRS. ))
And that realization created a solution to the long-time overcrowding
problem of the Henry County jail.
Last year, there was an average of 96 inmates-- many of them double-
But now, the county's approved a one- point- eight million dollar
expansion project that'll transform office space into jail cells.
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: WE'VE GOT PEOPLE SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR
NOW-- 10 YEARS FROM NOW THEY MAY BE SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR AGAIN. BUT IT'LL
ELEVIATE THE PROBLEM FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ))
The plan calls for the sheriff's department to move into the nearby
Social Services Building.
Social services will then move to another location.
But the project doesn't only provide additional room for prisoners--
SOT standup, next the last one
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: ONCE THEY MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THESE NARROW
HALLWAYS, MEMBERS OF THE HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAVE TO WORK IN SOME
PRETTY CRAMPED OFFICE SPACES. THAT'S WHY THEY'RE SO EXCITED ABOUT THE BIG MOVE
NEXT DOOR. ))
((CASSELL: WELL, I THINK THEY'LL FEEL LIKE THEY'VE GOTTEN OUT OF JAIL, TOO,
WHEN THEY GET SOMEWHERE WHERE THEY GOT ADEQUATE SPACE. ))
Three times their current space-- to be exact.
Sheriff Cassell says he's not sure when his department will get to move
into their new digs-- but he hopes to start packing soon.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Henry County.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Noon,
Summer vacations are just around the corner - we'll talk to an expert on how
the high price of gasoline will effect those plans,
and customers say the present owner of a Roanoke car wash has apparently
left them out to dry.
Skyrocketing gas prices are taking the steam out of summer vacation plans
for a lot of people.
A Travel Industry Association survey says one in five Americans will take
fewer trips this summer because of higher prices at the pump.
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
Joyce Bradford is the branch manager of the Roanoke Triple-A and she's here
to talk about it.
Will higher gas prices mean shorter vacations for people?
SUPER=01-Joyce Bradford/AAA of Virginia;
(Speaking of vacations -- travelers may be easy targets for scam artists
promising warm weather getaways at bargain prices or even free of charge. What
techniques do travel scam artists use?)
(What can consumers do to make sure the deal is legitimate?)
(What should they do if they are suspicious of an offer?)
TAPE# edit of
Customers of the V-I-P Carwash say they've been taken to the cleaners --
About a month ago, News-7 uncovered a number of complaints.
Area residents paid up front for car cleanings that they never received.
Jennifer Farmer took over V-I-P Customer Service and changed the name of the
company to Professional Car Care Services.
She pledged "to make everything right," but now she is nowhere to be found.
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. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Musselwhite/Unsatisfied Customer;
OUT Q=to the car
Police say a number of unsatisfied customers have called in complaints in
the past week.
The Better Business Bureau has sent written complaints to no avail.
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. ))
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau;
OUT Q=my opinion
Telephone service to the office has been disconnected and no forwarding
address is available.
A developer who owns two golf and country clubs on Smith Mountain Lake is
about to buy a third.
Ron Willard, the president of the Willard Companies, has entered into an
agreement to buy the Chestnut Creek golf course and country club.
Chestnut Creek is semi-private.
Willard says there's a need for a semi-private course in the area and says
he will continue to welcome the public.
Willard also owns The Waterfront and the Water's Edge clubs.
Stocks dropped after a strong report on the first-quarter economy increased
fears about inflation before tomorrow's report on unemployment.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN 15 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Patrick has highlights from E-C-H-L playoff action,
and the Tour DuPont rolls into Virginia.
We'll see who's in the lead as the riders head toward the capital.
MUSIC UP FULL
The first stage of the 19-96 Tour Dupont is complete and now America's
premiere cycling event is in Virginia.
SUPER=03-Wilmington, DE/Yesterday; :00
Yesterday, Arvis Piziks won the first stage and captured the yellow Food
Lion jersey with a time of one hour, 32 minutes and 44 seconds.
Today the cyclists will take part in a 94 mile ride from Fredericksburg to
The stage starts at 3:30 and should finish around 6:45.
The Charlotte Checkers began the E-C-H-L Riley Cup playoffs by eliminating
Now they're one game away from sweeping the Lizard Kings and claiming the
Riley Cup title.
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL/Game Three; :00
Charlotte explodes in the opening period tallying four goals to send the
Lizard Kings reeling.
Charlotte adds one in the second, and three more in the third, as Phil
Berger puts the game on ice.
Charlotte wins it eight-to-two to take a three games to none lead in the best
of seven series.
(****patrick ad lib*****)
(******patrick toss to mel*******)
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
And coming up today on News 7 at FIVE-- Connie Stevens will join us from
Hollins College, the site of tonight's play "My Sister's Sister."
The show deals with one family's battle against mental illness.
We'll also hear from Diane Kelly, with the Roanoke Valley Mental Health
IN Q=My hope is
((MY HOPE IS THAT THE PLAY WILL DRAW ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEING
BEYOND THE ILLNESS, TO WHAT THE PERSON IS REALLY LIKE-- TO UNDERSTAND THAT
PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES ARE REALLY MORE THAN THEIR ILLNESSES. JUST AS
PEOPLE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OR DIABETES ARE MORE THAN THOSE DISEASES AS
SUPER=01-Diane Kelly/Mental Health Association; :
OUT Q=diseases as well.
Thanks for joining us.
Don't miss the news this evening, at FIVE, and SIX.