Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
He was known to many local viewers as Mr. Fitness- Artie Levin has died.
We'll have a report.
One local landmark is going on the auction block.
Plus we'll meet a mother of two who's overcome obstacles to gain a
News 7 is next.
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The man best known for physical fitness in Western Virginia has died.
Artie Levin passed away today.
Tonight colleagues remember him as a credit and resource to the community.
Jay Moore takes a look back at the life of Artie Levin.
IN Q=To more
SUPER=01-John Harkrader/Retired WDBJ-7 President; :15
OUT Q=was 82.....leave up..
(( To more than one generation of television viewers, Artie Levin WAS Mr.
The "Artie Levin Show" first aired in 1961.
Later, he teamed up with Irv Sharp and his presence on WDBJ continued into
the early 80s.
IN Q=I would think
((HARKRADER: I WOULD THINK THEY WOULD REMEMBER HIM MOST FOR HIS INSISTENCE ON
PHYSICAL FITNESS FOR EVERYBODY. HE BELIEVED IN THAT DEEPLY AND WAS COMMITTED
TO IT 100 PERCENT. ))
OUT Q=100 PERCENT.
Throughout the years, Artie received thousands of letters from viewers
wanting physical fitness advice.
Even after he left WDBJ, he was constantly involved in the community... and
a regular in local athletic events.
Last year, Artie returned to the station to help celebrate its 40th
IN Q=But he'll surely
((HARKRADER: BUT HE'LL SURELY WILL BE MISSED. HE WAS ONE FINE HUMAN BEING AND
WE'LL ALL BE SORRY TO LOSE THAT. ))
OUT Q=sorry to lose that.
Artie Levin was 82.
Jay Moore, News 7.
One of Roanoke's historic hotels is scheduled to go on the auction block.
The U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development says it's accepting bids
for the Patrick Henry Hotel on Jefferson Avenue.
The hotel was in today's Wall Street Journal, along with more than a dozen
other properties listed as FORECLOSURES.
The New York based company that owns the Patrick Henry Hotel would not
Just a month ago the hotel ended its affiliation with Radisson, a national
The hotel's general manager insisted THEN that this was not an indication
it was encountering serious financial trouble.
A North Carolina investor has proposed to buy Holdrens-
The family run electronics and appliance store chain has been in Roanoke
for 60 years.
Holdren's president Stan Cross says the company will remain independently
run, and all existing management and employees will remain in place.
The investor wants to put more money into the operation to help it compete
with its larger rivals.
Cross emphasizes that right now Holdren's only has a a verbal agreement with
Holdren's has stores in Roanoke, Vinton, Lynchburg, Martinsville, and the
New River Valley.
It employs 60 full and part time employees.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs will rule in July whether Scotty
Wayne Overby will die for the capital murder of his wife.
Overby pled no contest to killing Sheila Ann Stafford and has asked to die.
Today he offered tearful apologies to her family.
((SCOTTY OVERBY/DEFENDANT: I CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY, I JUST SNAPPED. I LOVED SHEILA
MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD AND I STILL LOVE HER. I LOVE Y'ALL AND I'M
OUT Q=and I'm sorry.
Sheila's family members told the judge of the anguish they've suffered.
((DAVID STAFFORD/VICTIM'S BROTHER: TOOK A PART OF ME I CANNOT REPLACE ANYMORE.
I WANT TO SEE HER. ))
SUPER=01-David Stafford/Victim's Brother;
OUT Q=want to see her.
But Sheila's father said he's sorry Overby didn't receive the help he
needed, and accepted his apology.
((HARRY STAFFORD/VICTIM'S FATHER: I GOT UP AND TESTIFIED THAT IF I EVER SEEN
SCOTTY AND IF HE EVER ASKED ME FORGIVENESS I'D HAVE TO SAY YES. ))
SUPER=01-Harry Stafford/Victim's Father;
OUT Q=have to say yes.
After Sheila left Overby last summer because of his drinking, he sought
treatment for alcoholism and depression.
He told police he flew into a rage because Sheila told him she may be
pregnant by another man.
Overby strangled and sexually assaulted his wife and mutilated her body.
A Roanoke judge must decide who went too far on a February morning when a
routine traffic stop turned into a brawl.
Today, a prosecutor argued it was Steven Leftwich. The defendant's attorney
says it was the police.
IN Q=What you have here
((HAROLD BARNES/LEFTWICH'S ATTORNEY: WHAT YOU HAVE HERE IS A PERSON WHO WAS
SITTING IN A CAR, WHO WAS GOING HOME, WHO HAD A DESIGNATED DRIVER, AS THE
AMERICAN AD COUNCIL AND OTHERS ASK US TO DO. AND MY QUESTION IS WHAT MORE DO
YOU HAVE TO DO.))
SUPER=01-Harold Barnes/Leftwich's Lawyer;
OUT Q=what you have to do.
Steven Leftwich was a passenger in the car that officers pulled over on
The defendant says he cooperated with officers until THEY began beating
But the officers who were involved in the confrontation say Leftwich was
uncooperative, aggressive and ultimately violent.
IN Q=He was on that evening
((ANN GARDNER/ROANOKE PROSECUTOR: HE WAS ON THAT EVENING OUT, IN HIS WORDS,
PARTYING AND DRINKING AND HIS JUDGEMENT WAS IMPAIRED. HIS PERCEPTION WAS
IMPAIRED AND HE ACTED ON THAT AND BECAUSE OF THAT AN OTHERWISE CALM SITUATION
SUPER=01-Ann Gardner/Roanoke Prosecutor;
OUT Q=calm situation escalated.
Leftwich faces four charges of assault and battery.
Judge John Apostolou will rule later this month.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a boy is saved from rushing waters after he
is swept into a storm drain,
and we'll meet a Roanoke College senior who refuses to let a disabilty stand in
her way of graduating.
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Over the past nine years the SAVE-X convenience store chain -from Staunton
to Radford- -has been cited only TWICE for selling beer to minors.
Now, according to police, it's happened FOUR times in the last MONTH just in
All but one of the SAVE-X stores in the city are on the list of 22
convenience stores where undercover teens were able to buy beer.
IN Q=There been
((THERE BEEN MANY MANY OCCASIONS WHERE WE'VE REFUSED THE SALE FOR QUESTION
ABOUT AGE, FOR A QUESTION ABOUT SOBRIETY FOR A QUESTION ABOUT WHO IS THIS LEGAL
PERSON BUYING IT FOR.))
OUT Q=buying it for.
The list of store clerks caught in the sting operation is supposed to
include only those who've already been served with a warrant.
The man at the Unimart on Colonial Avenue says it's "news to him."
IN Q=All I know
((ALL I KNOW IS I DIDN'T SELL ANYBODY ANY BEER, BECAUSE WE USUALLY CARD, EVEN
WE CARD FOR THE CIGARETTES.))
SUPER=01-Sarngit Sidhe/Unimart Clerk
An individual convicted of selling beer to a minor can be fined and jailed
for up to a year.
The store can lose it's A-B-C license altogether, but it's usually suspended
for a week or so.
A traffic accident this afternoon brought back memories for a Danville
family struggling with the loss of their two young children.
Rescue crews were called to the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Route
265 around two-thirty.
Police say Robbie Turner of Danville pulled his van into the path of a
pick-up travelling North on 265.
No one was seriously injured, but the way it happened was similar to a fatal
accident last fall.
Two children were killed October 19th when the car they were riding in
pulled into the path of a dump truck also travelling North on "265".
IN Q=It's human
((TAMMY MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S MOTHER: IT'S HUMAN ERROR BUT IT'S ALSO ERROR OF THE
DESIGN OF THE HIGHWAY BECAUSE PLAIN AND SIMPLE, THE SUN SETS IN CURVE HERE AND
RISES IN A CURVE. WHEN IT'S GOING DOWN, IT'S GOING TO GLARE ON WINDSHIELDS AND
PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE HAVING WRECKS DOWN HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Tammy Mustain/Children's Mother; :00
OUT Q=down here.
The family wants an overpass built. State officials have not made a
decision, but V-DOT will close the crossover May ninth.
Australia is the scene of a dramatic rescue today- as heavy rain caused
SUPER=03-New South Wales;
Surging waters forced a 12-year-old boy 600 yards through a stormwater
drain before he was wrenched to safety.
The heavy downpours are wreaking havoc along the East Coast of Australia.
Roads are washed out and strong winds have toppled trees.
Thousands of school children spent the day at home today- many playing in
sea foam whipped up by high winds.
Forecasters are calling for more rain and flooding in the region.
A six year old accused of trying to kill a baby says he wants to go home.
But a California court ruled the boy must remain in custody- He's charged
with attempted murder.
Today the baby's parents spoke to reporters for the first time since the
beating saying they don't wish harm on anyone.
((IGNACIO BERMUDEZ/INFANT'S FATHER: WE DON'T HAVE ANY ILL FEELINGS TOWARD
ANYONE. WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE AT PEACE WITH EACH OTHER. ))
SUPER=10-Ignacio Bermudez/Infant's Father/Translator;
OUT Q=with each other."
The mother of the six year old suspect was also at the news conference. She
hugged the baby's parents and said she's sorry.
((LISA TOLLIVER/MOTHER OF ACCUSED BOY: A REAL HEAVY HEART ABOUT ALL THIS AND
WOULDN'T WANT ANYBODY'S BABY TO BE HARMED AND I JUST WANT TO SAY I SHARE THEIR
GRIEF AND SORROW.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Tolliver/Mother of Accused Boy;
OUT Q=GRIEF AND SORROW."
The judge ordered the six year old to undergo psychiatric evaluation.
The infant is recovering from two skull fractures, but doctors say he will
most likely have some permanent damage.
Investigators took to the skies to try and figure out why an Air Force
plane went down last month in Croatia-
The crash killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 26 others when it crashed
on its descent to the airport.
Today a Boeing 737 flew over the site where the plane crashed-
((CAPT. MIKE PHOLE/AIR FORCE SPOKESMAN: THE AIRCRAFT MADE SEVERAL PASSES ,
SEVERAL APPROACHES INTO THE CILIPI AIRPORT AS WELL AS THE EXACT SAME FLIGHT
PATH AS THE ACCIDENT AIRCRAFT.))
SUPER=01-Captain Mike Phole/Air Force Spokesman;
OUT Q=THE ACCIDENT AIRCRAFT.
Air force crash investigators recorded data which will be taken back
to a U-S air base to analyze.
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When News 7 returns after this break, Seattle gets shaken up,
and we'll see how state police are using a high tech weapon to generate a
MUSIC UP FULL
It's play ball at Seattle's Kingdome tonight- one day after an Earthquake
rocked the stadium.
Engineers checked out the building today- saying it is structurally sound.
((JON MAGNUSSUM/STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: THE BUILDING MOVED AS A WHOLE WHICH IS
GOOD AND PERFORMED VERY WELL.))
((OH, THIS PLACE IS SHAKING. WE'RE HAVING A LITTLE EARTHQUAKE. UNBELIEVEABLE.
THE PRESS BOX IS SHAKING HERE IN THE KING DOME.))
SUPER=01-Jon Magnussen/Structural Engineer; :00 quick!
OUT Q=IN THE KING DOME."
The quake measured about five point four on the Richter scale- during the
game's seventh inning.
It did cause some damage in the region- knocking items off store shelves
and breaking windows.
No reports though of any serious damage.
A Danville neighborhood is extending an invitation to the public.
The Old West End Historic Neighborhood Association is sponsoring its fourth
annual "Jazz Brunch".
Those who buy a ticket can enjoy an afternoon filled with gourmet food.
Tours of local victorian gardens will also be provided.
Chip McNeil will provide musical entertainment.
IN Q=We really
((LAURIE CRITTENDEN/OWEHNA SECRETARY:WE REALLY FEEL THAT WE'RE WANTING TO
PROMOTE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND TO PROMOTE HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND GET THESE OLD
HOUSES TO LOOK LIVED IN AGAIN.
HOW EXCITED ARE YOU?
VICTORIA RAND: OH, VERY. AND THE KIDS CLUB IS GOING TO FIX UP THE FENCE OVER
THERE THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY WORKING ON NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Laurie Crittenden/OWEHNA Secretary; :00
SUPER=07-Victoria Rand; :11
OUT Q=actually working on now.
The event will be held tomorrow from 11 to three on Main Street.
Tickets are six-dollars at the gate, food tickets are extra.
Tomorrow afternoon, 340 Roanoke College students will earn their diplomas.
It's a special day of achievement for all of the graduating seniors.
But as Scott Prince reports, one stands out from the rest.
IN Q=For Wendy
SUPER=07-Wendy Lundstrum; :15
OUT Q=S.P., News 7, Salem
(( Wendy Lundstrum has finally made the grade.
She's walking away from Roanoke College with a diploma, but only after a
long, hard- fought struggle.
You see Lundstrum is not only a wife and mother of two... she's also legally
IN Q=If you look
((WENDY LUNDSTRUM: IF YOU LOOK THROUGH A VERY, VERY DIRTY WINDOW THAT'S ALL
DISTORTED, THAT IS WHAT I SEE. ))
OUT Q=what i see
stand up tape 2 10:13:26
Lundstrum suffers from retinitis pigmentosa... or tunnel vision.
She also has macular degeneration, which means she's losing her central
That makes everyday reading very difficult... and reading text books next to
end stand up
To help her through, she used what's called a "computer book."
Her P- C can scan any piece of paper and then read the contents aloud.
Nat sound 9:36:59
And to take notes, Lundstrum used another device... called Type and Speak.
On campus she had to make a number of adjustments... like memorizing the
She also had to admit to her professors that she needed a little help.
IN Q=They were
((LUNDSTRUM: THEY WERE VERY HELPFUL AND UNDERSTANDING AND THEY ASSISTED ME AS
BEST THEY COULD WITHOUT GIVING ME EXTRA FAVORS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN UNFAIR TO
OTHER STUDENTS. ))
OUT Q=other students
Now that her education is complete, Lundstrum hopes her accomplishment
serves as a lesson to us all... that no goal is out of reach... no matter what
Scott Prince, News- 7, Salem.
The Salem Avalanche opened its three game series with Lynchburg tonight by
handing the HIllcats their 8th straight loss.
Mike Stevens has more on Salem's 6-to-3 win.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Salem/Hillcats vs. Avalanche; :00
SUPER=01-Nate Holdren/3 Hits & 2 RBIs; 1:09
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; 1:36
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Terry Labonte won the Save Mart Supermarkets 300 pole today at Sears Point.
Jeff Burton spun out during qaulifying. Tommy Kendal, who is filling in for
Bill Elliott, did not make the top 25 and will have to try again tomorrow. Rick
mast also did not make the first round cut.
SUPER=03-Sonoma, CA; :00
Labonte was burned up the 2.5 mile road course at a speed of 92. 524 miles
per hour, but the big story was Ron Hornaday. Filling in For Ricky Craven he
qualified third. Here's the top 25.
SUPER=400-=1/Terry Labonte/92.524/=2/Ricky Rudd/=3/Ron Hornaday/=4/Mark
SUPER=401-=6/Jeff Gordon/=7/Rusty Wallace/=8/Kyle Petty/=9/Joe
SUPER=401-11/Ted Musgrave/12/Ken Schrader/13/Brett Bodine/14/Sterling
SUPER=401-16/Michael Waltrip/17/Derrike Cope/18/Ernie Irvan/19/ Bobby
SUPER=401-21/Bobby Labonte/22/Jimmy Spencer/23/Geoff Bodine/24/Morgan
Cave Spring dominated William Fleming 9-nothing tonight in a boys soccer
match over at cave Spring Junior.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Colonels vs. Knights; :00
Assistant Andy Clapper was sitting in for head coach Bruce Mahan, his team
did not miss a beat.
About 12 minutes into the game, Chris Vandelynn beats Fleming's Jason
Perkins, who did make some nice saves during the game. 1-nothing Knights.
After a Chris Hewitt tally, Brian SUPER=34-Cave Spring/==9/William
Sharp put Cave Spring up 3-zip on this goal 20 minutes before intermission.
Andy Newton made it 4-nothing and the Knights win by 9.
From the Roanoke Valley District to the Blue Ridge we go. William Byrd
topped salem 2-nothing in Vinton.
SUPER=03-Vinton/Spartans vs. Terriers; :00
With the Terriers leading 2-nothing, Byrd scored this goal late in the
second half but it was called back. Byrd improves to 7 and 1 in the district
with a 2 goal win.
((JEFF HIGHFILL/TERRIER HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Highfill/Terrier Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...week to go"
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
Still to come tonight,
Lance Armstrong wins the second half of stage 3 of the Tour DuPont to hold
on to the yellow jersey.
Stage 3 of the Tour Dupont is in the books. this segment had two parts. The
first began in Emporia and finished in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
Overall leader Lance Armstrong again catered to the fans before the stage.
There were a few wrecks during the 102 mile road race. Two riders went down
near the finish.
Marcel Wust won the first half of stage 3. The second segment was a a time
trial, and Armstrong won the second half in Raleigh. He won the trial with a
time of just under 13 minutes.
He leads Tony Rominger by 35 seconds in the overall standings.
110-thousand dollars in seized drug assets bought Virginia State Police a
window on the world at night.
Now police say they'd like more infra-red cameras- They say they give their
high-tech searches for fugitives and missing people the advantage of speed.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=It's called
SUPER=01-Trooper Bob Possumato/Va. State Police Pilot; :11
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Manassas.
(( It's called forward-looking infrared.
The acronym is F-L-I-R or FLIR.
NAT SOT 21:00:30
((OFFICERS HAVE HIM. THEY'RE TAKING HIM DOWN NOW.))
((TROOPER PILOT BOB POSSUMATO/VA. STATE POLICE: MOST DEPARTMENTS, WE'VE FOUND
MOST DEPARTMENTS ARE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT. AND SOME OF THEM, PROBABLY
BECAUSE OF HERESAY THINK THERE'S A LITTLE BIT MORE TO IT THAN WHAT THERE IS.
LIKE I SAY, WE CAN ONLY SEE A VISIBLE HEAT SOURCE. SO WE CAN'T LOOK THROUGH
THE WALLS OF BUILDINGS. WE CAN'T SEE UNDERGROUND. UNLESS THERE'S A HEAT
SOURCE DOWN THERE.))
The 110- thousand dollar FLIR camera is on the bottom of one state
And it may be high tech, but it's not easy to use.
((TROOPER PILOT BOB POSSUMATO/VA. STATE POLICE: THIS'LL SOUND FUNNY, BUT IF
YOU'RE SOMEBODY WHO PLAYS VIDEO GAMES, YOU CAN GET PROFICIENT WITH IT MORE
QUICKLY THAN SOMEONE WHO'S NOT. YOU JUST HAVE TO GET USED TO OPERATING
SOMETHING LIKE THAT.))
These night tapes are from other departments around the country.
But the Virginia State Police tell similar stories.
((TROOPER PILOT BOB POSSUMATO/VA. STATE POLICE: WE TRIED TO GUIDE THEM THE
BEST THING WE COULD WITH THE FLIR. AS THEY GOT IN ON TOP OF IT, THEY WALKED BY
HIM TWICE. THEY JUST ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT SEE HIM BECAUSE THE UNDERBRUSH WAS
For all the successful searches, there are many more that don't find their
target -- but they save ground searchers huge amounts of time, with land they
DON'T have to cover.
((THE BIGGEST BEEF OF THESE TROOPERS IS THAT THERE AREN'T ENOUGH OF THESE
INFRARED UNITS TO GO AROUND. GETTING THE STATE'S ONE UNIT TO SOUTHWEST
VIRGINIA IS A LONG HAUL. AND THAT EATS UP VALUABLE TIME IN A SEARCH. ELLEN
QUALLS, NEWS 7, MANASSAS.))