Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
A response from management at one convenience store chain cited- -among
other stores- -for selling beer to teenagers.
And a tearful apology from a domestic killer.
(Mike ad libs live)
Sunny skies with a slight chance of showers, the forecast looks like a real
winner for the weekend. Stay tuned for the latest from the News 7 Weather
An undercover investigation of convenience stores in Roanoke found HALF of
them sold beer to minors on at least one occasion.
Twenty- two store clerks have been charged with the misdemeanor of selling
alcohol to underage customers.
The city police vice squad sent teenaged informants to 44 stores over the
All but one of the SAVE-X mini-marts in Roanoke are on the list.
((WE'RE GOING TO LOOK INTO IT AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY AND WHEN.))
OUT Q=and when.
* * * Keith on ENG * *
Roberts says he was shocked when he first heard about the allegations on
NEWS 7 last night.
He says SAVE-X has always been concerned about underage drinkers and has
been active in Alcoholic Beverage Control board programs- -training managers
and clerks- -even agreeing to put agents in stores.
IN Q=Our policy
((OUR POLICY IS TO I-D ANYONE WHO SEEMS TO BE UNDER THE AGE OF 25.)) ))
OUT Q=of 25.
* * *Keith on ENG* *
At least one person on the police department's list of violators insists
he's not guilty.
((NOBODY COME IN TO ME AND ASKED ME, DID I SELL THIS BEER TO SOMEBODY. So then
they haven't served you with a warrant? NO. They haven't had any charges? NO.
And nobody's challenged you on it at all? NO.))
SUPER=01-Sarngit Sidhe/Unimart Clerk
OUT Q=at all? NO.
An individual convicted of selling beer to a minor can be fined and jailed
for up to a year.
In severe instances, the store can lose it's A-B-C license altogether, but
it's usually suspended for a week or so.
Scotty Overby's capital murder case came to a heart- wrenching close today
with tearful apologies AND words of forgiveness.
Overby pled no contest and has asked to die for killing his wife, Sheila
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=I can't explain why
SUPER=01-Scotty Overby/Defendant; :00
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./August, 1995; :28
SUPER=01-Harry Stafford, Jr./Victim's Brother; :39
SUPER=02-Tammy Stafford/Victim's Sister; :50
SUPER=01-Harry Stafford, Sr./Victim's Father; 1:01
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((SCOTTY OVERBY: 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 SORRY. ))
After Sheila left him because of his drinking, Overby started attending
Alcoholics Anonymous and underwent psychological counseling.
Despite at least one suicide attempt, psychologists testified he was
desperately trying to rebuild his life.
But Overby told police he flew into a rage when Sheila told him she may be
pregnant by another man.
He strangled her, stabbed her and mutilated her, leaving her body
((HARRY STAFFORD, JR./VICTIM'S BROTHER: SHE DIDN'T ASK FOR THE THINGS THAT I
SEEN ON HER FACE THAT DAY. I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT. SEEING HER, THAT'S GONNA BE
ON MY MIND FOREVER. ))
((VOICE OF TAMMY STAFFORD/VICTIM'S SISTER: I THINK ABOUT HER EVERY DAY. I MISS
Still, Sheila's sister says Overby should not have to die, that Sheila loved
him and would have forgiven him, as her father did on the witness stand.
((HARRY STAFFORD, SR./VICTIM'S FATHER: THEY CAN'T BLAME WHAT HE DID, BUT WHEN
HE WAS CRYING FOR HELP HE SHOULD'VE HAD MORE OF IT. BUT I'M SORRY SCOTT. ))
In an emotional plea for Judge Ray Grubbs to spare Overby's life, defense
lawyer Jimmy Turk said it's a case of two destroyed young lives and a system
that failed them both.
Assistant prosecutor Peggy Frank also struggled, arguing for the death
penalty. But she says the murder was so violent and torturous that under the
law, Overby should pay with his life. He'll be sentenced in July. Tracy
Altizer, News 7.))
A Roanoke prosecutor says Steven Leftwich was out of control on the night
that a routine traffic stop turned into a brawl.
But today in court, Leftwich's attorney said it was the police officers who
went too far.
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
Today the defendant testified that he cooperated with officers until they
began beating him.
But the officers who were involved in the early morning melee painted a
different picture of an uncooperative and aggressive individual.
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 promises a decision later this month.
Norfolk Southern has been on a fast track to record profits and the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers thinks union employees should
The I-B-E-W says numerous attempts to negotiate with the company have
The National Mediation Board released the union from negotiations.
Now union members are voting to determine if they will strike.
If the union decides to strike, the walkout would begin on May 18th.
A Danville intersection that's been a source of controversy was the site of
an accident this afternoon-- less than a week before it's set to close.
Police say Robbie Turner of Danville pulled his van into the path of a pick-
up travelling North on Route 265.
No one was seriously injured, but the crash was nearly identical in the way
it happened to fatal accident there 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=At first
((TAMMY MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S MOTHER:AT FIRST I LOOKED DOWN HERE AND I TOOK OFF
RUNNING AND I TOLD RAYMOND THERE HAS BEEN AN ACCIDENT AND I WAS CRYING. I JUST
WILL BE GLAD WHEN MAY NINTH GETS HERE AND I WILL BE EVEN GLADDER WHEN THEY
BUILD A BRIDGE. ))
SUPER=01-Tammy Mustain/Children's Mother; :00
OUT Q=build a bridge.
The state has not decided whether it will build an overpass, but the
intersection will be closed May ninth.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
doctors at Lewis Gale in Salem are armed with a new weapon in the fight against
And speaking of weapons, it's the eye in the sky--a high tech crime fighting
tool used by State Police. We'll go along for the ride.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A Roanoke City Police group is endorsing Pat Green for mayor.
The endorsement was among six the local chapter of the Virginia Police
Benevolent Association announced this afternoon.
The P-B-A panel spent more than eight hours interviewing the candidates for
President Ron Ratcliffe says incumbent Mayor David Bowers was the only
candidate who didn't show.
He says Bowers record on law enforcement issues counted against him.
IN Q=we didn't think
((RON RATCLIFFE/POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION: WE DIDN'T THINK AS LINE OFFICERS
WE GOT THE SUPPORT THAT WE DESERVED DURING TWO RECENT ISSUES. ONE IS THE
ARREST OF MR. LEFTWICH DOWN ON THE MARKET AREA.))
SUPER=01-Ron Ratcliffe/Police Benevolent Association;
OUT Q=MARKET AREA
The association is also endorsing Alvin Nash, Jim Trout and Linda Wyatt for
the four- year council seats.
Nelson Harris got the endorsement for the two- year seat.
The association says it chose the candidates it feels would best support law
The Republican Delegate from Suffolk -- whose indecent exposure charge goes
before a Richmond grand jury Monday -- is taking his case to the media.
But lawmaker Robert Nelms is still evasive about the arrest, even with his
wife by his side at a news conference he called today.
Nelms says he paid for a lie detector test that upholds his story--that he
was urinating in public.
But he also threw out another allegation.
IN Q=I believe
((DEL. ROBERT NELMS/R- SUFFOLK: I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA WILL BE
INTERESTED TO KNOW THAT ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAD BEEN
ARRESTED IN THE SAME PLACE FOR THE SAME THING TWO WEEKS EARLIER. MYSTERIOUSLY,
NOT ONE WORD REGARDING THAT MEMBER HAS BEEN REPORTED.))
SUPER=01-Del. Robert Nelms/(R) Suffolk;
OUT Q=been reported.
But Richmond police say a check of their records shows that NO other current
Virginia General Assembly member has been arrested for a vice crime in the
A check of court records by News 7 shows NO other kinds of arrests of
Nelms originally got his indecent exposure charge dropped, by invoking
Richmond prosecutors say they'll let a grand jury decide Monday if the
charge should be reinstated.
It's been five months since the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors set
up a road block against a high- tech highway.
Board members said there were too many questions about the Smart Road, and
therefore they could not rezone the necessary land.
This morning, officials at the Virginia Department of Transportation
announced a new portfolio of the plan has been completed... and a copy has been
delivered to every board member.
IN Q=It was
((DAN BRUGH/VDOT: IT WAS EXTREMELY TIME CONSUMING BOTH WITHIN VDOT AND OTHERS
THAT WORKED AWFULLY HARD IN PUTTING VARIOUS PARTS OF THESE QUESTIONS
OUT Q=questions together
The Smart Road would be part of a six mile stretch of highway... connecting
the 460- bypass and Interstate 81.
There's no word as to when a formal proposal will be made to the Board of
On Wall Street the Dow finished the week with a loss--dropping 20 points, to
finish at 54 hundred 78.
NASDAQ gained six points.
If you're a fugitive from justice, or a lost hiker -- and the birds can see
you -- so can the Virginia State Police.
Ellen Qualls shows us how the infrared eye in the sky is making life easier
for the officers and rescue teams on the ground.
IN Q=It's called
SUPER=01-Trooper Pilot Bob Possumato/Va. State Police; :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.
(( ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, MANASSAS.))
We will hear from Radford's asistant basketball coach on his new job at
Marshall, the first half of stage 3 of the Tour Dupont is over, and an
earthquake rocks the Kingdome.
MIKE LIVE FOR THIS PART!!!!!
It's a big weekend for Hometown baseball as the Lynchburg Hillcats and the
Salem Avalanche meet for the first time this season.
Game One is tonight at seven and Mike Stevens already has a good seat.
Mike adlibs to a two question interview.
SUPER=01-Sam Lazzaro/Avalanche Vice President;
Mike adlibs to tape.
((Rollcue: about this weekend's three game series.))
IN Q=it's just
SUPER=01-Jeff Banister/Hillcat's Manager;:00
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :20
OUT Q=runs to win.
LIVE=Mike Robin on two shot.
(Out of pkg on two shot with Robin with a quick promo of Sunday's Game)
The Seattle Kingdome architect has pronounced the stadium structurally
sound today after an earthquake stopped the Indians, Mariners baseball game
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA; :00
The earthquake hit at 9:04 pacific time, right in the middle of the game.
Fans headed for the exits and
players, like Ken Griffey Junior instructed their families to head home as
The game will resume this evening. The clubs will pick it up in the bottom
of the seventh.
Stage 3 of the Tour Dupont is underway. this segment has 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, both would complete the first part of stage 3.
Armstrong finished in the middle of the pack but still has the overall
Marcel Wuss won the first half of stage 3. The second segment is a time
trial. It began at 3:45 today and should finish around 6:30.
((MARCEL WUST/WINNER OF STAGE 3'S 1ST SEGMENT:))
SUPER=01-Marcel Wust/Winner of Stage 3's 1st Segment; :00
OUT Q=...happens to you"
Today, Radford University assistant basketball coach Dave Dickerson was
named the new assistant at Marshall. Dickerson joins Thundering Herd head coach
Greg White on the bench.
IN Q="I can
((DAVE DICKERSON/NAMED NEW ASSISTANT AT MARSHALL:))
SUPER=01-Dave Dickerson/Named New Assistant at Marshall; :00
OUT Q=...excited about"
Winston Cup drives are in Sonoma California to qualify for the Save Mart
Supermarket 300 today. Qualifying for the 10th race of the season does not
begin until 6:30 Eastern time. We will have the complete results at 11.
GRAPHIC=Lewis Gale Hospital
The Lewis Gale Regional Cancer Center is getting a two-in-a-half million
The boost comes in the form of an expansion for the facility, as well as
some new equipment.
That includes brachytherapy (Breaky-Therapy)-- the latest high tech form of
radiation, administered in high doses.
IN Q=It's a nice
((DR. DAVID RANDOLPH/RADIATION ONCOLOGIST: IT'S A NICE WAY TO GIVE A HIGHER
DOSE OF RADIATION THERAPY AND WE KNOW THAT THE HIGHER DOSE OF RADIATION WE CAN
SAFELY GIVE TO A TUMOR, THE HIGHER CURE RATES ARE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Randolph/Radiation Oncologist; :
OUT Q=the cure rates are.
Dr. Randolph says the new equipment will mean a greater chance of
successfully fighting cancer-- with faster treatment times, fewer side
effects, and less damage to surrounding tissues than external radiation.
The treatment can be used for many forms of cancer.