Coming up on NEWS 7:
The new face of Roanoke City council- -down to just ONE Republican, while
Lynchburg's balance becomes a G-O-P MARGIN of one.
They think they've found the body of a woman last seen being pulled over by
a police imposter a couple of months ago.
We've have a LIVE report from Harrisonburg coming up.
Tonight in sports, Chris Carter is the new head hoops coach in Danville.
Chris Childress officially signs scholarship papers.
And Lance finishes second in today's stage 8 of the Tour Dupont that took the
riders from Bristol to Beech Mountain, North Carolina.
Some passing showers then a brief fling with hot weather. The forecast
through the weekend is straight ahead.
Roanoke Democrats are celebrating a clean sweep, taking the mayor's race
and four other seats on city council.
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
But tonight, Joe Dashiell reports, the winners are not threatening major
changes as the result of Tuesday's elections.
Keith, David Bowers says he believes most voters are pleased with the
and on the morning after the democratic sweep, the newest members of council
IN Q=They won't take the oath
SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/Roanoke City Council; :17
SUPER=04-Last Night; :30
SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Councilman-Elect; :43
OUT Q=to be determined.
((They won't take the oath of office for several weeks, but the democrats
who join council in July were at the table as council set to work on the city's
Even Jack Parrott, who will soon be the sole republican on council, says
he's looking forward to working with council's newest democrats.
David Bowers says he interprets Tuesday's election as a vote of confidence,
not a mandate for change.
And so far none of the newcomers is saying anything different.
IN Q=Only time will tell
((NELSON HARRIS/COUNCILMAN- ELECT: ONLY TIME WILL TELL. OBVIOUSLY THERE WILL BE
SOME NEW FACES ON COUNCIL, MYSELF INCLUDED, AND IT WILL JUST TAKE SOME TIME F0R
THE NEW MEMBERS OF COUNCIL TO COME TOGETHER AND WORK, SO I THINK AFTER A
PORTION THAT WILL HAVE TO BE ))))
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
Lynchburg Republicans saw their grasp on city power slip a little bit last
Two Democrats running as independents picked up seats to join Junius Haskins
on city council.
With Republicans now holding just a 4 to 3 majority, Democrats have a little
more bargaining power.
But they're hoping to avoid any partisan battles.
IN Q=I think that
((PETE WARREN/NEW WARD ONE COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK THAT THIS IS A GOOD SIGN FOR
LYNCHBURG.. A GIVEN ISSUE.))
SUPER=01-Pete Warren/New Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=a given issue.
There could also be a battle for the mayor's job.
Republican Jim Whitaker has held the post for two years, but independent
Junius Haskins says HE should be mayor because he got more votes than Whitaker
Both were unopposed for re- election.
Danville voters have spoken-- now it's up to those elected to appoint a
Seward Anderson is retiring at the end of June to devote more time to his
family and job as a stock broker.
Council could decide to appoint Danville's Vice-Mayor to the position.
Linwood Wright holds that job right now and says he would accept if
Voters yesterday gave the thumbs up to all three incumbents running for
Voters also elected newcomers Sherman Saunders and Pete Castiglione
IN Q=You can't be
((PETE CASTIGLIONE/COUNCILMAN-ELECT:YOU CAN'T BE ANYTHING BUT HUMBLED AND
APPRECIATIVE AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO
WORK TOGETHER. THE FUTURE IS EXCITING.))
SUPER=01-Pete Castiglione/Councilman-Elect; :00
OUT Q=is exciting.
City council's newest members will officially take office July first.
That same day, they will appoint a Mayor.
The tax evasion case against Covington businessman Victor Cucci has been
reduced to a plea agreement.
Cucci and his wife, Janet, had become a target of I-R-S investigators in
The case evolved into an drug conspiracy when a government informant got
Cucci to buy a couple of kilos of cocaine.
IN Q=I believe Mr. Cucci
((TOM LEGGETTE/JANET CUCCI'S ATTORNEY: I BELIEVE MR. CUCCI MADE A MISTAKE. HE
WAS OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE MONEY, AN OPPORTUNITY THAT WAS UNIQUE. AND
HE WAS STUPID, AND HE WENT FOR IT. THAT HAS COST HIS FAMILY DEARLY.))
SUPER=01-Tom Leggette/Janet Cucci's Attorney
OUT Q=family dearly.
**Keith on ENG**
Janet Cucci pled guilty today to TWO misdemeanors for failure to file
income tax returns.
IN Q=I never want
((JANET CUCCI: I NEVER WANT TO SEE ANY OTHER COURTHOUSE FOR THE REST OF MY
OUT Q=of my life.
She could get up to six months in jail, but is more likely to get NO time
VICTOR Cucci admitted today that he under-reported his income by more than
Any prison time Cucci gets out of today's guilty plea could be served while
he completes the 14-year sentence he's already serving for drug running and
A convicted axe murderer is on his way to prison.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./File Tape;
William Ray Lindsey was charged with first- degree murder, which could have
sent him to prison for life.
Monday he pled guilty to SECOND- degree murder.
The judge ordered him to serve seven years of a 20- year sentence.
Last September, Lindsey struck Jabe Ferguson in the head with an axe at
Rural Retreat Campground, then fled to Tennessee with his companion, Kerri Ann
Koehler was also charged with murder for allegedly helping to conceal the
crime, but earlier this year a judge dismissed the charge against her for lack
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
A Fortune 500 company is putting down roots in Botetourt County.
It means new jobs, and we'll have details.
Also, he was faced with a life and death decision in the line of duty--a police
officer recalls the cross state crime spree that ended in a shootout.
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Republicans will pick their candidate for the U.S. Senate next month.
Today, John Warner and Jim Miller pulled out the big guns.
Ellen Qualls explains.
IN Q=Wonkish economist
SUPER=01-Tanya Metaksa/National Rifle Assoc.; :19
SUPER=01-Eric Peterson/Warner Spokesman; :47
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Wonkish economist Jim Miller collects guns and says he'll defend yours.
Senator John Warner has the heads of elk and pheasants he's shot on his
walls, and has been historically backed by the National Rifle Association.
But today, NRA legislative director Tonya Metaksa had to choose one.
((TONYA METAKSA/NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: UNFORTUNATELY, WE DID NOT LEAVE
JOHN WARNER. JOHN WARNER LEFT US.))
((JIM MILLER/(R) U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: NOW I'M GRATEFUL...US SENATE.))
Miller hammers Warner for supporting the Brady bill, limiting handgun
purchases and inspired by Reagan staffer Jim Brady after he got a bullet meant
for the President.
A Warner spokesman says Reagan and a majority of Republicans supported the
Brady bill at the time.
((ERIC PETERSON/WARNER SPOKESMAN: IT'S JUST AN INDICATION OF THE WEAKNESS OF
HIS CAMPAIGN. THAT HE HAS TO RELY ON ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE NRA TO HELP HIM
GET HIS MESSAGE ACROSS THE STATE. What's wrong with the NRA? THERE'S NOTHING
WRONG WITH THE NRA. BUT IF HIS CAMPAIGN WERE STRONG, HE'D BE DOING THAT ON HIS
But Warner's firing back on TV.
His record -- which he's labelling conservative, four times in 30 seconds.
nat sot ad 03:53;27
((HE FOUGHT TO REBUILD THE AMERICAN MILITARY. AND WORKED AT RONALD REAGAN'S
SIDE TO HELP END THE COLD WAR. WINNING THE RESPECT OF CONSERVATIVE LEADERS.))
((JIM MILLER: WE'LL BE GOING UP LATER WITH OUR MEDIA CAMPAIGN. THIS IS PRETTY
EARLY TO GO UP. IT REFLECTS THE FACT THAT HE'S JUST GOT A BUNDLE OF MONEY.))
SOT STANDUP 04:24;11
((WITH THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY JUST OVER ONE MONTH AWAY, EXPECT TO SEE A LOT
MORE OF BOTH OF THESE MEN. BECAUSE THERE'S NO SENSE IN SAVING YOUR CAMPAIGN
BUDGET UNTIL AFTER YOU'VE LOST THE NOMINATION. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7,
Governor George Allen has appointed the daughter of Watergate burglar and
radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy to the number two spot at a state agency.
Alexandra Liddy Bourne is the new deputy director of the Department of
Conservation and Recreation.
The Governor re-created the post for Bourne after once cutting it to save
Liddy Bourne lost a race last fall for a northern Virginia General Assembly
A Fortune 500 company plans to bring 160 new jobs to Botetourt County.
Officials with York International announced they have purchased a shell
building in Fincastle, at a cost of more than one million dollars.
York is known worldwide for making air conditioning and refrigeration
State and local officials welcomed the technology giant and believe York's
decision to locate here might attract other businesses.
IN Q=When companies as large
((GAYLE MORGAN/STATE REP. OF COMMERCE AND TRADE: WHEN COMPANIES AS LARGE AND AS
EXCELLENT AS YORK INTERNATIONAL LOCATE IN AN AREA IT MAKES OTHER SIMILAR
SITUATED COMPANIES IN AN AREA SAY, HUMPH... I WONDER WHAT THEY KNOW THAT WE
DON'T KNOW, WE BETTER GO AND LOOK IN THAT AREA AND SEE IF MAYBE WE WANT TO
LOCATE THERE TOO.))
SUPER=01-Gayle Morgan/State Commerce and Trade Rep.;
OUT Q=to locate there too.
The Botetourt site beat out 22 other communities in four states.
York officials plan to move into the building in August.
State police are searching for evidence where a body, believed to be that
of a missing Baltimore woman, was discovered yesterday.
A neighbor found the body in this remote area of Lignum, east of
Officials say jewelry and other items found on the body resemble what
Alicia (Ah-LEES-ee-ah) Showalter Reynolds was wearing when she disappeared two
She was last seen stopped along U-S Route 29. Other drivers have come
forward to say a man has been seen in the same area trying to get women to pull
their cars over.
Late word today that an autopsy has confirmed the body discovered was that
of Alicia Showalter Reynolds.
Family members say they had little doubt the body found by police would
prove to be that of Alicia Showalter Reynolds.
Double Boxes=Keith and Joan Gartlan/StarLink
Reporter Joan Gartla has reaction from the missing woman's family.
has brought some relief
SUPER=01-Sadie Showalter/Alicia's Mother
SUPER=01-Mark Reynolds/Alicia's Husband
SUPER=01-Harley Showalter/Alicia's Father
OUT Q=where she is
Double Boxes=Keith and Joan/StarLink
It was an up and down day on Wall Street. At one point the Dow was down 78
points, but rallied to register a gain of 53 points and close at 54 hundred 74.
NASDAQ dropped two points.
Six months after surviving a gun battle with an armed felon, a Henrico
County police officer is helping others learn from his experience.
Steve Smallshaw has more from a police survival training seminar in
IN Q=Andy Margiotta
SUPER=03-Appomattox Co.; :00
SUPER=04-Campbell Co./November; :07
SUPER=01-Officer Andy Margiotta/Henrico Co. Police; :23
SUPER=01-Troy Nicks/Training Academy Instructor; 1:02
OUT Q=News7, Appomattox County.
(( Andy Margiotta still bears the scars of his encounter with Brad McCombie
The two met at the end of McCombie's 18- hour crime spree that started
Halloween night in Campbell County and ended on a Henrico County highway.
McCombie shot Margiotta twice before the officer was able to return fire.
McCombie died at the scene.. Margiotta lived to retell the incident.
IN Q=At the time
((OFFICER ANDY MARGIOTTA/HENRICO CO. POLICE: AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT, I WAS
VERY SHY, I DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO TALK TO ANYBODY ABOUT IT. I JUST WANTED TO
GET BACK TO WORK AND HAVE THE WHOLE THING FORGOTTEN ABOUT.))
OUT Q=forgotten about.
But Margiotta realizes he can help his fellow officers by reviewing the
That's what brought him to this police survival training seminar in
IN Q=Police officers
((Police officers say in a situation like the shootout Officer Margiotta had
with McCombie, their very survival depends on their instincts and their
training. Margiotta says he hopes his presence here will remind officer to
take their training seriously.))
OUT Q=their training seriously.
IN Q=I made some
((MARGIOTTA: I MADE SOME MISTAKES, I DID SOME THINGS RIGHT, I DID SOME THINGS
WRONG AND I WANT YOU ALL TO BE ABLE TO LEARN FROM IT AS I HAVE LEARNED FROM
OUT Q=learned from it.
IN Q=Every police
((TROY NICKS/TRAINING ACADEMY INSTRUCTOR: EVERY POLICE OFFICER HOPES THAT HE'LL
NEVER HAVE TO DRAW HIS WEAPON IN THE LINE OF DUTY, AND MOST DON'T, BUT IT'S
CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR SO THAT WE CAN DO WHAT
NEEDS TO BE DONE IF THE NEED DOES ARRIVE.))
OUT Q=need does arrive.
Thanks to Margiotta, that point is being driven home.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Appomattox County.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Lance hangs on to his lead, but just misses
winning today's stage eight of the Tour DuPont.
The Hammerin' Hokies are ready for this weekend's A-10 tourney.
And G.W. Danville has named a replacement for retiring coach Harry Johnson.
I'll tell you who it is right after this.
An integral part of George Washington high school's state basketball
championship has been hired as the team's new head coach.
Chris carter replaces Harry Johnson who retired as coach after the Eagles won
this past year's state Group Three-A title.
Carter says he knows replacing Johnson will not be an easy task.
IN Q="I know there...
((CHRIS CARTER/NEW G.W. HEAD BASKETBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Chris Carter/New G.W. Head Basketball Coach; :00
OUT Q=...WE ARE SUCCESSFUL.
William Byrd basketball standout Chris Childress made his committment to
Lipscomb official just over an hour ago.
SUPER=03-Vinton/This Evening; :00
Flanked by his mother and father and Lipscomb coach Don Meyer, the Blue
Ridge District player of the year signed with the Nashville, Tennessee based
Childress is projected as a two guard and will red shirt next season.
((CHRIS CHILDRESS/26.4 PTS PER GAME AVG.: ))
((DON MEYER/LIPSCOMB HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Chris Childress/26.4 Points Per Game Avg.; :00
SUPER=01-Don Meyer/Lipscomb Head Coach; :12
OUT Q=...be successful"
The Virginia Tech Hokies are gearing up for their First Atlantic 10
And Roy Stanley says the Hokies believe they need to win the tournament
to advance to the N-C-A-A regionals.
SUPER=01-Josh Herman/Tech Catcher; :20
SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/Tech Head Coach; :51
OUT Q=..........news 7 sports."
((In their first season in the Atlantic 10 the Hokies won the West Division.
Tech is 33 and 22 overall but 16 and four against the competition in their
Tech's main focus is to win the conference tournament but the veterans are
out to set a standard for future players.))
((JOSH HERMAN/TECH CATCHER: ))
((The Hokies have already proven that they are a team to contend with in the
The conference may not be the strongest but Tech is ready to take the next
step and that could come this week when the Hokies open against Temple, which
has the best left handed pitcher in the league.))
((CHUCK HARTMAN/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((The Hokies play Temple Friday night at 7:30.))
Stage 8 of the Tour Dupont is over and Lance Armstrong is still the overall
leader. although he was unable to win today's 110 mile trek from Bristol to
Beech Mountain, North Carolina.
Armstrong spent some of his prerace time mugging for pictures with fans of all
Again the riders had to deal with rain as they began this morning at 11.
But by the time they rolled into the Carolina mountains the skies and the
pavement had cleared somewhat.
That set the stage for an uphill sprint to the top of Beech Mountain.
Armstrong would give it his best but he finished second less than minute
behind team Festina rider Pascal Herve.