Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Parts of the New River Valley are water logged once again--while flooding
prompts the Governor of West Virginia to declare a state of emergency in eight
And Roanoke police are charging a man with child neglect after a surprising
inspection of his home.
Tonight in sports, the NCAA women's softball championships are underway in
Salem, Justice and Belle are making headlines in the big leagues this
And Stacy Compton has given up ARCA plans for next week in Charlotte, after
being given the OK to race in Saturday night's Winston Open.
First there was too much rain...now the forecast is very hot indeed.
Details just ahead.
Flooding in southern West Virginia has claimed at least one life and
prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency.
And on this side of the border, parts of the New River Valley did not escape
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy/Microwave
Tracy Altizer is in our Blacksburg newsroom with more.
Keith, we'll start in Mercer County, West Virginia. Flood waters raged through
the community of Kellysville, leaving a trail of tears in their wake.
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SUPER=01-Julian Prince/Flood Victim; :14
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SUPER=01-Jeffery East/Flood Victim; :33
SUPER=01-Jake Blevins/Flood Victim; :46
SUPER=01-Brenda Warden/Flood Victim; :53
SUPER=01-Betty Steger/Pulaski Council Member; 1:10
OUT Q=is always money
(( Once the water receded, Kellysville residents crept back to their homes
to see what the East River failed to claim.
In some cases, there was little.
Julian Prince lost everything, but feels lucky he escaped his trailer with
((JULIAN PRINCE/FLOOD VICTIM: MY NEIGHBOR KNOCKED ON MY DOOR. THE WATER WAS
COMING UP. I STEPPED OUT THE DOOR AND THEN THE TRAILER MOVED. ))
Just a few miles across the border in Giles County, Wolf Creek was the
((WHENEVER YOU DECIDE YOU WANT OUT LET US KNOW. ))
Residents here know the dangers. They've experience it before, and know they
((JEFFERY EAST/FLOOD VICTIM: NO, I'M SURE IT'LL HAPPEN AGAIN. THIS IS ABOUT THE
WORST I'VE SEEN, THIS TIME. ))
In neighboring Pulaski, residents along Dora Highway are fed up with the
predictability of Peak Creek.
This is the second time in four months water has threatened their homes.
((JAKE BLEVINS/FLOOD VICTIM: I BEEN TO TOWN COUNCIL FOR ABOUT 18 YEARS TRYING
TO GET THEM TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BOTTLENECK WE HAVE DOWN HERE. ))
((BRENDA WARDEN/FLOOD VICTIM: IT'S NASTY DOWN HERE. THEY SHOULD FIX IT WHERE
THE WATER WILL NOT COME IN THESE PEOPLE'S YARDS AND RUIN OUR HOMES.))
Town council is exploring a state program which helps relocate people in
And it's asked the Army Corps of Engineers to look into corrective measures.
Even so, no one is making any promises.
((BETTY STEGER/PULASKI COUNCIL MEMBER: THEY'RE TO MAKE A STUDY AND THEN THEY
WILL COME BACK TO US WITH SOME RECCOMMENDATIONS. AND OF COURSE THE BOTTOM LINE
ON EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS MONEY. ))
For the most part this evening, things are returning to normal as the
streams retreat to their banks.
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Flooding in Bland County was just as severe.
Residents in the Town of Rocky Gap were forced to evacuate this morning as
water surged through their homes.
Scott Prince has more.
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SUPER=01-Scott Washer/Rocky Gap Resident; :17
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((Rocky Gap residents could only stand and watch as their homes and vehicles
became saturated with flood water.
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((ANDY SLAUGHTER/ROCKY GAP RESIDENT: I WAS JUST WONDERING IF I HAD A HOUSE
OUT Q=house left
Driving rain pounded much of Bland County overnight... and when a nearby
creek jumped its banks, residents were forced to find shelter elsewhere.
IN Q=It came over
((SCOTT WASHER/ROCKY GAP RESIDENT: IT CAME OVER THE BANK AND CAME UP QUICK. WE
WAITED IN THE VEHICLE AND GOT OUT OF HERE. IT WAS THAT QUICK. ))
OUT Q=that quick
Rocky Gap High School served as a makeshift- disaster center, but only a few
residents sought help there.
It could have been that some were simply unable to get to the school.
A number of people were trapped inside their homes because of the raging
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((Long time residents of Rocky Gap say they've never seen anything like
Not this past winter... not even the during the Flood of '85.
Some attribute it to a recent surge in logging... which has left gaps in the
mountains for water to run freely.))
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There were other problems in Bland County, including a rock slide on
The hard rain apparently loosened stone and gravel at a nearby quarry...
causing a 2- mile backup on the highway.
But for all the destruction this flood has caused, some Rocky Gap residents
still consider themselves pretty lucky.
Lucky in the sense that there were no flood- related injuries in their small
Scott Prince, News- 7, Bland County.))
A startling discovery for Roanoke Police and Social Service workers.
Yesterday they inspected a Harrison Avenue home and found three children
living in unclean conditions.
Two of the children were wearing urine soaked pants.
Feces was found on the floor in several rooms.
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((CORINNE GOTT/SOCIAL SERVICE DIRECTOR: THE CHILDREN DIDN'T HAVE ADEQUATE
SUPERVISION AND THEY WERE IN POOR PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT SO WE REMOVED THE
CHILDREN LAST NIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Corinne Gott/Social Service Director;
OUT Q=children last night.
The children's 28- year- old father has been charged with child neglect.
Similar charges were also brought against the mother.
The children's bedridden grandmother was also found in the home.
She was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The names of those involved have not been released.
The state is charging a Roanoke County convenience store with selling beer
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./March 15
The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board began an investigation of the Riverside
Quickette after a fatal drunk-driving accident last winter.
A student at Glenvar High School bought some beer at the store,
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and later struck and killed teacher Bonnie Kitts as she was out walking with
The store clerk admitted selling the beer to the boy, had even pled guilty
in district court, but the judge dismissed the charges.
The A-B-C says the store sold beer to minors at least three times last
A hearing on the charges will be held in July.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7, abuse of the prescription drug Ritalin is getting a
closer look in the Roanoke City Schools.
And a Hollins graduate was one of the few survivors of the climbing team
trapped on Mount Everest. We'll have her story when we return.
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The Roanoke City School Board has expelled four students this week for
misusing the prescription drug ritalin.
And while one parent has questioned whether the school system shares some
responsibility for the problem, officials say they have administered
prescription drugs properly.
School officials declined to discuss specifics of the cases today, but they
say there was no evidence school employees mishandled drugs under their
IN Q=Per the investigation
((ANNIE HARMAN/EXECUTIVE FOR STUDENT SERVICES: PER THE INVESTIGATION OF THE
ADMINISTRATORS AND THE CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATORS, WE FOUND NO EVIDENCE THAT
THERE WAS ANY MISCOMMUNICATION, MISHANDLING, OR INNAPPROPRIATE DISPENSING OF
SUPER=01-Annie Harman/Executive for Student Services;
OUT Q=of the ritalin.
Harman notes many of the children taking ritalin have access to the drug
at home, and she urges parents to put those prescriptions under lock and key.
Real estate broker and horticulture expert Vic Layman has been sentenced to
serve almost five years in a federal prison for growing marijuana.
Layman admitted to a federal judge today that he got carried away trying to
make money by using his expertise as a plant grower.
He helped set up nearly a dozen grow houses, using sophisticated lighting
devices to "force" the plants into production, though he said his initial
efforts were a "total failure."
Eventually he was SO successful, the government ended up confiscating
300-thousand dollars in cash in addition to a lot of his real estate.
"The government may have taken all your 'things,' Judge James Turk told
Layman, but he said, "you're a rich man with all these people behind you,"
referring to the courtroom full of supporters.
One of Layman's property managers, Majid Khoshghad, was sentenced to serve
34 months. Pot grower Bob Christenson got 18 months.
Though Layman had been billed as "the phototron man," the man at the "top
of the pyramid, Layman's partner, Joe Bennett Smith actually got a slightly
longer sentence: 62 months, compared to 57 months for Layman.
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Ten Henry County residents are facing drug charges.
The ten, including one juvenile, were indicted yesterday. The U.S. Attorney
is charging each suspect with conspiracy to distribute "crack" cocaine.
Authorities say several of the suspects will face additional charges.
If convicted, one of the ring leaders could face as many as 175 years in
prison and be fined more than 40 million dollars.
The ten were arrested last week when police seized crack cocaine, weapons
and 20-thousand dollars in cash. The sting was the result of a five month
The first day of testimony has concluded in the murder trial of Juan Jose
Ochoa (oh-CHO-uh) in Amherst County.
SUPER=04-February 19; :00
Ochoa is charged with the shooting death of Jesus (HAY-zoos) Mendoza in an
Amherst trailer park last winter.
It was the first murder in the town of Amherst in nine years.
An eight- man, five- woman jury was selected today to hear the case.
The trial figures to boil down to a question of self defense.
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((GORDON POINDEXTER/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: AFTER ALL THE EVIDENCE IS OVER, WE'RE
GOING TO ASK THAT THIS CHARGE AGAINST MR. OCHOA BE DISMISSED, THAT IT WAS SELF-
DEFENSE, THAT WE THINK THAT EVERYBODY HERE WILL SAY THIS WAS A BAD DUDE AND HE
WAS AFRAID OF HIM.))
((STARKE MUNDY/PROSECUTOR: JESUS MADE SOME REMARKS TO THE DEFENDANT. WE BELIEVE
THAT THEY WILL BE REPORTED TO YOU AS `I'M NOT AFRAID OF YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE A
GUN. I'M NOT AFRAID TO DIE.'))
SUPER=01-Gordon Poindexter/Defense Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Starke Mundy/Prosecutor; :19
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Ochoa, a Mexican migrant worker, is expected to testify in his own defense.
A radio ad is causing some static between the Republican candidates in the
Virginia Senate race.
The Jim Miller campaign today denounced an ad John Warner is running as
"false" and "scurrilous".
The spot attacks Miller's record as the Reagan Administraion budget chief,
and says he spent thousands of dollars redecorating his government office.'
Miller's people say their man prepared three budgets and cut the deficit
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((MICHAEL HOROWITZ/FORMER MILLER AIDE: HE WAS FAR AND AWAY THE MOST SUCCESSFUL
BUDGET DIRECTOR DURING THE YEARS OF THE REAGAN PRESIDENCY. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Horowitz/Former Miller Aide;
OUT Q=Reagan presidency.
A spokesman for the Warner campaign says they stand by the ad, and that the
information it's based on is all public record.
On Wall Street the Dow gained nine and a half points, closing at 56 hundred
NASDAQ was up six points.
There was a first for Roanoke and the country today at the Hotel Roanoke and
...a free openhouse with computers directly hooked-up to the Internet...no
modems, no dialing.
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((ANDREW COHILL - VIRGINIA TECH
THERE ISN'T ANOTHER COMPUTER LAB IN THE COUNTRY WITH FULL-TIME INTERNET
CONNECTIONS AND THE DUAL WINDOWS AND MACINTOSH CAPABILITIES THAT WE HAVE
SUPER=01-Andrew Cohill/Virginia Tech;
OUT Q=we have here
The direct access link allows users to travel the information superhighway
quicker and download data faster.
The openhouse was a one-day event sponsored by Virginia Tech but the
computer lab is permanent.
Workshops will be offered for individuals starting next week. They will
cost about four hundred dollars per person.
The workshops will offer first-time introductions to the internet for
beginners and multimedia presentations for the more advanced.
One of two survivors of that disastrous mountain climbing expedition on
Mount Everest was former Roanoke Valley resident Charlotte Fox.
Fox was part of an eight-person team that got caught in a blizzard while
climbing down the world's highest peak.
She is a 1979 graduate of Hollins College.
She was well remembered today by a former classmate.
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((CAROLYN LAMOTTE - FORMER CLASSMATE
SHE WAS KIND OF A NUT AS I RECALL, JUST A REAL PERSONALITY KID...WAS ALWAYS
JUST INTO EVERYTHING AND ALL THE ATHLETICS.))
SUPER=01-Carolyn LaMotte/Former Classmate;
OUT Q=all the athletics
This was Fox's fifth climbing expedition.
Last summer she became the first woman to climb to the top of the world's
13th highest mountain, located in Pakistan.
The Everest expedition was supposed to be her last due to nagging lung
Fox is a newlywed and now lives in Aspen, Colorado.
Ironically, she works as a ski patroller there, rescuing others from
treacherous snowstorms like the one that almost claimed her life.
Coming up tonight in sports, Compton gets an invite to the Winston Open, the
Braves may have trouble getting any Justice, The American League rings Albert's
And thanks to some hard work and a little cooperation rom Mother nature the
NCAA softball championships are underway in Salem.
Stacy Compton was supposed to make his return to racing next week in one of
the two ARCA events scheduled at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Instead, the former South Boston track champion has been given an invitation
to run in Saturday night's Winston Open.
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Compton made his Winston Cup debut back in April in the Goody's 500 and
shocked those in attendance by qualifying in the top 10.
His strong showing that weekend, and some encouraging test runs at Charlotte
last week have given Compton a boost of confidence and additional sponsorship
Compton will have at least seven different sponsors on the car this Saturday
night including Lynchburg and Minneapolis based paint giant James T. Davis.
Qualifying for the 36 cars that will make up the Winston Open is scheduled
for tomorrow night at six.
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Stacy will have to be on the lookout for a brand new looking Remington Ford
driven by Morgan Shepherd this weekend.
Remington is now selling camouflaged firearms, but as for the car, Shepherd
ses the new paint scheme as a mixed blessing.
((MORGAN SHEPHERD/DRIVER - REMINGTON FORD:))
SUPER=01-Morgan Shepherd/Driver - Remington Ford; :00
OUT Q=...SEE ME AGAIN."
The NCAA division Three softball championship opened at the Moyer Sports
Complex in Salem this evening. the first game began at five ocolck.
And Roy Stanley says it took a lot of work to get the tournament started on
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Marge Willadsen/Tournament Championship Committee; :22
SUPER=01-Janet Lloyd/Chapman Head Coach; :46
SUPER=01-Sally Miller/Trenton State Head Coach; :57
OUT Q=.............news 7 sports."
((As soon as the rain stopped and the sun peaked through the clouds the grounds
crew at the Moyer Sports Complex went to work.
The playing field was covered with a tarp but the crew had to deal with
several puddles in the outfield and along the dugouts.
Several members of the championship committee showed up and gave the go
ahead for Chapman and Trenton State to practice on the fields.))
((MARGE WALLADSEN/TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP COMMITTEE: ))
((Chapman is the defending Division Three National Champion and has been ranked
number one the entire season.
The Panthers have a perfect 9 and 0 mark however, since the regionals
practice time has been limited.))
((JANET LLOYD/CHAPMAN HEAD COACH: ))
((SALLY MILLER/TRENTON STATE HEAD COACH: ))
((It's Millers first appearance in the championship as a coach but Trenton
State is the only team to have advanced to the championship all 15 years of the
In Salem, Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
On the big league front, there is some bad news for Atlanta Braves fans
Dave Justice has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Braves with a
dislocated right shoulder.
The right fielder could miss the rest of the season if he needs surgery.
A decision on whether or not to operate will be made tomorrow. If not, he'll
miss at least four weeks of action.
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On the diamond this afternoon the Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago 3-to-2
thanks to this John Jaha homer in the eighth.
It's his fifth of the year and came off loser Kevin Tapani.
Also, this afternoon the Cubs hammered the Astros 13-to-1, and the Twins beat
the Jays 4-to-1.
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In baseball off the field, Albert Belle has been ordered to counseling or he
won't be ringing in the Indians' lineup.
The Cleveland outfielder was told to do so after throwing a baseball
towards a photographer, or he will be suspended.
In a statement, American League president Gene Budig said that Belle has a
problem that must be taken care of. Both the league and the Indians will
monitor his progress.
The Indians had no comment on the ruling.
The NBA playoffs continue tonight with one game on the schedule.
San Antonio is in Utah trying to even that best of seven Western conference
semi-final at 3 games a piece.
A win will wrap it up for the Jazz.
Earlier today the league announced its all rookie team and its headed by
rookie of the year Damon Stoudamire.
Norfolk's Joe Smith is on the team along with Stackhouse, McDyess, Sabonis
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And finally, from the don't try this at home category, a new bungee jumping
record was set late yesterday in Switzerland.
Didier Wenger rented a cable car gondola and strategically placed himself in
a massive vertical valley.
He then fell, and fell and fell some more - dropping more than 900 feet
before the cord sent him back up more than half those 300 meters.
He broke the world record, but no bones in the jump.
It's the continuing saga of a man and his dog, the U- S Army, and a senator
All week we've been telling the tale of "Pugsy,"... whose being kept at the
But thanks to the staff at Senator John Warner's office, it looks like the
dog will be reunited with its original owner.
Randy Fair is currently stationed at an army base in West Germany and has no
idea how Pugsy got to Roanoke.
He thought the dog was being taken care of by a friend in Washington, State.
Now, the SPCA is trying to raise money to send Pugsy to Germany.
A local pet store has already donated a shipping crate and a Vinton
veterinarian is supplying the required shots.
We'll keep you posted.