Next on News Seven.
A Roanoke man is in intensive care this evening after his tractor flips on
top of him.
And the missing Tech student who allegedly played hooky for three years
shows up at a West Virginia Police Station.
In sports, Michael Waltrip wins the Winston Select the Braves beat the Reds
and Trenton State is the Division three softball champion.
Keep the iced tea handy--
The summer- like heat wave continues.
Sunny skies and high temperatures in the 90s today-- you can expect the same
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Rescue squad members from two counties have been at the scene of a boating
accident in Botetourt County this afternoon.
Apparently, a boat with two passengers capsized in Arcadia.
One person was stuck in the river for more than hour before being rescued.
Officials say no one was injured.
The Glasgow Rescue Squad responded by boat and jet ski.
A News 7 crew is on the scene.
We'll have more on that story at 11pm.
A Roanoke man is in intensive care after the tractor he was driving
overturned and landed on top of him.
The accident happened around one this afternoon on Webster Road in Botetourt
Police say while 59-year-old Billy Franklin Richard was planting grass, he
apparently backed up too far and the tractor rolled over an embankment.
Life Guard 10 airlifted Richard to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Doctors are still evaluating his condition...but they say he suffered
several broken bones.
Several people were injured in a car accident this morning in the Town of
The accident happened around 11 at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and
Police are not releasing the details of the accident or the identities of
But those who live near the accident scene say the intersection is a
IN Q=the traffic coming from
((TIM GONZALEZ: THE TRAFFIC COMING FROM THIS CORNER HERE WHERE THE FIRE
HYDRANT IS, THEIR VISION IS BLOCKED DUE TO CARS PARKED IN AN AREA WHERE THERE'S
A BUS STOP.))
SUPER=07-Tim Gonzalez; QUICK!!!
OUT Q=where there's a bus stop
The injured were transported to a local hospital.
Rescue workers say their injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
The same is true for two people whose car went into a creek last night in
It happened around 9:30 after their Dodge Neon ran off the street in the 51-
hundred block of Bradshaw Road.
Nancy Gold was driving the vehicle and her fiance Stuart Tunstall was a
Gold was treated and released last night and Tunstall left the hospital
Gold has been charged with reckless driving.
Yesterday we reported the story about a Virginia Tech student that played
hooky from school for three years.
John Brad Wagner's family expected to see the young man graduate last
Saturday only to learn that the tuition checks his father was sending were not
going to the school.
Wagner had been missing for a week.
But today, Blacksburg Police report Wagner voluntarily turned himself in to
a West Virginia police station late last night.
He's apparently in good health and his father is in route to pick him up.
Blacksburg Police Detectives say they also want to speak with him.
The players at the N-C-Double-A Division Three Women's Softball Championship
fared better than the fans.
The tournament took place all weekend at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem,
despite the extreme heat.
As a precaution, each team was limited to playing two games per day.
Players were given a rest in between games and pumped full of water.
But for the spectators the high temperatures took their toll.
Several fans collapsed yesterday.
IN Q=what we've been
((NICK HOLMES/ATHLETIC TRAINER: WHAT WE'VE BEEN TELLING THEM IS STAY IN THE
SHADE WHEN POSSIBLE. MAKE SURE THEY TAKE IN LOTS OF LIQUIDS. WE HAD A FEW
PEOPLE WHO HAD PROBLEMS WE HAD TO TREAT THEM FOR AND THE BEST THING YOU CAN
TELL ANYBODY OUT IN THE SUN, EVEN THOSE WHO ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IS TO BE
PREPARED FOR THE HEAT.))
SUPER=01-Nick Holmes/Athletic Trainer;
OUT Q=for the heat
Nick Holmes says play it safe and take these precautions during your outside
This is early in the season for such hot temperatures.
The normal high is 77-degrees. But today's temperatures were almost
20-degrees more than the norm.
By the time Hollins College students received their diplomas they were
Even at 10 this morning temperatures had already climbed into the 80's.
More than 220 students took part in the 154th commencement at the college.
This is the last graduation for President Jane Margaret O'Brien.
O'Brien is leaving the school after five years to take a similar position at
St. Mary's of Maryland.
She steps down as president June 30th.
Yesterday the selection committee named Janet Rasmussen (RAS-MUSS-sin) as
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Some Roanoke county parents band together to learn about parenting
New competition for OUR news department-- W-K-I-D's pint sized reporters are
on the scene at Mount Pleasant Elementary School.
Wx ad lib
Well, even though today was a scorcher-- it didn't turnout out to be the
widespread record- breaker we though it would.
Blacksburg, however did set a record again this weekend, by reaching a
high of 89 today.
High pressure's keeping us hot and dry-- but a few scattered showers will
make their way into the extended forecast.
We'll tell you what that is-- as well as check the temperatures throughout
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
A Roanoke County company wins a big bid, and Botetourt County bags another
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :05
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Tuesday; :18
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Optical Cable of Roanoke County has scored another big contract.
The company will supply several million dollars worth of its fiber optic
cable so it can hook up 95 buildings on the University of Rhode Island campus.
For the third time in six weeks, Botetourt County has hooked a new
This time its the Dynax Corporation of Japan, which will put its first U-S
auto parts plant here, with plans to eventually employ 100 people.
When it comes to creating new jobs and increasing capital investment, our
part of the Commonwealth is doing quite well.
The Virginia Department of Economic Development says during the first
quarter of this year, the Roanoke Valley had the highest total investment,
while Southside Virginia is among the leaders in job creation.
And J-M Turner and Sons of Roanoke has won the construction contract for the
new R-R Donnelley printing plant that will be built in Roanoke County.
Construction will begin immediately on a 276-thousand square foot building.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 169.36
points, closing at 5687.50.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
A group of Roanoke County parents say they realize it takes a whole
community to raise a child.
That's why Partners in Parenting invited representatives from many community
service groups to their rally.
A host of performers were on hand to entertain the crowd.
Former Globetrotter Spencer "Spinny" Johnson stopped by to talk with the
He says he tries show children how important a positive attitude is
IN Q=just like starting
((SPENCER "SPINNY" JOHNSON/FORMER PRO BASKETBALL PLAYER: JUST LIKE STARTING
THIS PROGRAM. A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE TELLING ME IT WASN'T GOING TO BE
SUCCESSFUL. JUST LIKE MY BASKETBALL CAREER PEOPLE WERE TELLING ME I WAS TOO
SMALL. I KEPT BELIEVING AND NOW THIS IS MY 11TH YEAR DOING THIS PROGRAM ALL
THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.))
SUPER=01-Spencer "Spinny" Johnson/Former Pro Basketball Player;
OUT Q=the united states
The rally focused on children.
The school system, The Roanoke County Police Department, and the TRUST
Hotline were among the organizations participating.
In addition to the rally, Partners in Parenting sponsors seminars throughout
the school year.
IN Q=we present seminars
((JASON PERDUE/PARTNERS IN PARENTING: WE PRESENT SEMINARS ON GRIEF, ON
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE, ON SELF ESTEEM, THESE KINDS IF ISSUES. WE INVITE LOCAL
PROFESSIONALS TO COME IN AND ADDRESS OUR PARENT GROUPS.))
SUPER=01-Jason Perdue/Partners In Parenting;
OUT Q=parent groups
This is the second year Roanoke County parents have staged this type of
Republican senate hopeful Jim Miller says he doesn't think Virginians can be
SUPER=90-Political Ad; Hold up :09
That's in response to John Warner's recent television ads.
SOT 17:59:56 SAT AIRCHECK
IN Q=Committed to restoring
((POLITICAL AD: COMMITTED TO RESTORING COMMON SENSE, CONSERVATIVE VALUES --
SENATOR JOHN WARNER.
JIM MILLER/R- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: WELL YOU KNOW INCUMBENTS HAVE THIS LOCK
HOLD ON ALL THE MONEY. HE'S GOT DEEP POCKETS OF HIS OWN SO HE'LL PUT UP ON T-V
WHATEVER HE WANTS. HE NEEDS A LOT BECAUSE HE HAS SO MUCH TO OVERCOME.))
OUT Q=much to overcome
Warner is seeking a fourth term in office.
Miller says he feels sure he or Warner could defeat Mark Warner.
IN Q=Do you want
((MILLER: DO YOU WANT JOHN WARNER WHO HAS BEEN THERE THREE TERMS AND SO
INEFFECTIVE IS SO MANY WAYS, NOT LOYAL TO THE PARTY, DOESN'T GIVE A DARN ABOUT
MOST REPUBLICANS, OR JIM MILLER A CONSISTENT CONSERVATIVE UP THERE. ))
OUT Q=conservative up there.
Miller says he'll hit the airwaves late in the campaign.
The G-O-P primary is June 11th.
There was recogniton last week for those who distinguished themselves by
serving their country.
The occasion was the opening of a new exhibit at the George C. Marshall
Foundation in Lexington.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was in honor of those who served in the Coast
Guard during World War Two.
The display features dozens of items of memorabilia-- from military medals
to spoils taken from enemy soldiers.
A few of those who served during that time were on hand to share their
IN Q=As the Coast Guard
((ROBERT SAMS/COAST GUARD VETERAN: AS THE COAST GUARD NOW, NAVY, MARINES, AIR
CORP-- AIR FORCE. IT WAS JOINT OPERATION. AND WE SAVED DEMOCRACY FOR THE
SUPER=01-Robert Sams/Coast Guard Veteran;
OUT Q=democracy for the world.
The exhibit is on display seven days a week on the post of the Virginia
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Kimberly will tell us about today's mini heat wave--
It's not halloween or the circus, but clown regalia is definitely the
uniform of choice for the Clown-corp.
MUSIC UP FULL
You won't find W-K-I-D on your local cable system.
But when something interesting happens at Mount Pleasant Elementary School,
that's exactly where the students and teachers tune in for their latest news.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell checks out their channel.
IN Q=They don't have the audience
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Matthew Smith/Mount Pleasant Fifth Grader; :28
SUPER=01-Rehanon Wood/Mount Pleasant Fifth Grader; :45
SUPER=01-Kirsten Carrell/Mount Pleasant Fifth Grader; :52 QUICK
SUPER=01-Julie Thomas/Teacher; 1:00
OUT Q=JD News 7
((They don't have the audience or the equipment of a commercial television
But what the students of Mount Pleasant Elementary School may lack in
technical expertise they make up in enthusiasm.
SOT NAT SOUND OF GROUP ANNOUNCING WKID
IN Q=THIS IS
With the help of teachers and volunteers...
MORE NAT SOUND 15:18:26
IN Q=I want a close-up of that slate
OUT Q=can you give it to me.
Forty two fifth graders operate the cameras, conduct the interviews,
prepare the graphics, and deliver the news they've gathered in the halls of
IN Q=We asked people
((MATTHEW SMITH/STUDENT: WE ASKED PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT THEY DID IN THE BLIZZARD OF
'96 IF THEY WENT AND PLAYED AND EVERYTHING, SO WE GO AROUND AND COVER EVENTS
THAT ARE AROUND THE SCHOOL.))
OUT Q=around the school.
That's not say it's always been easy. At the start of the school year,
there was a lot to learn. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=It was really tough
((REHANNON WOOD: IT WAS REALLY TOUGH, LIKE DON'T DO THIS. DO THIS. DON'T DO
THIS. BUT YOU'RE PRETTY COMFORTABLE WITH IT NOW? UH HUH!))
((KIRSTEN CARRELL: WE'VE GOTTEN PRETTY GOOD AFTER A LOT OF PRACTICE.))
OUT Q=after a lot of practice.
Teachers say the practice HAS paid off. The program is a hit.
And while WKID may never appear in the Nielsen ratings, there is no
question about who is number one at Mount Pleasant.
NAT SOUND OF THIS IS WKID.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
And coming up, The Avalanche wrapped up a three game series with the Bulls
this afternoon Trenton State wins the Division three softball championship.
And Michael Waltrip gets the Woods Brothers of Stuart Virginia back in
Victory Lane at Charlotte.
The Woods Brothers of Stuart Virginia made it back to victory lane at
Charlotte last night.
Michael Waltrip, who finished fifth in the Winston Open, won the Winston
Select after starting in the back of the field.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/TNN SPORTS; :
The first 30 laps segment was run without a caution Bobby Labonte passes
Ward Burton for second place with 2 laps to go in the race. Burton finished
Dale Jarrett pulled away from the field and he would take the Checkered
flag winning the first segment.
The field was inverted for the start of the second segment.
Ward burton got lose in turn four and hit the wall on lap 38 ending his
run at the big money.
That opened the door for Dale Earnhardt and he would take the checkered
flag winning the segment.
The final 10 lap shoot out was clean except when Earnhardt and Terry
Labonte touched allowing Michael Waltrip to get by. Waltrip would hold off the
field winning the Winston Select the first driver to do so after advancing from
the Winston Open.
IN Q=First audio
((EDDIE WOOD/CO CREW CHIEF: ))
((MICHAEL WALTRIP/WINSTON SELECT WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Eddie Wood/Co Crew Chief; :03
SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/Winston Select Winner; :13
OUT Q=......to say."
Rusty Wallace was second Earnyardt third Mark Martin fourth and Terry
Danny Ongais, who retired from Indy racing in 1986, will race in the 1996
Ongais will drive the car designed for the late Scott Brayton, who was
killed in a crash during practice for the race.
Brayton qualified for the pole but it's uncertain if Ongais will start the
race from that position.
The Salem Avalanche broke out the brooms today, completing a 3 game sweep
of 1st place Durham with a 5 to 3 win at Memorial Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Bulls;
It was a hot and humid day at the yard--perfect weather for a 5 dollar
haircut to benefit the Leukemia Society.
Salem caught fire in the 4th inning. Mike Higgins rips a 2-out double into
the gap, scoring Chad Gambill and Pookie Jones to make it 2-nothing Salem.
The Bulls charged back in the 5th. Anton French bounces this pitch to the
right side of the infield, allowing SUPER=34-Salem/==5/Durham/==3;
Danny McGee to score--2-1 Salem. The Avalanche goes on to win it 5 to 3.
Last year when Trenton State came to Salem to compete in the Division Three
Softball tournament Michelle Carlson was a hard hitting third baseman.
Carlson is back this season but she's wearing a different uniform.
Instead of playing, Carlson is in her first season as an assistant coach
for the Lions.
IN Q="you can teach
((MICHELLE CARLSON/LIONS ASSISTANT COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Michelle Carlson/Lions Assistant Coach; :
OUT Q=.....tough part."
Carlson ended her career as a player with a 569 batting average and she set
a division three record with 18 home runs in a season.
And she regained the love of the game playing in the summer leagues around
IN Q="I really
OUT Q=.....of fun here."
SUPER=03-Salem/Lions vs Panthers; :
Trenton State had plenty of fun in Salem this weekend.
The Lions scored three runs in the third and 2 in the fourth to beat the
defending champion Chapman Panthers 7 to 2.
The game was a rematch of last years championship game in which Chapman
won 4 to 2.
Trenton State becomes the only team in division three history to win six
Fred McGriff went 4 for 4 including his 300-th homer to lead the Atlanta
Braves to a 9 to 5 win over Cincinnati.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WTBS; :
The Braves got on the board in the bottom of the first Marquis Grissom
sending this pitch over the left field wall for a solo homer and a 1 to nothing
Atlanta's Chipper Jones hits a shot to the wall in left centerfield Mark
Lemke rounds the bases to score and the Braves padded their lead.
Cincinnati's Eric Davis gets the Reds offense going he belts this solo
homer to deep centerfield cutting into the Brave lead.
But McGriff hits the homer to SUPER=35-Atlanta/==9/Cincinnati/==5; become
the 71-st major league player to reach the 300 mark as Atlanta beats cincinnati
9 to 5.
The Bulls and Magic opened the Eastern Conference finals this afternoon for
that and all of today's pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
These children are doing more that just clowning around.
It takes a lot of work to be in the Red Cross Clown Corp.
Denise Allen Introduces us to a couple of clowns.
IN Q=I can Juggle
SUPER=01-Justin Harris/Red Cross Clown Corps; :04 quick!
SUPER=01-Thomas Stokes/Clown Corps Coordinator; :20
SUPER=01-Kenny Landgraf/Red Cross Clown Corps; :31
OUT Q=Denise Allen News 7
((((JUSTIN HARRIS/RED CROSS CLOWN CORPS: I CAN JUGGLE. MY NAME IS BUTTONS. I
HAVE A LOT OF BUTTONS. ALL THE KIDS LIKE ME AND STUFF.))
Buttons or Justin as he's known at home is part of the Red Cross Clown
He and about 60 other children give smiles away to everyone they meet.
They're booked through July and they do their schtick anywhere a laugh is
((THOMAS STOKES/CLOWN CORPS COORDINATOR: THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENTERTAIN
AT HUNTING HILL COUNTRY CLUB AND THEN ENTERTAIN AT LOW INCOME HOUSING OR THE
BATTER WOMEN'S SHELTER TO TALK AS WELL. SO MY KIDS ARE LEARNING ABOUT ALL
ASPECTS OF LIFE.))
((KENNY LANDGRAF/RED CROSS CLOWN CORPS: I JUST WANTED TO HELP OUT PEOPLE THAT
WERE LONELY, LIKE GOING TO HOSPITALS AND CHEERING KIDS UP, THAT WERE IN
((WHO WANTS TO TRY TO BE THE CHARACTER WITH ALL THE DISEASES.))
But there's more to the corp than a costume.
These children meet monthly, learning rescue techniques.
It also takes practice to perfect a skit or a magic trick.
Many of the clowns juggle and make animals out of balloons.
But all tricks aside, these children say at times they've been shocked by
what they've seen.
((I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT DIDN'T HAVE
HOMES, WERE BATTERED AND SICK. IT SURPRISED ME A LOT.))
Coordinator Thomas Stokes says his children are young people who make a
positive difference in the community.
Buttons says everyone should try making life happier for someone else by
sharing a smile.
And a little clown make up doesn't hurt either.
Denise Allen News 7.))