Next on News Seven.
A multiple vehicle accident in Roanoke County has closed off a lane of 2-20
with injuries reported.
Officials in Florida have confirmed the finding of the voice recorder from
the ValuJet crash.
It was found in the murky waters of the Everglades.
And "Festival in the Park" goes on despite the soggy weather.
News Seven is next.
A three- vehicle accident on route 2-20 in Roanoke County sent four people
to the hospital tonight, at least two of them with serious injuries.
It happened shortly before ten o'clock near the intersection of route 2-20
and Yellow Mountain Road.
A small pick- up driving south crossed the median and struck two other cars
IN Q=I think the driver of the
((S.M. BELANGER/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: I THINK THE DRIVER OF THE FIRST VEHICLE
HE HIT HEAD- ON HAD A REAL BAD INJURY TO HIS ARM. ARE ANY OF THESE INJURIES
LIFE- THREATENING? AT THIS TIME I DON'T KNOW.))
SUPER=01-S.M. Belanger/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=at this time I don't know.
The accident blocked traffic in the northbound lanes of route 2-20... and
authorities are still clearing the wreck at this hour.
TAPE# net-b 20:31:00
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
A potentially valuable piece of evidence from the ValuJet crash has been
An official says a rescue crew worker has found the cockpit voice recorder
of ValuJet Flight 5-92 in the murky waters of the Florida Everglades.
Leif Pedersen (Layf Pee-dersen) has the latest.
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Benson/NTSB; :08
SUPER=01-Greg Feith/Lead Investigator; :36
SUPER=01-Leif Pedersen/Reporting; 1:20
OUT Q=CBS News.
The candidates for prime minister of Israel have staked out their territory.
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;
Prime Minister Shimon Peres and challenger Benjamin Netanyahu
(net-an-YAH'-hoo) debated for 30 minutes on T-V three days before the election.
Both are claiming victory.
For his part, Peres defended his peace policies as a success.
Netanyahu disagreed, charging that Israelis live in fear of terror attacks.
Political analysts think this debate could decide the election.
Polls show that Peres is leading four to seven-percent, with a large chunk
of the electorate undecided.
If you want to go cruising, Roanoke Police say-- go where no one will hear
you blare your music.
As temperatures rise, police say some citizens will be driving their
vehicles with the music blaring.
They say some loud music violates a city ordinance.
Police officials say they frequently receive complaints from citizens
because of the music.
Officers offer this tip for those who can NOT fight the urge to play their
IN Q=You either have to
((LT. R.A. BOWER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: YOU EITHER HAVE TO RESIST THE URGE OR
TAKE IT SOMEWHERE WHERE IT DOESN'T DISTURB ANYONE. TAKE IT OUT WHERE THERE IS
NO BODY TO BOTHER.))
SUPER=01-Lt. R.A. Bower/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=no body to bother.
Officers who hear music within a 50 foot radius of their car can issue a
Lieutenant Bower says some violations can carry up to a thousand dollar
The Virginia Museum of Natural History may focus on the past, But it is also
looking toward a bright future.
Joe Dashiell has the story on the Martinsville museum.
IN Q=Even as the Virginia
SUPER=01-Stephen Pike/Museum Director; :20
SUPER=01-Ron Ferrill/Museum Supporter; :48
SUPER=01-Iliene Hite/Museum Supporter; :59
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Even as the Virginia Museum of Natural History has built an impressive
collection, officials have had to fight for its survival and fight off
challenges that would have moved the museum from Martinsville.
But three months after Stephen Pike signed on as director, he's convinced
the museum can be a leading and lasting force in the community.
IN Q=We kind of want to
((STEPHEN PIKE/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WE KIND OF WANT TO MAKE A SPLASH AND SAY WE'RE
BACK HERE IN THE COMMUNITY. WE WANT TO RE- EMERGE IN THE COMMUNITY AND BE A
LEADING FORCE IN THE COMMUNITY'S GROWTH. AND TO REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY? AND TO
REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY. ABSOLUTELY. WE'RE GOING TO SUCCEED HERE.))
OUT Q=going to succeed here.
To that end, Pike is bringing in what he describes as a world- class
exhibit, one that will feature partial and complete dinosaur skeletons,
including Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Plans for the U-S debut may be ambitious, but supporters say that's exactly
what the museum and Martinsville needs.
IN Q=We have a tendency
((RON FERRILL/MUSEUM SUPPORTER: WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO MAYBE THINK WE'VE HAD A
LOT OF THINGS GONE AGAINST US HERE. MAYBE WE KIND OF FEEL A LITTLE BEATEN DOWN,
BUT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY PULL TOGETHER ON SOMETHING THAT'S VERY
((ILIENE HITE/MUSEUM SUPPORTER: FROM DAY ONE THIS WAS AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT. A
LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WOULD NEVER GO OVER, BUT IT HAS AND AS YOU WELL KNOW,
WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE IT.))
OUT Q=don't want to lose it.
And the ambition doesn't end with one new exhibit. Pike is already planning
an expedition that would send paleontologist Nick Fraser in search of a
Ultimately, the museum will need a new building if it is going to thrive.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
a dispute with a bottle manufacturer may cause the sale of a local soft
That story and more on the news 7 business review.
Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer's possessions may soon be sold.
We'll find out why up next.
(Toss to kim)
Wx ad lib
Well after a cooler- than- normal couple of days-- you're probably ready
for a warm- up.
The Memorial Day forecast promises temperatures as high as the 70s.
But the clouds and drizzle are also going to stick around-- making for
some tricky planning for outdoor activities.
We'll sort out the forecast for you-- plus find out how the work week
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
The auction of a serial killer's belongings may be avoided.
Attorneys for all sides in the Jeffrey Dahmer case are still talking about
the latest offer.
It's for 407-thousand dollars from a businessman who wants to avoid the
spectacle of an auction.
The sale items include handcuffs, knives, saw blades and a refrigerator
where police found body parts of victims.
The proceeds would go to relatives of some of the victims.
A Roanoke County cable company stays hot,
Singer Furniture closes its Roanoke plant,
And the locally owned Quibell corporation might be sold.
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-Martinsville/File Tape; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 3; :44
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Wednesday; :55
OUT Q=NAT SOT
A central Virginia bank completed it's merger with another bank from West
The Cooperative Savings Bank, which has 10 branches in greater Lynchburg and
Danville, is now part of One Valley Bank.
Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County is now affilated with
Carolina Medicorp of Winston- Salem, North Carolina.
CMI is a not- for- profit healthcare system serving Northwest North Carolina
and Southwest Virginia.
Instead of resuming production following a dispute with a bottle supplier,
the Quibell Corporation is now talking takeover.
A beverage manufacturer from northern Virginia has entered into talks to
purchase the Roanoke sparkling water company.
Another Roanoke company is also being sold.
The Holdren's appliance store chain says it has all but wrapped up a deal to
sell the business to a North Carolina investor.
TIMES FIBER FROM WED/THU
The United Steel Workers Union narrowly lost its representation vote at the
Times Fiber coaxial cable plant in Pittsylvania County.
This was not the first time organized labor attempted to come into the
OPTICAL CABLE FILE
A Roanoke County company that makes fiber optic cable keeps making the
At one point this week Optical Cable stock was selling well over 100-
dollars, it closed at 92 dollars a share Friday.
And 290 people who work at the Singer Furniture plant in Roanoke have a
month to find another job.
The company will consolidate its facility here with two operations it has in
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 75 points,
closing at 5762.82.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
A story about reverse discrimination in the workplace provoked a response
from a viewer.
Assignment Editor Joe McKean brings us this week's Feedback.
IN Q=The story was about
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./May 6;
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( The story was about the lawsuit filed by Greg Holdren, a former employee at
the Transkrit company.
He was he was fired for not meeting production goals.
But Holdren said several other press operators, including a woman, had worse
He says that's reverse discrimination and is taking Transkrit to court.
A viewer in Blacksburg says: "In the interview, the man and the news
reporter made it a point that a woman who also works at this
company was not fired even though she was not performing as
expected. This upsets me because this man said there were many
other people who also were not performing on the job but only
this one woman was pointed out as a problem. I understand that
reverse discrimination can occur, but if many other men were not
fired along with one woman, that is hardly discrimination of gender.
Perhaps it is another form of discrimination. I am frustrated
that women constantly have to prove that they deserve the jobs
they have and if they don't perform they should be the first to
go, not men in the same position. I have learned from personal
experience that I have to work much harder than my male co-workers
to maintain my position. I would appreciate in the future if your
reporters would not imply that women should be the first to be
fired when performances on the job are low.
If you'd like to comment on our news coverage or issues in the news, here's
how to get in touch with us:
Letters should be sent to News-7 Feedback, PO Box 7, Roanoke, 240422-0007.
Faxes go to Feedback, at 540-343-7269.
And our E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
Scraping roads and moving snow in the middle of a blizzard may seem like a
But last week, snow plow drivers at V-DOT headquarters in Lynchburg were
honored for their efforts during the winter of '96.
State senator Steve Newman had sponsored a resolution in the past General
Assembly recognizing the work of VDOT employees.
IN Q=It's far too
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: IT'S FAR TOO OFTEN WE SAY TO OUR STATE
EMPLOYEES THAT WHEN YOU'RE NOT DOING SOMETHING RIGHT THEY GET A PHONE CALL. BUT
QUITE HONESTLY THEY DO THINGS RIGHT MOST OF THE TIME AND THIS SNOWSTORM IS A
GREAT EXAMPLE OF IT, WHERE THEY HAD ALMOST 100 MILLION DOLLARS HAD TO BE
EXPENDED TO CLEAR THE ROADS DURING THIS HORRIBLE BLIZZARD.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=this horrible blizzard.
Newman's first son was born during the height of the January blizzard.
He says the hard work of the snow plow drivers enabled he and his wife to
reach the hospital safely.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Festival in the Park continues--
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer in America.
And in Denmark, they celebrated the beginning of the summer with fireworks
MUSIC UP FULL
Rain- soaked streets and playing fields tried their best to slow things
down in Roanoke,
But visitors AND residents still managed to continue with the Festival in
IN Q=On the road and the sidelines
SUPER=01-Sandy Claytor/Chesterfield Co. Soccer Fan; :14
SUPER=01-Penny Williams/Roanoke Valley Volleyball Assoc.; :35
SUPER=01-Yvonne Hegney/North Carolina Artist; :50
SUPER=01-Bob Canales/South Carolina Craftsman; 1:15
OUT Q=and bring their umbrellas.
((On the road and on the sidelines of the soccer field, umbrellas were out
NAT SOUND OF SOCCER FAN 10:22:56
IN Q=KICK IT
(KICK IT HARD!))
...but a steady rain failed to stop the teams competing in the Crestar
Festival Soccer Tournament.
INTERVIEW WITH PARENT 10:25:47
IN Q=Never stops soccer
((SANDY CLAYTOR/CHESTERFIELD CO. SOCCER FAN: NEVER STOPS SOCCER FANS. WE PLAY
IN ANYTHING. WE'VE FROZEN. WE'VE BEEN IN THE HEAT. THIS ISN'T BAD, BETTER THAN
OUT Q=better than last year.
The teams took the field in Salem as the N-C-Double-A Division Three
Baseball Championships resumed.
And in Wasena Park, the volleyballs continued to fly, even as the rain
SOT PENNY WILLIAMS 11:01:11
IN Q=Volleyball players
((PENNY WILLIAMS/ROANOKE VALLEY VOLLEYBALL ASSOC.: VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS DON'T LET
A LITTLE RAIN GET IN THE WAY? A LITTLE RAIN, A LITTLE SNOW, WE GO OUT THERE AND
PLAY WHATEVER WE CAN.
AS LONG AS ITS NOT LIGHTNING, WE'LL STAY OUT HERE.))
OUT Q=stay out here.
Artist Yvonne Hegney wasn't so lucky. Without a tent to cover her pottery,
the morning rain sent her packing.
IN Q=I didn't bring a tent
((YVONNE HEGNEY/NORTH CAROLINA POTTER: I DIDN'T BRING A TENT, SO IT WOULD BE
SITTING OUT IN THE RAIN ALL DAY AND THEY'RE FORECASTING THUNDERSTORMS SO I HAVE
TO PACK UP. I HAVE ANOTHER SHOW I HAVE TO LEAVE FOR ON TUESDAY UP IN
CINCINATTI SO... SO YOU'RE OUT OF HERE? YEAH, UNFORTUNATELY, BUT EVERYONE ELSE
IS GOING TO BE STAYING.))
OUT Q=going to be staying.
Other exhibitors at Festival in the Park stayed dry... as they remained
under cover and in business.
IN Q=So a little rain
((BOB CANALES/SOUTH CAROLINA CRAFTSMAN: SO A LITTLE RAIN IS PART OF THE
BARGAIN? I GUESS. YEAH IT GOES ALONG WITH THE GAME. SO WE ACCEPT IT AND WE JUST
HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE ARE MOTIVATED ENOUGH TO COME OUT AND BRING THEIR
OUT Q=bring their umbrellas.))
SS=Festival in the Park
Barring any major downpours, Festival in the Park continues tomorrow with a
full slate of activities in Elmwood Park.
Rain delayed the Coca-Cola 600 for over an hour. The wait was worth it to
dale Jarret. He won the race, thus ending Chevrolet's domination at the
Charlotte Motor Speedway.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/TBS; :00
The race did have it's share of cautions. Michael Waltrip would be a part
of this caution. he bumps Bobby Hillen who spins and also hits the wall. Ricky
Rudd and geoff Bodine would get involved in the wreck as well.
Perhaps the scariest crash involved Johnny Benson and Ricky Craven. benson
slides low and Craven rams him, both were okay.
Jarrett stayed out of trouble and beat Dale Earnhardt to the finish.
Chevrolet had won 4 straight at Charlotte, but Ford won this battle.
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Winner of Coke 600; :00
OUT Q=...come labor day"
Terry Labont was 3rd, Jeff Gordon 4th and Ken Schader 5th.
After 10 cautions and 4 crashes Buddy Lazier took the checkered flag in the
80th running of the Indianapolis 500 earlier today.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00
All at the legendary speedway remembered Scott Brayton, who died while
practicing at the track recently.
The green flag did finally drop for the 33 car field, which had an
incredibly high number of rookie drivers, 17 was the count.
Several spins took place early in the race. Here Paul Durant spins out but
he was not injured.
The crashed would continue throughout the day here, Scott Harrington and
Lynn St. James get together and both are knocked out of the race. St. Lames
broke her left arm!
Buddy lazier stayed away from trouble. In fact, with just 7 laps to go,
Davy Jones was in the lead but crashed forcing the caution flag to come out.
Lazier went on to capture the Indy 500, his best finish prior to today in the
500 was 14th.
IN Q="You dream
((BUDDY LAZIER/WINNER OF INDY 500:))
SUPER=01-Buddy Lazier/Winner of Indy 500; :00
Most of the top drivers who usually race in the Indy 500 spent this day
racing in the inaugural U.S. 500 at Michigan international Speedway.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI; :00
One of the top drivers who defected was Jimmy Vasser, who was on the pole
for the U.S. 500. On the final warm up lap, Vasser would get into the days
first wreck. He and Adrian Fernandez get together.
But Vasser would regroup to win the race. Alex Zandardi led the race for
134 laps, but blew an engine and his day was over.
Vasser took the lead for good with 10 laps to go to win. Vasser has 4 wins
in 6 races on the indy-car circuit.
The Virginia cavaliers were eliminated from the NCAA Division 1 Baseball
tournament today, losing to Alabama 18 to 8.
SUPER=03-Tuscaloosa, AL/Cavaliers vs. Crimson Tide; :00
Virginia's Justin Counts cut into Bama's early lead with this solo shot to
left, 6-2 Tide.
In the 7th, E.J. Anderson notched SUPER=34-Alabama/=18/Virginia/==8;
this solo homer that closed the gap to 7-3, but bama advances to the College
World series, UVa finishes the year 44 and 21.
((DENNIS WOMACK/VIRGINIA COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dennis Womack/Virginia Coach; :00
OUT Q=...the tide"
SS=NCAA baseball championship
In Division III action in salem Cal Lutheran beat Upper Iowa 3-1 and
Bridgewater State topped Methodist 10-4. The late game was suspended due to
A big day in major League baseball as matinee ball hit the diamond. We start
in the motor City.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Indians vs. Tigers; :00
Indians vs. Tigers. This fan was throwing down some hotdogs.
Dennis martinez was gobbling up batters. The ageless Indian pitcher led
Cleveland to the 5-nothing shutout on an eight hitter. He fanned 5 and walked
Yes, Cleveland would ring detroit's Belle. Albert Belle nails his 20th
dinger on the season..that is tops in the majors, 5-nothing Indians win.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Cardinals vs. Marlins;
In Miami...we are reverting back to are child hood with the bubble maker.
Marlins hosting the Cardinals. Gary Sheffield shows his bat savy, crushing
his 16th home run on the season, Florida downs St. Louis 8-2.
Wipe to boards!!
The Seattle Supersonics are one win away from their first NBA finals
appearance in 17 years.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/NBC; :00
The Sonics took a 3 games to 1 lead over Utah today in the NBA Western
The Mailman Karl Malone knocked down 25 while Shawn Kemp had 18 and fouled
out 23 minutes into the game on this foul to Maolne.
Sam Perkins came off the bench to lead Seattle with 20 points while Gary
Payton tallied 19.
The story might just be JoHn Stockton. He missed a three pointer at the
buzzer that would have given the jazz the win. Seattle wins by 2.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
Still to come tonight, The Crestar Festival Soccer Classic concluded today,
we will check out the action,
and bike racing is back in the valley highlights from the ROC hillclimb when
we come back.
The Tour DuPont is long gone, but cycling is alive and well in the star
city!. The Roanoke Oththropedic Hillclimb and the Saturn Cup have taken over.
The ROC hillclimb hit the streets today. This is a time trial race where the
350 plus cyclists compete against the clock.
25 hundred dollars will be given for this mountain time trial, 600 going to
Amateurs to some of the world's top pros are competing.
IN Q="The great
((PATRICK OBERG/RACE DIRECTOR: THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS RACE IS WE ARE NOT
AFFILIATED WITH THE TOUR DUPONT, SO THAT ALLOWS FOR THE LOCAL RIDERS WHO WANT
TO RACE OR WHAT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH A TOUR DUPONT TYPE OF RACING ATMOSPHERE,
IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO COME AND RACE, AT ABOUT TEN DOLLARS AND WE ALSO
BRINGING IN THE PRO RIDERS, WHICH INCLUDE TEAM SATURN, STEVE BAUER, AND THEN WE
ALSO HAVE SOME PLYMOUTH RIDERS SHOWING UP. SHACKLEY....SOME BIG NAMES ARE
COMING INTO TOWN RIGHT HERE IN THE DOWNTOWN ROANOKE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Patrick Oberg/Race Director; :00
OUT Q=...roanoke director"
The 27 mile Saturn Festival Cup race is tomorrow afternoon.
The 10th annual Crestar Festival Soccer Tournament wrapped up today all
over the valley.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
The Rivers Edge Sports Complex was just one of 5 cites the over 3 thousand
soccer players competed at over the weekend.
7 championships were held at Rivers Edge. The Youth 16 Roanoke Stars white
team highlighted the competition with 24 goals in three games.
IN Q=323 games
((DANNY BEAMER/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: 323 GAMES IN 2 DAYS THAT WENT OFF WITHOUT
A HITCH, HARDLY ANY GAMES LATE THE ROANOKE STAR TEAMS HAVE PERFORMED REALLY
WELL. I THINK WE GOT ABOUT 9 TEAMS IN THE FINALS WHCIH HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB.
I MEAN IT'S GONE OFF WITHOUT A HITCH. IT'S BEEN GREAT.))
SUPER=01-Danny Beamer/Tournament Director; :00
OUT Q=...been great"
Last but certainly not least, a couple of notes from the freezer. The
Pittsburgh Penguins have evened the NHL Eastern Conference finals at 2 games a
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/ESPN; :00
The Pens topped Florida Panthers 2-1, and Doug McLean and his Panthers are
headed back to Pittsburgh.
With 31 ticks left in regulation, Mario Lemieux dishes to Bryan Smolinski
for the game winning goal that beats Florida's John Van Biesbrook.
His counterpart, Tom Barrasso stopped 32 shots to guard the win.
TAPE# net- ; 15:38:27
We end our broadcast with a bang tonight.
SUPER=03-Copenhagen, Denmark/Last Night;
More than 300 people were present for fireworks over the Danish capital
Copenhagen last night.
Copenhagen is European City of Culture this year and the display was the
biggest in the city's history.
This marks the start of the Summer season.