The testimony of a teenage undercover informant helps convict Roanoke store
clerks of selling alcohol to minors.
Coming up on NEWS at SIX:
You'll meet Laura Reinhard.
And the case of the young man in last month's fatal high- speed chase will
be resolved with a guilty plea rather than a trial.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason will join us LIve with a pregame report on
tonight's Riverdawgs game, the Hokies break ground on two new athletic
And the NCAA division three baseball championship is headed to New Jersey,
I'll have the dramatic conclusion to the title game a little later in the half
It time to move out of the rain and into the sunshine. A brighter forecast
is just ahead.
A 19-year old college student from Floyd managed to buy beer FOURTEEN times
in various Roanoke convenience stores last month.
Laura Reinhard was working for the City Police Vice Squad.
She made 20 dollars for every successful purchase. If the clerk demanded
to see an I-D- -or otherwise refused to sell her alcohol- -she got nothing.
Including payment for her appearance in court, Reinhard made 360 dollars.
IN Q=It was pretty
SUPER=01-Laura Reinhard/Undercover Beer Buyer; :00
SUPER=01-Rhonda Mack/SAVE-X Store Clerk;
SUPER=01-Sue Peterson/Former Village Store Clerk;
OUT Q=35-year old people.
IN Q=It was pretty
((IT WAS PRETTY FUN. I DIDN'T DO IT FOR THE MONEY, I JUST PRETTY MUCH DID IT TO
GET PEOPLE IN TROUBLE. (LAUGHS) ))
The daughter of a narcotics officer, Reinhard hopes to become a police
I entered the store, went to the beer cooler
She calmly recounted the afternoon of April 9th... like any other
undercover officer on the witness stand.
Based on her testimony, the judge convicted the clerk.
In one case where fellow undercover operative, Tanya Lightfoot was with
her, Reinhard even quizzed the clerk: "Don't you think she looks too young?"
Lightfoot was 18, wearing braces at the time.
((I WAS KIND OF NERVOUS, BECAUSE I DON'T DO THIS SORT OF THING, BUT I FINALLY
GOT THE HANG OF THINGS.))
Store clerk Rhonda Mack said she couldn't recall the transaction, but
wouldn't have sold Reinhard the beer ...in hindsight.
IN Q=She looks
((SHE LOOKS ABOUT 19 OR 20, TODAY. AT THAT TIME I OBVIOUSLY THOUGHT SHE WAS 21
AND OVER. SO I DIDN'T CARD HER.))
OUT Q=didn't card her.
Judge Vincent Lilley rewarded Mack for her "candor..." fining her just 25
Sue Peterson- -who worked at the Village Store- -was fined TWO-HUNDRED-
fifty dollars... after she said she'd do it again, because the girl LOOKED old
((IF THEY LOOK YOUNG, I WOULD CARD THEM. I HAVE CARDED 35 YEAR OLD PEOPLE.))
Fifteen store clerks either pled guilty today to selling alcohol to minors
or were convicted at trial.
The man accused of leading Roanoke County Police on a 12 mile chase that
resulted in the death of a Vinton family says he is ready to enter a guilty
This all took place in court this morning.
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Ron Jones was there and has more from our newsroom.
Keith, Scott Allman, Jr. waived his preliminary hearing this morning and
plans to plead guilty to three counts of manslaughter in circuit court next
His attorney says he's hoping the court will show mercy to his client.
IN Q=I'm hopeful that It'll...
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Allman's Attorney; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./April 21; :11
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Attorney; :53
OUT Q=concerned at all
((TOM BLAYLOCK/ALLMAN'S ATTORNEY: I'M HOPEFUL THAT IT'LL... FOR THESE PEOPLE TO
It all started last month when Allman admitted to fleeing from Roanoke
County police during a 12 mile chase.
It came to an end at the intersection of Plantation and Williamson Roads--
Allman slammed into another vehicle-- killing the driver 34-year-old Thomas
Faucher, his passenger-- 36-year-old Lori Mason. The couple's six- week- old
daughter-- Joleen Faucher was thrown from the car and later died at the
Prosecutors say Allman was non-chalant throughout the entire chase-- smoking
a cigarette and flicking ashes out the window.
But Allman's attorney says he is now ready to face the charges against him.
The commonwealth's attorney says it's too late for Allman to be remorseful.
((SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: HE MAY BE EXPRESSING... HE
DIDN'T SEEM VERY CONCERNED AT ALL.))
Also this morning the judge found
Allman guilty of numerous traffic violations that occurred just prior to the
For those charges he recieved more than a thousand dollar fine and 12 months
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But Allman's attorney says those traffic charges are the least of his
worries right now.
Rush Limbaugh has an offer for a Bedford County fourth grader.
Limbaugh has reportedly offered to send the boy free copies of all of his
books for the remainder of the school year.
Limbaugh made the offer during his morning talk show heard locally on
The boy's father, Thomas Gardner is suing Montvale Elementary School
officials after a teacher confiscated a Limbaugh book his son was reading.
Limbaugh apparently wants to supply the boy with enough books to take one to
There was no immediate reply from school officials or the Gardner family.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
A change in state policy could mean fewer deputies for some communities in
And with less than two weeks until the John Warner-Jim Miller primary
showdown, former Governor Mills Godwin has yet to endorse a candidate...or has
he? Some confusion about that today, and we'll have the story.
Clinton Administration officials have rejected Governor George Allen's
latest Goals 2000 proposal.
Allen's school board appointees said last week they'd seek the almost seven
million dollars IF Virginia was "unconditionally released" from complying with
any of the program's obligations.
A spokesman for U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley says "there's NO
way" the feds could agree to that.
The spokesman says that would be like giving Virginia a blank check instead
of a block grant.
A spokesman for the Governor says that just bolsters Allen's claim there are
undesirable strings attached to the project.
Loyal Republican and two- time candidate Jim Miller just can't catch a
Ellen Qualls reports on a day of ups and downs for the man challenging his
own party's incumbent U.S. Senator.
IN Q=Jim Miller
SUPER=01-Sue Wrenn/Va. Democratic Party; 1:07 QUICK!
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Jim Miller presided over a splashy fundraiser.
His campaign says it proves Senator John Warner doesn't have the lock on
Main Street, affluent Republicans.
The highlight was this endorsement -- from former Governor Mills Godwin --
delivered by the daugher of late party leader Dick Obenshain.
Not bad for a challenger to his own party's sitting incumbent.
((JIM MILLER/R-SENATE CANDIDATE: I THINK THAT GOVERNOR GODWIN IS AS REVERED AS
ANYONE IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA IN TERMS OF HIS POLITICAL JUDGMENT. AND HIS
ENDORSEMENT OF ME I THINK SENDS A VERY IMPORTANT SIGNAL TO PEOPLE THAT HE
JUDGES JIM MILLER TO BE THE PERSON TO CARRY US INTO THE NEXT CENTURY IN THE
UNITED STATES SENATE.))
But that signal was quickly muddled.
Godwin told reporters by telephone that he'd authorized "no" such
endorsement -- only quiet support and regret he couldn't attend.
But one might have sensed trouble when Miller's hand-selected emcee told the
crowd that dislike of Warner should be "reason enough" to vote for Miller, and
that Miller was, in his words, "no ding dong."
Meanwhile, a Democratic party news conference actually bolstered Miller's
claim he's more conservative than John Warner.
((SUE WRENN/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: NOW JIM MILLER HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUT OF THE
While Democrats are labelling John Warner's recent votes a race to the right
-- Jim Miller's blasting Warner in radio spots as a liberal.
And that brought Miller a little more grief.
A reprimand from the party's titular head -- George Allen -- for rough
((MY COMMERCIAL IS REALLY A COMPARATIVE PIECE.))
The GOP primary is just under two weeks away.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
More than 10 Sheriff's departments in western Virginia could lose deputies
if a plan to re-allocate positions takes effect in July.
The city of Salem, for example, stands to lose state funding for five
deputies, half of its current staff.
The State compensation Board now says the city needs only five officers to
serve papers and maintain court security.
IN Q=They're telling me
((EVERETTE OBENSHAIN/SALEM SHERIFF: THEY'RE TELLING ME THAT CIVIL PROCESS
PEOPLE IN CITIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO SERVE SIX PAPERS AN HOUR. YOU CAN'T DO IT.))
SUPER=01-Everette Obenshain/Salem Sheriff;
OUT Q=you can't do it.
The cuts would be made only through attrition. Sheriff Obenshain says at
least one of his deputies is preparing to retire.
Other localities including Roanoke City and Roanoke County could be
affected by the new policy, but some officials say they are optimistic the
compensation board will reconsider the cuts.
Roanoke County is offering a package of incentives to the I-T-T Corporation
to help the company as it refocuses its night- vision business.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
The county has agreed to write- off a disputed debt, refund an overpayment
of the machinery and tools tax, and provide a 100- thousand dollar grant in the
next fiscal year.
The performance agreement requires the company to make substantial
investments over four years, while maintaining the number of jobs and the level
I-T-T employs more than 600 people, and it has spawned other high- tech
firms in the area.
County economic development officials say maintaining existing employers is
as important as luring new ones to the valley.
The incentives approved by the Board of Supervisors will total just over
300- thousand dollars.
The stock market fell sharply for the second straight session.
The Dow dropped 36 points today, finishing at 56 hundred 73. NASDAQ lost 11
An electrical fire in Narrows left a house in ruins.
Kelly Purdue was in bed asleep when he woke up to the smell of smoke around
11 this morning.
Purdue escaped without injury.
But gusty winds and no nearby fire hydrants presented problems for
IN Q=we ran out of water
((RANDY JONES/GLEN LYN FIREFIGHTER: WE RAN OUT OF WATER THEN RIDGE CREEK COME
ON THE SCENE AND WHILE THEY WERE FIGHTING THE FIRE FOR US WE WERE IN THE
PROCESS OF RUNNING TO GET THE WATER.))
SUPER=01-Randy Jones/Glen Lyn Fire Chief;
OUT Q=to get the water.
Officials say the fire started in the basement near the dryer.
Crews from four area fire departments battled the fire for close to two
In recent years, we've provided continual updates into the progress of
Salem resident Pat Palmer's business-- Medical Recovery Services.
Palmer analyzes medical bills for her clients-- and when she finds errors
in their favor, she recoups what they've overpaid, keeping a percentage.
She says she's found hundreds of instances where insurers not only deny
patients coverage for necessities, but she says it works both ways-- they also
OVERPAY as well.
IN Q=We're just
((PAT PALMER: WE'RE JUST HOPING THAT SOMEONE WILL TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO TRY TO
GET SOME CONTROL ON WHAT IS HAPPENING, BECAUSE NOT ONLY WILL MEDICARE GO UNDER,
BUT INSURANCE PREMIUMS WILL SKYROCKET WHERE NONE IS GOING TO HAVE ANYTHING IF
WE DON'T TRY TO STRAIGHTEN OUT SOME OF THE SITUATIONS ))
SUPER=01-Pat Palmer/Medical Recovery Services; :
**Keith on Cart***
At Regal Medical Services-- owner Betty Shoody has her own complaints.
She says in many instances-- for example with "ostomy" bags, diabetic
supplies, and next year, with oxygen tanks, Medicare and other private insurers
are lowering the allowable-- leaving companies like hers not much incentive to
IN Q=I think the
((BETTY SCHUETTE/REGAL MEDICAL SERVICES: I THINK THE PEOPLE THAT ARE MAKING
THESE LAWS NEED TO GO INTO THE FIELD AND SEE WHAT'S THERE BECAUSE THEY DON'T
KNOW THE NEEDS OF THESE PEOPLE
AND WE'RE TRYING TO MEET THEM, BUT WE HAVE OUR LIMITS TOO. ))
SUPER=01-Betty Schuette/Regal Medical Services; :
OUT Q=our limits too.
In some cases, Shoody says suppliers are even expected to take a loss.
Meantime, Medicare says it's allowables are fair and carefully studied.
A private insurer tells us these allowances all come down to what the
market can bear.
Coming up tonight in sports, a dramatic ending to the NCAA baseball
championships in Salem this afternoon.
The Hokies break ground on new athletic facilities
And Steve Mason is out getting his kicks tonight in Roanoke County.
steve adlibs to the break
The Roanoke Riverdawgs are at home tonight for a 7:30 showdown with the
Hampton Roads Mariners at Cave Spring Junior High.
DOUBLE BOX/MIKE AND STEVE
Steve Mason is at the dog pound with the latest on Roanoke' semi pro soccer
SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.; :00
STEVE ADD LIBS AND THEN INTERVIEWS TWO RIVER DAWG PLAYERS!!!!!
SUPER=01-Ian Spooner/Riverdawgs Forward;
SUPER=01-Aaron Ewert/Riverdawgs Goalie;
AFTER INTERVIEWS, STEVE TOSSES IT BACK TO MIKE!!!!!!
The NCAA division three baseball tournament has been inhabiting salem
Memorial stadium since last Wednesday.
But this afternoon the eight team double elimination event finally ended, but
not without a storybook finish.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cal Lutheran vs. Wm. Paterson; :00
After Cal Lutheran took a 5-to-1 lead into the bottom of the 8th on William
Paterson, the PIoneer came alive.
With two men on and no outs, Mark Demenna, the Lefty will smash a 3 run homer
over the right field fence to get the Pioneers within one run at 5-TO-4.
IN Q="I was just...
((MARK DEMENNA/HITS A THREE RUN HOMER:))
SUPER=01-Mark DeMenna/Hits a Three Run Homer; :00
OUT Q=...OVER THE FENCE."
Paterson put two more runners on base with one out in the inning and, Greg
Cimilucca came through with the game winning hit, a shot down the right field
line that plates Paul Bumbaco and Brian Kelly, who just barely beats the tag at
Paterson comes from five runs down to win the NCAA division three title, and
Cimilucca's Mom couldn't wait to spread the news with her other son back home
in Boca Raton, Florida.
((GREG CIMILUCCA/GETS GAME WINNING HIT:))
SUPER=07-Greg Cimilucca's Mom; :00
SUPER=01-Greg Cimilucca/Gets Game Winning Hit; :09
OUT Q=...big game."
The win avenged a 3-to-2 loss to Cal Lutheran yesterday, sent the
championship trophy back to Wayne, New Jersey.
IN Q="you know...
((JEFF ALBIES/WM. PATERSON HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Albies/Wm. Paterson Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...GOOD JOB TODAY."
The Atlanta Braves blanked the Chicago Cubs 2-to-nothing this afternoon
behind another impressive showing by John Smoltz.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Braves vs. Cubs; :00
With the wind whipping in the windy city, Smoltz buckled down on the mound and
did a number on the Cubs.
He struck out 13 batters, tossed a four hitter and ran his record to 11 and 1
as he went the distance for the win.
He also aided his own his cause at SUPER=35-Atlanta/==2/Chicago/==0;
he plate driving in Jeff Blauser with a single in the fifth as the Braves win
Also, this afternoon the Brewers ____ the Twins ___ to ____.
Last night we told you Cal Ripken might play third base against the Mariners.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/Last Night;
Well, a Ripken did play third, but it was younger brother BIlly and not Cal.
Cal meanwhile hit the trifecta as he smacked three homeruns including a grand
slam to lead the O's to a 12-to-8 win.
It's the first time he's ever hit three in one game.
Virginia Tech will be able to host an outdoor track and field meet ON campus
next year for the first time since 1982.
That's when the old track was razed to make room for the baseball field.
Today officials broke ground on a new one- point- eight million- dollar
It includes an Olympic- quality track and SOCCER field.
((DAVE BRAINE/VA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WITH THE BENEFACTORS, THE DONORS WE
HAVE FOR THE TRACK ALONG WITH THE MONEY WE EARNED IN THE SUGAR BOWL, WE FINALLY
CAME UP WITH ENOUGH MONEY THIS YEAR TO FUND THE PROJECT. ))
((RUSS WHITENACK/VT MEN'S HEAD TRACK COACH: WE'LL BE ABLE TO RECRUIT KIDS THAT
WE HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN ABLE TO TALK TO BEFORE BECAUSE OF THIS GREAT FACILITY.))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
SUPER=01-Russ Whitenack/VT Men's Head Track Coach;
OUT Q=this great facility.
The complex should be complete by November.
Meanwhile, the university hopes to start construction in July on new
softball fields right next door.
That will complete the university's overall sports complex, located within a
five- minute walking radius between Cassell Coliseum, Lane Stadium and Rector
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra;
And in one other Tech note tonight, former Friday Football Extra player of
the week Cam Jackson will play his college football at Virginia Tech.
The Group Two-A defensive player of the year, also rushed for 1600 yards this
(toss to Jean)
Earlier this week we told you the strawberry season was in full swing.
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But a week of rainy weather has some berry producers worried about getting
their crops picked.
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, one strawberry grower says he could lose an entire year's profits if
the crowds don't start to pick up at his Bedford County farm.
J.D. Scott says he usually sees between 100 and 150 cars on a good day, but
lately less than 50 have been coming through.
Scott says the recent wet weather led his customers to mistakenly believe he
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He'll need a strong showing over the next few days to turn things around.
on News 7 at 11.
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight