Coming up on News 7 at SIX:
Roanoke City Council considers a plan to beef up inspection rules for rental
properties--but are the new measures tough enough?
and they've been a part of the family for two years but three little pigs
won't be calling Vinton home much longer. Their owner loses a round in court.
In sports, Chicago Bulls world championship items hit the stores in full
force, will this same Bulls team be back together next year, Michael J answers,
and a Florida judge gives Seattle Seahawk receiver Brian Blades an answer in
his manslaughter trial.
The first tropical depression of the season forms off the Florida
coast..that story and some slow moving thunderstorms in tonight's weather
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke City Council has approved a rental inspection program to insure the
safety of tenants and improve the quality of housing.
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But tonight Joe Dashiell reports council also heard complaints that the plan
does not go far enough.
Joe, why so much criticism after such a lengthy series of public workshops?
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(Rollcue: plan still has teeth.)
IN Q=stung by
SUPER=01-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church; :51
OUT Q= needs to be changed
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Clifton Forge police say a young boy drowned last night after he fell from a
bridge into Smith Creek.
It happened around 10-thirty.
Police say the body of 13-year old Joshua Patterson was found in the creek
near Clifton Middle School. He had been reported missing several hours before.
Authorities say it appears Patterson was riding his bike when he somehow
fell into the creek.
The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.
Police are still investigating.
He fell off a cliff during a rock climbing accident.
But not only will 16-year old Daniel White live to tell about it... he could
WALK out of the hospital tonight.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Day two
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jim White/Daniel's Father; :27 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=01-Bobbie Scott/Witnessed Accident; :38
SUPER=01-Michael Painter/Hiker; :59
OUT Q=S.P. News 7, Giles County
((Day two of Camp Bethel's 'Backpacking Week' promised to be full of
interesting sights along the Appalachian Trail.
NAT SOUND CHOPPER OVERHEAD
This was one the kids had not bargained for.
One of the hikers... sixteen year- old Daniel White... plunged nearly forty
feet while attempting to rock climb.
His father... who was a counselor on the trip... said climbing was not part
of the schedule.
IN Q=I was last
((JIM WHITE/DANIEL'S FATHER: I WAS LAST ONE OUT OF CAMP THIS MORNING PICKING UP
THE LEFTOVERS AND ABOUT A QUARTER MILE DOWN THE TRAIL. THEY TOLD ME HE FELL. ))
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
((SOMETHING HE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN DOING.))
The teen was climbing with a junior counselor.
But she thought White was experienced on the rocks.
IN Q=I was like
((BOBBIE SCOTT/WITNESSED ACCIDENT: I WAS LIKE HAVE YOU EVER CLIMBED BEFORE AND
HE'S LIKE 'YEAH, I'VE CLIMBED A FEW WALLS.' SO I FIGURED SINCE THERE WERE A LOT
OF HOLES... BUT THEY COULD HAVE BEEN REAL LOOSE AND HE STEPPED ON ONE AND JUST
WENT DOWN AND HIT ANOTHER LEDGE AND WENT ALL THE WAY DOWN. ))
OUT Q=all the way down
Because of the remote Giles County terrain... rescue crews had a tough time
reaching the scene.
So early on... it was other hikers who came to the aid of the teenager.
IN Q=I went down
((MICHAEL PAINTER/HIKER: I WENT DOWN THERE A FEW TIMES ACTUALLY BEFORE THE
PARAMEDICS GOT THERE AND SAID WE COULDN'T GO DOWN. I MADE SURE NO ONE MOVED HIM
AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT. ))
OUT Q=like that
Those at the scene call Daniel White extremely lucky.
Despite all of the tubes and braces... he suffered no serious injuries.
Not even a broken bone.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Giles County.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
A Roanoke company, already making waves on Wall Street, snags a 13-million
And one dog finds his home, while three little pigs are kicked out of
theirs. We'll have those stories but first, let's check in with Robin Reed.
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After two murders in less than five months, Lynchburg police are looking for
ways to stop the violence at a Hill City night spot.
Two of the city's three murders this year happened outside the Glass House
nightclub on Wards Road.
Today, 29-year old Danny R. Jones told a jury he acted in self defense when
he shot and killed Robert Lewis Allen in the club's parking lot in January.
Police have responded to dozens of calls at the Glass House in the past
Now they're examining all their options, including whether the restaurant's
liquor license should be revoked.
IN Q=The analogy would
((CHIEF CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THE ANALOGY WOULD BE IF YOU HAVE A
FACTORY THAT PRODUCES TOXIC WASTE AND THE TOXIC WASTE GETS OUT IN THE PUBLIC
THEN THE FACTORY'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT, AND I THINK THAT'S AN APT ANALOGY
HERE. IF THERE'S VIOLENCE, IF THERE'S DISORDER SPILLING OUT OF ANY
ESTABLISHMENT ONTO THE STREETS AND IS AFFECTING THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THEN
CLEARLY WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO TAKE EVERY REASONABLE STEP WE CAN TO SEE THAT
THAT DOESN'T OCCUR.))
SUPER=01-Chief Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=that doesn't occur.
Bennett says security at the nightclub has "not" been enough to prevent
problems from occurring.
Representatives for the outlet mall could not be reached today to comment on
whether the Glass House will be allowed to stay at its present location.
Meanwhile the jury in Danny Jones' murder trial will hear closing arguments
An inmate at the Buckingham Correctional Facility says authorities are
denying him his religious freedom by not letting him eat a special Muslim diet.
So now he's suing.
Rahim X says he's a converted Muslim and needs a special diet outlined by
the Nation of Islam.
Prison officials say their policy allows inmates to receive special
religious diets if a clergyman is willing to confirm the inmate is sincere.
IN Q=For some reason
((EDWARD MORRIS/DEPUTY DIR. DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS: FOR SOME REASON THE LAST
COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAD HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF INMATES WANTING TO GET ON THESE
DIETS AND ONCE THEY'RE ON THEY DON'T FOLLOW THE DIET AND WE HAVE TO REMOVE
THEM. SO IT'S BECOME A VERY EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO
PROVIDE THESE DIETS.))
SUPER=01-Edward Morris/Deputy Dir. Dept. of Corrections;
OUT Q=provide these diets.
A federal judge will issue a ruling on the matter within the next few days.
More legal trouble for the former Carroll County administrator, Billy
The county grand jury today handed up nine more indictments against him.
Special prosecutor Gino Williams says eight of the charges involve
Mitchell's handling of funds for a private cemetery.
The ninth charge concerns a 350-thousand dollar check that was supposed to
be used to post bond in an annexation case.
Williams says the money was deposited in another agency's account, to cover
money Mitchell allegedly embezzled.
Right after it began selling shares to the public, Optical Cable stock
hovered around the 20-dollar mark.
Then it took off, breaking the 100 dollar barrier.
The price HAS settled down, but if you got in early you're still ahead of
And Len Besthoff reports the company continues to grab the headlines AND
IN Q=Optical Cable
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :07 quick
SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable President; :17
SUPER=01-Luke Huybrechts/Optical Cable Senior VP Sales; :42
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
((Optical Cable's 100- plus workforce makes fiber optic cable, and lots of
Odds are the Roanoke County company will churn out quite a bit more, with an
expansion on the way and the landing of the largest deal in its history.
IN Q=We have
((BOB KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE PRESIDENT: WE HAVE WON A PROJECT FOR 13 MILLION
DOLLARS TO SUPPLY FIBER OPTIC CABLE THROUGH A TRADING COMPANY IN JAPAN.))
OUT Q=in Japan.
The Japanese purchaser will use the cable for local and long distance
IN Q=By scoring
((By scoring this blockbuster deal in Japan Optical Cable has gained a toehold
in a major new market and this is a company that already has its products in
more than 65 countries all over the world.))
OUT Q=the world.
IN Q=Japan is
((LUKE HUYBRECHTS/OPTICAL CABLE SENIOR VP SALES: JAPAN IS A LARGE EXISTING
ECONOMY THAT WE WANNA WORK IN AND GET A BUNCH OF BUSINESS IN BUT ALSO IN THE
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WE THINK WE CAN DO AN AWFUL LOT AS THEY START TO GET
ONSTREAM WITH MODERN COMMUNICATIONS.))
OUT Q=modern communications.
Meanwhile the company's second quarter sales were up only slightly compared
to a year ago.
Optical Cable says it's traditionally a slow period, and it expects a big
sales increase by the end of the year.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Shares in Optical Cable closed down an eighth today, at 48- dollars a-
Stocks were mostly lower today. The Dow gained three points, closing at 56
NASDAQ lost five-and-a-half points.
There's a new twist on the tale of the three little pigs.
A Vinton family will either have to move or get rid of their pets...
This after a court ruling earlier today.
Intern reporter Stacey Martin has more.
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SUPER=01-Emma Saunders/Pet Owner; :16
SUPER=01-Clay Goodman/Vinton Town Manager; :41
SUPER=19-Stacey Martin/Reporting; :51
OUT Q=I'm SM.
((Wilbur, Arnold and Charlotte have been part of the Saunders family for two
But, now their days may be numbered.
Earlier town officials said that the family violated a town ordinance by
keeping the pigs.
And today, a circuit county judge agreed.
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IN Q=I don't think
((EMMA SAUNDERS/PET OWNER;
I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR. I DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT IN WHAT THEY'RE DOING. I
STILL DON'T. DO YOU THINK BE THEIR ACTIONS THEY WERE SINGLING YOU OUT? I DO.
YES I DO.))
OUT Q=Yes I do.
The Saunders have been fighting to keep their pets since last summer when
town officials first took them to court.
Then a judge ruled in favor of the family saying they weren't violating the
But after receiving complaints from other residents in the area town
officials changed the law.
SOT 10.42.05 - 10.42.15
IN Q=Mostly they were
((CLAY GOODMAN/VINTON TOWN MANAGER;
MOSTLY THEY WERE ADDRESSING THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE ANIMALS WANDERING AROUND
LOOSE AND THE ANIMALS' EXCREMENT AND URINE AND BI-PRODUCTS OF THE ANIMALS.))
OUT Q=of the animals.
SOT 15.11.03 - 15.11.28
IN Q=Saunders says she
((SAUNDERS SAYS SHE WAS FIGHTING FOR HER PETS AND THE RIGHTS OF OTHER PIG
OWNERS TOO AFRAID TO TAKE ON TOWN OFFICIALS. BUT, NOW THE FIGHT IS OVER AND
THEY'LL ALL BE PUT TO SLEEP BY THE END OF THIS MONTH. FOR NEWS 7 I'M STACEY
A happy ending for one of Roanoke's best known strays.
After an eight-hour flight "Pugsy" the pooch is back home in Germany.
He arrived in Frankfurt this morning.
Pugsy got lost in Roanoke and ended up at the S-P-C-A sometime in April.
After some searching, shelter workers found his owner, Randy Fair in
Fair is currently stationed there at an army base and has no idea how Pugsy
got to the Star City.
The celebration continues in Chicago, Michael J talks about his team's
future, City Council honors some local future soccer stars,
the Roanoke Star youth 13 team, which is headed to the Regionals. Roy Stanley
will have that story in sports.
The Chicago Bulls are celebrating the city's 4th NBA championship in the
last 6 years today.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC; :00
The Bulls beat the Seattle Supersonics 87-75 last night to clinch the
series 4 games to 2.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00
Today, sporting goods stores all over the Windy City were busy packing
their shelves with the brand new Bulls championship goods.
City streets also dawned banners of a proud team.
((LUC LONGLEY/BULLS CENTER:))
((PHIL JACKSON/BULLS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Luc Longley/Bulls Center; :00
SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Bulls Coach; :14
NBA finals MVP Michael Jordan has been a part of 4 world championships
in 6 years, but perhaps this one means the most.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Last Night; :00
Jordan's father was murdered some time ago and it was only fitting to his
airness to win the title on Father's Day.
Jordan wept at mid court as he gripped the game ball and then later
collapsed in tears in the Bulls training room.
He then offered his thoughts on whether this same team would be back
together next season.
IN Q="I believe
((MICHAEL JORDAN/NBA FINALS MVP:)) ))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/NBA Finals MVP; :00
In NFL news today, Seattle Seahawk wide receiver Brian Blades was cleared of
manslaughter charges today.
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL; :00
Blades was facing up to 10 years in prison for his alleged involvement in
the shooting death of his cousin, Charles,
But a Florida circuit judge overturned the jury's guilty verdict
and acquitted Blades, who broke down in tears after the verdict was read.
28 major league baseball teams, only 4 were in action today. First, to
Pittsburgh for the Mets and the Pirates.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Mets vs. Pirates; :00
Both teams in second to last place in each of their respective divisions
and the mets jump out in a hurry.
Bernard Gilkey puts New York on the board with this RBI one bagger that
plates Lance Johnson in the top of the first.
Jeff Kent and Mr. Johnson would then hit home runs in the second and third.
5 total runs come home on those hits. right now, it is 6-6 in the 8th.
San Francisco is beating Florida 1-nothing in the other matinee.
City Council got it's kicks in chambers today.
This Afternoon, Major david Bowers and council honored the Roanoke Star
Youth 13 team for winning the soccer state championship June 2nd.
the major proclaimed June 17th Roanoke Star Youth Soccer day in celebration
of the team.
((JOHN SARVER/YOUTH 13 COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Sarver/Youth 13 Coach; :00
OUT Q=...the goal"
That team will represent Virginia in the regional soccer tournament.
And Roy Stanley says it's success indicates soccer's growth in this part
of the state.
IN Q="The Roanoke....
SUPER=01-Danny Beamer/Youth Soccer Executive Director; :16
SUPER=01-Donnie Smith/Central Midfielder; :52
SUPER=01-Michael Bear/Sweeper; 1:00
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
((The Roanoke Star U-13 White team qualified for the regionals by knocking off
defending champion Midlothian in the state championship a couple of weeks ago.
Its the first time a team from Southwest Virginia has qualified for the
((DANNY BEAMER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROANOKE VALLEY YOUTH SOCCER: ))
((The Star will compete against teams from 14 different states in region one.
The majority of the teams are state champions which will take the
competition to a higher level than the state.
But the kids that make up the star squad has been together since day one of
the youth soccer program.))
((DONNIE SMITH/CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: ))
((MICHAEL BEAR/SWEEPER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Three diverse groups are getting together to help both young and old be
safe in the pool this summer.
The Red Cross, Roanoke Housing Authority, and Parks and Recreation are
sponsoring a program designed to teach swimming lessons AND to certify
Thanks to an art auction, there are 50 scholarships available to people
who want to learn how to swim, but the program is more than just lessons.
IN Q=The lifeguard training... (11:04:03)
((BETTY WHITTAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS: THE LIFEGUARD TRAINING IS 33 HOURS AND
ALSO INCLUDES PROFESSIONAL RESCUER ALSO INCLUDES FIRST AID. AND THE BASIC LEARN
TO SWIM PROGRAM THAT THESE CHILDREN WILL BE INVOLVED IN, THAT IS FOR TWO WEEKS
FOR 50 MINUTES EACH NIGHT AT THE END THEY GET ABOUT 10 MINUTES OF PLAY TIME TO
JUST KIND OF JUST EXPERIMENT IN THE WATER AND JUST SHOW WHAT THEY'VE ACTUALLY
SUPER=01-Betty Whittaker/American Red Cross;
OUT Q=actually learned. (11:04:22)
If you're interested in the program you can contact the Red Cross in