Next on News Seven-- a Halifax County
elementary school teacher has once again been arrested on drug charges.
Dorothy Ferrell was arrested this morning for possesion of cocaine.
Roanoke City fire department officials are considering some restructuring
But some union members are in an uproar.
And for the first time in her life she's all smiles.
The news is next.
TAPE# 96-52; edit of 96-38 (Halifax Drugs)
A Halifax County elementary school teacher has once again been arrested on
37- year- old Dorothy Ferrell was arrested and charged with crack cocaine
possession early this morning.
Halifax County Sheriff's officials said she had cocaine and a crack pipe.
The second grade teacher was arrested in Halifax County in Birchland Park
along with three others.
She's being held in the Charlotte County Jail.
In April, Ferrell and 40- year old Jerry Ragsdale, a school custodian, were
taken into custody for cocaine possesion.
Some Roanoke fire union members say their fire department is involved in
dangerous down sizing.
They contacted News 7 this afternoon and wanted to remain anonymous for fear
of negative fall out from management.
They contend a lack of personnel may jeopardize the safety of Roanoke
citizens and force members to work too much unscheduled overtime.
But the Fire Chief and the fire department's union president says that's far
from the truth.
One civic leader says he's not so sure.
IN Q=Charles Hancock is
SUPER=01-Charles Hancock/Garden City Civic League President; :12
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Fire Assoc. President; :37
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke City Fire Chief; 1:24
OUT Q=jeopardize the safety
(( Charles Hancock is President of the Garden City Civic league.
He says he recieved a call that his community's fire house was unmanned--
leaving no fire protection.
((CHARLES HANCOCK/GARDEN CITY CIVIC PRESIDENT: I WAS CALLED THIS MORNING I
GUESS ABOUT 9:30 THAT OUR FIRE HOUSE HAD BEEN CLOSED DOWN FOR 24 HOURS AND ALL
THE PERSONNEL HAD BEEN TRANSFERRD TO OTHER STATIONS. SO SOME OF MY CIVIC
LEADERS WENT DOWN THERE. THREE OF US WENT DOWN THERE. AND WE FOUND EVERYBODY
GONE BUT ONE PERSON WHO WAS THE CAPTAIN.))
The positions were finally filled-- but fire union officials say shortages
aren't unusual this time of year.
((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIRE ASSOC. PRESIDENT: THIS MORNING WE HAD AN
UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. AND PARTLY THIS TIME OF YEAR. WITH VACATIONS, MILITARY
LEAVE, HOLIDAYS THIS TYPE OF THING WE WERE SOMEWHAT SHORT AND IT TOOK
APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS TO FIND PEOPLE TO COME BACK IN.))
But those anonymous firefighters, say the city is planning a downsizing
smoke screen to save a buck.
Sarver says there will be restructuring but also added those disgruntled
anonymous members are making a mountain out of a molehill.
((RON, YOU KNOW PEOPLE SCARED OF CHANGE. AND SOMETIMES CHANGE IS HARD TO TAKE.
WE HAVE A CHANGING DEPARTMENT OF COURSE, WE'VE MERGED WITH EMS, IT'S IN A FLUX
OF CHANGE AND A LOT THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN.))
Fire Chief Grisgby says those changes are inevitable but safety will not be
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE CITY FIRE CHIEF: 93 PERCENT OF OUR BUDGET IS IN SALARIES
AND BENEFITS. SO IF WE ARE GOING TO MAKE OUT OPERATION MORE EFFICIENT WE'RE
GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE HAVE. IN THAT PROCESS THE
SAFETY OF CITIZENS AND THE SAFETY OF FIREFIGHTERS ARE OUR NUMBER ONE CONCERN.
AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING BUT INCREASE THE SAFETY INSTAED OF
JEOPARDIZE THE SAFETY.))
Chief Grigsby went on to say that the current fire service structure does
NOT meet the changes of Roanoke's growth.
He says some fire houses are too old to meet the needs of it's citizens.
He says he plans to meet with city council members, union members, and
Roanoke citizens to come up with an adequate plan.
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Defense Secretary William Perry says a terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia
won't drive out U-S troops.
He acknowledges the risk of staying. But he says if the U-S were to pull
out NOW, it would be a betrayal of the 19 servicemen who died in Tuesday's
Today Perry surveyed the damage to the U-S military housing complex in
Dhahran and assured soldiers that the U-S would bring the perpetrators to
A budget surplus translated into money in the pockets of Floyd County
An annual audit of county finances showed more than a million dollars in
As Denise Allen reports this knowledge prompted supervisors to trim tax
increases and eliminate some fees.
IN Q=The surplus
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kirby Harris/Floyd Co. Supervisor; :09
SUPER=01-Dale Profitt/Floyd Co. Resident; 1:18
OUT Q=News 7
(( The surplus was no surprise to supervisors--but the amount was more than the
five member board, four which are new, anticipated.
((KIRBY HARRIS/FLOYD CO. SUPERVISOR: WELL IT WAS TO ME. THE LINE ITEM I WAS
LOOKING AT WAS NOT QUITE THAT HIGH. I THINK IT PROBABLY WAS TO SOME OTHER
MEMBER AS WELL.))
The auditor says the county has 1-point-4 million dollars--give or take a
few bucks--in reserves.
The audit is based on figures from the 1995 fiscal year and the projected
carryover from the 1996 fiscal year.
The auditor recommended a percentage of this money be kept in the coffers in
case of an emergency.
((HARRIS: THAT FIGURE WITH OUR BUDGET WOULD BE SOMEWHERE AROUND 750-THOUSAND
DOLLARS SO WITH THE EXTRA MONEY WE FELT IT WAS ONLY FARE TO CUT THE TAX
Recently the board voted for a three cents per hundred dollars real estate
tax increase that's four cents less than the board had planned.
The board ALSO planned to raise personal property taxes 60 cents per hundred
dollars but due to the large amount of money in reserves that amount has been
decreased to 26 cents.
The board eliminated the controversial six dollar fee for waste removal.
This environmental fee paid for trash removal and up-keep of the closed
Residents say these changes are nice but they hope this new board brings
about other changes as well.
((DALE PROFITT/FLOYD CO. RESIDENT: I THINK THESE PEOPLE WILL BE FAR MORE OPEN
AND WILLING TO SHARE THE INFORMATIONn WITH THE PUBLIC.))
Dale Profitt says that's a change that will benefit all residents of Floyd
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast,
Virginia Tech is doing its part to control cockroaches.
and what was all the excitement about in Disneyland today?
IN Q=High ya folks.
((MICKEY MOUSE: HIGH YA FOLKS. WE'RE HERE TO CELEBRATE SMILES AT DISNEYLAND.
OUT Q=at Disneyland.
The girl born without the ability to grin did just that.
We'll have that story and more but first let's check in with Kimberly.
Kimberly in Wx office
Well, if you like hot weather, you'll find plenty to smile about in
Temperatures are expected to soar into the mid 90s under partly sunny skies.
We saw plenty of sunshine today, as well-- let's take a look at the numbers
of the day--
MUSIC UP FULL
TAPE# net-a; edit 96-51
The Virginia Military Institute's Board is holding off for two weeks before
a decision is made about admitting women.
On Wednesday, the court ruled 7-to-1 that V-M-I must either admit women or
give up its public funding.
The superintendent of V-M-I says he believes the school ultimately will
decide to admit women.
Josiah Bunting is making that prediction as speculation continues over
whether the school will go private to keep its all-male status.
An alumni group is discussing the options this weekend ... and the V-M-I
board will take up the matter in a two-day meeting that begins July 12th.
Many area citizens are joining with neighbors to make their streets safer.
Several successful neighborhood watch programs are already in place in
Organizers say the programs bring their neighborhoods closer together, and
that getting started only takes a few phone calls.
IN Q=We had some residential
((NANCY JOHNSON/NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SUPERVISOR: WE HAD SOME RESIDENTIAL
BURGLARIES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND ONE NEIGHBORHOOD INDIVIDUAL SAID WE HAVE TO
DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I CALLED WHAT WAS THEN THE COUNTY SHERRIFFS'
DEPARTMENT. AND A SARGEANT CAME UP AND SPOKE WITH US AND FROM THAT WE HAVE
DEVELOPED OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH. AND FROM THAT, IT HAS GROWN AND GROWN AND
GROWN. WE HAVE FORTY TWO BLOCK CAPTAINS.))
OUT Q=block captains.
For more information on neighborhood watch programs, as well as personal
crime prevention, tune in to ON-RECORD, tomorrow at 11 A-M.
"Tastes great, less filling" may be a slogan most associated with a certain
beer, but it could easily apply to a new bait-- for cockroaches.
A Virginia Tech entomologist developed the bait, which attracts the insects
by its taste, but starves them to death.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Entomologist Heather Wren is
SUPER=01-Dr. Joe Marcy/Va. Tech Food Scientist; :07 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Dr. Heather Wren/Va. Tech Entomologist; :30
SUPER=01-Bill Beck/Dominion Biosciences Vice Pres.; 1:07
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.
(( Entomologist Heather Wren is mixing a concoction which German roaches seem
to prefer in taste tests.
((JOE MARCY/VA. TECH FOOD SCIENTIST: IT WAS VERY INTERESTING TO FIND OUT THERE
WAS A LOT OF THINGS THAT COCKROACHES DIDN'T LIKE AS WELL AS OTHERS. ))
But what the pesty insects don't know is that these tasty morsels, called
Ecologix, will kill them.
Ecologix contains two compounds which, in the right mixinterrupts the
roaches' metabolism so they get no nutritional value from the food.
((HEATHER WREN/ENTOMOLOGIST: IT PREVENTS THEM FROM BREEDING. WHEN THEY UTILIZE
THEIR RESERVES TO BREED OR MOLT, THEY RUN OUT OF RESERVES AND JUST DIE OF
EXHAUSTION OR STARVATION IF YOU LIKE. ))
And unlike other roach killers, Ecologix is non- toxic, and involves no
((IT'S AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE PRODUCT. YOU, YOUR CAT, YOUR DOG, ANYBODY COULD
EAT IT. IT'S SAFE FOR THE KIDS. ))
A company at Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center, Dominion
Biosciences is developing the product for market.
It's patent was approved last month, and the E-P-A has put it on its fast
track for testing.
Eight thousand of these prototype bait stations are being readied for
((BILL BECK/DOMINION BIOSCIENCES VICE PRESIDENT: WE'LL BE WORKING WITH ALL OF
THE MAJOR UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND ALSO IN EUROPE, SCREENING
THE PRODUCT IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FIELD TRIAL LOCATIONS. ))
If all goes as planned with the field trials, Dominion Biosciences plans to
begin marketing the product late next years. We could see it on our store
shelves in early 1998. Tracy Altizer News 7 Blacksburg.))
Coming up a little later in the broadcast--
We'll show who the new Miss Virginia is...and
they're back, makeup and all.
The music group "KISS" kicks off its worldwide tour.
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((nat sound of music.. ))
OUT Q=nat sound.
We'll have that and more when News 7 continues.
KISS MUSIC TO COMM#2
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Chelsey Thomas is celebrating her eighth birthday with a brand-new smile.
IN Q=Happy Birthday...
OUT Q=pot music down but under rest of vo.
She celebrated at Disneyland in Anaheim, California-- her birthday party was
complete with cake, balloons and of course Mickey and Minney.
The California girl was born without the ability to grin.
Chelsey underwent surgery in December and again in April to correct the
The results, as you can see, are amazing and Chelsey is taking full
advantage of her new-found ability to smile.
Walkers in The Relay For Life hope researchers are just a step away from a
cure for cancer.
The 24 hour walk-a-thon ended tonight.
More than 19-hundred walkers participated in the event-- that's two times as
many as last year.
This year they walked to the theme--"there's no finish line until there's a
And these walkers are hoping the money they raised helps researchers to find
The walkers started their 24- hour- trek around Victory Stadium track
IN Q=the theme of
(( DON LOVE/RELAY FOR LIFE CO-CHAIR: THE THEME OF THE EVENT IS TO CELEBRATE
THE SURVIVORS WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY CANCER AND HONOR THOSE THAT WE'VE LOST
TO CANCER BUT IT TRULY IS MORE OF A CELEBRATION OF LIFE.
TRACIE DICKSON/BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR: I HOPE MY PRESENCE IS JUST TO LET
FOLKS KNOW EVEN WHEN YOU'RE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER YOU DON'T HAVE TO
ALWAYS DIE. YOU CAN LIVE A VERY FULL AND SATISFYING LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Don Love/Relay for Life Co-Chair; :00
SUPER=01-Tracie Dickson/Breast Cancer Survivor; :16
OUT Q=AND SATISFYING LIFE
The event also offered information and screenings.
Organizers say their fund-raising goal is 110-thousand dollars.
They say they should surpass that this year.
All the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.
Another mega store sets up shop in Valley View Mall--
Rack and Sack is three stores under one roof.
The 24- hour- store sells itself as a grocery warehouse, Farm Fresh Market,
and Drug Emporium.
It opened this morning in the building formerly housed by Hechinger
This customers says she was in line for more than an hour.
IN Q=The whole store
((PEGGY PATTON: THE WHOLE STORE IS REALLY NICE. A LITTLE CROWDED AT THE
CHECKOUT LANES RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=right now.
The first 3- hundred customers at the grand opening received a free bag of
The Carolina League's version of the Dixie Stampede visited Salem tonight
as the Durham Bulls handed the Avalanche a 5 to nothing setback.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Bulls;
Durham struck early and often. Danny McGee goes up the middle plating Marc
Lewis from 3rd. 1-nothing Bulls after 1.
Salem starter Chandler Martin had control problems most of the night. Here
he walks in a run and Durham led it 3-zip after 2 innings of play.
The Bulls charged again in the 5th. Gus Kennedy delivers this RBI single
off Martin bringing in Tony Wood for a 4 run edge and Durham wins it 5 to
The New York Yankees upped their lead on Baltimore to 5 and a half games in
the American League East beating the Orioles today 4 to 3.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/FOX SPORTS; :
The Coffee was hot in New York today and the Orioles were hot on defense.
Rafael Palmerio makes this diving stop on a Tino Martinez grounder he
throws to Mark Mussina covering the bag for the out in the first inning.
But the Yankees rallied in the fourth. Martinez hits a shot that gets by
Palmerio at first and goes into right field Paul O'Neal and Bernie Williams
score and the Yankees led 2 to nothing.
Still in the fourth, Gerald SUPER=35-New York/==4/Baltimore/==3;Williams
hits this pitch into the left field stands for a ground rule double scoring
Martinez and the Yankees beat the Orioles 4 to 3.
Milwaukee rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to beat the Toronto Blue
Jays 7 to 4.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/FOX SPORTS; :
The Blue Jays took the early lead when outfielder Joe Carter rips this
pitch over the left field wall for a solo homer his 18-th round tripper of the
But Kevin Seitzer led Milwaukee's SUPER=35-Milwaukee/==7/Toronto/==4;
rally in the sixth he belts this two run homer to left center field his 9-th of
the season and the Brewers beat the Blue Jays 7 to 4.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/FOX SPORTS; :
In Cincinnati Marge Schott sings autographs before the game.
Then bases loaded doubles by Eric Davis and Joe Oliver highlighted the
Red's five run rally in the fifth and Cincinnati wins its seventh straight.
For that and all of today's Scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....Prince William."
It was a cool and windy day in London but the top seeds on both the Men's
and Women's side continued their march toward defending their titles at
SUPER=03-London, England/NBC SPORTS; :
Three time defending champion Pete Sampras moved into the fourth round with
a four set victory over Karol Kucera.
Sampras dominated the match from the beginning he broke Kucera's service
early in the first set to win it 6-4.
Kucera came back to win the third set and force a tie breaker in the fourth
set but Sampras turned it up a notch to get the 7-6 win to advance.
Steffi Graf, The top seed on the women's side, had an easier day. Graf
blew past Nicole Arendt of the United States in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
Graf looked very strong in today's match as she advances to the fourth
round in an attempt to defend her Wimbledon title.
Other winners today included Michael Stich of Germany and Todd Martin of
the United States.
And coming up, Gary Payton is the newest member of Dream Team III Dot
Bolling and Fran Hensley share the lead at the Linwood Ladies Invitational in
And Greg Norman disqualifies himself after using an incorrectly numbered
Greg Norman is out of the Greater Hartford Open.
Norman, The defending champion, disqualified himself from the tournament
because he used an incorrectly numbered ball.
SUPER=03-Cromwell, CT/CBS SPORTS; :
Norman's wife told him about the mistake last night and he immediately
discussed the matter with U-S-G-A officials.
He said the ball is approved by the U-S-G-A but it was incorrectly
numbered forcing him to drop out of the tournament after two rounds.
IN Q="The Ball that
((GREG NORMAN/OUT OF GREATER HARTFORD OPEN: ))
SUPER=01-Greg Norman/Out of Greater Hartford Open; :
OUT Q=.........illegal ball."
D.A. Weibring is the leader after three rounds of the tournament. He shot a
70 today and stands at 7 under par one shot ahead of second round leader Kevin
There's a new leader after two rounds of the Kroger Seniors Classic. J.C.
Snead led the first record after shooting a course record.
SUPER=03-Mason, OH/ESPN; :
But today Isao Aoki shot a two under par 69 to take a one stroke lead.
Aoki is at 132, 10 under par and leads defending champion MIke hill and Bob
Smith by a shot.
SUPER=03-Somers Point, NJ/LPGA; :
On the ladies tour, Amy Benz has increased her lead to three strokes after
the second round of the Shoprite Classic. Benz is at 12 under par through 36
GRAPHIC=Lynwood Ladies Invitational
Roanoke's Dot Bolling shares the lead after the first round of the
Linwood Ladies Invitational in Martinsville.
Bolling shot a 73 today.
She is tied with Ridgeway's Fran Hensley who also shot 73.
Kim Rhodes is next at 74 Sara Cole shot 78 and Jessica Adams shot a 79.
After being passed over the U-S-A Basketball committee the first time
around, Gary Payton will get his chance to play on Dream Team Three in the
The Seattle Supersonic guard was named to replace Milwaukee Bucks forward
Glenn Robinson, who is suffering from an achilles tendon injury.
Payton led the Sonics to their first N-B-A finals appearance since 1979 and
he was the leagues defensive player of the year.
The U.S. Olympic soccer team has been tuning up for the upcoming olympic
games with several exhibitions this week.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Monday Night; :00
American has never been a serious factor in olympic soccer, but this year the
Americans are confident they can make some noise in the 16 team field.
IN Q="We have no pressure...
((CLAUDIO REYNA/USA SOCCER TEAM MEMBER:))
SUPER=01-Claudio Reyna/USA Soccer Team Member; :00
OUT Q=...THIS SUMMER."
Reyna is one of six former or current UVa players on the U.S. olympic team,
that is coached by former Cavalier soccer boss Bruce Arena.
And as evidenced by this UVa goal on Monday night with Clint Peay scoring on
Reyna's assist, the Cavalier camaraderie is a plus.
IN Q="All the players...
((A.J. WOOD/USA SOCCER TEAM MEMBER:))
SUPER=01-A.J. Wood/USA Soccer Team Member; :00
OUT Q=...I CAN'T SAY."
GRAPHIC=New River Speedway
It was a full moon and a full night of Racing at the New River Valley
In the night's 100 lap late model stock car feature the top two drivers in
the points race had a rough night as both Jeff Agnew and Tony McGuire saw their
chances for victory go up in smoke as Phillip Morris triggered this wreck on
the front stretch.
Pole winner Clay Highberger from Salem was able to lead from start to
finish holding off Rodney Cundiff to pick up his first win of the year at New
Miss Apple Blossom Festival is adding another crown to her collection.
Tonight, Michelle Kang was crowned the new Miss Virginia.
IN Q=Here is Miss Va
OUT Q=Michelle Kang
Kang is a graduate of William and Mary.
She performed Rhapsody Number Two in d- sharp minor on the piano.
Twenty- four contestants were vying for the title at the Roanoke Civic
Miss Lynchburg, Rachael Snyder was the first runner up.
Second runner up was Miss Norfolk, Stacey Mosely.
Sporting their trademark make-up and classic costumes, Kiss kicked-off their
worldwide tour at Detroit's Tiger Stadium.
This is the first time in seventeen years that all four original members
have toured together.
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((sound of KISS music ))
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Thursday's concert sold out in a record breaking forty-seven minutes.
Kiss has sold over 75 million albums and has just released a new one.
The group is second only to the Beatles for most gold records obtained by