Next on News Seven at Six-- gunfire erupts outside a Roanoke motel this
morning, leaving one man dead.
And a woman is suing this Hardees restaurant in Salem.
She claims she bit into a biscuit that had a ROACH in it.
Also an Amherst County accident leaves more than a dozen people injured.
In sports, Pete Sampras is upset at Wimbledon a rainy day at Daytona for
Pepsi 400 qualifying.
But Bill Elliott will make his return to racing this weekend at Daytona.
Clear and very chilly conditions will prevail overnight, with lows reaching
near record levels in some locations. I'll have all the details from the News
7 Weather Center.
Good evening I'm Len Besthoff. Keith Humphry has the night off.
A van full of teenagers wrecked in Amherst County this afternoon, killing
one person and injuring 14 others.
The accident happened about four o'clock, on Route 635 near Pedlar Mills,
two miles north of Route 130.
The van was carrying several young people in the Job Corps program, on a
State police say the vehicle ran off the road on a sharp curve, went down an
embankment and landed upside down in a small creek.
No word on what may have caused the accident.
Rescue squads from Lynchburg, Amherst and Bedford County responded.
Route 635 is blocked in both directions and authorities say it will be that
way for some time.
A fight at a Roanoke motel led to a fatal shooting there this morning.
22- year- old Jesse Darnell Ferguson was shot and killed outside of the
Embassy Inn on Melrose Avenue.
Police have charged 22- year- old Cepada Renaldo Wiley with murder.
Witnesses told police the victim was fighting with Wiley's brother when
Wiley arrived at the motel and fired the fatal shots.
Wiley waited for police and turned himself in. He's being held in the
Roanoke City Jail without bond.
It's Independence Day, a time of reflection and recreation for people all
In the New River Valley, picture perfect weather provided a fitting
backdrop for celebrating freedom.
Tracy Altizer checked out some of the events and has this report.
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In downtown Blacksburg, hundreds lined South Main Street for the annual
Fourth of July parade.
((SHANKAR GANESAN/PARADE-GOER: MY KIDS ARE ENJOYING IT, SHE'S REALLY INTO IT,
SO WE'RE HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME. ))
And amid all the music and all the marchers, on this day Old Glory claimed
((PAULA CASTEEL/PARADE-GOER: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. MY FATHER WAS IN THE MILITARY
AND HE TAUGHT US EARLY ON HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE PATRIOTIC, SO WE'RE GLAD TO
BE HERE. ))
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((ALL LINK TO THE MIDDLE WITH A WHOOP AND A HOLLER, WOO-HOO. ))
In Radford, Bissett Park was the place for frolic, fun, and of course plenty
Here, the free and the BRAVE took to the water for the annual river raft
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where "AS LONG AS IT FLOATS" could've been the motto of the day.
((KEITH PITZER/THERMASTEEL: PHOTON TORPEDOES, WARP SPEED, WARP ENGINES ALL OVER
THE PLACE. ))
In Pulaski, participation in the national "Let Freedom Ring" celebration put
perspective on day's significance.
((TOM HAWLEY/V.F.W. POST 1184: IT'S THE START OF OUR REPUBLIC AND IT'S
SOMETHING A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED FOR TO KEEP IT GOING. AND IT FEEL THAT IT'S
A PROPER DAY TO TAKE YOUR HAT OFF AND THANK GOD YOU'RE AN AMERICAN. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
25 thousand dollars--
that's what a Salem woman wants a local restaurant to pay her after she found
an insect in her food.
The incident happened about two months ago at the Hardee's restaurant on
Electric Avenue in Salem.
Patricia Artz (ARTS) said she was eating a breakfast biscuit when she bit
into part of a roach.
She said she confronted a worker at the restaurant and was not pleased with
That's when she said she decided to file a lawsuit.
This is the same Hardee's that was closed about a week ago for an unrelated
health code violation.
Health department officials said one or more workers at the restaurant
Farmers have had their troubles over the last several years.
Many have been forced out of business.
And programs which have the government paying farmers not to grow certain
crops have been criticized. But a new federal program is actually making
some farmers feel a little more secure about their future.
Intern reporter Stacey Martin has more.
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The farming tradition.
It's been part of the Etzler family for three generations.
It's a way of life George Etzler doesn't want to change.
So to secure that way of life he signed-up for a subsidies program.
It provides guaranteed payments from the federal government that he needs.
And, the farming flexibility he wants.
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((GEORGE ETZLER/FARMER: THIS NEW PROGRAM SORT OF SUITS ME JUST FINE BECAUSE
I'LL BE ABLE TO PLANT MORE THAT I SEE FIT INSTEAD OF HAVING TO GO BY
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Program payments are based on a farmer's current acreage basis.
Each farmers can receive up to 40 thousand dollars a year....and the money
is guaranteed for seven years.
Eligibility for the program is broad but there is one restriction.
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((FRYDA POWELL/FARM SERVICE AGENCY;
THE RESTRICTION OF COURSE WOULD BE THAT FOR HIGHLY ERODABLE LAND, YOU DO NOT
WANT TO PLANT THE CROP ON HIGHLY ERODABLE LAND UNLESS YOU HAVE A FARM PLAN.
AND, THE FARM PLAN IN A SENSE WILL DICATATE WHETHER THAT CROP WILL BE PLANTED
THIS YEAR OR HAS TO BE IN GRASS.))
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Unlike past federal programs, farmers don't have to set aside land to cut
back on their planting.
But, so far only 50 percent of Virginia's farmers have signed up for the
That's 30 percent lower than expected.
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JULY TWELFTH IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN-UP FOR THE PROGRAM AND FARMERS ARE
REMINDED THAT THIS IS A ONE-TIME SIGN-UP MEANING THERE'S NO SECOND CHANCE FOR
LATE-COMERS. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7 BOTETOURT COUNTY.))
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Farmers can sign-up for the program at their local Farming Service Agency.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-
We'll take a look at the special effects work of a local movie director,
And if you're a parent who spends a lot on new school clothes every fall,
you might be interested in the track one area school is taking---mandatory
student uniforms. We'll have that story but first let's check in with Patrick
in the Weather Center.
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Peer pressure can create serious problems for students-- experts contend
when children are overly concerned with "fitting in" they are less likely to do
well in school.
Teresa Hamilton reports, a Danville Middle School is hoping to eliminate one
source of student rivalry by adopting a uniform dress code.
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(( Students attending Westwood Middle School in Danville will take a
different approach when shopping for back to school clothes, this fall.
Instead of zeroing in on designer clothes and expensive tennis shoes, a
uniform dress code will dictate what they wear.
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((ANGELA PRINGLE/WESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I DON'T THINK THE PUBLIC
UNDERSTANDS, HOW, WHAT THE CHILDREN GO THROUGH. THEY COME INTO THE SCHOOL AND
SOMEONE CONFRONTS THEM, HARASSES THEM, PICKS ON THEM ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE WEARING
AND THEY, IN TURN, ARE GOING TO CONFRONT THAT INDIVIDUAL AND THEN IT GOES ON
ALL DAY LONG. ))
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The uniform dress code does allow for some flexibility.
Students must wear cotton twill pants, shorts or skirts-- but they have a
choice of colors.
The uniform dress code also calls for a limit on jewelry.
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((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: THIS MAY BE SIMPLY THE
PRICE THAT WE HAVE TO PAY IN ORDER TO GET MATTERS BACK UNDER CONTROL AGAIN AND
GET OUR ACADEMIC STANDARDS UP.))
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Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney John Greenbacker favors school
He says uniforms not only decrease violence and theft but also instill
According to the U-S Department of Education-- student behavior at Ruffner
Middle School in Norfolk has improved. Fighting is down 38- percent.
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((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: IF YOU CAN'T SHOW THAT YOU
HAVE A GOOD PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IN PLACE, THERE ARE AN AWFUL LOT, OF SAY,
PROSPECTIVE INDUSTRIES, AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE THINK ABOUT RELOCATING HERE
THAT WILL HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS. SO, FRANKLY WE'VE GOT A LOADED GUN ON US, WE'VE
GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. ))
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Halifax County does have a dress code, but Greenbacker would like to see a
stricter policy-- similar to the one at Westwood Middle school. The program
there will be monitored closely this fall, but school officials won't determine
its effectiveness for three years. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
While western Virginia is preparing for a feast of fireworks later tonight,
members of a film crew were creating some of their own this afternoon in Salem.
Mike McGee filmed the science fiction feature Sentinel Two Thousand- 99 in
the Roanoke Valley, and he is now at work on the sequel, Dark Redemption.
He's using miniatures for most of his special effects, and today he and
his crew blew up a building while the cameras rolled.
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((MIKE MCGEE/DIRECTOR: THEY'R THE DYNAMICS OF THE FILM. MOST PEOPLE TODAY, YOU
SEE TERMINATOR TWO OR INDEPENDENCE DAY, THEY EXPECT THE BIG EXPLOSION, THE BIG
BANG, SO THEY'RE INTEGRAL TO THE FILM'S SUCCESS, I'D SAY.))
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McGee plans a casting call in a couple of weeks, and full production will
begin in September.
He hopes Dark Redemption will reach a video store near you early next
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The stock market is closed for the holiday.
Coming up on News 7 at Six---
A look at the sights and sounds of Independence Day 19-96,
And we'll meet a woman who hasn't let a disability keep her from molding her
We'll have that story and more when we return.
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Carving, chipping, sanding, polishing. What sounds like hard work is what
makes the world go 'round for Blacksburg artist Darcy Meeker.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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(( For Darcy Meeker, sculpting rocks is not just a vocation, it's a lifeline.
A science writer and professor for 25 years, Meeker left academia when she
began discovering her hidden talent six years ago.
((DARCY MEEKER/STONE SCULPTOR: AND I STARTED GETTING, MY HANDS WERE HUNGRY. AND
I DIDN'T KNOW IT, BUT I WAS GETTING SICK. ))
Meeker has a form of muscular dystrophy.
It's weakened her hands so she can no longer make a fist, but she's not
about to put down her tools.
((I HAVE TO GET SOMEONE ELSE TO OPEN BOTTLES FOR ME AND STUFF ALL THE TIME. BUT
I CAN CARVE. 23:48:45AND IT'S HOW I BE WELL. WHEN I'M CARVING I'M WELL.))
((DARCY MEEKER/STONE SCULPTOR: WHEN I'M WORKING WITH THAT WHITE ALABASTER FROM
ITALY, IT'S THE SAME PLACE THAT MICHELANGELO'S MARBLE CAME FROM, I'M JUST
FILLED WITH THIS LIGHT. ))
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shot thru "at a recent workshop")
At a recent workshopMeeker shared the light and her creative energies.
((THE LIGHT'S GONNA SHINE THROUGH AND IT'S GONNA BE REALLY PRETTY. ))
((SETH PHELPS/SCULPTING STUDENT: IT LETS YOU SORT OF FREE YOUR MIND. YOU DON'T
HAVE TO REALLY THINK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE. ))
((HERBERT MILLER/SCULPTING STUDENT: NOW THAT I'M RETIRED IT'S A DELIGHTFUL WAY
TO GET LOST.))
Meeker has collected rocks abroad, and sculpted with artists from Holland
Teaching the art in Blacksburg keeps the energy close to home.
((CARVING IS A GREAT SPACE TO BE WITH OTHER PEOPLE. 23:50:09TO BE AROUND THAT
ENERGY IN EACH OTHER, THE ENERGY CREATES MORE ENERGY. ))
And that's what it takes, she says, to bring the many faces of life ALIVE in
stone. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
And in sports, Bill Elliott is back in a race car at Daytona the Brewers
and Yankees had an afternoon showdown in the Big Apple.
and Steve Mason checks in with a story on an A-A-U basketball team getting
ready for the Nationals.
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The Winston Cup Drivers were back in Daytona today for qualifying for the
Pepsi Cola 400.
And Bill Elliott is back. Elliott practiced yesterday, the first time
he's been in a race car since being injured in a crash April 28-th.
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((BILL ELLIOTT/94 FORD: ))
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The rains postponed qualifying until tomorrow morning at 9.
Jeff Gordon was the fastest of nine cars that got on the track today.
He turned in a speed of 188 point 869 almost two miles an hour faster than
Darrell Waltrip who qualified second.
Now lets take a look at how the 9 cars qualified.
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Its rained off and on at Wimbledon today but top seeded Pete Sampras has
been upset in the quarterfinals of the Tournament.
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The three time defending champion was ousted by Dutchman Richard Krajieck
7-5, 7-6, 6-4 in a match that was carried over from yesterday.
When play resumed today Krajieck led 2 sets to none and the two were tied
1 to 1 in the third set.
Krakicek was never broken in the match he served up six aces today to bring his
total to 29 for the match. He lost only two points.
Meantime on the women's side. fourth seeded Arzntxa Sanchez Vicario of
Spain defeated unseeded Meredith McGrath of the United States 6-2, 6-1.
Third seeded Todd Martin of the United States also advanced with a straight
set win over Tim Henman.
Andy Pettitte became the american Leagues first 13 game winner this
afternoon as the Yankees beat the Brewers 4 to 1.
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The Flags flying high on Independence Day in the Big Apple.
In the top of the first John Jaha hits this double to right center field
Fernando Vina rounds the bases to score and the Brewers led 1 to nothing.
The Yankees come back in their half of the first. Paul O'Neil gets all of
this Scott Karl pitch sending it over the right field wall for a solo homer to
tie it at 1.
The Yankees sealed the win in the SUPER=35-New
York/==4/Milwaukee/==1;sixth Derek Jeter sends a shot over the left field wall
for a solo homer and the Yankees beat the Brewers today 4 to 1.
The Roanoke Hawks AAU 16 and under boys basketball team is gearing up for
next weeks national tournament in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Steve Mason has the team's progress report.
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And we'll close tonight with one more look at the fun and festivity of this
holiday, courtesy of photographer Mark Hollandsworth. Have a good night.
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