Next on News Seven-- a 81- year-old man is killed in Vinton after being run
over by a train.
And a fire breaks out in Roanoke County leaving an elderly woman homeless.
However, some residents are blaming the fire department's response time.
And the A-C-L-U is defending state workers rights to access pornography on
In sports, The Winston Cup Drivers were at Daytona today Steffi Graf wins
another Wimbledon title.
And the Commonwealth Games opened today Mike Stevens will have a report on
Sunny skies mean smooth sailing for us--
While Tropical Storm Bertha's making for some rough seas in the Atlantic.
We'll have the details coming up in the forecast.
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((RICK FOUTZ/VINTON POLICE CHIEF: WE DID IN FACT HAVE A SUBJECT STRUCK BY A
TRAIN, A PEDESTRIAN.))
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Tragedy strikes in Vinton-- after a man is run over by a train.
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This is News 7 at Six.
I'm Ron Jones.
Police are wondering why a Vinton man stepped out in front of a Norfolk and
Southern Train early this morning.
A witness saw 81- year- old Raymond Atkinson go around the crossbars and
onto the tracks around 12:15.
The crossing is located at the intersection of 8th Street and Walnut Avenue.
According to police the train was NOT travelling an excessive speed.
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((RICK FOUTZ/VINTON POLICE CHIEF: THEY SAW THIS INDIVIDUAL WELL IN ADVANCE AND
SOUNDED THE WARNING SIGNAL. WE DON'T KNOW IF HE TRIED TO BEAT THE TRAIN ACROSS
SUPER=01-Rick Foutz/Vinton Police Chief;
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Foutz went on to say, all visible and audible devices at the crossing were
Police and train officials spent several hours at the scene.
An afternoon fire in Roanoke County destroyed an elderly woman's home.
And her neighbors say poor response time may be to blame.
The blaze broke out around 1-30 on Oakland Blvd.
Denise Allen has more.
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SUPER=01-Eula Tribbett/Home Owner; :08
SUPER=01-Kelly Foutz/Neighbor; :21
SUPER=01-Grover McCloud/Neighbor; :43
SUPER=01-Roger Cupp/Vinton Fire Dept.; 1:05
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(( Eula Tribbett says she was crocheting under the apple tree in her back yard
when this fire broke out.
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Eula got out with the clothes on her back, but everything inside her house
appears to have been destroyed.
Neighbors tried fighting the fire with garden hoses.
Grover McCloud says the house could have been saved if fire fighters arrived
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Fire Fighters from Vinton were the first to arrive on the scene.
They say flames were shooting from the roof and decided to attack the blaze
from the outside.
Roanoke County is served by volunteer fire fighters on nights and weekends.
They say they're doing the best they can and that situations such as this
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Neighbors were quick to commend the men and women who volunteer their time.
But they say they want to know why there aren't more fire hydrants in this
They say the county should be held accountable for the loss of Eula
Denise Allen News 7.))
The cause of the blaze has not been determined, but Eula Tribbett believes
an appliance is to blame.
Roanoke County officials have not answered News 7's inquiries concerning the
fire department's response time.
This past week, Senator John Warner celebrated alongside community leaders.
The chairman of the Surface Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee
was in Roanoke commemorating the planned route for Interstate 73 through the
During the festivities Warner took time to remember the safety of U.S
troops abroad, in the wake of the bombing of an Air Force barracks in
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((UNQUESTIONABLY. WE'VE GOT TO STRENGTHEN SECURITY. NOT ONLY IN THE SAUDI
REGION, BUT IN OTHER REGIONS IN THAT AREA. ))
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Warner is the second ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He says the Senate will hold hearings on Tuesday to review the bombing and
security measures in Saudi Arabia since the attack.
19 Americans died in the June 28th bombing.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six-
The A-C-L-U doesn't want restrictions on what state workers can view on the
And, harsher penalties for boat pilots who are drinking and boating.
But first let's check in with Kimberly.
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Okay, Ron-- a great weekend for SAFE boating.
The winds have been fairly calm this afternoon-- temperatures have been
warm, but not overwhelming.
Let's check out the numbers of the day...
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New D-U-I laws that took effect Monday in Virginia have increased the
penalties for operating watercrafts while under the influence.
Those caught operating a boat or a jet ski with a blood alcohol
of .02 to .08-- face a five hundred dollar fine.
Ann Keefer reports.
SUPER=01-Ann Keefer/Reporting; :11
SUPER=01-Wayne Gilbert/Game & Inland Fisheries; :25
SUPER=01-Red Davis/Senior Chief U.S. Coast Guard; 1:03
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That was Ann Keefer reporting from Norfolk.
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The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting another state law.
The group says Virginia state workers should have the right to view Internet
The A- C- L- U says it will challenge a new Virginia law that bans state
workers from looking at sexually explicit material on the Internet while on
Virginia A-C-L-U executive director, Kent Willis, says professors doing
research would become criminals and also any state worker who happens to
stumble onto the wrong home page.
A spokesperson for Governor Allen says taxpayers should NOT pay for state
employees to access pornography over the Internet.
Vienna-- Virginia-based American Online, Incorporated, has agreed to provide
subscribers with an hour of free connection time to settle lawsuits over
misleading billing practices.
The settlement will end 11 class-action lawsuits in California over America
Online's billing practices.
The company also will plainly disclose its billing practices when people
sign up for the service.
Final court approval of the settlement is contingent on a public hearing.
The settlement could cost America Online up to SIX MILLION dollars.
Many communities in Southwest and Central Virginia are battling drugs and
The Henry County community of Sandy Level received national attention for
But residents can fight back.
Denise Allen has more.
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SUPER=01-Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :22
SUPER=01-David King/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :41
SUPER=01-Mariam Alam/Roanoke Neighborhood Partnership; 1:07
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(( No neighborhood is immune to the effects of drugs and violence.
Law officers say when drugs move in crimes such as robberies and assaults
aren't far behind.
Residents of Sandy Level have experienced this first hand.
An article in a national magazine put the Henry County community in the
An army of police officers has helped residents reclaim their community.
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But these law officers say they can only do so much.
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Sgt King says for the community to stay drug free residents have to make a
In this case, a unified Sandy Level, has sponsored neighborhood clean ups.
Neighborhoods in Roanoke are facing similar problems.
Organizations there are putting the heat on criminals.
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Learn more about taking back your community during On Record.
That's tomorrow morning at 11.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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When News 7 continues...
Buses that don't spew out fumes?
That could be the case in Charlottesville,
Glasgow's lone doctor's office has a new man in charge.
You'll meet him coming up.
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A new doctor has taken the helm of the town of Glasgow's only medical
Doctor Michael Bisgrove took over the practice on Tuesday.
He replaces Doctor John McClung who retired after serving the town for more
than 46 years.
Bisgrove is no stranger to the area.
He served in Buchanan for about four years before moving out of state in
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((DR. MICHAEL BISGROVE: I PREFER A SMALL COMMUNITY. LESS CROWDS. THIS IS MY
IDEA OF HEAVEN ON EARTH.))
SUPER=07-Dr. Michael Bisgrove;
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Bisgrove was born in England and grew up in Australia.
He did his residency training at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
One Central Virginia city is entering the 21st century a few years early.
Charlottesville could have battery-powered buses on the streets by early
The Charlottesville Transit Service officials is polishing the details of
its plan for the buses.
They expect to receive bids from manufacturers for 4 vehicles by September.
City officials say once the city accepts a bid, all that remains is a four
to six month wait until the buses are running.
The buses could be running in the city as early as January.
And coming up, Steffi Graf wins another Wimbledon title the Commonwealth
games kicked off today.
And Sterling Marlin wins the rain shortened Pepsi 400 at The Daytona
Sterling Marlin came back from car problems and he would be declared the
winner of the Pepsi 400 after the race was called because of rain.
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After a two hour delay, Marlin got the jump on the start and he was the
leader early in the Pepsi 400.
A little later in the race Ken Schrader moved up beside Marlin and the two
rould race side by side for a couple of laps.
A car lost a spring that landed on the track bringing out the first
Jeff Gordon took the lead on the restart bue he would drop back to the
24-th spot because of handling problems.
Marlin had ignition problems but once he got it corrected he worked his way
through the field and was back in the front with 74 laps to go.
The caution would fly again. This time Robert Pressley and Dick Trickle
get lose in turn one Trickle spins out collecting a couple of other cars in the
Then the rains came again bringing out the caution. After a couple of laps
under caution the race was red flagged and all the cars were directed to pit
Marlin was the leader when the race was stopped with 118 laps in the book
and with the threat of more rain in the area the race was called and Marlin
declared the winner.
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((STERLING MARLIN/PEPSI 400 WINNER: ))
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Terry Labonte was second, Jeff Gordon third, Dale Earnhardt fourth and
Ernie Irvan finished fifth.
The 1996 Commonwealth Games began this morning out in Western Roanoke County
with a couple of big events.
Mike Stevens has more on the cross country and equestrian competitions.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Sebolt/Cross Country Coordinator; :15 quick
SUPER=01-David Angell/Men's 5K Winner; :46
SUPER=01-Renada Nicely/Women's 5K Winner; 1:17 quick!
SUPER=01-Louise Martin/Women's 5K Runner; 1:39
SUPER=01-Ellen Stroud/Equestrian Publicity Chairman; 2:04
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
(( By 7:30 this morning runners were already in place for the men's 5K run.
And just after eight they began making their way through Green Hill Park for
the 3 point 1 mile run.
((MIKE SEBOLT/CROSS COUNTRY COORDINATOR:))
The conditions could not have been any better for early July as humidity
levels were at least bearable.
Roanoke College sophomore David Angell moved to the front by the one mile
mark and had a comfortable lead as the runners emerged from the woods.
Angell, who dominated distance events in the Roanoke Valley district while
at Franklin County beat Northside's Tommy McGuire with a time of 17 minutes and
((DAVID ANGELL/MEN'S 5K WINNER:))
The women's 5k run was a race of age diversity with participants ranging
from nine to nearly 80.
Clifton Forge's Renada Nicely was the class of the field, as the Clifton
Middle school PE teacher won in a time of 21 minutes and 20 seconds.
((RENADA NICELY/WOMEN'S 5K WINNER:))
The person who exemplified what these State Games are about more than any
other was Appomattox resident Louise Martin. The former school teacher and
coach began running at the age of 55, this September she turns 80.
((LOUISE MARTIN/WOMEN'S 5K PARTICIPANT:))
On the other end of Green Hill Park at the Equestrian center, the pace was a
little slower as more than 70 riders took part in the dressage and combined
((ELLEN STROUD/EQUESTRIAN - PUBLICITY CHAIRMAN:))
Tomorrow the steps will change significantly as the Equestrian steps aside to
welcome ball room dancing to the Commonwealth Games. In Roanoke County Mike
Stevens News 7 Sports.))
Steffi Graf captured her seventh Wimbledon Women's championship of her
career this morning.
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Graf, The top seed, earned her 100-th tournament title by beating fourth
seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicaro 6-3, 7-5.
After winning the first set, Graf raced out to a 4-love lead in the second
with two breaks.
But Sanchez Vicario won five of the next six games to even things only to
see graf break back at love then close the match.
Meantime, Malivai Washington has made it to the men's final at Wimbledon
Washington came back from being down 1-5 in the fifth and deciding set before
defeating Todd Martin.
Washington will take on Richard Krajicek in the first meeting of unseeded
players in the finals.
Baltimore handed Roger Clemens another loss today the Orioles beating the
Red Sox 4 to 3.
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The Red Sox got on the board first. In the bottom of the second Reggie
Jefferson sends a shot over the left field wall for a solo homer and a 1 to
nothing Baltimore lead.
Then in the third. Rafael Palmerio answers again. This solo homer over
the left field wall off Clemens and the Orioles led 2 to 1.
Boston made it close in the fifth. Lee Tinsley with this two run
SUPER=35-Baltimore/==4/Boston/==3; blast over the left centerfield wall to
make it 3 to 2 but the Orioles hold on for the 4 to 3 win.
Expos in the National.
Chicago and Toronto also won in the American league and the Mets beat the