A family of five found dead... huddled together in the children's bedroom...
apparent victims of smoke inhalation.
And union workers at Rubatex reverse themselves in the face of a threat to
move their jobs to Arkansas.
In sports, Morgan Shepherd and mark Martin switch gears from Daytona and
talk about this weekend's race at Loudon, the Roanoke Stars soccer team left
for Europe today,
while the major league stars were in Philly, gearing up for tomorrow's all
A backhoe knocks out NWS doppler radar on a day when 1.00 inch downpours
were fairly common and Bertha slips by Puerto Rico. Complete weather details
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They're calling it the deadliest fire in Lynchburg in decades.. a family of
five died when their home on Sheffield Drive went up in flames early this
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom.
Steve, I can't imagine the horrible impact such a tragedy has on that
Keith, it's hit everyone hard... from the relatives of the victims to their
friends and neighbors, and to the firefighters who could do nothing to save the
IN Q=Well, I've been
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Kenneth Crawford/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
SUPER=01-Kinsey Dell/Neighbor; :37
SUPER=01-Steve Kinzer/Neighbor; :48
OUT Q=is just horrible.
IN Q=Well, I've been
((CMDR. KENNETH CRAWFORD/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WELL, I'VE BEEN HERE ALMOST 29
YEARS, I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'VE GOT CHILDREN
INVOLVED, IT MAKES IT TWICE AS BAD YOU KNOW.))
OUT Q=bad you know.
Firefighters and neighbors shared a feeling of helplessness in the wake of a
fire that killed a Lynchburg couple and their three young daughters.
The blaze at 10-11 Sheffield Drive had too much of a head start.. Osama
Abouzeid and his wife were found huddled in their childrens' bedroom, the exits
at the front of their home blocked by thick smoke and fire.
Their friends and neighbors spent the day consoling each other, wondering
how children who were playing in the yard just yesterday could be gone today.
IN Q=They were really
((KINSEY DELL/NEIGHBOR: THEY WERE REALLY NICE AND SPECIAL TO ME BECAUSE THEY'D
ALWAYS YELL ACROSS THE STREET, PLAY LIKE THAT, WE'D ALWAYS CATCH LIGHTNING
OUT Q=catch lightning bugs.
IN Q=One thing
((STEVE KINZER/NEIGHBOR: ONE THING ABOUT THIS FAMILY, THE NICEST FAMILY, MOST
WELL- MANNERED FAMILY, THREE LITTLE CHILDREN, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, YOU COULDN'T ASK
FOR BETTER NEIGHBORS YOU KNOW, AND TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN IS JUST HORRIBLE.))
OUT Q=just horrible.))
Fire marshals spent several hours at the scene, sifting out what clues they
could find in the rubble.. they're sending a number of items on to the state
crime lab for testing.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Autopsies also are being performed on the victims, but it appears they may
have died from smoke inhalation. Keith?
Q&A: how long has it been since Lynchburg has seen a fire like this?
For the second time in just over a week union workers at the Rubatex plant
in Bedford are voting again on a new contract proposal. As many as 300 jobs
could be hanging in the balance, depending on the vote's outcome.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/StarLink
Scott Prince joins us with more on the story.
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IN Q=Union members
SUPER=01-Price Parker/Union President; :11
SUPER=03-Tyrone Noel/Union Member :23
SUPER=01-Odell Whitt/Union Member; :58
OUT Q=work overtime
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My colleague Kimberly McBroom is in Roanoke County with company reaction to the
Double Boxes=Scott and Kimberly/Microwave
Scott tosses to Kimberly for Live interview.
SUPER=01-Jerry Kirschke/Rubatex V.P. Human Resources;
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The Roanoke man accused of murder on the Fourth of July did not have a
criminal record and today a judge agreed to release him on bond.
22- year- old Cepada Renaldo Wiley was arraigned this morning in General
He is charged with the murder of 22- year- old Jerry Darnell Ferguson, the
Roanoke man who was shot and killed outside of a Melrose Avenue motel on
Today, a judge set bond at 17- thousand 500 dollars, citing Wiley's
cooperation with police, his ties to the community, and his lack of a criminal
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residents can now find out if paroled prisoners are moving into their
And some Virginia prisoners may already be in your area, but these inmates
could just be cleaning up the road.
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A Rockbridge County man accused of killing his former girlfriend's boyfriend
could get life in prison.
Today 26-year old Ronald C. Hewitt pled guilty to first- degree murder in
the shooting death of 24- year- old Christopher Higgins.
During the shooting Higgins' girlfriend, Brenda Tomlin, was severely
The victim's family says Hewitt forced his way into their home on Christmas
Eve armed with a rifle.
As Higgins and Tomlin were in bed Hewitt allegedly walked down the hallway
and shot them both.
Hewitt will be sentenced in October.
The trial of Stewartsville Pharmacist Joseph Chopski got underway in federal
court in Roanoke today. His lawyer suggested that the fraud charges are part
of a running dispute between Chopski and Trigon.
The insurance company has investigated Chopski before. Blue Cross/Blue
Shield thought he was dispensing too many BRAND NAME drugs over generics. The
company eventually decided he wasn't.
When Blue Cross initiated its "R-X Alternative program," Chopski posted a
sign at his "Wonder Drug" pharmacy that said: "we accept Blue Cross/Blue
Shield, but it sucks."
Chopski's lawyer says the program cut his profit by 11-percent.
When first confronted with evidence of fraudulent billing, Chopski
allegedly told the auditor that he could "get a good lawyer and ...make it look
like accidental billing."
Attorney Tony Anderson told the jury today that Chopski "can't explain away
every mistake," but Anderson also points out that there are 19-hundred dollars
worth of discrepancies out of more than 600-THOUSAND dollars worth of billings
over a two- and- a- half year period.
The trial is expected to last three weeks.
Virginia prison inmates armed with chain saws, machetes, and weed-eaters
have taken to the streets.
About 300 communities and non-profit groups have actually invited them in
the past year.
Inmate work crews are celebrating their first anniversary this month.
IN Q=When you
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: WHEN YOU GO THERE AND YOU TRY TO
PITCH IT THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE BRINGING INMATES IN AND BELIEVE ME, YOU'LL BE
FINE -- UH, WHEN THEY HAVEN'T SEEN IT IN THE PAST, THEY'RE HESITANT. SOME GOOD
COMMUNITIES, POWHATAN CAME OUT, APPALACHIA CAME OUT AND SAID "YEAH WE WANT
'EM." AND ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESS IN CERTAIN AREAS, OTHER COMMUNITIES HEAR ABOUT
IT. THEY'RE ASKING FOR IT. SO WE'RE GETTING THE SPIN-OFFS NOW.))
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director;
OUT Q=spin-offs now.
This particular crew is clearing a lot behind the Science Museum of Virginia
for a 13- acre outdoor science park.
Getting to know your neighbors takes on a new meaning in Virginia today.
Governor George Allen has ordered the Department of Corrections to make
public a list of recently paroled prison inmates.
The parolees are grouped according to their current zip codes.
IN Q=Public safety
((JERRY KILGORE/VA. PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: PUBLIC SAFETY IS ALWAYS GONNA WIN
OUT OVER THE PRIVACY INTERESTS OF A PAROLEE. BECAUSE THIS INFORMATION IS
AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IF YOU GO TO THE RIGHT COURTHOUSE IN THE COMMONWEALTH
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Va. Public Safety Secretary;
OUT Q=of Virginia.
The list can be mailed monthly to any resident who requests it.
Both the greater Roanoke and Lynchburg areas continue to have some of the
lowest unemployment figures in the state.
The Virginia Employment Commission just released the numbers for May this
The Roanoke area has a jobless rate of roughly two- and- a- half- percent.
The Lynchburg region comes in around three- and- a- half- percent.
The figures in both communities are down from where they were a year ago.
Statewide unemployment in May decreased to a little over four- percent.
That's the lowest number in the month of May in six years.
The stock market failed to rebound after Friday's big losses.
The Dow dropped another 37 points today, closing at 55-hundred-51.
NASDAQ lost more than nine points.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
There is a large water main break in southwest Roanoke this evening.
The break occurred on Franklin Road near McClanahan.
It has reduced water pressure to some residents and businesses in the area
and City Utility Line workers are trying to correct the problem at this hour.
North bound lanes on Franklin Road between Wonju and McClanahan are closed.
The cause of the break has not been determined.
Officials of the Roanoke Housing Authority say recent criticism is off the
Today, they defended their management of the Hurt Park Housing Development.
Officials say the neighborhood has received more funding for improvements
in the last two years than any other public housing community in the city.
Today, they said they haven't neglected the neighborhood.
IN Q=We've done 504
((NEVA SMITH/HOUSING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR: WE'VE DONE 504 HANDICAPPED
ACCESSIBILITY. RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF PUTTING COMPLETE NEW ROOFS ON
ALL OF THE BUILDINGS TO BE FOLLOWED WITH SEWER WORK AND A NUMBER OF OTHER
RENOVATION, MAJOR TYPE ACTIVITIES.))
SUPER=01-Neva Smith/Housing Authority Director; :
OUT Q=major type activities.
Officials say residents share responsibility for the appearance of the
complex, including care of the grass in front of each apartment.
Today, Board members also expressed their support for the COPE team, the
community policing program that has focused attention on the city's public
the Major League all stars were in Philly today, warming up for
tomorrow's all star game, Mugsy and Dell talk about the possibility of losing
and the Roanoke stars under 15 team left for Europe today for three weeks of
soccer, there thoughts on rising to the challenge in sports.
Major League baseball's All-Star game is tomorrow. The chosen sluggers and
hurlers worked out today.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Today; :00
The American League all stars took fielding and batting practice and
then took some time to chat with players from the NL.
Ironman Cal Ripken is making his 12 all star appearance, but the
invitation gets sweeter each time.
SUPER=01-Cal Ripken/Orioles Shortstop; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Hargrove/Cleveland Manager; :12
SUPER=01-John Smoltz/NL Starting Pitcher; :18
OUT Q=...amount of number"
UVA's star pitcher Seth Greisinger adds another feat to his list of
The Cavalier righthander picks up NCAA's Earned Run Average title after
finishing his junior season with an ERA of 1.76.
Only 24 of Greisinger's 30 runs allowed were earned while opposing batters
hit .179. He finished the season at 12-2 with 141 strikeouts.
The UVA pitcher was selected as the 6th pick in the amateur draft by the
Tomorrow, trade talks resume in the NBA as over 100 free agents will again
be up for grabs.
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Golf, not trades was the topic at Dell Curry's golf tournament to benefit
the McCloud center for kids.
But Dell and Mugsy Bogues did address the possibility of losing Larry
Johnson who is rumored to be out in Charlotte.
((MUGSY BOGIES/CHARLOTTE GUARD:))
((DELL CURRY/CHARLOTTE SHOOTING GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Mugsy Bogues/Charlotte Guard; :00
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Charlotte Shooting Guard; :17
OUT Q=...our team"
The Roanoke Stars under 15 soccer team left for Europe today for three weeks
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The team has been training for over a month for the trip. The Stars will
play in Munich Germany, Holland and in Denmark.
One of the highlights is playing in the largest youth tournament in the
world which includes 800 teams from 47 countries.
SUPER=01-Danny Beamer/Stars Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Ashton/Stars Sweeper; :12
OUT Q=...take it to em"
Winston Cup drivers are turning their attention from Daytona to Loudon for
this weekend's Slick 50 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Morgan
Shepherd finished 2 there last year while mark Martin took home a third.
((MARK MARTIN/VALVOLINE FORD DRIVER:))
((MORGAN SHEPHERD/DRIVER OF REMINGTON FORD:))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Valvoline Ford Driver; :00
OUT Q=...this time"
GRAPHIC=Roanoke lax camp
The Roanoke college lacrosse camp is in full swing over in Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/This Morning; :00
160 campers are in town for the week long camp that runs through Wednesday.
The focus is on fundamentals as weel as friendships.
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Camp Director; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Warnick/Came from England; :09
SUPER=01-John Duran/Salem Camper; :19
OUT Q=....in the world"