News 7 at SIX is up next:
...with a killer the judge says was a victim of the conflict between the
health-care system and the insurance industry.
And debate over downsizing the city fire department.
In sports, Roy Stanley chats with a Roanoke couple who will have an impact
on the Olympic volleyball competition, (----------------)
and highlight from both the girls and the boys Virginia high school coaches
association all star games from last night.
Our local forecast is very fine for early July but the coastal outlook may
be filled with rough seas. Details just ahead.
A case that's shown the worst of humanity, as well as the best.
That's how Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs summed up the murder
trial of Scotty Overby, as he sentenced Overby for the murder and mutilation of
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Scotty Overby pled guilty
SUPER=01-Ray Grubbs/Montgomery Co. Circuit Judge; :24
SUPER=01-Harry Stafford Jr./Victim's Brother; :35
SUPER=01-Cecil Stafford/Victim's Brother; :53
SUPER=01-Peggy Frank/Asst. Montgomery Co. Prosecutor; 1:01
SUPER=01-Jimmy Turk/Overby's Lawyer; 1:09
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Scotty Overby pled guilty to capital murder, rape and defiling a human
In earlier testimony, Overby said he sought treatment for alcoholism and
depression before he strangled and mutilated his estranged wife, Sheila
Stafford last August.
Several of Stafford's family members expressed forgiveness, and said doctors
should've taken action.
Judge Ray Grubbs said even Overby was a victim.
((BUT A VICTIM OF A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND INSURANCE INDUSTRY STRUGGLING TO
DEFINE THEIR PRIORITIES AND THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THE PUBLIC. ))
((HARRY STAFFORD, JR./VICTIM'S BROTHER: THEY EVEN CALLED MY SISTER AT WORK AND
TOLD HER HER LIFE WAS IN DANGER, AND THEN THEY TURNED HIM LOOSE AND SHE DIES.
THAT KIND OF SYSTEM SHOULDN'T OPERATE.))
In sparing Overby the death penalty, Grubbs cited overwhelming compassion of
Stafford's family as a major factor.
But not all of her family members feel justice was served.
((CECIL STAFFORD/VICTIM'S BROTHER: I THINK HE SHOULD'VE GOTTEN THE DEATH
PENALTY. WHAT HE DONE WAS HEINOUS AND UNCALLED FOR TO DO TO ANY HUMAN. ))
((PEGGY FRANK/ASST. MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: HE WAS NOT SUICIDAL THAT NIGHT
AND HE WAS NOT DRINKING AT THE TIME THIS HAPPENED. I THINK HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS
GONNA DO WHEN HE DID IT. ))
((JIMMY TURK/OVERBY'S LAWYER: IRREGARDLESS OF WHAT THE JUDGE DID TODAY I THINK
HE WOULD'VE BEEN TORTURED THE REST OF HIS LIFE EITHER WAY. ))
At age 28, Overby will spend the rest of his life in prison, with no chance
for parole. Tracy Altizer, News 7.
The Roanoke City Fire says he wants to take the Department into the 21st
century, but union members claim public safety will suffer.
Ron Jones has more.
IN Q=Let's get ready to
SUPER=04-File Tape; :19
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke City Fire Chief; :26
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Fire Assoc. President; 1:04
SUPER=01-Mike Hanks/Roanoke Fire Assoc. Secretary; 1:19
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
((Let's get ready to rumble-- that just might describe the relationship
between city fire department union members and their chief.
They're wrestling over the department's future.
The chief wants to consolidate some fire houses and lose twenty plus
positions through attrition. He'd fill the vacancies by retraining EMS
personnel as firefighters. The savings to taxpayers could total about one
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE CITY FIRE CHIEF: WHATEVER WE COME UP WITH SHOULD BE AT
LEAST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEMS TO CITIZENS. THAT IN OUR
BUSINESS RESPONSE TIMES MEAN A WHOLE LOT. SO THAT WE WOULD NOT JEOPARDIZE OR
REDUCE TIMES TO THE CITIZENS BOTH FIRE AND EMS SERVICE DELIVERY.))
((THE FIRE CHIEF SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE FUSS IS ALL ABOUT-- HE SAYS
THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF FIREFIGHTERS IN THE FUTURE AND RESPONSE TIME WON'T BE
COMPROMISED-- BUT UNION MEMBERS SAY THEY DON'T BELIEVE IT.))
In fact, they say the chief may save money-- but not lives.
((MIKE HANKS/ROANOKE FIRE ASSOC. SECRETARY: WE ARE LOOKING TO HAVE NEW
STATIONS. HOWEVER, WE FEEL THAT THE PRICE THAT WE'LL HAVE TO PAY IS WITH THESE
ADDITIONAL INJURIES. INJURES TO THE PUBLIC-- INCREASED PROPERTY DAMAGE IS TO
HIGH A PRICE TO PAY.))
And what about re-trained EMS personnel?
((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIRE ASSOC. PRESIDENT: WE FEEL LIKE THE EMS HAS THEIR
OWN RESPONSIBILITY, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN JOB TO DO. AND THEY'LL BE OUT DOING
THEIR THING AND THEY JUST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BACK US UP IN FIRE PROTECTION.))
The chief says the union has the chicken little syndrome-- the sky isn't
falling--and he maintains while he's looking out for the department he must
also consider taxpayers' interests.
((IT IS THEIR MONEY, WE ARE THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND WE ARE GOING TO LISTEN TO
WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY.))
Once a plan is developed-- the wrestling match will move onto city council
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
Fire authorities are still searching for the cause of a blaze that killed
five members of a Lynchburg family yesterday.
Investigators were back at the scene today, searching for clues in the
rubble of the brick duplex.
Osama Abouzeid (oh-SAH-muh AH-boo-zade), his wife Felicia and their three
daughters died in the early morning fire.
Authorities believe the blaze started in the rear of the living room, but
there are still unanswered questions.
IN Q=Many times
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: MANY TIMES SOME OF OUR ANSWERS CAN COME
FROM INTERVIEWING THE PEOPLE, KNOWING WHAT TIME THEY WENT TO BED, WHAT DID THEY
SMELL, WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN, WHAT WAS THERE AND ALL THOSE QUESTIONS. THERE'S
JUST NOBODY AVAILABLE TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS FOR US.))
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :00
OUT Q=questions for us.
Meanwhile counselors have been helping friends of the family cope with the
IN Q=Children are
((SANDY WALKER/SCHOOL COUNSELOR: CHILDREN ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK THEIR WAY
THROUGH IT AND WITH THE HOUSE REMAINING BURNED OUT, PRETTY VISIBLE, I'M SURE
THAT THIS IS GOING TO DRAG ON FOR QUITE A WHILE WITH A LOT OF CHILDREN. ))
SUPER=01-Sandy Walker/School Counselor; :00
OUT Q=a lot of children.
Two of the Abouzeid children attended nearby Sheffield Elementary School.
More than twenty people showed up there for counseling today.
Meanwhile, officials in Roanoke County have been looking into complaints of
poor response time following a fire on Oakland Boulevard over the weekend.
Eula Tribbett's home was destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon.
Neighbors complained that crews were slow in responding, but county
administrator Elmer Hodge says a Vinton unit arrived in nine and a half
minutes, an acceptable interval given the distance of the call.
IN Q=Hollins was later getting there
((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: HOLLINS WAS LATER GETTING THERE THAN
THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN. THERE WERE TWO CALLS TO HOLLINS BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY
ARRIVED ON THE SCENE. THEY'RE AWARE OF THAT. WE'VE DISCUSSED IT WITH THEM.
THAT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE TO US AND IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THEM AND THEY'RE TAKING
SOME ACTION TO CORRECT THAT.))
OUT Q=to correct that.
Hodge says the Hollins department is preparing duty team assignments to
make sure the station is staffed appropriately.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-
Danville finds it can afford to put 18 new police officers on the force,
And preventing crime was on the mind of G-O-P Presidential candidate Bob
Dole as he visited the Commonwealth today. We'll have the details when we
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MUSIC UP FULL
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Bob Dole turned to the Virginia State Police today for a cornerstone in a
new campaign stance on gun control.
But his Virginia trip may have cost him some credibility with minority
Ellen Qualls has both stories.
IN Q=An overheated gym
SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; :19
SUPER=01-Randy Forbes/Va. GOP Chairman; :57
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Chesterfield Co.
(( An overheated gym, packed with sheriffs, police officers, and politicians
gave Bob Dole his fourth Virginia welcome in two months.
In a demonstration of the three minute background check, Dole for the first
time dropped his push to overturn the ban on assault weapons -- urging
Virginia's solution as a way past that debate.
sot 03;39:42 TAPE TWO
((BOB DOLE: AND WE'VE SEEN HERE WHAT WORKS. WE'VE SEEN IT'S AN INSTANT CHECK
ON HANDGUNS, RIFLES, SHOTGUNS -- ALL GUNS, PERIOD. ALL GUNS PERIOD. AND
THAT'S THE SYSTEM THAT WE SHOULD HAVE.))
sot TAPE ONE 03;21:25
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: OUR THREE MINUTE INSTANT CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK HERE IN
VIRGINIA IS FAR SUPERIOR TO WAITING THREE TO FIFTEEN DAYS AS IS THE CASE IN
MANY OTHER STATES.))
sot standup TAPE ONE 02;15:00
((ON A NATIONAL NOTE, THE NAACP IS WONDERING WHY DOLE TURNED DOWN AN INVITATION
TO ITS NATIONAL CONVENTION IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, IN ORDER TO TALK TO A
GYM FULL OF VIRGINIA STATE POLICE OFFICERS.))
sot TAPE ONE
((RANDY FORBES/VA. GOP CHAIRMAN: OH I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY MESSAGE THAT
WOULD RUN OFF ON REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES HERE. BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE HAD A
TREMENDOUS RESPONSE FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AS WE'VE OPENED OUR
DOORS AS A PARTY.))
Still others worried about using Virginia State Police facilities for a
national political endorsement of sorts.
sot tape two 03:36:01
((BOB DOLE: BUT THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO GET OFF THE DIME. THERE'S
NO GOOD REASON WHY WE CAN'T HAVE A SYSTEM LIKE VIRGINIA'S AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.
AND WE CAN.))
Virginia Republicans say posing with the police is nothing new -- the shoe's
just on the other foot with a GOP Governor.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Chesterfield County.))
Criminals may find it harder to do business in Danville.
A million- dollar federal grant has paved the way for the Danville police
department to hire an additional 19 officers.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=Community policing
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :10 quick
OUT Q=News 7, Danville.
(( Community policing is a vital part of the Danville police department.
Thanks to a federal grant from the Department of Justice, it's also a role
that's about to expand.
IN Q=We think
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: WE THINK THIS IS REALLY GOING TO ENHANCE
THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE IN THE AREA WHERE WE'RE UTILIZING COMMUNITY
OUT Q=community policing.
Shortly after applying for the grant, Morris was told he'd been awarded
money to hire one additional officer.
So it's not hard to imagine his reaction when the department was recently
notified federal money was available to hire an additional 18 officers.
IN Q=What we
((WHAT WE WANT THE OFFICERS TO DO IS TO HELP THE PEOPLE RECLAIM THEIR
NEIGHBORHOODS AND THEN WE WANT THE OFFICERS TO INTERACT WITH THE PEOPLE WHO
LIVE IN THESE AREAS TO HAVE THEM GET INVOLVED IN TAKING CARE OF SOME OF THEIR
OWN PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF ASKING GOVERNMENT TO DO EVERYTHING FOR THEM.))
OUT Q=for them.
The grant did require matching funds which increased Danville's property tax
rate by a penny.
But Morris believes it's a small price to pay for added police protection.
IN Q=Most of the comments
((MOST OF THE COMMENTS I'VE HEARD, PEOPLE SAY, THEY'RE WILLING TO PAY FOR THE
PROTECTION, THEY DIDN'T THINK IT WAS THAT MUCH MONEY TO HAVE THAT MANY POLICE
OFFICERS BROUGHT INTO THE COMMUNITY. ))
OUT Q=into the community.
The grant will expire in three years at which time city council will decide
how it plans to pay for the additional officers. Teresa Hamilton, News 7,
One of the five people involved in the gun battle at a Roanoke public housing
complex has been convicted.
Charges against the others were dismissed.
In April, gunfire exploded at the Bluestone public housing development.
Police say five people fired a total of at least 16 shots. The incident
began when four car loads of young men arrived on the scene, reportedly to
settle a score.
Three people were injured in the incident, but none seriously.
After hearing conflicting testimony, the judge dismissed charges against
20- year- old Teon Lee Parris and Arcadius Washington, 21- year- old Dwayne
Gray and a 17- year- old.
The 18- year- old man convicted in the incident will be free on bond until
he is sentenced August 6th.
He has not been named because he was 17 at the time of the shooting.
The stock market advanced today.
A strong bond market and bargain hunters helped boost the market from it's
lowest level since May.
The Dow rose 31 points, closing at 55-hundred-82.
NASDAQ gained nearly five points.
Preliminary findings from an autopsy of a 19- month- old girl indicates she
may have died as a result of abuse.
Authorities are not commenting on any injuries the girl may have sustained.
But, they are apparently handling the incident as a case of child abuse.
The girl's mother took her to Alleghany Regional Hospital last Thursday.
Doctors there apparently revived the infant then sent her to University of
Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville the next day.
She died last Saturday.
Police say they'll release more information about the case later this week.
A Roanoke judge issued a stern rebuke this afternoon to a former magistrate.
He said it was "absolutely wrong," "improper," "a fraud upon the public,"
when Noel Painter signed another magistrate's name to a warrant.
But judge Pat Doherty concluded there was no "criminal intent."
So he found Painter NOT guilty.
If he'd been convicted, Painter could have faced up to ten years in prison.
He'd GOTTEN in trouble for befriending a woman regularly charged with being
drunk in public.
Melanie Foutz developed a near-fatal attraction to Painter.
When she was jailed in February, Painter signed another magistrate's name to
the warrant, so Foutz wouldn't know HE was on duty in the magistrate's office.
IN Q=He used
((JONATHAN ROGERS/PAINTER'S ATTORNEY: HE USED BAD JUDGMENT, BUT HE DID NOT
COMMIT A CRIME.
Q: BECAUSE THERE WAS A LACK OF EVIL INTENT?
A: THERE WAS NO MALICIOUS INTENT. THERE WAS NO INTENT TO DEFRAUD. THERE WAS AN
INTENT TO PREVENT INJURY TO OTHERS.))
SUPER=01-Jonathon Rogers/Painter's Attorney
OUT Q=to others.
Judge Pat Doherty also ordered the Commonwealth's Attorney to make sure
alleged drunks appear personally before magistrates in the future.
Highlights from last night's high school all star games, both girls and
boys, we will visit Doug Day's 3rd annual basketball camp,
and Roy Stanley checks in with a husband and wife combo from Roanoke who will
have an impact on olympic volleyball.
GRAPHIC=1996 all star game
In about 3 hours, Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia will be rocking with
the 1996 Major League Baseball game. The stars offered famous last words.
IN Q=It's just
((FRANK THOMAS/INJURED ALL STAR:))
((CHARLES NAGY/AL STARTING PITCHER:))
((FRED MCGRIFF/NL FIRST BASEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Frank Thomas/Injured All-Star; :00
SUPER=01-Charles Nagy/A.L. Starting Pitcher; :10
SUPER=01-Fred McGriff/N.L. First Baseman; :20
OUT Q=...trying real hard"
GRAPHIC=High school Hoops
The Virginia High School Coaches Association's annual boys and girls
basketball all star games tipped off in Hampton last night.
SUPER=03-Hampton/Last Night; :00
On the boys side, the East beat the West 101-93. William Fleming's James
Stokes played for the west and scored 13 on the night.
Watch Liberty's J.J. Coles find Roland Roberts for the bucket on this
break, but the East was to much.
In the girls all star game, the West topped the East. Watch William Byrd's
Cathy Smith dive for the loose ball. She puts it into the hands of Tammy Cox of
Galax, who starts the break. Smith then gets the assists at the other end.
Doug Day's basketball camp is in it's first week down at Radford High
52 campers are on hand this year. Boys and girls age 8 to 16 learn about
life on and off the court.
IN Q="Being a
SUPER=01-Robbie Bielawski/Camper; :00
OUT Q=...work hard"
For the second year, Day has asked the community for scholarship money
to help under privileged kids with the 90 dollar tuition.
((DOUG DAY/CAMP DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Doug Day/Camp Director; :00
OUT Q=...next week's camp"
The Roanoke Valley will be well represented at the Olympics in Atlanta.
A husband and wife are teaming up in crucial roles for Volleyball.
Roy Stanley has the dynamic duo's story.
IN Q="Janet and
SUPER=01-Janet Blue/Olympic Scorekeeper; :24
SUPER=01-Tom Blue/Olympic Referee; :38
SUPER=03-Roanoke/USA vs Russia; :55
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Janet and Tom Blue have been volley ball fanatics for many years.
Tom, who works for the government, is a referee and Janet handles public
relations and Alumni relations for the college of Health Science.
The two of them have over 20 years of experience when it comes to olympic
type volleyball. And they'll work the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.))
((JANET BLUE/SCOREKEEPER: ))
((TOM BLUE/REFEREE: ))
((The Blues are excited about their trip to the Olympics. Tom has refereed all
over the world and he called the exhibition game between the United States and
Russia at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Volleyball at the Olympic level is very competitive. The athletes are
quick and powerful. The Blues will work the matches everyday during the
((The Blues will leave Roanoke the 16-th of this month. Roy Stanley News 7