Coming up next on News 7 at Eleven-
The SPCA must stay- Roanoke City council nixes its plans to move.
A car rolls into a creek-- with a three year old on board. A bystander
pulls the child out.
Plus-- an update on the condition of the toddler saved by the now famous
News 7 is next.
The S-P-C-A will stay put-
Roanoke City Council said no to the SPCA's request to move to a new location
People who live nearby were worried about the noise and odor.
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AK;
Former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker got his wish- no prison time for
his Whitewater convictions.
Plus we'll show you a unique way police in Finland are going after runaway
And some amazing home video is released of a gorilla rescuing a young boy.
The toddler's in fair condition.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Arkansas' former Governor won't spend any time in prison for his
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AK;
A judge in Little Rock sentenced Jim Guy Tucker to four years probation
because he needs a liver transplant.
Tucker said the judge passed down a compassionate sentence.
((REPORTER: SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CONSTRUE THIS AS THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE
ABOVE THE LAW? JIM GUY TUCKER/ WELL I GUESS YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT OTHER POEPLE
WHO ARE FACING IMMINENT LIVER TRANSPLANTS THAT ARE IN SIMILIAR SITUATIONS TO DO
A FAIR COMPARISON.))
SUPER=01-Jim Guy Tucker/Former Arkansas Governor;
OUT Q=A FAIR COMPARISON."
Prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Tucker for the maximum sentence of
10 years for fraud and conspiracy.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Invest
Investigators have ruled out engine malfunction in the explosion of TWA
IN Q=I think everyone
((ROBERT FRANCIS/NTSB: I THINK EVERYONE IS SATISFIED THE ENGINES WERE NOT A
FACTOR IN THIS ACCIDENT OR WHATEVER IT TURNS OUT TO BE. ))
OUT Q=turns out to be.
SUPER=03-Shinnecock Bay, NY;
The announcement follows last Thursday's recovery of the fourth engine.
Teams from the engine manufacturer, TWA, and the NTSB came to the conclusion
after examining all four engines.
wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Jackson Hole, WY;
Investigators have retrieved the black box flight recorders from the
military cargo plane that crashed.
Experts say they appear to be in good shape.
Efforts are now under
way to remove the bodies from the plane.
Nine crew members who died while
ferrying equipment used during President Clinton's visit.
A Campbell County man was among the nine people killed. Senior Airman
Ricky Merritt of Lynch Station was listed as a flight engineer on the plane.
**Note Anchor Tag**
The Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A will stay put- at least for now.
That was tonight's decision from Roanoke City Council.
Members voted 5- 2 rejecting the group's rezoning request to build on a
Kimberly McBroom has the story from tonight's meeting.
IN Q=It's been a dog's life
SUPER=07-Roy Stroop; :20
SUPER=07-Donald Helms; :31
SUPER=07-Robey Patrick; :46
SUPER=01-Lynda McGarry/S.P.C.A. Bd. of Directors; 1:05
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( It's been a dog's life for leaders of the S-P-C-A -- as once again they
attempted to find a new home for their furry residents.
Recently, the planning commission said NO to to their rezoning request to
build a new facility off Lynn Brae Drive and Route 460.
Now, city council is following suit-- but not before hearing from
SOT 19:37:52 tape 1
((ROY STROOP: THE SPCA HAS NOT PROMISED US AT ALL, AND I DON'T THINK THEY CAN
PROMISE US THAT THERE WILL NOT BE ODOR OR NOISE. ))
SOT tape 1 19:33:03
((DONALD HELMS: WHILE I AM AWARE THAT THE SPCA IS NOT AN ANIMAL POUND, TO MOST
OF THE PUBLIC, THE TWO ARE THE SAME. THIS BEING THE CASE, WHETHER REAL OR
IMAGINED, IS GOING TO HURT THE BUSINESSES OF THAT AREA. ))
SOT tape 2 19:43:35
((ROBEY PATRICK: PROSPECTIVE TENANTS AND BUYERS SAY THEY WILL NOT LOCATE HERE
IF THE DOG POUND OR SHELTER IS ALLOWED TO MOVE INTO THIS COMMERCIAL AREA. ))
The S-P-C-A owns the land.
And while they hoped council would ask the planning commission to
reconsider-- the S-P-C-A officials say they won't roll over and play dead.
SOT tape 2 20:28:11
((LYNDA MCGARRY/SPCA BD. OF DIRECTORS: I THINK WE'RE GOING IN THE RIGHT
DIRECTION. I SEE THIS AS A DELAY, BUT HOPEFULLY, WE'LL HAVE A NEW SHELTER SOON
AND IN MY OPINION, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT ON THAT PIECE OF PROPERTY. ))
SOT standup tape 2 20:42:35
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: EVEN THOUGH CITY COUNCIL ENDED UP REJECTING THE
REZONING REQUEST-- SPCA OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE HOPING TO AT LEAST PUT OFFICES AT
THE NEW LOCATION-- AND PROVE THEY CAN BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. KIMBERLY MCBROOM,
NEWS 7. ))
The S-P-C-A Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Thursday night.
An 83-million dollar state budget surplus and NO pressing needs.
That's the picture George Allen painted today.
As Ellen Qualls reports, a brash Governor with a bold agenda appears to be
slowing down his pace.
IN Q=A bullish
SUPER=01-Sen. Stanley Walker/(D) Norfolk; :23
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( A bullish George Allen is presiding over a healthy economy.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I REMAIN OPTIMISTIC. AND THE BULLS ARE STILL RUNNING IN
For the third year, Allen is suggesting that taxes might be cut -- but he's
passed that ball to a bi-partisan commission to study.
This speech highlighted George Allen as Virginia's number one salesman to
He introduced 28 new corporate leaders.
((SEN. STANLEY WALKER/D-NORFOLK: A LOT'S BEEN ACCOMPLISHED OR IS BEING
ACCOMPLISHED IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. BUT THERE'S A LOT TO BE DONE, AND THERE
WAS VERY LITTLE SAID ABOUT WHERE WE STILL HAVE TO GO IN HIGHER EDUCATION,
PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND TRANSPORATION NEEDS. AND THEY ARE VERY SERIOUS
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: CLEARLY I THINK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO IS SET
CERTAIN PRIORITIES. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS ONE OF THEM. AND YES, THE
GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO BE THERE TO HELP THE PRIVATE SECTOR.))
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: I THINK WE'VE SEEN ABOUT ALL WE'RE GOING TO
SEE FROM GEORGE ALLEN IN TERMS OF ANY INITIATIVES. THAT MAY BE GOOD.))
((SOME INITIATIVES LAWMAKERS ARE LOOKING FOR A LITTLE GUBERNATORIAL LEADERSHIP
ON INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION NEEDS FOR SCHOOLS, MORE MONEY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, AND
A HOST OF TRANSPORTATION ISSUES. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, we'll hear more from Governor Allen as he says
the Justice Department is harassing V-M-I,
that as the state military school welcomes what is most likely its last all
Robin in the WX Office
MUSIC UP FULL
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A quick thinking bystander helped a toddler avoid injury tonight as the car
the child was sitting in rolled off an embankment into a creek.
About 6:30 tonight the car belonging to Tina Moran of Roanoke County rolled
toward the creek off Summeview Drive.
Moran chased the car as it hit the water with her three year old son still
strapped in his car seat.
Jerry Hall jumped in the water to get the boy.
IN Q=I saw the car
OUT Q=got him out.
Hall quickly retrieved the boy and handed him to another bystander.
No one was seriously injured in the incident.
Bedford County Sheriff's deputies are searching for an armed man involved
in a hostage situation early this morning.
Lieutenant Kent (Robe-y) Robey says Chester Hickman of Bedford County broke
into an ex- girlfriend's home on route 8-0-5 around midnight and took three
They quickly escaped to a Sheriff's Department command post nearby without
Hickman threatened officers by saying he had barricaded himself in the
ex-girlfriend's house and turned a propane gas tank on.
A roadblock was then set up to deal with a potentially explosive situation.
IN Q=So with
((KENT ROBEY/LT.-BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: SO WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF MONETA
RESCUE AND FIRE, THEY HELPED US SHUT THE ROAD OFF TIL WE COULD GET OUR MEN
TOGETHER AND GO DOWN AND SECURE THE HOUSE.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=secure the house.
State police also came in to assist the county.
Sometime after one o'clock, the Sheriff's Department got into the house.
They found no sign of Hickman or any gas fumes.
Bedford County has also alerted neighboring communities to be on the lookout
Bedford County investigators are handling last night's trailer fire as
Crews put out the hotspots well into the morning-
The fire broke out at John Goode's home in the Whispering Pines Trailer Park
off route 460.
Goode wasn't home at the time of the fire.
Fire crews say it started before midnight and left the building a total
Lieutenant John McCane says he's waiting for forensic evidence results
before making a final determination of the cause.
He says his office usually treats any fire with an undetermined cause as an
A Bedford county home is destroyed by fire this afternoon.
The blaze broke out around 1- 30 just off Route 6-88.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause.
The heat of the fire and the heat of the day proved to be too much for some
of those battling the blaze.
IN Q=WE had some
((DONALD HALE/BEDFORD CO. VOL. FIRE CHIEF: WE HAD SOME PEOPLE OVERCOME WITH
HEAT AND SMOKE. IT'S JUST-- THE HOUSE IS BROKE UP SO BAD AND IT'S SO HOT, WE'RE
NOT PUTTING NOBODY IN IT TO RISK IT. ))
SUPER=01-Donald Hale/Bedford Vol. Fire Chief;
OUT Q=in it to risk it
There were no injuries in the fire-- but the house is a total loss.
The Justice Department is demanding that VMI clear with it any
communications with other institutions about co-education.
Governor George Allen had harsh words about that today.
IN Q=It makes
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT MAKES YOU WONDER IF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S APPROACH
IS THAT THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN THESE CONVERSATIONS SO THEY CAN
CONTINUE PESTERING VMI AND BOTHERING THEM. THAT NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO THEY'RE
GOING TO CONTINUE JERKING A CHOKE CHAIN ON THEM AND CONTINUE THE PESTERING AND
BOTHERING OF THEM.))
OUT Q=bothering of them.
A Justice Department spokesman says the close scrutiny is based on past
experience with VMI.
Virginia Military Institute prides itself on tradition.
But unless it can afford to go private, traditions will likely change.
For one more class, however, the all-male herritage will remain in tact.
Those students became rats today, and Scott Prince was there.
IN Q=Nat sound of hair buzz
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :25
SUPER=01-Francis Bush/VMI Economics Teacher; :58
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
NAT SOUND OF HAIR BUZZING
The buzz around Lexington does not center around this latest group of rats
at Virginia Military Institute.
That's because NEW traditions would most likely start NEXT year.
If the school remains state- funded it will be forced to accept women.
So while the class of 2000 was introduced to the VMI experience, school
officials were wondering how that experience might change.
IN Q=There is
OUT Q=lost tradition
While major changes haven't happened yet, there were some new wrinkles added
to this year's matriculation.
All 405 rats got their hair cut on the same day-- they had been spread out
over a few days in years past.
And there was no yelling... at least not yet.
But the most significant changes had nothing to do with cadets.
Forty- five new faculty members converged on a 500 acre reserve in Craig
They'll spend 2 and a half days getting to know each other, while
participating in a variety of activities.
Back on campus... change is by far the number one topic of conversation.
But school officials are quick to point out that talk may still be
The VMI Board of visitors will meet next month... and possibly take steps to
privatize the school.
Scott Prince, News 7
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, Amherst County's sheriff wants to make sure state money doesn't
get taken for granted,
and we'll see how Finnish police are introducing a new device to stick it to
the bad guys.
MUSIC UP FULL
More than 300-thousand dollars in state and federal grant money is helping
the Amherst County sheriff's department move into the 21st century.
Sheriff Jimmy Ayers had campaigned last year on the promise that he would
seek grant money for new equipment and personnel for the department.
In his eight months on the job, Ayers and his staff have won more than a
half dozen grants, helping them finance new vehicles, computers and staff
Ayers says the computers in particular will help slash the number of hours
spent on paperwork every year.
That means deputies will spend more time behind the wheel than behind a
IN Q=It'll be more
((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: IT'LL BE MORE HOURS THAT THE ROAD GUYS CAN
SPEND OUT ON THE ROAD, THAT'S A BIG PLUS TO US RIGHT THERE. INVESTIGATORS, IT
WILL BE EASIER FOR THEM TO PULL REPORTS UP THAN HAVING TO GO MANUALLY PULL 'EM.
IT WILL JUST BE A BIG HELP TO US.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=big help to us.
Ayers says he's also applying for help in financing radar patrols and D-U-I
Amazing home video is released of a gorilla rescuing a 3 year old boy.
As Byron Harlen reports, the boy had fallen into a gorilla exhibit- when
the gorilla's motherly instincts took over.
SUPER=03-Brookfield, IL; 00
SUPER=04-Home Video; 20
SUPER=01-Dr. Wendy Marshall/Child's Doctor; 28
SUPER=01-Byron Harlen/CBS News; 53
OUT Q=CBS News, Chicago."
((She's Benti, the low-land gorilla, hero of Brookfield zoo.
Her fans are flocking to her home to sing her praises.
TINA CZERWINSKI--ZOO VISITOR:
I SAY HOORAY FOR ANIMALS.
Hooray for benti.
That s her, last Friday, holding a three-year-old child who somehow managed to
climb into the enclosure and fell about 20-feet.
The gorilla saw what happened, moved toward the child, carried the boy to the
access door, where paramedics rushed the child to the hospital.
DR. WENDY MARSHALL/CHILD S DOCTOR:
HE IS TALKING.
HE HAS BEGUN TO EAT, ALTHOUGH HE IS NOT EATING VERY MUCH.
But he hasn t asked about the fall, because he either doesn t yet remember
what happened or simply isn t ready to talk about it.
His doctor says, he suffered a head injury, a broken left hand, as well as
cuts and scrapes, but he's moving well, should have no lasting effects from
the fall and will probably be out of the hospital this week.
It will a lot longer before the commotion around benti dies down, because of
her compassion and her apparent affection for humans.
HARLAN ON-CAMERA BRIDGE)
BENTI WAS BORN IN CAPTIVITY AND HAND RAISED. ZOO KEEPERS HAD TO TRAIN HER TO
NURTURE. THE TRAINING WORKED.
SHE NOT ONLY RAISED A BABY, SHE SAVED A CHILD. BYRON HARLAN, CBS NEWS,
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SUPER=331-Clear Skies/Wind:Calm/64-66/Mostly Sunny/Wind:SE-10mph/84-88;
SUPER=332-Areas Of Fog/Wind:Calm/58-60/Turning Partly/Cloudy/80-83;
SUPER=333-Patchy Fog Later/Wind:Calm/58-60/Partly Sunny/Winds:SE-10mph/80-83;
SUPER=334-Areas Of Fog/Wind:Calm/60-62/Fog Clearing/Then Sunny/80-84;
And coming up later in sports I'll give you an up close look at last night's
NFL monday night action.
Meet the Vikings Cris Carter!!!!...
The Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians, two of the divisional leaders in the
American League hooked up in last night's marquee matchup.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Rangers vs. Indians; :00
But it really wasn't much of a matchup as Johnny Oates team jumped out to a
9-to-nothing lead, as Juan Gonzalez literally battered Jack McDowell with 4
RBIs in his first two at bats.
The only bright spot for the Indians tonight was provided by Albert Belle,
who hit his 40th homer of the season to SUPER=35-Texas/10/Cleveland/3;
straight away center field.
He now has 115 rbis, but the Indians lose it 10-TO-3.
One of the biggest trades of the NBA offseason finally took place last night
with the Suns shipping Charles Barkley to Houston for four very good players.
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ; :00
The Suns get Mark Bryant, Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, and Chucky Brown who
were four of Houston's top seven players last season!
The Four for one swap sends the 33 year old Barkley to Houston where his
number will now be 4 instead of 34.
Charles averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists last season.
NUmbers that should fit in nicely with those already supplied by Olajuwan and
The Roanoke Express has scheduled a newsconference for tomorrow morning at
the Roanoke Civic Center to talk about the upcoming season and announce an NHL
affiliation for the 1996-97 season.
News 7 sports has learned that the team will join forces with the Calgary
Flames this season.
The Flames finished last season with the 15th best record in the NHL and lost
in the opening round of the playoffs.
Local hockey buffs will remember the Flames were briefly affiliated with the
Rebels over in VInton when Roy Sommer was head coach.
Also, look for a minor league affiliation with St. John.
Roanoke City Council tonight gave unanimous approval for businessman Rick
Hawkins to use an existing building inside Victory Stadium to train up and
Hawkins and his associates want to develop a boxing program for youth ages
12-to-21 in the inner city and throughout Roanoke.
Hawkins says his group plans to have the current utility building turned
into a training facility by mid October.
A nasty night for football in south Florida last night as the MIami Dolphins
hosted the Minnesota Vikings.
As you saw at the top of the show it was a particularly bad night for one TV
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/ABC; :00
And it was rough night overall as the rain came down in sheets at Joe Robbie
Here's an up top at how the photographer got leveled by Cris Carter running
out of bounds. He was OK.
But the conditions were not. Warren Moon loses the ball on the rollout. It
looks like his arm is going forward but SUPER=30-Minnesota/17/Miami/24;
it's ruled a fumble and Trace Armstrong takes it in for a TD as the
Dolphins BEAT the Vikes 24 to 17.
It's time for Heath to warm up the BUS, while the Redskins offense rallies
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD/July; :00
This summer's battle for supremacy at the quarterback spot in the nation's
capital came to a close yesterday at Redskins Park as head coach Norv Turner
picked Gus Frerotte and not Heath Shuler as his starter.
IN Q="Right now...
((NORV TURNER/REDSKINS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :00
Is this a slap in the face for Shuler? You better believe it.
Frerotte was the 197th player taken in the 1994 draft, and he barely makes
more than the NFL's minimum salary.
Shuler, is the former first round pick who now get paid 20 million to carry a
clipboard on the sideline.
In picking their starting quarterback today the Pittsburgh Steelers could
have gone with a seasoned veteran or a crowd favorite.
Head Coach Bill Cowher chose neither.
IN Q="What I'm...
((BILL COWHER/STEELERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Cowher/Steelers Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Miller/Named Pittsburgh Starter; :13
OUT Q=...best I can."
Still to come tonight, the high school football season is closing in on us.
When we come back, we'll check in with the Pulaski County and see what's up
in the Cougars Den.
The high school football season's opening night is now less than two weeks
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
Once again, the Pulaski County Cougars are expected to make plenty of noise
around the Friday Football Extra viewing area this season.
Head coach Joel Hicks sees his team fighting for the top in a very well
balanced Roanoke Valley District.
IN Q="Well, I think...
((JOEL HICKS/PULASKI COUNTY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Pulaski County Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...REAL TOUGH."
Hicks has brought in former Rustburg head coach Paul Wheeler to tutor his
linemen this season.
IN Q="We kind...
OUT Q=...kicking game."
Former Cougar great Jack Turner is also back with the team as a coach, and
that tradition will make it tough to overlook Pulaski this season.
IN Q="I THINK...
OUT Q=...beat the cougars.
We'll have more on the Cougars new coaching combination, plus much more
preseason information for you this Friday night at 11:35, as we kick off our
13th season of Friday Football Extra!!!
The Virginia Tech basketball team lost for the fourth time in five games
during its current European tour.
Today the Hokies lost to Lamotte in Lyon, France 78-to-72.
Ace Custis led the way with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Tech returns to the states Friday.
Would be criminals in Finland could feel like they're getting the shaft from
Finnish police are using a harpoon like device to catch runaway drivers.
A harpoon gun is fixed on the police cars bumper. And it fires a steel
harpoon into fleeing cars.
The runaway car is forced to stop as the patrol car brakes.
The harpoon is equipped with a radio transmitter in case the shaft breaks.
The device even allows police to inject tear gas into the suspect's car.