Here's what's coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A couple of serious fires in the Bedford area- -and a hostage situation
And we'll talk with our own Ellen Qualls about the business of Virginia's
economy- -according to George Allen.
Tonight in sports, Biakabutuka finally practices with the Panthers,
the Steelers pick their starting quarterback for the upcoming season,
and so do the Redskins!
As Gus Frerotte gets the job and Heath Shuler gets the clipboard to start the
Nothing remarkable about this forecast cycle. Just hazy sunshine with an
occasional shower thrown in. But the carribean says hello to Dolly. Details
Fire destroyed a Bedford county home 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 Bedford Volunteer Fire Department was also busy with another fire early
The crew crossed the border into Bedford County to contain a fire that left
a trailer a total loss.
The fire was called in just before midnight, but firefighters were putting
out hotspots for a few hours.
The owner of the trailer, John Goode, was not home when the fire broke out.
His home is in the Whispering Pines Trailer Park off route 460.
Investigators are looking into the POSSIBILITY of arson.
And the Bedford County Sheriff's Department says it is actively searching
for a man involved in a hostage situation early this morning.
Lieutenant Kent Robey says an armed man broke into an ex- girlfriend's house
on route 8-0-5 and took three people hostage.
The victims soon escaped and made it to a command post set up by the
IN Q=No one
((KENT ROBEY/LT.-BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: NO ONE WAS HURT. WE'VE TALKED,
INTERVIEWED THE VICTIMS. AND THEY'RE OKAY. THEY'RE JUST A LITTLE SHAKEN,
WHERE THEY'D BROKEN INTO THE HOUSE AND SCARED 'EM. APPARENTLY HAD BEEN
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=been drinking.
Lieutenant Robey says Chester Hickman claimed to have turned on the propane
gas in the house.
To deal with the potentially explosive situation, the county closed route
Sometime after one this morning, the Sheriff's Department got into the
They found no sign of Hickman or any gas fumes.
A Campbell County man was among the nine people killed in the crash of a
military cargo plane in Wyoming over the weekend.
SUPER=03-Jackson Hole, WY;
The plane crashed into a remote mountaintop near Jackson Hole Saturday
The aircraft was serving as part of President Clinton's vacation entourage,
carrying presidential vehicles and other cargo.
Senior Airman Ricky Merritt of Lynch Station was listed as a flight engineer
on the plane.
Merritt and seven other Air Force officers on board were stationed at Dyess
Air Force base in Abilene, Texas.
Authorities don't know why the plane went down.
An 83- million dollar surplus, and continued moderate economic growth is
money in the bank for George Allen.
The dog days of August are when Virginia governors traditionally report on
revenues and outline grand plans for the future.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's on the Governor's wish list?
LIVE=Ellen full via State Microwave;
That's the 83- million dollar question, Keith.
Lawmakers who heard the Governor's summer revenue report got little more
than his standard speech on how economic development is bringing about a
renaissance in Virginia.
IN Q=A bullish
SUPER=01-Sen. Stanley Wakler/(D) Norfolk; :23
OUT Q=may be good.
(( 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.))
So there was some bi-partisan consensus this morning that this was an
"unusual" message from a Governor.
And some bi-partisan yearnings for some continued leadership on a host of
Q&A=What are the pressing budget needs lawmakers would like to have heard
Unprecedented state help is being studied for construction needs for public
schools, city bus systems are facing a complete cut-off of federal funds, and
as Senator Walker mentioned, there's still a great desire to beef up higher
We don't hear again from the Governor on money issues until December. ))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, Roanoke suffers a rash of convenience store
and from Lexington, we'll check in on the first day of V-M-I's class of 2000 as
they take their first short cut to becoming cadets.
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A pair of armed robbers sporting ski masks held up three convenience stores
in Roanoke over the weekend... all within about six hours.
It started at the Turbo Food Mart on Plantation Road around 12-30 Saturday
One of the men was carrying a blue steel handgun. They cursed the clerk
and took some money.
Around 5-30 A-M two men- -wearing the same ski masks- -one orange, the
other yellow- -went into the Uni-Mart on South Jefferson.
One of the robbers kept yelling at the one with the gun, telling him to
kill the clerk because he was taking too long to hand over the money.
Fifteen minutes later they were at the 7-11 on Grandin Road, yelling
obscenities, demanding cash, but got very little from that store.
There've been no arrests.
It's possibly the last class of its kind.
More than 400 freshman joined the ranks of the rats today at Virginia
And unless the school becomes private... it's all male policy will change
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Nat sound of hair buzz
SUPER=01-Major General Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;
SUPER=01-Francis Bush/VMI Economics Teacher;
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
The U.S. Justice Department is now 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.
On Wall Street today, stock prices finished mixed in quiet trading.
The DOW gained 10 points closing today at 56-hundred-99.
NADAQ dropped three points.
One central Virginia sheriff's department has begun to master the fine art
of writing grant applications, and it's paid off in new equipment and
Steve Smallshaw reports, the state and federal aid is helping bring Amherst
County up to date in nearly every facet of law enforcement.
IN Q=Forget Santa
SUPER=01-Capt. Alfred Rose/Amherst Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :31
SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff; 1:03
OUT Q=News7, Amherst County.
(( Forget Santa Claus.. for Amherst County Sheriff Jimmy Ayers, Christmas has
come almost every month this year.
Since January, Ayers has added new cars, new deputies and now new computers
to his department... all of it paid for with state and federal grant money.
IN Q=We're moving
((WE'RE MOVING AHEAD SLOWLY... ))
The computers, especially, are a big step forward.
For years, crime reports, arrest papers and statistics have been written out
The new computer system will eliminate thousands of man hours spent every
year on paperwork.
IN Q=A lot of
((CAPT. ALFRED ROSE/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: A LOT OF TIME YOU GOTTA GO
BACK AND RESEARCH AND LOOK FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF REPORTS AND SO FORTH, AND
BEING ABLE TO ACCESS IT SITTING RIGHT HERE AT THIS DESK IS GOING TO BE A WHOLE
LOT DIFFERENT THAN WALKING OVER TO A FILE AND THUMBING THROUGH IT FOR 15
MINUTES TRYING TO FIND ONE PAPER.))
OUT Q=find one paper.
IN Q=In the eight
((In the eight months since he became sheriff, Jimmy Ayers and his staff are
batting a thousand... every grant they've applied for they've received,
bringing in more than 300- thousand dollars worth of new staff and equipment,
and there's more in the works.))
OUT Q=in the works.
Ayers also is looking for help in financing D-U-I checkpoints and radar
IN Q=You can't expect
((AYERS: YOU CAN'T EXPECT YOUR LOCALITY TO DO THE ENTIRE FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL
EQUIPMENT SUCH AS THESE, EXTRA POSITIONS, VEHICLES, OVERTIME MONEY, WHEN
THERE'S GRANTS THERE THAT ARE THERE FOR THE ASKING.))
OUT Q=for the asking.
So Ayers says he'll keep on asking... he figures the worst anyone can say is
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))
Roanoke City Council wants to take a closer look at the city's garbage.
Today, council members approved a study that will consider privatizing
Council member Jim Trout made the motion this afternoon.
He wants the new committee to consider three alternatives: maintaining the
current system, privatizing trash collection, or consoidating the process with
other localities in the Roanoke Valley.
Council approved the study, but members argued that financial savings
should not be the most important consideration.
IN Q=I hope they go into it
OUT Q=not just the dollar savings.
Today, city council also appointed Harry F. Davis to the Roanoke City
He replaces Nelson Harris who was elected to city council in May.
Coming up tonight in sports, Barkley checks in with the Rockets, we'll take a
preseason look at the Pulaski County Cougars, Biakabutuka hits the practice
and it was judgement day for the Redskins quarterbacks and head coach Norv
Turner picks between Gus and Heath as the team's starter.
The Redskins recent quarterback battle never reached the fever pitch of the
old days when Jurgensen and Kilmer tried to win the hearts of fans and the
respect of coaches.
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD/July; :00
But this summer's battle for supremacy as the quarterback spot has drawn more
than its share of attention.
Today head coach Norv Turner picked Gus Frerotte and not Heath Shuler as his
IN Q="Right now...
((NORV TURNER/REDSKINS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :00
The victory is a huge boost for Frerotte who was the 197th player taken in
the 1994 draft, and has been making close to the NFL's minimum salary since
Shuler who has a 20 million dollar contract will continue to serve as the
The Pittsburgh Steelers also named their starter for the upcoming season.
The defending AFC champs had a three way battle this preseason to quarterback
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."
The Carolina Panthers were back on the practice field today, and for the
first time since mini-camp, top draft pick Tim Biakabutuka was getting some
The rookie running back ended his holdout last Friday, now he needs to play
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
((TIM BIAKABUTUKA/PANTHERS RUNNING BACK:))
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Biakabutuka/Panthers Running Back; :13
OUT Q=...OF ITSELF."
The Panthers close out their preseason this Friday night in New York against
The preseason high school practice routine of two a day workouts continues
this week, and school systems around the area continue to open.
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.
And, we'll have more on the Cougars new coaching combination, plus a plethora
of other preseason information for you this Friday night at 11:36, as we kick
off our 13th season of Friday Football Extra!!!
Summer is winding down, football is starting to crank up so, you know hockey
can't be far behind.
Tomorrow morning the Roanoke Express has scheduled a newsconference 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.
The Charles Barkley is hours away from being completed an formally announced
in Houston and Phoenix.
The Rockets are giving four players in exchange for the perennial all-star.
IN Q="I have...
((CHARLES BARKLEY/TRADED TO HOUSTON:))
SUPER=01-Charles Barkley/Traded To Houston; :00
OUT Q=...possibly can."
So, now that he has a new team he of course needs a new home.
OUT Q=...ha ha."
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The Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A is still trying to get itself a new home.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon says the society has turned to Roanoke City Council with a
That's right, Keith.
Last year, the S-P-C-A bought land
off of Lynn Brae Drive and Route 460-- hoping to build a new facility
Recently the planning commission denied the request.
Tonight, S-P-C-A officials will
try to win approval from city council.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
and weather tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll have that story plus a complete wrap up of today's other news, sports