Holdren's won't honor extended warranties. We'll see what you can do about
it, if you bought an appliance with one recently.
And a dog fight ends in a shooting, at the hands of Roanoke city police.
We'll hear why shots were fired and what happened to the canines involved.
Tonight in sports, Jerry Rice signs to play through the year 2002, the Hokies
try to fill some big gaps this preseason, Tiger makes his pro decision
and the Lynchburg Hillcats Jose Guillen is named the Carolina League player
of the year.
Expect for a few pop up showers, our weather story is very quiet indeed.
And we head for hurricane country in WeatherSchool tonight.
A local appliance store chain that was recently taken over has angered a lot
of its customers.
The new owners of Holdren's have decided not to honor the company's extended
service warranties, which cost customers several hundred dollars.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff has more information on what consumers can do about this.
Sounds like a sticky situation, Len.
Keith thousands, possibly tens of thousands of people have extended service
warranties from Holdren's.
And the North Carolina company that now owns the store has many of those
warranty holders fuming.
IN Q=Andy Robeson of
SUPER=01-Andy Robeson/Holdren's Customer; :02
SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :18 quick
SUPER=01-Stan Cross/Former Holdren's President; :36
OUT Q=everybody feels
SOT 00:00:57 Blacksburg tape
IN Q=When I
OUT Q=go on.
Andy Robeson of Blacksburg is among the Holdren's customers learning the
extended service warranties on their appliances may not be worth the paper
they're written on.
The former president of Holdren's explains that when the company was up for
sale, it was in poor financial shape and it couldn't make many demands from the
interested party, like honoring previous contracts.
IN Q=Even when
OUT Q=month and a half or so.
The state is now looking into the matter...the Department of Consumer
Affairs wants customers with warranties to call (800)552-9963 to get complaint
forms they can file.
In the meantime, Cross and the Holdren family are devastated that this one
incident has tarnished the name of a once- revered hometown chain.
IN Q=They are
OUT Q=everybody feels.
(Len ad libs)
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
(q:SO COULD THE STATE GO AFTER THE FORMER OWNERS FOR THE WARRANTY MONEY?)
A city patrolman saved a puppy from near- certain death at the jaws of a
pair of pit bulls in Roanoke this morning.
By the time the officer arrived, a poodle was already dead.
The pit bulls were busy mauling the second dog.
A man at Burrell Nursing Center had armed himself with a pipe in case they
came for HIM.
IN Q=I originally
((STANLEY PULLINS: I ORIGINALLY TRIED TO HIT ONE OF THEM WITH MY CAR. BUT I
DIDN'T WANT TO MESS UP MY CAR. BUT ANYWAY, I WAS TRYING TO HIT ONE OF THE DOGS
TO STOP HIM FROM INJURING THE EMPLOYEES. AND I PICKED UP A PEDESTRIAN FURTHER
DOWN THE BLOCK TO GET HIM OFF THE STREET AND WARNED ANOTHER ONE TO GET BACK IN
HIS CAR, BECAUSE THE DOGS WAS COMING AFTER HIM. THEY WERE ATTACKING ANYTHING
THAT WAS MOVING ON THE STREET.))
OUT Q=on the street.
A city patrolman got permission from his supervising sergeant to shoot the
pit bulls, killing one instantly, stopping the other.
The owner was charged with harboring dangerous dogs running at large without
rabies shots or a license.
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Pot
It's a summer crop that police like to harvest themselves.
Every year around this time, the familiar roar of helicopters can be heard
across the state, as the war on marijuana rages on.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=natsot chopper
SUPER=03-Charlotte Co./Tuesday; :00
SUPER=01-Dep. Joe Carey/Charlotte Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :25
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Today; :43
SUPER=01-Capt. Mike Harris/Campbell Co. Sheriff's Dept.; 1:09
OUT Q=News7, Campbell County.
((natsot chopper 2:26:25 (1)
The air attack begins each morning, as state police and National Guard
helicopters take to the skies in search of Virginia's most illicit crop-
From the air, spotters locate the pot patch and the ground teams move in..
natsot chop 8:44:45 (2)
...a few quick strokes of the machete and a field of fourteen- foot
marijuana plants is reduced to mere stumps in a matter of minutes.
IN Q=It just takes
((DEP. JOE CARY/CHARLOTTE CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT JUST TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND
EFFORT OUT IN THE WOODS AND RIDING THE ROADS TO TRY TO FIND IT.))
OUT Q=to find it.
But the choppers aren't flying blind.
Based on tips and information gathered during the past year, authorities map
out likely marijuana locations and work from there.
In Campbell County, police found thousands of plants in these woods near
Naruna two years ago... so they weren't surprised when they pulled up another
240 this time.
IN Q=The marijuana
((The marijuana eradication program is truly a cooperative effort. The Virginia
National Guard supplies the air support, while state police tactical teams join
forces with local deputies on the ground. The end result is millions of
dollars of marijuana is taken out of circulation every summer.))
OUT Q=every summer.
IN Q=We've had pretty
((CAPT. MIKE HARRIS/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE'VE HAD PRETTY GOOD RESULTS
OVER THE YEARS, IT'S AS MUCH A DETERRENT AS ANYTHING ELSE, TO KEEP ANYONE FROM
TAKING THE INITIATIVE TO TRY TO GROW IT, BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING THE
SURVEILLANCE PROBABLY EVERY YEAR.))
OUT Q=every year.
Still, it's a safe bet there always will be something for them to find.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
The verdict in the case of a former South Boston narcotics officer accused of
And V-M-I moves closer to adopting a plan to admit women.
The superintendent responds to Justice Department criticism again.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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Virginia Military Institute is blasting the Justice Department for what
superintendent Josiah Bunting says is an "evil" and "foolish" policy that has
fired up the alumni to resist co-education.
Its Board of Trustees met in Richmond, and announced a first- ever PUBLIC
hearing on admitting women.
Ellen Qualls was there.
IN Q=Upper lips
SUPER=03-Lexington/August 21; :
SUPER=01-Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :24
SUPER=01-William Berry/VMI Board Chairman; :50
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC/Monday; 1:07
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Upper lips are getting a little stiffer at VMI.
Fewer men are quitting after the rat line over the year before.
And General Josiah Bunting says the U.S. Justice Department has actually
increased alumni resistance to admitting women.
((IT HAS FIRED UP THE ALUMNI. YES INDEED.))
That's after the department said VMI could talk to no one about co-education
without first seeking government approval.
IN Q=The order
((GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: THE ORDER ON ITS FACE IS FOOLISH,
REPREHENSIBLE, AND POSSIBLY EVEN UNCONSTITUTIONAL. ANYTHING IN A FREE SOCIETY
WHICH CUTS OFF THE FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION AMONG PEOPLE OR INSTITUTIONS OF
GOOD WILL IS INHERENTLY EVIL.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;
OUT Q=inherently evil.
VMI's Board of Visitors is still pondering trying to go private -- despite a
warning it may lose its R-O-T-C program if it does.
But now, the day before the scheduled September 21st vote,
((WILLIAM BERRY: THE BOARD WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
DURING THAT PERIOD.))
That's the first time the public's input will have been formally sought.
Bunting says he can't really say if the renewed vigor makes a costly and
politically challenging bid to go private more or less plausible.
Citadel b-roll begins at 15:17:39 on the Monday 3-4PM CBS feed tape.
Meanwhile, South Carolina's Citadel is wholeheartedly integrating its new
VMI's General Bunting says their hairdos are "just about right."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A jury early this morning convicted a former South Boston police officer of
embezzling more than one thousand dollars seized as evidence in drug cases.
42- year old Larry Jerome Stovall was also convicted of misappropriating
state police funds used for drug investigations.
Stovall worked as a narcotics investigator until earlier this year when more
than two- thousand dollars in money could not be accounted for.
His attorney tried to convince the jury it was a bookkeeping error.
But the jury apparently didn't buy Stovall's story.
Jurors recommended a two- year jail term.
Stovall was also ordered to pay more than 15- hundred dollars in fines.
A Pittsylvania County "moonshine still" which used to make peach brandy is
out of business.
SUPER-03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Night;
Local and state agents teamed up last night to shut down the operation.
Ben Barber and Lewis Ayers were arrested at the site off Route 672 in
Authorities say it's unusual to find a peach brandy operation because it's
more expensive to make than regular moonshine.
((CAPT. JAMES MCLAUGHLIN/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: BASICALLY, I THINK
THE WAY THEY GET RID OF IT HERE IS BY THE CASE, GOING UP TO SOME OF THE
NORTHERN LARGER CITIES, THEY USUALLY GET RID OF THE, DISPOSE OF IT, BY THE
GALLONS, IT COULD GO DOUBLE, AS MUCH AS A 120- DOLLARS A GALLON IN LARGER
SUPER=01-Capt. James McLaughlin/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=larger cities.
Authorities found 48- gallons for sale, another 42- was ready for packaging.
If convicted, the men face three years in prison and a one thousand dollar
The search for a robbery suspect has ended in Southwest Roanoke.
This morning 40- year- old Ellis Price Wilson was arrested at his home.
He's accused of stealing a bag of money from an S & S Cafeteria employee
earlier in the week.
The worker was attempting to deposit the funds at a nearby bank when Wilson
allegedly robbed him.
Police combed the area near Towers Shopping Center for hours, but without
Authorities now say there was a mix up in the suspect's description.
Police wouldn't say how much money was stolen... but DID say some of it has
Wilson is currently being held at the Roanoke City Jail.
The stock market remained virtually unchanged in another quiet day of trading.
The Dow was up a point; NASDAQ gained five.
Some drug store customers could be at risk-- because their pharmacist may
be overburdened behind the counter.
That's the concern of some druggists, who met this week with the State
Board of Pharmacy.
Pharmacist Allison Lucas says the public doesn't seem to realize just how
involved the job is..... as pharmacists deal with doctors, nurses, patients,
and insurance companies.
IN Q=It's very stressful
((ALLISON LUCAS/PHARMACIST: IT'S VERY STRESSFUL, A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THIS IS
JUST A CREAM, YOU HAVE TO JUST SLAP A LABEL ON IT THAT'S ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE
DONE. THAT'S THE WRONG APPROACH. WE'RE A PART OF YOUR HEALTH CARE TEAM, WE NEED
TO KNOW THINGS. WHEN WE ASK THINGS WE'RE NOT TRYING TO BE NOSY. EVERYTHING IS
CONFIDENTIAL, WE ARE JUST TRYING TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH CARE. ))
SUPER=01-Allison Lucas/Pharmacist; :
OUT Q=your health care.
The state originally began looking into the druggists concerns because of
an increase in prescription errors.
Pharmacists say it would help if prescriptions were written legibly, and
if they were allowed to have more clerical assistance.
Currently, only ONE non-pharmacist is permitted behind the counter with
There may be another way you can help the American Red Cross....and get
your employer to pay you for it.
All-State Insurance in Salem is the latest company to let its workers
participate in the Platelet Pheresis program on company time.
Platelets are the smallest cells in the blood, needed for blood clotting.
They're used by cancer and burn patients, and sometimes those undergoing
The Red Cross is hoping more and more companies will support their workers
The donation process takes about two hours.
Coming up tonight in sports, the 49ers thrown Rice a pile of money, Emmitt is
coming back Monday, the Hillcats rake in the postseason honors, Tiger talks
about why he's turning Pro,
and Steve Mason shows how the Hokies are filling some holes this preseason as
they try to live up to their national billing.
The price of Rice is going up in San Francisco as the ten time pro bowler
signs a new deal with the Forty Niners.
Jerry Rice, regarded as the greatest receiver in NFL history will remain
with the Niners until retirement as his signs a seven year extension worth a
reported $4 million a year.
The contract runs through the year 2002 and replaces his current deal which
would have expired after next year.
Rice holds 10 major career receiving records.
The Dallas Cowboys open defense of the their super bowl title this Monday
night against the Chicago Bears, and tonight their fans are getting some
Emmitt Smith says his strained knee ligaments feel much better, and that he
plans to not only play but start Monday night.
He injured his knee 11 days ago, but he will practice tomorrow saying there's
no way he could miss playing on Monday night.
Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins signed former UVa tight end Bobby Neely today
to the team's five man practice squad.
And former Virginia Tech running back Vaughn Hebron, who was cut on Monday by
the Eagles, was resigned today by the Denver Broncos.
Hebron missed all of last year with a torn ligament in his right knee.
GRAPHIC=Tech pre season
The Virginia Tech Football team is ranked as high as 11th in some pre
season college football polls.
But Steve Mason says before they can live up to the high expectations, the
Hokies must first fill some holes.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/All-American Defensive End; :10
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :57
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:23
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((First on the defensive line; All-American J.C. price, Hank Coleman, Jim
Baron, Jeff Holland, and Lawrence Lewis, all have started over the last 2
years, all gone.
((CORNELL BROWN/VA. TECH ALL-AMERICAN:))
Who will help Big East defensive player of the year Cornell Brown and Waverly
Jackson up front?
Junior tackle Brad Baylor will replace Price,
and redshirt junior Danny Wheel is at the top of the depth chart to fill the
other defensive end spot. Wheel broke a bone in his left hand this week in
practice, but should be okay for the Akron game.
Linebacker Tony Morrison will step in for the departed George de Ricco.
On offense, both Brian Still and Jermaine Holmes graduated. Cornelius White
is back, but Jim Druckenmiller will need help from newcomers; redshirt junior
Shawn Scales and Michael Stuewe will play.
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
Beamer is hardly stressing a 4th straight bowl trip, or a Big East title;
however the 9th year Hokie leader does preach doing the things that will get
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
The Hokies open the season September 7th at Akron. Steve Mason News 7
The Carolina League season is winding down and the Lynchburg Hillcats are
started to get wound up.
The team is just a game and a half out of first place in the Northern
Division with 8 games to go.
SUPER=03-Salem/May 5, 1996; :00
Today the Cats got some big news when they learned that Jose Guillen, their
big time outfielder is the Carolina League's player of the year.
He's hitting 317 with 18 homers this season.
Guillen is on the first team all-Carolina league squad along with two of his
teammates. Third baseman Freddie Garcia who has hit 20 homers this season and
racked up 83 rbis is on the post season all-star squad,
Along with MIke Asche, the team's outfielder, who leads the team in triples
and runs scored this season.
A couple of games in the big leagues are already over this afternoon.
The Indians beat the Tigers 9-to-3 as Albert belle hit his 43rd homer of the
SUPER=03-Chicago/Brewers vs, White Sox;
Already a couple of games are in the books in the major leagues this
Ray Durham and Ozzie Guillen drove in the only two runs of the day in the
second with RBI singles as the Whitesox beat the Brewers 2-to-0.
Day three of the US Open tennis championships and the upsets not only
continue but they continue to grow in magnitude.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/USA; :00
Today ninth seeded Wayne Ferreira was the victim as the tourney's ninth seed
was shocked by a fellow South African countryman.
David Nainkin came into the open ranked 215th in the world, but he beats
Ferreira 6-4, 6-4, 2-6 and 7-5.
Lindsey Davenport and Gabriella Sabitini won today and Monica Seles advanced
when her second round opponent forfeited.
Tiger Woods is in Milwaukee tuning up for his first professional
tournament; the Greater Milwaukee Open.
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI; :00
Woods met the media today and says happiness, not million dollar contracts
with Nike and Titlelist, is the reason for going pro.
IN Q="It wasn't
((TIGER WOODS/3 TIME U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Tiger Woods/3 Time U.S. Amateur Champion; :00
OUT Q=...pointed to yes"
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SUPER=334-Patchy Fog Again/Light Winds/55-59/Mostly Sunny/Light NE Wind/80-83;