There may be as many as 30-thousand people left in the lurch when Holdren's
new owners pulled the plug on extended service contracts.
Tonight on News 7 at SIX, we'll hear from the Holdren's General Manager who
said he wasn't going to take part in welshing on the warranties, so he quit.
And a stiff prison term for a teenager who killed his classmate.
Tonight in sports, an injured Rodney Peete talks about battling the Redskins
on Sunday, the Roanoke Valley Sports Club looks to the future,
And no less than three girls basketball tournaments are ready to tip off a new
season of hoops tonight from Floyd to Daleville.
Changes in the forecast may be in order as Hurricane Edouard refuses to make
a turn. Details just ahead.
If you own an extended service contract that will no longer be honored by
Holdren's appliance stores, you're not alone.
There may be as many as 30- THOUSAND warranties that aren't being covered by
the chain's new owner.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
Today Len Besthoff spoke with someone who had intimate knowledge of what was
going on at Holdren's when it decided not to cover warranties people paid
hundreds of dollars for.
Keith, Steve Terry worked with Holdren's for 13 years before stepping down
from his position as G-M two days ago.
He had ethical concerns about the new owners decision not to cover service
warranties written by the previous owner.
IN Q=The biggest
SUPER=01-Steve Terry/Former Holdren's GM; :00
SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :15 quick
OUT Q=Millions of dollars? No.
SOT today tape 03:06:00
IN Q=The biggest
((STEVE TERRY/FORMER HOLDREN'S GM: THE BIGGEST THING WAS ALL OF THE HISTORY
THAT WAS THERE. WITH EMPLOYEES SELLING THE SERVICE CONTRACT TO THE CUSTOMERS OF
THE NEW RIVER AND ROANOKE VALLEYS AND THAT THEY WERE NOT GOING TO BE HONORED,
AND I DID NOT WANT TO BE A PART OF IT.))
OUT Q=part of it.
Steve Terry says for two months after Holdren's assets were purchased by a
North Carolina company, the stores honored service warranties sold by the old
And when customers learned late last week that that practice was being
SOT 03:12:58 today tape
IN Q=There were hundreds of
((THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF CUSTOMERS WHO WERE CALLING, ASKING IF THEY WERE GOING
TO BE ANY GOOD, AND WHAT WAS GOING ON. AND THEN MONDAY, IT WAS ESCALATED BEYOND
OUT Q=escalated beyond that.
The former G-M says over the years, Holdren's sold quite a few warranties
before it sold out.
SOT 03:08:34 today tape
IN Q=How many
((BESTHOFF QUESTION: HOW MANY CONTRACTS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? TERRY REPLY: TENS
OF THOUSANDS. BESTHOFF QUESTION: CLOSER TO A HUNDRED THOUSAND? TERRY REPLY: NO.
BESTHOFF QUESTION: CLOSER TO 50-THOUSAND? TERRY REPLY: SOMEWHERE IN THE RANGE
OF 25-30 THOUSAND.))
OUT Q=in the range of 25 to 30 thousand.
Terry says the new owners decided the warranties were a much larger
liability than they had expected.
SOT 03:08:27 today tape
IN Q=Was it in the hundreds of thousands?
((BESTHOFF QUESTION: WAS IT IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS? TERRY
REPLY: OH, IT WAS IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND OF DOLLARS. BESTHOFF QUESTION: I
MEAN, WAS IT IN THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS? TERRY REPLY: NO.))))
OUT Q=millions of dollars? No.
Keith the company that now owns Holdren's did not answer our calls.
The present and former owners are supposed to meet in Richmond with the
Virginia Department of Consumer Affairs to try to iron this out.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
A Danville teenager will spend the next 36- years in prison for killing a
Under current parole guidelines, 17- year old Lawrence Howerton, Junior will
probably serve at least 30 years in prison.
A jury convicted the teenager last month of killing 16- year old Anthony
The young man was killed on Winslow Street, in January.
According to testimony heard during the trial, the two had been in a fight
at George Washington High school about a week before the shooting.
Howerton was also ordered to pay 12- thousand dollars in restitution to the
Complaints from neighbors led to a raid last night by Christiansburg
police, and the arrest of two suspected drug dealers.
Authorities seized about eight thousand dollars in cash, 10 grams of crack
cocaine, three guns and two vehicles.
They arrested 74 year- old William Bernice (ber-NEECE) Smith and his wife,
59 year- old Josephine Smith.
((LT. GARY BRUMFIELD/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPT.: PEOPLE WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT
TRAFFIC COMING IN AND OUT OF THE RESIDENCE. THEY'D GO IN AND STAY FOR A SHORT
PERIOD OF TIME AND LEAVE AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Gary Brumfield/Christiansburg Police Dept.;
OUT Q=of the night.
According to the search warrant affidavit, an informant admitted to buying
crack at the couple's home at 625-B Lyle Street in Christiansburg.
A second informant allegedly bought drugs there this month, under
supervision of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force.
Police say the Smiths were a major crack source in the New River Valley.
((I THINK THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT ARREST. IT SHOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE, CURTAIL
OUT Q=curtail it.
Josephine and William Smith both served time for cocaine distribution in
They now face possession with intent to distribute crack and related weapons
It's every taxpayer's dream: getting money BACK from the city.
Steve Smallshaw reports that's exactly what's happening for Lynchburg
residents who are helping the city clean up its sewer system.
IN Q=It's not every
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :16
SUPER=01-Bob Blair/Blair Communications; :55
SUPER=01-Phyllis Fauber/Homeowner; 1:05
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It's not every day the mayor comes to your house, and it's even more rare
when he brings you money.
But as her neighbors looked on, Phyllis Fauber accepted a check for 600
dollars, all for having the four downspouts on her house disconnected from the
city sewer system.
IN Q=Through the
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: THROUGH THE INVOLVEMENT OF HOMEOWNERS LIKE MRS.
FAUBER, LYNCHBURG IS SHOWING OTHER CITIES NATIONWIDE THAT WHEN ENOUGH PEOPLE IN
THE COMMUNITY TAKE PRIDE AND TAKE ACTION, THERE'S A WHOLE NEW WAY TO SOLVE
OUT Q=to solve problems.
Lynchburg's problem is combined sewer overflow: too many homes have gutters
that dump rainwater directly into the sewer system.
During periods of heavy rain, contaminated water from the sewers overflows
into area streams and rivers.
The EPA has told Lynchburg to fix it, so the city is paying homeowners 150
dollars for every downspout they have disconnected.
IN Q=So by volunteering
(( BOB BLAIR/BLAIR COMMUNICATIONS: SO BY VOLUNTEERING, WE'RE SOLVING THE
PROBLEM, OVERFLOW THAT'S CAUSED BY DOWNSPOUTS, AND WE'RE ALSO KEEPING THE COST
OF THE PROGRAM DOWN FOR EVERYBODY.))
OUT Q=for everybody.
IN Q=I'm all for
((PHYLLIS FAUBER/HOMEOWNER: I'M ALL FOR ANY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT THAT CAN
HELP CITIZENS OR STREAMS OR WATER, ANYTHING.))
All told, nine thousand homes in the Hill City will need their downspouts
The city is hoping every affected homeowner volunteers to have the work done
on their own.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Students at Roanoke's Jackson Middle School will get an extra week of summer
The opening of the newly renovated school has been pushed back a week.
Sixth, seventh and eighth graders won't have to go back until Monday,
Sixth-grade orientation will be held a week from Friday.
School officials made the decision after consulting with building inspectors
and the contractor.
They say the delay will give sub-contractors more time to finish their work.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
the Salem V-A is part of a national study on treatment for a form of
Connie Stevens will have the story.
and it's a sure bet Virginia lottery fans are going to like the Big Game,
a multi state affair with a potentially big payoff. We'll have a
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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Meningitis is an infection or inflammation of the membranes covering the
brain and spinal cord.
There are different forms of the condition-- and as Connie Stevens reports
from the newsroom, with one, there may soon be a new treatment.
Double Boxes=Keith and Connie/Newsroom
That's right Keith, but first it's important to distinguish between
bacterial and viral meningitis.
As we've heard before, bacterial meningitis can be deadly-- if not treated
early...but there are medications available.
Though both conditions present the same symptoms, viral meningitis isn't
IN Q=In the past
SUPER=01-Dr. Charles Schleupner/Salem V.A. Chief of Medical Services; ::00
OUT Q=functioning normally.
IN Q=In the past
((DR. CHARLES SCHLEUPNER/SALEM V.A. CHIEF OF MEDICAL SERVICES: IN THE PAST ALL
WE'VE HAD REALLY IS TELLING PEOPLE TO GO TO BED, MAYBE DRINK SOME FLUIDS, TAKE
SOME ASPIRIN OR TYLENOL AND THEY'LL GET BETTER WITHIN A FEW DAYS OR A WEEK OR
OUT Q=a week or so.
Now though, the Salem V-A- is participating in the first major nationwide
human trial, to test a new drug-- still known by just a number-- to treat viral
Dr. Schleupner and his team will be working with all Roanoke Valley
hospitals, to try to identify candidates for the drug.
IN Q=We're going to
((WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT WHETHER THEIR FEVER GOES AWAY QUICKER. WHETHER
THEIR HEADACHE GOES AWAY QUICKER AND WHETHER THEIR GENERAL SENSE OF WELL BEING
RETURNS MORE RAPIDLY SO THEY CAN GET BACK TO WORK AND FUNCTIONING NORMALLY. ))
OUT Q=functioning normally.
This group of viral meningitis typically appears in the fall-- so the
study will only continue for a couple of months.
Now with their consent, patients will either be given the drug....or just
a sugar pill, to test its effectiveness.
Double Boxes=Keith and Connie/Newsroom
And Keith, they will be compensated financially for their time, and the
The power company will soon be reading your gas meter in the Roanoke Valley.
Starting in October, American Electric Power will do meter readings for all
45-thousand Roanoke Gas customers.
The utilities think this might end up saving them some money.
IN Q=We haven't put a number
((BARRY SNODGRASS/AEP REGIONAL MANAGER: WE HAVEN'T PUT A NUMBER ON IT. IT'LL BE
SOMEWHAT DEPENDENT ON WHAT THE COSTS TURN OUT TO BE, WHAT THE PROBLEMS TURN OUT
TO BE. WE'RE ANTICIPATING SAVINGS BUT WE'RE REALLY JUST UNABLE TO SAY HOW MUCH
AT THIS EARLY STAGE. ))
SUPER=01-Barry Snodgrass/AEP Regional Manager;
OUT Q=at this early stage.
A-E-P is also going to test an electronic meter reading system in the Penn
Forest and Hunting Hills subdivisions.
That system will allow the power company to read water use, as well.
"Everybody out of the pool." It may come down to that, if the city can't
find some more lifeguards.
It's a perennial problem. Everybody wants to make the most of the last big
weekend of the summer season by taking a dip... but a lot of the lifeguards
have headed back to school, leaving municipalities high and dry.
The City of Roanoke has issued a plea to certified lifeguards for help.
The city is offering a bonus... above the usual hourly rate. If that
doesn't work, only one of the two city- owned pools will be open at a time this
TAPE# 96-67 ; LB II 55:55
Contract negotiations are underway for employees of Westvaco's Low Moor
SUPER=03-Low Moor/File Tape;
The current contract ends Sunday.
A union president is trying to put a package together by Saturday.
More than 100 hourly employees work at the converting plant.
Negotiations on a new pact began August 15th.
The current contract has been extended twice since the last round of
negotiations in 1987.
The stock market was off today after a broad-based selloff.
The Dow lost nearly 65 points
closing at 56 hundred 47.
NASDAQ was down nine points.
Powerball watch out.
Those who hate gambling be warned.
Virginia's version of the massive jackpot lottery game is ready to go.
They call it the Big Game.
Ellen Qualls has a preview.
IN Q=nat sot
SUPER=01-Harry Desar/Store Owner; :11
SUPER=01-Bill Leonard/Virginia Lottery; :42
SUPER=01-A.C. Whitlow/Virginia Lottery; 1:00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( nat sot 25:27
ticket printing EUREKA!
Every Friday, starting in a week, the Virginia Lottery and five other states
hope the Big Game will be a big money maker.
SOT T1 37:10
((HARRY DESAR/STORE OWNER: THIS IS A TOTALLY NEW GAME. LIKE UH -- BUT YOU GOT
A GOOD CHANCE TO WIN ON THAT WITH THE BIG GAME. LIKE YOU HAVE A CERTAIN
NUMBER, YOU GET MORE MONEY THAN THE REGULAR LOTTO.))
Well the jackpots are expected to range from 5 to 40 or 50 million dollars.
But -- reality check -- it's a long shot.
One in 53 million, versus one in 7.1 million for Lotto.
And because Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Michigan are
also involved -- there are differences.
SOT TAPE ONE 34:16
((BILL LEONARD/VA. LOTTERY: IF THEY WANT TO PLAY THE BIG GAME, THEY'VE GOT TO
GET IN BEFORE 10:30 AT NIGHT. MOST OF THE PLAYERS ARE USED TO PLAYING UP TO 10
OR 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE DRAWING.))
The numbers will be drawn in Chicago and phoned into Richmond.
Virginia's one of just one of two states that runs its own lottery
SOT TAPE TWO 01:14:58
((A.C. WHITLOW/VA. LOTTERY: WE EXPECT MORE PLAY. WE EXPECT MORE PHONE CALLS.
WE EXPECT MORE ACTIVITY OVER THE TERMINALS. BUT AS FAR AS WHAT WE DO, IT WON'T
BE ANY DIFFERENT. IT WILL JUST BE MORE OF IT.))
sot STANDUP TAPE TWO 01:30;21
((LOTTERY OFFICIALS ADMIT THEY GOT A LITTLE BIT LUCKY. THE LOTTO JACKPOT'S NOT
EXPECTED TO GET ANY HIGHER THAN 4-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS BEFORE THE BIG GAME
DRAWING -- WHICH STARTS AT FIVE MILLION. THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE BIG GAME
WAS BIGGER THAN THE LOTTO.))
So what would you do with 50 million dollars?
((HOLY MACKEREL. I DON'T KNOW.))
The first Big Game tickets go on sale Saturday.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Coming up tonight in sports, girls basketball tournaments are tipping off all
over the area tonight, we'll have a preview for you.
Plus, Steffi Graf rolls at the open,
And Rodney Peete talks about overcoming this injury to play this Sunday
against the Redskins.
GRAPHIC=Bank of Botetourt tip off
The defending state champion Lady cavaliers tip off the 1996 girls
basketball season tonight at Lord Botetourt in the Bank of Botetourt tip off
tournament. In the 5pm game, Bath County ________ Liberty. Jefferson Forest
plays the lady Cavaliers in the 6:30 contest.
IN Q="I haven't
((DAVID WHEAT/LORD BOTETOURT GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-David Wheat/Lord Botetourt Girls Basketball Coach; :00
OUT Q=...very good test for us"
GRAPHIC=Lady Buffaloes tip off tourney
Floyd County is also hosting a tournament. The Lady Buffaloes Tip Off
Tourney is underway. Patrick County is playing Blacksburg in the 6pm game and
then Floyd County takes on Piedmont power Fieldale-Collinsville at 7:30.
IN Q="The whole
((ALAN CANTRELL/FLOYD. CO GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd Co. Girls Basketball Coach; :00
OUT Q=...one game"
SS=William Byrd tip off classic
The William Byrd Tip Off Classic is underway as well. Northside and Glenvar
are playing right now and then Martinsville battles Byrd at 7:30. We will have
highlights of all three tournaments tonight at 11.
The Washington Redskins open their 1996 season this Sunday afternoon at RFK
stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles a team they lost to twice last season.
IN Q="YOU KNOW IT'S GONNA...
((RODNEY PEETE/EAGLES QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Rodney Peete/Eagles Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...CROWD OUT OF IT."
There is some concern on the Eagles' side that Peete himself may be out of
He injured his left knee in the preseason on this scary looking hit.
And earlier this week he didn't exactly look like he was completely healed.
However, the Eagles say they plan to let him start on Sunday.
IN Q="I'm not gonna...
OUT Q=...what I'm gonna do."
The Carolina Panthers open at home on Sunday against the Falcons,
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
Unfortunately, for Charlotte fans, the Rocket likely will lift off this
Raghib "Rocket" Ismail has been practicing with his new team this week
but he's been moving gingerly with a sore ankle.
Newly acquired quarterback Jay Barker, the former Alabama star is also in
town learning the Panthers offense. He's third string right now.
The Roanoke Valley Sports Club is back. The club re-organized three years
ago and this year the membership is over 200.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :
The Club kicked off its season last night at the Salem Civic. The guest
speakers were N-B-A stars Dell Curry and Bimbo Coles.
The sports club has a history of bringing some of the top sports figures to
the Roanoke Valley. And that tradition continues.
IN Q="You need...
((CHARLIE MOIR/ROANOKE VALLEY SPORTS CLUB: ))
SUPER=01-Charlie Moir/Roanoke Valley Sports Club; :
OUT Q=........really well."
Smith, The head coach at V-C-U will visit the club in September to discuss
the 1996-97 college basketball season.
And Mast, The veteran stock car driver, will be the quest speaker in late
Greg Maddux tossed 7 scoreless innings this afternoon and won his 13th game
of the year as the Braves beat the Pirates 5-to-1.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Braves vs. Pirates; :00
Maddux got run support from Jermaine Dye and Chipper Jones as each homered in
the late Innings.
The Braves have now won 13 of their last 17 games and are 11 and a half
games in front of the Expos in the East.
The Padres and Cubs have also picked up wins this afternoon.
The US Open tennis championships roll on at Flushing Meadows today as they
get set for the night sectin of day number four.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/USA; :00
Steffi Graf who almost skipped the Open because her Dad';s tax evasion trial
begins next week in Germany, needed just two easy sets to wipe out austria's
Krin Kschwendt 6-2 and 6-1.
Steffi now moves on to the third round.
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