On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight, we'll hear from the Marine recruiter who rescued a
couple of people from a burning wreck on the Interstate.
And an uneasy home-coming for the man who killed a pair of hikers on the
Appalachian Trail 15 years ago.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason visits with 49ers star Tyronne Drakeford,
Dan Marino may be out as much as 6 weeks after ankle surgery today.
and Steve Young will also miss this weekend's game with the Falcons after
reaggravated a groin injury.
Clouds roll back into the region tomorrow but the rains will hold off until
the weekend. And in WeatherSchool tonight, think HOT.
GRAPHIC=Frankie Lee Hall
While others stood by and watched, Frankie Lee Hall put his own life in
jeopardy to save another.
The marine recruiter helped two people to safety yesterday,
after their car collided with a truck on Interstate 581 and caught fire.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell has Hall's story.
IN Q=On a fall morning
SUPER=07-Staff Sgt. Frankie Lee Hall; :15
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((On a fall morning, Marine Staff Sergeant Frankie Lee Hall is in his
element... meeting students in the halls of Shawsville High School.
Less than 24 hours earlier his routine was interrupted when Hall
encountered an accident on Interstate 581.
IN Q=I could see the smoke
OUT Q=something had to be done.
Hall helped a young woman from the car, then went back for another person
who was still inside the burning vehicle.
The young man complained of injuries, but as the flames grew, Hall says he
knew they had to move quickly.
IN Q=At the heat of the moment
OUT Q=I had what it took.
Hall says he is sorry he was unable to rescue a small dog that was also
riding in the car, but the two occupants police identify as Nicole Hicks and
Kevin Billinger survived.
A day after the accident, Hall is still shaken, but said he is simply
thankful he was able to help.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Criminal defense lawyers are hailing this week's ruling in the case of Tina
While Zelenak is still serving a life sentence for her role in the robbery
and murder spree in Blacksburg four years ago, the Court of Appeals has
overturned her attempted robbery conviction.
Zelenak claimed she was under "duress," that she was so intimidated by her
boyfriend, she actually feared for her life if she didn't do what he told her.
A social worker was ready to testify as an expert witness to bolster
Zelenak's claim that she idolized and feared Paul Morehead. But the judge
wouldn't allow it.
The Court said Judge Kenneth Devore was wrong, reversed the jury verdict
and sent the case back to Montgomery County.
Zelenak's trial lawyer says the ruling on expert testimony adds a new
dimension to the use of psychological evidence in criminal cases.
It's been 15 years since two hikers from Maine were murdered on the
Appalachian Trail in Giles County.
On Friday, their killer is due to be released from prison and return to his
home in Pearisburg.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=This is Ingram Village
SUPER=01-Bobby Reynolds/Neighbor; :14
SUPER=01-Dessie Whittaker/Neighbor; :31
SUPER=03-Conway, SC/1981; :48
SUPER=03-Giles Co./1981; :58
SUPER=01-Sabrina Payne/Neighbor; 1:25
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( This is Ingram Village in Pearisburg, the neighborhood where Randall Lee
Smith grew up, and where he'll return this Friday to live with his mother after
serving about half of a 30 year- sentence for murder.
Some neighbors are worried.
((BOBBY REYNOLDS/NEIGHBOR: THEY JUST WONDER HOW IT'S GONNA BE.
QUESTION: THEY'RE WORRIED?
ANSWER: YEAH, OF COURSE, LIKE I SAY THAT STANDS TO REASON. ))
But Joe and Dessie Whittaker watched Smith grow up. They describe him as
friendly, helpful, and quiet. They don't believe he could have committed the
crimes without provocation.
((DESSIE WHITTAKER/NEIGHBOR: YEAH, HE WAS JUST AS GOOD AS HE COULD BE. I'VE
KNOWN HIM EVER SINCE HE WAS BORN AND I HAVEN'T HAD NO TROUBLE WITH HIM
But in May in 1981, Susan Ramsay was slashed to death after a fierce
Her companion, Bob Mountford was shot dead in his sleeping bag.
A week later Smith's abandoned truck was found in Myrtle Beach. Inside
authorities found a suicide note linking him to the crimes, then nabbed Smith
hiding in woods.
His fingerprints matched the bloody ones on evidence that had been buried
near the murder scene.
Investigators who worked the case say they were disappointed with the plea
bargain then, and remain so now as Smith's homecoming nears.
But his release is not without conditions.
Smith will remain on supervised parole for ten years. For an undetermined
amount of that time he'll have to wear a home electronic monitoring device.
Some neighbors say how he gets along in Ingram Village will be up to him.
((SABRINA PAYNE/NEIGHBOR: EVERYBODY DESERVES A CHANCE. HE'S DID HIS TIME. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
A Roanoke man was shot in a robbery at an A-T-M bank machine when he
decided to take on his assailant.
Robert Leonard Brown told police he went to use the machine at the Crestar
branch on Williamson Road about two o'clock this morning when he realized he
forgot his wallet. He was walking back to his car when a masked gunman demanded
Brown says he handed over 20 dollars but the robber demanded more.
Brown says he then grabbed the gun and wrestled with the robber, who
regained control of the weapon and fired two shots. One shot hit Brown in the
He was treated at Roanoke Community Hospital.
Police are searching for the robber.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
it's ALREADY job reviewtime for the new president of Radford University.
and we'll find out how Virginia's newest lottery game is faring. State
officials are hoping for BIG things from the Big Game.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-9.40''/plus 6.62''/45.15''/plus 14.75'';
SUPER=83-Down 1.10 feet/Down 0.42 foot;Lake levels
The nation's largest petroleum pipeline is apparently beginning to show its
Officials say the Colonial pipeline has weak, corroded or cracked segments
which could pose a threat to life, property and the environment.
The 13- hundred mile line links Texas to New Jersey-- it enters Virginia,
SUPER=03-Near Greenville, SC/June 1996;
The owner was ordered to check for problems after a rupture in June near
Greenville, South Carolina.
One million gallons of diesel fuel leaked into the Reedy River.
Colonial officials believe the line is safe.
A spokesman says they've already inspected the line in Virginia, but still
need to check pressure sensors along the entire route.
Wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Fire destroyed an auto parts storage barn near Evington this morning.
More than three dozen firefighters from three central Virginia companies
fought the blaze at New London Auto Parts on Route 6-23.
But the 40 year old wooden structure burned too quickly, and crews were left
with the task of saving nearby buildings.
IN Q=Before we got
((ALAN MADDOX/EVINGTON FIRE CHIEF: BEFORE WE GOT THE FIRST TRUCK HERE, THE WOOD
AND STUFF IN IT WAS SO OLD IT JUST BECAME FULLY INVOLVED, AND OUR MAIN CONCERN
WAS TO PROTECT THE EXPOSURES, WHICH WE SAVED AN OFFICE TRAILER AND A FEW OTHER
((GORDON HICKS/OWNER: EVERYTHING HURTS WHEN YOU LOSE, BUT I DON'T THINK IT WILL
HURT IT THAT BAD. I'M AN OPTIMIST, NOT A PESSIMIST.))
SUPER=01-Alan Maddox/Evington Fire Chief; :00
SUPER=01-Gordon Hicks/Owner; :13
OUT Q=not a pessimist.
Hicks estimates his loss at more than 30 thousand dollars.
Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.
Opponents of a proposed nightspot in Lynchburg may have won their fight to
keep the business out of downtown.
The owner of Sassy's Restaurant and Lounge has withdrawn her application to
serve alcoholic drinks at the Fifth Street Location.
Neighbors had opposed the project, fearing the nightclub would create noise
and crime problems for the area.
Two of Lynchburg's three murders this year have occurred at another
nightclub, the Glass House, which has since closed down.
Sassy's closed ITS doors in August after A-B-C agents charged the owner,
Willie Mae Dates, with serving alcohol without a license.
Dates and her partner claim they were forced out of business because
neighbors refused to believe a black- owned nightclub could operate problem-
She is considering selling the business to a North Carolina bidder.
A Salem company founded about eight years ago is growing.
Noble Met makes small, in some cases microscopic metal parts for medical
The tube- like components are used in catheters that perform complex
surgical procedures, like angioplasty.
Increased orders from a client list including heavyweights like Johnson-
and- Johnson have its business in a big upswing.
IN Q=We'll be
((JOHN FREELAND/NOBLE MET PRESIDENT: WE'LL BE EXPANDING THE FACILITY. WE
CURRENTLY HAVE A 25 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY WE'RE PUTTING IN PLACE SPACE
TO GO TO 50 THOUSAND SQUARE FEET IN THE MANUFACTURING AREA.))
SUPER=01-John Freeland/Noble Met President;
OUT Q=manufacturing area.
Right now Noble Met has 50 employees.
That's double what it had when it moved to its new plant two years ago.
By the end of next year it expects it will hire about three dozen more
November will begin on a bright note for one Danville business.
That's when the Masonite Corporation is planning to begin operating with a
fourth shift to keep up with demand.
Masonite is a hardboard manufacturer.
The company has already begun interviewing applicants.
The move is expected to create 60- new jobs by January.
The stock market made some modest gains today,
The Dow was up three points to close at 58 hundred 77.
NASDAQ up nine points.
A little more than a year after he joined the school, Radford University's
governing board is asking
for a performance evaluation of president Douglas Covington.
The decision reportedly has some students and faculty members worried about
whether there's a move afoot to get rid of Covington, the school's first
African American president.
Covington came to Radford in June 1995.
University officials say the intent of the evaluation is to measure how
effective Covington's leadership has been.
But board member Nancy Wilson said discussion of firing Covington surfaced
within the board this summer.
Covington said he has agreed to the evaluation.
The Big Game is NOT off to a big start.
Lottery officials are depending on it to make 37- million dollars in profit
for Virginia's budget this year.
IN Q=We had
((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE HAD HOPED THAT SALES WOULD BE GREATER
AT THIS POINT IN TIME WITH THE BIG GAME. BUT THEY'RE NOT DOING BADLY. WE HAD
JUST I GUESS EXPECTED THAT VIRGINIANS WERE GOING TO TURN OUT IN GREATER NUMBERS
THESE FIRST THREE WEEKS THAN THEY HAVE. BUT WE'RE PLEASED WITH WHAT WE HAVE
DONE. AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A 15- MILLION DOLLAR JACKPOT FOR THIS FRIDAY NIGHT
AND THAT CERTAINLY IS GOING TO HELP.))
SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Va. Lottery Director;
OUT Q=to help.
Kyle expects the first Big Game jackpot that hits the 30- million dollar
range will catch Virginians' attention.
NO Lotto jackpot's ever hit that mark.
Another reason for slow sales -- the first Big Game drawing came the night
Hurricane Fran caused record power outages across the state.
Coming up tonight in sports, Dan Marino gets come company on the sideline as
two more NFL quarterbacks are sidelined with injuries.
We'll check out Jackie Joyner-Kersee on the hardwood in Richmond,
and Steve Mason gets us reacquainted with former tech star Tyronne Drakeford,
who'se now in his third year with the 49ers.
The Miami Dolphins got bad news yesterday, and worse news this afternoon.
Quarterback Dan Marino's had surgery to repair the slight fracture to his
right ankle today.
And doctors say he may be out 6 weeks They also say the Achilles injury he
had two years ago may have contributed to the break.
IN Q="Because it's a ...
((DR. JOHN URIBE/MIAMI'S TEAM PHYSICIAN:))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Uribe/Miami's Team Physician; :00
OUT Q=...SOME INVOLVEMENT."
Chicago Bears' quarterback Erik Kramer will also miss Sunday's game with
the Raiders due to a neck injury. Kramer has an acute injury to a
Backup Dave Krieg is expected to start in his place.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Sunday; :00
And 49ers quarterback Steve Young will miss this weekend's game with the
Young is suffering from a groin injury he first hurt on September 8th and
then re-aggravated last week against the Panthers.
Making the move up from college to pro football isn't just about big money
and big hits.
Former Hokie and now San Francisco 49er Tyronne Drakeford has experienced
the gold Rush from drawing an NFL paycheck, but he's also had to dig himself
out of some on the field holes.
Steve Mason has more on the 1994 Virginia Tech grad.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/49ers vs. Panthers; :
SUPER=01-Tyronne Drakeford/49ers Cornerback; :17
SUPER=01-George Seifert/49ers Head Coach; :53
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
PINNACLE PAGE 18074
And don't forget you can watch Drakeford's Hokies in action this Saturday at
3:30 right here on Your Hometown Station as they kick things off against
pinnacle page 18075
And before that game Saturday you can tune at Noon and watch the Wake Forest
Demon Deacons battle Clemson in Death Valley.
Both games right here on WDBJ this Saturday.
The defending world champion Chicago Bulls signed 20 year veteran Robert
Parish to a two year deal today.
Parish is 43 years old.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee isn't nearly that old but she says she felt it today as
she began workouts with the Richmond Rage in the new all-women American
The former UCLA players struggled a bit but she says she will stick it out.
IN Q="I'm not...
((JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE/RICHMOND RAGE GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Jackie Joyner-Kersee/Richmond Rage Guard; :00
OUT Q=...WALK AWAY."
GRAPHIC=hometown hoops FULL!!
And don't forget this is Wednesday and that's Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Steve Mason has the best in girl's high school hoops at 5 & 11.
If you missed him at five, join him at later tonight on News 7 at 11.
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/45-49/Increasing Clouds/Winds SE-10/65-69;
SUPER=331-Clear And Cool/Light Winds/50-55/Increasing Clouds/Light
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Wind NE-15/48-52/Cloudy Skies/Wind SE-15/65-69;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/39-44/Turning Cloudy/Wind SE-10/64-68;
SUPER=334-Increasing Clouds/Winds SE Gusty/48-50/Variable Clouds/Wind
Virginia is allocating one million dollars to expand its Head Start program.
Social Services Commissioner Clarence Carter says the funding
will allow Head Start to serve 751 more low-income, at-risk
Virginia's Head Start program already serves about 11-thousand-500 children
across the state.
GRAPHIC=American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is sending out some "powerful" information to
The Heart Power program was introduced this afternoon.
It targets elementary and middle school students... offering a wide variety
of games and activities to promote healthy lifestyles.
IN Q=It's a
((VICTORIA LONGLEY/AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY: IT'S A
VIBRANT PROGRAM, ABSOLUTELY VIBRANT AND COLORFUL. NICKELODIAN- STYLE TO GRAB
THE KIDS ATTENTION. HOPEFULLY IF IT GRABS THEM, THEY'LL WANT TO LOOK A LITTLE
FURTHER AT IT. AND THE TEACHERS WILL USE IT BECAUSE IT'S SO BOLD AND
SUPER=01-Victoria Longley/American Heart Assoc.;
OUT Q=healthy lives
In a few weeks, Heart Power will be available to EVERY elementary school in
the Roanoke Valley.
Funding for the program was helped by a 74- thousand dollar grant from
The U-S House today passed a bill to crack down on illegal immigration.
Tonight at 11, we'll find out how tougher regulations could affect local
And we want to invite you to watch the region's only Prime Time newscast
Take Fullscreen Board
That's News 7 Prime Time, at 10 p-m on WEFC Television. You can check your
local cable listings for the channel in your area.
And of course we'll also have the day's news, weather and sports tonight at
11 here on WDBJ.