The feds are asking questions about time cards and billing practices at a
small research firm in Radford.
Coming up... NEWS 7 has the first details of the investigation into ARCOVA,
a local defense contractor.
And a physician accused of pulling a gun, pretending to be a policeman.
In sports, Dan Marino spoke to the media today about his ankle injury, the
latest on Tech running back Marcus Parker,
And the Yankees clinch the American League East Divisional title.
Clouds and drizzle in the forecast for the foreseeable future, and that
means a wash out for tonight's lunar eclipse. Stay tuned for all the forecast
Last Spring, the Radford Chamber of Commerce named Russell Churchill its
"Businessman of the Year" for 1996.
Now it appears Churchill and his company, American Research Corporation of
Virginia are the targets of a federal investigation into financial wrongdoing.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Federal investigators seen
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Federal investigators seen in and around ARCOVA today would not comment
about what they were doing.
But some former employees tell News-7 the feds have been asking questions
about altered time sheets.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said investigators also wanted to
know about what the ex-employees call a common practice at ARCOVA of taking
money from one project to pay for another, and to pay company overhead.
Owner Russell Churchill was not available for comment, and his wife Ann
Churchill refused to answer any questions.
((CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT'S GOING ON IN THERE?
ANSWER: IF I KNEW I COULD TELL YOU. I DON'T KNOW. AND IT'S NONE OF YOUR
BUSINESS, OKAY? ))
ARCOVA is a designated Small Business Innovative Research company.
Congress enacted the SBIR program in 1982 to help small companies bring new
products to the market.
The ex-employees we spoke with say ARCOVA has secured more than 100
contracts to engineer products such as software and robotics, mostly with
government agencies, using taxpayer dollars. Tracy Altizer, News 7. ))
A former amateur golf champ... and retired Salem school teacher... cried on
the witness stand as she talked about her drug addiction.
Penny Stallins is charged with possession with the intent to distribute
During a motions hearing in Botetourt County Circuit Court, Stallins sobbed
as she recounted her 10 year addiction to the drug.
Her attorneys tried to have some of the evidence against her thrown out...
but those motions were denied by the court.
Stallins is a 3- time winner of the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame Women's Golf
Tournament, and a former phys- ed instructor at Salem High and Andrew Lewis
She faces related drug charges in Salem, as well.
A physician in Craig County has been accused of impersonating a police
officer and brandishing a firearm.
Doctor William C. Anderson was following three young men in a vehicle on
Saturday, September 14th. When they stopped, Anderson allegedly pulled a gun
on them. Three days later Paul Roy Law swore out a warrant against Anderson.
The 48 year old physician works at the Lewis Gale Family Practice clinic in
New Castle, but he's on vacation this week and could not be reached for
Doctor Anderson is due in General District Court next month.
With juvenile crime on the rise, finding space to house young offenders is
becoming increasingly difficult.
Lynchburg hopes that expanding its juvenile detention home will help lock
them up and keep them out at the same time.
Steve Smallshaw explains.
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SUPER=01-Tom Currier/Detention Home Superintendent; :16
SUPER=01-Chief Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police; :34
SUPER=01-Bob Wade/Court Services Unit Director; 1:02
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
Ground was broken Thursday for a new building the owners wish they didn't
With so many young people committing crimes, Lynchburg's overcrowded
detention home has been forced to expand.. from twenty beds to sixty by 1998.
IN Q=As Pat said
((TOM CURRIER/DETENTION HOME SUPERINTENDENT: AS PAT SAID, IT'S NO CELEBRATION,
BUT I DO THINK IT IS A NECESSARY STEP IN ENSURING PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE
DELIVERY OF NEEDED SERVICES TO JUVENILES. ))
OUT Q=to juveniles.
And with juveniles committing more violent crimes, keeping offenders off the
streets is more important than ever.
IN Q=The real key
((CHIEF CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THE REAL KEY IS PROTECTION OF THE
PUBLIC AND THERE ARE SOME JUVENILES THAT SIMPLY NEED TO BE REMOVED FROM THE
NORMAL COURSE OF THINGS UNTIL HOPEFULLY SOME INTERVENTION CAN OCCUR.))
OUT Q=can occur.
IN Q=Intervention will
((Intervention will come in the form of outreach detention, electronic
monitoring and intensive probation, programs the detention home will finally
have room to provide. Without them, authorities say construction crews might as
well put a revolving door on the new addition. ))
OUT Q=the new addition.
IN Q=Our challenge will
((BOB WADE/COURT SERVICE UNIT DIRECTOR: OUR CHALLENGE WILL BE WHETHER THESE AND
OTHER PROGRAMS WILL FORESTALL THE NEED TO BUILD ADDITIONAL BEDS IN THE
OUT Q=in the future.
But for now, they're hoping an extra forty will be enough.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
The U.S. Senate has failed to override President Clinton's veto on the ban
of late- term abortions.
The House voted in FAVOR of the override last week.
Ninth District congressional candidate Patrick Muldoon says incumbent
Democrat Rick Boucher should be ashamed for supporting late- term abortions.
Muldoon held a puppy named Babe to illustrate for reporters what he called a
He said what Boucher is condoning for babies would never be tolerated for
((PATRICK MULDOON/R-CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: 85 PERCENT OF THESE CASES ARE
PURELY ELECTIVE. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE FETUS. IT'S A NORMAL CHILD
JUST INCHES AND MINUTES AWAY FROM LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Patrick Muldoon/(R)-Candidate for Congress;
OUT Q=away from life.
Boucher says he voted against the ban because the bill, as it's written,
does not allow doctors to perform the procedure even to save the mother's
Boucher says his vote would be different if that exception were included.
Muldoon says he would ALSO support late- term abortion ONLY when the
mother's life is at stake.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
More good news for one of the Roanoke Valley's fastest growing companies.
and a Salem woman offers a "Helping Hand" to families struggling with child
custody issues. Her idea is to offer a neutral meeting place here parents and
kids can be together.
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An ongoing investigation has turned up missing and delayed pieces of mail at
the Altavista Post Office.
Officer- in- Charge Sandra Pugh says customer inquiries alerted authorities
to the problem and an audit was conducted.
The audit turned up the missing and undelivered mail, which will now be sent
on to the affected residents.
Some of the letters may be retained for use as evidence, and those customers
will be informed if their mail is involved.
Postal authorities have not yet said why or how the mail was delayed.
Their investigation continues.
Virginia Power is bouncing back from Hurricane Fran and its largest outage
The utility today unveiled 100 million dollars worth of technological
upgrades -- without any rate increase planned.
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Among the upgrades, 22- hundred more customer service phone lines in
operation during major storms.
Repair workers in the field will start using computers in their trucks.
Computers will analyze where outages are and suggest solutions.
And workers will be able to read meters from moving cars, with handheld
After weeks of ads and counter-ads over John Warner's voting record, Mark
Warner wants to take his evidence directly to the people.
The candidate who visited all 135 jurisdictions in Virginia is now mailing
bound copies of selected John Warner votes to all 328 public libraries in the
The head of the Virginia Public Library Directors Association says it's up
to local librarians to decide if they'll display political material.
A spokesman for Senator John Warner says it's, quoting now "obviously
another desperate attempt" by Mark Warner.
A North Carolina company that has leased its rail lines to Norfolk Southern
for more than a century is suing the railroad.
N-S and the North Carolina Railroad just re-negotiated a lease agreement.
In July, a federal court stopped it from going into effect, on a
Since then the North Carolina Railroad says N-S has refused to pay its 600-
thousand- dollar monthly rent.
It accuses N-S- -its only customer- -of being unreasonable and unfair.
N-S says the suit comes as a surprise and that it will respond at the
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A national group for disabled students is suing Virginia, charging the state
is willfully shirking its responsibilities under the National Voter
Registration Act of 1993.
The students' group filed a lawsuit today in federal court.
The group also wants the court to extend Virginia's
October 7th voter registration deadline.
Under the so-called Motor Voter law, state-funded offices which serve
disabled people must ask a person if he or she would like to register to vote,
have voter registration applications on hand and help people complete the
The lawsuit maintains that isn't happening in many Virginia state offices.
One of the fastest growing companies in our area has won two new contracts.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Optical Cable has secured an order from a German company to supply 140-
thousand- feet of its fiber optic cable.
The company's trademarked "Core Locked" cable was chosen for its ruggedness
Those same qualities also played a factor in another deal.
Optical Cable is also a supplier for a communications upgrade at an
undisclosed military base in Virginia.
Due to increased orders like these, the Roanoke County company is doubling
the size of its plant.
On Wall Street the stock market had been higher and in record territory for
much of the day, before some late-session selling. The Dow finished DOWN eight
and a half points.
NASDAQ up three points.
If home is where the heart is... it's beating proudly tonight on Route 220
in Botetourt County.
Edna Nicely didn't think she'd ever be able to buy her own house.
But with the help of the Greater Roanoke Valley Homebuyers Club, her dream
became a reality this afternoon.
IN Q=There's too
((EDNA NICELY/NEW HOME OWNER: THERE'S TOO MANY OBSTACLES AND YOU GET
DISCOURAGED IF YOU DON'T HAVE PEOPLE TO HELP YOU. IT'S LIKE A SUPPORT GROUP. SO
I WOULD RECOMMEND ANYBODY... THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS. ))
SUPER=01-Edna Nicely/New Home Owner;
OUT Q=the means
The Homebuyers Club is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Housing Development
Organizers work with members for an extended period of time... hoping to
pre- qualify them for a mortgage loan.
The group hopes to assist 200 potential home buyers in the next year.
A new business in Salem hopes to provide a buffer zone for families
separated by divorce.
Called "A Helping Hand," the firm is offering a neutral location for non-
custodial parents to visit with their children.
IN Q=This is my dining room
((SCOTTIE LAUGHON: THIS IS MY DINING ROOM. I'VE SET THIS UP FOR FAMILIES WHOSE
VISITATION IS REQUIRED TO BE SUPERVISED. YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR CHILD'S BIRTHDAY
HERE OR YOUR OWN BIRTHDAY. I CAN ENVISION FAMILIES ENJOYING THEIR THANKSGIVING
MEAL HERE, OR CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER.))
OUT Q=Christmas Eve dinner.
**Keith on Cart**
Scottie Laughon (LAWN) says she saw a need for the service while she was
employed as a deputy clerk in the juvenile court.
She is trying to provide a comfortable alternative to a shopping mall,
restaurant or park.
IN Q=I want families
((SCOTTIE LAUGHON: I WANT FAMILIES AND CHILDREN TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WHEN THEY
COME HERE. I WANT THEM TO FEEL LIKE THEY'RE VISITING A FAVORITE AUNT'S HOME
INSTEAD OF A SERVICE OR LOCATION FOR THIS TYPE OF SERVICE. I WANT PEOPLE TO
RELAX AND FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY COME HERE.))
OUT Q=feel good when they come here.
"A Helping Hand" will also provide a location for visitation exchange and
transfers of personal property.
The services will be available at night and on weekends and holidays.
And coming up, Tech and Syracuse are headed for a Big East showdown this
weekend at the Carrier Dome.
And Dan Marino is not giving up on returning to the Miami Dolphins this
Dan Marino's season with the Miami Dolphins is somewhat up in the air right
now. Marino had surgery to repair a slight fracture to his right ankle
And Doctors say he may be out for six weeks. This afternoon Marino talked
about the injury and his possible comeback this season.
((DAN MARINO/DOLPHINS QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Dan Marino/Dolphins Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=..........for the year."
The Dolphins are off this weekend and when they return to the field Bernie
Kosar and Craig Erickson will share the quarterback duties.
The Hokies will once again play without tailback Marcus Parker. Virginia
Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced this afternoon that Parker's suspension
is still in affect for this weekend's game against Syracuse.
This will be the 4th straight game Parker has missed. Sources say it is
only a matter of time before Parker is redshirted. A Virginia Tech official
said today that a red shirt announcement "may be forth coming". Parker is
serving an indefinite suspension for violating team policy.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have a game in Syracuse this weekend that will play
a big factor in who takes control of the Big East Conference.
IN Q="At 3 and...
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :20
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Va. Tech Quarterback; :59
SUPER=01-Billy Conaty/Va. Tech Center; 1:09
OUT Q=..........this weekend."
((At 3 and 0 and 2 and 0 in the Conference the Hokies are at the top of the
The Hokies offense was impressive in last weeks win over Rutgers rolling
up 516 total yards of offense.
Tech's game has improved each week heading into the Big East showdown
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((The Hokies will take a 13 game winning streak, the longest in the country, to
the Carrier Dome this Saturday. But Tech is the underdog in the game.
Syracuse was picked to win the conference and a win against the Hokies
would help that cause.))
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
((BILLY CONATY/VA. TECH CENTER: ))
Syracuse was picked to win the Big East championship.
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY; :
But the Orangemen have struggled. They're 0 and 2 heading into the Tech
This weekend's showdown with the Hokies will be the first conference game
and its a big one.
IN Q="Obviously its...
((PAUL PASQUALONI/SYRACUSE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Paul Pasqualoni/Syracuse Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=....losses obviously."
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The Big East Showdown can be seen here on Your Hometown station beginning
The New York Yankees won their first division title since 1981 yesterday
by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 19 to 2 in the first game of a doubleheader.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :
The Yankees become the fourth major league team to enter next week's
And Manager Joe Torre, who won a division title in his first year as
manager of the Atlanta Braves, has done it again with the Yankees.
IN Q="Every game
((JOE TORRE/YANKEES MANAGER: ))
((DEREK JETER/YANKEE ROOKIE: ))
SUPER=01-Joe Torre/Yankee Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Derek Jeter/Yankee Rookie; :18
OUT Q=.......first place."
The Yankees open the playoffs next Tuesday night.
In the majors this afternoon, Hal Morris ran his hitting streak to 26 and
Willie Green hit his fifth homer in three days as the Cincinnati Reds beat the
Chicago Cubs 12 to 4.
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Hooters of America is coming to Roanoke, but not everyone is excited about
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Now Jean Jadhon tells us a co-owner of the restaurant is defending his
Keith, last week News 7 learned that Hooters was opening in November in the
Today Phil Cornett talked to us about the restaurant known for its
waitresses in tight T-shirts and short shorts.
IN Q=Sex appeal is
((PHILIP CORNETT: SEX APPEAL IS PART OF OUR CONCEPT WHICH IS AMERICAN AS APPLE
PIE AND WE'RE PROUD OF THAT.))
OUT Q=proud of that.
We'll have more from him plus a complete wrap up of today's news, sports and
Take Fullscreen Board
tonight on News 7 Prime Time--that's at the earlier time of 10pm on WEFC
Television--you can check your cable listings for the channel in your area--
and of course join us for News 7 at 11 here on WDBJ.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom