He heads up a local health department but he's NOT licensed to practice
medicine in Virginia.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, Ellen Qualls brings us the story of Dr. Thomas
and an 18 year old faces second degree murder charges after last week's
fatal car accident in Botetourt County.
Tonight in sports, The Redskins sign a veteran wide receiver, Steve Mason
checks in as Express camp continues at the RoundHouse.
And the Hokies announce that Marcus Parker is coming back this weekend, while
Cornell Brown is out for two to three weeks with a knee injury.
A Flash Flood watch goes into effect tomorrow as tropical moisture surges
into the Virginia's. Details just ahead.
The public health director who oversees Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Brunswick
Counties is NOT licensed to practice medicine in Virginia.
That's against the Virginia state code.
Double Boxes=Jean and Ellen/State Microwave;
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
How big a deal is this?
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave;
Depends on who you talk to.
Dr. Thomas Coleman has been on the job since February first.
IN Q=He's licensed
SUPER=01-Dr. Thomas Coleman/Southside Health Director; :07
SUPER=01-Dr. Randy Gordon/Va. Health Commissioner; :35
OUT Q=deceived anybody. 2ND REF!!!!
(( He's licensed in North Carolina, but he did NOT apply for his Virginia
license until ten days ago.
((DR. TOM COLEMAN/SOUTHSIDE HEALTH DIRECTOR: IT'S IN ALL HONESTY ONE OF THE
THINGS THAT WAS PUT ON THE TO-DO LIST...IT WAS JUST SOMETHING THAT I FAILED TO
DO ... PERMANENT EMPLOYEE.))
Sounds innocent enough.
But when Allen- appointed health commissioner Randy Gordon says he found
out, on the same day Coleman filed for his license, he put Farmville's director
in charge of Coleman's district.
((RANDY GORDON/VA. HEALTH COMMISSIONER: DR. COLEMAN HAS BROUGHT LEADERSHIP...
PAY HIM FOR THE LEADERSHIP, AND THE MANAGEMENT, AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE
That pay is an annual salary of over 93- thousand dollars a year.
So the non- leadership, strictly doctoring functions are being performed by
other doctors, who are paid on a contract to cover for Coleman.
((THE LAW IN VIRGINIA'S NOT BEING FOLLOWED. THE LAW IS VERY, VERY CLEAR,
UNEQUIVOCAL, IT DOES NOT MAKE ANY EXCEPTIONS...I DON'T KNOW.))
((DR. COLEMAN: I CAN... COVERTLY I'VE DECEIVED ANYBODY.))
Dr. Coleman says he has NOT written prescriptions, seen patients, or
That would be a felony.
We checked Dr. Coleman's license in North Carolina.
He has NO suspensions, revocations, or probations.
Double Boxes=Jean and Ellen/State Microwave
Jean question:How quickly will he get his license?
Anecdotally, I've been told it could be seven or eight weeks.
Officially, it could take longer.
Michael Obremski now faces another 45 years in prison for making
threatening, obscene phone calls to young girls in Roanoke.
This morning, he pleaded guilty to 6 counts of threatening to abduct and
molest young girls over the telephone.
Obremski got their names from the newspaper. Investigators testified they
found a list of 450 names when they searched his apartment.
The commonwealth's attorney says she considers this a violent crime, and
will ask for substantial prison time.
IN Q=we feel that it's
((BETTY JO ANTHONY, DEPUTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; WE FEEL THAT IT'S WARRANTED
IN THIS CASE. THE LIVES OF THESE LITTLE GIRLS, SOMETIMES AS YOUNG AS 9 YEARS
OLD, WERE VERY ADVERSELY AFFECTED, IT'S A VIOLENT CRIME IN TERMS OF INTERFERING
WITH THEIR LIVES.))
SUPER=01-Betty Jo Anthony/Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=with their lives
Obremski will be sentenced in November.
He's already been sentenced to 15 years in prison for similar charges in
Roanoke County and he faces indictments in Botetourt County.
The U-S Supreme Court today refused to hear the appeals of three Virginia
death row inmates.
The justices did not comment in rejecting the appeals of Lem
Tuggle, Christopher Goins and Michael Williams.
Tuggle is the last survivor of a six-inmate gang that pulled off
the largest death-row escape in U-S history in 1984.
He was sentenced to die for the 1983 rape and murder of a woman in Smyth
Christopher Goins killed five people in a Richmond apartment in 1994. The
victims were relatives of a 14-year-old girl who was seven months
pregnant with Goins' child.
SS=US Supreme Court
Michael Williams was sentenced to die for the 1993 murders of a
Cumberland County couple.
If TIMMY STOCKS is convicted of all the charges against him, he could
receive a sentence of more than 30 years behind bars.
The 18- year- old allegedly led police on a high speed chase near the Gala
section of Botetourt County.
Fearing for the safety of other motorists on Route 220, authorities say they
stopped their pursuit after 6 minutes.
But officials say Stocks never let- up on the gas, and slammed into 2 other
The crash killed 29- year- old Timothy Wayne Mays of Covington.
Now Stocks faces second degree murder charges along with 2 other felonies.
IN Q=This particular
((JOEL BRANSCOM/BOTETOURT COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THIS PARTICULAR
SECOND DEGREE MURDER CARRIES A MAXIMUM OF 20 YEARS, SO IT'S AN ADDITIONAL 10
YEARS WE HAVE TO WORK WITH. PLUS ELUDING A POLICE OFFER AND THERE'S A POSSIBLE
20 YEARS ON THE GRAND LARCENY. ))
SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Botetourt Co. Commonwealth's Atty.;
Stocks is in the Botetourt County jail awaiting a bond hearing.
Lynchburg police say the theft of four canisters of nitrous oxide over the
weekend is no laughing matter.
Someone broke into a storage area at Lynchburg General Hospital and removed
the tanks, each weighing about 200 pounds.
Authorities say the nitrous oxide, commonly known as "laughing gas", can be
deadly if inhaled in great amounts.
There's also a danger of explosion if the canisters are dropped.
Anyone with information about the theft should call the Lynchburg police.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--we'll have a live report as Senator John Warner
brings his re-election campaign to Roanoke County.
and it's a last minute scramble for those who have not yet registered to
vote in next month's election.
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Senator John Warner took his re-election campaign to Hollins College today,
bringing some Texas muscle to back him up.
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson came along to bolster Warner's campaign.
Double Boxes=Jean and Eric /Microwave
Eric Earnhart joins us from Hollins College.
Eric, Warner is ahead in the polls, why does he need help from Hutchinson?
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(Rollcue: a powerful ally )
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OUT Q=in the United States Senate.
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Double Boxes=Jean and Eric/Microwave
Roanoke City educators hope playing hooky... gets the hook.
This morning, superintendent Wayne Harris announced that the school system
will receive a Federal grant worth more than 385- thousand dollars.
The money will be used for a new program called "Reduce Truancy Now."
The 2- year project will focus on making sure YOUNGER students understand
the importance of staying in school.
IN Q=At this
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: AT THIS POINT WE BELIEVE IF
WE CAN WORK WITH YOUNGSTERS EARLY, THAT WE WORK WITH THEIR PARENTS EARLY, THAT
THEY WILL ESTABLISH A PATTERN OF UNDERSTANDING A NEED TO BE IN SCHOOL. SO OUR
EFFORTS ARE REALLY TO BEGIN AT THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke City Schools Superintendent;
OUT Q=school level
The grant comes from the Safe and Drug- Free Schools and Communities Federal
Nationwide... only 30 school districts received similar funding.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Leaders of Roanoke's Gainsboro neighborhood say the success of Henry Street
renovations are tied to the future of the Old Dumas Hotel.
Today, they urged city council to see that the building is returned to its
Council was considering whether to forgive a 200-thousand loan that helped
pay for the renovation of the Building, now known as the Henry Street Music
Gainsboro leaders wanted the city to reclaim the title to the property and
then sell it back to the previous owners.
IN Q=Now if you want
SUPER=07-Rev. Leonard Hines;
OUT Q=and do something about it.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
The five members of council at today's meeting voted to make the loan a
Total Action Against Poverty will retain ownership of the building.
Best Products is closing almost half of its catalog showrooms.
That's more than 80 stores, in 19 states.
The Best showroom in Roanoke will stay open.
The only store in Virginia that's closing is in Springfield.
The company is also closing three of its four distribution centers.
About 45-hundred people will lose their jobs, two weeks after Best filed for
One Richmond retail analyst, Ken Gassman, says he thinks Best will be out of
business by the end of next year.
On Wall Street the Dow was above six-thousand for the first time
ever during today's session, but ended UP losing 13 points at the close.
NASDAQ did set a record, up three points today.
The deadline has come and gone for registering to vote in the November
Steve Smallshaw tells us hundreds of last-minute applicants got in under the
SUPER=01-Carol Read/Lynchburg Voter Registrar; :16
SUPER=01-Megan Gregores/Applicant; :59
SUPER=01-Wendell Walker/Republican Party Chairman; 1:08
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
((natsot 00:14:00 (phone rings)
((REGISTRAR'S OFFICE, HOW MAY I HELP YOU?))
It's been a tough week to be a voter registrar.
Even after signing up more than 600 would- be voters in the last four days,
Lynchburg's registrar's office was still deluged by last minute applicants.
IN Q=We've been preparing
((CAROL READ/LYNCHBURG VOTER REGISTRAR: WE'VE BEEN PREPARING BUT THERE'S NO
REAL PREPARING FOR IT ONCE IT STARTS. I FOUND ONE OF MY STAFF STANDING IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR AND SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE WAS SHE WAS GOING AND IT WAS ONLY
A QUARTER TO ELEVEN.))
OUT Q=quarter to 11.
Part of the confusion stems from the new motor-voter law which has left some
area registrar's offices "drowning in paperwork".
Applying by mail has cut down on the lines at City Hall, but verifying
information on the forms can be time- consuming.
IN Q=If it gets
((READ: IF IT GETS THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE POLLS.. YOU CAN REGISTER, BUT IF YOU
DON'T VOTE THEN I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S WORTH IT.))
OUT Q=worth it.
The Republicans would say it is.
Even after Governor George Allen fought hard against motor-voter, his own
party is using the law to its advantage... signing up people at their local
IN Q=Is this easier
((REPORTER: IS THIS EASIER FOR YOU THAN HAVING TO GO ALL THE WAY DOWNTOWN TO DO
IT? MEGAN GREGORES/APPLICANT: YES, SIR, DEFINITELY. IT'S ALSO, I WAS AT THE
DENTIST RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD AND CAME RIGHT DOWN HERE.))
OUT Q=right down here.
IN Q=It makes it
((WENDELL WALKER/REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN: IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR EVERYBODY,
YOU CAN SIGN UP JUST ABOUT ANY PLACE, SO THE REPUBLICANS NOW ARE TAKING, I
GUESS YOU COULD SAY, AN AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO TRYING TO GET VOTERS SIGNED
OUT Q=voters signed up.
And they're hoping it pays off next month.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, big news at Tech concerning Marcus Parker
and Cornell Brown, the Redskins sign a veteran wide receiver, Earnhardt admits
he has given up any hopes of catching Gordon and Labonte.
And Steve Mason checks in from the Round House as the Express holds its
second day of training camp.
After a week off the Virginia Tech Hokies are busy preparing for this coming
Saturday's homecoming game with Temple. And the Hokies will certainly have a
new look for this game.
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First this afternoon All-American Defensive end Cornell Brown underwent
arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at Montgomery regional hospital.
It was an exploratory procedure, but doctors ended up trimming some loose
cartilage. Cornell will miss Saturday's game and at least the Pitt game in
But while Cornell is out, Marcus Parker is in.
Frank Beamer announced this afternoon that the former Friday Football Extra
player of the week from Salem will be back in uniform this Saturday.
He has missed the first four games of the season after begin suspended back
on August 13th after pleading no contest to a shoplifting charge.
The Washington Redskins who are already flipping over their 4-and-1 start,
have signed a veteran receiver today to keep themselves in motion.
Wide receiver Flipper Anderson will be reunited with former Ram teammate
Henry Ellard and Coach Norv Turner.
Anderson played his first seven years with the Rams, where he and Ellard
were teammates and Turner was his receiving coach.
He had eight catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in two games with
the Indianapolis Colts last year before going on injured reserve with a knee
injury. The Colts released him in the preseason.
It's not to early to start planning your weekend because WDBJ has a rocking
doubleheader of college football coming your way this Saturday afternoon.
Four of the top 12 teams in the country will in action as Number one Florida
hosts NUmber 12 LSU in a Noon kickoff.
Then right after they settle things in the swamp,
Third ranked Florida State travels south to Miami to battle the sixth ranked
Hurricanes in an ACC-Big East showdown.
That game kicks off at 3:30 right here on your hometown station.
After Saturday night's loss to Georgia Tech, the Virginia Cavaliers have a
week off to gather themselves before NC State comes to town.
Your Hometown station will have the Cavaliers and Wolfpack game for you in
two week on Saturday, October 19th and high noon.
Day two of training camp for the Roanoke Express. The ECHL club is shaping
up like this; strong veteran defense and goalie with a young talented but
Steve Mason chimes in from the training table.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Tim Christian/Express Forward; :36
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :54
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((In his 4th year, Frank Anzalone is blessed with the most talent to ever
dawn and Express uniform.
Jeff Cowan; 38 goals scored in the prestigious Ontario Major Junior League
Bob Brown; 42 goals scored in the Western canadian Junior Hockey league last
Cowan and brown are two of the 12 new forwards in camp.
That leaves Express veterans Jeff Jablonski and Tim Christians as the only
two returning Express forwards from last year
Even with all of this potential fire power, Anzalone is sticking to the
philosophies that got the team to the ECHL playoffs in each of the last 3
Anzalone will get his first look at the team in a game situation Wednesday
in Richmond when the Express and the Renegades face off in an exhibition. At
the freezer, Steve mason news 7 sports.))
The Winston Cup circuit has a week off before returning to action on October
20th at Rockingham.
Yesterday at Charlotte, it took about four hours for the points race to
significantly tighten up.
Terry Labonte won the race while Jeff Gordon finished 31st. As a result,
Gordon's 111 point lead was trimmed to just one point with three races to go.
Dale Jarrett also got back in the hunt for the title by closing to within 92
Dale Earnhardt also picked up some ground, but he's given up on his chances of
winning the title this year.
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IN Q="We just wanna...
((DALE EARNHARDT/FOURTH IN POINTS RACE:))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Fourth In Points Race; :00
OUT Q=...BACK IN SHAPE."
While this is an off week for the Cup cars, it's a big weekend for racing in
the area as Martinsville Speedway hosts the Taco Bell 300 Late Model race on
Sunday. $95 thousand bucks will be up for grabs.
General admission tickets are just $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6
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