He's accused of planting a fatal car bomb 21 years ago.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, Frank Helvestine appears in a Roanoke County
courtroom to hear the charges against him.
and a family battles the state over a memorial for two youngsters killed at
an intersection in Danville. (----------------)
Tonight in sports, the Orioles and Yankees are rained out in the Big Apple
tonight, Steve Mason checks in from Tech where the Hokies are giving a hoot
about the Temple Owls.
And time for another reality check for us all, as 25 year old cycling great
Lance Armstrong undergoes cancer surgery in his home state of Texas.
Passing showers coming up tomorrow then it's clear sailing for several days.
Your weather story is coming up.
He's 76-years old but Roanoke County prosecutors want Frank (HELL-veh-steen)
Helvestine to spend the REST of his life behind bars.
This morning, he was wheeled into court with an oxygen tank at his side.
Helvestine is charged with 4 felonies including murder, malicious wounding
The accusations stem from a crime committed more than 20 years ago.
In 1975, 23-month old Carrie Mask was walking outside with her parents, when
a car bomb exploded.
Authorities now believe Helvestine planted the bomb in an attempt to kill a
woman who was involved in an interracial relationship.
This morning, Helvestine-- who owns a house along with other liquid assets--
asked for a court appointed attorney.
But his request was denied.
IN Q=It surprised me
((SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE COUNTY PROSECUTOR: IT SURPRISED ME THAT HE ASKED FOR
COURT APPOINTED COUNSEL. HE TOLD THE JUDGE APPARENTLY THAT HE TALKED TO A
LAWYER AND THE LAWYER QUOTED HIM A FEE HE DIDN'T THINK HE COULD AFFORD. BUT I
THINK IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS HE HAS SUFFICIENT MONEY TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY.))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Prosecutor;
Burkart was also surprised to see Helvestine in a wheelchair.
Apparently the accused killer WALKED into a courtroom last week to fight a
A 900-pound Virgin Mary statue has become a sore point between a Danville
family and the local highway department.
Double Boxes=Jean and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Danville newsroom with more on the story.
Jean, the statue was erected last week at the intersection where two
children were killed-- almost a year ago.
State highway officials say it's too much, the family says it's staying.
IN Q=It was a
SUPER=01-Tammy Mustain/Children's Mother; :00
SUPER=03-Danville/October 19, 1995; :08
SUPER=01-Raymond Mustain/Children's Stepfather; :22
SUPER=01-Tim Wiles/Resident Engineer; :47
OUT Q=on a highway.
IN Q=It was
((TAMMY MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S MOTHER:IT WAS A LAST EFFORT, A LAST WAY OF US
TELLING MY KIDS GOOD BYE, THAT AS LONG AS I LIVE THEY'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.))
OUT Q=be forgotten.
Tammy Mustain's son and daughter were killed last October when the car they
were riding in pulled into the path of a dump truck.
Family members say they chose the Virgin Mary and two angels after vandals
repeatedly tore down smaller memorials.
IN Q=I never
((RAYMOND MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S STEPFATHER:I NEVER AGREED TO ANY SIZE, I NEVER
AGREED TO WHAT I WAS GOING TO PUT THERE, I TOLD HIM I WANTED TO POUR CONCRETE
AND ERECT SOME KIND OF MEMORIAL THAT COULDN'T BE TORN DOWN. ))
OUT Q=torn down.
Tim Wiles, with the Virginia Department of Transportation, remembers the
He says he ONLY agreed to the angels.
Wiles says all memorials are banned along a highway, but he agreed to bend
the rules, to help the family grieve.
IN Q=You always
((TIM WILES/RESIDENT ENGINEER:YOU ALWAYS WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THAT BEING
A CAUSE OF MORE DAMAGE FOR SOMEBODY, OR ANOTHER ACCIDENT, PEOPLE DRIVING BY SEE
IT, THEY WANT TO STOP AND THAT'S NOT VERY GOOD ON A HIGHWAY.))
OUT Q=on a highway. ))
Wiles has given the family until November first to remove the Virgin Mary
statue, he says the two smaller ones can stay.
The family on the other hand, says it's not bending, at least, until they
see something in writing.
Double Boxes=Jean and Teresa/Microwave
(Any idea how difficult it'll be to remove the statue?)
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference says Roanoke's federal judges
are anything but just.
Despite the rainy weather, members of the S-C-L-C's Roanoke chapter
demonstrated outside the U-S Supreme Court.
They say U-S Western District judges are unfair to minorities in civil
IN Q=I think it's pretty
((JEFF ARTIS/S.C.L.C.: I THINK IT'S PRETTY EVIDENT THAT WHEN IT COMES TO CASES
INVOLVING WOMEN, CASES INVOLVING POOR PEOPLE, CASES INVOLVING AFRICAN AMERICANS
AND OTHER MINORITIES, THAT JUSTICE ON THE WHOLE, ESPECIALLY AT THE FEDERAL
LEVEL, IS A JOKE. ))
00:05:04 at :13
((PERNELLER CHUBB-WILSON/S.C.L.C. PRESIDENT: WHERE WE LIVE, NO ONE HAS
JUSTICE-- ESPECIALLY OUR PEOPLE. IT'S MARCHING TIME AGAIN, AND I HOPE THAT
AMERICA WILL WAKE UP AND START MARCHING FOR EQUAL RIGHTS AND EQUAL JUSTICE FOR
SUPER=01-Perneller Chubb-Wilson/S.C.L.C. President;
OUT Q=equal justice for all people
Members also criticized the court's ruling of the Violence Against Women's
Act as unconstitutional.
An accident on I-81 in Wythe County killed one woman today and seriously
70 year-old Virginia Sec-o-bich of Massachusetts died at the scene when a
van struck the Buick she was riding in.
State police say the driver of the Buick, Wanda S. Bourne of Fries (FREEZ)
made an improper lane change, and the van hit it broadside.
Bourne was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
No one in the van was injured.
The accident happened in the southbound lanes near Wytheville.
Alcohol may be to blame for a fatal wreck in Campbell County last night.
It happened around 11 on Route 460 near Concord.
State police say 36-year old William Peyton Ellis the Third of Appomattox
was headed east when his truck veered off the road.
Ellis over-corrected and veered back across the highway and into the median
where his vehicle flipped several times.
He was thrown from the car and later died at Lynchburg General Hospital.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6--
Health problems can take away a person's independence. We'll have advice from
an expert on how to plan and protect yourself.
and a Vinton family isn't giving up its fight to keep three pet pigs.
We'll have the latest on the plight of Wilbur, Charlotte and Arnold.
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A 25 year-old Greensboro man is accused of holding up a bank in Carroll
County this morning.
Authorities say Larry Tyrone Gates was wearing a gun when he demanded money
from the tellers at the Bank of Carroll in Cana.
The tellers managed to give police a good description of Gates and his car.
He was pulled over in Surry County, North Carolina, with the 14 thousand
dollars he allegedly stole still in his car.
Gates is awaiting extradition to Virginia.
As Governor George Allen gears up for a meeting with fellow Governors on the
health of the Chesapeake Bay, he's making it clear he's for clean water.
Allen announced today a new set of tax credits for farmers.
One promotes the use of precision pesticide and nutrient sprayers.
Another rewards farmers who develop so-called Best Management Practices for
all kinds of animal waste and chemical run-off issues.
Information on the tax credits is available from the Department of
Conservation and Recreation.
A four month drug sting paid off today in Henry County.
Deputies arrested 11 people this morning after a grand jury indicted them
for selling cocaine.
Undercover officers bought crack cocaine at open air drug markets in Sandy
Level, Piedmont Estates and other communities.
They're still looking for 3 other people who were charged in the indictment.
Danville Mayor Linwood Wright isn't keeping his choice for Congress a
Wright told reporters this morning in Danville he's endorsing Virgil Goode.
The Rocky Mount Democrat is running against Republican George Landrith and
Independent Tex Wood.
Wright says Goode has Danville's economic interests at heart and isn't
afraid to take an unpopular stand.
Earlier this year, Goode held out for a power-sharing arrangement with
Republicans in the state Senate.
IN Q=Virgil has
((LINWOOD WRIGHT/DANVILLE MAYOR:VIRGIL HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT HE IS ABOVE PETTY
PARTISAN POLITICS AND THAT, IN PARTICULAR, MEANS A GREAT DEAL TO ME BECAUSE A
LOT OF MY CONSTITUTES HAVE HEARD ME SAY THAT I HATE PARTISAN POLITICS AND I DO.
SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Danville Mayor; :00
OUT Q=and I do.
Goode has served in the State Senate for 23 years- He was first elected in
Meanwhile Ninth district congressional candidate Patrick Muldoon has joined
the ranks of Republicans who've pledged to support tax reforms.
Muldoon signed a pledge to that effect this morning, saying if elected he
will stand up for American families and hold the line on taxes.
((PATRICK MULDOON/R-CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: IT PUTS ME ON RECORD. IT SAYS I
WILL NOT INCREASE TAXES, I WILL NOT INCREASE THE MARGINAL TAX RATE, I WILL NOT
REDUCE THE DEDUCTIONS FOR FAMILIES ACROSS SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. ))
OUT Q=southwest Virginia.
A number of G-O-P candidates nationwide signed similar pledges today,
joining about 275 legislators who signed on before them.
Muldoon is seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Rick Boucher.
On Wall Street the Dow briefly flirted with the six-thousand mark again
But stocks then headed lower in nervous trading before the
quarterly flood of earnings reports.
NASDAQ dropped 11 points from yesterday's record.
The story of the three little pigs from Vinton has taken a new turn.
Last summer, the town banned Wilbur, Arnold and Charlotte from living with
their owner, Emma Saunders.
She refused to say what she did with them.
But they're apparently alive and well and living with Saunders' friends.
Now she wants them back, and is circulating a petition to get town council
to change the law, so she can keep her Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs as pets.
About 135 people have signed the petition so far.
Failing health can rob people of the ability to make their own decisions.
But experts say some simple planning can help them live their lives on their
Today a seminar on personal planning encouraged participants to think ahead.
Speakers urged them to consider living wills and other legal options that
would insure their wishes are carried out, even if they become ill or
IN Q=Lots of times
((HARRIETTE SHIVERS/ROANOKE ATTORNEY: LOTS OF TIMES IT WILL HAPPEN AFTER
THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH A PERIOD OF WORKING WITH ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER. THEY SEE
SOME OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A POWER OF
ATTORNEY OR YOU DON'T HAVE ADVANCE DIRECTIVES. SO THEY'LL COME IN AND TALK TO
ME AND SAY I WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN IN MY FAMILY.))
SUPER=01-Harriette Shivers/Roanoke Attorney;
OUT Q=happen in my family.
Organizers of the seminar say it's important to consider medical choices,
financial decisions and even funeral arrangements.
Coming up tonight in sports, Tour DuPont champion Lance Armstrong is facing
an uphill climb as he begins battling cancer, tonight's league championship
opener in the American League is rained out tonight.
And for the first time this season Tech's top backfield will be in tact when
Temple comes to town on Saturday.
Steve Mason has that story from Tech in just a moment.
Cycling great Lance Armstrong revealed today that he is battling cancer.
Armstrong had a malignant testicle removed last week, but doctors are hopeful
he can make a complete recovery.
SUPER=04-Tour DuPont; :00
The two time defending Tour DuPont champion had surgery on Thursday and is
now undergoing chemotherapy to control the often agressive cancer.
The cure rate for this type of cancer, in its advanced stage, ranges between
65 and 85 percent. Armstrong's Doctor says the cancer also has spread to an
area of Lance's stomach
IN Q="I've never...
((LANCE ARMSTRONG/TWO-TIME TOUR DUPONT CHAMP:))
SUPER=01-Lance Armstrong/Two-Time Tour DuPont Champ; :00
OUT Q=...UP AND DOWN."
Armstrong, who is just 25 years old, made the announcement today while
announcing his withdraw from the World cycling championships
Game One of the American League championship series is on hold until tomorrow
afternoon AT 4.
Tonight's GAME has been rained out by the remnants of Josephine.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
That means one more day before the New York fans can show Roberto Alomar why
Yankees stadium is called the Bronx Zoo.
Listen to this exchange at last night's newsconference.
IN Q="Do you have...
((DAVEY JOHNSON/ORIOLES MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Davey Johnson/Orioles Manager; :03
OUT Q=...BE VERY VOCAL."
So, did the New York media members
take Johnson's advice and keep things low key?
Take a look at today's New York POst and judge for yourself. Possibly, they
could have been a little more subtle.
With the O's and Yanks now set for tomorrow afternoon, fans will get a
doubleheader of sorts as the Braves and Cardinals open the NL championship
In regard to this Saturday's homecoming date with Temple, The Hokies are
beat up, Cornell Brown is out, but Marcus Parker is in.
Steve Mason has more from Blacksburg.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/Hokies vs. Orangemen; :00
SUPER=01-Todd Washington/Virginia Tech Offensive Guard; :06
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :34
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Virginia Tech Wide Receiver; :46
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The Virginia Cavaliers are off this week, and that means they have plenty of
time to talk about last Saturday's loss to Ga. Tech.
Well, it actually depends on who they are talked to.
Head Coach George Welsh has issued a gag order, barring any UVa player from
talking to the media both this week and next!!
Welsh plans to handle all pregame comments before the NC State game on
Week six in the NFL is now in the record books and the surprise team of the
first third of the season has to be the Steelers.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/ABC; :00
After losing their quarterback, the top two linebackers and their top
lineman, the Steelers have now won four straight games.
Last night they ended the Chiefs 12 game home winning streak with a 17-to-7
win in Kansas City.
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Local talent will share the stage with an international ballet company in
December's production of the Nutcracker.
The Roanoke Ballet Theatre, along with Russian State Ballet will be
audition young dancers from across the region.
They take place Thursday, October 17, for this year's production of
Tchaikovsky's classic ballet.
The Executive Director of the Ballet is Jennifer Davies. She says this can
be a great education for young people.
IN Q=There's a great
SUPER=01-Jenefer Davies/Ballet Executive Director;
OUT Q=with them.
For more information on the auditions, you can contact the Roanoke Ballet
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
A Lynchburg civil rights group wants to lend the city a large mural honoring
local and national black leaders.
The three- panel oil painting entitled "Lord, Plant My Feet On Higher
Ground" is owned by the Legacy Project.
It's loaned out to local churches and civic groups for display.
The group wants the mural to hang in the front lobby of city hall for six
They'll present their proposal to council at tonight's meeting.
We'll have a complete wrap up of today's news, sports and weather
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