A confrontation with police left one man dead in Roanoke early this morning.
We'll tell you what happened.
And robots are getting a lot smarter... Coming up on News 7 at 6, we'll find
out what they can do.
In sports, The Panthers and Redskins win this afternoon and Ricky Rudd takes
a ride to victory lane at The Rock.
Widespread cloudiness and breezy conditions as the weekend comes to a
But warmer weather and calmer winds on the way for your Monday.
Roanoke police shot and killed a man early this morning.
Investigators say he fired one gun, and pointed another at an officer.
DOUBLE BOX=ERIC & JOE
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on the fatal shooting.
JOE=LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM
Eric, this incident unfolded about three this morning in a southeast
Roanoke neighborhood off Bennington Street.
Roanoke Police say they responded to a call of a woman screaming for help.
They found 41 year- old Rodney Lee Wilhelm standing in the street with a
gun in his hand.
IN Q=There are bullet holes
OUT Q=he died at the scene.
((There are bullet holes in a picture window, and bloodstains on the city
street where an armed confrontation early this morning left one man dead.
According to police, Rodney Wilhelm had fired shots into his own house.
When they arrived, he told them to back off.
They fired a .44 caliber handgun into the pavement, and as he walked back up
the street, they say he raised a Tech 9 semi- automatic weapon and pointed it
in one of the officers' direction. The officer opened fire, apparently hitting
Wilhelm twice. He died at the scene.))
LIVE=JOE LIVE IN NEWSROOM
Neighbors were reluctant to speak with us on camera... and their stories
are not entirely consistent.
But two eyewitnesses confirmed that Wilhelm fired his gun before the
police officers opened fire on him.
We spoke with members of the victim's family by phone. They say they do
not accept the police department's version of the shooting...
and Eric, they believe the officers used excessive force.
(QUESTION: WHAT WAS WILHELM'S REPUTATION IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?)
A pedestrian was killed last night as he tried to cross Interstate 581 near
Peters Creek Road.
The accident happened shortly after ten o'clock in the southbound lanes of
State Police say 45- year- old Richard Leo Thompson of Emporia walked into
the path of a car.
He was taken to a Roanoke hospital where he died about 45 minutes later.
Police have not filed charges against the driver of the car.
Fire damaged two homes in southeast Roanoke today.
No one was injured, but both buildings will need major repairs.
723 Dale Avenue was the first to catch fire. Occupants say they heard a
popping noise... and then found one side of their house in flames.
IN Q=I couldn't believe
((RHONDA FRITZ/HOMEOWNER: I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. JUST A SECOND IT WAS ALREADY
ABOUT TEN FOOT HIGH, THE BLAZE WAS. FIRST THING IS TO CALL AND THEN GET OUT.
THAT'S BASICALLY IT. I DIDN'T GRAB ANYTHING. I JUST GOT OUT AND MADE SURE MY
DAUGHTER AND MY HUSBAND WERE OUT.))
OUT Q=were out.
Two ladder trucks and four engines responded, as the flames spread to the
house next door.
Firefighters contained the blaze in about 35 minutes and then stayed on the
scene to hose down hot spots in the attic.
IN Q=We could see the smoke
((BOBBIE SLAYTON/DISTRICT CHIEF: WE COULD SEE THE SMOKE DOWNTOWN. IT WAS GOING
PRETTY GOOD WHEN WE GOT HERE.))
SUPER=01-Bobbie Slayton/District Chief;
OUT Q=when we got here.
Residents believe an electrical problem may have sparked the fire, but
fire officials say they have not pinpointed the cause.
Senator John Warner and challenger Mark Warner may not agree on much,
but their criticism of each other has a familiar ring.
"He isn't what he seems to be."
On a visit to the Addison Aerospace Magnet School earlier this week, and
during appearances across the state, the incumbent republican has billed
himself as an independent voice for Virginia.
But Mark Warner says his opponent's voting record is not that of a
IN Q=If I could get
((MARK WARNER/D- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: IF I COULD GET EVERY VIRGINIA VOTER TO
TAKE THE TIME TO GO LOOK AT HIS RECORD, GO LOOK AT WHERE HE'S VOTED THE LAST
TWO YEARS, I'D WIN THIS RACE WALKING AWAY.))
((THE PERCEPTION AND THE REALITY ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS IN THE CASE OF THE
INCUMBENT. I WAS FRANKLY SURPRIZED AND I WOULDN'T BE RUNNING AGAINST HIM IF THE
PERCEPTION AND THE REALITY WERE THE SAME.))
OUT Q=were the same.
But Senator John Warner says it is his democratic challenger who is
hoodwinking the voters.
He says Mark Warner is a political insider, not a newcomer to Capitol Hill.
IN Q=You know it's kind of like
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R- VIRGINIA: IT'S KIND OF LIKE THE FELLOW DRIVING UP
PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. HE TRIES TO SAY, MR. POLICEMAN TELL ME WHERE'S THE
CAPITOL. POINT THE WAY. COME ON. HE'S WORKED IN THE CAPITOL OFFICES OF TWO
SENATORS. TWO OF THE MOST LIBERAL SENATORS. THEN HE WENT ON TO WORK FOR THE
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE.))
OUT Q=democratic national committee.
The senate campaign has taken on an increasingly negative tone.
That is only expected to intensify as the candidates head into the final
two weeks of the campaign.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, a thousand business leaders meet in Roanoke, we'll
tell you what they're up to,
And if you a Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth Minivan, stay tuned. A local
dealer says you may need some free repair work
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We're still keeping an eye on the big Nor'easter that's brought high winds
across the region-- even a couple inches of snow in the West Virginia
It's been dry here-- but quite chilly and breezy.
Let's check out the highs and lows...
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(("THIS IS VIRGINIA'S NUMBER ONE NEWSCAST, NEWS 7 AT 6, WITH ERIC EARNHART,
KIMBERLY MCBROOM, AND ROY STANLEY WITH SPORTS."))
An area Dodge dealer opened its doors to offer a free service to its
The Dominion Dodge service center is usually closed on Saturdays, but
yesterday workers were on hand to replace hatch latches on mini-vans.
Apparently the latches on 1984 to '95 model mini-vans may spring open if the
vehicle is involved in an accident.
Company officials say more than a year ago Chrysler began offering this
voluntary safety action.
Dominion Dodge has replaced more than one thousand of the latches during
IN Q=CHRYSLER DETERMINED
((BOB KAPLAN/DOMINION DODGE: CHRYSLER DETERMINED THAT THEY CAN IMPROVE THE
SAFETY OF THEIR LATCHES AND THEY THEREFORE REDESIGNED ALL THESE LATCHES AT NO
COST TO ANYBODY WHO OWNS ONE OF THESE TYPE OF VEHICLES.))
SUPER=01-Bob Kaplan/Dominion Dodge;
OUT Q=TYPE OF VEHICLES
Kaplan says Chrysler has sold more than four and a half million mini-vans.
Dodge Caravans, Plymouth Voyagers and Chrysler Town and Countries models may
need a new latch.
Kaplan encourages all mini-van owners to take advantage of the replacement
More than one thousand leaders of local governments across Virginia are
converging on the Roanoke Valley today.
They're in town for the annual conference of the Virginia Municipal League,
headquartered at the Hotel Roanoke.
This is the first time in five years that the event has been held in
IN Q=They haven't been back
((MICHELLE BONO/CITY OF ROANOKE: THEY HAVEN'T BEEN BACK SINCE THE HOTEL'S BEEN
REOPENED, SO IT'S A GREAT CHANCE FOR THEM TO SEE THE HOTEL AND WHAT'S HAPPENED
IN DOWNTOWN, SO WE FEEL LIKE THIS IS A REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHOW PEOPLE
FROM THROUGHOUT THE STATE WHAT WE'VE DONE IN ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/City of Roanoke;
OUT Q=we've done in Roanoke.
The focus will shift to the city market on Monday night, where 21 different
restaurants will be feeding the participants.
Because of preparations near the market building, Campbell Avenue will be
reduced to one lane of traffic tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock.
The road will be completely closed from 5:30 to 11 P- M.
Word of a big railroad merger took the industry by surprise, and Yokohama
Tire employees in Salem get a stern talking to.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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L'eggs LBRAW 38:45
A Chicago company has saved the day for 125 workers at the L'eggs
distribution center in Salem.
It was slated to close in a few months, but Levy Home Entertainment is
converting it into a book distribution facility, and it plans to hire most of
the L'eggs workers.
CSX LBRAW 40:25
A merger of gigantic proportions is in the works in the railroad industry.
C-S-X and Conrail want to join forces...if the move is approved, it
shouldn't affect the 275 people who work out of C-S-X's Clifton Forge terminal.
General Shale LBRAW 42:56
General Shale Brick of Botetourt County has reached a major
milestone...ONE-MILLION hours worked without a lost time accident.
Yokohama LBRAW 43:56
Workers at Yokohama Tire in Salem were told this week they better get more
According to union members, when they asked if there would be any more
layoffs, the company said -- 'not in October.'
VOLVO LBRAW 47:57
A consolidation move by Volvo- GM is at a minimum, a vote of confidence for
its Dublin plant.
The truck maker will close its Ohio plant and move all the work here...but
so far there's no word if that means new jobs.
DJIA PRE PRO
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial hit
record territory again, finishing up 125 points. Nasdaq dropped a little less
than six points.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
Soft Music Under
Still to come on the newscast, Roy Stanley will have all today's Nascar and
N-F-L action as well as an update on the World Series,
but first we'll see how one company in our area is gearing up for an
increase in business.
If you're fascinated with robots, you'll like this next story.
Systems Technology of Virginia, a relatively new company in the Roanoke
Valley, hosted a robotics show this week.
Len Besthoff was there to check it out.
IN Q=There were
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Repsher/Systems Technology of VA; :21
SUPER=01-Richard Harriman/Staubli Unimation; :46
SUPER=01-Ken Rickenbrode/Bertelkamp Automation; :57
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( There were no end of gadgets,
NAT SOT TOT 10:36:32
NAT SOT TOT 10:21:45
and other devices at this robotics show.
NAT SOT TOT 10:39:50
And they all have one thing in connection...automation.
IN Q=This show
((SCOTT REPSHER/SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY OF VA: THIS SHOW WAS CONDUCTED TO SHOW THE
LOCAL VIRGINIA AREA AND THE COUNTRY, BASICALLY...ESPECIALLY THE EAST COAST HOW
VIRGINIA CAN SUPPLY AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS AND SOLUTIONS TO MAJOR INDUSTRIAL
OUT Q=industrial problems.
IN Q=Here's one
((Here's one of the high precision robots on display here. A product can be in
one position one time and the robot'll pick it up. Then you can put a product
down on the tray in another position another time and it's smart enough to
OUT Q=to adapt.
NAT SOT with big yellow machine
The robot can do this because it basically has an electronic eye.
IN Q=The vision
((RICHARD HARRIMAN/STAUBLI UNIMATION: THE VISION SYSTEMS CAN ADAPT IMMEDIATELY
AND PLACE THE PART IN THE PROPER ORIENTATION.))
OUT Q=proper orientation.
Another device on display can perform three functions at once...all on
IN Q=They can
((KEN RICKENBRODE/BERTELKAMP AUTOMATION: THEY CAN ESSENTIALLY DO THE MULTIPLE
MOTIONS THAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO DO NOW.))
OUT Q=do now.
All the people displaying these products say there's more automation to
come, noting that when you look at these robots, you're basically getting a
good glimpse of what's coming in the 21st century.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
Systems Technology of Virginia uses a lot of the robotic devices on display
to help customers simplify their manufacturing processes.
The company expects to make the robotics show an annual event.
Four people including two from our area will share in last night's Lotto
The Virginia Lottery says one of the winning tickets was sold in Covington,
one in Salem, and two in Hampton.
The four winners will split the two point four million dollar prize.
Wednesday night's jackpot goes back to one MILLION dollar.
And coming up, The Redskins, Cowboys and Panthers win in the N-F-L this
And Ricky Rudd keeps his streak alive winning the A-C Delco 400 at The Rock.
Ricky Rudd kept his personal winning streak alive this afternoon taking the
checkered flag winning the A-C Delco 400 at the Rock.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN SPORTS; :
Dale Jarrett was one of the strong cars and he was the leader on lap 245
Dale Earnhardt was running second.
Ernie Irvan made his move here he passes Points leader Jeff Gordon putting
him a lap down on lap 163.
Terry Labonte was cruising along as usual running in fifth place at this
point in the race. He trails his teammate Gordon by 1 in the points race.
Jarrett made another run at the lead and he was the leader at the halfway
point of the race.
Then the caution came out when Johnny Benson gets lose in car number 30 and
hits the wall hard bringing out the fourth caution of the day.
Then after another caution Ricky Rudd pulled his Tide machine to the front
and he was the leader on lap 69 for the Race.
Jeff Burton worked his way from the back and he was running second putting
the pressure on Rudd.
But Rudd would lead the final 70 laps of the race and the victory extends
his personal winning streak giving him a win 14 years in a row.
IN Q="I knew...
((RICKY RUDD/A.C. DELCO 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/A.C. Delco 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=.......to the win."
Jarrett was third Terry Labonte fourth Ernie Irvan fourth and Jeff Burton
Jeff Gordon finished 12-th and his teammate Terry Labonte moves ahead in
the points by 32.
The Redskins dodged a bullet at R-F-K today. After leading by 28 at the
half the Redskins had to hold on for a 31 to 21 win over the New York Giants.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/FOX SPORTS; :
The Skins out to extend their winning streak in front of the home crowd.
Terry Allen would help the cause. On Washington's first possession he take
is in from the two yard line 7 to nothing Washington.
Then Allen came through again to open the second quarter this time he
scores from the one to make it 14 to nothing.
Washington led 21 to nothing on another Allen T-D. then Darrell Green
comes up big intercepting this Dave Brown pass and returning it 68 yards for
the touchdown the Redskins led 28 to nothing at the half.
Then Tyrone Wheatley scored on this SUPER=30-Washington/21/N.Y.
Giants/21/;two yard run with 6-minutes left in the game the Giants trailed 28
to 21 but Washington wins it 31 to 21.
The Dallas Cowboys needed a fourth quarter comeback to beat winless Atlanta
this afternoon 32 to 28.
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Emmitt Smith spotted the Cowboys a 14 to 3 lead in the second quarter when
he scored his second touchdown of the day to make it 14 to 3.
But Atlanta got five field goals from Morten anderson and when Bobby Hebert
hit Bert Emanuel on this 4 yard touchdown pass the Falcons led 25 to 17.
Dallas tied it at 25 to 25 This SUPER=30-Dallas/32/Atlanta/28/;Emmitt
Smith three yard run and a 60 yard pass to Kelvin Martin gave the Cowboys the
come from behind 32 to 28 win.
Anthony Johnson had his third straight 100 yard rushing came this
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/FOX SPORTS; :
And his running set up this Kerry Collins 13 yard touchdown pass to Mark
Carrier in the third quarter to lead the Panthers over the Saints.
For that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
wipe to boards
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SUPER=0100-/Buffalo/9//N.Y. Jets/7/3///Cincinnati/21//San Francisco/14/3//;
SUPER=0100-/Tampa Bay/3//Arizona/10/3///Oakland///San Diego///Mon./;
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
The weather forecast for the New York area is light drizzlie throughout the
day and a 50 per cent chance of rain at game time for game one of the World
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Yesterday; :
This is what it looked like in the Big Apple yesterday. Heavy rain and high
winds postponing last nights game.
The Braves had another day to rest but the postponement is forcing Manager
Bobby Cox to re-think his pitching rotation.
IN Q="The Order
((BOBBY COX/BRAVES MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Bobby Cox/Braves Manager; :
OUT Q=....two games."
Two 20 game winners will be on the hill tonight. Atlanta starts John
Smoltz and the Yankees will send Andy Pettite to the mound.
The Roanoke Express split its two game set this weekend at the Roundhouse
losing to Raleigh 7 to 5.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Icecaps; :
Express coach Frank Anzalone on the bench waiting the start of the game.
The Icecaps broke the ice First. The puck is shot at the goal from the
middle of the ice and its slipped into the net on the rebound to make it 1 to
But the Express came back. Jeff Loder steals the puck at the side of the
net and slaps it in for the score to tie the score at one to one.
The Icecaps scored the final two SUPER=38-Raleigh/7/Roanoke/5/;goals of
the first Period. Kris Miller fires a shot from the blue line past the Express
goalie Raleigh led 2 to 1 and the Icecaps win it 7 to 5.
The Express returns to the ice next Friday night at Charlotte.
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One group in Salem is auctioning off property so others may have a Merry
The Community Christmas Store is an all volunteer and community-wide effort
that assists needy families.
The store sponsored a benefit auction to raise money for the up coming
One of the big-ticket items of the day was this Mustang.
The car sold for 19-hundred dollars.
The Christmas Store gets a percentage of whatever is sold during the
IN Q=our goal is to
((TERESA THOMAS GEREAUX/COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS STORE: OUR GOAL IS TO SERVE OVER
500 FAMILIES IN OUR STORE. IT'S OPEN DECEMBER 13TH AND 14TH. WE PROVIDE FOR
EACH OF THOSE FAMILIES CLOTHING AND TOYS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. WE ALSO HAVE
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS FOR THE FAMILY AND FOOD.))
SUPER=01-Teresa Thomas Gereaux/The Community Christmas Store;
OUT Q=FAMILY AND FOOD
The store needs about 20 to 30-thousand dollars to operate.
They will also accept donations of NEW clothes and toys at the store during
the month of November.
The store is located on Roanoke Street in Salem.