Coming up next on New 7 at 6...
Neighbors discover smoke coming from a Lynchburg home, but it's too late to
save the man in side.
And an elementary school teacher is charged with carrying drugs and a gun.
In sports, Scores and Highlights from the N-F-L The Express was back on the
And Virginia Tech's win over Southwestern Louisiana yesterday was sweet but
the Hokies need more as the prepare for the tough part of their schedule.
Unseasonably cold air invaded the region overnight.
Expect temperatures just as chilly tonight-- then gradually warming up by
A house fire in Lynchburg left one man dead this afternoon.
Neighbors reported smoke coming from the doors and windows of 11-19 Toledo
Avenue around 1:45.
Firefighters forced their way into the home, and found the elderly victim
lying between the kitchen and the living room.
Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
IN Q=We had light
((BATTALION CHIEF DAVID ST. CLAIR/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WE HAD LIGHT SMOKE
SHOWING OUT OF THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING HERE. APPARENTLY THE FIRE STARTED
AROUND THE CHAIR OR IN THE CHAIR THAT THE VICTIM WAS USUALLY SITTING IN.))
SUPER=01-Batt. Chief David St. Clair/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
OUT Q=usually sitting in.
St. Clair says the man normally visits his wife in a nursing home every
Sunday, but did not show up today.
Authorities have "not" released his identity, but he was believed to be
about 80 years old.
Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.
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A Halifax County elementary school teacher was arrested yesterday on drug
and various other charges.
37- year- old Henry Richardson Junior is charged with drunk driving,
possession of marijuana, and possession of a concealed handgun.
Richardson teaches at Clover Elementary.
He was arrested in front of Halifax County Middle School.
Richardson was released on a two- thousand dollar bond.
This is the second time this year a Halifax County teacher has been arrested
on drug charges.
In June, 37- year- old Dorothy Ferrell was arrested for possession of crack
A facelift to a southeast Roanoke landmark caused some controversy last
year, but The Jackson Middle School opened for classes at the beginning of this
Today the neighborhood was invited in to share their memories of the old
school and become a part of the "new".
A portion of the school received a facelift but new construction replaced a
section that was built in the 1920's.
Officials say the construction brings the 70 year old school up to modern
Fran Martin is new to the school, but she says she likes what she sees.
IN Q=WE'VE BEEN REAL
((FRAN MARTIN/PTA CO-PRES.: WE'VE BEEN REAL EXCITED ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL
BUILDING AND THIS AREA. WE THINK THAT IT REALLY ADDED A LOT TO THE COMMUNITY.
SO WE WANTED THE COMMUNITY TO FEEL A PART.))
SUPER=01-Fran Martin/PTA Co-President;
OUT Q=feel a part
Martin says most of the visitors have been happy with the changes in the old
Two vintage war plans flew out of Roanoke Regional Airport yesterday, but
the memories they stirred still remain.
For one Vinton family the sight of the B-24 Bomber took them back to the
days of the war that took the life of a brother.
Denise Allen has the story.
IN Q=HE WAS GETTING
SUPER=01-Elma Swain/Don's Sister; :00
SUPER=03-Vinton; :58 QUICK!!!
OUT Q=News 7 dissolve plane out.
IN Q=he was alwayS
((ELMA SWAIN/DON'S SISTER: HE WAS ALWAYS GETTING INTO MESSES. HE WAS JUST ONE
OF THOSE KINDS OF PEOPLE THAT HAD FUN AND ALWAYS GOT LEFT HOLDING THE BAG.))
OUT Q=HOLDING THE BAG
Dallas Don Moody entered the service in mid-January of 1944. His family
called him Don, but the government knew him as Dallas.
He served on a plane similar to this B-24 Liberator.
During his nine months in the service he wrote 250 letters to his family in
Vinton and his mother saved every one.
The letters often contained code words--for instance he always signed his
letters "Don", except when he went on a mission, then it was "Dallas."
After his death his letters were turned into a book called "An Aerial Gunner
IN Q=THERE'S SO MUCH
((THERE'S SO MUCH HUMOR IN IT AND THE REASON DOCTOR HEMPHILL LIKE IT BECAUSE HE
WAS JUST AN ORDINARY SERVICE MAN AND HE WAS TELLING ABOUT ALL THE SERVICE
THINGS THEY WERE DOING DAY BY DAY.))
OUT Q=day by day
The letters also told of his travels.
Elma says before entering the service North Carolina was as far as he'd
IN Q=HE SAID HE
((HE SAID HE KEPT TAPPING THIS MAN ON THE SHOULDER SAYING, "ISN'T THAT
BEAUTIFUL, ISN'T THAT BEAUTIFUL." AND HE FINALLY HE FINALLY REALIZED IT WAS A
GENERAL AND THE GENERAL SAID, "YES SON I LIKE NATURE TOO."))
OUT Q=LIKE NATURE TOO
These letters chronicled his service from basic training up to his third
mission--a mission from which he would not return.
Elma says he left the Roanoke Valley a boy and the letters revealed his
Don Moody died a shortly before his 19th birthday.
IN Q=HE WAS JUST
((HE WAS JUST A SMALL TOWN BOY WHO MISSED HOME AND FRIENDS. EVEN HIS DOGS.))
OUT Q=HIS DOGS
Elma regrets her children never got to know their uncle, but the book of his
letters is one way they can share her memories.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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Still to come on the broadcast,
A new tenant moves into Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center.
and we'll meet some hunters trying to help the hungry this fall.
Kimberly in WX CENTER
We saw overnight lows nearly 20 degrees below normal--
You'll want to keep the heat on tonight as the mercury plummets again.
Cold, dry high pressure will be passing across the Appalachians tonight--
and we'll see more moderate temperatures by mid week.
As for today...
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Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center has a new tenant...and a new
The Waste Policy Institute held an open house Friday at its new headquarters
and Blacksburg operations office.
W-P-I is a non- profit corporation which works to bring government, industry
and the public together to facility decision-making on environmental policy.
It specializes in risk assessment and management, pollution prevention,
regulatory compliance and communication.
Tech's Corporate Research Center leases space to more than 50 technology
organizations which employ over one thousand people.
A big merger involves a Bluefield bank,
and a big job loss in for a Southside community.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Tuesday; :28
SUPER=03-South Boston/Tuesday; :49
OUT Q=NAT SOT
First Union will transfer its Mortgage Service Center from downtown Roanoke
to Raleigh, leaving the bank with barely any employees in the tower that bears
The 120 displaced people will be offered other jobs with the bank, mostly at
its Roanoke County operations center.
Personnel at the region's largest health care provider are looking at union
membership because of concerns about how a reorganization has affected patient
The Carilion Health System says quality patient care is its number one
priority, and union interference is contrary to the best environment for its
employees and patients.
Premier Bankshares of Bluefield is merging with First Virginia Banks in a
160- million dollar stock swap.
The deal is not expected to affect Premier's 400- plus workforce.
But jobs will be lost in South Boston, where Georgia Pacific is closing its
particle board plant.
Georgia Pacific says it's doing this because of market conditions and the
Best Products is going out of business.
The troubled retailer has stores in Roanoke and Lynchburg, each with 55 full
and part time employees.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
In its five years of existence, the Hunters for the Hungry program has
provided more than 175 tons of free venison to needy people all across
The program hopes to set a new distribution record this year, but to do
that, the public needs to help.
Steve Smallshaw explains.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-David Horne/Hunters for the Hungry; :16
SUPER=01-Sharon Cash/Lynchburg Area Food Bank; :51
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( natsot 5:23:17
((LET ME GET YOUR NAME SIR...))
The next few weeks will be busy ones for David Horne.
As the black powder and rifle hunting seasons approach, Horne is putting in
long days trying to get more sportsmen to take part in a program called Hunters
for the Hungry.
IN Q=This year we're
((DAVID HORNE/HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY: THIS YEAR WE'RE LOOKING TO DO 25 PERCENT
MORE THAN WE DID LAST YEAR AND THAT'S INDICATIVE OF THE FACT THAT THERE IS
INCREASED FINANCIAL SUPPORT AS PEOPLE BECOME MORE AWARE OF WHAT WE'RE DOING AND
REALIZE THE GOOD OF WHAT WE'RE ABLE TO DO BY PROVIDING THE VENISON TO PEOPLE IN
OUT Q=people in need.
natsot of saw 10:03:05 (#2)
Participating hunters bring their venison to places like Green Valley meat
processors, where Earl Stinson and his crew handled more than four hundred
donated deer last season.
From there it's distributed to area food banks, where the venison is snapped
up almost as soon as it comes in.
IN Q=The venison that
((SHARON CASH/LYNCHBURG AREA FOOD BANK: THE VENISON THAT COMES IN GIVES US A
HIGH PROTEIN MEAT WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T NORMALLY HAVE A LOT OF.))
OUT Q=have a lot of.
Horne says the problem is not a lack of donated deer, but money.
Even at reduced rates, processing tons of venison can be expensive.
IN Q=If we could
((DAVID HORNE: IF WE COULD GET THREE OR FOUR HUNDRED PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE 30
DOLLARS, WHICH IS THE AVERAGE COST OF PROCESSING A DEER, THEN WE COULD REACH
OUR GOAL AND MAYBE EVEN SURPASS IT.))
OUT Q=even surpass it.
A lot of hungry Virginians are hoping they will.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Anyone wishing to donate to Hunters for the Hungry can call 1-800-352-HUNT,
or write them at Post Office Box 3-04, Big Island, Virginia...24526.
Soft Music Under
Still to come on the newscast,
Police chases are the subject of this week's Feedback.
We'll have a letter from the man who's in prison for causing an accident
that killed three people in Roanoke County.
High speed pursuit by the police was the main topic in our viewer mail this
This time, the writers were defending the need for the authorities to go
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=Scott Allman knows
SUPER=03-Salem/October 16; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./April 22; :05
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( Scott Allman knows what can result from a police chase.
He's been sentenced to 16 years in prison for fleeing from police last
spring and causing an accident that killed three people.
"Even though I ran from them, I just want everyone to know that nothing is
worth running from police because it will get people in more trouble than they
were in. I'm so sorry and I want to help young kids not to go through what I
Another viewer wrote:
"If no one runs there is no chase. If the suspect, when approached by
police, remains calm and is cooperative he will not, even if arrested, be dead
at the end of a chase. We hire police to catch criminals. Sometimes they have
to chase them but it is the suspect who initiates the chase. On the other hand
if a person is influenced by drugs or alcohol he may not act rationally and it
is in those situations that officers can use judgement to decide if a chase is
A Radford viewer says:
"I think that many people would agree that if police did not give chase, but
simply relied upon road blocks or trying to identify the person involved by
license tags...MANY more criminals would get away to repeat their crimes. The
result of this would be more violence against innocent people. There are, of
course, situations in which the police must break off their pursuit, and in
this case they did the right thing."
News-7 welcomes your comments on topics in the news and our coverage of
Letters should be addressed to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke,
If you'd like to send us a fax, the number is 343-7269.
And for E-mail, our address is email@example.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
And coming up, We'll check in on some of today's action in the N-F-L the
Hokies want more.
And champions were crowned in the Busch Grand National division and the
Craftsman's Truck Series.
The Atlanta Falcons came up with a win this afternoon beating the Carolina
Panthers 20 to 17.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SPORTS; :
The Falcons came out strong in the first quarter Jamal Anderson scores on
this 32 yard run and Atlanta took the 10 to nothing lead.
The Panthers would come back in the second quarter Anthony Johnson takes
the handoff and scores from 6 yards out to make it 10 to 10.
Carolina had a chance to get back in the game in the third But
SUPER=30-Atlanta/20/Carolina/17/; quarterback Steve Beurlein comes in and
fumbles the ball at the Falcon two yard line and Atlanta wins it 20 to 17.
The Philadelphia Eagles scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to
beat the Dallas Cowboys this afternoon 31 to 21.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/FOX SPORTS; :
The Eagles led by 4 at the half then in the third Ty Detmer goes to the air
and hits Irving Fryer on the 14 yard touchdown pass to make it 21 to 13 Philly.
But the Cowboys came back. Troy Aikman hands off to Emmitt Smith he takes it
in from the seven yard line the two point conversion made it 21 to 21.
Philadelphia added a field goal and then this play. Troy Aikman's pass
SUPER=30-Philadelphia/31/Dallas/21/; is picked off by James Willis in the end
zone. He brings it out and laterals to Troy Vincent who works his way down
field for a 90 yard touchdown the Eagles beat the Cowboys 31 to 21.
The Bears, Packers, Steelers and Giants won this afternoon for those and
all of today's scores lets go to the boards.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0100-j/San Diego/26//Indianapolis/19////Tampa Bay/10/j/Chicago/13///;
SUPER=0100-/San Francisco///New Orleans///Night/;
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
Yesterday in Blacksburg, Tech's Shane Graham booted four field goals and the
Hokies put 47 points on the board in a victory over Southwestern Louisiana.
the Hokies got two short rushing touchdowns from tailbacks Marcus Parker and
And Quarterback Jim Druckenmiller hooked up with Shawn Scales on a 21 yard
But with the tough part of their schedule ahead the Hokies need to turn
those field goals into touchdowns.
IN Q="This is when
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=.......upcoming week."
The Hokies begin the stretch run with East Carolina at home next Saturday.
Then they hit the road for a Big East game against Miami before returning
home to end the regular season with West Virginia and Virginia.
The Express is in Richmond this afternoon leading the Renegades 4 to 1
early in the third.
The addition of 11 new, young players at the beginning of the season
initiated some high hopes for the ECHL team. Steve Mason takes a closer look at
the new talent in this addition of Roundhouse Wrap up.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Checkers vs. Express; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Cowan/Express Left Winger; :18
SUPER=01-Chris DeProfio/Played College Hockey Last Year; 1:10
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; 1:28
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((2 of the three goals scored in a 3-nothing win against defending Riley Cup
champion Charlotte Friday night came off the sticks of first year Express
players. While Jeff Loder and Jeff Cowan shined that night, adapting to ECHL
Express hockey has been challenging.))
((The 20 year old Cowan is one of 7 new Express players that game to Roanoke
via Canadien Major Junior Hockey, a league that, like the ECHL, plays a 70 game
plus season, but the style of play is quite different.))
((Express sources reported Friday that Deprofio left the team this weekend for
personal reasons. Of the 7 top Roanoke points leaders, 5 are first year Express
((The Express plays 4 roads games this week before returning to the Round house
for a 4 game homestand beginning November 12th, steve mason, news 7 sports.))
A first time winner and a champion was crowned this afternoon in the final
Busch Grand National Race of the season at Homestead, Florida.
SUPER=03-Homestead, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
Kevin Lapage took the lead from Bobby Labonte with less than 40 laps to go
and he would take the checkered flag winning the Jiffy Lube 300, the first
Busch win of his career.
But the Big winner was Randy Lajoie. Despite being low on gas he crossed
the line holding off David Green for the championship
IN Q="I had a really
((RANDY LAJOIE/BGN CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Randy Lajoie/BGN Champion; :
OUT Q=.........conserving fuel."
_________ won the final race of the Craftsman Truck Series and _______ was
crowned the divisions champion.
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