Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We await a ruling from a federal judge in Philadelphia on the mega-million
dollar merger deal.
And the classic chain-reaction pile up into the back of a school bus in
Roanoke. We'll tell you how it happened.
Tonight in sports, the Express host the Nailers tonight at 7, Lou Holtz
officially steps aside at Notre Dame, Roy Stanley checks in from Tech,
And there has been a power shift in the American League Central as Indians
slugger Albert Belle joins the Whitesox.
The jet stream is pushing some clouds our way and maybe some sprinkles in
the New River Valley. Details just ahead.
The final day of a courtroom showdown between Norfolk Southern and Conrail
provided the same nasty confrontations it had yesterday, but the testimony
moved along faster.
Norfolk Southern is trying to delay a deal between its rival C-S-X and
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Satellite
Len Besthoff has been attending the hearing which is on Conrail's home turf
in Philadelphia. He's in the newsroom at our affiliate in Philadelphia
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: a dark horse)
IN Q=We're clearly
SUPER=01-Craig Lewis/Norfolk Southern Attorney; :00
SUPER=@File; :18 very quick!
SUPER=01-Thomas Hoppin/C-S-X Spokesman; :54
OUT Q=Conrail returns
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Satellite
(Keith question: This is not the only litigation pending against Conrail.)
It's been nearly a year since a Virginia Tech student was carjacked... and
then murdered in the remote (WHITE-thorn) Whitethorne section of Montgomery
Today, the third and final defendant in the case was sentenced.
Mark Lilly will serve 49 years in prison.
Prosecutor Skip Schwab was asking for three life terms for Lilly.
Nonetheless, he was satisfied with the result.
IN Q=It's the
((SKIP SCHWAB/MONTGOMERY COUNTY PROSECUTOR: IT'S THE MAXIMUM UNDER THE
VOLUNTARY SENTENCING GUIDELINES. OF COURSE WE ARGUED FOR MORE, FOR WHAT WE FEEL
ARE VALID REASONS. BUT THAT'S THE COURT'S DECISION. WE ARE GLAD TO SEE THAT AT
LEAST HE GAVE HIM THE MAXIMUM UNDER THE VOLUNTARY GUIDELINES. ))
SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Montgomery Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=voluntary guidelines.
A few weeks ago BEN Lilly-- Mark Lilly's brother-- was found to be the
triggerman and given a death sentence.
In August, their friend Gary Barker got 53 years in prison for his part in
After tearful testimony and grueling cross examination Jason Hibbs today
changed his plea to guilty of murder and abduction.
The 20- year old Wythe County man was on trial for the death of Ricky Lee
Hibbs said he punched Coleman after the 17 year old got drunk and destructive
at his house last January. Hibbs testified he and two friends later stuffed
the moaning teenager in the trunk of a car, drove him to a remote road and
dumped over a creek bank.
Coleman died from a combination of the alcohol and exposure.
Hibbs testified he thought Coleman would sober up and go home, and said he
was sorry that he died.
IN Q=And there was
SUPER=01-Keith Blankenship/Asst. Wythe Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=a recommendation.
Hibbs faces life plus 20 years in prison. Two other defendants, Eric Ball
and Eric Wimmer, are still awaiting their trials.
Frightening moments for school kids on a bus this afternoon.
The bus was stopped on Peters Creek Road in Roanoke, when a pickup truck
crashed into two cars that were stopped behind it.
The impact pushed cars forward, hitting the back of the bus.
No one on the bus was hurt, but five people in the other vehicles,
including the pickup driver and a passenger were taken to the hospital.
There's no word on how badly they're hurt.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--sheriff's deputies looking for a suspect who
terrorized a family in Axton.
And the connection between teen drug use in the 90's and the counter-culture
movement of the 1960s?
Melanie Moon continues her series of reports "Under Whose Influence?"
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-2.52''/plus 0.53''/49.96''/plus 13.00'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.89 foot/Down 4.99 feet;Lake levels
Authorities say an armed robbery last night involving a Henry County couple
and their children could have easily ended in tragedy.
The family was held hostage by a gunman who allegedly forced his way into
their Axton home.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=Monday night
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :14
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Monday night should have been like any other for Marsha and Adolfo
The couple's 11- year old son was taking a bath and their 9- year old
daughter was playing the flute when Mrs. Fernandez stepped outside her home on
IN Q=An armed
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: AN ARMED GUNMAN APPARENTLY ON THE
CARPORT, KIND OF LURKING AROUND, WHEN MRS. FERNANDEZ CAME OUT TO EMPTY THE
TRASH, SHE WAS STARTLED, HE HELD A RIFLE ON HER AND FORCED HER BACK INTO THE
OUT Q=the home.
Authorities say the gunman then bound the families feet and hands.
He also allegedly placed pillow cases over their head while he pocketed a
gun and money.
Later, the suspect allegedly forced Marsha Fernandez to empty the safe at
the Rock House-- a convenience store the couple owns about a half- mile away.
The gunman then forced Fernandez to drive to a nearby intersection where he
exited the vehicle on foot.
IN Q=He carried
((HE CARRIED A POLICE SCANNER THROUGH THE WHOLE ORDEAL AND HE CLAIMED THAT HE
COULD MONITOR ANY CELLULAR CONVERSATION AND FOR HER NOT TO REPORT IT TO THE
OUT Q=the police.
At this point, sheriff's officials have few leads, but are investigating a
possible connection between the Fernandez robbery and another robbery that
occurred on the same road earlier this year.
Authorities say the suspect who robbed and severely beat the owner of
Grogan's Grocery, bears a similarity to this latest suspect.
Both suspects are described as white men, 6- feet tall with a stocky build.
Sheriff's officials believe the suspect may live in the area, because of
his mannerisms and the fact he was apparently traveling on foot. Teresa
Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
GRAPHIC=Under Whose Influence?
**Note Anchor Tag
Teenagers are doing drugs ...more than ever.
The results of an annual survey of nearly 130-thousand students nationwide,
found adolescent drug use at its highest level in nearly a decade.
Some experts say nostalgia for the sixties is contributing to the problem.
SS=Under Whose Influence? Fullscreen
Melanie Moon explains in part two of Under Whose Influence.
IN Q=Can you think
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Stewart Gregory/12 years old; :16
SUPER=01-Andrea Taylor/12 years old; :23
SUPER=07-Todd Bryant; :40
SUPER=07-David Hooker; :54
SUPER=01-Joann Burkholder/School Counselor; 1;20
SUPER=01-Jodie Widener/Former Drug User; (quick) 1:36
SUPER=01-Marvin Fields/Pride Team; 1:50
SUPER=01-Megan Hedge/11 years old; 2:09
OUT Q=NEWS 7 Roanoke.
DARE- OFFICER STANELY: CAN YOU THINK OF ANY EXAMPLE OF DRUGS ABUSE CAUSING
HARM TO A PERSON? THINK OF ONE, YES.
This year More than 5 million youngster in elementary and middle schools
nationwide will receive education in Drug Abuse and Resistance otherwise known
STEWART GREGORARY 4:43;50:I'VE LEARNED HOW TO SAY NO TO DRUGS, CERTAIN WAYS AND
TO HANDLE PER PRESSURE.
ANDREA TAYLOR/12 Years old: I'VE LEARNED IT'S OKAY IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO
THEM BECAUSE IT MESSES UP YOUR BODY AND BRAIN.
Young people can recite the DARE doctrine by heart.
They know drugs are bad, they know they know they should just say no,
But along the way, something-- or someone convinces them otherwise.
THE PRESSURES ARE REALLY, REALLY GREAT, THEY'RE VERY HIGH AND THERE'S JUST A
WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE DOING A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF THAT THEY PROBABLY SHOULDN'T BE
DOING IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE.
DAVID HOOKER: I TRY TO IGNORE THEM BUT IT IS HARD, I MEAN I CAN'T SAY I'VE
NEVER DONE IT, I'M NOT GOING TO SAY I HAVE DONE IT BUT IT'S NOT EASY IGNORE.
Peer pressure is part of the problem, finding other causes may mean going
back nearly thirties years.
Experts say baby boomer parents may have a more relaxed attitude toward drugs
because they experimented with them in the 60's, and view it as a phase.
JOANN BURKHOLDER/STUDENT COUNSELOR:
BUT WHAT WE KNOW FOR ONE THING THAT'S NOT TRUE, THAT THE QUALITY OF SUBSTANCES
BEING USE NOW IS MUCH HIGHER THEN IT WAS BACK WHEN THE BABY BOOMERS WERE IN
COLLEGE, WE ALSO KNOW THAT STUDENTS ARE BEGINNING TO USE AT AN EARLIER AGE.
Some teens like Jodi Widener, who is a drug user in recovery, tell about an
even more shocking trend.
JODI WIDENER: I KNOW A COUPLE OF PEOPLE WHO DO IT WITH THEIR PARENTS, I THINK
THEIR PARENTS NEED TO GROUP UP.
Some teens are trying to take back their schools.
Meet the Patrick Henry PRIDE Team.
Through dance, drama and song they spread their message that drug free is
the only way to be.
MARVIN FIELDS/PRIDE TEAM:
MOST OF THE KIDS IN ROANOKE THAT I SEE MOST OF THEM DO DRUGS, MOST OF THEM
SMOKE WEED AND ALL THAT AND THEY GOT TO REALIZE THAT'S NOT GETTING THEM
Maybe that message will sometime be the norm for teens and then youngsters
like eleven year old Megan won't have to fear high school so much.
MEGAN HEDGE :
IT WORRIES ME LIKE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ASK ME AND HOW I'M GOING TO SAY IT
I HAVEN'T REALLY DECIDE HOW I AM. Melanie Moon, News 7 Roanoke.))
SS=Under Whose Influence?
Tomorrow, drug education 101 for parents.
Stocks climbed further into record high territory as interest rates fell in
the bond market.
The Dow jumped 50 points, closing at 63 hundred 98.
NASDAQ gained eight points.
After 15 people were infected in the New River Valley, a single case of
Legionnaires disease has been reported in central Virginia.
The victim was admitted to Lynchburg General Hospital on October 28th...
doctors there confirmed last night the man had contracted Legionnaires.
The victim's family has requested no other information about his condition
Health officials say there's "no" connection with the Christiansburg
outbreak, and this appears to be an isolated case.
IN Q=We have thirty
((DR. JOANNA HARRIS/LYNCHBURG HEALTH DEPT.: WE HAVE THIRTY ISOLATED CASES IN
THE STATE OF VIRGINIA EVERY YEAR, AND THIS ONE WE'RE TREATING AS AN ISOLATED
CASE. WE'RE WELL AFTER THE INCUBATION PERIOD NOW AND I WOULD NOT ANTICIPATE ANY
SUPER=01-Dr. Joanna Harris/Lynchburg Health Dept.; :00
OUT Q=any more cases.
Harris says the Legionnaires bacteria can be found in streams and ponds, and
noted the victim likes to fish.
It's not a return to the glory days of Roanoke's Henry Street--
But some believe a new sign may signal a new beginning.
Today the former Henry Street Music Center was re- named the Dumas Hotel
Officials at Total Action Against Poverty hope the nostalgic name will
display their commitment to the black community.
IN Q=There is a real
((MARTIN JEFFREY/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: THERE IS A REAL SIGNIFICANCE IN
THE NAME CHANGE. I THINK THAT GOES A LONG WAY IN TERMS OF HEALING SOME WOUNDS,
BUT THERE'S A MUCH LONGER WAY TO GO. ))
((DARTHULA LASH: I DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND WHY THE NAME WAS EVER TAKEN FROM IT,
BUT NONETHELESS, THAT'S IN THE PAST. AND I'M WILLING TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT
IT HAS BEEN RE- NAMED, AND RIGHTFULLY SO.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Total Action Against Poverty;
SUPER=07-Darthula Lash; :09
OUT Q=rightfully so
TAP is sponsoring a new annual fundraiser for the Music Center.
"Holiday on Henry Street" is planned for December seventh.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Hokies are in awe of the "Eers", Lou Holtz
ponders his future after stepping down at Notre Dame, the Express is on the
home ice tonight,
And it's been a busy day off the base paths in the major leagues as Albert
and Jimy land new jobs in new cities.
It has been a busy day in the big leagues especially if your team has Sox in
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00
First, Albert Belle left the reservation in Cleveland and joined forces with
Frank Thomas and the WhiteSox today.
IN Q="You know I...
((ALBERT BELLE/SIGNS FOR $50 MILLION:))
SUPER=01-Albert Belle/Signs For $50 Million; :00
OUT Q=...FIRST HAND NOW."
SUPER=03-Boston, MA; :00
And in Boston this afternoon, Jimy Williams, the man who spells his first
name with one "M" was hired as the Redsox new skipper.
He managed the Bluejays from 1986 through 89.
The Express hits the Round House ice tonight at 7 against Wheeling in the
two teams only meeting of the season. General Manager Pierre Piaement said late
that the Express will be without captain Dave Stewart, still hurting form a
left ankle sprain.
Coach frank Anzalone also confirmed this afternoon that J.F. Tremblay will
also sit out, he is only 80 percent.
Wheeling is 7 and 7 on the season, but other factors make them a dangerous
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...very good coach"
Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz made his much rumored resignation official
today as he confirmed that he is quitting at the school's head coach at the end
of the season.
IN Q="I'll always...
((LOU HOLTZ/NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Lou Holtz/Notre Dame Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...role in life."
Many believe Holtz will return to the NFL and coach. He denies that but knows
he does need a job.
IN Q="Let me...
OUT Q=...gonna go." (ha ha)
One other note about Holtz, did you know that he began his head coaching
career in Williamsburg is less than dramatic fashion.
Each of this three Tribe teams posted losing records.
GRAPHIC=BIG EAST LOGO
The Hokies post Miami celebration has been short lived, because their most
intense Big East rival is coming to town this weekend.
West Virginia invades Lane Stadium on Saturday and Roy Stanley says no one
has to tell the players and coaches what's riding on this game.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Saturday; :00
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Va. Tech Wide Receiver; :17 quick
SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/Last Season; :23
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/13 Touchdown Passes This Season; :38
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :51
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
SUPER=330-Cloudy Skies/Wind NW-10/36-38/Variable Cloudiness/Wind NW-10/54-56;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-10/36-38/Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-10/50-54;
SUPER=332-Clouds And/Sprinkles/35-38/Cloudy Skies/With Sprinkles/48-50;
SUPER=333-Variable/Cloudiness/30-32/Variable Clouds/Wind NW-10/40-42;
SUPER=334-Clouds And/Sprinkles/36-39/Clouds And/Sprinkles/48-50;
For the latest news,
Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen
weather and sports---check out News 7 Prime Time. That's at 10 p-m on
W-E-F-C. Check your cable listings for the channel in your area.
And of course join us here for News 7 at 11 on W-D-B-J.