A Southside police officer shot during a drug raid overnight.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll hear how he's doing in a LIVE report.
And just how fast can we expect to get help when you call 9-1-1?
In sports, Botetourt and Byrd are just a few hours away from the state semi
finals in basketball, Cup drivers are gearing up in the Orient,
and Salem is ready for the Golden Eagles of Staunton River, one of 6 regional
championhsip games headed your way.
Nice weekend forecast with warming temperatures. The sunny details coming
The shooting and wounding of a Danville police officer has shaken his
It seems everyone is amazed 31- year old Dennis Haley survived being shot in
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton has been following the story and joins us from Danville with
Keith, people here say it truly is a miracle.
In fact, Police Chief Neal Morris says Haley seems to be doing better
emotionally than the officers who were with him.
IN Q=They seem
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :00
SUPER=03-Danville/Last Night; :09
OUT Q=COME OUT.
IN Q=They seem
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:THEY SEEM TO BE IN A STATE OF DEPRESSION
RIGHT NOW, WE'RE DOING COUNSELING WITH THEM, WHICH IS ALSO PART OF OUR
OUT Q=our procedure.
Danville Police Chief Neal Morris is also coping.
It's been nearly 25- years since a Danville officer was wounded in the line
Haley was shot while executing a search warrant for drugs at 321- Moffett
Morris says the men repeatedly announced themselves before knocking the back
((DENNIS CAME DOWN THIS MORNING, HE'S DOING FINE, REALLY, ALTHOUGH HE WAS
REALLY SORE, I THINK, HE HAD SOME SWELLING, THE ADRENALINE IS NOT PUMPING, LIKE
IT WAS. ))
OUT Q=it was.
The adrenaline was also pumping for the officers with Haley.
Morris says when the gunshots were fired from inside, officer Gary Wilson
hit the floor, and returned fire.
No one was hit, but last night, several who gathered on the street were
pointing the finger at police.
But Morris isn't concerned-- he says his men were doing their job and did
NOT fire first.
Haley is an experienced officer-- he's been with the force since 1989.
During the summer, he worked in the downtown area, as a community police
IN Q=I think
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:I THINK, A COUPLE OF TIMES LAST NIGHT, I
MADE THE STATEMENTS THAT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WERE BEING SAID, WEREN'T TRUE,
BY SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE, I THINK THAT WHEN THE TRIAL IS CONDUCTED, THE
TRUTH WILL COME OUT. ))
OUT Q=will come out.
Last night, two men were taken in for questioning.
The only one charged was 30- year old Marlow Andre Farmer. He's being held
without bond, charged with the attempted capital murder of a police officer.
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(What can you tell us about the neighborhood where Haley was shot?)
A Campbell County jury is trying to decide whether a teenager from Gladys
was legally insane the night he shot and killed his neighbor.
17 year old Lewis "Trey" Mize admits he killed Roger Vassar Junior last
But during his three day trial, psychiatrists have disagreed whether Mize
knew the difference between right and wrong when he pulled the trigger.
IN Q=His actions in killing
SUPER=01-Neil Vener/Prosecutor; :00 quick
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Defense Attorney; :16
OUT Q=compound this tragedy further.
The jury began its deliberations shortly after two this afternoon.
The prosecutor has reviewed evidence of embezzlement at Coyner Springs
Juvenile Detention Center... and confirmed he does NOT intend to file charges.
Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom says: "It is clear from the [police]
report that money and property have been stolen," but he apparently can't prove
who took the stuff.
Branscom did say that a city employee made 172 dollars worth of
long-distance phone calls from Coyner Springs. The employee paid the city back
and quit his job.
Virginia public schools unveiled a two BILLION dollar wish list earlier this
year in construction and renovation needs.
The needs are so great that lawmakers started talking about an unprecedented
use of state tax dollars to help localities build and repair schools.
Today Governor George Allen unveiled a plan he hopes will squelch that talk.
It would expand the ability of cities and counties to BORROW money from the
state literary fund.
IN Q=Well it
((GOV GEORGE ALLEN: WELL IT CLEARLY IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE CLASSROOMS, AND
THE SURROUNDINGS. AND THE TECHNOLOGY THAT MAY BE IN VARIOUS LOCALITIES. THIS
IS AGAIN I THINK YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND, THIS IS LOCAL DEBT. THIS IS NOT STATE
DEBT. IT IS LOCAL DEBT.))
OUT Q=it is local debt (DOUBLE OUT)
Administration officials are calling it the single greatest school
construction program in history.
It will require General Assembly approval.
House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell says Allen's plan for more local debt is
NOT the kind of help localities need.
Cranwell's calling it a "little creative financing" by the Governor.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--some residents of a Clifton Forge nursing
home will need a new home soon, after the state gives the facility a failing
and the changing face of emergency squads in our area. Staffing levels
effect how quickly rescue crews can get to your call for help.
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Some residents at a Clifton Forge nursing home were told today they will
have to move.
Shenandoah Manor has failed its latest health department inspection.
That means no medicaid funding.
35 residents will have to move within the next 30 days.
The health department has been making inspections over the last six months.
IN Q=The health department
((KEVIN MCCULLOUGH/LOA: THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WENT TO CONDUCT AN INSPECTION
THE NURSING HOME WAS FOUND EACH TIME OF BEING OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH MEDICAID
AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS.))
OUT Q=health department regulations.
A new management company had been working with the home the last several
months but couldn't get the facility into compliance.
Residents' family members say they're concerned about their relatives well
IN Q=He considers this
((DAVE MANN: HE CONSIDERS THIS TO BE HIS HOME. I THINK IF HE'S MOVED OUT OF
THIS HOME IT'LL BREAK HIS SPIRIT. I DON'T THINK HE'LL LIVE 30 DAYS.))
OUT Q=live 30 days.
There will be an informational meeting for family members Monday night at
the Clifton Forge Fire House.
One year later.... students and faculty members at Hollins College are still
trying to cope with the murder of Ann Harper.
SUPER=03-Fairfax Co./November 23;
It was November 23rd, 1995 when fire broke out in a Fairfax County home..
When emergency crews got inside, they found Harper dead... apparently from
stab wounds inflicted before the blaze.
The 20- year- old had been visiting her family during the Thanksgiving
Police still haven't found the killer.
Some members of the Hollins College Community say an arrest would bring only
((JAN FULLER-CARRUTHERS/HOLLINS COLLEGE CHAPLAIN: FINDING THE MURDERER WOULD IN
A VERY SMALL SENSE HELP US. AND IN A VERY LARGE SENSE, WOULDN'T BRING HER BACK.
IT WOULDN'T SOLVE OUR PROBLEM. IT WOULDN'T RESTORE ANY OF HER LIFE FOR US. ))
SUPER=01-Jan Fuller-Carruthers/Hollins College Chaplain;
A memorial service is planned next month on the Hollins campus.
A plaque will be dedicated bearing Ann Harper's name.
Richmond police are chipping away at what had appeared to be a string of
serial murders of elderly women.
The city announced a second arrest in an individual murder today.
A 42-year old female prostitute is charged with first degree murder for
killing Lucille Boyd around the first of the year.
IN Q=we have
((JERRY OLIVER/RICHMOND POLICE CHIEF: WE HAVE APPROACHED IT FROM BOTH
DIRECTIONS. THAT THEY MAY BE RELATED AND THEY MAY NOT. AND AS IT TURNS OUT AT
THIS POINT, IT SEEMS LIKE THAT THERE HAS BEEN NOT A SERIAL MURDERER IN THIS
SUPER=01-Chief Jerry Oliver/Richmond Police;:00
OUT Q=in this case.
The only other arrest in the so-called "Golden Years" investigation has been
of a juvenile female.
The stock market set records across the board today.
The Dow climbed 53 points, to close at 64-hundred-72.
Both NASDAQ and the S-and-P-500 broke records, today, as well.
GRAPHIC=Call For Help
When you dial 9-1-1 you assume your call for help will get a quick response.
But there are several factors that effect how fast rescue workers are able
to reach you.
Denise Allen tells us more about it in the first of a series of reports on
emergency service in Southwest Virginia.
IN Q=The Phone
SUPER=10-Eula Tribbett/Fire Victim/July 6; :05
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July 6; :16
SUPER=01-Joyce Harper/Hollins Rd. EMS Capt.; :54
SUPER=01-Nancy Stultz/Roanoke Co. Resident; 1:21
OUT Q=News 7 FAIRFAX COUNTY.
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IN Q=the phone rang
((EULA TRIBBETT/HOME OWNER: THE PHONE RANG AND I GOT UP TO ANSWER IT AND WHILE
I WAS TALKING A BIG PUFF OF SMOKE CAME UP IN MY FACE. I HUNG UP AND RAN OUT.))
OUT Q=and ran out
Fire devastated Eula Tribbett's Roanoke County home back in July.
Tribbett and her neighbors say it took fire fighters at least 15 minutes to
County officials say the response time was nine minutes.
On that Saturday afternoon the nearest station--Hollins Road Number
Five--was undermanned. Like the rest of the Roanoke County Fire Department it
is staffed by volunteers on weekends, weekday nights and holidays.
Paid rescue workers are at the stations Monday through Friday from six to
Tribbett is still rebuilding her house.
Authorities say since that fire some changes have been made to improve
IN Q= we have day
((JOYCE HARPER/HOLLINS RD. EMS CAPTAIN: WE HAVE DAY DUTY GROUPS NOW THAT ARE
ASSIGNED TO SATURDAY DAY AND SUNDAY DAY AND THEY ARE HERE. AND THEY MAY SIT
HER EIGHT, TEN, 12 HOURS AND NEVER RUN A CALL, BUT THEY MAY SIT HERE AND COME
IN AND RUN CALLS THE WHOLE TIME THEY'RE HERE.))
OUT Q=they're here
For Nancy and Carl Stultz that means peace of mind.
In October Nancy thought Carl was having a heart attack.
She says the Hollins Road rescue team responded quickly to her early morning
call for help.
IN Q=THEY WERE CONCERNED
((NANCY STULTZ/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: THEY WERE CONCERNED WITH HIM BUT THEY DID
ASK ME TOO, "ARE YOU OKAY?" I THOUGHT THEY WERE VERY CARING. I DON'T THINK
THEY COULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING ANY BETTER ))
OUT Q=ANYTHING ANY BETTER
Response time is an issue because it can mean the difference between life
For example "The Annuals of Emergency Medicine" reports a 10 minute response
time by a rescue squad equipped with advanced life support results in a zero
percent survival rate for heart attack victims.
The survival rate is seven percent if the same squad responds in four
When more advanced emergency treatment is provided quickly the survival rate
jumps to 28 percent.
Also when Roanoke county officials say it took nine minutes for units to
respond, it doesn't necessarily mean they reached the scene nine minutes after
the call to 9-1-1.
The response time starts after rescue workers mark the truck en-route and
ends when they reach the incident.
If no one is staffing the fire stations, the reaction time increases.
Roanoke county officials say they are studying the possibility of
establishing a uniform response time goal.
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: MOST FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE VOLUNTEER
OF A COMBINATION OF PAID AND VOLUNTEER PERSONNEL.
TOMORROW ON OUR SERIES WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE FAIRFAX COUNTY FIRE
DEPARTMENT AND HOW THAT COUNTY IS HANDLING THE CHALLENGES OF A SHRINKING BUDGET
AND GROWING POPULATION AND HOW VOLUNTEERS FIT INTO THE PICTURE.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7 FAIRFAX COUNTY.))
We will preview the Salem/Staunton River game. The Hokies and the
Mounties talk about their game,
and the Winston Cup drivers are all set for tomorrow's Sasuka 100.
The Regional finals are here! The Division four Region three high school
football playoff will kickoff over in Salem tonight as the Spartans host the
Golden Eagles of Staunton River.
The Golden Eagles have two of the top running backs in the state in Jarrett
Ferguson and Kevin Martin. both have rushed for over a thousand yards this
season and their speed could be an advantage against the Spartans.
((WILLIS WHITE/SPARTAN HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Willis White/Spartan Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......in our favor."
The Spartans have a precision passing game that they run from a pro set.
But don't count out the Spartan running game. Salem has four running backs
and they all have more than 500 yards rushing on the season.
IN Q="What we...
OUT Q= .........we play.
We will have 5 other Regional Championships on Friday Football Extra tonight.
Here's the list.
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL."
SS=hold logo (keep music up)
Don't forget the Jefferson Forest - Brookville game has been moved to 1:30 on
It will be a hot afternoon in Blacksburg tomorrow when Big East rivals
Virginia Tech and West Virginia hook up at Lane Stadium Worsham Field.
The Mountaineers have the top ranked defense in the nation and they will be
at full strength on offense for the Tech game.
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Football Coach;
OUT Q=......good football."
The Hokies are 8 and 1 overall and 5 and 1 in the Big East. West Virginia
comes to town 8 and 2 and 4 and 2 in the conference.
GRAPHIC=BIG EAST FOOTBALL
The Mounties had last week off to rest up for the Tech game.
And the West Virginia defense spent most of its spare time contemplating how
to handle Tech's massive offensvie line that averages over 300 pounds a man.
IN Q="It's just...
((CANUTE CURTIS/WEST VIRGINIA LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Canute Curtis/West Virginia Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=...OF THEIR OFFENSE.
Hometown Hoops Weekly makes the trek to Bristol tonight for the girls
Double A state semifinals tonight between William Byrd and Lord Botetourt.
The single A semi's are wrapping up.
The double A action begins with the Louisa/Charlottesville game at 7 and
then the Byrd/Botetourt contest tips off at 8:30 and we will have highlights
tonight at 11.
IN Q=I like
((ANDREA GAY/BYRD FRESHMAN GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Andrea Gay/Byrd Freshman Guard; :00
OUT Q=...beat them again"
NASCAR is spending some of trip to Japan bridging the cultural gap!
SUPER=03-Suzuka, Japan; :00
1995 Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon joined several of his new friends in
a meal with chop sticks.
((JEFF GORDON/1994 WINSTON CUP CHAMP:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 Winston Cup Champion; :00
OUT Q=...before we leave"
Meanwhile, the other drivers and their Winston Cup cars are practicing for
tomorrow's Sazuka 100 exhibition race.
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