Fire claims the life of a 17 year old boy in Pittsylvania County.
That's the lead on NEWS 7 at SIX.
We also have a follow-up on the elderly couple overcome by fumes from the
furnace in their own home.
And we'll hear from the physician convicted of a firearms charge.
In sports Virginia Tech's Bill Foster talks about his Hokies, Danville,
Giles, Brookville and Salem are ready for state championship games,
but for the Spartans, Victory Stadium--the site for their game--looks more
like the frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field!
The first part of the weekend looks wet but things will clear late Saturday.
Forecast details and WeatherSchool, in just a few minutes.
A Pittsylvania County teenager died this morning when fire consumed the
mobile home he shared with his parents.
Authorities discovered the body of 17- year old Alexander Ferrell in a back
The family's mobile home was located on Beaver Street, off Route 360- in the
Sheriff's officials say Ferrell's father had already left for work when his
mother noticed smoke.
Authorities believe an electrical short may have sparked the fire.
An autopsy will be done in Roanoke.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas that can be fatal.
The toxic fumes killed a Halifax County couple earlier this week.
Teresa Hamilton reports, the elderly and young children are especially
IN Q=Carbon monoxide
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./Tuesday; :00
SUPER=01-Roosevelt Johns/Danville Fire Dept.; :20
SUPER=01-Tom Cahill/Carbon Monoxide Survivor; :50
SUPER=01-B. G. Lewis/Danville Fire Chief; 1:26
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( Carbon monoxide is a silent killer.
Perhaps no one understands the deadly consequence more than the family of
Isaac and Annie Garner.
The elderly Halifax County couple died when their oil heater malfunctioned
sending carbon monoxide into the air.
The toxic fume essentially prevents oxygen from entering the blood stream.
IN Q=As a
((ROOSEVELT JOHNS/DANVILLE FIRE DEPT.:AS A RESULT OF THIS YOU GET THE LETHARGIC
BEHAVIOUR, YOU BECOME DIZZY, YOU BECOME UNABLE TO PERFORM ORDINARY TASKS SUCH
AS OPENING A WINDOW.))
OUT Q=a window.
Tom Cahill is a carbon monoxide survivor-- who credits his cats for saving
Because animals, young children and the elderly generally use more oxygen
and breathe faster than adults, they're typically the first to exhibit
((TOM CAHILL/CARBON MONOXIDE SURVIVOR: WHEN I GOT UP TO TEND TO THE SICK ONE
THAT WAS WHEN I NOTICED THAT I WAS DIZZY MYSELF. ))
OUT Q=dizzy myself.
Cahill immediately called 911- and began opening windows-- suspecting carbon
When the fire department arrived-- a quick test, with an instrument like
this, showed dangerously high levels.
It turns out, a large number of dead birds had blocked the exhaust pipe
leading from Cahill's furnace.
Experts say it could happen to anyone who burns fuel or wood.
IN Q=If you
((B. G. LEWIS/DANVILLE FIRE CHIEF:IF YOU ARE THE TYPE OF HOMEOWNER THAT USES
SOME TYPE OF COMBUSTIBLE FUEL OIL TO HEAT ANYTHING IN YOUR HOME, WHETHER IT BE
THE HOT WATER IN THE SUMMER, TO COOK WITH OR TO HEAT THE HOME IN THE WINTER, I
THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR. ))
OUT Q=monoxide detector.
Experts also suggests having your furnace checked on a regular basis.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
* * * Note: ANCHOR TAG * * *
Craig County's only resident physician was convicted today of brandishing
Dr. Bill Andersen was fined 25 dollars.
IN Q=Andersen had spotted
SUPER=03-New Castle; :00
SUPER=01-Roy Law/Teenage Driver's Father;
SUPER=01-Bernice Law/Teenage Driver's Mother;
SUPER=07-Dr. Bill Andersen
OUT Q=never want me to.
Andersen had spotted four teenagers on Route 311 in New Castle one Saturday
night last Summer.
He says they were driving erratically.
He followed them for some distance, pulled them over and got out of his
truck with gun in his hand.
He serves as a medical examiner on occasion, but he never claimed to be a
By the time it got to court today, Andersen offered to apologize if the
juvenile driver would drop the brandishing charge and a claim that Anderson had
pretended to be a police officer.
THEY WANT A TRIAL
Though the charges were not filed by law enforcement officers, the
prosecutor had to take the case to court.
SOT Roy Law 14:02:45
((IF IT HAD BEEN ANYBODY ELSE IN THE COUNTY THAT HAD PULLED A GUN ON PEOPLE AND
RUN THEM DOWN LIKE THAT, THEY WOULD PUT HAVE PUT THEM IN JAIL, IT'S HARD TO
TELL WHAT THEY'D HAVE DONE. ))
SOT 14:02:00 Bernice Law
((I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN HIS PRIVILEGE TO CARRY A GUN.))
In finding Andersen guilty of brandishing his pistol, Judge Buzz Emick told
the doctor the way he handled the situation September 14th was wrong.
SOT Andersen 14:19:30
((I'M COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT I DID. IF IT HAD IT TO DO OVER AGAIN, I WOULD
PROBABLY KEEP MY WEAPON CONCEALED. I DO HAVE A CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT.))
Andersen says he doesn't think the people involved represent the community
as a whole. He says people he sees in his family practice have been most
SOT last response
((I WOULD NEVER WANT TO LEAVE AND I THINK MOST OF THE PEOPLE WOULD NEVER WANT
ME TO. ))
OUT Q=want me to.
Judge Emick dismissed a reckless driving charge against the 17-year old
A three-year-old burglary in Blacksburg may be solved with the arrrest of a
woman in Florida.
In 1993, Monica Frydrych (FREE-drick) allegedly stole more than 125-thousand
dollars worth of jewelry and silver from a home in Blacksburg.
Police connected that break-in and several others to gypsies from New York.
Frydrych has been a suspect ever since.
Last month police in Palm Beach arrested her on suspicion of burglary there.
She's awaiting extradition to Virginia.
Daredevil Robbie Knievel didn't show up for his court case in Roanoke... but
he is hoping to make a return trip to Southwestern Virginia in the future.
Knievel was charged with being drunk in public in October.
He was arrested after making a racket in a Northwest Roanoke neighborhood.
The incident happened the night before a scheduled appearence at the Salem
Civic Center-- which was cancelled after the arrest.
This morning... his attorney... plead no contest to a lesser charge of
Afterwards his lawyer said Knievel still wants to schedule another jump in
the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q=He really
((BETTINA ALTIZER/KNIEVEL'S ATTORNEY: HE REALLY CARES A LOT ABOUT HIS FANS. HE
TRIED TO THE VERY LAST MOMENT LATE ON FRIDAY EVENING TO TRY AND GET THIS JUMP
TAKEN CARE OF. HE HOPES TO DO THAT AND GET ANOTHER PROMOTER AND MAKE THE JUMP
HERE IN ROANOKE TO SATISFY HIS FANS. ))
SUPER=01-Bettina Altizer/Knievel's Attorney;
OUT Q=his fans
Knievel will have to pay a 50 dollar fine on the disorderly conduct
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
Some Tech fans remember only too well being stranded in New Orleans after
last year's Sugar Bowl---we'll find out what's being done to make sure it
doesn't happen again with this year's Game.
and a Roanoke neighborhood landmark is awarded an important designation,
celebrating 75 years of service to the community.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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With the future of the Tour Dupont up in the air, local organizers say
they need some answers... soon.
A lawsuit between the owners of the event, and the loss of its major
national sponsor may make it difficult for the bicycle race to survive.
Cycle Roanoke Valley has sent a letter to race promoters with a number of
questions, including what teams have entered the race, who will stage the
event, and what companies have signed on as national sponsors.
Without a satisfactory response by the middle of December, Mac McCadden
says the group will re-evaluate its decision to host a local stage of the
Bowl bids don't go out till Saturday, but some Virginia Tech fans are already
planning a trip to South Florida.
Travel agents in Blacksburg have started booking reservations for the Orange
Omni Travel owner Patti Cowley (COOLEY) says it's best to book early, then
transfer the reservations if necessary.
IN Q=The prices
SUPER=01-Patti Cowley/Omni Travel;
OUT Q=supply and demand
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 1995
And for fans worried about getting stranded AFTER the game, as some were at
last year's Sugar Bowl, Cowley says she's booked different charter service this
year and made arrangements intended to keep that from happening again.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia's electric chair may be pulled out of semi- retirement this month.
Virginia Beach rapist and killer Joseph O'Dell has chosen electrocution for
his December 18th execution.
Barring a successful appeal or clemency, O'Dell will become the first inmate
to die in the chair in over two and half years.
Lethal injection became an option in January 1995 -- and has been used in
the last ten executions.
O'Dell wrote the Governor in 1994, requesting that his body be stuffed and
mounted for public display as an anti-crime message.
There have been 10 murders in Roanoke City this year.
Arrests have been made in all of them... except for the killings of Manfred
and Wanda Woody.
It was exactly six months ago that the couple was found dead in the kitchen
of their Day Avenue apartment.
Apparently they had both been beaten with an iron skillet.
Even though there have been no charges filed at this point... police say the
murder investigation is extremely active.
IN Q=We're working
((SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: WE'RE WORKING REAL FREQUENTLY ON THE
CASE. WE FEEL WE HAVE SOME DIRECT FOCUS IN THE CASE. AND WE CERTAINLY FEEL LIKE
IT'S ONE WE WILL RESOLVE EVENTUALLY. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Stan Smith/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=resolve eventually
The Woody's were found by their 17- year- old son.
He told police that he had been home... sleeping at the time and heard
Another nasty turn in the battle to buy Conrail.
C-S-X and Conrail are countersuing Norfolk Southern.
They allege N-S has interfered with their merger plans by suing them.
C-S-X and Conrail seek punitive damages and are demanding a jury trial.
N-S calls the claims "frivolous".
Conrail has scheduled a shareholders meeting for later this month, in which
shareholders can basically give their thumbs up to the deal with C-S-X.
Stock markets around the world plunged after Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested prices are inflated.
Wall Street spent much of the day recovering, still settling with a decline.
The Dow dropped 55 points, finishing the week at 63 hundred 82.
NASDAQ was off 12 points.
Since 1921, the Gainsboro library has been a center of self- improvement
and a symbol of civic pride.
Today the neighborhood celebrated the library's designation as a state and
national historic landmark.
The Gainsboro branch opened its doors 75 years ago, a few months after the
main library opened in Elmwood Park.
Today, city officials and library patrons recognized the anniversary with a
tribute to those who have supported the facility, including longtime librarian
And they also were looking to the future.
IN Q=Let's keep up
((EVELYN BETHEL: LET'S KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND LET'S PULL TOGETHER AS A
COMMUNITY TO LET THIS LIBRARY BE ONE OF OUR ANCHORS TO BRING OUR RESIDENTS BACK
HOME AND AS WE WELCOME NEW ONES.))
OUT Q=welcome new ones.
The current Gainsboro library building was dedicated in 1942.
The branch now houses more than 30- thousand books.
Averett College in Danville received an early Christmas present today.
The E. Stuart James Charitable Trust has pledged one- million dollars to the
The money will be used for construction of the new athletic and convocation
center to be built on the new North Campus.
((DR. FRANK R. CAMPBELL/AVERETT COLLEGE PRES.:WHAT THIS GIFT DOES FOR US, IS IT
ENABLES US TO ACCELERATE OUR TIME SCHEDULE FOR GETTING STARTED, ON THE ATHLETIC
AND CONVOCATION CENTER, WE'VE MET ALL OUR FUNDRAISING GOALS TO THIS POINT, AND
WE WOULD HAVE HAD ALL THESE FUNDS RAISED BY THE END OF 1998, BUT THIS IS A GOOD
LEAP FROG GIFT AND WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR IT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Frank R. Campbell/Averett College Pres.; :00
OUT Q=for it.
Averett hopes to have the Grant center completed in the spring of 1998.
We will take you to Victory Stadium, the site of Salem's state championship
game tomorrw, plus we will preview the 3 other title tilts,
and we will also go to basketball practice at Virginuia Tech to talk with
Four teams from our coverage area will compete for a state championship
tomorrow. Salem plays Sherando for the Division 4 title at 1:30 at Victory
This is how the Victory Stadium's field looked at 4pm this afternoon;
covered in snow.
Roanoke Parks and Recreation worked on the field for a short time today but
decided to stop for fear of doing more harm than good because the field was too
wet. They will re evaluate in the morning. Robin Reed's forecast calls for rain
to start after midnight tonight and stop sometime before kickoff.
SUPER=03-Tazwell Co./Div. 4 State Semi-Finals;
Salem beat Grundy in overtime last Saturday in worse conditions to advance
to the Spartans 3rd title appearance and these Spartans like Victory Stadium's
IN Q="I played
((JEFF AKERS/SALEM SENIOR LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Akers/Salem Senior Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=...it won't get too messy"
Three other teams from our Friday Football Extra family will also try and win
state titles tomorrow.
In Division 6, undefeated G.W. Danville takes on 12 and 1 Chantilly at W.T.
Woodsen High School at 1:30. in Fairfax.
Of course the Salem game, which we've already talked about, gets under way
at 1:30 against Sherando.
In Division three, Brookeville hopes to cap off a great 12 and 1 season with
one more win against 12 and 1 James Monroe at Spotsylvania High School at 1:30.
Finally, 13 and OH Giles will be in Richmond playing Powhatan High School,
That game is being played at Midlothian High School, against at 1:30. We will
have highlights of all four games tomorrow on News 7 at 6.
The Virginia Tech mens basketball team takes on Coastal Carolina tomorrow
night at Castle Coliseum in a 1pm tip off.
But the Hokies will be without senior guard/forward David Jackson who
injured his left knee in last night's win over East Tennessee State.
IN Q=It looks like
((BILL FOSTER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...right after Christmas"
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
The Hokies topped the Bucs 83-41 last night at the Castle. Ace Custis led
all scorers with 18 points.
Now Bill Foster's team turns its focus to tomorrow's game against the
Coastal Carolina, a team Tech has beaten in only two meetings between the two
OUT Q=...in good shape"
Radford battles the Thundering Herd of Marshall tomorrow at the Dedmon
Center. That game gets underway at 7pm.
SUPER=03-Radford/Spiders vs. Highlanders; :00
Ron Bradley's Highlanders topped Richmond 67-62 last night. The victory
marks the first time ever Radford has beaten the Spiders.
Junior Eric Parker slammed home 12 points while teammate Anthony Walker
The Highlanders have little time to celebrate their two game win streak.
Radford has never beaten the undefeated Thundering Herd. Again, game time at
the bubble is 7.
The 1996 NASCAR awards banquet is set for tonight at the Waldorf Astoria
hotel in New York City.
SUPER=04-1996 Season; :00
Champion Terry Labonte will be in the spotlight, but the man in black is sure
to attract his share of attention.
Earlier this week we asked Terry Labonte what Earnhardt's hiring of crew
chief Larry McReynolds does for the 3 car.
IN Q="Well, he was...
((TERRY LABONTE/1996 WINSTON CUP CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/1996 Winston Cup Champion; :00
OUT Q=...BEST SHOT."
A number of college conference championships will be on the line tomorrow.
NeBraska/Colorado and Florida/Alabama to name two. The 97th Army/Navy game
kicks off tomorrow at Veterans stadium in Philadelphia.
This is almost always an interesting game because of the intense rivalry
between the two service academies, but this year the excitement and
anticipation surrounding the game is even greater because Army comes in with a
9-and-1 record and Navy has a 8-and-2 mark.
The winner of the game will be headed to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport.
And remember you can watch the Army-Navy game tomorrow at Noon right here on
And right after that football game we'll have the UVa-Clemson basketball game
One tennis note before we get the weekend started. Croatia's Goran
Ivanisevic and Russian Yevgeny Kafelnekov are in the semi finals of the Grand
SUPER=03-Munich, Germany; :00
So is Goran's nifty hair cut. Goran, the defending champion advanced with a
straight set, 6-4, 6-4 win over Marc Woodforde. When you make the big money,
you can have any hair style you want.
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