Former Botetourt High School Coach Andy Ward gets more time for getting
showing up late at the pokey.
We'll hear from him for the first time on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
And the not-so perfect match: A local dating service loses its national
In sports, Its Friday Football Extra Banquet night and Mike Stevens will
join us live.
And the Hill City is getting ready for a big high school holiday basketball
tournament later this month.
WeatherSchool was on the road today in a little light rain and those showers
will reappear tomorrow. Details just ahead.
The former head football coach at Lord Botetourt High School says he wants
to put the past behind him.
This afternoon, Andy Ward was sentenced to 40 days in jail.
That's in addition to the 11 day sentence he received a few weeks ago.
Controversy surrounding Ward's driving record surfaced in late November,
when he was convicted of reckless driving... and driving with a suspended
He already had 2 DUI charges on his record... and Ward resigned shortly
after everything came to light.
After today's hearing, he offered an apology for his actions.
IN Q=This hopefully
((ANDY WARD/FORMER FOOTBALL COACH: THIS HOPEFULLY IS THE END TO THE TOUGHEST
PORTION OF MY LIFE. I'VE MADE SOME MISTAKES AND NOW I HAVE TO PAY FOR MY
ACTIONS. I'D LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TO MY FRIENDS, FAMILY, MY PEERS AND ESPECIALLY
MY STUDENTS. ))
SUPER=01-Andy Ward/Former Football Coach
OUT Q=my students
Ward was ordered to start serving his jail time tonight.
But he's free after entering an appeal.
His attorney, however, expects him to withdraw that appeal in the next few
A local dating service has lost its franchise and is closing its doors.
But the headquarters of Together Dating Service says local customers have
nothing to worry about.
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric /Newsroom
Eric Earnhart has more on this late- breaking story.
Why are they shutting down?
Keith, corporate headquarters tells us the local franchise wasn't making
enough money... So they're giving it to someone else.
SUPER=01-John Byron/Franchise Owner; :07
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau; 1:03
((Yesterday, Together dating service's doors were locked, but franchise
owner John Byron told us he's not closing.
SOT 15:41:14 tape 1
IN Q=no we're not
((NO WE'RE NOT. YOU'RE NOT CLOSING? NO. NO PLANS TO CLOSE? NO. AND IT'S FULLY
OUT Q=reorganizing the place
But then we talked to Elizabeth Weir, with the company's corporate
headquarters in Massachusetts.
She said "we have terminated his franchise, we are allowing him to operate
until we can resell the market."
We went back to Together to ask about that.
IN Q=no turn it off
((NO, I'M SORRY, YOU'LL HAVE TO TURN IT OFF, I WILL NOT TALK. LEAVE RIGHT NOW
THANK YOU. HAS YOUR FRANCHISE BEEN PULLED SIR? THAT IS NOT TRUE"))
OUT Q=that is not true
We went back in without the camera and Byron told us the decision to transfer
the franchise with someone else was by mutual agreement between himself and
corporate headquarters. He said in the mean time, existing clients would
continue to be serviced. He also said he wasn't aware of any Better Business
reports detailing problems with his company.
But the local Better Business Bureau told us they had a number of complaints
from customers who were't happy with what they got for the 3000 dollars they
IN Q=we've had a lot of problems
((FRAN STEPANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU; WE'VE HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS HERE IN
ROANOKE WITH THEM, OUR BASIC PROBLEM IS THAT CUSTOMERS ARE VERY VERY
DISSATISFIED WITH THE SERVICE, THAT THE COMMITTMENT THAT IS MADE BY THE SERVICE
IS NOT WHAT THE PUBLIC IS GETTING.
OUT Q=what the public is getting
Late today, a corporate spokesperson for Together Dating told us, effective
immediately, the Roanoke franchise has been transferred to the owner of the
Greensboro franchise, and existing clients will be serviced out of Greensboro
over the holidays.
They can continue getting service by calling this number... area code
A new Roanoke office will be opened after the first of the year.
A short time ago, we received a fax from John Byron, announcing that he's
decided to close his business... because of his age, and concerns about the
He says Better Business Bureau complaints were lodged against the cooperate
organization, not his franchise... Keith?
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
Courts have pondered it.
Virginia lawmakers have reversed themselves publicly this year.
But Governor George Allen had absolutely NO qualms about letting a Fairfax
woman set up a nativity scene and Hanukkah display in his waiting room.
In fact, he helped.
IN Q=Believe it
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THIS IS ME ACTING WITHOUT ANY COUNSEL.
I WAS JUST DOING WHAT I THOUGHT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. FINDING A
OUT Q=a solution.
The American Civil Liberties Union
says allowing the nativity scene opens the public forum to free speech by any
group -- even the American Nazi Party.
IN Q=Let me tell
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: LET ME TELL YOU THIS. ANYBODY FROM THE AMERICAN NAZI
PARTY WANTS TO HAVE A DISPLAY IN THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE, THE ANSWER'S NO. AND
WE REALLY DON'T EVEN CARE TO HAVE YOU IN HERE.))
OUT Q=in here.
The Governor says he will consider allowing an ACLU display on the First
Amendment next to his plastic nativity scene.
This year, Rita Warren was allowed to erect an Easter display in a State
But for Christmas, a legislative committee turned her down after a three
hour closed door session.
As a prosecutor, a pipe bomb explosion almost killed him. But it didn't
stop him from eventually rising to the bench.
After six years as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge in the New River
Valley, Patrick Graybeal will retire in April.
Before taking the bench,
Graybeal was Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney from 1964 to 1989.
In the 70's, he lost both hands when a man he prosecuted for murder hired
someone to plant a pipe bomb on Graybeal's car.
Among the lawyers lining up to succeed Graybeal on the bench are assistant
Montgomery prosecutor Peggy Frank, Pulaski County public defender Victoria
Robinson, Bob Viar of Christiansburg and Harriet Dorsey of Blacksburg.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6-- another voice in the capital punishment
debate. We'll hear from a Roanoke minister who counsels the condemned.
and a Roanoke pilot finds himself in a precarious position after crashing
his plane near Atlanta.
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A minister from Roanoke was among the witnesses to the execution of Larry
Stout last night.
Without fanfare Stout became the sixth man put to death in Virginia this
year... this one for the robbery and murder of a shop keeper in Staunton almost
ten years ago.
IN Q=Not a good
SUPER=01-Rev. Bob West/Heartbeat Prison Ministry; :00
OUT Q=if it's cruel. And? It is.
((BOB WEST/HEARTBEAT PRISON MINISTRY: NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PERFECT CITIZEN,
BUT HE WAS A CHANGED MAN... SINCE I'VE KNOWN HIM AND HE DIED PEACEFULLY LAST
Bob West has been to prison 5-thousand times.
He became a spiritual advisor to death row inmates in 1990. Over an
eight-day period- -this week and next, he and his wife will watch four men go
to their deaths.
((WE DEVELOP A WARM FRIENDSHIP. LARRY STOUT, LAST NIGHT AS WE LEFT HIM...))
((AS HE SHARES HIS LAST WORDS WITH US, HE SAYS, "BOB AND SARA, YOU'VE BEEN
((WHEN A MAN TELLS YOU THAT YOU'VE BECOME FAMILY, THEN IS IMMEDIATELY IS PUT TO
DEATH I SUPPOSE THAT TAKES A PIECE OF YOU AWAY. ))
((OF COURSE. OF COURSE.))
((THESE MEN NEED TO HAVE ONE PERSON WHO IS THERE BECAUSE WE LOVE THEM, AND
WE'RE THERE BECAUSE WE'RE A FRIEND.))
Capital killers can still choose the electric chair over lethal injection.
Joseph O'Dell is set to be executed Monday, and he says he wants to be
For some time West made a point of turning away as they pulled the switch
on the electric chair, but he finally watched Timothy Spencer die by
SOT 2:02:05 * * * tape #2
((I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE THE LAST ELECTROCUTION EVER, AND IT JUST SAID I OUGHT
TO WATCH IT SO I CAN ANSWER FOR MYSELF IF IT'S CRUEL. AND? IT IS.))))
OUT Q=and it is.
Why does he do it?
Because, he says: "God forgives us all."
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Private
A Roanoke Pilot had a close call yesterday as he attempted to land at an
airport near Atlanta, Georgia.
Dwight Holland's plane struck a tree.
But fortunately, Holland managed to escape the crash without being hurt.
Firefighters had to use a cherry- picker to get him out of the aircraft,
which was stuck in the tree 60 feet off the ground.
Authorities say Holland missed the runway by about one hundred feet.
There was a massive selloff on the stock market today, prompted by a published
report that Japanese investors might slow their purchase
of U-S Treasury bonds.
The Dow dropped 71 points.
NASDAQ lost three and a half points.
An increase in drug use among juveniles in the past three years means the
Roanoke County police are taking a more aggressive approach to the problem in
Beth Myer reports that dogs don't stop at locker searches anymore... they
get right into the classroom.
IN Q=It's tough to miss
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :04
SUPER=01-Lt. T.W. Haynes/Roanoke Co. Police; :11
SUPER=01-Dave Blevins/Hidden Valley Principal; :28
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7.
(( It's tough to miss the police squad as it pulls up to any school on any
Even school officials aren't told when their school will be targeted for the
11 57 28 00 - 11 57 45 00
IN Q=They were told
((LT. T.W. HAYNES/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: THEY WERE TOLD TWO MONTHS AGO OF THE
PLANS BUT DIDN'T KNOW WHEN. THEY DON'T KNOW UNTIL WE ACTUALLY SHOW UP. BUT
SCHOOL OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN EXCELLENT TO WORK WITH. ))
OUT Q=to work with.
11 12 21 00 - 11 12 26 00
IN Q=THere word has been out
((DAVE BLEVINS/HIDDEN VALLEY PRINCIPAL: THE WORD HAS BEEN OUT AMONGST THE
CHILDREN FOR SOMETIME NOW, IT'S BEEN GOING ON AT OTHER SCHOOLS. THIS IS THE
FIRST TIME THEY'VE BEEN HERE AT HIDDEN VALLEY. ))
OUT Q=at hidden valley.
This is the second time this year the group of nine officers and three dogs has
hit the school system in full force, and the team is netting results.
11 58 15 00 - 11 58 21 00
IN Q=We have gotten
((LT. T.W. HAYNES/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: WE HAVE GOTTEN SOME PARAPHERNALIA OUT OF
ONE SCHOOL AND HAD SEVERAL HITS IN OTHER SCHOOLS. ))
OUT Q=in other schools.
Students are removed from the classrooms and told to leave all possessions
In just minutes the dogs run through the aisles and sniff everything.
This time, they got several alerts.
11 57 58 00 - 11 58 13 00
IN Q=If we don't
((LT. T.W. HAYNES: IF WE DON'T LOCATE ANYTHING, THAT KIDS HAVE BEEN AROUND IT
OR THE DOGS HAVE HIT ON SOMETHING, THE DOGS ARE ALERTING ON SOMETHING THAT WAS
OUT Q=that was there.
Police say the purpose of the drug searches is not just to make arrests, but to
send the message to students that drugs will not be tolerated in Roanoke County
schools. Beth Myer, News 7.))
And coming up, Mike Stevens will join us live from the Marriott tonight the
site of our Friday Football Extra Banquet.
And the Express smiled for the Cameras today and Frank Anzalone gives us a
pitcher of where the teams is as they've had only one game in December.
The 1996 high school football season comes to a close tonight for the Friday
Football Extra gang as we welcome more than 100 guests to the Airport Marriott
for our annual awards banquet.
Double Boxes=Roy and Mike/Microwave
Mike Stevens is getting ready to pass out the awards, and Mike I understand
we have a few surprises in store for folks tonight.
Roy, each year the coaches votes on our four coach of the year honors and
this year we could have some real surprises and possibly even some first time
two shot Mike and guest
This man to my left has been to everyone of these banquets over the years,
and has won virtually every award there is to win.
Of course I am talking about Willis White, the coach of the Salem Spartans,
who got a piece of the big prize last Saturday.
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Roll B-roll on the second question and answer. The B-Roll runs 1:10 freezes
Double Boxes=Roy and Mike/Microwave
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
They're already calling it one of the premier high school basketball events
of the season, where area fans can catch a glimpse of tomorrow's college stars.
Sponsors today announced they'll hold the first annual "Hill City Shootout"
at Liberty University's Vines Center in February.
Eight teams from the mid- Atlantic region will play in the one-day
tournament.. FOUR of them made the top ten of USA Today's preseason poll.
IN Q=This is the
((PATRIC BOGGS/CENTRAL VIRGINIA AAU: THIS IS THE HOTBED OF BASKETBALL TALENT
AND WITH THIS KIND OF TALENT COMING IN, WE FEEL LIKE THAT WE'LL HAVE A TERRIFIC
CROWD FOR PEOPLE WHO REALLY WANT TO COME IN AND SEE HIGH CALIBER COMPETITION
AND THIS IS CERTAINLY IT.))
SUPER=01-Patric Boggs/Central Virginia AAU; :00
OUT Q=this is certainly it.
Boggs says scheduling conflicts kept several local schools out of the
They hope to expand the field next year to include some of the area's top
The Express plays only it's second game in 2 weeks this Saturday when the
Knoxville Cherokees come to town this Saturday.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Express vs. Renegades; :00
Roanoke beat East Division rival Richmond 4-2 on the road this past
Sunday. The Express is using the week to take team pictures, SUPER=03-Roanoke;
wrest the injured and work on skills.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
((DOUG SEARLE/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN:))
((DAVE STEWART/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Searle/Express Defenseman; :18
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :25
OUT Q=...be fine"
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are quite happy to have a month to recover from
the Big 12 title loss to Texas.
SUPER=03-Lincoln, NE; :00
The two time defending national champs were counting on a third title shot,
but the team still intends to go out on top.
((GRANT WINSTROM/NEBRASKA DEFENSIVE END:))
SUPER=01-Grant Winstrom/Nebraska Defensive End; :00
Head Coach Tom Osborne has been especially respectful when asked about his
Orange Bowl coaching counterpart.
((TOM OSBORNE/NEBRASKA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Tom Osborne/Nebraska Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...pretty good"
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(toss to Jean)
The Virginia Tech Hokies have had a year of ups and downs-- from player
indictments to an Orange Bowl invitation.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
But tonight, they'll be spreading Christmas Cheer- Jean, how will they do
They'll do that by volunteering
at the Montgomery County Christmas Store.
It's the second year in a row Tech players have done this.
They help those less fortunate pick out gifts and food to celebrate the
We'll have that story plus all the latest news,
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
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