A wrong turn sends a motorist crashing over a wall and into a garage...
And it's back to the polls, as Republicans and Democrats fight for control
of the Virginia Senate.
In sports, The Panthers, Cowboys, 49-ers and Packers won in the N-F-L
And after a few days rest the Roanoke Express looked sharp last night in a
win over the Knoxville Cherokees.
You couldn't have asked for better weather this weekend--
But as Monday approaches, so will the clouds.
A rather wet work week forecast ahead.
A Roanoke couple got a rude awakening this morning.
Around 10 the Plummers heard a loud bang.
That's when they noticed an uninvited guest in their garage.
Police say 84-year-old Mabel Johnson Overstreet was traveling west on
Harvest Lane when she failed to make a sharp left turn on to Garstland Drive.
Overstreet ran through a fence, off a three foot wall and into the Plummer's
IN Q=I OPENED THE
((FRANCIS PLUMMER: I OPENED THE DOOR AND SAID THEY WENT THROUGH THE FENCE. I
SAID THE GARAGE IS ON FIRE AND THE CAR IS IN THE GARAGE AND I JUST TOOK OFF
RUNNING TO MY NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE SAYING CALL 9-1-1.))
OUT Q=call 911
The smoke in the garage was actually caused by spinning tires.
Surprisingly no one was injured in the accident.
A Floyd County man died in an early morning accident.
Police say 37-year-old Terry Amos Peters of Check was driving down route
2-21 just north of route 3-42 in Floyd County, when he lost control of his
Peters apparently ran off the right side of the road, over-corrected then
crossed both lanes and struck an embankment.
Peters was thrown from the truck.
The accident happened around three.
He died at the scene.
A domestic dispute in Campbell County ended when an Evington woman shot and
killed her husband.
Investigators say 36-year-old Linda Parsons shot her husband during an
argument early yesterday morning.
45-year-old Donald Wayne Parsons died at the scene.
Linda Parsons in the Campbell County Jail, charged with first degree murder.
The couple's 9- year- old son was home when the shooting happened, but
police aren't sure if he saw what happened.
Investigators think alcohol was a factor in the incident.
A fight between two Martinsville men ended with one dead, the other charged
Henry County deputies broke up a fight between 20 year old Spencer O'Neil
Moir and 18-year-old Lewis Tyrone Harriston, Junior, at a Collinsville fast
food restaurant early yesterday morning.
The two men met up again at a convience store in Martinsville.
Witnesses say Harriston allegedly pulled a gun and shot Moir in the chest.
Police say Harriston tried to shoot two other people, but the gun wouldn't
Harriston is in the Martinsville City Jail without bond.
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A Northwest Roanoke teenager accused of fatally shooting another teen last
week will be arraigned tomorrow.
The 17- year- old is charged with capital murder.
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The suspect is being held at the Coyner Springs Detention Center where he
had previously been part of the facility's Outreach Program.
The youth's identity is not being released.
He's accused of gunning down ANOTHER 17-year old, Antwan Gray.
Gray was killed Wednesday night in the 24-hundred block of Centre Avenue
adjacent to the Lansdowne Apartment Complex.
At this point there's been no decision on whether he'll be charged as an
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
Federal charges, early retirements and new jobs--it's all in the this week's
And, the governor wants to urge voters to get out and vote for the special
state senate election Tuesday between Roscoe Reynolds and Allen Dudley.
wx ad lib
Tuesday looks to be a rainy one-- that's because a system drifting slowly to
the east is packing a lot of wet weather.
We'll talk about that in the forecast.
Meanwhile, today was just the opposite, with plenty of sunshine.
Let's roll through the numbers...
MUSIC UP FULL
There's a lot at stake in Tuesday's special election.
Republicans are hoping Allen Dudley will claim the state senate seated
vacated by Virgil Goode.
If voters pick Roscoe Reynolds, the chamber will have an equal number of
Democrats and Republicans,
with Democratic Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer holding the tie- breaking vote.
Allen Dudley toured the district yesterday with Governor George Allen.
In addition to pressing the flesh the governor urged voters to get out and
cast their ballots.
IN Q=make sure you
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: MAKE SURE YOU FIND OUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE
INTERESTED IN THE ELECTION AND GET THEM OUT TO VOTE. THE ELECTION IS GOING TO
BE DETERMINED BY THE FOLKS WHO TURN OUT. THIS TYPE OF ELECTION IS A TEST OF THE
STRENGTH OF THE LOCAL PARTIES DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN.))
OUT Q=democrat or republican
It's been a year since Republicans fell short in their bid to control the
Democrat Roscoe Reynolds is hoping to thwart Republicans once again.
The election is to fill the seat left opened by Virgil Goode who resigned
after being elected to the U.S. Congress.
Here to talk about Tuesday's special election is political analyst Ray
SUPER=01-Ray Garland/Syndicated Columnist;
(This election means a lot to Virginia Senate.)
(Virgil Goode has but his support behind Reynolds..does that mean a lot to this
(Do you think the recent ads will have any effect on the election.)
If you were watching News 7 at 11 last night you probably noticed that we
went off the air for awhile.
A vehicle accident knocked- off power for about 100 homes and businesses.
This pickup truck stuck a utility pole near the intersection of Lynn and
Brandon Avenue at 11:15.
Three blocks of homes surrounding that area were without electricity for
about 30 minutes.
The driver's injuries did not appear life threatening.
Accusations fly in stalled contract talks in Clifton Forge, and a big deal
should mean big bucks for a Martinsville company.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/Tuesday; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Friday; :38 Quick!!!
SUPER=03-Martinsville/File Tape; :45
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Most Norfolk Southern clerks offered early retirement will keep working on
Just nine of 400 workers accepted the deal, which has a 35-thousand dollar
The union representing CFW directory assistance workers in Clifton Forge has
filed federal charges against the company, accusing it of deliberately trying
to make the negotiations fail.
CFW calls the charges frivolous, saying at one point the union delayed the
bargaining for three months.
The rapid expansion of First Citizens in Virginia is benefitting Roanoke.
The North Carolina based bank will put a credit card service center near the
airport, creating about 45 new jobs.
A Southside furniture company has won a large contract with one of the
country's leading hotel chains.
American of Martinsville has signed an agreement to supply all of the wood
furniture for Marriott International.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average dropped 77 points, while Nasdaq finished down about 3 points.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
The newest member of the Danville police department probably wouldn't
qualify as your typical law enforcement officer.
The Danville P-D recently rolled out the welcome mat for "Hairy"-- the
"Hairy" is a member of the department's public relations team.
On Thursday, he spoke with students at Gibson Middle School about holiday
IN Q=It's very
(("HAIRY"/DANVILLE POLICE DEPT.:IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY REALIZE THAT
DURING THIS TIME OF SEASON WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL OUT IN PUBLIC AND WHEN
WE'RE TRAVELING BE SURE THAT EVERYONE WEARS HIS SEAT BELT AND OBEYS THE TRAFFIC
LAWS AND IS JUST VERY OBSERVANT WHEN THEY'RE OUT IN PUBLIC DURING THIS TIME OF
SUPER=01-"Hairy"/Danville Police Dept.; :00
OUT Q=time of year.
"Hairy" has made about four public appearances but many more are scheduled
over the coming months.
Coming up next,
A local radio announcer has been airbone in a trailer for close to 100 hours
and the number of bikes he's helping to collect is adding up...
(slam comes up with tease)
(pinnacle stock boards)
At least one thousand underprivileged children will receive new bikes for
The Marine Corp Reserves, Your Hometown Station and J-93 have been working
for days to collect their goal of one thousand bikes.
By this afternoon the bike total had already reached 975.
Organizers are hoping the donations far will exceed their goal so even more
Roanoke Valley children can experience the joy of a new bike for Christmas.
They say it takes a person with a big heart to donate a bike.
IN Q=I KNOW I
((SGT MIKE THOMAS/MARINE CORP RESERVES: I KNOW I HAVE THREE CHILDREN OF MY OWN
AND I KNOW WHAT THEIR SMILES LOOK LIKE ON CHRISTMAS MORNING. SO I CAN JUST
IMAGINE WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE LIKE WHEN A CHILD GETS UP AND SEES THE BIKE
PARKED IN THE LIVING ROOM.))
SUPER=01-Sgt Mike Thomas/Marine Corp Reserves;
OUT Q= IN THE LIVING ROOM
The bike collection is still going on and will be until 10 tomorrow morning.
Slam Duncan has been high above the Tanglewood parking lot in a suspended
trailer since Friday.
Slam what's been happening there today?
(Slam ad lib)
SUPER=01-Slam Duncan/J-93.5 Disc Jockey;
( ad lib)
( ad lib)
(What's going to happen from now until tomorrow morning?)
(How will the bikes be delivered?)
(Have there been any ususal things that's happened while you've been in the
And coming up, We'll here from Sullivan who will represent the Valley on
the P-G-A tour scores and highlights from the N-F-L.
And the Cowboys clinch the N-F-C East title this afternoon by beating the
New England Patriots.
A sad note for sports fans in the Roanoke Valley. Former Virginia Tech
basketball star Bob Ayersman died yesterday after apparently suffering a heart
attack while shopping at Valley View Mall.
The West Virginia native played for the Hokies in the late 50's and early
60's. And he is the number six scorer in Tech history.
Ayersman coached football, basketball and several other sports at Roanoke
Catholic for 26 years.
He left the school when his contract was not renewed in 1989. He was
inducted into the Catholic Hall of Fame in 1994 and he worked for the city of
Salem Recreation Department at the time of his death. Ayersman was 58.
The Carolina Panthers are closing in on a home game in the playoffs after
beating the Baltimore Ravens 27 to 16.
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The Ravens would score the first touchdown of the game when Vinny
Testaverde rolls out and hits Michael Jackson on the 23 yard T-D and the Ravens
led 7 to 3.
But the Panthers came back. In the second quarter Anthony Johnson bulls
his way over from the 2 yard line and Carolina took a 10 to 7 lead.
Then after a 10 to 10 tie Kerry Collins rallied the Panthers here he
SUPER=30-Carolina/27/Baltimore/16/; throws the 6 yard touchdown pass to Mark
Carrier and Carolina extends their winning streak to a record six games with
the 27 to 16 win.
It was the battle of the field goals in Irving, Texas this afternoon when
Chris Boniol came out the winner as the Cowboys beat the New England Patriots
12 to 6.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/NBC SPORTS; :
It was 6 to 6 at the half then Boniol came in and booted this 35 yarder in
the third quarter and the Cowboys took their first lead at 9 to 6.
The Dallas defense came up with a big play in the fourth quarter. Darren
Woodson intercepts this Drew Bledsoe pass and the Cowboys have the ball at the
Patriot four yard line.
Dallas couldn't score the T-D but SUPER=30-Dallas/12/New
England/6/;Boinol added his fourth field goal of the game and the Cowboys beat
the Patriots 12 to 9 and clinched a spot in the playoffs.
The Packers, 49-ers, vikings and Saints also won this afternoon for all of
today's N-F-L scores lets check the boards.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0100-/New England/6/j/Dallas/12///j/New Orleans/17//N.Y. Giants/3///;
SUPER=0100-j/St. Louis/34//Atlanta/27///j/San Francisco/25//Pittsburgh/15///;
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
The 1996 Heisman Trophy was presented to Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel
by the Downtown Athletic club last night in New York.
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The voting by sportswriters and sportscasters was closer than expected.
Wuerffel won with 13-hundred 63 points.
running back Troy Davis from Iowa State was second with 11-hundred and 74.
Wuerffel passed for 36-hundred and 25 yards and 39 touchdowns in leading
the Gators to an 11 and 1 record.
He's the first quarterback in three years to win the award.
IN Q="I'd like
((DANNY WUERFFEL/HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Danny Wuerffel/Heisman Trophy Winner; :
OUT Q=......OF YOU GUYS."
Over at the Hanging Rock Golf course this afternoon, Pro Chip Sullivan was
the man of the hour.
Last week, Sullivan earned his P-G-A tour card after his performance in the
qualifying tournament in Santa Barbara, California.
And today the folks in the valley threw a little celebration for the man
who will represent the Roanoke Valley on the Pro tour.
Sullivan's First tournament will be next month at the Bob Hope Chrysler
IN Q="Well obviously
((CHIP SULLIVAN/PGA PRO: ))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Pro; :
OUT Q=.......OF THAT SORT."
The Roanoke Express beat Knoxville last night at the roundhouse 6 to 4.
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The fans were fired up as the Express jumped out to an early lead over the
In the first period, Ilya Dubkov drops the pass to Jeff Jablonski who takes
a wrist shot that trickles in. Roanoke led 1 to nothing.
Dubkov came right back this time he beats the defensemen and the goalie for
the easy shot to make it 2 to 1 Roanoke after the first period.
Roanoke opened the second period when Jeff Cowan fakes the Knoxville goalie
and scores to make it 3 to 1 Roanoke.
Dubkov would add his second goal of SUPER=38-Roanoke/6/Knoxville/4/;the
night on the breakaway and the Express returns to the Roundhouse with a 6 to 4
win over Knoxville.