Snow is coming down across the region. How much will we get and when will it
We'll have a live report along with the latest radar pictures.
The hostage situation enters another day in Peru.
And a radiology technician is accused of a scheme to get millions from his
News 7 is next.
Winter doesn't officially arrive until this weekend.
But Southwestern Virginia is getting a jump start on the season.
Between three to five inches of snow are expected to fall by tomorrow --
with higher accumulations in the mountains.
Kimberly McBroom joins us now to tell us what is going on out there
Kim, it look like there is plenty to prepare for?
roll cue: some mixed feelings
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :10
SUPER=01-S.R. Fijalkowski/Va State Trooper; :34
SUPER=01-David Clarke/VDOT; :55
OUT Q=good head start on this
And for those people who will need information on road conditions, V-Dot has
set up a telephone number. It is 1-800-367-ROAD.
Two Shot of Jean and Pat on set
Pat does WX Producer
Some school systems in our viewing area are already changing their schedules
JEAN READS SCHOOLWATCH FROM SCREEN
It's not just snowing here, but much farther south.
Atlanta is getting an unusual taste of winter- it's even sticking to the
It's also snowing as far south as Mobile Alabama.
That's causing trouble for folks not used to driving in the snow.
It's so unusual this guy's taking a picture for the scrapbook.
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND;
The dusting isn't much though compared to North Dakota- where blowing snow
and drifting are making travel there almost impossible.
((THE WIND BLOWING THIS WAY, DRIFTS GOT BIGGER AND BIGGER. THAT'S WHEN I KNEW I
WAS STUCK. I'VE GOT A SNOW BLOWER, A COUPLE OF PEOPLE WITH SHOVELS. GET IT OUT
IN A COUPLE OF HOURS HOPEFULLY. ))
OUT Q=HOURS HOPEFULLY."
Many college students done with exams are stuck at school.
Wind chills are also expected to make it feel like 50 below zero.
A Montgomery County man has died of Legionnaires' Disease.
The 55-year-old man was the only remaining hospitalized case after the
recent Legionnaires' outbreak in the New River Valley.
He had been hospitalized at the Salem V-A Medical Center since October.
A total of 16 cases of legionella pneumonia were confirmed in that
Two people died-- all other hospitalized patients have since been
discharged and are doing well.
Virginia Tech's faculty Senate passes a resolution demanding whatever action
necessary to prevent criminal activity by student athletes.
University President Paul Torgersen says he'll set up a committee in early
January to find solutions.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=The rape charges
SUPER=01-Paul Metz/Faculty Senate President; :25
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President; :49
OUT Q=in February.
(( The rape charges against Tech football players Brian Edmonds and James
Crawford are only the latest in a string of criminal charges various football
players have racked up.
Faculty senate the ongoing problems cast shame on the entire campus, and
coaches and administrators must be held accountable.
Senate president Paul Metz says officials MUST take action, even if it means
((PAUL METZ/FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT: WHEN YOU START TO HOLD ADMINISTRATORS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENTIRE PACKAGE, THEN THEY START TO SAY WELL MAYBE THIS
SUPERSTAR KID THAT I'VE GOT REAL QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS CHARACTER, MAYBE THIS IS
SOMEBODY I'M GONNA LET GO TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION AND I'LL PASS ON HIM, EVEN
THOUGH HE MIGHT WIN THE BIG GAME FOR US ONE DAY.))
President Paul Torgersen says recruiting changes are among the options he's
He hopes to set up a task force in January to look at other solutions as
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA TECH PRESIDENT: WE WOULD LAY OUT PERHAPS MORE EXPLICITLY
THAN WE DO NOW BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENT ATHLETES, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY
OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS. WE WOULD HAVE SANCTIONS IN PLACE THAT ARE CLEAR AND
UNEQUIVOCAL SO THERE'S NO QUESTION OF MISUNDERSTANDING. ))
Torgersen says the campus doesn't deserve the shadow the off-the-field
problems continue to cast, and he hopes to present a report on solutions to the
board of visitors in February.
((ALTIZER: ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DAVE BRAINE SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING
FOR SOME TIME TO DEVELOP SOME SOLUTIONS, AND WILL BRING THOSE IDEAS TO THE
TABLE WITH TORGERSEN NEXT MONTH. TRACY ALTIZER, NEWS 7 BLACKSBURG. ))
Hostages are still being held in Lima, Peru at the Japanese Ambassador's
Tonight, a late evening delivery of Red Cross food and supplies is arriving
to the compound.
The gunmen are holding hundreds of hostages including several foreign
diplomats- but tonight several people were released.
One person who got out- a BBC reporter who says the guerrillas are getting
((THEY'RE LOOKING VERY DETERMINED. THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED.
THEY'RE NOT OUT THERE PLAYING GAMES.))
OUT Q=playing games."
The guerrillas are demanding the release of jailed comrades.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, a Roanoke man is accused of taking his friends
for over two MILLION dollars,
and just three weeks after he was released from captivity in North Korea, a
self proclaimed missionary apparently takes his own life.
NO WX TEASE
Prosecutors say nothing was sacred to Earl Pitts- The FBI agent charged with
spying for the Russians.
Federal Prosecutors say Earl Pitts was willing to sell out his country for
roughly 250 thousand dollars.
((HELEN FAHEY/U.S. ATTORNEY: DURING THE FALSE FLAG OPERATION, PITTS GAVE THE
UNDERCOVER AGENTS POSING AS S.V.R.R. OFFICERS SENSITIVE AND CLASSIFIED
DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE NATIONAL DEFENSE.))
SUPER=01-Helen Fahey/U. S. Attorney;
OUT Q=NATIONAL DEFENSE"
Pitts is also accused of selling personal and medical information about
fellow FBI agents- and giving his FBI badge to undercover agents so they could
make their own badges.
The 26 year old accused of spying by North Korea has died- apparently
Evan Hunziker was found dead in the basement of a Washington State Hotel
He was held for three months in North Korea- but was released last month and
Hunziker had illegally entered North Korea- saying he wanted to preach the
His father says his son was wandering, tormented by drugs and booze and
never finding his place.
Hunziker was shot once.
Police say it was apparently suicide- although no note was found.
The victims say Billy Ferguson took advantage of his best friends.
The radiology technician got his co-workers at the hospital to give him
more than two million dollars.
At the time he was technical director of radiology at Community Hospital.
The list of people who bought into his scheme included the chief of
radiology, Doctor Robert Creekmore.
Some of Ferguson's closest friends put up their life savings.
IN Q=I thought it
((J.C. ARNEY/INVESTOR: I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE RECLAMATION OF SILVER FROM
THE X-RAY FILMS.))
Ferguson bought some silver bars... but there's no evidence he ever spent a
dime of anyone's money buying old X-Ray film.
His friends and associates were fooled for FOUR YEARS.
One women who worked for Ferguson says she could have accepted it, had he
just admitted he lost the money.
IN Q=I would have
((BECKY STINNET/RADIOLOGY TECHNICIAN: I WOULD HAVE BEEN UNHAPPY, BUT I WOULD
HAVE FORGIVEN HIM.))
SUPER=01-Becky Stinnet/Radiology Technician;
OUT Q=forgiven him.
Judge James Turk sentenced Ferguson to serve 21 months in prison and to pay
back 350-thousand dollars of the missing money.
Voters will exercise their constitutional right once again now that Roscoe
Reynolds is the next state senator for the 20th district.
Reynolds beat out Republican Allen Dudley in a special election by securing
58-percent of the vote.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night;
The Democrat's victory means voters must elect a replacement for his current
seat in the house of delegates.
A Republican caucus spokesman in Richmond says the G-O-P is considering
But it appears the democratic party has already made up its mind.
Last night, Reynolds encouraged supporters to back former Patrick County
administrator, Barnie Day.
((BARNIE DAY:EDUCATION OBVIOUSLY IS WHAT'S ON EVERYONE'S MIND OUT HERE. IT'S
PLAYED A BIG ROLE-- ITS A LEADER TO A LOT OF OTHER THINGS AND WE'LL FLESH SOME
OF THOSE OUT THURSDAY. ))
SUPER=07-Barnie Day; :00
The democratic party is expected to officially endorse Day tomorrow.
January 14th is the earliest Governor Allen can schedule a special election.
Virginia Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief over Roscoe Reynolds'
The balance of power did NOT shift to the GOP.
As Ellen Qualls reports, the political terrain looks much the same today as
it did Monday.
IN Q=As Lieutenant Governor
SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape; :00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( As Lieutenant Governor, Don Beyer is also President of the Senate.
Maintaining a 20-20 split keeps him more relevant as a tie-breaker in a year
he's looking for high visibility.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: YOU KNOW IN A 20- 20 SENATE LAST YEAR, EVERYBODY THOUGHT
I'D HAVE HUNDREDS OF TIE-BREAKING VOTES. I HAD EIGHT. AND OF THOSE EIGHT,
ONLY TWO WERE DEMOCRAT VERSUS REPUBLICANS. OUT OF THOUSANDS OF VOTES. WHAT A
20-20 SENATE DOES IS MAKES US ALL WORK TOGETHER. AND I THINK THAT MAKES A LOT
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU KNOW IN ELECTIONS YOU ALWAYS TRY TO FIND DIFFERENCES
AND YOU ALWAYS TRY TO FIND DIFFERENCES AND YOU ALWAYS TRY TO FIND SOMETHING TO
ARGUE OVER. ROSCOE REYNOLDS ON ISSUES SUCH AS PARENTAL NOTIFICATION, AND ON
JUVENILE JUSTICE, AND MANY OTHER ISSUES HAS BEEN A GOOD ALLY. I DON'T THINK
HE'S AS CONSERVATIVE AS VIRGIL IS. BUT I DON'T THINK ANYONE WOULD SAY HE'S A
RAVING LIBERAL EITHER.))
In a move that stunned Republicans, the National Rifle Association made a
last minute endorsement of Reynolds.
The group says Dudley has a pro-gun record, but Reynolds actually sponsored
Virgil Goode's expansion of the concealed weapons bill on the House side.
But Reynolds won by an almost five thousand vote margin, with heavier than
expected turnout -- and it's unlikely the NRA's responsible for all those
A MORE PRESSING ISSUE TO SOUTHSIDE VOTERS NOW MAY BE WHO WILL GET VIRGIL
GOODE'S SEAT ON THE POWERFUL SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE? AND THE MORE POWERFUL
FOUR PERSON BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE? IT'S UNLIKELY THAT SPOT WOULD GO TO
NOW-FRESHMAN ROSCOE REYNOLDS. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later on the broadcast,
we'll be there as the Salvation Army sees the results of all its hard work.
MUSIC UP FULL
In the spring Singer Furniture announced plans to close its Roanoke factory,
costing 290 jobs.
Now there's news of more restructuring.
The company will cut about 700 jobs in Lenoir, North Carolina because of a
change in a product line.
The release also says 50 administrative employees in Roanoke will be phased
out by February.
They were originally scheduled to keep working only through the end of this
Say goodbye to GEO and hello AGAIN to Chevy.
Chevrolet is dropping the brand name GEO.
The small car line started as a way to separate the Chevy name from Japanese
Chevy wanted to attract buyers during the eighties when Japanese cars like
Honda and Toyota were top sellers.
But now Chevy says it no longer needs the separate brand because
Chevy has become more recognizable than the Geo name.
The three models are also no longer made in Japan.
The Prizm, the Metro and the Tracker will still be made with the Chevrolet
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SUPER=331-Cloudy/Rain Likely/34-38/Rain Ending/Maybe Mixed/36-40;
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SUPER=333-Snow Ending/4'' to 6''/30-34/Snow/Showers/30-34;
SUPER=334-Snow Ending/3'' to 5''/26-30/Snow/Showers/26-30;
7 and 1 Liberty was riding a 4 game win streak coming into last night's in
state battle with 4 and 2 Virginia at U-Hall. The streak was snapped thanks to
a 67-54 Cavalier win.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Flames vs. Cavaliers;
The Wahoos were back in action for the first time since an ACC loss to
Clemson 11 days ago.
They would start quickly. Jamal Robinson hits Roanoker Curtis Staples who
goes to the rack in transition, and Virginia led by 4.
But the Flames hung tough. Peter Aluma and Mark Reed play the 2 man game.
Reed strokes the area code 3 from the corner.
Courtney Alexander led the Cavs with 20. He slices down the lane for the
reverse layin. But he would later leave the game with a sprained ankle.
Liberty would not go away. Eric Sorenson gets the steal and kicks it out to
Gabe Caldwell for the deuce.
UVa's board work put out the fire. Here they get not one, not two, but six
shots and Norman Nolan finishes with the jam. Cavs go to 5 and 2 with the 13
Cave Spring power forward Alex Phillips knocked down a game high 23
points to lead his Knights over a short handed Salem team 45-32.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs. Knights; :00
3 Spartan starters, including Hershel Thomas, Salem's top player were
suspended for the game because of technical fouls last night against
Phillips took advantage. Ryan Bointott goes inside to the big man,
Phillips uses the window for the bucket.
Salem's Sam Lazarro took matters into his own hands, driving the lane in
traffic and getting the roll around the iron.
Phillips...too strong inside at SUPER=33-Salem/32/Cave Spring/45;
6'6". Ricky Dierker gives to the senior and...money!!!
Salem kept an early lead thanks to some long bombs but the Spartans had
trouble stopping Cave's inside game. Cave goes on to win 45-32.
VMI's Thomas Haskins joins William & Mary lineman Josh Byer and defensive
back Darren Sharper on the Associated Press Division I-AA All-American Football
Haskins set VMI's school rushing record with 1698 yards this season. The
senior has also become the all time Division I-double A rusher with 5349 career
This is Haskins, second year as a Division I-AA first team All-American.
In keeping with the Holiday spirit, Christmas came early for some special
kids across the world.
SUPER=03-Beijing, China; :00
These Bejing Kids got a real treat as Beijing Lions pro basketball player
Tyrone Dolemcn played Santa Claus for the youth. He not only gave up some lap
time but also showed off some Santa Claus clutch ball handling. now the
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0096-/New York/91//Detroit/107/4///LA Lakers/61//Milwaukee/68/3//;
SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/3/j/Buffalo/5////Los Angeles/0//NY Rangers/4///;
SUPER=0098-j/UNC #12 /67//Louisiana State/48///j/James
SUPER=0098-/Alabama #20/72//North Texas/55/2///Stanford #22///Alaska///Late//;
OUT Q=....last score."
Still a head tonight, Hometown Hoops weekly takes a trip,
around the WDBJ coverage area to visit 10 high schools to see what's up
around the holidays.
The Holiday season spirit is bleeding over onto the hard wood.
SS=hometown hoops full screen
Hometown Hoops Weekly spreads holiday cheer to 10 high schools in this go
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Roland Lovelace/William Fleming Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Jack Esworthy/Patrick Henry Head Coach; :29
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co; :41
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1994 State Championship; 1:19
SUPER=01-Jim Muscaro/North Cross Head Coach; 1:44
OUT Q=....early in the season"
((Two kids on the city block met for the first time last night as Patrick
Henry's Jack Esworthy squared off against William Fleming's Roland Lovelace.
The Colonels came back to win. Reserve William Hankins 3 point play was the
game winner. The two coaches had a chance to evaluate their new jobs after a
couple of games.
Sources say Roanoke College is recruiting Cave Spring senior Alex Phillips.
The 6'6", 210 pounder has averaged over 20 points in his last 3 games.
Speaking of hot, in Double A, Liberty has picked up where it left off from last
year's state championship year. Counting this year's 4 and OH start Mark Hanks'
minutemen have won 29 in a row.
The Burg's are putting a first year dent in the Blue Ridge. Christiansburg
beat Northside last night
and Blacksburg topped salem in triple overtime.
Bill Pope's schedule has been tough early which accounts from the Vikings
slow o and 3 start, count on football qaurterback Xavier Lee to rally the team.
In single A Parry McCluer's 5 and OH start brings back memories of their 1994
state runner up year,
Nelson Fox's team isn't the only club to make the A list. Floyd County is a
dn oh. Travis Cantrell is averaging 20 points a game.
North Cross might play in the VIC, but there's nothing private about Jim
Muscaro's 3 and 1 record. A start that surpasses the win total from all of last
The United Way Campaign in the Roanoke Valley has exceeded its goal.
Today, officials said they've raised more than five and half million
dollars, almost eight percent over last year.
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is bringing Christmas to a few thousand
families here in the Roanoke Valley.
The gym at the Roanoke headquarters is overflowing with gifts.
IN Q=We're giving out toys
((CAPT. STEPHEN LONG/SALVATION ARMY: WE'RE GIVING OUT TOYS. WE'RE GIVING OUT
ALL KINDS OF BIKES AND DOLLS AND BEARS. IT'S A FOOD ENTERPRISE. WE'RE REALLY
TRYING TO BRING ACROSS A MERRY CHRISTMAS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Stephen Long/Salvation Army
OUT Q=in the Roanoke Valley.