Coming up on News 7, one person is arrested as Christmas Eve starts with a
murder in a Lynchburg motel room.
and a warehouse fire last night uncovers an illegal marijuana operation.
In sports, We'll hear from the Hokies and Cavaliers. Carolina Head
coach Dom Capers is coach of the year.
And a couple of individual titles were earned last night as the 49-ers beat
Old Man Winter returns just in time for Christmas, bearing colder
temperatures as well as an end to the rain.
The holiday forecast is straight ahead.
A fight inside a Lynchburg motel room this morning left one man dead,
another jailed on murder charges.
33-year old James Michael David was arrested after police discovered his
friend dead inside the motel room the two men were sharing.
Authorities say David and the other man, whose identity has not been
released, were staying at the Ramada Inn in Lynchburg.
The victim's body was taken to the Roanoke medical examiner's office.
IN Q=Autopsy should be
((LT. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AUTOPSY SHOULD BE CONDUCTED ON THURSDAY
AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. Reporter: Right now it
appears there was a fight inside that room? THAT'S WHAT IT APPEARS TO US THAT
THERE WAS SOME BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO THE BODY, AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT WAS
DEFINITELY THE CAUSE OF DEATH, WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT ON THE AUTOPSY.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=wait on the autopsy.
Police would not comment on a possible motive for the murder.
It's believed both men were transients who were passing through the area.
David remains held without bond pending a Thursday court hearing.
Federal investigators were hoping for more answers today into the deadly
plane crash in Giles County.
Two days ago a D- C- 8 slammed into East River Mountain, killing all six
people on board.
Yesterday, officials made some significant progress.
But today's on- sight investigation was unexpectedly cut short.
Double Box Jean/Scott Newsroom
Scott Prince joins us from the newsroom.
Scott, why did investigators call it quits so early in the day.
Jean, they were really hoping to finish up in Giles County today, but
inclement weather forced them to put the investigation on hold.
IN Q=Y'all have
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00
OUT Q=caused the crash
NAT SOT 10:58:16
((Y'ALL HAVE A NICE CHRISTMAS. ))
OUT Q=nice Christmas
NTSB and FAA officials elected to go home to their families a little bit
early this Christmas Eve.
It was suppose to be day two of the Airborne Express crash investigation in
But it was called off due to wet weather.
The rain practically washed away the dirt road that leads to the site... and
that proved too dangerous for most investigators.
In fact only a few of them actually made it to the scene this morning.
They were analyzing the plane's four engines... but refused to comment on
Yesterday, among 2 acres of debris, officials were able to locate the flight
They'll be listening to them over the next few days to help them determine
what caused the crash.
Officials will be back on East River Mountain on Thursday, Jean.
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They will continue to sift through the wreckage... and hopefully complete
their on- sight probe.
An accidental fire at a Roanoke storage building uncovered a secret
The fire started in a large storage building on Church Avenue when a man
working on his car accidentally ignited the gas tank.
As firefighters checked through the smoke-filled building for flames, they
found a secret door concealing 100 marijuana plants and growing equipment.
Several people rented space in the building. The person who rented that
particular space was not on the scene.
Investigators are still trying to find out who was tending the illegal
The holiday season is a perfect time to recognize those who help their
A Danville group that helps multiple sclerosis patients year round is one
Teresa Hamilton has its story.
IN Q=For multiple
SUPER=01-Frank Hollingsworth/Multiple Sclerosis Patient; :26
SUPER=01-Reid Yates/D.A.L.U. Member; 1:00
SUPER=01-John Barton/D.A.L.U. President; 1:23
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( For multiple sclerosis patients, like Frank Hollingsworth, freedom is
The disease is slowly robbing Frank's ability to walk-- without a scooter--
travel would be difficult.
((NAT SOUND FROM LOADING ONTO THE VAN))
Frank knows what it's like without "wheels".
On several occasions his scooter has broke down-- but not for long.
Thanks to the Danville Association of Life Underwriters' his bills were
IN Q=Just about
((FRANK HOLLINGSWORTH/MS PATIENT:JUST ABOUT ANYTHING THAT SOMEBODY WITH MS
NEEDS THEY TRY TO HELP TO TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF OF THEM, THE FRUSTRATIONS OF NOT
BEING ABLE TO BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE ON A FIXED INCOME YOU DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT
OF MONEY TO DO STUFF AND THESE PEOPLE REALLY DO HELP, IF IT WEREN'T FOR THEM, I
DON'T KNOW WHAT I'D DO. ))
OUT Q=I'd do.
Insurance agents, John Barton and Reid Yates, are members of the Danville
The organization contributes to a handful of local causes-- but is mainly
known for helping MS patients.
It all began about five years ago-- when the group sponsored a golf
IN Q=We thought
((REID YATES/D.A.L.U. MEMBER:WE THOUGHT IT WAS QUITE AN UNDERTAKING BUT WE
MANAGED TO PULL IT OFF AND VERY SUCCESSFULLY, IN FACT, WE RAISED I BELIEVE SOME
46- HUNDRED DOLLARS. ))
OUT Q=hundred dollars.
All money raised stays in the Danville area.
This year the group will sponsor tournament-- number six.
Organization president, John Barton, is also looking to the future.
He dreams of buying a wheelchair equipped van.
IN Q=It's really
((JOHN BARTON/D.A.L.U. PRESIDENT:IT'S REALLY A MATTER OF THE MONEY THAT WE
RAISE, IT VIRTUALLY ALL GOES DIRECTLY TO AID FOR THESE PEOPLE, AND THE MORE
THAT WE HAVE, THE MORE THAT WE CAN DO. ))
OUT Q=can do.
The organization is already going above and beyond.
Aside from repairing or providing scooters-- the organization helps MS
patients with bills, food and rent.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Meantime, there is news to report regarding TREATMENT of multiple
The Food and Drug Administration has just cleared the way for the sale of
Co-Polymer-One, an injectable medication, to treat M-S.
The drug joins two other medications approved since 1993 to combat the
Some 300-thousand Americans have M-S.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6, we'll tell you how Rockingham County police
stop an alleged bank robber in his tracks,
and we'll see why an angry man went to great efforts to give one hospital his
two cents worth... and then some.
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This Christmas Eve looks like a good night to huddle by the fire and
finish wrapping those gifts--
Cold, arctic air will be moving in tonight-- which may be hard to believe
after today's warm highs....
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A bank robbery suspect in Rockingham County was tripped up by his own
Footprints in the snow led police right to the home of Bobby Graves
Riggleman in Broadway-
That's where authorities found money taken in a robbery at the Farmers and
Merchants Bank yesterday.
Officials aren't saying how much cash they found.
They also consider Riggleman a suspect in a bank robbery last week in
A bearded man dropped a big bag under the Carilion Christmas tree this
It wasn't Santa, and his mood was anything but jolly.
Walter Ball brought more than 30 thousand pennies to the Carilion payment
office this morning.
Ball was protesting a 1982 emergency room charge he says he never incurred.
He says someone else used his name, and he got the bill.
When Carilion tried to garnish his wages, he said he went to 15 banks to
round up enough pennies to pay the bill.
IN Q=it's just a protest
((WALTER BALL/PROTESTER;IT'S JUST A PROTEST THING BASICALLY, THEY'VE MADE MY
LIFE HARD FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS, I GUESS IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF PAYBACK OR
OUT Q=payback or something
The people in the payment office would not accept the pennies at first, but
then changed their minds.
Ball says he'll file a civil suit to try and get the money back.
A Carilion spokesman says he can't comment on the specific case because of
the confidentiality of medical records.
He also said there are many safeguards in place to make sure the right person
is billed for emergency room charges.
A unique tourist information service is racking up Internet awards and
bringing unlimited exposure to the Commonwealth.
But the potential is only as big as the advertisers make it.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=All you need is a computer
SUPER=01-Charlotte Reed/Tech Tourism Dev. Specialist; :21
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :37
SUPER=01-Barry Matherly/Pulaski Econ. Dev. Director; :50
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( All you need is a computer to browse VISIT Virginia, the Visitor
Information System for the Interactive Traveler.
It's a collaboration between the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Virginia
Tech, not to mention the hundreds of localities, businesses and organizations
which post their information.
The system even provides links for those with their own separate web sites.
((CHARLOTTE REED/TECH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST: THAT WAY THEY HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TO ADVERTISE THEMSELVES THEMSELVES, INDIVIDUALLY, AND ALSO TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THE STATE OF VIRGINIA'S ADVERTISING, WHICH OF COURSE IS ABOUT A
SEVEN MILLION DOLLAR ADVERTISING BUDGET. ))
The town of Pulaski jumped at the idea.
Through Visit Virginia, Internet visitors may check out attractions such as
Claytor Lake State Park, Pulaski's historic courthouse, and downtown shopping
((BARRY MATHERLY/PULASKI ECON. DEV. DIRECTOR: WE'VE TRIED TO LOAD IN EVERY
CATEGORY. YOU CAN DO ACCOMMODATIONS, YOU CAN DO UNIQUE SHOPPING OR RESTAURANTS,
ATTRACTIONS. WE HAVE A LOT OF OUTDOOR RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AREA AND
SOMETIMES WHEN YOU'RE EVEN LIVING HERE IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THEM ALL, SO YOU
CAN EVEN GO IN THOSE SECTIONS. WE'VE LOADED FESTIVALS AND PARADES.))
All it takes is a request for a password from the Virginia Tourism
And it doesn't cost a penny.
((YES IT'S FREE. THAT'S HARD FOR MOST PEOPLE TO BELIEVE. WELL WHAT DO WE HAVE
TO DO TO GET ON? ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET ON AND PUT YOUR DATA ON THERE. ALL
YOU HAVE TO DO IS HAVE A DESIRE TO GET ON THERE AND KEEP IT UP TO DATE. ))
Reed says the project is only as good as participating advertisers make it,
and the more people who post information, the more potential exposure for
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
A man with more than 20 years experience in the tourism industry will head
the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
David (CALL- heed) Kjolhede begins his new job as executive director in
He replaces Martha Mackey, who resigned in June.
Kjolhede (CALL- heed) will be the Bureau's fourth executive director.
His latest job was with the Amana Colonies, a tourism destination in Iowa
that had over one million visitors a year.
Before that, he was the assistant director and marketing manager for the
state of Iowa's Bureau of Tourism.
On Wall Street today, the stock market advanced in a short session.
The DOW gained 33 and a half points closing at 65-hundred-23.
NASDAQ closed UP eight points.
Last night we showed you Bedford County's newest additions to its fleet of
Today those 1997 Camaros saw their first action on the road.
((NAT SOUND OF SIREN. ))
OUT Q=nat sound of siren.
Bedford's new Crime Suppression Unit was out in force today, patrolling the
holiday traffic on Route 460.
The souped-up cruisers are outfitted with all the latest radar detection and
video equipment, all to help nab DUI and other offenders on the county's
IN Q=There's a lot
((SGT. STEVE BROOKS/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THERE'S A LOT OF TRAFFIC ON
460, THERE'S A LOT OF STOLEN GOODS, DRUGS TRAVEL ON THIS ROAD, AND GETTING OUT
HERE AND STOPPING MORE CARS, WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND MORE DRUGS, STOLEN
GUNS, WANTED PEOPLE, THINGS LIKE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Steve Brooks/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=things like that.
While they mostly just handed out speeding tickets, Brooks says the new
patrol cars are getting motorists' attention.
IN Q=Several of the
((SGT. STEVE BROOKS: SEVERAL OF THE PEOPLE WERE SURPRISED, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE
HEARD ABOUT THE CARS, YOU GET A LOT OF THUMBS UP, A LOT OF FOLKS ARE EXCITED
ABOUT IT. THEY LIKE TO SEE US OUT HERE WORKING.))
OUT Q=out here working.
Sheriff Mike Brown says the Camaros actually cost less than the average new
Santa began delivering his Christmas gifts a little early this year.
One of his first stops; the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
Dozens of sacks filled with presents awaited the children.
This has apparently been a tradition at the Rescue Mission for some time.
One woman recalls receiving a similar package here when she was a child.
IN Q=As a child
((PAM CALDWELL: AS A CHILD I REMEMBER COMING HERE AND HAVING THE PREACHING
DONE AND THE SINGING, AND CHRISTMAS TIME WHEN THEY WOULD GIVE US THE HAPPY
BAGS, AND IT WAS REAL FUN, I REMEMBER THAT.))
OUT Q=remember that.
Pam Caldwell hopes the kids learn that someone cares enough about them to
bring them gifts.
It was standing room only at the Rescue Mission.
These kids were lucky enough to get their presents hand delivered by Santa
And coming up, Virginia Tech and Virginia continue preparations for their
bowl games. High school coaches talk about the NationsBank holiday basketball
And Carolina Panther head coach Dom Capers is the A-P coach of the year.
Carolina Panther Coach Dom Capers says any honors he receives should be
credited to his players.
SUPER=03-Spartenburg, SC; :
Capers is the A-P N-F-L coach of the year. He received 67 votes from a
nationwide panel of Sports Reporters.
Capers led the Panthers to the N-F-C West title and a bye in the first
round of the playoffs with a 12 and 4 record.
Meantime, The Oakland Raiders have fired head coach Mike White. White had a
7 and 9 record this season and was 15 and 17 overall.
Barry Sanders captured the N-F-L rushing title and Steve Young the Passing
title as the 49-ers beat Detroit last night 24 to 14.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/ABC SPORTS; :
Wayne Fontes coaching possibly his final game in Detroit.
Young got the Niners rolling early in the first quarter he rolls out and
hits tight end Ted Popson on the 2 yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to nothing
Sanders rushed for 175 yards and this 54 yard touchdown. He gained
15-hundred and 53 yards on the season to win the rushing title and he's also
the first runner to post three straight 15 hundred yard season.
Young completed 11 of 14 passes SUPER=30-San
Francisco/24/Detroit/14/;this 1 yard strike to Derek Loville who scores pushed
him past Bret Favre for his fifth passing title and the Niners win it 24 to 14.
The New Year's Eve Orange Bowl mathcup between the Hokies and the Huskers is
But are the Hokies any closer to figuring out a way to mathcup with the two
time defending national champions?
IN Q="This is an...
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach;:00
OUT Q=...CROWD RIGHT HERE."
Beamer also has plenty of respect for Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne, who
says even though he and Beamer are not close friends, he admires the program he
has built at Tech.
IN Q="I don't...
((TOM OSBORNE/NEBRASKA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Tom Osborne/Nebraska Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...FEW YEARS."
When the Virginia Cavaliers take Pro Player Stadium Field December 27th
against Miami, it will be the final college game Tiki and Ronde Barber will
The brother twin tandem ranks up there with the best ever to play together
in college. Tiki set the career rushing record at Virginia, breaking terry
Ronde, a three time all-ACC selection and an all-American, not only leads
all active conference players in interceptions, but he has also beefed up his
having both play out their careers at UVa has been a tremendous plus.
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...1st class manner"
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
The NationsBank Holiday Hoops tournament tips off December 26, 17, and 28
at the Salem Civic Center.
The eight team field includes Glenvar, Cave Spring, Northside, Riverside,
William Byrd, Patrick Henry, Garfield and Salem.
IN Q=First audio
((CHARLIE MORGAN/SALEM HEAD COACH: ))
((PAUL BERNARD/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Charlie Morgan/Salem Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Bernard/William Byrd Head Coach; :30
OUT Q=...........for us."
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