Coming up next on News 7 at 6...
Forensic tests reveal more information about a double shooting discovered in
And more pink slips are coming for workers in Roanoke County.
In sports, Mike Stevens is gonna check in with us from Miami for a live
report on the Wahoos and the Hokies, The Jaguars cash in on the bills
and the Virginia Mens basketball team dominates radford at U-Hall. Highlights
Feeling a bit more like spring, than the weekend before New Year's.
Put the heavy coats aside-- the unseasonably warm air should linger over the
next several days.
A medical examiner says the two men found in a Day Avenue apartment
apparently died of gunshot wounds.
Dr. David Oxley says each man was shot once in the head.
Double Boxes=Eric and Denise
Police say the bullets match the gun at the scene further pointing to a
Denise Allen joins us from the newsroom with more on this story.
But they are still not releasing the victims' names.
The badly decomposed bodies were found yesterday afternoon.
And residents are wondering if their neighborhood can be saved.
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: can be saved.)
IN Q=Neighbors looked
SUPER=01-Gerald Martin/Day Avenue Resident;
SUPER=01-Clayton Coffman/Day Avenue Resident;
OUT Q=happening to me.
Neighbors looked on as police removed the bodies of two men from this Day
Avenue apartment house yesterday afternoon.
This time police say it may have been a murder-suicide.
But it was only six months ago that similar site rocked Day Avenue.
On June sixth the bodies of Manfred and Wanda Woody were found in the
kitchen of their Day Avenue apartment.
That double murder has not been solved.
Gerald Martin has lived on Day Avenue for nearly 30 years and says the good
old days are gone.
IN Q= IT'S NOT SAFE
((GERALD MARTIN/DAY AVE RESIDENT: IT'S NOT SAFE AROUND HERE TO WALK OUTSIDE
THAT FENCE IN THE DARK AND WALK TO THAT CORNER WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT SOMEONE
GOING TO JUMP YOU, MUG YOU OR JUST DRIVE BY AND SHOOT. IT'S JUST BECOME A
OUT Q=BECOME A SLUM
Neighbors say drug trafficking plays a big part in the downfall of the
Clayton Coffman says he heard two gunshots the Thursday before Christmas but
didn't call police.
IN Q= well i called
((CLAYTON COFFMAN/DAY AVE RESIDENTS: WELL I CALLED THEM ONE TIME FOR A
DISTURBANCE NEXT DOOR AND THEY DIDN'T COME. SO I NEVER THOUGHT MORE ABOUT
CALLING POLICE ABOUT ANYTHING UNLESS IT WAS HAPPENING TO ME.))
OUT Q=HAPPENING TO ME
( ad lib)
These residents say a quicker police response could help clean up the
Double Boxes=Eric and Denise
Police officials say a car is in that area all the time and that residents
should discuss this issue with the police and not in the media.
One of Roanoke County's largest employers has confirmed it will lay off more
than 200 additional workers.
Hanover Direct announced yesterday that it will hand pink slips to nearly a
third of its local workforce.
The catalogue mail order company laid off more than 100 employees last week.
That means all total the company will drop more than 300 jobs by March
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
These new layoffs would mean the end of the local telemarketing operation.
About half the job losses are full time positions.
The layoffs are a part of a restructuring plan to lower costs.
The company lost nearly 52 million dollars in the first nine months of
Company representatives say rising cost of printing, paper and postage,
played a part in their losses.
IN Q=YOU CAN'T ALWAYS
((BRIAN DUNCAN/ROANOKE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: YOU CAN'T ALWAYS
ANTICIPATE THE CHANGE IN THE ECONOMY AND THE CHANGE IN THE CONSUMER. YES I
THINK THEY CAN SAVE THIS COMPANY. I KNOW THAT THIS FIRST QUARTER IS VERY
IMPORTANT TO THEM. IF THE RE-ORGANIZATION WORKS. IT'LL WORK DURING THE FIRST
QUARTER AND THAT'LL BODE WELL FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
SUPER=01-Brian Duncan/Roanoke Co. Economic Development;
OUT Q=FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY
Duncan says Hanover Direct has met it's incentive agreements with Roanoke
Company officials say Hanover Direct will still employ more than 700 people
even after the layoffs.
Norfolk Southern has asked federal regulators to strike down a part of the
merger agreement between Conrail and C-S-X.
At issue is the so-called "lockout" amendment to the deal.
It prohibits Conrail from considering competing offers.
Norfolk Southern said the lockout amounts to unlawful control of one
railroad by another.
N-S made it's request yesterday.
Norfolk Southern has offered 115 dollars a share in all cash for Conrail.
C-S-X is offering about 102 dollars a share in cash and stock.
Conrail management wants its shareholders to ratify the C-S-X offer in a
vote next month.
State prison officials have brought in dogs and a special assault team after
an inmate slashed the Buckingham Correctional Center warden and other convicts
set the prison library on fire.
SUPER=03-Buckingham Co./File Tape;
The violence two days ago also included the wounding of four inmates who
charged two unarmed prison officials.
The 950-inmate prison will stay locked down until officials are confident it
Warden Eddie Pearson was treated for a cut from his ear to his lip.
32- year old Dennis Keith Webb will be charged in the stabbing.
The prison just came off several weeks of lockdown after a corrections
source says an officer lied about being assaulted by an inmate.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6, we kick off part one of the Business Review
Year End Edition.
It looks like 96 had more good news than bad,
and members of Madd and Roanoke cab drivers are teaming up to help make the
streets safe for the holidays.
wx ad lib
Well you couldn't ask for better weather as we enter these last few days of
Temperatures soared into the 50s and 60s today-- and the forecast promises
the warming trend will continue into the new year.
Here are some of the highs...
MUSIC UP FULL
TAPE# 96-103 ; edit 96-50
Lexington's only bus station will have another six months to prove it's not
detrimental to the downtown area.
The Greyhound station, located on main street, has been on a six- month
trial run that ends Tuesday.
Some members of city council had been concerned that buses would tie- up
Council has given the owner another six- month conditional use permit.
The owner is making some changes, including adding a pay phone, and changing
the bus stop times.
In 1996 the plusses outweighed the minuses when it comes to our area's
For the next two evenings Len Besthoff will bring you the top 10 stories of
the year, with the News-7 Business Review Year End Edition.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :20
SUPER=03-Henry Co./March; :30
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :44
OUT Q=Nat Sot
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
In August tens of thousands of Holdren's customers learned the appliance
warranties they paid for weren't being honored.
The trouble began when a North Carolina company acquired the Roanoke retail
chain's assets, but not its liabilities.
Two large employers in our area have new owners.
First Colony Life Insurance of Lynchburg was bought by G-E Capital, and
Leggett was purchased by the Belk chain.
WalMart became a bigger part of our lives this year.
The company opened close to a half dozen of its mammoth supercenters in
places like Roanoke, Henry County, Christiansburg, and Rocky Mount.
In May western Virginia closely followed the ups and downs of Optical
The Roanoke County company went public a few months before at ten dollars a
share, and some positive press helped it surge well over a hundred for a while.
And nurses and other employees at the region's largest employer began
contemplating union membership this fall.
Carilion Health System employees say it's because some of the changes
planned with its reengineering have gone too far.
Tomorrow we'll go over the top 5 business stories in our area this year.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
There's a hidden drug problem in Southwestern Virginia.
Kids as young as 9 and 10 are using aerosol cans to get high.
It can be fatal.
2 months ago, Katie Weddington's son died from drinking antifreeze.
She says it was the result of long term use of inhalants to get high.
Weddington want other parents to be warned.
IN Q=they need to be aware
((KATIE WEDDINGTON/MOTHER OF HUFFING VICTIM; THEY NEED TO BE AWARE THAT IT
COULD HAPPEN TO THEIR CHILD. AND I'VE HEARD THAT, SINCE BRIAN DIED, I'VE HEARD
PARENTS SAY WELL, NOT MY CHILD. BUT YES, IT CAN BE YOUR CHILD. WE'RE TALKING
ABOUT CHILDREN THAT ARE MAKING CHOICES.
JO ANN BURKHOLDER/S.A.P. Coordinator; YOU MAY FEEL AND EXPERIENCE QUICK MOOD
SHIFTS, FROM BEING REAL DOWN TO JUST THERE AND LETHARGIC TO A HALF AN HOUR
LATER BEING REAL IRRITABLE, ADN JUST REAL DEFENSIVE. HOSTILITY IS SOME THING
THAT COMES WITH THE USE OF AEROSOLS AND INHALANTS.))
SUPER=01-Katie Weddington/Mother of Huffing Victim; :00
SUPER=01-Jo Ann Burkholder/S.A.P. Coordinator; :16
OUT Q=and inhalants.
To find out more, watch On Record, tomorrow morning at 11.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, Kimberly will have the forecast for the rest of the year, brace
yourself for some unseasonably WARM temperatures,
and it's time to plan your New Year's Resolutions to make sure they stick this
Gyms in the area are already filling up.
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If you ring in the New Year with a lot of spirits, the operators of Liberty
Cab hope you'll call for a free taxi ride home.
The Roanoke cab company is participating in the Safe Ride program.
The program is a part of Drunk and Drugged Driving month.
Members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other organizations are
sponsoring the program to help keep impaired drivers off the road.
The Safe Ride program actually started several weeks ago.
Party-ers can call Liberty Cab 24 hours a day for a free ride if they feel
they are too intoxicated to drive.
IN Q=IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE
((STEVEN ST. JACQUES/LIBERTY CAB: IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY HAVE ACCIDENTS
AND HURT PEOPLE, INNOCENT PEOPLE. AND LOSE THEIR LICENSES FOR LONG PERIODS OF
TIME. THEY DON'T HAVE TO SUFFER ANY OF THE CONSEQUENCES BY TAKING A CAB RIDE
AND NEITHER DO INNOCENT PEOPLE.))
((PAPA SISSON/LIBERTY CAB: A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY APPRECIATE US DOING THIS AND
WE COULDN'T DO THIS WITHOUT OUR DRIVERS. THEY DONATE THEIR TIME AND MONEY.
THAT'S THE REASON WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS PROGRAM.))
SUPER=01-Steven St. Jacques/Liberty Cab; :00
SUPER=01-Papa Sisson/Liberty Cab; :14
OUT Q=THIS PROGRAM
The Safe Ride program runs through January first.
If you need a ride call 344-17-76.
That number again is 344-1776.
It's time to make those New Year's resolutions.
And gyms around Virginia say this is their busy season.
That's because a lot of people feel guilty about over-eating during the
holidays and being out-of-shape.
So they start a fitness program.
Already, the Y-M-C-A in Lynchburg is feeling the trend.
It welcomed about 25 new members yesterday.
Mike Stevens will join us live from Miami for a report on Cavaliers and
the Hokies, plus we will have highlights from the Radford/UVa mens basketball
And former Tech star Bruce smith gets all he can handle from Mark Brunell
and the Jaguars in the wild card.
TAPE#=Starlink (Rolled from Truck)
The Virginia Cavaliers are recovering from their 31-21 loss to Miami in
last night's Carquest Bowl. Double Boxes=Steve and Mike/Starlink
Mike Stevens joins from Miami with a report on the Cavs and the Virginia
tech Hokies...and Mike, I have to tell ya, it's been in the 60's here in
Roanoke, so I gues we're both enjoying good weather.
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: "folks around Miami were still buzzin about the canes 31-21 win in
last night's carquest bowl. )
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/142 Yards Passing & 2TD's; :33
SUPER=01-James Farrior/UVa Linebacker; :47
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa Captain; :57
OUT Q=...Day for me"
Mike add libs into a seconsd mini package
( ad lib)
Roll Q="as tech and Nebraska continue their preaprations for the Big Orange
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Tech Practice Site; :00
SUPER=04-Nebraska Practice Site; :08
OUT Q=...Tuesday night's game"
MIke add libs out of paackage
tosses back to steve
Double Boxes=Steve and Mike/Starlink
The Jacksonville Jaguars handed the Buffalo Bills their first ever playoff
loss at Rich Stadium today 30 to 27 in the AFC wild card.
SUPER=03-Orchard Park, NY/ABC; :00
In the first, Jim Kelly hits Thurman Thomas on the 7 yard touchdown pass,
The Jaguar's Clyde Simmons is then gonna grab Kelly's shovel pass and
scoot 20 yards for the score. 7-7.
Natrone Means was the difference. Jacksonville's tailback ran for 175 yards
and a touchdown, this 30 yard gallop put the Jags up 17-14 in the 2nd.
Kelly sustains a concussion on this hit and he fumbles and was carted off the
field late in the 4th,
that set up Mike Hollis's game winning 45 yard field goal, Jacksonville wins
After a tough overtime loss at UConn Monday the Virginia Cavaliers returned
to U-Hall to battle their 3rd Big South team in two weeks, and the Wahoos made
it look easy with a 95-47 rout of Radford.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Highlanders vs. Cavaliers;
Courtney Alexander was still out nursing that sore ankle, injured in the
But the Cavs didn't need him. Roanoke native Curtis Staples starts things
off with the 3 ball from the top of the key.
Radford hung in for a while. Kevin Robinson finds Eric Parker underneath
and the Highs trailed by 3 at 8-5.
Uva then went on an 18 point run. Harold Deane gets 1 of 24 offensive
boards for the Cavs and puts in 2 of his 21 on the day. 'Hoos led by 33 at the
It was more of the same in the 2nd half. Deane hits Norman Nolan on the
run for the easy layin, and the Cavs were never challenged after that.
Anthony Walker slices in for the SUPER=33-Virginia/95/Radford/47;
bucket, but it's not near enough, as Virginia wins it 95 to 47.
IN Q=I think...
((JEFF JONES/UVA HEAD COACH:))
((RON BRADLEY/RADFORD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVA Head Coach;
SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :20
OUT Q=...bed early."