Murder in southwest Roanoke has Chapman Avenue residents fired up about
changing the neighborhood.
We'll hear from some of them on NEWS 7 at SIX... and tell you what happened
And take a look at The Virginia General Assembly- -by way of C-D ROM, an
interactive, multi-media civics lesson.
In sports--highlights from this afternoon's Sun Bowl game between Stanford
and Michigan State, is Michael Irvin in trouble again--
and Mike Stevens will check in one more time from the Orange Bowl in Miami.
Surprise, temperatures fall this evening...dropping into the 30's and there
will be some light rain falling as we begin the new year.
A fatal shooting overnight in Southwest Roanoke... the victim has NOT been
identified yet... no arrests yet, either.
Folks who live in the area seem to have differing reactions, but they all
agree the violence must end.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Roanoke's 13th
SUPER=07-Larry Martin; :14
SUPER=01-Henry Emmerson/Neighbor; :37
SUPER=01-Chris Chittum/Roanoke Neighborhood Partnership; 1:06
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((Roanoke's 13th murder of 1996 happened in the 13 hundred block of Chapman
To those familiar with this Southwest neighborhood, this latest episode of
violent crime doesn't come as any surprise.
IN Q=I lived
((LARRY MARTIN: I LIVED UP HERE ON CHAPMAN AVENUE ON AND OFF FOR 8 OR 9 YEARS
DOWN THE STREET HERE. THERE'S ALWAYS BEEN SOMEBODY GETTING BEAT UP OR ROBBED OR
SOMETHING. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A BAD NEIGHBORHOOD. ))
Larry Martin says this most recent murder will force him to think twice
about LIVING in this area.
But there are SOME residents who refuse to give in to the fear.
IN Q=I'm still
((HENRY EMMERSON/NEIGHBOR: I'M STILL NOT AFRAID OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AT ALL.
REPORTER: WHY NOT?
EMMERSON: I LOVE THIS HOUSE. IT NEEDS A LOT OF WORK DONE TO IT AND THAT'S WHAT
WE INTEND TO DO. AS IT'S QUIET, THERE IS ALSO SOME TRAFFIC HERE THAT NEEDS TO
BE CLEANED UP. ))
OUT Q=cleaned up
Henry Emmerson hopes this area fights back.
So does Chris Chittum... who tries to help troubled communities get back on
track through the city's Neighborhood Partnership program.
IN Q=The Chapman
((CHRIS CHITTUM/ROANOKE NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM: THE CHAPMAN AVENUE
AREA DID HAVE A NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP YEARS AGO AND SINCE HAS BECOME INACTIVE. SO
IT MIGHT BE WORTH THEIR WHILE TO REACTIVATE AND DEAL WITH SOME OF THE ISSUES
THEIR HAVING TO DEAL WITH. ))
OUT Q=deal with
Right now the MAIN issue is safety. And residents agree that changes
will have to be made if they're to turn around this Southwest neighborhood.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Virginia's capital city is closing out 1996 with 114 murders for the year.
That alarming statistic will probably place Richmond in the top five or ten
most deadly cities in the nation on a per capita basis.
But it's actually the lowest number in three years.
Last year, 120 people were killed in Richmond.
In 1994, the city had 160 murders.
IN Q=A lot of
((FRED RUSSELL/RICHMOND POLICE DEPUTY CHIEF: A LOT OF THE HOMICIDES WE HAVE
HERE IN RICHMOND ARE LIFESTYLE HOMICIDES. PEOPLE GET KILLED BECAUSE OF THE
CHOICES THEY MAKE. THEY'RE DEALING DRUGS, SELLING DRUGS, OR IN LOCATIONS WHERE
DRUGS ARE BEING SOLD OR BEING DEALT.))
SUPER=01-Fred Russell/Richmond Police Deputy Chief;
OUT Q=being dealt.
Two arrests were made this year in a series of murders of older women.
But NO one serial killer has been found in what police dubbed the Golden
The last day of the year, was the last day at work for some Radford workers.
Intermet's New River Castings plant in Radford announced 110 layoffs today.
The company makes castings for the automotive industry.
A plant statement says production changes make it necessary to eliminate one
of their shifts.
The layoffs will cut the plant's workforce to 455.
Management says they could call the employees back to work when new orders
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
Workers at Salem's G-E plant are about to get a vacation, whether they
want one or not.
Management announced it will shut down the plant for two weeks, starting
G-E usually shuts down in the summer, but a low production workload forced
the plant to schedule it now.
Without the shutdown, officials say they would have to lay off 100 people.
A company statement says it is still assessing its employment needs for the
first half of 1997.
Union officials were not available for comment today, but are scheduled to
meet to talk about the shutdown on Thursday.
Virgil Goode's endorsement helped put Roscoe Reynolds in the State Senate.
Now, Barnie Day is hoping it will put him in the House of Delegates.
Day is the Democratic contender for Reynolds' seat in the House.
Goode says Day is the right man for the job.
IN Q=Barnie is no stranger
((VIRGIL GOODE/5TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN-ELECT: BARNIE IS NO STRANGER TO HARD
WORK. HE WILL FIGHT FOR OUR AREA. WE NEED SOMEBODY WHO IS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF
ROUTE 58. BARNIE'S BUSINESS IS RIGHT ON 58 AND HE CAN TEL YOU ALL ABOUT 58 AND
HE'S WORKED WITH IT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL OVER THE YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Virgil Goode/5th District Congressman-Elect;
OUT Q=over the years.
Day says over the next two weeks he'll focus his campaign on education,
economic development and juvenile crime.
Day faces GOP candidate Phil Plaster in a special election January 14th.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6-- about an hour before kickoff for Virginia
Tech in the Orange Bowl. The game is right here on W-D-B-J and Mike Stevens
will have a live report from Miami.
and in Lynchburg a new computer may help city officials get ready for big
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-2.71''/minus 0.17''/54.91''/plus 13.87'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.24 foot/Down 0.56 foot;Lake levels
It may not SEEM like winter is just around the corner, but Lynchburg's snow
crews are arming themselves nonetheless.
Now their arsenal includes a new high-tech weapon that could save the city
time and money.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=04-January, 1996; :00
SUPER=01-Dennis Reynolds/Lynchburg Public Works; :41
SUPER=01-Numan Franklin/Lynchburg Public Works; 1:04
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
To some, this is just a distant memory, but should the winter of '97 provide
a flashback, Lynchburg residents can take heart knowing their city's road crews
are more ready than ever.
natsot computer 3:32:18
((GOOD MORNING FROM THE DTN WEATHER CENTER..))
Gone are the days of watching the t-v or waiting for faxes from weather
services 700 miles away.
Now with a click of his mouse, Public Works supervisor Dennis Reynolds can
pull up the latest radar maps and information on weather systems heading
towards the Lynchburg area.
He's no meteorologist, but Reynolds says it's easy to predict what impact a
storm will have on the city.. and the advance warning gives his crews an edge
IN Q=So the same
((DENNIS REYNOLDS/LYNCHBURG PUBLIC WORKS: SO THE SAME TRUCKS THAT COLLECT THE
LEAVES DO THE SNOW-FIGHTING, SO I HAVE TO PULL THEM IN AND UNLOAD THEM, AND
LOAD CHEMICAL SPREADERS ON THEM. SO IT GIVES US ADVANCE WARNING, WE CAN PLAN
OUR DAY, BE MORE EFFICIENT.))
OUT Q=be more efficient.
That's good news to number-crunchers like Numan Franklin, who oversees the
department's 150- thousand dollar snow removal budget.
Franklin says this 12- hundred dollar investment will pay for itself over
the next few months.
IN Q=This machine
((NUMAN FRANKLIN/LYNCHBURG PUBLIC WORKS: THIS MACHINE, BY US BEING ABLE TO SEE
AND GET A GOOD FEEL FOR WHAT THE STORM IS GOING TO DO, WE CAN MAKE A BETTER
JUDGEMENT CALL ON HOW MANY PEOPLE WE NEED TO BRING IN.))
OUT Q=to bring in.
The storms will come no matter what.. but knowing when and where could make
all the difference this winter.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
The clock is ticking--
Just under six hours are left until the New Year begins.
And many people will be ringing in 1997 at Roanoke's sixth annual First
Double Boxes=Keith and Kimberly/Microwave
Kimberly McBroom arrived at the party early this evening, and she joins us
with a preview of what to expect.
(Kimberly ad libs live interview)
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/First Night Organizer
(Rollcue: when Schultz starts talking about events)
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Kimberly/Microwave
(Kimberly tosses back to Keith)
On Wall Street the final session of 1996 produced mixed results.
The Dow DROPPED 101 points to close for the year at 64-hundred-48.
NASDAQ GAINED three points.
Remember Schoolhouse Rock ...where the singing cartoon bill taught us what
goes on on Capitol Hill?
Well, maybe not, but it brought government alive for many school children...
and if you're one of them, you'll love "Explorer."
Ellen Qualls takes us inside the General Assembly -- nothing new there --
but this is a cyber-journey on C-D- -ROM.
IN Q=Check it out.
SUPER=01-Susan Schaar/Va. Senate Clerk; 1:03
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Check it out.
nat sot something cool
runs=:04 ; fade audio under cart
30- thousand dollars, some federal grant money, and a lot of free student
labor at James Madison University bring us the Virginia General Assembly.
nat sot 01:29:10 tape one
((IT IS CALLED THE OLDEST CONTINUOUS ENGLISH-SPEAKING LAW-MAKING BODY IN THE
And with a new CD-ROM virtual reality trip inside -- it's also apparently
((SUSAN SCHAAR/VA. SENATE CLERK: WELL THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS CAN BE FUN.))
As far as Senate clerk Susan Schaar can tell, NO other state has such a
sophisticated interactive, multi- media history and civics lesson, complete
with game show host with bad toupee.
nat sot game show host 01:33:10 TAPE ONE
((I'M SORRY CONTESTANT. THAT'S NOT THE RIGHT ANSWER.))
Explorer is in response to teacher and parent demand.
Not enough learning materials on how a bill becomes a law, how committees
work, what actually happens during the 30 or 60 day annual legislative session.
For just 15 dollars a copy, individuals and classes with IBM or MAC
computers with CD drives are good to go.
SOT tape two 01:45:47
((SUSAN SCHAAR/VA. SENATE CLERK: A LOT OF STUDENTS DON'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO VISIT THE CAPITOL. AND WE WANTED IT TO BE AS LIFE-LIKE AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT
THEY WOULD HAVE A VISUAL IMAGE OF WHAT THEIR STATE CAPITOL LOOKS LIKE.12AND
THE JMU STUDENTS, WE DROVE THEM NUTS FINE-TWEAKING EVERYTHING. BUT THEY DID A
nat sot 01:14:14 tape one
((whooosh. THERE SEEMS TO BE QUITE A BIT OF HISTORY HERE. LET ME SCAN IT AND
DISPLAY IT FOR YOU. she fades out))
sot tape two standup
((VIRTUAL REALITY IS COOL. BUT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S ACTUALLY IN SESSION IN
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY. AND IN TERMS OF EDUCATION AND ENTERTAINMENT, THERE'S
JUST NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE REAL THING.))
SOT tape 95-2 34:11
((DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG: DO WE REALLY NEED AN OFFICIAL STATE REPTILE? YEAH!
MR. SPEAKER, LEGISLATING IS EASY. COMEDY IS TOUGH.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
And coming up, Mike Stevens has a report from Miami where Virginia Tech and
Nebraska will square off in the Orange Bowl in an hour.
And Michael Irvin says he has done nothing to violate his probation.
TAPE# **Tape rolled from StarLink**
In less than an hour, Virginia Tech and Nebraska will square off in the
Double Boxes=Roy and Mike/StarLink
Mike Stevens is at Pro Player Stadium with this final report before the
big game, Mike.
(Mike ad lib into tape rolled from truck:)
VO-NAT **Tape rolled from StarLink**
DOUBLE BOXES-ROY ASKS MIKE ABOUT UPCOMING SHOW:
(Mike tosses back to Roy)
The Bowl action continued this afternoon as Stanford and Michigan State
kicked it off in the Sun Bowl.
SUPER=03-El Paso, TX/Stanford vs Michigan State; :
Stanford got on the board in the first quarter when Josh Madsen intercepts
this pass on the return he laterals it to Leroy Pruett who races down the
sideline for the 50 yard touchdown and Stanford led 7 to nothing.
then in the second quarter, Quarterback Chad Hutchinson hooks up with Jon
Ritchie on this 8 yard touchdown pass play to make it 14 to nothing.
Stanford's Adam Salina then bulls SUPER=36-Stanford/38/Michigan
State/0/;over from the one yard line to make it 21 to nothing at the half and
Stanford wins it 38 to Nothing.
GRAPHIC=Nokia Sugar bowl
Florida State and Florida are preparing for their Sugar Bowl Showdown in
New Orleans on January second.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/; :
The Gators held a light practice on the Super Dome Turf earlier this week
with revenge on their minds.
While The Noles want the win to claim the National Championship they also
are looking to have a little fun.
IN Q="I think I...
((WARRICK DUNN/FLORIDA STATE TAILBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Warrick Dunn/Florida State Tailback; :00
OUT Q=.....have fun."
The Bowl action continues on your Hometown station tomorrow with Brigham
Young and Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl at 1:30.
Then at 8 Penn State and Texas square off in the Fiesta bowl.
Dallas Receiver Michael Irvin says he doesn't know anything about the
Allegations against him.
A 23 year old woman claims that Irvin held a gun to her head while teammate
Erik Williams and another man forced her to have sex Sunday night. Irvin's on
probation after pleading no contest to cocaine Possesion earlier this year.
The incident happened at William's house and the Dallas Police say they have
a video tape.
But Irvin denies any involvement.
IN Q="I Haven't
((MICHAEL IRVIN/DALLAS RECEIVER: ))
SUPER=01-Michael Irvin/Dallas Receiver; :
OUT Q=.......done anything."
The Roanoke Express has received some help at center from the Manitoba Moose
of the International Hockey League.
24-year old Wayne Stron will join the Express tonight on the Road in
Stron recently played with Thunder Bay of the Colonial League and in 8 games
he had 10 points.
Meantime, The Express had its six game winning streak snapped this past
sunday at the Roundhouse losing to Hampton 5 to 3.
But it's back to work tonight when the Express travels to Charlotte.
((MATT O'DETTE/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN: ))
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Matt O'Dette/Express Defenseman; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :09
OUT Q=......be there."
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Wind N-10/37-39/Clouding Up/Light Rain/40-42;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/And Cooler/38-40/Good Chance Of/Light Rain/40-44;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/And Cooler/37-39/Mostly Cloudy/Light Rain/40-44;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Wind N-10/36-38/Clouds & Rain/Wind NE-10/38-40;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-10/36-39/Cloudy & Wet/Wind Var-10/40-45;
And stay tuned to W-D-B-J.
Mike Stevens has a pre-game special report from the Orange Bowl- -LIVE from
Miami. That's up next right here.
as soon as the game is over.
Kick-off approximately 7:15. We'll see you again on News 7 at 11... or just