Two days before the end of the year Roanoke records its 13th homicide.
And it's going to be a wet and possibly dangerous New Year's Eve in the
Cloudy and cooler to start the New Year, with showers likely. Temperatures
are expected to rebound as we finish the week, I'll have all the details, plus
a look at the latest from the N-F-L.
Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.
Roanoke police are still looking for answers into last night's murder in a
Neighbors in the 13- hundred block of Chapman Avenue reported a series of
gunshots shortly before 11 last night.
The victim was found lying on the sidewalk.
IN Q=I heard
((LARRY MARTIN: I HEARD FOUR QUICK GUN SHOTS AND I'M NOT SURE WHERE THE GUY
FELL. THERE WAS A SHOOTING OUT HERE OF SOME TYPE ALL I KNOW. IT SCARED ME HALF
TO DEATH. IT REALLY DID. ))
OUT Q=really did
But some residents say despite the violence, the Southwest neighborhood has
lots of potential-- and they won't let this incident ruin its future.
IN Q=These old
((HENRY EMMERSON/NEIGHBOR: THESE OLD BEAUTIFUL OLD HOUSES HAVE A LOT OF
CHARACTER TO THEM. THEY NEED RESTORING. LANDLORDS WHO ARE RENTING PROPERTY NEED
TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THEM. THAT'S PAINFULLY OBVIOUS WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE
OUT Q=at the neighborhood
Police have yet to identify the victim... and there have been no arrests.
Some witnesses say a white car drove off immediately after the shots were
A medical examiner has ruled the death of an estranged Pulaski County
couple as a murder-suicide.
Deputies were called to the home of Betty and Douglas Burgess Saturday
night after neighbors heard gunshots.
They found the bodies lying in the front yard of the home.
Investigators say Douglas Burgess was holding a large caliber handgun.
Autopsies indicate that both victims died from gunshot wounds to the head.
Dr. William Masello says Douglas Burgess had a single bullet wound, while
his wife had multiple gun shot wounds.
The two had been separated for several months.
It's just what the Pacific Northwest does not need-- More rain.
Forecasters say a new storm system moving into the region today could bring
Two others storms since Thursday have already left ten people dead and
thousands without power.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:12
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After spending a week buried in snow and ice, residents in Washington found
themselves caught in a flood...as warmer weather melted the snowpack.
In the town of Chehalis, tractors couldn't do much for the fields.
While in the northwest corner of Washington, cars had nowhere to go since
every road in Whatcom County was blanketed...this couple couldn't make their
GROOM "JUST OUR NON-ANNIVERSARY."
Just outside of Seattle, the water in this house used to be snow... the Eide
family has had enough:
Jack Eide/Flood Victim: "THAT'S IT. I'M NOT LIFTING ANY MORE. WE'RE DONE.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? YOU CAN'T STOP THE RAIN."
In Oregon, the trouble is with mud. Slides covered roadways; sheer force
loosened a huge boulder onto this road. And five workers were rescued after
being buried in a quarry tunnel. Residents scattered throughout the Northwest
are dealing with individual disasters...from a tree through a living room, to a
crushed auto dealership, to a flattened furniture store. But most are digging
out...hoping the melting snow washes away without much more damage.
Manuel Gallegus CBS News, SEATTLE.))
Rescuers in northeastern India are recovering dozens of bodies from the
wreckage of a train blown off the tracks yesterday by two bombs.
Nearly 50 bodies have been recovered so far.
Officials expect the death toll to climb even higher because 80 of the
injured are in critical condition.
No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion.
But police say they suspect a rebel group fighting for autonomy in the
region where the blast occurred.
Television crews and still photographers are being allowed to move closer to
the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru where rebels are still
holding some 80 hostages.
Meantime, the president of Peru appears to be softening his stance against
Alberto Fujimori says he would consider granting the rebels safe passage out
of the country if they release their captives and lay down
For the first time a Republican Congressman is saying no to a second term
for Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House.
New York Representative Michael Forbes says Gingrich's ethics problems would
hamper his ability to do the job of speaker.
((REP. MICHAEL FORBES/R-NEW YORK: I FEAR FRANKLY THAT IF HE CONTINUES AMIST ALL
THESE QUESTIONS IT WOULD ENCUMBER OTHER REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE, HE WOULD NOT
BE ABLE TO DO JOB WITH AMERICAN PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Forbes/(R) New York;
OUT Q=people's business.
G-O-P leaders still expect Gingrich to sail to a second term in next month's
The year ended on a sour note for one Lynchburg family.
A fire yesterday fire heavily damaged their home.
Firefighters were called to the 200 block of Payne Street after a neighbor
spotted smoke coming from the house.
Crews quickly contained the blaze, but not before a front living room
suffered extensive fire damage.
Smoke damage throughout the rest of the house left it uninhabitable for the
family of three.
Investigators say a battery charger left near a recliner, apparently
sparking the blaze.
Some Southside voters will be heading back to the polls in a few weeks.
January 14th is the latest election day for voters in parts of Carroll,
Henry, Pittsylvania, and Patrick counties.
State Senator- elect Roscoe Reynolds faxed a letter yesterday to the
Governor resigning his House of Delegates seat.
Governor Allen then set the 14th as the date for the special election to
fill that House seat.
That means the district will go UN-represented from the January 8th opening
gavel of the General Assembly until a new delegate can be sworn in.
Both parties accused the other of foot-dragging over setting the election.
Democrat Barnie Day is expected to face Republican Phil Plaster for the
These special elections started when voters sent former state senator Virgil
Goode to Washington.
But as he prepares to take his seat in Congress, Goode says that may work to
Joe Dashiell talked with Goode about the transition and the challenge ahead.
IN Q=Every January since
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SUPER=01-Virgil Goode/Congressman-Elect; :12
OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7
((Every January since 1973, Virgil Goode has made the annual pilgrimage to
But this year when the General Assembly convenes, Goode will be in
Washington beginning his first term as fifth district congressman.
IN Q=I'm going to miss
((VIRGIL GOODE/CONGRESSMAN- ELECT: I'M GOING TO MISS BEING WITH THEM THIS YEAR.
I KNOW THEY HAVE A LOT TO DO AND I'M GLAD THEY HAVE A LITTLE SURPLUS THIS YEAR
INSTEAD OF THE SITUATION WHERE IT WAS LESS MONEY THAN IN THE PRIOR YEARS.))
OUT Q=in the prior years.
Money will still be on his mind as he heads to Washington.
An issue that Goode campaigned on and carries close to his heart is a
constitutional amendment for a balanced budget.
IN Q=I don't think you'll have
((VIRGIL GOODE/CONGRESSMAN- ELECT: I DON'T THINK YOU'LL EVER HAVE A BALANCED
BUDGET UNLESS YOU HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. THAT'S GOING TO FORCE SOME
SHOVING SOMEWHERE AND I'M ALL FOR IT.))
OUT Q=all for it.
All shoving aside, Goode says he looks forward to working with his new
colleagues on both sides of the aisle, even if he may not be in sync with
leaders of his own party.
IN Q=That doesn't bother me
((VIRGIL GOODE: THAT DOESN'T BOTHER ME. I'M MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN THE STATE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY, SO THAT DOESN'T BOTHER ME. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND JUST GOING FORWARD.))
OUT Q=just going forward.
And Goode says he hopes his role as a conservative democrat will pay off in
the current political climate.
IN Q=I think that divided numbers
((VIRGIL GOODE: I THINK THAT DIVIDED NUMBERS IN THE HOUSE WILL MAKE FOR A MORE
FLUID SITUATION AND ONE WHERE THOSE THAT ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD MAY HAVE
A LITTLE MORE SAY SO. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WILL BE A POSITIVE ASPECT OF THE NEXT
OUT Q=next two years.
Assigned a seat on the House Agriculture Committee, Goode will be sworn in
Asked if he's looking forward to a long tenure in Washington, Goode simply
says he's looking forward to the next two years.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
A local bank is helping the Roanoke County school system teach parents.
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The Partners in Parenting program is getting a six-thousand dollar grant
from the First Union's Excellence in Education fund.
The school system will use the money to help pay for seminars on topics
important to parents and teachers.
The program also tries to develop greater community involvement in the
More than 60 schools in 12 states competed for the grants.
Doctors say what is done in the first few minutes following a heart attack
can often mean the difference between life and death.
New equipment soon to be used by the Danville fire department should improve
the survival odds for patients in the Danville area.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Stuart Smith/Danville Regional Medical Center; :42
SUPER=01-B. G. Lewis/Danville Fire Chief; 1:06
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( An estimated one- thousand Americans die every day from a heart attack.
No one understands the staggering figures more than the Danville fire
The city's fire fighters are almost always called when a person suffers a
But despite their quick response time, until this week, they've never
The machines are a vital tool in saving the life of a heart attack victim.
IN Q=You try
((RAY EARP/DANVILLE FIRE FIGHTER:YOU TRY TO DO YOUR BEST EVERY TIME BUT YOU'RE
ALWAYS THINKING MAYBE I COULD'VE DONE MORE AND THIS WILL HELP ERASE THAT
OUT Q=that question.
During cardiac arrest, the heart goes into a condition called
In other words, the heart is unable to contract like it's supposed to and
the person stops breathing.
IN Q=You have
((DR. STUART SMITH/DANVILLE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER:YOU HAVE ABOUT A TEN MINUTE
OPPORTUNITY TO GET THAT HEART TO BEAT NORMALLY AGAIN. WITH DEFIBRILLATION
WITHIN ONE TO TWO MINUTES AFTER CARDIAC ARREST, YOU CAN ACTUALLY SAVE ABOUT 90-
PERCENT OF PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=of people.
The Danville rescue squad uses defibrillators, but the organization is
Fire fighters are also generally quicker to arrive because there are seven
fire houses around the city.
IN Q=Our average
((B. G. LEWIS/DANVILLE FIRE CHIEF:OUR AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME IS THREE AND A
HALF- TO FOUR MINUTES, SO WE HAVE A BIT OF A JUMP ON THE LIFE- SAVING CREW
BECAUSE OF OUR GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION.))
OUT Q=geographic location.
The seven defibrillators cost about 60- thousand dollars. Half of the
amount was paid by the city, the other half, by a state grant. Teresa
Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
With less than 12 hours left in 19-96 some people will be making New Year's
Many vow to shed a few pounds, or start an exercise program.
But statistics show few actually follow through with their resolution.
Kimberly McBroom has the story of one woman who defied the odds.
IN Q=Ronda Parr did what most people
SUPER=01-Ronda Parr/Weight Loss Counselor; :28
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :40
SUPER=01-Dianne Rhodes/Roanoke Athletic Club; :48
SUPER=01-John Ware/Roanoke Athletic Club; 1:00
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Ronda Parr did what most people promise to do on New Year's Day--
She kept her resolution.
This is Parr before she started the program at the Beverly Hills Weight
((THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT PICTURE IS ME. THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IT. ))
Since February, she's shed nearly 50 pounds.
Besides being the clinic's most prominent client, Parr's also a counselor.
Her recipe for success?
Cut down on the fats and starches, and heap on the determination.
((RONDA PARR/WEIGHT LOSS COUNSELOR: THEY HAVE TO MAKE UP THEIR MIND FIRST--
THEY HAVE TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES. DON'T LET ANYONE ELSE
PRESSURE THEM INTO IT. DO IT FOR THEMSELVES. ))
New Year's is traditionally the busiest time for fitness clubs-- as
faithful members renew their commitment, and new members hope to change their
((DIANNE RHODES/ROANOKE ATHLETIC CLUB: IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR. THEY'VE
DECIDED-- IT'S THE SAME NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION THEY PROBABLY HAD LAST LAST
YEAR-- BUT THEY'RE GOING TO GIVE IT A SHOT AGAIN AND WE WELCOME THEM.))
((JOHN WARE/ROANOKE ATHLETIC CLUB: THIS IS THE HOLIDAY TIME OF THE YEAR, SO
EVERYBODY TENDS TO KIND OF CENTER THE ACTIVITIES AROUND MEALS. AND PEOPLE TEND
TO GET KIND OF GUILTY ABOUT THEM. GUILT CAN BE A POWERFUL MOTIVATOR IN TERMS
OF FITNESS. ))
Ware suggests combining cardiovascular exercise and strength training
with proper nutrition.
He also says it's a good idea to consult a physician if you've never worked
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: FITNESS AND DIET EXPERTS SAY YOU SHOULD PACE
YOURSELF, AND NOT EXPECT THE PERFECT BODY RIGHT AWAY. AFTER ALL, THE IMPORTANT
STEP IN GETTING INTO SHAPE IS GETTING STARTED. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7 ))
Dogs can be great companions and provide security, but when there can be
problems when they start chewing on the furniture.
Beth Myer talked with some experts.
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OUT Q=Myer, News-7.
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The Virginia Tech football team has won all but one of their battles on the
field this year.
But tonight in front of a national audience-- the Hokies will battle
Nebraska for respect.
Tech comes into the game a 17 point underdog against the perennial
We'll have the game tonight on your hometown station starting at 7.
Remember to tune in for "March to Miami" at 6-30.
Mike Stevens will host that show live from Miami.
Brett Favre has overcome a pain killer addiction and his sister's and
brother's arrests to become the N-F-L's most valuable player.
Farve lead the Pack to the best N-F-C record, despite losing several of his
key receivers for part of the season.
Farve passed for an N-F-C record 39 touchdowns.
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For the fifth straight time, the Charlotte Hornets dodged a bullet, beating
Washington 101-92 last night.
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Glen Rice knocked down a season high 38 points, hitting 13 of his free
throws and draining 5 three pointers.
Both Anthony Mason and Matt Geiger scored 18 points a piece as
Charlotte snapped a two game losing streak.
Chris Webber led the Bullets with 22 points and 14 boards.
This ended Washington's three game win streak.
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In basketball action from the sunshine state, V-M-I played Florida
International last night.
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The Panthers took an early lead.
Jean Derkack goes back door and throws down the two handed slam.
V-M-I kept forcing the action. Darryl Faulkner dishes to Brent Conley on the
baseline for the reverse lay in.
F-I-U then went to the perimeter with Dedric Taylor, smoking the net with the
three point bomb.
Back comes V-M-I. Bryan Taug feeds Jason Bell who rings in the lay up but
Florida I-N-T dominates 91-63.
With Michael Smith and Jeff Loder gone and the roster depleted, Express G-M
Pierre Paiement and coach Frank Anzalone added centerman Wayne Strachan to the
roster yesterday. Strachan comes from, among other places, the I-H-L's Manitoba
They're already celebrating the new year in some parts of the world.
Fireworks greeted the start of 19-97 in Hong Kong, which reverts from
British to Chinese control in about six months.
OUT Q=HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.
And in Australia, up to a million people gathered around Sydney Harbour for a
huge fireworks display.
And a street parade attracted costumed dancers and some rather rowdy
But police kept things fairly calm. (----------------)
year Time Square will host its world renowned ball-lowering bash.
In the U-S, attention turns to New York City, where for the 92nd