It's time for News 7--
with word that a Lynchburg sign company is out of business- -idling 100
Pilot error could be the cause of last week's fatal cargo plane crash.
The new State Library is the size of two football fields, six floors over-
-we'll take you there.
And a prominent local lawyer is ready to admit he misappropriated money.
They're far from finished.
SUPER=03-Giles Co./December 22, 1996
But investigators have narrowed down the cause of last week's fatal plane
crash near Narrows.
They believe pilot error could be to blame.
Allen Morrison shut down today. Though 100 workers have gone without a
paycheck for a couple of weeks, they were shocked to show up today and find the
Rather than the 2-year prison term set by a Halifax jury, Policeman Larry
Jerome Stovall will spend TWO MONTHS in jail.
He was convicted of theft and kicked off the South Boston Police force.
More News at 11.
Workers at a Lynchburg sign company say they were "shocked" to find their
business closed down and themselves out of a job today.
Employees arriving at the Allen- Morrison company this morning were greeted
with a letter explaining the plant had shut down due to "cash flow" problems.
The hundred or so workers have not been paid for the last two weeks,
although they did reportedly receive a small Christmas bonus.
The shutdown caught city economic officials by surprise, but they expressed
hope for the displaced employees.
IN Q=It's a tragedy
((LEE COBB/LYNCHBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: IT'S A TRAGEDY FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE
INVOLVED. FORTUNATELY FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, WE HAVE A RELATIVELY LOW
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RIGHT NOW, AND THE POTENTIAL TO ABSORB THOSE FOLKS INTO OTHER
JOBS.. IF THAT'S WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO DO.. IS GREATER THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN
FIVE OR SIX YEARS AGO WHEN OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS SEVEN OR EIGHT PERCENT.))
SUPER=01-Lee Cobb/Lynchburg Economic Development; :00
OUT Q=seven or eight percent.
Allen- Morrison had been in business in Lynchburg for more than 65 years.
Its president, Barney Reams, told News 7 today he still hopes to find the
financing to re-open the company in the near future.
Pilot error could be to blame for the devastating plane crash in Giles
County last week.
And according to officials at the National Transportation Safety Board,
that's the direction in which the investigation is now heading.
SUPER=03-Giles Co./Last Week;
The Airborne Express, D- C- 8 crashed into a mountain side near Narrows on
A day later, investigators ruled out weather as a possible factor.
And the company overhauling the aircraft-- Triad Maintenance Corporation--
has been cleared of any wrong- doing... at least initially.
All six people aboard the plane were killed.
A final crash report might not be completed until the fall.
A former South Boston police officer convicted of embezzlement has avoided a
two year jail term.
A jury recommended a two year sentence for 42- year old Larry Jerome Stoval
when he was convicted last year.
But today a judge reduced the jury's recommendation to 60- days in jail.
Stovall was convicted of taking more than one thousand dollars seized in
drug raids as well as misappropriating state police funds used for drug
The judge also ordered the former South Boston narcotics investigator to pay
the money back and pay court costs.
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation
State Police are investigating the Bedford County Sheriff's department
following a citizen's complaint of police brutality.
David Fielder of Bedford says deputies roughed him up when he was arrested
for disorderly conduct at a Smith Mountain Lake restaurant in June.
Fielder and 37 other people were charged that night, mostly with minor
Fielder says he hit his head as Lieutenant John McCain pulled him from his
car to make the arrest.
An internal investigation turned up no wrong- doing, but Lieutenant McCain
himself asked state police to look into the matter, in his words "to put it to
How 'bout Bob Dole for Speaker of the House?
A Democrat in Congress is serious, when he suggests the majority party
should elect the Republican Presidential Candidate.
Dole WAS a member of the House in the 60's, and there's nothing in the
Constitution that says he couldn't become Speaker.
Current Speaker Newt Gingrich has lost credibility with the American
people, says Congressman Bart Stupak. And he says Dole is a proven leader.
IN Q=It's a fabulous
((IT'S A FABULOUS DAY, AND I DON'T THINK ABOUT ANY OF THOSE OTHER THINGS RIGHT
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) - Georgia
OUT Q=things right now.
House rules bar comment on his ethics problems, but Gingrich supporters are
down- playing the ethics charges.
Republicans Porter Goss and Steve Schiff- -ethics committee members- -sent
out a fax saying it's safe to vote for the Speaker... lending credence to
reports that the Ethics committee will let Gingrich off with a reprimand... the
weakest penalty possible.
The new man at the United Nations reported for work today.
SUPER=03-New York, NY
Cheered by his colleagues as he arrived at the U-N, Kofi Annan assumes the
Secretary General's job with the United Nations in financial crisis... thanks
in large part to The United States.
Congress stopped paying U-N dues.
The U-S is now more than 1-billion dollars in arrears.
IN Q=why do
((WHY DO YOU THINK YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CONVINCE THE UNITED STATES TO DO THAT
WHERE YOUR PREDECESSOR COULD NOT?
KOFI ANNAN/UN SECRETARY GENERAL: I'M KNOWN TO BE PATIENT, BUT I'M ALSO
PERSISTENT. AND I WILL PERSIST AND PERSIST UNTIL WE GET RESULTS.))
SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/UN Secretary General
OUT Q=we get results.
Annan was born in ghana... the son of a tribal chieftain.
He was sent to Macalester college in Minnesota...
He spent 30 years working for the U-N before becoming the first Black
African to rise to Secretary General.
Former Salem Delegate Steve Agee is wanting to fill a vacancy on the state's
Agee's circulating his name to replace retiring Virginia Supreme Court
Justice Roscoe Stephenson.
Stephenson's from Covington.
Southwest Virginia is represented on the court by Salem's Lawrence Koontz,
who became a Justice last year.
Alexandria attorney and former Democratic Delegate Bernie Cohen is also
vying for the appointment.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, Governor Allen says he would take steps to make
sure gay marriages are NOT recognized in the state,
And we'll see how Lynchburg residents can experience a little Hill City
Blues. Soon they'll have a chance to receive the same training as police
MUSIC UP FULL
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The Washington D-C offices of an Arabic newspaper were the target of four
letter bombs today.
VO-NAT 18NA - 18:02:09
People were forced from the National Press building... only a block and a
half from the White House.
Authorities took the bombs and detonated them near R-F-K Stadium.
Police say the bombs could have been deadly, but no one was injured.
The targeted newspaper, Al-Hayat, is owned by the Saudi royal family.
Meanwhile three similar bombs were found at the federal penitentiary in
Those bombs were also mailed from Egypt and were simply addressed to "parole
officer" without a particular name.
They were safely deactivated.
His name kept coming up in the investigation of "straw man" loan schemes,
and now Roanoke- area real-estate attorney Barry Flora is ready to plead
The one- time law partner of Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell has worked out a
plea agreement with the U-S Attorney's office.
Flora was never indicted. His cooperation the government earned him a
single misdemeanor charge.
It involves a 40-thousand dollar bank loan. Court papers indicate Flora has
agreed to pay back the money.
First Security Bank lent Flora's Title Insurance Company the 40-Grand in
1989, but Flora endorsed the check to Franklin County businessman William
A public hearing in Danville this afternoon gave lawmakers an opportunity to
turn an ear to the voters.
The meeting was a chance for residents to express how they'd like lawmakers
to spend approximately 250- million dollars in excess revenue.
Funding for schools, the mentally handicapped and disabled as well as pay
raises for state workers were among the ideas expressed.
Danville Mayor Linwood Wright also put in a request.
IN Q=We are
((LINWOOD WRIGHT/DANVILLE MAYOR:WE ARE GOING TO REQUEST FUNDING TO DEVELOP A
SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR TO SERVE PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY AND THE CITY OF DANVILLE,
AND ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS, HOPEFULLY WE CAN FOCUS THIS ON RELATIVELY
HIGH TECH ISSUES PARTICULARITY SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT.
CHIP WOODRUM:THIS IS KIND OF WHAT THE PROCESS IS WE GO THROUGH THIS TRY TO GET
THE INPUT FROM OUT IN THE GRASSROOTS TRY TO SEE WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE THINKING
ABOUT AND TRY TO GET THEIR INPUT INTO THE BUDGET. ))
SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Danville Mayor; :00
OUT Q=the budget.
Another hearing is scheduled tomorrow in Norfolk.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Same sex marriage is NOT an option in Virginia.
Now, Abingdon Delegate Joe Johnson wants to make sure gay marriages from
other states will not receive any legal recognition in Virginia.
Governor George Allen says he'd sign that bill if it reaches his desk.
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IN Q=Yes I would.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YES I WOULD. Why? WELL I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD
RECOGNIZE A SAME SEX MARRIAGE AS THE SAME AS A NORMAL, REGULAR MARRIAGE.))
((DAVID PERRY/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD SUPPORT BILLS
SUCH AS JOHNSON'S SAME SEX MARRIAGE BILL WILL SAY THAT THEY'RE NOT PREJUDICED
AGAINST GAYS AND LESBIANS. THAT THEY'RE NOT TRYING TO PROMOTE BIGOTRY. AND
I'D INVITE THEM TO PROVE THAT BY SUPPORTING OUR BILL TO ENHANCE PENALTIES FOR
BIAS-MOTIVATED VIOLENCE FOR LESBIAN AND GAY VIRGINIANS.))
SUPER=01-David Perry/Virginians For Justice; :11
OUT Q=and gay marriages.
The state of Hawaii is embroiled in a legal debate over allowing gay
It's NOT expected to be resolved before next year.
Warm Hearth retirement village in Blacksburg has received final approval to
build a 60- bed nursing home.
The state health commissioner issued a certificate of public need on New
That was the final hurdle Warm Hearth had to clear after the General
Assembly in 1995 exempted it from a moratorium on new nursing home space.
Officials next plan to launch a capital fundraising campaign for the six
million- dollar project.
They expect to break ground in November, and open for patients in January of
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, up next, Robin Reed will let us know if these pleasant days
and from Richmond, the state turns over a new leaf as it unveils its new extra
MUSIC UP FULL
Phil Plaster has a lot of ground to cover in the next two weeks, but the
Patrick County Republican says he's up to the challenge.
Plaster is running for the 10th District House seat that Roscoe Reynolds
left behind when he was elected to the State Senate.
On a swing through Carroll, Patrick, Henry and Pittsylvania Counties today,
Plaster said he will claim the seat one vote at a time.
IN Q=We're organized
((PHIL PLASTER/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: WE'RE ORGANIZED. WE CAME UP
RUNNING FAST. WE'RE ORGANIZED AND I THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO IT. WE'VE GOT A
PLAN LAID ALREADY. COMMITTEES ARE ASSIGNED IN ALL FOUR LOCALITIES AND THEY'RE
WORKING. I THINK IT'S ENERGIZED US.))
SUPER=01-Phil Plaster/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;
OUT Q=energized us.
Plaster is a former member of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors. His
opponent is a current member.
Plaster will face democrat Barnie Day in the special election January 14th.
If you've ever wondered what exactly it is that police officers do, you can
find out without becoming a cop yourself.
Starting in February, Lynchburg will offer its first "citizens police
The eight- week course will take participants through the same kind of
classroom and field training that police recruits go through.
It's designed to give residents a better understanding of the police
officer's job and the criminal justice system.
IN Q=We have not
((CAPT. GARY REYNOLDS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE HAVE NOT HAD REQUESTS BEFORE FROM
THE STANDPOINT THAT ESSENTIALLY NO ONE IN THIS AREA WAS AWARE OF SUCH A THING,
AND SO WE FEEL LIKE WE'RE BREAKING NEW GROUND WITH THIS IN LYNCHBURG AND THAT
WE WILL PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE
TRAINING AND BASED UPON THE THE RESPONSE, WE HOPE THAT THIS WILL NOT BE A ONE-
SUPER=01-Capt. Gary Reynolds/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=a one-shot thing.
Applications are now being accepted, and each person WILL undergo a criminal
Unseasonably warm temperatures had many people out and about today.
The temperatures reached into the 60s and 70s in some parts of our area.
Emelie Moles took advantage of the weather to get some fresh air for her
IN Q=It keeps them
((WILL & EMELIE MOLES: IT KEEPS THEM FROM DRIVING ME CRAZY INSIDE ALL DAY.
IT'S NICE TO GET THEM OUT AND EXPEND SOME ENERGY AND THEY SLEEP A LOT BETTER
SUPER=07-Will & Emelie Moles;
OUT Q=lot better too.
Some people spent the day on the river banks, while others used the sunny
weather for soccer practice.
This retired couple spent the afternoon on the tennis courts.
IN Q=But you always
((CAL ALIFF: BUT YOU ALWAYS JUST NEED TO STAY READY AROUND HERE, GRAB THESE
GOOD ONES WHEN THEY COME OUR WAY.))
OUT Q=come our way.
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SUPER=333-Variable Clouds/Wind W-10/43-46/Partly Sunny/Very Mild/60-63;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Wind W-15/44-46/Partly Cloudy/Wind W-10/60-65;
Before we get to tonight's sports, we gotta bring the Sugar Bowl in New
orleans a little closer to home..
SUPER=03-New Orleans; :00
During a final pre game news conference, the Sugar Bowl crystal football
fell off it's stand, and who caught it??
Bob Fuller, a Virginia tech graduate and a Pearisburg native who now works
for Host Communications. His proud mom fay called us with that tonight, now the
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0101-/Florida State #1/17//Florida #3/24/2//;
SUPER=0096-j/New York/92//Washington/80////Toronto/92//Orlando/94/Still in
SUPER=0098-j/Kansas #1/107//Brown/49///j/Villanova #10/88//Seton Hall/67///;
SUPER=0098-j/Indiana #12/77//Michigan State/65///j/Duke #13/104//South
SUPER=0098-/St. Bonn./80/j/Virginia Tech/92////Stanford #21///Arizona
go to break
Just a quick update on the sugar bowl. The game is now in the third quarter
and right now, Florida leads 24-20. If Florida State comes back to win; the
seminoles wuould most likely be crowned the national champions.
on to basketball. The Virginia tech mens team improved to 5 and 4 on the
season last night with an impressive 90-82 win over Atlantic 10 rival Saint
Bonneventure at the Castle.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Bonnies vs. Hokies; :00
The Hokie crowd was enthused about making the transition from the
gridiron to the hard wood official.
in the first half, Myron Gillory makes the long pass to Jim Jackson for
the break away slam and the Hokies were on the move early.
The Bonnies made a run of their own. Shawndo Mcneil feeds ReShawn palmer
under the iron for easy deuce.
But this was tech's night. Action Jim Jackson can also hurt you from outside
the lines, knocking down the trey, he had a game high 24 points.
Former Patrick henry star troy Manns was also sharp, not only dishing, but
draining...this shot on the pull up J, as the Hokies win it by 8, 90 to 82 over
((BILL FOSTER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=....on the bench"
In other state basketball, The Virginia cavaliers topped the the Loyola
Greyhounds 67-61 at University Hall. Curtis Staples scored a team high 19,
while fellow guard Harold deane pitched in 18.
Police in Dallas continue their investigation into a 23 year old woman's
charge that Cowboy receiver Micheal Irvin allegedly held a gun to her head
while Dallas lineman Erick Williams allegedly raped her.
Irvin's attorney says his client has an airtight alibi; that a security
guard can back up his whereabouts. Williams isn't talking.
SUPER=03-Valley Ranch, TX; :00
Irvin and the team practiced today, trying to prepare for Sunday's playoff
tilt with Carolina.
The incident allegedly took place in this house Sunday.
If Irvin is charged and is convicted of violating his probation on drug
charges, he could spend up to 20 years in prison. But no charges have been
((ED SPENCER/DALLAS POLICE:))
SUPER=01-Ed Spencer/Dallas Police; :00
OUT Q=...early stages"
The winningest coach in all of Louisiana State history is stepping down
after this season.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
In a news conference this afternoon, Dale Brown announced he will retire at
the end of the season after 25 years and 13 NCAA tournament appearances at the
((DALE BROWN/RETIRES AS LSU COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dale Brown/Retires as LSU Coach; :00
OUT Q=...thank you very much"
The Express won't be asking..where's the beef tonight in Knoxville against
the Cherokees. Yesterday, the team added defenseman Jason Smith to the roster.
The 6'4" 210 pound 22 year old rookie has been with the AHL's St. John Flames.
Speaking of the Flames, yesterday morning, the Express also welcomed
defenseman Michael Smith back to Roanoke. Smith returns after an almost 3 week
stint with St. John.
The Hokies return to Raonoke today from the Orange Bowl, we will have the
plane touch down,
and, are the Hokies in good shape for next year??Part of that puzzel was
answered today in a news conference at brookville high school
The Virginia tech Hokies returned from a sunny Miami...to a sunny Roanoke
Around 1:30, the Hokies touchdown at Roanoke Regional Airport after their
stay in Miami for the Orange Bowl.
The Hokies got off the plane and most of the players and coaches got back
on a bus headed for Blacksburg.
A few fans were on hand to welcome the Hokies home.
While Tech lost, the 17 seniors involved can be proud of the foundation they
((BRANDON SEMONES/VIRGINIA TECH SENIOR LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Virginia Tech Senior Linebacker; ;00
OUT Q=...for the future"
Brandon, you can rest a little easier, Part of the future you were talking
about was secured today when Brookville standout tight end James Lomax
announced his plans to play for Virginia Tech next season.
In a 5pm news conference today from Brookville high school, Lomax, surrounded
by his family and coach Lineburg, announced his choice to play for the Hokies.
He is projected as Tech tight end Bryan Jennings's possible replacement.
((JAMES LOMAX/WILL PLAY AT TECH:))
((MARK LINEBURG/BROOKVILLE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-James Lomax/Will Play at Tech; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Lineburg/Brookville Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...a great football player
While the new recruits are filing in, the current ones, the fans and even
our governor were understandably, still nursing their wounds.
Governor Allen was especially disturbed because he lost a bet to Nebraska's
governor and must now wear a Nebraska T-shirt!
OUT Q=...in the world"
History buffs, students, and those who just want to fill out the family tree
will love it.
The brand new Virginia State Library opens its doors to the public tomorrow
Ellen Qualls got a preview with the Governor and Mrs. Allen today.
IN Q=The Virginia
SUPER=01-Nolan Yelich/State Librarian; :54
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The Virginia State Library moved two blocks down Richmond's Broad
Street... and picked up enough space for two side by side football fields to
fit on each of its six floors.
In fact, its shelving, laid end to end, would stretch for 55 1/2 miles.
Governor Allen wanted to know if he brought his laptop, could he plug into
the library's rapidly expanding computer archives?
Yes he can.
In fact it's encouraged.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: COME TO THIS MUSEUM OF THE MIND AND BE EDUCATED. CAN BE
ENTERTAINED...EVEN I CAN FIGURE SOME OF THESE THINGS OUT.))
The overwhelming crowd- pleaser is the architecture... the space.
NAT SOT 02:28:41
((GOV. ALLEN: BOY ISN'T THIS NICE? YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS GREAT IN HERE IS YOU
HAVE NATURAL LIGHT.))
But the real reason for the move was for the books themselves.
((NOLAN YELICH: THE HVAC CONDITIONS IN THE OLD BUILDING WERE NOT AT THE
And if the HVAC system's working... the books are dry.
A little too dry for the Governor.
NAT SOT 02:21:08
((THESE ARE TWO DREARY. VERY NICE LITERATURE. BUT IT'S NOT FOR PUBLIC
sot tape three 03:53:27
((IF THE 46 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF ARCHITECTURE OR THE 85 MILLION OBJECTS
STORED IN THIS LIBRARY INTEREST YOU, HERE'S NEWS YOU CAN USE. THERE ARE 97
FREE PARKING SPACES UNDER THE BUILDING. AND THEY'RE OPERATING ON SATURDAY
HOURS. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))