100 people showed up for work in Lynchburg today... only to find the
company had shut down.
We've got a LIVE report at the top of NEWS 7 at SIX on what's going on at
And we'll take you to the new state library... a preview of tomorrow's
In sports, the police investigation into an alleged rape involving Dallas
Cowboys Michael Irvin and Eric Williams continues, a Friday Football Player of
the week signs with Tech,
and the Hokies touch down in Roanoke from their travel in Miami at the
Record highs on the way tomorrow as temperatures again soar to the upper
60's. Details just ahead.
About 100 metal sign workers in Lynchburg are starting the New Year in an
unenviable position.. the unemployment line.
The Allen- Morrison company abruptly closed its doors this morning, victim
of what officials say is a cash flow problem.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg Newsroom tonight.
Steve, what's going to happen to those workers... and to the company?
Right now, a lot of those workers are wondering that themselves.
The employees we talked to say this morning's closing came as a "total
shock" to them.
VO-NAT **Steve mic hot**
They were met at the door by the company's comptroller who gave each worker
a letter explaining what was happening.
Basically, the 100 or so workers have not been paid for the last two weeks,
although they did receive a small Christmas bonus.
Lynchburg city officials say while the closing is tragic, it's not
necessarily a sign that the area's economy is suffering.
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((LEE COBB ))
SUPER=01-Lee Cobb/Lynchburg Economic Development; :00
OUT Q=happen to companies.
We talked with Allen- Morrison president Barney Reams who says he' still
trying to put together the financial backing to re- open the business..
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
.. but right now, everything is too shaky to determine if or when that might
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation
State Police are investigating a citizen's complaint of police brutality
against the Bedford County Sheriff's Department.
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
A former South Boston police officer convicted of embezzlement will spend
60- days in jail.
42- year old Larry Jerome Stovall could have spent two years in prison if
the judge had imposed the jury sentence.
Last year, Stovall was convicted of taking more than one thousand dollars
seized in drug raids.
He was also found guilty of misappropriating state police funds used for
Stovall was ordered to pay the money back, and pay court costs.
The former South Boston police officer worked as a narcotics investigator,
until he was dismissed last year.
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The investigation into last week's plane crash in Giles County is now
focusing on pilot error.
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According to officials at the National Transportation Safety Board,
practically every other explanation has been ruled out.
Triad International Maintenance Corporation-- the company overhauling the
plane-- has been cleared of any wrong- doing... for now.
And last week, investigators said weather conditions were NOT a likely cause
of the crash.
All six people aboard the D-C-8 were killed when it went down on East River
Mountain, just outside Narrows.
The plane was recently purchased by Airborne Express... and the crew was
taking it on a "test run" when the crash occurred.
Despite these recent developments in the investigation, officials say it
could take as much as nine months to prepare a final report.
Local lawmakers predict the General Assembly will free up more money for
But today, they panned a controversial proposal offered by the Roanoke
County Board of Supervisors.
The supervisors want the state to give local school boards the authority to
impose their own taxes.
State Senator John Edwards and House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell say that
won't happen anytime soon, but they do expect lawmakers to offer local
governments more help in financing school construction.
IN Q=We have enough
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D- ROANOKE: WE HAVE ENOUGH TAXING AUTHORITY AT THE LOCAL
LEVEL AND I THINK IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO SPLIT OFF, TO GIVE THE SCHOOL BOARD
SEPARATE TAXING AUTHORITY.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER: I THINK YOU CAN EXPECT OVER THE
NEXT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ASSIST ACTUALLY WITH SOME OF
THE COST OF CONSTRUCTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS.))
OUT Q=constructing public schools.
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Today, the supervisors also re- elected Bob Johnson chairman.
Real-estate attorney Barry Flora has struck a deal with the federal
He was set to enter a guilty plea today, but the case was postponed.
Flora has been involved in various "straw-man" loans- -where a third-party
gets the money unbeknownst to the bank. But Flora was never indicted.
The charges in this case involve a 40-thousand dollar loan. The plea
agreement unsealed today requires Flora 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
Though Flora could still lose his law licence and possibly go to jail,
Prosecutor Jennie Montgomery agreed to call it a misdemeanor.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6,
Lynchburg police are offering citizens an up close view of police work.
and it's not the same library your parents took you to--we'll tour the new
and improved Library of Virginia.
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Former Salem Delegate Steve Agee lost his GOP bid for Attorney General in
Now he's pushing for a seat on the state's highest court.
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.
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It's Virginia's newest pride and joy, and the stats are impressive.
It's NO football team.
It's the brand new Virginia State Library.
Ellen Qualls followed Governor and Mrs. Allen on a tour 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.
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((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.))
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It's illegal for people of the same sex to marry in Virginia.
Now, Abingdon Delegate Joe Johnson wants to make sure gay marriages from
other states will never provide any legal rights 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.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Several Virginia lawmakers spent the afternoon with their pens in hand as
voters spelled out their wish lists in Danville.
A public hearing was held at Danville Community College for residents to
express how they'd like lawmakers to spend 250- million dollars in excess
A wide variety of issues were raised including improved funding for the arts
and schools as well as pay raises for state workers.
Funding for the mentally handicapped and disabled were also on the top of
IN Q=We are
((PAT THORNTON: WE ARE A NATION OF COMPASSION AND CONCERN, WE FEED OTHER
COUNTRIES YET WE NEGLECT OUR OWN, IT APPEARS AT A GLANCE THAT SOCIETY WOULD
PREFER THAT THE MENTALLY RETARDED WITH PROFOUND LIMITATIONS DOES NOT EXIST THAT
ATTITUDE CAN NOT CONTINUE.
CHIP WOODRUM: PEOPLE LIKE THAT LADY BRING HOME THINGS THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER,
THE ACTUAL HUMAN TOLL, THAT, AND HOW WE HELP HUMAN BEINGS WITH THE STATE
SUPER=07-Pat Thornton; :00
OUT Q=state budget.
Lawmakers will hold another hearing tomorrow in Norfolk.
The stock market started the year with a loss.
The Dow WAS down 80-some points, but rallied to close at 64 hundred 42, a loss
of SIX points.
NASDAQ dropped ten points.
Phil Plaster is two days into a "two- week sprint."
But today, the Patrick County Republican said he intends to claim a seat in
the General Assembly, by winning one vote at a time.
A member of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors, Plaster is running for
the 10th district seat that was held by Roscoe Reynolds.
Plaster expects to claim the Republican nomination tonight, and says he
will press a campaign focused on economic and educational opportunity.
IN Q=You've got to have
((PHIL PLASTER/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE EDUCATION
FIRST IN MY OPINION. EDUCATION HAS GOT TO BE THE PREMIER THING FOR THE
SURVIVAL OF OUR COMMUNITIES, BUT ON TOP OF THAT, YOU'VE GOT TO WORK ON ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT SO PEOPLE CAN USE THEIR EDUCATION. THERE'S GOT TO BE TWIN
SUPER=01-Phil Plaster/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;
OUT Q=twin pillars.
Plaster will face Democrat Barnie Day in the special election that will be
held on January 14th.
There's more to a policeman's job than what you see on the t-v show "COPS",
and Lynchburg residents can now get a firsthand look at how law enforcement
Applications are being accepted for the first "citizens police academy" in
the Hill City.
Participants will share in the same kind of classroom and field training
police recruits go through.
Organizers figure both sides will learn from the experience.
IN Q=What we hope
((CAPT. GARY REYNOLDS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WHAT WE HOPE TO GAIN FROM THIS IS THAT
THE CITIZENS WILL GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT IS THAT THE POLICE
FUNCTION AND MISSION IS, AS WELL AS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE JUDICIAL
SYSTEM, AS WELL AS PROVIDE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE FEEDBACK FROM THEM.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Gary Reynolds/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=feedback from them.
The academy gets underway in February and will meet once a week for eight
The Hokies arrive in Roanoke, Governor Allen talks about losing his
Nebraska/Tech bet, an FFE player of the week paves a lane to Worsham Field
and the off the field troubles of Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin and teammate
Eric Williams continue.
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.
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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 Nokia Sugar Bowl kicks off tonight in New Orleans as number one ranked
Florida State straps in to play number 3 Florida for the national championship.
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The two teams will meet for the second time this season, adn with all the
tension surrounding the game, coaches and the media got a laugh when during one
of the final pre game news conference the crystal football fell off it's stand.
The seminoles topped the Gators 24-21 back in November and are 11 and OH.
November's loss was the only one on the season for Florida.
The Virginia Tech Hokies returned form Miami and the Orange Bowl earlier
Today around 1:30, the Hokies touched down at Roanoke Regional Airport.
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, 17 seniors still forged a foundation of back to back 10 win
seasons that they hope will continue.
IN Q="I'd love
((BRANDON SEMONES/VIRGINIA TECH SENIOR LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Virginia Tech Senior Linebacker; ;00
OUT Q=...accomplished here""
time code -(4944)
Virginia Tech's Orange Bowl loss to Nebraska marked the end of an era for a
very special group of 17 seniors that accomplished more than any other class in
Tech history. This year's class went to four consecutive bowl games, and
recorded back to back 10 win seasons.
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SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/37 Career TD Passes; :11
OUT Q=...THINK THEY WILL."
Part of that future 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:))
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SUPER=01-Mark Lineburg/Brookville Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...a great football player
The Hokies weren't the only ones talking about their accomplishments or
nursing some post game wounds.
Governor Allen was especially disturbed today after losing a bet to
Nebraska's governor. he now has to wear a Nebraska T-shirt for a short time!
OUT Q=...in the world"
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