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A raging fire on a chilly day made for an unpleasant homecoming at a
Roanoke County apartment complex.
Fire damaged several units this afternoon at Bent Creek Apartments on
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=Billowing smoke that could
SUPER=01-David Hafey/Roanoke Co. Fire Batallion Chief; :48
SUPER=07-Anthony Horton; 1:04
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Billowing smoke that could be seen from several streets away was the
first sign that something was wrong at Bent Creek Apartments.
((STACY RICOTTA: I CAME HOME THIS AFTERNOON. I CAME AROUND THE CORNER AND SAW
THE SMOKE, AND I KNEW SOMETHING HAD HAPPENED AND I CAME HOME AND THEY WOULDN'T
EVEN LET ME DRIVE AROUND HERE. I GOT OUT AND I WALKED DOWN AND IT WAS ON FIRE.
Flames began spreading across the rooftop of Building- G.
Residents were evacuated-- no one was injured.
But one woman feared her cats wouldn't be rescued-- and tried to return
into the burning building.
((I WILL GET THE CATS OUT, MA'AM. BUT YOU'VE GOT TO STAY OUT. LISTEN TO ME.
YOU'VE GOT TO STAY OUT. ))
It took crews nearly two hours to get the blaze under control--
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.
But they did trace the fire's origin to the common area in the walls
between apartment units.
((DAVID HAFEY/ROANOKE CO. FIRE BATALLION CHIEF: IT JUST TRAVELLED UP THROUGH
THE WALLS AND THROUGH THE CEILINGS OF EACH UNIT, WHICH MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT
FOR OUR PEOPLE TO GET ACCESS TO IT AND PUT IT OUT. ))
The left side of the apartment house suffered the most fire, smoke, and
Meanwhile, the blaze also hit home for those living in nearby buildings.
((ANTHONY HORTON: A LOT OF THINGS RUSH THROUGH YOUR MIND, THINKING ABOUT
THINGS YOU CAN'T REPLACE. SO, YEAH, IT WAS A PRETTY SCARY SITUATION. I FEEL
BAD FOR THESE PEOPLE. ))
Many residents were making plans to stay with family and friends.
It is not known when tenants may be able return to their apartment.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
Fire broke out today at the New York City Apartment
SUPER=03-New York City;
of legendary musician Lionel Hampton.
Two hundred firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control.
The 83 year old who is in a wheelchair got out unharmed. 20 other people
were hurt though.
The blaze apparently broke out when a halogen lamp tipped over and set some
furniture on fire.
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Flames are lighting up the sky tonight in Brooklyn-
200 firefighters are working on a four alarm fire at a warehouse there.
It is not immediately known if there are any injuries.
The cause of the blaze is also unknown.
The investigation into the death of a six year old Colorado girl- has
moved into Michigan.
Police have searched the family's summer home there-
(Jahn Ba-NAY) JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in her family's
home December 26th after her mother found a ransom note.
((OBVIOUSLY THIS CRIME INVOLVED THE RAMSEY FAMILY SO BACKGROUND, AND FAMILY
FRIENDS AND HOMES ARE BEING INVESTIGATED. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RULED OUT.))
SUPER=01-Leslie Aaholm/Boulder City Police;
OUT Q=BEEN RULED OUT."
Meanwhile a Denver T-V station says it obtained a copy of the search
KUSA says it learned it appears unlikely anyone in the Ramsey family wrote
the ransom note.
The report says the note showed extreme hostility toward the victim's father
John Ramsey and his company.
A Christmas Eve package bomb was apparently a revenge attack.
SUPER=03-Clifton Park, NY/Last Month;
Police said Christopher Gilson addressed the package to Jude Reardon and
But it was 10 year old Jordan who opened it- The package exploded, burning
a third of her body.
IN Q=At this stage
((CAPT. JEFFRY HINES/N.Y. STATE POLICE: AT THIS STAGE WE BELIEVE THAT THERE WAS
A VINDICTIVE OR REVENGE TYPE THINK ON THE PART OF MR. GILSON TO TAKE OUT SOME
KIND OF PENALTY AGAINST MR. REARDON. ))
SUPER=01-Capt. Jeffry Hines/N.Y. State Police;
OUT Q=against Mr. Reardon
Gilson worked for Mr. Reardon's twin brother until he was fired in 1991.
Gilson fatally shot himself days after the blast.
A Franklin County woman is closely watching developments in an animal
Three years ago, Phyllis Mason thought she had placed her dog in a caring
Today, she's not so sure.
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=About a hundred
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Phyllis Mason; :17
SUPER=01-Claude Webster/Dept. of Public Safety; :32
OUT Q=S.P.,N-7, Franklin County
((About 100 dogs and cats still remain at Valery Green's Franklin County
A few years ago, one of the canines belonged to this woman.
And now that allegations have surfaced that Green mistreated and neglected
the animals... Phyllis Mason wants her dog back.
IN Q=I would
((PHYLLIS MASON: I WOULD TAKE HIM BACK IN A HEARTBEAT. I WAS JUST LED TO
BELIEVE THAT SHE WAS TAKING THE DOG TO GIVE IT A GOOD HOME. ))
OUT Q=good home
Mason says she had no idea that Green was running a kennel.
Even still, she's unable to regain ownership of the dog... at least not yet.
IN Q=At the
((CLAUDE WEBSTER/FRANKLIN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: AT THE PRESENT
TIME, THE ANIMALS HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT SECURED. THEY HAVE BEEN IMPOUNDED BY THE
COURTS AND THEY CAN NOT BE RELEASED UNTIL AFTER THE HEARING DATE AT MINIMUM. ))
OUT Q=at minimum
The Franklin County Humane Society is now supplying pet food to the
animals... and the majority of them have been separated by gender.
But some dogs are still being allowed to run loose.
There's also some evidence that at some point... no one was cleaning up
As for Phyllis Mason... she's afraid a mistake was made when she gave her
And now she worries that the pet she once owned will slip through the cracks
during this situation.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.))
Green is expected to appear in Franklin County Circuit Court next week...
when a decision could be made on the future of the animals.
A few days ago, Green checked herself in to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with
an unknown illness.
She's listed in satisfactory condition.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next on the newscast, Governor Allen considers doing away with personal
And Newt Gingrich starts his second term as Speaker of the House with an
MUSIC UP FULL
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Hollywood's Heidi Fleiss is going to prison.
A judge sentenced her to 37 months for tax fraud, money laundering and
Fleiss ran a high class prostitution ring in Hollywood.
She'll serve her time in a minimum security federal prison.
GRAPHIC=General Assembly 97
Tired of paying personal property tax?
One proposal to end the tax may have new life in the 1997 General Assembly.
The session convenes tomorrow at noon-
Governor George Allen is taking a second look at bill from a Manassas
senator to eliminate the personal property tax on cars, boats, and other items.
IN Q=I don't want
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T WANT TO PLAY OUT ALL MY CARDS ON THIS ONE AT THIS
TIME. AND THAT'S WHY I DON'T THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO CHARACTERIZE MY VIEW AS
THAT I WILL VETO THE BILL. I'M OPPOSED TO RAISING TAXES. I'M OPPOSED TO
SHIFTING TAXES. MY GOAL IS TO REDUCE TAXES...I'D LIKE TO SEE WHAT IT LOOKS
((SEN. CHARLES COLGAN/D-MANASSAS: I'M GONNA MAKE ANY KIND OF DEAL THAT WILL
GET RID OF THE TAX. BUT I THINK THE REVENUE HAS TO BE REPLACED. I DON'T THINK
WE CAN JUST CUT THE LOCALITIES OFF. MY BILL WOULD INCREASE THE SALES TAX BY A
CENT AND A HALF. AND THAT WOULD REMOVE ABOUT 80- PERCENT OF THE PERSONAL
PROPERTY TAX. THE BALANCE OF 20- PERCENT WOULD BE PHASED OUT OVER A PERIOD OF
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Colgan/(D) Manassas; :24
OUT Q=of years.
If the Governor gets the tax elimination bill, he can amend it, veto it, or
Amending it could be a way to get the tax cut he promised voters.
The session lasts 45 days.
One of the games gambling opponents fear the most won't come to Virginia any
Virginia Lottery officials say they have NO plans to push for keno this
But the lottery's director has a warning for lawmakers: without new games,
the Lottery has "maxed out" its earning potential for now.
IN Q=What I have
((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE WILL TRY TO PRODUCE...THIS IS IT.))
SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Va. Lottery Director;
OUT Q=this is it.
A keno proposal in last year's legislative session drew immediate fire.
Keno games can be drawn every few minutes, all day long, on video terminals
in restaurants, stores, and gas stations.
The possibility of PAID emergency rescue squads is raising some eyebrows in
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
Like many counties, Amherst suffers from a shortage of volunteers during the
day Monday through Friday.
Supervisors today got some input on how to solve the problem.
Campbell County administrator David Laurell (lo-RELL) says first a public
safety director should be hired.
IN Q=I think before
((DAVID LAURELL/CAMPBELL CO. ADMINISTRATOR: I THINK BEFORE YOU CONSIDER THE
PROBLEM OF DAYTIME HELP, YOU NEED TO GET SOMEBODY TO COME IN, LOOK AT WHAT YOU
HAVE, AND MAKE SOME SUGGESTIONS, WORK WITH THE VOLUNTEER GROUPS, FIND OUT WHAT
IT IS WE CAN DO TO ENHANCE THOSE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES TO THE BEST POSSIBLE
SUPER=01-David Laurell/Campbell Co. Administrator; :00
OUT Q=best possible level.
A rescue squad spokesman says the county should try to recruit and retain
volunteers before spending money on paid medical personnel.
In just an instant last year, John Coates saw his right RING finger reduced
to what his doctor would call: a "bony stub."
It happened at the Roanoke Y-M-C-A, and the incident has become the subject
of a high-stakes law-suit.
Keith Humphry spoke with Coates today as well as the man COATES says
amputated his finger.
IN Q=I'm limited
SUPER=07-John Coates; :16
SUPER=07-Andy Hudick; :51 (QUICK!)
OUT Q=Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.
IN Q=I'm limited
((I'M LIMITED IN WHAT I CAN DO WITH IT NOW.))
OUT Q=with it now.
John Coates lost a piece of his right ring finger. He filed an
850-thousand dollar lawsuit over it.
Coates claims Andy Hudick severed the flesh and bone of that finger by
slamming a door on his hand... more than once.
IN Q=As I opened
((AS I OPENED THE DOOR, SOMEONE SLAMMED THE DOOR SEVEN OR EIGHT TIMES AND
AMPUTATED THE END OF MY FINGER.))
OUT Q=of my finger.
Hudick was playing racquetball during the lunch hour at the "Y" January 3rd
Coates says he had reserved the court for that hour- -so he simply opened
the door, not realizing Hudick and his partner were in mid-game.
Hudick says he shoved the door out of instinct to protect himself, and
denies Coates' contention that he "violently slammed" the door.
The "Y" suspended Hudick's membership for six months over the incident.
IN Q=Be glad
((BE GLAD TO LET YOU TALK TO MY ATTORNEY ABOUT IT.))
OUT Q=about it.
According to court records, Hudick's net worth is one million dollars.
His financial advice is often quoted in local and national newspapers.
Hudick has served as President of a national association of "Fee-Only
Coates is Manager of the City Department of Parks and Recreation. A
year's worth of rehabilitation and surgery- -including a skin graft- -have cost
somewhere between 40 and 60-thousand dollars.
IN Q=Initially, I went
((INITIALLY I WENT THROUGH THREE SURGICAL PROCEDURES TO RECONSTRUCT THE FINGER
THAT WAS AMPUTATED, SO I'VE BEEN THROUGH QUITE A LOT, JUST TRYING TO GET BACK
TO WHERE I WAS A YEAR AGO.))
OUT Q=a year ago.
The case is still a long way from a jury trial, but there've been no offers
to settle it OUT of court.
IN Q=We'll just wait
((WE'LL JUST WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS I GUESS.))
OUT Q=happens I guess.))
Soft Music Under
Still to come on the newscast, Nabisco tells a group of third graders
"that's the way the cookie crumbles,"
and we'll see what was behind a little misbehaving on the Senate floor today.
MUSIC UP FULL
Newt Gingrich wins re-election as Speaker of the House.
The Georgia Republican began his second term with an apology-
((REP. NEWT GINGRICH/R- HOUSE SPEAKER: TWO YEARS AGO WHEN I BECAME THE FIRST
REPUBICAN SPEAKER IN 40 YEARS TO THE DEGREE I WAS TOO BRASH, TOO SELF CONFIDENT
OR TOO PUSHY, I APOLOGIZE. TO WHATEVER DEGREE IN ANY WAY THAT I BROUGHT
CONTROVERSY OR INAPPROPRIATE ATTENTION TO THE HOUSE I APOLOGIZE.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;
OUT Q=I apologize." (double out!)
Gingrich admitted to breaking house ethics rules.
The House Ethics committee must still decide whether Gingrich should be
Virginia's newest Congressman isn't homesick yet.
That's because part of home came to him today on Capitol Hill.
Ellen Qualls has Virgil Goode's story.
IN Q=Love ya honey
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
SUPER=01-William Helms/Goode Supporter; :13
SUPER=01-Susie Besecker/Goode Relative; :20
SUPER=01-Lucille Wyatt/Goode Supporter; :27
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) Georgia; 1:14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Washington.
((NAT SOT 03:37:21
((LOVE YA HONEY.))
That's an understatement.
Virgil Goode supporters burst forth from every nook and cranny of his
not-so-big freshman office space, eventually making the hallway impassable.
((WILLIAM HELM: HE BRINGS PERSONALITY...CARES ABOUT PEOPLE.))
((SUSIE BESECKER: GOOD STRONG MORALS, HIGH VALUES, JUST A WONDERFUL PERSON.))
((LUCILLE WYATT/GOODE SUPPORTER: WELL VIRGIL IS A SPECIAL
A quick tour of his office demonstrates that last point.
There is of course the famous desk.
And the tree stump chair.
((VIRGIL GOODE: I'VE ALWAYS USED THAT DESK. OR AT LEAST FOR 18 YEARS. I
LIKED IT AND I'M COMFORTABLE WITH IT...NO I SIT ON THE TREE STUMP SOMETIMES.))
When the time came for formal business, Congressman Goode pleased the
Democrats who got him there.
These words from the Speaker who won without his help.
sot feed tape 14:20:25
((TO THE FRESHMAN...WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.))
And then the real deal.
The swearing in.
nat sot CONGRESS #3 14;39;23
((AND THAT YOU WILL WELL AND FAITHFULLY...CONGRESS.))
sot standup last one
(( QUALLS, NEWS 7, WASHINGTON.))
There was a mugging on the floor of the U-S Senate today, and it was in full
view of dozens of cameras.
Actually it was someone mugging for the cameras.
Vice President Al Gore had asked Mary (Land-rows) Landrieu's four year old
son Connor to hold the Bible while his mother was sworn in as the new Senator
That's when things got interesting.
OUT Q=Nat out
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SUPER=331-Clear Skies/Wind NW-10/24-26/Clear Early Then/Clouding Up/38-40;
SUPER=332-Clear Skies/Wind NW-10/15-19/Clouding Up/Wind Var-10/34-38;
SUPER=333-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/18-22/Clouding Up With/Snow Late/32-36;
SUPER=334-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/10-15/Increasing Clouds/Snow Late/32-34;
Defending Two-"A" state champion Liberty ventured into Piedmont country
last night to take on The City of troy and his Martinsville Bulldogs.
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Minutemen vs. Bulldogs; :00
The Dogs were hoping their bite would be stronger than their bark against
Mark Hanks's troops.
Watch Dave Walker step up and snap the bottom of the net with the three
pointer from the perimeter and the Bulldogs were chewing on the Liberty lead.
The Minutemen's main man, Peanut Arrington would answer that call with
this trey from deep in the corner to keep his minutemen out in front late in
the 4th period.
The dogs go to the Well, Jason Wells..Like his brothers before him, nails
the shot on the break away, He had 18 points.
Chaine Preston quiets the run with this shot and Liberty wins on the road
((MARK HANKS/LIBERTY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mark Hanks/Liberty Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...basketball game"
In other action, James Monroe topped Covington 83-59. In Blue Ridge District
action, Salem beat Alleghany 85-65.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Indians vs. Vikings; :00
Over in Roanoke County, Northside was looking for it's second win of the
season, but Blacksburg stood in the way.
The Indians big Man Phillip Klaus was strong all night knocking down a team
high 17 points including this short hook in the paint.
But the Viking guards were too strong on this night. Xavier Lee was the go
to guy. Lee scored a game high 23 on the evening to lead the Northside attack.
And the Vikings improve to two and seven on the season, two and two in the
Blue Ridge with a 55-52 win over Blacksburg.
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Hilltoppers vs. Patriots; :00
It turned out to be a tough night for the Lady patriots of patrick Henry as
the visiting Hilltoppers of E.C. Glass came into town and beat the home team 50
The Toppers scored most of their first half points on turnovers, making
SUPER=33-E.C. Glass/50/Patrick Henry/23;
steal after steal.
The top scorer on the night for Glass was Lauren Crank who tallied a game
high 22 points, add this nice finish to the stat sheet, Glass wins 50-23
For now, Bobby Ross's coaching heart seems to still be in the NFL and not yet
at his Alma Mater, VMI. He is now being sought after by the Detroit Lions.
A Detroit Newspaper reported today that the Lions are looking to Ross as a
replacement for former head coach Wayne Fontes after Northwestern head coach
Gary Barnett showed no interest in the job.
The Panthers can expect a wind chill of zero when they go to Green Bay this
SS=Green Bay packers
to play the packers on the frozen tundra.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
The Panthers went the entire regular season and into the playoffs this
season without a single loss at Erickson Stadium, a place where they beat the
San Francisco 49ers handily.
But the cats have a tremendous amount of respect for Green Bay, game
temperatures and the Packers home record.
IN Q=I think
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...home field advantage"
The Packers are not taking the panthers lightly, despite playing at home
this week, and Green Bay does feel Carolina's newness to the league could be
advantageous to them.
IN Q="We see
((MIKE HOLGREM/PACKERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Holgrem/Packers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...familiarity isn't there"
VO-NAT Wipe to ENG#
SUPER=03-Poolsville, MD; :00
The NFL has purchased tons and tons of sod from the Summit Hill Turf Farm in
Maryland which will be rolled out onto Lambeau Field in Green Bay for this
weekends Packers/Panthers NFC championship game. Now the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/Radford/56//UMBC/47//Women/j/Liberty/89//E & H/49//Women/;
SUPER=0098-j/Clemson #5/86//Duke #10/82//Final in
SUPER=0096-j/LA Clippers/87//Toronto/80////Dallas/72/j/New York/102///;
SUPER=0097-/Glenvar/65/j/Floyd Co./77//Floyd 10-0/j/Cave Spring/57//Franklin
Byrd/69//Wilson 23 pts./;
SUPER=0097-j/Cave Spring/57//Franklin Co./41///j/Fort
OUT Q=....last score."
go to break
Still more sports headed yuor way tonight. Maurice DeShazo signes a pro
and Mike Stevens will preview the 1997 NASCAR Media Tour.
From selling cars to signing a professional contract. That's what has
happened to former Basset and Virginia Tech star Maurice DeShazo.
DeShazo confirmed by phone today that he has signed a 5 month contract to
play overseas for the Bergamo Lions in Bergamo Italy.
DeShazo made the decision to go last week hoping his play in Europe will
boost his stock in the CFL and in the NFL.
GRAPHIC=NASCAR TOUR 97
Daytona preseason testing is already underway.
In the Carolinas, the Winston Cup teams are preparing for the upcoming
News 7 Sports's MIke Stevens and Photographer Lynn Eller have joined in this
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
OUT Q=...UPCOMING SEASON."
(( This week the Charlotte Motor Speedway is hosting its annual preseason,
NASCAR media tour, and Your Hometown Station is thrilled to once again be along
for the ride.
Here's a look at some of the stories we will have for you on News 7,
beginning Wednesday night at 5, and continuing through the weekend.
No preseason tour would be complete without a visit with the reigning
champion, we'll see what terry Labonte has in store for 1997, plus talk with
Jeff Gordon and the newest Hendrick Team member Ricky Craven.
Speaking of new teams, we'll check in with Rick Mast and his new digs at
Butch Mock Motorsports, and take a look at Kyle Petty's new team fro 1997.
We'll also check in with the men in Black, Dale Earnhardt, Richard Childress
and Mike Skinner. and talk with defending truck series champ Ron Hornaday.
Visits with Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, are also in store, plus we'll give
you a front row seat for Richard Petty's induction into the North carolina
Racing Hall of Fame.
Our reports from the Carolinas begin Wednesday night on News 7 at 5, and
continue throughout the weekend and we attempt to get you racing fans fired up
for the upcoming season.))
Cookie maker Nabisco had to call in the big guns when the chips were down.
Recently a group of North Carolina third graders did a math experiment.
Tedious work but they counted the number of chocolate chips in a bag of
Chips Ahoy cookies.
The students found the counts varied from 340 to 680 chips per package.
That goes against Nabisco's claims of one-thousand chips in every bag.
Not to be out done, the cookie maker sent a food technologist to the class to
show them the PROPER way to count the chips.
She used running running water to wash away the cookie dough.
Her test revealed nearly 12 hundred chips per bag.