Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Flames light up the sky as a mobile home in Bedford catches fire, leaving a
Danville police are investigating their first murder of 1997.
A man was shot in the back on Keen Street.
And reserve soldiers from Salem are on their way to Bosnia.
News 7 at 11 is next.
IN Q=there was heavy
((DAVE NICHOLS/BEDFORD CO. PUBLIC SAFETY: THERE WAS HEAVY FIRE IN THE TRAILER
AND THERE WAS AN EARLY REPORT THERE WAS PEOPLE STILL INSIDE, UNACCOUNTABLE.
THAT REPORT HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE NOT TRUE.))
OUT Q=TO BE NOT TRUE
A Bedford County family is homeless after fire destroys their home.
SS=News 7 at 11
I'm Eric Earnhart.
The blaze broke out shortly after six tonight on lot number 78 in the Hardy
Road Trailer Park.
The fire was out of control when fire fighters arrived.
Everything Teresa Clemmer and her two children owned was destroyed in the
No one was injured.
IN Q=WHEN I PULLED
((LARRY HATCHER/NEIGHBOR: WHEN I PULLED IN I LOOKED OVER AND FIRE WAS COMING
OUT OF THE CENTER OF THE TRAILER SO I RAN IN DIALED 911. THEN I CAME OUTSIDE
AND TRIED TO GET MY HOSE OUT FROM UNDER THE TRAILER AND IT DONE FROZE AND
OUT Q=FROZE AND BROKE
The cold temperatures caused fire fighters problems as well.
One of the water pumpers froze making it difficult to get water on the
SOT cover head of bite 7:50:40
IN Q=the trailer of
((DAVID NICHOLS/BEDFORD CO. PUBLIC SAFETY: THE TRAILER OF ORIGIN WAS ALREADY
GONE SO AT THAT POINT THEY INTENSIFIED THEIR EFFORTS TO PROTECT OTHER
STRUCTURES THAT ARE NOT INVOLVED. THEY DID THAT. THEY CONTAINED THE FIRE TO
THAT TRAILER AND EXTINGUISHED IT.))
SUPER=01-David Nichols/Bedford Co. Public Safety;
OUT Q=AND EXTINGUISHED IT
No one was home when the blaze broke out.
Officials say the fire is still under investigation, but the cause appears
to be accidental.
An employee thawing out pipes ended up setting fire to a Christiansburg
garage this afternoon.
It happened around two o'clock on West Main Street.
When fire fighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the front and rear
of Jack's Garage.
IN Q=Room and contents
((CHIEF JIM EPPERLY/CHRISTIANSBURG FIRE DEPT.: ROOM AND CONTENTS. THE
GENTLEMAN WAS CLOSED. ONE OF HIS MEN CAME IN AND FOUND THE FIRE IN THE BACK
SUPER=01-Chief Jim Epperly/Christiansburg Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=back room there.
The blaze destroyed an office.
There was also smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the building.
No one was injured.
Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle on the Virginia Tech campus
It happened around 9:45 on Southgate Drive.
Virginia Tech police say at least two people were taken to the hospital.
No word yet on their conditions.
A News 7 crew is in on the scene.
We'll have more information as it becomes available.
Danville's first murder of the year has police there looking for suspects.
It happened shortly after eleven last night in the 500- block of Keen
Authorities say 40- year old Johnny Alphonso Motley of Danville was shot
multiple times in the back.
Police discovered the body lying on the street after hearing gunshots in the
Authorities do not have any suspects, but are attempting to question
witnesses who were in the area.
Police are awaiting results of an autopsy to determine how many times Motley
had been shot.
The family of a murdered six year old girl in Colorado is upset by pictures
published in a tabloid newspaper.
The Globe newspaper is publishing pictures taken at the murder scene of
Her parents released a statement saying they deplore the publication of the
The paper's publisher defended the decision to make the pictures public.
IN Q=We did not set out
(( WE DID NOT SET OUT TO CAUSE THE FAMILY PAIN, WE MADE VERY CAREFUL
CONSIDERATION BEFORE DECIDING TO PUBLISH THESE PHOTOGRAPHS, AND THESE ARE NOT
THE AUTOPSY PHOTOGRAPHS, WE HAD A CONSIDERABLE SELECTION, AND THE ONE'S WE'VE
CHOSEN ONLY ILLUSTRATE WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PUBLISHED, WHAT IS ALREADY
SUPER=01-Tony Frost/Globe Editor;
OUT Q=what is already known
Police and the coroner's officer are trying to find out who leaked the
At least two major supermarket chains in Colorado say they won't sell the
The United States Army is calling in the reserves and a unit from Salem is
answering that call.
Members of The Garrison Support detachment boarded buses for Fort Benning,
They will be in Europe by January 20th.
The unit will be aiding troops stationed in Bosnia.
Earlier family members took part in a military reception to honor the
soldiers heading off to active duty.
Denise Allen was there and files this report.
IN Q=FAMILY MEMBERS
SUPER=01-Robin Young/2471 Garrison Support Unit; :10
SUPER=01-Darlene Young/Robin's Mom; :28
SUPER=01-Dalton Young/Robin's Dad; :44
SUPER=01-Col. Ken Viemeister/2471 Garrison Support Unit; :1:01
OUT Q=News 7
(( Family members of soldiers in this Salem Reserve unit packed the gym of
the training center.
Their loved ones are on their way to Europe to provide support for troops in
IN Q=I'M GOING TO
((ROBIN YOUNG/2471 GARRISON SUPPORT DETACHMENT: I'M GOING TO BE IN BILITING.
IT DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH MY M-O-S. I'M A MILITARY POLICE OFFICER,
BUT I GUESS I'M GOING TO BE HANDING OUT SHEETS TO PEOPLE, YOU KNOW.))
OUT Q=YOU KNOW
Robin Young is one of five girls. Her parents never thought they'd see one
of their children in uniform.
IN Q=EVERYTIME ONE OF
((DARLENE YOUNG/ROBIN'S MOM: EVERY TIME ONE OF THEM WAS BORN I THANKED THE
LORD THEY WEREN'T BOYS. I'LL NEVER HAVE TO GO THROUGH THEM GOING INTO THE
SERVICE. BUT SHE'S MY LITTLE TOM-BOY AND I SUPPORT HER IN EVERYTHING SHE'S
OUT Q=EVERYTHING SHE'S DONE
IN Q=SHE'S IN THE
((DALTON YOUNG/ROBIN'S DAD: SHE'S IN THE MILITARY POLICE IN THE ARMY AND I WAS
IN THE AIR POLICE IN THE AIR FORCE SO SHE'S FOLLOWING IN TRADITION I GUESS.))
OUT Q=FOLLOWING TRADITION I GUESS
This unit is being sent overseas to help process soldiers going in and out
of Bosnia, Hungary and Germany.
Members say they never thought they'd see active duty, but it's a sign of
IN Q=the active army
((COL. KEN VIEMEISTER/2471 GARRISON SUPPORT UNIT: THE ACTIVE ARMY NOW NEEDS
THE RESERVES BECAUSE OF CUTBACKS TO SUPPORT THEM. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF KEY
POSITIONS IN THE ARMY RESERVES THAT ARE ONLY DONE IN THE RESERVES.))
OUT Q=in the reserves
IN Q=they're going to
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: THEY'RE GOING TO EUROPE AND SOME OF THEM MAY FIND
THEMSELVES IN BOSNIA AND IN HARMS WAY SO IT'S A TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE TO PUT
YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE FOR YOUR COUNTRY.))
OUT Q=for your country
Robin Young says she's happy to be going because she says this is her chance
to do something productive during her military career.
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next on the newscast, two Dallas Cowboys are cleared of sexual assault
charges, but now the accuser may be in trouble with the law.
And frigid temperatures are slowing down the investigation into the Comair
Arctic air is invading much of the country-- and we're certainly not being
Wind chills have been well below zero at times tonight-- and those combined
with snow cover on the ground are making for a very cold night.
Let's check out the temperatures....
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Early analysis of the cockpit voice recorder from a crashed commuter plane
reveals something happened as it approached the Detroit airport.
Yesterday, investigators could only work for 15-20 minutes at a time because
of the fierce cold and dangerous windchill.
Today they were able to spend more time looking over the ComAir plane's
All 29 passengers were killed when the plane crashed on Thursday.
The Georgian diplomat suspected of causing a fatal car crash has lost his
SUPER=03-Washington DC/January 3;
Georgian President Eduard Schevardnadze says everyone should be responsible
for their actions, and ordered diplomat Georgy Makharadze (mah-hah-RAHD'-zuh)
to stay in the United States.
Police say Makharadze was drinking and speeding and caused the accident that
killed a 16 year old girl in Washington D.C. January third.
He could face charges ranging from negligent homicide to second degree
Police have cleared two Dallas Cowboys of sexual assault and now say the
woman who made the claims may be charged.
A police source says the 23-year-old former topless dancer signed a
confession admitting that her story was a lie.
The woman previously claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Michael
Irvin and Erik Williams.
Now she could be charged with filing a false police report and end up in
jail for as long as six months if convicted.
She may also face lawsuits from Irvin and Williams.
Valery Green says she has proof she's a good pet owner--the vet records.
The Franklin County animal breeder is charged with improperly caring for her
dogs and cats.
County officials seized more than a hundred dogs and cats from Valery
Green's home January third.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Tuesday; :15
SUPER=10-Valery Green/Animal Breeder/Wednesday; :36
OUT Q=alive right now.
(( Green is in Roanoke Memorial Hospital with cancer.
She's been in and out of the hospital since Christmas and says she arranged
for friends to care for the dogs and cats while she was a way.
Animal control officials say neighbors have been complaining about the noise
and smell for months.
And when they seized the animals they were without food and water.
But Green says the veterinarian records prove she a good owner.
Dr. Linda Leffler is housing nearly 30 of Greens dogs and cats.
She says the animals are in good health but a little on the thin side.
Leffler did say they were well socialized.
IN Q=my animals are
((VALERY GREEN/ANIMAL BREEDER: MY ANIMALS ARE LIKE MY BABIES. THEY'RE LIKE MY
FAMILY AND THEY PULLED ME THROUGH BOUTS OF DEPRESSION. I HAVE NO FAMILY HERE
AND I REALLY FEEL IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE ANIMALS I DON'T KNOW IF I'D BE A LIVE
OUT Q=alive right now
Green says she plans to fight the charges in Franklin County so she can keep
She has a history of charges in other localities concerning the care of
A special committee has come up with an answer to Buena Vista's school
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/April 18;
The committee was formed last year, after a state study found Parry McCluer
School's building did not meet minimum state standards.
Thursday night, a city council committee recommended building a new nine-
million dollar school.
But council is still waiting to hear from the county on the possibility of
consolidation or jointly building another school.
The county will discuss the issue later this month.
Teens using inhalants to get high, or huffing is a serious problem in the
Roanoke Valley and nation-wide.
Two weeks ago, we talked about the problem on our Sunday morning public
affairs program On Record.
We spoke with Katy Weddington, whose son, Brian Mitchell, died after abusing
Unfortunately a technical problem prevented us from airing part of that
Since this is an important topic, we will re-air the entire On-Record
program tomorrow, including a list of things parents should watch out for.
IN Q=He knew I was keeping
((KATIE WEDDINGTON/MOTHER OF HUFFING VICTIM; HE KNEW I WAS KEEPING AN EYE ON
WHAT LITTLE AEROSOL I HAD IN THE HOME, SO HE DECIDED TO GO OUT INTO THE GARAGE
AND SNIFF GASOLINE. SO CHILDREN CAN GET HIGH ON GASOLINE, ON KEROSENE, ANY KIND
OF HOUSEHOLD FUEL. ))
SUPER=01-Katie Weddington/Mother Of Huffing Victim;
OUT Q=household fuel.
You can see the entire program tomorrow morning at 11.
Soft Music Under
When News 7 at 11 returns, Kimberly McBroom will give us the latest on the
and its a dream a Roanoke family and Habitat for Humanity have worked on for
Now it's come true.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Ramsuers (RAM-sewers) are starting a new life in a home they helped
They say it's a dream come true with the help of Habitat for Humanity.
This Virginia Avenue home is the 62nd Habitat has built in the Roanoke
Today's dedication marks the end of a two year process for these new
Much of that time was spent building houses and not just their own.
But they say the work they put into their new home gives them a sense of
IN Q=IT GIVES YOU
((TERI RAMSUER/NEW HOMEOWNER: IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO APPRECIATE THE HOUSE
ITSELF AND KNOW HOW IT'S BEING BUILT AND WHERE EVERY STUD IS AND YOU CAN JUST
PICTURE YOURSELF AS YOU'RE GOING ALONG BUILDING THE HOUSE HOW YOU PLAN TO
TIM RAMSUER/NEW HOMEOWNER: IF YOU CAN IMAGINE SITTING IN A HOUSE WHERE YOU'VE
GOT A REFRIGERATOR, WASHER, DRYER AND A KITCHEN TABLE ALL IN A 12 BY 12 ROOM.
YOU'RE GLAD TO GET OUT OF THAT WHERE YOU'VE GOT TWICE TO THREE TIMES THE
SUPER=01-Teri Ramsuer/New Homeowner; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Ramsuer/New Homeowner; :21
OUT Q=TIMES THE SPACE
Each Habitat homeowner has to spend hundreds of hours working on their own
home as well as others.
Habitat helps deserving low-income families become homeowners with
12 more Roanoke Valley Habitat homes are scheduled for construction this
TAPE# net 15:31:09
Much of the nation continues to shiver with blizzards in the Midwest and
lake-effect snow storms in the Northeast.
A fierce storm off Lake Erie rolled into Buffalo, New York packing winds of
up to 48 miles-per-hour and dumping up to two feet of snow.
Buffalo's mayor banned driving for most of the day so crews could plow the
streets without running into stalled cars.
The Virginia Cavaliers won their second A-C-C game in a row tonight.
In charlottesville, The Cavs beat North Carolina 75 to 63.
A low scoring game early in the first half Chase Matheny hits the jumper to
make it 13 to 11 Cavaliers.
Carolina had to go to their big man Antawn Jamison who scores this basket
to keep the Virginia Lead to 2.
But Roanoke's Curtis Staples hit three three pointers in a row and the
Cavaliers led 35 to 20 at the half.
The Cavaliers led by 12 in the second half when Harold Deane takes it to
the hoop for the easy layup.
North Carolina's Ed Cota hits this short jumper but the Tar Heels still
trailed in the game 53 to 41.
Virginia held off a late Carolina rally to get the 75 to 63 victory and
SUPER=33-Virginia/75/North Carolina/63/;North Carolina is O and 3 in the
conference for the first time in school history.
In the A-C-C this afternoon, Tim Duncan scored a season high 26 as Wake
Forest beat duke 81 to 69.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/Duke vs Wake Forest; :
The Demon Deacons controlled the early part of the first half Ricky Peral's
jumper made it 24 to 18.
But the Blue Devils came right back Rashown McLeaod pulls up and nails the
three pointer and Duke led by one.
Then Wake's Shawn Allen comes through with this outside shot and the Demon
Deacons led 33 to 31 at the half.
Wake started slow in the second half Peral hits this basket and the score
was tied at 40 to 40 early in the second half.
Duke remained close on plays like this Ricky Price driving to the hoop but
the Blue Devils trailed by four.
Then Wake found their man Tim SUPER=33-Wake Forest/81/Duke/69/;Duncan
taking control on the inside Wake led by six and Wake goes on to win the game
81 to 69.
Louisville head coach Denny Crum gets victory number 600 as the Cardinals
down Georgia Tech 60 to 56.
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY/ABC SPORTS; :
The Cardinals opened a big lead in the first half guard Alvin Simms going
to the board for the tap in and Louisville led 31 to 20.
The Yellow Jackets answered when Pablo Machado hits the turn around jumper
to make it 31 to 22.
Louisville turned a 9 point halftime lead into double figures as the
Cardinals opened the second half with a run to make it 38 to 23.
DeJuan Wheat lead the cardinals SUPER=33-Louisville/60/Georgia
Tech/56;with 14 points on this play he takes the ball all the way for the
layup and Louisville wins it 60 to 56.
SUPER=03-University, MI/ABC SPORTS; :
And third ranked Kentucky is drops one in the S-E-C.
Mississippi holding on to a three point halftime lead to upset the
For that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/Virginia/75//UNC#13/63///j/Roanoke/91//W & L/77///;
SUPER=0098-/N.C. Wilmington/53/j/VCU/75////William & Mary/70/j/Richmond/82///;
SUPER=0098-j/Stanford#21/85//USC/70///j/Boston Coll.#23/73//Notre Dame/61///;
SUPER=0098-j/Illinois/85//Penn State/70///j/Iowa St.#4/82//Oklahoma/55///;
SUPER=0096-j/Toronto/123//New Jersey/106////San Antonio/82/j/Atlanta/87///;
SUPER=0096-/Boston/99/j/New York/112////L.A. Clippers/93/j/Minnesota/95///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, The Express was back on the ice tonight at the Roundhouse the
Panthers and Jaguars talk football.
And reports say that Bobby Ross will be the next head football coach of the
Last night, The Express was in Hampton well tonight the Admirals made a
visit to the Roundhouse for a big game against Roanoke.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Admirals; :
Frank Anzalone and the Express out to make it 2 in a row over the Admirals.
But Hampton came out smoking early in the first period. Randy Pearse takes
the pass and fires the puck pass Express goalie Dave Gagnon giving the Admirals
a one to nothing lead.
The Express settled in and began to move the puck around Ilya Dubkov
SUPER=38-Roanoke/3/Hampton/4/;misses the shot but Jeff Jablonski comes in and
picks up the lose puck to score to tie the game at one to one but Hampton wins
it 4 to 3.
When the Panthers step on the frozen tundra of Lambeau field in the N-F-C
Championship game they will be playing for a trip to the Super bowl and for
Mike Stevens has more.
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SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Sunday; :00
SUPER=01-Wesley Walls/Panthers Tight End; :16
SUPER=01-Kevin Greene/Panthers Linebacker; :50
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panthers Quarterback; 1:15
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
The Jacksonville Jaguars will face New England in the A-F-C championship
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :
The Jaguars are not suppose to be playing for the title. But they turned
a coaches philosophy into a winning season and a shot at the championship.
IN Q="Tom's big...
((JEFF LAGEMAN/JAGUARS LINEBACKER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Lageman/Jaguars Linebacker; :
OUT Q=.......in on Sunday."
And reports from Foxboro, say that its a done deal. Bobby Ross agreeing to
a five year deal to coach the Detroit Lions.
The reports also say he will have control over the football operations with
Ross recently resigned as head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Legendary Golfer Arnold Palmer is having health problems.
Palmer has withdrawn form next weeks Bob Hope Classic after tests indicated
that he has prostate cancer.
The 67-year old Palmer got the results from a biopsy yesterday.
Palmer says he will not play competitively again until the cancer is taken
care of. Palmer has won seven major titles in his career.
We have an update on the vehicle accident on the Virginia Tech campus
We just learned that a male student was stuck and killed while another
female student is hospitalized in satisfatory condition.
It happened around 9:45 on Southgate Drive.
We'll have more information tomorrow on News 7 at Six.
A News 7 crew is in on the scene.