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Danville police are investigating the city's first murder of the year.
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.
Christiansburg fire officials say a garage caught on fire this afternoon
after an employee thawed out the pipes.
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.
The United States Army is calling on a Salem Reserve unit for help.
The Garrison Support detachment will be aiding troops stationed in Bosnia.
Denise Allen caught up with the unit this afternoon.
IN Q=FAMILY MEMBERS
SUPER=01-Robin Young/2471 Garrison Support Unit;
SUPER=01-Darlene Young/Robin's Mom;
SUPER=01-Dalton Young/Robin's Dad;
SUPER=01-Corporal Ken Viemeister/2471 Garrison Support Unit;
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
((CPL. 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.))
The unit boards buses headed for Fort Benning, Georgia, tonight.
They'll be in Europe by January 20th.
The Franklin County animal breeder charged with improperly caring for her
dogs and cats says the vet records prove she's a good owner.
County officials seized more than a hundred dogs and cats from Valery
Green's home January third.
SUPER=10-Valery Green/Animal Breeder/Wednesday;
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
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next on the newscast, hard work and some help from Habitat for Humanity
pays off for a Roanoke family,
And a special committee recommends a new high school for Buena Vista, but
that doesn't mean its a done deal.
We'll tell you why.
A special committee has made its recommendations on 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.
TAPE# net; 96-67 (tech housing)
A new report shows fewer Virginia college students are defaulting on their
The U-S Department of Education shows that there was a significant drop in
loan defaults in 1994 -- the most recent numbers available.
That's compared to numbers in 1990, when the recession was in full swing.
TAPE# net; edit 96-97
Governor Allen says he's eager to help black farmers fighting to save their
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Last Month;
The Virginia-based National Black Farmers Association claims the government
discriminates against blacks in federal farm loans and foreclosures.
Allen says what's been going on is clearly wrong.
However, Virginia has NO jurisdiction over the federal programs.
The Ramsuers (RAM-sewers) are starting the new year in their new home.
And it's not just any house, the family actually helped build their new
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
Soft Music Under
Coming up on News 7,
It's a cowboy convention as the rodeo rides into the Salem Civic Center.
IN Q=Knowing that you
OUT Q=you know.
We'll take you down into the bull pen when News 7 continues.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Salem Civic Center is saddled up for the Nabisco Kroger Championship
Scott Prince has a roundup.
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SUPER=01-Dale Yerigan/Steer Wrestler; :17
SUPER=01-Joel Chaffin/Steer Wrestler; :36
OUT Q=Scott Prince, N-7, Salem
(( It's time to saddle up.
But for these COWBOYS... saddles are not necessary.
The 1997 Nabisco- Kroger Championship Rodeo is in town... and participants
hope to "steer" thousands of people to the Salem Civic Center.
240 cowboys and cowgirls from across the country have converged on Salem...
and will compete for 30- thousand dollars in prize money.
Obviously, they're not just horsing around.
IN Q=I'm too
((JOEL CHAFFIN/STEER WRESTLER: I'M TOO LAZY TO WORK AND TOO SCARED TO STEAL.
THAT PRETTY MUCH SUMS IT UP. THAT'S WHAT I DO. MY MOM AND DAD HAVE DONE IT.
IT'S PRETTY MUCH GENETIC. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ELSE. ))
OUT Q=anything else
Even the kids can get into the act.
Not with a bucking bronco... but with a bucking burro.
And if that's too difficult... they can try hanging on during the pony
If they don't know how to ride at all... they may want to watch Lenore
Rowe... who has been featured in rodeo acts for forty years.
Others are still trying to PIN their hopes on a rodeo career.
Many will take their lumps along the way, but they say it's worth it.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Salem.))
The rodeo will be at the Salem Civic Center through tomorrow.
And coming up, the Panthers and Jaguars are ready for the N-F-L
championships a couple of upsets in college basketball.
and the Louisville Cardinals give head coach Denny Crum his 600-th career
The Keydets of V-M-I dropped to 0 and 2 in the Southern Conference losing
to UT-Chattanooga 91 to 76 at Cameron Hall this afternoon.
It's V-M-I's fifth straight loss and the Keydets drop to 4 and 9 on the
Meantime, a couple of big upsets in college basketball this afternoon
Mississippi knocks off third ranked Kentucky 73 to 69 and Miami beat 8-th
ranked Villanova 61 to 59.
In the A-C-C this afternoon, Second ranked Wake Forest made a trip to
Durham to take on the 10-th ranked Duke Blue Devils.
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 picked up his 600-th career victory this
afternoon as the 14-th ranked Cardinals beat 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.
The N-F-C championship game is set for tomorrow afternoon in Green Bay.
And Mike Stevens says when the Panthers step on the frozen tundra of Lambeau
field they will be playing for a trip to the Super bowl and for each other.
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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 got in three good days of practice before they
headed to New England and the A-F-C championship game against the Patriots.
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."