Two boys- -an 11 year old and a 13-year old- -killed in a house fire in
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight, we'll get a first-hand account from one of the
survivors of the fire.
And we'll take a look at the case of a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed
a man in Henry County last night.
Tonight in sports, Rodman will not face assault charges, after all.
The Super Bowl teams face their toughest hour of the week during the Media
and the Atlanta Falcons pick home grown Dan Reeves as their new head
football coach,while the Rams go for Dick Vermeil.
After a sunny Tuesday, clouds are rolling in for midweek and showers will
follow as well. More on the forecast just ahead.
**Note Anchor Tag**
Two children lost their lives when fire swept through their Carroll County
home this morning.
Tonight their father and another brother are hospitalized for burns and
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Jennifer Spears; :14
SUPER=01-John Best/Neighbor; 1:08
OUT Q=Altizer, NEws 7.
(( The foundation is all that remains of the Spears residence in Pipers Gap.
When 16 year- old Jennifer Spears woke up around 5am, her bedroom wall was
glowing red. She could hear her father yelling that the house was on fire.
((JENNIFER SPEARS: SO I RAN OUT INTO THE HALL AND SAW THAT THERE WAS FLAMES
COMING THROUGH THE DOORWAY. ))
Jennifer escaped through a basement door.
She ran to a neighbor's to call 911, then returned to help her father bang
an oil drum in a desperate attempt to awaken her brothers, 11 year- old Mark
and 13 year-old John.
((THEN WHEN THE HOUSE STARTED, SOME THINGS STARTED EXPLODING, I GUESS IT WAS
LIKE APPLIANCES AND STUFF STARTED BLOWING UP. SO I GOT HOLD OF MY DAD AND
STARTED BRINGING HIM UP TOWARDS THE ROAD. ))
SUJennifer believes her brothers were probably overcome by smoke and never
heard her and her father screaming at them to get out of the house. Another
brother, 14 year-old Matthew escaped by climbing through a window, across the
roof and down a tree.su
Officials believe the fire started around a wood stove.
The tragedy stunned the family's neighbors.
((JOHN BEST/NEIGHBOR: WELL THE COMMUNITY AROUND HERE IS PUTTING ALL, WHATEVER
THEY CAN INTO. I MEAN THIS PLACE HAS BEEN FLOCKED WITH WHAT CAN WE DO, WHAT CAN
WE NOT, WHAT CAN WE DO AND EVERYTHING. ))
OUT Q=and everything.
Edward Spears is being treated for smoke inhalation.
His son Matthew is in serious condition at Shriners Burn Center in
Cincinnati. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Fullscreen Fund Board
The Twin Counties United Way has set up a trust fund to help the Spears
Donations may be sent in care of the Bank of Carroll in Galax.
19- year- old Timmy Stocks was driving a stolen car... and the fact that he
didn't have a license complicated matters further.
He says that's why he didn't stop four months ago when police tried to pull
him over for speeding.
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Stocks ended up killing a Covington man as his car collided with two other
vehicles in Botetourt County.
This morning, as he pled guilty to second degree murder... a rescue squad
volunteer recalled the VICTIM'S condition at the accident scene.
IN Q=From the
((DALE JONES/EAGLE ROCK RESCUE SQUAD: FROM THE WAIST DOWN HIS LEGS WERE
COMPLETELY BROKE. WE HAD NO PROBLEM GETTING HIM OUT BECAUSE HE WAS JUST LIKE
JELLO. HE HAD TAKEN A SERIOUS TRAUMA TO HIS BODY.))
SUPER=01-Dale Jones/Eagle Rock Rescue Squad;
OUT Q=his body
Stocks will be sentenced in April.
He faces up to 20- years in prison.
An accident in Montgomery County injured four people today.
A car and a pickup collided around three this afternoon near the
intersection of Prices Fork Road and Peppers Ferry.
Two people in the truck were trapped about 20 minutes as rescuers worked to
Lifeguard- 10 flew both victims to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Two others were taken by ambulance to Montgomery Regional.
Still no word on the names or conditions of the victims.
It is the policy of many police departments for officers to use pepper spray
to subdue suspects.
Apparently it didn't work last night in Henry County.
A deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly threatened him.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=It was
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Michelle Prater/Clarence's Steak House; :13
SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; :36
SUPER=01-David Snow/Clarence's Steak House Employee; 1:02
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
It was a normal late night at Clarence's Steak House when the parking lot
was suddently transformed into a series of blue lights.
Michelle Prater says it all began when the driver of a white escort pulled
into the parking lot and jumped out.
IN Q=A cop
((MICHELLE PRATER/CLARENCE'S STEAK HOUSE:A COP CAME IN BEHIND IT, I JUST
THOUGHT HE WAS GIVING HIM A TICKET BUT THEN I SEEN ABOUT 50- COPS PULL IN
BEHIND HIM. ))
OUT Q=behind him.
The officers were attempting to question 35- year old David Roy Craighead
about damage to a nearby apartment.
Sheriff Frank Cassell says when two of his deputies confronted Craighead in
a nearby field he refused to drop the tire tool he was carrying.
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF:HE ADVANCED ON, ONE OF THE OFFICERS EMPTIED A
CANISTER OF PEPPER SPRAY AND THE FELLOW MADE A REMARK THAT HE "LIKED IT, GIVE
HIM SOME MORE," SOMETHING TO THAT NATURE, AND KEPT ADVANCING.))
Cassell says the deputies, again, asked Craighead to drop the tire tool, but
he refused, and moved toward the officers.
Cassell says that's when Corporal Jay Engstrom fired his gun.
IN Q=I heard
((DAVID SNOW/CLARENCE'S STEAK HOUSE EMPLOYEE: I HEARD FOUR SHOTS AND THAT'S
ABOUT IT, I CAME INSIDE AFTER THAT AND WE LOCKED THE DOOR. ))
OUT Q=locked the door.
Sheriff Cassell has asked state police to handle the investigation. In the
meantime, Corporal Engstrom, has been placed on administrative leave with pay.
Engstrom has been with the department for about six years and was recently
promoted to his current position. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Just two school announcements to pass along to you tonight--
Take Schoolwatch Board
(Keith reads board)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
It's being called "The People's Bill"--the proposal to eliminate Virginia's
personal property tax.
and friends and colleagues remember Junius Haskins' long record of service to
the Hill City.
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Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to Lynchburg city
councilman Junius Haskins, who died of an apparent heart attack last week.
Steve Smallshaw has more from today's funeral services.
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :40
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
natsot singing 13:25:55
((I DID IT MY WAY...))
A packed church paid tribute to a man who had accomplished so much during
his life.. while always doing things his way.
IN Q=Why in God's
((LT GOV. DON BEYER: WHY IN GOD'S PLAN, DO OUR BEST SO OFTEN DIE YOUNG?))
OUT Q=die young.
When Junius Haskins died last week at the age of 54, he was a many who'd
worn many hats...city councilman, advocate of the poor, friend of education and
civil rights leader to name just a few.
And just as Haskins struggled to make this a colorblind world, his was a
death that transcended political boundaries.
IN Q=He was at
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: HE WAS AT TIMES MY ALLY, OTHER TIMES HE WAS A
FORMIDABLE OPPONENT, WHO WOULD STAND HIS GROUND NO MATTER WHAT. BUT HE WAS
ALWAYS MY FRIEND.))
OUT Q=always my friend.
Haskins' work will live on, in the lives of the people he touched and in
memorials like this mural that he fought to have placed in the lobby of city
It features the city's most ardent civil rights leaders...at the forefront
in the painting, as in life, is Junius Haskins.
IN Q=While Haskins will
((While Haskins will always have his place in City Hall, his seat on city
council will have to be filled within the next sixty days. Haskins' colleagues
say they can fill the position, but never replace the man. Steve Smallshaw,
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
A proposal to eliminate Virginia's personal property tax on cars and boats
got a public airing today in Richmond.
Local officials are NOT excited.
IN Q=It will
((EARL REYNOLDS/MARTINSVILLE CITY MANAGER: IT WILL ELIMINATE A SOURCE OF LOCAL
REVENUE...PERFORM AS STRONGLY.))
sot senate finance tape 12:10:42
((SEN. CHARLES COLGAN/D-MANASSAS: TODAY WE'VE HEARD MOST OF THOSE SPEAKING
...THIS IS THE TAXPAYER'S BILL.))
SUPER=01-Earl Reynolds/Martinsville City Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Colgan/(D) Manassas; :13
OUT Q=taxpayer's bill.
Senator Colgan's proposal would raise the state sales tax to make up for
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Council
In the face of rising property assessments, members of Roanoke City Council
are raising the prospect of a cut in the real estate tax rate.
Excluding new construction, the assessed value of real estate in the city
has grown by three- point- one percent.
Today, at least three members of city council said they want to look at a
reduction in the tax rate.
IN Q=We might not be able
((CARROLL SWAIN/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO DO IT, BUT AT
LEAST IT NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT, BECAUSE OUR CITIZENS WANT SOME CONSIDERATION.))
SUPER=01-Carroll Swain/Roanoke City Council;
OUT Q=want some consideration.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
Today, council members also asked the city manager to review police
department procedures for recruiting new officers.
Council members say they want to make sure the city is doing everything it
can to keep the police department at full strength.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Should Virginia law treat a killer more harshly if his victim is a pregnant
woman -- and the fetus is destroyed in the murder?
Because it skirts so close to abortion law, it's a moral and political
dilemma some House of Delegates members would rather NOT face.
Ellen Qualls has the story. We'll warn viewers some of the language in this
report is blunt.
IN Q=They're calling
SUPER=01-Del. Randy Forbes/(R) Chesapeake; :06
SUPER=01-Del. Vivian Watts/(D) Annandale; :29
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; 1:07
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( They're calling it feticide -- and the bill's supporters make a strong
argument for greater punishment.
sot FRED TAPE
((DEL. RANDY FORBES/R-CHESAPEAKE: IN FACT THE ONE SITUATION IN RICHMOND THAT
MANY OF YOU ARE AWARE OF. THE QUOTE WHEN THEY KILLED HER WAS "THAT BITCH MAKES
ME SICK. I'LL CUT THAT BABY OUT OF HER STOMACH."))
But feticide bill opponents are careful to leave the fetus out of their
arguments... wary of granting "personhood" status to the fetus.
sot 13:03:12 FRED TAPE
((DEL. VIVIAN WATTS/D-ANNANDALE: THOSE WERE CRIMES AGAINST THE WOMAN. I DON'T
LIKE TO USE THE LANGUAGE "BITCH," BUT THAT'S WHAT HE WAS REFERRING TO AS HE
ATTACKED THE WOMAN.))
So the latest version would be a compromise.
sot 12:43:56 FRED TAPE
((DEL. RANDY FORBES/R-CHESAPEAKE: THAT A HUMAN FETUS CAN BE THE VICTIM OF A
MURDER -- NOTICE WE DON'T SAY IT'S A PERSON, WE DON'T GO INTO ANY OF THAT
LANGUAGE. WE SAY CAN BE THE VICTIM OF A MURDER.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: WE STRUGGLED MIGHTILY DOWN IN THE COURTS OF
JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM.))
Abortion rights supporters sent the compromise back to Dick Cranwell's
sot 12:58:31 FRED TAPE
((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: FOR THREE YEARS NOW THAT I'M AWARE OF, THE COURTS OF
JUSTICE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN A BURYING GROUND FOR ANY LEGISLATION DEALING WITH
ONE SCINTILLA OF THE RIGHTS OF THE PRE-BORN CHILD.))
((SO A VOTE ON A BILL ABORTION OPPONENTS CRAFTED WAS PUT OFF THIS TIME... BUT
SOME VERSION OF FETICIDE WILL SURELY BE BACK THIS SESSION. RURAL DEMOCRATS WHO
MAY FAVOR ABORTION RIGHTS WILL NOT WANT TO BE ON RECORD IN AN ELECTION YEAR NOT
STIFFENING PENALTIES FOR THOSE WHO MURDER PREGNANT WOMEN. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS
Stocks continued their rally today.
The Dow gained 40 points for another record close.
NASDAQ UP 12 points.
The federal government says the bidding war between two Virginia railroads
for Conrail WON'T be a winner- take- all affair.
The chairman of the Surface Transportation Board hopes Norfolk Southern and
C-S-X can reach a settlement that will preserve competition on the east coast,
no matter who ends with Conrail.
If not, the board is prepared to impose a plan that would split up Conrail's
coveted northern routes.
The question is, would the company that gets Conrail have to sell key routes
to the spurned suitor, or just give it equal access?
The board looks at these decisions on a case by case basis.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
The latest News 7-Mason Dixon poll shows in the early going this year's race
for Governor is just about a dead heat.
Democrat Don Beyer has a slim, one point lead over Republican Jim Gilmore,
and 19 percent of the voters are undecided.
SS=News 7 Poll
In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Democrat L.F. Payne has a sizable lead
over all three potential Republican candidates, though about half the voters
The race for Attorney General G-O-P nominee is still wide open.
All four candidates are running in single digits, with 80 percent of the
Coming up tonight in sports, Reeves and Vermeil return to the NFL sidelines.
Dennis Rodman will not face criminal charges,
and the boys at the Super Bowl face a full court press inside the Super Dome
today during Media day.
We'll hear from Brett Favre and Antonio Freeman right after this.
The Super Bowl hype reached its peak today as the Patriots and Packers took
part in the annual Media Day, the Tuesday of game week.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00
More than 3000 reporters and photographers, 10 times as many as covered the
first Super Bowl - surrounded the players and coaches for over an hour this
And for the players the whole Super Bowl experience can be a bit
((ANTONIO FREEMAN/PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Antonio Freeman/Packers Wide Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...IT CRANKED UP."
No faced more questions that Brett Favre, who was a little relieved when the
((BRETT FAVRE/PACKERS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Packers Quarterback; ;00
OUT Q=...GLAD IT'S OVER."
In Atlanta, the Falcons were dreaming about the Super Bowl and hoping Dan
Reeves can one day get them there.
The Falcons gave the Georgia native a five year contract to coach the team
IN Q="36 years...
((DAN REEVES/NEW FALCONS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dan Reeves/New Falcons Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...PART OF THAT."
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; ;00
But Reeves knows that being a Georgia native does not guarantee him instant
success or job stability.
IN Q="I've got...
The Rams named Dick Vermeil their new coach today.
Vermeil is the first coach or athlete to ever use the term "burnt out."
He left the NFL and the Eagles in 1982 for that very reason, but says he's
ready to return.
IN Q="I found out..
((DICK VERMEIL/NEW RAMS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dick Vermeil/New Rams Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ON AND OFF."
Bad Boy Dennis Rodman will not face criminal charges for kicking a cameraman
during an NBA game in Minnesota last week.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/Last Wednesday; :00
Police say that Eugene Amos has decided that he does not want to pursue
charges at this time.
He could reconsider, but police that it is unlikely the case will be
Last night Rodman agreed to pay Mr. Amos $200 thousand dollars for his
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Despite a blowout loss to Pulaski County, at 13 and 1, the Cave Spring
girls basketball team is off to its best start under fifth-year coach Linda
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Long has 3 RVD titles, 2 Region crowns and a pair of trips to the state
under her belt.
This year's team could go farther because it has more depth than any other
squad Long has coached.
((LINDA LONG/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Linda Long/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00
The team's leading scorer is averaging just over 10 points a game. Catie
Redick could be averaging more with additional minutes, but winning,
collectively, is most important.
((CATIE REDICK/LADY KNIGHTS LEADING SCORER:))
SUPER=01-Catie Redick/Lady Knights Leading Scorer; :00
OUT Q=...reach that"
The VMI Keydets led the parade of area college basketball winners last night
as they beat East Tennessee State in Johnson City.
SUPER=03-Johnson City, TN; :00
The Keydets beat the Citadel over the weekend and last night Maurice Spencer
knocked in 13 points to help lead VMI to its 3 point win.
Buccaneer head coach Ed Dechellis would only watch as the Keydets got scoring
from nine different players to improve their record to 7-and-10.
In Blacksburg last night, Ace Custis had 18 points and 16 rebounds as the
Hokies beat LaSalle 57-to-46 at the Cassell.
Tech plays at Liberty on Thursday night, but last night the Flames were upset
by UNC-Greensboro at the Vines Center 52 to 46.
Closer to home, Roanoke College easily beat Randolph-macon 79-to-61 to stay
not in first place in the conference, but on top of the newly released South
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