A drug-bust in the Danville area nets a familiar face.
He's the suspect in an attempt on the life of a police officer who tried to
search Marlowe Andre Farmer's home last year.
And we witness a success story: getting used computers into public schools.
Tonight in sports, Don Mattingly quits the majors after 14 seasons, we'll
take a look back at last night's ECHL all-star game, plus check in with today's
happening in New Orleans,
that among other things included a lot of milk drinking for Packers
quarterback Brett Favre.
Showers through the night then a breezy sunny day on the way. Forecast
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Cocaine
A large- scale undercover drug investigation on the Southside ends in nearly
For some this was their first brush with the law, but that wasn't the case
for at least one suspect.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from Pittsylvania County, where authorities have
set up a command post outside Danville.
Keith, the familiar face is that of Marlowe Andre Farmer.
You may remember Farmer as the man recently charged with shooting and
wounding a Danville police officer who was attempting to search Farmer's home
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SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
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Farmer was among the first suspects brought to Mount Herman Elementary where
authorities set up a command post.
He was charged with attempted capital murder in November for allegedly
shooting and wounding officer Dennis Haley in the neck.
When authorities arrested Farmer this time, he was free on bond.
IN Q=They ought
((MARLOW ANDRE FARMER:THEY OUGHT TO GO GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE, THAT'S WHAT THEY
NEED TO DO, GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE, QUIT HARASSING PEOPLE EVERY DAY, YOU KNOW
WHAT I'M SAYING. ))
OUT Q=I'm saying.
Ironically, the officer Farmer is charged with shooting wasn't far from the
Officer Haley was among the 150- federal, state and local police bringing in
the long list of suspects.
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(Keith question: How many people have been picked up so far?)
Police in Wythe County today began arresting about 35 people who face a
total of about 55 drug indictments.
Sheriff Wayne Pike characterized most of those charged as mid- level
He expects at least a dozen FEDERAL indictments against people suspected of
HEAVY drug trafficking.
The Wythe County charges involve distribution and possession of drugs
including cocaine, L-S-D, crack and methamphetamine.
Authorities conducted the year- long investigation with a 60 thousand-
dollar state grant, which was recently renewed for another year.
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation
State police are investigating a report that a Glasgow town police officer
used excessive force in a case of alleged domestic violence.
Officer Leonard Stewart responded to the call in Rockbridge County earlier
He arrested Gary Gibson, who was charged with resisting arrest and
assaulting an officer.
During the arrest Gibson got a cut on his face requiring 9 stitches.
Stewart says he can't comment on the investigation.
He is still on active duty.
SS=State Police Investigation
When contacted by phone, Gibson said only: "I never touched him".
Town officials say they won't comment on the incident until the State Police
report is finished.
Militiaman Bill Stump may end up serving a sentence of more than two YEARS
for his federal firearms violations.
Last Spring the Marine Corps veteran was sentenced to two MONTHS in jail
plus two months house arrest for possession of illegal silencers.
Now the Court of Appeals says Judge Jackson Kiser "abused his discretion"
when he departed DOWNWARD from the sentencing guidelines that call for a
minimum of 27 months.
The appeals court sent the case back to Roanoke for another sentencing
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
even those opposed to it acknowledge this will probably be the year Virginia
gets a parental notification law on abortions--
and their golden years are anything but "retiring"--we'll find out how one
group is laboring to help a younger generation.
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It is the 24th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision that legalized
abortion in the United States.
In Virginia, abortion rights supporters conceded they will lose their
biggest battle in recent years.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=On the
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake; :06
SUPER=01-Sen. Emily Couric/(D) Charlottesville; :15
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; 1:05
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( On the Roe V. Wade anniversary, the usual suspects staked out their usual
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((SEN. MARK EARLEY: SINCE THAT TIME, SINCE 1973, OVER 33 MILLION UNBORN
CHILDREN HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF ABORTION.))
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((SEN. EMILY COURIC: TODAY IS A TIME OF RECOGNITION THAT GOVERNMENT HAS NO
PLACE IN OUR BEDROOMS OR IN OUR DOCTOR'S OFFICES.))
But the most meaningful abortion fight in the state house in years has been
parental notification for minor abortions.
One quiet change this year is expected to make all the difference.
Senate clerk Susan Schaar has assigned the bill to a friendlier committee.
IN Q=I think
((SEN. BO TRUMBO: I THINK THE MAKE-UP OF THE COURTS OF JUSTICE COMMITTEE WILL
HELP IT IN ITS TRAVELS THROUGH THE SYSTEM. NOW WHETHER OR NOT WHEN IT GETS TO
THE FLOOR OR WHEN IT GETS OVER TO THE HOUSE. THEY'RE DIFFERENT ANIMALS OVER
OUT Q=over there.
But it's biggest opponent, Planned Parenthood, expects the bill will pass,
Governor George Allen will happily sign it, and it will become law.
That reality overshadowed an abortion rights rally on the capitol grounds
So abortion opponents are already on to their next fight: a ban on late
((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: HIS LITTLE FINGERS WERE CLASPING TOGETHER. HE WAS
KICKING HIS FEET. THE DOCTOR TOOK A PAIR OF SCISSORS AND INSERTED THEM INTO
THE BACK OF THE BABY'S HEAD.))
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((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: I'LL HAVE TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT IT, BUT I THINK PRETTY
MUCH VIRGINIA'S LAWS ARE PRETTY STRICT ON THIRD TRIMESTER ABORTIONS, WHEREBY
YOU HAVE TO HAVE TWO DOCTORS CERTIFY THAT THERE'S A DANGER TO THE LIFE OR THE
HEALTH OF THE MOTHER.))
Neither abortion measure has been debated yet in committee.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Governor Allen's job performance rating continues to rise.
According to the most recent News- 7 Mason Dixon Poll... 65- percent of
Virginia voters say the governor is doing either a good or excellent job
running the state.
That's 7 points higher than his approval rate in September.
The survey also revealed that voters wouldn't mind paying a six- percent
sales tax... if that meant the end of PERSONAL PROPERTY tax on vehicles.
Statewide, 57- percent of voters are in favor of the idea while only 28-
percent are opposed.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
Lynchburg is looking for some federal help in renovating its old train
station and the surrounding neighborhood.
City council today indicated it would apply for a three million dollar
federal grant to help pay for the project.
Amtrak officials also may be willing to kick in another 250- thousand
The Kemper Street station project was a personal favorite of former
councilman Junius Haskins, who grew up in that neighborhood.
IN Q=Junius Haskins
((BOB WHITE/LYNCHBURG CITY PLANNER: JUNIUS HASKINS WAS VERY MUCH A BIG PART OF
THIS AND THIS IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF THING THAT HE SPOKE OF AND WORKED TOWARDS
ALL HIS LIFE, SO THIS IS VERY MUCH SOMETHING THAT COUNCILMAN HASKINS WANTS US
TO CONTINUE TO PUSH.))
SUPER=01-Bob White/Lynchburg City Planner; :00
OUT Q=continue to push.
Haskins died last week after meeting with Amtrak officials in Washington.
Ward Two residents interested in filling Haskins' spot on council have until
January 31st to file an application.
City council has 30 days to appoint someone to serve out the remainder of
Haskins' term, which comes up for re-election in May of 1998.
The Lynchburg Voters League says it has several candidates in mind, and may
make a recommendation in a few days.
Food Lion won a multi-million dollar victory in its legal battle with ABC.
Today a jury ordered A-B-C to pay Food Lion five-and-a-half million dollars
in punitive damages.
The jury had found the network defrauded the grocery chain by sending
undercover cameras inside grocery stores for a Prime Time Live broadcast about
poor sanitation practices.
Washington and Lee professor Lou Hodges testified in the trial, in defense
of A-B-C's undercover work.
He says he expects the fight to continue in appeals courts for several
IN Q=so I don't think
((LOU HODGES/W&L PROFESSOR; SO I DON'T THINK THERE WILL BE AN IMMEDIATE EFFECT
ON THE WAY JOURNALISTS CONDUCT THEMSELVES, THOUGH I'M SURE THAT ALL
INVESTIGATIVE TEAMS HAVE KEPT A VERY CLOSE EYE ON THIS LAWSUIT.))
SUPER=01-Lou Hodges/W&L Professor;
OUT Q=eye on this lawsuit.
Hodges says undercover reporting, when used with caution, has served the
public well for a long time.
Stocks turned in a mixed performance today, with the Blue Chips taking the
The Dow DROPPED 34 points.
NASDAQ was UP 11 points.
Most computers are out- of- date before they're out of the box, but that
doesn't mean they lose their usefulness overnight.
Joe Dashiell reports on a program that's putting used computers back to
work in the classroom.
IN Q=Students at Elliston Lafayette
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Denise Elisa Boyle/Elliston-Lafayette Principal; :10
SUPER=01-Jim Grimes/Elfun Society; :33
SUPER=01-Tom Blakley/Elfun Society; 1:13
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Students at Elliston- Lafayette Elementary School have plenty of work at
Donations of equipment allowed the school expand a computer lab.
IN Q=And that became
((DENISE ELISA BOYLE/ELLISTON-LAFAYETTE PRINCIPAL: AND THAT BECAME A GOOD FOCAL
POINT FOR OUR SCHOOL BECAUSE ALL OF OUR CHILDREN GRADES K THROUGH FIVE ARE ABLE
TO USE THE LAB EVERY SINGLE DAY.))
OUT Q=every single day.
Members of the Elfun Society saw the value of computers in the classroom
when they helped establish a lab at Glen Cove Elementary in Roanoke County in
And four years ago, the service organization set out to transform used
computers into useful classroom tools.
IN Q=It's the software
((JIM GRIMES/ELFUN SOCIETY: IT'S THE SOFTWARE THAT DRIVES THE NEED TO INCREASE
IN MEMORY SIZE AND SPEED AND THAT SORT OF THING, SO A LOT OF THE SOFTWARE
WRITTEN FOR EDUCATION RUNS ON SLOWER COMPUTERS.))
OUT Q=slower computers.
Set up in a corner of a General Electric building in Salem, the group has
refurbished computers donated by GE, Shenandoah Life, First Union, Norfolk
Southern, and others.
15- 20 Volunteers, mostly GE retirees, have donated thousands of hours to
refurbish 13- hundred computers.
IN Q=We're not doing it
((WE'RE NOT DOING IT BECAUSE WE'RE GOODY, GOODY. WE'RE DOING IT BECAUSE WE
ENJOY IT. AS I SAID WE'RE JUST GRUMPY OLD MEN WORKING TOGETHER, DOING WHAT WE
LIKE HELPING TEACHERS TEACH THE KIDS.))
OUT Q=teach the kids.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Coming your way tonight in sports a buffet full of Super Bowl 31 tidbits
plus, Don Mattingly officially retires after 14 years as a Yankee,
Plus, we'll take a look back at last night's East Coast Hockey League
all-star game in Charlotte.
Another day of hype, practice, playtime and awards in New Orleans as the
countdown to Super Bowl 31 rolls on.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00
Two-time NFL Most Valuable player Brett Favre picked up yet another piece of
hardware today as he was given the FootAction player of the year award in
balloting done nationwide by the fans.
IN Q="It means...
((BRETT FAVRE/PACKERS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Packers Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...LITTLE BIT MORE."
Favre also spent part of today shooting a commercial for what else but Milk.
Besides getting a milk moustache he joked around striking the poses often
found in the old time football cards.
New England head coach Bill Parcells, who reportedly will leave the Patriots
after Sunday's game to take over the Jets, met the media today team owner Bob
He would only say the two plan to discuss the future sometime Monday.
IN Q="We're gonna...
((BILL PARCELLS/NEW ENGLAND HEAD COACH:))
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While Parcells has been the big distraction this week, this was the way two
players let off some steam.
Green Bay's Edgar Bennett played New England's Terry Glenn for Super Bowl
supremacy on Sony Playstation's "Game Day 97".
And despite this Drew Bledsoe TD pass to Vincent Brisby the Packers and
Bennett were able to beat the Patriots 22-to-6.
One person from Southwest Virginia is heading to the game courtesy of Coke.
And if the luck of the draw is on his side he will going to the game free of
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/September 17, 1996; :00
You may remember back in September that Troy Aikman and Coke announced their
Red Zone contest, in which Coke would give one lucky fans Super Bowl tickets
Well, Harold Lester a 22-year old student at Emory & Henry, who lives in
Glade Spring is in New Orleans for this week's game,
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He is one of six finalists to win the lifetime passes.
He will know tomorrow when Coke holds a drawing at the SuperDome.
In New York this afternoon 35 year old Don Mattingly officially retired after
14 years in a Yankee uniform.
The six-time all-star says his mind was willing, but his body wasn't.
((DON MATTINGLY/RETIRES FROM BASEBALL:))
SUPER=01-Don Mattingly/Retires From Baseball; :00
OUT Q=...WEEK AFTER THANKSGIVING."
Chip Sullivan has made the field for his second PGA event.
At 1:30 MOUNTAIN time today, Sullivan found out he will play in the Phoenix
Open which begins tomorrow.
Chip was initially bumped from the tournament by a non exempt player who
finished in the top 10 the week before at the Bob Hope Classic.
Today, Scott VerPlank, another Tour regular, dropped out and Chip was added
to the field.
Also, Sullivan is negotiating a 60 thousand dollar endorsement deal with the
Goldwin Golf Company.
The East Coast Hockey League all-star game drew a record crowd of over 7000
last night in Charlotte as the defending league champion Checkers beat a
collection of stars from throughout the league.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/ECHL All-Star Game; :00
Checkers assistant coach Shawn Wheeler came out of retirement last night to
skate for Charlotte.
But it was darcy Mitani that caused a lot of the trouble as he scored 2 goals
including this one in the first period.
Roanoke's lone representative in the game, Jeff Jablonski scored late in the
first period, putting back his own miss.
But David Brosseau tallied two scores for the Checkers as they win the game
7-to-6 on their home ice.
The Express, which initially had the day off from practice, voted to hit the
hard water today.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
Roanoke hosts Raleigh this Friday. The team is fighting through a 3 game
IN Q="I just
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...every night"
The Virginia Cavaliers swing back into action tonight at University Hall
against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
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The Cavs come into the game with an 11-and-6 overall mark after dropping
their last two ACC games on the road.
Harold Deane returns from his one game suspension tonight for the 7:30
The game is not televised but we wil have highlights for this evening at 10
o'clock on News 7 PrimeTime over on WEFC.
Your hometown station will have the ACC game of the week for you tomorrow
night at eight o'clock
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as Wake Forest invades Death Valley to battle the Clemson Tigers inside
The Tigers are ranked second in the nation with a 12 games winning streak.
Wake is now fourth after losing to Maryland on Sunday.
Again catch the ACC at 8, tomorrow night right here on WDBJ-7.
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(toss to Jean)
Many of us have at one time or another found themselves in need of some
Your car gets stuck in a ditch on a snowy day-- or perhaps a fender bender
with another car.
Either way, drivers must often call a tow truck-- and the cost can be
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
But Jean Jadhon tells us the costs are just as pricey for tow truck
Keith, most people aren't aware of
what the operators pay for tags, insurance, and equipment.
A small wrecker can cost as much as 400- hundred thousand dollars.
Tonight, we'll talk with tow truck drivers,
and find out the story behind their fees, tonight on News 7 at 11. Keith?
And to catch the late news one hour earlier.
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Watch News 7 Prime Time on W-E-F-C.
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