Yokohama Tire could be out of business.
Excerpts of comments from the Company president on NEWS 7 at SIX in a
And some too-good-to-be true cost-cutting tax tips.... They're so good,
even the author doesn't use them on HIS taxes.
We'll talk some people who did and may have to pay the price.
Tonight in sports, Ilya Dubkov is back in Roanoke with the Express, the Tech
women entertain nationally ranked UVa tonight in Blacksburg,
and Terry Labonte draws the number one starting spot for Sunday's Busch
Cold rain may mix with some snow tomorrow night and our Weatherschool
question takes us to a warmer weather subject.
The past year has not been kind to the folks at Yokohama Tire in Salem.
They lost their biggest customer.
The plant's been shutdown for a week at a time.
They've had two rounds of layoffs.
And now the future of the company itself is in doubt.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/StarLink
Scott Prince is at the plant tonight.
Where's this coming from Scott?
Keith, the announcement came from newly named Yokohama Tire president
(yah-SOO-oh) Yasuo Tominaga.
He says unless the company's financial woes can be straightened out in the
next two years... everyone here will be out of a job.
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IN Q=The 900
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OUT Q=business experience
((The 900- or- so factory workers were not invited to a close door meeting
at the Yokohama Tire plant a few weeks ago.
But News- 7 obtained a transcript of the speech by (yah-SOO-oh) Yasuo
Tominaga given to plant managers and supervisors.
It reads... "If Yokohama Tire fails to return to the black ink within 2
years, Yokohama Rubber will be forced from supporting the tire operation."
It continues... "If such a situation comes true, all employees are out of a
So, how far in debt is Yokohama Tire?
Try 100- millions dollars.
That's more than 22- percent of all of the money pumped into the U-S market.
A spokesperson from Yokohama's California offices says that workers need to
ban together to make this 2- year deadline work.
But Tominaga is quoted in the transcript as saying "I am afraid probably
this plan will be short of the target by my business experience."))
Whether or not Yokohama can rebound during this two year window remains to
But clearly, company officials have their work cut out for them.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/StarLink
(KEITH QUESTION: IS THERE ANY WORD TONIGHT ON HOW YOKOHAMA WILL TRY AND MEET
Not really Keith. We talked to some workers and it seems that production is
being stepped up... but at this point the company is not giving any indication
as to its course of action.
(KEITH QUESTION: HOW ABOUT UNION OFFICIALS? HAVE WE HEARD ANYTHING FROM THEM
ON THIS DEVELOPMENT?)
Keith, I tried talking to the union chief, but all he would say is "No
At another big employer in Salem, General Electric workers are preparing to
go BACK to work.
The company announced today: ALL employees laid off last month will be back
on the job Monday.
More than 180 employees were laid off, because of a slow work schedule.
Some of those employees returned to work after only one week off the job.
Officials say business usually picks up in the second half of the year and
that increase seems to be happening earlier this year.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
After a series of court battles with the federal government, Governor George
Allen and Attorney General Jim Gilmore have finally won one.
The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Virginia may suspend or expel
special education students WITHOUT providing alternative schooling.
Allen and Gilmore say it's NOT just a victory for states' rights -- but a
guarantee of safer classrooms.
The Governor cited a case from Fairfax County.
IN Q=Where a
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHERE A STUDENT GANG HAD A SPECIFIC NAME. THEY HAD A MOB
ASSAULT ON ANOTHER STUDENT. THEY WERE USING A MEAT HOOK AS A WEAPON. THREE OF
THE GANG MEMBERS WERE EXPELLED. TWO OTHER GANG MEMBERS WERE SPECIAL EDUCATION
STUDENTS. AND WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN EXPELLED AND ARE STILL RECEIVING SERVICES.))
If a student's disruptive behavior is a result of his or her disability,
Virginia will still set up an alternative program for that student.
In 1994, 126 of the state's 128- thousand learning disabled students were
suspended for reasons NOT connected to their disabilities.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six---
As you gather forms and prepare to file your tax returns, consider the plight
of one group of Rockbridge County workers.
After consulting with a Bedford County man, they thought they had been
overtaxed by the government--now instead they find out they're in hot water
with the I-R-S.
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We're all thinking about taxes this time of the year.
So imagine if someone told you that you COULD keep a good chunk of the
federal income taxes you pay?
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff says that's what a number of people from this area say they
were led to believe.
Keith, over the past few months we've found a lot of folks who say they've
fallen victim to an elaborate tax scheme, and now they're paying the price.
IN Q=It's just
SUPER=07-Boyd Wade; :00
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :10
SUPER=07-Fletcher Burks; 1:17
SUPER=01-Thorn McDaniel/IRS Criminal Investigation Div.; 1:47
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; 2:06
SUPER=07-Richard Cary; 2:17
OUT Q=over the place.
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IN Q=It's just
((BOYD WADE: IT'S JUST BEEN A NIGHTMARE. AT THIS POINT, NOT KNOWING WHAT'S
GOING TO HAPPEN BEFORE IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE.))
OUT Q=said and done.
Boyd Wade and some of his co- workers in Rockbridge County are in some hot
water with the I-R-S, which has fined them upwards of 15- hundred dollars, and
in some cases, put liens on their cars and homes.
Last year they filed amended tax returns, saying they were led to believe
the federal government can't tax their wages.
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IN Q=It's what
((WADE: IT'S WHAT YOU PHYSICALLY EARN. ANYTHING THAT YOU PHYSICALLY HAVE TO
WORK FOR. As a laborer? WADE: AS A LABORER. YOU'RE ENTITLED TO 100- PERCENT
OF IT, BASED ON SUPREME COURT RULINGS AND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE.))
OUT Q=Revenue Code.
They say they were taught this by Randall Breeden of neighboring Bedford
Breeden, who refused an on camera interview, admits he agreed to "educate"
these people for 150- dollars and 20- percent of anything the I-R-S returned
them, but he didn't do anything else.
IN Q=They wanted
((VOICE OF RANDALL BREEDEN: THEY WANTED THE INFORMATION, OF HOW TO DO IT. NOW
YOU KNOW I TOLD THEM, SAID LOOK, IF YOU WANT TO DO IT, NOW I CAN SHOW YOU THE
RESOURCES OF WHAT IT, YOU KNOW WHERE I WENT AND GOT STUFF, YOU KNOW, CAUSE FOR
YOU TO GO HERE, COLD TURKEY AND START, I MEAN, IT'D TAKE, YOU'D SPEND YEARS. ))
OUT Q=spend years.
But according to Fletcher Burks, Breeden did a lot more than just "educate".
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IN Q=He got my
((FLETCHER BURKS: HE GOT MY THREE YEARS PREVIOUS TAX FORMS, AND TOOK EM HOME
WITH HIM AND FILLED EM OUT AND BROUGHT EM BACK I FORGOT HOW MANY DAYS LATER.
AND I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET BACK A TOTAL OF 23, TWO THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND
NINETY FIVE DOLLARS. AND HE SAID I WOULD GET THE MONEY IN EIGHT TO TWELVE
WEEKS AND THAT, THAT WAS IT.))
OUT Q=that was it.
The I-R-S won't confirm or deny it's investigating this situation.
But if it were, Burks, Wade and perhaps dozens of others would be classified
as "illegal tax protestors".
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IN Q=These are
((THORN MCDANIEL/IRS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIV.: THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO
UTILIZE A SCHEME AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SCHEMES THAT WE'VE IDENTIFIED, TO
EITHER FAIL TO REPORT THEIR INCOME, UNDER REPORT THEIR INCOME, OR CREATE FALSE
DEDUCTIONS ON THEIR TAX RETURNS.))
OUT Q=tax returns.
Breeden says HE has not heard from the I-R-S, and ironically, says he's
never used the technique he teaches on HIS OWN taxes.
His reach apparently stretches well beyond Rockbridge County.
Richard Cary says Breeden convinced two co- workers in the Roanoke Valley to
purchase his services, with this pitch.
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IN Q=He said
((RICHARD CARY: HE SAID IT WAS, BASICALLY, THAT HE'S DOING IT IN LEXINGTON, UM
WEST VIRGINIA, HE'S DONE IT IN BUENA VISTA, STAUNTON, HE'S GOT A COUPLE FROM
WINCHESTER, HE SAID ALL OVER THE PLACE.))
OUT Q=the place.
Keith the I-R-S says people who promote tax schemes can face stiff criminal
fines and perhaps prison time.
The I-R-S has a tax fraud hotline if you think you're a victim.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
That number is 800-8-2-9-0-4-0-9. And we're still following this story,
Keith, and we'll have more tomorrow.
The deal brokered by Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell earlier this week had
Cranwell would support a modest unemployment tax cut for business owners
proposed by Governor Allen.
Allen would support expanding jobless benefits.
And the Governor said he'd at least think about Cranwell's bill to allow
repetitive motion injuries and job-related hearing loss to be covered under
Today, Allen seemed like he was warming up to the carpal tunnel bill.
IN Q=I don't
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T MIND PEOPLE BEING COVERED FOR WORK RELATED
INJURIES. IN FACT, IF THE INJURIES ARE TRULY AND CLEARLY DEMONSTRABLY
OUT Q=in age.
Last year, Allen vetoed a Cranwell bill he said was NOT strict enough.
1996 was a year of big numbers for the Bedford County sheriff's department.
Drug arrests were up 385 percent, DUI arrests up 130 percent, and four times
as many traffic tickets were issued in '96 compared to the year before.
IN Q=The morale is
((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY: THE MORALE IS ABSOLUTELY THROUGH THE ROOF.
YOU CAN LOOK AT THE FIGURES AND DETERMINE THAT. YOU DON'T GET THE PRODUCTION
THAT WE'VE SEEN IN THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS, THE CALENDAR YEAR OF '95 IF MORALE
IS LOW. ))
SUPER=01-Sheriff Mike Brown/Bedford Co.; :00
OUT Q=if morale is low.
Brown says the bad news is he'll need more money to keep up that kind of
Brown's still in the process of putting together his next budget, but
anticipates he'll need an extra 200- thousand dollars from the county.
He'll bring his new crime statistics
to the board of supervisors Monday to help argue the case.
On Wall Street the Dow was up 26 points, finishing the session at 67 hundred
NASDAQ dropped two points.
Carroll County supervisors have passed a resolution to make sure they're
heard in Richmond.
They've taken a unanimous stand AGAINST liquor by the drink legislation
introduced on behalf of a popular golf resort.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Hagen Giles/Olde Mill General Mgr.; :21
SUPER=01-Wayne Bowman/Carroll Board Chairman; :57
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Tucked away on Groundhog Mountain is the Olde Mill Golf Resort.
Its links have hosted visitors from across the U-S and abroad.
Now Niblicks, its restaurant wants to do the same.
But the manager says it will take more than the beer and wine it currently
serves to keep them happy.
Hagen Giles says liquor by the drink is an economic issue for the resort AND
((HAGEN GILES/OLDE MILL GENERAL MANAGER: 90 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME HERE
ARE FROM OUTSIDE THE COUNTY, 60 PERCENT ARE OUTSIDE THE STATE. SO WE'RE
ATTRACTING QUITE A BIT OF REVENUES, WHICH WOULDN'T BE IN THIS COUNTY, HERE INTO
THE COUNTY, NOT COUNTING WHAT THEY MIGHT SPEND AS THEY DRIVE THROUGH THE COUNTY
TO GET HERE. ))
su Last year, its first year of operation there were numerous times Niblicks
lost business from large parties of customers who actually got up and left the
restaurant to go to neighboring Patrick County, where Doe Run Lodge does sell
Even so, county supervisors say it's a local issue, that shouldn't be
handled in Richmond.
((WAYNE BOWMAN/CARROLL CO. BOARD CHAIRMAN: I THINK THE PEOPLE OUGHT TO BE ABLE
TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES. IT'S A RURAL COMMUNITY, WE'RE NOT USED TO ANYTHING
LIKE THIS. I THINK 90 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE WOULD VOTE AGAINST IT IF THEY HAD
THE CHOICE. ))
Olde Mill asked Delegate Chip Woodrum to introduce the legislation.
The bill has passed in the House, and is awaiting Senate action. Tracy
Altizer, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the field is set for Sunday's Busch Clash in
Daytona, the Virginia women's basketball team in in Blacksburg tonight.
And Ilya Dubkov is back and along with a scout of the American Hockey
League's St, John Flames.
Steve Mason has that and more in Roundhouse wrapup when we come back.
The NASCAR season kicks off its 1997 year with it's annual preseason
all-star event known as the Busch Clash this Sunday.
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This morning the drivers drew for starting positions right after breakfast,
and Jeff Gordon picked number 14 which means he will start dead last.
His teammate Terry Labonte drew the pole position for the race, while
defending champ Dale Jarrett will start fourth in the same car he dominated
with last season.
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((DALE JARRETT/DEFENDING BUSCH CLASH CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Defending Busch Clash Champion; :00
OUT Q=...fast as you can."
The Clash is divided into two 10 lap segments, and the field is inverted
after the first half.
Let's take a look at the starting grid.
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SUPER=0107-1. Terry Labonte//2. Mark Martin//3. Rusty Wallace//4. Dale
Jarrett//5. Bobby Labonte;
SUPER=0107-6. Johnny Benson//7. Ernie Irvan//8. Jeff Burton//9. Dale
Earnhardt//10. Ted Musgrave;
SUPER=0107-11. Ricky Craven//12. Ward Burton//13. Jeremy Mayfield//14. Jeff
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And don't forget you can watch the CLASH live here on Your Hometown Station.
The race gets underway at Noon on Sunday.
At the Cassell tonight, The Lady Hokies go out of conference for their
biggest challenge of the season as they host the Virginia Cavaliers.
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Virginia is ranked 9-th in the country and the Lady Cavs will roll into
town fresh off their blowout win over Maryland on Monday night.
The Hokies are still a little banged up and will need a perfect game to beat
IN Q="We're going to
((CAROL ALFANO/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Carol Alfano/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......REBOUNDING NIGHT."
Your Hometown station also has some men's hoops coming your way tonight.
go to pinnacle board
At eight o'clock you can catch the Virginia Cavaliers in action in Atlanta
taking on Georgia Tech.
The Cavs beat the Yellow Jackets in a tight game on January 22nd in
The Express hosts Knoxville this Friday at the Round House and a scout from
an AHL Roanoke affiliate is in town to watch. Steve Mason has more on his
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SUPER=01-Jeff Perry/Saint John Coach & Scout; :41
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :50
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; 1:09
SUPER=01-Matt O'Dette/Signed with Saint John; 1:32
SUPER=01-Jeff Cowan/Calgary Contract Player;1:41
OUT Q=...Steve Mason, round House wrap up"
(( Express leading scorer Ilya Dubkov returned this morning from the AHL
But he still cannot escape the watchful eye of the higher leagues. Saint John
Flames assistant coach and top scout Jeff Perry is in town getting a tour of
the Express facilities.
He is mainly here to access the talent.
the phone lines are filled daily as Perry, Anzalone and general manager
Pierre Paeiment exchange progress reports. Anzalone's job is two fold.
A call up usually means a 25 game contract that can be voided at anytime and is
pro rated at around 300 dollars a game. Contract players are simply brought up.
But serious young prospects like Jeff Cowan and Matt Odette must keep their
Roanoke will need it's guns because Hampton Roads, South Carolina, and
Richmond are battling for 1st place. The Express and the Checkers are in a
tight race for 4th. Steve Mason Round House Wrap up.))
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(toss to Jean)
If you've got a boat on Smith Mountain Lake...
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon says you could have to pay to take a spin on the lake.
A task force is taking many recommendations to a public meeting tonight,
including a boat-user fee.
The fee would be used to pay for a skimmer to clean up litter and debris in
Population growth in the area has caused trash problems to pile up.
Don't miss the boat on that story, plus make sure you join us for all the
latest news, weather, and sports tonight on News 7 at 11. Keith?
Keith reads Prime Time Board Fullscreen
And for the region's first TEN O'clock newscast,
tune in to News-7 Prime Time
It's on Channel 38 "over the air," and on a lot of cable systems. For
example we're on Cable Channel 12 in
Radford and Montgomery County.
And don't forget to tune in to News 7 at 11, right here on W-D-B-J.