Coming up next on News 7 at 6... a professional boxer from Martinsville is
facing drug charges.
And the IRS is interviewing local victims of an alleged tax scheme.
In sports, Mike Skinner captured the pole position for next Sunday's
Daytona 500 and Virginia loses on the road at North Carolina.
The snow has left the region, except for some lingering flurries and
The storm will move to the northeast and we should get a few days to dry
The complete details ahead.
A pro-boxer from Martinsville is in trouble both inside, and outside the
Oliver McCall lost his W-B-C heavyweight title bout with Lennox Lewis last
night, after he apparently just stopped fighting.
News 7 has learned McCall now faces drug charges in Henry County.
Sheriff's officials say the grand jury handed down an indictment last week,
charging McCall with cocaine possession.
They haven't been able to serve McCall yet because he's been in Nevada
preparing for last night's fight.
This isn't the first time McCall has been in trouble with area police.
He was charged with driving under the influence and disorderly conduct last
year in Martinsville.
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In a side note from last night's fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission
is holding up McCall's three million-dollar purse because of the fighter's lack
Roy Stanley will have more on that in sports.
The Internal Revenue Service is interviewing victims of an alleged tax
I-R-S investigators met with Boyd Wade this morning in Staunton.
Wade says the I-R-S asked him to recount his story.
Wade and some of his co- workers in Rockbridge County have been fined
upwards of 15- hundred dollars for filing amended tax returns.
He says Randall Breeden led them to believe the federal government can't tax
Breeden has refused an on-camera interview with News 7.
But did tell us he agreed to "educate" these people for 150- dollars and 20-
percent of anything the I-R-S returned them.
Wade says the I-R-S would not say what action, if any, they planned to take
in the future.
A Floyd County school teacher has been convicted for illegally transporting
Officials say Donnie Quesenberry of Floyd County brought foxes into
Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina with several other men.
Quesenberry, who teaches at Indian Valley Elementary School, was convicted
this week in U-S District Court in Abingdon for selling the animals without
permits and health certificates showing them to be disease-free.
He was fined four-thousand dollars, sentenced to six months' home
confinement and put on a year's probation.
Old man winter returned to Virginia dropping snow from Bristol to Lynchburg.
The New River Valley was the hardest hit with five to six inches.
V-DOT officials recommend using snow tires in that area.
They say the main roads in the viewing area are clear, but wet.
Road crews are now treating the secondary roads.
At this time everything is passible.
For some the snow was a minor nuisance.
Others saw it as a welcomed change.
IN Q=I've been stuck
((MICHAEL WHITE: I'VE BEEN STUCK IN TRAFFIC. I WENT TO GET MY OIL CHANGED. I
HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN THIS GO TO WAL MART.))
((MARTY GLISSON: WE'RE GOING TO BUILD THE BIGGEST SNOWMAN CAUSE IT'S SO
PACKABLE. SEE THE LAST ONE WASN'T SOT THIS ONE IS.))
((VICKIE POLLARD: WE'RE FROM MISSISSIPPI. WE JUST MOVED HERE TWO WEEKS AGO.
IT'S BEEN GREAT SEEING ALL THE SNOW FALL CAUSE IN JACKSON YOU HARDLY EVER SEE
SUPER=07-Michael White; :00
SUPER=07-Marty Glisson; :09
SUPER=07-Vickie Pollard; :14
OUT Q=EVER SEE SNOW
It seems most people just decided to stay home and enjoy the weather.
State police are not reporting any serious accidents.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six-- It's the end of an era as all Best Products
stores close forever.
and Danville National Guardsmen are ready to help keep the peace in Bosnia.
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National guardsmen in Danville will arrive in Bosnia earlier than expected.
The 46- man unit will continue to train at Fort Pickett in Blackstone until
tomorrow when the unit will leave for Fort Benning, Georgia.
Governor Allen is scheduled to speak to the group as part of a farewell
The guardsmen will train in Georgia for two to three weeks before departing
for Bosnia in mid- March.
The national guardsmen are members of the Fire Support Element.
They coordinate and plan artillery support.
A deal may be in the works between the Food and Drug Administration and the
That's according to North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt.
He told tobacco growers in Raleigh yesterday there's a strong possibility
that the F-D-A would reduce its interest in regulating tobacco as a drug.
In return, the tobacco industry would have to develop a strong program to
stop teen-age smoking.
Virginia Governor George Allen tells NEWS 7 that he and Governor Hunt
discussed many things at the national governor's conference earlier this week
-- but the topic of secret negotiations with the FDA was NOT among them.
The FDA case goes before a federal court in Greensboro on Monday.
Keeping children close to home during a crisis only seems natural.
But until recently many children needing emergency mental health care were
sent out of the area to state hospitals.
"Keeping Our Kids At Home" is a community crisis stabilization pilot
Denise ALlen explains how it works.
IN Q=Peter Trudell
SUPER=01-Mary Trudell/Peter's Mom; :10
SUPER=07-Peter Trudell; :33 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Cindy Goldstein/In-Home Counselor; :48
SUPER=01-Dr. Himanshu Patel/Child Psychologist; 1:33
OUT Q=News 7
((Peter Trudell looks like any other eight and a half year old boy.
But his mother says his hyperactivity and his oppositional defiant behavior
disorder made him difficult to handle.
IN Q=The frustration
((MARY TRUDELL/PETER'S MOM: THE FRUSTRATION LEVEL FOR ME WAS JUST INCREDIBLE
AND SO I HAD ASKED FOR HELP WITH THIS BECAUSE I WAS AT MY ROPES' END.))
OUT Q=AT MY ROPES END
Through Blue Ridge Community Services Mary and Peter received in home
A counselor visited five times a week for up to two hours a day.
This intensive in-home care lasts for a month.
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IN Q=IT HELPED
((PETER TRUDELL: IT HELPED ME TO TALK ABOUT THINGS.))
OUT Q=ABOUT THINGS
SOT TAPE 2 4:45:19
IN Q=PETER WAS AT
((PETER WAS AT A POINT WHERE HE WAS SHOWING A LOT OF ANGER AND THIS HELPED HIM
TO OPEN UP, TO START TALKING ABOUT HIS FEELINGS.))
OUT Q=ABOUT HIS FEELINGS
SOT tape 1 2:19:13
IN Q=WHAT HAPPENS
((CINDY GOLDSTEIN/IN-HOME COUNSELOR: WHAT HAPPENS TO A CHILD AFFECTS THE WHOLE
FAMILY AND VICE VERSA. YOU'RE NOT ONLY HELPING THE CHILD STABILIZE IN WHATEVER
MANNER, BUT HELP MAYBE PARENTING SKILLS.))
OUT Q= MAYBE PARENTING SKILLS
Peter is not alone.
More and more children, many as young as three are in need of mental health
This pilot program runs on a budget of about 170-thousand dollars, but it
has saved the state more than 630-thousand dollars in state hospital costs
during its first year.
The program uses in-home care, inpatient care at the Lewis Gale Psychiatric
Center or day treatment to keep the child close to home.
Dr. Patel bridges the gap between the public and private sectors and says
this program is less traumatic for everyone involved.
SOT tape 1 2:09:54
IN Q=WHICH HAS ALWAYS
((DR. HIMANSHU PATEL/CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST: WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN A DRAWBACK OF
THE STATE FACILITIES. THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN AT A DISTANCE. FAMILIES DON'T HAVE
TRANSPORTATION AND THAT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE FAMILIES TO GET
INVOLVED WITH THE WHOLE PROGRAM.))
OUT Q= THE WHOLE PROGRAM
Patel says this program helps children get better faster.
Mary Trudell calls the program a Godsend, not only is her son improving, but
she says she's learned a better way to parent him.
Denise Allen News 7.))
This weekend is marking the end of an era in Virginia and 23 other states.
All Best Products stores will be closing their doors for good tomorrow,
bringing the one-time retailing giant's demise to a conclusion.
Best pioneered catalog showrooms in Richmond in 19-57 and grew into a
two-point-one billion dollar industry before competition drove it under.
Financial cutbacks at an outdoor theater in Lexington won't mean the final
In July, the Lime Kiln receives its final installment of a five- year grant.
The Lila Wallace Readers' Digest has provided more than 400- thousand
dollars for the theater.
IN Q=It's not going
((BARRY MINES/LIME KILN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: IT'S NOT GOING TO BE THE END OF THE
WORLD BUT I'M NOT SO SILLY TO SAY IT'S NOT GOING TO BE ONE HECK OF A CHALLENGE
TO KEEP US ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND KEEP US GOING.))
SUPER=01-Barry Mines/Lime Kiln Artistic Director;
OUT Q=keep us going.
The grant has made up between 12 and 15 percent of Lime Kiln's budget.
Mines says the organization will have to be more agressive during the
IN Q=Throughout the rest
((MINES: THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR WE'LL DO SOME TOURING. WE IDENTIFIED
SOME MARKETS AND SOME TACTICS TO GET TOURING SHOWS THAT WILL BRING SOME
ADDITIONAL REVENUE. ))
OUT Q=additional revenue.
Theater officials say as competition for federal and foundation money
increases, Lime Kiln, will rely more on the private sector for its support.
The U-S Corps of Engineers is in its final stages of completing a
multi-million dollar floodwall in Buena Vista.
For several years, the corp has been working on the project which will
control water flow and prevent water from backing up into the city.
IN Q=We're about
((JODY BLACKBURN/US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: WE'RE ABOUT 75 PERCENT COMPLETE.
IT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF OVER 5000 FEET OF COMBINATION OF LEVEE AND
SUPER=01-Jody Blackburn/US Army Corps of Engineers;
OUT Q=and flood wall.
Buena Vista has been hit by several floods in the past 30 years.
The wall is designed to take on the greatest flood of record.
IN Q=The biggest floods
((STEPHEN KING/BUENA VISTA ENGINEER: THE BIGGEST FLOODS WE'VE HAD ARE '69
WHICH IS THE BIGGEST FLOOD OF RECORD AND ALSO 1985. THE PROJECT IS TO PROVIDE
PROTECTION FOR THE GREATEST FLOOD OF RECORD WHICH IS 69. ))
SUPER=01-Stephen King/Buena Vista Engineer; QUICK!!!
OUT Q=which in 1969.
To find out more about the floodwall watch On Record tomorrow morning at 11.
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If you're wondering how today's snow is affecting area ski resorts, stay
We'll have the latest skiing conditions.
and Senior Bowlers from across the state are trying to knock down a spot at the
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A little snow didn't stop the Virginia State Senior Tournament from getting
underway at the All-Star Bowling lanes in Roanoke.
More than a thousand bowlers from all over the state are spending their
February weekends competing for a spot at the national seniors bowling
This is the first time in 10 years that the Star City has hosted the state
During that time 83 year-old Thelma Manning has helped Roanoke's senior
league grow into one of the largest in the state.
Thelma says word of mouth has attracted many new bowlers to the league.
IN Q=YOU HAVE MORE
((THELMA MANNING/GOODTIMERS SENIOR BOWLING LEAGUE: YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO GET
ACQUAINTED WITH PEOPLE THAN WHEN YOU WORKED. SEE I WORKED ALL MY LIFE, RETIRED
IN '78 AND IN '85 I LEARNED I COULD BOWL.))
SUPER=01-Thelma Manning/Goodtimers Senior Bowling League;
OUT Q=I COULD BOWL
Thelma says while the object is to bowl well, the most important thing is to
have fun and make friends.
IN Q=WELL I WILL
((WELL I WILL TELL YOU HONEY, PEOPLE GET OUT OF THE FOUR WALLS AND COME OUT AND
BOWL AND MEET EVERYBODY AND HAVE A DIFFERENCE PERSPECTIVE TOWARDS LIFE. IT
DOES GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR WHEN YOU GET OLDER.))
OUT Q=WHEN YOU GET OLDER
Bowlers range in age from 50 to 89.
More senior bowlers will make trips to Roanoke during the next two weekends.
The state league will sponsor the winners' trips to Reno, Nevada, for the
national tournament in May.
And coming up, Rain delayed qualifying for next weekends Daytona 500
Clemson beats Maryland in the A-C-C.
The Tar Heels of North Carolina continue to dominate Virginia on their home
A rookie will start on the pole for next Sunday's Daytona 500. Mike
Skinner turned the track at a speed of 189 point 813 miles per hour. Steve
Grissom will start on the outside.
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Rusty Wallace, one of the fastest cars on the track this morning turned in
the fourth fastest speed of 189 point 179.
For the top 25 times today lets check the boards.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Mike Skinner/189.813/2. Steve Grissom//3. Dale Jarrett//4. Rusty
Wallace//5. Bobby Hillin //;
SUPER=0107-6. John Andretti//7. Ernie Irvan//8. Loy Allen//9. Greg Sacks//10.
SUPER=0107-11. Geoff Bodine//12. Robbie Gordon//13. Dick Trickle//14. Darrell
Waltrip//15. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-16. Bill Elliott//17. Derrike Cope//18. Kenny Wallace//19. Bobby
Labonte//20. Wally Dallenbach//;
SUPER=0107-21. Ricky Rudd//22. Jeff Gordon//23. Sterling Marlin//24. Terry
Labonte//25. Rick Barkdoll//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Rick Mast of Rockbridge-Baths qualified 27-th.
Dale Jarrett was third fastest during today time trials, and he will now
have to lock down his starting spot in the Daytona 500 in next Thursday's
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But there is now doubt, Jarrett will be the man to beat in the coming days.
He won the Busch Clash last February and then won his second Daytona 500
IN Q="You know...
((DALE JARRETT/TWO-TIME DAYTONA 500 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner; :00
OUT Q=...TO MY LIST."
The Virginia Cavaliers have not won at North Carolina since 1981. This
afternoon the Tar Heels continued that streak beating Virginia 81 to 57.
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The Cavaliers needing a win to get above 500 in the conference.
But Carolina's Vince Carter goes to the hoop pounding the boards for the
rebound and stick-back and Carolina led 15 to 14.
Virginia fell behind by four but when Harold Deane pulled up and hit this
three pointer the Cavaliers trailed by one.
Carolina finished the half strong behind Serge Zwikker he scores and the
Tar Heels led at the break 42 to 30.
The Tar Heels came out running to open the second half Harold Jamison gets
out on the break for the jam and a 23 point lead.
Deane was the only fire power the Cavaliers had in the game his jumper
off the glass made it 55 to 36.
Zwikker had one of his better SUPER=33-North
Carolina/81/Virginia/57/;games of the season again hitting the short jumper
and North Carolina beats Virginia 81 to 57.
In other A-C-C action this afternoon, The Clemson Tigers get a big win over
Maryland this afternoon 80 to 68.
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Gary Williams on the sideline in the second half of the game.
Clemson's Terrell McIntyre took control of the game here he hits the three
pointer and the Tigers led 44 to 32.
The next trip down the court Clemson goes to Merrill Code he pulls up and
hits the three and the Tigers led 47 to 32.
Maryland went cold in the second half and with about 12 minutes left this
Keith Booth drive to the hook cut the lead to 10.
But the Tigers went back up by 15 SUPER=33-Clemson/80/Maryland/68/;and
Clemson sweeps the series with Maryland beating the Terps 80 to 68.
The Virginia Tech Hokies were on the road this afternoon at Fordham and the
Hokies win the game by a score of 50 to 32.
In Lexington, The Citadel beat V-M-I this afternoon 81 to 74.
And Hampden-Sydney beat Roanoke 78 to 74 The Maroons losing their fifth
The Express hits the round house ice tonight for a 7:30 showdown with the
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Last night, Roanoke beat Knoxville 5-3 thanks to a fast start. The Express
got two goals from Jeff Jablonski and a goal from rookie Jeff Cowan.
Cowan, along with Matt o'dette are two players the AHL Saint John Flames are
looking at this week to help build up their line up.
IN Q=Right now
((JEFF PERRY/SAINT JOHN ASSISTANT COACH AND SCOUT:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Perry/St. John Assistant Coach and Scout; :00
OUT Q=...great strides"
Last night in Las Vegas, Boxing fans saw one of the most bizarre endings to
a bout in the history of the sport.
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Lennox Lewis and Oliver McCall were fighting for the vacant W-B-C
McCall appeared to be confused throughout the bout and he couldn't connect
on any of his punches.
McCall walked around the ring at the end of the fourth round and the bout
was stopped by referee Mills 55 seconds into the fifth round when McCall
refused to protect himself.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission held up McCall's three million dollar
purse for his lack of effort.
With the victory Lewis is 30 and 1.