Some Bedford County residents awake to a devastating fire.
And President Clinton rolls out a multi- million dollar plan to reform the
juvenile justice system.
Today highs will top out near 70, but tomorrow clouds and even the
possibility of showers all loom in the forecast. I'll have details on that,
and Virginia Tech's battle with Temple last night at the Cassell.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
There is no word yet on what caused the fire that left a home in the Forest
Cove area of Bedford County in ruins.
Theresa Sinclair was asleep in the house along with her son and
daughter-in-law when the blaze started.
They awoke to the smoke alarm and called for help from a neighbor's home.
Fire trucks from all over the Smith Mountain Lake area were called to the
IN Q=THEY WERE
((THEY WERE AWOKEN BY A SMOKE DETECTOR EARLY THIS MORNING AND FOUND THE HOUSE
FILLED WITH SMOKE. THEY EXITED THE HOME AND SAVED A COUPLE OF PETS IN THE
SUPER=01-David Nichols/Director of Public Safety
OUT Q= IN THE PROCESS
There are no reported injuries.
Investigators are still looking for the cause of the blaze.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=Wipe Wipe Wipe
Flames were burning through the roof of a Botetourt County home when
firefighters arrived on the scene yesterday.
Yesterday's unusual warmth made things more difficult as they made repeated
trips inside the home after neighbors said they were worried some children
might still be inside.
No one was found, but two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=Wipe Wipe Wipe
And no one was injured when an oil storage tank caught fire in Danville.
A construction crew was dismantling the tank with a cutting torch.
Fire officials say the oil tank was empty but contained fumes and oil
The tanks were housed behind the former Minter oil company on Fitzgerald
In Washington, arguments have begun at the Supreme Court in what some are
calling one of the most important religious cases ever.
A Catholic church in a small Texas town claims a religious freedom law
allows it to expand, despite historic preservation laws.
The local government disagrees.
Meantime, the high court has agreed abortion protestors have the right to
confront clinic patients on public streets, but not in the clinic doorway.
The President is in Boston today to address the U-S epidemic of teen
Mr. Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno have announced a 200 million
dollar initiative to reduce juvenile and gang- related problems.
((WE'RE TRYING TO FOCUS ON VIOLENT YOUTH - THOSE WHO HURT OTHERS, WHO IGNORE
OTHERS' SAFETY. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE COURTS; THAT THERE ARE
PROSECUTORS; THAT THERE ARE POLICE WITH RESOURCES NECESSARY TO FOCUS ON THE
DANGEROUS YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS.
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/US Attorney General;
OUT Q=on the dangerous youthful offenders.
President Clinton wants to make Boston a model for the rest of the nation.
Violence by young people in Boston has dropped dramatically thanks to
TAPE#net (edit of 97-7)
A midnight deadline has come and gone in the state capital.
General Assembly budget negotiators failed to hammer out revisions to the
19-96 through 19-98 spending plan.
They will have to try again today.
Among the items still being discussed is Governor Allen's proposal to pay
for 600-thousand dollars in liability insurance for teachers.
The eight person House and Senate committee must also hammer out differences
on issues like Mary Baldwin's V-WIL program.
Republican Senator William Wampler of Bristol is the only voice of southwest
Virginia in the negotiations, replacing Congressman Virgil Goode on the
TAPE#net (edit of 597-14)
Some sick animals in Roanoke County may soon have no place to go.
Both veterinarians and animal control officials say the Roanoke Wildlife
Rescue performs a vital service to the community.
IN Q=PEOPLE BRING
((DOROTHY RUNION/VIRGINIA WILDLIFE RESCUE: PEOPLE BRING THE ANIMALS HERE. WE
EITHER RAISE THEM AND REHAB THEM, OR WE REHABILITATE THEM, AND THEN RELEASE
THEM BACK INTO THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.))
SUPER=01-Dorothy Runion/Roanoke Wildlife Rescue Director;
Dorothy Runion runs the wildlife rehabilitation agency out of her
grandmother's home, but her father has power of attorney and he has agreed to
sell the property.
IN Q=WE DON'T
((DOROTHY RUNION/ROANOKE WILDLIFE RESCUE: WE DON'T HAVE ANY FUNDS TO GO
ANYWHERE ELSE-- THAT'S OUR BASIC PROBLEM. ))
OUT Q=BASIC PROBLEM
The nearest alternative site, that provides similar service is in
IN Q=some animals
((ALLYSON PERDUE/VIRGINIA WILDLIFE RESCUE: SOME ANIMALS ARE IN SUCH A CRITICAL
CONDITION, PUTTING THEM IN A CAR FOR 3 HOURS, THEY'RE GOING TO BE DEAD BY THE
TIME THEY GET THERE.))
SUPER=01-Allyson Perdue/Roanoke Wildlife Rescue;
OUT Q=get there
Runion and her volunteers are now counting on the community to help them
raise one- hundred- fifty- thousand dollars to make a counter offer on the
Two men, who are wanted after a shootout with police in Ohio, may have ties
to a murder and a neo-Nazi group.
The entire shootout was recorded on a police cruiser camera.
Investigators have released the video in hopes someone can identify the
Eve Mueller has more.
SUPER=03-Wilmington, OH; :00
OUT Q=from getting away.
Neither the suspects nor police were hurt but a passing motorist was shot in
Murder suspect Ronnie Lee Brooks was no stranger to domestic conflict when
he allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in Roanoke County almost two
Brooks was charged with first-degree murder Monday- -the same day he was
released from the hospital.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./February 8
Police say he turned the gun on himself after he shot Liza Sizemore.
It was just one month ago Brooks was in trouble over a phone call to his
IN Q=use obscene
((JUDGE PHILIP TROMPETER/ROANOKE CO. DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT: USE OBSCENE,
VULGAR, PROFANE, LEWD, LASCIVIOUS OR INDECENT LANGUAGE TO MAKE AN OBSCENE
SUGGESTION OF PROPOSAL TO OR THREATEN OR MAKE AN ILLEGAL OR IMMORAL ACT WITH
THE INTENT TO COERCE OR INTIMIDATE CHRIS WILLIAMS, YOUR BROTHER IN LAW OVER THE
SUPER=01-Judge Philip Trompeter/Rke. Co. Domestic Relations Court
Brooks is also charged with "curse and abuse" of his mother, Jean Brooks,
earlier this month.
A nurse who was attacked by a mental patient in 19-94 at Catawba Hospital
took her case to the General Assembly.
Legislators say she deserves almost 123- thousand dollars in addition to her
worker's compensation payments.
Beverly Q. Russell was attacked at Catawba, after she and other nurses had
warned the patient was NOT taking prescribed medication needed to keep him from
SOT FEED TAPE J 23:27:23
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: ON THAT MORNING, THE PATIENT VIOLENTLY ATTACKED HER,
STATING HE INTENDED TO KILL HER, CAUSE HER SEVERE PHYSICAL INJURIES.))
OUT Q=physical injuries.
Yesterday in Richmond, Russell's reward did NOT come without a fight.
SOT feed tape j 23:34:52
IN Q=And if
((SEN. KEN STOLLE: AND IF WE'RE GONNA START TO EXTEND THIS TO VICTIMS OF
CRIMINALS, MY GUESS IS WE'RE GONNA HAVE A WHOLE HOST OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COME
IN HERE BEFORE US AND ASK FOR WORKER'S COMPENSATION TO BE EXTENDED.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Virginia Beach;
But other senators argued that UNLIKE police officers, the state could have
provided Russell with a safe workplace.
SOT FEED TAPE J 23:32:46
IN Q=He is
((SEN. BO TRUMBO: HE IS STILL FREE. AND IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT IN FACT,
SHE DOESN'T WHETHER OR NOT HE WILL SHOW UP AT HER DOORSTEP. SO THE TRAUMA
OUT Q=trauma continues.
Russell's relief bill was originally sponsored by Delegate Dick Cranwell.
It now goes on to Governor Allen.
A few months ago some lawmakers were surprised to find a law on the books
legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana in Virginia.
Many tried to get rid of the law, but yesterday they lost the fight.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The supporters
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania; :11
SUPER=04-Yesterday; :20 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Virginia Beach; :23
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; :44
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; 1:07
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The supporters of medical marijuana have been out in force this year.
They won a reprieve from the Senate Education and Health committee, which
opted to study the issue and wait for federal guidance.
sot FEED TAPE J 01:14:16
((SEN. EDD HOUCK: THOSE PEOPLE ASKED ME "SENATOR, CAN'T YOU AT LEAST LET US
HAVE PEACE. WE'RE DYING?"))
But the attacks on the law started again.
sot 01:31:56 FEED TAPE J
((SEN. MARK EARLEY: THERE IS NOT ONE OTHER DRUG IN THE UNITED STATES THAT CAN
BE PRESCRIBED FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES THAT CAN BE INHALED. THIS IS NOTHING MORE
THAN THE POP CULTURE OF THE 60s AND 70s THAT WOUND ITS WAY INTO THE STATE
STATUTE IN THE LATE 1970s.))
And again, the law's defenders outnumbered its opponents.
sot 01:32:19 FEED TAPE J
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: THERE WAS AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST WHO CAME IN THERE AND
TESTIFIED THIS OUGHT NOT TO BE TAKEN OFF THE BOOKS. THERE WAS AN ONCOLOGIST
THAT CAME IN THERE AND TESTIFIED THAT THERE OUGHT NOT BE TAKEN OFF THE BOOKS.
AND QUITE FRANKLY HAD THE HEARING BEEN HELD AT ANOTHER TIME, WE COULD HAVE
PROBABLY HAVE PRODUCED A STREAM OF THEM. SO, THIS IS HARDLY FADDISM OF THE 60s
Some argued repealing the law would mean more painful deaths for political
sot 01:30:35 FEED TAPE J
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED? WE HAVE ERECTED SOME KIND OF A
SYMBOL THAT WE ARE GOOD PEOPLE. AND WE DON'T LIKE MARIJUANA.))
Botetourt Senator Bo Trumbo was one of three Republicans to side with
Democrats to defend the drug's medicinal use.
The House which is up for re-election this year much more quietly killed the
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
It could take millions of dollars from the Botetourt County Board of
Supervisors to save the Route 43-Y bridge in Eagle Rock.
Now members must decide if it's worth it.
Yesterday, the board listened to representatives from the Virginia
Department of Transportation.
V-DOT has offered to pay one and a quarter million dollars... half the cost
to rebuild the bridge.
Under the proposal, the county would match that total.
But there's a catch-- only a quarter of the state money is actually
guaranteed... meaning Botetourt County could wind up paying more than its
IN Q=On our own
((JOHN SHIFLETT/BOTETOURT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: ON OUR OWN, WE'D HAVE A
BETTER DEAL THAN THIS DEAL. BUT WE NEED TO SIT DOWN WITH THE STATE PEOPLE AND
THE COUNTY PEOPLE AND WORK THIS OUT. ))
SUPER=01-John Shiflett/Botetourt Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=work this out
Dozens of residents were also on hand for the meeting.
They believe the bridge should be rebuilt no matter what the cost.
The board must make a decision by March 21st.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Filmmaker Ken Burns has immortalized Thomas Jefferson in a P-B-S
Now the state is hoping to capitalize on the renewed interest in one of this
country's founding fathers.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Four years of
SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00 (quick!)
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Annie Eagan/Poplar Forest; :14
SUPER=01-Stevie Dovel/Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce; 1:04
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( Four years of filming went into Ken Burns' project on Thomas Jefferson, but
scenes from his Poplar Forest retreat never made the final cut.
Instead of being upset, folks here have turned the whole project to their
IN Q=The idea of
((ANNIE EAGAN/POPLAR FOREST: THE IDEA OF THE JEFFERSON'S VIRGINIA WAS TO REALLY
TAKE THE FILM AS A LAUNCHING POINT TO GET PEOPLE TO COME TO THE STATE OF
VIRGINIA AND TOUR THOSE SITES THAT INSPIRED JEFFERSON'S LIFE.))
OUT Q=Jefferson's life.
57 dollars buys you the Jefferson passport, which opens the doors to nine
major Jefferson sites across the state...from Colonial Williamsburg to the
state Capitol to Natural Bridge.
Along the way, of course, are the must- see places like Monticello and
((Thomas Jefferson called Poplar Forest his hidden treasure, and for the most
part, tried to keep its location a secret. Ironically, it was the folks here
who came up with the idea of the Jefferson Passport, which figures to lure even
more tourists to Bedford County and eight other Jefferson sites across the
OUT Q=across the state.
And what's good for Poplar Forest also should benefit the rest of central
IN Q=There are other
((STEVIE DOVEL/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND
DO IN LYNCHBURG, AND OF COURSE JEFFERSON HAD A MAJOR IMPACT ON A LOT OF OUR
ATTRACTIONS, SO NOT ONLY DO WE WANT THEM TO GO TO POPLAR FOREST, BUT WE WANT
THEM TO ENJOY THE AREA.))
OUT Q=enjoy the area.
Enjoy it at least as much as Thomas Jefferson did.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
The Hubble Space Telescope is flying solo again, following its multi-million
Early this morning the "Discovery" crew released the two-billion dollar
telescope from its cargo bay for three more years of star gazing.
((HOUSTON COPY, AGENCY IS FREE TO STUDY THE STARS))
OUT Q=study the stars.
Engineers will be putting Hubble through its paces over the next
several weeks, checking out the upgrades installed by the
astronauts in a record-tying five spacewalks.
Discovery returns to earth on Friday.
SUPER=300-66/43/W 14-21mph/30.21s/74/1971/ 7/1979;
SUPER=301-59/35/SW 9mph/30.22fs/76/1939/ 3/1903;
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/& Mild/42-46/Increasing Clouds/Not as Warm/54-58;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/& Mild/44-48/Increasing Clouds/Not as Warm/56-60;
SUPER=332-Mostly/Cloudy/40-44/Mostly Cloudy/Rain Late/54-58;
SUPER=333-Partly/Cloudy/34-38/Increasing Clouds/Showers Possible/50-55;
TAPE#net (edit of tb97-1)
Temple returned to Philadelphia with a win over Virginia Tech.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Temple vs. Tech - ESPN2;
Troy Manns would provide an early spark with the awesome dribble drive
between defenders and to the rack for the hoop.
Manns would have the hot hand the entire first half, as he hits the three
pointer. Temple led by 2 at the half.
But John Cheney's bunch would get some breathing room in the second half
as they win the defensive struggle 45 to 41. The Hokies are now 13-and-12 on
TAPE#net (edit of s7-1)
Duke hosted Clemson last night in an A-C-C battle.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/Clemson vs. Duke;
Duke's Arman Wallace rips the three pointer from the top of the key for the
Then Ricky Price penetrates in the paint and dishes to Greg Newton for the
SUPER=33-Clemson #8/77/Duke #6/84;
The Blue Devils stay in first in the A-C-C with the 84 to 77 win.
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-4)
In Women's ODAC action, Roanoke almost doubled Emory and Henry's score as the
team continued its winning streak.
SUPER=03-Salem/Wasps vs. Maroons; :00
Last night marked the final home game for three special local products.
Seniors Amy Athey of Cave Spring, William Byrd's Ashley McCallum, and
Blacksburg's Suzanne Moore all in the double digits last night.
Sallie Lefter collects the SUPER=33-Roanoke/82/Emory & Henry/45;
rebound and scores on the short jumper.
Athey also scored her one- thousandth career point. The game stopped
momentarily while she was honored.
Roanoke coasts to the 82-45 win.
Cave Spring topped Franklin County 79-57 in Roanoke Valley district play.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Eagles vs. Knights; :00
In the second half, Cave Spring senior Alex Phillips was on the money,
scoring this deuce from under the iron for 2 of his team high 16 points.
The Eagles answer with the perfectly executed inbounds play. Jason Sawyers
scores with a little help from the window.
Ricky Dierker dishes to SUPER=33-Cave Spring/79/Franklin Co./57;
Mark Snodgrass. He buries the trey from the corner and Cave Spring advances to
a R-V-D semi final match up with William Fleming Thursday at the Salem Civic
It takes a brave heart to eat dog
food and wear a leopard-skin bra.
But Hollywood's Mad Max proved up
to the challenge last night.
Actor-director Mel Gibson got into the mad-cap spirit while accepting the
Hasty Pudding "Man of the Year" award at Harvard University.
He ate dog food and wore a bra with his tuxedo.
The Hasty Pudding awards are given to performers who have made a
"lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment."