Coming up next on News 7 at six, the woman Roanoke police believe was
abducted last week surfaced today, telling investigators she's ok.
And we'll take a look back at the 1997 Virginia Legislative session.
In sports, The Winston Cup drivers were at the Rock this afternoon,
Highlights from this afternoon's ODAC Semi finals.
And V-M-I wrapped up its regular season at Cameron Hall today in Lexington.
Temperatures have dropped a bit-- but all the sun outside makes it feel even
We'll find out how much longer the clear skies will last, ahead in the
The woman allegedly abducted from a Roanoke apartment Thursday, is safe.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department says Rebecca Lee Hicks turned up
Hicks told investigators this afternoon that she WAS NOT abducted.
Several police teams spent yesterday searching the Bradshaw Road area of
They were looking for Robert Wayne Hickson, who authorities believed had
abducted Hicks, his ex-girlfriend.
But this morning Hicks called the authorities from this house on Bradshaw
Hickson's mother talked with her and says she was hungry but in good health.
IN Q=SHE HAD BLACK EYES
((BETTY HICKSON/ROBERT'S MOTHER: SHE HAD BLACK EYES. SHE SAID IT WAS FROM THE
FIGHT THAT WAS IN ROANOKE AND SHE WAS TRYING TO GET THEM OFF MY SON.))
SUPER=01-Betty Hickson/Robert's Mother;
OUT Q=OFF MY SON
Hickson says Hicks told her she was hit in the face as she tried to help her
ex-boyfriend during a fight in Roanoke Thursday night.
It was the same fight that led to the abduction charges.
Hicks reportedly said Robert Hickson did NOT hit her.
The case is back now in the hands of the Roanoke City Police.
Hickson has not been found.
Charges are still pending against him.
A Roanoke County man is dead and another is in jail following an early
Police say 56-year-old Paskel Tinsley Junior allegedly shot 37-year-old Rick
The shooting happened around four this morning in Tinsley's Bent Mountain
Knobel died at the scene.
Tinsley's wife was home at the time of the incident, but police say she was
Tinsley is in the Roanoke County Jail without bond.
He is charged with first degree murder.
The smoke has cleared on the 1997 General Assembly.
Ellen Qualls looks back on the highlights.
IN Q=Assembly historians
SUPER=01-Del. Earl Dickenson/(D) Louisa; 1:04
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Assembly historians may remember 1997 as the year two long- fought battles
sot ALLEN TAPE 14:44:16
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: FINALLY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS HEARD AND HEEDED THE
WILL OF THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. WE HAVE A TRUE PARENTAL
An 18- year abortion fight yields to a George Allen campaign promise.
nat sot Carry Me Back
And peace is declared in a 27- year fight over the state song.
SOT SATURDAY TAPE ONE 02:55:36
((SEN. BO TRUMBO: EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE VOLUMINOUS BILLS, IN MY OPINION MOST
OF WHICH DID NOTHING, I THINK THAT WE HAVE CONCENTRATED ON THOSE AREAS OF THE
LAW THAT NEED REFINEMENT, AS OPPOSED TO NEW INITIATIVES AND I DON'T THINK
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BUT I DON'T BELIEVE I'LL HAVE TO VETO AS MANY BILLS
GENERALLY AS I'VE HAD IN THE PAST. I THINK THAT MEMBERS REALIZE WHEN I SAY I'M
GOING TO VETO A BILL I'M GOING TO VETO IT. SO MANY OF THESE BILLS HAVE BEEN
KILLED SO I DON'T HAVE TO VETO 'EM.))
Statewide, there were obvious winners in the budget war.
sot 12:50:44 EARL TAPE
((DEL. EARL DICKENSON: A FOUR-PERCENT INCREASE...TEACHING FACULTY.))
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: ))
Regionally speaking, Southside and Southwest Virginia picked up some help
SOT SATURDAY TAPE ONE 02:44:47
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PRIMARILY THE BUDGET. ...
COMPETE IN THE NEXT CENTURY.))
SOT 03:27:15 SATURDAY TAPE
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: THE BUDGET WAS A FAIRLY EASY PROCESS AGAIN THIS YEAR.
WE DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS THERE ABOUT LOTTERY MONEY BEING SPENT IN NORTHERN
VIRGINIA TO BUILD A BASEBALL STADIUM.))
Politically speaking, Don Beyer had a good year.
He got his way on every bill he proposed but one -- and bi-partisan praise
at the end of eight years at the helm of the senate.
In a sense he's playing catch-up with his likely opponent for governor.
Jim Gilmore's record was largely built over the last two years -- as was his 93
ticket mate's -- who still cheered this year.
SOT ALLEN TAPE 14:42:50
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WANTED TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO MEMBERS OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY, IN A SESSION THAT HAS TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF THE MOST
PRODUCTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL THAT ANYONE CAN REMEMBER.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-- a Roanoke organization is fighting racism,
but not by protests or court action.
They talk about it.
And the South Boston Police Department has a new weapon in the fight against
No major weather systems are on the horizon-- although it will cloud up a
bit to the west tonight.
So that means another sunny day Monday, and more of the same on Tuesday.
Some rain does enter the picture early on Thursday morning.
First let's see today's high and low temperatures....
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
They're not as large or as vocal as the Southern Christian Leadership
But for nearly six years, the group People Uniting Against Racism has
gathered at the Roanoke Tribune.
They believe straight talk is the best weapon against racism.
Kimberly McBroom has more.
IN Q=Anita Bond began coming
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :07
SUPER=01-Anita Bond/People Uniting Against Racism; :10
SUPER=01-Marcie Weis/Group Member; :32
SUPER=01-Claudia Whitworth/Roanoke Tribune; 1:03
SUPER=01-Rochelle Loritts/Group Member; 1:18
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Anita Bond began coming to the Thursday night meetings, looking for
support in raising her bi- racial adopted daughter.
Her experience hasn't been that of overt racism--
SOT tape 1 10:28:37
((ANITA BOND/PEOPLE UNITING AGAINST RACISM: BUT IT'S MORE OF THE SUBTLE TYPE
OF STARES AND INNUENDOES THAT WE GET AS A FAMILY. ))
Hers is just one example of the racial tension that still exists in the
Roanoke Valley and beyond.
A recent housing study named Roanoke the most segregated city in
Virginia-- which comes as no surprise to group members.
SOT tape 1 10:37:41
((MARCIE WEIS/GROUP MEMBER: AS SOON AS YOU SAY NORTHWEST IN ROANOKE, YOU'RE
TALKING ABOUT A BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD. OR IT'S-- I'M SORRY THAT IT HAS TO BE THAT
But Weis says she's made friends at the bi- monthly gatherings, and
believes socialization among races is key to improving relations.
More than coming together to try to fix the world-- these people are
learning to deal with their own prejudice feelings and attitudes.
For them, the group provides a gateway to mutual understanding.
SOT tape 2 11:04:35
((CLAUDIA WHITWORTH/ROANOKE TRIBUNE OWNER: THIS IS OUR FEELING. WE KNOW THIS
IS A PREJUDICED FEELING. WE KNOW IT MIGHT BE A RACIST FEELING, WHATEVER, SOME
FORM OF PREJUDICE. BUT IT'S IN HERE B-ROLL SECOND PART OF BITE WITH MEETING
COVER AND OUR BEING HERE TO START WITH MEANS WE'D LIKE SOME HELP WITH IT.))
SOT tape 2 11:17:57
((ROCHELLE LORITTS/GROUP MEMBER: THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND SO
MANY STAGES FOR RACISM TO PLAY A PART ON THAT IT'S HARD TO SAY THAT IT WILL
EVER NOT BE HERE. I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT.))
And it's that hope that keeps the dialogue going.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
South Boston police are putting their newest crime fighting tool to work.
The department recently bought three video cameras for the officers to use
in their cars.
They've been using the cameras for a while to get accustomed to them before
receiving official training about a week ago.
The classroom training included officers from neighboring jurisdictions.
Police Chief Jim Hall believes the cameras will protect the officer as well
as the public.
IN Q=Not only
((JIM HALL/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE CHIEF:NOT ONLY DOES IT TELL THE TRUE STORY
BECAUSE THE PICTURES ARE THERE, THE RECORDED AUDIO IS THERE, IT SHOWS EXACTLY
WHAT DID TRANSPIRE.
MARTY DAVIS/BOYDTON POLICE CHIEF:IT'S ONLY HELPED, IT'S HELPED TREMENDOUSLY, IF
THERE'S A DISCREPANCY OR ANYTHING, WE CAN GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE TAPE, I ALSO
USE IT TO CRITIQUE MYSELF TO SEE HOW I CAN BETTER CHANGE AND DO THINGS
DIFFERENTLY, SO I WOULDN'T WORK WITHOUT ONE. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/South Boston Police Chief; :00 quick
SUPER=00-Marty Davis/Boydton Police Chief; :13
OUT Q=without one.
The cameras cost the town of South Boston about four thousand dollars each--
money Chief Hall believes is well worth it.
A higher education facility in Roanoke gets the land to expand, and the only
insurance company in our region has its second straight record year.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in our area with the
News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
Roanoke Electric Steel remains positive about its future direction, despite
a 34- percent drop in its first quarter earnings.
The company told shareholders at its annual meeting that an improving market
for its products and greater productivity will help the company's bottom line
The College of Health Sciences will have a new home after the turn of the
American Electric Power has given the Roanoke school the deed to 38 acres of
land just west of Dixie Caverns.
For the second time since last summer, stock of Optical Cable in Roanoke
County has shot up in price.
At one point this week it was trading at 14 times its average daily volume.
And Shenandoah Life Insurance of Roanoke posted some strong profits for
The company raked in 11- point- three- million- dollars for the year, an
increase of 27- percent.
It was a rough week for the financial markets, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average took a 57 point hit, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 33 points.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's more to come on News 7, the General Assembly may have rid itself
from the controversy over the state song. But Carry Me Back to Old Virginia is
still a hot topic in News 7's Feedback.
And NASA helps land Internet access for some Southwest Virginia schools.
MUSIC UP FULL
In our viewer mail this week, more comments on the state song controversy.
And a new way to share your comments with News-7.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean.
IN Q=We got a tip
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( We got a tip for a possible followup, and a tip of the hat, from a viewer
who appreciated our story on plans by the Air Force to expand its military
training flights at the Virginia-West Virginia border.
"Thank you very much for an informative look at an issue of primary
importance to the people in my area," he wrote.
But the rest of our mail dealt with the soon-to-be state song emeritus.
"The biggest problem with today is everyone wants to live in the past. The
state song has been in existence for many years. Why go and mess up that
Another viewer wrote:
"First the Air National Guard lost their emblem, wiped from our planes, walls
and cups! Now, among other things our State Song is going. Where will it end?
Must we dig up our Confederate Violets and Confederate Jasmine? Must we topple
all of our monuments to our Confederate soldiers that are spread all over the
South? Will Monument Avenue in Richmond be razed and only decorated with Ashe,
King, Booker T., Rosa Parks monuments?"
"The lyric in said song depicts the life and feeling of that time period in
Virginia, " said another. "Slaves, Blacks and their life (are) part of history
in Virginia. The slaves were made to work very hard, they deserved to be
mentioned in the song. Black and/or white should appreciate that and no one has
the right to change that song."
"The song states: NO PLACE ON EARTH DO I LOVE MORE SINCERELY, this should not
offend anyone from Virginia. I think everyone should look at themselves as
God's creation no matter what color they are instead of thinking they are
different and feel offended by a song that their ancestors wrote. "
Letters to News-7 Feedback should be signed, and addressed to P.O. Box 7,
Our fax number is 343-7269.
Our email address is email@example.com.
Or leave a message on our new on-line, moderated forum. You'll find it on
our web page at www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.
NASA is helping to give schools in western Virginia high- speed access to
A ribbon- cutting ceremony last week launched Future Net, which will
eventually link the Southwest Virginia Governor's School with classroom
computers in several counties.
70- thousand dollars from NASA and a matching amount of local funds will pay
for computers, modems and a high- speed connection.
IN Q=The internet is rapidly
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: THE INTERNET IS RAPIDLY BECOMING AN
INDISPENSIBLE TOOL FOR EDUCATION AND IN NO PLACE IN RURAL AMERICA IS THAT
INFORMATION NOW MORE AVAILABLE THAN IT IS HERE IN PULASKI COUNTY AND SOON TO BE
AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY.))
OUT Q=in the New River Valley.
Pulaski County schools will be the first linked to Future Net.
Soon to follow are classrooms in Giles, Wythe, Bland, Carroll, and Smyth
And coming up, Hokies win at Home V-M-I beats East Tennessee State at
And Jeff Gordon takes the checkered flag winning the Goodwrench Service 400
at the Rock.
Jeff Gordon led only one time today but after taking that lead with 42
laps to go he crossed the line winning the Goodwrench Service 400 at the Rock.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN SPORTS; :
Dale Jarrett had the strongest car on the track early in the race he passed
Mark Martin to take his second lead of the race and he was leading after 100
South Boston's Jeff Burton was having a good run he had the Exide Batteries
Ford in fifth place after passing Ricky Craven.
Dale Earnhardt started 27-th and he got caught up in traffic this time
with a group that included Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace Earnhardt was 11-th.
How strong was Jarrett's car well after 180 laps he blew past pole sitter
Mark Martin putting Martin a lap down and he was the leader at the halfway
Then with 163 laps to go Dick Trickle spins out and slides on the track
bringing out the third caution of the day.
After challenging Jarrett several times in the race Gordon finally made a
move and took the lead with 42 laps to go and held off Jarrett winning his
second race of the season.
IN Q="All of a
((JEFF GORDON/GOODWRENCH SERVICE 400 WINNER: ))
((DALE JARRETT/FINISHED SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Goodwrench Service 400 Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Finished Second; :16
OUT Q=......40 laps."
Jeff Burton was third, Ricky Rudd fourth and Ricky Craven fifth.
The Roanoke College Maroons were eliminated in the Semi Finals of the ODAC
this afternoon losing to Hampden-Sydney 63 to 62.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Tigers; :
Maroon head coach Page Moir getting the team ready to start the second
Roanoke's Nathan Hungate would score two of his game high 14 points on this
basket as Roanoke led by two early in the second half.
The tigers would take a six point lead when Maurice Ross nails the trey.
Hampton Sydney led 40 to 34.
Roanoke had a chance to win it at
SUPER=33-Hampden-Sydney/63/Roanoke/62/;the Buzzer but two easy shots would
not fall and the Tigers beat the Maroons 63 to 62.
IN Q="We had a
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......another way."
SUPER=04-Hornets vs Eagles; :
The Lynchburg Hornets warmed up for the second game against Bridgewater.
Lynchburg's Chris Whelan shots this nice jumper and scores as the Hornets
took the lead in the first half.
Bridgewater's Eddie Bently gets the ball inside to Jason Jones who shoots
the jumper from the top of the key to tie the game.
Hornets Senior Otis Tucker shoots
SUPER=33-Lynchburg/88/Bridgewater/73/;this jumper giving Lynchburg the lead
again and Lynchburg goes on to win the game 88 to 73.
The Virginia Tech Hokies got 16 points from Jim Jackson today in a 76 to 62
win over Duquense at the Cassell.
Tech led 41 to 26 at the half and the Hokies cruised to the win.
The Hokies are 14 and 13 overall and they're 7 and 8 in the Atlantic 10.
The Hokies return to action Tuesday night against Virginia in Richmond
The V-M-I Keydets were at home for their final regular season game before
next weeks Southern Conference tournament in Greensboro.
SUPER=03-Lexington/FOX SPORTS; :
Bart Bellairs on the sideline before the Keydets took the floor against
Darryl Faulkner gets out on the break he misses the layup but puts it back
in for the score and a 12 to 4 Keydet lead.
East Tennessee's big man Ryan Wilson comes right back and he hits a jumper
to cut the lead to six.
The Keydets go to their big man Mike Spinelli he hits the jumper and the
Keydets led 14 to 9.
East Tennessee took its first lead when Titus Shelton drives to the hoop
and scores to make it a one point game.
The Keydets and Bucs battled SUPER=33-VMI/97/East Tennessee
State/75/;throughout the second half and V-M-I gets the 97 to 75 win.
Purdue still has hopes of making the N-C-A-A field after beating 18-th
ranked Michigan 67 to 58.
SUPER=03-West Lafayette, IN/CBS SPORTS; :
The Boilermakers were ready for the challenge this afternoon.
Guard Chad Austin had the hot hand from the outside this three pointer put
him over a thousand points in his career.
But Michigan runs the floor and gets the ball to the big guy Robert Taylor
for the jam and the Wolverines led by one.
Austin would finish the day with 25
SUPER=33-Purdue/67/Michigan/58/;points as Purdue pulled away in the second
half to knock off Michigan 67 to 58.
U-C-L-A upset sixth ranked Duke this afternoon 73 to 69.
The Roanoke Express was on the road again this afternoon in Mississippi.
Roanoke scored two goals in the second period and the Express opened the
third period with a 3 to 1 lead on the Seawolves and Roanoke wins it 3 to 1.