A Virginia Tech student is dead- from Meningitis. Now other students must
A long time Roanoke business files for bankruptcy.
Plus- an apparent bullet hole in a TWA jet.
And highlights from VMI's southern conference tournament game.
News 7 is next.
Fire breaks out at a Vinton home tonight on South Pacific drive.
People nearby say they saw flames coming from the home. A News 7 crew is
there. We'll have details at eleven.
AIDS deaths have dropped significantly nationwide for the first time since
the epidemic began.
Federal health officials credit better treatment and prevention programs.
And an apparent bullet hole is spotted in the tail of a TWA plane.
Plus highlights from VMI's Southern Conference Tournament game in
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A bacterial form of meningitis has claimed the life of a Virginia Tech
18 year old Austin Fox died at Montgomery Regional Hospital this morning,
less than 12 hours after he was admitted with the bloodstream infection.
Now health officials are asking Fox's neighbors on the fourth floor of
Shanks Hall at Tech to take antibiotics to prevent the illness from spreading.
They say others who shared eating or drinking utensils or had prolonged
contact with Fox should as well.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIR.: INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE IN A
CASUAL CONTACT SITUATION SUCH AS A CLASSROOM, SUCH AS A SOCIAL SITUATION AS A
PARTY, AN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT, A WORK ENVIRONMENT ARE NOT CONSIDERED AT RISK AND
THERE'S NO NEED FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO BE TREATED WITH AN ANTIBIOTIC. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health Dist. Dir.;
OUT Q=with an antibiotic.
**Take Pinnacle Fullscreen/Phone Number**
Questions may be directed to Tech's Student Health Services at 231-5158.
Symptoms of meningitis include fever, nausea, headache, stiff neck and skin
Fire officials are at the scene of a house fire in Vinton tonight.
Two adults and one child were at home on South Pacific Drive when the
fire broke out around eight tonight.
They were able to get out of the house unharmed.
IN Q=When the first
((STEVE POFF/ROANOKE CO. FIRE CHIEF: WHEN THE FIRST ENGINE GOT HERE THEY HAD
BRICK RANCH WITH HEAVY SMOKE SHOWING FROM THE FRONT OF THE STRUCTURE, FIRE
SHOWING FROM THE BASEMENT ON THE REAR OF THE BUILDING. THEY WERE ABLE TO TAKE
TWO LINES THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR AND ONE THROUGH THE BASEMENT AND ABLE TO PUSH
THE FIRE THROUGH THE REAR OF THE BUILDING. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Poff/Roanoke Co. Fire Chief;
OUT Q=of the building.
It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the blaze under control.
The home suffered severe damage.
No word yet on the cause of the fire.
Tomorrow new regulations take effect that should crackdown on the sale of
tobacoo to minors.
But whether will Virginia follow the law- was in question today.
It all started with a Washington Post article.
In it, Attorney General Jim Gilmore's spokesman said the state would NOT
enforce FDA regulations.
Ellen Qualls got the swift reaction from Governor George Allen.
IN Q=The article was
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 16; :19 QUICK!
OUT Q=News 7 Richmond
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE ARTICLE WAS OF COURSE A SURPRISE TO ME. I DIDN'T
KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I DID TALK TO ATTORNEY GENERAL GILMORE AND I DID TALK
TO SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES, MY SECRETARY ROBERT METCALF, AND I
SAID WE ARE ENFORCING THESE LAWS IN VIRGINIA AND I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYBODY ELSE
IS SAYING, THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING.))
But in the Post, Gilmore spokesman Mark Miner, seen here a few weeks ago
with his boss, was quoted as saying:
pre pro page one
"They're federal laws. States don't enforce federal laws."
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DID NOT WRITE THE STORY, I DID NOT INTERVIEW ANYONE.
ALL I CAN SAY IS AS GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEATLH OF VIRGINIA, THE STATE DOES
ENFORCE FEDERAL LAWS.))
Jim Gilmore declined to be interviewed for this story.
But he released a statement saying his spokesman, and a health department
official in charge of enforcement, were wrong about his stance.
pre-pro page two
Gilmore now says "All federal laws and regulations are valid in Virginia and
will be enforced."
((We spoke with Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer also.
He's of course Gilmore's all-but-nominated opponent for Governor this fall.
Beyer says, despite the clarification, the message has already been sent to
Virginia teens: it's okay to NOT obey laws you don't agree with.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Charges against two dozen suspected drug dealers in Bedford County are being
dropped after the death of a police informant two weeks ago.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Month;
About thirty people were arrested during "Operation Crackdown" in early
January, a police sting that started with dozens of undercover drug buys.
But the man who made those buys has died of a heart attack, and without his
testimony, the cases can't go forward.
IN Q=He was the
((LT. JOHN MCCANE/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE WAS THE MAJOR PLAYER. HE HAD
MADE PRACTICALLY ALL THE INDIVIDUAL PURCHASES FROM THE DRUG DEALERS, AND
UNFORTUNATELY AS A RESULT, WE ANTICIPATE LOSING PRACTICALLY ALL THE CASES. BUT
WE DID GAIN A LOT OF VALUABLE INTELLIGENCE, WE KNOW WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE, WE
KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING. OUR DRUG EFFORTS ARE AN ONGOING OPERATION AND
HOPEFULLY THEY'LL STOP ON THEIR OWN. THE KEY IS TO GET THEM TO STOP SELLING
DRUGS. IF THEY STOP ON THEIR OWN, FINE, IF NOT, PERHAPS THEY MAY BE SEEING US
SUPER=01-Lt. John McCane/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=seeing us again.
McCane says the informant also had been helping build cases for state
authorities and the D-E-A.
He adds the man was a reformed drug addict, trying to prevent others from
making the same mistakes he made.
A Halifax County man accused of killing his wife could spend life in prison
based, in part, on his son's testimony.
Five-year old Bradley Cole was among the witnesses who testified today
against 37-year old Mark William Cole.
Prosecutors say Cole abducted his estranged wife in front of their two young
children before shooting her outside the home they once shared.
Bradley Cole testified he heard his mother scream and that his father quote
"didn't have a nice smile".
Cole's attorney claims his client shot his wife because he saw her having
sexual relations with another man earlier in the evening.
A significant drop in AIDS deaths nationwide- for the first time since the
epidemic began in 1981.
Federal health officials credit better treatment and prevention.
((IT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT A DECREASE IN DEATHS HAS EVER BEEN REPORTED WITH
AIDS. THE CURVE GOES STRAIGHT UP RIGHT UP UNTIL RECENTLY ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ron Gulick/N.Y. University Medical School;
OUT Q=UNTIL RECENTLY."
But not all the news is good.
While there's been a substantial drop in deaths among white gay men, the
reduction among blacks and hispanics is far smaller.
And women and heterosexuals actually increased.
((DONNA SHALALA/HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: IT IS INCREASINGLY A
DISEASE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN. IT IS INCREASINGLY A DISEASE RELATED TO
INTRAVENOUS DRUG USERS.))
SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/Health and Human Services Secretary;
OUT Q=intravenous drug users."
In the first six months of 1996- 22 thousand people died from AIDS- a 13
percent drop from one year earlier.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, a long time Roanoke business files for bankruptcy
And we'll tell you why some car owners say a dealership is not living up to
its extended warranties.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Sometimes they say the warranty has expired.
Sometimes it just doesn't cover everything.
In one instance at a local auto dealership, Keith Humphry recently
discovered they just lopped 13 months off the length of the contract.
IN Q=That's what happened
SUPER=07-Vicki Kreider; :15
SUPER=07-Jay Kreider; :37 Quick
SUPER=01-Wayne Maddox/Holiday Mitsubishi General Manager; 1:23
SUPER=07-Valerie Rasheed; 2:35
SUPER=07-Carolyn Hardy; 3:14
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( That's what happened to Vicki Kreider.
She and her husband had taken their Mitsubishi in to get an oil leak
They expected the service would be covered under an extended warranty
they'd purchased when they bought the car from Holiday Mitsubishi.
((THEY SAID THE WARRANTY HAD EXPIRED OR IT WASN'T ANY GOOD, SO WE PAID THEM.))=
...a check for 340-dollars.
Then they got to thinking about it that night.
((AND I CALLED THE CREDIT UNION THE NEXT MORNING AND STOPPED PAYMENT ON THE
Over the next three months Holiday Mitsubishi launched a campaign to collect
Kreider got a registered letter threatening her with criminal charges and
((...SENT A FAKE CRIMINAL WARRANT IN THE MAIL TO HER, SAYING THEY WERE GOING
CHARGE HER WITH A FELONY.))
((But eventually a police officer came to your door.
UH HUH, WITH A FELONY WARRANT AND TOOK ME DOWNTOWN, AND I WAS BOOKED AND
FINGERPRINTED AND TAKEN BEFORE THE MAGISTRATE.))
When the criminal case came up, Judge Vince Lilley took one look at the
words "Stop Payment" on the face of the check.
SOT 21:52 on 2-shot
((HE SAID: "CASE DISMISSED." I LOVED IT.))
Kreider's glee was shortlived.
The dealership sued her CIVILLY. She countersued.
SOT 18:50 on a 2-shot
((I SUED THEM FOR HALF A MILLION.))
...for malicious prosecution.
Though the dealership had THREATENED to seek criminal warrants, Holiday
Mitsubishi claims it was the Magistrate who mistakenly assumed this was
((THEY WERE THE ONE'S THAT ERRED IN WHAT THEY ISSUED FOR THIS LADY'S ARREST,
AND THAT'S IN THE RECORD AS WELL. WE DIDN'T ORDER THAT KIND OF WARRANT TO START
IT WAS A STOP PAYMENT ON A CHECK, IT WASN'T A BAD CHECK. WELL THAT'S TRUE.))
Circuit Judge Pat Doherty concluded the magistrate was wrong.
"Despite the injustice of Kreider's arrest," he ruled the dealership
legally known as Autoworld was "protected and would not be punished."
But he sided with the Kreiders on the warranty issue, chiding the warranty
company for trying to change the expiration date after it was issued.
Last September The Supreme Court rejected the Kreider's appeal for monetary
They're not the only ones claiming warranty problems with Holiday
SOT Rasheed (walking- 2:34:30)
((I DON'T WANT THE VEHICLE. I WANT THEM TO TAKE THIS BACK, BECAUSE IT CONTINUES
TO HAVE A PROBLEM.))
Valerie Rasheed paid 800 dollars for an extended warranty.
Until she got a lawyer involved, she says Holiday Mitsubishi refused to
address her growing list of problems with the van she bought four months ago.
((TRANSMISSION, WATER CRANK SEALS, RADIATOR, SEALS, A SERIOUS OIL LEAK. THE
ENGINE IS BURNING OIL.))
The van was back in the shop the day after we talked with her.
IN Q=Would you buy
((Would you buy an extended warranty again?
WELL, THE EXTENDED WARRANTY THAT I HAVE HASN'T DONE ME MUCH GOOD, SO I WOULD
MAYBE THINK TWICE ABOUT THAT AS WELL. That's a pretty expensive warranty. IT
IS, BUT EVERYTIME YOU GO TO, YOU KNOW, IF SOMETHING THAT'S WRONG, THEY SAY IT
DOESN'T COVER THIS OR IT DOESN'T COVER THAT.))
OUT Q=doesn't cover that.
Carolyn Hardy says she's thinking about taking legal action herself.
((I HAD A GUY CHECK OUT THE CAR. ))
Her mechanic discovered all the motor mounts were busted....
IN Q=I got motor mounts
((I GOT MOTOR MOUNTS, UH HUH, TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS, OIL. THEY SAID IT HADN'T
BEEN CHANGED IN GOD KNOWS HOW LONG.))
OUT Q=God knows how long.
Despite having bought her own extended warranty, she says she's had to
shell out additional funds to get her '93 Grand Am fixed.
IN Q=I felt like
((I FELT LIKE, MY PROBLEM IS I FELT LIKE THESE THINGS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN
CARE OF IN THE BEGINNING.
My question is: did you give them an opportunity to do that?
I TOLD THEM, THEY SAID IT DIDN'T COVER- THE WARRANTY. AND IT HADN'T EVEN BEEN
OUT Q=been 30 days.
Management at the dealership declined to discuss Hardy's car problems.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
It's been a fixture on Williamson Road in Roanoke for many years...now Gio's
Cycle Mart is facing financial problems.
Creditors were at the shop today hoping to seize 220 motorcyles, four
wheelers, and jet skis-
But the repo came to a grinding halt mid afternoon when Gio's filed
According to court documents, Gio's owes (Doy-tcha) Deutsche Financial
Services Corporation more than 730 thousand dollars.
Gio's was closed this afternoon- but tonight a store manager says it will
reopen tomorrow morning for business.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, police investigating the Jonbenet Ramsey case examine a member
of the family's alibi,
and the Rush Limbaugh show came to the area today, but without its star.
MUSIC UP FULL
Investigators now have more questions about the alibi of Jon Bonet Ramsey's
20 year old stepbrother.
Police have reportedly been trying to verify his whereabouts when the girl
Meanwhile police say the investigation is on track.
The District attorney says police are waiting on D-N-A test results which
may take another six weeks.
((ALEX HUNTER/DISTRICT ATTORNEY: I DON'T THINK I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN
BRINGING A CHARGE UNTIL THOSE KINDS OF THINGS WERE COMPLETE.))
SUPER=01-Alex Hunter/Boulder District Attorney;
OUT Q=things were complete."
Six year old Jon Bonet Ramsey was found murdered in the family's home the
day after Christmas.
A North Carolina jury will consider a sentence tomorrow for a former soldier
convicted of killing a black couple.
Jurors found James Burmeister guilty today.
((THAT THE DEFENDANT IS GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IS THIS THE UNANIMOUS
VERDICT THE JURY SO SAY YOU ALL? YES.))
OUT Q=SAY YOU ALL? YES."
Burmeister showed no emotion as the verdicts were read- but his mother and
sister appeared stunned.
Prosecutors said Burmeister killed the couple on a deserted dirt road in
1995- on a night he went hunting blacks.
Burmeister could get the death penalty.
A possible bullet hole is discovered in the tail of a TWA jet-
TWA flight 680 from St. Louis landed safely in Fort Lauderdale with 134
people abaord- when an airline worker spotted the hole.
Nobody knows how it got there.
Local TV news reports say someone may have shot at the jet as it landed in
The TWA plane remains grounded while the F-A-A and F-B-I investigate.
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Fleming, Martinsville and the Pulaski girls advance to the state hoop
And the Roanoke and Radford women advance in their conference tournaments.
Plus VMI beats Furman in overtime in in the Southern conference opener.
All that and more after the tournament score board.
GO TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/UNC Greensboro/68//UMBC/50//Big South Women//C.
SUPER=0098-/UNC Asheville/60/j/Winthrop/70/Big South Women///Coastal
SUPER=0098-j/Roanoke/68//Lynchburg/50//ODAC Women/j/Emory &
SUPER=0098-j/Bridgewater/78//Va. Wesleyan/55//ODAC Women/j/Guilford/66//W &
SUPER=0098-j/St. Augustine/67//Norfolk St./65//CIAA Men/j/Fayetteville
SUPER=0098-/Virginia State/65/j/Eliz. City St./77//CIAA
SUPER=0098-j/V.M.I./87//Furman/84//Southern First Round//Va.
The William Fleming Colonels are headed to the state tournament after
knocking off the defending state champs last night in the Northwest regional
SUPER=03-Roanoke/G.W. Danville vs. Fleming; :00
Fleming and head coach Roland LOvelace lost to G.W. Danville twice during the
regular season, but last night would be different.
Fleming scores early with some good ball movement, as Jaron Walker gets the
hoop and the harm inside.
GW countered that with Charles Stephens. The steal, the jam and the Eagles
are back in business.
Marcus Cunningham would then drive and nail the off-balance jumper to give GW
But Fleming outscores the Eagles 17-to-5 in the final four minutes of
SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/60/Wm. Fleming/75;
the game. Brad Dunleavy leads the way with a game high 21 as Fleming grounds
the Eagles 75-to-60.
It was also a season ending night for the Danville girl's as they were
eliminated by Pulaski County 65 to 48.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./G.Washington vs. Pulaski Co.; :00
Head Coach Buddy Farris and his girls were ready to get this game in the
books and put away the Western district champs.
And Pulaski was hot early. Lisa Skeens dishes to sophomore sensation Katrina
Williams who converts the layin.
This time Williams was the giver, and Robin Bowers takes her pass and drops
the short jumper for the Lady Cougars.
GW would battle back and get within four as Shana Price goes coast to coast
for the bounce in off the glass.
SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/48/Pulaski Co./65;
But Pulaski would prevail. Mandy Sexton tosses to Sarah Donald, who hit the
"J". Pulaski moves onto to the state quarterfinals with the 65 to 48 win.
Martinsville is also headed to the state tournament after beating Virginia
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Bearcats vs. Bulldogs; :00
Bulldogs head coach Troy Wells gave his team some added instruction before
the start of the second quarter.
And the Dogs would get agressive on the offensive end with Manti Venable, who
goes straight up the middle and converts the short jumper.
Virginia High's Karon Smith would then take a nice pass inside and convert
the layin for the Bearcats.
But back come the Bulldogs with Leander Preston picking up the loose ball and
hitting the three at the first half buzzer.
Martinsville goes on to beat Virginia High 68 to 55 to advance to the Region
IV title game.
Still to come tonight, we need to check on the ODAC women and the Big South
where the Radford Highlanders moved a step closer to winning their 8th
straight tournament title.
Irony last night in the opening round of the Southern Conference tournament,
as VMI advances at the expense of its former coach Joe Cantafio.
Roy Stanley has more on the Keydets 87-to-84 overtime thriller.
SUPER=01-Joe Cantafio/Furman Head Coach; :12
SUPER=01-Maurice Spencer/Sent Game To Overtime; 1:09
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/V.M.I. Head Coach; 1:38
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Bridgewater, Guilford, Emory & Henry and Roanoke have advanced to the ODAC
women's final four.
Steve Mason has more on how the afternoon session of games at the Salem Civic
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Hornets vs. Maroons; :00
SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Roanoke Head Coach; :14
SUPER=01-Amy Athey/26 Points, 9 Rebounds; :40
SUPER=04-Yellow Jackets vs. Wasps; :54
SUPER=33-Emory & Henry/81/Randolph-Macon/72; 1:04
OUT Q= News 7 sports"
The Big South women also opened their tournament today in Lynchburg at the
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/C. Southern vs. Radford; :00
Radford under head coach Lubomyr Lichonzcak came in looking for its 8th
straight tournament title.
And Bassett native Kim Hairston would get the party started with the nice
cross over dribble and scoop for two. Kim had 18 points and 11 assists.
The Lady Bucs would hang tough. Kristin Blondell strokes the three ball, but
Charleston Southern still trailed.
But back comes RU. Hairston to Kim Cruise - who knocks down the jumper to
keep the Highlanders comfortably in front.
Dana Schnell hit this jumper on the baseline to ensure the win as Radford
advances to the semi-finals with 77-to-57 victory.
They will meet UNC Greensboro tomorrow at Noon.
Liberty and Winthrop also won tonight.
The Rush Limbaugh Show came to Christiansburg today, although minus Rush.
That didn't matter to W-F-N-R 710 A-M.
The station was happy to have noted political historian and film critic
Michael Medved sitting in as substitute host, though not necessarily at Rush's
((MICHAEL MEDVED/"THE RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW" SUBSTITUTE HOST: I'M SITTING BEHIND
THE GRAY WFNR MICROPHONE. I'M IN BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA. ))
((BOB TRAVIS/TRAVIS BROADCASTING OWNER: IT'S A NATIONALLY SYNDICATED SHOW AND
IT'S NOT JUST A NATIONAL SHOW. IT'S THE NATIONAL SYNDICATED TALK SHOW WITH
ABOUT 650 AFFILIATES OR SO. AND TO HAVE MICHAEL MEDVED AS THE SUBSTITUTE HOST
BE OUT OF BLACKSBURG IS REALLY VERY EXCITING.))
SUPER=01-Michael Medved/"The Rush Limbaugh Show";
SUPER=01-Bob Travis/Travis Broadcasting Owner;
OUT Q=really very exciting.
Medved was in the area to speak at Washington and Lee.