(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... THE N-DOUBLE-A-C-P BOYCOTTS SEVERAL HOTEL
CHAINS THROUGHOUT THE NATION-- INCLUDING SOME IN ROANOKE.
WAS THE SHOOTING THAT INJURED A NORFOLK SOUTHERN CONDUCTOR ON BOARD A TRAIN
INTENDED TO BE A PRANK? ))
OUT Q=TO BE A PRANK?
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Wednesday, March Fifth-- our Top Story
((IN THIS CASE IT'S THE ABED ORGANIZED CRIME FAMILY. ONCE YOU KNOW WHO'S
INVOLVED IN THAT ORGANIZATION AND THEN YOU GO OUT AN LOOK AT A LOT OF THE
UNSOLVED FIRES AROUND THE ROANOKE VALLEY, IT COMES BACK TO SOMEBODY IN THAT
OUT Q=in that organization.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Extortion and racketeering charges have been filed against a group of
Palestinians living in Roanoke.
The story involves control of the convenience store business in the
Valley... using heavy-handed scare tactics... including arson and murder.
As Keith Humphry reports-- these are serious charges: Solicitation to
Commit murder, Homicide and Arson, extortion, fraud and assault.
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SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/U.S. Attorney; :34
OUT Q=Humprhy, NEWS-7.
Nine fires are listed in the indictment... some so serious they ended in
death. The government contends that was no accident.
The most spectacular blaze may have been the one at Mixers restaurant and
Lounge... three years ago.
The Grand Jury says the owners paid the Abed family to torch the place for
the insurance money.
About 75 people were inside when the fire broke out.
Arson for hire was just a side-line in this family business, officials say.
Most often it was used to intimidate legitimate competitors, to try to run them
out of business.
SOT 15:23:55 Crouch
((PART OF THEIR ALLEGED ACTIVITIES WAS ROBBING STEALING FROM SOME OTHER
BUSINESS AND THEN USING THE STOLEN GOODS TO STOCK THEIR OWN STORES.))
Investigators believe the couple that died in this fire on 13th Street
Southwest two years ago- -was MURDERED- -eliminated because they MIGHT have
seen who set the Corner Store on fire earlier the same day.
SOT 15:13:58 Tom B.
((THE ABED FAMILY AND THEIR ASSOCIATES OWNED THE SPEEDWAY MARKET ON 13TH STREET
HERE IN TOWN. THE CORNER STORE WAS TAKING AWAY BUSINESS FROM THE SPEEDWAY. SO
THE EASIEST WAY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT IS TO BURN OUT THE CORNER STORE.))
OUT Q=corner store.
Narcotics trafficking is also a part of the allegations.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
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The Roanoke N double A C P is leading a national boycott of ten major
It says the hotels aren't hiring or promoting enough minorities.
IN Q=If we begin flexing
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: IF WE BEGIN FLEXING OUR SUBSTANTIAL
ECONOMIC MUSCLE, THINGS WILL MOVE AND THINGS WILL CHANGE.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=things will change.
The N- Double- A- C- P is encouraging supporters to use the group's report
card when they consider where to send their business.
Locally, the focus has been the Hotel Roanoke, part of the Doubletree
But the parent companies of other familiar hotels also received poor or
IN Q=Based on the figures I've seen
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: BASED ON THE FIGURES I'VE SEEN,
ALTHOUGH THEY MAY BE BETTER THAN MOST OR MAY BE BETTER THAN SOME I THINK WE CAN
DO BETTER. I DON'T THINK FOR ONE MINUTES THAT WE'RE DOING WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE
OUT Q=we ought to be doing.
Today, local hotel operators defended their record of hiring minorities,
and questioned whether a boycott is justified.
Shots fired at a train conductor in Pittsylvania County last weekend could
have come from a 13-year old boy.
A Norfolk Southern spokesman says the teenager is accused of using a
high-powered air pistol.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon near Chatham.
State police say 40- year old Robin (Say-Fritt) Safrit was riding in the
front of the train when he was struck in the left side with what appeared to be
a b-b pellet.
Safrit is recovering from minor injuries-- the shot did not penetrate the
skin but caused a bruise and bleeding.
The eight year old Pittsylvania County boy accused of beating his step
father to death is now living out of the state.
News 7 has learned the boy is with his natural father's family.
SUPER=04-The Franklin News-Post;
55- year- old Bernard Rosser was beaten to death in late December.
His body was discovered inside his Gretna home after he failed to show up
Even though the boy isn't living in the area, he's believed to be making
regular trips back to Virginia for psychological evaluations.
There's more death and destruction from weather in the nation's
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY; :
Four more bodies were found today in
In all, 55 deaths are blamed on tornadoes and flooding since the weekend.
IN Q=Every time
((FRANK O'BANNON/INDIANA GOVERNOR: EVERY TIME IT COMES UP IT LOOKS DIFFERENT
THAN THE TIME BEFORE, BECAUSE IT LOOKS SO UNNATURAL TO YOU,
THAT WHERE WE LIVED AND TRAVELLED ONCE IS NOW UNDER WATER. ))
SUPER=02-Frank O'Bannon/Indiana Governor; :
OUT Q=under water.
Meanwhile, two more Ohio counties will receive federal disaster aid.
IN Q=It's a time
((AL GORE/VICE PRESIDENT: IT'S A TIME TO PULL TOGETHER AND THAT'S WHY I'M HERE
ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, WE'RE WITH YOU AND
WE'RE GOING TO HELP. ))
SUPER=01-Al Gore/Vice President; :
OUT Q=help you.
Tens of thousands of people are flooded out of their homes.
But that's just a rough estimate-- the damage and impact is still being
Meantime, volunteers from Roanoke are on the way to disaster areas in
Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia.
SS=american red cross
The American Red Cross sent five trained disaster volunteers to help with
the relief operations.
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A stiff fine for a Hill City nuclear fuel plant after it accidentally
shipped uranium to Germany...
And the Salvation Army abandoned its red kettles this evening--
Instead, putting the pedal to the medal-- in hopes of speeding fundraising
go to break
Eric Ball says he thought 17 year- old Ricky Lee Coleman was dead when he
and two others helped dump Coleman over a creek bank.
Ball took the witness stand to defend himself today against abduction and
He said he never heard Coleman moaning, nor did he see any signs of life
from the drunken teenager.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./January 22, 1996;
An autopsy concluded Coleman died from exposure, with alcohol as a
Ball admitted he helped transport Coleman from Jason Hibbs' house, where
Coleman had gotten drunk and destructive at a party earlier.
Closing arguments in Ball's trial are scheduled for tomorrow morning--
Hibbs has already pled guilty to murder.
A third defendant, Eric Wimmer is awaiting trial.
A Lynchburg nuclear fuel plant was fined 12 thousand five hundred dollars
from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
According to the N- R- C, (FRAM- uh- tohm) Framatome (koh- JEE- muh) Cogema
accidentally shipped uranium fuel to Germany.
The mix up did not endanger public health or safety.
Still, Framatome was cited FIVE times.
A company official told News- 7 that corrective measures have been
implemented at the plant and he EXPECTS to prevent these types of mishaps in
Christmas is still 10 months away, but the Salvation Army fundraising
machine was in high gear tonight.
((AUCTION NAT SOUND))
OUT Q=nat sound
Captain Steve Long brought the idea for a car auction with him from
IN Q=I USED TO
((STEVE LONG/SALVATION ARMY: I USED TO LIVE IN METRO WASHINGTON, SO WHEN WE
MOVED HERE IN JUNE WE FOUND OUT THAT IT REALLY HADN'T BEEN DONE, SO WE DECIDED
TO GIVE IT A SHOT.))
((IT'S A GREAT IDEA, THE SALVATION ARMY BENEFITS, AND THE PERSON WHO DONATES
THE CAR BENEFITS. ))
SUPER=01-Captain Steve Long/Salvation Army; :00
SUPER=00-Atwood Huff; :10
20 cars and two boats were donated to the Salvation Army, and they were all
sold to the highest bidder.
Sale prices ranged from a COUPLE hundred dollars to 26-hundred dollars.
All of the proceeds will help fund the Turning Point Shelter for victims of
IN Q=DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
((DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS GROWING, AND WE WANT TO KEEP THAT PROGRAM RUNNING, AND
THIS IS A RESOURCE THAT WILL HELP DO THAT.))
OUT Q=DO THAT
Barry Cole was the auctioneer for the event, and took home a 10 percent cut.
The Salvation Army netted more than 22 thousand dollars, which will feed the
women and children at the shelter for four months.
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Tonight on Primetime Sports--pink slips for two Virginia college basketball
coaches-- one at the University of Richmond--
And just yesterday, Lefty Driesell announced he's only coaching one more
season at James Madison-- but now the veteran coach is fired....Steve sorts it
out when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
go to break
Former Governor Doug Wilder's name recognition didn't help him much recently.
Police say a Baltimore man was charged with fraud for posing as the son of
Doug Wilder in order to lease a car.
Twenty-nine-year-old Eric Dashawn Faulkner was also charged with fraud,
possession of stolen property and forging a check.
The former governor has one son, his name is Larry.
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At the Lynchburg Health Department, officials are reporting two more cases
of dysentery among children--
these new cases ARE related to the outbreak at Stewartsville Elementary School
With more cases at the Vinton Childcare Center, there are now at least 16
cases in the area.
Dysentery is a fecal- oral infection caused mostly by poor handwashing.
A warning for parents in the region-- if your child is experiencing
diarrhea, have them checked out by a doctor.
An estimated 40-million
Americans get sick each year from bacteria transmitted by dirty
Doctors say along with dysentery-- colds, flu, and hepatitis A can be
transmitted with a handshake or a touch.
Still, a study last year of adults found just 74 percent of women and 61
percent of men wash their hands before leaving the bathroom.
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Instead of showing you relaxing shots of hundreds of Virginia Tech students
working on their tans while on spring break this week--
We bring you instead a look at some of their peers, working hard installing
flooring and plumbing at a Virginia Indian reservation.
Ellen Qualls has the video of the day.
IN Q=nat sound wind chime
SUPER=75-King and Queen Co.; :08
SUPER=75-Ruth Waterlily Pack/Mattaponi Indian; :25
SUPER=75-Donna Abel/Va. Tech Volunteer; :35
SUPER=75-Aimee Livings/Va. Tech Volunteer; :59
SUPER=75-Kristi Neptun/Va. Tech Volunteer; 1:18
SUPER=75-Ellen Qualls/Reporting; 1:34
OUT Q=News 7, King and Queen County.
(( nat sound wind chime TAPE TWO
This is what's left of the Mattaponi Indians in Virginia.
This is what's left of spring break for Virginia Tech students and staffers
who volunteered through the YMCA.
But they're wringing as much out of the experience as they can.
((DONNA ABEL: JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT A BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS FOR GRANDMA.))
((RUTH WATERLILY PACK/MATTAPONI INDIAN: YEAH IT'S BEEN A LONG WINTER. MY
DAUGHTER COME AND FIXED THE THING UP BECAUSE LAST WINTER I DIDN'T HAVE ANY
WATER FOR THREE OR FOUR WEEKS.))
((DONNA ABEL/VA. TECH VOLUNTEER: AND I'M HOPING MY HUSBAND CAN MAYBE COME BACK
WITH ME AND WORK ON THIS. BECAUSE THIS IS JUST-- I MEAN, NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO
LIVE IN CONDITIONS LIKE THESE.))
Conditions like a kitchen sink that's leaked so much water it's rotted the
Now it's falling through.
((DONNA ABEL: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO REPLACE ONE FLOOR JOIST BEFORE WE CAN
ACTUALLY PULL THE SINK OUT AND MAKE A PATCH WITH SOME PLYWOOD.))
((AIMEE LIVINGS: ONE OF THE BIG THINGS ABOUT SPRING BREAK I WANTED TO DO WAS
COME AND GET A RELEASE FROM SCHOOL AND THE STRESS AND RE-THINK KIND OF THE WAY
THINGS ARE GOING. AND I'VE GOTTEN A CHANCE TO DO THAT. I THINK A LOT OF THAT
HAS TO DO WITH THE CULTURE.))
((KRISTI NEPTUN/VA. TECH VOLUNTEER: WHEN WE HAD OUR DRUMMING. OR WE JUST SIT
AROUND AND LISTEN TO GENTLE WIND AND SUNEAGLE TELL STORIES, WE LEARN ABOUT
STORIES PASSED DOWN FROM THE CULTURE. AND THE STORIES ALWAYS HAVE A LESSON TO
TEACH YOU. WE HEARD STORIES ABOUT THE SPIRIT EAGLE LAST NIGHT AND ABOUT THE
RIVER AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RIVER.))
((THE MATTAPONI SAY THEIR RESERVATION ONCE SPANNED OVER THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND
ACRES ALONG THIS MATTAPONI RIVER. THEY NOW LIVE ON LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED
((RUTH WATERLILY PACK/MATTAPONI INDIAN: I, YOU KNOW, WAS GONNA TRY TO GET MY
BILLS PAID UP AND BUY A SECOND-HAND TRAILER THAT WAS IN GOOD CONDITION. BUT I
CAN'T GET MY BILLS PAID UP.))
The labor's NOT free.
The students say it's a two way street.
((AIMEE LIVINGS: EVERY MORNING WE WAKE UP WITH A HUG. AND EVERY NIGHT WE GO
TO BED WITH A HUG. AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE ARE MISSING.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, King and Queen County.))
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Womens and mens hoops highlights coming at ya on primetime, as well
as news of two major Virginia College coaches getting fired, butt first, Green
Bay Packers return specialists Desmond Howard is now an Oakland Raider.
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA; :00
In an afternoon Raiders news conference The Super Bowls's most valuable
player inked a 4 year contact with the Raiders that will pay him 6 million
Howard has now played for the Redskins, the jaguars, and the Packers during
his short NFL career. now the numbers.
GO TO SCORES
go to break!!
Eight seeded Thomas Moore came into the Bast Center and shocked the Roanoke
College Lady Maroons 80 to 76 in the first round of the NCAA Division III
women's basketball tournament.
SUPER=03-Salem/Saints vs. Maroons; :00
The Lady Saints were ready for the the lady Maroons.
Thomas Moore dominated the first half. Amy Burk scored 19 points in the
first half and the lady Saints led 47-22 at the break.
Ronaoke did rally after intermission. SUPER=33-Thomas Moore/80/Roanoke/76;
Former Cave Spring star Amy Athey takes the rock inside for the hoop, but
the lady Maroons still trailed by 17.
Roanoke cut the lead to 3 late in the game, but time ran out as Thomas Moore
beats the Lady maroons 80 to 76.
Virginia Tech' mens basketball season is still alive. The Hokies win over
Fordham today puts them in the second round of the Atlantic 10 basketball
Troy Manns sank two free throws with seven seconds left to lift the Hokies
over the Rams 56 to 53.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia/Tech vs Fordham; :
The Hokies and Fordham opened the tournament at the Core States Spectrum in
Tech's Troy Manns puts it up from outside and misses but Ace Custis is in
position for the rebound and put back for two of his 14 points.
The Hokies managed to keep it inside on this play Keith Mathews bobbles
the pass but Custis picks it up and scores again.
Tech continued to put on the pressure on this play Manns drops it off to
Russ Wheeler for the basket keeping the Hokies in the lead.
Manns made the two free throws SUPER=33-Virginia
Tech/56/Fordham/53/;and a desperation shot from Fordham was no good the Hokies
advance to the second round with the 56 to 53 win.
As most know; Virginia Tech's Bill Foster is retiring after this season on
his own terms.
That is not the case for Bill Dooley.
The University of Richmond fired Dooley as the Spiders head coach today.
Dooley had been at URI for the past four years. Under Dooley; the Spiders were
14 and 14 this season, 43 and 69 under his 4 year guidance.
He is the fourth CAA coach to be out of a job in the past two days.
GRAPHIC=colonial basketball tournament
The second coach to receive a pink slip TODAY, Left Driesell; fired this
afternoon from his post at James Madison University.
2 days ago, his Dukes lost to ODU in the Colonial Athletic Association
basketball tournament championship.
Earlier in the week, Driesell said he was planning to coach one more year
at JMU and then retire.
The University released a statement today saying when Left's contract is up
April 30th; it would not be renewed. Driesell was 159 and 111 in 9 years as the
Dukes head coach with 1 NCAA tournament berth and 5 regular season CAA titles.
GRAPHIC= Peyton Manning
Would he stay in college or turn to the NFL? Tennessee quarterback Peyton
Manning answered that question today as he made a "voluntary" decision that UT
players, coaches fans and the university cheered and loved.
SUPER=03-Knoxville, TN; :00
He held an afternoon news conference on the campus of UT to make his
decision known as to whether he was forgoing his senior year of eligibility for
the NFL or if he was going to play another year for the Volunteers.
((PEYTON MANNING/TENNESSEE QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Peyton Manning/Tennessee Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...at the university of Tennessee"
Pope John Paul the Second got a new Popemobile today.
SUPER=03-Vatican City; :
It's a black, top of the line Mercedes S-500 convertible, equipped with
armour-plate and bullet proof glass.
The car was a gift to the Pontiff from the German car manufacturer.
It joins three other Mercedes Benzes at the Pope's disposal.
This new car has two telephones, and a device making it easier to get in
and out of the Popemobile.
The car is worth about 120-thousand dollars.
That's it for this ride-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
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SUPER=76-LA Cops Speak;
We'll hear from Los Angeles Police officers involved in that deadly bank
shooting last week.
And a disgruntled ex-maid has pried some money out of Britain's Princess
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NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon has the scoop in 30-minutes over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching