Coming up on News 7-
The feds say they've busted a crime ring in Roanoke- that owns dozens of
businesses and is responsible for several arsons.
The Ohio River is over its banks- The latest on flooding.
Plus bids go out for cars and boats tonight- but where's the money going?
News 7 is next.
Police busted an alleged organized crime ring in Roanoke.
Authorities arrested half a dozen people from the (Ah-bed) family.
The family owns several convenience stores.
The feds say the family is linked to several arsons over the last several
Al Gore visited flooded areas today.
The Ohio river has crested, but the problems are not over.
It's not your typical auction- the proceeds here goes to the Salvation army.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
An organized crime family right here in Roanoke.
That's how federal authorities characterize the (AH-beds) Abeds... half a
dozen of them were arrested in a complex racketeering and arson case unveiled
Keith Humphry outlines the charges.
IN Q=Rather than the
SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/U.S. Attorney; :20
SUPER=04-January 13, 1995; :43
SUPER=01-Tom Bondurant/Prosecutor; :59
SUPER=04-February, 1985; 1:20
SUPER=10-Joe Abed//January 19, 1985; 1:28
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
Rather than the Italian Mafia, this case is about a Palestinian family
that's had a high-profile presence in the Roanoke area since the 1960's.
The government says it's a conspiracy controlled by Joseph Abed and his
brother and their four sons.
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((THESE INDIVIDUALS EITHER SOLELY OR JOINTLY HAVE HAD OWNERSHIP IN
APPROXIMATELY 33 COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES PRIMARILY CONVENIENCE STORES,
RESTAURANTS, BARS, RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES IN THE ROANOKE AREA.))
Their stock in trade, according to the new federal indictment, was arson.
...either to collect insurance, retaliate against a competitor or just send
There were several serious instances of arson, including one fire that
resulted in two deaths, because the Abeds thought these people MIGHT have seen
who set fire to their competitor's store across the street.
In 1993 one of the Abed brothers allegedly tried to run the Brown Derby
Restaurant out of business.
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((THERE WAS ALSO SOME PERSONAL ANIMOSITY.... ))
OUT Q=View Pancake house.
At one time, Joe Abed was not just a store owner and restaurateur. He was
a community benefactor in the mid 80's.
((HE JUST WENT A LITTLE BIT TOO FAST, TOO FAR AND TOO BIG.))
Though he could have been describing what happened to himself 12 years
later, in 1985 Joe Abed was talking about his plans to take over a soup kitchen
for the poor- -to run it with his own money, he said.
Now he faces 45 years to life in prison for his role in the family business,
including acts of arson, murder, extortion, fraud, racketeering... a dozen
crimes all told.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
The flood swollen Ohio River has crested in Cincinnati- at twelve and a half
feet ABOVE flood stage.
Now the surge of water is moving downstream- Byron Harlen has the latest.
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SUPER=01-Al Gore/Vice President; 1:11
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/CBS News; 1:23
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Five Red Cross volunteers from this area left today for Kentucky, West
Virginia and Arkansas- They'll help with disaster relief.
Two L-A police officers involved in last Friday's shootout
SUPER=03-North Hollywood, CA/Last Friday;
told what it was like- when gunmen began shooting at officers.
((HE TURNED AND STARTED SHOOTING AT THEM AND I SAW ALL... ))
BUTT TO 15:35:07
((SNIFFS. I SAW ALL FOUR OF THEM GET SHOT.))
SUPER=01-John Goodman/L.A. Police Officer;
OUT Q=OF THEM GET SHOT."
Another officer says he felt helpless- against men wearing heavy armor,
carrying semi automatic weapons.
((EDDIE GUZMAN/L.A. POLICE OFFICER: IF YOU HEAR OFFICERS DOWN, YOU HEAR
CITIZENS BEING SHOT IT WAS VERY FRUSTRATING AND IT'S VERY ANNOYING TO SIT
SOMEWHERE NOT BEING ABLE TO GET TO THOSE PEOPLE KNOWING THE 9 MILLIMETER YOU
HAVE IN YOUR HAND IS NOT GOING TO HELP YOU OR THE PEOPLE THAT NEED YOUR HELP.))
SUPER=01-Eddie Guzman/L.A. Police Officer;
OUT Q=that need your help.":
The two gunmen were killed after Friday's bank holdup.
16 officers and bystanders were wounded.
A shipping mistake will cost a Lynchburg nuclear fuel plant more than
12-thousand dollars in fines.
According to the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission... Framatome
(koh-JEE-muh) Cogema accidentally sent a uranium-based fuel assembly to
That resulted in five citations and the fine.
A company official says preventive measures began immediately after the
He also said that in no way did the mistake endanger public health or
Cherry Red sportscars took the place of the Salvation Army's trademark red
Cars and boats went up for auction.
As Andrew Freiden reports the money will help domestic abuse victims.
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SUPER=01-Captain Steve Long/Salvation Army; 42
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((AUCTIONEER: 1986 AUDI QUATTRO...nat sound out ))
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The cars weren't all cream puffs-- but the crowd of more than one hundred
stuck out the rain anyway.
((COMING DOWN HERE TO SEE IF WE CAN FIND A REAL BARGAIN.))
OUT Q=REAL BARGAIN
It was a real bargain for the Salvation Army-- folks donated 20 cars and two
boats to the cause.
Before the auction, Captain Steve Long had modest hopes.
IN Q=if we
((IF WE BRING IN 10 THOUSAND, WE'LL BE HAPPY ))
He was ecstatic.
When the smoke cleared, the receipts totaled more than 22 thousand dollars.
and all the proceeds from the auction went to The Turning Point Shelter-- a
shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
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=help do that
The funds raised from the auction will feed the shelter's residents for four
Captain Long brought the unique idea with him from Washington D.C.
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.))
SUPER=01-Captain Steve Long/Salvation Army:
OUT Q=it a shot.
And The Salvation Army is already accepting vehicle donations for its next
IN Q=THE RAIN
((THE RAIN DIDN'T HAMPER THE AUCTIONEER'S EFFORTS, AND WHEN IT WAS ALL SAID AND
DONE, MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE SAILED AWAY IN THE VEHICLE OF THEIR CHOICE. BUT
EVERYONE AGREED THE REAL WINNER WAS THE SALVATION ARMY. ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS7,
OUT Q=NEWS 7, ROANOKE.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, the local N-A-A-C-P is boycotting the Hotel
And we'll check in with a group of college students spending their spring
break with the (Matta-poe-NYE) Mattaponi indians.
MUSIC UP FULL
The eight year old Pittsylvania County boy charged with murdering his
stepfather is undergoing a major psychiatric evaluation at a Virginia hospital.
But apparently it's happening on an out-patient basis.
A source tells News-7 the child is staying with his natural father's family
out of state.
SUPER=04-The Franklin News-Post;
The boy is accused of killing 55-year old Bernard Rosser this past December.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./December 1996;
The former Franklin County probation officer was found in his Gretna home.
He had been beaten repeatedly in the head.
The Roanoke Chapter of the N- Double A-C-P says it will support a national
boycott of ten major hotel chains.
The civil rights group has questioned the hotels' commitment to minority
hiring and promotion.
The list includes several chains with locations in the Roanoke Valley.
Today, leaders of the Roanoke chapter said they hope to open a dialogue
with local hotel operators.
IN Q=It doesn't make sense
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE FOR ME TO BE
SPENDING MY DOLLARS OR FOR ANYONE TO BE SPENDING THEIR DOLLARS AT PLACES THAT
DON'T SUPPORT THEM. WE OUGHT TO SUPPORT PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT US.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=things will change.
Local attention has been focused on the Hotel Roanoke, part of the
General Manager Gary Walton says the hotel is proud of its diversity. He
says minority employees make up 38 percent of the hotel's work force.
Meanwhile, the N- Double A-C-P says it won't stop with the nation's hotels.
A review of the automobile industry may be next.
Learn about the culture and philosophies of the (matta-puh-NYE) Mattaponi
And learn how to repair a roof, fix plumbing, and survive a rainstorm in a
It's the dream spring break a handful of Virginia Tech students chose this
Ellen Qualls has their story.
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SUPER=01-Ruth Waterlily Pack/Mattaponi Indian; :25
SUPER=01-Donna Abel/Va. Tech Volunteer; :35
SUPER=01-Aimee Livings/Va. Tech Volunteer; :59
SUPER=01-Kristi Neptun/Va. Tech Volunteer; 1:18
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.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up next,
we'll see how an educational program is helping students in the New River
Valley get a jumpstart on their education.
MUSIC UP FULL
A literacy development program through Riner Elementary School is giving
pre-schoolers a jump-start on the transition to kindergarten.
Tracy Altizer has the story.
IN Q=Five year- old Kaitlin
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Monday; :00
SUPER=01-Kaitlin Clower/Riner Kindergartner; :11
SUPER=01-Joyce Clower/Kaitlin's Mother; :17
SUPER=01-Chris Kile/Parent; :29
SUPER=01-Melissa Kile/Jumpstart Director; :45
SUPER=01-Joshua Long/Jumpstart Student; :56 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Brittany Epperly/Riner Kindergartner; 1:09 QUICK!!
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Five year- old Kaitlin Clower loves Kindergarten.
And she couldn't wait to attend Jumpstart again this year.
Last year's program introduced her to school.
((DID JUMPSTART MAKE YOU EXCITED TO GO TO SCHOOL?
KAITLIN CLOWER/RINER KINDERGARTNER: YEAH IT DID, IT REALLY DID. AND I ALSO LIKE
THE JUMPSTART. ))
((JOYCE CLOWER/KAITLIN'S MOTHER: OUT OF THE CAR AND INTO SCHOOL. NO TEARS,
NOTHING. JUST KISS MOMMY GOODBYE AND INTO SCHOOL, THAT WAS IT.))
Teachers say Jumpstart has had that effect on many children, and it's
helped prepare their parents.
((CHRIS KILE/PARENT: WELL IT'S MADE ME REALIZE MORE WHAT GOES ON IN THE CLASS
AND THINGS THAT I CAN DO WITH MY DAUGHTER AT HOME. ))
((SWISH SAID THE FISH, NOT ME, NOT ME. I DON'T HAVE ANY FEET, AS YOU CAN SEE.))
Now in it's third year, Jumpstart's main goal is to get the kids excited
((MELISSA KILE/JUMPSTART DIRECTOR: THE MONEY THAT WE GET FOR JUMPSTART WE SPEND
ALMOST ALL OF IT ON GOOD BOOKS FOR CHILDREN, AND SO THAT THEY GET TO, THEY'LL
END UP WITH AT LEAST EIGHT OR NINE NEW BOOKS. ))
((JOSHUA LONG/JUMPSTART STUDENT: I LIKE TO GET DOLLARS AND BUY BOOKS.))
The kids are also learning the value of money. They earn Kidbucks for the
Jumpstart Store through reading, participation in the activities and parental
((BRITTANY EPPERLY/RINER KINDERGARTNER: I BOUGHT A BALLOON AND A NOTEPAD AND
Jumpstart was funded through a National Science Foundation grant its first
two years, now Riner's P-T-A is paying for it.
Officials say its a worthy two thousand dollar investment for starting kids
on the right track in school. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
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Yet another Super Bowl MVP has taken his talents, which his winning team
HELPED him showcase, elsewhere.
Green Bay Packers return specialists Desmond Howard is now a Raider!
In an afternoon news conference, Howard inked a 4 year contact with Oakland
that will pay him 6 million dollars.
Howard has now played for the Redskins, the jaguars, and the Packers during
his short NFL career.
We start with college basketball. The rash of firings continues in the
Colonial Athletic Conference.
Today, Richmond's Bill Dooley was the latest to lose his job.
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.
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The third coach to receive a pink slip- Lefty Driesell. Today, he was
fired from his post at James Madison University.
2 days ago, his Dukes lost to ODU in the CAA basketball tournament
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.
Virginia Tech beat the Rams today, and will now meet the other Rams today.
The Hokies beat the Fordham Rams in the first round of the Atlantic 10
tournament and will meet the Rhode Island today at 2pm.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia/Tech vs Fordham; :
The Hokies and the Rams opened the tournament at the Core States Spectrum
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 SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/56/Fordham/53;
inside. On this play Keith Mathews bobbles the pass but Custis picks it up and
With just 7 seconds left in the game, Manns hit 2 Free throws for a 56-53
lead, a Fordham desperation shot misses and the Hokies win by that score.
GRAPHIC=NCAA DIVISION III
In the NCAA Division III womens basketball first round, the Lady Maroons of
Roanoke College played their hearts out but Thomas More of Kentucky held on for
the 80 to 76 win.
Roy Stanley has this report.
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SUPER=33-Thomas More/80/Roanoke/76/; :56
SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Maroon Head Coach; 1:05
SUPER=01-Amy Athey/Maroon Center; 1:17 SUPER=@Roy1; 1:25
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GO TO SCORES
Still to come tonight, Tennessee Quarterback Peyton Manning answers
the very important question...should I stay or should I go.
Yesterday Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning announced his decision on
whether to forgo his final year of eligibility for the NFL or to stay at UT for
one more season.
SUPER=03-Knoxville, TN; :00
Peyton held an afternoon news conference on the campus of UT to make his
decision known. The process took a great deal of time and prayer.
((PEYTON MANNING/TENNESSEE QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Peyton Manning/Tennessee Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...at the university of Tennessee"
Manning and his coach Phillip Fulmer then joked about the likely heisman
winners role next season in UT orange and white.
((PHILLIP FULMER/TENNESSEE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phillip Fulmer/Tennessee Head Coach; :06
OUT Q=...i guess"
She used to be a maid for the Princess of Wales.
But Sylvia McDermott took the Princess to court- saying she was unfairly
But moments before a hearing the 44 year old accepted an offer from Princess
Di for an undisclosed amount.
((SYLVIA MCDERMOTT/FORMER HOUSE MAID: I'M VERY SATISFIED AND PLEASED IT'S ALL
SUPER=01-Sylvia McDermott/Diana's Former House Maid; 00-03 quick!
OUT Q=it's all over."
McDermott worked at Kensington Palace for 9 years.
It's believed she turned down an earlier offer for 9-thousand dollars.