Marijuana and a handgun on school property. We'll tell you what we know
about that ...coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And we'll meet a witness to arson.
Rick Landers explains how he and other 75 people survived a fire allegedly
set by Roanoke's reputed "crime family."
Tonight in sports, Ed Sciott is back in coaching, Gordon wins the pole at
Atlanta - that's Robby and not Jeff.
Maryland knocks off Clemson at the ACC,
and no joke - State dumps top seeded Duke in the quarterfinals, as the Blue
Devils blow a 14 point lead.
The weekend weather story is sunny and dry for the most part. Details and
our Friday WeatherSchool question coming up.
Police confiscated a nine-millimeter handgun and 13 small bags of marijuana
from a couple of cars outside Roanoke County's Northside High School.
The cars did NOT belong to students, but to some teenagers who were charged
with trespassing on school property.
Administrators called police after the teens were asked to leave, and
IN Q=I began questioning
((T.M. MILES/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: I BEGAN QUESTIONING EACH ONE ABOUT
TRESPASSING AND WHY THEY WERE THERE, WHO THEY WERE, AND DETERMINED THAT NONE OF
THEM WENT TO SCHOOL THERE, HAD ANY BUSINESS BEING THERE, AND REALLY WERE BEING
UNCOOPERATIVE WITH THE ADMINISTRATION WHEN TOLD TO LEAVE.))
SUPER=01-T.M. Miles/Roanoke Co. Police
OUT Q=told them to leave.
One of the teenagers told police he was looking for a student.
Police say they don't know whether the teens intended to use the gun or
whether they were planning to distribute the marijuana at the school.
A missing record album saved 75 people from almost certain death in a Salem
fire three years ago.
Rick Landers was the disc jockey at Mixer's Lounge the night the roof caved
SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994
It turned out to be arson- -a key element in the government's case against
a local Palestinian crime family.
Owners of the lounge allegedly hired the Abeds to set the fire to collect
Landers had just finished playing "The Electric Slide" and was searching
for another song, so the dance-floor was empty.
IN Q=I'm angry about
((RICK LANDERS/DISC JOCKEY-FIRE WITNESS: I'M ANGRY ABOUT THE FACT THAT THESE
PEOPLE HAD NO CONCERN FOR PEOPLE'S LIVES. WHEN MONEY GETS TO BE AN ISSUE TO THE
POINT THAT YOU DON'T CARE OR YOU DON'T CONSIDER PEOPLE LIVES, THAT'S PRETTY
BAD. I THINK THEY COULD PROBABLY HAVE WAITED UNTIL ABOUT THREE O'CLOCK IN THE
MORNING WHEN EVERYBODY WAS GONE. IF THEY WANTED TO DO IT THAT BADLY, THEN WAIT
UNTIL THERE'S NOBODY THERE.))
SUPER=01-Rick Landers/Fire Witness
OUT Q=nobody there.
Landers says he worked the dance as a favor, and never got paid for that
night. His entire music collection and all the sound equipment were lost in
The Roanoke County School Board is now trying to fill a five- million
dollar gap between its list of school needs and expected revenues.
But today, school officials said they do NOT expect to sacrifice teacher
raises or the purchase of essential equipment to balance the budget.
Joe Dashiell reports on that, and the efforts of one classroom to save
thousands of dollars.
IN Q=OPENS ON NAT SOUND
SUPER=01-Sara Lawhorn/Student; :13
SUPER=01-Tim Wellons/Student; :18
SUPER=01-Deanna Gordon/Roanoke Co. School Superintendent; :45
OUT Q=jd News 7
OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF DEANNA GORDON
IN Q=I have confidence
((I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN TIM))
OUT Q=in Tim.
Roanoke County School Superintendent Deanna Gordon spent part of her morning
inspecting computer hardware, the handiwork of 14 students at the Arnold Burton
IN Q=I've learned a lot from this class
((SARA LAWHORN/STUDENT: I'VE LEARNED A LOT FROM THIS CLASS, BUT I STARTED
LEARNING A WHOLE LOT MORE WHEN WE STARTED WORKING HANDS- ON.))
((TIM WELLONS/STUDENT: PERSONALLY, I LIKE THE CONFIDENCE THAT WHEN WE THINK
ABOUT ALL OF THE SCHOOLS AND ALL OF THE COMPUTERS IN THE DIFFERENT SCHOOLS, WE
CAN SAY WE DID THAT.))
OUT Q=we did that.
The students assembled 43 I-B-M compatible computers at a savings,
officials estimate, of more than 20- thousand dollars.
Creative ways to stretch public dollars are increasingly important as
school needs outstrip anticipated revenues.
Still, Gordon was upbeat about the school board's ability to balance the
budget this year without serious trauma.
IN Q=Without serious trauma
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WITHOUT SERIOUS TRAUMA TO
OUR PROGRAMS OR HOPEFULLY TO SALARY RAISES THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED. AND OF
COURSE THE IMPORTANT THING TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT THIS IS NOT YET THE SCHOOL
BOARD'S OR THE SUPERINTENDENT'S BUDGET.))
OUT Q=or the superintendent's budget.
Meanwhile, the students in the Computer Information Technology Program are
ready to do their part.
They hope the school system will be pleased with their work, and place
another order for more computers.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
it may seem early, but the campaign season is about to kick off for Virginia
And the goal is to make sure more children master the three R's--but are new
state testing standards putting too much pressure on kids?
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-1.52''/plus 0.80''/5.91''/minus 0.47'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.07 foot/Down 0.70 foot;Lake levels
Attorney General Jim Gilmore will defend the state's only black majority
Gilmore says he's appealing to show the state had a compelling interest for
the funny-looking district.
IN Q=But we
((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: BUT WE ALSO NEED TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY
WHAT THE COURT IS TELLING US ABOUT THE LINE OF CASES WE'VE JUST SEEN ....SOLID
GUIDANCE ON THIS.))
((SO I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD RUSH TO DRAW A DISTRICT UNTIL WE KNOW WHAT THE LAW
SAYS, WHAT IS REQUIRED UNDER THE LAW, AND UNTIL ALL PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW THEY
WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE RE-DRAWING OF THE LINES.))
SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Va. NAACP; :19
OUT Q=the lines.
Virginia's only black congressman, Bobby Scott, represents the third
Virginia voters never rest.
But the votes that probably have the highest impact on their daily lives are
cast once every four years.
This year, voters pick a governor, a lieutenant governor, and an attorney
Ellen Qualls has an overview.
IN Q=Virginia Democrats
SUPER=03-Richmond/November 1993; :00
SUPER=03-Hampton/June 1996; :26
SUPER=03-Salem/May 1996; :34
SUPER=01-Chris LaCavita/Va. GOP Director; :42
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Virginia Democrats have known what they wanted since George Allen was
elected four years ago.
AND Alexandria car dealer Don Beyer.
Beyer's unopposed for the top of the ticket.
Former fifth district Congressman and Wintergreen developer L.F. Payne is
alone in his quest for the lieutenant governor nod.
And 1993 nominee and Arlington attorney Bill Dolan's back for the attorney
general nomination... also unopposed.
So the most cost-effective route for the candidates is a May 10th convention
in Richmond, like this one last year in Hampton.
Virginia Republicans, in contrast, must narrow a field of eight down to
three for their statewide ticket.
NO convention this time around.
((CHRIS LACAVITA/VA. GOP DIRECTOR: IN 93 AND 94, WE HAD IN EXCESS OF 15-
THOUSAND PEOPLE, FORCING US TO RENT OUT LARGER AUDITORIUMS LIKE THE RICHMOND
((CHRIS LACAVITA/VA. GOP DIRECTOR: BUT BEING THAT THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT
CHARGING OF THOSE FEES WAS CONTRARY TO THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT, WE CAN NO
LONGER DO THAT.))
So for that reason, and to cut down on in-fighting and hopefully to inspire
more voters early on in the process, the party's holding a June 10th primary.
At the top of the ticket, of course, Attorney General Jim Gilmore...a former
Henrico County prosecutor.
But the competition to run with Gilmore for lieutenant governor is three
Party treasurer and former tobacco executive John Hager.
McLean charter jet entrepreneur Coleman Andrews.
And Fauquier Delegate Jay Katzen.
Former public safety secretary Jerry Kilgore of Scott County is in a field
of four for attorney general.
He's joined by Virginia Beach Senator Ken Stolle...Chesapeake Senator Mark
Earley...and McLean attorney Gil Davis.
Expect record campaign dollars to flow.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Blacksburg police have charged four men in the January beating of a pizza
Police say the driver entered College Park Apartments, where one man stepped
in front of his car and another poured beer through the sunroof.
When the driver got out, he was beaten and kicked.
Police say the men stole items from the car valued at 16 hundred dollars.
Duane Darnell Brown, Braxton Mullen, and Christopher Donald Lee, all of
Woodbridge, and Brian Landgrover of Baltimore are charged with malicious
wounding by mob.
Wall Street investors reacted calmly today to a key employment report
that showed a sharp rise in new jobs.
The Dow gained 56 points.
NASDAQ fell three points.
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic are considered the basics-- but not all
children are quick to learn them.
But now the state has come up with more money and tougher requirements to
help younger students buckle down.
Kimberly McBroom reports. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=What's one sound "A" makes
SUPER=01-Sharon Hartman/Westside Elementary Teacher; :13
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :24
SUPER=01-Lulabelle Wood/Glen Cove Elementary Teacher; :36
SUPER=01-Evan Holder/William Byrd Middle Student; 1:04
SUPER=01-Connie Ratcliff/Jackson Middle Teacher; 1:10
SUPER=01-Allison Elswick/William Byrd Middle Student; 1:18
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT TAPE 1 0:48:16
((WHAT'S ONE SOUND "A" MAKES?....AND AH. ))
tape 1 westside elementary class
Sharon Hartman's first grade class is learning how to read.
But the skill doesn't come easily to all children.
SOT 0:59:11 tape 1
((SHARON HARTMAN/WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY TEACHER: A LOT OF OUR CHILDREN DON'T GET
EXPERIENCES IN THEIR HOMES THAT THEY NEED, WHEN THEY COME TO SCHOOL, WE HAVE TO
DO EVERY PROGRAM THAT WE CAN TO GET THEM TO BE ABLE TO START TO READ. ))
tape 2-- video of Glen cove elementary students in class
Included in the new state budget: more than six- million dollars in the
upcoming budget for remedial reading programs-- and another half- million for
But teachers say testing of any kind is tough on younger students.
SOT tape 2 1:02:33
((LULABELLE WOOD/GLEN COVE ELEMENTARY TEACHER: IT'S VERY HARD WHEN THEY'RE
YOUNG BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT SURE IF THEY KNOW SOMETHING OR DON'T-- OR, IF THEY'RE
FRIGHTENED AND THEY CAN'T THINK. ))
SOT tape 2 1:51:40
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: KNOWING THE BASICS IS ALSO MORE CRUCIAL NOW FOR
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY JUST APPROVED A BILL REQUIRING 6TH GRADERS PASS THE
LITERACY PASSPORT TEST, OR ELSE GO TO SUMMER SCHOOL.))
video at Wm. Byrd Middle school of students working tape 2
State figures show one- third of all 6th graders failed the L-P-T last
And with the new requirements, comes added pressure for students to make
SOT TAPE 1 3:19:42
((EVAN HOLDER/WILLIAM BYRD MIDDLE STUDENT: IT WAS TOUGH, CERTAIN PARTS OF IT.
IT WAS REALLY STRESSFUL BEFOREHAND. ))
SOT TAPE 1 2:08:00
((CONNIE RATCLIFF/JACKSON MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER: BUT I THINK IT DOES ADD
IMPORTANCE TO STUDENTS, AS WELL AS THEIR PARENTS THAT KIDS NEED TO BE IN
SCHOOL. THEY NEED TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK. ))
SOT tape 2 3:24:24
((ALLISON ELSWICK/WILLIAM BYRD MIDDLE STUDENT: WE NEED TO BE INTELLIGENT IF
YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE LIFE OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, SO IT'S PRETTY FAIR. ))
Shots at Jackson Middle School tape 1
But no matter what grade they're in, teachers say the best students are
the ones who get a good head start.
SOT tape 1 0:53:00 back to West Side Elementary
((SINGING, "IF WE SING THIS WELL INDEED, THEN IT'S TIME FOR US TO READ." ))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, a surprise pole winner in Atlanta, State shocks
Duke and Maryland beats Clemson in the ACC quarterfinals this afternoon,
And with two games on tap at the Roundhouse this weekend, we have some
pointers for you on how to be the perfect hockey fan.
The Winston Cup cars are outside Atlanta this weekend for the Primestar 500,
and a new "PrimeTime" qualifier emerged today.
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA/Winston Cup Qualifying;:00
Mark Martin qualified on the outside of row one with a speed of 185 point 918
miles an hour.
That wasn't a surprise but this is.
Rookie Robby Gordon won the pole at 186 and half miles an hour.
Now the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Robby Gordon/186.507/2. Mark Martin//3. Darrell Waltrip//4. Dick
Trickle//5. Hut Stricklin//;
SUPER=0107-6. Lake Speed//7. Ted Musgrave//8. Geoff Bodine//9. Dale
Jarrett//10. Kenny Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-11. Billy Standridge//12. Jimmy Spencer//13. Ricky Craven//14.
Jeremy Mayfield//15. Bill Elliott//;
SUPER=0107-16. Rick Mast//17. Ernie Irvan//18. Bobby Hamilton//19. David
Green//20. Sterling Marlin//;
SUPER=0107-21. Morgan Shepherd//22. Terry Labonte//23. Jeff Gordon//24. Mike
Skinner//25. Ricky Rudd//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Rusty was just 35th fastest, and Earnhardt's 43rd slowest. Earnhardt only was
five miles an hour under the pole winning speed.
North Carolina State knocked off Duke, The number one seed in the A-C-C
tournament this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Blue Devils vs Wolfpack; :
Coach K and the Blue Devils had a comfortable lead at this point in the
Jeff Capel takes it to the hoop and scores off the glass Duke led 42 to
But the Wolfpack rallied Jeremy Hyatt's three put State ahead, and he
scored this layup to make it 50 to 46 State.
Clint Harrison put the icing on SUPER=33-Duke/60/N.C. State/66/;the cake
with the jam as time was running out and N.C. State upsets Duke 66 to 60.
wipe to eng#
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Tigers vs. Terrapins; :00
The Wolfpack will now play Maryland in semi-finals tomorrow.
Gary Williams' team watched Clemson get within five points with 5:30 to play
on this inside hoop by Harold Jamison.
It's 59-to-54 Maryland.
But the Terps regrouped and put it SUPER=33-Maryland/76/Clemson/61;
away down the stretch as Terrell Stokes hits the 3 ball and Maryland beats
The quarterfinals action resumes tonight at 7 here on WDBJ with Wake Forest
battling Florida State.
Then at 9:20 tonight, we'll have the Virginia-North Carolina game for you
LIVE right here on Your Hometown Station.
One of Friday Football Extra's top coaches, who stepped down at the end of
last season, has resurfaced on the northern end of the state.
SUPER=03-Friday Football Extra; :00
Ed Scott, the former Patrick Henry field boss has agreed to take over the
program at James Wood high school in Winchester.
He spent 7 years at Patrick Henry, and before that he coached Park View to a
state title during his 14 year stay at that school.
It's also tourney time for area high school basketball teams
WIPE TO SCHEDULE OUT OF PKG
As state quarterfinal play begins tonight for three area schools.
In Group Two-A, Liberty takes on Martinsville at 7, at Rustburg high school.
And in Group-A, Glenvar hooks up with J.I. Burton and Floyd meets Haysi in a
doubleheader at the Dedmon Center starting at 6:30.
SUPER=0097-/Martinsville///Liberty///Tonight In Rustburg @ 7pm/////;
SUPER=0097-/J.I. Burton///Glenvar///Tonight In Radford @ 6:30pm
//Haysi///Floyd Co.///Tonight In Radford @ 8pm/;
In light of the Express's huge weekend double dip against Charlotte
tonight and then Raleigh tomorrow, the team has called on it's fans for some
Roundhouse Wrapup Full
help. Steve Mason has more in this rather off the wall Round House Wrap up.
PEEL FULL SCREEN TO MASON
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Chris Lipsett/Express Center; :16
SUPER=01-Doug Searle/Express Defenseman; :30
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :54
SUPER=01-J.F. Tremblay/Express Right Winger; 1;04 quick
SUPER=08-Matt O'Dette/Express Defenseman
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; 1:38
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/And Chilly/33-36/Partly Sunny/Wind SW-15/60-62;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/35-38/Mostly Sunny/And Mild/60-64;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/28-30/Mix Of Clouds/And Sun/56-58;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/30-33/Partly Sunny/Wind SW-10/58-60;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Calm Wind/26-30/Variable Clouds/Wind W-10/53-56;
A Ferrum Elementary School student says she wants to be a writer, or a
journalist in the field of science.
And it seems she's got a leg up on everyone else her age.
A few months ago, Christine (krah-ZELL) Krawczel submitted an extra credit
report on how salt effects the environment.
Little did she know it would bring her national recognition.
IN Q=I turned
((CHRISTINE KRAWCZEL/GRADE SCHOOL WRITER: I TURNED IT IN AND MY TEACHERS LIKED
IT AND THEN THE "DRAGONFLY" MAGAZINE FOUND OUT ABOUT IT AFTER SHE SENT IT AND
THEY PUBLISHED IT. ))
SUPER=01-Christine Krawczel/Grade School Writer;
OUT Q=published it
Her article appeared in last month's edition of "Dragonfly"... a new science
magazine for kids.
So what did Christine discover?-- that salt significantly decreases the
growth of roadside plants.
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