Coming up next on News 7 at 11... a Roanoke man fell to his death while
hiking up a Giles County mountain today.
Virginia college students are stranded again... This time in Mexico and the
And could a two-year-old California boy be the next golf legend?
News 7 at 11 is next.
A Roanoke man fell 80-feet to his death this afternoon in Giles County.
It happened in a remote section near Newport around four-thirty.
Authorities say five people were climbing up a path to a Cliff on Spruce Run
Mountain when the 30- year- old man fell.
The man suffered major head injuries.
IN Q=Upon arrival the
((INVESTIGATOR WILLIE LUCAS/GILES CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: UPON ARRIVAL THE
OFFICERS HAD BEEN ADVISED THAT HE WAS DECEASED AND HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO GILES
SUPER=01-Willie Lucas/Giles Co. Sheriff's Dept.
OUT Q=Giles Memorial Hospital.
Investigators say alcohol was a factor in the accident.
They are not releasing the victim's name until they notify his family.
A never ending spring break may sound like a fantasy but for hundreds of
college students it's turned into a nightmare.
Virginia college students are stranded in the Bahamas and Cancun because the
Federal Aviation Administration grounded the planes that serve one of the
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; Quick!!!
Rick McCrary says his daughter was left without a flight home when the F-A-A
took action against the charter airline serving Take A Break Travel.
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/Last Weekend;
Like these students in Raleigh, Ashley McCrary was also stranded at a
Baltimore, Maryland, airport last week.
But to get her home on schedule her parents say they were lucky enough to
get two of the few remaining seats back to Baltimore.
IN Q=There are many
((RICK MCCRARY/PARENT: THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO FLY OUT
TODAY WHO HAVE NO ROOM AND HAVE NO AIRLINE TICKET TO GET HOME. SUPPOSEDLY THE
FAA AND THE COMPANY SAID THAT THE STUDENTS WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF WITH IN A
COUPLE OF DAYS BUT MY DAUGHTER AND HER ROOMMATE HAVE A TEST ON MONDAY. THIS IS
THE 90'S SO YOU HAVE TO GET BACK. YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR THING.))
OUT Q=do your thing
Yesterday the FAA grounded Av-Atlantic airlines, citing 33 violations,
including flying a plane with a cracked windshield.
The airline once leased a plane to Bob Dole's presidential campaign.
Investigators are searching for the cause of a suspicious fire, which gutted
a duplex on the 17-hundred block of Melrose Avenue this morning.
The Roanoke City Fire Department received the call around 8-30.
Flames were racing up the back of the house when fire fighters arrived.
Seven people were sleeping when the blaze started.
They woke up when someone outside alerted them to the fire and escaped
without injury--though fire fighters did rescue two dogs.
The blaze spread quickly through the old house.
IN Q=IT SPREAD
((RILEY PETERS/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT. ACTING DIST. CHIEF: IT SPREAD ANYWHERE THERE
WAS PVC PIPE. THE FIRE FOLLOWED THE PVC PIPE THROUGH ALL THE FLOOR JOICE AND
GOT INTO ALL THE UPSTAIRS WALLS SO WE HAD SEVERAL WALLS WE HAD TO OPEN UP TO
FIND THE FIRE.))
SUPER=01-Riley Peters/Roanoke Fire Department;
OUT Q=FIND THE FIRE.
Both apartments were severely damaged.
The fire is under investigation.
Officials say it appears to have been set near the back corner of the house.
Residents of Autumn Lane in Roanoke, say the developer of an 11-home
construction project hasn't been making the grade.
They say they been fighting for more than a year to get the city to enforce
its construction ordinances.
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=Residents say this
SUPER=90-Home Video; :00
SUPER=01-C. Aubrey Butler/Autumn Lane Resident; :17
SUPER=01-John Marlles/Roanoke Planning & Econ. Dev.; :32
SUPER=01-Phillip Bane/Developer; :48
SUPER=01-Daniel Garrison/Autumn Lane Resident; 1:27
OUT Q=News 7
(( Residents say this once wooded ravine now looks more like a landfill.
They say trucks hauling questionable fill material come in at all hours
despite stop work orders.
And their street is always covered with debris from the operation.
SOT tape 1 14:25:24
IN Q=THEY'VE BEEN HAULING
((ABUREY BUTLER/AUTUMN LN RESIDENT: THEY'VE BEEN HAULING BACK TREE STUMPS,
RAILROAD TIES, GAS PIPING, MANHOLE COVERS, MANHOLE COLLARS, CHUNKS OF CONCRETE
SOME AS LARGE AS VOLKSWAGEN. BASICALLY WE'RE CONCERNED WITH WHAT WE SEE GOING
IN THERE. WHAT'S IN THERE THAT WE DON'T SEE.))
OUT Q=WE DON'T SEE
SOT TAPE 2 15:23:32
IN Q=IN THIS CASE
((JOHN MARLLES/ROANOKE PLANNING AND ECON. DEV.: IN THIS CASE WHAT WE'RE SEEING
IS THAT THERE'S MORE THAN WHAT'S ORDINARILY THERE IN THE WAY OF ASPHALT AND
CONCRETE. TECHNICALLY THOSE THINGS ARE NOT A VIOLATION AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT
IN THE AREA WHERE THE ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION IS GOING TO OCCUR.))
OUT Q=GOING TO OCCUR
SOT TAPE 2 15:31:58
IN Q=WHEN I FIRST
((PHILLIP BANE/DEVELOPER: WHEN I FIRST BOUGHT IT IT HAD BEEN USED AS A
LANDFILL AREA. PEOPLE HAD BEEN USING IT TO DUMP CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS.))
OUT Q=CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS
Phillip Bane says he's hauled away refrigerators, roofing shingles and water
And that the fill material is in compliance with state regulations.
But city officials confirm he hasn't been complying with other ordinances.
During the past 16 months the city has issued numerous stop work orders
citing covered storm drains, debris on the street and improper drainage fields.
Residents say these silt ponds are a danger to their children and attract
Though they say they're not against the development of the property.
SOT TAPE 1
IN Q=I CAN PUT
((DANIEL GARRISON/AUTUMN LANE RESIDENT: I CAN PUT UP WITH THE MINOR
INCONVENIENCED THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. MY PROBLEM IS THAT THE LAWS THAT
ARE IN PLACE TO PROTECT US ARE BEING VIOLATED.))
OUT Q=US ARE BEING VIOLATED
SOT tape 2 15:23:32
IN Q=we have bought
((WE HAVE BROUGHT THE DEVELOPER INTO COURT. INFACT RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A STOP
WORK ORDER. THE DEVELOPER IS DOING SOME WORK TO BRING THE SITE INTO
OUT Q=SITE INTO COMPLIANce
But residents say their main complaint is the city has been dragging its
feet and not enforcing its own ordinances.
Marlles says at this time the Erosion and sediment control ordinance which
covers these issues can only be enforced by court action.
He says city council may change the procedure which would allow inspectors
to impose fines.
Phillip Bane says once his 11 house project is finished property values will
rise and the city will gain tax dollars.
Residents and city officials will address concerns about this project Monday
night at Ridgewood Baptist Church.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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Still to come on News 7 at 11,
Residents of the Ohio Valley begin the massive clean up following this
And we'll see a Philadelphia McDonald's that accidently got a new drive
It certainly got warmer than we expected today, as the clouds were few and
It turned out to be a very pleasant Saturday.
It'll get chilly tonight, but Tomorrow looks the same as today for the
morning hours, but then the clouds roll in, and we look at the possibility of
showers for the early evening, into the overnight hours.
That system should pass, and pleasant weather returns for monday
wx ad lib
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Georgia authorities say a man wanted in a drug investigation died in a
shootout with police.
Three Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents were slightly wounded in the
The standoff at Wayne Miller's eastern Georgia mobile home started yesterday
Agents remained outside the home overnight.
They tried to flush him out with tear gas this morning.
That's when the gunfire started.
A few hours later they determined Miller was dead.
Residents in the Ohio Valley are battling mud and depression as they clean
up after this week's flooding.
SUPER=03-Lebanon Junction, KY;
Vice President Al Gore toured flooded areas in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and
West Virginia, promising to help victims get back on their feet.
In Kentucky, where the flooding killed 17 people some residents were finally
allowed back home today and survey the damage caused by the floodwaters.
All 13 Indiana counties that run along the Ohio River were declared federal
disaster areas, giving residents access low-interest rebuilding loans.
At least five people were hurt when a car crashed into a McDonalds
restaurant in Philadelphia.
The car crashed through a plate glass window and into the restaurant's
Police say the elderly driver appeared confused.
He was pulling into a parking space when he accidentally hit the gas and
drove into the building.
IN Q=he was trying
(( HE WAS TRYING TO BACK UP AND HE FORGOT TO TURN THE WHEEL AND HE RAN
STRAIGHT INTO THE WINDOW AND HE HIT THE LITTLE GIRL.))
OUT Q=the little girl
The driver and at least four people inside were hurt, but police say none of
the injuries are life threatening.
David Lee Jones has been sentenced to 46 years in prison on second-degree
murder and two firearms charges for murdering his girlfriend last April.
Jones shot 17-year-old Marguerite Lynnelle Whitfield in the head on April
24th in her family's trailer at the Pine Acres Trailer Park in Hurt.
Before he was sentenced yesterday, the 22-year-old Jones apologized for
Whitfield's death, but said it was an accident.
Governor Allen is trying to prove that his administration is ready to enfore
new federal rules against underage smoking.
The Governor is pushing the General Assembly to speed up legislation giving
state alcohol agents the authority to enforce tobacco laws.
Allen wants to put the law into effect on April second, not July first,
which is the usual effective date for new laws.
The legislation not only gives liquore agents more authority, it doubles the
civil penalties for violations.
When it comes to on-the-job performance reviews are men and women judged by
the same standards?
Many women say no.
Some of the valley's most successful businesswomen say there are ways to
succeed in the male dominated workplace.
They say be prepared to work hard and learn from criticism.
Know your job, in other words always do your homework.
And they say don't enter into debates concerning your role in the workplace.
SOT tape 2 12:43:34
IN Q=MAY BE NOT EVEN
((ESTELLE NICHOLS-AVNER/BRADLEY FREE CLINIC EXECUTIVE DIR.: MAYBE NOT EVEN
ADDRESS THAT KIND OF CRITICAL COMPLAINT OR ISSUE TRYING AS HARD AS THAT PERSON
CAN, DOING THE JOB AT HAND AND AFTER A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME IF A PROMOTION
DOESN'T HAPPEN THEY NEED TO RETHINK WHERE THEY ARE. THERE ARE OTHER PLACES FOR
EVERYONE TO BE.))
SUPER=01-Estelle Nichols-Avner/Bradley Free Clinic Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=EVERYONE TO BE
You can learn more about women in the workplace during "On Record."
Area business people will discuss the glass ceiling and wage discrimination
tomorrow morning at 11.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next,
If you're into collectibles...then you'll want to head out to the toy show
in Salem tomorrow.
And pro-golfers beware...You may have a little competition.
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It's guaranteed to bring out the child in anyone.
A traveling toy show and convention is underway at the Salem Civic Center.
You can find all kinds of toys...
Everything from antique dolls to Nascar collectibles to model trains.
Some of the hottest items at the show are Star Wars items.
But buying some of these toys isn't kids-play.
Action figures that sold for a few dollars in 19-77 now go for as much as
The show will be open tomorrow from ten till five.
The high school basketball state tournament quarterfinals continued tonight
around the state.
Down at Radford University the Pulaski County girls battled James Madison.
Mike Stevens has the story of this game.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Radford/James Madison vs. Pulaski Co.; :00
SUPER=33-James Madison/60/Pulaski Co./39; :48
SUPER=01-Buddy Farris/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :55
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Elsewhere in Group Three-A William Fleming was in Fairfax tonight taking on
Hayfield. And the Hawks beat the Colonels 75 to 64.
At Virginia High in Bristol, Salem took on Gate City and the Spartans lose
in a close one 49 to 48.
For the first time since 1987, North Carolina State will play for the A-C-C
This afternoon in Greensboro C.C. Harrison scored 24 as the Wolfpack
knocked off Maryland 65 to 58.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Wolfpack vs Terps; :
Maryland coach Gary Williams working the game.
Keith Booth takes it to the hoop for the layup and the Terps led 20 to 15
in the second half.
State came right back going to Clint Harrison. He scores the three pointer
but the Wolfpack trailed 25 to 20 at the half.
After a 29 to 29 tie the Wolfpack took control. Jeremy Hyatt pulls up and
hits the jumper and State led by five.
Maryland made a run at the seven minute mark of the second half this
basket cut the Wolfpack lead to four.
But State would turn away every SUPER=33-N.C. State/65/Maryland/58/;Terp
rally and the Wolfpack beats Maryland 65 to 58 to advance to the A-C-C
IN Q="This is
((HERB SENDEK/N.C. STATE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Herb Sendek/N.C. State Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=......anything else."
The Wolfpack will play North Carolina in the title game. The Tar Heels
beat Wake Forest 86 to 73.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Tar Heels vs Demon Deacons; :
Dean Smith calling a play in from the coaches box.
But Tony Rutland comes up big he nails this three pointer and Wake Forest
took the 29 to 26 lead.
North Carolina would not go away. On this play Ed Cota hits the jumper to
tie the game at 35 to 35 at the half.
Carolina went up by six to open the second half but Tim Duncan takes it to
the hoop and scores with the left hand cutting the lead to three.
The Tar Heels come right back Vince SUPER=33-North Carolina/86/Wake
Forest/73/;Carter goes to the air for the alley oop jam to make it 53 to 48
Carolina and Carolina goes on to win the game 86 to 73.
In the S-E-C this afternoon Georgia upset Georgia upset 4-th ranked South
Carolina 78 to 63.
SUPER=03-Memphis, TN/Kentucky vs Mississippi; :
The Bulldogs will play Rick Pitino's Wildcats in the title game.
Kentucky's Ron Mercer fires a three pointer from deep in the corner to give
the Wildcats the early lead.
Kentucky led by as many as 22 and SUPER=33-Kentucky/88/Mississippi/70/;
the Wildcats get the 88 to 70 win over Mississippi in the Semi's.
And check this out, Chicago Bulls bad boy Dennis Rodman will get his chance
to wear tights.
Rodman has signed with World Championship Wrestling and he'll take part in
a pay per view event this summer.
He'll team up with superstar Hollywood "Hulk" Hogan.
Now here's the scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Wake Forest#8/73/j/UNC#5/86///j/Kansas#1/72//Iowa St.#16/48///;
St.///Two Late Games/;
SUPER=0103-/New Jersey/1/j/N.Y. Islanders/5////Buffalo/3//Montreal/3//Tie In
SUPER=0103-/Hartford/1//Toronto/1//Tie In OT//Phoenix/1//Chicago/0/3/Two Late
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, The Express was back on the ice tonight at the Roundhouse
Dale Earnhardt leads second round qualifying in Atlanta.
And Mark Martin makes it three in a row on NASCAR's Busch Grand National
The Roanoke Express was back at the Roundhouse tonight this time taking on
Division rival the Raleigh Icecaps.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Icecaps; :
Seconds after the puck dropped to start the night the Express and Icecaps
mix it up.
Leading one to nothing Roanoke's Jeff Jablonski crosses the blue line and
breaks free to score the goal giving the Express a 2 to nothing lead.
Raleigh shakes it off and comes back Steve Potvin takes it along the
boards and beats the Express goalie for the score to make it 2 to 1 Roanoke.
The Express added another score SUPER=38-Roanoke/4/Raleigh/2/;in the
first period Jablonski passes to Matt O'Dette who scores in front of the net
and Roanoke goes on to win it 4 to 2.
GRAPHIC=Atlanta Motor Speedway
Dale Earnhardt led second round qualifying today and he'll start 26-th in
tomorrow's Primestar 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Now here is the rest of the field.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. Dale Earnhardt/183.693/27. Jeff Burton//28. Greg Sacks//29.
Bobby Labonte//30. Kyle Petty//;
SUPER=0107-31. Michael Waltrip//32. Chad Little//33. John Andretti//34. Gary
Bradberry//35. Ken Schrader//;
SUPER=0107-36. Ward Burton//37. Mike Wallace//38. Rusty Wallace//39. Steve
Grissom//40. Johnny Benson//;
SUPER=0107-41. Brett Bodine//42. Joe Nemechek//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
GRAPHIC=Atlanta Motor Speedway
Mark Martin continues to dominate the NASCAR'S Busch Grand National
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA/ESPN2; :
This afternoon in Hampton, Georgia Martin won the Power Tools 300 Busch race
finishing ahead of Elton Sawyer.
The victory gives Martin three in a row and he's only the fourth driver in
the series to post three straight wins.
The Hunting Hills Country club is hosting the U.S. Cellular Roanoke Valley
men's Tennis tournament this weekend.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
The event features the top 16 best men's players in the Roanoke Valley.
They compete under a normal amateur tournament format but there is also prize
money involved for placing in the event.
IN Q="it's good...
((RAVI ANATARAMAN/HUNTING HILLS ASST. PRO: ))
SUPER=01-Ravi Anataraman/Hunting Hills Asst. Pro; :00
OUT Q=........EVEN MORE."
The Money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the Child Abuse
Prevention Council of the Roanoke Valley. The tournament will continue through
Tiger Woods hit the PGA Tour this year and made quite a stir.
Well you might not have heard about Brennan De Aguirre who is not yet a pro,
but he's also hitting the greens and getting quite a bit of attention.
Rick Powers reports.
SUPER=03-Clairemont, CA; :00
SUPER=01-Dennis De Aguirre/Brennan's Dad; :12
SUPER=01-Brennan De Aguirre/2-Year-Old Golfer; :53
SUPER=01-Rick Powers/Reporting; 1:17