(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...IT'S STILL UNKNOWN WHERE THESE PETS WILL
LIVE, BUT THEY WON'T BE GOING HOME WITH VALERY GREEN.
A 21-YEAR-OLD GUNMAN KILLED THREE PEOPLE AND WOUNDED TWO OTHERS IN DETROIT,
BEFORE BEING SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE. ))
OUT Q=by police.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Tuesday, March 11th, our Top Story tonight
Involves breaking news this hour-- as firefighters around the area battle a
raging blaze at the Hardy Road Civic Center.
Good Evening--you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
In just about two hours the Hardy Road Civic Center in Bedford County burned
to the ground.
The blaze broke out about 7:30...no one was injured, but again, but the
building was destroyed.
The community center is located right next to the volunteer fire department on
Route 760 in Hardy.
Firefighters were concerned the fire station would also ignite, so they
hosed down their own building.
There was some damage to the side of that building.
Fire officials don't know the cause of the blaze, but are investigating.
Hardy road was blocked for most of the evening.
Hate incidents against gays and lesbians in Virginia were up 206- percent in
1996 over the year before.
That means 55 incidents-- four physically violent-- were actually reported,
over 18 the year before.
Those numbers come from a homosexual rights group called Virginians for
The group places partial blame on Congress for banning same sex marriages.
IN Q=When our
((DAVID PERRY/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: WHEN OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ENGAGE IN
RHETORIC THAT SETS A PARTICULAR GROUP OF PEOPLE APART AS TARGETS FOR
VIOLENCE...WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED WHEN VIOLENCE INCREASES.))
((SHIRLEY LESSER/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: WE RISK LOSING OUR CHILDREN LIKE
SHARON BOTTOMS DID. WE RISK LOSING OUR JOBS. VIRTUALLY DAILY I GET CALLS FROM
PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS. WE RISK LOSING OUR LIVES.))
SUPER=01-David Perry/Virginians for Justice; :00
SUPER=01-Shirley Lesser/Virginians For Justice; :15
OUT Q=our lives.
Among the 1996 victims: a Lynchburg man who was chased by two Hillcats
baseball players yelling anti-gay remarks.
The chase ended with a car accident.
Virginians for Justice estimates 80- percent of anti- gay incidents go
Two murders believed to be the work of a serial killer in Chesapeake are on
The two women hikers killed on the Appalachian trail last year are NOT
included because NO motive for the killings is known.
An apparently deranged man with a gun executed three innocent people today
at a Detroit bank-- before he was killed by police gunfire.
The 21-year-old opened fire as he rambled religious passages.
IN Q=It appears as if
((ISAIAH MCKINNON/DETROIT POLICE CHIEF
"IT APPEARS AS IF WE HAVE A PERSON WHO WALKED IN TO KILL.. ))
((CHARLENE MACDONALD/WITNESS: HE SAID LAY DOWN...AND SO WE LAID DOWN. I LAID
DOWN ON TOP OF MY KIDS..AND WHEN HE WENT OVER TO KILL THE OTHER GUY--HE SAID
HE'LL BE BACK..AND HE CAME BACK AND BEFORE HE GOT TO ME HE SHOT SOMEBODY
SUPER=01-Isaiah McKinnon/Detroit Police Chief; :00
SUPER=01-Charlene MacDonald/Witness; :06
OUT Q=shot somebody else.
The gunman's siege began a few blocks from the bank-- when he shot a man
who was out jogging.
He then hijacked a car, drove to the bank and killed two people.
From there, he took a hostage, and killed him in the alley-- before he was
brought down by police.
It was the second shootout at a bank in broad daylight in as many weeks.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/February 28; :
Two men died and 16- police officers were injured in a botched robbery at
a Bank of America Branch in Los Angeles.
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 30; :
And in Richmond, a bank holdup at a Nationsbank branch in January left a
teller dead and three others injured.
GRAPHIC=plane crash inv.
A videotape has surfaced apparently showing an object speeding toward TWA
flight 800- before it went down.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;
The FBI seized the tape from the home of a retired pilot in Florida.
Pilot Richard Russell
SUPER=03-Off Long Island/July 1996;
says the tape is a copy of air traffic control radar- showing a projectile-
possibly a missile racing toward the plane.
Safety investigators say there is no solid evidence of missile damage-
FBI director James Kallstrom is investigating.
((RICHARD RUSSELL/RETIRED PILOT: I PREDICT MR. KALLSTROM WILL HAVE THE TAPE AND
SAY THAT IT IS A FRAUD. I ASSURE YOU IT IS THE REAL THING.))
SUPER=02-Richard Russell/Retired Pilot;
OUT Q=the real thing."
SUPER=03-Calverton, NY/March 6;
This tape, released today shows the reconstruction of Flight 800.
The plane exploded off the shores of New York in July.
So far investigators have pieced together more than 380 parts.
For the second time in less than 2 months, a judge has ruled that a Franklin
County breeder neglected her pets.
Two months ago, Valery Green lost her 120 animals to the Franklin County
Today she lost her appeal.
A circuit court judge upheld a decision that the breeder did not provide
adequate care for the animals.
Now the court is expected to rule on the animals' fate.
There are several choices... ranging from adoption to euthanasia.
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: NOBODY WANTS TO SEE
THE ANIMALS DESTROYED. THERE'S ONLY FOUR OPTIONS THE JUDGE HAS AND NO ONE FEELS
THAT WOULD BE AN ACCEPTABLE OPTION. THE OTHER ONES... IT'S A LITTLE LESS
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Commonwealth's Atty;
OUT Q=less clear
Some of the dogs and cats suffered serious medical problems while in Green's
And almost all of them were living in pens covered with feces.
Since mid January, the animals have been kept at kennels and animal
hospitals throughout the Roanoke Valley... with the Franklin County Humane
Society footing the bill.
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Jobs on the way to Carroll County and a major industrial park in the works
in Roanoke County.
All this coming up next on NEWS-7 Primetime...plus
VMI is preparing for "the Year of Grace"-- with an orientation for employees
and cadets who will soon share the post with women.
go to break
GRAPHIC=ROANOKE CO. SEAL
The Roanoke County Supervisors are making plans for a new industrial park
that may eventually employ thousands.
Today, the county purchased an option on more than 460 acres near Dixie
The property is known as the Glenn Mary farm.
County supervisors say its proximity to Interstate 81 and the planned Smart
Road to Virginia Tech will make it a natural location for high-tech firms, and
IN Q=This project dwarfs
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: THIS PROJECT DWARFS VALLEY POINTE. WE'RE
TALKING 463 ACRES THAT COULD EASILY BE A 400- MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT CREATING
OVER FOUR THOUSAND JOBS IN A CORRIDOR THAT REALLY NEEDS IT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Supervisors Chairman;
OUT Q=that really needs it.
The plan is already raising objections in Glenvar Heights and other
neighborhoods near the property.
But county officials say residents will play a major role in the planning
and design of the park.
In Carroll County, the Magnolia Mills yarn plant is expected to nearly
double its work force.
At today's board of supervisors meeting, the company announced it will break
ground in a few weeks on a 170- thousand square- foot addition to its building
in the Beaver Dam Industrial Park.
The company currently employs about 150 people, and will add another 100
((DAN NATION/MAGNOLIA MILLS EXEC. V.P.: WE HAVE ALREADY SCHEDULED MACHINERY TO
ARRIVE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER AND WE HOPE TO BE VERY NEAR COMPLETION BY THE END OF
THE YEAR. ))
((DAVE GROVE/CARROLL CO. ADMINISTRATOR: I THINK IT SHOWS THAT THEY HAVE A GREAT
DEAL OF INTEREST AND VISION TOWARD CARROLL COUNTY, NOT ONLY THEIR OWN VISION
BUT AS TO WHERE CARROLL COUNTY IS GOING, AND WE'RE VERY PLEASED WITH THAT.))
SUPER=01-Dan Nation/Magnolia Mills Executive Vice Pres.; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Grove/Carroll Co. Administrator; :10
OUT Q=pleased with that.
Magnolia Mills makes yarn for the weaving and knitting industry, supplying
customers such as Jockey and Fieldcrest Cannon.
A Roanoke Valley success story held its first annual shareholders meeting
Optical Cable told investors that first quarter profits just released are up
22- percent compared to a year ago.
The company cites its international sales growth as a big reason for its
IN Q=The industry
((BOB KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE CEO: THE INDUSTRY THAT WE'RE IN STILL IS SOMEWHAT
IN ITS INFANCY, AND THERE'S STILL, THEREFORE A TREMENDOUS GROWTH POTENTIAL
BECAUSE IT'S STILL IN THE EARLY STAGES OF IT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable CEO;
OUT Q=stages of it.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Optical Cable began selling its stock to the public last year.
It now has more than six thousand shareholders.
The company makes fiber-optic cables similar to the ones used to connect
It was founded in the mid- eighties, and now has more than 130 employees.
Optical Cable is just finishing up a major expansion at its Roanoke County
The Superintendent has dubbed the next school year at Virginia Military
Institute "The Year of Grace."
General Josiah Bunting outlined a new mission for the corps of cadets
today... to accept women- to do it nobly, honorably and with generosity and
Well aware of the CITADEL's miserable experience with co-education, General
Bunting urged V-M-I cadets to put a stop to any injustice they may observe.
IN Q=Individuals acts
((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: INDIVIDUAL ACTS OF MORAL
COURAGE. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT. WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING HAPPENING THAT IS
UNTOWARD, YOU MUST YOU MUST ACT.))
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent
OUT Q=you must, you must act.
The assembly of the entire corps and the community in Cameron Hall today was
just the first of several orientation sessions.
They're scheduled between now and the end of the school year on the subject
The Virginia Department of Transportation says its trying to keep residents
informed about road improvements to Route 221 in the Back Creek area of Roanoke
All parties involved agree some sections of Route 221 need to be
straightened or improved.
Yesterday, some citizens said VDOT is going against prior plans.
Today, VDOT officials told News 7 that they try hard to keep the community
IN Q=IT IS TOO
((IT IS TOO EARLY FOR US TO KNOW WHICH PROPERTIES WILL BE AFFECTED. AND EACH
WEEK THAT GOES BY, WE GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO HAVING BETTER INFORMATION TO SHARE
WITH FOLKS. WE'VE GOT NOTHING TO HIDE, WE ONLY HAVE A JOB TO DO OF HELPING TO
CREATE A ROADWAY THAT IS SAFER AND MORE EFFICIENT FOR FOLKS WHO LIVE IN THAT
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Virginia Dept. of Transportation;
OUT Q=IN THAT AREA
Bullock says studies of Route 221 may continue for months.
When flood waters inundated western Virginia in November of 1985, helped
poured in from other parts of the country.
Today, local officials say they intend to return the favor.
As communities along the Ohio River cope with high water and begin a
clean- up that will take many months, Roanoke County officials say they're
trying to organize a relief effort of their own.
They hope to send government employees and volunteers from local businesses
to help out in communities hit hard by the flooding.
IN Q=We would probably
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: WE WOULD PROBABLY BE CONTACTING SOME LOCAL
INDUSTRIES, SOME CORPORATE SPONSORS TO SEE IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEND SOMETHING
WITH US WHEN WE GO. AGAIN, REMEMBERING WHAT HAPPENED IN '85 AND THE ASSISTANCE
THAT WAS DIRECTED TO ROANOKE COUNTY AND ROANOKE CITY WE JUST NEED TO REMEMBER
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Supervisors Chairman;
OUT Q=need to remember that.
The county has contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the
American Red Cross, but officials don't know where the local volunteers will be
In Galax, churches and the Sonrise Food Bank joined forces to help flood
Organizers loaded a tractor trailer full of food, drinks, cleaning supplies
and clothing today.
They'll deliver the items to victims in Falmouth (FAWL-muhth), Kentucky
((LEON GOAD/SONRISE FOOD BANK DIRECTOR: TO JUST SAY TO THE PEOPLE THERE WE LOVE
YOU AND SOMEBODY'S BEHIND YOU. WE KNOW IT'S HARD BUT WE'RE PRAYING FOR YOU AND
WE JUST WANT TO SAY WE LOVE YOU AND THIS IS SOMETHING TO SHOW IT. ))
SUPER=01-Leon Goad/Sonrise Food Bank Dir.;
OUT Q=to show it.
The items were donated by participating churches, individuals, local
businesses and the food bank.
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SUPER=331-Clear/& Breezy/34-38/Sunny/but Cooler/56-60;
SUPER=332-Mostly/Clear/32-36/Mostly Sunny/& Cool/54-58;
SUPER=333-Clear/& Breezy/30-34/Sunny/but Cooler/52-56;
SUPER=334-Mostly/Clear/28-32/Mostly/Sunny & Cool/50-54;
It's no secret that Patrick has off-beat taste...but can he handle this?
Join us at a bug barbecue-- all delicacies, we're told.
Our video of the day is coming up on News 7 PRIMETIME...right here on WEFC.
go to break
GRAPHIC=Breast Cancer Prevention
More study and debate on women in their forties -- and mammograms.
A panel of experts chosen by the American Cancer Society NOW says women
should get "yearly" exams between the ages of 40 and 50.
The recommendation is likely to change the organization's guidelines which
currently call for mammograms every two years.
In January, the National Institutes of Health suggested women decide for
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For those with an adventurous palate-- we're going to head to South
Africa-- for a barbeque of a different sort.
It's Insect Week at the Johannesburg Zoo--
The big picnic didn't feature hot dogs and potato salad....rather, they
dove in to a dinner of termites, locusts and worms.
Top of the culinary list were juicy African (Mo-Pahny) Mopane worms, boiled
in garlic and wine....and served in an omelette topped with cheese.
There were those of course whose taste buds simply couldn't be tempted--
and others who couldn't get enough.
IN Q=Tastes terrible
((TASTES TERRIBLE. TASTE TERRIBLE, WHY?
NOT USED TO WORMS. ))
((IT'S TERMITE DEEP FRIED IN BUTTER. Q: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT? A:
VERY TASTY. ))
OUT Q=very tasty.
And for dessert - chocolate coated locust.
The insect exhibition is held to teach the wonders of the insect world to
scores of school children.
It's probably one science class they won't soon forget.
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Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, the Express entertains the
Columbus Chill at the Roundhouse, Tech gives women's hoop coach Carol Alfano
the Big Chill, and Rodman is ready to chill out in pro wrestling.
SUPER=03-Scottsdale, AZ; :00
But first a chilling site as we head out to today's cactus league game
between Randy Johnson and the Mariners and the Giants.
Johnson throws harder than virtually anyone in the Big leagues.
Unfortunately, one of his fast balls hits J.T. Snow in the left eye.
Snow suffered a cut eye lid but never lost consciousness. Results of his CAT
scan won't be known until tomorrow.
Now your scores.
GO TO SCORES
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& Sharks - LATE/;
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The Express and the Columbus Chill met for the first and only time this
season at the Round House tonight.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Chill vs. Express; :00
Fans did the Macaraina in between periods. The Chill would try and make
macaroni of the Express early. Watch ilja Dubkov get up ended near the blue
After a scoreless first period; Columbus jumped out to a 1 nothing lead on
a power play goal off the stick of Matt Oates at the 5:07 mark of the period.
The Chill went up 2zip on another power play opportunity in the second
period. Derek Clancey finds the net.
Roanoke came back with two goals in the third, along with 31 shots, but Jeff
Salajko was awesome, stopping 51 shots as the Chill escape with a 3-2 victory.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have decided the Carol Alfano era at Virginia Tech
has run its course.
The Tech women's coach for the past 19 years has in effect been dismissed.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1996-97 Season; :00
Alfano's current four year contract expires on June 30th, and that will be
her last day on the job.
Alfano's teams won 278 games and lost 262 in her nearly two decades of
In a two years spans from 1993 through 1195 the Hokies won 46 games, but they
slipped to 10-and-21 this season with a team that was hurt by injuries.
Athletic director Dave Braine says it is time to move in a new direction.
He says a search for her successor will begin immediately.
The Virginia men's team left for Salt Lake City today.
Thursday night they meet Iowa in the West regional's first round.
The hawkeyes are led by guard Andre Wooldridge, one of the best point
guards in the country.
IN Q="I think
((CURTIS STAPLES/UVA GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/UVa Guard; :00
OUT Q=...I think we will be fine"
Jeff Johnson became Patrick Henry's new head football coach today.
He's been an assistant at PH since 86, and before that he was a head coach at
IN Q="It was...
((JEFF JOHNSON/NEW P.H. HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Johnson/New P.H. Head Football Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ABOUT IT."
Johnson's indoor and outdoor track teams at PH have been extremely successful
on the district, regional and state levels, but he knows it will more than
speed to produce a winner in football.
IN Q="We have to put...
OUT Q=...THE SEASON STRONG.
And finally, the many folks believe belongs in the straight jacket, is
instead preparing to climb into the squared circle.
Dennis Rodman is becoming a professional wrestler.
He is joining Hulk Hogan's NWO, the dreaded "New World Order."
A Virginia Lottery jackpot didn't spend much time in the Commonwealth.
A North Carolina family that bought a lottery ticket in Danville Saturday
flew in to pick up its winnings.
Johnny Brown lives in Reidville -- but was working in Danville last week
when he picked up his parents' tickets.
IN Q=They bought
((JOHNNY BROWN: THEY BOUGHT TEN DOLLARS WORTH OF TICKETS, I BOUGHT 25...HAD
THE WINNER ON IT.))
SUPER=01-Johnny Brown/Lotto Winner from NC;
OUT Q=winner on it.
Virginia Lottery officials estimate 85 to 90 million dollars of tickets are
sold each year to North Carolinians driving across state lines.
That's all for us-- Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you