Coming up on News 7-
Fire rips through a community center tonight in Bedford County-
Remember that woman with 120 dogs and cats. She finds out today if she gets
to keep them.
And take a look boat caught in stormy weather. We'll tell you what happened.
Patrick says sunny but cooler tomorrow.
News 7 is next.
Firefighters are working a blaze at The Hardy Community Center in Bedford
The center is fully involved.
A News 7 crew is there. Details at eleven.
Remember that woman who wanted to keep all 120 cats and dogs she cared for?
Today she lost an appeal- The court ruled she did not provide adequate care
and can not have the pets back.
Look what happened to a fishing boat in stormy weather off the coast of
Iceland. The icelandic coast guard rescued all 10 fisherman aboard.
Plus Patrick says sunny but cooler tomorrow.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
The Hardy Community Center burned down tonight.
The blaze broke out about 7:30-- and two hours later, the building was
IN Q=this is where
((GLADYS POWERS/HARDY RESIDENT: THIS IS WHERE WE HAD ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY
FUNCTIONS. CHURCH, FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS GETTING READY TO HAVE A BBQ CHICKEN
SUPPER IN 4 WEEKS. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED... JUST MAKES US SICK.))
SUPER=01-Gladys Powers/Hardy Resident;
OUT Q=US SICK
The center is just feet away from the Hardy Volunteer fire department- which
suffered minor damage.
Volunteers were not in the firehouse though when the center caught fire.
When firefighters arrived, they pulled the trucks out of the fire
department, and hosed down the building.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze.
The man who shot-up a bank was wanted on a parole violation.
The attacks began several blocks from the bank where the gunman shot a man
in the face.
He then ran into the bank and continued shooting.
((HE WAS RAMBLING. HE WAS SCREAMING. AT SOME POINT HE WAS INCOHERENT. AT OTHER
POINTS THERE ARE THINGS THAT HE RECOGNIZED. I THINK HE WAS MENTIONING SOMETHING
ABOUT RECITING THE LORD'S PRAYER.))
SUPER=01-Chief Ike McKinnon/Detroit Police;
OUT Q=THE LORD'S PRAYER."
Charlene McDonald was inside the bank with her children.
((CHARLENE MCDONALD/WITNESS: I RAN OVER THERE AND LAYED ON TOP OF THEM BECAUSE
HE WAS COMING BACK AND I SAID IF I KEPT THEM QUIET DON'T LET THEM CRY HE WON'T
KILL THEM, SO I TOLD MY DAUGHTER JUST TO BE QUIET.))
OUT Q=just to be quiet.
Three people were killed- several others wounded.
The gunman also died after police shot him.
An Air National guardsmen who saw TWA Flight 800 crash from the air- is
convinced he saw a missile hit the jetliner.
A major ALSO on the guard helicopter says he saw a flash of light but says
he's sure it WASN'T a U-S missile.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;
This comes as the FBI seized a videotape from a retired pilot's home-
reportedly showing an object speeding toward the jet.
SUPER=03-Long Island/July 1996;
Pilot Richard Russell says the tape is a copy of air traffic control radar-
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;
Safety investigators say there is no evidence of missile damage-
And the navy says all its missiles have been accounted for.
This is tape released today showing the jet reconstruction- so far
investigators have pieced together more than 380 parts.
A new twist in the Army sex scandal.
Five Female recruits at the Aberdeen Proving Ground now say they were NOT
raped- but had consensual sex with military trainers.
The women say military investigators tried to pressure them into making
SOT IC 14:06:53
((DARLA HORNBERGER/U.S. ARMY PRIVATE: I DID NOT LIE IN MY STATEMENT. I TOLD THE
TRUTH IN MY STATEMENT. IT'S NOT THE TRUTH THEY WANTED TO HEAR.))
((BRANDI KREWSON/ARMY PRIVATE: I NEVER CLAIMED I WAS RAPED. THEY TOLD ME THAT
BY THE UNIFORMED CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE THAT YES IT WAS CONSIDERED RAPE, BUT
I NEVER SAID I WAS RAPED BECAUSE THAT WAS NOT THE TRUTH.))
SUPER=01-Darla Hornberger/U.S. Army Private; 00
SUPER=01-Brandi Krewson/U.S. Army Private; 07
OUT Q=WANTED TO HEAR."
The Army says no rape charges resulted from the statements by the five
With disciplinary actions at the Citadel fresh in their minds,
student and staff leaders at Virginia Military Institute today emphasized
IN Q=We cannot let
((WE CANNOT LET THE ACT OF ONE PERSON TARNISH THE LONG AND ILLUSTRIOUS HISTORY
OUR ALUMNI HAVE SO HONORABLY BESTOWED UPON OUR SCHOOL.))
SUPER=01-Kevin Trujillo/President, VMI Class of '98
OUT Q=our school.
Next year's senior class president told his fellow cadets they're making
The Superintendent asked them to do it honorably, nobly, with patience and
Renovations in barracks are well underway.
Each floor will have a centrally-located ladies' room.
When women arrive on Post in mid-August, the female corps of cadets will be
made up of about 30 "RATS," three transfer students from a TWO-year military
college in New Mexico, AND some exchange students... all designed to infuse
each class with women.
The last time she was in Virginia, Elaine Brown wasn't allowed to buy soda
because of her skin color.
Today, 38 years later, the former leader of the Black Panther Party made her
first trip back to the Old Dominion.
Brown spoke to a group of Lynchburg College students. She talked about her
experiences as the only female leader of the militant civil rights group.
She says while the Black Panthers achieved some success, race relations in
America remain poor.
IN Q=It's not so
((ELAINE BROWN/FORMER BLACK PANTHER LEADER: IT'S NOT SO MUCH THE RACE
RELATIONS.. ..ONLY BECOME WORSE.))
SUPER=01-Elaine Brown/Former Black Panther Leader; :00
OUT Q=only become worse.
Brown is also the author of "A Taste of Power", which recounts her rise from
the ghettos of Philadelphia to her role in the Black Panthers.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, new jobs are coming to the area,
And 120 dogs and cats could have a new home as a former breeder loses
another round in court.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Valery Green's lost another fight to keep her pets.
The former animal breeder... who sought medical and psychological treatment
in recent months, lost an appeal in Franklin County Circuit Court this morning.
She was hoping to win back her 120 dogs and cats that were awarded to the
Humane Society in January.
Witnesses testified the animals lived in cramp quarters... and feces lined
The judge found that Green did not provide adequate care... therefore
upholding the previous ruling.
IN Q=Her problems
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: HER PROBLEMS ARE NOT
THE ISSUE. THE REAL ISSUE IN THE CASE IS HOW ARE THESE ANIMALS BEING TREATED.
AND FOR WHATEVER REASON, THAT THEY WERE TREATED THAT WAY. THEY CERTAINLY WERE
IN CONDITIONS THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN PLACED IN. IT WAS CLEARLY HER
RESPONSIBILITY TO REMEDY IT AND SHE DIDN'T. ))
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Commonwealth's Atty;
OUT Q=she didn't
The judge must now decide the fate of the animals.
The Humane Society is hoping most of the animals will be adopted.
Drug dealers are getting the cold shoulder from the NEW owner of a Halifax
County apartment complex.
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./File Tape;
The former Village Apartments in (Sigh-NEE-eye) Sinai had a reputation as
one of the county's largest "open-air crack markets".
But a developer renamed the complex "Country Green Apartments" and is now
working to erase that reputation.
So far, the company's spent more than a half million dollars in renovations
and evicted 17-families.
Site Manager Joanne Mait-land says a gate and guardhouse are also in the
IN Q=I have
((JOANNE MAITLAND/SITE MANAGER:I HAVE TO SAY IT'S NOT FROM THE EXISTING TENANTS
I HAVE NOW, IT'S THE DRIVE ON PEOPLE, THEY DRIVE ON TO USE OUR PROPERTY FOR
THEIR MEANS AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ELIMINATE.
JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF:YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE, IT'S CLOSE TO
SOUTH BOSTON AND HALIFAX AND IT'S JUST A CONGESTED AREA SO TO SPEAK AND THEY
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Joanne Maitland/Site Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff; :14
OUT Q=of it.
Sheriff Oakes has applied for a grant which would help pay for a full time
deputy to patrol the area.
The new owner of Country Green and the owner of a neighboring complex have
agreed to help with the cost.
From threatening phone calls to murder, a gay rights group says hate
incidents against gay and lesbian Virginians tripled last year.
The group received 55 reports -- four physically violent-- versus 18 the
Those numbers come from the homosexual rights group Virginians for Justice.
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;
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 epithets.
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.
It's been in Carroll County less than two years.
Now Magnolia Mills is expanding it's yarn-spinning plant.
The yarn plant opened near Hillsville in the Fall of 1995.
It now employs about 150 people.
The company credits those workers for its success.
((DAN NATION/MAGNOLIA MILLS EXEC. V.P.: I GUESS IT SAYS THE MOST FOR THE WORK
FORCE IN THIS AREA BECAUSE THEY'VE REALLY MADE PHASE ONE A SUCCESS AND REALLY
MADE THE REASON FOR PHASE TWO THAT NEEDED TO BE DONE. ))
OUT Q=to be done.
Magnolia Mills plans to break ground in a few weeks on a 170-thousand square
foot addition in back of its present facility.
It will hire another 100 workers, and hopes to complete construction by the
end of the year.
GRAPHIC=Hold New Jobs
A major new industrial park is on the drawing board in Roanoke County.
Officials say it has the potential to bring thousands of jobs to the area.
Today, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approved an option on land
near the Dixie Caverns Interchange on Interstate 81.
Officials say they hope to develop the 463 acres in a way that will protect
the scenic beauty of the area, and minimize the impact on neighbors.
IN Q=We want to be environmentally friendly
((WE WANT TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WITH THAT PROJECT. WE WANT TO ATTRACT
BUSINESSES THAT ARE HIGH TECH, HIGH- PAYING AND WE BELIEVE THAT IT WILL
COMPLEMENT THE OTHERS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY LOCATED... VALLEY POINTE, VALLEY
TECH PARK AND SOME OF THE OTHERS.))
SUPER=01-Elmer Hodge/Roanoke Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=and some of the others.
Residents of Glenvar Heights and other neighborhoods nearby are raising
concerns, but county officials say citizens will play a major role in the
planning and design of the industrial park.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next, it's a good night for a Beatle,
and some dramatic moments at sea today as stormy weather forces a ship on
MUSIC UP FULL
Floodwaters that devastated communities along the Ohio River may soon bring
a helping hand from the Roanoke Valley.
Roanoke County officials are organizing a relief effort that would include
public employees and volunteers from local businesses.
The Roanoke Valley received assistance during the flood of '85.
Local officials say it's time to return the favor.
IN Q=When they get
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: WHEN THEY GET OUT OF THE HEADLINES, THAT'S
WHEN PEOPLE REALLY NEED THE HELP. BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE IN SHOCK, YOU DON'T KNOW
WHAT'S HAPPENING, BUT IN ANOTHER 10 OR 12 DAYS WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT, IF
ROANOKE COUNTY IS THERE TO HELP. I KNOW IT WILL BE APPRECIATED AND IT TRULY
WILL BE REMEMBERED BECAUSE WE DID.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Supervisors Chairman;
OUT Q=because we did.
The county has contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the
American Red Cross, but officials don't know yet where local volunteers would
A dramatic rescue- in the chilly waters off Iceland.
Take a look at this fishing boat.
Stormy weather pushed the boat to the coast- running it aground.
The Icelandic Coast guard used helicopters to rescue 10 crewmen stranded
from that boat.
But that wasn't all that kept rescuers busy.
Bad weather caught two other fishing boats.
The Coast Guard rescued 39 people in all. No one was killed.
SUPER=330-Clear/& Breezy/32-36/Sunny/but Cooler/54-58;
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;
SUPER=03-Lincoln, NE; :00
Rams running back Lawrence Phillips is headed to jail to serve 30 days for
violating his probation.
He was on probation for beating his girlfriend when he arrested for drunken
When he gets out he has a couple of civil suits to deal with from an
The Express got a Chill last night in the form of a 3-2 set back at the
hands of...the Columbus Chill in a battle of East and North Division teams. It
would be the only meeting of the season between the two.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Chill vs. Express; :00
Round House fans did the Macarena in between periods. The Chill would try
and make macaroni of the Express early. Watch Ilja Dubkov get up ended near the
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 2-zip 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.
George Lynch and the Vancouver Grizzlies were in Charlotte last night, but
again George did not play because of the nagging abdominal strain he is
The Hornets won the game 98 to 92.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Bulls vs. Celtics; :00
In Boston last night Michael Jordan continued to climb the NBA's all-time
scoring list as he dropped in 32 and moved into the sixth place ironically
passing John Havlicek in Boston.
Former Celtic Robert Parrish, also showed no respect for his old team as the
Bulls win it 117-to-106.
The Carol Alfano era at Virginia Tech is over.
The Tech women's coach for the past 19 years has in effect been terminated.
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.
Just one more day before the NCAA tournament action begins here on Your
Thursday, the Kansas Jayhawks takes on Jackson State in the opening game of
the tournament from Memphis.
At 2:40 Thursday Purdue tangles with A-10 member Rhode Island.
The night session has North Carolina and Fairfield at 7:30.
And Virginia and Iowa facing off out in Salt Lake City at 10:30.
Plus, bonus converge Thursday night of the Maryland - College of Charleston
game in Memphis.
Then on Friday at 12:15 Clemson Tigers meets Miami of Ohio.
And later in the afternoon UNC-Charlotte plays Georgetown out in Tucson.
On Friday night, it's Wake Forest and St. Mary's of California followed by
Duke and Murray State with some bonus coverage of the Old Dominion - New Mexico
game from Pittsburgh.
The Patrick Henry Patriots officially welcomed Jeff Johnson on board as their
new head football coach today.
Johnson has been an assistant coach at PH since 1986, and his indoor and
outdoor track teams have won numerous district, regional and state honors.
((JEFF JOHNSON/NEW P.H. HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Johnson/New P.H. Head Football Coach;:00
OUT Q=...STATE LEVEL."
The Washington Redskins have given general manager Charley Casserly a
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00
The length of the extension was not disclosed but it is believed to be a three
Casserly has served as general manager of the Redskins for eight
seasons and the team has had three playoff appearances and a
Super Bowl championship in that span.
He has served the team in some capacity for over 2 decades.
Still to come tonight on News 7 sports, some baseball highlights for you as
the Hokies play their first home game of the year,
Plus, the Big Unit lets a fast ball get away today out in the cactus league.
An update on JT Snow's condition right after this.
After playing their first 11 games of the year on the road down south, the
Virginia Tech baseball team finally stepped on its home diamond yesterday at
English Field as it entertained the Campbell Camels.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Camels vs. Hokies;:00
The school made some improvements to the facilities over the winter, and Tech
couldn't have had a nicer day to unveil them.
The Hokies fell behind 3-to-nothing before their bats came alive in the
second. Barry Gouch gets robbed of a hit on this diving catch by the Campbell
right fielder in the gravel.
But that would wake up the Hokies.
With Chad Foutz on first, Chris Turbeville nails a shot over the left field
wall and nearly hits the road grader. It's a two run homer to make it 3-to-2
SUPER=34-Campbell/6/Virginia Tech/5/Hokies Now 3 & 9;
In the fourth, Campbell would answer with Scott Jackson hitting a triple to
center, and scoring Dan Krouse from second as the Camels beat the Hokies
6 to 5.
And finally one of those scary moments that just makes you hold your breath.
SUPER=03-Scottsdale, AZ; :00
To the cactus league we go where Randy Johnson and the Mariners played the
Giants yesterday afternoon.
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 later today, but he should be OK.
Twelve-point four million dollars dribbled out of Virginia's coffers into
North Carolina today.
A North Carolina family that bought a lottery ticket in Danville Saturday
flew up 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 bougth
((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 (Caro-LIN-ians) driving across state lines.
You can call him Sir Paul-
Paul McCartney that is.
He was a Beatle- Now he's a knight.
Queen Elizabeth bestowed him with a knighthood for his services to music.
McCartney says the day brought back memories of the Beatles.
((PAUL MCCARTNEY: YES IT DOES. YES IT DOES. BROUGHT MEMORIES OF THE OTHER
THREE. I JUST KEEP LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER EXPECTING TO SEE THEM.))
OUT Q=expecting to see them."
McCartney has been performing solo since the Beatles broke up.