It wasn't hazing, because nobody got hurt.
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll tell you what happened in the Roanoke College case.
And the versatile fire-power of new fire-FIGHTING equipment... a LIVE
report tonight on the debate over whether "QUINTS" are more efficient or just a
means of employing fewer firefighters.
Tonight in sports, Glenvar & Floyd get ready to do battle in the Group A
state semi-finals, the Virginia Cavaliers are also closing in on their game
with Iowa tonight,
And Cincinnati is one of the first winners of the day as March Madness begins
without any real upsets.
More unwelcome rain in the mid-west. Flood watches are up in West Virginia
and our forecast is cool and wet through tomorrow.
Hazing charges against some Roanoke College students have been dropped.
In a deal worked out in General District court today,
17 of the students involved pled either guilty or no contest to the remaining
Those included trespassing and being drunk in public.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./February 26
Last month county police arrested the students, after finding four of their
companions blindfolded and lying face down in water at Carvins Cove.
The students insisted there was no hazing going on.
Commonwealth's attorney Skip Burkart agreed, because no one was hurt. For a
hazing charge to stick, there has to be some injury.
All of the students will have to perform community service.
One person is feared dead after what may have been a jump or a fall from the
Peppers Ferry bridge in Fairlawn.
Rescue boats dragged the river this afternoon after two witnesses alerted
One witness reported seeing a man sitting on top of the bridge rail.
Another man sitting below said he heard and saw a large splash, but nothing
resurfaced and he couldn't tell what had hit the water.
Dangerous currents prevented divers from entering the water.
The executive director of the Roanoke S-P-C-A is denying he sexually
harassed three former workers at the animal shelter.
The women say the State Council on Human Relations has decided to
investigate their complaints against Al Alexander.
Debra Flanary, Diane Farren, and Melinda Chambers say the harassment
happened last year.
They took their complaints to the S-P-C-A board but were not satisfied with
The S-P-C-A's attorney, Doug Henson says the charges were an internal matter
and would not comment.
When contacted by phone this afternoon, Alexander said the accusations were
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The purchase of new fire trucks is turning into a major controversy for
members of Roanoke City Council.
They'll decide next week whether to buy two trucks known as "quints."
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
But Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports city firefighters say it's a bad idea.
Keith, they're called quints because they have five functions... combining
the capabilities of a pumper and an aerial ladder truck.
City officials say it's a more versatile piece of equipment, but the fire
fighters association say its a move toward downsizing the department.
IN Q=We know the quints are
SUPER=01-Ed Crawford/Roanoke Fire Fighters Association; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief; :41
OUT Q=in front of your house.
IN Q=We know the quints
((ED CRAWFORD/ROANOKE FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: WE KNOW THE QUINTS ARE THE
FIRST STEPS IN THE CHIEF'S PLAN WHICH IS TO LEAD TO EVENTUALLY CLOSING OF A FEW
FIRE STATIONS AS WELL AS REDUCTIONS OF STAFFING LEVELS, 20 TO 30 PERSONNEL AND
WE HAVE SOME SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT THAT AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT THE DELIVERY OF
SERVICE TO THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT WE SERVE.))
OUT Q=that we serve.
Quints have been used for many years by many communities, including the
city of Salem.
but Roanoke firefighters fear the trucks are part of a larger effort to
Roanoke Fire chief Jim Grigsby denies that it's a staffing issue... He says
the quints will give the first arriving officer the option of using the truck
as an aerial ladder or an engine pumper.
IN Q=Not necessarily
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF: NOT NECESSARILY ARE YOU GOING TO DO BOTH
SIMULTANEOUSLY, BUT YOU DO HAVE THE OPTION, AND I HAVE TO ASK AGAIN, ISN'T THAT
WHAT YOU WOULD WANT IF THAT TRUCK PULLED UP IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE.))
OUT Q=in front of your house.
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Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
(Joe ad lib toss to Keith)
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
A tax cut compromise gives Virginia business owners a few more pennies to
and the governor a new feather in his cap.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=There we are
SUPER=01-Steve Fitchett/Carriage House Press; :46
OUT Q=News 7 Richmond
((nat sound signing bill 02:55:42
((THERE WE ARE. DONE.))
It won't mean a big cash savings.
And it's NOT even something that businesses like the printing press that
hosted the governor for the signing had requested.
But it is 154- million dollars that Virginia businesses won't have to pay
into the fund that insures workers who are laid off jobless benefits.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE POINT IS THAT IT DOES STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMIC
COMPETITIVENESS AND IT SURELY DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER TO COLLECT
EXCESSIVE EMPLOYMENT TAXES FROM BUSINESSES WHEN THE RESERVES ARE MORE THAN
ADEQUATE TO PAY FOUR YEARS OF BENEFITS.))
sot STANDUP 03:32:09
((THE LAW WILL ELIMINATE THE TAX FOR SOME 89- THOUSAND BUSINESSES IN VIRGINIA.
FOR CARRIAGE HOUSE PRESS IT WILL MEAN A SAVINGS OF ABOUT 16- HUNDRED DOLLARS
OVER SIX YEARS.))
((STEVE FITCHETT/CARRIAGE HOUSE PRESS: EVERY PENNY HELPS IN A SMALL BUSINESS.
WE'RE CONSTANTLY FIGHTING FOR THE TECHNOLOGY GROWTH. WE'RE REINVESTING IN NEW
EQUIPMENT, IN JOB ADVERTISING, AND EVERY DOLLAR HELPS.))
nat sound handing over pen
((USE THAT MONEY AS YOU SEE FIT. YOU EARNED IT.))
The Governor's also a winner.
George Allen finally gets to add a meaningful tax cut to his resume.
It's the kind of news that's fit to print if you want to run for higher
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six,
It began more than 20 years ago, and now a Roanoke redevelopment project has
come full circle.
and soccer fans have one goal in mind in Lynchburg--they want city lawmakers
to clean up their playing fields.
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An outspoken critic of Roanoke County government says he wants a seat on the
Board of Supervisors.
Don Terp announced his campaign today to represent the Hollins district.
A vocal opponent of consolidation- -and more recently- -an opponent of the
37-million dollar bond- issue for schools,Terp says he believes supervisors
must improve the relationship between taxpayers and local government.
IN Q=People get to the point
((DON TERP/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISORS CANDIDATE: PEOPLE GET TO THE POINT WHERE
THEY DON'T TRUST ANYTHING ANYONE SAYS IN THE GOVERNMENT. AND YOU CAN'T HAVE
THAT. YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WHERE THE PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT
WORK TOGETHER FOR COMMON OBJECTIVES.))
SUPER=01-Don Terp/(I) Supervisors Candidate;
OUT Q=for common objectives.
Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson currently represents the Hollins District.
He has not announced whether or not he plans to run for re-election.
Roanoke is saving and creating a total of 100 jobs by the completion of a
project aimed at small businesses.
Len Besthoff explains.
SUPER=01-Neil Nicklas/Moody Graphic/Polaris Studios; :18
SUPER=01-Doug Chittum/Economic Development Administrator; :56
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Moody Graphic/Polaris Studios of Roanoke is in a high tech business.
SOT tape one 03:56:54
IN Q=We like
((NEIL NICKLAS/MOODY GRAPHIC-POLARIS STUDIOS: WE LIKE TO CALL IT THE CUTTING
OUT Q=cutting edge.
But it lacks a high end headquarters.
For some time now, the digital printing and photography company has been
looking for a location that can handle its growth.
SOT tape one 03:56:04
IN Q=That requires
((NICKLAS: THAT REQUIRES, QUITE A BIT OF ELBOW ROOM, FOR BOTH PRINTING AND
BINDERY, WE NEED A LOT OF ROOM TO MOVE THAT PRODUCT THROUGH.))
OUT Q=product through.
SOT lbsot tape 2:12:25
IN Q=In the coming months
((In the coming months though, Moody and two other companies will build brand
spanking new facilities just like this one, here in Roanoke's Deanwood Commerce
Center, and the relocations by these three firms represent the completion of a
twenty year redevelopment project by the city of Roanoke.))
OUT Q=of Roanoke.
Redevelopment basically means the "recycling" of land.
For example, the land used in the Deanwood project used to have a lot of
dilapidated and abandoned structures.
IN Q=If there was
((DOUG CHITTUM/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR: IF THERE WAS A MODEL, I
WOULD SAY THIS 10 ACRE DEVELOPMENT ON THIS SIDE OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS AND THEN
THE 10 ACRES ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE CERTAINLY A MODEL OF THAT KIND OF ADAPTIVE
Places like Roanoke have had to increasingly turn to redevelopment as a
means of luring or retaining businesses, because of a decreasing amount of
available open space.
And while it may take longer to spruce up a piece of previously used
property, the flipside is, there's no shortage of it.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
Salaried workers at Volvo-G-M won't be voting after all on whether to join
the United Autoworkers union.
About 60 percent of those employees had signed a petition filed with the
National Labor Relations Board to request a vote.
The N-L-R-B requires only 30 percent.
But sources say the union complained that not enough workers attended
The U-A-W withdrew the petition, cancelling the membership vote which had
been set for tomorrow.
Dimon is a step closer to becoming the world's largest tobacco supplier.
The Danville company is working on a deal that would strengthen the
Teresa Hamilton explains.
IN Q=Dimon's downtown
SUPER=01-Paul Ashworth/Corporate Communications, Dir.; :17
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( Dimon's downtown location is hard to miss-- the row of colorful flags
outside its Danville headquarters seem to attract attention.
On a worldwide level, the tobacco supplier is making an impression of a
different kind, with its expected acquisition of Intabex.
IN Q=We are
((PAUL ASHWORTH/CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, DIR.:WE ARE CURRENTLY
PRE-ACQUISITION, THE SECOND LARGEST INTERNATIONAL LEAF DEALER IN THE WORLD, WE
WILL STILL BE AFTER THE ACQUISITION, STILL BE NUMBER TWO, BUT ONLY BY A SMALL
OUT Q=small margin.
Dimon's Corporate Communication's director says the deal is especially
important because worldwide and American consumption of tobacco products is
Dimon supplies tobacco to companies such as R- J Reynolds and Lorillard.
IN Q=This will
((PAUL ASHWORTH/CORPORATE COMMUNICATION'S DIR.:THIS WILL NOT ONLY COMPLIMENT
SOME OF THE OPERATIONS WE HAVE IN EXISTING AREAS OF THE WORLD BUT TAKE DIMON
INTO SOME NEW AREAS OF THE WORLD-- ONE PRIME EXAMPLE WOULD BE THAILAND WHERE WE
DO NOT CURRENTLY OPERATE. ))
OUT Q=currently operate.
The deal is expected to be completed April first, and while it won't create
any new jobs on a local level, the move will ensure Dimon remains a worldwide
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Inflation worries dominated a down day on Wall Street.
The Dow tumbled 160 points, closing at 68 hundred 79.
NASDAQ dropped 11 points.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
Soccer season is underway.
But there may not be enough fields in Lynchburg to accommodate all the
children who want to play.
Steve Smallshaw says: the city AND soccer parents are struggling to find a
SUPER=01-Lea Larsen/Lynchburg United Soccer; :19
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; 1:13
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
They practice and play on rock-strewn, uneven fields.. where patches of dirt
compete with grass for dominance.
Twelve hundred children take part in Lynchburg's youth soccer leagues every
year.. but the REAL battle is for time and space on the city's limited soccer
IN Q=And we're going
((LEA LARSEN/LYNCHBURG UNITED SOCCER: AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SOON BE
TURNING KIDS AWAY IF WE DON'T GET MORE FIELDS. WE'RE ALREADY IN A MAKE-DO
OUT Q=make-do situation.
Years of parks and recreation studies back them up... studies that have
shown the existing soccer fields are poorly maintained, that there's been a
shortage of fields for more than a decade, and that the current fields are
But all the studies and all the shows of strength at city council meetings
have produced few results.
IN Q=I try to
((LARSEN: I TRY TO KEEP REMEMBERING THAT CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS DO CHANGE OVER
THE YEARS AND MAYBE THIS GROUP WILL BE HEARING US AND GETTING THESE FIELDS FOR
OUT Q=for these kids.
IN Q=Perhaps the
((Perhaps the ideal solution to the lack of soccer fields is also the most
controversial. A new sports complex planned for this piece of land off
Nationwide Drive would give the city the fields it so badly needs. But the
project has been stalled by a lack of investors and a lawsuit from the
neighbors who don't want it in their backyard.))
OUT Q=their backyard.
One of those neighbors happens to be Lynchburg mayor Jim Whitaker.
IN Q=We are committed
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE ARE COMMITTED TO DOING WHAT WE CAN.. THIS
OUT Q=this season.
Yet another parks and rec study is due out in a few weeks, and then city
council will take up the issue once again.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Madness has begun as the NCAA
tournament tips off on Your Hometown Station today.
I'll have some highlights for you plus,
Steve Mason has a preview of tonight's UVa- Iowa game, as Harold Deane and
the Cavs look to advance in the West regional.
The number one team in the nation, the Kansas Jayhawks opened the NCAA
tournament by beating Jackson State this afternoon 78-to-64 in Memphis.
SUPER=03-Memphis, TN/Kansas vs. Jackson St.; :00
Roy Williams knew his inside game was much stronger than Jackson State's
coming into the game, and he turned out to be a prophet as the Jayhawks
outrebounded the Tigers 61-to-27.
Scot Pollard had 12 points and 19 rebounds, while Raef LaFrentz had 18
points and 14 boards as the Jayhawks advance in the Southeast region with the
In the Midwest regional in Auburn Hills, Michigan Cincinnati beat Butler
SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI/Cincinnati vs. Butler; :00
The Bearcats were in control of this one from the outset leading by 22 points
as all-american Danny Fortson led the way with a game high 24.
The Bearcats turned the game into a SUPER=33-Cincinnati/86/Butler/69;
slam dunk competition at one point as they by as many as 25 before winning
WIPE TO ENG#
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/Cal vs. Princeton; :00
In the East down in Winston-Salem, cinderella Princeton was again looking to
work its upset magic against California.
But Tony Gonzalez took care of those thoughts with this jumper to give Cal a
SS=hold final four
Other winners this afternoon include Villanova, Iowa State, Boston College,
and Purdue which had to go to overtime to beat Rhode Island.
UVa takes it's first final four steps tonight against Iowa in the West
Steve Mason takes a final look at the Cavalier/Hawkeye match up.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/ACC Tournament; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :13
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/UVa Guard; :25
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/Cavaliers vs. Demon Deacons; :40
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/UVa Senior Point Guard; :47
SUPER=01-Andre Wooldridge/Iowa All-American Guard; :57
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT; 1:13
SUPER=01-Tom Davis/Iowa Head Coach; 1:25
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((One huge key for Virginia tonight; rebounding. The Cavaliers have made
late season window cleaning strides and that will be important because Iowa is
second in the nation in rebounding margin.
Tonight marks a second chance for Iowa's Andre Wooldridge and UVa's Harold
Deans to play against each other.
Iowa Coach Tom Davis is 9 and OH in NCAA tournament first round contests.
The Hawkeyes are 2 and 5 against ACC opponents in the dance and the Big Ten
power holds UVa in high regard.
Tip off is set for 10:20 eastern time, you can watch the west region opener
right here on your hometown station. Steve mason, News 7 sports"))
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Before the Virginia-Iowa game tips off tonight in salt Lake City, North
Carolina gets the night festivities started against Fairfield at 7:30.
You'll also get some bonus coverage tonight of the Maryland - College of
Charleston game from Memphis.
Tonight at 8:30, Glenvar/Floyd round five tips off in the Group A boys
basketball state semifinals at the Vine Center on the campus of Liberty
The Buffaloes will have to stop Josh Williamson and Seth Noonkester; while
the Highlanders will have to contend with Floyd's inside/outside punch of
Travis Cantrell and Derek Saunders.
((JOSH WILLIAMSON/GLENVAR GUARD:))
((ALAN CANTRELL/FLOYD CO. HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Josh Williamson/Glenvar Guard; :00
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd Co. Coach; :10
OUT Q=.....and defensively"
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News 7 at 11 is pre-empted tonight because of the basketball tournament.
But for the region's first TEN O'clock newscast,
Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen
watch News-7 Prime Time on W-E-F-C.
It's on Channel 38 "over the air," and on a lot of cable systems--we're on
Cable Channel ten in Blacksburg and Montgomery County, for example.
That's News 7 at Six--good night.