The last of the ten men arrested in a federal arson conspiracy case is the
first to make bond.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
How Ahmad Thiab got out of jail.
And we'll meet Special Olympian Tina Camden, a Gold medalist from
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Liberty Minutemen put on a show at the state
Group Two-A basketball tournament, UT Chattanooga puts on a show of its own in
And Jeff Jones talks about last night's loss to Iowa in the West Regionals
out in Salt Lake City.
Our weekend outlook pushes the rain and fog out of the way and brings in
colder, windy conditions. All the details coming up.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The dispute between Roanoke firefighters and administrators spilled over
into city neighborhoods today.
Members of the Roanoke Fire Fighters Association are taking their case to
residents, passing out leaflets in Raleigh Court and other neighborhoods.
They say the purchase of two new trucks known as "quints," is a step toward
downsizing the department.
IN Q=It's their contention
((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: IT'S THEIR CONTENTION WITH
A QUINT YOU HAVE A MULTI- PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT CAN DO TWO JOBS, THAT CAN
HANDLE THE JOB OF A LADDER TRUCK AND A PUMPER. THEREFORE WE WILL NOT REDUCE OUR
SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER, WE SAY BY REDUCING MANPOWER IT WILL HURT THE
PUBLIC AND IT WILL ALSO HURT THE FIREFIGHTERS' SAFETY.))
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Fire Fighters Association;
OUT Q=firefighters safety.
But while the firefighters were going door to door, Chief Jim Grigsby said
they are sounding a false alarm.
He says the quints are more versatile pieces of equipment, that give
firefighters more options when they arrive at a burning building.
IN Q=So I think it
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF: SO I THINK IT RAISES SOME UNDUE FEARS THAT
JUST AREN'T TRUE IN FACT.))
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief;
OUT Q=true in fact.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke City Council is scheduled to consider the issue on Monday, and late
today city officials said they will open a hotline on Saturday to answer
citizens' questions about the proposal.
The number is 853-2550. The hotline will be open from one to four tomorrow
The owner of the Brown Derby restaurant on Peters Creek Road posted bond
today for one of the ten suspects in the Abed family arson conspiracy.
Ahmad Thiab was released on 100-thousand dollars bond.
Though he's a resident of Ontario Canada, Thiab was arrested Wednesday as
he got off a plane from England.
He told the U-S Magistrate that he KNEW he was wanted in Virginia, because
family members had called him in London to say that Royal Canadian Mounted
Police had been to his home in Saint Laurent.
Thiab's accused of hiring five members of the Abed family to set fire to
his Mixer's Lounge.
Robert Khatib posted his Brown Derby restaurant as collateral to secure the
100-thousand dollar bail for Thiab.
One of the Abeds is charged with trying to hire someone to kill Khatib in
1993 and with putting rat poison in the restaurant's food buffet.
Last night the Botetourt County School Board approved its budget for the
next fiscal year.
But the tough choices are not over.
The board has yet to make a decision on a potential name change to William
Clark Middle School.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=What's in
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Curtis Brown/New Countywide League; :26
SUPER=01-Sally Eads/School Board Chairperson; :48
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7.
((What's in a name?
Apparently quite a bit when it comes to William Clark Middle School in
Thirty years ago, before desegregation, it was known as Central Academy...
and it was the only school for blacks in Botetourt County.
Now there's a movement to get the name back.
And an organization called the New Countywide League is leading the charge.
The group had a strong voice in the 1960's, but once schools were
integrated, members went their separate ways.
IN Q=As we
((CURTIS BROWN/NEW COUNTYWIDE LEAGUE PRESIDENT: AS WE LOOK AROUND THE COUNTY,
WE CAN'T FIND ANYTHING THAT REPRESENTS BLACK HISTORY IN THE COUNTY, EXCEPT FOR
THE SCHOOL. WE FEEL WE HAVE A GREAT DEEP HISTORY IN THAT SCHOOL AND WE WANT
CENTRAL ACADEMY BACK. ))
OUT Q=Academy back
But the New Countywide League may have lost its chance.
Last year, when the school was known as Botetourt Intermediate, school board
members actually TURNED to residents for a name- change.
IN Q=There was
((SALLY EADS/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRPERSON: THERE WAS AN ACTUAL CONTEST. IN THE FALL
OF '95, THROUGH ARTICLES IN THE FINCASTLE HERALD, NAMES WERE SOLICITED BY THE
OUT Q=the public
The school's current name is in honor of explorer William Clark, who met his
bride in Fincastle.
Despite the contest, the school board is reviewing the name change
request... and will vote on it next month.
STAND UP CLOSE 1:46:16
No matter what the outcome, the Countywide League promises not to disband
this time around.
Members say they'll attempt to tackle other tough African American issues in
Botetourt County... specifically minority hiring practices.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
After a second day of searching, rescue crews still have not been able to
find the body of a man who reportedly jumped off the Peppers Ferry bridge in
They believe the victim is a Pulaski man, whose car was towed from the
bridge last night.
The weather has hampered rescue efforts, preventing a state police
helicopter from conducting an air search today.
Rescuers have suspended their boat and diving operations, and hope to get
the chopper up tomorrow.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--Governor Allen says he's brought more than
200 thousand new jobs to the Commonwealth--but does that number stand up under
And we'll meet a Rockbridge County teenager who struck gold at the Winter
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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Record-setting new investment in Virginia.
The second and third best years ever for new job creation.
Sounds like George Allen will go down in history as the business governor.
Ellen Qualls sorts out fact from fiction.
IN Q=We've had
SUPER=01-Bill Mezger/Va. Employment Commission; :37
SUPER=01-Bob Skunda/Va. Commerce Secretary; 1:40
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( sot 14:54:02 3/6 ALLEN TAPE
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WE'VE HAD RECORD INVESTMENT YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE LAST
THREE YEARS HAVE BEEN RECORD INVESTMENT, OVER 11 BILLION DOLLARS.))
Fact or fiction?
It's true that Allen's helped lure the highest dollar figure in new
investment in state history.
That's partly due to how much more work is being done by expensive machines
than by people.
But in this case, the Governor's counting his chickens before they're
Most of that 11- billion dollars isn't here yet.
sot 02:47:19 tax cut tape
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IN THE LAST THREE YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 200-
THOUSAND NET NEW JOBS CREATED IN OUR ECONOMY.))
The Virginia Employment Commission checks tax records for the actual
((BILL MEZGER/VA. EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: NOW THERE HAVE BEEN SOME JOBS THAT
HAVE GONE OUT, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN OTHERS THAT HAVE COME IN. BUT WE'VE HAD A
NET GAIN OF 211-THOUSAND-300.))
In this case, Allen's using the existing figures, NOT projections.
sot 01:17:44 MEZGER TAPE
((BILL MEZGER/VA. EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: THE NEW THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN
ANNOUNCED LIKE THE MOTOROLA AND THE FRITO LAY IN LYNCHBURG, THEY HAVE NOT COME
ON LINE YET AND SO THEY ARE NOT COUNTED IN THIS FIGURE.))
The administration news releases call 1995 and 1996 the second and third
strongest years ever for job creation.
Now we're back to the projected numbers.
Because if you go back to the Virginia employment Commission for ACTUAL job
growth, take a look at the mid- 1980's, under then- Governors Chuck Robb and
Virginia hit an all-time high in 1984 with 126- thousand new jobs created in
Compare that to the mid-90's, with Virginia hitting its decade peak in 1994,
with just 85- thousand new jobs... right after Governor Allen took office.
Actual job growth has declined during Allen's term.
sot 05:04:06 SKUNDA TAPE
((THE LAST HALF OF THE 80s WERE PROBABLY THE MOST RAPID GROWTH PERIOD IN THE
HISTORY OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN TERMS OF NEW INVESTMENT AND JOB CREATION.))
That was largely due to Virginia's role in the Reagan era defense buildup.
So yes Virginia, George Allen's bringing home more jobs than some of your
neighbor states in a healthy national economy.
But NO Virginia, there is NO more Santa Claus handing out defense dollars in
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A new state park apparently is in the works for Amherst County.
After a meeting today between state and local officials in Richmond, the
state has agreed to buy 60 acres of riverfront property and donate it to
The land will then be cleaned up and transformed into a state park, complete
with a boat ramp and access to the Blackwater Creek trail system.
Amherst County will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the
Does race play a role in the way people invest?
Len Besthoff gets some local reaction to a recent survey in Money magazine.
IN Q=Money's March
SUPER=01-J.C. Taylor/Investor; :26
SUPER=01-James Gaither/Investor; :36
SUPER=01-Lisa Hamm/Former Investment Advisor; 1:00 (quick!)
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Money's March issue has a survey that says blacks and whites differ
sharply as investors.
We bounced this off some local folks.
SOT tape two 03:41:41
IN Q=I invest
((J.C. TAYLOR/INVESTOR: I INVEST IN MUTUAL FUNDS.))
OUT Q=mutual funds.
J-C Taylor and James Gaither call themselves average investors.
Lisa Hamm is a former investment advisor.
Finding number one: African Americans aim for higher returns than whites on
average, but their investment choices fall short.
SOT tape two 03:42:16
((J.C. TAYLOR/INVESTOR: AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE LIKE ANY OTHER AMERICAN
INVESTORS. I FEEL THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET AS MUCH AS THEY CAN BUT I DON'T FEEL
THEY'RE GOING TO TRY TO GO OVERBOARD WITH IT.))
OUT Q=with it.
SOT TAPE TWO 10:21:47
IN Q=No I don't
((JAMES GAITHER/INVESTOR: NO, I DON'T EXPECT TO GET A GREATER RETURN. I THINK
WHATEVER YOU PUT YOUR MONEY IN, AND YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES THERE'S A RISK, AND
WHATEVER, IT PAYS IS WHATEVER YOU DESERVE.))
OUT Q=you deserve.
SOT tape one 12:21:50
IN Q=It really
((LISA HAMM/FORMER INVESTMENT ADVISOR: IT HAS TO DO WITH A LOT OF VARIABLES,
BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S A BLACK OR WHITE ISSUE AT ALL.))
OUT Q=at all.
Finding number two: Women are much more likely to call the financial shots
in black households.
SOT tape two 03:42:47
IN Q=I disagree with
((TAYLOR: I DISAGREE WITH THAT. I FEEL THAT WAS A STAB AT THE BLACK MALE.))
OUT Q=black male.
SOT tape one 12:19:45
IN Q=I think
((HAMM: I THINK THAT THAT'S ACTUALLY PREVALENT RIGHT NOW IN ALL HOUSEHOLDS.))
OUT Q=all households.
Finding number three: African Americans are more likely than whites to rely
on financial advisors and less likely to listen to friends or family members.
SOT tape two 03:44:30
((TAYLOR: THAT'S PROBABLY A GOOD STATEMENT. I WOULD RELY ON PROFESSIONAL HELP
BECAUSE I HAVEN'T HAD THE BACKGROUND OF FAMILY MEMBERS WHO COULD HELP ME.))
OUT Q=help me.
So, from at least the people we spoke with, there was only one finding from
the Money survey with any truth to it.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
The stock market rebounded today.
The Dow gained 57 points to finish the week at 69 hundred 35.
NASDAQ was down a fraction of a point.
Tina Camden brought home the gold after competing last month in the
Winter Special Olympics.
The 18- year- old Rockbridge County native was the only delegate chosen
Kimberly McBroom spoke with Camden about her once- in- a- lifetime
IN Q=Tina Camden has a learning
SUPER=04-Home Video; :00
SUPER=01-Tina Camden/Special Olympics Medalist; :14
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :43
SUPER=01-Doris Fredericksen/Tina's Ski Coach; :56
OUT Q=News 7, Rockbridge County
((Tina Camden has a learning disability-- but she took to skiing like a
duck to water.
Tina first took up the sport when when her 5th grade special ed teacher
introduced her to coach Doris Fredericksen.
((TINA CAMDEN/SPECIAL OLYMPICS MEDALIST: IT'S FUN. WE GO TO WEST VIRGINIA AND
WE GO UP THEIR SKIING WITH OUR FRIENDS, AND WE EAT ORANGES ON THE WAY BACK.
IT'S PRETTY FUN. ))
Her fear of flying launched Tina and Fredericksen on a 13- hour road trip
to the Special Olympics in Toronto.
((TINA CAMDEN/SPECIAL OLYMPICS MEDALIST: IT WAS NICE-- WE HAD A DANCE, HAD A
DINNER, GOT TO BE WITH MY FRIENDS, GOT TO MEET A LOT OF NEW PEOPLE. REAL
NICE-- GOT TO BE SOMEWHERE THAT I NEVER HAVE BEEN. ))
Among her souvenirs-- a gold medal in downhill skiing and a bronze medal in
But the trip was also rewarding for Tina's coach, who's volunteered with
the Special Olympic ski team for eight years.
((DORIS FREDERICKSEN/TINA'S SKI COACH: SO, I CAN TAKE THE TIME OUT TO SPEND
WITH THESE KIDS AND SHOW THEM, OF COURSE, THE SPORT THAT I LOVE. AND MAYBE,
THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO IT OTHERWISE. ))
Fredericksen hopes Tina continues to ski-- praising her for a winning
attitude both on and off the slopes.
((I THINK SHE HAD THE DESIRE-- IT'S REALLY EASY TO PUSH SOMEONE WHEN THEY HAVE
THE DESIRE TO DO SOMETHING. ))
SOT interview tape 10:37:32
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: BACK HOME HERE IN ARNOLD'S VALLEY, TINA IS FAR FROM
THE FANFARE OF THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS. BUT SHE SAYS THE EXPERIENCE WILL LAST HER
A LIFETIME. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY. ))
Coming your way tonight in sports the Liberty high school basketball team
rocks the the state tournament, Jeff Jones reacts to last night's loss by the
And sometimes it's just your day.
UT Chattanooga gets some good play and some good bounces as it upsets Georgia
in the NCAA tournament.
The defending Group Two-A state champions are back in the title game.
This afternoon Liberty high school beat Gate City in one of the most lopsided
Roy Stanley has more on the 84-to-38 win.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Gate City vs. Liberty; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Carson/Liberty Guard; :32
SUPER=33-Liberty/84/Gate City/38; :59
SUPER=01-Mark Hanks/Liberty Head Coach; 1:07
SUPER=01-Peanut Arrington/11 Points; 1:22
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Last night in the Group A semi-finals, Floyd County eliminated Glenvar with a
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night; :00
Buffalo Guard Travis Cantrell was just too much for the Highlanders to deal
with last night as he scored 36 points.
Cantrell now has 72 points in his two state tournament games this year.
SUPER=04-Surry vs. W&L Montross;
He might need another outburst like that tomorrow at one in the title game
against Surry County a 93-to-58 winner over Washington & Lee Montross last
March Madness continues tonight.
But already, Illinois, UNC Charlotte, Texas, and Tulsa have won along with
Coppin State which upset South Carolina.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/UT-Chattanooga vs. Georgia;:00
The other big upset of the day and the tournament took place in Charlotte as
UT-Chattanooga shocked Georgia.
The Southern Conference champs were seeded 14th but they led by 15 and the
half and held on for the 73-to-70 win
Willie Young led the way with 24.
IN Q="I never really...
((MACK MCCARTHY/UTC HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mack McCarthy/UTC Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...BEEN DOING THAT."
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/Clemson vs. Miami-Ohio;
In the Midwest Regional Clemson advanced to the second round with a 68-to-56
win over Miami of Ohio.
Greg Buckner was the man with 22 points and a lot of second effort.
The Tigers led by as many as 17 and they win by a dozen.
The Virginia Cavaliers were kicked out of the "Big Dance" last night in Salt
Lake City, as they lost to Iowa
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/IOwa vs. UVa; :00
The Hawkeyes played much more aggressively than Virginia in the first half
and a result led 35-to-28 at halftime.
They then opened the second with a 9-to-nothing spurt, and when Walk-On
Darrell Moore threw down this alleyoop UVa was down by 20.
They lose it 73-to-60.
IN Q="I think...
((JEFF JONES/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...IN THE GAME."
SS=hold final four
UVa was outrebounded 44-to-27. The Cavs finish the year 18-and-13.
The Liberty women will have some local flavor on the floor tonight when
they battle top seeded Old Dominion in the Mideast Region in Norfolk.
Seniors Michelle Wyms of Radford and Lynchburg native, Genie Stinnett have
both overcome injuries to play big roles in the Lady Flames' success this
Despite being a 16 seed and a huge underdog to the Monarchs, Liberty's
emotional leaders aren't feeling any pressure, but are instead focusing on a
IN Q="We don't...
SUPER=01-Michelle Wyms/Liberty Forward;
SUPER=01-Genie Stinnett/Liberty Guard; :13
OUT Q=...very excited."
The Virginia women also play their NCAA opener tonight at University Hall at
8:30 against Troy State.
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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 12 in Roanoke city, Roanoke County and Vinton, and channel seven
in Salem for example.
That's News 7 at Six--good night.