One group says a new high school is needed in Roanoke county. We'll tell you
where they want it-
A six year old is fatally shot by his brother-
Plus an acquittal for a Tech football player.
And one woman is taking off to finish the trip Amelia Earhart did not.
News 7 is next.
A new high school is needed in Roanoke County- and it should be built off
That's the finding of a citizens committee that's studied the schools.
It also wants other changes.
Details of the complete report coming up at eleven.
Anthony Lake will no longer be considered for CIA director-
He's apparently withdrawing his name-
after complaining the nomination process had become too bitter.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Roanoke County needs a new high school.
According to a Blue Ribbon Committee the school should go off route 220, and
would not take the place of Cave Spring High School.
But it would share a football field with Cave Spring.
IN Q=IT IS OUR
((IT IS OUR RECCOMENDATION, THAT THE EXISTING CAVE SPRING HIGH SCHOOL, AND THE
PROPOSED SOUTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SHARE A COMMON STADIUM ATHLETIC FACILTY.))
SUPER=01-Donna Vittur/Blue Ribbon Commission;
OUT Q=athletic facility.
The Committee is made up of 22 citizens.
It's job was to develop a comprehensive plan for Roanoke County-
That after last year's failed 37 million dollar referendum.
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: THERE WAS NOT EQUITY IN THAT FORMULA.
MANY PEOPLE SAW IT AS A SW COUNTY PACKAGE, AND THIS PACKAGE RESEMBLED NOTHING
LIKE THAT PACKAGE.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Roanoke Co. Supervisors Chairman;
OUT Q=that package
The report suggests one hundred-twenty million dollars of improvements over
the next decade.
That money would renovate all 28 county schools except for William Byrd High
School, which the committee considers its "model school."
Virginia Tech football player Angelo Harrison was suspended for the second
half of last season after he was charged with a felony stemming from a campus
But an acquittal today qualifies him to return to the team.
Harrison was found NOT guilty of hitting Hilliard Sumner with a cane,
breaking the track athlete's collarbone.
Sumner identified Harrison as his attacker.
But Harrison denied the charge.
((DID YOU EVER TOUCH THE CANE?
ANGELO HARRISON: NOT AT ALL.
DID YOU EVER HIT HILLIARD SUMNER WITH THE CANE?
HARRISON: NO SIR, I DIDN'T.
HOW CLOSE DID YOU GET TO HILLIARD SUMNER?
HARRISON: ABOUT 15 TO 20 FEET. ))
SUPER=01-Angelo Harrison/Tech Wide Receiver;
OUT Q=15 to 20 feet.
Several other witnesses recalled seeing Harrison at the scene, but NOT
holding the cane.
Despite the acquittal, Harrison's lawyer says he's still paid a price for
being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
((MARC LONG/HARRISON'S LAWYER: AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE. I MEAN HE'S A LOSER IN
THIS TOO BECAUSE HE MISSED THE BIGGEST GAMES OF THE YEAR LAST YEAR OVER THIS.
BUT HE UNDERSTANDS WHY THAT HAPPENED. ))
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Harrison's Lawyer;
OUT Q=why that happened.
Long says the lesson for all college athletes is to walk away from similar
situations in the future.
Lynchburg police are still investigating yesterday's accidental shooting
that left a six-year old boy dead.
It happened at the Greenfield Apartments around 11:30 Sunday morning.
Authorities say two boys had gone inside their apartment and found a gun..
that's when the five-year old apparently shot his brother in the upper body.
The child died at Lynchburg General Hospital last night.
IN Q=It's an unfortunate
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE TRAGEDY AND IT'S
AN EXAMPLE OF WHY PEOPLE SHOULD BE SECURING THEIR GUNS. IF THEY NEED TO KEEP
THEM UNLOADED OR IN A LOCK BOX OR WHATEVER, WHEN YOU HAVE JUVENILES AROUND,
THEY HAVE TO BE KEPT IN A SECURED AREA WHERE THEY'RE NOT ACCESSIBLE TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=accessible to them.
The names of those involved have not been released.
Police have "not" said whether the parents will face charges.
He was a nominee for CIA Director-
But Anthony Lake's withdrawn his nomination apparently saying Washington's
Lake apparently complained in a letter to the President that the nomination
process had become too bitter and partison.
Tonight word from Washington, that President Clinton has accepted Lake's
withdrawal from the nomination process.
Timothy McVeigh's trial will begin March 31st.
Judge Richard Matsch ruled the trial will go on.
Defense lawyers wanted the case put off after news reports that Tim McVeigh
confessed to the Oklahoma City bombing.
((STEPHEN JONES/MCVEIGH'S ATTORNEY: HE HAS MADE HIS ORDER IN GOOD FAITH. WE
WILL ABIDE BY IT IN GOOD FAITH.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney; very quick!
OUT Q=IN GOOD FAITH."
Jurors will begin filling out questionnaires on Wednesday.
Jury selection begins two weeks from today in Denver.
Members of a Danville National Guard unit are beginning to adjust to life
They've been serving as peacekeepers in Bosnia for about two weeks.
Teresa Hamilton reports, the guardsmen miss their friends and family but are
also proud of their work.
IN Q=It doesn't
SUPER=01-Lt. Todd Gibbs/National Guardsman; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Frankie Hudgins/National Guardsman; :29
SUPER=01-Sandra Hudgins/Peacekeeper's Wife; :50
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
IN Q=It doesn't
((LT. TODD GIBBS/NATIONAL GUARDSMAN:IT DOESN'T REALLY BOTHER ME AT ALL, I FEEL
LIKE I'M DOING SOMETHING THAT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO, THAT'S REPRESENTING THE
OUT Q=representing the US.
Lieutenant Todd Gibbs has living in in Bosnia for about two weeks.
He and 45- Danville National guardsmen are stationed there as peacekeepers.
Last week, the unit officially took over the mission from a group out of
Adjusting to life overseas has been difficult especially for those with
wives and children.
IN Q=My wife
((SGT. FRANK HUDGINS/NATIONAL GUARDSMAN: MY WIFE IS HAVING HER BIRTHDAY ON THE
20TH AND I'D LIKE TO SAY HELLO TO MY STEPSON, JASON HARRIS.))
OUT Q=jason harris.
Hudgins' wife, Sandra, was shocked to find out her husband had been
The couple had planned on an April wedding but had to move the date up when
they learned about the mission.
IN Q=But it
((SANDRA HUDGINS/GUARDSMAN'S WIFE:BUT IT WAS THROWN TOGETHER, THANKS TO A
PERFECT MOM, IT MANAGED TO BE OK. ))
The Danville troops have actually been gone for more than a month-- they
left in early February for extensive training in places like Georgia and
The troops were told they'd probably stay overseas for about nine- months,
which means they've got about seven months to go before heading home for good.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Attorneys for at least one of the ten men indicted in a Roanoke
racketeering and arson scheme today renewed their demand for proof of the
government's case against them.
An attorney for Rod Abed said: "the government has made lurid allegations."
Abed and others are charged with setting eight fires- -one of them with
"And yet when pressed to back up their accusations," says Attorney David
Damico, the government "appears unwilling to produce even minimal proof."
Canadian businessman (Ah-MOD The-ab) Ahmad Thiab says flat out: the
government doesn't have a case against him.
IN Q=I'm here
((I'M HERE TO PROVE MY INNOCENCE. I CAME BY MYSELF, AND I'M HERE TO COOPERATE
IN ANY WAY THEY WANT ME TO COOPERATE. AND I HAVE NO KNOW KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE
FIRE. MY PARTNER HAS NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE FIRE. WE DON'T KNOW WHO DID IT.))
OUT Q=who did it.
The government says Thiab and his partner hired the Abeds to set their
restaurant on fire, because it was losing money.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, Governor Allen wants to see changes in the
way drug cases are tried,
And the city of Roanoke decides IF it will buy two new fire trucks that some
MUSIC UP FULL
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Some startling information about passenger seat airbags.
The Center for Risk Analysis at Harvard says Americans have a falsely
positive image of airbags.
IN Q=Even among children
((JOHN GRAHAM/CENTER FOR RISK ANALYSIS DIRECTOR: EVEN AMONG CHILDREN WHO ARE
PROPERLY RESTRAINED, WE CANNOT SAY WITH CONFIDENCE THAT AIRBAGS SAVE MORE OF
THESE CHILDREN THAN THEY KILL ))
SUPER=01-John Graham/Dir. Center for Risk Analysis;
OUT Q=than they kill
According to the study, airbags have not saved the life of even one child.
It recommends children under twelve ride in the back seat.
Roanoke City Council approved the purchase of two new fire trucks today,
over the objections of fire fighters and some city residents.
IN Q=We've been told
((JOE NASH/WASENA RESIDENT: WE'VE BEEN TOLD ))
SUPER=01-Joe Nash/Wasena Resident;
OUT Q=see that remain.
Most of the speakers at the afternoon meeting opposed the plan to buy two
They're multi-purpose vehicles that combine the functions of a pumper with
an aerial ladder truck.
The firefighters association says the quints are part of a plan to cut
manpower and close stations, but fire officials say they are simply buying
better equipment with more capabilities.
IN Q=I was disappointed
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I WAS DISAPPOINTED IN THE CAMPAIGN OF FEAR OVER
THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS WHICH GOT SOME OF OUR CITIZENS UPSET. I DID NOT SHARE IN
OUT Q=did not share in that.
Fire fighters say they will work with the new equipment, but today's vote
doesn't end the controversy.
Fire fighters promise more questions about the ongoing reorganization of
GRAPHIC=Hold City Seal
A Roanoke task force is now trying to chart the future of city elections-
Members say they want to hear what residents think about a modified ward
Tonight, members of the Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization
were briefed on the work of the ward system task force.
The group is studying at least four different plans that would elect some
council members in wards, and others at-large.
IN Q=We've talked about the issue
((BILL BESTPITCH/TASK FORCE MEMBER: WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE ISSUE A LOT AMONG
OURSELVES AS A TASK FORCE, BUT WE'RE REALLY HOPING THAT PEOPLE FROM THE CITY OF
ROANOKE WILL COME TO ONE OF THE MEETING AND GIVE US THEIR INPUT, SO WE CAN HAVE
THAT BEFORE ANY FINAL DECISIONS ARE MADE.))
SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/Task Force Member;
OUT Q=decisions are made.
The task force plans a dozen public meetings in the next six weeks. The
group will present a recommendation to city council in June, with the
expectation that the issue will be put to the city's voters in a November
Starting July first, Virginia courts will start trying drug gang members
Governor George Allen signed bills today ending the right of gang members to
individual trials... and making it a capital offense to murder or order the
murder of another person during a drug crime.
The signing was in a Richmond neighborhood where the so-called Poison Clan
operated in 1994.
IN Q=They killed
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THEY KILLED A YOUNG MAN HERE WHO REFUSED TO HELP THEM
SELL CRACK COCAINE. THE POISON GANG ALSO KILLED TWO OF HIS FRIENDS AND WOUNDED
A FOURTH. WE'RE DETERMINED THAT THESE VICIOUS MURDERERS WILL BE BROUGHT TO
OUT Q=to justice.
But the Governor says the Poison Clan killings are being tried now in
federal courts, in part because state laws made the prosecution too difficult.
State environmental officials have agreed to let Westvaco drop a river
cleanup project in favor of a better one.
The Department of Environmental Quality released a copy of a consent order
today that would cancel Westvaco's obligation to build a 30 million dollar
discharge cooling system this year.
Instead, the company will spend 150 million over the next three to four
years on several pollution control projects.
A representative of a Virginia environmental group gave the agreement
((BILL TANGER/FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS OF VIRGINIA; CLEARLY WESTVACO IS NOT AFRAID
TO THROW SOME MONEY AT THE PROBLEM, AND I THINK, ON THE SURFACE ANYWAY, IT'S A
BETTER PROJECT, LONG TERM, THAN WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Tanger/Friends Of The Rivers Of Va.;
OUT Q=was originally proposed
The consent order will be sent to the state water control board for approval
The pollution control project would also pave the way for a possible
expansion of Westvaco's pulp production capacity.
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later in the newscast, we'll tell you about what could be
the luckiest place on earth,
and we'll meet a woman who is trying to rewrite history by fulfilling Amelia
Earhart's ill fated mission.
MUSIC UP FULL
A Roanoke company in the vision care industry is making good on its pledge
A year ago Innotech announced plans to add several hundred more employees.
Today it confirmed that it will double the size of its plant and add 410
The company was founded about a decade ago.
It makes an eyeglass lens fabrication system.
Innotech currently employs 130 people.
President Clinton is out of the hospital-- after emergency surgery Friday.
Doctors reparied the torn quadricep tendon attached to his knee.
The President's now undergoing painful therapy-
IN Q=I've done two
((I'VE DONE TWO DAYS OF THERAPY AND HAVE LEARNED TO USE MY CRUTCHES.
DR. MARLENE DE MAIO/ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON: HE DID SOME RANGE OF MOTION, MUSCLE
STRENGTHENING AND STRETCHING. HE GOT UP AND SUCCESSFULLY AMBULATED ON PARALLEL
BARS WITHOUT MUCH DIFFICULTY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Marlene De Maio/Orthopedic Surgeon; :06
OUT Q=much difficulty.
The President was injured while navigating stairs.
He'll use a wheelchair and crutches for the next few weeks.
A Texas woman is retracing Amelia Earhart's flight-
Today Linda Finch climbed aboard a plane to finish the most famous flight
that never did.
It was almost 60 years ago- that Earhart attempted to cross the Atlantic.
She was attmpting to become the first person to fly around the world the
long way- when she vanished.
((LINDA FINCH/PILOT: I REALLY BELIEVE THAT AMELIA'S LOSS HAS OVESHADOWED HER
LIFE. AND OUR PURPOSE OF OUR PROJECT IS TO BRING BACK HER LIFE AND THE THINGS
OUT Q=SHE ACCOMPLISHED."
Finch's plane is a near replica.
The departure date the same.
The flight plan identical.
But Finch will use sophisticated navigation equipment to help her stay on
course- and school children will follow her trip on the Internet.
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SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/Light Winds/42-46/Rain Likely/Wind S-10/58-60;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Wind Var-10/40-45/Showers Likely/Light Winds/53-56;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Wind SW-10/40-42/Rain By/Afternoon/50-55;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Wind S-10/42-45/Showers/Light Winds/53-56;
On the NFL front, Elvis Grbac officially left the 49ers yesterday and signed
a five-year deal with Kansas City Chiefs.
The former Michigan standout is the
SUPER=03-Kansas City; :00
third straight former 49'er, to take over the Chiefs. He follows in the
footsteps of Joe Montana and Steve Bono, and he's well aware of the task that
is before him.
IN Q="I understand what...
((ELVIS GRBAC/SIGNS WITH CHIEFS:))
SUPER=01-Elvis Grbac/Signs With Chiefs; :00
OUT Q=...I came here."
Grbac is expected to be Chiefs starter when training camp opens this Summer.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; ;00
The Eagles picked up a kicker from the Cowboys yesterday.
Chris Boniol leaves the Cowboys, because the Eagles have shown him the money.
The veteran place kicker signs a four year contract worth $2 point four
The Roanoke Express is in Tidewater resting up for tonight's East division
game with Hampton Roads.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 4; :00
Last night the team waived goaltender Sylvain Careau.
The former Pensacola netminder was signed on March 4th and brought into camp
to back up Dave Gagnon and his banged up knee, but his playing time was limited
to a period against Richmond last Monday night.
In his place the Express has picked up Matt Carmichael, who played major
junior hockey in Ontario.
He practiced with the Express yesterday at the Scope,and will likely be in
uniform tonight when the team skates against the Admirals.
Last night Florida State was trying to hang with Clemson and keep the ACC
alive in the NIT,
SUPER=03-Tallhassee, FL/Michigan St. vs. FSU; :00
The Seminoles were trying to advance to the NIT's sweet 16 for the first time
in school history.
They would trail at the half, but come back to get the 68-to-63 win thanks to
Randall Jackson,who scored a SUPER=33-Michigan St/63/Florida St./68;
team high 16 points.
FSU advances to meet West Virginia.
Your Hometown station can now tell you whcih games it will have from the
Sweet 16 this Thursday night.
At 7:30 you will get the Minnesota at Clemson game, then later that night
Kentucky takes on St. Joe's around 10:15.
The second round of the N.I.T. began play last night at on-campus sites.
And one of those was on Tobacco Road in Raleigh as N.C. State hosted West
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/ESPN; :00
The Pack fans were ready for this one, but so were the Mountaineer players.
West Virginia led by one at halftime, and then went up by as many as 11 in
the second half thanks to plays like this one from Jared West.
But State would come back as it has all year long. Ishua Benjamin strokes
the three pointer from the left side to get State back within four points at
the 6 minute mark.
State would have a shot to tie the game and send it to overtime with a
SUPER=33-West Virginia/76/N.C. State/73;
three, but Benjamin's shot bounces off and West Virginia escapes with the
The Charlotte Hornets were home in the hive tonight hosting the Jazz.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Jazz vs. Hornets; :00
And when the Jazz are playing the right notes Karl malone is usually out
front leading the band. The NBA player of the week scored 37 points tonight.
The Hornets wasted a great game by SUPER=32-Utah/114/Charlotte/93;
Glen Rice. He was extremely explosive off the dribble scoring 29.
Your final, the Jazz 114, Hornets 93.
Still to come tonight, Steve Mason gets on the track
with the current Winston Cup points leader Dale Jarrett, who spent today
testing at the Martinsville Speedway.
The Martinsville Speedway is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season,
and Steve Mason says Dale Jarrett would love to blow out a few candles in
Victory Lane next month.
Let's head to Martinsville for more on today's testing session for the
Quality care Ford team.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Has 9 Career Wins; :10
SUPER=01-Todd Parrott/Quality Care Ford Crew Chief; :48
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The University of Virginia is ranked third in the newest Division One
Lacrosse poll that was released tonight.
While in Division Three unbeaten W&L is third with a 5-and-0 mark.
Roanoke is fifth right now after opening the season with 3 wins a loss.
If you are finding yourself in need of a little luck this Saint Patrick's
Day, you may want to head to Gulfport, Florida.
If the old story about four leaf clovers is true, Andy Safko could be the
luckiest man on earth.
Andy and his wife have the largest clover farm in the world and up to 25
percent of their crop is four leaf clovers.
They's tried to increase that percentage through science, but so far they've
had NO luck.
Still the couple is making a nice living selling the four leaf clovers as