Coming up on News 7, police are looking for a bank robber in our area
The leader of the Heaven's Gate group suicide has ties to the Old Dominion.
and we'll meet a rollerblader who skated across the country to carry a message.
And tonight in sports, the Express is set wrapup the regular season this
weekend, they hit the home ice tonight.
The men are getting geared up for their final four in Indianapolis,
while the women tip off their national semi-finals tonight with Tennessee,
Old Dominion, and Notre Dame chasing Stanford.
The weekend forecast is typical of early spring with a gusty wind and mild
temperatures. More on that just ahead.
The suspect who robbed a Danville bank at gunpoint is still at large.
A white male entered the NationsBank on Riverside Drive around two armed
with a handgun.
Witnesses say the man was NOT wearing a ski mask.
He's described as 5 foot six or seven, weighing 180-to 200 pounds, with a
beard and mustache.
He was wearing a black leather jacket and a biker style cap.
Police say the man fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.
The corporate parent of several area hospitals is under close federal
The New York Times reports that in Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Nevada,
F-B-I agents have been interviewing witnesses about Columbia H-C-A's alleged
The probe included the raid of several facilities in El Paso, where agents
left the building with truckloads of documents.
Among the items under investigation, the practice of "upcoding", in which
hospitals receive larger payments from Medicare by inflating the seriousness of
the illnesses they treat.
Columbia H-C-A had this to say.
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IN Q=Like everybody
((RICK SCOTT/COLUMBIA HCA CEO: LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE WE'D LOVE EVERYBODY TO JUST
TALK ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS WE DO EVERYDAY. BUT YOU KNOW ALL WE'RE GONNA DO
AND I THINK ALL EVERYBODY'S DOING IN HEALTH CARE IS TRY TO DO THE BEST WITH ALL
THE CHANGES GOING ON.))
SUPER=01-Rick Scott/Columbia HCA CEO;
OUT Q=changes going on.
There are NO indications that Columbia H-C-A holdings in our area are being
Columbia- H-C-A is the nation's largest health care company, controlling
seven percent of the nation's hospitals, as well as hundreds of related medical
The Department of Veteran's Affairs has temporarily reassigned the two top
men at the Salem V-A Medical Center.
Officials say Salem Director, Dr. John Presley will assume a position in
Associate director, William (Della-mayter) Delamater will be stationed in
Both men were placed on administrative leave earlier this month after V-A
officials completed a preliminary investigation into what the hospital calls
"issues of concern.'
Investigators aren't saying exactly what those concerns are.
The reassignments take effect March 31st and will not exceed 30 days.
Dr. Rajiv (RA-heeve Jane) Jain will remain as Salem's acting director.
Decades before the Heavens Gate group staged a mass suicide in California-
its leader Marshall Applewhite studied to be a Presbyterian priest at a
Officials at Richmond's Union Theological Seminary realized the man cult
followers called "Do" (DOE) had been a student in 1952... but made almost NO
IN Q=There were
((HAL TODD/UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM BUT
ONE CLASS MATE DIDN'T REALLY REMEMBER HIM. OR DIDN'T REMEMBER HIM VERY WELL.
SO NO, HE WAS REALLY NOT HERE VERY LONG. HE WAS PROBABLY HERE FIVE, SIX MONTHS
AT THE MOST I GUESS.))
SUPER=01-Hal Todd/Union Theological Seminary;
OUT Q=I guess.
Applewhite tried to erase any memory of his earthly travels in Virginia,
asking at one point to be removed from the school's alumni roster.
Virginia's local school board members are now free to argue that taxpayers
should pick up the bill for ANY COURSE they want to take to meet their training
That includes a course on character and morals at religous broadcaster Pat
Robertson's Regent University.
A northern Virginia school board would NOT pay for one of its members take
the Regent course.
Board member Cheri (SHERRY YEK-ee) Yecke says she's concerned the board
hasn't gone far enough to stop the "tyranny" of majority viewpoints on local
((CHERI YECKE/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: IT SURE STRUCK ME AS STRANGE THAT REGENT
UNIVERSITY'S COURSE WAS--THEY WERE TOLD THEY COULD NOT ATTEND THIS PARTICULAR
COURSE. NOW IF THE CASE IS THAT THEY ONLY DO ALLOW VIRGINIA SCHOOL BOARDS
ASSOCIATION COURSES TO COUNT AS CREDIT, THAN IT WOULD NOT BE SEEN AS BIAS
AGAINST REGENT. BUT THE FACT THAT A VALUE JUDGMENT WAS MADE IN THE
CORRESPONDENCE, SAYING THAT THIS IS NOT WORTH OUR MONEY, DID CONCERN ME.))
SUPER=01-Cheri Yecke/Va. Board of Education; :00
OUT Q=concern me.
The board rescinded a 1989 policy that the Virginia School Boards
Association should have the monopoly on training local members.
The conservative state board is dominated by Governor George Allen's
Some students and parents are upset over staffing changes at Bedford
County's Liberty High School.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night;
About one hundred people turned out for a school board meeting last night at
Body Camp Elementary School.
Five people spoke out in support of chemistry teacher Tim Overstreet.
He is one of three Liberty staff members who reportedly will not be offered
a teaching contract next year.
IN Q=It has been said
SUPER=01-Penny Witt/Parent; :00
SUPER=01-Tabby Wood/Liberty H.S. Student; :16
SUPER=01-Karen Toms/Parent; :32
OUT Q=students to learn.
The school board did "not" take any action on Overstreet's contract during
an executive session last night.
Superintendent John Kent says he has not met with Overstreet and could not
comment on the situation.
The Republican lawmaker who got caught exposing himself in a city park is
returning to private life.
Suffolk Delegate Robert Nelms says he will NOT run for a fourth term.
Nelms pled GUILTY last year to indecent exposure in a Richmond park that's
known for illicit sexual activity.
He still maintains he was just urinating in public.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--Roanoke police make an arrest in an arson
and as the Waltons family prepares to return to the airwaves, we'll check in
to see how their museum is faring after a turbulent start.
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After a month long investigation, authorities have arrested a Roanoke man in
connection with a fire that burned two homes.
30-year old Steven Anthony Marrs
has been charged with arson... accused of setting this blaze in the 21-hundred
block of Melrose Avenue.
No one lived there... but the flames quickly spread next door to a house
that WAS occupied.
Officials say additional charges may still be filed in the coming weeks.
Virginia's best- known family "The Waltons" returns to the airwaves Sunday
night, with an Easter special scheduled to air on CBS.
Steve Smallshaw reports a museum dedicated to the T-V show has bounced back
from its rocky beginning.
IN Q=It was a
SUPER=04-January, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Dee Davis-Wells/Museum Director; :37
SUPER=01-Becky Fogg-Cummings/Walton's Mountain Museum; :46
OUT Q=News7, Nelson County.
(( It was a decidedly un-Walton-like moment.
SOT 1:19:14 (stock tape)
IN Q=I keep hearing
((JIM HAMNER: WITHOUT MY MOTHER AND MY FATHER THIS NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. I
WANT ALL OF YOU TO KNOW THAT.))
OUT Q=to know that.
For a t-v show based on memories, this was one everyone wants to forget.
A bitter feud between Waltons creator Earl Hamner and Waltons museum
director Bill Luhrs almost closed down the Nelson County landmark two years
But a month into their 1997 tourist season, things are back to normal.
The museum's new director has a year's experience under her belt, and the
Hamner family appears satisfied.
IN Q=That's all been
((DEE DAVIS-WELLS/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: THAT'S ALL BEEN TAKEN CARE OF AND WE HOPE
IT'S WATER OVER THE DAM NOW. AND AS I SAY, I AM REALLY PLEASED THAT WE WERE
ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER.))
OUT Q=work together.
IN Q=Well I'm not
((BECKY FOGG-CUMMINGS/WALTON'S MOUNTAIN MUSEUM: WELL, I'M NOT SURE THEY WERE
PROBLEMS AS MUCH AS GROWING PAINS, AND WE HOPE THE GROWING PAINS WILL BE.. IT'S
JUST LIKE A FAMILY AND THAT'S WHAT THIS TOWN IS, IS A BIG FAMILY.))
OUT Q=a big family.
((So having survived its own version of "Family Feud", officials say the
Walton's Mountain Museum is right back on track. It's expected to attract
another 40- thousand people this year, which, in economic terms, is a big boost
for Schuyler and Nelson County.))
OUT Q=Nelson County.
Museum profits are funneled back into programs that benefit the Schuyler
And like the Waltons, that makes for one big happy family again.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Nelson County.))
Three low-income families in Lynchburg moved into new homes today, thanks to
Habitat for Humanity and hundreds of student volunteers.
All this month, college students from across the country spent their spring
break in Lynchburg.
It was all part of Habitat's "Collegiate Challenge".
IN Q=The college students
((JOANNE ANDREWS/NEW HOMEOWNER: THE COLLEGE STUDENTS WERE GREAT. THEY WERE
WONDERFUL. TO SPEND THEIR WEEK HERE WORKING ON HOMES INSTEAD OF GOING SOMEWHERE
ON VACATION, THEY CAME HERE TO HELP ME BUILD MY HOUSE AND THAT MEANS A LOT TO
((VELDA WARD/NEW HOMEOWNER: I'M JUST OVERWHELMED, JUST HAPPY TO SEE THOSE
PEOPLE OUT HERE, JUST HAPPY THAT I DO HAVE A NEW HOME, AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL AND
THE PEOPLE AT HABITAT ARE WONDERFUL TO WORK WITH. JUST PRAISE THE MAN UPSTAIRS
FOR GIVING ME A CHANCE TO HAVE A HOME.))
SUPER=01-Joanne Andrews/New Homeowner; :00
SUPER=01-Velda Ward/New Homeowner; :15
OUT Q=to have a home.
Lynchburg's Habitat chapter has built more than 130 homes in the last eight
Residents of Montgomery County can forget the hassle of sorting paper,
plastic and cans--
Now the Recycling Center will do it for you.
A new 48-thousand square foot facility in Christiansburg can process and sort
80 tons of recyclable materials a day.
Officials cut the red ribbon and began putting the plant to use this
IN Q=Montgomery County
((RANDALL BOWLING/MONTGOMERY CO. SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY: MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAS
ALWAYS BEEN A LEADER ACROSS THE STATE IN RECYCLING AND WE'RE VERY PLEASED TO BE
ONE OF THE FIRST LOCALITIES IN THE STATE TO HAVE A FACILITY SUCH AS THIS, A
STATE OF THE ART FACILITY.))
SUPER=01-Randall Bowling/Montgomery Co. Solid Waste Auth.;
OUT Q=state of the art facility.
A month's worth of recycling at the plant saves two days' space in a
landfill-- SPACE authorities say is extremely valuable.
The plant will serve recycling programs in Christiansburg, Blacksburg,
Virginia Tech and Montgomery County.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
On Wall Street today, the stock market was closed for Good Friday.
Still to come on the broadcast, the General Assembly remembers Mister
and we'll see how one woman's cross country crusade came to an end today in
A long and tiring journey for a good cause ended in Salem today.
Laura Clark crossed the country to raise awareness about child abuse.
AND she did it on ROLLERBLADES.
The 25-year old Alaskan says doing "something crazy" gets people's attention-
but her real focus is on the young victims of abuse.
IN Q=They've been through
((LAURA CLARK/ROLLERBLADER: THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF NEGATIVE THINGS BUT
WHEN THEY HEAR FUN STORIES AND INTERESTING STORIES LIKE THE SKATING THING IT
KIND-OF BREAKS DOWN THEIR BARRIERS AND THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THINGS.))
OUT Q=talk about things.
Clark says she was a victim of child abuse and part of the healing process is
showing kids that things can get better.
She started her trek January fourth in Los Angeles-- and after crossing the
Rocky Mountains and most of the South, she ended her journey in the Roanoke
Artie Levin was a lifelong advocate of physical fitness, and a tireless
supporter of the Roanoke Valley.
Today, local lawmakers honored the memory of the man, fondly known as "Mr.
Artie Levin's exercise programs aired on Roanoke television for more than
In January, the General Assembly paid tribute to Levin,
and today Delegate Vic Thomas presented a memorial resolution to Levin's
IN Q=It's particularly meaningful
((CINDY LEVIN GOLDSTEIN: IT'S PARTICULARLY MEANINGFUL. I THINK MY FATHER AT
THIS POINT IS SMILING DOWN. HE REALLY FELT VERY COMMITTED TO THE ROANOKE VALLEY
AND IT'S ALWAYS A WONDERFUL THING TO RECOGNIZE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD HOW MUCH
THE COMMUNITY HAD MEANT TO YOU. AND THAT IS WHAT THIS MEANS TO OUR FAMILY.))
SUPER=01-Cindy Levin Goldstein/Artie Levin's Daughter;
OUT Q=to our family.
Memorabilia from Levin's years as a flight instructor and fitness expert
has been donated to the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
And friends are now organizing an annual weekend of fitness activities in
Tonight on News 7 sports, March Madness is nearing a close for both the men
and women in Division One.
A number of Cup drivers were doing their homework today at Martinsville,
And the final weekend of the Express's regular season is here.
Steve Mason hits the ice with this week's edition on Roundhouse Wrapup, right
The college basketball season is nearing its end, and that traditionally
means means time for the biggest post season honors to be handed out.
Earlier today Wake Forest's Tim Duncan was named the Associated Press's
college player of the year. He also is a unanimous all-american.
And Minnesota head coach Clem Haskins, who has the Gophers in their first
Final Four, was named the A.P.'s coach of the year.
Haskins probably gets least publicity of the Final Four coaches in this
But he is a no-nonsense man, who insists his players adhere to high
Here's what he had to say earlier today not about Kentucky, but about
athletes in general.
IN Q="I'm a strong...
((CLEM HASKINS/MINNESOTA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Clem Haskins/Minnesota Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...BELIEVE IN THAT."
Don't forget you catch both of tomorrow's great games right here on WDBJ-7
starting at 4pm with the pregame show.
Then it's Carolina-Arizona and Kentucky-Minnesota.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH; :00
While the men are resting up for tomorrow, the women take center stage
tonight in Cincinnati with their national semi-finals.
The first game of the night has Old Dominion taking on Stanford. The Lady
Monarchs handed Stanford its only loss back on December 17th.
The nightcap has Notre Battling the Tennessee Vols.
For the Express, a third place finish in the East depends on how the final
games of the regular season unfold for both Roanoke SS=Round House Wrap Up
That chess match begins tonight and it is one of several topics in this
week's Round House Wrap up with Steve Mason.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Mitch Peacock/Voice of the Express; :09
SUPER=01-Duane Harmer/5 Points in Two Games; :31
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :48
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; 1:20
OUT Q=...Round House Wrap Up"
((class was in session at the Round House this week as Express play by play
announcer Mitch Peacock instructed local elementary students on the finer
points of hockey.
Over the weekend; Anzalone's chemistry experiment put Duane Harmer on the
first power play line with Chris Lipsett. A move that generated 5 points in two
Harmer's maneuvering into the role Michael Smith left behind has been
instrumental in three wins and zero losses in 13 days.
Roanoke and Richmond are tied for third, each has three game remaining.
Jeff Cowan most likely won't be on the playoff roster, either will Wayne
Strachan, even though Manitoba's playoff chances are dwindling. Eric Landry?))
The Winston Cup cars are off this weekend before heading to Texas next week.
A number of drivers have spent part of this off-week in Martinsville
preparing for the April 20th Goody's Headache Powder 500.
Today six cars dodged a few rain showers to give the track a workout, with
Bill Elliott leading the way.
Despite all of his success, Elliott has never won at Martinsville.
((BILL ELLIOTT/MCDONALDS FORD DRIVER:))
((RICKY CRAVEN/BUD CHEVY DRIVER:))
SUPER=01-Bill Elliott/McDonalds Ford Driver; :00
SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Budweiser Chevy Driver; :19
OUT Q=...same reason."
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SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Rain Likely/50-53/Turning/Partly Sunny/65-69;
SUPER=334-Scattered Showers/Wind W-20/50-52/Clouds And/Windy/60-62;