Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX:
cleaning up after a brush fire which burned 80 acres near a popular hiking
And the wife of a convicted drunk driver says he might not bear all the
blame in a fatal accident.
In sports, Steve Mason checks in with the Express as the team heads up to
Hampton, the Salem Avalanche is back in town preparing for the season opener
Friday night at Salem Memorial,
and the Bell tolls for Albert as he makes a favorable impression on the
opening day of major league baseball.
Spring has sprung but weather is slow to retreat. Maybe our April almanac
will have some answers, just ahead.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Forecasts of more high wind fanned fears about a forest fire in the area-
that has been contained.
There hasn't been any loss of life or property and the U-S Forest Service
wants to keep it that way.
Len Besthoff reports.
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SUPER=01-David Olson/U.S. Forest Service;
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Nat Sot 12:54:57 chainsaws
Nat Sot 12:55:43...filling up bladders
Nat Sot 12:56:08...ax on stump
The sights and sounds the day AFTER a forest fire that scorched 80- plus
acres of national forest near the Roanoke County/Craig County border, leaving
firefighters to contend with putting out "hot spots".
((DEAN KELLEY/FIREFIGHTER: BASICALLY PATROLLING THIS LINE BECAUSE WE GOT A LOT
OF UNBURNED FUEL IN THIS AREA.))
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IN Q=Here's the
((Here's the reason that the crews are still out here. With just a little bit
of wind you can see that the embers get stoked up and the flames return.))
OUT Q=flames return.
Isolated gusts sparked things up just a few times, but not to the level that
originally brought crews here.
The work shifts to finding the people fire investigators believe caused this
by being careless with a campfire in this hiking area off route 311.
((DAVID OLSON/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: THEY'VE DONE SOME RESEARCH FROM THE
STANDPOINT OF LOOKING AT WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN THE PARKING LOT DURING THAT
TIME. THEY HAVE A COUPLE OF LEADS IN THAT AREA.))
OUT Q=that area.
The Forest Service says this latest incident shows you can't be careful
enough during the spring fire season.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
The daughter of murder victim Bernard Rosser is reportedly convinced her
father was killed by someone other than his eight year old stepson.
Published reports say 32 year old Sherry Rosser of Petersburg believes her
father was struck twice in the head by an intruder in the family's Pittsylvania
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Authorities charged Rosser's young stepson with the crime.
The boy is now staying with family out of state.
Sherry Rosser is quoted as saying things she saw when walking through the
Rosser home, and conversations she's had related to the case, convinced her
someone else killed her father.
The family of a drunk driver charged with involuntary manslaughter in the
death of a Christiansburg man is raising questions about who was at fault.
It turns out, BOTH drivers were legally intoxicated.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./January 23; :06
SUPER=01-Missy Chaffin/Scotty Chaffin's Wife; :19
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :32
SUPER=01-Max Jenkins/Chaffin's Lawyer; :43
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Scotty Chaffin's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit
when he crashed into the car 27 year- old Steve Burton was driving the night of
Chaffin, a 23 year- old father of two sustained cuts and bruises, and
according to his wife, a troubled conscience about the crash.
((MISSY CHAFFIN/SCOTTY CHAFFIN'S WIFE: THIS IS A BAD THING THAT HAPPENED AND WE
ARE SO SORRY FOR THE OTHER FAMILY. BUT SCOTTY'S NOT A MONSTER, HE'S STILL A
GOOD GUY. ))
Missy Chaffin says Scotty can't remember how the wreck happened.
And the fact that Burton, the other driver had a blood alcohol level of .10
has her and Scotty's lawyer wondering if there's more to the story.
((MAX JENKINS/CHAFFIN'S LAWYER: FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND FROM THE EXPERTS THAT
WILL AFFECT ONE'S JUDGEMENT, IT WILL AFFECT ONE'S ABILITY TO OPERATE AN
AUTOMOBILE. IT'S A FACTOR I THINK THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. ))
But prosecutor Phil Keith says the crash was fully investigated, and the
evidence is clear it was a direct result of Chaffin, intoxicated, crossing the
After the wreck Chaffin's family says he steered clear of alcohol, and had
drank only some non-alcoholic beer when he was AGAIN charged with D-U-I two
But a police report states Chaffin smelled strongly of alcohol and failed a
field sobriety test. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
If you work for tips in a restaurant or bar... Attorney General Jim
Gilmore's NOT doing you any favors in the paycheck department.
Gilmore's finally issued a legal opinion on how last October's minimum wage
increase affects Virginia's "tipped workers."
Gilmore says they will stay at four-25 an hour, where the federal law froze
them when it upped other workers' wages to four-75 an hour.
And that four-25 can include tips... making the actual paid wage from the
employer much lower.
The opinion's good news for restaurant owners.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
we'll tell you how the state plans to shorten the time you spend waiting in
line at the D-M-V.
and some area food pantries are feeling the strain, as former welfare
clients now look elsewhere for the basics. But first here's Robin in the
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Twice denied bond, Abed Jalil Jamil (AH-bed juh-LEAL juh-MEAL) was back in
federal court today seeking his release.
But for now, the man accused of racketeering will remain in custody.
Jamil is a member of the Abed family, one of several defendants accused of
setting fires to put competitors out of business, silence witnesses or collect
Prosecutors say Jamil used aliases and tried to hide assets from the court,
but today his lawyer said any confusion over his client's name was not an
effort to defraud anyone.
Jamil entered a plea of not guilty, and his attorney said the defendant
will lose his job in northern Virginia if he isn't freed on bond.
But Judge Sam Wilson said there was no new evidence today that caused him
to change his mind.
Jamil is expected to appeal.
Two years after they lost their jobs, two assistant voter registrars in
Lynchburg are taking their case to court.
Inez (IN-ez) Sales and Debra Miller served under former registrar Linda
Arnold, who was ousted in March of 1995 by the city's Republican-controlled
Arnold is a Democrat. She sued the board, claiming she was fired purely for
political reasons, which is illegal in Virginia.
She won a 300-thousand dollar settlement after agreeing not to seek
But now Arnold's two assistants are suing for 300-thousand dollars each, AND
they want their jobs back.
The case got underway today in U-S District Court in Lynchburg.
It's expected to last through Friday.
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Welfare reform begins today in Richmond, the latest region in Virginia to
adopt the stricter measures.
But as more people are weaned off the welfare rolls, local charities are
starting to feel the strain.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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SUPER=01-James Knap/Bedford Christian Ministries; :25
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
((HALF DOZEN EGGS, WHEN WE'RE LOW..))
On a busy day, Barbara Witt and her staff will fill as many as 30 bags with
free food to hand out to dozens of people who depend on charities like the
Bedford Christian Ministries for survival.
They are people who have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand.. and
they are former welfare recipients whose benefits have been cut but who are not
yet self- sufficient.
IN Q=Although they
((JAMES KNAP/BEDFORD CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES: ALTHOUGH THEY MAY NOT NEED MORE,
THEY DON'T NEED LESS... YET.))
OUT Q=less, yet.
And their numbers are growing.. since January, James Knap and his volunteers
have seen the demand for B-C-M's services go way up.
IN Q=As the federal
((JAMES KNAP: AS THE FEDERAL PROGRAMS STEP BACK, THEY'RE HOPING THAT THE
CHURCHES AND OTHER CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS WILL STEP FORWARD AND FILL UP THE
GAP, AND THERE ARE SOME OF US WHO WORRY WHETHER WE CAN DO THAT.))
OUT Q=can do that.
IN Q=While many of
((While many of the county's churches donate to Bedford Christian Ministries,
only a third of them are active members. So as B-C-M continues to see more new
clients, it also hopes to recruit more churches to help serve them.))
OUT Q=serve them.
But B-C-M also would like its clients to learn to serve themselves.
IN Q=The important thing
((JAMES KNAP: THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO GET PEOPLE IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF HELP
YOURSELF. THAT'S THE FEDERAL GOAL, THAT'S THE STATE GOAL AND THAT'S GOT TO BE
THE CHARITABLE CHRISTIAN GOAL.))
OUT Q=Christian goal.
It's a goal that, for now, they're able to meet.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Getting a driver's license may soon be as easy as buying a gallon of milk.
Lengthy waits at the DMV could soon be 30 seconds shorter per customer
thanks to a new 20-million dollar computer system.
DMV signed a contract today to expand the 15-year old system.
Among the innovations: scannable bar codes on department paperwork.
IN Q=When you
((RICHARD HOLCOMB/DMV COMMISSIONER: WHEN YOU ARE CALLED TO THE SPECIFIC
WINDOW, YOUR INFORMATION WILL ALREADY BE IN FRONT OF THAT CUSTOMER SERVICE REP.
THAT COULD SAVE A GOOD 20 TO 30 SECONDS PER TRANSACTION. AND CERTAINLY THAT
ADDS UP WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE 31- THOUSAND CUSTOMERS ON A DAILY BASIS
THAT WE SERVE.))
SUPER=01-Richard Holcomb/DMV Commissioner; :08 INTO BITE!!!
OUT Q=we serve.
All 81 DMV branch offices will have the new systems by late next year.
On Wall Street, signs that inflation may be slowing stopped a fall in the Dow
The Dow gained 28 points, closing at 66 hundred 11.
NASDAQ lost five points.
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At some point in the not-so distant future, Virginians might be able to make
some "powerful" choices when it comes to their electricity.
The State Corporation Commission received a report from American Electric
Power examing the feasibility of de-regulation.
A-E-P says it's still too soon to tell what a competitive marketplace might
mean to individual customers.
But at this point they're looking at it as a positive move.
IN Q=About all
((BARRY THOMAS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: ABOUT ALL WE CAN SAY IS THAT WE KNOW
THAT COMPETITION WE THINK OF AS GENERALLY BEING GOOD. WE'VE SEEN PATTERNS OF
SUCCESS IN OTHER INDUSTRIES THAT HAVE MOVED FROM REGULATION INTO COMPETITION.
SUPER=01-Barry Thomas/American Electric Power;
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A legislative subcommittee was formed last year to investigate the
possibility of competition among the power companies.
Members are supposed to report their findings during the next session of the
Former heavyweight boxing champ Oliver McCall is being forced to have a
mental health evaluation... at the request of his family.
According to police, the Martinsville native was questioned about a
vandalism incident over the weekend.
This comes one month after McCall went from fighting to crying during a
title bout against Lennox Lewis.
During the past year, McCall has been charged with driving under the
influence and disorderly conduct in Martinsville.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, it's opening day in the major leagues, as
Albert Belle and many others began earning their money.
The Avalanche players arrive for their first workout in Salem, and Steve
Mason has the latest on the playoff bound Express.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
OUT Q=...IN SPORTS."
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The 1997 Major League Baseball season began today and for first time since
1993, a labor problem wasn't hovering overhead.
A number of games are already in the books today, including one at the Sky
Dome in Toronto.
SUPER=03-Toronto, CAN/Orioles vs. Blue Jays;
Where the Bluejays hosted the White Sox and Albert Belle.
This was Belle's first game with the Sox and as baseball's highest paid
And he did not disappoint - hitting a double and homer and driving in three
runs to lead the Sox to a 6-to-5 win in 10 innings.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :00
It wasn't nearly as pleasant in Baltimore today.
Take a peak inside Orioles Park at Camden Yards where the O's were supposed
to play the Kansas City Royals this afternoon.
High winds, some overnight snow and ice, and temperatures in the upper 30's
forced today's game to be called off.
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Arlington, TX/Brewers vs. Rangers TBD; :00
In Arlington Texas this afternoon, manager Johnny Oates and fans of all ages
watched the Rangers beats the Brewers 6-to-2.
Lee Stevens provided the big blow of the game with a three run homer to right
in the bottom of the first.
The Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies were also in action on the senior
circuit this afternoon as Riverfront stadium as is tradition hosted this game.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Rockies vs.Reds; :00
The players were wearing the patches on their uniforms today to commemorate
Jackie Robinson's 50th anniversary of breaking the color barrier.
And it was a former Salem Buccaneer that got the party started for Cincinnati
fans today as Willie Greene nails a two run homer over the right
The Big Red Machine rolls to the 11-to-4 win over the Rockies.
While the majors are hitting the ball; the minor leagues are just stepping
up to the plate. The single A Avalanche arrived in Salem late last night from
spring training in Tucson, Arizona.
The Avalanche went through a lite workout this morning at Salem Memorial
Stadium; the site of the teams season opener this Friday against Durham.
Wind and a mild chill were welcome feelings to the players and manager.
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER:))
((CHAD GAMBILL/AVALANCHE OUTFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Chad Gambill/Avalanche Outfielder; :20
OUT Q=...get it together"
The Express begins the Kelly Cup Playoffs tomorrow night in Norfolk against
Hampton Roads. The roster includes Jeff Cowan, who is still with Saint John.
Valeriy Svoboda has been cut.
SS=Round House Wrap Up/Full Screen
Steve Mason has more in this weeks playoff preview Round House Wrap Up.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :23
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/52 Goals, 44 Assists; :48
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; 1:10
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
((The Express will try and avoid another year of just passing through the
first round of the playoffs; again with very little help from the higher
affiliates. Saint John DID return Eric Landry; who will run with Dubkov and
((JEFF JABLONSKI/52 GOALS, 44 ASSISTS:))
Forechecking and a timely goal from a player NOT on the BIG LINE are other
keys;, as is the play of goalie Dave Gagnon.
((DAVE GAGNON/EXPRESS GOALIE:))
There are only 4 other ECHL teams with better road records than the Express
and Roanoke is 3 and 1 against the Admirals at the Scope.))
GRAPHIC=NCAA Final Four
The NCAA mens basketball national champion Arizona Wildcats returned home
to heroes welcome today.
SUPER=03-Tucson, AZ; :00
The reception for championship MVP Miles Simon and his teammates was so
big; it was taken from the basketball arena to the University's football
stadium as 10 of thousands turned out to cheer on the champs. The Wildcats beat
three number one seeds on their way tot winning the title; a run that
culminated in a 84-79 victory over Kentucky in overtime last night.
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