IN Q=TONIGHT ON NEWS-7
(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
SHE WAS LIVING IN A SHELTER ALONG THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL DURING THE WINTER...
NOW PEGGY CHILDERS IS BEHIND BARS...
GET RID OF THE ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT--THAT'S ONE CANDIDATE'S
SOLUTION TO SAVE MONEY. ))
OUT Q=TO SAVE MONEY.
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It's THURSDAY, April 17th, our Top Story
((WILLIE LUCAS/GILES CO. INVESTIGATOR: HE HAD CALLED TO LET THEM KNOW THAT
THERE WAS PROBLEMS AND THEY WENT OVER TO CHECK ON THEM AND THEY WENT IN AND
FOUND BOTH BODIES. ))
OUT Q=found both bodies.
Domestic violence claims two more lives in Southwest Virginia.
This time in Giles County...an apparent murder-suicide.
You're watching News-7 Primetime on WEFC.
Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
It happened early this morning in the Glen Lyn section of the county.
Giles County authorities were called to a home on East River Mountain Road
this morning for a murder-suicide.
Family members of 34 year-old Anthony Meadows went to the home after he
Investigators say Meadows told his family the problems he and his live-in
girlfriend were having were going to end.
When they arrived, they found Meadows and 32 year-old Susan Jean Sartin
((WILLIE LUCAS/GILES CO. INVESTIGATOR: WE'VE FOUND THAT THERE MAY HAVE BEEN
SOME DOMESTIC PROBLEMS THERE. WE UNDERSTAND THAT SHE WAS WANTING TO LEAVE TO GO
BACK TO HER FAMILY. ))
SUPER=01-Willie Lucas/Giles Co. Investigator;
OUT Q=to her family.
Lucas says Meadows shot Sartin with a small-caliber weapon before turning a
high-powered rifle on himself.
IN Q=I have a moral
((I HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO PAY THE 300,00O OUT OF PERSONAL FUNDS, THAT ANY
OTHER STEP WOULD BE SEEN AS ONE MORE POLITICIAN SHIRKING HIS DUTY AND ONE MORE
EXAMPLE OF FAILING TO DO THE RIGHT THING. ))
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/(R) Speaker of the House; :
OUT Q=the right thing.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
House Speaker Newt Gingrich is borrowing 300-thousand dollars from Bob
Dole, to pay his ethics penalty.
Republicans are hoping it will put the ethics case to rest.
IN Q=Sort of
((BOB DOLE/R-FORMER SENATOR: SORT OF A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PARTY ELDERS, THE
SENIOR PARTY LEADERS BECAUSE THIS WAS HAVING SOME IMPACT ON THE AGENDA. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Former Senator; :
OUT Q=on the agenda.
The loan is launching further attack from Democrats--
Calling it a "sweetheart deal"-- some in the party say Gingrich's
payment plan may spark a new ethics investigation.
Some Botetourt County parents say too much emphasis is being put on
industrial growth... and their children are suffering for it.
A standing room only crowd greeted the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors
for its annual budget hearings.
More than a dozen concerned parents took to the podium asking that more
educational funding be included in the upcoming budget.
IN Q=I am so
((MICHELE KERNAN/CONCERNED PARENT: I AM SO SICK AND TIRED.... WE'VE GOT THE
BEST SCHOOLS ))
((STEVE HARRIS/CONCERNED PARENT: WE WANT BOYS AND GIRLS TO HAVE THE BEST
EDUCATION... RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Michele Kernan/Concerned Parent; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Harris/Concerned Parent; :10
OUT Q=right now
Last month, the SCHOOL BOARD was told it needed to cut its proposed budget
by more than 2- million dollars.
Tonight's public hearing was the last opportunity for residents to express
their concerns before the Board of Supervisors votes on the budget next week.
Roanoke police believe a near riot at the Lincoln Terrace Housing Complex
was caused in part by a drug sweep the NIGHT BEFORE.
THAT search netted a quantity of crack cocaine, marijuana and 3 arrests.
Members of the Vice Bureau returned to the area last night to search for a
suspected crack cocaine dealer.
After a struggle with officers, 26-year old Cory Lee McGeorge was arrested.
During that time, a large crowd gathered.
Several shots were fired in the vicinity of police... but there were no
A woman who spent most of the winter living in a lean-to on the Appalachian
Trail was found guilty today by a federal judge.
But the court hasn't figured out what to do with Peggy (Chill-ders)
The 58-year old homeless woman has been locked up in the city jail since
the court ordered a psychiatric evaluation.
She'd BEEN living in a shelter in the Jefferson National Forest- off and
on- since September.
Her unstable mental state apparently scared people.
IN Q=Other people felt
((WOODY LIPPS/NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE OFFICER: OTHER PEOPLE FELT LIKE SHE WAS
MONOPOLIZING THE BUILDING MEANT FOR THEM FOR TEMPORARY USE. THEY DIDN'T HAVE A
PLACE TO STAY. THEY WERE COUNTING ON IT AS THEY HIKED THROUGH THE AREA.AND
THEN WE HAD LOCAL CITIZENS WHO WERE CONCERNED PRIMARILY FOR HER WELL-BEING.
THAT THIS PERSON WAS GOING TO GET INTO SOME REAL SERIOUS MEDICAL PROBLEMS OUT
THERE IN THE COLD.))
SUPER=01-Woody Lipps/National Forest Service Officer
OUT Q=in the cold.
Though Childers has exhausted the resources of just about every social
service agency, Judge Samuel Wilson asked the probation office to work with her
and her lawyer to try to find some alternative to life in the National Forest.
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Tonight on Primetime Sports-- a celebration filled the streets of Bedford
for the state champions of Liberty High School...
Plus-- they came, they saw and they PLAYED...check out this gathering of
THREE-THOUSAND preschoolers, getting down to business at a Roanoke County park
go to break
This one sounds like the plot of a made-for-tv movie.
Fish are dying in North Carolina's marshlands, due to an organism known as
(fis-TER-ee-yuh) pfiesteria, feeding on their blood, and leaving behind open
Now, more than a dozen fishermen and divers have found open sores on THEIR
bodies, after touching brown water fouled with the dead fish.
IN Q=I keep an
((I KEEP AN EYE ON IT, IT SEEMED TO BE HEALING UP REAL WELL. I WAS TOLD IF IT
DIDN'T HEAL UP TO SEE A DOCTOR. ))
OUT Q=to see a doctor.
One of the researchers that discovered the one-celled organism says health
officials seem more concerned with avoiding bad publicity than with
investigating the possible danger to humans.
State officials though defend their efforts, and say there's no proof the
organism attacks humans.
Don Terp says he knows how Roanoke County can find more money for schools.
Today, he said the county should abolish the police department and return
the responsibility of law enforcement to the sheriff.
Terp is running for the Hollins District Seat on the Roanoke County Board of
He says the county could save between "one and a half" to three million
dollars a year.
He's proposing a referendum in November of next year.
IN Q=It's interesting
((DON TERP/SUPERVISORS CANDIDATE: IT'S INTERESTING WHEN YOU TALK TO THE PEOPLE
IN THE COUNTY. I HAVEN'T FOUND ANYBODY THAT SAID LET'S KEEP THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT, NOT A SOUL I'VE TALKED TO AND I'VE TALKED TO PEOPLE IN ALL WALKS OF
LIFE. I DON'T SAY THERE'S NO ONE OUT THERE THAT'S GOING TO SAY THAT, BUT I
THINK A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE PEOPLE ARE IN FAVOR OF GOING BACK TO A
SUPER=01-Don Terp/(I) Supervisors Candidate;
OUT Q=back to a sheriff's.
Bob Johnson now represents the Hollins District on the Board of
Supervisors. He will announce his intentions tomorrow.
Republican leaders in central Virginia know who THEY want to run for an open
House of Delegates seat.
Delegate Joyce Crouch announced last month she's stepping down.
Now she and a half-dozen other elected officials hope Lynchburg optometrist
Gary St. Clair will seek the GOP nomination.
St. Clair says he's flattered by the support but has NOT made a decision.
IN Q=I still have
((DR. GARY ST. CLAIR/POSSIBLE CANDIDATE: I STILL HAVE A LITTLE MORE THINKING TO
DO. ALL THIS ENCOURAGEMENT MAKES IT A LITTLE HARDER TO SAY NO. BUT I NEED TO
TALK MORE TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH A DECISION
HERE VERY, VERY SOON.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Gary St. Clair/Possible Delegate Candidate; :00
OUT Q=very very soon.
Lynchburg dry cleaner Ron Buchanan is the only Republican to officially
announce his candidacy for the seat.
Richmond's youngest Holocaust survivor is 61...and wants Virginians to
So he's making his memories concrete, for when he's NO longer around to tell
Virginia schoolchildren the horrible tale.
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IN Q=My grandparents
((MY GRANDPARENTS WERE TAKEN OFF IN THE SAME SELECTION THAT MOTHER AND I WERE
LINED UP. AND A POLICEMAN THAT RECOGNIZED US WHO WAS A FRIEND OF MY FATHER'S
FORCED US ON THE GOOD SIDE. BUT MY GRANDPARENTS, MY UNCLES, AND MY AUNT WERE
TAKEN AWAY. AND THEY WERE EXECUTED.))
SUPER=01-Jay Ipson/Holocaust Survivor;
OUT Q=were executed.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum opens in Richmond May first, by appointment
It's the only one in the world to walk visitors through one family's
Museum organizers are asking Virginians with photos of Holocaust victims to
loan them for display in a Hall of Remembrance.
Locally owned-and-operated Valley Bank is thriving, and has made it through
the growing pains stage.
Tonight, shareholders attended their annual meeting.
In the earlier part of its startup stage, it was operating at a loss.
But for the second straight quarter, the Roanoke bank is in the black.
Management is especially pleased with the past three months, when it had the
added expense of a new branch after a key location in South Roanoke became
IN Q=We're just
((ELLIS GUTSHALL/VALLEY BANK PRESIDENT: WE'RE JUST AS PLEASED AS WE CAN BE
WITH THE PROGRESS OF THE BANK. AND I THINK THE SUPPORT WE'RE GETTING FROM THE
COMMUNITY IS JUST OVERWHELMING AND IT'S STILL COMING.))
SUPER=01-Ellis Gutshall/Valley Bank President;
OUT Q=still coming.
Valley Bank believes it now has earnings momentum because the money it's
making on loans and other investments is outpacing its expenses.
It's stock is traded under the symbol V-Y-F-C.
Reading might be more fun if it was in 3-D, had more mystery and caused more
Just a few of the suggestions third- graders at Dublin Middle School shared
at a literacy town hall meeting with Miss Virginia Runner-up Rachel Snider.
Their comments on the role reading plays in their lives will be combined
with others from students in each state in a report to President Clinton.
((RACHEL DEHAVEN/ASST. PULASKI CO. LIBRARIAN: THE KIDS WERE VERY EXCITED WHEN I
TALKED TO THEM AND TOLD THEM THIS WAS THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO TELL PRESIDENT
CLINTON HOW THEY FELT ABOUT READING. ))
SUPER=01-Rachel Dehaven/Asst. Pulaski Co. Librarian;
OUT Q=felt about reading.
The program is a joint effort of the Reading Is Fun project and the Miss
It was inspired by President Clinton's challenge to make sure every child
can read by the end of third grade.
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Health Department inspectors are checking out understaffing complaints
against Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.
The complaints focus on the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, saying
the ratio of nurses to babies falls below state guidelines.
A Carilion spokesperson confirmed that an investigation is underway.
Health inspectors will be wrapping up an on-site investigation at the
Carilion officials say the neonatal intensive care unit is NOT
understaffed, and their personnel records will prove it.
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For tonight's Video of the Day-- we head to the Virginia Tech campus--
where, earlier, there was no doubt which birthday the school is celebrating.
Students turned out in droves to fill in a giant 125 outlined on the
Overhead, an aerial photographer snapped a photo which will commemorate the
About two thousand students were expected to show up for the event.
Tech now enrolls 23 thousand students from more than 100 countries.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, I'll give you a front row seat for Liberty High
school's Victory parade in Bedford. And Steve Mason sizes up the state's NFL
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD/Training Camp; :00
But first the Skins and Saints have finally agreed on compensation for Heath
Shuler. The month long stalemate ended today when the Saints agreed to give
Washington a fifth round pick this year and third round choice in the 98 draft.
Now the scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-j/Seattle/8//Detroit/6////Anaheim/3//Minnesota/4//Final In 10
SUPER=0096-/Seattle/62//Denver/54/H///Golden State/51//Utah/56/H/Two Late
oc- ...LAST SCORE."
wipe to break
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
The temperatures may have taken a drop this evening, but spirits couldn't
have been higher in downtown Bedford tonight as the town honored its two time
state champion basketball team with an old fashioned parade down main street.
Ultra successful head coach Mark Hanks and his son led the way in the first
But most fans lined the streets to get a glimpse of the team, and not far
behind Hanks were the players.
Raymond "Peanut" Arrington, the junior team leader shared the spotlight with
his teammates and the entire community.
IN Q=" I think...
((MARK HANKS/LIBERTY HEAD COACH:))
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR:))
SUPER=01-Mark Hanks/Liberty Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Shelton/Bedford Mayor; :35
OUT Q=...THIS EVENING."
The players also took time to sign color 8 x 10 team photos for the fans in
front of the court house.
IN Q="we're on the map...
OUT Q=...there to stay."
GRAPHIC=new york jets
The NFl draft is set for this Saturday in New York and today the Jets traded
away the overall number one pick to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for four
This should mean Orlando Pace will be the top pick.
The Jets-Rams trade could effect where a number of in-state college stars
from both UVa and Virginia Tech are picked in this weekend's draft.
Steve Mason more on their prospects in the selection process.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/Orange Bowl; :00
SUPER=01-James Farrior/107 Tackles & 8 Sacks Last Season; :37
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa All-Time Leading Rusher; 1:07
SUPER=01-Brian Jennings/Va. Tech Tight End; 1:34
OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."
((Virginia Tech's Jim Druckenmiller is projected as a first round pick. His
size, strength in body and in arm, along with Peyton Manning's decision to stay
in Knoxville, have helped.
Pro Tech Management; Druckenmiller's agent office; said Wednesday that their
client could go as high as the 9th pick, owned by Arizona; or Atlanta might
select him as the 11th pick.
Now that Elvis has left San Francisco for Kansas City; the 49ers could use
their 26th pick on Druckenmiller.
Mel Kiper projects Virginia linebacker James Farrior going as high as 9th.
His speed, strength and versatility have increased his stock.
Farrior's stiffest competition among linebackers; could be his own teammate;
Virginia sources said this week that former cave Spring star Tiki Barber
is projected anywhere from the late first round; to the second and into the
Tiki's versatility as a tailback and return man have aided his cause.
Brother Ronde has also been mentioned as a second to third round pick. But both
Barbers along with Virginia Tech tight end Brian Jennings have not been able to
get a grip on where they will go.
Steve Mason News 7 Sports.))
Finally-- If you've ever spent a morning with toddlers, imagine keeping up
with say a dozen, at one time.
Imagine, then if you will, a gathering of THREE-THOUSAND preschoolers...
they had some intense play time today at Roanoke County's Green Hill Park.
IN Q=Nat sound
OUT Q=Nat sound
Cloudy skies didn't stop the National Association for the Education of Young
Children and Roanoke County Parks and Recreation from holding their second
annual Children's Festival.
Kids got a chance to step behind the wheel and fly through the air.
Also keeping them busy were magic tricks and pony rides.
IN Q=The children can
((TWILA BRISCOE/FESTIVAL ORGANIZER: THE CHILDREN CAN PULL FROM FOUR DIFFERENT
AREAS OF PLAY TODAY, THEY HAVE BROUGHT THEIR PICNIC LUNCHES, THEY'RE GOING TO
PICNIC IN THE PARK, AND THE COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY HAS PROVIDED FREE DRINKS
SUPER=01-Twila Briscoe/Festival Organizer
OUT Q=drinks for everybody.
To deal with the onslaught of kids, festival planners made sure the children
stayed amused and that all lines were kept to a minimum.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes, join Jean Jadhon over
on WDBJ-7 for NEWS-7 at 11. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you