Up next on NEWS 7 at SIX:
What's behind the door at Shooters-44?
We'll get a glimpse, and an explanation from management about what POLICE say
is a front for prostitution.
And a local high school band brings a trophy home from Disney World.
Tonight in sports, the latest from the NASCAR circuit concerning Jeff
Gordon's latest accomplishment, Ernie Irvan's future, and Dale Earnhardt's
Plus, the winners from the Boston Marathon,
and we'll check in with Jim Druckenmiller out in San Francisco as he settles
in with the 49ers.
Periods of rain duck in and out of the forecast. Our week starts out cool
City police believe it's a front for prostitution.
No such thing, says the owner of Shooters-44 on Williamson Road.
A glimpse inside this afternoon, revealed catalogues of lingerie and
loosely- clothed women behind the counter.
A young man ushered us outside.
Though one man was arrested for pandering Thursday night, he says news
stories over the weekend haven't hurt business.
((ACTUALLY, IT'S A LOT BETTER. FREE PUBLICITY. YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT.))
OUT Q=can't beat that.
When we returned to speak to the president, a man blocked the main
entrance, refusing to let us in again.
President Charles McNeff says it's strictly lingerie with live models, no
drugs, no alcohol, no touching.
"We've sold box car amounts of lingerie," he insists... in the week and a
half Shooters-44 has been in business.
It started out as an escort business, he says, but he's had to shut down
McNeff insists he's not going to close the door on live- modeling lingerie.
A Richmond man who was set to stand trial tomorrow in a Pulaski County
murder entered a no contest plea today.
Eddie Gibson is one of three men charged with killing Elmer Eugene Fisher
Gibson will be sentenced later, on his first-degree murder conviction.
A robbery charge was dismissed.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./September 27;
Fisher's body was found along the New River last September.
He had been stabbed several times, and held under the water.
Authorities say Gibson was the driver the night Fisher was murdered.
Co-defendants Joseph Ray Graham of Tazwell County and Darick Wetsel of
Pulaski County are set for trial later this year.
Two used car dealers from Tennessee have been charged with trying to rob a
Kroger store in Roanoke County.
50-year-old Donnie Davis and his 54-year-old brother Leo were charged with
attempted armed robbery this morning.
The store manager said a man came into the Hollis Kroger, demanded money and
said he had a homemade bomb.
The manager told the man to wait while he collected some cash, then got to a
phone and called police.
The men drove off in a car that matched the one the Davis's were driving
A state trooper in Smyth County spotted it, and stopped them Friday night.
Franklin County's Economic Director has quit after just three- and- a- half
months on the job.
Gregory Cross agreed to talk to News- 7 about the reasons he resigned after
he spoke to the County Administrator.
But after THAT meeting, he left through a back door and refused to comment
on his situation.
Some believe Cross' resignation is a direct result of an on- going water and
sewer dispute between the Town of Rocky Mount and Franklin County.
IN Q=Greg was
((WALTER HUGHES/FRANKLIN COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION: GREG WAS
CONCERNED WE WEREN'T MAKING THE PROGRESS THAT HE WANTED TO SEE US MAKE. THE
PROBLEMS WE'VE BEEN HAVING TRYING TO GET WATER AND SEWER IN CERTAIN AREAS AND
TRYING TO KEEP CERTAIN INDUSTRY HAS FRUSTRATED HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Walter Hughes/Economic Development Commission;
OUT Q=frustrated him
A joint meeting between town and county officials has been scheduled for
next week... but it's doubtful a resolution to their water and sewer woes will
The man who oversaw Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice has stepped
down, complaining of micromanagement by Public Safety Secretary Patricia West.
Former judge Marvin Garner wrote in a resignation letter that Secretary West
undermined his leadership by telling his staff, quoting now, "that she is the
control person for D-J-J, not me."
IN Q=Keep in mind
((KEN STROUPE/GOVERNOR'S SPOKESMAN: KEEP IN MIND THAT THE APPOINTMENT WAS JUST
MADE IN JANUARY. SO IT'S BASICALLY BEEN TWO MONTHS ON THE JOB. THERE ARE
ALWAYS GROWING PAINS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF TAKING ON A NEW POSITION. AND AS I
SAID, SECRETARY WEST WAS THE AGENCY HEAD, SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF JUVENILE
JUSTICE, AND SO RIGHTFULLY SHE'S GOING TO HAVE SOME CONTINUED INTEREST.))
SUPER=01-Ken Stroupe/Governor's Spokesman;
OUT Q=continued interest.
Democratic Delegate Chip Woodrum heads up the state Crime Commission.
IN Q=WITH THE
((WITH THE SECRETARY OF PUBLIC SAFETY INTERFERING WITH THE DAY TO DAY
OPERATION, LEADS YOU TO FEEL THAT YOU MIGHT BE CONCERNED THAT THERE'S SOME OVER
POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE. ))
OUT Q=Juvenile Justice.
SUPER=03-Richmond/December 4, 1996;
Trish West was elevated to the Governor's cabinet in December.
Under her leadership, the Department of Juvenile Justice was criticized by a
state audit agency for insufficient rehabilitation programs, questionable
disciplinary techniques, and inadequate staffing.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six, the city of Richmond decides to rock with
Marilyn Manson afterall,
and we'll see how a Lynchburg minister is seeking a hand in reaching out to
the ill and needy in Cuba.
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Shock rock band Marilyn Manson has won.
Richmond city officials met with their attorneys today and decided to let
the band play at the city-owned Coliseum.
((WE'VE COME TO THE CONCLUSION... THEY WILL BE CHARGED.))
SUPER=01-Larry Chavis/Richmond Mayor;
OUT Q=they will be charged
Marilyn Manson is a self-avowed Satan worshiper, who is known for vulgar
lyrics and a sensational stage act.
The band's attorney came to Richmond over the weekend to convince the city
it was violating the first amendment with its ban.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke homeowners may get a small break on the real estate tax rate, but
other fees may be rising in the next city budget.
Joe Dashiell reports on the 161- million dollar spending plan that city
manager Bob Herbert unveiled today.
IN Q=I think this is a good
SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council; :42
OUT Q=JD News 7
IN Q=Mayor, Council
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: MAYOR COUNCIL, I THINK THIS IS A GOOD
BUDGET FOR THE PEOPLE OF ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=for the people of Roanoke.
The budget that Bob Herbert presented to city council represents a five and
a half percent increase in spending.
It includes modest raises for employees, maintains services, funds the
local share of the school budget and positions the city for a multi- million
dollar bond issue that voters will consider in the fall.
IN Q=It's so big
((IT'S SO BIG I'VE GOT TO PUT IT IN THIS ACCORDION FILE, SO WE'VE GOT OUR WORK
CUT OUT FOR US.))
OUT Q=cut our for us.
The spending plan includes a one- cent reduction in the real estate tax
rate, but it also raises the monthly surcharge for E-911 service by 46 cents.
And council members are now raising the possibility of a new tax on
cellular phone service.
IN Q=There may be some sentiment
((THERE MAY BE SOME SENTIMENT AS A MATTER OF POLICY FOR THE COUNCIL TO MOVE
FROM THE PROPERTY TAX TO MORE OF A CONSUMER TAX SITUATION IN ORDER TO PROVIDE
HOMEOWNERS A BREAK, BUT AGAIN COUNCIL HAS NOT DECIDED THAT.))
OUT Q=not decided that.
The city has scheduled a public hearing on the budget on May 7th, and
members of council will vote on the plan May 12th.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
While Cuba remains shut off to most of the world, an organization of
American ministers is blazing new trails there.. bringing with them badly-
needed humanitarian aid.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=They are grim
SUPER=03-Havana, Cuba/Amateur Video; :00
SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :19 (quick!)
SUPER=01-George Jones/Life Outreach, Inc.; :22
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( They are grim reminders of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
Eleven years after the explosion at Chernobyl, hundreds of young survivors
cling to life in hospitals like this one in Havana, Cuba.
But treatment is difficult when you lack even basic medicines like aspirin
That's where a group known as Life Outreach is stepping in.
IN Q=So we were
((DR. GEORGE JONES/LIFE OUTREACH, INC.: SO WE WERE GIVEN A LIST OF JUST SIMPLE
ITEMS, SAYING IF YOU COULD HELP US WITH THESE, IT WOULD GREATLY HELP OUR
TREATMENT PROGRAM HERE.))
OUT Q=treatment program here.
In a first of its kind agreement, the Cuban and American governments are
allowing Jones and his group to establish a pipeline to funnel donations of
medical supplies and equipment from the U.S. into Cuba.
The most recent arrived three weeks ago, to the delight of the medical staff
in Havana's Central Pediatric Hospital.
IN Q=This will extend
((THIS WILL EXTEND THEIR SERVICES WELL INTO THE COMMUNITIES..))
OUT Q=the communities.
It was the latest in a string of victories for Life Outreach, which for 18
years has used churches across the world as conduits for American aid.. aid
that might otherwise be rejected.
IN Q=Part of the
((GEORGE JONES: PART OF THE WORK OF LIFE OUTREACH IS TO BE A PIONEER. WE'RE THE
KIND OF ORGANIZATION THAT LIKES TO GO IN AND SORT OF YOU MIGHT SAY BLOW THE
HOLE IN THE JUNGLE FLOOR AND MAKE A LANDING STRIP FOR OTHERS TO LAND IN.))
OUT Q=to land in.
And the work continues.. Jones and his group are now looking for more
donations for their next trip to Cuba in June.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
A Federal Reserve warning that inflation could be on the rise sent the stock
market lower today.
The DOW dropped almost 44 points, closing for the day at 66-hundred-60.
NASDAQ lost 18 points.
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Two registered dieticians in Roanoke have formed a new business-- it's a
consulting firm aimed at promoting nutrition and education.
Audrey Burt and Kim Ellis are providing medical nutrition therapy to help
manage specific illnesses.
They're also looking to employers
as potential clients for their company, "The Nutrition Resource."
IN Q=We're also
((AUDREY BURT/REGISTERED DIETITIAN: WE'RE ALSO TOUCHING ON CORPORATIONS TO
BECOME INVOLVED IN THEIR PROGRAMS AND REDUCE THE EMPLOYEES RISK OF DEVELOPING
AILMENTS AND HENCE DECREASE THEIR INSURANCE PREMIUMS AND WE REALLY WANT TO GET
BIG IN THE CONSUMER MARKET, SAY WITH GROCERY STORES, REALLY BEING ABLE TO FIND
SOME HANDS ON INFORMATION TO THE CONSUMER. ))
((KIM ELLIS/REGISTERED DIETITIAN: EMPLOYEES HAVE LESS LOSS OF TIME FROM
WORK IF THEY ARE HEALTHY. WE CAN HELP THEM WITH THEIR CHOLESTEROL, WEIGHT
MANAGEMENT, THINGS LIKE THAT ))
SUPER=01-Audrey Burt/Registered Dietitian; :
SUPER=01-Kim Ellis/Registered Dietitian; :22
OUT Q=like that.
About 58 million Americans are considered obese. One out of every three
Americans is overweight.
Obesity can translate into major, long-term, health problems.
An athlete who wins a championship usually takes a trip to Disney World.
But some Roanoke high school students went to Disney World and WON a
The William Fleming high school band arrived in town early this morning,
toting a first place trophy.
They won their division in Disney World's All American Music Festival over
The band director says the competition was spirited, but friendly.
IN Q=The group that was
((JOHN WRIGHT/BAND DIRECTOR: THE GROUP THAT WAS PERFORMING RIGHT BEFORE US WE
HAD A COUPLE OF RUN-INS AT THE HOTEL WITH US AS FAR AS SHALL WE SAY WHO GOT TO
THE POOL FIRST AND WHO GOT THE PRIME PARKING SPOT TO UNLOAD, THAT KIND OF
THING. AND SO THE KIDS WANTED TO BEAT THEM NO MATTER WHAT AND THAT WAS ONE OF
THE GROUPS THAT WAS IN OUR COMPETITION. ))
SUPER=01-John Wright/Band Director
OUT Q=in our competition.
Wright says this is the biggest prize the band has won in more than 30
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, we'll check in with Jim Druckenmiller out
in San Francisco, plus head up to Boston for today's marathon.
Plus, we'll have a complete wrapup of yesterday's Goody's 500 festivities at
the Martinsville Speedway.
The San Francisco 49ers welcomed Jim Druckenmiller and their other two draft
picks, Notre Dame's Mark Edwards and Stanford's Greg Clark, to the bay area
last night to meet the west coast media and team personnel.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA; :00
Druckenmiller got his jersey last night which as of now will be number 14,
since some other pretty good quarterback named Montana wore number 16 out
So far, the folks in California have been most impressed with Jim's size.
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/49ERS NUMBER ONE DRAFT PICK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/49ers Number One Draft Pick; :00
OUT Q=...WE CAN."
The Martinsville Speedway's year long 50th anniversary celebration got off to
a rousing start yesterday as Jeff Gordon turned in a performance for the ages.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=04-Goody's 500; :30
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/23 Career Winston Cup Wins; :51
SUPER=01-Bobby Hamilton/Finished Second In Goody's 500; 1:47
OUT Q=...THE HEART OF IT."
(( If you want to have a good party you need a few balloons. Umm, better make
that a whole lot of balloons. You also need some guests - the Speedway had 71
thousand of those for the bash - and a few even arrived wearing their own party
((NAT SOUND OF FAN:))
Rusty was all smiles as he arrived for the party, but this Gordon guy not
only had the best looking date, but the best handling car.
Jeff Gordon started the Goody's 500 on the outside of the second row, but by
the 21st lap of the race he was comfortably in front. He probably would have
led the rest of the race had it not been for this Jimmy Spencer induced spin in
turn four on lap 328.
((JEFF GORDON/GOODY'S 500 WINNER:))
Not only did he come back but he took over, resuming the lead on lap 376
and never looking back. Gordon led a track record 432 circuits in the 500 lap
event. At times his dominating performance was a dizzying experience for all
((JEFF GORDON/GOODY'S 500 WINNER:))
Lost in all of Gordon's dominance was the top performance of the season by
a Pontiac. Bobby Hamilton had the STP Pontiac in front for 48 laps, and he
eventually came home in second thanks to a beefed up pit crew.))
((BOBBY HAMILTON/STP PONTIAC DRIVER:))
The circuit will not be back on the short tracks until August.
This week the teams roll into the Talladega super speedway for the Winston
And will someone please wake up Dale Earnhardt before the Goodwrench guys get
to the 2 and a half mile track.
Dale was 12th yesterday, and he has just one top ten finish this season.
But the most disturbing fact to his fans is the fact that of the nearly 3000
laps runs this season, he has led just 48.
By the way in case you're keeping track, Gordon has now won 13 races since
Earnhardt's last trip to Victory lane in 1996.
The Buzz in the garage yesterday with a number of drivers and crew members
was that the Martinsville race
would be Ernie Irvan's last as the driver of the Robert Yates owned Havoline
But this afternoon the race team's public relations team said Irvan IS still
the driver, and as of now, there are no plans to replace him.
It's been a tough year for Ernie both on and off the track. He's 23rd in the
And he and his wife Kim got some unwanted publicity earlier this month when
they got into a scuffle with another woman outside a Charlotte night spot.
Now to Boston for even more racing, this kind of without the use of cars.
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The mass of humanity known as the field of runners took over the streets of
the Boston today for 101st running of prestigious Boston Marathon.
Not surprisingly a Kenyan would again capture the men's championship as
Lameck Aguta pulled away in the final mile to beat countryman Joseph Kamow with
a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 33 seconds. He's the 7th straight Kenyan to
win the title.
On the women's front Ethiopia's Fati-ma Roba the reigning olympic champion in
the marathon won in two hours 26 minutes and 24 seconds.
Louise Sauvage won the wheelchair division, when some bad luck caught up with
seven time defending champ Jean Driscoll.
One of her wheels got caught in a trolley track forcing her to finish back in
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