Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A passenger on a Valley Metro bus saves the day- -though she's UNable to
prevent the bus from colliding with a house.
And a 737 makes an emergency landing in Roanoke.
Tonight on News 7 Sports, some changes are in the store for the Roanoke
Express, the ACC names its new commissioner, and it's not Terry Holland.
The rain couldn't stop some high school softball in the area today.
But it did stop the NASCAR race at Talladega. As more than a Trickle sent
drivers and fans running for cover and heading back home.
We look to break out of the rain and head into the sunshine in this weather
forecast. Also WeatherSchool for Monday is coming up.
It was the largest, most sophisticated drug lab in the mid-Atlantic.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./August 1996
But you'd never know it from the outside.
The high- tech operation was concealed by a century- old tobacco barn piled
high with hay bales.
Drug Enforcement Agents- -armed with a warrant for the residence-
-eventually came upon the laboratory- -by sense of smell.
And today the brains behind the lab owned up to their roles in it.
One of the players has been subject of D-E-A scrutiny since the 1980's.
They pled guilty to various charges related to manufacturing amphetamine,
marijuana, conspiracy, money laundering and firearms possession.
A northwest Roanoke man thought he heard thunder this morning-- but it was
actually a Valley Metro bus slamming into his house.
At about seven A-M, the bus struck a utility pole, then a pine tree, before
finally hitting the house on Troutland Avenue.
IN Q=I looked out the
((PHILLIP CARDWELL/RESIDENT: I LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND SAW THAT BUS COMING
STRAIGHT AT MY HOUSE. MY YOUNGEST SON, HE JUST WENT IN THE BEDROOM LAYING
DOWN, AND I KNEW IT WAS HEADED STRAIGHT FOR HIS WINDOW. SO, I GOT TO HOLLERING
AN SCREAMING TRYING TO GET HIM OUT OF THE ROOM. NEXT THING YOU KNOW, THERE'S
THE BUS UP AGAINST THE HOUSE. ))
OUT Q=against the house
The driver 45 year old Charles Saunders said he had "blacked out".
A passenger, Linda Ferris, managed to grab the steering wheel and pulled
Saunders' leg off the accelerator.
Saunders was not charged.
None of the passengers on the bus was injured.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport
A Continental Airlines jet carrying 100 people made an emergency landing
today in Roanoke.
No one was injured, but passengers feared they were going to crash.
The Boeing 737 landed safely shortly before noon and taxied under its own
power to the terminal.
Flying from Newark to Atlanta, the plane was diverted to Roanoke after the
pilot shut down the right engine as a precaution.
Passengers praised the professionalism of the crew, but they also admitted
some nervous moments as they prepared to land.
IN Q=Your whole life goes before
((DAN SPINO/PASSENGER: YOUR WHOLE LIFE GOES BEFORE YOU AND THERE'S TWO PEOPLE
AROUND YOU AND EVERYBODY BECOMES FRIENDS. AND AS SOON AS IT TOUCHED DOWN WE ALL
CLAPPED AND CHEERED AND WE'RE SAFE AND WE'RE HAPPY. WE'RE HERE.))
((TINA AURIEMMA/PASSENGER: I SAW THOSE MOUNTAINS. WE WERE COMING OVER THEM AND
THEY JUST SAID WE'RE LANDING IN ROANOKE. I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE AIRPORT. I
DIDN'T KNOW WHERE WE WERE ACTUALLY, SO I THOUGHT WE'RE GOING TO LAND IN THOSE
MOUNTAINS, I KNOW IT. BUT THANK GOD WE'RE HERE.))
SUPER=01-Dan Spino/Passenger; :00
SUPER=01-Tina Auriemma/Passenger; :13
OUT Q=thank god we're here.
The unscheduled stop meant a delay of several hours for some of the
They resumed their travel on US Airways and the last of the passengers were
scheduled to leave Roanoke a few minutes ago.
46 Danville National Guard members left their families and jobs earlier this
year to work as peacekeepers in Bosnia- Herzegovina.
News 7's Danville Bureau Chief Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea
DiRocco travelled to Bosnia to find out what it's like for those hometown
soldiers now living and working in a country divided by war.
Teresa is in our Danville newsroom with the first in a series of reports.
Keith--from the soldiers' point of view it's not the religious and ethnic
tensions that pose the greatest danger in Bosnia right now.
Instead it's buried landmines--millions of them--left behind as a reminder
of the civil war that tore apart what was once the country of Yugoslavia.
IN Q=From a distance
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SUPER=01-Chris Wiles/Danville National Guard Member; :21 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Chris Bennett/Danville National Guard Member; :45 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Reuben Anderson/Danville National Guard Member; 2:00
OUT Q=over the barricade.
(( From a distance, Bosnia Herzegovina resembles a place close to heart for a
group of local soldiers-- with it's mountains and valleys-- at first glance
Bosnia looks a lot like Virginia.
But up- close the differences are striking.
IN Q=Until we
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARDSMAN:UNTIL WE ACTUALLY GOT DOWN HERE AND
SAW SOME OF THE DESTRUCTION THAT'S WHEN IT REALLY SET IN HOW BAD THINGS HAD
BEEN DOWN HERE. ))
OUT Q=down here.
nat sound of military vehicle
Another thing that tells the Southsiders where they are--the troops and
military vehicles that patrol the country.
nat sound of soldiers on foot patrol
The troops are here to keep Serbs, Muslims and Croats from returning to war.
IN Q=A lot
((CHRIS BENNETT/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARDSMAN: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE JUST STARTING
TO MOVE BACK INTO THEIR HOMES, BACK INTO THE AREA, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT THINGS ARE GOING PEACEFULLY.))
OUT Q=going peacefully.
Sgt. Chris Bennett is used to spending time on the road.
Back home-- he's a Virginia State Trooper.
In Bosnia-- he's a soldier searching for land mines.
IN Q=I'd say
((I'D SAY WE GO ON THIS PATROL MAYBE 10- TIMES A WEEK-- USUALLY ONCE IN THE
DAY, ONCE AT NIGHT, MAYBE EVERY OTHER DAY. ))
OUT Q=other day.
Land mines are the biggest threat for the soldiers--anywhere from five to
seven million are scattered around the country.
IN Q=We have
((WE HAVE SOMETHING-- WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS-- IT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING
OUT Q=something military.
Land mines also endanger the lives of the refugees-- especially farmers and
children-- who spend a great deal of time outside.
Many refugees are unaware of the risk.
But the peacekeepers are educated-- they stay on the pavement-- and if they
do spot something-- specially trained soldiers come in to remove the object.
There's little question land mines pose a very real threat. Just four days
after the soldiers arrived here at Camp Odin-- a 70- year old man lost his leg
when a land mine exploded across the road.
Sgt Reuben Anderson, a Danville police officer, was nearby when the
IN Q=I saw
((REUBEN ANDERSON/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARDSMAN:I HEARD A TRUCK GO BY AND A LOUD
NOISE AND I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS A BLOW OUT AND I SAW THE DUST AND SMOKE COME UP
FROM IT, IT WAS ABOUT 50- METERS FROM ME OVER THE BARRICADE.))
OUT Q=over the barricade
And that early landmine explosion has stayed with the soldiers, a constant
reminder of how dangerous the job is, how they cannot let their guard down.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
((Keith question: That must present some challenges for delivery of mail
It does and tonight on News 7 at 11 we'll ride along with members of the unit
that has that important job.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
What's next for the woman who was arrested for living in a lean-to in the
Jefferson National Forest?
and "bag it and tag it" is the routine for Lynchburg residents when it comes
to trash collection--but maybe not for long. We'll explain.
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Lynchburg's controversial trash tag system may get dumped within the next
Four of the city's seven council members announced today they want to repeal
Since 1993, residents have been required to buy the tags and affix them to
their bags of garbage for collection.
The city also has seen a rise in illegal dumping the last four years.
IN Q=I think you'll
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK YOU'LL SEE THAT THE CITIZENS
WILL STEP FORWARD JUST AS THEY HAVE IN THE PAST TO CONTINUE RECYCLING. I DON'T
THINK YOU'LL SEE ANY DECLINE IN RECYCLING AT ALL. I THINK YOU WILL SEE A
DECLINE IN ILLEGAL DUMPING.))
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THE TRASH TAG SYSTEM, MAYBE FOR ITS
TIME HAS SERVED A PURPOSE. BUT I BELIEVE IT'S TIME NOW TO MOVE ON AND PROVIDE
THOSE CITIZENS WITH THE SERVICES NEEDED.))
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Member; :13
OUT Q=the services needed.
The trash tag issue will come up for debate during tomorrow's city council
After 20 years in the House of Delegates, Amherst Republican Vance Wilkins
is NOT ready to hang it up just yet.
Wilkins announced today he'll seek an 11th term representing the 24th
While Wilkins hopes the GOP can gain control of both the House and Senate
this fall, that DOESN'T include the 19th District.
He's catching heat for urging fellow Republicans NOT to run against
Independent delegate Lacey Putney.
IN Q=He's helped me
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R- AMHERST: HE'S HELPED ME ON MANY OCCASIONS. HE'S JUST AS
GOOD AS HAVING A REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED,
BECAUSE HIS PHILOSOPHIES AND HIS PRACTICES ARE VERY SIMILAR TO OURS. I THINK IT
WOULD BE A SLAP IN THE FACE TO RUN SOMEBODY AGAINST A PERSON WHO'S DONE THAT
MANY THINGS TO HELP YOU.))
SUPER=01-Del Vance Wilkins/R-Amherst; :00
OUT Q=to help you.
A Forest lawyer still may seek the GOP nod to run against Putney.
So far, Wilkins has no announced opposition.
It was moving day today for the woman who spent the Winter living in a
lean-to on the Appalachian Trail.
Peggy Childers was released from the city jail and taken in at the Rescue
She was arrested a month ago in the Jefferson National Forest... after she
was repeatedly told she could not stay in the temporary shelter.
She'd set up a tent inside, placed a tarp over the opening... took over the
Judge Sam Wilson released Childers, placed her on UN-supervised probation-
-while authorities try to get her an apartment under the "Shelter- Plus"
program... that'll help her pay the rent.
The Westvaco Retirees Association is not an official bargaining unit... and
therefore not recognized by the company.
But former workers made sure their concerns were heard this afternoon.
About 50 retirees picketed outside of the Covington plant.
They're filing an age discrimination law suit against Westvaco because of
what they call 'an insufficient pension plan.'
Older retirees say they desperately need a cost of living increase.
IN Q=the disparity
((CLARENCE FARMER/WESTVACO RETIREES ASSOCIATION: THE DISPARITY GETS BIGGER AND
BIGGER AND THE RETIREE GETS MORE AND MORE DEPRESSED... OR EVEN ASHAMED TO SAY
THAT I'M A RETIREE WHEN IT COMES TO PAY FROM WESTVACO. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Farmer/Westvaco Retirees Assoc.;
OUT Q=from Westvaco
A spokesman at the Covington plant says the company will continue to review
pension benefits... but says it has no plans to make any adjustments at this
On Wall Street the Dow was up 44 points today, its first gain in four
NASDAQ also up, eight points.
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After a recall of workers earlier this year, the Radford Army Ammunition
Plant is once again downsizing.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
The arsenal called about 75 wage employees back to work in January, to help
fill an increased number of orders.
Alliant Techsystems, which operates the arsenal has not released any
official information on the cutbacks.
But spokesman Chuck Lee says all the affected workers are among those who
Lee confirmed the arsenal has already started notifying the workers who will
be laid off.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A four- month search for a new director lead the Roanoke Redevelopment and
Housing Authority to Richmond.
Today, officials named John Baker to succeed Neva Smith.
Baker is a 30- year veteran of the Richmond Housing Authority, currently
serving as Director of Planning and Community Development.
Roanoke officials say he's the right man for the job at a time of declining
IN Q=With the reduction in federal funds
((JOHN BAKER/NEW HOUSING AUTHORITY DIR.: WITH THE REDUCTION IN FEDERAL FUNDS,
AND POSSIBLY THE REDUCTION OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, THERE'S GOING TO BE A SHIFT
IN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITIES AND HOW WE MEET
THE NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. IT'S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE THAT I'M
LOOKING FORWARD TO AND I THINK WITH THE HELP OF A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE IN
ROANOKE, IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE A SUCCESS.))
SUPER=01-John Baker/New Housing Authority Dir.; :
OUT Q=quite a success.
Baker will follow Smith, who is retiring this month after four and a half
years on the job in Roanoke.
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, two former UVa players are picked
in the first round of the women's NBA draft.
The ACC has a new commissioner.
The Winston 500 is a washout.
But some folks were able to get out and play today despite the rain.
High school softball highlights from the Roanoke Valley District right after
Mother Nature unleashed another batch of rain on the Talladega Super speedway
today. So much rain that neither Dick Trickle, Lake Speed, nor NASCAR could get
a grip on things.
As you know doubt know rain yesterday forced the Winston 500 to be postponed
until today at Noon,
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN; :00
Well, dense fog and a persistent drizzle covered the track most of the
morning, and again delayed the start.
The skies did finally clear just a bit and NASCAR was abel to get the track
dry, and at 2:05 eastern time, it looked like the race would actually get
But after a few laps to get some heat into the track surface, the rains
returned in full force.
NASCAR had to call off the race, and postpone it to Saturday, May 10th at one
Things were so silly at one point today the crews played softball on pit
NASCAR would liked to have held the race tomorrow, but it's just not feasible
The crews and drivers have to get back to North Carolina and then immediately
head out to California, the site of this weekend's Road Race at Sears Point.
The Roanoke Express will hold a news conference this Thursday at the Roanoke
Civic Center Auditorium. Sources tell news 7 sports that a few changes will be
Sources say the hockey organization will unveil a new team logo different
from the locomotive one that the team has used since the franchises inception.
Expect changes in the color scheme for team jerseys and clothing apparel for
fans as well. Sources say the Express will also announce a few staff changes.
We will have all the details this Thursday.
The NBA playoffs resume tonight in two series.
The Jazz can eliminate the Clippers with a win, and the Knicks can end the
Hornets season with a victory tonight in the hive.
In one other NBA item tonight, Larry Bird was reportedly in Indianapolis over
the weekend having dinner with Pacers president Donnie Walsh.
Bird is a likely and very popular candidate to coach the Pacers next season
replacing Larry Brown, should he move on.
Each of the women's NBA franchises held their first ever draft today in
Secaucus, New Jersey.
Each team picked four players,
SUPER=03-Secaucus, NJ; :00
and former UVa star Tammi Reiss, on the right of the front row, was the first
round pick of the Utah Starzz.
IN Q="They really...
((TAMMI REISS/UTAH STARZZ FIRST PICK:))
SUPER=01-Tammi Reiss/Utah Starzz First Pick; :00
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Another former UVa guard, Tora Suber was also a first round selection. She
was taken by the Charlotte Sting.
Terry Holland was a popular choice among a lot of folks, but the ACC's new
commissioner is John Swofford.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
The current athletic director at the University of North Carolina replaces
the retiring Gene Corrigan, who has led the nine school league for the last
IN Q="I just...
((JOHN SWOFFORD/NEW ACC COMMISSIONER:))
SUPER=01-John Swofford/New ACC Commissioner; :00
OUT Q=...IN AMERICA.
Cave Spring played welcomed Patrick Henry to Darrell Shell Field today for
Roanoke Valley District softball matinee.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Patriots vs. Knights; :00
But the Lady Knights were hardly gracious hosts as they would score near 20
runs midway through the third inning!
In the second; Cave Spring hit a pair of two run homers, including this
shot to left off the bat of Lindsay Lowe that also plates Jennifer Lupton. It
was 9-nothing at that point.
Hailey Osborne makes it 12-nothing on this double to right center that
scores two more runs; still in the second inning.
Lowe would come up again in the SUPER=34-Cave Spring/ /Patrick Henry;
inning and bring home another pair of runs on this basehit. Sarah Ogilvie and
Stacy Morioka cross the plate. The score was 19 nothing in the third and Cave
Spring wins by virtue of the slaughter rule.
And finally, Fuzzy Zoeller was back on the golf course for the first time
since withdrawing from the Greensboro Classic last week after making less than
flattering remarks about Tiger Woods.
SUPER=03-Greenville, SC; :00
Fuzzy was in Greenville, South Carolina playing in a pro-am and he says he
has yet to talk with Tiger on the phone or in person.
IN Q="He did...
((FUZZY ZOELLER/PGA TOUR GOLFER:))
SUPER=01-Fuzzy Zoeller/PGA Tour Golfer; :00
OUT Q=...OFF MY CHEST."
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The Roanoke Symphony will perform a concert for the ages tonight.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom-- Jean, what makes this concert special?
Keith, not only is tonight's concert sold out,
But a live recording will be made, and it's the final performance of David
Wiley's first season as Conductor of the symphony.
The Symphony and the Roanoke Valley Choral society will perform Beethoven's
Symphony No. 9 tonight.
The 64 minute piece will feature 4 guest soloists, as well as Liberty
University's Choir and Virginia Tech's University Concert Choir.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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