We open up NEWS 7 at SIX in just a moment with a closer look at the
Bluefield native shot and killed yesterday at an interstate rest stop.
And an assistant attorney general gets a reprimand from the boss for
Tonight in sports, women golfers from all over the world are headed to London
Downs in Forest.
Iverson is the top rookie in the NBA.
The Riverdawgs are undergoing some big changes.
And how about the Roanoke Express!
The team changes its colors and logo.
Steve Mason with the latest from the Roundhouse tonight in sports.
The first day of May begins with strong winds but very little rain. We have
the forecast and our monthly almanac coming up.
Estel (ESS-tel) Singleton was a devoted husband and a good friend.
That's how relatives and neighbors say they will remember the 57- year- old
Roanoke man who was shot and killed yesterday on Interstate 81.
Joe Dashiell has more on the investigation.
IN Q=Estel Singleton lived in Bluefield
SUPER=01-Reba Scott/Former Neighbor; :27
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Estel Singleton lived in Bluefield most of his adult life, but moved to
Roanoke six years ago when his wife became ill.
They rented a small home in Garden City... on a quiet street where
neighbors considered them good friends.
IN Q=Just wonderful people
((JUST WONDERFUL PEOPLE. JUST AS SWEET AS THEY COULD BE.))
OUT Q=they could be.
Reba Scott has a wreath on her front door that Francis Singleton gave
her... and she carries fond memories of Estel, who she says was a devoted
husband during his wife's battle with terminal cancer.
IN Q=He was a friendly person
((REBA SCOTT: HE WAS A FRIENDLY PERSON. HE WAS A CARING PERSON, VERY OUTGOING,
VERY NEIGHBORLY. HE WAS JUST A FINE FELLOW AS FAR AS I KNEW.))
OUT Q=as far as I knew.
Family members don't know why Singleton stopped at the Rest Area early
Wednesday, and so far the investigation has not yielded any major developments.
Estel Singleton was planning a trip to Bluefield on Saturday to place
flowers on his wife's grave.
Now family members say it will probably be the day that Estel Singleton is
Joe Dashiell News 7))
An Assistant Attorney General has been reprimanded for calling a fellow
female attorney "a bushy tailed feminist."
Attorney General and Republican candidate Jim Gilmore is hoping his actions
speak louder than his assistant's words.
IN Q=We followed
((WE FOLLOWED WITH A WRITTEN REPRIMAND AND SHE WAS REMOVED FROM THE CASE THAT
SHE WAS WORKING ON. AND WE'RE JUST NOT GONNA TOLERATE THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE.
SOT BUTT*BUTT 04:57:24
((WE, UH, IT'S AN OUTRAGEOUS THING TO SAY IN A LETTER.))
OUT Q=a letter.
Gilmore's assistant Alison Landry wrote a letter to attorney Eileen Wagner
-- who represents Christy Brzonkala in her rape allegations against two
Virginia Tech football players.
In the letter, Landry accuses Wagner of "constant pandering" to Landry's
male bosses, which she termed "a most ironic display for a so-called
It goes on to bash Wagner for her "overwrought pretention," "vacuous cases,"
and "hopelessly manipulative" style.
Wagner says she was stunned to see the letter written on state letterhead.
Virginia Democrats say Gilmore's decision to join a private law firm in
Richmond still raises ethical questions.
Gilmore says he will go to work for LeClair Ryan next month, when he steps
down as Attorney General.
IN Q=Jim Gilmore
((SUE WRENN: JIM GILMORE WAS PRESSURED OUT OF OFFICE BECAUSE OF CONFLICTS OF
INTEREST. YOU WOULD THINK THE LAST PLACE HE WOULD GO WOULD BE A LOBBYING
BUTT*BUTT SOT 02;11:04
((SUE WRENN: HOW MUCH WILL HE BE PAID FOR HIS SERVICES WHILE HE SPENDS MOST OF
HIS TIME RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR?))
sot 05:01:58 GILMORE TAPE
((JIM GILMORE: IT WAS A DECISION TO GET A JOB. AND TO TAKE A JOB. YOU KNOW,
I'M A WORKING GUY. I HAVE TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY.))
SUPER=01-Sue Wrenn/Va. Democratic Party; :00
OUT Q=my family.
Gilmore says he will NOT make more than his current salary, and will
contribute as much work as his campaign schedule allows.
He says HE could represent LeClair Ryan clients in front of state agencies
OTHER than the attorney general's office.
The last time property was appraised in Botetourt County... Bill Clinton had
just been elected president... for the FIRST time.
But much to the dismay of most residents there, the assessment process has
started up again.
Botetourt County property appraisals are conducted just once every five
years-- meaning there will likely be a sharp rise in property value... and
IN Q=When the
((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WHEN THE REASSESSMENT OCCURS,
IT REFLECTS FIVE YEARS OF THE INCREASING VALUES AND THE INCREASES TEND TO BE
MUCH HIGHER IN TERMS OF THE ASSESSMENT VALUE. NOW THE QUESTION WILL BE , WHAT
WILL THE TAX RATE BE? THAT WON'T BE DETERMINED UNTIL NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=next year's budget
It will take a year until all of the individual assessments are complete...
just in time for the 1998 fiscal year.
Lynchburg has one of the worst drug-crime problems in the state... and some
of the best solutions.
That was the message from the Governor today as he handed out a million
dollars worth of "Weed & Seed" state grants.
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IN Q=These five
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THESE FIVE RECIPIENTS WERE CHOSEN AMONGST 20 LOCALITIES
THAT ARE PLAGUED WITH THE MOST DRUG-RELATED CRIMES.))
((COL. BENNETT: ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS I THINK IN OUR WEEDING PROGRAM IS
GOING TO BE THE IDEA OF RESTRICTING ACCESS TO CERTAIN PROBLEM AREAS BY PEOPLE
WHO ARE ARRESTED OR CONVICTED FOR CRIMES OF DRUG OR VIOLENCE IN THOSE AREAS.
WE'RE GONNA BE USING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE OUR ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS.))
SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :10
OUT Q=enforcement efforts.
Lynchburg will also use its grant to revitalize the College Hill and
A Roanoke man is suspected of attacking a woman at San Souci Apartments in
Police have charged Ronald Eugene Heavener with aggravated sexual battery
and forcible sodomy.
Last week a resident at the complex said a man posing as a maintenance
worker knocked on her door, saying he was there to check a gas leak.
But once the woman let him in he attacked her.
This is the second such incident at an apartment complex recently--the first
occurred at Mews Apartments.
Police are not sure the two are related.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
The scars of war are slow to heal in Bosnia's small villages and towns.
Teresa Hamilton continues her series of reports on a group of Danville soldiers
now serving as peacekeepers in Bosnia.
also- -a Radford company being held up as a model for doing business in the
90's. We'll explain.
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There are few words to describe the grief a parent suffers over the loss of
It's a feeling countless parents in countries ravaged by war know all too
Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco recently returned from
Bosnia where Danville soldiers are working as peacekeepers.
Teresa is in our Danville newsroom-- with the story of a town that suffered
a tremendous loss during the war.
Keith, when a grenade exploded in Tuzla-- it tore apart the community.
Today a monument stands as a reminder of what happened May 25th 1995.
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SUPER=01-Clinton Moyer/Danville National Guard Member; 1:38 QUICK!
OUT Q=those cemeteries.
(( Tuzla could be any small town in America-- a place where people feel
comfortable passing through.
But a tiny monument, in the heart of downtown, is a reminder of how Tuzla
was stripped of its innocence.
Nearly two years ago, a grenade exploded here, killing 71- innocent people.
What happened here is even more devastating if you consider what May 25th
used to represent, before the grenade, it was the "Day of Youth", it's now
known as the "Day of Sorrow".
The dead-- mostly in their 20's-- are buried in a cemetary nearby.
71- graves, beautifully decorated-- each with a picture.
It's an area frequented by people of all ages--
This woman's 14- year old daughter died in the explosion.
IN Q=I used
((I USED TO COME HERE EVERYDAY OR EVERY SECOND DAY, NOW IT'S, EVERY TIME, IS
HARDER, IS HARDER FOR ME TO COME HERE, AFTER I VISIT HER GRAVE I NEED A COUPLE
OF DAYS OFF, YOU KNOW, TO THINK ABOUT SOME OTHER THINGS AND TO GET SOME
STRENGTH TO COME AGAIN. ))
OUT Q=come again.
Her story is all too familiar in Bosnia-- a parent who's child was killed
during the war.
IN Q=I will
((I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO FORGET SUCH A THING, ONLY WHEN I DIE, MAYBE, MAYBE
THEN, MY ONLY SON, WAS, WAS KILLED. ))
OUT Q=was killed.
It's rare for hear such stories-- first hand.
Most of the time-- the soldiers are confined to their vehicles-- patrolling
But the physical devastation tells the story.
IN Q=That's probably
((CLINTON MOYER/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: THAT'S PROBABLY THE FIRST THING
THAT I NOTICED WHEN, YOU KNOW, WAS SOON AS WE CAME INTO THE COUNTRY, WAS THE
NUMBER OF HOUSES THAT WERE DESTROYED AND THE THING THAT REALLY STRUCK ME WAS
THE NUMBER OF CEMETERIES, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S A LOT OF NEW GRAVES IN THOSE
OUT Q=those cemeteries.
The hope is that now that multi-national peacekeepers are in place, what
happened in the past, won't be repeated in the future.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
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Mixed signals on Wall Street.
The DOW lost 32 points... but more stocks gained value than lost, by a 7 to
NASDAQ gained almost 10 points.
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Companies from up and down the east coast are visiting the Kollmorgen plants
in Radford this week to learn about the cutting edge manufacturing methods the
company is using.
The operations in the New River Valley are being held up as an example in
the electronics industry of how to remake a shop floor through employee input.
IN Q=People working
((PERRY SLAUGHTER/KOLLMORGEN ASSOCIATE: PEOPLE WORKING HERE HAVE GREATER PRIDE
IN THE ORGANIZATION, AND A GOOD FEELING. AND I THINK ATTITUDE DETERMINES THE
ALTITUDE OF ANY ORGANIZATION. AND I THINK WE HAVE A, WE'VE CREATED A GOOD
SUPER=01-Perry Slaughter/Kollmorgen Associate;
OUT Q=attitude here.
The Kollmorgen approach was not restricted to various "team concepts" often
pushed by business consultants.
Instead Kollomorgen used several ideas that came from its 700 associates.
Kollmorgen makes industrial drives and motors used in aircraft, mail sorting
equipment, and the space shuttle.
As prom season approaches, a group of trauma nurses at Columbia Pulaski
Community Hospital is working to keep students out of the emergency room.
The nurses use graphic slides and emotional stories of real victims and
their families to steer students away from drinking and driving.
((CASSIE MOYE/ENC.A.R.E. NURSE: AND WE CAN'T JUST WALK OUT THAT DOOR OF THE
E.R. AND SAY "JUST ANOTHER DAY." THEY GO HOME WITH US AND THEY'RE IN OUR HEARTS
ALWAYS, AND IT'S VERY DEVASTATING TO US. ))
SUPER=01-Cassie Moye/ENC.A.R.E NURSE;
OUT Q= devastating to us.
The national program is called ENCARE, for Emergency Nurses Cancel Alcohol-
It's meant to be direct and disturbing, so students will think before they
((BECCA CONNER/STUDENT: IT JUST SCARED ME. I DON'T WANT TO BE IN THAT MUCH
PAIN. AND THEN YOU CAN'T, LIKE THAT'S YOUR ONE CHANCE AND YOU DON'T GET ANOTHER
OUT Q= get another one.
The nurses are taking the program to 13 schools, and are available upon
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, a huge women's golf event is coming to
Forest later this month, we'll take a look at the Roanoke Express's new colors
and new logo.
Plus, the Express isn't the only area team making some changes.
We'll tell you what's up with the Riverdawgs right after this.
On May 14th; the Roanoke Riverdawgs will officially unveil a new name, new
ownership and possibly a new home field site. The team is now the Roanoke Wrath
and will entertain fans in Roanoke this summer.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1996 Season; :00
Sources say many of last year's players will be back, including goalie
Aaron Ewert and Dustin Fonder, former Radford star Ian Spooner, and Grayson
The Wrath is trying to work out a deal to play this season at Victory
Stadium; last year's Riverdawg playoff site.
The Roanoke Express unveiled it's new logo today at the Roanoke Civic
Steve Mason has more on how the Express has gone to the dogs.
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SUPER=01-Tommy Benizio/Express Marketing Director; :21
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; 1:18
OUT Q=....In the studio
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Women's professional golf is coming back to Central Virginia later this
month with the second annual Futures golf classic at the London Downs Golf
The three day tournament not only showcases talented women golfers from all
over the country.
The money raised through admission and sponsors goes to Central Virginia's
Habitat for Humanity.
The tournament raised over 10-thousand dollars last year.
IN Q="Central Fidelity
((MIKE FORREN/CENTRAL FIDELITY BANK: ))
SUPER=01-Mike Forren/Central Fidelity Bank; :
OUT Q=.......WITH IT ALSO.
115 golfers from 27 countries will tee it up. A pro am tournament is
scheduled for May 15-th and this years activities will include a junior clinic
on May 14-th.
IN Q="In everything...
((JERRY CONNER/LONDON DOWNS GOLF PRO: ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Conner/London Downs Golf Pro; :
OUT Q=.......IS WORTHWHILE."
Tickets for the three day tournament are only 5 dollars.
Despite a lot of criticism about his selfish play, Allen Iverson is this
year's NBA rookie of the year.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00
This afternoon the Hampton native edged Stephon Marbury and Shareef
Abdur-Rahim for the honor.
He averaged nearly 24 points a game this year.
And among rookie he was first in scoring, steals, and minutes played.
May begins with a warm and blustery day and this month is often full of
weather surprises. Let's check out the May numbers with Patrick Evans.
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Coming up on NEWS 7 at 11, a couple of milestones at Roanoke's Woodrow Wilson
The school is closing for renovation next year, and retiring music teacher
Bill Carr is leading his final band concert.
We'll have that story on News 7 at 11.
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