The death of a popular math teacher is tough to take. We'll hear from
those who knew Dawn LaReau in a moment... on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And we'll remind you what to look for now that the scam artists are
Tonight in sports, Roanoke College cleans up the postseason ODAC lacrosse
honors, Glenvar is cleaning up on the softball diamond again this season,
and Larry Brown has arrived in Philadelphia to clean up the mess the 76ers
have created in the NBA's Atlantic division.
From a record cold morning in Lynchburg to scattered showers tonight.
Weather systems are on the move in tonight's forecast segment.
Memorial services were held today for Heritage High School teacher and coach
Dawn LaReau (luh-ROH), killed in a traffic accident last week.
Even as they mourn her death, LaReau's friends and family are remembering
her zest for life.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Roger Roberts/Heritage H.S. Principal; :33
SUPER=01-Jo Todd/RMWC Basketball Coach; :56
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(( They filed in quietly to pay their last respects to a teacher, a coach and a
36- year- old Dawn LaReau died Friday afternoon when the bike she was riding
was struck by a tractor trailer on Boonsboro Road.
LaReau was a student at Heritage High and a member of the school's first
championship girls basketball team in 1977.
She came back here seven years ago to coach basketball and teach math.
Flags at the school are flying at half- staff... the spirits of the faculty
and students are even lower.
IN Q=Dawn LaReau
((DR. ROGER ROBERTS/HERITAGE H.S. PRINCIPAL: DAWN LAREAU WAS AN EXCELLENT
TEACHER. SHE LOVED SEEING THE LIGHT BULB COME ON IN THE STUDENTS' EYES AS THEY
WERE LEARNING MATH. SHE LOVED MATH, SHE WAS VERY GOOD WITH COMPUTERS AND
OUT Q=and technology.
The loss also is being felt across town at Randolph Macon Woman's College,
where LaReau spent the past year as an assistant to basketball coach Jo Todd.
IN Q=This is very
((JO TODD/RMWC BASKETBALL COACH: THIS IS VERY, VERY TOUGH. IT'S ONE OF THOSE
THINGS YOU THINK SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. BUT THESE THINGS HAPPEN AND WE DON'T KNOW
WHY, AND THERE MUST BE A REASON, BUT IT'S A VERY TOUGH, TOUGH LOSS FOR ALL OF
US. WE'RE ALL HURTING A LOT FROM THIS.))
OUT Q=lot from this.
IN Q=Lynchburg police
((Police, meanwhile, have completed their investigation into the accident and
sent the results on to the commonwealth's attorney. It could be a few days
before a decision is made as to whether any charges will be filed. Steve
Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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A freshman at Washington- and- Lee died after falling out of a dormitory
window. Jack Bowden (bo-den) had apparently been drinking.
A University spokesman says Bowden was alone in the room when he fell out of
a second- story window Friday evening.
Some students passing by the building found the student from Connecticut.
Bowden was taken to Stonewall Jackson Hospital, and then flown to Carilion
Roanoke Memorial, where he died.
Dan River is closing one of its Danville factories.
The company says it will phase out its Riverside mill over six months.
Right now the plant employs 350 people.
There WILL be job losses-- but Dan River isn't saying how many.
The company says many of the Riverside workers will be transferred to Dan
River's Schoolfield complex.
Other employees will get first crack at any newly created jobs in other
The company says the shutdown is a result of its multi million dollar
modernization effort in Danville, an attempt to make operations there more
G-O-P candidate for Attorney General Ken Stolle wants to punish drug
dealers, while getting help for those who use and abuse drugs.
On his tour of the state today, the Senator from Virginia Beach pointed out
that teenaged drinkers suffer a greater penalty than heroin users.
IN Q=If you drink
((KEN STOLLE/R - CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: IF YOU DRINK A BEER, IT'S A
CLASS ONE MISDEMEANOR. YOU'RE CONVICTED. IT STAYS ON YOUR RECORD FOR THE REST
OF YOUR LIFE. ON THE OTHER HAND IF YOU'RE ARRESTED FOR POSSESION OF HEROIN IN
VIRGINIA, WE PUT YOU IN THE "FIRST OFFENDERS" STATUS. AS LONG AS YOU DON'T GET
IN TROUBLE FOR A YEAR, THE FELONY IS ERASED FROM YOUR RECORD. THAT'S NOT A
MESSAGE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO SEND TO THE KIDS IN VIRGINIA- -THAT WE SAY IT'S
WRONG- -BUT DON'T WORRY, IT'S REALLY NOT WRONG.))
OUT Q=really not wrong
Stolle concedes that law enforcement is a small part of the Attorney
General's job, but he defends his focus on the subject, by saying: it's what
"makes us safe in our homes" that matters.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Another Republican would like to make sure Stolle has some company in
Lynchburg delegate Preston Bryant announced today he will seek re- election
to his 23rd District House seat.
Bryant spent 18 months on Lynchburg city council before beating out Democrat
Gil Cobbs for the post in 1995.
Bryant lists juvenile justice reform and higher educational standards as the
biggest accomplishments of his first term.
He'd like to take on health care and transportation issues if he's re-
So far, Bryant has "no" announced opposition.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6:
Could someone you know be on the verge of homelessness?
It's not as far- fetched as you might think.
Kimberly McBroom begins a series of reports, "On the Street, On the Edge."
and it was a race for charity--but the need for speed created problems in
downtown Roanoke this weekend.
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If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is... especially when it comes
to contracted home repairs.
That's the word from the Better Business Bureau, which is warning folks
about the perennial spring scams.
IN Q=People think
((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: PEOPLE THINK THEY'RE GOING TO GET A
GREAT DEAL. IN REALITY THEY END UP SPENDING A LOT MORE. ))
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau;
OUT Q=a lot more
Stephanz says if an independent contractor shows up at your home- -
unexpected, be leery and follow these tips.
Check the person's license plates to see if they're from out- of- state.
If you're presented with a contract, make sure you read every detail.
Ask the contractor for references.
And never agree to have any repairs done until you've received at least two
GRAPHIC=On the Street, On the Edge
**Note Anchor Tag**
As you watch this broadcast, maybe you're relaxing at home in your
favorite easy chair.
But many people in the Roanoke Valley have no home to call their own.
They're not just people you often see on the streets-- they can be your
neighbors and co- workers.
In the first of a three- part series, "On the Street, On the Edge",
Kimberly McBroom reports on the changing homeless population.
IN Q=Seeing case worker Lynn Owens
SUPER=01-Lynn Owens/Homeless Assistance Team; :29
SUPER=07-William Howard; 1:06
SUPER=01-Donna Norvelle/Roanoke Human Development Coord.; 1:30
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; 1:38
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(( Seeing case worker Lynn Owens in her office at RAM House, you would never
know she had lived an entire year as a homeless person.
SOT tape 3 9:17:00
((I HAD A CHEVY CHEVETTE, AND THE SEAT LAID DOWN, SO THAT BECAME MY BED. ))
standup here ??
Several years ago, Owens had moved back home to Roanoke to care for her
When her mother was placed in a nursing home, Owens found herself with no
place to go.
At the time, she was attending Virginia Western Community College, and
working a couple of part- time jobs.
SOT TAPE 3 9:16:24
((LYNN OWENS/HOMELESS ASSISTANCE TEAM: IN THAT YEAR, I LIVED WITH RELATIVES
SOME. I SLEPT IN MY CAR. I STAYED-- OCCASIONALLY, I WOULD TAKE MONEY AND JUST
STAY IN A MOTEL WHEN I SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT. BUT IT WAS JUST KIND OF A
BREAK, KIND OF A VACATION AWAY FROM MY HOMELESSNESS, ACTUALLY. AND IT WAS A
REALLY SCARY TIME. ))
Now Owens has made a career of locating and counseling homeless people.
Like herself, many are working people who had bad luck.
William and Sherry Howard were both laid off from their jobs at the same
Like their counselor, the Howards spent months living in their car.
SOT tape 3 10:13:37
((WILLIAM HOWARD: SOMETIMES, WE'D START IT AND LET IT RUN FOR FIVE OR 10
MINUTES, KNOWING WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO BUY GAS. WE STILL RAN IT JUST TO
KEEP WARM. PLUS, WE HAD A HEAVY BLANKET IN THE CAR, AND WE JUST WRAPPED UP
CLOSE TOGETHER. ))
Stories like these are not uncommon.
City officials say many working people live from day to day, and are at
risk of losing their homes.
SOT tape 7 9:31:19
((DONNA NORVELLE/ROANOKE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT COORD.: WHEN WE DID THE INITIAL
STUDY 10 YEARS AGO, 10,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY WERE IDENTIFIED AT
IMMEDIATE RISK OF HOMELESSNESS. THIS MEANS THEY'RE ONE PAYCHECK AWAY. ))
Norvelle also cautions against getting caught up in a stereotype of the
SOT tape 7 9:35:58
((NORVELLE: NOT EVERY PANHANDLER IS HOMELESS, OKAY? NOT EVERYBODY WITH A
BOARD AT THE INTERSECTION OF AN INTERSTATE IS HOMELESS, ALL RIGHT? ))
A 1995 survey found 25- percent of the homeless were families-- showing
homelessness is no longer a solitary problem.
SOT TAPE 3 10:17:46
((WILLIAM HOWARD: IF YOU'RE BY YOURSELF, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO MAKE IT A LITTLE
BIT EASIER. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHO IS BY YOUR SIDE CONSTANTLY DAY IN
AN DAY OUT, YOU HAVE TO THINK OF THAT PERSON ALSO. ))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
SS=On the Street, On the Edge
Tomorrow in the second part of "On the Street, On the Edge", we'll hear
from more working people who suddenly found themselves homeless. And we'll
find out where in the Roanoke Valley they can find help.
After flirting with a 10-percent correction the last couple of months, the
stock market has taken off again.
The Dow closed above 72- hundred for the first time today, with a gain of
NASDAQ jumped 34 points.
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[Crestar/Dana/Dimon/Dominion Resources/First Union]
[First VA/General Electric/Nationsbank/Norfolk Southern/Optical Cable]
[phillip morris/roanoke electric steel/signet/trigon/walmart]
It's hard to take issue with someone putting on a charity fundraiser.
But is the event worth it if people can get hurt in the process?
That's a possible dilemma for the folks in charge of the Advance Auto TRUST
500 race...a go- cart event where W-D-B-J was a sponsor.
Len Besthoff explains.
SUPER=01-Janice Dinkins/TRUST Executive Director; :17
SUPER=01-Jamie Hendrick/TRUST 500 Winning Driver; :47 (quick)
SUPER=01-David Franklin/TRUST 500 Organizer; 1:13
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Organizers are thrilled with the first running of the Advance Auto TRUST
500, a go- cart race in downtown Roanoke.
It attracted hundreds of spectators and TRUST netted nearly 40- thousand-
dollars, more than double the trouble center's previous fundraising high.
SOT TAPE ONE 23:12:22
IN Q=There was a
((JANICE DINKINS/TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THERE WAS A LOT OF MONEY RAISED
HERE. WE HAVE JUST FINISHED OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING EVENT IN THE
HISTORY OF THE AGENCY.))
OUT Q=the agency.
But perhaps in more ways than many anticipated, the first running of the
Advance Auto TRUST 500 was a smashing success.
Here's how the winner of the race looks after a trip to the hospital, a good
night's sleep, and a prescription painkiller.
SOT TAPE TWO 02:32:03
IN Q=I've got
((JAMIE HENDRICK/TRUST 500 WINNING DRIVER: I'VE GOT SOME SEVERE BRUISES ON MY
LEG, I'VE GOT SOME BRUISES ON MY BACK, AND A REALLY STIFF NECK. OTHER THAN
THAT, I DO NOT HAVE ANY BROKEN BONES OR ANY LACERATIONS.))
But Jamie Kendrick of the White Tire team says without a doubt, he'd do it
SOT TAPE TWO 02:32:25
IN Q=Oh yeah I'm real
((HENDRICK: OH YEAH I'M REALLY HAPPY IT'S JUST KIND OF HARD TO SHOW THE JOY
AND EVERYTHING OVER THE PAIN.))
OUT Q=over the pain (laughs).
Dave Franklin, who organized the race, believes with some tinkering it can
become much safer.
Suggestions include better enforcement of the rules and a wider track.
SOT TAPE ONE 23:04:40
IN Q=It was
((DAVE FRANKLIN/TRUST 500 ORGANIZER: IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR PEOPLE TO GET
OUT THERE AND HAVE SOME FUN AND NOT TAKE IT SO SERIOUS. WE MIGHT WANT TO LOOK
AT DOING THREE AND A HALF HORSEPOWER MOTORS AS OPPOSED TO FIVE HORSEPOWERS.
THAT MIGHT SLOW IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT.))
OUT Q=a little bit.
Franklin says a number of potential sponsors who didn't even participate in
the first race are asking about next year's event.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, the 76ers hire a new head coach, Roanoke
College's Lacrosse team racks up the postseason honors.
It was a bad idea to face your opponent yesterday.
And, we'll meet the Glenvar girl's softball team.
That has managed to not only face but beat every single-A challenge this
The fifth ranked Roanoke Women's lacrosse team received a bid to the NCAA
Division III tournament this morning.
The 13 and 2 Lady Maroons will play Johns Hopkins this Saturday in the
The men's team opens the eight team NCAA tournament against Washington
College this Saturday at 1:30 in Chestertown, Maryland.
This afternoon, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced that Maroon
head coach Bill Pilat is the 1997 coach of the year.
((BILL PILAT/ODAC COACH OF THE YEAR:))
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OUT Q=...an honor"
Roanoke senior goalie Chris Gordon is the ODAC player of the year. the
All-American amassed 166 saves this season.
IN Q=I think
((CHRIS GORDON/ODAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Chris Gordon/ODAC Player of the Year; :00
Maroons Jeff Jones, Adam Jackson, Chris Davin and Peter Lawrence were all
named to the first team.
SS=Washington and Lee
Washington and Lee's Andy Jenkins, Ed Dougherty, Shane McLaughlin, and Jay
Johnson were selected to the ODAC first team as well.
No honors but lot of money today for Larry Brown as the much traveled coach
and the Philadelphia 76ers join forces.
The former Pacers boss, who resigned last week in Indiana was given a 5 year
$25 million dollar contract today to bring the glory days back to the city of
((LARRY BROWN/NEW 76ERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Larry Brown/New 76er's Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...SEE THAT CONTINUE."
Brown has only had 2 losing seasons in 24 years of coaching. He will have
complete control of the basketball operations on and off the court.
Also, this afternoon, the Rhode Island Rams named former UCLA boss, and
Charleston, West Virginia native Jim Harrick the school's new head coach.
The NBA playoffs continue tonight with more second round action in the West.
It's game one of the Rockets-Sonics series.
Last year the Barkley-less Rockets were swept out of the postseason by the
Sonics, with Sir Charles this year the Rockets won 3 out of four during the
IN Q="It's all...
((CHARLES BARKLEY/21 POINTS & 14 BOARDS A GAME:))
SUPER=01-Charles Barkley/21 Points & 14 Boards a Game; :00
OUT Q=...GREAT SERIES."
At 12 and 2 and 9 and OH in the Three Rivers District, Glenvar is on a
collision course for the state tournament.
Steve Mason says, in "Layman's terms" pitching AND hitting are the keys to
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SUPER=01-Amy Layman/Glenvar Senior Pitcher; :25
SUPER=01-Spike Harrison/Glenvar Softball Coach; :58
SUPER=01-Sheree Thompson/Glenvar Right Fielder; 1:27
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Pitching. Often the cornerstone of Glenvar success. Amy Layman, along
with Hallie East and Kellie Julg have a combined ERA under one this season.
But the Lady Highlanders feel a fifth state title is possible because the
firepower is not just limited to the mound. Glenvar is batting over .370-- up
substantially from last year's .320.
The Lady Highlanders have won 14 straight district titles, reached the state
tourney 9 times and won the crown on four occasions.
But Layman's class, which includes two other seniors, has yet to win a state
Region C is hosting the Group A state tournament this year which means
Glenvar could play for the championship at either the Moyer Sports Complex or
at Greenhill Park. Steve Mason, News 7 Sports.))
The Stanley Cup playoffs are back on the ice tonight with the Flyers and
Sabres skating in game two of their eastern conference semi-final.
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The other eastern battle is knotted at 1-all between the Devils and Rangers.
But Mark Messier leads in knockdowns thanks to this stick to the face of
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Yesterday - MLB;
And Detroit pitcher Willie Blair, who was hit in the face by this Julio
Franco line drive yesterday is out of the hospital and back home in Detroit.
Doctors say he has a broken jaw and will need 6 to-8 weeks to recover.
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Two weeks ago Roanoke City manager Bob Herbert presented a 161 million
dollar budget to city council.
Tonight, residents get a chance to give lawmakers their opinions on the
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom,
Jean, what issues are people expected to bring up tonight?
Keith, residents already have signed up to talk about a possible real estate
And we are expecting neighborhood groups like the Williamson Road Action
forum to try to ask for more funding from block grants. (----------------)
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We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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