((TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME IT APPEARS THAT THE BODY WAS LEFT THERE AT THAT
LOCATION, I DON'T THINK IT FLOATED. IT'S THE FIRST MURDER IN APPOMATTOX
COUNTY IN THREE YEARS-- WE'RE GONNA HAVE A HECK OF A MESS TO CLEAN UP I'M SURE.
THE COMPANY THAT PUBLISHES THE ROANOKER MAGAZINE IS DAMAGED BY FIRE. ))
OUT Q=DAMAGED BY FIRE.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Roanoke City Council approved its 1997-98 budget tonight, but not without
double Boxes andrew/connie
Andrew Freiden was at the meeting.
Andrew, what were the budget highlights?
Connie, citizens voiced the most concern over council pay raises.
Members gave themselves a 14-percent raise.
The mayor will see a 28-percent increase in his pay check.
But the budget also has increases of a DIFFERENT kind.
SUPER=07-Regina Vasser; :14
SUPER=07-David Gravely; :45
SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke Vice-Mayor; 1:00
OUT Q=you to be mayor.
The budget includes a monthly hike of 44 cents in the 911 surcharge on your
phone bill-- an added tax burden of $5.28.
It also includes a real estate tax cut of 1 cent.
((REGINA VASSER: YOUR 1 CENT REAL PROPERTY TAX. IT'S AN INSULT. TO ME IT'S
AN INSULT AND A JOKE. ))
On a 100 thousand dollar home, that works out to a savings of 10 dollars a
Council also considered its own salaries.
Members gave themselves raises...from 14 to 16 thousand dollars a year for
The mayor's salary jumps from 18 to 23 thousand dollars annually.
Some citizens criticized the move...saying most city employees get less than
3 percent raises.
((DAVID GRAVELY: MR. MAYOR, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, ROANOKE DO NOT NEED YOU.
CITY COUNCIL. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, ROANOKE DO NOT NEED YOU.))
Two members of council voted against the pay raises.
((LYNDA WYATT/VICE-MAYOR: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE TAXPAYER MONEY. THEIR
DOLLARS AND I THINK THEY EXPECT US TO BE JUDICIOUS WITH THE WAY WE SPEND THEIR
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I ONLY RECEIVED 6 PHONE CALLS AGAINST THIS THIS
PAST WEEK, I HAD MANY CITIZENS COMING TO ME SAYING, IS THAT ALL THEY'RE PAYING
YOU TO BE MAYOR? ))
Mayor Bowers said last year's pay increase was the first for council since
double boxes Andrew/Connie
He adds that this increase will simply take members to the level where they
would be if they received raises all along, like all other city employees.
(questions: And I understand new school board members were selected tonight?)
Appomattox County investigators say a Lynchburg woman found dumped in the
James River last night was shot to death.
The body of 23-year old Lisa Yvonne Crider was discovered by two fishermen-
Her remains were found off Route 605 in the Bent Creek area.
Detectives from five central Virginia jurisdictions are now looking for her
IN Q=At the present
((WILSON STAPLES/APPOMATTOX CO. SHERIFF: AT THE PRESENT TIME, THE REGIONAL
HOMICIDE SQUAD HAS BEEN ACTIVATED AND WE'RE FOLLOWING UP ALL LEADS AND ANY
INFORMATION THAT WE CAN OBTAIN FROM THE FAMILY AS TO WHEN SHE WAS LAST SEEN AND
HER ASSOCIATION WITH INDIVIDUALS AT THAT TIME.))
SUPER=01-Wilson Staples/Appomattox Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=at that time.
Staples says Crider was last seen in Lynchburg Saturday night about 24 hours
before her body turned up in Appomattox.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Appomattox
County sheriff's department.
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Fire damaged the Roanoke County offices of Leisure Publishing this
Flames burned through the roof, but no one was hurt, and company officials
say they don't expect any lasting damage to their business.
Leisure Publishing is responsible for Roanoker Magazine, Blue Ridge
Country, and other publications.
The production areas of the building were not heavily damaged and employees
were able to escape with computer back- up discs.
IN Q=We had about 25 people
((RICHARD WELLS/PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER: WE HAD SOMEONE COME IN THE BUILDING,
SOMEONE WHO PASSED BY ON THE STREET AND SAW SMOKE COMING FROM THE SECOND STORY
RIGHT ABOVE MY OFFICE. WE HAD ABOUT 25 PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME. THEY
SAID YOUR BUILDING'S ON FIRE, GET OUT. AND WE QUICKLY GOT ON THE INTERCOM AND
TOLD EVERYBODY TO GET OUT.))
SUPER=01-Richard Wells/President and Publisher;
OUT Q=to get out.
There's no word yet from fire officials on the cause of the blaze, but the
fire apparently started in a portion of the attic where negatives and old
magazines were stored.
In Indiana, at least 100 families were evacuated from their homes
when an explosion rocked a propane gas company in Kokomo, Indiana today.
That's 50-miles outside of Indianapolis.
At least one person was seriously burned.
The blast blew away the corner of the building.
There's no word yet on the cause.
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
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Twister, tropical style, in Miami. Check out this home video, as a
towering funnel cloud tore across sections of downtown and Biscayne Bay.
Injuries were minor, but the tornado ripped roofs, flipped cars, and
In the surrounding stormy skies, seven people were hurt when an American
Airlines jet from Boston hit heavy turbulence before landing safely.
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The man convicted of raping and murdering a Lynchburg teenager four years
ago strikes out with the highest court in the land.
Plus, the former Public Safety Secretary, now a candidate for statewide
office is pushing for private rest areas...the story when NEWS-7 Primetime
go to break
The U-S Supreme court has refused to hear the appeal of a man on death row
for killing an Old Dominion University Student from Lynchburg.
Derek Barnabei was convicted of the 1993 capital murder and rape of 17-year
old Sarah Wisnosky in Norfolk.
Barnabei and Wisnosky met and began dating about two weeks before her death.
SUPER=03-Norfolk/September 22, 1993;
Although there was no direct evidence linking Barnabei to the woman's death,
her blood was found on the walls and bed frame of his room in a house near the
Old Dominion campus.
Recent violence at state rest areas is being addressed by one of the
Attorney General candidates.
Republican Jerry Kilgore believes privatization is the answer.
He says by bidding out all state highway rest stops, individual businesses
could provide 24-hour a day services... in a well lit environment.
IN Q=Everyone's now
((JERRY KILGORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: EVERYONE'S NOW AFRAID TO
STOP AT THESE REST AREAS ONCE IT GETS DARK AND THAT'S NOT RIGHT. THAT'S NOT THE
RIGHT SIGNAL WE AS VIRGINIANS WANT TO SEND TO THOSE TRAVELING THROUGH THE
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/(R) Attorney General Candidate;
OUT Q=the Commonwealth
Kilgore is receiving opposition from NAT-SO, Incorporated... which
represents more than 30 travel plazas and truck stops in Virginia.
The group says if rest areas are privatized, it could wipe out all other
Governor George Allen has acted quickly to plug holes in the State Council
of Higher Education in Virginia.
Three of his appointees and the remaining appointee from the Wilder
administration resigned in protest last week, after the council's director was
Today, the Governor appointed Bassett Furniture C-E-O Robert Spilman to the
He also appointed a lawyer who defended Virginia Military Institute's
men-only admissions policy, Anne Marie Whittemore (Whit-TE-more).
And, Allen appointed Douglas Guynn (GWINN) of Rockingham County- and John
Gerdelman of Fairfax County.
Improving Virginia's schools is the top priority of the Democratic
candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Former Fifth District congressman L.F. Payne kicked off his campaign this
morning in his home county of Amherst.
Payne picked up the Democratic nomination over the weekend, and is now
taking his message of "Virginia values" across the state.
A former member of the "Blue Dogs", a group of conservative Democratic
congressmen, Payne says he'll strive for bipartisan cooperation in Richmond.
IN Q=That's been my
((L.F. PAYNE/D- LT. GOVERNOR CANDIDATE: THAT'S BEEN MY TRADEMARK, AND THAT'S
WHAT I'LL DO IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND THAT'S WHAT I WOULD DO IN RICHMOND, AND I
THINK THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT OUR PEOPLE WHO ARE LEADERS WHO WILL TAKE ON
RESPONSIBILITY, FIND SOLUTIONS AND MOVE US FORWARD.))
SUPER=01-L.F. Payne/(D) Lt. Gov. Candidate; :00
OUT Q=move us forward.
Payne is running against Republican John Hager.
(go to break)
Is it big news that a computer beat the world champion of chess?
IBM says Garry Kasparov's defeat by Deep Blue yesterday marks the true
beginning of the information age.
But Virginia Tech professor and tournament chess player Jim Glanville says
it's not really a big deal.
He says a very human Kasparov suffered a psychological collapse while
playing a very powerful machine.
And he expected it to happen sooner or later.
IN Q=this is just one
(( JIM GLANVILLE/TOURNAMENT PLAYER; THIS IS JUST ONE MORE STEP ALONG THE ROAD,
AFTER ALL, TEN YEARS AGO, FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, I LAUGHED AT COMPUTERS THAT TRIED
TO BEAT ME, AND CERTAINLY COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN TAKING ME APART FOR TEN YEARS
NOW, AND THEN THEY BEGAN TO TAKE APART INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS AND THEN THEY
BEGAN TO TAKE APART GRAND MASTERS, SO THIS IS JUST ANOTHER STEP IN THAT
SUPER=01-Jim Glanville/Tournament Chess Player;
OUT Q=in that trend
Glanville is skeptical of talk that the computer demonstrated intelligence.
He says it just did what its human creators programmed it to do.
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The Clinton Administration says it's taking aggressive measures, to combat
the hidden dangers of food-borne illnesses.
From deadly e-coli bacteria, to salmonella or staphylococcus, millions are
sickened unnecessarily each year.
IN Q=Vice President Al Gore
SUPER=07-Al Gore; :19
SUPER=01-Laurie Gerand/Mother of Victim; :41
OUT Q=by their food.
Vice President Al Gore has unveiled a five point plan to educate the public
about food safety.
The strategy includes developing new tests to prevent contamination, and
improving the way food is handled in restaurants and homes.
There will also be more food inspectors out working the beat.
IN Q=Ensuring the
((VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE:ENSURING THE SAFETY AND INTEGRITY OF AMERICA'S FOOD
SUPPLY IS NOT SOMETHING THAT ANY INDIVIDUAL OR INSTITUTION OR INDUSTRY CAN DO
ALONE. IT IS, OF COURSE, A CHALLENGE THAT WE MUST MEET SUCCESSFULLY TOGETHER
-- CONSUMERS, PRODUCERS, INDUSTRIES, UNIVERSITIES, PHYSICIANS AND GOVERNMENT
ALL WORKING TOGETHER. ))
OUT Q=all working together.
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IN Q=We the families
((LAURIE GERAND/MOTHER OF VICTIM: WE, THE FAMILIES OF VICTIMS, ARE UNITED IN A
SINGLE VISION. THE ONLY GOOD THAT WE CAN DERIVE FROM OUR SUFFERING IS IN
ENSURING THAT IT IS NOT REPEATED. ))
OUT Q=not repeated.
Laurie Gerand's daughter died after she drank apple juice, tainted with a
strain of E. coli bacteria.
She wasn't alone, some nine-thousand Americans-- mostly the very young, or
elderly, die each year, sickened by their food.))
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Inmates at a Texas jail have perfected the fine art of sign language-- not
to talk to the deaf, but to those on the outside.
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Their original technique marks our video of the day.
People on the street look up at their windows, 12 stories above, and use
sign language to reach the inmates.
Photographer James Drake was captivated by the exchange.
IN Q=I drove by
((JAMES DRAKE, PHOTOGRAPHER:
I DROVE BY THE THING IN MY T RUCK AND LOOK OUT AND SAW THESE POPELE
DOING THIS AND WENT MY GOD, THIS IS A DANCE ON THE STREET, THIS IS ART, THE
REST OF THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE THIS.
CHRISTIE AND GABBY SIGNING
JAMES DRAKE, PHOTOGRAPHER:
MOST OF THAT SIGNING HAS TO DO WITH LOCAL GOSSIP...HOW IS THE LAWYER DOING ON
MY CASE, HOW ARE THE KIDS AT HOME?
NATS & SOT: CHRISTIE RAMIREZ
WE'RE TELLING HIM TO TURN ON HIS LIGHT CAUSE WE CAN'T SEE HIM.
SUPER=75-James Drake/Photographer; :
OUT Q=can't see him.
Drake believes his art, and this form of sign language-- communicate
something about society, and ideas of love and loss.
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Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, we'll check out district clinching
baseball wins in the Seminole and Blue Ridge, plus get in-line with some roller
But first, earlier tonight Larry Bird officially took over the Indiana
His contract will reportedly pay him $4 million a year. Not bad for someone
who has never coached before.
And in Lexington, Kentucky this afternoon, former VCU assistant coach Tubby
Smith was named the new boss of the Wildcats replacing Rick Pitino.
Now the scores.
wipe to boards!!!
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SUPER=0091-/Cleveland/1//Texas/2/6///Baltimore/0//Oakland/0/1/White Sox &
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go to break
William Byrd came from 3 runs down to beat Salem 5-3 in the Blue Ridge
District regular season playoff game today at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Spartans; :00
Salem jumped out to a 3-nothing lead. The Spartans get two of those in their
first at bat. Jeff Akers singles in Ricky Eubanks from third and Salem was
Butt Byrd came back with a 4 run fourth. Steve Ragland gets things started
with this one bagger that plates Tommy Chambers and Salem's lead was cut to 2.
Ross Blankenship brings in the eventual game winner. His basehit
scores two runs to But the Terriers up 4 to 3 and William Byrd goes on to win
it's sixth straight Blue Ridge regular season title with the 5-3 win.
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/William Byrd Head Coach; :00
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL B'BALL
In the Seminole district this afternoon it didn't take a playoff, just a
regular season ending victory by Jefferson Forest to clinch the regular season
title for the Cavaliers.
SUPER=03-Moneta/Cavaliers vs. Golden Eagles; :00
Jefferson Forest starting pitcher Chris English and his teammates traveled to
Moneta tonight to battle county rival Staunton River.
And it was English who got the job done with his bat as well. His single
scores Jay Johnston as the Cavs take a 3-to-nothing lead after their half of
the first inning.
The Golden Eagles got one of those back in the bottom of the first, as Jeremy
Haymore hits a shot through short that gets Jason Morgan home to make it
The Cavs got that one back in the second, as Dallas Gray lays down the
perfect bunt. The catcher makes a nice play, but the first baseman can't get a
handle on it and Danny Gaertner scores.
The Cavs would get five more in the SUPER=34-Jefferson Forest/12/Staunton
inning - Kevin Wright drives in two on this bases loaded single that plates
Johnston and Nick Mistretta.
Jim Thacker's Cavs win the game 12 to 5, and the district crown.
And finally tonight, the NHL stanley cup playoffs are taking a break this
evening, but that isn't stopping area roller hockey enthusiasts from working on
Steve Mason has more on Roanoke;s fast growing In-line Hockey Club.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Klaiber/Cave Spring Junior; :13
SUPER=01-Norman Lagueux/In Line Hockey Coordinator; :21
SUPER=01-Landon Wilbourne/11 Year Old Player; 1:21
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((It's kind of ironic how in line hockey became so popular. An outdoor
activity that found a home in the confines of rinks like Lee High Skate center.
In it's 7th year, the Roanoke in line hockey club has become so popular that
there are not enough spots to accommodate the high number of kids that want to
play. Three seasons are crammed into eight months and not even the high cost of
equipment can keep youngsters from putting on the pads.
The rules are designed not for the fans but for the safety of the kids ages 9
60 area youths make up 4 teams in two divisions. Kids pay 95 bucks a season
to play 10 games. All of this while most balance other sports.
May 31st marks the end of this season, but fans can catch roller hockey in
the Commonwealth games in July. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
Finally tonight-- She swam her way into the record books, from Cuba to
SUPER=03-Key West, FL;
Australian Susan Maroney arrived in Key West, Florida- after more than 24
hours in the water.
The 22 year old is the first person to complete the 108 mile trek from
Havana across the Florida Straits.
((SUSAN MARONEY/MARATHON SWIMMER: I'M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT IT. IT'S A DREAM I'VE
HAD FOR SO LONG FINALLY TO SWIM IT AND MAKE IT TO SHORE. IT'S GREAT.))
SUPER=01-Susan Maroney/Marathon Swimmer;
OUT Q=it's great."
Maroney says she was stung by jellyfish, and at times wanted to quit- but
calls the swim the ultimate experience.
Four hours after making it to Key West, she fainted while talking to
Maroney quickly regained consciousness and immediately went to a hotel-- Her
doctor said she was dehydrated.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes Jean Jadhon will be
Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
along with NEWS-7 at 11 over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7