Coming up next on News 7 at six, a car crashes through the front doors of a
Roanoke convenience store.
And the N-double-A-C-P meets with a local company accused of discrimination.
And coming up, The Bulls and Heat hooked up in Miami this afternoon the
Orioles beat the Indians.
And the local cycling team is geared up for this weekends Saturn Cup Race in
On a weekend with lots of outdoor activities planned-- the forecast is
Rain begins tonight, and tomorrow looks unsettled as well.
The forecast coming up.
An overturned truck shut down traffic for several hours near Valley View
Mall in Roanoke this morning.
Police say the driver of this truck was traveling down Hershberger Road with
a hydraulic lift extended into the air.
Apparently the lift hit the Airport Road overpass and the truck overturned.
About 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a storm drain.
Fire officials say the spill was contained to the drain.
Police are charging the driver with reckless driving.
Clerks and customers at this convenience store narrowly avoided injury this
afternoon in another Roanoke accident.
Authorities say the driver of this car accidentally hit the accelerator and
sent it crashing through the front door of the Seven-11 on Crystal Spring
The car knocked out a steel support column as well as the front doors.
Luckily, the car missed a clerk who was standing just behind the counter.
Joe Bush, Junior, a member of the Vinton Town Council died Friday after
suffering a heart attack. He was 43.
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Bush taught classes at Roanoke and Hollins College and once served as
vice-mayor of Vinton.
A funeral for Bush is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 A-M at Thrasher Memorial
United Methodist Church in Vinton.
The Roanoke Chapter of the N-Double-A-C-P met today to discuss
discrimination in the workplace.
Complaints about a local company prompted the meeting.
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=Ruben DeJesus is
SUPER=01-Ruben DeJesus/Former Crouse-Hinds Employee; :14
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/NAACP President; :36
OUT Q=News 7
((Ruben DeJesus is one of 20 employees alleging unfair treatment my
management at the Crouse-Hinds Division of Cooper Industries.
DeJesus and four others have been fired. He says he's been wrongly accused
of altering a doctors excuse.
IN Q=I WAS CALLED
((RUBEN DEJESUS/FORMER CROUSE-HINDS EMPLOYEE: I WAS CALLED UP TO THE OFFICE
AND SAID THAT I FALSIFIED THE DOCUMENT AND I HAD TO BE TERMINATED.))
OUT Q=TO BE TERMINATED
DeJesus and the other workers sought the aide of the N-DOUBLE-A-C-P.
Today company officials from Texas, New York and Roanoke met with the
organization to discuss issues such as minority hirings and company
IN Q=MORE OFTEN THAN
((MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP PRESIDENT: MORE OFTEN THAN NOT A DISPROPORTIONATELY
IMPACTED MINORITIES WHICH LEAD TO WHAT APPEARS TO BE MORE MINORITY
OUT Q=MORE MINORITY TERMINATIONS.
Jeffrey says he's basing his opinion on the N-DOUBLE-A-C-P's preliminary
The company will offer up it's figures in a future meeting.
Jeffrey says company turned down an invitation to take part in this press
But Cooper Industries did release this written response stating the
discussions were open and frank and related to enforcement of plant rules and
administration of policies.
It went on to thank the N-DOUBLE-A-C-P and promised to further investigate
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: DEJESUS AND N-DOUBLE-A-C-P LEADERS SAY THEY WERE ALSO
PLEASED WITH THE OUTCOME OF THE MEETING.
MARTIN JEFFREY SAYS COMPANY MANAGERS ARE MAKING AN EFFORT TO INTERACT MORE
WITH ALL EMPLOYEES.
AND THAT THE COMPANY IS POSTING POLICIES AND POLICY CHANGES TO KEEP WORKERS
MORE MEETINGS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES ARE SCHEDULED.
IN THE MEANTIME SOME OF THESE WORKERS HAVE FILED COMPLAINTS WITH THE EQUAL
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))
A six-year old girl and her grandmother are being treated in Bedford County
for possible rabies.
A rabid fox bit them earlier this month. The child was playing in a yard
when the fox attacked her.
The fox turned and bit the grandmother when she kicked at the animal. A
neighbor then killed the fox. Officials are warning residents to stay away
from any animal that acts strangely.
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Some northern Virginia smokers got a surprise when they lit recently. Their
Philip Morris Companies -- the maker of Marlboro -- said it appeared the
cigarettes were tampered with after they were made.
The people who lit up their Marlboro Reds reported explosions that covered
them with black powder, temporarily blinding one of them. No one was seriously
Police in northern Virginia are investigating three other complaints of
exploding cigarettes over the past week.
The first of many summer travellers are hitting the highways this weekend.
And, the American Automobile Association says it expects the number of
motorists to set new records this year.
Triple-A is estimating that 30-point-eight million people will travel at
least 100 miles from home.
That's up by a half-million travellers compared to last year.
But at least one figure is going down--the cost of gasoline.
Triple-A spokesman Randy Green says a gallon of regular gasoline is down
about nine cents from last year. Motorists this summer can expect to pay about
one-dollar and 16-cents.
The Memorial Day holiday means more than just a day off to many Americans.
It is a day of remembrance for the veterans who have served their country.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12-64 spent the morning placing U-S flags
on the graves of veterans.
They adorned nearly two thousand headstones in the Evergreen Cemetary.
IN Q=WE RESPECT OUR
((WINSTON CONNER/VFW 1264: WE RESPECT OUR VETERANS. AFTER ALL THEY DID FIGHT
FOR OUR COUNTRY AND DIE FOR US. SO THAT'S WHY WE DO IT.))
SUPER=01-Winston Conner/VFW 1264;
OUT Q=WHY WE DO IT
Conner says the flags often lift the spirits of veterans' family members.
The V-F-W Ladies Auxiliary started the practice many years ago to honor
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7 at Six, the World Wide Web comes to the rescue of
And they were SUPPOSED to be harder to copy.
But Danville police are looking for some counterfeit money tonight.
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The search for missing children involves everything from posters to mail
fliers to milk cartons... and lately, the world wide web.
More on this week's edition of Webwatch.
IN Q=missing children's sites
(( Missing children sites are getting more attention and recognition. One was
singled out this week for an award by United States Attorney General Janet
This World Wide Missing Children site is a good example... and this site,
called Seeker, has links to missing children sites all over the U.S. and the
The U.S. Marshall's Service is using their web space to find people as
You can find photographs and descriptions of their 15 most wanted fugitives.
Most wanted-dot-com also has links to other most wanted listings.
Bell Atlantic internet customers in Virginia are facing serious e-mail
Bell officials say e-mail has been backing up since Wednesday... engineers
are working on the problem but don't know when it'll be fixed.
Bell Atlantic offers local service in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Hampton Roads
If you and the family are planning that beach vacation, where ever you're
going, make sure you don't freeze your toes off by checking out the National
Oceanographic Data Center's water temperature guide for U.S. beaches...
To dip your toes into this site, and to find links to all the others...
click on webwatch, on the WDBJ web page at www-dot-wdbj7-dot-com.))
Danville Police are trying to figure out who's been passing the bucks...
Edit From 96-18 36:05
Police say numerous phony 100-dollar bills were passed from May 15-th to May
18-th in the area.
All of the counterfeit bills look like the redesigned 100-dollar bills
released last year.
The last four digits of the serial numbers are 1-9-6-A, 1-8-6-A or 1-8-1-A.
Danville police are asking anyone with information on the counterfeit money
to call them.
Like many parts of the country, the Martinsville- Henry County area is
enjoying an economic rebound.
But Len Besthoff reports that a number of large factory closings in recent
years made it a little harder to get to this point.
IN Q=Even this
SUPER=03-Bill Farrar/Henry Co. Spokesman; :17
SUPER=01-Krista Vannoy/Uptown Martinsville; :38
SUPER=01-Earl Reynolds/Martinsville City Manager; 1:04
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
((Even this week, the Martinsville- Henry County area learned it will have
another vacant factory, when Bassett Furniture announced it will close its 70-
year- old plant in town.
But in the past year or so, the good news has outweighed the bad in this
part of Southside Virginia.
SOT 00:22:28 ON RECORD TAPE
IN Q=We're finally
((BILL FARRAR/HENRY CO. SPOKESMAN: WE'RE FINALLY REACHING A POINT WHERE THIS
COMMUNITY IS REALIZING THAT WE'RE AT THE TURNAROUND POINT. AND THAT WE DON'T
NEED TO KEEP TAKING THOSE HITS, THAT THERE IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO ABOUT
SUPER=01-Bill Farrar/Henry Co. Spokesman;
OUT Q=about it.
Some of the things being done include greater promotion of the Martinsville
Speedway, continuing growth at Patrick Henry Community College, and a facelift
of the area's central business district known as Uptown Martinsville.
SOT 00:30:00 ON RECORD TAPE
IN Q=Community private reinvestment
((KRISTA VANNOY/UPTOWN MARTINSVILLE: COMMUNITY PRIVATE REINVESTMENT IN DOWNTOWN
DISTRICTS WITHIN THE VIRGINIA MAINSTREET PROGRAM HAS TOPPED 75 MILLION DOLLARS
AS OF THIS YEAR, AND OUR OWN PRIVATE REINVESTMENT NUMBERS IN UPTOWN
MARTINSVILLE HAVE TOPPED TWO MILLION IN THE TWO SHORT YEARS THAT WE'VE BEEN IN
THE MAIN STREET PROGRAM.))
SUPER=01-Krista Vannoy/Uptown Martinsville;
OUT Q=Main Street program.
Add to this some success in recruiting new businesses, and improved
performance from some longtime corporate citizens.
SOT 00:34:05 ON RECORD TAPE
IN Q=We talked
((EARL REYNOLDS/MARTINSVILLE CITY MANAGER: WE TALKED ABOUT TULTEX AND WE TALKED
ABOUT HOOKER FURNITURE AND MAINSTREET BANK GROUP BUT STANLEY FURNITURE AND
BASSETT INDUSTRIES AND PATRICK HENRY NATIONAL BANK WHICH YOU'VE REPORTED ON AS
A BUSINESS REPORTER, IN TERMS OF THEIR EXPANSION AND THEIR TENTACLES ARE
GROWING OUTSIDE THE MARTINSVILLE- HENRY COUNTY AREA. BUT THE HEADQUARTERS IS
RIGHT IN HENRY COUNTY. AND THE LIST JUST GOES ON AND ON. AND I THINK FOR A
COMMUNITY OF OUR SIZE WE'RE REALLY BLESSED TO STILL HAVE THAT ANCHOR PRESENCE
TO GROW FROM AND TO REBOUND FROM.))
SUPER=01-Earl Reynolds/Martinsville City Manager;
OUT Q=rebound from.
For more watch On Record Sunday morning at 11 on WDBJ.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7 at Six, customers at a local restaurant are getting
more than just a taste of Middle-Eastern culture. They're also getting a
glimpse of traditional dancing...
and Roanoke leads the country in honoring emergency workers killed in the line
of duty. More on that coming up when News 7 returns.
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23 men and women will be honored in a national memorial tonight in Roanoke.
Their names will be engraved on brass leaves that will become part of a
permanent memorial at To the Rescue, the E-M-S museum in Tanglewood Mall.
750 rescue workers and their families from across the country are expected
to attend tonight's service.
Those honored represent 16 states and the District of Columbia.
The memorial service is at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church at 7.
Customers at a restaurant in downtown Roanoke are getting a little something
extra with their meals these days...
a performance featuring a belly-dancer from Fancy Gap.
News 7's Andrew Freiden has more.
SUPER=01-Samier Tanib/Restaurant Owner; :12
SUPER=07-Mildred Emore; :20
SUPER=01-Samra/Middle East Dancer; :35
OUT Q=news7, roanoke
((Her real name is Iara Kendrick -- but as Samra, she brings authentic
middle eastern dance to Southwest Virginia every Friday and Saturday night.
((SAMIER TANIB/RESTAURANT OWNER: IT REALLY MAKES AN ATMOSPHERE OF MIDDLE EAST
BY HER BEING HERE. AND SHE'S VERY VERY GOOD. A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY COME BACK
FOR HER. ))
((MILDRED EMORE: EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY NIGHT, SHE HAS A DIFFERENT
COSTUME, IT WAS REALLY NICE TONIGHT. ))
She is shaking things up at the Mount Olive Grill and Bar-- and her dancing
draws repeat customers.
Some customers even get up from their food and join in the fun.
((SAMRA/MIDDLE EASTERN DANCER: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SEEING BELLY DANCING FOR
THE FIRST TIME, AND THEY BEGIN TO LEARN , AND I'M VERY PLEASED ABOUT THAT. ))
Samra says she does belly dancing right-- and it's not as risque as people
If it were, she wouldn't be able to keep her day job as a spanish teacher at
Galax High School.
Some of her students have even seen her perform.
IN Q=I'M VERY STRICT
((SAMRA: I'M VERY STRICT IN THE CLASSROOM, SO THEY SEE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
SIDE OF ME. THE NEXT DAY I GO BACK, THEY LOOK AT ME A LITTLE DIFFERENT. THEY
KNOW I'M HUMAN AND HAVE EMOTIONS AND ANOTHER SIDE OF LIFE TOO.))
OUT Q=OF LIFE TOO.
The restaurant is under new ownership, and is struggling to gain new
And Samra is hoping her talents keep the the Mount Olive grill from going
Andrew Freiden, news7, Roanoke.))
And coming up, Virginia Tech was back on the Diamond this afternoon in the
N-C-A-A regionals the parents talk about this weekends Crestar Festival Soccer
And Joe Nemechek takes a ride to victory lane in the Busch race at the
Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Virginia Tech and Southern Cal hooked up for a rematch in the NCAA South
Regional in Alabama.
The Hokies won the first meeting between the two but today Tech was losing
to the Trojans 4 to nothing in the top of the fifth.
We'll have the highlights tonight at 11.
The Baltimore Orioles have the best record in the American League at 31 and
14 after beating Cleveland this afternoon 8 to 3.
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Hitting coach Rick Down was running the team because Davey Johnson had to
go home to Florida for personal reasons.
In the top of the first Rafael Palmeiro hits this three run homer deep over
the right field wall and the Orioles took a 3 to 1 lead in the Inning.
Then in the third, Marquis Grissom hits a double off the right centerfield
wall scoring Omar Vizquel and the Orioles took a 4 to 1 lead.
Baltimore was leading 5 to 2 when SUPER=35-Baltimore/8/Cleveland/3/;
third baseman Cal Ripken sends this line drive off the wall in left field
scoring a run and the Orioles win it 8 to 3.
The N-B-A Eastern Conference finals resumed in Miami this afternoon.
Chicago entered game three with a 2 to nothing lead in the best of seven
Chicago won this afternoons game 98 to 74 and the series now stands with
Chicago leading 3 to Nothing.
The Crestar Festival Soccer tournament kicked off this morning at several
field's throughout the Roanoke Valley.
198 teams and over 35-hundred players from 8 states are competing in the
It's one of the top tournaments on the East coast and most of the families
that are here are enjoying the high quality of soccer.
IN Q="We have...
((MARK HARTMAN: ))
((JOHN BUSCH: ))
SUPER=07-Mark Hartman; :00
SUPER=07-John Busch; :12
OUT Q=......well for us."
The tournament will wrap up tomorrow.
The Busch Cars took center stage at Charlotte today and Joe Nemechek is the
winner of the Carquest Auto Parts 300.
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Jeff Green was running good but he was forced behind the garage while his
crew replaced a radiator.
Mark Martin, who has won three straight Busch races, made a move passing
Jimmy Spencer to take over the third spot.
But Nemechek was running a smooth line on the track he worked his way
through traffic taking the checkered flag in the Carquest 300.
IN Q="I thought we
((JOE NEMECHEK/CARQUEST AUTO PARTS 300 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Joe Nemechek/Carquest Auto Parts 300 Winner; :
OUT Q=.........good weekend."
Kevin Lapage was second, Martin was third, Jimmy Spencer fourth and Phil
The Saturn Festival Cup and Roanoke Orthopaedic Center Hillclimb are two
cycling venues that will hit the streets of Roanoke tomorrow and Monday.
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Like last year; this Saturn Cup race should also have a top notch draw.
Event organizers are expecting around 350 cyclists to compete for 17 thousand
dollars in prize money through the amateur to pro ranks.
((PAT OBERG/RACE DIRECTOR: ))
SUPER=01-Patrick Oberg/Race Director; :00
The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club Racing Team is the local team tot watch. The
Blue Ridge racer will compete in the saturn Cup and in the ROC Climb. Wes
Wilmer is a solid contender in the Masters division, as is Ron Glowczynski in
the Cat 3 division. Their racing experience plus having local support should
((WES WILMER/MASTERS COMPETITOR:))
((RON GLOWCZYNSKI:/CAT THREE DIVISION:))
SUPER=01-Wes Wilmer/Masters Competitor; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Glowczynski/Cat Three Division; :10
OUT Q=....for us"
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