It was officially a day of mourning in Roanoke.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, the thin blue line of Virginia law enforcement
winds its way through downtown Roanoke... a tribute to Police Chief M-David
We'll take you to the funeral,
and check on the condition of a local mail carrier who tangled with a pit bull
Tonight in sports, we'll see what's up with Tech's Ace Custis a day after
getting snubbed in the NBA draft.
Roy Stanley checks in from a referee's camp with an NBA leader.
And we'll check out a few highlights from today's US Senior Open where Jack
NIcklaus and others have been struggling a bit today.
Severe thunderstorms with large hail and heavy downpours are moving through
the viewing area. We will check the damage report in a minute.
Police Chief M. David Hooper brought profound change to the Roanoke Police
Department over three decades.
Today he was remembered as a loyal and professional public servant.
Joe Dashiell reports more than 200 mourners attended today's funeral services
SUPER=01-Major J.L. Viar/Acting Police Chief; :15
SUPER=02-David Bowers/Roanoke Mayor; :45
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Acting on an anonymous tip, police
found the body of a 37 year old Chatham woman early this morning in
Stephanie Parler was found lying on Tommy Carter Road.
She had been shot in the head.
The call that led police to the location was made from a phone booth.
There have been no arrests and police have not released any more
A pit bull terrier attacked a Roanoke mail carrier today.
Richard Greer was delivering mail at 924 Highland Avenue in southeast
Roanoke around one o'clock this afternoon.
IN Q=And the
((NICHOLAS CARR/EYEWITNESS: AND THE DOG JUST COME OUT AND ATTACKED THE GUY. IT
WAS JUST LIKE FOR NO REASON. THE POSTMAN DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO MACE HIM OR
ANYTHING. THE JUST COME OUT AND JUST ATTACKED HIM.))
OUT Q=tore up.
The dog's owners say it's normally not vicious but it doesn't like strangers
going near their younger pit bull, shown here.
IN Q=He is
((CORLISS WITT/DOG'S OWNER: HE IS PROTECTIVE OVER THE LITTLE PUPPY, ESPECIALLY.
BUT AROUND THE CHILDREN HE'S PROTECTIVE, FOR THEM, FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Corliss Witt/Dog's Owner;
OUT Q=for us.
Greer was taken to a hospital for his injuries.
He isn't expected to lose any time at work.
The dog has been impounded.
Boat owners were assessing the damage today after a lightning strike at
Smith Mountain Lake.
It happened yesterday afternoon. Eleven boats were damaged by
thunderstorm-induced sparks which were still smoldering today.
No one was injured, but those staying in nearby condominiums feared the
winds would fan the flames in their direction.
IN Q=It was very scary
((SANDI MORGAN/WITNESS: IT WAS VERY SCARY AND WE WEREN'T SURE. PEOPLE WERE
TELLING US TO GET BACK BECAUSE THEY COULD HAVE EXPLODED FROM THE GASOLINE AND
SO, WE WERE ALL GETTING BACK. ))
OUT Q=all getting back
Lightning also struck a barn in Floyd County yesterday, igniting a fire that
killed five horses.
The fire broke out at Stanley Chafin's farm in the Willis section of the
Four of the horses died in the fire; the fifth was so badly burned he had to
be put down.
Phototron Man Vic Layman is doing time in federal prison, but the remnants
of his pot- producing operation have been smoking right along without him.
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Drug Enforcement agents won't confirm that there's a connection between
Layman and their most recent discovery of three "grow houses," but one of the
houses had been used to grow marijuana by Layman protege, Jay Smith.
They found equally high- grade, potent pot and the same high-energy
production techniques Layman and Smith used in the late 80's and early 90's.
IN Q=It was very sophisticated
((IT WAS VERY SOPHISTICATED. THE THIRD RESIDENCE HAD SIX DIFFERENT LOCATIONS
FOR DIFFERENT STAGES. THE SUBJECT HAD BEEN IN THAT HOUSE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS.
ALL THE RESIDENCES WERE RENTED IN FICTITIOUS NAMES.))
SUPER=01-Dick McEnany/Drug Enforcement Administration
OUT Q=fictitious names.
Authorities seized 65-thousand dollars worth of grow lamps and other items
used for climate control.
The D-E-A says the 23-hundred plants could have produced more than two-
and-a-half million dollars on the street.
There've been no new arrests yet.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The Supreme Court says Congress went too far in trying to keep kids away
from smut on the Internet--but there's still support locally for cleaning up
some web sites. That story is still to come on News 7 at Six.
and a pair of local radio personalities will soon be signing off-- heading for
a new frequency.
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GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
If last week's tobacco settlement holds up, tobacco advertising may soon be
a thing of the past.
And a group in Lynchburg already has some replacements in mind.
The Gain Independence From Tobacco Coalition, or "GIFT", unveiled the first
of thirteen billboards that promote a tobacco- free lifestyle.
IN Q=And just found
((KEITH AUSTIN/V.P. LAMAR ADVERTISING: AND JUST FOUND A WAY TO COME TOGETHER
AND PRESENT A MESSAGE THAT HOPEFULLY WILL TAKE A VERY PRO-ACTIVE STANCE IN THE
COMMUNITY TO ENCOURAGE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO NOT START SMOKING.))
((JOAN FOSTER/G.I.F.T COALITION: IT WAS A POSITIVE MESSAGE TO OUR COMMUNITY, IT
WAS A COMMUNITY GRASSROOTS APPROACH AND SO THIS IS WHAT OUR COMMUNITY WANTED
AND WE'VE RESPONDED TO IT.))
SUPER=01-Keith Austin/V.P. Lamar Advertising; :00
SUPER=01-Joan Foster/G.I.F.T. Coalition; :12
OUT Q=responded to it.
Foster says a recent survey showed Lynchburg has eight tobacco billboards
located within a quarter mile of a public school.
Conservatives on the state board of education swallowed a bitter pill today.
Ellen Qualls has the final vote on Goals 2000.
IN Q=A 5 to 3
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Va. Board of Education; :08
SUPER=01-Kay James/Va. Board of Education; :43
SUPER=01-Rayford Harris/Va. Board of Education; :58
SUPER=01-Brandon Bell/Va. Board of Education; 1:05
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( A 5 to 3 vote means Virginia will finally apply for over 15- million
dollars in federal Goals 2000 funds.
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((MICHELLE EASTON/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: FEDERALES WILL BE DANCING ON THE
GRAVE OF VIRGINIA SOVEREIGNTY TONIGHT. heh heh heh heh.))
It was a tough ideological loss for board president Michelle Easton -- and a
narrow face-saver for the man who appointed her.
The Governor declared in January he'd won the funds without strings
sot tape ONE 05:24
((MICHELLE EASTON/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: I AM STILL UNALTERABLY OPPOSED TO
VIRGINIA PARTICIPATING IN GOALS 2000.))
Easton privately pressured members NOT to cave in to political pressures the
Governor might feel.
But the Allen administration even sent the State Police to fetch the vote of
Kay James after car trouble on the Interstate.
sot tape TWO 30:41
((KAY JAMES/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: THE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO ME,
GEORGE ALLEN PROTECTED IN HIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AND IN THIS
APPLICATION. AND SO AS I DID THAT SOUL-SEARCHING, I HAD NO REAL REASON LEFT
NOT TO SUPPORT THIS APPLICATION.))
sot tape 15:48
((RAYFORD HARRIS/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: I'M GOING TO SUPPORT THE SOUL OF THE
GOVERNOR. BECAUSE HE REPRESENTS THIS COMMONWEALTH.))
sot tape TWO 34:12
((BRANDON BELL/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: TO PARAPHRASE A FAIRLY POPULAR RECENT
MOVIE, SEND US THE MONEY.))
((L.F. PAYNE/D-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: I'M GLAD THE BOARD HAS DONE THE
RIGHT THING. BUT IT CONTINUES TO SURPRISE ME THAT THERE IS A VERY SMALL GROUP
OF PEOPLE, WHO ARE NON-MAINSTREAM PEOPLE, WHO DO NOT WANT US TO HAVE THESE
FUNDS TO HELP OUR CHILDREN.))
George Allen's distrust of those he also calls "the federales" had already
cost Virginia 8-point-4 million dollars.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
They're calling it "Transformation".
That's how the American Red Cross's well-known President-- Elizabeth Dole--
describes the overhaul now underway throughout the agency.
Speaking today at the regional chapter's Annual Meeting, Dole spoke of
A 164 million dollar investment to improve blood collections, disaster
relief efforts, and fundraising.
IN Q=As we've led America
((AS WE'VE LED AMERICA ON CHANGING THE WAY WE COLLECT, TEST, PROCESS AND
DISTRIBUTE BLOOD, WE'RE GOING TO LEAD THE NON-PROFIT WORLD IN COMING UP WITH A
NEW CREDO OF BUSINESS FOR BUSINESSES OF THE HEART. ))
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Dole/American Red Cross President; :
OUT Q=businesses of the heart.
Dole says the American Red Cross will also be re-chartering its chapters
every five years-- to ensure that local offices maintain the same standards of
excellence as the national organization.
A federal judge has dismissed a gender discrimination case against the
Danville Police Department.
Former police detective Cheryl Bartee sued for 17-million-dollars after she
was fired for tape recording a conversation with a superior.
Bartee claims she was the victim of sexual discrimination.
Police Chief Neal Morris says the judge made the right decision.
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: NATURALLY WE'RE PLEASED THAT THE CASE HAS
BEEN DISMISSED. IT'S ALWAYS UNFORTUNATE WHEN THESE THINGS HAPPEN BUT THE COURT
IS THE PLACE TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION.))
OUT Q=differences of opinion
Neither Bartee nor her Richmond lawyer were available for comment.
The stock market retreated still further today.
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It's back to square one for people trying to limit kids' access to sexually
explicit material on the Internet.
The Supreme Court struck down a law curbing smut on the Internet, saying
Congress was violating free- speech rights.
A number of programs keep children from entering the most graphic sites.
But they can't prevent kids from seeing explicit material on certain home
pages, the gateways to the sites.
Internet users say that's where the government can step in with some
IN Q=When you
((TONY KIZER/THE COMPUTER XCHANGE: WHEN YOU LOG IN TO LIKE, PLAYBOY DOT COM,
OR WHEN YOU LOG IN TO EVEN THE NO NAME SITES, THEIR FRONT PAGE COULD HAVE
NUDITY ON IT, AND THEY'RE GETTING BY WITH THAT. THAT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED AN I
THINK THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OF THAT.))
SUPER=01-Tony Kizer/The Computer XChange;
OUT Q=of that.
Representative Bob Goodlatte helped draft the law struck down today.
He expressed disappointment, saying keeping on-line pornography away from
children should be the responsibility of pornographers, not families and
The local morning radio war is losing a pair of its prime players: "Mofo and
Sally" are signing off.
They've produced one of the top- rated morning shows on K-92-FM for the past
Sally Sevareid has been a fixture on K-92 in the morning for almost a
Come Monday though, "Mofo and Sally" will hold a farewell show.
They've accepted a similar gig in Richmond.
IN Q=K92 has
((MONTY FOSTER/"MOFO AND SALLY": K92 HAS BEEN QUITE THE EXPERIENCE, BECAUSE
WE MET HERE, WE STARTED DATING, WE STARTED WORKING TOGETHER, AND YOU KNOW,
WE'RE MARRIED, SO IT HAS BEEN A REAL SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK FOR ME. SALLY
SEVAREID/"MOFO AND SALLY": I WOULD AGREE. FOSTER: LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES IN
SUPER=01-Monty Foster/"Mofo and Sally"; :00 (quick)
OUT Q=in Roanoke.
Mr. and Mrs. Monty Foster admit they have an uphill battle awaiting them at
B-1-0-3-point-7 in Richmond.
That station has a much lower spot in the ratings than K-92.
No word yet on who will replace the team here.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Ace Custis wasn't drafted last night by
the NBA, but his chances of making it in the league are better then you think,
plus the US Senior open is underway in Chicago,
And Roy Stanley and photographer Dennis Brown take us inside the Cassell at
Virginia Tech for where some area basketball officials are going to school this
While four ACC players were taken last night, the draft was extremely rude to
the quartet of in-state hopefuls looking to make the NBA.
go to chyron
SUPER=0111-1. Ace Custis/Va. Tech/2. Harold Deane/UVa/3. Odell Hodge/O.D.U./4.
Ace Custis, Harold Deane, Odell Hodge and Peter Aluma each had a shot of
getting drafted in the second round, but all were bypassed by the league's 28
However, last night's snub could be a blessing in disguise,
wipe to ENG#
especially for former Hokie Ace Custis. Since the draft really only had a
few superstars, Ace in reality will have just as good a chance of making an NBA
as any of the second round draft picks by playing his hand as a free agent.
IN Q="He'll have an...
((BOBBY HUSSEY/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...UP TO THIS POINT."
Hussey took a break from his summer basketball camp today to talk with us
about Ace's status.
While we were there, Laker's general manager Mitch Kupchak called to say Los
Angeles is exploring the possibility of signing Ace as a free agent.
During the summer you can usually find any type of sports camp you want
throughout the area.
Well, today at Virginia Tech Roy Stanley found one designed especially for
college and high school referees.
IN Q="More than...
SUPER=01-Don Vaden/NBA Referee; :15
SUPER=01-L.B. Wood/High School Referee; :49
OUT Q= ......news 7 sports."
((More than 50 high school and college referees from the southwest virginia
area are at virginia tech for a referee camp.
The camp is being run by veteran N-B-A Official Don Vaden.))
((DON VADEN/NBA REFEREE: ))
((The Rules of basketball remain the same but the game itself is always
Players at the high school and college levels are bigger, faster and more
And that makes officiating a basketball more difficult even with three
((L.B. WOOD/VETERAN REFEREE: ))
((ROY STANLEY STANDUP: ))
The U.S. Open for Seniors golfers is winding down first round action at this
hour at the Olympia Fields Country Club just outside of Chicago.
SUPER=03-Olympia Fields, IL/ESPN; :00
One of the most pleasant surprises today has been the play of Arnold Palmer.
Arnie knocks in this putt for birdie.
He's still coming back from his Prostate cancer surgery, but he says he feels
as good as he has in the past five years.
Here's more proof for you, look at the magnificent tee shot on this par
Now this looks a lot like me, but it's actually Jack Nicklaus playing out of
the trees back on to the fairway.
Palmer, Lee Trevino and J.C. Snead fired five over 75 rounds today.
Steve Veriato and John Bland have the clubhouse lead at 1 under.
Roanoke's Billy King birdied the first hole and is even through six holes at
The Salem Avalanche is scheduled to play Wilmington tonight at Salem Memorial
in game two of their three game series.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
Last night four thousand and 69 fans welcomed the team back home for
fireworks night at the yard.
But they would watch the Blue Rocks get the first spark of the night as Mark
Quinn get Carlos Febles home on the fielder's choice to make it 1-to-nothing
Salem would get its act together in the fifth inning as Chad Gambill lifts
one over the left fielder's head and plates David Feuerstein (Foyer-Steen).
Salem gets the eventual game winning run in the fifth with Garrett Neubart
picking up his third hit of the night SUPER=37-Wilmington/3/Salem/4;
to get Vicente Garcia home.
Salem gets its third win of the second half with the 4-to-3 win.
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