Up next on News 7 at Six...
A Bedford County woman dies after stepping out of a moving vehicle.
And how much is your A-T-M card costing you?
Maybe more than you realize.
In sports, We'll check in on a Bowl-A-Thon for Special Olympics the
Avalanche wins a big game last night in Salem.
And Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson square off tonight
in a title fight.
Less sun tomorrow -- and a chance of rain along the blue ridge.
Details and the beach outlook as well coming up.
Good evening, I'm Eric Earnhart.
A Bedford County woman is dead after stepping out of moving vehicle.
Lisa Dawn Conner was arguing with her husband, Shane Eldon Connor as the
couple drove their van along Hardy Road in Bedford County Tuesday.
Police say she stepped out of the van as it was moving, and then the van hit
Emergency workers transported the woman to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where
she died later that night.
Police say they do not plan on pressing charges against the woman's husband.
A federal appeals court overruled a sentence handed down by a local judge.
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The Fourth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that U-S District Judge James
Turk cannot change his mind about a defendent's sentence.
The ruling stems from a case involving Dayna Layman.
She's the wife of Victor Layman--a man convicted of setting-up an elaborate,
indoor marijuana farm in Roanoke County.
Dayna Layman helped take care of the plants and pled guilty.
Turk originally sentenced Dayna Layman to nine months in prison for her part
in the operation.
But, the judge later changed his mind after the defendent asked him to
reconsider, claiming financial hardship.
The prosecutor in the case challenged the new sentence and the appeals court
Layman will now serve his original nine-month prison sentence.
Virginia environmental regulators have given a North Carolina hog producer
approval to operate a hog farm in Pittsylvania County.
Neighbors are protesting the decision however, claiming officials failed to
give public notice.
The hog farm is essentially an enclosed feedlot for pigs.
It would house up to 98-hundred swine and would be located on 500 acres near
The University of Virginia has paid more than 175-thousand dollars so far..
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in medical bills for victims of a balcony collapse.
And, that figure is expected to increase.
The 175-year old balcony collapsed May 18th just before UVA's graduation
A corroded rod support caused the accident that killed one woman.
Officials say they may face legal
claims for much more money.
Paul Forch--an attorney for UVA-- says he's still being approached by a
number of lawyers representing injured victims.
The boom in wireless communications has meant good news for two central
Allen Telecom Systems and Grayson Electronics unveiled their new joint
facility in Forest this week.
The two now occupy Bedford County's latest shell building in the Vista
The sister companies design and manufacture equipment that enhances and
measures wireless signals.. and lately business has been booming.
IN Q=We provide a
((CRIS MORTON/PRES., GRAYSON ELECTRONICS: WE PROVIDE A WHOLE COLLECTION OF GEAR
BEYOND THE HANDSET THAT ALL OF US HAVE IN OUR CARS AND HOMES. THEY SIT BACK IN
THE CENTRAL OFFICES AND TELEPHONE OFFICES AND ALLOW ALL OF THOSE CALLS TO
((BOB PAUL/ALLEN TELECOM INC.: FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, THEY WERE ON THE
FOREFRONT IN TERMS OF THEIR PRODUCTS WERE WHAT THE MARKET WAS LOOKING FOR.
SOMETIMES EVEN SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF THE MARKET, SO THEY'VE HAD SOME VERY
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND THAT'S REALLY LED TO THEIR SUCCESS.))
SUPER=01-Cris Morton/Grayson Electronics Pres.; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Paul/Allen Telecom, Inc.; :12
OUT Q=to their success.
The two companies employ about 200 people at their Bedford County facility.
They hope to double that number within the next several years.
GRAPHIC=Habitat for Humanity
One of Roanoke's largest health care providers is working to revive one of
the city's oldest neighborhoods.
Habitat for Humanity dedicated two new homes today.
And Carilion Health Care Systems provided the manpower and the money.
The houses were built in two months--a record time.
They are part of a larger Habitat development called Carter Commons
A group of dilapidated buildings once stood on the future site of the
Habitat for Humanity cleared the land more than a year ago.
IN Q=WE HOPE TO
((DAVID CAMPER/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: WE HOPE TO REPLACE IT WITH 25 TO 30
HOMES. WE'LL HAVE FIVE GOING IN ON NORFOLK AND IN THE VACANT PROPERTY BEHIND
US WE'LL HAVE A CUL-DE-SAC WHERE THE HOUSES ACTUALLY FACE INSTEAD OF THE STREET
THEY'LL FACE A COMMON GRASS AREA WITH THE ROAD COMING IN BEHIND.))
SUPER=01-David Camper/Habitat For Humanity;
OUT Q=COMING IN BEHIND
Norfolk Southern has donated some near by property.
Camper says nine homes will be built there.
Habitat for Humanity helps people who normally couldn't afford it, build a
Camper says all the neighborhoods Habitat moves into welcome them with open
He says that's because Habitat is in the business of building a better
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Six Disney's movie Hercules opened yesterday despite
a Southern Baptist boycott. We'll have some local reaction.
and area model builders are hoping to create more interest in their hobby.
But first, an update on the weekend weather with Andrew Freiden.
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Disney's movie "Hercules" debuted yesterday at the box office.
And ticket sales at Salem Valley 8 were strong despite a nationwide boycott
by Southern Baptists against Disney.
They say Disney condones homosexuality--by giving health benefits to
partners of gay employees and allowing so called "Gay Days."
But several movie-goers say they're going to see "Hercules" despite the
IN Q=By no means
((MATT SAUNDERS/MOVIE-GOER: BY NO MEANS DO I SUPPORT GAYS BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO
KEEP ME FROM SEEING THE MOVIE..COMING OUT AND WATCHING WALT DISNEY MOVIES ))
((DENISE KOFF/MOVIE-GOER: I THINK THAT THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO THEIR OPINION..AND
I CAN UNDERSTAND THEIR BELIEFS..AND WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE HERCULES ))
SUPER=07-Denise Koff; :06
OUT Q=to see Hercules
Even some southern baptists think boycotting ALL of disney's holdings is a
IN Q=We should not
((RICK OVERSTREET/SOUTHERN BAPTIST: WE SHOULD NOT BOYCOTT THEM ALL. I
UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY'RE COMING FROM. AND I THINK IF THEY'RE GOING TO DO IT FOR
THIS ONE BUSINESS THEY SHOULD DO IT FOR A LOT OF OTHERS TOO ))
SUPER=01-Rick Overstreet/Southern Baptist; QUICK
OUT Q= a lot of others too
And for kids the boycott can be especially difficult
IN Q=Because we like
((BECAUSE WE LIKE MINNIE..MINNIE AND MICKEY ))
OUT Q=and Mickey
While the church's recommendation is not binding, it has urged all
15-million of its members to support the position.
There was a lot happening in Cyber-space and OUTER-space this week...
The latest on both in this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=Work continues
SUPER=01-Stefan Presser/ACLU Legal Director; :40
SUPER=01-Dennis Vacco/New York Attorney General; :48
(( Work continues to repair the damaged Mir Space Station...
You can keep up with their progress through two NASA web sites.
A special page for the joint NASA-Mir mission tries to maintain it's sense
of humor... calling the situation "hot Bhorst".
You can also get the latest news updates on the Mir situation from the NASA
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency
Act, which restricted sexually explicit material on the internet.
The court ruled the law, intended to keep pornography away from children,
violated the first amendment.
((STEFAN PRESSER/ACLU LEGAL DIRECTOR; IT EXPLICITLY FOUND THAT IT'S VERY
UNLIKELY FOR A YOUNGSTER TO SIMPLY STUMBLE ON ANYTHING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT))
((DENNIS VACCO/NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL; NOW I HAPPEN TO THINK THAT WE NEED TO
DO MORE TO PROTECT KIDS FROM THE OBSCENE AND INDECENT AND PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL
THAT IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET, I'M NOT SURE THAT WE HAVE FOUND THE CORRECT
FORMULA THAT BALANCES THAT STATE INTEREST WITH THE INTEREST OF AMERICANS AND
THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.
But Vacco adds the court ruling does not protect child pornography, and he
will continue aggressive prosecution.
If you're looking to make a major purchase, but don't want to camp out on
the showroom floor, try Compare-Net.
You pick the product... then plug in your price range and long list of
preferences, and Compare-Net gives you a list of what's out there, how much it
costs, and a checklist of features...
To check it out... click on WebWatch on the WDBJ-7 Website, at
A big honor for the founder of a company from Natural Bridge Station.
Nick Des Champs (day-CHAMZ), the founder of Des Champs Laboratories, has
been named 1997 Virginia Master Entrepreneur Of The Year.
SUPER=03-Natural Bridge Station/File Tape; see tape 97-20?
Des Champs brought his company to Rockbridge County in 1990.
Since then, his business has taken off, and now it employs several hundred
people in the area.
It makes air- to- air energy saving systems for homes and businesses.
Des Champs was cited for originality, high company values, and strong
relationships with people.
Use an A-T-M not owned by your bank--and you could get charged two
Intern Reporter Joy Sutton has more...
IN Q=It's known as
SUPER=01-Ty Smith/First Union Branch Manager; :15
SUPER=01-Mary Hager/ATM User; :32
SUPER=01-Phillip Darby/ATM User; :43
SUPER=19-Joy Sutton; 1:35
OUT Q= Joy Sutton, News-7
((It's known as double-billing...getting charged by both banks for
withdrawing your money.
Here's how it works... Your bank will charge you for not using one of its
A-T-M's...and the bank that owns that particular A-T-M will also charge you a
IN Q=Having an ATM's
((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER: HAVING AN ATM IS A VERY EXPENSIVE
THING..SOME ATM'S FROM YOUR BASIC MODEL MAY COST $7-10,000. SOME OF THE MORE
FULL FEATURED CAN COST UP TO $50,000..AND OBVIOUSLY IT HAD TO BE PAID FOR
OUT Q=paid for somehow
But some customers say the charges are unfair.
IN Q= I don't like it
((MARY HAGER/FIRST UNION CUSTOMER: WELL, I DON'T LIKE IT.. THE OBJECT OF THE
ATM WAS SO THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO HIRE TELLERS TO WAIT ON ME IF I CAME INTO THE
BANK AND THAT WAS TO BE CHEAPER FOR THEM ))
OUT Q=Cheaper for them
IN Q=It's just not
((PHILLIP DARBY/FIRST UNION CUSTOMER: IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT..THAT'S THE WAY I
FEEL ABOUT IT ))
OUT Q=feel about it
Crestar and Nationsbank both charge its customers a dollar-50 for using
First Virginia between a dollar-50 and a dollar-75. And First Union charges
If you're not a customer using a Crestar or First Virginia ATM will cost you
a dollar. Use a Nationsbank or a First Union machine and the charge will be a
Smith says customers can frequently avoid the fees by simply using their own
IN Q=First Union has
((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER: FIRST UNION HAS MORE THAN 2,400 ATM'S
CORPORATE WIDE WHICH IN MY ASSESSMENT WOULD BE PLENTY OF ATM'S FOR ANYONE TO
CHOOSE FROM ))
OUT Q=to choose from
But Hager says finding her own bank's A-T-M is not always easy.
IN Q=Right now
((MARY HAGER: RIGHT NOW I DROVE FROM MORNING SIDE SCHOOL TO HERE IN ORDER TO
USE THE ATM..AND THERE WASN'T ANYONE BETWEEN HERE AND THERE. SO IT WAS VERY
OUT Q= was very inconvenient
There are ways to get around the double-billing..using a debit card instead
of an A-T-M card can save you from being charged by your own bank. Joy Sutton,
Coming up next on News 7 at Six,
we'll see how visitors to Rocky Mount's Dairy Day milked freebies from
More on that coming up next but first a look at your weekend stocks.
[Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon/ETS]
[Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable/ Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Elec. Steel]
[Roanoke Gas/ Stanley Furn/Tultex/Valley Bank]
A herd of people stopped by the Walmart in Rocky Mount for Dairy Day--an
event sponsored by The Farm Bureau.
All the visitors "got milk"--Organizers gave away free ice cream and milk to
anyone who had a craving for diary products.
And, while milk may do a body good, it's also provides a big boost to the
The Virginia dairy industry generates more than 900 million dollars every
Franklin County is the second highest dairy producing county in the state.
But, it's an expensive business.
For example, the average cow has to consume 35 gallons of water, 20 pounds
of grain and 35 pounds of hay to produce seven gallons of milk.
Members of a world-wide group are known for turning ordinary pieces of
plastic into life-like replicas of historic planes and cars.
The Roanoke Valley International Plastic Modelers' Society sponsored a show
at Tanglewood Mall today.
Members hope the show generates interest in their hobby.
The models range from the very simple which may take hours to build, to the
very detailed which may require months of work.
IN Q=YOU CAN BUY
((GREG CLOWER/ROANOKE VALLEY IPMS: YOU CAN BUY THE KIT AT THE HOBBY SHOP AND
ORDER THROUGH MAIL ORDER OR THE INTERNET LITTLE SPARK PLUG WIRES, SPARK PLUGS
AND YOU GLUE THEM ALL IN AND WIRE THEM LIKE YOU WIRE A REAL ENGINE.))
SUPER=01-Greg Clower/Roanoke Valley IPMS;
OUT Q=A REAL ENGINE
They say model building is a good way to learn about history and it's
something the whole family can do together.
And coming up, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson talk about tonights
heavyweight boxing match.
And the Salem Avalanche moves a game above 500 with a win over Wilmington.
An extra inning win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks last night moved the Salem
Avalanche a game above 500.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
Mugsy the dog a number of kids were part of the more than 35 hundred fans in
attendance last night.
Salem was down 3-to-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Chad Gambill ripped
this two run shot over the left field fence to put the Avalanche on top 4-to-3.
Wilmington would come back though and tie it in the fifth, as Carlos Beltran
smacks a solo dinger to right center and it's a 4-all game.
But back comes Salem in the bottom of the 6th, as Forry Wells connects on a
double off the wall in deep center.
Ben Petrick scores and Salem takes the series 2 games to 3 with the 6-to-5
win in 11 innings.
Salem is back home tonight as Durham comes to town for the first of four
games in the yard.
Matt Williams had a big day at the plate hitting two home runs to lead the
Cleveland Indians to a 12 to 8 win over the Yankees.
SUPER=03-Bronx, NY/FOX SPORTS; :
David Wells warming up on a hot day at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the first. Tino Martinez
hitting this three run homer over the right field fence to make it 3 to nothing
Then in the top of the second Williams gets all of this pitch sending it
over the right field wall for a two run homer to make the score 3 to 2 Yankees.
Williams hit his second homer of SUPER=35-Cleveland/12/New York/8/;the
game in the top of the sixth this two run shot over the right field fence to
make it 11 to 7 Indians and Cleveland wins it 12 to 8.
A special bowling event at the All Star Lanes on Melrose Avenue this
Bowlers of all ages participated in the A-M-F Bowl-A-Thon. And all the
money raised during this afternoons event will benefit the Virginia Special
IN Q="This Bowl...
((JOHN ANTONELLI/AMF BOWLING CENTER MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-John Antonelli/AMF Bowling Center Manager; :
OUT Q=......Back in bowling."
More than 30 bowlers took part in the Bowl-A-Thon and they got a chance to
meet members of the Salem Avalanche who gave their time for the worthy cause.
((MIKE ZOLECKI/AVALANCHE PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Mike Zolecki/Avalanche Pitcher; :00
OUT Q=.....just unbelievable."
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will climb into the ring again tonight in a
rematch for the W-B-A heavyweight championship of the World.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV; :
Holyfield captured the championship when he beat Tyson on November 9-th
Holyfield is predicting that he will beat Tyson again. But he still has a
lot of respect for the former champion.
IN Q="In the game...
((EVANDER HOLYFIELD/WBA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: ))
((MIKE TYSON/CHALLENGER: ))
SUPER=01-Evander Holyfield/WBA Heavyweight Champion; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Tyson/Challenger; :
OUT Q=......being myself."
Tyson is a slight favorite to win the rematch but he's not the people's
IN Q="I don't...
OUT Q=......I really don't."
The rematch is scheduled for the MGM Grand Garden later this evening.
Blue Hills pro Billy King shot a 74 today. King is 10 over par after
today's third round of the U-S Senior Open.
Meantime, Chip Sullivan finished his round this morning shooting a 75.
His three round total is three over par and Sullivan failed to make the cut at
the Fed Ex St. Jude's Classic.
The Chicago Bulls front office is apparently ready to talk contract with
head coach Phil Jackson.
Bulls Owner Jerry Reinsdorf says the contract talks will begin next week
and the club is willing to limit the deal to just one year as Jackson prefers.
Reinsdorf would not discuss salary terms but Jackson is reportedly looking
for four to five million dollars.
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