(( HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
SHE KNEW SOMETHING HAD HAPPENED TO HER. SHE KNEW THAT IT WAS WRONG BUT SHE
PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW WHO TO TELL OR WHO TO TURN TO. WAS AN ALLEGED RAPE OF A
TEEN AGED GIRL ON SCHOOL GROUNDS A COVER UP BY HALIFAX COUNTY HIGH
A SALEM MAN WANTED FOR VIOLATING PROBATION, CAUSES A FIERY ACCIDENT, THAT
KILLED HIS TWO PASSENGERS NEAR MILL MOUNTAIN. ))
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It's WEDNESDAY July SECOND...
Our top story--
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The Governor announces he's appointing a tobacco task force to prepare the
Commonwealth's tobacco-dependent economy to take a hit.
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
SS=tobacco UNDER FIRE
Just twelve days after a tobacco settlement was made public, Governor George
Allen announced a task force of three to represent the state's interests.
Virginia's attorney general, commerce secretary, and transportation
secretary are the only people on the task force.
But the Governor used a Mecklenburg County tobacco farmer and his family to
make his point today about Virginia's unique position in the talks.
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IN Q=I'm just
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I'M JUST TRYING TO FIND SOME WAY FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND
THAT LOOK, THESE ARE REAL HUMAN BEINGS, OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS OF THE UNITED
STATES WHO ARE BEING AFFECTED BY WHAT YOU MIGHT BE DOING.))
OUT Q=you might be doing
Allen says he's particularly worried that health advocates will try to limit
exports of American tobacco to the world market.
SOT TAPE TWO 01:53:46
IN Q=Every time
((MICHAAL WELLS/MECKLENBURG CO. FARMER: EVERY TIME THAT THE STATE OF VIRGINIA
OR NORTH CAROLINA DROPS ONE ACRE OF TOBACCO, IF THE QUOTA'S CUT OR WHATEVER
HAPPENS, ZIMBABWE, BRAZIL, OTHER COUNTRIES PLANT TWO IN THE PLACE OF IT. SO THE
WORLD DEMAND IS THERE. JUST LET US TAKE CARE OF THE WORLD DEMAND.))
SUPER=01-Michael Wells/Mecklenburg Farmer;
OUT Q=world demand.
Attorney General Richard Cullen says he's meeting with other tobacco growing
states on Monday to make a game plan for Congress.
Two people died early this morning when a Salem man crashed his pick-up
truck while apparently running from the police.
Investigators say 25-year-old Christopher Todd DeWeese ran off the road and
crashed into a tree AFTER a police officer recognized him at Mill Mountain
DeWeese was thrown from the truck, which burst into flames.
Two passengers were trapped in the truck, their bodies burned beyond
They have not been identified, yet.
DeWeese was hospitalized, but police say his injuries are not life
At the time of the accident he was wanted for a probation violation, and for
failing to appear in court.
Investigators haven't decided what charges to file against DeWeese.
A Sheriff's Deputy says administrators at Halifax County High School never
reported an alleged gang rape on school grounds-- that may have happened during
the last week of school.
The sheriff and Commonwealth's attorney met with school officials today, to
find out why the alleged incident was kept quiet.
A 14-year-old female told a counselor she was raped at the school by three
fellow students, while two boys watched.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the incident.
But even though a sheriff's deputy was on duty at the school, principal
Larry Clark chose not to report it.
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((BARBARA JONES/SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: BEING IT WAS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, THE SCHOOL
WAS AWARE OF IT, AS ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL AND AS ADULTS, THEY SHOULD KNOW
THAT THIS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO SOMEONE, AT LEAST TO THE DEPUTY THAT WAS ON
DUTY AT THE SCHOOL.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Jones/Sheriff's Deputy;
OUT Q=at the school
The Principal would not comment on this story.
School Superintendent Dennis Witt says the girl did NOT say she was FORCED
to participate in the alleged sexual acts.
IN Q=Our investigation
((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: OUR INVESTIGATION AT THE TIME DID NOT
INDICATE ILLEGAL ACTION BUT I WOULD SAY AN ERROR WAS PROBABLY MADE IN JUDGMENT
BY NOT REPORTING PART OF THE INCIDENT.))
SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/Halifax Co. School Superintendent;
OUT Q=of the incident
All five boys could be expelled-- criminal charges against them are pending.
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A Roanoke teenager is going to prison for 40 years for killing a man last
Michael Shawn Benton pled guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of
33-year-old Larry Donahue.
The prosecutor says Benton got in a brief fight with Donahue after a drug
deal went bad.
As Donahue walked away, Benton took a gun from an accomplice and fired.
Donahue died instantly from the shot to the head.
Benton's co-defendant, Keith Riles, who pled no contest, will be sentenced
later this month.
A moonshiner from Pittsylvania County will serve two years in prison.
61- year- old Amos Law was the leader of the operation.
He was sentenced to serve two years in prison and ordered to pay a four
-thousand dollar fine.
Several others got sentences ranging from probation to a year in prison.
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When law enforcement officials busted the still last August, they found
eight pots of UN- taxed peach brandy and corn liquor.
Both the prosecution and the defense spent most of the day trying to
determine HOW much alcohol was involved.
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((DON WOLTHUIS/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: CERTAINLY, THE DEFENDANTS OFFERED
TESTIMONY AS TO WHAT THEY THOUGHT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. CERTAINLY, SOME OF THE
GOVERNMENT'S EVIDENCE WAS BASED ON THE PROJECTED CAPACITY OF THE STILL. ))
SUPER=01-Don Wolthuis/Asst. U.S. Attorney;
OUT Q=capacity of the still
Judge Sam Wilson ruled there was about 100-thousand dollars in lost federal
tax revenue... a determining factor in sentencing
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Keep one hand on your wallet, and hang up the phone.
That's the advice from investigators-- cracking down on high-tech scams.
More on the story tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime...
And-- for countless movie fans, it was a wonderful life.
Actor Jimmy Stewart has died-- leaving behind a treasure of more than 75
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The building may not be in good repair, but it's home to Lucy Hogan.
And the Roanoke woman is fighting to stay there, even as city inspectors
fear for her safety.
Joe Dashiell has her story.
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SUPER=01-Lucy Hogan/Homeowner; :12
SUPER=07-Teresa Hogan; :39
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OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Lucy Hogan has lived in her home on Orange Avenue for more than 30
years, raised foster children and four of her own there, and she intends to
But now the 70- year- old widow is facing eviction...
IN Q=I say I've been here
((LUCY HOGAN: I SAY I'VE BEEN HERE MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE AND I STILL WANT TO
STAY HERE THE BALANCE OF MY LIFE. AND I'M NOT GOING TO DIE NO TIME SOON.))
OUT Q=no time soon.
A city building inspector recently condemned the home, and not without
There are gaping holes in the roof, broken windows and gutters, ample
evidence of serious problems.
Two local agencies helped with repairs almost ten years ago, but that work
did not stop the decay.
IN Q=I can take care of myself
((TERESA HOGAN: I CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF SURE ENOUGH, BUT I'M GOING TO TAKE
CARE OF MOMMA, STICK WITH HER THROUGH THICK AND THIN.))
OUT Q=through thick and thin.
Hogan and her daughter Teresa have hired a contractor to begin repairs,
and leaders of a neighborhood group are also looking for more assistance.
IN Q=We've got right now
((LINDSEY MARTIN/LOUDON MELROSE NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: WE'VE GOT RIGHT NOW
218 VACANT LOTS HERE AND WE'RE WORKING TO KEEP ANYBODY THAT'S TRYING TO KEEP A
HOME GOING TO DO SO, BECAUSE THIS WOULD BE JUST ANOTHER VACANT LOT, 219.))
OUT Q=another vacant lot, 219.
Meanwhile, the Hogans face a Thursday court hearing, still hoping they
will be able to stay in their home.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
There's good news at the pump for the Fourth of July Weekend.
Gas prices have dropped to their lowest level in some time.
At this station along route- 460 in Roanoke, we found unleaded self serve
for 97- cents- a- gallon.
Down the block it's going for 95- cents, a big break from a few weeks ago.
IN Q=I've seen
((ANGELA OUTLAW/MOTORIST: I'VE SEEN LIKE A DOLLAR- 19, A DOLLAR- 17, YOU KNOW,
IT'S BEEN UP THERE. So this has been a pleasant surprise? OUTLAW: YES IT
((LORA AKERS/MOTORIST: USUALLY IT GOES UP DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASONS, WHEN YOU
GOT A LONG WEEKEND, USUALLY IT GOES UP.))
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SUPER=01-Lora Akers/Motorist; :11 (quick!)
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Triple- A of Virginia says nationwide, prices are down about five- cents- a-
gallon compared to a year ago.
State and federal regulators have kicked off a new campaign to stop
high-tech telemarketing investment scams.
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The government says consumers lose about 40 billion dollars each year in
Here's an audio clip of one such alleged phone scam:
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((DO YOU UNDERSTAND....
THEY'RE ASTRONOMICAL ))
OUT Q=they're astronomical.
The crackdown on telemarketing scams is dubbed Project Field of Schemes.
Some of the schemes cited movie production, snail racing as well as some
old stanby pyramid schemes.
Hollins college is gearing up for some changes as the new century
The strategic plans will include building a new hi-tech library.
The school wants to become Hollins University and have a stronger career
focus on liberal arts curriculum.
President Janet (Ras-MEW-sen) Rasmussen says the changes will give students
the edge to compete successfully.
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((DR. JANET RASMUSSEN/HOLLINS PRESIDENT: YOU WILL IN FACT SEE AN OUTREACH TO
THE COMMUNITY THAT WILL ALSO INCLUDE SOME CO-EDUCATIONAL, CONTINUING EDUCATION
AS SUMMER INSTITUTES AND THE LIKE ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Janet Rasmussen/Hollins President
OUT Q=institutes and the like
But Rasmussen says educating women will still be the main focus.
Hollins says these additions and a 46-million dollar campaign are expected
to make a stronger presence in this region.
One of America's most beloved movie stars, Jimmy Stewart died
today in Beverly Hills.
He had a blood clot in his lung.
Stewart left a rich legacy of films for two generations of fans.
Jonathan Freed reports from Los Angeles.
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SUPER=04-December 24, 1995; 1:17
OUT Q=JF, CBS News, Los Angeles.
89 year old Academy Award winner Jimmy Stewart died at his Beverly Hills
The lanky, slow talking, actor embodied the values of decency and moral
courage in his films.
His personal favorite was Its a Wonderful Life, in which he played a
suicidal business man who finds redemption.
SOT Stewart in movie
Stewart earned America's affection playing earnest, sometimes bashful
heroes, willing to stand up for what was right.
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON:
Stewart's Academy Award came when he wooed Katharine Hepburn in The
Jimmy Stewart's health had been in decline since he was hospitalized in 1995
after falling at home.
His wife of 45 years, Gloria died in 1994.
Jonathan Freed, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
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Chocoholics may have finally met their match-- we'll introduce you to a
1700-pound Moose-- made out of chocolate.
Stick around-- there's more NEWS-7 Primetime right after this break--
The most detailed research yet finds no link between exposure to
high-voltage power lines and childhood leukemia.
The study, in tomorrow's New England Journal of Medicine, was the first to
include measurements of electromagnetic fields inside homes with power lines
Each year about 2000-children in the U-S are diagnosed with acute
leukemia... and the number is slowly rising.
If power lines aren't the cause, what is?
Experts aren't sure.
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((DR. LORRIE ODOM/PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGIST: IN REALITY, IT'S PROBABLY A COMBINATION
OF FACTORS THAT PROBABLY LEADS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF LEUKEMIA....IT'S PROBABLY
NO ONE FACTOR. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Lorrie Odom/Pediatric Oncologist; :
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The study is the largest to date on the issue-- it may end the debate about
power lines and cancer.
The National Federation of the Blind is calling on Disney not to re-release
a Mr. Magoo movie.
The group says the clumsy, near-sighted character doesn't help its efforts
to educate society about the capabilities of blind people.
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Tonight's video of the day is quite a play on words.
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It's a life-size chocolate moose-- weighing in at 1700-pounds.
It's the brain child of a candy shop owner--
And while it's sculptor had worked with plaster and clay-- chocolate was a
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((ZDENO MAYERCAK/SCULPTOR: I WAS LAUGHING ABOUT THE WHOLE IDEA, IT WAS SO
OUTRAGEOUS, OUT OF THE ORDINARY,TO MAKE A CHOCOLATE MOOSE, LIFESIZE ))
SUPER=75-Zdeno Mayercak/Sculptor; :
A team spent three weeks creating and tasting Lenny the Moose.
They even made a pond of white chocolate.
In the wild, a moose may have to worry about hunters--
But Lenny's predators are heat-- and crazed chocaholics.
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Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, the Avalanche and Hillcats square
off at Salem Memorial.
We'll checkout big league highlights from the Braves and Orioles, plus I'll
tell you what Tyson and bar-b-que have in common.
But first some ice news to cool you off tonight.
Goalie Ed Belfour left the San Jose Sharks today and signed with the Dallas
The 32-year-old goalie inked a three year deal worth $10 million dollars.
Now some smaller digits.
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The redhot Salem Avalanche welcomed the Northern division leading Lynchburg
Hillcats to Salem Memorial tonight for the first pf three games in the Route
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A couple of kids in big bagels got the night's festivities rolling.
But it was Salem that put the scoreboard in motion. Tal Light blasts this
shot to centerfield scoring two runs, as the Avalanche closes out the first
inning with a 4-to-nothing lead on the Cats.
Lynchburg did some damage of its own in the third as Alex Hernandez rips one
past first base to plate Chris Miyake to cut the to 4-to-1.
Still in the third the Hillcats Mark Farris lines this hit to right field,
and it brings home a hustling Hernandez, who just beats the throw to the plate.
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Lynchburg would then tie it on the pass ball as the Aramis Ramirez comes in
from third. Lynchburg beats Salem 8 to 7 in 11 innings. The two teams play
again tomorrow night in Lynchburg.
The Atlanta Braves have finally figured out a way to beat the Yankees two
games in a row thanks to last night's win and this afternoon 2-to-nothing
As he did last night Ryan Klesko provided the offensive firepower with this
massive homerun in the sixth inning that lands in the upper deck in right
The Yanks activated Bernie Williams off the injured list for the game, but
Greg Maddux froze him in his tracks.
He struck out 8 and tossed a 3 hitter, and faced only 28 batters the entire
to win his 11th outing of the year.
The Braves now have 54 wins, while the Orioles collected their 53 victory
today by beating the Phillies.
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The Phillies wasted a great effort by a couple of former Martinsville
Phillies minor leaguers.
Scott Rolen hit two homeruns in the game and catcher Mike Leiberthal
also added a solo shot.
But the O's rallied from a 4-to-2 deficit to hand the Phillies
their 17th loss in their last 18 outings.
Baltimore wins it 10-to-6.
President Clinton took in the O's-Phillies game today, as he took advantage
of the moment to help introduce a new campaign using big league players to help
get parents involved in their children's education.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :00
Clinton urged those adults in attendance to think about what they can do to
make sure their kids are devoted to learning.
Here's a look a one of the catchy public service announcements.
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OUT Q=...BIG LEAGUE PARENT.
And finally tonight, Mike Tyson's disgusting performance in Las Vegas last
Saturday night is having an impact right here in the Roanoke Valley.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
A number of workers at the Rally's fast food restaurant on Brambleton Avenue
in Roanoke County were so disgusted with the fight, that they sent Tyson a
message on the restaurant's marquee.
The message invites Tyson to come on in and bite a Carolina Bar-B-Que
sandwich instead of an ear.
Assistant manager Larry Mitchum says what started as a joke has increased
sales of the sandwich by 30 percent.
Thanks for watching News 7 Prime Time. We'll see you tomorrow, Good night.