The news according to NEWS 7:
includes the story of group sex on school grounds that did not go un-detected
but did go un-reported.
Bridge repairs on I-64 prove fatal for two construction workers.
There's a massive train derailment out west.
And a tribute to the remarkable film career of Jimmy Stewart who died today
A Halifax High School girl was gang- raped by three boys on school property
just before the end of the school year.
Authorities knew about it, because a teacher walked in on the incident. And
yet no one reported it to the Sheriff.
Two people died in a futile attempt to out-run a police officer on Mill
Christopher Todd DeWeese- -survived the firey wreck. He's the one wanted
for violating probation... was thrown from the wreck and is expected to
Join us for NEWS 7 at 11 for an extended tribute to Jimmy Stewart who died
today at the age of 89.
A sheriff's deputy patrols Halifax High School.
Still, the school principal chose not to report an alleged rape that may
have occurred on school property two days before the end of school.
Tina Tenret reports.
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SUPER=01-Barbara Jones/Sheriff's Deputy; :16
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((A 14-year-old Halifax High School student says three 16-year-old students
raped her while two others kept watch.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the incident.
But Sheriff's Deputy Barbara Jones says the principal never reported the
IN Q=Being it was
((DEPUTY BARBARA JONES: 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
OUT Q=at the school
Principal Larry Clark refuses to comment on the case.
But Superintendent Dennis Witt says the girl did not say she was FORCED into
And, he says, administrators did not know oral sex was illegal in Virginia.
IN Q=Our investigation
((DENNIS WITT/SCHOOL 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.))
OUT Q=part of the incident
The sheriff's department is still investigating whether this was forcible
rape or consensual sex with the underage girl.
But all five boys involved face possible expulsion from school, and criminal
charges are pending.
Tina Tenret, News 7))
Two people died early this morning when a pickup truck crashed into a tree
on Mill Mountain.
The driver, who was running from police, survived, and will face charges in
connection with the wreck.
Police say 25-year-old Christopher Todd DeWeese drove off at a high rate of
speed after an officer on foot recognized him at Mill Mountain Park.
The officer returned to his patrol car and followed the truck, finding the
wreckage about a half mile away.
Two passengers in the truck were trapped, police say they were burned beyond
recognition and have not been identified.
DeWeese was thrown clear of the wreck. He was taken to the hospital, but
his injuries are NOT life threatening.
He was wanted for a probation violation, and for not appearing in court...
He will be charged in the accident after he's released from the hospital.
We lost an exceptional American today. Actor Jimmy Stewart died at the age
Anthony Mason chronicles the film career of a man who made almost every
movie seem to be about a man of integrity.
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((He played the vulnerable everyman trying to do the best he could.
His first big hit was Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in 1939. Stewart's
Jefferson Smith was an innocent who stood up to a grueling test of character,
his faith eventually triumphing over cynicism and corruption in the U.S.
"You think I'm licked, you all think I'm licked. Well, I'm not licked. And
I'm going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause."
The next year, audiences watched Stewart attempt to woo Katherine Hepburn in
"The Philadelphia Story."
Stewart didn't win the girl but he won an Academy Award.
He starred in westerns and biographies, thrillers and comedies, steadfast in
his portrayal of American grass root values.
from "It's A Wonderful Life."
"I couldn't, I couldn't face being cooped up for the rest of my life in a
shabby little office."
Jimmy Stewart's personal favorite was "It's a Wonderful Life," in which he
portrayed a man in a small town who becomes discouraged at his lack of
achievement and wishes he had never been born. A guardian angel shows him how
much worse off the world would have been without him. The film became a
When asked how he would like to be remembered, Stewart replied, "I just want to
know I've given people a small piece of time they'll never forget."
Anthony Mason, CBS News New York.))
Two construction workers were killed today,
when steel beams toppled from an Interstate-64 bridge being repaired near
The crew was removing a 100-ton beam with a pair of cranes when another
beam became loose and fell.
The weight toppled one of the crane's booms, sending steel and four workers
plummeting 100 feet.
Workers on the bank of the Big Sandy River below had just seconds to get
out of the way.
One worker, 48-year-old Kim Perry of Fort Gay, West Virginia was crushed.
The body of 28-year-old Greg Gentry of Stevens, Kentucky, was pulled
from the river.
At least 20 cars of a freight train traveling from Seattle to Memphis
derailed and crashed into another train waiting on a siding this morning.
More than one thousand residents of Rossville, Kansas had to be evacuated
when the train derailed, spilling chemicals and spewing chlorine gas into the
A railroad engineer was killed and a conductor injured in the crash.
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Still to come on the newscast, the F-B-I launches an investigation into the
Halifax County Jail,
and we'll meet a 70 year old Roanoke woman who is fighting to stay in her
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The FBI is investigating the Halifax County jail after inmates accuse
jailers of abusing them.
Three jailers have resigned in the past four days.
Sheriff Jeff Oakes says some were scared the investigation would get too
close to them.
He says at least one of those jailers may have been involved in sexually
IN Q=When that person
((SHERIFF JEFF OAKES: WHEN THAT PERSON IS IN JAIL THEY DON'T FEEL THAT THEY
HAVE THE PRIVELEGE OF SAYING NO. THEY FEEL LIKE IF I SAY NO TO THIS THEN I'M
GOING TO BE PUNISHED IN SOME WAY. I THINK THAT'S WHAT SPARKED THE INTEREST OF
THE FBI IN COMING DOWN AND DOING AN INVESTIGATION.))
The FBI is looking into possible civil rights violations since the jailers
were responsible for the inmates.
Oakes says he may also fire another jailor for not bringing the matter to
his attention sooner.
For some Roanoke residents, keeping their homes in good repair is a
While government agencies and local charities offer some help, it is often
Tonight, Joe Dashiell has the story of one woman who is fighting to remain
in her home, even as serious problems threaten to force her out.
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SUPER=01-Lucy Hogan/Homeowner; :12
SUPER=07-Teresa Hogan; :39
SUPER=01-Lindsey Martin/Loudon Melrose Neighborhood Org.; :56
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((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))
If the best defense is a good offense -- Virginia's finally got one in the
Governor George Allen has appointed a tobacco task force.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Just like Virginia prepared for military base closures, it must prepare
for her tobacco-dependent economy to take a hit.
So said the Governor as he announced a tobacco task force.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T WANT TO MAKE IT SOUND THAT DRASTIC. HOWEVER SOME
OF THOSE IDEAS--IF THEY TRY TO BAN THE EXPORT OF VIRGINIA TOBACCO, YOU'RE DARN
SURE, I WAS ASKING MR. WELLS, AND YOU CAN ASK HIM ANY QUESTIONS YOU WANT, ABOUT
HOW MUCH WAS EXPORTED. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE TOBACCO THAT IS GROWN IN
VIRGINIA IS ACTUALLY EXPORTED. IT'S NOT FOR DOMESTIC USE.))
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((MICHEAL WELLS/MECKLENBURG CO. FARMER: BUT THE IDEA THAT THE GOVERNOR'S
LOOKING OUT FOR 120-THOUSAND PEOPLE OR FAMILIES OR SO, I DON'T NEED ANY LOOKING
OUT FOR. I CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF. I'M SELF-SUFFICIENT. THE WORLD DEMAND
FOR TOBACCO IS INCREASING. JUST KINDA LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME SUPPLY THAT
Mr. Wells helped the Governor announce his task force.
But he's NOT on it.
It's just two cabinet secretaries and Attorney General Richard Cullen.
Cullen and former AG Jim Gilmore have said all along they were closely
"monitoring the talks."
But when a package of aid for farmers collapsed...
((ATTORNEY GENERAL RICHARD CULLEN: MY INFORMATION IS IT WAS TAKEN OFF BY THE
MANUFACTURERS. THAT WAS INFORMATION THAT WAS RELAYED TO ME BY OTHER ATTORNEYS
GENERAL. BUT YOU'D HAVE TO ASK THE MANUFACTURERS THAT.))
Democrat Don Beyer says Gilmore and Cullen can't tell Virginians what
happened because they weren't involved -- he checked with other attorneys
((ATTORNEY GENERAL CULLEN SAYS TOBACCO STATES WILL BE MEETING MONDAY TO DEVELOP
A STRATEGY FOR THE BATTLE IN CONGRESS. FINALLY, VIRGINIA WILL CHOOSE A SEAT AT
THE TOBACCO TABLE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
When we return, a local business responds to its critics with a large new
and a consumer groups is out with its annual reminder...be careful with
those Fourth of July fireworks.
A Roanoke County company that's been criticized lately for not meeting all
its sales goals has an answer for the financial press...a healthy dose of good
Len Besthoff reports.
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SUPER=39-Kazuyoshi Teraoka/Alephnet President; :18
SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable CEO; :38
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Optical Cable has signed a deal that could mean tens of millions of
dollars in sales in the hard- to- penetrate Japanese market.
Products made here will now go in construction projects Alephnet is involved
with throughout Japan and southeast Asia.
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IN Q=It meet
((KAZUYOSHI TERAOKA/ALEPHNET PRESIDENT: IT MEET WITH OUR COMPANY PROJECT AND
OUR COMPANY POLICY THAT LESS EXPENSIVE AND STATE OF THE ART PRODUCT THAT WE
WANT TO DEAL WITH.))
OUT Q=deal with.
Optical Cable also recently learned it's now in the Russell 2000 index,
which tracks small, fast growing companies.
IN Q=I think
((KOPSTEIN: I THINK THERE'S LIKE 15 TO 20 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF MUTUAL FUNDS
THAT JUST BUY STOCKS TO MIRROR IMAGE OF WHAT THE RUSSELL 2000 INDEX DOES, SO IT
OPENS UP A LOT MORE VISIBILITY FOR THE COMPANY AND ITS STOCK.))
OUT Q=it's stock.
IN Q=Even with
((Even with this big news, Optical Cable now has its focus on the future. Just
take a look behind me here. The company recently finished an expansion
doubling the size of its plant. Now it's clearing land for another expansion
which will double its size again within the next few years. Len Besthoff,
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
Triple- A of Virginia reports that nationally, gas prices are about a
nickel- a- gallon lower than a year ago, averaging a dollar- 25.
Around here it's a different story.
The average price is probably a good bit cheaper.
Travelers have seen gas prices have hit their lowest levels in a while, just
in time for the holiday weekend.
Three different stations along route- 460 in Roanoke had unleaded self serve
for under a buck.
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((ANGELA OUTLAW/MOTORIST: I THINK IT'S GOOD, ESPECIALLY FOR THE TRAVELERS, THE
((VERNON PRICE/MOTORIST: IT WAS A SURPRISE I JUST NOTICED BACK IN ONE OF THE
OTHER SERVICE STATIONS THE SAME PRICES, SO YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, DO
OUT Q=do we?
The reason for this welcome Fourth of July present?
Crude oil prices have fallen, and analysts say retailers are passing the
savings along to consumers.
Watermelons, dolls and dummies blew up in Washington today- -all to
demonstrate the danger of fireworks.
The Consumer Product Safety Commision says sparklers are typically given to
Though they seem harmless, they burn at up to two-thousand degrees
Fahrenheit, and easily ignite clothes.
Experts have also blamed illegal explosives like M-80's and cherry
bombs for a host the problems.
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and finally some workers at the Rally's fast food restaurant on Brambleton
Avenue in Roanoke County were so disgusted Mike Tyson's antics last Saturday
night that they are now sending him a message.
The restaurant's marquee invites Tyson to come on in and chew on 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.
The Salem Avalanche closed out its 8 game homestand last night by losing to
Lynchburg 8-to-7 in a game that certainly gave the fans their money's worth.
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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 tonight in Lynchburg.
The Baltimore Orioles were involved in an offensive show of their own
yesterday as they beat the Phils 10-to-6.
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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.
The Atlanta Braves stayed a game ahead of the O's overall picking up their
54th win of the year with a 2-to-nothing victory over the Yanks.
As he did Tuesday 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 made him look silly when he came on a pinch hitter.
He struck out 8 and tossed a 3 hitter, and faced only 28 batters the entire
to win his 11th outing of the year.
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Elsewhere yesterday, the Cubs beat the Royals 3-to-2 thanks in part to Sammy
Sosa's 17th homer of the year.
The Cubs have now won five of their last six games.
And speaking of homers, the Detroit Tigers Damion Easley smacked one out of
the yard for the third straight game as the Tigers beat the Mets 9-to-7.
The Motor City hitmen hit 14 homers in this three game series.
The final four at Wimbledon is all set on the women's side.
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Top seeded Martina Hingis advanced with a straight set 6-3, 6-2 win over
Her fellow 16 year old comrade in the field, Anna Kournikova beat French open
champ Iva Majoli 7-6, and 6-4 to earn a semi-final meeting with Hingis.
Also today Jana Novotna easily whipped Yahyuk Basuki 6-3 and 6-3, while
Aranxta Sanchez Vicario downed Nathalie Tauziat in straight sets.
Pete Sampras and Boris Becker won today and will meet tomorrow in the
The free agent period has begun on the National Hockey League as well as the
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Yesterday afternoon goalie Ed Belfour left the San Jose Sharks and signed
with the Dallas Stars.
The 32-year-old goalie inked a three year deal worth $10 million dollars.
And the Knicks resigned 11 time all-star Patrick Ewing to a new multi-year
No terms of the deal were released, but it is believed to worth $15 million a
Still to come tonight we'll check back in some members of the Salem Avalanche
who have working day and night for for the first half of this week.
Roy Stanley will explain in a moment.
Before some of the Avalanche players have been putting on their game
uniforms this week, they've been stepping on the field in the morning some
Roy Stanley has more from the team's day camp.
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SUPER=01-Bobby Bevel/Avalanche Pitcher; :50
SUPER=01-David Feuerstein/Avalanche Outfielder; 1:05
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((For the past three days, Frank Fulton and his Southern Sports Staff have been
in Salem conducting a baseball camp for kids ranging in the ages of 7 to 14.
75 kids are participating in the camp and they're having fun while learning
the fundamentals of the game.))
((FRANK FULTON/CAMP DIRECTOR: ))
((There's a special attraction at this camp. Members of the Salem Avalanche
are serving as counselors.
They're instructing the kids on the finer points of the game and It's their
way of giving back to baseball at this point in their careers.))
((BOBBY BEVEL/AVALANCHE PITCHER: ))
((DAVID FEUERSTEIN/AVALANCHE OUTFIELDER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
If the thought of a little chocolate moose sounds good about now...
then this one would be irresistible. Meet Lenny the 17-hundred pound
His home is a candy store in Scarborough, Maine.
The store's owner says she just liked the sound of having a chocolate moose
But getting him made was no easy task.
She had to call a sculptor from a local art school.
Even though he had never worked in candy before, it took him just three
weeks to build Lenny out of chocolate and wire mesh.
The eight foot tall moose does need some special handling.
The store had to be air conditioned to keep him from melting and a special
fence built to protect him from chocoholics.