News 7 links with space- talking with a Tech grad who's on the Shuttle.
This exclusive interview coming up.
The woman ordered NOT to own pets is back in trouble.
Plus are you getting free cable? One company says fess up now and you won't
News 7 is next.
A conversation tonight between News-7 and the Space Shuttle Columbia.
News 7 links up with a Virginia Tech grad who's flying aboard Columbia.
Roger Crouch talks about his part in the space mission.
Hear this exclusive interview on News 7 at eleven.
Remember the woman ordered not to own a pet? Apparently Valery Green violated
that court order. A judge sent her to jail today for 30 days.
Contaminated soil may force some folks in Martinsville out of their homes.
Plus Patrick says a sunny weekend ahead-
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A Virginia Tech grad is flying high- -as a crew member on the latest
Columbia space shuttle mission.
Earlier tonight, Andrew Freiden had the chance to interview Astronaut Roger
SUPER=04-April 4; :00
SUPER=01-Roger Crouch/Payload Specialist; :37
SUPER=08-Mike Gernhart/Mission Specialist;
OUT Q=news 7
((3-2-1 bLAST OFF! ))
(( Roger Crouch fulfilled a dream back in April. That's when he made his
first space flight.
But that flight was cut short due to a faulty fuel cell on the space shuttle
Now the Columbia crew is back in space.
Crouch always wanted to be a fighter pilot or an astronaut-- but
colorblindness put off his plans for a while--
((ROGER CROUCH/PAYLOAD SPECIALIST: ALWAYS WANTED TO-- DIDN'T KNOW IF I'D EVER
MAKE IT OR NOT, SO I'VE JUST CONTINUED TO STRIVE FOR THAT AND WENT FOR IT. SO
I'M A PRETTY LUCKY GUY. ))
((ROGER CROUCH/PAYLOAD SPECIALIST: AS WE SWEPT .....UNBELIEVABLE. ))
((REPORTER: WHAT'S IT LIKE THE SECOND TIME AROUND?
MIKE GERNHARDT/MISSION SPECIALIST: WELL, ANDREW, IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO
DO THE REFLIGHT, THE SCIENTISTS CAN TELL YOU HOW WE ARE OPTIMIZING THAT MISSION
BASED ON WHAT WE LEARNED IN THE FIRST FLIGHT.))
Crouch holds a Masters degree and a Ph.D in physics from Virginia Tech.
He's an expert in micro-gravity.
He says his experiments with the growth of fire in space will eventually
benefit the average person on earth.
((ROGER CROUCH/PAYLOAD SPECIALIST: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS
HOW TO HAVE FIRES THAT ARE MORE EFFICIENT, THAT USE LESS FUEL, THAT PRODUCE
LESS POLLUTION, IMPROVE PROCESSES ON THE GROUND.))
Crouch now lives in Maryland, but he keeps close tabs on his alma mater in
(( IT'S BEEN A GREAT YEAR, THEY GOT A GUY THAT WON THE NOBLE PRIZE OUT OF THE
PHYSICS DEPARTMENT. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE CHOSEN TO GO TO SPACE, ANOTHER
TECH GRAD WAS CHOSEN JUST THIS YEAR. IT'S BEEN AN OUTSTANDING YEAR AS FAR AS
I'M CONCERNED ))
And he hopes this shuttle mission is just as successful.
Andrew Freiden, News 7))
Computers on the Mars Pathfinder are working fine- but it was human error
today that caused a delay.
The pathfinder stood at attention all day waiting for orders that never
Because of a human miscalculation the pathfinder did not receive new
instructions- so it took the day off.
((RICHARD COOK/MARS MISSION MANAGER: AS THE TEAM JOKED LATER AT THE CONCLUSION
OF THE DAY, ON THE SEVENTH DAY WE DECIDED TO REST.))
SUPER=01-Richard Cook/Mars Mission Manager;
OUT Q=decided to rest."
The rest ends tonight when new orders are being sent to nudge the rover on
to another rock.
Nothing lost- but a day's work.
Meanwhile exciting news on earth.
SUPER=03-Johnson Space Ctr.;
Engineers are building systems to take astronauts to Mars- A spacesuit has
been developed- volunteers are testing a closed habitat that recycles its own
water and air.
Do test bullets fired out of James Earl Ray's rifle match the bullet that
killed Martin Luther King?
At first it seemed there were answers to that question today- Byron Pitts
SUPER=03-Memphis, TN; 00
SUPER=01-Judge Joseph Brown/Tennessee Criminal Court; 09
SUPER=01-John Campbell/Prosecutor; 42
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News; 54
OUT Q=CBS News, Memphis."
((THE RIFLE SHOTS THAT RANG OUT IN RHODE ISLAND BACK IN MAY WERE
HOPED TO SIGNAL SOME HISTORICAL TRUTH...OR AT LEAST HINT IN THAT DIRECTION.
INSTEAD, THERE ARE NOW AS MANY QUESTIONS AS THERE WERE BULLETS
LOADED INTO THAT NOW INFAMOUS CHAMBER.
IN A MEMPHIS COURTROOM, JUDGE JOE BROWN BEGAN THE PROCEEDINGS WITH
RESULTS THAT SOUNDED PROMISING AT FIRST.
JUDGE JOSEPH BROWN/TN CRIMINAL COURT:
BUT ATTORNEYS FOR JAMES EARL RAY WEREN'T SATISFIED. THEY NOT
ONLY WANT EVEN MORE TESTS TO BE DONE, BUT THEY ALSO WANT TO DUST OFF THE TEST
BULLETS FIRED BY THE FBI BACK IN THE LATE 60'S AND 70'S TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY
IN SHORT, THERE'S NOTHING NEW YET.
JUDGE JOE BROWN AT TIMES TOOK OVER THESE PROCEEDINGS...ASKING MORE
QUESTIONS OF THE WITNESSES THAN THE ATTORNEYS ON EITHER SIDE.
CLEARLY FRUSTRATING TO STATE PROSECUTORS WHO PREDICTED ALL ALONG,
THE TESTS WOULD SHOW NOTHING NEW.
JOHN CAMPBELL/PROSECUTOR: IT'S THE SAME THING WE KNEW LAST YEAR, TEN YEARS AGO,
TWENTY YEARS AGO.
LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, MEMPHIS.))
The Roanoke chapter of the N-Double A-C-P says its discussions with one
local employer have been productive.
But leaders of the group also say they will continue to monitor complaints
of discrimination at Crouse-Hinds.
IN Q=And I think
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: AND I THINK WHERE WE ARE NOW IS A
WHOLE LOT FURTHER THAN WE WERE FOUR MONTHS AGO, AND THAT'S LARGELY DUE TO A
WILLINGNESS ON EVERYBODY'S PART TO DIALOGUE, TO TALK.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=to talk
Employees at the Crouse-Hinds Division of Cooper Industries had complained
of problems with promotions, discipline and occupational safety.
N-Double-A-C-P leaders met with company officials, and president Martin
Jeffrey says their discussions have laid the foundation for productive change.
IN Q=We have suggested that what is needed
((WE HAVE SUGGESTED THAT WHAT IS NEEDED IS A STRONGER COMMITMENT TO MANAGEMENT
TRAINING, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF SENSITIVITY, DIVERSITY TRAINING.))
OUT Q=diversity training.
The N-Double A-C-P also hopes the company will reconsider some terminations
and create an employee committee to review internal complaints.
She's the former animal breeder who's not supposed to own pets anymore.
But Valery Green apparently violated that court order- and now she'll spend
time behind bars.
Green was convicted of contempt of court- and sent to jail for 30 days.
It was just this past March Green was convicted of animal abuse.
As (TONE-ya) Tonya Flory reports even Green's friends believe she won't
IN Q= Oh, yay
SUPER=01-Wanda Wyrick/Prosecution Witness; :00
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :07
SUPER=01-Jessica Stella/Private Investigator; :20
SUPER=01-Tammy Javier/Animal Advocate; :34 (QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Commonwealth Attorney; :38
OUT Q=TF News 7
IN Q= Do you think
((OH YAY, DEFINITELY. IT MAY NOT BE HERE, BUT SHE'LL DO IT AGAIN OR SHE'LL HAVE
SOMEBODY DOING IT FOR HER AGAIN.))
OUT Q=for her again
The Commonwealth's attorney played video and audio tapes of Green talking about
owning felines after she was ordered not to purchase any animals.
The evidence was gathered by a private investigator.
But she says her surveillance job isn't over yet...
IN Q= Yay, I have
((YAY, I HAVE A FEELING WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO KEEP A VERY CLOSE EYE ON HER))
OUT Q= eye on her
Humane Society investigators say they were first alerted that Green was back in
business when they received a call from someone who saw her buying cat food.
IN Q= She's using
((SHE'S USING THE ANIMALS AS A MONEY MAKING PROFIT FOR HER AND I BELIEVE SHE'LL
CONTINUE TO DO THAT))
OUT Q= to do that
IN Q= I think, clearly
((I THINK, CLEARLY THAT SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE THE CATS IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM.
WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THESE ANIMALS AND PROBABLY WON'T
UNTIL NEXT WEEK))
OUT Q= until next week
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Some Martinsville residents are afraid contaminated soil could force them to
move, when we return we'll hear what the E-P-A has to say,
and if anyone is watching this broadcast on stolen cable, be warned Cox Cable
is looking for you.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-0.57''/minus 0.60''/17.06''/minus 3.67'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.65 foot/Down 0.45 foot; Lake levels
When some Martinsville residents noticed a black shiny film on their local
water, they called the Environmental Protection Agency.
Now the E-P-A says there might be enough dangerous chemicals in the soil to
move these people out.
IN Q=We found
((FELICIA DAILEY/EPA: WE FOUND SOME CONTAMINANTS HERE, SOME THAT WE EXPECTED TO
FIND, AND THEY'RE AT LEVELS OF CONCERN, BUT NOT AT LEVELS THAT MAKE IT A RAGING
EMERGENCY AT THIS POINT.))
SUPER=01-Felicia Dailey/Enviromental Protection Agency
OUT Q=at this point
The E-P-A is drilling on Smith Lake Road for the second week.
This time, they're using new and more advanced equipment.
The D-E-Q earlier found small quantities of chemicals that could be
dangerous in found in larger quantities.
It says since that finding, the landowner has continued to build homes while
resisting requests for additional testing.
Residents say they say foam on the water running down this hill and a shiny
The source of the contaminants remains a mystery, but E-P-A results should
be available in about a month.
A Campbell County sheriff's deputy is charged as a "peeping Tom" after an
incident Thursday morning.
Authorities were called to the Lighthouse Apartment complex early yesterday
by a woman who told them a man was looking in her bedroom window.
The resident identified the man as 26-year old Timothy Eric Bradley who is a
corrections officer at the Campbell County jail.
Bradley also lives at the subdivision.
Police have charged him with peeping into an occupied dwelling.
Bradley's been suspended with pay while an investigation is done.
The U-S Airways maintenance station in Roanoke is closing for good March
The 108 machinists who work there were already put on notice a couple of
months ago that Roanoke's aircraft maintenance station would be phased-out over
the next year.
This week U-S Airways revealed the March date.
U-S Airways' ROANOKE station is the smallest in the system. The airline is
also closing its maintenance shop in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
More and more people are stealing cable service-
That's prompting Cox Communications to crack down on customers who don't pay.
Cox is launching a theft amnesty program--
If you've received service for free you can turn yourself in without facing
General Manager Gretchen Shine says those who don't admit they are using a
cable service for free will eventually be caught.
IN Q=After August 31st
((GRETCHEN SHINE/COX GENERAL MANAGER: AFTER AUGUST 31ST WE'RE GOING TO CONDUCT
AN EXTENSIVE HOME BY HOME AUDIT OF OUR SYSTEM AND BY HOME BY HOME I MEAN THAT
THERE'S A PEDESTAL IN FRONT OF A NEIGHBORHOOD OR A PERSON'S HOME AND OUT OF THE
PEDESTAL..THE WIRES SERVICING THE HOME ARE MARKED. SO WE KNOW WHO IS NOT
RECEIVING CABLE SERVICE AND WHO IS ))
SUPER=01-Gretchen Shine/Cox Communications General Mgr.;
OUT Q=service and who is
The amnesty program runs from now until August 31st.
To take advantage call Cox Cable at 776-3848.
If you don't fess up and you're caught stealing cable you could face a
felony charge-- up to five years in jail--- and a maximum fine of 25-hundred
Folks at Crenshaw Electronics and Appliance say don't count the store out
out just yet.
Crenshaw abruptly closed Wednesday for the second time in a month, posting
a hand-written sign on the door.
An employee who answered the phone at the store today said Crenshaw has
bought back the merchandise that a finance company re-possessed in June.
He predicted the store will re-open no later than the week-after next.
Coming up next on the newscast, Meals on Wheels hopes a federal grant will
put it on a roll,
and we'll have the happy ending as a Florida family is finally reunited with
its roving Rover.
Violence has broken out in Belfast, Northern Ireland-
SUPER=03-Belfast, N. Ireland;
on the eve of Protestant marches in catholic areas.
A gunmen fired about 20 shots - wounding three British soldiers and two
The attackers also threw a grenade at the security officers before driving
None of the injuries is life threatening.
The U-S Department of Health and Human Services is beefing up Roanoke's
Meals on Wheels program.
The Star City is one of 20 programs, in the country picked to start "Morning
Meals on Wheels."
The League of Older American delivers lunch to about 450 valley residents.
The agency says the pilot program will serve about half of their clients.
It'll target senior citizens at high nutritional risk, who don't have
family support or the money for food.
IN Q=IT'S JUST SIGNIFICANT
((SUSAN WILLIAMS/LOA: IT'S JUST SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW
IS THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OF HIGH NUTRITION RISK IN THE AREA WE SERVE. SO WE'RE
VERY GLAD TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS ADDITIONAL NUTRITION PROGRAM.))
SUPER=01-Susan Williams/League of Older Americans;
OUT Q=ADDITIONAL NUTRITION PROGRAM
The program will start in August and run for six months.
L-O-A officials hope this leads to a national breakfast program for senior
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/58-62/Mostly/Sunny/84-88;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/60-64/Mostly/Sunny/86-90;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/56-60/Mostly/Sunny/82-86;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/56-60/Mostly/Sunny/80-83;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/56-60/Mostly/Sunny/82-86;
Lots of golf, qualifying, baseball and football stuff coming your way on
this Friday night.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Mets vs. Braves; :00
And don't look away!
Tonight in Atlanta at the Braves-Mets game , Todd Pratt swung at this Tom
Glavine pitch, missed and threw his bat 20 rows deep in the seats.
And it hit a fan right in the face bloodying his nose!
Now the digits.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0093-/Salem/2/j/Lynchburg/7//Seven Straight Over Salem/;
SUPER=0105-j/Princeton/13//Danville/5////Martinsville/4/j/Kingsport/7//Bluefield Tops Pulaski 4-3/;
SUPER=0091-j/Chicago/6//Kansas City/2///j/Milwaukee/3//Baltimore/1//Angels &
SUPER=0092-j/Houston/10//Pittsburgh/0///j/New York/9//Atlanta/7//Glavine Falls
to 9 and 5/;
SUPER=0092-/San Diego/1//Colorado/4/7//j/Montreal/5//Cincinnati/2//Giants &
SUPER=0114-/Utah Starzz/61//L.A. Sparks/66/2/3:50 Left In Game/;
OUT Q=....last score."
take a break!!
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS
We begin the Friday edition of News 7 sports with something a little
different as we head over to Starkey field in Roanoke County for the special
playoff game between the Cave Spring American League and Clifton Forge.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The 15 and under boy's game with a trip to the state tournament one the line
attracted a big crowd.
In the bottom of the first Cave Spring got two runs, the second coming as a
hustling Kevin Griffin comes home on the wild pitch sliding safely in head
Clifton Forge found itself down 6-to-nothing in the third before it finally
scratched the board.
Ben Craft's hit to left field plates SUPER=34-Cave Spring/11/Clifton
Forge/1/15 & Under Playoff;
Derek Cantrell to make it 6-to-1.
But the Cave Spring American League all-stars win it 11 to 1 to advance to
the state tournament.
GRAPHIC=Womens state amateur
This turned out to be a big day for Salem's Lee Shirley as she became the
first Roanoke Valley woman to capture two state amateur titles.
Steve Mason and photographer Scott Ayers take us to the Cascades for the
final match of the week.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00
SUPER=01-Lee Shirley/1997 Women's Amateur Champion; :08
SUPER=01-Amy Ellertson/Finished Second; 1:20
OUT Q=..news 7 sports"
SS=Hold womens amateur
Peggy Woodward beat Chris Epperly to win the Senior Amateur title on the
On the LPGA scene there will be no three peat for two time defending US Open
champ Annika Sorenstam.
She missed the cut today with an 8 over two day total.
SUPER=03-Cornelius, OR/ESPN; :00
The leader at the halfway point is Alison Nicholas of Britain.
She is 6 under through 36 holes and one stroke in front of Kelly Robins,
Nancy Lopez, and Lisolette Neumann.
The Senior's Players Championship is taking place in Dearborn, Michigan this
weekend at another one of those Nicklaus designer courses.
SUPER=03-Dearborn, MI/ESPN; :00
And the designer, Jack himself, is indeed in the hunt.
Today he shot a five under 67 to move to eight under par through 36 holes.
He's just one shot behind leader Larry Gilbert who stands at 9 under after
coming through with a 68 today.
J.C. Snead shot his second straight 74 today. He at four over heading into
Chip Sullivan missed the cut at the Quad City Classic PGA event today in Coal
Chip followed up yesterday's one over 71 with a three over 73 today.
SUPER=03-Coal Valley, IL; :00
The cut ended up being even par which is 140.
This Sullivan is playing well. Mike Sullivan shot his second straight 67.
He's three shots behind leader Keith Fergus at the turn.
Winston Cup qualifying today in New Hampshire produced a few head spinning
For starters Jeff Gordon failed to make the top 25, qualifying 29th.
Dale Earnhardt was justa little better qualifying 26th.
Both were light years behind surprise pole winner Ken Schrader.
Here's the entire top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Ken Schrader/129.429/2. Bobby Hamilton//3. Ricky Craven//4. Chad
Little//5. Dale Jarrett//;
SUPER=0107-6. Steve Grissom//7. Kyle Petty//8. John Andretti//9. Jerry
Nadeau//10. Terry Labonte//;
SUPER=0107-11. Ernie Irvan//12. Rusty Wallace//13. Sterling Marlin//14. Geoff
Bodine//15. Jeff Burton//;
SUPER=0107-16. Mark Martin//17. Bobby Labonte//18. Ricky Rudd//19. Joe
Nemechek//20. Darrell Waltrip//;
SUPER=0107-21. David Green//22. Jeremy Mayfield//23. Bill Elliott//24. Rick
Mast//25. Ted Musgrave//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Still coming your way tonight, football news concerning former Hokie Ray
plus, Juwan Howard unveils the new uniforms for the Washington Wizards, and
the Bullets bite the dust.
The former Washington Bullets announced they would changes names and logos
more than a year ago, and
this afternoon Juwan Howard, finally unveiled the new duds for the Washington
The team name will officially take effect next season, but club officials are
hoping their new uniforms will generate plenty of sales over the summer.
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC/Last July; :00
And the San Diego Chargers signed NFL journeyman Ray Crittenden to a one
year contract today.
The former three sports star at Virginia Tech was in the Panthers' camp last
summer, and before that he spent time in New England.
His arrival gives the Chargers two Hokie receivers as Crittenden joins Bryan
A family thought they'd never see their dog again-
SUPER=03-Palm Bay, FL;
The Myers were moving from Michigan to Florida in their mobile home- when
Rugrat slipped out at a rest stop.
The family didn't realize until 30 miles down Interstate 95.
The Myers went back- could not find Ruggy and reluctantly continued on.
((I THOUGHT THAT I WOULD NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN. I THOUGHT HE WAS GONE FOREVER.))
((I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. I COULDN'T BEAR TO LOSE HIM EVER FOR ONE
SUPER=07-Leah Myer; 00 quick!
SUPER=07-Matt Myer; 05 quick!
OUT Q=EVEN FOR ONE NIGHT."
Enter the Maury's. They found Rugrat- picked him up- and left their name at
the rest stop.
((I KNOW HOW I WOULD FEEL IF I LOST MY PET, BAD.))
((I DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN TO IT. I FIGURED THE SAFEST THING TO DO WAS
BRING IT TO FLORIDA.))
SUPER=07-Diane Morey; 00 quick!
SUPER=07-Jim Morey; 05
OUT Q=IT TO FLORIDA.
The Myers called the rest stop- contacted the Maurys-
Amazingly both lived in Palm Bay Florida-
The Myers and Rugrat are together again.