They say his home was immaculate- -but authorities ALSO say they found a
lot of coke, cash and guns.
We'll get details on the arrest ...in a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And take a look at what would be about three million dollars worth of stuff-
-IF it were the genuine article.
A tale of counterfeit merchandise ...also coming up.
Tonight in sports, Kelly Dampeer is already making his mark in pro baseball.
Steve Mason has his story plus, J.R. Reid is returning to the Hornets.
And we'll check in on the second round of the women's city-county golf
tournament that has a new leader.
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Cocaine
A suspected big-time drug dealer from North Carolina is behind bars in
The Sheriff's department has watched 44-year-old Tonie Richmond for more
than a year.
Acting on a tip, state police and investigators from three counties stopped
Richmond on a North Carolina highway last night.
They seized his truck and several grams of cocaine.
After searching his home, police also arrested his girlfriend for possession
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((MAJOR RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT: IT WAS A MOBILE HOME. IT WAS
EXTREMELY IMMACULATE AND IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. THE CASWELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S
OFFICE AND NORTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY PATROL GOT A SEARCH WARRANT AND LOOKED
THROUGH IT AND LOCATED GUNS, AND SOME CRACK COCAINE, AND A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT
OF MONEY TOO.))
SUPER=01-Major Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=amount of money too
Link describes Richmond as self-employed ...but says the I-R-S is also
A federal grand jury has indicted six people who were allegedly selling
thousands of dollars worth of phony brand- name goods at a Tazewell County flea
In a raid June first, federal agents confiscated two tractor trailer loads
of merchandise with a counterfeit value of about three- million dollars.
The goods include t-shirts, sunglasses, watches and handbags, using fake
logos for Nike, Guess? and Tommy Hilfiger.
Investigators say the wholesale operation was selling the goods to people
who then sold them on the street.
IN Q=much of this
((BOB CROUCH/U.S. ATTORNEY; MUCH OF THIS MATERIAL IS MANUFACTURED OUT OF THE
UNITED STATES AND CONSEQUENTLY COSTS AMERICAN JOBS, SECONDLY, THE CONSUMER,
UNKNOWNING OF WHAT THEY MIGH BE PURCHASING, THINKING THEY'RE GETTING A DEAL,
GETS A PRODUCT OF INFERIOR QUALITY.))
SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/U.S. Attorney;
OUT Q=of inferior quality
Five of the men charged are from far Southwest Virginia, one is from North
If convicted, they each face up to ten years in prison.
The counterfeit goods will be destroyed, or given to charity.
A Christiansburg man- -known for his attempts to harm himself during his
murder trial- -has tried again-- this time in his jail cell.
Sheriff's officials say Michael Knowles apparently stabbed himself with part
of the wrist band on his watch Monday morning.
The wound required a couple of stitches.
This is the third time he's tried to hurt himself in less than two months.
During his jury trial-- he attempted to cut his neck with part of a
Last week-- he tried to stab himself with a pencil during sentencing for
killing his wife.
Knowles has been taken to a state mental hospital.
The search for a killer continues in Lynchburg.
31- year- old Steven Withers was gunned down near the intersection of 15th
and Monroe Streets early Tuesday morning.
Peace activists gathered at the site today, calling for an end to violence.
They say every murder reaches across neighborhood lines.
IN Q=It's not just
((SUSAN RUSTECK/PEACE EDUCATION CENTER: IT'S NOT JUST A PARTICULAR SECTION OF
THE CITY AND LIKE YOU SAY WE'RE ALL NEIGHBORS, WE'RE ALL PART OF THE CITY AND
THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND IT DOES AND CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE FOR A WHOLE VARIETY OF
SUPER=01-Susan Rusteck/Peace Education Center; :00
OUT Q=variety of reasons.
Police last night recovered the car Withers was driving shortly before he
Mother Nature is providing some much needed rain for the region... after a
dry spell that had some shade-seekers creating unique methods to stay cool.
News 7's Tonya Flory reports today's showers ARE cooling things off a bit and
replenishing Roanoke's water supply.
IN Q= Our average
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SUPER=01-Alexis Cundiff/Day Care; :40 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Kyle Stuart/Day Care; :48 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Chelsea Kelley/Day Care; :56
OUT Q=news 7
IN Q= Our average
((GARY ROBERTSON/UTILITY DIRECTOR:OUR AVERAGE FOR THE LAST THREE DAYS HAS
INCREASED ABOUT 40-PERCENT OVER OUR NORMAL WATER USE. YESTERDAY FOR THE SPRING
HOLLOW PLANT WE HAD A NEW PEAK RECORD OF THREE-POINT-SIX MILLION GALLONS A DAY
OUT Q=gallons a day
but the county has not put any restrictions on water use...but where is all the
IN Q= I'm sure there is
((GARY ROBERTSON/UTILITY DIRECTOR:I'M SURE THERE IS A LOT OF GRASS WATERING AND
PROBABLY SOME KIDS SWIMMING AND PLAYING IN THE WATER.))
OUT Q= in the water
(nat sound kids at day care)The Coutry Bear Day Care is not only providing
babysitting service, they've also created a water slide for children to play
while keeping cool...
IN Q= We're sliding down
((ALEXIS CUNDIFF/DAY CARE:WE'RE SLIDING DOWN SOME TARPS AND HAVING WATER PLAY
AND GETTING SPRAYED WITH THE HOSE))
OUT Q= with the hose
IN Q= Because I get
((KYLE STUART/DAY CARE:CUZ I GET SOAKED AND IT COOLS US OFF))
OUT Q= cools us off
And when bubbles are added to the water...
IN Q= They make it
((CHELSEA KELLEY/DAY CARE; THEY MAKE IT MORE SLICK SO WE CAN GO DOWN FASTER AND
WE CAN GET MORE WET. AND YOU GET A BATH TOO--UH, HUH))
OUT Q=bath too...uh-huh.
((now that the temperatures have dropped, residents are staying indoors not to
keep cool, but to stay dry. Tonya Flory, News 7))
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Still to come on the newscast, a Roanoke Valley charity says relief is in
sight for its own problems,
and we'll see how a man from Lynchburg is using Stone Age techniques to make
surgical tools that are on the cutting edge.
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A Wythe County man believes his past is one reason prosecutors went after
him for allegedly threatening an I-R-S employee.
David Bickley was indicted today after declining an offer for unsupervised
Bickley says he was frustrated with the government because several trees had
been cut down in his yard without permission and 14- hundred dollars was
missing from his tax return.
But says he never used threatening language while on the phone with a female
IN Q=I said
((DAVID BICKLEY:I SAID, WELL, LADY, YOU ALL ARE MESSING WITH MY TAXES, MESSING
WITH TREES, GOVERNMENT DOESN'T OBEY THEIR OWN RULES AND LAWS, I SAID, YOU KNOW,
DO US ALL A FAVOR, GET A GUN AND BLOW MY DAM BRAINS OUT AND PUT ME OUT OF MY
SUPER=07-David Bickley; :00
OUT Q=my misery.
Last March-- Bickley chained himself to a bench in front of the Poff Federal
Building in Roanoke-- upset over the trees that had been cut down in his yard.
Medical science is mostly about modern inventions, but some doctors across
the country are falling back on a Stone Age tool for performing surgery.
Steve Smallshaw introduces us to a Lynchburg man who makes scalpels the VERY
old- fashioned way.
IN Q=Armed only with
SUPER=01-Errett Callahan/Anthropologist; :39
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Armed only with a block of obsidian and replicas of ancient tools,
anthropologist Errett Callahan is employing Stone Age technology to produce a
modern medical marvel.
((THEN I HOLD MY BREATH AND PUSH DOWN.. THERE WE GO.))
Each push flakes off a thin slice of volcanic glass, about six inches long
with edges that are more than a hundred times sharper than steel.
natsot cutting 8:46:00
Callahan then dulls down one edge of the knife, and leaves a small cutting
blade on the other.. the finished product is almost identical to a modern
IN Q=And doctors
((ERRETT CALLAHAN/ANTHROPOLOGIST: AND DOCTORS DON'T WANT A TOOL WHICH THEY HAVE
TO RELEARN HOW TO HOLD, THEY WANT SOMETHING OF THE SAME LENGTH, WIDTH,
THICKNESS AND CURVATURE OF THEIR TRADITIONAL SCALPELS AND THIS COMES PRETTY
CLOSE TO THAT.))
OUT Q=close to that.
The prismatic blades, as they're called, sell to physicians for about 20
dollars apiece.. and there are no unsatisfied customers.
IN Q=There's never been
((ERRETT CALLAHAN: THERE'S NEVER BEEN THE SLIGHTEST DRAWBACK TO ANY OF THE
PIECES AS FAR AS BREAKING OR DAMAGING OR DULLING OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. IT'S
JUST A GOOD PRODUCT THAT'S SITTING THERE WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED.))
OUT Q=to be discovered.
IN Q=Some doctors
((Some doctors HAVE discovered the prismatic blades.. in fact, the Callahans
physician here in Lynchburg used one to deliver their daughter eight years ago.
But without extensive research, many doctors apparently are reluctant to try
OUT Q=to try them.
Those who HAVE used them say the prismatic blade cuts more cleanly, leaving
less of a scar.
In his quiet workshop, Errett Callahan continues to make them.. waiting for
20th century doctors to catch up with a 2500- year- old tool.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
A Roanoke motel that had become a downtown eyesore celebrated the completion
of its facelift, name and ownership changes this morning.
The new Howard Johnson Express Inn officially opened for business today.
Its owner says when he began renovating the former Travel Lodge in March,
the walls were the only thing left standing.
The project represents almost a half- million- dollars worth of work.
((SONNY SHAH/HOWARD JOHNSON OWNER-OPERATOR: EVERYTHING IS BRAND NEW. WE HAVE
NEW WALLPAPERS, CARPETS, REFRIGERATORS, MICROWAVES, TV'S, AIR CONDITIONERS,
BATHROOM FLOOR. EVERYTHING IS BRAND NEW.))
SUPER=01-Sonny Shah/Howard Johnson Owner-Operator;
OUT Q=brand new.
Also today the AmeriSuites Valley View held its official grand opening
The hotel has actually been open since March.
It is specifically designed for corporate travelers.
A big day on Wall Street today as a 63 point surge pushed
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Democratic candidate for governor Don Beyer is the big winner so far-- at
least when it comes to campaign fundraising.
So far, Beyer has raised four- point- nine million dollars.
This puts Beyer on track to meet or surpass the record nine-point- two
million raised by Marshall Coleman in his 1989 bid for governor.
Meanwhile, Republican challenger Jim Gilmore has received four- point-
In the money race for lieutenant governor, Republican candidate John Hager
has picked up more than one million dollars.
Democrat L-F Payne isn't far behind at 953- thousand dollars.
Roanoke's TRUST trouble center is bursting at the seams.
But plans are under way for the facility to expand to the house next door.
The added space will provide relief for overcrowding, but creates more
demands for volunteers.
IN Q=Our shelter at
((JANICE DINKINS/TRUST SHELTER DIRECTOR: OUR SHELTER AT TIMES IS FULL TO
CAPACITY AND HAS BEEN REGULARLY FOR THE PAST MONTH TO SIX WEEKS. SO, THE
VOLUNTEERS ARE REALLY UNDER A LOT OF STRESS TO DEAL WITH 13 TO 15 PEOPLE IN THE
HOME AND TRY TO MONITOR THE HOTLINES. SO, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Janice Dinkins/TRUST Shelter Director;
OUT Q=volunteers right now
Dinkins says for the first time in the shelter's history, all of its
programs will be housed together.
She says the purchase of the house and the renovation of BOTH buildings
will cost 350- thousand dollars.
The Trust shelter offers temporary housing to families and individuals in
The new building is expected to be fully operational in early 1999.
Coming up tonight; we will hit the links; from a preview of the British
open to the city-county tournament, and a local baseball product is trying to
make the grade in the pros.
OUT Q=...in sports"
Despite the much needed rain and the active skies this afternoon, the folks
over in Salem says the Avalanche game with Frederick is still on for tonight.
The first pitch is still set for 7, at this moment.
There also has been some rain in Lynchburg this afternoon, but the tarp was
on the field when it hit City Stadium, and the Hillcats game with Wilmington
also is still on for 7.
Kelly Dampeer has found a home with the Appalachian League Burlington
Steve Mason updates us on his professional career.
IN Q=first audio
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 16, 1992; :11
SUPER=03-Radford/1997 Season; :17
SUPER=01-Kelly Dampeer/Burlington Infielder; :43
SUPER=01-Harry Spilman/Burlington Manager
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((A member of the Cleveland Indians organization...a position far removed
from quarterbacking the Northside football team, or even leading Radford
University's baseball team in hitting. And while Kelly has always spoken
softly and carried a big stick; it is defense that's been his ace in the hole
at the professional level.
In 19 games for Burlington; Dampeer has 19 hits in 72 at bats for a .264
average. He is tied for first in the Appalachian league in doubles with 10.
Playing in Danville, Martinsville, Pulaski, and Burlington; allows Kelly's
family and friends to attend his games;. His father, the minister at Oakland
Baptist, has four church trips planned this season to watch his son play.
Dampeer' rookie league season wraps up at the end of August. Steve mason, News
Two time champion Dot Bolling is a round closer to winning her third
straight Roanoke City-County golf tournament with the final round scheduled for
Hunting Hills tomorrow.
Bolling trailed by a shot at the start of today's round. But she knocked
in this 15 foot eagle putt at the 8-th hole and she finished the round with a
74 for a total of 150 and a three shot lead on Marilyn Bussey and Janet
IN Q="I could...
((DOT BOLLING/SECOND ROUND LEADER: ))
((JANET COCHRANE/TIED FOR SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/Second Round Leader; :00
SUPER=01-Janet Cochrane/Tied For Second; :10
OUT Q=.........I guess."
Blue Hills leads the team competition with a 647, Hidden Valley is second
followed by The Roanoke Country Club and Countryside.
The British Open, golf's third major of the year opens tomorrow at the Royal
Troon course in Scotland.
Tom Lehman is the defending champ, Brit Colin Montgomerie is the sentimental
And Tiger Woods is the outright favorite. Tiger played his third practice
round today trying to get used to the swirling winds that always plague the
There have been a couple of notable moves in the NFL today as cams around
the league continue to open.
The Broncos will have pro bowl tight end Shannon Sharpe on hand when they
open camp tomorrow.
Sharpe has come to terms with Denver on a three year $7 and a half million
dollar deal that ensures he will end his career in Denver.
And the Packers signed veteran linebacker Seth Joyner to a one year deal
Joyner was released by the Cardinals in a cost cutting move earlier this
The Charlotte Hornets have reached into the past to solidify their future.
This afternoon the team announced that it has re-signed J.R. Reid.
J.R. was the Hornets top draft pick in 1989 and he spent over three seasons
with the team before he was traded to San Antonio.
JR, who also starred at Kempsville high in Virginia Beach, played in France
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