Coming up next on News 7 at Six... A Roanoke priest is accused of fondling a
woman at a Michigan Hotel.
And Virginia's Candidates for Governor put their rival tax plans on the
table in a debate at the Greenbrier.
In sports, Mike Stevens checks in from the Redskins training camp the
Commonwealth games continued today.
And Tiger Woods shot today's low round and there's a new leader at the
Just another hot, dry day-- but thundershowers are bringing some relief
throughout the area.
Details, plus a check on Hurricane Danny and the beach forecast coming up.
A 20-year old woman is accusing a 65-year old Roanoke priest of fondling
According to police the incident happened in Detroit, Michigan at a Westin
The woman-- a maid at the hotel-- is accusing Assad Awad of grabbing and
fondling her while she was vacuuming his room.
This is Awad's 25th year as pastor of the Saint Elias Catholic Church and
it's the second time he's been charged with a sex-related offense.
In 1987 he was accused of soliciting a police woman working undercover as a
But General District Judge Edward Kidd dismissed the case ruling Awad did
Meanwhile police are continuing their investigation into this latest
A Gretna man is dead after being ejected from one car and run over by
another one along route 935 in Pittsylvania County.
The accident happened about 1:30 this morning.
17-year old Rondae Farhan Hall and another man crashed into a car that was
stopped in the middle of the road and facing the opposite direction.
The impact threw Hall out of his car and into the path of another oncoming
car which ran over him.
Officials pronounced Hall dead at the scene.
We would all probably like to have the ability to know ahead of time when we
may need emergency medical services.
Many people are often caught off guard when they are billed for ambulance
transportation to a hospital.
But in Pulaski, Regional Emergency Medical Services Incorporated--or
REMSI--is offering prepaid ambulance memberships.
Intern reporter Megan Johnson has our story...
IN Q=The memberships are
SUPER=01-David Smith/REMSI Executive Director; :16
SUPER=19-Megan Johnson; :27
SUPER=01-John Casey/Career EMT/Paramedic; :51
OUT Q=of care
((The memberships are available for 39 dollars and the cost covers any
emergency ambulance rides the household requires for the next year.
REMSI's executive director says the money made through ambulance memberships
helps fund other programs.
IN Q=Ambulance membership
((DAVID SMITH/REMSI EXECUTIVE DIR.: AMBULANCE MEMBERSHIP PROVIDES REVENUE FOR
REGIONAL EMS AND FOR THE SERVICES THAT ARE PROVIDING CARE FOR CITIZENS. IT
ALSO PROVIDES A REALLY GOOD VALUE TO THE CITIZENS, IT PROTECTS THEM FROM OUT OF
POCKET COST. ))
OUT Q=POCKET COST
IN Q=REMSI is also
((MEGAN JOHNSON/INTERN REPORTER: REMSI IS ALSO WORKING TO IMPROVE TIMES AND
BETTER COORDINATE SERVICES. ))
OUT Q=better coordinate services.
Results are already being noticed--response time has decreased by more than
40 percent in the Pulaski area. And there are now twice the number of
paramedics trained to deal with heart attack cases.
IN Q=People I
((JOHN CASEY/ CAREER EMT/PARAMEDIC: PEOPLE I DON'T THINK TEND TO REALIZE HOW
MUCH IT DOES COST TO ACTUALLY RUN AN AMBULANCE CALL AND THE FEE SERVICE THAT WE
PROVIDE BY USING THE MEMBERSHIP WHEREBY THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS BY PROVIDING
MONEY AND JOINING AS A MEMBER REALLY HELPS US SUPPLEMENT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE
HAVE TO RUN CALLS AND PROVIDE CARE TO THE PATIENTS. ))
OUT Q=the patients
The popularity of the program appears to be growing- more than a thousand
families are members for this year, which is about a hundred more than this
time last year.
Megan Johnson News 7 Dublin.))
A Radford man faces a 25-hundred dollar fine and a possible prison term for
The FBI arrested Bruce W. Rehm for allegedly trying to extort money from
Philip Morris, who he believes is using asbestos-laced filters.
Rehm was charged with misdemeanor extortion after asking an FBI agent posing
as an executive with the company for two million dollars.
Rehm is expected to plead guilty in federal court.
Dueling personal property tax proposals and the future of Virginia tobacco
farmers topped today's debate between the candidates for Virginia's next
Democrat Don Beyer and Republican Jim Gilmore squared off in their first
Denise Allen reports.
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SUPER=04-White Sulphur Springs; :00
OUT Q=News 7 White Sulphur Springs
((The Greenbrier Hotel and the Virginia Bar Association supplied the
backdrop for the Beyer-Gilmore show-down.
Democrat Don Beyer took the opportunity to unveil his personal property tax
His plan calls for an immediate state tax credit.
IN Q= AN INDIVIDUAL
((DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: AN INDIVIDUAL MAKING LESS THAN
40-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR AND A FAMILY MAKING LESS THAN 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS
WOULD GET A 250-DOLLAR ANNUAL CREDIT. IT WON'T BE PHASED IN IN 2003. IT WILL
TAKE EFFECT IN 1998.))
OUT Q=IN 1998
IN Q=THERE'S NOT ONLY
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: THERE'S NOT ONLY GOING TO BE MONEY FOR
EDUCATION, BUT ALSO THE MONEY TO REDUCE THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX. IT'S GOING
TO BE PHASED IN OVER FOUR YEARS. IT'S GOING TO BE ON THE FIRST 20-THOUSAND
DOLLAR VALUE OF EACH CAR. WE WILL HOLD THE COUNTIES AND CITIES HARMLESS FOR
OUT Q=IN THE STATE
Gilmore says jobs and economic growth are exactly what he's been trying to
protect during the tobacco settlement talks--though the state was not
represented during negotiations.
IN Q=I KNOW THOSE
((GILMORE: I KNOW THOSE 40 ATTORNEY GENERALS AND I KNOW THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE
WORKERS OF VIRGINIA IN MIND WHEN THEY WERE DOING THEIR NEGOTIATIONS. WE KEPT
OUR HANDS FREE TO BE PREPARED TO GO INTO CONGRESS AND TO BE SURE WE COULD
PROTECT THE WORKING FAMILIES AND I INTEND TO WORK WITH CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE
WHEN I'M GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA WE PROTECT THE WORKING FAMILIES WHILE AT THE SAME
TIME WE HERE IN VIRGINIA CAN PROVIDE STATE LEADERSHIP TO STOP UNDER AGE PEOPLE
OUT Q=FROM SMOKING
IN Q=WHAT THE GROWERS
((BEYER: WHAT THE GROWERS ARE TELLING ME TODAY IS THAT THEY'RE VERY UPSET THAT
VIRGINIA HAD NO SEAT AT THE SETTLEMENT. WE DIDN'T NEED TO JOIN IN THE SUIT
JUST TO BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN AND WORK THAT OUT. BOTTOM LINE IS I'VE NEVER MET A
TOBACCO GROWER OR A CIGARETTE COMPANY WORKER THAT WANTED KIDS TO SMOKE. WE CAN
KEEP VIRGINIA'S ECONOMY HEALTHY. WE CAN PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AT THE SAME
OUT Q=AT THE SAME TIME
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF A LONG CAMPAIGN SEASON.
AT THIS TIME THE ONLY OTHER FACE-OFF BETWEEN THE TWO WOULD BE GOVERNORS IS
THAT DEBATE IS IN RICHMOND.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))
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The search for a suspected serial killer and a hurricane named Danny are
hot topics on the Web this week.
You can keep up with both stories on this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=If you're wondering
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :05
((If you're wondering where are all those mug shots and pictures of multiple
murder suspect Andrew Cunanan, this is one of the sources.
Cunanan's face is featured on the FBI's ten most wanted web page...
Click on the picture and the site serves up details of the allegations, and a
bank of several other photographs.
You can get a brief update on the manhunt from the CBS Up To The Minute
And Miami CBS affiliate KFOR offers local web coverage of the story as it
develops in South Florida.
As hurricane Danny develops in the Gulf, News 7 offers a number of related
weather links on our home page...
This is the Storm Track system... you can check on the latest position,
bulletins and advisories concerning Danny, and pull up a picture showing the
On a lighter note, there's a new site up for music fans.
"Unfurled" is a joint effort by Yahoo and M-TV.
Type in your favorite band, and you'll get a list of websites created by the
band's fans... and the latest tour information.
For links to all these sites, and more hurricane information, visit the WDBJ
Website, at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-com.))
In the past week we've seen the Dow Jones Industrial Average finish above
the eight thousand barrier for the first time.
And the market as a whole continues to be having a strong year.
But just past the midpoint of 1997, it's time to ask a few questions about
where things will go from here.
Len Besthoff assembled a panel of experts and filed this report.
IN Q=The group
SUPER=01-George Brammer/VP-A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; :10
SUPER=01-Peter Dawyot/Catawba Capital Management; :18
SUPER=01-Joel Williams/Joel Williams & Assoc.; :27
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones; :46
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
((The group assembled generally agrees the stock market will continue its
upward climb the rest of the year.
IN Q=We do
((GEORGE BRAMMER/VP-A.G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC.: WE DO THINK THE MARKET'S GONNA
GO HIGHER IN THE SHORT TERM, LOOKING OUT INTO THE NEXT THREE TO SIX MONTHS.
THERE'S EVERY INDICATION THE DOW WILL REACH 82- OR 83- HUNDRED ACCORDING TO OUR
IN Q=We're a
((PETER DAWYOT/CATAWBA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: WE'RE A LITTLE BIT CAUTIOUS. WE
STILL THINK THE MARKET COULD WORK ITS WAY HIGHER, BUT THE FACT IS, VALUATIONS
TODAY ARE PRETTY HIGH.))
OUT Q=pretty high.
IN Q=The capital
((JOEL WILLIAMS/JOEL WILLIAMS & ASSOC.: THE CAPITAL SPENDING, WHICH HAS BEEN
GOING ON SINCE THE MID- EIGHTIES, IS NOT GOING INTO BUILDINGS AND BRICKS AND
MORTAR, BUT INTO TECHNOLOGY. YES THAT'S REPLACING SOME LABOR, BUT IT'S GOING
RIGHT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM LINE, DRIVING EARNINGS UP AND PROFITS UP AND THAT'S
GOING TO CONTINUE.))
OUT Q=going to continue.
IN Q=We have
((BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES: WE HAVE LOW INFLATION, WE HAVE THE LOWEST
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WE'VE SEEN IN THIS COUNTRY IN TWO DECADES. WE HAVE WAGES
INCREASING, AND EARNINGS GROWTH IS THERE FOR THE CORPORATIONS.
OUT Q=the corporations.
And if you're among the millions of Americans who now have a mutual fund
portfolio, here's a few tips if you think you may need some adjustments.
((BRAMMER: FREQUENTLY I SEE PEOPLE THAT IGNORE THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETS. AND
THAT IS AN AREA THAT DESERVES SOME SERIOUS ATTENTION. PERHAPS 15- TO- 20-
PERCENT OF THE PORTFOLIO.))
OUT Q=the portfolio.
((DAWYOT: ANOTHER AREA THAT I WOULD TAKE A HARD LOOK AT IS IF THEY'RE IN INDEX
FUNDS, I MIGHT BE INCLINED TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF THAT OFF THE TABLE. BECAUSE
THAT'S BEEN THE HOT SECTOR IN THE MARKET. IT'S BEEN VERY GOOD TO THEM. THEY
DEFINITELY HAVE SOME PROFITS.))
OUT Q=some profits.
For more matters financial, including comments on the merger mania in
Virginia's banking industry, watch On Record, Sunday morning at 11.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
This year marks the fiftieth year of tree-farming in the Commonwealth.
It's a practice that's good for forests but is often misunderstood.
Stacey Martin has more.
IN Q=It may not
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Stephen Bennett/Tree Farmer; :19
SUPER=@Stacey1; (this needs to be screen left) 1:02
SUPER=01-Rob Nelson/Professional Forester; 1:28
OUT Q=Alleghany County, News 7
((It may not look like it but this is the result of 30 years of hard work
and mother nature barely lifted a finger.
It's a tree farm.
Steve Bennett calls it his hobby but it's work that's helping to replenish
forests for generations to come.
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IN Q=The trees are
((STEPHEN BENNETT/TREE FARMER: THE TREES ARE THE BIGGEST PART OF THE FOREST.
THAT'S WHAT MOST PEOPLE SEE. BUT, IF YOU'RE REALLY INTO FOREST MANAGEMENT IT'S
MORE THAN THAT. WE USE THE FOREST FOR RECREATION, TO MANAGE WILDLIFE, TO BUILD
WILDLIFE PONDS, WILDLIFE CLEARINGS...))
OUT Q=wildlife clearings.
Farmers get started in the business for many different reasons--to grow
maple syrup, pine trees for the Christmas holidays, or for lumber as Bennett
has done for 30 years.
But, they all get started in much the same way--by clearing out old mangled
trees to make way for the new--or clear-cutting as it's called.
Bennett says it's needed to help the forest grow back healthier, faster and
stronger. But, the practice has recently given farmers like Bennett a bad name.
SOT 13.38.03 - 13.38.14
IN Q=Bennett says much
((STEPHEN BENNETT/TREE FARMER: BENNETT SAYS MUCH OF WHAT HE DOES IS
MISUNDERSTOOD AND PEOPLE THINK HE'S BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY INCORRECT BY CUTTING
DOWN TREES ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY SEE STUMPS LIKE THIS ONE.))
OUT Q=like this one.
After clear-cutting the sunlight is better able to reach the soil spurring
new tree growth such as this birch and this red oak.
And after just two years new forests like this one can average 66,000 trees
But, experts say clearing should be done as part of a management plan.
SOT 13.17.37 - 13.17.57
IN Q=A forest management
((ROB NELSON/PROFESSIONAL FORESTER: A FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN AS PREPARED BY A
PROFESSIONAL FORESTER WOULD CONSIDER THINGS LIKE THE AGE OF THE TREES THAT ARE
PRESENT, THEIR QUALITY, THEIR HEALTH, ANY DISEASES AFFECTING THEM, HOW WELL
THEY'RE ADAPTED ON THE SITE THEY'RE GROWING ON THE GROWING SITE ITSELF, HOW
GOOD THE SOIL IS AND IT'S CAPABILITY.))
OUT Q=and it's capability.
Nelson says the future for tree farming is more important now than when the
program first got underway.
Today 77 percent of forest land is privately owned and while it may be
private land it's a resource the public will depend on for years to come.
Stacey Martin, News 7 Alleghany County.))
And coming up, The Orioles and
White Sox hooked up today we'll have archery from the Commonwealth Games.
And Mike Stevens checks in with another report from the Washington Redskins
In was 1994 when Sweden's Jesper Parnevik lost a two shot lead on the final
hole and finished second at the
British Open. Well, He's got another shot at the title.
SUPER=03-Troon, Scotland/ABC SPORTS; :
Parnevik shot a 5 under par 66 today and he's the leader after the third
round. Parnevik is at 202, 11 under par for a two shot lead on yesterday's
leader Darren Clarke.
Tiger Woods got his game together today he tied the course record by
shooting a 7 under par 64 the low round of the tournament. Woods is three
Fred Couples and Justin Leonard are tied for third place a 6 under par.
In Baltimore, The Orioles hosted the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yard this
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/FOX SPORTS; :
Cal Ripken running to third it's Ripken's 2-thousand 410-th consecutive
And The Orioles got on the board in the bottom of the third Rafael Palmeiro
hits this shot over the right centerfield wall for a two run homer and the
Orioles led 3 to 1.
But chicago Rallied in the top of SUPER=35-Baltimore/8/Chicago/3/;the
fourth Ozzie Guillen singles to left centerfield scoring a run to tie the score
at 3 to 3 but Baltimore wins it 8 to 3.
The Washington Redskins continued training camp today up at Frostburg,
Maryland as the team stepped back on the field for the first time since
management made Gus Frerotte the 18 million dollar man.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Scott Ayers take a look at how frerotte;s new
deal is impacting the team.
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SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00
SUPER=01-Gus Frerotte/Signs For 18 Million; :13
SUPER=01-Jeff Hostetler/14 Year Veteran Quarterback; :54
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
The Barber brothers, Tiki and Ronde have both signed N-F-L contracts.
Yesterday evening, Ronde inked a three year deal with Tampa Bay. No financial
terms were released.
SUPER=03-Albany, NY; :
Tiki signed a three year deal with the New York giants on Thursday and
yesterday he was at the Giants training camp ready to get started on learning
the Giant offense.
IN Q="it's open...
((TIKI BARBER/NEW YORK GIANT RUNNING BACK: ))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/New York Giant Running Back; :00
OUT Q=.......forward to it."
Archery is one of the popular sports in the Commonwealth games and the man
to beat is C.D. Miller of Chilhowie.
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Miller has competed in archery competition for more than 35 years. But the
highlight of his season is the Commonwealth games. Miller has one his division
ever year he's competed.
IN Q="Any archery...
((C.D. MILLER/DEFENDING CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-C.D. Miller/Defending Champion; :
OUT Q=.........go to."
The Numbers are down at this years games but Miller says the sport is
having one of its biggest years since the United States won the gold medal in
IN Q=First audio
OUT Q=........has been."
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