Coming up on NEWS 7:
A six- year old boy drowns in the Roanoke River.
A major structure fire on Church Street in Lynchburg- -we'll have a live
report on the aftermath and clean-up- -now underway.
Tonight in sports, Jamie Sharper signs with the Ravens, a trio of former
college stars from the state are trying to make their mark with the Skins.
And we'll talk with Dell Curry, the Hornets veteran star guard, who was in
More rain on the way. Today's variety included very heavy downpours. We
will see that again Wednesday.
A six year-old boy drowned this afternoon at the Roanoke River Wayside near
IN Q=The father and his 3
((BAT. CHIEF TOMMY FUQUA/ROANOKE CO.FIRE & RESCUE: THE FATHER AND HIS 3 YOUNG
CHILDREN WERE WADING IN THE RIVER HERE. THEY GOT IN WATER OVER THEIR HEAD..
GOT IN DANGER ))
SUPER=01-Bat. Chief Tommy Fuqua/Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue
OUT Q=got in danger
The father WAS able to get two of the children safely to shore.
He went back in after his young son but couldn't find him.
It all happened shortly after noon. Divers from Salem, the State Police and
Scrugs dive team were on the scene.
Low water- visibility and rain complicated the search.
The boy's body was found about an-hour and a half later. His identity has
not been released.
Authorities say there have been several drownings at this same location over
the past few years.
Stunned business owners are wondering how they're going to recover from last
night's fire which gutted a building in downtown Lynchburg.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw talked with several of them today.
Keith, it took firefighters more than six hours to bring that blaze under
control.. but it will take weeks and even months before those burned out
businesses can get back on track.
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SUPER=01-Wayne Ramsey/Dawson Ford Garbee Real Estate; :11
SUPER=01-Lou Basten/Cousin of Owner; :38
SUPER=01-Bill Robertson/Marshall Lodge Member; :55
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; 1:18
OUT Q=unusual burn patterns.
(( As firefighters spent hours pouring water on the remains of 860 Church
Street, those whose businesses went up in fire and smoke could only stand and
IN Q=I thought I
((WAYNE RAMSEY/DAWSON FORD GARBEE REAL ESTATE: I THOUGHT I HAD ENOUGH ON MY
SHOULDERS PUTTING UP A NEW OFFICE, NOW I'VE GOT PLENTY. I'VE GOT TO REBUILD AN
ENTIRE COMPANY, GET ALL NEW SUPPLIES, EVERYTHING.))
If misery loves company, Wayne Ramsey isn't alone.
Smoke had blackened most of the Preston- Hopkinson printing company in the
basement of the burned out building.
Next door, six inches of water had flooded the Virginia Arts store.. and
workers were trying to salvage valuable signed prints from the waterlogged
IN Q=The real tragedy
((LOU BASTEN/COUSIN OF OWNER: THE REAL TRAGEDY OF A FIRE LIKE THIS, YOU LOSE
ITEMS LIKE THIS, THEY CAN'T BE REPLACED.))
OUT Q=be replaced.
Whether the building can be saved is another question.
The Masons lodge has stood on this spot for two hundred years and most of
their upstairs headquarters is still intact.
They are understandably reluctant to move on.
IN Q=I think what
((BILL ROBERTSON/MARSHALL LODGE MEMBER: I THINK WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS JUST
FALL BACK AND JUST WAIT UNTIL THEY DECIDE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. NOW WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT GETTING A CRANE AND REMOVING THE DEBRIS IN THE FRONT SIDE, AND
THEN LOOK AT IT FROM THAT POINT.))
OUT Q=from that point.
natsot open door
Tons of debris will have to be removed before investigators can get inside
and try to determine what caused the fire.
With this much damage, it's possible they may never know.
IN Q=It's extremely
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: IT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ON DETERMINING
FIRE CAUSE WHEN WE HAD SO MANY HOT SPOTS THAT BURNED FOR HOURS AND HOURS IN
THERE, IT CAN GIVE US SOME REAL UNUSUAL BURN PATTERNS.))
OUT Q=unusual burn patterns.))
Fire marshal John Jennings says he believes the building ultimately will
have to be torn down.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
He adds that any attempt at salvaging items from inside is only going to
slow down his fire investigation. Keith?
A surprise drug test put 120 people in handcuffs yesterday... again.
Former prison inmates in Lynchburg and Southside were told to meet in
Collinsville yesterday, with no explanation.
Each of the 247 who showed up was searched by a police dog team and given a
41-PERCENT tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, amphetimenes, or
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IN Q=There was no
((DAVID BOTKINS/VA. DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS: THERE WAS NO INHERENT SUSPICION. I
MEAN YOU ALWAYS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR PAROLEES AND PROBATIONERS WHO HAVE
BEEN INCARCERATED IN THE PAST RE-OFFENDING, DOING SOMETHING WRONG, USING OR
ABUSING DRUGS. AND RATHER THAN JUST HOPE THEY DON'T DO IT AGAIN, THE
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IS ENSURING THEY'RE NOT GONNA DO IT AGAIN BY RANDOM
SUPER=01-David Botkins/Va. Dept. of Corrections;
OUT Q=random drug tests.
It's the third "Operation Consequences" sting the state's conducted.
In the first two, in Richmond and Tidewater, only a little more than one in
four of the ex- cons tested positive.
For years there's been talk about a new interstate coming through our area.
Now it's time to get down to the details of planning for it.
The Department of Transportation kicked off one of the most time- consuming
phases of the I-73 project today.
It's conducting a location study for the part of the road between Roanoke
and North Carolina.
IN Q=The study
((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT: THE STUDY PHASE WE'RE IN NOW WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE YEARS
TO ACCOMPLISH. AND WE'LL BEGIN THE JOB OF NARROWING DOWN THE CORRIDOR. AFTER
THIS STUDY IS COMPLETED WE'LL HAVE A DESIGN LINE FROM WHICH WE COULD BEGIN OUR
DESIGN PHASE WHICH COULD TAKE ANOTHER THREE OR FOUR YEARS. THAT HAS TO BE
COMPLETED BEFORE WE EVER GET TO CONSTRUCTION.))
V-DOT wants citizen input on the project.
You can comment by calling 1-888-I-73-PLAN.
A head-on collision in Wythe County this morning killed two women from Bland
Two other people were seriously injured in the accident.
State police say 68-year-old Dorothy Umberger tried to pass a car on a road
north of Wytheville, and ran head-on into another vehicle.
Umberger was killed, along with a passenger, 81-year-old Iva Atwell Neel.
A third woman in the car, Mary Jo Hunter, is listed in very serious
condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The driver of the other vehicle, John Olinger, Jr. of Chilhowie, was also
taken to R-M-H.
Three years ago union workers at Yokohama Tire in Salem engaged in a bitter,
11- week strike over a new contract.
That contract runs out at midnight tomorrow.
United Steelworkers local 10-23 and Yokohama management are still at the
Neither side will comment on how the talks are going.
But a person familiar with the situation does not believe they're close to a
Yokohama has about 900 workers in Salem, making it one of the area's largest
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There has been international pressure on Governor Allen to commute Joseph
O'Dell's death sentence---today the governor responded. That story is
straight ahead on News 7 at Six.
Also they vowed they weren't moving--but the protest is over for now for two
activists opposed to logging at a National Forest.
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Governor George Allen says he's had thousands of requests from around the
world to spare Joseph O'Dell's life -- including two from the Pope.
And, he says, most have been respectful and well reasoned pleas.
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IN Q=It's hard
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN. TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, OBVIOUSLY
AS A CANDIDATE AND AS A GOVERNOR, I SUPPORT THE DEATH SENTENCE AS AN OPTION FOR
JURIES. NEVERTHELESS IT'S DIFFERENT THOUGH WHEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING
ABOUT IT. HUMAN INSTINCT IS TO SAVE LIVES.))
OUT Q=save lives.
The Governor was less enthusiastic when told by a Washington Post reporter
that some Italians were labelling Virginians "rednecks" because of O'Dell's
IN Q=Well I don't
((WELL I DON'T ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT IS TRUE. I THINK THAT'S AN INSULTING
REMARK. THIS IS THE PLACE OF THE CRADLE OF AMERICA'S CIVILIZATION AT
OUT Q=at Jamestown.
Allen insists that he's still considering some form of clemency -- although
he says there's "a mountain of evidence" proving O'Dell's guilt.
Two activists with the Shenandoah Ecoysystems Defense Group now face federal
charges--after blocking a logging road in George Washington National Forest
IN Q= We're physically putting
((JASON HALBERT/SEDG ACTIVIST: WE'RE PHYSICALLY PUTTING AND LOCKING OURSELVES
TO THIS ROAD AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE REMOVED ))
SUPER=01-Jason Halbert/SEDG Activist;
OUT Q=to be removed
But that wasn't the case. Halbert along with Tray Biasiolli was arrested
They were protesting a plan to cut-down 187 acres of trees in the forest.
The pair had formed a human blockade by locking their arms to underground
Anti-abortion protestors held a graphic demonstration in Roanoke today.
A group called Life and Liberty Ministries from Petersburg stood at the
intersection of Williamson Road and Route 460, holding up large color posters
showing an aborted fetus.
They say the graphic pictures are necessary to get their message across.
IN Q=we just want
((DENNIS GREEN/LIFE AND LIBERTY MINISTRIES; WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THE
TRUTH, THAT'S THE FACT. WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF ABORTION, THEY THINK INTERMS OF
CLICHES AND THE AFGUMENTS THAT MAY SIMPLIFY IT AND PUT IT IN A LITTLE BOX. BUT
THAT'S THE REALITY, A DISMEMBERED CHILD, AND THAT;'S WHAT WE'RE SHOWING
SUPER=01-Dennis Green/Life And Liberty Ministries;
OUT Q=what we're showing people
One motorists stopped and complained to police about the signs... she was
upset because her five-year-old daughter saw them.
Police say a few people phoned in complaints as well.
A local abortion rights group says it had an increase in donations as a
result of the protest.
A spokesman for Planned Parenthood, says they were flooded with calls from
people who were upset by the graphic posters.
Roanoke city police don't need more training on how to arrest drunks.
That's the conclusion of a federal judge, dismissing a lawsuit against the
Lennord Davidson said city police used unnecessary force then they arrested
him three years ago... tackled him and beat him, Davidson said.
He spent three weeks in the hospital.
Judge Jackson Kiser pointed to just 49 complaints out of more than
55-hundred arrests. The judge said that fails to indicate a need for more
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told a House committee today the
economy's performance has been "exceptional."
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His remarks set off a rally on Wall Street-- The Dow climbed 155 points to
close at eight thousand 62... a record high.
NASDAQ gained 24 points.
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Supporters of welfare reform say people receiving public assistance are a
largely untapped worker resource.
That's part of the philosophy behind Virginia's Initiative for Employment
VIEW takes effect October first in the Roanoke Valley, requiring able-
bodied welfare recipients to find jobs.
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But it also includes an extensive training program to QUALIFY recipients
IN Q=I believe a majority
((JOYCE EARL/ROANOKE CO. SOCIAL SERVICES: I BELIEVE A MAJORITY OF THE JOB
SEEKERS WNAT TO WORK-- MAYBE DON'T KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT GETTING A JOB, ARE NOT
IN A COMMUNITY WHERE THEY SEE OTHERS WORKING, ARE NOT FROM FAMILIES WHERE
THEY'VE SEEN PEOPLE WORKING. I BELIEVE THAT ONCE THEY GO TO WORK, IT'LL BE
SUPER=01-Joyce Earl/Roanoke Co. Social Services;
OUT Q=it'll be contagious
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VIEW requires eligible recipients to sign an agreement of personal
Job seekers then must attend a job readiness program to develop employment
After that, the job hunt begins.
And once they find a job, participants take part in an employment
retention program to learn how to keep it.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, we'll talk with 11 year NBA veteran Dell
Curry, who was in town today.
Plus, Jamie Sharper signs with the Ravens,
and we'll head back up to Frostburg and talk with three former area college
stars who trying to live out a dream of playing in the NFL.
Dell Curry is reaching a mile stone in his career, and his major goal after
11 years in the NBA is to earn a championship ring.
Curry is in the process of moving into a new home. And that along with the
other activities he's involved with in charlotte during the Summer keep him
But the Hornets' shooting guard always has time to drive up from Charlotte
to attend Page Moir's summer basketball camp.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
((DELL CURRY/CHARLOTTE HORNET GUARD: ))
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Charlotte Hornet Guard; :00
OUT Q=.....TO COME BACK."
Curry is an 11 year veteran in the N-B-A 9 of those years with the Hornets.
He has a year left on his contract with Charlotte and he would like to end his
And last years experience in the playoffs have Curry talking about some day
winning an N-B-A championship.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
OUT Q=...........WHAT HAPPENS."
Another former Virginia Cavalier football star has come to contract terms
with an NFL team.
Last week Tiki and Ronde Barber along with James Farrior all signed,
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and today James Farrior, Baltimore's second round draft pick inked a three
year deal with the ravens.
The Ravens hope UVa's all-time leading tackler will be in uniform and in camp
The Washington Redskins only practice of today just wrapped up a few minutes
ago up in Frostburg, Maryland.
Right now more than 80 players are vying for spots on the final roster,
including three former college stars from the state.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
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SUPER=01-Jim Kitts/Redskins Fullback From Ferrum; :28
SUPER=01-Don Reynolds/Redskins Tackle From UVa; 1:10
SUPER=01-Ryan Kuehl/Redskins Tackle From UVa; 1:39
OUT Q=...MBA PROGRAMS."
(( Former Ferrum College linebacker Jim Kitts is back in Frostburg this summer
trying to prove that there's still a place in the NFL for longshots.
Kitts, who was also in camp last year playing defense, is trying to make the
team as a fullback this summer.
And his good hands and the "No Fear" attitude he possess while playing
special teams are at the very least earning him a look from General manager
((JIM KITTS/REDSKINS FULLBACK FROM FERRUM:))
Although he's three years older Kitts, former UVa star lineman Don Reynolds
isn't ready to give up the pursuit of his dream either.
The Axton native, who played at Laurel Park high school, has been in camp
with the Falcons, Lions, Patriots and Redskins since leaving Virginia in 1991
but he's yet to make it.
((DON REYNOLDS/REDSKINS DEFENSIVE END FROM UVA:))
Without a doubt former UVa star Ryan Kuehl has the best chance of making the
team. The 1994 UVa graduate was on the Skins practice squad last season, and
actually joined the active roster for two games.
((RYAN KUEHL/REDSKINS TACKLE FROM UVA:))
This year he brings those three features to not only his defensive tackle
spot but also to special teams where he is a backup long snapper.
And through it all, Kuehl has managed to maintain his outrageous sense of
The weather wasn't nearly as hot as the golf in the final round of the
Roanoke Valley Golf Association's Junior tournament today.
Travis Horak followed his 67 at Blue Hills yesterday by shooting a 7 under
par 64 this afternoon at Countryside.
He was five under par at the 12-th hole, and he finished the tournament with
a 131 two day total for a 10-shot win in the Senior Division.
Darryl Byrd shot a two under par 69 today to finish 36 holes at 141 in
Lee Taylor won the Junior division Matthew Gregory took the Pee Wee title
and Michael Kidd captured the Midget championship.
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