On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
A guilty plea and comments from the UN-intended victim's family.
Law enforcement officers come to pay their respects to the son of a local
And we're back in the U-S - -at the Beatles Museum.
In sports, the Redskins sign their top draft pick, Mike Stevens check in
on Washington's defense, Roanoke Catholic begins high school football practice,
and Frank Anzalone and the Express front office never rests as the tandem
resigns three key players.
Today it's not just the humidity, it's the heat! But a cold front comes to
the rescue. Details ahead.
**Note Anchor Tag**
They set out to frighten an inter-racial couple- -teach them a lesson.
A little girl got in the way and died a violent death.
All that was 22- years ago.
Today Frank Helvestine finally owned up to his part in it.
IN Q=Guilty, accessory before
SUPER=01-Barry Mask/Victim's Father; :16
SUPER=04-1975 Virginia State Police Photo; :28
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Commonwealth's Attorney; :47
SUPER=01-Clarence Keeling/Intended Victim's Husband; 1:09
OUT Q=for 22 years
((GUILTY, ACCESSORY BEFORE THE FACT.))
Four times over- -insisting he was merely an accessory- -Helvestine pled
guilty to arson, two counts of unlawful wounding and one of involuntary
He supplied the bomb, another man planted it.
SOT on wide shot 13:31:23
((ANYTIME YOU PLACE A BOMB ANYWHERE, SOMEBODY'S GOING TO GET HURT.))
Barry Mask had just parked his car at the Kings Arms Apartments around
10-o'clock, May 10, 1975.
The bomb went off beneath the gas tank of the car in the space next to his.
The fire was so hot- -a pool of molten metal was all that was left of the
Carry Ann Mask was running for home- -to the ground- floor apartment- -when
shrapnel from the bomb hit her in the head.
She was a casualty of racial intolerance.
((mr. helvestine told him: "WE WERE GOING TO TEACH A LESSON TO A WHITE GIRL
THAT WAS LIVING WITH A BLACK MAN." ))
They were actually engaged to be married. Clarence Keeling insists he and
Ruth were NOT living together... though he frequented his fiance's apartment
and knew the Masks.
((on 2- shot 13:36:40
I KNEW THE CHILD QUITE WELL MYSELF. ))
The threat failed to separate the couple.
SOT Keeling 13:33:51
((IF THEY WANTED TO BREAK UP THIS HERE RACIAL THING, WHY PICK ON THE WOMAN? WHY
DIDN'T THEY COME AFTER ME?))
((YOU CAN PUT IT OUT THE BACK OF YOUR MIND IS ALL YOU CAN DO AND GO ON WITH
YOUR LIFE. THAT'S ALL I'VE BEEN DOING FOR 22 YEARS. ))))
OUT Q=for 22 years.
Helvestine faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced in September.
Yesterday's fatal accident in Roanoke was apparently the result of a jammed
The ordeal began as the station wagon carrying seven people drove down Windy
Gap Mountain into Roanoke County.
One of the survivors told police the accelerator stuck, and the driver, 47
year old Anna Marie Talbert of Boones Mill tried to stop the car with the
The brakes failed and fell apart at the Roanoke city limits.
The car ran over a guardrail, flipped several times and caught fire.
Police credit neighbors with putting out the fire and saving the lives of
the three surviving children.
IN Q=Oh it was really
((SHARON WOODS/NEIGHBOR; OH IT WAS AWFUL, IT WAS REALLY BAD. WE DIDN'T KNOW HOW
MANY PEOPLE WERE IN IT UNTIL THE GUY ACROSS THE YARD, HE WENT DOWN AND MY
HUSBAND RAN AND GOT HIS FIRE EXTINGUISHER ))
OUT Q=got his fire extinguisher
Talbert, her fourteen year old son, and two other teenagers were killed.
The three other children, ages 10 to 15 were hospitalized.
Police say their injuries are not life threatening.
A 17-year-old beauty queen, cheerleader and youth group leader died
yesterday in a Danville car crash.
Friends say Holly Lester's boyfriend Brian Godfrey leaned over to kiss her
as he drove on Route 41 around 2 a-m yesterday.
The car then swerved into a tree, killing Lester and leaving Godfrey with
minor head wounds.
Godfrey says he doesn't remember the accident.
IN Q=I'm sorry
((BRIAN GODFREY/VICTIM'S BOYFRIEND: I'M SORRY SHE'S GONE. I JUST WANT HER BACK
BECAUSE HEAVEN TO ME WAS WITH HER. I JUST KNOW I'LL SEE HER AGAIN ONE DAY IN
HEAVEN AND THAT WE'LL BE TOGETHER.
MYRA LESTER/VICTIM'S MOTHER: I'LL ALWAYS MISS HER. I KNOW THAT SHE'S IN A
BETTER PLACE AND I KNOW THAT GOD WILL SHOW ME THE REASON IN THE FUTURE.
EMILY STOWE/VICTIM'S FRIEND: SHE LOVED TO LAUGH. SHE WAS JUST THE TYPE OF
PERSON WHO COULD CHEER ANYBODY UP. IF YOU WERE DOWN AND TALKED TO HER YOU
ALWAYS WALKED AWAY WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE.))
SUPER=01-Brian Godfrey/Victim's Boyfriend;
SUPER=01-Myra Lester/Victim's Mother; :11
SUPER=01-Emily Stowe/Victim's Friend; :21
OUT Q=on your face
Funeral services for Holly Lester will be held tomorrow in Danville.
Funeral services were held today for the son of Bedford County sheriff Mike
Brown, who was killed in a car crash last week.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Week; :00
17- year- old Matthew Jordan Brown died early Friday when his car flipped
over on Route 691 about two miles from his home.
SUPER=03-Blue Ridge/Today; :08
Hundreds of family members, friends and law enforcement officers from across
the state attended today's services at Glade Creek Lutheran Church.
IN Q=Quite a fine
((TONY WARE/FAMILY FRIEND: QUITE A FINE YOUNG FELLOW, VERY TALENTED YOUNG MAN.
I THINK THE FELLOW COULD HAVE HAD A GREAT CAREER IN THE ENTERTAINMENT FIELD. HE
WAS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHED MAGICIAN, ESPECIALLY FOR SOMEONE AS YOUNG AS HE IS.))
((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY ALL OVER THE
STATE AND I RECKON THE NATION, IS A CLOSEKNIT COMMUNITY, AND SOMETHING HAPPENS
TO A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER, A TRAGIC SITUATION ESPECIALLY LIKE THIS, WE'RE HERE
TO SUPPORT SHERIFF BROWN AND HIS FAMILY, AND JUST BE HERE TO SHOW THEIR
SUPER=01-Tony Ware/Family Friend; :00
SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff; :16
OUT Q=show their support.
Brown was a recent graduate of North Cross School in Roanoke County.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A series of phone calls made to voters in Lynchburg has one politician crying
foul. That story is headed your way on News 7 at Six.
and from Penny Lane to Stanardsville--it's an unlikely trip for the Fab Four,
but it's one you can take with a visit to the Beatles Museum in Greene County.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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This has been the hottest day of the year so far in southwest and central
The mercury soared into the mid-90s, even topped 100 in some places.
Add the heat index, and it felt like 105.
Those who work outdoors need to take extra precautions.
Conditions such as heat cramps are common when it gets this hot.
Doctors say dehydration is another concern.
The sun also has a significant burning potential.
IN Q=One of the main things
((DR. MICHAEL RORRER/ROANOKE MEMORIAL EMS: EVERY YEAR I WOULD SAY WE SEE 10 TO
20 TIMES MORE PEOPLE COMING INTO ER WITH SUNBURNS THAN ALL THE OTHER HEAT
RELATED PROBLEMS COMBINED))
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Rorrer/Roanoke Memorial EMS
OUT Q=related problems combined
Here are some safety tips:
- Wear light- weight and light- colored clothing.
- Make sure to wear sunscreen while out in the sun.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Arrange outdoor activities during the mornings or evenings when the sun is
Children and the elderly are the most at risk and should be supervised.
There are ways to beat the heat--swimming is of course a great way to stay
The early 1990's saw tuition increase by as much as 50- percent at most
The State Council of Higher Education is debating whether a tuition freeze
enacted in 1995 should continue through the year 2000.
Dr. Eddie Moore spoke at a meeting in Blacksburg today on behalf of Virginia
He'd like to see Virginia colleges decide individually whether to keep the
freeze or raise tuition and use the money raised to increase financial aid.
IN Q=What I'd
((EDDIE MOORE/VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY PRES.: WHAT I'D LIKE TO SEE IS A
RETURN TO AUTONOMY, TO THE UNIVERSITIES, SO THAT THEY CAN DO A PROPER
ASSESSMENT OF WHAT THEIR FINANCIAL NEEDS ARE AND EITHER ADJUST TUITION OR CHOSE
NOT TO ADJUST TUITION, BASED ON THEIR LOCAL CIRCUMSTANCES. ))
SUPER=01-Eddie Moore/Virginia State University Pres.; :00
OUT Q=local circumstances.
The board is expected to decide in the fall whether to continue the tuition
Its decision is only a recommendation-- the final decision is up to the
The temporary closing of Shaffer's crossing in Roanoke is forcing motorists
and pedestrians to change their travel plans.
The crossing closed this morning and will not re-open for about four weeks.
Norfolk Southern is sandblasting and repainting the existing steel
structure--to enhance its appearance.
This is the second time this year the underpass has closed. And for many
travelers it's simply a hassle.
SOT 1:54: 04
IN Q=It's inconvenient
((JOSEPHINE JOHNSON: IT'S INCONVENIENT AND IT'S HOT. IT SEEMS LIKE THEY'RE
ALWAYS IMPROVING THAT AREA BUT ALWAYS KIND OF SCREWING IT UP ONE WAY OR THE
OTHER FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO TRAVEL.
JIMMY PATSELL: I GOT TO GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO 1OTH STREET TO GET ACROSS TO
WHERE I'M GOING.
DAVID BECKNER: I THINK IT'S GOING TO AFFECT EVERYBODY A WHOLE LOT ))
SUPER=07-Josephine Johnson; :00
SUPER=07-Jimmy Patsell; :07 quick
SUPER=07-David Beckner; :10 quick
OUT Q=a whole lot
No detour will be established--travelers are encouraged to use alternate
routes such as Shenandoah Avenue.
Lynchburg Delegate Preston Bryant is blasting his opponent for what he calls
a "weekend of sleaze polling".
Bryant claims a phone survey conducted for Democrat Jimmy Feinman's campaign
was full of misleading questions.
One question alleged Bryant is controlled by the Reverend Jerry Falwell and
the religious right.
IN Q=The obvious intent
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: THE OBVIOUS INTENT IS TO MALIGN ME BECAUSE
I WAS RAISED IN A CONSERVATIVE FAITH AND BY VIRTUE OF THAT HAVE AN ASSOCIATION
WITH A CONSERVATIVE AND OUTSPOKEN MINISTER. ALL PEOPLE OF FAITH, REGARDLESS OF
THE FAITH THAT ONE HOLDS DEAR, SHOULD BE OUTRAGED THAT A CANDIDATE FOR AN
AUGUST BODY LIKE THE VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES WOULD USE SUCH A TACTIC.))
SUPER=01-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=such a tactic.
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
Feinman's campaign manager says a phone survey IS being conducted, but
denies the questions are designed to produce negative responses.
On Wall Street investors were tentative while they await some key
economic reports this week.
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Communities from Roanoke to Manassas have tried to recruit it.
It's the only one of its kind in the nation.
And it's a great idea if you're a "daytripper."
Ellen Qualls made the trek to the Beatles Museum in Greene County.
SUPER=01-Michael McKee/The Beatles Museum; :31
SUPER=01-Pat Messmore/Beatles Fan from Maryland; :50
OUT Q=Qualls News 7, Greene Co.
NAT SOT beginning of "Revolution"
You've come to the right place.
The only museum devoted to a revolutionary group in a revolutionary country.
((BECAUSE NO ONE WOULD GO TO A PARTRIDGE FAMILY MUSEUM.))
There is of course a deeper answer.
((YES THEY WERE A ROCK GROUP BUT THEY WOULD PLAY BALLADS. AND THEY WOULD PLAY
SOME OF THE BEST BALLADS AROUND. AND THEY HAVE WOULD PLAY ROCK-N-ROLL AND THAT
WOULD BE THE BEST. AND THEN THEY WOULD DO A NOVELTY SONG OR A GIMMICK SONG
SUCH AS "WHEN I'M 64." THE DIDN'T HAVE TO FOLLOW THE TRENDS. THEY ALWAYS SET
THE TRENDS IN MUSIC.))
It's a year old and has already logged 15- thousand visitors from every
state in the nation and some foreign countries.
Many by accident.
sot tape two 22:08:54
((PAT MESSMORE: WELL WE WERE COMING BACK FROM A SIDE TRIP TO SEE THOMAS
JEFFERSON'S BIRTHPLACE. AND WE WERE RIDING BY THE TOWN AND WE JUST HAPPENED TO
SEE "BEATLES MUSEUM."))
It's NOT the Smithsonian, but true fans will enjoy the visit.
((THIS RECORD APPRAISES UP TO 25- THOUSAND DOLLARS. VERSION ONE OF AN
INTERVIEW FROM THE BEATLES. THAT'S VERSION TWO. AND THIS VERSION HAS THE
LISTING OF VERSION ONE, BUT PLAYS THE SONGS OF VERSION TWO.))
((SO IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR IT, IT'S RIGHT HERE ON MAIN STREET IN STANARDSVILLE.
THE MUSEUM OF FAB FOUR ALL THE TIME IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. NOT
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK -- FOR YOU DIEHARD FANS.))
So what do the three living Beatles think?
((WELL I THINK THEY'RE HAPPY WE'RE DOING IT. I HAVEN'T SEEN 'EM DRIVE UP IN
BIG LIMOS YET.))
NAT SOT end of "Revolution."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Greene Co.))
Roanoke Catholic hit the high school gridiron today. The Express plays
lets make a deal and wins, The skins also make a deal,
That will hopefully boost a defense that was among the worst in the league
last year. Mike Stevens will have that story.
The Roanoke Express announced today that the ECHL organization has
resigned three key players.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Past Season; :00
Veteran goalie Dave Gagnon returns for a third year in a Roanoke Express
jersey. Gagnon was 34-18 and 6 last season with a 3.21 goals against average.
Dave will have Duane Harmer in front of him again this season. Harmer, a
defenseman, played 70 games this past year and registered 32 points.
On offense, Roanoke has resigned speedy center Jeff Loder. In his rookie
year he produced 45 points.
Future NHL hall of famer mark Messier did not resign with his old team
The Vancouver Canucks held a news conference today to announce the signing
of the former New York Rangers captain. The 36 year old inks a contract
reportedly worth between 18 and 20 million over three years.
Hard to believe but the start of high school football season and Friday
Football Extra is under two months away. Roanoke Catholic began practice this
((JOHN COOKE/ROANOKE CATHOLIC HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Cooke/Roanoke Catholic Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...this time
Cooke begins this season without 6 seniors lost to graduation and without
his star player in PJ Moyer.
OUT Q=...rising sophomore"
Washington Redskins announced today that the team has come to terms with
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/1996 Carquest Bowl; :00
Lang; who wore number 96 and played, defensive end for Miami last year, is
Washington's top draft pick and 17th overall. He will compete for a starting
job at end for the Skins. No terms of the contract were released.
Lang gives the Washington Redskin's defense a much needed boost heading into
the season and into this Saturday first preseason game against the Tampa Bay
Mike Stevens has more on the team's biggest liability last season.
SUPER=01-Mike Nolan/Redskins Defensive Coordinator;
SUPER=01-Cris Dishman/Redskins Cornerback;
SUPER=01-Darrell Green/Redskins Cornerback;
OUT Q=...News 7 Sports."
(( When your team gives up 350 yards a game, and lets the opposition not only
control the clock over half the time, but also convert nearly half its third
down opportunities - it's easy to see why the Skins missed the playoffs in
To help remedy those problems, head coach Norv Turner has brought in former
Giants' defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to work his magic in DCTERMS.
((MIKE NOLAN/REDSKINS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR:))
The key to the turnaround could be veteran cornerback Cris Dishman, a 10
year veteran free agent acquisition from the Oilers, who is anything but
((CRIS DISHMAN/REDSKINS CORNERBACK:))
((DARRELL GREEN/REDSKINS CORNERBACK:))
((CRIS DISHMAN/REDSKINS CORNERBACK:))
Dishman isn't the only new blood in the defensive backfield. Nolan also
brought safety Jesse Campbell over from the Giants.
Campbell, in his 7th year from NC State, is expected to start at strong
safety. In Frostburg Maryland, Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
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