A lot of people had their doubts,
but the victim's family- -at least- -is now convinced that Bud Pritchett IS the
man who robbed and murdered a Roanoke man at the Ironto rest stop in April.
We've got a LIVE report from the courthouse on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And we'll get a wiff of a hog farm on the other side of Richmond with a
lesson for Pittsylvania County.
In sports, the law deals with Barry Switzer today, our FFE previews take us
to the Cougars den,
And the JMU men's basketball team is getting a jump on the season with an
upcoming European tour.
Mike Stevens talks with first year head coach Sherman Dillard tonight in
Coming up in weather, the Friday forecast looks a bit warmer. Sunny skies
and no rain through the weekend.
Authorities are relying on several pieces of evidence to convict the man
they believe murdered Estel Singleton.
Livingston Bud Pritchett stands accused of shooting and killing the 57 year
old man last April at the Ironto rest area off Interstate 81.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton is at the Montgomery County courthouse where prosecutors
laid out their case today.
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(Rollcue: is responsible)
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./April 30; :06 quick
SUPER=01-Jerry Humphreys/State Police; :32
SUPER=01-Estel Singleton, Jr./Victim's Son; :43
OUT Q=want to do that
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Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
((Keith question--What was the outcome of today's hearing?))
Altogether 17 people at Crossroads Mall complained of symptoms including
headaches, nausea, and sore throats yesterday,
Twwenty- four hours after part of the mall was closed though, it's been
allowed to reopen.
Len Besthoff picks up the story from there.
IN Q=It wasn't
SUPER=01-Pam Murray/Property Manager; :22
SUPER=01-Kevin Miller/Dip N' Carve Candles; :46 (quick)
SUPER=01-Ramona Blackner/Shopper; 1:00
SUPER=19-Len Besthoff; 1:10
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( It wasn't a pretty scene Wednesday.
Part of the Crossroads Mall was evacuated as customers and employees were
treated for a variety of irritations after apparently inhaling something.
But when a series of searches for the cause turned up empty, Roanoke's
Fire-and-E-M-S Department let the mall reopen.
SOT TAPE TWO 10:42:29
IN Q=The fire deputy
((PAM MURRAY/PROPERTY MANAGER: THE FIRE DEPUTY WAS OUT HERE THIS MORNING AT
6-A-M, WITH HIS HAZMAT PEOPLE AND THEY WENT THROUGH THE WHOLE ENTIRE LOWER
LEVEL OF THE MALL, THE WHOLE COMMON AREA, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR TENANTS,
THE MERCHANTS, THEIR AREA, AND THEY DID NOT FIND ANYTHING.))
OUT Q=find anything..
This came as a relief to merchants like Kevin Miller, who says he lost a lot
He doesn't believe the evacuation will have a long term affect on his sales.
SOT TAPE TWO 10:53:54
((KEVIN MILLER/DIP N' CARVE CANDLES: PEOPLE WILL SOON FORGET IT, AND THEY KNOW
THAT IT WAS JUST A FREAK ACCIDENT AND IT'S NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN AGAIN.))
OUT Q=happen again.
And it appears the mall passed the safety test several hours after
No one reported a recurrence of the symptoms.
SOT 10:58:11 TAPE TWO
IN Q=I'm real
((RAMONA BLACKNER/SHOPPER: I'M REAL SENSITIVE TO SMELLS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
I'M ALLERGIC TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS AND I'M FINE. You would have picked
it up if something was still here? BLACKNER: I WOULD HAVE DEFINITELY PICKED
IT UP IF SOMETHING WAS STILL HERE AND IT'S FINE, EVERYTHING'S FINE.))
OUT Q=everything's fine.
SOT 12:33:30 TAPE TWO
((ROANOKE'S FIRE AND EMS DEPARTMENT CONSIDERS THIS CASE CLOSED. IT WAS NEVER
ABLE TO DETERMINE WHAT MAY CAUSED THESE APPARENT ILLNESSES. AND NOW THAT THE
AIR INSIDE CROSSROADS MALL HAS HAD A CHANCE TO RECIRCULATE, IT PROBABLY NEVER
WILL. LEN BESTHOFF, NEWS-7.))
OUT Q=never will. LB, News-7.))
Local U-P-S workers out on strike are getting some support from above.
U-P-S Pilots are joining the ground forces on the picket line.
Teamsters union members are asking for better pay, pensions, health benefits
and more full time jobs.
U-P-S pilots have themselves been working without a contract for almost two
IN Q=We just wanted
((TOM BISHOP/UPS PILOT:WE JUST WANTED TO LET OUR FELLOW EMPLOYEES KNOW THAT THE
INDEPENDENT PILOTS ASSOCIATION AND THE 2000 PILOTS AT UPS ARE 100% BEHIND THEM
AND THAT NO UPS PILOT WILL RETURN TO THE COCKPIT OF A UPS AIRPLANE UNTIL THE
CONTACT IS SETTLED TO THEIR SATISFACTION.))
SUPER=01-Tom Bishop/UPS Pilot;
OUT Q=their satisfaction.
The striking workers also have the backing of the Postal carriers union,
Krogers warehouse workers and drivers, and U-S Air mechanics.
The family of a man who was shot and killed by Blacksburg Police two years
ago has filed a 10-million dollar lawsuit against the town and three of its
Twenty-two year old Maurice Taylor was shot inside the Revco Drug Store on
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/August 9, 1995
Main Street in Blacksburg.
One of the officers recognized Taylor- -knew there was a capias for him for
failure to appear in court.
Taylor had what turned out to be a B-B gun in his waistband.
Between the officers, they fired 18 rounds. Twelve shots hit Taylor,
including one in the back. And that was the fatal round.
Attorney Bill Cruey filed suit in federal court today on behalf Taylor's
children, ages four and five.
Cruey says he believes the officers "panicked" when they saw Taylor in the
store. One of them grabbed Taylor from behind, according to Cruey, as the
others opened fire.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Hog farm owners say they're getting a bad name--and that they actually run
very clean, efficient operations. Ellen Qualls went to a farm in Charles City
County to see for herself, we'll have her report coming up.
And Boris the Snow Leopard is getting a new home at Roanoke's Mill Mountain
Zoo--with an artist's touch.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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UPS employees weren't the only union members manning a picket line today
Members of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades
were carrying posters outside of the Roanoke Civic Center.
They're unhappy with Williams Painting and Remodeling, and with city
They say the company subcontracted work at the civic center to another firm
that wasn't licensed by the state. (----------------)
Williams Painting and Remodeling acknowledges that the subcontractor was
not in compliance with all state regulations when the project started.
But he did have a LOCAL license and insurance, and company officials say
they took action to bring him into compliance.
The number of coal mining accidents is on the decline.
But the industry isn't letting its guard down.
Each year-- miners, and others who've been trained to handle disasters,
meet for some friendly competition.
This year's event is underway in Blacksburg.
IN Q=In an
((FRANK LINKOUS/DEPT. OF MINES, MINERALS AND ENERGY:IN AN ACTUAL MINE FIRE, OR
EXPLOSION, YOU'LL HAVE AN IRREPARABLE ATMOSPHERE, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SERIOUS
HAZARDS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO OVERCOME IN ORDER TO EXPLORE TO FIND ANY
INDIVIDUAL THAT MIGHT BE TRAPPED, SO, THIS PREPARATION HONES THOSE SKILLS.
LARRY BROWN/MSHA ASSISTANT DISTRICT MGR.:SEVERAL YEARS AGO IT USED TO BE A
COMMON THING, THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO PUT THESE SKILLS TO USE BUT IT'S A GOOD
NOTE FOR THE INDUSTRY, THAT WE'RE NOT HAVING TO USE THE SKILLS AS OFTEN AS WE
DID IN THE PAST. ))
SUPER=01-Frank Linkous/Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Brown/MSHA Assistant District Mgr.; :13
OUT Q=in the past.
Four teams from Virginia-- and 10 others from around the country are taking
part in the exercise-- which is sponsored by federal and state agencies.
If beauty's in the eye of the beholder... it may be that a heavenly hog farm
is in the nose of the neighbor.
The Virginia pork industry trotted out the pigs and the experts today to
make its case to the media.
Ellen Qualls was there.
IN Q=nat sound snorting
SUPER=03-Charles City Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Eldridge Collins/Va. Tech Professor; :
SUPER=01-Martha Moore/Va. Farm Bureau; :
SUPER=01-John Parker/Va. Pork Industry Board; :
OUT Q=Ellen Qualls, News 7,
Don't turn up your nose at it yet.
The Virginia pork industry wants you to understand.
The pigs live in the barns.
44- hundred adult swine, ready for slaughter, in Bill Bailey's five barns in
Charles City County.
The barns drain the pig sewage into the lagoon... where it breaks down.
That waste, or as they like to call it "nutrient" is spread on the fields,
according to a plan mapped out by state experts.
sot TAPE ONE 01:05:48
((ELDRIDGE COLLINS/VA. TECH PROFESSOR: ESSENTIALLY THOSE NUTRIENTS ARE
HARVESTED AND REMOVED FROM THE FIELD. IN THE CASE OF THIS OPERATION, IN HAY,
OR ELSE HARVESTED BY THE CATTLE THAT ARE GRAZING THERE.))
The 1994 Right to Farm Act in Virginia essentially guarantees hog farmers a
welcome into any farm-zoned land in the state.
sot TAPE ONE 49:30
((MARTHA MOORE/VA. FARM BUREAU: IF YOUR COUNTY IS ZONED, AND IT'S ZONED
AGRICULTURAL, THEN PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FARM. AND THIS IS MODERN DAY
FARMING. THIS ALLOWING FARMERS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING ON THE FARM.))
But the Virginia Pork Industry's doing everything it can to minimize the
stink about it.
The literal stink.
And we've got to report, on this day Bill Bailey's farm hardly gave off a
sot TAPE ONE 55:55
((JOHN PARKER/VA. PORK INDUSTRY BOARD: IF I LIVED IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, I
WOULD WANT A BREEDING FARM TO COME NEAR ME. BECAUSE THEN THAT BREEDING FARM,
THE LAST THING HE WANTS IS ANOTHER FARM NEAR HIM. AND IF YOU WERE TRYING TO
KEEP OUT HOGS, THAT WOULD BE THE WAY -- TO GET A BREEDING FARM IN.))
This is a finishing farm...with adult hogs.
And given the choice, Parker says he'd rather live next to the farm with the
younger hogs, like the one that targeted Pittsylvania.
sot TAPE ONE 56:44
((JOHN PARKER/VA. PORK INDUSTRY BOARD: THE MOST MANURE IS WHEN THE ANIMAL IS
GIS in North Carolina has NOT yet decided if it's coming to Pittsylvania.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Charles City County.))
The stock market lost ground today, after an indecisive session that saw new
highs for a short time.
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Then the Dow dropped 71 points, closing at 81 hundred 88.
NASDAQ lost six points.
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GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
Visitors to Mill Mountain Zoo may not know it, but a new exhibit there is a
work of art.
Soon, Boris the Snow Leopard will be moving from his current enclosure, to
a bigger one nearby.
The creature comforts will include a large boulder, that a North carolina
sculptor and crew are now crafting from concrete.
They're shooting the material over a welded steel framework and carving as
IN Q=It's very cost-effective
((ROGER HALLIGAN/SCULPTOR: IT'S VERY COST EFFECTIVE AND WE CAN GET EXACTLY WHAT
WE WANT IN TERMS OF THE HEIGHT AND THE WIDTH AND THE SIZE AND THE STEPS AND ALL
OF THAT AND WE CAN MIMIC THE REAL ROCK OF THE AREA. ))
OUT Q=real rock of the area.
In addition to the rock, the new pen offers Boris more room to roam.
Zoo officials hope to have it ready for occupancy in a week or two.
The latest fundraising campaign for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation is off
Advance Auto will be selling paper sneakers, at a dollar a piece, hoping to
raise a million dollars for J-D-F research.
Employees at corporate headquarters helped kick off the campaign this
Advance Auto has raised a million dollars for juvenile diabetes research
Mike Stevens breaks up preseason football with alittle JMU basketball, New
England Patriot and former UVa star Chris Slade talks about his tough
and the Pulaski County Cougars are getting down their steps in hopes of
another RVD title; words from Coach Hicks in sportts.
Dallas Cowboy head coach barry Switzer was fined 75 thousand dollars
by team owner Jerry Jones yesterday. Today; legal action against Switzer was
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;
Prosecutors say the Cowboys coach will face a class A misdemeanor charge for
carrying an unlicensed hand gun. He was arrested At dallas-Fort Worth
International airport with a loaded gun on a carry on bag Monday.
He could face up to one year in jail and four thousand dollars in fines.
Tomorrow night at 8; Switzer and his Cowboys play new England in Foxboro.
Former Virginia star Chris Slade is not taking dallas lightly.
((CHRIS SLADE/PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE END:))
SUPER=01-Chris Slade/Patriots Defensive End; :00
OUT Q=...against them"
The patriots have a tough preseason that includes 4 playoff opponets and a
super bowl champ; plus a new defense.
OUT Q=...be all right"
Our Friday Football Extra preview segments take us to Pulaski today where
Joel Hicks is back on the gridiron for a 19th season.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
The Cougars are chasing their seventh straight Roanoke Valley District
((JOEL HICKS/PULASKI CO HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...this year too"
Hicks will need a strong season out of his young defense; a unit that
returns only three starters from a year ago.
Offensively; The Cougars have 7 starters back; including fullback Darrell
Hodge, who scored 26 TD's last season ,and tailback Quaszy Scott.
OUT Q=...on our team"
College football practices are opening up all around the country this week
James Madison University where footballs aren't the only things in the air.
Mike Stevens has more from Harrisonburg.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Harrisonburg/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Sherman Dillard/JMU Head Basketball Coach; :18
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
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SUPER=331-Isolated Showers/Otherwise Clear/54-58/Mostly Sunny/Light
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/50-52/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/78-82;
SUPER=333-Fog Late/Light Winds/50-52/Turning Sunny/Light Winds/80-82;
SUPER=334-Dense Fog/Late/48-52/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/80-82;
(toss to Jean)
The death of two farmers in Franklin County was the driving force behind
Farm Alive--an event focusing on farm safety in this region.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
And, as Jean Jadhon tells us this year's program plans to spotlight safety
for other members of the family.
Farm safety for women and children is the focus of Farm Alive '97.
The program includes tips about preventing accidents when using lawnmowers,
tractors and other farm machinery.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
(Keith ad lib byes)