Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
A Buchanan landmark is destroyed by fire... police call it arson.
An all out search is underway in for a woman who kidnapped a 2-day old baby.
And a popular soap opera star is hiding from the camera... after his arrest.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Investigators say arson destroyed an historic landmark in Buchanan.
30-year-old Duane Bowman is in custody for allegedly starting the fire at
the Hotel Botetourt.
He was a resident at the home for mentally handicapped adults.
Denise Allen reports.
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SUPER=03-Buchanan/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Ray Sloan/Buchanan Vol. Fire Dept. Asst. Chief; :39
SUPER=01-N.C. Tolley, Sr./Deputy Sheriff Fire Inv.; :48
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IN Q=fire sounds, engine etc
Flames claimed the historic Hotel Botetourt.
Buchanan residents say confederate generals used the 146 year old building
as a rest stop but for nearly 15 years it was more of a rest-HOME for about 30
mentally handicapped adults.
Most of them are elderly.
They lost everything but no one was hurt.
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IN Q=there's a church
((THERE'S A CHURCH UP THERE ON THE CORNER. TAKE THEM UP THERE AND THAT WAY
THEY'LL HAVE FACILITIES AND FOOD AND ALL THAT WHOLE THING.))
OUT Q=that whole thing
When fire fighters arrived around 12-45 this morning flames were shooting
from the roof.
SOT TAPE 2 17:22:21
IN Q=WE MADE AN
((RAY SLOAN/BUCHANAN ASST FIRE CHIEF: WE MADE AN INTERIOR ATTACK ON THE FRONT
BUT THE CEILING STARTED CAVING IN AND WE PULLED OUT AND DID AN EXTERIOR ATTACK
OUT Q= ATTACK AFTER THAT
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IN Q=WE HAVE A
((N.C.TOLLEY, SR/DEPUTY SHERIFF FIRE INVESTIGATOR: WE HAD A RESIDENT HERE THAT
WAS UPSET WITH THE MANAGEMENT AND HE TOOK A CIGARET LIGHTER AND LIT SOME
OUT Q=SOME CURTAINS UP
Crews from Eagle Rock, Glasgow, Roanoke County and Troutville helped the
Buchanan fire department battle the blaze.
Even the near by James River was used to drown the flames.
SOT tape 2 17:22:47
IN Q=we've trained
((WE'VE TRAINED TO PUT SOME OF OUR PUMPERS DOWN AT THE RIVER AND THEN WE LAY
THE LINE TO THE INCIDENT.))
OUT Q=to the incident
The home did not have a sprinkler system.
Officials credit the safety of the residents to Hotel Botetourt workers and
frequent fire drills.
Denise Allen News 7.))
400 people were forced out of their homes by a fire in Texas last night.
A pool supply warehouse caught fire in the Houston suburb of Stafford.
Emergency workers were worried about chlorine fumes and ordered the
Some people were treated for breathing problems, but officials say no one
had serious injuries.
All the evacuees are back home tonight.
In Washington state, there's an all-out search for a missing 2-day old baby.
The little boy, named Stuart, was taken from his mother's arms this morning,
by a woman posing as a nurse or a doctor.
Neither has been seen since.
Today baby Stuart's father begged the kidnapper to take care of him.
IN Q=treat him as
((JOHN REMBERT/FATHER; TREAT HIM AS IF HE WERE YOUR OWN, AND RETURN HIM SAFELY
TO ANY CHURCH, HOSPITAL, POLICE DEPARTMENT, ANYWHERE JUST SO WE CAN GET OUR
OUT Q=baby back
Police are looking for a woman, age 30 to 45 with dark blond hair and
They say she knew her way around the hospital.
IN Q=because she went
((CURT BENSON/PIERCE CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE; BECAUSE SHE WENT DIRECTLY FROM THE
E.R. WHERE SHE ENTERED RIGHT OVER TO THE OB-GYN, AND WAS ABLE TO LOCATE A DOOR
AND LEAVE ALMOST IMMEDIATELY ))
SUPER=01-Curt Benson/Pierce Co. Sheriff's Office;
OUT Q=almost immediately
Baby Stuart's family says they're not interested in pressing charges, they
just want their baby back.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
"Megan's Law" may be coming to the Commonwealth.
Virginia's Crime Commission is crafting a version of the legislation that
lets people know when a
convicted sex offender is released into their community.
A task force of the commission tentatively approved a system
The Virginia system would rate the risk assigned to a sex offender based on
criminal history and other
As 28 women adjust to life as Rats at VMI, another group of women prepares
for life at the Citadel.
18 female cadets arrived at the South Carolina military academy today.
The Citadel began admitting women three years ago.
Last year, two of the four cadets enrolled left, saying they were victims of
School officials say this year they will focus on achievement, not survival.
IN Q=Hopefully the most
((BONNIE HOUCHEN/ASST. COMMANDANT; HOPEFULLY THE MOST IMPACT THERE WILL BE A
POSITIVE ROLE MODEL, THAT BOTH THE MEN AND THE WOMEN CAN VIEW, AND SEE THAT
THERE ARE WOMEN IN SUCCESSFUL POSITIONS AND THAT THEY BELIEVE IN COEDUCATION
AND THAT WE CAN DEVELOP GOOD LEADERS NO MATTER WHAT GENDER, NATIONALITY OR
BACKGROUND THEY HAVE ))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Houchen/Assistant Commandant;
OUT Q=background they have
This year the Citadel has a new president, it's first Dean of Women, and the
Commandant's daughter is one of the female cadets.
A record number of new students are coming to Roanoke College.
More than 500 freshmen and transfer students started arriving today.
Moving day is never hassle free.
But upper-classmen were on hand to help ease the box carrying burden for the
And freshmen tend to bring everything but the kitchen sink.
IN Q=THERE'S NOTHING
((AMY KELAHER/ROANOKE COLLEGE FRESHMAN: THERE'S NOTHING LEFT IN MY ROOM AT HOME
AND ALL MY CLOTHES, POSTERS, SHOES I DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Amy Kelaher/Roanoke College Freshman;
OUT Q=I DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING
And it's those little pieces of home that make the first time away from the
IN Q=pictures of
((JEN SEMBER/ROANOKE COLLEGE FRESHMAN: PICTURES OF HOME.))
((SO I CAN REMEMBER MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, EXPLAIN MY LIFE A LITTLE BETTER TO THE
PEOPLE I'M LIVING WITH NOW.))
SUPER=01-Jen Sember/Roanoke College Freshman; :03
OUT Q=LIVING WITH NOW
Roanoke College has more than 16-hundred students.
Classes start Wednesday.
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The state's largest police organization endorsed the three Democratic
candidates for statewide
The Virginia Fraternal Order of Police cast secret ballots
supporting Don Beyer for governor, L-F Payne for lieutenant governor and Bill
Dolan for attorney general.
The F-O-P's endorsement doesn't bring much money or campaign workers.
But, it allows a candidate to promote their law-and-order credentials.
The 25 million pound Hudson Food's hamburger recall cost the company its
biggest customer today.
Burger King says it has pulled all Hudson Food's burgers out of its stores,
and will NOT be buying Hudson beef in the future.
Hudson officials called the news a "serious disappointment" but said they
are committed to removing the cloud that hangs over its beef processing plant
where the contaminated burgers originated.
A Newsweek poll found that 54 percent of the people surveyed were less
likely to buy burgers at fast food restaurants because of the scare.
Cosmonauts on the Mir space station got a well-deserved break today.
Yesterday they successfully completed a dangerous repair mission to
re-connect damaged power cables.
The cables were damaged when a supply ship hit the station in June.
Since then, Mir has made due with a greatly reduced power supply.
They will reactivate the power system Monday, and Russian space officials
say the station's power supply will be back at 90 percent of capacity.
Next month, American astronaut Michael Foale may participate in another
space walk to patch up some holes in the damaged module.
He's best known as Dmitri from the popular soap opera All My Children.
But, earlier today police arrested Micheal Nader for speeding and drunk
He's also being charged with child endangerment since his 13-year old
daughter was riding in the car with him.
There are reports that the actor also fought with police trying to arrest
Nader was arraigned this morning and released. He's due back in court next
Like drugs, alcohol or caffeine, a new study found that the Internet can be
addictive to many people.
And, according to psychologists sex-oriented websites increase the risk.
More now on today's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=Some on-line
SUPER=01-John Mills/Adult Website Operator; :12
(( Some on-line sex websites are making thousands, even millions of dollars,
as people keep logging in...
SOT 14:18:09 webstock
((JOHN MILLS/ADULT WEBSITE OPERATOR; CURIOSITY MAYBE, OR FOR EROTICISM, MAYBE
JUST THE TABOO OR THE EXCITEMENT OF IT ALL ))
OUT Q=of it all
But psychologists attending a recent convention warn casual interest can
become a serious problem.
((PSYCHOLOGIST; FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE VULNERABLE, THEY CAM BECOME
SEXUALLY PREOCCUPIED, TO THE POINT OF OBSESSION.))
OUT Q=point of obsession
Hate groups on the web are being watched...
Hatewatch is a project of a non-profit group trying to educate people about
the existance of hate groups on-line.
The site keeps an updated list of sites allegedly operated by hate groups.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, hate sites on the web are
sophisticated and deceptive.
It is warning parents that children searching for information about the
holocaust, race, or religion could inadvertently end up on one of these sites.
If you want to rent a movie, but can't make it to the video store...
Reel-dot-com makes it easy to rent on the web...
Choose from 30-thousand titles, many of which might be tough to find at your
You will have to pay shipping costs up front, which brings the rental fee
from four to nine dollars per tape, depending on how many you order.
To become a web-powered couch potato, the link is on the Webwatch page on
the WDBJ Website, at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-com.))
Family Life Education is now taught in every school system in Virginia.
But that's about to change.
Within the Board of Education's proposal to change Virginia's Standards of
Accreditation, there's a change that will allow localities to decide whether to
teach sex education.
The debate on the issue is ongoing, and heated.
Some groups want to make Family Life Education an "opt-in" situation,
instead of "opt-out."
Currently, parents who don't want their children taking FLE have to send in
a permission form to "opt-out" of the class.
IN Q=if we could
((GEORGE TRYFIATES/THE FAMILY FOUNDATION: IF WE COULD GET THE OPT IN, I THINK
IT WOULD SHOW WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE REALLY ENDORSE THE PROGRAM, WHAT YOU'RE
ASKING PEOPLE TO DO IS MAKE A NEGATIVE CHOICE. David Nova/Planned Parenthood:
So you want 98% of the people who now allow their kids....IF IT'S A GOOD
PROGRAM...WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? I'LL tell you what the school systems are
afraid of, you've got 100's of thousand of kids who all have to send in these
SUPER=01-George Tryfiates/The Family Foundation; :00
SUPER=08-David Nova/Planned Parenthood; :19
OUT Q=in these forms.
To hear more of a lively debate about Family Life Education, tune into ON
Record, tomorrow morning at 11, here on WDBJ.
If you went to The Virginia Museum of Transportation's Wheels of Dreams Show
to see your fantasy car you may have been surprised.
On display were a row of nightmares parked just down the road.
But these clunkers were invited guests.
Their invitation was to the first annual "Ugly Pickup Truck Contest."
They are judged by how much rust or mud there is on the truck.
There is also the mismatched parts award or "what's in that bed?"
IN Q=there's a mystery
((LYNN MEYER/VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION: THERE'S A MYSTERY CATEGORY.
THINGS GET THROWN IN THE BACK OF A PICK UP TRUCK THAT STAY THERE UNTIL THEY'RE
SUPER=01-Lynn Meyer/Virginia Museum of Transportation;
OUT Q=they're unrecognizable
All trucks are eligible, even if it didn't start out as a truck.
In fact there is an award for the best, or whatever, customized ugly truck.
But all the trucks must be able to arrive on their own power.
IN Q=IT HAS LIKE
((SHAWN TYREE/UGLY TRUCK OWNER: IT HAS LIKE A SHORT SEAT IN IT, IT'S NOT
SUPPOSED TO HAVE. HOUSE CARPET, MUDDY HOUSE CARPET.))
((CHRIS DEFIBAUGH/UGLY TRUCK OWNER: WE SEEN IT AT THE STOP-IN, THE THING FOR
IT, THE UGLY TRUCK CONTEST AND ME AND CHUCK OVER THERE, WE WAS THINKING "WELL
WHY NOT." SO WE DECIDED TO GRAB THE DOG AND COME ON DOWN WITH IT.))
SUPER=01-Shawn Tyree/Ugly Truck Owner;
SUPER=01-Chris Defibaugh/Ugly Truck Owner;:08
OUT Q=DOWN WITH IT
The winner picked up fifty dollars with 25-dollars going to owners of the
second and third ugliest truck.
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SUPER=333-Clear/& Chilly/45-50/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/74-77;
SUPER=334-Near Record Lows/Some Valley Fog/45-50/Mostly/Sunny/71-76;
The sheet metal was flying all over the Bristol Motor Speedway tonight
during the Goody's 500.
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/ESPN; :
Jeff Gordon took control of the race early and he was the leader after the
first 13 laps of the event.
Jeff Burton led on lap 62 but his teammate Mark Martin came from the
middle of the pack to take the lead just before the green flag stops.
Then Gordon came up on a group of cars while leading again he gets tapped
by Geoff Bodine and when he drifts down the track he gets hit again and slide
hard into the retaining wall sending him behind the wall.
IN Q="I got...
((JEFF GORDON/#24 CHEVROLET: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/#24 Chevrolet; :
OUT Q=..........GUYS ARE WILD."
Then several laps later Derrike cope gets lose in a group of cars and rams
David Green into the outside wall his car gets on its side but somehow comes
down on its wheels after sliding down the track. Green was taken from the car
and appeared to be O-K.
The race was red Flagged for more than 20 minutes before the cars resumed
racing. Dale Jarrett takes the checkered flag winning the goody's 500.
Danny Neagle became Atlanta's second 17 game winner as the Braves beat the
Reds this afternoon 10 to 3.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SPORTS; :
The Braves with a 5 game lead in the National League East Division.
But Cincinnati would get off to a fast start. Edurado Perez strokes this
single up the middle to score Reggie Sanders for a 1 to nothing lead.
Atlanta tied it in their half of the first then in the sixth Joe Oliver
gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a solo homer but
Cincinnati still trailed 3 to 2.
The Braves opened it up in the SUPER=35-Atlanta/10/Cincinnati/3/; seventh
Chipper Jones hits a line drive to left centerfield scoring Keith Lockhart and
Kenny Lofton to make it 8 to 2 and Atlanta wins it 10 to 3.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/FOX SPORTS; :
This young baby checking out the action between the Yankees and Mariners.
Seattle's Ken Griffey Junior takes this pitch up-town over the right
centerfield wall for a solo homer his 41-st but the Yankees win it 11 to 8 in
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-j/San Diego/6//New York/9////Cincinnati/3/j/Atlanta/10///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Roanoke Catholic wins its high school football opener the
College football season kicked off today.
And Redskin wide receiver Michael Westbrook is fined and bumped from the
Roanoke Catholic holds on to win its season opener 28 to 26 over Kenston
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Catholic vs Kenston Forest; :
Catholic head coach John Cooke getting his guys ready for the opening
In the first quarter, Tony Reed takes the punt at his own 20 breaks up the
right side and scoots in from 80 yards out and the Celtics jumped out to the
quick 7 to nothing lead on the Kavaliers.
But Kenston Forest comes back later in the first quarter Junior
Quarterback Jason Flippen throws the fade pass to the right corner of the end
zone and Adam Bryant hauls it in for the 18-yard T-d Pass point after missed to
make it 7 to 6 Catholic.
Then with 1:28 left in the first quarter Catholic tailback Eugene Leftwich
starts right cuts left and streaks 70 yards all the way to the Kavalier two to
set up a Celtic score to make it 14 to 6 Catholic.
With less than one minute left in SUPER=36-Roanoke/28/Kenston Forest/26/;
the first half Kenston Forest has it inside the Catholic 10 Flippen to Bryant
again on the fade to make it 14 to 12 and Catholic wins it 28 to 26.
The Roanoke Rush upped its record to 5 and 1 overall tonight by beating the
Tennessee Highlanders 30 to nothing at Victory Stadium.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Rush vs Highlanders; :
The Highlanders had a couple of former local players on their roster Salem
quarterback Timmy Smith and Billy Hale who played at Virginia Tech.
After a fumble recovery deep in Highlander Territory, Rush Kicker Tony
Bugeja boots this 38 yard field goal and the rush led 3 to nothing early in the
In the second quarter on the Highlander 26 the rush is on the move Shane
Nalepa goes to the air and hits tight end Eddie Sloss from Blacksburg High
school for an 18 year pickup inside the Highlander 10.
Two plays later, Former Atlanta SUPER=34-Roanoke/30/Tennessee/0/; Falcon
Marty Butler takes the ball in from the right side the extra point was no good
Roanoke led 9 to nothing at the half and the Rush wins it 30 to nothing.
Northwestern scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat Oklahoma 24
to nothing in the Pigskin Classic.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/ABC SPORTS; :
The Sooners moved the ball all over the field. But trailing 6 to nothing
with the ball inside the Northwestern 5 yard line this pass is intercepted and
returned to the 20 yard line stopping the drive.
Northwestern opened the fourth quarter with a 15 play 80 yard drive
SUPER=36-Northwestern/24/Oklahoma/0/; that ended in this Faraji Leary one
yard touchdown run over the right side the two point conversion made it 14 to
nothing and Northwestern wins it 24 to zip.
The Virginia cavaliers are probably sick and tired of hearing how they have
to replace 7 defensive starters, including five NFL draft picks.
Former Patrick Henry star Shannon Taylor welcomes the challenge of producing
on a young Virginia defense. He will start at Defensive end with a great deal
((SHANNON TAYLOR/UVA DEFENSIVE END:))
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Defensive End; :00
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :21
OUT Q=...need there"
Washington Redskin wide receiver Michael Westbrook apologized privately to
Stephen Davis and then to the entire team today for his attack on Davis during
a practice earlier this week.
SUPER=03-Ashburn, VA; :
The apology was accepted but Redskin coach Norv Turner fined Westbrook
50-thousand dollars this morning.
Westbrook knocked Davis to the ground and punched him in the face several
times during the practice.
In addition to his fine and suspension for the Miami game, Westbrook was
bumped from the starting lineup for the season opener at Carolina.
They're not seeing double they're seeing triple in Long Island today.
It was a one day baby boom at Mercy Hospital in New York when three sets
of twins were born at about the same time.
The babies were born between four and seven o'clock yesterday evening
bringing some commotion to the maternity ward.
IN Q=I think were going...
((LOIS FLINK/NURSING DIRECTOR: OH I THINK WERE GOING TO BE PRETTY HECTIC,
WE'VE HAD THREE SETS OF TWINS BORN WITHIN A COUPLE OF HOURS OF EACH OTHER, I
THINK WE'RE SEEING A LITTLE MINI BABY BOOM GOING ON))
SUPER=01-Lois Flink/Nursing Director;
OUT Q=baby boom going on
The three boys and three girls along with their moms are reportedly doing
well and should be able to go home by the first of the week.