Coming up next on News 7 at 6... the hotel that housed confederate generals
in Buchanan is in ashes tonight.
And it's a record-breaking day for Roanoke College
In sports, The High School and college football seasons kicked off this
And Michael Westbrook apologizes to Stephen Davis and the Team and receives
a huge fine from head coach Norv Turner.
More pleasant weather for the rest of the weekend.
We set record lows in West Virginia last night, and we'll flirt with records
in Virginia tonight.
The chilly forecast is coming up.
The historic Hotel Botetourt is in ruins and a 30-year-old resident of the
home is charged with arson.
Duane Bowman is in custody for allegedly starting the fire.
The Buchanan landmark served as a home for mentally handicapped adults.
Denise Allen reports.
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SUPER=01-Ray Sloan/Buchanan Vol. Fire Dept. Asst. Chief;
SUPER=01-N.C. Tolley, Sr./Deputy Sheriff Fire Inv.;
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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.
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((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.
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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.
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Virginia's Crime Commission is crafting a version of ``Megan's Law'' -- a
proposal to let people know when a
convicted sex offender has been 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
The Clifton Forge directory assistance center will soon increase its
workforce to more than 200 employees.
C-F-W Communications says it will expand its facility there and one it has
in Waynesboro, due to projected growth.
It plans to hire 75 full-time workers at each call center.
One of the company's main customers is A-T-and-T's mid-Atlantic region.
C-F-W operators handle more than 170- thousand directory assistance calls on
an average business day.
Right now it has about 140 employees in Clifton Forge.
Officials took people on tours yesterday of the state's newest maximum
The prison is on top of Red Onion Mountain, near the Wise-Dickenson County
The contractor held what's called a "topping out" ceremony.
That marks the completion of work on the highest point of the building.
The 72 million dollar prison is bringing an estimated 500 jobs so far to
After spending years in cramped quarters, the Lynchburg Police Department
finally has a little room to stretch out and move around.
The department's new west wing actually opened for business two months ago,
but the public took a tour during an open house on Friday.
Officials say increasing the office space should also boost productivity and
IN Q=Much of what
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: MUCH OF WHAT THEY DO DEALS WITH
INTERVIEWING AND TALKING WITH CITIZENS AND SUSPECTS AND WE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE
AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WAS CONDUCIVE TO THAT. AND AGAIN, I THINK PEOPLE ARE
AFFECTED BY THEIR SURROUNDINGS NOT ONLY THE WORKERS BUT THE PEOPLE WHO DEAL
WITH THEM. AND THIS IS AN EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION AND NOW WE HAVE A
FACILITY THAT MIRRORS THE PROFESSIONALISM OF THE INDIVIDUALS.))
SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=of the individuals.
Friday also marked the third anniversary of Chief Bennett's arrival in
Mayor Jim Whitaker presented him with the Meritorious Service Medal for his
work in the Hill City.
Roanoke College is welcoming a record number of new students.
Classes begin Wednesday, but 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.
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The jackpot for the Virginia Lottery is now the highest in the nation.
It's estimated at 22 million dollars and Lottery officials are expecting to
collect 4 thousand dollars a minute in ticket sales leading up to the drawing.
The jackpot drawing will be held later tonight.
Are you addicted to the Internet?
A new study says it can happen, just like drugs, alcohol, or caffeine.
Psychologists say sex-oriented websites increase the risk.
More 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...
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((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.))
The Roanoke star was shining bright last night for the first time in about
Area residents gathered along with Mayor Bowers atop Mill Mountain to
celebrate the relighting of the star.
Some residents were around for the first lighting of the star in 1949 but
said the event meant much more the second time around.
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((BETTY DILLION/STAR WATCHER: IT WAS EXCITING THEN BUT IT'S MORE EXCITING
SUPER=01-Betty Dillion/Star Watcher;
OUT Q=more exciting now
Repair crews shut off the symbol's lights to begin replacing rusted metal,
and to put in new neon tubing as well as to repaint it.
The new paint is supposed to help protect the 10 thousand pound fixture from
The repairs cost 60 thousand dollars.
Some grandparents find they just can't get enough of their little ones.
Stacey Martin tells us how they can use all that extra love in the Foster
IN Q=Her name is
SUPER=01-Irene Crockett/Foster Grandparent; :31
SUPER=01-Barbara James-Watson/LOA; :54
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Salem.
((Her name is Irene Crockett. But, here at the Greenville School's Babyland
she's known simply as "Grandma."
SOT 10.31.43 - 10.31.48
IN Q=Aren't you Grandma's
OUT Q=Grandma's baby.
She's a volunteer with the Foster Grandparent Program organized by the
League of Older Americans.
Along with more than a dozen other volunteers she helps care for infants and
children up to age five.
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IN Q=I love the
((IRENE CROCKETT/FOSTER GRANDPARENT: I LOVE THE BABIES SO MUCH. AND, I HAVE SO
MANY BABIES OF MY OWN I JUST WANTED TO STRETCH OUT AND GIVE MY LOVE TO THE REST
OF THE BABIES.))
OUT Q=of the babies;
The program started in 1973 in the Roanoke region and is now one of only
four in Virginia.
Each year at least 12 senior citizens are chosen to become Foster
Grandparents once they pass the agency's requirements.
SOT 10.25.51 - 10.26.09
IN Q=They have to
((BARBARA JAMES-WATSON/LOA: THEY HAVE TO BE 60 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. THEY
HAVE TO BE RETIRED ON A SOMEWHAT LIMITED INCOME AND GENUINELY HAVE A LOVE FOR
CHILDREN. AND, WE DO GO THROUGH AN APPLICATION PROCESS WHERE THEY MUST GIVE US
REFERENCES AND THEY'RE THOROUGHLY SCREENED AND WE MAKE SURE THEY'RE ABLE TO
KEEP-UP WITH LITTLE KIDS.))
OUT Q=with little kids.
With volunteers dropping out and the school year about to get underway, LOA
says the need for new Foster Grandparents is greater.
Though little time remains, James says the agency hopes to fill at least 12
openings by Monday.
Stacey Martin, News 7, Salem.))
The Virginia Museum of Transportation's Wheels of Dreams Show contained some
And some of these trucks should have been PUT to sleep.
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.
And coming up, The field was completed this morning for tonight's running of
the Goody's 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Oklahoma and Northwestern squared
off in the Pigskin Classic.
And Roanoke Catholic kicked off the High school Football season this
afternoon at Victory Stadium.
Roanoke Catholic opened the high school football season this afternoon at
Victory Stadium hosting Kenston Forest.
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 college football season also kicked off this afternoon at Solider Field
in Chicago Northwestern and Oklahoma hooking up in the Pigskin Classic.
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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.
The Atlanta Braves were at home this afternoon hosting the Cincinnati Reds.
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.
The field is set for tonight's Goody's 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
Joe Nemechek will start in the 26-th position.
And here's the rest of the 45 car field.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. Joe Nemechek/121.620/27. Lance Hooper//28. Bobby Hamilton//29.
Jeff Green//30. Mike Skinner//;
SUPER=0107-31. Ernie Irvan//32. Michael Waltrip//33. Dale Earnhardt//34. Steve
Grissom//35. Bill Elliott//;
SUPER=0107-36. Chad Little//37. Bobby Labonte//38. Hut Stricklin//39. Ricky
Rudd//40. Dave Marcis//;
SUPER=0107-41. Gary Bradberry//42. Rick Mast//43. Robby Gordon//44. Morgan
Shepherd//45. Brett Bodine//;
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SUPER=333-Clear/& Chilly/45-50/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/74-77;
SUPER=334-Clear Skies/Some Valley Fog/45-50/Mostly Sunny/71-76;