Coming up on News 7 at 6, an argument over tennis shoes may have led to
Bedford's first murder in six years.
Customers of a discount buying club say their money left town with the
and movie theaters could join the proposed ice skating rink in Downtown
Generally a grey day with temperatures and rain falling. The forecast and
our visit to WeatherSchool in a few minutes.
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Police are still looking for a motive in last night's double murder in
Eric Earnhart has more on the city's first homocide in more than 6 years.
IN Q=15 year old
SUPER=04-Last Night; :09
SUPER=01-Pernie Hamlet/Victim's Cousin; :36
SUPER=01-Chief Milton Graham/Bedford City Police; 1:00
SUPER=03-Bedford/April 26, 1996; 1:28
OUT Q=EE, News 7
(( 23-year-old Andre Eugene Evans was arraigned on first degree and capital
murder charges this morning.
Witnesses say the deadly confrontation began last night as an argument over
A gun came out and two people ended up on the ground at the intersection of
South and Franklin Streets.
25-year-old Timothy Ray Robinson, known in the neighborhood as Timbu, died at
25 year old Lorin Tyler Murphy, nicknamed "Chu", died at Bedford Memorial
Pernie Hamlet, Timothy Robinson's cousin, heard gunfire twice that night,
but didn't realize anything was wrong until a neighbor ran to her house.
IN Q=and he said
((PERNIE HAMLET/VICTIM'S COUSIN; AND HE SAID "SHOT SHOT" AND I THOUGHT HE WAS
SHOT BUT HE WAS ALRIGHT AND HE SAID TIMBU. AND I RAN UP THE STREET AND WHEN I
CAME UP THE STREET I SAW TIMBU LAYING THERE AND CHEW ON TOP OF HIM ))
OUT Q=top of him
When police first arrived, the suspect was gone.
Heavily armed officers began a search... neighbors and witnesses led them to
a house where Evans was found, hiding in the basement.
IN Q=I don't think
((CHIEF MILTON GRAHAM/BEDFORD CITY POLICE; I DON;T THINK, WITHOUT THE
NEIGHBORHOOD'S REPSONSE, THAT WE WOULD HVAE MADE THE ARREST AS QUICKLY, AND
THEIR HELP HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING.))
OUT Q=been outstanding
Police say the neighborhood, once a place to buy crack cocaine, has been
quiet for the past 2 years, and so far there is NO evidence drugs were involved
in this incident.
Both victims had criminal records and Evans had several recent run-ins with
the law, including one last year, when a Bedford police officer tried to arrest
him on an assault warrant.
Evan's uncle, Carl Thomas Evans grabbed the officer, wrestled him to the
ground, choked him, and took his gun.
Carl Evans was sentenced to five years in prison, Andre Evans got away, and
was later charged with escape and resisting arrest.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
A Danville man will never stand trial for allegedly shooting a police
Police say 29-year old Marlowe Andre Farmer shot and injured Officer Dennis
Haley during a drug raid last November.
But Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller says there's no reason to try Farmer
in circuit court.
He says a federal jury already heard evidence on the shooting, when it
convicted Farmer on drug charges.
Fuller says a federal judge will consider evidence of the shooting when he
sentences Farmer in October.
Police are investigating a former Roanoke business after it shut down and
allegedly took off with clients' money.
MANY customers say they purchased problems when they joined a discount buying
Tonya Flory reports.
IN Q=After weeks
SUPER=07-Sandra Chapman; :12
SUPER=01-James Keener/Morgan's Neighbor; :42
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau; 1:33
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke
(( After weeks of waiting for 800 dollars worth of furniture and appliances
purchased through a company called Consumer's Choice, Sandra Chapman called the
office only to discover the owner had moved out of town.
IN Q=I feel
((SANDRA CHAPMAN:I FEEL, I FEEL STUPID THAT I HAVE BEEN CONNED INTO SOMETHING
LIKE THAT, MY HUSBAND AND I, I THOUGHT I'D NEVER DO IT, NEVER HAPPEN TO ME. BUT
NEVER SAY NEVER.))
OUT Q=say never
Consumer Choice packed up and headed to Florida where detectives with Roanoke
City Police are looking for company President Leonard Morgan...
News 7 could not find a listing for Morgan or his company in Orlando.
Neighbors say he left Roanoke about three weeks ago.
IN Q=We didn't know
((JAMES KEENER/MORGAN'S NEIGHBOR:WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED SO WE JUST ASKED
AND THEY SAID HE HAD MOVED OUT FOR REASONS OTHER THAN RENT.))
OUT Q=the rent
Consumer Choice operated by mailing these cards or placing them on car
windshields...promising prizes to bring in customers.
Would be members paid as much as a thousand dollars to join the club.
Chapman says her family was just trying to save money.
IN Q=I'd like to
((SANDRA CHAPMAN/SCAMMED BY CONSUMER CHOICE:I'D LIKE TO SEE JUSTICE DONE. I
KNOW I PROBABLY WON'T GET BACK ANY MONEY OR WHATEVER, BUT PEOPLE LIKE THAT
DON'T DESERVE TO DO PEOPLE LIKE THAT, IT'SD NOT RIGHT.))
OUT Q=not right.
The Better Business Bureau says Consumer Choice has an unsatisfactory
Bureau files show a record of unanswered complaints.
IN Q=But the people
((FRAN STEPHANZ/BBB:BUT THE PEOPLE WHO PAID CASH FOR MEMBERSHIPS. I MEAN EVEN
IF THEY GO TO JAIL, THERE IS NEVER RECOURSE FOR THE PUBLIC. JOE Q-PUBLIC IS
ALWAYS THE LAST ON THE LINE TO GET ANYTHING.))
OUT Q=get anything.
Even Morgan's employees were affected, he left town so quickly, he still owes
his secretary two weeks pay...TF News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Many Virginians are learning what life is like on welfare.
Up next we'll see how politicians and citizens alike are trying to walk a
mile in the shoes of food stamp recipients,
and even though neither has been built just yet, we'll see how things are
heating up in the competition of the Roanoke ice rinks.
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The competition between two emerging ice rinks in Roanoke is heating up.
In just the past few months, a Charlottesville developer announced plans to
put a rink downtown.
Meanwhile a Richmond developer has already BROKEN GROUND on a similar
project near the airport.
Double Boxes=Jean and Len MICROWAVE
Len Besthoff is standing in the parking lot along Williamson Road where the
downtown rink will go.
Len, I understand the group involved with that project added a new twist to
Jean you could call it the "icing on the rink".
D-and-R- Development announced this afternoon it has reached an agreement to
put a 12-plex theater ON TOP of "The Roanoke Ice Park".
IN Q=We do
SUPER=01-Lee Danielson/D&R Development; :00
SUPER=01-Matt Kennel/Downtown Roanoke Inc.; :20
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Roanoke Express GM; :55
OUT Q=our franchise.
IN Q=We do
((LEE DANIELSON/D&R DEVELOPMENT: WE DO HAVE A LETTER OF INTENT FROM MARQUIS
THEATERS OF CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=West Virginia.
The head of D-and-R Development says the theaters will have a total of
If this does become a reality two things are clear: it will bring
theatergoers downtown for the first time in decades, AND more demand for
Project backers don't appear concerned.
IN Q=Most of
((MATT KENNEL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: MOST OF THE DEMAND FOR PARKING AT THE
MOVIE THEATER IS THE SAME AS THE ICE PARK, WHICH IS IN THE EVENING HOURS. IN
THE EVENING WE LITERALLY HAVE THOUSANDS OF PARKING SPACES AVAILABLE IN DOWNTOWN
ROANOKE, A COUPLE OF THOUSAND OF THOSE WITHIN VERY SHORT WALKING DISTANCE TO
OUT Q=the facility.
At the same time, the Roanoke Express hockey team announced it will move its
offices to the Ice Park once it opens next year, and the rink will serve as its
official practice ice.
This year, it will practice on the Ice Palace, already under construction
near the airport.
IN Q=We're trying
((PIERRE PAIEMENT/ROANOKE EXPRESS GM: WE'RE TRYING TO CONCENTRATE IN ONE
BUILDING. IF WE CAN HAVE FACILITY, PRACTICE FACILITY AT THE SAME TIME OFFICE
SPACE THERE, THAT'S IDEAL FOR OUR FRANCHISE.))
OUT Q=our franchise.
Double Boxes=Jean and Len
It's worth noting that a number of contracts must still be signed regarding
the Roanoke Ice Park project.
Jim Gilmore courted the state's hunters and fishermen today, promising to
fight anyone who would strip away their rights.
The Republican candidate for Governor tested his shooting skills this
afternoon at "On Target"- an indoor range in Roanoke.
He announced a new campaign organization, Sportsmen for Gilmore, and he
took aim at gun control laws.
Gilmore said the effort to abolish parole has done much more to combat
crime in the Commonwealth.
IN Q=So I know that the real
((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: SO I KNOW THAT THE REAL EFFORTS THAT
WE HAVE MADE TO FIGHT REAL CRIME HAVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE. I DON'T THINK DON
BEYER HAS THAT EXPERIENCE AND THAT'S WHY HE PLACES SO MUCH FAITH IN GUN CONTROL
AS OPPOSED TO MAKING SURE THAT WE ACTUALLY GO TO THE SOURCE OF CRIME WHICH IS
OUT Q=which is criminals.
A spokesman for Don Beyer says the Democrat supports reasonable gun laws
now in place, but is not proposing any expansion of gun control.
And Page Boinest (boy-NEST) notes that Beyer, not Gilmore, won the
endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
How much did YOU spend on lunch?
If it was more than four dollars, that's more than a typical food stamp
recipient can spend all day.
That's news politicians can use -- and some will get a heaping helping.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=We can't understand
SUPER=01-Judy Mason/Va. Council Against Poverty; :00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( SOT 17:33:14
((JUDY MASON/VA. COUNCIL AGAINST POVERTY: WE CAN'T UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION
THAT ANOTHER PERSON IS IN UNLESS WE'VE WALKED A MILE IN THEIR SHOES.))
The Walk-A-Mile program is recruiting candidates in Virginia... some as high
profile as Don Beyer and Mark Earley.
NOT to run for office though.
To live on food stamps and spend a few hours each week for a month with a
Food stamps mean the Beyer family and the Earley family will eat NO
pre-prepared foods ... NOT from restaurants... NOT even from the deli or frozen
food sections at the grocery store.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK MOST OF US DON'T REALIZE WHAT A GREAT STRUGGLE
IT IS TO BE ON FOOD STAMPS. TO TRY TO RAISE A COUPLE OF KIDS WITH VERY LITTLE
MONEY. AND TO BE EATING BEANS AND RICE DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY. AND I CAN'T
PRETEND THAT I KNOW. BUT I'M GONNA FIND OUT.))
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: WE HAVE A FAMILY OF SIX
CHILDREN. SO WE EAT SORT OF SPARTAN ANYWAY. SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE
HOW IT COMPARES WITH THAT BUDGET.))
The Walk a Mile program kicks off AFTER the election -- which was an
absolute condition for these guys.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: ESPECIALLY BECAUSE WE TEND TO EAT BREAKFAST AT
MCDONALD'S AND LUNCH AT TACO BELL AND DINNER WHEREVER WE CAN.))
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD
THING FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE TO DO IT.))
Many of them are-- mostly Democrats.
Walk A Mile's also a two-way street: the welfare recipient will spend a few
days in the politician's shoes as well.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
On Wall Street, profit takers pushed the stock markert lower today.
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The Dow lost 63 points to close at 79-hundred-7.
NASDAQ dropped 10.
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Fifteen years after it was first placed on the E-P-A's Superfund list,
cleanup at the U-S Titanium site in Nelson County is finally complete.
In the late 1970's, acids leaking from the site killed thousands of fish in
the nearby Piney River.
The company which bought out U-S Titanium, Cytec Industries, assumed
responsibility for the cleanup.
All the contaminated soil has been removed and a water treatment plant is
filtering out 99 percent of the remaining pollution.
IN Q=Everything we
((PETER SCHAUL/ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: EVERYTHING WE NEED TO BUILD IS
BUILT, IT'S RUNNING. THIS SITE IS REALLY A TESTIMONY TO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A
STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WORK COOPERATIVELY WITH INDUSTRY.))
((ERICA DAMERON/VA DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: CYTEC INDUSTRIES, THE
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND THE
CITIZENS.. THEY'VE ALL COME TOGETHER FOR THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE CONSTRUCTION
COMPLETION. WE FEEL THAT THIS IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SUPERFUND CLEANUP TO DATE
SUPER=01-Peter Schaul/Environmental Protection Agency; :00
SUPER=01-Eric Dameron/VA Dept. of Environmental Quality; :14
OUT Q=to date in Virginia.
The E-P-A says the site may soon be taken off the agency's high priority
Coming up tonight in sports, Virginia Tech has a new athletic director with
plenty of experience.
The playoff picture is quickly clearing up in the major leagues.
And unfortunately, Doug Million won't have a chance to make it in the majors.
The former Avalanche player died this morning out in Arizona.
The man to lead the Hokies athletic programs into the next century arrived
on campus today.
Virginia Tech officially named James Weaver the school's new athletic
director at an afternoon news conference.
Roy Stanley was on campus for the announcement.
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SUPER=01-Sharon McCloskey/Associate Athletic Director; :54
SUPER;01-Chuck Hartman/Virginia Tech Baseball Coach; 1:10
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
For a day of excitement in Blacksburg to one of disbelief throughout the
Colorado Rockie organization.
21 Year old Doug Million, the Rockies first round draft pick in 1994 died
early this morning out in Mesa, Arizona after suffering an asthma attack.
Million was pitching with the Rockies instructional league team at the time.
Million pitched in Salem from 1995-through this past season.
The Sarasota, Florida native was the national high school player of the year
in 1994 .
Doug Million was 21.
GRAPHIC=CAROLINA HURRICANES (6471)
There was another potentially dangerous situation in Greensboro last night as
the Carolina Hurricanes prepared to introduce their new mascot at the Coliseum.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Last Night; :00
Phil Madren was awaiting his big entrance from inside the Zamboni machine in
As the machine's door opened Madren was supposed to jump out.
Instead he was lying down and shaking his legs.
Fans thought it was part of the show, but the 32 year old was actually having
Madren was finally taken from the arena to Wesley Long Hospital.
He has been released and hopes to continue his mascot duties.
The Roanoke Express opens training week in just over a week, and today head
coach Frank Anzalone announced the acquisition of Jeff Scharf (SKARF) from the
Scharf is a 20 year old center.
He's 6 feet one inches tal and weighs 190 pounds.
Also, individual game tickets for this season go on sale October 6th at the
The Baltimore Orioles can wrap up the AL east title tonight with a win over
the Toronto Blue Jays, who this afternoon fired Cito Gaston - with just five
games left in the season.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Yankees vs. Indians; :00
Last night the Indians helped the Orioles and themselves as Dave Justice's
homer helped the Tribe comeback to beat New York 10-to-9.
The Indians clinched the AL Central title with the Victory.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/Angels vs. Mariners;
The Mariners also wrapped up the American League west championship last night
with a 4 to 3 win over Anaheim.
((RANDY JOHNSON/WON 19TH GAME LAST NIGHT:))
((JAY BUHNER/MARINERS OUTFIELDER:))
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SUPER=01-Jay Buhner/Hit 40th Homer Last Night; :12
OUT Q=...WHAT HAPPENS."
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/Marlins vs. Expos;
And the the Florida Marlins beat the Expos 6 to 3 last night to clinch an
wild card spot.
Moises Alou helped the cause with this RBI single.
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And just a reminder that Steve Mason's Hometown Hoops Weekly is a regular
feature during basketball season each and every Wednesday.
If you missed this week's segment at five, join us tonight on News 7 at 11.
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