News-7 at Six is next--
A man who played a role in a car bombing that killed a toddler 22 years ago
will spend time behind bars.
And "Operation Fall Harvest" nets more than a hundred suspects in Halifax
COunty's largest drug bust.
Tonight in sports, it race weekend begins tomorrow in Martinsville, Steve
Mason has a preview of this weekend's UVA-UNC showdown.
And Marv Albert's trial ends after a plea bargain.
Hours later so does his career, as NBC fires him.
Our soaking rains have moved out but the ground will be wet indeed in the
desert southwest. Details just ahead.
Frank (Helve-steen) Helvestine is heading to prison for his role in a fatal
bombing more than 20 years ago.
The 76 year old defendant was sentenced to 12 years in prison today.
Double Boxes=Jean/Joe Microwave
Joe Dashiell covered the hearing and reports tonight from the Roanoke County
((Rollcue: his role and responsibility.))
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State and local police converged on Halifax County today for a major drug
bust, armed with lists of suspected dealers.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret has followed this story today and she joins us now.
Jean, the Halifax Sheriff calls it the biggest drug bust in county history.
It targets 121 people and as of 5:30, the sheriff's department had made 38
Police expect to make more as people come home for dinner.
IN Q=Yeah, I hope
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OUT Q=for dinner
IN Q=Yeah I hope
((YEAH, I HOPE YOU GET IT ALL, TOO, BECAUSE I'VE NEVER SOLD DRUGS IN MY LIFE))
OUT Q=in my life
State and local police have been planning Operation Fall Harvest for a year
and a half...
It's their chance to round up suspected sellers of crack cocaine, marijuana,
and other drugs.
The Sheriff says no one resisted arrest, and he hopes the convicted drug
dealers get tough sentences.
IN Q=That's a pretty severe
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: THAT'S A PRETTY SEVERE SLAP IN THE FACE ... A
OUT Q= a free man
Police also searched cars and houses, seizing drugs, firearms and vehicles.
Some suspects turned themselves in to the police department.
This weekend, investigators plan to cross county or state lines to catch
the remaining suspects.
The Sheriff says drug sales should drop in the near future.
IN Q=I would hope
((I WOULD HOPE ... OFF THE STREET))
OUT Q=for dinner
Officials say the highlight of the investigation was the arrest of Kenneth
Lee Traynham on SIX charges of conspiracy and distribution.
Traynham was allegedly found with $25,000 worth of crack cocaine.
The Sheriff says next, he'll target people who have tried to buy drugs from
(Jean question: Where are all these people being held?
Tina ad lib)
State Police say the driver in a fatal tractor-trailor wreck last night fell
asleep at the wheel.
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The accident happened along an overpass on Interstate-81 in Roanoke County.
Officials say driver Carol Reece Browne woke up upon impact but was killed
when the truck burst into flames.
For some truck drivers, the incident is a reminder of safety concerns along
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IN Q=My experience in
((RUFUS GREEN/INDEPENDENT TRUCK DRIVER: MY EXPERIENCE IN DRIVING IS YOU USE
YOUR COMMON KNOWLEDGE, COMMON SENSE. AT THE SAME THERE ARE OTHER VEHICLES
AROUND YOU THAT YOU HAVE TO CONTEND WITH. SO, NOW ONLY ARE YOU DRIVING FOR
YOURSELF BUT YOU'RE DRIVING FOR EVERYONE AROUND YOU.))
SUPER=01-Rufus Green/Independent Truck Driver;
OUT Q=everyone around you.
Department of Motor Vehicle statistics for the state of Virginia show that
there were 72 fatal accidents last year involving tractor trailors.
Treca Rentch WASN'T driving the evening her seven year old daughter,
Samantha, was thrown from the back of a pick- up truck and killed.
But testimony that Rentch knew the driver had been drinking and allowed her
three children to ride in the back was enough for a judge to certify felony
child abuse charges to a grand jury.
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A Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy, who witnessed the May 24th accident
near Shawsville, says he found empty and full beer cans, as well as marijuana
in the truck's cab, where Rentch was riding.
Rentch's family and estranged husband were at today's hearing.
IN Q=She wasn't
SUPER=01-Lilly Lindsey/Treca Rentch's Sister; :00
SUPER=01-William Rentch/Samantha's Father; :13
OUT Q=pay for it.
Rentch's boyfriend, Christopher Fisher, was driving the truck.
He was charged with driving under the influence and possesion of marijuana.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Governor Allen says sick fish in Virginia waters do NOT have "pfiesteria"
(fee-STEER-ee-uh). We'll have that in a moment,
and even though the governor's race is too close to call, we'll tell you why
one of the candidates believes he's the underdog.
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The polls keep showing Jim Gilmore and Don Beyer in a dead heat for
But now, one of the candidates says he's the underdog.
IN Q=I believe
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I BELIEVE VERY SERIOUSLY THAT
WITH NO PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX PLAN AT ALL, I COULD WIN. BUT I'M STILL A
DEMOCRAT IN A VERY REPUBLICAN STATE. SO THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VERY UPHILL
BATTLE. AND I'LL ALWAYS BE THE UNDERDOG.))
OUT Q=the underdog.
U-V-A political analyst Larry Sabato says Beyer's right.
And if he loses, it's because -- in Sabato's words -- he "caved" and came up
with a tax cut of his own.
IN Q=But I think
((BUT I THINK HE FORGOT ABOUT THE ROBB-COLEMAN RACE IN 1981, WHERE COLEMAN CAME
OUT AGAINST ALL NEW TAXES, AND ROBB SAID THAT'S NOT FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. I
DON'T WANT TO RAISE TAXES, BUT I'M GOING TO KEEP MY OPTIONS OPEN. AND THAT WON
THE DAY. AND BEYER COULD HAVE PURSUED THAT ARGUMENT. HE CERTAINLY WOULDN'T BE
IN ANY WORSE POSITION THAN HE IS TODAY. AND HE QUITE POSSIBLY COULD HAVE BEEN
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/U.Va. Political Analyst;
OUT Q=been the frontrunner.
Sabato says voters should expect negative ads from both over the next five
Fish with lesions and missing flesh have shown up in the James River in
But until Virginia's new lab is set up to analyze what's making fish sick,
Governor George Allen is NOT ready to draw many conclusions.
But he believes it's NOT the toxic "pfiesteria" (fee-STEER-ee-uh) that's
being found up and down the east coast. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=There needs
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE NEEDS TO BE A CERTAIN LEVEL OF SALINITY IN THE
WATER FOR PFIESTERIA TO LIVE. AND THERE'S NOT ANY SALINITY IN THE WATER, IN
THE JAMES RIVER UP HERE AROUND RICHMOND.))
OUT Q=around Richmond.
If that's true, it means Virginia waterways, far from the Chesapeake Bay,
could have other problems the research into fish kills like these won't even
IN Q=You know
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE ARE CALLING IT PFIESTERIA HYSTERIA.
IT'S ACTUALLY PRONOUNCED FEE-STERIA --IS THE ACTUAL PRONUNCIATION. THERE'S AN
UNDERSTANDABLE AND LOGICAL REASON WHY PEOPLE ARE FEARFUL OF THINGS THEY DON'T
OUT Q=don't know.
The Governor says that fear has caused seafood sales in the Chesapeake
region to drop by about a third.
A change at the top for one of Roanoke's best known companies.
The board at Roanoke Gas has elected John Williamson its new president and
He succeeds Frank Farmer, who will retire next year.
IN Q=Our objective
((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS PRESIDENT-ELECT: OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO BE
PROFITABLE ENOUGH AND VALUABLE ENOUGH AS A NICHE PLAYER IN WESTERN VIRGINIA AND
WEST VIRGINIA SUCH THAT OUR GROWTH AND OUR PROFITABILITY IS SATISFACTORY TO OUR
SHAREHOLDERS SO THAT THEY SEE US STANDING ALONE AS A STRONG ENOUGH
SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas President-Elect;
Williamson joined the company five years ago.
Prior to that he worked in the public sector, as an administrator in
Botetourt and Nelson counties.
Roanoke Gas was founded in 1883.
It serves 60- thousand customers in Virginia and West Virginia.
On Wall Street today, rising interest rates and concerns about inflation
sent the stock market lower today.
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The DOW lost nearly 59 points to close for the day at 78-hundred-48.
NASDAQ fell back as well, dropping eight and a-half points.
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The Advertising Federation and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Roanoke
are teaming up to stop child abuse.
Ad-Fed is a volunteer organization of communications and graphics
The Roanoke chapter announced this week that child abuse will now be the
sole focus of its public service efforts.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council wants it stressed that physical and sexual
abuse aren't its only concerns. The campaign will also focus on emotional
abuse and neglect.
IN Q=Those are what's
((SHANNON BRABHAM: THOSE ARE WHAT'S OFTEN FORGOTTEN, PARTICULARLY THE EMOTIONAL
PART OF IT
AND THE PHYSICAL NEGLECT PART OF IT. WHILE THE MOST COMMON FORM OF
MALTREATMENT, ITS DEFINITELY THE LEAST FOCUSED ON.))
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Columbia Lewis-Gale Medical Center has donated fifteen-thousand dollars to
A Roanoke resident is sharing his memories from 80-years ago ...when he was a
soldier in World War One.
97-year old Roy Shartzer may be the last living veteran of the first world
war in the area.
The Virginia National Guard's 116th Infantry is honoring Shartzer by inviting
the special guest to the outfit's anniversary next month.
Today, guardsmen and family members listened as Shartzer shared stories of
his war days.
IN Q=I just think
((VERNA HASKINS/DAUGHTER OF WWI VET:I JUST THINK IT'S REALLY NICE FOR HIM AFTER
ALL THESE YEARS AND I THINK IT'LL MAKE HIM FEEL BETTER AND BRING A LITTLE JOY
TO HIM. I REALLY DO))
SUPER=01-Verna Haskins/Daughter of WWI vet
OUT Q=really do
Shartzer was born and raised in Roanoke.
Tonight in sports, NBC fires Marv Albert after he enters a plea agreement,
the Super Trucks and Winston Cup cars are invading Martinsville this weekend
for the Hanes 250 and Hanes 500.
and a sea of blue awaits the Virginia cavaliers in Chapel Hill. A preview of
how the Wahoos stack up against the fifth ranked Tarheels is coming up in
The 1 and 1 Virginia Cavaliers face the fifth ranked North Carolina
Tarheels Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Steve Mason has a preview of the Cavs ACC opener.
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SUPER=01-Germane Crowell/UVa Wide Receiver; :43
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OUT Q=..news 7 sports"
((UNC's quarterback Oscar davenport has combined with Chris Keldorf for
nearly 700 passing yards in the first three games. Davenport is sixth in the
nation in pass efficiency; and with a stock dangerous, veteran receivers like
Octavus Barnes, L.C. Stevens, Jason peace and Nate Brown; Virginia defenders
have their work cut out for them.
North Carolina's defense is on fire; rated number 2 in the country in total
yards allowed; yielding under 200 a game.
The Cavaliers have posted a 9 and 8 record in games following an off week.
Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
The Martinsville Speedway's 50th anniversary celebration continues tomorrow
as Hanes race weekend officially opens at the Henry County track.
Tomorrow fans can get an eyeful of both the Super Trucks and the Winston Cup
cars with practice beginning at 9:30 tomorrow morning.
Qualifying for the Cup cars begins at 3 o'clock, and right after that around
four, the Craftsman Truck series time trials get underway.
And don't forget the speedway has 12 thousand 50th anniversary commemorative
pole day tickets on sale at $10 bucks a piece.
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The super trucks have spent a good part of this month at the track turning
some hot laps in preparation for their only stop in Martinsville this season.
Jack Sprague has the series points lead by 95 points over Rick Bickle.
The two are battling down to the wire with five races to go.
((RICH BICKLE/SECOND IN POINTS RACE:))
SUPER=01-Rich Bickle/Second In Points Race; :00
OUT Q=...END OF THE SEASON."
Tickets for the truck race are unreserved and priced at $25 a piece.
They are $5 for kids ages 6 to 12.
Also, don't forget 8 thousand unreserved seats go on sale Sunday morning at
7:30 for the Hanes 500 Cup race.
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One car to keep an eye on this weekend is the Coors Chevy that will be driven
not by Robby Gordon, but rather Steve Park, the regular Busch series driver in
the Goodwrench car.
Park is subbing for Gordon this week and tonight's you can race against him
at the Thunder Valley go cart track in Salem.
He's there from 6:30-to-9.
We'll hear from Park tonight at 11.
The Marv Albert case in Arlington, that was getting more bizarre each day,
abruptly ended this afternoon after the NBC broadcaster pleaded guilty to a
misdemeanor assault and battery charge as part of a plea agreement.
Albert entered the plea after prosecutors agreed to drop the sodomy charge he
Albert still faces a possible year in jail and a fine.
((MARV ALBERT/NBC SPORTSCASTER:))
SUPER=01-Marv Albert/NBC Sportscaster; ;00
OUT Q=...BESIDE ME."
Those remarks turned out to be a bit premature.
Just hours after making that statement, NBC fired Albert.
The American League East was clinched last night by the Orioles and today a
couple of teams preparing for their vacations hooked up in Detroit.
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Mo Vaughn keyed a three run seventh inning for the Sox as he hit his 35th
homerun of the season, as the Sox win it 3-to-1.
But the real winner was Steve Avery, who started his his 18th game of the
year. No big deal except that the 18 starts trigger a contract incentive for
Avery that will pay him $3 point 9 million bucks next season.
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