Cameras capturing video as you drive. It's happening in Roanoke. Find out
We'll hear from the woman who lived in a house full of rats.
Enforcing the law in our forests- We'll have the story.
And sources report that coach Dean Smith may be retiring tomorrow.
News 7 is next.
Have you noticied cameras videotaping you at one intersection on Plantation
You're not seeing things- it's happening but it's used to monitor traffic.
If you dropped your cellular phone service, can you still use it in an
emergency? Eric Earnhart checks out that possibility.
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Plus a teen gives birth to a baby- and hides it in her bedroom for two and
And the home filled with rats comes crashing down-
And sources say UNC-s Dean Smith may be retiring-
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
The death penalty may be in store for an 18-year old Danville man who pled
guilty to murdering three of his neighbors last year.
Police say Percy Levar Walton killed and robbed an elderly couple and a
33-year old man last November.
Police found Jesse and Elizabeth Kendrick dead in their north Danville
Later that week, Archie Moore was found in a nearby apartment, stuffed
inside a closet.
All three victims had been shot in the head and wrapped in sheets.
Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller says Walton sprayed one corpse with
cologne to hide the stench and later told fellow prisoners about the crime.
Walton will be sentenced at the end of this month.
Former U-S Senator William Spong Junior died today of a ruptured aneurysm.
Spong experienced chest pains this morning and was taken to the hospital
where he died shortly before noon.
Spong represented Virginia in the Senate beginning in 1966.
He served just one term before losing in 1972 to Republican Bill Scott.
Spong never sought public office again.
He was also dean of the School of Law at William and Mary and a past
president of Old Dominion University.
Senator John Warner said today that Spong was a man of unquestioned integrity
William Spong was 77.
A Mississippi community wants to know more about the teens charged with
plotting the murders of fellow students.
Classmates describe the band of friends as ``extremely smart.''
Lee Cowan has more.
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((Friends and class mates say the six belonged to something called The Group, a
collection of teens all associated with sixteen year old Luke Woodham, the
student who rocked this town last week, after he allegedly stabbbed his own
mother to death, then came here to Pearl High School and shot nine others,
But the plot may have been much larger. The Town's mayor now says he believes
his son may have been a target. The police haven't said for sure.
MAYOR JIMMIE FOSTER: I'M CONCERNED, VERY CONCERNED ABOUT MY SON'S SAFETY, BUT
AGAIN I STRESS WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH FACTS AND NOT STREET TALK.
Two of the six are also charged with plotting to kill one of their fathers.
One of them claims the killings were motivated by society's mistreatment of
certain individuals, not by spurned teenage love as first thought.
Many students here refer to the group as a cult. Police won't go that far and
neither will school officials, but nobody is saying the search for suspects is
Lee Cowan CBS News, Pearl, Mississippi.))
A car spun out of control on a busy
killing one man and injuring 12 others- some seriously.
The car slammed into pedestrians- throwing some in the air.
A police spokeswoman says an elderly woman was driving when the gas
pedal got stuck.
A Long Island teen hid her newborn for two and half weeks before her mother
found the baby.
Stephanie Clark discovered the four pound infant in her 17 year old
daughter's bedroom closet.
((SHE NORMALLY WEARS MY THINGS AND I WENT INTO THE ROOM THAT'S WHEN I FOUND THE
SUPER=01-Stephanie Clark/Baby's Grandmother;
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Shanta Clark, who kept her pregnancy and home delivery a secret, cared for
the child without anyone knowing.
((I GET UP AT FOUR O'CLOCK FEED HIM, BATHE HIM, CLOTHE HIM, AND PAMPER HIM AND
WHEN I LEAVE I SURROUND HIM WITH BLANKETS.))
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OUT Q=with blankets.
She did leave him alone while she was in school.
Clark is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.
Doctors say the baby is doing well-
They say premature infants haave a weak cry- which could explain why no
one heard him.
Advocates for a new higher education center in downtown Roanoke hope to
win state funding.
And today, they pitched the plan to members of the Senate Finance
IN Q=Given the fact that education
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The new center would bring a dozen college and work force training
programs under one roof, the old Norfolk Southern Office Building near the
Supporters say the renovation would be less expensive than new
But at least one lawmaker says the state has more pressing needs.
IN Q=To ask the taxpayers
((TO ASK THE TAXPAYERS OF NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY AND RICHMOND CITY AND
WYTHEVILLE AND COVINGTON VIRGINIA TO FUND AN EDUCATION CENTER IN DOWNTOWN
ROANOKE THAT IS SURROUNDED BY FOUR FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTIONS, THE LOGIC IS
SOMEWHAT LOST ON ME AT THIS JUNCTURE.))
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OUT Q=at this juncture.
The Norfolk Southern Corporation is expected to donate the building.
Supporters are also lining up commitments from local governments and the
schools that will use the center.
They'll still need another nine million dollars to make the higher-ed
center a reality.
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There's more News 7 to come, up next we'll have information on one of the
biggest secrets of the cellular phone business,
and we'll tell you why V-Dot says those cameras at busy intersections are
not watching you.
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You're on candid camera--
at an intersection near you.
But Andrew Freiden reports, the video will never make it on TV.
IN Q=the intersection
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SUPER=01-Bob Perdue/Traffic Supervisor; :17
OUT Q=news 7 Roanoke County
(( The intersection of Williamson road and Plantation road looks like any
Until you look skyward.
You'll find four video cameras-- closely watching the traffic below.
So-- is big brother watching? making a note of who's being naughty or nice?
((BOB PERDUE/THAT'S THE PERCEPTION WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE THE SYSTEM
DOESN'T HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO SEE THAT MUCH DETAIL. WE'RE NOT IN LAW
ENFORCEMENT, WE'RE IN TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS. THAT'S ALL WE'RE
AFTER. IF WE CAN MOVE THE TRAFFIC BETTER BY USING THE SYSTEM, THAT'S ALL WE
WANT TO DO. ))
VDOT hopes to use the cameras to replace the current system of vehicle
detection-- the in-pavement metal loop.
b-roll pavement loop?
((WHAT IT IS IS BASICALLY A WRAP OF CABLE IN THE PAVEMENT, IT CAN SEE THE
VECHICLE THROUGH MAGNETIC SHIFT. ))
But the camera can trip the signal too-- as the cars drive into "detection
Every 3 or 4 years, when VDOT repaves the roadway-- they have to install new
But the cameras cost about the same, and they'll last ten years.
And there's another bonus.
If you own a very small car, or you ride a motorcycle-- no more waiting for
a bigger car to come along and trip the signal for you.
((WHEN WE INSTALLED THIS SYSTEM, WE SAW IT DETECT A BICYCLE-- SO IT'S COMING
ALL THE WAY DOWN TO BICYCLES NOW))
Bob Perdue says VDOT is using new technology to move into the year 2000-
and not back to George Orwell's 1984.
Andrew Freiden, News 7, Roanoke County.))
If you dropped your cellular telephone service because you could not afford
the monthly fee, hold on to the phone... you may still be able to use it in a
Eric Earnhart explains.
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((Charlie and Marilyn Chapin rarely use their cellular telephone... keeping
it for emergencies only.
IN Q=either when we're
((MARILYN CHAPIN/CELL PHONE CUSTOMER; EITHER WHEN WE'RE ON THE ROAD OR WE'RE AT
HOME, AND WE LOSE TELEPHONE SERVICE THERE, IT'S VERY COMFORTING TO HAVE IT AS A
CHARLIE CHAPIN/CELL PHONE CUSTOMER;
AND IN ANOTHER WAY WE USE IT FOR PEACE OF MIND. SO WE CAN BE WE CAN GET IN
CONTACT WITH THE WORLD.))
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What the Chapins don't know, is they may be able to have that same peace of
mind, without their 20 dollar monthly service fee.
In the Roanoke area, with a disconnected GTE cellular phone, you can dial
pound-311, and you'll connect with the roaming network that will let you use a
credit card or call collect, for about a dollar-twenty five a minute.
If you have a disconnected U.S. Cellular phone... you can NOT access the
roaming system... but if you switch your phone from system A over to system B,
you can still access the roaming network through GTE.
And no matter what system you're on, if you are in range of a tower, you
can dial 911.
But customers may not be getting the full story from cellular sales people.
We called several Roanoke sales offices and asked them if we could use our
telephone after it is disconnected...
One GTE rep said yes we could, another didn't know and another said
told us we couldn't us a credit card OR dial 911.
U.S cellular sales reps correctly told us we couldn't use a credit card on
THEIR system with a disconnected phone, but 2 also told us we couln't dial 911.
A U.S. Cellular official told us those salespeople are misinformed, saying "We
try to train them and give them as much information as we can, unfortunately in
any industry you change personnel often, and sometimes, occasionally, you might
Cline says he sent a memo to his sales force, telling them that all phones,
regardless of status, can dial 911.
The Chapins say, given the option, they'll consider disconnecting service,
and using a credit card.
((CHARLIE CHAPIN/CELL PHONE CUSTOMER; SURE, SURE, I'M ALWAYS GLAD TO SAVE A FEW
OUT Q=a few dollars
But not everyone's comfortable with the idea.
IN Q=In a way I think
((CELL PHONE CUSTOMER; IN A WAY I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA, THAT THIS WAY WHEN
YOUR CONTRACT IS UP THAT YOU CAN JUST GO AHEAD AND USE YOUR PHONE, WITH A
CREDIT CARD, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, I ALSO FEEL IT'S CHEATING.))
OUT Q=it's cheating
Before you disconnect your cellular service... here are some things to
-You will not recieve incoming calls.
-Credit card calls are expensive.
-The credit card option might not work in other areas.
However, wherever you are, you should be able to make a 911 call with any
An FCC rule, requiring universal 911 access for cellular phones takes effect
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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Still to come on the newscast, a group of school children get to meet the
Great Pumpkin, and
The woman who lived among hundreds of rats- talks the day her home is torn
((I MEAN WE'VE ALL BEEN CRYING AND GRIEVING ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW I HAVEN'T SLEPT
PROBABLY IN A WEEK AND HALF.))
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An elderly Florida woman has lost her home
and the hundreds of rats she'd been feeding inside.
Exterminators gassed the Tampa house- and today the home was demolished.
The woman's daughter who also lived in the home said it didn't have to be
((VIVIAN BRYANT/LIVED IN RAT HOUSE: HAD WE KNOWN THEY WERE GONNA TENT THE
HOUSE AND I WOULD'VE BEEN OVER HERE PICKING UP EVERY RAT SO THEY WOULDN'T BE
ANYMORE RAT PROBLEM.))
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Bryant begged city officials not to kill the rats.
The National Forest Service brings to mind Smokey the Bear and Rangers
putting out campfires and stopping litter bugs.
But forest officers are actually armed police, responsible for enforcing
laws on public land.
Tonya Flory and photographer Lawrence Young take us to the range where the
forest police are zeroing in on their shooting skills.
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SUPER=01-Woody Lipps/Forest Service Officer; :16
OUT Q=News 7.
((They're the police of the woods and their aim is to protect the public.
And while the national forest is still probably the safest place there
is...it's a good place to hide out if you're a fugitive from justice.
IN Q=One time
((WOODY LIPPS/FOREST SERVICE OFFICER:ONE TIME THEY RECOVERED AN INDIVIDUAL WHO
WAS NOT ONLY ARMED WITH A HIGH POWERED RIFLE, AND HANDGUNS, BUT HAD 22 STICKS
OF DYNAMITE SO FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC THE NATIONAL FOREST IS SAFE AND IT'S OUR
JOB TO ENSURE IT STAYS THAT WAY))
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The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are recertifing 13 law
enforcement officers for gun use.
The range officers command the target shooters and they're scored in using
proper technique and style for accuracy.
The shaded areas represent points which are tallied to check proficiency with
a variety of weapons.
IN Q=A shotgun may
((WOODY LIPPS/FOREST SERVICE OFFICER:A SHOTGUN MAY COME INTO PLAY WHEN YOU HAVE
ONE OFFICER ALONE IN THE BACK COUNTRY BY THEMSELVES AND THEY'RE CONFRONTED WITH
FIVE OR SIX INDIVIDUALS. THE SHOTGUN COMMANDS A LITTLE MORE RESPECT THAN SAY A
OUT Q=a handgun
And criminal suspects are the main predators the 13 officers encounter over
one-point eight million acres of public forests in Virginia .
IN Q=These are
((THESE ARE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS PEOPLE...YOU USE THAT GUN TO SHOOT SNAKES. NO
WE DON'T ENCOURAGE ANYBODY TO SHOOT SNAKES AND BEARS ARE RARELY SEEN))
OUT Q=rarely seen.
The New Castle shooting range will be opened to the public starting this
weekend from sunrise to sunset.
Admission is free, but donations to maintain the new range will be accepted.
TF News 7.))
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Reports last night in North Carolina say Dean Smith will announce that he
is stepping down as the Tarheels head basketball coach.
The University will only say that a major announcement concerning the men's
basketball program is coming up later today.
Smith, who is 66, is the winningest coach in college basketball history.
The Baltimore Orioles made quick work of the Cleveland Indians last night in
game one of the American League championship series.
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And the O's can thank Scott Erickson for pitching 8 shutout innings.
And they can thank Brady Anderson for saving this run in the first by robbing
Five minutes later he opened the O's half of the first with this homer off
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loser Chad Ogea (OH-JAY).
The O's take game one 3-to-nothing.
The Atlanta Braves evened their National League series with the Marlins at a
game a piece yesterday with a convincing 7-to-1 win.
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In the Bottom of the first Ryan Klesko came through with the eventual game
winning hit as he bopped this two run homer to score Keith Lockhart.
The Braves also got a two run homer from Chipper Jones and a great effort on
the mound from Tom Glavine.
But Jane Fonda missed most of it.
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Check her out sleeping behind Chipper while he waits on deck.
The Danville Braves will get some company at Dan Daniel park next season as
the Braves Class-A team also inhabits Legion field for a year.
The announcement that the team formerly known as the Durham Bulls would
share space in the Appalachian League park for a season was made yesterday
morning at a newsconference attended by Presidents from both the Carolina and
IN Q="It appears...
((TIM CAHILL/DANVILLE BRAVES PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Tim Cahill/Danville Braves President; :00
OUT Q=...playing here."
After next season the Braves Class-A team will take up permanent residence in
The Taco Bell 300 is coming up later this month at the Martinsville Speedway.
Today a whole bunch of drivers took a spin in an open practice.
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SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/1995 Taco Bell 300 Winner; :55
SUPER=01-Rodney "Six Pack" Cundiff/Cundiff Trucking Ford Driver; 1:26
OUT Q=...GOOD MONEY."
(( 105 cars invaded the Speedway today to turn a few hot laps. And you can
understand why - only 42 of these cars will make the October 19th race.
And that means that even the ultra successful Jeff Agnew, who won 35 races
this season at Kingsport, Lonesome Pine and New River Valley speedways has to
be on his game to be successful in this race.
((JEFF AGNEW/35 WINS THIS SEASON:))
While Agnew was racking up the wins this season, Tony McGuire - the 1995
TACO bELL 300 winner was basically taking the year off. He's only competed in
a hand full of events, but he's looking forward to Martinsville.
((TONY MCGUIRE/1995 TACO BELL WINNER:))
Many of the big names took advantage of the open workout like Johnny Rumley,
past Martinsville winner Barry Beggarly, and Dale Jarrett's son Jason.
Winston Cup driver Mike Skinner was also at the track today keeping an eye on
his son Jamey - who also hopes to make the event.
But first the youngbloods and the outsiders will have to nudge the local
favorites out of the way. Tell them out it is Hoss.))
((RODNEY "SIX PACK" CUNDIFF/CUNDIFF TRUCKING FORD:))
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Still to come tonight it's time to hit the hardwood with Steve Mason in this
week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
This week he gets some input from the new men's roundball king in
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Steve Mason gets a little help from a special guest in this week's edition
of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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SUPER=01-Sherman Dillard/JMU Men's Basketball Coach; :18
OUT Q=..see ya next time"
(( The Bassett native has earned the respect of his players and peers and has
now reserved a major role in one of college basketball's top programs.
Throughout his coaching career; Dillard has remained consistent in how he
teaches his players to approach the most crucial aspect of the game;
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And mark your calendars this Saturday for CBS Sports game of the week.
The Tennessee Volunteers host the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium in
Coverage begins on Your Hometown Station at 3:30.
The Roanoke Express is getting ready for its first scrimmage of the preseason
on the road later tonight in Wheeling.
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Tuesday night the team mixed it up in an hour long intrasquad scrimmage.
The defense shined in the scrimmage, and now the offense should get some much
needed help as the team picked up Todd Norman yesterday.
He is a former fifth round pick of the Vancouver Canucks.
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Kids looking for the perfect jack o'Lantern got a fright and a giggle today.
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Imagine the surprise when the friendly looking scarecrow at a Utah pumpkin
patch decides to reach out and touch someone.
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Scaring children is something of an annual tradition for pumpkin farmer
Each year for the past 10 years Dab has welcomed Weber County school
children to his farm.
After they recover, each child gets to pick his own jack o lantern.
Neighbors say around this time of the year, you can even see Dab driving his
tractor with his pumpkin head on.
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