Increasing clouds for southwest Virginia but mostly sunny everywhere else.
The rest of your weekend forecast is coming up.
Last night Bedford County police
broke up what they called a major marijuana growing operation.
Now, a businessman is behind bars.
Just before six last night, narcotics agents executed a search warrant at
this home on Claymont Drive in Forest.
In the basement they found 23-year old Anthony Gordon Ray tending to an
elaborate marijuana growing system.. complete with water tanks, lights and 87
healthy plants... each worth about one thousand dollars.
IN Q=That can be
((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY: THAT CAN BE HARVESTED APPROXIMATELY EVERY
SIX WEEKS, SO IT DOESN'T TAKE A HARVARD GRADUATE TO FIGURE UP IT'S QUITE A BIT
OF MONEY. AND WE SUSPECT THAT THIS OPERATION HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR PROBABLY
SEVERAL MONTHS, SUPPLYING OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE COMMONWEALTH WITH THE POT.
IT'S A VERY HIGH- QUALITY, HIGH POTENCY TYPE MARIJUANA.))
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=high potency type marijuana.
Ray has been charged with one count of manufacturing marijuana.
Authorities believe most of the pot was being sold in Blacksburg.
Ray is the owner of Biome (Bio-muh) Discount Pets, located directly across
the street from the house that was raided.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department says the combination of alcohol
and a handgun injured a college student early this morning.
Investigators say 19-year-old John Swartz called 9-1-1 saying he'd
accidentally shot his friend.
When rescue workers arrived they found 20-year-old Samuel Parshall of
Spotsylvania with a gun shot wound to the head.
Parshall is in intensive care at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Apparently Parshall, a James Madison University student, was in Montgomery
County visiting Swartz.
Investigators say both had been drinking and handling the gun.
No charges have been filed.
Some say they've been a long time coming... but they're finally here.
Beginning this week, hundreds of warning signs are going up along the rivers in
eastern North Carolina, warning people about the dangers of fish kills.
Ryan Deal reports.
SUPER=01-Debbie Crane/Health and Human Services; :16
SUPER=20-Ryan Deal; :23
The State of North Carolina says these signs are temporary and the
permanent ones will be put up during the winter.
Students have been applying the latest technology and exploring careers at
Franklin County's newest school for nearly two months now.
But today dignitaries and the public dedicated the facility which pledges to
make students ready for the challenges of the next millenium.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./September 30;
At the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration students have
the latest computers and up to date lab equipment at their fingertips.
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction says this is the type of
education that will increase students' options.
Richard LaPointe says an education should allow room for growth and help
students keep pace in an ever changing world.
Eighth grade Franklin County students attend the center on a rotating basis.
The change of seasons means falling leaves and dipping temperatures, but in
Southwest Virginia BLUEGRASS is always in season.
Double Boxes=Eric and Denise/Microwave
Denise Allen is fiddling around in Vinton, Denise what exactly is going on
at the Farmer's Market?
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:a toe for tapping)
OUT Q=a nice place to live.
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Eric and Denise/Microwave
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New taxes on the Internet may be put on hold for a while.
And the latest word on fall foliage is just a click away, on this week's
edition of WebWatch
IN Q=Two congressional
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :22-quick
SUPER=01-Tim Russo/College Student; :26-quick
Two congressional subcommittees have passed resolutions putting a hold on
any new taxes on Internet access or computer transactions.
The bills would suspend any new taxes for six years while Congress considers
whether an additional Internet taxes are justified.
Increasing Internet traffic is frustrating college students, trying to work
on their education on-line.
IN Q=It's slow
((TIM RUSSO/COLLEGE STUDENT; IT'S SLOW, PRETTY MUCH JUST HARD TO GET WHAT
YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.))
OUT Q=looking for
The answer... Internet2, a high speed data network, linking more than 100
schools with blinding speed.
IN Q=It will allow you
((COLLEGE PROFESSOR; IT WILL ALLOW YOU TO RECIEVE TRANSMISSIONS FASTER, IT WILL
ALLOW YOU TO RECIEVE MOVIE CLIPS, AUDIO CLIPS, VOICE AS WELL AS TRADITIONAL
OUT Q=traditional data
30 colleges are expected to be on-line on Internet2 by the end of the year.
If you're looking forward to the full bloom of fall color, visit the Blue
Ridge Parkway's Virtual Visitor Center.
The center will tell you when the leaves are expected to peak at various
points along the parkway, and explain why the leaves change color in the first
A list of Parkway trees and their corresponding colors will tell you what
you're looking at.
To begin your fall excursion, visit the WebWatch page on the WDBJ website,
Riding in a police cruiser isn't usually high on a list of things to do.
But today at the Roanoke County Police Department citizens were lining up to
take a turn.
The fourth annual Open House allows people to see the inner-workings of the
police station, including DRIVING a patrol car.
The event is a part of the department's public education program, and some
were surprised at the different elements involved in just driving the cruiser.
IN Q=IT'S NOT AS
((SANDRA MAXWELL/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: IT'S NOT AS HARD AS IT LOOKS. I
EXPECTED IT TO BE HARD TO HANDLE BUT IT'S NOT. IT'S FUN TO HEAR ALL THE
DIFFERENT SOUNDS WHEN YOU HIT THE HORN. IT CHANGES ALL THE DIFFERENT SOUNDS AND
YOU GET ALL THOSE WEIRD NOISES. IT'S VERY INTERESTING TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY
HAVE TO DO TO KEEP THEIR MINDS ON THREE OR FOUR DIFFERENT THINGS AT ONE TIME IN
SUPER=01-Sandra Maxwell/Roanoke Co. Resident;
OUT Q=IN THAT CAR
Citizens also got a peak at some familiar equipment that's new to the
County police officers have been patrolling the Tanglewood Mall area on
bicycles for months now.
The K-9 officers are always a big draw.
But most importantly the emphasis is on having fun and building a bridge of
The 1997 Roanoke Railway Festival is taking on a new look this year.
This weekend at the Virginia Museum of Transportation you can step back in
time and see what part Virginia's railroads played in the Civil War.
A fife and drum corp sent people back to Civil War days with each note and
Inside the museum a one woman show portraying the life of Harriet Tubman
taught visitors about the underground railroad and the sacrifices African-
Americans made for freedom.
Civil War and railroad memorabilia was everywhere for viewing and buying.
IN Q=WE FELT LIKE THIS
((KAY HOUCK/ VA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION: WE FELT LIKE THIS WAS A NEAT THING
TO CELEBRATE. MANY SOUTHWEST VIRGINIANS DON'T KNOW WE PLAYED A ROLE IN THE
CIVIL WAR. THERE WERE ACTUALLY BIG BATTLES FOUGHT HERE, THE HANGING ROCK
BATTLEFIELD ATTESTS TO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Kay Houck/Virginia Museum of Transportation;
OUT Q=ATTESTS TO THAT.
The festival continues tomorrow with story telling, bus tours to the Jubal
Early Homeplace, music and lectures on "Civil War Railroads."
The fun starts at noon.
Roanoke is hosting this year's Miss Virginia U-S-A pageant.
And, last night..
47 of the state's women took the stage in hopes of being crowned Miss
It is the first time the pageant has been held in the star city, and Director
Kim Johnson says Roanoke is the perfect choice.
IN Q= It has been
((KIM JOHNSON/DIRECTOR: IT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY BEEN HELD IN BRISTOL, BUT WE
WANTED TO MOVE TO A MORE CENTRALLY LOCATED AREA. AND I COULDN'T THINK OF A
BETTER PLACE THAN ROANOKE.))
OUT Q= than Roanoke.
Last night's pageant was the preliminary round of judging, with the main
event scheduled for tonight.
Judges will pick the top five contestants, who will go on to compete
The festivities begin at 7- at the Roanoke Civic Center.
And coming up, The Orioles and Indians were back on the field this afternoon
scores and highlights from college football.
And in Blacksburg this afternoon Virginia Tech ups its record to 4 and 0 in
the Big East.
Al Clark passed for one and ran 42 yards for another touchdown to lead the
Virginia Tech Hokies to a 17 to 7 win over Boston College.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Eagles; :
The Hokies came on to Worsham Field looking to pick up an important
conference win against the Eagles.
Boston College looked strong early as Mike Hemmert caps a 7 play drive with
this one yard touchdown dive to give the Eagles a 7 to nothing lead.
The Hokies would fight back and ties things at 7 early in the second
quarter as Al Clark connects with Angelo Harrison for a 50 yard touchdown play
to make it 7 to 7.
The Hokies would look for more and move the ball into scoring range as
Lamont Pegues goes over the right end for 28 yards to the B-C 39.
That set up this 20 yard Shane Graham field goal and the Hokies led 10 to 7
at the half.
Clark would cap the Hokies victory SUPER=36-Virginia Tech/17/Boston
College/7/;when he takes off down the sideline and scores from 42 yards out to
give the Hokies the 17 to 7 Big East win.
IN Q=First audio
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((AL CLARK/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :
SUPER=01-Al Clark/Tech Quarterback; :12
OUT Q=......get it."
The Virginia Cavaliers hit the road this afternoon for a game at Death
Valley against the Clemson Tigers.
The game was scorless with less than two minutes left before the half.
Its a key game for the Cavaliers who have one loss in the conference.
The Keydets of V-M-I are still looking for their first win. This afternoon
at Alumni Field U-T Chattanooga beat the Keydets 27 to 24.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Keydets vs Mocs; :
It was parents weekend in Lexington and members of the 1977 Southern
Conference championship team and its coach Bob Thalman were back on post for a
IN Q=First audio
((BOB THALMAN/COACHED CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM: ))
SUPER=01-Bob Thalman/Coached Championship Team; :
OUT Q=.......their life."
But Chattanooga would try spoil the celebration early in the first quarter
as Brian Hampton goes to the air and hits Stefpon Hawkins who picks up the 38
yard touchdown as the Mocs led 7 to nothing.
Later in the first quarter, V-M-I would get on the board as Mike Harris
boots a 40 yard field goal as the Keydets cut the lead to 4.
V-M-I would take the lead early in SUPER=36-UT-Chattanooga/27/VMI/24/;
the second quarter when Al Lester connects with Richard Holland on the 21 yard
touchdown pass play but V-M-I comes up short 27 to 24.
The Ferrum College Panthers blew too many opportunities today as they lost a
heart breaking 28-to-22 double overtime decision to Guilford.
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Guilford vs. Ferrum; :00
The Panthers touched the "Magic Rock" as they came on the field, but both
team opened the game like they had been rubbing their hands in a tub of butter.
The two school committed six turnovers in the first 8 minutes of the game.
The only points of the first half came when the Ferrum defense led by
linebacker J.P. Puryear slammed
Marques Williams in the endzone for a safety.
It looked like a Panther baseball game with Ferrum on top 2-to-nothing at
Guilford look the lead in the third quarter as Danny Strelkauskas hit Bryan
Porter with this short TD pass. 7-to-2 Quakers.
But Ferrum quarterback Brandon Rimes ripped off an 89 yard run to open the
He then scored on fourth down from
the 2 to give Ferrum the lead.
But the Panthers lose it 28-to-22 in double overtime.
S-W & L
GRAPHIC=W & L Football
Washington and Lee quarterback Christian Batcheller threw a school record 4
touchdowns as the Generals beat Davidson 32 to 22.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Generals vs Wildcats; :
It was Homecoming at Washington and lee and the Generals were looking for
their first win of the season.
The Generals would get on the board early in the second quarter as Matt
Holbrook kicks this 35 yard field goal to make it 7 to 3 Davidson.
then with over 2 minutes left in the first half W & L would score again
this time Christian Batcheller hooks up with Scott Humphrys for the 4 yard
touchdown the Generals trailed 14 to 11.
W & L would take the lead just SUPER=36-Washington &
Lee/32/Davidson/22/;before the half as Batcheller scrambles and throws the
ball to J.T. Malatesta who scores from 13 Yards out as W & L goes on to win 32
North Carolina comes from behind to beat Wake Forest and William and Mary
downs James Madison.
For all the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0101-/Hampton///Liberty///Night//Davidson/22/j/W & L/32///;
SUPER=0101-j/Emory & Henry/33//Hamp.-Sydney/10////JMU/25/j/William &
SUPER=0101-/Norfolk State/19/j/S. Carolina
SUPER=0101-j/Bowie St./32//Elizabeth City/26////Georgia Tech#25/24//N.C.
SUPER=0101-/Florida St.#4///Duke///Night//Wake Forest/12/j/UNC#5/30///;
SUPER=0101-/Florida#1///LSU#14///Night//Penn St.#2/31//Ohio St.#7/27/4//;
SUPER=0101-j/Texas A&M#15/56//Iowa St./17////Stanford#16///Arizona///Night/;
OUT Q=....last score."
Baltimore and Cleveland are back on the field this afternoon for game three
of the American League Championship Series. The game is in the 9-th inning
with the score tied at 1 to 1.
The series is tied at a game apiece.
Meantime, Last night in Miami, Charles Johnson delivered a bases clearing
double in the bottom of the sixth to lead Florida to a 5 to 2 win over Atlanta.
The Marlins lead the series 2 games to 1.
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