Good evening I'm Eric Earnhart and this is New 7.
Doctors and police investigated the death of a Pulaski County High School
Tonight we have live reports from both Roanoke and Pulaski County.
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We begin our coverage with Denise Allen at Victory Stadium--Denise what can
you tell us?
Eric, Roanoke Police confiscated the game tapes and an autopsy was performed
on 16 year old David Lee Cook Jr.
Cook, a lineman for the Pulaski County Cougars collapsed while playing at
Victory Stadium last night against William Fleming.
(Rollcue: against William Fleming.)
VO-NAT **Denise Mic Hot**
He was playing defense and after what looks like a routine play he fell to
Cook was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
IN Q=A LOT OF THEM
((ROB RANSOM/WILLIAM FLEMING ATHLETIC TRAINER: A LOT OF THEM DON'T KNOW WHAT
TO FEEL. IT'S A TRAGEDY THAT MANY OF THEM HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED BEFORE AND VERY
FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVEN IF THEY'VE BEEN AROUND ATHLETICS THEIR WHOLE LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Rob Ransom/William Fleming Athletic Trainer;
OUT Q=THEIR WHOLE LIFE
Ransom, says it's the unanswered questions that add even more pain to the
So Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney, Don Caldwell, who is also a high school
football official viewed the game tapes.
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Eric, he and police determined it was a routine play.
Denise, an autopsy was scheduled for today do we know the results?
Dr. David Oxley did the autopsy but the preliminary results are
The game tapes showed that after the play Cook got to his feet and tried to
take a few steps before he collapsed.
Dr. Oxley tells us it could be several days to several weeks before the lab
results are known.
He did say he could find no evidence of congenital heart problems or any
other health ailment.
William Fleming did postpone their homecoming dance out of respect to Cook's
family and the Pulaski team.
Eric back to you.
High school football players were back on the field at Victory Stadium this
And Lee Cook's death was very much on their minds.
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It was homecoming for Roanoke Catholic, as the Celtics took on the
Massanutten Military Academy.
Before the pre-game warm-ups, coaches talked to the players about last
IN Q=We're padded up
((JOHN COOKE/ROANOKE CATHOLIC HEAD COACH: WE'RE PADDED UP, IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
AND THERE'S ALWAYS A CHANCE FOR AN INJURY. BUT THERE'S ALSO A CHANCE FOR INJURY
WHEN YOU'RE NOT IN PADS AND GOING THROUGH YOUR EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES.))
SUPER=01-John Cooke/Roanoke Catholic Head Coach;
OUT Q=everyday activities.
Players, coaches and fans prayed for Lee Cook before the game started.
The players also wore black crosses on their helmets, and the cheerleaders
had one on their arms, in his memory.
And as they played, a bouquet of flowers left by some William Fleming
players lay in the grass in the end zone.
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Well, Denise, it's been an extremely emotional day here--
for coaches and administrators saying their prayers and thoughts extend
further than Pulaski County.
(Rollcue: Pulaski County.)
IN Q=Pulaski is
SUPER=01-Bill Asbury/Pulaski Co. Schools Supt.; :00
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :12 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Co. Football Coach; :30
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :
SUPER=01-Carl Lindstrom/Pulaski High School Principle; :54
OUT Q=football game.
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Theresa Hamilton, thank you.
A man shot himself in the head after being confronted by a policeman in
The incident happened about 10-45 last night when police say Curtis Perkins
ran his pick-up truck off the road into a creek along Route 675.
Police and rescue crews arrived on the scene shortly afterward and once an
officer approached the truck, Perkins apparently shot himself in the head.
He was pronounced dead at Galax Hospital.
The nation honored women who served in conflicts from World War I to the
Persian Gulf War today--
by dedicating the first Washington monument to women veterans and soldiers.
Spectators watched the unveiling of the memorial wall and a commemorative
postage stamp collection.
The memorial also has a computer database, a fountain and reflecting pool.
The cost--21 million dollars.
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Firefighters thought they had contained a wild fire which blackened more
than 5-thousand acres earlier this week, but it flared up again.
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It was in Black Star Canyon in Orange County.
The latest fire, which broke out about 11:30 a.m. torched more than 200
acres so far.
Six air tankers, two helicopters, and 26 engines were called in to fight the
About 185 firefighters were expected to work through the night.
In a legal first for the Internet, an attorney in a murder case is trying to
get information from a newspaper's website.
And if you use music on your web page, but don't pay a licensing fee, the
"Music-bot" is looking for you.
More on this week's edition of WebWatch.
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OUT Q=EE, News 7
An attorney for a murder suspect has subpoened Internet records from the
Ventura County Star, asking for unpublished e-mail, and demographic information
about the web-site users.
The paper's on-line version published extensive reports on the trial of a
another defendent in the murder case and solicited reader responses.
An attorney for the murder suspect says since the website goes beyond the
newspaper's circulation area, it could contaminate jury pools in other areas.
If you use music on your web page, Broadcast Media Incorperated, or BMI, may
The music licensing agency is using a program called "Music Bot" to search
the web and make sure sites using or selling music are paying the proper
This is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you can increase your awareness at
the Washington Radiology Associates website.
The site has information about mamograms, including answers to frequently
You can also learn about a new way to perform biopsies, without surgery.
If you love old westerns... you don't have to wait for the late late late
Westerns-dot-com has six old time western's on it's web site, which you can
watch, commercial free, with Microsoft's NetShow... including the first episode
of the Lone Ranger.
You can also check out biographies of the stars... did you know Tonto's real
name was... Harold Smith?
To saddle up and ride, mosey on over to the WebWatch page... on the WDBJ
website at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-com.))
For the most part there's been little give and take between truckers and car
drivers travelling along I-81.
But, as Stacey Martin reports, one group says their often unfairly blamed
for reckless driving and accidents.
IN Q=It's a common
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Darrell Morris/Truck Driver; :13
SUPER=01-Ed Quinn/Roanoke Truck Enterprise; :49
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; 1:15
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
((It's a common scenario--truck drivers battling car drivers for a piece of
the turf along I-81.
But, those in the trucking industry say too often they're labelled as the
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IN Q=You've got people
((DARRELL MORRIS/TRUCK DRIVER: YOU'VE GOT PEOPLE WHO JUST DON'T GIVE TRUCK
DRIVERS RESPECT ANYMORE. THEY CUT THEM OFF, GIVE THEM THE FINGER. IT'S JUST
ROUGH ON TRUCK DRIVERS. NOBODY RESPECTS A TRUCKER NO MORE.))
OUT Q=trucker no more.
Their solution is to clear up misconceptions. Take crash rates for example.
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in 1996 a little more
than three percent of the accidents on the roadways involved tractor-trailers.
And, according to the American Trucking Association truck-related fatalities
have dropped 27 percent since 1979.
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IN Q=I think if
((ED QUINN/ROANOKE TRUCK ENTERPRISE: ))
I THINK IF YOU WENT BACK AND LOOKED AT THE RECORDS AND THE ACCIDENTS AND THE
PERCENTAGES AND SO FORTH YOU WOULD FIND THAT THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY IS REALLY
SAFE. WE'RE COMMITTED SO SAFETY AND IF YOU LOOKED AT THE AMOUNT OF ACCIDENTS
AND WHAT TRUCKS ARE INVOLVED IN IT YOU WOULD SAY IT'S REALLY VERY MINOR.
OUT Q=really very minor.
Truckers also say that a widening of I-81 would help resolve some of the
problems. VDOT says that's an option it's already working on.
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IN Q= We know we
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: WE KNOW WE NEED MORE SPACE. HOW MUCH MORE SPACE DO WE
NEED ON INTERSTATE 81? THE STUDIES ARE GOING TO HELP US DETERMINE THAT. IN THE
VERY EARLY STAGES WE THINK THAT WE MAY NEED FOUR LANES IN EACH DIRECTION.))
OUT Q=in each direction.
Car and truckers say in the meantime, it would help if both sides drove more
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
Two weeks ago American Electric Power announced a new preferred plan for its
proposed high voltage power line.
While the new route lets Craig County off the hook, this plan isn't without
Residents of the Norris Run Community of Montgomery county are mobilizing
against the plan.
If built, they say the new route would devastate their community.
IN Q=IT IMPACTS ALL OF US.
((JOYCE SMITH/NORRIS RUN RESIDENT: IT IMPACTS ALL OF US, DUE TO OUR STREAMS,
OUR WELLS, OUR PONDS, PEOPLE THAT ARE FARMING IN THE COMMUNITY. HOMES THAT
WILL BE LOST. THE VISUAL EFFECT OF THE POWER LINE ON A VIRTUALLY MOUNTAINSIDE
THAT HAS BEEN UNDISTURBED FOR YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Joyce Smith/Norris Run Resident;
OUT Q=UNDISTURBED FOR YEARS.
A-E-P officials say the line is necessary because in a few years the company
will not be able to support the demand for electricity.
IN Q=THE RESIDENTIAL
((WILLIAM DOUGHERTY THE RESIDENTIAL GROUP IS A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THAT
OVERALL SALES, IN FACT THE LOCAL SERVICE AREAS PEAK DEMAND IS APPROX 2,500
MEGAWATTS OF POWER. AND THAT'S A LOT OF POWER. BUT THEY SELL THAT MUCH IN
SURPLUS POWER ALREADY. ))
SUPER=01-William Dougherty/Norris Run Resident;
OUT Q=surplus power already.
To learn more about this issue, tune in to On Record tomorrow morning at 11.
And coming up, We'll preview game one of the World Series tonight Washington
and Lee wins its second in a row.
And the Virginia Cavaliers use a fourth quarter field goal to beat Duke in
It wasn't pretty but a field goal late in the game gave the Virginia
Cavaliers a 13 to 10 win over the Duke Blue Devils in Charlottesville this
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The victory made George Welsh the winingest coach in A-C-C history passing
But Duke would take the game to the end. Aaron Brooks drops back to pass
but the ball is intercepted by Duke's Eric Scanlan giving the Blue Devils good
Sims Lendhardt came in and booted the 23 yard field goal and the Blue
Devils went in at the half trailing 10 to 3.
Virginia's fourth turnover of the day set up a Duke score. Lamar Marshall
takes the handoff and goes up the middle from the three to score and the game
was tied at 10 to 10 in the third quarter.
After a Duke penality late in the SUPER=36-Virginia/13/Duke/10/;fourth
quarter Virginia kicker John Allen Roberts connects on a 29 yard field goal and
the Cavaliers win it 13 to 10.
IN Q="We have to
((GEORGE WELSH/WININGEST COACH IN AC HISTORY: ))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Winingest Coach In AC History; :
OUT Q=......here and out."
Top ranked Penn State came from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to beat
Minnesota 16 to 15.
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Head coach Joe Paterno walks the sideline as his Nittany Lions trail the
Gophers in the fourth.
Penn State got a break Thomas Hammer fumbles the pitch and Penn State
recovers the ball in good field position setting up the winning score.
Penn State goes to Tailback Curtis SUPER=36-Penn
State/16/Minnesota/15/;Enis he turns the corner and scores from 10 Yards out
and Penn State slips by Minnesota 16 to 15.
Michigan slips by Iowa Miami beats Boston College in two overtimes VMI loses
at Navy and Washington and Lee wins its second in a row.
For all of the college scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0101-/Emory & Henry/20/j/Rand.-Macon/27////JMU/27/j/Delaware/49///;
SUPER=0101-j/Hampton/9//Norfolk St./2////Hamp.-Sydney/7/j/W & L/29///;
SUPER=0101-/Maryland/17/j/Wake Forest/35////Georgia Tech/0//Florida
SUPER=0101-/N.C. State/7//North Carolina#4/0/1///Rutgers/35/j/Army/37///;
SUPER=0101-j/Penn St.#1/16//Minnesota/15///j/Nebraska#2/29//Texas Tech/0///;
SUPER=0101-/Texas A&M#14/17/j/Kansas St.#20/36////UCLA#17///Oregon
OUT Q=....last score."
Down at Victory Stadium this afternoon it was homecoming for the Celtics of
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The Celtics celebrated homecoming this afternoon by retiring the jersey of
former running back P.J. Moyer.
Catholic's ground game was good for a score in the first quarter. Tony Reed
takes the handoff from his brother Terron Reed who takes over the left side for
The Celtics faked the extra point SUPER=36-Roanoke
Catholic/25/Massanutten/13/; and scored the two point conversion but it was
called back because of a penalty but Catholic goes on to win the game 25 to 13.
The World Series begins tonight in Miami as the Florida Marlins and
Cleveland Indians go for the championship.
This is the first World Series for the Marlins and the excitement in the
bay area has definitely caught the eyes of the Indians.
IN Q="Just to see.
((DAVE JUSTICE/INDIANS OUTFIELDER: ))
SUPER=01-Dave Justice/Indians Outfielder; :
OUT Q=.....SEE THAT."
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :
Oral Hershiser the 1988 series M-V-P will take the mound for the Indians.
Hershiser has a 3 and 1 record in the fall classic.
IN Q="I'd like...
((ORAL HERSHISER/INDIANS STARTING PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Oral Hershiser/Indians Starting Pitcher; :
OUT Q=.....and Mussina."
Rookie Livan Hernandez will start for the Marlins.
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