A Virginia tech student is dead after falling from the eighth floor of a
18-year old Melinda Marie Somers was found this morning in front of Slusher
Hall by a paper-carrier.
Virginia tech police are investigating and officials say evidence indicates
alcohol may be involved.
Police say the incident was a "freak accident".
IN Q=I heard that
((MEREDYTH JARECKI/VA TECH FRESHMAN: I HEARD THAT THIS MORNING SHE WAS FOUND AT
AROUND SIX O'CLOCK AND SHE JUMPED FROM THE EIGHTH FLOOR AND THE SCREEN WAS CUT
AND THEY FOUND HER BODY BY THE STEPS.))
SUPER=01-Meredyth Jarecki/VA Tech Freshman;
OUT Q=by the steps.
Slusher Tower is an all-female residence hall and the tallest on campus.
A memorial service is planned later in the week.
A 17 year old Roanoke teenager is in custody, accused of stabbing her father
Police say the father was arguing with his wife and pushed her when the
daughter stepped in, grabbed a steak knife and stabbed him once in the chest.
The father was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he died.
His daughter was taken into custody and charged with murder.
And, another stabbing in Danville last night.
39-year old Dale Gwynn Williamson was found with a stab wound to the chest
in his home at 1374 Goodyear Boulevard.
Police say they're looking for two men seen in Williamson's home earlier,
but they have no motive for the killing.
A Montgomery County rescue worker called it the worst traffic accident he's
scene in all his years on the job.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Last Night;
Authorities confirm three people died in a car wreck last night.
The crash happened along route 114 near the Rolling Hills subdivision. Two
cars collided head on, with one person pinned beneath the wreckage.
Some who live in the area say speed may have been a factor in the accident,
but police are still investigating--
and they have not yet released the names of the victims.
The two candidates for governor were shaking hands across southwest
Gilmore showed up in alongside Republican candidates John Hager and Mark
He reminded the audience of Roanoke's significance as the place where he
kicked off his no car tax campaign.
SOT 04.10.39 - 04.10.55
IN Q=Just six months
((JIM GILMORE/REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: JUST SIX MONTHS AGO THE PLACE
WHERE WE ANNOUNCED FOR GOVERNOR AND ANNOUNCED THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AND ANNOUNCED THAT WE WERE GOING TO CUT THE CAR TAX
RIGHT HERE, RIGHT HERE IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA. ))
OUT Q=in Roanoke, Virginia.
Meanwhile in Christiansburg Beyer urged his supporters to ignore the polls
and attacked Gilmore's proposed car tax, labelling it a "gimmick" that's bad
for southwest Virginia.
IN Q=But I will
((DON BEYER/(D)CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR:I WILL NOT LET JIM GILMORE'S NO CAR TAX
GIMMICK DESTROY OUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA GREAT))
OUT Q=southwest Virginia great.
Critics claim that up to 43-percent of the tax relief is going to seven
jurisdictions in Northern Virginia.
Little has changed in the Mason-Dixon polls for the governor's race.
Gilmore leads Beyer by about 9 percentage points.
The election countdown is down to three days, and if you're still on the
fence in the Governor's Race, you can check out the candidates on the web.
More in this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=The race for
The race for the Governor's mansion continues on the web... at
Beyer97-dot-org, you can learn more about Democratic candidate Don Beyer, and
investigate his stand on the issues.
There's also a list of Beyer's newspaper endorsements.
You don't have to wait for another debate to compare candidates... just click
on over to Gilmorenet-dot-com.
Jim Gilmore also has a list of his endorsements, and his position on various
issues in the campaign.
You can also check out some of Gilmore's poll information.
To learn who and what else is on the ballot in Roanoke City, visit City-Net.
There's an on-line sample ballot to help you prepare for Tuesday, and once
you've voted, City-net has a link to the Registrar's office, which will begin
posting on-line election results about 9-pm.
Links to all these sites are located on the WebWatch page on the WDJB
website, at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-com.))
For more on the statewide races, and many of the other elections that will
be decided Tuesday... watch On Record Sunday Morning at 11.
Joe Dashiell will have an election preview then.
VO-PINNACLE 1020 ELECTION PROMO BOARD
And News 7 will offer comprehensive election coverage on Tuesday night.
We're planning updates throughout the evening, an hour- long special at
nine P- M, and a special edition of News 7 at Eleven.
SUPER=82-2.14''/minus 1.71''/27.68''/minus 7.29'';
SUPER=83-Down 2.77 feet/Down 0.82 foot;Lake levels
Three students at Alleghany High School in Clifton Forge have been suspended
yesterday for wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes to school for Halloween.
Principal Phil Douglas says he first thought they were dressed as ghosts,
but then saw the crosses around their
Students and parents say they were upset by the incident.
About 17 percent of the school's 870 students are black.
edit of 15:10:58
With just 12 days before the start of the Unabomber trial, the court is
still haggling over how the case will be tried.
Unabomb suspect Theodore Kaczynski is charged with using bombs to kill two
people in Sacramento, California.
But in all there were 18 mailbombs, one of which killed a third person. 23
people were injured.
John Lobertini has more.
SUPER=10-Sacramento, CA/Vicki Behringer/Sketches By;
SUPER=01-Charity Kenyon/News Media Lawyer;
Two men wanted in connection with an armored car heist were arrested at a
Fort Lauderdale hotel Friday night.
SUPER=03-Stroud, OK/June 25, 1997;
The FBI says Bobby O'Neal Negri Junior and Michael Brandon Lutz were staying
at the Doubletree Hotel for more than a month.
Negri was a Loomis-Fargo guard
suspected of stealing 2-point-7 (M) million dollars from a truck during a
breakfast stop at an Oklahoma McDonald's on June 27th.
Lutz is suspected of helping him.
The FBI says they made the arrest after receiving a tip the men were
So far, the money hasn't been recovered.
If you're a civil war buff it will enhance your knowledge, and if not, the
symposium on Jubal Early this weekend will stir your interest.
The Civil War lecture series at Virginia Western Community College features
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape;
A Civil War church service and a tour of the general's boyhood home will
take place Sunday at the Jubal Early house in Franklin County.
IN Q=All of the money
((TOM PERRY/JUBAL EARLY PRESERVATION TRUST:ALL OF THE MONEY FROM THIS EVENT
GOES TO THAT. WE'RE GETTING A MATCHING GRANT FROM A LOCAL FOUNDATION AND SO
ANYTHING HERE WE RAISE IT WILL DOUBLE AND ALL THAT GOES TO THE RENOVATION
SUPER=01-Tom Perry/Jubal Early Preservation Trust
OUT Q=renovation work.
The Jubal Early Preservation Trust's goal is to raise 10 to 20-thousand
dollars for preserving his home.
Some Virginia Tech students found that lessons aren't only learned in the
classroom, but on the ranch as well.
They spent months with animals preparing them and themselves for an auction.
Stacey Martin has more.
IN Q=Melissa Doernberg has
SUPER=01-Melissa Doernberg/VA Tech Student; :09 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Dan Eversole/VA Tech Professor; :45
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
(( Melissa Doernberg has been taking care of her cow Vicky since September
first, but now it's time for the heifer to find a new caretaker.
SOT 00.59.12 - 00.59.15
IN Q=I hope she
((MELISSA DOERNBERG/VA TECH STUDENT: I HOPE SHE BRINGS A LOT.))
OUT Q=brings a lot.
Doernberg is one of 67 students in the livestock merchandising class at
They're hosting the Third Annual Hokie Harvest Sale.
Buyers made bids for cattle such as these Angus cows and trotting phillies
like Harmony, whose mother netted close to 100 thousand dollars on the race
SOT 01.38.05 - 01.38.16
IN Q=Aside from textbooks
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: ASIDE FROM TEXTBOOKS AND LECTURES THE PROJECT IS
MEANT TO GIVE STUDENTS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT TAKES TO GET A CATTLE
SUCH AS THESE TO GO FOR A HIGH PRICE.))
OUT Q=a high price.
SOT 00.47.44 - 00.47.53
IN Q=Regardless of what
((DAN EVERSOLE/VA TECH PROFESSOR: REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY DO , THEY MAY BE IN
SALESMANSHIP OR HAVE TO SALE SOMETHING LATER ON AND AT LEAST THEY CAN MAYBE TAP
BACK TO THIS WHEN THEY GET OUT OF SCHOOL.
Proceeds from sale will go back into Virginia Tech's agricultural
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
And coming up, The Hokies and Cavaliers win conference games this afternoon.
And Liberty head basketball coach Jeff Meyer has resigned.
Liberty Head basketball coach Jeff Meyer is moving to the front office at the
The University's Director of Athletics Kim Graham announced today that Meyer
has accepted a position in Administration as an assistant to the President.
He will work in a number of areas involving athletics.
Liberty Assistant Randy Dunton will serve as interim head coach while the
University begins a search for a new coach.
IN Q="I understand...
((REV. JERRY FALWELL: ))
SUPER=07-Rev. Jerry Falwell; :00
OUT Q=....stay out."
Lamont Pegues rushed for 100 yards and Shane Graham booted three field goals
to lead the 23-rd ranked Virginia Tech Hokies to a 37 to nothing win over
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Blazers; :00
SUPER=36-Virginia Tech/37/UAB/0/; :40
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :50
OUT Q=......conference game."
The Virginia Cavaliers traveled to College Park this afternoon and had an
easy time with Maryland beating the Terps 45 to Nothing.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/JP SPORTS; :
The first half was all Virginia quarterback Aaron Brooks on this play he
hits Germaine Crowell on the 13 yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to nothing
Cavaliers in the first quarter.
Brooks scored on a 7 yard run then he fakes the camera man and the Maryland
defense on this play and races down the sideline for the 59 yard touchdown to
make it 21 to nothing Cavaliers with three minutes left in the second quarter.
Trailing 31 to nothing early in the third, Maryland puts it in the air and
completes this pass but its fumbled on the hit and Joe Williams recovers it at
the 28 yard line of the Terps.
Several plays later Brooks rolls SUPER=36-Virginia/45/Maryland/0/;out
and hooks up with Kevin Coffey on the 8 yard touchdown strike to make it 38 to
nothing and the Cavaliers beat the Terps 45 to Nothing.
In Division III football; Emory & Henry and Ferrum met At Adams Stadium in a
fight for in state bragging rights.
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Wasps vs. Panthers; :00
Panther Pride was at it's highest in over a year as the cats came into
their homecoming game with a 4 and 4 record.
Neither team managed to score ibn the first hal in a battle that became a
Ferrum would strike first in the third quarter. Panther freshman Cody
Smith; a regular on defense; takes a snap on the offensive side of the ball and
it pays off for Ferrum as he goes around the right side for a 69 yard touchdown
gallop. 7-nothing Panthers.
The wasps got on the scoreboard on the very next possesion of the game as
SUPER=34-Emory & Henry/13/Ferrum/10;
Andrew Hockett splits the up rights and Emory & Henry trailed 7-3.
After a Ferrum Field goal; the wasps tied the game at 10 all on Henry
Fitzgerald's long touchdown run on the reverse down the right side line and we
are headed for overtime.
Finally in the 4th OT; after each team failed three times; Hockett boots a 20
yarder as Emory & Henry survives a 3 and a half hour marathon against Ferrum to
IN Q="I really
((LOU WACKER/EMORY & HENRY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Lou Wacker/Emory & Henry Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...played real well"
The 19th- ranked Mustangs of Cal- Poly San Luis Obispo brought their 7-
and- oh record into Lynchburg today for a key matchup with the 6- and- 1
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Flames vs Mustangs; :
A little chalk talk early on for Liberty's offensive line..
In the second quarter, L-U's offense starts to click... Ben Anderson looking
to go deep.. he finds Courtney Freeman down the right side line... Freeman
takes it 42 yards into the end zone.. 7 to 3 Liberty.
Five minutes later, L-U up 14-3 and Craig Young takes the handoff, bounces
off a couple of tacklers and races 20 yards for the score to bring the Mustangs
within a field goal, 14-11.
Liberty had an answer for everything though, third quarter, Anderson dumps
SUPER=36-Liberty/49/Cal Poly/32/;it off to Robert Butz on the slant over the
middle.. he beats everyone to the end zone...Flames with the big upset this
afternoon, 49- 32.
A tough day for Richmond and William and Mary but top ranked Penn State and
Michigan won today Georgia upsets Florida. For all the scores lets go to the
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0101-/VMI/0/j/Western Carolina/24///j/Virginia Tech#23/37//UAB/0///;
SUPER=0101-j/Virginia/45//Maryland/0///j/Emory & Henry/13//Ferrum/10//4
SUPER=0101-j/William & Mary/0/j/Delaware/14///j/Liberty/49//Cal
SUPER=0101-j/Howard/32//Norfolk St./24////Bridgewater/10/j/W & L/22///;
SUPER=0101-/N.C. State/28//Florida St.#3/41/4//j/Clemson/33//Wake
SUPER=0101-j/Tennessee#8/22//South Carolina/7///j/Ohio St.#9/37//Michigan
SUPER=0101-/Washington St.#10///Arizona St.#20///Night//Auburn#11/0//Miss.
SUPER=0101-/UCLA#12///Stanford///Night/j/Kansas St./13//Texas Tech/2///;
SUPER=0101-/Oklahoma St.#19///Texas A&M#25///Night/j/Toledo#22/35//Miami,
OUT Q=....last score."
SUPER=330-Showers With/Storms Possible/48-52/Showers Early/Then Partly
SUPER=331-Clouds, Showers/Storms Possible/48-52/Showers, Then/Partly
SUPER=332-Periods/Of Rain/45-50/Showers Early/Partial Clearing/54-58;
SUPER=333-Showers &/Storms/48-50/Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/55-60;