A high speed chase from Christiansburg to Roanoke- -coming right up on NEWS
7 at SIX, Eric Earnhart will tell us it was a honeymoon trip with some extra
And we'll attend Veterans Day ceremonies in Bedford where work is actually
underway on the NATIONAL D-Day memorial.
Tonight in sports, we'll rundown the times and location of this weekend's
regional semi-final high school playoff games, Steve Mason gets up to date on
former Hokie AD, Dave Braine.
And Ray Miller gets a promotion as the O's pitching is named Baltimore's new
Not your typical fall-rain late Wednesday. Instead, sleet, freezing rain
and snow are in the forecast.
A pair of newlyweds from Pennsylvania led police on a high speed chase
through five jurisdictions before they were finally stopped in Roanoke this
Eric Earnhart has details.
IN Q=The white Dodge Intrepid
SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :21 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Sgt. Kim Albert/Christiansburg Police Department; :28
SUPER=01-Sgt. T.S. Jones/Roanoke Police Department; :44
OUT Q=EE., News 7
(( The white Dodge Intrepid sped down Brandon Avenue, weaving in and out of
traffic... police cars following closely behind...
Meanwhile, state police anticipate its next move, maneuvering ahead of it
in a rolling road block on route 220, bringing the car to a stop at the
Franklin Road Bridge, and ending the chase that began at the Christiansburg
Police department, where a man and woman stopped and asked for help from a
IN Q=They got scared
((SGT. KIM ALBERT/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT; THEY GOT SCARED WHILE THEY
WERE HAVING TO WAIT BECAUSE WE RAN A CHECK ON THE LICENSE TAG AND IT CAME BACK
OUT Q=came back stolen
Police say 25 year old Heather Worthington and her husband of two months
,John, jumped back into the stolen car, driving more than 100 miles an hour in
I-81, and winding their way through Salem.
IN Q=as it entered
((SGT. T.S. JONES/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT; AS IT ENTERED INTO ROANOKE CITY,
OUR OFFICERS ENGAGED AND WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF STATE POLICE AND CHRISTIANSBURG
P.D. STATE POLICE PERFORMED A ROLLING ROADBLOCK... ))
OUT Q=rolling roadblock
"you ever had shortness of breath or any problem before?"
After they were stopped, John Worthington complained of breathing
problems... and seemed to pass out.
Police say, before the chase began, his wife said she needed to get to a
drug store to get medicine for him.
Heather Worthington was charged with driving a stolen car, speeding and
failing to stop for police.
Her husband was taken to the hospital where he was treated and
released...he's charged as an accessory. Police say he's also wanted on fraud
and bad check charges in Pennsylvania.
Both are being held without bond.
Eric Earnhart, News 7
GRAPHIC=D Day Memorial
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They chose this Veterans Day to break ground for the D-Day Memorial in
Construction is actually already well underway.
IN Q=Site preparation
SUPER=01-Bob Slaughter/D-Day Veteran; :13
SUPER=01-Josh Honan/Irish D-Day Veteran; :31
SUPER=01-Col. Robert Doughty/West Point History Professor; 1:14
OUT Q=that fateful day.
(( Site preparation began a week ago. Local contractor, Counts and Dobyns
of Rustburg, submitted the low bid of 1-point-7 million dollars to kick off
this MULTI-million dollar project.
((WE'RE ON OUR WAY NOW, YOU KNOW. IT'S BEEN A STRUGGLE FOR MANY YEARS, BUT WE
CAN SEE THE END NOW.))
Perhaps more than any other veteran of the D-Day Invasion, Sergeant
Slaughter has seen to it that this memorial WILL be built while he and other
D-Day VETS are still around to see it.
11:22:37 "Irish" coot
(IT'S VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THE GENERATION, MY GENERATION, IS PASSING
AWAY.[HOLD :03- for the emotional moment]))
Josh Honan came all the way from Ireland at age 86 to share this moment
with his fellow D-Day vets.
The ground-breaking provided elected officials an opportunity to declare it
"altogether fitting and proper" that BEDFORD should be the site of the NATIONAL
((ON THE DAWN OF JUNE 6TH, 1944, BRAVE MEN FROM BEDFORD COUNTY SPEARHEAD THE
FIRST WAVE IN ONCE OF THE GREATEST MILITARY FEATS IN THE ANNALS OF ALL MILITARY
Bedford's "A" Company suffered a casualty rate of 96% in that initial
assault on Omaha Beach.
((AS PART OF THE FIRST WAVE IN THE LANDINGS ON OMAHA BEACH, "A" COMPANY
CONFRONTED SOME OF THE STRONGEST ENEMY RESISTANCE ALLIED FORCES ENCOUNTERED
THAT FATEFUL DAY.))
SS=D Day Memorial
The memorial is designed to be more than just another monument.
When it opens in 1999, it's supposed to include an education center, an
international clearinghouse for information about the Normandy invasion.
Veterans Day also brought recognition of another kind, for service men and
women who were exposed to Agent Orange.
Today in Washington, the Silver Rose Association awarded the first two
medallions it will present to veterans each year.
Mary Elizabeth Marchand set out to obtain the Purple Heart for her father,
Frank Davis of Vinton.
He was a veteran of three wars who died in March from cancer... but
veterans injured by the chemical defoliant are not eligible for the Purple
IN Q=They gave them the benefits
((MARY ELIZABETH MARCHAND/SILVER ROSE ASSOCIATION: THEY GAVE THEM THE BENEFITS.
THEY GAVE THEM THE MEDICAL CARE. THEY GAVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED EXCEPT
THEIR SELF ESTEEM. THEY LEFT OUT THE PURPLE HEART.))
SUPER=01-Mary Elizabeth Marchand/Silver Rose Association;
OUT Q=left out the Purple Heart.
The first two silver rose medals were awarded today, to Marchand's father
and to Lieutenant Elmo Zumwalt III, who died from cancer in 1988.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Is there a bias in the legal system that prevents many fathers from getting
custody of their kids? Our series "Dads from a Distance" is coming up on News
7 at Six.
and there is more information tonight about the death of a Virginia Tech
student who fell out of a dorm window.
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Alcohol was a factor in the death of an 18- year old Virginia Tech student
who fell eight stories from a dormitory window to her death.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Blacksburg Newsroom with the latest.
Keith, the alcohol factor is the opinion of Virginia Tech officials who say
now that their investigation is complete-- the case has been turned over to the
Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control board.
IN Q=ABC is
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Virginia Tech Public Relations; :00
OUT Q=very outgoing.
IN Q=ABC IS
((LARRY HINCKER/VIRGINIA TECH PUBLIC RELATIONS: ABC IS CONCERNED THAT MINDY
SOMERS WAS AN UNDERAGE DRINKER AND AS A RESULT SOMEBODY SOLD HER OR GOT ALCOHOL
FOR HER AND THEY'D LIKE TO KNOW WHO, WHERE AND HOW. ))
OUT Q=and how.
Hincker says Mindy Somers blood alcohol content was point two one...
Nearly three times the legal limit when she rolled out of bed and slipped
through the eighth floor window of her dorm at Slusher Tower.
The 18- year old Sophmore from Arlington was found on the morning of
November first by a newspaper carrier.
Today-- flowers mark the spot where she died of massive chest and abdominal
Officials say the five foot four, 105 pound Somers, had been drinking the
night before she died.
In the early days of the investigation-- Virginia Tech officials felt her
death was an accident.
Now that an autopsy is complete-- their opinion stands.
((ALCOHOL WAS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR BUT WE SHOULDN'T LET IT DISCONNECT OR BLUR
OUR VISION , IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT SHE WAS A VERY PERSONABLE, VERY
VIVACIOUS, VERY CARING AND VERY OUTGOING. ))))
OUT Q=very outgoing.
Somers parents did NOT want to appear on camera but through a written
statement say their daughter was on the dean's list and was the light of their
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(Teresa, what can you tell us about an alleged incident involving a fake ID?)
GRAPHIC=Dads From a Distance
After a divorce, many fathers find that despite their best efforts they
become less of a presence in their childrens' lives.
According to one fathers' rights group, about ten percent of fathers are
awarded sole custody, compared to nearly 70 percent of mothers.
In roughly 15 percent of the cases joint custody is awarded.
Some fathers blame the disparity on the legal system and the guidelines used
to determine custody.
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Stacey Martin has more in the second installment of her series "Dads From A
IN Q=Courts are taking
SUPER=01-Murray Steinberg/Family Resolution Council Pres.; :00
SUPER=01-Cindy Ewing/Virginia Fatherhood Initiative; :46
SUPER=01-George Martin/Father; 1:07
SUPER=01-Ellen Weinman/Lawyer; 1:31
OUT Q=paying child support
SOT 14.01.36 - 14.01.52
IN Q=Courts are taking
((MURRAY STEINBERG/PRES. FAMILY RESOLUTION COUNCIL: COURTS ARE TAKING FATHERS'
RIGHTS AND PRIVLEGES AWAY AT THE RATE OF CLOSE TO 400 EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE
WEEK, CLOSE TO 400 FATHERS LOSE EITHER THEIR PARENTAL RIGHTS OR PART OF THEM.
THEY TERMINATE OR RESTRICT THE FATHER'S RIGHTS.))
OUT Q=the father's rights.
Before the early 80's many custody cases were influenced by the Tender Years
Doctrine which generally favored mothers in custody cases if the child was six
years of age or younger.
In 1983 laws regarding custody were made more neutral towards gender in
Today custody cases are guided by the legal concept of "What's in the best
interest of the child."
But, even with the changes in the law, some fathers still complain they
aren't given equal consideration.
SOT 13.43.49 - 13.43.58 (tape 2)
IN Q=I think it
((MICHAEL EWING/VIRGINIA FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE: I THINK IT IS PRETTY MUCH
ACCEPTED THAT IT EXISTS. MANY FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS WILL TELL YOU THAT THE BIAS
IS THERE. THEY KNOW THEY HAVE TO WORK HARDER IF THEY'RE REPRESENTING THE
OUT Q=representing the father.
Many fathers argue that joint custody should be the norm, not the
exception,in custody cases, so as to allow both parents an equal role in their
SOT 13.09.07 - 13.09.23 (tpae 6)
IN Q=If the courts
((GEORGE MARTIN/FATHER: IF THE COURTS WOULD JUST SAY, HERE'S THE CHILD, HERE'S
THE TIME, SPLIT IT DOWN THE MIDDLE THEN EVERYBODY KNOWS WHERE WE'RE COMING
FROM, THAT'S ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID. IF I WAS A DEADBEAT THEN FINE, GIVE
THE CHILD TO HER MOTHER, THAT'S OK. IF SHE WAS A DEADBEAT GIVE THE CHILD TO
OUT Q=child to me.
But, some critics argue at the heart of many fathers' complaints is their
dissatisfaction with increasing child support payments.
SOT 10.35.57 - 10.36.11 (tape 5)
IN Q=Child support awards
((ELLEN WEINMAN/LAWYER: CHILD SUPPORT AWARDS INCREASED AND SO SOME OF THE
PEOPLE IN THE FATHERS RIGHTS GROUPS WHO ARE COMPLAINING WHAT THEIR REAL BEEF IS
IS THAT THEY DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT THEY'RE PAYING CHILD SUPPORT.))))
OUT Q=paying child support.
Even with the debate about custody bias against fathers, and even with the
reduced time they spend with their kids, there's plenty of evidence that
Double Boxes=Keith and Stacey/Newsroom
play an important role in the successful upbringing of their children, and
Keith-- we'll hear more on that tomorrow.
On Wall Street trading was slowed today by the Veteran's Day holiday, with the
bond market closed.
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The Dow was up six points.
NASDAQ dropped six points.
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He's still the only Independent member of the House of Delegates, but he may
end up wielding the most influence in the upcoming General Assembly.
Last week's elections gave Democrats a 51 to 48 advantage over Republicans
in the House.
But Bedford delegate Lacey Putney says if those numbers were to change,
he'd consider joining the GOP.
IN Q=If it turns
((DEL. LACEY PUTNEY/I- BEDFORD: IF IT TURNS OUT TO BE DIFFERENT AND I AM
APPROACHED, AND I MUST SAY THAT I'M FLATTERED TO BE APPROACHED IN THE MANNER
WHICH I HAVE THE LAST FEW DAYS, I WILL CROSS THAT BRIDGE, TAKE A GOOD OBJECTIVE
OPEN- MINDED LOOK AT IT, IF WE GET TO THAT POINT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Lacey Putney/(I) Bedford; :00
OUT Q=to that point.
Putney says both parties have lobbied hard to get him to switch to their
Governor George Allen today also refused to speculate what HIS political
future might hold.
Allen DOES have a new job come January, specializing in business law for the
Richmond firm of McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe.
IN Q=Good lawyers
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: GOOD LAWYERS TRULY CAN HELP PUT A DEAL TOGETHER. THEY MAKE
SURE THAT YOU'RE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT NOT ONLY YOUR CLIENT BUT WHAT THE LAWS ARE
IN HIS STATE, THE LOCALITIES AND WORKING TO STRUCTURE A DEAL THAT'S GOOD FOR
THAT COMMUNITY, THE FOLKS WHO ARE HIRING AS WELL AS, OBVIOUSLY, THE COMPANY AND
OUT Q=and the employer.
Two other Richmond law firms had been bidding for Allen's services.
Coming your way tonight in sports, lots of baseball news from the NL Cy Young
winner to a new manager for the Orioles.
Plus, we high school football playoff schedule for you,
And Steve Mason chats with former Hokie AD Dave Braine, who was back in the
commonwealth over the weekend with the his new employer.
The Baltimore Orioles managerial merry-go-round took another spin this
afternoon as Ray Miller, the organization's pitching coach became the O's
fourth skipper in the past five years.
He replaces Davey Johnson and plans to make very few changes.
IN Q="I think this...
((RAY MILLER/NEW ORIOLES MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Ray Miller/New Orioles Manager; :00
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elsewhere this afternoon, the Florida Marlins began cleaning house today and
their first cost reduction move involves former Salem Buc Moises Alou.
The Marlins' outfielder was traded to the Houston Astros along with $5
million a year salary for two minor leaguers and a player to be named later.
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The baseball writers' have just named the National League Cy Young award
winner and for the first time in four years, it's not a Brave.
Pedro Martinez is the Expo's first Cy Young winner.
Martinez won 17 games and became the first pitcher in 25 years to strike out
more than 300 batters.
He also led the majors with a one-point-nine E-R-A.
Atlanta's Greg Maddux and Denny Neagle came in second and third.
The Regional Semi-final round of the high school football playoffs are set
for this Friday and Saturday.
Here's a look at where and when the area teams will be playing.
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
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In June Dave Braine left Virginia Tech to become Georgia Tech's athletic
But Steve Mason says he still bleeds Maroon and Orange.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Georgia Tech Athletic Director; :13
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/January 8, 1988; :26
SUPER=01-Terry Holland/Virginia Athletic Director; 1:12
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/October 22, 1996; 1:30
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Saturday's Charlottesville trip was much different from Dave Braine's
last. He was a Hokie two years ago. Now the Yellow Jacket A.D. is adjusting to
some other major changes.
Nearly a decade ago; Braine seized an opportunity some might not have
welcomed when he took over a Virginia Tech program in disarray. He turned it
At Georgia Tech; he plans to add to the program's 16 sports and raise money
for new athletic facilities; goals that were achieved in Blacksburg.
Braine and UVa A.D. Terry Holland have a history that dates back long before
their coaching days and the commonwealth cup.
A family man whose ties to Blacksburg have never been stronger.
As far as a bowl trip; the Yellow Jackets will need a braine behind them.
Georgia tech must win two of their final three games to qualify. Steve mason
news 7 sports.))
Local high school tennis product KJ Hippensteel has decided to play at
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/July, 1996; :00
Hippensteel is 1 of two players being considered for a scholarship at
Stanford. The Cardinals have won the NCAA championship each of the last three
years. Scholarship details have yet to be worked out.
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Call it a case of home UN- improvement in Lynchburg..
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Jean Jadhon's here to tell us more.
Keith, Joseph Davids thought he was simply sprucing up his new house..
But although his new vinyl siding may look better than peeling paint, the
local architectural review board has told him to take it off.
It seems vinyl siding doesn't fit in with the neighborhood's historic look.
Davids will ask city council tonight to overturn that decision.
We'll have that story, plus a report on a bonfire at Hollins College.
Students there plan to burn advertisements and other materials which they call
offensive to women.
All that coming your way at 11, Keith--
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