Next on News 7-
A teenager says she was raped- on the grounds of a local high school.
Several holiday accidents around the nation including one on I-77.
The first look at the Mccoy Septuplets.
Plus he's a boy being a boy but this time it got his head stuck in a statue.
News 7 is next.
A 14 year old says she was raped
on the grounds at G-W High School in Danville.
The incident apparently happened after the boy grabbed her backpack.
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Two teens are dead and one is missing after they were swept away by flash
floods in California.
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Plus it's now five babies breathing on their own.
Two of the septuplets still remain on ventilators.
We'll get a glimpse at the newborns.
And this youngster is free after he got his head stuck while taking a
picture with a statue.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Before being sentenced to five and half years in prison for manslaughter
today, Chris DeWeese told the judge it didn't matter what sentence he got.
He'd already been given a life sentence, he said, by the loss of two of his
DeWeese was the driver of the truck that ran off the road on Mill Mountain
last Summer and struck a tree, killing two of his closest friends.
IN Q=I don't feel
((CHRISTOPHER TODD DEWEESE: I DON'T FEEL I SHOULD GO TO PRISON FOR AN ACCIDENT.
I KNOW THAT IT'S A TRAGEDY OF WHAT HAPPENED. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'VE GOT TO
DEAL WITH FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. ))
SUPER=07-Christopher Todd DeWeese
OUT Q=of my life.
DeWeese could not remember the full names of the people in the truck with
him, his best friend, Evan Brooker and the woman he says he planned to settle
down with, Shannon Van-linde.
The Judge said he wouldn't hold that against him.
IN Q=I do take
((JUDGE CLIFFORD WECKSTEIN/ROANOKE CIRCUIT COURT: I DO TAKE VERY MUCH INTO
ACCOUNT THE FACT THAT TWO PEOPLE DIED, BECAUSE YOU WERE RUNNING FROM THE
POLICE. AND THE DIRECT CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR ACTIONS CALL FOR PENALTIES. ))
SUPER=01-Judge Clifford Weckstein/Roanoke Circuit Court
OUT Q=call for penalties.
Judge Weckstein sentenced DeWeese to serve five and a half years in prison
for involuntary manslaughter.
A former Pittsylvania County prosecutor has been arrested for hitting a
teenager in the head with a pistol.
61-year old Joseph Whitehead is charged with assault and battery.
Investigators say he accused the 17-year old of stealing from him, threatened
to kill him, then hit him in the back of the head.
Investigators also found guns and ammunition at Whitehead's home.
Whitehead is a convicted felon and not allowed to own firearms.
Whitehead was a commonwealth's attorney when he was found guilty of
protecting a prostitution ring in 1977.
He served six months in prison.
A year later, Whitehead tried to commit bribery and spent an additional ten
months in prison.
Police say a Danville teen raped a girl at George Washington High School.
Both were students at the high school.
The 14-year old girl told police she was waiting outside after school when a
15-year old male grabbed her backpack and ran.
She chased him to a corner of the building -- she says that's when he raped
Police say they will press charges against the teen -- they are not
releasing his name because he's underage.
Part of interstate 77 north of Hillsville is blocked by a accident.
State police say the multi-vehicle wreck involves at least one tractor
There's no word on injuries.
Both north bound lanes are blocked at mile marker 24. Police are detouring
the traffic. Travelers should expect delays.
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It's slow going in San Jose, California.
At least 40 cars were involved in a massive chain reaction pile up.
No one was killed but about 20 people are hurt.
The highway was shut down for several hours-
This weekend, by road and air people are travelling.
((PLEASE HAVE YOUR TICKET AND BOARDING CARD OUT AND AVAILABLE FRO AGENT AT
OUT Q=AGENT AT THE DOOR."
Triple A predicts more than 27 million people will travel 100 miles or more
this holiday weekend.
But the crowds don't bother many folks-
((IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME AT ALL. ALL WORTH IT SURE TO SEE MY FAMIY AND FRIENDS
IT'LL BE FUN. ))
OUT Q=it'll be fun.
Fun but for many it was also quite a job just getting to the airport.
If you're travelling for Thanksgiving-- make sure you're well rested first.
Health experts warn too many drivers don't get enough sleep BEFORE their
Kimberly McBroom reports on the dangers of sleep deprivation.
IN Q=Too often this
SUPER=01-Joyce Bradford/AAA of Virginia; :08
SUPER=01-Teresa Carroll/Carilion Therapeutic Services; :24
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Too often this time of year, drivers pay more attention to planning for
the holidays than staying safe on the roads.
((JOYCE BRADFORD/AAA OF VIRGINIA: THEY'RE UP LATE. THEY'RE COOKING. THEY'RE
DOING THINGS AND THEN THEY'RE IN A HURRY. THEY JUST DON'T REALIZE HOW
DANGEROUS THAT IS ONCE THEY GET ON THE ROAD. ))
Officials say sleepy drivers cause more than 200- thousand accidents each
IN Q=We get them
((TERESA CARROLL/CARILION THERAPEUTIC SERVICES: WE GET THEM AFTER THEY'VE HAD
A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT. THEIR PHYSICIAN WILL REFER THEM HERE AFTER THEY'VE
HAD A SLEEP DISORDER. ))
Carroll works in the sleep lab at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.
She says monotonous activities like driving long distances on the
interstate are conducive to sleep, especially when the driver has already been
awake too long.
((TERESA CARROLL: FOR EXAMPLE, BEING SLEEP- DEPRIVED FOR-- IF YOU'VE BEEN
AWAKE FOR 17 HOURS OR MORE, IT CAN BE THE SAME AS HAVING TWO ONE-AND-A-HALF-
OUNCE DRINKS. ))
Between one and four a-m are the peak hours for sleep- related accidents.
But how do you know if the trip is getting the best of you?
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Carroll says struggling to keep your eyes open, continuing to yawn,
drifting off the road, and not remembering the last few miles are signs that
it's time to take a short nap.
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But if you don't want to give in to the urge to sleep--
((JOYCE BRADFORD/AAA OF VIRGINIA: GET COFFEE. GET SOME FRESH AIR. WALK A
LITTLE BIT. JUST GET OUT OF YOUR CAR AND WALK A LITTLE BIT. ))
But officials say getting a good night's rest is still the best way to
prepare for a holiday on the road.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
A group of teens is swept away by flash flooding in Southern California.
Two of the teens are dead- and another is missing.
Earlier today the body of a 14-year old girl was found floating in the
Rio Hondo river- not far from the spot where the teens were swept away by
A second body was found later in the day and a third teenager is still
The three were among five
who disappeared in the river.
Emergency teams were able to rescue two 15-year olds, a boy and a girl.
No word yet on how the teenagers got caught up in the 35 mile-an-hour current.
(Toss to Robin)
Up next, we'll see how perseverance is paying off for one Northwest Roanoke
and we'll have an update and our first look at the Iowa Septuplets.
It's the pictures many Americans have waited for- a first glimpse at the
(MCCoy) McCaughey septuplets.
As Molli Cooney reports, the family has much to thankful for this holiday.
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((Good news is nothing to sneeze at, and that's exactly what the news is from
inside Iowa methodist medical center. Three more of the world's only
surviving septuplets have just been taken off the ventilators and are
breathing on their own, upgrading them from serious to fair condition.
They include Kelsey Ann, the smallest of the seven, Joel Steven, the most
critical at birth, and Brandon James, the second biggest at birth, who is
sharing his bed these days with a teddy bear.
They now join first born Kenneth Robert and Natalie Sue to be weaned from the
machines. That leaves Alexis May, who prefers sleeping on her stomach, and
Nathan Roy, a curious george fan, still in serious but stable condition.
parents bobbi and kenny mc-caughey make the 20-minute trip from carlisle to
des moines every day to hold and touch their newest additions. you can bet,
that's where part of thanksgiving day will be spent as well.
MOLLY COONEY: THREE OF THE BABIES, NATALIE, KELSEY AND JOEL, HAVE
ALSO JOINED KENNETH IN SWITCHING FROM I-V FEEDINGS TO TUBE FEEDINGS, ANOTHER
SIGN THAT ALL IS PROGRESSIN RIGHT ON SCHEDULE. MOLLIE COONEY, FOR CBS NEWS,
300 thousand dollars turns up from a stolen armored car-
but still no sign of the guard suspected in the heist.
Invesigators think the guard killed his partner and made off with the cash.
Police are searching for Thomas Wheelock, who rented a room at a Sacramento
motel Tuesday night, using his own name.
When a SWAT team raided the room
early Wednesday, they found the cash in paper bags stowed under the
mattress, but did not find Wheelock.
The road back will be a long one for Northwest Roanoke.
There is no quick fix for the neighborhood's problems, but tonight in the
final part of our series Northwest Passages,
Joe Dashiell profiles a neighborhood group that has proven the value of
IN Q=This was constructed
SUPER=01-Susheela Shende/NNEO Executive Director; :00
SUPER=01-Doris Mack/NNEO President; :25
SUPER=10-Rev. Noel Taylor//1963; :obvious
SUPER=01-Freddie Monk/Coalition for Selective Dev.; 1:33
SUPER=01-Margie Jumper/NNEO Member; 1:58
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
SOT HOME TOUR 00:24:59
IN Q=This was constructed
((SUSHEELA SHENDE/NNEO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THIS WAS CONSTRUCTED EARLIER THIS
YEAR AND SOLD WITHIN LIKE A COUPLE OF MONTHS OF FINISHING CONSTRUCTION. IT'S A
SINGLE FAMILY HOME OWNERSHIP PROJECT. ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION. ))
OUT Q=all new construction.
Susheela Shende is showing off some of the homes, the Northwest
Neighborhood Environmental Organization has built or renovated.
The group has provided housing for 26 low- income families, and is now
preparing to build 14 more units.
IN Q=We knew that it was
((DORIS MACK/NNEO PRESIDENT: WE KNEW THAT IT WAS GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF HARD
WORK, AND A LOT OF CONSISTENT WORK. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR THE LAST 17
OUT Q=for the last 17 years.
Thirty four years ago, in the midst of the civil rights struggle, the
issue wasn't housing, but the city dump located in what is now part of
SOT REV. NOEL TAYLOR FROM 1963
IN Q=Part of the same freedom train
((REV. NOEL TAYLOR: PART OF THE SAME FREEDOM TRAIN PASSED BY WASHINGTON PARK
DUMP STATION AND WE SAW ANOTHER SIGN THERE THAT SAID CLOSED AS OF JUNE FIRST.
AND THIS TRAIN IS STILL GLIDING, SPEEDING DOWN THE RAILS. IT'S ON ITS WAY TO
FREEDOMVILLE I TELL YOU. AND IT WILL ARRIVE BY AND BY WE SAID TO THOSE TONIGHT
WHO WOULD HOLD US DOWN THAT THE TRAIN IS STILL ROLLING. THE TRAIN IS COMING.
YOU'D BETTER GET YOUR BUSINESS RIGHT. YOU'D BETTER SET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER, FOR
THE TRAIN MIGHT BE THERE TONIGHT.))
OUT Q=might be there tonight.
The dump WAS closed, but in 1997, the property is still on the agenda of
neighborhood groups... who appreciate its past and its potential.
IN Q=One person told me
((FREDDIE MONK/COALITION FOR SELECTIVE DEVELOPMENT: ONE PERSON TOLD ME THAT
FOURTH OF JULY THERE WOULD BE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS PARK THAT YOU COULDN'T
EVEN FIND A SPOT TO PUT YOUR PICNIC BASKET OR YOUR BLANKET DOWN ON THE
((I'D LIKE TO SEE THE PARK BEING USED. I'D LIKE TO SEE THE CHILDREN. I'D LIKE
TO SEE THE KIDS ENJOYING THEMSELVES AND HAVING A GOOD TIME.))
OUT Q=having a good time.
Back on Loudon and Gilmer Avenues, change has taken time... a combination
of volunteers' dedication and community resources.
IN Q=We want things to be better
((WE WANT THINGS TO BE BETTER, AND THINGS TO LOOK BETTER, FOR PEOPLE TO ENJOY A
BETTER LIFE AND LIVING.))
OUT Q=life and living.
While other groups may not have the capacity to rebuild their own
Community leaders say the work of the NNEO shows the power of
partnerships... that bring residents, government, banks and builders together.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Coming up next, it's tax day for two of the state's native American tribes,
and from Jacksonville, a young Jaguar's fan learns two valuble lessons..always
listen to your mom and watch where you stick your head.
A collision between a freight train and a pickup truck in Appomattox County
this morning left one person shaken, but unhurt.
It happened at the entrance to the Jellystone Park campground on Route 460
State police say 33- year- old Robert (ker-TAN-ick) Kurtanick of Appomattox
was turning into the campground but failed to stop for a westbound Norfolk
Southern coal train.
The train struck his pickup truck and spun it sideways.
Kurtanick was not injured, but the truck was a total loss.
State police say "no" charges will be filed because the accident occurred on
Not everyone has to pay their property taxes in cash, some folks can use
deer and beaver hides.
The treaty of 1646 calls for the Mattaponi (matta-po-NYE) and Pamunkey
(pa-MON-key) indians to present an offering to the governor the day before
The deer will be donated to Hunter's for the Hungry.
The beaver pelts are actually last year's offering, they'll be loaned to the
Library of Virgina.
Allen also accepted three arrow-heads from the chief of the Mattaponi,
symbolizing friendship, love and peace.
IN Q=we are grateful
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN; WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE RICH HERITAGE THAT WE HAVE
HERE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, THE CULTURE AND THE EDUCATION THAT THE
INDIAN TRIBES CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COMMONWEALTH. ))
OUT Q=to our commonwealth
Pamunkey Chief William Miles also had a special gift for First Lady Susan
IN Q=They're expectiong
((CHIEF WILLIAM MILES/PAMUNKEY TRIBE; THEY'RE EXPECTING AN ADDITION TO THE
ALLEN FAMILY, SO WE WANT THAT NEW ADDITION TO HAVE A LITTLE EXTRA PROTECTION.
AND THAT IS WHY EW HAVE THIS SMALL DREAM CATCHER FOR MRS. ALLEN AND THE NEW
BABY ALLEN WHEN HE OR SHE ARRIVES.))
SUPER=01-Chief William Miles/Pamunkey Tribe;
OUT Q=he or she arrives
The Chief's said this was also a farewell ceremony.
This is the last time Allen will preside over the presentation.
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Tonight, Steve Mason will continue his reports on the Hokies Cavaliers
showdown in Charlottesville this weekend.
But first in our Extra Point How about a chance to put for one Million
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Well, 41 year old golfer Edd Lancaster will get his chance this weekend. He
was selected from over one million entries in the Gillette Million Dollar
IN Q="I've always
((EDD LANCASTER/MILLION DOLLAR PUTT: ))
SUPER=01-Edd Lancaster/Million Dollar Putt; :
OUT Q=......November Hopefully."
If lancaster makes a 10 foot put he wins the grand prize if not he still
gets 50-thousand dollars. Now, here's the numbers.
WIPE TO MOTION
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SUPER=0096-j/Washington/98//San Antonio/96////New Jersey/89//Phoenix/97/4//;
SUPER=0103-/N.Y. Rangers/1/j/N.Y. Islanders/4///j/Montreal/6//Washington/5///;
SUPER=0103-/Colorado/3//Tampa Bay/3//Tie In
OUT Q=.......last score."
And coming up in Sports, Relief pitcher Randy Myers is leaving Baltimore
to a new home in Canada.
And we continue our report on the match up between Virginia Tech and
Virginia in Countdown to Kickoff.
The Virginia Tech hokies went on the road for their second game under new
head coach Bobby Hussey.
And Tech scores a two point 66 to 64 over the Indians of William and Mary.
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The Hokies would trail most of this game as William and Mary came to play on
its home court leading for most of the game.
But Tech started a rally midway through the second half by upping the tempo
on offense and using the pressure defense.
The Hokies would take the lead in SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/66/William &
Mary/64/;the final minutes of the game and hold on to beat the Indians 66 to
with the victory the Hokies up their record to 2 and 0. Tech's next game
is at home against Liberty on December first.
The E.C. Glass Hilltoppers football program missed the playoffs this year,
and there is word from the Hill City that veteran head coach
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Bo Henson is out as coach of the Toppers.
Principal Susan Morrison announced yesterday in a news release that Henson
will not return next season, and that a search to find his replacement will
begin by next month.
Morrison would not confirm if Henson had been fired or resigned.
Reached at home yesterday Henson said he could not talk about the situation
at this time, but would comment in the near future.
Speculation is that the his departure centers around Glass being forced to
forfeit three games this season for using an ineligible player.
Henson has been at Glass since 1969, and he has been the Toppers head coach
for the last 19 seasons.
He won the 1988 state championship and made it to four other title games.
During his tenure, Glass has sent 71 players onto college and two to the NFL.
That's it in Sports for now, but coming up a little later former Heritage
football player Keith Hamilton talks about playing for the N-F-L's Giants.
The New York Giants trip to Raljon, Maryland on Sunday not only gave us a
chance to catch up with Tiki Barber.
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but it also afforded us the opportunity to catch up with former Friday
Football Extra star Keith Hamilton.
The former Heritage star is now in his sixth season with the Giants as a
starter on the defensive line.
IN Q="Oh Yeah...
((KEITH HAMILTON/GIANTS DEFENSIVE TACKLE:))
SUPER=01-Keith Hamilton/Giants Defensive Tackle; :00
OUT Q=...SUCCESS MAN."
That success has not come easy. Hamilton has played on some of the worst
teams ever in New York, but now he's finally part of a contender.
IN Q="Feels good...
OUT Q=...really good."
That's it for Sports, have a Happy THANKSGIVING everybody.
it's no secret the Cavaliers and the Hokies don't like each other; but
both must agree they have a great deal in common. For starters; they each have
double threat quarterbacks.
SS=full screen board/count down to kickoff
For more on Al Clark and Aaron Brooks; along with how the respective
defenses plan on stopping them; lets check in with another round of Countdown
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :15
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Safety; :26
SUPER=04-Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers; :43
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Linebacker; :47
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SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:20
SUPER=01-Kerwin Hairston/Virginia Tech Defensive Tackle; 1:36
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
WIPE TO pinnacle!!!!!!!!!!
Two other games will impact greatly on the Hokies bowl plans.
This Friday you can watch the backyard brawl as West Virginia takes on Pitt
at 2:30 right here on WDBJ-7.
Then Saturday get settled in at 3:30 as the Syracuse Orangemen battle the
Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl.
A Syracuse win and Tech can forget about its third straight alliance bowl.
Relief pitcher Randy Myers will have a new home when the next baseball season
Myers, Who led the American League with 45 saves last season for Baltimore,
is leaving the Orioles and has agreed to a three year contract with the Toronto
Myers was 2 and 3 with a one point 52 E-R-A. Myers is sixth on the career
saves list and third among active players.
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For a nine year old Florida boy, the Jacksonville Jaguar's bite is worse
than it's bark.
Andy Wilkerson's mom was taking his picture with the bronze jaguar statue in
front of the stadium, when he stuck his head in it's mouth, and got stuck.
Firefighters tried the "jaws of life" but that didn't work.
As the Jaguar mascot offered moral support, a fireman used a hack saw to cut
off a three inch bronze tooth and Andy was free.
He wasn't hurt. Andy says his mom told him not to do it... next time he'll
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