The smoke has barely cleared at a Danville apartment complex, but some
residents are talking about a lawsuit.
And a bored Christmas tree farmer has a brilliant idea...
We'll show you what it is.
And coming up, A busy day in the N-F-L the Saints upset the Panthers.
and the St. Louis Rams upset the Washington Redskins on a field goal in the
games closing seconds.
Rain and Drizzle linger into the early morning hours-- then, we dry out, get
cool and windy.
Details straight ahead.
Some of the victims of a Danville apartment fire say they're going to court
The Thanksgiving night fire at Cabin Lake Apartments left 250 people
Now, they want their money back.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=THEY'RE TELLING US
SUPER=01-Stephanie Harris/Cabin Lake Resident; :01
SUPER=01-Debra Corcoran/Attorney; :25
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=THEY'RE TELLING US
((STEPHANIE HARRIS/CABIN LAKE RESIDENT: THEY'RE TELLING US IF WE DIDN'T HAVE
RENTERS' INSURANCE WE'RE OUT OF LUCK. THERE ARE FAMILIES THAT HAVE NOWHERE TO
OUT Q=HAVE NOWHERE TO GO
Stephanie Harris says she's probably not going to get her deposit back or
the rent she's paid.
The Cabin Lake complex is actually classified as condominiums.
That means there are many different owners or landlords.
IN Q=tell me what
((Tell me what you all are seeking?
IMMEDIATELY TO AT LEAST GET THEIR SECURITY DEPOSITS BACK AND POSSIBLE SOME
PRO-RATED RENT SO THEY CAN BUY SOME BASIC NECESSITIES.))
OUT Q=SOME BASIC NECESSITIES
Some of the tenants are getting their deposits back, but they still plan to
take legal action because of the serious maintenance problems they say existed.
IN Q=basically people don't
((HARRIS: BASICALLY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT THE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED
ABOUT IT , BUT WHEN WE ALL GET TOGETHER AND DISCUSS IT, IT COMES OUT THAT THIS
HAS BEEN A PROBLEM AND NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT IT. IT HAD TO RESULT TO THIS.))
OUT Q=RESULT TO THIS
Debra Corcoran has represented many other fire victims and says even the
tenants who just experience smoke and water damage could be at risk.
IN Q=the people remaining
((CORCORAN: THE PEOPLE REMAINING IN THIS BUILDING WILL PROBABLY SUFFER FROM
SOMETHING WE CALL TOXIC TORT SYNDROME; ALLERGIES, FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS AND THEY
WON'T REALLY BE ABLE TO ISOLATE IT AND WHAT IT WILL HAVE BEEN IS THE SMOKE
COMING ON OVER.))
OUT Q=COMING ON OVER
Fire officials are looking into complaints that the smoke detectors did not
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Corcoran says drawing attention to the possible safety hazards could help
prevent other tragedies.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Almost a dozen people have died in holiday traffic accidents on Virginia
highways over the past few days.
Students heading back to college and travelers making their way home from
relatives' homes make the Sunday after Thanksgiving a busy one for state
75-percent of the state police work force is on the road for the "CARE
IN Q=and the CARE
((R.J. CARPENTIERI/STATE POLICE: AND THE CARE HOLIDAY STANDS FOR COMBINED
ACCIDENT REDUCTION ENFORCEMENT BY OUR DEPARTMENT. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME THERE
WERE SEVEN FATALITIES IN THE STATE AND ALREADY THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 11 AS
OF THIS MORNING AND 2 OF THOSE WE KNOW WERE ALCOHOL RELATED.))
SUPER=01-R. J. Carpentieri/State Police;
OUT Q=ALCOHOL RELATED
Carpentieri says the weather plays a big role in the number of accidents.
The holiday travel weekend started Wednesday and ends midnight tonight.
Roanoke City police are keeping an eye out for drunk drivers this holiday
Intern reporter Matt Feret took a look at one of the recent checkpoints.
IN Q=A sobriety checkpoint
SUPER=01-Matt Feret/Reporting; :20
SUPER=01-Lt. Bower/Roanoke City Police Dept.; 1:14
OUT Q=News 7.
((A sobriety checkpoint was set up near Vinton last friday night in an
effort to curb holiday drunk driving.
There, law enforcement officials approached drivers to see if they had been
Officers don't just smell for an alcoholic beverage, they use other means of
detection as well.
Not maintaining eye contact, speech patterns and other tell-tale signs can
tip off an officer that the driver may have had one too many.
If an officer suspects the driver to be drunk, a series of simple
coordination tests are done.
IN Q=Describe what
((Describe what i need to do here now, what kind of things are you looking for
when i walk? THIS IS A WALK AND TURN TEST, YOU WILL TAKE NINE STEPS, FIRST
THING, LET'S GET YOU IN THIS POSITION. PUT YOUR RIGHT FOOT IN FRONT OF YOUR
LEFT. Right foot in front of my left. HANDS AGAINST YOUR SIDES. Sides.
REMAIN IN THAT POSITION UNTIL I TELL YOU TO DO OTHERWISE. Ok. DO YOU
UNDERSTAND SO FAR? uh-huh. ALRIGHT.))
OUT Q=understand so far? Uh-huh. Alright.
And following those directions EXACTLY are a big part of the test.
IN Q=The only thing
((THE ONLY THING YOU DID WRONG WAS YOU TURNED WRONG. I turned wrong. YOU TURNED
TO YOUR RIGHT. Now, what would happen if I did turn wrong? Would i go to
another test? WELL, WE COUNT THAT AGAINST YOU. I LOOK FOR TWO OUT OF A
POSSIBLE EIGHT DETECTION POINTS, AND THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THEM. BUT THAT'S THE
ONLY THING I SAW. SO, WITH THAT ALONE.. NO.. IF YOU HAD REALLY BEEN DRINKING,
I WOULD HAVE GONE ON TO MORE TESTS.))
OUT Q=to more tests
But for those drivers who DO chose to drive while under the influence, big
brother will be watching.
IN Q=These other folks
((Lt. Bower/Roanoke City Police Dept.: THESE OTHER FOLKS THAT CHOOSE TO DRINK
AND DRIVE, NEED TO BE AWARE THAT WE'RE GONNA BE OUT HERE, AND BE OUT HERE IN
FORCE AND ITS FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL AND IF YOU'RE CAUGHT IMPAIRED DRIVING,
YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING WITH US. DOESN'T MAKE FOR A GOOD HOLIDAY.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Bower/Roanoke City Police Dept.; :
OUT Q=a good holiday.
The checkpoint was operated as part of a massive state-wide traffic program,
"Smart, Safe and Sober" emphasizing safe driving.
Matt Feret, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Some people in Southwest Virginia have to go no further than their front
door to get information about mortgages--
thanks to the mortgage-mobile.
Staffers offer counseling in hopes of making more people homeowners.
That story is coming up in a few minutes but, first he's Andrew with a check
on the rainy conditions.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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SUPER=83-Down 2.20 feet/Down 6.49 feet;Lake levels
City developers say progress will take a back seat to preservation on one
piece of Roanoke land.
And area malls brace for an onslaught of holiday shoppers.
Scott Goldberg has those stories in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00
SUPER=03-Bumpass/File Tape; :17
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :30
SUPER=01-Scott Ashcraft/Valley View Mall; :43
OUT Q=biz stuff
((Horses will once again graze near the old Monterey mansion in Roanoke's
The city is moving Roanoke's mounted police headquarters onto the land where
Yelverton Oliver raised horses before the Civil War.
The land would've been next in line for industrial expansion.
Virginia growers say it's a healthy crop of Christmas trees this year.
Farmers credit a dry summer for fighting off fungus and other diseases.
And recent rain should help trees last longer after they're cut down.
Will it be a healthy season for retailers?
Economic forecasts say no, but at least one local mall says yes.
Valley View reports sales are up six percent from last year.
A good sign, because the mall counts on strong holiday sales.
IN Q=some stores
((SCOTT ASHCRAFT: SOME STORES WILL DO ONE-HALF THEIR ANNUAL SALES THIS TIME OF
YEAR. WE'LL DO 40 % OF OUR ANNUAL PROFIT.))
DJIA PRE PRO
Not much action on Wall Street.
The Dow finished the week losing 58-points.
The Nasdaq dropped 20.
That's this week's News-7 Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
You're about to hear the best kept secret in Southwest Virginia.
The "Mortgagemobile" is coming to a location near you.
The R-V is a fully equipped loan office--the brain-child of the Virginia
Housing Development Authority.
V-H-D-A staffers travel through far Southwest Virginia offering loan
They're targeting people who thought they'd never be able to afford a home.
IN Q=PEOPLE WHO HAVE
((MICHAEL LOCKING/FIELD ORIGINATOR AGENT: PEOPLE WHO HAVE A GROSS FAMILY
INCOME BETWEEN 18-THOUSAND TO 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT'S THE RANGE WE COVER THE
MOST. DEPENDING ON THE PROGRAM WE GO UP TO 48-THOUSAND FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR
AND THERE'S NO REAL BOTTOM LIMIT OTHER THAN THE AMOUNT OF HOUSE THEY CAN
SUPER=01-Michael Locking/Field Originator Agent;
OUT Q=THEY CAN PURCHASE
V-H-D-A officials say traditional banking systems don't usually accommodate
these people, and they thought the mortgage-mobile would be less intimidating.
A roaring fire in the fire place or the cozy wood stove may simply add charm
to some houses, but for others, it's the primary source of heat.
Project Warm is offering free firewood to people who can't afford to pay for
Volunteers from the Church of the Brethren run the program.
All the needed firewood is donated, usually by contractors; then the
volunteers split it and deliver it to the needy.
IN Q=the vast majority
((MARC WILSON/PROJECT WARM: THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM ARE ELDERLY OR RETIRED
FOLKS. A LOT OF THEM ARE HANDICAPPED. WE DO HAVE A LOT OF SINGLE MOTHERS ON
OUR LIST WE DELIVER TO REGULARLY, LIMITED OR FIXED INCOME FAMILIES.))
SUPER=01-Marc Wilson/Project Warm;
OUT Q=fixed income families.
This is the program's second year.
Last year Project Warm delivered 190 loads of wood to 63 families.
Marc Wilson says they don't need any more wood, but they would like to serve
IN Q=I EXPECT THAT
((WILSON: I EXPECT THAT WE WILL DOUBLE THAT THIS YEAR AND WE'RE PREPARED TO DO
IT. WE COULD PROBABLY HANDLE 400 LOADS OR MORE TO THESE FAMILIES.))
OUT Q=TO THESE FAMILIES
The Salvation Army coordinates the project's deliveries.
So if you or someone you know needs help keeping warm this winter, contact
The Salvation Army and ask about Project Warm.
With Thanksgiving behind us, so begins the search for the perfect gift and
the perfect evergreen--
But, one Christmas Tree vendor is bending the rules a bit.
He says one of his oddly shaped trees will not only make for an unusual
holiday attraction -- it will also save space.
That story when the news continues.
Room for turkey was easy compared to finding space in your place for a
But a tree grower in Louisa County has what you need.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Remember the first
SUPER=01-John Nedza/Tree Grower; :12
SUPER=07-Brooke Nedza; :49
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Bumpass.
14:41:37 walk video
(( Remember the first Christmas trees of your childhood?
The fight to find the perfect one and then sell it to Mom and Dad.
That was all before the space-saver tree.
Pyramid, corner-shaped, or oval.
((JOHN NEDZA/TREE GROWER: I THOUGHT OF AN OVAL AS A LITTLE NARROWER IN ONE
DIRECTION AND I COULD KEEP THE SAME DIMENSION IN THE OTHER DIRECTION. UH-- THE
PYRAMID, THAT JUST SOUNDED GOOD. AND OF COURSE THE CORNER IS ALSO A VERY GOOD
Such a brilliant idea -- so long in coming.
((WHAT GOT INTO ME? I THINK BOREDOM. I HAD ABOUT EIGHT THOUSAND TREES HERE.
AND IT TAKES ABOUT 80 TO 90 HOURS TO SHEAR THEM ALL.))
Daughter Brooke wants to know if it's something they should patent.
((BROOKE NEDZA: YOU KNOW HE HAD THIS IDEA AND I WAS LIKE "OKAY DAD, YOU KNOW,
WHATEVER. SOMEBODY'S GONNA BUY A SQUARE TREE. BUT...))
sot standup 14:50:45
((THE IDEA IS SURE TO CATCH ON WITH OTHER CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS. BUT FOR NOW
HE'S GOT THE CORNER ON THE MARKET.))
Maybe next year, the space saver cubical porch pumpkin.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Bumpass.))
And coming up, The Roanoke Express wins in another shootout this time at
the Roundhouse the Rams upset the Redskins
And after last nights game in Charlottesville, Virginia and Virginia Tech
are waiting on bowl invitations.
The St. Louis Rams put a damper on Washington's playoff hopes this afternoon
beating the Redskins 23 to 20 on a Jeff Wilkins field goal.
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/FOX SPORTS; :
The Redskins would get on the board first when Gus Frerotte hits Larry Bowie
who take it in from 39 yards out and Washington led 7 to nothing in the first
Washington led 10 to 3 but the Rams would score when Tony Banks hit Amp Lee
he takes it in from 36 yards out and the score was tied at 10 to 10 at the
The Rams took the lead with five minutes left in the third quarter Gerald
Moore takes the handoff and scores from the five to make it 17 to 10 Rams.
A field goal made it 17 to 13 then Washington would tie the game at 20 to 20
when Frerotte hands off to Brian Mitchell who scores from the two yard line.
But The Rams got the ball back with SUPER=30-St.
Louis/23/Washington/20/;1:50 left drove it down field and set up the Jeff
Wilkins field goal and the Rams beat the Redskins 23 to 20.
Carolina's drive for a playoff spot was road blocked this afternoon when
Doug Brien booted a field goal to give the New Orleans Saints a 16 to 13 win.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/FOX SPORTS; :
Mike Ditka was back on the sidelines this weekend as his team went to work.
In the second quarter, Ray Zellars scores on the 10 yard run over the right
side and the Saints led 10 to nothing.
But the Panthers rallied in the fourth quarter Fred Lane takes the handoff
breaks a tackle and bounces out side to score Carolina trailed 13 to 10.
John Kasay tied it with a field goal SUPER=30-New
Orleans/16/Carolina/13/;then with just seconds left on the clock Brien boots
the field goal and the Saints win it 16 to 13.
Kansas City ended San Francisco's 11 game win streak this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/FOX SPORTS; :
Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer checks his play sheet on the sideline.
Rich Gannon threw three touchdown passes two to Andre Rison as the Chiefs
knocked off the 49-ers.
For all of this afternoons scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0100-/San Francisco/9/j/Kansas City/44////Atlanta/24//Seattle/14/3//;
SUPER=0100-/Tampa Bay/14//N.Y. Giants/3/3///Denver///San Diego///Night/;
OUT Q=....last score."
The 79th meeting between Virginia and Virginia Tech is in the books. Both
teams can now turn their focus to the bowl season.
Steve Mason addresses that issue in a recap of last night's 34-20 UVa win.
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/23-34 for 390 Yards; :17
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :23
SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/22 Carries, 102 Yards, 2 TD's; :52
SUPER=01-Al Clark/12-27, 187 Yards, 2 TD's; 1:17
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; 1:41
SUPER=01-Germane Crowell/2 TD's, 162 Receiving Yards; 1:46
SUPER=01-Peirson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; 2:00
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((There is nothing chilly about Aaron Brooks's November numbers. 14 touchdown
passes and only 1 interception. 390 passing yards accompanied 4TD's against a
Virginia Tech team ranked 9th nationally in scoring defense.
Virginia tech's offense was nearly 100 yards short of it's season rushing
average and asked quarterback Al Clark to pick up the slack; He did; throwing 2
touchdown passes on a bumb knee.
UVa running back Thomas Jones turned in his second best rushing effort of the
season; gaining 102 yards while scoring 2 touchdowns.
Gator Bowl officials attended the game and could invite a Tech team that; by
bowl time; should have had enough time to heal physically and mentally.
While the Hokies will have a post season; the wahoos proved; to at least the
Independence bowl official in the press box; that they deserve one.
The Cavaliers victory was the first over the Hokies at Scott Stadium since
1991. In Charlottesville, Steve Mason news 7 sports"))
For the second straight night, The Roanoke Express has won in a shootout.
Last night at the Roundhouse Roanoke beat Johnstown 3 to 2.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Chiefs; :
Loco getting the crowd into the match up between the Express and Chiefs.
Johnstown would get on the board first when Martin Masa leaves it for
Harold Hersh who shoots and scores to make it 1 to nothing.
But the Express strikes back Dave Stewart's shot is deflected and Mike
Peron picks it up and scores his first goal of the year to tie it at 1 to 1.
Roanoke took the lead Tim christian SUPER=38-Roanoke/3/Johnstown/2/;takes
the pass from Pete Brearly and scores the goal to make it 2 to 1 and Roanoke
wins 3 to 2 in a shootout.
The 25-day countdown towards Christmas starts tomorrow.
And, of course many people will be looking to the weather forecasts to see
if a white Christmas is in store for us this year.
Here's Patrick Evans with this month's weather almanac.
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SUPER=330-Rain Ends/Late/43-47/Mostly Sunny/& Windy/47-50;
SUPER=331-Light Rain/Possible/43-47/Mostly Sunny/& Breezy/48-52;
SUPER=332-Overcast With/Rain & Drizzle/40-45/Partly Cloudy/Blustery
SUPER=333-Rain Ends/Clearing Skies/38-42/Variable Clouds/Wind N-25 mph/43-48;
SUPER=334-Overcast With/Rain And Drizzle/40-45/Partly Cloudy/& Windy/40-45;