Next on News 7-
A sock maker SOCKS it to its employees- laying off nearly 200 workers.
An American is arrested for spying in Russia-
Plus a school to learn the art of massage.
And quite a suprise for motorists on 460 and for this bear.
News 7 is next.
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Employees in downtown Pulaski stood by helplessly as the place they worked
was gutted by fire.
Officials don't know the cause but workers for Rental Towel Incorporated say
it appeared to start in an area where employees were welding.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=As soon
SUPER=01-Missy Reese/Rental Towel Employee; :00 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Melissa Allen/Rental Towel Employee; :27
SUPER=01-James Davis/Rental Towel Employee; :49
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
IN Q=As soon
((MISSY REESE/RENTAL TOWEL EMPLOYEE:AS SOON AS I CALLED I COULD SEE THE SMOKE
COMING THROUGH THE BUILDING, THROUGH THE OFFICE DOORS AND WE JUST GRABBED OUR
PURSES AND GOT OUT. ))
OUT Q=got out.
That was shortly before noon--
By twelve thirty -- the fire was blazing-- with thick clouds of black
smoke-- looming overhead.
IN Q=Make sure
((MAKE SURE THEY'RE GEARED UP AND GOT BREATHING APPARATUS. ))
OUT Q=breathing apparatus.
The company rents out and cleans towels, rugs and uniforms.
For many workers-- it was like watching their own home-- burn.
IN Q=It's Christmas
((MELISSA ALLEN/RENTAL TOWEL EMPLOYEE: IT'S CHRISTMAS AND I'VE WORKED HERE
SINCE 1989 AND IT'S JUST HARD, YOU KNOW, I LIKE MY JOB AND A LOT OF FAMILIES
WORKED HERE, IT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE, LIKE HUSBANDS AND WIVES WORKED HERE AND
PEOPLE WITH CHILDREN. ))
OUT Q=with children.
At first-- fire fighters tried to put the blaze out from inside-- but
quickly changed their mind.
It was simply too dangerous.
IN Q=They was
((JAMES DAVIS/RENTAL TOWEL EMPLOYEE:THEY WAS DOING WELDING BACK THERE AND YOU
KNOW WE HAVE ALL THOSE TOWELS AND UNIFORMS HANGING UP AND IT'S JUST LIKE FUEL
AND IT JUST WENT SO QUICK, IT JUST, WAS SO QUICK, I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. ))
OUT Q=believe it.
The company has been part of downtown Pulaski for 30- years and was in the
process of expanding.
The owners say it's too early to say what the future will hold-- but talked
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pulaski.
Nearly 200- employees at a nearby Pulaski sock manufacturer will be looking
Renfro Incorporated is closing its Jefferson Avenue plant in early February.
The facility employs about 550- workers.
The remaining 350- employees will be transferred to the company's Newbern
Road plant-- located nearby.
A company spokesman attributes the closing to the increased cost of
Nearly one year after JonBenet Ramsey's murder- police have more questions
for her family.
Investigators say they have uncovered new information and have a lot of new
((THEY CAN HELP US ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS THEY ARE SIGNIFICANT IN THIS CASE.
AND THEY HAVE INFORMATION THAT'S IMPORTANT TO US.))
SUPER=01-Mark Beckner/Boulder Police Commander;
OUT Q=important to us."
Investigators want to question the girls parents and ten year old brother.
Six year old Jon Benet Ramsey was found murdered in the family's basement the
day after Christmas last year.
Thousands turned out to bid farewell to three Kentucky teenagers killed in
((AMAZING GRACE... ))
One teen told the mourners the girls have gone to a better place.
((WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND I CAN JUST IMAGINE THEM SITTING UP THERE AND JUST
LOOKING DOWN AND ASKING US DON'T CRY BECAUSE I'M IN A BETTER PLACE. I JUST GOT
HERE A LITTLE SOONER THAN THE REST OF US.))
OUT Q=the rest of us."
And a somber goodbye from a father who lost his daughter.
((PART OF ME WAS BORN THE DAY YOU WERE AND PART OF ME DIED WHEN YOU DIED.))
OUT Q=when you died."
Students wrote messages to the girls on the coffins.
The three were killed in a shooting at school on Monday.
We've all heard stories of the house party that gets out of hand while the
parents are away.
Keith Humphry has one about a wildly destructive bash while the whole
FAMILY was gone.
IN Q=The Meyer family
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Voleta Meyer/Homeowner; :10 (quick)
SUPER=01-Michael Meyer/Homeowner; :44
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
The Meyer family was out of town for the entire 4-day Thanksgiving weekend.
This is what they found they returned Sunday night.
13:43:15-outside at the gas grill
((WHEN I FIRST CAME OUT, I THOUGHT MAYBE THE DOGS HAD DONE THIS.))
They soon learned that as many as 20 teenagers had spent the weekend
partying at their house.
A classmate of the Meyer's 15-year old son admitted he had stolen the boy's
house key on an earlier visit.
In addition to mindless destruction and trash everywhere, boys and girls
slept together in the Meyer's beds, they devoured their food, beer and wine.
They also stole some expensive hiking boots and camping equipment.
OFF camera: 13:54:05
((MY 15-YEAR OLD SON HAD SOME VALUABLE THINGS THAT THEY WANTED.))
14:32:15 BETTER BITE
((WE FEEL A LITTLE BIT VIOLATED. I KNOW THAT SOUNDS LIKE A CLICHE, BUT IT'S
TRUE. AND UNTIL YOU - -AS AN INDIVIDUAL- -EXPERIENCE IT, YOU PROBABLY DON'T
APPRECIATE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE FELT.))
This mild-mannered pediatrician is determined that the culprits should not
go unpunished, but he's not convinced the other parents are taking the
8-thousand dollars worth of property damage seriously.
((MOST- -IF NOT ALL OF THEM- -HAVE ALL THOSE THINGS IN THEIR OWN HOME THAT THEY
ENJOYED IN OUR HOME IN OUR ABSENCE.))
The teenaged intruders even went joy- riding in the Meyer's pick-up.
County police anticipate filing felony theft and property damage petitions
against the intruders in Juvenile Court.
Keith Humphry NEWS-7.
Some Virginia legislators say state should consider lowering its drinking
age from 21 to 18.
It's worth some study, says Attorney General Richard Cullen.
It's one of the questions he's posed to his new task force studying college
That's after five Virginia college students have died in alcohol-related
accidents in five weeks.
IN Q=For the task
((RICHARD CULLEN/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: FOR THE TASK FORCE TO HAVE CREDIBILITY,
AND TO BE ABLE TO TELL THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA THAT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE
GOOD ONES, WE CAN'T BE AFRAID TO LOOK AT ANY ISSUE. AND EVEN THOUGH I MIGHT
PERSONALLY OPPOSE AN ISSUE, SOMEBODY ELSE MIGHT WANT TO PUT IT ON THE FLOOR FOR
DISCUSSION. AND AS I PUT IN THE LETTER, LET'S LOOK AT THE VALIDITY OF THAT
OUT Q=that argument.
The argument is that if alcohol was legally available to 18- year olds, it
would lose the "forbidden fruit" allure, and colleges could better regulate
Critics point out Virginia would lose tens of millions of federal highway
dollars now tied to the 21 age limit.
One of tobacco's biggest allies in Congress is NOW taking on the big
Philip Morris is the largest private employer in the home district of
Republican Congressman Tom Bliley.
But yesterday, as chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Bliley issued
subpoenas for more than 800 internal documents the tobacco companies have
withheld for months.
Today, the companies met his noon deadline.
Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen applauded Bliley.
IN Q=You need
((RICHARD CULLEN/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: YOU NEED ALL THE INFORMATION BEFORE YOU
CAN WRITE LEGISLATION. AND THIS WILL BE SWEEPING LEGISLATION.))
OUT Q=sweeping legislation.
In a written statement, Bliley says Congress needs to know if the companies
"engaged in criminal or fraudulent activities" before granting them
"unprecedented immunity from future lawsuits."
(Toss to Robin)
SUPER=03-Avery Co., NC;
Coming up on News-7 at Eleven, the search continues for a local man missing
and to the dismay of the White House, Russia arrests an American citizen for
((RICK IS NO MORE A SPY THAT ANY OF US STANDING HERE.))
OUT Q=standing here."
Iraq has the go ahead to sell oil for food-
But today Saddam Hussein announced it'll be another month before oil is sold
to pay for food and medicine.
((HE IS IN NO POSITION TO POINT THE FINGER AT ANYONE ELSE INT HE WORLD FOR
SUFFERING OF HIS OWN PEOPLE AND ONCE AGAIN TODAY HE'S PROVED HE IS REPONSIBLE
FOR THE SUFFERING OF HIS OWN PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=OF HIS OWN PEOPLE (SECOND TIME)
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Last Night;
The United Nations Security Council voted
last night to extend the oil for food program for another six months.
For the first time since the end of the cold war, an American has been
charged with spying in Russia.
29-year old Richard Bliss was first detained ten days ago, after making
land surveys in southern Russia.
The telephone technician says he is not a spy.
But he admits he brought in satelite equipment and took measurments without
proper clearance from the Russians.
((ROBERT BLISS/FATHER: THE NEWS TO ME IS APPALLING. THEY HAVE NO EVIDENCE. HE
IS NOT A SPY. HE'S JUST A HUMAN BEING OVER THERE TO DO A JOB. HE JUST WANTED TC
COME HOME AND HE GOT CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. I THINK IT'S ALL JUST A
OUT Q=just a misunderstanding."
Bliss works for the telecommunications firm Qualcomm.
The company is installing a cell phone system in Russia. Management say
Bliss acted in compliance with Russian law.
Bliss will be arrainged or released from custody tomorrow, but many in
Russia doubt he will be set free.
While rescuers in Delaware search for a missing Lynchburg man, his parents
are searching for answers.
It's been nearly a week since anyone has seen 22-year old Mark Domaleski.
Domaleski was in Delaware volunteering with the Americorps program.
His wallet and belongings were found intact in his cabin.
IN Q=Every indication is
((EVERY INDICATION IS WHEN HE LEFT THAT CABIN HE INTENDED TO COME BACK THAT
EVENING AND HE DID NOT FOR WHATEVER REASON.))
SUPER=01-Gene Domaleski/Father; :00
OUT Q=for whatever reason.
Authorities found a kayak in (Raho-bith) Rehoboth Bay and say it's possible
Domaleski may have drowned.
Rainy weather kept helicopter search teams grounded today.
The Coast Guard searched the bay, without success.
Domestic violence isn't just a problem in the HOME.
A new study shows that more battered women are WORKING women, and the
effects of domestic abuse follow them into the workplace.
Kimberly McBroom explains.
IN Q=Victims of domestic violence
SUPER=01-Sally Gravely/Y.W.C.A. of Roanoke Valley; :11
SUPER=01-Debra White/Licensed Professional Counselor; :40
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
File shot of silhouette interview with domestic violence victim
Victims of domestic violence often feel too ashamed or too isolated to
openly reveal their pain.
But the signs are often clear to co- workers.
SOT tape 1 0:36:11
((SALLY GRAVELY/Y.W.C.A. OF ROANOKE VALLEY: EVEN THOUGH A LOT OF WOMEN WHO ARE
VICTIMS ARE ISOLATED, I WOULD SAY THE VAST MAJORITY ARE OUT THERE IN THE
WORKING PLACE. ))
The Y-W-C-A offers housing and assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Pre-Pro Page on Tardiness/Absenteeism
In its recent national survey, "Blow the Whistle", the Y-W-C-A found that
24- percent of domestic violence victims responding cited abuse as the reason
for tardiness or absenteeism from work.
Pre-Pro Page on Promotions
20- percent of those responding said domestic violence prevented them from
SOT tape 2 8:55:22
((DEBRA WHITE/LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR: THEY LIVE WITH THAT ANXIETY ON
SUCH A CONSTANT BASIS THAT THEY HAVE A HARD TIME CONCENTRATING AT WORK. THEY
MAY BE EXHAUSTED, MAY BE SO STRESSED THAT THEY CAN'T SEEM TO THINK CLEARLY. ))
SOT tape 1 0:35:27
IN Q=I think everybody
((SALLY GRAVELY/Y.W.C.A. OF ROANOKE VALLEY: I THINK EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THE
LANGUAGE OF DOLLARS AND CENTS, AND NOT ONLY IS THE TOLL OF VIOLENCE WORKING ON
HUMANS-- PEOPLE, IT'S ALSO TAKING A BIG TOLL FINANCIALLY. ))
Pre-Pro Page 1 on Domestic violence costs
A big toll at a cost of three to five BILLION dollars a year in lost time
Standup here--need to shoot
Not only work performance-- but workplace safety can also be at risk if the
abuser can't locate the victim anywhere else.
SOT tape 2 9:02:22
((WHITE: AND THAT'S ANOTHER REASON WHY CO- WORKERS REALLY OUGHT TO SAY
SOMETHING TO THE PERSON AND BE WILLING TO SAY SOMETHING TO A SUPERVISOR IF THEY
THINK THERE'S ANY THREAT. ))
Earlier this Fall, the Y-W-C-A took part in the nationwide "Week Without
Violence" campaign, with the hope it could last all year round.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Coming up a little later, Montgomery County officials have to find a way to
get a bear out of a tree,
and we'll see how some local graduates are making sure they don't rub their
customers the wrong.
Jim Gilmore set the record.
Gilmore spent 10-point-3 million dollars to win the governor's race.
That tops Marshall Coleman's 9-point-3 million dollar losing bid eight years
Plus, Gilmore had a quarter million left in the bank after winning.
On Monday, Gilmore's expected to announce an unprecedented week-long series
of receptions, parties, and formal balls leading up to his January 17th
Inauguration events will be held in every region of the state.
The Governor-elect has a diverse group of supporters to invite.
He's named a 30-member transition team that includes sometime Democrat Doug
Wilder, religious TV tycoon Pat Robertson, Richmond mystery novelist Patricia
Cornwell, and Danville Democratic Delegate Whitt Clement.
In one week, the Daniels Institute of Holistic Healing will graduate it's
The Roanoke school teaches the art of massage.
Classes consists of 16 students, and next semester's enrollment is filling up
fast for the nine month program.
Massage therapy is becoming a more accepted approach to healing by the
conventional medical community.
IN Q=It is now
((JADE DANIELS/MASSAGE THERAPIST:IT IS NOW CONSIDERED MORE COMPLIMENTARY
MEDICINE RATHER THEN ALTERNATIVE SO THERE IS NOW POSITIONS IN DOCTORS OFFICES
AND CHIROPRACTIC OFFICES. IT'S REALLY GETTING MORE AND MORE WIDESPREAD))
((MARY PASLEY/MASSAGE STUDENT:A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO I WAS IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND
I STARTED RECEIVING MASSAGE AND ACTUALLY MY CHIROPRACTOR REALLY ENCOURAGED ME
TO GO INTO THIS FIELD AND I'VE REALLY ENJOYED IT A LOT))
SUPER=01-Jade Daniels/Massage Therapist;
SUPER=01-Mary Pasley/Massage Student; :14
OUT Q= enjoyed it a lot
Classroom lessons include anatomy, (Fizz-ee-ology) physiology, energy flow
and different massage techniques.
SUPER=03-Avery County, NC;
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Wind W-20/26-28/Mostly Cloudy/With Flurries/35-38;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Wind W-15/25-29/Variable Clouds/Wind W-15/38-40;
SUPER=332-Snow Showers/Wind W-20/22-24/Cloudy & Windy/Snow Showers/30-32;
SUPER=333-Snow Showers/Wind W-20/22-24/Mostly Cloudy/Snow Showers/30-32;
SUPER=334-Snow Showers/1-2" Likely/18-20/Snow Totals/4-6"/25-28;
For UVa and tech; It's the bowling season.
SUPER=75-Charlottesville/Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers; :00
Former Virginia Tech A.D. Dave Braine's Georgia tech Yellow Jackets, already
headed to the Carquest; could play Virginia Tech; if the Hokies don't go to the
SUPER=75-Charlottesville/Hokies vs. Cavaliers;
The cavaliers are in contention for the Independence; as is Notre dame and
it's gonna be a terrible year..there's no talent...Bobby Hussey is in for
it..All comments many were making about Virginia Tech's basketball team. But
tonight; the nations 5th ranked team barely escaped the Hokies. South Carolina
sweats Tech 74-73.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Hokies vs. Gamecocks; :00
To the Harris teeter Pepsi challenge. Tech freshman Jenis Grindstaff convert
the steal with the lay up for two of his team high 18.
Tech could not stop the Gamecocks Melvin Watson, who scored a
SUPER=34-South Carolina/74/Virginia Tech/73;
game high 24.
But the Hokies hung tough and with 4 second left in the game; tech trailing
by 3; Kenny Harrell throws up a prayer that is answered to tie the game at 73-
Bu there wasa foul underneatth against tech and and Watson hits a free throw
with 3.5 seconds left to lift 5th ranked South carolina over Va. tech 74-73.
To the high school ranks where Patrick Henry ventured into Viking country to
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Patriots vs. Vikings; :00
Right to the action. PH had it's hands full with the Vikings. T.A.
Williams misses butt Boo Battle is there to clean up the mess with the bucket
and the lead.
Northside's darrell Holms then SUPER=34-Patrick Henry/59/Northside/44 ;
shows his stuff.. the nice pump fake and the lay up would follow.
But the Patriots Mike Parry comes right back with the three; PH wins 59-44.
VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Daleville/Knights vs. Cavaliers; :00
Over in Daleville; Lord Botetourt played host to Cave Spring on the
cavaliers home floor.
The Knights get off to the fast start. Mark Snodgrass strokes the three
pointer to put Cave up early in the first half.
The cavs have an answer. Jason Hunt SUPER=34-Cave Spring/57/Lord
attempts the ally oop; it doesn;t go but he does do something a little less
dramatic; the tip in.
Then; the Knights get it down low to Daniel Penn; he scores and cave
Spring tops Botetourt 57-48.
The Winston Cup drivers, crew chiefs, teams and sponsors were honored in
the Big Apple tonight
SUPER=03-New York, NY/ESPN; :00
at the annual awards banquet that commemorated the 50th year of NASCAR. The
top ten drivers were honored with checks.
Dale Jarrett was named true value man of the year.
There was also a special tribute to Rick hendrick; who is battleing cancer
at this time.
His driver; Jeff Gordon received a check for 2 million, 300 thousand dollars
for his second cup championship. He;s the sports first 6 million dollar man.
The Express returned to the Round House tonight and improved to 2 and OH
against Northeast Division leading Richmond tonight; downing the Renegades
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Renegades vs. Express; :00
A sight to marvel at before this one; Jumping Jack in his karate gear.
Lots of fights lead to an lonely bench but the Express had enough guys to
With a minute left in the second period; Pete Brearly gets the wrap
around to put Roanoke up 1-zip.
about 20 ticks later; Chris Fess feeds Todd Norman and the saint John Flames
returnee tickles the twine. Express improves to 11-5 and 1 with raleigh on tap
WIPE TO scoreboard!!!ENG#!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=0097-j/Narrows/74//Giles/70//St. Clair 23
SUPER=0097-/Patrick Henry/35/j/Amherst/45//Girls/j/Cave Spring/57//Lord
SUPER=0097-j/Staunton River/55//Gretna/52///j/Franklin Co/70//Patrick
SUPER=0097-j/William Byrd/69//Glenvar/62///j/Chatham/73//Laurel Park/72///;
OUT Q=.........last score."
go to break
Still to come, Blue Hills Billy King now has seniority on the links,
and, this morning, many seniors from William Fleming and Heritage departed
for their last high school football games; each vying for a state championship.
Blue Hills Pro Billy King has earned a spot on next season's Senior PGA tour.
This afternoon, King completed four rounds of qualifying in Ponte Vedre,
Florida by shooting a 69 to finish the week tied for third.
Only the top 8 players earned tour cards.
William Fleming and Hampton battle for the group 3A state championship
tomorrow in Norfolk at 1pm.
Roy Stanley has a pregame report.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :
SUPER=03-Norfolk/Dick Price Stadium; :10
SUPER=01-George "Kila" Miller/Fleming Head Coach; :30
SUPER=01-Mike Smith/Hampton Head Coach; :41
SUPER=04-1986 Season; :59
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((The Colonels received a champion send off this morning as they boarded the
bus for the trip to Norfolk and the game against the Nationally ranked Crabbers
The Division five state championship game will be played at the new Dick
Price Stadium on the Campus of Norfolk State.
The Crabbers have won two straight state championships and will be going
for a third.
For Fleming, Its the Colonels first trip but this team has played its best
football throughout the playoffs.))
((GEORGE "KILA" MILLER/FLEMING HEAD COACH: ))
((MIKE SMITH/HAMPTON HEAD COACH: ))
((The last team from the valley to play for a triple a state championship was
salem in 1986. And the Spartans lost to Hampton 14 to nothing.))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Heritage travels to Spotsylvania for the group 2A division 4 state
championship tomorrow at 1:30.
This morning; the Pioneers sent the team off in style with a pep rally as
students gathered to make some noise for their boys.
IN Q="I think
((PEM APPERSON/HERITAGE HEAD COACH:)) ((MICAH JAMES/HERITAGE SENIOR
SUPER=01-Pem Apperson/Heritage Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Micah James/Heritage Senior Quarterback; :11
OUT Q=..used the play here"
Bear-Tree ****VIDEO OF THE DAY****
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An unusual sighting this afternoon in Montgomery County.
A black bear perched itself in a tree right next to Route-460.
It was stuck there for nearly 45 minutes while police and a bear expert
tried to figure out how to get it down.
After some coaxing, the wayward animal came down on its own and scampered
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