Up next on News 7 at 11...
A Northwest Roanoke accident sends two people to the hospital.
A vandalism spree didn't keep some Franklin County church members away from
And Janet Reno remains on the hot seat.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Two people were seriously injured tonight--one after being thrown from a car
that flipped over along Greenridge Road in Roanoke.
The accident happened near the intersection of Cove Rd about 9 30 p-m.
The car overturned --throwing one person out of the vehicle. Another person
was cut out of the car using the jaws of life.
Investigators say speed may have been a factor in the wreck.
Both victims were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Three Franklin County churches were open in time for worship today --three
days after five teenagers vandalized them.
The teens spray-painted the churches with offensive slogans and satanic
David Johnson has more. (/////SOT/////)
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Bowman/Fairmont Baptist Church; :26
SUPER=01-Reverend Bill Bare/Gogginsville United Methodist; :52
SUPER=01-Inv. Fred Jamison/Sheriff's Dept.; 1:02
SUPER=19-David Johnson; 1:32
OUT Q=News 7 Franklin County.
(( While there are no signs of the ill-effects now, less than 72-hours ago,
these churches were vandalized by five youths.
They smashed and shot-out windows and smeared Satanic symbols and racist
and anti-religious markings on the structures.
Total damage, nearly 30-thousand dollars.
But the buildings were cleaned up relatively quickly, thanks to help from
members of the churches, and other congregations.
IN Q=WELL, I THINK...
(( KEVIN BOWMAN/FAIRMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: WELL, I THINK IT'S UNFORTUNATE WHAT
HAS HAPPENED. I THINK THE RESULT IS THAT WE'VE BEEN DRAWN CLOSER TOGETHER AS A
WHOLE WITH OUR AREA CHURCHES AS WELL. WE ARE PRAYING FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. WE
HOPE THEY LEARN AS A RESULT FROM ALL OF THIS. ))
OUT Q=...ALL OF THIS.
Inside this building, the furniture was destroyed and the Christmas tree
overturned, in addition to the exterior damage.
Investigators aren't sure of what sparked the incident, but they don't
believe it was racially-motivated.
IN Q=I THINK THAT...
((REVEREND BILL BARE/GOGGINSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH; I THINK THAT THEY
PROBABLY WENT FOR A JOY RIDE AND IT ENDED UP IN VANDALISM. ))
OUT Q=...IN VANDALISM.
The crimes were solved almost as quickly as the churches were restored.
IN Q=WE'VE BEEN LUCKY...
(( INV. FRED JAMISON/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.; WE'VE BEEN LUCKY IN CLEARING
THIS ONE REAL QUICK. I THINK IN THIS TYPE OF CRIME, I THINK WE WILL CONTINUE TO
CLEAR THEM QUICKLY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY BECAUSE WE HAVE GOOD COMMUNITY
COOPERATION AND THE DEPARTMENT USUALLY PULLS TOGETHER REAL WELL IN THIS TYPE OF
OUT Q=...TYPE OF CASE.
And after all five suspects confessed, yesterday, one of the accused went to
this church offering to make restitution.
IN Q=I WAS REALLY TOUCHED...
(( I WAS REALLY TOUCHED BY THAT. HER FATHER CAME IN FIRST AND THEN SHE SAID SHE
WAS SORRY; ))
OUT Q=...SHE WAS SORRY.
DAVID JOHNSON NEWS 7 REPORTER;
THE COMMUNITY SAYS THE THREE BOYS AND TWO GIRLS DID MORE HARM TO THEMSELVES
THAN TO THE CHURCHES. EACH HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY,
SOMETHING THAT WILL REMAIN ON THEIR RECORD. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, FRANKLIN
Republicans are threatening Attorney General Janet Reno with a contempt of
They're still upset with Reno's decision last week NOT to appoint an
independent counsel to investigate Democratic campaign fundraising, and they
want her to turn over a memo in which FBI director Louis Freeh endorses an
IN Q=we have not closed
((JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL; WE HAVE NOT CLOSED THIS INVESTIGATION IN ANY
WAY, IT CONTINUES, IT CONTINUES VIGOROUSLY WITH OVER 120 AGENTS AND PROSECUTORS
INVOLVED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NO ONE HAS BEEN EXONERATED ))
OUT Q=has been exonerated.
Senator Orin Hatch says he'll ask Freeh to conduct his own investigation.
IN Q=we should do
((SEN. ORIN HATCH/(R)UTAH; HE SHOULD DO IT INDEPENDENTLY BECAUSE THAT'S THE
ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE, IT SEEMS TO ME, A WAY AROUND THE CONFLICTS OF
INTEREST THAT CLEARLY EXIST. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Orin Hatch/(R) Utah;
OUT Q=clearly exist
In response, Democratic Senator John Glen asked Republicans if they thought
Reno was protecting the President when she appointed four other independent
counsels, that all took aim at the White House.
One Russian lawmaker says President Clinton should be put on trial for
aggression against Iraq.
Ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky met with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
He called for an international court to prosecute what he called America's
Zhirinovsky's statements are often at odds with Russian President Boris
Yeltsin, who spearheaded efforts to solve the latest confrontation with Iraq
56 years later, December 7th is still a sad day in America.
On this day in 1941, 24 hundred Americans were killed in the Japanese sneak
attack on ships in Pearl Harbor.
Today those fallen soldiers were honored in a wreath ceremony at the "Lone
Sailor" statue in Washington.
Rear Admiral Robert Ellis Junior laid a wreath, and on-lookers bowed their
heads while a bugler played "Taps".
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The United States is not getting a welcome reception to its ideas at a
meeting on global warming in Japan.
Representatives from various countries are arguing over whether to reduce
their nation's greenhouse gas emissions.
But, the U-S is meeting opposition to its goals.
More on that story in a few minutes when the news continues.
MUSIC UP FULL
Vice President Al Gore is offering more "flexibility" at a conference aimed
at cutting back carbon dioxide emissions.
But Gore warned that the United States will not "promise what we cannot
World leaders were looking for 15 percent reduction in so-called greenhouse
gases... up to now, the U.S. has offered to cut back to 1990 levels... a
Gore didn't offer any details of what the U.S. might be willing to do, but
said he has instructed the U.S. delegation to show more negotiating
Pink slips go out at a Pulaski County sock manufacturer and a huge retailer
moves into Covington.
Scott Goldberg has more on those stories in this week's News-7 Business
IN Q=A Pulaski County
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :07
SUPER=03-Kyoto, Japan; :20
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :49
OUT Q=I'm Scott Goldberg.
((A Pulaski County sock maker is closing its Jefferson Avenue plant.
Come February, Renfro Incorporated is transferring 350-workers to the
company's Newbern Road plant.
Two hundred workers get pink slips.
In another hemisphere, delegates in Kyoto, Japan, are working on a solution
for global warming...
And, the Virginia Coal Council is watching their every move.
The council says forcing the U-S to cut carbon dioxide emissions could --
quote -- devastate Virginia's coal industry.
If you build a Wal-Mart they will come.
That's the hope in Covington.
City Council expects the superstore to anchor a new retail plaza in the
city's industrial park...
Bringing more stores and more shoppers to town.
In Buena Vista, the old Blue Bird Bus plant has a new tenant.
Des Champs Laboratories moved its manufacturing operations to town.
The air conditioner maker is growing and says more jobs are on the way.
A big rally on Wall Street.
Dow Jones Industrials shot up 326-points this week.
The Nasdaq climbed 33.
That's this week's News-7 Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
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A viewer thought our story about a nine-year old hunter sent the wrong
message to young people about guns.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=The Falls family
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Tuesday; :01
((The Falls family of Botetourt County was mighty proud of nine-year-old
Victoria, for shooting and killing a bear on a hunting trip.
But a viewer from Radford says seeing the story definitely did NOT make her
"Children who are encouraged to be brave and express themselves freely with
pencil, paintbrush, raw hands in the dirt, creativity and originality reap
their rewards in self worth and inner strength, not with gun in hand and a dead
animal at their feet. (There's a difference between marksmanship and killing.)
Has this little girl ever achieved any previous recognition (scholastic,
community service, art, athletics?) Three schoolchildren have been just shot to
death, others seriously wounded by a 14 year old. We grieve and question each
child/gun tragedy. Another innocent animal has been sacrificed for
Is the Guinness Book beckoning? An NRA poster child? Endorsements? Triggers
Another holiday season of beauty, bright lights and colors and still praying
for peace on earth. A little girl with a gun and a dead bear does not paint a
Virginia, is there still a Santa Claus?"
We're a lot easier to reach at News-7 than our friend at the North Pole.
Letters go to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
Our email address is email@example.com.
And to reach our moderated online forum, go to our web page, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
A Bedford organization is looking for a few good men and women to help with
a restoration project.
The group wants to rebuild a section of town that's been around since the
We'll have more when the news continues.
Reminders about the dangers of drunk driving are in full force during the
holiday season--but it seems many people aren't paying attention.
Drunk driving arrests are up 17 percent this year compared to last year.
And, police say the number of fatal accidents on Virginia's highways is
also going up.
981 people have died so far this year--116 more than last year.
Meanwhile, people gathered in the nation's capitol to remember those killed
by drunk drivers.
Activists and victim's families came from around the nation to the National
Mothers Against Drunk Driving -- or MADD -- organized the annual candle
Each candle represented someone killed by a drunk driver.
Members of the Wharton Memorial Foundation hope the entire community will
get involved in their preservation project.
They say they need not only donations but workers as well.
Denise Allen has the story.
IN Q=The Wharton House
SUPER=01-Fred Duis/Wharton Memorial Foundation; :10
SUPER=01-Claire Robertson/Wharton Memorial Foundation; :58
OUT Q=News 7.
(( The Wharton House is part of Bedford's beginnings.
It may not look like much now, but when the restoration is complete it will
IN Q=WE'RE TALKING
((FRED DUIS/WHARTON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: WE'RE TALKING TO A RETAIL BUSINESS
NOW A SELLER OF COLLECTIBLES WHO'S EXCITED ABOUT COMING IN THE FIRST FLOOR HERE
AND THERE ARE OTHER POSSIBILITIES TO IN THE WAY OF EATERIES.))
OUT Q=IN THE WAY OF EATERIES
John Wharton's home sits in an historic district.
It was built in 1847 with cyprus and has hard pine floors--materials not
There are other unique features as well.
IN Q=THIS IS AN
((DUIS: THIS IS AN AREA OFF THE BASEMENT OF THE HOUSE. IT'S BELOW GRADE
THEREFORE IT WOULD BE SLIGHTLY WARMER.))
OUT Q=SLIGHTLY WARMER
IN Q=WE THINK IT
((WE THINK IT WAS AN ORANGERY OR AN AREA THAT WAS WELL LIT IN WHICH THEY COULD
KEEP HERBS AND OTHER FOODS THEY USED IN THE WINTER.))
OUT Q=IN THE WINTER
The Wharton family also helped build the church next door and the brick
house on the other side as well.
In fact some of Louise Wharton's garden still remains.
IN Q=THE GARDEN CLUB
((CLAIRE ROBERTSON/WHARTON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: THE GARDEN CLUB HELPED
PRESERVE IT OVER THE YEARS. SHE WAS AN AVID WILDFLOWER COLLECTOR AND SHE
PLANTED THESE BEAUTIFUL PECAN TREES AND BOXWOODS WE USED IN THE MAZE.))
OUT Q=IN THE MAZE
Robertson and Du-is believe some of these boxwoods are nearly 75 years old.
The hope is to create a public garden which joins the three Wharton
buildings with the new public library--connecting the past with the present to
shape the future.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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Jeff Hostetler made his first start of the season yesterday and he passed
for 226 yards and three touchdowns to lead Washington to a 38 to 28 win over
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/FOX SPORTS; :
Darrell Green's start ties him with Monte Coleman for most games played as a
Redskin at 216.
Washington got the jump on the Cardinals in the first quarter. Brian
Mitchell takes this punt and goes right up the middle to score from 63 yards
out and the Redskins led 7 to nothing.
Hostetler threw the first of his three touchdowns to Larry Bowie it was from
three yards out and the Skins took the 14 to nothing lead in the second
Arizona would stay close when quarterback Jake Plummer goes to the air and
hits Robert Moore on the 5 yard touchdown pass to make it 17 to 7 Skins in the
Chris Dishman had two interceptions SUPER=30-Washington/38/Arizona/28/; in
the game this one he returned 29 yards for a touchdown and the Redskins beat
the Cardinals 38 to 28.
Tiki Barber rushed for 114 yards and caught a pass for a touchdown as the
New York Giants held on to first place in the N-F-C East with a 31 to 21 win
over the Philadelphia Eagles.
SUPER=03-Philadephia, PA/FOX SPORTS; :
The Giants enter the Vet for yesterday's match up.
In the first quarter, New Yorks Jesse Armstead intercepts this Bobby Hoying
pass and he returns it 57 yards for the score and the Giants took a 7 to
But the Eagles came back to tie it at 7 to 7 when Ricky Watters takes it in
from the one as time was running out in the first quarter.
New York would take the lead again SUPER=30-N.Y.
Giants/31/Philadelphia/21/;in the second quarter. This time Kanell hits
Barber on the 11 yard touchdown pass and the Giants win it 31 to 21.
Virginia Tech will play in the Gator Bowl. More coming up later on
Green Bay's Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes as the Packers clinched a
first round playoff bye with a 17 to 6 win over Tampa Bay.
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL/FOX SPORTS; :
Packer coach Mike Holgrem on the sideline in the first quarter.
Green Bay got on the board in the firstr quarter when Favre hooks up with
Robert Brooks on the 43 yard pass play to make it 7 to 3 Packers.
Bucs quarterback Trent Dilfer is back to pass but he gets sacked by Green
Bay's Reggie White for a loss. Dilfer injured his ankle and returned but was
not able to move the offense.
The Packers sealed the win in the SUPER=30-Green Bay/17/Tampa
Bay/6/;third quarter when Favre hits Dorsey Levens on the run to make it 14 to
6 and Green Bay wins it 17 to 6.
The 49-ers bounce back with a win over Minnesota Baltimore knocks off
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/NBC SPORTS; :
In Pittsburgh, The Denver Broncos were in Three Rivers taking on the
And Kordell Stewart put on a show Stewart's four yard T-D run in the third
put the Steelers ahead for good in a 35 to 24 win over Denver.
Now, Here's the rest of the scores.
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SUPER=0100-j/Green Bay/17//Tampa Bay/6///j/New England/26//Jacksonville/20///;
SUPER=0100-j/N.Y. Giants/31//Philadelphia/21////Oakland/0/j/Kansas City/30///;
SUPER=0100-j/St. Louis/34//New Orleans/27////Seattle/24/j/Baltimore/31///;
SUPER=0100-j/Atlanta/14//San Diego/3///j/Indianapolis/22//N.Y. Jets/14///;
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And coming up, Maryland upsets second ranked Kansas on the Hardwood this
And Ferrum comes up short in the first annual Rotary classic basketball
tournament at Franklin County High School.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will spend the Holiday playing in another bowl
game this season.
The 7 and 4 Hokies will play 10 and 1 North Carolina from the A-C-C January
first in the Gator Bowl.
Virginia will not play in the post season this year the Cavaliers lost a
spot in the Independence bowl which took L-S-U in a match up against Notre
But the A-C-C sends Georgia Tech to the Carquest Bowl. The Yellow Jackets
will face Big East representative West Virginia.
And Clemson will put its 7 and 4 record on the line against Auburn in the
Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
Two more big east teams will go bowling this season. Syracuse at 9 and 3
will play Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
And a strong finish in the regular season sends Pittsburgh in the Liberty
Bowl against Southern Miss.
In other bowls, Florida State will face Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl,
Michigan and Washington State are in the Rose bowl and undefeated Nebraska will
face Tennessee in the Orange Bowl.
Ferrum College was the host of the first annual Rotary Classic Basketball
tournament at Franklin County High School.
And the Panthers lost in the championship game to Goucher 63 to 56.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/Panthers vs Gophers; :
Ferrum head coach Larry Mangino giving his team a play to take to the
The Panthers trailed at the half then Al Davis gets the ball in the low
post uses the drop step and scores the layup.
But the Gophers come right back Bakari Ward almost loses his balance but
steps back behind the line and hits the three pointer.
Ferrum goes to Patrick Brooks who receives the pass down low and hits the
fade away to keep the game close.
The Panthers made a run late in the SUPER=33-Goucher/63/Ferrum/56/;second
half Marcus Toney takes it to the hole for the layup and the foul but Ferrum
comes up short 63 to 56.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
Maryland didn't score a field goal in the final four minutes but the Terps
upset second ranked Kansas this afternoon 86 to 83.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/ABC; :
Gary Williams pacing the sideline as his team goes to work.
In the first half, Raef Lafrentz moves outside and hits the jumper to make
the score 4 to 2 Kansas.
But the Terps would bring it back later in the half Rodney Elliott steps
outside the line and hit the three to make it 18 to 16 Kansas.
The Terps took the lead for good SUPER=33-Maryland/86/Kansas/83/;when
Laron Profit gets out on the break and scores the jam and Maryland goes on to
win the game 86 to 83.
In the N-B-A Jerome Williams came off the bench to score 20 as Detroit beat
Toronto 93 to 83.
SUPER=03-Toronto, ON/WKBD; :
Grant Hill gets a break from the action.
But when he returns on this play he takes the ball to the hole and scores
the layup and the Pistons had a 34 to 28 lead.
Hill shows he has the total package with the touch pass underneath to Brian
Williams for the jam the Pistons led 44 to 38.
Toronto's Damon Stoudamire comes SUPER=33-Detroit/93/Toronto/83/;back
with this three pointer cutting the Piston lead to 4 but Detroit holds on for
the 93 to 83 win.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG; :
And in New York, Allen Iverson took his game to the Knicks this afternoon.
He scored 27 points as the Sixers beat the Knicks by 15.
Now here's the rest of the scores.
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OUT Q=.........last score.
V-DOT is pushing back some of its deadlines for construction projects around
the region--meaning work will continue through the winter season.
Stacey Martin has more on the delays in this week's edition of Road Report.
IN Q=Straightening out the
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; :19
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :35
OUT Q=I'm SM.
((Straightening out the curve along route 2-20 near the Roanoke, Franklin
County line is taking longer than expected.
VDOT now plans to continue its work through the winter season.
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IN Q=Also in Roanoke
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: THE WORK ZONE IS ABOUT A MILE AND HALF LONG. THAT'S GOING
TO STAY IN PLACE THROUGH THE WINTER. PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THAT AND SLOW
DOWN WHEN THEY'RE PASSING THROUGH THAT WORKZONE. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE
HELPING US OUT BY BEING PRESENT IN THAT AREA AND THAT IS HELPING TO KEEP THE
OUT Q=the speeds down.
In Botetourt County repairs continue to the Route 11 bridge. Only one lane
of traffic is making it across in each direction.
And, in Bedford County work continues to widen the road along Route 643.
Only one lane of traffic will be getting by.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin.))
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If you think dinner is getting pricier,
check out this glittery pizza created by a Texas jeweler. The crust is made
And, it's topped with 300 carats worth of diamonds and 200 carats of other
precious stones like rubies and emeralds.
You can buy the rare pizza for 2 million dollars.
The pizza's creator said he made it for Little Caesars Restaurants as part
of a promotion for next year.
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