NEWS 7 is a minute 30 away.
The big snow storm has moved on to the Northeast, leaving us with as much
as a foot of snow.
We'll have a LIVE report from V-DOT headquarters in Salem.
There's a man dead in South Boston- -where he set fire to his own house and
shot himself after being issued a citation for carrying a concealed weapon.
The area is beginning to dig out from its first big snow fall in almost two
With as much as a foot of snow reported in some places, the task of clearing
roads was difficult at best.
Although the snow has tapered off, it continues to fall and motorists could
find some challenges trying to get to work in the morning.
David Johnson joins us live from the state transportation headquarters,
Double Boxes=Keith/David MICROWAVE
What's it like out there?
Keith, the main roads are clear for the most part. VDOT and city snow
removal crews are working around the clock to make thoroughfares safe for
travel, but for some it's too little, too late.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Lisa Parrott/Franklin Co. Resident; :20
SUPER=07-Jody Davis; :30
OUT Q=it deep and its fun
(( Officials say Route 220 south of Roanoke had the most difficult
conditions. With heavily falling white stuff and
one lane closed due to road work, traffic was backed up and slow moving for
nearly three hours.
Some folks didn't fare so well, getting stuck along the way, but they took
it in stride.
((LISA PARROTT/FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT; I WASN'T REAL THRILLED ABOUT IT BUT I'M
GLAD I'M ALRIGHT. I'M SAFE MY CAR IS OKAY. AND I WAS ABLE TO GET SOMEWHERE TO
Others made the most of this winter's first major snow storm.
((JODY DAVIS/ROANOKE CO. STUDENT; IT'S ACTUALLY BEEN A JOY BECAUSE WE GET TO
SLEIGH RIDE. THIS IS OUR FIRST TIME SO IT'S ACTUALLY PRETTY FUN.))
((JESS HUBBARD/ROANOKE CO. STUDENT; IT'S DEEP AND IT'S FUN.))
Now, some of the main highways like I-81 and route 220 look pretty good
right now. But VDOT crews apparently still has a lot of work in front of them.
SUPER=01-Todd Marshall/V-Dot Spokesman
With me is Todd Marshall. Todd, what is the situation at this point and what
can be expected by midday tomorrow, barring anymore snow fall?
Thanks. Now around the city, the first street bridge will remain closed
until the snow is gone. Weight restriction prevent snow crews from clearing it.
And speaking of snow crews, the word is they hope to get to residential
streets overnight, providing we don't get anymore snow. And Valley metro will
run on time, but on snow routes only.
Anyone else wanting more information, should call 853-2225, but city
officials ask that you not call to find out when your street will be plowed.
Now, around 8:30 this evening, airport officials said the main runway is
open and visibility is clear, but at least one airline, US Air, has cancelled
its remaining inbound service tonight. So it may be late morning before things
get back on schedule.
Those who had planned to leave tomorrow for the GATOR BOWL in Florida are
advised to contact their airlines first.
So that's how things have shaped up to this point.
The New River Valley is among the areas hardest hit by the season's first
Fortunately, there are only scattered power outages and primary roads are
Meanwhile-- crews are out in full force trying to brace for tomorrow.
Teresa Hamilton has this update.
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SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=07-James Reed; :27 QUICK!!!
SUPER=07-Johnny McPeak; :40 QUICK!!!
SUPER=@Teresa1; :48 QUICK!!!
SUPER=07-Sean Carroll; 1:05
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Montgomery County. quick out!!!!
Primary roads are at the top of VDOT's list-- Interstate 81 is no exception.
But most secondary roads will have to wait-- at least until the storm draws
to a close.
Parking lots are another story.
IN Q=I'm getting
((JAMES REED:I'M GETTING READY TO PULL AN ALL NIGHTER MYSELF. ))
James Reed is one of many making a few extra dollars off Mother Nature.
IN Q=We'll push
((JAMES REED: WE'LL PUSH IT AS MUCH HAS WE CAN AND THEN WE'LL START SALTING IT,
TRYING TO GET IT TO, YOU KNOW, CLEAR UP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. ))
OUT Q=as possible.
Johnny McPeak is also earning some extra pocket change.
He says the most challenging part is keeping warm.
IN Q=How do
((REPORTER SPEAKS:HOW DO YOU HAVE THE STAMINA TO GET ALL THIS DONE?
JUST KEEP BUSY I RECKON. ))
OUT Q=i reckon.
The season's first snow storm isn't all work.
It's also about fun and games.
Sean Carroll and his family are waiting out the storm at a local motel.
They'd been visiting New York and were on their way back to Alabama when
they decided to play it safe.
IN Q=It's real
((SEAN CARROLL:IT'S REAL FUN, YOU LIKE NEVER KNOW, WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO HIT
DOWN THERE, AND I JUST GOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF SNOW PILED IN MY FACE. ))
OUT Q=my face.
Not a bad way to pass time-- if you have to spend the night-- hundreds of
miles from home.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Montgomery County.
Keith tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
A South Boston man is dead after shooting at police early this morning.
Police responded to reports of gunfire coming from 31-year-old Malcolm
Sherwood Young's apartment.
Four cars and a house were hit but nobody was injured.
When Young's apartment started burning, police and firemen went in, and
found him dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.
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IN Q=there were
((JIM HALL/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE CHIEF; THERE WAS NO SHOTS FIRED BY ANY OF THE
POLICE OFFICIALS ON THE SCENE, I CAN ONLY COMMEND THE OFFICERS FOR THE JOB THAT
THEY DID. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/South Boston Police Chief;
OUT Q=that they did.
About 30 minutes before the shooting started, Young was stopped in front of
the police department and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
He was given a summons and released.
A two- year investigation into 130 mysterious deaths at an Indiana hospital
has long focused on one male nurse.
Orville Lynn Majors has vehemently denied he had anything to do with them.
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Today, Majors was arrested and charged with killing six patients.
For two and a half years police suspected Majors was responsible for scores
of deaths at Vermillion County Hospital near Terre Haute.
Hospital administrators say during a two year period he was present at 130
of the 147 deaths at the facility.
From the beginning Majors has maintained he had nothing to do with the
IN Q=I like life
(("I LIKE LIFE, I LIKE PEOPLE, I LIKE CARING FOR PEOPLE. NOT TO THE POINT WHERE
YOU WOULD THINK OF THE MOST MERCIFUL THING BEING TO HELP WHAT WAS INEVITABLE?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO SHORTEN ANYONE'S LIFE, I'M NOT
SUPER=10-Orville Lynn Majors/Defendant/September 14, 1995;
OUT Q=not God.
Majors is being held without bond ...at least until a hearing tomorrow.
Attorneys for "Unabomber" suspect Ted Kaczynski today withdrew their
request to introduce mental health experts as witnesses.
They had no choice, really, after Kaczynski refused to be examined by
government experts and resisted any attempt to portray him as a madman.
The defense served notice that it will not call mental health experts as
witnesses during the guilt phase of the trial that begins a week from today.
Kaczynski's lawyers could still make an issue of his mental state during the
penalty phase, if he is found guilty.
The prosecutor in the Terry Nichols case asked a federal jury today not to
consider the Oklahoma City bombing as one mass murder.
U-S Attorney Pat Ryan pointed out the incident not only claimed the lives
of 168 individuals... it also maimed, disfigured and disabled 500 survivors.
The defense tried to paint a picture of a person whose "life pattern is
inconsistent with intent to take a life... that Nichols is not beyond
Bedford County authorities struggled today, but finally got a grip on an
We'll have that coming up on News-7 at Eleven.
And Hong Kong takes drastic action today to try and stop the spread of the
deadly bird flu.
They slaughtered every last chicken, turkey and goose in Hong Kong's
poultry market today.
It may have been as much public relations as public health.
It's supposed to stop the spread of avian flu among the birds, it's not
known what effect the mass kill will have on the spread of flu among humans.
Of the 13 cases confirmed so far, none have been in poultry workers, who are
in daily contact with live birds and typically wear no protective clothing.
One-point-two million chickens will have been gassed
or slaughtered when it's all over.
United Airlines flight 826 was cruising six miles above the Pacific when the
bottom fell out.
Home video taken just seconds after the Boeing 747 was jolted by
turbulence shows people with head injuries, dangling oxygen masks, and
luggage, food trays and seat cushions strewn about the cabin.
One hundred people were injured... a dozen of them seriously. One Japanese
Virtually none of the injured and dead were wearing seatbelts.
IN Q=Passengers are very
((PASSENGERS ARE VERY COMPLACENT AND IT'S BOTHERSOME TO ME. EVEN WHEN
I RIDE AS A PASSENGER SOMETIMES I SEE PEOPLE GETTING UP, WALKING AROUND WITH
THE SIGN "ON." ))
SUPER=01-Rick Husted/United Airlines Pilot
OUT Q=the sign on.
Some passengers say the seatbelt sign was NOT on when flight 826 was rocked
by turbulence. United insists it WAS.
A federal investigation is underway.
Medical procedures we take for granted are often unavailable in developing
Tonight, Joe Dashiell tells the story of three children from the Dominican
Republic, who found medical expertise and loving care here in western Virginia.
IN Q=Three- year- old Arlim Guerrerro
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :10
SUPER=07-Patty Stanley; :16
SUPER=07-Ed Stanley; :27
SUPER=01-Dr. Clint Cavett/Pediatric Surgeon; :52
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Three- year- old Arlim Guerrerro came to western Virginia for the medical
care she couldn't receive at home.
She was suffering from Hirschsprung's disease, a life- threatening
In May, Arlim moved in with Bedford County residents Patty and Ed Stanley
and their children.
IN Q=When you see those sweet little face
((PATTY STANLEY: WHEN YOU SEE THOSE SWEET LITTLE FACES, YOU CAN'T... IT'S HARD
TO TURN THEM DOWN AND WE'VE REALLY BEEN BLESSED ALL THREE TIMES. OUR KIDS HAVE
COME THROUGH SO WONDERFUL.))
((ED STANLEY: GOD HAS GIVEN ME FIVE HEALTHY CHILDREN AND SO FAR I HAVE THE
THREE HEALTHY GRANDCHILDREN AND I JUST WANT TO DO THIS TO PAY HIM BACK FOR WHAT
HE HAS GIVEN ME.))
OUT Q=what he has given me.
Arlim wasn't the first child the Stanleys welcomed into their family.
Five year-old Julie came in 1992.
Eight- year- old Eurys followed a year later.
and then Arlim...
IN Q=To get to know her
OUT Q=take for granted.
The Stanleys say they don't deserve the credit for the childrens' success.
They praise the group Medical Care for Children, Virginia Baptist and Carilion
Hospitals, doctors, nurses and other volunteers.
And with the support of other families, they hope more children like Arlim
will return to their homes with hope for a better life.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
It took them about nine hours and three tries, but Bedford County
authorities finally caught up with a man who twice escaped custody today.
18- year- old Richard Howard Busby was wanted on a malicious wounding charge
when he broke away from officers at his home on Short Street.
A tracking dog helped apprehend Busby a short time later, but he slipped
away again.. this time as he was being booked at the sheriff's department.
IN Q=The jailer had
((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE JAILER HAD JUST STEPPED INTO
A PROCESS ROOM RIGHT OFF THE MAIN BAY AREA THERE JUST FOR A SPLIT SECOND TO GET
AN ENVELOPE OR SOMETHING FOR HIS PERSONAL BELONGINGS AND HE TURNED AROUND AND
SAW HIM GOING OUT THE DOOR.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=out the door.
Busby was later captured at his mother's home around 10 this morning.
Still to come on the newscast, Lynchburg wants to turn its residents into
and we'll see a ballet company that is dancing to the Jailhouse Rock.
It's for a new program dedicated to the King of Rock and Roll.
If you have some information about a crime in central Virginia, you can now
help out your community AND make some money at the same time.
Law enforcement personnel from nine jurisdictions helped kick off the
Lynchburg area's first Crimestoppers program.
Citizens can phone in tips to help solve crimes while remaining anonymous.
They'll also be for cash rewards of up to a thousand dollars.
IN Q=We know it's
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL
AND BASED ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN THE NATION, IT'S BEEN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL.
AND THE NUMBERS AS FAR AS ARRESTS AND PROPERTY RECOVERED AND DRUGS SEIZED IS
JUST ASTRONOMICAL SO I'M SURE IT'S GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL HERE AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=here as well.
Wingfield says the area's recent string of twenty armed robberies will be
the first case publicized by the Crimestoppers program.
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We'll check in with the latest on postponements from area high school
holiday basketball tournaments and fines and suspensions were handed down in
the N-B-A today.
But first, Dolphin Head Coach Jimmy Johnson tried to put the rest today the
rumors about getting rid of quarterback Dan Marino.
IN Q="Can Dan...
((JIMMY JOHNSON/MIAMI HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=75-Jimmy Johnson/Miami Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=......ball game."
WIPE TO MOTION
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SUPER=0098-/Florida St.#15/63//SW Louisiana/57/2//;
SUPER=0103-/N.Y. Islanders/1/j/Pittsburgh/5///j/New Jersey/3//Buffalo/1///;
SUPER=0103-/St. Louis/2/j/Washington/4////San Jose/1/j/Tampa Bay/2///;
SUPER=0101-/West Virginia/30/j/Georgia Tech/35//Carquest
Bowl//Missouri/24//Colorado State/28/4/Holiday Bowl/;
OUT Q=....last score."
First lets check out the situation on the high school basketball tournaments
going on in the area.
Weather permitting, The final round of the NationsBank tournament will be
played tomorrow at the Salem Civic Center.
William Fleming and Cave Spring play for the title at 7. Floyd County takes
on William Byrd at three and Salem faces Glenvar at 5:15.
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The afternoon session of the Register and Bee tournament in Danville has
However, the Championship game between G.W. and Dan River is scheduled for
7 weather permitting.
And Liberty fans good news from the Arbys Classic. Peanut Arrington scored
37 and Rodney Morris 21 as the Minutemen beat Dobbyns-Bennett 81 to 63.
The Virginia Cavaliers bounced back this afternoon in the Rainbow Classic in
Norman Nolan scored a game high 24 as Virginia beat Brigham Young 72 to 54.
Curtis Staples scored 17.
The N-B-A has issued fines and suspensions after a fight during the
Philadelphia and Sacramento game last night.
Philly's Derrick Coleman and the Kings Corliss Williamson slugged it out in
front of the scorers table after elbows and forearms were thrown under the
Nobody left the benches but teammates who were in the game including Olden
Polynice and Allen Iverson moved in to break up the pair.
Williamson was fined 15-thousand dollars and suspended for three games and
Coleman was fined 10-thousand dollars and suspended for two games.
N-B-A legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar faces charges in an alleged parking lot
A Universal City, California man says he was attacked by the former Laker
center on April 20-th when Jabbar pushed his face against a plate glass window
and then shoved him to the ground.
The 50 year old Jabbar is charged with single counts of Misdemeanor battery
and false imprisonment.
And coming up, If you going to the Gator Bowl, Steve Mason has some
information about Alltell Stadium in Jacksonville.
And West Virginia and Georgia Tech hooked up this evening in the Carquest
Bowl at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.
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Alltell Stadium is the site of the Gator bowl. It's also the home of the NFL
jacksonville jaguars. And while the Hokies are already there,
jacksonville journey full
Steve mason explains in this edition of Journey to Jacksonville that some fans
might have seen the stadium first.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Dec. 15 Gator Bowl Media Day; :00
SUPER=01-Rick Catlett/Gator Bowl Executive Director; :22
SUPER=01-John Harrison/Gator Bowl Chairman; :52
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/1994 Gator Bowl; 1:25
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((In the Toyota gator Bowl committee's pursuit of rolling out the Red Carpet
for the Virginia Tech football team; it has also given the fans the royal
treatment. A two year old Gator Bowl web page consisting of a layout of
Alltell Stadium provides everything from a parking map to Cyber park; a
sub-file that shows the fan where; his or her section is.))
((The elaborate page covers just about every nook and cranny of the 141 million
dollar Stadium; which seats over 73 thousand. While the web page practically
puts you on the 50 yard; there's nothing like being there in person.))
(( The web page; which is updated by volunteers; seems to continue the
foundation of excellence this bowl is building.))
STEVE MASON:THE OLD CLICHE; YOU CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE DOES RELATE TO THE GATOR
BOWL WEB PAGE. SOME FANS HAVE WONDERED ..WHY CAN'T YOU ORDER TICKETS OFF IT.
GATOR BOWL OFFICIALS SAY THAT'S NOT IN THE UPGRADING PLANS ANYTIME SOON. STEVE
MASON, NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
Full Screen Web page graphic
You can find a link to the Gator Bowl page in the Web Watch section of the
WDBJ-7 Internet Home page.
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Steve Mason and Photographer Greg Moore are in Jacksonville and they will
begin live reports tomorrow at 5 and 6.
The Bowl season continued tonight as West Virginia of the Big East and
A-C-C member Georgia Tech hooked up in the Carquest Bowl.
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The Yellow jackets would get on the board on their first possession of the
first quarter when fullback Ed Wilder bulled over from the 2 to make it 7 to
But West Virginia came right back on its possession capping a drive when
Amos Zereoue goes outside and scores from the 20 yard line to tie it at 7 to 7.
Georgia Tech would take the lead again in the first quarter when
SUPER=36-Georgia Tech/35/West Virginia/30/;quarterback Joe Hamilton calls his
number on the draw and scores from 30 yards out and Georgia Tech goes on to win
it 35 to 30.
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In the 1950's Elvis Presley first caught viewer's attention with his bumping
and grinding on national television.
Now his life story is a ballet.
The Cleveland San Jose Ballet is turning in its toe shoes and tutu's for
blue suede shoes.
Dancers shake and shimmy through 36 songs that highlight the life of Elvis.
From High School ....to his induction into the army...to his big comeback in
The ballet's director says the hard part was convincing the dancers to give
it a try.
IN Q=a lot of them
((DENNIS NAHAT/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: A LOT OF THEM THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY. THEY
SAID, DENNIS, I DID NOT TRAIN ALL MY LIFE FOR THIS KIND OF DANCING. I
WANT TO DO CLASSICAL BALLET.
I SAID YOU'LL GET OVER IT.))
SUPER=75-Dennis Nahat/Artistic Director;
OUT Q=get over it.
The dance company hopes this production with its costumes by Bob Mackee and
music from the King of Rock and Roll will make ballet more accessible to the
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