And here's what we've got for you:
The resignation of the chief deputy Sheriff in Bedford County.
A rescue at sea amid 20-foot swells.
Word that that turbulent United flight didn't fall as far... for as long as
And we'll see how our friends at the zoo fared the winter weather.
News 7 is NEXT.
A Clifton Forge auto dealer has been convicted of selling cars without a
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/File Tape
Dave Mann was found guilty this week of failing to obtain a title and
improper use of temporary tags.
He'll pay just a 12-hundred dollar fine, as long as he comes up with a
title for one of his customers by next month.
We're still dealing with the snow in southwestern Virginia.
The kids weren't the only ones reveling in it.
The critters at Mill Mountain Zoo were eating it up.
Some seemed to like it more than others.
That's Newsbreak. More news at 11.
Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown has accepted the resignation of his
second- in- command, Lieutenant John McCane.
McCane is the subject of a state police investigation in the possible
embezzlement of sheriff's department funds.
In a news release tonight, McCane said he is resigning January 15th over
publicity about his personal life.
McCane says he doesn't want the situation to have a negative impact on the
In October a friend of McCane's estranged wife filed stalking charges
against the deputy.
That case is scheduled to be heard in next month.
Sheriff Brown, who is also McCane's brother in law, is on vacation and was
not availible for further comment.
Lynchburg police are on the scene this hour of another armed robbery.
About 10 tonight a black male armed with a silver handgun entered the Harbor
Inn Seafood restaurant on Old Forrest Road and demanded money.
No was injured.
Police have blocked off Old Forest Road as they search for the suspect.
This was the city's 21st armed robbery in recent months.
A plea of "Not guilty" and a decision to deny bond.
SUPER=03-Terre Haute, IN
Orville Lynne Majors was wearing shackles and a bullet proof vest as he was
led to an Indiana court room today.
He's accused of murdering six patients on the job as a nurse at Vermillion
According to court records: investigators found an epidemic of deaths in
the intensive care unit at the hospital between 1991 and 1996.
They noticed that:
"one particular employee was uniquely and strongly associated with the deaths
in the epidemic"
During Majors' tenure at the hospital, the death rate in the intensive care
unit nearly quadrupled.
Marjorie Doran said her father-in-law withered away under Lynne Majors'
IN Q=He gave ole
((HE GAVE OLE DADDY AN INJECTION AND HE STARTED GOING DOWN HILL...HE GAVE
HIM A SECOND INJECTION AND HE DIED RIGHT AWAY. ))
SUPER=01-Marjorie Doran/Victim's Daughter-in-Law
OUT Q=died right away.
Authorities allege Majors was injecting some patients with lethal doses of
potassium chloride... 15 bodies were exhumed and six showed the medical
evidence police were looking for.
The prosecutor says he will not seek the death penalty.
The U-S Coast Guard rescued 28 crewmembers from a sinking cargo ship
in the Atlantic Ocean today.
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL
The British-owned Merchant Patriot began to sink when flooding got out of
control after a water pipe ruptured in the engine room.
The crew had to jump ship amidst 20-foot waves, so the Coast Guard could
pluck the sailors from the water.
Crew members got into the water- -one at a time- -because the vessel was
pitching so violently the helicopter couldn't get close enough.
The vessel was headed for Savannah, Georgia.
A man fell from the Seattle Space Needle tonight.
He'd been installing fireworks on the structure when he fell 100 feet and
landed on a steel beam.
Eyewitnesses said an elevator must have knocked him off the ledge where
he'd been working.
Others said he may have hit the elevator during his fall.
He wound up clinging to the beam with a safety cable about 120 feet above
Rescue workers removed him from the beam and took him to Harborview Medical
Center with head injuires and a broken left leg.
The black box from United Airlines flight 826 reveals a couple of
The moment of turbulence over the Pacific Ocean Sunday night lasted only a
matter of SECONDS... and the jetliner dropped LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED FEET.
The jolt WAS incredibly severe.
The flight data recorder...analyzed today by N-T-S-B crash experts....shows
the jetliner hit its first bump of rough air at 31-thousand feet... then rose
Then it was slammed almost straight down by wind shear. It dropped about a
hundred feet in ONE SECOND.
Flight 826 was then briefly rocked again... before it flew out of the
turbulence. The whole thing was over in less than seven SECONDS.
More than 100 people were injured. One woman died.
Highway crews were able to attack secondary roads today while several hours
of sun helped melt the snow off the pavement.
For others, it was good excuse to have some fun.
Eric Earnhart has more.
IN Q=The irresistible
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; :30
OUT Q=News 7
(( The irresistible pull of the snow-covered hill brought kids and adults out
of the house to enjoy the snow while they can...
IN Q=It's great
((SLEDDING KIDS; IT'S GREAT, IT'S AWESOME MAN... IT'D BE BETTER IF WE WERE IN
SCHOOL CAUSE WE DIDN'T GET OUT OF SCHOOL))
OUT Q=out of school
It was buisness as usual as Roanoke sanitation workers disposed of leftover
Trash collection in Roanoke County will resume tomorrow....
For Department of Transportation workers today, the battle moved off the
IN Q=mother nature
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; MOTHER NATURE IS HELPING OUS OUT, THE SUN HAS KICKED IN A
BIT AND WE'RE SEEING SOME MELTING, THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE'VE QUIT WORK THOUGH,
OUR CREWS ARE CONCENTRATING ON THE SECONDARY ROADS, THOSE NUMBERED 600 AND
ABOVE, FOUND PRETTY MUCH IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS))
OUT Q=in the neighborhoods
But VDOT officials say they can't do much about this... the construction
bottleneck that backed up traffic on highway 220 south.
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; OBVIOUSLY WE'D LIKE TO GET OUT OF THERE AS QUICKLY AS
POSSIBLE, THE KIND OF LANE CLOSURE THAT'S SET UP YOU CANNOT TEAR DOWN AND TAKE
IT OUT SO THE TRAFFIC CAN FLOW THROUGH... IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN UNSAFE
SITUATION, THERE IS NOT ANOTHER ROAD THERE FOR TRAFFIC TO USE.))
OUT Q=traffic to use
And construction here is not scheduled for completion until spring, so if
snow returns, be prepared for another slow trip south.
And remember, even though roadways may be fine during the day, patches of
snowmelt can still re-freeze overnight and cause dangerous driving.
In Roanoke, Eric Earnhart, News ))
Keith tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
SUPER=03-Upstate New York;
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, a Congressman finds his fortune in
Washington...by winning the lottery,
and as George Allen reflects on the past four years in the Governor's mansion,
he says he's less certain about his future.
"Case closed" in the death of Gianni Versace.
IN Q=This investigation
((THIS INVESTIGATION WAS THE LARGEST AND MOST EXTENSIVE INVESTIGATION EVER
CONDUCTED BY THE MIAMI BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT.))
OUT Q=police department.
The work of hundreds of investigators did not determine why Andrew Cunanan
shot the famous fashion designer to death last July.
Police released more than 700-pages of documents today... along with
17-audio tapes and a thousand photographs.
The report concluded what was already widely known: that Cunanan acted alone
as the gunman, that the gun used to kill versace was used to kill another one
of Cunanan's victims... and that there was no relationship between versace and
The manager of a Clifton Forge car dealership is guilty of selling cars
without a title.
In court yesterday, Dave Mann was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of
failing to obtain a title.
He was also found guilty of improperly using temporary and dealer plates.
Mann was fined a total of 18-hundred dollars.
One-third of the fine was suspended, on the condition one of the customers
involved getting his title by January 16th.
Governor George Allen is preparing to leave office January 17th.
He says while he is proud of his accomplishments these past four years, he
is less sure of what his future may hold.
Ellen Qualls has more.
IN Q=There's NO
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 1994; :00
SUPER=03-Richmond/June 1994; :11
SUPER=03-Henrico Co.; 1:20
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(There's NO argument George Allen's changed the Commonwealth in his four
years at the helm -- but has it changed him?
sot tape one 11:38:20
((THEY'RE JUST AGGRAVATING LOSERS AND I JUST WISH THEY'D KEEP THEIR MOUTHS
sot WWBT TAPE
((LET'S ENJOY KNOCKING THEIR SOFT TEETH DOWN THEIR WHINING THROATS.))
Okay, he still has contempt for those he calls the whinnying naysayers --
whoever they may be on any issue.
So, despite them, what's he accomplished?
sot TAPE ONE 11:30:00
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: NUMBER ONE IS ALL THE REFORMS WE'VE MADE IN
EDUCATION...READING, WRITING, MATH, SCIENCE, AND HISTORY.))
sot tape one 11:30:18
((ALSO VERY IMPORTANT ...NEARLY 13 BILLION DOLLARS OF NEW INVESTMENT IN
Next on his list, reducing the welfare rolls by 42- percent.
And number four, his 1993 campaign centerpiece of abolishing parole and
making criminals serve more time in prison.
sot TAPE ONE 11:32:40
((WELL THEY'RE ALL -- I WOULDN'T SAY IT'S THE FOURTH MOST IMPORTANT. I DO
THINK-- I'M TRYING TO THINK WHAT ARE GONNA BE-- I THINK THEY'RE ALL ENDURING
So the legacies are in place.
How about a monument?
sot tape one 11:42:09
((SOMEBODY SAID "WELL GOSH, DO YOU WANT A MONUMENT BUILT TO YOU?" I SAID "WELL
WHITE OAK SEMICONDUCTOR, THE SIEMENS MOTOROLA FACILITY, EVERY TIME WE FLY INTO
RICHMOND AIRPORT I ALWAYS LOOK OUT THERE AND LOOK AT THAT.))
He says pursuing his first big high-tech prize was probably the single most
time-consuming thing he did as governor.
sot TAPE ONE 11:40:39
((WHEN IT HAPPENED, I THOUGHT "WHAT A TRANSFORMATION THIS IS IN VIRGINIA." IN
FACT I LIKENED THIS TO LEWIS AND CLARK'S EXPEDITION OUT WEST, BRINGING BACK
INFORMATION AS TO THE NEW COUNTRY. AND ALL THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. AND IT
TRANSFORMED THE WAY THAT THE COUNTRY LOOKED AT ITSELF. IT WAS NO LONGER JUST
AN EAST COAST COUNTRY. IT WAS A CONTINENTAL COUNTRY.))
So what does the future hold for him personally?
sot tape TWO 12:11:07
((SO MANY BUSINESS FOLKS THINK THAT I'D HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT, AS FAR AS THE WAY
THEY LOOK ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AS GOVERNOR RATHER THAN AS A U-S SENATOR.
SO I HAVEN'T MADE ANY DECISION AS TO WHAT I WILL DO. I MAY RUN FOR GOVERNOR
AGAIN. I MAY RUN FOR THE U-S SENATE.))
sot TAPE TWO 12:11:46
((WHO KNOWS? MAY STAY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. I DON'T NEED TO BE IN
GOVERNMENT. I THINK IT'S GOOD TO GET OUT OF GOVERNMENT NOW AND THEN AND GET A
PERSPECTIVE FROM THE REAL WORLD.))
But his first official act as citizen George is this.
((I'M GONNA GO OFF IN A CANOE -- ALONE -- DOWN THE JAMES RIVER. I'M NOT GONNA
BRING A PAGER OR TELEPHONE OR ANYONE ELSE WITH ME. IT'LL JUST BE ME AND THE
After four years steering the ship of state, why not?
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.)
A Congressman has won the lottery.
Wisconsin Representative James Sensenbrenner picked a winner ticket in the
District of Columbia lottery worth 250-thousand dollars.
The 10-term Republican said tonight: "One of my jobs was to bring home
money from D.C. to Wisconsin, but I didn't quite think it would be this way."
He won the prize December 18th, but didn't realize it for nearly two weeks.
Stay with us. Coming up after sports, we'll see how the Roanoke Express is
trying to get on the right track to bring fans to the roundhouse.
and from New York, we'll see why a group of protestors isn't bullish on the
They're fighting like cats and dogs in the White House.
VO-NAT CBS Feed 16:58:30
SUPER=03-Hilton Head, SC;
President Clinton says his new dog Buddy hasn't exactly been getting along
with the First Cat Socks.
In fact he says getting the two to live together peaceably is his top
priority when he returns from vacation.
Buddy made the trip to Hilton Head with the first family. Socks stayed at
the White House.
The President says the cat's claws prevent him from traveling on Air Force
The new dog seems to involved be in a White House power play.
Today Clinton walked the Labrador on a leash bearing the words, ``I'M the
one in charge.''
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
Some might say this weather is for the birds.
Well, they're wrong.
It's for the sheep and beavers.
Theodore was as busy as ever at Mill Mountain Zoo today.
He and his colleagues, like Nina the outgoing llama, seemed like they were
enjoying themselves this afternoon.
Zookeepers say only a few animals retreat after big snowstorms.
The rest come out and play.
That means zookeepers need to be extra careful because big piles of snow give
some animals escape routes.
IN Q=SOME ANIMALS
((LAURIE SPANGLER/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: SOME ANIMALS WOULD BE ABLE TO CLIMB OUT IF
THE SNOW GOT HIGH ENOUGH. SO WE HAVE TO CHECK ALL OUR FENCES AND MAKE SURE
IT'S NOT DRIFTED AROUND THE PERIMETERS. ))
SUPER=01-Laurie Spangler/Mill Mountain Zoo;
The zoo was closed to visitors today.
But it normally stays open no matter what the weather's like.
Zookeepers say if you are planning a trip up the mountain, it's a good idea
to call first -- just to make sure roads and walkways are clear.
SUPER=330-Snow Showers/Wind W-15/24-28/Variable Clouds/Wind W-15/30-33;
SUPER=331-Snow Showers/Wind W-15/26-28/Variable Clouds/Wind W-15/30-34;
SUPER=332-Snow Showers/Wind W-15/21-23/Cloudy & Windy/Flurries/24-26;
SUPER=333-Snow Showers/Wind W-20/22-25/Cloudy With/Flurries/30-32;
SUPER=334-Snow Showers/1-2" Accumulation/18-22/Snow Showers/Wind NW-15/22-24;
Al Clark worked out with the team today and he will start in Thursday's
Gator Bowl game against North Carolina The Express was back on the ice at the
Roundhouse and the Tech women played at the Cassell.
But in our Extra point tonight.
SUPER=75-New York, NY/VNR; :
The words "Just do it' have been synonymous with the Nike sneaker company
But on New Years day, Nike introduces a new slogan "I Can" with a brand new
IN Q="By saying...
((BRETT FAVRE/PACKER QUARTERBACK: ))
((CYNTHIA COOPER/HOUSTON COMETS: ))
SUPER=75-Brett Favre/Packer Quarterback; :00
SUPER=75-Cynthia Cooper/Houston Comets; :09
OUT Q=......achieve them."
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0098-j/Duke#3/89//Portland St./39////Purdue#5/57/j/Michigan St./74///;
SUPER=0098-j/New Mexico St./87//Virginia/82//Overtime/j/Radford/80//Stanislaus
SUPER=0103-/San Jose/2//Florida/2//Final Overtime/;
SUPER=0101-/Oklahoma St./13//Purdue/30/4/Alamo Bowl/;
OUT Q=.........last score."
The Roanoke Express played their last game before the New Year last night as
the Wheeling Nailers came to town.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Nailers; :
Loco was hoping the Express would follow his lead and bend the Nailers to
And the Express would get on the board first. Tim Christian takes the puck
the length of the ice with some nice moves freezes the goalie and scores to
make it 1 to nothing.
Wheeling would come back and tie the game when Demitri Tarabrin slips in
front of the net and fires the puck to make the score 1 to 1..
Wheeling would score a controversial goal to take the lead. It
SUPER=38-Roanoke/4/Wheeling/3/;appears that a Nailer is in the crease but
Jeremy Brown picks up the lose puck and hits the top shelf for the score to
make it 2-1 and Roanoke wins it 4 to 3 in a shootout.
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech
squared off against Seina in the championship of the Diamond Club Classic.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Saints; :
Bonnie Henrickson and her Lady Hokies were looking to pick up the schools
300-th victory in women's basketball.
But Seina had upset on its mind leading the majority of the first half with
play like this Malanda Miklic hits Bronwyn Tobin for the lay in and 16 point
The Hokies would come back Sara Hicks finds Amy Wetzel who threads the lane
for the lay in and the foul for the three point play cutting lead to 11.
Tech would continue to chip away as Hicks gets another assist to Kim Seaver
who bounces in the jumper to close the deficit to six.
Amy Wetzel gets it out on the break SUPER=33-Virginia
Tech/64/Seina/69/;to Katy O'Connor who knocks in the short jumper and gets
fouled Tech led by one at the half but Seina goes on to win it 69 to 64.
Meantime, the Men's basketball team will finish out 1997 hosting in state
rival V-M-I at the Cassell later today afternoon at 3.
The Hokies have won the last 14 games between the schools including a 99 to
67 decision last year.
Al clark is set to start the Gator Bowl. More coming up later on Mornin.
The NationsBank Holiday Hoops tournament has been rescheduled for tomorrow
afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
The Games are set for 12, 2 and William Fleming and Cave Spring will play for
the tournament championship at four.
SS=High School Logo
And Liberty Fans, The Minutemen continue to move through the field at the
Arby's Classic in Bristol.
Rodney Morris scored 35 and Peanut Arrington 23 as the Minutemen beat
Sullivan East 88 to 71.
One more score, Danville beats Dan River 81 to 44 in the Register and Bee
And coming up,
Virginia Tech Quarterback Al Clark is all set to start the Gator Bowl on News
Virginia Tech will go through a light practice later this morning in
Jacksonville in preparation for the Gator Bowl.
The Hokies expect flanker Shawn Scales to be back in the lineup and head
coach Frank Beamer said yesterday that Al Clark will start the game on
Clark worked out with the Hokies Monday and he was back on the field
yesterday as Tech went through its practice.
Clark took most of the snaps yesterday morning and its just a matter of
getting back in the groove.
IN Q="I'm just out
((AL CLARK/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Al Clark/Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=....injury reoccuring."
Clark will play but the question is for how long. He hasn't tested the
knee at full speed or has he faced a live defense since Tech's regular season
loss to Virginia.
IN Q="i think
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......so forth."
If Clark is unable to go the whole game Beamer and his coaching staff have
confidence in redshirt freshman Nick Sorensen who threw just 21 passes this
IN Q="The past...
((NICK SORENSEN/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Nick Sorensen/Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=.....out there."
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :
Carolina has injury problems too.
Thousand yard rusher Jonathan Linton strained a ligament in his right Knee and
is questionable for the game.
IN Q="Yes right now
((JONATHAN LINTON/TAR HEEL TAILBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Jonathan Linton/Tar Heel Tailback; :00
OUT Q=.....test it."
Tiger Woods celebrated his 22-nd birthday yesterday with another award.
The Associated Press has named Woods the Male Athlete of the year.
Woods posted five wins on the tour, including the Masters by a record 12
shots and he set the P-G-A tour single season money record with more than 2
Woods becomes the first golfer to win the award in 26 years.
That's it for sports. Have a Happy New Year Everybody
The Roanoke Express is enjoying some success with its recent winning ways.
As David Johnson reports, the hockey team's front office is working toward
transferring that effort into better attendance and other things.
IN Q=The Express
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :14
OUT Q=DJ, News 7
((The Express is looking for ways to improve its game attendance numbers.
The Roanoke Civic Center has a seating capacity of nearly nine-thousand, but
the team is only averaging about 56-hundred fans during the first half of the
((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER; THE SECOND PART OF THE SEASON IS
ALWAYS MUCH GREATER IN ATTENDANCE SO, OUR GOAL THIS YEAR WAS SIX-THOUSAND AND I
THINK WE WILL REACH THIS GOAL THE SECOND PART OF THE SEASON.))
Part of the strategy to get the team on the fast track is with its approach
For example, for the last four years, Tuesdays were family nights.
((WE SWITCHED THE FAMILY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. SO IT'S NOW FRIDAY FAMILY
NIGHT AND WE HAVE REPLACED THE TUESDAY WITH WHAT WE CALL THE MARKET MARDI
To put it all together, the Express is going to need some teamwork, but not
on the ice.
It must fill some of it's front office holes, beginning with a marketing
((WE HAVEN'T HAD A MARKETING DIRECTOR TO REPLACE TOMMY BENEZIO THAT WE LOST.
THAT'S JUST ONE OF OUR MAIN GOALS. ))
Another gap to fill is the General Manager's spot.
Paiement announced earlier this month his plans to resign at the end of this
He says the club has a couple of resumes on the table, but also says there
has not been an intensive search for a new GM due to the holidays.
The front office has until April to complete that process.
Paiement says the Express is looking for someone who can help the team's
numbers continue to grow.
David Johnson, News 7.))
Super=X5052 (loads FX)
Super=X5045 (starts FX)
A group of New Yorkers say if they're going to be treated like cattle,
they're going to act like cattle.
SUPER=75-New York, NY;
Braving snow and wind to stage their protest, about 30 black-and-white
cows "mooed" as they crossed the street, ringing huge cow
They're upset with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's plan to keep
pedestrians from crossing the street at busy intersections.
The city is using police barricades to funnel people onto less traveled
But the protestors are milking the attention for all it's worth.
They argue pedestrains should come first.
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