Up next on News 7 at 6... Some Martinsville cable company workers hit the
picket line after 2 years of contract talks.
And police say Virginia drivers would live longer if they just paid
And coming up, Virginia hits the hardwood tomorrow afternoon on your
Hometown Station against Wake Forest.
And Florida State comes from behind to beat N.C. State in A-C-C action this
All the way up to 61 today-- and your warm 1998 continues tomorrow.
The complete weather forecast is coming up.
Workers at a Martinsville cable company are protesting after more than two
years of failed contract negotiations.
The local Communications Workers of America union wants the Adelphia Cable
Company to give back to the community.
IN Q=SIMPLY THAT
((DAVID LAYMAN/CWA LOCAL 2204 PRESIDENT; SIMPLY THAT THEY PROVIDE GOOD JOBS AND
THAT THEY ARE A GOOD EMPLOYER TO THE COMMUNITY AND THAT THEY PUT THE MONEY BACK
INTO THE INFRASTRUCTURE HERE THAT THE RESIDENTS IN HENRY COUNTY AND
MARTINSVILLE PAY THOSE RATES FOR AND NOT TAKE ALL THOSE PROFITS BACK TO THEIR
NORTHERN OFFICES. ))
SUPER=01-David Layman/CWA Local 2204 President;
OUT Q=NORTHERN OFFICES.
One of the bigger issues deals with changes made in the company's health
The union will turn to the community for support.
IN Q=SOME OF THOSE
((SOME OF THOSE THINGS MAY BE INVOLVED WITH WRITING TO THE STATE CORPORATION
COMMISSION AND MAYBE CANCELING PREMIUM SERVICES TO PUT SOME PRESSURE ON THEM TO
COME TO THE TABLE AND OFFER A FAIR CONTRACT TO THE PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE. ))
The union said it hopes to reach an agreement with Adelphia soon.
However, the company could not be reached for comment.
Yet another accident today on a dangerous stretch of Route 220--as a truck
flips over landing in a nearby ditch.
State police say Billy Ray Brown, the driver of this tractor trailer was
travelling northbound from Martinsville when the incident occurred.
IN Q=HE CAME INTO
((TROOPER ANDY ROBERTS/STATE POLICE; HE CAME INTO A CURVE AT A HIGH RATE OF
SPEED. AS A RESULT OF THAT, HE LOST CONTROL OF THE TRACTOR AND TRAILER CAUSING
IT TO COME TO A REST ON ITS SIDE.))
SUPER=01-Trooper Andy Roberts/State Police;
OUT Q=ON ITS SIDE.
Police say the accident happened along a dangerous stretch of 220 where few
motorists use caution.
IN Q=SPEED IS
((SPEED IS USUALLY A GENERAL FACTOR IN THIS AREA. I THINK THERE'S A MAXIMUM
SAFE SPEED SIGN POSTED AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THAT
OUT Q=THAT SIGN.
The truck overturned right in front of "Draper Flower."
The florist owner said he's seen a lot of wrecks involving big rigs during
the more than 40 years that he's been in business and that speed isn't the only
IN Q=THEY SEEM TO
((EARL DRAPER/OWNER OF "DRAPER FLOWERS"; THEY SEEM TO GET IN A ROCKING
SITUATION AND IF THERE'S ANYTHING IN THAT TRUCK, IT'S GOING OVER.))
SUPER=01-Earl Draper/Owner of "Draper Flowers"
OUT Q=GOING OVER.
No one was injured in today's accident but reckless driving charges against
Billy Ray Brown are pending.
More Virginia drivers would be alive today if they paid better attention,
according to the state police.
Stacey Martin has more on a record setting year for fatal accidents.
IN Q=1997 went out
SUPER=01-Sgt. F.W. Duffy/State Police; :12
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
((State Police say 1997 saw more Virginians killed in traffic accidents than
any year since 1990.
Speed was a big factor.
SOT 03.18.59 - 03.19.10
IN Q=People are trying
((SGT. F.W. DUFFY: PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO DRIVE TOO FAST FOR THE ROADS. YOU CAN
GET OUT HERE AND YOU'LL SEE PEOPLE TRAVELLING AT A NORMAL SPEED. THEN YOU'LL
SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE DRIVING AT MUCH HIGHER SPEEDS.))
OUT Q=much higher speeds.
State police reported 978 deaths on the roadways in 1997--up from 863 the
Other culprits--drunk driving, aggressive driving--
SOT 04.05.50 - 04.05.58
IN Q=And, snow and
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: AND, SNOW AND ICE. BUT, ACCORDING TO SARGENT DUFFY
THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO TRAFFIC FATALITIES IS DRIVER INATTENTION.))
OUT Q=is driver inattention.
SOT 03.18.08 - 03.18.15
IN Q=You see people
((SGT. F.W.DUFFY: YOU SEE PEOPLE COMING OUT HERE DOWN THE INTERSTATE READING
THE NEWSPAPER. DRIVING. AND, THAT'S RIDICULOUS.))
OUT Q=And, that's ridiculous.
Leading the list for traffic fatalities in Virginia's Southwest region for
1997 are Bedford County at 18, Pittsylvania County at 17 and Montgomery County
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Drug bust, marijuana
A routine traffic stop in Rockbridge County resulted in felony drug charges
against two Washington, D.C. residents.
Police pulled over Basil Anthony Hermitt and Cynthia Denise Barnett for
speeding early this morning and found 12-pounds of marijuana.
The drugs were disguised as a Christmas gift.
Police said the marijuana had a street value of about 25-thousand dollars.
Both are charged with intent to distribute marijuana, and bringing drugs
A fire demolished a home along Wendell Scott Drive in Danville on New Year's
The fire started when an appliance ignited gas fumes inside the house.
Earlier city workers shut off the home's gas furnace while trying to find a
gas leak, but they forgot to turn off the electricity.
No one was injured in the blaze.
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SUPER=83-Down 2.46 feet/Down 0.83 feet;Lake levels
Danville police today arrested 24-year old Joe Adrian Leftwich in the murder
of Teresa Anderson Hayes December 20th.
Police believe Leftwich robbed the woman of her jewelry then repeatedly shot
her in the head.
Charges against leftwich include one count of capital murder and robbery.
This is the second arrest in the case--the first suspect was released after
an eyewitness misidentified him.
An on-line trade organization is backing away from a threat to publicize
millions of America Online e-mail addresses next week.
That story and more in this edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=The national organization
The national organization of Internet Commerce had threatened to make five
million AOL addresses public, to protest AOL's policy prohibiting junk e-mail.
The company now says it will NOT post the addresses, because AOL members
were concerned children might be exposed to pornographic advertisements.
The Mayor of Snow Hill, Maryland is in trouble over a pornographic Internet
Mayor Craig Johnson, also a former sheriff's deputy, allegedly used his
police cruiser as part of a pornographic picture posted on a web site.
Some residents say he should resign as mayor... sheriff's deputies are very
((POLICE OFFICER; YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU COULDN'T GO OUT ON THE STREET RIGHT NOW
AND BRING ME ONE PERSON THAT WOULD SAY I DON'T THINK THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH
Is it getting crowded around here? This university of North Carolina page
keeps a running count of the world's population... reload the page and watch
the numbers climb.
There are also links to world and U.S. population information from the
If you're having trouble raising your teen.. The "Raising Today's Teens"
site offers free telephone and on-line counseling.
If you have a web browser that supports java, you can join a chatroom
between noon and ten pm for live, confidential advice.
For links to all these sites, visit the WebWatch page on the WDBJ Website,
There's something new coming to your weekends.
Take Fullscreen Board 9403 Weekend News
Join Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden for News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7
That will be at eight a-m beginning next Saturday January 10th.
All the news, weather and sports to start off your weekend.
So join us for News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday morning.
A former nun whose children were victims of domestic violence has written a
how-to manual for women looking for a way out of similar situations.
David Johnson has more.
IN Q=Nearly two decades
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :01
SUPER=01-Yvonne Rice/Author of "Stalked"; :18
SUPER=01-Dave Cummings/Rice's Son; 1:04
OUT Q=Bedford County
((Nearly two decades ago, life for Yvonne Rice and her two children was a
Wayne Cummings, her ex-husband, stalked his family for eight years, abusing
his sons, Glenn and Dave, when the opportunity presented itself.
Cummings even hired a hit man to get rid of his former wife.
((YVONNE RICE/AUTHOR OF "STALKED"; WE HAD A LOT OF COUNSELING, HAD A LOT OF
PRAYER, BUT HE WOULD NOT CHANGE.))
That was long ago. Cummings died in 1989 and Rice and her sons have rebuilt
She wrote the book "Stalked" which tells her story as a woman hunted by her
IN Q=Yvonne Rice made
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; YVONNE RICE MADE IT FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA TO
THIS QUIET COMMUNITY HERE IN BEDFORD COUNTY. ONCE STALKED, HER MISSION NOW IS
TO HELP OTHERS IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATIONS.))
((WE ALL FEEL THAT WE'VE GOT TO REACH THESE WOMEN AND REACH THE CHILDREN AND
HELP THEM IN SOME WAY TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THEIR SITUATION.))
Rice is challenging churches and lawyers in her community and across the
nation to get involved.
Her younger son helps by counseling families with children.
((DAVE CUMMINGS/RICE'S SON; THE THING I WANT TO TRY TO GET ACROSS TO WOMEN IS
THEIR CHILDREN ARE ALSO THE VICTIMS. IF THEY STAY IN THE SITUATION, THESE KIDS
ARE GOING TO PAY THE PRICE.))
Talk show hosts are starting to have some interest in Rice's story. Last
week she got a call from the "Montel Williams" show.
David Johnson, News 7, Bedford County.))
Whether it was watching the Men In Black fight an alien invasion or Dustin
Hoffman fake a war--last year's movies were hits with many people.
Here's Dennis Cunningham's picks for the top 10 movies of 1997.
SUPER=03-New York City;
And coming up, Michigan and Nebraska shared college football's National
championship. Roanoke College is hosting the Domino's Lewis Gale Classic.
And the Pittsburgh Steelers advance to the A-F-C championship game again.
A first quarter touchdown was enough to send Pittsburgh into the A-F-C
title game for the third time in four years.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/NBC SPORTS; :
The two quarterbacks New England's Drew Bledsoe and Pittsburgh's Kordell
Stewart were ready for the game.
Stewart got the Steelers on the board in the first quarter when he rolls
out tucks the ball in and scores on the 40 yard run to make it 7 to nothing
Pittsburgh with 9 minutes left in the half.
The Patriots only scores came on Adam Vinatieri's field goals. He made two
including this 31 yarder in the first half to make it 7 to 3.
Pittsburgh led 7 to 6 when the Patriot defense came up big stopping Stewart
as he tries to dive over the top from the one yard line.
The Steelers defense came right SUPER=30-Pittsburgh/7/New England/6/;back
putting the pressure on Bledsoe and recovering this fumble stopping a New
England drive and pittsburgh wins it 7 to 6.
In San Francisco, The 49-ers and Minnesota Vikings kicked it off for a spot
in the N-F-C championship game.
The game is in the third quarter and San Francisco leads it 24 to 7.
We'll have all the highlights tonight at 11.
The Cornhuskers of Nebraska routed Tennessee 42 to 17 in the Orange Bowl and
sent their retiring head coach Tom Osborne out like a champ Nebraska finishing
13 and 0.
The Only question left was who would become College Football's national
That honor usually goes to the team that finishes number one in the Polls.
Michigan, with its 12 and 0 record was picked number one in the Associated
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
But the Coaches poll selected the Cornhuskers number one and that means
the two undefeated Teams will share the National Championship.
Osborne retires with a 255 and 49 record and an 838 winning percentage.
IN Q="It's kind of
((TOM OSBORNE/RETIRING NEBRASKA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Tom Osborne/Retiring Nebraska Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...........FOR NEBRASKA."
Steve Robinson and his Seminoles of Florida State were on the Road in the
A-C-C today in Raleigh taking on N.C. State.
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/CBS SPORTS; :
Robinson discussing a call with a referee in the first half of the game.
State's C.C. Harrison hits the reverse layup for two of his 25 and the
Wolfpack took a 17 to 7 lead.
Terrell Baker led the Noles with 22 points on this play he takes it to the
hoop drawing the foul for the three point play.
But the Wolfpack maintained a lead through out most of the first half going
inside for the easy baskets.
Florida state tied the game at the SUPER=33-Florida St./68/N.C.
State/55/;half and the Seminoles hold on to beat N.C. State 68 to 55.
In the second A-C-C game this afternoon, Top Ranked North Carolina beat
Clemson 73 to 70.
The Domino's Lewis Gale Classic is going on over at the Bast Center today.
York College and Methodist are on the court right now.
Later tonight, Roanoke will host Wesley College.
The championship will be held tomorrow along with the Auction which includes
a jersey from New York Giant Tie Barber as well as jersey's from Dave Cowens,
Dell Curry and Glen Rice of the Charlotte Hornets.
The ACC excitement continues tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock right here on
Your Hometown Station.
pinnacle board (99028)
as the Virginia Cavaliers return to the state after spending the Holidays in
Hawaii to play Wake Forest.
Once again, the Cavs will be looking to Curtis Staples to lead the way as he
has all season long.
wipe to eng#
IN Q="Well, Curtis....
((JEFF JONES/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach;
OUT Q=...OUT ON THE COURT."
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
This will be UVa's first battle with Wake in four years, in which the Cavs
won't have to deal with Tim Duncan.
Wake has one of the youngest teams in the ACC.
IN Q="I think...
((DAVE ODOM/WAKE FOREST HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dave Odom/Wake Forest Head Coach;:00
OUT Q=...EVERY DAY."
Again, that game is tomorrow at one right here on WDBJ-7.
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