Up next on News 7 at Six... a kerosene heater may be the cause of a Carroll
County fire that killed one man.
And the first full week of testimony is about to begin in the Abed crime
family case... we'll have a preview.
In sports, Scores and Highlights from College Basketball the Ford Teams are
headed back to Daytona for Testing.
And Larry Bird makes a successful return to the garden as a head coach.
Clouds on the increase tonight, and then, up to 2 inches of snow in the
mountains. The snowy forecast is coming up
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The jury in the Abed crime family case has heard from one of the defendants
- -the ONLY one who has admitted anything.
Keith Humphry summarizes the start of the trial and previews the week
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Standup at 3:32:25
(( Between bad weather and a lengthy jury selection process, the first week of
the trial included just one day of actual testimony.
Trial resumes Tuesday, as evidence continues on the Thirteenth Street
There were two fires here the same day.
standup at 3:46:35
(( The Corner Store was firebombed before dawn January 13th, three years ago.
That same night two people died in an apartment fire just four doors down
the street. And they thought they knew who had set this fire.
On Friday one of the Abed co-defendants told the jury how he and three of
the Abed family members planned and executed this first arson.
Richard Chisholm also said he'd been told later not to worry about
At some point the prosecution will have to address the fact that the fire
marshal originally ruled the apartment fire an accident.
Several people saw Todd Thomas literally point the finger at the owner of
the Speedway Mart.
((DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT TODD'S WORDS WERE? NAH, JUST LIKE I TOLD THEM IN THE
COURTROOM, IT WAS SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT THAT HE POINTED OVER THERE AND SAID,
"YOU DID IT." YOU KNOW.))
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The owner of the Speedway Mart allegedly paid $2,000 to have the Corner
Store burned to discourage competition.
The government will present evidence that Rod Abed tried to buy an alibi
from a convicted firebug.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
A Carroll County man died last night when his house was gutted by fire.
David Johnson has more.
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((Family members are mourning the loss of Rush Edmonds who died when his
house went up in flames last night.
One of Edmonds' daughters, who lives close by, was on the scene shortly
after fire crews arrived.
((GENNIVEV GOAD/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER; THE FIREMEN, THEY WERE CLOSE TO THE HOUSE
AND THERE WAS FIRE ALL OVER. I TOLD THEM, I SAID OVER THERE IS MY DADDY'S
BEDROOM. I SAID THAT HE'D BE THERE OR HE ALWAYS STAYED IN THIS ROOM HERE.))
Edmonds lived alone and was the only person in the house at the time of the
Officials say the blaze was not easily extinguished and that Edmonds may
have tried to handle it himself.
((JANE PULIDO/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER; THERE WAS A FIRE EXTINGUISHER LAYING CLOSE TO
HIM. THAT MAYBE HE HAD TRIED TO PUT IT OUT AND THE SMOKE GOT TO HIM BEFORE HE
COULD GET OUT.))
((J.B. GARDNER/HILLSVILLE FIRE INV.; IT TOOK US ABOUT FOUR HOURS INITIALLY TO
PUT IT OUT AND WE'VE SENT CREWS BACK OUT HERE TWICE SO FAR AND THERE'S STILL
SPOTS IN IT THAT ARE STILL BURNING.))
Fire officials say the fire was probably accidental.
They suspect Edmonds spilled some kerosene while trying to fill a heater
next to his kitchen stove.
It's possible a spark set off a chain reaction which burned the house down.
DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; WHILE IT HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED HOW RUSH EDMONDS
DIED, FAMILY MEMBERS SAY DOCTORS SPECULATE IT MAY HAVE BEEN FROM SMOKE
INHALATION AND THAT HE MAY ALSO HAVE HAD A HEART ATTACK. MR. EDMONDS, FATHER TO
FOUR, GRANDFATHER TO EIGHT AND GREAT GRANDFATHER TO ONE, WOULD HAVE BEEN 78 ON
TUESDAY. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, CARROLL COUNTY.))
An organization which unsuccessfully tried to get a modified ward system
referendum passed in November-- says it still wants a city government that's
responsive to Roanoke residents.
"Citizens for Better Representation" says it wants the local government to
hear and address community concerns and to include residents in the process.
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((DR. LISA WILSON-FARTHING/CBR PRESIDENT; WE WOULD LIKE TO ENDORSE CANDIDATES
FOR POLITICAL OFFICE OF THE CITY COUNCIL TO TRY AND HELP BE ONE STEP TOWARDS
SEEING THAT THESE ISSUES ARE KIND OF FOLLOWED THROUGH AND LOOKED INTO.))
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CBR will hold a press conference Tuesday to try to stir up more citizen
interest by offering to educate other residents about the political and
The textile industry gets hit with more layoffs.
And the outgoing governor gives one last gift to Lynchburg.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and the rest of the week's top business
headlines in the News-7 Business Review.
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((It was another bad week for the textile industry.
In Chatham, nearly 350-workers will be unemployed come March 14th, when
Bassett-Walker closes its factory.
And in Martinsville, Tultex will not say how many of its 25-hundred employees
are getting fired--
Only that the number is "not significant"
In Roanoke, the company that makes machines that make eyeglass lenses
blindsided some of its workers with pink slips.
Innotech's parent company, Johnson and Johnson, said only that the layoffs
affect four departments -- no word on how many people.
Better news in Radford, where Kollmorgen Motion Technologies is adding
15-thousand square feet and 30 new jobs.
The expansion is part of the city's plan to build an 11-acre Corporate
In Lynchburg, Governor George Allen came to town, playing Santa Claus for one
The outgoing Governor brought a check for 800-thousand dollars, helping
cell-phone maker Ericsson build a new warehouse and add 150-new jobs.
Norfolk Southern is chucking North American Van Lines.
The subsidiary apparently was not moving enough money into the N-S coffers.
The railroad plans to spend 903-million dollars in capital improvements this
year, 150-million going toward the purchase of Conrail.
Dow Jones Pre Pro
It was a week of big losses and bigger gains on Wall Street.
The Dow Jones Industrials finished gaining 173-points.
The Nasdaq added 60.
That is this week's News-7 Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Keeping teenagers on the straight and narrow isn't hard when there at
it's a group giving youngsters a place to go when they need it.
We'll have more when the news continues but, first let's head over to Andrew
Freiden in the weather center.
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Customers and family members of the owners of a Brandon Avenue gas station
spent the better part of today cleaning up glass from smashed windows of the
A man carrying a bag of bones and trying to get his car out of Bennington
Chevron smashed nearly 30 windows out of the business.
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((CHIP BENNINGTON/BENNINGTON CHEVRON; HE SAID THAT SKELETONS IN THE GAS STATION
WERE KEEPING HIM FROM TAKING HIS CAR HOME. HE WAS TRYING TO BREAK THE WINDOWS
OUT OF THE STATION TO FREE THE SKELETONS SO HE COULD GET WHAT HE WANTED.))
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An estimated eight-thousand dollars in damage was done. No one was injured
in the incident.
The man was arrested and charged with felony property damage.
A Roanoke organization which has tutored teens since early 1995 now has a
place where youngsters can work and have fun.
"Straight Street", an inter-denominational ministry now has a youth center.
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((KEITH FARMER/STRAIGHT STREET EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; THE YOUTH CENTER NOW GIVES
THEM A PLACE EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT TO GET OFF THE STREETS FROM 7 TIL 11 JUST TO
HAVE A GOOD, CLEAN, MORAL PLACE TO HANG OUT.))
SUPER=01-Keith Farmer/Straight Street Exec. Dir.;
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The center will soon have a computer lab at its disposal.
But, Farmer says they're in need of additional volunteers so they can help
more students on a regular basis.
Today's Virginia Profile features Lois Bettis Johnson.
For 50 years she has helped addicts and people living on the streets.
She heads the Roanoke Rescue Mission--a Christian Crisis Intervention Center
that opened its doors in 1948.
But, it was not a life she imagined. (/////SOT/////)
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((LOIS BETTIS JOHNSON/ROANOKE RESCUE MISSION: I SAID I'M NEVER GOING TO DO
THIS, YOU KNOW. I GREW UP IN THE MISSION WITH MY FAMILY, MY DAD. NO, THIS IS
NOT FOR ME. THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE GLAMOROUS THAN THIS, YOU
KNOW. BUT THEN, I MEAN IT JUST WORKED OUT. IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU CHOOSE TO
DO, I DON'T THINK. I THINK IT REALLY IS A CALLING.))
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Shortly after getting married Johnson headed to Roanoke to open her mission
on Salem Avenue.
After much hard work the Rescue Mission became one of the areas largest
Christian-based social service providers.
And, it expanded--moving to its current location on 4th and Tazewell.
The mission is planning a 50th anniversary celebration that includes
the production of a musical called "Soup, Soap and Salvation," a story of the
Rescue Mission's history.
And coming up, The Pacers beat the Celtics on Larry Bird's return to the
Garden the Trucks opened their season in Florida this afternoon.
and the Virginia Cavaliers get a big win against N.C. State in
Charlottesville this afternoon.
Norman Nolan scored 35 points and Curtis Staples became the all time career
leader in three point shots as Virginia edged N.C. State 59 to 56.
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Jeff Jones doesn't like the call as his Cavaliers make a run.
State's Isuha Benjamin hits this jumper and the Wolfpack led Virginia 20 to
But the Cavaliers rallied and when Norman Nolan hit this jumper the score
was tied 24 to 24 at the half.
Virginia led by 10 early in the second half but Benjamin hits this three
pointer and the Wolfpack led 54 to 52 late in the game.
Then Staples broke the three point record with this three pointer and the
Cavaliers led by one 55 to 54.
Nolan gives the Cavaliers a three SUPER=33-Virginia/59/N.C.
State/56/;point lead with less than a minute left in the game and the
Cavaliers win it 59 to 56.
In other A-C-C action Florida State beat Georgia Tech 70 to 67.
West Virginia topped Villanova 79 to 75 in overtime Indiana knocks off 9-th
ranked Purdue 94 to 88 Syracuse over Miami 85 to 67 and Lynchburg beat Emory
and Henry 78 to 68.
The Boston Garden was rocking today Robert Parrish's Jersey was retired and
Larry Bird made his first trip as a head coach as the Pacers beat the Celtics
103 to 96.
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The Celtics fans still love Bird in boston and he received a standing ovation
before the game.
Boston would take the lead in the first quarter Ron Mercer driving for the
layup to make it 17 to 14.
But Indiana's Jalen Rose came in off the bench and he scores two of his 20
points and the Pacers led 24 to 17.
Boston went back on top in the second quarter Antonie Walker scoring the
layup to make it 33 to 31.
The Pacers took the lead back in SUPER=32-Indiana/103/Boston/96/;the
third quarter and never looked back beating the Celtics by a score of 103 to
The Ford Winston Cup Teams are headed back to Daytona tonight. Tomorrow the
teams will begin their final 3 day testing session at the track with their new
Much is still unknown about the new car and with Daytona approaching quickly
the teams are anxious to get their cars up to speed.
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Cartoons aren't the only programs on early in the morning these days--now
there's local news.
Take Fullscreen Board 9404 Weekend News
Join Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden for News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7
Sunday Morning weekends at eight a-m.
They'll have plenty of news, weather and sports, plus some other new
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