Up next on News 7 at Six, police find drugs, guns and money during a raid
in Halifax County.
And we'll tell you why bad weather is causing local blood supplies to come
up short this winter.
In sports, V-M-I wins at home Radford moves into sole possession of second
place in the Big South.
And it's a big day for the Wrestlers competing in the Big Orange tournament
at William Byrd.
Bundle up for a cold one tonight-- but then plenty of warmth tomorrow.
In the extended forecast? Lots of rain.
Details coming up.
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust, Cocaine
Officers in Halifax County seized a half-dozen guns, drugs, and thousands of
dollars following two raids this morning.
The raids happened at 1 a-m at homes officers say were well-known for drug
One of the homes was located behind the Virginia Elementary School.
Police seized crack cocaine, marijuana, six guns, cellular phones, scales
and other drug paraphernalia as well as 4,000 dollars.
Suspects include Christopher Allen Ellis, James C. Young, Mack Arthur Kincy,
and John Calvin Smith.
Charges against the four include distribution and possession of crack
cocaine, and possession of guns.
A bomb threat forced workers to evacuate the First Union Operations Center
About 4:30 yesterday afternoon someone called and said there was a bomb in
the building on Plantation Road.
The center was evacuated as state and Roanoke County police searched it with
a bomb sniffing dog.
Nothing was found.
After a few hours, workers were allowed back in the building.
GRAPHIC=Bedford County Seal
The shortage of volunteers in Bedford County has become so bad, some squads
there are asking the county to HIRE E-M-S personnel.
SUPER=03-Bedford/This Month; :00
Earlier this month, representatives from the Stewartsville and Chamblissburg
rescue squads laid out their situation before the board of supervisors.
Right now, it takes an average of FORTY minutes for either squad to respond
to a daytime call.
The problem is a lack of volunteers in the daylight hours.
IN Q=We need to
((KATHLEEN THOMASSON/RESCUE SQUAD VOLUNTEER: WE NEED TO BE OUT AS QUICK AS
POSSIBLE AND ANYTIME YOU HAVE VOLUNTEERS, YOU NORMALLY HAVE TO WAIT FOR THEM TO
COME FROM HOME. I'M ABOUT EIGHT MILES FROM THE CREW HALL, SO THAT CUTS DOWN ON
TIME IF THEY HAVE TO WAIT FOR ME. AND SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GO AND LEAVE
MEMBERS BECAUSE IT IS A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION.))
((JERRY PARCELL/RESCUE SQUAD VOLUNTEER: I FEEL THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT NEEDS
TO BE CONSIDERED AND APPROVED AND ACTUALLY IN EFFECT BY JULY ONE. THIS SHOULD
TAKE PRIORITY OVER ANY OTHER ISSUES I FEEL AT THIS POINT.))
SUPER=01-Kathleen Thomasson/Rescue Squad Volunteer; :00
SUPER=01-Jerry Parcell/Rescue Squad Volunteer; :18
OUT Q=at this point.
Parcell says many other squads face the same problem but are too proud to
ask for help from the county.
GRAPHIC=Amer. Red Cross
The American Red Cross is making up for lost time and its shortage of blood
Officials say the recent winter storm is to blame for the low blood supply.
David Johnson reports.
IN Q=The Red Cross
SUPER=01-Martha Severs/Appalachian Region Red Cross; :09
OUT Q=DJO, News 7.
((The Red Cross local chapter has spent the early part of the weekend trying
to replenish blood supplies.
IN Q=I HAD THREE
((MARTHA SEVERS/APPALACHIAN REGION RED CROSS REP.; I HAD THREE LARGE COMMUNITY
BLOOD DRIVES THAT WERE CANCELLED THOSE TWO DAYS THAT WE HAD SNOW. WE HAD TO
WORK THEM INTO THE CALENDAR BECAUSE WE COULDN'T AFFORD JUST TO LOSE THOSE BLOOD
DRIVES ALL TOGETHER. SO THIS IS A SPECIAL SATURDAY DRIVE TO MAKE UP FOR
SUPER=01-Martha Severs/Appalachian Region Red Cross;
OUT Q=FOR DECEMBER.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BUT THE PROBLEM IS NOT JUST A LOCAL ONE. OF THE 38
REGIONS NATIONWIDE THE BLOOD SUPPLY IS BELOW EMERGENCY LEVEL AT MORE THAN HALF,
INCLUDING THE APPALACHIAN REGION.))
IN Q=NORMALLY IF ONE
((SEVERS; NORMALLY IF ONE REGION IS BELOW EMERGENCY LEVEL WE CAN GO TO WHERE WE
CALL THE HUB WHICH IS A CENTRAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND WE'LL FIND THE BLOOD
THAT WE NEED IN ANOTHER REGION AND HAVE IT SHIPPED TO US. BUT THE MORE OF OUR
REGIONS THAT ARE EMERGENCY LEVEL, THE LESS LIKELY WE ARE TO BE ABLE TO FIND
WHAT WE NEED.))
OUT Q=WHAT WE NEED.
There is a greater need for some blood types more than others, but the
organization isn't turning away any help.
((SEVERS; YOUR OH-POSITIVE AND OH-NEGATIVE ARE THE MOST CRITICAL, BECAUSE THE
LARGEST PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE HAVE OH-POSITIVE BLOOD SO THEREFORE WE USE THE
MOST OF IT. BUT THEY'RE ALL AT BELOW EMERGENCY LEVELS RIGHT NOW.))
Saturday's goal of 90- donors was not a problem as 108 turned out to give
Donors' spirits were raised by members of the local chapter's Clown Core,
who were handing out candy and smiles.
David Johnson, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on News 7, crunching numbers to fund the car tax means
painful cuts for some local museums.
We'll find out how that's going to affect future projects when the news
But first let's head over to Andrew Freiden standing by in the weather
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-7.97''/plus 5.45''/7.97''/plus 5.45'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.06 foot/Down 1.79 feet;Lake levels
The number of Americans spending time on-line continues to climb.
And, a special project takes the world wide web under water.
More in this week's WebWatch.
IN Q=If you're on
SUPER=03-Monterey, CA; :48
SUPER=01-Sylvia Earle/Oceanographer; 1:03-quick
((If you're on line you have plenty of company. A new survey from Cyber
Dialogue found 21 percent of American adults doing something on the internet,
most are using e-mail and the World Wide Web.
On top of that, nearly 24 million Americans WANT to get on line in the next
But apparently it's not for everyone, the survey also found almost 16
million Americans tried the internet last year, and then dropped it.
Because of the anticipated increase in on-line activity, the head of the FCC
wants to avoid more internet congestion.
Bill Kennard says he's looking into ways to give companies incentives to
build more high speed connections.
Bell Atlantic is asking for permission to build a high speed network in its
local coverage area.
This internet project is all wet... This week an oceanographer and camera
crew put on a live webcast from inside a kelp tank in California.
One of the topics, the effects of el nino on California coastal waters.
time code= 3:04:10
IN Q=some of the kelp
((SYLVIA EARLE/OCEANOGRAPHER; SOME OF THE KELP THAT'S OUT IN THE OCEAN ARE
DYING BECAUSE THE WATER'S TOO WARM FOR THEM))
OUT Q=too warm for them
The event helped kick off the international Year Of The Ocean.
The government is looking to turn some internet management over to the private
Right now one company has an exclusive contract to assign internet
addresses... that could change, and so could the number of domains... like
dot-com and dot-org... few new ones are under consideration, such as dot-store
The links are on the webwatch page on the WDBJ website, at
Leaders of non-profit groups are used to playing the "waiting game" when it
comes to receiving state funds.
But, this year they're having to deal with broken promises.
Kelly Zuber takes a look at how changes in Richmond are affecting museums
in this week's Eye on Virginia. (/////SOT/////)
SUPER=01-Ken Schutz/Science Museum of Western Va.;:22 (quick)
SUPER=20-Kelly Zuber;1:30 (quick)
SUPER=01-Mark Scala/Art Museum of Western Va.;1:36
SUPER=01-Kay Houck/Va. Museum of Transportation;2:11
OUT Q=Kelly Zuber, News 7.
((In December, outgoing Governor George Allen traveled statewide bringing
news of more money for museums.
By January, Governor Jim Gilmore amended the budget, taking back millions of
the anticipated museum dollars to offset his car tax campaign promise.
IN Q=I heard about it on your newscast
((KEN SCHUTZ/SCIENCE MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA:I HEARD ABOUT IT ON YOUR
NEWSCAST. ONE NIGHT YOU TURN ON THE TELEVISION AND IT'S GONE. ))
OUT Q=it's gone.
Ken Schutz of the Science Museum of Western Virginia believes the community
will suffer because of missed opportunities.
His museum has been operating at the same level of state funding for the
past decade, yet expenses are climbing.
IN Q=We have sort of options
((KEN SCHUTZ: WE HAVE SORT OF OPTIONS, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, ON REALLY
GREAT TRAVELING EXHIBITS. THESE THINGS ARE EXPENSIVE. WHEN WE WANT TO BRING
DINOSAURS, AND WE DO BRING DINOSAURS TO THE MUSEUM, THE RENTAL COST IS
30-THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH. SO FOR A STANDARD VENUE YOU'RE LOOKING AT A
100-THOUSAND DOLLAR EXPENSE.))
OUT Q=100-thousand dollar expense.
And Schutz says this year's ongoing money battle will make it difficult to
earn recognition from the American Association of Museums.
IN Q=I'm afraid it's going to harm
((KEN SCHUTZ: I'M AFRAID IT'S GOING TO HARM OUR CHANCES FOR ACCREDITATION WHICH
WILL HAVE THE LONG TERM EFFECT OF HARMING OUR CHANCES FOR OUTSIDE FUNDING,
OUTSIDE THE REGION THAT COULD REALLY SECURE OUR FUTURE.))
OUT Q=secure our future.
Two floors down at Center In the Square, the Art Museum of Western Virginia
also had its hopes dashed for renovating it's children's gallery, Art Venture.
The art museum director says state funds received in the past have helped
bring art to area school children.
IN Q=Before we had any support from
((MARK SCALA/ART MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: BEFORE WE HAD ANY SUPPORT FROM THE
GOVERNMENT WE WERE JUST REALLY GETTING OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OFF THE GROUND.
ONCE WE STARTED RECEIVING SOME SUPPORT FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT WE WERE ABLE
TO GO FROM PROBABLY SERVING ONE THOUSAND TO TWO THOUSAND A YEAR TO NOW WHERE WE
CAN REACH 20 TO 25 THOUSAND A YEAR.))
OUT Q=20 to 25 thousand a year.
Across town, the director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation thought
she had secured the state money to build a pavilion over the outdoor exhibits
to protect them from the elements.
The funds were in Governor Allen's original budget but disappeared in
Governor Gilmore's amendment.
IN Q=It was just so wonderful to have
((KAY HOUCK/VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION: IT WAS SO WONDERFUL TO HAVE THE
STATE OF VIRGINIA SEEMINGLY RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF ITS CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
AND THEN HERE WE ARE HAVING IT BASICALLY TAKEN AWAY.))
OUT Q=basically taken away.
Among the other casualties of cutting-- Mill Mountain Zoo, which has tried
several times to secure additional state money had its 366-thousand dollar
request pared back to just 55-thousand dollars.
Hardest hit was the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville
which lost nine-million dollars for construction of a new museum.
While the state budget has not yet been passed by the general assembly,
museum directors in our area believe the chances of restoring the museum money
in the face of the car tax issue are slim.
Kelly Zuber, News 7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we come back Roy Stanley with have highlights from today's sporting
events, including local basketball action.
And, Andrew Freiden will take an extended look at your weekend weather.
MUSIC UP FULL
75-percent of all stolen bicycles are recovered by law enforcement
But, only two or three percent of those are returned to their rightful
Roanoke's police department today hosted its first ever bicycle registration
program in an effort to cut down on thefts and increase the likelihood of
stolen bikes being returned to their owners.
IN Q=WE HAVE BICYCLES
((OFFICER SHARON SHARP/ROANOKE CITY POLICE; WE HAVE BICYCLES THAT WE RECOVER
ALL OVER THE CITY USUALLY, BUT WE HAVE NO WAY OF IDENTIFYING THE OWNER. SOME
PEOPLE WILL FILE A POLICE REPORT AND TELL US THE BICYCLES ARE MISSING, SOME
PEOPLE DON'T FILE THE POLICE REPORTS. PLUS THE SERIAL NUMBERS AREN'T SOMETHING
THAT THE PARENTS OR PEOPLE WOULD WRITE DOWN AND KEEP UP WITH AND WE HAVE TO
HAVE THE NUMBERS SO WE CAN MATCH UP THE OWNERS TO THE BICYCLES.))
SUPER=01-Officer Sharon Sharp/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=THE BICYCLES.
Bubba Richards had this bike stolen last year. He says his father's "eagle
eyes" aided in return of the two wheeler, but the youngster doesn't want to
depend on his good luck again.
IN Q=I DON'T WANT
((JOHN "BUBBA" RICHARDS/STOLEN BIKE VICTIM; I DON'T WANT MY OTHER BIKE TO GET
STOLEN OR THE SAME BIKE TO GET STOLEN AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-John "Bubba" Richards/Stolen Bike Victim;
OUT Q=STOLEN AGAIN.
The bike registration program is the brain child of the police department's
crime prevention unit.
And coming up, Virginia Tech and V-M-I were back on the hardwood this
And in the big game at the Dedmon Center Radford gets a big win over Liberty
Earlier this afternoon, Your Hometown Station brought you live coverage of
the Big South battle between Liberty and Radford lets now check in with out
Broadcast team down at Dedmon Center where the Highlanders are still
celebrating their 77 to 59 win.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Ron Shelburne/WDBJ Game Analyst; :23
SUPER=01-Eric Parker/9 Points 12 Rebounds; 1:14
SUPER=01-Rian Everett/14 Points 5 Assists; 1:21
SUPER=01-Larry Jackson/25 Points 5 Rebounds; 1:37
SUPER=01-Randy Dunton/Liberty Head Coach; 1:37
OUT Q=........Back to you roy."
Virginia Tech was on the Road in the Atlantic 10 this afternoon at George
and G.W. beats the Hokies 75 to 61.
In Lexington, Darryl Faulkner scored 29 points as the Keydets beat Western
Carolina 90 to 84.
And Roanoke College comes up short losing to Hampden-Sydney 75 to 62.
A Dixie Conference match-up in Franklin County pitted Ferrum against
Coach Larry Mangino was hoping to direct his team to a home victory this
But Shenandoah's Chris Lassiter makes the move to the hoop to keep the
Eagles from soaring early.
Ferrum moves the ball quickly Maurice Preston to Rodney Ponzo for the short
The Eagles easily work it in underneath Patrick Brooks with the bucket.
And the Dixie Conference win goes to Shenandoah 71 to 62.
In the A-C-C North Carolina rallied from a 17 point deficit in the second
half to beat Wake Forest 79 to 73.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/ABC SPORTS; :
Dave Odom watching as his team was leading in the first half.
Freshman Robert O'Kelly nails this three pointer for three of his game high
But the second ranked Tar Heels come back Vince Carter scoring on the break
and drawing the foul.
Then Carolina gets the ball to SUPER=33-UNC#2/79/Wake Forest/73/;Antawn
Jamison he scores two of his 21 points and the Tar Heels win it 79 to 73.
The Big Orange Wrestling tournament is finishing up tonight with the
championship round at 7:30.
The 16 team field is the best in the tourney's 22 years. In only it's second
year in the Big Orange Group A Radford is making a name for itself with a trio
of the state's best grapplers that could help the sport in the new River
((TONY DEHART/RAFORD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Tony DeHart/Radford Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...to"(double out)
While the Bobcats are a newcomer; Franklin County has become a fixture in
the Vinton event. Winners of 9 titles ; the Eagles are always the ones to beat.
This year; it hasnt been that easy.
IN Q="we lost
((KRIS KAHILA/FRANKLIN CO. HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Kris Kahila/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...little bit of everything"
Virginia Tech has signed another top high school prospect for its football
SUPER=03-Gate City; :
This afternoon in Gate city, Jake Housewright picked the Hokies over
Housewright was a running back and linebacker for the Blue Devils. He's
projected to be an inside linebacker for the Hokies.
His father Bill played for the Hokies in the 70's.
SUPER=#569; NARROWS VIEWERNET
SUPER=330-Clear, Calm/& Cold/18-22/Mostly/Sunny/48-52;
SUPER=331-Clear Skies/Light Winds/18-22/Mostly/Sunny/48-52;
SUPER=332-Clear, Cold/& Calm/13-18/Mostly/Sunny/43-47;
SUPER=334-Clear & Very/Cold in Spots/10-20/Mostly Sunny/& Warmer/43-47;
It's been a boy-scout tradition for years, and it's still going strong..
The annual "Pinewood Derby" got underway today in Roanoke County attracting
70 boys, 57 cars and a few enthusiastic spectators--with a need for speed.
We'll have that story as well as more news, weather and sports coming up
(ad lib byes)
tonight, on News-7 at eleven.