Up next on News 7 at six... two seperate Roanoke fires cause thousands of
dollars in damage.
And we'll tell you about a letter you'd better not answer, it could cost you
In sports, Plenty of action in A-C-C basketball this afternoon.
And Top ranked Duke beats Georgia Tech setting up the showdown on Thursday
night against second ranked North Carolina.
The Calm before the storm... Mostly Clear skies on tap tonight, then
tomorrow night, a major winter storm moves up the coast. Details straight
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Fire destroyed two buildings in Roanoke today.
Around six this morning, firefighters responded to a blaze at a condemned
building in the 11-hundred block of Hunt Avenue.
It's the third time they've responded to a call at that site.
Another fire broke out at a house near Tazewell Avenue in the downtown area
around one o'clock.
Damage was said to be in the thousands of dollars.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
Investigations into the cause of the fires continue.
Drugs, sex and Food Stamps... all subjects the jury had to consider last
week in the case of Roanoke's alleged "Crime Family."
The trial in federal court is only half over.
Keith Humphry tells us what's ahead in the government's case against Joe
Abbott and eight others.
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((The fatal apartment fire is likely to be the focus of testimony when the
Homicide is certainly the most serious charge here. The Government wants
to link the deaths of two people on 13th Street with the firebombing of the
Corner Store earlier the same day... and pin it on the owner of the Speedway
Mart across the street.
There's also evidence of drug dealing in and out of the Speedway... with a
tenuous link to Joe Abbott. Witnesses say he spent a lot of time there.
Another convenience store may come into play this week... the Sonic Mart on
Brambleton has been the subject of a bitter civil battle between Abbott and
And there's the Mixer's fire... a Salem nightclub where the flaming roof
caved in seconds after the dance floor cleared with 75 people inside.
Riyadh Gibriel- -an Atlanta businessman- -is accused of insurance fraud,
along with his business partner, Doctor Ahmad Thiab.
Four of the Abeds are accused of actually setting the fire.
standup @ 7:00:23
((THE GOVERNMENT HAD SOME OUT OF TOWN WITNESSES HERE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR
FRIDAY... UNTIL THE JURORS GOT SICK.
ONE IS AN ARSON INVESTIGATOR FROM ARLINGTON. AND THERE'S A POLICE OFFICER
FROM OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND WHO'S SUPPOSED TO TESTIFY ABOUT ALLEGED DRUG DEALS AT
A STORE IN MARYLAND.
THE GOVERNMENT'S CASE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE AT LEAST THIS WEEK... PERHAPS
GOING INTO NEXT WEEK BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT RESTS.
KEITH HUMPHRY, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
The promise of quick and easy money is luring some people into an expensive
It all starts with an official looking letter from Nigeria
The Nigerian Advance Fraud Scheme targets business owners.
The letter has a Nigerian post mark and senders identify themselves as top
officials trying to free up money for their country.
In return for their financial help, the American business owner is promised
30-percent of multi-million dollar windfall.
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((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT: WHEN THEY CALL THE 1-900
NUMBER THEY END UP BEING BILLED AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT ONLY TO FIND OUT
THEY'RE NOT GOING TO PROCEED FURTHER. THE SECOND THING THAT THEY DO IS THEY
END UP FALLING PREY TO WHAT THE SCAM IS AND THEY END UP DEPOSITING MONEY INTO
AN ACCOUNT AND THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS GET CLEARED OUT.
DAVE SUSSAN/U-S POSTAL INSPECTOR: IT INVOLVES ORGANIZED CRIME IN NIGERIA.
THEY'VE BEEN SENDING OUT THESE LETTERS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS ASKING YOU TO GIVE
THE PARTICULARS OF YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT. THESE LETTERS GO OUT TO PEOPLE ALL
OVER THE COUNTRY. I BASICALLY SEE ABOUT A DOZEN OF INQUIRIES A MONTH.))
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Sussan says the losses range from a few thousand dollars to up to
And often losses aren't reported because victims are embarrassed they fell
for the trick.
These cases are tough to prosecute because of the involvement of citizens
from another country.
Officials say if you receive a letter don't respond and forward it to the
U-S Postal Service.
Straight ahead on News 7 at Six--a look back at the accomplishments of a
local aviation pioneer.
Wes Hillman took to the skies more than 50 years ago.
We'll chart his career in just a few minutes when the news continues.
But, first let's check in with Andrew.
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Roanoke County is handing out property value assessments.
This year, complaints are down.
County officials say communication and computers are the reason.
David Johnson has more.
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SUPER=01-John Birckhead/Real Estate Assessment Director; :25
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((Dan O'Donnell is one of several property owners in Vinton who has concerns
about increases in his assessment.
((DAN O'DONNELL/OWNS PROPERTY IN VINTON; WE JUST GOT THE NEW PROPOSED
ASSESSMENTS AND WE FEEL THEY'RE A LITTLE HIGH.))
While he's not the only resident with concerns, officials say they're seeing
fewer people like O'Donnell these days.
They say technology is helping to make real estate assessments a little
((JOHN BIRCKHEAD/REAL ESTATE ASSESSMENT DIRECTOR; I THINK WE'VE DONE A GOOD JOB
OF EDUCATING THE PUBLIC. WE ALSO NOW HAVE A COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT HELPS US IN
DOING A REASSESSMENT.))
Two years ago, 589 county residents questioned their assessments. Of those
115- took their appeal to the next level, the board of equalization.
Last year, 635 appealed the initial assessment, but only 52 went to the
((birckhead; WHEN A CITIZEN COMES IN AND EXPRESSES THEIR CONCERNS, WE WILL
EITHER MAKE AN OFFICE REVIEW OF RUNNING THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND SEEING
WHAT OTHERS ARE ASSESSED FOR. POSSIBLY GOING BACK OUT AND TAKING A CLOSER LOOK
AT THAT PROPERTY.))
The county's real estate assessment staff is now holding public hearings for
people who have questions about their assessments.
David Johnson, news 7.))
A sewer back-up last month damaged some homes in Clifton Forge. Now, city
officials want to meet with residents to talk about the problem.
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A couple of weeks ago News 7 told you about Mark Elmore and other residents
in Clifton Forge whose homes were damaged by a raw sewage leak.
Officials said the city didn't owe the residents money for the property
damage but at the meeting they'll offer tips on ways to ease their financial
strain in the future.
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((DICK MAGNIFICO/CLIFTON FORGE CITY MGR.: WE'D LIKE TO MAKE SURE EVERY HOME
OWNER UNDERSTANDS THAT THERE IS INSURANCE AVAILABLE HOPEFULLY DIRECTLY THROUGH
THEIR OWN PROVIDER THAT DEALS WITH BACK UPS OF WATER DUE TO DRAINS SUMP PUMPS
SUPER=01-Dick Magnifico/Clifton Forge City Mgr.
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A large rock caused the sewer back up after it got stuck in the city's sewer
The meeting is scheduled for February 23rd at 7 p-m at the Clifton Forge
The annual layoff ax drops at General Electric.
And Norfolk Southern ends the year on the right track.
Scott Goldberg has those and the week's other big business headlines in the
News-7 Business Review.
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((They came back from a forced three-week leave to find out their vacation
would last a lot longer.
One hundred-70 hourly workers, along with 75-salaried employees, were laid
off at General Electric's plant in Salem.
The company says there's not enough work to keep everyone employed.
But G-E says the workers will be re-hired if production picks up.
Norfolk-Southern's profits dropped six percent last year.
Mostly because the railroad is spending a lot of money as it buys out part of
Still, N-S was able to engineer record profits for the last three months of
In Richmond, sparks are flying in the battle to deregulate Virginia's
electric power industry.
Bluefield Senator Jack Reasor worries deregulation would benefit power
companies -- not consumers.
But the companies say it's a good deal for everyone, even though rates in
Virginia are well below the national average.
In other electric news, American Electric Power says there's no reason for
the State Corporation Commission to study further plans for a proposed power
line across Southwest Virginia.
Opponents don't like the idea of the line cutting through their back yards.
Dow Jones Pre Pro
Checking the markets this week,
The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 206-points to finish January above
The Nasdaq picked up 43 points.
That is the News-7 Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Roy Stanley will have an update of action on the hardwood when we return.
And, Andrew Freiden will tell you more about the wintry weather coming this
That's next when the news continues. MUSIC UP FULL
Many people played a part in the development of aviation history in Roanoke.
In this week's Virginia Profile, Stacey Martin takes a look at one aviation
enthusiast who's made his mark throughout the years.
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(( Wes Hillman is considered an aviation pioneer--a pilot and instructor who
has lived through the early, "lean" years of aviation history in Roanoke.
But, from the start his mission was serious--training navy cadets for battle
over the Pacific during World War II.
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IN Q=That was a
((WES HILLMAN:THAT WAS A HARRY SITUATION, YOU'D TAKE 20 AIRPLANES UP THERE
SHOOTING LANDINGS AND EVERYBODY TRYING TO HIT ONE SPOT AND EVERYONE CUTTING THE
POWER AND A DIFFERENT LOCATION. YOUR NECK WAS REALLY TWISTED AND YOU DIDN'T
EVEN THINK ABOUT FLYING THE AIRPLANE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WATCHING OUT FOR OTHER
AIRPLANES AND THAT WAS GOOD BECAUSE IF YOU WERE IN BATTLE THAT'S WHAT YOU WOULD
THINK ABOUT DOING.))
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As a teacher he said he was serious and tough for the most part, but ever
mindful of the dangers pilots faced going into combat.
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((IN THOSE DAYS, EVERYBODY YOU HAD A JOB TO DO AND THOSE BOYS HAD TO GET GOING.
I HAD ONE BOY THAT WAS ON THE CARRIER WHEN THE JAPS ATTACKED AT PEARL HARBOR
AND HE TOLD ME THAT IT WAS NOTHING BUT PURE HELL, HE SAID THAT THE PAINT ON THE
FLOOR WAS BURNING AND YOU WERE JUST TRYING TO SAVE YOUR LIFE.))
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Instructing was a passion he continued to pursue even after the war ended in
1945--turning his love for teaching into a business-Hillman Aviation--providing
lessons and tours of the star city from the skies.
But, the business fell on hard times financially in the early 1980s and he
was forced to sell it in 1984.
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((WHEN WE BOUGHT THIS BUSINESS AVIATION WAS IN THE BIGGEST DEPRESSION IT HAD
EVER BEEN IN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF IT. THAT'S HOW WE STARTED OUT AND IT WAS
AT THE END OF THE GI TRAINING AND AT THAT TIME THE GOVERNMENT WAS GIVING AWAY
EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAD TO SELL. NOBODY WAS GEARED UP TO CONTINUE FLYING SO IT
WAS ROUGH GETTING GOING.))
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Hillman has been grounded ever since suffering a heart attack in the late
And, his plane, a Waco (whau-co RNF) now sits covered with plastic and dust
at an airport hanger waiting for a buyer.
He says his only regret is that advanced technology and higher costs have
may it harder for others to follow in his footsteps.
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IN Q=If I had
((WES HILLMAN: IF I HAD COME OUT IN THOSE DAYS AND SAW WHAT I HAVE TO DO NOW I
WOULD HAVE WENT BACK IN ANOTHER PROFESSION BECAUSE THERE'S TOO MUCH TO IT.))
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Stacey Martin , News 7, Roanoke.))
And coming up, The Knicks and heat hooked up at the Garden this afternoon
Duke beats Georgia Tech.
And in other A-C-C action Virginia made a trip to College Park to take on
23-rd ranked Maryland.
The Virginia Cavaliers hit the road trying to break a three game losing
streak with a win over Maryland at College Park.
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Jeff Jones watch the teams warm up before the tip off.
Maryland came out with the hot hand this jumper and it was 4 to nothing
before the Cavaliers got off a shot.
Curtis Staples answered from behind the line here he hits his third three
pointer of the half but Virginia trailed 44 to 37 at the half.
The Terps padded their lead early in the second half Rodney Elliott hits the
three pointer to make it 49 to 41.
But Virginia's big men took it to the boards on this play Willie Dersh
passes to Colin Ducharme who gets the jam to make it 49 to 45.
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break again this time Norman Nolan takes it to the hoop for the Jam but
Maryland holds on to win the game 77 to 70.
In other A-C-C action this afternoon, Duke hit 9 three pointers in the first
half and that was enough to hold off Georgia Tech 90 to 69.
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Bobby Cremins setting up a play for the Yellow Jackets.
Duke's Trajon Langdon had three trey's in the first half this one gave the
Blue Devils a 10 point 24 to 14 lead.
The Yellow Jackets get the ball to their main Man Matt Harping he takes it
to the hoop and scores off the glass.
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the line Roshown McCleod steps back and nails this three and Duke wins the game
90 to 69.
Roanoke College moved back to 500 in the ODAC this afternoon beating
Lynchburg at the Bast Center 99 to 68.
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Page Moir getting a play set in the huddle during a time out.
And the play worked Kyle Murphy, who scored 16, passes inside to Michael
Ball who scores the easy basket giving the Maroons the lead.
But the Hornets come right back Chris Whelan gets it to Jerry O'Hara who
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Fleming star Brad Dunleavy pulls up and nails the three pointer at the side of
the key and Roanoke wins it 99 to 68.
The New York Knicks are within two games of first place in the Atlantic
Division after beating Miami this afternoon 89 to 83.
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Pat Riley and the Heat at the Garden for the key match up.
In the first quarter Charlie Ward gets the steal and passes to Larry
Johnson who scores two of his game high 35 points.
Miami passes the ball round the floor and gets it to Alonzo Mourning who
scores the hoop. Mourning had 22.
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the screen for the jumper and New York beats Miami at the Garden 89 to 83.
The sight of pro-athletes in handcuffs or in the courtroom is too common for
many sports fans.
Denise Allen talked with a well known sports psychologist to find out what's
behind all the arrests.
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((Hampton native Allen Iverson went from reigning rookie of the NBA to
starring in a courtroom.
Iverson faced charges last season, including possession of marijuana and
carrying a concealed weapon.
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((DR. JOEL FISH/SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST: MANY OF THE PRO ATHLETES HAVE TO HAVE ONE
IN A MILLION TALENT BUT THEY ALSO HAVE TO HAVE ONE IN A MILLION PERSONALITY TO
DEAL WITH THE SPOTLIGHT AND NOT TRIP UP SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE.))
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Iverson was 22 when he was arrested.
Dr. Fish says youth and inexperience contributes to many pro-athletes'
struggles with the law.
And he says studies show statistically these incidents involving pro
athletes are very similar to the non-athletic population.
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((LATRELL SPREWELL/SUSPENDED FROM THE NBA: FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO APOLOGIZE TO
MY FRIENDS, FAMILY AND FANS AND THOSE WHO SAW THIS. IT'S DEFINITELY NOT
SOMETHING I CONDONE. IT'S A MISTAKE I MADE.))
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Latrell Sprewell attacked his coach earlier this season and was suspended
from the NBA.
IN Q=THE PRESSURE
((DR. FISH: THE PRESSURE ON OUR ATHLETES IS SO AMAZING NOW A DAYS IT'S
DIFFICULT FOR MOST OF US TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S LIKE BUT WHAT I ALWAYS TRY TO
KEEP IN MIND IS JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE BIG AND STRONG DOESN'T MAKE THEM MORE ABLE
TO BE ROLE MODELS THAT I AM OR YOU ARE YET WE EXPECT THEM TO BE THAT WAY.))
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Dr. Fish says athletes should be held accountable for their actions, but
fans often help perpetuate the problem by putting their heroes on pedestals and
insulating them from real world consequences.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.)0
January was the wettest month on record, and from the looks of things, we're
going to get February off to a soggy start as well.
Here's Patrick Evans with the February Almanac.
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