A huge still bust in Burnt Chimney tonight-
Police found the high tech operation under this garage.
It's estimated 15 hundred gallons of moonshine was cranked out every week.
Parents are mad a sex offender moved nearby- and they weren't told about it.
We'll tell you what they're doing tonight to try and change Virginia law.
An American Airlines jet hit runway lights and skid off the runway in
And police find the truck that could be linked to an abortion clinic
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A-B-C agents made a unique discovery tonight.
At first, it looked like a normal garage -- but behind a secret panel,
agents discovered one of the largest moonshine stills some had ever seen.
Tina Tenret takes us there.
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SUPER=01-Gerald Joyce/ABC Special Agent; :11
OUT Q=Franklin Co.
ABC agents busted this secret den of moonshine -- and found a surprisingly
high-tech alcohol factory.
IN Q=This is a lot more
((GERALD JOYCE/ABC SPECIAL AGENT: THIS IS A LOT MORE SOPHISTICATED. WELL
CONCEALED, EXTREMELY WELL THOUGHT OUT, WELL PLANNED OUT -- A LOT OF DETAILS AS
FAR AS THE ABILITY TO CONCEAL IT AND HIDE IT AND COMPACT IT -- IT'S A LOT
DIFFERENT. IT'S NOT A NORMAL BLACK POT OPERATION WE FIND OUT IN THE WOODS.))
OUT Q=in the woods
Bootleggers here used steam to make alcohol from mash -- a mixture of
sugar, yeast and meal.
This still also features everything from specially wired electricity to
industrial size fans.
And it's all underground.
Agents say these twelve stills probably cooked up about 1500 gallons a week
clearing a profit of roughly 20 thousand dollars PER WEEK.
Now agents pump the leftover mash into a septic tank.
Authorities say they must have missed the workers by minutes.
The still owners found bags of sugar piled up against the tanks, ready to
They'll try to track down the runaway bootleggers through fingerprints left
here -- no arrests have been made yet.
IN Q=ABC agents say
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: ABC AGENTS SAY THEY MIGHT NEVER KNOW WHO WAS RUNNING THIS
STILL BECAUSE THIS NEIGHBORHOOD HAS A CODE OF SECRECY. THEY SAY PEOPLE HERE
LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER AND IT'LL BE TOUGH GETTING THEM TO TALK. TINA TENRET,
NEWS7, FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
OUT Q=Franklin County
About three weeks ago a Covington community learned that a convicted sex
offender had moved in next to a local elementary school.
State law prohibited school and law enforcement officials from telling
Double Boxes=Jean and David/Newsroom
That has some parents worried and tonight they met with the County's school
board to see what can be done.
David Johnson joins us from our newsroom with more.
Jean, parents say their efforts are not so much geared toward getting
Randall Akers to leave the area as they are to protect their children.
rollcue: their children
IN Q=we want
SUPER=01-David Kidd/Parent; :01
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co; :17
SUPER=01-Gene Wood/Alleghany Co. School Board; 1:00
OUT Q=this year
IN Q=WE WANT
((DAVID KIDD/PARENT; WE WANT PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA TO KNOW THAT OUR CITY OF
COVINGTON AND THE COUNTY, WE CARE ABOUT OUR KIDS. SO WE'RE WORKING WITH THE
SCHOOLS TO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS SAFER.))
OUT Q=SCHOOLS SAFER.
Several years ago, Randall Akers was convicted of the statutory rape of a
13-year old girl.
Akers now lives next to the Edgemont Primary School playground.
Local law and school officials knew he was there, but the law prevented them
from telling the community.
Now the parents want to change that.
David Kidd has organized the Edgemont Parent-Teacher-Association, a group
numbering nearly 250- parents.
They have a number of request, starting at the local level.
IN Q=ONE IS WE
((KIDD; ONE IS WE WANTED OUR PLAYGROUND FENCED IN, WHICH TO ME IS ALWAYS A
COMMONSENSE THING, BUT WE DON'T HAVE IT. SO WE ASKED THEM AND GOT A PRETTY GOOD
RESPONSE THAT WE'D LIKE OUR PLAYGROUND FENCED IN. TWO IS WE WANTED SOME KIND OF
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE PHYS. ED. TEACHER ON THE FIELD WITH 20 OR 30 KIDS AND
OUT Q=THE OFFICE.
The school system already has the third item in the works.
IN Q=WE ALREADY
((GENE WOOD/ALLEGHANY CO. SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR; WE ALREADY HAVE CONDUCTED A
SAFETY SURVEY AND HAVE BEEN KIND OF AD HOC THROUGH THE YEARS. BUT THERE'S A
STATE-MANDATED SAFETY SURVEY THAT OUR TEACHERS WILL BE GOING TO TO RECEIVE
TRAINING AND WILL BE PRESENTING AN OFFICIAL SURVEY ON JULY OF THIS YEAR.))
OUT Q=THIS YEAR.
Now the E-P-T-A is also sponsoring a stranger awareness/self defense class.
And Kidd says the group has written thousand of letters to legislators
trying to change the state law.
Double Boxes=Jean and David/Newsroom
Jean, Randall Akers had no comment about the situation, but according to
David Kidd, Akers is moving away from the school next week.
It's tough question time for Governor Jim Gilmore's "no car tax" pledge.
Vinton Democrat Dick Cranwell's tax committee took it up tonight.
Cranwell seemed surprised to learn that the state would be locked in to
whatever the actual cost of the cut would be.
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IN Q=So if it's
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: SO IF IT'S 525 MILLION DOLLARS, SOMEBODY'S
GONNA WRITE A CHECK TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN VIRGINIA FOR 525 MILLION
DOLLARS. YES OR NO. RON TILLETT/FINANCE SECRETARY: YES. CRANWELL: THANK
SOT tape one07:01:26
((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON: SUPPOSE THAT THE ATTENTION THAT THIS INITIATIVE HAS
DRAWN REALLY LEADS VIRGINIANS TO PURCHASE MORE VEHICLES -- TIMES ARE GOOD --
AND THAT THE FLEET OF VEHICLES RISES, BY TWO, THREE, FIVE, TEN PERCENT. AND
THE TAX OBLIGATION RISES-- NOT JUST TO 525 MILLION, BUT TO 550 OR 600
SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg; :12
OUT Q=600 million.
One possible compromise with rural Democrats emerged tonight.
Governor Gilmore's staff is promising to look again at the dollar figure
phase-out Gilmore campaigned on -- along with the percentage plan he's now
Some "Gangsta rap" fans say their music has gotten a bad rap for years.
But now one Virginia politician thinks it's time for the General Assembly to
Richmond Delegate Dwight Jones wants the Virginia Retirement System to study
divesting itself of any holdings in companies that produce violent rap music.
IN Q=I have teenage
((DEL. DWIGHT JONES/D-RICHMOND: I HAVE TEENAGE YOUNGSTERS WHO KIND OF LET ME
HEAR SOME OF THESE THINGS. AND IT'S REALLY AMAZING WHEN YOU RECOGNIZE THAT
YOUNG PEOPLE WHO PERHAPS DON'T KNOW THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG HAVE
MEMORIZED THESE LYRICS. KNOW THEM WORD FOR WORD.))
SUPER=01-Del. Dwight Jones/(D) Richmond;
OUT Q=word for word.
The Virginia Retirement System says its investments in the music divisions
of companies like Time-Warner and Seagrams are "miniscule."
And one radio program director says "gangsta rap" is already out of style.
IN Q=It has come
((AARON MAXWELL/WCDX RADIO: IT HAS COME. IT HAS GONE. RAP MUSIC TODAY IS
ABOUT WHAT I WOULD CALL OR CATEGORIZE AS, THE MAJORITY, NOT ALL, BUT THE
MAJORITY OF IT, OR THE MAINSTREAM OF IT, IS WHAT I WOULD CALL PLAYER RAP OR
SELF-GLORIFICATION RAP. WHICH--RAPPERS TALK ABOUT THEIR ADVANTAGES IN LIFE,
HOW MANY WOMEN THEY CAN GET, OR HOW MANY MEN THEY CAN GET, HOW MUCH MONEY THEY
HAVE, WHAT KIND OF CAR THEY DRIVE.))
SUPER=01-Aaron Maxwell/WCDX Radio;
OUT Q=they drive.
The rap music bill has yet to get out of its first committee at the State
Could a military strike on Iraq could be weeks or even days away?
Today word that U-S officials will now send up to three-thousand ground
troops to the Persian Gulf.
Senior military officials say they'd be used to protect Kuwait.
SUPER=03-McChord AFB, WA;
Earlier today medics and logistics personnel left Washington state for the
((MY BIG CONCERN RIGHT NOW IS SAFETY OF MY FAMILY WHILE I'M GONE AND THE SAFETY
OF MYSELF WHILE I'M OVER THERE.))
((THEY'VE BEEN ON NOTICE THAT THEY MIGHT BE GOING BUT THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHEN.))
SUPER=01-Airman Scott Wallace/U.S. Air Force;
SUPER=01-Col. Steve Humphrey/U.S. Air Force; 10-13!
OUT Q=didn't know exactly when."
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Meanwhile the Secretary of State made it clear- If Iraq doesn't allow
weapons inspectors access to secretive sites, there will be strong action.
((DO NOT DOUBT WE HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DO THIS. THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THIS
AND THE MEANS AND THE WILL.))
((CHANTING IN THE STREETS FOR THREE))
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=NAT SOUND CHANTING.
And today in Baghdad, strong anti U-S sentiment.
Iraqis in Jordan say it appears Iraq is preparing for an attack- by
scattering the Republican Guard throughout the country.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
HARD MUSIC UNDER
An employee with Roanoke County says it discriminates against women and
minorities. We'll have that story in a moment.
and there were some scary moments today as a plane misses the runway at
Chigaco's O'Hare airport.
((ROUGH LANDING IS ONE THING. THIS IS MUCH WORSE THAN THAT. ))
OUT Q=than that
The FBI's tracked down the grey pickup truck that may be connected to an
abortion clinic bombing-
Hunters found the truck in a remote wooded area in Murphy, North Carolina.
Now agents are looking for help finding the trucks' owner- 31 year old Eric
They say he's a material witness in a bombing at a Birmingham Abortion
clinic- The blast killed an off duty police officer and critically injured a
An American Airlines plane missed the runway in fog today- screeching to a
rough landing in Chicago.
Passengers screamed as the 727 came short of the runway and bounced several
The plane hit some runway lights, spun around and ended up hundreds of feet
off the runway at O'Hare International airport.
((ALL OF A SUDDEN WE FELT THE PLANE JERK UP LIKE HE WAS TRYING TO PULL UP. HE
DIDN'T MAKE IT.))
OUT Q=he didn't make it.
No one was hurt on the flight from Kansas City- but the plane was damaged.
Leaks to the media are angering lawyers in the Monica Lewinsky case.
President Clinton's lawyer filed a complaint today- saying the independent
counsel is leaking information.
But David Kendall won't discuss it-
Lewinsky's attorney is talking- saying the leaks are hurting his client too.
((WILLIAM GINSBURG/LEWINSKY'S ATTORNEY: I WONDER IF YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW UNFAIR
ALL THESE LEAKS ARE TO MONICA LEWINSKY. I'D VENTURE A GUESS THAT THE AMERICAN
PUBLIC HAS ALREADY MADE A DECISION AS TO WHAT HAPPENED AN MONICA HASN'T SAID
ONE WORD. THE LEAKS ARE DISASTROUS.))
SUPER=01-William Ginsburg/Lewinsky's Attorney;
OUT Q=the leaks are disastrous."
Starr denies he's leaking information.
Meanwhile prosecutors are demanding that Lewinsky appear before a grand jury
this week- Her lawyers are trying to block that saying prosecutors promised her
Security is tight at the Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County.
Officials are preparing for a visit from President Clinton tomorrow.
The President will deliver a short speech to the House Democratic Caucus
which is holding a three- day retreat there.
Secret Service agents and Capitol police have spent the past few days
getting the resort ready.
Wintergreen officials say skiers and guests are still welcome.. but they
shouldn't expect to be rubbing elbows with the President.
IN Q=Beyond that
((MARK GLICKMAN/WINTERGREEN RESORT: BEYOND THAT THIS AREA'S GOING TO BE PRETTY
SECURED, NEEDLESS TO SAY. AND IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE
HIM. HE'S JUST HERE TO MAKE A QUICK SPEECH AND HE'LL BE IN AND OUT OF
WINTERGREEN PRETTY QUICKLY.))
SUPER=01-Mark Glickman/Wintergreen Resort; :00
OUT Q=pretty quickly.
Roads to the mountaintop resort will be closed during the President's
arrival and departure tomorrow.
Roanoke N-double-A-C-P officials say Roanoke County is not committed to it's
affirmative action plan.
They point to Cynthia Best as an example.
Best says ever since she filed an E-E-O-C complaint against the county, her
supervisors in the Assessors Office have unfairly harassed her for being late.
When she complained, she says she was disciplined for speaking
She says other women in her office have experienced similar treatment.
IN Q=basically I believe
((CYNTHIA BEST/ASSOCIATE APPRAISER; BASICALLY I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A HOSTILE
ENVIRONMENT IN MY OFFICE THAT IS PROMOTED BY MANAGEMENT, I BELIEVE THAT THERE
ARE A MAJORITY WHITE MALES THAT I WORK WITH AND THEY HAVE MADE IT INCREASINGLY
DIFFICULT FOR ME TO DO MY JOB.
MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP; WE'RE NOT SAYING THEY HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING, WE'RE SAYING
THEY HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH, AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE HAS NOT BEEN EFFECTIVE.
SUPER=01-Cynthia Best/Associate Appraiser;
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/NAACP; :15
OUT Q=not been effective
County Administrator Elmer Hodge disagrees.
IN Q=I have not seen
((ELMER HODGE/COUNTY MANAGER; I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY INDICATION OF THAT AND I
DON'T KNOW THAT MR. JEFFERIES CAN GIVE YOU ANY STATISTICS TO SHOW THAT. WE
CERTAINLY HAVE DONE WELL WITH OUR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN, WE'VE MADE GREAT
PROGRESS SINCE IT WAS PUT IN PLACE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, I REALLY THINK WE'VE
OUT Q=done well
Best says she plans to file another E-E-O-C complaint against the county.
Still to come on the newscast, things are finally getting back to normal for
Bent Mountain residents,
and a civic group in Danville is challenging the city to help rennovate the
area's community market.
The Community Market in Danville could get some needed improvements if the
city is willing to match a private donation.
The Kiwanis Club says it will give 150-thousand dollars to the project..
but only if the city pitches in the same amount.
The money would go to add heating and air-conditioning to the community
room section of the old freight warehouse as well as a new floor and a full
IN Q=300,000 It may very well
((JOHN WALES/KIWANIS PRESIDENT: 300-THOUSAND. IT MAY VERY WELL RUN 350-THOUSAND
OR SO. ANY MONIES OVER AND ABOVE THE 350-THOUSAND CONTRIBUTED BY THE KIWANIS
CLUB WOULD COME FROM THE CITY OF DANVILLE OR OTHER SOURCES.))
SUPER=01-John Wales/Kiwanis President;
OUT Q=or other sources.
The Kiwanis Club says Danville needs a facility that can handle large
Besides the community room, the building is also home to a 18-thousand
square foot farmers' market.
Life is returning to normal on Bent Mountain, where last week's winter storm
claimed power lines and disrupted the routine.
A clear sky and bright sunshine brought a welcome thaw.
Bent Mountain Elementary is back in session... and most homes now have
Though it took four days to restore electricity in the area, residents say
they appreciate the work of the utility crews who worked in harsh conditions.
IN Q=They promised me
((CAROL NICHOLS/SCHOOL CUSTODIAN: THEY PROMISED ME POWER SATURDAY AND I HAD
POWER SATURDAY. THEY PROMISED ME POWER HERE AT THE SCHOOL AND WE HAD POWER.
THEY DID A GREAT JOB, BUT LIKE ONE OF THE APPALACHIAN MEN TOLD ME THIS MORNING,
I'LL BE SO GLAD TO GET OFF THIS MOUNTAIN.))
SUPER=01-Carol Nichols/School Custodian
OUT Q=to get off this mountain.
Fewer than ten A-E-P customers on Bent Mountain are still without power,
but the utility is encouraging all residents of the area to conserve
electricity until mid-week when permanent repairs to the transmission system
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First our extra point; today, the San francisco 49ers trimmed some
expensive fat by cutting Pro Bowl defensive stars Rod Woodson and Kevin greene.
One player that will definitely not be cut anytime soon is broncos
quarterback John Elway. The super Bowl champ will try and make the grade later
on tonight on the david letterman show. Now your numbers.
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WIPE TO MOTION
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OUT Q=..........last score."
The Virginia Tech Lady Hokies lose a heartbreaker in the Cassell last night.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/VA Tech v. Xavier;
The women were vying for first place in the Atlantic 10 West Division.
Lisa Witherspoon gets the ball on defense and goes coast to coast for the
Her counterpart Xavier's Jonelle Riley would return the favor and drive to
the hoop for two.
The Lady Hokies get some good 'D' for Tere Williams with the steal. She'll
finish the play for two of her game high 17 points.
But Xavier would hold on to squeak by Tech 69-to-68.
IN Q=we got to
((BONNIE HENRICKSON/VA TECH HEAD COACH: WE GOT TO COME INTO THE GAME AND BE
AGRESSIVE. WE CAN'T BE BACK ON OUR HEELS. IF WE SUSTAIN FROM THE VERY
BEGINNING WE WOULD TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES.))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/VA Tech Head Coach;
OUT Q=CARE OF OURSELVES
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SUPER=03-Radford/Winthrop v. Radford;
The Lady Highlanders jump ahead early--here on the fast break Wilma Walton
to Rebecca McNeil for the score.
The Lady Eagles tried to keep it close working it around the horn until
Jennifer Churchill decided to take the shot.
Again Winthrop would use good ball movement to set up Katherine Kitchin's
baseline drive to the hoop.
But Radford would cruise to the easy victory beating conference rival
The 12th ranked lady cavaliers of Virginia escaped maryland 47-45 tonight.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/Cavaliers vs. Terrapins; :00
Maryland's Stephanie Cross sinks the long two pointer from the right side
but her team trailed by 7.
Philicia davis cut UVa's lead to 5 with the inside job on this play.
Virginia; on the break. Renee SUPER=34-Virginia/47/Maryland/45;
Robinson gift wraps this pass to leslie brown who finishes.
Dimya Walker lead the lady cavs with 15 points and 12 boards. UVa improves
to 16 and 5 with a 2 point win.
GRAPHIC=High school basketball
The Associated press top 10 polls for Single, double and triple A boys
basketball has been released. let ssee who made the grade.
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OUT Q=...news 7 sports
In triple A; Chris carter's George washington Eagles remain atop the rankings
with a perfect 18 and OH record.
Look who has also creepd into the rankings. William Flemimng checks in at
number 10. The Colonels are 14 and 3.
Liberty holds the number one double A spot down with a 19 and 1 mark.
Salem has made an appearance; coming in at number 9.
Single A is loaded. Floyd is number 2 at 18 and 2; followed by Powell
Vally, John vbattle and Parry McCluer. nelson Fox;s Blues are 13 and 3.
Still to come, the Daytona 500 is closing in and WDBJ is there,
Mike Stevens will check in with some brotherly love and the trials of Rick
The Labonte brothers remain the top focus at Daytona. Mike Stevens takes
a closer look at all the brotherly love surrounding racing's superbowl and
visits with a frustrated Rick mast.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/Former Daytona 500 Winner; :
SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/Driver Wood Brothers Ford; :46
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Driver of Remington Ford; 1:29
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
Finally tonight we have the story of a unique type of artist.
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During the day,42-year old Rick Monty is an insurance salesman.
But at night he becomes one of the world's only Etch-a Sketch artists.
Almost every child has tried at one time or another to draw simple pictures
with the popular toy.
Monty's work is much more complicated.
He spends 20-30 hours on each of his pieces.
He sketches everything from portraits to scenics.
Once he's finished he dismantles the toys and sells them for about $300
It's all clear profit. The Ohio Arts people like his work so much, they
send the Etch a Sketches to him free.
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