Have you heard the Post Office is hiring?
For a price, you can get an application in the mail and help passing the entrance exam. Well don't believe it; we'll tell you why on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
And a bus that talks, leaving the driver to drive. That story from Lynchburg coming up, too.
[ANCHOR=MST ON TAPE]
[IN Q=And once again]
((AND ONCE AGAIN TONIGHT IN SPORTS, WE'LL JOIN YOU LIVE FROM DAYTONA WITH A WRAP UP OF TODAY'S TWIN 125 MILE QUALIFYING RACES. PLUS WE'LL BE JOINED BY RICK MAST.))
[OUT Q=joined by Rick Mast]
Back to a more typical February weather style, brisk northwest winds and a few flurries in the mountains.
"They found microscopic bomb particles in the World Trade Center, but they can't find a Boones Farm wine bottle" in the back room of the Corner Store.
So says Patrick McGinley- -an expert hired by the Abed defense.
He ridiculed A-T-F agents who failed to locate a molotov cocktail in the debris of the storeroom fire.
[SUPER=04-January 13, 1995]
Rejecting the testimony of Richard Chisholm who says he threw a wine bottle full of gasoline through the rear window of the store, McGinley says the fire started in the wall behind the coke machine- -probably caused by faulty wiring in an electrical socket.
McGinley charges 135-dollars an hour to render his opinion and testify.
The prosecutor says he intends to try real estate broker Earl Frith again.
The jury failed to reach a verdict on the money laundering charge last week.
Jurors deliberated almost all night without a unanimous decision, so the judge declared a mis-trial.
Frith's lawyer has filed a motion for a re-trial on the structuring conviction, claiming the government withheld evidence until the eve of trial.
The judge still has to rule on the speedy trial issue. Frith claims he didn't know he'd been charged with a crime for eight years, because the indictment was under seal.
A prosecutor is seeking his own legal advice.
A Roanoke law firm will represent Giles County Commonwealth attorney Garland Spangler, whose job performance has come under fire.
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./File Tape;]
The Virginia State bar began investigating Spangler after it received an anonymous complaint.
Prosecutor Spangler made headlines last summer when he missed the speedy trial deadline in a rape case.
The firm of Gentry, Locke, Rakes and Moore will represent Spangler.
Judge Duane Mink has ordered Giles County to pay for Spangler's legal expenses.
The jurisdiction will in turn-- be reimbursed by the State Compensation Board.
Attorneys for one of the men charged with burning and beheading a Grayson County man question WHY authorities waited a week before trial to collect evidence from their client.
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co./January 29;]
Emmett Cressell, Junior was scheduled for trial Tuesday but a judge postponed it to give the state crime lab more time to analyze evidence.
So far-- none of the evidence has linked Cressell to the murder of Garnett "G-P" Johnson.
But Cressell's clothes were NOT tested and the state crime lab says it still needs to run more tests.
Cressell's attorneys say authorities waited until this week to take fingerprints and hair samples from their client.
Another man is charged with capital murder in the case.
DNA tests indicate blood found on the right hand, clothes and tools of Louis Ceparano, matched the blood of the victim.
Prosecutors are trying to prove the murder was racially motivated, although the victim's family insists it was not.
Don't believe everything you read in the newspapers.
That's what the Postal Service is saying.
Some companies are running ads that offer jobs at the Post Office.
But as Scott Goldberg reports, those ads have turned out to be scams.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Skeens; :15]
[SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster; :50]
[** Natsound of Larry and Bobby]
(( Larry Skeens describes himself as a semi-retired Grandfather who was looking to earn some extra money.
He saw an ad in the newspaper that said the Post Office was hiring.
But the ad turned out to be a scam.
[IN Q=I couldn't seem]
((LARRY SKEENS: WHEN I CALLED THE 800-NUMBER, I COULDN'T SEEM TO GET ANY STRAIGHT ANSWERS.))
[OUT Q=STRAIGHT ANSWERS]
That 800-number connected Skeens to a company offering high-paying Postal jobs.
For a fee, the company said it would send Skeens a job application, and send him to a class to help him pass the Post Office's entrance exam.
[IN Q=THE DID TELL]
((LARRY SKEENS: THEY DID TELL ME THAT THEY DID GUARANTEE THAT YOU WOULD PASS THE EXAM.))
[OUT Q=PASS THE EXAM]
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: BUT THE POST OFFICE WILL TELL YOU IT NEVER GUARANTEES ANYONE WILL PASS THE REQUIRED ENTRANCE EXAM.
AND YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO PAY FOR A JOB APPLICATION OR A LIST OF JOBS AVAILABLE.))
((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER:EVERYTHING THEY CHARGE FOR EXCEPT FOR THE CLASSROOM TRAINING WE GIVE THEM FREE -- SO I THINK THEY ARE CERTAINLY MISREPRESENTING THEMSELVES. ))
[** Internet sites]
The Post Office is teaming up with The Federal Trade Commission .. going after businesses that commit fraud, and telling job hunters to watch out.
[IN Q=if you see]
((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, MOST OF THE TIME IT IS. ))
[OUT Q=IT IS]
Mr. Skeens realized the company's offer was too good to be true, and he stopped short of sending away his money.
But some companies might still be out there, and authorities want to stop them from making promises they can't deliver.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
You've heard of hi-tech talking cars--well now talking buses have made their way into the Hill City. That story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
and more and more people are meeting over the internet--but how safe is it? We'll meet one a Roanoke woman who travelled halfway around the globe to meet her cyber friend.
[wx ad lib]
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[SUPER=82-4.32''/plus 3.19''/12.29''/plus 8.54'';]
[SUPER=83-Down 0.68 foot/Down 1.85 feet;Lake levels]
Hollywood had Mr. Ed, the talking horse.. Lynchburg has a talking BUS.
Actually, NINE city buses are now equipped with a semi- automatic voice annunciator system.
At the touch of a button, a driver can announce key stops on the route for passengers on the bus and those waiting outside.
Visually impaired riders say the new system is a great idea.
[IN Q=The signs are]
((RICHARD PATTERSON/NAT'L FEDERATION FOR THE BLIND: THE SIGNS ARE NOT THAT CLEAR AND IF YOU'RE BLIND, YOU CAN'T SEE THEM ANYWAY. AND I'M VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND I HAVE A LITTLE SIGHT IN ONE EYE. AT NIGHT TIME IT'S REALLY HELPFUL BECAUSE YOU'LL KNOW WHERE YOU'RE AT AND YOU KNOW WHEN TO GET OFF AND THE SPEAKERS JUST WORK WONDERS.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Patterson/Nat'l Federation for the Blind; :00]
[OUT Q=just work wonders.]
The system also increases safety, by allowing bus drivers to concentrate on the road more.
[IN Q=The public]
((DON RICHIE/GLTC TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR: THE PUBLIC, THEY WERE SOMEWHAT SURPRISED TO GET ON THE BUS AND THE BUS DID TALK. BUS OPERATORS, THEY WERE REALLY EXCITED BECAUSE, LIKE I SAID, IT TOOK SOME WORK OFF OF THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Don Richie/GLTC Transportation Director; :00]
[OUT Q=off of them.]
Richie says as buses in the city's fleet are replaced, more voice systems will be added.
The foes of abortion are winning their battles one by one in Richmond.
Today, a ban on so-called partial birth abortions sailed out of a Senate committee that stopped it twice last year.
The Senator who represents Halifax County helped change the tide.
[SOT TAPE ONE 11:15:06]
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: WHILE I CONTINUE TO BE A PRO-CHOICE ADVOCATE THIS PROCEDURE DOES NOT SET WELL WITH ME]...TO SET WRONG.))
((DR. JOHN BRUCHALSKI: THIS PROCEDURE IS CRUEL. THE UNBORN CHILD IS ALIVE UNTIL THE SKULL IS IMPALED.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. John Bruchalski/Abortion Doctor; :20]
But the ban's opponents say it covers far too many procedures that are the best medical option.
[IN Q=Next week]
((KIM KOSTER/ABORTION RECIPIENT: NEXT WEEK IT WILL BE ONE YEAR SINCE THE DAY WE HAD BEEN EXPECTING, THE BABY I HAD BEEN CARRYING FOR 19 WEEKS, AND THAT WE HAD WAITED FIVE LONG YEARS FOR HAD NO BRAIN.))
[sot tape two 11:33:05 ]
((SIMON HELLER/ABORTION RIGHTS ATTORNEY: THIS MAY COME AS A SHOCK TO SOME OF YOU. BUT THIS DEFINITION COVERS ALMOST ANY ABORTION PROCEDURE.))
[SUPER=01-Kim Koster/Abortion Recipient; :00]
[SUPER=01-Simon Heller/Abortion Rights Attorney; :11]
[OUT Q=abortion procedure.]
A House committee is taking up the bill tonight.
Thirteen states are currently defending such laws in court.
As the fight over taxes escalates in Virginia's General Assembly, some of the more interesting bills are being cleared out of the way.
Lawmakers have tabled talk of a new state song, for instance.
They are appointing a commission to take up potential songs.
A bill that would allow you to take telemarketers to court if they kept calling your house has been carried over to next year.
Decisions on a state reptile and a state soil have been put off this year.
The turtle bill had a setback when it was learned that the box turtle was also known as the "Carolina" box turtle.
The stock market marched to more record highs
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
The Dow gained 55 points to finish at 83 hundred 70.
NASDAQ was UP six points.
[(a= 1/8 e= 1/4]
b= 3/8 f= 1/2
c= 5/8 g= 3/4
h= UP (Local Stocks only!)
i= DOWN (Local Stocks only!)
u= UNCHANGED (Local Stocks only!)
(You must use lowercase letters)]
[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
[ ETS /Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable]
[Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Electric Steel/Roanoke Gas]
[ Stanley Furniture/ Tultex/Valley Bank]
[GRAPHIC=In Search Of]
[**Note Anchor Tag**]
Travelling half-way across the world to visit someone you've never met probably sounds either romantic or CRAZY.
But that's exactly what one Roanoke woman did, after months of E-mailing messages to a man over the Internet.
[DISSOLVE TO FULLSCREEN BOARD]
Kimberly McBroom has her story tonight in the second part of our series, "In Search Of." (/////SOT/////)
[IN Q=It ended up being ]
[SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police;1:40]
[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7]
[SOT tape 5 3:07:54]
((KRIN COLLINS: IT ENDED UP BEING ABSOLUTELY THE MOST FAIRY TALE- TYPE ROMANCE OF MY ENTIRE LIFE THAT I HOPE SOMEBODY EVER SURPASSES. ))
Krin Collins' "fairy tale" began nearly two years ago when she placed an ad on the Internet for "An Honorable Englishman".
Collins was taking a trip to England, and wanted to make sure she had some acquaintances there in advance.
She received several responses.
But the one that really caught her eye was from an English native named Bill, who was living in New Zealand.
[SOT TAPE 5 3:00:10]
((KRIN COLLINS: ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT E-MAIL- TYPE RELATIONSHIPS THAT I FOUND OUT VERY QUICKLY IS THAT THEY ACCELERATE AT AN AMAZING RATE OF SPEED. I THINK IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT MIND CONNECTION THAT YOU GET WITH SOMEBODY RATHER THAN, YOU KNOW, MEETING IN PERSON AND THEN YOU SEE THINGS AND THERE ARE OTHER DISTRACTIONS. ))
The two began writing, and discovered they shared common interests.
A few months later, Bill invited her for a visit.
[SOT tape 5 3:04:04]
((KRIN COLLINS: 22- HOUR FLIGHT WITH ME LOOKING IN THE MIRROR THINKING, 'WOW, WHAT'S HE GOING TO THINK OF ME?' 'WOW, I'M REALLY GOING TO BE LANDING THERE.' 'AND WOW, I HOPE HE SHOWS UP' LAUGHS. ))
Collins WAS careful, though.
She let her family know exactly where she was going and lined up another place to stay in case things didn't work out.
[SOT standup here need to shoot!]
KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: INTERNET PROVIDERS AND LAW OFFICIALS ALIKE SAY COMMON SENSE IS THE BEST RULE OF THUMB WHEN MEETING PEOPLE THIS WAY. THEY SUGGEST NOT GIVING OUT YOUR REAL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER UNTIL YOU GET TO KNOW THE PERSON BETTER. AND ONCE YOU DO ARRANGE TO MEET THEM, MAKE IT AT A VERY PUBLIC, FAMILIAR PLACE, AND BE SURE TO DRIVE YOUR OWN VEHICLE THERE AND BACK.
[END STAND UP]
But so far, in the Roanoke area, the Internet explosion hasn't yielded many criminal charges.
[SOT tape 1 22:49:13]
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: ON OCCASION, WE'LL GET A CALL FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS GOT A COMPLAINT ABOUT A THREAT THEY RECEIVED OVER E-MAIL, OR SOMEONE SHO'S CONTINUOUSLY E-MAILING THEM AND WON'T STOP.. BUT THOSE CALL HAVE BEEN VERY FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. ))
For Collins, the experience was memorable.
She and her Internet friend spent three weeks together back- packing in the mountains and strolling along the beaches.
Collins considered moving to New Zealand, but found immigration to be too strict and too expensive.
The two still write to each other, and Collins continues meeting new people on line.
[SOT TAPE 5 3:12:33 ]
((KRIN COLLINS: YOU KNOW, YOU ALWAYS HEAR THE OLD CLICHE, THERE'S MORE FISH IN THE OCEAN. I WOULDN'T HAVE BELIEVED THAT UNTIL I GOT ON THE INTERNET. ))
[ PLEASE INSERT WEB WATCH GRAPHIC FULL SCREEN]
If you'd like to try YOUR luck with love in Internet, you could check out a couple of the sites that worked for her.
That's in the WebWatch section of the W-D-B-J 7 home page.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
[SS=In Search Of]
Coming up tomorrow, Kimberly will wrap up her series with profiles of how two married couples met.
One set has been married for 50 years..the other for about a week.
Sterling Marlin and Dale Earnhardt capture the twin 125's MIke Stevens will join us for that, Virginia Tech ends a drout,
and The Dallas Cowboys announce the franchise's fourth head coach in a news confernence today.
It was twins day at Daytona and in keeping with that theme a pair of Chevrolets found their way to victory lane today.
[Double Boxes=Steve/Mike ]
Mike Stevens has more from the Monte Carlo Kings and one very happy Ford Taurus driver.
((Rollcue:The eanrhardt invitational.))
[SOT ROLLED FROM TRUCK]
[SUPER=04-Gatorade Qualifying Races; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Second Twin 125 Winner; :15]
[SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/First Twin 125 Winner; :39]
[OUT Q=in the 500.]
((Mike does two questions with Rick Mast
Starlink will B-roll 2nd question))
[SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Starts 27th in the Daytona 500;]
This afternoon; the Dallas Cowboys named Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Chan Gailey their new head coach. Gailey assured owner Jerry Jones and those in attendance; that this job is only the beginning.
((CHAN GAILEY/NEW COWBOYS HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Chan Gailey/New Cowboys head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...Lombardi trophy"]
Virginia Tech plays Xavier saturday at the Cassell.
[SUPER=03-St. Bonaventure, NY/Last Night; :00]
Last night; Tech beat St. Bonaventure 69-68 in overtime. 23 points from Roland Roberts and 17 from Brendan Dunlop were career highs as the Hokies end a nine game road losing streak.
((BOBBYY HUSSEY/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=..."we got that"]
[SUPER=335-Wind Is Defined In/The Horizontal Direction/And Not The Vertical./True/False;]
[SUPER=X5003; Dissolves in question]
[SUPER=X5001; Clears FX]
[SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-15/32-34/Partly Cloudy/And Cool/44-46;]
[SUPER=331-Clear And/Chilly/32-36/Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-15/47-50;]
[SUPER=333-Cloudy With/Flurries/28-30/Variable Clouds/And Cold/38-40;]
[SUPER=335-Wind Is Defined In/The Horizontal Direction/And Not The Vertical./True/False;]
[SUPER=X5003; Dissolves in question]
[SUPER=335-Wind Is Defined In/The Horizontal Direction/And Not The Vertical./True;]
[SUPER=X5001; Clears FX]
[SUPER=X5003; Dissolves in answer]