Unidentified remains on a dead-end lane in Lynchburg may remain a mystery until at least tomorrow.
And we'll hear about plans for what the pastor says will be "the biggest church in North America."
Tonight in sports, Iverson is making the wrong kind of news again, the Carolina Canes sign all-star Ron Francis, the Tour De France suffers a big loss, we'll look back at the Bash at the Beach--
and check in with the Salem Avalanche that is finally playing its first home game of the month of July tonight against Lynchburg.
Welcome to July-- Guess what? Hazy Hot and Humid conditions highlight the extended forecast.
Details coming up.
[TAPE#98-41 TC 1:19:44]
Lynchburg police hope an autopsy will confirm the identity of a man found dead inside a burning car yesterday.
The car was discovered in a wooded area at the dead- end of Millview Lane Sunday morning.
An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning on the man found inside.
Police were able to trace the car to a rental car company in Boston.
But the company and the family of the man who leased it couldn't figure out how the car ended up in Lynchburg.
[IN Q=Obviously the]
((INVEST. DANNY VIAR/LYNCHBURG POLICE: OBVIOUSLY, THE AREA THAT HE WAS FOUND IN, THIS IS A SECLUDED AREA. IT'S NOT SOMETHING I WOULD THINK THAT A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT. Reporter: Especially not an out- of- town person? VIAR: YES, SOMEBODY FROM OUT OF STATE I WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW THEY WOULD FIND THIS LOCATION, IT WOULD NOT BE EASY TO GET TO.))
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[OUT Q=easy to get to.]
Police ask anyone who saw a 1998 green Chevy Malibu.. resembling the car you see here.. with Massachusetts tags 3-3-0 G-V-E.. to give them a call.
[TAPE#=98-49 TC 46:54]
A man on his way home from work was the first to try putting out a house fire in Roanoke County this afternoon.
James Andrews saw smoke coming from the back of this house at 76-23 Sanderson Road.
Andrews grabbed a garden hose and went to work.
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((JAMES ANDREWS/WITNESS; I WAS COMING HOME FROM WORK AND COMING DOWN THIS WAY. AS SOON AS I PASSED IT I SEEN IT. SO I THREW MY CAR IN REVERSE AND ASKED THE LADY WHAT WAS GOING ON. SHE SAID SHE HAD A FIRE IN THE BEDROOM. SHE SAID SHE HAD THREE CATS IN THERE. SO I GRABBED THE HOSE, THREW IT INSIDE AND I'VE BEEN HERE EVER SINCE.))
((GARY HUFFMAN/ROANOKE CO. FIRE INVESTIGATOR; MS. JOHNSON AND HER TWO CHILDREN WERE OUTSIDE FEEDING HER ANIMALS. ONE OF THE CHILDREN HEARD THE SMOKE DETECTOR SOUNDING. THEY WENT INSIDE AND THE FIRE WAS IN THE ADULT'S BEDROOM.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Huffman/Roanoke Co. Fire Investigator; :16]
[OUT Q=ADULT'S BEDROOM.]
The fire broke out after four this afternoon.
No one was injured in the blaze, but one of the family's three cats was killed.
The cause has not been determined.
[TAPE#98-48 TC 32:46]
With Liberty University back on solid financial ground, the Reverend Jerry Falwell now has his sights set on a major NEW project for Lynchburg.
Falwell wants to relocate his Thomas Road Baptist Church to a new 20- million dollar facility near Liberty University.
The existing church, built in 1970, can seat about 33- hundred people.
But the new facility will have room for 12- thousand worshippers.. making it the largest church in North America.
[IN Q=The plans are]
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS RD. BAPTIST CHURCH: THE PLANS ARE BEING DRAWN UP NOW.. WE'D LIKE TO BREAK GROUND THIS YEAR.. SHOULD BE PAID FOR.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Rd. Baptist Church; :00]
[OUT Q=be paid for.]
Falwell says placing the church near the intersection of Routes 460 and 29 will make it easier for parishioners to attend.
The church will be the centerpiece of a 200- million dollar complex he wants to construct over the next ten years.
The project would include a retirement center, athletic fields and an R-V park.
[TAPE#=98-32 tc 2:00:30]
Divorce Hollywood- style is coming to a federal courthouse near us- -right here in Roanoke ...tomorrow.
It's the undoing of the marriage between Debbie Reynolds and Richard Hamlett. The divorce was final two years ago.
In May of 1996, a judge in Las Vegas slapped Hamlett with a judgment of 8-point-9 million dollars.
Now SHE wants a federal judge to make her ex pay up.
To forestall that, HIS lawyer filed a bankruptcy petition on Hamlett's behalf today.
[IN Q=There were a lot]
((THERE WERE A LOT OF BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS IN THEIR 10-YEAR MARRIAGE. RICHARD WAS A DEFENDANT IN AN $8.9 MILLION LAWSUIT. THEY HAD CASINOS AND CONTRACTORS IN LAS VEGAS.))
[SUPER=01-Chip Magee/Hamlett's Attorney]
[OUT Q=in Las Vegas.]
[**Keith on ENG**]
The court papers indicate there's "another woman" in this, Jane Parker.
Reynolds claims Hamlett improperly transferred 50 pieces of real estate to Parker.
Magee says it was merely a couple of development companies.
Magee points to 400-thousand dollars worth of checks Reynolds wrote to Hamlett- -what HE says were management fees that SHE claims were loans to Hamlett that he still owes her.
[IN Q=Over the last]
[OUT Q=focusing on other investments.]
Magee will make his pitch to a bankruptcy judge first thing in the morning. If that fails, they'll all wind up in U
-S District Court tomorrow afternoon.[Sam-Oakey]
Roanoke businessman and civic leader Sam Oakey will be buried tomorrow.
The 63- year- old chairman of Oakey's Funeral Services died Saturday.
In the past he served as President of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Roanoke Rotary Club, and The Miss Virginia Pageant.
Visitation will be held tonight from 7 to 9 at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.
The funeral will be held at 11 am tomorrow at Virginia Heights Baptist Church.
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Some kids breathe easier at one summer camp--we'll tell you why coming up on News 7 at Six.
And power sharing at the international level--AEP briefs a group trying to rebuild utilities in Bosnia.
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One of the biggest challenges in repairng war-torn Bosnia is rebuilding the system that supplies the country's electricity.
As Scott Goldberg reports,
the people who are charged with that task came to Roanoke today to get some help from American Electric Power.
[SUPER=01-Charles Simmons/American Electric Power; 17]
[SUPER=01-Zoran Bosnjok/Bosnian Engineer; 1:02]
[OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke]
((The Bosnian engineers and utility managers must have been the most attentive people ever to tour American Electric Power.
Armed with lots of questions and a camcorder, they absorbed as much information as they could...
Information they'll need as they try to rebuild the utility system in Bosnia.
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[IN Q=it's a beautiful]
((CHARLES SIMMONS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: IT'S A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IF YOU CAN GET PAST THE WAR DAMAGE. BUT THERE'S ALWAYS A CONSTANT RIMENDER OF THAT AS YOU WALK THROUGH SARAJEVO.))
Charlie Simmons knows how much work lies ahead.
[Bosnian village video from 97-20 at 27:56, 28:07]
He travled to Bosnia and saw the damage caused by years of civil war.
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[IN Q=it's going]
((CHARLES SIMMONS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF RESOURCES AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME.))
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[IN Q=THE CHALLENGE]
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: THE CHALLENGE FOR THE MANAGERS AND ENGINEERS IS NOT ONLY REBUILDING THE UTILITY SYSTEM THAT WAS DESTROYED DURING THE WAR BUT ALSO LEARNING TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE SURE THE NEW SYSTEM RUNS EFFICIENTLY.))
[**NATSOUND** AT 11 20 36: "It affects the load in here.." (Bosnian translator speaks) .. runs about :05]
The Bosnians also have to learn how to run privately operated utilities.
[more war vid?]
Before the war, their electric supply was controlled by the Yugoslavian government.
The new utilities will look and act a lot like power companies in the United States.
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[IN Q=we have to]
((Zoran Bosnjok/Bosnian Engineer: WE HAVE TO GENERATE, TRANSMIT AND DISTRIBUTE ELECTRIC ENERGY.))
[OUT Q=ELECTRIC ENERGY]
And, Zoran says with a smile, the new Bosnian utilities will do something else that's very American:
Collect monthy bills from the consumers who use electricity.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Roanoke.))
Eight-million dollars will go a long way to help mentally disabled citizens in Pittsylvania County.
The Faith Home-- a former orphanage-- donated all of its assets today to the Hatcher Center.
The Hatcher Center provides educational, training, and work opportunities to the mentally disabled.
The D-P-C Community Foundation-- a private charity-- will manage the multi-million dollar gift.
[IN Q=DPC and the advisory committee]
((BOB WILES/DPC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: DPC AND THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE FAITH HOME PLEDGES TO YOU OUR STEWARDSHIP IN CONTINUING THAT EFFORT. WE BELIEVE THAT IT WILL BE AN ECONOMICAL WAY TO MANAGE FUNDS THAT WILL BENEFIT THE HATCHER CENTER AND THIS COMMUNITY FOREVER.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Wiles/DPC Community Foundation;]
[OUT Q=this community forever.]
A nursing home for the mentally disabled is the next project for the Hatcher Center.
It is expected to be completed next year.
[TAPE#=98-43 TC 1:12:17]
Emergency home heating assistance may become a victim to federal budget cuts. Today, Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher said he will fight efforts to eliminate the funding.
Boucher says the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps more than 23- thousand households in southwest Virginia.
But 30- million dollars for the program was recently cut from a budget bill that's making its way through Congress.
[IN Q=We have incomes that are typically]
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D NINTH DISTRICT: WE HAVE INCOMES THAT ARE TYPICALLY BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. WE ALSO HAVE TEMPERATURES IN THE WINTER THAT ARE BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, AND THE COMBINATION OF THOSE TWO FACTORS MEANS THAT THIS PROGRAM IS IMMENSELY MORE IMPORTANT HERE THAN IT IS IN MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.))
[OUT Q=parts of the country.]
Boucher's opponent in the November election, Joe Barta, says he would probably vote eliminate the funding.
He says the heating assistance program was designed during the height of the energy crisis, and is part of a massive welfare program in need of reform.
He says Congress should use the money to help reduce the burden on taxpayers.[Stocks]
Stocks ended mixed today--news of a government
shakeup in Japan left U-S investors wondering about the
outlook for American companies doing business there.
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The Dow dropped 10 points to close at nine thousand 96.
NASDAQ gained 22 points.
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[TAPE#=98-45 TC 54:57]
A Glen Cove Elementary school kindergarten teacher is the new President of the Roanoke County Education Association.
Debbie Graham took over her duties as head of the 900-plus member organization on July 1st. She wants to promote teamwork between the school board, the board of supervisors and her association.
Graham says she follows the A-B-C theme, meaning "always believe in children". She says the R-C-E-A's work is rooted in that.
[IN Q=THE ROANOKE COUNTY]
((DEBBIE GRAHAM/RCEA PRESIDENT: THE ROANOKE COUNTY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION HAS THIS BLUE PRINT CALLED THE PROGRAM OF ACTION. IT'S PRESENTED, THE EXECUTIVE BOARD GOES OVER AND THEN IT GOES TO THE REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY. AND THEY APPROVE THIS, THEN IT'S OUR SET PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AND THAT'S OUR THINGS WE DO FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Graham/RCEA President;]
[OUT Q=THE WHOLE YEAR.]
Graham also wants to work with the Student Virginia Education Association, particularly with Hollins University and Roanoke College.
[TAPE#=98-42 TC 1:07:24]
Camp Wheezer is an appropriately named day camp for children with asthma.
Radford University is the host of the camp staffed by Community Hospital medical professionals.
Every day before the campers can participate in normal play they have to pass a breathing test.
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[IN Q=A peak]
((MELISSA DALE/CAMPER: A PEAK FLOW METER SO WE CAN KNOW IF OUR BREATHING'S GOOD OR BAD.))
[SUPER=01-Melissa Dale/Camper; ]
[OUT Q=or bad]
And if it's good, there are plenty of games and activities.
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[IN Q=Everyday we]
((CINDY CUNNINGHAM, R.N./CAMP COUNCELOR: EVERYDAY WE BOWL, GO SWIMMING, DO SOME SORT OF CRAFT AND THEY WE HAVE A SPECIAL EVENT AND EDUCATION IS JUST SORT OF ROTATED IN THROUGHOUT THE DAY.))
[SUPER=01-Cindy Cunningham/Nurse & Camp Counselor]
[OUT Q=the day]
Counselors say once children have learned to control their asthma at Camp Wheezer, they can go to a regular summer camp without the worry of what to do in case of an attack.
Coming up tonight in sports, more trouble for Allen Iverson, the fair is gone and the Avalanche is back home for the first time this month.
We'll check out last night's Bash and the Beach,
plus the Hurricanes build for the future with a piece of their past as they acquire Ron Francis.
[TAPE#=SP-13 tc 1:13:04]
The Avalanche hasn't played at home since the end of June. And the recent road trip wasn't exactly successful with Salem posting a three and seven record.
Last night's three to two loss to Lynchburg was The Avalanche's third in a row.
But Salem is hoping for a different ending tonight now that the it's home against the Hillcats.
And Wednesday the Avalanche opens a nine game home stand.
[IN Q=we've gotten]
[SUPER=01-Jay Loviglio/Salem Avalanche Manager;]
[OUT Q=do it again]
They'll have that chance tonight at seven.
Remember how your Mom and Dad always told you to be careful about who you hang out with and pick your firends wisely.
Allen Iverson apparently didn't get the message.
This is Iverson's Mercedes that was seized today after it was involved in a drug deal in Norfolk.
Iverson loaned the car to two of his long time firends who in turn were caught selling coacine and marijuana out of the car in a Tidewater neighborhood.
Iverson was not in the car and he has not been charged, but under Virginia law cars used in drug activity can be permanently confiscated.
Last August, Iverson was in another car with firends that was stopped near Richmond and a 45 calibre pistol was found under his seat and marijuana was found in the car.
From hard times to the hardwater.
The Carolina Hurricanes made some noise during the second half of last season, and today they made some more
by signing veteran Ron Francis to a four year $20 point eight million dollar contract.
For Francis, the ninth leading scorer in NHL history, this is a homecoming of sorts, he was traded from this organization eight years ago when it was still in Hartford.
He's now 35.
[IN Q="I think...]
[SUPER=01-Ron Francis/Signs With the Hurricanes;:00]
[OUT Q=...years to come."]
[WIPE WIPE WIPE][S-NHL]
[WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00]
While that signing was taking place in Raleigh, JOhn Vanbiesbrook was officially being introduced as the Flyers new goalie in Philly.
He agreed to terms with Philadelphia last week after becoming a free agent from the Panthers.
[GRAPHIC=TOUR DE FRANCE]
Stage two of the Tour de France today saw the leader of the event literally get knocked out of the top spot in the race.
[SUPER=03-Cork, Ireland; :00]
Jan Svorada on the Czech Republic won today's second stage with Australia's Robbie McEwan second and Italy Mario Chipollini third.
But Britain's Chris Boardman, the leader after the first two days of the race crashed face first into this wall and was knocked out of the race.
Ironically, last year he quit the race because he couldn't challenge for the lead, this year he loses his lead in this wreck.
[TAPE#=SP-20 tc 30:15]
Area gymnasts are getting psyched up about the arrival of Gold Medal Champion Shannon Miller--one of the most decorated American gymnast.
Miller will be in the Roanoke Valley for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games and many of these young gymnasts will be competing in the games.
It's no surprise these athletes want to be just like Shannon.
[IN Q=I really look]
[SUPER=01-MacKenzie Payne/Gymnast; :00]
[SUPER=01-Katie Guidry/Gymnast; :08]
[OUT Q=and keep trying]
The Commonwealth Games gymnastics competition gets underway July 18th and 19th at The Botetourt Gymnastics Academy.
And finally tonight Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman finally made their much anticipated appearance in the wrestling ring last night out in San Diego.
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA/WCW; :00]
Malone teamed with his good friend Diamond Dallas Page to take on Rodman and the legendary Hollywood Hogan in a pay per view event.
The Mailman took a beating early on from both "The Worm" and "Hollywood."
But he came back to scoop slam both guys and turn the tide of the match in favor of DDP and himself.
But cheating occasionally takes place in matches of this magnitude and some interference on the part of Hogan's body guard the Disciple helped Rodman and Hogan win.
But Malone later wiped out the Disciple and the referee.
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A small plane has crashed in the town of Hillsville in Carroll County.
The state police office in Wytheville says the plane clipped a power line as it tried to make an emergency landing this afternoon.
The accident happened on Route 58 behind the Hills Hotel.
Police say one person suffered minor injuries.
We'll have more on the story for you tonight, on News-7 at 11.