Don't believe everything you hear about a man with tuberculosis at the Salem Fair.
On News 7 at Six, we'll separate rumors from fact in the reports of T-B at the fair.
And we'll tag along as Virginia National Guards troops go "bayonet to bayonet" with a fictional enemy in the tropics.
Tonight in sports, the Big Cat and Junior rips the cover off the ball in the big leagues, some youth hockey stars are looking for gold this weekend in the Commonwealth Games.
And the rumors have been flying about Rick Mast's race team being for sale or already sold. We'll separate the fact form the fiction tonight in sports.
Passing showers today for some folks. They will be more numerous tomorrow. Details just ahead.
[TAPE#=98-48 TC 36:23]
The Roanoke City Health Department says reports that a man working at last week's Salem Fair had tuberculosis are wrong.
The man DID have the disease but he NEVER worked at the fair because he was too ill.
He was only on the payroll.
The health department did a screening of about 200 people who traveled with the man.
Three of those people tested positive for the infection, but they were not considered a high risk to the public.
Still officials note the occurrence of T-B is on the rise.
[IN Q= We are seeing]
((MOLLY RUTLEDGE/ROANOKE CITY HEALTH DEPT.: WE ARE SEEING INCREASING NUMBERS THIS YEAR ALREADY IN ROANOKE CITY. WE'VE SEEN ABOUT FOUR ACTUAL CASES AND MANY MANY CASES OF INFECTION WITHOUT THE DISEASE.))
[SUPER=01-Molly Rutledge/Roanoke City Health Dept.]
[OUT Q=without the disease.]
The disease can only be contracted if a significant amount of air is shared with an infected person.
Common symptoms to look for are weight loss, night sweats and coughing.
A Danville man has been found guilty of shooting the owner of a religious bookstore.
Joseph Evans was convicted today on four charges including malicious wounding and robbery.
The shooting happened January 5th at the Religious Book Center on Market Street.
Evans walked into store, robbed the owner, then shot him twice in the chest.
Fred Bevill made a full recovery and was able to identify the shooter.
No sentencing date has been set for Evans.
He still faces prosecution for his part in the murder and robbery of a North Carolina woman.
[TAPE#598-34 TC 3:48]
A former Pittsylvania County prosecutor will go back to jail--this time for assaulting a teenage boy.
61- year- old Joseph Motley Whitehead was sentenced today to six-months behind bars and a 35- hundred- dollar fine.
A jury found him guilty two weeks ago of pistol-whipping a 15- year- old in 1997 because he thought the boy had stolen from him.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./File Tape;]
This is not Whitehead's first brush with the wrong side of the law.
Whitehead spent 16-months in prison in the late 70's.
That's when he was convicted in two separate cases of bribery and protecting a prostitution ring.
Whitehead served as Pittsylvania County's prosecutor from 1964 to 1975.
[TAPE#98-54 TC 22:32]
Former criminal defense attorney Jeff Rudd has been charged with attempted murder in Roanoke County.
According to County police, Rudd went to his ex-girlfriend's house on Yellow Mountain Road early this morning.
Melanie Elmir was NOT injured, but police say two shots were fired through a window from outside the home.
Rudd was arrested sometime later ...on the other side of the county ...on Bradshaw Road near his home.
Rudd surrendered his law license two years ago, rather than endure an investigation by the State Bar Disciplinary Board.
He'd been in private practice for about five years- -having served as the Regional Drug Prosecutor before that.
He's scheduled for arraignment Friday in Domestic Relations Court.[L'burg-Body]
Lynchburg police need your help tracking down suspects in the murder of a Massachusetts man over the weekend.
Three Lynchburg investigators are in Arlington talking with friends and family of 21- year- old Peter Spyropoulas (speer-OP-o-lis).
Spyropoulas was shot in the head and his car set on fire in this wooded area off Graves Mill Road.
Police aren't sure why he was in Lynchburg.. but they hope someone may have seen him or his car there early Sunday morning.
[IN Q=And we're hoping]
((INVEST. DANNY VIAR/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AND WE'RE HOPING THAT SOMEONE WORKING IN A CONVENIENCE STORE OR SOMEONE WORKING IN A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT OR SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU COULD GET SOMETHING TO EAT THAT TIME OF MORNING IN THE LYNCHBURG AREA, COULD POSSIBLY PROVIDE US SOME INFORMATION AS TO DID THEY SEE HIM, AND IF SO WAS SOMEBODY WITH HIM OR WAS HE ALONE, DO THEY REMEMBER THE CAR OR WHATEVER.))
[SUPER=01-Invest. Danny Viar/Lynchburg Police; :00]
[OUT Q=the car or whatever.]
[**TAKE PINNACLE PAGE #1020**]
Spyropoulas was driving a green 1998 Chevy Malibu with Massachusetts tags 3-3-0 G-V-E.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crimestoppers number on your screen.
A 22-year-old Rocky Mount man was killed today in an early morning car accident.
Police say Jason Christopher Perdue was driving west on Route 693 in Boone's Mill around 4:15 this morning.
They say his car veered off the road, struck a utility pole and a tree, then plunged into a creek.
Perdue died at the scene.
He was the only person in the car.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
There's more News 7 at Six just ahead--
the battle-readiness of Virginia's National Guard is being tested--we'll go along on a large scale military exercise.
[wx ad lib]
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[SUPER=82-0.34''/minus 1.32''/32.59''/plus 11.37'';]
[SUPER=83-Down 0.70 foot/Down 0.46 foot;Lake levels][Abbitt]
In his 90 years of life he spent time as a lawyer, a prosecutor, a Congressman and a church deacon.
But to thousands of people around Virginia, Watkins Abbitt Senior was simply a good friend and a good man to have on your side.
Abbitt died Monday in Lynchburg from complications of leukemia.
He spent 35 years on Capitol Hill, representing Virginia's Fourth Congressional District.
Abbitt's statewide influence was reflected in the dozens of current and former politicians who attended his funeral in Appomattox today.
[IN Q=Watt was certainly]
((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/D- 5TH DISTRICT: WATT WAS CERTAINLY AN INSPIRATION TO ME AND GAVE ME MUCH HELPFUL ADVICE, AND HE KNEW A LOT OF WAYS IN CONGRESS AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATED ALL THAT HE DID FOR ME.))
((RONNY SPIGGLE/APPOMATTOX MAYOR: KNEW HIM ALL MY LIFE, LIVED IN THE COUNTY ALL MY LIFE. HE'LL BE SADLY MISSED. LARGE SHOES TO FILL BECAUSE HE JUST TOUCHES SO MANY LIVES, SO MANY PEOPLE.))
((MARK WARNER/FORMER SENATE CANDIDATE: ONCE HE STOOD UP AND STARTED TALKING, HE GOT INTO A STEMWINDER, HE HAD HIS HANDS WHIRLING AND WHILING AND YELLING AND GOING AT IT REAL TOUGH, AND THAT KIND OF ENERGY AND LOVE FOR PEOPLE IS THE MEMORY THAT I WILL TAKE AWAY FROM TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Ronnie Spiggle/Appomattox Mayor; :13]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/Former Senate Candidate; :24]
[OUT Q=take away from today.]
Abbitt is survived by his wife and three children, including Watkins Abbitt Junior, a member of the state House of Delegates.
[TAPE#=98-41 TC 1:23:12]
Taking out the garbage has become more expensive for the city of Clifton Forge.
Now, officials are passing the cost onto local residents.
Earlier this month city council approved a utility tax that will increase the cost of garbage collection by three dollars and 50 cents per household per month.
A council member says the tax hike is needed to cover higher costs the city is having to pay Alleghany County.
[SOT 10.37.02 - 10.37.15]
[IN Q=We have to]
((MEREDITH MILLS/COUNCILMEMBER: WE HAVE TO PAY THE COUNTY 65 DOLLARS A TON TO COLLECT OUR GARBAGE AND AT OUR PRESENT RATE OF 13.50 PER MONTH THAT DOESN'T COVER THE COST. SO, THE 3.50--WE HATE TO DO IT TO THE PEOPLE OF CLIFTON FORGE BUT IT WAS A NECESSITY.))
[SUPER=01-Meredith Mills/Clifton Forge City Council;]
[OUT Q=was a necessity.]
Until recently, Clifton Forge dumped its garbage in a landfill in Covington.
That landfill is scheduled to close soon and the city's access to it has been cut off.
The city now relies on Alleghany County to dispose of its waste.
The tax hike goes into effect August first.
Once in place, city residents will have to pay a total of 17 dollars for trash pick-up.
[TAPE#98-42 TC 1:13:09]
Forty-four firefighters from across Virginia are home.
After a 10 day stint in western Florida, and an all night bus ride home, the firefighters rolled into the Richmond area this morning.
[IN Q=They are]
((GARY ARONHOLT/VIRGINIA PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: THEY ARE FROM JURISDICTIONS, FIRE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. IF I MAY READ THEM: CHESTERFIELD....AND WILLIAMSBURG.))
((CAPT. DARYELL SEXTON/ROANOKE CO. FIRE DEPT.: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE IMPACT THAT WE MADE IN BAY COUNTY, AND THE CAMARADERIE WITH THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS THAT WE WENT WITH FROM VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Daryell Sexton/Roanoke Co. Fire Dept.; :17]
[OUT Q=from Virginia.]
The Virginia firefighters mostly cleaned up deep, smoldering fires that other crews had already knocked down in the Panama City area.
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach/July 2;]
Local crews in Florida had the brunt of the heavy fire fighting... but backup assistance from across the nation.
[TAPE#=98-44 TC 55:33]
The skies between Roanoke and Chicago just got a little bit friendlier.
For the first time in six years, you can take a nonstop flight from Roanoke Regional to O'Hare airport.
Trans States Airlines, operating as United Express, began the flights today.
The first travelers had rave reviews for the jet service, which drastically cuts travel time between the two cities.
[SOT 10 25 57]
[IN Q=day and a half]
((BETTY AND CHARLES ROSSBACH/CHICAGO TRAVELERS: DAY AND A HALF TO GET OVER HERE IF YOU DRIVE. WE ENJOYED THIS VERY MUCH. THIS IS A VERY GOOD FLIGHT. VERY PLEASANT.))
[SUPER=01-Betty & Charles Rossbach/Chicago Travelers;]
[OUT Q=very pleasant]
O'Hare will be the ninth major hub linked to Roanoke by nonstop flights.
That means Roanoke travelers will have an easier time connecting to long-distance and international flights.
[SOT 10 43 20]
[IN Q=we're just saying]
((BILL MISHK/TRANS STATES AIRLINES: WE'RE JUST SAYING THAT IF YOU WANT TO GET TO CHICAGO AND DO BUSINESS OR YOU WANT TO GET TO ANY OF UNITED'S DESTINATIONS WORLDWIDE, O'HARE IS THE LARGEST AIRPORT IN THE WORLD AND WE'RE BRINGING SERVICE TO VALLEY RESIDENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Mishk/Trans States Airlines;]
The airline is offering special round-trip fares through September:
218 dollars if you call two weeks in advance.
When there aren't any specials, tickets will cost about 400 dollars.
The stock market was mostly lower today in heavy trading.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
The Dow dropped 11 points closing at 92 hundred 34.
NASDAQ gained 26 points.
[ AE /ATT /Bell/Columbia/Crestar;]
[Dana/Dimon/Dominion Resources/First Union/First VA]
[General Electric/Kroger/Nationsbank/Norfolk Southern/Optical Cable]
[phillip morris/roanoke electric steel/trigon/wachovia/walmart]
[TAPE#98-39 TC 1:46:41]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal]
The invasion has begun.
Three thousand Army National Guard soldiers are advancing across central Virginia... in what's believed to be the largest war game the Commonwealth's ever seen.
But to them, it's war.
Ellen Qualls reports from the front.
[IN Q=Despite the]
[SUPER=03-Nottoway Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Capt. John Epperly/Roanoke Battalion; :22]
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Carroll Childers/Infantry Div. Comm.; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Todd Hubbard/Danville Battalion; 1:18]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Fort Pickett.]
Despite the flashes, the bullets aren't real.
But there are casualties.
[nat sot ]
An infantry battalion from Roanoke is playing an advanced kind of laser tag in the forests of central Virginia.
[sot tape ONE 47:33]
((CAPT. JOHN EPPERLY/ROANOKE BATTALION: WE'RE INFANTRY. WE CLOSE WITH AND DESTROY THE ENEMY BY FIRE, CLOSE COMBAT, AND COUNTER-ATTACK. SO WHEN WE MOVE IN, WE ARE PRETTY MUCH THOSE FOLKS THAT GO BAYONET TO BAYONET WITH THE ENEMY.))
The enemy is a fictional Carribbean, Communist dictatorship called Marcala.
Sounds a little bit like Cuba.
[sot tape ONE 46:39]
((THEY HAVEN'T DONE A LOT OF THIS IN THE HEAT ... ACCLIMATIZATION PROCESS FOR A LOT OF THE SOLDIERS COMING IN HERE.))
[sot tape two STANDUP 02:26:05]
((AS IF THE STRESS OF BATTLE'S NOT ENOUGH, ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF DENNIS REIMER PAID THE TROOPS A VISIT. THAT'S A BIG DEAL IN AN ARMY THAT'S INCREASINGLY RELIANT ON ITS RESERVE FORCES.))
It's also an opportunity to show the effects of severe federal budget cuts to the National Guard.
[sot tape 1 07:21]
((MAJ. GEN. CARROLL CHILDERS/29TH INFANTRY DIVISION COMMANDER: THE THING THAT HURTS US MOST IS WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO SEND SOLDIERS BOTH TO THIS ANNUAL TRAINING AND TO THE REQUIRED SCHOOL TRAINING.))
The Danville artillery support unit went on active duty in Bosnia last year.
This year, it and some other Southside units fire silent howitzers, with just a limited amount of live ammo.
[sot tape TWO 02:10:12]
((CAPT. TODD HUBBARD/DANVILLE BATTALION: WE HAVE A FARM THAT WE'LL GO OUT TO AND SET THE GUNS UP AND DO TRAINING SIMILAR TO THIS, BUT WE DON'T HAVE ANY LIVE ROUNDS. BUT WE'LL JUST GO THROUGH, SEND THE MISSION DOWN, THEY'LL SET THE SITES, PULL THE LANYARD AND IT CLICKS. BUT WE HAVEN'T BEEN DOWN HERE FOR ABOUT A YEAR TO FIRE THE LIVE ROUNDS.))
But with or without shells, the invasion of Marcala must continue, until a diplomatic solution can be reached.
[nat sot from de-briefing]
The 29th Infantry Division, after all, has a proud history -- including D-Day on Omaha Beach.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Fort Pickett.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7 sports portion of the newscast, homeruns have been flying everywhere in the past 24 hours.
We will check in on the Braves and Griffey Junior.
Plus, what's up with Rick Mast's race team?
That answer and Steve Mason with some area youth hockey players getting ready for the Commonwelath Games coming up right after this break.
The Atlanta Braves put on an offensive show this afternoon at Shea Stadium as they collected 16 hits and racked up 12 runs as they spanked the Mets.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/Braves vs. Mets;:00]
Andres Gallaraga, the big cat, who has made everyone in Hotlanta forget about Fred McGriff led the way today.
In the top of the first he rocked this two run shot togive the Braves a 2-to-nothing lead.
Then the very next batter, Ryan Klesko slammed his 14th long ball of the season to right field.
It's a 3-to-nothing game.
That's all the Braves would need, but in the fourth Gallaraga gave them some insurance with his 30th homer of the season.
[super=35-Atlanta/12/New York/1/Gallaraga Two Homers;]
This three run blast to left went completely out of the park. The Braves get the 12-to-1 and it could have been worse. They stranded nine runners.
Mark McGwire was homerless last night, but his american league counterpart Ken Griffey Junior was anything but bashful or bashless.
Maybe it had something to do with who was watching him perform.
[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/Last Night; :00]
Tech head coach Frank Beamer in Seattle last night for the game. He was a classmate of Rangers manager Johnny Oates and Lou Piniella's son Derek plays football at Tech.
Frank would see Griffey crush this one in third inning deep into the right field seats. It's his 38th homer and his 15 hundredth career hit in the big leagues.
Later in the bottom of the seventh, Junior ripped
his 39th homer of the year again over the right field fence. Alex Rodriguez scores and the M's win it
6 to 3.
Rick Mast is enjoying this rare off week on the Winston Cup circuit by spening some quality family time on the shores of North Carolina.
But even when the circuit is off, the rumors persist in NASCAR.
[SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; :00]
This afternoon Rick put the latest hot bit of gossip to rest.
For the past three weeks reports have been surfacing in the garage area that Mast's car owner Butch Mock was ready to sell his entire race operation in Mooresville, North Carolina.
The rumored buyer was none other than Roger Penske. But Mast told me on the phone today that while Mock's priorities have shifted some since he married earlier this year, he is not actively looking to sell the team.
And Mast says if any sale takes place in the future, Mock wants a buyer who will keep the team members and sponsors in tact.
The Commonwealth Games kick of Friday. Ice hockey makes it's much anticiptated debut this year and Steve Mason says one local team hopes to make a big splash in the frozen pond.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Jeremy Larkin/Red Wings Captain; :14]
[SUPER=01-Frank Smusz/Red Wings Coach; :36]
[SUPER=01-Tyler Teass/Red Wings Goalie; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Brian Smusz/Red Wings Assistant Captain; 1:10]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
((The Roanoke Red Wings are named after the NHL power from Detroit that won the Stanley Cup. These 11-12 year olds believe they can win the top prize...in the commonwealth games.
The Red Wings are gaurunteed a gold medal match up because there are just 4 pee wee teams in their division. But 10 of the 16 players are in their first year of the contact hockey they will experience in the games.
Despite having only five practices at the Ice Station to develop a chemistry , the 16 Red Wings feel certain strengths will help balance out the lack of ice time together.))
[TAPE#=SP-6 tc 1:19:58]
[GRAPHIC=Tour De France]
One good sprint helped make a childhood dream come true.
Australia's Stuart O'Grady is the OVERALL leader after the fourth stage of the Tour de France.
O'Grady wasn't involved in this spill that sent 35 riders flying to the ground.
Instead he used point sprints to move into the lead and become the fourth man in five days to wear the coveted yellow jersey and reach his childhood dream.
American George Hincapie is third overall.
The 21 stage race is on record pace for yellow jersey.
In '87 eight different leaders wore the revered garment.
Dutchman Joeren (yah-ROON) Blijlevens (BLY'-lay-vehns) won today's fourth stage at the Tour de France.
[SUPER=330-Mostly Cloudy/Light Winds/65-70/Cloudy With/Late Showers/85-90;]
[SUPER=331-Mostly/Cloudy/68-72/Cloudy With/Afternoon Showers/85-90;]
[SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/63-65/Cloudy/Showers Possible/83-85;]
[SUPER=333-Mostly/Cloudy/64-66/Cloudy With/Showers Possible/80-85;]
[SUPER=X5001;][SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/With Fog/60-65/Hazy With/Showers/80-84;]