Up next on News 7 at 11...
Some county residents say a pizza delivery man threatened their children with a gun.
Roanoke police are afraid more people will died from a deadly batch of heroin on the street.
And one of Virginia's most wanted dead-beat parents comes home in handcuffs.
News 7 is next.
Residents in a Roanoke County community near Vinton are on edge after a pizza delivery man allegedly pulled a gun on some neighborhood kids.
David Johnson has the story.
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((Eric Matthews was one of seven children playing football on this street when he says a Domino's Pizza driver pulled out a gun.
[IN Q=HE WAS COMING]
((ERIC MATTHEW/WITNESS; HE WAS COMING BY AND HE WAS REVING HIS ENGINE AND WE WERE ALL LAUGHING AT HIM. HE CAME BY AND SLOWED DOWN, THEN HE SHOWED US ALL HIS GUN, THEN HE SPED UP THE STREET.))
[OUT Q=UP THE STREET.]
Frightened--the children ran home and told their parents -- who in turn called the Orange Avenue Domino's and complained.
However, according to the owner, as soon as the driver returned, the car was searched by another manager and police who found no gun.
But, Green and other area parents are sticking by their children's story.
[IN Q=IT WAS KIND]
((CRYSTAL GREEN; IT WAS KIND OF FUNNY BECAUSE THERE WAS SEVEN KIDS INVOLVED IN IT. EACH ONE OF THEM WENT TO THERE OWN HOME BY THE TIME HE HAD STARTED UP THE ROAD AND EACH ONE HAS THE EXACT SAME STORY. I MEAN HOW CAN SEVEN KIDS MAKE UP THE EXACT SAME STORY?))
[OUT Q=EXACT SAME STORY?]
[IN Q=Green says now]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING:GREEN SAYS NOW THAT THE DRIVER KNOWS OF THEIR COMPLAINTS SHE'S WORRIED HE'LL RETALIATE. MEANWHILE, THE OWNER OF THE ORANGE AVENUE DOMINO'S SAYS HE DOESN'T BELIEVE THE STORY AND HE'S REFUSING TO DISCIPLINE THE DRIVER. ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE MATTER. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
[OUT Q=DJO, News 7.]
Roanoke police still have yet to make an arrest concerning a potent batch of heroin that's killed two people.
Authorities say 38-year old Charles Edward Roberts and 29-year old Mark Allen Musgrove of Vinton both died after taking the heroin.
A third man-- 48-year old James David Johnston also took the heroin, and was left unconcious and taken to a nearby hospital.
Police say the heroin is an unusually pure form of the drug that's being carelessly cut, packaged and distributed by dealers.
Authorities say its being distributed under the street labels "Face to Face" and "Good news".
Police have identified the man who died after being run over by a train in Danville last night.
Authorities say 29-year-old Beverly Lamont Mitchell of Danville was struck and killed by a Norfolk-Southern train shortly before 6 thirty.
The train's conductor says he blew the horn at Mitchell, who was reportedly laying on the tracks just west of the Monument Street railroad crossing when he was hit.
Charges have NOT been filed in connection with the incident.
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One of the "Delinquent Dozen" has returned to the Commonwealth..
Laurence Erwin Judd is on the list of the biggest deadbeat parents in Virginia.
He owes his children more than 150-thousand dollars in child support payments.
Local law enforcement officials say his arrest is a warning to other parents who don't pay up.
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((NATHANIEL YOUNG/DIV. OF CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT: IT'S TO SEND A SIGNAL TO THE NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS IN VIRGINIA THAT SAYS NO MATTER HOW FAR YOU GO AND HOW HARD YOU TRY TO EVADE US, NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY NOT TO PAY YOUR CHILD SUPPORT WE WILL GO TO ANY LENGTH, WE WILL GO ANY DISTANCE TO BRING YOU BACK.))
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[OUT Q=to bring you back.]
Judd was arrested October ninth in Las Vegas after credit reporting agencies helped officials track him down at his Nevada home.
He faces charges of contempt of court for failure to pay child support and child neglect.
It's been a busy week in Washington, busy enough to turn attention away from impeachment hearings to other matters.
Stephanie Lambidakis has details.
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((President Clinton left Washington to meet with key players in the
Mideast Peace Talks being held on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
(still pix) The President huddled with the American negotiators... but
since it is the Jewish Sabbath no formal sessions are being held.... and
no pictures were allowed of his informal talks with with Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yassir Arafat.
SOT/JAMIE RUBIN (STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN)
THE TALKS WERE CONSTRUCTIVE AND SUBSTANTIVE....(TBD)
VO (CLINTON AT ROSE GARDEN HAPPY CONFERENCE)
While no breakthroughs have been reported in the talks... it's been a
breakthrough week for Mr. Clinton. He changed the subject from
impeachment to the budget -- getting most of what he wanted...for
teachers...for troops in Bosnia...and for farmers.
(vo: gingrich along river)
The House Speaker was boasting today that Republicans did well, too.
SOT: NEWT GINGRICH
05:29 'THE FACT IS, CONSERVATIVES WON VERY MANY MAJOR POLICY DECISIONS
IN THIS NEGOTIATION."
But Budget analyst Robert Greenstein says Republicans lost ground to the
White HOuse because of conflicts between conservatives and moderates in
their own party.
SOT/GREENSTEIN/ "THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HANDLED IT BADLY. IT WAS
DILATORY FOR MONTH. IT DIDN'T GET ITS WORK DONE. IT HANDED THE
PRESIDENT THE UPPER HAND BY WAITING TO GET EVERYTHING DONE UNTIL THE
Mr.Clinton is working hard to convince voters that he is a president to
be reckoned with. When Congress passes the budget on Tuesday he can say
it's because HE kept up the pressure. If there is progress in the
Mideast talks...he can say he played an instrumental role. For a week
at least, his biggest victory was pushing "impeachment" off center
stage. Stephanie Lambidakis, CBS News, the White House.))
Paula Jones is apparently ready to
settle her lawsuit against the President..
The cost is reportedly two million dollars.
Sources say Jones wants a million dollars from the president and another million from New York tycoon Abe Hirschfeld.
Hirschfeld earlier offered Jones one million dollars if she dropped her case against Clinton.
There are reports that Jones' lawyers called Clinton's attorney with the offer today--but they had no comment.
Meanwhile, an appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case Tuesday if the two sides fail to reach a settlement.
Up next--we'll take a look at some homes in Roanoke that are giving a new look to an old community.
And, we'll see how overseas financial markets are affecting business at a furniture market in North Carolina.
More when the news continues.
Many people in Southwest and Southside Virginia rely on the furniture industry for their paycheck.
So it's no wonder many keep a close eye on the International Furnishings Market in North Carolina.
Early reports from analysts show sales are improving.
Jean Jadhon checks in with regional companies at market in High Point, North Carolina.
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((70 thousand people from all over the world converge on High Point.
Among the many exhibitors are companies that operate in this region.
They're counting on sales to dealers at market to set the financial tone for the next six months.
((BILL UTLEY/HOOKER FURNITURE: THIS MARKET IS GOING TO CULMINATE 1998 WHICH SO FAR HAS BEEN GOOD. WE EXPECT IT TO BE GOOD GOING THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR. WE'RE GOING TO BE AGRESSIVE AND GO AFTER THAT.))
[OUT Q=after that.]
Early reports from market analysts show sales are better than the past few-
MOST EVERY COMPANY RELIES ON A SPECIFIC PRODUCT- AT PULASKI FURNITURE CURIOS MAKE UP TWO THIRDS OF THE BUSINESS. IN FACT THEY DOMINATE THE MARKET.
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((YES WE BUY FROM PULASKI FURNITURE WE REPRESENT PULASKI FURNITURE IN GERMANY AND IN AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, PARTS OF THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM..))
[OUT Q=and Belgium.]
While companies rely on the foreign dollar most are also keeping their eye on overseas problems such as the Asian Financial troubles.
((IT HAS AFFECTED OUR INTERNATIONAL MARKET THIS YEAR. WE FEEL IT'S GOING TO HAVE SOME IMPACT SO WE CAN ONLY ANTICIPATE AT THIS POINT.))
[OUT Q=AT THIS POINT]
((WE'VE HAD OUR EYES PEELED. ALL FURNITURE STOCKS HAVE TAKEN A HIT OVER THE LAST THREE OR FOUR WEEKS IN RESPONSE TO THE WORLDWIDE CRISIS.))
[OUT Q=retailers tell us.]
Most companies said it has not affected domestic sales though at this point.
The nine day event in High Point goes through next Thursday.
In High Point, North Carolina, JJ News Seven.))
The Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization is cleaning-up a local community one home at a time.
Since 1980, the organization has worked with residents to revitalize and re-claim old Northwest communities that were once littered with crime and crumbling houses.
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((JOHN EDWARDS/VA. STATE SENATOR; THEY ARE MIRACLE WORKERS, WORKING WITH A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AND A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS. PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN LEADERS IN THIS COMMUNITY HAVE REALLY TURNED THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AROUND. THE HOUSING STOCK HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY, THE CRIME RATE HAS GONE DOWN. THEY HAVE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN PARKS NOW.))
[OUT Q=IN PARKS NOW.]
The group's founder says taking back the neighborhood was a slow, planned process.
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((FLORINE THORNHILL/NNEO FOUNDER; WE FELT LIKE TAKING A BLOCK AT A TIME AND NOT TAKING SUCH A BIG AREA. WHEN YOU TAKE SUCH A BIG AREA AND JUST HIT IT HERE AND THERE, YOU DON'T SEE ANYTHING BEING DONE. YOU TAKE A LITTLE PART AT A TIME AND THEN YOU KEEP REACHING OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Florine Thornhill/NNEO Founder;]
[OUT Q=KEEP REACHING OUT.]
Thornhill was one of two women recognized by President Clinton in 1994 for establishing the organization.
The group's next project will be renovating 10 homes and building 10 more in the Loudon community.
Eventually organizers plan to name the finished project "Thornhill Place" in honor of the group's founder.
Up next, Andrew Frieden will have an extended look at your weekend weather.
And, Roy Stanley will have highlights from Virginia Tech's first loss of the season.
That's coming up when the news continues.
A new website gives you an opportunity to express your opinion...
Plus, if you love baseball cards or scary movies, there's a site for you in tonight's WebWatch.
[IN Q=If you want your]
If you want your voice heard on issues involving our nation, click on E-thePeople.
The webforum is currently in beta-testing, but you can still get involved in one of the on-line petition drives...
There are several active petitions dealing with hate crime laws in the wake of the beating death of a gay man in Wyoming.
Who's got one of the best baseball card collections in the country? The Library Of Congress. It's part of the American Memory exibit, featuring rare cards dating from 1887 to 1914.
You can seach by keyword, or browse different teams, leagues, cities and card sets.
Sure there's no way you're ever going to own them, but you can print them out and pretend.
If you can't wait for the re-make of the movie Psycho, you can catch a sneak preview online.
Universal Pictures is releasing the movie trailer on one if it's websites.
It's the first time a movie preview has hit the web before the theatres...
Watch it at Psychomovie-dot-com, and say out of the shower!
For links to all these sites, click on webwatch on the WDBJ website at WDBJ 7-dot com))[Sun-Promo]
A new Miss Virginia was crowned in Roanoke on Thursday....
Nita Booth, the former Miss Tidewater, is the first African- American to wear the Miss Virginia crown.
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((NITA BOOTH/MISS VIRGINIA: IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE REPRESENTING MY STATE, IT IS ALSO AN HONOR TO BE THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN, BUT MY FOCUS IS NOT NECESSARILY BEING THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN, BUT BEING THE BEST REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE STATE THAT I CAN BE.))
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Andrew Freiden will talk to Nita Booth LIVE tommorow on News 7 Sunday Morning.
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The Roanoke Express was back in the Roundhouse last night for the third game of the East Coast Hockey League season.
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The Express mascot getting close and personal with out Photographer at the Roundhouse.
Roanoke would get on the board first Pete Brearly fires the slap shot for the score on the power play and the Express led 1 to nothing.
But the Icebreakers come right back J.P. O'Connor had a back hand shot on the top shelf and the game was tied at 1 to 1 in the first period.
Chesapeake took a 2 to 1 lead but the Express
came back Nick Beaudoin gets the pass from Kris Cantu and scores and Roanoke wins it 4 to 3 in a shootout.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
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The Winless Temple Owls flew into Blacksburg yesterday and spoiled Virginia Tech's homecoming and the Hokies shot at the Big East Title.
Tech losing for the first time this season 28 to 24.
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[OUT Q=...next week."]
((Miss America Nicole Johnson opened up the homecoming activities by singing the National Anthem.
Nick Sorensen throws a sling pass to Jarrett Ferguson who goes up the left side line breaking tackles and rumbles in for the 26 yard touchdown Tech lead 7 to nothing in the first quarter.
Shayne Graham would add to Tech's lead booting a 28 yard field goal and the Hokies led 10 to nothing still in the first.
Temple would get on the board late in the second quarter Rashaan Harrison takes the screen pass from Devon Scottt who would break tackles cutting back across the field on his way to a 67 yard touchdown to make it 17 to 7 at the half.
The Owls continued the offensive attack in the third scoring two touchdowns including this 13 yard run by Jason McKie which put Temple up 21 to 17.
Tech would regain the lead early in the fourth as Lamont Pegues barrells in from the one to make it 24 to 21 Hokies.
Then with six minutes left in the game Temple quarterback Devon Scott sneaks in from the one and the Owls led 28 to 24.
With 24 seconds left on the clock Tech had one last hope as Nick Soresen rolls out and finds Ricky Hall open in the end zone but Hall drops the pass and Temple holds on for the upset 28 to 24.))
((NICK SORENSEN/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK; ))
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
Todd Braverman's 54 yard field goal attempt that would have forced overtime was a foot shot and Dez White's 54 yard T-D catch knocked U-V-A from the unbeaten ranks, Georgia Tech beating the Cavaliers 41 to 38.
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George Welsh walking the sideline during the game.
After an interception, Virginia running back thomas Jones takes the handoff and dives over from the one yard line and the Cavaliers led 7 to nothing.
Georgia Tech turned it over again this time Aaron Brooks fires this bullet to Terrence Wilkins on the 28 yard touchdown pass and the Cavaliers led 14 to nothing.
The Yellow Jackets came back in the quarter Joe Hamilton goes to the air and hits Dez White he spins and cuts back across the field for the 68 yard T-D run to make the score 21 to 10 Virginia.
Georgia Tech returned a punt for a T-D then
Cavalier fullback Anthony Southern scores on the one yard run but Georgia Tech comes from behind to win it 41 to 38.
Highlights from the World Series and the Pepsi 400 at Daytona when we return.
The Ferrum Panthers improved their record to 6 and 0 with a 14 to nothing win over Chowan.
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Panthers kicker Richard Harr warming up and ready to go during the game.
In the second half, The Panthers would score first on this 10 yard run up the left side by Randy Anderson and Ferrum took a 7 to nothing lead.
Then leading 14 to nothing the Panther defense came
[SUPER=36-Ferrum/14/Chowan/0/;] up big Dennis Freeman intercepting this Chris Dent pass with about 2 minutes left in th
e game and the Panthers win it 14 to nothing.
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[OUT Q=...in the first."]
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In Columbus, Ohio State protected its top ranking in the A-P Poll.
Joe Germaine passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns in a 45 to 15 win over Minnesota.
Now, Here's the rest of the scores.
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And coming up, The Winston Cup drivers raced under the lights at Daytona.
And the Yankees and Padres opened game one of the World Series in the Big Apple.
Jeff Gordon has all but wrapped up the Winston Cup Points championship. Gordon wins the Pepsi 400 for his third win at Daytona.
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Dale Earnhardt made the first move from his 5-th starting spot and he would lead the first 10 laps of the race.
The caution came out for a brief shower then on lap 33 Kevin Lepage gets lose and slides up to the top of the track hitting the wall and causing a multi car accident bringing out the second caution of the night.
Points leader Jeff Gordon, who needs only to finish 16-th in the final races of the season, was racing for second place with Dale Earnhardt.
But Dale Jarrett took the lead and he would lead the field at the halfway point of the race.
The race was red flagged for over 40 minutes because of rain but Gordon, who was the leader, pulled away from the field to win the Pepsi 400.
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[OUT Q=...JUST AWESOME."]
Bobby Labonte was second, Miks Skinner third, Jeremy Mayfield fourth and Rusty Wallace fifth.
The New York Yankees win game one of the World Series with a 9 to 6 win over San Diego.
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Chicago slugger Sammy Sosa was on hand to throw out the first pitch.
And the Yankees would take the early lead. Ricky Lede hits a line drive down the right field line with the bases loaded scoring two and the Yankees took the 2 to nothing lead in the third.
But the Padres came back in the top of the third.
Greg Vaughn gets all of this David Wells pitch for a two run homer and the game was tied at 2 to 2.
In the top of the fifth San Diego got back to back homers by Tony Guynn and Vaughn, Guynn taking this
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Wells pitch over the right field wall but New York comes from behind to win 9 to 6.