Trouble at Valley View Mall- -not just an over- abundance of shoppers....
a guy who rammed a car into a mall entrance- -fought a security guard for his keys, then smashed windows at another store before the police nabbed him.
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll have the rest of that story and Jean Jadhon's LIVE view from Valley View.
In sports, There's a new career rusher in college football West Virginia and Pittsburgh hooked up in the Backyard Brawl.
And A final word from the Hokies and Cavaliers heading into tomorrow's showdown in Blacksburg.
It doesn't feel or look "alot like Christmas" as temperatures soar into the 70's tomorrow. The dry and warm forecast coming up.
Thousands of shoppers are out tonight.
The turkey is barely digested but shopping is now on the plate.
[Double Boxes=Keith/Jean Microwave]
Jean Jadhon is at Valley View Mall in the thick of it all.
Jean I expect you're not alone out there.
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:opened with a bang.)
[IN Q=actually it was a crush.]
[SUPER=01-Louise Dudley/Valley View Mall Mgr.; :21 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Nedra Thorn/Shopper from Narrows; :26]
[SUPER=01-Mike Fife/Shopper from West Virginia; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Debbie McCormick/Shopper from Lexington; 1:10 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Ashley Saunders/10-year old Shopper; 1:28]
[SUPER=01-Erin Peters/Express Employee; 1:43 REALLY QUICK!]
[OUT Q=yes, definitely!]
[Live= Jean Full/Microwave]
( ad lib)
[Double Boxes=Keith/Jean Microwave]
The man suspected of causing that mess at Valley View early this morning has been arrested.
Police say after smashing a car into the mall, he got into a scuffle with a security guard and stole his keys.
He then tried to use the keys to get into one of the shops.
[IN Q=He came over here]
((SALLY OELGOETZ/MITCHELL'S FORMAL WEAR MANAGER: HE CAME OVER HERE AND STARTED SMASHING WINDOWS UNTIL HE GOT IN AND WENT FOR THE CASH REGISTER, BUT BY THEN THE POLICE WERE HERE AND THEY APPREHENDED HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Sally Oelgoetz/Mitchell's Formal Wear Manager;]
[OUT Q=apprehended him.]
The police went into the store and used pepper spray to subdue the would-be burglar: Abdul Almasori of Eastern Avenue northeast.
Police haven't been able to find the owner of the car.
Some holiday shoppers are literally sitting this one out, buying gifts from home and at work using computers.
Traditional retailers are not about to get run out of business by Internet shopping centers.
But as Scott Goldberg reports, record numbers of people say they'll do their shopping online.
[IN Q=nat sound]
[SUPER=01-Rich Beamish/Internet Shopper; :24]
[SUPER=01-Irene Leech/Virginia Tech; :42 --QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Ken Gassman/Davenport & Company; 1:17]
[OUT Q=SGO, News 7.]
[SOT 17:43:48 tape one]
(( closet opens, BEAMISH: WELL, FLORIDA SHIRT, THAT'S A GOOD ONE.))
[OUT Q=GOOD ONE --- lower audio, STAY WITH VIDEO!]
Rich Beamish is one guy who's not afraid to show you what's in his closet,
Full of stuff you won't find in stores near Blacksburg.
[SOT -- BRING SOUND UP]
[IN Q=unusual ties]
((BEAMISH: UNUSUAL TIES LIKE...THE FLAMINGO TIE!))
[OUT Q=THE FLAMINGO TIE]
The sixth grade teacher who moved here from Florida says there's only one shopping center that suits his admittedly far-out tastes:
[IN Q=I THINK]
((BEAMISH: I THINK YOU COULD FIND, MAYBE THE SAME DEAL IF YOU GO OUT LOOKING. BUT THAT'S THE THING -- YOU HAVE TO GO OUT LOOKING!))
This holiday season, Beamish and hundreds of others have no intention of fighting crowds...
[web page shots from tape 2] when virtual book stores, music stores, WINE stores...even entire malls are a mouse click away.
((LEECH: ANYTHING A CONSUMER COULD WANT IS AVAILABLE SOMEHOW, SOMEWHERE ON THE INTERNET.))
[OUT Q=THE INTERNET]
[IN Q=THIS YEAR]
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: THIS YEAR THE EXPERTS SAY THERE WILL BE A 300-PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COMPUTER USERS WHO DO THEIR HOLIDAY SHOPPING ONLINE. BUT THE REALITY IS: EVEN THOUGH VIRTUAL MALLS ARE GETTING MORE POPULAR, A CLEAR MAJORITY OF AMERICANS LIKE SHOPPING THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY.))
[LET ME WALK OUT OF FRAME, OTHER GUY WALKS IN]
[OUT Q=FASHIONED WAY]
[IN Q=NOW THERE]
((GASSMAN: NINETY-SEVEN PERCENT OF RETAIL SALES ARE STILL MADE FROM A STORE.))
[OUT Q=A STORE]
Retail analyst Ken Gassman said Internet consumers, like catalog users, miss something when they shop online.
[IN Q=they like]
((GASSMAN: THEY LIKE TO TOUCH AND FEEL THE MERCHANDISE, THEY LIKE TO SEE WHAT THE REAL COLOR OF A SPORTCOAT IS OR THE REAL COLOR OF A SKIRT, THAT YOU CAN'T GET ON THE INTERNET.))
[OUT Q=THE INTERNET]
[***QUICK NAT SOUND HERE OF BEAMISH SITTING AT COMPUTER??]
But that won't stop people like Rich Beamish,
Who would rather take a smooth ride through cyberspace than battle for a parking space.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Still to come on NEWS 7--we'll get an inside look at a school for boys...
that has come under scrutiny from the State Department of Education.
Now, school officials are making changes and fighting for its future.
More when we return.
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A hunting accident has claimed the life of a 24-year-old Franklin County man.
Authorities say the man's uncle mistook him for a deer before shooting and killing him around 8-30 this morning.
The incident occurred in a mountainous section of the Endicott area.
Police are not yet releasing the identity of the victim.
The State Department of Education is keeping a close eye on a Botetourt County school for troubled boys.
In September, the department issued a 20-page report indicating the Wilderness Leadership Academy was unsafe and unsanitary.
But tonight, Tina Tenret takes us past the paper trail and into the school itself.
[IN Q=NAT SOT]
[SUPER=01-Mike Posey/Student; :26 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :38]
[SUPER=01-Chris Thoma/Education Coordinator; :45]
[SUPER=01-R.B. Anderson/Residential Coordinator; 1:24]
[SUPER=01-Todd Daniel/Assistant Director; 1:58]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Yopp/Former Student; 2:12]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County]
[NAT SOT 10:08:26]
((BALLS BREAK ON POOL TABLE))
16-year-old Mike Posey is known as a leader around here.
He's scheduled to stay at the Wilderness Leadership Academy for a year, but hopes to stick around an extra year to graduate.
Before he came here, he spent two years skipping class.
[IN Q=It's just mostly]
((MIKE POSEY/STUDENT: IT'S JUST MOSTLY MY RELATIONSHIP WITH TEACHERS. I HAVE A HARD TIME DEALING WITH PEOPLE YELLING AT ME AND TELLING ME WHAT I HAVE TO DO AND WHAT I DON'T HAVE TO DO. AND THEY'RE A LOT STRICTER. THE TEACHERS HERE ACTUALLY SIT DOWN AND TALK TO YOU AND EXPLAIN TO YOU HOW TO DO IT.))
[OUT Q=HOW TO DO IT]
Posey led other boys to repaint their classrooms, clean the carpets, and replace broken windows.
No one asked them to do it.
[IN Q=It's kind of been]
((CHRIS THOMA/EDUCATION COORDINATOR: IT'S KIND OF BEEN A BUZZ KIND OF FEELING. EVERYONE IS ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF INTENSITY. THE ADMINISTRATORS, THE STAFF, THE STUDENTS. EVERYONE IS PUTTING EFFORT INTO WHAT THEY REALLY, REALLY WANT TO ACHIEVE.))
[OUT Q=WANT TO ACHIEVE]
The education department's report has sparked change at the academy.
A ditch has been transformed into an athletic field.
There's a new medical supply office.
Floors are getting tiles.
Bedrooms sport fresh paint, new ceiling fans and unbreakable security lights.
There's a new dishwasher and a full-time cook to keep the kitchen clean.
The chain of command has changed too, to make sure every job gets done.
[IN Q=I took a promotion]
((R.B. ANDERSON/RESIDENTIAL COORDINATOR: I TOOK A PROMOTION. WE BOTH GOT PROMOTED AND TOOK A PAY CUT AS WELL. EVERY EMPLOYEE HERE TOOK A PAY CUT TO KEEP THE PLACE OPEN. THAT'S HOW MUCH WE CARE ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=How much we care about it.]
Students and staff say charges of sexual assault are not true.
And they say parents ARE called when students get in trouble or injured.
They say teachers have not been attacked here in six months.
[NAT SOT 9:47:25]
((feet crunching gravel))
But after the education department's report, students and staff started leaving.
Enrollment's now down to 10 boys.
The school needs 14 just to break even.
[IN Q=Financially it's been]
((TODD DANIEL/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: FINANCIALLY IT'S BEEN A STRUGGLE FOR US. SO WE'RE HAVING DIFFICULTY MAINTAINING THE SCHOOL AND GETTING ALL THE THINGS DONE THAT THE D-O-E IS REQUIRING OF US.))
[OUT Q=REQUIRING OF US]
15-year-old Kevin Yopp was transferred but wants to come back.
[IN Q=I've learned]
((KEVIN YOPP/STUDENT: I'VE LEARNED TO HAVE SELF-RESPECT FOR MYSELF AND TO UNDERSTAND IF I WANT TO DO SOMETHING I PUT MY MIND TO IT AND THERE MAY BE OBSTACLES I GOTTA CLIMB OVER BUT I CAN CLIMB OVER THEM.))
[OUT Q=climb over them]
The Wilderness Leadership Academy is counting on that determination to survive.
Tina Tenret, News7 Botetourt County.))
Kickoff for the Virginia Tech/ Virginia game is less than 24 hours away. Steve Mason takes a closer look at some of the keys for both teams.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; :23]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :42]
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Kerney/UVa Defensive End; 1:31]
[SUPER=01-Lamont Pegues/Va. Tech Running Back; 1:37]
[OUT Q=News 7 sports"]
((Virginia Tech allows just 10.6 points per game. The Hokies give up only 105 yards on the ground per game. The nations 2nd rated scoring defense and it's 14th ranked run defense is on a collision course with Thomas Jones and Antoine Womack, Virginia's two tailbacks whose 227 yards per game average is 11th nationally.
Aaron Brooks has thrown only eight interceptions all season but has seen a defense as aggressive as Tech's only once in Tallahassee.
Beamer's secondary past the Rutgers test, intercepting six balls. Brooks gets this secondary's attention and has earned it's respect.
UVa's defense is seventh nationally in turnover margin. Patrick kerney, who has picked up the slack since Anthony Poindexter's injury, is quite aware of Tech's ground horses.
Put isn't this game more about emotion? While tthe hometeam has not faired well, count on Lane Stadium's colorful cheering section to play a factor.))
The high school football games are scheduled for tomorrow but tonight on Friday Football extra we will preview all of the games in our area.
Lets take a look at the schedule.
[IN Q="FIRST GAME...]
[OUT Q=...LAST SCORE."]
[SUPER=330-Clear With/Diminishing Winds/40-43/Sunny And/Very Warm/73-75;]
[SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/And Cool/38-42/Sunny/Record Warmth?/73-76;]
[SUPER=332-Clear With/Light Winds/28-34/Sunny And/Very Warm/68-70;]
[SUPER=X5001;][SUPER=334-Clear With/Light Winds/34-36/Sunny/Wind W-10/66-69;]