The late local news on W-D-B-J- -7
starts with a LIVE report from Nashville ... music to the Hokies' ears.
...the search for a tractor trailer involved in a fatal interstate accident.
A rogues gallery of Virginia's sex offenders pops up on the web.
And Mister Bikes or Bust is busted loose from J-93.
News-7 at 11 is next.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies celebrated New Year's a little early...
and they stopped the Alabama Crimson Tide 38-7 tonight.
Steve Mason joins us from Nashville for an initial report on the Music City Bowl.
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There was a deadly accident on Interstate 81 this afternoon.
Police say a pickup truck was traveling in the emergency lane trying to merge into traffic off exit 141, when it swerved to avoid some debris and hit a tractor trailer.
The pickup spun out of control and rolled into the median.
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((NANCY WALLEN: IT LOOKED LIKE TWO TIRES HAD GONE OFF THE ROAD AND I TOLD MY PASSENGERS, I SAID THAT CAR'S GONNA WRECK.))
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The driver, 69-year-old Geneva Lou Caroli of Bluefield, was killed. Her mother was injured in the crash.
Police say the tractor-trailer involved was NOT at fault, but didn't stop.
If they find the truck, the driver will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
The director of a Smith Mountain Lake policy group still has her job, after a two-hour meeting behind closed doors.
Tina Tenret is in our newsroom with the details.
The Smith Mountain Lake Policy Advisory Board met to decide whether to fire its director Hilde Hussa.
Members took no official action and they refused to talk to citizens who'd waited for two hours.
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((DICK HACH/LAKE RESIDENT: THEY'RE NOT TELLING US ANYTHING. IT'S LIKE A BIG SECRET GAME WE'RE PLAYING. THE MEETING WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SECRET AND ALL THIS STUFF. I'M NOT HAPPY. I THINK THERE SHOULD BE AN EXONERATION OF HILDE AND THAT'S THE END OF IT.))
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Board members say Hilde Hussa is under fire for being an environmental activist rather than an advisor.
She took news media on a boat tour to show how volunteers had cleaned up 12-hundred tons of trash from the lake --
then suggested a fulltime professional be hired to check the water quality.
Business leaders like Ed Waters and Ron Willard have written letters saying Hussa gives the lake a dirty image and have put pressure on local county administrators to fire her.
Board members met with two attorneys but took no action.
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((BOB WEBSTER/BOARD CHAIRMAN: NO COMMENT.))
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((BOB HALSTEAD/LAKE VOLUNTEER: I HOPE THEY WEIGH IN THE FINAL DECISION HOW IMPORTANT SHE IS TO THE LAKE. AS I SAID EARLIER SHE'S A ZEALOT AS FAR AS SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE. SHE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB. I WORK WITH HER ON LAKE CLEANUP. IF IT WEREN'T FOR HILDE I DON'T THINK WE WOULD HAVE LAKE CLEANUP.))
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Volunteers say Hilde Hussa also created an environmental group to look at water quality, sediment and erosion at the lake.
They're afraid committees like these would not continue without her.
Hussa is out of town skiing and not available for comment.
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A disturbing new site for web surfers in Virginia: a searchable database of 46-hundred violent sex offenders, complete with mug shots.
You can hunt by zip code, surrounding zip codes, county, city, and name.
Ellen Qualls got a demonstration from the State Police-- who just got the site on-line yesterday.
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(( So what does a violent sexual predator look like?
Some you'd expect.
Some you may not.
Whatever the quality of the pictures, they are all recent.
And while State Police don't guarantee accuracy, the names, addresses, and offenses are a starting point for the public to protect itself a little better.
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((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-WARM SPRINGS: SOME PEOPLE ARGUE WELL IF THEY'VE PAID THEIR PRICE TO SOCIETY, WHY CAN'T YOU JUST LEAVE THEM ALONE. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT TIME AFTER TIME, PEOPLE THAT COMMIT SEXUAL OFFENSES, PARTICULARLY SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST CHILDREN, REPEAT, THEY RECIDIVATE... PUBLIC INTEREST IN SAFETY.))
Creigh Deeds sponsored the bill.
And the fear of policy makers like him is that publicly posting such heinous crimes might encourage a lynch mob mentality.
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. I THINK WE AS VIRGINIANS ARE MORE CIVILIZED THAN THAT. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WE PUT THE WARNINGS.))
The warnings are reminders that harassment or intimidation of these criminals would be a crime itself.
Virginia has 17-hundred more NON-violent sex offenders-- indecent exposers, peeping toms, and the like -- who have done nothing so heinous as to get their picture on this website.
But they are available to schools and day care centers through the Virginia State Police.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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If you'd like to check out the sex offender registry, you can access it from our web site at WDBJ7-dot-COM.
A Pittsylvania County inmate who walked away from a work detail yesterday is back behind bars tonight.
40-year old Stephen Ore was serving a 12-month sentence for obscene phone calls and failure to appear in court. Police believe someone on the outside supplied him with civilian clothes.
Deputies found his orange prison uniform near the spot where he had been working.
Authorities are not yet releasing details of Ore's capture... but he was booked around 9-thirty tonight. [Olympic-In
A special commission has been given two months to investigate bribery claims.
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Salt Lake City will host the 2002 Winter Games, only after making pay-offs in the form of college tuition for relatives of some International Olympic Committee members and plastic surgery for three of the members themselves.
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AND IT APPEARS THAT THEY ALWAYS HAVE.))
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The scandal came to light when I-O-C executive Marc Hodler alleged that every recent winning Olympic bid... from Atlanta's 1996 Summer
games... to Nagano's 1998 games... had been tainted by bribes
from the winning cities... and demands for gifts by some corrupt
International Olympic Committee members.
Just over 40-thousand central and eastern Virginians are still without power, six days after last week's ice storm.
Virginia Power has increased the number of customers who were affected at the height of the outages to 340-thousand.
State officials are standing by the Governor's decision to NOT declare a state of emergency, to activate National Guard members who may NOT have been able to help.
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((GARY ARONHOLT/SEC'Y OF PUBLIC SAFETY: THAT'S WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITH A DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY. WE WOULD HAVE MADE ONE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A PIECE OF PAPER.....EVERYTHING THAT COULD BE DONE, WAS BEING DONE.))
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Virginia's Department of Emergency Services is now in a wait-and-see mode about a possible ice storm this weekend.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still ahead on News 7, the Pentagon says just-released video footage proves Iraq started a recent skirmish with the U-S aircraft.
We'll show you.
And a popular radio personality is calling it quits.
The full story when we return.
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((KEITH THE HOKIES PERFORMANCE WAS MUSIC TO THEIR FANS EARS. tECH PICKED UP ITS FIRST WIN OVER ALABAMA IN 11 TRIES. STEVE MASON IS LIVE FROM NASHVILLE. THE EXPRESS WHOOP IT UP FOR THE ONE MILLIONTH FAN AND THE LADY HOKIES ARE 11-OH. THOSE STORIES COMING UP IN SPORTS.))
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A local county radio D-J says he's leaving the airwaves.
Slam Duncan says he and J-93 are parting company.
Duncan has created an annual spectacle in recent years, living in a camper hanging from a crane during the holiday Bikes of Bust campaign.
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((SLAM DUNCAN; ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I'M EXTREMELY PROUD OF THE PAST 7 YEARS, BOTH ON AND OFF THE AIR, I'VE SERVICED THE COMMUNITY HERE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY, AND I'M JUST VERY SAD THAT IT HAD TO END LIKE THIS))
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Duncan won't say why he's leaving, but referred us to J-93 management.
Station management could not be reached for comment tonight.
The construction worker who fell appropriately 45 feet while working on the "Smart Road" remains in critical condition.
37- year old Wesley Burford broke both his legs when he fell inside a concrete pillar that will eventually support a bridge.
A sheriff's department report states Burford was wearing a safety harness and that the rope apparently holding him broke.
A construction company spokesman says they still don't know what happened but that the rope did NOT break.
He adds that the Virginia Occupational and Health safety office has the safety harness in its possession and is looking into whether it was working properly.
OSHA officials would not comment on the investigation.
The Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton could begin as early as next week.
The current schedule calls for Senators to be sworn in as jurors by Chief Justice Rehnquist on January 7th.
House members appointed to prosecute President Clinton say they intend to call witnesses.
Evidence could be presented as early as January 11th.
Today was Andrew Johnson's 190th birthday.
It's a ceremony that's been conducted for the last 30 years, but this year it took on a certain irony.
The sitting American president traditionally has sent a wreath to Johnson's grave in Tennessee.
They had to change the nearby exhibit which HAD said Johnson was the first AND ONLY president impeached by Congress.
The Pentagon released video tapes from recent aerial skirmishes with Iraq.
That's the voice of a U-S pilot as his missiles hit their mark.
The Pentagon says the tapes proved U-S F-15 eagles -- out patroling the northern no-fly zone -- fired only after Iraq fired three surface to air missiles.
The Iraqi SAM's fell short.
The American bombs scored direct hits on a radar dish and a command
and control van
The Iraqi military claims four of its soldiers were killed.
Iraq's Vice President swore today that IRAQ will NOW fight back with it's own war planes.
When News 7 at 11 returns,
a federal grant ensures one area shelter for the homeless will stay in business for at least a few more years.
The story straight ahead.
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Millie Sullivan was homeless for nine months before the Transitional Living Center offered her shelter and helping hand.
Now, both Sullivan and the center are looking forward to the future.
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((MILLIE SULLIVAN/RESIDENT: I HOPE TO BE IN ANOTHER SIX MONTHS, I HOPE TO BE ON MY OWN. BUT TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK HERE AND HELP SOMEONE ELSE IS MY GOAL.))
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Established by Total Action Against Poverty ten years ago, the T- L- C has helped more than 26- hundred people such as Millie Sullivan.
But a year ago, the center was struggling to find funding after the Department of Housing and Urban Development rejected a grant application.
Today, officials announced a 750-thousand dollar federal grant that assures the center's survival for three years.
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((ELLEN BROWN/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: SO THIS GIVES THE STAFF SECURITY AND IT GIVES THEM HOPE AND FAITH SO THEY CAN PASS THAT DOWN TO THE RESIDENTS. AND THE RESIDENTS ARE ALWAYS GREAT.))
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TAP officials say they will work to broaden their base of financial support, so the Transitional Living Center won't be so dependent on one source of funding.
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Concern about the impact of the Y2K bug is affecting all kinds of people.
From programmers building survival hideaways... to the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who made it the focus of a three part sermon, and a video tape.
Falwell says he became concerned when people in high places offered him more warnings than reassurances.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR; I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO SIT HERE AND MISLEAD PEOPLE IN THINKING THAT IT'S GOING TO BE OK, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE WHO ARE TOTALLY FRIGHTENED ABOUT THIS.))
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Falwell and Y2K consultants are offering the same preparation advice... we'll tell you how YOU can prepare as our series Battling The Bug continues tomorrow on News 7 at Six.
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Coming up, Frank Beamer conducted a masterpeice at the Music City Bowl, the one millionth fan walks into the Round house.
Now our extra point.
Rookie Golfer Se Ri Pak (suh-REE Pahk) was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.
The 21-year-old L-P-G-A rookie won four LPGA tournaments and set LPGA scoring records for 18 and 72 holes.
Virginia Tech swept over the Crimson Tide last night in the first ever Music City Bowl at Vanderbilt Stadium.
It's the Hokies' first post season win since 1995.
Steve Mason followed Tech during this bowl trip--he has all the action from Nashville.
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The unranked Purdue Boilermakers are steam rolling over fourth ranked Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
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Purdue was counting on QB Drew Brees, Brees connects with Chris Daniels for the five yard T-D pass.
State on the move this time Michael Bishop finds Darnell McDonald in the end zone and its 10-seven Purdue.
The Boilermakers take a 17-7 lead at the half with this 30 yard touchdown pass to Isaac Jones and Purdue leads it 17-to-13 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Still to come, the Lady Hokies win their first ever Diamond Club Tournament.
And the Express welcome the one millionth fan into the roundhouse.
This man has lifetime season tickets among other prizes.
The Roanoke Express set hit a milestone last night, not on the ice but in the stands.
Nearly 54-hundred people attended the game.
Fans lined up around the block in hopes of being the one millionth person to enter the Roundhouse for an Express game.
Tom Harmon picked up that honor, with his family in tow, he says he didn't wait in the parking lot to time his entrance.
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On the ice, Roanoke was skating to gain some ground on the Richmond Renegades.
And through two periods this would be a defensive battle as the goaltenders are the stars.
Daniel Berthiume minding the net for the Express, sticks out a skate to keep the game scoreless. He had 35 saves on the night.
Roanoke's offense comes alive in the second and the Express win it three to one.
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Amy Wetzel scored a game high 19 points and Tere Williams added 17 as the 16th ranked Lady Hokies continued on an 11 game win streak.
The undefeated Tech team hosted The Diamond Club Tournament and won the event for the first time ever.
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Bonnie Henrickson and her squad put their heads together as they prepared to take on the Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State.
Tech's Lisa Witherspoon plays traffic director as she finds Michelle Houseright underneath for the easy two.
THe Hokies continue the run as Amy Wetzel takes it to the middle and goes all the way as she helps her team to the early lead.
State's Litisha Benson dishes off to LaToya Graham. Graham's waiting under the bucket and gets the two.
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Tech's Kim Seaver and Wetzel team up for the next score and the Bulldogs just don't have enough bite as the Lady Hokies go on to win it 73-to-52.
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