A man and woman shot to death in the Sandy River section of Pittsylvania
And a key vote in favor of a six-figure appropriation from Richmond for the
National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
Tonight in sports, Deion quits baseball while Larry Brown quits the Cowboys.
Steve Mason gets up close with Marcus Camby.
And the Roanoke College Maroons head into the NCAA Division Three tournament
as the number one team in the South Region. They earned the ranking this
A little drizzle and fog tonight and then you can put away the sweaters for
a while. The forecast and Weather School coming up.
Two people are dead and another is wounded after an apparent shooting early
this morning outside an abandoned store in Pittsylvania County.
DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton has been following the case and joins us now from our
Danville newsroom with the latest.
Keith, it was a passing motorist on his way home from work who contacted
police after he found a man lying in the road on State Route 841.
That victim was taken to a local hospital, but it was too late for the
IN Q=It's a
SUPER=@Plaster; :00 quick!!
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :07
OUT Q=at this time.
IN Q=It's a
((IT'S A PREDOMINATELY QUIET AREA, OLD ESTABLISHED FAMILIES, SO FORTH. ))
OUT Q=so forth.
That's how Sheriff Harold Plaster describes the community of Sandy River.
It was there, authorities discovered all three victims around 4- o'clock this
The man discovered by the passing motorist was taken to Danville Regional
Authorities have not released his name or condition.
Investigators are also tight lipped concerning the identity of the man and
woman found dead in a nearby car.
Sheriff Plaster is awaiting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of
death, but believes they were shot to death.
((REPORTER SPEAKS: CAN YOU SAY AT THIS TIME IF THERE WERE DRUGS FOUND IN THIS
AREA, OR ANY TYPE OF MOTIVE YOU MAY HAVE ESTABLISHED? HAROLD
PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: NO, I'M NOT GOING TO COMMENT ON THAT AT THIS
OUT Q=at this time.
(Teresa ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
(Keith Question: What can you tell us about the area where the victims were
For the first time in nine years police are investigating a murder in the
town of Amherst.
It happened around 10:30 last night in the Town Court Mobile Home Park.
A 22 year old Hispanic migrant worker was shot several times with a semi
27 year old Juan Jose Ochoa (oh-CHO-uh) was arrested near the scene and
charged with murder.
The shooting has left residents of the trailer park shaken.
IN Q=I think that
((CHIEF K.S. WATTS/AMHERST TOWN POLICE: I THINK THAT THERE'S SOME FEAR, WELL
FOUNDED FEAR, AMONG SOME OF THE WITNESSES, ALTHOUGH THE SUSPECT IS BEHIND BARS
AND HE WILL BE UNTIL TRIAL, TO THE BEST OF OUR INFORMATION. SO I THINK THAT
THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM HIM.))
SUPER=01-Chief K.S. Watts/Amherst Town Police
OUT Q=fear from him.
The victim's name has not been released, while authorities try to reach his
family in Mexico.
Ochoa (oh-CHO-uh) is being held without bond pending his preliminary hearing
As the Botetourt County Sheriff continues the investigation into the murder
of a Roanoke woman... the woman's ex-husband was found dead this morning.
Last Thursday, two men found the remains of 31- year- old Rebecca Jean
Wright near the James River in Botetourt County.
This morning her ex-husband, 37-year-old James Short, was found dead by
their 14-year-old daughter in his home in Roanoke.
The medical examiner has NOT determined the cause of death.
Wright and Short had two young daughters.
IN Q=Well, they seem to
((CYNTHIA SMITH/NEIGHBOR: WELL, THEY SEEM TO BE TAKING THEIR MOTHER'S DEATH
REAL HARD. BUT I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO THEM SINCE THIS HAPPENED TO
OUT Q=happened to their father.
Police questioned Short about Wright's death but he was NOT their primary
A 14 year- old girl who reportedly jumped off Commissary Hill bridge in
Giles County is alive and well.
After the girl's friend reported the incident to authorities, divers spent
yesterday and Sunday evening searching the New River for her body.
Today sheriff's investigators received a call that the girl was safe and
They still don't know whether she really jumped and survived the fall, or
whether it was all a hoax.
Authorities aren't releasing the girl's name or any other details pending
The search of a school bus driver's house in Roanoke last Fall turned up a
pound of pot and 38-grams of crack cocaine.
That was the day after school started in September, but school officials
didn't know about it until Wayne Hicks was indicted in December.
IN Q=They also found
((SHARON BURNHAM/PROSECUTOR: THEY ALSO FOUND OVER $700 IN CASH AN ASSAULT
RIFLE, A REVOLVER, AS WELL AS TONITA DIGITAL SCALES THERE IN HIS BEDROOM.))
OUT Q=in his bedroom
Keith on ENG
Hicks apparently helped support his own drug use by selling it. The 24-
year- old bus driver pled guilty today to possession with intent to distribute.
Nobody mentioned Hicks' job.
But the judge will be aware of it when Hicks is sentenced.
IN Q=It will be
((IT WILL BE PART OF THE RECORD THAT HE WAS A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER. THE JUDGE WILL
DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT IT'S APPROPRIATE IN DETERMINING EXACTLY WHERE WITHIN THE
SENTENCING RANGE HE SHOULD SENTENCE MR. HICKS.))
OUT Q=sentence Mr. Hicks
Hicks faces at least FIVE years in prison.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--good economic news for two locations in the
And some good news for a community looking to remember the sacrifice of its
An update on plans for a D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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A Roanoke man was shot in the neck last night when three men wearing ski
masks broke into his home to rob his family. It was one of TWO such robberies
around the same time last night.
It all started around 10 o'clock, first in the 52- hundred block of King
Arthur's Court and then in the 15- hundred block of Lafayette Boulevard.
Police say in both robberies three men kicked in the front door, brandished
guns and demanded money.
One of the residents was shot in the neck when he told them he didn't have
48- year- old Alvin Wilson is in stable condition at Roanoke Memorial
The former Bath County bank manager who FAKED a robbery last year will serve
four months in jail.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./December 5;
Last December Robin Rickett pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly
thirty-thousand dollars from the State Bank of the Alleghanies.
She was indicted on 17 counts of fraud and forgery.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./March 30;
In addition to the four-month sentence, Rickett will be on probation for
five years and is supposed to pay back the money she took.
Halifax County authorities are investigating the third accidental infant
death in three weeks.
The latest occurred Sunday afternoon near Brookneal, where a two- year- old
boy apparently suffocated while in his grandmother's care.
Police say the woman had placed a card table on top of the boy's crib to
keep the child from crawling out.
The baby was able to squeeze under the table, but then became stuck and
Authorities believe the boy's death was accidental, but they're still
investigating to determine whether negligence charges should be brought.
One of the nation's largest manufacturers and displayers of fireworks may
expand its operations to the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
Grucci (GREW-chee) Fireworks of Long Island, New York still hasn't signed a
contract, but Vice President of Operations Phil Grucci tells News- 7
negotiations are going well.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
He says the Radford site is especially attractive because of federal ARMS
The ARMS initiative was enacted to encourage commercial industries to create
jobs at arsenals hurt by defense downsizing.
Grucci has handled the fireworks displays for the last four U.S.
News-7 has learned the Roanoke Valley may be gaining a major employer.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Sources in the business community say Roanoke County is trying to wrap up
negotiations with a high-tech printing company.
They add the facility will take up nearly all the remaining space in Valley
TechPark, which is located in the western part of the county.
The sources also say the multi-million-dollar facility will employ several
The project has a lot of state support.
Governor Allen will probably attend the formal announcement.
No one with Roanoke County could be reached for comment.
They wanted a half- million state dollars for the Bedford D-Day memorial --
but area lawmakers say they're pleased with 200- thousand.
That's what the House Appropriations Committee has put in next year's
Bedford Delegate Lacey Putney must now lobby the Senate to match that
He says the emotional nature of the project helps sell it.
IN Q=In fact,
((DEL. LACEY PUTNEY/I-BEDFORD: IN FACT, ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF OUR
APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, GEORGE HEILIG-- AND I DON'T THINK HE WILL OBJECT TO
MY SAYING THIS-- BUT GEORGE'S WIFE'S FATHER WAS ONE OF THOSE KILLED IN THE
FIRST FEW MINUTES OF THE INVASION. SHE NEVER SAW HER FATHER.))
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: IT DOES HAVE AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASPECT AND
A TOURISM DOLLAR TO IT, AND I THINK IT WILL BRING THAT. BUT I ALSO THINK IT'S
IMPORTANT THAT WE MEMORIALIZE THEIR SACRIFICE FOR ITS OWN SAKE.))
OUT Q=own sake.
Bedford had more D-Day casualties than any other American community.
The total cost of the memorial will be more than five million dollars.
Putney says state money will help loosen the purse strings in Congress, and
he hopes the state will budget more next year.
The stock market dropped sharply today.
The Dow fell nearly 45 points.
NASDAQ was down seven and a half.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke City Council found money for Virginia's Explore Park today, months
after a mix- up prevented the park from receiving any city funds.
Explore never submitted a formal request, and the park wasn't included in
the city's original spending plan. Officials said they never received an
But today, Council approved 25- thousand dollars for Explore, about half of
what the park originally hoped for.
IN Q=We'd asked for more
((RUPERT CUTLER/EXPLORE DIRECTOR: WE'D ASKED FOR MORE BECAUSE WE BASICALLY
NEEDED 50- THOUSAND DOLLARS TO GET THROUGH THIS FISCAL YEAR. IT MEANS I HAVE TO
GO BACK INTO MY EXPENSE BUDGET, SCRUB OUT SOME ADVERTISING AND POSTPONE SOME
HISTORIC BUILDING MAINTENANCE. WE'LL MAKE IT. WE'RE THANKFUL FOR THE 25-
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Director;
OUT Q=the 25- thousand dollars.
It also appeared Explore would receive 400- thousand dollars in the next
state budget, but amendments which would increase state funding are now
expected to fail.
Add another name to the list of those vying for the Fifth Congressional
Republican Eric Thompson told supporters today he is a pro-life conservative
with strong views on bringing power back to the community.
Thompson works for the United Parcel Service.
He says that he's just like everyone else in his district and that will be a
key factor in getting him to Washington.
IN Q=I'm here to
((ERIC THOMPSON/-R- FIFTH DISTRICT; I'M HERE TO REPRESENT STRONG TRADITIONAL
CONSERVATIVE MORAL VALUES THAT NEED TO BE REESTABLISHED IN OUR COUNTRY AND IN
OUR DISTRICT. I AM HERE BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT WE MUST TURN THE POWER BACK TO
THE PEOPLE. WE MUST GET MORE CITIZENS INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT.))
SUPER=01-Eric Thompson/(R) Fifth District Candidate;
OUT Q=involved in government.
If elected--Thompson has plans to change the taxing system, to one based on
consumption tax rather than income tax.
He also has proposals for keeping businesses in the U.S.
Coming your way tonight in sports, Deion says no to baseball, his super bowl
MVP teammate leaves the Cowboys.
Roanoke College is now number one in the South.
And Steve Mason talks with the man many consider the number one player in the
nation. U-Mass's Marcus Camby.
As expected, Deion Sanders has decided to give up America's pastime to devote
his full attention to America's team.
The Dallas Cowboys cornerback says after talking with owner Jerry Jones he
plans to skip baseball in 1996 and improve his pass catching skills for nest
((DEION SANDERS/WILL NOT PLAY BASEBALL IN 1996:))
SUPER=01-Deion Sanders/Will Not Play Baseball In 1996; :00
OUT Q=...day would come."
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While Deion is staying, Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown is leaving.
The Oakland Raiders signed the free agent cornerback this afternoon.
The five-year veteran had six interceptions last season, returning two for
The newly crowned ODAC champion Roanoke College Maroons got some more good
news this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
The Maroons are ranked number 1 in the final South region poll that was
released a few hours ago.
That means Roanoke will not have to travel for its first round NCAA
And don't forget the NCAA Division III final four is in Salem next month.
IN Q="that will
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE COLLEGE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke College Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...all the way through"
Marcus Camby's Minutemen head into tonight's game against Atlantic 10
foe Rhode Island after beating 12th SS=Marcus Camby
ranked Virginia Tech this past weekend.
Steve Mason takes a closer look at this 6'11" star.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Past Saturday; :00
SUPER=01-John Calipari/Massachusetts Coach; :
SUPER=01-Marcus Camby/4 Time A-10 Player of the Week; :
OUT Q=news 7 sports"
The Virginia Tech basketball team returns to action Thursday night in
Philadelphia against LaSalle and they'll be without top reserve David Jackson.
The Junior guard, who played a key role in Tech's NIT championship run last
season underwent an emergency appendectomy last night at Montgomery Regional
He will likely miss the next 2 to 3 weeks.
The Roanoke Express is back on the Roundhouse hardwater tonight playing their
last home game in the month of February.
Roanoke hosts the Columbus Chill tonight in a seven o'clock faceoff.
The Express has won six straight at the Civic Center.
(toss to Jean)
Roanoke City school children will soon find out how they'll make up the 11
days they missed because of snow.
The school board is meeting tonight--
Double Boxes=Keith Jean
and Jean Jadhon tells us they have a tough assignment of their own.
That's right, Keith.
They'll get out the pencils and calendars to nail down the new make- up
Students will have their say at a hearing tonight--
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports
tonight on News 7 at 11.
Just how does the human ear work? How about the heart, how does it get
all that blood pumping?
To answer these and many questions, check out the Science Museum of Western
Virginia's new exhibit, "Body Tech."
It's a 400-thousand dollar display of the human body-- complete with
demonstrations of the circulatory, muscular and skeletal systems.
IN Q=The heart pump of
((JUDY HENSLEY/SCIENCE MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: THE HEART PUMP OF COURSE IS
POPULAR, IT'S BIG IT HAS A BIG OLD CRANK ON IT AND IT MAKES A NOISE WHEN IT'S
GOING. THE BICYCLE RIDER, THAT'S ALL MUSCLE COORDINATION BECAUSE THERE'S
BUTTONS TO PUSH AND IT TAKES A BIT OF SKILL TO GET HIM TO GO. AND I WOULD SAY
THE SHAPING SOUND EXHIBIT IN THE BACK THAT MAKES A LOT OF OBNOXIOUS NOISES AND
KIDS JUST LOVE IT AND IT REALLY IS A LOT OF FUN TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN GET IT TO
SUPER=01-Judy Hensley/Science Museum of Western Virginia; :
OUT Q=to do.
"Body Tech" will be a permanent fixture at the Science Museum.