Next on News Seven...
A hostage situation sparks a lengthy standoff with Henry County authorities.
And protestors in Roanoke were out in full force today as they accuse K-Mart
officials of discrimination.
And coming up, Jeff Gordon wins the Pontiac Excitement 400 Georgia Tech
beats Clemson and Roanoke College wins its second N-C-double-A tournament game.
You had to hold on to your hat today-- as winds gusted up to 35 miles an
Calmer winds and warmer temperatures ahead for Monday-- with more changes
later in the week.
Authorities in Henry County say they made the RIGHT decision after hours of
negotiations with a barricaded suspect who was holding a woman hostage in a
Around midnight-- a Henry County investigator spotted a car sought by North
Carolina authorities parked outside the King's Court Motel on Route 2-20.
North Carolina police suspected that the driver may have abducted a 22- year
old Eden woman from her home.
Investigators soon found out their suspicions were right on track.
((DOUG SHARPE/HENRY CO. INVESTIGATOR: AFTER HELP ARRIVED AND WE WENT AND
KNOCKED ON THE DOOR, HE LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW SEVERAL TIMES, BUT HE WOULDN'T
COME TO THE DOOR AND OPEN IT AND WE ADVISED WE WERE WITH THE SHERIFF'S
DEPARTMENT AND HE TOLD US HE HAD A HOSTAGE AND THAT'S WHEN WE CHANGED OUR PLAN.
SUPER=01-Doug Sharpe/Henry Co. Investigator;
OUT Q= changed our plan.
Authorities began negotiating with 30- year old Lawson Orpha McCollum
But investigators say after six hours of getting no where they decided to
force their way in.
IN Q=A cinder block
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: A CINDER BLOCK WAS THROWN THROUGH
THE WINDOW HERE TO GAIN ENTRY, IT ALLOWED US ACCESS TO USE A CHEMICAL AGENT.
THE CHEMICAL AGENT WAS THROWN INSIDE THE MOTEL ROOM AND IT QUICKLY DISORIENTED
THE PARTIES INSIDE AND OUR TACTICAL UNIT USED A BATTERING RAM TO KNOCK THE
FRONT DOOR IN, THE FRONT DOOR WAS BARRICADED BY A CHAIR INSIDE THE MOTEL. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=inside the motel.
Authorities believe the dispute was domestic related.
The woman and McCullum apparently used to date.
McCullum was arrested without incident.
He's been charged with "abduction with attempt to defile", "rape" and
"robbery by force".
The 22- year old woman suffered minor injuries.
A Roanoke County man could only watch as his home on Montclair Drive was
destroyed by fire this morning.
Firefighters LOST the battle against the blaze which was stoked by high
The fire marshal says cigarette ashes dumped in a trash can started the
The blaze then spread to a nearby sofa and gas grill.
Officials say as soon as firefighters controlled the blaze... strong winds
whipped the flames in a different direction.
The owner, Lesse (LESS) Sickler, was in the basement of the house when the
He says he heard a loud swooshing noise and by the time he returned upstairs
the porch was engulfed in flames.
He and his three dogs were able to make it out of the house, but the family
cat is still missing.
The fire marshal says the blaze appears to have started in the back of the
IN Q=What appears to
((RODNEY FERGUSON, JR./ROANOKE CO. FIRE ASST. MARSHAL: WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE
FIRE WENT TO THE EXTERIOR AND RAN UP TO THE ROOF LINE AND OF COURSE YOU HAVE
ASPHALT SHINGLES ON THE ROOF AND ALSO THE FIRE EXTENDED IN THE ATTIC AREA.))
SUPER=01-Rodney Ferguson Jr./Roanoke Co. Asst. Fire Marshal;
OUT Q=THE ATTIC AREA.
Ferguson says the roof caved in preventing firefighters from entering the
He says the fire appears to be accidental.
No one was hurt in the blaze.
The Sicklers lost all their possessions.
A Chatham woman died in a car accident last night.
State Police say 52-year-old Laura Edwards Shelton was trying to make a left
hand turn when her Ford Thunderbird was struck by a pickup truck.
The accident happened in Pittsylvania County on route 40 near 7-74.
Shelton died at the scene.
The accident is still under investigation.
K-Mart workers at a North Carolina distribution center are taking their
fight against discrimination across the United States.
Workers at the Greensboro center say they are paid less than other K-Mart
workers, because most of their employees are black.
About two dozen workers made the trip up 2-20 this afternoon to protest
outside the K-Mart store on Hershberger Road.
They say this is just the beginning and that their journey will end at
K-Mart's international headquarters in Troy, Michigan.
IN Q=You're killing
((DEBORAH COMPTON-HOLT/KMART EMPLOYEE: YOU'RE KILLING THE VERY ROOT OF FAMILY
VALUES. IF YOU'RE NOT PAYING PEOPLE A DECENT WAGE AT ONE JOB THEN IT MEANS
THEY HAVE TO WORK TWO JOBS. THEN THEY'LL SAY, "THAT CHILD IS BAD. THE PARENTS
NEED TO BE AT HOME WITH THE CHILD," WHEN YOU CAN BARELY PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE
WITH THE ONE JOB.
DAVID BLUM/KMART EMPLOYEE: WE HAVE LESS HOLIDAYS. WE HAVE LESS SICK TIME.
WE HAVE WAY LESS PAY. THERE ARE 13 DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN ALL AND WE'RE THE
BOTTOM SCALE ON EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Deborah Compton-Holt/K-Mart Employee; :00
SUPER=01-David Blum/K-Mart Employee; :21
OUT Q=SCALE ON EVERYTHING
Union representatives say the Greensboro workers make around four dollars
less than employees at other centers.
And they say they've file discrimination charges with the E-E-O-C.
News 7 was unable to reach parent company officials in Michigan and local
management refused to comment.
TAPE# net; edit 96-4
A lesbian mother plans to appeal a SECOND court decision that left her son
in the custody of the boy's grandmother.
Sharon Bottoms said last week she may give up her court battle fearing
Virginia judges will never rule in her favor.
That after an Henrico County Judge ruled her 4-year-old boy will remain with
Judge William Boice ruled that because of Bottoms' homosexuality she is NOT
fit to have custody of her son.
Bottoms' lawyer instructed her NOT to talk to the media about her nationally
publicized custody dispute.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Wythe County has escaped having a new state prison.
And some republican big wigs have big things in mind for Governor George
Wx ad lib
Well, the sun smiled on us today-- but not enough to keep away the high
winds and low temperatures.
Winds gusted up to 35 miles an hour at times.
Not as windy and a little warmer tomorrow-- as exiting high pressure creates
a southerly wind flow.
Clouds will also re- enter the picture-- as will precipitation later on in
More about that in the forecast-- please stay tuned.
MUSIC UP FULL
Governor George Allen received an endorsement of sorts from the Speaker of
Newt Gingrich was in southwest Virginia this weekend for the Washington and
Lee University Mock Convention.
Students predicted Bob Dole would be the G-O-P presidential nominee.
As for a running-mate, they chose retired General Colin Powell.
But Gingrich says THAT position could be reserved for George Allen.
SOT 3/2 tape 1
IN Q=Governor Allen
((NEWT GINGRICH/R-SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN COULD EASILY BE A
VICE PRESIDENT OR PRESIDENT. HE'S A TERIFFIC PERSON AND I HOPE HE'S GOING TO
SERVE IN THE U.S. SENATE AFTER HE'S GOVERNOR. BUT MY GUESS IS, HE WOULD AGREE
THAT WE SHOULD GET SOMEONE FROM THE MIDWEST OR THE WEST COAST WHO COULD HELP
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/(R) Speaker of the House;
OUT Q=HELP US
Gingrich was the keynote speaker for the convention's final session.
He told students the only way for Americans to break away from politics as
usual is to put a Republican in the White House.
Washington and Lee's 1996 Mock Convention is history.
Now students are waiting to see if their prediction stands the test of time.
Their nominee is Bob Dole.
Only once since 19-48 has the delegation been wrong.
Denise Allen looks back at what it takes to predict... a winner.
IN Q=21 votes for
SUPER=03-Lexington/May 1984; :00
SUPER=01-Brian Ross/Political Chairman; :31
SUPER=01-Justin Teltschik/TX State Chairman; 1:09
OUT Q=News 7
((((21 VOTES FOR WALTER MONDALE. 27 VOTES FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES GARY HART.))
Gary Hart may have won that states nomination but that year Washington and
Lee's delegates correctly predicted that Walter Mondale would be the 19-84
The look of the convention hasn't changed much in 12 years.
But the event is attracting more attention and high profile speakers.
And that takes years to plan.
((BRIAN ROSS/POLITICAL CHAIRMAN: DOING INTENSE RESEARCH INTO THEIR STATES
BACKGROUND, HISTORICAL CHECKS ON ALL PAST ELECTIONS. THEY MADE CORE CONTACTS
IN EACH STATE FROM THE STATE PARTY LEADER ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE GRASSROOTS
((BOB GOODLATTE/R-FIFTH DISTRICT: IF YOU CONSIDER ALL OF THE TIME THAT GOES
INTO THIS, ALL THE HOURS THAT ARE PUT INTO IT. THEY REALLY HAVE A BETTER
HANDLE ON THE POLITICAL MOOD IN EACH STATE THAN ANYBODY ELSE DOES.))
Bob Goodlatte says that's why political leaders pay close attention to the
This year the mock convention was held earlier in the primary process than
usual and the race is extremely close.
Those factors turned up the heat on the student delegates.
((JUSTIN TELTSCHIK/TX STATE CHAIRMAN: EVERYBODY WAS LIKE PRETTY CONFIDENT IT
WAS GOING TO BE DOLE. BUT IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS EVERY STATE CHAIR HAS BEEN
DOING SO MUCH WORK BECAUSE BUCHANAN WON HERE, FORBES HAS WON HERE, AND THERE
WAS SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY.))
And the uncertainty is still there even though Bob Dole won the South
But these students say they're confident their prediction will stand the
test of time.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The Allen Administration says Wythe County is off the list as a site for a
thousand-bed, privately-run prison.
Public Safety Secretary Jerry Kilgore says Corrections Corporation of
America is still in the running to build the prison -- but C-C-A has dropped
Wythe County from its final proposal.
IN Q=I believe
((I BELIEVE THE COMPANY WENT TO OTHER CHEAPER OPTIONS. THEY'RE IN A BUSINESS
HERE. THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE THE COMMONWEALTH WITH THE BEST DEAL. AND MY
UNDERSTANDING FROM TALKING WITH CCA AND OTHERS WAS THEY JUST FELT THEY COULD
GET THE COMMONWEALTH A BETTER DEAL ELSEWHERE IN THE STATE.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Va. Secretary of Pub. Safety;
OUT Q=in the state.
Kilgore has suggested in the past that a vocal band of opponents in Wythe
County may have helped convince C-C-A to look for alternative sites.
GRAPHIC=Va State Seal
A state moratorium on funding for jail projects could slow down plans for a
new facility in Martinsville.
File tape 94-109
Overcrowding has been a big problem for the Martinsville City Jail.
But now that the city is trying to do something about it-- the state is
putting up a wall.
SOT m'ville jail tape 13:28:17
IN Q=This jail I have
((STEVE DRAPER/MARTINSVILLE SHERIFF: THIS JAIL I HAVE BEHIND ME WAS BUILT FOR
18 PEOPLE AND RIGHT NOW, IT'S GOT 62 PEOPLE IN HERE. IT WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR
WOMEN AND RIGHT NOW, I'VE GOT 18 WOMEN IN THAT JAIL.. SO YES, IT'S VERY
FRUSTRATING THAT YOU GET TO A POINT, WHERE YOU THINK THE BALL'S ROLLING AND
RIGHT NOW, IT'S REALLY STOPPED. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Draper/Martinsville Sheriff;
OUT Q=really stopped
The moratorium affecting all jail projects has NOT been approved.
But Draper says he's asking for an exemption.
He says city council has already appropriated 94- thousand dollars for the
And if it doesn't receive an exemption from the General Assembly-- Draper
says Martinsville has the option of financing the project itself.
Draper is expecting to hear back from Richmond sometime this week.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Banks are reorganizing in Southside and South Boston,
and Martinsville's Nylon plant has the reoganization bug too.
Stay tuned for the News-7 Business Review.
MUSIC UP FULL
A survey says Roanoke firms will hire more people this spring,
a local furniture maker says it will open a new plant in Patrick County, while
another furniture company posts lackluster sales.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape; :07
SUPER=04-Wednesday; :36 (QUICK!)
SUPER=03-South Boston/Friday; :58
OUT Q=NAT SOT
A reorganization at DuPont's Nylon plant in Martinsville will cost several
managers their jobs.
The positions eliminated include people who do NOT supervise hourly
employees and engineers.
The latest survey by Manpower Incorporated says job prospects will improve
this spring in the Roanoke area; with 13-percent of employers planning to add
people, and only three-percent planning to cut back.
In greater Lynchburg, 23-percent plan to add workers, but 10-percent expect
to cut back.
Vaughan Furniture plans to create 300 new jobs in Patrick County over the
next few years.
The company will construct a furniture plant in the county's new industrial
Some changes for two banks in Southside Virginia.
People's Bank of Danville has changed its name to Peoples National Bank, and
it will spin off existing offices in Lynchburg and Fredricksburg.
Meanwhile the South Boston Bank is now Community National Bank.
It has also filed applications to put branches in Henderson and Louisburg,
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it dropped
94-points, closing at 55-36 point-56.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
And coming up, The Winston Cup drivers were in Richmond for the Pontiac
Excitement 400 Georgia Tech wins today.
And Roanoke College won its second N-C-Double-A basketball game last night
at the Bast Center and we'll tell you why in a moment.
Defending Winston cup Points champion Jeff Gordon made a trip to Victory
Lane this afternoon winning the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond.
Bobby Hamilton had the dominate car early in the race his pontiac led the
field with 41 laps in the book.
then the second caution of the day game out when Geoff Bodine goes low and
hits Dave Marcis bodine hits the wall but was able to return.
Dale Earnhardt was having handling problems and he had to pit because the
car was to tight.
Jeff Gordon led 72 laps early in the race and he was the leader with 216
laps left in the 400 lap event.
The save of the day goes to Sterling Marlin he gets lose and hits the wall
in turn one but he was able to save the car and keep racing.
South boston's Jeff Burton passed Dale Jarrett to lead the race with over
100-laps left in the event.
Then Darrell Waltrip got hit in the rear by Ward Burton sending his car
into the wall and Bringing out the Caution.
Gordon Pulled his Chevy into the lead and he dodged several wrecks near
the end to win the Pontiac Excitement 400.
IN Q="This is a
((JEFF GORDON/PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Pontiac Excitement 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=......REFRESHING FEELING."
Jarrett was second Ted Musgrave third, Jeff Burton fourth and Mark Martin
Georgia Tech will enter the A-C-C tournament on a winning note. The Yellow
Jackets beat Clemson today 87 to 74.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/RAYCOM; :
Bobby Cremens on the bench waiting the start of the game.
And he would see Freshman Stephon Marbury make the steal and go in for the
slam to tie the game at 15 to 15.
Moments late Marbury gets out on the break and throws the behind the back
pass to Drew Barry for the layup the Yellow Jackets led 23 to 17.
Then watch this defensive play. Eddie Elisma goes up high and blocks
William Jamison's shot into the front row.
Elisma would come back at the other SUPER=33-Georgia
Tech/=87/Clemson/=74;end of the floor with the one hand jam and the Yellow
Jackets get the 87 to 74 win over Clemson.
Charles Barkley scored half of his 26 points in the third quarter as Phoenix
beat Dallas 121 to 114.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/NBC SPORTS; :
Dallas coach Dick Motta watches his team take the lead.
George McCloud runs the floor pulls up and nails the three pointer and the
Mavericks led 33 to 31.
But Barkley took over here he takes the alley oop pass from Kevin Johnson
to tie the score at 33 to 33.
Moments later Johnson goes inside to Barkley again he slams it home and
the Suns led by four points.
A.C. Green returning to the suns lineup up with the protective Mask.
Phoenix pulled away in the fourth SUPER=32-Phoenix/121/Dallas/114;
quarter and the Suns get the 121 to 114 win over the Mavs.
A big afternoon in the college and pro games for all of today's sports
scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
GRAPHIC=NCAA Div III Tourney
How sweet it's been for Roanoke college over the last four days.
In that time span; the Maroons have won two NCAA tournament games and have
advanced to the sweet 16.
SUPER=03-Salem/Warriors vs. Maroons; :00
Jason Bishop has been the top gun for the maroons; averaging a torrid 29
points per game during the NCAA post season.
There are other factors that have propelled the Maroons into next friday's
Sectional Finals. Former franklin County star Derek Bryant is now shining at
Roanoke. He has hit 8 of 12 three pointers in the two tourney games. That's 67
percent from behind the arch.
Roanoke's bench has also been key; out scoring the two NCAA opponents by 24
points in two games.
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: TIM BRAUN AND NATHAN HUNGATE GET IN FOUL
TROUBLE. JASON DID A GREAT JOB OF RUNNING THE SHOW. COURTNEY FITCH CAME OFF
THE BENCH AND PLAYED DEFENSE, AND THEN YOU HAD DWAYNE BULLOCK STEP UP AND DO A
GOOD JOB OF RUNNING THE SHOW TOO. INSIDE, STEVE PLAYED LIKE TIM NORMALLY DOES
IN THERE AND THAT'S BEEN A KEY ALL YEAR THAT WE'VE HAD GUYS BEEN ABLE TO STEP
UP OFF THE BENCH, PLAY VERY WELL.
JOHN MAHER/AVERAGING 11 PTS PER GAME IN NCAA'S: WE'VE GOT 15 GUYS THAT CAN
COME ON TO THE COURT AND PLAY. WE REALLY DON'T HAVE A LETDOWN WHENEVER SOMEONE
COMES IN THE GAME. IT'S A DIFFERENT SORT OF PLAYER, BUT WE ARE PLAYING HARD.
THEY ARE GOING TO COME IN AND PLAY HARD.))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-John Maher/11 Pts. Average in NCAA's; :20
OUT Q=...play hard"
The 24 and 4 Maroons will now play Illinois Wesleyan next Friday night.
Franklin county's Brian Jones won the state 152 pound weight class in
overtime yesterday 4 to 2.
Jones is 38 and 0 and the Group Three-A state Champion.
And the college baseball season is cranking up.
This afternoon Virginia Tech beat U-N-C wilmington 6 to 3 Matt Reynolds of
William Byrd had a two run homer and Josh Herman also of Byrd had a run scoring
Radford beat Mount St. Mary's 9 to 8 and Ferrum downed Averett 17 to 6.