One person is dead following an afternoon melee in Southwest Roanoke.
This was the scene just a short while ago near the corner of Salem Avenue
and 17th Street.
Police are not releasing much information at this point... but did confirm
that one person was killed.
At least one suspect was taken into custody... but no word yet on whether
any charges have been followed.
News- 7 is closely following this story... and we'll have more information
as it's made available.
Fire and smoke damaged three businesses in Danville last night.
It happened at the intersection of Route 41 and Orphanage Road.
Officials believe the fire originated in the back of a tanning salon which
sustained the most damage.
A gym and hair salon were also located in the building-- both were damaged
Authorites received the call at around seven from a passerby who noticed
IN Q=I'm a
((KEN SHEETZ/WITNESS:I'M A MEMBER OF THE GYM AND I WAS JUST DRIVING BY WHEN I
SAW THE SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE EAVE OF THE ROOF, AND WE RAN AND CALLED 911,
THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CAME HERE ABOUT THREE MINUTES LATER. ))
SUPER=01-Ken Sheetz/Witness; :00
OUT Q=minutes later.
It took fire fighters about fifteen minutes to get the blaze under control.
Officials are still trying to determine the cause.
There's little question migrant farm workers who travel to the Southside
each summer have some of the toughest jobs around.
That's just one reason, the "Migrant Ministry" in Danville does what it can
to lend workers a helping hand through the tobacco growing season.
For years, the group has provided transportation to Sacred Heart Catholic
Church where Sunday service is performed in Spanish
Today the group marked the end of the season with a "Mexican Fiesta".
After church service, the workers and their families were treated to dinner
IN Q=It has
((ROBERTO CORTES/SEMINARIAN:IT HAS BEEN REALLY BUSY AND WE'VE BEEN TIRED, BUT I
THINK THAT ITS WORTH IT, I MEAN, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD TO PROVIDE
ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, PRAYER FOR THE MIGRANTS AND SO WE HAVE BEEN QUITE BUSY AND
I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT SUMMER.
NOAH PEREZ/MIGRANT FARM WORKER:TODAY IS A WONDERFUL DAY FOR MY FAMILY AND ME
BECAUSE TODAY ALL THE COMMUNITY, HISPANIC, IS TOGETHER IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
SUPER=01-Roberto Cortes/Seminarian; :00 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Noah Perez/Migrant Farm Worker; :21
OUT Q=Catholic Church.
More than 400- migrant workers gathered for today's "Mexican Fiesta".
Tonight at eleven, we'll have more on the story.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at Six continues-
A State park in Southside is expanding.
And we'll catch up with Miss Virginia who was out meeting and greeting
But first, Here's Kim with the weather.
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Well, we got a peak at the sun this morning-- then the clouds and showers
moved in by afternoon.
Rainfall amounts have been generally less than a half- inch in many of our
reporting cities-- higher totals in some other areas.
Let's check out the numbers.
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The F-B-I says they have ``very good leads'' in the hunt for the Olympic
bomber-- but no suspects yet.
Meanwhile, the Georgia National Guard has been mobilized to add muscle to
the force to avoid a repeat attack.
Dave Fehling is in Atlanta and has more.
SUPER=01-David Tubbs/FBI Special Agent;
SUPER=01-Nancy Lord/Georgia Militia Attorney;
SUPER=01-Billy Payne/Atlanta Committee;
(LOCATOR: ATLANTA, GA)
THE FBI SAYS AGENTS ARE TURNING UP LOTS OF INFORMATION THAT COULD LEAD TO THE
OLYMPIC PARK BOMBER. BUT SO FAR, THEY DON'T HAVE ANY SOLID SUSPECTS.
(SOT, DAVID TUBBS, FBI SPECIAL AGENT, "WE HAVEN'T DETERMINED IF IT'S A GROUP,
AN INDIVIDUC�, DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL. IT'S WAY TO PREMATURE FOR THAT.")
THE F-B-I SAYS IT HAS SKETCHES OF POTENTIAL SUSPECTS BUT WON'T
RELEASE THEM UNTIL ITS SURE THEY'RE VALID.
WHATSMORE, INVESTIGATORS REPORTEDLY NOW SAY THE BOMB, MADE UP OF
THREE LENGTHS OF PIPE, HAD A RATHER SOPHISTICATED TIMING DEVICE....SUGGESTING
THE MAKER HAD A CERTAIN LEVEL OF EXPERTISE.
THE F-B-I IS LOOKING ESPECIALLY HARD AT PEOPLE WITH TIES TO MILITIA
(LOCATOR: MACON, GA)
THE GEORGIA MILITIA DENIED ANY INVOLVEMENT BUT SAID IT WAS GIVING
FEDERAL AGENTS THE NAMES OF INDIVIDUALS THE GROUP SUSPECTS ARE CAPABLE OF
(SOT, NANCY LORD, GEORGIA MILITIA ATTORNEY)
AS MUCH AS ATLANTA'S LEADERS WISH IT WOULDN'T, THE BOMBING
THREATENS TO LINGER IN MANY MINDS AS THE DEFINING MOMENT OF THE 1996 SUMMER
(SOT, BILLY PAYNE, ATLANTA COMMITTEE FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES)
AS POLICE AND FEDERAL AGENTS MADE A FINAL SWEEP OF CENTENNIAL PARK
TO WRAP-UP THEIR CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, THE REST OF ATLANTA DEALT WITH A
BAD CASE OF THE JITTERS.
(SUPER: LAST NIGHT)
"CLEAR OUT, WE GOT UXO! WHAT? BOMB!"
UN-CLAIMED BAGS ARE NOW THE NEW SCOURGE OF THE SOUTH....
THEY HAVE BECOME A MENACE TO CITY STREETS AND SUBWAY STATIONS...
THE BOMB SQUAD HAS BEEN USING SMALL EXPLOSIVE CHARGES TO MAKE
SURE THE BAGS REALLY DON'T CONTAIN BOMBS AND POLICE SAY ASIDE FROM THE ONE IN
OLYMPIC PARK, NOT ONE HAS.
(FEHLING STANDUP CLOSE)
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The Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors will consult with lawyers
Tuesday to determine the future of the all-male institution.
They'll discuss whether to admit women or try to privatize the school.
A recommendation will be presented to the U-S- District Court in Roanoke,
which will likely supervise any changes.
Last month the U-S- Supreme Court ruled V-M-I violated Constitutional law.
V-M-I officials expect to have a final response to the court's ruling on
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC/File Tape;
The chairman of The Citadel's governing board says the two women who are
enrolled in next month's class will more than likely be roommates and treated
like any other cadet.
At a private meeting yesterday the board agreed that it would NOT require
women to cut their hair short, which is required of all male cadets.
The school's plan for admitting women will be released next week.
As some local governments are struggling to build NEW schools, there is one
lawmaker who believes the state should do more.
Local governments have traditionally carried the burden of financing school
construction in Virginia, but Roanoke Senator John Edwards says the time has
come to develop a new partnership.
IN Q=Traditionally, the localities
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D- ROANOKE: TRADITIONALLY, THE LOCALITIES HAVE PROVIDED THE
FUNDING FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, BUILDING THE SCHOOLS. AND THE STATE HAS DONE
THAT. I THINK IT'S NOW TIME FOR THE STATE TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT WHAT THE STATE
CAN DO TO ASSIST THE LOCALITIES WITH REGARD TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. THERE IS A
NEED NOT JUST IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY, BUT THROUGHOUT THE STATE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Roanoke;
OUT Q=but throughout the state.
Edwards says one possibility is to devote more state money to low- interest
The Greater Blacksburg Chamber of Commerce says a NEW name will broaden its
appeal and strengthen its voice.
Officials announced it will now be called the Blacksburg REGIONAL Chamber of
The chamber has members from throughout the New River Valley.
Officials say an overwhelming majority of those polled favored the NEW name.
They say it will make the chamber a stronger force in its lobbying efforts
on certain issues.
((PATTY COWLEY/CHAMBER PRESIDENT: IF WE STAND AS SIMPLY THE BLACKSBURG CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE, THE INPUT TO THOSE OUTSIDE THE AREA IS THAT WE ARE ONLY
REPRESENTING OUR TOWN IN THE TOWN LIMITS. BUT WHEN WE SAY WE ARE THE BLACKSBURG
REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHEN WE'RE TAKING A STAND, THE IMPLICATION IS THAT
IT'S A MUCH BROADER MEMBERSHIP, WHICH OF COURSE IT IS. ))
SUPER=01-Patty Cowley/Chamber President;
OUT Q=of course it is.
The chamber has about 600 members.
It's setting up advisory committees with businesses outside of Blacksburg to
keep the chamber informed about their communities.
Yokohama Tire in Salem will slow down its production, while a printing
company in Lynchburg plans to do the opposite.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; 1:21
OUT Q=NAT SOT
The recruiter who has brought a number of new employers to the struggling
Martinsville- Henry County area is leaving for a new job in the Midwest.
Among Frank Novakowski's largest deals, luring Readicut Holdings, Ashmore
Sportswear, and into town.
LB RAW 5:18
The New River Valley Mall is nearing record occupancy levels.
Three new businesses opened this week, and an upscale womens store and a
movie theater expansion are coming soon.
LB RAW 5:53
After a so-so second quarter, Optical Cable of Roanoke County is
anticipating a much stronger third quarter.
The fiber optic cable company is projecting that profits will be up FIFTY
PERCENT compared to the same period a year ago.
The Jafree Shirt Company in Wytheville is closing its doors after 60 years
The company that once employed several hundred people blames NAFTA and the
pending minimum wage increase.
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A month after losing one of its largest accounts, Yokohama Tire in Salem
will cut close to 50 jobs.
The company says the move has nothing to do with the cancelled contract, and
more to do with excessive inventories.
LB RAW 8:15 incubator video
The Roanoke Valley's first small business incubator is officially open for
business, and it welcomed its first tenant this week.
Altogether, the people in charge of the project expect to house 15 to 20
businesses inside the building designed for fledgling firms.
LB RAW 10:25
R-R Donnelley has unveiled plans for a 30 million dollar expansion to its
catalog production facility in Lynchburg.
When completed in 1998 it will add about 40 new jobs to Donnelley's
djia pre pro
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it closed up 46
points, finishing at 5473.06.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Soft music under
Later on News 7 at 6,
Don't call them the funnies.
Some collectors are very serious about comics.
Some pro wrestling hopefuls are trying to elbow in on a lucrative career.
We'll visit a local training center.
MUSIC UP FULL
Miss Virginia made one of her few public appearances at a local senior
community earlier today.
She stopped by the Park Oak Grove Retirement Community and played the same
piano piece that helped her win the Miss Virginia crown.
SOT 03.26.44 - 03.26.53
IN Q=I think her
((HARRIET SMITH/PARK OAK GROVE VISITOR: I THINK HER PERFORMANCE WAS EXCELLENT
AND I THINK SHE HAS A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF BEING A FINALIST OR MISS AMERICA AND
I HOPE SO.))
SUPER=01-Harriet Smith/Park Oak Grove Visitor;
OUT Q=I hope so
This was one of the few stops scheduled for Michelle Kang.
She's keeping her public appearances at a minimum to prepare for the Miss
The retirement community is also a popular stop for former Miss
Virginias--and a lucky one.
Cullen Johnson made an appearance here before making it to the final rounds
of the 1995 Miss America pageant.
This year's pageant will take place in September in Atlantic City, New
Some the world's most famous super heros were on display at the Salem Civic
The Roanoke Valley Comicon wrapped up its two day show... entertaining an
estimated 750 visitors.
Thousands of comic books were available... and some sold for thousands of
While that may be good for business... it may be bad for the future of the
Promoter Richard Morgan says kids have a hard time collecting comics these
IN Q=It's not
((RICHARD MORGAN/PROMOTER: IT'S DEFINITELY NOT A KID'S MARKET ANYMORE. EVEN THE
COVER PRICES ARE OUT OF REACH. TAKE A KID'S ALLOWANCE MAYBE FIVE OR TEN DOLLARS
A WEEK AND ONLY GET TWO OR THREE BOOKS. ))
OUT Q=three books
Comicon wasn't all about comic books.
There were plenty of other collectibles too.
Plus proceeds from an art auction went to benefit the Salvation Army.
Guts, strength, and determination.
That's exactly what some of the region's athletes are learning in
Shawsville... as they embark on a professional wrestling career.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=It's unlike
SUPER=01-Jimmy Valiant/Boogie's Pro Wrestling Camp;
SUPER=01-Frank "The Tank" Parker/Pro Wrestling Student;
SUPER=01-Brian Lyle/Pro Wrestling Student;
OUT Q=S.P. N-7, Montgomery County
It's unlike any other camp you've ever seen.
Activities include body slams and drop kicks.
Campers are grown men... weighing in excess of 400 pounds.
And the counselor is the Boogie Woogie Man... former ring king Jimmy
Under his watchful eye, these pro wrestling hopefuls are learning the
ropes... and the turnbuckles.
IN Q=What I'm
((JIMMY VALIANT/BOOGIE'S PRO WRESTLING CAMP: WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO NOW IS GIVE
BACK TO THE KIDS WHAT I LIVED OUT OVER 30, 36-37 YEARS. ))
Boogie's Pro Wrestling Camp was born four years ago just outside of
Business was slow in the beginning... but now dozens come every week to
train under the wrestling legend.
NAT SOT 13:27:52
((VALIANT: WHAT WE WANT TO DO-- COMPLETELY FLAT-- GUYS KEEP YOUR ELBOWS UP. ))
OUT Q=elbows up
But Valiant doesn't just show them the technical moves.
He teaches showmanship too.
And now some of them are ready for the big time.
IN Q=I've sent
((FRANK "THE TANK" PARKER/PRO WRESTLING STUDENT: I'VE SENT OUT A LOT OF VIDEOS
AND RESUMES TO A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS. GOT SOME GOOD RESPONSES, BUT JUST RIGHT
NOW THE TIMING ISN'T RIGHT. BUT IT COULD HAPPEN ANY DAY. ))
OUT Q=any day
Frank the Tank didn't have to look very far to find the camp-- he's from
Brian Lyle wasn't so lucky.
He had to move all the way from Las Vegas to learn from Valiant.
IN Q=I packed
((BRIAN LYLE/PRO WRESTLING STUDENT: I PACKED ALL I COULD IN MY CAR. I LEFT MOST
OF THE STUFF WITH MY SISTER OUT THERE. ))
OUT Q=out there
Every time one of these men walks into the squared circle, they're one step
closer to fulfilling a dream.
Many of them know it's a longshot... still they're willing to pin hopes on a
professional wrestling career.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Montgomery County.
And coming up, The U-S-T-A women's challenge opened in Roanoke this
afternoon, Rain has delayed the start of the Diehard 500 at Talladega.
And Jay Fogleman was the big winner last night in the Kroger W-D-B-J 250 at
the New River Valley Speedway.
The Diehard 500 at Talladega was delayed for over three hours because of
rain. They started the race under caution at about 5-oclock but a shower sent
the cars back to the pits while the blow dryers dried the track.
The race is underway and when I came to the studio Sterling Marlin was the
leader after 50 laps of the race and Jeff Gordon was running a strong second
and most of the cars were still on the lead lap.
A packed house, a live TV audience and a 34 car field set the stage for a
wild night of racing at the New River Valley Speedway last night.
Steve Mason has a recap of the Kroger-WDBJ 250.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Radford/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Ronnie Thomas/Driver of RGM Chrysler; :09
SUPER=01-Michael Ritch/Finished 8th; :48
SUPER=01-Jay Fogleman/Winner of Kroger-WDBJ 250; 1:10
SUPER=01-Stephen Grimes/Finished Third; 1:27
SUPER=01-Rodney "Six Pack" Cundiff/Finished Second; 1:48
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The USTA Women's Challenger of Roanoke opened this afternoon at the Hunting
Hills Country Club.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
Today's action was the qualifying round for several of the players the
matches continued throughout the afternoon.
Some of the top players in the world are competing, as 20 countries are
resprented in this years event.
SOT 01.05.03 - 01.05.12
IN Q=TOMORROW NIGHT WE
((JOHN BARKER/HUNTING HILLS TENNIS DIRECTOR;
TOMORROW NIGHT WE HAVE OUR PRO-AM WHICH IS A HOOT. IT'S A LOT OF FUN, LOT OF
ENTERTAINMENT AND WE'LL HAVE THAT STARTING AT SEVEN O'CLOCK TOMORROW NIGHT RAIN
SUPER=01-John Barker/Hunting Hills Tennis Director;
OUT Q=rain or shine
The Baltimore Orioles entertained the Cleveland Indians again at Camden Yard
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/WUAB; :
Alvaro Espinoza hits a line drive to right field it gets by Bobby Bonilla
and goes to the wall in right field a runner scores to make it 2 to 1
Then with the score tied 2 to 2 Casey Candale gets all of this pitch
sending it over the right field fence for a solo homer and the Indians took a 3
to 2 lead in the sixth.
The Orioles come back in their SUPER=35-Baltimore/3/Cleveland/6/;half of
the sixth. B.J. Surhoff hits a bullet over the right field wall to tie the
game at 3 to 3 but Cleveland wins it 6 to 3 In 13 innings.