Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A journey inside a brand new prison- -for a look inside the mind of a man
who once called himself "the phantom."
And an assessment of the drug testing program for student athletes in
Tonight in sports, Michael Irvin finally reports to the Dallas Cowboys
training camp, the Dixie Pre-majors world series has some local flavor this
And Colorado Rockies all-star Larry Walker has made his way to Salem. He'll
be in an Avalanche uniform tonight, and we'll hear from him tonight in sports.
Some isolated downpours are soaking folks southside and our forecast has
scattered storms on Thursday.
Last month's explosion aboard a T-W-A flight over the Atlantic makes the
work of Roanoke's phantom controller seem like child's play.
But the man who pinned that label on himself here three years ago wants out
of prison, and Rodney Bocook is afraid recent events could hurt his chances.
IN Q=Now an inmate
SUPER=01-Rodney Bocook/"Phantom Air Traffic Controller"; :11
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :36
OUT Q=made me think.
(( Now an inmate at the brand new federal prison outside Beckley, West
Virginia, Bocook wrote NEWS 7 last month, urging us to let the folks at home
know he would never deliberately blow up a plane.
((I'M NOT A TERRORIST, SO I DON'T RELATE TO IT IN THAT RESPECT. BUT THE THOUGHT
DOES CROSS MY MIND, "WELL, WHAT IF A PLANE DID CRASH?" THAT KIND OF WORRIES ME.
THE WASN'T MY INTENT TO CAUSE ANY HARM TO ANYBODY.))
He says it's scary- -realizing only now, that he could have caused a
disaster like T-W-A flight 800.
When his escapade started three years ago, Bocook's interference on flight
control frequencies was just a nuisance.
Eventually he would chat with as many as eight or ten pilots a night,
telling them to change altitude, abort landings at the last minute or hold
short of a runway intersection.
The judge decided he intentionally endangered pilots, passengers and
((YEAH, I'D AGREE THAT THERE WAS SOME ENDANGERMENT.
SO WHY DID YOU DO IT?
He says he was just trying to get attention.
He insists he thought he was guilty of nothing more serious than cursing
over the airwaves.
Finally one pilot just let him have it.
((HE SAID, "I GOT A YOUNG FAMILY AT HOME AND THEY WOULDN'T APPRECIATE ME FLYING
INTO ONE OF THESE MOUNTAINS UP HERE." AND THAT KIND OF MADE ME THINK.))
OUT Q=made me think.))
At the moment Bocook is set to be released Christmas Day of the year 2000.
He hopes to get the judge to reconsider the sentence.
It's a different kind of "no pass- no play" rule for student athletes..
in this case, if they can't pass a drug test, they can't play team sports.
The Lynchburg school board last night voted to continue the city's six-
year- old drug testing program for another year.
Students who participate in scholastic sports must submit to random drug
testing throughout the school year.
The program is working almost too well.
Last year twelve students tested positive for drugs, up from just one the
IN Q=We have not
((YVETTE MILLER/LYNCHBURG SCHOOLS: WE HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED THIS BEFORE, SO IT'S
VERY DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED THE INCREASE. WE'RE JUST HAPPY
THAT WE WERE ABLE TO FIND OUT THAT THESE STUDENTS WERE IN NEED OF SERVICES AND
BE ABLE TO REFER THEM TO HELP.))
SUPER=01-Yvette Miller/Lynchburg Schools; :00
OUT Q=refer them to help.
Miller says the rise could reflect an increase in drug use in the community.
Students testing positive are required to undergo substance abuse counseling
before they can rejoin their teams.
Television is proving to be an effective crime fighting tool for the
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department.
A Danville cable company has taken the concept behind the program "America's
Most Wanted" and given it a local spin.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
SUPER=01-Major Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :23
SUPER=01-Don Robertson/Photo Classified Director; :49
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
(( Suspects hoping to escape the grip of the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's
Department have new reason to look over their shoulder.
Less than a week ago, Cable Vision Industries in Danville began devoting air
time to help locate the area's most wanted.
So far, nearly two dozen suspects have made their debut on Cable Channel 12.
IN Q=It's been
((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:IT'S BEEN VERY
SUCCESSFUL. SINCE LAST THURSDAY, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO APPREHEND FIVE FUGITIVES
THAT WERE WANTED IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY ON OLD OUTSTANDING WARRANTS THAT WE HAD
NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE. ))
OUT Q=to locate.
Goodson approached Cable Vision Industries after watching a similar program
on a cable station in neighboring North Carolina.
The Sheriff's department supplies the mug shots which are then transferred
into a computer.
The program airs during various time slots seven days a week.
IN Q=We plan
((DON ROBERTSON/PHOTO CLASSIFIED DIR.: WE PLAN TO EXPAND THIS SHOW PROBABLY
BEFORE THE FIRST OF OCTOBER, DOUBLING ITS CAPACITY OF WHAT IT IS NOW, WHICH IS
20 FUGITIVES AT A PARTICULAR TIME. WE HOPE TO GO TO FORTY, AND INCORPORATE THE
CITY CRIME STOPPERS EFFORT INTO THAT AS WELL. ))
OUT Q=as well.
Goodson is confident the leads are coming from viewers because the calls are
coming in on the Crime Stoppers Hotline number which is aired throughout the
program. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
Republican John Warner is the third largest recipient in the U.S. Senate of
money from political action committees.
Warner's PAC contributions over the last 18 months make up about one third
of the 3-point-4 million dollars he's raised.
That's in contrast to Democrat Mark Warner -- who's taken a campaign pledge
to accept NO PAC money.
John Warner ranks behind South Dakota's Larry Pressler and Montana's Max
Baucus on the PAC list.
IN Q=He's the third
((HE'S THE THIRD...SPECIAL INTEREST PAC MAN.))
SUPER=01-Eric Hoffman/Mark Warner Spokesman;
OUT Q=PAC man.
If John Warner is the special interest PAC man that Democrats allege, Mark
Warner's his OWN man.
Mark Warner's contributed about 2-point-3 million dollars of his own fortune
toward his long shot campaign.
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When News 7 at 11 returns, a local group of refugees want to change how the
area views them.
and we'll tell you why some opponents of a high voltage line are accusing A-E-P
of making a power play.
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GRAPHIC=American Electric Power
American Electric Power is putting a lot of stock in a recent federal report
that cites the need for a controversial power line that would run through our
But power line opponents are skeptical about where the findings are coming
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=Earlier this
SUPER=@File; :11 (QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Cliff Shaffer/Power Line Opponent; :42
SUPER=01-Ron Poff/AEP Project Manager; 1:04
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Earlier this week American Electric Power sent out a press release noting
that a new Department of Energy report cites the need for its proposed power
line from West Virginia to Botetourt County.
The DOE report, which was mostly about last month's power outages in the
west, says that delays in the approval of AEP's power line could threaten the
reliability of the mid- Atlantic electrical system.
IN Q=I think
((RON POFF/AEP PROJECT MANAGER: I THINK IT BRINGS BALANCE FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE
TO THE OVERALL PROJECT.))
OUT Q=overall project.
But the AEP release did NOT make it clear that the portion of the report on
its power line was prepared by members of the ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY.
Project opponents believe this is an attempt to get more public support for
IN Q=DOE asked
((CLIFF SHAFFER/POWER LINE OPPONENT: DOE ASKED THE UTILITIES TO SUPPLY THEM
WITH INFORMATION. AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER TOOK THAT OPPORTUNITY TO INTERJECT
THEIR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS LINE. AND IF YOU READ THE REPORT, IT STICKS OUT.
IT'S JUST, WHY WOULD IT BE IN HERE? IT'S VERY UNUSUAL.))
OUT Q=very unusual.
AEP does not believe the report was biased toward its position.
IN Q=You recognize
((RON POFF/AEP PROJECT MANAGER: YOU RECOGNIZE FROM PUBLIC PERCEPTION THERE'S
GONNA BE THAT SUSPICION, BUT WHEN YOU ALSO RECOGNIZE OF WHO ARE THE BEST
EXPERTS TO RECOGNIZE AND DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES, THE INDUSTRY IS THE INHERENT
CHOICE IN THAT AREA.))
OUT Q=that area.
With this report the AEP project is getting national attention, and more
detailed study of the project will follow.
Nevertheless, the Department of Energy calls the AEP situation a
"manageable" reliability problem that could get worse as the mid Atlantic area
Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
Long before the turn of the century immigrants and refugees flocked to the
United States to escape political and economic oppression.
Supporters of limits on immigration argue many of those coming to this
country often get a free ride on the backs of American taxpayers.
But Ron Jones reports those who help refugees adjust here in southwest
Virginia say that's just not the case.
IN Q=Give me your tired...
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Barbara Smith/Immigration Services Dir.; :19
SUPER=04-File Tape; 1:05
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
File of Statue of liberty:
((Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe
free... it's engraved on the symbol of hope for many refugees and immigrants.
Thousands of them have landed in our Valley in recent years... from Iraqi's
Refugee and Immigration Services helps with the transition.
((BABARA SMITH/IMMIGRATION SERVICES DIRECTOR: WE HELP TO RE-SETTLE REFUGEES,
POLITICAL REFUGEES FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA. NOT JUST
ROANOKE, BUT IN ALL SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA.))
But some Americans are resentful... some believe refugees are sopping up
jobs, loafing on welfare, and not paying taxes... immigration officials say
that's a myth.
((THEY ARE IMMEDIATELY PAYING THE SAME TAXES THAT YOU AND I ARE PAYING. IF
THEY DIDN'T THEY'D GO TO JAIL. THE SAME AS YOU AND I WOULD GO TO JAIL. THEY'RE
ALSO ARE IMMEDIATELY ELIGIBLE FOR THE DRAFT. THEY WOULD HAVE TO GO DEFEND OUR
In fact Smith says 98 percent of adult refugees in Virginia are employed.
file of refugees
Smith also says Virginians show a great deal of southern hospitality to
Most are met with an army of volunteers to help them adjust.
But she says refugees can teach Americans a few things as well.
((THE WORK ETHIC IS PHENOMENAL. I THINK IF YOU TALK TO EMPLOYERS IN THE AREA
THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT CONSISTENTLY. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT OUR ANCESTORS
DID AND HOPEFULLY A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW NEW IMMIGRANTS COMING WILL BE DOING
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A local group plans to take another shot at getting citizens to talk about
race relations in the city.
The Community Relations Task Force is holding another public hearing
tomorrow night at a local high school.
It's the second of four hearings hosted by the group.
Last night's hearing proved dissappointing after less than a dozen people
But, the chairman of the committee said the turnout did not take away from
the group's mission.
SOT07.30.05 - 07.30.19
IN Q=If there are
((MELINDA PAYNE/CHAIRMAN - TASK FORCE; IF THERE ARE JUST TWO FOLKS HERE THEN
OKAY, THEN THEY'RE JUST TWO. AND, NEXT TIME IF THEY'RE 50 THEN SO BE IT. BUT,
IF WE ONLY GET THESE TWO IN THE WHOLE FOUR MEETINGS THEN AT LEAST I THINK THE
TASK FORCE MEMBERS CAN SAY THEN OKAY, AT LEAST WE GAVE FOLKS AN OPPORTUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Melinda Payne/Task Force Chairwoman;
OUT Q=folks an opportunity
The hearings follows complaints the board was becoming inactive.
It was first set up back in 1990 to investigate alleged racism by Roanoke
police officers against members of the black community.
Now, the re-organized board is concentrating on reports of racism in other
areas like housing and education.
Tomorrow's public hearing will be held at Fleming High School at seven
Wall Street continued its climb today.
A late rally pushed the stock market higher.
The DOW was UP 22 and a-half points to close at 57-hundred-19.
NASDAQ rose 12 points.
The old Sears building in downtown Danville may be getting a new owner.
Danville city council has taken steps to purchase the building.
The downtown fire department would relocate into the building.
Space would also be set aside for the school board central office staff--
which is currently located in the city municipal building.
Mayor Linwood Wright says the move would save taxpayers.
IN Q=We believe
((LINWOOD WRIGHT/DANVILLE MAYOR: WE BELIEVE THAT IF WE HAD TO GO BUILD THIS
FROM SCRATCH, BUILDING IT THIS WAY AND GETTING IT RETROFITTED TO REALLY IDEAL
SPACE, THE COST WOULD PROBABLY BE IN EXCESS OF FIVE MILLION DOLLARS. WE ARE
ESTIMATING THE COST TO DO THIS BETWEEN A MILLION AND A QUARTER AND A MILLION
AND A HALF DOLLARS. ))
SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Danville Mayor; :00
OUT Q=half dollars.
Wright says the move has other benefits. It would also provide the city with
an additional 125- parking spots.
Nearly 250 Roanoke Valley children took a day off from the summer fun... and
went to WORK.
They were participating in the fifth annual "Kids' Day" at First Union Bank.
The hours were spent taking various tours... plus they were able to take
part in a hands- on computer workshop.
The event is designed to help children understand that hard work in school
will likely equal success in the workplace.
IN Q=You experience
((RAY PERDUE/KIDS' DAY PARTICIPANT: YOU EXPERIENCE A LOT AND YOU'RE NOT EVEN IN
SCHOOL. IT'S LIKE YOU LEARN EVERYTHING EVERYDAY. ))
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
((HEATHER STUDEBAKER/KIDS' DAY PARTICIPANT: IT LET'S YOU EXPERIENCE WHAT YOU'RE
GOING TO DO WHEN YOU GET OLDER AND WHAT YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR FATHER DO AT WORK.
SUPER=01-Ray Perdue/Kids' Day Participant;
SUPER=01-Heather Studebaker/Kids' Day Participant; :08
OUT Q=do at work
Kids' Day is part of the Excellence in Education Program at First Union.
The program allows full time employees to take some time off each month to
volunteer at their child's school.
Coming your way tonight in sports, Larry Walker is in Salem and ready to take
his cuts with the Avalanche tonight, The Roanoke Rush cuts ticket prices,
and Dot Bolling stays on top of the women's City county heading into the
final round tomorrow at Botetourt.
The Dallas Cowboys finally welcomed Michael Irvin to training camp today for
the first time since the all-pro pleased no contest to drug possesion charges
SUPER=03-Austin, TX; :00
Irvin's first job upon returning was to drive a golf cart and usher Emmitt
Smith onto the playing field.
His teammates appeared to be glad to have him back in the fold, as was head
coach Barry Switzer.
IN Q="A welcomed...
((BARRY SWITZER/DALLAS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Barry Switzer/Dallas Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...YOUNG PLAYERS.
Only 900 fans showed up for the Roanoke Rush's home opener last Saturday
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Saturday; :00
and as a result the team's owners have announced that they are cutting ticket
prices in an attempt to jump start attendance.
Adult tickets which normally cost $8 dollars will now be $6.
Student tickets are still $5 bucks and children's tickets are $3.
The Rush plays the Durham Vipers this Saturday night at 7.
After missing the game last night, Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies
will be in the Avalanche lineup tonight as a designated hitter.
Walker, an all star outfielder, was at Memorial stadium this afternoon
taking batting practice. He hit the ball well but his timing is still a little
Walker broke his collarbone chasing a fly ball at Coors Field on June 9-th
and has set out the past two months.
IN Q="well right now
((LARRY WALKER/ROCKIES OUTFIELDER: ))
SUPER=01-Larry Walker/Rockies Outfielder; :
OUT Q=........move on from there.
Walker will spend the next two days in Salem as a designated hitter and
then report to the Rockies Triple A team in Colorado Springs.
The Avalanche will play the Winston-Salem Warthogs tonight at 7 at Salem
The Virginia State champs from Vinton were forced into a rematch with Salem
in the Semi finals of the Dixie pre majors world series.
SUPER=03-Salem/Vinton vs. Salem; :00
Salem was charged up for the shot at revenge at Kiwanis Field.
We start in the top of the third with no score. Brad Gusler hits a hard
infield grounder that cannot be handled and Vinton's Ryan Wheeling scoots home
to make the score 1-nothing in favor of the Virginia state champs.
Lazarro has been the spark on the hill for Salem and he took the mound again
in the fourth. Here he strikes out Brian Rickerson.
Vinton's Justin Likens was also strong on the hill. He gave up 1 hit through 5
innings and Vinton advances to the championship game with a 4-nothing win.
Vinton will play the winner of the Alabama/Louisiana game tomorrow at 5.
The final round of the Roanoke Valley Women's Golf Association tournament
should be an exciting one.
The field will again chase the favorite Dot Bolling.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Ole Monterey; :
Bolling had some problems with her putter today but she shot a 5 over par 81
in today's second round.
Bolling's at 155 after two rounds and her score is still four shots ahead
of the field.
IN Q="That's the...
((DOT BOLLING/LEADS BY FOUR: ))
SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/Leads By Four; :
OUT Q=.........putt well."
Kathy Hull is in second place. She had today's best round at Ole Monterey
coming home with a 76.
She's at 159 with the final round set at Botetourt where the greens would
tend to favor Bolling.
IN Q="Hidden Valley.....
((KATHY HULL/FOUR SHOTS BACK: ))
SUPER=01-Kathy Hull/Four Shots Back; :
OUT Q=..........different tomorrow."
Bonita Howell is at 165 and Nancy Shuck, who was in second place at the
start of today's round, shot 89. She's at 167.
And finally tonight, you probably didn't hear about the big boxing match last
night in Flint, Michigan,
SUPER=03-Flint, MI/Last Night; :00
but it featured some of the best action of any fight this year.
Take a look at Tracy Byrd and Sue Chase in this wild four round women's
Byrd in the green outfit and Chase would jabs and hooks almost non-stop for
the entirety of this bout.
Eventually, Byrd would win a unanimous decision over her good friend.
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