Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Murder arrests in Maryland in the death of an elderly Galax man.
And your typical con man might just be a middle-aged woman out to fleece
the unsuspecting mark.
Tonight in sports, our weekly Monday night report from UVa, bad news for the
Carolina Panthers, and a couple of firings in the major leagues tonight as
and Jim Fregosi get the axe from the Redsox and Phillies
Not much sunshine in this forecast package. And the WeatherSchool question
tonight goes for the record book.
A New River Valley couple is behind bars in MARYLAND... accused of killing
one of their elderly Galax neighbors.
Police aren't saying why... but they believe 37- year- old Charles Howard...
and his 21- year old wife (TEE-sha) Tisha, are responsible for the city's
second murder of the year.
A week and a half ago, 79- year- old Willie Goins was found at his home,
with multiple stab wounds to his chest.
Charles and Tisha Howard were the main suspects in the killing, but they
left town after Goins' body was discovered.
Police found them in Tacoma Park, Maryland.
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((GREG GOAD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THEY WERE ARRESTED BY MARYLAND AUTHORITIES
AT APPROXIMATELY 11:45 P.M. ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH. AND WILL BE EXTRADITED TO
VIRGINIA FOR TRIAL.))
SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Commonwealth's Attorney;
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The couple lives just a few houses down from the murder scene.
And Tisha Howard was a distant relative of the victim.
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Three men are charged with capital murder and armed robbery in connection
with the death of a Pulaski County man. Investigators say 43- year- old Elmer
Fisher was stabbed and held under water last week near this spot along the New
31- year- old Eddie Gibson was apprehended Saturday in Richmond, 27- year-
old Joseph Graham Junior was picked up Friday night in Tazewell and, 22- year-
old Darick Wetzel was arrested at his home in Pulaski County.
Police think the killing may have stemmed from some kind of dispute between
The three suspects were arraigned and assigned court appointed attorneys
today. They are being held without bond in the Pulaski County Jail.
It could happen to your wife, sister or EVEN grandmother.
Each year, con artists talk elderly women out of thousands of dollars.
Teresa Hamilton reports, two separate incidents are now under investigation
in Roanoke and Henry County.
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OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Grocery stores and shopping centers are open season.
Authorities say a con artist will typically scan the parking lot searching
for an elderly woman--travelling alone.
IN Q=It's terrible
((ANN TURNER:IT'S TERRIBLE THAT PEOPLE WANT SOMETHING THAT DON'T BELONG TO
THEM, THEY WANT SOMETHING THEY DON'T WORK FOR. ))
OUT Q=work for.
IN Q=Me personally
((LATOYA PRESTON:ME PERSONALLY, IF IT EVER HAPPENED TO MY MOTHER OR GRANDMOTHER
I'D BE UPSET ABOUT IT. ))
OUT Q=about it.
Believe it or not, con artists are often average looking women in their 40's
In fact, it was two women, last week, who talked a 70- year old Henry County
woman out of 300- dollars.
Days later, two women claiming to sell stock for a department store, struck
There the two conned a 77- year old woman out of several thousand dollars.
For every victim who steps forward, authorities believe there are just as
many who remain silent.
Victims are often too embarrassed to report what happened.
Authorities say the cases that are reported are often difficult to
IN Q=They're hard
((SGT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE VICTIMS ARE USUALLY ELDERLY,
HARD OF HEARING OR SEEING, DESCRIPTION IS LIMITED, THINGS LIKE THAT USUALLY
OUT Q=handicap us.
Nester does have advice. He says educate elderly loved ones and always
remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Teresa Hamilton,
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---a kinder and gentler T-V debate for the U-S
and residents of an Clifton Forge apartment building cry foul when they find
themselves temporarily out of their homes.
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A Montgomery County man died in a fire at a mobile home this afternoon.
A trailer in the 32-hundred block of Mount Zion Road caught fire at about
The Blacksburg fire chief says they found a man in a back room of the
He apparently died of smoke inhalation. Authorities have not yet released
Officials believe he was the only person in the home at the time.
No word on what caused the fire.
The good news for voters is that truthfulness and marital fidelity are NOT
focal points of this year's Senate campaign.
The bad news is the issues alone are a little boring.
Ellen Qualls takes the temperature of the race after the second debate.
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These guys are definitely heating up, but they are not hot.
sot 42:10 tape two
((MARK WARNER: JOHN THOSE ARE GREAT IDEAS. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING FOR THE
LAST 18 YEARS. JOHN WARNER: ONE SECOND INTERVENTION. FIGHTING A
DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED CONGRESS AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. applause))
That over getting rid of the IRS.
But the Warner versus Warner race boils down to one thing -- whether to fire
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((SEN. JOHN WARNER: FINALLY I'M IN A POSITION OF SENIORITY TO GET SOME THINGS
DONE FOR VIRGINIA AND I'M GONNA DO IT.))
So Mark Warner keeps hammering away at the votes he highlights in his ads --
perceived slights to education and Medicare.
sot 44:20 tape two
((MARK WARNER: WE'VE GOT TO PUT OFF MASSIVE TAX RELIEF UNTIL WE GET OUR FISCAL
HOUSE IN ORDER. WE CAN'T HAVE BOTH. PEOPLE ARE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU CAN'T
PROMISE MAJOR TAX CUTS AND AT THE SAME TIME BALANCE THE BUDGET, AND THE SAME
TIME NOT CUT EDUCATION PROBLEMS. IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.))
It's not the scandal- tainted, mud-wrestle of Robb versus North in 1994.
So far, it's not the come from behind upset that George Allen pulled off in
And it's definitely not the history- making election of Doug Wilder in 1989.
So far Warner versus Warner has remained a polite exercise in jutting jaws
over who can make the tough decisions.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
President Clinton is expected to sign a bill that will deliver 20 million
dollars in sewer repair money to Lynchburg.
The money, part of the Water Resources Development Act, will help the city
pay for its combined sewer overflow project.
That 20- year, 200- million dollar program is revamping Lynchburg's sewer
system to comply with E-P-A regulations.
City officials said today any help the federal government can provide will
be gladly accepted.
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((TERRY REID/LYNCHBURG UTILITIES DIRECTOR: WE AGAIN HAVE EMPHASIZED IN OUR
TRIPS TO WASHINGTON, THAT THE CITY HAS DONE ITS PART IN SPENDING ITS SHARE OF
THE FUNDING, IT WAS TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP TO THE PLATE AND
HELP US OUT.))
((RAY BOOTH/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: WHAT IT WILL DO IN THE LONG TERM FOR THE
CITY IS WE'LL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THIS PROGRAM SO MUCH FASTER, THAT THIS BURDEN
WILL NOT BE PLACED ON THE RATEPAYERS TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW.))
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SUPER=01-Ray Booth/Public Works Director; :15
OUT Q=twenty years from now.
Booth says additional requests for federal funding will be made in the
The city of Richmond also received 20 million dollars for help in renovating
its sewer system.
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A Lynchburg company that builds cast iron sewer pipes laid off more than 60
workers this weekend.
Employees in Griffin Pipe's soil pipe division were told Friday that that
would be their last day on the job.
Griffin said it was a corporate decision to close the department with no
advance warning to its workers.
The affected employees represent less than 20 percent of the hourly
workforce at the plant.
Some of them may be eligible for rehire when jobs open up in other parts of
Griffin says a declining market share forced it to discontinue its soil pipe
Soil pipe is used mostly in household plumbing.
The larger, iron pressure pipe used in sewer systems will continue to be a
mainstay of the plant's output.
A 2 million dollar renovation project for a historic Clifton Forge building
has some residents feeling like small change.
They say progress could leave them homeless. City officials say all they need
is a little patience.
Eric Earnhart explains.
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SUPER=01-Glynn Loope/Economic Development Authority; :47
SUPER=01-Doody Morris/Vice Mayor; 1:18
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((Louise Montgomery says a promise is a promise. She says the Alleghany
Housing Alliance told her she'll have to move out of the Alleghany Building
while it's being renovated... but the Alliance promised to make up the
difference in her rent, and pay the deposit on her utilities. She says she
moved, and the money wasn't there.
IN Q=my deposits
((LOUISE MONTGOMERY/FORMER TENANT; MY DEPOSITS ARE DUE, I CANNOT STAY IN THE
HOUSE THAT I'M IN, UNLESS I HAVE THE MONEY ))
OUT Q=have the money
Two other tenants say they're in the same situation...but economic development
officials say the problem is the tenants moved too soon. The Housing Alliance
closed the deal on the building just 2 weeks ago, and residents were told they
couldn't be reimbursed for anything, until the final paperwork on the project's
funding is finished.
That could take another couple of months.
IN Q=I think jumping the gun
((GLYNN LOOPE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY; I THINK JUMPING THE GUN IS A FAIR
ASSUMPTION, AND IT'S OBVIOUS THESE FOLKS ARE GOING TO GET CHECKS TO HELP THEM
DURING THE RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD, IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF TIME ))
OUT Q=just a question of time
But residents say they couldn't wait for the funding to become available, they
say conditions here are so bad, they had to get out now.
You can see what it was like here two years ago during a tour for members of
the Appalachian Regional commission... Residents say it's gone downhill since
The ones who left say even though they moved out early, they feel the housing
alliance owes them some help.
IN Q=I think what we're
((DOODY MORRIS, VICE MAYOR; I THINK WHAT WE'RE RUNNING INTO IS A LACK OF
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THESE RESIDENTS AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. I THINK WE'LL
GET THIS STRAIGHTENED OUT REAL SOON, AS FAR AS BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY, WE HAVE
NO EVIDENCE OF THAT YET.))
OUT Q=evidence of that yet
Morris and other city officials say they're urging the residents and housing
authority sit down and work things out... They say they want to make sure
everyone is taken care of.
Eric Earnhart, News 7 ))
On Wall Street the Dow was up nine points, closing at 58 hundred 82.
NASDAQ was down three points.
New River Valley leaders believe better transportation links will help bring
more businesses to their region.
A summit today centered on several themes, including building an intermodal
park in Dublin.
Intermodal parks make carrying freight more efficient by providing a
facility where cargo can be easily switched from a rail car to a truck.
IN Q=There's a lot
((HIAWATHA NICELY/PULASKI ENCOURAGING PROGRESS: THERE'S A LOT OF TRAFFIC ON
THE HIGHWAY NOW, TAKING FREIGHT TO THE PORTS OF HAMPTON ROADS. THERE'S A LOT
MOVING BACK AND FORTH. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET ON THE INTERSTATE ANY DAY
NOW, AND SEE HOW THE ROADS ARE ON 81 NORTH AND SOUTH AND ON 77, AND WHAT WE'RE
LOOKING AT IS FINDING A BETTER WAY TO OFF LOAD THAT MATERIAL.))
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The group called Pulaski Encouraging Progress says it's still trying to find
funding for the project.
A major gift will bring a new welcome center to Virginia's Explore Park.
This afternoon, the park announced a half- million dollar donation from
members of the Taubman family.
The seven- thousand square foot building will be named in memory of Arthur
Taubman, the Roanoke civic leader and businessman who built Advance Auto into a
IN Q=My grandfather
((MARC TAUBMAN: MY GRANDFATHER WAS A GREAT BELIEVER IN EDUCATION FOR ALL AND HE
WAS ALSO A GREAT BELIEVER IN THE ROANOKE COMMUNITY. AND WE FEEL THAT GIVING
THIS MONEY TO THE EXPLORE PARK REALLY FURTHERS EDUCATION FOR EVERYBODY IN THE
OUT Q=the Roanoke Community.
Construction on the spur from the Blue Ridge Parkway is now under way.
Officials hope the new welcome center will be completed by the time the
road opens next fall.
Coming your way tonight in sports, the major league season just ended, but
two managers have already lost their jobs today, the top senior golfers are
invading the Homestead,
And Roy Stanley checks in from Charlottesville with our Monday night UVa
We'll hear from Tiki Barber right after this.
The major league season ended yesterday, the playoffs begin tomorrow so, a
couple of teams decided to use this dead period to clean house.
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The Phillies fired manager Jim Fregosi this afternoon after three straight
Fregosi says he leaves behind a lot of friends in the city of brotherly love.
IN Q="It's tough...
((JIM FREGOSI/FIRED BY PHILLIES:))
SUPER=01-Jim Fregosi/Fired By Phillies; :00
OUT Q=...AS THEY CAN BE."
In Boston, Kevin Kennedy was released today - a year after winning the AL
East title and almost winning manager of the year honors for the Redsox.
IN Q="we cannot...
((DAN DUQUETTE/RED SOX GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Dan Duquette/Red Sox General Manager; :00
Last Saturday against Texas, The Virginia Cavaliers played a complete game
on both sides of the ball.
But the offensive unit really came out hit with a new attitude against the
Roy Stanley has more from Charlottesville.
IN Q="the offense
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SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/121 Yards Rushing & 3 Touchdowns; :21
SUPER=01-Duane Ashman/UVa Defensive End; :52
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; 1:16
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The Dallas Cowboys try to salvage the first fourth of their season tonight as
they take on the Eagles in Philadelphia.
Emmitt Smith should be healthier than he's been all season.
((BARRY SWITZER/COWBOYS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Barry Switzer/Cowboys Head Coach; :00
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The news is not so good for running back Tim Biakabatuka.
The Panthers rookie star is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in
left knee yesterday against the Jaguars.
The top senior golfers in the world are in Hot Springs tonight getting ready
for tomorrow's Merrill Lynch Shootout at the Cascades.
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Defending champ Dave Stockton leads this year's field that also includes J.C.
Snead and yesterday's Vantage winner Jim Colbert.
Practice begins at 10 and the event gets started at 11 tomorrow morning, and
best of all it is open to the public and absolutely free.
Jeff Gordon won his tenth race of the season yesterday as they closed the
Winston Cup book forever at North Wilkesboro.
The circuit now heads to Charlotte for this weekend's UAW GM Quality 500.
Qualifying gets underway on Wednesday night and the race is set for Saturday.
And with just four races left in the season, Gordon's chasers have some work
Labonte and Jarrett still have a legitimate shot but Earnhardt's chances are
fading fast now that he's 351 points back. But don't be surprised if he makes
some noise this week at Charlotte.
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((DALE EARNHARDT/FOURTH IN POINTS RACE:))
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