A community center destroyed by fire....
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, what happened, what it means to the community,
and what they're going to do now.
And an arson suspect- -wanted in Roanoke- -is arrested coming off an
international flight. You'll get a look at him right here on NEWS 7 in just a
Tonight in sports, Carol Alfano talks about getting the boot at Tech, Steve
Mason checks in with the Cavaliers a day before their NCAA opener,
And we'll have a health update on the Giants J.T. Snow, who was hit in the
eye with a fastball yesterday in Arizona.
Here today, gone tomorrow...sunshine that is. Rain on the way in our
forecast segment just ahead.
Bedford County mourned the loss of a landmark today, while investigators
searched through the remains of the Hardy Community Center.
Fire destroyed the building last night.. and Joe Dashiell reports
authorities are still working to determine the cause.
IN Q=A firefighter
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Nichols/Bedford Co. Public Safety Dir.; :10
SUPER=04-Last Night; :30
SUPER=01-Billy Oakes/Hardy Resident; :45
OUT Q=JD News 7
((A firefighter was minding the smoldering remains of the Hardy Community
Center, while Bedford County's Director of Public Safety was searching for a
IN Q=The amount of fire
((DAVE NICHOLS/PUBLIC SAFETY DIR.: THE AMOUNT OF FIRE WAS UNUSUAL FOR A ROAD
SUCH AS THIS. IT'S NOT A REMOTE AREA OF THE COUNTY. THE TIME OF DAY WITH PEOPLE
GOING BY. SO THERE WAS A LOT OF VOLUME OF FIRE. THE WINDS WERE GUSTING LAST
NIGHT TO PROBABLY 20 OR 25 MILES AN HOUR, SO THAT MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE
QUICK FIRE SPREAD, BUT AGAIN UNTIL WE CAN CONDUCT A FULL INVESTIGATION, WE
CAN'T SPECULATE AS TO THE CAUSE.))
OUT Q=as to the cause.
A passerby first spotted the flames around 7:30 Tuesday night and crews
from at least six departments responded before the flames were brought under
control a few hours later.
The fire destroyed a landmark, a focal point of the Hardy community since
the late 50s.
IN Q=It's been used
OUT Q=hard to replace it.
Still, the community is counting its blessings. The fire house next door
was damaged, but not destroyed.
And while the community center will be hard to replace, residents are
hoping to rebuild.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Federal and state police have arrested the last of the ten men indicted a
week ago in a major racketeering and arson case.
Ahmad Thiab was taken into custody at Dulles Airport this afternoon, as he
got off a flight from London.
Doctor Thiab had been living in Quebec, Canada.
Three years ago he was co-owner of Mixer's Restaurant and Lounge in Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994;
It burned to the ground in a spectacular blaze that federal authorities now
say was deliberately set by members of the Abed "crime family."
Thiab allegedly hired five of the Abeds to set the fire in an UNsuccessful
attempt to collect insurance proceeds.
Thiab has a doctorate in Political Science and holds joint citizenship in
Canada and Iraq.
Joe Abed- -the head of the alleged crime family- -insists he's innocent.
His lawyer filed motions today to dismiss the indictment. Attorney Jack
Kennett points out that federal prosecutors appeared on Channel 7, outlining
the evidence. By doing so, Kennett believes the U-S Attorney violated the
Virginia code of Professional Responsibility dealing with pre-trial publicity.
If the indictment is not dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct, Kennett
wants Bob Crouch and Tom Bondurant removed from the case.
He also wants it known: the name is Abbott, not Abed.
He's gained a reputation as a manager that turns around troubled V-A
medical centers. But now the director of the Veterans' Hospital in Salem finds
himself the subject of an investigation.
Director John Presley recently placed ASSOCIATE director William Delameter
(Della-meeter) on administrative leave.
Now a committee appointed by the V-A's Mid- Atlantic network is
IN Q=I can only say
((DR. RAJIV JAIN/CHIEF OF STAFF: I CAN ONLY SAY THAT THERE IS A WHOLE HOST OF
ISSUES THAT ARE BEING REVIEWED AND AS SOON AS THE PANEL CAN SUBSTANTIATE WHICH
ONE OF THESE ARE RUMORS, AND WHICH ONE OF THESE ARE FACTS, I THINK IN THE NEXT
FEW DAYS WE'LL HAVE A NEWS RELEASE TO GIVE ALL OF THE FACTS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Rajiv Jain/Chief of Staff;
OUT Q=all of the facts
Dr. Jain (Jane) says the review has nothing to do with patient care issues.
He says the investigation is necessary because both Presley and Delameter
are centrally- appointed officials.
Governor George Allen says he WILL sign a bill that would require children
to use seat belts in the back seat.
But the Governor says he'll be making changes to the version the General
Assembly passed last month.
SOT 15:00:49 tape two
IN Q=They argued
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THEY ARGUED AROUND IT SO MUCH. I ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO BE
LISTENING TO THEIR DEBATE, WHEN THEY WERE CARRYING ON WITH IT. AND I SAID "YOU
KNOW THEY'VE GOT THIS THING SO MESSED UP NO ONE CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE
DOING." BUT THE PRINCIPLE THAT CHILDREN IN THE SECOND SEAT OF A CAR WHERE
THERE ARE SEATBELTS OUGHT TO BE BELTED, I SUPPORT THAT.))
OUT Q=support that.
That's a little bit of a change in philosophy for the governor who's vetoed
seat belt bills in the past, calling them government "nannyism."
SOT randy tape95-4 52:41
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WELL, I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO LEGISLATE
OUT Q=good sense.
Allen says he wants to make sure the new bill does NOT allow children to sue
their parents if they're NOT properly belted in.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
could a proposed retirement community threaten a piece of Virginia's history?
and if you've been looking for ways to de-stress, have you considered
alternative therapies? It may look funny but experts say they soothe both the
body and soul.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
A proposed retirement complex for Lynchburg has drawn an overflow crowd to a
meeting of the planning commission there today.
J.E. Jamerson and Sons wants to transform this 400- acre piece of land into
a self- supporting community that would feature retirement housing, a nursing
home and light business.
They're asking city planners to rezone five different areas of the property
to accommodate the project.
IN Q=We think we
((BILL JAMERSON/DEVELOPER: WE THINK WE HAVE A WONDERFUL PIECE OF PROPERTY..
...IN ITS ENTIRETY.))
SUPER=01-Bill Jamerson/Developer; :00
OUT Q=in its entirety.
But some residents who live next to the property are concerned about the
increased traffic and safety problems the project might attract.
IN Q=Adding more traffic
((LARRY ANDERSON/OPPONENT: ADDING MORE TRAFFIC.. PROBABLY SHOULDN'T.))
SUPER=01-Larry Anderson/Opponent; :00
OUT Q=probably shouldn't.
Officials with nearby Poplar Forest also say the project would threaten an
archaeological site related to Thomas Jefferson's Bedford County retreat.
The public hearing is still going on at this hour.
We'll have more on this story on News7 at 11.
Botetourt County officials have some tough choices to make during the next
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Last Month;
They must decide by March 21st whether or not to accept a VDOT proposal that
would save the Eagle Rock bridge.
The plan calls for the county and state to split the cost of a new
The only problem is that VDOT can only guarantee a quarter of its money.
At VDOT's annual public hearings in Salem, Botetourt County officials said
they still had some problems with the plan.
IN Q=If the
((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: IF THE PROPOSED COUNTY-STATE
AGREEMENT IS TO BE A TRUE PARTNERSHIP, WHY MUST THE COUNTY COMMIT TO
GUARANTEEING MORE THAN HALF OF THE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION COSTS? ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=construction costs
More than 2 dozen Eagle Rock residents turned out in support of the bridge.
Many expressed concerns over the alternative road... if in fact the
structure was torn down.
American chestnut trees once made up 25 percent of the Appalachian forests.
But when the Chinese chestnut was introduced around 1900, a deadly fungus
decimated the native trees.
Now researchers are collaborating with school children and 4-H groups to
revive the American chestnut.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=What looks like
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Katie Sable/Narrows Seventh-Grader; :09
SUPER=01-Charles Lytton/Giles Co. Extension Agent; :50
SUPER=01-Sonni Sparks/Narrows Seventh-Grader; 1:06
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( What looks like child's play in the dirt is much more.
These Narrows Middle School students are preparing to plant American
((KATIE SABLE/NARROWS SEVENTH-GRADER: I THINK IT'S FUN THAT WE GET TO BE A PART
OF DOING STUFF LIKE THIS TO HELP THE TREES AND EVERYTHING COME BACK, BECAUSE IT
WAS ENDANGERED AND EVERYTHING AND NOW WE'RE TRYING TO HELP THAT. ))
((IT'S A TREE THAT'S GOING TO GET VERY TALL. WE WANT TO HAVE THAT ROOT SYSTEM
FOR GOOD ADEQUATE SUPPORT. ))
Large American chestnuts, once common to the U.S., are practically extinct.
Their roots send up shoots, but blight usually kills them before they bear
suThe first glimmer of hope for the trees came back in the 70's when several
survivors of the blight showed low levels of blight resistance. Since then
researchers have been crossbreeding those survivors and their resistant
offspring, and planting new seedlings in research plots like this one.
((CHARLES LYTTON/GILES CO. EXTENSION AGENT: WHAT WE'RE SEARCHING FOR IS THAT
ELUSIVE PLANT THAT HAS SOME NATURAL RESISTANCE TO THAT FUNGUS. ))
Last fall Giles County 4-H'ers and high school students collected five
thousand seeds from this grove.
This Spring they're being planted in 17 states, where their growth will be
((SONNI SPARKS/NARROWS SEVENTH-GRADER: I'D LIKE THEM TO LIKE, GROW REALLY BIG
SO THAT WAY THEY WOULDN'T BE ENDANGERED ANYMORE AND MAYBE ONE DAY YOU COULD GO
SIT IN THE SHADE UNDERNEATH THEM AND KNOW THAT YOU DID IT. ))
Researchers say the students supply the extra hands needed to get the trees
into their natural habitat in order to test their resistance.
The hope is to eventually stamp out the blight and once again fill the
Appalachian forests with American chestnuts.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The market was reflecting Wall Street worries about interest
The Dow dropped 46 points.
NASDAQ lost 12 and a half points.
It's billed as "A Day to Remember"-- and that will probably be the case for
some area health care workers.
Connie Stevens found them getting a big dose of their own medicine at a
IN Q=Another thing NAT SOUND
SUPER=01-Nannette Borling/Music Imagery Expert; :27
SUPER=01-Diane Middleton/Massage Therapist; :42
OUT Q=CS. Health Check.
IN Q=Another thing
((ANOTHER THING IN YOGA, IS IF YOU FEEL A WIGGLE OR A ROLL COMING ON, YOU DO
OUT Q=do it. laughter
They are learning to unwind-- to de-stress themselves anywhere and any way
From at-the-desk yoga techniques-- to the calming art of tai chi-- to the
healing powers of music-evoked imagery-- it appears we all need to take a load
And these so-called Alternative therapies are a big hit.
IN Q=Alternative implies
((NANNETTE BORLING/MUSIC IMAGERY EXPERT: ALTERNATIVE IMPLIES THAT IT'S
SOMETHING ELSE, RATHER THAN WHAT'S REALLY WORKING. AND WE'RE FINDING THAT
SO-CALLED ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES CAN BE EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL. ))
OUT Q=extremely beneficial.
They're also discovery everything from dreamwork to guided imagery, and the
magic of massage.
IN Q=Even if you
((DIANE MIDDLETON/MASSAGE THERAPIST: EVEN IF YOU TAKE A FEW MINUTES A DAY OR
EVERY OTHER DAY TO MASSAGE YOUR WON FEET, TO RUB YOUR OWN HANDS TO MASSAGE YOUR
OWN FACE AND SCALP, TO DO ANYTHING THAT'S VERY GENTLE AND NURTURING FOR SELF IN
A TOUCH-ORIENTED WAY. ))
OUT Q=touch oriented way.
IN Q=The experts say
((THE EXPERTS SAY THE BEST WAY TO AVOID BURNOUT IS TO JUST SEND THAT STRESS IN
THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. THE BUZZWORDS AT THIS SEMINAR-- HEALTH, WELLNESS
RELAXATION, HARMONY-- THE KEYS TO RECHARGING YOUR BATTERIES, AND GETTING ON
CONNIE STEVENS HEALTH CHECK.))
OUT Q=CS. Health Check.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Virginia is a day away from its NCAA
opener against Iowa.
Glenvar and Floyd are set for a state hoop showdown tomorrow night.
And a day after finding out her contract is not being renewed, Virginia
Tech's Carol Alfano talks about the reality of leaving the Cassell.
Virginia Tech women's basketball coach Carol Alfano, was told yesterday that
her contract with the school is not being renewed.
Leaving a job is never easy especially after 19 years, but Alfano says female
coaches around the country are just as vulnerable as their male counterparts if
they don't produce.
IN Q="We've asked...
((CAROL ALFANO/278 WINS IN 19 SEASONS:))
SUPER=01-Carol Alfano/278 Wins in 19 Seasons; :00
OUT Q=...of a shock."
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1996-97 Season; :00
The winningest coach in Tech history won 278 games, and says she leaves the
school without any hard feelings.
IN Q="I'm realistic...
OUT Q=...OR NEXT SPRING.
The Virginia Cavaliers are just a day away from their West Regional opener
against 8th seeded Iowa.
Steve Mason has more on the 9th seeded Cavaliers and how they stack up
with the Hawkeyes.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/Virginia Head Coach; :10
SUPER=01-Courtney Alexander/Virginia Forward; :35
SUPER=03-Dayton, OH/1995 Midwest Regionals; 1:13
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/Virginia Guard; 1:21
OUT Q=...News 7sports"
((Uva has never had problem with leaving University Hall; except when the
travel plans include Utah, where the wahoos have lost both NCAA openers there,
in 1987 and in 91.
Is Utah ready for Courtney Alexander. His ACC tournament 27 point performance
against North Carolina, perhaps the hottest team in the land, indicates his
recovery from early season injury.
UVa is back in the dance after a year off. In 1995, the Wahoos went all the
way to Midwest region finals with strong a effort from then freshman Curtis
Harold Deane might be slowed by injury, but checking Andre Wooldridge won't be
The game tips off at 10:30 eastern time, in Charlottesville, Steve Mason
bews 7 sports.))
The State Group A Boy's basketball tournament opens tomorrow at the Vines
Center in Lynchburg.
And local fans will be zeroing in on tomorrow night's Single-A semi-final at
8:45, as Glenvar and Floyd Co. meet for the fifth time this season.
IN Q="I don't...
((DEREK SAUNDERS/FLOYD FORWARD:))
((JOSH WILLIAMSON/GLENVAR GUARD: ))
SUPER=01-Derek Saunders/Floyd Co. Forward; :00
SUPER=01-Josh Williamson/Glenvar Guard; :18
OUT Q=...pretty hungry."
There is good news tonight for San Francisco Giant J.T. Snow who was hit in
the left eye by a pitch yesterday.
SUPER=03-Scottsdale, AZ/Yesterday; :00
Mariners' pitcher Randy Johnson accidentally hit Snow in the left eye during
a cactus league game in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday.
Snow was taken to the hospital where he underwent a battery of tests.
He has a fractured left eye orbit, but doctors say the health of the eye is
He does have some blurred vision, but that is due to the swelling.
And finally, one of the easiest shots in basketball is of course the
uncontested free throw.
Last night the Bucks' Ray Allen proved that shooting from the foul line is
indeed a gimme.
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI; ;00
Watch him get the rebound and throw in a swish from 79 feet away.
nat sound up
That's the way you shoot free throws folks.
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The secret may be in the bottle.
Virginia Senator John Warner is NOT elaborating.
But Capitol Hill observers say the senior Senator's sporting a slightly
darker...slightly bluer tint to his hair.
Warner says through a spokesman his parents gave him a strong crop of hair,
he's thankful, and "that's all any person should say."
The Senator just turned 70 last month.
In November he showed off a younger, darker look.
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IN Q=The ladies
((THE LADIES LIKE TO SEE WHAT I USED TO LOOK LIKE BEFORE A FEW OTHER THINGS
OUT Q=come on.
It may be that the Senator liked that look as well.