A former Carroll County administrator is sentenced to prison
for embezzelling county funds.
A federal judge sentenced Billy Mitchell for stealing approximately 400
thousand dollars in 1995.
People came out tonight to find out about the future of Lucy Addison Middle
The school is closing next June for a year of long awaited construction.
Plus they call him polar bear man- We'll tell you why this retired truck
drive feels right at home with the polar bears.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Next on News 7-
A former County administrator is heading to prison for stealing county money-
A warning to American tourists after a massacre in Egypt today.
And one area restaurant re-opens and its owners hope that could mean more
business kept in town.
Plus the chilly forecast. News 7 is next.
An elaborate scheme fueled by greed ends in a five year prison sentence for
a former Carroll County administrator accused of stealing county funds.
Today a federal judge sentenced Billy Mitchell for embezzling approximately
400- thousand dollars in 1995.
He was also ordered to make restitution.
Prior to sentencing-- Mitchell took full responsibility for his actions.
However, he did NOT ask for forgiveness-- rather a lenient sentence in hopes
he could return to work and pay off his debt.
IN Q=You know
((RICH LLORET/ASSISTANT U-S ATTORNEY:YOU KNOW PEOPLE SAY A LOT OF THINGS TO THE
JUDGE WHEN THEY'RE FACING SENTENCE AND I'M GLAD THAT MR. MITCHELL APOLOGIZED, I
THINK THAT WAS APPROPRIATE TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-Rich Lloret/Assistant U-S Attorney; :00
OUT Q=to do.
Mitchell was allowed to remain on bond-- because he still faces sentencing
on state charges next month in Carroll County.
A Pulaski County murder case ends today in a NOT guilty verdict.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./November 1996;
Jurors deliberated for less than a hour before finding 19-year old Derrick
Chapman of Radford did NOT commit first degree murder.
Chapman was accused of shooting and killing 21-year old Anthony Keith
Rempson as Rempson slept in a van last August.
Jurors heard testimony over a three day period before deliberating this
The man who turned in his boss and got John Presley fired at the Salem V-A
Medical Center says Presley "boxed him in a corner and gave him no options."
William Delamater testified before an Administrative Law Judge today, in
the first round of appeals of Presley's dismissal.
IN Q=At the time
((BILL DELAMATER/FORMER ASSOC. DIR., SALEM V.A. MED CTR: AT THE TIME I FELT IN
A VERY AWKWARD POSITION WITH PEOPLE TELLING ME THINGS BUT YET NOBODY WANTING TO
GO PUBLIC OR PRESS FORMAL CHARGES. YES, I FELT LIKE I WAS IN A QUANDARY,
BETWEEN THE OLD ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, AS THEY SAY.))
SUPER=01-Bill Delamater/Former Assoc. Dir.
OUT Q=as they say.
Presley claims Delamater solicited women at the Salem V-A to make up
allegations of sexual harassment.
Those allegations include making inappropriate remarks and unwelcome
advances as well as grabbing, kissing and fondling women in the storeroom.
Presley allegedly tried to fire Delamater when he got wind of the
The decision to reorganize the nation's largest hospital chain is hitting
close to home.
Employees of Lewis-Gale Hospital are waiting to see how they'll be affected
by the restructuring of their parent company, Columbia.
The board of directors today announced they'll likely sell 100 hospitals.
Columbia has been the subject of a federal investigation for several months
now, examining whether the corporation is involved in overcharging Medicare,
Medicaid and other government health programs.
Lewis-Gale is NOT involved in that investigation.
Teamsters President Ron Carey has lost his battle to save his job.
His 1996 election victory was tossed out over improper campaign
Now a court monitor has barred him from re-running.
His challenger, James P. Hoffa will remain on the ballot for the new
((JAMES P. HOFFA/TEAMSTERS' PRESIDENT CANDIDATE; IT REALLY IT SHOWS THE FRAUD
WE WERE UNDER. IT JUST SHOCKING THAT SOMEBODY WOULD HAVE THE TEMERITY TO WALK
AROUND AND CALL SOMEONE A REFORMER WHILE HE'S WALKING AROUND AND STEALING MONEY
FROM THE TEAMSTERS UNION.))
SUPER=01-James P. Hoffa/Teamsters' President Candidate;
OUT Q=from the teamsters union.
A former federal judge has also ordered an investigation into Hoffa's
The U-S is recommending Americans avoid traveling in Southern Egypt.
That after terrorists opened fire- killing 61 people.
A tourist bus was letting off its passengers at an ancient temple.
Six men dressed like policemen, armed with automatic weapons began firing.
((MANY.. DEAD PEOPLE. ))
((MY FIRST REACTION IS OF COURSE THE SHOCK THE SORROW AND ALL OUR THOUGHTS ARE
GOING TO THE VICTIMS.))
SUPER=01-Manduh el-Beltagui/Egyptian Tourism Minister; 04
OUT Q=TO THE VICTIMS."
The killers were then cornered and killed.
Islamic militants are being blamed- their motive is to hurt Egypt's tourist
**Note Anchor Tag**
The United States is preparing a further buildup of forces in the Persian
CBS News has learned that the Air Force has been ordered to ready a force of
Scott Pelley has more.
SUPER=03-Wichita, KS; 00
SUPER=01-Nazir Hamdoon/Iraqi Ambassador to U.N.; 53
OUT Q=political condemnation."
((TODAY AGAIN IRAQ WEIGHED HEAVILY, BEHIND THE SCENES THE CRISIS WAS ALL
CONSUMING, AT A WELFARE EVENT HE OPENED WITH A WARNING.
NOW I AM TRYING TO SETTLE THIS ISSUE PEACEFULLY. BUT OUR DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS
MUST BE BACKED BY OUR STRONG MILITARY CAPABILITY-WE CANT RULE OUT ANY OPTIONS.
BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THIS. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THOSE
INSPECTORS GO BACK TO WORK THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD DEPENDS UPON
AGAIN TODAY THE UNITED STATES DEMANDED THE INSPECTORS GO BACK TO WORK
UNCONDITIONALLY. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THE ADMINISTRATION ALSO REPEATED A
LONG STANDING OFFER TO INCREASE HUMANITARIAN AID TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE. IF IT
WAS MEANT TO BE A WAY OUT OF THE IMPASSE FOR SADDAM, HE REJECTED IT.
UP TO THIS MOMENT I DON'T SEE ANY SUBSTANTIAL INITIATIVE THAT IS ADDRESSING
THE IRAQI CONCERNS.
IF THE KUWAITI DESERT TODAY U.S. FORCES CONDUCTED LIFE FIRE EXERCISES THE
ADMINISTRATION INTENDS A MILITARY BUILD UP PLUS INTENSIVE DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS
TO CONVINCE SADDAM HE IS TRAPPED BETWEEN ARMED MIGHT AND POLITICAL
Saddam did make an offer saying he would welcome the inspection teams back
with fewer Americans.
A senior white House official says we are not negotiating, period.
Welfare reform is touted as a hand up, not a hand out. But how are those who
rely on public assistance adjusting to Virginia's tough new welfare to work
policy? We'll have the first in a special series, coming up on News 7 at 11.
and in Franklin County a family owned restaurant is hoping to make a go of
IN Q=WE STUCK OUR NECK OUT
((WE STUCK OUR NECK OUT, AND NOW ALL WE NEED IS PEOPLE TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT
IT...HA HA! ))
A well known regional chain is back--we'll check out the grand opening.
There's a new look in store for Roanoke's Lucy Addison Middle School.
The city school board will close the school next June for one year of
Citizens got a chance to look at the proposed plans at a public forum
The middle school's grounds and facilities will get a massive facelift,
including a new library-media center and courtyard.
But some parents were more concerned with the future of the schools touted
One was worried that in the shuffle, her daughter's education might be
compromised, but she has since been reassured.
IN Q=I think that
((SUSAN KRATERFIELD/PARENT: I THINK THAT IF THEY MOVE THE TEACHERS AS A GROUP,
SHE WILL HAVE HAD THE SAME CORE GROUP OF TEACHERS ALL THREE YEARS OF MIDDLE
SCHOOL. 6TH 7TH AND 8TH GRADE. I THINK IT'LL BE FINE ))
SUPER=01-Susan Kraterfield/Parent; :
OUT Q= it'll be fine.
Addison students and teachers will be relocated to three other area middle
schools during the construction.
Lucy Addison will be the last of four city middle schools to undergo
Ippy's fans are flocking to Rocky Mount tonight.
It's the grand re-opening of the Franklin County Restaurant.
Ippy's owners hope they can team up with the Comfort Inn next door to keep
local business meetings from heading north to Roanoke.
IN Q=IT'S NOT ONLY
((ALLEN DUDLEY/DELEGATE: IT'S NOT ONLY FOR THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE HERE NOW. I
THINK IT WILL BE AN ATTRACTIVE FOR BUSINESSES THAT ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW
LOCATION. IF THEY COME HERE, SEE THIS FACILITY, SEE THE THINGS HAPPENING IN
FRANKLIN COUNTY, IT'LL HELP THEM MAKE THAT DECISION. ))
OUT Q=make that decision
IN Q=THE TOWN
((JODEE JEANS/IPPY'S OWNER: THE TOWN DOESN'T REALLY HAVE MEETING ROOMS, OR ANY
FACILITY TO HAVE MEETINGS-- SO WE BUILT TWO BANQUET ROOMS.))
SUPER=01-Jodee Jeans/Restaurant Owner;
OUT Q=TWO BANQUET ROOMS
The owner's hope Ippy's becomes a nightspot as well.
The restaurant is just one of two in Rocky Mount with a liquor license.
GRAPHIC=Second Chance at Success
**Note Anchor Tag**
Most welfare recipients struggle to make ends meet.
Now that Virginia has adopted a tough welfare reform program, there are
even more challenges.
Take Full Screen "Second Chance at Success"
In part one of her series, "A Second Chance at Success," Kimberly McBroom
introduces us to welfare recipients who are preparing to get into the job
market, one step at a time.
IN Q=All right. Very good.
SUPER=01-Ruth Hendrick/Employment Services; :11
SUPER=07-Patricia Riddle; :49
SUPER=07-Kimberly Byrd; 1:27
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT tape 6 10:29:38
((ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD. CLAPPING ))
Words of encouragement in a class created to help welfare recipients make
the transition back into the workforce.
SOT tape 2 10:28:48
((RUTH HENDRICK/EMPLOYMENT SERVICES: WE HAVE PEOPLE WITH EDUCATIONAL
BACKGROUNDS FROM BEING MARGINALLY LITERATE, RIGHT THROUGH FOUR YEAR DEGREES. ))
The Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare, or VIEW, requires
participants to attend a job readiness class before pounding the pavement.
The course is taught through Total Action Against Poverty, in cooperation
with social services.
This is casual day.
But for the remainder of the course, participants must dress in business
Patricia Riddle will be new to the working world-- having never even put
together a resume.
But the mother of two small daughters is set on changing her life.
SOT tape 6 10:34:14
((PATRICIA RIDDLE: I'VE BEEN ON THE SYSTEM FOR FIVE YEARS AND I DEFINITELY
WANT TO GET OUT BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE A FUTURE FOR MY CHILDREN. THINGS I
DIDN'T HAVE WHEN I GREW UP. I WANT TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL FOR MY KIDS. ))
Riddle is among the students in the two- week course, who must make contacts
with at least 40 potential employers.
The job training sessions focus on setting goals, dressing for success, and
SOT tape 6 10:27:34
((YOU HAVE THE POWER TO SELL. ))
Kimberly Byrd has only been getting welfare checks for a month, but already
she's getting restless.
Byrd says she's always held down a job, and she's hoping this class will
help her get back to work.
SOT tape 6 11:02:20
((KIMBERLY BYRD: MY THOUGHT IS, EVERYBODY GETS DOWN. IT'S JUST GETTING BACK
UP AGAIN IS WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. AND I LOOK AT IT LIKE, THIS IS AN ADVANTAGE
FOR EVERYBODY ON THE SYSTEM TO IMPROVE, TO GET OUT THERE TO GET A JOB. ))
While welfare REFORM is making new demands on welfare RECIPIENTS, it seems
the biggest challenge is for them to keep the faith as they struggle to start
SOT tape 6 10:37:39
((PATRICIA RIDDLE: YOU THINK YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT. YOU
DON'T THINK YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND A JOB RIGHT AWAY AND MAKE IT. I'M
GOING TO MAKE IT, BEST I CAN. ))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
SS=Second Chance at Success
Coming up tomorrow, we'll hear about the crucial role child care plays in
the success of welfare recipients finding and keeping work.
Hunters are out in full force--and so are those who make sure safety comes
first. That story is coming up on News 7 at 11.
and a pair of polar bears who will skip this year's winter's nap---
((I LOVE THE BEARS THEY'RE UNIQUE AND THEY LOVE TO PLAY.))
OUT Q=they love to play.
Instead they're getting quite the workout. We'll show you in our Video of
All those empty chairs in school and at work today could only mean one
thing.. the opening of the general firearm hunting season.
It also means state game wardens are putting in long hours making sure every
hunter plays by the rules in the woods.
Most were busy today issuing citations for offenses like trespassing and
hunting without a license.
IN Q=99 percent
((SGT. STEVE PIKE/GAME WARDEN: 99 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT ENJOY
THIS SPORT ARE DOING IT BY THE RULES. WE ALWAYS HAVE THAT ONE PERCENT THAT'S
GOING TO VIOLATE SOME OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND THAT'S WHERE WE STEP IN
TO STOP THAT.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Steve Pike/Game Warden; :00
OUT Q=to stop that.
Game biologists expect the deer population to remain steady this year.
Halifax County supervisors have shot down the idea of using hunting rifles.
A public hearing tonight drew more than 100 people -- many in hunting gear.
About half argued for the right to use rifles, which fire farther than
IN Q=Before I was old enough
((HUDSON REESE/HUNTER: BEFORE I WAS OLD ENOUGH TO CARRY A SHOTGUN I CARRIED A
TOY GUN AND HUNTED, SO I'M VERY MUCH CONCERNED WE FOSTER THE IMAGE OF HUNTERS
AND HUNTING. I THINK IT'S NECESSARY FOR THE CONTROL OF WILDLIFE POPULATIONS
AND IT'S ALSO A GREAT SPORT.))
OUT Q=a great sport
But others targeted the danger of rifles.
IN Q=I shot a groundhog
((BERNARD METZLER/HUNTER: I SHOT A GROUNDHOG AND TWO AND A HALF MILES AWAY,
DOWN THROUGH THE WOODS, IT WENT THROUGH BOTH SIDES OF A MAN'S HOUSE -- THE
BULLET DID -- AND LODGED IN A POST THAT FAR ABOVE HIS HEAD. I CAME WITHIN THAT
FAR -- TWO AND A HALF MILES -- OF KILLING A MAN.))
OUT Q=killing a man
Farmers CAN get a rifle permit if deer are eating their crop ---
but for the rest, the supervisors voted five to three to outlaw rifles for
at least one more season.
SUPER=330-Clear/Quite Cold/17-21/Mostly Sunny/& Warmer/48-52;
SUPER=331-Clear/Quite Cold/18-23/Mostly Sunny/& Warmer/50-54;
SUPER=332-Clear/& Cold/14-18/Sunny/Not as Cold/43-47;
SUPER=333-Clear/Quite Cold/12-16/Mostly Sunny/& Warmer/45-48;
SUPER=334-Clear/Very Cold/15-18/Sunny/& Chilly/40-44;
The Braves get a new shortstop and say so longer to Jeff Blauser, the NHL
welcomes some hall of famers tonight, we'll rundown the starting times and
sites for this weekend's regional finals in football, plus we'll meet a
Roanoker who is making it big in the NBA as a photographer.
SUPER=75-Avery Co., NC; :00
But first in tonight's Extra Point we hit the slopes at the Sugar Mountain
resort in Avery County, North Carolina.
Temperatures last night hit 12 degrees at the base of the mountain producing
some excellent snow making conditions.
OUT Q=...carolina snow.
The folks at Sugar Mountain have made two feet of snow in the last 48 hours.
Now the numbers.
wipe to scores
WIPE TO BOARDS
OUT Q=........last score."
take a break
The Atlanta Braves have made a move in their infield that is not likely to
sit well with long time fans.
The Braves signed shortstop Walt Weiss and in the process sent a message to
free agent Jeff Blauser that he is no longer needed in Atlanta.
Blauser has been the Braves starter at short most of the 90's, while Weiss
has been a starter all his career with the A's and Rockies.
IN Q="They thought...
((WALT WEISS/SIGNS THREE YEAR DEAL WITH BRAVES:))
SUPER=01-Walt Weiss/Signs Three Year Deal With Braves; :00
OUT Q=...RATHER QUICKLY."
The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed three new inductees, including one of the
greatest scorers in league history.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada; 00
Mario Lemieux, who overcame Hodgkins disease and a cronic back to become the
sixth leading scorer ever in the NHL became the ninth player in league history
to enter the Hall without having to wait the mandatory 3 years.
He's been out hockey just 6 months.
Joining him tonight is his former teammate Bryan Trottier, who also starred
on the Islanders' dynasties of the 80's.
Glen Sather the architect of the Edmonton Oilers great teams also entered the
A surprising number of Friday Football Extra's top teams lost in the opening
round of playoffs last weekend, but enough have survived to make things
Here's a look at this coming weekend's regional championship schedule.
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
OUT Q=logo comes full.
With two games left in their season the Virginia Tech Hokies find themselves
in a unique position.
They now know that the only way their chief in-state nemesis UVa can even be
considered for a bowl game is to beat the Hokies in two weeks.
But before the collision in the Commonwealth takes place, Tech must take care
of a talented Pittsburgh team this Saturday, a team that gave Syracuse more it
wanted this past weekend.
((KEN OXENDINE/VA. TECH SENIOR TAILBACK:))
SUPER=01-Ken Oxendine/Va. Tech Senior Tailback; :00
OUT Q=...THEY GOT."
Baltimore Ravens star Bam Morris is back in trouble with the police.
Morris was charged today with second degree assault. He is accused of
hitting a women at a party.
The altercation started last night when Morris' wife accused the woman of
having an affair with the running back.
Morris allegedly grabbed April Brittain by the arms and throat
and tried to choke her.
Tonight Bam's wife came to his defense saying the alleged victim has been
stalking her husband.
Morris, who is no stranger to trouble, missed the first four games of the
season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Still coming your way tonight on the Big 7, we will meet a 1977 graduate of
Northside high school
who goes eye to eye with the NBA's biggest and best stars every night of the
George Lynch is the only Star City native playing in the NBA these days,
but he's not the only Roanoke native making a living in the league.
Scott Cunningham, a 1977 Northside high school graduate is one of only a
handful of free lance still photographers working to make Lynch and the rest of
the league's millionaires look good.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 19th; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Cunningham/NBA Photographer; :00
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;
OUT Q=...STRAY TOO FAR."
(( When the NBA came to Roanoke last month, many folks took advantage of the
chance to see an pro game without traveling out of town.
Cunningham never rarely has such a luxury, his life is bouncing around the
league and taking pictures from Vancouver to Miami.
((SCOTT CUNNINGHAM/NBA PROFESSIONAL PHOTOG:))
Scott began his photography career by sneaking into Virginia Tech games and
taking stills. He later moved on to the Art institute of Atlanta where he
began trading the Hawks, Falcons and Braves pictures for tickets.
Times have changed greatly since then. His photos have made the cover of
Sports Illustrated twice, and in 1987 he spent the entire NASCAR season
following Richard Petty around the country shooting pictures of the King for
the book - "The World of King Richard."
Cunningham lives just outside of Atlanta these days but he still considers
Roanoke home and rarely lets a day go by without calling his parents Ches &
In case you're wondering, Cunningham goes through an average of 35 rolls of
film per game.
Jeff Gordon won't have much to say about his new Winston Cup title for a
couple of weeks.
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA/Yesterday; :00
Gordon won his second driving championship Sunday afternoon in Hampton,
Georgia but he's set to undergo some throat surgery this week to have a polyp
removed from one of his vocal cords.
Doctors expect him to recover fully.
And he should well enough o make his acceptance speech at the awards banquet
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Lots of people play catch with the family dog- but what about playing the game
with two polar bears?
((GIVE ME THE BALL.... ))
OUT Q=THE BALL. NAT BALL SOUND.
That's what Dick Simmons does.
Simmons has voluteered at the Lake Superior Zoo for five years.
The Retired truck driver wants to make sure Bubba and Berlin get enough
exercise- so he plays catch with them.
((I CAN COME DOWN HERE AND JUST HOLLER AND THEY'LL BE IN THE WAY BACK AND COME
OUT. COME ON BUB.))
SUPER=75-Dick Simmons/Zoo Volunteer;
OUT Q=COME ON BOB.
Bubba and Berlin weigh a combined 15-hundred pounds.
Simmons work with the duo has earned him the nickname- polar bear man.
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