A County supervisor is indicted in Pearisburg- -suspected of recording
cell- phone conversations.
The indictment seems to have led to a suicide attempt. The story tops NEWS
7 at SIX tonight.
We'll also find a success story in the Asian economy.
Optical Cable is expanding overseas- -right in the middle of an epidemic of
In Sports--Mike Stevens will preview our coverage of this week's NASCAR media
tour, CBS says welcome home to football,
and the Express can grab a share of first place in the Northeast division
tonight; but the Wheeling Nailers stand in the way.
The threat of an ice storm looms in the Wednesday evening forecast. We will
check the numbers in a moment.
A Giles County Supervisor apparently tried to take his own life, after he
was named in an indictment this morning.
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Teresa Hamilton has been following the case and has the latest from our
Teresa, what are the allegations against supervisor Bobby Williams?
Keith, the indictment itself is still sealed, so there are few details about
the state police investigation.
But sources tell us the allegations involve the illegal taping of a cell
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(( Law enforcement officials were under the assumption Bobby Williams was
planning to turn himself in at the Sheriff's Department.
But when he failed to appear by mid- afternoon authorities went to his
That's when they discovered Williams had apparently tried to harm himself by
injuring his wrist.
Williams was quickly taken to a local hospital-- where he's expected to make
a full recovery.
Three others are also named in the sealed indictment-- and have posted
Two of those named-- are Herman Willie Dent, Junior of Radford who's bond
was set at 3-thousand dollars.
And, Derrick Gavin Ratcliffe who posted a 25- hundred dollar bond.
Giles County realtor Kim Lavender Frazier is the fourth and final person
She was released on 500- dollars bond.
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(Keith question--Teresa-- why was the indictment sealed?
Teresa response--It was sealed early this morning at the request of special
prosecutor Gino Williams-- who asked that it be kept confidential until
everyone named had been served with papers.)
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In Richmond- -a fascinating display of democratic checks and balances.
Virginia's highest court is deciding tonight on a plea from the executive
branch that may effectively determine who controls the legislative branch.
It's all because state Board of Elections Secretary Bruce Meadows and a
fellow board member refuse to be hurried.
Late this afternoon, the Virginia Supreme Court heard the argument that the
Board should meet before Friday to certify votes from three special House
IN Q=The earlier
((JOHN GIBNEY/ELECTORAL BOARD ATTORNEY: THE EARLIER THE STATE BOARD'S MEETING
IS, THE GREATER THE RUSH. THE GREATER THE RUSH, THE GREATER THE CHANCE OF
((ROBERT BROOKS/VA. ATTORNEY GEN : PROCRASTINATION IS NOT ONLY THE THIEF OF
TIME, BUT HERE IT THWARTS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE BY IN EFFECT DISENFRANCHISING
THEM DURING THE CRITICAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE 1998 GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
THE REASON GIVEN IS NOT SATISFACTORY.))
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SUPER=01-Robert Brooks/Governor's Attorney; :23
OUT Q=not satisfactory.
If the court does NOT force the Board to meet sooner -- three House
districts will go UN-represented on the all-important organizational day of the
1998 General Assembly.
Governor- elect Jim Gilmore preferred to recall a past challenge to American
His pre-inaugural tour stopped in Colonial Williamsburg to recall a distant
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((GOV.-ELECT JIM GILMORE: WE MUST HAVE THE COURAGE DISPLAYED BY MEMBERS OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 1769 WHEN THE ROYAL GOVERNOR DISSOLVED THE LEGISLATURE
BECAUSE THEY PROTESTED THE TOWNSHEND ACT. THOSE VIRGINIANS DID NOT SURRENDER.
THEY CAME HERE TO RALEIGH TAVERN TO PLAN A BOYCOTT OF BRITISH PRODUCTS RATHER
THAN PAY THE TAXES.))
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Gilmore's remaining tight-lipped on the true cost of the car tax cut.
He only said today that he'd introduce amendments to the proposed two year
budget next week.
NO disrespect meant.
That's what Vinton Delegate, and for now, House Majority Leader Dick
Cranwell said today.
Cranwell says his remarks were used out of context by The Washington Post
yesterday -- when it reported he would NOT attend Jim Gilmore's inauguration.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/(D) VINTON: I'M GONNA SAY IT PUBLICLY NOW. ONE OF THE
REASONS I DID NOT WANT TO BE PART OF THE INAUGURAL COMMITTEE IS THAT SEVERAL
YEARS AGO I WAS HAVING SOME PROBLEMS WITH MY HANDS AND MY FEET. MY DOCTOR
INDICATED TO ME THAT I SHOULD BE REASONABLE IN WHAT I DO AND NOT EXPOSE MYSELF
TO PROLONGED COLD WEATHER, WET WEATHER, AND THOSE KIND OF THINGS, AND I HAVE
DONE THAT. AND I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE HAVING TO SIT OUT TWO HOURS
IN THE EXTREME COLD.))
OUT Q=extreme cold.
Cranwell says he's called Governor- elect Gilmore to explain -- and now may
actually attend the inauguration so people don't misunderstand.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
The results of a two year study of Virginia's mental health system are
expected to be released tomorrow.
A legislative commission will make recommendations for improving patient
One suggestion involves hiring an outside group that would be responsible
for protecting patient rights in state-run hospitals.
IN Q=Do I think
((DIANE KELLY/ROANOKE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC. DIR.:DO I THINK THERE'S ABUSE IN
THOSE PLACES...I THINK THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SITUATIONS WHERE PATIENTS DO NOT
RECEIVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF CARE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.))
SUPER=01-Diane Kelly/Roanoke Mental Health Assoc. Dir.;
OUT Q=variety of reasons.
Other recommendations include more community-based programs so patients who
qualify can be released from mental hospitals and re-establish a life outside
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Is the trouble on overseas financial markets hitting home in the Roanoke
Coming up on News 7 at Six, we'll check in with one local company that does 40
percent of its business in Asia.
and hundreds of Roanokers donated books to Africa--so what happens to the
shipment now? We'll have an update.
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A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle a controversial Giles
County rape case.
Giles County Prosecutor Garland Spangler actually asked for the special
prosecutor, after months of publicity surrounding the Cory Kast case.
Today a judge appointed Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Gino Williams
to handle the charges against Kast.
Kast is accused of several crimes, including robbery and abduction, against
rape victim Renee Trump.
At one time a rape charge against Kast was dropped after Spangler failed to
prosecute the case in a timely manner.
After that, Kast was indicted on the other charges.
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Lynchburg police are getting more pro-active in their war on drugs, by
attacking the drug problem at its SOURCE.
Thanks to a 90- thousand dollar state grant, the city is adding two police
officers to create a new Drug Interdiction Team.
The idea is to intercept drugs before they hit the streets.
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((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: IT WON'T GET TO THE STREET
DEALERS AND OBVIOUSLY THAT'S GOING TO ALLOW US TO PERHAPS ARREST PEOPLE HIGHER
UP IN THE DRUG ORGANIZATION AND BY THE FACT THAT THE DRUGS DON'T MAKE TO THE
STREET, WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN SEIZE LARGE QUANTITIES OF PURER AMOUNTS.))
SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=purer amounts.
Bennett says the team will target areas where drugs are brought into the
city, like the bus station, airport and major highways.
City council tonight will vote on whether to fund its portion of the
Is Wall Street over the Asian financial crises?
It looked like it today.
The Dow picked up 85-points.
Still, January has been a tough month for stocks -- and for companies doing
business in the Far East.
Most businesses, that is.
As Scott Goldberg reports, there is one local company that never caught the
IN Q= the pictures
SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/CEO, Optical Cable; :20 (QUICK!)
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards & Sons; :53
OUT Q=SG, News-7
(( The pictures have not been pretty overseas, where panicking traders are
trying not to get buried under Asia's crumbling economies.
It's been so bad that back home, some so-called experts are predicting doom
for American companies that do business in Asia.
But in Roanoke, at Optical Cable, you won't find many people worried about
catching the Asian contagion.
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((BOB KOPSTEIN/CEO, OPTICAL CABLE: WE'RE USING IT AS MORE OF AN EDUCATIONAL
EXPERIENCE FOR US IF WE ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.))
OUT Q=RIGHT QUESTIONS.
Asking the right questions has helped optical cable sign new deals to sell
its fiber-optic lines in the Far East.
And C-E-O Kopstein expects his Asian business to keep growing.
IN Q=we see
((BOB KOPSTEIN: WE SEE HUGE POTENTIAL, PARTICULARLY WITH JAPAN. ))
OUT Q=WITH JAPAN
IN Q=WHAT IS IT
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTING: WHAT IS IT ABOUT OPTICAL CABLE THAT MAKES THE
COMPANY IMMUNE TO THE ASIAN FLU? KOPSTEIN SAYS THERE'S BUSINESS OVER THERE IF
YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK FOR IT. AND ANALYSTS AGREE: ASIAN ECONOMIES ARE SICK,
BUT THEY'RE NOT DEAD.))
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IN Q=THERE ARE
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS AND SONS: THERE ARE SECTORS OF THE ASIAN
ECONOMIES THAT ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. BUT THE ASIAN ECONOMIES HAVE NOT COME TO A
SCREECHING HALT. ))
And where there's smoke, Optical Cable smells fire.
Kopstein says if his company can find an Asian market for its product when
times aren't so good ... just think what business will be like when those
crumbling economies start to put themselves back together.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.
As we mentioned, the stock market rallied across the board today, after
markets began to rebound from a series of sharp slides over the
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Roanoke's Total Action Against Poverty is scrambling to find funding to
replace a federal grant for its Transitional Living Center.
TAP lost a 300 thousand dollar grant because of an incomplete application.
Now they've learned the primary document that describes the homeless problem
in the Roanoke region, called the Continuum of Care, was also rejected by the
Department of Housing and Urban Development.
It's the same document HUD has accepted for the past nine years.
TAP will apply for the next available grant, but that won't be awarded until
after the current grant runs out.
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((ELLEN BROWN/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY; OF COURSE YOU CAN'T WAIT TILL THAT
POINT TO CAPTURE OTHER FUNDS SO WE WELL BE WORKING WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND
STATE OFFICIALS AND AS ALWAYS WE'RE ALWAYS ASKING FOR PRIVATE DONATIONS. ))
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Total Action Against Poverty
OUT Q=private donations.
TAP officials say no homeless programs west of Richmond received any money
in the latest grant cycle.
They believe the growing homeless problem in Northern Virginia is pushing
other programs out of the picture.
Roanoke's first-ever book donation to Africa left today, taking a world of
possibilities to the Star City's sister city in Kenya.
The group "Books for Africa" sent its first shipment of 38- thousand books
to Kisumu (ki-SOO-moo), Kenya.
The books will be delivered directly to schools, to insure proper
IN Q=We will
((NANCY FRANCISCO-"BOOKS FOR AFRICA" ORGANIZER/ WE WILL GO THROUGH A PROCESS
OF SORTING THE BOOKS AND INTO GRADE LEVEL AND SUBJECT MATTER AND THEN SENT TO
SUPER=01-Nancy Francisco/"Books for Africa"
OUT Q=Specific Schools
AmeriCare, a non-profit humanitarian organization, is sending medical
supplies along with the books.
"Books for Africa" will continue to collect books and plans another shipment
The Express gears up for the Wheeling nailers in a divisiponal showdown
tonight, we will recap the Tech/UVa game from last night,
and Mike Stevens previews what your hometown station will be covering this
week on the NASCAR media tour.
The Express host Northeast Divsion rival Wheeling tonight at the Roundhouse
in a crucial game for Roanoke.
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The Express has proven it's metal so far against division foes; going 12-3-2
so far on the season. Roanoke lost the last time out against the nailers; who
pracriced at the Roundhouse this morning.
((CHRIS LIPSETT/EXPRESS FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Chris Lipsett/Express Forward; :00
The Express can grab a share of first place in the division with a victory
tonight; but coach Anzalone isn't puttting tto much stock in that as a
IN Q="I can
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Franak Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...for our guys"
1998 marks the 50th anniversary of NASCAR.
the season is off toa flying start as nearly 200 members of the media are
decesending on racing shops across the Carolinas. Mike Stevens and Lynn Eller
are there and have a preview.
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In football; CBS says the NFL on CBS welcome home has a nice ring to it.
That "ring" had a price tag of 4 billion dollars over four years.
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The network held a news conference today in the Big apple to officially
announce it';s return to the gridiron. CBS will televise the AFC games next
season and after the layoff from football the net work is excited.
((SEAN MCMANUS/PRESIDENT OF CBS SPORTS:))
SUPER=01-Sean McManus/CBS Sports President; :00
OUT Q=...for all of us"
In men's basketball; Virginia's big men dominated the scoring and the
boards as the Cavaliers beat the Hokies last night at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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The rivalry between the two teams was as hot as ever as they took the floor
at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Virginia got the jump and would take a 10 to 2 lead when Colin Ducharme took
it inside for the jam and foul.
Even though the Hokies were cold as ice they cut the lead to four points
with 4 minutes left in the half.
But Roanoke native Curtis Staples hit a three pointer and Virginia went in
at the half leading 31 to 20.
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((CURTIS STAPLES/13 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/13 Points; :
OUT Q=...stops for us."
Ducharme had a career night against the Hokies he scored 16 points and
pulled in 9 rebounds as Virginia beat Virginia Tech 69 to 55.
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((COLIN DUCHARME/16 POINTS 9 REBOUNDS: ))
((RUSS WHEELER/9 POINTS 3 REBOUNDS: ))
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You'll now find News 7 on weekend mornings.
Take Fullscreen Board 9404 Weekend News
Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden are up early for News 7 Saturday Morning and
It starts at eight A-M both days.
It's a newsy way to start your weekend.
Why not join us for News 7 Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Coming up tonight on News 7 at 11--Montgomery County residents are keeping
count--they're adding up the number of people who have been injured or killed
on a busy stretch of Route 114.
The residents want to see the road widened, but all involved say that is not
likely to happen for several years.
The state transportation department tonight started asking for public
comment on Route 114 improvements.
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We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.