Next on News 7 at Six... Southwest Virginia gets ready for an approaching winter storm...
And firefighters face a blaze in a building loaded with live ammunition.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason talks with UVa about the Bulldog that managed to get off of its leash last night.
Plus, I'll have plenty of
bowl highlights from today, including Ga. Tech's win over Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl.
Everything is in place for a weekend of icy weather. We will try to time things out for you in a moment.
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A freezing mix is falling to our west. What's in store for US this weekend?
Good evening, I'm Eric Earnhart. Keith Humphry has the day off.
You've heard about the storm for days. Now it's starting to take shape.
A sloppy mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is falling across many states to our west. Here's how it looked in southern Missouri earlier today, slowing roads,
and cancelling a lot of air traffic.
So the two big questions are: what will we get, and when will we get it?
Let's go straight to Robin Reed in our weather center.
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The latest wave of winter weather may not be here yet, but the threat of snow and ice is spurring preparations tonight.
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Joe Dashiell is in Roanoke with that story.
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Remember that we'll have the latest on weather conditions for you on "News 7 Saturday Morning."
Join us from eight until nine AM for live reports on present conditions, and the latest word on what to expect for the rest of the day and weekend. And if conditions warrant, we will have live updates throughout the day.
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A Campbell County man has been hospitalized with burns after his home caught fire early this morning.
Flames were coming out the roof of this concrete block building when firefighters arrived around 5:30 a-m.
The building also housed an old gunsmith shop, and crews had to worry about exploding ammunition.
[IN Q=So we had]
((FRANK ENGLISH/GLADYS V.F.D. CHIEF: SO WE HAD TO PUT A FAN IN THERE TO BLOW IT OUT SO WE COULD GET IN THERE. SO MUCH STUFF IN THERE THAT YOU COULDN'T GET TO IT ANYWAY.))
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[OUT Q=to it anyway.]
Sheriff's officials say a passerby, Peyton Anderson, spotted the flames and pulled W- E Suddith from the burning building.
Suddith has since been taken to the burn center at the U-V-A Medical Center.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Roanoke's N-double-A-C-P chapter starts the year without knowing for sure who's in charge.
Martin Jeffrey is still president, but it may take some national intervention to decide whether he'll stay.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :46]
[SUPER=01-Brenda Hale/President-Elect; :58]
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They were celebrating Jubilee Day, but Roanoke- area N-double-A-C-P members still are not free of the controversy surrounding their leadership.
Two months after he narrowly LOST his re- election bid, Martin Jeffrey is still president.
Allegations that some chapter members were prevented from voting in that election have left the outcome in doubt.
Both sides now hope to schedule a meeting with national N-double- A-C-P officials in Baltimore to try and reach a solution.
[IN Q=So what we're]
((REV. SAMUEL ROBINSON/REGIONAL CHAIRMAN: SO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS WE'RE GOING TO TAKE REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH PARTIES TO GO DOWN WITH ME SO THAT WE CAN SIT DOWN AND LOOK AT WHAT IS THERE AND GET A DETERMINATION. HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE THAT WHEN WE COME BACK.))
[OUT Q=we come back.]
The stalemate between Jeffrey and president- elect Brenda Hale has left the organization stymied.
Any new initiatives for the coming year are indefinitely on hold.
[IN Q=I'm still committed]
((BRENDA HALE/PRESIDENT- ELECT: I'M STILL COMMITTED TO IMPLEMENTING CHANGE AND THAT CHANGE IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY, IT'S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE, BUT I'M STILL COMMITTED TO ALL THE THINGS WE WANT TO IMPLEMENT IN 1999.))
[OUT Q=implement in 1999.]
[IN Q=Both of us]
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: BOTH OF US WANT THE SAME THING, AND THAT IS, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, TO ERADICATE INJUSTICE IN THE VALLEY. I THINK WE BOTH WANT THE SAME THING AND WE'RE BOTH COMMITTED TO IT, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE OUTCOME IS.))
[OUT Q=the outcome is.]
Chapter officials hope to resolve the issue before their first mass meeting in eleven days.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Roanoke.
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The start of the New Year is a time to look back at the big stories from 19-98.
We'll give you our picks of the region's ten biggest stories, next.
1998 was a year in which local stories made national headlines... and national stories had a major impact here in western Virginia.
At the end of every year, News 7 staff members look back at the year's top stories. Tonight Joe Dashiell revisits some of the most memorable.
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[OUT Q=And that's our look back at the News of '98.]
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[IN Q=AUCTIONEER'S CHANT]
The tobacco auction had a familiar ring in 1998, but the year was anything but ordinary for the state's tobacco industry.
That leads off our list of the year's top ten stories.
As southside farmers worried...
[SOT 98-35 JOE WILLIAMS/TOBACCO FARMER]
[IN Q=We don't have any idea]
((WE DON'T HAVE ANY IDEAWHAT THE FUTURE WILL HOLD FOR US....))
[OUT Q=what the future holds for us.]
Union workers demonstrated.
The state joined the 200- billion dollar tobacco settlement. The price of cigarettes soared. And tobacco growers and workers ended the year with more questions than answers.
The practices of local police were also in the headlines. In two seperate incidents, officers sparked local controversy with their use of pepper spray.
In the first, 34- year -old Derek Poindexter died in the custody of police.
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[IN Q=I DO FEEL THAT]
((CARRIE DULIN/POINDEXTER'S MOTHER: I DO FEEL THAT IF THERE IS ANYTHING IN MY POWER TO SEEK JUSTICE IT WILL BE DONE.))
[OUT Q=it will be done.]
The officer said he thought Poindexter was hiding crack cocaine in his mouth, and sprayed the suspect to keep him from swallowing the drug.
The medical examiner said cocaine poisoning was the cause of death and the officers were cleared.
In the second incident no one died, but Roanoke County Police officer Russell Metcalf lost his job after he used pepper spray on 77-year- old Goldie Akers.
Akers was parked in the wrong direction checking her mail, and refused to leave her car.
[SOT ELMER HODGE 98-70 1:12:51]
[IN Q=Should she have been sitting there]
((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: SHOULD SHE HAVE BEEN SITTING THERE? NO. IT WAS DANGEROUS, BUT HE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ELSE AND SHOULD HAVE.))
[OUT Q=and he should have.]
Still, it wasn't all bad news in 1998.
Nicole Johnson claimed the crown of Miss Virginia in June, then traded up in Atlantic City. She became the first Miss Virginia since Kylene Barker Brandon to win the Miss America Pageant. Miss Virginia runner-up Nita Booth succeeded Johnson and became the first African American to wear the state crown.
The controversial plan to build a Home Depot near Cave Spring Corners also made our list.
Despite the promise of more jobs and tax revenue, opponents organized and challenged the supervisors' vote to rezone the property.
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[IN Q=If this is good land use]
((FUZZY MINNIX/CAVE SPRING SUPERVISOR: IF THIS IS GOOD LAND USE, THEN I'M THE KING OF ENGLAND, BUT I CAN COUNT TO THREE.))
[OUT Q=but I can count to three.]
The citizens group filed suit. Home Depot eventually abandoned its plans.
A top story from '97 made the list again in '98. Jim Gilmore's pledge to eliminate the car tax propelled him to the governor's office, and it dominated the General Assembly debate.
[SOT CRANWELL 97-97]
[IN Q=This car tax]
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: THIS CAR TAX IS THE BIGGEST FOOL COCKAMAMIE SCHEME THAT HAS EVER BEEN HANDED OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=handed out to the people of Virginia.]
But a compromise that included money for school construction prevailed during a special session. The first car tax refunds were in the mail by June.
For story number five we head to Washington.
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[IN Q=The president in his behavior]
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: THE PRESIDENT IN HIS BEHAVIOR BEFORE THE DISTRICT COURT. IN HIS BEHAVIOR BEFORE THE GRAND JURY. IN HIS BEHAVIOR BEFORE THIS CONGRESS, MOCKS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=mocks the American people.]
As the House Judiciary Committee considered articles of impeachment, Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Rick Boucher were at the center of the debate.
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[IN Q=Should members consider]
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- 9TH DISTRICT: SHOULD MEMBERS CONSIDER THE DIVISENESS AND THE POLARIZATION THAT WILL OCCUR PENDING A SENATE TRIAL AND DURING THE TRIAL IN THE SENATE? SHOULD THEY CONSIDER THAT FOR MONTHS THE CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT WILL BE DIVERTED FROM THE REAL BUSINESS OF THIS NATION.))
[OUT Q=business of the nation.]
Later, when the full house voted, 5th District Democrat Virgil Goode joined Republicans and voted for impeachment.
In March, a collision between two freight trains in Lynchburg sent box cars flying and residents fleeing.
That's the next stop on our list of the year's top stories.
A rail car carrying acetone burned for several hours, forcing evacuations.
The investigation blamed human error. Norfolk Southern paid the city more than 600- thousand dollars.
High profile court cases also made news in '98. Especially, for the two men accused of burning and beheading G. P. Johnson in the summer of 1997.
A surprise plea agreement in May sent Louis Ceparano to prison for life.
Emmett Cressell Jr. got the same sentence when a jury convicted him of first degree murder in late November.
[SOT PAT JOHNSON 98-75 1:02:06]
[IN Q=There are people who have a true sense]
((PAT JOHNSON: THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A TRUE SENSE OF HUMANITY. AND CRESSELL AND CEPERANO WERE LACKING IN HUMANITY.))
[OUT Q=lacking in humanity.]
Number two on our list is the Roanoke rooming house fire that killed six people in May.
Investigators believe the fire was set in retaliation for a fatal shooting hours before... Murder suspect Willie Caldwell was acquitted of the shooting. But another man, Michael Jerrod Clements now faces charges of murder and arson stemming from the fire.
Finally, The top of story of the year began with a rain slick interstate and the accident on July fourth that killed seven people.
[SOT 98-32 1:57:18]
[IN Q=We can't feel what they're feeling]
((PEGGY GROW/FAMILY FRIEND: WE CAN'T FEEL WHAT THEY'RE FEELING, BUT WE CAN JUST HOPE IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=never happens again]
It became a major national story when it was discovered the child of accident victims Kevin Chittum and Whitney Rogers was one of two babies switched at birth at the U-V-A Medical Center.
An investigation found no evidence of intentional wrongdoing, but 1999 will likely bring a lawsuit against the hospital.
And that's our look back at the News of '98.))
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The new year may just be starting, just ahead, but we already have a candidate announcing for sheriff.
And 19-99 gets off to a happy start for some moms and dads, at the maternity ward.
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The New Year has just begun and already some candidates are gearing up for the November elections.
Ricky Moorefield announced today that he's running for Pittsylvania County Sheriff.
Moorefield is Police Chief for the Town of Hurt and has been with the department since 1992.
The Air Force veteran says one of his goals as sheriff would be to offer deputies better hours.
[IN Q=A better work schedule]
((RICKY MOOREFIELD/HURT POLICE CHIEF: A BETTER WORK SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE. I'VE CONSULTED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS AROUND THE STATE AND COME UP WITH 3 OR 4 DIFFERENT PLAUSIBLE SCHEDULES THAT WILL WORK AND ALLOW THE DEPUTY TO WORK THE SAME AMOUNT OF HOURS FOR THE COMMUNITY BUT AT THE SAME TIME ALLOW FOR THEM TO HAVE MORE TIME AWAY FROM THE JOB TO PURSUE OUTSIDE INTERESTS WHETHER IT BE FAMILY, HOBBIES OR WHATEVER.))
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[OUT Q=hobbies or whatever.]
Pittsylvania County residents can go on-line to learn more about Moorefield's campaign pledges.
Two-term Sheriff Harold Plaster is expected to seek re-election and run against Moorefield.
The Roanoke area's first baby of 1999 should have been one of the last babies of 1998.
Claiborne Scott Miller was born at 5:20 this morning at Lewis Gale Hospital.
His mother, Anne Miller, says her first- born was two weeks OVERDUE.
Scott weighed in at eight pounds and nine ounces and is doing fine tonight.
Family members were on hand this afternoon to help welcome him to the world.
Being the first has its perks.. the Millers received a basketful of baby goodies from the hospital.
Highlights from the Outback, Gator, Citrus and Cotton bowls are coming up for you tonight in sports, along
Steve Mason's postmortum from Atlanta as the Cavs look back on last night's defeat and look ahead to next season.
Let's begin the annual New Year's Bowl Buffet with Notre Dame and Ga. Tech at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.
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Ga. Tech's Joe Hamilton got things started with a little trickery as the quarterbck hands off, and then ends up catching a TD pass from Joe Burns. It's 7-to-nothing Yellow Jackets in the first.
Ga. Tech led 21-to-7 at halftime, but Notre Dame roared back in the third to make it a 21-to-20 game behind the running of Autry Denson.
But Hamilton and the dangerous
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Dez White crushed the Irish by hooking up for two second half TD's on 44 and 55 yard tosses. The Jackets win it 35-to-28.
The south almost rose again in Florida today, but Kentucky came up short in the Outback losing to Penn State.
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To Tampa we go where all-american quarterback Tim Couch throws for 337 yards and helps the Wildcats take a 14-to-3 lead on Penn State in the first half.
But the Nittany Lions reel off 23 unanswered points
to come back and win the Outback Bowl 26-to-14.
Joe Paterno is now the winningest bowl coach ever.
At the Cotton Bowl in foggy Dallas, Texas Longhorn quarterback Major Applewhite threw for 3 TDs and 245 yards.
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But the man was Heisman winner Ricky Williams. College football's all-time leading rusher finished up his collegiate career by scoring two TDs
and rushing for 164 yards. Texas mauls Mississippi State 38-to-11.
Michigan and Arkansas combined for 76 points in their Citrus Bowl shooutout today in Orlando.
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The game was tied at 31-all late in the fourth when Michigan scored twice in 38 seconds to pull off a 45-to-31 win.
A Touchdown pass and an interception return sealed the deal.
The 15th ranked Wolverines score 3 fourth quarter TDs.
The New Year didn't exactly ring in as UVa fans around the state had hoped it would last night.
Steve Mason takes a look back at the Cavs New Year's eve collapse that gave Georgia a 35-to-33 Peach Bowl vistory.
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