Coming up on News 7-
Officials predict the New Mexico wildfire will continue to burn for weeks.
A pilot and his two passengers survive after their plane goes down in Bedford County.
And-- the search continues for survivors and victims after a warehouse containing fireworks explodes.
News 7 is next.
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A plane misses an airstrip and crashes into trees near Smith Mountain Lake.
It was a close call for all three people on board, and the pilot says the plane's soft construction may have prevented serious injuries ... or worse.
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The plane went down along route 835 near Skyway Drive in Bedford County.
Joy Sutton got there a short time later.
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(( This small vintage plane clipped several trees and a power line before it finally stopped.
The pilot Gary Green walked away with only a few scratches after climbing out the windshield -- and his two passengers also got out of the plane with minor injuries.
Green believes this plane was his saving grace.
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((GARY GREEN/PILOT: IT'S A 1956 PIPER ... IT'S ALL FABRIC. IT TOOK AN IMPACT THAT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE. IT'S BENT ALL OVER THE PLACE IT GAVE ENOUGH TO CUSHION IT . I DON'T THINK A METAL AIRCRAFT WOULD'VE BEEN THAT FORGIVING))
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Green says he was trying to land the plane on the air strip -- but ran out of space.
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((WE ATTEMPTED TO DO A GO AROUND. THAT'S WHEN YOU PUSH THE THROTTLE ALL THE WAY IN BUT NOTHING HAPPENED))
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Green says he had no other choice but to head into the woods -- while trying to keep the nose of the plane-up.
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((UNFORTUNATELY WE CLIPPED THE POWER WIRE IT PULLED THE NOSE DOWN A BIT, WHATEVER CAUSED THE ROTATION RIGHT HERE AND WE CAME DOWN. WE WERE VERY LUCKY CAUSE THERE'S A BIG TREE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANE))
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Green says it will be hard to replace his vintage plane -- but he's hopeful that he will be able to salvage some of the parts.
But he says the most important thing is that everyone survived.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Bedford County.))
It started as a disturbance call to a home in Bedford but turned into a four hour stand-off with authorities.
It happened around 9-30 last night at this home on Woodside Avenue.
Authorities say it started when 25 year old Damon Andrews threatened officers with a shotgun -- after they confronted him about a disturbance at another house in the neighborhood.
That's when officers called for back-up.
Tactical teams surrounded the home -- while negotiators attempted to talk to Andrews.
It ended when Andrews fled from the back of the house -- where he was confronted by authorities.
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((HE WAS ORDERED TO DROP THE SHOT GUN. HE BROUGHT THE SHOT GUN UP AND POINTED IT AT ONE OF THE DEPUTIES. THE DEPUTY FIRED THREE ROUNDS AT THE INDIVIDUAL AT THAT POINT HE FELL AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY))
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Andrews was not shot -- but he was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, where he was treated and taken to jail.
He now faces several charges... including attempting to kill a law enforcement officer.
One man is dead .. a second is charged with first degree murder .. after a deadly shooting in Galax last night.
36 year old Thomas Turcios suffered a gun shot wound and died early this morning.
Police have arrested 32 year old Arnulfo Quintero of East Webster Street.
Quintero is being held at the New River Regional Jail in Dublin without bond.
Teresa tosses to Andrew in Weather Center.
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Even before cooler air moved in this evening, things were getting more comfortable for residents at Morningside Manor in Roanoke.
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More than 100 disabled and elderly people living in the six story public housing complex were without air conditioning for two days.
The compressor in the air conditioning unit had broken.
But this morning a temporary chiller unit from North Carolina began running.
58 fans were brought in yesterday to keep residents cool overnight.
It's still hot around Los Alamos, New Mexico .. where the danger from wildfire is far from over.
That's the word from officials who predict the fire, which has already consumed 36-thousand acres, will continue to burn for weeks.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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(( For the first time fire officials in New Mexico are beginning to
utter one sweet word: Containment. But no one is celebrating. Not yet.
Sot: (Jim Paxon-U.S. Forest Service)-this fire continues to burn to the
north, to the east, to the west etc..
Track: Overnight, the Los Alamos fire burned an additional 6-thousand
acres, leaving fire fighters mostly on the defensive.
Sot: (Chuck Hagerdon-U.S. Forest Service) - We're not out of the woods
Track: They had hoped to have the blaze 20-percent contained by tonight,
but that was dependent on the weather. And this afternoon, it wasn't
Sot: (Leo Martinez-New Mexico State Police) - It's extremely windy up
Track: So windy fire crew were given the order to hold the line. Sit and
watch the flames instead of fight them.
Sot: (Mary Orr-U.S. Forest Service)-IN: Because they can't see. Out:
not going to take that risk.
COWAN STANDUP: The other problem this high to do it.
Track: But it was not so much what the fire was doing, but what it had
done that brought more tears today. As FEMA representatives toured
street after street of some 260-burned out homes, residents were left
waiting in shelters, wishing.
Sot: (resident-Bite will have something to do with Mother's Day.)
Lee will add one line here and
At least 20- people were killed today when a warehouse containing fireworks caught fire in the Netherlands.
Another 230- were injured in the blaze which triggered multiple explosions.
100- tons of fireworks were reportedly kept in the warehouse.
Rescue workers are expected to continue searching for victims and survivors throughout the night.
The cause of the fire is NOT known.
Roanoke mothers prepare for the Million Mom March ... but they have critics. The gun debate is just ahead on News 7 at 11.
And speaking of guns, week two of the Roanoke buyback brings even bigger numbers. That story is next.
Roanoke City police spent another day trading gifts for guns.
Today officers were at the Fire and EMS station on 24-th street in the Northwest section of town.
Anyone who brings in a gun receives a 50 dollar gift certificate to Tanglewood Mall.
Officers say the guns are destroyed after they are collected.
137 guns were collected today.
The next gun buy back will be held next Saturday at the Fire and EMS station on Jamison Avenue in Southeast Roanoke.
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Guns are on the minds of thousands of moms this weekend. They'll spend their Mothers Day marching on the National Mall in Washington D.C. .. in the Million Mom March.
But there are two sides to the march .. people who favor new gun laws, and those who believe such laws could make it harder for law-abiding citizens to own guns.
Kate Weidaw shows us both sides of the Million Mom March.
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((CODE SIZEMORE: WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU EVER SEE A GUN, DO YOU TOUCH IT? NO.))
Code Sizemore has made it a point to teach her two children the dangers of guns. But she's never been an activist about gun safety until now.
((CODE SIZEMORE: AFTER COLUMBINE AFTER THE TRAGEDY THERE I WAS SO UPSET AND I REALLY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING THEN BUT I THOUGHT I'M JUST ONE PERSON WHAT COULD I POSSIBLE DO TO CHANGE ANYTHING.))
Then she heard about a group of women organizing the Million Mom March -- that's when she took it upon herself to find women in Roanoke who wanted to tell Congress they need to pass more sensible gun laws. So far over 60 women and children from Roanoke have signed up.
Code says when 200-thousand women walk on the mall Sunday it could make a difference.
((IT WILL SORT OF BRING A CHANGE TO THE WAY PEOPLE THINK. MAYBE SOMEBODY WHO HAS A GUN AND WHO HAS CHILDREN WILL THINK MAYBE I SHOULD GET A SAFETY LOCK FOR MY GUN AND POSSIBLE THAT COULD SAVE A CHILD'S LIFE.))
Besides safety locks on guns, the Million Mom March is an effort to ask Congress for
all handgun owners to be licensed and be required to register their weapon.
A sensible "cooling off" period and extensive background checks for any individual who wants to purchase a weapon. Limit purchases of handguns to one per month. This law is already on the books in Virginia. And finally requiring all officers of the law to assume a no nonsense approach in enforcing existing gun laws.
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((SHERRY ANDERSON: WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS NOT RESTRICT THE RIGHT OF LAW ABIDING CITIZENS ANY FURTHER.))
Sherry Anderson has been handling guns for 15 years. She's a member of the NRA as well as the manager of On Target in Roanoke County. Sherry says more guns laws will only affect law abiding citizens.
((SHERRY ANDERSON: WHY SHOULD I BE RESTRICTED TO BUYING ONE HANDGUN A MONTH IF I HANDLE ONE HAND GUN RESPONSIBLY, SEE WHAT I'M SAYING, IF I HANDLE ON RESPONSIBLY WHY CAN'T I HANDLE TWO.))
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((SHERRY ANDERSON: I DON'T AGREE WITH TRIGGER LOCKS BECAUSE IF YOU NEED TO USE ANY KIND OF WEAPON FOR SELF DEFENSE ESPECIALLY A HAND GUN THEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT ACCESSIBLY RIGHT THERE.))
And when both sides take their interests on gun control to Washington D.C. they're hoping Congress will listen. Kate Weidaw News 7.))
Kate Weidaw will be at the Million Mom March tomorrow following the group of women from Roanoke.
We'll have the story tomorrow on News 7 at 6 and 11.
Virgil Goode gets a new kind of endorsement. Just ahead, we'll see who's backing him now.
And as thunderstorms roar through our region, other places are picking up the pieces from weather that's much worse.
Congressman Virgil Goode is getting some help from the Republican Party in his district.
Today the party pledged to support the former Democrat for re-election this fall.
The state party's executive director says the convention's unanimous vote to endorse Goode means the party will include him on direct mail, signs and other promotions encouraging voters to support George W- Bush and Senate candidate George Allen.
Thousands of students moved on to new lives today from Virginia Tech.
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Friends and family gathered in Blacksburg-- where this weekend nearly 52 hundred diplomas were awarded to the class of two-thousand.
Senator John Warner took part in today's ceremonies.
The university also honored Staunton native, Jack Guynn (Gwen) with the school's University Distinguished Achievement Award.
Guynn (Gwen) is chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta.
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At least one person died when a tornado touched down in North Texas last night.
The twister destroyed a dozen homes and damaged others in a little town called Whitney-- That's about 55- miles south of Fort Worth.
The front that spawned that tornado is the same system that moved through our area this afternoon, bringing several severe thunderstorms.
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The Roanoke Steam was looking for its first Arena Football win tonight as the Jacksonville Tomcats made a visit to the Valley.
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In the first quarter Roanoke would give the crowd something to chear about Will Burch throws the short pass to James Kirkland he works his way into the endzone for the score putting the steam on top.
Then in the second quarter, Burch goes to the air and Charles Briggs makes the diving catch in the end zone the Steam led 28 to 21.
But back comes the Tomcats. Jeff McCrone throws the touch pass to Bobby Williams and the game was tied at 28 to 28.
Later in the game McCrone hands off to Fred Lester he scores from the four and Jacksonville goes on to win it 63 to 41.
Roanoke College advances to the N-C-Double-A Atlantic Regional championship game after beating Cabrini today 3 to 2.
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The Maroons huddle before taking the field.
Cabrini gets on the board first Jacki Armes hits a high chopper that goes through scoring Rita Horning from second to make it 1 to nothing.
But the Maroons rallied Kari Whitney doubles up the middle scoring Holly Morris and the score was tied at 1.
The Maroons scored again this time Liz Croy hits a pop fly over third Chrissy Clark crosses the plate and Roanoke Wins it 3 to 2.
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((ALAN BAYSE/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: I THINK ITS A SUPER FANTASTIC TEAM WE PLAYED. I THOUGHT WE BROUGHT THE HITS TOGETHER WHEN WE HAD TO WE RRAN THE BASES WELL WHICH IS REALLY GOOD AND WE PUT TOGETHER FINE DEFENSE AT THE END.))
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U-Mass wins its sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 softball championship with a 6 to nothing win over Virginia Tech.
The Minutewomen advance to the N-C-double-A Regionals.
Meantime, Radford was knocked out of the Big South Tournament losing to Winthrop 6 to 1.
Detroit got three hits from Jose Macias in a 6 to 3 win over New York.
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Derek Jeter getting the day off in the Motor City.
New York got on the board in the first. Scott Brosius hits this grounder to the left side of the field scoring Tino Martinez and the Yankees led the game 1 to nothing.
The Tigers scored 4 in the second. Two of the runs crossed the plate as Macias hits this line drive to right field to make it 2 to 1 and the Tigers win it 6 to 3.
The Philadelphia 76-ers extended their season today with a 92 to 90 win over the Indiana Pacers.
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Allen Iverson waiting for the start of the game.
Lets go to the third quarter, Iverson comes out and hits the three pointer the Sixers led by 15.
Then Matt Geiger charged with his second flagrant foul on Reggie Miller who smacks Geiger in the face both players were ejected.
Indiana would lead in the fourth but Tyrone Hill's rebound and follow up gives the Sixers the 92 to 90 win.
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((LARRY BIRD/PACERS HEAD COACH: I THOUGHT REGGIE HANDLED IT VERYY WELL THE FIRST TIME THE SECOND TIME HE GOES IN THERE AND PUSHES THE GUY IN THE FACE WHATEVER HE DID AND GETS EJECTED. WE CAN'T HAVE THAT IN THE PLAYOFFS. WE GOT TO PLAY BASKETBALL WE GOT TO STAY TOGETHER.))
((LARRY BROWN/SIXERS HEAD COACH: I DON'T THINK MATT TRIED TO DO ANYTHING TO HURT REGGIE BUT I WAS DISAPPOINTED IN THE WAY IT PLAYED OUT. REGGIE'S A COMPETATOR AND I RESPECTED WHAT HE DID.))
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The Atlanta Hawks continue their search for a new head coach after Tom Izzo announced today that he's staying at Michigan State.
Izzo walks away from a reported 15 million dollars over five years to replace Lenny Wilkens. Last month he coached the Spartans to the N-C-Double-A title.
And here are tonight's scores.
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Tim Fedewa would lead 152 of 200 laps and take the checkered flag winning the Busch 200 in New Hampshire.
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Fedewa led 109 of the first 124 laps as he waited for the re-start after the sixth caution of the day.
The action picked up with about 10 laps to go. The leader Buckshot Jones runs out of gas and heads to the pits.
Then on the very next lap a crash that included Dick Trickle brought out the caution and the red Flag while the crews cleaned debris on the track.
Fedewa would take the lead on the very first lap after the re-start and he takes the checkered flag dedicating the victory to Adam Petty.
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((TIM FEDEWA/BUSCH 200 WINNER: ADAM WASN'T MYY BEST FRIEND BUT HE WAS A HECK OF AN ACQUANTANCE AND MADE YOU FEEL LINE HE WAS YOUR BEST FRIEND AND I KNOW YOU FELL THE SAME WAY AND EVERYBODY ELSE DOES SO JUST LIKE TO DEDICATE IT TO ADAM AND THE PETTY FAMILY MAYBE IT WILL MAKE THEM A LITTLE BIT HAPPIER.))
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Jeff Green was second, Jason Keller third, Todd Bodine fourth and Hank Parker Junior fifth.
Washington & Lee and Gettysburg play tomorrow at three o'clock in Pennsylvania in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Generals spanked Kenyon 22 to 4 this past Wednesday at Wilson Field to reach the second round. A win over Gettysburg would put W & L into the final four for the first time since 1987. The Bullets handed the 15 and 1 Generals their only loss of the season back on March 12th.
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((JIM STAGNITTA/W 7 L HEAD COACH:))
((WES HAYS/W & L JUNIOR GOALIE:))
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Some of the best collegiate tennis players took the court in Blacksburg today as Virginia Tech hosted NCAA first and second round matches.
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The first match of the day was Number 19 VCU against number 38 UVA.
Four ranked players took the court in the number one and two singles matches.
Second ranked Daniel Anderson of VCU squared off against fourth ranked Cavalier Brian Vahaly. Vahaly won first set 7-6.
On court number two, VCU's 17th ranked Frank Mosher duked it out with Wahoo Huntley Montgomery who's 66th in the nation. In this one, Mosher won first set 6-4.
Mosher and Vahaly didn't have to complete their matches because V-C-U as a team won 4 to nothing.
Number 13 Mississippi played number 67 VirginiaTech. Mississippi advances with the 4 to Love win.
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