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A Martinsville family crisis center says yesterday's murder suicide could have been prevented.
Confederate heritage buffs raise flags -- and tempers -- outside the N-Double-A-C-P convention.
And a stranded puppy gets a death-defying rescue.
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The murder-suicide of a family of four in Martinsville yesterday may not have come without a warning.
And a Martinsville social services agency is hoping to prevent family tragedies like it from happening again.
Joy Sutton has details.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Tobin/Ex. Dir. Piedmont Comm. Services;:00]
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Tobin urges any who needs help to call
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Piedmont Community services at 540-632-7128
or the 24 hour counseling and referral service
at Contact at 540-632-7295.
A plane crash in Colombia has killed at least a dozen people and injured seven.
Witnesses say the twin engine cargo plane had just taken off from the airport when it went down and burst into flames.
Rescue workes say the cause of the accident is unknown but they believe the plane lost power.
Seven of its passengers were rescued from the charred wreckage.
All four crew members and a police officer were among those killed.
The plane was headed for Mitu, a city near the eastern border with Brazil.
A Boston area man accused of beating another father at a youth hockey game has been charged with manslaughter.
Prosecutors placed charges against 42 year old Thomas Junta of Reading, Massachusetts at a news conference today.
They say he beat 40 year old Michael Costin unconscious on Wednesday.
The two apparently had a dispute over rough play in a youth hockey game.
Costin died Friday.
An arrest warrant was issued for Junta after an autopsy concluded Costin died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
A stampede at a soccer stadium in Zimbabwe killed at least 12 people.
It happened when police began firing tear gas at fans throwing bottles at a World Cup qualifying match between Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The tear gas choked players as well as fans.
At least four others are in critical condition.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
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Confederate flag supporters waved their symbol of choice outside the N-Double A-C-P's national convention in Baltimore today.
The protesters wore woolen Confederate grays and marched in the sun for several hours in a square barricade.
Supporters of the flag say the N-Double A-C-P's nine year old campaign to have the banner removed from public properties is an attack on Southern heritage and culture.
N-Double A-C-P president Kweisi Mfune said the protesters were "to some extent racist" and were only hurting themselves.
U-S leaders are confident a Mideast Peace agreement will go forward, despite heavy setbacks today for the Israeli Prime Minister.
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Ehud Barak heads to Camp David Tuesday for peace talks with Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat.
But as the day approaches, he's losing political support at home.
Today, several factions within the Israeli government quit.
U-S leaders say the talks will go on.
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[IN Q=The question of]
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;]
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE: The question of borders, refugees, settlements, and the
question of Jerusalem. Those are the cores issues and that's why this
is such a hard road we all have because these are the basic issues that
Palestinians and Israelis have been dealing with each other on for
quite some time but have never really gone to a comprehensive
[OUT Q=a comprehensive agreement.]
Barak has said he'll go to Camp David -- with or without political support.
One of London's swankiest department stores is giving the British royal family anything BUT the royal treatment.
Harrods said today that it will cut ties to the royals because they no longer shop there.
The luxury department store is removing all its royal crests -- intended as the family's seal of approval -- from the building.
The snub stems from a dispute between the royals and Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
Al Fayed accused the family of masterminding the 1997 car crash that killed Princess Diana and his son Dodi.
The royals have't shopped there since.
A Southwest Virginia prison was at the center of a protest in Connecticut this weekend.
Dozens of relatives of inmates sent to the Wallens Ridge Correctional Facility in Big Stone Gap protested the transfers yesterday.
The rally included relatives of Lawrence James Frazier -- a Connecticut inmate who died last week after he was shocked with a stun gun at Wallens Ridge.
Relatives of David Tracy also attended the rally.
The 20-year-old killed himself at the prison in April.
When it comes to internet technology, Virginia is already the leader -- according to Governor Gilmore.
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Technology was the focus of a meeting today of the National Governor's Association in Pennsylvania.
General Colin Powell addressed the group, urging them to do more to mentor children to bring them into the high-tech workforce in their states.
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[IN Q=He also made a point]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Jim Gilmore]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: HE ALSO MADE A POINT OF POINTING OUT THAT HE'S ON THE BOARD OF AOL, WHICH IS A VIRGINIA CORPORATION. AND WHEN YOU ADD UUNET, PSI, ETC., VIRGINIA REALLY IS THE INTERNET CAPITOL OF THE WORLD. SO, I THINK IT'S PRODUCTIVE TO EXAMINE SOME OF THESE COMPLEX ISSUES AND I THINK WE'RE ONLY BEGINNING TO DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=beginning to do that.]
39 governors from around the nation attended the session.
Travel at a Northern Virginia airport -- one of the nation's largest -- is taking off.
According to a new report, Dulles Airport's passenger volume increased 26 percent to nearly 20 million passengers last year.
The report says the growth stems from United Airline's decision to make Dulles a hub for international flights.
The Roanoke County Health Department in Vinton is planning to reopen tomorrow after its roof collapsed almost 8 months ago.
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Last year, the roof fell in while being repaired -- officials believed the weight from the new material caused it to give way.
In the meantime the health department has been operating out of the Roland E. Cook Elementary School.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11,
We'll take a look back at the disappearance of a local university student.
And see how a firefighter comes to the rescue of a puppy stranded in an unlikely place.
We'll have the details after the break.
A funeral service for a murdered mother and daughter from Farmville received more than 700 mourners.
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78-year-old Suzanne Arena and 50-year old Susan Varner were found dead in their homes Wednesday.
Police arrested Varner's ex-husband -- Reginald Varner -- after finding a bloodied ax in the back of his car.
The women owned Suzi's Antiques in downtown Farmville -- known for supplying costumes to films, including the movie "Titanic."
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The disappearance of Radford University freshman Gina Renee Hall, twenty years ago, still has some unanswered questions.
Though the 18-year-old's body was nowhere to be found, her family - and a jury of one man's peers - were convinced she was never coming home...
It became a landmark case in the lawbooks.
Keith Humphry takes a look back in this week's Virginia Newsreel.
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[IN Q=By all]
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[OUT Q=I'm Keith Humphry.]
[Open on Gina pic Tape S-136 TC 25:51]
(( By all accounts - she just wanted to go dancing.
On June 29th, 1980, Gina Hall
[TC 24:17 Jacob's Lounge building]
left in her sister Dlana's car and went to a Blacksburg nightspot.
[TC 24:19 Epperly walk shot]
There, she met the man who would be convicted of her murder.
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[IN Q=Did you kill]
((Did you kill Gina Hall? E: No I did not, no I did not.))
[OUT Q=did not. -- DOUBLE OUT!!!]
[hold over Epperly in prison video]
28 year old Stephen Epperly said he met Hall at the Blacksburg Marriott.
He said the two left the nightspot together
[Claytor Lake cabin VO - tape S-136 TC 7:48]
- and went to a cabin on Claytor Lake. There, they
[Radford home tape S-136 TC 7:17]
kissed - but she didn't want more. He said she
drove him to his home in Radford, and it ended there.
[Jurors on train trestle TAPE S-136 TC 6:14]
But prosecutors led Epperly, along with a jury of 5
women and 7 men,
[Epperly on train trestle S-136 TC 6:30]
along the trail they believe Epperly ACTUALLY followed with his victim.
The trail, determined by a tracking dog, started under
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railroad bridge on Hazel Hollow Road - where the abandoned car of Gina's
[abandoned car TAPE S-136 TC 28:01]
sister was located.
From there, the dog followed Epperly's scent
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across the railroad bridge over the New River, along the tracks to Memorial Bridge and back past the makeshift landfill at the foot of Harvey Street.
Epperly believed the tracking dog
[EPPERLY IN PRISON - any shot on TAPE S-62 near following sounbite TC will do]
played a key role in his conviction. It would be a main point of contention in subsequent appeals.
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((1:39 --- I will logically, truthfully,... prove that Everett Shockley Comm Atty of Pul Co... falsely incriminated me
w/ his tracking dog evidence --- 1:52))
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[hold over Epperly in prison VO]
The Supreme Court wasn't swayed. Attorneys for Epperly have filed several appeals since. He remains behind bars today.
[EVERETT SHOCKLEY vo TAPE S-136 TC 13:58]
Prosecutor Everett Shockley believed Epperly's own words were instrumental in his conviction.
[TROOPER AUSTIN HALL TAPE S-136 TC 23:49]
Epperly reportedly told State Trooper Austin Hall he would "think about it" when Hall asked for help locating the woman's body.
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Bill Cranwell, the brother of Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell, testified Epperly asked him a curious question:
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((58:14 And then of course the last witness today Bill Cranwell... he stated to him "What can they do to me if they don't find a body?" 58:22))
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[Prosecutor Shockley and Prosecution team TAPE S-136 TC 00:55]
Then there was the evidence - in all, 97 pieces submitted by the prosecution.
It included blood and hair samples from a bundle of clothing found near train tracks in Radford. It's believed to be the clothing Gina Hall wore the night she disappeared.
[EPPERLY being driven away in a police car from TAPE S-136 29:39]
But as a murderer was convicted - another question remained.
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((27:45 Even as the trial closed today the search for Gina Hall's body continued here in Radford -- 27:51))
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The testimony and evidence was enough to bring about the first murder conviction in Virginia without a body OR an eyewitness to a body.
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But the conviction offered little if any consolation to a grieving father, when we asked John Hall about it 20 years ago.
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((58:59 Hall: No, no. My daughter's my first concern and I'd love to have her back ------ 59:05 ---- but it uh, it hasn
't changed my mind. I feel like the only way I'll ever know, someone has to tell me where she's at and show me - 59:16))
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[when he says "tell me" BRING UP GINA PICTURE from Tape S-136 TC 25:51]
He's still waiting.
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm Keith Humphry.))
A fireman found himself playing a death-defying game of fetch today --
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...as he retrieved a stranded puppy while dangling from a California cliff.
Witnesses say the 9-month old Chow ran over the side of the cliff after going after a Frisbee.
The firefighter rapelled down the cliff and won the dog over with some food.
The entire rescue took about two hours.
The dog was rewarded to a cool drink on the ground after his ordeal.
Still to come on the newscast..
What would you do for 5-thousand dollars?
We'll tell you just how far three women went in Salem.
And not only was the water crystal clear, but also the sound as musicians donned their wet suits for a little under water jam session.
Musicians in the Florida Keys tuned their instruments and put on their wet suits for a different kind of concert.
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It was all part of the annual Underwater Music Festival.
Organizers say the concert's underwater sound quality is extremely clear.
The six hour presentation attracted about 6-hundred divers and snorklers.
Only three contestants were left for the final day of the Spin Till you Win contest which wrapped up tonight.
For the last ten days these three women have been vying for the prize of 5-thousand dollars during K-92's Spin Till you Win contest.
Contestants had to spend the day and night on the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Salem Fair to win the money.
Each remaining woman says the experience has been worth it.
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((TONI BIGGS: IT'S ACTUALLY PRETTY FUN AND WATCHING ALL THE SCENERY IT'S PRETTY NICE.))
[SUPER=01-Toni Biggs/Spin Till You Win Contestant]
[OUT Q=pretty nice.]
((MARSHE MUNSEY: IT DID SEEM A LITTLE UNREAL TO GO 10 DAYS WITHOUT SEEING THE KIDS.... WILL POWER TO TRY AND GET THROUGH IT.))
[SUPER=01-Marshe Munsey/Spin Till You Win Contestant]
((SHERRI SHUPE: I WAS REALLY THINKING ABOUT LAZAR EYE SURGERY AND THE INSURANCE WON'T PAY FOR IT. SO THAT IS WHAT DROVE ME.))
[SUPER=01-Sherri Shupe/Spin Till You Win Contestant]
The three women say they plan to split the 5-thousand dollars because they all deserve it.
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Pete Sampras won the Wimbledon championship today beating Patrick Rafter in 4 sets. It gives Sampras a record 13-th Grand Slam breaking the record held by Australia's Roy Emerson.
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After splitting the first two sets, Sampras took control. Here he returns a Rafter serve for a winner breaking him again and taking a big advantage with his serve coming up.
And it was this big serve for an ace and match point Sampras winning the match in 4 sets 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 and 6-2. Sampras has now won 53 of his last 54 matches at Wimbledon over the last 8 years.
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[IN Q="Well, it's...]
((PETE SAMPRAS/7-TH STRAIGHT WIMBLEDON TITLE: WELL ITS ALWAYS SPECIAL TO WIN HERE AND THE PAST WEEK AND A HALF HAS BEEN A LITTLE DIFFICULT BUT YOU KNOW THIS IS THE BIGGEST EVENT WE HAVE IN THE GAME AND YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT EVER YOU CAN TO PLAY AND THE MATCH TODAY COULD HAVE GONE THE OTHER WAY I LOSE THAT SECOND SET TIEBREAKER IT WAS A DIFFERENT STORY BUT I HAD MY PARENTS ON MY SIDE HAD GOD ON MY SIDE AND I'M NOT GETTING RELIGIOUS BUT I NEEDED A LITTLE HELP FROM UPSTAIRS.))
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[OUT Q=.....help from upstairs."]
Sampras also ties the record of seven Wimbledon titles set by Willie Renshaw in the 1880's.
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Tony Stewartt led 156 of 273 laps and he is the winner of the rain shortened New England 300 at the New Hampshire International Speedway.
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Jimmy Spencer gets out of his car limping after hitting the wall and bringing out the Caution 100 laps into the race.
Stewart, riding in the middle of the pack, was the leader on lap 109 of the 300 lap race.
The a shower hit the track forcing NASCAR to red flag the race for several minutes Stewart was still leading the race at the time.
Stewart broke away from the field on the restart and he was the leader at the halfway mark of the race.
Jeff Gordon was making a move he was holding down the 8-th spot with 172 of the 300 laps in the book.
The race was red flagged again with 27 laps to go and after an hour rain delay NASCAR officials declared Stewart the winner. It's his third win this season.
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[IN Q="We had...]
((TONY STEWART/NEW ENGLAND 300 WINNER: WE HAD THE FASTEST CAR SO I DON'T FEEL THE LEAST BIT GUILTY ABOUT WINNING THIS THING THIS WAY WE WERE FAST ALL DAY AND RAN UP FRONT ALL DAY SO I FELT LIKE WE DID OUT PART TO EARN THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/New England 300 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=....earn this."]
Joe Nemechek was second followed by Mark Martin, Jerry Nadeau and Jeff Gordon.
Omar Vizquel's third homer in two games led Cleveland to a 5 to 3 win over Cincinnati
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Indian manager Charlie Manuel on a hot day in Cincy.
The Indians would get on the board first Ricky Ledee hits a grounder by the first baseman and into right field Roberto Alomar rounds the bases to score and Cleveland took the 1 to nothing lead.
The Indians added to that lead in the sixth Vizquel gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a solo homer giving Cleveland the 2 to nothing lead and Cleveland wins it 5 to 3.
Nomar Garciaparra hit two homers this afternoon as Boston beat Atlanta 7 to 2.
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Bobby Cox watching the action from the dugout.
Garciaparra hit the first of his two homers in the third this solo shot off Kevin Millwood in the net above the "Green Monster" in left field the Red Sox led 2 to 1.
The Red Sox padded their lead in the fourth. Jose Offerman hits this triple to right field two runs score and Boston holds on for the 7 to 2 win over the Braves.
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In Philadelphia, Baltimore's Will Clark beating up on the Phillie Fanatic.
The Phillies would get even in the first Mike Lieberthal hits this two run double scoring Bobby Abreu and Scott Rolen and Philadelphia took a 2 to nothing lead.
Clark would come back to put the Phillies away in the top of the ninth. His base hit up the middle scored two runs including Brady Anderson who beats the throw home Baltimore wins it 5 to 4.
The list continued to grow today, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Junior, Cal Ripken Junior and Greg Maddux will miss Tuesday nights All Star Game because of Injuries.
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Meantime, Milwaukee's Tyler Houston played like an all star today.
Houston hit three home runs in his first three at bats driving in six runs to lead the Brewers over the Tigers 10 to 3.
And here are the rest of the scores.
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Leonard Thompson won the State Farm Senior Classic. Isao Aoki rallied shooting a 7 under par 65 to tie Thompson at the end of regulation.
But Thompson hit a two foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the tournament.
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It would take a playoff to determine the winner of the P-G-A tour's Western Open.
Robert Allenby beat Nick Price when he hit a two foot par putt on the first extra hole. The two tied at 274, 14 under par. Its the second career playoff for Allenby who won the Houston open in April.
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The Western Virginia Education Classic is bringing football back to Victory Stadium on September 16th.
The Virginia Union-Livingstone game is a fund raiser for a Total Action Against Poverty program which will help high school students stay in school.
While the game isn't until Septtember the fun will start next Saturday.
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[IN Q=the newly elected]
[SUPER=01-Annette Lewis/TAP Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ivan Brewer/Virginia Union Football Player; :13]
[OUT Q=different energy]
Tickets go on sale at Victory Stadium July 15th at 10am. They are eight dollars in advance and five dollars for students.