One day after a fatal explosion rocks a county fair in Ohio-- it's opening again for visitors.
The explosion of an antique tractor claimed the lives of four people and injured dozens of others.
And some children find the body of a drowning victim while playing in a Bedford creek.
We've had several days of rain...now the drying process begins...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon, right after this break.
[SUPER=#4054; News 7 Headline Banner]
A county fair is opening as scheduled today in (muh-DY-nuh) Medina, Ohio despite a fatal tractor explosion.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Noon]
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A day of fun at the fair turned into a day of terror yesterday when a steam engine exploded.
Four people are dead and many others are injured.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-James Brigan/Medina Co. Police;]
[SUPER=01-Neil Hajssinger/Medina Co. Police;]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, ]
THE FAIR WILL CONTINUE... DESPITE THE TRAGEDY...AS THE CLEANUP AND THE
INVESTIGATION ARE UNDERWAY.
AT THE CENTER OF THAT INVESTIGATION...THE STEAM ENGINE OF A VINTAGE
TRACTOR WHICH EXPLODED SUNDAY AS THE FAIR WAS IN FULL SWING. THE
OPERATOR AND HIS SON WERE KILLED IN THE BLAST AND TWO OTHER MEDINA
(ME-DINE-UH) COUNTY RESIDENTS. WITNESSES DESCRIBE THE SOUND AS ONE
THEYLL NEVER FORGET:
SOT: Detective James Brigan/Medina County Police
(..it was like Viet Nam )
SOT: Neil Hajssinger/Medina County Police.
(..like a bomb went off)
THE BLAST BLEW STEAM, HOT OIL AND SHRAPNEL AS FAR AS 100 YARDS AWAY,
BURNING FAIRGOERS. SOME OF THE INJURED ALSO SUFFERED BROKEN BONES FROM
THE SHRAPNEL. DOZENS WERE INJURED. MANY REMAIN HOSPITALIZED IN
THE FARM EQUIPMENT IS A STANDARD AT AGRICULTURAL FAIRS:
Detective James Brigan/Medina County Police
SOT.. Its a part of our heritage
MEDINA COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THE SAME TYPE TRACTOR IS STILL USED ON
NEARBY FARMS, DESPITE ITS AGE. THE FAIR OPERATORS SAY THEY WANT TO KEEP
THE EVENT GOING.. .SO THAT THOSE VISITING CAN HONOR THOSE WHO WERE
KILLED. PEOPLE WHO KNEW THE MEN, SAY THEY WOULD WANT IT THAT WAY.
A federal jury has been selected to hear the the case Glen Dexter Powell.
He is the Greensboro man charged with abducted his wife and children from her parents home in Salem last year. The trial is expected to get underway with opening statements shortly.
A group of children in Bedford found the body of a man who drowned over the weekend.
The children were playing in a creek near a Winn-Dixie parking lot when they found the body.
An autopsy revealed that it's a white man in his 60s.
Police are NOT identifying him until they tell his family.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=We saw a ]
((ASHLEY SHOCKLEY; WE SAW A PAIR OF PANTS AND A SHIRT, MY FRIENDS AND I WERE FREAKING OUT, AND I SEEN IF IT WAS A DEAD BODY))
[OUTQ=a dead body.]
The medical examiner says the drowning does NOT appear to be suspicious.
[TAPE#=01-39 - 31:36]
Recent rains have poured trouble over parts of Virginia and West Virginia.
But help is on the way for some flooding victims.
Governor Jim Gilmore is headed to far southwest Virginia this afternoon to assess damage from yesterday's flash floods.
State transportation officials estimate damage ``in the millions'' but have no solid figures yet.
Several bridges were washed out and homes were damaged, mostly in Scott and Wise counties which the Governor has already declared a disaster area.
[VO-NAT 14 before bite]
In Scott County-- a 77- year old man died when his mobile home was swept away by water.
Others in the county had to be rescued when they could NOT make it across swollen creeks.
While others lost crops and livestock.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19:21:56 19:22:21]
[IN Q=It moves quicker ]
((IT MOVES QUICKER THAN YOU CAN MOVE AND YOU CAN'T OUT SWIM IT, THE BIGGEST THIN IS TO TRY TO OVERCOME IT.))
((THIS MORNING WE GOT UP AND COULD HEAR THE WATER RUSHING IN AND WE STARTED MOVING HAY.))
[OUT Q=moving hay.]
[VO-NAT 9 plus pad]
The American Red Cross has opened shelters in Scott and Tazewell Counties.
The Governor's office has also authorized more than 100- National Guard troops to help.
And in West Virginia - rushing waters claimed the life of a three-year-old boy.
The boy died after being pulled from the Tug Fork River in McDowell County.
The boy was apparently playing outside when he was swept away into a drain pipe.
[VO-NAT 12 plus pad 01:19 1:28:18]
[SUPER=03-McDowell Co., WV/Earlier This Month;]
Officials say many of the flooded areas, such as McDowell, are the same ones hit by record floods earlier this month.
The National Weather Service yesterday - issued flash flood warnings or watches for nearly all of the state.
********Toss to Leo[Taiwan-Typhoon]
Meanwhile in Asia, a typhoon is showing signs of weakening-- but not before leaving at least 22 people dead.
Typhoon (tor-AH-jee) Toraji churned through Taiwan today.
22 people were killed in mudslides and flash floods.
Dozens MORE are reported missing.
The typhoon also cut power to thousands of homes and canceled international flights.
(tor-AH-jee) Toraji has since weakened to a tropical storm.
What's called Taiwan's worst storm of the year so far is now on its way to southern China.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Still to come on the newscast, the White House is under attack on the world wide web.
Also police officials in Washington say the search for a missing intern is entering its final stages.
[music up full]
Just last week - a former Roanoke Police Officer was sentenced to prison for bribery and extortion.
Now community activists are speaking out about punishment fitting the crime.
News 7's Justin McLeod shows us how residents are moving forward to take back their neighborhoods.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Sue Gross-Fisher/Area Resident; :15]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/Resident; 1:08]
[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF COURTROOM))
Former Roanoke Police officer Frederick Pledge admits he crossed the line and on Friday told a judge he was truly sorry.
But here on the streets, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who feels sorry for Pledge.
[IN Q=I think its a disgrace]
((SUE GROSS-FISHER/AREA RESIDENT: I THINK ITS A DISGRACE. I THINK HE HAS CORRUPTED OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN IS OUR FUTURE. AND I THINK HE HAS CORRUPTED A LOT OF PEOPLE, OUR CITIZENS HERE IN ROANOKE VIRGINIA, I DON'T THINK IT WAS ENOUGH.))
[OUT Q=it was enough]
Pledge will spend the next eight years behind bars for accepting bribes from drug dealers on the streets of Northwest Roanoke.
Take Lafayette Blvd.
Pledge routinely patrolled the area and even attended neighborhood crime watch meetings.
Since his arrest, officers have tried to regain their trust.
[IN Q=The Roanoke Police Dept.]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS INCREASED ITS PRESCENCE HERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD BY OPENING A SUBSTATION BACK IN FEBRUARY. BUT SOME BELIEVE ITS JUST PUT A BAND-AID ON THE PROBLEM. THE STATION ISN'T MANNED 24/7 AND SOME RESIDENTS SAY THE PROBLEMS HAVE LEFT HERE JUST TO GO FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD.))
[OUT Q=down the road]
((NAT SOUND OF JEFF TALKING))
On that road is resident Jeff Artis who is working to rid this area of gangs and drugs.
[IN Q=The one good thing about all]
((JEFF ARTIS/AREA RESIDENT: THE ONE GOOD THING ABOUT ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES AND WATCHDOGS IS THAT THEY ARE CONDUCTING THEIR BUSINESS IN A MORE QUIET WAY BUT IF THEY THINK THEY ARE GOING TO INTIMIDATE ME AND RUN ME OUT OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD I THINK THEY ARE SMOKING THE CRACK THEIR SELLING.))
[OUT Q=the crack their selling]
Artis is also a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
The group has accused Roanoke's Police and Sheriff's Departments of police brutality.
They want to bring in the Justice Department and a request for a federal investigation is expected to arrive at Senator John Warner's office this week.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))[Code-Red]
The worm is coming back--
Computer experts are warning the public about the "Code Red" worm virus.
They say users of some Microsoft operating systems could experience slowdowns, and even Internet outages.
The virus infected more than 250-thousand systems two weeks ago.
Officials expect "Code Red" to spread again tomorrow evening.
Its primary target appears to be the White House web site.
Washington police say they're winding down their search for missing intern Chandra Levy.
The reason-- investigators have basically run out of places to look for her.
Although tips continue pouring in from E-mail and phone calls, police have virtually nothing new to go on or to even indicate there is a crime.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=We went through]
[SUPER=01-Terrance Gainer/Assistant D.C. Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=other assignments.]
Gainer says investigators will conclude their search in D-C--area parks this week.
He says they'll also wrap up a search of abandoned buildings near Levy's apartment.
[TAPE#=01-47 - 11:16]
Washington and Lee President John Elrod was laid to rest in Lexington yesterday.
Elrod died on Friday of "congestive heart failure" stemming from a more than two- year battle with kidney cancer.
During his six years as president, he oversaw the most comprehensive period of growth the school has ever seen.
Elrod was memorialized in Lee Chapel, where another former Washington and Lee president, Robert -E- Lee is buried.
Elrod was 61 years old.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up next on the newscast, a local landmark may be spared from the wrecking ball.
Also we'll have a story that will have many people shaking their heads...as we see what some extreme baseball fans will do to get a free doll.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]
A Covington landmark may get a second chance.
[VO-NAT 24 plus pad 00-21 tc 13:58]
[SUPER=03-Covington/April 22; ]
The city's 89- year old City Hall is set to be torn down in October.
However, a move by city council could spare the historic building.
City Council has voted to make it available for sale until August 13th.
But some residents who've fought to save the structure say they're still not happy.
They say it's doubtful anyone would want to buy the building because city council has placed a number of restrictions on how it's to be maintained.
You can forget beanie babies and pokemon mania.
This year's hottest collectible.. is the bobblehead doll.
It was proven again this weekend, when this baseball season's
winningest team, gave away a bobblehead replica of their best player.
Hattie Kauffman has that story from Seattle.
(///// SOT /////)
[OUT Q=for the early show.]
[SUPER=#578; Burnt Chimney]
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down 29 points.
Nasdaq has lost one point.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
In sports - the Braves extend their advantage in the N-L East
And movie goers weren't monkeying around to see this summers latest blockbuster. Don't go away - News 7 at Noon will be right back!!!
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]
Bobby Labonte takes the checkered flag in Pennsylvania -
[SUPER=03-Pocono, PA/TNT Sports; :]
Jeff Gordon would take off like a bullet.
He was the leader after 25 laps of the race.
Pole Sitter Todd Bodine was running third after 31 laps, but he left the race before the halfway mark with engine problems.
Dale Jarrett, who shares the points lead with Gordon, led a lap.
But he was running 15th after 59 laps.
Gordon had the dominant car.
He was the leader at the halfway mark almost 5 seconds in front of Ricky Rudd, who won the spring race.
Then with just over 45 laps to go, several cars get caught up in a crash.
Jeff Burton, Ward Burton and Dale Jarrett were 3 of the cars.
Jarrett had to take his car to the garage area for repairs to his hood and radiator.
Labonte moved into position and he passed Earnhardt Junior with 2 to go.
He wins the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q="You know...]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/Pennsylvania 500 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=....great race car."]
Elliott Sadler finished 26th, Stacy Compton 32nd, Rick Mast 35th, Jeff burton 36-th and Ward Burton 38th.
And here's the final rundown.
[SUPER=0129-Pennsylvania 500/1. Bobby Labonte//2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//3. Tony Stewart//4. Bill Elliott//5. Johnny Bens
[SUPER=0129-Pennsylvania 500/6. Rusty Wallace//7. Mark Martin//8. Jeff Gordon//9. Robert Pressley//10. Ricky Craven//;]
[SUPER=0129-Pennsylvania 500/11. Ricky Rudd//12. Jimmy Spencer//13. Steve Park//14. Matt Kenseth//15. Casey Atwood//;]
[SUPER=0129-Pennsylvania 500/16. Sterling Marlin//17. Ken Schrader//18. Jeremy Mayfield//19. Michael Waltrip//20. Kevin
[SUPER=0129-Pennsylvania 500/21. Jason Leffler//22. Dave Blaney//23. Joe Nemechek//24. Jerry Nadeau//25. Mike Wallace//
[SUPER=0129-Pennsylvania 500/26. Elliott Sadler//27. John Andretti//28. Robby Gordon//29. Bobby Hamilton//30. Ron Horna
[SUPER=0129-Pennsylvania 500/31. Kyle Petty//32. Stacy Compton//33. Brett Bodine//34. Terry Labonte//35. Rick Mast//;]
[SUPER=0129-Pennsylvania 500/36. Jeff Burton//37. Kurt Busch//38. Ward Burton//39. Buckshot Jones//40. Hut Stricklin//;
[SUPER=0129-Pennsylvania 500/41. Dale Jarrett//42. Kevin Lepage//43. Todd Bodine//;]
[OUT Q=....last driver."]
The Atlanta Braves are three games ahead of Philadelphia
[SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/TSS; :]
in the National League East.
In the bottom of the fourth, Burkett strikes out Vladimir Guerr-ero for 1 of those 11- K's.
Then in the top of the 8-th, Marcus Giles gets all of this pitch for a three- run homer over the left field wall. The Braves down the Expos 8 to 1.
The New York Yankees beat Toronto black and Blue yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/WNWY; :]
It started in the top of the fourth. Alfonso Soriano hits this solo shot over the left field wall and the Yankees went on top, 5 to nothing.
Then Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada hit back- to- back homers in the 5th.
Martinez with this two- run shot to right field to make it 7 to nothing New York.
[SUPER=35-N. Y. Yankees/9/Toronto/3/;]
Posada then goes deep over the centerfield wall to make the score 8 to nothing.
The Yankees get the 9 to 3 win for the 3- game sweep.
A cultural milestone is reached in the sport of swimming--
[SUPER=03-Dover Beach, England;]
Swimmer Zhang Jian is the first Chinese person to swim across the English Channel.
State television showed the 37- year- old physical education teacher striding into the sea.
The English Channel has attracted many adventure-seekers over the years, because it's one of the most difficult bodies of water to cross.
Analysts say his time for the crossing - just under 12 hours - was remarkably fast for a first
Tim Burton's new movie proved to be the 800 pound gorilla at the box office this weekend.
[SUPER=04-"Planet of the Apes";]
Since Friday, "Planet of the Apes" has brought in 69 and a half MILLION dollars.
That is a record for a movie premiering over a non-Holiday weekend.
The apes beat out last week's top earner -- ``Jurassic Park
Three,'' which took in just over 22 (M) million dollars.
[Take Chyron Full]
``America's Sweethearts'' came in third, with 15-point seven million.
"Legally Blonde'' took the fourth spot and ``The Score's" seven million dollars put it in fifth place.
[super=77-"Planet of the Apes"/69.5/"Jurassic Park III"/22.5/"America's Sweethearts"/15.7/"Legally Blonde"/9.0/"The Sco
SUPER=X4031; Fax/Copyright Noon/Weekends
[SUPER=X4030; e-Mail/Copyright Noon/Weekends]