Straight ahead on News 7 at Noon--
Police in Utah are questioning a convict in the disappearance of 14- year- old Elizabeth Smart.
The man did odd- jobs at Elizabeth's home over a year ago.
And a Roanoke man tells authorities that he was abducted and held at gunpoint over the weekend.
Hazy, hot, and humid conditions with a slight chance for a late afternoon shower or thunderstorms....I'll have your forecast..
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Light winds and cooler weather may bring a little relief to firefighters battling the blaze that's charred over 300- thousand acres in eastern Arizona.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The fire is a 50- mile- long wall of flames.
Hope and prayer may be all that's left for residents of Show Low, a small town that's standing in the path of the blaze.
Chris Lawrence has the latest on the wildfire.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Halton/Planning and Zoning Commissioner;]
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FIREFIGHTERS FEAR IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME FOR THE TOWN OF SHOW LOW,
ARIZONA. THE SMALL COMMUNITY REMAINS IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF A MASSIVE,
300 THOUSAND ACRE WILDFIRE.
"WE HOPE THE WALL OF FLAME DOES NOT COME THROUGH SHOW LOW, BUT WE THINK
IT IS INEVITABLE. WE DON'T HAVE ANY GOOD PLACE TO STOP THIS FIRE."
OFFICIALS SAY THE BLAZE...FORMED BY THE UNION OF 2 WILDFIRES... IS JUST
TOO HOT AND TOO BIG. MORE THAN 180 HOMES HAVE ALREADY BEEN BURNED TO
THE GROUND AND THAT NUMBER IS CERTAIN TO GO UP. FIREFIGHTERS ON THE
FRONT LINES ARE BEING FORCED TO DECIDE WHICH HOMES CAN BE SAVED AND
WHICH ONES WILL BURN.
SOME 25,000 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES.
SOT: RESIDENT/EVACUEE. (NAME UNAVAILABLE)
"AS WE DROVE AWAY, I SAID A PRAY, PLEASE GOD, JUST LET US HAVE A HOME TO
GO HOME TO."
SOT: RESIDENT/EVACUEE ( NAME UNAVAILABLE)
"WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING BOUT OUR HOUSE YET. WE HAVE NO IDEA IF IT IS
THE FIRE THREATENING SHOW LOW...IS JUST ONE OF 17 LARGE WILDFIRES
BURNING IN SEVEN WESTERN STATES. IN ADDITION TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF
HOMES LOST...SOME ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACT THESE FIRES WILL HAVE ON
THE ENTIRE REGION.
SOT: BILL HALTON/PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSIONER, SHOW LOW
"MY BIG CONCERN IS THE ECONOMY. AFTER THIS HAPPENS, YOU KNOW WHAT'S THE
FALLOUT AT THE END OF DAY."
Authorities in Utah say investigators are working 24- 7 as they search for answers to what happened to 14- year- old Elizabeth Smart.
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Police are questioning Richard (Ree-chee) Ricci -- a convict who worked as a handy- man at the Smart home more than a year ago.
He was arrested on an unrelated parole violation just nine days after the Utah teen disappeared.
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((RICK DINSE/SALT LAKE CITY POLICE CHIEF: HE IS SOMEBODY THAT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THROUGH THE INVESTIGATION. AS WE SPEAK NOW, WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO SATISFY OURSELVES THAT HE IS NOT INVOLVED.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Dinse/Salt Lake City Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=that he is not involved.]
But like the other potential witness Bret Michael Edmunds, authorities say Ricci is NOT considered a suspect.
Edmunds spoke with police on Saturday from a West Virginia hospital - where he remains under arrest, and still suffering from an apparent drug overdose.
Most of us hate Mondays.
But Michael Gene Turman is probably pretty happy today, after the weekend he had.
The 41-year-old Roanoke man told police that he was abducted and held at gunpoint from Friday night until Sunday morning.
Turman says two strangers got into his car at a traffic light on Williamson Road.
The man pulled a gun and told him to start driving.
Turman drove the man and his female companion around town all day Saturday.
They finally let him go yesterday morning in the Old Southwest neighborhood.
Turman's stolen car was recovered in the Hunt Avenue area yesterday.
So far, no arrests.
A dispute in the Axton community of Henry County has left one person dead and two others injured.
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The Henry County sheriff's office says 41 year old Larry Junior Carter shot and killed Antonio DeWayne Turner during a dispute that erupted into gunfire between the two men.
Carter, who was shot in the foot, is also accused of shooting his younger sister, Lisa.
The incident happened at the Axton Mobile Home Park shortly after 11:30 Saturday night.
Turner later died at the Martinsville-Henry County Memorial Hospital. Lisa Carter was released with wounds to her legs.
Larry Carter faces second degree murder, malicious wounding, and firearms charges.
He is being held at the Henry County Jail without bond.
Police are saying the death of a woman in Martinsville was murder.
Authorities received a call shortly before eight o'clock yesterday morning saying a body had been found lying in the g
rass at the Rivermont Apartment complex---
The victim has been identified as 48- year old Janice Payne--
Police say it appears she was assaulted inside her apartment just before either jumping from or being thrown from the third story window of her unit.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Rogers/Martinsville Police Chief; ]
((WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF INTERVIEWING ALL OF THE FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS, EVERYBODY HAS BEEN VERY COOPERATIVE WITH US AND SHARING WHAT INFORMATION THEY'RE AWARE OF AND WE HOPE TO MAKE AN ARREST.))
[OUT Q=to make an arrest.]
Police want to question Payne's estranged boyfriend.
They're currently searching for 49- year old Donatus Hilton.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Martinsville police department.
Here's some food for thought on your lunch break--
The World Health Organization is holding an emergency meeting over new studies that suggest potato chips, french fries, and certain types of breads may cause cancer.
A Swedish study says some starch- based foods cooked at high temperatures contain a-cryla-mide.
The substance is used to make plastics and dyes, and to purify drinking water.
The study says the danger comes with fried, oven- baked, and deep- fried potato and cereal products-- NOT boiled ones.
The three- day summit opens tomorrow in Geneva.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a weekend accident at a local race track claims the life of one person,
and we'll see what Israel meant when it said it was taking a determined path to prevent terrorism.
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At least six people are reported dead in the crash of a church bus into a concrete pillar in Texas.
An official at the Metro Church of Garland, Texas says there were two chartered buses with about 50 students on each, headed toward a church camp in Louisiana.
One of them hit the pillar under an overpass east of Dallas.
The children on board were middle-school and high-school age.
Rescue workers are swarming over the scene.
Israel continues to keep the pressure on Yasser Arafat, as both sides wait for President Bush to outline his proposal for Palestinian statehood.
Kimberly Dozier reports from the West Bank.
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[SUPER=03-Ramallah, West Bank;]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-Shimon Peres/Israeli Foreign Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Ghassan Khatib/Palestinian Labor Minister;]
[OUT Q=Dozier, CBS News, West Bank.]
This is Israel's "Operation Determined Path." Most of the West Bank is
under 24-hour curfew - including the towns of Ramallah, Jenin,
Bethlehem, Kalkilya and Tulkarm.
The tanks and troops have once again trapped Palestinian President
Yasser Arafat in his compound, and the people in their homes.
Israel's cabinet has decided it will stay this way, until the suicide
bombers are found, and stopped. From what we can see here outside
Bethlehem, it looks like they are planning to stay for a while.
Israel says it's a necessary response to Palestinian terror attacks took
the lives of more than 30 Israelis last week.
SOT Shimon Peres/Israeli Foreign Minister
There is not any intention to reoccupy the territories. It is nonsense."
Threatened with death if they defy the visiting troops, Palestinians
Ghassan Khatib, Palestinian Labor Minister
This is only going to deepen the hatred, hostility, and violence between
the two sides.
(Sheikh Yassin, Hamas file)
Palestinian officials say they were trying to cooperate with Israel -
their security forces in Gaza even placed the head of Hamas Sheikh Ahmed
Yassin, under arrest. The police are now in a standoff with Hamas
supporters outside this home, and Hamas has issued a warning to Arafat
(Gaza rocket attack..aftermath)
Palestinian officials say this was their reward - an Israeli rocket
attack on this car in Gaza. The four-missile barrage killed two senior
Hamas members, but it also wounded several civilians
Palestinians say all they can do now is wait for someone else to come up
with a better plan than this. (ends with kids running through smoke of
On the West Bank, CBS News, on the West Bank
An accident Saturday night at the Wythe County Raceway has left one person dead and another injured.
According to the sheriff- three cars crashed on the straight-away.
One lost a wheel and it flew into the pit-- striking two people.
39 -year-old Lacy Don McNeill of North Carolina suffered extensive injuries and later died at the Wythe County Community Hospital.
33-year-old Donna Kelly, also of North Carolina, was treated and released.
A court appearance is expected later today by suspended Henry County Administrator Sid Clower...
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His attorneys say he's signed an agreement in which he pleads guilty to three counts of embezzlement.
The counts stem from the disappearance of nearly a million dollars from the Henry County Public Service Authority.
The county's board of supervisors is also expected to finalize Clower's termination later today.
The region has 30 new people ready to fight fires and save lives.
As Jennifer Wishon tells us, these men and women are ready to sacrifice their time and safety to protect the lives of others.
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[SUPER=01-Crystal Olson/EMT Graduate;:00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :07]
[SUPER=01-Chief Rick Burch/Roanoke Co. Fire and Rescue; 1:06]
[SUPER=19-Jennifer Wishon/Reporting; 1:24:]
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[IN Q=We need a lot]
((CRYSTAL OLSON/EMT GRADUATE: WE NEED A LOT OF PEOPLE TO HELP, BUT YOU HAVE TO WANT TO DO IT...IT'S PRETTY STRENUOUS.))
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Strenuous is a good word to describe the work firefighters and emergency medical technicians do each day.
But, 32 graduates from Roanoke County and city as well as Montgomery County can't wait to get started.
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((CRYSTAL OLSON/EMT GRADUATE: THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO...I LOVE IT.))
[OUT Q=I love it]
Crystal just graduated from her EMT training class and won an award for her outstanding efforts.
But when she signed up for classes she had no idea how different her life would be at graduation.
[IN Q=A week before]
((A WEEK BEFORE THE CLASS STARTED I FOUND OUT I WAS PREGNANT AND I WAS LIKE FOUR MONTHS ALONG. SO I TOLD JIMMY THE TEACHER AND JUST TOOK IT FROM THERE. I WENT TO CLASS, HAD MY KID AND CAME BACK.))
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Former Roanoke County fire fighter Fuzzy Minnix says there are many times that duty will take the graduates away from family and friends, but they are answering to a higher calling.
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((FUZZY MINNIX/ROANOKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: IT'S OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THERE'S DEDICATION IN EACH ONE OF YOU OR YOU WOULDN'T BE DOING THIS TO BEGIN WITH.))
[OUT Q=to begin with]
And it was dedication that got the graduates through their programs.
[IN Q=On the firefighters]
((CHIEF RICK BURCH/FIRE AND RESCUE: ON THE FIREFIGHTERS SIDE THERE'S ABOUT 180 HOURS THAT THEY HAVE TO COMPLETE OF BOTH CLASSROOM SKILLS AS WELL AS PHYSICAL SKILLS OR FIRE FIGHTING SKILLS. AND THE SAME THING ON THE EMS SIDE. THEY HAVE CLASSROOM AND THEY HAVE PRACTICAL SKILLS CONSISTING OF OVER 400 HOURS IN THE CARDIAC TECH CLASS.))
[OUT Q=cardiac tech class]
[IN Q=The roles of]
((THE ROLES OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL TOOK ON A NEW MEANING DURING THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH...ESPECIALLY AS THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO RELEASE NEW TERROR WARNINGS. AND WITH THE REGION'S RECENT DROUGHT THE ADDITION OF NEW FIREFIGHTERS AND EMS STAFF COULDN'T COME AT A BETTER TIME. JENNIFER WISHON, NEWS 7.))
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Still to come on the newscast, the Wimbledon tennis tournament could begin without one of its biggest stars,
and we'll tell you why Arnold Schwarzenegger was experiencing a new degree of success yesterday.
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You may have to call him "Dr. Terminator," now that Arnold Schwarzenegger has received a doctorate degree.
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California's Chapman University gave the actor the honorary degree yesterday for his contributions as an
advocate of children's issues, especially education and fitness.
He recently traveled to all 50 states urging youth to stay in shape.
He did this as President Bush's champion for fitness and health.
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((ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER/ACTOR): "SO THE CHANCELLOR TOLD ME I SHOULD GIVE YOU ADVICE TODAY ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL. AND I SAID - YOU KNOW - IT'S VERY SIMPLE. JUST BUY WHEN MARTHA STEWART BUYS AND SELL WHEN MARTHA STEWART SELLS. WORK HARD. STAY FOCUSED AND MARRY A KENNEDY (LAUGHTER). THAT IS
JUST SOME OF THE FORMULAS.")
[OUT Q=some the formulas.]
Chapman University gives the degree to people who distinguish themselves through contributions to academia, community service, business and industry or the arts.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 119 points. The NASDAQ has lost 18.
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Coming up after the break-- some Wimbledon fans get an early start,
and after weeks of bad luck, we will see if Ricky Rudd can get back on the road to winning.
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Ricky Rudd came close to a win a few weeks ago at Pocono- but yesterday he finally pulled out the victory at Sonoma....
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We head to the Raceway in Sonoma, California where Tony Stewart started on the pole.
Sterling Marlin kept the points lead, despite blowing an engine and finishing dead last.
Dale Earnhardt, Junior had a long afternoon, as well.
Junior gets too close with the tire wall after a quick brush with Kyle Petty.
Road racing specialist Boris Said brought out the day's 3rd and final caution with this spin.
That left Jerry Nadeau in the lead and on his way to victory lane in Petty's number 44 ride.
But Nadeau blew up with just 3 laps to go, and finally Ricky Rudd has some racing luck.
Rudd takes advantage of Nadeau's misfortune to win his 6th career road race.
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[OUT Q=really hard to take."]
[WIPE WIPE WIPE][S-Results]
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[WIPE TO MOTION]
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[SUPER=0106-6. Elliott Sadler//7. Mark Martin//8. Bill Elliott//9. Ryan Newman//10. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Robby Gordon//12. Mike Skinner//13. Bobby Labonte//14. Kevin Harvick//15. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Johnny Benson//17. Kyle Petty//18. Joe Nemechek//19. Ricky Craven//20. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Casey Atwood//22. Michael Waltrip//23. Steve Park//24. Brett Bodine//25. Ron Fellows//;]
[OUT Q=.....last driver."]
Phil Mickelson was looking for some redemption this weekend at the Hartford Open after losing to Tiger Woods at the U-S Open..
Yesterday, the lefty was second to NO one...
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Not even the turtle could steal the show from Mickelson, who finally got over the hump in the final round of a tournament, thanks to shots like this one.
The approach at the par- 5 seventh hole.
Mickelson puts it right in the hole for an eagle to get to 12 under par.
Davis Love the third tried to keep the pressure on, but he misses the birdie try at 18, and would settle for second.
Mickelson made his birdie at 18 for a one stroke win over Love and Jonathan Kaye.
He shot a final round 64, good enough for his second straight Hartford Open title.
J-C Snead won the Senior Event this weekend in Baltimore.
Tennis pros take the court for Wimbledon this morning-- but seven- time champ Pete Sampras may have to sit on the sidelines...
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Pete missed practice yesterday at the All-England club, instead opting for treatment on a sore rib.
Sampras withdrew from an exhibition match on Saturday and his status is day to day.
His first round opponent is scheduled to be Martin Lee of Great Britain.
Sampras hasn't won a title in 29 tournaments dating back to Wimbledon two years ago.
Tennis fans camped out last night to be among the first to enter the grounds of Wimbledon on opening day of the tennis championships.
The more experienced fans marked their territory a day earlier, prepared for the long wait to buy the much sought- after tickets for the tournament.
Many held picnics, and indulged in wine to help them relax as they waited in their camper chairs.
In the latest display of British pride after the World Cup efforts, hundreds of fans are hoping Tim Henman will become the first Englishman to win at Wimbledon in 66 years.
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