A witness comes to the rescue of a trucker, who was knocked unconscious after a wreck on Interstate 81 this morning.
The full story, coming up.
And more charges are likely for a Roanoke man, after an accidental shooting that left a three- year- old boy dead.
Another hot, muggy day with a chance for a few thunderstorms later today some of which could be on the stronger side...I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Authorities from Virginia to Florida want to know if THIS alleged rapist was ALSO a serial killer--
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Authorities are putting the pieces together in their investigation of three Virginia murder cases that date back nearly six years.
A task force is looking into the life of Richard Evonitz, the man who committed suicide last week in Florida while police were chasing him.
Gretchen Carlson reports.
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(VO/FLORIDA POLICE CHASE/GFX: EVONITZ STILL)
LAST WEEK A HIGH SPEED CHASE IN FLORIDA ENDED IN THE SUICIDE OF
38-YEAR-OLD RICHARD EVONITZ. EVONITZ WAS BEING PURSUED IN CONNECTION
WITH THE RECENT KIDNAP AND REPEATED RAPE OF A FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD SOUTH
(VO/FLORIDA POLICE CHASE)
EVONITZ HAD PRETENDED HE WAS A MAGAZINE SALESMAN THEN FORCED THE GIRL
INTO A CAR AT GUNPOINT. SHE LATER ESCAPED WHEN HE FELL ASLEEP.
BUT AS INVESTIGATORS TRIED TO PIECE TOGETHER INFORMATION ON EVONITZ,
THEY GOT A MESSAGE FROM THE NATONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED
(SOT/SHERIFF RONALD T. KNIGHT, SPOTSYLVANIA CO, VA)
2650 "While doing the research on Evonitz, the case worker found that
Evonitz had lived in Spotsylvania County in 1996 and 1997 during the
time of the disappearance of Sofia Silva, Kati and Kristin Lisk."
(VO/KRISTIN AND KATI LISK STILLS/HOME VIDEO/BUSSES/HOME/RIVER)
VIRGINIA SISTERS KRISTIN AND KATI LISK DISAPPEARED IN MAY 1997 AFTER
GETTING OFF SEPARATE SCHOOL BUSES IN FRONT OF THEIR HOME. THEIR BODIES
WERE FOUND DAYS LATER IN A RIVER 40 MILES AWAY. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE
WHOEVER KILLED THE LISK GIRLS MAY ALSO BE CONNECTED TO THE 1996
ABDUCTION AND DEATH OF ANOTHER SPOTSYLVANIA GIRL, SOFIA SILVA, AND
POSSIBLY TO THE DEATH OF A BALTIMORE, MARYLAND WOMAN THAT SAME YEAR.
IN SEARCHING EVONITZ'S HOME, INVESTIGATORS HAVE FOUND A MAP TO THE LISK
HOUSE, A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ABOUT THE LISK KIDNAPPING, AND HANDWRITTEN
NOTES DESCRIBING TWO YOUNG DARK-HAIRED GIRLS. OFFICIALS ARE STILL
WAITING FOR DNA TEST RESULTS.
(SOT/MAJ. HOWARD SMITH/SPOTSYLVANIA CO, VA POLICE)
"We're not in any hurry. We want to take our time with this case.
It's been going since 1996, let's be methodical about it, let's take our
time, lets not leave any stone unturned."
That was Gretchen Carlson reporting.
A tractor trailer wrecked and caught fire on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County this morning.
The trucker was northbound near mile marker 180, when his rig hit a guardrail, went over an embankment and went up in flames.
Police say the collision left the driver, 21-year-old Larry Darrell Altis of Christiansburg unconscious.
A man who saw the accident pulled him out of the cab.
Police identified the rescuer as Jonathan Miles of Natural Bridge.
Altis was taken to Stonewell Jackson Memorial Hospital in Lexington with injuries to his head and arm.
Police say Altis was driving too close to the edge of the highway.
They've charged him with reckless driving.
The northbound lanes of I- 81 near Fancy Hill are open, but an on-ramp remains closed.
A Roanoke man faces additional charges following an accidental shooting last weekend that killed a three- year- old boy.
Juwan Marcus Smith accidentally shot and killed himself with a nine millimeter pistol.
He had been left in the care of 44- year old Rodney Patterson, and police believe the three- year- old found the gun beside Patterson's bed.
Patterson was charged with felony child neglect.
Following a search of the residence, Roanoke police have charged Patterson with two additional felonies... possession of marijuana with intent to distribute the drug, and possession of a firearm while possessing more than a pound of marijuana.
An assistant men's basketball coach at Radford University has resigned.
(Shee-bee) Chibi Johnson is charged with breaking into a woman's apartment near campus, and trying to take off her clothes.
27- year- old Johnson was arrested June 21st on felony charges of breaking and entering, with intent to
commit assault and battery.
Prosecutors say Johnson and the woman apparently knew each other, but were NOT involved in a relationship.
Johnson played for the Highlanders for four seasons, and joined the coaching staff two years ago.
The investigation into Monday's plane collision over Germany is focusing on the Swiss air traffic controllers.
A Russian passenger plane filled with children collided with a cargo plane over southern Germany, killing 71 people.
The Monday night crash happened in airspace controlled by the Swiss.
Today, the controllers acknowledge their collision warning system was down for routine maintenance at the time of the crash. The system alerts controllers when planes get in each other's path.
A Swiss control spokesman says it's not clear if the system alone could have prevented the disaster. He says it seems to have been caused by an ``exceptionally unlucky combination of circumstances.''
After attempting to fly while intoxicated, two America West pilots are getting their walking papers.
An airline spokesman says Thomas Cloyd and Christopher Hughes have been sent a letter, informing them that America West plans to "terminate their employment."
Officials say the pilots can still appeal the decision through their union contract.
On Monday, police in Miami charged the pair with operating an aircraft under the influence.
Authorities say both men had blood-alcohol levels above the legal limit.
If convicted, they could face five years in prison.
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Coming up after this break, NASA captures a rare sight in space. We'll take a look.
Also one of the stars of one of last season's big television hits is diagnosed with cancer.
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Afghanistan's government says and allied troops stationed there must stop causing civilian casualties.
It's part of the fallout from a U-S attack that killed dozens of people at a wedding.
Elizabeth Palmer has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/U. S. Secretary of Defense; :19]
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[SUPER=01-Abdullah Abdullah/Afghan Foreign Minister; :43]
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PALMER ON CAM OPEN
This is not the first time that American troops in Afghanistan have
killed civilians, but this is the first time the Afghan government has
publicly criticized the mistake.
AT A PENTAGON BRIEFING, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DONALD RUMSFELD , DEFENDED
THE US MILITARY - SAYING ERRORS IN WAR ARE INEVITABLE:
BITE: "There cannot be the use of that fire power and not have
mistakes and errant weapons exists. It is going to happen, it
always has and I am afraid it always will.
IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER SAID HIS GOVERNMENT STILL
SUPPORTS AMERICA'S DETERMINATION TO ELIMINATE AL QAIDA, BUT INSISTED THAT
THE US MILITARY REVIEW ITS RULES FOR LAUNCHING ATTACKS.
SUPER: ABDULLAH ABDULLAH, AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTER
What is needed - whatever is the situation - this situation should
come to an end. It will not be acceptable to the people of Afghanistan
if that becomes a pattern.
SOME OF THE CHILDREN WOUNDED IN THE ATTACK ARE NOW LYING IN KANDAHAR
HOSPITAL WITH BROKEN BONES AND SHRAPNEL WOUNDS.
PALMER ON CAM CLOSE:
Meanwhile a joint team of Afghan and US investigators - including
journalists - have headed up to the scene of the accident to piece
together what happened - but the area is so remote they are not expected
back until tomorrow at the earliest. Elizabeth Palmer, CBS News, Kabul.))
Virginians can now use their cars to pay tribute to the victims of September Eleventh.
The Commonwealth unveiled a new license plate yesterday honoring those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks and in the war on terrorism.
The widow of the pilot who died when his plane was crashed into the Pentagon received the first plate.
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((SHERRI BURLINGAME/WIDOW; THIS NEW LICENSE PLATE SHOWS VIRGINIANS WILL NOT FORGET THE LIVES THAT WERE TAKEN THAT DAY AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE OTHER STATES TO FOLLOW AND SHOW THEIR SUPPORT.))
[OUT Q=show their support.]
The plate's design came from a Texas artist who created it as part of a makeshift memorial in front of the Pentagon.
M-TV opened their household to the rest of the world, now the Osbournes are dealing with a harsh dose of reality--
Family matriarch Sharon Osbourne is scheduled to have cancer surgery today.
The Osbournes' publicist isn't saying yet what kind of cancer Sharon has, but says it is treatable and that she should make a full recovery.
Sharon's the wife and manager of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and is featured on M-TV's popular reality show.
The publicist says because of the surgery, the first two dates of Ozzfest 2002-- in D-C and Pittsburgh-- are being postponed.
Just in time for the Fourth of July, NASA brings us an amazing fireworks display, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.
It's a Supernova explosion, the biggest ever seen.
The star blew up 300 years ago.
Its remains are part of the constellation, Cassiopeia, which is 10- thousand light years away.
This is the first picture that shows debris of the supernova, arranged into small knots of gas that'll eventually be recycled into new stars and planets.
He became the first person to fly a balloon solo across the globe, now Steve Fossett has a problem he hasn't experienced before.
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In his previous five attempts, he had trouble keeping his craft airborne.
Now he can't seem to find a safe place to land.
After 14 days of flying, Fossett is still in the air because the winds over Australia are currently too strong to set down.
The 58-year-old millionaire adventurer may be forced to keep flying for another night, which could see his balloon drift across Australia and into the eastern state of Queensland.
Landing the silver balloon will be one of the riskiest maneuvers of Fossett's around-the-world flight.
Ideally, it would best to land in winds less than five miles an hour.
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Coming up next, Leo will have our holiday forecast,
Also Steve Smallshaw will show us how the National D-Day Memorial is helping visitors deal with the heat.
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If you are letting the summer heat keep you away from some of the region's popular tourist attractions, you may want to visit the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
As Steve Smallshaw shows us, the staff there has found some ways to help visitors beat the heat.
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[SUPER=01-Bill & Jean Tuck/Tourists; :52]
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(( As tourist sites go, Bedford's National D-Day Memorial is fairly easy to navigate and interpret on your own.
But add the heat of a summer afternoon, and some tourists might find a visit to the site a little daunting.
So for a few extra dollars, the memorial now offers hourly walking and riding tours..
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..predictably, more visitors are choosing to dodge the sun and hop on board a golf cart.
((SHANNON BROOKS/ASSISTANT SITE MANAGER: PEOPLE REALLY JUST WOULD RATHER RIDE THAN WALK. YOU'VE GOT YOUR BUILT-IN SHADE, YOU GET A NICE BREEZE, AND YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO TELL YOU ALL THE THINGS THAT OTHERWISE YOU REALLY WOULDN'T GET A CHANCE TO KNOW ABOUT, IF YOU JUST CAME THROUGH ON YOUR OWN.))
[OUT Q=on your own.]
((THE AIR CONDITIONER WORKS GOOD WHEN WE'RE MOVING. YOU STOP, THAT SUCKER CUTS OFF JUST LIKE THAT.))
In just two days, the response has been overwhelming.
Riders included Bill and Jean Tuck who have already visited Normandy.. and figured Bedford was a logical follow-up.
((BILL TUCK/TOURIST: AND WE WANTED TO COME UP HERE AND SEE THIS. JEAN TUCK/TOURIST: WITH THE GOLF CART WE FELT LIKE WE COULD TAKE IN SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST WALKING.))
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Even at a time when the memorial needs every penny it can get, the fees for the tours are just a drop in the revenue bucket (14:18:xx)
Officials say the real value for tourists is getting more a personal, firsthand account from the men of D-Day.
((IT'S REALLY NOT ABOUT GENERATING REVENUE. CERTAINLY WE APPRECIATE THE REVENUE AND IT IS VERY USEFUL. BUT PRIMARILY OUR PURPOSE HERE IS EDUCATIONAL. AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY OF OFFERING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS TO THE PUBLIC OF TEACHING PEOPLE WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY AND WHY IT MATTERS NOW.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has lost 74 points. The NASDAQ was down 13.
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Coming up next in sports- the Avalanche battles the Warthogs in a series closer....
And- two college-bound football standouts sacrifice a summer of fun for a career in college athletics...
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The Avalanche and the Warthogs ended their series at Salem Memorial last night...
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A hitters' night... maybe if that wind is blowing the batters' way, and it seemed that way early on.
In the bottom of the first- Salem's (Hor-hay) Jorge Piedra hits a shot to the centerfield wall that plates Cory Sullivan, and Piedra's triple makes the count 1-1.
On to the bottom of the third, and the Avs go up by a run when catcher Jeff
Winchester crushes the ball over the left centerfield wall.
Salem was rolling offensively.
Not bad defensively either, as Piedra handles the line drive.
Then he guns down the Warthogs' runner at the plates-- Avs win 13-6.
The Avalanche will now hit the road for a 12 day, nine- game road swing that spans from Lynchburg, to Potomac and finally to Myrtle Beach.
A swing that is crucial at this early stage in the season.
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Most recent high school graduates are trying to live it up with their old friends before leaving for college.
But- preparing for a career in college athletics has football standouts Justin London and Anthony Hackett busy training for their future.
Steve Mason shows us how their summers are shaping up.
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[SUPER=01-Justin London/Former Northside Linebacker; :11]
[SUPER=01-Anthony Hackett/Former Glenvar Receiver; :19]
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((Five days a week, nearly three hours a day, UCLA's Justin London and Ohio University's Hackett push their bodies to the limit.
The countless number of campers weren't the only ones listening closely to Ronde and Tiki Barber at their camp. London and Hackett were all ears when two of the NFL's brightest stars spoke up.
Through internet surfing, Hackett found and ordered the speed parachute, a device endorsed by Deion Sanders and Barry Sanders. That exercise, in addition to a speed sled, hill running and serious weight lifting and London has added 15 pounds of muscle in 8 weeks. Hackett has gained 30 pounds without losing speed.
Hackett reports to freshman camp August fifth while London arrives at UCLA August 12th where he will begin practice immediately with the entire team. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
Tour officials announced yesterday that they will begin random out-of-competition drug testing for the women's tour.
They will be testing for performance- enhancing drugs.
Number-one seed Venus Williams says that she doesn't oppose the new testing- but doesn't agree with NO-notice testing.
Yesterday- Williams crushed her opponent at Wimbledon in just 44 minutes.
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Williams won the quarterfinal matchup in straight sets 6-2, and 6-love.
Venus has dropped just one set in her five Wimbledon matches.
She'll now face off with Justine Henin in the semifinal round, a rematch of last year's finals.
Henin survived two rain delays and Monica Seles yesterday to win 7-5 and 7-6.
And on another patch of green- Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Western Open this weekend because of a non-specified illness...
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The two- time champion of the event had planned to make it his final tune-up before the British Open later this month.
Woods, who won the Masters and U-S Open, will go after the third leg of the single season grand- slam in Scotland.
Tiger has played in 7 of the past 8 Western Opens.
The tournament gets underway tomorrow with Scott Hoch as the defending champ.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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