A Grayson county woman and her boyfriend face new charges in the case of a five- year- old boy who's been missing for nearly two months.
And a train has derailed in Montgomery County, near Blacksburg.
We'll have details.
The winter mess finally leaves the area leading to a slightly warmer afternoon, but the clouds will stick around. I'll have your weekend forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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A derailment near Blacksburg is blocking two roadways at this hour.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's office says Janelle and Cedar Run Roads are blocked. The two roads meet just a few feet away from Norfolk Southern tracks near Ellett.
At this time, we have no information on the number of engines or rail cars involved in the derailment, whether anyone is hurt, or how long Janelle and Cedar Run Roads might remain blocked.
Iraq says it'll make good on its promise to begin the destruction of banned missiles, as early as tomorrow.
But will that promise be enough to hold off a resolution calling for military action?
That's the key question right now at the United Nations.
Aleen Sirgany has more on this and the standoff with Saddam Hussein.
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Now that Iraq has promised to destroy its Al Samoud missiles....a top
deputy of Chief UN Inspector Hans Blix will oversee the
process....scheduled to begin on Saturday.
sot: Hans Blix/Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector
"My deputy, Mr. Perricos is in Baghdad at the present time, he will
discuss with them the program for destruction."
"It's a very significant piece of real disarmament."
Iraq reluctantly agreed to destroy the banned missiles just a day before
the UN's deadline.. maintaining all along.. that the missiles do not
violate UN restrictions on how far they can travel.
In Paris, French leaders applauded Iraq's decision to destroy the banned
missiles...saying it shows that inspections are working and should
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But traveling in Spain, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was skeptical
of Saddam Hussein's sincerity.
sot: Tony Blair/British Prime Minister
"This is not a time for games, he knows perfectly well what he has to
Besides the missiles, Blair wants to know what happened to the anthrax,
chemical weapons and other munitions he says are still unaccounted for.
The Prime Minister met with Spain's Prime
In Washington, President Bush echoed the feelings of Blair.
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(not verbatim) And in a critical draft report, chief U-N weapons
inspector Hans Blix says Iraq's disarmament has been ``very limited.''
Blix says Baghdad hasn't provided crucial evidence about its chemical,
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Muslim prayer was interrupted by gunfire today.
The attack killed two policemen who were guarding the U-S Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.
At least five people were injured; none of them was American.
Authorities say they captured one of the alleged gunmen, but they're not sure exactly how many there were.
The man was identified as an Afghan national.
Pakistan's information minister condemned the attack, calling the gunmen "enemies of Pakistan."
Grayson County authorities have filed new charges in the Logan Bowman case.
The sheriff's office says the mother of the missing 5-year-old boy and her ex-boyfriend are now accused of felony child neglect.
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Cynthia Davis was already in jail on a child endangerment charge.
Dennis Schemerhorn had been out on bond on that charge, but was arrested last night.
Both are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in juvenile court on Monday.
Logan Bowman has been missing since January, and officials believe he may be dead.
A search for him had been scheduled for tomorrow, but has been called off because of the weather.
Road conditions are improving in much of the News 7 viewing area.
The higher temperatures will mean they will continue to do so all day.
But last night it was a different story.
Dangerous road conditions could be found throughout the region especially in Southside.
Justin McLeod has more.
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Whether you were walking in it, driving on it, or trying to get rid of it, this latest storm proves ice is never nice.
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((BARBARA SWANSON/RINGGOLD RESIDENT: IT'S A LONG TIME SINCE I'VE SEEN THIS MUCH. I DON'T KNOW THAT I'VE EVER HAD REALLY AND I'VE LIVED HERE ALL MY LIFE.))
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That may or may not be true but what you see here is definitely impressive.
By Thursday night, more than an inch of ice had accumulated throughout Southside.
Sidewalks and parking lots look more like skating rinks.
Even some roads, like this one in Martinsville, had to be closed because of extreme icy conditions.
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((RICKY ROACH/DANVILLE RESIDENT: IT'S FINE IF EVERYBODY WILL GO. PEOPLE WANT TO HIT THEIR BRAKES FOR NO APPARENT REASON, GOING IS NO PROBLEM STOPPING IS A LITTLE HARD.))
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Also hard is getting this ice off the roads.
Snow plows cannot be used to clear the ice away because blades are typically ineffective.
So city crews in Martinsville can only use chemicals and abrasives to treat the roads.
But even that is a challenge.
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((JEFF JOYCE/MARTINSVILLE PUBLIC WORKS: THAT'S THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THE SALT, EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO GET SALT NOW.
WE TYPICALLY GET IT WITHIN TWO DAYS AND IT TOOK US OVER A WEEK TO GET IT THIS TIME.))
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The city of Martinsville has enough chemicals for this storm but anything beyond that is in doubt.
Another concern here in Southside is power outages.
A tree fell on power line Thursday afternoon, taking with it 750 customers here in Martinsville.
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((DENNIS BOWLES/ENERGY SERVICES MANAGER: THAT POPLAR TREE WAS VERY BRITTLE IT PULLED IT OUT BY THE ROOTS. THERE IS JUST SO MUCH WEIGHT WITH THE ICE ON IT, THAT'S THE PROBLEM WE'RE HAVING, TREES TOPPING OVER.))
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The worst may be over but for many Southside residents, the damage has definitely been done.
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((BARBARA SWANSON/RINGGOLD RESIDENT: READY FOR SPRING, READY FOR SPRING, I THINK EVERYBODY IS. I THINK WE WOULD LIKE US SOME PRETTY WEATHER AND GET BACK TO THE BEACH.))
After the winter we've had so far, no one would disagree with that.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Martinsville.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will speak live with noted historical artist Mort Kunstler,
Then a little later, witnesses claim actor Robert Blake offered them money to murder his wife.
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He's often been called "America's premier historical artist".
Mort Kunstler has painted more than 100 scenes from the Civil War.
These days, he's receiving attention for his work as the official artist in the new film, "God and Generals."
He's in town this weekend to promote his new companion book that goes along with the movie, and joins us this afternoon to talk more about.
Good afternoon, and thanks so much for being here.
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(I read in your bio that you began specializing in Civil War scenes more than 15 years ago. Why does this period in hi
story interest you so much?)
(How closely does your book capture the events that are featured in the film, as well as the book on which the film wa
(Is this book similar to the companion book you did for the film, "Gettysburg?")
(Dr. James "Bud" Robertson, who's a history professor at Virginia Tech, was a consultant for the film and wrote the na
rrative for your book. What was it like working with him on this project? Did you kind of keep each other in check?)
(And people will get an opportunity to meet both you and Dr. Robertson this weekend. You're going to be signing copies
of the book. Where are you going to be doing that?)
Thanks so much for being here today, and good luck with the new book.
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After this break, Leo will have our detailed forecast,
Plus we will tell you why actress Pamela Anderson is getting under the skin of Austria's Opera crowd.
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More details about that train derailment in Montgomery County.
Norfolk Southern told the sheriff's office that about 32 cars derailed at about 9:45 this morning, at the intersection of Cedar Run and Jenelle Roads.
No one's been hurt.
Officials say it will take several hours to clear the tracks.
Actor Robert Blake will be back in a California courtroom today after assuring the judge that he's healthy enough to continue his preliminary hearing.
Testimony so far has revealed that Blake allegedly was willing to pay 10- thousand dollars to have a stuntman kill his wife.
Hattie Kauffman has the latest.
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NATSOTGary McLarty- stuntman ) and showed me how to ener the house and
stiarway up tot he bedroom where she slept and somebody could go in
there and dispose of her ( runs 11).
(TRACK 1) HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN, GARY McLARTY, TESTIFIED ACTOR ROBERT BLAKE
TRIED TO HIRE HIM TO KILL HIS WIFE, BONNIE LEE BAKLEY.
(NATSOT prosecutor Pat Dixon) What word did he use? He used, go up the
stairs and "pop" her. pop her? yes
(TRACK 2) AND THAT WAS JUST ONE PLOT.. ON THE STAND MCLARTY SAID BLAKE
SUGGESTED SEVERAL SCENARIO'S FOR KILLING HIS WIFE.
(SOT Gary McLarty) at a given place he would pull off the road
somewhere where he would get out and relieve himself.. and a car could
be follwoing at the time pull up and dispose of her that way- 13
(TRACK 3) BUT PERHAPS MOST DAMAGING A SCENARIO NEARLY IDENTICAL TO WHAT
BLAKE CLAIMS HAPPPEND THE NIGHT HIS WIFE WAS MURDERED IN THEIR CAR..
AFTER THEY HAD EATEN DINNER AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT.
(SOT Gary McLarty ) go out eat dinner one night and the he would go out
to the car and leave.. that would give someone the time to dispose of
her that way and then come back to the car and what happened happend.-17
.( when the defendnant talked to you about that did he use the word
dispose. no he didnt im saying that. what word did he use.. most of the
time he used the word pop.)
(SOT HATTIE REVERSE) Those words, "popped" "whacked", it sounds like
dialoguye from a script?
(SOT RIKKI KLIEMAN, COURT TV ) It sounds like dialogue, it sounds like
hollywood. Heavens, it sounds like Baretta! It sounds like In Cold
Blood. There are words and phrases that come out in this case that are
definitely in the movies or a TV script. We have to remember what the
witnesses say, is that Robert Blake was once a TV and movie star.
(TRACK 4) UNDER CROSS EXAMINATION.. BLAKE'S LAWYER GOT MCLARTY TO ADMIT
TO LYING.. DOING DRUGS.. AND A VIOLENT PAST IN WHICH HE SHOT AND KILLED
A MAN ..
(NATSOT Thomas Mesereau) you shot him six times. yes i did... all in
self defense..correct/t every shot? every shot.
(NATSOT ) you hid the gun from the police. true.. thats true.
(NATSOT )-- now the police also seized a pillbox contianing cocaine from
you .. yes you used cocaine for year..not years. I have used it when
did you last use it..(long pauise... needs edit) a few months ago.
(SOT RIKKI KLIEMAN ) But in the afternoon, Tom Mesereau got up and what
we're learning about this witness is there are lots and lots of reasons
why a jury someday might not believe him. (06)
(TRACK) DURING A COURT RECESS BLAKE SEEMED UNSTEADY.. EVEN STUMBLED....
AND THE JUDGE QUESTIONED HIS HEALTH
(JUDGE Llyod Nash -) I can have a dcotor see you or we can delay this
until tomorrow.. if you are not feeling well. Im concerend about your
(SOT BLAKE ) i appreciate that your honor no I'm fine. I'm in the
pink.l i waited 11 months to get here and im not going anyplace.
That was Hattie Kauffman reporting.
She won't be sporting her lettuce- leaf bikini this time, but actress and animal rights supporter Pamela Anderson will still be turning heads in Austria.
While standing near a poster of herself wearing the infamous bikini, the former "Baywatch" star vowed that she won't cause a scandal during tonight's Opera Ball.
It's an event where high society members show off their furs.
Anderson says she won't cause a disturbance, but still wants to spread her animal rights message.
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((PAMELA ANDERSON/ACTRESS AND ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST: I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN WAYS OF LIVING. I AM NOT A REAL EXTREMIST, BUT I
HAVE OPINIONS AND I HAVE LEARNED THINGS THROUGHOUT MY LIFE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO
SHOW TO OTHER PEOPLE. FOR SOME REASON I ALWAYS GET THESE MICROPHONESIN MY MOUTH AND I MAY AS WELL SAY SOMETHING THAT'S GOOD FOR SOMEBODY."))
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Anderson notwithstanding, the Opera Ball often attracts protests and occasional street fights.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 57 points. The NASDAQ has gained 18.
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Coming up today in Sports,
the Masters Golf Tournament is getting some unwanted help from the K-K-K.
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Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club seems to be getting some support from an unexpected and unwelcomed source.
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Augusta, which is home to the Masters tournament, has been under pressure to admit a woman.
A Ku Klux Klan group has asked for a permit to demonstrate in support of the club's right to ban them.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says a Klan member promises speeches and picketing for
the right of Augusta to -- quote --``include only members of their choice regardless of race, religion, sex or creed.''
But the club is trying to separate itself -- saying this isn't something the club would welcome or encourage.
One leading women's activist has said she'll seek a permit to demonstrate during the tournament in April.
The regional basketball and state volleyball matches were postponed last night.
Region 3 hoops hopes to play its first round games tomorrow night at various high school sites, and then move inside the Salem Civic Center for the semi-finals Saturday night and the championship game next Monday.
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The basketball teams in Region C have moved the semi-finals and finals at Lord Botetourt high school until next Monday and Tuesday nights.
The Region three boys basketball scheduled at Blacksburg High has been moved to tomorrow night at 7:00.
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