...not just any late news---THE news on NEWS 7,
includes dramatic up-close pictures of a spectacular wreck in Franklin County-
-as well as the over-head view in the Fork Mountain area.
A breezy address for the Pope, while a man with a gun is arrested outside a
New York seminary where the Pope was about to speak, later.
Some tense moments in the Fork Mountain section of Franklin County today.
A tanker truck full of Toluene flipped over and exploded on route 220 just
north of the HENRY County line.
A creek was threatened, some residents evacuated, elementary school
children diverted, but nobody was hurt- -beyond the driver who suffered a few
And the father and son Canadian truck drivers who got caught hauling coke
from Texas were sentenced today.
Claude Guay got 24 years to serve; his son, Daniel got 20 years.
Stay tuned for News 7 at 11, and Friday Football Extra immediately
following the news.
A North Carolina man was able to walk away from one of the worst wrecks
Franklin County has ever seen.
Norman Craig was hauling Toluene- a highly flamable and poisonous substance
found in paint thinner.
He apparently lost control of his tractor trailer while heading north on
Route 220 and crashed near the Franklin County-Henry County Line-- causing an
explosion of huge proportions.
Scott Prince was there.
IN Q=Fork Mountain
SUPER=01-Trooper Danny Tibbs/Va. State Police; :22
SUPER=01-Tommy Crozier/Haz-Mat Supervisor; :49
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News7
(( Fork Mountain residents were told to evacuate their homes around 7:45 this
morning as a thick heavy smoke penetrated the air.
A tractor trailer carrying thousands of gallons of Toluene had wrecked and
Amazingly the driver, Norman Craig, suffered only a bruised leg.
IN Q=At approximately
((TROOPER DANNY TIBBS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: AT APPROXIMATELY 7:30 AM THE
VEHICLE WENT OFF TO THE LEFT, ROLLED OVER AND CAUGHT ON FIRE. IT CAME TO REST
BEHIND ME HERE JUST PASSED THE CROSS AND THE DRIVER ESCAPED WITH MINOR
OUT Q=minor injuries
Smoke was seen for miles away but officials say the chemical was pretty well
contained from the beginning.
But officials were concerned about a nearby creek.
The explosion threw some of the flammable substance into the water and
forced Haz-mat crews to act fast.
IN Q= The department
((TOMMY CROZIER/HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SUPERVISOR: THE DEPARTMENT OT ENVIRONMENTAL
QUALITY WILL COME OUT AND LOOK AND SEE HOW CLEAN IT NEEDS TO BE AND TAKE SOME
SOIL SAMPLES. ))
OUT Q=soil samples
All four lanes on Route 220 were open by 12 o'clock this afternoon.
That's the same time Fork Mountain residents were allowed back into their
Norman Craig was treated and released from Franklin Memorial Hospital, and
went back to the sight of the wreck just hours after.
He's been charged with reckless driving.
Scott Prince, News7
GRAPHIC=Hold Tanker Ax
A nearby elementary school was also affected by the accident.
When buses began arriving at Henry Elementary this morning, students weren't
Instead, they were told to sit tight until a Sheriff's Deputy arrived.
At around eight- twenty officials decided to transfer the children to Ferrum
Teachers say the kids spent the morning watching movies, playing games and
Today was a scheduled early dismissal.
Some students left by bus, while others were picked up by family.
Police have charged a Pulaski County man with malicious wounding for
allegedly shooting at them and critically wounding another man.
Sheriff's deputies were called to a camper on Carl C. Wright's property in
Hiwassee around eight o-clock last night.
They say 67 year- old Lilborn Linwood Foutz fired one round at them from the
camper before they were able to talk him out and arrest him.
Foutz allegedly shot Wright four times.
Police say Foutz had been drinking and claims he doesn't remember the
Wright is in intensive care.
Seventy- five thousand people jammed New York's Aqueduct racetrack today to
hear Pope John Paul the second.
The Pontiff urged American fathers to raise the children they bring into the
He prayed for the weak, the poor and the forgotten.
It was the first sunny day of the Paoe's visit, but the Roman Catholic
leaders took note of what he called a "very strong wind."
The pope's robes billowed in the 25-mile an hour wind that also forced him to
discard his sculcap.
Later in the day- -outside Saint Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, police
arrested an armed man before an appearance by the Pope.
William Wylong, was dressed as a National Park Service ranger, carrying a
loaded .357 magnum in a holster.
He told police he was there to protect the pope.
The local police Commissioner says the 45-year-old postal worker apparently
was suffering from "emotional distress."
At least 100 people are reported dead following a massive earthquake that
rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
One official says many more people are feared dead in the rubble of
Hospitals are reportedly having trouble coping with the dead and injured.
The quake registered a preliminary magnitude of seven on the Richter scale.
Opal is still causing trouble.
SUPER=03-Panama City, FL
More than a million people in Florida, Georgia and Alabama are still
Officials say new problems are being discovered, even as others are
Authorities are warning people in some areas to boil water to prevent
Some hurricane victims managed to return to what's left of their homes along
the Florida Panhandle. But authorities are limiting access to those with
permits to avoid clogging ruined streets with traffic.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, new jobs are heading for Rockbridge County, a father
and son are sentenced for carrying 18 million dollars worth of cocaine,
and American relations with Cuba cause a political tug of war between the White
House and Senate.
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A demonstration by civilians in support of the Citadel.
They chanted and held signs outside Charleston's federal building to
protest the U-S Justice Department involvement in the lawsuit over the
college's all-male policy.
In the past, Citadel supporters have sold bumper stickers and
buttons to raise money to help defend the lawsuit.
Now, a spokesman says, the group plans to get more vocal in its
protests to generate public and financial support for the
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The Clinton Administration is taking steps to ease relations with CUBA.
In a foreign policy speech to the Freedom House conference, the President
said he is tightening the embargo on Cuba, while- -at the same time- - trying
to promote the "free-flow of ideas" between the U-S and Cuba.
IN Q=I have authorized
((PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I HAVE AUTHORIZED OUR NEWS MEDIA TO OPEN BUREAUS IN
CUBA. WE WILL ALLOW MORE PEOPLE TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM CUBA FOR EDUCATIONAL,
RELIGIOUS AND HUMAN RIGHTS PURPOSES. WE WILL NOW PERMIT AMERICAN
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS TO ENGAGE IN A FULLER RANGE OF ACTIVITIES IN
OUT Q=activities in Cuba.
Republican Presidential CANDIDATE Bob Dole said the Administration should
be going the opposite direction when it comes to Cuba.
IN Q=This latest action
((BOB DOLE/SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: THIS LATEST ACTION MAKES IT EVEN MORE
IMPORTANT FOR CONGRESS TO MOVE AHEAD ON THE LEGISLATION TIGHTENING THE EMBARGO.
THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO TOUGHEN THE EMBARGO, SO I HOPE HE'LL ENDORSE OUR
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/Senate Majority Leader
Dole says that may come up on the floor of the Senate as early as next week.
The two Canadians who brought a truckload of watermelons and a cache of
cocaine into Virginia, have been sentenced to federal prison.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./January 26;
Claude and Daniel Guay were arrested early this year, when their tractor-
trailer wrecked just south of Gretna.
The father and son were carrying a load of watermelons from Texas to
Canada, but the truck also carried cocaine worth more than 18- million dollars.
Today, federal judge Jackson Kiser sentenced Claude Guay to 24 years in
prison. Daniel Guay received a 20- year sentence.
The men will serve their time at a federal prison near the Canadian border.
A new employer is coming to Rockbridge County.
SUPER=03-Natural Bridge Station;
The F-E-I Corporation recently broke ground on this site in the Rockbridge
The company is one of the first industrial prospects the region has landed
in a long time.
IN Q=They deal with
((DON AUSTIN/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: THEY DEAL WITH STRUCTURAL STEEL
AND THE FABRICATION OF THAT STEEL, THAT USED MAINLY FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
AND BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION. I THINK WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON BRIDGE
SUPER=01-Don Austin/Rockbridge Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=bridge construction.
F-E-I says it wants to open for business as soon as possible.
It will initially employ 20 to 40 people, but that number could eventually
go as high as 100 if demand for its products continues to rise.
F-E-I is owned by Berlin Steel of Connecticut.
The county says F-E-I decided to move to Rockbridge County because it is
relatively close to the company's customers.
State Senator Madison Marye has announced an initiative to put more
computers in public school classrooms.
Marye wants the General Assembly to provide funds over a four- year period
to lower the ratio of students to computers to three- to- one statewide.
He estimates it would cost about ten million dollars.
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: BUT OVER THE FOUR YEARS I THINK IT WILL
COST, IT WILL BE AVERAGED OUT AND IT WILL COST VERY LITTLE IF WE REALLY START
AGGRESSIVELY TO PURSUE THIS PROGRAM. ))
OUT Q=pursue this program.
Marye says the cost would be a drop in the bucket considering Virginia is
looking at 700 million dollars in revenue growth this year.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer endorsed the plan AND Marye's bid for
He's challenged by Blacksburg realtor Pat Cupp.
If you're in the market for a unique "fixer- upper" opportunity, the city of
Bedford may have just the deal for you.
Bedford is offering to lease its historic Wharton House rent- free to anyone
with the money to renovate and maintain it for the next thirty years.
The building used to house the children's library but was left vacant when
Bedford's new library was dedicated this summer.
Because the city took so long deciding the Wharton House's future,
preservationists became convinced the 112- year- old building would be torn
IN Q=In light of
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: IN LIGHT OF THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE
BUILDING, WE'VE ATTEMPTED TO DO A DETAILED HOMEWORK AND THEY LOOKED AT EVERY
OPTION AND COME FORWARD WITH THE LEASE AGREEMENT AS REALLY ONE OF THE MOST
VIABLE OPTIONS FOR THE COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Mike Shelton/Bedford Mayor; :00
OUT Q=for the community.
Shelton says sealed bids will be accepted for the next four weeks.
The city will make a decision by early December.
The Bedford Historical Society is the only group so far to express interest
in renovating the building.
But president David Cole said today his group won't make a decision until
they see the terms of the lease agreement.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next on News 7 at 11, a Russian volcano causes trouble for air travelers,
and we'll tell you why people desiring a new car are saying "Here's Mud in your
MUSIC UP FULL
A dramatic volcanic eruption on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.
It's one of the penninsula's most active volcanos.
Ash and smoke spewed six miles into the air and far out over the Pacific
It posed a threat to local air traffic, but none to any residential
settlements in the region.
It's a dirty job but someone has to do it.
That's what a Chicago radio station told its listeners today as it sponsored
a mud-sitting contest.
Ten otherwise normal people submerged themselves in wading pools filled with
The person who stays in the mud the longest gets a new car.
One man says his heritage gives him a special advantage.
IN Q=I'm from
OUT Q=not too different
The contests get a five minute bathroom break every hour.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later in the newscast,
we'll be there as a group of veterans renew a friendship that was forged 50
years ago around the Beaches of Normandy.
MUSIC UP FULL
We start at the top with the number one ranked team in the Friday Football
Extra Super 7; E.C. Glass The Hilltoppers traveled across 460 to Victory
Stadium for a battle with Patrick Henry.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Hilltoppers vs. Patriots; :00
Bo Henson was looking for his fourth win over a Roanoke Valley District
But the Patriots met the challenge early in the first quarter. Kevin
Washington scores from 10 yards out and Patrick henry took a 6 nothing lead
after missing the extra point.
The Hilltoopers main man, Andre SUPER=36-E.C. Glass/=49/Patrick Henry/=14;
Kendrick then took matters into his own hands; tossing three touchdown passes
and he also ran for two more. Glass whips Patrick henry 49-14.
To the double A ranks where the unbeaten Salem Spartans played host to the
Cavaliers of Lord Botetourt over at Salem Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cavaliers vs. Spartans; :00
Salem Coach Willis White had his team ready for the upset-minded Lord
Seth Moore drops back and completes this 31 yard pass to Ricky Eubanks.
Eubanks makes the off balanced grab. Salem leads 18-nothing.
And here's the touchdown of the game.
Late in the third quarter Seth Moore teams up with Kenny Naugle on third and
Naugle makes the shoestring catch deep in the end zone.
Salem stays undefeated, beating Lord Botetourt 37-to-0.
We continue down the line to single A action. The Highlanders of Glenvar
were shocked by the visiting bath County Chargers.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Chargers vs. Highlanders; :00
Right to the action. In the third quarter; the Chargers up 14-nothing.
Bath County blocked a Glenvar punt which set up this one yard touchdown plunge
by the Chargers Jamie Carroll. 21--zip Bath.
The Chargers would need only five plays on their next drive before Anthony
Pusey waltzes in to the end zone from a yard out, Bath beats Glenvar 29 to
Bunches and bunches of highlights still to come tonight on Friday Football
Extra with Mike Stevens. Speaking of that guy; he will join us in about 65
seconds, until then..the first set of scores.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
SUPER=55-Laurel Park/=0/Martinsville/34/G.W. Danville/48/Prince
SUPER=55-E.C. Glass/49/Patrick Henry/14/Grundy/34/Richlands/13/L.
SUPER=55-Dan River/20/Patrick Co./32/Appomattox/49/Staunton
SUPER=55-Twin Springs/40/Ervinton/14/Bath Co./29/Glenvar/=0/Franklin
SUPER=55-Halifax Co./=7/Heritage/14/Brookville/12/Wm. Campbell/27/Amherst
SUPER=55-Clintwood/=0/Powell Valley/41/Cave Spring/=9/Rockbridge
And still to come tonight, The cavaliers and the Hokies size up tomorrows
college competition, we will have qualifying from Charlotte,
where tragedy struck the 36 year old speedway as a sportsman driver is killed
during a race.
This afternoon 26-year old driver Russell Phillips was killed during the 100
Mile Sportsman division race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Phillips was a
race car fabricator by trade and a volunteer fireman. He is survived by his
SUPER=03-Charlotte,NC/Duron Paints 100; :00
The accident occurred in turn four on lap 17 of the 67 lap event.
Phillips and another driver failed to slow at the top of the track, and
Phillips car went roof first into the wall and slid down the fence.
The entire roof was ripped off the car on the front stretch, in one of the
most viscous crashes in track history.
It was the ninth fatality at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Phillips had just
won the pole for the race and it was his 17th NASCAR Sportsman start.
Just hours before the crash, the Winston Cup cars completed first round
qualifying for Sunday's UAW-GM 500.
SUPER=03-Concord/First Round Qualifying; :00
All eyes were on Jeff Gordon, who had won three of the last four poles at the
But today the Winston Cup Points leader was only third fastest.
IN Q="Pole is nice...
((JEFF GORDON/QUALIFIES THIRD:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Qualifies Third; :00
OUT Q=...RIGHT NOW."
Dale Earnhardt had a terrible run in the Goodwrench Chevy, he was just 37th
Ricky Rudd was the only man to break the 180 miles an hour mark as he won the
pole by 7 tenths of a second.
((RICKY RUDD/UAW-GM 500 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/UAW-GM 500 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...pole sitting car."
Rick Mast had the worst run of the day as he lost control of the Skoal Ford
in turn four and finished 47th.
Now let's check out the entire top 25.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...DAVE MARCIS.
Bobby Dotter won the pole for tomorrow's Busch Grand National All Pro
Bumper to Bumper 300 with a speed of 172.051 miles per hour.
Major League baseball playoff action continued tonight. In the top of the
ninth Colorado leads Atlanta 7-5,
It looks like Cincinnati will stay alive. The Reds are leading the Dodgers
10 to 1 in the late innings.
SUPER=03-Seattle,WA/Yankees vs. Mariners; :00
The Mariners will also most likely remain in the hunt. They beat Buck
Showalter's Yankees 7-to-4.
and Boston will probably be out. Cleveland is beating the Sox 8-2 in the
The 5 and 1 Virginia Cavaliers will put their 4 and OH conference record
to the test tomorrow against North Carolina in Chapel Hill at high noon.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Year; :00
The Cavs have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two schools,
and that one defeat took place at Keenan Stadium, the site of tomorrows game.
But the Wahoos are ready.
((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/Virginia Linebacker; :17
OUT Q=...be a dog fight"
The 2 and 2 Virginia Tech Hokies chase their third win of the year
tomorrow at Navy against the Midshipmen.
The game pits the Hokies Big east leading rush defense, vs. Navy's multiple
wishbone attack that is led by quarterback Chris McCoy.
IN Q="They've got
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...that's different"
VMI is on the road tomorrow for a battle with Southern Conference rival
Marshall. Kickoff in Huntington is scheduled for 7pm. The Keydets are 2 and 3
on the season.
The Ferrum Panthers play at home tomorrow against the Guilford Quakers. That
game begins at 1:30.
SS=Washington and Lee
OH-2 and 1 Washington & Lee looks for it's first win tomorrow. The
Generals take on Davidson at 2pm on homecoming.
Finally, the 79th National Hockey league season officially began tonight in
Denver, as the expansion Avalanche made their first franchise appearance
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Red Wings vs. Avalanche; :00
Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman looking a little tight under the collar.
With his team up by 1, Colorado's vallerie Cominskey scores the Avalanche's
first goal ever on the power play.
Right now the game is tied 2 all in the third.
More than 50 Frenchmen and women raised a glass of Virginia-made wine in
Roanoke last night.
They were renewing a friendship made last year when veterans of the D-Day
invasion went back to France for a fiftieth reunion.
It was an emotional moment for the son of a French resistance fighter to be
able to publicly thank the American soldiers who liberated France 51 years ago.
IN Q=The invasion
((WHEN I WAS A CHILD I ALWAYS HEARD ABOUT OUR LIBERATORS.
C'est en normandie, c'est la coure de la france commence abat. IT'S IN
NORMANDIE THAT THE HEART OF FRANCE BEGAN TO BEAT. YOU GAVE THAT TO US.))
SUPER=01-Jean-Yves Cousin/Mayor of Vire, France
OUT Q=that to us.
Mayor Cousin presented a 1-thousand dollar check from the visitors, a
donation for the National D-Day memorial in Bedford.
The five-hour event wasn't all solemn tributes.
Organizers of the banquet wanted to be sure their French friends went home
with a taste of Southern culture.
Before the flat-footing was finished the former Mayor of Saint Lo was coaxed
into joining the festivities.