FOUR people die in a school bus- train collision in Illinois.
The manhunt for two kidnapped Michigan boys ends in the Big Easy.
And a girl scout troup leader admits to stealing money from cookie sales.
High pressure brings sunshine and mild temperatures which should last
through the end of the week. Stay tuned for your complete noon-tide forecast
from the News 7 Weather Center.
News 7 at noon is next.
Outside Chicago today a commuter train slammed into a school bus killing
FOUR and injuring 30.
The train smashed into the rear of the school bus at a speed of 50 miles an
The bus was carrying high school students.
Witnesses say the students could see the train coming in the moments just
before the collision.
In the words of one bystander, you could see the terror in their eyes.
Byron Harlan has more.
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SUPER=03-Fox River Grove, IL;
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(( A commuter train plowed with deadly force into the rear of a school bus at
a suburban Illinois rail crossing this morning. The bus, carrying high
school students, was hit by a Chicago-bound
train around 7:20 a.m. in the small town of Fox River Grove.
Eyewitnesses described seeing the top of the yellow school bus being sheared
off by the force of the collision and youngsters laying on the ground, looking
like they had been thrown out of the bus..
Ambulances and medical helicopters carried the dead and injured to area
hospitals, including Loyola University Medical Center.
The rear of the bus was hanging over the tracks as the bus waited to make a
turn, according to a spokesman for Metra, which operates the Chicago area's
Byran Harlan, CBS News, Chicago.
Evacuated residents in Bogalusa, Louisiana are returning home today.
Police began breaking down roadblocks this morning after emergency crews
finally neutralized a toxic chemical leak.
About three-thousand people were forced to leave their homes when a railroad
car ruptured Monday and began spewing poisionous fumes.
Some 500 people were sickened by the fumes.
The sentencing phase of the Selena murder trial is under way in Houston.
The same jury that convicted Yolanda Saldivar of killing the Tejano
(tay-HAH'-noh) singer will decide her fate.
Possible sentences range from probation to life in prison.
Two kidnapped brothers are back home in Michigan following a nationwide
search and dramatic rescue.
Diana Olick has more on the happy ending.
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SUPER=02-Matthew Bieganowski/Friend; :37
SUPER=01-Diana Olick/Reporting; 1:10
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(( A ten day nightmare ended with a heartening reunion last night... two boys
kidnapped in Michigan were returned to their parents in New Orleans.
"WHAT WERE YOU DOING WITH THE BOYS?"
Twenty-four year old Boyd Dean Weekley is charged with the kidnapping of 11
year old Adan and 3 year old Eleazor Alvarado. He is an ex convict out on bail
after being arrested for fondling an eight year old girl at a Sioux Falls
He recently fled South Dakota, leaving behind his car and frightening
evidence of an obsession with children.
MATTHEW BIEGANOWSKI/FRIEND: THERE'S A GOOD STACK ABOUT SIX INCHES HIGH
PICTURES OF KIDS IN HIS CAR. HE'S FASCINATED WITH LITTLE KIDS."
Also inside the car, chains, handcuffs and library research on penalties
involved with teenage prostitution and child pornography.
ALL KINDS OF SEX OFFENSES THERE'S LIKE 27 THINGS ON THE PAPER.
The search began ten days ago when the two boys were taken from this
Michigan convenience store. Their mother was in a nearby laundromat. That set a
nationwide search in motion involving posters and televised appeals for the
The young boys are said to be in good health.
The Alvarados are migrant farm workers from Mission, Texas.
They were working the Mmichigan harvest.
Authorities say they were tipped off to weekley's whereabouts by a New
Orleans woman who saw the kidnapping story on television and recognized the
(HOW DO YOU FEEL?) HAPPY!
Diana Olic, CBS News, Dallas.))
The cookie has crumbled around a former Girl Scout troop leader.
Catrice Stokes-Goode pleaded no contest this morning in Salem Circuit Court.
She's accused of embezzling almost 25- hundred dollars from the sales of
Girl Scout cookies.
Commonwealth's attorneys say she confessed the crime to police, and that she
said the money was just too tempting.
She told the court she had let- down her girls.
Outside the court she apologized.
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((CATRICE STOKES-GOODE: TO MY GIRL SCOUTS? TO MY GIRL SCOUTS I WOULD SAY I WAS
OUT Q=I was sorry
Stokes-Goode could recieve up to twenty years behind bars for the missing
A pre- sentencing date has been scheduled for Janury 18th.
The state Court of Appeals says suspending a drunk driver's license for
seven days is NOT a punishment, but a means of getting him off the highway for
Based on that reasoning, the court today rejected the appeal of David Tench.
The Henrico County man lost his license for seven days AND was convicted of
He claimed that amounted to double jeopardy.
The court relied on the Supreme Court which has said: "...the purpose of
revoking a driver's license is 'not to punish the offender but to remove from
the highways an operator who is a potential danger to other users."
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Still to come,
Residents in Blacksburg are being asked to donate money to an organization
they THINK will benefit the police department,
and those living in a low- income apartment building in Roanoke say they are
still getting NO justice.
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A 19 year- old Hillsville man told police he was high on drugs when he
pushed his girlfriend's two year- old boy and allegedly killed him.
A Carroll County judge yesterday certified FIRST degree murder and FELONY
child neglect charges against Steven "Bones" Cole.
A sheriff's investigator testified Cole admitted he pushed little Joshua
Blevins when he would NOT go to bed.
Cole NEVER called for help and Josh died in his bed from skull fractures.
His mother, LaDonna Blevins DID NOT check on the boy until almost FIVE
o'-clock the next EVENING, some 24 HOURS after she had last seen the boy.
The mother is accused of felony child neglect.
A grand jury is expected to consider the charges against her and Cole in
The family of two Danville children killed in a car accident last week are
petitioning the state to upgrade the intersection where the children died.
Family and friends gathered yesterday at Elizabeth Street and Route 2-65.
12- year- old Jamie Earles and her 10- year- old brother were killed when
the car they were in collided with a dump truck.
Norma Jean Daniel was driving the car, but says she does NOT remember
anything before the accident.
More than 60 people gathered at yesterday's memorial service and signed the
The children's parents say they do not blame Daniel.
They blame the state for not building a bridge that was planned for the
intersection in the early 19-80's.
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((TAMMY MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S MOTHER: THIS ACCIDENT TOOK TWO PRECIOUS ANGLES, TWO
ANGELS, THESE CHILDREN DIDN'T HAVE AN ENEMY, DIDN'T KNOW AN ENEMY, THEY HAD
MORE MOTHERS AND FATHERS THAN ANYONE ELSE HAD, EVERYONE LOVED THEM.
Q: WILL YOUR LIFE EVER BE THE SAME? NORMA JEAN DANIEL: NO, BECAUSE THEY WERE
AT MY HOUSE EVERYDAY WHEN I CAME HOME, WHEN THEY GOT HOME FROM SCHOOL. I SEEN
THEM EVERYDAY. ))
SUPER=00-Tammy Mustain/Children's Mother; :00 (Screen Right)
SUPER=07-Norma Jean Daniel; :16
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Highway officials say the bridge was never built because there was not
So far, more than 100 people have signed the petition.
The lights are still out at Roanoke's Justice House.
The low- income apartment building has NO electricity at all--and for a
couple of hours yesterday it was even WITHOUT water.
The city's water department says it's the founder of Justice House-- David
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Justice House residents
SUPER=01-Kara Kincaid/Justice House Resident; :09
SUPER=01-Ron Miller/Roanoke Building Inspector; :20
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Justice House residents don't see any light at the end of the tunnel.
The electricity has been cut off, and now many of them are moving out.
IN Q=I CAN'T HANDLE
((KARA KINCAID/JUSTICE HOUSE RESIDENT: I CAN'T HANDLE THE IF'S AND WHAT'S GOING
TO HAPPEN TOMORROW. ))
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But unfortunately for those who want to stay, there may not be a tomorrow.
IN Q=IT'S MY JOB
((RON MILLER/ROANOKE BUILDING INSPECTOR: IT'S MY JOB TO PROTECT THEM AND IF WE
DON'T HAVE THE HEAT AND IF THE BUILDING IS NOT SAFE THEN WE DON'T HAVE ANY
CHOICE. IT'S A STATE LAW AND WE HAVE TO ENFORCE THE LAW.))
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The loss of power came as no surprise to residents here.
But they certainly weren't expecting the water to be shut off.
For two hours it was-- and water officials point the finger at the Hayden
David Hayden founded Justice House five years ago and his wife was listed as
the person responsible for paying the water bills.
Hayden told News 7 he DID have his wife's name taken off the account, but he
didn't know that meant the water supply would dry up.
Right now Justice House residents aren't concerned with who is responsible
for the bills.
And they're not concerned about questions surrounding ownership or
They just want a home for themselves and their children.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Blacksburg police are warning residents to beware of a phone scam in which
the caller claims to be soliciting contributions for the police department.
A group calling itself the "Police Coalition" has been seeking
contributions of 35 dollars to one-thousand dollars.
Investigators say the Blacksburg Police Department does NOT solicit
donations of any kind and is NOT affiliated with the "Police Coalition."
The department is asking those solicited by the group to report
the incident to police.
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When News 7 returns,
The employment rate in Southwestern Virginia looks good,
and some tourists are flying high in Vermont as they make their way South for
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The end of 28 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank has begun today
in the town of (juh-NEEN') Jenin.
SUPER=03-Jenin, West Bank;
It's a small but major step towards implementing the Israeli- P-L-O peace
accord signed last month in Washington.
Jenin is the first of seven West Bank towns that will be handed to the
Palestinians by the end of the year.
Meantime, President Clinton says moving the U-S embassy in Israel will
interfere with the peace process.
Yesterday Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill to relocate the embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of the century.
Thousands of visitors are flocking to the Vermont tourist town of Addison.
They're flying in from the outer reaches of northern Canada, where they'll
stay for several weeks, before they head south to the New Jersey shore.
They are Canadian Snow Geese.
Their flying patterns and overhead honking may be familiar sights and
sounds to most but they still draw thousands of HUMAN spectators.
Oak Grove Plaza will soon be serving up Big Macs and french fries, despite
the beef some people have about it.
The decision for a new McDonalds restaurant in southwest Roanoke County was
made official last night, after the county board of supervisors approved a
special use permit for a drive- thru window.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
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SUPER=01-Chuck Parker/Business Owner; :00
SUPER=01-Sue Harris/Roanoke Co. Resident; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :25
SUPER=01-Mike Grimm/McDonald's Owner; :59
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
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((CHUCK PARKER: INSTEAD OF PEOPLE GOING ACROSS AND GIVING THEIR MONEY TO THE
CITY, ACROSS THE STREET IN THAT SHOPPING PLAZA-- MAYBE WE SHOULD REVITALIZE OAK
GROVE. MAYBE WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND QUIT BICKERING AND SEE WHAT
WE CAN DO. ))
SOT tape 1 8:03:10
((SUE HARRIS: THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THE GOLDEN ARCHES AND RONALD MCDONALD
ARE AMERICAN ICONS AND WOULD MAKE A GREAT BUSINESS PARTNER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
WHAT IS THE QUESTION-- TRAFFIC. ))
Citizens echoed the same arguments for and against a new McDonalds drive-
thru restaurant at Oak Grove Plaza.
Opponents named increased traffic and safety hazards at the top of their
list of grievances.
But McDonalds promises to construct the drive- thru within the building,
and to put up a caution sign and railing for pedestrians-- helped win approval
by the county board of supervisors.
Local McDonalds owner Mike Grimm says he's excited about building the new
restaurant-- which will include a playground for children.
As for doubters, Grimm says he plans to prove that McDonalds is a good
SOT tape 2 9:17:26
((MIKE GRIMM/MCDONALDS OWNER: MY RESPONSE IS, SEE WHAT I DO IN THE COMMUNITY.
COME TO THE RESTAURANT, AND I THINK I'LL MAKE YOU A BELIEVER. ))
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It remains to be seen whether the Golden Arches will be welcomed with open
arms to the community-- but for now, it looks like McDonalds is moving in.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Job prospects continue to look good for most of our area.
State figures indicate the Roanoke region currently has the fastest job
growth rate in the Commonwealth, with Lynchburg not far behind.
Between August of 19-94 and August of '95, the total number of people
working in the Roanoke area rose four-percent.
Greater Lynchburg went up three-and-a-half-percent.
The Danville area posted a slight drop over the same 12-month period.
Its total work force decreased a little under one-percent.
Another strong quarter for one of our area's largest employers.
Norfolk Southern says its profits were a record 184-MILLION-dollars for the
three-month period ending September 30th.
That's a nine-percent increase compared to a year ago.
N-S chairman David Goode says its strong mix of businesses and its pursuit
of greater efficiencies helped it achieve the record numbers.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN seven points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Just ahead on News 7-
The Cleveland Indians chop Atlanta's lead in half after game three of the
and one visitor to tonight's game in Cleveland may seem a little spacey.
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In the World Series...Cleveland cut Atlanta's World Series lead in half
Now it's 2-games-to-1.
Eddie Murray's eleventh-inning single scored the winning run in Cleveland's
Kenny Lofton and Carlos Baerga (by-EHR'-gah) each had three hits
for the Indians.
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Game four of baseball's premiere event will have an "out of this world"
An astronaut aboard the shuttle Columbia will throw the first pitch.
Ken Bowersox taped the ceremonial pitch this morning.
He did several versions of the "first pitch" and one of them will be
played at the start of tonight's game in Cleveland.
Tech and West Virginia renew their Big East rivalry this weekend in
The big game is this Saturday, and Roy Stanley has a preview.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season; :16
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :29
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Tech Quarterback; 1:00
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Tech Cornerback; 1:12
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((Tech's 45 to 17 win over Rutgers last Saturday gives the Hokies a 3 and 1
record and second place in the Big East Conference.
That makes the trip to West Virginia even more important because the
Mountaineers are in third place at 2 and 1.
Last year in Blacksburg the Hokies dominated the game winning 34 to 16.
And while the Hokies are on a 5 game winning streak West Virginia is coming off
a 22 to nothing loss at Syracuse.))
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: WELL THEY'VE BEEN A LITTLE BIT LIKE US,
PROBABLY A LITTLE UP AND DOWN, YOU'RE NOT QUITE SURE WHAT 'S GOING TO HAPPEN
NEXT SATURDAY. BUT I KNOW THIS, THAT PLACE IS PACKED HOMECOMING, AND THEY'RE
GOING TO BE READY FOR VIRGINIA TECH, AND I THINK ITS GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE
PHYSICAL, TOUGH FOOTBALL GAMES. I KNOW THEY'RE GOING TO BE READY, AND WE BETTER
((Saturday's game will be the 41-st meeting between Tech and West Virginia
and both teams rank high in Big East statistics.
Tech held the Mountaineers without a touchdown last season at Lane
Stadium. And this year the Hokies and Mountaineers are second and third
respectively in the leagues current total offensive standings.))
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/TECH QUARTERBACK: EVERY TIME YOU PLAY A ROUGH
DEFENSIVE TEAM, ITS GOING TO BE LOW- SCORING AND I THINK ITS GOING TO BE A
ROUGH SHOOT- OUT, SO I THINK AS LONG AS WE REMAIN CONSISTENT, AN KEEP THE
PENALTIES AND THE TURN- OVERS TO A MINIMUM, HOPEFULLY NONE, IT'LL HELP ))
((PIERSON PRIOLEAU/TECH CORNERBACK: WE BETTER MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE
PREPARED FOR EVERYTHING THAT WEST VIRGINIA HAS TO GIVE TOWARDS US, AND WE
HOPEFULLY CAN STAND UP TO THE CHALLENGE. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WEST VIRGINIA IS
THREATENING ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR, AND WE ARE GOING TO BE PREPARED FOR
THE CHALLENGE OR WEST VIRGINIA'S POWERFUL OFFENCE))
It's homecoming this week in Morgantown, but the Hokies have a pretty good
record on the road. They won three straight heading into the West Virginia
game. In Blacksburg, Roy Stanley, News 7 Sports. ))
Coming up today on Health Check-- a report on the risks of being
About 29 million Americans won't be covered in the event of a catastrophic
We'll have the story, plus all the days news, sports and weather-- on News
7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us.