Henry County authorities identify a suspect in the murder of a 15 year old
Dozens of indictments are handed out in Montgomery County on the heels of a
lengthy undercover drug investigation.
And Long lines are forming at the polls in Quebec as the province votes
whether to secede.
Clouds will slowly climb into the region from the south, bringing a chance
of showers for tomorrow, while sunshine prevails today. Stay tuned for the
latest from the News 7 Weather Center.
Stick around. The news is next.
The Henry County Sheriff's Department is searching for a 16-year old murder
He is wanted in connection with the murder of a Martinsville girl.
The body of 15-year old Lavina Scales was found on Route 6-79 Wednesday
evening by a passing couple.
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The medical Examiner says Scales was shot several times in the head.
Authorities are looking for 16- year old Tommy Lawrence Helms of the Basset
Helms is considered armed and dangerous.
Helms is described as a black male, 16-years old, with black hair that may
He's five feet seven inches tall and weighs about 120-pounds.
The Sheriff's Department says anyone with information concerning the
whereabouts of Helms is encouraged to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at
A nine- month undercover drug investigation in Montgomery County has netted
91 indictments against 45 people.
Police began hauling suspects in at about six-thirty this morning.
The felony charges include distribution of cocaine, marijuana and L-S-D,
several firearms violations, and possessing a police scanner while committing a
((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF: IN ADDITION TO OVER 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS
WORTH OF NARCOTICS, THE TASK FORCE ALSO SEIZED ONE WINCHESTER .22 CALIBER AND
ONE EXCAM .25 CALIBER SEMI-AUTOMATIC HANDGUN, AND FIVE POLICE SCANNERS. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief;
OUT Q=five police scanners.
The Montgomery County Drug Task Force is made up of officers from the
sheriff's department, state police-- Christiansburg, Blacksburg and Virginia
Tech Police Departments.
The polls have opened in Quebec where voters will decide on whether to secede
If the independence referendum passes the political and economic implications
will be felt around the world.
John Roberts has more from Montreal.
SUPER=01-Lucien Bouchard/Former Cabinet Member; :43
SUPER=01-Brian Mulroney/Former Canadian Prime Minister; 1:06
SUPER=01-John Roberts/Reporting; 1:21
OUT Q=CBS, News Montreal.
For the second time in fifteen years, Canada
is holding its breath as the province of Quebec votes on whether to stay in
Canada. A referendum on independence failed by a wide margin in 1980. But
today, in Quebec, nationalist sentiments are so strong, the future of Canada
hangs in the balance.
In Montreal yesterday--a last minute appeal to Qubecers to end two
centuries of English domination...and seek a new course for Quebec.
At the center of the debate..the charismatic Lucien Bouchard--a former
federal cabinet member, Bouchard's message now--Quebec's 6 million
french-speaking citizens should take control of their language and culture.
LUCIEN BOUCHARD/FORMER CABINET MEMBER: WHY SHOULD WE BE A PEOPLE WHO NEEDS TO
HAVE HALF OF HIS BUSINESSMANAGED BY ANOTHER PEOPLE. WE WOULD LIKE TO MANAGE
OUR THINGS OURSELVES."
Opponents say independence would have enormous economic impact in both
Canada and the U.S. and then, there is the issue of Canada's ranking by the
U.N. as the number one place in the world to live.
BRIAN MULRONEY/FORMER CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER:THE QUESTION I THINK IS NOT
REALLY IF ONE COULD BECOME INDEPENDENT,
BECAUSE ANYBODY CAN, BUT WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO, IF IN THE PROCESS, YOU WOULD
BREAK UP ONE OF THE LEADING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD."
At the very least, canadians hope it will be resolved one way or the other
But separatists have vowed, if they lose, the issue will never go away.
one said...it will be like a never ending visit to the dentist.
John Roberts, CBS News, Montreal.))
The former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan is mourning the world's worst ever
Three-hundred people were killed this weekend when a packed subway train
Many were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning.
More than two hundred were injured.
Officials are pointing to the metro's "outdated Soviet" equipment as the
cause of the fire.
They dismiss rumors that the accident was an act of terrorism.
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Meantime, Federal investigators are finished with their on- site probe into
last week's fatal bus-train crash near Chicago.
Yesterday they re-enacted the deadly collision using the same train.
But officials say the results are not conclusive yet.
((BOB BARLETT/NTSB: THEY'LL BE TAKEN BACK TO WASHINGTON. IN SIX TO NINE MONTHS
THE NTSB WILL BE ISSUING A FINAL REPORT AND ISSUING SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Barlett/NTSB Spokesperson;
OUT Q=issuing safety recommendations.
Seven teenagers were killed in last week's crash, more than two dozen were
Funerals for three of the students will be held today.
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And the 82nd Airborne Division says goodbye to fellow paratrooper Major
Stephen Badger today.
Two memorial services are planned for Badger, the only fatality from last
week's sniper attack at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
SUPER=03-Fort Bragg, NC/Friday;
Eighteen other paratroopers were injured by gunfire during morning
A fellow paratrooper-- 26-year-old Sergeant William (KROYT'-zur) Kreutzer,
is being held as a suspect in the shooting.
For the past few years the Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A has worked hard to shed
what it considers a less than glowing image.
This morning the S-P-C-A announced its biggest project to date designed to
meet that goal.
Last week it signed a contract to purchase a four-acre piece of land along
route 4-60 in northeast Roanoke.
The S-P-C-A intends to put a new, state-of-the-art facility there, to
replace the cramped headquarters it currently uses..
IN Q=This building
((FRANK VAN BALEN/SPCA PRESIDENT: THIS BUILDING WILL BE MADE INTO OFFICES, THE
NEW SHELTER WILL BE BUILT TO THE BACK OF THIS BUILDING.))
SUPER=01-Frank Van Balen/SPCA President;
OUT Q=of this building.
The S-P-C-A believes the new facility will enable it to keep stray dogs and
cats longer, possibly leading to more adoptions and few animals getting put to
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Still to come on News 7,
The latest poll on Colin Powell as president.
But first-- fire destroys a home in Rockbridge County over the weekend.
It took several attempts to reach 9-1-1-- residents wonder if the system is
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A fire that ripped through a house in Rockbridge County has residents
questioning the effectiveness of the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
Bessy May Huffman's house went up in flames Saturday night.
She called her daughter who tried to contact 9-1-1, but no one answered
Other neighbors dialed 9-1-1 and some DID get through.
The Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department answers the emergency calls.
That night two dispatchers were on duty.
((CAPT. CHRIS BLALOCK/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE FIRST DISPATCHER
WHO HAD TAKEN THE CALL STARTED TO TONE OUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN GLASGOW. THE
SECOND DISPATCHER STARTED TAKING UP THE 911 CALLS AS THEY CAME IN. THE PROBLEM
IS A SERIES OF CALLS CAME IN IN THE MATTER OF THREE TO FOUR SECONDS.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Chris Blalock/Rockbridge Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=matter of 3-4 seconds.
But residents say it was Huffman's neighbor, the fire chief, who alerted a
crew to come battle the blaze.
((BETTY EMORE/DAUGHTER: AS SOON AS OUR NEIGHBOR GOT HERE, HE GOT THE TRUCKS
HERE IN A MATTER OF MINUTES, BUT IF HE HADN'T BEEN HERE I DON'T KNOW WHEN WE'D
OF GOTTEN HELP.))
OUT Q=GOTTEN HELP.
Huffman suffered from smoke inhalation.
Rockbridge County officials say the new enhanced 911 system was put into
effect back in March-- it is NOT fully operational yet, but should be
completely on line by mid summer.
A man was killed in a two vehicle accident last night in Wytheville.
38-year old Salvidor Simon was driving in the Northbound lane of Petunia
Road shortly after seven o'clock.
Police say he apparantly crossed into the southbound lane and hit a car
Simon died at a hospital.
Police say a 17-year old man was driving the other car, his injuries are not
A new CBS News-- New York Times Poll shows retired general Colin Powell
could jump into the Republican presidential race right on top.
Thirty-four percent of Republican voters support Powell even though he
hasn't announced whether he'll run.
His entry would cut deeply into support for G-O-P front runner Bob Dole.
The poll also found other G-O-P candidates garner only marginal support.
Senator John Warner is rolling the dice on a hot politial and social issue--
The Republican, who is up for re-election next year, is calling for a
national study of gambling's social costs and its impact on crime.
Warner and Congressman Frank Wolf will talk about the issue at a news
conference later today in Norfolk.
Wolf sponsored House legislation for a national commission on gambling.
Warner says he will sign a Senate version of the bill.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia has hit the road-- bringing its
exhibits to the classroom.
Teachers say being able to see and touch things that the museum's outreach
educators bring make science come to life.
IN Q=I think they
((ELIZABETH HUBBARD/FALLON PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER: I THINK THEY CAN
LEARN A LOT FROM THINGS THEY MIGHT NOT EXPERIENCE IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIFE. AND
THEY REALLY ENJOY IT AND THE SPEAKERS I THINK ARE GREAT AND THEY HAVE A LOT OF
KNOWLEDGE AND DIFFERENT THINGS THEY CAN DO WITH THE STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Hubbard/Fallon Park Elementary School Teacher;
OUT Q=with the students.
The museum has numerous subjects and items in it's education outreach
program... and it's tailored to meet the state's requirements for science
IN Q=Each grade level
((JAN DOWLING/OUTREACH EDUCATOR: EACH GRADE LEVEL HAS DIFFERENT STANDARDS OF
LEARNING IT'S SUPPOSE TO MEET WITH SCIENCE AND WE'VE TRIED TO GEAR OUR TOPICS
TOWARD THOSE THINGS. ))
SUPER=01-Jan Dowling/Outreach Educator;
OUT Q=toward those things.
Four outreach educators travel to schools.
The program is offered to Kindergarten through 12th graders.
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When News 7 returns,
Today marks the anniversary of martians trying to take over the world...or
so some people thought.
And one county in West Virginia has a high rating-- but it's not one
residents there are bragging about.
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On this Halloween eve, here's a story from the past that's sure to give you
SUPER=04-October 30, 1938;
It was 57-years ago today that Orson Welles frightened the nation with the
radio play "War of the Worlds."
Welles gave fair warning at the beginning of the C-B-S broadcast, telling
the audience they were listening to a radio-rendition of H-G Wells' classic
But during and after the broadcast, hundreds of New Yorkers rushed into the
streets holding handkerchiefs over their mouths hoping to avoid "martian gas."
There were also reports of heart attacks and suicide.
The hoax was set up as a music program interrupted by "bulletins" about
martians landing near Princeton, New Jersey.
Pocahontas County, West Virginia holds a record officials are NOT
particularly proud of.
The latest unemployment numbers there are TRIPLE the national average.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=It looks like
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SUPER=01-Donnie Curry/Pocahontas Co. Resident; :17
SUPER=01-Sen. Walt Helmick/(D) West Virginia; :55
SUPER=01-Dana Moyers/Pocahontas Co. Commission President; 1:23 QUICK!!!
OUT Q=West Virginia
(( It looks like a nice place to visit, but many say you don't want to live
The latest unemployment numbers are in and Pocahontas County, West Virginia
checks in with a whopping 19-point- 6 percent.
That's highest in the Mountain State, and one of the highest in the nation.
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IN Q=The people are
((DONNIE CURRY/POCAHONTAS CO. RESIDENT: THE PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO WORK BUT YOU
EITHER DRAW ALL OF YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT OUT AND LEAVE OR-- THERE'S JUST NOTHING
HERE. WE GOT TO HAVE SOMEBODY HERE TO PROVIDE US SOME JOBS.))
OUT Q=us some jobs
That's not to say there isn't anyone supplying work to the region.
Snowshoe Silvercreek is the county's largest employer with around a thousand
And that number is even higher during ski season.
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But Snowshoe is the exception, not the rule.
This used to be the site of one of the world's largest tanneries, employing
three to four hundred people at a time. Now it employs no one.
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And when one or two of these manufacturing plants close, the local economy
takes a major hit.
IN Q=Here it promotes
((STATE SEN. WALT HELMICK/(D)-WEST VIRGINIA: HERE IT PROMOTES A TREMENDOUS
IMPACT. WE HAVE SUCH A SMALL POPULATION. WE ONLY HAVE 9,008 PEOPLE IN 965
OUT Q=square miles
Helmick is trying to get Pocahontas County back on track.
One of the ideas is to turn THIS barren facility into an industrial park.
But there are many obstacles.
There are no four- lane roads, and trains don't come through the county
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IN Q=We are an isolated
((DANA MOYERS/POCAHONTAS CO. COMMISSION: WE ARE AN ISOLATED COUNTY AND WE'RE IN
A MOUNTAINOUS REGION, SO TRANSPORTATION IS NOT AN ASSET THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW.
OUT Q=RIGHT NOW.
But right now, one out of every five people is OUT of work.
And residents say things need to change very soon, in order to change the
outlook for the future.
Scott Prince, News 7, Pocahontas County, West Virginia.))
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was up NEARLY 16-points.
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Straight ahead-- a local race car driver is killed in a race in North
And the Giants stomp the Redskins-- giving Washington another loss in front
of the home crowd.
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A Martinsville race car driver was killed yesterday at the track in
Asheboro, North Carolina.
Kenny Minter, a veteran of the local tracks in the area, was killed
yesterday afternoon during a modified race at the Mid-Atlantic 500
Officials of the Southern Modified Auto Racing teams said Minter died when
his car touched another car and then hit the wall.
Minter was 39.
In other racing news-- Chesapeake Native Ricky Rudd continues his yearly
winning streak on the Winston Cup tour.
Rudd took the checkered flag yesterday winning the Dura-lube 500 at Phoenix.
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/TNN SPORTS; :
Dale Earnhardt wasted no time getting five bonus points as he lead early
in the race.
Michael Waltrip blew a left rear tire and hit the wall bringing out the
first caution of the day with less than 40 laps in the book.
Ernie Irvan made a move and he was strong taking the lead and holding off
Earnhardt for several circuits around the track.
Points leader Jeff Gordon was running with Dale Jarrett back in the pack
but he was having handling problems as he tried to move up front.
Irvan was beginning to pull away from the pack when he dropped a cylinder
ending his chances at winning the Dura-Lube 500.
Kyle Petty, Sporting a big pumpkin on the hood of his car, hit the wall in
turn two bringing out the caution and slowing the field.
Rudd moved into the lead late in the race and held off Derrike Cope to win
the race for his 16-th career victory.
IN Q=First audio
((RICKY RUDD/DURA-LUBE 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Dura-Lube 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=....our favor."
Cope was second, Earnhardt third, Rusty Wallace fourth and Jeff Gordon
The Washington Redskins hosted the New York Giants last night at R-F-K
Stadium but came up short.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/TNT SPORTS; :
On Washington's first possession, Gus Ferotte takes to air attempting to
hit Mark Logan-- who bobbles the pass.
Its picked off on the run by New York's Vincey Glenn he races down field
from 75 yards out and the Giants took a seven to nothing lead.
Ferotte threw two other interceptions in the second.
Tyrone Wheately bulls his way over the left side to score and the Giants
led 14 to 3.
New York's offense was rolling on this play: Dave Brown goes to the air
and he hits a wide open Mike Sherrod who scores from 57 yards out to make it 21
to three Giants late in the second quarter.
Washington gained some momentum before the half.
Eddie Murray comes in and boots this 52 yard field goal and the Redskins
trailed at the half 24 to 6.
The Redskins opened the third SUPER=30-N.Y.
Giants/=24/Washington/=15;quarter with a score. Mark Logan takes the handoff
and scores from the three to make it 24 to 12. The Giants win 24 to 15.
In Atlanta, the Dallas Cowboys came back from a 10- point deficit to beat
the Atlanta Falcons 28 to 13.
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Deion Sanders played his first game for the Cowboys.
But Atlanta scored on a pass play on the opening drive of the game Jeff
George rolls out and hits Eric Metcalf over the middle from 42 yards out
Atlanta led seven to nothing.
Aikman takes to the air--and hits tight end Jay Novachek over the middle
from the one yard line and the Cowboys took their first lead 14 to 10.
Then in the third, Aikman drops SUPER=30-Dallas/=28/Atlanta/=13;back and
goes deep to Michael Irvin who pulls it in for a 43 yard touchdown and the
Cowboys beat the Falcons 28 to 13.
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Coming up in tonight's Health Check Report.
We'll take a look at "occupational grief" and how to deal with death and
dying on the job.
That report and more Health news of the day, coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at
FIVE. And stick around for News-7 at Six. Have a great day.