In Miami, a school bus carrying disabled students is hijacked.
The Lynchburg convenience store clerk abducted by a cocaine crazed gunman
talks about his terrifying experience.
And several people are injured in suicide bomb attacks today in the Gaza
We'll see scattered showers across the region today, along with warm
temperatures, but all that will change by Saturday, stay tuned for the complete
weekend forecast from the News 7 Weather Center.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
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In South Florida today -- a hostage drama involving a school bus and five
Earlier this morning live T-V coverage showed police in hot pursuit of a
hijacked school bus traveling down a Miami highway.
The ordeal ended when the bus stopped and police fatally shot the hijacker.
Officials believe the man was angry with the I-R-S.
A spokesman for Dade County schools says none of the children was seriously
Dan Raviv joins us now with the latest.
SUPER=01-Joanne Stearns/School Principal;
SUPER=02-Henry Fraind/Dade County;
The bus carrying 5 children, a teachers aide and the driver was
commandeered at a railroad crossing.
Once the hijacker forced his way on board, he led police on a low speed
chase over several miles.
He apparently had some dispute with the internal revenue service, and
police say he had a device strapped to him they believed was a bomb.
The bus finally stopped at Joe's stone crab, a popular restaurant at South
It was there that police shot the man and dragged him out of the bus.
He lay bleeding on the ground as paramedics worked on him, but there was
nothing they could do.
All five children were rushed to safety.
JOANNE STEARNS, SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, KIDS ARE O.K.
Parents rushed to blue lakes elementary school in south dade, and found the
A school spokesman credited the bus driver with doing the right thing.
There were no explosives on the bus and police are still investigating
further the hijacker's motives.))
A Lynchburg convenience store clerk knows what its like to be held
Tuesday night he was kidnapped by an armed suspect on a crime spree.
Kimberly McBroom spoke with Bret Dorsey about his night of terror.
IN Q=For 10 hours
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Tuesday Night; :00
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Tuesday Night; :19
SUPER=01-Bret Dorsey/Kidnapping Victim; :24
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.; :30
SUPER=08-Michael Dorsey/Bret's Father; (screen left) 1:16
OUT Q=News 7, Campbell County
(( For 10 hours, Brad McCombie was a fugitive on the run.
His alleged crime spree started Tuesday with the armed robbery of the Buzz-
Inn Market on Waterlick Road.
Police say McCombie then shot at a Campbell County deputy who tried to
apprehend him after the robbery.
After fleeing on foot, police say McCombie then showed up at this Campbell
But this time, it didn't stop with an armed robbery.
((BRET DORSEY: HE TOLD ME IN THE STORE THAT IF I COOPERATE WITH HIM, HE'D LET
ME GO AND I WOULDN'T GET HURT. ))
McCombie then abducted Dorsey at gunpoint-- and forced him on a three- hour
((BRET DORSEY: HE TOLD ME-- HE SAID I JUST GOT INTO A SITUATION I CAN'T GET
OUT OF AND I GOT TO GET OUT OF TOWN. HE SAID I'M SORRY I GOT TO USE YOU TO DO
IT, AND GOT TO COME TAKE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR CAR, BUT I DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE.))
Dorsey says during the harrowing road trip-- McCombie bought and smoked
He says McCombie also forced him to get forty- dollars out of an automated
Once the pair made it to Henrico County, McCombie let Dorsey out of the
((BRET DORSEY: AND THEN HE GRABBED HIS RAINCOAT. HE HANDED ME HIS RAINCOAT AND
SAID, "HERE, PUT THIS ON. I DON'T WANT YOU TO GET WET. ))
Dorsey then ran for about three miles, until he found a telephone and
called the police.
Dorsey's call brought relief to his worried family.
((MICHAEL DORSEY/BRET'S FATHER: I'M JUST GLAD TO HAVE BRET BACK HOME. IT WAS
THE LONGEST FOUR HOURS OF MY LIFE. ))
SOT standup 10:45:26
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: MICHAEL DORSEY SAYS HE'S THANKFUL TO EVERYONE
INVOLVED IN MAKING SURE HIS SON RETURNED HOME SAFELY. AS FOR BRET-- HE SAYS
HE'LL BE TAKING AT LEAST A COUPLE OF DAYS OFF FROM WORK TO HELP RECOVER FROM
THE ORDEAL. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, CAMPBELL COUNTY.))
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Within a half hour of Dorsey's release, a Henrico County police officer
spotted the car and began chasing Mccombie.
McCombie opened fire and struck the officer.
Then the officer returned gunfire and McCombie was killed.
Officer Andi (MAR-ghee-OT-ah) Margiotta was shot twice but is expected to
make a full recovery.
Police credit his bullet proof vest for saving his life.
Henrico County's prosecutor will investigate the shooting but expects the
officer to be cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident.
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A man accused of carjacking an elderly woman at a Roanoke mall has waived
his extradition rights and will return to Virginia.
John Ford is charged with stealing a car from the woman in a mall parking
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tying her up and dropping her off in the woods in Amherst County.
Police caught him last month in Boston.
Ford appeared at an extradition hearing yesterday -- and is awaiting a
He's expected back in Amherst County in the next few weeks.
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Still to come,
A Roanoke distribution center is gearing for a major facelift,
and more car bombings in Israel.
But this time, none of the intended victims was killed.
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In the Gaza Strip two car bombs went off this morning slightly injuring 11
Palestinian police believe the attacks were in retaliation for last week's
assassination of an Islamic militant leader.
Jesse Schulman has more.
SUPER=01-Marwan Kanafani/Arafat Spokesman;
OUT Q=CBS News, Tel Aviv.
(( It was a near-miracle in the un-holy land of the Gaza Strip for the
intended victims of two suicide bombers. One attack was aimed at an Israeli bus
travelling near a Jewish settlement in the Strip. The bomber succeeded in
killing only himself - the bus passengers escaped with minor injuries. A
second suicide bomber appears to have missed his target altogether. Israeli
troops and PLO police worked together to seal the area and search for clues.
Israelis have been bracing for an attack. Last week unknown gunmen widely
thought to be Israeli agents shot dead Islamic fundamentalist guerilla leader
Fathi Shakaki. The hardest of hard-liners - he'd been travelling from Libya to
Syria's captal, Damascus. He was buried outside Damascus Wednesday - his
successor vowed revenge.
And in the Gaza Strip would-be suicide bombers, wearing their funeral
shrouds, have vowed to make good that pledge. Shakaki's followers are a
minority even among Islamic radicals, but they've left no doubt what they have
in mind, and they're likely to try again.
PLO chief Yassir Arafat whose self-rule authority controls much of the Gaza
Strip doesn't want them to succeed. He's worried Israel will slow up its
pullback on the occupied West Bank if they do.
MARWAN KANAFANI, ARAFAT SPOKESMAN.: ESCALATION IN THE SITUATION ISN'T GOING
TO BENEFIT ANYONE AND IT WILL HURT US ALL.
Jesse Schulman, CBS News, Tel Aviv.))
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Who will control the Bosnian Capitol of Sarajevo once the Balkan war is
That's one of the issues that will be addressed in day two of peace talks in
Yesterday negotiators concentrated
on issues dividing Croatia and Serbia.
The two countries promised to work on normalizing relations by giving
refugees the option of returning to their homeland or being compensated.
They also promised to try to settle their dispute over a fragment of
Croatian land occupied by Serb rebels since 19-91.
More sticky territorial issues are still ahead.
But what may be tougher to work through is the disdain some of the parties
have for one another.
(( MUHAMED SACIRBEY/BOSNIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: WE'RE SITTING AT THE SAME
TABLE WITH WAR CRIMINALS, THEY ARE MONSTERS ACROSS THE TABLE BUT IF THAT'S
HAT IT TAKES FOR PEACE, WE'LL DO IT. ))
SUPER=01-Muhamed Sacirbey/Bosnian Foreign Minister;
OUT Q=WE'LL DO IT.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher says the representatives of the three
Balkan countries owe it to FUTURE GENERATIONS to make peace.
It's now the Senate's turn to take up the measure banning certain late-term
Yesterday, he House voted to ban a procedure known as partial birth
It's used to end late term pregnancies.
((CHRIS SMITH/R-NJ:FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER WE WILL DIRECTLY CONFRONT THE
VIOLENCE OF WHAT THE ABORTIONIST ACTUALLY DOES."))
((LLOYD DOGGETT/D-TEXAS:YOU CALL YOURSELVES PROLIFE WHAT ABOUT THE LIFE OF THE
MOTHER//I'VE READ YOUR BILL AND IT PROVIDES ABSOLUTELY NO PROTECTION TO THE
PHYSICIAN WHO WOULD GO OUT AND PERFORM THIS PROCEDURE TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE
SUPER=01-Chris Smith/(R) New Jersey;
SUPER=01-Rep. Lloyd Doggett/(D) Texas; 06
OUT Q=THAT ABORTION, PROHIBIT IT."
The measure would make it a felony for doctors to perform the procedure.
So far, the White House has not promised a veto.
This is the first time Congress has moved to prohibit any form of abortion
since the Supreme Court's Roe versus Wade decision in 19-73.
Business is booming at Advance Auto.
So much so that the Roanoke retail chain is about to undergo a major
expansion at its distribution center.
The auto parts and supplies company confirms it will build a
72-thousand-square-foot addition onto its warehouse in the Center for Industry
The move will NOT mean any new hires at the distribution center, which right
now has about 300 employees.
A company spokeswoman says jobs WILL be generated by the new stores the
distribution center will serve.
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Ahead on News 7,
A North Carolina bank puts its money in two Southside Virginia localities,
And some parents in Roanoke are considering legal action to get their kids
back in school.
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Roanoke parents who say they were forced to pull their children from the
Head Start program are now considering a class- action lawsuit.
Since the Department of Social Services took over administration of the
federal funds for Head Start last month, 20 families have been declared
And those who remain in the program are now required to pay ten percent of
their family income to participate.
IN Q=Ten percent
((SARAH POWER/GRANDPARENT: TEN PERCENT WOULD TAKE A GREAT PERCENTAGE OF THEIR
CHECK. AND BY THE TIME THEY PAY DAY CARE, AND THEIR OTHER EXPENSES, IT WOULD
PUT THEM IN A VERY BAD HARDSHIP.))
((SARITA FISHER/PARENT: I THINK IT'S WRONG BECAUSE WE'RE TRYING TO WORK AND
WE'RE TRYING TO BETTER OURSELVES AND STUFF. AND IT SEEMS LIKE WHEN WE'RE
TRYING TO GET AHEAD, THEY TRY TO PULL US BACK DOWN.))
SUPER=01-Sarah Power/Grandparent; :00
SUPER=01-Sarita Fisher/Parent; :11
OUT Q=pull us back down.
The Director of the Council on Child Day Care says the state has increased
funding for head start programs by more than a million dollars.
Since the Department of Social Services assumed the administration of head
start funds, Betty Ruppert (ROO-pert) says almost twice as many centers and
twice as many children are benefitting from the federal funds.
A special educational retreat for at risk children is teaming up with the
Science Museum of Western Virginia to provide environmental studies.
A 50- thousand dollar grant from the B. Wilson Porterfield Junior. Foundation
makes the partnership possible.
Floyd County's Apple Ridge Farm will now provide a place for Roanoke
students to get hands on experience as they learn about the environment.
((PETER LEWIS/APPLE RIDGE FARM PRESIDENT: THEY'RE GOING TO PURSUE
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY IN THE WINTER THEY'LL DO TRACKING AND RECYCLING IN THEIR
SCHOOLS AND THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES REALLY. ))
SUPER=01-Peter Lewis/Apple Ridge Farm President;
OUT Q=own communities really.
The challenge grant also makes it possible for an expansion at the camp and
conference center near Copper Hill. Apple Ridge Farm has served more than
11-thousand low income children over the past twenty years.
(toss to PATRICK)
An agressive North Carolina bank continues its advance into our area...and
we're not talking about First Union.
Actually, First Citizens of Raleigh is purchasing two branches FROM First
Sources say First Citizens bought the First Union locations in Martinsville
and in Collinsville.
First Union put the branches on the selling block a few months ago.
All of the employees at the branches will stay on.
With this purchase First Citizens now has 15 offices in Virginia, mostly in
the Southside area.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP 18 points.
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When News 7 returns,
A big night in Charlottesville as the Caveliers try to sink Florida State.
And some ice hockey fans are happy about the Express playing away from
We'll tell you why these kids enjoy it.
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Virginia will try and stop Florida State tonight in Charlottesville.
Junior tailback Warrick Dunn is one of the Seminoles top playmakers.
But as Steve Mason reports, Dunn is equally as tough off the field.
IN Q="You have to...
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :00
SUPER=04-Florida State vs. Clemson; :15
SUPER=01-Todd White/Friend of Dunn's; :26
SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL/Last Year; 1:30
OUT Q=..steve mason, news 7 sports
((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:
Not many teams have been able to stop Warrick Dunn. He leads the ACC with a
123 yards per game average. UVa defensive tackle Todd White played with Dunn in
TODD WHITE/FRIEND OF DUNN'S:
On January 7, 1993, Betty Dunn Smothers, a police officer, was shot and killed
outside a bank in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The state rallied around Warrick,
seen here holding a picture of his mother.
Dunn has continues to take care of his 5 siblings while helping Florida State
chase national supremacy.
Warrick does not fit the Florida State football player mold, just ask Whit
about their conversation earlier this week.
Steve Mason, News 7 Sports.))
Roy Stanley will have live reports on the game tonight on News 7 at five,
six and eleven.
Next week's season Winston Cup finale in Atlanta will be Todd Bodine's last
race for the Butch Mock team.
Todd, the youngest of the Bodine brothers, is being released from the
Factory Stores Ford.
But his bad fortune is good news for another driver.
The team announced this week that it will replace Bodine with Morgan
Shepherd next year.
Shepherd was in search for a ride after the Wood Brothers announced they
would be going with Michael Waltrip.
The Roanoke Express is coming home tomorrow night for a 7:30 showdown with
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The Roanoke Valley Youth Hockey League has taken advantage of the free ice.
They young players range in age from 6 and under, to 17.
The league continues to grow, thanks to the Express.
IN Q="The level...
((THE LEVEL OF INTEREST HAS CONSIDERABLY INCREASED SINCE THE EXPRESS HAS COME
INTO TOWN. THEY ARE A CLASSY ORGANIZATION. THEY RUN THE TEAM WELL. WE'RE
REALLY PROUD TO HAVE THEM HERE, AND WE HOPE WITH THEM THE YOUTH HOCKEY PROGRAM
CAN GROW IN TH CITY.))
SUPER=01-Dale Kratt/10-11 Year Olds Coach; :00
OUT Q=...grow in the city"
The kids play a 10 game season with a playoff schedule and despite limited
ice time the players are learning.
((I'VE LEARNED HOW TO STOP, I'VE LEARNED HOW TO SKATE FAST, I'VE LEARNED POWER
SKATING, I'VE LEARNED POWER STOPPING.))
((TEAMWORK DOES THE TRICK, CAUSE SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TAKE IT ON THEIR OWN, AND
THAT AIN'T GONNA GET THEM ANYWHERE.))
SUPER=01-Nick Baker/10-11 Division; :00
SUPER=01-Daniel Kratt/10-11 Division; :08
OUT Q=....get them anywhere"
(toss to patrick)
(patrick ad lib)
Coming up on Health Check-- it's National Hospice Month.
We'll hear about family-centered programs that make patients with long-term
illnesses comfortable in their last days.
That's later today on News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us.