Coming up on news seven at eleven
an Arkansas couple is killed when a tornado blows them and their baby boy from
And as thousands throughout the country celebrate veterans day, one local
resident explains how he survived a massacre.
And one Native American turns art into a history lesson.
News seven at eleven is next.
The Henry County Sheriff's Department is investigating its fourth homicide
in 20 days.
Police say 31-year-old James Beverly Dillon of Bassett, was shot around
11-30 this morning.
Dillon apparently went to his neighbor's house and became confrontational.
Witnesses told police Dillon picked up a bat and threatened to harm
33-year-old David Wayne Craig.
Police say Craig then shot Dillon once in the chest.
Dillon died en-route to the hospital.
Police are still investigating the incident.
No charges have been filed.
In Central Arkansas, a couple was killed last night when a tornado blew them
and their child from their home.
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The couple's baby was found in a rice field.
He was unharmed and rushed to a nearby hospital.
The parents, Donna and Keith Walls, were found later by rescue workers.
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((BILL CALHOUN/EYEWITNESS: IT TOOK OUT THIS HOUSE. THERE WAS A BARN OVER HERE.
THE HOUSE ABOUT 1/2 MILE FROM HERE IS COMPLETELY. KEITH AND DONNA WALLS. THEY
HAD A YOUNG BABY, THEY DIED, AND WE FOUND THE BABY IN THE FIELD. HE IS OK. WE
TOOK HIM TO THE HOSPITAL. HE WAS SUFFERING FROM COLD AND EXPOSURE, BUT HE WAS
OUT Q=he was ok.
The tornado caused extensive damage to the area: trees were uprooted, roofs
were ripped from houses, and cars and farm equipment were overturned.
Several residents are still without electricity and phone service.
An army of 33-thousand veterans and troops marched in New York today.
The march down 5th Avenue commemorated the 50th anniversary of the close of
World War 2.
Many veterans figured this would be their last chance to march.
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An estimated half a million people came in support of the veterans.
Most of the veterans seemed upbeat, proud, and thankful for those who came
to the parade.
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((WE APPRECIATE IT. WE NEEDED THIS TODAY ))
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Some veterans were in their vintage uniforms.
Many were in tears.
Similar marches took place all across America today.
U.S. Senator John Warner paid tribute to local veterans.
Warner stopped by The Virginia Veterans Care Center for their Veteran's Day
Officials dedicated the Alice Fielden Memorial today.
Fielden was a War War one veteran and the first woman admitted to the
Veterans Care Center.
Warner says being invited to speak to veterans is a humbling experience.
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((U.S. SENATOR JOHN WARNER: I WAS PRIVILEGED TO WEAR THE UNIFORM OF THE U-S
NAVY IN WORLD WAR TWO. I SERVED IN THE MARINES DURING THE KOREAN WAR. THEN
FOR FIVE YEARS AS THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY. I FEEL VERY CLOSE TO THE MEN AND
WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES AND TO THE VETERANS.))
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The Virginia Veterans Care Center houses more than 200 veterans.
One local veteran says it's his job to make sure the younger generation
knows of the atrocities of war.
Bill Merriken is a World War Two veteran.
Today he told reporter Denise Allen how he survived a massacre in Belgium.
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((BILL MERRIKEN/WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN: COMMANDER LY AND CAPTAIN WEIGH STOPPED
THE VEHICLES AND ALL THE VEHICLES STOPPED AND THEN ALL THIS GUNFIRE CAME IN ON
US. MORTARS, ARTILLERY SHELLS, SMALL ARMS FIRE, OF COURSE IT TOOK US BY
SURPRISE. WE WERE IN A REAR ECHELON AREA. NO ACTIVITY.))
Merriken was one of 150 men in the 285th Field Artillery Observation
He says he's not sure why his unit was ordered into the small Belgium town.
But before they could reach their destination a German Armor Unit ambushed
the U. S. troops.
Merriken says the soldiers were lined up in a field for execution.
Only 15 survived the massacre at Malmedy.
((MERRIKEN: I LAID THERE, DIDN'T MOVE. I DIDN'T LET OUT ANY SCREAMS OR MOAN OR
ANYTHING. MY ARM WAS OVER MY MOUTH CAUSE WHEN YOU'RE IN THE COLD WEATHER
THERE'S VAPOR. I GUESS THEY SAW THE TWO ROUNDS IN MY BACK AND THEY THOUGHT I
WAS DEAD ANYWAY.))
He listened for hours as a 15 mile long German convoy passed by on that
December day in 19-44.
Then Merriken crawled to safety.
These are aerial photographs of the town near Malmedy taken shortly after
He and another soldier were taken in by a local woman.
She helped reunite the men with U.S troops.
Merriken says the time he spent in a military hospital was the beginning of
a very long and difficult recovery.
((MY BEST BUDDIES, WHETHER THEY WERE STILL ALIVE OR NOT. AND YOU JUST WENT
THROUGH THE WHOLE THING OVER AND OVER, OVER AND OVER, OVER AND OVER, OVER AND
Two other Bedford men died in the Malmedy massacre.
Merriken says Veteran's Day is a good time to thank those who paid the
highest price for freedom.
Denise Allen News 7 Bedford.))
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Coming up on News-7,
An elderly woman successfully defends her home against an intruder.
And a house fire in Roanoke claims the life of Southeast woman.
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Heavy rain, snow showers, and wind gusts over 50 miles an hour have made for
The front that brought all the severe weather has crossed our region-- the
rain and snow flurries should be ending soon for most of us.
However, folks in the Greenbrier Valley could see up to four inches of snow
We'll have the latest doppler radar-- plus the complete forecast.
Don't go away.
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A robbery suspect was shot and killed in Martinsville this morning.
The man is identified as 30-year-old Scott L. Thompson.
According to police, Thompson entered an elderly woman's home on Purdue
street around 3 o'clock.
She shot him and he apparently fled the home and collapsed in the street.
The incident is still under investigation.
A house fire last night claimed the life of a southeast Roanoke woman.
Brenda Mason died in her home on Dundee Avenue shortly after 11.
The two-story brick house was fully engulfed by the time firefighters
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((BEV MITCHELL/ROANOKE DISTRICT CHIEF: THE HOUSE WAS INVOLVED IN FIRE FROM THE
BASEMENT THROUGH THE ATTIC. WE FOUND THE VICTIM ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE
SUPER=01-Bev Mitchell/Roanoke District Chief;
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The woman's husband, who was also home at the time, was able to escape and
run to the neighbor's house for help.
Fire officials believe the blaze started in the chimney.
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((MARLAN MORRIS/ROANOKE ASST. FIRE MARSHALL: EVIDENTLY THERE IN THE CHIMNEY IT
EXTENDED DOWN TO A LOWER LEVEL, THE BASEMENT LEVEL, CAUGHT FIRE THERE AND
EXTENDED THROUGH THE REST OF THE HOUSE. ))
SUPER=01-Marlan Morris/Asst. Fire Marshall;
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Fire officials are still investigating.
Another fire in Roanoke has left a family homeless.
Investigators believe a cigarette may have been the cause of a fire that
injured a Roanoke woman.
The blaze broke out around 1-30 this afternoon.
Officials say the fire apparently started in the living room of the Edison
A neighbor noticed the flames and called 9-1-1.
Dick Moran then entered the house and pulled his elderly neighbor to safety.
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((DICK MORAN/NEIGHBOR: SHE WAS LAYING ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR AND I GRABBED A
HOLD OF HER SHOULDERS AND DRUG HER OUT ALMOST TO THE SIDE DOOR AND THEN A
COUPLE PASSER-BYS HELPED ME GET HER THE REST OF THE WAY OUT.))
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69-year-old Maudine Oney is in stable condition at Roanoke Memorial
She suffers from smoke inhalation and burns to her hands and feet.
Family members say she also suffers from Alzheimers.
This is the second time the family has lost everything because of a house
House Speaker Newt Gingrich says that President Clinton "should be held
accountable" if there is a shutdown of the government on Tuesday.
The nation faces a government shutdown and potential default if the
President does not approve the debt ceiling and stopgap spending bills.
Today President Clinton celebrated veteran's day but has promised to veto
One White House staff memeber accused the Republican led Congress of
blackmailing the President by attaching budget proposals that the president
At a new conference today Senator Bob Dole said Clinton seems more concerned
with gaining "political points on Medicare" than he does with balancing the
The country faces a partial government shutdown on Monday when the current
spending authority expires at midnight.
The shutdown could cause military recruitment offices, passport offices and
government museums to close and also affect social security and veterans'
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Republicans in the House of Delegates today re-elected Vance Wilkins to be
the minority leader again.
The Amherst County delegate is serving his third two-year term at a
meeting of the Republican Legislative Caucus at the Wintergreen resort.
Wilkins was challenged by Front Royal Delegate Raymond "Andy"
Guest, who was ousted by Wilkins from the post in 19-92.
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Len Besthoff examines Downtown Roanoke's revitalization efforts
and a Cherokee is reviving interest in his Native American Heritage through
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City planners are working to ensure that downtown Roanoke continues it's
But one of the area's landmarks, the Heironimus department store, is going
to shut down once it's lease runs out.
However merchants ARE seeing a rise in business-thanks in part to convention
go-ers brought in from the Hotel Roanoke.
Len Besthoff gives us the story on this week's ON RECORD.
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SUPER=01-Todd Lancaster/Awful Arthur's; :36
SUPER=01-Millie Moore/Boone & Company Sales Mgr.; :50 QUICK!!
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(( When Roanoke leaders celebrated the opening of O'Dell's restaurant last week
on Salem Avenue, they noted that it's one of many newcomers on the downtown
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IN Q=There's 17 different businesses
((JOHN EDWARDS/D-SENATOR-ELECT: THERE'S 17 DIFFERENT BUSINESSES THAT HAVE
OPENED UP SINCE THE FIRST OF AUGUST. YOU CAN SEE THEM. TWISTS AND TURNS A
MONTH AGO, IMAGINATION STATION AND ANNIE'S COTTAGE JUST THIS MORNING. AND OF
COURSE O'DELL'S THIS AFTERNOON. AND THERE ARE ANOTHER FIVE OR SIX THAT THE
CITY'S WORKING ON BRINGING TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA.))
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So why are these empty spaces near the market filling up so fast?
There are several reasons.
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((TODD LANCASTER/AWFUL ARTHUR'S: SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY I GUESS ARE THE DAYS THAT
WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE DUE TO THE HOTEL ROANOKE AND PROBABLY THE BRIDGE ALSO.))
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((MILLIE MOORE/BOONE&CO. COMMERCIAL SALES MANAGER: PEOPLE WANT TO BE WHERE
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES ARE LOCATED WHETHER THAT'S DOWNTOWN OR IN A SHOPPING
CENTER, CERTAINLY THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE MARKETPLACE.))
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The area still has a lot of hurdles to overcome.
The city's about to lose its last downtown department store, a lot of these
businesses still hear complaints about parking, and there's questions about how
many more restaurants the market can sustain.
To hear more about this, watch On Record, tomorrow morning at 11, on
For the first time in 32 years, Virginia Tech can call itself a conference
This afternoon at R-F-K the Hokies beat Temple 38 to 16 to claim at least a
share of the Big East Title.
Steve Mason has more.
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SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Tech Quarterback; :35
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Tiki Barber and Kevin Brooks both rushed for over 100 yards and the
Virginia defense intercepted four Scott Milanovich passes to beat Maryland 21
to 18 to clinch at least a share of the A-C-C title.
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The Cavaliers fell behind midway through the first quarter when Milonavich
fakes the inside handoff and scores over the left side the two point conversion
was good 11 to nothing Terps.
Rafael Garcia's first field goal made it 11 to 3 Terps then the defense took
over. Anthony Poindexter steps in front of this Milanovich pass for the
interception giving the Cavs good field position.
Several plays later Mike Groh on the option to Tiki Barber he scores
untouched from the three yard line the two point conversion tied the game at 11
to 11 late in the second quarter.
Virginia took the lead midway through the third quarter when Kevin Brooks
takes the handoff and scores up the middle from 5 yards out to make it 18 to 11
Garcia's 41 yard field goal into SUPER=36-Virginia/=21/Maryland/=18;the
wind in the fourth quarter was enough to give the Cavaliers the 21 to 18 win
over the Terps.
The Cavaliers will share the conference championship with Florida State.
The Seminoles beating North Carolina this afternoon 28 to 12.
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Leading 7 to nothing on a blocked punt Florida State's Warrick Dunn takes
the hand off breaks a couple of tackles and scores from 43 yards out and the
Seminoles led 14 to nothing.
Carolina came back and scored midway through the second quarter quarterback
Mike Thomas on the keeper from six yards out to make it 14 to 6 Seminoles.
Florida State took a 21 to 6 lead SUPER=36-Florida State/=28/North
Carolina/=12;late in the second quarter when Dunn takes the pitch and dives
over from the one and the Seminoles win the game 28 to 12.
V-M-I picked up a Southern Conference win beating the Citadel for that and
all of todays scores lets check the College football scoreboard.
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And coming up, The Express was at home tonight Patrick Henry wins the
Northwest Region Volleyball tournament.
And the Lady Terriers of William Byrd win the Blue Ridge District tournament
The Lady Terriers of William Byrd hooked up with Lord Botetourt tonight over
in Vinton with the Blue Ridge District tournament title on the line.
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Byrd was hoping to avoid the upset bid by the Lady Cavs who ended Salem's
season just two nights ago.
The Terriers scored the game's first six points including this short
turnaround in traffic by Brandy Allen.
Then Botetourt turned up its pressure defense. Sara Moore gets the steal
and lays it in for the easy deuce.
Byrd went inside again. This time Kristi Dyer scores in the post and Byrd
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wins the Blue Ridge 51 to 45. Both teams advance to the regionals next week at
In the Three Rivers district Floyd beat Radford 68 to 38.
The Roanoke Express hit the hardwater tonight for an interdivisional
matchup with the 3 and 10 Erie Panthers at the Roundhouse.
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Frank Anzalone's club was happy to return home after a 7 to 2 loss last
night at Hampton Roads.
Roanoke took an early 1 goal lead before getting on the board courtesy a
power play. Jeff Jestadt slaps home the rebound of Jon Larson's shot and the
Express led 2-nothing.
Erie battled back in the second period. This goal by Glenn Stewart
ties the game at 2 and Roanoke downs the Panthers 4 to 2.
The Patrick Henry Patriots captured the Northwest Regional volleyball
tournament title this afternoon.
P-H beat Woodbridge in the championship match 15 to 11 and 16 to 14.
The Roanoke Rush had a second round playoff game tonight in Charleston.
And the West Virginia Lightening beat the Rush tonight 15 to 13.
John Guthrie says his art transcends different cultures.
The Native American's paintings represent the history of the Cherokee
But Guthrie says everyone can benefit from the lessons of the past.
He considers himself a historian.
In his paintings he tries to tell the stories handed down from generation to
This painting, "Through Grandfather's Eyes," depicts how many American
Indians became U.S. citizens.
The back drop is the school roll with his grandfather's citizenship number.
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((JOHN GUTHRIE/ARTIST: IN THIS BOOK ANGIE DEBO DISCLOSED THE LAND GRAB THAT
HAPPENED AT THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY. SHE INTERVIEWED A MAN NAMED RED BIRD
SMITH. HE WAS TAKEN TO A FEDERAL PRISON IN CHAINS AND MADE AN AMERICAN
CITIZEN. THESE WERE MY GRAND FATHER'S GLASSES. WE ONLY NOW HAVE THE
PERSPECTIVE TO SEE WHAT THEY DID TO OUR GRANDPARENTS.))
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Guthrie is showing his art at the Amerind Gallery in Daleville through