A plane crashes into an apartment complex in Southern California.
The budget showdown is over.
And a Roanoke woman is charged with abduction after an elderly man is
rescued from a locked car trunk.
Sunny skies will lead to a relatively mild day, but chillier temperatures
are in the forecast as we slip into evening. Stay tuned for all of the first
of the week details.
Stick around News 7 at Noon.
It was a rude awakening for some southern Californians this morning.
A small plane crashed into an apartment complex, setting some units on fire.
One man was just getting up when the plane crashed into his bedroom.
((I WALKED OVER TO MY CLOSET AND I HEARD A PLANE GOING DOWN AND IT JUST SLAMMED
INTO MY ROOM AND MY NEIGHBOR'S ROOM. ))
OUT Q=my neighor's room.
One person in the plane is reported dead.
Two others are missing.
Police say the single-engine plane was trying to land in heavy fog.
The doors of government are open again, at least for now.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/This Morning;
Federal workers are back on the job, and Congress today will pass a bill
keeping them there through mid-December.
That's after President Clinton and Republican leaders agreed to balance the
budget in seven years.
(( PRESIDENT CLINTON:THE BILL I HAVE SIGNED WILL SERVE THE PUBLICS BEST
INTERESTS... WE MUST BALANCE THE BUDGET BUT DO IT IN A WAY THAT WILL KEEP
FAMILY VALUES AND IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY. IT MUST REFLECT MY PRINCIPALS. ))
OUT Q=it must reflect my prinicipals.
If President Clinton and Congress cannot resolve their deep differences by
December 15th, the government could shut down again.
While officials in Washington try to get the federal government back up and
running, the same holds true for people in Southwest Virginia.
Scott Prince is at the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke.
Scott, how are the various federal agencies handling the situation?
(scott ad lib)
(***roll cue: a serious problem, backlog)
SUPER=01-Jim May/Veteran's Affairs;
OUT Q=some delay
(***scott's mike hot under. outcue: would have been major problems.)
(scott ad lib)
SUPER=01-Fred Ayscue/Social Security Director;
(mel= q & a: What about the Peaks of Otter? Is that open?)
One person is dead following an accident on 460 West in Bedford County this
State police say the driver of this car was killed when the vehicle ran off
There's no word on what caused the accident, and police have yet to release
the identity of the driver.
The accident happened at about 6:30 seven miles east of Bedford.
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SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Last Night; :
Six people were sent to the hospital after a three car accident on Route
The head-on collision occurred at about five o'clock last night near Gala at
the Dudley Stretch.
48-year-old Patricia Ann Weidman of Eagle Rock is in critical condition.
Keith and Evelene Wilson of Jacksonsville, Florida are in stable condtion.
Their two children were also taken to the hospital.
A sixth victim was treated for minor injuries and released.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
One is accused of stuffing an elderly man in the trunk of a car, the other
accused of stealing her neighbors mail.
Two Roanoke women have their day in court,
and the stars come out in downtown Roanoke.
We'll have a preview of the city's all new Christmas decorations.
music up full
In just a few hours we'll know if the Bosnian peace talks will end in
success or failure.
After nearly three weeks, the peace talks end this afternoon.
The state department says the talks will end with either the initialing of
an accord, or no settlement.
((NICHOLAS BURNS/STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN:WE THINK THAT AN AGREEMENT IS
POSSIBLE. WE THINK THAT IF THE PARTIES CAN WORK VERY HARD IN A SPIRIT OF
COOPERATION THAT THEY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS AND IT'S NOT A FOREGONE
CONCLUSION AND WE CAN'T SAY WE ARE GOING TO GET THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Burns/State Department Spokesman;
OUT Q=GOING TO GET THERE.
Unresolved problems reportedly included the status of Sarajevo and other
Police in Columbus, Ohio today plan to question a man who allegedly went on
a shooting rampage last night and killed four people.
Police say the suspect, 38- year old Jerry Hessler, had recently been fired
from his job at a bank and may have been in a rage about being accused of
Police allege he went to four different homes killing and wounding other
A four-month old girl was also fatally shot.
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A bizarre incident over the weekend, lands a Northwest Roanoke woman in
court this morning.
31- year- old Mitzi Jean Horton is charged with the abduction of an elderly
man and violating her parole.
Saturday, police found Vernon Laughon locked inside the trunk of his car--
while Horton was in the driver's seat.
The man told police the last thing he remembered was being choked, and then
waking up in the trunk.
Horton has been convicted in the past of numerous burglary and larceny
A preliminary hearing has been set for December 19.
And the woman who stole hundreds of pieces of mail in Southwest Roanoke has
It was the third time Ann Dickens had been in court answering charges of
This time the judge found her guilty of possession of 460 pieces of mail.
She'd kept the mail, UN-opened, stacked in a box in her apartment.
The 62-year old woman agreed to the MAXIMUM term of probation: five years.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, the hunting season has just begun and already we've had two
We'll review some hunting safety tips,
and it's musical deja vu as we await the release of a Beatles album.
A fab day for Fab Four fans, next, on News 7 at Noon.
music up full
TAPE#edit of 95-97
Two hunters remain in stable condition following separate hunting accidents
in Franklin County.
Saturday morning, 25-year-old Thomas Hughes of Salem was shot in the leg
while hunting in the Hardy area.
Hughes' hunting partner, 27- year-old Stacy Walls, was uncocking the hammer
of his muzzleloading rifle when the gun went off.
On Friday, 42-year- old Johnny Blankenship of Wirtz was shot by a fellow
hunter in Union Hall.
James Mattox of Glade Hill was standing about 59 yards away when he
apparently fired the 50 caliber muzzleloader.
Both Walls and Mattox have been charged with reckless handling of a firearm.
If convicted, each face up to a year in prison and a 25-hundred-dollar fine.
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
With the opening day of general firearms season today, game officials are
warning hunters to be more conscientious.
Captain John Heslep with the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries has some
What's the most common mistake a hunter makes?
SUPER=01-Capt. John Heslep/Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries;
(What advice do you have for hunters?)
(Why not extend the blaze orange law to include to muzzle loading hunting?)
(Any changes in fees, or changes in rules this year?)
(mel toss to patrick)
If you do any of your holiday shopping in downtown Roanoke, you'll notice
some changes this year designed to spruce up the market.
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated has some new decorations for the city's retail
district, in response to criticism that the old decorations looked a little
Among the other announcements this morning,SUPER=@File;
word that this year's festival of trees will return to the top floor of the
First Union Tower.
Last year it was held at the Jefferson Center.
A bit of history on Wall Street this morning.
The Dow average topped five-thousand for the first time, but quickly dropped
below that level again.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP a fraction of a point.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Don't go away, we'll look back on Saturday's game between Virginia Tech and
including the move everyone is talking about.
No, not on the field, but from the sidelines.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=UVa/Tech 100th anniversary
Virginia Tech's victory at U-V-A moves the Hokies to the 13-th spot in the
A-P College football poll.
Virginia drops to 19-th.
Steve Mason has a review of Saturday's game.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/230 Yards Passing, 2 TDs, 3 INTs; :30
SUPER=01-Bryan Still/5 Catches, 125 Yards; 1:00
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/58 Yards Rushing, 1 TD; 1:18
SUPER=01-Percy Ellsworth/UVa Strong Safety; 1:28
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/188 Yards Passing, 1 TD; 1:40
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:57
OUT Q=....news 7 sports"
Virginia is investigating a controversial incident during the game.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/ABC SPORTS; :
It happened when Antonio Banks picked off the Mike Groh pass and was headed
down the sideline in front of the Cavalier bench.
Cavalier head trainer Joe Gieck (GEEK) stuck out his left leg.
The university is reviewing the tape and plans to submit a report to the
Atlantic Coast conference office today.
U-V-A also says any action by the University and/or the A-C-C will be
announced before the team plays again.
The Beatles' first single since they broke up 25 years ago was released to
radio stations in Britain today.
The new recording was delivered to radio stations from the Abbey
Road studios in London, where the Beatles made some of their greatest hits, and
played within minutes on the radio.
It was the first piece from the Beatles' forthcoming double album
Anthology to be made public.
The album goes on sale at midnight and this afternoon Larry Dowdy gives a
preview, plus a look at some other big name entertainers who are out with new
TAPE#M95-9 Beatles, Brooks, Boss
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IN Q=The Beatles long and winding...
SUPER=13-Paul Childers/Blockbuster Music; :12
SUPER=24-CBS "Ed Sullivan Presents"; :23
SUPER=24-Courtesy: Capitol Records; :26
SUPER=24-Courtesy: Blockbuster Music; :29
SUPER=13-Dave Hurst/J93 Air Personality; 1:30
SUPER=13-Slam Duncan/J93 Air Personality; 1:37
SUPER=13-Dave O'Brien/96.3 ROV Air Personality; 1:48
OUT Q=LARRY DOWDY, NEWS 7
((The Beatles long and winding road takes them back to the record stores for
the release of The Beatles Anthology I. Their first since they walked in 1970.
((PAUL CHILDERS/BLOCKBUSTER MUSIC: WE HAVE A FIVE SONG SAMPLER THATS AN
EXCLUSIVE FOR BLOCKBUSTER MUSIC PROVIDED BY CAPITOL RECORDS. IT FEATURES FIVE
TRACKS FROM THE UPCOMING ANTHOLOGY VOLUME ONE.))
Since receiving the sampler, fab four fans have looked back at the early
years of the Beatles...electronically together again.
If the release of the Anthology CD wasn't enough, Beatlemania will be back
when the local Blockbuster Music givesaway a limited edition screened print.
((AND IT HAS A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY SIGNED BY YOKO ONO. THIS IS NUMBER
ELEVEN HUNDRED, TWENTY-SIX OF FIVE THOUSAND THAT WERE PRINTED. ))
All eyes will be on the Beatles and one on Garth Brooks. After two years
he's back in the saddle with "Fresh Horses".
((DAVE HURST/J93 AIR PERSONALITY: ITS NOT THE SAME OLD PRODUCT. THE SAME OLD
GARTH EVERYTIME. A NEW ALBUM COMES OUT, THERE'S SOMETHING REALLY DIFFERENT AND
EXCITNG ABOUT HIM.))
((SLAM DUNCAN/J93 AIR PERSONALITY: I THINK YOU USE THE WORD SURPRISE. YOU NEVER
KNOW WHAT HE'S GOING TO DO. AND HE'S ALWAYS GOING TO SURPRISE YOU.))
Bruce Springsteen emerges from his Tunnel of Love, as the boss throws his
latest onto the airwaves.
((DAVE O'BRIEN/96.3 ROV PERSONALITY; THIS IS A SOLO BRUCE. KIND OF AN
INTERESTING PROJECT. ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE COMPARING IT TO NEBRASKA IN NINETEEN,
EIGHTY-TWO. IT IS SOMEWHAT DARK WITH A THEME THROUGHOUT. ITS CALLED THE "GHOST
OF TOM JOAD", WHICH WAS A CHARACTER IN THE GRAPES OF WRATH.))
((EVERYBODY IS OUT FOR THAT CHRISTMAS DOLLAR. A LOT OF STUFF COMING OUT. THIS
TIME OF YEAR, THERE'S ALWAYS A BIG NAME THING.))
Big names indeed. From Springsteen, to Nashville's biggest hat, and the
musical mystery tour of the Beatles.
The three B's go on sale tonight at midnight turning it into a Hard Days
Night for music fans everywhere. Larry Dowdy, News 7))
(DISSOLVE TO MEL)
Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.