The busiest travel weekend of the year also meant several accidents-
In Roanoke County, a five car pile up left one person seriously hurt.
It happened at the intersection of Buck Mountain Road and 220.
In Northern California six people are dead after two trucks and a car
collided on a rain slicked Interstate five.
Plus UVa's going to a bowl Game.
Steve Mason tells us which one coming up in Sports plus Robin with the
not so nice Thanksiving forecast.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The Thanksgiving Holiday brings out many travelers.
Unfortunately that can also mean many accidents.
In Roanoke County, a five car pile leaves one man hospitalized tonight in
It happened around six-thirty tonight at the intersection of Buck Mountain
Road and 220.
According to witnesses this vehicle was struck in the intersection -trapping
the driver inside.
IN Q=Jaws of life
((CHIEF LEE BIBBS/CLEARBROOK EMS: JAWS OF LIFE, YES. AND CUT THE WIND SHIELD
OUT AND USED THE JAWS OF LIFE. FLOPPED THE ROOF BACK AND TOOK THE DOOR OUT TO
GET HIM OUT.))
SUPER=01-Chief Lee Bibbs/Clearbrook EMS;
OUT Q=his front seat.
One driver says he could not avoid the collision.
IN Q=I was coming
((DANNY HOUSMAN/ACCIDENT VICTIM: I WAS COMING DOWN WITH A GREEN LIGHT DOWN 220
SOUTH WHEN HE COME OUT OF BUCK MOUNTAIN ROAD, EVIDENTLY NOT PAYING ATTENTION
AND RAN THE RED LIGHT. I HIT HIM RIGHT SQUARE IN THE SIDE OF THE DOOR. HE
SPUN AROUND BACKWARDS AND WENT INTO THE CHEVROLET SITTING UP ON THE HILL.))
SUPER=01-Danny Housman/Accident Victim;
OUT Q=on the hill.
Police have not released the identity of the injured man and are still
Another car accident in Roanoke County left a man is hospitalized after his
vehicle went off the road and into a creek.
It happened less than an hour ago in the eighty-one hundred block of Olsen
Police say the driver of this vehicle lost control, his car went into a
creek, and flipped on it's top.
The driver was transported to a local hospital.
His condition is not known however police say he was conscious.
His name has not been released and police are still investigating.
wipe wipe wipe
Authorities now say that at least six people died in a fiery crash in
And police say there could be more victims.
It happened on Interstate Five north of Redding.
Two trucks and a car were involved-
The crash and fire closed the highway in both directions for
Lower prices at the gasoline pumps mean even more holiday travellers on the
As Ron Jones reports, authorities hope people are thinking safety as they
set out for the long weekend.
IN Q=According to Virginia
SUPER=01-Vickie Hopkins/AAA Office Manager; :18
OUT Q=Ron Jones news 7.
(( According to Virginia Automobile Association Officials there will be more
than 30 million people on the highways and in the air.
They say this is a two percent increase from last year.
Authorities are hoping motorists take precautions as they make that yearly
trip to grandma's house.
IN Q=Well, make sure
((VICKIE HOPKINS/AAA OFFICE MANAGER: WELL, MAKE SURE YOU GET PLENTY OF REST
BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU TAKE STOPS ALONG THE WAY AND GET
REST. AND ALSO DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.))
There's also advice for those travelling by plane.
Airport officials are asking passengers to travel light and to keep an eye
on their valuables.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
State Police also suggest that travelers allow for more time to get to there
And the Virginia Department of Transportation Officials suggest that if
there is snow or ice in the area you should call their office for road
Amherst County authorities are still trying to identify a woman found dead
near Galt's Mill earlier today.
The body of a white female was discovered along a riverbank around 2 this
afternoon by two deer hunters, one of them an off- duty Amherst County deputy.
The victim had no identification.
She's described as in her mid- 20's, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with brown
hair and brown eyes.
She had suffered a wound to her upper torso and police are treating her
death as a homicide.
No other details are being released.
Amherst authorities ask anyone with information about the woman or her death
to call them at 804- 929- 9300.
The second suspect in last month's murder of a Henry County man is in
Fairfax County Police caught Michael DeLloyd Ward this morning at a motel in
They're holding him on a grand larceny charge for the theft of the B-M-W
he'd been driving.
The 34-year old Maryland resident was already wanted for second-degree
murder and FIVE armed robberies in Henry County.
His brother, HARDEN ANTHONY Ward turned himself in yesterday.
Both brothers are suspects in the murder of 25- year old Orbin Smith,
Smith was shot to death in an armed robbery in his Henry County home a month
It's called another step toward peace in Bosnia.
SUPER=03-New York City;
Tonight the United Nations Security Council eased the arms embargo
against the former Yugoslav Republic.
It also suspended economic sanctions against Serbia.
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N.: TODAY WE TAKE ANOTHER STEP
DOWN THE LONG ROAD TOWARD PEACE BY LIFTING THE ARMS EMBARGO AND SUSPENDING
ECONOMIC SANCTIONS SANCTIONS WE HAVE KICK STARTED THAT LONG JOURNEY.))
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/U.S. Ambassador to U.N.; 00
OUT Q=that long journey."
Meanwhile U-S troops are preparing to go to Bosnia.
As Regina Blakely reports, they could be in place before Christmas.
SUPER=03-Kaiserslautern, Germany; 00
SUPER=01-Major Leonard Shera/U.S. Army; 20
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/CBS News; 51
OUT Q=at the White House."
((While the time line for deployment remains uncertain.. members of the first
armored division.. based in Germany.. spent the day before Thanksgiving
preparing to assume the role of Balkan peacekeeper.
Many of these soldiers could be in Bosnia before Christmas.. and they have
been told. They will stay there until the mission is complete.
WE ARE READY, TRAINED, AND PREPARED. IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO STOP A
PRESIDENT CLINTON: AMONG OTHER THINGS IN THAT TINY COUNTRY THERE ARE ONE
MILLION HOMELESS PEOPLE SO I SAY I HOPE GOD WILL BLESS THE PEACE AND BRING
THOSE FOLKS HOME AGAIN.
But after 3 and a half years of war.. and centuries of hatred U.S. soldiers
will face tougher problems- winters in Bosnia are bitter. American military
figures put the number of landmines at six million.
REGINA BLAKELY/WHITE HOUSE:
THE PRESIDENT HAS TO MAKE THE CASE THAT THE U.S. HAS A STRONG ENOUGH
NATIONAL INTEREST TO SACRIFICE AMERICAN LIVES. HE WILL BEGIN HIS EFFORT MONDAY
EVENING WITH AN ADDRESS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. REGINA BLAKELY, CBS NEWS, AT
THE WHITE HOUSE.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, Senator John Warner wins a decision against his own
Plus relatives of a family brutally murdered this week say they're upset
with Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
House Speaker Newt Gingrich is blaming the death of an Illinois Family on
Funeral services were held today for Debra Evans and her two children.
She is the pregnant woman who was killed- Her full term baby taken from
Gingrich says this happened because Americans don't have the guts to talk
about what's right and wrong-
((NEWT GINGRICH/HOUSE SPEAKER: WE'VE HAD SOAP OPERA LIKE TELEVISION SHOWS
WHERE PEOPLE GET ON AND DESCRIBE DISGUSTING BEHAVIORS AND WE HAVE GRADUALLY
TOLERATED AS MOYNIHAN PUT IT IN THE PROCESS OF LOWERING STANDARDS SO YOU CAN
ENGAGE IN VIRTUALLY ANY BEHAVIOR AND HAVE A REASONABLE CASE.))
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;
OUT Q=have a reasonable case."
Meanwhile the victim's family is angry with Gingrich-
((FRED MOODY/FAMILY SPOKESPERSON: THE FAMILY IS VERY DISAPPOINTED BY THE
COMMENTS AND THE DECISION BY NEWT GINGRICH TO USE THE DEATH OF DEBRA EVANS,
SAMATHA AND JOSHUA TO ADVANCE HIS POLITICAL AGENDA AND WE'RE...SILENCE.))
SUPER=01-Fred Moody/Family Spokesperson;
OUT Q=AND WE'RE.....SILENCE."
Moody went on to ask Gingrich to remove the family tragedy from his
The decision may have come a day late, but it's news Senator John Warner is
happy to hear.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore is upholding Warner's right to choose
nomination through a primary election.
Some G- O- P leaders are upset with the decision.
They wanted the nomination to come from a convention.
But Gilmore says he must defend state laws unless they are clearly
Warner says he's pleased with the Attorney General's ruling, but right now
he wants to focus on the holiday.
IN Q=I'm not going
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R- VIRGINIA: I'M NOT GOING TO TRADE BLOWS WITH THOSE THIS
AFTERNOON CRITICIZING ME OVER THIS A.G.'S DECISION. SOME ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED
BUT LET'S PUT POLITICS ASIDE. IT'S THE HOLIDAY. WE'VE JUST BEEN THROUGH AN
ELECTION AND IN MY JUDGEMENT, WE NEED A REST. ))
OUT Q=need a rest
Polls show a primary gives Warner the best chance of winning renomination.
Some Republican activists are still angry with Warner for opposing Oliver
North's Senate candidacy.
Republican Party head Patrick McSweeney said today he had the solution to
He said he thinks Warner should retire.
Keeping the smart highway in Southwest Virginia, if not Montgomery County,
That's the goal of regional economic developers.
Tracy Altizer explains.
IN Q=The Montgomery County board
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council; :22
SUPER=01-Larry Linkous/Montgomery Supervisors Chairman; :47
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( The Montgomery County board of supervisors decision NOT to allow the state
to build the smart highway through this agricultural district stunned economic
developers and road planners.
They say the decision could cost the region hundreds of jobs and hundreds of
millions of dollars.
Bev Fitzpatrick, director of the group working to develop an economic vision
for Southwest Virginia, says the decision is a blow to the whole region.
((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL: IF THEY WERE TO HAVE A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL
PROSPECT COME TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND OFFER THEM TWO THOUSAND JOBS, WOULD THEY
FEEL THE SAME WAY THAT THEY FELT ABOUT THIS? IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW
WHETHER IT'S THIS PARTICULAR ROAD OR IF IT'S AN OVERALL PHILOSOPHICAL FEELING
ABOUT GROWTH OR NO GROWTH. ))
That's just the type of question that worries Montgomery supervisors
chairman Larry Linkous, a smart road supporter.
((LARRY LINKOUS/MONTGOMERY SUPERVISORS' CHAIRMAN: I'M HOPING THAT THIS VOTE
WON'T BE MISCONSTRUED TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO THINK THAT THIS BOARD IS NOT PRO-
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. ))
The road would provide a testing ground for intelligent vehicle research at
Virginia Tech, as well as a link between Blacksburg and I-81.
Fitzpatrick says the region lost out when the state yanked funding for
Radford's College of Global Studies, only to let George Mason set up a similar
He hopes Northern Virginia doesn't snap up the smart road as well.
((THERE'S AN OLD SAYING AN OPPORTUNITY LOOKS A LOT BIGGER LEAVING TOWN THAN IT
DOES COMING TO TOWN. I WOULD SAY THE SMART ROAD IS EXACTLY THAT AND WE NEED TO
BE CAREFUL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T WANT IT TO LEAVE TOWN. ))
It's to early to know if it would be feasible for VDOT and Tech to steer the
road in another direction. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Bedford County firefighters spent more than six hours trying to extinguish a
stubborn hay fire near Big Island.
The blaze was reported around 9:30 this morning at this farm off Route 122.
Dozens of bales of hay caught fire inside a metal storage hut.
It took crews several hours to get inside and pull the burning hay out
before they could put it out.
Crews used more than 60- thousand gallons of water-
Much of the hay is still smoldering, and firefighters say it could be
another day or two before it can be completely extinguished.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on news 7, Governor Allen rocks the weather forecast,
and we'll learn tomorrow if some lucky lottery player's wallet will be as
stuffed as a Thanksgiving Turkey.
Southside lawmakers and some several homeowners along the Roanoke River
Basin joined forces today to fight the Lake Gaston pipeline.
SUPER=03-Warren Co., NC/File Tape;
A lawsuit was was filed in Mecklenburg County challenging the
constitutionality of the project.
Congressman L- F Payne says a 1992 state law authorizing the withdrawal of
water from Lake Gaston was enacted without the necessary two thirds vote
required for special acts which bind local governments.
The suit claims the pipeline violates the time-honored water rights of those
living along the Roanoke River and its tributaries.
Thanksgiving dinner may still be a day away for most people, but the work
has already begun for one group feeding the hungry this year.
Fifteen turkeys, fifty pounds of potatoes and 4 cases of green beans
highlight the holiday meal at Roanoke Area Ministries.
RAM House volunteers have been busy cooking the dinner since Monday and
started planning it last month.
But officials say they could not pull it off without the public's support.
IN Q=The generosity of
((WENDY MOORE/ROANOKE AREA MINISTRIES: THE GENEROSITY OF THIS COMMUNITY,
EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DONATED. IT'S ALL COME IN SO WE'RE SET AND WE'RE READY. ))
SUPER=01-Wendy Moore/Roanoke Area Ministries;
OUT Q=we're ready
Moore says this is one of the busiest times for her organization.
She expects about 200 less fortunate Roanokers to attend the meal.
Thanksgiving is tax time for two of Virginia's Native American tribes and
Governor Allen was more than happy to serve as tax COLLECTOR today.
The chiefs presented the Governor with their tax payment of two deer this
Allen was pleased to receive the bucks, but seemed even more interested in
an Indian weather rock.
IN Q=If the rock
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IF THE ROCK IS WET, IT'S RAINING. IF THE ROCK IS WHITE,
IT'S SNOWING. IF THE ROCK IS MOVING FROM SIDE TO SIDE IT'S WINDY. ))
OUT Q=it's windy
Elementary school students later joined the chiefs in an American- Indian
The ceremony has been a tradition since 1646.
The barber shop duo of Ronde and Tiki Barber paid your hometown station a
visit tonight, their team is headed to the peach Bowl, but before we get to all
that, here's a look at the Football News first team all-Americans.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first player
OUT Q=...last player
To the NBA where the Pistons hosted the Bullets in Auburn Hills Michigan.
SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI/Bullets vs. Pistons; :00
Doug Collins was anxious not to turn into a turkey on this Thanksgiving
But with 9.5 seconds left, Juwan Howard steals the inbounds pass at
midcourt and spots Calbert Cheaney for the slam. Chris Webber and Juwan Howard
have a happy homecoming in their SUPER=32-Washington/=98/Detroit/=97;
return to Michigan as the Bullets win it 98-97.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
Ronde and Tiki Barber have both been chosen as Atlantic Coast Conference
first teamers. Last night; the former Friday Football Extra tandem paid your
hometown station a visit.
Tiki broke the UVa single season rushing record this season with 1
thousand 379 yards. Yesterday he addressed the bowl question.
IN Q="The bowl
((TIKI BARBER/ALL-ACC 1ST TEAM SELECTION:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/All-ACC 1st Teamer; :00
OUT Q=...hope for the best
Ronde's interception output was cut in half this season; down to 4, but
that did not stop the voters.
IN Q="I did
((RONDE BARBER/1ST TEAM ALL-ACC:))
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/1st Team All-ACC; :00
OUT Q=...in the future"
The University of Virginia is heading to the Peach Bowl. UVa accepted the
invitation to play in the December 3oth Peach Bowl. The Cavaliers opponent for
the 8 pm game at the Georgia Dome has not yet been determined.
The 8 and 4 cavs made their first ever bowl appearance in the Peach back
in 1984 where they beat Purdue 27-24.
Again, UVa is headed to the Peach Bowl.
As you saw earlier; Percy Ellsworth, one of the Barber's teammates, was
named a first team All-American yesterday by the Football News publication.
Ellsworth is joined on the first team All-america squad by Virginia Tech
Junior defensive end Cornell Brown.
The former EC Glass standout led the Big East this season with 14 quarterback
In all, Cornell registered 25 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are still waiting to see where they will go bowling
this season. All indications point to either the Orange, Sugar or the Gator
Bowl. Tech's bowl picture should clear up substantially this Saturday when
Miami and Syracuse meet at one of the Alliance's major post season sites; the
Orange Bowl. Wherever the Hokies go; they will most likely be without center
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Saturday; :00
Watch the bottom middle of your screen and look for number 61. In last
Saturday's game against UVa Conaty got his legs trapped under pile while
blocking from his center position.
He fractured his right ankle and had surgery to repair the break yesterday in
Tech trainer Eddie Ferrell says the type of fracture usually takes FOUR TO
SIX WEEKS TO HEAL.
The Roanoke Express beat Hampton Roads last night4-3 in a shootout, on the
road, on the Admirals home ice tonight to improve to 10 and 8 on the season.
SUPER=03-Norfolk/Express vs. Admirals; :00
The Admirals led 3-1 in regulation play. Dominic Molte gave them that lead
with this big goal.
But Roanoke stormed back. In the third period, Roanoke's dave Stewart ties
the game with this tally and the contest is all notted up at 3 apiece.
The game went into a shoot out. SUPER=34-Roanoke/==4/Hampton Roads/==3;
Jeff Jablonski led another Express comeback with this shootout goal, Ilaja
Dukov scored the game winner and Roanoke beats Hampton Roads 4-3.
And still to come tonight, Sweet Lou Pinella receives a big time national
award from the AP,
and this gentleman hopes to cash in on some big time money...try 1 million
for one putt!
One baseball note. Lou Pinella has won his second post season award. He has
been voted the Associated press manager of the year.
Pinella guided the seattle mariners to the American league West Division
title. Earlier this month, the Baseball Writers Association of America picked
him as the top manager in the AL.
Your Thanksgiving football feast features a rare high octane game tomorrow
After the Vikings and Lions play out their contest, the Cowboys meet the
Chiefs in the marquee battle of the year.
The Chiefs have won 7 in a row and are 10-and-1, and according to one Cowboy
they are for real.
IN Q="I believe...
((EMMITT SMITH/COWBOYS RUNNING BACK:))
((MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER/CHIEFS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Emmitt Smith/Cowboys Running Back; :00
SUPER=01-Marty Schottenhemier/Chiefs Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...real good."
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
Finally tonight, a man with little to no golfing experience will try and
bagg a ten footer.
If he nails the putt, he will win one million dollars. John Brinson is the
man for the Putting Challenge. He will make his attempt as part of the
nationally televised skins game. If he misses he still gets 50 grand.
We will soon find out if someone is twenty-four million dollars richer.
Today people flocked to convenience stores and other ticket outlets to pick
up lottery tickets.
Lottery Officials estimate that at least 15- thousand tickets are sold each
Some people have the money spent already.
IN Q=Well, I have
((WANDA & JIM SEARS: WELL, I HAVE NO QUESTION ABOUT WHAT I'M GOING TO DO, MY
WIFE SAID I WAS GOING TO GIVE IT TO HER SO I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING WITH IT. HE
SAYS ALWAYS SAID HE'D BUY ME A RED PORSCHE CONVERTIBLE AND I'M SURE HE WOULD.))
SUPER=01-Wanda & Jim Sears/Lottery Players;
OUT Q=sure he would
Some say they don't plan to share their winnings with anyone.
Not even their co-workers.
IN Q=Nope, Nope. We're
((VAN JOHNSON/BLACKSBURG: NOPE, NOPE, WE'RE ALL HERE ON OUR OWN. WE DON'T
INTEND ON SHARING ANY MONEY WITH ANYBODY WE WORK WITH. I'M GOING TO TAKE MY
TWENTY-FOUR MILLION IF I WIN AND HIT THE SUNSET AS THEY SAY.))
SUPER=01-Van Johnson/Lottery Player;
OUT Q=as they say.
Lottery officials say they haven't had a winner since late August.
The person of tonight's drawing would receive 816- thousand dollars each
year for the next twenty years- after taxes.