Holiday travel turns tragic on area roadways.
California police think the case of a missing Hollywood model may be murder.
And U-S troops spend Thanksgiving preparing for a Bosnian peacekeeping
Meanwhile our weather picture looks a lot brighter. There will be rain today
but temperatures are out of the danger zone for snow & ice.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
Roanoke City officials report that there is a major underground water main
break in the city that is also affecting Roanoke County.
The break has affected water pressure in some parts of the city and has
discolored the water in some areas.
Public works officials say the water should be boiled before consumption.
They say as soon as they are able to locate the break the water pressure and
color should return to normal.
On Thanksgiving more travelers hit the road more than any other holiday.
Unfortunately that can also mean more accidents.
A Fincastle woman was ejected from her car this morning in a single vehicle
accident on Interstate 81.
State police say she was southbound when the accident occurred near Dixie
State police suspect she fell asleep at the wheel.
Police say she is in stable condition, and her fiancee, who was a passenger,
suffered minor injuries.
Also in Roanoke County - one man remains hospitalized after a four car pile
up last night.
Pedro Solano of Roanoke was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he is
listed in critical condition.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
It happened at about six-thirty at the intersection of Buck Mountain Road
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 are still investigating.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
Police are also investigating another accident in the county that happened a
few hours later.
It happened on Olsen Road.
Police say the driver of the 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.
The nation's highways are expecially busy this holiday thanks to lower gas
As Ron Jones reports, authorities hope people are thinking about 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 Virginia Department of Transportation Officials suggest that if there is
snow or ice in the area you should call their office for road conditions.
Amherst County authorities are asking for your help in identifying a body
found yesterday near Galt's Mill.
The body of a white female was discovered along a riverbank by two deer
hunters, one of them an off- duty Amherst County deputy.
She's in her mid- 20's, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with brown hair and
She has a wound to her upper torso and police are treating her death as a
Anyone with information about the woman should call Amherst County
authorities at 804- 929- 9300.
A former Los Angeles Raiders cheerleader has been missing almost a week.
Now, police think they know why.
They think Linda Sobek may have been murdered.
She was last seen November 16th when she headed out for a modeling photo
This afternoon, police have a photographer in custody.
Mary Grady reports.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :00
SUPER=01-Lt. Mark Wright/Hermosa Beach Police Dept.; :28
SUPER=01-Mary Grady/Reporting; 1:17
OUT Q=Reporting fro CBS News.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, evangelist Billy Graham is being advised NOT to tour,
and some American soldiers spend their Thanksgiving on the front lines of
music up full
There are reports today that Bosnian Serbs are gearing up for more fighting.
Bosnian Serb radio reports that leaders in control of suburban Sarajevo have
rejected the Bosnia peace plan worked out in the U-S.
It also says they're increasing their military readiness.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
But in Belgrade they're celebrating.
That's after the U-N Security Council voted to suspend trade sanctions
against Serb-led Yugoslavia.
The action means prices for goods that had been sold on the black market
will drop and -- for the first time in three years -gasoline will be widely
Meantime U-S troops are preparing for their mission to help enforce the
Allen Pizzey has more.
SUPER=01-Allen Pizzey/Reporting; 1:24
OUT Q=Allen Pizzey CBS NEWS.
The trader connected to the collapse of one of Britian's oldest banks is
back in Singapore to face fraud charges.
Nicholas Leeson arrived today from Germany, where had been held since March
second, while he tried unsuccessfuly to block Singapore's extradition.
In late February Barings bank went broke from nearly one-point-four-billion
dollars in losses piled up by Leeson's bets on stock futures.
Leeson will be charged with forging documents and opening a fictitious bank
account to cover unauthorized trades.
If convicted he faces up to 14 years in prison.
Billy Graham won't be visiting Australia and New Zealand next year.
Doctors have ordered the evangelist to cancel his upcoming crusades in
February and March.
The 77-year-old Graham suffers from Parkinson's disease, and doctors fear
the strain of his tour could worsen his condition.
This summer, Graham collapsed while giving a speech in Toronto and was
hospitalized for a bleeding colon.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next, what people are doing to feed the less fortunate this Thanksgiving
We'll see what's happening locally,
and in Washington.
The Clintons are even lending a helping hand.
music up full
President Clinton showed his lighter side today as he left the White House
for a holiday getaway.
((HAPPY THANKSGIVING. YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD DAY, GET OUT OF THE RAIN. IT'S THE
POLITICIANS WHO DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SENSE TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN. ))
SUPER=03-The White House;
OUT Q=to get out of the rain.
The first family will be spending the Thanksgiving weekend at Camp David.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is planned -- turkey with all the
trimmings, including corn bread stuffing prepared according to a recipe of
Clinton's late mother, Virginia Kelley.
Yesterday, President Clinton and the first lady, Hillary, helped serve
turkey dinner to about 50 people in a Washington homeless shelter.
As families around the nation prepare to give thanks, one congressman in
Roanoke is spreading good cheer and food.
((ARE YOU MISS SCOTT OR MISS OVERSTREET? MS. SCOTT I'M BOB GOODLATTE. AND I'M
OUT HELPING TODAY TO DELIVER SOME MEALS ON WHEELS AND WANT TO BRING YOU A
Congressman Bob Goodlatte helped the League of Older Americans deliver
thanksgiving dinners to senior citizens who are shut in.
IN Q=They got a
((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE: THEY GOT A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR THEM
TODAY THAT INCLUDES TURKEY AND STUFFING AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS. AND EVEN SOME
GODIVA CHOCOLATE THAT WAS DONATED BY A COMPANY SO WE HOPE THAT HAVE A WONDERFUL
MEAL AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THEY APPRECIATE.))
OUT Q=that they appreciate.
50 volunteers will deliver more than 200 meals throughout the Valley and
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
The Roanoke Rescue Mission is serving turkey dinners to the less fortunate
Here to tell us about that is Joy Sylvester-Johnson, the mission's Director
How much food are you preparing this year?
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission of Roanoke;
(When do you start preparing the meals?)
(How many people do you expect this year. More or less? How come?)
(President Clinton helped serve turkey dinners yesterday at homeless shelters
in Washington and he commented that woman and children make up the fastest
growing portion of society that is homeless, is that true in the Roanoke
(How do you get your donations?)
(Is it tough finding volunteers to serve dinner?)
(What are you doing for Christmas and how can people help?)
(mel toss to robin)
One lucky Lotto player from Hampton is especially thankful today.
One ticket bought in that area won Virginia's fifth largest lotto jackpot.
The winning numbers for the 24-million dollar prize are seven, nine,
thirteen, seventeen, twenty-four, twenty-five.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
And Wall Street has lots to be thankful for, after hitting the Dow jackpot
and breaking the five-thousand-mark this week.
Investors are taking a break in observance of Thanksgiving.
but of course there was no rest for the Macy's Day parade.
We'll have a curbside seat, next, on News 7 at Noon.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Peach Bowl/UVA Football
Everything's peachy for the University of Virginia.
U-V-A has accepted an invitation to play in the December 30th Peach Bowl.
The Cavaliers' opponent for the game at the Georgia Dome has not yet been
Your Thanksgiving football feast features a rare high octane game today.
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.
IN Q=I believe they're
((EMMITT SMITH/COWBOYS RUNNING BACK: I BELIEVE THEY'RE THE BEST 10 AND ONE TEAM
IN THE LEAGUE. THEIR RECORD SHOWS THAT. IF THEY WEREN'T, THEY WOULDN'T BE 10
AND ONE. THEY'RE DEFINATELY THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE.))
((MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER/CHIEFS HEAD COACH:THE THINGS ABOUT DALLAS - THEY KNOW
WHAT THEY'RE DOING. THEY'RE NOT REAL COMPLICATED, BUT THEY'RE REALLY GOOD.))
SUPER=01-Emmitt Smith/Cowboys Running Back; :00
SUPER=01-Marty Schottenhemier/Chiefs Head Coach; :
OUT Q=they're really good.
The Roanoke Express takes on the Hampton Roads Admirals at the Roundhouse
tonight, after beating them on their home ice last night.
SUPER=03-Norfolk/Express vs. Admirals; :00
The Admirals lead 3-1 in the beginning.
But Roanoke storms back.
In the third period, Roanoke's Dave Stewart ties the game.
Jeff Jablonski makes a shootout goal, then Ilaja Dukov scores the game
winner and Roanoke beats Hampton Roads 4-3.
In New York City this morning, some two million people braved chilly
weather and blustery winds to see Bart Simpson, the Pink Panther and Barney.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
The five-story high balloons were just a few of the feature attractions in
the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Spiderman balloon continues to be a crowd favorite.
The parade also includes several marching bands.
The parade tradition began more than 70 years ago.
But the parade didn't have a very happy ending for one spectator.
A woman fell 20 feet into a hole in the sidewalk along the parade route.
Officials say she fell through a subway grating that gave way.
No word on her condition.
(toss to Robin)
(robin ad lib)
Tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE's Health Check Report--
The busiest shopping day of the year is tomorrow, and kids usually want
But how do you know if what you're buying is not only safe but appropriate
for them in terms of development?
Connie Stevens has a full report, tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 at NOON, have a happy Thanksgiving.