Coming up on News seven at eleven
a pilot crash lands in Massachusetts and is caught on a home video camera.
In Brooklyn New York, a transit clerk was fire bombed as he stood in his
booth at a subway station.
And these Christmas trees are not just a symbol of the holidays, but a sign
of community spirit.
News even at eleven is next.
A vacant home on Chapman Avenue was damaged by fire tonight. Authorities
believe the blaze may have been intentionally set.
The call came in around ten o'clock.
The flames apparently spread from the back of the home into the attic.
No one was in the building when firefighters arrived, but authorities are
describing the blaze as suspicious.
IN Q=We confined it
SUPER=01-Bobbie Slayton/District Chief;
OUT Q=when he gets here.
None of the firefighters was injured.
Police in Amherst County are making a public plea for help.
They are in the process of investigating the death of 25-year old Robin
Her body was found Wednesday.
Now investigators want to talk with anyone who might have seen the victim on
Thursday, November 16th.
IN Q=we're having
((DUVAL DOSS/AMHERST COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: WE'RE HAVING A DIFFICULT
TIME TRACING HER ACTIVITIES THE LAST FEW DAYS. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WILL HAVE
SEEN HER AT A LATER TIME THEN WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Duval Doss/Amherst Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=we know about
Two hunters found Burge's body in the eastern end of Amherst County on a
Police say she had been shot several times.
Investigators believe Burge was shot then dumped in the river.
Family members say it had been two years since they last saw her.
Burge had apparently broken off all contact with them after she returned
home from the Navy.
Burge was in her mid 20's, about 5-foot 5 inches tall.
In Brooklyn, New York this morning, a transit clerk was fire bombed as he
stood in his booth at a subway station.
Attackers apparently sprayed some kind of liquid into his booth and set it
He suffered burns over 70 percent of his body.
A rifle was recovered at the scene.
Police say two males are responsible.
The victim, 50 year old Harry Kaufman was taken to a local hospital and is
listed in critical but stable condition.
The incident seems to imitate a scene from the new motion picture "Money
In the movie, a psychopath terrorizes New York City token booth clerks by
squirting gasoline in their faces and igniting it.
In Massachusetts a small plane made an emergency landing in a Southbridge
residential neighborhood this afternoon.
Investigators say the pilot was
on his way to Connecticut.
Louis Furnas, of Stafford Springs, Connecticut tried to land the plane at
Southbridge Airport when the plane developed mechanical problems.
He fell short of the runway, hitting the ground in a brushy area about a
quarter of a mile from the airport.
IN Q=I turned around and
((JOHN STEPPICK/CRASH WITNESS: ))
SUPER=01-John Steppick/Crash Witness;
OUT Q=heard the crash.
Furnas is listed in serious condition at the U-Mass Medical
Center in Worcester.
His two passengers were not seriously hurt.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
The coroner's office in Los Angeles says injuries to model Linda Sobek were
"inconsistent with an auto accident."
The results of today's autopsy contradict photographer Charles
Rathbun's claim that he accidentally ran over the 27-year-old model
during a photo shoot and buried her in a panic.
A coroner spokesman also says there were no visible signs that Sobek was
Rathbun, booked for investigation of murder in Sobek's death,
led investigators to the gravesite in the Angeles National Forest.
He told investigators he accidentally struck Sobek with a truck
during a photo shoot.
Rathbun remains in jail under suicide watch after two attempts
to take his own life.
A five year old Rocky Mount boy is STILL in the hospital after an accident
He fell off a haywagon in a Christmas Parade.
He was then struck by the vehicle.
It happened around 4:30 this afternoon.
He was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital and later flown to Roanoke
No word yet on his condition.
Motorist hit the highways for the holiday weekend.
And today the roadways were packed with people returning home.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel
days of the year.
Triple-A estimates about 30 million motorists nationwide hit the highways
Traffic moved a little slower than usual on I-81.
But at this time there are no reports of serious accidents.
State police say in traffic like this, one accident usually leads to a chain
So today they focused on prevention.
IN Q=We're looking for
((TROOPER K.C. KOZAR/STATE POLICE: WE'RE LOOKING PEOPLE THAT'S FOLLOWING TOO
CLOSE, TRAVELING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. SOMEBODY GETS IMPATIENT AND THEY TRY
TO GO ON THE SHOULDER TO GET AROUND TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS IT
CREATES A BIG TRAFFIC JAM.))
SUPER=01-K.C. Kozar/State Police;
OUT Q=a big traffic jam.
Extra troopers were on the roads to help handle the high volume of traffic.
State police say though the day was busy, it did not compare to last year at
You may remember it rained and 12 cars were involved in a chain reaction
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up in the News 7 business review,
We'll see that the Dow Jones is still headed steadily uphill,
While many people were going downhill FAST.
The slopes were packed at Snowshoe over the holiday weekend.
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For most everyone, the long holiday break is nearly over.
But we'll CONTINUE getting a break with the WEATHER.
We've got another warm, sunny day to look forward to tomorrow-- as high
pressure keeps a hold over the region.
But we'll be in for some big changes come mid- week.
Details on that-- plus the complete five- day forecast, keep it right here.
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In Dayton Ohio, a peace agreement was signed this weekend to end four years
of war in Bosnia.
But the hatred continues.
A town in north-central Bosnia, under Croatian control, yesterday was looted
and burned by Croat soldiers.
And it appears Croats are trying to take whatever they can before they turn
the town over to Serb control.
Although the guns have been silenced in Bosnia, many refugees are refusing
to return to their homes, for fear of retaliation.
About 20-THOUSAND Bosnian refugees are unwanted by Croatia and viewed as
traitors by Bosnia.
Today they said they would prefer to spend the winter in tents in Croatia.
IN Q=You're taking about
((ALESSANDRA MORELLI/UNHCR FIELD OFFICER: YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A VERY LARGE
NUMBER OF PEOPLE. NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO FORCE THEM BACK. I SAY NOBODY.
THEN WE CAN EXPECT THAT WE CAN GO THROUGH THE WINTER.))
SUPER=01-Alessandra Morelli/UNHCR Field Officer;
OUT Q=through the winter.
The refugees, mostly Muslims, were forced to flee their homes in northern
Bosnia in August after a Bosnian government offensive.
The return of the refugees was to have been part of the peace process.
SUPER=03-Nablus, West Bank;
On the West Bank today, the Israeli army began evacuating its military
headquarters from Nablus.
Nablus is the largest city scheduled to be handed over to the P-L-O this
As the army dismantled mobile homes and moved them outside the city in
trucks, Palestinian policemen arrived in a nearby village to open a joint
Israeli-PLO military coordination office.
The first stage of the hand over of power was halted by a disagreement
between the commanders of the two sides.
The Palestinians disagreed with the Israelis over where their new police
station should be established.
The Danville Register and Bee is up for sale again and the proposed
Montgomery County smart road is jeopardy.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Tuesday; :25
SUPER=03-Appomattox/File Tape; :41
OUT Q=NAT SOT
The annual burley tobacco market opened this week in Virginia.
Experts predict farmers will fetch a higher price per pound than last year.
Galax is breaking away from traditional industries and moving toward
An electronic circuit board maker named PCS has set up shop there with 15
Montgomery County has voted NOT to rezone land for the Smart Road.
This puts the project and some economic development prospects in jeopardy.
The Danville Register and Bee is up for sale again.
A judge ruled the bank selling the paper can back out of deal it had made
with a local publisher.
Interco will buy the furniture division of Armstrong World Industries.
The deal is not expected to impact Armstrong employees in Appomattox and
Former Dominion Bankshares CEO Warner Dalhouse has become chairman of the
board at Shenandoah Life.
Dalhouse currently serves as chairman of the board at First Union of
Virginia, which bought Dominion two years ago.
The company operating the Radford Arsenal has offered a new voluntary
retirement program to workers.
About 160 full time salaried workers are eligible.
And the Dow Jones broke a big milestone this week, surpassing the 5000
barrier for the first time.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, Sprint-Centel-Virginia will reduce its business office in
Martinsville from 40 to three people.
The phone company will move the customer service positions to its other
offices in South Boston and Charlottesville.
The displaced workers in Martinsville will have the option of transferring
The company says the shift should be completed by June.
Roanoke Electric Steel has posted strong fourth quarter and full year
The company says its final quarter earnings were up 54-percent compared to a
For the full 12 months, RESCO's earnings were up 131-percent.
SUPER=03-Snowshoe, WV/File Tape;
Numbers were also up at a West Virginia Ski Resort.
A record number of skiers visited the Snowshoe Mountain Resort this
The resort has recorded over 11-thousand 500 skier-visits since Thursday.
That's a 72 percent increase over their previous record set in 19-81.
Snowshoe has received over 50 inches of natural snow this month, compared to
three inches last November.
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The Republican presidential candidates are busy raising money in Virginia,
And Princess Diana causes a commotion as she visits Argentina.
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Senator Bob Dole has a leg up on his republican rivals when it comes to
soliciting campaign funds in Virginia.
Dole has raised almost 800- thousand dollars in mostly large donations.
The second best fundraiser in the commonwealth so far is Senator Phil Gramm
He lags far behind Dole, raising only 167- thousand dollars so far.
The Federal Election Commission reports that Virginia residents have given a
total of one- point- seven
Million dollars to presidential campaigns.
President Clinton has raised about a half-MILLION dollars from
supporters in the commonwealth.
Princess Diana spent the final day of her visit to Argentina at a clinic for
young drug addicts.
The Princess is trying to fulfill her promise of becoming a roving
ambassador for the United Kingdom.
Today she was in Casa de Vida which is located on an island near the capital
city Buenos Aires.
The Princess has attracted immense attention.
On T-V chat shows she has been the main topic of conversation.
The Princess, who arrived on Tuesday, is due to leave Argentina shortly.
A program in Martinsville- Henry County won an award for its efforts to
combat the county's 23-percent illiteracy rate.
The Literacy Volunteers of Martinsville- Henry County sponsor a reading
program at Memorial Hospital.
Volunteers read to children-- ages three and up-- while they sit in the
hospital's E-R waiting room.
But the program isn't just for kids-- it's for grown- ups, too.
IN Q=You can see
((BILL PETERSON/LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF MARTINSVILLE/HENRY COUNTY: YOU CAN SEE
THEM SMILE WHEN THEY HEAR A CHILD'S BOOK READ. WE UNPLUG THE TELEVISION SET SO
THEY DON'T HAVE THAT DISTRACTION. AND SO, IT IS QUIET AND THE CHILDREN LOVE TO
SIT HERE AND LISTEN, AND THE PARENTS LIKE IT, TOO. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Peterson/Literacy Volunteer;
OUT Q=like it, too
Although its been around for about a year the program is already getting
state- wide attention.
The group won this trophy for being recognized by the state board of
More than 70 volunteers make the program work.
IN Q=I come across
((SHANNON PRIGGEN/LITERACY PROGRAM VOLUNTEER: I COME ACROSS SOME KIDS THAT ARE
REALLY SHY AND THEY FEEL LIKE THEY CAN'T READ WELL. BUT ONCE I GET THEM
STARTED, THEY'RE GREAT READERS. AND I TRY TO ENCOURAGE THEM AND MAKE THEM FEEL
BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES. ))
SUPER=01-Shannon Priggen/Literacy Program Volunteer;
OUT Q=better about themselves
The program is the only one of its kind in the state.
It may have been warm today, but the cold winter weather is just around the
The Virginia Department of Emergency Services has a some ideas to make the
winter go by easier.
In recent years, Virginians have had to deal with massive snow drifts,
closed highways, and prolonged power outages.
To prepare for the inevitable Emergency officials offer these winter weather
Make sure you have an emergency supply of water and non-perishable foods.
Have a flashlight and battery-powered radio, with extra batteries-- a
first-aid kit and additional prescription medication.
They suggest your car be in good running order. Check all your fluid levels
and tire pressures.
To keep your water pipes from freezing wrap them in insulation.
These are just a few suggestions.
For more information about winter weather preparedness call the Virginia
Department of Emergency Services at 804-674-2499.
Ricky Watters rushed for over 100 yards giving him a thousand on the
season and he scored two touchdowns as the Philadelphia Eagles beat the
Washington Redskins 14 to 7.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/FOX SPORTS; :
Heath Shuler got the start at quarterback for the Redskins today.
Early in the game he hits Mark Logan he carries the ball for a 32 yard gain
but the drive was stopped and Washington turned the ball over to the Eagles.
Eagle quarterback Rodney Peete then hands off to Watters he scores from 8
yards out the extra point was missed but Philly led the game 6 to nothing.
The Redskins got on the board in the fourth quarter when Shuler hands off to
Terry Allen he scores from the seven to make it 7 to 6 Washington.
But Watters would have the final
SUPER=30-Philadelphia/=14/Washington/==7;word he scores from the one yard
line the two point conversion was good and the Eagles win the game 14 to 7.
Miami quarterback Dan Marino broke the N-F-L career touchdown passes
record this afternoon but it wasn't enough as the Indianapolis Colts beat the
Dolphins 36 to 28.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/NBC SPORTS; :
While Marino was chasing the record Colt Quarterback Jim Harbaugh was hot
With over 4-minutes left in the first quarter he hooks up with Aaron Bailey
on this 34 yard touchdown pass his second of the game the Colts led 14 to
Then in the second quarter Harbaugh hits tailback Marshall Faulk in the
end zone from 7 yards out and the Colts were cruising 24 to nothing.
Marino then passes to keith Byars SUPER=30-Indianapolis/=36/Miami/=28;he
breaks tackles and scores from the six giving Marino 343 for his career
breaking Fran Tarkenton's record but the Colts win the game 36 to 28.
IN Q="it's just hard
((DAN MARINO/MIAMI QUARTERBACK: I DON'T REALLY, YOU KNOW, SIT BACK AND
APPRECIATE IT. I'M SURE SOME DAY WHEN I WATCH IT ON FILM AND WHATEVER, I'LL
APPRECIATE IT A LOT MORE THAN I DO RIGHT NOW, I MEAN IT'S HARD TO WHEN YOU ARE
IN THE THICK OF A GAME, ON THE ROAD AND TRYING TO COME FROM BEHIND TO REALLY
UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS AND APPRECIATE WHAT IT IS. ))
SUPER=01-Dan Marino/Miami Quarterback; :
OUT Q=....what it is."
Steve Young returned to the starting lineup and the 49-ers scored 24
points off turnovers in a big win over the St. Louis Rams.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/FOX SPORTS; :
Young was playing for the firs time in six weeks and he threw a trio of
But in the first quarter Young's first pass of the game was picked off by
the Rams Anthony Parker
But he came back later in the quarter and the game throwing two T-D passes
to J.J. Stokes this one from 16 yards out and the 49-ers beat the Rams 41 to
San Francisco holds on to its share of first place in the N-F-C west with an 8
and 4 record.
Brett Favre passed for three touchdowns as the Packers beat the Buccaneers
Kevin Butlers 37 yard field goal with sevens seconds ended Chicago's three
game losing streak.
SUPER=03-Orchard Park, NY/NBC SPORTS; :
And at Orchard Park, New England scored two touchdowns in the final two
minutes the big one from former U-V-A star Chris Slade. He picks off the Jim
Kelly Pass and returns it 27 yards for the winning touchdown with 57 seconds
For all of today's N-F-L scores lets go to the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....NEW ORLEANS."
And coming up, Highlights from the N-B-A and N-H-L Fred Couples wins the big
money in the Skins Game.
And Roanoke College makes its first game at Ferrum sweet by beating the
Panthers on their home floor.
Roanoke College hit the road today for a game at Ferrum in conjunction with
a canned food drive for the St. James Community Center.
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Maroons vs Panthers; :
Although its only an hour drive The Maroons were making their first trip
to Ferrum's Swartz Gymnasium.
Roanoke led by 19 at the half but the Panthers try to get back in it Blue
Cook scores in the post.
Then John Maher scores in transition off the Pass from Nathan Hungate and
the Maroons added to their lead.
The Maroons were to much Jason SUPER=34-Roanoke/101/Ferrum/=77;Bishop
beats his man and scores off the Glass And the Maroons win it 101 to 77.
Terry Mills hit a three pointer with point three seconds remaining as
Detroit beat Houston 102 to 100.
SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI/PISTONS NETWORK; :
The big gun for the Pistons was Allen Houston he pulls up and hits two of
his game high 35 points in the third quarter.
But the Rockets come right back going inside to Clyde Drexler for the easy
layup and a two point Rocket lead.
The next trip down the floor Hakeem Olajuwon makes the spin move and jump
hook keeping the Rockets in the lead.
Detroit kept it close again it was SUPER=32-Detroit/102/Houston/100;
Houston taking it to the hole and the Pistons beat the Rockets 102 to 100.
The Florida Panthers extended their home winning streak to eight games this
afternoon with a 5 to 1 win over the slumping Los Angeles Kings.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL./PSW; ;
Doug Maclean looks on from the bench as the Panthers take it to the Kings.
In the first period Scott Mellanby gets the rebound shot and flips it in
for the score and the Panthers took the one to nothing lead.
Still in the first, The Panthers SUPER=31-Florida/==5/Los
angeles/==1;work it in close again the shot bounces off and Stu Barnes puts it
in for the goal and the Panthers beat the Kings 5 to 1.
A light schedule in the N-B-A and N-H-L but for all those scores and some
college basketball scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=....JAMES MADISON.
Fred Couples was the big winner in the 13-th annual Skins Game.
SUPER=03-La Jolla, CA/ABC SPORTS; :
Corey Pavin, who won 150-thousand yesterday picked up another 90-thousand
today when he sank a 12 foot putt for birdie on the 11-th hole.
But Couples hit a short birdie putt on the fifth playoff hole worth
270-thousand dollars enough to give him his first title in the skins game.
Couples had finished second three times.
These Christmas trees are not just a symbol of the holidays, but a sign of
Organizers say The Festival of Trees is a way for the business owners to
support the community.
This year the annual competition is on the 21st floor of the First Union
Businesses pay an entry fee to the Mental Health Association, which sponsors
Visitors to the festival then vote on the tree they like the best.
This is the Associations biggest fund raiser of the year.
IN Q=we do support
((RITA GLINIECKI/MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC. VOLUNTEER: WE DO SUPPORT GROUPS FOR LIKE
DEPRESSION AND PARENTS WHO HAVE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN. WE HAVE AN
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL PROGRAM. WE DO LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY.))
SUPER=01-Rita Gliniecki/Mental Health Assoc. Vol.;
OUT Q=LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
You can take a peek at the trees weekdays and Saturdays from 10 until nine.
And on Sundays from noon until seven.
The exhibit runs through December 23rd.