Coming up on News Seven at eleven,
Police in Martinsville are investigating its second murder in less than a
U-S troops in Germany are getting ready for their Bosnian peace mission, but
one Roanoke family who has a son going is against it.
And in Roanoke Christmas, lights were all aglow as floats paraded down
News seven at eleven is next.
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Another man is murdered in Martinsville.
This is the second murder in less than a week.
The two murders are unrelated.
Police say 43- year- old William Rudd was found stabbed to death late last
60- year- old Prince Easterling has been charged in the killing.
Officials believe Rudd and Easterling were drinking and arguing when
Easterling pulled out a butcher knife and stabbed Rudd once in the neck.
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((RICKY WALKER/MARTINSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATOR: WHEN THE OFFICERS ARRIVED THEY
FOUND THE VICTIM MR. WILLIAM EARL RUDD INSIDE THE RESIDENCE WITH A STAB WOUND
TO HIS NECK AND THE SUSPECT WHO WAS ARRESTED WAS ALSO AT THE SCENE. ))
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Rudd was taken to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
Meanwhile, Easterling, who goes by the nickname "June" is being held in the
Martinsville jail on 10- thousand dollars bond.
In Lynchburg, a C-S-X official says NO problems were found with the train
that hit and killed a man.
Police say it happened at around 3-30 this morning.
24- year- old Mark Douglas McCoy, of Lynchburg, was attempting to cross the
tracks on the Concord Turnpike near the C-S-X Railyard.
A freight train struck the passenger side of the car, pushing it 100 feet.
No one else was in the car and no other injuries.
Warning lights or barriers were not at the intersection.
Police say the incident is still under investigation.
U-S troops are gearing up for deployment in Bosnia.
However, one Roanoke family whose son may be on his way to Bosnia has mixed
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SUPER=01-Linda Mitchell/Soldier's Stepmother; 1:05
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(( President Clinton was in Germany today and told the troops to remember
their committment to service.
((PLEDGED TO THE .... THOSE ESSENTIAL STANDARDS.))
The president went on to say to respond if attacked.
((IF YOU ARE THREATENED.... DECISIVE FORCE.))
Greg Mitchell, a soldier going to Bosnia, was born and raised in Roanoke.
Here seen with his mother Patricia Gordon.
He was among the many soldiers that shook hands with the President.
However, his father and stepmother believe the American committment is
((MIKE MITCHELL/FATHER OF SOLDIER: I'M PROUD WHAT... THAT'S WHAT HE HAD TO
((LINDA MITCHELL/STEPMOTHER OF SOLDIER: WELL PERSONALLY I DON'T.... HAVE TO GO
Greg a sergeant is married to Michalia who lives in Germany and they have a
son, Joshua Taylor.))
As the American mission begins, thousands of people in Bosnia
are protesting the peace plan.
Croat demonstrators chanted continuously and called their leader a traitor.
They say they will never live under Serb rule or in an area of Bosnia under
Serb control or even part of the new Serb Republic.
Twenty-two school children drowned yesterday when their catamaran capsized
in the middle of a lake near a town in Zimbabwe.
About 75 children were visiting the Lake Chivero as an end-of-term treat.
38 were on board the catamaran.
A police spokesman said 16 were rescued, but 22 in the lower deck were
So far, only nine bodies have been recovered.
Lake Chivero is the town's main water supply.
The accident is thought to be the worst on the lake for about 25 years.
Cuban President Fidel Castro today wrapped up the first part of his historic
nine-day visit to China.
Castro layed a wreath inside the mausoleum of the late communist leader
(MOW) (ZEHDONG) Mao Tsedong.
The Chinese were honoring the 69-year- old Cuban Communist leader by
allowing him to participate in the ceremony.
Castro also placed a wreath at the Monument to People's Heroes in Tiananmen
Castro, who has made no secret of his interest in China's economic reforms,
is to travel to the booming east coast to look for ways to change his is own
Rogue futures trader Nick Leeson was jailed for six-and-a-half years by a
Singapore court today for covering up huge losses that sank Barings bank.
The sentence imposed was 18 months short of the maximum eight years for two
cheating offenses to which Leeson had pleaded guilty yesterday in a bid to get
a reduced penalty.
Leeson drew world attention for his disastrous gambles that brought down
Barings, a 233- year-old British institution.
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The state Library of Virginia still doesn't have Former Governor Wilder's
And a lot of fun was had on Jefferson Street in Roanoke during the festival
of lights parade.
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Weather good enough to spoil you.
Today's unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies were pretty easy to
get used to.
And we'll be enjoying more of the same tomorrow.
Meanwhile, temperatures will get back to normal come Monday-- but the
sunshine will linger.
The forecast for the rest of the weekend-- plus the extended outlook,
While Governor George Allen says he does NOT support minors smoking, he will
oppose some upcoming legislation aimed at the tobacco industry.
In his monthly radio show this week, the Governor responded to a caller's
questions about vending machines and tobacco merchants to help control whether
they sell to minors.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: NO I DO NOT SUPPORT BANNING VENDING MACHINES. AS FAR AS
LICENSING-- WHAT IS IT LICENSING OF TOBACCO MERCHANTS? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE
SAYING? I DON'T SEE ANY REASON TO DO THAT. Thanks for your call Martha.))
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Bills to ban vending machines and license merchants are expected in the
upcoming General Assembly session.
The state librarian says he has NO current plans to take legal action
against former Governor Doug Wilder to get his official documents.
Three weeks ago, News 7 reported on the dispute.
State law mandates that every governor's papers are the property of the
Library of Virginia
The library has papers from every Governor from Patrick Henry to Jerry
Baliles -- including some very historic documents.
State Librarian Nolen Yelich (YELL-ik) now says Wilder just needed to be
reminded, and he does NOT think the library will need to take legal action to
get the papers.
Wilder says he has three storage spaces filled with materials and has little
time to sort them out.
He says he may give some of his papers to the new Wilder Library at Virginia
Union University because of it's accessibility to the public.
Some Roanoke groups are worried about stalking and domestic violence.
Many instances of violence are reported, but it's hard to get women to
follow through and press charges.
Denise Allen takes a look at domestic violence and how the court system
deals with it.
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(( The family of Alesha Johnson says the court system didn't take Alesha's
complaints against her former boyfriend seriously.
In October, the 21-year-old woman was shot and killed.
Police believe her former boyfriend, 26-year-old Larry Mack pulled the
trigger, then killed himself.
Reports indicate Mack had been arrested six times in the three weeks before
Each time he was released on an unsecured bond.
((DARLENE YOUNG/TURNING POINT: I THINK IT'S VERY HARD TO PROVE THAT A WOMAN IS
BEING STALKED. I THINK SHE PROBABLY FEELS IF HE'S SITTING ACROSS THE STREET OR
IF HE'S WATCHING HER HOUSE THAT SHE CAN TAKE OUT A WARRANT FOR STALKING AND
THAT'S NOT THE CASE.))
Those involved in the process say the problems don't stop at poorly written
They say lack of information often makes it difficult for those trying to
work in the judicial system.
((HARRY BITHER/MAGISTRATE: WE DO HAVE A COMPUTER SYSTEM. BUT WE CAN ONLY TELL
WHEN THE LAST TIME THE PERSON WAS IN AND THEN WE CAN'T TELL WHAT THE CHARGE
For more information on domestic violence and the court system tune in to
"On Record" tomorrow morning at 11.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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Still to come,
A Roanoke family gets a brand new home, thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
And students and parents alike get a new place to learn about science.
Motorists travelling on Route 2-20 on the Roy Webber Expressway tomorrow
morning may experience traffic delays around the Wonju Street exit.
One lane of traffic will be closed in each direction as workers erect a
The shutdown will occur between 7 and noon.
Habitat for Humanity has built yet another home in Roanoke.
Habitat for Humanity dedicated their 47th house in the Roanoke Valley.
Mike and Peggy Graham and their four daughters received the key to their new
four- bedroom home this morning-- a home the Graham family is very thankful
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((MIKE GRAHAM: I THANK ALL OF THEM FOR STAYING HERE WEEK AFTER WEEK. IT TOOK US
THREE MONTHS TO GET IT DONE. WE FINALLY GOT IT DONE. IT'S GREAT. ))
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The Rotary Club of Roanoke Valley played a big role with this particular
Members raised 15- thousand dollars and contributed another 3- thousand to
complete the project.
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((JENNINGS BIRD/ROTARY CLUB OF ROANOKE VALLEY: WE WANTED A SIGNIFICANT PROJECT
TO HELP CELEBRATE OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY. WITH THAT IN MIND WE WERE LOOKING FOR
SOMETHING MORE THAN WE USUALLY DO. THE CLUB GOT BEHIND THIS AND DECIDED TO GO
WITH IT. ))
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Habitat for Humanity plans to dedicate four more Cleveland Avenue homes by
the end of the month.
They hope to place fourteen needy families in new houses next year.
The finishing touches are being put in place at Danville's Science Center.
The city's train station was renovated to house the Center.
So far, it's about 90- percent complete.
All of the exhibits are "hands" on.
The Center's director encourages children and their parents to get involved.
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((GINNY LAUBINGER/DANVILLE SCIENCE CENTER, DIR.: FOR EXAMPLE, THERE'S AN
EXHIBIT CALLED "BERNOULLI'S BLOWER", AND THERE'S AIR THAT HOLDS THE BALL IN
PLACE AND YOU WONDER WHY DOES IT WORK THAT WAY? WELL THAT SAME CONCEPT IS THE
CONCEPT WHEN YOU FLY IN AN AIRPLANE, THAT LIFT YOU GET FROM THE AIR MOVING
AROUND THE WING, IS THE LIFT YOU GET WITH THE AIR MOVING AROUND THE BALL. THOSE
TYPE OF CONCEPTS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT THEY'RE SOMETHING THAT CHILDREN WILL READ
ABOUT, LEARN ABOUT, PLAY WITH AND WILL CARRY BACK TO THEIR CLASSROOM WITH THEM.
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The Center will open next Saturday.
Admission is four- dollars for adults, three- dollars for students.
Children three and under are free.
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E.C. Glass is headed to the Group Three A state championship game. The
Hilltoppers beat Lee-Davis 34 to 32 in overtime in the division 5 semi finals.
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After trailing in the second quarter the hilltoppers get on the board in
the second quarter Chris Matthews takes the handoff up the middle and scores to
make it 7 to 6.
The Hilltoppers fell behind big in the fourth quarter Adam Burke gets some
running room and goes all the way down the left side for a touchdown the extra
point failed Lee-Davis led 26 to 20.
But glass comes back Quarterback Andre Kendrick passes to Hunter Thacker
for the touchdown with 40 seconds left and regulation would end with the game
tied at 26.
Glass got the ball first in overtime and Kendrick scores on the
quarterback keeper the two point conversion made it 34 to 26 glass.
Lee Davis scores but their 2 point SUPER=36-E.C.
Glass/=34/Lee-Davis/=32;attempt fails and the Hilltoppers hold on for the 34
to 32 win in overtime.
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((ANDRE KENDRICK/GLASS QUARTERBACK: ))
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OUT Q=......thankful for it."
Maurice Clark rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns as amherst County
advances to the state finals with a 34 to 8 win over Grundy in the Division 4
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A beautiful day in Amherst for today's Semi Final game against Grundy.
On the fourth play of the game, Clark takes the handoff goes over the
right side and scores from 30 yards out and the Lancers took the 7 to nothing
Then after stopping Grundy the lancers do it again. This time Clark's
running mate Cam Jackson takes the handoff and he struts down the right
sideline for an 82 yard touchdown run and the lancers led 14 to nothing.
Grundy tried to stay in the game taking advantage of a turnover Quarterback
Tommy Crigger hits Billy Altizer for an 18 yard touchdown to make it 14 to 8
Amherst late in the first quarter.
Then after taking a 20 to 8 lead SUPER=36-Amherst/=34/Grundy/==8;into the
half Amherst scores again in the third Clark takes the handoff and scores from
58 yards out and the Lancers win it 34 to 8.
William Campbell's super season ended this afternoon up in Bluefield.
In a close game, the G-Men of Graham beat the Generals 7 to 6 in the
division three state semi finals.
Graham advances to the championship game next week.
The Giles Spartans saw their season come to close this afternoon, as well.
Defending state champ Powell Valley beat the Spartans 28-to-6 in the Division
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The Spartans needed a quick start to make a statement and they did just that.
Former player of the Week Kevin Slusser fools the Powell Valley defense by
scooting up the middle and into the clear for the opening score and
6-to-nothing Giles lead.
But the Giles defense could not stop Thomas Jones. The all-state tailback
rushed for 262 yards and couple of scores as the Vikings reeled off 28
Jones who also intercepted a pass sealed the win with an 84 yard scamper in
the fourth quarter, as Giles loses 28-to-6.
((STEVE RAGSDALE/GILES HEAD COACH:))
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The Chargers of Bath County are headed to the Group A state championship
game next weekend.
The chargers beat Appalachia this afternoon 36 to 14 in division one.
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OUT Q=.........they've earned it."
And coming up, The Express was at the Roundhouse tonight Tech wins a
basketball game on the road.
And Lord Botetourt beats William byrd for the schools first ever basketball
The Roanoke Express returned home tonight to face the Richmond Renegades
for the second time in as many nights in an interdivisional matchup at the
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Frank Anzalone's club had won 5 out of their last 6 and was hoping to
continue the streak tonight.
But Richmond took an early 1-nothing lead and Roanoke was forced to play
catchup. The Express had several opportunities, especially on the power play,
but squandered most of them.
They did get a late goal and SUPER=34-Richmond/==2/Roanoke/==3;
Roanoke wins it 3 to 2 in the 16-th round of a shootout.
Lord Botetourt captured the the school's first-ever state title in
basketball this afternoon.
Mike Stevens has the story of Botetourt's 43-to-39 victory in the Group Two-A
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SUPER=01-David Wheat/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; 1:26
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Virginia Tech hit the road this afternoon for a game against the Indians of
William and Mary.
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Bill Foster and his Hokies hoping to get the win on the road.
On this play Shawn Smith gets out on the break and scores the jam and the
Hokies led 46 to 31.
Two minutes later the Hokies go to Travis Jackson and he hits the jumper
the Hokies led by 15, 48 to 33.
But William and Mary's Bobby Fitzgibbons hit three straight from 3 point
range and the lead was cut to four.
The Hokies turned back the 10 to nothing run when Keefe Matthews scored
the inside basket giving Tech a six point lead.
Tech's Ace Custis then added the SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=71/William &
Mary/=66;icing to the cake scoring in the paint and the Hokies beat the
Indians 71 to 66.
V-M-I beats Radford and Virginia Wesleyan downs Roanoke College for those
and all of today's college scores lets check the boards.
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Roanoke's "Festival of Lights Parade" featured everything from bands to
We leave you with the sights and sounds of tonight's parade captured by
Photographer Travis Wells.
Thanks for watching.
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