Coming up on News Seven at eleven,
A part of Interstate 81 is still blocked following today's fiery tractor
In Danville, investigators are still trying to determine what caused the
death of a 26-year old woman whose body was found more than a month ago.
And the Virginia Tech Hokies find out where they're heading for their bowl
News seven at eleven is next.
A part of Interstate 81 has been blocked for more than eight hours
following a fiery tractor trailer accident.
The wreck took place near the 5-81 interchange around two-o'clock this
Len Besthoff has the story.
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((SCANNER TRAFFIC: ACCESS ONTO 581 IS TOTALLY BLOCKED.))
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That was the scenario after this tractor trailer flipped and ended up
sandwiched between the guardrails of this bridge on Interstate 81.
The driver suffered minor injuries; his partner was thrown from the
cab...witnesses dragged him to safety just before the truck went up in flames.
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((BARBARA STELLING/MOTORIST: I RAN UP THE STREET, SCREAMED FOR PEOPLE TO COME
HELP ME BECAUSE I KNEW HE WOULD BURN UP IF WE DIDN'T GET HIM OUTTA THERE.))
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((One of the biggest challenges was getting the medical helicopter back over to
the highway, because there was a lot going on here in addition to the rescue
effort...the truck was still on fire.))
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((SCANNER TRAFFIC: HAVE LANDING ZONE ESTABLISHED FOR LIFEGUARD 10.))
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The first time the chopper tried to land it didn't have enough room.
Rescue crews kept attending to the injured truck passenger until Lifeguard
10 had a wider area to touch down on.
Nat Sot of chopper landing
After that firefighters finally got to concentrate on just extinguishing the
truck full of electronic products.
But even that took a while, since crews weren't near any hydrants.
SOT 00:20:13 scanner
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((SCANNER TRAFFIC: GONNA HAVE TO RE-ROUTE THIS TRAFFIC SOUTHBOUND ON 581.))
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Len Besthoff, News-7.
The man airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital has been identified as
53-year-old David Morris of Yadkin, North Carolina.
State police say the driver was 45-year-old Luke (SANE) Sain of Hickory,
He's been treated and released from R-M-H.
No one else was hurt.
Investigators say the wreck was caused by driver inattention.
Sain has been charged with reckless driving.
The Roanoke County fire department says fuel from the truck did leak, but
the spill apparently is not hazardous.
Tonight police responded to a shooting at a home in Northeast Roanoke.
It happened around 9 o'clock on Avendale Avenue.
A police officer on the scene said the victim was shot in the leg.
Police have not released the name OR condition of the victim.
Authorities say a Montgomery County deputy is still in the hospital after he
accidentally shot himself.
The shooting occurred around 2-30 this afternoon.
Sources tell News Seven that deputy Jeff Spooner was preparing to enter the
jail and putting away his weapon when he shot himself.
Officials say the injury is NOT serious.
He is being held at Montgomery Regional Hospital for observation.
Danville investigators are still trying to determine what caused the death
of Robyn Annette Gatewood.
The 26-year old's decomposed body was found more than a month ago.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :13
SUPER=01-Ann Gatewood/Robyn's Grandmother; 1:01
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((Robyn Gatewood's body was discovered October 28th, behind Motley's
Police say there did not appear to be any attempt to hide the body, a few
leaves were all that covered her remains.
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: WE'RE UNDETERMINED AT THIS TIME AS TO
CAUSE OF DEATH, BUT I WILL SAY THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ANY TYPE OF WOUND OR
THERE AREN'T ANY TYPE OF WOUNDS, GUNSHOTS OR FROM BLOWS OR ANY KNIFE WOUNDS. ))
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An Assistant State Medical Examiner did detect drugs in Gatewood's system.
So without evidence of foul play, Morris says it's possible Robyn Gatewood
died from a drug overdose.
According to Morris, no one around Danville had seen Robyn Gatewood for more
than a year.
Yet, police say no family members had filed a missing persons report.
Gatewood's maternal grandmother says Robyn had a long history of drug abuse.
As for her disappearance, Ann Gatewood says it wasn't unusual for her
granddaughter to be gone for months at a time.
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((REPORTER SPEAKS: WHAT KIND OF PERSON WAS ROBYN?
ANN GATEWOOD/ROBYN'S GRANDMOTHER: OH, SHE JUST A GOOD TIME GIRL, SHE JUST
WANTED TO GO AROUND HERE AND YOU KNOW MEET UP WITH FRIENDS, GOT IN THE BAD
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Robyn Gatewood now rests in a family cemetary just outside Danville.
She left behind four children-- who, like authorities, will probably never
know how their mother died. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
The Virginia Tech Hokies are headed for their biggest postseason payday in
Tonight, the Sugar Bowl officially invited the Hokies to play the University
of Texas on New Years Eve in the Superdome.
By making it into the college football's six team alliance, the Hokies will
earn the Big East nearly five-million dollars and take home a cut of more than
three million for their own athletic programs.
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((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Va. Tech Quarterback ; :00
OUT Q=...A LOT THIS SEASON."
Mike Stevens will have more on tonight's Sugar Bowl announcement later in
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7,
The man who assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Rabin claims the murder was
a set up,
And the Russian President tightens the belt on production of alcohol.
wx ad lib
Some scattered showers are making their way across the region tonight--
along the path of a cold front.
But the skies will dry up tomorrow-- as another batch of high pressure moves
Temperatures will become more seasonable this week-- with a mixture of
clouds and sun.
A pretty mild forecast-- plus a look at the December Almanac-- all that
The man who says he assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin claims that
the murder was "a set-up" and that he had information that "could turn the
country upside down."
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;
He shouted that statement to reporters in court today.
25-year old Yigal Amir, the right-wing Jewish extremist says he shot Rabin
last month during a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
Amir suggested that one of Rabin's bodyguards may have been in on the murder
He could be formally charged this week.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin has signed a new law where the state
controls the production of alcohol.
The law is aimed at curbing Russia's widespread alcohol abuse problem.
Russia is the world leader of alcohol consumption, with 14- point- five
liters of pure spirits consumed per capita each year.
A surprising turnaround in the Smart Road controversy, and organized labor
gets turned down at a Salem plant.
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./Monday; :36 (QUICK!)
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Wednesday; :50 (QUICK!)
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A major tobacco company that operates a storage facility in Danville wants
to acquire the rights to several name brand cigarettes.
Lorillard Tobacco has entered into a contract with Brown and Williamson to
acquire trademarks to Montclair, Riviera, Malibu and Crowns cigarettes.
The latest survey by Manpower says in the first three months of next year,
10-percent of Roanoke area employers plan to add workers, and 13-PERCENT plan
to cut back.
In greater Lynchburg, 16 percent plan to hire, and six-percent want to trim
Montgomery County supervisors have decided to reconsider a vote that blocked
the Smart Road project, a big economic initiative there.
And the routing of the proposed interstate 73 through our area was part of
the highway legislation signed by President Clinton this week.
Roanoke's retail district got some good news Wednesday.
A longtime shopkeeper will expand and move into the old Woolworth's
building, and a bagel store will open on the market next spring.
Workers at a Salem truck parts plant have decided against union
The United Auto Workers lost a vote at Mascotech by a 66-to-54 margin.
The number of passengers using the Roanoke and Lynchburg airports rose in
October compared to the previous month.
But for the year, Roanoke's passenger traffic is down 13-percent, and
Lynchburg's has dropped about six-percent.
And eight months after reopening, the Hotel Roanoke has received a four
diamond rating from triple-A of Virginia.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 38-points,
closing at 5087.13.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Norfolk Southern is one of the 35 railroads that has signed a tentative
agreement with the nation's largest railroad union.
The deal comes after more than a year of talks.
The agreement resolves issues including wages, benefits, and work rules.
If approved, it will cover a five-year period.
The U-T-U represents more than 80-thousand transportation workers.
The Roanoke Valley and Lynchburg area recorded good rates of job growth for
The Virginia Employment Commission says for the second straight month, the
Roanoke area recorded the best annual job growth in the state.
It was up 3 POINT 6 percent in September.
The trade and service industries did the most hiring.
Greater Lynchburg's workforce grew by 3 point 1 percent.
It added jobs in education.
Danville is the state's only metro area that LOST jobs in September.
MUSIC ON TAPE
A new company in Blacksburg wants to help people who want to get on the
And we'll have INFORMATION on Ferrari's new SUPERcar that packs more than
enough muscle for any highway.
MUSIC UP FULL
Blacksburg has attracted a new company that will let more people hook up to
N-R-V Net started up its Internet access service a month ago, and officially
celebrated its opening Friday.
The Blacksburg Electronic Village attracted the company to its location.
((TED HUDSON/NRV NET VICE-PRESIDENT: THEY HAVE PROVIDED INTERNET ACCESS FOR
YEARS, AND LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE THEY NEEDED AN
OUTSIDE, PRIVATELY- OWNED BUSINESS TO TAKE OVER SOME OF THEIR CUSTOMER LOAD. ))
((RON SECRIST/BLACKSBURG TOWN MANAGER: WELL ONE OF THE ASPECTS WHEN WE
ORIGINALLY BEGAN THE BLACKSBURG ELECTRONIC VILLAGE WAS HOPING TO CREATE NEW
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY. AND SO NRV NET IS ONE OF THOSE
OBJECTIVES COMING TRUE.))
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SUPER=01-Ron Secrist/Blacksburg Town Manager; :12
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N-R-V Net charges 15 dollars a month for unlimited Internet access.
It plans to expand into Roanoke and throughout the New River Valley.
Eventually, the company hopes to offer other services, such as video
(toss to Kimberly)
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You'd never know it by all the recent warm weather-- but December is here.
And as we prepare for the Christmas season-- let's pause to take a look and
a listen to this month's almanac.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies will be ringing in the New Year on Bourbon Street
later this month.
Today the Sugar Bowl officially invited the Hokies to play Texas on New
Mike Stevens has this report from he Tech campus.
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SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :30
SUPER=01-Chuck Zatarain/Sugar Bowl Representative; :36
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Va. Tech Linebacker; 1:10
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/Va. Tech Defensive End; 1:30
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/Va. Tech Defensive Tackle; 1:55
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
If the Washington Redskins lose the rest of their games this season they
can say they beat the Dallas Cowboys twice.
Terry Allen scored two touchdowns and Heath Shuler passed for one as the
Redskins stunned Dallas 24 to 17.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/FOX SPORTS; :
Deon Sanders leaving the Cowboys defensive huddle.
And the Cowboys come up big in the second quarter as Emmitt Smith takes
the handoff and scores from 7 yards out 7 to nothing Cowboys.
But the Redskins answered Terry Allen getting the ball and scoring over
the right side to make it 7 to 7 in the second quarter.
Dallas 10 to 7 at the half but Shuler goes to the air and hits Henry Ellard
on the 10 yard T-d pass and Washington led 14 to 10 in the third.
The Redskin defense made a big play in the fourth stopping a Cowboy drive
when Stanley Richards intercepted this Troy Aikman pass and returned it to the
Several plays later Allen Scores SUPER=30-Washington/=24/Dallas/=17; from
the one Washington led 21 to 10 and the Redskins beat the Cowboys 24 to 17.
The Kansas City Chiefs clinched the A-F-C west title today holding off the
Oakland Raiders 29 to 23.
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The Raider fans were fired up for the division meeting with the Chiefs.
And Oakland struck early. Terry McDaniel steps in front of the Steve
Bono Pass and he returns it 43 yards for a touchdown and a 7 to nothing Raider
lead in the first quarter.
Marcus Allen rushed for a season SUPER=30-Kansas
City/=29/Oakland/=23;high 124 yards to become the first player in history to
log more than 10-thousand rushing and 5-thousand receiving yards the Chiefs
beat the Raiders 29 to 23.
The Panthers beat the colts on a field goal Brett Favre passes for two
touchdowns to lead the Packers over the Bengals and Seattle beats Philadelphia.
For all of today's scores lets check the boards.
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And coming up, The Knicks beat the Bullets in The "Big Apple" for the
15-th straight time.
And The 19-th ranked Maryland Terps pick up a big win at the UsAir Arena
Anthony Mason scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the New York
Knicks beat the Washington Bullets 107 to 83.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG NETWORK; :
Chris Webber taunts the Knick fans during a time out in this evenings game.
And Derek Harper made the Bullets pay here he pulls up and nails a three
pointer and the Knicks took a 9 point lead.
Harper comes up with the steal and SUPER=32-N.Y.
Knicks/107/Washington/=83;layup New York gets its 15-th straight win over the
Bullets with the 107 to 83 victory.
19-th Ranked Maryland was out to up its record to 500 taking on George
Washington this afternoon at the U-S Air Arena.
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The big men were showcased to open the second half of the Game George
Washington's Alexander Koul scoring inside and drawing the foul.
The Terps come right back going inside to Adam Ekezie who gets the easy
basket giving Maryland a 71 to 46 lead.
George Washington freshman J.J. Brade led an 8 to nothing run but G-W
still trailed by 17 halfway through the second half.
Maryland's Johnny Rhodes sealed the SUPER=33-Maryland/=98/G.
Washington/=81;win for the Terps here he takes the pass and scores inside as
Maryland beats George Washington 98 to 81.
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Boston College went up against 9-th ranked Connecticut of the Big East This
The Huskies go inside to Ray Allen for the easy layup in the first half of
Then Antoine Granger comes down the floor and he makes the 360 degree spin
move for the score and U-Conn led by six.
The Huskies turned away a couple of SUPER=33-Connecticut/=63/Boston
College/=62;Eagle rallies and Connecticut gets away with the 63 to 62 win over
Connecticut slips by Boston College for that the N-B-A and N-H-L Scores
lets go to the boards.
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O-J Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden is breaking into show-biz.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/File Tape;
The Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety is reporting the lawyer has signed a
million-dollar movie deal.
The paper says Darden will co-write a script, and co-produce a film with
"Forrest Gump" co-producer Steve Tisch.
The movie will take a look at Darden's life-- both before and after the
Darden gets a 75-thousand dollar advance and one million dollars if the film
SUPER=03-College Station, TX;
Car enthusiasts were revved up over today's unveiling of a new 450-thousand
The limited edition street rocket made its debut in College Station, Texas
to much fanfare.
A company spokesman says the car was designed to give customers a vehicle
with speed and emotion.
It's the Ferrari 50th Anniversary model.
The racing car is expected to be a collector's item.
Ferrari will make only 349 of the cars, with only 55 available in the U-S.
The colors come in racing red, silver, black, and yellow.