Two French pilots are on their way home after being held captive for nearly
four months by Bosnian Serbs.
One of the worst fires in Massachusetts' history leaves several people
And a powerful storm hits the Pacific northwest, leaving tens of thousands
Don't go away. The news is next.
After more than 100 days of captivity-- two French pilots have been released
by Serb forces.
Today's action resolves a dispute with France that threatened to disrupt the
Paris signing of the Bosnian peace accord.
Vicki Mabrey has more.
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Bosnian Serbs in the suburbs of Sarajevo are voting today on a referendum on
the Dayton peace treaty.
They are expected to overwhelmingly reject the agreement which would put
them under Bosnian government control.
But the vote would only be a gesture of defiance and would have NO impact on
In Washington today, the Senate has begun debate on the President's plan to
send 20-thousand U-S troops to enforce the accord.
The President says congressional approval is crucial to the troops'
morale, but he's made it clear that the soldiers are going to Bosnia, whatever
stance Congress takes.
Lawmakers are also being briefed on new estimates from the Congressional
The office says it found an extra 135- billion dollars for the White House
and Congress to factor into their bargaining.
The government could shutdown again on Friday if a spending agreement
A fire in Massachusetts that's being called one of the worst fires in recent
state history is finally under control.
Thirty- three people are injured, eight of them critically.
Dan Rea has the story.
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Not fire -- but nature is wreaking havoc in other parts of the country.
A powerful Pacific storm has knocked out power to a quarter of a million
homes in Northern California.
Wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are ripping through the San Francisco
Bay area this afternoon, knocking down power lines, forcing ferries off the
water and overturning vehicles.
That's not good news for residents in this exclusive Sea Cliff neighborhood.
Bad weather has already caused a sewer line to snap, creating a 100-foot
It devoured one home yesterday and now threatens at least two more.
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Other parts of the country are dealing with freezing temperatures and heavy
A blizzard in Michigan has toppled a number of records, including most snow
in a single storm, 58 inches.
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When News 7 returns,
An eyewitness describes the night a Roanoke man was fatally shot,
and Christmas isn't really a happy time of year for one Roanoke family.
We'll show you why.
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An eyewitness to murder told a Roanoke judge today about the night an
intruder barged into a house and fatally shot a man right in front of her.
Tina Trout says the intruder wore a hooded sweatshirt, but that she was able
to get a look at his face as he came through the door.
Several people were at the house on Signal Hill Road, but by one- A-M, when
this happened, Tina and the victim, Eric "Nike" Jones were among the few still
IN Q=Eric and I
((TINA TROUT: ERIC AND I BOTH GOT UP TO ANSWER THE DOOR. ERIC WAS APPROXIMATELY
TWO FEET IN FRONT OF ME. THE DOOR CAME OPEN. MICHAEL CRUMP GRABBED "NIKE,"
THREW HIM TO THE.... YOU USE THE NAME "MICHAEL CRUMP." I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO
FIRST LOOK TO YOUR LEFT AND TELL ME WHETHER YOU CAN IDENTIFY THAT PERSON. YES,
SIR. WHO IS THE PERSON TO YOUR LEFT? MICHAEL CRUMP.))
OUT Q=Michael Crump.(third time)
She says she spotted the man at a local convenience store a couple of days
later and called police with the name Michael Crump.
Crump turned himself in. He denies shooting Jones.
A man charged in the murder of a Virginia Tech student reportedly tried to
Investigators say Benjamin Lilly slit his arm with a razor blade Sunday at
the Montgomery County jail.
He's charged along with two others in the abduction and murder of 22 year-
old Alexander DeFilippis.
Yesterday Virginia Tech held a memorial to remember the student.
((JOHNNY CALLE/VA TECH STUDENT: I DIDN'T KNOW HIM PERSONALLY BUT THE FACT IS
THAT IT HAPPENED AND IT MADE NO SENSE. SO I MEAN I'M HERE TO PAY RESPECTS TO
HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND PRAY FOR SOME PEACE HERE IN BLACKSBURG. ))
((KEVIN COOPER/DEFILIPPIS' FRIEND: IT WAS JUST SOMEBODY WHO WAS MURDERED, I WAS
LIKE "OKAY, THAT'S A SHAME," BUT I COULD LIVE WITH IT. BUT KNOWING IT WAS ALEX
AND HOW GREAT A GUY HE WAS, IT REALLY HURT.))
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A Catholic memorial mass will be held on campus next semester.
Two suspects in last month's fire bombing of a New York Subway token booth
may be in Virginia right now.
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Brooklyn authorities yesterday contacted the Virginia State Police.
Authorities say one of the suspects has family living in Virginia.
The men are suspected of squeezing a flammable liquid into a token booth and
The November 26th explosion demolished the booth.
50- year old Harry Kaufman was inside and died Sunday from second and third
Police are searching for 26- year old Rocky Butler and 28- year old Scarvey
Authorities say McCargo has family in Halifax County.
He also goes by the names Drew Darnell Jackson and Andre McCarlo.
Police say the men are traveling in a rental car with New York plates.
They may have burns to their hands, arms and face.
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There's little holiday joy for a Roanoke family burned out of their home
Not only have family members lost their belongings, but a daughter is very
The Anders family is in a motel living on fast food.
Sunday, their neighbor's apartment caught fire and the smoke damaged their
apartment and belongings.
Stephanie Anders says this isn't the first tragedy around Christmas.
Her daughter Ashley was diagnosed with leukemia last year.
To make matters worse, doctors found a new growth in Ashley's leg and it's
not known if its cancerous.
Red Cross officials say anyone who wants to help the Anders should call
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Still to come,
The Smart Road still has some traveling to do before plans become concrete,
and weekend visits to Smith Mountain Lake would be smooth sailing for all, if a
local businessman has his way.
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State Senate Republicans today re-elected Joe Benedetti of Richmond as their
He'll lead the Republicans' fight for committee appointments and
chairmanships they claim they're entitled to since last month's elections gave
them a 20-20 tie with Democrats.
When it comes to paving the way for the Smart Road, officials don't just
want answers -- they want questions.
And they got them.
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors heard a committee report last
The committee came up with a list of questions board members would like to
have answered BEFORE proceeding with plans to build the Smart Road.
Committee members compiled 92 questions-- focusing on the Smart Road's
economic and environmental impact on the area's rural landscape.
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((ROY THORPE: WE'RE TALKING ALL SORTS OF MATTERS FROM ANIMALS IN HABITAT, WATER
SHEDS, WATER POLLUTION AND AIR POLLUTION. THOSE CONCERNS HAVE TO BE ADDRESSED
AS WELL AS THE IMPACTS ON FARMING, AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST PRODUCTS AND
CONVESION OF USE OF THAT TYPE OF LAND USED FOR THE AREA.))
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OUT Q=land use for the area
The board also passed a resolution for condemnation procedures in
agricultural and forestry districts.
Whenever V- DOT re- applies, the board has 30 days to review its
If the board needs MORE time-- it can then have a 60- day extension and
must hold MORE public hearings.
For those who have hit the road for a weekend at Smith Mountain Lake but
had no where to stay, another option is coming soon -- a motel.
Scott Prince has that story.
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OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Joe Altadonna is making some noise at Smith Mountain Lake.
He's transforming this office building into a motel-- the FIRST of its kind
at Smith Mountain Lake.
The venture may not be a "shore" thing, but he'll take his chances anyway.
IN Q=I thought about
((JOE ALTADONNA/FUTURE MOTEL OWNER: I THOUGHT ABOUT IT. I GOT THE BUILDING
EMPTY AND DECIDED TO CHANGE IT TO A MOTEL. ))
OUT Q=to a motel
Remodeling started about a month ago and Altadonna says construction costs
will total 140- thousand dollars.
The 25- room motel will be located on Route 122 near Burnt Chimney and about
a quarter of a mile from the water.
Even though it isn't exactly on the lake, Altadonna still hopes to attract
many lake- goers.
He hopes to offer customers package deals with golf courses and marinas.
IN Q=There's a lot
((ALTADONNA: THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LOOK FOR ROOMS IN THIS AREA AND I
THINK IT'S TIME FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I LIKE A GAMBLE IN BUSINESS AND THAT'S
MY JOB TO DO IT. ))
OUT Q=to do it
He won't have to wait very long to find out if his gamble pays off.
The motel is scheduled to open in March.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Lynchburg wants to make sure it can count on the state to help pay for
projects like a new regional jail and a Social Services building.
That was the message for Lynchburg- area lawmakers yesterday during a joint
meeting with city council.
Council members hope legislators Steve Newman, Joyce Crouch and Preston
Bryant can bring home some much- needed money from Richmond.
IN Q=We're not the
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE'RE NOT THE ONLY LOCALITY THAT'S LOOKING FOR
FUNDS, THEY'RE BEING TUGGED AND PULLED AND HAMMERED ON BY ALL THE LOCALITIES
ACROSS THE STATE, AND THERE'S ONLY ONE POT OF MONEY AND IT CAN ONLY GO SO FAR.
BUT IF YOU DON'T ASK YOU'RE NOT GOING TO RECEIVE.))
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OUT Q=not going to receive.
Lawmakers say it'll be tough to come up with extra funding in what's
expected to be a tight fiscal year.
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Funding is also a concern in Roanoke, where supporters of
Total Action Against Poverty are urging city council not to tinker with the
Roanokers who've benefitted from TAP told their stories to council members
While officials discussed removing TAP as a line- item in the city budget,
supporters of TAP urged council not to sever its relationship with the city.
IN Q=There's really no bad blood
((TED FEINOUR/TAP CHAIRMAN: THERE'S REALLY NO BAD BLOOD OR ANYTHING. WE WOULD
JUST LIKE TO DISCUSS IT SO THEY HAVE A REAL UNDERSTANDING OF OUR POSITION.))
((THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THAT WE DO TOGETHER AND DO SO WELL TOGETHER AND WE'D
LIKE TO CONTINUE THAT.))
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OUT Q=like to continue that.
A change in budget procedure would not mean the end of city funding for
TAP, and Mayor David Bowers said fears that Roanoke is going to put TAP out of
business are unfounded.
The financial markets got a bit of a surprise this morning.
The producer price index, one of the key measures of inflation, jumped more
than a half-percent in November.
That equals an annual inflation rate of six-percent.
The numbers came in higher than many economists expected.
And it may mean bad news for anyone looking for a dip in short term interest
Analysts say the higher inflation numbers may convince the Federal Reserve
to wait a little longer before adjusting lending rates.
Stocks and bonds fell after the report.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN eight points.
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Stay with us -
The Miami Dolphins gain a win in Monday Night Football action,
and this year's volleyball team at Patrick Henry nets a very distinguished
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In Monday Night Football, the Miami Dolphins' much-maligned defense
surprised Kansas City.
Kansas City reached the Miami nine-yard line before Terrell Buckley knocked
down Steve Bono's fourth-down pass with one-31 remaining.
Buckley's play preserved the Dolphins' second straight victory.
Miami is one game behind Buffalo in the A-F-C East race.
More honors for the Patrick Henry girl's volleyball team -- this time by
Roanoke City Council.
The most successful volleyball team in the school history was recognized for
winning the Northwest Regional championship and finishing as state runners-up
in Group Three-A.
Each of coach Marty Swann's players received a gift from Mayor David Bowers
and a proclamation.
The lady Patriots were also praised for receiving the sportsmanship award
from the Virginia High School League at the Group-Three-A championships.
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The Indians were also in the Star City yesterday to pick up a 500- dollar
scholarship from the Civitan Club.
The Blacksburg high school received this year's prestigious sportsmanship
award from the Commissioner of Western Virginia officials Ernie Bradd.
And there were honors last night for a Princess who spends her spare time
working with sick and underprivileged children.
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Princess Diana was presented with a humanitarian award from the United
Cerebral Palsy organization.
The award was given at a star- studded dinner that raised more than two
Past honorees include Dwight Eisenhower, Bob Hope, Margaret Thatcher and
Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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That's it for News 7 at NOON.
Thanks for joining us.