A body is found in Amherst County not far from where another one was
discovered last month.
A flurry of lawsuits may be filed now that investigators have pointed to
human error in the crash of an American Airlines jet.
And a royal mess in London as the mistress of Prince Charles talks about
marrying the heir to the throne.
Sunny skies this afternoon with highs in the 40s. It looks like New Orleans
and Atlanta may be getting some rain. I'll have the weekend forecast for this
area and the bowl cities in just a few minutes.
Don't go away. The news is next.
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An autopsy is being performed at this hour on the second Lynchburg woman to
be found dead in a remote section of Amherst County in less than two months.
Two hunters found the body of 32- year- old Jacquelyn Dorsey Carter
She'd been missing since Saturday.
In November, two other hunters found the body of Robin Jeanette Burge in the
Galt's Mill area, less than five miles from where Carter's body was found.
No one has been arrested in the Burge murder.
The sheriff's department says the two deaths may be connected.
Along the Lynchburg riverfront this morning, the walls came tumbling down.
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Demolition started today on the old Lukens building on Commerce Street.
It caught fire and burned for hours on Christmas Day.
Workers will be knocking down the elevator shaft later today, as
investigators continue to look into the cause of the suspicious fire.
The city of Martinsville has chosen one of its own to head the police
Major David Edwards will take over as chief of police on January first.
Sworn in this morning, Edwards was selected from a field of 46 candidates.
He is currently second in command in the department and says he set a goal
ten years ago to pursue his education and to become a chief of police.
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SUPER=01-David Edwards/New Martinsville Police Chief;
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Edwards succeeds Terry Roop, who has held the position for 15 years.
Police in the Netherlands reportedly are holding an American suspect in the
Oklahoma City bombing.
A Dutch newspaper says the man identified only as Daniel S. is suspected of
supplying weapons to the bombing suspects.
The F-B-I says it's not aware of anybody being held in connection with the
But the newspaper says U-S law enforcement officials have told the suspect
they have evidence against him.
At this hour, workers at the Salem V-A Medical Center are protesting the
partial government shutdown.
They say they're doing it to boost employee morale and point out the severe
economic consequences of the furlough.
Meantime, President Clinton and congressional leaders are set to meet this
afternoon to take another crack at breaking the budget stalemate.
Both the Senate Majority Leader and House Speaker say they are ready for
(( HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH: IF THERE'S A WILL TO GET IT DONE. THIS IS A TWO
OR THREE DAY NEGOTIATION THIS IS NOT A THREE MONTH NEGOTIATION.
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But Gingrich cautions the partial government shutdown won't end until
there's a seven- year balanced budget deal.
The shutdown is now two weeks old.
The U-S Army is finally piecing together its gateway to Bosnia.
Engineers and helicopter pilots are working in cold and snow assembling a
pontoon bridge over the Sava River from Croatia to Bosnia.
The commander of the U-S soldiers expects the bridge to be finished and in
use by tomorrow.
The bridge will open the way for the majority of U-S troops who will be
headquartered in Tuzla.
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In Moscow today a pledge from Boris Yeltsin to fight communism.
He assured his people he would not let the Communists turn back the clock on
The Russian president returned to work for the first time since being
hospitalized for heart trouble two months ago.
During Yeltsin's absence, the Communists captured the most votes
in parliamentary elections held December 17th.
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When News 7 returns,
One of Governor Allen's top men is cleared of criminal charges,
and the long-time mistress of Prince Charles finally has her say about all this
If you are packing for Atlanta or New Orleans, take your rain gear.
But here, the first part of the weekend looks sunny and mild.
By Sunday, there's a chance of light snow and freezing rain in places. I'll
have the forecast for you in a minute.
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The former chairman of George Allen's Parole Board is in the clear.
State police say even though John Metzger violated board policies, and
offended fellow board members with sexual jokes -- he is NOT guilty of criminal
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/Va. State Police Superintendent; :18
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(( Last month, John Metzger ended a career leap from the U.S. Marshall's office
in Roanoke to the head of George Allen's tough new parole board amid scandalous
The most damaging was that Metzger had had parolees re-arrested after their
M.E.D. or minimum expiration date for their parole period.
((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VA. STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: OVER THE COURSE OF YEARS
OF TRADITION, THE M.E.D. HAS COME TO BE THE DATE THAT THEY WERE IN FACT
RELEASED. AND THAT'S THE WAY THAT THE PAROLE BOARD THROUGH PRACTICE HAS
INTERPRETED THE M.E.D. WHEN THE CODE APPARENTLY DOES NOT SAY THAT.))
Metzger was also cleared of a perjury allegation related to one of these
And State Police say they found "NO hard evidence" of racist behavior.
But as for the sexual jokes...
((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS: ATTEMPTS AT HUMOR IS THE WAY IT WAS REFERENCED. CRUDE
JOKES. CRUDE REMARKS. THAT TYPE OF THING THAT OFFENDED SOME OF THOSE THAT
WERE PRESENT WHEN THOSE REMARKS WERE MADE. WE DID NOT FIND ANY EVIDENCE THAT
THERE HAD BEEN TOUCHING OR SEXUAL ADVANCES.))
((PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY JERRY KILGORE SAYS PAROLE BOARD POLICIES ARE NOW
BEING CHANGED TO GIVE PAROLE BOARD MEMBERS AS MUCH FLEXIBILITY TO PROTECT THE
PUBLIC SAFETY AS THE LAW ACTUALLY ALLOWS. THAT'S THANKS TO, BUT WITHOUT, JOHN
METZGER, WHOM KILGORE WISHES WELL IN THE FUTURE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7,
A Hillsville man is dead and two others injured following an accident
yesterday on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County.
State police say 59- year- old Rupert Guy Marshall was trying to move his
tractor trailer into the right lane.
According to witnesses, Marshall tried to swerve back left to avoid hitting
The truck jackknifed, its trailer rear-ended the car, and both vehicles
lost control and ran off the road.
Marshall was thrown from his rig and died at the scene.
The victims in the car are in stable condition.
A Miami lawyer is ready to file lawsuits for some of the relatives of the
victims of American Airlines Flight 9-6-5.
SUPER=03-Near Buga, Colombia;
Yesterday federal investigators said a series of crucial mistakes by the
pilots led the plane to crash into a Colombian mountian killing 163 of the 167
U-S aviation officials are now taking a hard look at the Airline's training
Britain's highly-publicized royal love triangle is in the news again.
Amid suggestions of a royal divorce between Prince Charles and Princess
Diana come reports that Charles' mistress has her own intentions on the crown.
Mark Phillips reports from London.
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SUPER=01-Mark Phillips/Reporting; 1:06
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((So now the 'other woman' in Prince Charles' life has spoken.
Or at least friends of hers have spoken.
And Camilla Parker Bowles, with whom Charles has had an
ongoing affair for the past 22-years, is reported to have said
she does want to marry Charles after all, after his expected
divorce from Princess Diana. More grist for the British
ROBERT JOBSON -- DAILY EXPRESS
"SHE'S FED UP OF CONDUCTING HER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRINCE
IN SECRET. SHE NOW WANTS TO BE ABLE TO CONDUCT IT IN PUBLIC."
If true, this complicates things for Charles, who in the
interest of keeping things simple, has said he does not intend
to re-marry. Camilla however does not only reportedly want
him, she wants a title. Her Royal Highness would be nice.
JOBSON:IF SHE MARRIES THE HEIR TO THE THRONE SHE ALSO WANTS THE
TRAPPINGS THAT GO WITH IT IE HER ROYAL HIGHNESS AND ALSO TO BE SEEN AS HIS
As for the other woman Diana, there's more trouble there
too. She hasn't responded to the divorce idea yet, but now
Charles friends are said to be saying he doesn't think she
should get the ambassadorial role she wants. That, he says,
is his job.
Diana still hasn't said anything about the Queen's divorce
command. Her response and the vulgar negotiations that will
likely follow will have to wait until after the holidays...
when the tabloid mills can begin to grind again. Mark Phillips, CBS News
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Up next --
A New Year's reminder about the dangers of drinking and driving.
And water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.
But there will be soon.
Just ask the people behind the Spring Hollow Reservoir.
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New Year's weekend is a cause for celebration -- a celebration that often
And with that in mind, we again remind you not to drink and drive.
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Kathie Bennison is Vice President of the regional chapter of Mothers Against
Drunk Driving, and she's here to offer some advice.
Kathie, I see you have a red ribbon. Tell us about that.
(Other than not drinking at all, what can someone do to avoid drunk driving
(What can you do if you are a victim of a drunk driving crash?)
(There were 387 fatal alcohol- related crashes in Virginia last year -- and
167 so far this year. Why the decrease?)
(A Salem teen was recently charged with drunk driving in a fatal car
accident. Has there been an increase in drinking and driving among teens?)
(toss to beth, cam 1)
Roanoke County residents will soon be able to pour a tall glass of water
from the Spring Hollow Reservoir.
Joe Dashiell reports it's taken three years and three billion gallons of
water, but officials promise they're almost ready to uncork the new supply of
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SUPER=01-Gary Robertson/Roanoke Co. Utilities Director; :21
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((The water level at the Spring Hollow Reservoir is still about 20 feet
below full pond, but that won't stop the county from turning on the tap in mid-
In the filtration building, workers are producing a shower of sparks, but
the work there is virtually complete, the equipment prepared to treat fifteen
million gallons of water a day.
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((GARY ROBERTSON/ROANOKE CO. UTILITIES DIRECTOR: IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING.
FIRST WE HAD THE PROJECT JUST DEALING WITH THE DAM AND THE RESERVOIR AND THEN
WE STARTED WORKING ON THE WATER LINES AND THE TREATMENT PLANT, BUT IT'S ALL
GOING TO BE READY AND COMING TOGETHER JANUARY 13TH.))
OUT Q=January 13th.
And as for rumors the dam has sprung a leak, Robertson says it isn't so.
Dams made of roller compacted concrete allow some seepage, and this dam is
But county officials say the amount of water they are losing each day is
well within the designer's estimates. (/////SOT/////)
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((GARY ROBERTSON/UTILITIES DIRECTOR: THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS HAVE BEEN VERY
HECTIC AND PROBABLY THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS WILL STILL BE HECTIC, BUT WE NOW
KNOW THE END IS IN SIGHT AND WE CAN BE READY TO PRODUCE WATER.))
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And ready to produce enough water, planners believe, to satisfy Roanoke
County's needs for the next 40 to 50 years.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Many business owners are hoping the new year starts out a lot better than
this one is ending.
As Len Besthoff reports, the final months of 1995 were not very good for
Here is our last installment of the year- end edition of the News 7
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Workers at Babcock and Wilcox in Campbell County got some bad news in
The defense contractor announced it would have to eliminate 200 jobs due to
federal budget cuts.
Two of the area's largest employers, Norfolk Southern and the Radford
Arsenal, made buyout offers to hundreds of workers.
Sara Lee delivered a shocker to its 130 employees in Salem this fall, when
it decided to close its Leggs distribution center.
Most people in Roanoke weren't surprised at all though, when the city
learned it would lose Heironimus, its last downtown department store.
The fall also featured two sets of layoffs at the Volvo-GM truck plant in
Dublin due to slowing demand.
The moves put more than 350 people out of work.
The routing of a new interstate called I-73 was given the president's stamp
When it's built, it will pass through the New River Valley, the Roanoke
Valley, and the Martinsville area.
Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern won the second largest contract in its
The Roanoke firm will design part of a communications system for six Florida
law enforcement agencies.
Roanoke and Martinsville received enterprise zone designations from the
It gives them valuable tax breaks and subsidies to improve business sites.
And throughout the latter part of the year Bell Atlantic remained in the
headlines, from news about a contract dispute with its unions to merger
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review Year End Edition.
Stocks have been skittish this final trading day of the year.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 15 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for results of the NationsBank Holiday Hoops Championship,
and a classic college rivalry was brought to Roanoke last night.
The Hokies slam dunk U-V-a, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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In college basketball -- 21st ranked Virginia Tech has the unofficial state
title after beating
22nd ranked U-V-A 72-64.
Denise Allen reports.
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SUPER=01-Bill Foster/VA Tech Head Coach;
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(( For Cavalier Curtis Staples and Hokie Troy Manns it was a homecoming.
The former Patrick Henry High school stars received a key to the city but
only Manns would take home the prize.
Virginia Tech Started strong as Ace Custis puts down this Damon Watlington
Custis and Watlington team up again on the break. Watlington gets two and
has 12 on the night.
But it was Curtis Staples many in the crowd came to see.
But the senior guard fell on hard times.
Virginia Tech capitalized on U-V-A turnovers.
The Cavaliers had 16 of them.
All the hokies got into the act Shawn Good makes the steal and Watlington
brings home the basket.
Hoo's guard Harold Deane tried to pick up the slack.
Deane chipped in 20 points in 39 minutes on the court.
Staples found his shot in the second half canning this three finishing with
11 on the night.
But the Virginia Tech defense made the diffence in the game, that and a pep
talk from Ace Custis.
And Ace's 18 points and 11 rebounds DID help send TECH seniors out with a
72 to 64 victory.
And instate bragging rights for the rest of the season.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
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Now to the high school hardwoods for the NationsBank Holiday Hoops
Salem's Sammy Lazzaro in-bounds to Eric Grinnell, who scores.
Then Spartan Herschel Thomas, gets the rebound and takes it all the way for
But Riverside's SUPER=34-Riverside/=69/Salem/=53;
Marc McPhatter also scores.
The Pirates go on to win 69-53.
William Byrd beat Northside 73-66 in the consolation championship.
And break out the Barca Lounger and the chips --
It's bowl time this weekend.
Sunday Virginia Tech will try to corral the Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl in
Mike Stevens will have a live report from the big easy tonight on News 7 at
And wil be live from Atlanta where Virginia takes on Georgia in the Peach
Bowl tomorrow night.
Also tomorrow night -- News 7 will serve up a "bowlful" of pre-game action
beginning at 7:30.
Catch "Sweet Seasons-- A News 7 Sports Bowl Special" live from Atlanta and
And that's it for News 7 at Noon. If you're heading out for one of the bowl
And to everyone -- have a great holiday weekend. I'll see you next year.
games, have a safe trip.