Up Next on News 7 at eleven-
Police are looking for a teenager who hijacked a school bus today.
Christopher Reeve is in the hospital. We'll have a full report.
Plus the Pioneer of Daytime Talk Shows is calling it quits.
Also Robin Reed with a peak at the weekend forecast.
News 7 is coming your way next.
Roanoke police are looking for a teenager who hijacked a city school bus
No one was hurt, but the teen allegedly pulled a 12 inch hunting knife on
the driver and forced her to take him to Salem.
The incident began shortly after eight at the intersection of Cove Road
and Florida Avenue, when the bus pulled up to a stop sign.
The driver, Terri Labiosa (La-biosa) had dropped off a busload of students
at Westside Elementary School, but she and her nine year- old daughter endured
an anxious ride into the the city of Salem.
IN Q=He had a knife
((CHAUNCEY LOGAN/TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR: HE HAD A KNIFE, BUT HE DIDN'T
THREATEN, ACCORDING TO WHAT THE DRIVER TOLD ME. AND EVENTUALLY HE GOT OFF AND
LEFT. THANKFULLY THINGS WORKED OUT WELL. IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE.))
SUPER=01-Chauncey Logan/Transportation Director;
OUT Q=could have been much worse.
The hijacker would not allow the driver's daughter to leave, but eventually
he got off the bus on Route 419 at Midland Road.
Police are looking for a black male about fifteen years old, who is five
feet seven inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He was wearing a ski cap
and a "Members Only" Jacket.
A space heater apparently sparked a blaze that killed an elderly Madison
Heights man this morning.
It was around 10:30 when neighbors reported smoke pouring from this house on
Old Wrights Shop Road.
Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control quickly, but not
before they discovered the body of 77- year- old George Overstreet inside.
IN Q=Initial call
((ASST. CHIEF LEE DAY/MONELISON V.F.D.: INITIAL CALL WAS THERE, WE HAD POSSIBLY
A PERSON IN THE STRUCTURE. UPON INITIAL ENTRY BY THE ATTACK TEAM, THEY FOUND
THE VICTIM AS THEY WERE EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE.))
((INVEST. LINDY INGE/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: APPARENTLY HE HAD A SMALL
ELECTRIC SPACE HEATER IN THE KITCHEN UNDER THE KITCHEN TABLE AND FROM ALL
INDICATIONS THAT'S WHERE THE FIRE STARTED.))
SUPER=01-Asst. Chief Lee Day/Monelison V.F.D.; :00
SUPER=01-Invest. Lindy Inge/Amherst Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :07
OUT Q=where the fire started.
Authorities say Overstreet died of smoke inhalation.
They believe paper and debris piled near the heater may have started the
The VMI rat line does something to and for the young men who endure it.
All parties agreed on that today in what may be the final battle over
publicly- supported single sex education in America.
But more than one Supreme Court justice hinted a co-ed rat line might NOT be
Ellen Qualls reports on the U.S. versus the Commonwealth of Virginia.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00 QUICK
SUPER=01-Trimble Bailey/VWIL Student; :03
SUPER=01-Marsha Greenbacker/Nat. Women's Law Center; :38
SUPER=01-Deval Patrick/U.S. Asst. Attorney General; :49
OUT Q=News 7 Richmond
(( Trimble Bailey of Roanoke was in the court.
((TRIMBLE BAILEY/VWIL STUDENT: I DIDN'T GO TO VWIL BECAUSE I COULDN'T GO TO
VMI. I WENT TO VWIL BECAUSE I LIKE VWIL. WHETHER OR NOT VMI IS CO-ED.))
All sides admit V-WIL is NOT VMI.
But some justices asked, what about those women who want the intense,
adversarial experience of the VMI rat line?
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: THE QUESTION IS DOES THE CONSTITUTION DEMAND
THAT THERE BE CO-EDUCATION IN EVERY INSTANCE? AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE
CONSTITUTION DOESN'T DEMAND THAT.))
If women were admitted, Gilmore and VMI's attorney say it wouldn't be the
same place -- wouldn't produce the same result.
((MARSHA GREENBACKER: WHEN IT ACCEPTS WOMEN AND I BELIEVE IT WILL, IT WILL
LOOK BACK AND SAY AFTER ALL IT HAS BECOME A STRONGER INSTITUTION AS A RESULT.
ITS METHODS OF TEACHING CAN SURVIVE.))
((DEVAL PATRICK/U.S. ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT OF WHAT I
SOMETIMES REFER TO AS THE CHICKEN LITTLE SYNDROME ABOUT THIS CASE. THE SKY
WILL NOT FALL IF WOMEN ARE ADMITTED TO VMI.))
TACK ON STANDUP HERE TO END
((THE FATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S THE CITADEL AWAITS THE OUTCOME FOR VMI. A
RULING IS EXPECTED BY LATE JUNE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
The autopsy report is done in the death of a North Cross student athlete.
The Medical Examiner says 18-year old Grayson Hooper of Salem died of
atrial (Mix-oma) myxoma- meaning a tumor on his heart was blocking the flow of
Hooper was a captain of the North Cross Football team. He died about 45
minutes after a short run around the school's indoor track.
Hooper had complained of not feeling well.
Memorial services for Grayson Hooper are planned for this Friday.
Meanwhile as his family and friends continue to mourn, Hooper's death has
meant new hope for many people.
He was a tissue donor-- a form of donation that can help up to 125 people.
The procedure can supply corneas, it can help burn victims, and is also
used in orthopedic and neurological surgeries.
The man convicted of killing 11- year- old Phadra Carter has been rebuffed
by the state appeals court.
Billy Layne's lawyer had tried to convince the court that he was convicted
of abduction- with intent to defile, BASED ON HEARSAY.
The girl's mother had recounted a story Layne told her about the abduction
and rape of a young girl.
"Layne could have concocted the entire story," said the appeals court, "and
the RELEVANCE would be the same: that this thought was on his mind" around the
time of the crime.
The court upheld the conviction and two life sentences.
High Wind is causing trouble in Western Texas.
SUPER=03-El Paso, TX;
Wind up to 125 miles an hour caused multiple car pile ups in El Paso.
It also downed power lines, ripped off roofs and blew out windows.
At least one person died when the roof of an I-G-A Grocery store
collapsed early in the afternoon.
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wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Near Chandler, AZ;
Wind whipped up Dust in Arizona- causing a 23 car pileup.
Seventeen people in all were hurt.
Winds up to 60 miles an hour sent dust whirling into the air
Three of the injured were seriously hurt, and a number of vehicles were
Both lanes of Interstate 10 near Chandler were closed.
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When News 7 returns, a death today in the Andy Griffith family,
And a former Halifax County minister pleads no contest to charges he fleeced
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A Muslim cleric is sentenced to life in prison for plotting a bombing
campaign in New York.
Before his sentencing Sheik Omar Abdel Rahmen declared his prosecution was
an extension of the American war against Islam.
Nine followers have also received lengthy prison sentences.
A former Halifax County pastor charged with fraud won't have to worry about
appearing before a jury anytime soon.
Just hours before his trial was to begin, Jonathan Frizzelle pleaded NO
contest to 13- counts against him.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=45- year old
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Charles King/Local United Methodist Sup.; :17
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((45- year old Jonathan Frizzelle was pastoring at two Halifax County
churches when he was arrested by police last Spring.
News of the charges were a shock to church members-- who had no idea
Frizzelle had a criminal record.
Months later, church officials are still coping.
IN Q=Bills are
((CHARLES KING/LOCAL UNITED METHODIST SUPERINTENDENT:BILLS ARE STILL COMING IN,
WE ARE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE WITH MOST OF THEM NOW, BUT WE HAVE SPENT APPROXIMATELY
20-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN TRYING TO HELP THE CHURCH RECOVER. ))
OUT Q= the church recover.
Frizzelle was arrested on a variety of charges.
Authorities say he would take out loans to buy vehicles and expensive lawn
Police say he violated the law because he would sell the items without
notifying or paying the bank.
A fellow minister and a used car salesmen were among his victims.
IN Q=I THINK
((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: I THINK THAT ONCE
EVERYTHING'S SAID AND DONE WE WILL PROBABLY FIND THAT DURING HIS TENURE HERE HE
DEFRAUDED VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS AND INSTITUTIONS OF AMOUNTS THAT PROBABLY WOULD
EXCEED 150-THOUSAND. ))
Greenbacker says federal investigators are still working on a separate
He says authorities have evidence which indicates Frizzelle altered his
father's death certificate to read as his own, in order to collect credit life
insurance-- which would have paid off his debts.
No charges have been filed yet regarding that case. Teresa Hamilton, News
A former part- time Henry County Sheriff's Deputy has been indicted on
State police say Joseph Wayne Mundy worked as an independent insurance agent
in the Henry County area.
They say Mundy allegedly collected premiums on policies, and then kept the
The Henry County Grand Jury yesterday indicted him on 15 counts of
Some light at the end of the tunnel for some long- suffering residents of a
Campbell County subdivision.
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./June, 1995;
Since last June, the residents of the Timber Lake area have been staring at
an empty mudhole.
Torrential rains caused a dam to collapse, draining the lake and washing out
a bridge downstream.
Efforts to secure federal funds to rebuild the dam failed, but now some help
could be on the way.
Campbell supervisors last night voted to loan the money to the homeowners if
they need it.
IN Q=This is just
((JIMMY MAYS/CAMPBELL CO. SUPERVISOR: THIS IS JUST AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO
HAVE A TOOL TO WORK WITH, THAT THEY CAN GET THE MONEY AND THEY WILL BE THE ONES
PAYING THE TAXES. NO OTHER TAXPAYER IN THE COUNTY WULD PAY A DIME OF THIS.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Mays/Campbell Co. Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=a dime of this.
Residents say the county loan is a backup plan if other financing falls
Engineers say it'll cost close to a million dollars to replace the dam.
Actor Andy Griffith's son was found dead this morning at his Hollywood
Real estate developer Sam Griffith was 38.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death-- but the
coroner says it doesn't appear suspicious.
In 1992, Sam Griffith pleaded no contest to charges of beating his wife
and allegedly causing her to have a miscarriage.
He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and had to complete a year- long
alcohol abuse treatment program.
Christopher Reeve is back in the hospital with symptoms that affect
Reggie Harris reports from New York.
SUPER=01-Donald Davis/N. Westchester Hospital Center;
OUT Q=standard out.
((Actor Christopher Reeve is back in the hopital again...On Tuesday Reeve was
admitted to a New York hospital with symptoms that affect quadraplegics...He
was taken from his Pound Ridge, New York house yesterday with problems of
autonomic dysreflexia which means he has problems like an impacted colon and a
lack of drainage of the bladder...
In a statement...Reeve says his blood pressure has stablilized and he is in
no danger. He expects to be going home shortly...in a few days or a week...The
actor known as "Superman" was paralyzed in a fall from a horse last spring.))
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Coming up next on News 7 at 11, we'll have the latest unemployment numbers,
one of television's original talk show hosts joins the unemployed,
and we'll tell you what changes are in store for the country's most popular
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Southern Virginia College of Rockbridge County will close it's doors this
This announcement came after more than one-hundred and twenty years of
School officials say because of financial problems the all girl's school
can't meet obligations.
IN Q=Unfortunately because of
((GRACE SARBER/SO. VIRGINIA COLLEGE REP.: UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE OF OUR
FINANCIAL SITUATION, EVEN THOUGH IT HAS GREATLY IMPROVED IN THE PAST TWO YEARS
HAVEN'T IMPROVED ENOUGH.))
SUPER=01-Grace Sarber/So. Virginia College Rep.;
OUT Q=haven't improved enough.
Officials say it would take at least two-million dollars to give them any
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools denied them accreditation
because of the lack of money.
That has students there upset.
IN Q=I was devastated
((LORRAINE KLEEBERGER/STUDENT: I WAS DEVASTATED... I HEARD IT ON THE NEWS. WE
DIDN'T HEAR IT FROM THE SCHOOL AND I JUST SAW IT ON THE NEWS AND IT WAS
DEVASTATING. I WAS REALLY UPSET, REALLY UPSET.))
((AMANDA LOVEJOY/STUDENT: ITS VERY SAD BECAUSE THE SCHOOL... THERE'S A 129 YEAR
TRADITION AND I THINK ITS REALLY SAD THAT ITS THE ONLY 2 YEAR COLLEGE LEFT IN
OUT Q=college left in Virginia.
With a student body of 165 these women represent 26 states and 11 foreign
The Roanoke Valley has reached an economic milestone it can be proud of.
It's tied Northern Virginia for the LOWEST jobless rate among the state's
Statewide, unemployment was four point two percent last November.
The Roanoke Valley came in at three percent.
Lynchburg wasn't far behind, with a four percent rate.
But when you rank the state by MUNICIPALITY, our area had communities on
both the low and high end of the spectrum.
The cities of Bedford and Salem had some of the lowest jobless numbers in
the state, while Charlotte and Bath counties had two of the highest.
UVa falls to 7-and-6 on the year after getting crushed by Carolina.
Steve Mason has highlights and postgame coming up from University Hall.
Roanoke wins big tonight, and Odell Hodge shines for Old Dominion.
And we check tonight's pro boards.
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The Virginia Cavaliers fell to 2 and 3 in the ACC last night, losing to the
visiting North Carolina Tarheels 67-to-53 at University Hall.
Steve Mason has the game's "inside" X's and O's from Charlottesville.
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Tarheels vs. Cavaliers; :00
SUPER=01-Norman Nolan/Played Only 18 Minutes; :14
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/17 Points & 4 Rebounds; :37
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/10 Points & 2 Rebounds; 1:08
SUPER=33-North Carolina/=67/Virginia/=53; 1:23
SUPER=01-Chris Alexander/4 Points & 10 Rebounds; 1:38
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Down in Norfolk at the Scope, the Old Dominion Monarchs hammered the George
Mason Patriots last night 103-to-86.
The Monarchs got a big effort from former Laurel Park star Odell Hordge, who
scored 20 in the opening half, and kept working hard in the second.
Odell finished with 24.
But he got plenty of help. Freshman Mark Poag hit a career high 28, as he
striped 8 three pointers.
EJ Sherod also got into the at with SUPER=33-Old Dominion/103/George
this assist to Cal Bodler for the jam.
ODU is coming on after a slow start, winning 103-to-86.
Roanoke College was back on the court at the Bast Center last night against
ODAC member Guilford.
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs. Guilford; :
Page Moir and his Maroons were hot off a win over W & L on Monday night.
The Maroons added to their halftime lead when Kevin Sigafores pulled up and
nit the three pointer making it 60 to 28.
Guilford answered with this three pointer from Kevin Spainhour but Guilford
trailed the Maroons by 30.
Roanoke came back running Tim Braun takes the ball on the break and
throws down the jam and the Maroons led 62 to 31.
The Maroons were hot from the SUPER=33-Roanoke/112/Guilford/=70; outside
Nathan Hungate connects from three point range Roanoke led by 40 and Roanoke
wins it 112 to 70.
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Still to come, the battle for the Browns continues tonight in Atlanta.
And Dolphins boss Jimmy Johnson has had a busy day hiring and firing
A couple of politicians crashed the NFL owners meetings in Atlanta today
trying to keep the Cleveland Browns from moving to Baltimore.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
Cleveland mayor Michael White on the left, and Ohio Governor George Voinovich
made a 90 minute plea to the owners outlining a plan to raise 175 million to
save the team.
Many believe the Browns wil leave and Tampa Bay will move to Cleveland.
SUPER=03-Mobile, AL; :00
New Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson, who is at the senior bowl this week,is
wasting little time in shaping his staff.
Today he fired defensive line coach Mean Joe Greene, and hired three new
assistants, including former Oklahoma State head coach Pat Jones and former
Georgia Tech and East Carolina boss Bill Lewis.
A top Friday Football Extra performer and one of William Byrd's top athletes
has secured a partial scholarship to VMI for next season.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
Michael Berry, who was all-state as a kicker each of the past two season and
an all-state selection as a receiver this year, decided last night to attend
VMI and try to make his mark as a kicker.
SUPER=04-Region III Soccer;
Berry has plenty of leg strength. He was one of the main men on Jeff
Highfill's dominant soccer teams the past three season at Byrd
Phil Donahue- is pulling the plug on his program.
The pioneer of daytime talk says this will be his last season.
Donahue invented the issue driven daytime talk show.
He was the first to involve a studio audience when he debuted his show in
In recent years more sensationalist imitators stole much of
his audience and he slipped toward the bottom of the rankings.
An old favorite is about to go through a change.
Nabisco is getting ready to give its best selling Oreo cookie a facelift.
From 1912 to today, the basic cookie formula has stayed the same.
The package hasn't seen a makeover in 40 years, but that's about to change.
Anyday now a new look Oreo will hit store shelves.
Nabisco says the new package will be brighter, more fun, and in tune with the
Just for the record, it takes 90 minutes to make an Oreo, but Americans are
apparently willing to wait. According to the company Oreos are in nine out of
10 home in the country.