A medical examiner determines what killed a North Cross student who died
during wrestling practice.
and a Roanoke school bus is hijacked this morning and the driver forced to
drive to Salem.
It's been a foggy morning in many areas... Patchy fog could become a problem
again this afternoon even though we're seeing some sunshine. I'll have the
forecast in a few minutes.
Don't go away the news is next.
A man died in a house fire in Madison Heights this morning.
The fire broke out at 10 o'clock, at 320 Old Wright Shop Road.
Heavy smoke was coming from the rear of the building when firefighters
Once they were able to enter the building, they found a man lying on the
There's no word on how he died, or how the fire started.
Officials have not yet released his name.
A Roanoke city school bus driver was hi-jacked at knife-point this morning.
City school officials say the bus had dropped off all its students by the
time the incident occurred at about 8:15.
However, city police report the driver's nine- year- old daughter was with
They say a black male- -about 15 years old- -flagged down the bus on Cove
Road. The driver reportedly thought he was a student who had missed another
IN Q=The driver had dropped off
SUPER=01-Chauncey Logan/Transportation Director;
OUT Q=according to what the driver told me.
After driving around for about 20 minutes, the hijacker got off the bus on
Route 419 at Midland Road.
Salem police spent 30 to 45 minutes searching for the hijacker but couldn't
Terri Lambiosa, the driver, was NOT injured.
An autopsy indicates a Roanoke County student-athlete who became ill during
practice and later died had a tumor in his heart.
Chief Medical Examiner Doctor David Oxley says the condition, called atrial
myxoma (AY-treeal MIX-oma), blocks blood flow to the heart.
18 year old Grayson Hooper-- Number 71-- was Captain of the Football Team
at North Cross School.
During wrestling practice Monday, he told his coach he felt ill
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after a short work-out on the track.
After resting about 45 minutes, his heart stopped beating.
He couldn't be revived despite several attempts at C.P.R.
IN Q=We're just
((HUGH MEAGHER/NORTH CROSS DEAN OF STUDENTS: WE'RE JUST TRYING THE BEST WE CAN
TO ENABLE THE KIDS TO GET THROUGH THIS PERIOD OF GRIEVING, IN RECOGNIZING THIS
IS JUST THE FIRST OF MANY DAYS.
IT'S NOT GOING TO BE OVER AT THE END OF THE DAY. WE'LL BE CONSCIOUS OF THIS
LOSS FOR A WHILE. ))
SUPER=01-Hugh Meagher/North Cross Dean of Students; :
OUT Q=for a while.
Doctors say while Hooper's condition would not have been detected in
routine sports physicals, adults should be aware of certain warning signs.
IN Q=Certainly if
((DR. TERRANCE MAY/ROANOKE CARDIOLOGIST: CERTAINLY IF YOUNGSTERS ARE FEELING
ANY SYMPTOMS OF SHORTNESS OF BREATH, CHEST DISCOMFORT, PALPITATION, OR LIGHT
HEADEDNESS, THESE SYMPTOMS WOULD NEED TO BE EVALUATED AND NOT IGNORED. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Terrance May/Roanoke Cardiologist; :
Counselors at North Cross have been called in to help students through
The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case that's being closely
watched by women's rights advocates.
At issue is the all-male status of the state-funded
Virginia Military Institute.
Activists say it could wind up as a landmark case.
The Clinton administration wants to force V-M-I to open its doors to women.
It says Virginia's separate program for women is unlawful.
But the state's lawyer says that V-M-I promotes educational diversity and
admitting women would dilute its demanding military-style program.
The court's ruling is expected in June.
Also in Washington --
A House Committee is hearing testimony at this hour on the White House
travel office firings.
Former presidential aide David Watkins has produced a set of notes that
link the first lady to the controversial firings.
In the notes Watkins writes that a week before the seven travel office
workers were dimissed Hillary Rodham Clinton was ready to fire them all.
Mrs. Clinton has told government investigators that she played no role in
Russian forces have launched what they intend as a final attack against
Chechen rebels holding hostages in southern Russia.
Meanwhile, Chechen gunmen say if the attacks on the village don't end,
they'll blow up a Turkish ferry with nearly 200 on board.
Jonathan Sanders has more on both stories.
IN Q=All morning, Russian
SUPER=03-Pervomayskaya, Russia; :00
SUPER=03-Trabzon, Turkey; :48
SUPER=01-Jonathan Sanders/Reporting; 1:22
OUT Q=Jonathan Sanders, CBS News, Moscow
((All morning russian military commanders have been pounding at the rebel
Chechen held village of permaiskoye with their deadliest rockets - the grads.
They have backed up this indiscriminate firepower with airstrikes from hind
gunships - it is all part of a plan to flatten and destroy the village.
Two days of cautious house to house assaults by russian anti-terrorist forces
freed more than two dozen of the civilians held captive--some for more than a
week by the lone wolf brigade of the chechen liberation army.
The russian authorities say they've done all they can to free the
innocent--now they are determined to wipe out the rebels and pervomaiskaia by
nightfall...which will bring to a bloody end this 8 day hostage crisis.
But the crisis has grown into an international incident: last night muslim
activists seized a ferry boat at the Turkish port of Trabzon.
The russian bound ship with 225 people on board is now steaming towards
istambul....where these terrorists say they will blow it up unless their
chechen brothers in pervomaiskaia are freed.
The shipboard hijackers, who've been giving radio interviews, are apparently
turkish citizens...with relatives in russia's troubled southern territories...
While they have agreed to release the turkish passengers on board they are
still demanding the entire region be freed from mosgo's control.
its another nightmare for the kremlin which has worked hard to keep the civil
war in chechnaia from spreading to neighboring republic...not to mention a
neighboring country thats a member of NATO.
Jonathan Sanders, CBS News, Moscow.))
In Kobe, Japan, mourners are remembering the victims of a powerful
SUPER=03-Kobe, Japan/January 17, 1995;
One year ago today, the devastating quake ripped through the city, killing
more than six thousand and leaving some 300-thousand homeless.
Some were crushed to death as they slept, others were trapped and burned to
death in fires that swept whole nieghborhoods.
Today, some of the city has been rebuilt, but thousands still live in
temporary homes and many still can't find jobs.
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When News 7 returns,
It could be up to 25 years in jail for a car salesman convicted of food
and it was a not so picture-perfect day for employees of a Roanoke County frame
store when they showed up for work.
It's been a cold and damp morning but we're seeing plenty of sunshine right
now... Enjoy it while you can because the clouds and damp weather will move in
I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
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Some workers in Roanoke County feel they're being HUNG out to dry.
Employees at Picture Parts were told they no longer had jobs when they
showed up for work today.
The sign on the door reads "closed today for inventory."
And while the inventory IS being counted... it's also being taken to another
store in Charlottesville.
IN Q=I was shocked
((CYNDI CUMMINGS/FORMER MANAGER: I WAS SHOCKED I CAME TO WORK AND THIS IS WHAT
I FOUND. I HAD NO PRIOR NOTICE. NOTHING. ))
SUPER=01-Cyndi Cummings/Former Manager;
Cummings admits the Roanoke Valley store has been losing money, but says
employees were told the store would remain open.
Picture Parts is owned by Tygart Moulding (MOLE-ding) in Randolph County,
The company's owner was not available for comment.
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State police are investigating claims that the former managers and owners of
a now-defunct Bedford County direct-mail company embezzled from their workers'
According to a search warrant filed in Bedford County Circuit Court, former
employees of Direct Mail Communications Incorporated of Forest say their
payroll deductions for their health insurance were not deposited into a special
checking account as required by law.
They say that caused the employee insurance plan to collapse.
With 340 employees, D-M-C once was Bedford County's second-largest
Salem Rescue Squad officials say they have initiated another investigation
concerning accounting irregularities.
That, after former Salem City Councilman Gary Lautenschlager was sentenced
for embezzling twenty-four thousand dollars from the squad.
In court yesterday he received a ten year suspended sentence and twenty
Lautenschlager testified that he took the funds to pay off credit card
His attorney says justice was done.
IN Q=He did not get
((JACK GREGORY/LAUTENSCHLAGER'S ATTORNEY: HE DID NOT GET AWAY WITH IT. HE'S
BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY, HE'S LOST THREE JOBS, HE HAS CERTAINLY SUFFERED THE
LOST OF REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY. HE SUFFERED MORE SO THAN ANY OTHER
DEFENDANT I CAN THINK OF PRIOR TO COMING IN FOR SENTENCING.))
SUPER=01-Jack Gregory/Lautenschlager's Attorney;
OUT Q=coming in for sentencing.
Lautenschlager was also sentenced to 300 hours community service.
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A Roanoke used car dealer could receive up to 25 years in prison when he's
sentenced in March for food stamp fraud.
Joseph Spangler -- owner of the "Sport Motors" car lot-- pleaded guilty to
the charges yesterday.
He was given a 75- hundred dollar fine and ordered to pay more than nine-
thousand dollars in restitution.
House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell is representing
Trigon Blue- Cross Blue- Shield as its lawyer in its effort to convert to a
for- profit company.
But the Roanoke County Democrat says there is no conflict of interest
between his job as majority leader and his representation of Trigon.
According to a report filed with the clerk's office in the House of
Delegates, Cranwell made more than ten-thousand dollars last year
working on the Trigon conversion.
The company disclosed Cranwell's role in its latest filings at the State
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Still to come,
A daring rescue of a Connecticut man stranded in a river,
and if you think it's cold here....astronauts of the Endeavour are walking
around in temperatures 100 degrees below zero.
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In Connecticut last night a daring river rescue.
SUPER=03-East Windsor, CT;
For more than an hour a 36-year man clung to a chunk of ice in the frigid
The man was too far out for firecrews to reach him by rope so a special
Hover craft, which travels on ice and water, and two divers were called to the
((THIS IS THE FIRST ACTUAL RESCUE WE'VE DONE, EXCEPT LAST TIME WE TRAINED, IT
WAS A GOOD 20 BELOW ZERO, I DON'T KNOW HOW THE MAN GOT OUT THERE UNLESS HE
TAPPED DANCED ACROSS THIS STUFF, HE MUST HAVE BEEN VERY LUCKY. ))
OUT Q=VERY LUCKY.
The man, identified as Donald Jones, was hospitilized overnight but is
expected to be released later today.
The Hubble Telescope has produced some amazing photographs of never before
seen cosmic events deep in space.
You're looking at the death of a star, going out in a blaze of heat, gas and
It's the first close-up image ever of a star other than our own sun.
It's the giant star Betelgeuse (Beetle Juice).
And closer to earth, two Endeavour astronauts donned their space suits today
and went for another lengthy spacewalk.
The primary objective of the six hour excursion was to test new space suit
The suits need to be thick enough to keep the astronauts warm in
temperatures approaching one hundred below zero.
NASA plans to use the new gear in the building of an international space
It's a new year and the attention of the American taxpayer is once again
focusing on which income tax laws have changed and how those changes affect
their individual returns.
Len Besthoff brought in a tax expert for some answers.
ANCHOR=Len 2 shot
Mel, I'm joined by Bill Williams, a top executive at H & R Block Tax
Services and former Deputy Commissioner of the I-R-S.
What are the principal changes in the federal tax laws for the 1996 tax
season and how will they affect us?
SUPER=01-Bill Williams/Tax Authority;
( What kind of changes have taken place in the way we file?
Has the partial government shutdown affected the process, or will it, if we
enter a third shutdown at the end of the month?
What are the most common errors by taxpayers who file their returns?
What tips do you have?
What about electronic filing?
What kind of red flags get you audited by the I-R-S?
How many taxpayers get refunds and what is the average amount?
Is it better to have access to your money all year, and pay a chunk? Or is
it better to claim another deduction and get a refund? If so, isn't this like
giving the government an interest free loan? )
(len toss to mel)
Virginia's November unemployment was four-point-two percent, the lowest
jobless rate for that month in six years.
The rate was down two-tenths of a percent from October's figures, and well
below the national unemployment rate of five-point-three percent.
Wise County had the highest rate at 16-point-three percent.
The Index of Leading Economic Indicators has hit its lowest level in nearly
two years -- after dropping three-tenths of a percent for November.
Some experts says that means the
economy is headed for trouble, while others say the report isn't
based on complete numbers.
Meantime, the nation's trade deficit registered its best showing in almost
The Commerce Department says the trade gap narrowed two-point-five percent
But the imbalance with Japan was dramatically worse.
It rose by eleven percent.
Stocks are seesawing as investors react to the economic reports.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN five points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up, the Express plays checkers and gets crowned,
and Northside slam dunks the Salem Spartans.
High school basketball ball highlights, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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Major League baseball has taken its first step toward interleague play.
The ruling executive council yesterday unanimously approved a measure to
install interleague games by 1997.
Owners would have to approve the move before the Players Association takes
it to a vote.
Turning now to the N-F-L --
The "Tampa Tribune" reports that Tampa Bay Buccaneer officials have renewed
talks with representatives in Cleveland in recent days.
The Bucs have said they would move out of Tampa if they can get a new
The Roanoke Express is fifth in the east division after losing to the
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Checkers;
Last night Frank Anzalone was shooting for club victory number 100 in the
season's fifth meeting with Charlotte.
Jason Clarke's shot hits the post, but Jeff Jestadt picks up the loose puck
and scores for his 15th goal on the year.
But Charlotte answers. Matt Robbins finds Daryl Noren
to tie things up and the Checkers go on to beat the Express 6 to 2.
The two teams meet again Saturday night in the Queen City.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
After a week of postponements, some area high school basketball teams were
back on the hardwood last night.
Salem and Northside renewed an old rivalry in the Blue Ridge District race.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Spartans vs. Vikings;
Salem's Sammy Lazarro finds Herschel Thomas who finishes with the easy
Then Northside's Adam Wimmer picks up the loose ball and puts it in, but
the Vikings still trail at the half.
Salem extends the lead in the second half when Scott Hall scores.
But the Vikings go on a run.
Justin Porterfield makes the basket and Northside wins it 61 to 54.
GRAPHIC=charlotte motor speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina will become a stop on the 1996
International Race of Champions circuit.
Neither series nor speedway officials would confirm it.
But sources tell The Associated Press plans were being made to hold an
I-ROC race at Charlotte on May 17th.
Coming up on tonight's Health Check Report on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
There's more evidence that eating bran can help you avoid cancer.
Connie Stevens has more on the findings tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- then
Have a great day! Buh-Bye
stick around for NEWS-7 at SIX.