A Halifax County store owner is found murdered this morning.
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And Houston police catch up with a pregnant ten- year- old runaway, due to
deliver any day.
Sunshine today won't warm us up too much, and more rain is in the forecast
as early as tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for your complete foreast from the
News 7 Weather Center.
Don't go away, the News is next.
Authorities say it was a customer who discovered the body of a Halifax
County store owner who had apparently been shot just minutes after opening for
It happened early this morning at Bill's Country Store on Route 7-11 in the
community of Harmony.
Authorities say 59-year-old Bill Maxie was lying on the ground outside a
storage closet. He was apparently shot twice.
Part of a cash register was on the ground nearby.
Friends say Maxie was well known in the community.
IN Q=He was
SUPER=01-Billy Bowes/Friend; :00
SUPER=01-Stover Elliott/Friend; :10
OUT Q=who done it.
Authorities are still at the scene. No arrests have been made.
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A Bedford County man is standing trial for the murder of his girlfriend.
Forty-nine-year old Joe Gardner Bolling pleaded not guilty to the charges
this morning in Bedford County Circuit Court.
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Bolling is accused of fatally shooting 27-year-old Torena Lynn Wright
outside their Timber Ridge home June 18th.
Bolling told police the shooting was an accident.
A rescue squad worker is expected to testify that Wright told her the same
thing immediately after the shooting.
Jury selection took most of the morning, and Bolling's trial is expected to
last at least two days.
O.J. Simpson's first in-depth T-V interview is drawing fire from his
An attorney representing the family of Simpson's former wife Nicole calls
the interview a ``shameless public relations ploy.''
Last night on Black Entertainment Television Simpson pleaded with America to
accept his acquittal and let him live his life in peace.
((TO THIS DAY I AM THE SOUL SUPPORTER OF MY KIDS, I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO SEND
THEM TO COLLEGE, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT ME TO EARN A LIVING IN ANY WAY
SHAPE, OR FORM, THEY WANT ME TO RUN, I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY WANT ME TO RUN.
BUT I'M AN AMERICAN, I THINK I'VE BEEN A GOOD AMERICAN, I'M JUST AS INNOCENT AS
ANYONE. I SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY AND EARN A LIVING. ))
OUT Q=EARN A LIVING.
Today Simpson answers more questions, in private.
It's the fourth day of his deposition in his civil suit.
One minute after midnight a Utah death row inmate becomes the first person
to be executed by a firing squad since 19-77.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;
John Taylor is sentenced to die for the 19-89 rape and murder of an eleven-
year- old girl.
Defense attorneys say they're ready to block his execution, but they say
Taylor gives no indication he wants them to do that.
Taylor's execution comes one day after Delaware conducted the nation's first
hanging in 30 years.
Billy Bailey went to the gallows early this morning for killing an elderly
couple in 19-79.
Bailey was sentenced to hang before Delaware changed its method
of execution to injection in 19-86.
After four days of searching Texas police have found a pregnant runaway.
Cindy Garcia was picked up last night in Houston.
The youngster, who is eight- and- half- months pregnant, is scheduled to
see a doctor today.
Jeff McShan has more.
SUPER=01-Jeff McShan/Reporting;; :00
SUPER=03-North Houston; :13
SUPER=01-Raymond Guillen/Houston Police Dept.; :25
SUPER=01-L.R. Johnson/Houston Police Dept.; :45
OUT Q=Jeff McShan for CBS News.
Little Cindy Garcia is being held here at the harris county juvenile detention
center. Her picture was all over the papers on tv here in town,helped police
find her late last night.
It was at this apartment complex in north houston that police found the 10
year old pregnant runaway she was with her 22 year old boyfriend.
An annonymous caller led officers to apartment 13.
RAY GUILLEN/HOUSTON POLICE: AT THE BEGINNING THEY WERE LYING AND WE SEPARATED
EVENTUALLY THEY SAID THEY WERE THE ONES. THE LITTLE GIRL JUST SAID SHE WAS
AFRAID BECAUSE SHE SAID THEYW ERE TRYING TO TAKE THE KID AWAY FROM HER.
Cindy garcia is believed to be 8 and a half months pregnant.
authorities have been frantically looking for her because they feared she
might have trouble with the birht that could come at anytime.
JOHNSON: THE PERSON THAT TIPPED US OFF ACTUALLY FOUND THEM AT A GROCERY
STORE JSUT DOWN THE STREET FROM WHERE SHE LIVED AND THEY WERE ON THE OUTSIDE
WHEN THIS LADY WAS COMING OUT OF THE GROCERY STORE AND THEY APPROACHED THEM FOR
MONEY. THEY TOLED THEM THEY WERE HUNGRY AND WATED MONEY FOR FOOD, THE LADY
IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZED THE GIRL FROM THE TLEVISION AND TOLD THEM SHE DIDN'T
HAVE A LOT OF MOENY BUT THAT SHE WOULD BE GLAD TO TAKE THEM TO HER APARTMENT.
And when the arrived there, in the back bedroom, the woman called police.
JOHNSON:IT'S A GOOD RELIEF, SHE SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS PRETTY RESERVED ALL IN
ALL BUT SHE LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS IN GOOD SHAPE.
Miss garcia, who autorities say looks 13 or 14, ran away from a shelter when
she learned her boyfriend woud probably be arrested and two days after the
couple disappeared police indeed charged pedro sotelo with aggravated sexual
assault. he is now behind bars.
GUILLEN: HE IS DENYING THAT HE'S IN TROUBLE. HE SAYS HE'S JUST IN LOVE
WITH THE GIRL.
Cindy garcia continues to claim she is 14 years old. her mother who lives
here in Houston says she has the child's birth cirtificate and is indeed 10.
Whatever the case, she'll stay here overnight and will then be in the
custody of c.p.s. children's protective services. Jeff McShan for CBS news.))
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Still to come on News 7,
Funeral services are today for the five family members killed in a weekend
and it turns out another fire in Roanoke was not a racial act.
More on the cross-burning on Stewart Avenue.
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Some scary moments in Old Southwest in Roanoke this morning... as yet
another house is ravaged by flames.
At around ten- forty, fire shot out of this house on Marshall Avenue.
This time human lives were spared... but a number of pets were killed.
Fire officials say at least four dogs and a cat died from either burns or
But emergency crews were able to save one canine life.
A preliminary investigation shows the fire may have started on an upstairs
mattress-- either from a smoldering cigarette or from a nearby heater.
But fire crews are not ruling out arson at this time.
IN Q=We haven't
((CHIEF BEV MITCHELL/ROANOKE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT: WE HAVEN'T RULED OUT
ANYTHING OR DETERMINED THAT IT MIGHT BE THAT. WE HAVEN'T RULED THAT OUT YET. ))
SUPER=01-Bev Mitchell/Roanoke City Fire Department;
OUT Q=out yet
Mitchell says the residents were not home when the fire started.
Witnesses identify them as Edmund and Lora Robinson.
Funeral services for the four children and grandmother who were killed in
Saturday's house fire in Roanoke are today at Belmont Baptist Church.
An extension cord was blamed for the blaze -- it caught fire and the flames
spread to a second floor apartment.
Officials initially said they would not cite the landlord for failing to
install smoke detectors.
IN Q=It's just a very
((RON MILLER/ROANOKE BUILDING COMMISSIONER: IT'S A VERY SENSITIVE ISSUE AND WE
JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE THAT WE HAVE DONE THE RIGHT
THING AND I THINK THIS WILL PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE.))
SUPER=01-Ron Miller/Roanoke Building Commissioner;
OUT Q=put it in perspective
But yesterday they called in commonwealth's attorney Don Caldwell to review
IN Q=my determination will
((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: MY DETERMINATION WILL BE BASED
UPON WHAT THEY SHARE WITH ME CONCERNING HOW THE FIRE STARTED AND WHAT IF ANY
CONTRIBUTIONS MIGHT BE LAID TO ANY INDIVIDUAL OR GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS.))
OUT Q=groups or individuals.
Meanwhile, the city has received more than 100 requests for building
inspections, and more than 50 requests for home safety inspections since
The Fire Department has also given away more than 30 smoke detectors this
week and is ordering more.
Officials say they now know the motive behind another weekend fire in
The cross burning was apparently set by an upset neighbor.
Police say they've spoken with the residents of 12-22 Tompkins Avenue-- who
don't believe their inter- racial relationship led to the incident.
Cross burning is a felony in Virginia.
Police are still investigating.
Some former Halifax County football stars have taken quite a fall from
In 1991, the Halifax County Comets secured a state title.
Now, several players have found themselves in trouble with the law.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=With a
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Clark/Halifax Co. Principal; :12
SUPER=01-Larry Smith/Halifax Co. Football Coach; :48
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((With a 14- and 0 record, the Comets were clearly on top.
The team was affectionately pegged "The Wreckin' Crew"-- a name they lived
up to by defeating Lloyd Byrd High School for the State Title.
IN Q=We've had
((LARRY CLARK/HALIFAX CO. PRINCIPAL: WE'VE HAD MEMBERS OF THAT TEAM WHO'VE
GONE ON TO THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY, TO THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY, TO THE
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, TO EMORY AND HENRY.))
OUT Q=Emory and Henry.
Unfortunately, the State Title did not follow all the players in a positive
For some, going head to head with a teams like GW Danville would prove easy
compared to what was in store down the road.
Robert Clark was the first of three players to run into serious trouble.
Two years after winning the state title, he was convicted of Capital Murder.
Larry Smith coached the team to victory.
IN Q=I hate
((LARRY SMITH/HALIFAX CO. FOOTBALL COACH: I HATE ITS HAPPENED BUT AT THE SAME
TIME I DON'T FEEL LIKE A CERTAIN PART OF THIS SCHOOL SHOULD BE STIGMATIZED FOR
THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS.))
OUT Q=of others.
Not long afterward, another player was arrested for murder.
George Boyd was later acquitted.
But he was convicted of petty larceny for his role in the crime.
It's too early to tell what will become of J- J Powell.
The former team member wanted for the county's latest murder has yet to be
IN Q=I personally
((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: I PERSONALLY HAVE WONDERED
WHETHER OR NOT ITS GOOD TO GIVE YOUNGSTERS THE TRAPPINGS AND PUBLIC ADULATION
SO EARLY IN THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF SPORTS WHEN THERE'S A VERY HIGH LIKELIHOOD
THEY CAN NOT SUSTAIN THAT POSITION BEYOND A FEW MONTHS. ))
OUT Q=few months.
That question is one many have pondered. At the same time, it's unlikely
anyone will ever find a clear cut answer. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
One of two winning lottery tickets is from Roanoke.
We'll show you the lucky numbers,
and we'll shou you the UN-lucky circumstances surrounding a popular recreation
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It's not the sound of music but the sound of dollars signs that's ringing
this afternoon in the Blue Grass state.
Lottery officials say a ticket purchased in Kentucky matched all six numbers
in last night's Powerball drawing.
It's worth close to 90 million dollars.
No word yet on who the lucky ticket holder is.
And someone in the Star City is half a million dollars richer this morning.
Lottery officials say someone in Roanoke and Norfolk purchased tickets that
matched last night's million dollar lotto drawing.
Get your ticket out to check.
The winning numbers are
are four, six, seven, eight, ten and 15.
Last week's flooding has forced the Cascades Recreation Area in Giles County
to close indefinitely.
About 90 percent of the trail to the falls sustained major damages.
Rocks slid from saturated hillsides, and Little Stoney Creek deposited even
more debris when it raged out of its banks.
The floodwaters wiped out two bridges and severely damaged a third.
Much of the trail must be completely rebuilt, at an estimated cost of as
much as 300 thousand dollars.
But with cuts to the Forest Service budget, the question is when.
((BILL SWEET/RECREATION STAFF OFFICER: SO WHERE WE NORMALLY HAVE A TRAIL
CONSTRUCTION BUDGET OF ANYWHERE FROM 150 TO 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS, WE WON'T BE
LOOKING AT ANYMORE THAN 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND THAT WON'T TAKE US VERY FAR ON
THIS PROJECT. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Sweet/Recreation Staff Officer;
OUT Q=on this project.
The upper trail is an old access road.
It sustained some damage as well, but may be able to reopen this summer.
The Cascades is a popular recreation and tourist spot. Last year it hosted
more than 115 thousand visitors between May and November.
The nation's first zero-calorie artificial fat has been given the
government's stamp of approval, but with strings attached.
After rigourous testing, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the
commercial use of Olestra.
It will be used mostly in snack foods like potato chips and crackers.
(( DR. DAVID KESSLER...COMMISSIONER, FOOD AND DRUG ADMIN:CONSUMERS NEED TO KNOW
TWO THINGS ABOUT OLSETRA. ONE IT IS SAFE TO EAT IN CERTAIN SNACK FOODS...TWO
THOUGH IT CERTAIN SIDE EFFECTS IN CERTAIN PEOPLE...THEY'VE BEEN REVIEWED AND
FOUND TO BE NOT MEDICALLY SIGNIFCANT"
SUPER=01-Dr. David Kessler/FDA Commissioner;
OUT Q=Medically significant.
Those side effects include abdominal problems and the inability to
absorb crucial vitamins.
Because of the potential risk the F-D-A is requiring a warning
label on all products containing Olestra.
Stocks are slightly down, giving up some of the gains that sent the blue
chips up to another record close
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was down thirteen points.
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Patrick Evans has sports next.
Some Pittsburgh team members decided to "steel" the spotlight from players
who actually show up for a press conference,
and first it was the football team, and now it's the basketball team.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are on a run for the top.
MUSIC UP FULL
Twenty members of the Pittsburgh Steelers skipped yesterday's mandatory
news conferecne in Tempe, Arizona.
In past years many players have been fined for such behavior.
SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ/Yesterday; :00
One player who did show up was Quarterback Neil O'Donnell, who says the
Cowboys better be ready.
IN Q="We're gonna...
((NEIL O'DONNELL/PITTSBURGH QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Neil O'Donnell/Pittsburgh Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...AFTER THAT."
The big game between the Steelers and the Cowboys is this Sunday.
Kick off is 6:20.
The Virginia Cavaliers were in Winston-Salem last night trying to keep from
falling below the 500 mark on the season against Wake Forest.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/ESPN; :00
In the first half Chris Alexander, knocks one in for the Cavs.
But Wake answers on the other end with a jump hook from Tim Duncan as the
Deacons take the lead.
Wake has a 10 point lead at the half.
Harold Deane scores a game high 28 points.
But U-V-a falls to 7-and-8 on the season with the 81-to-64 loss to the
The Virginia Tech basketball team is bouncing its way into the upper tier
of college basketball these days.
And Roy Stanley says the Hokies are handling the upward mobility quite
IN Q="The Hokies
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :28
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Virginia Tech Forward; :55
OUT Q=........7 Sports."
((The Hokies are now hanging out with the big boys.
Last week the Hokies and Forward Ace Custis were featured in Sports
This week C-B-S sports spent the day at the Cassell and will feature the
Hokies this weekend.
Tech is ranked 8-th in the Associated Press Poll the hokies are 12 and 1
overall and 5 and 0 in the Atlantic 10.))
((BILL FOSTER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((The Players are enjoying all the exposure but they know all it takes is one
slip and the spot light will go dim.
But the seniors are working hard on and off the court with the new and
young players to prevent anybody from getting the big head.))
((SHAWN SMITH/TECH FORWARD: ))
((BILL FOSTER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
(********toss to mel************)
(********mel and patrick ad lib***********)
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