A train derails in California touching off a huge fire and possibly spilling
And a verdict is reached in a Danville murder trial.
Snow, sleet and ice are all factors in today's forecast. Winter Storm
Watches and Warnings have been posted for the overnight hours, I'll details how
things will shake out, stay with us.
Don't go away the news is next.
It took a Danville judge just minutes to convict Phil Clayborne of first
degree murder for strangling a man to death last summer.
Judge James Ingram made his decision this morning after the defense rested
its case without presenting any witnesses.
Clayborne was charged with killing 32- year old Angel Dejesus (De-HEY-sues)
last July at a Danville residence.
Dejesus was in Danville visiting a childhood friend.
His family was satisfied with the judge's decision.
IN Q=We're happy
((CARMEN MARTANZ/VICTIM'S SISTER-IN-LAW: WE'RE HAPPY ABOUT IT, THAT ITS OVER
WITH AND MY SISTER CAN START HER NEW LIFE WITH THE GIRLS, YOU KNOW IN
PATTERSON, NEW JERSEY, WE'RE JUST GLAD ITS OVER WITH AND THAT JUSTICE WAS
SUPER=01-Carmen Martanz/Victim's Sister-in-Law;
OUT Q=justice was served.
Clayborne was also convicted of attempted murder and abduction.
There is a second defendant in the case.
Later this month, a Bryant Lymont Powell will be tried for his alleged role
in the crime.
Two crew members are missing in a freight train derailment in Southern
SUPER=03-San Bernardino Co., CA;
A Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train carrying hazardous chemicals jumped the
tracks early today in San Bernardino County.
All of the train's locomotives and 46 of its 49 cars derailed, touching off
a massive fire that forced the evacuations of nearby homes and businesses.
The engineer was injured in the wreck.
Residents near the crash site pulled him from the wreckage, but they say he
couldn't tell them what happened to the other crew members.
One day after the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates analysts predict
even more cuts.
A government report out today shows low inflation.
The Labor Department says consumer prices rose just two and half percent
last year, for the lowest reading in nearly a decade.
Yesterday's news from Washington sent the stock market to another record
high, closing at the 54-hundred mark.
The White House also welcomed the news and blamed another rise in wholesale
prices on higher energy costs due to the severe winter.
((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: THERE WERE SEASONAL VARIANCES AND WEATHER
VARIANCES IN THIS AND BY AND LARGE THE DATA REFLECT LOW RATES OF INFLATION WITH
CONTINUED STEADY GROWTH WHICH IS ENCOURAGING NEWS FOR THE ECONOMY. ))
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Spokesman;
OUT Q=for the economy.
SS=interest rate lower
Since yesterday's action by the Federal Reserve a number of banks have cut
their prime rates by one-quarter point to eight and a quarter percent.
France's controversial leader has recieved a warm Washington welcome from
President Jaques Chirac paid a visit to the White House this morning.
President Clinton's greeting gave no hint of the cold shoulder Chirac might
receive later today on Capitol Hill.
Instead Mr. Cliton called France America's first ally.
((ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE....I WELCOME PRESIDENT JAQUES CHIRAC. ))
OUT Q=JAQUES CHIRAC.
Many on Capitol Hill have criticized France for conducting nuclear testing
in the South Pacific.
Some Democrats have even called for lawmakers to boycot Chirac's afternoon
address before a joint meeting of Congress.
Look for a new G-O-P front-runner in the New Hampshire primary.
A poll conducted by a Boston T-V station and The Boston Globe, says Steve
Forbes has taken the lead with 31
percent of the vote to Bob Dole's 22 percent.
Reacting to the the poll results today the millionaire publisher said
there's no question he's gaining on Dole, siting his own surveys in critical
Overseas in central Switzerland, search parties are looking for the fifth
victim of a hot air balloon accident.
The balloon lifted off from a popular skiing spot yesterday, then it hit
turbulence and dropped straight into a mountain.
Four people on board, all German tourists, died.
Police say a fifth person either jumped or fell from the balloon.
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Still to come, how to increase your child's chances of surviving a fire,
and in Ridgeway -- rumors of this man's death have been greatly exaggerated.
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Investigators are still trying to determine what caused Tuesday night's
house fire in Craig County that killed two children.
According to their grandfather,
5- year- old Christopher Howard and his sister, 3 year old Harle Gayle Howard
locked themselves in a closet when the fire started.
Their bodies were taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy.
Yesterday, special agents from the State Police walked through the rubble
of the New Castle Home-- trying to figure out what triggered the fire.
They hope to know more in the coming days.
IN Q=We're taking
((LT. JIM RUHLAND/STATE POLICE: WE'RE TAKING THEIR STATEMENTS AND THE OTHER
WITNESSES THAT WE TALKED TO. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE NEIGHBORS AND WE'RE
TAKING ALL OF THOSE STATEMENTS AND WORKING WITH THOSE ALONG WITH THE EVIDENCE
WE SEE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Ruhland/State Police;
OUT Q=inside of the house.
The children's parents were home at the time and tried unsuccessfully to
pull the children out of the house.
This is the second fire in less than two weeks to kill children.
On January 20th, four young children and their grandmother died as their
house burned in Southeast Roanoke.
What can be done to increase a child's chance of survival in a fire?
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
Roanoke County Fire Marshal Donald Gillispie joins us with some advice for
What should parents be telling their children -- and at what age -- about
SUPER=01-Donald Gillispie/Roanoke Co. Fire Marshall
(What about fire escape routes and drills?)
(Say for instance, a child is trapped in a multi-level home. At what story is
it still safe to jump? What type of safety devices can be used in a
multi-level home? i.e. -- ladders.)
(How can someone prevent smoke inhalation?)
(What advice do you have if an escape route is not an option?
(What if your clothing catches fire while trying to escape?)
(The grandfather of the two children killed in Craig County said the children
hid in a closet when the fire broke out. How common is it for children to try
to hide from a fire, rather than take an escape route? And what can parents do
to prevent this?)
(A survey by the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that about a third of
the smoke detectors in homes don't work because of dead or missing batteries.
Do you find this to be true? If so, do you recommend detectors with lithium
batteries that can last up to ten years? Where can you find them?)
TAPEedit of #95-111
A funeral home director from Ridgeway is learning what it's like to see his
OWN obituary in the morning newspaper.
Charles Tomlinson spent yesterday answering telephone calls and faxing
information explaining how he's NOT REALLY DEAD.
The Roanoke Times obituaries reported this week that the funeral home
director died January 27th.
This isn't the first time he's been listed as deceased in the Roanoke Times.
The first notice came out last November.
IN Q=I'm like
((CHARLES TOMLINSON/TOMLINSON FUNERAL HOME DIR.; I'M LIKE A CAT WITH NINE
LIVES. I TOLD THE ROANOKE TIMES YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN THROUGH TWO OF 'EM SO
YOU'D BETTER LEAVE THE SEVEN OTHERS ALONE.))
SUPER=01-Charles Tomlinson/Funeral Home Director;
OUT Q=alone (laughs)
Tomlinson attributes the confusion to the faxes of obituary notices that he
sends to the newspaper.
The Roanoke Times says changes have been made in its proofreading techniques
to prevent mistakes like this in the future.
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Still to come on News 7,
A certain cable company is raising its rates,
and although the waters of last summer's flood have receeded, the damage still
lingers in one Southwest Virginia town.
It's so bad, some people are even thinking about leaving.
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It's been seven months since last summer's flood waters ripped through the
town of Glasgow.
Since then, the town has been more vulnerable to flooding whenever it
As Kimberly McBroom reports, some say the town isn't getting the help it
IN Q=Although Glasgow
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./June 28, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Todd/Glasgow Vol. Fire Dept.; :36
SUPER=01-Franklin Mull/Glasgow Resident; 1:16
OUT Q=News 7, Glasgow
(( Although Glasgow is no longer underwater-- the effects of last June's
flooding are still felt.
Surface water continues eroding banks, and debris is still strewn in
culverts-- like this one near Gordon Street.
SOT nat sound 4:14:47
((THE DRAINOFF FROM TOWN COMES DOWN AND ACTUALLY EXITS TOWN INTO THE MAURY
RIVER THROUGH THAT CULVERT. ))
But often the Maury river backs up and prevents the surface water from
draining-- eventually flooding neighborhoods.
Glasgow's assistant fire chief says when it comes to fixing the situation,
the town is being neglected. (/////SOT/////)
((BILL TODD/GLASGOW VOL. FIRE DEPT.: BUT YET, I CAN RIDE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY
AND SEE WHERE THE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DEPARTMENTS HAVE GONE IN AND DUG
OUT THE CREEK. THEY'VE PUT UP BIG BOULDERS TO TAKE CARE OF THE EROSION AND I
DON'T SEE ANYTHING OCCURRING IN GLASGOW. ))
Meanwhile, county officials say it's up to those who own the land to
contact the soil and water conservation to find out if they qualify for
And they say when it comes to dealing with creeks and streams-- that
usually means going through a lot of people.
But those who feel the effects the most-- are still the residents.
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: AFTER ALL THE REPEATED FLOODING, PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN
GLASGOW SAY THEY BECOME FEARFUL WHENEVER THE FORECAST CALLS FOR RAIN. SOME ARE
EVEN THINKING OF MOVING. ))
((FRANKLIN MULL/GLASGOW RESIDENT: ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS-- SHE'S MOVED OUT AND
SHE'S NOT COMING BACK. AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS. I MEAN, WE HAD A NICE
NEIGHBORHOOD HERE FOR A WHILE, UNTIL THE WATER GOT TO GETTING TO US. ))
Meanwhile, Todd says his department will do whatever it takes to get help
for their corner of the county.
Kimberly McBroom, news 7, Glasgow.))
Rockbridge County is among the jurisdictions recently added to the list of
those available for federal assistance.
Other counties include Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Loudoun, Page and
Cities include Buena Vista, Covington, and Waynesboro.
The cold wave gripping the Midwest is creating concern about those who don't
have a warm place to stay at night.
In Chicago, where the mercury dipped to eleven degrees below zero, a special
task force has been checking up on the city's homeless, trying to get more of
them into shelters.
Volunteers say they're getting some cooperation but that there are still
many who don't understand the increased danger of being out on the streets in
the extreme cold.
Cox Communications is raising its rates.
On March First, the cable television company says it will increase basic
service by 32 cents a month... and the full- basic rate by two dollars, ten
cents a month.
In the city of Roanoke, the increase will bring the full- basic rate to 26
dollars 16 cents.
Cox has added seven channels to its full- basic line-up during the last
year, and company officials say the increases are in line with federal
guidelines and local franchise agreements.
Stocks were mixed in late morning trading.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was down almosts 18 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Just ahead on News 7, Patrick will have highlights of Tech's win last
and in high school hoop action --
It was Salem's home floor, but it was the Knight's victory.
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GRAPHIC=Va. Tech hoops
13th ranked Virginia Tech was put to the test hosting UNC-Greensboro at the
Cassell last night.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Spartans vs. Hokies;
The Hokies jumped out to a 13 point lead early.
Ace Custis gets away with the ball and makes it down the lane for the easy
But the Spartans fought back to within 5.
Jeremy Davis scores with the move on the baseline.
Tech led by 12 at the break and broke it open in the second half.
Custis goes to Shawn Good for the 2 hand jam.
Eric Cuthrell would not be outdone. SUPER=33-Virginia
He gets the breakaway slam but Greensboro can't hang on, and gets
outmuscled by the Hokies 74 to 48.
IN Q="It's kinda fun...
SUPER=01-Shawn Good/14 Points & 3 Assists; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Tech Head Coach; :12
OUT Q=...end of the floor."
The win is the Hokies 15th straight at the Cassell.
Another exciting game is expected when the Virginia Cavaliers host the
Maryland Terrapins tonight at University Hall in an A-C-C battle.
Tip off is scheduled for 8.
Our Roy Stanley paid the Cavaliers a visit earlier yesterday to try and
find out what's wrong.
The team has lost four straight and is at 7 and 8 on the season. Jeff Jones
gave us a partial explanation.
IN Q="I think
((JEFF JONES/VIRGINIA COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/Virginia Coach; :00
OUT Q=...as we had"
Roy Stanley will uncover exactly what's going on with the Cavs in detail
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
To the high school ranks where Salem hosted Cave Spring.
SUPER=03-Salem/Knights vs. Spartans; :00
The Spartans had their hands full with the Knights, who delivered Salem its
7th loss of the season.
The main man was Cave Spring's Jeff Lang.
He scored a team high 18 points, including this three pointer in the first
Salem kept within striking distance, with this basket by Eric Grinnell, but
the Knight's inside game seemed stronger.
Alex Phillips was hot in the second quarter, hitting a couple of baskets
over the Salem defense.
Hershel Thomas led the game with 20 points, but his Spartans fell to the
(***********patrick toss to mel**********)
Today on Health Check, Connie Stevens has a report on a new clinic in
Roanoke that treats obesity.
It's the field of Bariatrics-- and its using medication to fight weight
IN Q=People who
((HELEN ANDERSON/BARIATRICS PATIENT: PEOPLE WHO HAVE FOUGHT THIS AND HAVE BEEN
OBESE LONG ENOUGH...THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL AND EVEN OUR GOOD FRIENDS AND
RELATIVES. IT'S LIKE THE MORE YOU WEIGHT, THE STUPIDER PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE.
THEY THINK THAT EVERY POUND YOU GAIN, YOUR I.Q. DROPS...UNTIL YOU START FEELING
THAT MAYBE THAT IS TRUE. ))
SUPER=01-Helen Anderson/Bariatrics Patient; :
OUT Q=maybe that is true.
Join us for the story, later today on News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us.
And that's it for News 7 at NOON.