Up next on News 7 at eleven-
Just what happened the moments before a plane crashed off the Dominican
Republic. We'll have a report.
Doctors report the Baboon marrow experiment on an AIDS patient has not
Plus the newest Mens national figure skating champion is heading to
Roanoke. We'll talk with Rudy Galindo.
News 7 is next.
A baboon marrow transplant apparently has not worked.
Doctors say Jeff Getty's system did not accept the cells, but they say
Getty is doing suprisingly well.
No signs of survivors after a plane crash off the Dominican Republic
189 people were aboard the chartered plane when it went down.
He's the 1996 Men's U-S Figure Skating Champion- he's heading to Roanoke
for Friday's show.
We'll hear from Rudy Galindo.
Join us for News 7 at eleven followed by School Closings at eleven thirty
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Commercial
No word on why a chartered jet crashed off the Dominican Republic coast.
As Art Rascon reports, there are no signs of survivors.
SUPER=03-Puerto Plata; 00
SUPER=01-Franklin Polaros/U.S. Embassy; 16-20
SUPER=01-Tim Tobias/Coast Guard; 53
SUPER=01-Edmund Duckwitz/German Ambassador; 1:08-1:13
SUPER=01-Art Rascon/CBS News; 1:14
OUT Q=The Dominican Republic.
((All day, one body after another, pulled from a watery grave. 189 people
were on this doomed jet. There were no survivors. It's the worst air disaster
ever in the Dominican Republic.
FRANKLIN POLAROS/U.S. EMBASSAY: THE DOMINICAN NAVY TUG BOAT THEY JUST PICK UP
BETWEEN 22 AND 28 BODIES.
The Dominican Republic Airline was chartered by German tourists visiting
the resort town of Puerto Plata.
The jet headed back to Germany late last night. Less than two
minutes after takeoff, it developed a problem. Dominican aviation officials
say the crew radioed the control and said they were returning to Puerto Plata.
When asked what the problem was the crew responded "stand by." shortly after
that the plane crashed into the ocean.
Coast Guard Lt. Tim Tobias was one of the first rescue choppers in the
LT. TIM TOBIAS/COAST GUARD: WE SAW AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE, NUMEROUS DEBRIS, MAIN
LANDING GEAR AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. JUST BITS AND PIECES? TOBIAS: CORRECT.
With the investigation barely underway, authorities are looking at bad
weather conditions as a possible cause.
EDMUND DUCKWITZ/GERMAN AMBASSADOR TO DOM. REP.: WE DON'T KNOW IF IT EXPLODED
OR JUST BROKE TO PIECES, WHEN IT CRASHED ON THE SURFACE OF THE SEA.
ART RASCON/CBS NEWS: MORE THAN HALF THE BODIES HAVE BEEN RECOVERED...BUT MANY
NEVER BE FOUND. THEPLANE SANK IN NEARLY 3 MILES OF WATER.
A tragic loss for Lillian Gutteriez. her best friend was a stewardess,
brand new on the job.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY, WHAT TO THINK, I DON'T KNOW NOTHING
Passengers were initiallly on this jet, but it turned around because of
engine trouble. Only for passengers to board the doomed 757, leading them to
their deaths. Art Rascon, CBS News, The Dominican Republic.))
GRAPHIC=Gavel and Scales
The Roanoke bank robber who did it to buy a "breathing machine" for his
little boy will serve a 17- year sentence for the armed robberies.
Calvin Tracy Greene got away with 97 hundred dollars in four hold-ups last
February and March.
Bank cameras showed Greene became increasingly more agressive as his crime
IN Q=I would like
((I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE COURT TO GIVE ME A SECOND CHANCE AT MY LIFE. AND I'M
SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED. I AM A NICE PERSON, AND I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR
SUPER=01-Calvin Greene/Bank Robber
OUT Q=what happened.
Judge Diane Strickland read from several of the victims' "impact
statements," citing one who said she suffered "no ill effects" and another who
said she was "scared to death."
Greene became emotional as Strickland added up the prison time to a total
of 17 years to serve.
It seems the harsh winter weather isn't keeping the scam artists away.
Henry County authorities are reporting what's called a "pigeon drop" scam.
They say in late January, a 57 year- old woman was approached inside a
K-Mart store in Henry County.
A man and woman reportedly told her they'd found a large sum of money.
They then promised her a share if she would put up 300 dollars in "good
And once she did-- they disappeared.
Henry county authorities say since scam artists are usually transient--they
could be anywhere in the region.
They are warning people to be on alert if they are approached.
IN Q=We preach that
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE PREACH THAT IF IT'S TOO GOOD
TO BE TRUE, THEN IT IS. NO ONE'S GOING TO GIVE YOU ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD,
ESPECIALLY MONEY. SO, IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT IS. YOU SHOULD BE
LEERY OF IT, SAY NO THANK YOU, AND GET AWAY FROM THESE PEOPLE. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=from these people
Nester also suggests calling the police.
He says the scam occurs most often in public places, like shopping centers
and grocery stores.
Craig County school board members are asking their superintendent to resign.
Last night, during a regular board meeting, members voted three to two to
oust Dallas (Helms) Helems.
The decision comes on the heels of a recent fuel leak at Craig County High
(Helms) Helems says he was disappointed with the board's decision, and that
he had no idea this decision was coming.
Helems still has about a year and a half left on his contract and says he
wants to honor it.
The temperatures have warmed up some since the big freeze but not enough to
thaw out all the schools.
Some schools are closed tomorrow because of snow covered roads.
But as for Salem public schools it's officials defied the ice and opened
Ron Jones has the story.
IN Q=When the snow
SUPER=01-Chris Foutz/Salem High School Student; :23
SUPER=01-Jamie Helms/Salem High School Student; :30
SUPER=01-Joyce Noell/Salem High School Teacher; :39
SUPER=01-Dana Dudley/Salem High School Student; :47
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
When the snow pounded our area this winter some students, and few teachers,
No more school, no more books no more teachers...well for a while at least.
But now there are classes to make up because of the snow... about a dozen
days in some localities.
Salem City schools are back in session.
But some students say let it snow, let it snow let it...
((CHRIS FOUTZ/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: SNOW... I LIKE BEING OUT OF SCHOOL. BUT I
LIKE SCHOOL BUT I LIKE TO BE OUT SOMETIMES AND VACATION.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((JAMIE HELM/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: SNOW MOST DEFINITELY.. WHY BE AT SCHOOL WHEN
YOU COULD BE AT HOME.))
Some say the school delays are even worse.
((JOYCE NOELL/SALEM HIGH TEACHER: GET THE BOOKS OUT, GET THE DISKS OUT, BOOT UP
THE COMPUTERS AND IT WAS TIME TO PUT THEM AWAY AND GO HOME.))
But some just want to get back to business and get it over with.
((DANA DUDLEY/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: I THINK I'D RATHER HAVE SCHOOL BEING IN...
BECAUSE I'M GETTING READY TO GRADUATE SO I JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE.))
But whatever the view of students or faculty they're going to have to make
up their time... one day or another.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Stay tuned for all the school announcements coming up after the newscast.
But coming up next on News 7, the state offers to investigate the alleged
rape of a Virginia Tech student,
and the wait is over for an AIDS patient- Doctors determine the effectiveness
of a Baboon bone marrow transplant.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
An experiment implanting an AIDS patient with baboon bone marrow has
But doctors say 38 year old Jeff Getty is doing surprisingly well.
The bone marrow was transplanted because baboons do not become infected with
Getty received special facilitator cells in hopes they would help his body
accept the cells.
But Doctors say after two months, they have not found any clear signs of
baboon cells in Getty's system.
State police will investigate Christy Brzonkala's rape charges.
She's the former Virginia Tech student who says two Tech football players
raped her and then got preferential treatment.
The state police probe was actually the State Attorney General's idea.
A letter to Brzonkala's attorney last month notes that Brzonkala chose not
to seek police involvement.
"I hope she will reconsider," says Deputy A-G Gary Aronhalt.
"If Ms Brzonkala requests it," he wrote, "the Attorney General is prepared
to ask the State police to conduct an immediate and thorough criminal
Brzonkala's lawyer and Tech officials say they welcome the criminal
The I-T-T plant in Roanoke County has come a long way toward establishing
commercial uses for its night vision devices.
But so far that hasn't brought more job security for its 650 workers.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=Last week
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Week; :00
SUPER=01-Elaine Tuttle/ITT Night Vision; :55
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Last week we visited I-T-T Night Vision to do a story about its positive
efforts in selling night vision goggles to consumers.
Up until 1993, the focus was on military applications.
SOT TAPE TWO 03:16:45
IN Q=The response
((SANDRA COAN/ITT NIGHT VISION: THE RESPONSE TO NIGHT VISION HAS BEEN
OUT Q=has been incredible.
But hours after our visit workers called saying the company planned to cut
Our attempts to reach I-T-T failed, but we confirmed the story from an
We reported I-T-T would cut 90 positions-it turned out 12 people got pink
We regret the error.
When we tried to get the correct figure from I-T-T, we did not get a
response after four separate calls.
A release arrived TWO DAYS later, and 24 HOURS after the rest of the media
got a copy.
It says the layoffs partly resulted from slower than anticipated growth in
its commercial/consumer products segment.
But two days before, growth prospects in that division sounded pretty rosy.
SOT TAPE TWO 02:55:01
IN Q=The second
((ELAINE TUTTLE/ITT NIGHT VISION: THE SECOND YEAR WE WERE ABOUT 400-PERCENT
GROWTH RATE AND WE HAVEN'T MAINTAINED THAT KIND OF GROWTH RATE, BUT WE DOUBLED
LAST YEAR AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GONNA ALMOST DOUBLE THIS YEAR IN OUR
OUT Q=commercial sales.
Workers who called us also expressed doubt about I-T-T's other statement in
the release, that "...no further workforce reductions are anticipated".
They pointed out, and News-7 confirmed, that I-T-T is awaiting the award of
a large night vision contract from the U-S military probably worth tens of
millions of dollars.
IN Q=The last
(( The last contract awarded was split by I-T-T and its main competitor,
Litton Industries of Arizona.
But workers say Litton took the matter to court because it had the lower
This time around, employees speculate only one company will get the
OUT Q=will get the contract.
But even if I-T-T doesn't win it, it MAY have an ace in the hole.
Workers also say it's bidding on two big foreign night vision contracts.
I-T-T told its employees it will hear about the U-S military contract in a
few weeks, and the foreign work will not be awarded until later this year.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Wythe County Administrator Billy Branson is resigning effective September
Former county board of supervisors member James Crosswell says Branson was
FORCED to resign because of his support FOR the proposed prison in Wythe
Branson could not be reached for comment.
Henry County Administrator Robert Lawler lost his job today.
The county board of supervisors voted unanimously this morning to release
Lawler from his contract.
The board named "philosophical differences" as its reason.
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :14
County officials added Lawler's termination had nothing to do with his job
performance-- nor was there any misconduct.
Some say the three newly- elected board members may have played a role.
IN Q=this is the
((VERONICA VENABLE/ACTING HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A
NEW BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. AND BEYOND THAT, I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHAT SPECIFIC
DIFFERENCES OF PHILOSOPHY THEY MAY HAVE HAD, BUT THIS IS A NEWLY- CONSTITUTED
SUPER=01-Veronica Venable/Acting Henry Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=constituted board
Lawler could not be reached for comment--
But in a written statement to the board, he praised the county's staff.
Lawler will receive monthly severance pay through May 27th.
He's worked as county administrator for the last two and a half years.
A bill compensating Ed Honaker for ten years he spent in prison is now
headed for a vote in the House of Delegates.
The Roanoke man was pardoned by Governor George Allen in 1994 after D-N-A
testing indicated he did not rape a woman in Nelson County.
Today, a House of Delegates committee approved a compensation bill
introduced by Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum.
IN Q=I'm hard- pressed
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D- ROANOKE: I'M HARD PRESSED TO SAY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS
IS A LITTLE BIT. I THINK IT'S A LOT OF MONEY. AT LEAST IT HAS BEEN TO ME. IT'S
THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY. THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN MAKE MR. HONAKER WHOLE, BUT I THINK
IT'S A GOOD FAITH EFFORT ON THE PART OF THE STATE.))
OUT Q=the part of the state.
The measure would award Honaker 150 thousand dollars in cash and a 350-
thousand dollar annuity paid over ten years.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later on the newscast, we'll speak with world champion
skater Rudy Galindo as he prepares to skate in Roanoke,
And we'll meet some devoted readers we say they couldn't weather the winter
without the Farmer's Almanac.
MUSIC UP FULL
It's called the worst flooding in Oregon in more than 30 years.
SUPER=03-Portland Area, OR;
High water is forcing hundreds of people from their homes.
One of Oregon'a major rivers the Willamette (Wil-AM-it) is expected to
crest high above flood stage tomororw.
The river flows through Portland, Eugene and Salem.
If you follow the Farmer's Almanac, you may be bracing for another snowstorm
in the next few days.
That's not what meteorologists predict, but more folks are turning to the
Almanac since it's been on the mark for the last two snowstorms.
So how reliable is it?
Tracy Altizer takes a look.
IN Q=The Almanac has hit
SUPER=01-Clyde Morris/Farmer; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Emlaw/N.W.S. Meteorologist; :54
OUT Q=Altizer, NEws 7.
((CLYDE MORRIS/FARMER: THE ALMANAC HAS HIT IT ALMOST WITHIN ONE DAY A YEAR OR A
YEAR AND A HALF IN ADVANCE, THAT OUR LOCAL FORECASTERS CAN'T HIT A WEEK AHEAD.
Morris really is a fan of Robin Reed, and watches the News-7 weatherman
nightly for the next day's forecast.
But when it comes to long- range planning, this potato farmer has relied on
Blum's Farmer's and Planter's Almanac for 40 years.
It has him worried about more snowstorms this month.
((THE 16TH THROUGH THE 19TH AND THE 24TH THROUGH THE 29TH. I HOPE WE MISS
But it also depends on which almanac you depend on.
The Old Farmers Almanac was on the money last week, but it's not calling for
anymore snow until the 19th thru the 21st of this month.
At the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, meteorologists say
it's all a matter of interpretation.
And even with all the latest computer models, they don't stick their necks
out past a week.
((MIKE EMLAW/N.W.S. METEOROLOGIST: WE CAN PREDICT FAIRLY WELL MOST OF THE TIME
OUT TO ABOUT TWO DAYS. WE CAN DO REASONABLY WELL, KIND OF GET A GENERAL IDEA
WHAT THE WEATHER'S GOING TO BE OUT TO PERHAPS SEVEN DAYS DEPENDING ON THE TIME
OF THE YEAR, AND THEN ANYTHING REALLY BEYOND THAT IS GUESSWORK. ))
But whether you subscribe to high- tech or down- home, only one person
really knows what's in store, and we all know better than to mess with Mother
Nature. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
A big upset tonight at the Dedmon Center as Radford U snaps out of its recent
We'll also check on JMU, the Tech women and the Franklin County wrestlers.
And the Boys were on parade today in Dallas. The Super Bowl champion Cowboys
rolled through the streets of Big D in 70 degree weather celebrating their
third title in the last four years.
The rest of your sports is coming up right after the college scoreboard.
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=..LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
A big upset last night in Radford as the struggling Highlanders got their act
together just in time to hand UNC-greensboro its first conference loss of the
season in the Big South.
SUPER=03-Radford/Spartans vs. Highlanders; :00
The Spartans came in with a perfect 7-and-0 record in conference play.
And they would try their best to keep a blemish from touching that record
last night as Scott Hartzell lit it up early.
But Radford opened up its game and took a 36-to-32 halftime thanks in part to
"DJ Eric B" - Eric Bowens.
The Highlanders put together a run to open the second half as well. Jason
Lansdown hits for two of his 12 on this hoop.
Five minutes later, the Highlanders put the game on ice with an 8-to-nothing
run led by Kevin Robinson.
He finished with 18 and RU whip the Spartans 81-to-67.
IN Q="SECOND HALF...
((JASON LANDSDOWN/12 POINTS TONIGHT: ))
((KEVIN ROBINSON/18 POINTS TONIGHT:))
SUPER=01-Jason Lansdown/12 Points Tonight; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Robinson/18 Points Tonight; 10
OUT Q=...get it done.
Normally this time of year JMU and Richmond are battling it out for first
place in the Colonial.
But this has not been a normal season.
Last night the two met as cellar dwellers in the conference.
Lefty was calm for a man who had lost 13 of his last 15 games.
Last night Darin McLinton would do his best to snap that horrid losing streak
with a 27 points effort.
But a technical foul and ejection on James Coleman with 5:30 to play turned a
one point game into a Richmond win.
The Spiders win just their 7th game of the year 84-to-80, Eric Poole led the
way with 20.
Tuesday night the Tech men beat Duquesne, and last night is was the ladies
turn to take a shot at knocking off the Dukes.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Dukes vs. Hokies; :00
The Lady Hokies rolled into the Cassell unbeaten in A-10 play on their home
Freshman Catie O'Connor hit her first two shots of the game to give the
Hokies an early advantage on their visitors.
And when Floyd's Lynette Nolley scored her first hoop of the game the Lady
Hokies had pushed their advantage to 6. Lynette had 17.
Tracy Wolf kept the Dukes in the game throughout last night with 14 points.
But the Lady Hokies are able to stay perfect in their "Cassell" with a
65 to 56 win over Duquesne.
franklin County rolled out the mats for the Northwest Region Dual team
Wrestling finals tonight as the eagles hosted Stonewall Jackson.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Raiders vs. Eagles; :00
Franklin County came to the match with an 11 and 3 record while the
Raiders were 18 and 1.
Through 8 of the 14 weight classes; Stonewall Jackson had a 22-11
advantage. But But Eagle Bryan Jones; who is a perfect 26 and OH this season,
gave Franklin County new life with a pin that closed the margin to 22-17.
But the Raiders answered with a fall of their own in the 160 pound class.
Kris Kahila's Eagles would lose to the Raiders. Blame the defeat on the
snow and losing a a few close matches.
IN Q="It ended
((KRIS KAHILA/FRANKLIN COUNTY COACH:))
((SHAUN FERGUSON/EAGLE TRI CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Kris Kahila/Franklin Co. Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Shaun Ferguson/Eagle Tri-Captain; :14
OUT Q=...in practice"
Still to come tonight, his hair is bit longer, but his jumper and his
Is as smooth as ever.
Steve Mason has more on Roanoke College's Nathan HUngate right after this
The Roanoke College Maroons beat Eastern Mennonite tonight 100-to-93.
Nathan Hungate led the way with 16 points and 15 assists.
Steve Mason tells us how the former Northside has risen to the occasion in
this his sophomore season.
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1994 State Semi Finals; :00
SUPER=01-Nathan Hungate/Roanoke Sophomore Point Guard; :11
SUPER=03-Salem/This Season; :20
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :53
SUPER=01-Jason Bishop/Roanoke Guard; :59(QUICK!)
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Two years later; Nathan Hungate still thinks about his last high school
game. Northside lost to Salem for the 6th time in the State semi finals.
While he now jokes about that streak; he has taken his college career quite
seriously. He has too.
He has played well. Roanoke has won 9 of it's last 10 games. During most of
that stretch; Hungate averaged about 13 points and near 10 assists per game!
But it's what he does for his teammates that makes him special. Maroon center
Tim Braun is shooting a sizzling 60 percent from the field; mainly because of
Hungate's ability to get him the ball. He's not the only benefactor.
Hungate is also averaging about three steals a game. All this adds up to
someone who has changed quite a bit from a roll player who came off the bench a
Now that he has found a home at Roanoke; what are his goals?
Hungate is already among the top 7 career assists leaders at Roanoke and he
still has over two years of eligibility left. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
He is the new Men's National Champion Figure Skater. He's coming to
Roanoke this week.
OUT Q=IN THIS MENS COMPETITION."
If you've never heard of Rudy Galindo you're not alone. At 26 the
relatively unknown captured the national title- surprising even himself.
((RUDY GALINDO/MEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPION: WHEN PEOPLE INTRODUCE ME AS THE CURRENT
NATIONAL CHAMPION, I'M LOOKING AROUND LIKE WHO, WHO AND I STILL DON'T REALIZE
SUPER=02-Rudy Galindo/1996 Mens Nat'l Champion; 00
OUT Q=realize it's me."
Rudy lost his father to a heart attack three years ago and his brother to
AIDS just this year-
((THERE'S ALWAYS THIS ANGER AND STUFF THAT THEY'RE GONE. IT GIVES ME A LITTLE
SPARK ON SKATING WHEN I TRAIN KNOWING THAT I WANT TO DO IT FOR THEM AND MY
OUT Q=AND MY FAMILY."
Rudy is the newest addition to the Winter Tour of World Figure Skating
The show is this Friday night at eight at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Tickets are still available.