Pittslyvania County authorities investigate a triple shooting,
and a site is chosen for the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Authorities are investigating a couple of murders in our region overnight.
First, we go to Pittsylvania County, where a double murder apparently
occurred early this morning.
Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville newsroom with the details.
Melanie, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department got the call at about
four this morning after a passerby noticed a third victim, who had been
wounded, lying in the road.
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OUT Q=apparently shot
(******Teresa's mike hot under********)
The bodies were found at an abandoned store on state road 841.
Investigators spent much of the morning processing the scene, looking for
evidence which may lead to the killer.
Around 9:30 investigators began removing the bodies of a man and woman. No
names have been released. Authorities are still uncertain about one victim's
identity. This morning, wet weather apparently did not cause too much of a
OUT Q=we went after
The third victim, who was found and wounded, as taken to the hospital, but we
don't have any word on his condition.
(mel/q&a: Do authorities have a motive?)
(Is the area where the victims were found a high crime area?)
Amherst police have identified the man suspected in the town's first murder
in nearly a decade.
27- year- old Juan Jose Ochoa (oh-CHO-uh) was arrested last night following
a shooting in a trailer park.
Police say Ochoa (oh-CHO-uh) fatally shot another Hispanic male during an
argument in the Town Court mobile home park.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene... his name is being withheld
until relatives can be notified.
Neighbors say the shooting stemmed from an argument between the two over the
IN Q=It apparently occurred
((INVEST. JEFF ROWE/AMHERST POLICE: IT APPARENTLY OCCURRED, A LARCENY OF SOME
SORT OCCURRED IN ALBEMARLE COUNTY, AND IT BLED OVER TO THE TRAILER PARK HERE.))
SUPER=01-Invest. Jeff Rowe/Amherst Police; :00
OUT Q=trailer park here.
Ochoa made a brief court appearance this morning.
Roanoke City Police are looking for a group of men wearing ski masks who
robbed two families in less than two hours.
It happened between ten and eleven-thirty last night in the Northwest part
of the city.
The first incident happened in the 5200 block of King Arthur's Court and the
other in the 1500 block of Lafayette Boulevard.
Police say in both incidents the men kicked in the front door, brandished
guns and demanded money.
In one robbery a resident was shot in the neck when he told them he didn't
have any money.
48-year-old Alvin Wilson is in stable condition at Roanoke Memorial
A federal judge has ruled to move the Oklahoma City bombing trial to Denver.
Many of the victims and victims' families had argued to keep the trial in
Oklahoma so they could attend.
But Federal District Judge Richard Matsch (Maych) says the court has to
ensure a fair trial for suspects Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
The April 19-95 blast killed 169 and injured dozens.
It's judgement day in New Hampshire as residents head to the polls to pick a
Republican Candidate for president.
It promises to be an extremely close race.
Elizabeth Kaledin has the story.
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
SUPER=01-Pat Buchanan/(R) Presidential Candidate;
SUPER=01-Lamar Alexander/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=CBS News, Manchester, New Hampshire.
After hosting a week of whirlwind campaigning...new hamsphire voters
finally have their say...polls opened at 6 am..turnout is expected to be as
high as 75 percent:
The first votes trickled in just after midnight from the small
mountain towns of dixville notch and harts location...dole captured 14 of 39
Lamar Alexander came in a suprise second with 13 votes....a tiny
victory in a state with big stakes...but enough to boost morale in the dole
Bob dole showed up at a polling place along with the mayor of
manchester and governor of new hampshire...he also did some early morning radio
with don imus...showing off a lighter side he's been accused of hiding:
BOB DOLE:IF I GET INTO THE WHITE HOUSE I'LL BUILD YOU A SEPARATE WING
Dole's chief rival...pat buchanan...appeared on cbs this
morning...saying he'll win the primary because he's based his campaign on
And lamar alexander who has campaigned as a washington outsider
opted for a suit and tie over the red and black plaid shirttoday....according
to polls alexander is in a position to bump either dole or buchanan out of
DO YOU KNOW YOUR ABC'S.....YES ALEXANDER BEATS CLINTON
Elizabeth kaledin cbs news bedford new hampshire.))
An American Airlines flight ended in a smoky evacuation this morning at New
York's Kennedy Airport.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Officials say just before takeoff the cockpit and cabin filled with smoke
forcing nearly 200 passengers and crew to slide down evacuation chutes.
Four people were treated for smoke inhalation, several others suffered
minor injuries, mostly from the slide.
However, there was no fire and police and mechanics are trying to determine
what caused the smoke.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, the N-Double-A-C-P has a new president,
and state police are being asked to investigate what could be criminal actions
by Virginia's Department of Social Services.
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Two high profile trials take center stage today.
In Los Angeles, closing arguments are expected in the murder re-trial of
Erik and Lyle Menenedez.
The brothers are accused of killing their wealthy parents.
And in Michigan, opening statements are due in the assisted-suicide trial
of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
The murder of a Virgina Tech student was the focus of a hearing in
Charges of murder, abduction, carjacking, robbery and firearms violations
were certified against the three men accused in the killing.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./December 5;
Benjamin Lilly allegedly shot and killed 22 year- old Alexander DeFilippis
after stealing his car and kidnapping him in December.
Lilly, his brother Mark and friend, Gary Barker, then allegedly held up two
convenience stores in Giles County.
The robbery victims testified that Gary Barker threatened them with the gun
that was later determined to be the murder weapon.
Ben Lilly's lawyers say Barker also could've committed the murder.
((CHRIS TUCK/BEN LILLY'S LAWYER: THESE EVENTS HAPPENED IN RAPID SUCCESSION.
AND IT'S APPARENT THAT MR. BARKER HAD THE FIREARM THAT WAS USED IN THE MURDER
IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS. ))
((SKIP SCHWAB/ASST. MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: THE FACT THAT SOMEBODY HAD THE
GUN IN GILES COUNTY SOME HALF AN HOUR OR MORE LATER AFTER THE APPARENT TIME OF
THE KILLING DOES NOT MEAN OR INDICATE ANYTHING ABOUT WHO HAD THE GUN AT THE
TIME OF THE KILLING.))
SUPER=01-Chris Tuck/Ben Lilly's Lawyer;
SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Asst. Montgomery Co. Prosecutor; :10
OUT Q=at the time of the killing
Mark Lilly and Barker have both blamed Ben Lilly for the murder.
But Ben Lilly told police the two spotted him hitchhiking and picked him up
after the murder.
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Governor Allen says the state police are investigating the Virginia
Department of Social Services.
That means criminal activity may be at the root of the failed ADAPT welfare
computer system News 7 first told you about three weeks ago.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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SUPER=01-Bud Phillips/(D) Russell Co.; :37
SUPER=01-Del. Frank Hall/(D) Richmond; 1:00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Taxpayers have already spent 17- million dollars on technology that won't
work in the long run.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHETHER THERE'S ANY CIVIL OR CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS HERE
REMAIN TO BE SEEN. WHETHER I PERSONALLY INSTITUTED OR NOT DOESN'T REALLY
But the Governor admits the State Police and Attorney General's office are
Culprits may date back to the Wilder Administration, but one obvious target
is Carol Brunty -- Allen's commissioner of Social Services who resigned last
month with no explanation.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHOEVER MAY BE OR MAY NOT BE A TARGET OF THE
INVESTIGATION I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO GET INTO.))
((DEL. BUD PHILLIPS/D-RUSSELL CO.: WELL AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I CAN'T REALLY
TELL YOU WHO IT'S GOING TO IMPLICATE. ALL I KNOW IS THE INVESTIGATION WILL
LEAD TO WHOMEVER WAS INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE. AND WITHOUT QUESTION IT'S
PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST BOONDOGGLES THAT I'VE SEEN IN GOVERNMENT SINCE I'VE
BEEN HERE IN SIX YEARS. THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON ON THAT
But lawmakers want their own answers.
They've asked the independent Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission to
work alongside the State Police.
((DEL. FRANK HALL: THEY HAVE LOOKED AT THINGS LIKE THIS BEFORE. AND WE FEEL
CONFIDENT THAT THEY WILL BE AN ASSET IN ANY INVESTIGATION.))
Meanwhile, lawmakers are budgeting 150-thousand new dollars to start to find
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The N-Double-A-C-P has a new leader.
Former Maryland Congressman Kweisi Mfume (kwah-EE'-see oom-FOO'-may) was
sworn in this morning as president and chief officer of the nation's oldest
civil rights group.
President Clinton attended the ceremony.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, how a Salem man is helping to bring support for breast cancer
survivors and their families,
and get out your Mardi Gras beads - it's Fat Tuesday!
We'll take you to New Orleans when News 7 returns.
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Breast cancer is often devastating for a woman and her family.
But a Salem man wants to ease the burdens through support and hope.
Scott Prince reports.
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SUPER=01-James Graham/Tranquility Foundation; :17
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Ripley/Tranquility Foundation; :50
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
(( James Graham is a changed man.
Two years ago, his wife Karla was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She is recovering, but HE says he will never be the same.
He's spent the past year on a crusade... forming a non- profit group called
the "Tranquility Foundation."
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((JAMES GRAHAM/TRANQUILITY FOUNDATION: THERE SEEMED TO BE NO REAL SUPPORT
NETWORK TO HELP PEOPLE OTHER THAN THAT OF A CLINICAL ENVIRONMENT. ))
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Graham's ultimate goal is to establish help- centers across the nation for
cancer victims and their families.
That will take hundreds of millions of dollars.
Right now the foundation isn't close to that goal, but that's not stopping
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Even though the project is on the ground floor he's already getting support.
Lewis- Gale Hospital is not officially associated with the foundation, but
it has donated office space to the group.
Plus a number of Lewis- Gale doctors make up its advisory board.
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((DR. ROBERT RIPLEY/TRANQUILITY FOUNDATION: HAVING A FOUNDATION LIKE THIS SET
UP JUST GIVES US AN EXTRA MEANS IN A WAY OF COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE AND
PROVIDING SUPPORT. ))
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Right now most of the money is coming from art sales.
This print called "The Journey for the Cure" is being sold at local Signet
Bank branches... with all the proceeds going to the organization.
James Graham knows his life will never be the same.
But he hopes the Tranquility Foundation will make coping with this disease a
little bit easier-- for himself, and others.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
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If you'd like more information on the Tranquility Foundation, you can write
to P.O. Box 1310, Salem, Virginia 24153... or call 776-8-2-1-5.
In New Orleans, banks are closed, ships are idle and the mail isn't being
Today is Fat Tuesday, the holiday that marks the last day of Mardi Gras.
The party in the French Quarter lasts until midnight, when the Christian
season of Lent begins.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Electric Steel logo
Roanoke Electric Steel's profits keep rolling in.
At its annual meeting, the steel company says first quarter profits were up
three-percent compared to a year ago.
Severe winter weather affected the company's shipment and production
But increases in the prices for its joist products provided a big boost to
its bottom line.
IN Q=Our joist
((DON SMITH/ROANOKE ELECTRIC STEEL CEO: OUR JOIST SUBSIDIARIES CAME IN VERY
HELPFUL TO US, AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR SECOND QUARTER BEING A GOOD
SUPER=01-Don Smith/Roanoke Electric Steel CEO;
OUT Q=a good quarter also.
Roanoke Electric Steel is one of the Roanoke Valley's largest employers,
with more than 750 workers.
No need to worry about a recession.
That's what one economist says about the Index of Leading Economic
Indicators, which shows a rise for December.
The index had dropped three straight months.
Still, Wall Street is jittery again today, with stock and bond prices down.
Investors have also been keeping a nervous eye on Capitol Hill, where Fed
Chairman Alan Greenspan delivers his twice-yearly report to Congress today.
At Noon the Dow was DOWN 27 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up, V-M-I loses in the Southern Conference,
and Roanoke College wins the ODAC.
Patrick will have highlights of both when News 7 returns.
MUSIC UP FULL
Roanoke College is the ODAC champion after a stunning come-from-behind win
over Bridgewater last night.
Steve Mason has the story from the Salem Civic Center.
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SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs. Eagles; :08
SUPER=01-Craig Tutt/Scored 21 Points; :
SUPER=01-Tim Braun/Named ODAC Tournament MVP; :
SUPER=01-Bill Leatherman/Bridgewater Coach; :
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Coach; :
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A valiant V-M-I fell short against Southern Conference leader, Davidson
SUPER=03-Lexington/Keydets vs. Wildcats;
The Wildcats stole the show early on.
Brandon Williams goes baseline and throws down 2 of his 18 on the night for
a 5 point Davidson lead.
Reserve guard Andre Quarles drives down the lane and scores to cut the lead
to 3 at the break.
Now watch Lawrence Gullette find the trailing Lester Johnson for the easy
deuce on the break.
But the Keydets fade in the last 6 minutes as Mark Donnelly connects on
Davidson puts 6 in double figures and ends the Keydets 13 game streak at
Cameron, 95 to 76.
(****toss to Patrick****)
(patrick ad lib)
Coming up today on News 7 at FIVE-- we'll show you the new exhibit "Body
Tech" at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
"Body Tech" is a state-of-the-art demonstration of the circulatory system,
bones and muscles, and speech and hearing.
Join us for a preview, plus all the latest news, sports and weather-- on
News 7 at FIVE.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.
Thanks for joining us, and have a good afternoon.