Firefighters continue their battle in Texas,
and an argument between a Bedford County couple results in a fatal accident.
The persistent clouds just will not budge, but we're hoping for better luck
with a sunny and breezy Saturday forecast, stay tuned for the good weekend
Don't go away, the news is next.
A Pennsylvania man stands accused of spying for the former Soviet Union.
The Justice Department says Robert Lipka gave classified documents to the
Soviets when he was an employee at the National Security Agency in the
He was taken into custody this morning.
The agency uses receiving stations and satellites to spy on foreign
communications -- break foreign codes and -- create secure codes for U-S
A Bedford County woman is dead after she was run over by her boyfriend's
truck last night.
It happened at about 11:30
in the parking lot of the Graves Mill Shopping Center in Forest.
Authorities say 29- year- old Deanna Kidd and her boyfriend, 26- year- old
Robert Evans, had been arguing earlier in the day.
Evans told police he was driving his rollback truck through the shopping
center when Kidd jumped on the back.
IN Q=The story is
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: THE STORY IS THAT WE HAVE NOW IS THAT SHE
JUMPED BACK ON THE ROLLBACK SEVERAL TIMES, HE EXTRACTED HER FROM THE ROLLBACK,
PLACED HER TO THE SIDE, AND THE FINAL TIME SHE APPARENTLY RAN.. MAYBE, AT THIS
POINT WE DON'T KNOW.. JUMPED AND POSSIBLY SLIPPED UNDER THE REAR WHEEL.))
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=under the rear wheel.
Kidd was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses apparently corroborated Evans' version of the accident, and he has
not been charged in connection with her death.
Police are still investigating.
A Los Angeles grade school teacher is hospitalized with brain damage this
afternoon after getting hit by a stray bullet in a gang related shooting.
Yesterday as 30-year old Alfredo Perez sat in the library with 23 of his
students, a bullet came through a window and hit him in the head.
It came from a drive- by shooting near the school between rival gang
One gang member turned himself in this morning and police are still looking
for a second suspect.
Perez is now breathing with the help of a respirator and still has the
bullet in his head.
Fourteen years after his conviction, one of California's most notorious
serial killers has been executed.
SUPER=03-San Quentin, CA/File Tape;
William Bonin (BAH'-nihn), nicknamed the freeway killer, was executed just
after midnight at San Quentin.
He is the first person executed in California since August 19-93 and the
first in the state to die by lethal injection.
((DOUG MURPHY/MEDIA WITNESS:SHORTLY AND FIGURE THIS TO BE WITHIN THE FIRST
MINUTE THERE WERE TWO MAJOR LUNGES OF HIS STOMACH AND SOME TYPE OF MOVMENT
AROUND THE MOUTH AND THAT WAS IT.
SUPER=01-Doug Murphy/Media Witness;
OUT Q=THAT WAS IT.
Bonin (BAH'-nihn) was convicted of murdering 14 boys and young men in 19-79
The 49-year-old Vietnam veteran earned his nickname with his habit of
dumping the victims' nude, mutilated bodies along Southern California's
Dry conditions and record high temperatures are feeding grassfires in the
In Texas, dozens of homes have burned, and at least fifty people have been
It's the worst wildfire in the state in years.
(( GOV. GEORGE BUSH :OUR ENTIRE STATE IS DRY. WHICH MEANS OUR ENTIRE STATE IS
VULNERABLE TO FIRE.
SUPER=01-Governor George Bush/Texas;
OUT Q=is vulnerable to fire.
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;
Firefighters have also been battling brush fires in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City recorded its highest temperature ever for the month of
February, 92 degrees.
The governors of both states are asking for federal relief.
Some frightening moments in Miami.
A Colombian owned cargo plane made this spectacular landing yesterday at
Miami International Airport.
The Boeing-707 developed landing-gear trouble on its approach and came-in
with its nose-wheel up.
Emergency crews sprayed the plane with foam to avoid a fire.
Nobody was hurt but the airport was closed for several hours.
State officials are searching for a still in Franklin County after police
confiscated 446 gallons of moonshine in Winchester.
Twenty-five-year-old Scott Stanley and 22-year-old Jason Stanley
of Rocky Mount are charged with possession of untaxed liquor.
Frederick County authorities say the brothers were carrying the
moonshine in plastic gallon jugs in their van.
State Alcoholic Beverage Control officials believe the whiskey came from a
large moonshine operation.
The liquor was valued at more than 14-thousand dollars.
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Still to come --
We'll tell you about a man whose court date ended in a high speed chase,
and we'll take you back out on the campaign trail for a look at last night's
debate between the G-O-P presidential hopefuls.
music up full
A man with ties to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke confirms he's been
removed from Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign.
William Carter had been on Buchanan's steering committee in South Carolina.
Meantime, a campaign spokesperson for Bob Dole says the G-O-P presidential
hopeful has decided to stop labeling Buchanan as an extremist and focus instead
on their policy differences.
SUPER=03-Portland, OR/Last Night;
The House Majority leader arrived in Oregon last night looking for votes.
Today he is visiting an electronics company and a fruit processing plant.
((BOB DOLE; WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE SEEKING THE NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT.
OREGON IS A VERY IMPORTANT STATE AND WILL BE VOTING SOON AND I WANT TO MAKE
CERTAIN THEY KNOW I CARE ENOUGH TO COME. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=CARE ENOUGH TO COME.
SUPER=03-Tempe, AR/Last Night;
Meantime, Buchanan is pressing the flesh in Arizona after being the center
of attention in last night's debate in Tempe.
During the debate, he promised to unilaterally end Japan's trade surplus.
((PAT BUCHANAN: THE LAST 25 YEARS JAPAN HAS SOLD US 49 MILLION CARS AND WE'VE
BEEN ABLE TO SELL THEM 400 THOUSAND. AND THAT HAS GONE ON AND ON AND ON. ))
SUPER=01-Pat Buchanan/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=gone on and on and on.
SUPER=03- Andrews AFB, MD;
Trade disputes are expected to discussed today in a meeting between Japan's
Prime minister and President Clinton in California.
The president is en route to Santa Monica to meet (rue-tah-row) Ryutaro
Hashimoto for the first time.
The two leaders will also discuss the future of U.S. military forces in
And there's tension in the G-O-P camp in Lynchburg, where Republicans last
night decided on four candidates to represent the party in this May's city
Steve Smallshaw has that story.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Vogel/Lynchburg Council Member; :08
SUPER=01-Charlie Judd/Lynchburg GOP Chairman; :35
SUPER=01-Jim Curling/Lynchburg Council Member; 1:14
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( They talked of a Reagan revolution coming to Lynchburg, but vowed they were
not conservative clones looking for a stranglehold on city power.
IN Q=We are all
((DR. ROBERT VOGEL/R- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: WE ARE ALL INDEPENDENTS OF
MIND BUT WE SHARE THIS PHILOSOPHICAL BELIEF THAT LEADS US TO BECOME
OUT Q=become Republicans.
Jim Whitaker, Robert Vogel and Robert Garber were all unanimous nominees for
the three Ward seats.
Stuart Hobbs edged out Kevin Clauson by a single vote for the at- large
For now, all but Hobbs are unopposed.
City Democrats.. citing a council that is already too partisan.. will not be
nominating anyone this spring.
IN Q=The real interpretation
((CHARLIE JUDD/LYNCHBURG GOP CHAIRMAN: THE REAL INTERPRETATION FOR ME, AS PARTY
LEADERSHIP, IS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY CANDIDATES YET.))
OUT Q=candidates yet.
The Republicans may have more than they can handle.
On the outside of his party looking in was incumbent councilman Jim
Party leaders barred Curling from handing out his literature at the meeting.
He says the GOP decided long ago to dump him in favor of newcomer Robert
IN Q=So while Robert
((So while Robert Garber was unopposed for the party nomination, he essentially
will still face opposition from another Republican.
Jim Curling says he'll run as an independent and let the people of Ward Three
decide whether they want him back.))
OUT Q=want him back.
Curling did get a few brief seconds to address the crowd, but it was AFTER
they had already voted.
IN Q=And I just
((JIM CURLING/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: AND I JUST WANTED ALL OF YOU TO KNOW I
AM A REPUBLICAN, I HAVE BEEN A REPUBLICAN, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO BE A
OUT Q=be a Republican.
Steve Smallshaw, News 7, Lynchburg.))
Authorities are awaiting autopsy results on the body of a man found dumped
along a Bedford County road yesterday.
The victim is 36- year -old Bobby Anthony Carter of Gretna.
Pittsylvania County authorities had received a tip that a man had been shot
to death and left in Bedford County.
Game Warden Steve Pike located Carters's body off Route 608, about six miles
from the Pittsylvania line.
Meantime, Pittsylvania County authorities are still searching for a man
wanted in connection with Tuesday's double murder in Sandy River.
Authorities issued a capital murder warrant for 24- year- old Mark Anthony
Carter of Axton.
He's is wanted for questioning in the murders of 19- year- old Sydney
Hairston of Martinsville and 25- year- old Darrell Womack of Axton.
Womack and Hairston were found shot to death outside an abandoned store on
Carter is a white male, 5-feet 10 inches tall, weighing 173 pounds.
Authorities consider him armed and dangerous.
A court date for a Lyndhurst man resulted in a high speed chase that injured
a Nelson County sheriff's deputy yesterday.
Sheriff Ronald Wood says 30-year-old Edward Stinnett stole his sister's car
to go to court, where he faced charges of assaulting his wife.
But Stinnett allegedly made a run for it and stole ANOTHER car when he
learned his bond might be revoked.
A high speed chase ensued for 25 miles, before a deputy pulled Stinnett over.
But Stinnett allegedly ran again, jumping over a guardrail.
Sergeant Robert Crews ran after him and slipped 70 feet down a ravine.
He was treated for minor injuries.
Stinnett was later found walking down a road in Augusta County.
He's charged with grand larceny, and failure to appear in court. Other
charges are pending.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next --
Virginia's teachers may see more cash in their pay checks,
and parents in Pittsylvania County say they won't give up their fight to save
an elementary school from shutting down.
music up full
In Pittsylvania County, the closing of an elementary school sparked an
emotional outpouring at last night's school board meeting.
Whitmell Elementary is slated to shut down at the end of the school year
despite pleas from local residents.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=If it
SUPER=01-Gerald Marlowe/Consolidation Opponent; :00
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Night; :07
SUPER=01-Nannette Divens/Consolidation Opponent; :17
SUPER=01-Nancy Smith/Consolidation Opponent; :38
SUPER=01-Robert Neals/School Board Chairman; :57 QUICK
OUT Q=News 7, Pittsylvania Co.
((GERALD MARLOWE/CONSOLIDATION OPPONENT: IF IT'S NOT BROKE, LETS DON'T BE
TRYING TO FIX IT, THAT'S MY PLEA. ))
Gerald Marlowe's plea was similar to that echoed by the nearly 175- parents
and concerned residents gathered at Whitmell Elementary.
Members of the County School Board were on hand to hear their concerns.
Parents are worried that consolidating with Mount Herman Elementary will
place their children at a disadvantage.
Their number one argument-- the new school, already under construction, is
NOT centrally located.
IN Q=Is there
((Reporter speaks: IS ANYTHING THAT WAS SAID HERE TONIGHT GOING TO CHANGE THE
BOARD'S DECISION ABOUT THE EXPECTED CLOSURE OF THE SCHOOL.
ROBERT NEALS/BOARD CHAIRMAN: I WOULD HAVE TO SAY NO---
BUTT BUTT BUTT BITE...
I KNOW HOW AND I CAN SYMPATHIZE HOW IT WOULD FEEL HAVING YOUR SCHOOL CLOSED,
BUT IT'S, WE'RE, IT'S A MATTER OF MONEY. ))
OUT Q=it's a matter of money.
Neals says the school is in need of more than two- million dollars in
renovations. It was built in 1947. Another meeting is scheduled for March.
Parents say they're not about to give in. Teresa Hamilton News 7,
State Republican lawmakers have given in to Democrats' request for teacher
The House yesterday overwhelmingly approved a proposal by Democrats to
raise teacher pay by 3-point-75 percent over two years.
The G-O-P had proposed raises of five percent over two years, but they went
along with the majority party's plan without putting up a fight.
Analysts today predict continued weak economic growth -- and that's making
investors very happy.
The stock market surged this morning after the government said the economy
grew just over two percent last year.
But a strong showing for January housing starts caused those rallies to
On Wall Street at Noon was DOWN more than four points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next --
Patrick takes to the hardwoods for lots of college basketball,
including highlights of Virginia Tech's win over LaSalle last night.
The Hokies are on a roll, and so are we, so don't go away.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Virginia Tech Hokies won their 20th game of the season last night with a
61-to-56 victory over LaSalle.
Shawn Smith led the way with 17 points.
Ace Custis had 14 and 10 rebounds,
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Last Night; :00
and Damon Watlington had another steady game, throwing in 14 points.
Tech plays Temple in Philly on Sunday.
They are now 20-&-3, 11 and 2 in the A-10.
The VMI Keydets got dumped in the Dean Dome last night by 17th ranked North
Roy Stanley has the story.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/Keydets vs. Tarheels; :00
SUPER=01-Bobby Prince/14 Points; :28
SUPER=33-North Carolina/=99/V.M.I./=76; :49
SUPER=01-Dean Smith/UNC Head Coach; :56
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; 1:09
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference Women's Tournament tipped off over at
the Salem Civic Center last night.
SUPER=03-Salem/Marlins vs. Maroons; :00
In the evening opener, the Lady Maroons battled Virginia Wesleyan.
First team all conference selection Marcee Hufton knocks down 2 of her 11
first half points on the jumper.
The Maroons led 45-25 at intermission.
Tatia Boskovich answers Hufton with a J or her own, but the Maroons are
Toree Morris with the pass to Ashley McCallum for the fast break bucket.
Roanoke wins 84-51 and will play Guilford today at 2:30 in the semi finals.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Salem/RMWC vs. R. Macon; :00
Top seeded Randolph-Macon battled Randolph Macon Women's College.
ODAC's freshman of the year Aimee Beightol, gets it going early with the
drive and feed to Katy Parrish who converts the layin.
The two then switch roles and Parrish fires the long outlet pass to Beightol,
who scores off the fast break.
Jennifer Jensen does her best to keep the Wildcats in this one, with the
But top seeded Randolph-Macon wins by 27 and will now play Emory & Henry in
today's other semi-final.
(****toss to Patrick****)
(patrick ad lib)
(patrick toss to mel)
Coming up today on Health Check--
In recent months, the area has been hit hard by the tragic news of several
deaths... among college-age young adults.
We'll talk to a psychologist about the process of grieving, including
advice for parents of students.
IN Q=If you have
((DR. MIKE CHIGLINKSY/PSYCHOLOGIST: IF YOU HAVE A STUDENT AT COLLEGE BY ALL
MEANS CONTACT THEM, LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU'RE SCARED BY SOMETHING YOU'VE JUST
SEEM. AND THAT IT IS YOUR NEED TO CHECK IN WITH THEM AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY
SUPER=01-Dr. Mike Chiglinksy/Psychologist; :
OUT Q=they are ok.
That story on News 7 at FIVE.
Have a good weekend.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.