Coming up on News Seven Police in
Roanoke County are investigating a head on collision that killed one person and
sent two people to the hospital this afternoon.
Police are looking for a suspect in a string of convenience store robberies
in the Roanoke Valley.
And Atlantis had a close call today as they had to abort a scheduled
News Seven is next.
Super=#D-59;News 7 at 11;
A Roanoke man is dead following a head-on collision in Roanoke County.
It happened on Jae Valley Road at four this afternoon.
Police say 31-year-old William Samuel Shirley was killed when his cadillac
crossed the double lines and struck a pickup head on.
IN Q=the other vehicle
((LT. T.W. HANES/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: THE OTHER VEHICLE HAD TWO OCCUPANTS IN IT.
THEY WERE TRANSPORTED TO ROANOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND FROM WHAT I'VE BEEN
TOLD, HAVE NO LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.))
SUPER=01-Lt. T.W. Haynes/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
Police say they are still investigating what caused Shirley to cross into
the opposing lane.
And there was a fatal accident in Bland County last night.
Police say 40-year-old Jerry Wayne Songer of Bland was driving his pick-up
truck east on Route 6-33 when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve.
The truck went down an embankment, overturned and struck a tree.
Police are looking for a suspect in a string of convenience store robberies
in the Roanoke Valley.
They started last night.
Police say a man entered the Seven-Eleven at the 2400 block of Grandin Road
around midnight... demanded money then fled with the cash.
About three hours later, police say a man walked into the Uni-Mart on 4-19
in Roanoke County, brandished a knife and demanded money from that store.
Then around six this morning, a man armed with a handgun forced the clerk
at the Uni-Mart on Orange Avenue Northeast to hand over money.
The standoff continues in Montana today with the anti-government group
The Freemen are charged with writing bad checks and threatening the life of
a federal judge.
About a dozen Freemen followers are inside the compound.
One member did surrender today elsewhere in Montana.
Jailers say he's refusing to cooperate with booking procedures and wouldn't
allow himself to be fingerprinted.
Palestinian police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse Hamas supporters
at a university rally in the West Bank town of Nablus.
Palestinian sources said at least 12 students were wounded.
About 500 police officers entered the al-Najah University campus to break up
a demonstration by Hamas activists who were protesting against the Palestinian
Authority's arrests of the group's members.
More than one-thousand demonstrators marched from Bethlehem toward an
Israeli roadblock so they could cross over to the Israeli side.
Palestinian police forcibly intervened to hold back the demonstrators before
any confrontation with the Israelis could develop.
NASA officials were preparing for an emergency shuttle landing today.
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
Controllers came within ten minutes of the emergency landing when the
cargo-bay doors wouldn't reopen to cool the shuttle.
IN Q=And I think it's
((GEORGE DILLER/NASA SPOKESMAN: AND I THINK IT'S THE CLOSEST I'VE SEEN IT GO UP
TO THE DEORBIT BURN TIME AND WAVE THEM OFF. BUT THAT SHOWS THAT IT WAS DYNAMIC
ENOUGH THAT WE THOUGHT WE AT LEAST HAD SOME SHOT AT IT.))
SUPER=01-George Diller/NASA Spokesman;
OUT Q=some shot at it.
Officials say the doors opened just in the nick of time.
NASA is planning to bring Atlantis down in the morning.
Former President Jimmy Carter was among many who remembered the late Edmund
Muskie, who represented Maine for 22 years in the Senate, was eulogized in
Maryland and buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
IN Q=Ed Muskie was also
((FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER: ED MUSKIE WAS ALSO A CHAMPION OF BASIC CIVIL
RIGHTS AT A TIME WHEN IT WASN'T POPULAR TO BE SO. AND HE AND DR. BENJAMIN MAYS
WORKED HAND AND HAND TO INSPIRE PEOPLE LIKE ME AND OTHER GOVERNORS AND PUBLIC
SERVANTS AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO LOOKED ON HIM WITH GREAT ADMIRATION.))
OUT Q=with great admiration.
Muskie was also Hubert Humphrey's presidential running mate in 1968...he was
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Denise Allen will tell us about a teen center that is looking for a home,
and some teenagers paint some of the most boring graffiti you'll ever see.
We'll find out why next...
But first let's check in with Kimberly.
Wx ad lib
Well, it wasn't exactly an ideal spring day-- not with the cloudy skies and
You'll want to get those umbrellas back out--as a storm system is expected
to bring rain into our area by tomorrow.
Meanwhile, temperatures stay below normal-- then finally moderate by late
We'll have the complete outlook--
you'll want to stay tuned for that.
MUSIC UP FULL
An autopsy indicates that a Lord Botetourt High School freshman may have
died of heart problems.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./File Tape;
Fourteen-year-old Justin Wilburn collapsed Thursday in shop class.
The medical examiner said the boy had a history of heart problems.
Further tests are needed to pinpoint the exact cause of death.
GRAPHIC=Clean Valley Day
Several teenagers who did the crime, are now covering up the evidence.
The young people convicted of vandalizing a store in Roanoke, spent Clean
Valley Day painting over their graffiti.
Roanoke City employees and members of the 11th and Melrose neighborhood
group helped the young people tidy up the area.
In addition to the painting, truck loads of trash were picked up and hauled
to the dump.
Residents say spiffing up the area will help people feel safer and may even
rejuvenate the neighborhood.
IN Q=THERE'S A LOT OF
((L.H. HAMLAR/NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT: THERE'S A LOT OF LITTERING, GRAFFITI ON
THE WALLS AND WE THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT TIME TO CLEAN IT UP. WE KNOW IT'S GOING
TO COME BACK BUT EACH TIME WE DO IT, IT'S LESS AND LESS EACH TIME WE COME
SUPER=01-L. H. Hamlar/Neighborhood Resident;
OUT Q=EACH TIME WE COME OUT
Participants in the clean up say they hope their efforts show young people
they care about the community.
Several other neighborhoods also sponsored clean-ups.
A ministry called Straight Street takes teens OFF the streets and offers
them a safe place to hang out.
But now the teen center needs a home of its own.
Denise Allen has the story.
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Angela Hicks/Straight Street Participant; :11
SUPER=01-Bambi Jarrett/Straight Street Participant; :26
SUPER=01-Matt Hicks/Straight Street Participant; :33
SUPER=01-Bob Anderson/Straight Street Ministries; 1:10
SUPER=01-Chris Devonte Thompson/Straight Street Participant; 1:21
OUT Q=News 7 Christiansburg
(( This is what it used to be like hanging out at the Straight Street Teen
Basketball, arcade games and music used to draw hundreds of young people
((ANGELA HICKS/STRAIGHT STREET PARTICIPANT: YOU COULD CONVERSATE AND SIT
AROUND. IT WAS LIKE A CAFE AND EVERYTHING ELSE ALL PUT TOGETHER, LIKE A
HIDEAWAY FOR TEENS THAT DIDN'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH OTHER THING THAT COULD
GET THEM IN TROUBLE.))
((BAMBI JARRETT/STRAIGHT STREET PARTICIPANT: BOB WOULD HAVE THE PROGRAM AFTER
SCHOOL. WHERE WE WOULD COME AND DO OUR HOMEWORK. WE'D ALWAYS END UP THERE.))
((MATT HICKS/STRAIGHT STREET PARTICIPANT: NOW IF I'M NOT AT A CONCERT I'M HOME
JUST WONDERING WHAT TO DO CAUSE THERE'S NOTHING REALLY.))
That's because the teen center is homeless.
Straight Street left the old facility but finding a new home has proved
((RIGHT NOW SINCE WE'RE NOT REALLY DOING ANYTHING, MAYBE ONCE AND A WHILE WE DO
OUR SKATE NIGHT AND OUR OPEN GYM NIGHTS WE ATTEMPTED TO DO BUT THE WEATHER
Bob Anderson says all Straight Street activities are drug free
and offer teenagers a safe haven.
He says he knows there's a need for the program because the center offers
guidance government programs can't.
((BOB ANDERSON/STRAIGHT STREET MINISTRIES: TEENS TODAY ARE SEARCHING
SPIRITUALLY. WHERE AM I GOING? WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT. WE NEVER BIBLE THUMPED
TO THE TEENS, BUT WHAT THEY KNEW IS THAT THEY COULD COME HERE AND IF THEY HAD A
QUESTION WE WERE ABLE AND WILLING TO TALK WITH THEM ABOUT IT.))
((CHRIS DEVONTE THOMPSON/STRAIGHT STREET PARTICIPANT: IT HELPED ME WHEN I WAS
FEELING DOWN. I USED TO GO UP THERE AND TALK TO BOB AND THEN I'D GO OUT AND
Anderson says he's looking for a building with at least 3000 square feet and
has a high ceiling so the teens can play basketball.
He hopes to find a new home for the center soon, so Montgomery County
teenagers will once again have a safe place to hang out.
Denise Allen News 7 Christiansburg.))
A vote for education or a vote against a flawed project?
That's what Roanoke County voters must decide next week when they consider
the 37- point- four- million- dollar bond issue for schools.
Tuesday's referendum is the subject of this week's
On Record... and tonight Joe Dashiell has a preview.
IN Q=Supporters of the bond issue
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jim McAden/Bond Issue Supporter; :17
SUPER=01-Jane Milliron/Bond Issue Opponent; :50
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Supporters of the bond issue have made a simple pitch... If you want
what's best for county education, vote yes.
While construction of a new south county high school has dominated the
debate, supporters note that the package includes several million dollars more
for other projects.
SOT JIM MCADEN 00:06:17
IN Q=But what we've found
((JIM MCADEN/BOND ISSUE SUPPORTER: BUT WHAT WE'VE FOUND AND WHAT WE THINK IS
THE COMPELLING REASON TO VOTE FOR THIS IS, IT IS FOR EDUCATION. IT IS ABOUT HOW
ROANOKE COUNTY ENTERS THE 21ST CENTURY. WE'VE PLACED OURSELVES NUMBER ONE IN A
LOT OF AREAS. WATER TREATMENT. SEWAGE TREATMENT. IT'S NOW TIME TO ENTER THE
21ST CENTURY WITH EDUCATION AS OUR PRIORITY.))
OUT Q=as our priority.
But opponents insist a no vote in Tuesday's referendum is not a vote
They've raised questions about the proposed site for the new high school,
the cost of the construction and the fact that most of the money from the bond
issue is devoted to a single project.
SOT JANE MILLIRON 00:22:05
IN Q=I would love
((JANE MILLIRON/BOND ISSUE OPPONENT: I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU SPEND 20 MILLION
DOLLARS ON SOLVING SOME OF THE PROBLEMS IN SOUTH COUNTY AND TAKE THE REMAINING
AND PUT IT BACK INTO SOME OTHER PROJECTS THAT ARE SO DESERVING. I'M REALLY
AFRAID THAT IF YOU GO FORWARD WITH BUILDING THIS NEW SCHOOL WITH THE MONEY THAT
THEY'RE NEEDING TO BUILD THE SCHOOL, THAT SO MANY OTHER PROJECTS ARE GOING TO
BE LEFT FOR SOME TIME.))
OUT Q=to be left for some time.
To hear more of the discussion on Tuesday's bond issue referendum in Roanoke
County, watch the public affairs program On Record Sunday Morning at eleven.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
These are heady days at the Virginia Lottery.
The Lotto jackpot topped 26- million dollars tonight.
The winning numbers were 11, 16, 24, 26, 37 and 39.
And the Lottery is searching for a Powerball type multi- state game to
thrill players with even larger jackpots.
But Lottery officials are walking softly around the issue of the Americans
with Disabilities Act.
That's after some other state lotteries have been sued by disabled rights
groups for retail locations that were inaccessible.
SOT tape two 04:16:11
IN Q=Since I have
((PENELOPE KYLE/VIRGINIA LOTTERY DIRECTOR: SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE WE HAVE HAD
A COUPLE CALLS FROM PLAYERS WHO FELT THAT THEY COULD NOT GET INTO THE COUNTER
AND BUY THEIR LOTTERY TICKETS AS THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO. AND I JUST SIMPLY
BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A FEDERAL LAW OUT THERE. WE THE LOTTERY ARE COMPLYING IN
EVERY ONE OF OUR OFFICES, BUT THE FEDERAL LAW ALSO APPLIES TO THE PRIVATE
OUT Q=private sector.
The Lottery is sending letters out to the retailers, asking them to make
sure they're trying to comply with the law.
One Danville retailer has worked out a compromise -- delivering the lottery
tickets to the disabled player's car in the parking lot.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Roy will update tonight's Final Four action,
and the competition was ALSO intense in Roanoke, as neighborhood kids went
scrambling for Easter eggs.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Brush Mountain Arts and Craft Fair has grown from a local show to a
For 25 years artisans have been selling their wares at the Blacksburg event.
Visitors have the chance to take in exhibits of Native American Art.
Woodwork, quilts and paintings are also on display.
Organizers say these crafts-people are the cream of the crop and that's one
reason the fair is such a success.
Many are turned down because only the chosen can attend.
IN Q=AND THAT MEANS
((JULIE EARTHMAN/FAIR COORDINATOR: AND THAT MEANS BEFORE A CRAFTER CAN EVEN
EXHIBIT THEY HAVE TO SEND SLIDES OR PHOTOS OF THEIR WORK AND THEN A COMMITTEE
PASSES JUDGEMENT ON WHETHER THEY MEET THE CRITERION OF THE SHOW.))
SUPER=01-Julie Earthman/Fair Coordinator;
OUT Q=OF THE SHOW
Earthman says many of these wellknown vendors have fans that follow them
around from show to show.
The fair continues tomorrow at the Rector Field House on the Virginia Tech
Today the rabbits were hopping on Melrose Avenue in Roanoke.
The Easter Bunny joined neighborhood children in games and egg hunts.
But that was after he took time to pose with some of his "littlest" fans.
Workers at the Melrose Burger King organized the event.
They hope the Easter egg hunt spreads more than holiday cheer.
They say their goal is to help build a positive attitude in their community.
IN Q=IT SHOWS WE
((LAVERN PETTY/ORGANIZER: IT SHOWS WE REALLY CARE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY AND WE
WANT TO GIVE BACK SOMETHING THAT THEY GIVE US, AND THAT'S SUPPORT.))
((DORIS BOARD/ORGANIZER: WHEN IT COMES TO THE FUTURE THE CHILDREN WILL SEE
WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR THEM WHEN THEY'RE SMALL. THEN AS THEY GROW UP THEY WILL
KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMEBODY WHO REALLY CARES AND WILL PROBABLY GIVE THEM A
SUPER=01-Doris Board/Organizer; :06
OUT Q=A POSITIVE MIND
Area businesses helped make the Easter egg hunt a success.
Organizers plan to make this an annual event.
Kentucky advances to the N-C-A-A championship game.
The Wildcats held off two late runs to Beat Massachusetts 81 to 74.
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/CBS SPORTS; :
The Wildcats controlled the first half Tony Delk gets out on the break
after the steal and scores 28 to 20 Kentucky.
U-Mass kept the game close Dana Bright goes inside for the lay in but the
Wildcats led 36 to 28 at the half.
Kentucky hit a 7 to nothing run at the 12 minute mark of the half and the
lead was 13 points.
But U-Mass was still in the game Marcus Camby pulls up and hits the
baseline jumper and gets fouled the lead was five.
And when Danta Bright goes to the offensive boards for the tap in the
Kentucky lead was cut to three 63 to 60.
But the Wildcats hold off the
SUPER=33-Kentucky/=81/Massachusetts/=74;U-Mass rallies and Kentucky advances
with the 81 to 74 win.
IN Q="What we....
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Head Coach;
OUT Q=......post up guards."
Syracuse advanced in the first game of the semi finals.
The Orangemen using a strong second half to knock off Mississippi State 77
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/CBS SPORTS; :
The Bulldogs had a 7 point lead with six minutes left in the first half
Bullard pulls up and nails the three.
But Syracuse kept the score close thanks to Otis Hill he hit two shots in a
row and the game was tied 36 to 36 at the half.
Syracuse broke a 44 to 44 tie at the 12 minute mark of the second half
Jason Cipolla with the drive.
Mississippi State had one more run Wilson knocks down the three pointer
cutting the lead to 56 to 53.
But Syracuse went up by 11 and the Orangemen hold on to beat the Bulldogs
77 to 69.
IN Q="kids just have
((JIM BOHEIM/SYRACUSE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Boheim/Syracuse Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....sneak thru."
The Chicago Bulls continue to move closer to the N-B-A's first 70 win
This afternoon in Chicago the Bulls beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106 to
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Sportschannel; :
Bill Fitch and his Clippers fell behind early in the game.
Scottie Pippen on the outside for three of his game high 22 points the
Bulls led 28 to 19.
But The Clippers get out on the run Brent Barry with the pass to Brian
Williams for the jam but L.A. trailed 36 to 25.
Chicago picked it up in the third Pippen the behind the back pass to Tony
Kukoc for the reverse layup the lead was 22.
Michael Jordan then gets by Brian SUPER=32-Chicago/106/Los
Angeles/=85;Williams on the baseline for two of his 21 and Chicago gets the
106 to 85 win.
The Pittsburgh Penguins moved five points up on second place Philadelphia
for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Sportschannel; :
In the first period Stephanie Richer fires this show it hits Ken Wreggets
mask but he shakes it off and remains in the game.
Brad Lauer broke a scoreless tie 20 seconds into the third period and
Pittsburgh went on to edge New Jersey.
For that and all of today's pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, Tommy Tolles is the leader after three rounds of the Players
Championship there's a tie for the lead at the Dinah Shore Classic.
And Rick Mast is waiting from some changes to help his Hooters Pontiac run
a little better.
The Roanoke Express will need a miracle to win it's East Coast Hockey
league playoff series with the Charlotte Checkers.
Tonight in Charlotte, The Checkers led from start to finish beating the
Express 4 to 2.
The win gives the Checkers a 2 games to none lead on the Express in the
best of five series.
Game three will be Tuesday night at the Roundhosue and in order to advance
the Express will have to win three straight games.
Rick Mast has a new sponsor and a new Pontiac for the 1996 Winston Cup
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN; :
The first part of the season has been a nightmare for his team.
For example Mast was 32-nd fastest during qualifying for the Food City
But help may be on the way.
IN Q="The first
((RICK MAST/HOOTERS PONTIAC: ))
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Hooters Pontiac; :
OUT Q=.......help em."
Mast stood on his time from yesterday and here's a look at the final
qualifiers for tomorrows Winston Cup Race.
IN Q=FIRST DRIVER
OUT Q=.....BILL ELLIOTT."
Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell introduced his new late
model stock car racing team this past week.
Campbell and his new Taco Bell team will enter a total of 20 late model
races this summer at both the New River Valley Speedway and South Boston.
Campbell just recently installed new seating at the Martinsville track in
an attempt to accommodate more fans.
The track president also announced that the upcoming Goody's 500 at
Martinsville will distribute the largest purse in track history at over 1
million, 100 thousand dollars.
Campbell's ever growing schedule raises the question...will his new late
model stock car endeavor take away from his time at Martinsville.
((CLAY CAMPBELL/MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Martinsville Speedway President; :00
Tommy Tolles survived a heavy downpour and the pressure of pursuing his
first tournament win to lead the Players Championship after three rounds.
SUPER=03-Ponte Verda, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
But the shot of the day goes to Jay Don Blake on the 13-th hole a par three
Blake using a two iron hits a hole in one to go to 7 under par with 5 holes
left to play.
But Tolles shot a three under par 69 finishing with a total of 14 under par
after three rounds and he leads David Duval by two shots.
Patty Sheehan and Brandie burton share the lead after three rounds of the
Nabisco Dinah Shore Classic.
They are tied at six under par.
A couple of Sports Notes, Mark Martin won the goody's 250 Busch race this
afternoon at Bristol.
Martin will start on the pole for tomorrow's Food City 500.
Southeastern conference rivals Georgia and Tennessee will play for the
Women's national title tomorrow.
Andy Landers will be trying to coach Georgia to its first national title
while Tennessee's Pat Summitt has won four.
In baseball, Virginia Tech split a doubleheader with Xavier and Liberty
sweeps a doubleheader with Radford.
The torch that runners will carry to Atlanta for this year's Olympic Games
was ignited today in Greece.
First Lady Hillary Clinton, who is wrapping up a European tour in Greece,
was the guest-of-honour at the ceremony, accompanied by her daughter Chelsea.
The Olympic torch was ignited by the sun's rays.
It will be carried away from Olympia by a runner on the first leg of many to
But first it will be carried around Greece and flown to Los Angeles aboard a