A plane carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown goes down in the former
and authorities try to identify a body found in a fire in Pulaski County.
It's a beautiful, sunny day across the region. Highs in most areas will be
well into the 70's this afternoon. But, that's NOT the case for the holiday
weekend. I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
News 7 at Noon is next.
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A plane carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown has reportedly crashed in
U-S officials say the plane went down in the Adriatic Sea this morning, just
off the coast of Dubrovnik.
Brown was on a trade mission to the Balkans with 12 chief executive
officers from American companies.
It's unclear yet if the C-E-O's were on the plane.
The White House press secretary says a search and rescue mission is now
Mike McCurry says wreckage has been spotted in the Adriatic but there are
conflicting reports about whether it's from Brown's plane.
We now go to Elizabeth Kaledin in New York for the latest.
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Pulaski County Sheriff's investigators are trying to identify the charred
remains of a person found dead in a burning trailer early this morning.
A neighbor called 9-1-1 in the Parrott area at about three o'clock.
One man lived alone in the trialer.
The victim's body, burned beyond recognition, was found in the living room.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Authorities say the trailer was lit with lanterns and heated with a kerosene
The victim's body is being sent for a autopsy.
The fire that killed five people in Roanoke has brought a lawsuit against
SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 20; (Quick!)
Former tenant Patricia Leftwich is suing the owners of the Stewart Avenue
house, where her four children and their grandmother died last winter.
The lawsuit filed yesterday in Roanoke Circuit Court says the house was
unsafe, because there was no easy way to escape from a fire.
Leftwich is asking for one-point-three-five million dollars in damages from
Rupert Jack Richards, Sr. and his company, W-T-S of Virginia.
Closing arguments are being heard in the two-million dollar medical
malpractice suit against Dr. Eric Korsh.
Korsh-- a spine surgeon formerly with Lewis Gale Clinic's "Virginia Spine
Center"-- faces dozens of complaints against him by patients.
Pat Brunson's case is the first to go to trial-- though two other suits
have been settled out of court.
Brunson says the doctor told him he HAD to have spine fusion surgery-- or
else he'd be paralyzed.
With the procedure using pedical screws he'd be pain-free and fully
That is not the case though, says Brunson now, three years later.
Brunson's case though has been complicated by the personal history between
Brunson and Korsh were friends, and entered a horse venture together.
When it failed, Korsh filed suit against Brunson, to re-coup his money.
Korsh eventually dropped the suit-- and now he's the defendant
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County School
A proposed 37- point- four million dollar bond referedum for a new Cave
Spring High School does not pass the test.
Roanoke County voters rejected it down yesterday.
Take Live FullScreen Pinnacle--Bond Vote Results
Here are the final results: With all 32 precincts reporting, there were 9-
thousand 334 "no" votes, and 7-thousand 94 "yes" votes.
The only districts to support the referendum were Windsor Hills and Cave
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=I guess right now
SUPER=01-Jim McAden/Bond Referendum Supporter; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :15
SUPER=01-Terri Langford/Bond Referendum Supporter; :29
SUPER=01-Don Terp/Bond Referendum Opponent; :53
SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/Roanoke Co. School Bd. Chairman; 1:14
OUT Q=Kimberly McBroom, News 7
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((JIM MCADEN/BOND REFERENDUM SUPPORTER: I GUESS RIGHT NOW, I'M THINKING TODAY
WAS A BRIGHT, SUNNY DAY OUTSIDE-- BUT A DARK CLOUD HANGS OVER ROANOKE COUNTY
AND THE ROANOKE VALLEY AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED. ))
And a dark cloud seemed to hang over County school administration
building-- as teachers, parents and school board members anxiously watched the
In the final tally-- the 37- million dollar school bond referendum failed
to make the grade.
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((TERRI LANGFORD/BOND REFERENDUM SUPPORTER: I FEEL LIKE THE PARENTS LET OUR
CHILDREN DOWN. WE DID NOT COME OUT. IT GOT TO BE THAT WE WERE COMPLACENT. WE
THOUGHT THAT SOMEONE ELSE WOULD COME AND AND DO OUR JOB FOR US. ))
Langford says concerns over the school's site and the possibility of higher
taxes also got in the way.
But opponents of the referendum say those were important issues--and the
county had not done its homework.
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((DON TERP/BOND REFERENDUM OPPONENT: REALLY, IN A SENSE WERE WERE BUYING A PIG
IN A POKE. I MEAN, WE WERE PUTTING UP 37.4- MILLION DOLLARS AND THERE WAS NO
GUARANTEE THAT WE WOULD EVEN GET ANYTHING THAT WAS SUITABLE. ))
Meanwhile, for the school board, it's back to the drawing board--
And they say they have no idea when they'll re-visit the notion of a new
Cave Spring High School.
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((JERRY CANADA/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: I THINK WE'LL LET THE DUST
CLEAR A LITTLE BIT AND KING OF LET FOLKS' EMOTIONS COME BACK DOWN. I THINK THE
SCHOOL BOARD RIGHT NOW NEEDS TO WORK ON THE BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR-- GET THAT
BEHIND US AND THEN MAKE PLANS FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE. ))
Standup here please
And those future plans may include renovations for Cave Spring Junior High
School and other needed improvements throughout the county.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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Still to come on News 7,
The European Union approves a plan to destroy millions of diseased cattle in
and Mexico is demanding a complete investigation into Monday's interstate
beatings in California.
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A Wytheville man died early this morning when the car he was riding in
drove beneath the rear of a tractor trailer.
Both vehicles were southbound on Interstate 77 in Bland County when the
accident happened at about three o'clock.
27- year- old Michael Dwayne Smith was killed.
The driver of the car, 32- year- old Cecil Lin Dancy of Hillsville, is in
The driver of the tractor trailer, Ricky Wayne Handy of Stuart, was
apparently not injured in the accident.
State Police say charges against Dancy are pending.
There are now three separate investigations, including a federal
probe, into Monday's police beating incident in southern California.
One of the two Mexicans assaulted had an emotional meeting with the
Her lawyer has promised to sue.
Sandra Hughes reports.
IN Q=Beating victim
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-David Ross/Gonzalez's Attorney; :15
SUPER=01-Sgt. Mark Lohman/Riverside Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :51
SUPER=01-Joe Hicks/Civil Rights Advocate; 1:07
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:20
OUT Q=CBS News Los Angeles.
Beating victim Leticia Gonzalez was released late yesterday, walking slowly
and stiffly from immigration custody..at a press conference she broke down as
reporters tried to talk to her...
DAVID ROSS/GONZALEZ'S ATTORNEY: SHE WAS TREATED IN A BRUTAL FASHION.IT HAS HAD
A PROFOUND IMPACT ON HER, BOTH
PHYSCIALLY AND PYSCHOLOGICALLY SHE IS IN TOTAL SHOCK.
Gonzalez and her commonlaw husband Enrique Funez were the victims of multiple
baton blows caught on T.V. news videotape Monday.
They were riding in a pick up truck with 19 other mexican nationals evading
police on an 80 mile chase.
Funez required hospital treatment for a
hairline elbow fracture..and bruises.
The Riverside county deputies involved, Tracy Watson and Donald Franklin have
been suspended from duty pending internal and criminal investigations:
SGT. MARK LOHMAN/SPOKESMAN, RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT: ITS SOMETHING
WE'RE LOOKING INTO, BECAUSE ON THE SURFACE LIKE I SAY WE DON'T LIKE WHAT WE SAW
ON THAT VIDE TAPE.
Neither did numerous civil rights organizations who protested what they call
another Rodney King-like incident.
NAT SOT: "JUSTICIA"
JOE HICKS/CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE: THIS GIVES A BAD NAME TO ALL RESPONSIBLE
POLICE OFFICERS THIS IS NOT GOOD
THIS IS SIMPLY WHAT YOU SAW, ASSAULT, ASSAULT AGAINST PEOPLE, ASSAULT AGAINST
PEOPLE'S DIGNITY, ASSAULT AGAINST
PEOPLE'S HUMAN RIGHTS.
As the FBI launched a criminal civil rights investigation, the Mexican
government condememned the incident, calling for swift
punishment for the two officers.
Sandra Hughes, CBS News.))
A plan for the massive slaughter of British cattle was approved this morning
by the European Union in effort to stamp out Mad Cow disease.
The farm ministers have agreed to share the huge cost of compensating
farmers for lost livestock.
Almost five million cows will be killed over the next six years.
It will cost 400 million dollars a year.
The government's star witness in the Whitewater trial is back on the stand
this afternoon in Little Rock.
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR/Yesterday;
Yesterday David Hale testified that then governor Bill Clinton benefitted
from an illegal loan.
Hale testified that he was pressured to loan 150-thousand dollars to Mr.
Clinton and his Whitewater partner, James McDougal.
((GENE LYONS/AUTHOR: HIS REPUTATION IN ARKANSAS IS WHAT YOU'D EXPECT FOR A MAN
WHO CREATED 13 DUMMY COMPANIES, LENT HIMSELF MONEY TO ALL AND DEFAULTED ON THE
OUT Q=defaulted on all the loans."
President Clinton denies the allegations.
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Coming up next on News 7,
Roanoke County police need your help in finding a suspect in a recent rash
of church robberies,
and a spark of hope for Southern Virginia College.
We'll tell you about it next.
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To catch a thief.
Roanoke County police are hoping the community will help them do it.
46- year- old Martin Freeman has nearly two dozen outstanding arrest
warrants against him.
Authorities also want to QUESTION him about a string of church robberies
over the past month.
IN Q=We had three
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: WE HAD THREE WARRANTS FOR HIM AND THAT
THERE WERE AS MANY AS TEN OTHER ONES AROUND THE AREA. THAT'S NOT TO SAY THAT
THIS GUY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ONES IN ROANOKE COUNTY BACK IN EARLY MARCH. BUT
WE CERTAINLY HAVE A LOT OF WARRANTS AGAINST HIM AND THEY'RE OUTSTANDING SO WE'D
LIKE TO SEE HIM ARRESTED. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=him arrested
The warrants against Freeman include possesion of a stolen credit card, and
Since the beginning of March, a number of wallets and purses have been
stolen from at least three churches.
Police are looking for any information about Freeman.
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Southern Virginia College officials say they will close their doors this May
unless someone can bail them out.
And now several groups have shown some interest in the college.
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Officials say because of financial problems the all- girl's school is going
broke and will have to close.
Officials say it would take at least two-million dollars to give them any
But, several groups have toured the facility and even met with the school
However, officials say the talks are very preliminary and no formal
proposals have been made.
Southside tobacco farmers are facing their toughest battle.
That was the message last night from retiring Congressman L- F Payne who
spoke at the meeting of the group "Concerned Friends for Tobacco".
Payne told the crowd to be prepared to fight the FDA's attempts to crack
down on teen smoking and declare nicotine a drug.
But he downplayed any significance the Liggett case will have on area
The tobacco company recently settled a suit that accused cigarette makers of
not telling the public nicotine is addictive.
IN Q=What's going
((REP. L- F PAYNE/D-NELSON CO.: WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THESE CORPORATIONS I THINK
IS VERY MUCH SECONDARY TO US. WHAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO US IS THAT THE FACT WE
HAVE FIVE THOUSAND TOBACCO GROWERS HERE IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA AND ITS EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT TO US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO RAISE THIS CROP AS
WE HAVE FOR GENERATIONS.
ANDY SHEPHERD/TOBACCO STABILIZATION BD.IT'S DANGEROUS BECAUSE ITS THE FIRST
CRACK ITS BEEN IN THE TOBACCO WALL, BUT LIGGETT'S NOT RUN BY TOBACCO PEOPLE,
THEY'RE RUN BY CORPORATE RAIDERS, I DON'T CONSIDER THEM PART OF THE COMMUNITY,
SUPER=01-Andy Shepherd/Tobacco Stabilization Bd.; :22
OUT Q=community, really.
"Concerned Friends for Tobacco" also named its choice for business of the
Belk Leggett of Danville took home the honor for setting aside smoking areas
within the store.
Traffic was already bottlenecked at Valley View Mall before the new Walmart
Now congestion is worse, and state and local officials are discussing a
possible off ramp from Interstate 5-81 near the Super store.
A local citizen's organization held a public hearing yesterday to talk about
the possible interchange.
The location is North on 5-81 between Orange Avenue and Hershberger Road.
Just a few miles away Senator Chuck Robb and local officials held a news
Robb says a new interchange is a good idea.
IN Q=I think we
((SENATOR CHUCK ROBB: I THINK WE OUGHT TO GIVE IT THE APPROPRIATE BLESSING AND
THEN TO GET IT ACCOMPLISHED AS SOON AS WE CAN. BUT I'M DELIGHTED TO WORK WITH
YOU AND MR. MAYOR AND TO YOU MR. VICE MAYOR AND THE CITIZENS ASSOCIATIONS AND
ECONOMIC REPRESENTATIVES WILL WORK WITH YOU TO SEE IF WE CAN GET THE JOB
OUT Q=the job done.
Mayor David Bowers says the city has five-million dollars set aside for
He says traffic congestion has made the area notorious for accidents.
It's been a quiet trading day on Wall Street, with stocks now drifting after
opening mostly lower.
At noon the Dow was DOWN five points.
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Coming up in sports,
The Roanoke Express is off the tracks until next season,
and the bus carrying the country's number one college basketball team drives
right into the school coliseum....on purpose of course.
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GRAPHIC=Express/Checkers game 3
The season is over for the Roanoke Express, now that it's lost to Charlotte.
Steve Mason has more on game three of the E-C-H-L playoffs.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Checkers vs. Express; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Coach; :07
SUPER=01-Craig Herr/Express Assistant Captain; :34
SUPER=01-Karry Biette/Scored 1st Express Goal; :48
SUPER=01-Jason Clarke/Express Winger; 1:15
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The newly crowned national champions of college basketball are home -- and
what a homecoming last night.
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY/Last Night; :00
The Kentucky Wildcats drove their team bus right onto the main floor at Rupp
Arena with over 23- thousand fans screaming at the top of their lungs.
Head coach Rick Pitino was the first to exit the bus and he of course
received a thunderous ovation.
Senior M-V-P Tony Delk wasn't far behind, and neither was the unveiling of
the crystal trophy going to the number one team in the nation.
Coming up in tonight's Health Check Report on NEWS-7 at Five--
This may be the cure for just what ails you.
A rub down-- from mobile massage therapist Pat Sollinger.
She tours around in her fully-equipped Winnebego-- offering de-stressing
sessions for busy people.
She even does company picnics.
Join us for the story, plus the latest news, sports and weather on News 7
at FIVE, and SIX.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.
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