A re-fueling stop fell just short of Roanoke for a New Jersey couple and
Next on NEWS 7 we'll talk to the pilot who walked away from this one.
And a pot bust at a local high school.
We'll have details on that.
Tonight in sports, the it's been a busy hoops day in Charlotte for the 49ers
The Cubs chill out at Wrigley.
And the Lynchburg Hillcats arrive in the Hill City, Steve Mason will
introduce us to the club tonight in sports.
Spring weather slips away as a cold front slides through tonight. Clouds
and showers highlight the Easter weekend forecast.
A New Jersey family is lucky to be alive tonight after their rented plane
crashed in Boutetourt County.
The pilot 62 year old Bruce Long, his wife and their 18 year old daughter
suffered only minor injuries.
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The plane went down near Troutville, in an open field not far from the
intersection of Route 11 and Route 641 in Botetourt County.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
Scott Prince joins us from the crash site.
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IN Q=FAA investigators
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bruce Long/Pilot; :18
SUPER=01-Mark Boothe/Witness; :28
SUPER=01-Trooper W.B. Perry/Va. State Police; :40
OUT Q=up again
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Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
(Keith question: Why were they headed to Blacksburg?)
Murder charges against an Amherst County man have been forwarded to a grand
James Henry Burley stands accused of killing two women last winter.
Steve Smallshaw reports the evidence against Burley is beginning to mount.
IN Q=Not all the
SUPER=01-Paul Mason/Jail Inmate; :48
SUPER=01-Raymond Goode/Jail Inmate; :58
OUT Q=News7, Amherst County.
(( Not all the evidence is in in the case against James Henry Burley, but
prosecutor Ed Meeks says he's happy with what he has so far.
Police say Burley murdered two Lynchburg women about a month apart last
year, and dumped their bodies in remote sections of Amherst County.
The gun used to kill both Robin Burge and Jacqueline Carter was found in
Burley's home, and tire tracks from his truck matched prints found at one of
the murder scenes.
IN Q=In addition to
((In addition to the evidence recovered from Burley's home, the investigation
got a boost when several people came forward with more information about the
crimes. They included Burley's friend, Doug Ayers, who says he gave Burley the
gun used in the murders last summer, and two jail inmates who claim Burley
admitted to them he killed the women.))
OUT Q=killed the women.
All three testified at Burley's preliminary hearing in General District
IN Q=And finally he
((PAUL MASON/JAIL INMATE: AND FINALLY HE JUST SAID, SITTING THERE TALKING AND
HIS EYES GO UP AND HE SAID `I DID IT'. I SAID `DID WHAT?' HE SAID `I KILLED A
BLACK PERSON. ALL I CAN REMEMBER IS DRAGGING THE BODY IN THE WOODS AND GETTING
THE "H" OUT OF THERE.))
OUT Q=out of there.
IN Q=We were talking
((RAYMOND GOODE/JAIL INMATE: WE WERE TALKING ABOUT DRUGS AND WOMEN AND HE SAID
THAT'S WHY HE SHOT ROBIN BECAUSE SHE SMOKED UP ALL THE DRUGS AND DIDN'T WANT TO
OUT Q=to have sex.
Goode admitted he was testifying in hopes of getting out on parole a little
But fellow inmate Paul Mason says he doesn't want a deal...he just wants to
do the right thing.
IN Q=I don't think
((MASON: I DON'T THINK THIS HAS ANY WEIGHT OF SWINGING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER TO
RELEASE ME. IF THEY FEEL I'M READY TO BE RELEASED BACK INTO SOCIETY, THEY'LL DO
OUT Q=they'll do it.
Defense attorney Bill Light did not present any evidence during the hearing.
A grand jury could indict Burley next week.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))
A Lynchburg student is facing possible drug charges following a lockdown at
E.C. Glass High School today.
Acting on information from a faculty member and a student, a teenager was
searched and found to be carrying what appeared to be marijuana.
Administrators immediately sealed off the school, and the entire building
was searched for additional illegal substances.
IN Q=This was because
((SUSAN MORRISON/E.C. GLASS PRINCIPAL: THIS WAS BECAUSE OF THE CONCERN THAT THE
SUBSTANCE WAS FOUND AND THAT THERE POSSIBLY COULD BE OTHER SUBSTANCES AND WE
WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CAMPUS IS A
SAFE ONE FOR ALL STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Susan Morrison/E.C. Glass Principal; :00
OUT Q=for all students.
No other drugs or weapons were found.
The student has been suspended and may also face criminal charges.
A former Miss Virginia was in court this afternoon in Bedford, asking to
spend more time with her child.
Lisa Aliff wants additional visitation rights with her five year old son.
The boy is currently staying with his father Rick Hawkins. Last year Aliff,
who lived in California, was charged with parental kidnapping after she did not
return the boy to Virginia in time to start school.
Those charges were dropped and Aliff has since moved back to the Roanoke
Valley. Because of that she says circumstances have changed and more
visitation should be permitted. Judge William Sweeney did not decide the
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
...a plan to save Southern Virginia College? The school is set to close for
good this spring... we'll see.
and there are a lot of reasons women fail to have regular mammography exams.
Now some local health-care agencies are trying to make it more convenient-
-bringing the exam to the patient. We'll show you.
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A Roanoke County home went up in flames this afternoon.
Several rooms were gutted as fire burned through the roof.
One firefighter was reportedly knocked down by falling debris, but he did
not suffer any serious injuries.
No one else was hurt.
The home on Lily Drive suffered extensive damage. There's no word yet on
the cause of the fire.
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A massive fire destroyed a Campbell County home and scorched five acres of
forest this afternoon.
Firefighters from Concord, Appomattox and Rustburg spent several hours
battling the blaze on Mount Athos Road.
Authorities say the single- story log cabin was engulfed in flames when they
The blaze spread to the nearby woods, and a helicopter was called in to dump
water on the flames.
No one was home when the fire broke out.
The Campbell County sheriff's department is investigating.
And two separate fires in the last 24 hours have left two Lynchburg families
Firefighters battled this blaze at 8-10 Wise Street for more than an hour
The fire started on a back porch and quickly spread to the rest of the
Investigators have not determined a cause.
And no one was home when this Camp Avenue trailer went up in flames this
Crews say flames were scorching nearby treetops when they first arrived.
They don't know what sparked the blaze.
A fire at the same location destroyed another trailer last year.
Southern Virginia College is close to a deal with a group of Mormon
investors that could NOT only keep the college open -- but double its fiscal
impact on the community.
That's according to a source close to the college.
The group of investors has told the college it's NOT acting on behalf of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
But it is interested in attracting both Mormon students and those who want a
non- sectarian education.
Under the proposal, the former "Southern Sem" would become a four- year, co-
The college's attorney says its creditors are so far viewing the proposal
The College board meets again next week for a status report.
GRAPHIC=Breast Cancer Prevention
Surveys have shown less than 25 percent of Southwest Virginian women undergo
recommended breast cancer screenings.
But a mobile mammography unit is trying to improve those statistics.
The unit is operated through the New River and Mount Rogers Health Districts
and several hospitals.
It's improving access in a state ranked 48th in the numbers of women who
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIRECTOR: SO WE ARE NOT DOING WELL
WHEN WE LOOK AT THOSE STATISTICS. AND THIS MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY UNIT IS A GOOD
WAY TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO HELP US IN OUR HEALTH PROMOTION EFFORTS AND
EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS REGARDING BREAST CANCER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health Dist. Director;
OUT Q=regarding breast cancer.
Education IS a key part of the mobile unit's 20- minute screenings.
((ANGIE GUTHRIE/NRHD HEALTH EDUCATOR: WE TEACH THEM SKILLS IN BREAST SELF-
EXAM. WE TEACH THEM THE GUIDELINES OF WHEN TO HAVE MAMMOGRAMS, WHEN TO HAVE A
PHYSICIAN'S EXAM AND SO FORTH. THEY DO HAVE A VIDEO THEY WATCH AND WE GIVE THEM
LOTS OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS. ))
SUPER=01-Angie Guthrie/NRHD Health Educator;
OUT Q=educational materials.
Patients may schedule screenings through health departments in the service
The unit also travels to businesses for on- site screenings.
A Roanoke insurance company earned some high marks in a recent survey.
Shenandoah Life received a 100 percent satisfaction rating from its business
customers in a study conducted by LIMRA (LIM-ruh) International, an independent
researcher from Connecticut.
LIMRA says such high scores are unusual, even unheard of.
Shenandoah Life outperformed similar size non medical insurance carriers by
LIMRA went on to say Shenandoah's home office personnel represent a major
competitive advantage for the company.
Shenandoah Life has about 210 employees in Roanoke.
On Wall Street the Dow lost seven points and finished at 56 hundred 82.
NASDAQ was up two points.
Virginia's first legislation to help control farm pollution was signed today
by Governor George Allen.
The Agricultural Stewardship Act provides avenues of complaint for citizens
concerned about pesticide run- off, animal waste treatment, or other
agricultural pollution concerns.
And it provides farmers time and expertise to get the problems solved.
The Governor called the bill "positive and reasonable balance" in the
stewardship of natural resources.
After eight years of fundraising, planning and waiting phase one of the
Huckleberry Trail has broken ground in Blacksburg.
The trail will connect Blacksburg to Christiansburg and will be built along
the abandoned Huckleberry Line, a train track that was vital to Virginia Tech.
IN Q= Up until 1958
SUPER=01-Ray Smoot/Virginia Tech Vice-President;
OUT Q=former passenger service
Bill Ellenbogen first started work on the project in 1988. He says it's a
IN Q=The governmental
SUPER=01-Bill Ellenbogen/Friends of the Huckleberry;
OUT Q=appreciative of that
Phase one is due to be completed by September.
Coming up tonight in sports, hoops news from Charlotte, a cold day at
Wrigley, a welcome home fore the Hillcats.
and some area swimmers are set to make a big splash in Orlando.
More on these elite Gators coming up in sports.
The Charlotte Hornets lost to the Pistons last night and today they were back
on the court trying to keep their playoff hopes alive.
SUPER=03-Fort Mill, SC; :00
The Hornets are battling the Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern
Tomorrow night they host the Bulls, but the real bad news is that all-star
larry Johnson may have a broken bone in his left hand.
He practiced today with it heavily wrapped and will have x-rays tomorrow.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/This Afternoon;
Also, in the queen city today, UNC Charlotte named longtime assistant Melvin
Watkins the school's new head basketball coach.
IN Q="As i walked...
((MELVIN WATKINS.NEW UNC CHARLOTTE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Melvin Watkins/New UNC Charlotte Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...OUT FOR US."
It was a beautiful day in your neighborhood today but not so in Chicago where
the Cubs hosted the Dodgers.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Dodgers vs. Cubs; :00
In a few minutes Robin is going to tell you about some cold air headed our
way in the next few days.
Well, some of it is coming from Chicago where the wind was gusting up to 30
miles an hour today, and most the game between the Cubs and Dodgers was played
in the snow!!!
The Cubs fell behind early but then roared back with Ryne Sandberg hitting
a two run homer to right center in the third.
The Cubs added seven runs in the fourth as they beat the Dodgers 9-to-4.
Also, this afternoon the expos beat the Pirates, the Mets edged the Cards and
the Orioles beat the Royals
The media got it's first look at the 1996 Lynchburg Hillcats today in a
Hill City luncheon.
Steve Mason serves up the pre season line up.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Jeff Banister/Hillcats Manager; :15
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Season; :35
SUPER=01-Todd Blyleven/Hillcats Right Handed Pitcher; :48
SUPER=01-Jim Bibby/Hillcats Pitching Coach; 1:06
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
The Roanoke Central YMCA Gator swim team leaves for the nationals this
Friday in Orlando, Florida.
The team has been preparing for the 4 day event since September. The
National Championships are from April 9th through the 12.
The gators are taking 16 swimmers that will compete in a field of 12
hundred swimmers from 450 teams.
IN Q="Our goal
((DOUG FONDER/GATOR'S COACH:))
((BRIAN FINUCANE/GATOR SWIMMER:))
SUPER=01-Doug Fonder/Gator's Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Brian Finucane/Gator Swimmer; :10
The Gators finished second in the nation back in 1990 and 21st last year.
the event awards 1st through a 16th placing. Patrick henry's Brian Marsh
leads a strong Gator group that should have a good experience.
((LAUREN FELDMAN/GATOR SWIMMER:))
((JOHN SMITH/GATOR SWIMMER:))
SUPER=01-Lauren Feldman/Gator Swimmer; :00
SUPER=01-John Smith/Gator Swimmer; :09
OUT Q=....see what happens"