Up next on News 7-
Renewed tensions along the border of North and South Korea.
A year after a pair of devastating fires, two Floyd County brothers have
their businesses up and running again.
And cover that garden up, there's a freeze warning tonight.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Tensions between North and South Korea appear to be building.
South Korean troops have stepped up their patrols of the demilitarized zone
that separates the two countries.
That's because for the third time in three days, armed North Korean troops
have marched into the buffer area.
On Thursday, North Korea, a communist state, announced it will no longer
observe the agreement that ended the Korean War more than four decades ago.
So far though, the northern troops have entered and exited the joint
security zone without incident.
Although he says some progress has been made, a Montana state lawmaker who
has negotiated with the Freemen says he's not optimistic.
Joe Quilici (KWIL'-uh-see) says the situation is so volatile and deep that
he can't get a handle on it.
The anti- government group has locked itself up on its compound for two
weeks now, refusing to surrender to federal authorities.
A church near the compound prayed today for a peaceful resolution to the
Many of the Freemen face charges including writing bad checks, impersonating
public officials, and threatening to kidnap and murder a judge.
A high-speed pursuit yesterday in Arkansas turned out to be more than just
another police chase.
Two 15-year-old boys from North Carolina were running away in a stolen car,
taking a 12-year-old girl they were both in love with.
All promised to kill themselves if they were stopped by police, and the two
boys made good on that promise.
Dawn Scott has more.
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SUPER=03-Brinkley, AR/Yesterday; :11
SUPER=01-Jackie Speer/Arkansas State Police; :35
SUPER=01-Dawn Scott/Reporting; :58
OUT Q=CBS News
((Police say it all started in Robinsville, North Carolina, where this 1989
Pontiac was stolen, driven across Georgia, Tennessee, and finally, Arkansas.
Along, Interstate 40, near Brinkley, this morning, a male trucker noticed
the driver of the car speeding and swerving.
He called police, and blocked the road in a construction zone, so a trooper
could catch the driver.
It worked, but when the trooper approached the car, he heard two gunshots.
Two 15 year old boys, Joshua Rogers and Kevin Hyde shot themselves in the
A 12 year old girl inside watched.
SGT. JACKIE SPEER/STATE POLICE: THE MALE IN THE BACK SEAT WAS SUPPOSED TO
KILL HER HE TOLD HER TO CLOSE HER EYES AND HE WOULD TAKE CARE OF HER, SHE
CLOSED HER EYES, BUT THEN SHE HEARD A BANG AND REALIZED SHE HADN'T BEEN SHOT
AND THE MALE SLUMPED OVER IN HER LAP, SHE SAID AT THIS TIME SHE SCREAMED AND
STARTED PANICKING THE WHITE MALE IN THE FRONT SEAT TURNED AROUND GRABBED THE
GUN PUT IT IN HIS MOUTH AND PULLED THE TRIGGER.
Police tell us the three made apact...If, at any time on their trip, they
were pulled over by police, they would all commit suicide."
They all three had written a suicide note and that's the way it was going to
be if they got caught.
Police believe the trio was running away from trouble at home.
On their getaway ride, authorities believe they robbed a Tennessee
But still, so many questions left unanswered.
Where were they headed next? and why did they do what they did?
Only fate knows the answer.
Dawn Scott, CBS News.))
Investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in Southeast
Roanoke, this afternoon.
The blaze left a woman and her two children homeless.
Officials say the fire appears to have started in a bedroom of the Kirk
The fire destroyed the room and got into the ceiling.
The rest of the house received heavy smoke damage.
Officials say there was at least 20-thousand dollars in damage.
The blaze broke out around five- thirty.
No one was injured.
Investigators say the fire does not appear to be suspicious.
And a bucket of ashes appears to be the cause of a fire in Roanoke County.
The fire investigator says the bucket was placed on a cardboard box in the
basement of the home on Poplar Drive.
Apparently heat from the ashes ignited the box.
The house owner received minor injuries when he tried to put out the fire.
And a third Roanoke family also suffers through a fire today.
Fire officials say food left on the stove caused the blaze at 8-44 Marshal
The damage was contained to the kitchen.
No one was hurt in that blaze.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
We'll take a look back at the top business stories of the week,
Two brothers are rebuilding their businesses after fires that occurred about
a year ago.
But first let's check in with Kimberly.
Wx ad lib
Hope you're enjoying the holiday.
All the sunshine made it LOOK like Easter--but it sure didn't FEEL like it.
The cold air lingers on-- and moisture re- enters the region tomorrow.
Expect some light snow showers in the higher elevations-- amounts could
range from an inch to three inches.
Meanwhile, the rest of us will see rain-- with a little wet snow mixed in.
But the forecast does warm up gradually this week-- you'll want to stay
MUSIC UP FULL
Still no word on what led to a fatal accident in Franklin County this
State Police say 30- year- old Ronnie Lee Markham of Vinton was pronounced
dead at the scene of the accident around five o'clock.
According to Trooper J-K Johnson, Markham's 19-87 Saab four door was heading
northbound on route 2-20, just south of route 6-19, when it ran off the right
side of the road and overturned.
The trooper's report says it doesn't appear that Markham was wearing a
A 25-year-old Roanoke County man is in satisfactory condition at Roanoke
Memorial Hospital this evening.
Eddie Lee Clement's motorcycle struck a pick-up truck earlier today.
The truck was driven by 47-year-old Roy Danson.
Danson was attempting to make a left turn when the accident occurred.
He was not injured.
The accident happened around 2-30 on Dale Avenue in Roanoke.
It is still under investigation and charges are pending.
Fire can't tame the Owl Hollow Horse Farm.
A little more than a year ago, the nationally renowned horse farm was
destroyed by flames.
And now the rebuilding project is heading into the homestretch.
Denise Allen has the story.
IN Q=Last year
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Diane McBroom/Owl Hollow Horse Farm; :10
SUPER=01-Steve McBroom/Owl Hollow Horse Farm; :28
OUT Q=News 7.
((Last year this farm--known for its Morgan Horses--was devastated by fire.
What was left had to be leveled.
((DIANE MCBROOM/OWL HOLLOW HORSE FARM: THE ONLY WAY I CAN DESCRIBE IT IS, IF
YOU'VE EVER LOST YOUR WALLET JUST MULTIPLY THAT BY EVERY THING YOU OWN AND
THAT'S HOW IT FELT.))
((BANG. BANG. BANG.))
Now 14 months later the new barn is almost complete.
The McBrooms say fire accelerated changes they were already planning to
((STEVE MCBROOM/OWL HOLLOW HORSE FARM: IT'S CAUSED US TO BECOME AN AWFUL LOT
SMALLER THAN WE WERE. WE HAD A 42 STALL FACILITY BEFORE THE FIRE. THIS NEW
FACILITY IS 17 STALLS.))
((WE WERE COMING TO THE REALIZATION THAT WE NEEDED TO EXPAND THE THOROUGH-BRED
AND WARMBLOOD BUSINESS AND THAT THE MORGANS, WHILE WE LOVE THEM THE MOST, WE
NEEDED TO EXPLORE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.))
Their house was also destroyed in the fire.
Now they're living in an apartment above the barn, but for 14 months this
was their home and business office.
To say the least, the 33 foot travel trailer was crowded with two children,
dogs and a cat.
((EVERYBODY BRUSHES THEIR TEETH AT THE SAME SINK AND THE SAME TIME, CROWDED IN
A LITTLE SPACE. YOU JUST LEARN HOW TO GET ALONG AND SHARE. YOU LEARN HOW TO
PUT YOUR SHOES AWAY INSTEAD OF LEAVING THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR.))
Soon there will be plenty of room for shoes in the middle of the
floor--their new house will be finished by August.
The McBrooms say since the fire they've learned to appreciate everything
life has to offer.
Denise Allen News 7. ))
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :00
Another McBroom is trying to rebuild after a fire.
Steve's brother Swede McBroom's woodworking business was lost to fire just
two months after the Horse farm was destroyed.
The fire claimed all of Swede's antique woodworking tools.
Swede is also a musician.
And he lost instruments and a music collection he acquired while in Europe.
It's been a year since the fire and now Swede says his business looks
promising once again.
IN Q=NOW WE'VE
((SWEDE MCBROOM/BOOTHE CREEK WOODWORKING: NOW WE'VE ALMOST COMPLETED
REBUILDING AND WE'RE GETTING ON WITH WORK. WE HAVE OUR FIRST JOB NOW. THE
MUSIC HAS BEEN GOING VERY WELL FOR THE LAST THREE OR FOUR MONTHS. WE BUILT THE
SUPER=01-Swede McBroom/Boothe Creek Woodworking;
OUT Q=THE STUDIO FIRST
Swede says the fire was devastating and nearly wiped out his business.
But it did offer a hidden benefit.
The fire allowed him to build a separate studio for his music.
IN Q=WE BUILT BACK
((WE BUILT BACK QUITE A BIT SMALLER THAN THE ORIGINAL WORKSHOP. WE HAD PLANNED
TO DOWNSIZE ANYWAY AND MOVE DOWN HERE. BUT WE DIDN'T PLAN ON A FIRE MAKING THE
OUT Q=THE MOVE POSSIBLE.
Fire investigators say the fire was accidental.
And Swede says it's taken a while but he's recovered.
Now it's back to the business of custom designing woodwork and making
Changes at the top of Virginia's Democratic party.
Gail Nardi resigned yesterday as director of communications of the
She's taking a similar job in North Carolina.
Nardi says she felt it was time for a change of scenery.
She begins her new job next month.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Coming up on the newscast.
Easter egg hunts may have turned up FREEZER-READY.
We'll see how people dealt with a cold Easter.
Some gardeners take preparations in anticipation of tonight's freeze.
Kimberly will have the details.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Patrick Henry Hotel drops it's Radisson affiliation,
And the Kroger supermarket chain averts a strike.
We recap the week's top economic stories in southwest and central Virginia
with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Tuesday; :20
OUT Q=NAT SOT
More than three-thousand unionized workers from Kroger supermarkets in our
area reconsidered their strike vote from last Sunday and decided to stay on the
Many of the younger members of the rank and file felt a dollar ten wage
increase over a five year period was insufficient.
Botetourt County signed a deal made in steel this week.
On Tuesday it announced that the Meadville Forging Company of Pennsylvania
will build a new plant in Buchanan that will hire 75 people over the next two
and a half years.
The New River Valley Economic Development Alliance has hired one of its
founders as its new executive director.
Officials selected Dublin businessman Hiawatha Nicely from a pool of 70
Roanoke's Patrick Henry Hotel is no longer in the Radisson chain.
The hotel's general manager said the reservation arrangement was not cost
Some high marks for Shenandoah Life, which has more than 200 employees in
An independent research firm says the insurer received a 100-percent
satisfaction rating from its business customers.
A Mecklenburg County department store chain is growing.
Peebles Incorporated says it plans to merge with Carlisle Retailers, which
operates seven stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 96-points,
closing at 5682-point-88.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Len tosses to Kim
Kim reads freeze story
The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for tonight.
Mostly clear skies and light winds are leading to rare subfreezing
conditions along the foothills of the Blue Ridge, and in the Western Valleys.
This has gardeners, who started their planting early, running for cover.. so
One green thumb in Roanoke County says putting plastic over your plants is
the best way to go.
IN Q=The plastic will
((CHARLIE YOUNG/GARDENER: THE PLASTIC WILL HELP KEEP THE GROUND WARM, AND THEN
WHEN IT DOES WARM UP, IT'LL TAKE OFF GROWIN'. THAT'S ABOUT ALL WE CAN DO, AND
HOPE FOR THE BEST.))
OUT Q=FOR THE BEST.
Temperatures are expected to drop close to freezing in the Roanoke
In deeper portions of the Shenandoah Valley, readings as cold as the lower
to mid 20s are possible...leading to a hard freeze.
The Baltimore Orioles are flying high. The Birds improved to 5 and 1
today behind the arm of pitcher Mike Mussina, who won for the second time in as
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/Orioles vs. Twins; :00
The Birds were in Minnesota facing the twins. Mussina was simply awesome.
He KO'd 8, walked one, and gave up 7 hits over 8 innings. Chuck Knoblauck felt
Not much offense for the O's. Bobby Bonilla did crack this solo homer in the
8th, Orioles win 4-2.
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-Arlington, TX/Yankees vs. Rangers; :00
Continuing with the AL east...look whose back on the mound!! dwight Gooden.
He pitched for the first time since 1994. He lost, but did get this strikeout
at the cost of Dean Palmer.
Texas remains the only undefeated team in the majors at 5 and OH. Mickey
Tettleton did most of the damage on this three run homer in the 5th, Rangers by
To the AL Central. The American League champs won their second straight
today; a good thing considering the Indians lost their first three. The
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Blue Jays. vs. Indians; :00
If this guy only new that millions of viewers would see him with the
bunny ears on.
Four Indians would hit homer runs. In the fifth, Manny Ramirez smacks this
solo shot off the left field wall to give Cleveland a 3-2 advantage.
Then came time for the ugliest easter bunny contest. cast your votes.
Albert Bell accounted for a pair of homers and the Indians ground the Jays
The defending World Champs loaded Atlanta fan's Easter Sunday basket's with
lots of goodies this afternoon in a win over St. Louis.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Cardinals vs. Braves; :00
Easter apparel was not required but a welcome sight at Fulton County
Chipper Jones got the Braves going in the bottom of the first with this two
run homer to left center. JOnes SUPER=35-Atlanta/=13/St. Louis/==3;
went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI's.
Marquis Grissom joined 4 other teammates who homered. His grand slam in the
second put the Braves up 6-1.
Ryan Klesko also entered the homerun derby. Atlanta pounds the St. Louis
Cardinals 13 to 3.
wipe to #eng!!!!
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/Rockies vs. Expos; :00
In other national league East action, Atlanta rival Montreal dominated
Colorado 9 to 1. Batman gave the Easter bunny a break today!
Moises Alou got the Expos on the board first with this RBI single in the
first inning. 1-zip Montreal.
On to the 4th where Sherman Obando SUPER=35-Montreal/==9/Colorado/==1;
put the game away with this two run shot that gave the Expos a 4-nothing
cushion and Montreal tops the Rockies by 8.
The Avalanche lost to Prince William today 6-nothing. pitcher Doug Million
fell in his season debut. Salem gave up 16 hits and committed 3 errors.
Lynchburg beat Wilmington 3-zip behind homeruns from Jose Guillen and Adrian
The San Antonio Spurs lost for the third time in 4 tries today after a 17
game winning streak.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/Spurs vs. Lakers; :00
How can you loose when your admiral knocks down 40 points. Not his
neighborhood, but David Robinson did not mind. He also snatched 11 boards.
Former Patrick henry standout George Lynch got involved, making the steal
and going in for the lay up. L.A wins 107-97.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/Bulls vs. Magic;
To the O-rena. Bulls and Magic. Shaquille O'Neal returned to action after
missing two games because of his grandmother's death. He would not start, but
had 21 points.
Michael Jordan capped off a 27 point performance with a turn around in the
final minute to lift the Bulls over Orlando 90 to 86.
The Redwings are the Bulls on ice. Detroit are one win away from the setting
the record for wins in a season.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Red Wings vs. Blackhawks; :00
The Wings notched their 59th victory of the season, beating Chicago 4-1.
Three of their four goals came on the power play. Kris Draper netted his 6th of
the season. 4-1 Wings, now the numbers.
Wipe to baords!!
Chyron in motion
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OUT Q=last score
catch your breath and get ready for more sports, when we come back, the
Golden bear is back in the winner's circle, Mike Stevens chats with Jeff
Gordon, Sterling Marlin and a Labonte,
and this driver wishes he had an ejection seat button in his grand prix
car...he was not injured, that story in a few.
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
Some notes fromthe track. The Grand Prix of Argentina provided some
explosive highlights on this easter.
SUPER=03-Buenos Aires; :00
Check this out. Pedro Diniz's car is engulfed with flames as he spins on
the track. rescue workers hustled to the wreck as the driver ran from the
flames. He was not seriously hurt.
Damon Hill would go on to win the race.
The Winston Cup stars enjoyed a rare Sunday off to celebrate the Easter
Holiday with family and friend.
The first six races of the season have provided highs and lows for three of
the top Chevy teams on the circuit.
Mike Stevens has more on Gordon, Marlin and Bobby Labonte.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Three Wins In 1996; :24
SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/15th In Points Standings; 1:16
SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/11th In Points Standings; 1:48
SUPER=01-Larry McClure/Owner - Kodak Chevrolet; 1:58
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
(( After beginning the season with a dead last finish at Daytona and an
horrendous run at Rockingham, Jeff Gordon has returned to the form that brought
him a championship last season.
The Rainbow Warriors who were dressed in all black while testing at
Martinsville last week, never doubted themselves - although many others did.
((JEFF GORDON/THREE WINS IN 1996:))
The first four races of the season were a total disaster for Bobby Labonte.
The Interstate battery team that won three races last season, barely finished
races early on. But Darlington and Bristol have put Joe Gibbs team back in the
((BOBBY LABONTE/15TH IN POINTS RACE:))
Perhaps the most frustrated team of 1996, is the Abingdon based
MOrgan-McClure race bunch. After leading the points race most of the first
half of last year, Sterling Marlin The Kodak Chevy team have only one top 10
finish in the first six events in 96.
((STERLING MARLIN/11TH IN POINTS RACE:))
((LARRY MCCLURE/OWNER - KODAK CHEVROLET:))
And we'll be in Wilkesboro on Friday for Winston Cup qualifying for the First
Union 400. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
Finally, Paul Stankowski received a personalized invitation to next
weekend's Masters in Augusta when he edged out Brandel Chamblee for a win in
the PGA's BellSouth Classic.
SUPER=03-Marietta, GA/Today; :00
He had to sweat it out though as the fourth and final round went into a
It WAS death for Chamblee when his second shot on 18 found the water.
Stankowski would birdie 18 to go on to win the BethSouth.
SUPER=03-Scottsdale, AZ; :00
On to the Senior's Tradition where the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus captured
the first major of the senior tour. He shot a 7 under 65 final round to win the
event for the 4th time in 7 years.
Most people associate Easter with the beginning of spring, but today an
overcoat was the attire of choice around the region.
Many in Southwest Virginia began the holiday morning in church.
The below normal temperatures didn't stop them from celebrating a
IN Q=we're celebrating
((CROZIER DRAPER: WE'RE CELEBRATING EASTER BY GETTING TOGETHER WITH OUR FAMILY
AND GOING TO BRUNCH. THEN WE'RE GOING TO OUR HOUSE AND JUST SPENDING TIME
ELIZABETH GILLIS: I USUALLY ATTEND CHURCH AND MY FAMILY USUALLY COMES. AND
WE HAVE EASTER DINNER AND ENJOY THE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FAMILY.))
SUPER=07-Crozier Draper; :00
SUPER=07-Elizabeth Gillis; :12
OUT Q=WITH THE FAMILY
The temperatures didn't stop the Easter Bunny from hopping from home to
Though sources say the change to day-light savings made his job a bit more