Up next on News 7-
Six people are hurt in this accident. We'll have details.
It was last April that fires raced through the forest in Craig County. Scott
Prince gives us an update one year later.
Plus is this a fake Van Gogh or the real thing. We'll have the story.
And Kim McBroom says expect warmer weather starting tomorrow.
News 7 is next.
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A head- on collision in Botetourt County leaves one person in critical
condition, and five others hospitalized.
The accident happened on Carvins Cove Road near the Roanoke County line.
Lifeguard- 10 was called in because of the seriousness of the injuries.
All of the victims are being treated at Roanoke Memorial hospital.
Officials have not released any names at this time, nor have they indicated
if any charges will be filed.
IN Q=It's still
((TROOPER MARK AUSTIN/VA STATE POLICE: IT'S STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. I HAVE
TO SPEAK TO SEVERAL VICTIMS OF THE ACCIDENT. EVERYONE WAS TRANSPORTED RIGHT AT
MY ARRIVAL. ))
SUPER=01-Trooper Mark Austin/VA State Police;
OUT Q=my arrival
Emergency crews had a tough time getting to-- and leaving the crash site
because the road was narrow.
Traffic on Carvins Cove Road was blocked for more than an hour because of
Virginia Tech football players Tony Morrison and James Crawford will NOT
have to worry about rape charges on their record.
After a state police investigation, a Montgomery County grand jury found no
probable cause to indict the players for the alleged rape of Christy Brzonkala.
Tracy Altizer reports.
SUPER=01-Eileen Wagner/Brzonkala's Lawyer; :13
SUPER=01-Joseph Painter/Crawford's Lawyer; :40
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Christy Brzonkala has said in hindsight, she would have reported her
alleged rape immediately, while there was evidence to collect.
Her lawyer says she didn't expect the grand jury to indict the players
without that evidence.
((EILEEN WAGNER/BRZONKALA'S LAWYER: HAVING SAID THAT, STILL, WE WANT EVERYONE
TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WAS A VERY SERIOUS INVESTIGATION AND THAT THE RESULTS
OF IT WERE TOO CLOSE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY, BY HIMSELF TO CALL.))
Attorneys for Tony Morrison and James Crawford question how Brzonkala can
expect to win a civil suit if a grand jury can't find enough evidence to indict
Crawford's lawyer doubts the case would be pursued if black athletes weren't
((JOSEPH PAINTER/CRAWFORD'S LAWYER: I'M GLAD THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
ASKED FOR IT BECAUSE WE GOT A REALLY THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. BUT YOU'VE GOT TO
LOOK AT THE MOTIVATIONS THERE.
QUESTION: AND YOU THINK THE MOTIVATIONS ARE?
ANSWER: RACE AND MONEY. ))
None of the parties involved believe the grand jury findings will have any
bearing on the civil suit.
Virginia Tech is still waiting for the federal judge to decide whether to
dismiss the university as a defendant.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Salem Police detectives have determined the cause of yesterday's murder
suicide at Lewis Gale Hospital.
It was something many people probably expected.
Deputy chief Jeff Dudley said 71 year old Frank Neutze shot and killed his
ailing wife in her hospital room- as an act of love.
IN Q=The investigation
((JEFF DUDLEY/SALEM DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: THE INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED BY THE
SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT REVEALS NO INDICATION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR MALICE,
BUT THAT THE ACTIONS WERE THOSE OF A HUSBAND DISTRAUGHT BY HIS WIFE'S
SUPER=01-Jeff Dudley/Salem Deputy Police Chief;:00
OUT Q=wife's suffering.
Frank Neutze shot himself right after he shot his wife.
He died an hour later.
Miriam, or "Betty" Neutze was suffering from a heart condition and a variety
of other medical problems, none of them life threatening.
She had been in Lewis Gale's rehabilitation unit since January 30th.
She had been confined to a wheelchair.
Lewis Gale says it hasn't put any new security measures in place in
reaction to yesterday's incident.
But a spokesman says the hospital constantly evaluates its procedures
It's been exactly one year since wildfires ravaged Craig County.
Now officials are monitoring the growth of the national forest, and hoping
for more information on how the fires started.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=April, 1995.
SUPER=03-Craig Co./April 1995; :00
SUPER=03-Craig Co./Today; :10 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Steve Croy/U.S. Forest Service Ecologist; :13 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Woody Lipps/U.S. Forest Service Investigator; :41
OUT Q=S.P., News- 7, Craig County
(( April, 1995.
Three separate fires rip through the mountains of Craig County... burning
nearly six- thousand acres of national forest.
Now one year later, the blackened bark serves as a grim reminder.
IN Q=This ridge
((STEVE CROY/U.S. FOREST SERVICE ECOLOGIST: THIS RIDGE... AS WE LOOK UP THIS
RIDGE MOST OF THE OVER- STORY TREES HAVE BEEN KILLED. ))
OUT Q=have been killed
Croy says the forest looks typical of one that burned during a growing
But says it could take forty to sixty years before sections like these fully
While the forest goes through stages of renewal, forestry officials are
renewing their search for the arsonists.
The fires sparked a massive investigation.
But during the past few months, there have been no breaks in the case... and
there has yet to be an arrest.
IN Q=We have
((WOODY LIPPS/U.S. FOREST SERVICE INVESTIGATOR: WE HAVE RECEIVED SOME
INFORMATION ANONYMOUSLY. WE'D LIKE TO THANK THOSE PEOPLE FOR PROVIDING THAT
INFORMATION. WHILE WE THINK THIS INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT WE HAVEN'T RECEIVED
ENOUGH OF IT. ))
OUT Q=enough of it
Lipps hopes a 5- thousand dollar reward will entice more people to come
forward with clues.
But forestry officials are quick to point out you can't put a price on the
damage the fires caused.
They now look to the future, and await greener pastures.
IN Q=Here's a
((CROY: HERE'S A YOUNG PINE SEEDLING. ))
OUT Q=pine seedling
Scott Prince, News 7, Craig County.))
Governor George Allen has approved full funding for Radford University's new
Waldron School of Nursing.
The Governor's spokesman says a phone conversation tonight between Allen and
Radford president Douglas Covington (----------------)
convinced Allen the project was worthwhile.
Radford officials were concerned after the Governor's office began
questioning the expense last week.
Fellow Republican lawmakers, Tommy Baker and Bo Trumbo went on a P-R blitz
to keep the seven million dollar building in the budget.
Radford's proposed College of Global Studies fell to the Governor's budget
ax last year.
Also today, the Governor approved a bill that helps compensate Ed Honaker
Honaker's the Roanoke man who served ten years in prison before DNA evidence
cleared him of a rape charge.
The bill sponsored by Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum pays Honaker 275-
thousand dollars in cash and annuities -- with an eventual value of 350-
Allen has a midnight deadline to act on bills passed by the 1996 General
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, the nation says farewell as Commerce Secretary Ron
Brown is laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetary,
and President Clinton hears from supporters today as he vetoes a controversial
After snow showers and downright cold temperatures-- SPRING is BACK!
You can look forward to highs tomorrow in the 70s-- pushing up to near 80
Not so warm today, though-- as temperatures stayed mainly in the 40s and
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MUSIC UP FULL
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President Clinton vetoed a bill that would've outlawed a type of late term
He stood with women who underwent partial birth abortions- All said they
did not want to abort their babies.
((MARY DOROTHY LINE/UNDERWENT LATE TERM ABORTION: THIS WAS NOT OUR CHOICE. FOR
NOT ONLY WAS OUR SON GOING TO DIE, BUT THE COMPLICATIONS OF THE PREGNANCY PUT
MY LIFE IN DANGER AS WELL. ))
((COREEN COSTELLO/UNDERWENT LATE TERM ABORTION: I'M SO GRATEFUL BECAUSE I AM
PREGNANT AGAIN WITH A HEALTHY CHILD. I HAVE TWO CHILDREN. I HAVE MY HEALTH. I
DON'T KNOW HOW TO TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS.))
SUPER=07-Mary Dorothy Line; 00
SUPER=07-Coreen Costello; 08
OUT Q=HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS."
It does not appear Congress has enough votes for an override.
A final farewell to Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.
As Regina Blakely reports Brown was laid to rest today with full military
SUPER=02-Michael Brown/Ron Brown's Son; 11-:14 quick!
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."
((The final tribute to Commerce Secretary Ron Brown brought together
his family, his friends, the Washington powerful- all those who loved him.
MICHAEL BROWN/ RON BROWN'S SON: YOU KNOW DAD I'M GOING TO MISS YOU AND ALOT ARE
GOING TO MISS YOU. DADDY I LOVE YOU AND SO DO A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE.
In the eulogy, President Clinton spoke of Brown's love of life.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: I'M TELLIN YA FOLKS HE WOULD HAVE LOVED THIS DEAL TODAY.
And what he had given to others in his life.
CLINTON: THANK YOU IF IT WEREN'T FOR YOU I WOULDN'T BE HERE.
And what was lost with his death.
CLINTON: RON BROWN'S INCREDIBLE LIFE FORCE BROUGHT US ALL JOY IN THE MORNING
NO DARK CLOUDS COULD EVER DEFEAT HIM. HE'S IN A PLACE WHERE
EVERY GOOd QUALITY HE EVER HAD HAS BEEN RENDERED PERFECT.
It was an emotional service.
Afterwards, the procession wound through Washington neighborhoods
filled with memories to Arlington National Cemetery where Ron Brown was
buried with full military honors.
Regina Blakely, CBS News, Washington.))
Close to 400 foreigners are fleeing Liberia on U-S helicopters.
Continued rebel fighting is making life there dangerous.
It's also blocking some Americans from getting out.
((THEY TOOK EVERYTHING FROM US, OUR PASSPORTS, OUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, THE MONEY
WE HAD, SHOT AT OUR CAR AND MY HUSBAND JUST HAD TO PUT HIS FOOT ONT HE
ACCELERATOR AND RUN AND THIS IS HOW WE GOT OUT.))
OUT Q=THIS IS HOW WE GOT OUT."
About 450 Americans remain in Liberia.
A 15- year old student who was expelled from Bassett High School has turned
to the legal system hoping for reinstatment.
Brian Wood and his parents have filed a lawsuit against Superintendent David
Martin as well as members of the County school board.
According to court papers, Wood was dismissed after a deputy discovered he
was carrying a pocketknife during a school field trip to the Henry County Jail
Wood was a member of the High School band and wrestling team.
He was also scheduled to be inducted into the National Honor Society.
The lawsuit accuses the Henry County school board of exceeding its authority
and violating Wood's rights.
Faced with overcrowding for the sixth straight year, Lynchburg's juvenile
detention home is ready to expand.
The center will break ground this July for a five million dollar expansion
to its 27 year old facility.
The extra room will nearly triple the amount of beds- It's space officials
say they'll need in the years ahead.
IN Q=I think we're
((DANNY MCCAIN/LYNCHBURG DETENTION HOME: I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE A STEADY
INCREASE IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING IN TROUBLE AND THEN WITH THE NEW LAWS
GOING INTO EFFECT JULY ONE, WE NEED THESE KIND OF FACILITIES TO TAKE CARE OF
((CMDR. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: YEARS PAST, A LOT OF YOUR JUVENILE
CRIME WAS MISDEMEANORS AND PROPERTY DAMAGE, VANDALISM, THIS TYPE THINGS, BUT
NOW YOU'RE SEEING JUVENILES COMMITTING ARMED ROBBERIES AND HOMICIDES, SERIOUS
CRIMES. AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE SOME OF THE INCREASE IN DETENTION HOME SPACE
SUPER=01-Danny McCain/Lynchburg Detention Home; :00
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :10
OUT Q=space is needed.
New laws that take effect this year may also add to the juvenile prison
Starting July 1st, juveniles as young as fourteen can be tried as adults for
Crime is becoming a major issues in Lynchburg's city council campaign.
And one candidate says he may have some answers.
Reverend Carl Hutcherson today unveiled his anti-crime initiatives that
would put more officers on the streets and crack down on drug-related crime.
Hutcherson says the city needs to aggressively pursue state and federal
funds to beef up the police department.
IN Q=Hopefully additional
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: HOPEFULLY ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS
GOING TO BE COMING FIRST FROM THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVELS AND THEN WE'RE GOING
TO HAVE TO EXAMINE ON THE LOCAL LEVEL AS WELL TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY FUNDING
THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR HIRING ADDITIONAL OFFICERS TO PLACE THEM ON THE STREETS
OF OUR CITIES.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :00
OUT Q=of our cities.
Hutcherson ran for council and lost in 1994.
Tonight Hutcherson received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on the newscast, Southern Virginia College gets a reprieve,
and we'll see if researchers have cleared up the sketchy details about a
reported Van Gogh.
Southern Virginia College will see another school year.
Today, the board of trustees approved a plan that'll bring in new
leadership and financial backing.
Following the loss of accreditation, the board had voted to close the
school after graduation in May.
But in the last month, a group of educators and businessmen with ties to
the Mormon Church stepped forward to keep the school open.
IN Q=Nothing that we're doing
((GLADE KNIGHT/RICHMOND BUSINESSMAN: NOTHING THAT WE'RE DOING IS AFFILIATED
WITH THE CHURCH. NOTHING THAT WE'RE DOING IS AFFILIATED WITH THE BRIGHAM YOUNG
UNIVERSITY, OTHER THAN THE GREAT, GREAT DESIRE THAT WE HAVE SINCE THERE ARE SO
MANY KIDS WHO CAN'T GET INTO A UNIVERSITY OF THEIR CHOICE. WE WANT TO GIVE
THEM AN ALTERNATIVE PLACE CLOSER TO HOME. ))
SUPER=01-Glade Knight/Richmond Businessman;
OUT Q=closer to home.
The group plans a non-sectarian, four year, coed college with a liberal
City officials are thankful.
IN Q=We just can't see
((JIM JEFFERIES/BUENA VISTA MAYOR: WE JUST CAN'T SEE IT ANY OTHER WAY BUT IT
BEING THE GREATEST THING THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO THE SEMINARY ON THE HILL,
AS WE CALL IT. SOUTHERN VIRGINIA HAS BEEN THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS COMMUNITY FOR
130 YEARS OR SO AND WE'RE JUST ELATED THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE ON.))
SUPER=01-Jim Jefferies/Buena Vista Mayor;
OUT Q=continue on.
Enrollment has fallen below 200, but the school's new leaders hope to
double that number by the time classes resume in the fall.
The Avalanche added Colorado Rockies second baseman Eric Young to the line
up card last night in Salem's double header with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
The 28 year old broke his right hand in the off season and was reassigned to
Salem for rehabilitation.
His plane arrived in Roanoke at 6:30. SUPER=34-Salem/==7/Wilmington/==5/Game
so he did not play until game two.
The first game came down to Salem's final at bat, tied 5-5...not anymore.
Brian Culp "Fiction" slaps it clean over the left field wall for a 2 run homer
to win game one 7-5.
Young made his presence know in the nightcap. Young gets the infield
single, reaching first safely.
Then, he steals second. He was left stranded.
Young is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the Rockies this Sunday.
The Avalanche lose game two 6 to 5.
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Mets vs. Reds; :00
In Cincinnati, The Reds hosted the Mets. Not a good start for former Ferrum
star Eric Owens. He makes the routine stop but then over throws his first
baseman and a run scores.
He would make amends. Owens connects on the slider, knocking the ball into
right that scores 2 runs and Cincinnati wins 9-7.
It took 10 innings but The Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians last
night at Camden yards in baltimore.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Indians vs. Orioles; :00
Carlos Baerga gets things started for the defending AL champs with this
double to left that plates a run, but the Birds would answer.
Baltimore catcher Chris Hoiles, who had been in a slump, crushes this jack
McDowell pitch into the left field stands.
And the Orioles go on to win it 3-to-2 in ten.
Omar Olivares struck out 8, walked only two and gave up just 5 hits in
leading Detroit over Seattle 7-3.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Mariners vs. Tigers; :00
But the Mariners did command the early lead. In the first, Seattle's Joey
Cora introduces himself to the right field SUPER=35-Detroit/==7/Seattle/==3;
second deck with this solo blast. 1-zip Mariners.
To the 6th. Cecil Fielder crushes this two run homer to left. Detroit wins
7-3. 3 tigers hit dingers.
The annual Masters Par Three tournament teed off at Augusta
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA; :00
on a day of fun. VJ Sing tees off on 9 only to have John Daly intercept his
Jeff maggert turned his putting duties over to his 7 year old son Matt.
maybe he should consider the option for the event.
Bath County native sam Snead was the oldest. the 83 year old made this
56 year old Jack Nicklaus added some humor when asked about his chances.
IN Q="You never know
((JACK NICKLAUS/MASTERS COMPETITOR:))
SUPER=01-Jack Nicklaus/Masters Competitor; :00
OUT Q=...do my best"
Here's your coverage schedule. 11:35 to 11:50 tomorrow and Friday night,
then 3rd round action will air Saturday from 3:30 to 6 and then the final round
tees off from 4 to 7 on Sunday. You can watch all of that right here on your
The Charlotte Hornets welcomed home former star Alonzo Mourning back to the
hive as the Hornets entertained the Heat.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Heat vs. Hornets; :00
In his return, Zo tallied 26 points, 9 boards and 4 assists as Miami
defeated Charlotte 116 to 95. The win helps the Heat move within one-hal game
of the Hornets for the 8th and final eastern conference playoff spot., now the
Wipe to boards!!!!
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
Still to come tonight,
Roy Stanley was in Charlottesville today visiting with the Virginia football
team as the spring season winds down.
The annual spring football game this weekend will close out a tense
Virginia spring football season.
All A-C-C defensive back Ronde Barber will miss at least two months, after
going through an operation today to repair ligament damage in his right
Roy Stanley says, losing Barber and some offensive line woes have become
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/1995 Peach Bowl; :
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/UVa Quarterback; :56
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; 1:05
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Linebacker; 1:29
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
A sketch once dismissed as a fake Van Gogh turns out to be the real thing.
The curator at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum says the drawing known as
"Landscape with Woman and Child" was likely done in 1883 at the beginning of
the artist's career.
No one gave the picture much thought after a 1930 book branded it a fake.
But last year someone brought the picture to the museum where it was given
a stamp of authenticity.
Some art experts say the sketch is worth as much as three-hundred thousand