A high speed police chase ends in death for a Vinton family,
and a tornado rips through western Arkansas leaving behind death and
Sunshine will fade away to cloud cover, with the possibility of
thunderstorms in our forecast. Stay tuned for the details.
Don't go away, the news is next.
The Arkansas city of Fort Smith resembles a war zone this afternoon after a
deadly tornado ripped through the area just before midnight.
SUPER=03-Fort Smith, AR;
The twister left two children dead and dozens of people injured.
At daybreak, downed electric wires and debris from damaged buildings
littered the streets, especially the downtown historic district along the
Police say several buildings collapsed and others are in danger
IN Q=I was in a
((I WAS IN A SECTION OF BUILDING AND HEARD WIND AND IT BECAME EXTREMELY
ENERGIZED, IT WAS A MATTER OF SECONDS AND IT BECAME STRONG. ))
OUT Q=it became strong.
About 200 people are expected to be temporarily homeless, because of damage
to their homes or loss of electricity or natural gas service.
Bell Atlantic and Nynex say they'll eliminate about three-thousand
white-collar jobs as they merge into the nation's second largest phone company.
The companies confirmed the deal this morning.
They say they expect to save about 600- million dollars a year within three
About half the savings will come from doing away with management positions.
The new firm will connect 38- million phone lines from Maine to Virginia.
A Roanoke man is being held without bond following a police pursuit that
resulted in the deaths of a family from Vinton.
It all started yesterday when a police officer went to investigate a
suspicious vehicle parked in a lot.
Ron Jones has more.
IN Q=What started out as
What started out as a pleasant warm afternoon in Roanoke County ended in
tragedy at the corner of Williamson and Plantation Roads.
A Vinton couple and their six- week- old baby were killed in a police car
Police say it all started on route 220 near the Walmart around 1:30 in the
Police say Roanoke County Officer J. L. McPhail noticed a suspicious vehicle
with tinted windows parked in the lot for a long period of time.
When the officer attempted to contact the person in the vehicle the chase
They traveled on 220 to 581 North.
The vehicle took the Hershberger exit travelling at a high rate of speed.
Police say later in the chase the vehicle struck another car at the corner
of Hershberger and Plantation.
No one was hurt in that collision.
The chase continued west on Plantation Road.
Moments before the fatal collision police say the officer called off the
This family says they were just a few feet from the point of impact.
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((MELISA ANDREWS/WITNESS: AND WHEN THEY CAME DOWN THROUGH THAT INTERSECTION, IF
IT HAPPENED, IT WAS TERRIBLE. MY SON WAS SITTING BESIDE ME, HE WAS WHITE AS A
TODAY'S COURTROOM VIDEO
Police say the suspect, 21-year-old Scott Carlton Allman, plowed into a
black Monte Carlo.
Witnesses say at the moment of impact 36-year-old Lori Mason was thrown from
the passenger side of the car into the street and her body struck another car.
She died at the scene.
The driver of the Monte Carlo, 34-year-old Thomas Faucher, was also killed.
Six- week- old Joleen Faucher was thrown from her car seat onto the side of
She was taken to the hospital and later died.
TODAY'S COURT STUFF
The suspect Allman was uninjured.
He's been charged with evading police, hit and run, and driving on a
Allman's wife was also in the car with him.
She had to be cut out and airlifted to a local hospital.
Her condition is unknown.
Police say they will discuss the incident in detail at a news conference
Ron Jones, News Seven.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher is shuttling between Israel
and Syria today in an effort to stop the 12-day battle between Israel and
Muslim guerillas raging in southern Lebanon.
This morning Christopher was back at the court of the uncrowned king of
Lebanon, Syria's President Hafez Assad, presenting a U-S plan to end the
In Jerusalem yesterday, Israel's Prime Minister Shimon Peres ruled out an
He wants a clear-cut, written deal first - one that clips Hezbollah's wings.
((/WARREN CHRISTOPHER, SECRETARY OF STATE: WE ARE WORKING FOR NOT JUST A
CEASE-FIRE BUT AN ENDURING SET OF UNDERSTANDINGS THAT PREVENTS A RECURRENCE.
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=prevents recurrence.
A Christopher aide says there's a chance a truce could be arranged this
Meanwhile the fighting continues, but there's been a somehwat slower
rythmn to the air raids, the artillery barrages and to the guerilla rocketing.
Columnist Erma Bombeck has died.
Universal Press Syndicate says she passed away today in San
Bombeck had undergone a kidney transplant earlier this month.
She was 69.
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Still to come --
One of the men accused in the Oklahoma City bombing has more to say,
and a guardian angel watches over Danville.
It was all due to one grandmother's crusade.
WX ad lib
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Saudi Arabia may have a break in the probe of a car bombing that killed five
The interior minister says four Saudi men have been arrested in the November
The bombing hit a three-story building used for a U-S military program,
killing seven people in all.
It was the worst blast involving Americans in the Middle East since the
19-83 Beirut bombing killed 241 U.S. servicemen.
SUPER=03-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia;
The four suspects confessed on state television today and said they were
planning further attacks.
Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh is speaking out in
a rare jail-house interview.
McVeigh gave an interview with a British newspaper, conducted last
Friday, a year to the day after the deadly blast that killed 168 people.
Cinny Kennard has the story.
IN Q=As the nation
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City/Friday; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Kelsey/Sunday Times; :14
SUPER=01-Cinny Kennard/Reporting; :21
OUT Q=CBS News, London.
((As the nation prepared to mark the first anniversary of the worst mass murder
in U.S. history, suspect Timothy McVeigh was, relaxed and confident as he gave
an interview to a british newspaper reporter.
((TIM KELSEY/THE SUNDAY TIMES: HE WAS IN A VERY UPBEAT MOOD, BASICALLY
EXTREMELY JOKEY FULL OF HUMOR.))
During a two hour interview, McVeigh described himself as a "traveling gun
salesman" and indicated he is a member of the patriot movement, which is
violently opposed to government intervention in the lives of individuals.
"When the government rules by the sword," he said, "it must reckon with
protest by the sword".
((KELSEY: IT SEEMED IMPROMPTU THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME HE SAID YES INDEED HE
DID SHARE THOSE OPINIONS.))
McVeigh said the 1993 seige of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco marked a
turning point in his life, that he had seen a localized police state and was
He refused to say where he was the day of the Oklahoma bombing and refused
what he was feeling at that time.
He did not proclaim innocence.
He would only say he has plead not guilty.
((KELSEY: WHAT HE MEANT WAS "OKAY I AM RETICENTLY ANTI GOVERNMENT BUT THAT
DOESN'T MAKE ME A MASS MURDERER."))
Still McVeigh did admit to building bombs with his former army colleague
((KELSEY: THEY WOULD SIT DOWN IN THE YARD OR IN THE FARM WHATEVER AND BUILD
SORT OF WATER BOTTLE BOMBS AND BASICALLY SAY THEY WERE JUST GAMES NOT
It was one of the few occasions that Mcveigh has sat down with a reporter,
one of the few sessions used to get his message out.
((KELSEY: THIS WAS A TWO HOUR PRESENTATION BY A MAN WHO HAS HAD A YEAR INSIDE
OF JAIL THINKING ABOUT HOW TO PRESENT HIMSELF TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD. ))
His next presentation is likely to be before a jury.
Cinny Kennard, CBS, News London.))
A guardian angel is watching over Danville.
It was unveiled yesterday for survivors and victims of child abuse.
Teresa Hamilton has that story.
IN Q=The marble
SUPER=01-Ann Worley/Abuse Survivor; :18
SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Danville Vice-Mayor; :48
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
(( The unveiling of the marble statue was the realization of a dream for Ann
The Danville grandmother began her crusade after hearing the story of
Michael and Alex Smith of South Carolina.
The two young boys were killed when their mother sent her car rolling into
((ANN WORLEY/ABUSE SURVIVOR: EVERY NEWS STORY OF VICTIMS TORE MY HEART APART,
SO MY MISSION TO HELP STOP THESE HORRIBLE CRIMES OVERWHELMED ME AND AS VICTIM
OF CHILD ABUSE AND RAPE MYSELF, I COULD NOT CONTINUE TO SHUT MYSELF OFF FROM
OTHERS WHO NEEDED MY HELP. ))
The guardian angel, which now watches over the city from inside Highland
Burial Park, arrived in style.
More than a hundred residents and local dignitaries turned out for the
unveiling-- which included numerous speakers.
((LINWOOD WRIGHT/DANVILLE VICE-MAYOR:IT BEHOOVES US NEVER TO BE SHORT, NEVER TO
BE QUICK AND BLUNT WITH THOSE LITTLE MINDS AND THOSE LITTLE BODIES, BECAUSE OUT
OF THAT GROUP WILL GROW UP THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW. ))
Now that Ann Worley has realized one dream, she's determined to fulfill
That's to continue spreading words of encouragement and support to all
survivors and victims of abuse.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
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Up next --
Business correspondant Len Besthoff has some advice for investors,
and Denise Allen nets an interview with both the Russian and United States
Women's Volleyball Teams during a stop in Roanoke.
United States Women's Volleyball team members say this could be their gold
They have experience, power and finesse.
And they demonstrated their talents in an exhibition match against Russia.
Denise Allen spoke with both teams during their visit to Roanoke.
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SUPER=01-Tara Cross-Battle/USA Volleyball; :03
SUPER=01-Lori Endicott/USA Volleyball; :40
SUPER=10-Elena Batoukhtina/Russia/Olga Dmitrievia Interpreter; :56
SUPER=10-Marina Lichtenstein/Russia/Olga Dmitrievia Interpreter; 1:22
OUT Q=News 7
SOT tape 1 11:10:17
IN Q=I'M AN OUTSIDE
((TARA CROSS-BATTLE/USA VOLLEYBALL: I'M AN OUTSIDE HITTER.))
OUT Q=OUTSIDE HITTER
SOT TAPE 1 11:10:56
IN Q=I'M THE PERSON
((I'M THE PERSON WHO IF EVERYTHING IS NOT REALLY GOING RIGHT , IF THEY HAVE TO
THROW IT OUT THERE HIGH AND WIDE I'M OUT THERE TO THROW IT DOWN.))
OUT Q=THROW IT DOWN
And this is one of her counterparts on the Russian team--hitter Elena
Russia is described as a power team.
While Cross-Battle says the U-S has a unique blend of power and finesse.
SOT tape 1 11:12:02
IN Q=WE HAVE BIG
((CROSS-BATTLE: WE HAVE BIG HITTERS, BUT WE'RE ALSO ABLE TO PLAY GOOD DEFENSE
AND ABLE TO KEEP THE BALL IN PLAY LONGER.))
OUT Q=PLAY LONGER
Lori Endicott is one of the teams finesse players.
The eight year veteran is a setter--the quarterback of the team.
SOT tape 1 11:06:22
IN Q=there's a full
((LORI ENDICOTT/USA VOLLEYBALL: THERE'S A FULL SCHEME OFFENSIVELY. A FULL
SCHEME DEFENSIVELY, BLOCKING. THERE'S REALLY A LOT OF STRATEGY THAT GOES INTO
OUT Q= INTO PLAYING VOLLEYBALL
Part of that strategy is scouting the competition and videotapes seem to be
the universal scouting tool.
SOT tape 2 11:24:17
IN Q=then we study
((ELENA BATOUKHTINA/RUSSIA: INTERPRETED BY OLGA DMITRIEVIA: THEN WE STUDY THE
AMERICAN TEAM AND EACH PLAYER AND HOW THEY PLAY, THEIR MANNERISMS, THEIR STYLE
AND HOW THEY REACT.))
OUT Q= THEY REACT
For these wold class athletes volleyball is not a game, it's their job.
Six hours workouts five days a week, all for the Olympic dream.
And for Russian setter, Marina Lichtenstein's it's her third and most likely
last Olympic games.
SOT tape 2 11:20:33
IN Q=every sportsman
((MARINA LICHTENSTEIN/RUSSIA, INTERPRETED BY OLGA DMITRIEVIA: EVERY SPORTSMAN
IS GETTING READY DURING HIS CAREER FOR ONE GAMES AND THAT IS THE OLYMPICS.
IT'S THE HIGHEST POINT IN SPORTS ACHIEVEMENT.))
OUT Q=SPORTS ACHIEVEMENT
SOT TAPE 1 11:08:25
IN Q=GROWING UP IN
((ENDICOTT: GROWING UP IN MISSOURI THAT'S WHAT I DREAMED ABOUT AS A KID WAS
PLAYING IN THE OLYMPICS.))
OUT Q=IN THE OLYMPICS
These two teams ended their Stars and Spikes Tour in Roanoke, with the
series tied at three.
12 of the 15 U-S players visiting Roanoke will make the trip to Atlanta.
The rooster will be trimmed in June.
Women's Olympic Volleyball competition begins July 20th.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Often times when a company decides to buy back some of its stock, that can
mean good things for an investor who owns shares in that company.
Len Besthoff explains in this week's addition of Common Sense.
IN Q=when a
SUPER=01-Ken Gassman/Consumer Analyst-Davenport & Co.; :09
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk
((When a company buys shares of its own stock, that can effect shareholders.
Ken Gassman, an analyst with Davenport and Co., explains.
KEN GASSMAN/DAVENPORT & CO.: THE ADVANTAGE OF A STOCK BUY-BACK IF IT'S A FLOOR
UNDER THE PRICE OF THE STOCK, IT CAN CAUSE THE PRICE OF THE STOCK TO MOVE UP.
SO, COPORATIONS WHO ARE ENGAGED IN STOCK BUY-BACKS, THEN IT'S CERTAINLY
SOMETHING FOR INVESTORS TO LOOK AT.
FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF THE RETAILERS WHOSE BEEN BUYING BACK STOCK IS THE
LILLIAN-VERNON CORPORATION, A DIRECT MAIL RETAILER, SOMETHING THE ROANOKE
THEY PUT A FLOOR UNDER THE PRICE OF THE STOCK WHEN THEY ANNOUNCED THEIR BUY
WLR FOODS, WHICH IS THE FOOD PROCESSOR HEADQUARTERED IN THE VALLEY, HAS A
STOCK BUY BACK.
THAT PUT A FLOOR UNDER THE PRICE OF THEIR STOCK AND ACUTALLY CAUSED THE PRICE
OF THEIR STOCK TO RISE))
I'm Len Bestoff with this week's editions of Common Sense.
Let's send it back to the newsdesk.))
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP 27 points.
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When News 7 continues --
Patrick will tell us about the death of a sports legend,
and he'll take us to Martinsville, where Rusty Wallace won the Goody's 500 for
the fourth year in a row.
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Oddsmaker and former sports commentator Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder died
yesterday in a Las Vegas hospital.
A longtime friend says Snyder died of heart failure after a long illness.
He was 76.
Snyder ignited a firestorm in 19-88 when he said in a television
interview that black athletes were superior to whites because of their slave
C-B-S Sports fired Snyder the next day, and Snyder issued an apology.
Terry Labonte got the record but Rusty Wallace took the checkered flag.
Wallace won his fourth straight Goody's 500 at Martinsville.
Mike Stevens has more.
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Goody's 500; :
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Finished 29th; :48
SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Finished 33rd; 1:15
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Goody's 500 Winner; 1:36
SUPER=01-Jeremy Mayfield/Finished 4th; 2:05
SUPER=01-Robert Yates/Owner Havoline Ford; 2:16
OUT Q=.......News 7 sports.
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