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Firefighters are battling a brushfire at this hour in Roanoke County.
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Jay Moore has followed thier efforts tonight on Buck Mountain and he joins us
((Rollcue: before burning several acres.))
SUPER=01-Donnie Blankenship/Property Owner;:16
SUPER=01-David Hogan/Clearbrook Volunteer Fire Dept.;:53
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(Q&A:Any idea how this fire started?)
Two police officers who shot and killed a Roanoke man in March will not
face criminal charges.
Today, prosecutor Don Caldwell said he believes the two were justified in
their use of deadly force.
35 year old Edwin Plunkett was shot and killed on the night of March 24th.
Police officers were sent to the home on Cherry Hill Circle to investigate
a complaint of domestic abuse.
Plunkett had been drinking and he resisted the officers' attempts to arrest
When Plunkett pulled a rifle from behind the front door, Caldwell says the
officers had reason to fear for their lives.
IN Q=I don't know of course
((DON CALDWELL: I DON'T KNOW OF COURSE WHAT MISTER PLUNKETT'S TRUE INTENTIONS
WERE, BUT WHEN YOU BRANDISH A WEAPON AT POLICE OFFICERS, YOU TAKE A TREMENDOUS
RISK. AND I DON'T BELIEVE AND I DON'T THINK THE GENERAL PUBLIC BELIEVES THAT
IT'S INCUMBENT UPON THE POLICE OFFICERS TO GUESS AS TO WHAT MR. PLUNKETT'S
OUT Q=Mr. Plunkett's intentions were.
Plunkett's family or fiancee could pursue a civil case, but there was no
indication today whether or not they plan to file a lawsuit.
D-N-A tests indicate twins born to a Roanoke woman were not fathered by
either of two Roanoke Sheriff's deputies the woman claims raped her.
In May of last year, Larry Dean Neighbors, the Second, and David Keith Bell
were charged with sexual assault.
Ronlyn Eaton says she was raped by the two men after they gave her a ride
home from a bar.
Both deputies were off duty.
Bell's attorney says this will only strengthen his client's case.
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((TONY ANDERSON/BELL'S ATTORNEY: I THINK THIS IS JUST ANOTHER OBSTACLE SHE
WILL HAVE IN TERMS OF HER CREDIBILITY. IT'S ANOTHER AREA WE WILL USE TO ATTACK
HER CREDIBILITY. IT'S WHAT WE'VE SAID FROM DAY ONE IN THE DEFENSE OF MR. BELL
AND MR. NEIGHBORS.))
SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Bell's Attorney;
OUT Q=and Mr. Neighbors.
In December, Eaton gave birth to twins.
The case was scheduled to go on trial this week but was delayed awaiting the
paternity test results.
No new date has been set.
The Senate joind the house tonight in approving a 1996 budget.
The spending bill now goes to President Clinton where he's expected to
sign it before morning.
((NEWT GINGRICH/R- HOUSE SPEAKER: THE TOTAL SAVINGS ARE 43 BILLION DOLLARS
NEARLY 700 DOLLARS FOR EVERY WORKING FAMILY IN AMERICA.))
((THE BUDGET REFLECTS OUR VALUES BY PRESERVING OUR COMMITMENTS TO EDUCATION TO
THE PRESERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND TO HEALTH CARE.))
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;
OUT Q=AND TO HEALTH CARE."
The new budget runs through the end of September. It comes after months of
debate and several government shutdowns.
If you drive a Ford you may get a recall notice in your mailbox before long.
As Terry Phillips reports, Ford is recalling more than Eight million
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SUPER=01-Helen Petraskas/Ford Vice-Pres. of Safety; 13
SUPER=01-Jim Wolf/Car Owner; 50
SUPER=01-Terry Phillips/CBS News; 1:13
OUT Q=CBS News, Dearborn, Michigan."
((It's a microscopic flaw in a part you don't usually see. But iit's giving a
massive hedache to a giant automaker, and leving million of customers
wondering if their car will burst into flames.
HELEN PETRASKAS: FORD VICE PRESIDENT OF SAFETY: ANYTIME A CUSTOMER HAS A
PROBLEM WITH THEIR VEHICLE IT'S A CONCERN.
Ford Motor Company has annouced an unprecedented recall.
It plans to notify
more than eight million car owners that their vehicles need to be fixed.
The problem is a in the ignition switches of cars and trucks Ford built between
1988 and 1993.
Ford says the cars can catch fire, even when they're not running. An Indiana
Fire investigator blames the switch for what happened to this man's car.
CLARENCE DITLOW/CAR OWNER: IF THE CAR STARTS IN A HOUSE OR WHEN SOMEONE'S NOT
HOME, PEOPLE CAN DIE FROM IT.
The automaker obviously disagrees, contending the fire threat differs in
Terry Phillips: This is the largest recall by a singe auto maker. It'll cost
Ford more than 200 million dollars, but Ford says it is worth it to restore
consumer confidence and ultimately the bottom line.
Terry Phillips CBS News, Dearborn, Michigan.))
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A published report says the recall will cover 19-89 and 90 Escorts, 19-89
through '91 Mustangs, 19-90 and '91 Thunderbirds and Cougars.
1988 and 89 Crown Victorias and Grand Marquis vehicles are also affected along
with 19-89 Town Cars.
19-89 through '91 Aerostar minivans,
19-90 Broncos and F-series pickups are also being recalled.
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Still to come on the newscast, Pittsylvania county authorities look for a
and a local soft drink bottler says its problems are all water under the
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The search continues tonight-
Danville police are looking for a suspect in a fatal shooting early this
29-year old Sandra Deshazo was found lying in the street near a car. She had
been shot once in the chest.
She died about an hour later at the hospital.
Meanwhile police did make an arrest in a murder last night in the town of
17-year old Margueritte Whitfield was shot with a small caliber handgun, at
the Pine Acres Trailer Park.
22-year old David Lee Jones was arrested at the scene, and charged with
Two teens charged with beating a fellow student in Bedford County this month
appeared in juvenile court today.
Witnesses testifying today gave conflicting accounts of the fight that took
place at Liberty High School April 4th.
Prosecutors had sought to have the 17 year old charged in the assault tried
as an adult, but a judge today refused to transfer the case to circuit court.
IN Q=Naturally some
((DIRK PADGETT/BEDFORD CO. ASST. PROSECUTOR: NATURALLY SOME DISAPPOINTMENT WITH
THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, BUT I UNDERSTAND THE JUDGE IN THIS CASE
HAS TO BE MORE OF A SOLOMON. AND HE HAS TO LOOK AT THE JUVENILE AND HE HAS TO
LOOK AT THE FACTS OF THE CASE, AND I CAN'T DISAGREE WITH THIS DECISION, WHICH
IS NOW THE PARAMETERS OF THE LAW THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH. ))
SUPER=01-Dirk Padgett/Bedford Co. Asst. Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=have to deal with.
Judge Phillip Wallace also agreed to release both teens on bond until their
cases are heard on June 18th.
Justice may finally be served for the now-defunct Justice House.
The Mennonite Board of Missions filed a petition in Roanoke Circuit Court
asking to settle an ownership dispute.
Back in October, electricity and water were shut off at Justice House.
And when no one would take responsibility for the low income apartments, the
building was condemned.
That forced nearly twenty families to find new homes.
The Mennonites claim to have sold the building to the Justice House Board of
Trustees, led by homeless advocate David Hayden.
A ruling is expected in a few weeks.
The world's biggest cigarette maker brought its key shareholders to the
heart of Virginia today.
But with them- came those who own a single share- They are demanding a say
in the industry they criticize.
Philip Morris C-E-O Geoffrey Bible was not fazed.
He says business is booming and the company is "morally right" and will
As Ellen Qualls reports, we can't show you what he said, because cameras
and microphones were banned from the meeting.
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SUPER=01-Anne Morrow Donnelly/Anti-Smoking Shareholder; :11
SUPER=01-Greg Connolly/Anti-Smoking Shareholder; :27
SUPER=01-Helen Erwin/Shareholder; :52
SUPER=01-Frank Trevillian/Shareholder; :57
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Chesterfield Co.
(( The protestors were at the front gate.
But behind the dark glass, more were inside.
Having bought one share of stock, they annually attend these meetings and
((ANNE MORROW DONLEY/ANTI-SMOKING SHAREHOLDER: IT'S ALWAYS INTERESTING TO ME
WHEN A PRESIDENT OF A COMPANY TRIES TO SAY THAT HE IS NOT HIDING BEHIND
ANYTHING, BUT THEN HE REFUSES TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AS HE DID TODAY.
REFUSES TO PROVIDE ANY VIDEOTAPE TO THE PRESS OR TO THE PUBLIC.))
((GREGORY CONNOLLY/ANTI-SMOKING SHAREHOLDER: I WAS SURPRISED BY THE HARDNESS
AND THE HARD LINE OF MR. BIBLE. I THINK THE COMPANY HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH
THE PUBLIC, WITH FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, WITH LITIGATION. AND HE'S DIGGING THE
But by and large, the other shareholders are proud of the company.
The world's most popular cigarette just keeps cranking out the profits.
So they don't really mind the health activists who dominate the meetings.
((HELEN ERWIN/SHAREHOLDER: NO THAT'S JUST PART OF THE PAGEANTRY OF THE
MEETING. PART OF THE FUN OF IT.))
((FRANK TREVILLIAN/SHAREHOLDER: I'M IN IT FOR MONEY. SAME REASON EVERYBODY
ELSE IS IN IT. NOW SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIE TO YOU.))
As for the recent Philip Morris whistleblowers, Geoffrey Bible says it's
foolish to respond anywhere but in the court room.
The retired scientists who worked just next door at the research center are
telling federal prosecutors that the company routinely regulates nicotine
levels to keep smokers addicted.
Bible says he won't be baited into over-reacting.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Chesterfield County.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, basketball star Shaquille O'Neal slugs it out
with former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard,
and soccer fans in the Netherlands get carried away as police are called to end
a violent match.
The Quibell Corporation of Roanoke is probably the only soft drink company
actually headquartered in our area.
Lately it's run into some hard times.
Andrew Goldstein, the company's attorney, says Quibell's production has come
to a halt because of a disagreement with the supplier that makes the unique
bottle Quibell uses.
Right now Quibell has only a skeleton staff, down from its seasonal high of
about 40 people.
But its president says this is only a temporary problem.
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((RONALD QUIBELL/QUIBELL PRESIDENT: THERE'S NOTHING GOING ON. WE'RE STILL
CONTINUING WITH THIS BUSINESS. So you're gonna stay in business? QUIBELL: OH
SUPER=01-Ronald Quibell/Quibell President;
OUT Q=Oh yes!
Quibell says backlog orders for its products have actually never been
Goldstein says there's enough inventory in the hands of its distributors to
keep its shelf space full in stores.
The company expects to be in full operation and shipping again by early next
Goldstein says Quibell anticipates increasing employment to its previous
level or even higher than it was before.
Some government leaders in the New River Valley learned firsthand today what
it's like to be a daycare provider.
Blacksburg Delegate Jim Shuler was among those who took part in a job
It was part of Worthy Wage Day, intended to raise awareness about low pay
Shuler says it's difficult to balance tuition and caregiver pay with costs
to working families.
((DEL. JIM SHULER/D-BLACKSBURG: THE AFFORDABILITY OF WHAT THEIR WAGES ARE AND
WHAT THEY CAN AFFORD ON CHILD CARE, AND THEN TO HAVE THE QUALITY OF CARE THAT
THEY'RE GETTING HERE, YOU CANNOT MAKE IT ON MINIMUM WAGES. ))
((KRISTI SNYDER/RAINBOW RIDERS OWNER-ADMINISTRATOR: IT SHOULD BE THAT EVERY
FAMILY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DESERVE QUALITY CARE, IN THE WORLD, IN THE NATION, AND
UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR QUALITY.))
SUPER=01-Kristi Snyder/Rainbow Riders Owner;
OUT Q=pay for quality.
In the New River Valley, the average pay for day care instructors is five
dollars and seven cents an hour.
The Salem Avalanche found their bats last night in the final game of a four
game set with the Kinston Indians.
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Salem gets on the board again in the bottom of the fourth. John Fantauzzi
hits this line drive to deep centerfield scoring two runs and the Avalanche led
4 to 1.
Then in the bottom of the fifth the Avalanche would score again. Blake
Barthol drills this hit to centerfield scoring John Guidice to give Salem the 5
to 1 lead.
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bottom of the fifth with this hit to right field by Pookie Jones scoring
Barthol and Salem goes on to win it 14 to 4.
Minnesota banged out 15 hits yesterday and cruised to an 11 to 1 win over
the Detroit Tigers.
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Chuck Knoblauch putting pine tar on his bat.
But the Twins start swinging in the first Ron Coomer hits a single to right
field scoring Pat Meares and Paul Molitor and Minnesota led two to nothing.
The Tigers came back in their half SUPER=35-Minnesota/=11/Detroit/==1;of
the first. Travis Fryman gets all of this pitch sending it into the upper deck
in left field but Detroit loses to Minnesota 11 to 1.
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At Three Rivers, the Marlins beat the Pirates in a game that has produced the
play of the day.
Watch former Salem Buccaneer Orlando Merced take Gary Sheffields's fly
ball and throw a strike to the plate to nail Joe Orsulak by a mile.
The perfect throw didn't help the pirates they lose it 4 to 1.
The New York Knicks opened the N-B-A playoffs with an easy win over the
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New York blew the game open in the second half from the outside. John
Starks pulls up and hits the sixth trey of the game for the Knicks.
Then the Knicks go to Patrick Ewing he hits the three pointer for two of
his 23 points the Knicks led the Cavaliers by five in the first half.
New York put together a 20 to SUPER=32-New
York/106/Cleveland/=83;nothing run midway through the fourth to cruise to the
106 to 83 win over Cleveland.
That's it for Sports! Have a great day everybody.
The Braves and Rockies lose today for all of today's pro sports lets check
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And coming up, Mike Stevens has a report on the Greater Greensboro Classic.
And the Roanoke Riverdawgs are back Steve Mason will check in from the Dawg
The 1996 Greater Greensboro Classic opened play today at Forest Oaks Country
Club this morning.
Mike Stevens says over that time the tournament's name, sponsor and location
have all changed, along with the prize money.
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SUPER=01-Corey Pavin/Ranked 29 In Money Winnings; :34
SUPER=01-Peter Jacobsen/Second At Greensboro In 1995; 1:06
SUPER=01-Lanny Wadkins/1983 Greensboro Classic Winner; 1:34
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(( When Sam Snead won Greensboro's inaugural event in 1938, he took home a
whopping 12 hundred bucks.
This year's winner will pocket 324 thousand out of a record 1 point eight
million dollar purse.
And that's part of the reason fan favorite Corey Pavin is back in
Pavin leads the tour in Sand saves and is in the top ten in scoring, but
compared to last year's figures, 1996 hasn't been that hot for the defending US
((COREY PAVIN/TWO WINS IN 1995:))
Peter Jacobsen hasn't played enough events to win this year. And innercostal
muscle problem in his back forced him to miss the Masters and several other
events. But he finished a strong second here last year.
((PETER JACOBSEN/SECOND AT GREENSBORO IN 1995:))
One player who would just like to get it going period, is Virginian Lanny
Wadkins. He's made just 48 thousand dollars in 9 events this year, and he's not
even ranked in top 200 players in the world in the latest SONY rankings.))
((LANNY WADKINS/1983 GREENSBORO CHAMPION:))
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The Roanoke Riverdawgs soccer team was unveiled over at Mac & Bobs in Salem
yesterday. Steve Mason has the introductions.
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SUPER=01-Grayson Prillaman/Riverdawg Midfielder; 27
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Season; :39
SUPER=01-Eric McClellan/Center Midfielder; :50
SUPER=01-Phil Benne/Player Personnel Director; 1:04(QUICK)
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((Big South player of the year Ian Spooner is back.
So is former Virginia Tech sensation Eric McClellan.
Former North Cross star and Roanoke college All-America Grayson Prillaman
will again dawn a Riverdawgs jersey. The threads are new, along with sponsors
Taco Bell, Dominion Dodge and All-Sport. But the 7 returning players from the
inaugural Riverdawg team hope to bring back some year old experience.
The dawgs finished 5 and 13 last year in the USISL behind a combined 17
goals from Spooner and McClellan. But Roanoke's offense alone won't make the
((ERIC MCCLELLAN/CENTER MIDFIELDER:))
The Dawgs will again hold 8 soccer camp sessions, each running a week at a
time and the players are the instructors.
((PHIL BENNE:DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL:))
The Riverdawgs open the season this Saturday at Cave Spring Junior High at
7:30 against the Chapel Hill Soccer Club. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
We'll have highlights of the Avalanche win and more sports later on Mornin.
A soccer game turns violent for fans in the Netherlands-
Fans clashed before and after the match between the Netherlands and
Both a Dutch fan and a German fan were treated for serious stab wounds.
Police arrested fifty-eight people in all.
Thousands turned out for the match- a warm up for the European
Champisonships in England this summer.
Riot police beat German fans with batons as the match ended to prevent them
leaving the stadium before police were ready to escort them out.
Shaquille O'Neal tried out a new sport last night. He stepped into the ring
to swap punches with former welterweight boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard.
Fortunately the fight was all for fun and charity.
They broke out the big gloves as Shaq got to mix it up with his good friends
Leonard and professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.
The bout raised over 12-thousand dollars for a good cause, even though Shaq
found himself "slammed dunked" several times to the canvas.