The results of a Roanoke police shooting investigation are in,
and if you drive a Ford, you may be subject to a recall.
Stay with us. News 7 at Noon is next.
Two Police officers who shot and killed a Roanoke man in March will not
face criminal charges.
Today, Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell said he believes the officers
were justified in their use of deadly force.
Double Box=Melanie & Joe/newsroom
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom this afternoon with more on the
Melanie, Edwin Plunkett was shot and killed after he picked up a loaded
While there remains some disagreement over whether he actually pointed the
barrel at the officers, Caldwell says their response was appropriate.
IN Q=I believe the officers were
OUT Q=charges would be appropriate.
Plunkett was shot in the doorway of his home as the officers attempted to
arrest him... following a complaint of domestic abuse.
Though the woman who called police and witnessed the shooting said Plunkett
never aimed the gun at the officers, Caldwell says he believes the officers
feared for their lives.
IN Q=I don't know of course
OUT Q=take a tremendous risk.
Today's decision relates to criminal charges.
Double Box=Melanie & Joe
Melanie, Don Caldwell pointed out that Plunkett's relatives may pursue a
civil case if they feel the officers acted improperly.
Ford says it's recalling more than eight million vehicles because of
possibly defective ignition switches.
The switches have been blamed for hundreds of fires.
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, 19-89 Town Cars,
19-89 through '91 Aerostar minivans and 19-90 Broncos and F-series pickups.
Owners will be notified by mail.
A joint agreement has just been reached to further the cause of peace
between Israel and the Palestinians.
The governing party in Israel no longer opposes the idea of a Palestinian
The Labor Party's central committee voted overwhelmingly today to drop its
long-standing opposition to Palestinian statehood.
Just yesterday, the Palestinians' top body declared it no longer seeks
Jesse Schulman has more on what led up to the agreement.
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SUPER=01-Marwan Kanafani/Aide to Yasser Arafat; :25
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State: :46
SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel; :58
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:22
OUT Q=CBS News Tel Aviv.
With a show of hands, Palestinians put a seal on an historic shift from armed
struggle to political struggle.
Voting to cancel the clauses in the PLO's 1964 covenant calling for Israel's
It was a symbolic act but in the Middle East, symbols often matter more
Yasser Arafat had demanded delegates prove the Palestinians were as good as
their word in wanting peace.
MARWAN KANAFANI, AIDE TO YASSER ARAFAT - FIVE HUNDRED AND FOUR VOTED IN
FAVOR, FIFTY FOUR VOTED AGAINST.
Cancelling the offending clauses was made part of the Israel-PLO accord to
sway Israelis sceptical of Arafat's intentions. The move apparently clears the
way for delayed Israeli troop pullbacks, and for talks on a permanent
WARREN CHRISTOPHER, SECRETARY OF STATE: REALLY IT'S AN HISTORIC MILESTONE ON
THE ROAD TO RECONCILIATION AND PEACE BETWEEN THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND THE
PALESTINIANS. VERY GOOD NEWS, THEY DID WHAT THEY SAID THEY WOULD DO.
And they did it at a time when reconciliation and peace are not what's making
most of the headlines.
Israel's bombing of Lebanon has infuriated the Arab world just as Hezbollah
rocketing has angered Israelis.
Shuttling Secretary of State Christopher met again this morning with Israel's
Prime Minister Peres...
Before going back to Syria's capitol Damascus.
All sides say they want the
fighting stopped but only if their own terms are met.
SHIMON PERES, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: I THINK PROGRESS WAS DONE BUT WE ALSO
HAVE TO REMEMBER THERE ARE STILL VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES.
Among them, it appears Israel is demanding Syria guarantee Hezbollah's good
behavior, and that Syria is refusing to do so. The Israelis
are in the odd position of threatening that if they don't get their way,
they'll go on with an operation that's largely consisted of shooting
themselves in the foot.
Jessee Schulman CBS News Tel Aviv.))
The end appears near in the 19-96 budget battle.
Top lawmakers and White House officials yesterday finally agreed on a
The measure would finance dozens of federal agencies for the rest of the
SENATOR BOB DOLE: AFTER LONG...WE HAVE A PACKAGE BOTH SIDES SHOULD AGREE TO.
SOME MIGHT COMPLAIN IT CUTS TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH, BUT IN FINAL ANALYSIS
SAVE 23-BILLION DOLLARS. ))
SUPER=01-Senator Bob Dole/Senate Majority Leader;
OUT Q=save 23 billion dollars.
The House takes up the legislation today, followed by the Senate.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next --
Divers find a body in the Martinsville Resevoir,
and former President Bush spoke to a packed house at V-M-I.
We'll have more on those stories coming up.
WX ad lib
music up full
Police say a missing Henry County man apparently drowned.
Divers last night found the body of 43 year old Danny McMillan of
Collinsville in the Martinsville Reservoir.
He'd been missing since Saturday, and authorities were called in when
McMillan failed to show up for work on Monday.
Police dogs tracked McMillian's scent to the water.
Authorities say there were no signs of foul play.
Leslie Byrne is suspending her campaign for the Democratic Senate nomination
and releasing her delegates.
But Byrne said today that she's not formally canceling her candidacy because
if she remains a candidate on paper she has better standing in her challenge of
the way delegates were selected.
She says there were voting irregularities in at least 42 localities and that
the delegates were stacked in favor of nominee Mark Warner.
Virginia Military Institute was back in the spotlight yesterday, as Former
President George Bush paid a visit.
Jay Moore has the story.
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OUT Q=Jay Moore News 7
((Former President George Bush arrived in fine fashion, with tight security on
hand. Bush was greeted by a friend who goes way back, VMI Superintendent Joesia
Brunty. With patriots of all ages on hand, Bush observed the school corp of
cadets with time to meet some of the V-Will program.
Later, in the night, Bush was greeted with a standing ovation. It didn't take
long for those claps to turn into laughter as he spoke of Dana Carvy, the man
who impersonated him throughout most of his administration.
((THAT CRAZY LITTLE GUY MADE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OFF ME. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN
ALL FOR AND HE WASN'T.))
In his address, Bush spoke of Taiwan, Bosnia and the success of the Persian
Gulf war. He said the one common part among all of thesse was the U.S.
((THE SOLE REMAINING SUPER POWER WE DO HAVE A RESPONSIBLITY TO LEAVE AND NO ONE
HAS THE CAPACITY TO DO IT LIKE THE USA.))
Jay Moore, News 7.))
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Coming up --
Connie Stevens talks with the incoming and outgoing directors of Planned
Parenthood of the Blue Ridge,
and what would you pay for the engagement ring Jackie O recieved from Aristotle
The Camelot auction continues.
We've recently been reporting about the changes underway at Planned
Parenthood of the Blue Ridge.
Today is Kathryn Haynie Parker's last day on the job, as director of the
Now, Health reporter Connie Stevens joins us, along with Haynie and the
incoming director of the organization.
Melanie, as you mentioned-- Director Kathryn Haynie Parker is stepping
down, after nearly two decades with the organization.
Her replacement, Amy Haselton is now on the job-- she worked for Planned
Parenthood in San Diego.
We've got them both here in the studio with us, to share their thoughts on
the past, present, and future of the organization.
Connie & Guests Q & A
SUPER=01-Kathryn Haynie Parker/Former Planned Parenthood Dir.;
SUPER=01-Amy Haselton/New Planned Parenthood Dir.;
(******rollcue: With that news came a new security system. Do you at times feel
vulnerable, given some recent incidents of violence at abortion clinics around
Well that's about all the time we have now, thank you very much for
joining us -- Kathryn Haynie Parker on her last day at work as director of
Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge.
And Amy Haselton, on her way into to the position.
It's day three of the Jackie O auction, as little bits of Camelot continue to
fetch a King's ransom.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Last Night;
Last night's big item was the forty-carat ring given to the former first
lady by Aristotle Onassis as an engagement gift.
The price: nearly two- point- six million dollars.
The other big sale of the night was President Kennedy's desk on which he
signed the 19-63 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
It went for one- point- four- million dollars.
One of the most dominant banks in our region won't be taking on any new
territory in the near future.
The chief executive officer at Nationsbank told shareholders yesterday that
future acquisitions will involve financial and technology firms.
Hugh McColl (mick-CALL) also said that NationsBank shares have become
so highly priced that a stock split may be in the bank's future.
A former claims clerk who stole 560-thousand dollars from Trigon Blue Cross
Blue Shield has been sentenced to six years in prison.
25-year-old Lloyd Mitchell Weaver Junior blamed AIDS-related illness and
side effects from his medication for his actions.
But he said yesterday that the thefts only made him feel worse.
Prosecutors say Weaver used the money to live a life of luxury.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 33 points.
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Coming up --
We'll show you if the Salem Avalanche continued to hold the Indians
scoreless last night,
and we'll show you what soap stars and former pro-sports stars are playing golf
in Greensboro yesterday.
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Until the ninth inning last night, the Salem Avalanche pitching staff had
held Kinston scoreless for 17 straight innings.
The one run the Indians did score was not enough.
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The Avalanche scores three runs to win it's fourth game in a row and
improve to 12 and eight.
In the bottom of the SUPER=34-Salem/==3/Kinston/==1;
second, Mike Higgins knocks this one off the wall in right center scoring
In the 5th, Elvis Pena picks up the R-B-I when Higgins scored on the
fielders choice and the Avalanche win 3-1.
GRAPHIC=GREATER G'BORO CLASSIC
Joe Ozaki and David Ogrin each turned in opening-round 67s this morning to
climb atop the leaderboard early in the first round of the Greater Greensboro
Mike Stevens and photographer Dennis Brown got in a day's worth of fun in
the sun yesterday before the 72 hole tourney starts.
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SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Celebrity Pro-Am; :00
SUPER=01-Joshua Morrow/"Nick" On Young & the Restless; :31
SUPER=01-James Worthy/Former Los Angeles Laker Star; :54
SUPER=01-Vince Evans/Former Raiders Quarterback; 1:14
SUPER=01-Peter Jacobsen/Finished Second Last Year; 1:35
SUPER=01-Fuzzy Zoeller/Tied For 12th Last Year; 1:45
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
((K-Mart is out and Chrysler is in, and signs of the new corporate sponsor are
everywhere, but on pro-am day, the bulging 1.8 million dollar purse is the
farthest thing from anyone's mind. This is the one day when the galleries can
hoot and hollar and beg for autographs. It's also the day when the flaws in
these golf games of these celebraties are exposed. althought for some, like the
"Young and Restless" soap opera stat, Nick Newman, exposure is nothing new.
((YOU KNOW IT'S TUFF, BUT THEY NEED SOMEONE TO TAKE THEIR CLOTHES OFF. I'M
YOUNG AND I WORK OUT. IT'S ME, BUT I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT, I'M NOT
Former Laker star James Worthey was a little timid when it came time to playing
in front of a big gallery, but was quick to offer this assessment of George
Lynch's status in L.A.
((HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO FIND A TEAM THAT HE CAN ADAPT TO. I THINK THE LAKERS
MAY BE LOOKING TO MOVE HIM. I DON'T THINK THAT WOULD BE TERRIBLE FOR GEORGE.
HJE WANTS TO PLAY AND IS GETTING FRUNSTRATED NOT PLAYING REGULARLY.))
Veteran quarterback Vince Evans still thinks he can play on a regular basis in
the NFL, but right now he's unemployed.
((I'M NOT UNDER CONTRACT AT THE TIME. BUT CERTAINLY I WOULD THINK THAT DURING
THE COURSE OF THE YEAR, I'LL BE PICKED UP BY SOMEBODY, SO I'M JUST GOING TO
KEEP MYSELF IN SHAPE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.))
While the pro am is generally a day of fun, it's also a day when the pros can
get a feel for the course and the general consensus is that a lot of folks will
be ruffing it over the next four days.
((THERE'S MORE GRASS OPUT HERE THAN I'VE SEEN IN MY 20 YEARS. IT'LL BE
DIFFICULT . THE RUFF GOBBLES THE TEE RIGHT UP.))
The tournament continues through Sunday at Forest Oaks, and tickets are $18 a
(**********patrick ad lib**********)
(patrick toss to mel)
And that will do it for News 7 at NOON.
Thanks for joining us.