Next on News seven Virginia Military (----------------)
Institute officials are investigating a shooting that took the life of a
on a rifle range.
More than a dozen Virginia Tech students were injured this morning when
balconies at a keg party collapsed.
And the Olympic torch makes it's way to Atlanta via California.
News seven is next.
At the Virginia Military Institute a 10-year-old Lexington boy was
accidentally shot and killed by his shooting coach.
It all took place shortly after 1:00 this afternoon at the school's indoor
According to V-M-I officials, firing coach Jim Thorp, had just shown 10-
year- old John Pickral and his mother a 380 calliber gun.
While returning the gun to storage it discharged going through Thorp's hand,
striking Pickral in the chest.
IN Q=A young woman boy
((COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESPERSON: A YOUNG BOY 10-YEARS-OLD WAS KILLED IN
THE INCIDENT. JIM THORP WHO IS A LONG TIME VMI FIFLE COACH WAS INJURED. HE
UNDER WENT SURGERY AT STONEWALL JACKSON HOSPITAL AND IS IN STABLE CONDITION
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesperson;
OUT Q=stable condition right now.
Strickler says Thorp had retracted the 380 to determine if there was a round
in the chamber.
He saw there wasn't, and when he released the slide one of four rounds in
the magazine was loaded.
Thorp has been VMI's rifle coach since 1980.
One person was struck when gunshots rang out at a crowded park in
Pittsylvania County tonight.
It happened around 7- forty at the Gretna town park.
Police say around 40- people were there when Sylvester Pannell (PUH-NELL)
was shot in the leg.
The shooting was apparently sparked by a fight.
When police arrived, they found a trail of blood but Pannell had already
They say someone had driven Pannell to the Gretna Rescue Squad crew hall.
A little later two Sheriff's Deputies located what appeared to be the
IN Q=Not a
((NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE WILLING TO TALK? PAUL SMITH/GRETNA POLICE OFFICER:NOBODY
WAS WILLING TO TALK, IT WAS ABOUT 40 TO 50 PEOPLE UP HERE AND NOBODY SAW
SUPER=01-Paul Smith/Gretna Police Officer; :03
OUT Q=saw anything.
Police say they do have leads, but so far, no one's been arrested.
Sylvester Pannell (PUH-NELL) was taken to Danville Regional.
Police say his wounds aren't life threatening.
The gunshot that killed a Collinsville man last night might have been heard
by a Henry County dispatcher.
The dispatcher was on the phone with someone who'd called to report a
disturbance at their home on route 6-27, near Fieldale.
When authorities arrived they found 39- year- old Richard Andrew Dillon dead
in the driveway.
Sheriff's officials say it appears two men at the residence were feuding
with two other men in the driveway.
IN Q=During that
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: DURING THAT TIME A FIREARM WAS
INTRODUCED AND THE FIREARM WAS APPARENTLY KNOCKED OUT OF THE HAND OF ONE OF THE
PERSONS THAT CAME THERE AND THEN THERE WAS BELIEVED TO BE, IT'S BEEN REPORTED
TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, THAT A SECOND GUN IS THE GUN THAT FIRED AND SHOT AND
KILLED THE VICTIM. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=killed the victim.
Two men involved in the fight were taken to the hospital with minor
40- year old Vincent Mel Gregory was one of those treated.
He was later charged with SECOND degree murder.
This is Henry County's first homicide this year.
IN Q=I feel
((I FEEL GOOD THAT WE'VE MADE IT THIS FAR AND THIS IS THE FIRST HOMICIDE, BUT,
BUT EVEN ONE IS ONE TOO MANY. ))
OUT Q=one too many.
Authorities recovered two guns at the scene.
Gregory was released on five- thousand dollars bond.
3 people remain hospitalized after a balcony collapse in Blacksburg last
Sixteen people were injured.
Two balconies collapsed under the weight of nearly 40 partying students.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=the balconies
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Morning; :00
SUPER=07-Tom Hoeflinger; :08
SUPER=07-Justin Kinsey; :34
SUPER=01-Adele Schirmer/Blacksburg Planning-Eng. Dept.; :50
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape; 1:00
SUPER=01-Lt. Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police; 1:18
OUT Q=News 7
((The balconies toppled like dominoes, sending people, a full keg of beer,
and a trash can full of ice to the ground.
SOT tape 1 1:49:01
IN Q=all of the sudden
OUT Q=that dropped also
Tom Hoeflinger says he was one of 15 to 20 people on the top balcony when it
Terrace View Manager Paula Williams refused to talk on camera, but she did
say that the rental policy states only 10 people should be on the balcony at
Hundreds of people, most of them college students, were at the party when
the balconies collapsed.
SOT tape 1 1:42:25
IN Q=i was upstairs
OUT Q=it's pretty messed up
IN Q= nat sot of clean up
In the light of day, officials were able to make a more thorough
investigation of the building.
SOT tape 2 2:24:57
IN Q=it did appear
OUT Q=with the building code
Terrace View officials say balcony collapses at several other Blacksburg
apartment complexes prompted them to make some improvements.
Recently the maintenance crew put extra supports on all the balconies in the
Terrace View Complex.
The police have also been making efforts to prevent future collapses.
SOT tape 2 3:49:54
IN Q=we try to
OUT Q=all the time
Lt. Bradbery says investigators will review the town's building codes this
week to determine if the structure was sound.
And he says the department will continue trying to educate students on the
dangers of crowding on to balconies.
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
The latest on the Freeman standoff in Montana,
One of Virginia's most beloved T-V families paid a visit to the Vinton
Let's check in with Kimberly...
Wx ad lib
You might have been wearing short- sleeves earlier-- but you'll probably
want to go for the sweater tonight.
Temperatures are falling steadily under mostly clear skies-- overnight lows
are expected to drop into the 30s.
Folks who live in the higher elevations may also expect some scattered
But after a chilly night-- things will warm up nicely tomorrow.
We'll tell you more about that-- coming up in weather.
MUSIC UP FULL
There's no immediate word of any progress in the latest moves to end the
Montana standoff between anti-government Freemen and the F-B-I.
Former Green Beret Colonel James "Bo" Gritz spent more than seven hours
talking with the militants at their ranch today.
C-B-S Correspondent Todd McKay has the story.
SUPER=03-Jordan, MT; :00
SUPER=01-"Bo" Gritz/Negotiator; :14
SUPER=01-Todd McKay/Reporting; :44
OUT Q=McKay, CBS News.
Guns fell silent across south Lebanon and northern Israel as last night's
cease fire took hold between
Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas.
But two minutes before the cease fire, pro-Iranian Hezbollah guerrillas
rocketed a northern Israeli town, causing damage but no casualties.
In Gaza, Palestinian president Yasser Arafat reacted to the
ceasefire, saying it is a good agreement that could work for all.
The probable democratic candidate for the U-S Senate says he is up to the
Mark Warner spent yesterday in Roanoke trying to impress that upon delegates
at the Virginia Education Association Convention.
Warner says if elected he will be a freshman senator, BUT that doesn't mean
MARK says his experience building a multi-million dollar business and his
work in public policy qualify him for the job.
IN Q=If you want
((MARK WARNER: IF YOU WANT SOMEBODY WITH ENERGY, WITH FRESH IDEAS, THAT
UNDERSTANDS THE ECONOMIC IDEAS THIS COUNTRY IS GOING THROUGH, SOMEONE THAT HAS
CREATED PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, A SUCCESS IN BUSINESS, SUCCESS IN PUBLIC POLICY
WITH THE VIRGINIA HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION, THEN I'M YOUR CANDIDATE.))
OUT Q=YOUR CANDIDATE
Incumbent JOHN Warner says he has the influence that's needed to get things
done in Washington.
He says his record of creating jobs is one of his strong points.
IN Q=PARTICULARLY, ONE
((JOHN WARNER: PARTICULARLY, ONE THAT IS VERY SENIOR, AS I AM IN THE SENATE
AND CHAIRMAN OF SEVERAL SUBCOMMITTEES AND A FULL COMMITTEE. THEY KNOW THAT IN
THIS TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT JOB SECURITY, AND GETTING MORE JOBS,
THEY TURN TO SOMEONE WHO CAN DELIVER FOR THE STATE. ))
OUT Q=THE STATE.
Republican Jim Miller is hoping to take John Warner's place on the ticket.
A primary on June 11th will determine the G-O-P nominee.
Democrats officially name their nominee at a convention in May.
Carrying a concealed weapon is legal in Virginia.
And many are considering purchasing a handgun to protect themselves.
Some believe it's unnecessary... others say it's essential.
When Virginia's new law concerning concealed weapons went into effect last
July many believed the run on guns gave criminals more of an opportunity to
Rick Birnbach of Valley Guns disagrees.
IN Q=Any criminal will
((RICK BIRNBACH/VALLEY GUNS: ANY CRIMINAL WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE CONCEALED
CARRY PERMIT. IN FACT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BUY A GUN LEGALLY. AND CRIMINALS
DO NOT DO THIS. ANY FELONY ON THEIR RECORD IS AN AUTOMATIC PROHIBITION, THEY
WILL NOT BE ISSUED THE GUN. AGAIN IF YOUR NEIGHBOR EVEN STEPPED FORWARD AND
STATED THAT THIS PERSON IS NOT OF GOOD CHARACTER THEY CAN SIGN AN AFFIDAVIT AND
STOP THAT PERSON FROM GETTING A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT OR GETTING THE GUN IN
THE FIRST PLACE.))
SUPER=01-Rick Birnbach/Valley Guns;
OUT Q=in the first place.
Birnbach also says because of the new law the sale of gun accessories has
For more information on the concealed carry law and hand gun safety-- watch
"On Record" tomorrow morning at eleven.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
The Olympic flame begins its journey from California to Atlanta.
And Q-V-C made a journey to Southwest Virginia today.
They were peddling all Virginia made products.
MUSIC UP FULL
Vinton kicked off the festival season today with the 41st Annual Dogwood
And the weather was perfect for taking in the festivities.
The sounds of screams from the carnival rides filled the streets of Vinton.
And if you were in the mood to spend money and spruce up your yard, local
gardeners were on hand with a wide variety of flowers and vegetables.
The antique car show provided visitors with a trip down memory lane.
And if all that traveling made you hungry there was plenty of festival food
to satisfy your cravings.
The family that lived on Walton's Mountain spent today in the shadow of Mill
The characters that played Elizabeth, Erin, Jason, and Ben Walton on TV,
served as grand marshals of the Vinton Dogwood Festival.
The festival was a chance for a reunion between Waltons creator Earl Hamner
and Eric Scott who played "Ben".
If you missed the reunion, there's always the opportunity to take in the
Walton's Museum in Schuyler, Virginia.
There you can see actual sets from the television show.
In its three years of operation the museum has gone through some rough
times, but Hamner says he and the director are working through their
IN Q=I WOULD AGAIN
((EARL HAMNER/WALTON'S CREATOR: I WOULD AGAIN URGE PEOPLE TO COME. I KNOW
THAT THERE HAVE BEEN SOME RUMORS OF SOME DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MUSEUM AND ME
AND THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SLIGHT DIFFERENCES BUT THOSE HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT. I
HAVE EVERY ASSURANCE THAT THERE WILL NO LONGER BE ANY PROBLEM AT ALL.))
SUPER=01-Earl Hamner/Walton's Creator;
OUT Q=problem at all
Hamner says another Walton's special is in the works for next Easter.
He also says he's trying to sell C-B-S on several ideas for family oriented
This afternoon operators were standing by waiting for Q-V-C viewers to make
their purchases on products from the Roanoke Farmers Market.
IN Q=nat sound music...
((NAT SOUND MUSIC...WELCOME BACK TO ROANOKE VIRGINIA HERE ON QVC AND OUR TASTE
OF VIRGINIA SPECIAL. ))
OUT Q=Virginia special.
From four to six, Q-V-C was live at the Market selling products.
The shopping network has spent the entire week travelling to cities,
featuring merchandise from Virginia companies.
Today, Q-V-C was doing a food show called "Taste of Virginia" and so far the
products have been selling well.
IN Q=Doing phenomenal
((AMY FERRACCI/PUBLICIST: DOING PHENOMENAL. IN FACT A FEW PRODUCTS HAVE
ALREADY SOLD OUT. WE'RE THRILLED TO HEAR THAT. IT'S GREAT FOR THE COMPANIES
AND FOR QVC. IT'S REALLY A GREAT DAY HERE IN ROANOKE. ))
OUT Q=here in Roanoke.
Ferracci says Q-V-C reaches more than 50 MILLION viewers.
The Roanoke Riverdawgs opened their Soccer season with an exhibition game
against the Chapel Hill Soccer Club.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Dawgs vs Chapel Hill Soccer Club; :
The Riverdawgs hit the field looking to start the season with a win.
And they would get started early as Grayson Prilliman gets the assist to
Eric McClellan who opens scoring early in the first half for a 1 to nothing
Troy McClain gets the assist to Christian Rojas who windmill kicks it past
Chapel Hill Goalie John Warahime for the three to nothing Dawg lead.
Patrick McSorley makes it four to SUPER=34-Roanoke/==8/Chapel
Hill/==0;nothing as he gets the lose ball and boots it past three Chapel Hill
defenders and the Riverdawgs win it 8 to nothing.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have fallen two games behind the Knicks as the
playoff series switches to the "Big Apple" next week.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/NBC SPORTS; :00
Mike Fratello gestering to the officials after a call.
Cleveland had the lead at the end of the first Quarter Bobby Phills goes to
the board hard for the follow slam 12 to 7 Cavs.
The Knicks work the break Derek Harper with the pass to Patrick Ewing for
his first points of the period.
New York continued to have the hot hand from the outside John Starks pulls
up and nails the three pointer.
But Anthony Mason takes it to the SUPER=32-New
York/=84/Cleveland/=80;hoop for two of his game high 23 points as the Knicks
get the 84 to 80 win.
IN Q="it's very
((JEFF VAN GUNDY/KNICKS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Van Gundy/Knicks Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...........to do it."
The Los Angeles Houston playoff series is tied at one game each after the
Lakers beat the Rockets at the Forum this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/NBC SPORTS; :
Houston's Clyde Drexler wears high tops for the first time because of a
And the Lakers come out running Elden Campbell hits Eddie Johnson who goes
down the middle for the jam and L.A. led 35 to 28.
Still in the second quarter Houston's Sam Cassell gets out on the break
for the Jam and the Rockets cut the lead to 1.
But the Lakers pulled away in the SUPER=32-L.A.
Lakers/104/Houston/=94;final 10 minutes of the fourth quarter Magic Johnson's
26 points led L.A. to the 104 to 94 win.
The Baltimore Orioles gave up three unearned runs in the 8-th and Texas
gets the 4 to 2 victory at the Yard.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/HTS; :00
Texas getting on the board in the top of the first. Ivan Rodriguez hits a
double down the left field line scoring Darryl Hamilton it was 1 to nothing
The Orioles came back to tie the score in their half of the First. Bobby
Bonilla hits a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield Brady Anderson tags and scores
its 1 to 1.
In the 8-th Kevin Elster hits a SUPER=35-Texas/==4/Baltimore/==2;
double to rightfield Rusty Greer and Mark McLemore both score to make it 4 to 1
and the Rangers win it 4 to 2.
Greg Maddux struck out six and allowed 8 hits over seven innings as the
Braves beat the Cardinals.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/TBS SPORTS; :00
Cards manager Tony Larussa looking on from the dugout.
The score was tied 2 to 2 after 2 then Atlanta's Jerome Walton singled over
second base scoring Dave Justice and the Braves took a 3 to 2 lead.
But the big blow came in the 8-th. SUPER=35-Atlanta/==7/St.
Louis/==2;Braves first baseman Fred McGriff sends this pitch over the left
field wall for a three run homer and the Braves cruise to the 7 to 2 win.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/SUNSHINE NETWORK; :00
In Hockey, Florida's Bill Lindsay gets out on the breakaway and scores while
falling down in front of the net to left Florida to a win over Boston the
Panthers win their first ever playoff series 4 games to 1.
For all of today's pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, Joe Nemechek leads second round qualifying at Talladega the
celebrities were in Greensboro this weekend.
And Mark O'Meara and Duffy Waldorf will start the final round of the
Greater Greensboro Classic tied at 11 under par.
Mark O'Meara and Duffy Waldorf share the lead going into the final round of
the Greater Greensboro Classic.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/CBS SPORTS; :
O'Meara, a native of Goldsboro, makes this birdie put shooting a 62 today to
tie the course record set by Davis love the third in 1992.
Waldorf shot a 67 with shots like this. He hits from the fairway of the
seventh hole the ball lands on the green and the back spin takes it to the cup
for an eagle. Waldorf and O'Meara are tied at 205, 11 under par.
IN Q="I'd fallen
((DUFFY WALDORF/TIED FOR GGC LEAD: I'VE FALLEN OFF, ALMOST OUT OF THE TOP TEN,
AND YOU LOOK AT THAT AND YOU SAY ,WELL YOU GOTTA PLAY YOUR OWN GAME, BECAUSE
THESE GUYS CAN BE COMING AT YOU FROM BEHIND. AND YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO PLAY A
GOOD ROUND AND KEEP YOUR LEAD, HOPEFULLY. ))
SUPER=01-Duffy Waldorf/Tied for GGC Lead; :
OUT Q=.......lead hopefully."
Some great athletes descend on Greensboro each for the Greater Greensboro
And many of them aren't even golfers.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Celebrity Pro-Am; :00
During Thursday's celebrity Pro-Am, Gastonia, North Carolina native and
former Tarheel All-American James Worthy returned to his home state to support
He also had this to say about, the current head coaching vacancy at
Charlotte, now that Alan Bristow and the Hornets have parted ways.
IN Q="Well, there...
((JAMES WORTHY/FORMER LAKERS ALL-PRO: WELL, THERE IS A JOB OPENING IN
CHARLOTTE. I'M REALLY NOT INTERESTED RIGHT NOW. I'M NEVER GOING TO RULE IT
OUT. HOWEVER, AT THIS POINT, I'M FOCUSING ON BROADCASTING. MOST BROADCASTERS,
THEY USUALLY GO DOWN TO THE FLOOR AT SOME POINT, BUT WE'LL SEE HOW IT WORKS
SUPER=01-James Worthy/Former Lakers All-Pro; :00
OUT Q=...IT WORKS OUT."
Greensboro native Vince Evans the former Bears and Raiders backup quarterback
also made an appearance at the Pro-Am. Evans is currently unsigned but he says
he expects to play somewhere in the NFl this season, because the latest breed
of quarterbacks don't realize what it takes to be successful.
IN Q="AS A QUARTERBACK...
((VINCE EVANS/FORMER RAIDERS QUARTERBACK: AS A QUARTERBACK, BEING A BACKUP
QUARTERBACK, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THAT OPPORTUNITY IS GOING TO CALL. AND IT'S
ACTUALLY TOUGHER COMING OFF THE BENCH, SO IT REALLY BEHOOVES YOU TO KEEP
YOURSELF TOGETHER, AND STAY MENTALLY TOGETHER. AND I THINK THIS IS SLIPPING
SOMEWHAT, IN THIS YOUNGER GENERATION COMING UP.))
SUPER=01-Vince Evans/Former Raiders Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...COMING UP."
Second round qualifying is over at Talladega and Joe Nemechek will start
26-th. For the remainder of the field lets check the boards.
SUPER=400-26/Joe Nemechek/190.867/27/Lake Speed/28/Chuck Bown/29/Geoff
SUPER=401-31/Michael Waltrip/32/Dick Trickle/33/Elton Sawyer/34/John
SUPER=401-36/Hut Stricklin/37/Mark Martin/38/Jimmy Spencer/39/Phil
SUPER=401-41/Mike Wallace/42/Kyle Petty/43/Bobby Hamilton/44/Brett
OUT Q=....Bobby Hillin.
The Olympic flame torch relay has begun in Los Angeles.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
A fingernail-sized flame symbolizing the spirit of the Olympics arrived from
Greece today to ignite the torch.
The first torch was carried by Olympic decathlon champion Rafer Johnson.
Some ten-thousand runners will be carrying the torch for the next 84 days
before it arrives in Atlanta July 19th for the start of the summer games.
High school teams from Virginia and surrounding states gathered in Richmond
They were competing in the third annual Electric Vehicle Grand Prix in
The Floyd S. Kay Votechnical School out of Rockbridge County was among the
The competition is for high school students who have converted gasoline
powered cars to electric drive.
The cars were tested in acceleration, handling, range.
The day ended with a 35 lap race on the Richmond International Raceway.
Floyd S. Kay's car finished 10th.