Next on News Seven more than 30
people were killed in Australia today as a lone gunman opens fire in a tourist
The killings are considered the worst massacre in Australia's history.
President Clinton took the stand for the first time in the Whitewater case.
And the Peace Corps celebrates thirty-five years of serving mankind.
News Seven is next.
A bloody massacre is over in Australia.
Police have captured a man who opened fire with two military-type
rifles, killing at least 32 people at a tourist spot on the island of Tasmania.
He set fire to a cottage where he held three hostages.
Vicki Mabrey has the story.
OUT Q=News, London.
(( The gunfire caught tourists off guard at first, as this amateur
But surprise quickly turned to terror as it became obvious the shooting was
Those who could escape crowded into whatever shelter they could find, as the
gunman roamed the tasmanian tourist attraction, using a high-powered rifle to
pick off his victims.
Police say the 29-year-old alleged gunman has been treated for mental
Witnesses describe him as a blond surfer type who calmly hunted for targets
in a cafe, a parking lot, and a hotel on the site.
HE SAID THERE'S A LOT OF WASPS AROUND HERE TODAY, THERE'S NOT
MANY JAPS AROUND, AND THEN HE STARTED MUTTERING TO HIMSELF, AND
THEN HE WALKED INSIDE AND THAT'S WHEN ALL THE GUNSHOTS STARTED
Most of the dead are believed to be australians, asians and canadians..
including some children.
An american from Washington State who is among the injured is listed in
HE'S GOT SOME POLICE OFFICERS DOWN THERE.. HE'S SHOOTING AT THEM.
After the shooting, the gunman fled to a nearby guest cottage where he held
three people hostage overnight and continued firing at the 200 officers who
had surrounded the house.
As police kept their distance, the house caught fire.
The suspected gunman came out alone.
He was arrested and taken to the hospital, treated for burns, no word yet
on the fate of the hostages. vm, cbs news, london.))
Unpredictable winds and steep terrain are keeping firefighters from gaining
control of a fire that's scorched more than eleven-thousand acres in New
SUPER=03-Near Sante Fe;
The fire is threatening ancient Indian artifacts and inching toward the Los
Alamos National Laboratory.
Officials estimate the flames are six miles from the famed nuclear research
Emergency crews at the lab are clearing areas of grass and weeds away from
three technical areas.
Experts say they don't expect the fire to be fully contained for a week.
Officials say a campfire sparked the blaze, and that two people have been
Closer to home...
Firefighters from three localities are on the scene of a brush fire this
Authorities report that the fire is under control.
Four to five acres near the Falling Creek Reservoir burned early this
Firefighters from Roanoke City, and the counties of Roanoke and Bedford are
staying on the site overnight to monitor hot spots.
A court-imposed gag order is keeping the lid on President Clinton's four and
a-half hours of videotaped testimony at the White House today.
Clinton gave the deposition as a defense witness in the criminal trial of
his former Whitewater business partners.
The President took defense questions for about an hour, then faced more than
three hours of cross-examination by the prosecution.
Christiansburg Police shot a woman today while responding to a suicide call
The call came at about 8-30 from an apartment at the Old Farm Village.
According to a press release, a woman called 9-1-1 dispatchers and told them
she was considering committing suicide.
Officers arrived and heard a shot fired.
Stella Arcaro (ARE-CAR-ROW) then exited the apartment pointing a rifle at an
The officer fired, striking Arcaro in the leg.
She's in stable condition at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Police have not said if Arcaro is the woman who made the call to 9-1-1.
The Christiansburg Police Department and State Police are investigating.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Inspectors were on the scene of the balcony collapse in Blacksburg.
The Peace Corps has been going strong for 35 years.
We'll visit a class reunion of sorts.
But first, here's Kimberly!
Wx ad lib
After today's sunshine-- we're looking at mostly cloudy skies tonight.
But by tomorrow-- you'll need the sunglasses again.
Our next chance of showers isn't too far off, though-- a cold front swinging
through on Tuesday will likely bring some moisture.
We'll check out the forecast-- coming up a little later.
MUSIC UP FULL
It's being called a tragic accident.
Now it's up to the Lexington Commonwealth's Attorney to decide.
Yesterday, a small boy was killed when a gun was discharged at the Virginia
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=Family members
SUPER=01-Rick Birnbach/Valley Guns; :43
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
(( Family members describe 10- year- old John Pickral as a boy full of life.
He loved sports... especially hunting.
But his life came to an abrupt halt after a gun went off at the Virginia
Military Institute Rifle Range.
Pickral was there to take a skeet shooting lesson from rifle coach Jim
Thorp... the man left holding the 3-80 caliber pistol.
Police say the bullet went through Thorp's hand and into the chest of the
Before the incident happened, conversation focused on the gun show at the
Salem Civic Center.
That's when Thorp took out the 3- 80... saying he had bought it at a gun
He retracted the slide to see if there was a round in the chamber.
What Thorp didn't know was that the magazine was loaded.
As he tried to put the gun away, it went off.
IN Q=A .380
((RICK BIRNBACH/VALLEY GUNS: A .380 WOULD BE TREATED JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SEMI-
AUTOMATIC PISTOL. IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE ITS CHECKED, HAVE THE MAGAZINE
WITHDRAWN, MAKE SURE THAT WAS EMPTY, BRING THE SLIDE BACK LOOK DOWN THE ACTUAL
BARREL AND IN THE MAGAZINE WELL, LOOKING FOR ANY CHANCE OF A LOOSE ROUND. ))
OUT Q=loose round
Pickral was pronounced dead at Stonewall Jackson Hospital... the same place
where Thorp is recovering.
At this point no charges have been filed against the rifle instructor.
But V- M- I has turned the case over to the Lexington commonwealth's
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
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Inspections are now complete of the Blacksburg apartment complex where
second and third floor balconies collapsed early yesterday morning.
The two balconies at the Terrace View Apartment complex fell under the
weight of nearly 40 students.
Three people remain hospitalized.
Thirteen others were treated at local hospitals for injuries ranging from
cuts and broken bones to emotional trauma.
The apartment manager says the rental policy states only 10 people should be
on the balcony at one time.
Town Manager Ron Secrist says he expects to get the results of the
inspection early this week.
A very "peaceful" thirty- fifth anniversary took place in Lexington today.
Dozens of Peace Corps volunteers gathered at the Washington and Lee Pavilion
to celebrate the organization and to talk about their experiences.
IN Q=It's just
((BRIAN MURCHISON/FORMER PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER: IT'S JUST A GOOD IDEA. SENDING
PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THE WORLD AND WHO WANTED TO DO SOMETHING
FOR THEIR FELLOW MAN AND WOMAN. AND GOING OVER TO COUNTRIES THAT ASK FOR THEIR
HELP. IT'S JUST A VERY GOOD IDEA. IT'S SIMPLE. IT MAKES SENSE. ))
SUPER=01-Brian Murchison/Former Peace Corps Volunteer;
OUT Q=it makes sense
Currently there are 65- hundred Peace Corps volunteers nationwide serving 94
A Snack food company plans to "chip" in a thousand jobs to Lynchburg,
And two baby Bells join forces.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Monday; :07
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :17
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wednesday; :51
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/April 2; 1:03
OUT Q=NAT SOT
((After months of speculation, Bell Atlantic and Nynex have made it official.
The two Baby Bells will join forces in a 23 million dollar deal, the biggest
telecommunications merger ever.
Revco and Rite Aid have called off their merger plans, which could have
affected a number of stores in our area.
The drug store chains gave up their bid in the face of strong opposition
from federal regulators.
The Hill City has emerged the winner of the Frito Lay Sweepstakes.
Lynchburg leaders have confirmed that the world's largest snack company will
put its newest plant there, possibly creating as many as a thousand jobs.
Norfolk Southern says it had a strong first quarter in spite of bad weather
and a strike at General Motors.
The rail giant is one of the region's largest employers.
Valley Bank says its first year in business was a good one.
The Roanoke bank posted a loss for fiscal 1995, but it says it expected it
because of costs associated with starting up a new operation.
Dublin businessman Hiawatha Nicely has backed out of his new job as director
of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance.
Nicely was unable to adjust his business and personal activities to devote
full attention to the Alliance.
An attorney with Quibell says the Roanoke soft drink maker has halted
production for the past few weeks because of a dispute with a bottle supplier.
The company expects to be up and running again next month.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 33 points,
closing at 5567.99.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.))
TAPE# net-a; edit 95-55 (Trigon)
A settlement has been reached between Lynchburg and Trigon Blue Cross Blue
The city claimed it had been defrauded of up to one MILLION dollars
because Trigon did not pass on discounts it negotiated with hospitals for city
employees' health care.
Neither Trigon nor the city would disclose terms of the settlement.
The case was to come to trial next month.
The conservative Christian Republican defeated by Don Beyer for the
Lieutenant Governor job has a book and movie deal in the works.
Loudoun County constitutional lawyer Mike Farris hasn't ruled out another
political run since his '93 defeat --
but he's ruled IN a sideline career as a novelist.
His first novel is called "Anonymous Tip" and is due out in October.
IN Q=It's about
((IT'S ABOUT A SINGLE MOM WHO WAS TURNED IN FOR A FALSE CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATION
BY HER EX-HUSBAND. AND SHE HAS TO FIGHT FOR HER CHILD AND THEN HER RIGHTS.
AND IT'S A CHRISTIAN, JOHN GRISHAM-STYLE NOVEL. SO THEY'VE SIGNED ME TO A FIVE
NOVEL CONTRACT. AND I'M ACTUALLY WRITING NUMBER TWO RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=two right now.
The deal is through a Southern Baptist publishing house -- which is also
considering two offers from filmmakers to bring "Anonymous Tip" to the movie
Meanwhile, Farris continues his work as a national advocate for home-
schoolers, and a national co- chairman for Pat Buchanan's Presidential effort.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Lynchburg officials have things rolling on the river.
A beautification is underway.
A unique way to fly the friendly skies.
Steve Smallshaw has the story up next.
MUSIC UP FULL
Old man river is getting face lift in Lynchburg.
The riverfront is being cleaned up, in preparation of the "Festival by the
Work crews spent the past week grading and landscaping the area, and
removing the debris from several demolished buildings.
The city hopes to have the area cleaned up before thousands of tourists
converge on the riverfront in June.
IN Q=The first step
((PAUL HARVEY/LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: THE FIRST STEP IS MAKING IT LOOK
NICE AND MAKING IT AN ATTRACTION FOR PEOPLE TO COME VISIT. IF YOU COMBINE THAT
WITH RETAIL DEVELOPMENT FURTHER UP THE HILL THERE ON COMMERCE AND MAIN, THE
ADDITION OF THE TOURIST MUSEUM AND THE RIVERVIEWS PROJECT, DOWNTOWN'S GOING TO
BECOME MORE OF AN ATTRACTION TO PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Paul Harvey/Lynchburg Community Development; :00
OUT Q=attraction to people.
The riverfront area eventually will be seeded, and built into a park- like
Federal grant money is picking up the cost of the project.
The landscape of one Roanoke neighborhood is changing and residents say they
like what they see.
This week, employees of Laurel Creek Nursery planted 115 trees along
Marshall and Day Avenues in old Southwest.
Residents say the new dogwoods and red maples are just one sign of
improvement in their neighborhood.
IN Q=I think what's made the difference
((CHRIS MUSE/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I THINK WHAT'S MADE THE DIFFERENCE IS PEOPLE
DECIDING TO TAKE CHARGE, NOT SITTING BACK THINKING OF THEIR OWN PROPERTY AS
THEIR LITTLE CASTLE. PEOPLE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT THEIR CASTLE IS SITTING NEXT
TO SOMEONE ELSE'S CASTLE AND YOU HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER. AND AS SOON AS YOU
START WORKING WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR, YOU EXPAND IT OUT TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND AS
SOON AS YOU EXPAND IT TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU EXPAND IT TO YOUR COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Chris Muse/Roanoke Resident;
OUT Q=expand it to your community.
Residents had originally planned to spend a thousand dollars for new
plantings, but with help from the city they were able to plant 10- thousand
dollars worth of trees.
Bill Elliott was taken to the hospital with a fractured hip and Ricky Craven
suffered a back injury in a crash involving over a dozen cars.
But Sterling Marlin outlasted the field to win the Winston Select 500.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN; :
Ernie Irvan running with a patched up engine managed to lead the race after
passing Dale Earnhardt.
But Sterling Marlin had the fastest car on the track he worked his way
through traffic to take the point about 60 laps into the race.
The third caution of the day came out when Bill Elliott's car gets airborne
and slams down in the grass on all four wheels on lap 79 of the race.
Elliott remained in the car until a crew was able to cut him out. He was taken
to an Alabama hospital with a dislocated hip.
Ward Burton led for a lap but Terry Labonte was the leader at the half way
mark after holding off Earnhardt and Terry Labonte. After they crossed the
line Earnhardt was the leader of the race.
Michael Waltrip in the Woods Brothers Citgo ford took the lead with 69 laps
Then the fourth caution of the day came out when several cars get involved
in a crash un turn one. Ricky Craven's car flips and gets airborne several
cars went under craven and he hit the fence in turn one. Craven was shaken up
but not seriously injured. 14 cars were involved including Jeff Gordon, Rusty
Wallace and Mark Martin.
IN Q=First audio
((MARK MARTIN/6 VAVOLINE FORD: ))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/6 Vavoline Ford; :
OUT Q=....trying to do."
Marlin took the lead with less than 25 laps to go and he would hold off Dale
Jarret to win the Winston Select 500 at Talladega.
IN Q=First audio
((STERLING MARLIN/WINSTON SELECT 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/Winston Select 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.........feels great."
Jarrett was second Earnhardt third Terry Labonte fourth and Michael
THat's it for sports have a great day everybody...
North Carolina native Mark O'Meara won the P-G-A's greater Greensboro
Classic this afternoon for his fifth win in the last 13-months.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/CBS SPORTS; :
After a four shot lead at the turn O'Meara stumbled in for the victory.
He flubs this shot from the rough as he was approaching the 18-th green to
finish the round.
O'Meara bogeyed the hole shooting a final round three under par 69. He
finished two shots in front of Duffy Waldorf who shared the lead at the start
of the round.
IN Q="It was
((MARK O'MEARA/GREATER GREENSBORO CLASSIC CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Mark O'Meara/Greater Greensboro Classic Champion; :
OUT Q=......VERY FORTUNATE."
We'll have highlights of the Talladega 500 a little later on mornin'.
The Magic, Bulls and Spurs win second round N-B-A playoff games.
And we'll see who the Pittsburg Penguins will meet in the Eastern
Conference Semi Finals.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 29 points as the Orlando Magic beat Detroit to
take a two games to none lead on the Detroit Pistons.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
Shaq gets out of his B-M-W ready to go to work.
And early in the first quarter he gets the slam as the Magic took a 7 to 3
Then watch Shaq with the pass to Penny Hardaway for the easy layup and a
16 to 7 first quarter lead.
The Pistons tried to get back in it in the second quarter Grant Hill pulls
up and nails the three pointer Detroit trailed by 8.
But Shaq led a 12 point run in the
SUPER=32-Orlando/=92/Detroit/=77;third quarter he finished the game with 29
as the Magic beats the Pistons 92 to 77.
IN Q="I just wanted
((SHAQUILLE O'NEAL/SCORED 29 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Shaquille O'Neal/Scored 29 Points; :00
OUT Q=.....get go."
The San Antonio Spurs pulled away in the closing minutes of the game to
beat Phoenix and take a two games to none lead on the Suns.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/NBC SPORTS; :
Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons having a cool drink during the game.
San Antonio's Avery Johnson drives to the paint and passes to David
Robinson for the jam and a 12 to 7 spurs lead.
In the second quarter Charles Barkley brings it down court and nails the
jumper and Phoenix led 36 to 33.
But the Spurs rallied. Johnson with the assist to Chuck Person who hits
the jumper for a 47 to 44 Spur lead.
Robinson was the dominate force in SUPER=32-San
Antonio/110/Phoenix/105;the game he scored 40 points to lead the Spurs to the
110 to 105 victory.
Rusty Greer's R-B-I single in the tenth gave the Texas Rangers a 5 to 4
win over the Baltimore Orioles.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/HTS; :
The Rangers started the game with a big defensive play. Kevin Elster makes
the diving catch at third and throws out Mike Devereaux at first in the second.
The Orioles took the lead in their half of the second. Chris Hoiles hits
a solo homer over the left field wall and Baltimore took a 1 to nothing lead.
The Rangers answered in the third SUPER=35-Baltimore/==4/Texas/==5;
inning. Kevin Elster gets all of this pitch taking it over the left field wall
to tie at 1 and Texas wins it 5 to 4 in 10.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will meet the New York Rangers in the N-H-L's
Eastern Conference Semi Finals.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/FOX SPORTS; :
Pittsburgh took the lead in the first period on the Mario Lemieux goal on
the power play and never looked back in getting the victory.
For that and all of today's pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
It's little more than an airborne go- kart--
And while it may not be the fastest mode of transportation, it certainly
looks like the one of the most fun.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=Like most small
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Jensen/Buckeye Flying Parachutes; :37
SUPER=01-Dale Wilson/Owner; :52
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( Like most small airports, the New London landing strip has seen all types of
flying machines over the years... nothing, however, quite like Jeff Jensen's
Jensen is the only person in Virginia who sells the Buckeye Powered
It's essentially a lounge chair with wheels, a 66 horsepower engine and
prop, and one giant parachute.
Crank it all up and you've got yourself a flying machine.natsot takeoff
SU 19:49:59 (#2)
IN Q=Since he became
((Since he became a dealer in December, Jeff Jensen has sold two of the Buckeye
machines. Judging from the attention they get from people on the ground, these
flying parachutes practically sell themselves.))
OUT Q=sell themselves.
IN Q=It's very
((JENSEN: IT'S VERY INTRIGUING, PEOPLE ARE VERY INTRIGUED BY IT. THEY SEE 'EM
AND THEY JUST WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT 'EM.))
OUT Q=more about 'em.
Count Dale Wilson among that group.
He spotted Jensen in the air one day, tracked him down and went up for a two
IN Q=Didn't know what
((DALE WILSON/PARACHUTE OWNER: DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS WHEN I FIRST SAW IT. HE
WAS SO LOW, AND YOU COULD JUST SEE HIM REAL WELL AND HE WAS WAVING, HE HAD
ANOTHER GUY IN IT WITH HIM AND THEY WERE WAVING, NEATEST THING I EVER SAW. SO I
HAD TO RIDE IN IT AND ENDED UP BUYING IT.))
OUT Q=buying it.
On this night, it took a few hours for the wind to calm down enough to take
As he soared leisurely over the airport, Jensen says the trip was worth the
IN Q=It's absolutely
((JENSEN: IT'S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. SUN'S SETTING OVER THE MOUNTAINS, OVER THE
PEAKS THERE IN ROANOKE, IT'S JUST GORGEOUS UP HERE THIS EVENING.))
OUT Q=this evening.
Believe it or not, Jensen says it doesn't take long to get the hang of
piloting the parachute.
Once you've done that, the rest is a breeze.
IN Q=Most of the
((JENSEN: MOST OF THE TIME YOU CAN JUST KICK YOUR FEET OFF THE PEDALS, JUST SIT
BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE.))
OUT Q=enjoy the ride.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))