Next on News Seven- a family in Lexington mourns the death of their
10-year-old son who was shot and killed on the campus of V-M-I.
And a Christiansburg Police Officer shoots a woman after responding to a
call of a possible suicide attempt.
In sports, A crash involving a dozen cars at Talladega and the Orlando Magic
has a two game lead on Detroit in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
The warm and dry weather pattern continues--
Expect another sunny day on tap for tomorrow.
Then showers re- enter the forecast by Tuesday.
A 10-year-old Lexington boy was accidentally shot and killed by his shooting
Now, attention is turning as to how this could have happened.
Scott Prince has the story.
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SUPER=01-Rick Birnbach/Valley Guns; :41
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 accident 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 Salem Gun Show.
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WITHDRAWN, MAKE SURE THAT WAS EMPTY, BRING THE SLIDE BACK LOOK DOWN THE ACTUAL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.))
A Christiansburg Police officer shot a woman this morning following a
suicide call to 9-1-1.
Around 8-30, police responded to 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.
Gunshots were fired at a crowded park in Pittslyvania County last night.
One person was wounded.
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 where he was
treated and released.
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Officials from Blacksburg's Planning and Engineering Department have
inspected an apartment building where second- and third-floor balconies
collapsed 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.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
A book and movie deal for Mike Farris?
The Conservative Republican is already working on his second book.
And the toughest reunion you'll ever love...
Some Peace Corps participants meet again after 35 years.
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Well Ron, Chicago doesn't have much on us--
The windy conditions continue-- gusting up to near 25- miles an hour at the
Roanoke Regional Airport.
But the winds are coming from the southwest-- that, along with the sunshine
boosted temperatures into the 70s.
The warming trend will last into tomorrow-- with highs nearing 80 degrees.
The complete forecast is on the way-- hope you stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
Bell Atlantic officials say it will merge with a fellow Baby Bell to the
and Revco and Rite Aid decide to call off their plans to combine operations.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-New York, NY/Monday; :07
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :17
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wednesday; :51
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((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.))
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The city of Lynchburg has reached a settlement with Trigon Blue Cross Blue
Shield over allegations of fraud.
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.
They say it's the toughest job you'll ever love.
And dozens of people turned out in Lexington today to express THEIR love of
the Peace Corps.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Peace Corps, and Virginia
representatives held a party of sorts at the Washington & Lee pavilion.
IN Q=The Peace Corps
((BRIAN MURCHISON/FORMER PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER: THE PEACE CORPS HAS SURVIVED
ALL KINDS OF POLITICAL WINDS IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S THIRTY FIVE YEARS OLD. IT
HAS SURVIVED A LOT OF CHANGES IN WASHINGTON. MAINLY BECAUSE IT'S JUST A GOOD
IDEA. SENDING PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THE WORLD AND WHO WANT TO
DO SOMETHING FOR THEIR FELLOW MAN AND WOMAN. ))
SUPER=01-Brian Murchison/Former Peace Corps Volunteer;
OUT Q=man and woman
Since 1961, more than 143- thousand volunteers have assisted in 130
The Peace Corps specializes in the global development of education, health,
business, agriculture, and the environment.
A book and movie deal is in the works for the conservative Christian
Republican defeated by Don Beyer for the Lieutenant Governor job.
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.
MUSIC ON TAPE
The Hill City works on improving its riverfront, in anticipation of the
upcoming "Festival by the James."
It's a bird, it's a plane...no-- it's a parachute with a motor.
We'll see the wierd flying machine up next.
MUSIC UP FULL
He sails through the air with the greatest of ease... he's the daring young
man on the flying ...parachute?
That's exactly what one Bedford County man has been piloting through the
skies of central Virginia recently.
Steve Smallshaw caught up with the intrepid aviator and has this report.
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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.))
With the Festival by the James less than two months off, Lynchburg officials
have been busy sprucing up the city's riverfront.
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.
And coming up, The Winston Select 500 was red flagged because of a huge
wreck involving about a dozen cars
And the Orlando Magic has a two game lead on Detroit in their Eastern
conference playoff series.
A crash involving a dozen cars red flagged the Winston Select 500 for
about 30 minutes.
But Sterling Marlin took the lead with less than 25 laps to go to win the
race at Talladega.
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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
The Orlando Magic has grabbed a 2 to nothing lead in their best of five
series against the Detroit Pistons.
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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.
After complaining about a lack of playing time in the first game of the
series against the Houston Rockets Magic Johnson got his chance yesterday and
The Magic Man scored 26 points as the Lakers evened the series at one game
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((MAGIC JOHNSON/26 POINTS: I WAS TIRED OF THEM RUNNING, THAT RUN THAT THEY
HAD. AND I SAID, I'M GOING TO JUST GO BACK TO ME, I'M TIRED OF THIS--GIVE ME
THE BALL EVERYBODY GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LET'S GO. WE KNEW ALL ALONG THIS WAS
GOING TO BE A ROUGH TOUGH SERIES. WE KNEW ALL ALONG THAT THEY COULD COME IN
HERE AND GET ONE. THEY ARE THAT TYPE OF TEAM. NOW WE JUST GOTTA GO DOWN THERE
AND PLAY AGGRESSIVE AND TAKE IT TO THE BUCKET DO WHAT WE DID. ))
SUPER=01-Magic Johnson/26 Points
OUT Q=.....what we do."
The series switches to Houston for the next two games.
The Baltimore Orioles hosted the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards this
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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.
Kansas city beat Boston The indians routed Toronto and in the National
League the Mets beat the Pirates.
For those and all of today's baseball, Hockey and Basketball scores lets
check the boards.
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Mark O'Meara and Duffy Waldorf started the day tied for the third round
lead at the Greater Greensboro Classic
But O'Meara had a four stroke lead at the turn and through 14 holes he was
at 15 under par for a three shot lead.
And O'Meara goes on to win the Greater Greensboro Classic at Forest Oaks.