The death toll climbs in the worst mass slaying in Australian history.
And in Christiansburg, jury selection begins in a capital murder case
involving a husband's alleged mutilation of his wife.
A frontal zone approaches, bearing showers and storms which we will have to
deal with through tomorrow.
I'll have all the details from the News 7 Weather Center.
Don't go away, the News is next.
An Australian man is in custody today, suspected in the shooting massacre of
35 men, women, and children at a popular tourist spot on the island of
Nineteen others were wounded in the attack.
Hugh Riminton reports.
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Scotty Overby plead guilty this morning to defiling his dead wife's body--
but he says he is NOT guilty of captial murder.
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Jury selection is now underway in Overby's trial on that charge.
Sheila Overby was strangled to death last August in Shawsville.
Her body was mutiltiated and sexually violated with objects including
jewelry and money.
Her estranged husband doesn't deny killing her and defiling the body, but
his lawyers will argue Overby is NOT guilty of a capital offense because he did
not rape her during the commission of the crime.
They will ask the jury to consider the lesser charges of first degree
murder or manslaughter which do NOT carry the death penalty.
The child who drowned at Smith Mountain Lake yesterday has been identified
as the grandson of Roanoke Delegate Vic Thomas.
The Bedford County Sheriff's Department says three- year- old Cole Patrick
Thomas was at his grandfather's house, when he apparently wandered away and
fell into the water.
The boy was discovered by his father.
Rescue squad members tried to revive the child but he later died at the
Henry County authorities say a 13- year old boy was accidentally shot last
night by his cousin.
It happened in the parking lot of the Mexican Grocery Store in Collinsville.
Authorities say Jose Rodriguez was playing in the parking lot with his
younger brother when he was struck in the stomach.
Sheriff's officials say the boys' cousin was sitting in a nearby car when
his gun went off.
Rodriguez, who's in serious condition, is from Kernersville, North Carolina.
The fatal shooting of another boy has led Rockbridge County school officials
to call in counselors, parents, and teachers to help classmates deal with the
10-year-old John Pickral attended Waddell Elementary School-- he was shot
this weekend on the V-M-I campus.
Scott Prince reports from Lexington.
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(( 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.
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((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. ))
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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.))
And there was another weekend shooting -- this one at the Old Farm Village
apartments in Christiansburg.
Authorities say a woman called 9-1-1 dispatchers yesterday and told them she
was considering committing suicide.
Police officers arrived and heard a shot fired.
Police say Stella Arcaro (ARE-CAR-ROW) then exited the apartment pointing a
rifle at an officer.
The officer fired, striking Arcaro in the leg.
She's in stable condition at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Police do not say if Arcaro is the woman who made the call to 9-1-1.
A search is underway in Roanoke for a man who ran his car into a city
officer on bike patrol.
Officer Eric P. Charles was not injured in the incident.
Charles and another officer were checking the man driver's license on
Saturday when he accelerated and struck Charles' bike.
The suspect, described only as an African American man, faces a charge of
attempted malicious wouding.
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Next on News 7
A quarter of a million young people gather in the nation's capital,
and the Coast Guard is looking for one of the nation's former top spies, former
C-I-A director William Colby.
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music up full
Arson is suspected in a fire that heavily damaged a building in downtown
Lynchburg this morning.
The blaze at 24- hundred 12th Street was reported just after one.
The back porch to the Alco Vinyl Siding Company apparently had been set on
fire, and the flames quickly spread to the rest of the building.
Firefighters spent more than an hour knocking down the fire.
Authorities say the neighborhood has had other arson problems before.
Fire marshals are waiting to talk to a man who was arrested for being drunk
in public at the same time the fire broke out.
One of the groups that was instrumental in electing Roanoke Mayor David
Bowers has decided not to endorse him this time around.
This morning, the Roanoke Firefighters Association issued endorsements for
four of the seats on council that will be filled next Tuesday.
The group declined to endorse Bowers or his republican challenger Pat Green.
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((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: WE INTERVIEWED BOTH
CANDIDATES FOR MAYO. WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH THEIR RESPONSES, BUT OUR MEMBERSHIP
ELECTED TO MAKE NO ENDORSEMENT FOR MAYOR. AND WE'D LIKE TO JUST LEAVE IT LIKE
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Firefighters Association;
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Members of the Firefighters Association voted to endorse Democrats Nelson
Harris, Jim Trout and Linda Wyatt along with Republican Alvin Nash.
The Coast Guard today has resumed its search for former C-I-A director
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Colby was reported missing last night after a canoe he had been using was
found capsized near his southern Maryland home.
Colby served in the Nixon and Ford administrations.
He is 76.
President Clinton shook his head "no" this morning when a reporter asked if
he had any news about Colby.
Mr. Clinton was on his way to Florida where he will outline a five point
plan to battle drug abuse.
His trip comes one day after he testified in the criminal trial of his
former Whitewater partners.
Jim and Susan McDougal subpoenaed the President to rebut allegations by
former Arkansas Judge David Hale that then Governor Clinton pressured Hale to
make an illegal loan to Susan.
Jim McDougal says he is satisfied with the president's testimony.
JIM MCDOUGAL:I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT DAVID HALE IS A LIAR AND A THIEF AND A CON
ARTIST AND I WOULD IMAGINE IF YOU STOPPED HIM ON THE STREET THE PRESIDENT
WOULD PROBABLY AGREE WITH THAT CONCLUSION. ))
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The taped deposition has been sealed and all sides have 30 days to
file arguments as to how to handle the videotape.
It's being billed as the Christian Woodstock.
Some 250-thousand young people are in Washington D-C this afternoon for a
The two day event features some 20 Christian music groups and two dozen
speakers including the Reverends Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.
A rally spokesman says the purpose of the event is to spread a message of
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up --
Another investment tip in this week's edition of Common Sense,
and we'll talk to a Roanoke County Police Officer about how you can help keep
your child safe while driving.
State law requires children under the age of four to ride in safety-seats.
But parents don't always comply.
Five years ago a program was started to encourage parents to use child safety
seats and to encourage others to report parents who do NOT use them.
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This program has been a huge success statewide.
Roanoke County Police Officer Lee Linkous has been involved and he joins us
today to tell us about it.
How did the program get started?
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(How can people help this program to work?
How many cards have you recieved so far?
Last week in an accident following a police chase a six-week-old, who
reportedly was in a safety-seat, was ejected from the vehicle. How fool-proof
What are the chances of surviving a crash in a safety-seat, compared to
surviving a crash without one?
How does this program compare to similar ones in other states, or is this
program unique to Virginia?)
Taking stock of your investments?
In this week's edition of Common Sense, Len Besthoff explains why you might
consider investing in retail.
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Stocks are mixed in quiet trading.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP four points.
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Coming up in sports-
A Philadelphia teen may bypass college and go straight to the N-B-A,
and Bill Elliott and Ricky Craven are injured in a couple of crashes at
MUSIC UP FULL
A few hours from now Philadelphia high school standout Kobe (KOH'-bee)
Bryant has scheduled a news conference to reveal whether he will bypass college
for the N-B-A.
Bryant is arguably the nation's best high school basketball player.
The six-foot-six guard-forward led Lower Merion to a state title this year.
He would be the fifth high school player to go straight to the pros without
playing in college.
A spectacular crash stole the show yesterday in Talladega.
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Ernie Irvan, running with a patched up engine, manages to lead the race
after passing Dale Earnhardt.
But Sterling Marlin works his way through traffic to take the point about
60 laps into the race.
The third caution of the day comes when Bill Elliott's car goes airborne
and slams down on all four wheels on lap 79 of the race.
Elliott is taken to an Alabama hospital with a dislocated hip.
Ward Burton leads for a lap but Terry Labonte is the leader at the half way
After they cross the line Earnhardt is the leader of the race.
Michael Waltrip takes the lead with 69 laps to go.
Then the fourth caution of the day comes when several cars get involved in
a crash on turn one.
Ricky Craven's car flips and becomes airborne.
Several cars go under Craven and he hits the fence in turn one.
Craven is shaken but not seriously injured.
Fourteen cars are involved including Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace and Mark
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((MARK MARTIN/6 VAVOLINE FORD: ))
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Marlin takes the lead with less than 25 laps to go and holds off Dale Jarret
to win the Winston Select 500 at Talladega.
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((STERLING MARLIN/WINSTON SELECT 500 WINNER: ))
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Jarrett was second, Earnhardt third, Labonte fourth and Waltrip fifth.
North Carolina native Mark O'Meara is the winner of the P-G-A's greater
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After a four shot lead at the turn O'Meara stumbles 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 bogies the hole shooting a final round three under par 69.
He finishes two shots in front of Duffy Waldorf who shared the lead at the
start of the round.
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Back strain is one of the most common causes of employee injuries in the
Coming up in tonight's Health Check we'll look into the latest trend among
employers to prescreen their workers for potential injuries.
That story and more news of the day on NEWS-7 at FIVE and then stick around
for NEWS-7 at Six.
Thanks for watching, Buh-Bye!