Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
More information about the woman whose infant died in a house-
Do the folks who inspect planes know what they're doing? What they're
saying may suprise you.
Plus April ends like a lion- in Wisconsin.
And we'll meet the Candidates for Roanoke mayor.
News 7 is next.
Higher gas prices may effect your wallet in more ways than one.
The price of all delivered goods could go up as transportation costs rise.
Oil companies defend their stand that they are not gouging prices.
A debate in the race for Roanoke mayor tonight.
The candidates discussed issues from real estate to taxes.
We'll have a full report.
And finally, are you running out of creative ways to tell that special
someone how you feel?
We'll tell you how one man keeps love alive.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The Henry County Department of Social Services was already familiar with
Vivian Thomas when her infant child died in a house fire.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./February 28;
Prosecutors say Thomas had left her children alone at least 30- minutes
before her house caught fire in February.
The blaze killed her six-month old daughter and seriously injured her two
other young children.
A state police agent testified the oven had been left on 500- degrees and
caught the wall on fire.
Witnesses in court indicated this wasn't the first time Thomas had left her
young children alone.
Thomas' brother testified his 31- year old sister has given birth to eleven
He says seven of her children had already been taken away by social workers
before the fatal fire.
IN Q=Most of
((ROBERT BUSHNELL/HENRY CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.:MOST OF THE TIME SITUATIONS OF
CHILD NEGLECT ARE RESOLVED CIVILLY OR THEY NEVER COME TO THE ATTENTION OF THE
AUTHORITIES BUT A SITUATION LIKE THIS IS TRAGIC AND UNUSUAL. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Bushnell/Henry Co. Commonwealth's Atty.; :00
OUT Q=and unusual.
Thomas is charged with a class four felony.
If convicted she could spend 10- years in prison.
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Cocaine
Halifax County authorities charged an elementary teacher and a school
janitor with cocaine possession.
The teacher, 37-year old Dorothy Ferrell was arrested last night at a county
park, along with the janitor, 40-year old Jerry Rags-dale.
Deputies answering a disturbance call say they spotted Ferrell, Ragsdale and
a third person in a car, along with some crack and pipes used to smoke it.
No word on how much cocaine the deputies found.
School superintendent Kenneth Walker was unavailable for comment.
As jury selection in his capital murder trial was about to enter a second
day, Scotty Overby changed his plea.
Overby's lawyers say their client acted AGAINST their advice when he pled no
contest to the charges.
Overby had already confessed to killing his estranged wife, Sheila Ann
Stafford, mutilating her body, and sexually assaulting her.
But he was hoping the jury would consider lesser charges of first degree
murder or manslaughter, which do not carry the death penalty.
His lawyer says the jury selection process was more than Overby could stand.
((JIMMY TURK/OVERBY'S LAWYER: SIMPLY COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT SIT THROUGH
ANYMORE OF THAT QUESTIONING OF EVERY JUROR AND HAVING TO RELIVE ALL THOSE
EVENTS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. ))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Turk/Overby's Lawyer;
OUT Q=AND OVER AGAIN.
Despite Overby's no contest pleas, the judge must still hear all the
evidence and witness testimony before deciding whether to convict Overby of
Overby IS expected to testify.
From economic development and regional cooperation, to rental inspections
and real estate taxes--
Tonight's debate between Roanoke's Mayor and the man hoping to unseat him
focused mainly on voters' wallets, and their homes.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Just a handful
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Pat Green/(R) Roanoke Mayoral Candidate; :37
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke
(( Just a handful of citizens, along with a couple of city council
candidates made up the studio audience for the Mayoral debate.
But questions for the candidates came from the moderator-- and especially,
the phone lines.
One question was regarding the real estate tax rate-- which the Democratic
incumbent says he wants to see lowered.
SOT tape 1 7:59:48
((DAVID BOWERS/D- ROANOKE MAYOR: LET ME SAY THAT IN THE FOUR YEARS I'VE SERVED
AS MAYOR, WE'VE CONTINUED TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET. THIS YEAR, THE CITY
MANAGER DID NOT PROPOSE A TAX REDUCTION-- BUT I'M STILL LOOKING AT IT-- I'M
STILL LOOKING FOR IT. ))
Meanwhile, his Republican challenger, Pat Green says adjustments need to
be made in the current rate.
SOT tape 1 8:01:01
((PAT GREEN/R- CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE MAYOR: WHAT HOPEFULLY YOU'LL SEE IS THAT
THE CITY OF ROANOKE AND THE APPRAISAL DEPARTMENT WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THEY
CANNOT CONTINUE TO RAISE THE RATE OF TAXES-- THE RATE OF THE PROPERTY VALUE--
AS THEY'VE DONE IN THE PAST. ))
About the only verbal sparring during the debate was over the city's
rental inspection program-- which Green says was timed for political gain.
SOT tape 1 7:41:57
((GREEN: WHY DID THEY WAIT SO LONG TO DO IT? BOWERS: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY
THAT? MODERATOR: LET HIM FINISH. GO AHEAD. GREEN: WHY DIDN'T WE HAVE IT
YEARS AGO? WHY IS IT NOW, RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION, ALL OF A SUDDEN COMING
But Bowers says the plan had long been in the works-
((BOWERS: ON THE DOCKET, ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL, JUST ABOUT A YEAR AGO, IT WAS
IN THE SUMMERTIME AND RIGHT AWAY, ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL DIRECTED THE CITY
MANAGER TO GO FORWARD WITH THAT PROGRAM. ))
SOT standup tape 2 8:25:15
AT ONE POINT, THE DEBATE ALSO TURNED TO THE TOPIC OF POLITICS ITSELF-- WHEN
BOTH CANDIDATES AGREED ON THE NEED FOR POSITIVE CAMPAIGNING.
WE'LL SEE IF THEY MAINTAIN THAT BELIEF WHEN ELECTION DAY ROLLS AROUND NEXT
KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.
It is too much rain in the Midwest- not enough in the Southwest.
As Dave Fehling reports the Spring of 96 is seeing it all.
SUPER=03-Cape Giradeau, MO; 00
SUPER=03-St. Louis Co, MO; 10 ish
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/CBS News; 32
SUPER=03-Tonto Nat'l Forest, AZ; 46
SUPER=03-Los Alamos, NM; 56
OUT Q=CBS News, Houston."
((I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW BECAUSE THE WATER'S COMING UP FAST."
In Cape Giradeau, Missouri, police went door to door as the fast-rising
floodwaters threatened to take residents by suprise.
In St. Louis where eight inches of rain fell, curious kids checked-out a
flooded creek and got stuck in mud up to their waists.
Firefighters had to dig a 12 year old girl out of the mess.
SHE STEPED INTO THE MUD THINKIN' SHE COULD GET OUT AND SANK DOWN.
In Ohio, viciously high winds ripped through Dayton. While in cincinnati,
flooding forced people to make a
night-time escape to higher ground.
DAVE FEHLING CBS HOUSTON: MEANTIME, HERE IN THE SOUTHWEST, THEY'RE NOT GETTING
NEARLY ENOUGH RAIN. IT HAS BEEN HOTTER AND DRIER THAN USUAL AND THAT TOO IS
Smoke blew across downtown Phoenix as 40-thousand acres burned in the Tonto
Over 600 firefighters assisted by air-dropped water
and fire-fighting chemcials made some headway as temperatures cooled a bit and
the humidity rose.
But in New Mexico, bone-dry air and high winds again threatened to send this
fire ever closer to the Los Alamos nuclear research center.
Officials there insisted anything dangerously explosive or radioactive was
safely stored in underground bunkers that survived a similar fire in 1977.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Houston.))
TAPE# Net C
Here's another unusual weather story for the last day of April.
Snow and snowblowers were common sights in Wisconsin today as more than a
foot of the white stuff fell with more in the forecast.
Some folks built a snowman, while these men were inspired to decorate a
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, the Justice Department will investigate rising
and the Senate tries to find out if the people who inspect the nation's
airplanes are qualified.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Do the people who inspect planes know what they're doing?
Not always and inspections are not always up to par.
That according to F-A-A inspectors who testified before a senate
The inspectors spoke from behind a white wall- Their voices altered-
They say violations are widespread.
((SEN. CARL LEVIN/D-MICHIGAN: HOW MANY OF THESE WERE A THREAT TO HUMAN SAFETY
MOST OF THEM OR A SMALL PERCENTAGE?
MR. JONES/ANONYMOUS AVIATION INSPECTOR: THEY VARIED SIR. SOME SUCH AS DURING
OVERHAUL PERIOD SUCH AS FLIGHT CONTROLS BEING REPAIRED INCORRECTLY. I CONSIDER
SUPER=01-Sen. Carl Levin/(D) Michigan; 00
SUPER=02-"Mr. Jones"/Anonymous Aviation Inspector; 09
OUT Q=CONSIDER MOST DANGEROUS."
An inspector also told Congress he was not trained for the inspections he
And a former airline employee said he was ordered to cover up safety
violations every day.
A day of bloody fighting has given way to a quiet night in Liberia's
Gunmen opened fire on the U-S embassy today- Marines fired back killing
three of the attackers.
((KEN BACON/PENTAGON SPOKESMAN: THE FIRST LESSON IS THE FACTIONS SHOULD STOP
FIGHTING AND AGREE TO PEACE. THE SECOND IS THE MARINES TAKE THEIR SECURITY
OBLIGATIONS SERIOUSLY AND WILL PROTECT THE EMBASSY AS APPROPRIATE.))
SUPER=01-Ken Bacon/Pentagon Spokesman;
OUT Q=AS APPROPRIATE.
The attacks follow the breakdown of a cease-fire in Liberia.
A judge in Giles County clears two teenage girls accused of pulling a
bride-jumping suicide hoax.
But the girls are still telling conflicting stories.
Today, the 16 year-old who first reported the alleged incident told her
version to Tracy Altizer.
IN Q=She said she's not
SUPER=03-Giles Co./February 19; :05
OUT Q=see that also.
((SHE SAID SHE'S NOT GONNA GET SENT OFF, AND JUMPED OFF THE BRIDGE. ))
The 16 year- old says her friend was afraid of being sent to reform school
when she jumped into the icy New River.
Rescuers searched for two days, during which time the younger girl says she
hid out in the home of her friend.
The 16 year-old says that's not true.
((I HAVE NO CLUE WHERE SHE WAS, I WISH I DID BUT IT DON'T. I KNOW SHE TOLD ME
SHE WAS ON THE RIVER. ))
The 14 year- old, who first told police the same thing, later told them she
never jumped at all.
The older girl said it then appeared SHE was lying.
((IT WAS LIKE EVERYBODY THAT I KNEW AND TRUSTED JUST TURNED AGAINST ME AND SAID
"I HATE YOU." THAT WAS REALLY HARD. ))
She hopes that since the court found her not guilty, others won't be too
quick to judge.
((THEY EXPLAINED WHAT HAPPENED AND HE SAID THAT I'M INNOCENT. AND I WISH PEOPLE
WOULD SEE THAT ALSO. ))
Commonwealth's Attorney Garland Spangler says some rescuers still believe it
was a hoax, and need closure to the incident.
He plans to ask the judge to consider placing the girls in a juvenile
counseling program. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
News- 7 is not revealing the identities of either girl because of their
Higher gasoline prices will hit you in the wallet in more ways than one.
It won't just cost you more to drive your car, but the price of all kinds of
delivered goods may go up.
That's because the diesel fuel truckers use also costs more.
IN Q=Diesel prices
((STEVE FALK/TRUCK DRIVER: DIESEL PRICES UP NORTH ARE A DOLLAR FIFTY A GALLON.
DOWN HERE THEY'RE REAL HIGH, STARTING TO GET HIGH, GONNA COST EVERYBODY
SUPER=01-Steve Falk/Truck Driver;
OUT Q=everybody money.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; (QUICK)
Meanwhile in Washington, a trade association representing U-S oil companies,
defended the recent fuel hikes, and welcomed any federal probe into alleged
SOT 1pm tape 14:09:00
IN Q=None of
((EDWARD MURPHY/AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE: NONE OF THEM HAVE EVER CONCLUDED
THAT THE GASOLINE PRICE CHANGES OR THE CRUDE OIL CHANGES ARE ANY OTHER THAN
NORMAL MARKET REACTION TO NORMAL FORCES. I'M FULLY CONFIDENT THAT ANY
INVESTIGATION RIGHT NOW IS GOING TO SHOW THE SAME THING.))
SUPER=01-Edward Murphy/American Petroleum Institute;
OUT Q=same thing.
Gasoline prices are at their highest since the Persian Gulf War.
They've jumped five cents in the past two weeks and 14 cents in the past
The average price nationwide was a dollar, thirty six cents a gallon as of
Tonight the Justice Department announced it is launching an investigation
into price increases.
And congressional leaders are promising a vote this month on lowering the
federal gas tax.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Coming up, an Idaho man's anniversary message takes root,
and Lynchburg authorities look for federal help in their efforts to solve an
arson last Christmas.
MUSIC UP FULL
An arsonist is blamed for a Christmas Day fire that destroyed the historic
Lukens building in Lynchburg.
But authorities say this fire burned more quickly and hotter than anything
they've seen before, and they're asking for some federal help in the
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Lynchburg fire
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/December 25; :00
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :19
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Lynchburg fire authorities say whoever set fire to the Lukens building on
Christmas Day knew exactly what they were doing.
The blaze that gutted the century- old landmark started on the third floor
where a chemical accelerant ignited a fire that reached more than 2400
degrees, hot enough to melt bricks.
IN Q=I believe
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: I BELIEVE YOU COULD BACK A TANKER TRUCK
... NOT HAVE DONE THIS.))
OUT Q=have done this.
IN Q=Jennings says
((Jennings says the Lukens fire resembles what's known as a high temperature
accelerant fire, of which only five or six have been seen in the entire United
States. For that reason, he's asking agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco
and Firearms to assist in the investigation.))
OUT Q=the investigation.
Jennings says the A-T-F is highly trained in fire and explosion
Even with a hundred combined years of experience working here on the local
level, investigators knew this one was out of their league.
IN Q=In my 20 years
((JENNINGS: IN MY TWENTY YEARS OF INVESTIGATING FIRES, I HAVE NEVER SEEN
ANYTHING LIKE THIS,... LIKE THIS.))
OUT Q=like this.
The investigation continues.
Jennings would not comment on possible suspects, and whether that list
includes the building's owner Larry Halstead.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Bill Elliott, meanwhile, is resting as well as can be expected after
undergoing 2 hours of surgery yesterday to repair an unstable fracture on his
upper femur bone in his left leg.
SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL; :00
A teams of surgeons including Bo Jackson's doctor, James Andrews performed
the operation that could keep Elliott off the track for three to six months.
((DR. JAMES ANDREWS/ELLIOTT'S SURGEON:))
SUPER=01-James Andrews/Elliott's Surgeon; :00
OUT Q=...IN A RACE CAR."
Elliott had started 395 straight races before the mishap. Tommy Kendall will
replace him this weekend at Sonoma.
Todd Bodine is a possibility for the next event in Charlotte.
Cave Spring beat Patrick Henry 3-2 in a Roanoke Valley District boys soccer
Steve Mason has the exciting highlights.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Patriots vs. Knights; :00
SUPER=01-Bruce Mahn/Cave Spring Coach; :23
SUPER=01-Trevor Plunkett/Scored Both Patriot Goals; :39
SUPER=01-Chris Hewitt/Cave Spring Forward; 1:01
SUPER=01-Ed McMichael/Patrick Henry Coach; 1:08
SUPER=34-Cave Spring/==3/Patrick Henry/==2; 1:18
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
In girls softball action, the lady Knights topped William Fleming 10-3 over
at Penn Forest.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Colonels vs. Knights; :00
We pick up the action in the second inning. Fleming's Katie walker
connects on the one bagger that brings home Evvey McCallister, but the Lady
Colonels still trailed 4-1.
Cave Spring answered in the bottom SUPER=34-Cave Spring/=10/William
of the third. Kristina Childress reaches first on the infield single that
plates Sarah Olgevy, 6-1 Lady Knights.
Cave Spring would score 4 more. The lady Knights win 10-3.
William Byrd topped Northside 7-1 in a Blue Ridge softball game today.
Former Salem Buccaneer Jeff King became just the third player in major league
history to homer twice in the same inning in two separate games.
Last night in the fourth against the reds he hit a solo shot and a grand slam
to power the PIrates to to a 10-to-7 win.
The defending eastern conference champion Orlando Magic completed a three
game sweep of the Detroit PIstons last night by beating big "D" 101-TO-98 in
SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI/TNT; :00
Penny Hardaway led the way for the Magic with 24 points, three of which came
on this rainbow three pointer with time running out in the first half.
The Magic led 51-to-48 at the break, and they win it 101-to-98 to take the
SUPER=32-Orlando/101/Detroit/=98/Magic Win 3-to-0;
series three games to none.
Pistons coach Doug Collins was kicked out of the game.
In the West, the two time defending champion Rockets took a two games to one
lead on the Lakers last night.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/Lakers vs. Rockets - TBS; :00
Rudy T's team stole one on the Lakers home court in the first two games and
lsat night they went for one at the Summit as Mario Ehle gets out on the break
and hammers in the one handed jam.
The Lakers would counter with Cedric Ceballos inside from Van Exel.
But the Rockets prove too much, taking the win 104-to-98.
Another coach turned broadcaster and turned back into a head coach of a
Division one program.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH; :00
Former Villanova and Nevada-Las Vegas head coach Rollie
Massimino is the new men's basketball coach at Cleveland State.
The 61 year old, Massimino is best known for leading Villanova to an
improbable national championship in 1985.
Most recently he spent two years at UNLV and a couple of years with Prime
Ricky Craven, the man who flew the air with the greatest of ease, yet caused
a great many of us to feel uneasy, is back home in the Charlotte area this
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN - Sunday; :00
The driver of the number 41 Kodiak Chevrolet got the worst of a 14 car melee
in the Sunday's Winston Select 500 at Talladega.
He has a bruised lung, a compressed vertebrae, and a strong appreciation for
the safety standards of the cars.
IN Q="I watched...
((RICKY CRAVEN/DRIVER - KODIAK CHEVY:))
SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Driver - Kodiak Chevy; :00
OUT Q=...while to stop."
Craven will start this week's race's at Sears Point but Ron Hornaday, the
SuperTruck specialist wil be standing by as a relief driver.
Still to come tonight, America's premier cycling event is set to roll late
as the 1996 Tour DuPont gets underway in Wilmington, Delaware. more on that
plus ECHL playoffs news in moment.
After weeks and weeks of hype, the 1996 Tour Dupont begins today in
And for the first time in the history of the event, it will not begin with a
Prologue time trial.
SUPER=04-1995 Tour DuPont; :00
Instead the 12 hundred and 25 mile race will begin with a 51 mile race through
the streets of Wilmington.
The spring begins at 5 this afternoon and ends at 6:45 after the riders have
made 14 trips around the 3 point 7 mile course.
The Tour Dupont will be in the Roanoke Valley on Sunday and Monday of next
The Charlotte Checkers have taken a two games to none lead on the
Jacksonville Lizard Kings in the ECHL Riley Cup finals.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Game Two; :00
Last night the Checkers would win it 5-to-3 and they got to a fast start
thanks to Dennis Maxwell who gets the early tally for 1-to-nothing lead.
The Checkers also got great goal tending from Ken Shepherd, who makes the
save to stop the Lizard Kings again.
Kimbe Daniels would ge the game winner for the Checkers as he breaks the
3-all tie and Charlotte wins game two 5-to-3.
After exactly ten years of marriage, an Idaho man's decided to play the
But don't worry, Frank Lanum wasn't running around on his wife, Betty, he
was just leaving her an anniversary message.
Lanum carved the words, "I Love You, B-J" in a field near their home.
He spent a month measuring and designing the message.
When the anniversary came around, Frank took Betty in a plane to show off
He said the only problem was he wrote the "J" backwards.