Next on News Seven Montgomery County officials report that a four- year- old
child was under water in a pond for 45 minutes and has been hospitalized.
Our recent thunderstorms have caused havoc.
Reports of fires and power outages throughout the area.
And the fifth leg of the Tour Dupont finished in fine fashion today.
News Seven is next.
A six- year- old West Virginia girl is in the hospital tonight after being
struck by lightning.
Latasha White was visiting her aunt in Giles County when she was struck.
Latasha and her Aunt, Charlene Vaughn, were standing in the front doorway
watching the storm when the lightning hit.
Vaughn said the child was blinded for 15 minutes, and was convulsing when
rescue workers arrived.
Latasha is in satisfactory condition at Giles Memorial Hospital, and may be
Vaugh describes the strike as a bright blue flash-- One that she hopes she
never sees again.
Heavy downpours, close to ground lightning, and hail have made for a pretty
The national weather service has extended its severe thunderstorm watch for
southwest and central Virginia into the overnight hours.
Also, a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for at least the next few
minutes in Franklin and Bedford counties.
Let's take a look now at the doppler radar.
Goto to Doppler
toss to Ron
Montgomery County Police report that a four- year- old girl who was
submerged in a pond for 45 minutes is being treated at local hospital.
It all happened around 1:30 this afternoon.
According to police the girl's 6-year-old brother watched as his sister fell
into the water at the Old Farm Village.
After divers found her body, rescue squad members began performing C-P-R
until she began to respond.
She was later taken to Community Hospital in Roanoke-- but her condition is
not known and her name has not been released.
Slow traffic in a work-zone on Interstate 81 may have caused a fatal
accident yesterday afternoon.
Police say Merritt Kirkpatrick of Illinois apparently didn't realize traffic
The end result was a chain reaction collision.
The accident happened in a posted work zone.
But as Denise Allen reports there are steps drivers can take to make driving
IN Q=Saturday afternoon
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; :28
SUPER=01-Sgt. Joe Rader/State Police; 1:00
OUT Q=News 7
(( Saturday afternoon travel near the 158 mile marker slowed.
Several miles down the highway the road narrowed to one lane as construction
workers repaved the highway.
Witnesses told police Merritt Kirkpatrick did not try to brake before
slamming his truck into the tractor trailer in front of him.
The accident killed Kirkpatrick and injured three others.
Officials say signs are posted four miles in advance of the work to prepare
drivers for slower traffic.
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESPERSON: THE LAYOUT OF A WORK ZONE IS FEDERALLY
PRESCRIBED. SO WE FOLLOW SPECIFIC LAYOUTS FOR WORK ZONES DEPENDING ON THE TYPE
OF WORK THAT'S BEING DONE AND THE HIGHWAY IT'S TAKING PLACE ON.))
V-Dot and construction crews also use low frequency radio advisories to
update motorists on road conditions and reduced speeds.
Bullock says obeying the signage is the first key to safety.
She also suggests not changing lanes and maintaining the posted speed.
Statistically work-zones are more dangerous for motorists than for the
((SGT. JOE RADER/STATE POLICE: THEY NEED TO REDUCE THEIR SPEED AND NOT BE
TALKING LIKE TO SOMEONE ELSE IN THEIR CAR OR READING A MAP. IF YOU JUST KEEP
YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD YOU'LL BE FINE.))
((BULLOCK: THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS IF A PERSON IS CAUGHT SPEEDING AND
CONVICTED OF SPEEDING IN A WORK ZONE, WHERE THE SIGN IS POSTED THEY COULD BE
FINED UP TO 250 DOLLAR FINE))
((RADER: WE SUPPLEMENT OUR REGULAR PATROL WITH ADDITIONAL TROOPERS IN THE
ACTUAL WORK ZONE AND THEIR SOLE PURPOSE IT TO MAINTAIN THE SAFETY OF THE
WORKERS AND TO REDUCE THE SPEED IN THAT AREA.))
Laura Bullock says the construction will be around for a while.
In addition to the repaving being done in Botetourt County, V-DOT is
replacing bridges on 81 near Salem.
She says this work will take nearly two years to complete.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The Tour Dupont snaked its way through Boones Mill today.
And racing officials worried closed roads would put motorists in a bad mood.
Route 2-20 in Franklin County was blocked so the cyclists could continue
their journey to the finish line in Roanoke.
When all was said and done the road was only closed for 20 minutes but the
motorists didn't seem to mind.
IN Q=not much at all
((BRENT WILLS/MOTORIST: NOT MUCH AT ALL. I'M ON MY WAY TO A SOCCER GAME IN
ROANOKE. WE'LL BE THERE IN TIME. COULD BE WORSE COULD BE RAINING.))
((MARY WEBB: I GUESS FOR THE CITY AND THE TOWN IT'S NOT TOO BAD. WE'LL
SUPER=01-Brent Wills/Motorist; :00
SUPER=07-Mary Webb; :07
OUT Q=WE'LL TOLERATE IT
The race was a boom for the town bringing in many visitors.
Most were just happy to take part in the third largest bike race in the
A fire in the heart of Paris sent up plumes of smoke-- so high they dwarfed
the Eiffel Tower.
At least 33 people have been hurt in the blaze at the central Paris
headquarters of a major French bank.
Thirty of the injured are firefighters who were overcome by thick smoke.
About 250 firefighters battled the blaze near the famed Place de l'Opera
(plahs dih LOH'-pehr-ah).
Officials believe the fire was caused by a short circuit that broke out in a
The final stage of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators
is now under way.
They'll be discussing tough issues, like Jerusalem's future and Jewish
settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Israel's chief negotiator says the distance between the two sides is "quite
wide," but he says the talks show that the peace process is moving forward.
A Palestinian delegate says the meeting marks the beginning of a new era.
Today's session is expected to be followed by three years of tedious talks.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
A movie is set to be released about a recent Virginia political campaign.
And a parade in Moscow marks the 300th anniversary of the Soviet Navy.
Moscow residents were treated to a military parade through Red Square today
marking the 300th anniversary of
the founding of the Russian navy by Tsar-- Peter the Great.
Coming in the midst of the Russian presidential elections next month, the
parade was a reminder to Russians of their country's continuing military might.
Under the former Soviet Union, the Soviet navy was one of the most powerful
in the world.
Saddled with an unpopular government, President Boris Yeltsin was scheduled
to watch the parade but did not appear.
Virginia Army Reserve Soldiers are hard at work--but not anywhere in our
The 7th of the 60th Engineer Battalion from Marion is in Panama rebuilding
the region's infrastructure. The soldiers are taking stone from a river to
IN Q=Quarrying stone out
((1ST LT. MARK MCLAIN/U.S. ARMY RESERVE: QUARRYING STONE OUT OF A RIVER IS NOT
SOMETHING WE NORMALLY DO OR BE ABLE TO EVEN DO IN THE STATES, BUT BEING ABLE TO
PULL IT OUT OF A RIVER HERE WE LEARN HOW TO PULL THE STONE OUT OF THE RIVER
WITHOUT GETTING STUCK. ))
SUPER=01-1st Lt. Mark McLain/U.S. Army Reserve;
OUT Q=without getting stuck.
The end result will be a new avenue of easier transportation for local
When the CHIPS were down, Lynchburg was able to convince Frito-Lay to bring
it's factory to Central Virginia.
And the Patrick Henry Hotel may be sold.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
OUT Q=NAT SOT
It's official...Frito-Lay is coming to Lynchburg, and 800 jobs along with
Construction of the snack food giant's newest plant starts in July, with the
plant scheduled to open in 1998.
A North Carolina investor has proposed to purchase Holdrens, an electronics
and appliance store chain that has been in Roanoke for 60 years.
Holdren's has stores in Roanoke, Vinton, Lynchburg, Martinsville, and the
New River Valley.
A historic Roanoke Landmark may be up for sale.
The U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development says it's accepting bids
for the Patrick Henry Hotel, which was on a list of FORECLOSURES in Friday's
Wall Street Journal.
The Washington Post is reporting that Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, the
nation's largest railroad, has made preliminary contacts with Norfolk Southern
regarding a merger.
A deal between the two would create the nation's first transcontinental
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it fell 90 points,
closing at 5478.03.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
A Virginia political race of two years ago gained national attention when
Oliver North made a run for the Senate.
Now a movie is out chronicling the campaign.
IN Q= I TELL YOU
((OLIVER NORTH/FORMER SENATE CANDIDATE: TELL YOU RIGHT NOW COUNSEL, AND ALL THE
MEMBERS THAT HAVE GATHERED. THAT I MISLED CONGRESS ))
SUPER=10-Oliver North/Former Senate Candidate/File Tape;
OUT Q=misled congress
SUPER=04-"A Perfect Candidate"
It's called "A Perfect Candidate," it charts the campaign between Chuck Robb
and Oliver North from inside the North Campaign.
Senator Chuck Robb, the victorious candidate, has seen the movie, and is not
a big fan.
IN Q=The candidate thought
((CHUCK ROBB/SENATOR: THE CANDIDATE THEY THOUGHT WAS GOING TO WIN DIDN'T, AND
THEY'RE DOING THEIR BEST TO RECOUP THEIR LOSSES. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT.))
OUT Q=understand that
"Perfect Candidate" will be released in major markets sometime next month.
No word yet on when it may make its way to Virginia.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Kimberly will bring us the latest on the storms.
If you are the type to go over mountains, and not around them, mountain
biking may be for you.
MUSIC UP FULL
The National Forest has miles of scenic trails.
And they aren't just for hiking.
SOME outdoorsmen will be hitting the forest on two wheels.
Beth Myer reports-- if you are going to go mountain biking, make sure you
know how to do it right.
IN Q=(natsot open) Rushing down a mountain
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Pohowsky/Biker; :13
SUPER=01-Ashwin Amanna/Biker; :30
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News
open with natsot of bikers going down the mountain trail
Rushing down a mountain trail on a bike is NOT as easy as it looks and it's NOT
a good idea for beginners.
11 05 51 00 - 11 06 02 00
IN Q=Most importantly
((CHRIS POWHOWSKY/BIKER: MOST IMPORTANTLY STAY IN CONTROL AT ALL TIMES. THERE
ARE A LOT OF STEEP HILLS AROUND HERE AND YOU CAN GO PRETTY FAST. AND YOU CAN
REALLY HURT YOURSELF AND IT'S DEFINITELY WORTH BEING CAUTIOUS.))
OUT Q=being cautious.
Staying in control and on the trail will not only keep you safe, it will also
preserve the area.
11 08 57 00 - 11 09 07 00
IN Q=If you're going
((ASHWIN AMANNA/BIKER: IF YOU'RE GOING TOO FAST, WHEN SLOWING DOWN DO NOT
SKID. SKIDDING WILL TEAR UP THE TRAIL . YOU GET OUT OF CONTROL AND YOU DON'T
STOP ANY FASTER THAN IF YOU'RE IN CONTROL. ))
OUT Q=you're in control.
video of hiker's feet
Common courtesy is the general rule of mountain biking. Bikers should always
yield to hikers and horses.
10 44 30 00 - 10 44 35 00
IN Q=Rider up!
((RIDER UP... ONLY 8 MORE MILES! ))
OUT Q=8 more miles.
When passing in the opposite direction, the up- hill rider gets the rite of
way. Bikers say it's that way because it's so much harder to stop, then start
again when going up hill.
And when YOU'RE riding up hill resist the urge to stand.
10 40 01 00 - 10 49 10 00
IN Q=Generally, it works better
((CHRIS POHOWSKY/BIKER: GENERALLY IT WORKS BETTER IF YOU STAY SEATED WHEN
YOU'RE CLIMBING. IF YOU STAND UP YOU'LL START TO SPIN OUT. ))
OUT Q=to spin out.
Bikers need helmets and a few tools when out on a ride. A spare tube, tire
pump and tire levers are generally a good idea to have on hand.
Also take along plenty of water and food for the ride.
Beth Myer, News 7.))
Mother Nature got in the final word at Salem Memorial Stadium this afternoon
as today's televised Hillcats-Avalanche game was suspended by rain.
Mike Stevens has more on the festivities.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Salem Manager; 1:33
SUPER=01-Jeff Banister/Lynchburg Manager; 1:42
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
(( The sun was shining brightly in Salem as fans made their way to the city's
sparkling Diamond to be a part of history.
WDBJ Family Day at the park, was punctuated by the the first LIVE telecast
in the history of the stadium.
And for seven innings the Hillcats and Avalanche put on a show, watch MIke
Asche, the HIllcats left fielder make a diving catch to rob Kyle Howser of an
extra base hit.
Salem jumped on top in the first inning as first baseman Nate Holdren
skapped this JImmy Anderson pitch into left, and plated speedster Elvis Pena
The Avalanche took a 2 to nothing lead into sixth, when the Hillcats finally
erupted with Freddy Garcia ripping a two run homer to left. Erskine Kelly
scores and ties it at 2-all.
But soon after that, the skies darkened, the lights came on, and the rain
drops started falling.
Before play was called, it appeared the Hillcats would take the lead in the
6th, catcher Jonathan Sweet tried to score from first on a shot to the wall BY
Eddie Brooks. But Mike Higgins stands his ground at the plate and tags him out
just before play was suspended for nearly an hour in a rain delay.
((JEFF BANISTER/HILLCATS MANAGER:))
((BILL MCGUIRE/SALEM MANAGER:))
Salem is back in the yard Monday night facing Prince William, while Lynchburg
travels to Kinston.))
Michael Jordon's back was alright today as he scored 44 points to lead the
Bulls over New york 91 to 84 in the series opener.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC SPORTS; :
New York was ready to take on Jordan and the Bulls.
But Michael came out hot he opens the game with this three pointer the
bulls led 3 to 2.
The Knicks tied the game in the second half Patrick Ewing hits the jumper
for two of his 21 points.
Jordan put the Knicks away late in SUPER=32-Chicago/=91/New York/=84;the
fourth quarter and the Bulls go on to beat the Knicks 91 to 84.
Atlanta and Utah advance to the second round of the playoffs for those and
all of today's score lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....ST. LOUIS/DETROIT.
And coming up, Rusty Wallace made a move on Jeff Gordon in the closing laps
to win the Savemart 300.
And Lance Armstrong again uses Roanoke to increase his overall lead in the
Overall leader Lance Armstrong won stage 5 of the Tour Dupont today which
finished in downtown Roanoke.
And Steve Mason says the tour's first mountain stage lived up to it's
exciting billing as the 112 cyclists made it through grueling climbs and a
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Jimmy Vanlanen/Cycling Fan; :15
SUPER=01-Mike Downs/Biking Fan; :21
SUPER=01-Velda Brammer/Woolwine Cycling Fan; :42
SUPER=03-Boones Mill; :53
SUPER=01-Scott Mercier/Team Saturn Rider; 1:23
SUPER=01-Lance Armstrong/Stage 5 Winner; 1:48
OUT Q...news 7 sports"
((Roanoke cycling fans had about a 5 hour wait for the finish. An
electrifying BMX bike show helped pass the time.
Meanwhile the riders made their way from the stage's start in Mount Airy
North Carolina through community's like Woolwine. The Patrick County suburb
turned into a cook out as residents feasted while they waited.
After three more climbs, cyclist finally hit the second Coolmax sprint line
in Boones Mill.
The confederacy was on hand to protect and serve Lance Armstrong; the race's
overall leader who just happens to hail from Texas.
The weather took an unfair turn as thunderstorms engulfed Roanoke causing
well over 10 cyclists to crash.
((SCOTT MESSIER/TEAM SATURN:))
But Lance Armstrong stayed out of harm's way and exploded through the finish
line at Jefferson and Bullitt in a time of 4 hours, 41 minutes and 19 seconds.
it was his 3rd stage win of the 1996 Tour DuPont.
((LANCE ARMSTRONG/STAGE 5 WINNER:))
Rusty Wallace took the lead late in the race and he would take the checkered
flag winning the Savemart Supermarkets 300 in Sonoma California.
SUPER=03-Sonoma, CA/ESPN; :
Ricky Craven, Injured last week at Talladega, started the race and ran a
lap before turning the car over to back up driver Ron Hornaday.
Terry Labonte would lead the field for the first three circuits around the
track with Dale Earnhardt second.
Rusty Wallace and Ricky Rudd run side by side with 63 laps left to go in
the race Rusty would take the lead on lap 55.
Mark Martin had his problems on the first lap of the race and he dropped
to the back of the field.
Earnhardt moved into second on the start of the race and he would take
advantage of traffic and move past Wallace for the lead of the race.
But Wallace made a move on Jeff Gordon on the restart after a Caution and
he held off Mark Martin for the win his second this season.
IN Q="this was
((RUSTY WALLACE/SAVEMART 300 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Savemart 300 Winner; :
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Finished Second; :13
OUT Q=.........race teams."
Wally Dalllenbach was third, Earnhardt fourth and Terry Labonte fifth.
Ward Burton finished 10-th Rick Mast 19-th and Jeff Burton 26-th
The Roanoke College Maroons are in the Division three lacrosse playoffs.
The 8-th ranked Maroons will play top ranked Salisbury State next week.
Lora Barrick of Hampton rolled a perfect game tonight at Lee High Lanes
during the women's state bowling tournament.
Barrick is the first woman to roll a 300 game in the Roanoke Valley.