Next on News Seven,
Lynchburg police are investigating a murder where a man was apparently shot
and dumped in the street.
Oliver North endorsed Jim Miller as Virginia's G-O-P Senate nominee at the
Republican convention in Salem this afternoon.
And hundreds marched in Washington today all in the name of children.
News Seven is next.
Lynchburg police officers are investigating a murder tonight.
It happened around three- o'clock in the 600 block of second street.
Witnesses say they heard several shots come from a vehicle-- the car's door
then opened and a body fell out.
Police say the vehicle then drove away at a high rate of speed.
The victim, 21-year-old Tony Montez Murrell, died shortly thereafter.
Police say he suffered from at least one gunshot wound.
Roanoke police have broadened their search for a missing Roanoke man.
65-year-old Clarence R. Morgan has been missing since May 22nd.
Investigators received a tip that Morgan was planning to climb Fort Lewis
Mountain near Salem.
So today rescue workers searched by helicopter and used a bloodhound during
a ground search.
But searchers were unable to find any trace of Morgan.
If you have any information about Morgan's whereabouts you can call police
Delegates at the Virginia Republican convention in Salem overwhelmingly
voted for Jim Miller today,
SS=GOP State Convention
But their straw poll has no OFFICIAL effect on the June 11th Republican
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Pat Robertson
SUPER=03-Salem; :00 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Pat Robertson/Televangelist; :05
SUPER=07-Oliver North; :34
SUPER=@miller; 1:03 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVa Political Analyst; 1:06
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Salem.
(( Pat Robertson prayed for the divine guidance of the Virginia Republican
nat sot tape one 10:08:10
((PAT ROBERTSON: AND WE PRAY YOUR BLESSING IN OUR DELIBERATIONS. WE PRAY YOUR
BLESSING ON THIS ASSEMBLY.))
But the blessing Jim Miller may have coveted just as much finally came.
nat sot 11:16:54 tape two
((A REAL AMERICAN HERO. COLONEL OLLIE NORTH!))
With the showdown at the polls between Miller and incumbent Senator John
Warner just ten days away, the state party's most charismatic and controversial
figure finally weighed in.
sot 11:32:26 TAPE TWO
((OLIVER NORTH: GO TO THE POLLS ON JUNE 11TH AND VOTE FOR JIM MILLER FOR THE
UNITED STATES SENATE. applause))
And then a symbolic stage presentation that once again was less about Jim
Miller's attributes than John Warner's betrayal Ollie North and Mike Farris.
nat sot 11:36:17
((MISSION IMPOSSIBLE THEME.))
John Warner's re-election is Mission Impossible, with a little cooperation
between former foes.
sot TAPE THREE 11:36:17
((JIM MILLER: THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE MOST EXCITING HOUR OF MY LIFE.))
sot tape one 10:43:13
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: IT'S A TREMENDOUS GAMBLE. BECAUSE WHILE
IT MAY PRODUCE MORE CONSERVATIVE VOTES FOR JIM MILLER, IT MAY ALSO ENCOURAGE
MANY DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS TO GO INTO THAT REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ON JUNE 11TH
TO SEND YET ANOTHER MESSAGE TO OLIVER NORTH.))
And then the final slap at Warner.
A straw poll that favored Miller by a hefty margin -- a signal to the party
faithful who couldn't make this convention.
sot TAPE FOUR 12:43:38 standup
((WHATEVER MESSAGE IS SENT BY THESE DELEGATES MAY NOT BE AS LOUD AS THEY HOPED.
THIS IS NOT A FULL HOUSE. AND IT IS NOT THE ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD THAT HAS
NOMINATED REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN VIRGINIA IN RECENT HISTORY. ELLEN QUALLS,
NEWS 7, SALEM.))
While some Virginia Republicans were celebrating with Jim Miller in Salem--
Republican Senator John Warner was getting back to his farming roots.
He was introduced to Pat the Pig at Virginia Tech this morning.
Pat has been injected with human genes as a part of an experiment in Tech's
Warner is on the Agriculture Committee.
He says state farmers and Virginia Tech benefit from the program.
IN Q=i can provide
((JOHN WARNER/R-U.S. SENATOR: I CAN PROVIDE A CLOSER TIE BETWEEN VIRGINIA TECH
AND THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THAT'S THE JOB OF A SENATOR. AND TODAY IS
WHAT I CALL A DAY FOR JOBS. JOBS IN AGRICULTURE.))
OUT Q=JOBS IN AGRICULTURE
Researchers educated Warner on some of the many projects taking place at the
Warner says these projects and Virginia farmers could be in jeopardy if Jim
Miller wins the G-O-P nomination.
He says challenger Jim Miller has called agriculture funding inefficient and
GRAPHIC=Festival in the Park
People can enjoy the activities at Festival in the Park this weekend free of
political handouts, thanks to a court ruling today.
Earlier today a judge ruled that Jay Rutledge could not distribute his
handouts or pass out a petition on Festival grounds.
He was trying to collect two thousand signatures in order to run for
Congress in the fall.
SOT 05.16.22 - 05.16.40
IN Q=How do you
((JAY RUTLEDGE/LIBERTARIAN POLITICIAN: WELL, I THINK IT'S DISSAPPOINTING.
FRIDAY, ANY PERSON HAD THE RIGHT TO FREELY HAND OUT LEAFLETS IN ELMWOOD PARK
FOR 365 DAYS A YEAR, TODAY THEY DON'T.))
SUPER=01-Jay Rutledge/Libertarian Politician;
OUT Q=today they don't
SS=Festival in the Park
The ruling overturns an earlier one that said that city officials violated
the constitution by forcing Rutledge to leave the event.
Today's ruling is in effect until the Festival ends.
City officials say once the event is over, they'll take legal action to make
sure that this type of thing doesn't happen again.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
A massive demonstration for children in the Nation's Capitol.
And two planes collided in mid- air at an air show in Oklahoma.
Wx ad lib
What a picture perfect Saturday it turned out to be--
The swimming pool weather's expected to continue for the SECOND half of the
weekend, as well.
Temperatures warmed up into the 70s today-- and more of the same is on the
way for tomorrow.
So, go ahead and make some outdoor plans-- but first, join us for the
That's coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
It was a child's world in the nation's capital today.
More than 200-thousand people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for the
"Stand for Children" rally.
Organizers say the event is designed to spark public debate about the plight
of children, especially the neglected and poor.
IN Q=We stand today to
((ROSIE O'DONNELL/ACTOR: WE STAND TODAY TO ISSUE A CALL. TO OUR GOVERNMENT
LEADERS, TO OURSELVES, TO EACH OTHER. IT'S TIME FOR US TO MAKE CHILDREN AND
THEIR RIGHTS OUR FIRST PRIORITY.))
((EDWARD JAMES OLMOS/ACTOR: TODAY WE BEGIN OUR STAND AS INDIVIDUALS. EACH WITH
UNIQUE EXPERIENCES AND STRENGTHS. EACH WITH THE ABILITY TO MAKE A UNIQUE
CONTRIBUTION. AND LIKE SO MANY ATOMS WE'LL BECOME PERMANENTLY BONDED TO EACH
SUPER=01-Rosie O'Donnell/Actor; :00
SUPER=01-Edward James Olmos/Actor; :14
OUT Q=to each other.
The event was organized by Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's
Denise Allen was up early this morning to catch up with some Southwest
Virginians making their way to Washington.
IN Q=The sun had
SUPER=01-Jimmiel Johnston/Stand For Children; :18
SUPER=01-Marion Ware/Stand For Children; :38
SUPER=01-Alan Vierling/Summer Safety Party; :1:10
SUPER=03-Washington DC; 1:26
OUT Q=News 7
((The sun had just started to rise when 150 Southwest Virginians boarded
buses to Washington.
Jimmiel Johnston is taking 24 girl scouts to the Stand For Children rally.
There they'll meet up with more than four thousand scouts taking a stand for
((JIMMIEL JOHNSTON/GIRL SCOUT LEADER: IN GIRL SCOUTS OUR ROLE IS TO MAKE THESE
GIRLS RESPONSIBLE AND YOUNG LEADERS AND WE'RE SHOWING THEM THEY CAN MAKE A
DIFFERENCE AND TAKE A STAND EVEN AT THEIR YOUNG AGE.))
Social workers, concerned citizens and people who have benefited from social
programs make up this delegation.
They say they're hoping politicians wake up and take notice--especially
since this is an election year.
((MARION WARE/STAND FOR CHILDREN: IF THERE'S CUTS IN CHILD CARE THEN THERE'S
GOING TO BE NO SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN. CHILDREN HAVE NO RIGHTS. THEY CAN'T
VOTE. SO WE HAVE TO BE THE ONE'S TO SPEAK UP FOR THE CHILDREN.))
In Blacksburg, children's advocates celebrated Stand For Children day in a
While the marchers in D-C tried to draw attention to many issues surrounding
child welfare, organizers of the first Summer Safety Party tried to teach
parents and children how to have a safe summer.
((ALAN VIERLING/SUMMER SAFETY PARTY: WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS SAY PAY
ATTENTION TO THEM. BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR KIDS. TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN. BE
AWARE OF WHAT YOUR KIDS ARE DOING AT ALL TIMES.))
Nearly a quarter of a million people from all over the country joined these
southwest Virginia travelers in Washington.
Organizers say politically it was a non-partisan day.
A day, they say, to start work on creating a better tomorrow for children.
Organizers say the gathering at the Lincoln Memorial was a chance for
Americans to gather as a community.
And they say, after all it takes a whole community to raise a child.
Denise Allen News 7.))
A fatal accident in Tazewell County, last night, killed a Richlands man.
37-year-old Stevie Andrew Ball was riding a bicycle south on Route 67 around
The accident happened about five miles north of Richlands.
Police say Ball crossed the center line into on-coming traffic.
He then struck a car head on.
Ball died at the scene.
A bus full of university students crashed into a passenger train last night
killing thirty-three people and injuring 13 in northern Mexico.
SUPER=03-Mazatlan, Mexico/Last Night;
The collision occurred about 370 miles northwest of Mexico City.
All of the dead and injured were on the bus and were all Mexican nationals.
No one on the train was hurt.
Investigators say it appears the bus driver was listening to a loud radio
and didn't hear the train approaching.
TAPE# net-c 20:02:23
A near-perfect afternoon at an air show turned tragic when two biplanes
collided killing four people in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Two pilots and their passengers lost their lives when one plane clipped the
other's wing during the Bartlesville Biplane Exposition.
Witnesses said they could see pieces of the planes falling out of the sky
and then smoke.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
We'll find out what June has to offer us Weather-wise.
Stay tuned for the almanac.
From rags to art.
That's the story in Blacksburg at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
Emergency dispatchers in South Boston answered nearly 10- thousand calls for
assistance last year.
That's a 19- percent increase compared to 19-94.
South Boston Police Chief Jim Hall isn't concerned though-- he says the
stats are proof residents trust his officers when they need help.
Hall is an advocate of community policing-- where police are encouraged to
get to know residents on a one-to-one basis.
The figures-- which were compiled as part of Hall's annual report-- also
indicate the number of gunshots fired in town dropped by more than half
compared to 19-94.
Hall is also proud the department reached it's goal last year-- which was to
have criminal arrests outnumber traffic charges.
IN Q=Community policing
((JIM HALL/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE CHIEF: COMMUNITY POLICING IS NOT SOFT ON CRIME
IT'S HARD ON CRIME THE REPORT SHOWS THAT BECAUSE OF THE VERY FACT THE...OUR
FELONY ARRESTS WENT UP AT LEAST A HUNDRED PERCENT OUR MISDEMEANOR ARRESTS WENT
UP AND OUR TRAFFIC WENT DOWN. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/South Boston Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=went down.
Statistics this year should reflect the role of community policing even
more-- in December the department began a "bike patrol".
Well, warm weather is here--
And we look forward to the start of the summer season, and the end of the
Let's find out what else the month promises-- as we take a look at the June
OUT Q=sound out
The Salem Avalanche got a 1-hitter from Doug Million and blanked the
Frederick Keys tonight 4-nothing infront of a crowd of 3,826 at Salem Memorial
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Keys;
These two yardbirds had the best vantage point for tonight's action.
Salem added to a 1-run lead in the 2nd when Steve Bernhardt hits this
gapper that scores Will Scalzitti and Chad Gambill. The Avalanche led 3-zip
They added another run in the 8th. Keith Grunewald with the sac fly to
score Blake Barthol.
But the story was Million. Here he gets the K. The Rockies top pick of 2
years ago had a no-no thru 8 innings.
Denio Gabriel breaks things up in the 9th with the base knock up the
middle, but the Avalanche gets the shutout, 4 to nothing.
The Cincinnati Reds jumped on Atlanta's Greg Maddux in the first inning and
never looked back beating the Braves 3 to 2.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/FOX SPORTS; :
Bobby Cox watched the Reds first inning rally from the dugout.
Thomas Howard hits a shot to left field for a double Barry Larkin rounds
the bases to score and the Reds took the 1 to nothing lead.
Still in the first, Eddie Taubense hit a single to right field pushing home
another run across the plate and the Reds took the two nothing lead.
Fred McGriff gets all of this pitch SUPER=35-Cincinnati/==3/Atlanta/==2;
for a solo homer over the wall but it was not enough as the Reds slip by the
Braves 3 to 2.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/FOX SPORTS; :
In Seattle, Red Sox legend Jim Rice looking on from the Dugout.
And in the fifth he would see Mo Vaughn get all of this pitch and send it
over the wall for a three run homer as the Red Sox get the win over the Seattle
For that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=first score
N-F-L all pro receiver Gary Clark was in the valley tonight hosting a
benefit dinner and auction in honor of Geoffrey Pelton.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 16, 1993; :
Pelton was a youth leader at Clark's "Why Say No" sports camp before being
killed by a drunk driver on May 16, 1993.
That same year a scholarship to Clark's camp was created in Pelton's
IN Q="it's sad...
((GARY CLARK/ALL PRO WIDE RECEIVER: ))
SUPER=01-Gary Clark/All Pro Wide Receiver; :00
OUT Q=.......old adults."
And coming up, Mike Stevens will have a recap of the Festival 10 and 5-k
runs in downtown Roanoke this morning.
And the Riverdawgs come from behind to beat the Nashville Metros.
Ian Spooner scored two goals including the winner as the Riverdawgs beat
the Nashville Metros 4 to 2.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Riverdawgs vs Metros; :
The hamburgers were smoking tonight over at Cave Spring Junior High school.
and the Nashville Metros were just as hot.
In the first period Tony Siikala feeds the ball to the middle for Pasi
Kenturi who boots it into the corner of the net and the Metros took the one to
The Metros added another goal late in the game. John Mulroony steps under
SUPER=34-Roanoke/==4/Nashville/==2; this kick from the side and heads it into
the goal for a score to make it 2 to nothing but the Riverdawgs come from
behind to win it 4 to 2.
Two new sponsors, American Electric Power and First American Bank led the
runners to the starting line for the 1996 Festival run.
Mike Stevens has more on today's 5 & 10K events.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-George Probst/Men's 10K Winner; :31
SUPER=01-Beth Howell/Women's 10K Winner; :58
SUPER=01-Justin Mosby/Men's 5K Winner; 1:35
SUPER=01-Nancy Ferris/Women's 5K Winner; 1:55
SUPER=01-Dan Carson/AEP President in Va. & Tennessee; 2:20
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( The sun was shining but the humidity was low at eight this morning as the
sea of runners made its way from the starting line and headed up Jefferson
Folks of all ages and abilities traditionally take part in this Festival
Fun, but it never takes the big boys long to move to the front.
In this case the rabbit was eventual 10K winner George Probst an industrial
engineering Grad student at Virginia Tech who would win the 10 K event in a
time of 31 minutes and 17 seconds.
((GEORGE PROBST/MEN'S 10K WINNER:))
While this marked Probst's first win in this event, the women's 10K champ is
a household name. Blacksburg's Beth Howell, who couldn't even run in this race
last year because of a ruptured disc in her back, picked up her first Festival
win win since 1991.
((BETH HOWELL/WOMEN'S 10 K WINNER:))
The 5K race put two more first time winners in the victory circle. In the
men's division CHristiansburg high school senior Justin Mosby, who graduate
next Friday and run at Radford University next year dusted the field in a time
of 15 minutes and 48 seconds.
((JUSTIN MOSBY/MEN'S 5K WINNER:))
The women's 5K champ was Nancy Ferris. She competed in the 100th Boston
marathon earlier this year, but was just a thrilled with today's win in 19
minute and 6 seconds.
((NANCY FERRIS/WOMEN'S 5K WINNER:))
((DAN CARSON/AEP PRESIDENT FOR VA. & TENN.))
In downtown Roanoke with Festival in the Park, Mike Stevens news 7 sports.))
Second round qualifying was completed at Dover this afternoon.
Gary Bradberry will start 26-th and Michael Waltrip 27-th.
And here's the rest of the field
SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=400-26/Johnny Benson/152.404/27/Michael Waltrip/28/Mike
Wallace/29/Rickey Craven/30/Hermie Sadler
SUPER=401-31/Ken Schrader/32/Lake Speed/33/Todd Bodine/34/Wally
SUPER=401-36/Joe Nemechek/37/Morgan Shepherd/38/Bobby Hamilton/39/Greg
SUPER=402-41/Darrell Waltrip/42/Jeremy Mayfield
OUT Q=...Jeremy Mayfield."
Heres a couple of sports notes. William Byrd won the Region 3 Baseball
finals this afternoon beating William Campbell 4 to 2.
Giles beat Grayson county 2 to 1 in the Region C final.
Charbel's Sports Bar is the National 8 ball Champion. Teams from 37 states
and 17 country's participated and Charbel's finished first and second.
And the Patrick Henry boys track team finished second in the Group Three-A
state track meet.
Blacksburg students are playing in trash.
And educators hope this will stimulate their creativity.
Actually teachers are stopping by The Blue Door Creative Re-Use Center to
pick up scraps from Blacksburg businesses.
The Blue Door collects materials that might other wise go to the landfill.
Children then turn these bits and pieces into art.
IN Q=teachers are finding
((LYNN HILL/THE BLUE DOOR: TEACHERS ARE THEN FINDING WAYS TO ENHANCE THEIR OWN
CLASSROOMS WITH OUT HAVING TO BEG FOR EXTRA MONEY FROM THE SCHOOL BOARDS. WE'RE
FINDING PTA ORGANIZATIONS ARE VERY HAPPY TO PURCHASE MATERIALS FOR THE SCHOOLS
SO THE TEACHERS CAN COME IN. WE'RE OVERWHELMED WITH THE RESPONSE.))
SUPER=01-Lynn Hill/The Blue Door;
OUT Q=WITH THE RESPONSE
Art made from re-used materials is on exhibit at the Virginia Museum of
Natural History in Blacksburg.
The children's art will be on display until June 16th.