A 13- year- old Roanoke girl is dead after drowning in Smith Mountain Lake
this afternoon in Bedford County.
Wonder Starr Reed of Grandin Road was swimming near the Beechwood West
subdivison with some friends when wake from a passing boat went over her head.
She never resurfaced.
A man living nearby says her friends screamed for help when they lost sight
He pulled Reed from the lake after searching for her body for five to six
She was unresponsive to C-P-R.
Reed was taken to Bedford County Hospital and pronounced dead at around five
Two West Virginia men led police on a high speed chase through Alleghany and
Rockbridge Counties this morning.
The chase ended near Goshen.
27-year-old James McKillip and 25-year-old Jason Pettry are charged with
stealing a vehicle, driving under the influence and attempting to elude police.
Police say around eight a trooper clocked the driver of a black Mitsubishi
at 92- miles- per- hour.
Officials say the chase began when the driver failed to pull over.
IN Q=for several minutes
((E.A. FISCHER/STATE TROOPER: FOR SEVERAL MINUTES THEY WERE IN PURSUIT ON I-64
THEN THEY EXIT ON EXIT 35 ON TO OLD ROUTE 60, TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON OLD ROUTE
60 INTO ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY WHERE THE VEHICLE EVENTUALLY CRASHED.))
SUPER=01-E.A. Fischer/State Trooper;
OUT Q= EVENTUALLY CRASHED
The two men fled the crash scene.
State Police used a tracking dog to help locate the suspects.
They also notified the residents in the area of the search.
Six hours later, it was a neighbor who helped to capture the men.
Police say the suspects stopped at a nearby house to ask for a ride.
The neighbors refused then called police.
The men were captured without incident around 2-30 this afternoon.
An alleged murderer is in Danville's City Jail tonight.
Henry County officials arrested 63-year-old William Edmund Hall of Basset
early this morning in the stabbing death of a North Carolina man.
The incident happened yesterday afternoon around four in the 700 block of
Highland Road in Danville.
Police say the victim, 49-year-old Charlie Leon Pruitt, was lying on a couch
in someone's home-- when Hall allegedly entered and stabbed him in the chest.
Police say the two men then struggled onto the front porch where Pruitt
finally collapsed and died.
The F-B-I has NOT given up trying to end the Freemen standoff peacefully--
but NOW their turning up the heat.
Federal agents today moved armored vehicles closer to the ranch where the
anti-government group has been holed up for 70 days.
Tim Ryan reports.
IN Q=Three FBI armored
OUT Q=Brusett, Montana.
(( Three FBI armored vehicles, placed 30 miles from here in Jordan over the
past two days, this morning were moved to strategic positions surrounding 960
With news reporters now pushed back some two miles from the center of the
Freeman property, it's impossible to know precisely where the FBI rigs are
A medium-sized Huey transport helicopter remains at the FBI field camp in
The FBI has described its new intimidating hardware as strictly "defensive,"
possibly to be used in a rescue operation.
Federal officials still have not said whether they believe some of the
Freemen are being held against their will.
Activity on the Freemen ranch has been typical - some minor movement, but
traffic on roads leading to the property has been unusually high, and security
Tim Ryan/Reporting: It's possible all of the movement is part of a
psychological strategy - the FBI flexing its muscles just a wheat field away.
Tim Ryan for CBS News, Brusett, Montana.))
The uncertainty in the middle east was heightened last week when Israelis
voted in a new leader-- one who is not fond of the recent concessions given to
the Palestinian authority in the Gaza strip.
Prime Minister-Elect Benjamin Netanyahu (YA-hoo) is in the process of taking
the helm of Israel.
He is bitterly opposed to Israel's peace agreements with the P-L-O-- and his
victory has given some in the Arab world the jitters.
However, outgoing Prime Minister Shimon Perez says regardless of defeat it
has not changed his views about peace in the middle east.
IN Q=I want to wish
((SHIMON PERES/ISRAEL'S OUTGOING PRIME MINISTER: I WANT TO WISH MY SUCCESSOR
ALL THE BEST. THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY IS WHILE I'M CHANGING MY POST, I'M NOT
CHANGING MY POSITION. WHILE I'M CHANGING MY POST, I'M NOT GOING TO CHANGE MY
SUPER=01-Shimon Peres/Outgoing Prime Minister;
OUT Q=change my position.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu (YA-hoo) celebrated his upset victory with a rally
His speech was aimed at making the Arab world feel at ease over his victory.
He pledged to pursue agreements with Arab states-- but he said his first
task was to heal the divisions that have wracked Israel.
GRAPHIC=GOP State Convention
The Virginia Republican convention drew to a close this morning with party
members pledging unity no matter who wins the June 11th primary.
This morning's "Unity Breakfast" is always the finale of the convention, but
normally republicans have an idea who they'll back during election time.
This year the the primary will decide that.
Convention star Jim Miller is challenging long-time incumbent John Warner.
Warner was NOT well received at the festivities this weekend, leaving many
wondering how the G-O-P could possibly unite after a rough inter-party campaign
for it's nominee.
Party leaders say state unity has national importance.
SOT 9:43:12 & 9:59:28
IN Q=The vast majority
(( BOB GOODLATTE/R-U.S. CONGRESS: THE VAST MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS IN THIS
STATE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO RETAIN CONTROL OF THE U.S. SENATE. WE HAVE A
SLIM MAJORITY AND WE'D LIKE TO BUILD ON THAT. BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE
TO BUILD ON THAT IF WE DON'T RETAIN THE SEATS WE ALREADY HAVE.
GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THE PARTY NEEDS TO REALIZE WHO OUR REAL ENEMY IS. IT
IS NOT OUR FELLOW REPUBLICANS. OUR OPPONENTS ARE BILL CLINTON AND THE LIBERAL
DEMOCRATS. I JUST WISH WE WOULD USE AS MUCH VENOM, ENERGY AND EFFORT AGAINST
OUR REAL OPPONENTS.))
OUT Q=OUR REAL OPPONENTS
Governor Allen says all the controversy surrounding the senate nominee
campaign overshadowed the "big" story of the weekend.
Allen says Randy Forbes' election as state party chairman was a cleansing
experience for the party.
He says Forbes is a credible leader who will build up the state republican
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Taxes are on the rise in Roanoke County-- and some residents are crying
the Mill mountain star may soon be wearing red more often.
(Toss to Kim)
Wx ad lib
We started seeing more clouds as the evening wore on.
A slow- moving cold front may bring some showers to the area by tomorrow--
otherwise, we'll stay under mostly cloudy skies.
Meanwhile, temperatures will cool off again tonight-- but then bounce back
into the 70s tomorrow.
More on what to expect as you head back to work-- stay tuned for the
MUSIC UP FULL
Personal property taxes have been rising in Roanoke County-- prompting many
complaints from residents.
County officials have requested a state review which has NOT come out yet--
However, an INDEPENDENT assessor has given the county assessor a good
Mike Quinn is an accountant and attorney with expertise in property
He reviewed assessment records, actual sales figures, and analysis by the
state Department of Taxation.
IN Q=It would be very hard
((MIKE QUINN/ACCOUNTANT: IT WOULD BE VERY HARD TO FAULT, BASED ON ALL THAT
EVIDENCE, TO FAULT WHAT THE ASSESSOR HAS DONE. HE'S DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB. THE
STATISTICAL MEASURES THAT ARE REPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION INDICATE
THAT THE ASSESSMENT LEVEL IS JUST ABOUT WHERE IT OUGHT TO BE. THE ONLY
DEPARTURE FROM THAT IS THAT THE RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE PROPERTY, AT LEAST AS
OF THE MOST RECENT RATIO STUDY, APPEARED TO BE SOMEWHAT UNDER- ASSESSED.))
OUT Q=somewhat under assessed.
State law requires that real estate be assessed at 100 percent of market
County administrator Elmer Hodge has asked the state Department of Taxation
to expand its annual audit of the real estate assessment process.
That report will also be released to the public when it is completed.
The Mill Mountain star may soon cast a red glow on the Roanoke Valley.
The Roanoke City Council is considering a proposal to use the Mill Mountain
star in an anti-drunken driving campaign.
The council may vote tomorrow on the proposal which would have the white
star turned red for 48 hours after every drug- or alcohol-related traffic death
in the area.
An agreement with Roanoke County keeps a major corporation in the area,
And a new radio system for Emergency Services in and around Lynchburg.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday; :07
SUPER=04-File Tape; :33
OUT Q=NAT SOT
STRAWBERRY PICKERS LB RAW 21:12
It has been a touch and go year for local berry growers.
Cold, rainy weather has threatened to reduce yields and the crowds, but with
a slight improvement in conditions lately, the latter weeks of the season may
prove to be fruitful.
PRE PRO 22:06
The latest survey by Manpower Incorporated says 23- percent of the Roanoke
and Lynchburg firms it polled expect to increase their payrolls in July, August
Job opportunities appear strong in manufacturing, trade, and services.
ITT FILE LB RAW 22:48
Roanoke County has signed an agreement with I-T-T Night Vision which
requires it to improve its plant, maintain jobs, and maintain the current level
of taxes it pays.
In exchange, the county will write- off a disputed debt, refund an
overpayment of the machinery and tools tax, and provide a 100- thousand dollar
grant in the next fiscal year.
REMODELED MISH MISH BUILDING...LB RAW 25:23
After nearly a million dollars of renovations, there's some prime retail
space up for rent near Roanoke's downtown market.
A local investor has created space for as many as eight boutique shops in a
historic building on Campbell Avenue.
The Ericsson Corporation in Lynchburg will be building a new state- of- the-
art regional radio system for central Virginia.
Lynchburg, Amherst County, Bedford County and Bedford City are paying for
the 11- million dollar project.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it dropped 120
points, closing at 5643.18.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
In other business news..
A refund is in store for thousands of American Electric Power customers.
Virginia's State Corporation Commission has voted that A-E-P's previously
approved electric rates are adequate and the power company's requested increase
will NOT be granted.
That means customers should recieve a small refund, because A-E-P raised its
rates on an interim basis on November 15th, 1994.
For the average residential customer, rates will drop around a dollar- 88-
The refund will appear as a credit on a future bill.
Soft Music Under
When News 7 continues,
Rush Limbaugh's book provokes a letter from a viewer.
The festival in the park comes to an artful close.
MUSIC UP FULL
A book taken away during free-reading at an elementary school prompted a
letter from a viewer.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=Thomas Gardner let his son
SUPER=04-May 23; :00
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( Thomas Gardner let his son bring a book by conversative radio commentator
Rush Limbaugh to Montvale elementary school.
A teacher noticed what the fourth-grader was reading, took the book away and
told the principal.
Gardner took his story to the airwaves and to federal court. He says the
school system was wrong to censor his son's reading.
But another Bedford County resident disagrees.
She wrote: "If this child wants to read this book and the parents want to
allow him to do so, he needs to do it at home or elsewhere. This kind of thing
is what is wrong with our society today allowing young children to be exposed
to things they are not ready for. I'm sure there are parents at that school who
would not want their children exposed to this. I commend the Bedford County
school board for taking a firm stand on this issue."
News-7 welcomes your comments on issues in the news or our news coverage.
Send your letters to Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia 24022-0007.
If you'd like to send us a fax, the number is 540-343-7269.
E-mail goes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
The Seattle Supersonics are going to the N-B-A championship. Seattle
holding off Utah tonight 90 to 86.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/NBC SPORTS; :
Jerry Sloans Jazz trailed by 6 after three.
The Sonics put the ball in the hands of Gary Payton he makes the spin move
to the hoop for two and a 75 to 67 lead.
Utah comes back running the floor and getting it to Karl Malone for the
layup cutting the lead to 6.
With six minutes left in the game Detlef Schrempf hits this three pointer
and the Sonics led 85 to 77,
The Jazz kept the ball in Malone's hands and he goes inside for this
basket and Utah trailed 87 to 86.
But Seattle's Shawn kemp hit six SUPER=32-Seattle/=90/Utah/=86;straight
Free throws and the Sonics hold off the Jazz 90 to 86 to advance to the
championship series against the Chicago Bulls.
The Salem Avalanche was back in action tonight in the last game of a 3 game
set with the Frederick Keys.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Keys;
We pick up the action in the 3rd. Keys' pitcher Julio Moreno tries to
field Keith Grunewald's bunt, but his throw goes into left field allowing John
Fantuzzi to score. 1-zip Salem.
Frederick got the run back in the top of the 4th. Doug Walls with the wild
pitch that scores Eric Chavez for a 1-all tie.
Chavez breaks the deadlock an inning later. He gets the base knock and RBI
off Salem reliever Todd Genke SUPER=34-Salem/==4/Frederick/==5;
for a 2-1 Frederick lead. The Keys hang go on to win it 5 to 4.
Mark Leiter struck out 11 in his first complete game of the season as the
Giants beat Montreal 8 to 1.
SUPER=03-Montreal, PQ/KTVU; :
A big day for Dan Peltier in the second he hits this line drive to right
field scoring Stan Javier and Shawn Dunston to make it 2 to nothing Giants.
But the Expos come back in the bottom of the fourth. Henry Rodriguez gets
all of this pitch it ends up in the second row Montreal trailed 2 to 1.
Peltier gets his second major SUPER=35-San
Francisco/==8/Montreal/==1;league hit in the fifth this single to right field
scores two more runners and the Giants win it 8 to 1.
The Baltimore Orioles banged out 17 hits including four home runs in a 14
to 1 rout of California.
SUPER=03-Anaheim, CA/PRIMESPORTS; :
Rafael Palmeiro started the home run derby with this two run shot over the
right field wall and the Orioles took a 2 to nothing lead.
Still in the same inning, Roberto Alomar hits a three run shot deep to
right field and the Orioles took a 5 to nothing lead.
Cal Ripken added another shot in
SUPER=35-Baltimore/=14/California/==1;the inning this bullet over the left
field wall the Orioles led 6 to nothing and Baltimore goes on to win it 14 to
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/WGN; :
In Chicago, Lyle Mouton's solo homer in the 8-th busted open a close game
as the White Sox beat Detroit.
For that and all of today's pro scores lets go to the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, Jeff Gordon takes the checkered flag at Dover Downs winning
the Miller 500.
And Tom Watson wins on the P-G-A tour for the first time since 1987.
Jeff Gordon and the Rainbow Warriors were back in Victory lane today.
Gordon winning the Miller 500 at Dover Downs for his fourth win this season.
SUPER=03-Dover, DE/TNN SPORTS; :
Rockbridge Baths native Rick Mast was have a strong run in fifth place but
he got to low on the track got loose and spun out bringing out the caution on
Coke 600 winner Dale Jarrett again would dominate the race he was the
leader after 254 laps of the 500 lap race. Dale Earnhardt was second.
A caution came out on lap 338 to clear debris from the track.
Earnhardt was the first car out of the pits and he took the lead on the
restart putting Jarrett in second place.
Several laps later Jarrett was forced to pit when he ran through some oil
and slide into the wall breaking a tyrod and doing damage to the right side of
the car putting him several laps down.
Gordon who led over 300 laps of the race was again in the front with 44
laps to go.
His crew showing their refuse to loose signs in the pits as the race gets
close to the end.
Gordon was running around the Monster Mile as smooth as silk and he would
cross the finish line winning the Miller 500 at Dover Downs.
IN Q="once we got
((JEFF GORDON/MILLER 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Miller 500 Winner; :00
OUT Q=.....lane man."
Terry Labonte was second, Earnhardt third, Ernie Irvan fourth and Bobby
Labonte fifth. Jeff Burton finished 9-th.
Tom Watson made it back to the winners circle on the P-G-A tour today
winning the Memorial Tournament, His first victory in the U-S since 1987.
SUPER=03-Dublin, OH/ABC SPORTS; :
It was a little wet at the Muirfield Village Golf club today but it didn't
He started the round as the leader and shot a 2 under par 70. His total of
274, 14 under par was two shots better than David Duval.
SUPER=03-Southern Pines, NC/NBC SPORTS; :
Meantime, Anika Sorenstam took a big lead into the final round and made it
Sorenstam shot a four under par 66 to win the Women's U-S open for the
second year in a row.
She finished at 272, 8 under par a record low score for the Open.
All pro wide receiver Gary Clark says this time he's hanging up his cleats
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :
Clark, who had several super years in Washington, and a couple in Phoenix
played last season with the Miami Dolphins.
The Dublin native says it would take a call from a super bowl contender to
continue his career in the National Football League.
IN Q="this year
((GARY CLARK/ALL PRO WIDE RECEIVER: ))
SUPER=01-Gary Clark/All Pro Wide Receiver; :
OUT Q= ......BACK IN SHAPE."
The N-F-L's loss is the Gary Clark's "Why Say No" sports camps gain.
Clark can now devote his time to the camp and his business in Phoenix.
And he'll have the help of an old friend Charles Haley who's days in the
N-F-L may also be over.
IN Q="it's the same
OUT Q=........OR THE OTHER."
The sports camp will be held July 7-th thru the 13-th at Radford University
The Roanoke Stars U-13 soccer team won the state championship today. The
stars beat the Midlothian Blast this afternoon 1 to nothing.
Roanoke's Matt Dishner scored the only goal of the game. The Stars will
represent the state in the regionals later this month.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/NHL FILE; :
The Colorado Avalanche will open the Stanley cup Playoffs without right
wing Claude Lemieux.
The N-H-L suspended Lemieux for his blind side check of Detroit's Kris
Draper during the Western Conference final.
Lemieux will miss two games.
The 38th annual Sidewalk Art Show was on a different sidewalk this year.
It moved from Elmwood Park to The Roanoke City Market.
About 200 artists from up and down the east coast came to town to show off
This is one of the largest art shows in the east.
And there were more than just paintings.
These silk screen prints were among the unusual art pieces for sale.
IN Q=i like to think
((HOLLY BININGH/ARTIST: I LIKE TO THINK OF IT AS HAPPY ART, UPLIFTING. I
ALWAYS WANTED TO DO ART THAT'S EXPRESSING THE JOY IN LIFE.))
OUT Q=JOY IN LIFE
Many of the artists say they're happy with the different location.
They say it offered plenty of room to set up...which meant more customers.
The art show is a fund raiser for the Art Museum of Western Virginia.
GRAPHIC=Festival in the Park
The Sidewalk Art Show's new location may have impacted some festival
This was the first time the festival offered wearable art.
But many of these new vendors say they thought the picture- perfect- weather
would bring more visitors.
They say they had more browsers than buyers and hope next year the museum
will bring the art show back to the park.
IN Q=i would like
((MARSHA GEYER/KOUNTRY KOUSIN: I WOULD LIKE THE ART SHOW TO BE MOVED IN WITH
THE CRAFTERS BECAUSE THAT BRINGS IN THE ADULT AUDIENCE AND I FEEL THEIR THE ONE
WHO ARE MAKING THE PURCHASES.))
SUPER=01-Marsha Geyer/Kountry Kousin;
OUT Q=making the purchases
Since wearable art is a new attraction, Wendy Schultz says it will be
difficult to tell if moving the art show did have an impact on foot traffic.
And as far as last weekend's rainy weather, Schultz says she's seen worse in
the festival's 27 year history.
IN Q=i know our
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK: I KNOW OUR FRIDAY NIGHTS WERE VERY GOOD
FOR US. SAME WITH ALL THE EVENTS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON THIS WEEKEND. IN THE
BIKE RACE WE HAD MORE CYCLISTS THAN WE HAD BEFORE.))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival in the Park;
OUT Q=we've had before
The festival ended today.
Schultz says workers will spend the next few weeks tallying receipts to
determine if the festival was a financial success.