Next on News 7,
Two West Virginia men led police on a high speed chase through two counties
They are now behind bars after a five hour police search.
And Virginia Republicans wrap up their convention in Salem.
In sports, Jeff Gordon wins the Miller 500 at Dover Downs and the Sonics
prepare for the Jazz in game seven of the N-B-A Western Conference final.
So far, so good for the month of June-- as we near the end of a gorgeous
But clouds and showers are on the horizon for the work week-- We'll have the
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Two West Virginia men are in jail tonight after leading police on a high
speed chase through two counties.
It started this morning on Interstate 64 in Alleghany County and ended 15
miles later in Rockbridge County.
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.))
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OUT Q= EVENTUALLY CRASHED
The two men fled the crash scene which was near Goshen.
State Police used a tracking dog to help locate the suspects.
They also notified the residents in the area of the search.
In the end, it was a neighbor that helped 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.
Two men are in custody in Lynchburg, tonight, charged with murder.
Authorities in Albemarle County arrested 23-year-old Carl Anthony Brown of
Lynchburg and 27-year-old Benjn T. Caldwell of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, two
hours after they allegedly shot a man in Lynchburg.
Witnesses say they saw the victim, 21-year-old Tony Montez Murrell (MERL),
in a blue four-door car.
Gun shots were heard-- the car door opened-- and Murrell's body fell out.
Murrell was dead at the scene.
The shooting happened around three yesterday afternoon in the 600 block of
Brown and Caldwell are in the Lynchburg City Jail.
Their arraignment is tomorrow.
And a man from Bassett is in Danville's City Jail tonight-- also charged
Henry County officials arrested 63-year-old William Edmund Hall 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.
GRAPHIC=GOP State Convention
Virginia Republicans ended their convention in a traditional way-- but under
This morning's "Unity Breakfast" is always the finale of the convention, but
normally the party knows who they will be backing at election time.
This year that won't be known until after the June 11th primary.
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.))
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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
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Coming up on News-7,
A pleasant surprise in is the mail for some A-E-P customers,
We'll learn about more complaints against Roanoke County.
People say their property assessments are too high, leading to higher tax
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Wx ad lib
Another warm and sunny one out there--
You'll want to enjoy the dry weather while you can-- as the forecast is
calling for increasing clouds and maybe some for showers by tomorrow.
But before you head back outside-- stick around for the forecast details.
They're on the way.
MUSIC UP FULL
Complaints about rising property assessments in Roanoke County have prompted
officials to request a state review.
That report isn't out yet, but another independent study gives the county
assessor good marks.
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 area's job outlook remains strong, and some prime retail space becomes
available in Roanoke's city market.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday; :07
SUPER=04-File Tape; :33
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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.
Virginia's State Corporation Commission has voted that American Electric
Power's previously approved electric rates are adequate and the increase the
power company requested will NOT be granted.
That means customers are due for a small refund, because AEP raised its
rates on an interim basis on November 15th, 1994.
For the average residential customer, rates will drop about a dollar- 88- a-
The refund will appear as a credit on a future bill.
South Boston emergency dispatchers were busy last year.
They answered 19 percent more calls in 19-95 than in 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".
Our viewer mail this week brought a comment on a Bedford County father's
efforts to let his son read Rush Limbaugh in school.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=Thomas Gardner let his son
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.))
Soft Music Under
When News 7 continues,
Roanoke was dressed up with art today.
Wearable art adorned Elmwood Park,
While more traditional art was on display on the City Market--
Today was the last day of the Festival in the Park.
MUSIC UP FULL
Artists set up their canopies on different sidewalks this year.
The 38th annual Sidewalk Art Show moved from Elmwood Park, downtown 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
Some festival vendors say when the art show moved from the park it took some
of the foot traffic with it.
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.
And coming up, All pro wide receiver Gary Clark talks about his future in
the N-F-L The Sonics prepare for the Jazz.
And Jeff Gordon and the Rainbow Warriors are back in Victory Lane this time
at Dover Downs.
A quick pit stopp near the end of the race allowed Jeff Gordon to take the
checkered flag in the Miller 500 at Dover Downs for his fourth win this season.
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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.
Mark Leiter struck out 11 in his first complete game of the season as the
Giants beat Montreal 8 to 1.
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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.
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
OUT Q=......ST. LOUIS."
All pro wide receiver Gary Clark says this time he's hanging up his cleats
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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 N-B-A Western Conference champion will be crowned tonight in Seattle.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA; ;
Seattle is trying to avoid being labeled as chokers. Utah has comeback
from a three to one deficit and the Jazz beat the Sonics at home in overtime in
game give and then were blown out by 35 Thursday night.
IN Q="That's what
((SHAWN KEMP/SONIC FORWARD: ))
((DETLEF SCHREMPF/SONIC FORWARD: ))
SUPER=01-Shawn Kemp/Sonic Forward; :00
SUPER=01-Detlef Schrempf/Sonic Forward; :13
OUT Q=......good shape."
Game time tonight in Seattle is 7 oclock.