Coming up next-
Look at this video- CBS News obtains exclusive pictures of yesterday's
An infamous murder case in Central Virginia may go back to court.
Iron Gate's only lawman is hanging up his hat.
Plus talk about getting lost in the mail- This Christmas Card arrives 54
News 7 is next.
Two military helicopters collided yesterday-
SUPER=04-CBS News Exclusive Video;
Today CBS News obtained this exclusive video of the chopper crash.
We'll find out what a veteran chopper pilot says about the crash.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape;
Did Bedford County authorities hide evidence that could have cleared
convicted killer (Yenz SIR-ing) Jens Soering?
We'll tell you about information revealed today.
Plus talk about slow service- A Christmas Card mailed back in 1942 makes
it to its destination just this week.
Plus Patrick with the steamy weekend forecast.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The town of Iron Gate has had a police sergeant since their charter was
drawn up in the '40s.
But tonight council members say there's no longer a need to have their own
The job has been eliminated, leading to the resignation of officer Jim
Jay Moore has the story.
IN Q=The next time
SUPER=03-Iron Gate/File Tape; :05 Quick!!!
SUPER=04-Tonight; :10 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Otis Payne/Iron Gate Mayor; :16
SUPER=@Jay1; :25 Screen Right!!
SUPER=01-Lethia Fisher/Iron Gate Mayor-Elect; :56
OUT Q=Jay Moore News 7
(( The next time drivers in Iron Gate hear this sound....
It won't be coming from the patrol car driven by officer Jim Phillips.
That's because town council has eliminated his job.
Council worked out a deal with Phillips ... leading to his resignation.
IN Q=I would say this
((OTIS PAYNE/IRON GATE MAYOR: I WOULD SAY THIS. IF HE HADN'T RESIGNED THE
CONSENSUS AMONG COUNCIL PEOPLE THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED OR DISMISSED.))
OUT Q=fired or dismissed.
IN Q=Phillips didn't
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: PHILLIPS DIDN'T ATTEND THE MEETING. BUT IN A LETTER TO
COUNCIL HE SAYS HE'S ALWAYS BEEN PROFESSIONAL AND FAIR AND HOPE SOME GOOD WILL
COME WITH THE TIME HE HAS SPENT WITH CITIZENS.))
OUT Q=spent with citizens.
Payne says he's had a number of problems with Phillips.
The sargent was put on administrative leave in March after his reckless
A judge ruled Phillips endangered the public during a police chase.
Phillips will be payed sick, comp, and vacation time up to the point he was
put on leave.
And who will now patrol the area?
The mayor- elect says the county and state police will pick up the slack
left by Phillips' absence.
IN Q=We hope this
((LETHIA FISHER/IRON GATE MAYOR-ELECT: WE HOPE THIS WORKS OUT FINE. OUR
CHARTER GIVES US ENOUGH LATITUDE TO PROVIDE POLICE PROTECTION THROUGH THE
COUNTY. WE HOPE THIS WORKS WELL. IF IT DOESN'T THEN WE'LL HAVE TO FIND
ANOTHER SOLUTION. ))
OUT Q=another solution.
Technically, Phillips will be employed by the town until July 31st while he
finishes up some out of town police training.
But he will remain on administrative leave without pay and without legal
In Iron Gate, Jay Moore, News 7.))
The state Supreme Court wants to know whether prosecutors withheld evidence
that could have cleared convicted murderer (Yenz SIR-ing) Jens Soering.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape;
(SIR-ing) Soering was found guilty in 1990 of the stabbing deaths of his
girlfriend's parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, in Bedford County.
Elizabeth Haysom pleaded guilty as an accessory and is serving a 90-year
(SIR-ing) is appealing HIS conviction, claiming investigators never told
defense attorneys about other suspects who could have committed the crimes.
But lead investigator Ricky Gardner says (SIR-ing) Soering's attorneys got
everything they were entitled to.
As far as Gardner is concerned, the real killers are already in jail.
IN Q=Everything was
((SGT. RICKY GARDNER/HAYSOM MURDERS INVESTIGATOR: EVERYTHING WAS DOCUMENTED, WE
HAVE DOCUMENTATION TO BACK UP EVERYTHING THAT WE DID IN THE CASE FROM THE
FORENSIC ASPECTS OF THE CASE TO THE INTERVIEWS OF WITNESSES, ANY SUSPECTS THAT
WE DID HAVE AT THE TIME UP UNTIL THE TIME THAT THEY WERE INDICTED. I FEEL VERY
CONFIDENT THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE DID WAS ABOVE BOARD AND EVERYTHING THAT THE
DEFENSE WAS ENTITLED TO THEY RECEIVED.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Ricky Gardner/Haysom Murders Investigator; :00
OUT Q=entitled to they received.
Bedford Circuit Court Judge William Sweeney will set a date for the appeal
hearing within the next couple of weeks.
A military drill turned deadly yesterday when two helicopters collided.
Today CBS News gained access to exclusive pictures of the crash-
David Martin has the story.
SUPER=03-Fort Campbell, KY/Yesterday;
SUPER=07-Col. Sid Atkisson; 26
SUPER=02-Robert Ropelewski/Veteran Helicopter Pilot; 57-59 quick!
OUT Q=CBS News, The Pentagon."
((It was supposed to be a drill. A mock up of a downed helicopter,
complete with a distress signal and an injured crewman. two blackhawks bring
in soldiers who will rappell down to the rescue. but in a horrifying split
second, the rotors collide. the two helos and their cargo of human lives crash
to earth, spewing parts everywhere. six soldiers killed, nine critically
COL. SID ATKISSON: WE HAVE MANY FOLKS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH ORTHOPEDIC
INJURIES, MANY BROKEN BONES, BROKEN FRACTURES.
Even before the rotors stop spinning, soldiers rush to the wreckage,
ignoring the danger of an explosion or fire. A crewman is pulled from the
twisted metal and helped away.
Watching in slow motion, it looks to veteran helicopter pilot robert
ropelewski as though the blackhawk on the left committed the fatal error.
ROPELEWSKI: HE'S TRYING TO SLOW DOWN AND AS HE DOES AND HE'S PROBABLY
WATCHING THAT SPOT ON THE GROUND WHERE HE WANTS TO STOP, HE'S JUST DRIFTED A
LITTLE BIT TOO FAR TO THE RIGHT INTO THAT SECOND HELICOPTER ON THE RIGHT.
There were 28 soldiers aboard the two helos. only four of them were
killed, a morbid tribute to the crashworthiness of the blackhawk.
ROPELEWSKI: THE CABIN IS REINFORCED SO IT DOESN'T JUST COLLAPSE WHEN IT
HITS THE GROUND HARD, AND THE LANDING GEAR ARE BUILT TO ABSORB A LOT OF ENERGY.
IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT IT'S ALMOST MORE DANGEROUS TO BE OUTSIDE OF THE
HELICOPTER THAN IT IS TO BE INSIDE.
The other two who died were on the ground, and yes, that soldier who
posed as an injured crewmen on the nose of the mock up helicopter was one of
those who died.
David Martin, CBS News, The Pentagon.))
Attorney General Janet Reno says anti-lesbian bias could have been a
motive in two murders near the Appalachian Trail.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is concerned investigators did
not consider the possibility when two women were killed ealier this month in
the Shenandoah National Park.
Reno assured the activist group that all possible motives have been looked
at from the start.
The women were found June first with their throats slashed. Investigators
say the two had not been robbed.
More than one-hundred Park Service employees and F-B-I agents
are working jointly on the investigation.
The Secret Service denies it was responsible for an outdated security list
the White House says it used to obtain F-B-I background files.
Secret Service officials say they update their list every month.
((SEN. CHARLES GRASSLEY/R-IOWA: BASICALLY I'M APPALLED THAT THIS WHITE HOUSE
WOULD RISK TAINTING, TARNISHING AND STAINING THE INTEGRITY OF THE SECRET
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Grassley/(R) Iowa;
OUT Q=of secret service.
Meanwhile, former workers whose files were obtained testified before a
senate committee today.
((MARY KATE CARROLL/BUSH WHITE HOUSE AIDE: I WAS ASKED VERY PERSONAL
INFORMATION I WAS TOLD IT WOULD REMAIN PERSONAL AND I AM DEEPLY OFFENDED THAT
IT HAS NOT.))
SUPER=01-Mary Kate Carroll/Bush White House Aide;
OUT Q=THAT IT HAS NOT."
Today the Attorney General appointed a special independent counsel to
investigate the file flap.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a new Radford University program could help
rural areas get better health care,
and we'll see how Virginia Tech is using modern science to learn a lesson about
Patrick in Wx office
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The rash of church fires has now made its way to the North-WEST.
The latest blaze destroyed a racially mixed church in Portland.
Officials confirm the fire was set.
Meanwhile two black men were arraigned for a North Carolina church fire.
Police say the two contractors had run out of money remodeling the church.
The burning of predominantly black churches has sparked a Danville civil
rights organization to get involved.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Danville Chapter is organizing
a leadership summit this fall to address the problem.
Local S-C-L-C President William Avon Keen says low income families will feel
Keen says money which used to help those people with rent and medicine is
now needed to rebuild churches.
IN Q=A lot of
((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT: A LOT OF CHURCHES DO NOT HAVE
INSURANCE ON THE CONTENTS, AND THIS IS CAUSING THESE PARISHIONERS A HARDSHIP
PSYCHOLOGICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY. THIS IS WHAT OUR LEADERSHIP SUMMIT WILL
ADDRESS AND TRY TO STRATEGIZE EFFORTS TO GET THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT
IN AN EFFORT OF HELPING TO REBUILD THESE CHURCHES. ))
SUPER=01-Rev. William Avon Keen/Danville SCLC President; :00
OUT Q=rebuild these churches.
The leadership summit is set for September in Danville.
Halifax County authorities say an argument led to a fatal shooting last night
in Virgilina (Virga-LINE-a).
Authorities say 32-year old Glenda Morris Cole was shot once in the head.
They've charged her estranged husband, 36-year old Mark Wayne Cole with
first degree murder.
Cole is being held in the Halifax County jail.
A Chesterfield County woman became the first Virginian to turn to Jack
Kevorkian for fatal assistance this week.
Now, General Assembly Republicans are pointing out that House Democrats
stood in the way of a bill to make physician assisted suicide a felony in this
IN Q=43 states
((ROBERT MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: 43 STATES HAVE A STATUTE... OR MORE
((WHITT CLEMENT: AND I HEARD FROM PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT ABOUT IT. EVEN CAME
UP IN MY CAMPAIGN. AND I TRIED TO READ ABOUT ALL THE NUANCES TO THIS ISSUE AND
I THINK IT'S A VERY COMPLICATED MATTER.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :00
House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell of Vinton led what turned out to be a
party line vote to put off any action on assisted suicide this year.
An examination of a dead cow in Botetourt County seems to confirm the mix-up
workers reported on a ranch where 53 cows died.
A veterinarian said the cattle died of heat exposure and a lack of water.
They were penned-up at the Braemar Ranch in Botetourt County.
The ranch is owned by the Woodhill Corporation.
Workers say they didn't know the animals were there.
It's believed the animals were penned-up for about a week.
Police responded after neighbors reported an odor coming from the area.
Parents will no longer have to sign an agreement with their child's school.
A lawsuit settled today with the Roanoke Conduct School Board changes that.
It was last September that Thomas and Delores Whitt took legal action
against a state law that made them sign an agreement called the "Parental
The contract forced guardians to cooperate with school officials in
disciplining their children.
If they did not they'd face a fifty dollar fine.
IN Q=We got
((DON HUFFMAN/ATTORNEY: WE GOT CALLS FROM ALMOST A HUNDRED PARENTS ACROSS THE
STATE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS VERY THING. SO IT WASN'T JUST THE WHITTS. THEY WERE
THE PEOPLE OUT IN FRONT FOR IT. BUT THERE WERE A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAD
SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE VALIDITY AND CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE ACT. ))
OUT Q=the act
A new law asks parents to acknowledge receiving the school conduct code.
But there's no fine if they don't.
MUSIC ON TAPE
When we return, Patrick will have the steamy forecast,
and it takes 54 years but an Alabama woman finally gets her seasons
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They did not get as much money as they requested, but supporters of a new
greenway in Roanoke say they're delighted with the news from Richmond.
Today, the Commonwealth Transportation Board earmarked almost a quarter of
a million dollars for the project.
The greenway will stretch seven miles from the City Market, along the
Roanoke River to Mill Mountain.
Though they haven't raised all the money for the project, supporters say
they're confident it'll be built.
IN Q=I think we're committed
((LUCY ELLETT/GREENWAY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: I THINK WE'RE COMMITTED TO THIS
PROJECT AND HOW WE WILL HAVE TO PHASE IT IN. WE WILL WORK WITH THAT AND FEEL
SURE WE'LL MOVE AHEAD WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR OR SO.))
SUPER=01-Lucy Ellett/Greenway Committee Chairman;
OUT Q=within the next year or so.
The Transportation Board also set aside federal funds for the Uptown Rail
Trail in Martinsville, and the Draper Mountain Overlook and Wayside in Pulaski
GRAPHIC=Rural Health Care
Radford University is looking for students with a commitment to rural health
care for a new family nurse practitioners program.
A federal grant will get the masters program started this Fall.
Radford research found the early death rate is 33 percent higher in
Southwest Virginia than the rest of the state, due to limited access to care in
The university hopes to change that by educating nurse practitioners.
((JANET BOETTCHER/RU SCHOOL OF NURSING: FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONERS THAT ARE
EDUCATED IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND ARE FROM SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA WILL PROBABLY
STAY AND PRACTICE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, AND THEY WILL BE IN THE COMMUNITY SO
THEY CAN BE THERE TO DO THIS EARLY DETECTION, EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND EARLY
SUPER=01-Janet Boettcher/RU School of Nursing;
OUT Q=and early treatment.
SS=Rural Health Care
Nurse practitioners are trained to diagnose minor illnesses and even treat
them with prescriptions.
They may order and analyze lab tests, and make referrals for specialized
Researchers believe a duckbilled dinosaur laid her eggs in China's Yellow
River Basin more than 70 million years ago.
Now they've made their way to Blacksburg, where the eggs underwent a C-T
scan today at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Close scrutiny indicated the fossilized eggs had most likely hatched.
Researchers had hoped to find at least one fossilized embryo for further
((DR. BILL GREENBERG/VA. TECH PROFESSOR: UNLESS YOU COULD SEE THE EMBRYO'S
STRUCTURE VERY CLEARLY, YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT SPECIES OF
DINOSAUR IT WAS. AND OF COURSE BY STUDYING THE EMBRYO'S STRUCTURE YOU ALSO FIND
OUT A LOT ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF DINOSAURS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Bill Greenberg/Va. Tech Professor;
OUT Q=development of dinosaurs.
The eggs were found in China and exported several years ago to a group of
paleontologists in Colorado.
The eggs will soon be on display at Virginia Tech.
Jackson is back with the Bulls, Griffey and Dykstra are on the shelf,
and some oldies but goodies are getting back in the ring.
SUPER=03-Atlantic City, NJ; :00
At a newsconference in Atlantic City the final hype was delivered for
Saturday's fight card featuring Roberto Duran battling the Macho Man, Hector
Former champ Buster Douglas will also fight Tony La Rosa.
Now the scores.
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last score
take a break
The big Bull is coming back to Chicago next season after all.
Head Coach Phil Jackson,
SUPER=03-Deerfield, IL/This Evening; :00
who had talked of taking a sabbatical or even taking another job, signed a
one year contract extension tonight at nine.
The new deal is worth nearly two and a half million bucks.
IN Q="This one season...
((PHIL JACKSON/SIGNS ONE YEAR CONTRACT:))
SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Signs One Year Contract; :00
OUT Q=...THAT'S FOR SURE."
Come July 1st, the Bulls begin trying to resign Jordan and Rodman.
Of course Dell Curry would love to have the opportunity to play in Chicago,
but right now he's just happy to be heading into his second decade in the
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Hornets All-Time Leading Scorer; :00
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :20
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :50
OUT Q=...EVERY YEAR."
((DELL CURRY/HORNETS ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER:))
(( Dell has played in 727 NBA games and scored 94 hundred and 52 points in
his decade in the league.
He's also won the NBA's sixth man award, and been a finalist for the
league's Humanitarian of the year honor, but one thing is still missing.
Dell turns 32 next Tuesday and when he's not playing much of his time is
occupied by wife Sonya and his three kids. Six year old son Seth has been
showcasing his moves and keeping Dad on the run this week in Salem.))
Ken Griffey Junior, will be out of the Seattle Mariners lineup for the next 3
or 4 weeks.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/Wednesday Night; :00
In Wednesday night's 9-to-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Griffey broke a
small bone in his right wrist while fouling off this inside pitch from Erik
Last season he fractured the wrist on his other hand and missed 73 games,
fortunately this injury isn't as bad.
IN Q="His recovery...
((DR. MITCH STOREY/MARINERS TEAM DOCTOR:))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mitch Storey/Mariners Team Doctor; :00
OUT Q=...IN BASEBALL."
The injury news is even worse for Phillies star Len Dykstra.
After consulting with 3 specialists, Dykstra has opted for major back
The operation will keep him off the field the rest of the year, and maybe
part of next season.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Rangers vs. Orioles - HTS; :00
The Orioles finally broke the Rangers jinx today.
Texas had beaten the O's eight out of nine games this season before Brady
Anderson pulled the Orioles even with this homerun, his 25th of the year to
make it a 2-all game in the third.
Then with two outs in the inning, Rafael Palmiero got the eventual game
winner as he lifted this solo shot to left center.
The Orioles beat the Rangers 3-to-2.
UVa soccer coach George Gelnovatch joined his former Bruce Arena and the DC
United tonight as they traveled to Kansas City
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/ESPN2; :00
tonight to battle the Kansas City Wiz in Major League Soccer action tonight.
He should have stayed in Charlottesville as the Wiz took a 4-to-nothing lead,
and cruised to the
5 to 1 win behind the play of Digital Takawira.
Still to come tonight on the big 7, Roy Stanley takes us on our nightly trip
to the Roanoke Valley horse show where a number of folks went to school
before jumping in the ring.
The Roanoke Riverdawgs are back in action at Cave Spring Junior tonight,
yesterday Ian Spooner was named the USISL co-player of the week after scoring
four goals in two Roanoke wins last week.
That game tonight with South Florida gets underway at 7:30.
Stacy Compton is in Michigan this weekend looking to get some more big time
Today he qualified 16th for Saturday'S ARCA race at the track, the Myers'
When you watch the horses and riders glide over the jumps at the Roanoke
Valley Horse show it's easy to take their abilities for granted.
But Roy Stanley says mores into a clean jump than you can imagine.
IN Q="If this looks...
SUPER=01-Pierre Jolecoeus/Trainer; :17
SUPER=01-Lynne Little/Raylyn Farms; :49
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((NAT SOUND: ))
((If this looks like mass confusion in the ring trust me its not.
Riders and trainers were on the course inside the Civic Center going to
Its a pre-ride ritual called a walk through.))
((PIERRE JOLECOEUS/TRAINER: ))
((And that's important especially in the High School Jumping category.
The majority of the horses are young and inexperienced. And because of
that the Rider must know exactly what steps the horse must take to successful
complete the course.))
((LYNNE LITTLE/RAYLYN FARMS: ))
((PIERRE JOLECEUS: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The post office may need a new slogan.
"We deliver for you," may have to become "better late than never."
Just ask Joyce Savage. She just got a Christmas card this week from her
aunt and uncle.
It was a little late for the holiday, especially considering it was mailed
The local post master was just as surprised as Savage was.
She has no idea where the card came from.
Savage says she's not upset, she's just glad she got her Christmas card.