Next on News Seven-- Roanoke police
are looking for a North Carolina man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend.
23-year-old Robin A. Williams was shot outside her Roanoke home.
O-J Simpson says he wants to fight spousal abuse now by holding a fund
And the Olympuic torch makes its way through Virginia en route to Atlanta.
The News is next.
Police are investigating the murder of a Roanoke woman.
Investigators believe her ex-boyfriend may have been the shooter.
23-year-old Robin A. Williams was shot around seven this morning outside her
Loudon Avenue home.
Family members say her ex-boyfriend 23-year-old Aquilia Barnette allegedly
shot his way into the house.
Williams' mother and several children were also home at the time.
They say they were the first to be threatened by Barnette.
IN Q=About that time
((REV. JAMES L. GILL/FAMILY FRIEND: ABOUT THAT TIME THE GIRL CAME DOWN THE
STEPS AND HEAR THE COMMOTION. AND SHE SAID "WHAT'S GOING ON." THEN HER MOTHER
TOLD HER TO RUN.))
SUPER=01-Rev. James L. Gill/Family Friend;
OUT Q=told her to run
Williams apparently fled the house.
Police say Barnette caught up with her at ninth and Loudon.
Investigators say he was trying to force her back in the house when he shot
her once in the chest.
Family members tell News 7 Barnette had been stalking Williams for months.
Police report Barnette is suspected of setting Williams' apartment on fire
back in April.
Barnette is from Charlotte, North Carolina and police think he may be headed
Barnette is five-six, 140 pounds.
He has brown eyes and black hair.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans and no shirt.
Police say he may be driving a blue Honda with North Carolina plates.
The last three digits read 4-6-5.
Anyone with information is asked to call Roanoke City Police.
Another small low-fare airline is being targeted for safety concerns.
This time it's Kiwi Airlines, which cancelled nine of 58 scheduled flights
Yesterday the F-A-A ordered the budget airline to cut back its flight
schedule, saying that some of its pilots and inspectors are not qualified.
Newark-based Kiwi has also cut 10 of 66 flights scheduled for tomorrow.
Some Kiwi passengers support the airline.
IN Q=I think the former
((BRUCE HUSEBY/DELAYED PASSENGER: I THINK THE FORMER ARE ADEQUATELY TRAINED.
I'VE FLOWN KIWI A LOT. I APPRECIATE ALL THEY'VE DONE TODAY TO HELP US TO
READJUST OUR SCHEDULE. AND I THINK THEY'LL BE BACK IN THE AIR AND THAT REALLY
DOESN'T BOTHER ME.))
SUPER=01-Bruce Huseby/Delayed Passenger;
OUT Q=doersn't bother me.
Kiwi flies throughout the East Coast.
In an interview with CBS presidential candidate Bob Dole says he is willing
to compromise on language concerning the issue of abortion in the G-O-P
Dole says there is room for a variety of views.
IN Q=You can be pro-choice
((BOB DOLE/PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: YOU CAN BE PRO-CHOICE AND BE A GOOD
REPUBLICAN, PRO-LIFE AND BE A GOOD
REPUBLICAN. CONGRESSMAN HYDE AND I HAVE STRONG PRO-LIFE RECORDS BUT WE ALSO
RECOGNIZE WE NEED TO BRING PEOPLE INTO THE PARTY.))
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/Presidential Canidate;
OUT Q=into the party.
The interview took place after Mr. Dole met with Congressman Henry Hyde, who
is the G-O-P Platform Chairman and a noted supporter of the anti-abortion
O-J Simpson says he wants to help fight spousal abuse.
The former football star plans to hold a black tie fund-raiser at his
Brentwood, California estate next week.
Leaders of the Stop the Violence - Increase the Peace Foundation say they
appreciate Simpson's help.
Simpson pleaded no contest to abusing his ex-wife Nicole Brown
Simpson in 1989.
A Brown family spokeswoman says Simpson is only trying to ``spit-shine his
Three hard blows to the head appear to have caused the death of a Virginia
college student whose body was found near Philadelphia.
That according to an autopsy report.
22 year old Aimee Willard was a standout athlete in women's lacrosse and
soccer--number 20--at George Mason University in Fairfax.
Willard was from the Philadelphia area, and her body was found in a suburb
of that city Thursday.
Police say she had been severely beaten. Her blood-stained car was found
nearby, still running.
Investigators say they have a number of leads and expect to make an arrest
in the case.
An allegation of police brutality against Roanoke City officers--
9-year-old Jawward Saunders says he injured his head Thursday as police
forced him into a cruiser in the Hurt Park area and began questioning him.
Saunders' mother later took her son to hospital where he received stitches.
Now a local community group has become involved, with members maintaining
police acted without reason.
But they say this is not new in black neighborhoods.
IN Q=They disrespect the
((JEANETTE MANNS/SCLC REPRESENTATIVE: THEY DISRESPECT THE YOUNG MEN UP THERE
THEY GO TO THEM AND PAT THEM DOWN AND TELL THEM THEY KNOW THAT THEY ARE SELLING
DRUGS. IF YOU SEE ME THERE AND KNOW THAT I'VE COMMITTED A CRIME THEN PICK ME
UP. BUT IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN ME COMMIT A CRIME DON'T BOTHER ME. THE
HARRASSMENT MUST STOP.))
SUPER=01-Jeanette Manns/SCLC Representative;
OUT Q=harrassment must stop.
No one from the Roanoke police department was available for comment today.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Eleven,
Summer safety tips--including keeping the kids safe at the pool. It's the
topic of this week's On Record.
an industrial mishap forces some Roanoke families from their homes.
We'll have details.
But first, let's check in with Kimberly.
Wx ad lib
The summer sizzle continues-- we could however see a few scattered
thunderstorms in the higher elevations tonight that might cool things off a
It certainly was a day for air conditioning-- as we run through today's
list of highs and lows...
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Lawyers involved in Christy Brzonkala's lawsuit against two Virginia Tech
football players have been watching a federal court case in Connecticut.
Brzonkala says the Tech players raped her in their dorm room in September of
1994. Her lawsuit is based in part on the federal Violence Against Women Act,
passed by Congress in 1994. This week that law was upheld by a federal judge
in Connecticut, in a matter involving alleged domestic violence. Attorneys for
the two Tech players have argued the law is unconstitutional.
Brzonkala's attorney reportedly says the Connecticut ruling can only help
her client's case.
A Roanoke federal court judge is expected to decide sometime within the next
few weeks whether the Violence Against Women Act can be used in the Brzonkala
An ammonia leak forced the closing of four city blocks and the evacuation of
nine homes in Roanoke this morning.
A compressor blew up at Roanoke Cold Storage.
Fire fighters evacuated nearby families as a precaution.
Traffic around Wasena Avenue and Eighth Street was also blocked off for
about two hours.
The line leaking ammonia was hooked up to a 10-thousand pound supply.
And officials say around 500 pounds escaped.
Fire fighters sprayed the ammonia cloud with water to dissipate it.
No one was injured in the incident.
The arms of Habitat for Humanity are reaching a little farther today.
A chapter in Bedford city is now up and running.
And members say they're ready to build homes.
The group has been working for several years to raise the money to start
Today they broke ground for their first TWO homes.
IN Q=we hope that
((REV. SARA HUDSON/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: WE HOPE THAT IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS
TO COME WE WILL BE ABLE TO IMPROVE PROPERTY IN BEDFORD AND TAKE SOME OF THE
VACANT AND CONDEMNED HOUSES AND IMPROVE THOSE LOTS BUT BUILDING HABITAT
SUPER=01-Rev. Sara Hudson/Habitat For Humanity;
OUT Q=building habitat houses
The Strawberry Association and Southern Baptist Churches in the Bedford area
helped make these houses possible.
Habitat For Humanity helps people who normally couldn't afford to build a
School's out--and that means kids are flocking to pools, swimming holes, and
As Jean Jadhon reports, it makes sense to keep one eye on your child and the
other on the water.
IN Q=The cool water
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Nancy Warren/Water Safety Instructor; :12
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke."
(( The cool water on a hot day. It's hard to resist- but before you take the
plunge- take a minute to remember the pool can be dangerous.
THE BIG BLUE WATER TOY. EVERYONE LOOKS AT THE POOL AND SAYS OH THE BIG BLUE
WATER TOY... HAS DANGERS ATTACKED TO IT. LIFE THREATENING DANGERS.
Prevention is key to avoiding trouble. For starters, know your limits.
If you did not swim over the winter, you've lost half of what you could do
at the end of last summer. So If you swam ten laps then, start with five now.
Same goes for kids.
If someone does need help, know the basics.
IF SOMONE'S IN TROUBLE THE NATURAL INSTINCT IS TO JUMP IN AFTER THEM. THAT
SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT. A BETTER OPTION: THROW THEM SOMETHING LIKE THIS RED
CROSS CERTIFIED RESCUE TUBE.
If the victim is close enough extend anything you can, a beach towel or
pole... and pull the person in.
Your best bet- swim at a pool with lifeguards, But don't count on them to
watch your kids. With a full pool- they can not see everything.
ACCIDENTS HAPPIN IN A THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE AND THEY'RE GONE.
Four to six minutes under water and a child can be brain dead.
And don't count on swimmies or water wings- They are not considered
protection. It even says so the product.
So if you're going swimming remember, Safety, Prevention and paying
IF YOU WATCH, IF YOU PAY ATTENTION IF YOU DO EVERYTHING RIGHT YOU MAY TAKE A
CHILD HOME. IF YOU DON'T YOU WONT))
YOU'RE BETTING YOUR CHILD'S LIFE AND IT'S NOT WORTH IT.))
Find out more about water safety at the pool or lake, along with ways to
keep food safe at barbeques this summer- Join Jean for On Record tomorrow
morning at eleven here on WDBJ-7.
Soft Music Under
There's much more to come on News 7 at 11, including-
A one-year-later update on severe flooding in Roanoke's Garden City
Will a federal agency buy the effected properties?
The Olympic torch is safe and sound in North Carolina-- after winding its
way through Virginia.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
One year ago this month the Roanoke neighborhood of Garden City suffered
through its worst flooding ever.
Despite the time that has passed, the experience has some families
considering a move out of the neighborhood.
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=Last June
SUPER=04-Home Video-June 28, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Greg Reed/Roanoke City Civil Engineer; :32
SUPER=01-Dennis Tinsley/Garden City Resident; :44
OUT Q=News 7
((Last June four inches of rain fell in Roanoke in just a little over an
The already saturated ground and high creeks couldn't hold the additional
Garden City residents experienced the worst flooding that neighborhood has
In the year since, eight residents have been working with city officials.
The Garden City Task Force is seeking a two million dollar grant from
federal disaster authorities.
This money would be used to buy OUT 42 homes and businesses along Garden
SOT tape 1 10:27:05
IN Q=it's a large
((GREG REED/CIVIL ENGINEER: IT'S A LARGE PROJECT THAT HAS NOT BEEN DONE IN
REGION THREE. FEMA IS DIVIDED INTO THREE REGIONS. REGION THREE IN
PHILADELPHIA, THIS WILL BE THEIR FIRST HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT.))
OUT Q=HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT
SOT TAPE 1 13:28:00
IN Q=IT'S BEEN
((DENNIS TINSLEY/GARDEN CITY RESIDENT: IT'S BEEN A JOINT EFFORT. IT ISN'T THE
RESIDENTS TELLING THE CITY WHAT TO DO IT'S RESIDENT AND CITY OFFICIALS WORKING
OUT Q=WORKING TOGETHER
The federal government subsidizes flood insurance.
Reed says in certain cases the government finds it cost effective to buyout
properties prone to flooding.
The buyouts are voluntary.
Reed says a questionnaire sent to Garden City residents show that many are
willing to sell.
SOT tape 1 10:29:07
IN Q=the indication
((REED: THE INDICATION IS IT WILL BE FAIR MARKET VALUE BEFORE THE FLOOD OF
OUT Q=OF EACH HOME
STAND UP TAPE 2 14:04:04
((DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: THE GARDEN CITY TASK FORCE EXPECTS TO HEAR FROM FEMA BY
THE END OF THE SUMMER. THAT'S WHEN THEY'LL KNOW IF FEMA WILL FUND THE
MITIGATION PROJECT AND HOW MUCH MONEY IT WILL GRANT FOR HOUSE REMOVAL. TASK
FORCE MEMBERS SAY IF THE MONEY IS AWARDED TO THE GARDEN CITY PROJECT PROPERTY
BUYOUTS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))))
It was over in a second, according to witnesses of a tornado that struck
overnight in eastern Michigan.
The strong winds damaged two dozen homes and five businesses.
Some trees were ripped right out of the ground.
There are shattered windows and leveled buildings.
The storm knocked out power to almost the entire city of Frankenmuth
Two counties declared a state of emergency, and many roads are closed due to
However, no injuries have been
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Valley Horse Show
Tonight's 50 thousand dollar grad prix had an international flavor to it
as Columbia show jumping rider Manuel Torres captured first place.
A good crowd was on hand to watch the largest field ever assembled for the
grand prix; over 30 entries.
After the initial heat, Columbian team member Manuel Torres took over in the
jump off, where the riders and horses are judged both on faults and time.
Torres and cartajena rounded the course in just over 32 seconds without fault!
he wins 15 thousand dollars.
The second place purse wasn't to shabby. Elizabeth Solter and Flurtaious
won 11 grand. The key to the top two spots was quick animals and respect.
IN Q="The american
((MANUEL TORRES/COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL TEAM:))
((ELIZABETH SOLTER/2ND-11 THOUSAND DOLLARS WON:))
SUPER=01-Manuel Torres/Columbia International Team; :00
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Solter/2nd Place-11 Thousand Dollars Won; :16
OUT Q=...fast horse too"
Speaking of horse power, there was thousands of it at Bristol Raceway
tonight for the NASCAR Super truck Coca-Cola 200.
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/ESPN; :00
15 laps into the event, the first caution would fall. MIke Hurlbert was
one of several drivers involved. MIke Skinner is your leader at this point.
The third caution on the night came out around lap 78. 7 drivers bit the
bullet, including harry Gant and rookie points leader Brian Ruffner, who
qualified 6th. Jack Sprague started the meley out of turn two.
Skinner won the 10 thousand dollar halfway Gatorade challenge.
Watch Mike Bliss's vantage point in his Ford. Bobby Gill puts him on his
side. and Bliss slides down the track out of turn 4, part of the catch fence
The race was red flagged for around an hour and the 200 lap coca-cola 600 is
GRAPHIC=Michigan International Raceway
Every single Winston Cup driver made the field in second round qualifying
for tomorrow's Miller 400...that's because there were 40 entries for 40 spots.
NASCAR historians don't remember any other time when every competitor stood on
the previous days' speed.
SUPER=03-Myrtle Beach, SC; :00
In Busch Grand National racing, David Green won the Carolina Pride/Red Dog
250 today. The victory is the second for Green and his Caterpillar Chevrolet.
Now here's a look at the remaining field for tomorrow's Winston CUP Miller 400.
SUPER=400-26/Darrell Waltrip/181.593/27/Ken Schrader/28/Bobby Hillin/29/Kyle
SUPER=401-31/Wally Dallenbach/32/Ernie Irvan/33/Hut Stricklin/34/Ward
SUPER=401-36/Dave Marcis/37/Johnny Benson/38/Loy Allen/39/Todd Bodine/40/Jimmy
The New York Yankees scored 9 runs in the 6th to beat Cleveland today at
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/FOX; :00
A scary moment early in the game. This could be trouble....or could
it..Omar vasquel avoids Albert belle and Kenny Lofton plus makes the catch.
Many still fuming over the lack of punishment on Belle, who returned form
a two game suspension and went 3 for 5. They love him at Jacobs, His double
sets up the first run.
Manny Ramirez then drives him in on SUPER=35-New York/=11/Cleveland/==9;
another two bagger.
The Yankees did come back. Rubin Sierra says good bye to this pitch, a three
run homer that tied the game at 5 all in the 6th. Rubin hit homers from both
sides of the plate. Yanks win 11-9.
The Baltimore Orioles hit 3 homers in their last at bat for a come from
behind win over Kansas City today.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Royals vs. Orioles; :00
The Birds were trailing 3-nothing and had only 2 hits off the Royals Tim
Belcher after 8 innings. Rafael Palmeiro followed a Roberto Alomar double with
this two run homer, 3-2 KC.
Bobby Bonilla then smacked this solo shot off reliever Jeff Montgomery to tie
the game at 3 all.
With two outs, Mark Smith connects on the game winner. a two run blast to
win the game, O's 5-3. now the numbers!!!
WIPE TO SCOREBOARD!!!!
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
Still to come tonight, the NHL draft hits St.Louis today, all the rivers
made the field in the Miller 400 2nd round qualifying, we will explain,
and Roy Stanley explains how a little family dun turned into some series
two wheel racing.
St. Louis was the site of the National Hockey League draft today.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO; :00
18 year old Chris Phillips, the 7th rated defenseman on the Canada national
junior team was the top pick. He goes to the Ottawa Senators. the 6'2" 200
pounder is the total package, he's strong, mobile, tough smart, skilled and a
Russian Andrei Zyuzin was the second overall pick. He is also a defender
and goes to the san Jose Sharks.
The Olympic track and field trials continued today in Atlanta.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/ESPN; :00
Stadium fans breathed a sigh of relief when Dan O'Brien fina;;y made an
Olympic team. Before the 1992 games, O'Brien was touted as one of the two best
Decathletes in the world; destined for a medal. But he did not MAKE the
Olympics because he failed in the Pole vault. 4 years later, He tried
again...and he makes it!!!
Michael Johnson unofficially set a world record in winning his 200 meters
semifinals. His time of 19.70 seconds actually beat the current world record
but his time won't be recognized because he ran with a tailwind.
In other racing..of the two wheeled variety, Roy Stanley visited with some
budding business folks who have turned a little family fun into the newest
Motorcross track in the area.
IN Q="Four years
SUPER=01-Betty Martin/Track Owner; :22
SUPER=01-Marty Carr/C Rider; 1:01
SUPER=07-Greg "Hippie" Price; 1:11
OUT Q= .........sports(dissolve out of Video)
((Four Years ago Betty and Richard Martin turned a part of their property in
Willis into a small motocross practice track for their son.
The Martins never dreamed of racing the track but that changed. Several
riders from the area started showing up and now the Martins run the Powerline
((BETTY MARTIN/TRACK OWNER: ))
((The Track is not sanctioned by the A-M-A but once a month 20 to 25 B and C
riders show up to race.
The track is a mile long and it features several interesting jumps and the
Martins are always making the necessary changes.
A small fee is charged on race day but the majority of that is returned to
the drivers as prize money.
And prize money is not important to the riders that show up at the track on
((MARTY CARR/C RIDER: ))
((GREG "HIPPIE" PRICE/C RIDER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Virginia has done its part in escorting the Olympic Torch to Atlanta.
Thousands of spectators turned out to watch the torch as it left Richmond
While the torch was in the Commonwealth, more than 200 Virginians carried
That group included an 84- year- old who admitted he didn't exactly sprint
his two tenths of a mile.
IN Q=I didn't run,
((NELSON SLAVIN/TORCH CARRIER: I DIDN'T RUN, I DIDN'T TROT, I WALKED, AND IT
WAS GREAT, I DIDN'T FEEL TIRED. ))
SUPER=01-Nelson Slavin/Torch Carrier;
OUT Q=FEEL TIRED
The flame will arrive in Atlanta for the start of the games on July 19th.