A fire that broke out early this morning in Lynchburg kills five people.
We'll have a live report,
and Hurricane Bertha is blowing debris and flooding the streets of St Croix.
The eye of the storm is passing over St. Thomas as the storm heads toward
We'll take a look at satellite data from Hurricane Bertha as she crosses
the Virgin Islands, and we'll also check out our local forecast in complete
detail all coming up from the News 7 Weather Center.
Don't go away, the news is next.
An early morning fire has left five people dead in Lynchburg.
Steve Smallshaw joins us live from the fire scene on Sheffield Drive.. Steve
what can you tell us about what happened?
Beth, the fire broke out here at 11-01 Sheffield Drive just before five this
Firefighters say the blaze had a good head start by the time they arrived.
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :17
OUT Q=too early, really, to predict.
((Investigators spent the morning literally shovelling through the debris of
this single- story brick structure, trying to determine the cause of a fire
that killed five people.
Firefighters got the call around 4:45 a-m, but there was little they could
do once they arrived.
IN Q=It was extensively
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: IT WAS EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN FIRE
WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT PULLED UP ON THE SCENE. DURING THE COURSE OF THE
FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS, WE'VE UNCOVERED FIVE BODIES, THAT INCLUDED AN ADULT MALE,
ADULT FEMALE AND THREE CHILDREN RANGING IN AGE FROM FIVE TO TEN.))
OUT Q=five to ten.
As firefighters hosed down the smoldering remains of the building, all three
investigators from the fire marshal's office were at the scene this morning,
trying to pinpoint where and how the fire started.
IN Q=We are looking
((JENNINGS: WE ARE LOOKING VERY CAREFULLY AT THE LIVING ROOM AREA OF THE HOUSE
RIGHT NOW. WHEN WE WILL HAVE THE ANSWERS, IT'S TOO EARLY, REALLY, TO PREDICT.))
OUT Q=too early, really to predict.))
(steve ad lib)
Q&A: Have they released the identities of the victims?
How long has it been since Lynchburg has seen a fire of this magnitude?
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Two people are dead after a head- on collision in Franklin County last
Police say 22-year-old Maurice Edmund Ferrell of Roanoke was driving south
on Route 122 near Hales Ford Bridge when he hit another vehicle head- on.
IN Q=THE SOUTHBOUND
((WAYNE STONE/STATE POLICE: THE SOUTHBOUND VEHICLE CAME AROUND THE CURVE TO
ITS LEFT, RAN OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY, CAME BACK ACROSS AND THE
COLLISION OCCURRED IN THE NORTHBOUND LANE. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Stone/State Police;
OUT Q=NORTHBOUND LANE.
Ferrell and the driver of the other car -- 47-year-old Vicky Gail Meador of
Hardy -- died at the scene.
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Earlier in the day -- Rockbridge County near Raphine was the site of another
Duane Hubbell of Mount Jackson died after his tractor trailer ran off I-81
Police believe Hubbell was trying to avoid some debris in the road.
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In other news from Rockbridge County --
A man accused of killing his former girlfriend's boyfriend pleaded guilty to
first degree murder this morning.
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26-year old Ronald C. Hewitt was charged with killing 24- year- old
Christopher Higgins and wounding Higgins' girlfriend Brenda Tomlin.
Tomlin had dated Hewitt two years ago.
The victim's family says Hewitt forced his way into their home on Christmas
Eve armed with a rifle.
As Higgins and Tomlin were in bed Hewitt allegedly walked down the hallway
and shot them both.
A sentencing date will be set later in the day.
A Roanoke man accused of murder on July fourth is being released on bond.
Cepada (seh-PAY-duh) Renaldo Wiley was arraigned this morning in Roanoke
General District Court.
He's charged with the murder of Jesse Darnell Ferguson, the man who was
shot and killed on Thursday at the Embassy Inn on Melrose Avenue.
Today, Judge William Broadhurst set Wiley's bond at 17- thousand- 500
dollars, citing his ties to the community, cooperation with police and lack of
a criminal record.
The judge set a preliminary hearing later this month.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
President Clinton hopes computers will help take a "byte" out of youth
and keeping an eye on Hurricane Bertha.
The U-S Virgin Islands are feeling her wrath.
music up full
A Southwest Airlines pilot aborted takeoff this morning at Nashville after a
bird was sucked into one of the plane's two engines.
The 122 passengers and five crew members evacuated the Boeing 737 after it
overshot the runway by more than 500 feet.
Flight 436 originated in Birmingham Alabama and made a stop at Nashville on
the way to Chicago.
A Southwest spokesman says the plane never left the ground.
Three people were slightly injured during evacuation.
National Transportation officials are calling the aborted take- off of a
Delta Jet in Pensacola, Florida Saturday an isolated incident.
The jet literally ripped apart, sending engine parts flying into the
The accident killed a mother and her son.
The day after the accident, a family who tried to help the injured were about
to return home.
Linda Lazos said she tried to comfort one of the injured children.
IN Q=I just held her hand
((LINDA LAZOS: I JUST HELD HER HAND AND TALKED TO HER. I JUST STAYED WITH
HER. SHE WAS IN PRETTY BAD SHAPE TOO. ))
OUT Q=shape too.
Investigators have not yet determined why the left engine on the Delta
Airlines jet blew apart.
The flight data recorders have been sent to Washington for analysis.
The Pentagon says a Cuban military officer hijacked a Cuban plane to the
U-S Navy base at Guantanamo Bay yesterday.
Officials identify the hijacker as Lieutenant Colonel Jose Fernandez Pupo.
He's being interviewed by officials from the U-S immigration service.
All 16 passengers were released.
Officials won't say whether the hijacker will be returned to the
jurisdiction of Cuba's Communist government.
The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal is expected to issue arrest warrants later
this week for Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic (RA'-doh-van KA'-ra-dich)
and Ratko Mladic (RAHT'-koh MLAH'-dich).
War crimes prosecutors asked for the warrants today after a hearing
detailing alleged Serb atrocities.
Evidence put Mladic (MLAH-dich) at the scene of the alleged atrocities in
After that enclave fell to the Serbs, more than six-thousand Muslim refugees
Prosecutors say Serbs slaughtered them.
International arrest warrants would subject both leaders to arrest if they
Israel's new Prime Minister is heading for his first visit to Washington as a
head of state.
Israeli news reports say Netanyahu will tell President Clinton
he plans to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
The reports also say the Israeli leader is expected to propose easing the
four-month closure of the West Bank and Gaza regions.
The border restrictions have devastated the economy in those Palestinian
areas, by keeping Palestinian workers out of Israel.
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In a move that worries U-S officials, Netanyahu has appointed hard line
nationalist, ex-General Ariel Sharon, to a new cabinet position.
Sharon is an outspoken opponent of Palestinian self-rule and champions the
rights of Jewish settlers who live in Israeli occupied Arab territories.
He is best known for spearheading the Israelis' 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Ahead on News 7 at Noon, we'll tell you what actress Demi Moore is doing in
and from the world of celluloid to the world of clay -- we'll introduce you to
an award winning potter from Floyd County.
President Clinton is ready with a new program to curb youth violence today.
The program will track illegal gun sales to youngsters by a federal computer
"The New York Times" reports it would expand a program already in use in
Boston, where police say gun-related deaths of young people are down.
The presidential campaign winds its way through Richmond.
Republican candidate Bob Dole will make stop tomorrow.
Dole will meet briefly with Governor Allen and first lady Susan
Allen before his two o'clock address at the Virginia Police Headquarters and
Also coming to Richmond this week -- a bit of movie magic.
Filming for the movie "G-I Jane" starring Demi Moore begins Thursday and
runs through July 20th.
It's about the first woman trained for an elite Navy anti-terrorist group.
Scenes will be filmed at the Commonwealth Club, the Capitol and the
Greyhound bus station.
From art on the big screen to art on the potter's wheel --
Floyd County potter Ellen Shankin doesn't have to do a lot of wheeling and
dealing to make sure her work gets noticed.
A new award is making sure of that.
Denise Allen and videographer Greg Moore take a look at Shankin's beautiful
-- yet functional -- art.
IN Q=IT'S REALLY JUST
SUPER=02-Ellen Shankin/Potter; :00
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :22
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=IT'S REALLY
((ELLEN SHANKIN/POTTER: IT'S REALLY JUST AN EVOLUTION. YOU HAVE A FEELING
ABOUT A FORM AND YOU WORK WITH IT AS YOU WORK YOU RESPOND TO EACH PIECE AS THEY
COME OFF YOU MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AND IT JUST ENDS UP GOING ALONG A PATH THAT'S
OUT Q=VERY INDIVIDUAL
Judges at the Smithsonian Craft Show seem to like the path Ellen Shankin's
The Floyd County potter won honorable mention in a competition between
thousands of crafters.
IN Q=nat sound
As the wheel spins Shankin's hands create the shapes she imagines.
The ceramic bowls, pitchers, cup and saucers are beautiful.
But Shankin says it's more important for them to be useful.
IN Q=THIS IS ALL FUNCTIONAL
((SHANKIN: THIS IS ALL FUNCTIONAL STONEWARE. IT'S ALL THROWN ON A WHEEL. IT'S
FUNCTION IS OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE TO ME. I'M VERY INVOLVED WITH FORM. A
LITTLE BIT LESS CONCERNED WITH THE SURFACE. I'M NOT A PERSON WHO DECORATES.))
OUT Q=WHO DECORATES
IN Q=IT'S FOR USE
((IT'S FOR USE. HOPEFULLY THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE OF THE POT IS FINISHED WHEN YOU
USE IT AND HOPEFULLY YOU WANT TO USE IT A LOT.))
OUT Q=USE IT A LOT
Shankin sells her work to galleries all over the country.
So every time someone in Arizona sips tea from a Shankin cup, she hope
they're experiencing a bit of her individuality,
Denise Allen News 7.))
Hurricane Bertha is 400 miles wide and strengthening at this hour.
The storm's eye is moving over St. Thomas, which is still recovering
from last season's storm damage.
Utilities are being shut down throughout the Virgin Islands as a
Residents of Puerto Rico are also preparing for the storm which is expected
to hit there later today.
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One week after voting it down, United Rubber Workers will again vote on a
contract offered by Rubatex.
The company has threatened to layoff nearly three hundred workers and move
part of the operation out of state if the offer is turned down.
Members in favor of the contract say voting yes today would save jobs.
Several declined to talk on camera for fear of retribution from other union
Some think people need to look at the big picture.
Others said if the company moves one operation out of Bedford more will
And there are those who believe layoffs will happen no matter what.
Charles Mallory, Jr. says -- quote -- if the company wants to move part of
its operation, it will move no matter how the union votes.
Bedford Mayor Mike Shelton says if the jobs leave the community's morale
IN Q=WHEN YOU LOSE
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: WHEN YOU LOSE AN OPERATION OUT OF A PLANT AND
YOU LOSE EMPLOYMENT THERE'S A TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY,
INTERMS OF THE VITALITY OF SMALL BUSINESS.))
SUPER=01-Mike Shelton/Bedford Mayor;
OUT Q=OF SMALL BUSINESS
Those against the proposal say the mandatory overtime and loss of seniority
are big sticking points.
They maintain the company is using scare tactics to make union members vote
Those "vote yes" members note the proposal extends the contract and does not
touch their benefit package.
The stock market is narrowly mixed in a struggling
effort to turnaround Friday's steep losses.
At noon the Dow was UP more than two points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next -- the Florida Marlins have a new manager,
and there's a new competition at the Commonweath Games, one that requires
participants to be light on their feet.
MUSIC UP FULL
John Boles is the new manager of the Florida Marlins.
The 47-year old takes over one day after the firing of Rene Lachemann
Boles has been with the Marlins organization from its inception,
most recently as vice president of player development.
It's the first managing job in the majors for Boles.
Martina Hingis (HIHN'-gis) has become the youngest Wimbledon champion.
The 15-year old teamed with Helena Sukova to win the darkness-interrupted
women's doubles final 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 over Meredith McGrath and Larissa Neiland
Meantime, Richard Krychek is the first Dutchman and the first unseeded
player to win the Men's championship at Wimbledon since 1985.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/NBC SPORTS; :
Kry-chek used his powerful serve to storm past American Malivai Washington
in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
Kry-chek had 14 aces on the way to his first grand slam title.
He dominated all phases of the match and Washington was not able to match
the strong ground strokes from the Dutchman.
Kry-chek entered the tournament ranked 13-th in the world and he won the
title when Washington smashed a back hand return into the net on match point.
He's the first unseeded player to win the singles title at Wimbledon since
17- year- old Boris Becker in 1985.
IN Q=So I was worried
((RICHARD KRAJICEK/WIMBLEDON SINGLES CHAMPION: SO I WAS WORRIED THAT HE WAS
GOING TO PLAY BETTER AND I THOUGHT WELL HE'S NOT GOING TO BREAK ME TWO TIMES IN
A ROW, BUT STILL, WHICH DIDN'T HAPPEN OF COURSE, BUT STILL I WAS WORRIED THAT I
HAD TO SERVE GOOD.))
((MALIVAI WASHINGTON/RUNNER UP: HE STAYED, HE STARTED OUT STRONG, HE STAYED
STRONG THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE MATCH AND YOU KNOW, HECK TODAY HE DESERVED TO WIN
IT, I GUESS.))
SUPER=01-Richard Krajicek/Wimbledon Singles Champion; :03
SUPER=01-Malivai Washington/Runner Up; :14
OUT Q=......I guess."
There was some fancy footwork yesterday at the Star City Roller Skating
Center -- but NOT on skates.
Contestants traveled to Roanoke to compete in Dance sport or Ballroom
Dancing in the Commonwealth Games.
It's divided into three divisions--juniors, adults and seniors.
Two styles were represented-- smooth dances such as the waltz and Latin
dances like the Cha Cha.
IN Q=THE JUDGES ARE MARKING THE
((AMY COUSIN/NEW YORK CONTESTANT: THE JUDGES ARE MARKING THE COMPETITION ON
HOW THEY SHOW THE MUSIC--ARE THEY IN TIME WITH THE MUSIC, DO THEY HIT THE
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DANCE WITH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MUSIC. WHETHER THEY HAVE
TECHNICAL CORRECTNESS AS IN FOOT WORK.))
SUPER=01-Amy Cousins/New York Contestant;
OUT Q=as in footwork
This is the first year ballroom dancing has been a judged event in the
In fact it may become an Olympic event.
IN Q=PART OF THE
((PART OF THE PURPOSE OF OUR PARTICIPATION IN THE STATE GAMES IS TO SHOW THAT
INDEED THIS IS AN ATHLETIC EVENT. AND SHOULD BE A PART OF THE OLYMPICS.))
OUT Q=PART OF THE OLYMPICS
Winners of the Dance sport competition are awarded gold, silver and bronze
********patrick tosses to mel*********
Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at Noon.