The Virginia militia rallies tonight in Richmond. We'll tell you what
they're up to.
British police catch up with a suspect in yesterday's school slashing.
Plus the man who tops the scales at 800 plus pounds goes home from the
And Cal Ripkin breaks his nose during team photos.
News 7 is next.
A suspect has been captured in the primary school slashing in England.
Horrett Campbell was found in an apartment complex after allegedly using a
machete to attack preschoolers yesterday.
A three year old boy and teacher were seriously hurt.
Hurricane Bertha is headed for the east coast of the U-S- Bertha is
expected to skirt the coast from Florida to Delaware without making any direct
And we'll show you some people who prefer to have trains run through their
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
((Closed captioning is brought to you by WDBJ-7 and Carilion Health System.
A judge spares the life of a 28 year-old man.
Scott Overby could've been sentenced to die for strangling, raping and
mutilating his estranged wife, Sheila Stafford.
Instead he got life without parole-
Montgomery County circuit Judge Ray Grubbs said the forgiveness of some of
Stafford's family was a major factor.
But he made it clear Overby deserves to pay.
((RAY GRUBBS/MONTGOMERY CO. CIRCUIT JUDGE: YOUR VIOLENCE UNDERMINES THE VERY
FABRIC OF A CIVILIZED SOCIETY. YOU HAVE INTRUDED UPON ONE'S UNDENIABLE RIGHT TO
LIVE OUT ONE'S LIFE IN PEACE. ))
SUPER=01-Ray Grubbs/Montgomery Co. Circuit Judge;
OUT Q=life in peace.
Some of Stafford's family said Overby should've received more help when he
sought treatment for alcoholism and depression before the killing.
((HARRY STAFFORD, JR./VICTIM'S BROTHER: THE BRUTALITY OF IT, JUST THE COLDNESS
OF IT I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. BUT I FEEL MAYBE IF SOMEBODY HAD KEPT MR. OVERBY
UNDER WRAPS, PUT HIM AWAY FOR A MONTH OR SO AND LET THE SITUATION COOL OFF,
MAYBE WE MIGHT NOT BE HERE TODAY. ))
SUPER=01-Harry Stafford Jr./Victim's Brother;
OUT Q=be here today.
Overby pled guilty to the charges in April.
About 80 of the true believers and the simply curious showed up tonight in
Richmond for the first widely advertised rally of the Virginia Citizens
Organizers say it's the tip of the iceberg of what they call a growing
"patriot movement" in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=They don't like
SUPER=01-J.J. Johnson/National Militia Activist; :12
SUPER=01-Nancy Lord/Citizen Defense League; :29
SUPER=01-Douglas Jeffreys/Va. Citizens Militia; 1:00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( They don't like federal agents, they don't like the UN, and they don't
really like the media.
But so far they tolerate all three -- and that's what unites an otherwise
very diverse group of citizens.
sot tape two 08:15:26
((J.J. JOHNSON/NATIONAL MILITIA ACTIVIST: ANY FIREARMS THAT YOU SO PROUDLY
WENT TO THOSE GUN SHOWS AND BOUGHT ARE NOT TO BE USED AS ORNAMENTS OVER THE
FIREPLACE. THEY'RE TO BE USED TO DEFEND LIBERTY.))
A former Libertarian vice-presidential candidate is the lawyer for the
Georgia militia members arrested for explosive and conspiracy charges several
sot tape one 07:10:36
((NANCY LORD/CITIZEN DEFENSE LEAGUE: EVERY WEEK WE HEAR OF ANOTHER ARMED RAID
ON CITIZENS WHO HARMED NO ONE. IF THERE'S ANY CRIME AT ALL, IT'S THE CRIME OF
DISRESPECTING THE GOVERNMENT.))
Paranoid and proud of it might be the motto.
nat sot TAPE THREE 08:31:48
((ALL OF YOU THAT WALKED IN THE FRONT DOOR WERE FILMED FROM THAT BOOTH ACROSS
NAT SOT TAPE THREE 08:33:22
((ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING FOR THE POWER GRAB IN THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT. ARE THE SAME FACES OR THE DESCENDANTS OF THOSE FACES THE SAME
PEOPLE THAT WAS BEHIND THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION?))
sot 08:42:26 tape three
((DOUGLAS JEFFREYS/VA. CITIZENS MILITIA: I FELT IT WAS A GREAT TURNOUT. I
KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE COME WERE FEARFUL. OBVIOUSLY
WE HAD PEOPLE OUT THERE MONITORING THE PARKING LOT. LICENSE PLATES WERE
WRITTEN DOWN. EVERYBODY WAS PHOTOGRAPHED, CAMERAED. AND IT'S OBVIOUS THAT
PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO COME OUT IN PUBLIC AND VOICE THEIR OPINION.))
sot STANDUP tape three 08:46:49
((THIS MAY BE THE MOST VISIBLE MEETING THE VIRGINIA CITIZENS MILITIA OR ANY
OTHER MILITIA IN VIRGINIA HAS EVER HAD. ORGANIZERS SAY IT'S JUST A BEGINNING.
ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
If you make the minimum wage- you could be in for a raise.
The Senate voted to raise the minimum wage by ninety cents an hour over the
The president's expected to sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk.
((THOSE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO'VE BEEN WAITING SO LONG FOR A JUST INCREASE
IN THE MINIMUM WAGE. THEY'RE NOW MAKING SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER DAY.))
OUT Q= wait another day."
Lawmakers still have to work out a compromise between the Senate bill and
the House version.
British police caught a suspect in yesterday's slashing attack at a
Police found Horrett Campbell at an apartment complex and led him out-
covered in a blanket.
Four adults and three children were wounded in the attack. One
witness says the assailant was laughing as he struck.
A 3-year old boy is recovering from a skull fracture, but
officials don't know whether he'll suffer permanent brain damage.
The National Weather Service is issuing a hurricane watch from Brunswick,
Georgia to the Virginia-North Carolina state line.
That as Hurricane Bertha churns its way out of the Caribbean, and could
skirt the United States by Thursday morning.
In Miami, the National Hurricane Center says the coast is clear --
literally -- for 24 hours. But after that, it's hard to say.
Meteorologists say Bertha is expected to parallel part of the Southeast
The storm is not expected to make a direct hit on the U-S mainland but
it's still too early to be sure. Bertha's top winds are clocked at 110
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, Lynchburg officials try to find the cause of
yesterday's house fire that left a family dead,
and Roanoke's firefighters union cries foul as the city's new fire chief says
he wants to create a leaner department by cutting jobs.
Robin in Wx office
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Lynchburg authorities still don't know what sparked a blaze that killed five
people there early yesterday.
Investigators believe the fire started in the living room of the brick
duplex on Sheffield Drive, but they don't know HOW it started.
Some evidence has been sent to the state crime lab for testing, and fire
marshals say it could be a few weeks before they have any answers.
IN Q=However there's
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: HOWEVER THERE'S NOT ANY REAL OBVIOUS
FIRE CAUSE THAT'S SITTING THERE TELLING US "HEY, I'M RESPONSIBLE", SO WE'VE GOT
TO BE VERY CAREFUL AND GO THROUGH EVERY BIT THAT WE CAN THROUGH TO LOOK AT. ))
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :00
OUT Q=to look at.
More than twenty children and adults who knew the Abouzeid (AH-boo-zade)
family sought counseling today at nearby Sheffield Elementary School.
Two of the Abouzeid's three daughters attended the school last year.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Union members at Roanoke's City Fire Department say the Chief's plans may
jeopardize public safety.
But the Chief says the union's just devising a scare tactic-
Ron Jones has more.
IN Q=Let's get ready to
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke City Fire Chief; :19
SUPER=04-File Tape; :46
SUPER=01-Mike Hanks/Roanoke Fire Assoc. Secretary; :54
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Fire Assoc. President; 1:15
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
(( Union members and their chief don't see eye to eye.
The chief wants to consolidate some fire houses and lose twenty plus
positions through attrition.
He'd fill the vacancies by retraining EMS personnel as firefighters-- saving
taxpayers almost a million dollars.
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE CITY FIRE CHIEF: WHATEVER WE COME UP WITH SHOULD BE AT
LEAST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEMS TO CITIZENS. THAT IN OUR
BUSINESS RESPONSE TIMES MEAN A WHOLE LOT. SO THAT WE WOULD NOT JEOPARDIZE OR
REDUCE TIMES TO THE CITIZENS BOTH FIRE AND EMS SERVICE DELIVERY.))
((THE FIRE CHIEF SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE FUSS IS ALL ABOUT-- HE SAYS
THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF FIREFIGHTERS IN THE FUTURE AND RESPONSE TIME WON'T BE
COMPROMISED-- BUT UNION MEMBERS SAY THEY DON'T BELIEVE IT.))
They say money maybe saved-- but not lives.
((MIKE HANKS/ROANOKE FIRE ASSOC. SECRETARY: WE ARE LOOKING TO HAVE NEW
STATIONS. HOWEVER, WE FEEL THAT THE PRICE THAT WE'LL HAVE TO PAY IS WITH THESE
ADDITIONAL INJURIES. INJURES TO THE PUBLIC-- INCREASED PROPERTY DAMAGE IS TO
HIGH A PRICE TO PAY.))
And what about re-trained EMS personnel?
((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIRE ASSOC. PRESIDENT: WE FEEL LIKE THE EMS HAS THEIR
OWN RESPONSIBILITY, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN JOB TO DO. AND THEY'LL BE OUT DOING
THEIR THING AND THEY JUST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BACK US UP IN FIRE PROTECTION.))
But the chief says taxpayers have the last say so.
((IT IS THEIR MONEY, WE ARE THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND WE ARE GOING TO LISTEN TO
WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY.))
Once a plan is developed-- it will move onto city council chambers.
Ron Jones, News Seven.
Danville police officers will make room for more than a dozen new
The Department of Justice recently awarded the city more than a million
dollars to hire 19-additional community police officers.
The new recruits will patrol Danville's streets and neighborhoods on foot.
City council voted to increase its property tax rate by a penny to raise the
money needed in matching funds.
But Police Chief Neal Morris says everyone he's come in contact with has
IN Q=We have not
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS,
EVERYTHING HAS BEEN REALLY POSITIVE EVEN THOUGHT THERE WAS A TAX INCREASE, MOST
OF THE COMMENTS I'VE HEARD, PEOPLE SAY, THEY'RE WILLING TO PAY FOR THE
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=the protection.
The Danville police department has already started advertising.
The grant will expire in three years at which time city council will decide
how it plans to pay for the additional officers.
A Roanoke city magistrate openly admitted he signed another magistrate's
name to a "drunk-in-public" warrant.
In CIRCUIT court today the JUDGE said that was absolutely wrong,
"improper," "a fraud upon the public."
But judge Pat Doherty concluded there was no "criminal intent."
So he found Noel Painter NOT guilty.
Painter had befriended a woman who is routinely picked up for being drunk
Melanie Foutz developed a near-fatal attraction to Painter.
When she was jailed in February, Painter signed another magistrate's name
to the warrant, so Foutz would not know HE was on duty in the magistrate's
IN Q=Mr. Painter resigned
((JONATHAN ROGERS/PAINTER'S ATTORNEY: MR. PAINTER RESIGNED. HE UNDERSTOOD THAT
HE HAD USED POOR JUDGMENT AND THERE WERE CONSEQUENCES FOR THAT. HE ALSO WAS
CERTAIN HE HAD COMMITTED NO CRIME. AND THE JUDGE SO FOUND.))
SUPER=01-Jonathan Rogers/Painter's Attorney
OUT Q=judge so found.
Judge Pat Doherty also ordered the Commonwealth's Attorney to make sure
drunk-in-public suspects appear personally before magistrates in the future.
Roanoke City Schools will keep a closer watch on the medicine cabinet.
Concern about the misuse of ritalin and other drugs prompted school
officials to review their policies on the dispensing of medication.
Today, the board gave tentative approval to guidelines that spell out the
responsibilities of parents, students and staff.
IN Q=We want children to take
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE WANT CHILDREN TO TAKE THAT
MEDICATION ONLY WHEN IT IS APPROVED BY THEIR PARENT AND OR A PHYSICIAN AND IN
FACT THEY WILL FOLLOW VERY CLEARLY THOSE PROCEDURES. WE'VE TRIED TO COMMUNICATE
CLEARLY AND WILL CONTINUE TO COMMUNICATE CLEARLY WITH PARENTS THAT IT'S A JOINT
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent;
OUT Q=to communicate.
Also today, school board members elected Marsha Ellison to succeed Marilyn
Curtis as chairman.
A three year veteran of the board and a former president of the Central
council P-T-A, Ellison has two children in the city schools.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Coming up later on News 7, we'll show you what gardeners in training are
using to get on track,
and just two months after it took a forklift to get him out, one of the world's
largest men returns home some two hundred pounds lighter.
MUSIC UP FULL
Danville's wastewater could become a precious commodity for Halifax county
A plan is in the works to recycle the city's biosolids, or what's commonly
Instead of converting it into liquid form, it'll be turned into a cake-like
Officials say the new strategy will make the waste more useful to farmers--
and less offensive to residents.
IN Q=We're dealing
((HERBERT DAWSON/DANVILLE DIR. OF WASTEWATER: WE'RE DEALING WITH ORGANIC
MATERIAL THAT, ANY FURTHER DECOMPOSITION CAN POSSIBLY PRODUCE ODORS, BUT
TYPICALLY IT DOES NOT. aND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT. AND WE THINK
WE'VE DONE THAT. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Herbert Dawson/Danville Wastewater Treatment Dir.;
OUT Q=continue to do that
While some residents expressed health concerns, several farmers say they
welcome the recycled sludge as potential fertilizer.
IN Q=It's the original
((A.E. ADAMS/HALIFAX CO. CATTLE FARMER: IT'S THE ORIGINAL ORGANIC FARMING, WHAT
EVERYBODY WISHES TO HAVE. IT'S RECYCLING AT ITS BEST. YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET
COMMERCIAL FERTILIZER TO GROW GRASS. IT CAN ONLY BE A BENEFIT TO EVERYBODY
SUPER=01-A.E. Adams/Halifax Co. Cattle Farmer;
OUT Q=everybody involved
Officials expect to start building a new addition to the existing treatment
plant by January.
He was one of the heaviest men in the world- weighing nearly one thousand
pounds- so overweight he had to be hospitalized.
Now after losing 250 pounds, Michael Hebranko is now back home.
Liz Mullen has more.
SUPER=03-Brooklyn, NY; 00
SUPER=07-Michael Hebranko; 24
OUT Q=for CBS News."
((WALKING THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR MAY NOT SOUND LIKE MUCH OF A GOAL TO SOME..
BUT TO MICHAEL HEBRANKO.. IT'S A DREAM COME TRUE.
THE MAN CONSIDERED ONE OF THE HEAVIEST IN THE WORLD.. IS BACK HOME FROM A NEW
YORK HOSPITAL.. HAVING SHED OVER 200 POUNDS FROM HIS FRAME, WHICH AT ONE POINT
WAS ESTIMATED AT NEARLY ONE THOUSAND POUNDS.
MICHAEL HEBRANKO: I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING HOME. I JUST STARTED WALKING
LAST TUESDAY SO I CAN'T WALK THAT WELL BUT IT'S A START AND BY THE END OF THE
SUMMER I'LL BE WALKING AROUND MY BLOCK.
It took a forklift to get Hebranko out of his Brooklyn home in May. That's
when doctors said his obesity would kill him if his heart disease and gangrene
weren't treated immediately. At the time, Hebranko told reporters he welcomed
MICHAEL HEBRANKO/MAY 17:
LIFE IS TOO GREAT TO BE COOPED UP HERE. I'M IN TOO MUCH PAIN. I WANT TO LIVE,
I DON'T WANT TO DIE. I WANT TO FIGHT. IT'S WORTH IT.
With encouragement from fitness guru Richard Simmons, Hebranko lost 30 pounds
a week on a mostly liquid diet during his seven week hospital stay. It's not
the first time he's lost weight. years ago, with help from Simmons, Hebranko
shed nearly 700 pounds.. but soon gained it all back. This time around
Hebranko says he hopes to conquer his volatile relationship with food once
and for all.
Hebranko was cheered on as he takes
small steps toward his new life.
Liz Mullen, for CBS News, New York.))
Cal Ripken's streak was put in jeopardy tonight...and he wasn't even
playing when he was injured, a salem Avalanche player is called up, plus a few
NFL teams trim some fat, but first final round scores from the 6th annual
Andrew Haley memorial.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last scorer
GRAPHIC=All Star Game
The 67th Major League all star game is over.
And for the third year in a row, the National League beats the American.
This time by a score of 6 to nothing.
But before the game the big news was that Ironman Cal Ripken's streak of 2
thousand, 239 games was in danger...all because of the team photo.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/NBC; :00
Rip gets his nose broken! During a photo session shortly before the game,
Chicago White Sox reliever Roberto Hernandez slips and accidentally elbows Cal
on the snouser after losing his balance.
Ripken was treated and did in fact go on to start the game!!!
The national league went on to bruise Cal and the American League in the
game. Mike Piazza was the top star of the night connecting on a homerun and an
RBI Double. He takes the M-V-P award. John Smoltz gets the win. The NL leads
the series 40 to 26.
Salem Avalanche pitcher Doug Million has been called up by the New Haven
Ravens of the double A Eastern League. Million was in his second year with the
Avalanche and has posted a 7 and 5 record with a 2.53 ERA.
Some notes from the grid iron. Four NFL teams trimmed some fat yesterday.
We start in Baltimore.
The Ravens released Andre Rison in a salary cap related move. The wide
receiver, who also played for the Atlanta Falcons, at least has a friend to
pack his bags with. The ravens also released linebacker Pepper Johnson.
The trimming continued in the Steele City. The Pittsburgh Steelers axed
running back Bam Morris, who pleaded guilty in a plea bargain on drug
possession charges in Texas last month.
Finally, former Liberty standout Eric Green has been released by the Miami
The former pro bowl tight end annoyed coach Jimmy Johnson with his work
habits and his ongoing weight problems.
Johnson terminated the 6 year 12 million dollar contract Green had signed
just last season.
For a couple of hours yesterday, there was an NBA lockout. Negotiations on
a collective bargaining agreement briefly fell apart, but the issues were
The league and the players union have now agreed on this Thursday at 5pm
for the free agent market to open.
But the short struggle did have an affect on several of the dream team
IN Q="t was
((REGGIE MILLER/INDIANA PACERS GUARD:))
((DAVID ROBINSON/SAN ANTONIO SPURS CENTER:))
((GARY PAYTON/SEATTLE SUPERSONICS GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Reggie Miller/Indiana Pacers Guard; :00
SUPER=01-David Robinson/San Antonio Spurs Center; :13
SUPER=01-Gary Payton/Seattle Supersonics Guard; :26
In hoops closer to home, Doug Day's basketball camp is in it's first week
down at Radford High School.
52 campers are on hand this year. Boys and girls ages 8 to 16 learn about
life on and off the court.
IN Q="Being a
SUPER=01-Robbie Bielawski/Camper; :00
OUT Q=...work hard"
For the second year, Day has asked the community for scholarship money
to help under privileged kids with the 90 dollar tuition.
((DOUG DAY/CAMP DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Doug Day/Camp Director; :00
OUT Q=...next week's camp"
More sports headed your way,
Roy Stanley visits with a Roanoke couple who find themselves in
authoritative roles for this summer's Olympic volleyball competition.
Olympic volleyball in Atlanta will have a home grown flavor to it this
Roy Stanley has the story of a Roanoke husband and wife who will serve as a
referee and a scorerkeeper in the games.
IN Q="Janet and
SUPER=01-Janet Blue/Olympic Scorekeeper; :24
SUPER=01-Tom Blue/Olympic Referee; :38
SUPER=03-Roanoke/USA vs Russia; :55
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Janet and Tom Blue have been volley ball fanatics for many years.
Tom, who works for the government, is a referee and Janet handles public
relations and Alumni relations for the college of Health Science.
The two of them have over 20 years of experience when it comes to olympic
type volleyball. And they'll work the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.))
((JANET BLUE/SCOREKEEPER: ))
((TOM BLUE/REFEREE: ))
((The Blues are excited about their trip to the Olympics. Tom has refereed all
over the world and he called the exhibition game between the United States and
Russia at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Volleyball at the Olympic level is very competitive. The athletes are
quick and powerful. The Blues will work the matches everyday during the
((The Blues will leave Roanoke the 16-th of this month. Roy Stanley News 7
Looking for something new and exciting to add to your garden? How about a
--A model train, that is.
About one thousand people from all over the country are meeting at San
Diego's Garden Railways.
The trains have become so popular, people are tearing up their backyards to
IN Q=We had this
((TIM RAFAEL/GARDEN RAILWAYS BUILDER: WE HAD THIS LITTLE DEAD AVOCADO GROVE
AND SO WE JUST KIND OF LEVELED THE WHOLE THING AND STARTED GOING.))
SUPER=01-Tim Rafael/Garden Railways Builder;
OUT Q=started going.
In San Diego it may be warm and sunny, but these railways can be found in
gardens all over.
IN Q=We have
((FRANK KLATT/LGB FAN: WE HAVE ENGINES WITH SNOW PLOWS AND SO IF THE SNOW IS
NOT MORE THAN AN INCH DEEP THE ENGINE WILL PUSH THE SNOW OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Frank Klatt/LGB Fan;
OUT Q=snow out.