Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
A jetliner is hijacked for the United States.
Lexington police could catch you on videotape. We'll tell you about the
latest crime fighting tool.
Plus if you ride the bus stay tuned. We'll find out what's going in
Richmond that could affect buses.
And Robin with the weekend forecat. News 7 is next.
A Lebanese man is in custody tonight- charged with hijacking a Spanish
Jetliner to Miami.
Authorities believe the 28 year old was able to pull off the bomb hoax by
covering a tape recorder with aluminum foil.
The man reportedly left Beirut yesterday and traveled to Madrid by way of
He then demanded his flight today from Madrid to Cuba be rerouted to Miami.
Robert Burns has the story.
IN Q=Nat sound of plane
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :06
SUPER=01-Paul Philip/FBI Special Agent; :10
SUPER=01-Robert Burns/Reporting; 1:00
OUT Q=CBS News, Miami.
((SOUND OF PLANE LANDING.
The Iberia Airlines DC-10s approach to Miami looked perfectly normal, but
on-board a Lebanese man was threatening to blow up the plane.
PAUL PHILIP/FBI SPECIAL AGENT
THE DEMAND WAS TO COME HERE; HE DID NOT WANT TO GO TO HAVANA; HE WANTED TO
COME HERE AND HE GOT HIS WISH...HE'S HERE UNDER ARREST.
On the ground, local police quickly surrounded the plane. That s when FBI
negotiators took over, talking directly with 27-year old Ibrahim Saada as the
plane sat on an isolated part of the airport.
WHEN THE PLANE LANDED, WE WERE ABLE TO TALK TO HIM BY RADIO. WE TOLD HIM
WHAT WE WANTED. ALL HE WANTED WAS TO SURRENDER AND WE SAID, THAT S FINE BY
Minutes later, all 200-plus passengers could be seen calmly walking off the
plane and boarding busses. The FBI says it found no actual explosive onboard
the jet; the threat was apparently just a hoax.
FBI agents took Ibrahim away for questioning, still not really sure WHY the
plane was hijacked.
The FBI intervigwed each of the crew members and passengers, describing them
as hungry and tired...and anxious to get on to Havana--their final destination.
Robert Burns for CBS News, Miami.))
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Divers pulled two airplane engines from the TWA wreckage today.
SUPER=03-Off Long Island, NY;
Investigators are hoping the engines will provide clues to what happened.
((ROBERT FRANCIS/NAT'L TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: OBVIOUSLY THE ENGINES WHEN
YOU'RE LOOKING AT AN AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT ARE EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT AND WE
WILL BE GOING ABOUT THE ANALYSIS OF HOW WE LEFT THOSE ENGINES. THEY'RE JUST NOT
THE EASIEST THINGS TO LIFT AND AGAIN WE'RE GONNA TAKE OUR TIME AND WE'RE GONNA
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/National Transportation Safety Bd.;
OUT Q=GONNA STUDY IT."
SUPER=03-East Moriches, NY;
Also today another body was recovered from the water.
So far 140 bodies have been retrieved- of the 230 people who were on
Divers will get an added boost tomorrow- a state of the art scanner that
uses prisms to give a wide black and white look at the ocean and all of the
A fatal heart attack outside an Olympic venue claims the life of a Salem
Authorities say 44-year old Vicki White died while she was being transported
from Olympic Stadium to an Atlanta hospital.
Her brother, Mark White, complained the emergency response time was slow.
He says it took 15 minutes for paramedics to get to the scene.
But a police spokesperson says once the 9-1-1 call was placed, the ambulance
arrived just four minutes later.
The estranged husband of actress Debbie Reynolds has put up property to free
a Franklin County antiques dealer accused of grand larceny.
Franklin County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Hubert Ruff says Roanoke
resident Richard Hamlett put up real estate as the 50-thousand dollar
bond needed to release Clyde Bryant from jail.
Bryant is accused of taking well over one million dollars in antiques from
people under fraudulent means.
He also faces lawsuits that accuse him of failing to repay millions of dollars
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Congress is taking a third shot at federal welfare reform.
Meanwhile Virginia officials are watching on the sidelines saying "been
there, done that."
Ellen Qualls takes a look at the differences between the federal plan and
the nation's most comprehensive reform -- right here in Virginia.
IN Q=With a year
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Va. Social Services Director; :16
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( With a year of welfare reform under her belt, Virginia has started a two
year clock ticking on benefits for a quarter of her recipients.
They must start looking for jobs immediately.
In two more years, the clock will have started for all -- and run out for
sot TAPE ONE 01:20:01
((CLARENCE CARTER/VA. SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: WE KIND OF WATCH THE NATIONAL
DEBATE WITH ALMOST A BIT OF SMUGNESS, BECAUSE WHILE OTHER PEOPLE ARE STILL
WALKING THE WALK, WE'VE BEEN WALKING THE WALK.))
Clarence Carter scoffs at the five years of welfare Congress would provide--
with a two year grace period to find work.
He marvels that the Clinton administration is holding out on the federal
bill -- but approved Virginia's drastic plan for a waiver from federal law last
sot TAPE ONE 01:17;55
((IT WAS NOT EASY FOR VIRGINIA TO SECURE IT'S WAIVER. IT LITERALLY WAS LIKE
DOING BATTLE WITH THE GREATEST FORCES IN THE UNIVERSE TO TRY TO ALLOW THE
COMMONWEALTH TO FASHION ITS OWN PROGRAM.))
Virginia welfare recipients get NO increased benefits if they a baby on
The federal plan dropped such a child cap.
Virginia welfare children must attend school.
But parents get child care and transportation help to go to work.
TAPE ONE 01:18:43
((COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF STATES ARE SHOWING EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT WE DO HAVE
CREATIVE ENGAGING SOLUTIONS.))
So far, Virginia's law is untouchable by Washington.
Congress has left the waiver process in the federal legislation.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a former Death Row inmate says he's in
trouble for not being an informant,
and we'll see how Lexington police are using a candid camera to keep a watchful
eye on drivers in their area.
Robin in Wx Center
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=83-Down 0.46 foot/Down 0.29 foot;Lake levels
Notorious Prison Inmate Joseph (GEE-r-A-tano) Giarratano claims corrections
officials are about to transfer him to an out-of-state prison, because he
refused to cooperate in an internal investigation.
Giarratano WAS on death row, until Governor Wilder gave him a conditional
He served as president of "Peace Studies" for three years, an inmate group
that preaches NON-violence.
Corrections officials suspect it was a scam to get federal funding, though
Giarratano points out no charges have ever been filed.
Giarratano says he's on the list of inmates to be transferred because he
would not snitch on fellow inmates.
Prison officials maintain it's for his own safety.
Giarratano says he's been in prison 18 years and has been assaulted only
He wants a federal judge to block the transfer.
Lexington's Police force is turning to the world of high tech in its efforts
to keep the streets safe.
Traffic offenders and drunk drivers could find themselves captured on tape.
Ron Jones has more.
IN Q=Ever been stopped by
SUPER=01-Lt. Steve Crowder/Lexington Police Dept.; :23
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
Ever been stopped by the police?
Well, if it happens in Lexington you may be the star of their latest video.
This patrol car is equipped with a high tech camera and VCR.
It records routine traffic stops, crime scene investigations, some
surveillance-- and even attitude problems.
((LT. STEVE CROWDER/LEXINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT: ONE OF THE OTHER BIGGEST OR
AS BIG BENEFIT THAT I SEE IS PRISONER TRANSPORTATION. IF YOU'VE GOT SOMEBODY
IN THE BACK SEAT YOU CAN TAKE THE CAMERA AND FLIP IT AROUND ON THE PERSON IN
THE BACK AND YOU CAN BE RECORDING ON THE WAY TO THE JAIL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT
IF THEY ARE ACTING UP OR GIVING YOU A FIT.))
But the camera is not just to keep track of drivers' actions-- it also keeps
the officer honest.
((IT CAN WORK BOTH WAYS. IT CAN WORK IF SOMEBODY GETS OUT OF THE CAR OR
ASSAULTS YOU OR SOMETHING. WORK IN THAT ASPECT. BUT ALSO IF MAYBE YOU HAVE A
TENDENCY TO BE A LITTLE HIGH TEMPERED OR SOMETHING AND IF YOU KNOW YOU ARE
GOING TO BE SCRUTINIZED LATER ON BY A CAMERA THEN YOU'RE GOING TO BE MORE
Lieutenant Crowder also believes the camera can save the courts time and
((JUST YESTERDAY ONE OF MY OFFICERS STUCK HIS HEAD IN MY DOOR AND SAID
LIEUTENANT WE TOOK CARE OF ONE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE TODAY BY THE VIDEO.
BECAUSE HIS ATTORNEY PLEADED HIM GUILTY BECAUSE HE TOOK THE TAPE INTO COURT AND
HIS ATTORNEY KNEW WHAT HE HAD ON RECORDING. SO THEY AUTOMATICALLY PLED
The video camera costs about 23-hundred dollars. Crowder believes they are
so efficient, more departments will begin using them.
So the next time you're stopped by one of Lexington's finest-- SMILE-- you
may be on their version of-- candid camera.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
A battle may be brewing over who will own a longtime employer just across
the border in Reidsville, North Carolina.
Earlier this week Commonwealth Brands emerged as the winning bidder for the
American Tobacco plant.
But the union that tried to lead an employee buyout may ask regulators to
block the deal.
It says Commonwealth Brands will close the plant.
Commonwealth Brands calls the union comments incorrect, irresponsible, and
The American Tobacco plant now has 300 employees.
It used to have more than one thousand.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Still to come on News 7 at 11, will we face a wet weekend? Robin will be
along with the answer.
we'll meet a southside writer who says careful readers can mine more than words
of wisdom from his new book.
MUSIC UP FULL
A proposal to raise more money for mass transit may be doomed.
State lawmakers say they are not optimistic about the plan to create a
special transportation district in the Roanoke Valley.
Faced with the loss of federal subsidies, Roanoke officials believe a local
two- cent increase in the gasoline tax would help them keep the buses rolling.
But members of the general assembly say that isn't likely to fly in
IN Q=It's something that we should take a look
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R- SALEM: IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT.
WE SHOULDN'T JUST ABANDON THOSE FOLKS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME I THINK THE
LOCALITIES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT WAYS OF PROVIDING THAT TRANSPORTATION
AT A LOWER COST OR IN A MORE EFFICIENT MANNER.))
SUPER=01-Del. Morgan Griffith/(R) Salem;
OUT Q=in a more efficient manner.
State Senator John Edwards says one possibility is a STATEWIDE increase in
the fuels tax to pay for transportation projects, but he and other lawmakers
say they are waiting to hear what a general assembly committee will recommend.
Kraft Foods is recalling thousands of sets of Chillers Sticks.
The sets of red or purple plastic sticks help turn Jello-O pudding into
But the U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission says Chiller Sticks may
break and present a choking hazard for young children.
The agency says if you have any Chiller Sticks- Throw them out.
It was a different manner of dinner tonight for some local high school
That's because manners were the main course.
The (SAV-wa Fare) "Savoir- Faire" Etiquette Experience treated the teens to
a four- course- dinner at the Roanoke Marriott.
It was a part of an upward bound program that serves socially and
economically disadvantaged students.
IN Q=A lot of them
((THERESA JACKSON/UPWARD BOUND DIRECTOR: A LOT OF THEM HAVE NEVER HAD THE
EXPERIENCE OF DINING IN A SETTING LIKE THIS AND LEARNING ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN A
SUPER=01-Theresa Jackson/Upward Bound Director;
OUT Q=a formal banquet.
The meal included everything from cheesecake to chicken TO salad and soup.
Roanoke College began the program 30 years ago.
The six- week- summer outing helps students prepare for college.
SUPER=330-Clear Skies/NW Winds 10mph/57-60/Mostly/Sunny/80-84;
SUPER=332-Clear Skies/Cool Evening/55-59/Sunny And/Nice/80-83;
SUPER=333-Clear And/Cool/54-58/Sunny And/Nice/80-83;
Qualifying results from Talladega, more musical chairs in the NBA, Jan Tana's
back in town as Gibbs gets ready to enter the Hall.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
Plus earlier tonight the AL East leading Yankees crushed picked up 21 hits
and 15 runs as they crushed the Royals 15-to-1. Bernie Williams was 3 for 5
with 3 rbis.
We'll see how the O's and Indians are doing after we check the scores.
wipe to scores
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=0091-/Kansas City/1/j/New York/15////Cleveland/14//Baltimore/9/9//;
SUPER=0091-/Boston/1/j/Minnesota/5////Detroit/0//Seattle/3/4/Brewers & Angels
SUPER=0092-j/San Diego/3//Florida/0////Atlanta/1//San Francisco/1/3//;
- 6 RBIs/;
27 year old Jeremy Mayfield captured his first career pole today by blasting
the field at.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL; :00
Jeff Gordon will start outside of Mayfield on the front row, but he is nearly
a mile an hour slower.
And speaking of slower, the man who has won the last 2 races at Talladega
Sterling Marlin was over 3 miles an hour off the pace.
Now let's check the top 25.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0107-1. J. Mayfield/192.370/2. Jeff Gordon/191.419/3. Dale Jarrett//4.
Dale Earnhardt//5. Lake Speed;
SUPER=0107-6. Ernie Irvan//7. Jeff Burton//8. Mark Martin//9. Darrell
Waltrip//10. Bobby Hillin;
SUPER=0107-11. Dick Trickle//12. Kenny Wallace//13. Rick Mast//14. Robert
Pressley//15. Jimmy Spencer;
SUPER=0107-16. S. Marlin //17. Ted Musgrave//18. Kyle Petty//19. J. Andretti
//20. Jeff Purvis;
SUPER=0107-21. Dave Marcis//22. Michael Waltrip//23. Derrike Cope//24. Bobby
Labonte//25. Hut Stricklin;
With the Yankees winning the heat was on the Orioles tonight as they hosted
the central division leading Indians at the Yard.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/WUAB; :00
It was an absolutely beautiful night in Baltimore as the Orioles tried again
to make a move in the standings.
Cal Ripken Jr. makes a move in the bottom of the first as he rips a two run
homer to left off Greg Swindell. It's Cal's 19th of the year.
But the Indians can answer the bell anytime they want with Albert Belle as
he crushes his 35th homer of the year in the fourth. The 3 run shot helps the
Indians hammer the O's ____ to ____.
The Moving and shaking continues in the NBA today with a number of name
players acquiring new zip codes.
First, former Maryland standout Buck Williams, the NBA rookie of the year in
1982, signed a multi-year deal with the New York Knicks. He spent the past
seven year in Portland.
Former Knick Derek Harper returns to Dallas. The Mavs made him their first
round pick in 1983, today they gave him a 2 year 3 million dollar contract.
Former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs is set for induction into the pro
football hall of fame tomorrow morning.
SUPER=03-Carlisle, PA/July 1992; :00
Gibbs' Redskins teams won 140 games from 1982 though 1993 and won 3 Super
He is the only coach in NFL history to win three championships with three
Recently he sat down with one of favorite players Darrell Green to discuss
his unexpected entrance in the hall.
IN Q="It was very...
((DARRELL GREEN/14 YEAR REDSKINS VETERAN:))
SUPER=01-Darrell Green/14 Year Redskins Veteran; :00
OUT Q=...TO EVER GO IN."
Gibbs was a like a father and friend to many of his players, but he was
always able to communicate who was boss to his team.
IN Q="You gotta...
((RUSS GRIMM/REDSKINS ASSISTANT & FORMER PLAYER:))
SUPER=01-Russ Grimm/Redskins Assistant & Former Player; :00
OUT Q=...TO BE THERE."
Youth beat experience today as Salem's Lee Shirley won the 1996 State Am at
the Cascades course in Hot Springs.
Unfortunately, Dot Bolling wasn't as lucky in the senior division.
Roy Stanley explains.
IN Q="Shirley, who....
SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00
SUPER=01-Lee Shirley/State Amateur Champion; :17
SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/Senior Runner Up; :43
SUPER=01-Peggy Woodard/Senior Champion; 1:04
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((Shirley, who attends North Carolina, played her best round ever at the
She led Margaret Balch two up through 9 holes. That lead was up to four
strokes before Shirley captured her first state amateur title beating Balch 4
((LEE SHIRLEY/STATE AMATEUR CHAMPION: ))
((Bolling, The favorite to win the senior division, trailed Peggy Woodard of
Virginia Beach by two shots at the 17-th hole.
She lost the match 2 and 1. Bolling was satisfied with her play in the
tournament but she was upset with a couple of calls during the match.))
((DOT BOLLING/SENIOR RUNNER UP: ))
((PEGGY WOODARD/SENIOR CHAMPION: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Still to come on this Friday night, time to pump it up at the Civic Center,
as the Jan Tana Classic invades Roanoke for the weekend.
The 9th annual Jan Tana bodybuilding and Fitness Classic got underway this
The athletes were briefed during an afternoon news conference at the Hotel
Roanoke this afternoon.
Then the NPC Amateur women and men competitors flexed their muscle over at
the Roanoke civic center auditorium in prejudging.
((WAYNE DEMILLA/IFBB OFFICIAL:))
SUPER=01-Wayne DeMilla/IFBB Official; :03
OUT Q=...amateur event"
The women's pro fitness competition and the women's pro bodybuilding
segment is tomorrow night. For fans who prefer the softer female look, this
is a show for you.
((MICHELLE SCHIRRA/PRO FITNESS COMPETITOR:))
SUPER=01-Michelle Schirra/Pro-Fitness Competitor; :00
OUT Q=average public"
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS
The Cave Spring American Little league All Stars left for Portsmouth today
for the state tournament.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The team reached the state by winning the 5 team round robin district
tournament last weekend.
The team outscored the opposition 46 to 3 and has a team ERA of .48!!!!
The ultimate goal is the little league world series in Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, the 13 players agree that team play, not stats will get them
SUPER=01-Andrew Holben/Catcher; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Hagan/Pitcher; :14
SUPER=01-Ray Martin/Manager; :20
OUT Q=...STRANGE CITY"
Imagine unearthing 74-million dollars in rare silver coins that may have
been buried in Danville around the close of the Civil War.
Clues to the alleged location are included in a book that's scheduled to hit
store shelves this fall.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=Frank Carroll
SUPER=01-J. Frank Carroll/Author; :19
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Frank Carroll first heard Confederate treasure may be buried in Danville
at a Baptist revival when he was 12- years old.
But it wasn't until the late "70's" that he began to research the
18- years later Carroll isn't about to pinpoint the exact location, but he
does supply clues.
IN Q=What you need
((J. FRANK CARROLL/AUTHOR: WHAT YOU NEED IF YOU ARE GOING TO FIND THIS TREASURE
IS NOT A PHYSICAL SHOVEL, IT'S NOT WORTH A VISIT TO THE YOUR LOCAL HARDWARE
STORE TO PICK UP ONE UNLESS YOU FIRST OF ALL, USE A MENTAL SHOVEL, YOU'VE GOT
TO THINK THROUGH THE CLUES THAT ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE BOOK AND THEY'RE
LIKE LITTLE FOOTPRINTS THAT LEAD TO THE LOCATION OF THE TREASURE.))
OUT Q=location of the treasure.
According to Carroll's research, the treasure ended up in Danville after the
Confederates decided to move their government South from Richmond.
The treasure, comprised of 4-thousand Mexican silver dollars, was enclosed
in 49- kegs.
Carroll believes a Confederate supporter named George Trentholm may have
decided to bury the treasure while staying at the Sutherlin Mansion perhaps to
keep the collection out of the hands of the Yankees.
IN Q=It is there
((J. FRANK CARROLL/AUTHOR:IT IS THERE, I KNOW, BUT I WAS TOLD BY MY BROTHER,
WHO IS AN ATTORNEY, I'LL JUST TELL THEM I'M NOT AT LIBERTY TO DIVULGE THAT
OUT Q=that information.
Carrol says he decided to write a book rather than unearth the treasure
himself for several reasons.
For one, multiple sclerosis has confined Carroll to a wheelchair.
Ironically, his second reason, actually supplies a valuable clue to the
News 7, Danville.))
He's convinced it's buried in a residential neighborhood. Teresa Hamilton,