A search is underway in Bedford County for the man accused of holding three
people hostage last night.
And it's sentencing day for former governor Jim Guy Tucker.
(Patrick ad lib)
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
Bedford County Sheriffs Deputies continue to look for a suspect who held
three people hostage for a brief time overnight.
Late Sunday evening dispatchers received a call that a Bedford County
resident, Chester Hickman, had barricaded himself and three other people in a
house on route 8-0-5 in the Moneta section of the county.
IN Q=He broke
((KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE BROKE INTO THE HOUSE. APPARENTLY
AN OLD GIRLFRIEND OR SOMETHING. TO THAT EXTENT. HE HAD 'EM HOSTAGE AND HE
TURNED THE GAS ON TO THE HOUSE. WHEN WE GOT DOWN HERE, THE HOSTAGES HAD FLED
FROM THE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=from the area.
Bedford County deputies then blocked part of route 8-0-5.
They were concerned about the potentially explosive situation Hickman may
have created, and the fact that they believed he was armed.
By one- this morning though, they secured the home, discovered no gas leak,
and learned that Hickman was no longer there.
The Sheriff's Department is still checking for Hickman at several locations.
Lieutenant Kent Robey characterized Hickman as a drifter who has several
warrants out for his arrest.
Robey also believes Hickman had been drinking.
No one was hurt in the incident.
A three vehicle accident in Roanoke killed an 84-year-old man yesterday.
George Bogle Hall was driving westbound toward Salem on Brandon Avenue when
he crossed a double line, apparently to pass the car in front of him.
Jamie Muse and his family were in the car that was being passed.
IN Q=As we
((JAMIE MUSE/ACCIDENT VICTIM: AS WE COME AROUND THIS CURVE RIGHT HERE, THE GUY
WAS BEHIND US, AND I DON'T KNOW IF HE TRIED TO SWITCH LANES, OR WHAT HE THOUGHT
IT WAS A TURNING LANE OR WHATEVER,))
SUPER=01-Jamie Muse/Accident Victim;
Roanoke Police say Hall pulled back into the right lane when he saw a third
car headed his way in the eastbound lane.
He sideswiped Muse's car, and then hit the third car head- on.
Traffic on Brandon Avenue was blocked in both directions for well over an
hour as emergency crews tried to save the man.
No one else in the accident appeared to have suffered any life threatening
Roanoke Police have not completed their investigation into what caused the
More information may be released today about the weekend boat accident at
Sea World of Ohio that injured 23 people.
Right now authorities will only say there was a mechanical failure.
Park officials are now reviewing safety procedures and a videotape of the
Mike Settoni has more on the story.
IN Q=it's coming too
OUT Q=of the bow
((It's coming too fast...and a turn away from the crowd never happened.
From the sheer impact of the boat against bodies, it seems it's a
miracle no one died, and more weren't injured. From bumps and bruises
to serious head injuries in critical condition, the injury count
stands at 23...and Sea World of Ohio's Bay Watch Sea Show is scarred
For a moment the accident is frozen in time. Instinct tell some to try
to lift the boat off the injured, but more than a dozen spectators are
still pinned under the huhl. While some Sea World employees attend the
injured and run for help, all others can do is scream to move the
Away from the driver of the boat seems to signal everything's okay.
Then it appears showmanship turns to panic as the steering wheel spins
and the boat doesn't turn. All the driver of the boat can do is hold
on and ride the boat into the grandstands. The man in the grey shirt
holding the cup takes the power of the impact head-on. What we don't
see are the children in the rows that take the impact of the bow.))
Former Arkansas governor Jim Guy Tucker faces up to ten years in prison
when he's sentenced today on Whitewater related fraud and conspiracy charges.
But Tucker's lawyers will ask for leniency because of their client's poor
Tucker has chronic liver disease and is waiting for an organ transplant.
Sentencing for Former Clinton business partner Jim McDougal, also scheduled
has been delayed three months amid reports he is cooperating with prosecutors.
McDougal faces up to 84 years behind bars.
Meantime, President Clinton marks a milestone today with his 50th birthday.
The President and first lady will spend the day in Tennesse where they will
help rebuild a church damaged in an arson attack.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Last night Mr. Clinton was thrown a star-studded birthday bash at New York
City's Radio City Music Hall.
As for gifts, the President received a few million dollars in campaign
donations and a special live greeting from Al and Tipper Gore.
((TIPPER GORE/IT'S A REAL HONOR TO SHARE OUR BIRTHDAY, BUT I WANT OT MAKE IT
CLEAR WE DO NOT SHARE THE SAME YEAR. ))
OUT Q=DO NOT SHARE THE SAME YEAR (LAUGHTER).
Mrs. Gore turns 48 today.
SUPER=03-Jackson Hole, WY;
Meantime, military officials are investigating the crash this weekend of a
support c-130 cargo plane.. that was carrying gear for the President's New York
All nine people aboard died in the crash.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Eleven people were killed this morning in a plane crash near Belgrade,
The Russian transport plane was trying to make an emergency landing and had
circled the city for two hours until it crashed onto a field near the runway.
It exploded into a fireball killing everyone on board.
Two men apparently held up three different convenience stores in Roanoke
early Saturday morning.
The first robbery took place at the Turbo Food Mart on Plantation Road just
The clerk told police one of the men was carrying a handgun, and they both
wore ski masks.
Around 5-30 A-M the two went into the Uni-Mart on South Jefferson.
The clerk said one of the robbers kept yelling at the one with the gun,
telling him to kill the clerk because the he was taking too long to hand over
Fifteen minutes later the same scenario was played out at a 7-11 store on
No arrest have been made and police have no suspects.
Hundreds gathered in Valley Word Ministries in Roanoke County to say to
Praveen Bhaskaran (bus-kair-in).
The pilot was killed Tuesday when he crashed his plane into Catawba
Denise Allen attended yesterday's memorial service.
IN Q=nat sot
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Tom Glasgow; :17
SUPER=07-Jody Lyons; :28
OUT Q=news 7
IN Q=nat sot
Friends remembered Praveen Bhaskaran(bus-kair-in)-- They knew him as Talex.
Tuesday the plane he was flying crashed near MacAfee's Knob.
But the crash was not the topic of this memorial service.
The hundreds in attendance were there to remember how he lived.
((TOM GLASGOW: HE WAS A SHARING PERSON, A GIVING PERSON BECAUSE OF THE LIFE HE
LIVED AND THE EXAMPLE HE SET. HE GAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE HOPE.
JODY LYONS: THE REASON HE WAS FLYING THAT PLANE WAS TO EARN HIS GREENCARD.
TALEX AT 28 YEARS OLD WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL.))
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash, but they
have ruled out engine failure.
That night the Vinton man aborted one landing attempt at Roanoke Regional
Airport because of fog.
Investigators say he crashed when he was circling for a second attempt.
Talex was relying on his flight plan and radar information from the
Washington Air Traffic Control Center.
Stand up second one
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: A RETIRED AIRTRAFFIC CONTROLLER SAYS THE CRASH
MAY HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD CONTROLLERS BEEN ON DUTY.
THE AIRPORT'S 24 HOUR TOWER DUTY WAS CUT IN 1981.
AIRPORT OFFICIALS SAY THE F-A-A DETERMINES WHETHER AN AIRPORT NEEDS
OVERNIGHT CONTROLLERS BY THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS THAT COME IN BETWEEN MIDNIGHT
AND SIX A-M.
MARK COURTNEY ALSO SAYS HE BELIEVES EVERYONE AT THE ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT
WOULD LIKE TO HAVE 24 HOUR SERVICE, BUT IT'S NOT A DECISION MADE AT THE LOCAL
STAND UP ENDS
There has been no evidence that the lack of air traffic controllers lead to
the deadly plane crash.
And for the hundreds gathered at Valley Word Ministries, they choose to
remember Talex Bhaskaran as he lived--full of enthusiasm and faith.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Things are looking much brighter for the three year old boy injured Friday
when he fell 20 feet into a gorilla pit at an Illinois zoo.
Chicago hospital officials say his condition has been upgraded from serious
A home video of the incident shows the toddler after the fall being rescued
by a female guerilla.
The gorilla grabbed the boy and cradled, until help arrived.
The gorilla was taken from the exhibit after the incident but was back home
for zoo visitors to see yesterday. (----------------)
In Australia today, the biggest and most violent political demonstration the
country has seen in some 20 years.
OUT Q=(four seconds riot)
Twenty-five thousand anti-government protesters stormed the national
parliament in a protest against planned budget cuts and new, tougher labor
It took police in riot gear more than two hours to regain control.
More than two dozen people were arrested.
Russian President Boris Yeltin's health continues to be a mystery this
The Kremlin today denied a TIME Magazine report that Yeltsin needs
double-bypass heart surgery.
An aide says the Russian leader is working, and calls stories to the
contrary sheer speculation and rumor.
SUPER=03-Moscow/August 19, 1991;
But, he says Yeltsin has decided not to make a speech marking the five-year
anniversary of the failed Soviet coup.
A message from the President will instead be read by a representative.
Investigators in Bedford County are looking at arson as a possible cause of
a trailer fire late last night.
Just before midnight, members of the city of Bedford's volunteer fire
department were called out to a fully involved fire in the Whispering Pines
Trailer Park right along route 460.
IN Q=And I'd say
((DONALD HALE/BEDFORD VOL. FIRE CHIEF: AND I'D SAY THE TRAILER IS A TOTAL
LOSS. JUST BY LOOKING AT WHAT'S BURNT INSIDE AND THEN ALL THE HEAT AND SMOKE
SUPER=01-Donald Hale/Bedford Vol. Fire Chief;
OUT Q=smoke damage.
The man who lived in the trailer, John Goode, was not in his home at the
time of the fire.
No firefighters were hurt battling the blaze.
In spite of all the damage it caused, the city of Bedford's volunteer fire
department had it under control in less than 10 minutes.
The Hurt Park Housing Project is entering the final phase of a summer long
In the first phase of the renovations all 105 of the apartments received new
Today the second phase of the operation starts.
Construction crews will start replacing all of the sewer lines.
IN Q=we want everyone
((DEVONA SPRINGER: WE WANT EVERYONE TO EVERYONE TO BE CAUTIOUS WHEN ENTERING
THE AREA. IN SOME PLACES WE'LL BE DIGGING AS DEEP AS 28 FEET DEEP DUE TO THE
ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION OF HURT PARK.))
SUPER=01-Devona Springer/Roanoke Housing Authority;
OUT Q=of hurt park
Hurt Park is on Salem Avenue.
The construction work could make that area congested for a while.
SUPER=331-Mostly/Clear/64-68/Mostly Sunny/and Warmer/86-90;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/& Cool/54-58/Mostly/Sunny/82-86;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/& Cool/58-62/Mostly/Sunny/80-85;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/and Cool/58-62/Sunny/and Pleasant/82-86;
It's not easy playing the market with Wall Street in such a volatile state.
Len Besthoff talks with one of Virginia's best pickers of RETAIL stocks in
this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=A number
SUPER=01-Ken Gassman/Retail Analyst; :21
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT 15:26:41...GASSMAN TAPE
((A number of stock analysts, like Ken Gassman of Davenport and Company, are
joining what's being called "a flight to quality": moving away from smaller,
more speculative stocks and switching to higher quality issues. And some of
these companies, chances are you're familiar with them.))
OUT Q=with them.
SOT GASSMAN TAPE 00:05:39
IN Q=Right now
((KEN GASSMAN/RETAIL ANALYST: RIGHT NOW OUR BEST STOCK PICK IS RUDDICK
CORPORATION, WHICH OPERATES HARRIS TEETER SUPERMARKETS. IN ADDITION, WE LIKE
PROFITTS DEPARTMENT STORES, WHICH IS BASED IN KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE. WE LIKE
CIRCUIT CITY. DESPITE THE TOUGH CLIMATE IN THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY,
CIRCUIT CITY HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LOOK AT ITS CAR MAX
OPERATION. WE LIKE STEIN MART AS WELL. THAT STOCK HAS MOVED UP SHARPLY
RECENTLY, BUT STEIN MART, WHICH IS A WOMEN'S APPAREL RETAILER, IS DOING A
PHENOMENAL JOB OF CAPTURING MARKET SHARE, WHILE MANY OF THE OTHER WOMEN'S WEAR
RETAILERS ARE STRUGGLING.))
OUT Q=are struggling.
SOT gassman tape 15:27:45
IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff
(( I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it
back to the newsdesk. ))
OUT Q=to the newsdesk
Charles Barkley is rocketing to Houston.
The superstar got what he wanted, a trade to the Houston Rockets.
The Phoenix Suns will reportedly send Barkley to the Rockets for guard Sam
Cassell and forwards Robert Horry, Mark Bryant and Chucky Brown.
The All-Star forward joins a team that includes star center Hakeem Olajuwon
and star guard Clyde Drexler.
The official announcment is expected today.
A crowd of almost 19-hundred at Memorial Stadium watched the Avalanche
squeak out a one to nothing win over Prince William in the late innings last
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Cannons;
The Baseball Nut was full of himself as he hung out with the fans.
This one was a pitchers' duel early on. Matt Pool picks up the strikeout,
one of his 9 K's on the night.
Salem scored the only run of the game in the 8th. Pookie Jones lifts the
long fly ball into right. Blake Barthol tags and scores the winning run on the
Jeff Sobkoviak pitched a scoreless SUPER=37-Salem/==1/Prince William/==0;
9th for the save and Salem wins 1 to zip.
Dale Jarrett picked up his fourth Winston Cup victory of the season winning
the Goodwrench 400 in Michigan.
SUPER=03-Brooklyn, MI/ESPN; :
Kenny Wallace hit the wall in turn two on lap 32, bringing out one of only
two cautions in the race.
Mark Martin moved back to the front and he was the leader after 75 laps Lake
Speed and Ricky Rudd were running second and third.
Rusty Wallace was running 9-th, but blew an engine and took his car into
the garage area.
Gordon and Jarrett battled for the fourth spot early in the race and
Jarrett eventually took over the position.
Jarrett's teammate Ernie Irvan was strong at this point, running second
with Ricky Rudd third.
Dale Earnhardt and Ken Schrader get together on lap 187--Schrader hits
the wall and Earnhardt slides into the grass and gets back on the track.
Jarrett took the lead from Martin with 7 laps to go and he held off the
field winning the Goodwrench 400.
IN Q="What an...
((DALE JARRETT/GOODWRENCH 400 WINNER: WHAT AN AWESOME CAR WE HAD HERE. HAD TO
BE PATIENT, AND WAIT TILL THE RIGHT TIME YOU KNOW, FOUND A GROOVE UP HIGH THERE
THAT REALLY WORKED. AND WE THANK GOD FOR A SAFE RACE AND ALL HE'S DONE FOR ME
AND THIS RACE TEAM. JUST APPRECIATE EVERYTHING. ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Goodwrench 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=.....appreciate everything."
Martin was second, Terry Labonte third Irvan fourth and Jeff Gordon came in
Earnhardt finished 17-th.
Dallas running back Emmitt Smith may be sidelined for two to four weeks.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/FOX SPORTS; :
Smith sprained a ligament in his knee during a weekend exhibition game.
The injury occurred when teammate and offensive lineman Erik Williams landed
on Smith's knee after a six yard run.
Smith walked off the field but was taken to the locker room.
On Health Check, some pharmacists are apparently not warning the public
about potentially deadly drug interactions.
We'll have the story.
Plus, a good reason for golfers to hit the gym.
A new study finds weight training may not just offer HEALTH benefits for
golfers-- it may also improve their game.
Thanks for joining us today, and have a good afternoon.
It's all coming up on News 7 at FIVE.