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PULASKI COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR TWO MAN WANTED IN THE MURDER OF
A MAN FOUND IN THE NEW RIVER.
A MAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER A FOILED HIJACKING ON BOARD A U-S-AIR PLANE THIS
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The Top Story tonight--- Friday September 27th,....
It's been 15 years since Randall Lee Smith has been out of prison, today he
re-entered society, under the watchful eye of the media.
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, Good Evening I'm Connie Stevens.
Randall Lee Smith may be a free man but authorities are still keeping a
close watch on him.
He made sure no one could see him today, as he left the Dublin
Correctional Center with a coat over his head.
15 years ago Smith went to jail for murdering two hikers along the
Appalachian Trail in Giles County.
The murders of Susan Ramsay and her friend Bob Mountford drew national
Ramsay was stabbed and slashed, Mountford was shot in his sleeping bag.
Smith eventually pled guilty to second degree murder charges and was
sentenced to 30-years in prison.
He's expected to move back home to be with his family in Pearisburg.
Today Smith met with his parole officer where he was fitted with an
electronic monitoring device.
Authorities will use it to keep track of him during his 10- year supervised
A murder suspect has just been apprehended in Tazewell County--and another
man is still at large after a Pulaski County man's body was found in the New
The body of 43 year- old Elmer Eugene Fisher was pulled from the river in
the Parrott area this morning.
Officials say there appeared to be numerous stab wounds on his upper body,
neck and head.
Investigators are searching for 22 year- old Darick Dewayne Wetzel.
27 year- old Joseph Ray Graham, Junior is in custody.
((RALPH DOBBINS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF: RIGHT NOW THEY'RE CONSIDERED FUGITIVES
BECAUSE WE HAVE INFORMATION THAT THEY REALIZE THEY'RE BEING LOOKED FOR AND
THEY'RE ON THE RUN TO AVOID APPREHENSION. ))
SUPER=01-Ralph Dobbins/Pulaski Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=to avoid apprehension.
Dobbins says according to a witness, Wetzel and Graham were mad at Fisher
for a fight the trio had recently.
Dobbins says Wetzel and Graham allegedly chased Fisher into the river,
stabbed him repeatedly, then held him under water until he was dead.
Fisher's family reported him missing yesterday.
Wetzel and Graham are both charged with murder.
A Campbell County man is dead and his wife injured following what sheriff's
deputies believe was a an attempted murder-suicide.
Authorities say Brenda Gregory called 9-1-1 shortly before four today to
report a domestic dispute.
While on the phone with the sheriff's department, Gregory said her husband
shot her and then turned the gun on himself.
When Deputies arrived they found Wesly Gregory dead from a gunshot to the
neck and Brenda Gregory with a wound to her leg.
She was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.
No charges are expected.
An apparant hijacking attempt aboard a U-S Air plane this morning.
The plane-- with 119 people aboard-- was on it's way from Las Vegas to
The plane was able to land in Nashville at about five this morning.
((KEN WALSH/FBI: THE PILOT TAXIED THE AIRCRAFT TO A CONCOURSE AREA. THREE
NASHVILLE AIRPORT POLICE OFFICERS BOARDED THE PLANE AT THE CAPTAIN'S REQUST.
THE SUSPECT WAS IDENTIFIED TO THEM AND SUBDUED, PLACED UNDER ARREST AND REMOVED
FROM THE PLANE.))
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Police arrested 25 year old Danny Walters of Clarkton, North Carolina.
The FBI would not comment on reports that Walters had a weapon or that he
assaulted an air crew member.
A lockdown is underway following a riot at California State Prison-
Sacramento....one inmate was killed and several others were hurt.
The trouble broke out this morning in an exercise yard- involving more than
Eight inmates were injured from stab wounds.
Six others were wounded from gunfire when guards tried to break up the
Guards seized several homemade knives-
They say the dispute appeared to be between black and hispanic inmates.
In Israel, another day of fighting in the occupied territories has
left eight more people dead and kept tension high between Israelis and
Jesse Schulman reports.
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SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister; :55
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:32
OUT Q=J.S. CBS News, Tel Aviv.
Some of the bloodiest of today's fighting was also the most visible...
around the al-Aqsa mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, Muslim worshippers
clashed with Israeli riot police.
Palestinians threw stones, troopers opened fire... Police say
they only used rubber bullets, but hospitals reported up to three dead, and
At the West Bank and Gaza Strip flashpoints, there were sporadic
clashes, but for the most part they
were half-hearted, and hardly
matched the fierce combat conditions of yesterday.
In the wake of that combat, the funerals... around the West Bank
and Gaza. And around Israel... an abundance of grief and bitterness.
Prime Minister Netanyahu visited wounded Israeli soldiers, and
laid the blame on PLO chief Yassir Arafat... As to the Jerusalem
tunnel whose opening sparked the explosion, his verdict, it's a
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: WHAT WE SAW HERE WAS AN
ATTEMPT TO CYNICALLY MANIPULATE A NON-ISSUE, A FABRICATION THAT SAYS THAT WE
AFFECTED THE HOLY PLACES.
For Palestinians the tunnel is Jewish expansion at their expense... and
unexpectedly, today it was closed.
Arafat, who prayed in a Gaza City mosque, is demanding it stay that way.
But Netanyahu's government insists Arafat will get no concessions on the tunnel
or anything else, in return for help calming the storm.
Today's relative quiet might well be part of a behind the scenes deal
taking shape... but that's not clear... what is clear is that until a deal is
reached the killing seems certain to go on.
Jesse Schulman, CBS News, Tel Aviv.))
Search warrants show hundreds of hours of research time on goverment
contracts were faked-- more on ARCOVA coming up--
It's been quite a week for Frankie Lee Hall-- as he's honored for his
heroics when he rescued two people from a burning car.
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Employees of ARCOVA- -the American Research Corporation of Virginia- -tell
federal investigators the company has been fraudulently billing the government
on defense contracts.
Federal agents seized hundreds of documents and computer records from the
research firm yesterday.
According to the search warrant affidavit filed today, company President
Russell Churchill charged hundreds of hours of research time for work on
government contracts he never performed.
According to the government agent: whenever one contract was running out of
funds- -but wasn't finished yet- -ARCOVA employees were told to mark their time
sheets to show they were working on a contract that still had money.
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A disabled rights advocacy group suing Virginia over the new Motor Voter law
charges the Allen Administration put political pressure on the state Board of
Elections NOT to enforce the law.
The National Coalition for Students with Disabilities says Virginia colleges
should be handing out voter registration forms to disabled students.
Virginia Board of Elections Secretary Bruce Meadows says his office has
urged local social service agencies to work with colleges -- and he believes
the state is in compliance with its version of the law.
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The attorney for the disabled students' coalition says a Board of Elections
worker gave him "the impression" that political pressure from Governor Allen's
staff scuttled the plan to help register disabled students.
Board Secretary Bruce Meadows says that is "absolutely untrue."
GRAPHIC=Frankie Lee Hall
Frankie Lee Hall has been dubbed a local hero this week--
And the Blue Ridge Community Traffic Safety Board agrees.
Today it honored the Marine Staff Sergeant for the daring rescue he made
four days ago.
Sergeant Hall pulled two teenagers to safety from a burning vehicle on
Interstate 581 Monday.
He said he never imagined anything like that was about to happen as he
Noting that he, too, has an 18-year son, Hall thanked God for the fact that
Kevin Ballinger and Nicole Hicks got out of the wreck alive.
More NEWS-7 Primetime is straight ahead Steve Mason fills us in on Friday
BUt first- Joe Dashiell tells us how a wooden animal and a team at the
Governor's School come together to make a winning combination.
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A class project for a team of students from the Governor's School in
Roanoke is shining in the national spotlight.
Joe Dashiell has the story of "A Dog's Best Friend."
IN Q=Tripy may seem a bit wooden
SUPER=01-Josh Dietz/Governor's School Junior; :17
SUPER=@Joe2; :27 Quick;
SUPER=01-Gregory Holder/Governor's School Junior; :37
SUPER=01-Shana Waller/Governor's School Senior; :52
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Tripy may seem a bit wooden, but this two- by- four legged animal is part
of an award- winning team.
With Tripy's help, Shana Waller, Gregory Holder and Josh Dietz claimed top
honors in a national competition for young inventors.
IN Q=Originally we
((ORIGINALLY WE WERE GOING TO DO A PROJECT ON SEATBELTS FOR PEOPLE, BUT WHEN WE
RESEARCHED THE SUBJECT WE COULDN'T FIND A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT IT.))
((BECAUSE MY MOM IS A VETERINARIAN, I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF A SEATBELT FOR
OUT Q=seatbelt for pets
Their goal was to create a safety harness, a restraint that would protect a
pet in an accident.
IN Q=First we had to make the
((FIRST WE HAD TO MAKE THE DESIGN OF THE HARNESS ITSLEF. AND WE TOOK A LOT OF
DIFFERENT THINGS INTO ACCOUNT. FIRST WE HAD TO DECIDE HOW THE DOG WOULD BE
SITTING AND WE DECIDED THAT MOST LIKELY THE DOG WOULD BE SITTING UPRIGHT LIKE
OUT Q=upright like this.
And since they couldn't test the device on a real dog, Tripy did the
IN Q=We were happy
((WE WERE HAPPY THAT OUR PROJECT WAS SUCCESSFUL. IT SURVIVED THE FIRST TEST,
BUT BY THE SECOND TEST THE DOG WAS A LITTLE BIT CROOKED, BUT WE CALCULATED THAT
THAT WOULD HAPPEN. ))
OUT Q=that would happen.
Their project failed to win the governor's school or state competitions,
but their teachers submitted it to the national program anyway.
Now they're headed to Washington to claim their award.
IN Q=He'll be going to Washington
OUT Q=be around for a while.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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Around the region, fundraiser walks are a popular charity event.
This weekend, the Roanoke Valley will have it's biggest walk ever-- in both
walkers and dollars.
It's the Walk for the Cure, to support the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation,
The organization expects to garner about 800-thousand dollars in pledges.
It's accomplished with the help of people like LeeAnn Brown.
This waitress has plenty of connections, to raise money for J-D-F.
At Dave's Restaurant in Roanoke, LeeAnn's customers are helping her meet
IN Q=This year I'm
((LEEANN BROWN/THIS YEAR I'M UP TO A THOUSAND BUT I WANT TO BEAT THAT.
LAST YEAR IT WAS CLOSE TO TWO THOUSAND.))
SUPER=01-LeeAnn Brown/JDF Fundraiser;
OUT Q=close to two thousand.
In fact, LeeAnn raises as much as any small corporation.
It's a labor of love-- as her 14-year-old son suffers from Juvenile
Advance Auto Parts has also made a sizable contribution to the cause--
about 540-thousand dollars, with the help of customers.
Internationally, J-D-F has awarded more than 23-million dollars to
Our Primetime Pick for video of the day comes from Phoenix... where a joy
ride in the skies turned into a nightmare for it's travellers.
SUPER=75-Near Phoenix, AZ; :
A hot air balloon went out of control this morning, touching down and
lifting off along a busy highway.
All 13 people on board were hurt.
Witnesses say there was some kind of problem with the balloon-- it was
apparently trying to land when it struck a wall at an auto salvage yard--
ejecting the pilot.
It finally collapsed flat, on the desert ground near the Interstate.
IN Q=We just came
((JIM HARVEY/BALLOON PASSENGER: WE JUST CAME DOWN HARD AND THE PILOT WAS
KNOCKED OUT OF THE BALOON SO WE JUST LANDED A COUPLE MORE TIMES AND HAD PEOPLE
JUMPED OUT EACH TIME WE HIT THE GROUND.))
SUPER=01-Jim Harvey/Balloon Passenger; :
OUT Q=hit the ground.
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Tye Bull Ring's endeing was prolonged today when rain put off qualifying at
North Wilkesboro for about 2 and a half hours.
When the clouds cleared, Ted Musgrave emerged as the Bussch Pole winner for
Sunday's Tyson Holly Farms 400.
SUPER=03-North Wilkesboro, NC; :00
But who needs racing when you have golf!
Jeff Gordon got a few minor pointers from Arnold Palmer in a senior pro-am
yesterday! Those same hands that would swing the club,
also surgercally guided the Dupont Chevrolet to a spot on the outside pole.
But Musgrave wins the pole. Now here's the top 25 from first round
wipe to lineup
SUPER=0107-1. Ted Musgrave/118.054/2. Jeff Gordon//3. Bobby Hamilton//4. Mark
Martin//5. Ernie Irvan;
SUPER=0107-6. Johnny Benson//7. Derrike Cope//8. Bobby Hillin Jr.//9. Rusty
Wallace//10. Michael Waltrip;
SUPER=0107-11. Dale Earnhardt//12. Bill Elliott//13. Sterling Marlin//14. Jeff
Burton//15. Jeremy Mayfield;
SUPER=0107-16. Terry Labonte//17. Wally Dallenbach//18. Bobby Labonte//19.
Morgan Shepherd//20. Ricky Craven;
SUPER=0107-21. Ricky Rudd//22. Dave Marcis//23. John Andretti//24. Ken
Schrader//25. Kyle Petty;
15 games to bring you on Friday Football Extra...Here's a
taste.....Christiansburg at Northside in a Blue Ridge battle. Jim Hickam's
Vikes were back home after two road losses and a bye week.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Christiansburg vs. Northside; :00
The Vikings would look good in their opening drive going 75 yards with John
Doss getting in for the TD from a yard out to make it 7-to-nothing.
Not to be outdone, Christiansburg SUPER=34-Northside/=21/Christiansburg/=14;
would put its high flying offense in the air and tally seven of its own as Matt
Wright hauls in the John Hindle pass, but Northside wins 21-14.
SUPER=55-Wm. Campbell/8/Magna Vista/31/Dan
SUPER=55-Auburn/14/Galax/16/Halifax Co./6/Patrick Henry/28/Alleghany
River/28/Christiansburg/14/Northside/21/Science Hill TN/13/Pulaski Co./38;
SUPER=55-Gate City/41/Lebanon/14/George Wythe/3/Rural Retreat/43/Bland
SUPER=55-Liberty/7/Heritage/6/Giles/48/Ft. Chiswell/7/Wm. Fleming/8/G.W.
SUPER=55-James Monroe/36/Summers Co./0/E.C. Glass/21/Cave
SUPER=55-Lord Botetourt/34/Wm. Byrd/14/Franklin Co./No/Amherst
SUPER=55-Grayson Co./No/Narrows/Rpt./Bath Co./No/Franklin
SUPER=55-Craig Co./No/Circleville WV/Rpt./James
Tomorrow at 3:30, Virginia Tech and Syracuse will get it on at the
One major key for the 3 and OH Hokies will be to contain Syracuse quarterback
Donovan McNabb, a threat passing or running the rock.
You can catch the game right here on your Hometown Station at 3:30
SS+full screen wake forest Clemson
Get warmed up for the Hokies by watching the Clemson, Wake Forest battle at
Also, VMI hosts Furman tomorrow at 1,
Ferrum is off this week
The ODAC is busy. Washington and Lee is at Center College, Hampden Sidney is
hosting Guilford, and Emory and Henry is at davison.
Legend has it the Hope Diamond was owned by Kings and Queens-- caused
premature deaths and beheadings-- and even carries a curse.
But even a diamond with so much weighty history needs to be cleaned now and
SUPER=03-New York; ;
Accompanied by an ever-present Uzi-- the Hope Diamond arrived at Harry
Winston's in New York this week for a little rehab.
It seems sitting in a glass case at the Smithsonian is dirty work-- and the
world's largest blue diamond-- 45-and a half karats of mystery and
intrigue...has been gathering dust.
IN Q=Blue diamonds
((DR. JEFFREY POST/SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION: BLUE DIAMONDS ARE VERY VERY
RARE....ONE THE SIZE AND QUALITY OF THE HOPE DIAMOND IS UNKNOWN ANYWHERE ELSE
IN THE WORLD. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jeffrey Post/Smithsonian Institution; :
OUT Q=in the world.
The Hope Diamond was found in India 350 years ago.
The experts steer clear of guessing the value of the stone....saying only
that it's priceless.
Here's what we're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
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SUPER=77-Arrest in Tazewell Co.;
More on the arrest in Tazewell County tonight in connection with a murder in
the New River Valley.
SUPER=78-Friday Football Frenzy
In Sports- Mike Stevens takes us to gridirons throughout the region with as
much high school football as you can handle.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, have a nice weekend.
Jean Jadhon has more news in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7.