Up next on News 7-
Police catch up with one of the suspects tonight wanted for a Pulaski
A man apparently shoots his wife and then turns the gun on himself in
And a homecoming of sorts for Billy Graham- as his crusade gets underway in
News 7 is next.
An apparent attempted murder- suicide in Campbell County.
Sheriff's deputies say Wesly Gregory is dead and his wife, Brenda was shot
in the leg.
Brenda reportedly called 9-1-1 saying her husband had shot her and turned
the gun on himself.
SUPER=03-Near Phoenix, AZ;
A hot air balloon spiraled out of control in Arizona knocking the pilot
out- and forcing passengers to jump out.
13 people were hurt.
SUPER=03-New York City;
It is a 45 Karat blue diamond, but it's dirty- But how do you clean a
priceless treasure? We'll show you.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Authorities have captured one of the suspects in a murder today in Pulaski
Pulaski County authorities say 27 year-old Joseph Ray Graham, Junior was
apprehended in Tazewell County tonight.
He's suspected in the murder of Elmer Eugene Fisher.
Another suspect, Darick Dewayne Wetzel, is still at large.
Tracy Altizer has details of the crime.
IN Q=Sheriff's investigators were
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Ralph Dobbins/Pulaski Co. Sheriff; :23
SUPER=01-Jacqueline Fisher/Victim's Wife; 1:13
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Sheriff's investigators were checking out the missing person report when a
man they questioned led them to the New River.
The man had given 22 year- old Darick Dewayne Wetzel and 27 year- old Joseph
Ray Graham, Junior a ride to the river Monday.
When they got there, he says Graham and Wetzel showed him the body of 43
year- old Elmer Eugene Fisher, described how they killed Fisher, and threatened
to kill HIM if he told.
((RALPH DOBBINS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF: BASED ON WHAT HE STATES THESE SUSPECTS
TOLD HIM WE ROUNDED UP ONE OF THE OTHER SUSPECTS, ONE OF THE NAMES HE GAVE US
AND THAT SUSPECT HAS GIVEN US A VERY DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF HOW IT TOOK PLACE.
That third suspect, who has not been charged, was an eyewitness who was
driving the group Sunday night.
suAuthorities say according to the witness, the foursome stopped here along
the New River to drink beer. That's when Graham and Wetzel allegedly pulled
knives on the victim, who managed to break free and run into the river.
((THEY PROCEEDED INTO THE RIVER AFTER HIM AND STABBED HIM NUMEROUS TIMES AND
IT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING21:16:07HE WAS HELD UNDER THE WATER UNTIL THEY WERE
SURE HE WAS DEAD.))
The witness told police Wetzel and Graham were mad at Fisher for an earlier
fight. Fisher's wife said her husband knew there could be trouble.
((JACQUELINE FISHER/VICTIM'S WIFE: HE WANTED ME TO LOCK THE DOORS DAY AND NIGHT
AND WHEN I LET THE DOGS OUT TO LOCK THE DOOR, JUST LET THEM OUT. AND WHEN I
CAME OUTSIDE WITH THEM TO WATCH MY BACK. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
One man is dead and his wife injured in what Campbell County sheriff's
deputies are calling an attempted murder-suicide.
According to authorities Brenda Gregory called 9-1-1 shortly before four
today to report trouble.
While on the phone with the sheriff's department, she screamed and said her
husband had just 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.
Investigator Al Scott says no further charges are expected, but the
Randall Lee Smith has spent the last 15 years behind bars for murdering 2
hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
This afternoon, he was released from prison.
Scott Prince was there.
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(( Randall Lee Smith shielded his identity as he embarked on freedom.
But before he could walk away from jail, he had to step inside one, one
Inside the state correctional facility in Dublin, Smith was fitted for a
home monitoring device.
Authorities will use it to keep track of Smith during his 10- year
15 years ago, along the Appalachian Trail in Giles County, 2 hikers were
found dead near a shelter.
Susan Ramsay had been stabbed repeatedly.
Her companion, Bob Mountford had been shot.
Bloody fingerprints at the scene led police to Smith, who eventually pled
guilty to lesser charges of second degree murder.
Only his parole officer was there to greet him on his first day of freedom.
But Randall Lee Smith isn't expected to be alone.
He was heading home to be with his family in Pearisburg.
Scott Prince, News- 7.
A possible meeting is in the works between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat.
U-S sources say the two could meet tomorrow night.
SUPER=03-West Bank, Israel;
It's hoped talks can defuse the violence in Israel.
70 people are dead in the fourth day of fighting there.
The battle centered around a tunnel- Israel opened.
Palestinians say it's near a holy place- They want it closed.
But Netanyahu says the tunnel does not infringe on any holy place- Israel
will keep it open.
A hot air balloon hit a wall as it was coming down for landing.
SUPER=03-Near Phoenix, AZ;
The collision dumped the pilot out, causing the craft to go out of
It bounced along a busy highway near Phoenix, spilling passengers out.
((JIM HARVEY/BALLOON PASSENGER: WE CAME DOWN HARD AND THE PILOT WAS KNOCKED OUT
OF THE BALLOON SO THEN WE JUST LANDED A COPULE MORE TIMES AND HAD PEOPLE
JUMPING OUT EACH TIEM WE HIT THE GROUND SO LOTS OF PEOPLE GOT HURT COMING
SUPER=01-Jim Harvey/Balloon Passenger;
OUT Q=GOT HURT COMING OUT."
Thirteen of the 14 people aboard were hurt, but the injuries don't appear
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Still to come on the broadcast, police warn residents about scam artists
targeting the elderly in our area-
and we'll tell you how some local governor's school students are gaining well
earned attention for showing a little restraint.
Patrick in WX CENTER
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Millions of dollars in defense contracts are at stake in the government's
investigation of a Radford research firm known as ARCOVA.
Federal investigators seized hundreds of documents and computer records
yesterday from the American Research Corporation of Virginia
They're hoping to piece together a fraud case against Company President
Russell Churchill, its research director and bookkeeper.
The company has won 3-million dollars worth of research contracts for the
various military services and the defense department in the last three years.
At the same time, ARCOVA was working on more than 2-million dollars of
NON-military research for NASA and the National Science Foundation.
Former employees told investigators that 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.
Roanoke police are warning people to watch out for a couple of con artists.
They cheated a 77-year-old woman from Buchanan out of several thousand
It was a classic scam.
Two women came up to the victim outside a Northwest Roanoke department store
and said they were selling stock for the store. They said if she invested, she
could make 4-500 dollars a month.
She went and took out money from her savings account and gave it to the con
artists. They gave HER an envelope stuffed with paper.
Just two months after opening- Roanoke's small business incubator already
has five tenants.
The New Century Venture Center added two new occupants this week.
An ad agency called Access, Incorporated says the Center's emphasis on
making it easier for new businesses to grow played a big role in its decision
to move there.
IN Q=When we
((TODD MARCUM/ACCESS, INC.: WHEN WE LOOKED AROUND AT OFFICE SPACES, SINCE IT'S
ONLY THE TWO OF US WE NEEDED SOME SUPPORT SERVICES LIKE SECRETARIAL SERVICES,
AND FAXES AND THINGS LIKE THAT, ESPECIALLY AS A STARTUP BUSINESS STARTING UP
GENERALLY FROM VIRTUALLY ZERO.))
SUPER=01-Todd Marcum/Access, Inc.;
OUT Q=virtually zero.
The president of the Center says small business incubators like Roanoke's
are becoming a more popular option for startup companies.
IN Q=In Virginia
((LISA ISON/NEW CENTURY VENTURE CENTER: IN VIRGINIA THE WORD INCUBATOR IS
BECOMING A BUZZWORD WITH ALL THE COUPLE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS
FOR SURROUNDING AREAS AND ALSO FROM ALL OVER VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
PEOPLE ARE WANTING TO SEE INCUBATORS BECOME A PART OF THEIR PROGRAM.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Ison/New Century Venture Center;
OUT Q=their program.
The Center's other new tenant is All-com, a full service communications
Three students at the Governor's School in Roanoke set out to design a
seatbelt for pets.
They ended up with the top award in a national competition.
Shana Waller, Josh Dietz and Gregory Holder engineered a safety restraint
they named Dog's Best Friend.
Attached to a car's seatbelt, the harness is designed to protect the pet in
The students did not win the local or state science fairs, but their
teachers entered the project in a national comeptition for young inventors.
IN Q=And we put the project
((SHANA WALLER/ GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL SENIOR: AND WE PUT THE PROJECT ON FROM START
TO FINISH, INCLUDING DESIGNING A DUMMY MODEL DOG, SO THAT WE COULD TEST OUR
PRODUCT, DESIGNING THE RESTRAINT ITSELF AND DOING A MARKETING SCHEME TO
CALCULATE HOW MANY RESTRAINTS WE'D HAVE TO SELL TO ACTUALLY MAKE A PROFIT.))
((JOSH DIETZ/GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL SENIOR: I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY HAD EVEN
ENTERED US INTO THE AWARD. I GOT A LETTER IN THE MAIL OVER THE SUMMER AND IT
WAS JUST A COMPLETE SHOCK, BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IT WAS.))
SUPER=01-Shana Waller/Governor's School Senior; :00
SUPER=01-Josh Dietz/Governor's School Junior; :19
OUT Q=what it was.
Next month, the students and their dummy dog, Tripy (TRIP-ee), will travel
to Washington to claim their award.
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There's still more News 7 to come, up next
we'll head to Charlotte where evangelist Billy Graham is bringing his message
of hope to his home state.
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One of the nation's most respected men experienced a homecoming of sorts
Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his native North Carolina to deliver a
message of hope to the thousands of people who packed Charlotte's Erricson
Steve Crump has more.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Joe Gibbs/NASCAR Team Owner; :18
SUPER=01-Gov. James Hunt/North Carolina; :26
SUPER=01-Gov. David Beasley/South Carolina; :37
SUPER=01-Billy Graham/Evangelist; :57
OUT Q=Steve Crump for CBS News.
The Billy Graham Crusade continues in Charlotte through Sunday night.
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Coming up in just a moment, Steve Mason will have all the Friday Football
and we'll see what can be done to help restore the world's most famous
diamond in the rough.
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We start over in Vinton with a good old fashion Blue Ridge rumble. Lord
Botetourt came in undefeated to face the terriers of William Byrd.
SUPER=03-Vinton/Cavaliers vs/ Terriers; :00
It looked like Byrd was gonna walk the walk all over the Cavaliers early.
Already leading 7-nothing, from the shot gun, quarterback frank English
takes the ball off tackle through the Cavs secondary for the Terriers second
TD, 14-zip Byrd.
Lord Botetourt comes back. QB Seth Myers hands off to Wesley Cox on the
SUPER=34-Lord Botetourt/=34 /William Byrd/=14;
draw play, He's gonna make his way through the crow down to the 2 yard line.
That set up a 2 yard touchdown and Lord Botetourt remains perfect, downing
In other Blue Ridge action, Christiansburg and Northside hooked up and, for
Jim Hickum, there's no place like home; Northside was back intheir backyard
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 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 the Vikings pull out the win 21-14.
A Cross town, Patrick henry welcomed the the Comets of Halifax into the
house at Victory Stadium.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Comets vs. Patriots; :00
The PH would go up 21-nothing at the half. In the third quarter, PH used
it's very own Patriot missile. James Higgenbothom takes the rock and
rumbles..not stumbles 75 yards for the third quarter touchdown and Ed Scott's
troops led 28-nothing.
On the game's very next drive, Halifax answers. Quarterback carlos
Jackson losses the ball on the option, but Michael Chapelle is there to scoop
it up. He goes for 17 yards.
Chapelle caps the drive with a 1 yard plunge. But PH wins 28-6.
That's three games, 12 more headed your way with Mike Jumanji Stevens and
his friday Football Extra Kingdom, but first the early football scores.
Wipe to Boards
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OUT Q=last score
SUPER=55-Patrick Co./21/Chatham/28/Wm. Campbell/8/Magna Vista/31/Dan
SUPER=55-Alleghany Co./20/Rockbridge Co./21/Brookville/13/Staunton
SUPER=55-Science Hill TN/13/Pulaski Co./38/Gate City/41/Lebanon/14/George
SUPER=55-Bland Co./50/Craig Co./16/Liberty/7/Heritage/6/Giles/48/Ft.
SUPER=55-Wm. Fleming/8/G.W. Danville/31/James Monroe/36/Summers Co./0/E.C.
SUPER=55-Blacksburg/14/Salem/34/Lord Botetourt/34/Wm. Byrd/14/Bath
SUPER=55-Franklin Co./16/Amherst Co./52/Patrick Henry
SUPER=55-Harrisonburg/No/Parry McCluer/Rpt./Floyd Co./No/Shawsville/Rpt.;
Still to come tonight, we will check in on Virginia tech as the Hokies gear
up for the OH and 2 Orange Crush
and Ted Musgrave crushed all other qualifiers on his way to winning the pole
The final first round Winston Cup qualifying run at North Wilkesboro for
Sunday's Tyson Holly Farms 400 was interrupteed by rain today.
Cup cars have battle in the half mile bull ring since 1951...those 44 years
translate into 385 thousand, 440 hours. The actual racing time at the track; in
those 44 years is somewhere in the neighborhood of 352 hours.
So waiting and extra 2 and a half hours for mother nature to cool her jets
was no problem.
SUPER=03-North Wilkesboro, NC; :00
Before the rain began, 27 drivers did get their qualifying laps in. Bobby
Hamilton put Richard petty's Pontiac on the pole.
Hamilton eventually fell to third behind that guy, Jeff Gordon. Gordon's
stay didn't last.
A couple of cars later, Ted Musgrave went out and put the Family Channel
Ford on the pole.
Musgrave, the pole winner for this race last year, was the fastest in
practice and was the fastest in qualifying with a speed of 118.054 miles per
((TED MUSGRAVE/POLE WINNER FOR HOLLY FARMS 400:))
SUPER=01-Ted Musgrave/Pole Winner for Holly Farms 400; :00
OUT Q=...be great too"
Rick mast qualified 27th, Ward Burton 32nd and Dale Jarrett 38th! Now
here's a list of the drivers who di make the first round field.
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;
The wild card race is quite hot in Major league baseball. Right now Texas
and california are tied 2-2 in the 8th and Chicago is beating Minnesota 3-2 in
the 9th. Toronto delayed baltimore's drive towards the playoffs, beating the
O's 3-2 tonight.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/Orioles vs. Blue Jays; :00
The Magic number for the Birds is two for a wild card birth.
Brady Anderson tied the Orioles team record with his 49th homer on the
season. Scott Erickson took the loss for the Birds, he is 13 and 12.
GRAPHIC=National League series
In the National League wild card race, Los Angeles is hosting San Diego in a
head to head division battle. Right now the Doggers lead 1-nothing in the
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/Braves vs. Expos; :00
In other wild card action, the Montreal,Expos and the Atlanta Braves played
in Montreal. The braves have already clinched while the Expos are barely alive
and their post season hopes took another hit as they lost 6-4.
The carrier Dome is the site of the 10 the meeting between Virginia Tech
and Syracuse tomorrow.
it is the first conference game for the Orangemen while the Hokies are 1
and OH in the Big East.
One major key for the 3 and OH Hokies will be to contain Syracuse quarterback
IN Q=The secondary
((CORNELL BROWN/VIRGINIA TECH DEFENSIVE END:))
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/Va. Tech Defensive End; :00
OUT Q=...over their head"
Brown has been double teamed most of this season, but his defense is still
giving up only 13 points per game.
IN Q="our offense
((MALCOLM THOMAS/SYRACUSE RUNNING BACK:))
SUPER=01-Malcolm Thomas/Syracuse Running Back; :00
OUT Q=...kitchen sink"
One other note, Tech tailback Ken Oxendine will be back in uniform against
You can catch the game right here on your Hometown Station at 3:30
SS+full screen wake forest Clemson
You can get warmed up for the Hokies by watching the Clemson, Wake Forest
battle at noon.
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It's dirty work showing off as the world's biggest blue diamond.
So, the Hope Diamond is getting a bath.
You want a look? First, you gotta get past the man with the Uzi.
Elizabeth Kaledin reports.
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((Accompanied by an ever present Uzi the Hope diamond arrived in
New York this week for a little rehab.
It seems sitting in a glass case at Washington's Smithsonian Institution is
dirty work and the world s largest blue diamond, 45.5 karats of mystery
and intrigue has been gathering dust:
Cleaning the gem is no simple task: First it is dusted with a chamois
cloth then it is replaced in its setting and the setting is carefully
tweaked and polished, each step is witnessed by a committee of anxious
Once safely in its setting...the diamond is polished, brushed and
polished again with tools that seem borrowed from the dentist. You don t
want to slip when you re doing this!!
After inspection by an expert...the hope diamond undergoes the final steps of
the elaborate process, rinse, and sauna.
Once cleaned the Hope diamond heads back to the Smithsonian where
curators say it is the single most popular item on display.
They steer clear of guessing the value of the stone saying only it is
priceless. The cleaning job was done for free. Elizabeth Kaledin, CBS News,