Coming up on News 7-
A crackdown on suspected drug dealers in Roanoke. Police arrest dozens and
seize a stash of goods.
New York State police arrest a man charged with kidnapping two cheerleaders
who were found murdered.
And is it real video of Princess Diana or not?
News 7 is next.
Roanoke Police make a drug bust- arresting dozens of people.
Police seized crack cocaine, heroine, marijuana and amphetimines.
Prosecutors say Frank Helvestine's age doesn't affect murder charges
The 76 year old was was brought into court in a wheelchair.
He's charged with setting a car bomb that killed a 23 month old girl two
Josephine continues to wreak havoc- even postponing tonight's Yankees-
Robin will have details.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A major drug roundup tonight in Roanoke--
So far, 29 people have been arrested.
Police are still searching for nearly 40 more individuals wanted for
Double Boxes Jean/Kimberly Newsroom
Kimberly McBroom has been following the story tonight.
Kim, how did police find out about these dealers?
Well Jean, they say they were tipped off by concerned citizens, fed up
with the amount of drug trafficking and other crimes in their neighborhoods.
The investigation began in early spring.
Police informants disguised themselves as drug addicts and bought small
amounts of crack cocaine and other substances.
Among the targeted neighborhoods were Lafayette Boulevard and Melrose
Avenue, as well as the Garden City and Williamson Road areas.
Yesterday, the Grand Jury returned 96 indictments against 55 adults for
distributing crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and imitation narcotics.
Twelve juveniles were also charged with distributing drugs.
So far, police have arrested 24 of the adults and five juveniles-- who
officials say are now becoming more significant players in drug distribution.
(Question: The General Assembly now considers repeat drug offenders a threat
to the community. Will these offenders receive bond?)
Roanoke's drug prosecutor says 10 of the adults will likely be held without
bond, because they are repeat offenders.
For the rest, bond will be high, ranging anywhere from 10 to 40- thousand
Last month, Lynchburg city council reaffirmed its vision to remain an all-
inclusive city, one that values different voices and ideas.
Now a local group wants council to live up to its words, and allow a mural
honoring civil rights activists to hang in City Hall.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( It is an imposing portrait.
Fifty square feet featuring the people who led the fight for civil rights in
Lynchburg in the 1960's.
Its owner, the Legacy Project, has offered to hang the painting in City
Hall, to coincide with the start of National Education Week in November.
IN Q=The Legacy
((WILLIE THORNHILL/THE LEGACY PROJECT: THE LEGACY PROJECT HAS AN EDUCATIONAL
VALUE WHEN YOU'RE TEACHING THE HISTORY TO CHILDREN OF THE CITY, THIS WOULD BE
OUT Q=very important.
Too important to be placed anywhere besides the highly-visible lobby, where
hundreds of people would see it each day.
The problem, city officials say, is where do they draw the line.
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((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: BUT WE NEED TO TAKE SOME STRONG CONSIDERATION,
BECAUSE ONCE WE OPEN THE DOOR TO ALLOW ONE GROUP TO DISPLAY SOMETHING IN CITY
HALL, THEN WE HAVE TO START ALLOWING ALL GROUPS TO DISPLAY IN CITY HALL.))
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IN Q=So it's possible
((So it's possible that city manager Charles Church and museum officials could
decide later this week that the best place for the mural is somewhere other
than the lobby of this building. If that happens, councilman Junius Haskins
says when the issue goes before city council, he has enough votes to make sure
the painting goes in City Hall.))
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It's a safe bet that few council members, despite their best intentions,
will enjoy having to vote against this request.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference says federal judges in
Roanoke are not treating everyone equally.
Despite the rainy weather, members of the S-C-L-C's Roanoke chapter
demonstrated outside the U-S Supreme Court.
They say U-S Western District judges are unfair to minorities in civil
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((JEFF ARTIS/S.C.L.C.: I THINK IT'S PRETTY EVIDENT THAT WHEN IT COMES TO CASES
INVOLVING WOMEN, CASES INVOLVING POOR PEOPLE, CASES INVOLVING AFRICAN AMERICANS
AND OTHER MINORITIES, THAT JUSTICE ON THE WHOLE, ESPECIALLY AT THE FEDERAL
LEVEL, IS A JOKE. ))
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((PERNELLER CHUBB-WILSON/S.C.L.C. PRESIDENT: WHERE WE LIVE, NO ONE HAS
JUSTICE-- ESPECIALLY OUR PEOPLE. IT'S MARCHING TIME AGAIN, AND I HOPE THAT
AMERICA WILL WAKE UP AND START MARCHING FOR EQUAL RIGHTS AND EQUAL JUSTICE FOR
SUPER=01-Perneller Chubb-Wilson/S.C.L.C. President;
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Members also criticized the court's ruling of the Violence Against Women's
Act as unconstitutional.
He's 76-years old and has to carry an oxygen tank.
But authorities also think he's carrying around a guilty conscience.
Frank (HELL-veh-steen) Helvestine was brought in on a wheelchair to face
four felonies at the Roanoke County Courthouse this morning.
The charges include murder, malicious wounding and arson, stemming from a
crime committed 21 years ago.
Helvestine is accused of planting a car bomb in 1975.
It killed a toddler-- 23-month-old Carrie Mask-- who was walking with her
parents when the bomb went off.
Prosecutors said given the time lapse, proving guilt in this case may be
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((SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE COUNTY PROSECUTOR: OBVIOUSLY, IT'S GOING TO MAKE IT A
LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT FROM AN EVIDENTIARY STANDPOINT, BUT WE FELT WE HAD
SUFFICIENT INFORMATION THAT WE SHOULD GO FORWARD. ))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=go forward
Burkart doesn't think any more arrests will be made in the case... even
though he believes Helvestine did not act alone.
Burkart says one other person was involved, but that suspect died a few
During the arraignment, Helvestine asked for a court appointed attorney.
But that request was denied, because he had too many financial assets.
Last week the accused killer was in traffic court to fight a speeding
On that day he apparently walked in and out of the courtroom under his own
For weeks Richard Jewell has said he is not the bomber in the Olympic Park
He's also demanded all of his possessions back from the FBI.
Today he got some satisfaction.
((RICHARD JEWELL: THEY GOT MY GUNS BACK THIS MORNING. THREE AGENTS BROUGHT THEM
OVER, KONCKED ON MY DOOR AND BROUGHT EM IN AND LAID EM DOWN.))
SUPER=10-Richard Jewell//CBS News Exclusive;
OUT Q=and laid em down."
Jewell says he got back more than a dozen weapons that he's used for
hunting and for his past jobs in law enforcement.
The weapons and other possessions were seized by the FBI in a very public
Today Jewell's lawyers say the return of the items is more proof the FBI
does not consider him a suspect.
((LIN WOOD/JEWELL'S ATTORNEY: YOU DON'T GIVE A BOMBER BACK HIS GUNS. I BELIEVE
THAT IS CLEAR STATEMENT BY THE FBI. THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT RICHARD JEWELL IS NOT
THE BOMBER. RICHARD JEWELL IS AN INNOCENT MAN.))
SUPER=01-Lin Wood/Jewell's Attorney;
OUT Q=IS AN INNOCENT MAN."
Attorney's also say FBI round the clock survellience of Jewell has ended.
They say they expect a letter from the U-S Attorney clearing Jewell.
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There's more News 7 to come,
Up next, police try to find answers in the brutual slayings of two high
and we'll tell you why local officials say a memorial for two children killed
in an automobile accident is a traffic hazard itself.
Robin in WX CENTER
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A gruesome discovery in a small Upstate Upstate New York town- Police have
found what appears to be the remains of two missing cheereleaders-
The girls disappeared while house sitting Thursday night.
Tonight a 31 year old man who lived next door is in custordy.
Judy Sanders reports.
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((In Upstate New York, a 31-year-old machine operator is beiog held in
connection with the disappearance of two high school cheerleaders.
Police say John Andrews of McLean, New York, is charged with kidnapping his
neighbor Sarah Hajney and her classmate Jennifer Bolduc.
Police say the girls, cheerleaders at Dryden High School, were last seen
Friday morning by a 17-year-old male friend who was house-sitting with the
girls for Hajney's parents Thursday night. The friend, who was not identified,
is not a suspect in their disappearance.
Although no bodies have been found, police say evidence shows the girls are
Officials in Tompkins County New York say John Andrews is not cooperating
with police, who are still searching for remains of the girls.
Police say a kidnapping charge allows police to hold the suspect without
bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.))
An accident on I-81 in Wythe County killed one woman today and seriously
70 year-old Virginia (Sec-o-bich) Secobich of Massachusetts died at the
scene when a van struck the Buick she was riding in.
State police say the driver of the Buick, Wanda S. Bourne of Fries (FREEZ)
made an improper lane change, and the van hit it broadside.
Bourne was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
No one in the van was injured.
The accident happened in the southbound lanes near Wytheville.
A Danville family is fighting to keep a memorial for their two children.
But local transportation officials say the 900-pound "Virgin Mary" statue is
a traffic hazard.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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SUPER=01-Tim Wiles/VDOT Resident Engineer; :47
OUT Q=News 7, Danville.
(( It's been nearly a year since 12- year old Jami Earles and her 10- year
year old brother James were killed in a traffic accident on Route 265.
Last week, a 25- hundred dollar memorial was erected in their memory.
Family members say they chose the statues because they'd be difficult for
vandals to remove.
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((RAYMOND MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S STEPFATHER: I ERECTED THAT IN MEMORY OF THEM, SO
WHEN I DRIVE BY, OR ANYONE DRIVES BY THEY SEE THAT RIGHT THERE AND THEY
REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED. ))
OUT Q=what happened.
The Mustains say they had permission to place two "four- foot" angels at the
site, but decided to buy the "Virgin Mary" statue and two smaller angels
instead-- never expecting any problems.
Local transportation officials say the two smaller angels can remain, but
the "Virgin Mary" statue has to go.
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((TIM WILES/RESIDENT ENGINEER:YOU ALWAYS WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THAT BEING
A CAUSE OF MORE DAMAGE FOR SOMEBODY, OR ANOTHER ACCIDENT, PEOPLE DRIVING BY SEE
IT, THEY WANT TO STOP AND THAT'S NOT VERY GOOD ON A HIGHWAY.))
OUT Q=on a highway.
Wiles has given the Mustains until November first to remove the larger
statue, but family members say the "Virgin Mary" is staying until they're shown
in writing where they've violated the law or an ordinance.
In the meantime, construction continues at the intersection.
The median, where the children were killed, has been closed. And, right turn
lanes have been created for traffic entering Route 265. Teresa Hamilton, News
Authorities have arrested an alleged bank robber, AND recovered the 14
thousand dollars he's accused of stealing from the Bank of Carroll in Cana.
Carroll County Sheriff Warren Manning says 25 year-old Larry Tyrone Gates
was wearing a gun when he demanded the money.
The tellers gave police a detailed description of Gates and his car.
He was arrested several miles away in Surry County, North Carolina.
Gates is awaiting extradition to Virginia.
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Don't go away, there's still more News 7 to come, when we return, a Vinton
resident makes another effort to bring her little piggies home,
and we'll tell you why a British tabloid is apologizing over a video tape it
said was Princess Diana's illicit affair.
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As Governor George Allen gears up for a meeting with fellow Governors on the
health of the Chesapeake Bay, he's making it clear he's FOR clean water.
Allen announced today a new set of tax credits for farmers.
One promotes the use of precision pesticide and nutrient sprayers.
Another rewards farmers who develop so-called Best Management Practices for
all kinds of animal waste and chemical run-off issues.
Information on the tax credits is available from the Department of
Conservation and Recreation.
Remember those three little pigs from Vinton- The story is gearing up for a
Last summer, the town banned Wilbur, Arnold and Charlotte from living with
their owner, Emma Saunders.
She refused to say what she did with them.
But the pigs are apparently alive and well and living with Saunders'
Now she wants them back, and is circulating a petition to get town council
to change the law, so she can keep her Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs as pets.
About 135 people have signed the petition so far.
Tropical Storm Josephine is no longer tropical
but it is causing some trouble along the east coast.
Roads are flooded in Virginia Beach-
While in Florida Josephine spawned several tornadoes- toppling trees and
knocking out power.
It also left many homes and yards flooded.
((BOB MANSEY/HUDSON BEACH RESIDNET: DEFINITELY LOST ALL THE CARPETING AND ALL
THE FURNITURE. WE'RE HOPING TO SAVE THE BED CAUSE IT'S UP FAIRLY HIGH, BUT WE
LOST QUITE A BIT.))
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The storm forced Bob Dole to cut his campaigning short in New Jersey.
And it postponed tonight's first game of the American League Championship
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Those of you hoping for highlights from game one of the American League
championship series are instead watching Josephine in action.
Heavy rain in New York city forced last night's game to be postponed until
this afternoon at four.
America's greatest cyclist, Lance Armstrong, now faces the toughest ride of
his short life, an uphill battle with cancer.
Armstrong had a malignant testicle removed last week, but doctors are hopeful
he can make a complete recovery.
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The two time defending Tour DuPont champion had the surgery on Thursday and
is now undergoing chemotherapy to control the often agressive cancer.
The cure rate for this type of cancer, in its advanced stage, ranges between
65 and 85 percent. Armstrong's Doctor says the cancer also has spread to an
area of Lance's stomach
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OUT Q=...UP AND DOWN."
Armstrong, who is just 25 years old, says the cancer is in the moderate to
advanced stages, and that he has likely had the disease since he began riding
competitively before he turned 20.
There were several key district matchups last night and we start down in
Shawsville, with the top 2 teams in the Three Rivers, Floyd County and
Shawsville hooking up.
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The Lady Shawnees looked ready to scalp Alan Cantrell's club early on.
Beth Burdette with the nice look to Megan Fortster for the deuce and the
harm, and Shawsville gets out of the blocks quickly.
But the Lady Buffs come right back. Sonya Hylton makes the nice entry to
Julie Sowers who puts it off the window, and Floyd was on its way.
The stampede continued as Karen Pursifull goes baseline and scores.
The Lady Buffaloes led by 12 after a quarter and they win it 56 to 45.
Also, last night Byrd checks in with a 63-to-51 win over Alleghany.
Just down the road in Salem, the Lady Spartans and Northside were locked in
a Blue Ridge tussle.
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We pick it up late in the third and the Lady Vikes up by 9.
Amy Heath dishes to Kristina McMillan on the fast break. She finishes the
play to put Northside up by eleven.
Salem would make a run in the fourth cutting the lead to five on two
occasions. Mandy Williams hooks up with Elizabeth Croy for the easy layin.
But Northside pulls it out. Samantha Webb finds herself all alone
in the paint. She sticks the short jumper and Northside wins it 55 to 49.
The Atlantic 10 player of the year from last season is creating some concern
in the Toronto Raptors training camp.
Marcus Camby, is scheduled to have an MRI exam done on his right ankle today.
The six foot eleven inch forward injured the ankle in practice on Sunday, and
so far it has not responded to treatment.
The National Hockey League season is less than a week old, and already three
players have been suspended.
The notable player to get penalized is Rangers captain Mark Messier, who was
suspended for two games and fined $1000 for hitting Panthers left winger Mike
Hough from behind on Sunday and slamming him into the boards.
Messier missed last night's game against the Panthers.
that the Rangers tied at 1-all in overtime.
While that was going on in Florida, in the midwest
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some expensive hardware was on display at center ice as the reigning Stanley
Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, raised the banner to the ceiling.
Colorado had lost its first two games SUPER=31-San Jose/0/Colorado/5/3rd
but tonight AGAINST San Jose the team is off to a
5 to nothing lead, with the game now in the THIRD period.
The Hokies were in a talking mood today and when we come back Steve Mason
tells us the OX is back in the house with his usual running mates this
weekend as Parker and Edmonds complete the three amigo backfield.
The Virginia Cavaliers are off this week, and as it turns out the UVa players
are off limits.
Head Coach George Welsh has issued a gag order, barring any UVa player from
talking to the media both this week and next!!
Welsh plans to handle all pregame comments before the NC State game on
The Virginia Tech Hokies welcome Bill Cosby's alma mater, Temple, to the Lane
stadium this weekend for Homecoming 96.
Steve Mason has more on what the Owls can expect this Saturday.
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And last night ESPN2 announced that it plans to carry the Hokies November
23rd game with the West Virginia Mountaineers at Lane Stadium.
With TV moving in the kickoff for the game has been moved up to Noon so, make
a note of that.
A British tabloid says it has it been had.
"The Sun" says the video it alleged showed a scantily clad Princess Diana
frolicking with her former lover, James Hewitt was actually one of the most
elaborate hoaxes of the decade.
The tabloid apologized to the princess and Hewitt saying it was conned into
believing the tape was the real thing.
The Sun says it was offered the video last week and it made its best efforts
to validate the film.