Two commuter planes collided in Quincy, Illionis tonight-
Police say a United Express passenger flight was landing when it
struck a smaller plane on the ground.
Officials at Baldwin Field say 13 people have died-
A judge rules tonight- and it's not good news for Norfolk Southern.
N-S was trying to delay a deal between Conrail and CSX but the judge denied
Len Besthoff will have a report from Philadelphia tonight at eleven.
Plus Part two of our look at teens and drugs-
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Coming up on News 7-
A judge rules on a possible railroad merger- It's NOT good news for Norfolk
A United Plane collides with another plane on an Illinois runway.
Plus Kato Kaelin reveals more on the stand.
And talk about taking the family pet for ride- we'll show you.
News 7 is next.
The first official battle in the bidding war for Conrail has ended tonight
Norfolk Southern, one of the largest employers in the area, comes out the
But the railroad says it has just begun to fight.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=Norfolk Southern's
SUPER=01-Thomas Hoppin/C-S-X Spokesman; :39
SUPER=03-Philadelphia; :47 quick
SUPER=01-Steve Rothschild/Norfolk Southern Attorney; :53
OUT Q=Len Besthoff, News 7
A runway crash in Illinois tonight-A United Airlines commuter plane collides
with a private plane killing all 13 people on board.
The United Express Commuter plane had just landed at the Quincy Illionis
airport when it ran into a King Air 200 at a runway intersection.
The two planes then burst into flames.
((MICHAEL DEVOSS/QUINCY POLICE CHIEF: THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A GREAT TRAGEDY THAT'S
OCCURED OUT HERE.))
((TO MY KNOWLEDGE AT THIS POINT WE HAVE NINE PASSENGERS ON UNITED EXPRESS, TWO
CREW AND AGAIN THIS THE BEST INFORMATION TO DATE, TWO IN THE SMALL PLANE.))
SUPER=01-Michael DeVoss/Quincy Police Chief;
OUT Q=in the small plane."
The United flight originated in Chicago, went to Burlington, Iowa and then
on to Quincy.
Skies were overcast at the time but visibility was ten miles.
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This may be what the cargo fire looked like aboard the doomed Valujet
Investigators re-created what might have happened- showing a box of oxygen
In another test a tire and luggage were added.
The fire burned at three-thousand degrees- more than enough to melt metal
frames of airplane seats.
The tape was shown to a National Transportation safety board hearing- and
some victims' relatives.
Burning oxygen generators are suspected of causing the crash last May that
killed 110 people.
"The world would be a better place if it were populated by the likes of
Those words came from Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ray Grubbs
before he sentenced Mark Lilly-- one of three men who played a role in the
killing of Defillipis, a Virginia Tech student, last year.
Lilly was sentenced to serve 49 years behind bars after he pled guilty to
eight charges including second degree murder, carjacking and abduction.
Some of his relatives testified today that the 21-year old suffered a number
of setbacks as a child including child neglect.
SOT 6:13:09 Lilly tape 1
IN Q=I have
((PHYLLIS COMBER/LILLY'S AUNT: I HAVE NEVER SEEN KIDS THAT DIDN'T GET A HUG OR
A KISS OR SAT ON THEIR PARENTS LAP FROM EITHER OF THEIR PARENTS. ))
SUPER=01-Phyllis Comber/Lilly's Aunt;
OUT Q=their parents
As the triggerman in the Defillipis murder, Mark's older brother, Ben Lilly,
was sentenced to death.
The trial of Jason Hibbs ended abruptly today, after Hibbs changed his plea
to guilty of murder and abduction.
The 20-year old Wythe County man was on trial for the death of Ricky Lee
Hibbs said he punched Coleman after the 17 year old got drunk and destructive
at his house last January.
Hibbs testified he and two friends later stuffed the moaning teenager in the
trunk of a car, drove him to a remote road and dumped him over a creek bank.
Coleman died from a combination of the alcohol and exposure.
Hibbs testified he thought Coleman would sober up and go home, and said he
was sorry that he died.
IN Q=And there was
SUPER=01-Keith Blankenship/Asst. Wythe Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=a recommendation.
Hibbs faces life plus 20 years in prison. Two other defendants, Eric Ball
and Eric Wimmer, are still awaiting their trials.
Vinton town council was talking trash tonight--
Members voted four to one in favor of allowing the Roanoke Valley Resource
Authority to compete for the right to provide commercial waste collection.
But council's lone opponent says he's worried about the potential cost to
IN Q=That's a concern of mine
((JOE BUSH/VINTON TOWN COUNCILMAN: THAT'S A CONCERN OF MINE, THAT WE'RE GIVING
PEOPLE A BLANK CHECK TO GO AND PICK UP TRASH WITHOUT ASKING US IF THIS IS THE
BEST CHOICE FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE VALLEY. IS THIS THE BEST CHOICE FOR MY
VOTERS IN VINTON WHO I'M MOST CONCERNED ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Joe Bush/Vinton Town Councilman;
OUT Q=most concerned about
The Resource Authority has been losing revenue at the Smith Gap Landfill.
Some private trash collectors transport garbage out-of-state instead.
But before the authority could actually haul trash, it would have to hold
additional public hearings.
The search is still on for a masked gunman who allegedly held a Henry
County family hostage inside their Axton home.
It all happened around Nine last night at the home of Adolfo and Marsha
Fernandez on Route 614.
Authorities say after the suspect entered the home he tied the family up
and placed pillow cases over their heads.
Later, the suspect allegedly forced Marsha Fernandez to drive to the Rock
House-- a convenience store the couple owns about a half-mile away.
After emptying the safe, Fernandez says she was forced to drive to a nearby
IN Q=He fled
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:HE FLED THE VEHICLE ON FOOT, FROM
THAT POINT, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE HE WENT TO, WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER HE WAS SOLO,
WHETHER HE HAD A PARTNER OR PARTNERS.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=or partners.
Authorities believe the suspect may be connected to an armed robbery earlier
this year at nearby Grogan's Grocery.
Legionnaires Disease has affected another victim, this time in the central
Doctors at Lynchburg General last night confirmed that a man admitted to the
hosptial October 28th had contracted the disease.
The victim's family has asked that no other information about his condition
Health officials say there's "no" connection with the recent Christiansburg
outbreak, but warn these isolated cases can occur anywhere.
IN Q=Today we've had
((DR. JOANNA HARRIS/LYNCHBURG HEALTH DEPT.: TODAY WE'VE HAD SOME CALLS FROM
FOLKS, YES, WHO ARE CONCERNED AND WORRIED ABOUT THEIR COOLING TOWERS, AND OF
COURSE PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE THOSE CLEANED PERIODICALLY AND USE A BIOCIDE IN THEM
TO KILL ANY ORGANISMS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Joanna Harris/Lynchburg Health Dept.; :00
OUT Q=kill any organisms.
Harris says the Legionnaires bacteria is carried in contaminated water
vapor, like mist from hot tubs or air conditioners.
The most recent victim may have contracted the disease while fishing.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11--America's most famous houseguest is once again
on the witness stand--
and we continue our series Under Whose Influence. Tonight, what kind of
message are the flower children of the 1960s giving their own kids when it
comes to using drugs.
Robin in WX CENTER
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Kato Kaelin took the stand today in the O-J Simpson civil trial-
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
telling the jury the day Nicole Simpson was killed, her ex husband complained
about how she was treating him.
Kaelin also said Simpson wore a dark jogging suit the night of the killings-
an outfit Simpson has denied owning.
As for the thumps he heard the night of the murders- Kaelin says they
sounded like someone falling behind his bedroom wall.
It's the same place police say they found the bloody glove.
GRAPHIC=Under Whose Influence
**Note Anchor Tag
Drug education has been a required class lesson in many school systems for
years--but despite that, new studies indicate drug use among young people is on
Some experts say part of today's problem may be a flashback from the 60's.
Melanie Moon explains in part two of Under Whose Influence?
IN Q=Can you think
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Stewart Gregory/12 years old; :16
SUPER=01-Andrea Taylor/12 years old; :23
SUPER=07-Todd Bryant; :40
SUPER=07-David Hooker; :54
SUPER=03-Woodstock, NY/1969; 1:02
SUPER=01-Joann Burkholder/School Counselor; 1;17
SUPER=01-Jodie Widener/Former Drug User; (quick) 1:36
SUPER=01-Marvin Fields/Pride Team; :1:50
SUPER=01-Megan Hedge/11 years old; 2:09
OUT Q=NEWS 7 Roanoke.
DARE- OFFICER STANELY 4:14:08: CAN YOU THINK OF ANY EXAMPLE OF DRUGS ABUSE
CAUSING HARM TO A PERSON? THINK OF ONE, YES.
This year More than 5 million youngster in elementary and middle schools
nationwide will receive education in Drug Abuse and Resistance otherwise known
STEWART GREGORARY 4:43;50:I'VE LEARNED HOW TO SAY NO TO DRUGS, CERTAIN WAYS AND
TO HANDLE PER PRESSURE.
ANDREA TAYLOR/12 Years old 4:56::38:I'VE LEARNED IT'S OKAY IF YOU DON'T WANT TO
DO THEM BECAUSE IT MESSES UP YOUR BODY AND BRAIN.
Young people can recite the DARE doctrine by heart.
They know drugs are bad, they know they know they should just say no,
But along the way, something-- or someone convinces them otherwise.
TODD BRYANT: 5:09:12
THE PRESSURES ARE REALLY, REALLY GREAT, THEY'RE VERY HIGH AND THERE'S JUST A
WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE DOING A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF THAT THEY PROBABLY SHOULDN'T BE
DOING IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE.
DAVID HOOKER 5:11;21:I TRY TO IGNORE THEM BUT IT IS HARD, I MEAN I CAN'T SAY
I'VE NEVER DONE IT, I'M NOT GOING TO SAY I HAVE DONE IT BUT IT'S NOT EASY
Peer pressure is part of the problem, finding other causes may mean going
back nearly thirties years.
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Experts say baby boomer parents may have a more relaxed attitude toward drugs
because they experimented with them in the 60's, and view it as a phase.
JOANN BURKHOLDER/STUDENT COUNSELOR:
BUT WHAT WE KNOW FOR ONE THING THAT'S NOT TRUE, THAT THE QUALITY OF SUBSTANCES
BEING USE NOW IS MUCH HIGHER THEN IT WAS BACK WHEN THE BABY BOOMERS WERE IN
COLLEGE, WE ALSO KNOW THAT STUDENTS ARE BEGINNING TO USE AT AN EARLIER AGE.
Some teens like Jodi Widener, who is a drug user in recovery, tell about an
even more shocking trend.
JODI WIDENER; 5:23:38 I KNOW A COUPLE OF PEOPLE WHO DO IT WITH THEIR PARENTS, I
THINK THEIR PARENTS NEED TO GROUP UP.
Some teens are trying to take back their schools.
Meet the Patrick Henry PRIDE Team.
Through dance, drama and song they spread their message that drug free is
the only way to be.
MARVIN FIELDS/PRIDE TEAM: PRIDE 1 6:14:18-
MOST OF THE KIDS IN ROANOKE THAT I SEE MOST OF THEM DO DRUGS, MOST OF THEM
SMOKE WEED AND ALL THAT AND THEY GOT TO REALIZE THAT'S NOT GETTING THEM
Maybe that message will sometime be the norm for teens and then youngsters
like eleven year old Megan won't have to fear high school so much.
MEGAN HEDGE : 4;47
IT WORRIES ME LIKE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ASK ME AND HOW I'M GOING TO SAY IT
I HAVEN'T REALLY DECIDE HOW I AM. Melanie Moon, News 7 Roanoke.))
SS=Under Whose Influence?
Tomorrow, drug education 101 for parents.
Soft Music Under
Up next, Robin's forecast holds more clouds than sun. He'll have the mid
and it's a top ten list parents will want to hear--the most dangerous
toys--a consumer group tells what to avoid this Christmas shopping season.
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Toys are supposed to be fun, but some toys can hurt kids-
This sesame street "pull back and go" jet plane made this year's list of the
((EDWARD SWARTZ/CONSUMER ADVOCATE: WHEN THIS PROPELLER IS REMOVED RATHER
EASILY YOU'LL SEE A HALF AN INCH NAIL LIKE SPIKE COMING RIGHT OUT OF THAT
SUPER=01-Edward Swartz/Consumer Advocate;
OUT Q=OF THAT PROPELLER.
The Group called WATCH is warning parents about other dangerous toys.
On the list- this Winnie the Pooh book- The Pewter Charm on the front can
choke a child and the ribbon in the front cover can strangle.
((AND WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A BOOK THAT IS A CHOKING HAZARD? TRASH IT!))
OUT Q=TRASH IT!"
The group advises parents to watch out for any toys that can potentially
jab, choke or strangle.
It's a SIGN of an earlier time, when Roanoke's Henry Street was booming.
This afternoon the former Henry Street Music Center was christened the
Dumas Hotel Music Center.
Total Action Against Poverty officials re- named it in honor of the
neighborhood landmark and the black community.
IN Q=I think symbolism
((MARTIN JEFFREY/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: I THINK SYMBOLISM PLAYS AN
ENORMOUS ROLE IN THE LIFE OF OUR COMMUNITY ))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Total Action Against Poverty;
OUT Q=of our community
Next month, TAP will host an annual fundraiser for the center.
Close to one million dollars is needed to complete the renovation.
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Botetourt & Byrd advance to the state semi-finals, but Floyd is knocked off.
The Express wins its 4th straight at home and the best known coach in college
football stepped down today as Lou Holtz confirmed that he is giving up his
head coaching position with the Fighting Irish, effective at the end of this
IN Q="I cannot...
((LOU HOLTZ/ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION:))
SUPER=01-Lou Holtz/Announces Resignation; :00
OUT Q=...there isn't."
Elsewhere this afternoon Albert Belle officially teamed up with Frank Thomas
to form a terror in the middle of Whitesox lineup as leaves the Indians for
And in Boston, former Toronto skipper Jimy Williams was named the Boston
Redsox new manager.
He won 281 games with the Jays from 1986-89.
Now the NBA and NHL numbers.
wipe to scores
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Bay/0//Two Late Games/;
oc= LAST SCORE
go to break
GRAPHIC=girls state tourney
The defending state champs from Lord Botetourt have earned a spot in the
Group Two-A state semi-finals on Friday by stopping Region-4 champ Marion last
night on the Canes home floor.
SUPER=03-Marion/Cavaliers vs. Hurricanes; :00
The Hurricanes were fired up as Mike Davidson's team came into the game with
an impressive 21-and-3 record.
And early on Leigh jones will kick the ball back outside to Gretchen Doss who
shoots the trey to cut Botetourt's lead to three points.
But Sarah Hicks, who led the Botetourt effort with a game high 21 points
cleans up the garbage inside as the lead begins to expand.
The Canes would try to stay within striking distance with Amanda Hall
draining this 3 point bomb. She would finish with a team high 14.
But Marion was no match for the defending state champs as Sara Moore turns
the Aimee Byrd assist into 2 more as the Cavs advance to the FINAL FOUR with
the 69-to-53 win.
GRAPHIC=STATE GIRLS TOURNEY
Botetourt will now face William Byrd in the state semi-finals Friday night in
Bristol at 8:30
The lady Terriers beat Richlands in Vinton, 65-43.
SUPER=03-Vinton/Tornados vs. Terriers; :00
Richard Thrasher and his Lady Terriers are playing perhaps their best ball
of the season,
Trailing 43-26 in the third period, the Blue Tornados Kristi Bennett finds
Cindy Tegeler for the outside shot.
freshman Andrea Gay would lead all Terrier scorers; knocking down 21, including
this break away bucket late in the 4th period.
The Lady terrier's Brandy Allen scored 14 on the evening. Byrd advances to
the state semi finals to meet Botetourt for the 5th time this season.
((RICHARD THRASHER/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Richard Thrasher/William Byrd Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...good shots"
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In the single-A ranks the quarterfinals were not as kind to perennial state
playoff participant Floyd County.
The Lady Buffaloes were beaten on their home floor by a talented Honaker team
SUPER=03-Floyd/Tigers vs. Buffaloes; :00
After taking a slim 36-to-35 halftime lead, Floyd found itself in a dog fight
the rest of the way.
Amy Vest's three pointer keeps the Lady Buffs in front with 5 minutes left in
But, Honaker would come alive with some great teamwork and precision ball
movement in the transition game. Kristen Jessee finishes off the play with 2 of
her game high 30 points.
Late in the third Floyd would try to regain the momentum as Sonya Hylton
dishes to Julie Sowers and she in turn drains the jumper.
But Honaker's Misty David would help seal the deal and the Lady Tigers end
Floyd's string of final four appearances with the
IN Q="We didn't shoot...
((ALAN CANTRELL/FLOYD CO. HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd Co. Head Coach;:00
OUT Q=...a great job."
The Roanoke Express is on a roll in the Roundhouse!
Last night the Wheeling Nailers came to town for their one and only seasonal
meeting with the Express and left 5-to-2 losers.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Nailers vs. Express; :00
The Express hit the hardwater hoping to nail down its fourth straight home
And they would get on board and often as Ilya Dubkov got the scoring
started with this unassisted goal in the first period. Dubkov would add two
assists, and Dave Gagnon came through again in SUPER=38-Wheeling/2/Roanoke/5;
net with 38 saves.
Roanoke is in Knoxville tonight before returning home to host Charlotte on
The Old Dominion Athletic conference passed out its postseason football
honors and W&L was at the top of the list.
Second year head coach Frank Miriello was named the ODAC's coach of the year
by his peers in the conference.
Miriello led the Generals to 5 and 5 record this season despite losing 22
seniors and 12 starters off last year's team.
Senior quarterback Brooks Fischer who became W&L's all-time career TD leader
was named second team all-ODAC quarterback.
Still to come tonight, the Virginia Tech Hokies are getting ready for the
Roy Stanley checks in from Blacksburg with Jim Druckenmiller and others right
after this short break.
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Lane Stadium is a complete sellout for this Saturday's border war with the
West Virginia Mountaineers.
But Roy Stanley says more than just bragging rights are riding on this Big
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Saturday; :00
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Va. Tech Wide Receiver; :17 quick
SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/Last Season; :23
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/13 Touchdown Passes This Season; :38
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :51
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
It's not unusual to see people driving around with their pets.
But you might be shocked to see (Sa-me Sa-OWD) Samih Saad with his
The lioness (New-osa) Noussa goes everywhere with her millionaire owner--
(New-osa) Noussa is chained in the passenger seat.
The situation makes some people do a double take but Egyptian police let
(New-osa) Noussa go wherever she pleases.
(Sa-OWD) Saad has other exotic animals including lions, crocodiles, hyneas
and gazelles, but says Noussa is his favorite.