Here's what you'll see tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime... three children
apparently left home alone flee from their burning house.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
The pilot of the downed Air Express Cargo plane is remembered by his friends
at the crash site.
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It's Friday December 27th--tonight's Top Story
An offensive odor leads to the gruesome discovery of two decomposed bodies
in an apartment in Old Southwest--
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, Good Evening, I'm Tracy Altizer
sitting in for Connie Stevens.
Police say murder- suicide is one of the possibilities surrounding the
Around 4:30 this afternoon, the bodies of two black men were pulled from an
apartment at 4-29 Day Avenue.
Maintenance workers found the men after other residents at the building
complained of a foul odor.
When the workers opened the door they found one man lying on a sofa, the
other man on his back in the floor.
Police say the men had been dead for about a week.
A gun was found near one of the victims.
Police have not released their names.
Three children, left home alone, escaped injury when fire destroyed a home
in Roanoke this morning.
The blaze broke out on Southern Hills Drive shortly before noon.
The girls, two sisters and a friend ran to a neighbor's house saying their
house was on fire, and they couldn't get into the room their mother was in.
((DIST. CHIEF PAT TAYLOR/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT.: WE RECEIVED A PHONE CALL,
STRUCTURAL FIRE, POSSIBLE ENTRAPMENT. WHEN WE ARRIVED HEAVY FLAMES SHOWING FROM
THE FRONT PORTION OF THE HOUSE. ))
SUPER=01-Dist. Chief Pat Taylor/Roanoke Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=of the house.
Taylor says firefighters searched the house for an hour looking for the
mother before police located her somewhere else.
The mother told police a neighbor was supposed to be watching her children.
No one was seriously injured.
The house and its contents were a total loss.
Officials suspect clothing left on a floor furnace started the fire.
Nine stores in a suburban Chicago shopping mall were evacuated today when a
gunman opened fire in a hair salon.
The man fired several shots into the ceiling when he overtook the salon.
No one has been hurt, but the man is apparently still holed up inside with
one or two hostages.
Police say they've talked by phone with a woman held by the gunman and she
Police believe he is the former boyfriend of one of the women who was in
In California, Police say a gunman that killed one woman at a McDonald's
restaurant may have also been a disgruntled boyfriend.
Three female McDonald's employees were shot in the head-
The gunmen apparently did not say anything, did not TAKE anything and did
not harm any customers.
Police say a former employee resembles a composite drawing of the suspect.
They say the man had some problems while working at the restaurant, but
police did not elaborate.
Virginia prison officials still insist there was NO riot yesterday at
Buckingham Correctional Center.
At a news conference today, corrections director Ron Angelone released more
details of the stabbing of the prison warden, and how 20 or so inmates then
rushed a control room.
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Four were injured when an officer fired off five rounds from a rifle.
Meanwhile, inmates set a number of what Angelone calls "nuisance fires,"
including one that destroyed the prison library.
IN Q=A riot would
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: A RIOT WOULD BE WHERE INMATES, NO
MATTER WHAT WAS GOING ON, DID AS A GROUP AND JUST TOTALLY GOT INVOLVED WITH
DOING ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING UNTIL YOU HAD TO GO IN AND PHYSICALLY RESTRAIN
EVERY INMATE THAT WAS OUT IN THE YARD.))
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director;
OUT Q=in the yard.
Angelone says warden Eddie Pearson was released from the hospital today.
IN Q=He's got
((HE'S GOT A LARGE STITCH SCAR ON THE SIDE OF HIS FACE FROM WHERE THE CUTTING
WENT. IT WAS SERIOUS IN THE POINT THAT A LOT OF BLOOD WAS LOST.))
OUT Q=was lost.
32- year old Dennis Keith Webb will be charged in the stabbing.
Buckingham is now on indefinite lockdown.
The on-site crash investigation of the Airborne Express cargo plane in Giles
County is wrapping up--
And how harmful can a Cabbage Patch doll be? Rescue personnel had to free
one girl from the toy's clutches. The story when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
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A Salem couple is making sure there is more than debris left behind from the
deadly plane crash in Giles County.
Roger and Carol Whitley were friends with the pilot of Sunday's ill- fated
Airborne Express flight.
They knew Keith (LEH-ming) Leming from the time he was a small boy.
This morning they took a wreath and a bouquet of flowers up to the crash
site as a symbol of love and remembrance.
IN Q=As a young
((CAROL WHITLEY/VICTIM'S FRIEND: AS A YOUNG BOY, WE WERE HIS SUNDAY SCHOOL
TEACHERS AND WE KNEW HIS WIFE WHEN THEY WERE GOING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, BEFORE
THEY GOT MARRIED. THEY USED TO BE AT OUR HOUSE ALL OF THE TIME AND WAS JUST A
WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN. ))
SUPER=01-Carol Whitley/Victim's Friend;
OUT Q=young man
Meanwhile, NTSB officials are in the process of wrapping up their on sight
There are still many unknowns about the D- C- 8 crash, but investigators now
say there is no evidence of an aircraft maintenance problem.
All six people on board the plane were killed.
A preliminary report will likely be completed sometime next week.
Police have arrested a suspect in last night's shooting in northwest
22 year- old Thaddeus Lee Ross is charged with malicious wounding, attempted
robbery, and use of a firearm.
A 22-year-old man was shot in the hip in the 800 block of Hunt Avenue just
before 6:30 last night.
Police say Clarence Patterson was confronted by two men who asked him
"Where's the stuff?"
When Patterson denied he had anything, the two men pulled out guns and
At least one bullet hit Patterson.
Police spent close to an hour looking for shell casings and other evidence.
No official word on Patterson's condition, but police say his injury is NOT
Workers are putting the finishing touches on the Roanoke Valley's newest
IN Q=We're still cleaning rooms
((BETTY GRAY/HOTEL MANAGER: WE'RE STILL CLEANING ROOMS. WE'VE STILL GOT
CONTRACTORS COMING IN AND OUT. WE CLEAN. THEY GO BACK. WE CLEAN AGAIN. BUT IT'S
A LOT OF FUN. I MEAN YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR.))
SUPER=01-Betty Gray/Hotel Manager;
OUT Q=a sense of humor.
The Comfort Suites at Ridgewood Farms will open for business Monday morning.
Today, contractors were installing equipment, while employees were spiffing
up the guest rooms and attending to dozens of last-minute details.
IN Q=You think you've
((BETTY GRAY/HOTEL MANAGER: YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT IT ALL PLANNED AND ALL OF THE
LAST- MINUTE THINGS GO WRONG. SOMETHING HASN'T COME IN OR YOU'RE WAITING ON A
SUBCONTRACTOR TO FINISH HIS JOB SO YOU CAN DO YOURS, BUT IT'S COMING TOGETHER.
IT'S REALLY BEGINNING TO LOOK NICE.))
OUT Q=beginning to look nice.
The hotel is located on a hilltop across route 419 from Columbia- Lewis Gale
It expects to serve guests who are visiting the medical facilities nearby.
But managers also expect that more of their guests will be corporate
clients, visiting the Roanoke Valley on business.
A Cabbage Patch Snack Time Kids doll went on a feeding frenzy, devouring the
hair of a seven year- old girl.
Sarah Stevens was lying on the floor watching t-v with her doll on her
Next thing she knew the doll was lunching on her locks.
((SARAH STEVENS: MY AUNT CAME TO CHECK ON ME BECAUSE I WAS CRYING, AND I TOLD
HER THAT THE BABY HAD SUCKED ON MY HEAD. ))
OUT Q=on my head.
The doll is designed to keep eating until its plastic food drops into its
It ended up chewing Sarah's hair until it reached her scalp.
Rescuers had to dismantle the doll to free her hair.
A spokesman for Mattel, the manufacturer says this is the first complaint
with the doll he's aware of.
Ahead on NEWS-7 Primetime-- Next week will mark First Night Roanoke's six
anniversary as the valley's alcohol free bash.
And Mike Stevens has first half highlights from the Carquest Bowl as the
Cavaliers try to sack the hurricanes.
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New Year's Eve is just days away--for many people it is now a tradition to
attend First Night.
The celebration held at various locations around Roanoke, continues growing.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 31, 1992;
This year's festival marks the sixth time Roanoke has hosted the
It's grown from 35-hundred people to more than 10-thousand last year.
Organizers say that's because of the wide variety of events offered.
IN Q=WE'LL HAVE
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FIRST NIGHT: WE'LL HAVE CARRIAGE RIDES OUTSIDE, OF COURSE
WE'LL HAVE FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT. THIS YEAR WE'LL HAVE FIREMEN REPELLING OFF
THE CITY GARAGE TO OPERA AND SPOTLIGHTS. WE'LL HAVE CLOSE TO 80 DIFFERENT
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/First Night;
OUT Q=80 DIFFERENT PERFORMANCES.
This year's party also includes events geared for young adults, teenagers
All you need for admission is a First Night button.
The buttons are for sale at many different locations including Kroger,
Heironimus, Save X Mini Marts, Your Hometown Station and the Roanoke Festival
in the Park office.
They cost seven dollars for adults and three dollars for children under 12
if you buy them in advance.
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A very chilly Video of the Day is headed your way on NEWS-7 Primetime right
here on WEFC, don't go away.
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GRAPHIC=gulf war syndrome
Tonight on Health Check-- Army scientists say they have another possible
clue into the so called Gulf War Illness.
They've agreed to investigate a California researcher's claim that a
possible bacterial infection might be the cause of the illness.
Researchers will gather at the Walter Reed Medical Center next month to
look at the scientist's claims.
Thousands of veterans of the 1991 war with Iraq have complained of memory
loss, joint and muscle pain, depression and skin rashes.
It's not unusual to see baby boomers playing playing sports that used to
be reserved for people twenty years younger.
So doctors say it's not unusual for middle aged men and women to suffer
injuries-- especially blown out knees.
Many of them are tearing the anterior crutiate (croosh-e-it) ligament, or
((DR. TED PARKS/ ST. LUKES MEDICAL CENTER PRES.: THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE
ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE IN OUR PRACTICE AND ORTHOPEDICS IN GENERAL. THAT IS
A POPULATION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SUSTAINING INJURIES THAT ARE TYPICALLY INJURIES
OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ATHLETES."
SUPER=01-Dr. Ted Parks/St. Lukes Medical Center; :03
OUT Q=college athletes.
The A-C-L is a ligament that's deep inside the knee joint, it's main job is to
keep the shin bone from sliding around when the knee bends.
Unfortunately the older you are, the easier it is to tear an A-C-L.
((WE KNOW THAT LIGAMENTS ARE CONNECTIVE TISSUES AND WE KNOW THAT OVER TIME
CONNECTIVE TISSUES BECOME MORE RIGID AND RIGID THINGS BREAK EASIER THAN
OUT Q=elastic things.
You can live without an A-C-L, but if you're active the knee becomes
unstable, over time it can lead to arthritis.
Doctors say surgery can rebuild the A-C-L, with about a nine month
rehabilitation period to strengthen the new ligament.
Our video pick comes from the Pacific Northwest, where a major winter storm
has dumped heavy snow and ice.
A dairy barn in Bothell collapsed under the weight of snow.
Motorists along Interstate 90 through Snoqualmie Pass have been stranded.
And the weather crippled Seattle's transportation system, leaving the city
In the Puget Sound region, about 160 thousand customers are without power,
as a result of heavy snow and ice.
Today was the second day of snowfall in the region.
Even more is expected tomorrow.
toss to sports
Mike Stevens will have a report from the Carquest Bowl in a few, but first
some Primetime money was up for grabs tonight at the Round House.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Renegades vs. Express; :00
Katie Grasty trying to put the puck in the net in the Little Ceasars shot
on goal contest...13 hundred bucks if she does it...but she misses..good try
Katie, now the numbers.
wipe to boards!!
WIPE TO SCORES
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The second half of the carquest Bowl is underway at Pro Player Stadium and
it has been a rather tough night for the Virginia Cavaliers. The Miami
Hurricanes led 24-7 at the half. Mike Stevens has more from the sidelines.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL; :13
OUT Q=...back to you steve"
The Virginia Tech Hokies were at the UVa/Miami game watching. Today, the
Hokies got a big scare during practice when
all-american defensive end Cornell Brown went dow with and injure ankle.
Brown was walked off the field with some assistance, but should play in the
Orange Bowl against Nebraska.
((EDDIE FERRELL/VIRGINIA TECH TRAINER:))
SUPER=01-Eddie Ferrell/Virginia Tech Trainer; :00
OUT Q=...what it will be"
Day two of the NationsBank Holiday Hoops Classic is in the books. The semi
finals took center stage tonight.
SUPER=03-Salem/Pirates vs. Highlanders; :00
Glenvar's Cinderella run ended tonight against powerful Riverside. Watch
Jason Holmes make the no look pass to Mark Green. he finishes.
When Glenvar's Josh Williamson SUPER=33-Riverside/79/Glenvar/56 ;
scored this basket with 5 minutes left in the first half..Glenvar trailed 29 to
4. Riverside wins 79-56. In the nightcap, Patrick Henry beat Garfield in
The Express were on the Round House freezer floor tonight looking for their
5th straight win, but the renegades stood in the way.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Renegades vs. Express; :00
The Express's Dave Stewart can hit and he has a cannon for a shot. Roanoke
jumped out to a 2-nothing lead, Richmond tied it up and the Express wins four
NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. Have a nice weekend.
That's it for NEWS-7 Primetime-- Jean Jadhon has more news in 30-minutes on