Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Deputies in Montgomery County call off the search for a man charged with
Four bombs in seven months have Atlanta police concerned about a serial
And Tonya Harding returns to the ice in Reno.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Authorities are still looking for a man who allegedly abducted his former
31-year-old Robert Wayne Hickson was last seen in the Bradshaw Road section
of Montgomery County this afternoon.
And officials believe he's armed and dangerous.
Witnesses say Hickson abducted Rebecca L. Hicks from a Roanoke City
apartment Thursday night.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=Tracking dogs
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff; :16
SUPER=01-Betty Hickson/Robert's Mother; 1:02
OUT Q=News 7
(( Tracking dogs and tact teams from Montgomery County, the State Police and
Virginia Tech searched this mountain near Bradshaw Road in Montgomery County.
A state police chopper lended support by air.
They're looking for Robert Wayne Hickson who's wanted in Roanoke City on
SOT tape 2 16:59:44
IN Q=WE HAVE NOT
((SHERIFF DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY COUNTY: WE HAVE NOT CONFIRMED AND NO ONE HAS
SEEN REBECCA L. HICKS HERE SO WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER HE HAS ACTUALLY HAD HER
OUT Q=HER WITH HIM
It started at 716 Fourth Street around 8-30 Thursday night.
Witnesses told the Roanoke City Police that Hickson had taken his former
girlfriend at gun point and assaulted several others in the process.
Hicks has not been seen since.
The sheriff's department received a tip early this morning that Hickson was
in Montgomery County.
SOT tape 3 7:41:46
IN Q=THE DOG TRACKED
((THE DOG TRACKED HIM UP IN THE MOUNTAIN AND THERE WAS LIKE AN OLD CABIN BACK
UP IN THE MOUNTAIN. BUT HE WASN'T IN THE CABIN.))
OUT Q=IN THE CABIN
Hickson's mother says her son is not armed and he has done nothing wrong.
SOT TAPE 2 17:06:24
IN Q=SHE WENT ON
((BETTY HICKSON/ROBERT'S MOTHER: SHE WENT ON HER OWN WILL. THAT'S WHAT I
UNDERSTAND. THEY SAY EVERYBODY ELSE GETS OUT OF CONTROL. AND THEY'RE OUT OF
CONTROL. THE POLICE ARE.))
OUT Q=THE POLICE ARE
Rebecca Hicks' mother declined to talk on camera, but she says her daughter
left the relationship because of abuse.
The sheriff says they will continue to patrol the area in search of Hickson.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The work of the 1997 Virginia General Assembly is done.
But the work of the Governor is just beginning.
A long, and at times ugly fight over a Virginia Supreme Court justice ended
in his lap tonight.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=The 11th hour
SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Fairfax; 1:50
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The 11th hour of the fight over picking a new justice to the Virginia
Supreme Court had already stretched into the second day.
And what a dark day it was.
With a 3pm deadline -- Republican Senators nominated Norfolk Southern
attorney and former Roanoker Wiley Mitchell to the high court.
But the Democrats in the Senate walked out until two minutes before the
VO AT SATURDAY 02:14:32
Montgomery County Democrat Madison Marye told us his arms had been twisted
so far by fellow Democrats, they were hanging limp by side.
But he voted for the former moderate Republican Senator -- one of four
Democrats to help make Mitchell the Senate's choice.
Bad news for House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell of Roanoke County.
Cranwell's faced Mitchell over 200 times in his private law practice --
suing Norfolk Southern on behalf of injured workers.
sot SATURDAY ONE 02:52;29
((SEN. BO TRUMBO: AND I DON'T BELIEVE EVEN DELEGATE CRANWELL COULD DENY WILEY
MITCHELL'S ABILITIES IN THE COURTROOM. THEY'VE FACED EACH OTHER NUMEROUS
TIMES. IN FACT THAT MAY BE WHY HE'S KIND OF CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING HIM ON THE
COURT. BUT THAT'S MORE OF A PERSONAL MATTER, AND I DON'T THINK THAT SHOULD BE
INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSION.))
So Cranwell took to the floor of the House to remind Republicans how they'd
rejected a qualified African American woman -- Richmond Judge Margaret Spencer
-- as well as a diverse group of other nominees.
SOT EARL TAPE 15:17:12 (03:14:44VIDEO)
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: DO YOU KNOW WHY THEY WERE ALL REJECTED? BECAUSE THEY
DIDN'T DRINK FROM THE VALUED CUP OF REPUBLICAN WATER. AND NOW YOU COME BACK
AND SAY-- NOW YOU COME BACK AND SAY--booing ensues. DEL. TOM MOSS: THIS HOUSE
WILL BE IN ORDER. WE'LL HAVE THE SERGEANT AT ARMS TAKE ACTION IF NOT THE
sot EARL TAPE 15:28:43
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: DON'T DRAPE YOURSELVES IN THIS CLOAK OF SOMEHOW WE'RE
DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT AND SOMEHOW, YOU'RE DOING EVERYTHING ON PARTY POLITICS
BECAUSE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US KNOWS THE TRUTH.))
sot EARL TAPE 15:29:39
((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN: BUT WHAT I AM APPALLED BY, DISGUSTED BY, AND SHOCKED BY
IS THIS RACIAL CARD BEING PLAYED.))
It's the last great battle of the 1997 session.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Atlanta's mayor says the city is "dealing with a deranged killer."
Last night's bombing at a crowded nightclub is the fourth in the city in
Nobody was killed last night, but five people were injured.
Officials say a serial bomber may be to blame.
Liz Mullen reports.
IN Q=The investigation
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
SUPER=01-Tonya Wolford/Witness; :17
SUPER=01-Woody Johnson/FBI; :30
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Birch/Human Rights Campaign; 1:29
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting; 1:35
OUT Q=news, Atlanta.
(( The investigation is in full swing into the explosion at a gay and lesbian
nightclub Friday night in Atlanta.
The bomb exploded -- spraying nails into the air and injuring at least five
There were close to one hundred-fifty people at the club.
TONYA WOLFORD/EYEWITNESS: EXPLOSION HAPPENED...RED FLASH...
After the explosion authorities found another bomb in a backpack which they
detonated by a remote-controlled robot.
WOODY JOHNSON/FBI..SUSPECT WE MAY HAVE A SERIAL BOMBER...
This is the fourth blast in Atlanta in the past 7 months.
The olympic centennial park explosion happened last July.
One person died in that explosion and over a hundred people were injured.
In January two explosions occurred at an abortion clinic.
The second explosion was apparently set to explode when investigators
arrived at the scene.
Investigators believe Friday's blast could be related to the other bombings.
The olympic park and the northside abortion clinic bombings involved nails
used as shrapnel.
Like the olympic park bombing this explosive device was in a backpack.
Also -- at the nightclub there was a second bomb planted -- as there was at
the abortion clinic bombings.
Members of the gay and lesbian community have announced their outrage at
what they say could be considered a hate crime.
ELIZABETH BIRCH/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN:
The A-T-F and F-B-I are now in charge of the investigation -- and hopefully
they will soon have some answers to what could continue to be a puzzling
problem in Atlanta.
Liz Mullen CBS News Atlanta
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-- Secretary of State Madeline Albright says
the U-S remains committed to peace on the Korean Peninsula.
And a Christiansburg Lowes store faces a 750-thousand dollar lawsuit over an
outbreak of Legionnaires Disease.
We started the day out in the 60s throughout the region, but as a cold front
moved from west to east, things got windy and temperatures dropped about 15
Expect temperatures to drop back to normal for the work week after an early
taste of spring last week.
But first, todays highs and lows...
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
The body of Chinese leader Deng-Xiaoping will be cremated tomorrow.
Soldiers rehearsed for the private ceremony today, while elsewhere tributes
continued to arrive from around the globe.
His funeral will be held on Tuesday.
Chinese President Jiang Zemin (jang zemEEN) says the communist party will
is determined to turn grief into strength, and continue to hold Deng's ideals
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spent the day in South Korea, as part
of an 11 day international trip.
SUPER=03-Seoul, South Korea;
Albright met with South Korean president Kim Young-sam.
After the meeting, she said an agreement to provide energy to North Korea in
return for a nuclear weapons freeze must stay on schedule.
IN Q=Preserving peace
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE; PRESERVING PEACE ON THE PENINSULA IS
AT THE TOP OF OUR COMMON AGENDA WITH THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA. OUR COMMITTMENT IS
EMBODIED BY 37 THOUSAND U.S. TROOPS HERE AND A TOTAL OF 100 THOUSAND IN THE
REGION AND IN OUR DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS.))
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary Of State;
OUT Q=diplomatic efforts
Albright said North Korea's willingness to cooperate, could depend on the
severity of an on-going food shortage.
More than 150 community members marched down Main Street in Bedford for the
first annual "Thousand Man" march.
The day's events began with speeches by N-Double-A-C-P leaders and
government officials at the Bedford National Guard Armory.
Organizers say the focus of the march was on the individual.
IN Q=WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT
(( REV. I.L. WARD/BEDFORD NAACP PRESIDENT; WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE MANY
FAMILIES THAT HAVE ONLY ONE PARENT. WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT MEN WHO ARE
NEGLECTING THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. WE HOPE TO TURN SOME YOUNG MAN AROUND. IF WE
CAN TURN JUST ONE AROUND IT'S BEEN WORTH IT. ))
SUPER=01-Rev. I.L. Ward/Bedford NAACP President;
OUT Q=BEEN WORTH IT.
Reverend Ward says marches like this one are not just valuable as protests.
They also show that people are genuinely concerned about what's happening in
A Shawsville man who survived a bout with Legionnaires disease last fall is
suing the Christiansburg Lowes store.
Health officials say a hot tub display in the store infected 20 people with
the disease, two of them died.
John Allen Kirk was one of the survivors.
He says Lowes should have know the hot tub display was unsafe.
He's suing the company for 750 thousand dollars.
A spokesperson for Lowes says the company doesn't comment on lawsuits.
Lowes no longer has hot tub displays at any of it's 390 stores.
The AIDS epidemic is far from over, but new drugs are offering more hope for
patients who are fighting the disease.
The past year has brought some of
the best news since the start of the epidemic, with F- D- A approval of new
drugs called Protease (PRO-tee-ace) inhibitors.
They are not a cure, but when used in combination with more established
drugs, they appear to suppress the AIDS virus.
And patients here in western Virginia are benefitting.
IN Q=And I've seen people
((DR. DOROTHY GARNER/INFECTIOUS DISEASES PHYSICIAN: AND I'VE SEEN PEOPLE GAIN
WEIGHT. I'VE SEEN PEOPLE HAVE LESS OF THE OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS THAT DEVELOP
DUE TO IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION THAT OCCURS BECAUSE OF THE HIV INFECTION AND I'VE
SEEN PEOPLE DEFINITELY HAVE BETTER OVERALL HEALTH BECAUSE OF THE CONTROL OF THE
HIV BY THE NEW DRUGS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Dorothy Garner/Infectious Diseases Physician;
OUT Q=by the new drugs.
Doctors still have questions about the long- term effectiveness of the new
But with better treatments available, experts say prompt testing is
IN Q=With all of these
((ROBERT MORROW/AIDS COUNCIL OF WESTERN VA.: WITH ALL THESE NEW DRUGS AND
TREATMENT OPTIONS WE HAVE THREE DIFFERENT CLASSES OF DRUGS THAT ARE NOW
AVAILABLE. MORE DRUGS ARE COMING OUT ALL OF THE TIME AND THE EARLIER A PERSON
KNOWS THEIR HIV STATUS, THE MORE TREATMENT OPTIONS THEY WILL HAVE.))
SUPER=01-Robert Morrow/AIDS Council of Western Va.;
OUT Q=they will have.
To hear more about AIDS in western Virginia and the promise of these new
treatments, watch the public affairs program On Record, tomorrow morning at
Soft Music Under
Stay with us,
Tonya Harding may have got the cold shoulder from the U-S Figure Skating
Association, but she returned to the ice tonight.
and local designers and models will strut their stuff tomorrow as high fashion
hits the Hotel Roanoke.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Electric Steel
It was an interesting year for Roanoke Electric Steel.
The mini- mill told shareholders at its annual meeting that it faced a
number of challenges during the past fiscal year.
A multi- million- dollar addition disrupted production longer than expected,
and an oversupply of steel deflated prices and impacted earnings.
C-E-O Don Smith says the effect of lower prices also carried into the first
quarter of this year, during which earnings went down 34- percent.
But Smith points out the company fared better than a number of its peers.
((DON SMITH/ROANOKE ELECTRIC STEEL CEO: SEVERAL MILLS WE'VE JUST SEEN IN THE
PAST FIRST QUARTER REPORT, REPORTED LOSSES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER AND WE'VE
REPORTED A VERY GOOD FIRST QUARTER COMPARED TO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Don Smith/Roanoke Electric Steel CEO;
OUT Q=to that.
Going ahead, Smith is optimistic about Roanoke Electric Steel's prospects.
He says prices for steel products will likely go up in March, and that
should help the company's bottom line.
Smith added that Roanoke Electric Steel is just beginning to realize the
efficiencies brought by the new additions at its main plant.
You expect to see fashion shows in New York City or Paris.
But tomorrow, fashion hits the Hotel Roanoke, thanks to Hair Attitude Hair
Greg Addison produces and choreographs the event every two years.
Local models and hair artists showcase the latest fashions during the show.
Then James Clay, a clothes designer for hollywood actors, choses the best
local models to wear his fashions.
A large part of the program includes dance numbers.
SOT 10:41:37 cover part of bite with b-roll
IN Q=WE CALL THEM
((GREG ADDISON/PRODUCER: WE CALL THEM THE H.A. BABIES, THE HAIR ATTITUDES, THE
KIDS THAT COME HERE, THEY'RE GOING TO DO A MOTOWN REVIEW. WE HAVE GIRLS DRESS
LIKE THE SUPREMES, MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS. THEY'RE GOING TO BE LIP SYNCING
TO MUSIC. WE HAVE THE JACKSON FIVE. WE HAVE ALL AGES. OUR YOUNGEST MODEL IS
SIX AND OUR OLDEST MODEL IS IN HER SIXTIES.))
OUT Q=IN HER SIXTIES
The show is at the Hotel Roanoke tomorrow night at seven.
Roanoke College and Hampden-Sydney will open the Semi-Finals of the ODAC
tournament tomorrow afternoon at the Salem Civic.
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Eastern Mennonite; :
Maroon head coach Page Moir setting up a play during a time out.
But Eastern Mennonite's Troy Gerber pulls up and hits the short jumper but
the Royals trailed 65 to 50.
Roanoke comes back and attacks the basket Jason Bishop taking it to the
hoop and knocking it in off the glass roanoke led 69 to 51.
The Maroons padded that lead in the SUPER=33-Roanoke/88/E.
Mennonite/63/;second half and Roanoke advances with the 88 to 63 win.
IN Q="We came out
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=.....OF IT."
SUPER=04-Hampden-Sydney vs Randolph-Macon; :
Hampden-Sydney and Randolph Macon squared off in the second game.
The Yellow Jackets take the early lead when Joe Goldin drives to the hoop
for the score.
The Tigers answered Chris Fox gets out on the wing and he pulls up and
nails the jumper.
The two teams battled throughout
SUPER=33-Randolph-Macon/66/Hampden-Sydney/85/;the second half and
Hampden-Sydney gets the 85 to 66 victory and a shot at Roanoke tomorrow.
Virginia Wesleyan and Lynchburg College opened the evening games at the
Salem Civic Center tonight.
SUPER=03-Salem/Virginia Wesleyan vs Lynchburg; :
Joe Davis and his Hornets looking for the win and a spot in the Semi's.
But Virginia Wesleyan got a quick start Barnard Hynson passes it inside to
Jason Nickerson for the easy layup and the early lead.
The Hornets came right back Rodney Early drives to the hoop for the reverse
layup he misses but Ray Moore puts it in for the basket.
Wesleyan again goes inside to SUPER=33-Virginia
Wesleyan/69/Lynchburg/72/;Nickerson and he scores off the glass but Lynchburg
goes on to win the game 72 to 69.
In the final game Bridgewater downed Emory and Henry 92 to 84.
In Charlottesville today, Tim Duncan had 21 points and 23 rebounds and he
also became the A-C-C's all time shot blocker as Wake Forest downed Virginia 66
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Cavaliers vs Demon Deacons; :
Jeff Jones watching the action from the coaches box.
With less than two minutes left in the first half Ricky Peral gets the jam
and the Deacons led 30 to 27.
But Harold Deane rallied the Cavaliers on this play he drives through the
crowd and scores the layup the game was tied at 31 to 31 at the half.
Wake led by four to start the second half but Courtney Alexander's jumper
made it a 44 to 42 Deacon lead.
The Deacons answered when Steve Goolsby took it outside for the three
pointer Wake took the lead 47 to 42.
Wake Forest maintained that five point lead until Deane makes the steal
SUPER=33-Wake Forest/66/Virginia/60/;and scores the layup cutting the lead to
two but the Deacons hold on to win it 66 to 60.
IN Q="Right now
((CURTIS STAPLES/13 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/13 Points; :
OUT Q=.....Virginia Tech."
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/CBS SPORTS; :
In College Park this afternoon, The University of Maryland retired the
jersey of Keith Booth.
But North Carolina's Antawan Jamison scored 29 and Serge Zwikker scored a
career high 24 as the Tar Heels beat the Terps.
For all of the college scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/Wake Forest#4/66//Virginia/60///j/Roanoke/88//E. Mennonite/63///;
SUPER=0098-/Va. Wesleyan/69/j/Lynchburg/72////Emory &
SUPER=0098-j/Richmond/77//JMU/71///j/American/85//William & Mary/67///;
SUPER=0098-j/N.C. State/75//Georgia Tech/51///j/ODU/85//George Mason/62///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Rick Mast makes the lineup for tomorrow's Goodwrench 400 at
And Mark Martin takes the checkered flag in the Busch race this afternoon
at the North Carolina Motor Speedway.
Rick Mast and his new Butch Mock racing team has put The Daytona experience
on the shelf.0.
The team was back at work yesterday preparing the Remington Arms Ford for
tomorrow's Goodwrench 400 at the North Carolina Motor Speedway.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :
Its early in the racing season and Mast hasn't lost confidence in his new
That team was busy at Rockingham yesterday preparing the car for
IN Q="No Matter
((RICK MAST/REMINGTON ARMS FORD: ))
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Remington Arms Ford; :
OUT Q=.........look at it."
Mast didn't get enough out of the car to make the top 25 in qualifying.
But this afternoon he turned in a speed of 153 point 722 miles per hour
putting him in the 38-th starting position for tomorrow's race.
IN Q="The car..
OUT Q=.....be alright."
The Skittles Pontiac of Derrike Cope captured the 26-th starting position
today with a speed of 154 point 422 miles per hour.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :
Dale Earnhardt, The defending Goodwrench 400 champion, had a strong run
today. His speed of 154 point 312 miles per hour puts him in the 27-th
For the rest of the field lets check the boards.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. Derrike Cope/154.422/27. Dale Earnhardt//28. Ted Musgrave//29.
Hut Stricklin//30. Darrell Waltrip//;
SUPER=0107-31. Bobby Hillin//32. Ernie Irvan//33. Joe Nemechek//34. Dave
Marcis//35. Sterling Marlin//;
SUPER=0107-36. Greg Sacks//37. Dick Trickle//38. Rick Mast//39. Michael
Waltrip//40. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-41. Robby Gordon//42. Loy Allen//43. Bill Elliott//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Mark Martin continues to dominate at the Rock. This afternoon Martin took
the checkered flag winning the Goodwrench 200 Busch Grand National Race.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN SPORTS; :
Martin was the leader at the halfway point and with under 25 laps to go he
pitted under caution for new tires.
On the restart with about 14 laps to go Dale Jarrett was the leader but
Martin made a move on the final lap blowing by Jarrett to win his 27-th Busch
Grand National Race.
IN Q="This Little
((MARK MARTIN/GOODWRENCH 200 WINNER: ))
((DALE JARRETT/FINISHED SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Goodwrench 200 Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Finished Second; :11(quick out.)
OUT Q=.....didn't work."
Randy Lajoie was third, Phil Parsons fourth and Elliott Sadler fifth.
It's the first time she's skated in public since her teary performance in
Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding made her professional debut in
Reno tonight on the home ice of the minor league hockey team, the Reno
Harding was banned from amateur skating for her role in the 1994 clubbing
attack on rival skater Nancy Kerringan.
The amount of her payment hasn't been disclosed from the performance.
But the Renegades are probably happy to have her - this was the team's first
sellout of the season.