Along the Ohio River today, they're sandbagging and trying to prepare as the
And the feds fight back against organized crime in the Roanoke Valley.
Windy conditions have prompted a high wind advisory for this afternoon.
The wind will die down, but the sun will stick around for a few days. Stay
tuned for that, plus Atlantic 10 tournament action!
Don't go away, the news is next.
A Palestinian family living in Roanoke may have used scare tactics to
control store business in the Valley.
As Keith Humphry reports, family members are facing charges, ranging from
fraud to Homicide and Arson.
SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994; :11
SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/U.S. Attorney; :34
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS-7.
Nine fires are listed in the indictment... some so serious they ended in
death. The government contends that was no accident.
The most spectacular blaze may have been the one at Mixers restaurant and
Lounge... three years ago.
The Grand Jury says the owners paid the Abed family to torch the place for
the insurance money.
About 75 people were inside when the fire broke out.
Arson for hire was just a side-line in this family business, officials say.
Most often it was used to intimidate legitimate competitors, to try to run them
out of business.
SOT 15:23:55 Crouch
((PART OF THEIR ALLEGED ACTIVITIES WAS ROBBING STEALING FROM SOME OTHER
BUSINESS AND THEN USING THE STOLEN GOODS TO STOCK THEIR OWN STORES.))
Investigators believe the couple that died in this fire on 13th Street
Southwest two years ago- -was MURDERED- -eliminated because they MIGHT have
seen who set the Corner Store on fire earlier the same day.
SOT 15:13:58 Tom B.
((THE ABED FAMILY AND THEIR ASSOCIATES OWNED THE SPEEDWAY MARKET ON 13TH STREET
HERE IN TOWN. THE CORNER STORE WAS TAKING AWAY BUSINESS FROM THE SPEEDWAY. SO
THE EASIEST WAY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT IS TO BURN OUT THE CORNER STORE.))
OUT Q=corner store.
Narcotics trafficking is also a part of the allegations.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
Early this morning, Joseph Abed complained of chest pains and was taken to
Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Doctors checked him out, but the only problem they could find was that he
had high blood pressure.
Abed was taken back to the Roanoke City jail.
In and around Louisville, Kentucky they're watching the Ohio River rise this
It's expected to crest tomorrow night more than 15 feet above the flood
Days of rain and flooding in the midwest have so far claimed dozens of lives
and left behind millions of dollars in damage.
Liz Mullen has the latest.
SUPER=03-Utica, IN; :21
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting; 1:04
OUT Q=CBS NEWS Jeffersonville, INDIANA.
Lives are being washed away all along the the ohio river. the force
of the rising waters swept this house off its foundation..who knows where it
will finally come to rest.
It's a race against time as communities along the ohio--not under
water do their best to stem the tide. the historical water tower in Louisville
is surrounded by water.
In Utica, Indiana..the 151st infantry of the national guard helped
Not only is the national guard helping with sandbags...they are
patrolling areas under water..hard hit places like westpoint.
there is no stopping the ohio as it surges over its banks. people who
have lived through other floods cannot believe how rapidly the waters are
reclaiming the land near the banks. many are taking pictures or simply
watching so that they can say they hopefully survived the flood of 97.
Liz Mullen, CBS News Utica, New York.))
In Queens, New York today a tragedy involving school children.
A 60 foot tree fell on a van, killing four children.
Four other children were injured, along with two adults.
Rescuers had to cut through the tree to reach the young victims trapped
inside the van.
The tree may have been blown down by winds as high as 47 miles- per -hour.
A Norfolk Southern spokesman says a 13- year- old boy with a high-powered
air-pistol is accused of shooting a train conductor.
40- year- old Robin (Say-FRITT) Safrit was injured Sunday afternoon when he
was struck near Chatham.
State Police report Safrit was riding in the front of the train when he was
hit in the back by what appeared to be a b-b pellet.
Pittsylvania County residents can now fight crime with a pen.
Sheriff's deputies have placed what are called "Hot Spot" cards in various
stores around the county.
Residents are asked to fill in crime tips and then drop the forms in the
There's no need to include your name and postage is free.
Jennifer Smith read about the concept in a newsletter.
She's Chairman of "Neighbors in Partnership"-- a group of local
professionals who meet once a month.
((JENNIFER SMITH/"NEIGHBORS IN PARTNERSHIP" CHAIRMAN:WE'RE WORKING FOR
PREVENTING SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN DANVILLE AND PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY AND WE SAW THE
HOT SPOT CARDS AS BEING A VEHICLE THAT WOULD ALLOW CITIZENS TO IDENTIFY AREAS
WHERE THERE WAS SUBSTANCE ABUSE, ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE, GOING ON. ))
SUPER=01-Jennifer Smith/"Neighbors in Partnership" Chairman; :00
OUT Q=going on.
The "Neighbors in Partnership" group paid to have two thousand of the cards
The county crime stoppers organization is paying for postage.
A Lynchburg nuclear plant faces more than 12-thousand dollars in fines for a
According to the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission... Framatome
(koh-JEE-muh) Cogema accidentally sent a uranium-based fuel assembly to
That resulted in five citations and the fine.
A company official says preventive measures began immediately after the
He also said that in no way did the mistake endanger public health or
A new fund-raising flap at the White House.
Administration officials say Taiwanese businessman Johny Chung handed a
50-thousand dollar check to Hillary Clinton's chief of staff during a 19-95
White House visit.
She passed the check along to the Democratic Party.
The White House denies any wrong doing even though soliciting or receiving
contributions in government offices is illegal.
Chung's lawyer said today his client may have thought the donation would buy
him preferential access.
After months of illness, Russian President Boris Yeltsin appeared before
parliament today, promising to pull his country out of its economic slump.
He began his state of the Union address by discussing the suffering of
millions of state workers who have NOT been paid in months.
His speech also focused on stopping widespread crime.
And Yeltsin said in the next few weeks he will make proposals for tax
The eight- year- old Pittsylvania County boy accused of beating his step
father to death is no longer living in Virginia.
News 7 has learned the boy is with his natural father's family.
SUPER=04-The Franklin News-Post;
55- year- old Bernard Rosser was beaten to death in late December.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./December 1996;
His body was discovered inside his Gretna home after he failed to show up
Even though the boy is NOT living in the area, he's believed to be making
regular trips back to Virginia for psychological evaluations.
A new program is trying to get children excited about reading and it seems
to be working.
Tracy Altizer has the story.
IN Q=Five year- old Kaitlin
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Monday; :00
SUPER=01-Kaitlin Clower/Riner Kindergartner; :11
SUPER=01-Joyce Clower/Kaitlin's Mother; :17
SUPER=01-Chris Kile/Parent; :29
SUPER=01-Melissa Kile/Jumpstart Director; :45
SUPER=01-Joshua Long/Jumpstart Student; :56 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Brittany Epperly/Riner Kindergartner; 1:09 QUICK!!
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Five year- old Kaitlin Clower loves Kindergarten.
And she couldn't wait to attend Jumpstart again this year.
Last year's program introduced her to school.
((DID JUMPSTART MAKE YOU EXCITED TO GO TO SCHOOL?
KAITLIN CLOWER/RINER KINDERGARTNER: YEAH IT DID, IT REALLY DID. AND I ALSO LIKE
THE JUMPSTART. ))
((JOYCE CLOWER/KAITLIN'S MOTHER: OUT OF THE CAR AND INTO SCHOOL. NO TEARS,
NOTHING. JUST KISS MOMMY GOODBYE AND INTO SCHOOL, THAT WAS IT.))
Teachers say Jumpstart has had that effect on many children, and it's
helped prepare their parents.
((CHRIS KILE/PARENT: WELL IT'S MADE ME REALIZE MORE WHAT GOES ON IN THE CLASS
AND THINGS THAT I CAN DO WITH MY DAUGHTER AT HOME. ))
((SWISH SAID THE FISH, NOT ME, NOT ME. I DON'T HAVE ANY FEET, AS YOU CAN SEE.))
Now in it's third year, Jumpstart's main goal is to get the kids excited
((MELISSA KILE/JUMPSTART DIRECTOR: THE MONEY THAT WE GET FOR JUMPSTART WE SPEND
ALMOST ALL OF IT ON GOOD BOOKS FOR CHILDREN, AND SO THAT THEY GET TO, THEY'LL
END UP WITH AT LEAST EIGHT OR NINE NEW BOOKS. ))
((JOSHUA LONG/JUMPSTART STUDENT: I LIKE TO GET DOLLARS AND BUY BOOKS.))
The kids are also learning the value of money. They earn Kidbucks for the
Jumpstart Store through reading, participation in the activities and parental
((BRITTANY EPPERLY/RINER KINDERGARTNER: I BOUGHT A BALLOON AND A NOTEPAD AND
Jumpstart was funded through a National Science Foundation grant its first
two years, now Riner's P-T-A is paying for it.
Officials say its a worthy two thousand dollar investment for starting kids
on the right track in school. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
There were no bells ringing.
A new sound beckoned donations to the Salvation Army last night.
((AUCTION NAT SOUND))
OUT Q=nat sound
Captain Steve Long brought the idea for a car auction with him from
IN Q=I USED TO
((STEVE LONG/SALVATION ARMY: I USED TO LIVE IN METRO WASHINGTON, SO WHEN WE
MOVED HERE IN JUNE WE FOUND OUT THAT IT REALLY HADN'T BEEN DONE, SO WE DECIDED
TO GIVE IT A SHOT.))
((IT'S A GREAT IDEA, THE SALVATION ARMY BENEFITS, AND THE PERSON WHO DONATES
THE CAR BENEFITS. ))
SUPER=01-Captain Steve Long/Salvation Army; :00
SUPER=00-Atwood Huff; :10
20 cars and two boats were donated to the Salvation Army, and they were all
sold to the highest bidder.
Sale prices ranged from a COUPLE hundred dollars to 26-hundred dollars.
All of the proceeds will help fund the Turning Point Shelter for victims of
IN Q=DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
((DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS GROWING, AND WE WANT TO KEEP THAT PROGRAM RUNNING, AND
THIS IS A RESOURCE THAT WILL HELP DO THAT.))
OUT Q=DO THAT
Barry Cole was the auctioneer for the event, and took home a 10 percent cut.
The Salvation Army netted more than 22 thousand dollars, which will feed the
women and children at the shelter for four months.
It's not the sands of Mexico, but some Virginia Tech students are spending
their spring break learning about the (matta-puh-NYE) Mattaponi Indians.
Ellen Qualls has their story.
IN Q=nat sound wind chime
SUPER=03-King and Queen Co.; :08
SUPER=01-Ruth Waterlily Pack/Mattaponi Indian; :25
SUPER=01-Donna Abel/Virginia Tech Volunteer; :35
SUPER=01-Aimee Livings/Virginia Tech Volunteer; :59
SUPER=01-Kristi Neptun/Virginia Tech Volunteer; 1:18
OUT Q=News 7, King and Queen County.
(( nat sound wind chime TAPE TWO
This is what's left of the Mattaponi Indians in Virginia.
This is what's left of spring break for Virginia Tech students and staffers
who volunteered through the YMCA.
But they're wringing as much out of the experience as they can.
((DONNA ABEL: JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT A BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS FOR GRANDMA.))
((RUTH WATERLILY PACK/MATTAPONI INDIAN: YEAH IT'S BEEN A LONG WINTER. MY
DAUGHTER COME AND FIXED THE THING UP BECAUSE LAST WINTER I DIDN'T HAVE ANY
WATER FOR THREE OR FOUR WEEKS.))
((DONNA ABEL/VA. TECH VOLUNTEER: AND I'M HOPING MY HUSBAND CAN MAYBE COME BACK
WITH ME AND WORK ON THIS. BECAUSE THIS IS JUST-- I MEAN, NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO
LIVE IN CONDITIONS LIKE THESE.))
Conditions like a kitchen sink that's leaked so much water it's rotted the
Now it's falling through.
((DONNA ABEL: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO REPLACE ONE FLOOR JOIST BEFORE WE CAN
ACTUALLY PULL THE SINK OUT AND MAKE A PATCH WITH SOME PLYWOOD.))
((AIMEE LIVINGS: ONE OF THE BIG THINGS ABOUT SPRING BREAK I WANTED TO DO WAS
COME AND GET A RELEASE FROM SCHOOL AND THE STRESS AND RE-THINK KIND OF THE WAY
THINGS ARE GOING. AND I'VE GOTTEN A CHANCE TO DO THAT. I THINK A LOT OF THAT
HAS TO DO WITH THE CULTURE.))
((KRISTI NEPTUN/VA. TECH VOLUNTEER: WHEN WE HAD OUR DRUMMING. OR WE JUST SIT
AROUND AND LISTEN TO GENTLE WIND AND SUNEAGLE TELL STORIES, WE LEARN ABOUT
STORIES PASSED DOWN FROM THE CULTURE. AND THE STORIES ALWAYS HAVE A LESSON TO
TEACH YOU. WE HEARD STORIES ABOUT THE SPIRIT EAGLE LAST NIGHT AND ABOUT THE
RIVER AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RIVER.))
((THE MATTAPONI SAY THEIR RESERVATION ONCE SPANNED OVER THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND
ACRES ALONG THIS MATTAPONI RIVER. THEY NOW LIVE ON LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED
((RUTH WATERLILY PACK/MATTAPONI INDIAN: I, YOU KNOW, WAS GONNA TRY TO GET MY
BILLS PAID UP AND BUY A SECOND-HAND TRAILER THAT WAS IN GOOD CONDITION. BUT I
CAN'T GET MY BILLS PAID UP.))
The labor's NOT free.
The students say it's a two way street.
((AIMEE LIVINGS: EVERY MORNING WE WAKE UP WITH A HUG. AND EVERY NIGHT WE GO
TO BED WITH A HUG. AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE ARE MISSING.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, King and Queen County.))
SUPER=330-Clear & Breezy/Colder/24-28/Sunny/& Chilly/44-48;
SUPER=331-Clear & Breezy/Colder/26-30/Sunny/& Chilly/46-50;
SUPER=332-Clear/& Windy/22-26/Mostly Sunny/& Cooler/44-48;
SUPER=333-Clear & Breezy/Colder/20-24/Sunny/& Chilly/40-44;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/& Colder/18-22/Partly/Cloudy/40-44;
New federal laws will allow First Union to fold its separate state banks
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
The move won't mean any job cuts in the Roanoke Valley, where it employs
more than two thousand people.
Until now banks had to set up a separate company in each state.
First Union estimates that having all its banks under one umbrella
organization will save it six- million- dollars a year.
Even with the change, First Union says it will keep its regional
headquarters in downtown Roanoke, where it employs about 30 executives and
TAPE#net (edit of S6-27)
GRAPHIC=NCAA DIVISION III
The Lady Maroons of Roanoke matched up against Thomas More of Kentucky in
the first round of the N-C-A-A Division III women's basketball.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Saints;
The first half was anything but a matchup. Thomas More started things off
with a bang and kept that fire throughout the first half. Inside playing kept
the Maroons in the game, but the Lady Saints took a dominating 25 point lead at
Thomas More maintained control leading the Maroons 52-29 with 15 minutes
It looked as though the Maroons might pull it off as they closed the gap to
three late in the second half.
But the Lady Saints came away beating Roanoke 80-76.
IN Q=we played with
SUPER=01-Amy Athey/Maroon Center
OUT Q=a couple more minutes
The Maroons finish the season with a 25-3 record.
The Virginia Tech Hokies beat the Fordham Rams in the first round of the
Atlantic 10 tournament.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Tech vs Fordham;
The Hokies and the Rams opened the tournament at the Philadelphia Spectrum.
Tech's Troy Manns puts it up from outside and misses but Ace Custis is in
position for the rebound and put back for two of his 14 points.
The Hokies managed to keep it SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/56/Fordham/53;
inside. On this play Keith Mathews bobbles the pass but Custis picks it up and
With just 7 seconds left in the game, Manns hit 2 free throws for a 56-53
TAPE#=net (edit of S6-28)
Yesterday Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning decided to remain at U-T for
one more season.
SUPER=03-Knoxville, TN; :00
Peyton held an afternoon news conference on the campus of U-T to make his
((PEYTON MANNING/TENNESSEE QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Peyton Manning/Tennessee Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...at the university of Tennessee"
Manning and his coach Phillip Fulmer then joked about the likely heisman
winners role next season in UT orange and white.
Students at Garden City Elementary School put their best foot forward this
morning, as members of the Richmond Ballet visited the school.
Tomorrow night, the ballet will present a public performance of Coppelia
(cuh-PALE-yuh) at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
But today, the dancers' stage was the Garden City cafeteria.
They gave the children a glimpse of their preparation, and stressed the
importance of teamwork in their performances.
The Roanoke Ballet Theater presents the Richmond Ballet tomorrow night at
(ad lib goodbye)
We'll leave you now with a look at the children as they joined the ballet troop
in the Macarena.