A woman with a police escort is gunned down in her front yard- her daughter is
also killed before the gunman shoots himself.
Brush fires still burn tonight We'll have an update.
Plus there is a face behind the voice- We'll meet the woman who tells you
how many messages you have.
News 7 is next.
A woman with a police escort going home after a court hearing- is gunned
Police say 37 year old Donnie Ray Dalton fatally shot his ex-wife in the
yard- then killed her teenage daughter before shooting himself.
Firefighters continue to battle brush fires in Bedford and Roanoke County.
Crews have some of the fires under control, but a few are still burning
Plus tonight we'll meet the voice of voicemail-
((YOU HAVE FOUR NEW MESSAGES.))
OUT Q=new messages."
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Domestic abuse, a failed marriage, an ugly custody hearing...the recipe for
tragedy in Hillsville this afternoon.
A husband goes on a rampage, killing his wife, their teenage daughter and
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=nat of gunshots
SUPER=01-Kenny Sharpe/Hillsville Police Chief;:29
SUPER=01-Shirley Walls/Audrey Dalton's Sister; :53
SUPER=01-Billy Walls/Daltons' Brother-in-law; 1:17
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
IN Q=nat of gunshots (the first teargas shots)
Two hours into the standoff, police fire teargas into the trailer.
Still no sound from 37 year- old Donnie Ray Dalton.
A short time later, they recovered the body of his wife, 36 year-old Audrey
Police had escorted her to the trailer to collect some belongings.
They found it quiet and assumed Donnie Ray had done what he was told, to
stay away till 6pm.
As Audrey approached, gunshots rang out.
((KENNY SHARPE/HILLSVILLE POLICE CHIEF: I WAS WALKING BACK FROM THE TRAILER AND
I GOT WITHIN ABOUT THREE FEET OF HER AND THAT'S WHEN HE STARTED FIRING. SHE GOT
HIT IN THE FACE SEVERAL TIMES. ))
suAs the gunfire erupted, Audrey's companions pulled her 16 year- old
daughter, who had been hit in the chest and stomach behind this van. They
crouched there until police were able to escort them to safety.
((SHIRLEY WALLS/AUDREY DALTON'S SISTER: MY SISTER, SHE WAS LAYING, I LOOKED
DOWN, SHE WAS LAYING THERE BLEEDING AND THEY HOLLERED TO RUN, TO GET BEHIND
SOMETHING AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID. ))
Walls says Audrey and her two daughters had been at a women's shelter since
she left her husband a couple of weeks ago.
She had left and returned before, but decided this time it was over.
((BILLY WALLS/DALTON'S BROTHER-IN-LAW: AND THIS TIME SHE JUST DECIDED TO GET
OUT BEFORE HE KILLED HER BECAUSE HE PUT A GUN TO HER HEAD BEFORE SHE LEFT THIS
LAST TIME AND COCKED IT AND SAID HE'D KILL HER AND HIMSELF TOO BEFORE HE LET
HER GO. ))
SOT 2:36:48 NAT, TEARGAS AT DOOR
Dalton was true to his word.
Police found him dead inside the trailer. His daughter died during surgery.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.
Firefighters are expected to work throughout the night... trying to contain
what's left of a string of brush fires from earlier in the day.
More than a dozen blazes from Moneta to Piney Mountain were apparently
sparked from a passing Norfolk Southern train.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=From the
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/Va Dept. of Forestry; :19
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :40
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((From the old Roanoke Valley Landfill... it was easy to see that
firefighters had their work cut out for them.
From that location alone 7 brush fires were visible... and more than a half
dozen others were burning.
But by nightfall just 2 remained.
This was the worst one-- just off of Harmond Road near Hardy.
IN Q=What was
((CHRIS THOMSEN/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY: THE PEOPLE FROM THE COUNTY,
STATE THEY'VE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB TRYING TO COORDINATE THIS THING. WE'VE HAD
OUT Q=no injuries
And although more than a hundred acres were torched... there was barely any
structural damage to speak of.
There were a couple of homes that were threatened by flames... but none were
As for the cause of these fires... forestry officials point the finger of
blame at Norfolk Southern.
The trail of fire followed the railroad tracks... leading most to believe
that some sort of mechanical malfunction... either the brakes or the smoke
stack... sparked the flames.
Apparently, this is the third time in the past week something like this has
happened-- just not to this extent.
IN Q=They'll need
((THOMSEN: THEY'LL NEED TO CHECK THEIR TRAINS. SEE WHAT ARE THE CAUSING FACTORS
AND CLEARING THE RIGHT OF WAY. THE RIGHT OF WAY NEEDS TO BE CLEAR OF FLAMABLE
MATERIAL TO CURTAIL THESE EPISODES IN THE FUTURE. ))
OUT Q=in the future
As of this time, Norfolk Southern has not commented on these brush fires...
however Thomsen says they've assisted in the fire- fighting effort.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Authorities now say all six inmates aboard a prison van were killed- when
the van burst into flames.
It happened in Dickson, Tennessee- about 35 miles west of Nashville.
A state official says the van went up in flames when the drive shaft or the
axle broke and punctured the gas tank.
The state prisoners were shackled to each other, but not to the van.
The driver suffered burns as he tried to save them.
D-N-A testing in the JonBenet Ramsey
murder case is now under way at a Maryland lab.
Testing began this week.
Prosecutors were waiting to see if lawyers for the victim's parents would
But they decided not to send their own expert.
6-year old Jon Bonet Ramsey was found murdered in her family's home the day
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11,
a Tech football players gets booted off the team following his second run in
with the law,
Plus thousands of school children had to face one of their worst fears today
as they get shots against hepatitis.
But first Robin says a warm Friday ahead.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Virginia Tech football will have to find someone else to start at tight end-
after another player has a run in with the law.
Blacksburg police have charged 20 year old Pedro Edison with two counts of
destruction of property and resisting arrest.
Edison allegedly kicked in a car window at University Terrace apartments.
Police say they had to use pepper spray to subdue Edison after he resisted
They say he also kicked the window out of a police cruiser while sitting in
the back seat.
Edison was already due to serve two months in jail this summer for a fatal
car accident in Staunton last year.
Athletic director Dave Braine said in a release that such behavior will not
A Bedford County woman is hurt after she was forced off a railroad trestle
and into the James River this afternoon.
22-year old Amanda Shackelford and 23-year old Gabriel Forest were walking
across the trestle when a Norfolk Southern train approached.
Forest was able to make it to safety but witnesses say Shackelford tripped
and fell about eighty feet into the water.
She suffered multiple injuries and has been upgraded tonight to fair
condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Amherst County authorities are investigating.
If you picked up one million dollars in one day, you might quit your job
Republican Jim Gilmore says he'll resign.
In fact, he stole some of his own thunder during a history-making day of
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=It was a
SUPER=01-Dan Quayle/Former Vice-President; :22
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Norfolk.
It was a very big day for Virginia's attorney general... and a costly one
for Republican donors who paid up to a thousand dollars each for some sausages
and a snapshot suitable for framing at one of three fundraisers around the
sot tape one 12:00:34
((WE HAVE RAISED ONE MILLION-33-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THIS MILLION DOLLAR DAY
Gilmore had some help making Virginia fundraising history.
sot tape ONE 12:13:00
((DAN QUAYLE: BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT AL GORE WITH JUST ONE STRATEGIC
PHONE CALL FROM THE WHITE HOUSE COULD RAISE A MILLION DOLLARS TOO. laughter.))
Politicos call Gore's situation "the appearance of impropriety."
And to keep it from tainting Gilmore any further than a ride in a Philip
Morris jet did last week...
sot tape one 12:07:52
((GILMORE: SO I ANNOUNCE TODAY THAT I WILL RESIGN THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL OF VIRGINIA ON JUNE 11TH.))
That's the day after the GOP primary.
sot tape ONE 12:08:11
((GILMORE: NO MATTER HOW HONORABLE YOU CONDUCT YOUR OFFICE, OR HOW HONORABLE
WE ALL WORK TOGETHER, NONETHELESS PEOPLE WILL MAKE CHARGES.))
Democratic opponent Don Beyer says if Gilmore's worried about conflicts of
interest -- why wait two months to step down?
He's certainly NOT waiting to campaign hard AGAINST Beyer.
sot tape ONE 12:06:22
((GILMORE: FRIENDS, THE ERA OF BIG GOVERNMENT IS NOT OVER. IT'S JUST TRYING
TO COME TO VIRGINIA. AND IT'S DRIVING A VOLVO.))
But amidst warnings that Don Beyer's a big spender, Democrats say Jim
Gilmore pulling in 14-hundred dollars a minute on this day -- but delaying his
resignation -- is like a "tippler swearing off right after his current binge."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Norfolk.))
Thousands of School children began getting shots today-
They're being inoculated against Hepatitis A- after eating tainted
strawberries from Mexico.
Nine thousand children ate frozen strawberries in Southern California alone-
Students in five other states are also getting shots.
((RUBIN ZACARIAS/L.A. DEPUTY SCHOOL SUPT: THIS IS AN ABERRATION BUT IT'S ONE WE
DON'T LIKE. WE EXPECT THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Rubin Zacarias/L.A. School Superintendent;
OUT Q=doesn't happen again."
While the kids get shots, the federal government is looking to stick someone
with the blame.
It's illegal to use foreign fruit in U-S school lunches.
The President of the San Diego company that processed the berries resigned-
and the owner promises he'll pay for the inoculations.
Meanwhile berry growers want Americans to know strawberries are safe.
SUPER=03-Santa Maria, CA;
U-S growers worry the hepatitis scare blamed on Mexican berries- will hurt
((YES IT SCARES US QUITE A BIT. WE FEEL PEOPLE MAY JUST HEAR THE WORD AND NOT
KNOW THE STORY OF WHAT'S INVOLVED.))
OUT Q=of what's involved.
Industry leaders say California has stricter quality control than Mexico and
most other states.
California produces 80 percent of the domestic strawberry crop.
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later in the newscast,
She's someone you've probably listened to on the phone
Tonight we'll meet the voice mail lady.
Plus this April Fools stunt gets two radio dee-jays suspended from work- and
that's no joke. We'll explain.
MUSIC UP FULL
Prince Edward County has come a long way since the days of segregation,
and people there are still coming to terms with their past.
R. C. Smith chronicled the days of massive resistance when public schools
closed rather than admit black students.
First published in 1965, his book is now being reissued.
Proceeds will go toward the preservation of Moton (MOE-tuhn) High School,
and the establishment of a civil rights museum there.
IN Q=I think it gives
((R.C. SMITH/AUTHOR: I THINK IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO MAKE A STATEMENT THAT
THE PAST IS REAL AND WE ACCEPT IT, BUT WE LIVE IN THE PRESENT AND WE LOOK
TOWARD THE FUTURE.))
OUT Q=look toward the future.
Three out of four white students in Prince Edward now attend public
schools, and Smith says the county is a model of integration.
He hopes the museum "will speak to people of all races, and say that we
can live together and be good to each other."
The odds of gambling at the Greenbrier are improving.
A committee in the West Virginia legislature has endorsed a bill that would
allow a local referendum.
SUPER=03-W. Sulphur Springs;
The Greenbrier hopes to build a monte- carlo style casino for overnight
The bill approved today by the Senate Finance Committee would allow slot
machines along with table games.
It would also claim two- thirds of the profits for state and local
The bill was sent to the Senate, where a vote is expected by Saturday.
Two Roanoke dee jays were off the air again today, reportedly suspended for
a joke that station officials say went too far.
Two hundred people turned out Tuesday afternoon for an event at Memorial
Stadium in Salem.
It was billed as a casting call for a sequel to the movie "BULL Durham,"
but in reality it was an April Fool's Day joke.
The station suspended co-hosts Sam Giles and Mark Nelson. Officials say
the latest controversy was NOT just another publicity stunt.
Station Manager Joe Conway says he expects the pair to return soon, perhaps
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/40-44/Mostly Sunny/And Warm/80-82;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/And Mild/44-46/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-10/82-84;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/37-39/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-10/74-76;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/40-42/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/75-78;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Wind W-10/38-40/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-15/72-74;
And coming up, Steve Mason will check in with a new deal in Late Model
Stock car racing.
And Ricky Craven is in serious but Stable condition after a crash at Texas
Larry Walker doubled twice and homered yesterday driving in three runs to
lead Colorado over Cincinnati 7 to 1.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Reds vs Rockies; :
The Reds fans enjoying an afternoon at the park.
Walker drills this pitch to centerfield for a single Ellis Burks rounds the
bases and scores and the Rockies took the one to nothing lead in the fourth.
The very next batter Dante Bichette hits a single to left field Walker
makes the trip around the bases to score and the Rockies led 2 to nothing.
The Rockies scored four more runs SUPER=35-Colorado/7/Cincinnati/1/;in
the fourth inning for a 6 to nothing lead and Colorado beats Cincinnati 7 to 1.
Geronimo Berrora's homer in the 8-th inning lifted Oakland over Cleveland
yesterday 5 to 4.
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/SPCH; :
A banner welcoming Jose Canseco back to Oakland.
But in the second Kevin Mitchell gets all of this pitch and it floats over
the right field wall for a three run homer and the Indians led 3 to 1.
But Mark McGwire started a rally getting the A's back into the game he hits
this solo homer over the left field wall and the A's trailed 4 to 2 in the
The score was tied 4 to 4 in the SUPER=35-Oakland/5/Cleveland/4/;fifth
then in the 8-th Berrora sends this pitch deep over the left field wall for a
solo homer and the A's win it 5 to 4.
The Mets beat San Diego this afternoon for all of the pro scores lets go to
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-j/New York/4//San Diego/1////Chicago/2/j/Florida/8///;
SUPER=0103-/Boston/4/j/N.Y. Rangers/5////Toronto/2//Detroit/2//Tie In OT/;
SUPER=0103-/N.Y. Islanders/2//St. Louis/3/2///Chicago/1//Edmonton/1/2//;
OUT Q=....last score."
The Lynchburg Hillcats open their season Friday night at Winston-Salem.
Manager Jeff Banister returns for his second season. He lead the Hillcats
to a 65 and 74 record and a sixth place finish last season.
IN Q="We don't
((JEFF BANISTER/HILLCATS MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Banister/Hillcats Manager; :
OUT Q=......WIN THEN."
The Indians beat the A's. That and more coming up later on Morning.
The Salem Avalanche will open its season tonight at home against The Durham
Avalanche manager Bill McGuire has tapped Scott Randal to start the season
IN Q="If you...
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :
OUT Q=.......INTO ONE."
Winston Cup Driver Ricky Craven is in serious but stable condition after a
crash during practice at the Texas Motor speedway.
SUPER=03-Roanoke, TX; :
Craven lost control of his Chevrolet and hit the fourth turn wall about
sixty minutes into the session.
Medical personnel at the track said Craven suffered a concussion, a possible
broken left shoulder and a possible ruptured eardrum. He also complained of
Craven was taken by helicopter to the Parkland Memorial hospital in
Qualifying for the Interstate Batteries 500 was postponed yesterday because
of rain. The Winston Cup Cars will qualify today at noon.
That's it for sports have a great day everybody.
This weekend will kick off the late model stock car racing season all over
Virginia and the Carolinas'.
New River Valley Speedway's opener will give local fans a first hand look at
perhaps a new movement in Late model racing. Steve Mason explains.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Agnew/Finished 6th in Miller 300; :27
SUPER=01-Clarence Pickurel/Dual Team Owner; :38
SUPER=01-Johnny Rumley/Finished 4th in Miller 300; 1:09
SUPER=01-Rodney "6 Pack" Cundiff/Vinton Motors Ford Driver; 2:03
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((2 Winston Cup championships between them in 2 years, a 1/2 finish in the
1996 Winston Cup points race. Terry Labonte and Jeff Gordon, along with newly
acquired Ricky Craven are teammates whose successful partnership has forced
even the most legendary drivers to join forces in an effort to keep pace.
Jeff Agnew and Johnny Rumley will unveil that kind of team philosophy in late
model stock car racing this season at the New River Valley Speedway.
Their new partnership had an immediate impact in their first race of the
season at Martinsville Speedway March 17th.
Agnew and Rummley's new partnership has not gone unnoticed. Late model
contenders like Rodney Six Pack Cundiff understand what all the single team
drivers are up against.
But what if a possible victory is on the line?
Rumley will run a limited Busch and late model stock schedule. Agnew begins
pursuit of another New River Valley Speedway title this weekend in the
_________. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
Chances are you've heard her voice many times- but you've never seen her
She is the voice of VOICE mail.
((YOU HAVE FOUR NEW MESSAGES))
OUT Q=four new messages.
Marsha Graham's voice is known to millions- She is the voice of Octel
Communications - her voice heard by 40 million listeners worldwide.
((THANK YOU. GOODBYE. I'M SORRY THAT NOT A VALID PASSWORD. TRY AGAIN LATER.
MARSHA GRAHAM, VOICEMAIL LADY: IF YOU HAVE NO MESSAGES, HOW AM I GOING
TO SAY THAT TO YOU SO THAT YOU'RE ALRIGHT ABOUT IT?! YOU HAVE NO NEW MESSAGES.
NO ATTITUDE ABOUT IT. ))
SUPER=01-Marsha Graham/Voicemail "Voice"; 08
OUT Q=attitude about it."
Graham says she tries to bring a little compassion to the technology.
Graham does have hopes of getting off the phone and on TV. She's a singer
and aspiring actress.