A weekend wild fire in Rockbridge county has investigators still searching
for clues to its cause.
More than 250 acres of national forest land went up in smoke.
And police are still gathering evidence on an apparent double murder suicide
in Campbell County.
News 7 at Noon is up next.
Three people are dead, the result of an apparent double murder and suicide
in Campbell County.
Double Boxes=Kimberly and Steve/Starlink
Steve Smallshaw joins us live from the scene, near route 29, where police
are still working to collect evidence.
Steve what can you tell us?
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:the result of an apparent domestic dispute.)
SUPER=07-William Campbell; :12
SUPER=01-Robert Maxey/Campbell Co. Sheriff;:44
OUT Q=turned the gun on himself
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Double Boxes=Kimberly and Steve/Starlink
Firefighters plan to re-enforce fire lines today after a weekend wild fire
in the mountains of Rockbridge County.
The fire started Saturday night and officials estimate more than 250 acres
in a remote section of The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
went up in smoke.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked the blaze.
Denise Allen has more.
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :04
SUPER=01-David Olson/National Forest Public Affairs; :18
SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/District Forester; 1:14
OUT Q=News 7
SOT fire shots 10:20:40
((SOUND OF FIRE CRACKLING.))
Flames fueled by fallen trees swept over the mountain.
The blaze seems to have started in the middle of no where--far from the
nearest trails or homes.
SOT tape 1 11:39:18
IN Q=THE REAL DIFFICULTY
((DAVID OLSON/NATIONAL FOREST PUBLIC AFFAIRS: THE REAL DIFFICULTY IN THIS FIRE
IS THE IN-ACCESSIBILITY. THERE'S REALLY NO ROADS THAT GO UP TO IT. IT'S JUST
A WALK UP SITUATION. IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET TO THE FIRE. WHEN YOU GET THERE
IT'S A LOT OF WORK BECAUSE OF ALL THE DEAD TREES DOWN ON THE GROUND.))
OUT Q=ON THE GROUND
Many of those dead trees are pines.
Three years ago a beetle killed most of the pine trees in the Rockbridge
Those trees are now dry and ready to burn.
Foresters call them "Snag" trees and say they're a hazard to fire fighters.
SOT tape 1 11:38:17
IN Q=ONE OF THE
((ONE OF THE REAL CONCERNS WITH THESE DEAD PINES IS THAT THEY'RE ROTTED IN SOME
CASES AT THE BASE. THEY ARE EASY TO CATCH FIRE. THEY CARRY FIRE TO THE TOP OF
THE TREE AND THEY COULD FALL OVER ON A FIRE FIGHTER VERY QUICKLY WITH NO
WARNING AT ALL. ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE FOCUSING ON IS SAFETY OF THE FIRE
FIGHTERS UP THERE.))
OUT Q=FIRE FIGHTERS UP THERE
SOT TAPE 1 12:15:55
IN Q=SOUND OF CHAINSAW
((SOUND OF CHAINSAW.))
The showers and the humid climate have helped fire fighters by giving this
crew of V-M-I Keydets a chance to create a fire line.
But officials say it would take a soaking rain to douse the blaze and that
just isn't in the forecast.
The past week has been a busy one for forestry workers, but they say that's
normal for this time of year.
SOT tape 1 12:25:53
IN Q=PROBABLY THE FIRST
((CHRIS THOMSEN/DISTRICT FORESTER: PROBABLY THE FIRST TWO WEEKS IN APRIL TEND
TO BE THE WORSE WHEN THINGS GET WARM, HUMIDITY GETS LOW AND WINDS GET STRONG.
THE END OF APRIL AND THE BEGINNING OF MAY THE LEAVES COME OUT AND THINGS GREEN
UP AND THE FIRES WILL GO AWAY.))
OUT Q=WILL GO AWAY
This fire in the Pedlar Ranger District is not threatening any homes.
And as fire fighters continue to battle the blaze they'll keep one eye on
If high winds and low humidity return as forecasted, the battle could rage
on for some time.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Although their journey into space will be shorter than expected, the crew
aboard Shuttle Columbia is looking on the bright side.
The astronauts are coming home tomorrow, shortening their mission by 12
A faulty power generator is to blame.
But crew members say they've still managed to get a lot done in a brief
IN Q=It's true that
((JAMES HALSELL/COLUMBIA COMMANDER: IT'S TRUE THAT EVERYBODY IS DISAPPOINTED
THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO COME HOME EARLY, NOT ONLY THE CREW BUT THE
INVESTIGATORS AND RESEARCHES WHO'S SCIENCE WERE WERE UP HERE TO ACCOMPLISH.
BUT STILL, I THINK WE'VE PACKED A LOT INTO A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. ))
SUPER=01-James Halsell/Columbia Commander;
OUT Q=period of time
Halsell says ground controllers made the final call for the early return.
But he says everyone agreed with the decision.
The shuttle was carrying some local cargo.
Payload specialist Roger Crouch became the first Virginia Tech Hokie in
Old Man Winter refuses to yield to Spring in the Upper Midwest--
A weekend blizzard sent blinding snow, and up to 20- feet- high drifts into
parts of North Dakota.
Most roads are closed.
Residents are being told to stay indoors-- which is tough with widespread
Tens of thousands of people are without electricity from the Dakotas to
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
SUPER=03-Granite Falls, MN;
Meanwhile, not only snow-- but flooding problems are plaguing Minnesota
Recent warm weather is causing snow there to melt.
Sandbaggers are working in sub- zero wind chills to shore- up levees
against the rising waters.
Hundreds of National Guard troops are on duty.
Flood alerts are posted across the state-- with reports of flooding near
every major river.
Governor Allen will visit Roanoke today to attend the announcement of a new
As News-7 first told you in February, a manufacturer will hire well over 100
people to work at a plant it will build in the northeast section of the city
off route 460.
Sources say the company is in the bakery products industry.
It will locate its operations on a 22 acre site in the Center for Industry
and Technology next to the Vitramon plant.
An accident in Roanoke County this morning left one person seriously
A car and a Jeep collided near the intersection of View and Brambleton
Avenues this morning.
The Jeep overturned. Rescue workers had to use the "jaws of life" to pull
the driver from that vehicle.
The driver of the other car was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. No word
on her condition.
The accident shut down Brambleton Avenue for an hour or so.
Sailing the high seas turned deadly this weekend off the coast of Florida--
SUPER=03-Ft. Lauderdale, FL;
Two people drowned when this boat sank while travelling on the Intercoastal
When passengers started bailing out, they became trapped, and the boat began
slipping under a barge.
Meanwhile, a crew member was killed when fire broke out on a luxury cruise
The liner was en route to the island of Madeira, when the blaze apparently
started in a corridor near the ship's laundry.
The ship was diverted to Freeport.
President Clinton is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
in an effort to save the Mideast Peace process.
Netanyahu arrived in Washington last night.
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;
With tensions in Israel already high
over a string of suicide bombings, an Islamic militant group warns
more attacks are coming.
The leaflet, signed by the Islamic Jihad, vows to target Jewish
The warning comes after a pair of shootings in the West Bank
Coleman Andrews officially threw his hat in the ring today.
Andrews announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor this morning in
Richmond, as part of a four- day statewide tour that includes a stop in Roanoke
The Northern Virginia businessman has been lining up support for months. He
says he has statewide backing and a better organization than his opponents.
Andrews is one of three Republicans seeking the nomination for lieutenant
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Contractors could soon face stiffer penalties for violating legal standards.
Roanoke's City Planner John Marlles says his office plans to propose a new
ordinance to city lawmakers later this month.
Residents and city officials say this construction site on Autumn Lane is an
example of a trouble spot.
Marlles says the proposed new Erosion and Sediment Control ordinance will
give the city some new tools to fight non-compliance.
IN Q=UNDER THE NEW
((JOHN MARLLES/ROANOKE CITY PLANNER: UNDER THE NEW ORDINANCE WE'LL BE ABLE TO
FINE DEVELOPERS FOR EACH DAY A PARTICULAR VIOLATION EXISTS ON SITE INSTEAD OF
HAVING TO TAKE THEM INTO COURT AND GET A JUDGE TO MAKE A RULING.))
SUPER=01-John Marlles/Roanoke City Planner;
OUT Q= MAKE A RULING
Marlles says this type of ordinance is a growing trend but it's still not
used in many localities.
Residents of Autumn Lane say it's a start.
They've been living with this construction site for almost two years.
IN Q=HOPEFULLY WE'LL
((HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET FASTER ENFORCEMENT WHEN WE HAVE VIOLATIONS OF
THE EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL ORDINANCE AND THAT'S REALLY THE BOTTOM LINE.))
OUT Q=THE BOTTOM LINE
Marlles says they've been working on this ordinance for a couple of years.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The little pigs will be off to city council this afternoon.
Roanoke City Council is scheduled to hear from the owner of "Porky."
Pat Earls has been told that Porky's got to go, because of an ordinance
against keeping swine within the city limits.
She is trying to persuade council to allow vietnamese pot-bellied pigs as
City Council is also wrestling with the prospect of a real estate tax cut.
Some members have raised the possibility of a modest reduction in the tax
rate, and today city administrators will outline the financial impact.
The prospect of co-education at V-M-I has not stopped more than one thousand
applications from flowing into the Lexington school.
Included in that number are 80 women who have applied for a spot in this
fall's freshman class.
Fifty have been accepted, and 10 of those have put down a deposit.
Most of the applicants are from out-of-state.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Social Services has proposed free child care for
It would be part of the state's plan for spending a federal block grant.
Critics say the plan would create an incentive for people to remain on
Non-welfare families earning the same income would have to pay a small
portion of their child-care bills.
But several social workers and child-care professionals have said subsidies
should be the same for welfare recipients and the working poor.
The thermostat is rising and fruit farmers are awaiting their harvest.
Southwestern Virginia's apple season is right around the corner.
Buds on the fruit trees are now visible.
But most growers say even though this recent warm weather is helpful... it
only takes one cold night to ruin the crop.
IN Q=We've had
((GRAHAM REED/REED'S ORCHARDS: WE'VE HAD APPLES KILLED AS LATE AS THE 28TH OF
MAY. SO IT CAN COME LATER ON TOO. ))
SUPER=01-Graham Reed/Reed's Orchards;
OUT Q=later on too
Early last week there were a few chilly nights, but none of the fruit
farmers report any significant damage.
That home you own is more than just an investment, it also cuts your tax
Len Besthoff explains in this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=You know
SUPER=01-Ethel Noell/Vinton Bookkeeping and Tax Service; :09
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT tape two 01:13:50
IN Q=You know
((You know you can never have enough tips about mortgage deductions and Ethel
Noell with Vinton Bookkeeping and Tax Service has some for us. ))
OUT Q=some for us.
SOT TAPE two 00:59:44
IN Q=If the house
((ETHEL NOELL/VINTON BOOKKEEPING AND TAX SERVICE: IF THE HOUSE WAS BOUGHT IN
THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR, OFTEN THERE ISN'T ENOUGH MORTGAGE INTEREST, REAL ESTATE
TAXES, SETTLEMENT COST, TO ALLOCATE TO THAT TAX RETURN. THEY REALLY NEED TO
RUN THE NUMBERS. THEY NEED TO DO IT BOTH WAYS. FIGURE OUT WHAT THEIR TAX
WOULD BE IF THEY DID IT AS A STANDARD DEDUCTION. FIGURE OUT WHAT THEIR TAX
WOULD BE IF THEY ITEMIZED. IF THEY WANT TO ITEMIZE, THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT THEY HAVE AT LEAST 67 HUNDRED DOLLARS OR MORE OR IT IS MORE ADVANTAGEOUS
TO TAKE THE STANDARD DEDUCTION. 67 hundred being the standard deduction.
NOELL: 67 HUNDRED BEING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION.))
OUT Q=standard deduction.
SOT TAPE TWO 1:17:01
IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff
((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back
to the newsdesk.))
Just a reminder, 67- hundred- dollars is the standard deduction for a
It's lower for people filing singly.
GRAPHIC=Jack Kent Cooke
The N-F-L has lost one of the top owners in the league.
For Jack Kent Cooke, success was everything, and during his 23 years as
majority owner of the Washington Redskins his team won three Super Bowl
Cooke died yesterday at a Washington DC hospital after suffering an apparent
((DR. ROBERT SCHESSER/GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV. HOSPITAL; : ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Schesser/George Washington Univ. Hospital; :
Cooke, the flamboyant owner of the Redskins, was in the process of
overseeing construction of a new stadium for the team in Landover, Maryland.
He missed the team's final game in R-F-K because of an illness.
Before owning the Redskins, Cooke also owned the Los Angeles Rams and the
N-B-A's Los Angeles Lakers.
Cooke was 84 years old.
TAPE#net (edit of ICE-97)
The Hampton Road Admirals knocked the Express out of the E-C-H-L playoffs 4
to 3, despite the fact Roanoke Goalie Dave Gagnon was back on the ice.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Admirals;
Trailing 2 to nothing Jeff Jablonski gets his own rebound at the side of the
net and puts it back in to make the score.
Then in the second period Jeff Loder takes the pass from Chris Lipsett and
ties the game at 2.
Roanoke took a 3 to 2 lead in the SUPER=38-Hampton/4/Roanoke/3/Admirals Win
3 to 1;third when Chris Lipsett gets the rebound shot and scores but Hampton
scored twice in the final 3 minutes of the game to win it 4 to 3.
The Durham Bulls completed a three game sweep over the Salem Avalanche last
The Bulls took the lead in the 8-th and held on to beat the Avalanche 4 to
TAPE#net (edit of R-35)
South Boston's Jeff Burton won his first Winston Cup race yesterday in the
Interstate Batteries 500 at The Texas Motor Speedway.
SUPER=03-Roanoke, TX/CBS Sports; :
On the first lap Johnny Benson hits Darrell Waltrip causing a wild crash.
Jeff Gordon missed the crash and he was cruising through traffic and leading
the race on lap 47.
Rusty Wallace hits the wall crashing his car.
Then Ernie Irvan crashes into Greg Sacks and Gordon hits him bringing out
IN Q=First audio
((JEFF GORDON/24 CHEVROLET: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/24 Chevrolet; :
OUT Q=.........LEFT FRONT."
Burton took the lead with over 50 laps to go and he takes the checkered flag
in his first Winston Cup Race.
IN Q=First audio
((JEFF BURTON/INTERSTATE BATTERIES 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Interstate Batteries 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.....MESS UP."
Dale Jarrett was second, Bobby Labonte third, Terry Labonte fourth and
Ricky Rudd fifth.
We'd like to remind you about News 7 Prime Time, every week night on W-E-F-C
Check your local cable listings for the station in your area.
TAPE#net (edit of 05:13:21)
The rain may have caused some delays in Texas for the NASCAR drivers, but in
San Diego racers of a different sort got the green light.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
This is the grand prix of HUMAN powered vehicles, and what would a race be
without the wrecks?
The drivers or petalers, in this case, were mechanical engineering students
from colleges all around the country.
The big race is something of a final exam for the students.
The winner takes home a trophy and of course, bragging rights.