A Lynchburg school administrator tendered his resignation after his
relationship with a student made it to court.
He's charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Authorities say former E.C. Glass athletic director Frank Murray had a two-
year- relationship with a female student... one that included phone sex and
some limited physical contact.
A grand jury indicted Murray yesterday morning.
IN Q=This had to
((BILL PETTY/LYNCHBURG PROSECUTOR: THIS HAD TO BE A PLEA OF GUILTY. WE WOULD
NOT ACCEPT ANY KIND OF PLEA THAT IN ANY WAY TRIED TO MINIMIZE HIS
RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS CASE.))
SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Lynchburg Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=in this case.
Murray was given a 90- day suspended jail term.
The School Board is expected to accept his resignation tonight.
Crews continue to set fires today in Rockbridge County in an effort to keep
a wildfire contained.
The 250 acre forest fire started Saturday.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
IN Q=their plan
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :03
SUPER=01-David Olson/U.S. Forest Service; :11
OUT Q=af, news7, rockbridge co.
(( Their plan is to burn out any areas between the forest fire and the fire
That way there is no fuel left for the wildfire to consume.
IN Q=THINGS ARE
((DAVID OLSON/FOREST SERVICE: THINGS ARE LOOKING PRETTY GOOD. THE TEMPERATURES
ARE STARTING TO DROP A LITTLE BIT, THE WINDS ARE DROPPING, AND THE HUMIDITY HAS
COME UP. THE BURNOUT IS GOING QUITE WELL. IT'S A SLOW PROCESS, IT'LL TAKE
OUT Q=some time
More than 100 firefighters are on the fire line at one time, and steep
terrain and the extreme heat of the wildfires slow down efforts.
But firefighters do have the added benefit of air support.
IN Q=WE HAVE
((WE HAVE EXCELLENT AIR SUPPORT, WE'VE HAD TANKERS COME OVER AND DROP
RETARDANT, TWICE, AND THE HELICOPTER IS VERY EFFECTIVE, IN PLACING THE WATER
SPECIFICALLY WHERE THE FIREFIGHTER NEED TO THE WATER TO BE DROPPED. SO, IT'S
BEEN VERY HELPFUL IS WORKING WITH THE FIREFIGHTERS ON THE GROUND. ))
OUT Q=ON THE GROUND
No one has been hurt by the fire, which has been burning since Saturday, and
no homes have been threatened.
The burn- out continued until around midnight, and then firefighters spent
the night patrolling the fire line.
David Olson hopes that later today, he'll be able to declare the fire
Andrew Freiden, News7, rockbridge County.))
Officials believe lightning may have sparked the blaze.
It's being called the worst flooding in decades--
Residents in the upper Midwest are struggling to save their homes from
Randall Pinkston reports.
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SUPER=03-Ada, MN; :12
SUPER=01-Sue Roquet/Ada Homeowner; :29 QUICK
SUPER=04-Last Weekend; :33
SUPER=03-Montevideo, MN; :42
SUPER=23-Richard Enevoldsen; :55
SUPER=01-Randall Pinkston/Reporting; 1:05
OUT Q=Granite Falls, Minnesota
((NARR: ALONG SWOLLEN RIVERS IN NORTH DAKOTA AND
MINNESOTA, THE MISERY DOESN'T SEEM TO STOP.
There are kids in there...
NARR: IN ADA, MINNESOTA...a sudden surge of water forced
more than THAN HALF THE TOWN'S 1700 people to evacuate..
SUE ROQHUET abandoned her home to the river.
SOT/ SUE ROQUET, ADA RESIDENT
"With 3 small kids, you don't know what's going to happen... it's
NARR: THIS PAST WEEKEND, CONDITIONS HERE WERE
BRUTAL... A SPRING BLIZZARD, WORSE THAN ANY ... DUMPED
SNOW AND ICE... BRINGING TRAFFIC AND almost EVERYTHING
EVERYTHING EXCEPT DIKE BUILDING OPERATIONS IN
MONTEVIDEO... WITH THE MINNESOTA RIVER RISING,
VOLUNTEERS, LIKE RICH ANAVLDSEN IGNORED THE SNOW
AND SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES AND KEPT WORKING to
save their town.
SOT /RICHARD ENEVOLDSEN/MONTEVIDEO RESIDENT
"If we wouldn't have built these dikes while the snow was going ,
it would have gone over, washed out, basically, pretty much the
whole town of Montevideo, would have been underwater."
PINKSTON INSERT BRIDGE:
AS IT TURNS OUT, THE BLIZZARD MAY HELPED LOCAL
COMMUNITIES THREATENED WITH FLOOD WATERS... MAKING
THE DIKES HARDER AND LESS LIKELY TO ERODE.
PINKSTON CLOSE: AS RIVERS APPROACH CREST STAGE, THE ONLY
BUSINESS IN MOST COMMUNITIES IS WAITING OUT THE rising
water... WAITING TO SEE IF THE DIKES WILL HOLD... AND
REMEMBERING THE SACRIFICE OF EVERYONE WHO FOUGHT
THE FLOODS OF 1997.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN SOT:
It's very dangerous but wonderful that people pulled together.
Randall Pinkston, CBS NEWS , Granite Falls, Minnesota
An Air Force attack jet and the pilot flying it have disappeared without a
For six days, the military has been looking for the A- 10.
The plane was carrying 500- pound bombs, headed for a practice run in the
Arizona desert when it vanished.
The search is now focused on a three- and- a- half square mile area in
Officials believe the so- called "Warthog" aircraft may be buried there in
The day after talks in Washington about the possibility of peace in the
Middle East-- new violence erupted.
SUPER=03-Hebron, West Bank;
A Palestinian was killed when an Israeli religion student opened fire on
Hebron's main market.
The shooting sparked clashes between hundreds of stone- throwing youths and
rubber bullet- firing Israeli soldiers. SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday;
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Clinton
yesterday his country will continue building Jewish settlements.
His stance virtually eliminates U-S hopes of a freeze on the settlements,
which would jump- start peace talks.
Former animal breeder Valery Green has won her latest court battle.
Two weeks ago a dog was found on her Franklin County property after a judge
ruled she could no longer own pets.
But this morning, that same judge dismissed the charge of disobeying a
Green's son testified the dog was roaming around the property-- so HE
placed it in a holding pen for fear it would get hit by a car.
An arson suspect portrayed himself as a victim before a judge yesterday.
SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994;
(Re-ODD) Riyadh Gibriel tried to paint himself as a victim of the alleged
Abed crime family.
He was born a Palestinian refugee in Saudi Arabia and is now a U-S citizen.
Gibriel's accused of hiring Joe Abbott and four other Abed family members
to set fire to Mixers Restaurant three years ago... part of a racketeering
scheme alleged by the government.
Gibriel told the judge yesterday that Abbott had threatened him.
IN Q=I was receiving
((I WAS RECEIVING SOME PHONE CALLS, LIFE THREATS, STUFF LIKE THAT. YEAH.))
SUPER=10-Riyadh Gibriel/Mixers Owner/April 4, 1994
OUT Q=like that, yeah.
Gibriel and his partner, (Ah-MOD Thee-ab) Ahmad Thiab, took the insurance
company to court last Fall for failure to make good on a 200-thousand dollar
At THAT trial, one witness testified that Gibriel told him he paid someone
two-thousand dollars to have the fire set... then threatened to "drink his
blood and the blood of his brother" if the story was repeated.
Judge Sam Wilson found no "overwhelming evidence that Gibriel was involved
in the fire itself."
He set bond at 100-thousand dollars.
Virginia Power is collecting nearly 100- million dollars a year more than it
That's according to a regulatory review of the utility's books for 19-95.
The State Corporation Commission staff is now reviewing the books for 19-96.
The result could be a cut in rates.
But a Virginia Power spokesman said the company does NOT believe its rates
or profits are too high.
If rates were cut as much as the review suggested, the average residential
customer would save about two dollars and 25 cents on a monthly power bill.
No matter which way you slice it Roanoke came out on top with a new deal
that will bring money and jobs to the star city.
As Len Besthoff reports, this deal has been cooking for some time.
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OUT Q=News 7
SOT tape one 13:15:40
IN Q=I'm very
OUT Q=city of Roanoke.
News-7 first told you in February that city owned land was earmarked for a
large manufacturer employing over 150 people.
But before landing this company, both the city and the Commonwealth had to
put a lot of bread on the table to keep Maple Leaf Foods from going elsewhere.
SOT tape one 13:40:01
OUT Q=extra effort.
SOT lbsot tape two 15:12:53
((Now Maple Leaf already has a presence in the southeast, but the company says
that by coming to Roanoke it'll get closer to even more of its clients and make
it even more competitive. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
Seven people, including two children were killed when fire ripped through a
high- rise apartment building today in Hong Kong.
SUPER=03-Kowloon, Hong Kong;
The flames broke out on the sixth floor of the 18- story building.
Of the 28 injured, many are said to be in serious condition.
No word yet on the cause of the blaze.
Firefighters were quoted as saying the case was "UN-usual."
A Roanoke man could pay with his own life if he is convicted of killing his
ex-girlfriend and her mother.
A grand jury yesterday returned six indictments against Miguel Ortiz for the
shooting deaths of Sharon and Deborah Casey.
The charges include capital murder, which means prosecutors could seek the
Ortiz is still hospitalized one week after being shot in the stomach by
Meanwhile, friends, family, and neighbors gathered at the Hamlar-Curtis
Funeral Home last night to remember the Caseys.
Most people expressed outrage at their deaths, and believe the death penalty
would be the only just punishment in this case.
One of four Republicans running for Attorney General is renewing the call
for Democrat Don Beyer to step down, now that Jim Gilmore said he's resigning
in June to campaign full time for governor.
Beyer's lieutenant governor position is considered part-time.
The main duty is to preside over the Senate, which is out of session for the
But Chesapeake Republican Senator Mark Earley says Beyer might have to
express a view on a bill to amend the welfare law-- and that puts him in the
same boat as Jim Gilmore.
IN Q=Beyer set
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: BEYER SET THE STANDARD IN
HIS OWN STATEMENT WHEN HE SAID I DON'T HAVE TO RESIGN BECAUSE I HAVE NO
SENSITIVE PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES BEFORE ME. SO WHETHER ITS A QUESTION OF MONEY
OR WHETHER ITS A QUESTION OF VOTES, OR WHETHER IT'S A QUESTION OF AN IMPORTANT
POLICY MATTER, IF THAT'S THE STANDARD, THAN THEY BOTH HAVE THE SAME ISSUES TO
OUT Q=issues to face.
A spokeswoman for Don Beyer says Gilmore should resign because he accepted a
large campaign contribution from Philip Morris, while filing legal papers on
the tobacco giant's behalf.
The race for lieutenant governor now includes charter airline C-E-O Coleman
The Fairfax millionaire is the best funded in a field of three competing for
the Republican nomination June 10th.
Andrews says a thriving economy and social reforms are in his vision for
IN Q=I have
((COLEMAN ANDREWS/R-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOV.: I HAVE NO QUESTION THAT REBUILDING
A HEALTHIER SOCIAL FABRIC IS THE HARDER OF THE TWO CHALLENGES. BUT IT'S ALSO
THE MOST VITAL OF THE TWO CHALLENGES. BECAUSE THINK FOR A MOMENT, WHAT GOOD IS
A THRIVING ECONOMY IF IT EXISTS AMIDST FRACTURED FAMILIES AND CHAOTIC CRUMBLING
OUT Q=crumbling communities?
Among his positions: vouchers for school choice, a ban on so-called partial
birth abortions, and a super-majority needed to raise taxes in the General
He will will make 22 stops around the state in four days.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A possible reduction in Roanoke's real estate tax rate sparked a debate
yesterday on city council.
Council asked city manager Bob Herbert to prepare a budget proposal that
includes a one cent cut which would take effect on January first.
But Council member Linda Wyatt argued it was an empty gesture that will
save the average citizen very little, and take more than 175- thousand dollars
away from important programs.
IN Q=I just cannot
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I JUST CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE VOTE FOR
THAT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE TAKING ONCE CENT. WHAT'S THAT GOING TO MEAN TO THE
AVERAGE CITIZEN IN THIS TOWN, 50 CENTS A MONTH ON THEIR TAX.))
((BILL WHITE/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I THINK A ONE CENT DECREASE OVER TWO FISCAL
YEARS IS ACHIEVABLE, AND IT GIVES OUR CITIZENS SOMETHING TO HANG THEIR HATS
SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :00
SUPER=01-Bill White/Roanoke City Council; :11
OUT Q=hang their hats on.
Council also heard from the family that hopes to keep its pot- bellied pig
as a household pet.
Pat Earls asked city council to amend the ordinance prohibiting swine within
city limits... but council did not take any action on her request.
There's a new weapon for victims of stalkers and domestic violence in Wythe
and Smyth counties.
3-60 Communications donated five cellular phones to both sheriff's
departments, and five to the Family Resource Center in Wytheville.
The agencies will distribute the phones to victims considered to be at high
risk for attack.
The phones may not receive calls.
They're programmed only to call authorities in an emergency.
Before they leave for the summer, some Virginia Military Institute cadets
are trying to make improvements in their community.
In all, there were 14 projects in and around Lexington... like this one at
the Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista.
Here, a dozen cadets planted about 70 trees.
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((WILL MARTIN/VMI CADET: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT. WE'RE YOUNG COLLEGE STUDENTS
AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY TO SEE US. FOR US TO SET THE EXAMPLE. NOT
ONLY FOR THE COMMUNITY, BUT FOR THOSE KIDS BELOW US. IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET OUT
AND IMPROVE THE AREA FOR WHICH WE LIVE. ))
SUPER=01-Will Martin/VMI Cadet;
OUT Q=which we live
350 cadets took time out from their studies in order to participate
The defending world champion Chicago Bulls wrapped home the home court
advantage throughout the playoffs last night with a 128-to-102 win over the
It's the Bulls 66th win of the year and assures them of the best record in
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Sixers vs. Bulls;
And the Sixers put on a real fight last night. Look at the heavy defense on
Next time they just put it up and Pippen dropped it in.
But here's the shot of the night. SUPER=32-Philadelphia/102/Chicago/128;
Time is running out in the third. Pippen to Jordan to the hoops.
128-To-102 the Bulls.
The baseball season is finally upon us and the Salem Avalanche is still
looking for its first win.
The team took on the Wilmington Blue Rocks last night.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
Salem drew over 12 and a half thousand fans to the park over the weekend,
but just a little more 12 hundred showed up last night.
Salem fell behind 5-to-1 before rallying in the bottom of the ninth with 2
But they would get no closer than 5-to-3 on Garrett Neubart's slide. That's
the final as the SUPER=37-Wilmington/5/Salem/3/Avalanche Now 0-and-4;
Avalanche falls to 0-and-4 on the season.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/Orioles vs. Royals; :00
In Kansas City the Royals retired the uniform numbers of three greats
yesterday honoring George Brett,the late Dick Howser and Frank White.
The Royals would beat the Orioles 6-to-5 thanks to former Salem Buc Jeff
He had an R-B-I double in the first inning, a homerun in the 8th and a
sacrifice fly to win the game in the ninth.
K-C tops the O's 6-to-5.
And the Virginia Tech Hokies have a national champion on campus.
SUPER=04-1996 Football Season; :00
The Hokiebird has won its second straight national mascot championship.
This past weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Hokiebird, alias Todd
Maroldo, was named the top sports mascot in the country - taking first place at
the National cheerleading Association competition.
One of his top challengers was Little Red from the University of Nebraska.
Now I warn you this video of Lil' Red is graphic.
The worst part is that that thing beat the J-M-U Duke Dog from second place.
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Rock legend Elton John has always been known for his lavish wardrobe and
multi- colored sunglasses.
But when he arrived for his 50th birthday party on Sunday, the "Pinball
Wizard" had outdone himself.
Elton John made a grand entrance-- wearing a long, curly wig and outrageous
It took an entire entourage just to help carry the garb.
But he was NOT the only one all decked out--
Party guests made the bash look like a cross between the Academy Awards
and a masquerade ball.
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