Coming up next on News 7 at ll...
A Northwest Roanoke woman is shot in the chest, but manages to call 911 and
tell police who did it.
A fight over the ten commandments filled the courthouse square in
And a College professor is accused of molesting a Honduran boy he befriended
over the internet.
News 7 at 11 is next.
A Roanoke man is accused of shooting his wife.
It happened around nine-30 tonight on Pittsfield Avenue in northwest
Details are still sketchy, but police say John Sharefield shot his wife in
She then called 9-1-1, telling dispatchers she had been shot and that
Sharefield was still in the house.
The victim was taken to the hospital--her injuries do not appear
Lynchburg Police are investigating two shootings today at Greenfield
Investigators say Cleve Jones of Appomattox was shot in the back as he tried
to drive away from an apparent drug deal.
Bobby Lockett of Red House, Virginia, was also injured in the shooting.
Both were treated and released from Lynchburg General Hospital.
About 12 hours later police were called back to the same apartment complex.
They found 20-year-old Kendric Thomas of Lynchburg with a gunshot wound to
He had apparently been arguing with another man over money.
Thomas is in stable condition at L-G-H.
No suspects have been arrested in either shooting.
Thousands of demonstrators surrounded the Montgomery, Alabama courthouse
They came to support a judge who is under fire for displaying the ten
commandments in his courtroom.
An Alabama court says Judge Roy Moore's hand carved plaqe promotes religion
in a government setting, and is unconstitutional.
25 thousand people turned out to day to say that decision is wrong.
Judge Moore has appealed the court's ruling, and the Alabama House of
Representatives has passed a resolution supporting Moore's position.
GRAPHIC=Pope John Paul
Pope John Paul the second's historic visit to Bosnia almost had a
Shortly before the pope arrived, police found a pile of landmines hidden
under a bridge on the route from the airport to the Sarajevo.
After that was taken care of, the pope drove through the streets of the city
to a service at the Heart of Jesus Cathedral.
During the welcoming ceremony the Pope called for a spiritual rebuilding in
Bosnia, saying "Never again war... Never again hatred and intolerance."
A Florida Atlantic University professor was arrested for smuggling a
Honduran boy into the U.S., and sexually abusing him for four years.
Customs agents say 58 year old Marvin Hersch befriended the 13 year old
boy's family over the internet, and convinced them to send him to America.
SUPER=03-West Palm Beach, FL;
Agents confiscated evidence from his home which, they say, supports
allegations that Hersch is a pedophile.
They say they're really not sure how widespread this kind of crime is.
IN Q=as we gain
((VINCE IGLIO/U.S. CUSTOMS AGENT; AS WE GAIN MORE EXPERIENCE MAYBE AND LIFT THE
VEIL OF SECRECY A LITTLE MORE, WE'LL BEGIN TO UNCONVER MORE OF THIS. IT'S A
DIFFICULT TYPE OF CRIME TO INVESTIGATE, SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE SECRECY THAT'S
INHERENT IN THIS TYPE OF VIOLATION.))
SUPER=01-Vince Iglio/U.S. Customs Agent;
OUT Q=type of violation
Hersch is in the Palm Beach County jail.
The boy, now 17 years old, is in state custody.
In Texas, hundreds of people are looking for a missing 12 year old girl.
Laura Smither dissappeared while jogging more than a week ago.
As the search continued today, the marines landed...
Dan Raviv has more.
IN Q=600 U.S. Marines
SUPER=03-Manvel, TX; :00
SUPER=01-Maj. Milt Wick/Marine Corps Reserve; :22
SUPER=03-Friendswood, TX; :38(quick)
SUPER=01-Gay Smither/Laura's Mother; 1:05
SUPER=01-Bob Smither/Laura's Father; 1:16 (quick)
SUPER=01-Dan Raviv/Reporting; 1:24
OUT Q=Friendswood, Texas.
(( 600 U-S Marines joined the search for Laura Smither.
9 days after she disappeared, they checked all-around ...
over... and through the brush, the thorns, and the swamp ...
near her house. The 12-year-old had gone-out, for a short jog.
SOT--MAJ. MILT WICK, MARINE CORPS RESERVE: "WE'RE LOOKING FOR A SCRAP OF
CLOTHING. I GUESS THE WORST CASE IS
WE FIND THE LITTLE GIRL'S BODY."
These are reservists who had some wilderness-search training
scheduled this weekend ... anyway.
"THEY WERE PRETTY PUMPED BY THE IDEA THAT WE'RE OUT HERE HELPING
Police-dogs have followed Laura's scent...but it suddenly
stops near this soccer field. As though a car picked her up.
No one can imagine that Laura ran-away from home.
She had a passion in her life: ambition and talent that got her
into the Houston Ballet Academy. That's Laura, in front.
By all accounts, she got-along with her parents. The step-
mother, who raised her since she was 1 year old... lately had
been home-schooling Laura...
SOT--GAY SMITHER, LAURA's MOTHER)
"WE ARE GOING TO FIND HER. AND WE HOLD STRONG TO THAT."
And the father...who appealed on TV...to the
public...and to an unseen kidnaper:
SOT--BOB SMITHER, LAURA's FATHER)
"TO THE PERSON WHO'S DONE THIS: PLEASE TURN HER LOOSE."
DAN RAVIV, CBS NEWS:
WHEN A GIRL VANISHES, A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THE WORST -- BUT
DON'T WANT TO. FAR BETTER TO DO SOMETHING. FRIENDSWOOD COPED
WITH FEAR BY LAUNCHING A HUGE SEARCH.
"BOB'S ONE TEAM LEADER, AND I'M A TEAM LEADER!"
Signs all-over town plead for information.
And hundreds of townspeople plod through the mud and the brush,
for clues ... or worse. There's the occasional false alarm...
SOT--"THEY SAID DON'T DISTURB ANYTHING."
Just barbecue remnants.
In a town called Friendswood , you don't have to be
friends...with the Smither family to offer your help.
You just have to be SOMEONE's parent ... or child. Dan Raviv, CBS News,
Attorney General Jim Gilmore is trying to end an alleged conflict of
Gilmore says he has placed
his tobacco holdings in a blind trust and will leave them there
throughout his term if his bid for governor is successful.
Republican Gilmore's holdings in Philip Morris Company stock have made him an
easy target for Democrats.
Last month, he flew to New York for a fund-raiser at which Philip Morris
raised 50-thousand dollars for his campaign.
Democrats say the trust doesn't change the fact Gilmore still has a conflict
of interest by owning the stock while deciding state stances on
Gilmore says his rulings on tobacco matters have been made
on behalf of farmers and others who work in tobacco, the state's
largest cash crop.
Today's rain was not enough to put the skids on a Roanoke Valley cleanup
Organizers feared soggy weather might slow down the final Tire Amnesty Day.
But nearly 15-thousand tires were dropped off today at designated sites,
raising the two day total to nearly 25-thousand.
Officials originally expected about 10-thousand tires over the two day
Residents of Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Vinton were able to retire up
to 25 tires without charge.
The event was organized by the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority and paid
for by the state.
Officials say they hope to do it again sometime in the future.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, some scary moments as a small plane runs
into trouble while landing at the Lynchburg Regional Airport.
Meanwhile, the Air Force is employing some high-tech hardware in the search for
a missing jet in Colorado.
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-0.95''/minus 0.28''/8.36''/minus 1.91'';
SUPER=83-Down 1.23 feet/Down 1.46 feet;Lake levels
The Air Force is using two U-2 spy planes in the search for a missing plane
The search is now focused on a 476-square- mile area southwest of Vail,
The u-2's will use infra-red technology to take pictures of the area.
Ground crews are using snowmobiles to search the rugged terrain but storms
and white-out conditions have made it slow going.
The A-10 Thunderbolt disappeared on April 2, when Captain Craig Button broke
formation during an exercise over Arizona.
He flew the plane northward until it disappeared in the Rocky Mountains.
A Lynchburg man and his two passengers were not injured in a rough noontime
landing at Lynchburg Regional Airport today.
After a three and a half hour flight from Winter Haven, Florida pilot
Holcomb Hughes Senior was attempting to put down his single engine plane when
the landing gear malfunctioned.
The plane, a 19-57 Beech Bonanza, skidded one thousand feet on the runway.
Hughes and his passengers, Ashby Sydnor and Grace Sydnor of Lynchburg,
were not injured.
The plane sustained between five and 15 thousand dollars in damage.
School and PTA officials in Roanoke County want the state to delay new
According to published reports, PTA president Barbara Creasy says the
requirements, and new accreditation standards, could undermine local control of
The new standards would require high school students to take more math,
science, and history courses.
Creasy says that could increase education costs, and reduce a student's
opportunities to take art, music, and vocational education courses.
The county school board agrees with Creasy, saying the changes shouldn't be
The state school board will vote on the new standards next month.
Marching to the beat of many drummers---
That was the case at the First Annual Roanoke Valley Drum Show, held at the
Salem Civic Center.
Vendors displayed vintage, custom and modern drums for percussion
enthusiasts to try out or buy.
The special guest of the event was William Ludwig Junior, whose father
founded the Ludwig Drum Company.
Ludwig travels the world telling the history of percussion at drum shows.
IN Q=THERE'S NOTHING THAT
((WILLIAM LUDWIG, JR/LUDWIG DRUM CO.: THERE'S NOTHING THAT TRAVELS FURTHER
THAN A DRUM. THE HUMAN VOICE SIMPLY CAN'T SHOUT CHARGE OR ATTACK OR RETREAT OF
LEFT FLANK MARCH OR RIGHT FLANK MARCH, BUT A DRUM SIGNAL PASSED DOWN THE LINE
FOR A MILE WILL TURN AN ENTIRE ARMY IN A NEW DIRECTION.))
SUPER=01-William Ludwig, Jr./Ludwig Drum Co.;
OUT Q=IN A NEW DIRECTION
IN Q=nat sot drumming
Organizers hope to make the Roanoke Valley Drum Show an annual event.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on the newscast,
losing weight and keeping it off is on the top of the agenda for a state
convention in our area,
and rain didn't dampen the spirits of visitors to Washington D.C.'s Cherry
MUSIC UP FULL
Many people know the battle of the bulge is a tough one.
But members of the group TOPS, or Take Off Pounds Sensibly, believe they
have found the answer.
Some can't believe the difference losing weight has made.
IN Q=I was taking
((PAUL WARE/TOPS MEMBER: I WAS TAKING AROUND 17 PILLS A DAY, HEART PILLS, BLOOD
PRESSURE PILLS AND MY WEIGHT LOSS HAS DROPPED IT OFF TO LIKE THREE PILLS A DAY.
BEFORE, I WAS OUT OF WORK APPROXIMATELY 16 MONTHS. I COULD NOT WORK. THE DOCTOR
PUT ME OUT OF WORK. THIS COMING LABOR DAY. I'VE BEEN BACK AT WORK TWO YEARS AND
MY HEALTH HAS BEEN GREAT.))
SUPER=01-Paul Ware/TOPS Member;
OUT Q=health has been great.
Yorktown resident Paul Ware lost 69 pounds in a year.
This weekend he is in the Roanoke Valley along with 800 other TOPS members
for a two- day state convention.
Members say the group has given the support and motivation to lose weight
and keep it off.
IN Q=It takes the desire to lose
((MILDRED MATTER/STATE COORDINATOR: IT TAKES THE DESIRE TO LOSE WEIGHT MORE
THAN ANYTHING ELSE. YOU'VE GOT TO WANT TO LOSE THAT WEIGHT MORE THAN YOU WANT
ANYTHING ELSE, MORE THAN YOU WANT A CANDY BAR, MORE THAN YOU WANT A PIECE OF
((JUDY OLIVER/AREA CAPTAIN: JUST KNOWING THAT WE HAVE GROUPS MEETING EACH WEEK,
KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE TO FACE THOSE SCALES EACH WEEK, YOU KNOW THAT YOU'RE
GOING TO STICK TO YOUR DIET.))
SUPER=01-Mildred Matter/State Coordinator; :00
SUPER=01-Judy Oliver/Area Captain; :13
OUT Q=stick to your diet.
TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support group with more than 11- thousand
You can reach the group by calling 1- 800- 932- 8677.
SUPER=330-Rain Possible/Before Midnight/45-50/Partly Sunny/Breezy/65-69;
SUPER=331-Rain Possible/Before Midnight/45-50/Partly Sunny/Breezy/67-72;
SUPER=333-Cloudy/Rain Possible/43-47/Partly Cloudy/Breezy/58-62;
SUPER=334-Cloudy/Shower Possible/40-45/Cloudy/Showers Possible/48-52;
Tiger Woods set a record for the largest lead through three rounds at the
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA; :
Veteran Tom Kite a man you haven't heard much of lately made a move today
Kite knocks down this birdie putt at the 15-th hole to go three under par.
Kite shot 66 to finish at 4 under par.
But all eyes on the course were again on Tiger.
And you can see why. Woods has dominated the par 5 holes all week long at
Augusta. At the 8-th hole Woods was putting for eagle again and the shot just
comes up a little short. Tiger birdied the hole and parred 9 to shoot a 32 on
the front and go to 12 under par.
With shots like this one at the 18-th green Woods followed yesterday's 66
with a 7 under par 65 today. His 15 under par total is 9 shots ahead of
Constantino Rocca who finished at 6 under par after shooting a 70.
IN Q="I know
((TIGER WOODS/LEADS MASTERS AFTER THREE ROUNDS: ))
SUPER=01-Tiger Woods/Leads Masters After Three Rounds; :
OUT Q=......DO IT AGAIN.
Paul Stankowski is third at 5 under par and Tom Watson is tied with Kite
at 4 under par.
A four run 10-th inning lifted Seattle to a 5 to 1 win over the Boston Red
Sox this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/KIRO; :
Red Sox fans wearing the new White Red Sox caps.
In the top of the third Alex Rodriguez hits this R-B-I double off the green
monster in left field a run scores and the game was tied at one to one.
Seattle's Jeff Fassero strikes out Tim Naehring for the 20-th batter
retired in a row he allowed 2 hits and four base runners in nine.
Seattle scored the go ahead run SUPER=35-Seattle/5/Boston/1/;when Red Sox
Pitcher Jim Corsi throws wildly to third after a bunt that allowed a run to
score and the Mariners win it 5 to 1 in 10.
The Chicago Cubs lost their ninth straight game this afternoon. Atlanta
getting the 2 to 1 win in Chicago.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/WGN; :
The grounds crew removing the tarp from the field at Wrigley.
Chicago trailed 1 to nothing until the bottom of the sixth. Ryne Sandberg
hits this R-B-I single to right field scoring a run to tie the game at 1 to 1.
But Atlanta rallied in the top of SUPER=35-Atlanta/2/Chicago/1/;the ninth
Jeff Blauser strokes this single to centerfield scoring a run and the Braves
hold on to win the game 2 to 1.
The Houston Astros won their first game in St. Louis since the 1995 season
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/KTXH; :
Former Ferrum College pitcher Billy Wagner struck out four and picked up
his fourth save as the Astros beat the Cardinals 7 to 3.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0093-/Salem///Frederick///PPD RAIN//Prince William/4/j/Lynchburg/5///;
SUPER=0091-/Oakland///New York///PPD RAIN//Anaheim///Cleveland///PPD RAIN/;
SUPER=0091-/Texas///Baltimore///PPD RAIN//Toronto///Milwaukee///PPD SNOW/;
SUPER=0092-/Florida/1/j/Cincinnati/2////San Francisco///New York///PPD RAIN/;
SUPER=0092-/Montreal/8/j/Colorado/12////San Diego///Philadelphia///PPD RAIN/;
SUPER=0092-/Los Angeles///Pittsburgh///PPD RAIN/;
SUPER=0103-/Buffalo/0/j/Ottawa/1////Philadelphia/3//Montreal/3//Tie In OT/;
SUPER=0103-/San Jose/1/j/Los Angeles/4//One Late Game/;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Jeff Burton wins the Busch race at Bristol and the field is
set for tomorrows Winston Cup Food City's 500.
And Steve Mason will check in from Virginia's spring football game this
afternoon in Charlottesville.
The Rivers Edge Sports Complex was the site of the Star City Classic
Lacrosse match between Radford and V-M-I.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Keydets vs Highlanders; :
The Keydets entered the Classic having defeated the highlanders nine
But Radford got the jump in this one Midfielder Scott Dennis passes to Dave
Benes who shoots from his knees and scores to give the Highlanders a 1 to
Then 5 minutes later Radford's Corey Fenly finds Benes in th same place and
he scores again to give the Highlanders a 2 to nothing lead.
V-M-I staged a come back. Junior Midfielder Andrew Rogers takes it in
unassisted for the score to make it 2 to 1 Radford in the first half.
Then moments later former Lexington SUPER=34-Radford/12/VMI/8/;High
player Rob Worrell takes it in unassisted for the score but Radford wins it 12
Rainy conditions greeted The Virginia football team as the Cavaliers played
their spring football game at Scott Stadium today.
The White team beat the Blue. Steve Mason has more from Charlottesville.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Germane Crowell/UVa Wide Receiver; :30
SUPER=34-White Team/27/Blue Team/21; :42
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Strong Safety; 1:06
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
((Water poured into the draining system at David A Harrison Field as the
skies opened up for the close of Virginia's spring football season. The number
of Wahoo die hards was down this year due to the weather, but those in
attendance did witness a good show.
Despite the absence of veteran receiver Brian Owen, who sat out the game
with an injured hamstring; the UVa offense showed signs of improvement. Aaron
brooks; the air apparent to the starters throne, threw for 73 yards in the
((GERMANE CROWELL/UVA WIDE RECEIVER:))
The white team or defensive unit, led 4-nothing until this field goal
by Rafael Garcia's replacement Whitney Magers to close the gap to 4-3 in the
In the second quarter; back up quarterback David Rivers hand off to Kirby
Mack went for a touchdown, but the blue offense could not stop the defense.
Tony Dingle waltzes in to sack Brooks and the White goes on to beat the
White 27-21 in a solid effort from a somewhat young defense.
Six days after his first Winston cup Victory, Jeff Burton won the Busch
Grand National Moore's Snack 250 at Bristol.
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/ESPN; :
The number one car was involved in a fiery crash with four laps to go
bringing out the caution.
Burton lead three times for 139 of the 250 laps and he led the final 38
taking the checkered flag under caution.
Burton collect 31-thousand dollars for the win.
The Winston Cup Cars hit the track Tomorrow for the Food City 500.
The seventh race of the cup season is sold out and Bristol owner Bruton
Smith is expanding seat capacity from 118 thousand to 130 for the August
Goody's Headache Powder 500.
((BRUTON SMITH/BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Bruton Smith/Bristol Motor Speedway Owner; :00
OUT Q=...of what we see"
Smith has also asked his construction crew to add 30 new VIP suites.
OUT Q=.....a little quicker"
Today's final round of Winston Cup qualifying was cancelled by rain.
So the final positions were determined by how the drivers did in the first
round and some had to take provisional positions.
Here's the final 18 positions.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. John Andretti/121.228/27. David Green//28. Mike Skinner//29.
Dale Earnhardt//30. Ed Berrier//;
SUPER=0107-31. Lake Speed//32. Jeremy Mayfield//33. Johnny Benson//34. Bobby
Hamilton//35. Ward Burton//;
SUPER=0107-36. Derrike Cope//37. Gary Bradberry//38. Ernie Irvan//39. Michael
Waltrip/Provisional/40. Jack Sprague/Provisional/;
SUPER=0107-41. Morgan Shepherd/Provisional/42. Dave Marcis/Provisional/43.
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Organizers of Washington D.C.'s Cherry Blossom festival were determined not
to let Mother Nature rain on their parade.
It did rain on the annual parade, though.
But that failed to dampen the spirits of spectators.
The cherry trees also had to put up with the soggy weather.
They bloomed on time, but since then they've faced high winds and heavy
rains which knocked off blossoms.
The festival draws thousands of visitors every year.
The trees were given as a gift of friendship by the Mayor of Tokyo, Japan