Coming up on News 7-
A fatal train accident - An NS train hits two people walking on the tracks.
Remember the man in a coma who suddenly started speaking last year. Gary
Dockery died today.
Plus Andrew Freiden joins us from the Roanoke Post office- a busy place on
this TAXING night
News 7 is next.
A train accident tonight in (Al-tavista) Altavista-
kills two young men.
A Norfolk Southern Train going southbound apparently hit the two as they
walked on the tracks.
Remember the man who suddenly started talking after being in a coma for
years? Gary Dockery died today. He was 43.
And it's tax time- Several Post office branches are open until midnight in
case you haven't filed yet.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A train accident in (Al-ta-vista) Altavista tonight- leaves two teenagers
It was just before six police got the call- Two people were crossing the
railroad tracks when they were hit by a southbound Norfolk Southern train.
IN Q=It turned out
((SGT. JERRY ROWLAND/ALTAVISTA POLICE: IT TURNED OUT THAT IT WAS PROBABLY A
QUARTER OF A MILE NORTH OF WHERE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS. WHEN WE FINALLY DID
LOCATE THE BODIES, IT WAS INDEED TWO BODIES RATHER THAN ONE.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Jerry Rowland/Altavista Police; :00
OUT Q=rather than one.
Police say the victims are 17 year old Richard Thomas Lancaster from Lynch
Station and 18 year old Kevin T. Childress from Hurt.
Police say the railroad tracks are frequently used by pedestrians looking
for a shortcut to the downtown area.
Police say one train had already passed and police think the teens did not
see that a second train was coming.
Autopsies are being done on both victims. An investigation into the
accident is continuing.
A teenager suffered serious injuries in Montgomery County today after the car
he was riding in went over an embankment.
16-year old Michael (Vri-zen-dine) Vrizendine was riding in a car driven by
18-year old Bobby Dwayne Davis.
Police say the teens were driving about 70 miles an hour on Dun Hill Road
when the driver lost control of the car.
IN Q=He laid down
((J.D. DIAMOND/STATE TROOPER: HE LAID DOWN THE SKID MARKS RIGHT HERE, AND WENT
OVER INTO THE BANK AND WENT HEADFIRST INTO THE GROUND, STARTED TO ROLL AND THE
PASSENGER, WHO DIDN'T HAVE HIS SEATBELT ON, WAS PARTLY EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE
AND THE VEHICLE ROLLED OVER ON TOP OF HIM.))
SUPER=01-J.D. Diamond/State Trooper
OUT Q=top of him.
Vrizendine was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he is in stable
Davis was treated at Montgomery Regional Hospital for minor injuries and
Police have charged Davis with reckless driving.
A religious pilgramage turned into terror in Saudi Arabia-
SUPER=03-Mina, Saudi Arabia;
Fire broke out in a tent city where Muslim pilgrams assembled-
181 people are reported dead, MORE are feared dead, and 800 others are
One witness says many were trampled- when people panicked and ran from the
The tents belonged to Muslim pilgrims who had assembled for a sacred
FBI agents made serious mistakes at the FBI crime lab- mistakes in several
Byron Pitts on a Justice Department report released today.
SUPER=01-Michael Bromwich/Justice Dept. Inspector General; 22
SUPER=01-Byron Pitts/CBS News; 40
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."
((An 18-month investigation of work done here at the FBI crime lab in
Washington shows the agency made mistakes in major cases from Oklahoma
City, the World Trade Center Bombing in New York to the
UNIBOMBER investigation and suspect Ted Kaczynski.
Mistakes made over 10-years spelled out in this 500-page report
released by the Justice Department.
MICHAEL BROMWICH/JUSTICE DEPT. INSPECTOR GENERAL: SCIENTIFICLY FLAWED
TESTIMONY, INACCURATE TESTIMONY. TESTIMY BEYOND THE LAB
The report recommended censure, transfer or other discipline for
five FBI agents. But made it clear none of them committed perjury or
BYRON PITTS/CBS NEWS: Both the FBI and US Attorneys have said mistakes at the
agency's crime lab will likely have little impact on many if any of their
cases. A claim that will surely be tested in Denver when Timothy
McVeigh goes on trial for his life.
Byron Pitts, CBS NEWS, Washington.))
The town of Brookneal and Campbell County are reeling tonight from news that
a major employer apparently is closing its doors, putting 325 people out of
Workers at Thomasville Furniture in Brookneal say they were told this
afternoon the factory is shutting down sometime in June.
Company officials would "not" comment on the report.. an official statement
is expected tomorrow.
Sources tell News7 the closing was prompted by a decrease in demand for
furniture the Brookneal plant makes.
It will soon be too late to file you federal income taxes without penalty.
Less than one hour until the midnight deadline.
But there are still plenty of people pouring into area post offices at this
Double Boxes=Jean/Andrew Microwave
We sent Andrew Frieden to Roanoke's Main Post Office to check in with the last
Rollcue: A mad dash for the main lobby.
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SUPER=07-Bill Jenkins; :54
SUPER=01-Charlie Matherly/Postal Worker;1:10
OUT Q=doing all right.
((Q&A: Andrew, tonight is the deadline for federal taxes. When is the deadline
for state taxes?))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, the former police officer who came out of a coma,
and we'll tell you why the city of Richmond is changing its mind about a
controversial rock band.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Remember the man who suddenly spoke last year after being in a coma for
Today Gary Dockery died.
Dockery was a policeman shot in the head in 1988-
He made headlines last year when he suddenly started talking- recognized
old friends, and told his sons how much he loved them.
But after several hours Dockery lost the ability to talk. He was more alert
though than before- and able to operate a motorized wheel chair.
Doctors did testing to figure out why Dockery started talking but they are
still unsure what happened.
Dockery died at a nursing home today. He was 43.
A young man who insisted he was a victim of sexual discrimination has lost
his case in Roanoke's federal court.
Greg Holdren was one of nine people hired by Transkrit in late 1993. Eight
of the nine were men.
Holdren got fired after nine months on the job, because he wasn't keeping
up with production quotas. Sheila Janney's performance was worse than his, so
he claimed he was discharged because of his sex.
"The undisputed evidence shows," Judge Jackson Kiser ruled, "that Holdren
was fired when he remained unable to perform his job properly after many
chances for improvement."
The judge found no discrimination.
A difference in philosophy led to the firing today of the man who's headed
up the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for two decades.
Gordon Davies' contract expires in June and will NOT be renewed.
He's widely credited for giving Virginia colleges a higher national stature.
But he's had strained relations with Governor Allen's appointees to the
council. They engineered a seven-to-three vote today to end his contract.
Davies attributed his dismissal to what he called: "a difference in
perception on how you do this job."
Davies had resisted continued cutbacks and money-saving plans the Allen
administration has pushed for state colleges.
Rupert Cutler says it's a new ball game.
After six years with Virginia's Explore Park, he's moved on to a new
challenge, protecting the scenic views and open space of western Virginia.
Cutler left Explore on March first.
He's now organizing the Western Virginia land trust.
The group is working with private landowners to draft voluntary
IN Q=The purpose of the
((RUPERT CUTLER/WESTERN VA. LAND TRUST: THE PURPOSE OF THE WESTERN VIRGINIA
LAND TRUST IS TO SAVE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE TREASURE SO DEARLY IN THE
ROANOKE VALLEY AND WESTERN VIRGINIA, RANGING FROM THE UNDEVELOPED RIDGE LINES
AND MOUNTAINSIDES TO ROANOKE RIVER, PLACES FOR GREENWAYS AND HISTORIC SITES WE
TREASURE SO MUCH.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Western Va. Land Trust;
OUT Q=we treasure so much.
Meanwhile, the search for Cutler's successor at Explore stalled after a
committee narrowed the field to five candidates.
But Roanoke County employee Gardner Smith is filling in as interim
director, while officials call in an executive search firm to come up with a
new list of prospects.
A strong local economy means Lynchburg residents will NOT have to pay more
in local taxes this year.
Officials today unveiled the city's 103-million dollar budget for the next
City leaders expect to take in close to four million dollars in unexpected
revenue... which means real estate and property tax rates will stay the same.
IN Q=This is what
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THIS IS WHAT I CALL A HAPPY BUDGET.
THIS IS NOT A BUDGET TO BE LONG- FACED ABOUT. THIS IS A BUDGET THAT WE SHOULD
ALL BE HAPPY ABOU AND THE CITIZENS OF LYNCHBURG SHOULD BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO
GET MORE FOR THEIR DOLLAR.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=for their dollar.
The budget includes a four percent pay raise for all city employees.
Police and fire department workers may get more as the city tries to bring
their salaries closer to the state average.
Supporters of more soccer fields in Lynchburg may make the most noise, but a
study says the city needs to address ALL of its recreational shortfalls
City council has been considering whether to spend more than one million
dollars in unused flood relief money on recreational programs.
Consultants told council today that money could improve handicapped access,
renovate community centers AND build a new soccer field.
IN Q=The study indicated
((MARK GIONET/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: THE STUDY INDICATED THAT RECREATION.. IN
ALL THOSE AREAS.))
SUPER=01-Mark Gionet/Landscape Architect; :00
OUT Q=all those areas.
The study also recommends the city consider a scaled-down version of the
proposed sports complex.
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later, actor Chistopher Reeve becomes a star,
and some McDonald's patrons are going to be UNHAPPY about their happy meals.
MUSIC UP FULL
Richmond officials are pulling the welcome mat out from under a
controversial rock band.
The city is trying to get out of a contract with shock group Marilyn Manson.
The band was booked to perform at the Richmond Coliseum on May 10th, but
that was before the city heard the band's reputation.
Critics of Marilyn Manson say the five-member band combines a
vulgar stage act with a message of satanic worship.
One of its songs is called "Diary of a Dope Fiend."
McDonald's is running out of beans.
VO-NAT 10:25:20 CBS Feed
But its not the kind you eat, its the kind you play with.
They're Teenie Beanie Babies and they're the hottest toys out there.
The restaurant chain is offering the colorful miniature beanbag animals with
its Happy Meals.
The offer was supposed to last five weeks, but now just five DAYS in the
promotion many restaurants are running out.
The company thought it was ready for the rush. It ordered nearly one
hundred MILLION Teenie Beanies.
But some customers have been buying Happy Meals by the caseload. So
McDonald's has reccommended its restaurants limit the sale of the Meals to ten
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SUPER=332-Clear & Chilly/Light Winds/32-34/Partly Cloudy/Winds SW-15/64-68;
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SUPER=334-Clear & Chilly/Light Winds/32-34/Partly Cloudy/Rain Late/60-64;
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Geoff Bodine, the driver of the QVC Ford spent most of Sunday's Cup race in
Bristol swapping paint with Jimmy Spencer in the Smokin Joe's machine.
NASCAR fined Bodine $10 thousand bucks yesterday for his on-track actions but
mostly for his off the track comments that included a good bit of profanity.
As of now Spencer has not been fined.
Fifty years ago last night Jackie Robinson changed baseball forever when he
played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first black man play in the
Last night at the midway point of the Dodgers-Mets game in New York he was
honored by the President, his widow Rachel and thousands at Shea Stadium
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Rachel Robinson/Jackie's Widow; :27
OUT Q=...THANK YOU."
Commissioner Bud Selig also retired his number 42 throughout the major
The Chicago Cubs and Rockies also had Jackie Robinson on their minds today as
they played at Wrigley field.
SUPER=03-Chicago/Rockies vs. Cubs;:00
A flag with his initials was blowing in center field.
At the same time the Rockies Larry walker was blowing away the Cubs.
The major league leader in homeruns hit not one , but two dingers today.
This one in the top of the first put the Rockies in front 2-to-nothing, as
Eric Young scores in front of him.
He now has 9 on the year.
Three other Rockies also homered including Dante Bichette as the Rockies
SUPER=35-Colorado/10/Chicago/7/Cubs Now 0-and-11;
keep the Cubs winless on the season with the 10-to-7 victory at Wrigley Field.
At 0-and-11, the Cubs are off to the worst start in National League history.
The Radford women's softball team improved to 24-and-26 on the season
yesterday after taking two from the Hokies.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Radford vs. Va. Tech; :00
The Lady Hokies came into the doubleheader with a 18-and-23 record.
We pick it up in the third with tech down 5-to-nothing, but on the move.
This three run homer by MIchelle Meadows over the left field fence makes it a
But the Lady Highlanders would match that outburst and then some in the
fourth, as they unload for 6 runs. Chasity Chronick rips the double to left
and plating one of those.
Then Laurie Riley singles up the middle scoring two runs and the Lady
Highlanders win game one of the doubleheader 13-to-9.
Radford won game two of the doubleheader 3-to-0.
The Roanoke Valley Sports club was held its monthly meeting at the Roanoke
Civic Center exhibit hall last night.
And the guest speaker was PGA touring pro Chip Sullivan.
Chip and his wife Kari are back in the valley for a few days before Chip
rejoins the tour next week at Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
So far this year Chip has played in nine Tour events.
He plans to play in at least 30 PGA tournaments before the end of 1997.
This afternoon in Blacksburg the Tech women's program welcomed back an old
friend to lead the Lady Hokies into the next century.
And Steve Mason says Bonnie Henrickson is ready for the challenge.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/New Va. Tech Women's Coach; :13
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :40
SUPER=01-Lynette Nolley/Va. Tech Rising Senior Forward; :52
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Still to come tonight, a well deserved honor for the Tiger,
and if you plan on watching the Panthers play at Ericsson stadium this season
it is going to cost you.
That story right after this.
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS
Nothing is more precious to a parent than a child.
And no one proved that point any more today that hall of fame basketball
basketball great Oscar Robertson.
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The Big "O" has spent the past five days recuperating in a Cincinnati
hospital after donating one of his kidneys to his 32 year old daughter Tia
Robertson who is 58 broke down with tears of joy this afternoon as he
announced that his daughter is Doing fine and will likely come home later this
If you're planning to go see the Carolina Panthers in action later this Fall,
you better get ready to dig a little deeper in your wallet.
SUPER=03-Charlotte/Last Season; :00
Yesterday team officials announced that they are raising the prices on
single-game tickets by 30 percent.
The price for an upper deck seat in Ericsson Stadium will jump from $26 to
$35 dollars, and the lower seats in the 72 thousand seat arena will increase 10
dollars to $45 bucks a piece.
And finally, Sunday he won the Masters, Monday he opened an All Star cafe in
And Tuesday he was given the honor of gracing the cover of this week's Sports
Tiger Woods the 21 year golfing great is the youngest player ever to win the
Christopher Reeve hopes to one day walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His star was unveiled today.
With his wife and son by his side- Reeve talked about finding a cure for
spinal cord injury-
((CHRISTOPHER REEVE/ACTOR: IF WE KEEP GIVING OUR SCIENTISTS THE FUNDING THEY
NEED TO DO THE RESEARCH VERY SOON I WILL TAKE MY FAMILY BY THE HAND AND I WILL
STAND HERE IN FRONT OF THE STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.))
OUT Q=walk of fame."