IN Q=tonight on
(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THIS TELLS ME...MILITARY AIRCRAFT.
THE AIR FORCE CONFIRMS IT FOUND THE WRECKAGE OF A MISSING WARPLANE IN THE
TWO FORMER VIRGINIA TECH FOOTBALL PLAYERS WILL STAND TRIAL FOR RAPE AND
OUT Q=rape and sodomy
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It's WEDNESDAY, April 23rd, our Top Story
IN Q=The charges
((THE CHARGES WERE DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE TODAY. THIS WAS BASED PRIMARILY
ON THE CHILD'S AGE. ))
out=the child's age
An EIGHT- year- old murder suspect no longer faces charges in Pittsylvania
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
After a 45 minute hearing in Pittsylvania County Juvenile Court, a judge
ruled the boy accused of murdering his stepfather is not capable of standing
55-year old Bernard Rosser died from a severe blow to the head in December.
His body was discovered inside his Gretna home after he did not show up for
Even though the charges were dismissed, prosecutors reserve the right to
charge the child AGAIN.
But the boy's attorney says it's doubtful that will happen.
IN Q=That legal
((GLENN BERGER/CHILD'S ATTORNEY: THAT LEGAL POSSIBILITY EXISTS. WHETHER OR NOT
THAT COULD BE DONE OR WOULD BE DONE. THAT'S CERTAINLY IS ANOTHER QUESTION.
THOUGH, THE POSSIBILITY EXISTS, I WOULD NOT EXPECT THAT TO OCCUR. ))
SUPER=01-Glenn Berger/Child's Attorney;
OUT Q=to occur
No one would comment on the boy's future.
For the past few months he's been living with relatives in Maryland.
But now that the case is dismissed, the court loses its authority to
determine where the child lives.
That means it IS possible the boy COULD return to his home in Gretna.
Former Virginia Tech football players James Crawford and Brian Edmonds WILL
stand trial for rape and sodomy.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
A Montgomery County grand jury returned indictments this afternoon against
Their accuser told News-7 she considered both men to be her friends, but
they took advantage of her while she was drunk.
She said the assault took place in Crawford and Edmonds' apartment
following a party.
Crawford withdrew from a lawsuit against the woman earlier this year.
Edmonds also dropped his suit, but his attorney said he planned to refile it
after the N-F-L draft.
GRAPHIC=military plane crash inv.
Two airplane pieces plucked from a snowy Rocky Mountain peak have solved
the mystery of a missing warplane.
SUPER=03-Eagle, CO; :
The Air Force confirms the wreckage came from Captain Craig Button's A-Ten
Thunderbolt, which was last seen three weeks ago over Arizona.
There's no sign of Button.
IN Q=we don't have
((MAJOR GENERAL NELS RUNNING/US AIR FORCE: ))
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Nels Running/US Air Force; :
OUT Q=just have to see.
**Connie on cart**
Two para-rescue teams will resume their search for remains in the morning.
IN Q=YOU CAN BE ASSURED THEY
OUT Q=that is due them.
Button and his twin-engine plane disappeared during a training flight west
Radar data and witness accounts indicate he broke away from his formation
and flew to Colorado, about 800 miles off course.
An EX-boyfriend has been charged with last October's murder of a James
Madison University student and her new boyfriend.
25-year old Ann Margaret Olson was shot in the head.
So was 23-year old Keith O'Connell.
Their bodies were found at O'Connell's Harrisonburg apartment.
Both were JMU students.
They had been dating two months.
Olson's former boyfriend, 1996 JMU graduate Brent Simmons, has been arrested
Simmons' name immediately surfaced last fall as a suspect.
Olson filed assault charges against him in July of last year after he
allegedly threw her down and told O'Connell to "watch his back."
Bill Stump will spend 27 months in prison for firing weapons with illegal
Stump admitted he fired the weapons, when he was part of the Blue Ridge
Last year Judge Jackson Kiser sentenced Stump to a two month term... but a
higher court ruled Kiser could not depart from federal sentencing guidelines.
27 months is the shortest possible sentence under those guidelines.
IN Q=I think the case
((DON WOLTHUIS/U.S. ATTORNEY; I THINK THE CASE WENT THROUGHT THE SYSTEM AS IT
SHOULD. HE HAD HIS DAY IN COURT, HE HAD HIS DAY BEFORE THE 4TH CIRCUT, AND THE
COURT SENTENCE WAS APPROPRIATE UNDER THE RULING OF THE FOURTH CIRCUT. ))
OUT Q=the fourth circut
Stump was immediately taken into custody.
He asked the court for more time on bond to prepare an appeal to the Supreme
The judge denied that request, saying Stump could file his appeal from
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To move or not to move is the question for some residents in the flood
ravaged areas of Minnesota and North Dakota... that story next on NEWS-7
And the Star City of the South will be a little dimmer...as repairs are
underway on the Mill Mountain Star...stay close.
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It's no vacation--but summer break is beginning for thousands of
schoolchildren in the midwest.
SUPER=03-East Grand Forks, MN;
Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, ended the
school year because of flooding.
Meanwhile the Mayor is urging people to pull together and rebuild.
((PAT OWENS/GRAND FORKS' MAYOR: I KNOW THERE ARE SOME FRIGHTENED PEOPLE
TALKING ABOUT RELOCATING. I HEARD A COUPLE ON THE RADIO THIS MORNING. JOIN BACK
WITH US. HELP US FIGHT TO GET BACK. WE CAN'T QUIT NOW. WE CAN GO AHEAD. WE NEED
SUPER=01-Pat Owens/Mayor of Grand Forks;
OUT Q=WE NEED OUR PEOPLE."
The Red River has fallen about half a foot, but it will be weeks before even
basic services are restored.
The Roanoke Chapter of the American Red Cross is pitching in with the flood
Tom Brown boarded a plane this afternoon on his way to Fargo.
The manager of the Roanoke Valley chapter will help provide food and
shelter to thousands of displaced Fargo residents.
IN Q=We haven't had the great big
((WE HAVEN'T HAD THE GREAT BIG HURRICANE HUGO OR HURRICANE ANDREW OR SOMETHING
LIKE THAT, BUT WE'VE HAD FLOODING PRETTY MUCH SINCE THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY,
FIRST IN LOUISVILLE, CINCINATTI AND TENNESSEE AND NOW IN FARGO. SO IT'S BEEN A
ROUGH SPRING FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Tom Brown/American Red Cross;
OUT Q=rough spring for us.
SS=american red cross
Another Red Cross volunteer from Roanoke also flew out today, four more
will be dispatched to North Dakota in the next couple days.
The man who led Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition since it was founed
eight years ago is moving on.
Ralph Reed is resigning as the Coalition's director to form his own
political consulting firm, Century Strategies.
Reed says the organization will be energized by new people.
((RALPH REED/CHRISTIAN COALITION: I ALSO BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR AN
ORGANIZATION TO BE BUILT AROUND PRINCIPLES AND NOT AROUND PERSONALITIES.))
SUPER=01-Ralph Reed/Christian Coalition Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=NOT AROUND PERSONALITIES."
Reed will remain on the group's board of directors and help search for a
Police say a band of burglars moving from city to city may have Roanoke on
its hit list.
The burglary ring, sometimes referred to as "Gypsies", has hit two Roanoke
Police say the burglars divide into small teams.
Often a man will drive two women into an upscale neighborhood and drop them
IN Q=one of the females
((SGT. R.L. ARRINGTON/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.;ONE OF THE FEMALES WILL INVOLVED THE
RESIDENTS IN CONVERSATION WHILE THE OTHER ONE SLIPS INTO THE HOUSE AND REMOVES
OR LOOTS THE HOUSE OF SILVER, CASH AND JEWELRY. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. R.L. Arrington/Roanoke Police Dept.;
OUT Q=silver, cash and jewelry
Arrington says if you're doing yard work or sitting on the porch, make sure
all the doors to the house are locked.
He adds, if you see any suspicious activity, call the police.
One of Roanoke's landmarks will be in the dark for a couple months.
It's lights out for the Mill Mountain Star as it undergoes a facelift.
Kinsey Crane and Sign Company built the star in 1949, and today employees
began removing the neon tubing.
The entire structure will be refurbished and by the end of June the star
will have new neon and a fresh coat of paint.
The project will cost the city 60-thousand dollars and officials say it
will keep the star shining for another 20 years.
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Still to come on News 7 PRIMETIME--
Encouraging news for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
Treatments already on the market may help slow the progression of the
But first--millions of insects have relocated to the Virginia Museum of
Natural History...but it really isn't bugging anyone....the story when we come
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Eleven million insects have taken up residence in Martinsville-- but no
That's because the bugs are a gift from the Smithsonian Institution in
Currently they're calling the basement of the Virginia Museum of Natural
The museum's entomologist says throughout history, Virginia has put too much
attention on cultural history.
IN Q=WHAT WE ARE
((RICHARD HOFFMAN/ENTOMOLOGIST: WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE UP FOR 200
YEARS OF BENIGN NEGLECT OF VIRGINIA NATURAL HISTORY.))
OUT Q=virginia natural history.
Hoffman's research team is painstakingly cataloging the bugs, which were
collected in four Virginia Counties.
The process involves sorting through 173 jars of insects, and then labeling
and mounting the bugs on pins.
Hoffman says bugs are vital to Virginia's ecology-- they help preserve
topsoil, and pollinate most plants in Virginia.
That's why he HATES bug zappers..
IN Q=THE MOSQUITOES
((THE MOSQUITOES ARE JUST NO ATTRACTED TO BLACK LIGHT, SO IT'S NOT ATTRIBUTED
TO BLACK LIGHT, SO IT'S NOT JUST THE AMOUNT OF THE ELECTRIC CURRENT, BUT IT'S
ALSO A TERRIBLE DRAIN ON THE ECOSYSTEM, SO I DEPLORE THE USE OF BUG ZAPPERS.))
OUT Q=BUG ZAPPERS
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There's more News 7 PRIMETIME coming up--
We'll visit a college, where the soon-to-be graduates are joining the rat
It's our Video of the Day-- right here on WEFC.
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When it comes to slowing down the ravages of Alzheimer's Disease--
one of the most useful weapons may be Vitamin E-- easily available, and
IN Q=Reporting in the
SUPER=01-Dr. Marcelle Bogorad/Institute on Aging; :35
OUT Q=more effective.
Reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that
Alzheimer's patients who took high doses of Vitamin-E --2000 units per day--
certain milestones such as loss of daily activities and going into a nursing
home were delayed by as much as seven months.
While it only slows the progression of the disease, it has the Alzheimer's
Association and the National Institute on Aging encouraged.
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IN Q=If the process
(( ZAVEN KHACHATURIAN/ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: IF THE PROCESS WORKS, THEN THIS
MEANS WE'LL BE ABLE TO DELAY THE ONSET OF THE SYMPTOMS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.
AND THAT'S QUITE IMPORTANT. ))
OUT Q=quite important.
butt butt butt butt
SOT 16:44:54 Conus Aft.
((DR. MARCELLE MORRISON-BOGORAD/NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING: DELAYING THE
PROGRESSION TO A NURSING HOME, DELAYING THE ONSET OF THE LOSS OF ACTIVITIES OF
DAILY LIVING IS INCREDIBLY SIGNIFICANT.))
OUT Q=incredibly significant.
Vitamin E is the latest in a series of compounds that have been found to
have beneficial effects with Alzheimer's patients.
Estrogen and anti-inflammatories like Advil and Motrin are others.
They also found the prescription drug Selegiline, used for Parkinson's
Disease patients, seems to work just as well as Vitamin E.
Experts say it's an important clue for finding other drugs that will be
even more effective.))
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With the Kentucky Derby set for May Third, Derby fever is taking hold in
Leading up to America's premier horse race, dozens of events are planned--
from the sublime to the ridiculous.
SUPER=75-Louisville, KY; :
You decide which category our video of the day falls into.
At Spaulding University,
Every year for the past 25, they've celebrated the "Running of the
Featured were an array of rats with names like Marilyn Monrat, Mighty
Ratphrodite, and LoRata Lynn.
But it was Silver Streak who made it to the finish line first.
All of the contestants were then served a snack of Fruit Loops, and sent
back to the pet store.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, Fuzzy Zoeller pulls out of the Greensboro
Chrysler Classic, Chip Sullivan gets ready to tee it up tomorrow, the Hornets
get set for the playoffs, and Bonds makes the Braves pay today.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February; :00
But first, Doctor J, Julius Erving is planning to make a house call in NASCAR.
The NBA Hall of Famer, who was in Daytona this past February for the 500
festivities, is part of a new investment group that plans to start a Cup team
Former Redskins Joe Washington is also part of the group.
Now your scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0093-/Kinston///Lynchburg///PPD Rain - 2 Games
Tomorrow//Winston-Salem///Salem///PPD Rain - Makeup Tomorrow/;
SUPER=0091-/Chicago/9//Baltimore/4/7///Detroit/0//Texas/1/8/Three Late Games/;
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Inside the Park HR/;
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2-1//Philadelphia/1//Pittsburgh/3/3/Flyers Lead Series 3-0/;
SUPER=0103-/Florida/2//N.Y. Rangers/3/3/Rangers Lead Series 2-1/;
OUT Q=....last score."
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The folks who run the Greater Greensboro Classic, found out in more ways than
one today, that when it rains in pours.
Persistent showers and the debris from Fuzzy Zoeller's recent comments had
folks looking for shelter.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
Heavy rain over night and more rain this morning forced tournament officials
to delay and then completely cancel the scheduled sponsor pro-am at Forest Oaks
Then this afternoon, Fuzzy Zoeller, held a newsconference to announce that
he's withdrawing from the tournament in the wake of the Tiger Woods
IN Q="FOLLOWING THE MASTERS.
((FUZZY ZOELLER/WITHDRAWS FROM GREENSBORO CLASSIC:))
SUPER=01-Fuzzy Zoeller/Withdraws from Greensboro Classic;:00
OUT Q=...was offended.
Fuzzy referred to Tiger as that little boy, and suggested fried chicken and
collard greens would be his pick for Tiger's Masters' championship dinner menu.
Last night K-Mart cancelled its sponsorship agreement with Fuzzy. The company
has since set up an 800 number to handle reaction. (1-800-63 Kmart)
Chip Sullivan, the former teaching pro at Hanging Rock will be returning to
the tour for the first tie since a week before the Masters.
Tomorrow morning he tees off at 8:59, starting on hold number 10.
IN Q="It's gonna be...
((CHIP SULLIVAN/PGA TOURING PRO:))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Touring Pro; :00
OUT Q=...AND PLAY WELL."
If you can't catch Chip tomorrow he plays his second round on Friday with a
1:49 tee time.
Also, we'll have a report on his first round of play tomorrow night right
here on News 7 Primetime.
The NBA playoffs open tomorrow night for the Charlotte Hornets as they take
on the Knicks.
And that means the team has little time to heal up its injuries.
SUPER=03-Fort Mill, SC; :
Dell Curry has a calf strain but the key injury is the strained right
hamstring of point guard Muggsy Bogues.
And first year coach Dave Cowens must lead his hobbling Hornets against one
of the most physical teams in the league.
IN Q="They're a...
((DAVE COWENS/HORNETS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Dave Cowens/Hornets Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......match up."
The Atlanta Braves suffered a rare road loss tonight as they were beaten by
the San Francisco Giants out on the Bay.
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Barry Bonds keyed the Giants with a big play in the bottom of the first
Bonds lifts the Tom Glavine offering down the left field line and past the
outstretched glove of a diving Ryan Klesko, who hits the dirt and decides to
stay their for awhile.
Bonds, meanwhile, gets on his high horse and motors around the bases for the
inside the park homer.
Jose Viscaino and Glen Allen Hill score in front of Bonds and the Giants beat
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
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SUPER=76-"Hopping Mad at NS";
Len Besthoff begins the series: "Hopping Mad at Norfolk Southern."
For several years the people that own this Bedford County farm have
complained that Norfolk Southern trains riding alongside it are dumping bags of
human waste on their property.
IN Q=They talked
((LARRY CHATTIN/BEDFORD COUNTY FARMER: THEY TALKED LIKE THEY WAS GONNA CLEAR
IT ALL UP, AND THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN TELLING ME FOR TEN YEARS, THEY WAS
GONNA CLEAR IT ALL UP.))
OUT Q=clear it all up.
Norfolk Southern will not admit the bags of human waste are coming from its
But the railroad giant does have what it calls a "dry hopper" system, where
on-board employees must relieve themselves in a plastic bag.
SUPER=77-Why Norfolk Southern?
Tonight, a look at why some farmers believe N-S is the source of their
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Jean Jadhon will be along over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7