Police are searching for clues after a body is found at a rest stop on I-81.
Jon Bonet Ramsey's parents have now talked with police.
Plus what do you get when you put musicians, dancers and singers together-
Quite a show- put together by one Radford Student.
News 7 is next.
Police have still not indentified the 57-year-old Roanoke County man shot
and killed this morning at the Ironto Rest Area on Interstate 81.
No witnesses have come forward, and so far, Joe Dashiell reports there is
no easy explanation for what happened there.
IN Q=When I woke up
SUPER=07-Melissa Audick; :00 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff; :30
OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Ironto
IN Q=I woke up
((MELISSA AUDICK: WHEN I WOKE UP HE WAS DEAD.))
OUT Q=he was dead.
College student Melissa Audick says she saw the victim in the hours before
he was shot and killed.
She says he paced around her car, and stared at her until she moved to
another parking spot... and fell asleep.
Virginia Department of Transportation Employees discovered the body and
called the Montgomery County Sheriffs department around 9:30am.
They're hoping that someone who was passing through the rest area may be
able to provide some useful information to investigators.
IN Q=Anyone that would have been driving
((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF: ANYONE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN DRIVING BY
HERE THIS MORNING THAT COULD HAVE POSSIBLY SEEN OR HEARD ANYTHING, IF THEY
WOULD PLEASE CONTACT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT OR THE VIRGINIA
STATE POLICE WITH ANY INFORMATION THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL, WE WOULD APPRECIATE
OUT Q=appreciate that.
State Police stopped a car that was spotted here about the time of the
shooting, but that lead apparently did not pan out.
This is the 2nd fatal shooting at a Virginia interstate rest area in the
last six months.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Ironto))
A smoke detector might have saved two lives this morning, but it did not
have a battery.
The blaze gutted the home at 415 East Liberty Street.
By the time Cora Lee Green realized it was on fire and yelled for her family
to get out, it was too late.
She and her husband Robert A. Green the third were overcome by smoke and
Their sons escaped and ran to a neighbor's for help.
((TRENTON CROCKETT/NEIGHBOR: CAME OUTSIDE AND TRIED TO HELP THEM OUT AS BEST I
COULD, BUT THERE WAS NOTHING THAT COULD BE DONE. THE HOUSE, IT WAS JUST TOTALLY
ENGULFED IN FLAMES, A LOT IF IT SHOOTING OUT THE FRONT DOOR. ))
OUT Q=the front door.
Authorities say the fire burned for some time before it was discovered.
They suspect it started in a hallway around an electric baseboard heater.
The Radford Army Ammunition Plant now says 89 people will be affected by a
layoff of temporary workers.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
News-7 reported Monday cutbacks were on the horizon, but contract operator
Alliant Techsystems had not made it official.
The affected workers were all previously laid off and REHIRED in January to
fill an increased number of orders.
Now production has returned to normal, and a new contract the arsenal was
seeking went to a manufacturer in Canada.
The Plant manager says the fact that international competitors got the
contract is especially disappointing- considering the contract to produce
propellant is funded through U-S military aid.
Intense rain earlier this week is expected to cause moderate flooding in
The Dan River is expected to crest in Riverdale at EIGHT feet above flood
stage around Midnight.
Crews began setting up barricades at the intersection of Route 58- and 501-
That's when flood waters began spilling onto the road.
Local business owners began packing up yesterday-- in preparation for Mother
Flooding seems to be a yearly occurrence in Riverdale, but that doesn't make
it any easier.
((THIS IS LOST BUSINESS FOR YOU ISN'T IT:
CALLIE DUNN/RIVERDALE BUSINESS OWNER: OH, YES, YES, IT IS, THREE DAYS WORTH,
THREE DAYS, MINIMUM. ))
SUPER=01-Callie Dunn/Riverdale Business Owner; :00
Flooding in Riverdale is expected to last into Thursday or Friday.
GRAPHIC=Oklahoma Bombing Trial
Was Lori Fortier lying?
Yesterday she testified Timothy McVeigh told her he planned to blow up the
Oklahoma City Federal building.
But as Dave Fehling reports, the defense today tried to put her credibility
IN Q=LORI AND MICHAEL
SUPER=01-John Walsh/CBS News Legal Consultant; 35
OUT Q=CBS News, Denver."
((Lori and Michael Fortier had known Mcveigh since Michael met him in
the army. Under cross examination, Fortier admitted that after Mcveigh's
arrest, she drafted a letter-to the editor, proclaiming that their friend was
in no way responsible for the bombing.
She wrote that Mcveigh was being crucified by quote media lies,
she called the news crews that followed them around Kingman, Arizona
"money hungry vultures."
But Mcveigh's lawyer Stephen Jones asked her wasn't it true that at
the same time she was condemning the media , her husband was trying to sell
their story for thousands of dollars?
Lori Fortier denied it.
JOHN WALSH/CBS NEWS LEGAL ANALYST: WHAT JONES HAS GOT TO DO IS SHOW LORI
FORTIER IS LYING. AND THAT SHE IS THE KIND OF PERSON WHO WILL LIE TO SAVE HER
OWN SKIN OR SAVE HER HUSBAND'S SKIN, OR POSSIBLY EVEN TO MAKE MONEY.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Denver.))
Is there a deal in the Texas standoff or not?
SUPER=03-Fort Davis, TX;
It depends on who you ask.
Police say they're no longer in contact with the Republic of Texas leader
IN Q=SOMETIMES A WHEEL
((SOMETIMES A WHEEL FALLS
OFF. UNFORTUNATELY WE'VE LOST A WHEEL.
COMMUNICATION HAS CEASED.))
SUPER=01-Mike Cox/Texas Dept. of Safety;
OUT Q=communication has ceased."
But Mcclaren's lawyer says a deal is still in the works.
Earlier police arrested seven heavily armed men- apparently on their way to
join Republic of Texas members.
The standoff's been going on since Sunday.
Black and white Virginians found some GRAY areas today where their minds
could meet on the Confederacy.
Two rallies at the state capitol today may lead to improved relations over
Confederate Heritage and History month.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=nat sot drum
SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Va. NAACP; :24
SUPER=01-Rick Reid/Confederate Re-enactor; :36
SUPER=01-Jeff Wilson/NAACP Youth Rep.; :46
SUPER=01-Paul Gillis/Va. NAACP; :59
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((nat sot drum
The battle drum did NOT signal a fight.
The re-enactors were on Capitol grounds to celebrate.
It's the first year they realized Governor George Allen had declared April
Confederate Heritage and History Month for the past three years.
But the proclamation urges Virginians to honor the Confederacy...and makes
NO mention of slavery or the cause of the Union Army.
((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN/VA. NAACP: YOUR PROCLAMATION DIDN'T JUST OPEN OLD WOUNDS.
IT BREEDED HATRED. IT ENCOURAGED THOSE WHO WERE MISGUIDED THAT THEY HAD
SOMETHING TO BE PROUD ABOUT.))
((RICK REID/CONFEDERATE RE-ENACTOR: SIX MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY FOUGHT FOR THE
CONFEDERACY. NOT THE FIRST ONE OWNED A SLAVE. IF YOU'D A WALKED INTO A GROUP
OF THOSE BOYS IN 1861 AND SAID HEY YOU'RE FIGHTING FOR SLAVERY, THEY'D HAVE
TURNED AROUND AND GONE HOME.))
((JEFF WILSON/NAACP YOUTH REP.: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT FUTURE
PROCLAMATIONS RECOGNIZING OUR CONFEDERATE HERITAGE BE PENNED WITH APPROPRIATE
SENSITIVITY, WITHOUT GLOSSING OVER THE PAINFUL FACTS.))
((PAUL GILLIS: PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT DESERVES AND
The black groups symbolically buried the proclamation.
The re-enactors tried to bury the hatchet.
((RICK REID/CONFEDERATE RE-ENACTOR: IT SEEMED LIKE NOW WE'RE ALMOST TALKING
OFF THE SAME SHEET OF MUSIC.... THEY WEREN'T CALLING US HATE GROUPS. THEY
WEREN'T CALLING US RACISTS...THEY WERE UPSET ABOUT THE TERMINOLOGY THAT
GOVERNOR ALLEN USED.))
((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN: FREE AT LAST. FREE AT LAST. THANK GOD ALMIGHTY, WE'RE
FREE AT LAST. PEACE.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Eleven--
part six in our series "Bosnia Peacekeepers" --patroling the streets while
Virginia servicemen tell of their challenges working night shifts. And,
their effort to keep Bosnian streets safe in the aftermath of war.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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SUPER=83-Down 0.29 foot/Down 0.29 foot;Lake levels
The parents of Jon Bonet Ramsey have now talked with police.
John and Patsy Ramsey, have said all along they wanted to talk, but the
terms they set were unacceptable to investigators.
The Ramseys insisted on being interviewed together.
But they reportedly agreed to separate interviews that were tape recorded.
It's been four months since Jon Bonet was murdered.
Yet another reason to get in shape-
A new study says regular excercise can help a woman protect herself from
Researchers found women who exercised cut their risk by more than a third.
IN Q=THESE ARE WOMEN
((DR. CHRISTINA FINDLAYSON/UNIV. OF COLORADO: THESE ARE WOMEN WHO HAD MODERATE
AMOUNTS OF EXERCISE.. WALKING 4-TIMES A WEEK OR EVEN WOMEN WHO JUST WALKED
REGULARLY AT THEIR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT HAD A DECREASED RISK OF BREAST CANCER.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Christina Findlayson/Univ. of Colorado;
OUT Q=of breast cancer."
The women who got the most protection started exercising before age 45- and
kept up a regular program for at least 3 years.
Third shift takes getting used to if you usually work the standard "nine to
But when you're a Danville National Guard member deployed to Bosnia you
learn to adjust.
Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco went along with the soldiers
from Camp (Val-holla) Valhalla on what's called the "Midnight Patrol".
Tonight, they show us, what it's like to work as a peacekeeper at an hour
when they'd rather be dreaming about home.
IN Q=At one
SUPER=03-Bosnia Herzegovina; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Romero/Danville National Guard Member; :14
SUPER=@Teresa1; :36 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Jim Lucia/Danville National Guard Member; :55
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Bosnia Herzegovina.
(( At one- in the morning, most families here at home are fast asleep,
gearing up for a new day.
Bosnia is no different.
Still peacekeeping soldiers and local police patrol the streets as a
IN Q=Let the
((SCOTT ROMERO/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: LET THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE'RE
HERE, IF THEY NEED US, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM, AND THEY
MIGHT ACTUALLY NEED OUR ASSISTANCE. ))
OUT Q=our assistance.
When out on patrol, the soldiers travel in a four vehicle convoy that's
hard to miss.
nat sound of driving by
As peacekeepers trying to maintain order, it's important that their presence
be felt, no matter what the hour.
Night patrol is among the most challenging jobs, unlike the U-S, streets
lights in this part of Bosnia are scarce, which makes the soldiers' job even
But the soldiers' are learning to adjust.
nat sound of car being searched
On this particular night, they also set up what's called a mobile check
point-- to search cars.
IN Q=No, I don't
((JIM LUCIA/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:NO, I DON'T FEEL LIKE I'M AFRAID,
CAUTIOUS, NO MORE DIFFERENT THAN IF I WAS AT HOME. ))
OUT Q=at home.
If Sergeant Jim Lucia WERE at home, he'd still be patrolling the streets,
but in a different capacity.
He's a Halifax County Deputy.
IN Q=At the Sheriff's
((JIM LUCIA/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:AT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE WE DO THE
CHECKPOINTS FOR SOBRIETY CHECKS, CHECKING DRIVERS' LICENSES AND THINGS LIKE
THAT, BUT HERE WE'RE JUST CHECKING FOR WEAPONS, CONTRABAND, THINGS PEOPLE
AREN'T SUPPOSED TO HAVE. ))
OUT Q=to have.
nat sound of trunk shutting
The soldiers assigned to Camp Valhalla patrol what's called the "Zone of
Separation"-- or ZOS.
It's an area located between the Republic of Serbsca and the Bosnian
Federation--a hot spot because it separates the warring factions.
Weapons are forbidden.
((SCOTT ROMERO/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:WE'RE ACTUALLY DOING A PRETTY
GOOD JOB AT PEACEKEEPING, EVERYONE WHO'S INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT, THE
DIFFERENT MULTINATIONAL FORCES THAT WE HAVE HERE AND IT SEEMS LIKE THE SERBIANS
AND BOSNIAN DO WANT PEACE. ))
OUT Q=want peace.
Which is what the Danville soldiers are also striving for-- that their stay
overseas-- will promote a lifetime of peace and goodwill.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Bosnia Herzegovina.))
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is w-d-b-j 7 dot com.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on the newscast--a falling-out over Ellen.
Jerry Falwell reacts to Ellen's coming out of the closet.
MUSIC UP FULL
After months of hype, millions of T-V viewers tonight watched comedienne
Ellen DeGeneres announce her sitcom character is a lesbian.
Among the audience was the show's biggest antagonist, the Reverend Jerry
Falwell has blasted A-B-C for airing a show that features an openly gay
But he predicts it will get the same reception as the movie he also spoke
out against.. "The People Vs. Larry Flynt".
IN Q=But when the
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS RD. BAPTIST CHURCH: BUT WHEN THE MOVIE GOT OUT INTO
THE HUSTINGS, OUT INTO THE GRASSROOTS, IT FLOPPED FINANCIALLY. ELLEN'S PROGRAM
IS A FLOP, AND THEY CAN BRING EVERYBODY THEY WANT OUT OF THE CLOSETS OR OUT
FROM UNDER THE ROCKS THAT THEY WANT TO, IT'S STILL GOING TO BE A FLOP.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Rd. Baptist Church; :00
OUT Q=going to be a flop.
Falwell has successfully lobbied several large corporations to drop their
sponsorship of the show.
A music recital used to be one singer and a piano player.
But one Radford University student is reinventing the concept.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
SUPER=01-Anne Kempton/Radford University Student; :17
SUPER=01-Al Wojtera/Music Professor; :42
SUPER=07-Denise and Jack Kempton; 1:07
OUT Q=news 7, radford
((NAT SOUND EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD ))
Believe it or not, this performance is a homework assignment.
It's Anne Kempton's Independent study, and it took her 6 months to put
((ANNE KEMPTON/RADFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENT:. ))
The show brought together student musicians, dancers, and singers--
And Anne Emceed the entire show.
She's not shy about wanting to be a star.
And Her Professor says that's not an unrealistic goal.
IN Q=I THINK...
((AL WOJTERA/MUSIC PROFESSOR: I THINK....YOUNG LADY ))
OUT Q=YOUNG LADY
((MR. AND MRS. KEMPTON: WE ARE ANNE'S PARENTS!!))
OUT Q=ANNE'S PARENTS!
Anne's parents were so excited about the recital-- they chartered a bus to
bring friends and family from Northern Virginia.
((JACK AND DENISE KEMPTON: WE ARE VERY PROUD....SUPPORT HER UNTIL THE END.))
((NAT SOUND GEORGIA ))
OUT Q=on my mind...
Georgia may be on her mind,
But she has her sights set making it big in the big apple.
AF, news 7 radford.
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/And Mild/54-58/Breezy & Warm/Shower Chance/72-75;
SUPER=332-Increasing Clouds/Shower Late/50-54/Morning Shower/Cloudy &
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Wind S-15/52-56/Variable Clouds/Wind SW-20/66-69;
SUPER=334-Increasing Clouds/Wind S-15/52-54/Mostly Cloudy/Wind W-20/60-62;
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
First a score. Jefferson forest beat Appomatox 14 to 2 in a seminole
District baseball game today. Kris Nubi had a courageous night; striking out 11
in 6 innings.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Braves vs. Reds; :00
And Atlanta has completed the first 19 win April in Major Leage history by
beating Cincinnati 12-3 tonight. Fred Mcgriff had 2 homers and 5 rbi's in the
win. Now the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0093-/Salem/2/j/W.Salem/5////Lynchburg/1/j/Kinston/8//7-4 Ly. in 2nd/;
SUPER=0094-j/Franklin Co/13/Halifax/0//Eagles 13-0/j/Brookville/7//Salem/6///;
SUPER=0096-j/Chicago/96//Washington/95//Bulls Win Series//LA
The world champion Bulls tried to end the Washington Bullet's season last
night in game three of the best of five first round NBA playoff series.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Bulls vs. Bullets; :00
To landover we go. His airness and his Bulls came in with a 2-nothing
lead in the series.
He let his cohorts carry some of the load. Tony Kokoc snaps the nylon from
the corner to tie the game at 28 all in the second quarter.
Steve Kerr then makes Weekend at Bernie Bickerstaffs night a little worse.
he finds the range on the drive in jumper to put Chicago up by a bucket.
Kerr would get humbled quickly. Watch Rod Strickland make the guard
stumble and bumble with this move and SUPER=32-Washington/ /Chicago/ ;
hoop to tie the game again.
Michael Jordan nails the fade away and Chicago ends Washington' season with
the 96-95 win.
Two coaches are unimployed.
Boston's M.L. Carr is out after the worst season in team history.
He agreed with the decision.
IN Q="I had not...
((M.L. CARR/RESIGNS AS CELTICS COACH:))
SUPER=01-M.L. Carr/Resigns As Celtics Coach; :00
OUT Q=...WITH IT."
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00
At the same time today, Larry Brown was resigning in Indiana, and admitting
his next stop might be in Boston, as Carr's replacement.
((LARRY BROWN/RESIGNS AS PACERS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Larry Brown/Resigns As Pacers Coach; :00
OUT Q=...I'M GOING."
Safe to say yesterday was a big day for Roanoke College basketball.
Narrows star Suzanne Webb signed with the Lady Maroons. The Narrows boys and
girls all time leading scorer is an all state selection.
In boys; Cave Spring's Alex Phillips is heaed to play Roanoke as well.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./1996-97 Season; :00
The 6'6" senior made his decision to become a maroon late last night.
Phillips was a first team all Roanoke Valley District selection this past
season. Alex averaged 17.8 points and 7 and a half rebounds per game during his
Phillips joins Fleming's Brad Dunleavey and PH's Colbey Leftwitch at Roanoke.
GRAPHIC=High School Baseball
Brookville's bus arrived 40 minutes late for the Bees game against Salem
yesterday. But that didn't stop some timely hitting as the Bees escape with a 1
SUPER=03-Salem/Bees vs. Spartans; :00
A rather windy day at Salem Kiwanis Field for this non district tilt.
Salem third baseman Greg Harrison comes through, handling the hard grounder
and getting the out at first in the top of the first.
Salem head football coach Willis White came out to cheer on his Spartans.
Ricky Eubank, one of his football players, connects on the infield hit. The
ball gets away from the Brookville first baseman. Sam Lazarro tries to score
but is tagged at the plate.
Brookville beats Salem 7-6.
Still to come, Don Oakes is inducted into the Fork Union Hall of Fame,
and the Commonwealth Games announce a world famous sport arm wrestling the
details in a few.
The 1997 Commonwealth Games will run from July 18-th through the 20-th.
Around 11-thousand athletes will strut their stuff in 29 sports.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
Officials of Virginia Amateur Sports said this morning that they've
received entrees for several sports already the big draw being the Soap Box
Derby schedule May 17-th in Waynesboro.
However, The biggest change this season involves the moving of the opening
ceremonies from Victory Stadium.
((STU ISRAEL/VIRGINIA AMATEUR SPORTS: ))
SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Virginia Amateur Sports; :
OUT Q=...LASER SHOW."
The newest sport this year is Arm Wrestling. 150 arm wrestlers are expected
Long time coach and teacher Don Oakes is among the 1997 inductees to the
Fork Union Military Academy's Sports Hall of Fame this Friday night in
Oakes, who is teaches driver's "ED" and has been a longtime educator in the
valley, was on the All-State Military Championship Football team in 1957.
He later attended Virginia Tech and played for the Boston Patriots from
1963 through 1968.
Oakes won a Blue Ridge district championship while coaching at William
Byrd from 1972 through 80. And he was coach of the year in 1973.
IN Q="When I left...
((DON OAKES/FUMA HALL OF FAMER: ))
SUPER=01-Don Oakes/FUMA Hall of Famer; :
OUT Q=.......TO ME."
Former U-V-A quarterback Don Majkowski will also be inducted. He was a
football and track M-V-P at Fork Union.
Majkowski was drafted by the packers and he played for the Colts and last
year for the Lions. He is currently a free agent.
Chelsea Clinton's heading to
California this fall to attend Stanford University.
IN Q=SHE LOOKED AT
((SHE LOOKED AT ALL THESE SCHOOLS. SHE HAD WONDERFUL CHOICES AND SHE MADE HER
OUT Q=made her own decision."
SUPER=03-Palo Alto, CA;
Stanford students think she made the right choice.
IN Q=YOU KNOW IF
((YOU KNOW IF I WAS IN HER POSITION I CAN'T BLAME HER FOR CHOOSING IT. MAYBE ON
DAD'S WEEK WE CAN GET HER DAD OUT FOR SOME FRATERNITY PARTIES OR SOMETHING.))
OUT Q=parties or something."
Chelsea picked Stanford over Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Brown.