Police investigate a possible murder at an Ironto rest stop.
And an update from Danville as the Dan River prepares to crest above flood
Some clouds on the way overnight, but still quite pleasant over the next few
days. All that plus highlights from basketball, baseball & softball in sports.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
Police are investigating what appears to be a homicide at the Ironto rest
stop on Interstate 81.
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Joe Dashiell is at the scene--Joe what can you tell us?
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Between nine p-m and one a-m--that's when officials with the National
Weather Service expect the Dan River to crest in one Halifax County community.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Riverdale with the latest on the
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(Melanie question--what can you tell us about flooding in Danville?)
Flooding from the Red River has surged across the North Dakota border and
SUPER=03-Saint Agathe, Canada/Yesterday;
The water broke through dikes yesterday and surged into a town that had
already been evacuated.
About six- thousand more people near
Winnipeg have been ordered to leave bringing the total number of evacuations
in Canada to 25-thousand.
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND;
Meantime, a woman has anonymously donated more than 10-million dollars to
Homeowners in Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota will
receive about two-thousand dollars each.
More developments today in that standoff in West Texas between police and an
SUPER=03-Fort Davis, TX;
Earlier today, police reportedly blocked seven men who were trying to join
the 13 Republic of Texas members who have been holed up near Fort Davis for
Police say the men were traveling in two vehicles and were armed.
Meantime, the leader of the Republic of Texas warns there could be another
"Waco" if police force an arrest.
A one-time friend of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy Mcveigh is back
on the witness stand today in Denver.
Yesterday, Lori Fortier, who has been granted immunity from prosecution,
gave emotional testimony as she tied McVeigh to the bombing.
Dave Fehling reports.
SUPER=01-John Walsh/CBS News Legal Consultant; :45
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:01
OUT Q=CBS NEWS DENVER.
IT WAS POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING TESTIMONY AGAINST TIMOTHY MCVEIGH.
LORI FORTIER TOLD HOW TIMOTHY MCVEIGH HAD SPELLED OUT THE WAY
HE'D BLOW UP THE MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING.
MCVEIGH SERVED IN THE ARMY WITH FORTIER'S HUSBAND MICHAEL, WAS THE
BEST MAN AT THEIR WEDDING, AND WAS OFTEN THEIR HOUSEGUEST IN KINGMAN ARIZONA.
IT WAS DURING ONE OF THE VISITS SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE BOMBING THAT
LORI FORTIER SAYS QUOTE: `TIM SPECIFIED THAT THE BUILDING HE WAS PLANNING ON
BOMBING WAS THE OKLAHOMA CITY BUILDING."
SHE SAID MCVEIGH EVEN GOT SOUP CANS FROM THE KITCHEN, AND ON THE
FLOOR USED THEM TO SHOW HOW HE'D STACK THE BARRELS OF EXPLOSIVES IN THE BACK
OF A RENTAL TRUCK FOR MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION.
SHE SAID MCVEIGH WANTED TO AVENGE THE DEATHS OF THE BRANCH
DAVIDIANS IN WACO....SHE SAID MCVEIGH THOUGHT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD
(WALSH 23;22;26)S/JOHN WALSH , CBS NEWS LEGAL CONSULTANT
"THE GOVERNMENT HAS A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT PIECES OF EVIDENCE BUT MICHEAL AND
LORI FORTIER CAN SET BACK AND SAY OK THIS IS WHAT WAS GOING ON BEHIND THE
A JUDGE GRANTED LORI FORTIER IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION BUT HER
HUSBAND HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO KNOWING ABOUT THE BOMBING PLOT AND WILL TESTIFY
BEFORE HE IS SENTENCED.
(STDUP)S/DAVE FEHLING CBS NEWS DENVER
"LORI FORTIER WAS COMPOSED MOST OF THE TIME ON THE STAND UNTIL SHE WAS ASKED
IF SHE FELT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BOMBING...SHE TEARED UP, AND SAID
YES, BECAUSE I COULD HAVE STOPPED IT. DF CBS NEWS DENVER."))
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The fallout from Confederate History and Heritage Month has continued in
Virginia until the very last day.
Two separate rallies at the state capitol today will illustrate one of
Virginia's biggest tensions.
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Ellen Qualls is at Capitol Square.
What's happening, Ellen?
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A train disaster in central China.
The state-run news agency says a cross-country passenger train
crashed into a local train waiting at a station.
Close to 60 were killed and more than 300 injured.
The wreck happened in Hunan province, some 700 miles south of Beijing.
A former Army drill instructor could be locked up for life.
Yesterday, staff sergeant Delmar Simpson was found guilty of 18 counts of
rape against six female recruits at the Army's Aberdeen Proving ground in
Simpson is one of 12 soldiers at Aberdeen charged with sexually abusing
LT. COL. GABRIEL RIESCO//ABERDEEN ORDINANCE SCHOOL CHIEF OF STAFF:I JUST WANT
TO EMPHASIZE THAT WE ARE CONTINUING WITH OUR QUEST TO PROCESS ALL THESE CASES
EXPEDITIOUSLY, WE ARE INTERESTED IN PROTECTING THE VICTIMS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
SUPER=01-Gabriel Riesco/Aberdeen Proving Ground;
OUT Q=MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
After hearing additional testimony next week the court martial jury will
decide Simpson's sentence.
A Campbell County mailman will NOT spend time in prison for stealing more
than ten thousand pieces of mail over a six- year period.
A federal judge today gave 40- year- old Mark C. Osborne three years
probation and a one thousand dollar fine.
Osborne stole the mail while working as a carrier for the Altavista post
Osborne called that time a "low point" in his life, when he was struggling
with family problems and a crack cocaine addiction.
IN Q=With regard to
((KAREN PETERS/FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: WITH REGARD TO STEALING MAIL FROM CLIENTS,
FIVE, TEN AND FIFTEEN DOLLARS AT A TIME OUT OF BIRTHDAY CARDS, HAS A VERY BAD
EFFECT ON THE COMMUNITY. BUT GIVEN HIS COOPERATION I THINK PROBATION IS AN
APPROPRIATE SENTENCE AND OUTCOME IN THIS CASE.))
SUPER=01-Karen Peters/Federal Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=in this case.
Osborne also made restitution to his victims.
The future employment of dozens of teachers hangs in the balance as the
Bedford County School board continues to make budget cuts.
The board still has to officially decide how it will trim more than four
million dollars out of its budget request for the next fiscal year.
Most of the proposed cuts in staffing and programs were NOT finalized last
night, because school officials are still trying to pay THIS year's bills.
They'll be asking the Board of Supervisors for an extra two-point two
million dollars to keep the schools afloat until June 30th.
Board members say if they get that money they may not have to cut as much
IN Q=I don't see
SUPER=01-Betty Earle/School Board Member
OUT Q=or it should.
The School Board DID start trimming-- but didn't discuss personnel
It will meet with the Board of Supervisors to discuss the budget on May
A Wytheville couple died in an early morning fire today.
Firefighters arriving at the home on East Liberty Street in Wytheville found
it fully engulfed in flames.
The victims have been identified as 59- year- old Robert Green and 59- year-
old Coralee Green.
There is no word yet on what caused the fire.
Fire heavily damaged a house in Christiansburg this morning.
Family members told firefighters they were in the living room of the Roanoke
Street house when they heard a strange noise.
They went to check it out and found the kitchen engulfed in flames.
Everyone in the house made it out safely.
Authorities have not determined how the fire started.
After leading police on a low speed chase last night a suspected drunk
driver crashed, trapping himself in his car for nearly 30- minutes.
Police say 49- year- old Ronnie Ray Shelton lost control of his truck.
He was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he is listed in stable
State police say Shelton was intoxicated at the time.
He faces charges of D-U-I, driving with a suspended license and attempting
to ellude an officer.
Some Cave Spring High School students are doing what they can to make sure
sick animals have a home. (----------------)
A marketing class presented a one- thousand- dollar check this morning to
the Roanoke Wildlife Rescue Center.
Director Dorothy Runion is at risk of losing the property.
Her father has plans to sell it, unless Runion is able to raise enough money
from the community to make a counter offer.
IN Q=I was really
((DOROTHY RUNION/ROANOKE WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER DIR.: I WAS REALLY FORTUNATE
THAT CAVE SPRING DECIDED TO TAKE US ON AS A PROJECT. AND I THINK THESE KIDS
REALLY NEED TO BE RECOGNIZED. ))
((KRISTY WISEMAN/CAVE SPRING STUDENT: ALL THE STUDENTS AT CAVE SPRING HIGH
SCHOOL CONTRIBUTED MONEY. WE HAD A PENNEY HARVEST AND WE CONTRIBUTED OUR LOOSE
HANGE FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS. WE ALSO PUT CANS IN CERTAIN WORK FACILITIES AND
THEN WE SOLD BLOW POPS. SO, EVERYBODY AT CAVE SPRING DONATED MONEY AND TIME,
AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. ))
SUPER=01-Dorothy Runion/Roanoke Wildlife Rescue Center Dir.;
SUPER=01-Kristy Wiseman/Cave Spring Student;
OUT Q=we appreciate it
Runion hopes to raise about 200- thousand dollars.
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SUPER=334-Showers/After Midnight/53-57/Breezy/& Cloudy/58-62;
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Virginia Tech took on the Tennessee Volunteers last night in Kingsport in the
third annual Hokie-Smokey classic.
SUPER=03-Kingsport, TN/Volunteers vs. Hokies; :00
Hokie Kevin Kurilla hit this solo homer over the left field fence. The
Monster shot from the senior shortstop tied the game at 1.
The Vols would eventually come up with the game winning hit to take a 2-to-1
lead of Tech.
The Hokies had a final chance, but SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/1/Tennessee/2;
the line drive turns into a double play and the Vols beat Tech 2-1o-1 at Hunter
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In girl's softball, the Glenvar Highlanders hosted Giles yesterday at
Roanoke County's Green Hill Park.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs. Highlanders; :00
In the top of the first, watch freshman pitcher Hallie East strike out this
Giles batter and Glenvar goes into the bottom of the inning with a shutout.
The Highlanders did not waste any time getting on the board. Sheree Thompson
brings in a run on this infield bullet.
In the bottom of the second; Thompson connects on this pitch. The shot to
left scores Sarah Henderson from third base. Glenvar wins it easily
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The Heat was on the Orlando Magic last night as they faced elimination in
the first round of the N-B-A playoffs.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/TBS - Game Three;
Thanks to former college place kicker Darrell Armstrong the Magic tied it at
the half and went in front by 10 in the third.
He had a career high 21.
But the money man was Anfernee Hardaway, who scored 42 points including this
3 pointer with the clock SUPER=32-Miami/75/Orlando/88/Heat Leads 2-1;
The Magic forces a game four with the 88-to-75 win.
Coming up on News 7 at 6 and 11..
Homesickness is a familiar ailment among members of a Danville National
Guard unit in Bosnia.
Working around the clock seems to be the only prescription for relief.
Tonight, News 7's Teresa Hamilton and
photographer Andrea DiRocco show us how the local soldiers spend time when
they're not working.
Down time is spent differently depending on which camp the soldiers are
But regardless of their assignment, they all have one thing in common-- the
need to keep their minds occupied.
The guardsmen assigned to Camp (Val-HALL-uh) Valhalla work out, play cards
or watch T-V.
IN Q=I never
((CARL KEEN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARDSMAN:I NEVER REALLY LIFT WEIGHTS BACK HOME
BECAUSE I REALLY NEVER COULD FIND THE TIME, BUT HERE DURING MY TIME OFF THERE'S
NOT A LOT YOU CAN DO SO I THINK BESIDES SHOOTING BASKETBALL, LIFTING WEIGHTS IS
ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTIVITIES. ))
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You can hear more from Carl Keen and the other soldiers in the third day of
our special series "Bosnia Peacekeepers"on NEWS 7 at six and eleven.
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The decision is in -- Chelsea Clinton is headed to the pacific coast.
She will be attending Stanford University in the fall.
The announcement ends months of speculation.
The 17- year- old first daughter was also accepted at Harvard, Yale,
Princeton and Brown, not to mention her father's Alma Mater, Georgetown and her
And finally, There was a unique rescue on a Lake yesterday in Washington
SUPER=03-Drano Lake, WA;
A fisherman fell out of his boat---and the boat just kept going.
Other fishermen pulled him out of the water, but efforts to snare his boat
It just went around and around for nearly two hours until it finally ran
out of gas.
The fisherman was not hurt.