Fire is burning
tonight at the old landfill in Danville.
The man killed at a rest stop is identified as a search for the killer
A runwaway chimp runs over a TV photographer.
Plus they are puckering up under the cherry tree- find out why.
News 7 is next.
Police are searching for the killer in the rest stop murder on I-81.
Today police identified the shooting victim- 57 year old (ESS-tel) Estel
Singleton of Roanoke.
He lived in Garden City.
A farewell concert tonight for the man behind the music for many Roanoke
This band director made beautiful music at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.
Plus the chimp that's been on the loose for days in North Carolina is back
home- but not before attacking a News photographer.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
In the words of one Danville Fire fighter-- "we have a big mess on our
Around six- o'clock someone called to report smoke at the Danville
Landfill-- located behind the airport.
Right now, fire fighters are working to bring the blaze under control but
high wind is making it difficult.
Fire fighters from Danville as well as volunteers from Pittsylvania County
are battling the flames.
The fire does NOT involve trash.
Tree limbs and leaves, as well as debris from Hurricane Fran are fueling the
IN Q=It's dry
((DOUG YOUNG/DANVILLE DEPT. OF EMERGENCY SERVICES:IT'S DRY, IT'S OLD, IT'S
ROTTED, AND IT'S GOING TO BURN FOR A LITTLE WHILE. ))
SUPER=01-Doug Young/Danville Dept. of Emergency Services; :00
OUT Q=little while.
Right now, a couple of the airport's runways are closed because of smoke.
Fire fighters expect to work throughout the night.
The parents of JonBenet Ramsey say they're innocent.
As Dave Fehling reports, the Ramseys spoke to the media today in Boulder
SUPER=01-John Ramsey/JonBenet's Father; 00
SUPER=01-Patsy Ramsey/JonBenet's Mother; 20
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/CBS News; 44
OUT Q=CBS News, Denver."
((JOHN RAMSEY: FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO ASK, LET ME ADDRESS VERY DIRECTLY.
I DID NOT KILL MY DAUGHTER JONBONET.
For the first time since their daughter was found strangled in the
basement of their home, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey agreed to be
interviewed by the local boulder-area media.
Their message: they didn't do it.
PATSY RAMSEY/MOTHER: I DID NOT KILL JONBONET. I DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO
WITH IT. I LOVED THAT CHILD WITH THE WHOLE OF MY HEART AND SOUL.
JOHN RAMSEY: THOSE REPORTS HURT US THE MOST AS A FAMILY. THEY ARE TOTALLY
DAVE FEHLING: WHILE THE POLICE HAVE SAID THE RAMSEYS ARE SUSPECTS, THEY HAVE
ALSO SAID THEY ARE NOT FOCUSING THE INVESTIGATION ON THEM SOLELY. DAVE FEHLING
CBS NEWS, DENVER.))
The search for a killer continues tonight- So far no arrest in yesterday's
shooting on Interstate 81.
Joe Dashiell reports on the life of 57-year old (Es-tull) Estel Singleton,
a man remembered today as a good friend and devoted husband.
IN Q=Estel Singleton lived in Bluefield
SUPER=01-Reba Scott/Former Neighbor; :27
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Estel Singleton lived in Bluefield most of his adult life, but moved to
Roanoke six years ago when his wife became ill.
They rented a small home in Garden City... on a quiet street where
neighbors considered them good friends.
IN Q=Just wonderful people
((JUST WONDERFUL PEOPLE. JUST AS SWEET AS THEY COULD BE.))
OUT Q=they could be.
Reba Scott has a wreath on her front door that Francis Singleton gave
her... and she carries fond memories of Estel, who she says was a devoted
husband during his wife's battle with terminal cancer.
IN Q=He was a friendly person
((REBA SCOTT: HE WAS A FRIENDLY PERSON. HE WAS A CARING PERSON, VERY OUTGOING,
VERY NEIGHBORLY. HE WAS JUST A FINE FELLOW AS FAR AS I KNEW.))
OUT Q=as far as I knew.
Family members don't know why Singleton stopped at the Rest Area early
Wednesday, and so far the investigation has not yielded any major developments.
Estel Singleton was planning a trip to Bluefield on Saturday to place
flowers on his wife's grave.
Now family memeber say it will probably be the day that Estel Singleton is
Joe Dashiell News 7))
A Roanoke man is suspected of attacking a woman at San Souci Apartments in
Police have charged Ronald Eugene Heavener with aggravated sexual battery
and forcible sodomy.
Last week a resident at the complex said a man posing as a maintenance
worker knocked on her door, saying he was there to check a gas leak.
But once the woman let him in, he attacked her.
This is the second incident at an apartment complex recently--the first
occurred at The Mews Apartments.
Police are not sure the two are related.
Republic of Texas leaders are once again talking to police-
SUPER=03-Fort Davis, TX;
Their spokesman says talking is the only way they want to resolve the
But Ron Beams says the group fears the government will use force.
((RON BEAMS/REPUBLIC OF TEXAS SPOKESMAN: CONCERNS ARE MOUNTING THAT LAW
ENFORCEMENT MAY BE STAGING A MASSIVE ARMED CONFRONTATION.))
SUPER=01-Ron Beams/Republic of Texas Spokesman; quick!
OUT Q=armed confrontation."
Meanwhile neighbors they're fed up with Rick McClaren and his Repubic of
((DAVID TRUSSELL/LOCAL RESIDENT: WHETHER MCCLAREN BELIEVES IT OR NOT HE DOESN'T
HAVE AS MANY FOLLOWERS AS HE THINKS HE HAS.))
((MR. MCLAREN IS WITHIN HIS RIGHT TO CLAIM WHATEVER HE WANTS TO CLAIM BUT HE'S
GOING ABOUT THE VERY WRONG WAY.))
SUPER=01-David Trussell/Local Resident; (QUICK!)
OUT Q=THE VERY WRONG WAY."
The standoff has been going on since Sunday.
Prosecutors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial say
Tim McVeigh used a disguise while shopping for bomb ingredients.
In court, Glynn Tipton testified a man came to his race track to buy
explosive fuels used in dragsters and rockets. He says he's 90 percent sure the
man was McVeigh.
Prosecutors also showed that McVeigh used a catalogue to buy the book
Homemade C-4, a step-by-step recipe for making a powerful bomb.
The British have elected a new prime minister.
It is a landslide victory tonight for the opposition Labor Party- and its
leader Tony Blair.
The 43 year old will become the youngest British Prime Minister in 185
He would take the spot held by Conservative John Major.
Conservatives have held power since 1979.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Eleven--higher property assesments could cost
residents in Botetourt County more money,
and we'll see how local members of the National Guard are dealing with the
devastation of war torn Bosnia.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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SUPER=83-Down 0.19 foot/Down 0.64 foot;Lake levels
(("THIS IS THE REGION'S NUMBER ONE NEWSCAST NEWS 7 AT ELEVEN, WITH JEAN
JADHON, METEOROLOGIST ROBIN REED AND MIKE STEVENS WITH SPORTS."))
After years of ethnic fighting the damage in Bosnia is overwhelming--
especially for members of a Danville National Guard unit who've never served in
a war ravaged country.
Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco recently returned from
visiting the soldiers.
Tonight they show us how the Danville unit, as well as other American
soldiers, are helping the country heal.
IN Q=The bombed
SUPER=03-Bosnia Herzegovina; :00
SUPER=01-Jon Thackston/Danville National Guard Member; :37
SUPER=01-Wayne Bosman/Danville National Guard Member; :54
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Bosnia Herzegovina.
(( The bombed out houses scattered throughout Bosnia are a constant reminder
But even if the damage were concealed-- the memories are beyond repair.
((THERE WAS SHELLING ALL DAY LONG, LOTS OF GRENADES, FIRST GRENADE LANDED
ACTUALLY IN THIS HOUSE, WHICH IS MY HOUSE, ALL THE GLASS FELL DOWN. ))
OUT Q=fell down.
Understanding the conflict hasn't been easy for the Danville soldiers.
At one time, Bosnia was a nightly news event-- but now that a level of peace
has been established-- there are fewer stories.
IN Q=I tried
((JON THACKSTON/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD:I TRIED TO FIND AN ENCYCLOPEDIA TO FIND
OUT ABOUT THE WEATHER, TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND ALL, I WAS DOING A LOT
OF READING ON WHAT TO EXPECT. ))
OUT Q=to expect.
The soldiers did NOT expect this level of devastation.
Entire villages were wiped out, and now the people are left to rebuild.
IN Q=You see
((WAYNE BOSMAN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:YOU SEE A LOT OF THE RESIDENTS
CONSTANTLY WORKING IN THEIR FIELDS AND USING THE BRICKS AND THE MORTARS TO
REBUILD THEIR HOUSES. ))
OUT Q=their houses.
Mameechi is one village trying to get back on its feet.
During the war, Muslims living here were forced to flee their homes, with
little hope of returning.
At one time-- the area resembled a ghost town-- but today there are signs of
This woman lived as a refugee for five years before the Americans
IN Q=The village
((THE VILLAGE WAS FULL OF SERBS ARMY AND THEY EVEN BEAT ME TO TELL THEM IF I'M
HIDING SOMEONE, SOMEBODY, IN MY SHELTER IN MY HOUSE. ))
OUT Q=in my house.
With the peacekeepers maintaining order-- perhaps such vivid stories-- will
not be a part of the future.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Bosnia Herzegovina.))
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And if you would like to know more about the Danville unit's mission in
Bosnia, including how to get in touch with the soldiers, visit the W-D-B-J home
is w-d-b-j 7 dot com.
For the past five years, Botetourt County residents have had the best of
The tax rate's stayed the same... and their property has not been
But at least half of that equation is changing.
Property appraisals are now underway in Botetourt County for the first time
For many residents, that means a sharp increase when it comes to their
The impact of that will be determined by the tax rate.
IN Q=As the
((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: AS THE PRESSURES OF GROWTH
OCCUR IN BOTETOURT COUNTY AND THE DEMAND FOR SCHOOLS AND SPENDING OCCURS, THE
QUESTION WILL BE WHETHER WE CAN MAINTAIN OR EVEN REDUCE THAT RATE TO OFFSET
SOME OF THE INCREASES CAUSED BY THE POPULARITY OF THIS COUNTY. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=this county
Botetourt County property assessments are expected to take 11 more months.
Rail workers took to the streets to air their complaints about possible
changes in their disability benefits.
Railroad employees across the country took part in what they call
They say the Railroad Retirement Board wants to make it harder to qualify
for occupational disability pensions.
SOT may need to cover part of this sot 15:48:57
((DOUG HONAKER/IAM LOCAL 165 CHAIRMAN: THERE'S LESS THAN A THREE PERCENT
DENIAL RATE. SOME STUDIES HAVE BEEN MADE THAT THAT IF THESE CHANGE IN
STANDARDS GO THROUGH, THAT THAT DENIAL RATE COULD JUMP UP AS MUCH TO 40
SUPER=01-Doug Honaker/IAM Local 165 Chairman;
OUT Q=40 percent.
The Association of American Railroads was suprised at today's
It believes the two sides have come close to agreeing on how to update the
The A-A-R says those standards are a half-century old.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11,
we'll meet Bill Carr, a local middle school band director who's calling it
quits after 37 years.
MUSIC UP FULL
He's been the man behind the music for many youngsters in Roanoke. And,
tonight he led his last tune.
News 7's Stacey Martin explains.
IN Q=Bill Carr gave
SUPER=01-Bryan Moore/7th Grader; :15
SUPER=01-Bill Carr/Woodrow Wilson Band Director; :32
SUPER=01-Stacey Martin/News 7; 1:11
OUT Q=Stacey Martin, News 7 Roanoke
((Bill Carr gave students a last minute pep-talk and helped tune their
instruments as they got ready to take the stage.
But, this concert was different.
They knew and HE knew it would be for the last time.
IN Q=I'm going to
((BRYAN MOORE/7TH GRADER WOODROW WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL: I'M GOING TO REMEMBER
HOW HE ALWAYS TRIED TO MAKE EVERYTHING PERFECT AND ALWAYS TRIED TO HELP US OUT
AND JUST MADE US A GREAT BAND.))
OUT Q=a great band
Carr--a band director at Woodrow Wilson Middle School--is retiring after
directing school bands in the area for 37 years.
IN Q=It's getting harder
((BILL CARR/BAND DIR. WOODROW WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL: IT'S GETTING HARDER TO DO
PHYSICALLY BECAUSE I'M STILL WANTING TO DO THE SAME PACE I DID WHEN I WAS
YOUNGER AND I GET TIRED NOW.))
OUT Q=get tired now
He took to teaching after playing with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra,
directing bands at Alleghany District High School, Patrick Henry and here at
Many of his students were beginners--picking up instruments and making music
for the first time.
But, this night their musical mastery was loud and clear.
SOT=07.35.00 - 07.35.07
((NAT/SOT - band music ))
As a retiree--Carr says he plans to finish-up on his Spring cleaning and do
IN Q=While Bill Carr
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: WHILE BILL CARR IS LEAVING THE CARR TRADITION MAY
CONTINUE. HIS ELDEST SON SHANNON, A MUSIC TEACHER IN FLORIDA HAS ALREADY
APPLIED FOR HIS DAD'S JOB. BUT, A FINAL DECISION FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS YET
TO BE MADE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=NEWS 7, ROANOKE ))
May begins with a warm and blustery day and this month is often full of
weather surprises. Let's check out the May numbers with Patrick Evans.
OUT Q=News 7 Weather Music continues on tape
SUPER=330-Clear & Cool/Winds Diminish/43-46/Partly Sunny/Wind S-10/68-70;
SUPER=331-Clear With/Diminishing Winds/42-46/Mostly Sunny/Wind S-10/70-74;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Wind W-10/38-40/Mostly Sunny/Wind SE-10/67-69;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/Wind NW-10/40-44/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/64-66;
SUPER=334-Clearing & Cool/Wind W-10/38-40/Mostly Sunny/And Warmer/68-70;
an update on the condition of Mets' pitcher Jason Isringhausen, who
originally was feared to have a form of cancer.
Doctors say preliminary tests indicate the 24 year old may have
a treatable form of tuberculosis.
If this diagnosis holds true,Isringhausen can expect a full recovery in six
to eight weeks.
The seventh seeded Orlando Magic, who were on the verge of being swept from
the playoffs are back in business.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/TNT; :00
After failing to get the sweep on Tuesday night, Heat head coach Pat Riley
was incredibly intense for game four.
But again it was the Magic that came out hot. Danny Schayes, of all folks
scores inside for a 15 point Orlando lead.
Miami would try to turn up the Heat with Tim Hardaway dishing to Dan Marjerle
in transition for the layin.
But it was the other Hardaway doing most of the damage. In traffic, Penny
scores over two players as he gets the friendly bounce on the iron.
Then watch him on the break, pull up and hit the three pointer. Penny scored
SUPER=32-Miami/91/Orlando/99/Series Tied at 2-all;
27 in the first half, he finished with 41, and has 83 in the last two games.
The Magic wins it to force game seven.
Despite a lot of criticism about his selfish play, Allen Iverson is this
year's NBA rookie of the year.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00
Yesterday the Hampton native edged Stephon Marbury and Shareef Abdur-Rahim
for the honor.
He averaged nearly 24 points a game this year.
And among rookie he was first in scoring, steals, and minutes played.
The Atlanta Braves are off to the best start in team history, as they pick up
their 20th win of the year yesterday.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati/Braves vs. Reds - TBS; :00
Cincinnati Reds manager Ray Knight wiped off the plate so the Braves could
monitor the strike zone.
Not that they needed any help.
After winning a record 19 games in April, the Braves begin the month of May
by hitting three homeruns and beating the Reds 4-to-2.
John Smoltz got the win to improve to 3-and-3.
SUPER=03-Denver/Cubs vs. Rockies;
The Rockies hosting the Cubs yesterday and again they took advantage of
Chicago's propensity to make those errors.
Larry Walker's routine double play ball, sails into the outfield.
Eric Young and Quinton Mccracken score and the Rockies win it 5-to-4.
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
On the high school diamond yesterday at Penn Forest Park North Cross took on
Lynchburg's Holy Cross.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The Raiders came out playing some tough defense in the early innings as
shortstop David Foster and first baseman Ben Allen team up for the 6-3 double
But Holy Cross did get on the board in the top of the third.
Christian Antonelli hits a single to right field plating John Bumgardner fro
second base to make it one to nothing.
But the Raiders mounted a serious comeback in the bottom of the inning as
Allen hit s a two run homer over the left center field fence scoring Greg Lang.
It's 2-to-1 Raiders.
But Holy Cross pitcher Abe Hughes
SUPER=34-Holy Cross/6/North Cross/3;
settled down and struck out 13 North Cross batters as Holy Cross wins it
The Roanoke Express' initial team logo was thought to be one of the best in
SS=EXPRESS - NEW
But today Steve Mason says the team unveiled a brand new logo, and some new
colors for next season.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Tommy Benizio/Express Marketing Director; :21
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; 1:18
OUT Q=....In the studio
The Roanoke Riverdawgs will be back this year but with some changes of their
The team has a new name, "The Wrath", new owners, and possibly a new home
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1996 Season; :00
Sources say many of last year's players will be back, including goalie
Aaron Ewert and Dustin Fonder, former Radford star Ian Spooner, and Grayson
The Wrath is trying to work out a deal to play this season at Victory
Stadium; last year's Riverdawg playoff site.
The team's home field last season was Cave Spring Junior High.
Still to come, some of the top up and coming women's pros from the "Futures"
tour are coming to Forest.
And I'll tell you how Chip Sullivan did today during the first round of the
Shell Open in Houston.
Roanoke's Chip Sullivan shot a three over round of 75 yesterday in the first
round of the Shell Open at the Woodlands just outside of Houston, Texas.
Chip had a 37 on the front side and a 38 on the back.
He trails leader David Duval by 10 shots.
GRAPHIC=Futures Golf Logo
Women's professional golf from the Future's Tour is coming back to Central
Virginia later this month at the London Downs Golf Club.
The three day tournament showcases talented women's golfers from all over
And the money raised through admission and sponsors goes to Central
Virginia's Habitat for Humanity.
The tournament raised over 10-thousand dollars last year.
IN Q="Central Fidelity
((MIKE FORREN/CENTRAL FIDELITY BANK: ))
SUPER=01-Mike Forren/Central Fidelity Bank; :
OUT Q=.......WITH IT ALSO.
115 golfers from 27 countries will tee it up. A pro am tournament is
scheduled for May 15-th and this years activities will include a junior clinic
on May 14-th.
A chimpanzee on the loose- is now back home.
Sydney's eluded zoo keepers for a week.
He did not give in for M-and-M's or tranqualizer laced pepsi.
Even the lure of his mate would not break Sydney.
Today Sydney decided it was time to go home. He walked up to zoo keepers and
But before Sydney was put in a cage- he ran toward a T-V photographer.
((NAT SOUND ))
OUT Q=NAT SOUND.
The 150 pound chimp charged toward the camera- knocking him over and biting
him on the arm.
The photographer needed a couple of stitches.
Sydney is back home.
A couple hundred Czechoslovakian couples are trying to kiss off a world
According to Czech legend on May first, every girl or woman must be kissed
under a cherry tree if she wants to have children.
So this year, the owners of Prague's shopping mall installed a tree and
invited couples to kiss under it.
They are hoping to get enough pucker-ers to get into the Guiness Book of World