A Roanoke man was found shot to death yesterday morning at the Ironto Rest
Area on Interstate 81.
Published reports identify the victim as 57- year- old Estel Darnell
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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 single battery in a smoke detector might have saved two lives yesterday,
but it was not there.
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 polls have opened in national elections in Britain.
Tony Blair's Labor Party is heavily favored to oust John Major's
Conservative Party, which has ruled Britain for the past 18 years.
Blair has broadened Labor's appeal with promises to hold the line on taxes
and spending, to be tough on crime and not to re-nationalize big industries.
But Major is hoping Britain's growing economy and low-inflation might spur an
Temporary layoffs will affect 89 people- that's what the Radford Army
Ammunition Plant is now saying.
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.
Virginians of different races found a pit stop where they could express
their opinions on the Confederacy.
Two rallies at the state capitol yesterday may lead to improved relations
over Confederate Heritage and History month.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=nat sot drum
SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Virginia NAACP; :24
SUPER=01-Rick Reid/Confederate Re-enactor; :36
SUPER=01-Jeff Wilson/NAACP Youth Rep.; :46
SUPER=01-Paul Gillis/Virginia 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.))
43- percent of Virginians think government is doing enough or even more than
is really necessary to protect the environment.
And according to a new survey from the Virginia Environmental Endowment, 41-
percent say government's NOT doing enough.
NOT a glowing endorsement for a more environmental change of course.
But the group says it's significant.
IN Q=I think
((GERALD MCCARTHEY/VA. ENVIRONMENTAL ENDOWMENT: I THINK WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS
THAT VIRGINIANS ARE BALANCED. THEY'RE VERY FAIR. AND AT THE SAME TIME THEY'RE
LOOKING AHEAD. AND PART OF LOOKING AHEAD IS PRESERVING WHAT'S BEST IN
VIRGINIA. AND IF THERE'S A MESSAGE TO POLITICIANS IT'S DON'T IGNORE OUR
ENVIRONMENT. IT COUNTS AND WE CARE.))
SUPER=01-Peter Hart/Public Opinion Stategies;
OUT Q=we care.
Governor George Allen rated a 47- percent approval rating as an
environmental protector compared to his 65- percent overall approval rating.
Years of internal fighting has taken a toll on Bosnia- Herzegovina.
Thousands died as a result of ethnic and political fighting.
But the country is beginning to rebuild-- now that peacekeepers from around
the world have intervened.
Forty-six Danville National Guardsmen are among the soldiers helping the
country get back on its feet.
In tonight's installment of our special series, "Bosnia Peacekeepers" Teresa
Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco take us into a community that suffered
greatly during the war.
The soldiers say they never thought imagined the devastation would be so
IN Q=It's hard
((PAUL GRIFFIN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARDSMAN:IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THE COUNTRYSIDE
SO PRETTY AND THE PEOPLE SO NICE THAT THERE WAS A WAR HERE, AND, IN FACT,
HAPPENED, BUT YOU CAN REALLY SEE IT WHEN YOU GO THROUGH SOME OF THE TOWNS AND
THEY WERE TOTALLY ELIMINATED.THE HOUSES ARE BOMBED OUT AND YOU SEE THE PEOPLE
EVERY DAY WALKING UP TO YOU, AND REALLY LIKE YOU, AND KNOW THAT YOU BRING
SUPER=01-Paul Griffin/Danville National Guard; :00
OUT Q=bring peace.
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Tuzla is one of the towns that suffered a great loss.
Seventy-one young people died when a grenade exploded two years ago.
We'll have the complete story-- tonight at six.
The standoff between 13 members of the "Republic of Texas" group and more
than one hundred state troopers and sheriffs in West Texas has entered a fifth
SUPER=03-Fort Davis, TX;
Authorities have cut power to the trailer where the 13 fugitives are holed
up and say the next move is up to the group's leader.
About 70 miles away, police arrested seven other members of the group and
seized weapons and ammunition.
They were apparently on their way to join their comrades.
The prosecution plans to call friends and associates of Timothy McVeigh to
the stand today at the Oklahoma City bombing trial. (----------------)
They hope to show McVeigh tried to buy bomb components in the months before
Yesterday, the defense went on the attack cross examining key prosecution
witness Lori Fortier (FOR-TEE-YEAR).
A day earlier she linked McVeigh to the bombing.
Defense lawyer Stephen Jones suggested Fortier tailored her testimony to
avoid prosecution for not stopping the bombing.
An early morning fire swept through a home yesterday, killing the couple who
Authorities say 59- year- old Cora Lee Green screamed for her family to get
out of the house when she discovered the blaze around 4:30.
Her two sons ran to a neighbor's house and called 9-1-1.
Cora and her husband Robert A. Green the third were unable to escape.
Their sons could not fight the heat and smoke to save them.
((TRENTON CROCKETT/NEIGHBOR: THEY WAS TRYING TO GO BACK IN AND I TRIED TO STOP
THEM BUT THEY WAS PRETTY MUCH HYSTERICAL. I DIDN'T TRY TO STOP THEM AFTER A
WHILE, THEY WERE IN MILD SHOCK OR SOMETHING. ))
OUT Q=shock or something.
A preliminary investigation shows the fire started in a hallway near a
baseboard heating unit.
The house had a smoke detector, but it did NOT have a battery.
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In Christiansburg, a family of four escaped safely when THEIR home caught
fire on Roanoke Street yesterday morning.
Police say Raymond Patterson, a retired Chicago police officer, lived there
with Theo Elliott and their two young children.
Fire Chief Jim Epperly says it appears the fire probably started behind the
The Montgomery County Red Cross is accepting donations to help the family.
A Radford University student is reinventing "the recital."
Andrew Freiden has the story.
SUPER=01-Anne Kempton/Radford University Student; :17
SUPER=01-Al Wojtera/Music Professor; :42
SUPER=07-Denise & 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.))
GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check
In medical news this morning,
Science could be catching up with nature-- as researchers think they've
found the key to manipulating muscle growth.
The discovery begins with the engineering of a Mighty Mouse--
but it could end with some major health implications.
Health Check's Connie Stevens has the story.
IN Q=They do look
SUPER=01-Dr. Se-Jin Lee/Johns Hopkins Researcher; :34
OUT Q=CS, Health Check.
IN Q=They do look
((THEY DO LOOK A LITTLE STRANGE. THE SHOULDERS AND THE HIPS ARE REALLY BIG AND
BULKY AND YOU CAN SEE THE SHOULDERS ARE MUCH BIGGER IN THE MUTANT MOUSE. ))
OUT Q=mutant mouse.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have created a mouse with
two-thirds the normal muscle mass-- They engineered it by turning off a
single gene-- called Myostatin, also found in humans.
Turned on, it limits muscle growth.
Turned off, it could have profound applications-- including hope in
treating muscular dystrophy-- a wasting disease that destroys muscle tissue.
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IN Q=It's still early
((DR. SE-JIN LEE/JOHNS HOPKINS RESEARCHER: IT'S STILL EARLY WITH RESPECT TO
GETTING TO APPLICATIONS. BUT ULTIMATELY OUR HOPE IS THAT THIS COULD LEAD TO THE
DEVELOPMENT OF NEW DRUGS THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR REBUILDING DISEASED OR
OUT Q=damaged muscle.
The implications aren't just for medicine.
Livestock also carries the
Researchers envision herds of cattle and flocks of chicken with two to
three times the amount of meat as a normal animal, and relatively less fat.
Connie Stevens, Health Check.))
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There's been another killing at an interstate rest stop in Virginia.
Some V-DOT workers found the body of a 57- year- old Roanoke man at the
Ironto rest area yesterday.
Published reports identify the victim as Estel Darnell Singleton.
Police say he was shot to death.
The body was found lying face down in a grassy area just south of the
restroom pavilion about 9:30.
So far, investigators don't have any witnesses.
One woman says she saw the victim ALIVE at about five in the morning.
SOT 47:36 597-14
IN Q=Just pacing around the car
((MELISSA AUDICK: JUST PACING AROUND THE CAR STARING RIGHT AT ME, SO I MOVED
THE CAR OVER HERE. WE STAYED AWAKE FROM ANOTHER 45 MINUTES OR AN HOUR. THEN
WHEN I WOKE UP THIS TRANSPIRED.))
SUPER=07-Melissa Audick; :03
OUT Q=this transpired.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's department says the best leads could come
from motorists who were at the rest stop early in the morning.
The Sheriff wants anyone who has any information to contact his office or the
It was a debate and celebration all rolled into one yesterday as protestors
and supporters took one last look at Virginia's Confederate History and
The N-double-A-C-P and Southern Christian Leadership Conference kicked
Speakers chided Governor George Allen for what they called a "foolish"
summary of Civil War history in his proclamation.
IN Q=It's a thing
((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN/VA. NAACP: IT'S A THING WHERE WHITE PEOPLE KILLED EACH
OTHER OVER THE RIGHT TO OWN AND BREED SLAVES.))
((HOW CAN YOU STRIVE TO DO BETTER WHEN YOUR PEOPLE AT THE TOP SEAT OF
GOVERNMENT ARE TRYING TO OPPRESS YOU WITH NEGATIVISM LIKE THE PROCLAMATION?))
SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Virginia NAACP; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Gillis/Virginia NAACP; :09
Then the Confederate re-enactors took the field to celebrate.
Reporters heard talk of understanding.
((RICK REID/CONFEDERATE RE-ENACTOR: COMING FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I SAW NOTHING
WRONG WITH IT. BUT LISTENING TO THEIR POINT OF VIEW TODAY ABOUT IT, AND I
CAN'T REMEMBER THE GENTLEMAN'S NAME, BUT HE SAID "LIBERTY FOR WHO?" WELL IT
CERTAINLY WASN'T LIBERTY FOR THEM. AND I AGREE A HUNDRED PERCENT WITH HIM.))
SUPER=01-Rick Reid/Confederate Re-enactor;
OUT Q=with him.
Both rallies went off peacefully.
There will be NO mixed drinks at the Olde Mill Golf Resort this year.
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape;
For the second time, Governor George Allen vetoed a "liquor by the drink"
bill for the resort.
Allen cited strong local opposition for his veto.
Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum sponsored the bill.
He says 90- percent of the inn's clientele comes from off the Blue Ridge
Woodrum says Allen's veto is ironic, because when the Governor was in the
House of Delegates in 19-88 he supported serving liquor at Mountain Lake Inn in
Giles County despite local opposition then.
In a matter of hours, the flood crest of the Red River is expected to hit
City officials say they're confident that a 28-mile-long dike will hold.
Still, an additional one-million sand bags are being piled on it.
Meantime, residents in neighboring North Dakota and Minnesota are now
dealing with the aftermath.
Ten-percent of the homes in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are considered
Closer to home, in Halifax County,
Intense rain earlier this week is expected to cause moderate flooding.
The Dan River crested this morning near Riverdale at EIGHT feet above flood
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 Tuesday-- in preparation for Mother
Flooding seems to be a yearly occurrence in Riverdale, but that does not
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 today or tomorrow.
A local agency that's focus is saving others is getting a helping hand of
The Roanoke Wildlife Rescue Center saves sick animals that are abandoned.
Students at Cave Spring High School raised over a thousand dollars for the
The money will help director Dorothy Runion make a counter offer to prevent
her father from selling off the property.
IN Q=These young people
((DOROTHY RUNION/ROANOKE WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER DIR.: THESE YOUNG PEOPLE
DECIDED TO DO THIS AND JUST CAME TO ME AND SAID, "WE WOULD LIKE TO ADOPT YOU.
WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE ON THE ROANOKE WILDLIFE RESCUE. WE WOULD LIKE TO HELP
YOU SAVE YOUR AGENCY." AND FOR THAT, I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO THANK THESE KIDS
ENOUGH FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE. ))
SUPER=01-Dorothy Runion/Roanoke Wildlife Rescue Ctr.;
OUT Q=what they've done
Runion hopes to raise two- hundred thousand dollars from the community.
Cave Spring students adopted the Wildlife Rescue as a marketing project.
They contributed their own money, and organized their own fundraising
The Chicago Bulls completed their
sixth first-round sweep in seven seasons.
For last night's scores let's check the boards.
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SUPER=0092-j/N.Y. Mets/6//San Diego/2///j/St. Louis/6//Florida/2///;