There are still no suspects in the murder of a Roanoke County man at an
interstate rest stop.
And the man accused of killing Ennis Cosby appears in court, amid reports
two of his friends witnessed the shooting.
A few scattered showers are still around, but they are moving out. From
this afternoon on we'll see clearing skies, and some pleasant temperatures as
well. I have all the details, plus your daily dose of sports.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
Authorities in Montgomery County continue to check out leads, but so far
there are no major developments in the investigation of yesterday's murder on
57- year- old Estel (ESS-tuhl) Darnell Singleton was shot and killed
Wednesday morning at the Ironto rest area.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Newsroom
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more on the story.
Melanie, Estel Singleton lived in Bluefield for most of his adult life. He
worked as a route sales representative supplying stores with sunglasses,
watches and similar products.
But today relatives are remembering him as a grandfather and a husband who
cared for his ailing wife.
Singleton moved to Roanoke six years ago to be closer to his children and
grandchildren, and the medical facility where his wife was receiving treatment.
Today, his daughter-in law described him as a wonderful grandfather... and
a devoted husband who did a super job caring for his wife.
Singleton's relative don't know why he stopped at the rest area, and this
morning authorities are not reporting any major developments in their
Singleton's wife died in February, and he was planning a trip to Bluefield
on Saturday to place flowers on her grave.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Newsroom
Now, family members say that will likely be the day that Estel Singleton
will be buried.
A working smoke detector might have made the difference between life and
death in Wytheville.
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.
On the day the suspect in the Ennis Cosby murder is scheduled to be
arraigned there appears to be a major development in the case.
U-S-A Today says police have questioned two people that may have been with
Michael Markhasev when he allegedly shot and killed the son of entertainer Bill
Cosby last January.
The paper reports the men witnessed Markhasev shoot Cosby while trying to
And an uncle of one of the witnesses says the three were high on drugs that
Four months after the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, her parents have finally
been questioned by Colorado police.
Authorities have already acknowledged that Patricia and Jon Ramsey are the
focus of the investigation.
Phil Lebeau (LA-BO) has the story.
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SUPER=03-Boulder, CO; :00
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OUT Q= cbs news.
Eighty-nine people will be temporarily laid off- 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.
Eighteen years of conservative rule in Great Britain could be coming to an
The national election is underway this afternoon and opinion polls indicate
Tony Blair's Labor Party will oust John Major's conservative Party.
Blair has broadened Labor's appeal with promises to hold the line on taxes
and spending, to be tough on crime.
((TONY BLAIR, LABOR PARTY LEADER)
`I SHALL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RESULTS. (Q) IS THERE A SENSE OF
ANTICIPATION? (A) I THINK IT WOULD BE ODD IF THERE WEREN'T THE MILDEST SENSE
OF ANTICIPATION, YEAH. I THINK THAT WOULD NOT BE OVERSTATING IT.' ))
SUPER=01-Tony Blair/Labor Party;
OUT Q=would be overstating it.
But Major is hoping Britain's growing economy and low-inflation might spur an
May Day, the equivalent of America's Labor Day, is being marked in various
parts of the world today.
In Moscow, thousands of protestors filled the streets blasting the
government and calling for President Boris Yeltsin's resignation.
And a boisterous rally in Seoul had to be broken up with tear gas grenades.
Thousands of students were protesting against President Kim Young-Sam.
Throughout Japan, some two million workers took part in rallies, demanding
a greater share of national wealth.
Inside a Denver courtroom at this hour the prosecution is trying to link
Timothy McVeigh to the bomb that shattered the federal building in Oklahoma
They're calling friends and associates of McVeigh to the witness stand to
testify that McVeigh tried to enlist their help in buying bomb parts months
before the 19-95 blast.
During cross-examination yesterday, the defense attacked key prosecution
witness Lori Fortier, saying she was tailoring her testimony to avoid
A-B-C estimates 42-million people watched last night's highly publicized
episode of "Ellen," more than twice its usual number of viewers.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell was among those tunning in.
In recent weeks, Falwell has blasted the network and its parent company
Disney for airing a show that promotes homosexuality as an acceptable
IN Q=And while we
((REV/ JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS RD. BAPTIST CHURCH: AND WHILE WE SHOULD SHOW LOVE
TO GAYS AND TRY TO LEAD THEM TO CHRIST AND HELP THEM OUT OF THEIR PERVERTED
LIFESTYLE, WE SHOULDN'T PROMOTE IT AND TRY TO ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO EXPERIMENT
WITH SOMETHING THAT CAN ONLY HURT THEM.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Road Baptist Church; :00
OUT Q=only hurt them.
Falwell was successful in getting companies like General Motors, Johnson and
Johnson and J.C. Penney to drop their sponsorship of the show.
He planned to watch last night and note which sponsors DID advertise on
Falwell says he and other Christian ministers will pressure those companies
to drop their sponsorships as well.
Olde Mill Golf resort will NOT serve mixed drinks 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.
A mixed review of Virginia's environmental policy..
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 Strategies;
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.
It's tax day in Virginia. Residents of the commonwealth have
until midnight tonight to send in their state income tax forms.
Taxpayers who are NOT ready can ask for an extension of up to six
One Radford University student turned a school project into grand
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.))
Visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are getting quite a show today.
SUPER=03-Kilauea, HI/April 29;
Lava has been spewing again from Kilauea (Kil-ah-way-ah) Volcano, creating a
massive lava pool.
The volcano was also very active on Tuesday.
The lava flow is expected to continue for several weeks.
The volcano has been erupting almost continuously since 19-83.
The Roanoke Express unveiled its new logo today and addressed some other
important issues. Steve Mason has more from the Roanoke Civic Center.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Tommy Benizio/Director of Marketing; :21
SUPER=01-Pierre Piaement/Express General Manager; :57
OUT Q= In the studio"
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The game came down to the wire, but the world champion Bulls ended the
Washington Bullets' season last night in game three of the best of five first
round N-B-A playoff series.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Bulls vs. Bullets; :00
Michael Jordan 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 finds the range on the drive in jumper to put Chicago up by a
Rod Strickland makes the guard stumble and bumble with this move and
hoop to tie the game again.
Scotty Pippin dunked the winning shot and Chicago ends Washington's season
with the 96-95 win.
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-4)
GRAPHIC=High School Baseball
In local high school baseball action, the Brookville Bees escaped with a one
run win over the Salem Spartans.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bees vs. Spartans; :00
Salem third baseman Greg Harrison comes through, handling the hard grounder
and getting the out at first in the top of the first.
Ricky Eubank connects on the infield hit. The ball gets away from the
Brookville first baseman. Sam Lazarro tries to score but is tagged at the
Brookville beats Salem 7-6.
Coming up on News 7 at 6 and 11..
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.
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