Two sisters missing for several days are found murdered in Hanover County.
The Army is charging its former top enlisted man with assault and adultery.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
Police are continuing their investigation into the deaths of two girls found
last night in Hanover County.
Authorities believe they are the two sisters who were last seen Thursday
getting off their school buses at their Spotsylvania County home.
Byron Pitts has more.
SUPER=03-Spotsylvania Co.; :00 QUICK
SUPER=01-Pat Sullins/Spotsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :07
SUPER=01-Byron Pitts/Reporting; :51
SUPER=01-Denise Marie Blevins/Resident; 1:10
OUT Q=Byron Pitts, CBS NEWS .... SPOTSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA.))
...We were together to talk about the good things about Kristin and Kati and
they were beautiful people.
The girls bodies were discovered in a river, beneath an overpass nearly
40-miles from home.
CAPT. PAT SULLINS, SPOTSYLVANIA SHERIFF'S DEPT
"THE DETECTIVES MADE TENTATIVE IDENTIFICATION OF THE GIRLS BASED ON THE
CLOTHING AND PHYSICAL DESCRIPTIONS." 15 year-old Kristin and her sister, 12
year-old Kati Lisk -- murdered.
Last weekend 15-hundred volunteers had searched -- the FBI sent in agents
and resources, but nothing.
No sign of the sisters from a sleepy suburban town 70-miles south of
Girls abducted from home last Thursday ... less than an hour
after they stepped off a school bus.
Spotsylvania has been here before. Last September, a 16-year old girl was
abducted from home.
Authorities found her body 5-weeks later.
A suspect in that case is behind bars.
For five days here ... a small town had big hopes.
5-days Parents worried and children whispered.
DENISE MARIE BLEVINS, NO FONT
'I DON'T WANT TO BE KIDNAPPED AND KILLED.'
In 5-days ... one girls fear ... became one more family's fate.
Byron Pitts, CBS NEWS .... SPOTSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA.))
Police say a drug overdose was apparently what killed a man found dead in
northwest Roanoke yesterday.
The medical examiner has yet to determine the exact cause of death.
He's waiting for the lab reports.
The body of 37- year- old Alan Lynn Tarter was found at the construction
site at the Peter's Creek Road extension.
Police say a witness found the body after spotting someone driving a jeep
who was acting suspiciously.
They later found the driver of the jeep.
The man told police that he and Tarter bought some drugs and Tarter
apparently went into a coma and died.
The driver dumped the body at the construction site.
So far, no charges have been filed.
An accident on route 4-60 in Giles County this morning seriously injures
the driver of a tractor trailer.
The truck was headed west in the Bluffs section when it ran off the left
side of the road, crashed through a guardrail and plunged down an embankment.
After rescuers were able to extract the driver, he was flown by helicopter
to Roanoke. No word on his condition at this time.
The accident littered 4-60 with the truck's load of bulk mail.
((STEVE HALL/VA STATE POLICE: IT'S GONNA BE SHUT PERIODICALLY THROUGH THE DAY
UNTIL WE GET ALL THIS CLEANED UP AND GET THE TRUCK OFF THE BANK AND TAKEN OUT
OF THE SCENE. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Hall/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=of the scene.
The rig is from P-S-E Trucking out of Minnesota.
Police have not yet determined what caused the accident.
After three hours of testimony from three psychologists, a judge rules Earl
Bramblett IS competent to stand trial.
Bramblett is charged with killing Blain and Theresa Hodges and their two
young daughters in Vinton in 19-94.
Yesterday his defense attorneys argued he was not competent to stand trial.
IN Q=there are two prongs
TERRY GRIMES/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; THERE ARE TWO PRONGS TO COMPETENCY, ONE IS THAT
THE ACCUSED UNDERSTAND THE NATURE AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE CHARGES AGAINST
HIM, SECONDLY THAT THE ACCUSED BE ABLE TO ASSIST HIS COUNSEL IN PREPARATION OF
THE TRIAL OF THIS MATTER. WE HAD SOME CONCERNS ABOUT COMPETENCY ELSE WE
WOULDN'T HAVE FILED THE MOTION.))
SUPER=01-Terry Grimes/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=filed the motion
No one will say what the psychologists talked about, but afterward, the
judge said it was proper and necessary to close the hearing to protect
Bramblett's right to a fair trial.
The Army's former top enlisted man faces a battery of sexual misconduct
Gene McKinney used to be Sergeant Major of the Army until allegations
against him surfaced earlier this year.
He was suspended from his post, pending an investigation.
Now McKinney reportedly has been charged with assault, adultery, making
threats and mistreating soldiers.
The next step is to begin a process that could lead to a court martial.
A landmark verdict today in an international war crimes trial.
A U-N court found a Bosnian Serb guilty of crimes against humanity in the
war in Bosnia.
Dusan Tadic (DOO'-sahn TAH'-dich)
was accused of murder and torture at three camps run by the Serbs in northwest
Bosnia in 19-92.
He faces life behind bars when he's sentenced July first.
This is the first international war crimes verdict since World War Two.
A former Heaven's Gate cult member is hospitalized in critical condition
this afternoon in California and another is dead.
Police found the bodies of both men yesterday in a hotel room just miles
from the mansion were 39 cult members committed suicide March 26th.
((CRIST:THEY DID SAY THEY WERE GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE. WE ARE GOING THROUGH
THE ROOM. THERE ARE TWO PURPLE CLOTHS SIMILAR TO THE HEAVEN'S GATE. ))
SUPER=01-Don Crist/San Diego Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=at heaven's gate.
The dead man is identified as 55- year- old Wayne Cooke.
Cooke told "60 Minutes" after the mass suicide he wished he could join his
wife Sylvia who died in the mass suicide.
A single-engine plane crashed into the backyard of a home just east of
Charlotte, North Carolina.
Authorities say three people were on
board when the plane went down this morning.
W-S-O-C in Charlotte says the pilot was critically injured. Two passengers
were aboard the aircraft, but reports say their injuries don't appear to
GRAPHIC=roanoke city seal
Roanoke City Council members voted to raise their own salaries, reduce one
tax, and impose another.
Council won't take a final vote on the budget until next Monday.
But during budget study yesterday, members approved a one- cent reduction
in the real estate tax rate.
They voted to impose a tax on cellular phone service, that would collect up
to three dollars per line per month.
They also approved a five thousand dollar salary increase for the mayor,
and two thousand dollar increases for each of the council members.
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson donated 50-thousand dollars to Jim
Gilmore's campaign for governor-
But now Gilmore's being asked to issue a legal opinion on a recent Robertson
Reston Democratic Senator Janet Howell has requested an official Attorney
That's after Robertson used his "Operation Blessing" medical ministry planes
to assist his diamond mining business.
A Robertson spokesman says the non-profit charity was reimbursed by the
diamond- mining company.
So Howell's asking Gilmore to determine if any laws governing charitable
contributions were broken...and if contributors were defrauded.
A spokesman for Gilmore says the opinion request will be considered fully.
GRAPHIC=News 7 poll
The Virginia Gubernatorial race is close, but a NEWS 7/Mason-Dixon poll
shows one candidate's starting to move up.
Ellen Qualls has the results.
IN Q=He hasn't
SUPER=03-Wakefield/April 16; :00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( He hasn't even officially kicked off his campaign, and he's already
Republican Jim Gilmore came from one point down in our January poll to inch
If the election were held today, 41- percent of the 812 registered voters
polled say they support Democrat Don Beyer.
43- percent are now supporting Gilmore.
Only 16- percent are still undecided.
The poll has a margin of error of three and a half points, so statistically
speaking they're still locked in a dead heat.
Beyer does slightly better with women; Gilmore with men.
Beyer has 69-percent support from black voters polled, but only 35- percent
support from whites polled.
Mason Dixon pointed out to voters that Gilmore plans to resign from his
full-time Attorney General job in June.
Should Beyer resign from his part-time Lieutenant Governor post?
42-percent say yes.
41-percent say no.
But if he doesn't, the impact may matter.
At this point, almost one in five voters say they would be LESS LIKELY to
vote for him.
Compelling numbers for a politician in what many expect to be a tight race.
Jim Gilmore's also winning a tight race for campaign dollars--everywhere but
But six months is a long time in politics.
Just ask Mary Sue Terry...who was 30 points ahead of a guy named George
Allen exactly four years ago.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The Christiansburg Rescue Squad is hoping a new building will mean new
The crew ran calls out of its new squad building on Depot Street for the
first time yesterday.
It's upgraded from five vehicle bays to 12, and includes expanded meeting
and classroom space and a newly- furnished day room among other extras.
((BRIAN HORNE/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD: THE LADIES AUXILIARY HAVE THEIR OWN
FACILITIES NOW UPSTAIRS, AS WELL AS THE CREW'S. THE KITCHEN FACILITIES ARE A
LOT LARGER. IN THE FUTURE THERE'S SPACE UPSTAIRS FOR BUNK ROOMS, LOCKER
SUPER=01-Brian Horne/Christiansburg Rescue Squad;
OUT Q=locker rooms.
The crew currently has about 40 active members to handle more than 200
rescue calls a month.
It's hosting an open house to dedicate the new facility and celebrate the
squad's 50th anniversary June first.
A special guest be tickling the ivories as the Roanoke Symphony kicks off
its fall season.
Conductor David Wiley offered reporters a sneak preview.
((NAT SOUND.. ))
Bruce Hornsby will perform with the Symphony on October ninth.
IN Q=Bruce has been
((DAVID WILEY/CONDUCTOR: BRUCE HAS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE ARTISTS, RECORDING
ARTISTS, HE'S A VIRGINIA NATIVE AND TO HAVE BRUCE PERFORMING WITH THE ROANOKE
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IS A VERY EXCITING EVENT FOR ALL OF US.))
OUT Q=all of us.
The concert will be part of what the Symphony is calling its "Solid Gold
Season"- a combination of new artists and old favorites.
Recent low temperatures have put a chill on sales for local greenhouses.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
SUPER=01-Tom Monroe/Obenchain's Greenhouses;:09
SUPER=01-Cindy Morgan/Cindy's Greenery;:53
OUT Q=News 7
((nat sound of cash register.))
The sound of a cash register is music to Tom Monroe's ears-- but it's a song
he didn't hear enough in April.
IN Q=USUALLY THE LAST
((TOM MONROE/OBENCHAIN'S GREENHOUSES: USUALLY THE LAST 10 DAYS IN APRIL WE
BEGIN TO WARM UP AND WE BEGIN TO DO SOME GOOD BUSINESS, BUT THIS YEAR THEY
DIDN'T WARM UP, WE HAD JUST A VERY FEW DAYS OF GOOD BUSINESS IN APRIL.))
OUT Q=IN APRIL
March was a warm month this year-- giving area nurseries hope for a strong
The average high temperature was two degrees warmer than normal and the
average low was UP four degrees.
But most planting begins in April-- and gardener's say April was too cool.
The average high was four degrees below normal, and the average low-- one
Cold temperatures can damage young plants, and frost can kill them.
In April, the threats of overnight frost were frequent.
IN Q=THIS JUST
((TOM MONROE/OBENCHAIN'S GREENHOUSES: THIS JUST ISN'T MY GARDEN CENTER, THIS
IS THE SAME FOR ALL GARDEN CENTERS. EVERYBODY'S HURTING. ))
OUT Q=EVERYBODY'S HURTING.
IN Q=people are
((CINDY MORGAN/CINDY'S GREENERY: WE'RE PRETTY FAR OFF LAST YEAR FOR APRIL. OF
COURSE MARCH WAS BETTER. IT'S ALL WEATHER DEPENDENT IN THIS BUSINESS. WE HOPE
TO MAKE UP FOR IT IN MAY. ))
OUT Q=in may.
Area green houses still have a chance to make up for a slow spring. They're
hoping in May, sales will blossom.
Andrew Freiden, News7.))
A contradiction over job cuts-
Bell Atlantic and Nynex are disputing a report that says their proposed
merger will result in three times as many job cuts as they originally planned.
The Wall Street Journal reports the Baby Bells now expect to reduce their
combined workforce by at least 10-thousand people.
That's up from an earlier estimate of three-thousand, a number Bell Atlantic
and Nynex are sticking to.
Bell Atlantic has more than 12-hundred union workers in our area.
The Federal Communications Commission must still approve the merger.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-6)
More proof last night that if you want to beat the Bulls you must find a way
to stop or at least slow down Michael Jordan.
The Hawks led 50-to-39 at halftime in game one of the Eastern conference
semi-finals in Chicago.
Jordan scored 20 points in the third quarter alone, and finished the game
SUPER=32-Chicago/100/Atlanta/97/Bulls Lead 1-0;
with 34 as the Bulls survive a sluggish effort to beat the Hawks 100-to-97.
On the Stanley cup playoff ice last night, the Rangers have taken a two games
to one lead on the Devils in their best of seven series.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG - Game 3;
Again the big name goalies were in the spotlight as Martin Brodeur squared off
against the Rangers Mike Richter.
The Rangers would prevail as Esa Tikkanen scored two times including this
eventual game winner on the putback in the second period to lift the Rangers to
the 3-to-2 win.
TAPE#net (edit of CL-97)
The Salem Avalanche won its 8th game of the year last night with a 4-to-1
victory over Kinston on the road
While in Lynchburg, the Hillcats took on the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Blue Rocks vs. Hillcats;
'Cats Mark Farris gets things started as he lines this double into left
The very next batter, Aramis Ramirez goes "big fly" off the top of the fence
in right for a 2 run-homer, and a Hillcat lead after 2 innings.
Top draft pick Kris Benson was on the money tossing a 1 hitter through 8
innings and striking out 9 as the Hillcats win it 6 to 2.
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-4)
In the area's big high school game yesterday Franklin County dominated Cave
Spring 13 to 1 in a Roanoke Valley District battle on the Knights home field.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Eagles vs. Knights; :00
Pinch hitter Brock Anderson steps up to the plate and sends this pitch out
of the yard in line drive fashion for a solo homer that made the count
9-nothing Eagles in the top of the sixth.
Then, with the bases loaded, Jeremy Adkins connects. The shot to left center
clears the base SUPER=34-Franklin Co./13/Cave Spring/1;
paths, scoring 3.
The Knights did get one run, but Franklin County wins 13 to 1.
GRAPHIC=on the street
Financial security is something many of us take for granted.
That's why it's often easy to charge items on credit cards, without
considering how you would pay the bills if you lost your job.
As we conclude our series, "On the Street, On the Edge,"
we'll meet a Roanoke native who lost his car and his home when his drug
addiction escalated into a SPENDING addiction.
SOT tape 6 0:53:31
IN Q=My personality is
((NIC HARRIS: MY PERSONALITY IS SO ADDICTIVE THAT I GOT WRAPPED UP SO
COMPLETELY IN THIS ILLUSION THAT I HAD CREATED THAT THE NEXT THING I KNEW, I
WAS HOMELESS. I HAD NO JOB, NO TRANSPORTATION WHATSOEVER. MY CREDIT WAS
COMPLETELY GONE. I HAD NOTHING. ))
OUT Q=i had nothing
**TAKE SERIES PROMO BOARD-essC**
We'll hear more from Harris, and from a local financial advisor.
Tune in for that tonight on News 7 at 6 and 11.
(ad lib Prime Time Promo)
As prom time approaches you may be trying to decide what to wear.
One high school teen in Pennsylvania decided to make her dress...in SHOP
She riveted sheet metal plates to thick black canvas and brought a pair of
pliers with her, just in case.
The dress weighed five-pounds and the reflection off the metal made getting
the perfect prom picture a bit more challenging.
There are some new names at the Rock- n-Roll Hall of Fame this afternoon.
Honorees were inducted last night at a ceremony in Cleveland.
This year's list included the Jackson five.
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((JACKIE AND MARLON AND MICHAEL))
OUT Q=AND MICHAEL (APPLAUSE, KISS)
The class of '97 included other '70s successes like George Clinton's
Parliament- Funkadelic and the Bee Gees.
((YOU MAY BE LOOKING THE OTHER WAY, STAYING ALIVE. ))
OUT Q= STAYIN ALIVE.
This is the first time an induction ceremony has taken place in Cleveland,
the home of the Hall.