Coming up on News 7-
Friends of an accused killer come to his defense.
We'll hear what they're saying.
A witness ties Timothy McVeigh to the Ryder Truck used in the Oklahoma City
Plus talk about overdue library books. This one is 233 years overdue.
News 7 is next.
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Friends of accused killer Livingston "Bud" Pritchett are coming to his
Pritchett was arrested yesterday for the murder of 57-year old Estel
Singleton... who was found dead at the Ironto rest area last week.
Wendi Schultz is Roanoke's Festival in the Park director... She's having a
hard time believing the charges against Pritchett.
IN Q=He's been
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK DIRECTOR: HE'S BEEN AN AVID VOLUNTEER FOR
FESTIVAL SINCE '91. I'VE DEPENDED ON HIM FOR MANY YEARS TO HELP US IN MANY
ASPECTS OF FESTIVAL. ANYTHING WE NEEDED HIM TO DO... HE WAS ALWAYS READY
WILLING AND ABLE. HE HAS A GENTLE HEART AND I JUST DON'T BELIEVE HE'S CAPABLE
OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival in the Park Director;
OUT Q=capable of it
Schultz even keeps a picture of the two of them in her office... and that he
spoke with her yesterday about volunteering for this year's festival.
Police say Pritchett was videotaped using the victim's A-T-M card shortly
after the murder.
Governor George Allen's had enough of violence on the interstates.
The Governor today ordered that private security guards begin patrolling
four interstate highway rest areas where travellers have been attacked in
One of those rest stops is the Ironto stop on the northbound side of I-81 in
Last week's murder at the Ironto rest area is the latest in a series of
robberies and murders at interstate rest stops in Virginia.
Two other rest stops will be outfitted with monitoring and surveillance
equipment instead of guards.
The beefed-up security will be paid for out of Virginia Department of
Virginia Democrats say the mood is different this year.
They've gathered in Richmond to nominate candidates for governor, lieutenant
governor, and attorney general.
And they're putting the pain of 1993 behind them.
Republican Jim Gilmore's newly- announced tax plan proved a rallying point
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Don Beyer
SUPER=10-Atty. Gen. Jim Gilmore/ (R) Candidate for Governor/April 10; :40
SUPER=01-Jerry Baliles/(D) Former Governor; :45
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((Don Beyer gets his party's nomination tomorrow.
He's running on a sales tax repeal on over the counter drugs and a tax cut
for small businesses.
But Beyer's not vague on Gilmore's plan -- he says it's the most reckless
tax scheme in state history.
sot TAPE TWO 20:52:17
((DON BEYER: LOOK, I SELL CARS. I LOOKED AT ALL THE NUMBERS VERY CAREFULLY
AND HIS JUST DON'T ADD UP. THEY DON'T SQUARE WITH WHAT LOCAL GOVERNMENT
OFFICIALS, THE ONES WHO COLLECT THEM, HAVE SAID AND HAVE TOLD US. HIS PROMISES
WILL COST A LOT MORE THAN HE SAYS. AND THAT MAKES IT A PROMISE THAT HE CAN'T
But it's a former governor who got in the best campaign zing over this slam
to Beyer's plan last month:
((JIM GILMORE: I JUST THINK IT'S VOLVO ECONOMICS. YOU KNOW A NEW U-TURN
sot TAPE ONE 20:47:18
((JERRY BALILES/(D) FORMER GOVERNOR: I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT WISECRACK AND
AFTER LOOKING AT YESTERDAY'S PROPOSAL, I'VE CONCLUDED MAYBE THEY'RE RIGHT. YOU
KNOW LIKE THE VOLVO CARS HE SELLS, OUR CANDIDATE IS STEADY, SAFE, RELIABLE,
ECONOMICAL, AND RUNS FOREVER ON INSPIRATION.))
sot TAPE ONE 20:47:51
((BALILES: ISN'T THAT WHAT WE WANT IN OUR NEXT GOVERNOR?!))
So as they announced the new "coordinated campaign" Democrats have a unified
message that Jim Gilmore helped them craft.
sot TAPE ONE 20:33:37
((BILL DOLAN/(D) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: THERE WILL BE NO EMPTY PROMISES.
THERE WILL BE NO PROMISES THAT CANNOT BE KEPT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE.))
((THEY'RE ALSO DOING SOMETHING DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE MARY SUE TERRY NEVER DID IN
HER DISASTROUS 1993 BID: REMINDING VOTERS OF PAST DEMOCRATS, ESPECIALLY DOUG
WILDER, WHO EARNED VIRGINIA THE TITLE "BEST MANAGED STATE IN THE NATION."
ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
Commissioners of Revenue in this area have a number of questions about Jim
Gilmore's proposal to eliminate the vehicle tax Virginians pay every year.
Under Gilmore's plan the Commonwealth will reimburse municipalities for the
vehicle tax revenues they would lose.
But in Craig County, where vehicle taxes make up nearly A THIRD of the
government's revenue, there's some concern about depending on the state for
IN Q=On this
((REBECCA PRICE/CRAIG CO. COMM. OF REVENUE: ON THIS LEVEL IN A RURAL AREA,
THEY KNOW I'M GONNA DO WHATEVER I CAN FOR THEM. YOU GET LESS AND LESS CONTROL
ON A LOCAL LEVEL, WHAT HAPPENS? IT'S GONNA END UP COSTING THEM MORE AND MORE
WITH LESS INPUT IN WHAT IS DONE OR HOW IT'S DONE. IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME.))
SUPER=01-Rebecca Price/Craig Co. Comm. of Revenue;
OUT Q=every time.
The Commissioners of Revenue News 7 spoke with admit that getting rid of the
vehicle tax would eliminate one of their main functions, but they add there are
many other duties their departments perform.
A Florida jury recommends death for the man convicted of one murder and
suspected of four others.
((A MAJORITY OF JURY BY A VOTE OF 12 TO ZERO ADVISES RECOMMENDS TO THE COURT
THAT IT IMPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY UPON GLENN EVERETT ROGERS.))
OUT Q=Glenn Everett Rogers."
Rogers was convicted of stabbing a woman to death in Florida.
He's also charged with murders in California, Louisiana and Mississippi and
suspected of one in Kentucky.
You may remember this video after Rogers led Kentucky police on a chase
while driving a victim's car.
At the Oklahoma City bombing trial today, prosecutors linked defendant
Timothy McVeigh to a key piece of evidence in the case- a Ryder Rental truck.
CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley is covering the trial in Denver.
SUPER=03-Junction City, KS; 15
SUPER=01-David Ferris/Taxi Driver; 25-29
OUT Q=at the rental office."
((Eldon Elliot has positively identified Tim Mcveigh as the man who rented the
Ryder truck that carried the bomb. Elliot owns the office where the truck was
rented. He is the first eyewitness to tie Mcviegh to a major component of the
Prosecutors say this is the bomb truck. It was captured by a security camera
near the Murrah building minutes before the blast. Today was the day the
government worked to put Mcveigh behind the wheel.
The focus was one day in a small town-- Junction City, Kansas.
The jury heard that someone using a telephone credit card linked to Mcveigh
used this phone to call a taxi. David Ferris picked up the passenger.
DAVID FERRIS: GOT HIM RIGHT HERE AT THIS PHONE BOOTH RIGHT HERE STANDING AT
THE PHONE BOOTH.
He dropped the man at this mcdonalds. Prosecutors showed
the jury remarkable security camera video of Mcveigh in the restaurant.
According to the photos the time was nearly 4pm. The ryder rental office is
only a mile and a half away. And this afternoon Eldon Elliot remembered a man
calling himself Bob Kling walked in after four o clock.
The defense on cross examination though said the man in the truck could not be
McVeigh- because he was wearing different clothing at the rental office.))
The defense also says McVeigh would not have had enough time to walk the
mile and half from the McDonalds to the Ryder Rental office.
The trial resumes Monday.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news 7 at 11, a judge reaffirms Roanoke's right to use
firefighters as paramedics,
and we'll tell you how government leaders are joining forces in a effort to
keep 120 jobs in the Valley.
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A guilty plea today in a Campbell County murder case.
36-year old Linda Parsons told the judge she did not mean to shoot her
husband last December, but pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter
45-year old Donald Parsons was shot once in the head during an argument with
his wife in their Evington home.
Prosecutors cut a deal to avoid making the couple's son testify.
IN Q=One of the
((SUSAN WALTON/PROSECUTOR: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID TAKE INTO
CONSIDERATION WAS THERE WAS A YOUNG WITNESS AND THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY
TRAUMATIC FOR HIM TO HAVE TO TESTIFY AGAINST HIS MOTHER, THE FACT THAT SHE HAD
SHOT HIS FATHER.))
SUPER=01-Susan Walton/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=shot his father.
Parsons faces up to ten years in prison when she's sentenced in July.
Local officials in the Roanoke Valley are urging U-S Airways to reconsider
its decision to close an aircraft maintenance facility here.
The airline's decision announced Thursday morning will eliminate 120 jobs
In a letter to U-S Airways Chairman Stephen Wolf, Mayor David Bowers and
Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson expressed their "extreme disappointment" with
They're asking for an opportunity to meet with airline officials to discuss
any assistance local governments can provide to keep the maintenance hangar
It was one year ago this Sunday that a Valujet plane crashed in the Florida
Today a memorial was dedicated at a Florida school to the 110 people who
died in the crash.
Some relatives of victims were there as children brought flowers- and sang
Earlier members of the media toured the accident site- where there is little
sign of the crash.
((OFFICER ROY MARTINEZ/FLORIDA GAME COMMISSION: THERE ARE STILL PATCHES OF DEAD
GRASS AT THE SITE. LILY PADS ARE IN BLOOM. THEY'RE COMING BACK. THERE IS FISH
IN THE AREA ND THE WILDLIFE ARE COMING BACK.))
SUPER=01-Roy Martinez/Florida Game Commission;
OUT Q=coming back. (second time)
A memorial service is being held this Sunday for victims' families.
Chrysler workers are heading back to their jobs tonight in Michigan.
SUPER=03-Madison Heights, MI;
United Auto Workers voted overwhelmingly today to ratify a new three-year
((TIM PERALTA/VOTED YES: I VOTED YES CAUSE WE GOT WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR.))
SUPER=01-Tim Peralta/Voted Yes;
OUT Q=what we're looking for."
Workers were looking for Chrysler to stop farming out production jobs-
They say they're satisfied with the new contract.
The month-long walkout shut down most of Chrysler's truck
production- idling 23 thousand workers.
The Roanoke Fire department is officially free to put firemen on ambulances
and call upon paramedics for help putting out fires.
A Circuit Judge today rejected firefighters' grievance appeal.
At the same time, Judge Richard Patisall (PAT-uh-saul) declared the
firefighters concerns "a wake up call," "a warning signal that needs to be
((SO, WE THINK THE JUDGE WAS RIGHT WITH HIS RULING. WE THINK HE WAS RIGHT WITH
HIS WARNINGS ABOUT: "DO IT RIGHT."))
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief
OUT Q=do it right.
Firefighters balked at the merger with Emergency Medical services mainly
because it goes beyond what they were hired to do.
((I DON'T BELIEVE THAT ANY OF US EVER WISHED TO EXTEND OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CAREER. ))
SUPER=01-Rob Humphreys/Roanoke Firefighter
OUT Q=different career
They're also skeptical about paramedics' ability to handle the physical
demands of fighting fires.
The 28 firemen who filed grievances will be watching closely to see how
much cross-training the city provides.
((I AM INTERESTED IN WHAT THE CHIEF HAD TO SAY AND HOW THE CITY IS GOING TO
HANDLE THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Tim Drew/Roanoke Firefighter
OUT Q=handle this.
Drew says he likes working in Roanoke, but may start looking for work
Bedford County authorities say they took a substantial marijuana dealer off
the streets today.
An early morning raid in the Taylor's Mountain area ended with the arrests
of 40-year old Howard Thomas Bennett Junior and 32-year old Kimberly Mattox.
Police seized a 1984 Chevy Camaro, five pounds of marijuana and about 500
dollars in cash.
Bennett is charged with possession and distribution of marijuana.
Police say more arrests could follow.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
If you've ever kept a library book past its due date, in a moment we'll have
a story that may ease your conscience...as one library gets a book back 233
years past due,
but first, we'll tell you why people in need of kidney transplants will soon
have to leave the area to get their surgery.
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Another stumbling block has fallen for the Lake Gaston pipeline.
The U-S Court of Appeals in Washington says the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission approval of the pipeline IS legal.
North Carolina and Southside Virginians who oppose the pipeline said the
federal agency had NOT properly assessed the pipeline's impact on the border
Virginia Beach reports the pipeline is now 94-percent complete.
If there are no further appeals ...water could be flowing through the line
by next spring.
A local organ transplant program that began four years ago, will end in
That means patients who need new kidneys will have to leave the Roanoke
Valley for transplants.
But hospital officials say they won't lose their place in line.
Carilion Roanoke Memorial has performed 73 kidney transplants since 1993.
But at the end of August, Carilion is transferring the program to the
University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.
IN Q=The patient works with his or her
((BETH MYER/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM: THE PATIENT WORKS WITH HIS OR HER DOCTOR
AND THEY DECIDE WHERE THE TRANSPLANT WILL HAPPEN. SO WHILE THEY MAY HAVE BEEN
ACCEPTED FOR INCLUSION ON UVA'S WAITING LIST, THEY MAY CHOOSE TO GO ELSEWHERE
LIKE DUKE OR BOWMAN GRAY, ALSO NEARBY THAT ALSO DO A HIGH VOLUME OF KIDNEY
TRANSPLANTS. AND THAT'S OKAY, TOO.))
SUPER=01-Beth Myer/Carilion Health System;
OUT Q=and that's okay, too.
U-V-A will establish a kidney transplant satellite office in Roanoke, so
patients can receive much of their care here.
About 20 people are now waiting for kidney transplants in our region.
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It took extra innings but The Salem Avalanche beat the Prince William
Cannons tonight at Memorial Stadium 4 to 3 in 14.
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Another cool evening at the ball park tonight.
But Salem warmed up the crowd with this play. In the top of the second
Prince William's Armando Amanza hits a line drive to right field Chad Gambill
makes the diving catch and the game was scoreless.
Then in the bottom of the second Ben Petrick hits this two run homer deep
over the right field wall and the Avalanche took the 2 to nothing lead.
The Cannons got on the board in SUPER=37-Salem/4/Prince William/3/;
the top of the fifth. Mike Matrey hits this sacrifice fly to left field a
runner tags at third and scores to make it 2 to 1 but Salem wins it 4 to 3 in
In Major League Baseball this evening, The Atlanta Braves were at Pittsburgh
tonight for a game with the Pirates.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/WTBS; :
The Braves threatened to score in the top of the second Jeff Blauser hits a
line drive up the middle to center field But Ryan Klesko is thrown out at the
plate trying to score from second base the score remained nothing to nothing.
Pittsburgh rallied in the bottom of SUPER=35-Pittsburgh/9/Atlanta/0/;the
second Jason Kendall hits a shot that goes through Chipper Jone's legs at third
a runner scores Pittsburgh led 1 to nothing and the Pirates win it 9 to
In Miami, The Heat taking on the New York Knicks in their N-B-A playoff
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/TNT SPORTS; :
The Knicks trying to go back to New York up two games.
But Tim Hardaway takes it to the hoop and dishes to Alonzo Mourning for the
score but New York led 25 to 22.
The Knicks come right back getting it to John Starks in the corner he nails
the three pointer and New York led by six.
New York would add to that lead this time Larry Johnson takes it to the
hoop for the score and foul.
But Miami comes right back Hardaway SUPER=32-Miami/88/New York/84/;takes
it to the hoop but this time he scores on the scoop shot Miami led by two and
the heat goes on to win it 88 to 84.
The Orioles hosted Ken Griffey Junior and the Seattle Mariners at the
yard tonight for that and all of the pro scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0092-/Atlanta/0/j/Pittsburgh/9///j/New York/10//St. Louis/3///;
SUPER=0092-/Montreal/1//Los Angeles/0/1///Cincinnati/1//San Diego/0/2//;
SUPER=0096-/New York/84//Miami/88//Series Tied
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Chip Sullivan is in the hunt at the BellSouth Classic Dale
Earnhardt talks about the Winston 500 at Talladega.
And over 300 golfers were at Hanging Rock this afternoon and Mike Stevens
will tell us why.
The Roanoke Down's Syndrome Association's annual golf tournament is fast
becoming one of the most popular charity events in the valley.
Mike Stevens tells us how organizers not only raised money but awareness
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Susan Cloeter/Tournament Organizer; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Neil MacDonald/Parent of Down's Syndrome Child; :56
SUPER=01-Bob Rotanz/Mac & Bob's Owner; 1:20
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
In one other golf note for you, the pride of Hanging Rock golf course, Chip
Sullivan is playing well again today at the Bell South Classic in Duluth,
Chip finished today's round at even par 72 leaving him at three under par and
tied for 23-rd. And you can see the tournament this weekend right here on Your
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Meantime, David Duvall shot a six under par 66 today and he is the leader
after the tournaments second round.
Duvall is at 12 under par and thats a shot ahead of Nick Price. Don Pooley
is third at 10 under.
The Winston Cup stars are traditionally off on this Mother's Day weekend, but
when the Winston 500 was rained out back on April 27th & 28th, NASCAR had
little choice but to reschedule the event for this Saturday.
IN Q="Well, it sure...
((DALE EARNHARDT/STARTS THIRD TOMORROW:))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Starts Third Tomorrow; :00
OUT Q=...WIN STREAK STARTED."
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This will be Earnhardt's first race at Talladega since last July's breath
taking crash in which he suffered a number of minor, nagging injuries.
Now let's check the entire starting lineup for tomorrow's race that gets
underway at 1;30.
wipe to qualifying!!!!!
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. John Andretti/193.627/2. Bobby Hillin//3. Dale Earnhardt//4.
Rusty Wallace//5. Mike Skinner//;
SUPER=0107-6. Ken Schrader//7. Ernie Irvan//8. Bobby Labonte//9. Dale
Jarrett//10. Bill Elliott//;
SUPER=0107-11. Jeff Gordon//12. Derrike Code//13. Greg Sacks//14. Lake
Speed//15. Rick Mast//;
SUPER=0107-16. Sterling Marlin//17. Johnny Benson//18. Mark Martin//19. Geoff
Bodine//20. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-21. Kyle Petty//22. Robert Pressley//23. Hut Stricklin//24. Steve
Grissom//25. Ward Burton//;
SUPER=0107-26. Dick Trickle//27. Wally Dallenbach//28. Michael Waltrip//29.
Ricky Rudd//30. Kenny Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-31. Brett Bodine//32. Joe Nemechek//33. Ricky Craven//34. David
Green//35. Bobby Hamilton//;
SUPER=0107-36. Terry Labonte//37. Dave Marcis//38. Ted Musgrave//39. Jeff
Burton/Prov/40. Jeremy Mayfield/Prov/;
SUPER=0107-41. Morgan Shepherd/Prov/42. Chad Little/Prov/43. Darrell
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
An overdue book has been returned to Harvard University.
That happens everyday, but it is NOT everyday that a book that is 233 years
overdue is returned.
No one seems to know where the thick leather covered book has been.
A Harvard professor found the book at a rare book shop.
He immediately recognized it by it's markings.
An anonymous donor then bought it back for the school.
Had the borrower returned the book on time it would have been destroyed in a
fire in 1764.
The book is titled "The Complete History of England," but after 233 years you
may have to forgive it for being a little out of date.