An A-T-M camera leads police to a suspect in the rest stop shooting of a
And it's a good day for Goodyear -- tire workers are heading back to the job,
after approving a contract.
A cold front is still crawling through the region, but should move out in
time to give us a fairly pleasant weekend. All that plus at look at the NBA
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
Goodyear workers are back at work today, now that their two- and- a half
week-long walkout is over.
Last night members of the United Steelworkers approved a six-year contract,
the longest contract in the history of the tire industry.
The deal calls for pay raises and enhanced retirement benefits.
The strike idled about 12-thousand workers in seven states, including
18-hundred in Danville.
Locals walked out in April over wages and job security.
Police arrest a suspect the murder of a Roanoke man at an I-81 rest stop
with the aid of a camera at an Automatic Teller Machine.
The bank card belonging to the victim, 57- year- old (Es-tull) Singleton,
was used at an A-T-M inside a nearby food store within hours of the murder.
This is the videotape authorities used to track down the suspect
33- year- old Livingston "Bud" Pritchett also of Roanoke.
SOT 19:25:52 Marrs field tape
IN Q=from this tape
SUPER=01-Jim Ruhland/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=meeting the description.
Sources tell NEWS-7 Pritchett is unemployed and used to be a truck driver
who is very familiar with the Ironto rest area.
Singleton was found shot in a grassy area there, his wallet was lying next
to him... his pockets were turned inside out.
During questioning yesterday at the state police headquarters in Salem,
authorities say Pritchett made self incriminating statements and was taken into
The victim's daughter in-law, did NOT want to appear on camera.
SOT 17:48:39 stacey tape
((I THINK RIGHT NOW WE'RE FEELING PRETTY RELIEVED AT LEAST THAT THERE IS
SOMEONE IN CUSTODY AND WE'RE ALL HOPING FOR SOME SENSE OF CLOSURE TO ALL OF
SUPER=01-Susan Singleton/Victim's Daughter-in-Law
OUT Q=all of this.
Pritchett will remain behind bars in the Montgomery County Jail until his
Sixteen years after her body was found in a ditch near Bedford.. authorities
are renewing their search for the killer of young Brandy Barlow.
SUPER=04-October 1980; :00
The two and a half- year- old disappeared from her home in October, 1980.
Police searched for weeks, but never found her.
Then, in February of 19-81, four men walking along State Route 6-77
discovered Brandy's body stuffed in a culvert.
Bedford police Chief Milton Graham says he plans to re- open the
investigation into Barlow's murder within the next few months.
Graham's hoping new forensic technology and investigative techniques can
provide his department with some new leads.
Several local and state agencies have promised to provide extra manpower
once the investigation is underway.
A flying oxygen tank gave some motorist in Salem quite a scare last night.
The tank caught fire and exploded- the force sending it 500 feet away on top
of a building.
SOT18.19.40 - 18.19.52
IN Q=I was driving
((RHONDA SELLERS/WITNESS:I WAS DRIVING BY AND MY SON AND I WERE HERE AND HEARD
THIS BIG "WOOSH" SOUND AND THEN ALL THESE SPARKS AND EVERYTHING FLEW THIS WAY.
I HAD TO STOP AND BACK-UP BECAUSE I THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO DROP ON MY
OUT Q=drop on my car
The explosion happened at the Highway Machinery and Supply company--a repair
shop for loaders.
The tank was filled with 600 pounds of highly flammable liquid oxygen.
Flames from the blast also burned this car parked next to the tank.
Firefighters don't know what triggered the explosion.
Meantime, a massive explosion in the state of Arkansas could turn parts of
the Mississippi River into a toxic waste dump.
SUPER=03-West Helena, AR;
Authorities in West Helena are building up levees to block runoff from a
fatal fire and explosion yesterday at a chemical plant.
Three firefighters were killed in the blast and a fourth may be missing.
Sixteen more were injured.
TIM SYNDER/HELENA ASST FIRE CHIEF: THAT PARTICULAR DEPARTMENT.. THEY LOST 2
FULL TIME MEMBERS AND ONE VOLUNTEER.. THEY LOST ALMOST A FIFTH OF THEIR
DEPARTMENT.. BEING THAT THEY ONLY HAVE 13 PAID MEMBERS.))
SUPER=01-Tim Synder/Helena Assistant Fire Chief;
OUT Q=13 paid members.
The explosion also forced evacuations for those living within a half mile of
Officials say it was sparked by a smoldering bag of pesticide.
Police in Venice, Italy stormed the belltower in St. Marks square today
ending a standoff.
Officers scaled the 324 foot high tower and fired tear gas on a separatist
group that had seized it.
Eight people were arrested.
Members of the group were demanding a return to the independent Venice of
200 years ago.
Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the fall of the old Venice
The tobacco industry has recently gotten its share of heat, along with
But across the area, the tobacco controversy is a breeding ground for big
Numerous discount cigarette outlets started appearing over the last few
The Tobacco Company opened on Williamson Road about four weeks ago.
Its owner says business is good, and believes specialty cigarette stores are
a fast- growing trend.
IN Q=The F.D.A. has some
((JEFF RUSSELL/TOBACCO COMPANY: THE F.D.A. HAS SOME REGULATIONS PROPOSED AND
IF THEY GO THROUGH, IT WOULD ALMOST HAVE TO BE A PLACE LIKE THIS, IN THE
FUTURE, TO BUY TOBACCO PRODUCTS, IF YOU'RE NOT AN ADULT. YOU HAVE TO BE AN
ADULT TO GET INTO A FACILITY LIKE THIS. SO, THIS WILL BE THE PLACE TO BUY THEM
IN THE FUTURE. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Russell/Tobacco Company;
OUT Q=in the future
Russell says his store competitive with ANY other, because of its small
His prices range from 99- cents to a dollar- 59 per pack.
F-B-I agents are reportedly following National Security Council staff and
several top State Department officials.
They're trying to learn if someone has been passing sensitive information to
Attorney General Janet Reno confirms there's an investigation, but won't
comment on the specifics.
But sources tell the "Washington Post" the F-B-I has NOT determined whether
any of the people under surveillance acted improperly.
A new era begins in the relationship between the U-S and Vietnam.
Former prisoner of war turned congressman Pete Peterson arrived in Hanoi
today to serve as America's first ambassador since the vietnam war ended in
((DOUGLAS PETERSON:AMERICA AND VIETNAM HAVE THAT CONFLICT BEHIND THEM, BUT THE
MISSING IS STILL A NIGHTMARE FOR THE FAMILIES..THAT THEY HONOR. ))
SUPER=01-Douglas Peterson/US Ambassador to Vietnam;
OUT Q=that they honor.
Peterson was jailed, interrogated and tortured as a P-O-W for more than six
and a half years.
He has visited Vietnam twice since he was released in 19-73.
Another week of testimony in the Oklahoma City bombing trial wraps up in
Testimony today again focuses on the truck used to hold the explosives.
A motel clerk said yesterday he saw suspect Timothy McVeigh in the same kind
of truck a few days before the bombing, but acknowledged under
cross-examination he's not certain which day.
The day is crucial because prosecutors say McVeigh did NOT pick
up his rental truck until two days before the blast.
A Campbell County woman who says she did NOT intentionally shoot her husband
pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge this morning.
36- year- old Linda Parsons killed her husband Donald during an argument in
their Evington home in December.
She gave police different versions of how her revolver went off
accidentally, shooting her husband in the face.
The commonwealth sought the plea agreement to avoid a risky trial and to
keep the couple's son off the witness stand.
IN Q=One of the
((SUSAN WALTON/PROSECUTOR: ONE OF THE THINGS 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.
Parson faces up to ten years in prison when she's sentenced in July.
A Vinton woman died last night when her car hit a tractor trailer.
Police say Faye Annette Cundiff was driving down Orange Avenue in Roanoke
when her car hit the curb, veered into oncoming traffic and slammed into the
Police say she died instantly.
The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.
Police are still investigating the accident.
A possible snag in Kroger's decision to move its distribution center to
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
A West Virginia Judge ordered a temporary injunction yesterday afternoon
forcing the supermarket chain to keep its Charleston facility for at least 60
Residents from six counties around Charleston filed a lawsuit against the
company... claiming the proposed move violates a contractual agreement with the
The supermarket chain had planned to move its distribution center to Roanoke
County next week.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
Most Virginians seem to approve of Governor Allen's proclamation of
Confederate History and Heritage month.
The latest News-7/Mason-Dixon survey says 72 percent of those questioned
liked the idea; 22 percent disapproved.
Even a majority of BLACK voters-- 54 percent approved of the proclamation.
The poll shows the Confederate battle flag is a much more divisive issue.
72 percent of white voters see it as a symbol of Southern pride and
heritage; 43 percent of the black voters look at it that way.
17 percent of white voters see the battle flag as a racist symbol; 50
percent of the black voters consider it an emblem of racism and slavery.
Imagine losing 200 pounds....in 18 months.
SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake;
That's what 31- year- old Stacey Hill accomplished-- and here are the before
and after pictures to prove it.
When she finally weighed in at 375 pounds, this registered nurse decided to
take charge of her body.
SOT 11:13:23 tape 1
IN Q=Everybody tried to
((STACEY HILL:EVERYBODY TRIED TO BRIBE ME WITH EVERYTHING. MY FATHER PROMISED
ME A TRANSAM IF I WOULD JUST LOSE IT, HE EVEN PROMISED ME TEN DOLLARS A POUND
AT ONE TIME. BUT YOU HAVE TO DECIDE YOURSELF AND DO IT FOR YOURSELF. ))
SUPER=25-Stacey Hill; :
OUT Q=for yourself.
Through exercise, and a complete diet makeover, Hill dropped from a size 54
to a size 12.
She now lives in Indiana, but working with her sister at Smith Mountain
Lake, the two have put together a cookbook.
"I Did It" features Stacey's "new foods" for the 90's, with ways to modify
the old favorites.
Usually when you visit the Horticulture Gardens at Virginia Tech, you can't
take the plants with you, but this weekend that's not the case.
On Growin' It today, we take you to the annual Plant Sale at the Hort
Gardens to help raise money for some great student causes.
IN Q=What you're looking at
SUPER=01-Bob Lyons/Gardens Director; :24
SUPER=01-Ami Leighter/Horticulture Club; :55
OUT Q=For mom.
Roll Weather Shot/Stats
Patrick MIC HOT
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Breezy & Cool/44-48/Variable Clouds/& Windy/60-64;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Breezy & Cool/44-48/Variable Clouds/& Windy/62-66;
SUPER=332-Mostly/Cloudy/36-40/Mostly Cloudy/& Cooler/50-55;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Breezy & Cool/40-45/Variable Clouds/& Windy/56-60;
SUPER=334-Cloudy/& Blustery/36-40/Cloudy/Much Cooler/46-50;
TAPE#net (edit of 10:02:00)
Interest rates are the hot topic on Wall Street.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :
Many are speculating on a rate increase after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan said he expects the economic growth to slow later this year and into
Greenspan gave no indication as to what action the Fed's Open Market
Committee might take at its next meeting.
He did however defend the last rate hike.
IN Q=In my view
SUPER=01-Alan Greenspan/Federal Reserve Chairman; :
OUT Q=to risk taking.
Analysts say they think the Fed will stay neutral on hikes on interest rate.
The Detroit Red Wings edged out the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3 to 2 in a game
that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.
Brendan Shanahan scored the winning goal in double overtime. It was the
Wings 73rd shot of the game.
The Red Wings move into the Western Conference finals, where they'll play
the winner of the Colorado/Edmonton series.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-6)
The Atlanta Hawks made a come back and beat the Chicago Bulls.
SUPER=03-Chicago/TNT - Game Two; :00
The Hawks took it right to the Bulls from the opening tap, as Christian
Laettner throws down the jam with authority.
Steve Kemp would come off the bench and answer that with some outside noise
cutting the Hawks lead to five.
But Mookie Blaylock scorched the nets for 26 points in the first half.
SUPER=32-Atlanta/103/Chicago/95/Series Tied 1-1;
Micheal Jordan scored 27, but the Hawks take the home court advantage from
the Bulls with the 103 to-95 win
TAPE#net (edit of S7-1)
The Rotary Club in Salem named Willis White its Citizen of the year.
The Salem High School Teacher and Football coach has taught mathematics for
He began his career in Wythe County, before moving onto Roanoke City and
finally to Salem, where he has worked for the past 14 years.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 12, 1996;
Willis has been Blue Ridge district and Friday Football Extra coach of the
year on numerous occasions, but his biggest accomplishment came this past
December when the Spartans won their First Group A-A Division 4 state
championship by beating Sherando at Victory stadium.
O-J Simpson's stirring up some controversy in the sunshine state.
SUPER=03-Key Biscayne, FL;
A crowd of protestors gathered around a Key Biscayne driving range this
morning where Simpson was practicing his swing for a celebrity golf tournament
He's dishing out 600 dollars to tee up with the likes of actors Denzel
Washington and Will Smith and football players Drew Bledsoe and Bruce Smith.
The tournament is a fund-raiser for sickle cell anemia.
Some very familiar faces helped christen a new ship for Princess Cruise
There they are, Captain Stubing, Gopher, Issac, Doc, Julie and Vicky,
The crew was on hand at Port Everglades to christen the DAWN PRINCESS.
This is the first reunion with all six cast members in 10 years, that's when
the Love Boat docked for the last time on the T-V airwaves in 19-87.
You might say the Japanese are hog wild for rodeos.
Children in a small town in southwestern Japan challenged pigs in the annual
boar rodeo championship.
A group of 40 elementary school children competed to see who could stay on
the pig the longest.
The winner held on for a whole 45 seconds.
SUPER=130-50/Wallace Godfrey/Clifton Forge;
SUPER=130-/Kaitlyn Bruce/Rocky Mount;
SUPER=130-40th/J.W. & Betty Gilbert/Fieldale;
SUPER=130-11/Mavlanesa Eggleston/Buena Vista;
SUPER=130-8/Jamie Woody/Rocky Mount;
SUPER=130-7th/Billy & Dreama Copenhaven/Sugar Grove;
SUPER=130-50/Eileen Primm/Max Meadows;
SUPER=130-59th/Deck & Hollie Terry/Christiansburg;
SUPER=130-/Katie Mae Harris/Roanoke;
SUPER=130-13th/David & Trina Carter/Buena Vista;