Next on News 7-
The man who confessed to Ann Landers that he killed his wife- has an outburst
in court today.
A chemical leak in Northwest Roanoke today.
Plus the man known for Tool Time could end up doing Jail time-
And Singer Bob Dylan is hospitalized.
News 7 is next.
He's the man who confessed to Ann Landers he killed his wife.
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Today Michael Knowles took the stand telling the court he was trying to
threaten his wife into coming home- not kill her.
He also had an outburst as the jury was trying to leave for deliberations.
Actor Tim Allen faces Drunk Driving charges. He was stopped over the weekend
in a Detroit Suburb.
And singer Bob Dylan is hospitalized with a potentially life threatening
Plus Robin says clouds and cool for tomorrow.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Members of a Montgomery County jury considered the evidence against murder
suspect Michael Knowles for more than two hours today.
They'll resume their deliberations in the morning.
Knowles has a history of bizarre behavior, and that was evident today in a
trial that hinges on his mental health.
Joe Dashiell has more.
IN Q=Did it diminish
SUPER=01-Carl McGraw/Psychologist; :07
SUPER=01-Michael Knowles/Defendant; :29
OUT Q=JD News 7 Christiansburg
IN Q=Did it diminish
OUT Q=I would agree.
There were only two defense witnesses, the psychologist who diagnosed
Michael Knowles as a classic paranoid schizophrenic, and the defendant himself.
As members of his family watched in the courtroom, Knowles told the jury
that he was trying to threaten his wife into coming back home... not kill her.
IN Q=Did you
OUT Q=my family.
And once all of the evidence was in and the jury was preparing to leave, he
IN Q=I am a prophet of God.
((I AM A PROPHET OF GOD, AND WILLING TO DIE TO PROVE THAT. IT IS MORE SERIOUS
THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE.))
OUT Q=you could possibly imagine.
Michael Knowles outburst and comments that followed from others in the
courtroom prompted the defense to ask for a mistrial.
The judge denied that motion, instead warning jurors to disregard the the
Joe Dashiell News 7 Christiansburg.))
A man convicted of killing his girlfriend's toddler was sentenced today.
Steven Wayne Cole pled guilty to second degree murder in the death of two
year old Joshua Blevins.
Cole received a thirty year sentence with ten years suspended.
He faces more prison time for unrelated crimes.
Cole has accumulated eleven misdemeanors and seventeen felonies in five
Texas Governor George W. Bush has declared tornado-ravaged Jarrell a
Damage is estimated at 20 million dollars.
As Jonathan Freed reports, at least 27 people are dead, 23 others are still
SUPER=03-Jarrell, TX; 00
SUPER=01-Tonya Wagers/Jarrell Resident; 14 quick!
SUPER=01-Ed Richards/Williamson Co. Sheriff; 53
SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/CBS News;1:11
OUT Q=Jarrell, Texas."
((Searchers in Jarrell are poking through mounds of unidentifiable muddy
debris, looking for victims, or something to salvage. Little remains in the
path of the funnel cloud that decimated this subdivision about 40 miles north
TONYA WAGERS, JARRELL RESIDENT : I HAVE NO PLACE TO LIVE, NO PLACE TO GO, WHAT
I HAVE ON IS WHAT I OWN.
Yellowed grass, burnt off by 200 mile per hour winds, marks the
boundary between life and death. In this town of less than one-thousand
people, virtually every survivor knows someone who died.
THE FAMILY THAT LIVED BEHIND US...ALL FIVE GOT KILLED.
When the warning siren sounded, people took shelter huddled against
interior walls and in bathrooms as they've been taught to do since they were
children. Those childhood lessons were little protection against the
deadliest storm to hit texas in ten years.
ED RICHARDS, WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHERIFF
Hopeful find someone alive?" A: "Absolutely, hopeful until
everything is looked at down there."
Several other towns from Austin to Waco were whippped by twisters about
the same time Tuesday. The storms brought golf-ball size hail and driving
rains that destroyed dozens of homes.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: DEALING WITH THE FORCE OF THE STORM, THAT IT WAS ON
THE GROUND FOR OVER 25 MINUTES, AND IT MEASURED A 4 ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 5.
JONATHAN FREED, CBS NEWS.))
Testimony is over in the Timothy McVeigh Trial.
The defense rested its case but without presenting an alibi.
Attorneys played a taped converstaion of prosectuion witness Michael
On tape- Fortier says he plans to make up a story about the Oklahoma City
During the past several days defense lawyers also tried to bring into
question the credibility of evidence at the FBI Crime lab-
((JOHN WALSH/CBS NEWS LEGAL CONSULTANT: THE MOST YOU CAN SAY IS THEY HAVE GIVEN
THE JURY SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. YOU CAN'T SAY THAT THEY BLEW THE GOVERNMENT
OUT OF THE WATER, NOT EVEN CLOSE.))
SUPER=01-John Walsh/CBS News Legal Consultant;
OUT Q=NOT EVEN CLOSE."
Closing arguments are expected tomorrow.
Is Joe Camel a role model for Children?
The Federal Trade commission says yes. It wants to ban the cartoon character
from advertising that reaches minors-
((JODIE BERNSTEIN/FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: THE COMMISSION ALLEGES THIS
CAMPAIGN WAS USED TO PROMOTE AN ADDICTIVE AND DANGEROUS PRODUCE TO CHILDREN AND
ADOLESCENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 AND THAT THIS PRACTICE IS ILLEGAL.))
SUPER=01-Jodie Bernstein/Federal Trade Commission;
OUT Q=PRACTICE IS ILLEGAL."
The F-T-C says the use of Joe Camel to sell cigarettes is unfair advertising
R-J Reynolds says it will fight to keep using the symbol.
Women entering VMI will, for all intensive purposes, get the same treatment
as their male counterparts... according to the school's latest status report.
Female rats will not have locks on their dormitory rooms.
If a cadet is changing her clothes, she will be allowed to draw the shades.
Anyone wishing to enter that room must knock and have permission to enter.
As expected, female rats will get the traditional 'crop cut' for the first 6
After that they'll still have to keep their hair short... but quote-- "not
so short as to be unattractive in a civilian setting."
65 women have been accepted to VMI... 32 of them have secured a spot.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stay with us, we'll see why a pediatrician wants to make it illegal for
children to ride unrestrained in the back of pickup trucks,
and actor Tim Allen runs into trouble as he is arrested and charged with drunk
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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Investigators believe a corroded pipe is what caused a chemical leak in the
northwest section of Roanoke County.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality reports three-thousand
gallons of methanol leaked into the ground at the Ingersoll Rand Rock Drill
The D-E-Q says residents of nearby homes are in NO immediate danger.
Methanol is defined as a volatile, flammable, and poisonous form of alcohol.
It's often used as a solvent and antifreeze.
The Virginia Pediatric Society says as many as three children each year die
when they're thrown from the back of a pickup truck. Such an accident
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happened in Montgomery County last Saturday.
Seven year old Samantha Rentch was thrown from the back of a pickup when it
crashed into another car.
Doctor Hugh Craft, who heads Community Hospital's pediatric intensive care
unit, AND the pediatric society, says he and his colleagues will make another
attempt to ban unrestrained children in pickup truck beds.
SOT 16:06:38 pickup safety tape
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(( FOR US THIS IS KIND OF A NO BRAINER, IT'S VERY MUCH LIKE WHY SHOULD YOU PUT
A CHILD SAFETY SEAT IN THE CAR, CHILDREN RIDING IN THE BACK OF PICKUP TRUCKS
ARE AT RISK NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, BUT OVER
HALF THE CHILDREN THAT ARE KILLED OR INJURED RIDING IN THE BACK OF PICKUP
TRUCKS ARE THROWN OUT JUST DURING REGULAR OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Hugh Craft/Va. Pediatric Society;
OUT Q=of the vehicle
Governor Allen has vetoed pickup truck restraint legislation twice.
Craft says the bill's legislative sponsors will re-introduce the bill next
year, in hopes that Governor Allen's successor will have a different viewpoint.
Charges have been certified against a Maryland man who authorities say put
his child's life in jeopardy because of excessive speeding.
Darryl Joe (RED-fern) Redfearn was clocked at over one hundred miles an hour
on Route 220 in Botetourt County.
After state police pulled him over, troopers discovered Redfearn's 6-year
old son standing up in the back of the car.
Redfearn is charged with Reckless Endangerment of a Child.
If convicted, he could face a five year prison term.
Actor Tim Allen was arrested over the weekend and charged with drunk
The star of T-V's Home Improvement was pulled over in Detroit for driving 70
in a 40 mile an hour zone.
Once stopped, police say they smelled alcohol on Allen's breath.
He was arrested after failing several sobriety tests.
Police say his blood alcohol level was point one-six which is well over
Michigan's limit of point one.
Police described Allen as cooperative. He faces a pretrial conference in
Singer Bob Dylan is hospitalized with a potentially life threatening
VO-NAT CBS FEED 15:43:17
A spokesman says Dylan was hospitalized over the weekend for severe chest
Doctors found he was suffering from Histo-plasmosis (histoplasmosis) which is
a lung infection that causes swelling in the sack around the heart.
Dylan was expected to launch a European tour next month.
But doctors say he will be hospitalized until his condition improves.
He will also require a period of recuperation following his release.
Virginia has sent so many sons and daughters to defend her freedom that 13
federal cemeteries in the Commonwealth have NO room to spare.
Today, the gates opened on Virginia's answer to that problem.
Ellen Qualls report.
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SUPER=01-Charlie Montgomery/VVA State Council; :15
SUPER=01-Donald Duncan/Va. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; :52
SUPER=01-Luther Anderson/VFW State Commander; 1:06
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Amelia County.
(( It's a strange sight.
Rows of marble plaques with NO names, behind which will rest ashes.
Acres of a cemetery with NO markers.
But all too soon, these 125 acres in Amelia County will be busy with more
sot TAPE ONE 11:34:42
((CHARLIE MONTGOMERY/VVA STATE COUNCIL: THE VETERANS CEMETERY IN VIRGINIA IS
LONG OVERDUE AND WE STILL NEED MORE FOR OUR AGING VETERANS. WE HAVE ONLY
STARTED THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.))
The dedication of the first state-run veterans cemetery in Virginia caps off
a fight that has spanned five governors.
Doug Wilder finally made a state commitment.
He won a bronze star.
Perhaps ironically, it was the one without any military record who saw it to
sot 11:57:31 TAPE ONE
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THIS CEMETERY BEARS THE SILENT TESTIMONY TO WHAT SO MANY
FRIENDS AND FAMILIES HERE KNOW FIRSTHAND: THAT FREEDOM DOES NOT COME WITHOUT A
sot TAPE TWO 12:08:47
((DONALD DUNCAN/VA. DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: WE'RE PHASING OUT SOME OF THE
NATIONAL CEMETERIES AND WE HAVE A LOT-- WORLD WAR TWO, WHICH HAS THE LARGEST
NUMBER OF VETERANS THAT HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY ARE ALL GETTING OLDER AND MANY
OF THEM ARE DYING. AND SO WE NEED THIS PLACE AS A FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR
sot TAPE ONE 11:32:13
((LUTHER ANDERSON/VFW STATE COMMANDER: THEY BROUGHT OUR FREEDOM WITH THEIR
SACRIFICES. AND GOD BLESS ALL OF 'EM.))
sot STANDUP tape two 12:48:36
((OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS THE REMAINS OF THE FIRST VETERANS WILL START BEING
INTERRED IN THIS CEMETERY. OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THE REMAINS OF 55- THOUSAND
VIRGINIA VETERANS WILL BE LAID TO REST HERE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, AMELIA
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next, Saltville could be close to getting its railroad back on
and the owner of the Franklin County Speedway says he needs some help or his
track will be on its final lap.
MUSIC UP FULL
The town of Saltville is one step closer to regaining railroad service.
Town Council and Roanoke-area businessman Bill Pinkerton tonight wrapped up
a contract that allows Pinkerton to buy the nine mile tracks that link
Saltville with the Norfolk Southern main line in Glade Spring.
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Norfolk Southern abandoned the railbed in 1984, and gave the tracks to the
Saltville Town Manager John Clark says Pinkerton will buy the line for 180
Pinkerton has had a crew clearing the rails since back in March. He's
forming his own railroad to run on the tracks.
He hopes to begin hauling freight by early fall.
The owner of the Franklin County Speedway says his track's running on fumes.
Whitey Taylor says he's behind on payments for a 25 thousand dollar loan,
and his creditors want 20 thousand dollars by June 10th.
Otherwise, the Speedway goes up for auction.
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((WHITEY TAYLOR: I WANT MY FRIENDS, IF THEY'RE MY FRIENDS, I WANT THEM TO SHOW
UP NO, TO SHOW UP WITH MONEY, OR TO SEND MONEY, TO BAIL ME OUT. THAT'S WHAT
I'M ASKING FOR, AND I WANT TO FIND OUT WHO MY FRIENDS ARE, DON'T WAIT TILL I
DIE TO SEND THE FLOWERS, CAUSE I WON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SEND IT NOW, IF
YOU GOT IT, SEND IT TO ME.))
OUT Q=send it to me.
Taylor blames his financial troubles on a failed Willie Nelson concert at
the track back in 1980.
When the concert never happened, angry fans set fire to a barn on an
Taylor had to replace the barn, and he lost money on the concert, putting
him more than 200 thousand dollars in debt.
Today he said he's considering declaring bankruptcy.
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((WHITEY TAYLOR/FRANKLIN COUNTY SPEEDWAY: I DON'T WANT TO, BUT IF IT COMES TO
IT, I WILL. LARGER CORPORATIONS THAN WHITEY TAYLOR HAVE BANKRUPTED BEFORE. ))
OUT Q=bankrupted before
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Taylor says he could have SCRAPED-BY financially, but a colder than normal
spring put the brakes on ticket sales.
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SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/And Cool/46-48/Mostly Cloudy/Light Rain/64-66;
SUPER=333-Increasing/Clouds Late/44-46/Light Rain/or Drizzle/58-60;
SUPER=334-Increasing/Cloudiness/44-46/Mostly Cloudy/Showers Likely/58-60;
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Heisman trophy winner Danny Wuerffel strapped on a different kind of helmet
yesterday as the future New Orleans Saints quarterback got a chance to take a
ride in a military jet today at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida.
After five days of intense double elimination play, the Southern Maine
Huskies wasted Wooster to win the NCAA division 3 baseball title last night in
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Both team came out ready to play in the first inning, as Maine's Jason
Crepeau the big right hander rips this shot over the right field fence. It's
one to-nothing in favor of Huskies.
But the Wooster Scots, Keith Humphry's alma mater, answered with a shot of
their own in the bottom of the first. Travis Snyder lifts one over the right
field fence to make it 1-all.
But Southern Maine would dominate the game the rest of the way scoring 14
unanswered runs. Tony Miner whacks one off the top of the wall in deep center
The Huskies beat Wooster for the second time in the tourney to capture the
Division Three title with a 15-to-1 win.
In high school baseball; the Franklin County Eagles grounded the G.W.
Danville Eagles 2-nothing to advance to the Northwest region final last night.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Eagles vs. Eagles; :00
In the fifth, with two outs; Matt Ferguson connects on this bullet that
splits the Eagle outfielders. Ferguson ends up on third with a triple.
Then, Jeremy Scott brings in the eventual game winner, smacking this pitch
down the third baseline, Ferguson scores for a 1 to nothing Franklin County
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In the bottom of the sixth; The Eagles Jason Arrington singles to right plating
Shane Boyd. Franklin County's Brian Strong gets his first shutout of the season
as the Eagles win 2-nothing and will play in the regional final Friday.
((F.L.SLOUGH/FRANKLIN CO HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-F.L. Slough/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...down the road"
After the game, Franklin County shortstop Jeremy Adkins was presented with
the first annual W.W. Naff scholarship. Adkins will use the 12 hundred dollars
towards his education at Ferrum.
Glenvar has advanced to tonight's Region C semi-finals in Covington thanks
to a 10-to-6 come from behind win over Parry McCluer yesterday.
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We pick up the action in the top of the first. Parry McCluer
centerfielder Robert Snyder gets things started on a bloop single to right
Then, Jeremiah Brokenborrow connects on a hard grounder to short that
Glenvar shortstop Brett Willet just misses, Snyder comes on home from second
and the Fighting Blues took a 1-nothing lead.
The Highlanders finally got their bats revved up as Chris Carroll smashes
this shot to centerfield that gets the merry go round rolling
Glenvar beats the Blues 10-to-6.
Last night we heard from John Daly, who after 8 weeks in the Betty Ford
Center, said he was ready to come back on Tour.
Roanoke's Chip Sullivan played against Daly in college and is still one of
He, like many folks, is hopeful John can make a successful comeback.
IN Q="I SURROUNDED...
((CHIP SULLIVAN/PGA TOUR PRO:))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Tour Pro; :00
OUT Q=...I PREDICT."
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Dublin, OH; :00
This weekend Big John will have to share the spotlight with who else but
Tiger Woods, who plays his third straight event, the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.
Today he got in several hours of practice, as if he needed it!
Still to come tonight, a treat for youth hockey fans is coming up next month
courtesy of Virginia Amateur sports and some other sponsors.
Plus, Robby Gordon's unfortunate day at Indy will cost him at least two races
on the NASCAR circuit.
The Winston Cup warriors start heading north to Dover, Delaware tomorrow for
this Sunday's Miller 500.
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Unfortunately, Sabco Motorsports driver Robby Gordon, a candidate for Winston
Cup rookie of the year honors will miss this weekend's race and the June 8th
event at Pocono.
Gordon was injured yesterday's when the invisible ethanol flames caused first
and second degree burns on both of his hands and his right thigh during the
Wally Dallenbach, who is running a limited schedule in another SABCO car and
not schedule to race at Dover will take his place Sunday.
The Commonwealth Games of Virginia, the area's olympic style festival that is
set for July 18th and 19th, is expecting more than 11 thousand athletes this
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
This morning, games' officials announced they are doing more for the athletes
and hockey fans in the area.
For starters, a "Beatles Broadway Style" concert will be held at Victory
stadium on Saturday night July 19th.
And some of the Express members are holding a free roller hockey clinic next
month on June 7th for all youth in the area at CMT.
((JEFF JABLONSKI/ROANOKE EXPRESS WINGER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Roanoke Express Winger; :00
OUT Q=...IN HOCKEY."
And finally tonight, the brand new NRV super bowl in Christiansburg that just
opened last Sunday held its first night of league play this evening.
And in the just the second game bowled at the center tonight, Floyd's Denton
Reed through the almighty 300 game in the Wednesday night summer league.
The Chicago Bulls put the Miami Heat out of its misery last night with a 100
to 87 win in game five of the Eastern conference final that give the series to
the Bulls 4 games to one.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC; :00
Michael Jordan was criticized for playing 40 holes of golf the day before the
Bulls' loss in game four. Yesterday he only played 18 between practice ands
the game, but he was still soaring.
Jamal Mashburn tried to keep the Heat from getting turned down too quickly,
but he was no match for the Bulls.
Jud Buechler to Brian Williams on the break for the slam and the Bulls
SUPER=32-Miami/87/Chicago/100/Bulls Win 4-to-1;
advance to the NBA Finals with the
100 to 87 win in game five.
She thought her financial tug of war was over... but it seems actress Debbie
Reynolds has been forced to pull harder on the rope.
"America's Sweetheart" has filed a law suit against ex-husband and local
developer Richard Hamlett in U-S District Court in Roanoke.
Last year a Nevada judge awarded her an 8-point-9 million dollar divorce
But she has yet to collect.
Reynolds is hoping the lawsuit will stop Hamlett from transferring his
assets until he pays up.