Investigators try to find out why a plane crashed yesterday in Montgomery
And we'll hear from friends of the three men killed. They remember the
pilots and their contributions to the area.
Also we'll see how Bedford Memorial Hospital is recovering from last night's
Tonight in sports, we'll talk with Dave Braine temporary successor at
Virginia Tech, plus check in on the Glenvar girl's softball team in the state
and hear from Kelly Dampeer, the former Northside and Radford University star
who was drafted today by the Indians.
A solar visitor to our planet today! Sunshine breaks out and will still
around through tomorrow.
Federal investigator have spent the day searching for the cause of Tuesday's
fatal plane crash in Montgomery County.
It may be months before the investigation is complete.
Double Boxes=Jean/Joe Microwave
But, tonight Joe Dashiell reports investigators are already ruling out some
((roll cue: no evidence of a collision before the impact.))
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OUT Q=hit this hillside.
No Q & A:
In many cases people involved in plane crashes HERE are from out of town.
But this time all the people who died were locally well- known, and well-
Len Besthoff has more.
IN Q=Many say
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OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Many say Clifford E- Wells was considered royalty in Botetourt County.
The former C-E-O of James River Limestone in Buchanan loved to fly his
Cessna and bring along others, like longtime friend Jim Baber.
IN Q=He found out
((JIM BABER/WELLS' FRIEND: HE FOUND OUT THAT I NEEDED EMPLOYMENT ONE TIME. SO
I BECAME AN EMPLOYEE. SO I HAVE KNOWN HIM IN MANY WAYS. AS BEST, AS WELL AS
YOU COULD KNOW HIM. AND HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST FRIENDS I HAD.))
OUT Q=I had.
Also on board the plane, Tim Sprinkle, another Botetourt County resident
whose father Ray once served as school board chairman.
Family friends say the 25- year- old had finally found his niche as a flight
instructor for Hillman Aviation.
IN Q=And working
((L.C. HAROLD/SPRINKLE FAMILY FRIEND: AND WORKING ALMOST ON A FULLTIME BASIS.
And he seemed real happy doing that? HAROLD: YES, VERY HAPPY. SAW HIM
RECENTLY AND TALKED TO AND HE WAS HAVING FUN ENJOYING THE WORK. HE LOVED
OUT Q=loved flying.
Charles David Smith, usually called Dave or David, was well known in Salem,
not only for his ability on the tennis court, but also for being the son of
city manager Randy Smith.
He was also a flight instructor at Hillman Aviation, who's general manager
describes him as a "fine, conscientious pilot" who had designs on one day
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Despite the chaos and upheaval, Carilion Hospital officials say last night's
fire and evacuation at Bedford Memorial Hospital could have been much worse.
Double Boxes=Jean/Steve STARLINK
Steve Smallshaw has followed the story since last night and he joins us now.
Steve, how does Carilion rate its emergency response last night?
((Rollcue: got through it unscathed))
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SUPER=01-Tom Sherlock/Carriage Hill Director; :55
OUT Q=No got hurt thank God.
Question: Have they determined the cause of the fire yet?
Jason Hibbs was sentenced to 22 years in prison today for murder and
The 20-year old Wythe County man was one of three men charged in the death
of a teenager last year.
Hibbs got into a fight with 17-year old Ricky Lee Coleman.
He then helped two friends put Coleman in the trunk of a car, and left him
on a creek bank.
Coleman died of exposure.
Hibbs got 20 years for murder, and 2 years for abduction.
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Still to come on the newscast, A Roanoke Sheriff's deputy is accused of
And we'll check in with the Bosnia Peacekeepers from Danville as they make
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WDBJ-7 is being sued by Crenshaws TV and Appliance Stores for a series of
stories we aired last year.
The lawsuit alleges the WDBJ-7 conspired to harm the company's buisness, and
asks for 30 million dollars in damages.
The suit refers to a series of reports WDBJ-7 aired about Crenshaw's
purchase of Holdrens stores in Roanoke and Lynchburg.
We reported that Crenshaws, after initially honoring Holdren's extended
warranties, stopped doing so.
Crenshaws says after the reports, sales decreased significantly.
WDBJ-7 General Manager Bob Lee called the lawsuit "ridiculous", and said
the station would withhold further comment pending consultation with its
In March, WDBJ-7 filed a lawsuit against Crenshaws over nearly 50 thousand
dollars in unpaid bills for advertising purchased months after the station
aired the warranty reports.
The issue of Crenshaw's warranty coverage was investigated by the Virginia
Office Of Consumer Affairs, which referred the matter to the state Attorney
General's Office for review and possible enforcement action.
A twelve year old Northwest Roanoke girl says she was gang-raped yesterday
The girl told police she let three teenage boys into her home, and began
having consensual sex with one of them.
She says several other boys entered the home and and raped her.
The girl said between 7 or 8 boys, between the ages of 16 and 18 were
Police say there was evidence of an attack in the bedroom.
So far, they haven't found any of the suspects.
Christy Brzonkala's allegations of gang rape by two former Virginia Tech
football players found their way to the U.S. Court of Appeals today.
But Brzonkala's case is NO longer really about her unproved rape story.
It's a constitutional test of the federal Violence Against Women Act and
Title Nine protections of women on college campuses.
IN Q=Title IX
((DEBORAH BRAKE/BRZONKALA ATTORNEY: TITLE IX REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO RESPOND TO
SEX DISCRIMINATION ON THEIR CAMPUSES. AND RAPE IS THE MOST SEVERE FORM OF SEX
DISCRIMINATION AND THE UNIVERSITY IN THIS CASE REFUSED TO TAKE APPROPRIATE
SUPER=01-Deborah Brake/Brzonkala Attorney;
OUT Q=appropriate action.
Former player Tony Morrison showed up.
He was found guilty of sexual assault by a school panel that then lessened
his guilt to "abusive conduct" in a later hearing.
But he was NOT criminally charged.
IN Q=That's the
((DAVID PAXTON: THAT'S THE DIFFICULTY THAT WE HAVE IN THIS CASE IS THAT
THEY'VE ALLEGED IT AND ONCE THE RECORD IS SEEN, IT'S NOT AS IF IT'S A SITUATION
WHERE YOU SAY NO, NO, NO, AND THEN DO IT ANYWAY. AND THAT'S WHAT I MEAN. IT'S
DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO SIT THERE AND LISTEN TO THAT.))
SUPER=01-David Paxton/Morrison Attorney;
OUT Q=to that.
Morrison is fielding football scholarship offers from other Big East
The three judge appeals panel will rule in several weeks.
Soldiers in Bosnia are finding a short and bittersweet homecoming in
Tina Tenret has the story.
IN Q=David Jones
SUPER=01-David Jones/National Guard Member;
OUT Q=News 7 Danville
(( David Jones is home for ten days.
He's relaxing, eating out, and shopping for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
But he's not looking forward to saying goodbye -- for the second time -- to
his wife and 12-year-old daughter.
IN Q= Three or four days
((DAVID JONES/NATIONAL GUARD: THREE OR FOUR DAYS BEFORE THEY KNOW I HAVE TO
LEAVE, GETTING POUTY AND HEARTBROKEN. WE DISCUSSED THAT, WE WOULDN'T DO THAT.
THAT WAS ONE OF THE CONDITIONS OF ME COMING HOME.))
OUT Q=coming home
In Bosnia, Jones delivers mail, pay and supplies to American troops.
He brings a message from fellow soldiers.
IN Q= Hurry up and resolve
((HURRY UP AND RESOLVE THE PROBLEM. GET THE ELECTIONS DONE SO WE CAN COME HOME.
I'M THINKING, THREE OR FOUR MONTHS INTO IT, WE'RE ALL READY TO GO HOME NOW.))
OUT Q=go home now
Jones hopes to be home for good this fall.
Tina Tenret News 7 Danville))
On Wall Street today, a lackluster showing among technology stocks pushed
the market lower.
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NASDAQ lost over five.
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A Roanoke City deputy Sheriff has been charged with embezzlement.
Home improvement store LOWE'S filed the embezzlement lawsuit today against
Timothy Wayne Barton.
Barton lives in Salem and used to work part time at the Roanoke Lowe's
A spokesman for the Sheriff's department had no comment as to whether Barton
will face disciplinary action.
But he did say they are conducting an investigation into the matter.
Botetourt County students and Roanoke County students will soon attend
elementary school together.
Bonsack Park is the site chosen for the new Bonsack Elementary School.
It'll accommodate two-to-three hundred students from both counties.
Construction will start as soon as funding becomes available.
Jerry Canada choose the location to announce his candidacy for re-election
to the Roanoke County School Board and to show his support for the school.
Canada says he's genuinely interested in regional cooperation and is
committed to working hard to maintain the quality of the school system.
IN Q=IN MY OPINION
((JERRY CANADA/HOLLINS SCHOOL BOARD: IN MY OPINION WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT SCHOOL
DIVISION AND I WANT TO KEEP US ON COURSE BECAUSE WE ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT
SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/Roanoke Co. School Board;
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Canada also gave his support for the reappointment of the superintendent
Coming up tonight in sports, the Glenvar girls are battling for a win on the
state quarterfinal softball diamond at this hour.
Kelly Dampeer is selected by the Indians in the major league draft.
And Roy Stanley takes us up to Blacksburg where Dave Braine passed the Tech
athletic torch to Sharon McCloskey this morning.
Over at Greenhill Park, The Lady Highlanders of Glenvar hosted St. Paul in
the Group A state quarterfinals.
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The sun popped through the clouds making it a perfect day for softball.
Glenvar scored the first runs of the game in the bottom of the first.
Kelli Julg's grounder to third is overthworn at first base a runner scores and
the Lady Highlanders led 1 to nothing.
Still in the first, Renae Anderson hits a grounder that gets through and
goes to left field Julg scores from third to make the score 2 to nothing Lady
The Glenvar defense then stopped a St. Paul rally. With a runner on first
SUPER=34-Glenvar/3/St. Paul/0/Third Inning;in the second the Lady Highlanders
pull off the 1 to 6 to 3 double play to clean the bases and Glenvar leads it
3-to-nothing in the third.
Two state quarterfinal baseball games that were rained out yesterday are back
on for tonight.
William Byrd hosts Abingdon at 7pm in Vinton, while Franklin County takes on
Lake Braddock at 7pm in Rocky Mount in the Group Three-A ranks.
Highlights of both tonight on News 7 Primetime on WEFC.
Former Northside star Kelly Dampeer started as a Viking; then became a
Highlander and now; He's and Indian. Cleveland has selected Kelly in the Major
League baseball Draft.
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Dampeer, who is Radford University's all time homerun leader, was drafted
by the Indians in the 22nd round. His connections at RU helped.
IN Q="My coach
((KELLY DAMPEER/10 HOMERUNS, 57 RBI'S THIS SEASON:))
SUPER=01-Kelly Dampeer/10 Homeruns, 57 RBI's This Season; :00
OUT Q=...and prayers"
Oakland selected Radford right handed pitcher Tim Manwiller in the 30th
round. He's the third pitcher from Either Radford or Virginia Tech to be chosen
by the A's.
When Dave Braine promoted Sharon McCloskey to the position of senior
associate athletic director in 1995, neither figured they would be parting ways
two years down the road.
But as Roy Stanley reports, with Braine leaving for Ga. Tech - McCloskey is
taking over the program, at least temporarily.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/New Georgia Tech Athletic Director; :21
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Football Coach; :38
SUPER=01-Sharon McCloskey/Virginia Tech Interim Athletic Director; 1:04
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President; 1:22
OUT Q= ...........
((After 9 years as the A-D, Braine has put Virginia Tech Athletics on the level
with other nationally recognized college programs.
The work is not done and Braine wanted to be a part of taking the programs to
the next level.
But the offer to become Athletic Director at Georgia Tech was one Braine
could not overlook.))
((DAVE BRAINE/NEW GEORGIA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: ))
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: ))
((McCloskey is no stranger to Virginia Tech. She has been in and around Tech
Athletics for more than 12 years first as a receptionist in the Football
But McCloskey is taking over the A-D's position only on an interim Basis.))
((SHARON MCCLOSKEY/VIRGINIA TECH INTERIM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: ))
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: ))
And finally tonight, Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin said today he isn't
sure he'll play football this year.
At a newsconference in Dallas, Irvin said the distractions in his life have
made it hard for him to focus on his job.
He also announced he is suing the Dallas police department and TV station
KXAS for falsely accusing him of rape last year.
And Lawrence Taylor entered a guilty plea today on tax evasion charges.
In 1990 he failed to report $48 thousand bucks in income.
He's free on bond tonight.
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