In Denver, jurors hear more from families hit hard by the deaths of 168
people in the Oklahoma City bombing.
And some nursing home patients are still away from home following Tuesday's
nights fire at Bedford Memorial.
Clouds are rolling BACK into the picture after a pleasant reprieve from the
ill tempered weather. I'll have forecast details, along with NBA action in
sports this afternoon.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
GRAPHIC=Oklahoma Bombing Trial
More emotional testimony is underway in Denver in day two of Timothy
McVeigh's penalty hearing.
Jurors today are hearing more tearful testimony from survivors of the
Oklahoma City bombing and relatives of the dead.
But the judge today blocked the testimoy of a nine year old boy whose
mother died in the blast.
((HE KILLED A HUNDRED AND 68 PEOPLE AND THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT YOU JUST DON'T
GET OFF THAT EASY. ))
SUPER=01-Clint Seidl/Relative of Victim;
OUT Q=DON'T GET OFF THAT EASY.
Judge Richard Matsch (maych) said he reviewed the boy's statement and found
it too inflamatory.
The government is hoping the testimony of others will be so powerful it
will persuade jurors to sentence Timothy McVeigh to death.
It may be at least a week before elderly patients at Bedford Memorial
Hospital enjoy familiar surroundings.
Emergency workers transported 32 residents to the Carriage Hill Retirement
Center after a fire Tuesday at the hospital.
The incident caused extensive damage to a few rooms and startled some
SOT 00.05.56 - 00.06.13
IN Q=I went to
((FLORENCE HARGRAVE/NURSING HOME RESIDENT: I WENT TO OPEN MY BEDROOM DOOR AND
SAW THERE WAS A LOT OF SMOKE AND I SAID LET ME GET OUT OF HERE AND RUSHED TO
THE REAR STAIRWAY AND THEY BROUGHT ME DOWN INTHE WHEELCHAIR AND PUT ME ON THE
AMBULANCE AND EVERYTHING WAS NICELY DONE LIKE CLOCKWORK.))
SUPER=01-Florence Hargrave/Bedford Nursing Home Resident;
OUT Q=done like clockwork
Investigators are calling the fire an accident. They are blaming it on a
hot plate in a storage closet.
The plate was accidently turned on after a circuit breaker was flipped.
Officials say the fire could have been worse if it were not for the quick
response of hospital and emergency workers.
One premature baby died as a four-alarm fire raged through a children's
hospital in St. Louis.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Yesterday;;
Eight critically ill children were among the 140 children and 200 adults who
were forced to evacuate.
Authorities say the two week old baby's heart stopped just as the
evacuations began and they DON'T attribute her death to the blaze.
Investigators are trying to determine if plywood left smoldering
during construction work caused the blaze.
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GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Invest
It will probably take a while to figure out what caused a fatal plane crash
in Montgomery County Tuesday.
Yesterday, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board started
sifting through the debris of the Cessna 210.
The debris was scattered over a wide area, and members of the Elliston
Volunteer Fire Department and the Shawsville Rescue Squad helped locate pieces
of the plane.
IN Q=we'll continue to
SUPER=02-Robert Pearce/NTSB Investigator;
OUT Q=information on there
The aircraft was making a practice approach to the Roanoke Regional Airport
when the crash occured near the Roanoke County line.
Investigators located all of the plane's major components... but say they
found no evidence of a collision before the final impact.
The three victims in that crash are all from families well known to many in
Wells is the former C-E-O of James River Limestone a (Buck-anan) Buchanan
company that was recently sold.
He was an aviator who had been flying for well over four decades.
Tim Sprinkle is the son of Ray Sprinkle a former school board chairman in
Friends say he had finally found his niche as a flight instructor at Hillman
Charles David Smith is the son of Salem City Manager Randy Smith.
Known as David, he was a flight instructor at Hillman aviation as well-- with
plans to someday becoming an airline pilot.
A suspected serial killer may be hiding out in Boston.
Yesterday authorities announced several possible sightings of 27 year old
Andrew Cunanan (koo-NAH'-nin).
He's wanted in three states in connection with four murders.
(( HE IS WANTED FOR MURDER IN MINNESOTA, NEW JERSEY AND FLORIDA AND SHOULD BE
CONSIDERED DANGEROUS AND ARMED. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Paul Farrahar/Boston Police Department;
OUT Q= DANGEROUS AND ARMED.
The killings began in Minnesota, where two men were murdered, one of them,
Cunanan's (koo-NAH'-nin's) former lover.
The elections are still months away, but candidates for Roanoke's
constitutional offices are busy lining up support.
Today, local democrats formally kicked off their campaigns for
Commonwealth's Attorney, City Treasurer and Sheriff.
Seeking new terms are Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell, and City
Treasurer David Anderson.
The slate also includes George McMillan, the chief deputy who hopes to
succeed Alvin Hudson when the current sheriff retires.
IN Q=Being 15 years
((GEORGE MCMILLAN/D- CANDIDATE FOR SHERIFF: BEING 15 YEARS AS CHIEF DEPUTY TO
SHERIFF HUDSON IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST ASSET I'VE HAD. HE'S TAUGHT ME A LOT. I
FEEL LIKE I'VE MATURED IN THE JOB AND I'M READY TO HANDLE IT NOW.))
SUPER=01-George McMillan/(D) Candidate for Sheriff;
OUT Q=to handle it now.
Democrats will hold a mass meeting for three of the constitutional offices
Commissioner of Revenue Marsha Compton Fielder faces a challenge from
Sherman Holland in the demcoratic primary on Tuesday.
Officials shut down route-220 last night for 45 minutes following a car
The car struck an electric pole after the driver lost control of it. The
vehicle eventually flipped over, landing upside down.
Two people and a dog were apparently in the car. Emergency workers took
both people to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, one had to be airlifted.
The dog is believed to be still missing.
Power was knocked out to some homes in the area because of the wreck.
A veteran trooper with Virginia State Police is being credited with saving
the life of a child, before losing his own.
Mechanicsville native Norman W. Hampton and his wife Frankie were
strolling along the beach Tuesday at Pawley's Island, South Carolina, when they
heard a cry for help.
A boy had fallen off his raft in the surf and was struggling.
Hampton managed to push the boy back onto the raft before disappearing.
His was the first drowning on the island this year.
Hampton worked for the state police for 34 years, serving in Culpeper,
Warsaw and the Richmond area.
The future of a new federal law is riding on a high profile case involving
Former student Christy Brzonkala's claim she was raped by two former
football players went to the U-S Court of Appeals yesterday. But Brzonkala's
is NO longer 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's Attorney;
OUT Q=appropriate action.
Former player Tony Morrison appeared yesterday.
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's Attorney;
OUT Q=to that.
Morrison is currently fielding football scholarship offers from other Big
The three judge appeals panel will rule in several weeks.
Another military sex scandal could prevent an Air Force General from becoming
President Clinton's top military advisor.
General Joseph Ralston is a top candidate to be the next
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.. even though he had an adulterous
affair in the 19-80's while separated from his wife.
Defense Secretary William Cohen discussed the matter with the general and
said he was supporting Ralston's bid to succeed General John Shalikashvili who
retires in September.
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Still to come,
Political disagreements are leaving flood victims high and dry when it
comes to disaster relief.
The F-B-I is trying to get deadly weapons off the street after an F-B-I van
was robbed earlier this week.
First, let's check in with Patrick.
music up full
WDBJ-7 is being sued by Crenshaws' TV and Appliance Stores for a series of
stories that aired last year.
The lawsuit alleges WDBJ-7 conspired to harm the company's buisness, and
asks for 30 million dollars in damages.
The suit refers to reports WDBJ-7 aired about Crenshaw's purchase of
Holdrens stores in Roanoke and Lynchburg.
We reported 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 concerning nearly 50
thousand dollars in unpaid bills for advertising purchased months after the
station aired the warranty reports.
The state is reviewing the issue of Crenshaw's warranty coverage.
A former C-I-A agent will spend 23 years in prison for spying for Moscow.
Harold Nicholson was sentenced today in Alexandria.
He was arrested last November and is the highest-ranking C-I-A official
ever accused of spying for a foreign power.
His cooperation with investigators helped him avoid a life sentence.
Today, before his sentencing, he apologized, saying he sold secret
documents to Russia to
get money for his three children.
Congress and the White House are on a
collision course today.
The House and Senate plan to vote on a disaster-relief bill that
President Clinton already says is dead on arrival.
Mr. clinton says he'll veto the 8 billion dollar measure because it
includes unrelated Republican amendments.
In Memphis, authorities have recoverd some of the arsenal that was stolen
from an F-B-I SWAT vehicle, but some of the deadliest arms are still missing.
Police are also questioning several people in connection with the theft.
The weapons were inside the F-B-I van when it was stolen from a motel
parking lot in Memphis.
The vehicle was later found burned out and abandoned.
The weapons taken included automatic rifles and grenade launchers.
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Still ahead on News 7 at Noon,
Roanoke City and Clifton Forge are getting incentives to lower their teen
The future looks bright for V-M-I with a donation from a local night vision
Roanoke City and Clifton Forge are scoring high marks in Virginia in an
undesirable category-- unwanted pregnancy rates.
But, some residents are trying to change that.
They held a community forum last night in Salem to talk about the problem.
Virginia's current unwanted pregnancy rate is 30 percent.
If the state becomes one of the top five states at lowering that number, it
would qualify for 20 million dollars in federal funding.
IN Q=in order
((MOLLY RUTLEDGE/ALLEGHANY-ROANOKE HEALTH DISTRICT: IN ORDER FOR LOCALITIES TO
GET A PIECE OF THAT MONEY, THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH A PROCESS, AND ENGAGE
COMMUNITY INPUT IN TELLING THEM WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN TELLING THEM WHAT WE NEED
TO IN ORDER TO REDUCE OUT OF WEDLOCK BIRTHS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Molly Rutledge/Alleghany-Roanoke Health District;
OUT Q=wedlock births
Molly Rutledge from the Roanoke City Health department says it is important
to reduce pregnancy rates,
because children born out of wedlock are more likely to have problems later in
IN Q=many of the
((MANY OF THE CHILDREN DO LESS WELL IN SCHOOL, AND GET INTO MORE TROUBLE AS
REFLECTED IN SOCIAL AND MENTAL HEALTH STATISTICS. ))
OUT Q=HEALTH STATISTICS
The forum continues tonight in the New River Valley. Results of the two
meetings will be combined and added to the state-wide plan.
Cadets from Virginia Military Institute will soon be training with the
latest in military equipment.
I-T-T Industries donated two pair of night vision goggles today to the
The company says the gifts will give future military leaders a "head start"
in night vision training.
IN Q=ANYTHING WE CAN DO
((JOHN DOMALSKI/ITT VICE PRES.: ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO HELP THE MILITARY TRAIN
BETTER..WHICH THE ENABLES THEM TO FIGHT BETTER AND PROTECT THE COUNTRY BETTER
SUPER=01-John Domalski/ITT Vice President;
OUT Q=THE COUNTRY BETTER
VMI Dean of Faculty Kernel Alan Farrell says alliances with industry are a
step in the right direction.
IN Q=COLLABORATION BETWEEN
((COLONEL ALAN FARRELL/VMI DEAN OF FACULTY: COLLABORATION BETWEEN INDUSTRY AND
COMMERCE AND THE ACADEMIC WORLD IS THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE. ))
SUPER=01-Colonel Alan Farrell/VMI Dean of Faculty;
OUT Q=WAVE OF THE FUTURE
I-T-T has LOANED night vision goggles to the Institute before, but this is
the first gift of its kind from the company.
SUPER=334-Becoming/Mostly Cloudy/50-54/Mostly Cloudy/Light Rain/60-64;
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was
up 49 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
It's a dog eat dog tournament for Abingdon as the William Byrd Terriers
get a win in the Group Two-A quarterfinals.
We'll have all the highlights from the local high school diamond.
After 150 years Cartier proves diamonds are still a girl's best friend.
MUSIC UP FULL
On the court last night, the Bulls have taken a 2 games to none lead in the
NBA finals after taking out the Jazz in game two 97 to 85.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC-NBA; :00
The Mailman, Karl Malone, was anxious to deliver a victory in game two.
But Michael Jordan came out on fire, hitting even a three pointer. He had
been shooting 12 percent from the three point line.
But here's a three for you. Take a look at Utah's Chris Morris jacking one
up from way beyond the line to keep the Jazz in striking distance.
But Michael leads the fast break, SUPER=32-Utah/85/Chicago Bulls/97/Bulls
fires the pass to Scottie Pippin for the slam and the Bulls beat the Jazz
97 to 85..
The William Byrd Terriers got a little scare last night courtesy of Abingdon
in the Group Two-A baseball quarterfinals.
SUPER=03-Vinton/Group AA Quarterfinals; :00
The Terriers, as usual, got great pitching as starter Brian Rickerson strikes
out Abingdon's Anthony Phillips with the called third strike.
But offense was a little slow to come around. In the second inning Parker
Humphries hits into the fielders choice, but it's enough to get Ryan Wheeling
home from third with the eventual game winning run.
Byrd would win it 2-to-nothing as closer Chris Manning, the hard throwing
southpaw, strikes out Eric Wilson to end the game.
Byrd wins 2-to-nothing, and not gets ready for a rematch with Chatham Friday
night in the semi-finals.
IN Q="When we played...
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/William Byrd Head Coach;:00
OUT Q=...THE BALL GAME."
That game will take place at Byrd on Friday.
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Franklin County's baseball season came to an end last night in a 6-2
loss. Lake Braddock pitcher Steve McGinn struck out 11 and allowed just three
hits in a dominating performance at W.W. Naff Field.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/Bruins vs. Eagles; :00
Franklin County took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first, thanks to a
string of errors by the visiting Bruins. A bad throw by the lake Braddock
catcher allows Brian Strong to score.
But the Bruins scored 4 runs in the top of the seventh. Brent Boyer knocks
in the eventual game winner. His single SUPER=34-Lake Braddock/6/Franklin
plates D'Arcy Wills to make it 3-2 Bruins and they advance to the group 3A
state semifinals with a 6-2 victory. Franklin County finishes the season with a
22 and 2 record.
The Eagles bid farewell to seven seniors including Larry Bowles, who
pitched five strong innings last night.
The Glenvar Highlanders have advanced to Group A state softball semi-finals
after hammering St. Paul.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Group A Quarterfinals; :
Moving the game from Tuesday to yesterday proved to be the right call as the
weather cleared to perfection.
Glenvar scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. Kelli
Julg's grounder to third is overthrown 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 potential St. Paul rally. Watch the
Lady Highs pull off the 1 to 6 to 3 double play to clean the bases.
And pitcher Amy Layman cleaned up the rest, pitching a no hitter and striking
out 11. Glenvar rolls to the 22-to-1 win.
The Highs next play at Castlewood Friday night at 6.
There's some extra sparkle today in California's Golden Gate city.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;
Cartier is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a showing of rare,
vintage pieces at its San Francisco boutique.
The one-of-a-kind exhibit includes the famous Barbara Hutton tiger brooch
and earrings created for the movie star, and a diamond snake necklace and
The jewels will be on display for a week.