Next on News 7-
A plane makes a crash landing in Bedford County tonight-
Fire damages a home in Amherst.
Plus Roanoke's police chief passes away.
And a ruling means sex offenders could be confined LONG after they do their
News 7 is next.
Roanoke police chief M. David Hooper died today- after a battle with
His 30 year career in Roanoke began in 1967 when he came here from
Hooper was 67.
The widow of Malcolm X has died-
Betty Shabazz fought for civil rights throughout her life. She was 61.
A junkyard is causing controversy in New Castle. Some say it's an eyesore-
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Plus a Supreme Court ruling could keep some criminals in prison after their
sentence is up.
More on the case of child molestor Leroy Henricks-
Plus all the latest on News 7 at eleven.
A plane runs into trouble over Bedford County tonight- and makes a crash
The Single Engine Cessna landed in a field off route 122 about two miles
south of Bedford-
The pilot, Glen Murray of Delaware, was the only one on the plane.
Authorities say he's not hurt- He refused treatment at the scene.
Murray says he was flying over Route 122 when the plane developed a severe
vibration. He was trying to land in a field, but came up short when he tried
to avoid a house.
The plane's owner is Rucker Tibbs of Forrest..
State police say the plane was slighly damaged.
Meanwhile Virginia's Civil Air Patrol is searching for a plane that left
Roanoke just before eight Sunday Morning.
The light aircraft was heading to Clearwater Florida but never made it's
The search is concentrating in the Roanoke-Danville and Stuart areas.
Anyone that heard anything strange Sunday Morning is asked to call tthe
Virginia Civil Air Patrol.
Firefighters are still on the scene of a blaze that destroyed an Amherst
County home earlier tonight.
Smoke from the fire on Dixie Airport Road could be seen from miles away.
A passerby spotted smoke coming from under the roof of the single story
home, left to call 9-1-1, then came back to see if anyone was still inside.
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The home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters got there.
They've spent the past hour and a half bringing the blaze under control.
Police searched briefly for two young members of the family, but everyone
was soon accounted for and no one was injured.
Roanoke Police Chief M. David Hooper died today, ending a long fight with
He was 67 years old, and had led the Roanoke City Police force for almost
Joe Dashiell reports on the accomplishments and the controversy of his
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SUPER=10-M. David Hooper/Roanoke Police Chief/1967; :15
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Hooper was the chief of police in Pottstown, Pennsylvania when he was
selected to lead the force in Roanoke.
He arrived in western Virginia in the summer of 1967 with a pledge to run
a professional police department, and maintain public safety.
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OUT Q=to this community.
But his years in Roanoke were not without controversy.
More than once, the department faced charges of racial discrimination and
use of excessive force...
but on each occasion, Hooper was quick to deny any department bias.
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((THERE IS NO CYNICAL DIABOLICAL PLOT OR CONSPIRACY.))
OUT Q=or conspiracy.
Amid the criticism, were many accomplishments... including the development
of the Police Academy, the national accreditation the department won in 1994,
and the creation of the COPE team that has helped reduce crime in some Roanoke
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OUT Q=better place to live.
Hooper had been on medical leave in recent months, but he remained chief
until his death.
Meanwhile, flags at city buildings will fly at half- staff in his honor.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Hooper's death was not a complete shock to his colleagues--
Most of his co-workers were aware he was fighting terminal cancer.
But that is not making the loss easier to take.
((BOB HERBERT: ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: HE'S GONE THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME, WE'VE
RESPECTED HIS PRIVACY, AND HAVE BEEN THERE TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY DURING THIS
TIME PERIOD BECAUSE THE CITY IS A BIG FAMILY, AND THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO
WILL FEEL THIS AS A VERY PERSONAL THING.
MAJOR JAKE VIAR/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: FEELING MIGHTY LOW. I VISITED HIM AT
LEAST SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK AND I SAW HIM STEADFASTLY GO DOWNHILL. EVEN THOUGH
THE FAMILY WAS TOLD, AND I HAD BEEN TOLD THAT THIS WOULD BE TERMINAL, IT'S HARD
TO ACCEPT THIS FROM SOMEONE YOU'VE BEEN CLOSE TO FOR 30 YEARS.
DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS WIFE AND
FAMILY AND TO THE DEPARTMENT. WELL ALL KNEW HIM. HE WAS A NICE MAN. HE WAS A
GOOD FELLOW TO WORK WITH. HE HAD THE INTEREST OF THIS COMMUNITY AT HEART.))
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OUT Q=community at heart.
Major Viar will serve as interim chief until a new one is named.
The widow of civil rights leader Malcolm X died today- three weeks after she
was severaly burned in a fire.
Betty Shabazz suffered third degree burns in a fire allegedly set by her
grandson at her Yonkers New York Apartment.
Betty Shabazz was with her husbnad Malcom X when he was gunned down in
She later went on to develop her own voice in the civil rights movement.
((OUR MOTHER HAS MADE A TRANSISTION. I'D LIKE TO THINK OF IT LIKE THAT. HER
LVIING LIFE WAS VERY STRONG. HER FIGHT SHOWED THAT ENDURANCE.))
OUT Q=showed that endurance.
Bettey Shabazz was 61.
A fourth person has died from 5that Union Pacific crash in Texas.
The trains collied head on exploding into a ball of fire.
29 cars derailed- several tumbling over a railroad trestle.
Two crew members died-- The two other victims may have hopped the trains.
The crash happened in what's known as dark territory- no rail signals.
Train orders are dispatched from 850 miles away.
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Parts of Texas are underwater tonight.
The worst hit region- around San Antonio- where water knocked trailers off
their foundations- and forced people out.
((BRIDGET CROWELL/FLOOD VICTIM: I WANT TO TURN AROUND AND GO HOME BUT THERE'S
NOT ONE THERE. THE KIDS WANT TO GO HOME.))
SUPER=01-Bridget Crowell/Flood Victim;
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At least one person is dead from flooding- two others are missing.
The central part of the state got more than a foot of rain over the weekend.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on the newscast, the U-S Supreme Court takes steps to keep
sexual predators behind bars even after their sentences are up,
and we'll tell you why some New Castle residents are afraid a relocated
business is going to junk up a historic neighborhood.
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Violent sexual predators could be kept behind bars even after they serve
The U-S Supreme Court ruling-
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springs from the case of Kansas pedophile Leroy Hendricks- who's been
convicted five times of assaulting 10 children.
Though he's served his time, he says the only thing that will keep him from
molesting again is being put to death.
((TOM WEILER/HENDRICKS' ATTORNEY: IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THAT HE HAD SAID I DON'T
HAVE THE URGE TO DO THIS ANYMORE. I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE. I UNDERSTAND
IT HURTS PEOPLE.))
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OUT Q=it hurts people."
Kansas authorities ordered Hendricks held indefinitely under a tough sexual
Hendricks said it amounted to double jeopardy.
But the high court ruled dangerous criminals an be confined beyond prison as
long as the purpose is treatment-
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The ruling is a victory for Gene and Peggy Schmit- who campaigned for the
predator law after their child was murdered by a convicted sex offender.
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((PEGGY SCHMIDT/VICTIM'S MOTHER: WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CRIMINAL RIGHTS. WHAT WE
NEED IS VICTIM'S RIGHTS. WE NEED TO SAVE LIVES. I THINK THIS IS WHAT WE'RE
DOING BY WHAT WE DID TODAY, WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED.))
SUPER=01-Peggy Schmidt/Victim's Mother;
OUT Q=what we accomplished."
Many states are also considering their own laws to lock up criminals for
Two Marines sergeants accused of kidnapping two campers-
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were arraigned today.
Police say the sergeants taped a man to a tree while the other sergeant raped
Sergeant Clinton Bergmann is charged with kidnapping and assault.
Sergeant Rudolph Jackson is also facing rape charges.
An independent panel says the Naval Academy is basically a sound instituion
but some changes are needed.
The study came after a string of scandals including improper sexual
behavior, murder and drug use.
((RETIRED ADMIRIAL STANSFIELD TURNER/NAVAL MISCONDUCT COMMITTEE: THE INCIDENTS
OVER THE LAST SEVEN TO EIGHT YEARS ARE NOT RELATED TO EACH OTHER AND THEY ARE
NOT AN RELATED TO EACH OTHER AND THEY ARE NOT AN INDICATOR OF A SYSTEMIC FLAW
IN THE NAVAL ACADEMY.))
SUPER=01-Ret. Adm. Stansfield Turner/Naval Misconduct Committee;
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The panel suggests improved training and better lines of communication
between officials and the public.
The panel also recommends better ways of tracking attitudes toward women
and minorities- because several scandals focused on those two groups.
A controversy over a junkyard in New Castle has become so serious it
contributed to the recent resignation of two town councilmembers.
The junkyard sits alongside two of the town's most historic buildings.
Many call it an eyesore, but say they don't blame its owner, Jack Oliver,
for putting it there.
Oliver had to move his junkyard from a wooded area in neighboring Craig
County because it was in violation of its zoning codes.
So he just brought it to a place without any...the town of New Castle.
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((WILLIAM ANDERSON/JUNKYARD NEIGHBOR: YOU CAN LITERALLY PUT ANY KIND OF
BUILDING OR BUSINESS IN THE TOWN AT THIS POINT BECAUSE THERE ARE NO ZONING OR
LAND USE POLICIES EXCEPT FOR THE BUILDING OF HOUSES.))
SUPER=01-William Anderson/Junkyard Neighbor; :46
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Oliver's already put up a fence and brought vehicles on the lot.
He won't talk about it.
New Castle's town council plans to introduce a zoning ordinance at its next
Still, that won't affect the junkyard, which will be grandfathered into law.
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Republican Jim Gilmore made an educated guess.
But the Virginia Municipal League says he's off-- way off.
Republicans called the news and the forum it came in a "set-up."
Ellen Qualls reports on the latest firestorm around Gilmore's plan to
eliminate the tax on cars and trucks.
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SUPER=01-James Harris/Va. Municipal League; :33
SUPER=01-Del. Thelma Drake/(R) Norfolk; 1:19
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Are the Virginia Municipal League and Virginia Association of Counties
biased against Republican Jim Gilmore and his tax plan?
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((DEL. VANCE WILKINS: IT APPEARS TO ME THAT BY THE VERY WORDS OF THEIR
STATEMENT ON THE RADIO THEY WERE ATTACKING IT. SO I'D LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU'RE
ATTACKING IT OR NOT? DEL. DICK CRANWELL: CAN WE GET IN THE RECORD THEN THAT
HE THINKS THEY'RE ATTACKING IT AND CAN WE GET TO THE FACTS?))
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((ONE OF THE BIGGEST DISAGREEMENTS IS OVER THE NUMBERS. THE VIRGINIA MUNICIPAL
LEAGUE ESTIMATES JIM GILMORE'S PLAN WILL COST 1-POINT-3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR
IN THE YEAR 2003 AND GROW THEREAFTER. THAT'S MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT JIM GILMORE
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((JAMES HARRIS/VA. MUNICIPAL LEAGUE: BUT EVEN AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION
THE SAFEGUARDS THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT INTO THIS PROPOSAL WE HAVE TO CONCLUDE THAT
IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.))
SOT TAPE ONE 11:17:14
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS: THESE ARE GOOD TIMES. AND IF YOU DON'T CUT TAXES UNDER
GOOD TIMES, WHEN ARE YOU EVER GOING TO DO IT?))
SOT TAPE ONE 11:18:00
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: WE'VE HAD ONE INCREASE IN THE INCOME TAX IN THE LAST 45
YEARS. WE'VE INCREASED THE SALES TAX ONE TIME IN 35 YEARS. VIRGINIA IS NOT A
HIGH TAX STATE. BUT WE NEED TO, I THINK, REINVEST. BECAUSE WE REDUCED MAJOR
STATE AGENCY BUDGETS BY 30-PERCENT DURING THE RECESSION. AND THE COLLEGES WE
But it was a Democrat-dominated committee tinkering with a campaign promise
that irked Republicans the most.
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((DEL. THELMA DRAKE/R-NORFOLK: I THINK IT WAS TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR. AND THAT
I'VE NEVER SEEN IT DONE BEFORE. AND DOES IT MEAN THAT ANY CANDIDATE THAT HAS
ANY IDEA IS GOING TO BE CALLED BEFORE A COMMISSION SUCH AT THIS TO EXPLAIN WHAT
THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT? I THINK WE SHOULD LET THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA DECIDE.))
They'll have plenty of food for thought between now and November.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Coming up after this break,
we'll tell you why one local racetrack is waving the caution flag over last
week's tobacco settlement.
We have our first video from the scene of tonight's emergency plane landing
in Bedford. As we told you earlier...
Pilot Glen Murray of Delaware was forced to land his plane in a field off
Route 122 after his Cessna developed a severe vibration.
Murray was apparently not hurt and refused treatment at the scene.
The plane's owner is Rucker Tibbs of Forrest..
State police say the plane was only slightly damaged.
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Teenagers smoke an estimated 516-million packs of cigarettes every year.
That's one reason some doctors support a tentative deal between lawyers and
the tobacco industry aimed at preventing teen smoking.
Teresa Hamilton reports-- the deal may have its share of supporters but the
New River Valley Speedway isn't one.
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SUPER=01-Stephanie Carroll/NRV Speedway Spokesperson; :46
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The New River Valley Speedway and Winston are synonymous.
But under a deal reached last week-- between 40- states and the tobacco
industry-- advertising at sporting events-- including racing-- would cease.
Dr. Jody Hershey supports the deal.
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((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER VALLEY HEALTH DISTRICT: 430- THOUSAND PEOPLE DIE
EVERY YEAR AS A RESULT OF SMOKING RELATED ILLNESSES. AND IT'S COSTING US OVER
50- BILLION A YEAR IN HEALTH RELATED ILLNESSES AS A RESULT OF TOBACCO. ))
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Virginia tobacco growers and those involved in auto racing view the deal in
a different light. For them, the changes would have a profound impact on their
In Pulaski County-- Winston is the backbone of the New River Valley
Speedway-- supplying everything from paint to schedules.
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((STEPHANIE CARROLL/NRV SPEEDWAY SPOKESPERSON:IT'S GOING TO BE HARD ON THE
OWNERS, IT'S GOING TO BE A HARD THING FOR US TO KEEP UP, YOU KNOW, TO KEEP THE
SUPPORT UP, UNLESS WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO COMES IN TO THEM AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE
GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND THAT. ))
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The deal is in the early stages-- it must still be approved by Congress and
the President. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
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The Hokies football team wrapped up its gruelling ironman competition
Quarterback Nick Sorensen finished a strong third in the battle here dealing
with the 125 pound hand weights.
Corey Moore came in second place, and did a nice job of handling this 200
pound tractor tire.
But the man was former E.C. Glass star Carl Bradley who set a new Iron man
record, manhandling this Ford station wagon. Bradley completing all phases of
the course in two minutes and 52 seconds.
Afterwards trainer Eddie Farrell offered the participants a welcome cooldown.
The Lynchburg Hillcats won their second straight last night with a 10-to-7
come from behind win over the Frederick Keys in game two of their three games
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The Keys lost 5-to-1 on Sunday, but last night they used big third inning to
get on top of the Cats.
Rick Short rips a long shot over the WDBJ billboard in left field. Two
runners were on base at the time, and the Keys take a 4-to-nothing lead after
two and a half.
The HIllcats would mount a comeback in the bottom half of the inning as Tike
Redman smashes a line drive down the first base line. Jeff Conger dashes home
as Lynchburg outscores the Keys.
10-to-3 down the stretch, to win the offensive shootout by a score of
The National League's big dogs the Atlanta Braves lost night in the big Apple
to the Mets.
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The Braves said Chipper Jones would be out a couple of games with a bad knee,
but he played last night and went one for four with a single.
But here's the game winning hit. Carl Everett grooves a John Smoltz pitch
over the wall. The two run homer gives the Mets the 3-to-2 win.
Smoltz is now 6 and 7 on the season.
The American League power also went down last night as the O's were spanked
by the Milwaukee Brewers.
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O's ace Jimmy Key came into the game with an 11-and-2 record, but the Brewers
Jeremy Burnitz, who has been red hot of late at the plate, rips a
solo homer off Key in the first inning and the Brewers pound the O's 5 to 0.
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Rain reigned supreme today at the All England Tennis club as Wimbledon 97
opened under less than perfect conditions.
In fact one man was so desperate to stay dry that he paid $56 bucks for an
umbrella in the gift shop.
One of the few matches that was completed saw defending men's champ Richard
Krajicek advance the second round with a 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Germany's
Goran Ivanisevic also moved on while on the women's side, Lindsey Davenport
and French Open champ Iva Majoli were winners.
The Phoenix Coyotes have again put area hockey alumnus John Tortarella back
in the NHL.
The team named the former Virginia Lancers player and coach an assistant.
Tortarella spent the past two years coaching Buffalo's AHL team the Rochester
He also served as an assistant with the Sabres for 5 years.
Still to come on News 7 sports, Viking Lanes hosts a perfect game tonight,
Plus, Steve Mason tells us about the perfect act of kindness, as a youth
league softball team honor a former
teammate who was killed a auto accident.
Rec league sports rarely find their way into the sports segment of the
But a Dixie league fast pitch softball team composed of 10 and 11 year girls
breaks the mold tonight.
Steve Mason tells us about a season that really was a life and death matter.
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SUPER=01-Donnie Dillon/Vipers' Head Coach; :15
SUPER=01-Jennifer Boothe/Vipers' Outfielder; :50
SUPER=01-Amanda Morris/Vipers' 1st Baseman; 1:22
SUPER=01-Courtney Dillon/Vipers' 2nd Baseman; 1:30
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((The Vipers dedicated this season to Allison Fullen, their friend and
teammate who was killed April 20 in a car accident on route 24 in Bedford.
Allison's number has been embroidered on the team's jerseys and in left field
on the Viper logo. She was a bright student at Stewartsville Elementary, where
her memory lives on through a tree friends and teachers planted in early May.
Her contributions in life are rooted far deeper than talents on the softball
Last week, the Fullen's attended their first game since the tragedy. Kim wore
her daughter's jersey, and the Vipers scored 19 runs to win. For the team,
there truly is an angel in the outfield.
In Bedford County, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
And finally, Brian Correll hit the jackpot last night at Viking Lanes.
The 28 year old Roanoker, who usually averages around 200, rolled a perfect
He also rolled a 300 game back in 1992.
But last night's effort earn him $300 and a jacket.
And, that's it for News 7 at Eleven. Have a good night.