A trailer wreck has lead to murder charges against four Georgia residents
driving through Henry County.
When a double wide trailer wrecked on Morgan Ford Road this weekend a state
trooper redirected traffic around it, but 19- year- old Wayne Curtis Shaw fled
when he saw police.
State police arrested the driver of the car, 20- year- old Jeffrey Bohannan
for murder. Police also arrested 17- year -old Elizabeth Weaver at a Ridgeway
They believe the three and a 15- year- old boy stole a car from 18- year-
old Vernon Greer on Friday outside Atlanta.
The foursome then, allegedly drowned Greer in a river before driving to
Police are still searching for Curtis and the 15- year- old boy.
Meanwhile Weaver is in Henry County juvenile court on an extradition hearing.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Opening statements in an unprecedented secondhand smoke case are underway in
Miami this afternoon.
Sixty-thousand non-smoking flight attendants are suing tobacco
companies for five billion dollars, claiming they suffer a host
of health effects after working the smoky skies.
Jim Stewart has the story.
SUPER=03-Jackson, MS/July 3;
SUPER=01-Dan Donahue/R.J. Reynolds Tobacco;
OUT Q= CBS NEWS, Washington.
((While the rest of the country was watching a mega-billion dollar tobacco
settlement unfold in Washington...a first of its kind lawsuit against the
industry has been quietly puttering along in Florida.
Testimony finally begins today in a suit brought by 60-thousand flight
attendants who allege that second-hand smoke aboard aircraft made them
ill...and they want cigarette-makers to pay.
SOT: Mormon Broin, plaintiff
"They're an unconscionable group of people -- the tobacco people -- and we're
finally going to show them for what they are in court.
It took five weeks for lawyers on both sides to finally settle on six jurors
--three smokers and three non-smokers -- and cigarette attorneys are now
hoping that news of the settlement won't affect their case.
SOT: Dan Donahue, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
"Yes, we're concerned about the constant drumbeat of adverse publicity, but we
have a great deal of faith in the jury system and we look forward to
presenting our case, here, to them. "
In fact, it may be the last case of its kind...ever. Under the terms of the
global settlement now working its way through the White House, class action
lawsuits against big tobacco would be barred. No longer could 60-thousand
flight attendants pool their complaints and resources to go after
cigarette-makers. If they want to do that in the future...they'll have to do
Jim Stewart, CBS News, Washington.))
Eight families are homeless after a fire swept through a Martinsville
apartment building early yesterday morning.
Denise Allen reports
IN Q=Neighbors woke
SUPER=01-Lakie Brim/Fire Victim; :07
SUPER=01-Tim Powell/Assistant Fire Chief; :19 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Tammy Martin/Witness; :40
OUT Q=News 7
(( Neighbors woke Lakie Brim and the other residents of this Rivermont
Apartment Building around 1-30 Sunday morning.
IN Q=SCARY CAUSE
((LAKIE BRIM/FIRE VICTIM: SCARY CAUSE ALL OF US WAS IN THE BED. WE HAD TO
YANK OUR KIDS OUT THE BED SO THAT WAS A SCARY FEELING.))
OUT Q=A SCARY FEELING
IN Q=THE OCCUPANT OF
((ASST. CHIEF TIM POWELL/MARTINSVILLE FIRE DEPT.: THE OCCUPANT OF THE
DOWNSTAIRS APARTMENT HAD SOME CHILDREN IN THERE AND SHE CONFIRMED THEY WERE
PLAYING WITH SOME MATCHES OR A LIGHTER OF SOME TYPE AND THEY HAD STARTED A FIRE
ON THE FLOOR OF THE BEDROOM.))
OUT Q=OF THE BEDROOM
((DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: FIRE FIGHTERS PUT OUT THE FIRST BLAZE IN THIS APARTMENT
AND LEFT THE SCENE AROUND THREE IN THE MORNING.
BUT SEVERAL HOURS LATER FLAMES FORCED RESIDENTS FROM THEIR APARTMENTS YET
THE BLAZE WAS SHOOTING THROUGH THE ROOF WHEN FIRE FIGHTERS RETURNED.))
IN Q=YOU COULD TELL
((TAMMY MARTIN/WITNESS: YOU COULD TELL THAT IT WASN'T OUT. I HAD WARNED MY
COUSIN AND THEM NOT TO GO BACK IN THERE AND GO TO SLEEP BECAUSE I TOLD THEM IT
WAS GOING TO CATCH BACK UP, THAT'S WHAT IT DID.))
OUT Q=WHAT IT DID
IN Q=EVIDENTLY WE LEFT
((EVIDENTLY WE LEFT A HOT SPOT SOMEWHERE IN THE WALL OR SOMEWHERE AND IT GOT
INTO THE WALL AND WENT INTO THE ATTIC.))
OUT Q=INTO THE WALL
Powell says it's a miracle no one was injured considering the time the blaze
He says a fire such as this can be prevented by keeping matches out of the
hands of children.
In the meantime the Brims and seven other families are homeless.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Tests begin today that could help investigators uncover what brought
down T-W-A Flight 800, killing all 230 people on board.
A jumbo jet loaded with sensors will be flown over Long Island to simulate
conditions that may have brought down flight 800.
Investigators know that something ignited fumes in the jumbo jet's
center fuel tank.
They suspect a mechanical problem, but have not ruled out a small bomb.
((JAMES HALL/NTSB CHAIRMAN:THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS FLIGHT AND TWA 800 IS WE
WILL HAVE A GOOD IDEA
THROUGH THE WHOLE RANGE OF THE FLIGHT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THOSE VAPORS IN THE
TANK--AND THAT WILL ELIMINATE ANY POSSIBILITY. ))
SUPER=01-James Hall/NTSB Chairman;
OUT Q=ELIMINATE ANY POSSIBILITY.
Flight 800 exploded a year ago Thursday after taking off from J-F-K on its
way to Paris.
A state grand jury is hearing testimony today to determine whether anyone
else was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Among the questions the Oklahoma panel is expected to consider
is whether the government knew about the attack in advance.
Timothy McVeigh awaits execution after his conviction last month.
And co-defendant Terry Nichols is scheduled to be tried in September.
Several potential witnesses say they saw McVeigh with others the morning of
A Montgomery County man was found dead Saturday morning in Floyd County.
Forty-nine- year- old Gordon Hubert Bane apparently drowned Friday night in
The cause of death is still under investigation but at this point
authorities are ruling his death an accident.
A Virginia death row inmate has captured the attention of the Italian public
Pope John Paul the second is praying for Joe O'Dell.
The pontiff is an outspoken foe of the death penalty and has appealed for
clemency in numerous U-S capital cases. O'dell is scheduled to die next week
for the 19-85 murder of a Virginia Beach woman.
Meantime, another Virginia death row inmate is scheduled for execution THIS
Roy Bruce Smith is to be put to death Thursday for the fatal shooting of a
Manassas police officer in 19-88.
Bidding begins today for O-J Simpson's Brentwood mansion.
The bank foreclosed on the five bedroom house after Simpson was unable
to cover his mortgage payments of nearly 24-thousand dollars a month.
The bidding starts at two- point- five million.
None of the proceeds will go to the Brown and Goldman families who were
awarded more than 33-million dollars.. in a wrongful death civil judgement
Denying reports to the contrary, the head of the nation's oldest civil
rights group says it remains firmly committed to the goal of integration,
including school integration.
The organization's convention kicked off last night in Pittsburgh.
But here in Roanoke, the local chapter wants city leaders to hear its
concerns about the Hotel Roanoke's management.
The LOCAL chapter initiated discussions with the hotel after the NATIONAL
N-double-A-C-P announced a boycott of several chains including Doubletree
Hotels--which manages the Hotel Roanoke.
But members of the civil rights organization say the hotel's management has
NOT been responsive to their requests.
IN Q=What we intend to do
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: WHAT WE INTEND TO DO IS DRAW THE
OWNERS TO THE TABLE AND SAY TO THE OWNERS THIS IS A PUBLIC FACILITY. IT HAS
BENEFITTED FROM MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PUBLIC FUNDS. IT CONTINUES TO BENEFIT
FROM PUBLIC PATRONAGE. THERE IS A REASONABLE EXPECTATION HERE THAT WE SHOULD BE
ABLE TO HAVE AROUND THESE FIVE POINTS THAT I MENTIONED, LET'S GET SOME
COMMITMENTS ON THE TABLE.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=commitments on the table.
The Roanoke chapter of the N-Double-A-C-P is also planning to survey other
A new development holds the promise of creating both jobs and tax revenues
for the Roanoke Valley.
Four organizations broke ground this morning on the area's latest shell
It will go in the Valley Gateway industrial park, which is in eastern
Roanoke County off route 460.
IN Q=It is a
((KAREN WALDRON/FRALIN & WALDRON INC. PRESIDENT: ))
SUPER=01-Karen Waldron/Fralin & Waldron Inc. President;
OUT Q=Blue Ridge Parkway.
The shell building is only a part of the Valley Gateway development.
There will be land for several other industrial sites, plus room for a
retail strip center along route 4-60.
The four organizations involved in making this project happen include
Roanoke County, The Greater Roanoke Valley Development Foundation, Fralin
(FRAIL-in) and Waldron (WALL-drun), and the Roanoke Regional Chamber of
TAPE#=net (edit of 97-42)
The Blue Ridge Parkway is known for its wonderful views and one Martinsville
family is helping preserve that reputation.
Jim and Esta Wilson donated 122 acres of undeveloped land in Franklin
The land is adjacent to the Smart View Recreation Area.
This is the first easement donated to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.
It took the V-O-F about four years to work out the details.
The conservation easement protects the property from development that would
impair the scenic view.
IN Q=IN THIS CASE
((RUPERT CUTLER/WESTERN LAND TRUST EXEC. DIR.: IN THIS CASE HE CAN CONTINUE TO
HARVEST TREES, HE CAN CONTINUE TO HUNT, FISH. THERE'S A PROVISION IN THERE FOR
A LITTLE SUBDIVISION FOR HOUSING PLACES FOR HIS KIDS.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Western Land Trust Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=FOR HIS KIDS
Cutler hopes other landowners follow the Wilson's example.
The land donation can be used as a tax write-off.
If you want to voice your opinion on alcohol sales during Pulaski Rangers
games, a public hearing has been set.
Residents opposed to selling beer plan to present a petition.
They're concerned alcohol will increase the level of noise as well as car
accidents in the neighborhood.
The Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Board will hear from residents on both
sides of the issue tomorrow afternoon.
The meeting will be held at one- thirty in the Pulaski Administration
In France today they are celebrating Bastille Day.
The national day commemorates the storming of Bastille prison in Paris in
17-92 and the overthrow of the monarchy during the French Revolution.
The taking of the Bastille symbolizes for France the beginning of a
Democratic republic that has lasted more than two-hundred years.
A parade today included a display of French military hardware and jet
aircraft flew over in formation.
A fireworks display last night closed out the Salem Fair.
The fair has been around for 10 years-- the idea was first hatched as a way
for the civic center to stay busy during the summer.
This year's fair was one day shorter than last year's but organizers are
expecting profits to be the best ever.
((Carey HARVEYCUTTER/SALEM CIVIC CENTER: YOU GET REVENUE STREAMS FROM A NUMBER
OF SOURCES. YOU GET A PERCENTAGE OF THE RIDE GROSSES, SO MUCH ON FOOD, SO MUCH
ON GAMES, THEN THE ADMISSION TAX- 5 PERCENT, MEALS TAX, SALES TAX COMES BACK.
SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Salem Civic Center;
OUT Q=COMES BACK.
Fair organizers say they're happy with the results.
They're having software trouble on Mars.
NASA scientists discovered today that a computer aboard the Mars
"Pathfinder" has reset itself a third time -- cutting off communication as it
was sending back new pictures.
Meantime, local toy stores are having trouble keeping the shelves stocked
with the toy version of the Pathfinder.
Toys-R-Us is carrying the hot wheels version of NASA's Pathfinder.
Store managers say it's one of their top sellers and customers are buying
the replicas before the stores can stock the shelves.
IN Q=We brought them
((DAVE BETHEL/TOYS-R-US MANAGER: WE BROUGHT THEM RIGHT OUT TO THE FLOOR AND
THEY WERE GONE THAT QUICK. PEOPLE WERE WAITING FOR THEM, LOOKING FOR THEM. THEY
SUPER=01-Dave Bethel/Toys-R-Us Manager;
OUT Q= they went instantly
Local managers say more cases of the toys are already headed to Roanoke.
They go for four dollars and 99-cents, limit one per customer.
SUPER=330-Clear/Mild & Muggy/68-72/Sunny/& Hot/92-96;
SUPER=331-Clear/Mild & Muggy/70-74/Sunny/& Hot/94-98;
SUPER=332-Clear/Mild & Muggy/64-68/Sunny/& Hot/81-85;
SUPER=333-Clear/Mild & Muggy/66-70/Partly Sunny/& Hot/90-94;
SUPER=334-Clear/Mild & Muggy/64-68/Partly Sunny/& Hot/80-85;
As you make your vacation plans this summer Len Besthoff has some tips on
including the family pet, in this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=NAT SOT
((Nat Sot Summer reading gfx/music
The family dog, or cat is perhaps the only member of the family that doesn't
enjoy the summer.
No only do the furry creatures have to withstand the heat, they also get
left behind when everyone else goes on vacation.
But "have leash, will travel" could become the operating phrase for your
family if you take a look at the book "Vacationing with Your Pet".
It details over 23- thousand Hotels, Motels, and other establishments that
welcome guests with pets.
The book costs about 20- dollars.
The price barely equals the charge for a day at the kennel.
You can find it in stores or order a copy by calling 800-496-2665.
I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, lets send it back
to the newsdesk.
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Major League Soccer took the country by storm yesterday as the Tampa Bay/San
Jose match was forced into a shootout in the last minute.
SUPER=03-San Jose, CA/ESPN; :00
Nelson Vargas scored the game-tying goal with 24 seconds left in
SUPER=34-Tampa Bay/3/San Jose/2;
The Tampa Bay Mutiny converted all five of their shootout chances to beat
the San Jose Clash, 3-2.
Dallas beat Columbus 2-1 and the Metrostars topped Colorado 4-1 in two other
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It was a local driver who helped the Winston Cup usher in the half way point
of the season at New Hampshire International Speedway.
South Boston's own Jeff Burton wins the Jiffy Lube 300.
SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/TNN; :00
Burton began his run and with 60 laps to go was your leader; but Dale
Earnhardt was right on his bumper; looking for his first win since Atlanta in
Terry Labonte took the lead momentarily; But Burton gets it back and wins
his second career Winston Cup race.
IN Q="It's only
((JEFF BURTON/WINS JIFFY LUBE 300:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Wins Jiffy Lube 300; :00
OUT Q=all I can ask for
Dale Earnhardt was second, rounding out the top five were Rusty Wallace,
Steve Grissom and Mark Martin.
In baseball, it looked as though the Colorado Rockies were in control as the
team lead 11-8 in the late innings.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Padres vs. Rockies; :00
The San Diego Padres scored 5 unanswered runs in the 9th to win. There
was trouble for former Salem Avalanche pitcher Jamie Wright in the 3rd. Steve
Finley hammers him on this three run homer to close SUPER=35-San
the Rockies lead to 6-5.
Wright would score a couple of times; but not even a 3 for 4 outing from
Larry Walker could save the day as the pads win 13-11.
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You might turn green after reading Forbes magazine, but it won't be from the
money -- it could be from jealousy.
The magazine published its list of the super-rich.
And topping the list for the third straight year is Microsoft chairman Bill
Gates's net worth is more than thirty six BILLION dollars, the highest ever
recorded by Forbes.
The list leaves out royalty, though.
The Sultan of Brunei beats Gates by a few billion dollars in net worth.