Coming up on News 7-
A 76 year old man is sentenced for his part in a fatal bombing.
Marv Albert faces the music pleading guilty to assault and battery.
A Nighttime launch as another American heads toward MIR.
And one NASCAR driver takes on anyone willing to race him in Roanoke.
News 7 isnext.
Marv Alberts trial ends quickly today-
when the sportscaster accepted a plea agreement.
Albert pled guilty to a lesser charge of assault and battery-
Shortly after he was fired by NBC sports.
A man who played a role in a fatal bombing more than 20 years ago is going
76 year old Frank (Helve-steen) Helvestine was setenced to 12 years.
And NASCAR driver Steve Park was racing in Salem tonight. But he wasn't
facing his usual competition. We'll see how he's gearing up for Winston Cup.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Frank Helvestine did not intend for anyone to be injured, but he supplied
parts for a pipe bomb that killed a young child in 1975.
Though he is now 76 years old and in poor health, he was sentenced today to
12 years in prison for his part in the crime.
Joe Dashiell covered today's hearing.
IN Q=Your honor
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SUPER=01-Barry Mask/Victim's Father; :38 quick
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IN Q=Your honor
((FRANK HELVESTINE/DEFENDANT: YOUR HONOR, I'M CERTAINLY TRULY SORRY THAT EVER
HAPPENED, AND I MUST AGREE WITH MR. BURKART THAT 9:30 IN THE EVENING WAS A
PARTICULARLY STUPID TIME TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT NO MATTER WHERE YOU DID
OUT Q=where you did it.
Frank Helvestine didn't plant the explosive. He was an accessory before the
fact, supplying parts of the pipe bomb.
His attorney argued that the intent was to trash the car of an interracial
couple, not injure anyone...
But the explosion killed two year old Carrie Mask, and for more than 20
years her parents have wondered who was responsible.
IN Q=Carrie was one of a kind
((BARRY MASK/VICTIM'S FATHER: CARRIE WAS ONE OF A KIND. I GUESS I MIGHT SOUND
PREJUDICED, BUT SHE WAS ONE OF A KIND. WHAT MR. HELVESTINE AND MR. WHITE DID
WAS ROB MY DAUGHTER OF HER ENTIRE LIFE.))
OUT Q=of her entire life.
Barry Mask says he wishes Helvestine had been prosecuted long ago, but
under the circumstances he said he was satisfied with the sentence.
Helvestine was sentenced under rules that were in effect in 1975, so he
could become eligible for parole in three years.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Salem))
Marv Albert's trial ended quickly today and so possibly did his career.
Shortly after Albert pled guilty to assault and battery- NBC fired him and
he quit his job at the MSG network.
Byron Pitts has more.
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SUPER=01-Roy Black/Albert's Attorney; 1:21
SUPER=01-Byron Pitts/CBS News; 1:45
OUT Q=Arlington, Virgnia."
((His career like his charismatic smile had disappeared
and the world was watching.
In court Marv Albert pled guilty to a misdemeanor assault and
battery charge hours later NBC SPORTS fired him and Albert then
resigned as voice of the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers.
MARV ALBERT: I JUST FELT I HAD TO END THIS ORDEAL FOR MYSELF, MY WONDERFUL
FAMILY, MY FIANCEE HEATHER.
As bad and as embarrassing as it was it could have been worse.
Before the plea bargain Albert faced a possible life in prison if he was
convicted of forcible sodomy.
The prosecution said the commonwealth and the victim were satisfied.
THIS WAS A COARSE AND CRUDE ABUSE OF A HUMAN BEING THAT IS THE HEART OF THE
CASE, NOT WHAT TITILLATES THE PRESS, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, BUT THE DIGNITY OF A
Albert was charged with biting this ) 42-year old Virginia woman
and forcing her to perform oral sex last February.
Her testimony and the testimony of this woman Wednesday sealed his fate.
She told jurors Albert sexually assaulted her in 1993 and again in '94 and
once while wearing women's panties and a garter belt.
Albert's lawyer says it was never the evidence but rather
Virginia state law that doomed his client.
ROY BLACK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:
APPROXIMATELY 85 TO 90% OF OUR DEFENSE WAS BEING EXCLUDED AS EVIDENCE//IT
TOOK A LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING AND MUCH DISCUSSION TO REACH THAT DECISION"
Marv Albert was a public public who's private life cost him his
career and his reputation.
His fiancee and his family the few treasures this trial did not take.
BYRON PITTS/CBS, ARLINGTON, VA:
Albert will be sentenced next month. Jail time is a possibility. Psychiatric
treatment is almost a guarantee.
His crime considered a sickness and a sin. Byron Pitts, CBS NEWS, ARLINGTON,
A tractor-trailor accident last night left one man dead and heightened
safety concerns in one neighborhood about speeding trucks and crashes along a
Stacey Martin has more.
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((Burned cement pillars, blackened grass and a trail of dried oil are still
Signs of the fiery tractor-trailor wreck.
It's the second one in less than two years and neighbors here are concerned.
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IN Q=Is this a
((GREGORY RADFORD/ GLENVAR RESIDENT: IN A WAY IT IS BECAUSE I AIN'T SURE OF HOW
SERIOUS IT COULD BE. SOMEBODY COULD BE COMING ALONG AND HERE COMES A TRUCK
LANDING ON TOP OF YOU.))
OUT Q=top of you.
Truck driver, Carol Reece Brown was killed when he fell asleep at the wheel
then drove off the side of this bridge, straight into the pillars below.
It was about 16 hours before officials could open both lanes of the
underpass to traffic late this afternoon but some locals say more needs to be
done to ensure the roads are safe.
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IN Q=Does it concern
((Does it concern you at all? A LITTLE BIT. I HAVE TO COME UNDER THE
INTERSTATE TO COME UP CHEROKEE HILLS AND I KINDA WONDERED ABOUT THAT MYSELF
WITH SO MUCH TRAFFIC UP THERE AND THERE'S NOT MUCH TO HOLD THEM BACK JUST A
GUARDRAIL AND THEY COULD VERY EASILY COME DOWN ONTO THE ROAD THERE.))
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IN Q=Though traffic is
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: THOUGH TRAFFIC IS MOVING SMOOTHLY ONCE AGAIN UP
ABOVE, RESIDENTS HERE SAY SOMETHING STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE TO SLOW TRUCK
DRIVERS. MAY BE A HEAP OF GRAVEL OR A RUNAWAY RAMP. ANYTHING TO PREVENT THE
TRAGEDY THAT HAPPENED HERE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, ROANOKE COUNTY.))
OUT Q=sm, News 7, Roanoke Co.
It wasn't one-- rather several factors that contributed to a judge
certifying felony child abuse charges against (Teresa) Treca Rentch.
The Montgomery County woman was arrested after her seven year old daughter,
Samantha, was thrown from the back of a pick-up and killed, near Shawsville.
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Rentch WASN'T behind the wheel, but according to testimony she and her
boyfriend, Christopher Fisher, who WAS driving, had been drinking throughout
A Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy, who witnessed the accident, testified
he found empty and full beer cans in the truck-- as well as marijuana.
IN Q=Every single
((LILLY LINDSEY/TRECA RENTCH'S SISTER:EVERY SINGLE DAY, I MEAN, A PICTURE,
ANYTHING AT ALL, JUST SOMEBODY WILL DO SOMETHING, AND IT WILL REMIND HER OF
HER, AND I MEAN, SHE'S DEALING WITH IT, THOROUGH HELP, I MEAN, SHE'S GETTING
HELP, AND SHE'S GOING TO NEED A LOT OF HELP.
REPORTER SPEAKS: DOES SHE BLAME HERSELF?
A LOT, BUT IT'S NOT HER FAULT. ))
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OUT Q=not her fault.
Rentch's two sons were also in the back of the pick-up, but were not
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Coming up next, a drug round up in our area lands over one hundred suspects,
and despite recent safety concerns in the Russian space program, another
American astronaut is heading to live on the space station MIR.
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State and local investigators are wrapping up what they call the biggest
drug bust in Halifax County.
Tina Tenret has details.
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SUPER=01-R.D. Loftis/South Boston Police; :43
OUT Q=Tenret, News7))
((Operation Fall Harvest targets 121 suspected drug dealers.
They face charges of selling crack cocaine, marijuana, mushrooms, and other
IN Q=Heroine is picking
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX SHERIFF: HEROIN IS PICKING ITSELF BACK UP ... WE HAVE
EVERYTHING HERE IMAGINABLE.))
OUT Q=everything here imagineable
The Sheriff says the suspects seemed surprised to see officers but no one
Investigators then raided cars and houses, seizing drugs, guns, and cash.
But several people were most concerned about losing their cars.
IN Q=Their car is their prized
((LT. R.D. LOFTIS/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE: THEIR CAR IS THEIR MOST PRIZED
POSSESSION. MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT GOING TO JAIL BUT THEY THINK
DIFFERENT THAN MOST PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=than most people
Some people chose to turn themselves in to the police department.
Officers plan to spend the weekend tracking down the remaining suspects.
And the payoff could be big -- the Sheriff says he expects to see a drop in
drug activity after these arrests.
Next, he says, he'll go after the people buying drugs from the dealers.
Tina Tenret, News7))
Tax Agents shielded from the public told Senators today about what goes on
at the IRS-
They told stories about illegal activity by tax agents- and lifes ruined by
the Internal Revenue Service.
((I'VE SEEN DOZENS OF TAXPAYERS SEVERELY DAMAGED AND EVEN MADE HOMELESS BY THE
IRS TAX COLLECTION DIVISION.))
((MICHAEL DOLAN/ACTING IRS COMMISSIONER: WE WILL DEAL WITH THEIR CASES THE
OUTCOMES OF THEIR CASES IN A WAY THAT HOPEFULLY WILL RESULT IN OTHERS BEING
KEPT FROM THE SAME EXPERIENCES.))
SUPER=01-Michael Dolan/Acting I.R.S. Administrator; wait til 07!!!
OUT Q=the same experiences."
Dolan says the I-R-S will stop ranking offices based on tax collections and
put new procedures in place to resolve tax disputes.
The pollsters say it's still too close to call in the race for governor.
But now, one of the candidates says he's the underdog.
IN Q=I believe
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I BELIEVE VERY SERIOUSLY THAT
WITH NO PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX PLAN AT ALL, I COULD WIN. BUT I'M STILL A
DEMOCRAT IN A VERY REPUBLICAN STATE. SO THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VERY UPHILL
BATTLE. AND I'LL ALWAYS BE THE UNDERDOG.))
OUT Q=the underdog.
U-V-A political analyst Larry Sabato says Beyer's right.
And if he loses to Jim Gilmore, it's because-- in Sabato's words -- he
"caved" on taxes when Gilmore proposed a popular cut.
IN Q=But I think
((BUT I THINK HE FORGOT ABOUT THE ROBB-COLEMAN RACE IN 1981, WHERE COLEMAN CAME
OUT AGAINST ALL NEW TAXES, AND ROBB SAID THAT'S NOT FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. I
DON'T WANT TO RAISE TAXES, BUT I'M GOING TO KEEP MY OPTIONS OPEN. AND THAT WON
THE DAY. AND BEYER COULD HAVE PURSUED THAT ARGUMENT. HE CERTAINLY WOULDN'T BE
IN ANY WORSE POSITION THAN HE IS TODAY. AND HE QUITE POSSIBLY COULD HAVE BEEN
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/U.Va. Political Analyst;
OUT Q=been the frontrunner.
Sabato says voters should expect negative ads from both over the next five
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Coming up a little later in our newscast, one zoo is doubly blessed as it
sticks its neck out,
and Governor Allen says a recent fish kill is NOT the result of the pfiesteria
(fee-STEER-ee-uh) problem plaguing the east coast.
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Another astronaut is on his way to the Russian Space station MIR.
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Astronaut David Wolf blasted off aboard the space shuttle Atlantis tonight.
Wolf will spend the next four months on MIR.
NASA considered scrapping its partnership with the Russian space program
after the space station experienced several safety problems.
But after a pair of reviews, NASA decided to go ahead with the mission.
((NASA CHIEF DANIEL GOLDIN:WE KNOW THE DECISION TO CONTINUE OUR JOINT
PARTICIPATION ABOARD MIR SHOULD NOT BE BASED ON EMOTION OR
POLITICS. IT SHOULD NOT BE BASED ON FEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Daniel Goldin/NASA Chief;
OUT Q=based on fear.
Wolf is not scheduled to return to earth until January 1998.
Sick fish are NOT just a Chesapeake Bay problem.
Scientists have found fish with lesions and missing flesh in the James River
Governor George Allen's mostly reserving judgment until Virginia's new fish
lab is set up.
But he thinks it's NOT the toxic "pfiesteria" (fee-STEER-ee-uh) that's been
found up and down the east coast. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=There needs
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE NEEDS TO BE A CERTAIN LEVEL OF SALINITY IN THE
WATER FOR PFIESTERIA TO LIVE. AND THERE'S NOT ANY SALINITY IN THE WATER, IN
THE JAMES RIVER UP HERE AROUND RICHMOND.))
OUT Q=around Richmond.
So if it's NOT pfiesteria -- it means Virginia waterways far from the
Chesapeake Bay could have other problems the research into fish kills like
these won't quickly discover.
IN Q=You know
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE ARE CALLING IT PFIESTERIA HYSTERIA.
IT'S ACTUALLY PRONOUNCED FEE-STERIA --IS THE ACTUAL PRONUNCIATION. THERE'S AN
UNDERSTANDABLE AND LOGICAL REASON WHY PEOPLE ARE FEARFUL OF THINGS THEY DON'T
OUT Q=don't know.
The Governor says local seafood is safe -- but the scare has caused seafood
sales to drop by about a third.
Hurricane's tend to churn up the East Coast, but not this time.
Hurricane Nora was downgraded to a tropical storm pounding of all places-
Yuma which usually gets three inches of rain every year, got at least that
in just a few hours.
((IT'S NEVER HAPPENED HERE BEFORE SO WE'RE JUST TRYING TO BE AS PREPARED AS WE
OUT Q=prepared as we can.
Drivers usually accostomed to sandstorms had a new problem to tackle.
The wind knocked down telephone polls and blew roofs off of buildings.
People here have been sandbagging since yesterday - their only defense
against rising water threatening some homes.
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SUPER=334-Patchy Fog/Possible/45-50/Turning/Mostly Sunny/68-72;
SUPER=03-Black Rock Desert, NV;
British fighter pilot Andy Green shattered the world land speed record
yesterday by making two runs on the 13 mile Nevada course at an average speed
of 707 miles an hour!
That is 74 miles an hour quicker than the old record set by Richard Noble
back in 1983.
The National League West is now the only unsettled division in the major
Last night the Astros cliched the NL Central with a 9 to 1 win over the Cubs.
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But it was almost a costly win.
Watch Cubs Pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez accidentally bean MVP candidate Craig
Biggio in the head with this fastball.
Take one more look and listen to this thing.
nat up for a second or 2
Biggio amazingly got up off the ground and remained in the game.
The Astros win it 9 to 1 to claim the Central.
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No playoffs, but two big achievements in Boston today.
Mo Vaughn keyed a three run seventh inning as he hit his 35th homerun of the
season, in the Sox win over the Tigers.
And Steve Avery started his his 18th game of the year. No big deal except
that the 18 starts trigger a contract incentive for
Avery that will pay him $3 point 9 million bucks next season.
Qualifying at Martinsville begins tomorrow for the trucks and Cup cars.
And Roy Stanley says Steve Park, the hottest rookie on the Busch circuit is
about to get his first shot at running with the big boys.
IN Q="Parks racing...
SUPER=01-Steve Park/NASCAR Busch Driver; :13
SUPER=04-April 5; :21
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((Parks racing career began in go-karts like the ones at Thunder Valley when he
was 11 years old.
Area racing fans had a chance to bump fenders with Park who puts his race
face on whenever he steps on a track.))
((STEVE PARK/BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL ROOKIE: ))
((Park seen here driving car number three and chasing Mark Martin has won three
times on the busch circuit and he's leading the points for rookie of the year.
Park will drive a cup car next year for Dale and Teresa Earnhardt who also
own his busch car, but this weekend at Martinsville he'll replace Robby Gordon
in the Coors car.
He raced Modifieds at Martinsville but this will be his first run in a cup
((Park will join the rest of the cup drivers for first round qualifying for the
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Later today fans can get an eyeful of both the Super Trucks and the Winston
Cup cars with practice beginning at 9:30 this morning. Qualifying for the Cup
cars begins at 3 o'clock, and right after that around four, the Craftsman Truck
series time trials get underway.
Tickets are $10 bucks a piece.
The 32nd Ryder Cup opens later today in Sotogrande with US taking on the
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Tiger Woods and captain Tom Kite lead the American contingent that is young
but determined to win back the cup it lost in 1995 to the Europeans on American
The 12 man American team will be tested during the three days of match play,
but they're trying to minimize the pressure.
((TOM KITE/U.S. RYDER CUP CAPTAIN:))
((DAVIS LOVE/U.S. RYDER CUP TEAM MEMBER:))
SUPER=01-Tom Kite/U.S. Ryder Cup Captain;:00
SUPER=01-Davis Love/U.S. Ryder Cup Team Member; :16
OUT Q=...very, very well."
The rest of the PGA regulars including Chip Sullivan are back in the states
at the BC Open.
Chip shot a two under 70 yesterday. That's four shots behind first round
leader Greg Kraft.
The LPGA tour is in Charlotte this weekend. Donna Andrews shot a three under
69 during yesterday's first round of the Fieldcrest-Cannon Classic.
She's three shots off the lead.
The season reaches the halfway point for a number of teams tonight.
And several of those will be trying their best to remain unbeaten.
Here's where you'll find our crews.
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Still to come tonight, the Cavaliers are ready to head into Chapel Hill and
begin final preparations
for what is certain to be a wild and wooly affair Saturday at Kenan stadium.
Steve Mason fills us in right after this.
The Virginia Cavaliers are heavy underdogs for this Saturday matchup with
fifth ranked North Carolina.
Steve Mason has more on the Cavs' ACC opener in Chapel Hill.
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SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Defensive Back; :22
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC; :34
SUPER=01-Germane Crowell/UVa Wide Receiver; :43
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; 1:03
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; 1:14
OUT Q=..news 7 sports"
((UNC's quarterback Oscar davenport has combined with Chris Keldorf for
nearly 700 passing yards in the first three games. Davenport is sixth in the
nation in pass efficiency; and with a stock dangerous, veteran receivers like
Octavus Barnes, L.C. Stevens, Jason peace and Nate Brown; Virginia defenders
have their work cut out for them.
North Carolina's defense is on fire; rated number 2 in the country in total
yards allowed; yielding under 200 a game.
The Cavaliers have posted a 9 and 8 record in games following an off week.
Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
*********VIDEO OF THE DAY*******
You've seen twins before but we'd like to introduce you to a unique pair.
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SUPER=75-Seoul, South Korea;
Twin giraffe's born at a zoo near (Soul) Seoul, South Korea.
The twins are just 24 days old-
Mom and dad giraffee are looking like proud parents.
They have reason to be proud- this could be the only set of twin giraffees.
Zoo officials say they haven't found any evidence of another case of twin
giraffes in scientific records.
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So it appears the two giraffee's make up a one of a kind event.