So far there are no reports of survivors in a jetliner crash this morning in
Officials say there were 234 on board, including two Americans.
Witnesses say there was an explosion seconds before the impact.
The cause of the crash is unknown.
But the plane was descending
into thick smoke and haze from hundreds of forest fires across Indonesia.
Many airports have closed down because of lack of visibility.
Italian television captured dramatic pictures today of collapsing buildings
as two earthquakes rocked central Italy.
At least eight people were killed.
Among them were two friars who were killed in the second quake.
They were inspecting the famed Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
(ah-SEE'-see) for damage from the initial 5 point 5 earthquake, when another
one struck causing the roof to collapse.
It's taken more than two decades, but finally some justice in a car bomb
attack in Roanoke County that killed a two- year- old.
Seventy six year old Frank Helvestine didn't plant the pipe bomb, but he did
provide the parts to build it.
Yesterday, a judge handed him a 12 year prison term.
Joe Dashiell files this report.
IN Q=Your honor
SUPER=01-Frank Helvestine/Defendant; :00
SUPER=01-Barry Mask/Victim's Father; :38 quick
OUT Q=JD News 7 Salem
(( SOT OF HELVESTINE
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))
It's now up to Montgomery County grand jury to determine if a mother will
face child abuse charges in connection with an auto accident that killed her
Treca (Teresa) Rentch was arrested after her seven- year- old daughter,
Samantha, was thrown from the back of a pick-up and killed, near Shawsville.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./May 24;
Rentch was NOT 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. ))
SUPER=01-Lilly Lindsey/Treca Rentch's Sister; :00
OUT Q=not her fault.
The judge certified the charges against Rentch to the grand jury yesterday.
Fisher is in court today to face manslaughter charges.
We'll have more on News 7 at five and six.
Fresh from three days of Senate hearings, a House panel is now reviewing
questionable practices by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Senate hearings wrapped up yesterday with another barrage of current and
former employees telling stories of I-R-S abuses.
The acting I-R-S commissioner apologize for some of the wrongful treatment
and outlined reform measures.
Meantime, the Senate today has begun debate on a campaign finance reform
Marv Albert will have to wait a few more weeks to find out if he's going to
Yesterday, the sportscaster cut short his forcible- sodomy trial by pleading
guilty to a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.
(( ALBERT:I JUST FELT I HAD TO END THIS ORDEAL FOR MYSELF, MY WONDERFUL FAMILY,
MY FIANCEE HEATHER. ))
SUPER=01-Marv Albert/Former NBC Sportscaster;
OUT Q=my fiancee heather.
N-B-C sports later fired Albert.
He faces up to a year behind bars.
Meantime, at least one juror in the trial told a Washington radio station
today that she wasn't convinced prosecutors had made their case.
A Drug sting in Halifax County is expected to bring in more than 100
The operation continues through the weekend, but as of last night 62
suspected dealers had been arrested on some 100 charges.
Tina Tenret has more on "Operation Fall Harvest."
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SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :00
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 imaginable
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))
The space shuttle Atlantis is on its way to Russia's Mir space station this
afternoon following a late night lift off.
OUT Q= (nats of lift off)
Atlantis thundered away from its Florida launch pad shortly after 10:30.
It will dock with Mir tomorrow.
Astronaut David Wolf is to stay on the Russian space station for four
months, replacing astronaut Mike Foale.
Atlantis will also deliver a new computer to Mir, and urgently needed
Safety is becoming a concern for residents in the area of the Glenvar
Heights Road underpass.
This, after a tractor-trailor accident that left the driver dead.
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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.))
SUPER=01-Gregory Radford/Glenvar Resident;
OUT Q=top of you.
Police say truck driver Carroll Reece Browne fell asleep at the wheel and
drove off the road, smashing into the Glenvar Heights Road underpass.
He died at the scene.
Department of Motor Vehicle statistics for the state of Virginia show that
there were 72 fatal accidents last year involving tractor trailors.
There were also 72 incidents of truckers falling asleep at the wheel.
Child abuse is a serious problem and that's why the Child Abuse Prevention
Council of Roanoke is teaming up with the Advertising Federation.
Ad-Fed is a volunteer organization of communications and graphics
The Roanoke chapter announced this week that child abuse will now be the
sole focus of its public service efforts.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council wants it stressed that physical and sexual
abuse are NOT its only concerns. The campaign will also focus on emotional
abuse and neglect.
IN Q=Those are what's
((SHANNON BRABHAM: THOSE ARE WHAT'S OFTEN FORGOTTEN, PARTICULARLY THE EMOTIONAL
PART OF IT
AND THE PHYSICAL NEGLECT PART OF IT. WHILE THE MOST COMMON FORM OF
MALTREATMENT, ITS DEFINITELY THE LEAST FOCUSED ON.))
SUPER=01-Shannon Brabham/Child Abuse Prevention Council; :
OUT Q=focused on.
Columbia Lewis-Gale Medical Center has donated fifteen-thousand dollars to
No one has yet to pull ahead in the governor's race.
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
One of the last living connections to World War One is sharing his
experience with others.
The Virginia National Guard's 116th Infantry found a soldier from the first
World War living in Roanoke.
Ninety-seven- year- old Roy Shartzer is a founding member of the famous
The veteran soldier lost most of his hearing when he was shell-shocked in the
trenches of a defensive zone near the Swiss border.
Shartzer was wounded and gassed in battle during the final days of the war.
Now the 116th battalion is trying to get the war hero a belated Purple Heart.
A bill awaiting President Clinton's signature will allow the federal
government to help build a memorial to victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.
The government would contribute five million dollars,-- millions more will
come from private donations.
The monument will consist of 168 empty stone chairs facing a reflecting pool
and the American elm that withstood the impact of the bomb.
In June, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of planting the bomb.
Terry Nichols goes on trial Monday.
A British fighter pilot now owns the world land speed record.
SUPER=03-Bl. Rock Desert, NV;
Andy Green averaged more than 714 miles- per- hour on two blazing runs
yesterday in a Nevada desert.
The new mark is nearly 81 miles per hour faster than the old record set 14
Good hygiene is important, even in the garden.
I don't mean washing your hands after doing some planting, I mean taking
care of your garden now so that in the Spring you have vibrant new growth.
Here's more on Today's installment of Growin' It.
SUPER=01-Liz Becker/Master Gardener;
OUT Q=on Growin' It;
***Patrick MIC hot***
WIPE to weather shot
Patrick reads stats under weather shot
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SUPER=334-Clear/Fog Developing/44-48/Sunny/& Pleasant/70-74;
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After five years at Roanoke Gas John Williamson will become its new
president and C-E-O.
The board voted him in to succeed Frank Farmer, who retires next year.
Williamson says deregulation is the biggest challenge the company faces.
IN Q=Addressing the
((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS PRESIDENT-ELECT: ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF
DEREGULATION AND MAKING SURE WE ARE IN STEP OR A STEP AHEAD OF THE INDUSTRY.))
SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas President-Elect;
Prior to working at Roanoke Gas Williamson worked in the public sector, as
an administrator in Botetourt and Nelson counties.
Roanoke Gas was founded in 18-83.
It serves 60- thousand customers in Virginia and West Virginia.
The National League West is now the only unsettled division in the major
Last night the Astros cliched the N-L Central with a 9 to 1 win over the
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/Cubs vs. Astros; :00
But it was almost a costly win.
Watch Cubs Pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez accidentally bean M-V-P 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.
The U-S is taking on the world -- on the green in the 32nd Ryder Cup in
SUPER=03-Sotogrande, Spain; :00
Tiger Woods and captain Tom Kite lead the American contingent that is young,
but determined to win back the cup it lost in 19-95 to the Europeans on
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 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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OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL (YOU FADE AUDIO)
A pet cat in a tree can cause problem....afraid to climb down, but you'd
never think that a pet parrot in a tree would be a big deal.
Well for this parrot in Georgia it is.
His owners say Sammy escaped three days ago, but now he's stuck in a tree
and flying is not his specialty.
They say his landings are even worse.
Even ladders can't reach him, but his owners say they'll wait for him,
despite the rain.