Federal aviation investigators look for the cause of yesterday's small plane
crash into a Roanoke neighborhood.
And no end yet to a hostage crisis in central Florida involving two small
News 7 at noon is next.
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Yesterday's small plane crash in Northwest Roanoke, left one man dead and a
lot of unanswered questions about what happened.
The single engine plane crashed just after takeoff near the corner of
Delaware and Cove.
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Denise Allen is at the scene of yesterday's crash.
She joins us now with more on the invesitgation.
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A judge in West Virginia says he will not interfere in the decision to
close a Kroger Distribution Center and move the jobs to Roanoke County.
A group of taxpayers and union officials sued when the supermarket chain
closed the Charleston warehouse earlier this year.
The lawsuit said the supermarket chain accepted public funds to build the
West Virginia facility.
Judge Andrew MacQueen ruled that while the company did use low- interest
bonds to build retail stores, the money wasn't used to build the Charleston
People who lost everything in the fire at the Cabin Lake Condominiums in
Danville can get federal help.
They'll be able to apply for disaster loans from the Small Business
People can get up to 40-thousand dollars to replace personal belongings.
Homeowners can ask for as much as 200-thousand dollars for building repairs.
The S-B-A will open an application center tomorrow, at the Danville airport.
A fire in High Point, North Carolina this morning left three men dead.
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The fire started in an abandoned building just before one-thirty this
Fire and smoke trapped three homeless men inside.
A fourth managed to break down a door, escape, and call the fire department.
It took about an hour to bring the fire under control.
The cause is under investigation.
Next month a big racketeering case coming up for trial in Roanoke's federal
Yesterday the government re-indicted one of the principal suspects.
Rod Abed (AH-bed) is charged with obstruction of justice- -for allegedly
trying to hire someone to provide him with an alibi.
Abed and others were indicted earlier this year for allegedly setting fire
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to the Corner Store on 13th Street in Roanoke- -nearly three years ago.
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((TOM BONDURANT/ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY: HE MADE OFFERS OF MONEY THROUGH OTHER
PEOPLE AND THROUGH CORRESPONDENCE TO PAY THIS FELLOW A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY.
KEITH HUMPHRY/NEWS-7: To say he wasn't anywhere near 13th street on the 13th?
BONDURANT: BASICALLY TO PUT THE BLAME ON SOMEBODY ELSE. ))
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The indictment says Abed planned to pay Phillip Orren to give false
Orren is serving a six-year sentence for ARSON, himself.
A 55- year- old Moneta man has been charged with threatening President
Clinton's daughter, Chelsea.
According to the indictment returned yesterday Samuel Edmond Coffey mailed
threats of a sexual nature to the White House four times.
Postal inspectors say he never mailed them directly though.
The first one was sent to the postmaster in Virginia Beach, with a request
that the letter be mailed to Washington from there.
One of the other three went by way of Baltimore.
For a third day now, a suspected murderer who was on the run from police,
remains barricaded in an Orlando home holding two young children hostage.
The children's families are frantic, but police believe John Armstrong is
taking care of them and will eventually free them.
Lee Cowen has the latest.
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NEGOTIATORS SPENT THE NIGHT TALKING AND WATCHING AS THE STANDOFF ENTERED ITS
IT'S BEEN NON-STOP SINCE TUESDAY WHEN MURDER SUSPECT JOHN
ARMSTRONG CRASHED HIS CAR AFTER A HIGH SPEED CHASE AND RAN, TAKING REFUGE IN A
STRANGER'S HOME NEAR DOWNTOWN ORLANDO.
INSIDE, 4-YEAR OLD MALCOLM PHILLIPS AND HIS 2-YEAR OLD COUSIN TEDI PRIEST,
THEIR MOTHERS FORCED AT GUNPOINT TO LEAVE THEM BEHIND.
(( SOT, IRIS VICKSON, TEDI'S MOTHER))
(( SOT, ADRIENNE PHILLIPS, MALCOLM'S MOTHER))
POLICE SAY ARMSTRONG APPEARS TO BE TAKING CARE OF THE TWO
CHILDRENDESPITE INITIAL THREATS THAT HE PLANNED TO KILL THEM BOTH IF HIS
DEMANDS WERE'NT MET. HE EVEN TOLD HIS OWN SON OVER THE PHONE, THAT HE WOULDN'T
HURT EITHER CHILD, BUT POLICE AREN'T TAKING ANY CHANCES.
(( SOT, CAPT. SAL LOMANOCO, HOSTAGE NEGOTIATOR ))
ARMSTRONG HAS A LONG HISTORY OF TROUBLE WITH THE LAW. .HE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN
PRISON WHEN THIS WHOLE THING STARTED HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR A FAVORABLE SURPREME
COURT RULING REDUCING HIS 12 YEAR SENTENCE FOR ROBBERY. RELATIVES SAY HE WAS
TRYING TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND.
CLOSE TO 50 RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE BEEN
EVACUATED, SOME WITH LITTLE MORE THAN THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACK. NO ONE WILL
BE ALLOWED HOME UNTIL THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL.
TIME MAY BE TAKING IT'S TOLL. NEGOTIATORS SAY ARMSTRONG APPEARS
TO BE TIRING, AFRAID TO GO TO SLEEP. THAT'S IN EVERYBODY'S FAVOR, POLICE SAY,
AS LONG AS FATIGUE DOESN'T TURN INTO ANGER. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, ORLANDO.))
After eleven days of tough negotiations an agreement was reached today at
the global warming conference in Japan.
Participating nations approved a deal to reduce fuel emissions
by industrial countries.
The European Union will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by eight percent
below 19-90 levels, the U-S by seven percent and Japan by six percent.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: THE
AGREEMENT IS ENVIRONMENTALLY STRONG, AND ECONOMICALLY SOUND. IT REFLECTS A
COMMITTMENT BY OUR GENERATION TO ACT IN THE INTEREST OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. ))
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The treaty must still be approved by the governments of 38 of the countries
Some U-S lawmakers say its
prospects aren't looking so good in the Senate.
U-S industries complain it'll raise unemployment.
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Governor Allen hopes to see a rise in tourism thanks to a multi-million
dollar grant for historic sites in the Commonwealth.
a retailer in the Star City is leaving the nest of the city market.
First, let's check in with Patrick in the Weather Center.
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In California, rescue crews are at the scene of a fiery freeway crash near
There were reportedly as many as five tractor-trailer trucks and 22 cars
At least two people are dead.
There also word that a major interstate has been shut down during the
For 12 years it's been a shopping paradise for bird lovers.
But next month, For the Birds on Roanoke's city market will close its doors.
Store owner Peggy Spiegel said business was fine..
but she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren.
Spiegel said she's going to miss the unique relationships she has with her
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((PEGGY SPIEGEL/STORE OWNER; WE LEARN AS MUCH FROM THEM AS THEY LEARN FROM US.
THEY CALL, THEY SHARE THEIR BACKYARD BIRD EXPERIENCES WITH US AND WE GAIN
KNOWLEDGE FROM THEM AND THEN WE SHARE KNOWLEDGE WITH OTHER PEOPLE. AND IT'S
LIKE A LARGE FAMILY.))
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Spiegel says her store in Blacksburg will stay open.
And she will continue to serve her Roanoke customers, delivering seeds and
other bird supplies every Tuesday.
The state is pumping money into two Bedford County attractions in the hopes
tourist money won't be far behind.
Governor George Allen announced his final budget will include a two million
dollar grant for Poplar Forest and two and a half million dollars for the
National D-Day Memorial.
Both organizations will have to match that money through private
IN Q=There's also some
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE'S ALSO SOME TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES FROM THIS, TO THE
EXTENT THAT YOU HAVE THESE TWO DIFFERENT BUT RELATED, INTERESTING ATTRACTIONS.
IT ENHANCES THE ABILITY OF BEDFORD AND THE ENTIRE LYNCHBURG AREA AND FOR THAT
MATTER ROANOKE TO ATTRACT PEOPLE TO THIS AREA, IF YOU'RE TRYING TO DRAW
OUT Q=to draw tourists.
The proposals still have to survive the budget process in the General
Area legislators promised to make sure both grants make the final cut.
Some South Roanoke County parents say the idea of bussing their children to
a different school is not an option they want the school board to consider.
The Gardens sub-division in Scenic Hills contains 75-houses, but only
12-children there go to Penn Forest.
Based on the County's Blue Ribbon Committee's recommendation, parents would
have to provide transportation for their children after the 1998-99 school year
if the family doesn't want the students going to Back Creek.
But some parents think it's an unwarranted measure.
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(( CARLA KEEGAN/SOUTH COUNTY RESIDENT; I DON'T SEE THAT THERE'S REALLY AN
OVERCROWDING PROBLEM RIGHT NOW AT PENN FOREST BASED ON THE BLUE RIBBON
COMMITTEE STUDY THAT WAS CONDUCTED A YEAR AGO. ACCORDING TO MS. WRIGHT THE
ATTENDANCE IS DOWN THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF A LARGE GRADUATING CLASS OF FIFTH GRADE
LAST YEAR. ))
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The committee recommends redistricting as a way to avoid new construction
A decision will be made by the school board in January.
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Still to come,
One toy store has the perfect answer for holiday gift ideas for children.
A billionaire's company of Christmas soliders is going up for auction.
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Toys and holiday shopping go hand in hand.
But before you buy that perfect gift, the Roanoke Safe Kids Coalition has
some toy safety tips.
Toys can cause injuries or even prove deadly in some cases when children
choke on small balls, balloons or broken pieces.
Tammy Hale works with Roanoke Safe Kids Coalition... She says any toy has the
potential to be dangerous, but they do come with warning labels and guidelines.
Hale says there is one toy you can't go wrong with--Play-Doh.
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((TAMMY HALE/ROANOKE SAFE KIDS:IT CLEARLY STATES ON THE BOXES AGES TWO AND UP.
IT ALSO STATES THAT IT'S NON-TOXIC. IF A LITTLE ONE WERE TO PINCH OFF A BITE OR
TWO THEY'D PROBABLY BE OKAY))
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Safety experts say parents should play along with children to ensure their
If you're having trouble figuring out what to buy some children on your gift
list there's a new system to help you.
It's the computerized gift registry system at Toys R Us.
Kids can cruise the aisles, picking out the toys they want with a hand-held
The toy store chain says the registry makes it easy for relatives to find
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((EARL SNOW/TOYS R US: IF THIS KID WANTS THIS, THEN I DON'T HAVE TO ASK OR
SNEAK OUT OR TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT HE WANTS. ALL I GOTTA DO IS PULL OUT THIS
REGISTRY, THEN I'VE GOT A LIST OF ITEMS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME TO GIVE ME AN IDEA
OF THE ITEMS HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE.))
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Some shoppers worry kids could get carried away and scan themselves a list
their parents can't afford.
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((SHARON FRANKLIN/SHOPPER: I GUESS THE PARENTS WILL HAVE TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT
THAT. IT'S LIKE THE SAME THING AS GOING TO SANTA AND ASKING HIM FOR EVERYTHING
UNDER THE SUN. JUST HAVE TO EXPLAIN THEY CAN'T GET IT ALL--EASIER SAID THAN
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Toys R Us says the registry will be available all year, not just during the
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 157 points
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The best players on the high school gridiron were honored last night.
It was a close game for the Hokie-Highlander match-up.
We'll have the highlights from the hardwood.
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The William Fleming Colonels raked in the honors at the 14th annual Friday
Football Extra awards banquet last night.
Mike Stevens has a recap of the night's festivities.
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(( More than 200 folks packed the place to help recognize our 13 players of the
week, including two time winner Lee Suggs, who finished this past season with
29 hundred and 17 yards in 14 games.
After the players left the stage, the coaches took over.
In Group A Radford's Norm Lineburg top top honors after his Bobcats made it
to the state semi-finals.
Heritage's Pem Apperson was the big winner in Group Two-A. He took a 2-and-8
team from a year ago all the way to the state championship game.
But the man was Fleming's George Miller. He not only won the Triple-A coach
of the year honor, but he was also name Friday Football Extra's overall coach
of the year for 1997.
((GEORGE MILLER/FFE COACH OF THE YEAR:))
The Fleming victory parade didn't end there as the Colonels were also named
Friday Football's Extra team of the year.
Plus, Colonel Lineman Shakir Majied was named the first recipient of the
brand Lee Cook Lineman of the year award, which is named in honor of the former
Pulaski County lineman.
Cook's parents and his girlfriend were on hand for the presentation and to
accept $1000 from WDBJ to go into the Lee Cook fund in Pulaski Co.
((SHAKIR MAJIED/LEE COOK LINEMAN OF THE YEAR:))
Franklin County quarterback Bobby Basham was named the WDBJ-7 scholar
athlete of the year. His 4 point 4 grade point average earned him a two
thousand dollar scholarship.))
In mens basketball action, Radford gave Virginia Tech a run for its money
before the Hokies beat the Highlanders 79-72.
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Tech's Myron Guillory gets two of his 14 on the fake and then the lay up
to but the Hokies up by 6 early.
But Radford's Cory reed answers with the pass to Eric Parker for the jam
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Pull R-U closer with the three pointer from the corner; but Tech had the last
Russ Wheeler notches two of his game high 20 inside; Tech beats Radford by
And over in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers played host the the 13-th ranked
Curtis Staples goes to the corner for three of his 15 points the Cavaliers
trailed 12 to 9.
U-conn's Ricky Moore answers with three of his 10 points as the Huskies led
Virginia 22 to 18.
Then in the second half, Virginia goes to Norman Nolan who hits the jumper
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to Richard Hamilton who scores the layup and the Huskies beat the Cavaliers 74
He was the man who had everything.
Malcolm Forbes, the late billionaire known for his flashy parties and
But in addition to collecting yachts and homes, Forbes collected toy
soldiers, thousands of them.
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And just in time for the holidays.. the troops from the Forbes museum of
military miniatures will leave their barracks for the auction block at
HUGO MARSH, CHRISTIE'S TOY EXPERT:
WE'VE SEEN AT CHRISTIE'S, FOR MANY YEARS, A HUGE VARIETY OF WONDERFUL TOY
SOLDIERS. BUT THIS - THE MALCOLM FORBES TOY SOLDIER COLLECTION - BEATS THEM
ALL.//BUTT TO: TAPE 1/15:38:06 THIS IS A SENSE OF FUN BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT A
WIDE VARIETY OF PIECES, AS YOU CAN SEE &1/8UNDER VO OF SOLDIERS&3/8, THE
PIECES GATHERED AROUND US ARE COLORFUL AND ENTERTAINING."
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Part one of the sale begins today in New York.
Part two will take place next week in London.
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