Up next on News 7 at 11...
Two children are arrested in connection with a series of fires in Appamattox,
A four year old child shoots a six year old playmate in North Carolina.
Washington and Lee Fraternity members are concerned about the future...
And if you can't handle spring cleaning, try Ronaoke's rent-a-kid.
News 7 is next.[Appomatox-Fire]
An eleven year old child and a 14-year old girl are in custody in Appomatox.
They're the suspects in a series of suspicious fires tonight.
The first fire destroyed a warehouse at the J. E. Sears Building Supply Company downtown.
Police say four other small fires were also diliberately set across town.
THOSE fires didn't cause any serious damage.
Eyewitnesses spotted the two children near the fire scenes.
They were picked up by the Appomatox County Sheriff's Department.
A juvenile probation officer is deciding whether to hold them in a detention home until they appear in Juvenile Court.
There was some racist graffiti at one fire scene, but Sheriff Wilson Staples says the fires are not hate crimes.
No one was hurt in any of the fires.[Child-killed]
A six year old boy was shot and killed by a playmate, on his birthday yesterday.
The playmate, a four year old, found a gun in someone's purse.
Diana Rugg has the details.
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There were several memorial services in Edinboro, Pennsylvania this morning.
It was especially sad at John Gillette's parish.
He was killed Friday night when a 14 year old student shot him at a school dance.
Witnesses say the suspect, eighth-grader Andrew Wurst, seemed to pick Gillette as a random target.
Students will recieve more counseling tomorrow.
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((PATRICK KNAUS/WITNESS; IT'S REALLY SCARY BECAUSE YOU DON'T THINK IT COULD EVER HAPPEN AND NOW YOU DON'T WANT TO BE ALONE, YOU DON'T WANT TO WALK AROUND AT NIGHT, YOU DON'T TRUST ANYBODY, YOU DON'T LIKE BEING HOME ALONE BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW IF THERE'S SOMEONE THERE WAITING FOR YOU NOW.))
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Police are investigating reports that a month ago, Wurst talked to classmates about killing people and committing suicide.
A traffic accident in Franklin County claimed the life of one man this morning around 8 a-m.
According to police Delmas Paul Johnson's car ran off the road, flipped, then hit a tree.
The accident happened along Route 607.
48-year old Johnson died at the scene.
Washington and Lee fraternities are concerned about their future.
This, after a hazing incident a few weeks ago and recent charges of abduction.
Police say five students were arrested following a Wednesday night campus party.
Two students from Sweet Briar College apparently shaved the pubic hair of a W&L student at the party.
Then in retaliation, three Sigma Nu frat members allegedly abducted the women and tried to do the same thing to them.
Police charged the two women with sexual battery.
The men were charged with abduction.
W&L's faculty approved a hazing policy not long ago.
While this is not considered a hazing incident, members of a neighboring fraternity fear this latest prank will lead the administration to restrict fraternity activities.
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((J.P. KILEY/PHI KAPPA PSI; THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF PRESSURE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION. IT SEEMS LIKE YEARS AGO IT USED TO BE THAT'S WHAT THIS SCHOOL WAS ABOUT. NOW THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY WANT IT TO BE ABOUT. THEY WANT TO TEAR IT DOWN AND BUILD THEM BACK UP INTO SOMETHING THAT THEY WERE 50 YEARS AGO. THAT'S JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. KIDS ARE DIFFERENT TODAY.))
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Members of the Sigma Nu fraternity say the actions of the fraternity brothers involved was a "stupid prank".
And, it's not representative of the chapter as a whole.
University officials were not available for comment today.
Up next on News 7--things are looking up once again for the astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Columbia.
And, these youngsters want you to put them to work--doing household chores if you can imagine that.
We'll explain when the news continues.
The Space Shuttle Columbia's mission is back on track tonight.
Friday the shuttle's carbon dioxide removal system failed, and threatened to cut the flight short.
But yesterday afternoon, astronauts did a patch job and got it working again.
They spent Sunday undergoing neurological tests.
They're trying to find out how the body reacts to live in zero gravity.
They'll be back on earth May third or fourth.
A local civil rights group member believes there's still much that's unknown about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.
And, she questions whether the man convicted of killing King acted alone.
Perneller (PER-NAIL-ER) Chubb-Wilson of the Roanoke chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference believes James Earl Ray may have been part of a conspiracy.
Chubb-Wilson says when Ray was on his death bed, he told King's son Dexter he didn't kill the civil rights leader.
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((PERNELLER CHUBB-WILSON/LOCAL SCLC PRESIDENT; AND I WOULDN'T CONTRADICT WHAT HE SAID BECAUSE HE IS DR. KING'S SON. WE ALL KNOW THAT HE WAS TRULY A MAN OF GOD AND I FEEL HIS SON FELT HIS DADDY'S PRESENCE THERE.))
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Chubb-Wilson claims to know more about the conspiracy surrounding King's death.
But, she refuses to comment on it.
She says the SCLC's national branch may provide more information if the Justice Department launches an investigation.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says trying to unseat Congressman Bob Goodlatte will be an uphill battle.
The mayor is running against Goodlatte for the sixth district seat.
Today, Bowers kicked-off a series of hikes to highlight his congressional campaign.
He climbed Elephant Mountain in Buena Vista.
Bowers says--in his own way, he's following in the footsteps of President Clinton's environmental efforts.
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR; I THINK IT WAS APPROPRIATE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS RESPONDED WITH HIS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY. AND I SUPPORT HIS POLICY OF PUTTING SIX-POINT-THREE-BILLION DOLLARS TOWARDS TAX CREDITS. TOWARDS INDUSTRIES AND OTHER EFFORTS TO TRY AND REDUCE EMISSIONS AND TO PROTECT THE CLEAN AIR OF AMERICA.))
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Bowers said he hopes to meet more of his constituents on future hikes.
Need someone to help you with your spring cleaning?
It's a fundraiser sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church.
Money raised will help elders of the congregation and Appalachain communities.
David Johnson has more.
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((Each year the St. John's Youth Program sponsors a fundraiser.
The money is used to pay for a summer mission trip into the Appalachia.
For the past couple of years, the way to raise money was to sell dinners on the church grounds.
But, this year that's changed.
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((LAURA MACBEAN/RENT-A-KID DIRECTOR; BUT WITH THE CONSTRUCTION ON THE BUILDING, THERE'S NOT A PLACE FOR US TO DO A DINNER THIS YEAR. WE'VE DONE IT FOR TWO YEARS RUNNING AND MADE ABOUT 800-DOLLARS OFF OF IT. BUT THIS YEAR WITH NO PLACE TO DO IT WE HAD TO COME UP WITH AN ALTERNATIVE. SO THAT'S KIND OF WHY WE STARTED RENT-A-KID.))
Participants of the Rent-A-Kid program travel in pairs, and for five bucks an hour per person, they do odd jobs for people in their church community.
The youngsters think it's a unique way of raising funds.
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((GLEN MACKEY/PARTICIPANT; IT'S MORE INTERESTING. WASHING CARS GETS OLD AFTER A WHILE. HERE YOU CAN DO SEVERAL JOBS, JUST DOING WHATEVER.))
((NICK BEAZLEY/PARTICIPANT; IT'S A GOOD WAY TO EARN MONEY AND WE CAN GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, THE PEOPLE IN OUR CONGREGATION, AND HELP THEM OUT AT THE SAME TIME, WHILE RAISING MONEY FOR THE CAUSE. IT'S GOOD.))
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The cause is to help communities along the Appalachian trail.
Two years ago, the summer mission went to Irwin, Kentucky to help folks whose homes were destroyed by tornadoes.
Last year, it helped construct a house in Morgantown, West Virginia.
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((MACBEAN; WE'RE GOING TO TAZEWELL, TENNESSEE THIS SUMMER TO CLAIBORNE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO HELP BUILD A HOUSE THERE. SO THE PROCEEDS FROM RENT-A-KID GOES TO HELP FUND THAT MISSION TRIP.))
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And what do the youths get out of all this hard work?
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((MACKEY; KIND OF A SENSE OF UNITY. SPENDING A WEEK WITH SOME OF YOUR GOOD FRIENDS DOING WORK AND JUST HAVING FUN.))
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And taking an active role in giving back to the community.
David Johnson, News 7.))[Tease2]
When the newscast continues, Roy Stanley will have Highlights from today's big win for Bobby Labonte in the Die Hard 500,
And, Andrew Frieden will have your work week weather forecast.
More when we return.
Norfolk Southern is on the track to success with record profits, and one stage of the power-line debate comes to a halt.
Scott Goldberg has those stories in the News-7 Business Review.
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((This week on the Review: Say you want to build it and they will come.
Hundreds of Southwest Virginians have spoken out at power line hearings over the last month.
Those hearings ended this week in Roanoke County, where business and industry leaders said for the most part, they're in favor of building a new high-voltage line.
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Opponents wonder whom the line will really benefit -- local residents or the power company.
The state won't decide before the end of the year.
In other business news, sell a subsidiary that's not making much money, exploit a strong economy and you've got record profits.
Norfolk Southern's first-quarter earnings came in at 229-million dollars.
That's the best first quarter in the company's history.
If the deal goes through, a Swedish company will own Salem's Medeco Security Locks by the end of the year.
Lock making giant Assa Abloy bought the company.
The 400 jobs at Medeco are said to be secure.
Governor Gilmore called it an exciting milestone for Lynchburg and the entire Commonwealth.
A new Frito-Lay factory.
It means more than 200 jobs and fat-free potato chips for the Hill City.
Restaurateur Spanky Macher said his new bar should spice up Roanoke's night life.
He also said he'll fight a lawsuit claiming a statue on his Star City Diner is a rip-off of another restaurant chain's portly pitch man.
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On Wall Street, the Dow tumbled Friday, finishing the week down 103 points.
The NASDAQ picked up two.
That's this week's review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Road crews wrapped up a number of construction projects in Roanoke.
And, work on a major road in Wise and Russell Counties could cause some delays.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's edition of Road Report.
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((First up in Roanoke, some on-going projects have finally come to an end.
Crews have finished widening Route 11 - Brandon Avenue and traffic should be moving freely there.
Also, in Roanoke County, crews have finished making repairs to Wood Haven Bridge above Interstate 5-81.
Elsewhere around the region--
in Russell County crews will be making repairs along Route 82 around the clock.
Delays are expected there.
And, in Wise and Russell Counties occassional delays are expected along the Saint Paul By-pass.
Crews are working to widen the road.
And, that's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin.))[Forecasts]
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The Roanoke Wrath has opened its season with an 0 and 3 record. South Carolina beat the Wrath yesterday at the Rivers Edge 1 to nothing.
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The Wrath mascot Flame was having some fun with the Roanoke Stars Youth Team.
Roanoke tries to get it going with this volley shot from Joe McGovern but it is tipped over the goal by Shamrock Goalie Warren Russ as the game remained scoreless.
The Shamrocks would get on the board first when Andy McMahon lines up this free kick and David Wolf rises up to head for the score to make it 1 to nothing.
With only minutes remaining Roanoke tries to tie it
but is foiled by the South Carolina Defense and the Shamrocks win it 1 to nothing.
The New York Knicks won a playoff game today without center Patrick Ewing. New York beat Miami by 10 to even their first round N-B-A playoff series.
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The Heat huddled in the tunnel before the start of the game.
Miami comes out and goes inside to Alonzo Mourning who scores the basket for two of his 30 points in the game.
New York comes back John Starks pulls up behind the three point line and scores keeping the Knicks in front in the second quarter.
Starks, Allen Houston and Larry Johnson combined
for 71 points as the Knicks come from behind to win it 96 to 86.
The Chicago Bulls beat New Jersey 96 to 91 to take a two games to none lead in their playoff series.
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Nets guard Sam Cassell watching from the bench.
New Jersey takes it inside to Keith Van Horn for the basket and two of his 18 points.
Michael Jordan led the Bulls scoring with 32 points
here taking the alley oop from Scottie Pippen and the Bulls win it 96 to 91.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.[S-Orioles]
Ricky Henderson his his second career grand slam this afternoon as Oakland beat Baltimore 12 to 4.
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Oriole Manager Ray Miller watching the action in the dugout.
Baltimore went on top in the bottom of the first Harold Banes hits this shot to centerfield scoring Roberto Alomar and Eric Davis the Orioles led 2 to nothing.
Baltimore would score four in the inning leading 3 to nothing B.J. Surhoff hits a sac fly to short centerfield scoring Rafael Palmerio from third to make it 4 to nothing.
Oakland got on the board in the third Dave Magadan
singles to left field scoring two runs to make it 4 to 2 and Oakland wins it 12 to 4.
Vinny Castilla hit two homers and Colorado scored 4 in the first to beat Atlanta 7 to 6.
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Rockies manager Don Baylor watching from the dugout.
Atlanta cut the lead to one in the bottom of the fourth when Andrew Jones hit this two run homer over the left field wall to make it 6 to 5 Rockies.
But Colorado came back in the 8-th Castilla sends
this pitch deep over the left field wall and the Rockies win it 7 to 6.
The Salem Avalacnhe won today beating Prince William 2 to nothing at Memorial Stadium. But Danville and Lynchburg both lost today. Here's the rest of the scores.
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And coming up in sports, Trevor Dodds wins his first tournament on the P-G-A golf tour.
And Bobby Labonted dodges a 19 car crash to win the Diehard 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway.
Bobby Labonte passed his older brother Terry with 2 laps to go to win the Diehard 500 the first restrictor plate win for Pontiac.
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Early in the race Sterling Marlin was the leader as the cars were bunched in a tight pack because of the restrictor plates.
South Boston's Jeff Burton had engine problems while on a pit stop and he pulled the car into the garage area for the day.
Bobby Labonte was having a good run he was the leader after 59 Laps averaging just over 189 miles per hour Dale Earnhardt was second.
Then later in the race, The Other Labonte, Terry became the ninth leader of the race and he was the point man at the halfway mark.
Dale Jarrett was moving to the front but he was forced to pit for gas and four new tires.
The first caution of the day came out because of debris on the track.
Jarrett would get his car together and take the lead from Bill Elliott with 53 laps left to go.
Then Elliott was involved in a major crash. Ward Burton hits Earnhardt causing a multiple car wreck Elliott's car slid on the roof before landing on its wheels all the drivers involved were alright.
The race was red flagged for about 20 minutes and Labonte worked his way to the front making his move with a couple laps left to go to win the Diehard 500.
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Jimmy Spencer was second, Jarrett third Terry Labonte fourth and Jeff Gordon fifth.[S-Golf]
Trevor Dodds parred the first playoff hole to edge Scott Verplank and win the Greater Greensboro Classic.
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Bob Estes figured to be in the playoff but he bogeyed 17 and 18 to finish the round at 11 under par one shot back.
Verplank forced the playoff with Dodds on the 18-th green when he nailed this long put for par to tie Dodds at 12 under. Verplank shot 72.
But Dodds, who birdied 18 three straight days missed the birdie this time but tapped in for par to win the tournament. Dodds shot a final round 69.
Meantime, Hale Irwin won the Las Vegas Classic for his second straight win on the Senior tour.
Irwin shot a final round 75 to finish at six under.
Blue Hills Pro Billy King shot 84 to finish at 328 in last place.
Bobby Labonte wins the DieHard 500 at Talladega. More later on Mornin'.[S-WCW]
It was a big night in Roanoke tonight as World Championship Wrestling brought its show and several thousand fans out to the Civic Center.
The ring wasn't big enough to hold the Diamond Dallas Page and Raven match.
The action frequently spilled to the floor, but once they made it back to the ring, D-D-P's trademark diamond cutter cut things short for Raven.
Raven takes the beating...Page takes the win.
In the night cap, former W-C-W champion Sting hooked with seven foot tall Kevin Nash.
Sting had the match all but won, when Nash's N-W-O partner Scott Norton and Sting's friend Lex Lugar got involved.
But the ref only sees Lugar, he disqualifies Stings and it's one more for the bad guys.
We have some video now from the apparent arsons in Appomatox County tonight we told you about.
Again an eleven year old child and a 14-year old girl are in custody--accused of setting the series of suspicious fires.
Eyewitnesses spotted the two children near the fire scenes.
Tune into News 7 Mornin tomorrow for updates.[Video]
The Franklin County High School band brought home some souveniers from their spring trip to Florida.
A busload of awards!
The group went to the Fiestival national band competition in Lakeland, Florida, and won the title of Grand Champion in their division.
They also won first place in Symphonic band, indoor drum line, indoor color guard and parade competition, and received several superior ratings.
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((CARLTON WILKES/BAND DIRECTOR; IT'S ALWAYS REAL SPECIAL BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN THERE AND SOMETIMES THEY'VE HAD THE SUCCESSES AND SOMETIMES NOT THE SUCCESSES. WE LIKE TO WIN ONE OCCASIONALLY TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF VICTORY.))
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Judging from the celebration this afternoon.... they understand.