News 7 is next, including the latest
on the Floyd County plane crash. A twin engine aircraft went down narrowly missing two houses.
The mill mountain star may no longer shine red- We'll tell you whay.
Plus find out why raw sewage could end up flowing into the Roanoke River again.
News 7 is coming up next
A twin engine plane crashed in between two houses- in Floyd county.
Two men were aboard.
The passenger is in serious condition. The pilot was conscious and is expected to survive.
The plane crashed next to Robert Reed's home- off of Route 8.
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((ROBERT REED/HOMEOWNER:I THINK THE LORD WAS LOOKING OUT AFTER US AND IT'S JUST A SHAME WHAT HAPPENED. ))
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British Au Pair Louise Woodward has fired one of her attorneys- after the woman reportedly said she thought Woodward was guilty.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
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A plane that crashed near Route 8 in Floyd County this afternoon narrowly escaped hitting two homes.
The student pilot and instructor were travelling from North Carolina to Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Tonight-- both are hospitalized.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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[SUPER=01-Ruth Weeks/Homeowner; :00]
[SUPER=07-Mitzi Weeks; :19]
[SUPER=07-Julius Dickerson; :41]
[SUPER=01-Robert Reed/Homeowner; 1:02 QUICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
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[IN Q=I was]
((RUTH WEEKS/HOMEOWNER:I WAS SPEECHLESS WHEN THEY TOLD ME DOWN AT THE ROAD THAT COULDN'T COME UP HERE AND I SAID, I LIVE UP THERE, IT'S TERRIBLE. ))
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Ruth Weeks was NOT at home but her daughter was when the twin engine plane crashed next to her home, in Floyd.
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((MITZI WEEKS:I WAS MORE OR LESS SHOCKED, JUST WONDERING IF THEY WAS OK AND EVERYTHING, I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. ))
[OUT Q=what happened.]
Authorities are also trying to piece together what happened.
Two people were aboard the plane.
State police say the pilot alluded to engine failure.
Julius Dickerson was cutting hay in a nearby field when he noticed the pilot having trouble shortly before the crash.
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((JULIUS DICKERSON:HE FLEW OVER ME ABOUT, MIGHT HAVE BEEN APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS UP IN THE AIR, AND HE STARTED TO TURN AND HE LOOKED LIKE HE WAS COASTING AND HE STARTED TO COAST AND I THINK HE MUST HAVE CONTEMPLATED TRYING TO LAND IN MY HAYFIELDS AND HE WAS TOO HIGH FOR THAT. ))
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Robert Reed was the other homeowner impacted by the crash.
((ROBERT REED/HOMEOWNER:I THINK THE LORD WAS LOOKING OUT AFTER US AND IT'S JUST A SHAME WHAT HAPPENED. ))
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State police or the civil air patrol are expected to remain at the crash scene-- until FAA officials arrive to begin their investigation.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Floyd County.
The student pilot has been identified as Robert Anderson of Rainelle (Ray-NELL).
He's in stable condition.
The instructor's name is not being released until his family has been notified.
State police say his condition is serious.[Henry-Search]
A Henry County man reported missing yesterday has been found dead.
The body of 22-year old Mark Anthony Turner was found in a large pond in Spencer.
Dive teams searched for Turner much of the day.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office says his death was an accident.
Turner was fishing with friends Sunday.
They left to get bait and could not find him when they returned.
A manhole has stopped pouring raw sewage into the Roanoke River.
But thousands of gallons of waste have already escaped into this water.
Heavy rains and a flood of users caused the lines to overflow.
The city is building a 30 million dollar facility, and they've raised the manhole to hold more water.
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((IT WOULD BE ASSININE FOR ME TO SAY WE WILL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER SEWAGE OVERFLOW. THE APPROPRIATE THING TO SAY WOULD BE -- THIS WILL GREATLY IMPROVE IT.))
[SUPER=01-Kit Kiser/Utilities Director;]
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Health officials say it's not safe to swim in this river -- and fishing is not a good idea either.
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((YOU LOOK AT ALL THE STREETS, ALL THE PAVEMENT IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE, ALL THE PETS AND THE FECAL MATERIAL FROM THE PETS. THAT IS WASHED IN THE RIVER AT TIMES OF HEAVY RAINFALL. THAT DOES ADD SIGNIFICANTLY TO BACTERIA IN THE WATER.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Tabb/Health Department;]
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The same manhole overflowed at Easter too.
Officials say if heavy rain caused the sewer to overflow again, all they can do is wait for the rain to stop.
Those drums found at the Roanoke City Public Works Service Center may have been waste from the Flood of '85.
The city has now completed a four-day dig that uncovered more than one thousand drums at the site.
All but 16 of the containers were empty, and the city's environmental consultant says they may have been buried there following the severe flooding in November, 1985.
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((BREN HUGGINS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT: A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM WERE OF VARIOUS SIZES, SHAPES, CONFIGURATIONS SUGGESTING MORE RANDOM SOURCES, WHICH WE THINK WOULD BE INDICATIVE OF THE TYPES OF DRUMS YOU WOULD PULL OUT OF A FLOOD CONDITION.))
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The city must now determine if there was any soil or ground water contamination, but Huggins says he doesn't anticip
ate any widespread problems.[NE-Storms]
Residents in the Northeast are picking up the pieces after severe weekend storms.
Schools were closed in Mechanicville, New York near Albany -- where a tornado touched down --
Tornadoes, thunderstorms and winds destroyed dozens of homes and ripped
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out trees from their roots across Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts.
One person was killed in Salisbury,
Pennsylvania- where a tornado touched down.
Several others were hurt across the Northeast.
Power is still out for hundreds of thousands of people--
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A weekend tornado destroyed 90 percent of Spencer, South Dakota, but today the Governor says Spencer will be rebuilt.
Governor Bill Janklow visited the region- telling residents the money is there to help.
((GOVERNOR BILL JANKLOW/SOUTH DAKOTA: THE NET RESULT WE'RE WAITING FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE ALL OF THE TIME THEY WANT TO LOOK FOR WHATEVER THEY WANT. ONCE THAT'S DONE. THEN WE'RE GOING TO BULLDOZE THE TOWN, CLEAN IT ALL OUT AND REBUILD SPENCER.))
[SUPER=01-Gov. Bill Janklow/South Dakota;]
[OUT Q=rebuild Spencer.]
Six people were killed in the twister.
Tonight word that Vice President Gore will visit the area on Wednesday.
Atlantic Hurricane season is here, and El Nino is gone...
That means more storms could hit the southeast.
Eric Earnhart explains.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Emlaw/National Weather Service;:13 ]
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(( We haven't seen much of this in a while, last year only one hurricane hit the coast... That's because strong winds driven by El Nino, that warm pool of pacific water, kept the storms from forming.
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((MICHAEL EMLAW/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE; SINCE EL NINO IS JUST ABOUT OVER WITH, ALL THE EFFECTS WILL PROBABLY BE OVER WITH BY THE END OF THE MONTH. IT'S BASICALLY GOING TO HAVE NO AFFECT ON THIS YEARS'S HURRICANE SEASON.))
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Forecasters at the national weather service in Blacksburg say the season may get off to a slow start. The national Hurricane Center is expecting about 10 storms.
But as El Nino Fades away, something else could be taking it' place that could make hurricane season worse in the future.
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((MICHAEL EMLAW/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE; THIS IS CALLED LA NINA AND IT'S THE ACTUAL OPPOSITE OF EL NINO AND IT'S ACTUALLY COOLER THAN NORMAL WATER TEMPERATURES IN THAT AREA.
AND THAT COULD HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT ON THE HURRICANE SEASON?
RIGHT, IT WOULD END UP RESULTING IN LESS WINDS IN THE JET STREAM AREA DOWN THAT FAR SOUTH._))
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Less winds, and hurricanes have a better chance to form and grow... If that happens, it should affect hurricane seasons NEXT year.
Eric Earnhart, News. 7.))
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
It's that time of the year...time for students across the country to don the mortar board and graduate, but coming up we'll tell you about a rather unusual graduation in Roanoke today.
a larger waist line could mean serious health risks.
The American Heart Association is classifying obesity as a killer.
Graduates of Virginia's drug court in Roanoke gave a new meaning to the word commencement today.
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As David Johnson tells us, today's graduation ceremony in Roanoke marks the beginning of a new life for its participants.
Jean, the program is only for people who have been convicted of a drug charge.
The Department of Corrections set it up as an alternative to serving time, but some participants see it as much more.
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[SUPER=01-Emmett Lambert/Drug Court Graduate; :18]
[SUPER=01-Diane Strickland/Roanoke Circuit Court Judge; :36]
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((IT TAUGHT ME HOW TO PICK MY SELF ESTEEM UP.))
Emmett Lambert is one of several people to reclaim his life with the help of the drug court.
The program pushes participants to complete their education, secure employment and become otherwise productive citizens.
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((EMMETT LAMBERT/DRUG COURT GRADUATE; IT MADE ME MORE AWARE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY I HAVE AS A HUMAN BEING. NOT ONLY TO MY FAMILY BUT ALSO TO SOCIETY.))
[OUT Q=TO SOCIETY.]
Once participants complete the program, the conviction is dropped and they get a fresh start on life.
Officials say the drug court is also pretty light on the wallets of tax payers.
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((DIANE STRICKLAND/ROANOKE CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE; WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RUN THE PROGRAM ON APPROXIMATELY A FIFTH OF WHAT IT WOULD COST TO HAVE THESE PEOPLE INCARCERATED FOR THE SAME 12 MONTH PERIOD THAT WE ARE KEEPING THEM IN THE PROGRAM. BUT PERHAPS EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN THE DOLLARS AND CENTS, THE REAL SAVINGS COMES IN TERMS OF THE HUMAN LIVES.))
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This year, of the 224 participants, 163 successfully completed the program or are in good standing.
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And Jean, six parents have regained custody of their children or visitation rights thanks to the drug court.
The state branch of the N-double-A-C-P is not happy with the plea nagreement reached between Grayson County prosecutors and Louis Ceparano.
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The 43-year old received two life sentences without parole when he entered an Alford plea.
Under the agreement, Ceparano did NOT admit guilt in the burning and beheading of Garnett "G-P" Johnson, but he did admit there was enough evidence to convict him.
The civil rights organization says the deal raises a lot of questions.
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((SALIM KHALFANI/NAACP; I KNOW THE FAMILY HAS SAID THAT THEY ARE SATISFIED WITH WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE THEY HAVE BEEN CONSULTED, BUT I THINK THERE IS A BIGGER ISSUE THAT WE WANT TO MONITOR AND FIND OUT STATISTICS THAT WEATHER BLACK DEFENDANTS RECEIVE THE SAME KIND OF OFFERS WHILE FACING CAPITOL MURDER INDICTMENTS. THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED IN OUR OPINION.))
[SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Virginia NAACP;]
[OUT Q=OUR OPINION.]
Now that Ceparano has entered the plea, Emmett Cressell, Junior, the other defendant in the case, is facing capital murder charges and a possible death sentence.
He bought drugs in New York and sold them in Halifax County for twice what he paid.
Kenneth Traynham, in the blue T-shirt, pleaded guilty to drug charges today in federal court.
He is said to have been the ring leader in a major crack cocaine operation in Halifax County.
Five other people pleaded guilty to various charges including conspiracy and drug distribution.
These convictions come after a year-long investigation involving undercover drug agents.
Several of these defendants could receive life in prison when they are sentenced in August.
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And in Botetourt County, a mother is headed to jail for endangering children.
Four children were in the back of Patricia Long's car when she drove drunk and crashed.
Her blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.
For that the judge took away Long's license and sentenced her to a 30 day SUSPENDED jail sentence.
But she WILL serve three months of a three year jail sentence for endangering children.
The White House is switching tactics---
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President Clinton has dropped his executive
privilege claim- and will instead ask for attorney client privilege.
The controversy is over the testimony of Bruce Lindsey a friend of
the president and white house lawyer.
((RUFF/PRESIDENT'S LAWYER: RTHE PRESIDENT IS CLAIMING, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY, THE
ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE TO PROTECT HIS
COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS OF HIS STAFF WITH THE DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE
COUNSEL BRUCE LINDSEY.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Ruff/White House Lawyer;]
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Clinton's lawyers want the court to wait until the fall to decide whether Lindsey will have to talk in the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
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A day in court for Luke Woodham-
the student charged with killing mother and then driving to school and opening fire.
Woodham could face life in prison for the murder of his mother-
After this case he goes on trial for the killings of his two classmates.
Brisith Au Pair Louise Woodward has fired one of her lead attorneys.
Elaine Whitfield Sharp is off the legal team after
She reportedly said she thinks Woodward is guilty of killing an
Whitfield Sharp has denied making the comments.
The number of Fat Americans is growing fast- so fast
the American heart association issued an urgent wake-up call...reclassifying obesity as a killer and a major cause of heart attack
((DR. ROBERT ECKEL/AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: THE IMPACT OF OBESITY ON HEALTH DEPARTMENT MAKES IT A MAJOR RISK FOR HEART DISEASE SIMILAR TO TOBACCO, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, PHYSICAL INACTIVITY AND HYPERTENSION.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Eckel/American Heart Association;]
[OUT Q=and hypertension.]
54 percent of American adults are overweight- 22 percent are obese.
Experts suggest a major public health campaign to get Americans to slim down.
The Mill Mountain star will no longer be seeing red.
We'll explain up next,
It was a day of celebration in China as the country turned out for International Children's Day.
A program that used the Mill Mountain Star as a symbol in the fight against drunk driving may be coming to an end.
[VO-NAT from tape 96-97]
The star has burned red following fatal traffic accidents that involved the use of drugs or alcohol.
But the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee is encouraging the city to discontinue the practice. And today, council agreed.
Committee members say the star is a unifying regional symbol that shouldn't be used to support any individual message.
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The wet winter and spring continued in May with above average rain in Lynchburg, Blacksburg and Roanoke. As hurricane season arrives in the Atlantic today, we check out the numbers for June.
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The Dodgers cut pitcher Hideo Nomo after the one time phenom began this season 2 & 7 with a 5 run plus ERA.
And the folks in DC got a big unWanted jolt yesterday as Tiger Woods withdrew from the upcoming tournament.
The reason is back pain, and a tournament official says it may be chronic.
The surging Salem Avalanche, winners of 7 of its last 10 games opened a four game home set with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
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And check this out folks, News 7 personality Andrew Frieden, a UVa graduate dancing the Hokie Pokey!
Salem would give him plenty to dance about last nightthis evening.
Mark Hamlin hits a homer to deep center in the second inning to put the Avalanche in front 2-to-1. The Avalanche would make another statement in the inning as Brian Keck hits one to the left fielder.
He can't make the play, and Rod Bair scoots all the way home as does Keck who gets an inside the park homer at Salem Memorial.
But Wilmington comes back to win by a safety and field goal. 16-to-11 the final.
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The leader of the Tribe broke bread in Salem last night.
The pow wow was the Roanoke Valley Sports Club meeting.
Coach Jimmye Laycock has directed William and Mary's football teams for the past 18 years.
And in the last five years The Tribe has won 75-percent of its games.
The accomplishments include a Yankee Conference Championship and a fifth place national finish.
Here's what coach says is the key to his success.
[IN Q=what you want]
[SUPER=01-Jimmye Laycock/William & Mary Head Coach;]
[OUT Q=come in and develop]
Laycock says his offense is loaded for next season.
But he and the rest of the coaching staff will have to work on the 'D'.
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[OUT Q=back on defense]
William and Mary's annual football camp is the third week in June.
Quarterback Dan Marino and Broncos' star Terrell Davis will be on hand to coach the campers.
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The folks in Ringgold are still celebrating their first ever state championship at Dan River high school.
Students and teachers turned up the volume today in honor of their new heroes at an afternoon assembly.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Saturday Night; ]
The Wildcats picked up the Group Two A state title this weekend with a 5-to-4 win over perennial power Virginia High at Salem's Kiwanis Field.
[IN Q="I think...]
[SUPER=01-Sam McCormick/Dan River Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jay Pyron/Dan River Senior; :11]
Still to come tonight WCW highlights from the nation's capital.
And we'll take a spin in a super truck down at Bristol with Steve Mason and photographer Lynn Eller.
Members of the media talk about racing each week, although few if any have ever been in a race car.
This afternoon the Bristol Motor Speedway took take of that problem.
Steve Mason tells us how.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Eller/WDBJ Photographer; :23]
[SUPER=01-Rob Nelson/WCYB Sports Reporter; :33]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Royal Crown Ford Driver; :55 ]
[SUPER=01-Jay Sauter/GM Goodwrench Driver; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Byrd/Bristol Speedway Vice President; 1:12]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports]
And finally, your weekly WCW highlights.
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This morning we head to Washington, DC and a soldout MCI Center.
President Clinton was not in attendance, but politics were in the air.
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Here's one of the more interesting moves of the night, Public Enemy with the flying splash over the top rope on to Raven on top of the table.
And Sting, Mister WCW, ended weeks of suspense by joining the NWO Wolfpack.
It's a day of singing and dancing in China...as they celebrate International children's day.
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Youngsters had the day off from school to celebrate their achievements.
In Beijing dozens of children performed for about 40-thousand peers and parents.
Children's Day is a national holiday in China.
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