Coming up on News 7-
A live report with the very latest on the Swiss Air Crash
A VMI student is arrested in Botetourt County-
While another arrest is made in connection with the Willow River arsons.
And we'll hear what some local folks think of the big homerun race.
News 7 is next.
The search goes into the night for victims aboard Swissair Flight one-eleven.
Rescue teams are working in the cold Atlantic water off the Nova Scotia coast.
Let's go now to Manuel Gallegus for the very latest.
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In the cold waters off Nova Scotia, the grim search for debris and bodies from Swissair Flight 1-1-1 goes on...
The pictures tell the story of a horrible disaster.
A new white shirt.
A flotilla of ships looking for anything.and finding only reminders of lives lost.
SOUNDBITE: WALLETS, SHOES, ALL THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF CHILDREN CLOTHING. SOUNDBITE: WE'RE STILL LOOKING FOR BODIES, THAT'S OUR FIRST PRIORITY. THEN WE'LL LOOK FOR THE BLACK BOXES.
Finding the flight recorders will help investigators determine why one of the world's most advanced jets, flown by the one of safest of airlines, crashed.
229 people were killed when the MD-11 from New York's John F. Kennedy
Airport went down a little more than hour after takeoff.
WALTER VOLLENWEIDER/VP SWISSAIR) 107
OUR PRIORITY RIGHT NOW IS TO THE FAMILY OF THE PASSENGERS AND CREW... WE
ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE FAMILIES TO MEET THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. WE
ARE ALSO MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A PLANE FROM GENEVA TO TAKE FAMILIES TO
Late Thursday, Swissair began posting the names of victims on its World
Wide Web site.
137 Americans are among the dead. They include tourists, business executives, even a world-renowned AIDS expert.
One was a flight attendent for a rival airline.
48 Hours: YOU CAN NEVER GET OVER SOMETHING LIKE THIS.BUT THEY'RE STRONG.)
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A V-M-I student was arrested today, charged with robbing a Botetourt County restaurant at gunpoint.
The county's commonwealth's attorney says 20-year old Bradley Clay Purcell was wearing a mask and carrying a rifle Saturday night, when he allegedly stole 100-dollars from the North Star Country Restaurant.
The James River High School graduate is in the Botetourt County jail on 40-thousand-dollars bond.
Another teen-ager is charged with arson in the Willow River Apartment complex.
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Police say a 15-year-old who lives at the complex broke into an apartment and started this fire on July 28th.
It was the first of seven fires to terrify residents there.
Police said the 15-year-old boy is still living at the complex.
Last month, a 10-year-old was charged with starting one of the other fires.
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The seventh -- and most destructive fire -- is still under investigation.
A Bedford County couple whose daughter killed herself three years ago hope other parents can learn from their tragedy.
They're helping draft legislation that would require school employees to notify a parent if a child talks about committing suicide.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Karen Hall/Mother; :22]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :39]
[SUPER=01-Phil Theisen/Mental Health Advocate; :57]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( When Lisa Renee Hall shot and killed herself in February of 1995, no one was more shocked than her parents.
They saw their 13- year- old daughter as a smart, outgoing young girl.. what they didn't know is that Lisa had told her friends she was contemplating suicide.
The friends notified a counselor at Staunton River Middle School but she never told Lisa's parents.
[IN Q=I still ask]
((KAREN HALL/MOTHER: I STILL ASK WHY SHE COULDN'T HAVE CALLED, WHY JUST A PHONE CALL, JUST GIVE US A CHANCE TO SAVE OUR CHILD.))
[OUT Q=save our child.]
Now the Halls are working with state senator Steve Newman to draft legislation that would require school personnel to notify a parent if their child talks about committing suicide.
[IN Q=Right now if]
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: RIGHT NOW IF YOU STEP ONE FOOT OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS.. ..NO REQUIREMENT THAT YOU TELL.))
[OUT Q=that you tell.]
[IN Q=It's unfortunate]
((PHIL THEISEN/MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE: IT'S UNFORTUNATE, BUT IT'S ALMOST AS IF WE HAVE TO LEGISLATE COMMON SENSE.))
[OUT Q=legislate common sense.]
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((Steve Newman says his bill already is picking up bipartisan support. Karen Hall plans to travel to Richmond to testify.. to let legislators know just what kind of pain she's experienced. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))
A Danville man will spend 33-years in jail for killing a friend of his estranged wife.
Laquan Stone was sentenced today for the murder of Alvin Averette in April.
Stone found the victim hiding in his estranged wife's shower when he fired the fatal shots.
A jury found him guilty in July of first degree murder.
Defense attorneys were hoping for a lesser manslaughter conviction.
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President Clinton visited Omagh today- the scene of Northern Ireland's worst terrorist attack in 30 years.
The President helped unveiled a memorial plague for victims of the car bombing.
28 people were killed and hundreds injured when the bomb exploded in a shopping district August 15th.
Thousands of people turned out to greet the President.
Meanwhile a half a world away, a democrat has become the first to raise the Monica Lewinsky matter on the floor- since the President's grand jury testimony.
[IN Q=The president apparently]
((SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN/D-CONNECTICUT: THE PRESIDENT APPARENTLY HAD AN EXTRAMARITAL RELATIONS WITH AN EMPLOYEE HALF HIS AGE AND DID SO IN THE WORKPLACE IN THE VICINITY OF THE OVAL OFFICE. SUCH BEHAVIOR IS NOT JUST INAPPROPIRATE IT IS IMMORAL.))
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Hurricane Earl dumped more than two feet of rain on the Florida panhandle-
The storm capzised fishing boats, left many roofs damaged- and filled the roads with water.
Earl weakened to a Tropical Storm but still spawned tornadoes in South Carolina.
The storm is working its way toward the Atlantic coast-flash flood watches have been posted in North Carolina.
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Up next--Roanoke police catch up with two alleged scam artists.
And, if you're thinking of bringing some beer or wine to the Tech game this weekend--think again.
We'll explain when the news continues.
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(( Hey jean this is Mike Stevens in the News 7 sports office. The Virginia Cavaliers are trying to cage a Tiger tonight in Alabama, Floyd County wins again in girls' hoops, the Woods give Sadler the Citgo Saddle, and we'll check the Frid
ay Football Extra lineup for week number two tonight on News 7 sports.))[Tailgating]
You won't just see football players at Saturday's Virginia Tech football game- but more police officers to crackdown on drinking at games.
It comes after the Attorney General's asked state colleges to cut student drinking.
Teresea Hamilton reports-
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((MIKE JONES/VIRGINIA TECH POLICE CHIEF: THE BOTTOM LINE IS-- IF YOU WANT TO COME TO LANE STADIUM AND ENJOY THE BALL GAME, WE REALLY WANT YOU TO COME, WE HAVE A GREAT FOOTBALL TEAM, A GREAT ATHLETIC PROGRAM, IF YOU COME AND YOU GET DRUNK AND OBNOXIOUS WE'RE GOING TO LOCK YOU UP, PERIOD. ))
[OUT Q=you up, period.]
Virginia Tech Police Chief Mike Jones plans to bring in anywhere from 150- to 200 officers, from surrounding jurisdictions, to maintain crowd control.
The officers aid with traffic and gate checks---
They also enforce the college's policy of NO alcohol in the stands or in the parking lot.
[IN Q=They will]
((THEY WILL CHALLENGE YOU, IF THEY SUSPECT THAT YOU'RE CARRYING ALCOHOL, THEY'LL STOP YOU AND ADDRESS THE ISSUE AND TRY TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE. IF YOU HAVE, THEY'LL SEIZE THE ALCOHOL, PAPERWORK WILL BE FILLED OUT AND YOU'LL BE EJECTED ))
[OUT Q=you'll be ejected.]
He says the system is actually a role model for other universities, like U-V-A.
In fact, despite the added pressure from the A-G's office, he doesn't expect to change much.
Although, he may add a few MORE officers.
[IN Q=Based on]
((MIKE JONES:BASED ON WHAT WE HAVE HISTORICALLY DONE IN THE PAST, WE THINK WE HAVE THE MODEL PROGRAM. ))
[OUT Q=model program. ]
Those who belong to the high priced Hokie Club are allowed to drink in the university's parking lot--
This year, the group secured NINE A-B-C banquet licenses.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg.
A number of Tech fans aren't happy with the changes.
They say those old enough to legally drink should be allowed to do so during tailgate parties.
A contingent of city and county police converged on two men in Roanoke this morning.
The pair had come back to get the 14-hundred dollars they intended to charge for a paving job they'd done last night.
Benjamin John Keene of Virginia Beach was arrested, along with Harry Lee Small of Concord, North Carolina.
They showed up at James Blackburn's home late yesterday with what they said was a load of asphalt left over from another job.
Without saying how much it would cost they started putting it down.
[IN Q=So I said]
((JAMES BLACKBURN/PAVING SCAM VICTIM: SO I SAID, "STOP RIGHT THERE. STOP STOP." HE SAID, "IT AIN'T GOING TO LOOK RIGHT. JUST THAT MUCH, IF I STOP NOW." HE SAID "I GOT A LITTLE BIT LEFT HERE SO I MIGHT AS WELL AS THROW IT AWAY."))
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[OUT Q=throw it away.]
Police say the men have prior records in other states for similar offenses..
Another reported scam led to the arrest of the former owner of Franklin Antiques today.
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Clyde Bryant Junior was picked up in North Carolina.
A federal grand jury in Roanoke believes he took ten million dollars from "investors" in a "Ponzi scheme".
That's when money from one investor is used to pay off another.
Prosecutors say investors lost more than two million dollars in all, money allegedly used to pay for Bryant's personal expenses and gambling debts.
Still to come--Habitat for Humanity
launches a new project--
--hoping it will mend fences with some people in Roanoke.
More when the news continues.
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Negotiations continued this afternoon between Habitat for Humanity and the city of Roanoke.
They're trying to settle the dispute over a piece of land in Westview Terrace...
where neighbors opposed Habitat's plan to build 32-new homes.
Meanwhile, Habitat is moving forward with a new development in the hopes of rebuilding its reputation.
Scott Goldberg has more.
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[SUPER=01-Terry Smith/Habitat for Humanity; :13]
[SUPER=01-Patricia Reynolds/Crime Prevention Group; :36]
[OUT Q=SGO, News 7, Roanoke.]
[from tape 98-42 at 1:39:43]
The group that started building 32-houses in Westview Terrace --
The group that didn't give much warning before tearing up the land --
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Swears it is not the same group that wants to build three new houses in Villa Heights.
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[IN Q=we've learned]
((TERRY SMITH/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:WE'VE LEARNED NOW THAT THE NEIGHBORS OF HAB DEVELOPMENTS ARE VERY CENTRAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE HABITAT PROJECT.))
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This time the kinder, gentler Habitat for Humanity is promising NOT to go forward with the project until it consults the people like Patricia Reynolds...
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president of the Villa Heights Crime Prevention group.
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((PATRICIA REYNOLDS/VILLA HEIGHTS CRIME WATCH GROUP: I WAS VERY ENTHUSIASTIC THAT THEY WERE INTERESTED IN OUR CONCERNS -- THE RESIDENTS' CONCERNS.))
Reynolds said she's not endorsing the project.
But she is working with Habitat to answer her neighbor's questions.
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: ONE QUESTION REYNOLDS WON'T ANSWER -- NOT YET -- IS: WHERE WILL THE HOMES BE BUILT? SHE'S WAITING TO TELL THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE AT A MEETING NEXT WEEK.))
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It's part of her strategy to get everyone involved:
[tribune pre pro]
This week, advertise the meeting in the Roanoke Tribune.
Next week, pass out fliers.
Say you're going to build it, and hopefully the neighbors will come.
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[IN Q=what we're doing]
((PATRICIA: WHAT WE'RE DOING IS ALLOWING THEM A FORMAT TO COME TO A MEETING AND GET INFORMATION AND ASK QUESTIONS AND GET ANSWERS PERTAINING TO THE HABITAT PROJECT.))
... answers Habitat hopes will prove the home-builders are good people, who have just recently gotten a bad rap.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Roanoke.
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Virginia is looking to open the season with a win and pitch a shutout in the process.
We'll check out the Friday Football Extra rundown for week number two.
Plus, the Wood Brothers pick Sadler, and we'll pick out some tip for combatting lightning on the football field.
But there is no McGwire update tonight. He's off trying to life a normal life before getting back to work tomorrow.
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The 19th ranked Virginia Cavaliers opened their 98 campaign last night on the road at Auburn looking for revenge, respect and a win.
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Auburn coach Terry Bowden was just looking for solid play out of his new quarterback Ben Leard.
But this game was all about defense, and the all-american from Forest Anthony Poindexter picks off this Leard pass in the second quarter to set up the first score of the game.
Aaron Brooks hangs in the pocket looking to his left, but then comes back to his right and finds sophomore Kevin Coffey. He outruns the defense down the right side into the endzone for the 6-to-nothing UVa lead after the missed kick.
Todd Braverman added two field goals in the final two quarters and Thomas Jones scored with just over 2 minutes to play as
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the Cavs get defensive in their season opener and become the first non-SEC team to shutout Auburn in 31 years. 19-to-nothing the final.
The high school football season picks up steam tonight as everyone joins the party.
Here's where the Friday Football Extra will be on Week number two.
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In girl's hoopes tonight a number of early season tournament arer taking place this weekend, and one of those is at Blacksburg high school.
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Floyd County was just a little too fast and strong for Christianburg tonight as Meredith Evans feeds the rock inside to Erin Patton and Floyd takes the early 6-to-3 lead.
The Blue Demons would try to keep it close from the outside as Sheila Haga feeds Ashley McCoy who knocks down the jumper on the nice roll.
Christiansburg would try to keep it from turning into a track meet.
But Floyd takes off on a 29-to-6 run. Laura Harris drains the set shot and Floyd never looks back as the Lady Buffs win the game 76-to-26.
In the other games tonight Sahwsville beat Laurel Park and Blacksburg topped Auburn.
Bassett and Martinsville were winners in the Patrick County invitatinal tonight.[S-Sadler]
NASCAR announced today that it is again expanding. Next year the circuit will have 34 races with Homestead, Florida joining the list.
The Wood Brothers will be tackling that schedule with a young lion next season.
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News 7 Sports confirmed today that the Woods have signed Elliott Sadler to a four deal to drive the Citgo Ford starting next season.
The 23 year old Emporia native who attended JMU and won the Late Model track championship at South Boston in 1995, has four career wins on the Busch series in 68 tries.
The Woods have been in racing since 1953, but this will be the first time they have ever competed for rookie of the year honors.
Sadler likely will make his debut at the season ending race in Japan.
Winston Cup drivers qualify for the Southern 500 today at Darlington.
Ernie Irvan was in Martinsville Wednesday testing with his craftsman #44 Ford truck team driven by Boris Said. Irvan h
as posted 7 top 10' finishes and pole this season in Cup, but knows Darlington is always tough to tame.
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Still to come tonight we'll check out the weekend of football on Your Hometown Station this weekend,
plus, lightning is often taken for granted once football season starts.
But it's a very real danger we'll explore right after this break.
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The weather for tomorrow's night's high school action should be ideal.
But before this season ends, teams in the area likely will have to dodge a few storms.
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[SUPER=01-Tim Bane/Patrick Henry Trainer; :37]
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((The dog days of summer are quickly evaporating, but there will be plenty of heat in the air for several more Friday nights.
And that means Thunderstorms and dangerous lightning are still real possibilities on game nights and during practice.
((MICHELLE BROOKS/NORTHSIDE TRAINER:))
One of those policies has been adapted for application in this are by Patrick Henry high school trainer Tim Bane.
((TIM BANE/PATRICK HENRY TRAINER:))
Anything that's 3 miles or closer, or 15 seconds away indicates that it's time to get the athletes off the field to safe shelter.
But that call is up to the referee, and earlier this summer Bane met with the members of southwent Virginia official's association to not only clear the air but the field. ))
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And if you're a coach or recreation league director you can get a copy of the lightning policy by sendng a stamped self addressed envelope to PH at this address.
2102 Grandin Road, Roanoke, Virgnia 24015
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As baseball players Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chase a home run record -- is all the frenzy creating new fans of baseball?
Tina Tenret hit the Roanoke City Market to find out.
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[IN Q=You have to be]
((PHIL FALL: YOU HAVE TO BE INTERESTED IN IT. IT'S HISTORY.))
[OUT Q=it's history]
Mark McGwire has 59 home runs so far this season -- Sammy Sosa's only three behind.
Close enough to touch the 61-home-run record held by Roger Maris for almost four decades.
[IN Q=Sir are you]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SAMMY SOSA AND MARK MCGWIRE? NO I DON'T. NOT AT ALL. I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO THEY ARE.))
[OUT Q=who they are]
But sporting goods stores are suddenly seeing baseball rookies, hungry for a taste of the fever.
[IN Q=Just kind of]
((WILL EADES/GREENFIELDS: JUST KIND OF YOUR RANDOM PERSON THAT DOESN'T REALLY NECESSARILY KNOW MUCH ABOUT BASEBALL JUST COMING IN AND WANTING TO KNOW WHO'S THIS GUY HITTING ALL THE HOME RUNS, WHAT'S HIS NAME? MARK WHO? THEY DON'T KNOW WHO IT IS BUT THEY KNOW IT'S HAPPENING AND THEY WANT TO SEE IT.))
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[IN Q=I don't think]
((JIMMY EVANS: I DON'T THINK SO. THEY MIGHT CHECK IN ONCE IN A WHILE AND SEE WHO'S AHEAD BUT I DON'T THINK IT'LL MAKE ANYONE WATCH THE WHOLE GAME.))
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[IN Q=Has it gotten]
((HAS IT GOTTEN YOU MORE INTERESTED IN THE GAME AT ALL? DANIELLE PERILLAT: NO! NOT AT ALL. I WON'T BE WATCHING IT AT ALL EVER!))
Mark McGwire has 23 more games left -- Sosa has 22.
Their teams play against each other on Labor Day.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke.))