A plane heading to Roanoke never makes it, instead crashing near I-81.
Did someone set a fire today in Southwest Roanoke? The home owner says yes.
Plus a Grammy preview.
And the Express loses the battle of two of the hottest teams in the East Coast.
News 7 is next.
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A plane on the way to Roanoke spins out of control near Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County.
Three Baltimore men are in local hospitals tonight after their
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twin-engine aircraft plummeted into a field in the Fairfield community of Rockbridge.
Scott Goldberg was at the crash site, where people who saw the wreckage were amazed nobody was killed on impact.
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(( It was around lunchtime Tuesday when the plane's pilot radioed for help.
59-year-old Charles Oliver from Bel Air, Maryland, said both of his plane's engines had failed.
He tried to make an emergency landing on Interstate-81, but the plane spun out of control.
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((TROOPER HAMILTON: FAR AS WE CAN TELL, IT FLIPPED END OVER END BEFORE WE GOT IT STOPPED.))
It landed next to the highway, on a farm in Rockbridge County's Decatur area.
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Judy Knous rushed outside after she heard what she thought was a car accident.
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((KNOUS: IT WAS A LOUD BOOM...LOUDER THAN NORMAL.))
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After rescue crews cut open the plane, they took the two passengers to Stonewell Jackson Hospital in Lexington.
Thirty-six-year-old Daniel Luby of Abingdon, Maryland, is still there, said to be stable.
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Fifty-nine-year-old William Herb of Lutherville, Maryland, also stable, was transported to Roanoke Memorial hospital.
The pilot -- who owned the plane -- is in serious condition at Roanoke Memorial.
Back at the crash site, a rescue worker said the three men were lucky they got help right away or they could've frozen to death...others were amazed they survived when their plane was ripped apart.
It could take weeks before investigators know for sure what caused the plane to go down.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Rockbridge County.
A Roanoke landlord says someone burned his house down today -- but no one was hurt.
Tina Tenret has details.
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(( The house at 905 Patterson Avenue is totally destroyed.
It took firefighters less than an hour to put out the fire.
The house had three apartments -- no one was home so no one was hurt.
Two residents ran in to save their dogs.
The landlord says he stopped by to talk to an evicted tenant then drove off.
Five minutes later, he says, his house was in flames.
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((BILL LANGE/LANDLORD: THERE'S NO GAS ON UPSTAIRS. THERE'S NO GAS ON DOWNSTAIRS. TO HAVE A FIRE LIKE THAT BEING SET AND IGNITED WITH BIG FLAMES LIKE THAT I JUST WANT A FIRE MARSHAL TO INVESTIGATE BECAUSE I THINK MAYBE IT WAS TORCHED OR IT WAS GASOLINE FOR THE FIRE TO START THAT FAST.))
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But that evicted tenant, Michael Harbor, says the gas WAS on in the house.
He says the furnace upstairs was faulty.
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((MICHAEL HARBOR/TENANT: WE SMELLED SOMETHING FUNNY IN THAT HOUSE. I SMELLED IT BUT COULDN'T SEE IT SO THEREFORE I DON'T KNOW BUT I SMELLED SOMETHING. I USUALLY LEAVE MY STOVE ON WHEN I'M GONE BUT I DIDN'T DO THAT TODAY, BECAUSE I SMELLED SOMETHING, SO I TURNED EVERYTHING OFF AND WE CAME ON OUT OF THE HOUSE.))
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Fire officials say they don't know the cause of the fire or even where it started, but they will start investigating.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke))
Both Northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County are now open at the site of a deadly pileup Sunday.
One lane was closed earlier today because of soil contaminated by hundreds of gallons of spilled diesel fuel.
And one northbound lane will be closed tomorrow morning for guardrail repair.
But even though visible signs of the crash are quickly fading from the highway...
The images are still affecting rescue workers.
Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom to tell us how they deal with situations like this.
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Jean, rescue workers see and hear things most of us, hopefully, NEVER will...
They deal with it by turning to each other.
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((It's bad enough from a distance... but rescue workers, the first on the accident scene... deal with the wreckage, and the victims... up close and face to face.
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((CAPT. DAMON WOODY/GLASGOW LIFESAVING CREW; YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT IT, YOU'RE PUMPED UP FOR THIS CALL, YOU ANSWER THIS CALL, AND IT'S NOT TILL THE CALL'S FINISHED THAT THE EMOTIONAL PART... BECAUSE LET'S FACE IT, WE'RE HUMAN TOO. ))
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So after a call like this... they meet with members of the Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing Team.
Team director Edward Tillman helps them deal with the delayed emotional impact.
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((EDWARD TILMAN/DEBRIEFING TEAM DIRECTOR; TO REDUCE WHAT WOULD END UP BEING POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, WHICH WE SAW SO MUCH IN THE VIETNAM VETERANS, SO EARLY INTERVENTION, TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR FEELINGS ARE NORMAL, WHAT THEY'RE GOING THROUGH IS NORMAL, IT'S A RESPONSE TO AN ABNORMAL SITUATION. ))
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The meetings are private... participants are given a safe and supportive environment to express their feelings.
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((CAPT. DAMON WOODY/GLASGOW LIFESAVING CREW; YOU GET HELP TO THE PERSON, THEY DON'T KEEP IT INSIDE. IF THEY CAN GET OUT OUT, IT'S BETTER FOR THEM.. IT'S BETTER FOR THEIR FAMILIES... ))
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Tilman also hopes it helps prevent some volunteer rescue workers from burning out after too many stressful calls.
Just two miles North of the site of Sunday's crash,
drivers were having problems in the Southbound lanes of I-81.
A truck driver ran off the roadway and flipped.
No serious injuries were reported.
Interstate-81 is a vital artery through western Virginia...
But recent accidents are spurring the search to make it a safer place to drive.
A regional meeting on interstate safety was scheduled before Sunday's pile-up in Rockbridge County.
But officials say the most recent deaths highlight the urgency of the issue.
Virginia Transportation Commissioner David Gehr (gear) says construction now in the planning stages will make the biggest difference.
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((DAVID GEHR/VA. TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER: THE CONSTRUCTION IS REALLY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WHETHER IT'S THE ULTIMATE CONSTRUCTION OR SOME INTERIM CONSTRUCTION WHICH WE HAVE SOME UNDERWAY NOW. POSSIBLY PROVIDING SOME ADDITIONAL TRUCK CLIMBING LANES AND THAT SORT OF THING. WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT WHAT TECHNOLOGY CAN DO.))
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Other ideas include separating car and truck traffic, improving drivers education and stepping up law enforcement.
The impeachment trial of President Clinton will begin on Thursday.
Senate leaders confirmed that today-
But that's the only sure thing-
The rest is up in the air including how long the trial will last, whether witnesses will be called and whether the President will ever face a verdict.
((SEN. TRENT LOTT/MAJORITY LEADER: I'M GONNA DO MY BEST TO MAKE SURE THAT WE COMPLETE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY, UNDER THE RULES OF THE SENATE THAT WE COME TO A CONCLUSIONS THAT IS FAIR AND QUICK ALSO.))
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Meanwhile, house Republicans have endorsed Illinois Congressman Dennis Hastert to become next Speaker of the House.
He's expected to officially become speaker when the full house votes tomorrow.
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A busy street in downtown Roanoke was shut down today because of a water main break.
Franklin Road is still closed between 2nd and 3rd streets, so crews can repair the broken main.
Without water, the Federal Building closed at mid-afternoon.
The city hopes to re-open Franklin Road sometime overnight.
Another day of school cancellations and delays tomorrow due to icy roadways.
You will find the latest information along the bottom of your screen.
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And a reminder that you can also check out school information on our internet web site.
Just call up our home page, WDBJ-7-DOT-COM, and click on "Weather Cancellations."
For the latest information tomorrow, make sure to watch News 7 Mornin'.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still ahead, a Southside teen is charged with stabbing a family member.
And Salem's city manager pulls a video tape of a city council meeting out of the public library.
We'll tell you why when News 7 returns.
((Good evening everybody this is Mike Stevens on a hectic Tuesday night. PH and Fleming go at it at the Salem Civic Center.
A former PH looks to play well in Providence.
The Express tries to weather the Toledo Storm, and Three diamond gems make the hall of fame tonight on News 7 sports.))
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A Salem group says it's free speech rights are being infringed upon by the city government.
Citizens to Maintain Elizabeth Campus Green Space donated three video tapes of city council meetings regarding the property's rezoning issue to the public library.
The city manager had the tapes removed, saying the library was not a clearinghouse.
But Frank Munley says it's only the content of the tapes that Smith doesn't want citizens to see.
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((FRANK MUNLEY/ELIZABETH CAMPUS ADVOCATE; WE'RE EXPLORING EVERY POSSIBLE PATH WE CAN TAKE TO TRY AND KEEP THE LAND GREEN. EVEN IF WE FAIL FOR THE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY, THERE WILL BE OTHER HEARINGS HELD ON THE OTHER INDUSTRIES AND WE WILL BE PART OF THOSE HEARINGS.))
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Munley's first priority is to have the tapes returned to the library.
A 16-year old in Halifax County has been charged with stabbing a family member.
The Sheriff's Office says the stabbing happened last night in a home on Hudson Road in the (Vir-jill-eyena) Virgilina community.
The unnamed juvenile allegedly stabbed 44-year old Larry Wilson in the chest... He's recovering in the Halifax Regional Hospital.
Relief funds for victims of Hurricane Mitch got a boost from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.
Bishop Walter Sullivan announced today --
that over two-hundred thousand dollars in emergency assistance is on the way to Central America.
The Christian Children's Fund and The SHARE Foundation will also receive contributions.
Bishop Sullivan says the funds are the largest amount ever raised in a special emergency assistance collection.
Nearly 175 jobs are on the way to the city of Radford.
Aspen Motion Technologies is preparing to locate in Radford's Shell building.
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From Shania Twain to Madonna- women make a big showing in this years' Grammy nominees.
And one man from Southwest Virginia sings his way to a nomination- All the grammy news when we come back.
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Women on the cutting edge of popular music are among the top nominees for the 1999 Grammys- and there's also a nominee from Southwest Virginia.
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((THAT THING THAT THING. THAT THING.
Lauren Hill from the group the Fugees is nominated for ten grammies this year- for her solo debut album.
For Album of the year it's almost all women, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain and the Group Garbage.
I'M ALL OUT OF FAITH. THIS IS HOW I FEEL.
Newcomer Natalie (Im brew-lia) Imbruglia is up for best new artist of the year up against the Back Street Boys, Dixie Chicks, Andrea Bocelli and Hill.
NATALIE IMBRUGLIA/GRAMMY NOMINEE: IF YOU DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING THEN YOU CAN ONLY BE SUPRISED SO I'M REALLY SUPRISED AND REALLY REALLY GRATEFUL.
The pop group the Goo Goo dolls faired well nominated for song and record of the year- and then there are the familiar nominees Garth Brooks, Celiune Dion and Dave Matthews.
In all there are 92 grammy categories.
IT'S CENTRIFICAL MOTION...... AH...IMPOSSIBLE.))
Southwest Virginia native and Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley is among the artists up for a grammy award this year.
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His latest C-D, Clinch Mountain Country is a collection of duets with other well- known musicians including Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, George Jones, and even Bob Dylan.
Stanley talked about the project in May when he visited Salem radio station WSLC.
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((RALPH STANLEY: EVERYONE THAT CAME TOLD ME IT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THEIR LIFE. AND BOY IT JUST BUILT ME UP. I FELT WONDERFUL.))
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You can catch the Grammy Awards on Your Hometown Station February 24th.
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Fleming-PH hoops highlights from the Carey Dome in Salem.
Plus, the Express get caught in Toledo's Storm.
The Hall of Fame picks up three class acts.
And talk about your quick turnarounds. In tonight's Extra Point, Sports Illustrated hits the newsstands acorss the country tomorrow and the UT Vols are all over the over with Peerless price leading the way.
But right now let's check tonight's scores.
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William Fleming boys and girls teams picked up wins last night in a double-header at the Salem Civic Center.
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The stars came out to take in the hoop action our own Roy Stanley taking the night off to study the game.
Fleming with the quick passes around the perimeter, number 10, Nick Harrington pulls up and sinks the three.
P-H comes right back Gubbie Ferrell wrestles for the rebound and then finds the Patriots' number 10. Mike Peery is all net for three.
Patrick Henry on the move again, Tyson Hawkins looks to Ray Johnson--Johnson with the dribble knocks it off the glass.
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But the Colonels overcome the Patriots and run away with this contest 55-to-39.
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The Lady Patriots set the tone for Patrick Henry teams in the first game of the night.
Fleming uses good ball movement to get the ball to Teontae' Henderson for the "J."
But P-H didn't give up the fight, Tanisha Durham finds Keeda Hale all alone underneath for the easy two.
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The Lady Colonels are just too powerful Shaunarey Walker fakes out the "D" and Fleming beats P-H 53-to-28.
The icy roads and school closings kept a number of teams from playing last night, however, GW Danville hammered Person County 74-to-57 and Jerian Younger scores 21.
The other defending state champ, Liberty beat Staunton River 94-to-46. Lord Botetourt topped Salem by 2. And Galax whipe Rocky Gap. And Heritage beat Rustburg by 11.
The Express fell to Toledo last night 3-2 in a shootout. But there were many positves that came out of the loss. Steve Mason tells us how Roanoke did so much more than just stay a float in a Red Storm Rising.
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With Scott Gordon absent for his wife's birth of their first child, Perry Florio joined Tony Mancuso and Calvin Alfring in new Express roles. Dave Gagnon and others have already played the part Gordon assumes. and parenting beats a loss anytime.
Florio took over with some help from Mancuso, who made sure the D-lines changed up.
The Express took the games first lead on Nicholas Windsor's goal in the first period.
But the storm would raise the roof and climbed back in to the game to lead 2-1 after two periods.
Tim Chistian would score the game's final regulation goal late in the third. Florio divised his shootout plan that came up just short, but tthe Express family is a little bigger and better on this night.
In the Big East tonight the West Virginia Mountaineers lost to a tough one to Providence in overtime.
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Former PH Star Brooks Berry would sink this free throw with four minutes to go to get the Mountaineers within a bucket.
It looked like Providence would win in regulation, but with time running out Jarett Kearse would throw up a running 30 footer and make it to send the game to overtime tied at 69-all.
He led all scorers with 31, but Providence is able to win it in OT 90-to-87.
Virginia Tech is back in action tomorrow night at the Cassell hosting Xavier at 8.
Still to come tonight, some college football notes for you, plus
George Brett and two other former Big League get a ticket to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
On the baseball front, the hall of fame welcomed a trio of former stars to its ranks today.
Nolan Ryan, the greatest power pitcher of all-time received the second highest number of votes ever. He was named on just under 99 percent of the ballots.
Ryan had 5714 strikeouts and seven no hitters.
He is joined in this class by the classy George Brett. He was named on 98 percent of the ballots. That's fourth best all-time behind only Ty Cobb, Ryan and Tom Seaver.
The other player to make it in this year is Robin Yount, the two-time american league MVP for the Brewers.
This is the biggest class of first time candidates to get in the baseball Hall of Fame since Babe Ruth and four others entered the hall in the first year of the process back in 1936.
Carlton Fisk, the former Sox catcher missed making it by 43 votes.
The Tennessee Vols are on top of the football world in more ways than one tonight.
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The Vols beat Florida State 23-to-16 to finish the season with a perfect 13-and-0 record.
The Vols were unanimous picks as number one in both the Associated Press and USA today polls.
Florida State slipped to third in both polls. Ohio State finished second.
The Virginia Cavaliers finished 18th in both the final Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls.
Virginia Tech finished 19th in the coaches' poll and 23rd in the AP.
In both cases, the Hokies were ranked higher than Syracuse.
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Miami also finished up in the top 25 in both polls, but the Canes will be losing one of their top players.
Edgerin James says he will give up his senior year and enter the April NFL draft.
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