Up next on News 7 at 6, the search for John F. Kennedy Junior continues, we'll have reaction in Roanoke from a Kennedy family body guard and family friend.
And the latest on the shooting death of a murder suspect in Campbell County last night.
In sports, the commonwelath games continue, we will check out some basketball among other sports, a suprise at the British open,
and Jan Tana will speak for the competitors and the older bodybuilders who know Arnold Swartzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver.
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The search for John F. Kennedy Junior continues tonight, after a plane carrying Kennedy, his wife and sister-in-law disappeared near Martha's Vineyard.
Cathy Moss has the latest.
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((HOPES OF FINDING THE PLANE CARRYING JOHN F-KENNEDY JUNIOR, HIS WIFE
CAROLYN AND HER SISTER LAUREN BESSETTE.. FADED AS COAST GUARD OFFICIALS
CONFIRMED THAT A SUITCASE BELONGING TO LAURENN BESSETTE WAS FOUND ON THE
SHORES OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD.
ALL DAY, SEARCH CREWS USING PLANES, SHIPS AND HELICOPTERS.. SCOURED THE
WATERS OF EASTERN LONG ISLAND.. NORTH TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD.
THE 38 YEAR-OLD KENNEDY WAS BELIEVED TO BE PILOTING THE SINGLE-ENGINE,
PIPER 32 SARATOGA, LIKE THIS ONE.
THE PLANE TOOK OFF LAST NIGHT FROM CALDWELL, NEW JERSEY AT 8:38 P-M..
HEADED FOR MARTHA'S VINEYARD TO DROP OFF LAUREN BESSETTE. KENNEDY AND
HIS WIFE WERE TO HAVE CONTINUED ONTO HYANNISPORT FOR THE WEDDING OF
ROBERT KENNEDY'S DAUGHTER, RORY.
THE PLANE WAS EXPECTED TO LAND IN MARTHA'S VINEYARD AT 10, BUT IT NEVER
ARRIVED. THE F-A-A SAYS IT SHOWED UP ON RADAR AT 9:39 DURING ITS FINL
APPROACH TO THE VINEYARD, BUT SAID KENNEDY NEVER TALKED TO AIR TRAFFIC
FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAD ALREADY GATHERED IN HYANNISPORT FOR THE WEDDING..
INSTEAD PRAYED FOR THEIR MISSING LOVED ONES.
(SOT) Brian O'Connor/Kennedy Family Spokesperson
"The prayers were about hope for the people that are not present and
prayers for the family."
THE KENNEDY FAMILY HAS SUFFERED ENDLESS TRAGEDIES.. FROM THE
ASSASSINATIONS OF PRESIDENT JOHN F-KENNEDY AND SENATOR ROBERT
F-KENNEDY.. TO THE SKIING DEATH OF MICHAEL KENNEDY IN 19-97.
JFK-JUNIOR IS FOUNDING EDITOR OF GEORGE MAGAZINE. HE MARRIED CAROLYN
BESSETTE IN SEPTEMBER 1996.. A FORMER PUBLICIST FOR DESIGNER CALVIN
(STANDUP) "President Clinton who is in Camp David, Maryland was told
about the disappearance of the Kennedy plane.. shortly after 7 am this
morning. Press Secretary Joe Lockhart said in a statement, 'All our
prayers and thoughts are with the families of those on board."))
Arnold Schwartzenegger cancelled plans to visit a Roanoke's Jan Tana Body-building competition today, to be with his wife, Maria Shriver, John F. Kennedy Junior's cousin.
But Schwartzenegger and Shriver's bodyguard IS in town, and was stunned by the news.
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CBS will continue coverage of the search tonight, with a one hour special report scheduled for 8:00.
Campbell County authorities say a deputy appeared to have acted properly when he shot and killed a murder suspect during a confrontation last night.
Steve Smallshaw tells us this is the first incident of its kind in Campbell County in more than twenty years.
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(( Authorities say 29- year- old Farrakhan Ali Wright apparently came to the Pines Village apartments Friday night with murder on his mind.
Police say Wright kicked in the door of his ex- girlfriend's apartment and began stabbing her... 22- year- old Keandra Denise Carter fled from her home, but Wright chased her down and continued his attack on the front lawn.
That's when Campbell County deputies Lee Owen and Kevin Schmitt arrived on the scene..
Owen and Schmitt ordered Wright to drop the knife.. Wright refused and first tried to cut his own throat, then charged at Schmitt with the weapon raised.
((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: SERGEANT SCHMITT FIRED MORE THAN ONE SHOT, HITTING THE SUSPECT AT LEAST TWICE, BEFORE THE SUSPECT FELL TO THE GROUND.))
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In fact, Sergeant Schmitt fired FIVE times.. the bullet casings littering the parking lot near his squad car.
Both Wright and Carter were pronounced dead at the scene.. police do NOT believe Carter, who suffered multiple stab wounds, was hit by any of the deputy's gunfire.
The suspect WAS wearing surgical gloves.. an indication, Maxey says, that he was there for a purpose.
((MAXEY: I CAN'T THINK OF ANY LEGITIMATE REASON.. .. PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.))
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Maxey says several witnesses back up the deputy's version of the shooting.. both have been placed on administrative leave while state police conduct an investigation.
Autopsies will be performed next week.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))[Roanoke-Murder]
Roanoke city police have arrested and charged 18 year old Brandon D Porter of Roanoke with the murder of Victor Anderson.
Thursday night police responded to gun shots on Hunt Avenue in Northwest Roanoke.
When they arrived on the scene they found Anderson with a gun shot wound in the side of his head by a semi automatic pistol.
Anderson died Friday morning.
Apparently Porter and Anderson had previous confrontations.
Porter is being held in the Roanoke City Jail without bond.
A 19-year-old boy is facing a first degree murder charge in the shooting death of a Galax man. It happened last night around 11:45.
Officials say 36-year-old James Edward Thornton of Middleton Street, Galax was found dead at the scene after he being shot in his car and losing control of the vehicle.
He then hit a house on Country Club Lane and the car caught fire as a result of the wreck.
Tradon Marquez Drayton was arrested and is being held without bond until a hearing on July 21.
No motive has been established and investigation is continuing.
It's the first of its kind for Southwest, Virginia...a 25-hundred square foot game center.
The new Star City Comics and Games facility opened today.
The game center will be used to host tournaments and organized play for various card games.
As part of the grand opening the center hosted a tournament using the card game"Magic the Gathering".
The goal of the game is to reduce your competitors score from 20 to 0 through a series of attacks and defense moves.
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((PETE HOEFLING/STAR CITY COMICS AND GAMES OWNER: WHAT IT DOES IS TAKES THE BLUFFING SKILL OF A CARD GAME SUCH AS POKER AND MERGERS TOGETHER A STRATEGY GAME LIKE CHESS AND IT JUST USES CARDS AS OPPOSED TO PIECES.))
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More than a hundred people turned out to compete in tournament.
Hoefling hopes the game center will eventually host video game and computer game tournaments.
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Coming up in this week's business review...find out why
some furniture companies in Henry County are feeling the heat from the EPA..
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Investigators are taking a hard look at Henry County furniture makers.
And a struggling nursing home calls it quits.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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(( This week on the Review ...
It started at Stanley Furniture ... then the Environmental Protection Agency added Hooker and Bassett.
In two days the EPA announced it's investigating each of Henry County's big three furniture companies where faulty boilers might have polluted the air.
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The Franklin County nursing home that's been in critical financial condition is giving up its fight.
Franklin Manor is shutting down, saying it has lost 50-thousand dollars each month this year.
Some employees are under investigation for sexual abuse and not giving residents their medicine.
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Could a new passenger rail service come rolling into town?
That's what a new study recommends.
Transportation officials are asking Virginia to come up with nine million dollars, paying for train routes between Bristol and Washington, and between Roanoke and Richmond.
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First Union had already lowered earnings expectations twice this year.
So it wasn't a surprise when the Charlotte bank announced second quarter profits were down 9-point-three percent from last year.
The nation's sixth biggest bank said it won't close any more branches or lay off any more workers.
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It was another record-breaking week on Wall Street.
The Dow climbed 16-points to a record 11-thousand-209.
The Nasdaq's new all-time high is 28-64.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
It was a busy week for the Senate and House...Coming up we'll take a look at some of the bills passed.
And AEP employees are all charged up for a different kind of rodeo.. and this time the power is generated by the linemen.
The House and Senate had a busy week.
Here's Virginia's senators and western Virginia's congressmen voted on some of the issues that came up.
The Senate took up a bill to give patients more help in challenging decisions by HMO's.
The final version passed 53 to 47.
Democrat Chuck Robb voted against it. Republican John Warner was for it.
The House decided to give itself a pay raise of 46-hundred dollars per member.
The vote was 276 to 147.
Democrat Rick Boucher was for it, as was Republican Bob Goodlatte.
Democrat Virgil Goode voted against it.
The House also passed a bill designed to protect religious freedom in cases where it might come in conflict with other civil rights.
That bill passed 306 to 118
Rick Boucher voted no.
Goode and Goodlatte voted yes.
It's a competition designed to demonstrate craftmanship, physical ability, and safety skills.
I'ts called the American Electric Power line mechanics rodeo.
Line mechanics from Abingdon, Pulaski, Rocky Mount, and throughout Virginia came out to participate in the third annual competition.
They climbed poles, repaired power lines, and demonstrated rescuing skills.
There were two categories of competition those working in teams...and those competing alone.
Scoring categories included work performance, equipment handling, and time efficiency.
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((TOM AYRES/AEP MANAGER: IT'S JUST WORKING AS A TEAM, COORDINATING ON THE POLE, MOVING LINES MAKING SURE THEY'RE COVERED UP SAFELY. AND JUST A WHOLE VARIETY OF TASKS THEY ENCOUNTER IN THE REAL WORLD.))
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The winners will go on to competition in the International Rodeo event in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jan Tana speaks on behalf of the older bodybuilders who are deeply saddened for their former rival and his wife, a member of the Kenndy family, the latest from the british open,
and the commonwealth games take the basketball court by storm, the offical word in sports.
The investigation in the possible Kennedy plane crash continues, as does
as does the Jan Tana Bodybuilding and Fitness competition at the Roanoke Civic center, although many of the competitors, who know or know of Arnold Swartzenegger, have been somewhat distracted by today's horrible news.
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[SUPER=01-Jan Tana/Promoter of Jan Tana Classic; :00]
[OUT Q=.....contact with"]
Masters Mr. Olympia competitor Robby Robinson, who is competing tonight in the Jana Tana, made the movie Pumping Iron with Arnold and knows him well. While competition goes on, he and the other athletes thoughts are elsewhere.
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Soccer and Softball are two venues that probably bring in the most athletes to the valley for the Commonwealth Games.
50 soccer teams from 10 and under up to the 19 and under division are represented this weekend.
You can catch the competition at Rivers Edge in Roanoke or Vinyard Park in Vinton.
A record number of softball teams are hitting the diamond for the 10th annual games.
About 140 teams are here in the youth and adult leagues combined.
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The Commonwealth Games continued today featuring many athletes throughout the state.
Intern reporter Cathy Smith finds out where they get all of the officials to run the games.
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If you think finding courts and fields for thousands of games throughout the valley is difficult, just think if you had to schedule referees for these events. The basketball teams alone play 352 games this weekend.
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[SUPER=01-Trace McGeath/Player and Official]
About 75 officials will keep tabs on the 158 teams entered in the basketball tournament. There are 87 men's and 71 women's teams in this years competition.
Look for McGeath's team on the court this weekend. With his experience in two opposite roles on the court, he knows he will be more sympathetic to calls made by the officials. Cathy Smith, News 7 Sports.))
It was a surprising day at the British Open today as Jean Van de Velde put himself in a position to be the first Frenchman to win the Open in 72 years.
A typical windy day at the open, here is the leader JeanVan de Velde on the par 4 7th. He is looking to go one over for the tournament... and he does. Then, Van de Velde off the 13th tee, 169 yards to the pin uses the pitching wedge and this is a beauty. The ball nicks the cup and ends up 6 feet from the hole setting up a birdie.
Things didn't look so bright for Tiger today. He went the entire round without a birdie as he misses this chance here.
He ended with a 74. Van de Velde takes a 5 stroke lead in to the final round of the tournament
In major league baseball today, the Cinncinati Reds won for the 17th time in 23 games, climbing the Rockies 3-2.
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The game would come down to the wire as Larry walker of the Cololado Rockies steps up to the plate with his team down by a run. But he would launch his 26th homer of the season and the game is tied up at 2 all going into the bottom of the
But the hero of the day was the Reds Jefferey hammonds because he clocks a dinger in Cincy's last at bat to give the reds a 3-2 win.
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