Next on News Seven, family members say he stalked his victim for weeks--now
police are looking for a North Carolina man they say killed a Roanoke woman in
front of her relatives.
Also one year later victims of last June's flooding say they still need
In Sports, 50 thousand dollars..it's up for grabs at the Roanoke valley
Horse Show, Roy Stanley takes us on a motocross racing tour, Dan's the man in
Atlanta, plus diamond highlights.
Quite a scorcher for this first weekend of summer.
The heat wave continues for the next few days--
We'll have the forecast.
A Roanoke woman was shot and killed this morning.
Now authorities have enlisted the help of State Police and the F-B-I to find
the alleged shooter, the woman's ex-boyfriend.
23-year-old Robin A. Williams was shot around seven this morning outside her
Loudon Avenue home.
Family members say her ex-boyfriend 23-year-old Aquilia Barnette allegedly
shot his way into the house.
Williams' mother and several children were also home at the time.
They say they were the first to be threatened by Barnette.
IN Q=About that time
((REV. JAMES L. GILL/FAMILY FRIEND: ABOUT THAT TIME THE GIRL CAME DOWN THE
STEPS AND HEAR THE COMMOTION. AND SHE SAID "WHAT'S GOING ON." THEN HER MOTHER
TOLD HER TO RUN.))
SUPER=01-Rev. James L. Gill/Family Friend;
OUT Q=told her to run
Williams apparently fled the house.
Police say Barnette caught up with her at ninth and Loudon.
Investigators say he was trying to force her back in the house when he shot
her once in the chest.
Family members tell News 7 Barnette had been stalking Williams for months.
Police report Barnette is suspected of setting Williams' apartment on fire
back in April.
Barnette is from Charlotte, North Carolina and police think he may be headed
Barnette is five-six, 140 pounds.
He has brown eyes and black hair.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans and no shirt.
Police say he may be driving a blue Honda with North Carolina plates.
The last three digits read 4-6-5.
Anyone with information is asked to call Roanoke City Police.
Autopsy results show a Virginia college student killed outside Philadelphia
died from at least three strong blows to the head.
22 year old Aimee Willard was a standout athlete in women's lacrosse and
soccer--number 20--at George Mason University in Fairfax.
Willard was from the Philadelphia area, and her body was found in a suburb
of that city Thursday.
Police say she had been severely beaten. Her blood-stained car was found
nearby, still running.
Investigators say they have a number of leads and expect to make an arrest
in the case.
A young Roanoke boy says he was roughed up by police earlier this week in
the Hurt Park area.
9-year-old Jawward Saunders says he injured his head Thursday as police
forced him into a police cruiser and began questioning him.
Saunders' mother later took her son to hospital where he received stitches.
Now a local community group has become involved, with members maintaining
police acted without reason.
But they say this is not new in black neighborhoods.
IN Q=They disrespect the
((JEANETTE MANNS/SCLC REPRESENTATIVE: THEY DISRESPECT THE YOUNG MEN UP THERE
THEY GO TO THEM AND PAT THEM DOWN AND TELL THEM THEY KNOW THAT THEY ARE SELLING
DRUGS. IF YOU SEE ME THERE AND KNOW THAT I'VE COMMITTED A CRIME THEN PICK ME
UP. BUT IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN ME COMMIT A CRIME DON'T BOTHER ME. THE
HARRASSMENT MUST STOP.))
SUPER=01-Jeanette Manns/SCLC Representative;
OUT Q=harrassment must stop.
No one from the Roanoke police department was available for comment today.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Habitat for Humanity expands its reach in our region-- The next new house
will go up in Bedford City. But first let's check in with Kimberly.
wx ad lib
It was a hot day to say the least--
If you were outside-- the best place to be was in a swimming pool.
Let's take a look at some of the scorching temperatures around the area...
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Nearly a year ago flood waters ravaged one Roanoke City neighborhood.
The Garden City Task Force formed shortly thereafter.
Now the committee is waiting for a grant which could help prevent many
families from experiencing that type of devastation again.
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=Last June
SUPER=04-Home Video-June 28, 1995;
SUPER=01-Greg Reed/Roanoke City Civil Engineer; :31
SUPER=01-Dennis Tinsley/Garden City Resident; :43
OUT Q=News 7
Last June four inches of rain fell in Roanoke in just a little over an hour.
The already saturated ground and high creeks couldn't hold the additional
Garden City residents experienced the worst flooding that neighborhood has
In the year since, eight residents have been working with city officials.
The Garden City Task Force is seeking a two million dollar grant from
federal disaster authorities.
This money would be used to buy OUT 42 homes and businesses along Garden
SOT tape 1 10:27:05
IN Q=it's a large
((GREG REED/CIVIL ENGINEER: IT'S A LARGE PROJECT THAT HAS NOT BEEN DONE IN
REGION THREE. FEMA IS DIVIDED INTO THREE REGIONS. REGION THREE IN
PHILADELPHIA, THIS WILL BE THEIR FIRST HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT.))
OUT Q=HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT
SOT TAPE 1 13:28:00
IN Q=IT'S BEEN
((DENNIS TINSLEY/GARDEN CITY RESIDENT: IT'S BEEN A JOINT EFFORT. IT ISN'T THE
RESIDENTS TELLING THE CITY WHAT TO DO IT'S RESIDENT AND CITY OFFICIALS WORKING
OUT Q=WORKING TOGETHER
The federal government subsidizes flood insurance.
Reed says in certain cases the government finds it cost effective to buyout
properties prone to flooding.
The buyouts are voluntary.
Reed says a questionnaire sent to Garden City residents show that many are
willing to sell.
SOT tape 1 10:29:07
IN Q=the indication
((REED: THE INDICATION IS IT WILL BE FAIR MARKET VALUE BEFORE THE FLOOD OF
OUT Q=OF EACH HOME
The application for the federal grant is just one part of the task force's
10 phase proposal.
STAND UP TAPE 2 14:04:04
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: THE GARDEN CITY TASK FORCE EXPECTS TO HEAR FROM FEMA BY
THE END OF THE SUMMER. THAT'S WHEN THEY'LL KNOW IF FEMA WILL FUND THE
MITIGATION PROJECT AND HOW MUCH MONEY IT WILL GRANT FOR HOUSE REMOVAL. TASK
FORCE MEMBERS SAY IF THE MONEY IS AWARDED TO THE GARDEN CITY PROJECT PROPERTY
BUYOUTS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.
The Bedford Chapter of Habitat for Humanity hopes to improve some of the
city's neighborhoods by turning vacant lots into homes for families.
The group has been working for several years to raise the money for their
Today they broke ground for their first TWO homes.
IN Q=we hope that
((REV. SARA HUDSON/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: WE HOPE THAT IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS
TO COME WE WILL BE ABLE TO IMPROVE PROPERTY IN BEDFORD AND TAKE SOME OF THE
VACANT AND CONDEMNED HOUSES AND IMPROVE THOSE LOTS BUT BUILDING HABITAT
SUPER=01-Rev. Sara Hudson/Habitat For Humanity;
OUT Q=building habitat houses
The Strawberry Association and Southern Baptist Churches in the Bedford area
helped make these houses possible.
Habitat For Humanity helps people who normally couldn't afford to build a
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Stay with us--straight ahead on News 7 at Six--
There's nothing like a refreshing dip in the pool on a sizzling hot summer
But the neighborhood's favorite gathering place could also be dangerous for
SOT 5:30 Pool Safety Tape#1
IN Q=If you think
(( IF YOU THINK SAFETY YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE SORRY. IF YOU FORGET FOR FOUR
MINUTES YOU COULD LOSE YOUR CHILD.))
OUT Q=lose your child
MUSIC UP FULL
It's the first official weekend of summer.
When the temperature hits 90, most people want to hit the water-
But before you do, Jean Jadhon reports you should remember some safety tips
that could save a life.
IN Q=The cool water
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Nancy Warren/Water Safety Instructor; :12
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke."
(( The cool water on a hot day. It's hard to resist- but before you take the
plunge- take a minute to remember the pool can be dangerous.
THE BIG BLUE WATER TOY. EVERYONE LOOKS AT THE POOL AND SAYS OH THE BIG BLUE
WATER TOY... HAS DANGERS ATTACKED TO IT. LIFE THREATENING DANGERS.
Prevention is key to avoiding trouble. For starters, know your limits.
If you did not swim over the winter, you've lost half of what you could do
at the end of last summer. So If you swam ten laps then, start with five now.
Same goes for kids.
If someone does need help, know the basics.
IF SOMONE'S IN TROUBLE THE NATURAL INSTINCT IS TO JUMP IN AFTER THEM. THAT
SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT. A BETTER OPTION: THROW THEM SOMETHING LIKE THIS RED
CROSS CERTIFIED RESCUE TUBE.
If the victim is close enough extend anything you can, a beach towel or
pole... and pull the person in.
Your best bet- swim at a pool with lifeguards, But don't count on them to
watch your kids. With a full pool- they can not see everything.
ACCIDENTS HAPPIN IN A THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE AND THEY'RE GONE.
Four to six minutes under water and a child can be brain dead.
And don't count on swimmies or water wings- They are not considered
protection. It even says so the product.
So if you're going swimming remember, Safety, Prevention and paying
IF YOU WATCH, IF YOU PAY ATTENTION IF YOU DO EVERYTHING RIGHT YOU MAY TAKE A
CHILD HOME. IF YOU DON'T YOU WONT))
YOU'RE BETTING YOUR CHILD'S LIFE AND IT'S NOT WORTH IT.))
Find out more about water safety at the pool or lake, along with ways to
keep food safe at barbeques this summer- Join Jean for On Record tomorrow
morning at eleven here on WDBJ-7.
The grand prix takes center stage at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show, Miller
400 2nd round qualifying to come,
and Roy Stanley breaks down a growing, high flying sport close to home.
Sports is next.
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show goes out in style tonight with the 50
thousand dollar Gran Prix.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Year; :00
The stakes this year are the highest yet, with over 200 thousand dollars at
stake throughout the entire horse how. The winner of the grand prix tonight
pockets 15 thousand with second banking 11 grand.
((JUNE CAMPER/HORSE SHOW CO-CHAIRMAN:))
SUPER=01-June Camper/Horse Show Co-Chairman; :00
OUT Q=...top horse"
There are 35 total entries that must go through 2 heats. In the second, the
jump off, the top riders and horses from the first heat are judged by number of
faults and on time, and the fences are high.
OUT Q=...have to make"
The National Hockey League draft was the talk of the town in St. Louis
today..and so was an 18 year old.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO; :00
Chris Phillips, the 7th rated defenseman on the Canada national junior
team was the top pick. He goes to the Ottawa Senators. the 6'2" 200 pounder is
the total package, he's strong, mobile, tough smart, skilled and a leader.
Russian Andrei Zyuzin was the second overall pick. He is also a defender
and goes to the san Jose Sharks.
GRAPHIC=Michigan International Raceway
Every single Winston Cup driver made the field in second round qualifying
for tomorrow's Miller 400...that's because there were 40 entries for 40 spots.
NASCAR historians don't remember any other time when every competitor stood on
the previous days' speed. Here's a look at the field.
SUPER=400-26/Darrell Waltrip/181.593/27/Ken Schrader/28/Bobby Hillin/29/Kyle
SUPER=401-31/Wally Dallenbach/32/Ernie Irvan/33/Hut Stricklin/34/Ward
SUPER=401-36/Dave Marcis/37/Johnny Benson/38/Loy Allen/39/Todd Bodine/40/Jimmy
To the diamond where bad things came in three's today for the Kansas City
Royals. The Baltimore Orioles hit 3 homers in their last at bat for a come from
behind win over KC.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Royals vs. Orioles; :00
The Birds were trailing 3-nothing and had only 2 hits off the Royals Tim
Belcher after 8 innings. Rafael Palmeiro followed a Roberto Alomar double with
this two run homer, 3-2 KC.
Bobby Bonilla then smacked this solo shot off reliever Jeff Montgomery to tie
the game at 3 all.
With two outs, Mark Smith connects on the game winner. a two run blast to
win the game, O's 5-3.
The Olympic trials continued today from Atlanta Stadium and many eyes were
focused on Dan O'Brien.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/ESPN; :00
Before the 1992 games, O'Brien was touted as one of the two best
Decathletes in the world; destined for a medal. But he did not MAKE the
Olympics because he failed in the Pole vault. 4 years later, He tried
again...and he makes it!!! to the relief of the stadium audience.
What started as a way for a little family fun has now turned into the newest
Motorcross track in the area.
Roy Stanley has this report.
IN Q="Four years
SUPER=01-Betty Martin/Track Owner; :22
SUPER=01-Marty Carr/C Rider; 1:01
SUPER=07-Greg "Hippie" Price; 1:11
OUT Q= .........sports(dissolve out of Video)
((Four Years ago Betty and Richard Martin turned a part of their property in
Willis into a small motocross practice track for their son.
The Martins never dreamed of racing the track but that changed. Several
riders from the area started showing up and now the Martins run the Powerline
((BETTY MARTIN/TRACK OWNER: ))
((The Track is not sanctioned by the A-M-A but once a month 20 to 25 B and C
riders show up to race.
The track is a mile long and it features several interesting jumps and the
Martins are always making the necessary changes.
A small fee is charged on race day but the majority of that is returned to
the drivers as prize money.
And prize money is not important to the riders that show up at the track on
((MARTY CARR/C RIDER: ))
((GREG "HIPPIE" PRICE/C RIDER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))