State Police says high speed appears to be the cause of a fatal accident in
Bedford County tonight.
Two people were killed and another was seriously injured.
The driver of this red Mazda was traveling north on Route 43 when he lost
control of the car.
IN Q=IT TOPPED THE
((JAMES MULLINS/STATE POLICE: IT TOPPED THE HILLCREST AND WENT AIRBORNE AND
WHILE IN THE AIR IT ROTATED SIDE WAYS AND CAME DOWN IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANE AND
STRUCK THE ON COMING VEHICLE--THE MALIBU--PRETTY MUCH HEAD ON.))
SUPER=01-James Mullins/State Police;
OUT Q=pretty much head on
The two people in the Malibu station wagon died at the scene.
The driver of the Mazda was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The names are not being released until family members have been contacted.
One of the suspects indicted last week in Roanoke-- along with members of
the Abed "crime family"-- says he's a victim, that he's not associated with the
In an exclusive interview with NEWS-7 this afternoon, Ahmad (THEE-ahb) Thiab
said he paid for his own plane ticket from London to Washington, intending to
return to Roanoke to clear his name.
IN Q=I'm here to
((I'M HERE TO PROVE MY INNOCENCE. I'M INNOCENT OF THIS. I HAVE NO CONNECTION
WITH THE FIRE. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE FIRE.))
SUPER=01-Ahmad Thiab/Arson Suspect
OUT Q=about the fire.
We'll hear from Doctor Thiab again in a moment.
But first, Keith Humphry provides some background on the case and tells us
more about the man who bailed out the 49-year old suspect.
IN Q=Robert Khatib put
SUPER=03-Salem/April 1994; :20
SUPER=01-Robert Khatib/Brown Derby Restaurant Owner; :31
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7, Roanoke.
(( Robert Khatib put it all on the line.
The Roanoke restaurateur posted his business property, the Brown Derby
Pancake House, as collateral for a man who's facing up to 40-years in prison.
9:34:15- -audio only
((I WON'T LOSE EVEN ONE MINUTE'S SLEEP.))
Ahmad Thiab is accused of hiring five members of the Abed family to burn
down Mixers Restaurant and Lounge to collect the insurance.
But Khatib doesn't believe Thiab had anything to do with it. He knows the
The racketeering indictment says Abed Jamil Abdeljalil once tried to have
((I KNOW ABDELJALIL. HE THREATENED MY LIFE. HE THREATENED MY BUSINESS. HE
CALLED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT COUPLE OF TIMES DURING MY BUSY HOURS, THAT "I HAVE A
Khatib says he reported every incident over a seven-year period. He still
doesn't know what motivated Abdeljalil.
((I THINK JEALOUSY. HE IS JEALOUS OF ANYBODY. Of your business success?
EXACTLY, BUSINESS SUCCESS OR IF YOU HAVE A NICE SHIRT ON YOUR BACK.))
The government says Abdeljalil even tried to knock off the Brown Derby's
((OFFERED HIM $2,000 TO PUT SOME RAT POISON IN THE BUFFET THREE AND A HALF
It never happened, but he got rid of the buffet for fear that the plot
((Khatib says such tactics are a way of life among businessmen in the Middle
East. He's just happy Abdeljalil is behind bars, for now. Keith Humphry, NEWS
OUT=KH, News 7, Roanoke.))
Ahmad Thiab wonders why the government considers him a suspect, rather than
Thiab was careful not to accuse Abed family members of setting the fire.
He says they were never on good terms.
We do know that Thiab and his business partner bought the restaurant from
IN Q=Right, yeah
((RIGHT. YEAH, AND THIS ACTUALLY LED TO THE BAD RELATIONSHIP THAT WE HAVE.
BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT THEY ARE THE ORIGINAL OWNERS AND THEY LOOK AT ME AND MY
PARTNER AS THOSE PEOPLE OUTSIDERS WHO CAME AND TOOK OVER.
BUT I CANNOT SAY FOR SURE THAT THEY ARE THE ONES WHO DID IT. YOU KNOW IT'S
UNFAIR FOR ME TO ACCUSE PEOPLE.
Somebody set that place on fire, certainly.
THIS IS WHAT THEY TOLD ME. YOU KNOW WHEN IT HAPPENED I WAS IN CANADA.
VISITING WITH MY FAMILY.))
OUT Q=with my family.
He hopes to return to Ottawa while he awaits trial in Roanoke.
A day after undergoing knee surgery, President Clinton is out of bed.
But that doesn't mean he's out of pain.
A White House aide reports the President is now suffering from muscle
Despite that, Clinton expects to leave the Bethesda Naval Medical Center
tomorrow and is still planning to meet with Russian President Boris Yeltsin in
Helsinki on Tuesday.
Clinton tore a tendon in his right knee early yesterday morning... after
stumbling on some stairs.
The situation in Albania seems to grow more dangerous with each day.
In the capital city of Tirana, gunmen fired shots at U- S helicopters...
which were attempting to evacuate Americans from a diplomatic compound.
Despite the opposition, the State Department reports that 431 U- S citizens
have been rescued.
Evacuation efforts will now focus on bringing out non- Americans on a space-
The uprising was sparked by the collapse of high- risk investment schemes
that drained the savings of thousands of Albanians.
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Stay with us, spring cleaning came early to Narrows, thanks to some college
And if you want to avoid the travel troubles that some Virginia students ran
into, stay tuned.
We'll have some tips.
Now let's check in with Andrew.
Get ready for possibly the coldest night we've had since mid-January.
Winter is making one last hurrah before the official start of spring next
A very cold, dry air mass is sitting right on top of us, and the mercury
will drop into the teens and low twenties tonight.
before the chilly forecast, here's .....
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Federal prosecutors are hoping to seek the death penalty against a man
accused of a deadly crime spree from Charlotte to Roanoke.
Last summer, Aquila (uh-quill-ee-uh) Barnette was arrested and charged with
carjacking and murdering a man in North Carolina.
Authorities say he then drove to Roanoke and fatally shot his ex-
girlfriend, Robin Williams.
If the U-S Attorney General approves the capital punishment petition, it
will mark the first time in 8 years that FEDERAL prosecutors in North Carolina
have sought the death penalty.
Authorities say a state trooper acted properly when he shot a man during a
confrontation in Campbell County two months ago.
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./January 3;
18- year- old Brad Jerome Miller was shot once in the shoulder outside
Carpenter's Market January 3rd.
Miller had been on the run from Campbell County authorities when Trooper
Keith Kincaid spotted him and moved in to make the arrest.
Miller reportedly made a threatening move towards the officer, and police
say Kincaid reacted properly when he fired his gun.
Kincaid has since been restored to active duty.
A high speed chase on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County yesterday ended in
a crash and the seizure of about a quarter of a million dollars worth of
A trooper clocked 32-year-old Joslyn Fitzgerald Tudor of Houston, Texas, at
80 miles an hour.
The chase only lasted several miles and ended when Tudor wrecked in the
median at the I-64 interchange.
The driver was not hurt, but police found more than 200 pounds of marijuana
inside the vehicle.
Tudor is being held without bond in the Rockbridge County Jail.
Every year vacationers lose thousands of dollars when travel deals go bad.
Earlier this month, hundreds of college students had their Spring Break
interrupted when a travel company promising a trip to paradise, failed to
provide what they promised.
Denise Allen has more on how to avoid these travel pitfalls.
IN Q=Tammy Mitchell
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00 Quick!!!
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/March 1; :05 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Tammy Mitchell/Tech Student; :10
SUPER=01-Mary Frances Stephanz/Better Business Bureau; :36
SUPER=01-Mel Ludovici/Martin Travel; 1:10
OUT Q=News 7
(( Tammy Mitchell and her college friends had planned a trip to Nassau for
But her idea of a trip to paradise did not include spending the night in the
IN Q=Our flight was
((TAMMY MITCHELL/TECH STUDENT: OUR FLIGHT WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAVE AT 1:20.
THERE WERE RUMORS OUR FLIGHT WOULD BE DELAYED. WE WERE TOLD OUR FLIGHT WOULD
LEAVE AT FIVE O'CLOCK AND WE WERE PUT UP IN THE SHERATON FOR HALF A DAY AND
THEN TAKE A BREAK REFUSED TO SPEND THE MONEY TO KEEP US THERE.))
OUT Q=to keep us there
The Better Business Bureau says every year hundreds of students have trips
ruined by travel companies that can't deliverer what they promised.
Mary Frances Stephanz says a simple call to the Better Business Bureau could
solve a lot of problems.
IN Q=LAWS ACTUALLY
((MARY FRANCES STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: LAWS ACTUALLY DON'T PROTECT
PEOPLE. PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO LEARN TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND ONE OF THE WAYS IS
TO BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE BEFORE YOU SPEND MONEY OR GIVE A CREDIT CARD NUMBER.))
OUT Q=CREDIT CARD NUMBER
Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and improve your
chances of having a fun-filled vacation.
Plan ahead, in other words don't act on the spur of the moment.
Work with local established travel agents.
And do some comparative shopping.
Also put the trip on a charge card.
This will give you the opportunity to dispute the charge if you feel you
didn't get your money's worth.
IN Q=ONE OF THE
((MEL Ludovici/Martin Travel: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE AS TRAVEL AGENTS LOOK
FOR IS A PATTERN AND IF WE SEE A PATTERN WHERE SUDDENLY THE RATES ARE GOING
REAL LOW IT'S AN INDICATION TO US THAT THE TRAVEL COMPANY MIGHT JUST HAVE A
CASH FLOW PROBLEM.))
OUT Q=cash flow problem
Tammy says the Take A Break organization which planned her trip offered no
real compensation for their lost vacation time.
So she's disputing her credit card charge, but says it's unlikely she'll
ever see a refund from the travel company.
Denise Allen News 7.
The town of Narrows is a little more spruced up for Spring, thanks to a
group of college students who devoted THEIR vacation to helping out.
SOT nat sound of hammering
((nat sound of hammering ))
OUT Q=nat sound
23 student volunteers from the University of Virginia and University of
Pennsylvania spent this week making improvements to Boom Park.
Town officials are grateful, because their was no money to fund the project.
((DON RICHARDSON/NARROWS MAYOR: IT'S KIND OF HARD TO HAVE MONEY, RAISE MONEY TO
KEEP IT GOING, AND THESE KIDS ARE COMING IN AND DOING IT FREE OF CHARGE FOR US.
IN FACT, THEY'RE PAYING TO COME IN AND WORK FOR US. ))
SUPER=01-Don Richardson/Narrows Mayor;
OUT Q=work for us.
The students paid 125- dollars each through the Volunteers for Communities
They say the experience is the payback.
((DAN SCOTT/UVA STUDENT: THIS IS A GREAT COMMUNITY, AND I'VE GOTTEN A REAL
SENSE OF WHAT A GOOD COMMUNITY IS LIKE. SO THAT'S WHAT I'LL TAKE AWAY. ))
((SARAH LESHNER/UNIV. OF PENN. STUDENT: OUR UNIVERSITY IS A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY
AND SO MOST OF THE KIDS THAT GO THERE ARE WELL-TO-DO AND TAKE EVERYTHING FOR
GRANTED. AND SO ALL OF MY FRIENDS WERE GOING ON EXOTIC VACATIONS WHERE THEY
WEREN'T GONNA HELP ANYBODY EXCEPT THEMSELVES AND WE DECIDED THAT WE WERE GONNA
COME TOGETHER SO THAT WE COULD MAKE AN IMPACT IN SOMEBODY ELSE'S LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Dan Scott/UVA Student;
SUPER=01-Sarah Leshner/Univ. of Penn. Student;
OUT Q=somebody else's life.
Several churches in town provided the students with room and board.
Interstate 81 through western Virginia supports 30 percent truck traffic--
and that number climbs to around 60 percent after dark.
V-DOT is currently studying widening the road.
IN Q=it's obvious
((LAURA BULLOCK: IT'S OBVIOUS THE CAPACITY OF INTERSTATE 81 IS NOT GREAT
ENOUGH TO HANDLE THE TRAFFIC THAT'S OUT THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Virginia Dept. of Transportation;
OUT Q=THAT'S OUT THERE.
And members of the trucking industry are attacking the safety problem as
well-- trying to educate drivers on how to co-exist with tractor trailers.
IN Q=you can't
((LINIEL GREGORY/FLEETMASTER: YOU CAN'T SNEAK UP BESIDE THESE TRUCKS, BECAUSE
YOU ARE GOING TO GET RUN OVER. ))
SUPER=01-Liniel Gregory/Fleetmaster Express, Inc.;
OUT Q=run over
Business representatives as well as government officials will tackle these
issues and more during On Record tomorrow morning at 11.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we'll have a preview of the
tomorrow's African American Film Festival,
and there are some new additions along the Roanoke River Parkway...65-hundred
of them to be exact.
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The First African American Film Festival will kick off tomorrow.
It will honor Oscar (ME-show) Micheaux, an influential but often neglected
early black filmaker.
IN Q=Micheax and other
((PROFESSOR AUKRAM BURTON/MICHEAUX SCHOLAR: MICHEAUX AND OTHER INDEPENDENT
BLACK FILMAKERS WAS ADAMANT ABOUT TRYING TO DEPICT POSITIVE IMAGES OR ACCURATE
IMAGES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS DURING THAT TIME. SO HE WAS IMPORTANT IN THAT WAY.
SUPER=01-Aukram Burton/Micheaux Scholar;
OUT Q=in that way.
One of Micheaux's films was made right here in Roanoke.
But the festival will be more than just movies.
IN Q=We'll have open
((HADASSAH STOWE/FESTIVAL ORGANIZER: WE'LL HAVE OPEN DIALOGUE PROMOTING RACIAL
HEALING AND TRYING TO BUILD THAT TRUST BETWEEN THE GAINSBORO COMMUNITY AND CITY
HALL AND THE ROANOKE COMMUNITY AT LARGE. IT'S GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL TIME
SEEING EVERYBODY COME TOGETHER.))
SUPER=01-Hadassah Stowe/Festival Organizer;
OUT Q=come together
The festival will be held tomorrow at the Jefferson Center.
It runs from one-thirty until nine.
Volunteers gave a little bit back to Mother Nature this morning.
Workers planted 65-hundred seedlings along what will be the new Roanoke
The roadway will connect the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Explore Park.
The project is an effort to build up the forest, protect against soil
erosion and create a wildlife habitat.
More than 150 volunteers planted ten different varieties of trees.
IN Q=working with the
((MARK PRITCHETT/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: WORKING WITH THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF
FORESTRY WE'RE USING NATIVE TREES TO VIRGINIA WHICH IS A PRIORITY WITH THE
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. WE WANTED TO BASICALLY STAY IN CHARACTER WITH WHAT WE
HAD RIGHT HERE.))
SUPER=01-Mark Pritchett/National Park Service;
OUT Q=WE HAD RIGHT HERE
Valley Beautiful provided the grant to purchase the seedlings.
Alan Cantrell has added a boys state championship to his resume as the
Buffaloes beat Surry county in the Group A state title game.
And it Group Two-A The Minutemen of Liberty pick up their second straight
IN Q="Floyd came...
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Floyd Co. vs Surry Co.; :00
SUPER=33-Floyd Co./66/Surry Co./63/; :32
SUPER=01-Travis Cantrell/Scored 19 Points; :43
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd Co. Head Coach; :50
SUPER=04-Liberty vs Spotswood; 1:00
SUPER=01-Mark Hanks/Liberty Head Coach; 1:37
SUPER=01-Robert Carson/Scored 25 Points; 1:45
OUT Q=....of it paid off."
((Floyd came into the Vines Center hoping to pick up its first mens basketball
Travis Cantrell would take charge early in the game by scoring two of his
game high 19 points on this jumper to tie the score in the first quarter.
The Buffaloes would pick up the pace and lead the game as Cantrell dishes
the ball inside to Jason Dalton the Buffaloes took a 7 point lead at the half.
Floyd would fall behind in the third but would come back and rally in the
fourth Adam Harris nails this jumper to pull the Buffaloes to within four.
But with 43 seconds left in the game Cantrell's driving shot put Floyd
ahead by one and the Buffaloes go on to win it 66 to 63.))
((TRAVIS CANTRELL/SCORED 19 POINTS: ))
((ALAN CANTRELL/FLOYD CO. HEAD COACH: ))
((Liberty came into the second game of the day looking to win back to back
But the Blazers would take control and lead most of the game with the help
of Richard Bruce who had a game high 25 points.
Then Liberty came alive Peanut Arrington would ignite the Minutemen in the
second half scoring two of his game high 26 points on this basket that cut the
lead to two.
With just over five minutes left in the game this basket by Robert Carson
would tie the game at 58 to 58.
Liberty rolled up a 7 point lead when Kelly Garrett gets the rebound and
basket and the Minutemen win their second straight championship 77 to 71.))
((MARK HANKS/LIBERTY HEAD COACH: ))
((ROBERT CARSON/SCORED 25 POINTS: ))
And coming up, Highlights from this afternoons P-G-A Honda Classic Floyd's
Jeff Agnew will sit on the outside at Martinsville tomorrow.
And Dean Smith becomes the all time winningest college basketball coach as
his North Carolina Tar Heels advance to the Sweet 16.
North Carolina head coach Dean Smith is college basketball's all time
This afternoon the Tar Heals beat Colorado 73 to 56 the victory giving
Smith 877 one more than Kentucky legend Adolph Rupp.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/UNC vs Colorado; :
The win also puts Carolina in the sweet 16 and some of Smith's former
players were at the game.
Colorado started the day on top Chauncey Billups pulls up and hits this
jumper and Colorado led 12 to 9.
But the Tar Heels cranked it up Ed Cota picks up the lose ball and hits
the jumper off the glass Carolina led 22 to 21.
Colorado trailed by one at the half but the Tar Heels began to run the
Floor Antwawn Jamison going in for the Alley Oop.
The Tar heels also found the range outside Cota's jumper this time is for
three points and a 9 point lead and Carolina wins it 73 to 56.
IN Q="I'm glad
((DEAN SMITH/877 WINS: ))
SUPER=01-Dean Smith/877 Wins; :00
OUT Q=......my goal."
The Tar Heels will play California in the next round. The Golden Bears
beat Villanova 75 to 68.
In the Southeast REGIONAL, Paul Pierce scored 20 points and pulled down a
dozen rebounds as the Jayhawks beat Purdue 75 to 61.
SUPER=03-Memphis, TN/Kansas vs Purdue; :
The Jayhawks under Roy Williams will make their fifth straight trip to the
And this is why watch the ball movement and it eventually gets into the
hands of Raef Lafrentz for the easy layup and a three point lead.
The Boilermakers made it a close game early in the second half Chad Austin
on the power move making it 44 to 40.
But Kansas pulled away in the second half Jacque Vaughn nails this three
pointer and the Jayhawks win it 75 to 71.
Kansas will play Arizona which beat the College of Charleston 73 to 69.
In other action, Iowa State edged Cincinnati 67 to 66 in the Midwest and
will play U-C-L-A the winner of the second game over Xavier 96 to 83.
In the West Regional, St. Joseph's topped Boston College 81 to 77 in
overtime and will play Kentucky a 75 to 69 winner over Iowa.
In the N-B-A, Golden State held off a second half rally and ended Toronto's
three game winning streak this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/NHL Empire; :
And in Hockey, Philadelphia and New Jersey share the Atlantic Division
This afternoon, The Sabres blasted four shots past Flyer's goalie Ron
Hextall in a 7 to 5 win.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/Kansas/75//Purdue/61///j/Arizona/73//C. Of Charleston/69///;
SUPER=0098-j/St. Joseph's/81//Boston College/77//OT/j/Kentucky/75//Iowa/69///;
SUPER=0103-j/New Jersey/3//Washington/2///j/Boston/5//N.Y. Islanders/2///;
SUPER=0103-j/Vancouver/5//Tampa Bay/2////Ottawa/2//Montreal/2//Tie In OT/;
SUPER=0103-/Toronto/3//Florida/3//Tie In OT/;
OUT Q=....last score."
Because of a rainout, The P-G-A's Honda Classic will finish with 36 holes
And when play resumes Paul Stankowski will lead the field for the final two
SUPER=03-Coral Gables, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
Staknowski shot a six under par 66 today and his total of 9 under par is
one stroke better than Michael Bradley and John Huston.
The shot of the day was made by Mark Calcavecchia as he chips in for birdie
on the 17-th hole.
Meantime, Lynchburg's Donna Andrews is tied for second place in the Welch's
Circle K Championship.
Andrews shot a 70 today to tie Tina Barrett at 11 under par one shot behind
leader Annika Sorenstam.
In Racing, David Hyder captured the pole for tomorrows Miller 300 Late Model
Stock car race at the Martinsville Speedway. Floyd's Jeff Agnew will start on
Tony McGuire failed to make the top 20 and will start 8-th in the second
Meantime, Stacy Compton qualified for tomorrow's Florida Dodge Dealer 400
Truck race in Florida. Compton will start 17-th. Compton is 12-th in points
and second in Rookie points.
Jimmy Hensley qualified 28-th.
Balloons, crackers and rubber balls are not usually associated with aerobic
But today at the Roanoke Athletic Club more than 70 exercisers used them in
the Fitness Challenge.
The six hour marathon benefited the Child Abuse Prevention Council.
Exercisers had to raise 200 dollars each to participate.
Organizers say those donations combined with money from sponsors will bring
in around 22-thousand dollars for the council.
IN Q=IT'S REALLY A
((SHANNON BRABHAM/CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL: IT'S REALLY A WINDFALL FOR
US BECAUSE IT'S AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF WORK TO RAISE THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY. SO
FOR US IT MEANS EXPANSION OF OUR PROGRAMS. IT MEANS THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO
MORE OF WHAT WE DO BEST. ACTUALLY WORKING WITH THE FAMILIES.))
SUPER=01-Shannon Brabham/Child Abuse Prevention Council;
OUT Q=WITH THE FAMILIES
The Council educated the community about child abuse and ways to prevent it.
Miss Virginia, Michelle Chang, was on hand to help raise for the council.