A Salem plant is closing.
Police prepare for trouble at N-B-C studios as it gets ready to interview
And John Bobbitt tries to patch things up with his wife.
More gorgeous weather follows us through mid-week, and Roxanne continues to
drop heavy rain across the Yucatan Pennisula. Stay tuned for all the latest.
Don't go away.
The News is next.
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A plan to realign manufacturing operations at Sara Lee Hosiery will close a
distribution center in Salem by July of next year.
The facility on Intervale Drive employs 132 people.
Sara Lee has decided to combine hosiery finishing and distribution
operations at a facility in Florence, South Carolina, and the Salem employees
will have an opportunity to transfer there.
Workers who decide not to move will receive a severance and benefits package
based on their years of service.
The company is also promising job placement and other employee assistance.
The car taken from a Roanoke woman over the weekend has turned up in
The 19-92 dark red Oldsmobile was spotted in Boston last night.
State Police say the man found asleep in the car matches the description of
the man who abducted the 86-year old victim at Towers Mall Saturday.
They say the suspect refused to produce an I-D, became violent and was
arrested on a weapons charge.
Police won't name the elderly victim who was abducted, tied up with neck
ties and left in the woods in Amherst County.
Controversy swirls around N-B-C News today as it prepares to air a live
interview with O-J Simpson.
Some companies have pulled ads from the Network and the National
Organization for Women plans a demonstration during the broadcast.
Police are also planning to tighten security around N-B-C's Burbank studios.
James Hattori has more.
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SUPER=01-Tammy Bruce/NOW; :18
SUPER=01-Johnnie Cochran/Simpson's Attorney; :46
SUPER=01-James Hattori/Reporting; :53
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(( NBC'S decision to broadcast a live interview with O-J Simpson tonight
has created a firestorm of controversy.
Protestors have inundated NBC with phone calls.. and women's groups have
vowed to picket the network's studio.
The head of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women
calls the decision an outrage:
TAMMY BRUCE, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN: WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO
HEAR.. I LOVED HER.. I DIDN'T KILL HER.. OR I LOVED MY CHILDREN.. I HATED
JAIL.. WHAT IS THAT ABOUT NEWS.. THIS IS SENSATIONSLISM.. IT'S EXPLOITATIVE.."
The appearance will mark Simpson's first extensive public questioning
since his acquittal.
Lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran..appearing on a Los Angeles radio
talkshow..said the interview will give Simpson a chance to answer lingering
questions..but Cochran acknowledges some people's opinions will never be
JOHNNIE COCHRAN, SIMPSON ATTORNEY: HE'LL BE VERY COMPELLING AND VERY
PERSUASIVE, BUT I THINK THAT THOSE WHO HAVE AN AGENDA...IT'S GOING TO BE VERY
HARD TO REACH THEM. AND I HOPE THAT HE CAN.
But already there's an anti O-J backlash in the offing.. Star magazine was
flooded with angry phone calls for printing photos from Simpson's post trial
celebration..some stores are even refusing to sell the magazine..NBC is also
expecting to take some flak from viewers...and those who say they'll refuse to
THIS INTERVIEW WILL BE BASED ON A TRAGEDY THAT SHOULD BE LET ALONE..."
I DON'T THINK NBC SHOULD ALLOW IT.. I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE STAYED OUT
AND FORGET OJ..>>."
Aware of the sensitivity.. NBC announced it will not air any commercials
during tonight's Simpson appearance, however commercials immediately before and
after the segment have jumped in price to as high as 600- thousand dollars per
spot..James Hattori. CBS NEWS LA.))
In fallout from the Simpson case, there will be NO cameras allowed at the
Menendez brothers retrial.
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Opening statements begin today.
Eric and Lyle are accused of killing their parents in 19-89 at their Beverly
In their first trial two years ago they had separate juries and both panels
could not reach a verdict.
This time there will be one jury.
Opening remarks also begin today in the trial of the woman accused of
murdering pop star Selena.
Thirty-five year old Yolanda Sal-divar is the former president of Selena's
She's accused of fatally shooting the Grammy Award-winning artist at a
Corpus Christi motel last March.
Defense attorneys will try to show the shooting was an accident.
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The F-B-I has some 100 agents at the site of Monday's Amtrak derailment in
Arizona that killed one and injured dozens.
That makes it one of the biggest crime scene probes in bureau history,
second only to the Oklahoma City bombing.
A letter found on the scene was signed "Sons of the Gestapo," raising fears
the sabotage was the work of anti-government extremists.
Federal investigators have broadened their search to cover a mile square
area surrounding the crash.
They are not commenting on another incident that happened in Phoenix, a day
after the train derailment.
A truck driver said he woke up to see something suspicious.
((BURT JOHNSON/TRUCKER: I HEARD SOME TYPE OF NOISE AND RAN OUT TO SEE A COUPLE
OF SUSPICIOUS LOOKING PEOPLE CARRYING SOMETHING HEAVY TOWARDS THE TRACKS.))
OUT Q=something heavy towards the tracks.
By the time the police got there the two men were gone, but the F-B-I did
find a large tool on the tracks.
Amtrak says it could have caused a derailment.
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Still to come, a multi-million dollar slander suit is filed against a dog
groomer and a Roanoke T-V station,
and some low-income residents in Roanoke are in the dark about why their
power's been cut off.
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A man serving time in a South Carolina prison on a firearms charge has been
charged with ANOTHER crime -- a murder in Pittsylvania County.
42- year old Thomas Alvin Martin, formerly of Danville, was taken to the
Chatham jail last night.
He is accused of killing 41- year old Paul Nathaniel Deshazo of Ringgold.
Police discovered Deshazo's car burning on September 7th, 1990-- near
Six days later Deshazo's body was discovered nearby.
Authorities say he'd been shot several times.
IN Q=The State Police
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: THE STATE POLICE WITH THE
ASSISTANCE FROM PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REALLY CONDUCTED A FIVE
YEAR INVESTIGATION OF THIS AND MY HATS TO THE STATE POLICE AND TO ALL THE
OFFICERS WHO WORKED ON THIS, TO BREAK A CASE THIS OLD AND NOW BE ABLE TO PUT
SOMEONE IN JAIL FOR IT.
J. R. RUHLAND/VA. STATE POLICE: ANYTIME THAT YOU HAVE A CASE THAT GOES OVER
THIS PERIOD OF TIME, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR WITNESSES REMEMBERING WHAT
HAD OCCURRED THE NIGHT OF THE OFFENCE BUT ONCE YOU GET EVERYONE TOGETHER AND
THE INTERVIEWS TAKE PLACE THEN YOU KIND OF TICKLE THEIR MEMORY AND THEY CAN
REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED.))
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SUPER=01-J. R. Ruhland/Va. State Police; :18
OUT Q=tickle their memory.
Police are NOT elaborating on what led to the arrest.
The owner of a Roanoke dog grooming business is suing a former employee and
Roanoke television station W-S-L-S for 16-MILLION dollars.
The former worker accused Puppyland owner Chris Benson of ABUSING his
But Benson says he was slandered.
Ron Jones has the story.
IN Q=Chris Benson says
SUPER=01-Chris Benson/Puppyland Owner; :19
SUPER=01-Amy Martin/Former Employee; :35
SUPER=01-Barry M. Tatel/Puppyland Attorney; 1:11
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News 7, Roanoke.
(( Chris Benson opened Puppyland in 1971.
Last month he was accused by a former employee of abusing and killing his
Former employee, Amy Martin, says she witnessed the abuse for two and a half
Benson denies the accusations and says Martin is just a disgruntled employee
trying to ruin him.
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((CHRIS BENSON/PUPPYLAND OWNER: APPARENTLY SHE'S GOT AN AX TO GRIND WITH ME AND
THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENED.))
Benson says the friction began when he discovered Martin gave his customer
list to a competitor.
He says when he asked her about it-- she walked off the job and went to work
for that competitor.
SOT 14:14:22 (Tape #2)
((AMY MARTIN/FORMER EMPLOYEE: WELL, THAT'S NOT TRUE, THE DAY I ENDED UP
QUITTING THERE I LEFT EARLY AND HE CALLED ME AT HOME AND WE GOT INTO IT OVER
THE PHONE. I QUIT AT THE MOMENT, I DID NOT PLAN IT SO I HAD NO CHANCE OF
GETTING ANY OF THE FILES.))
Martin sticks with her story that Benson abused the animals.
Benson is now suing Martin for slander. Also named in the lawsuit are
W-S-L-S, and reporter Kris Lloyd.
But are the charges true?
We spoke with someone who says her dog did die at Puppyland. But we also
spoke with those who were pleased with the service.
Benson's attorney accuses W-S-L-S of jumping the gun without getting all the
((BARRY M. TATEL/PUPPYLAND ATTORNEY: AS A RESULT OF THOSE NEWS BROADCAST MR.
BENSON AND PUPPYLAND HAS SUFFERED IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO THEIR REPUTATION, TO
THEIR BUSINESS, TO THEIR STANDING IN THE COMMUNITY.))
Animal Control Officers say their investigation of Puppyland is still
Amy Martin refuses to comment on the law suit and W-S-L-S officials says
they may respond at a later date.
And Puppyland's attorneys say they'll seek the truth in court.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
Some low-income Roanokers are feeling powerless now that their electricity
has been cut-off.
Residents of the Justice House
are WITHOUT power because the bills have NOT been paid.
About 50 people live at the Justice House... and that includes children and
Many of the adults are on fixed incomes, and buy their groceries only at the
beginning of the month.
IN Q=We have no
((JODY MATCHETT/JUSTICE HOUSE RESIDENT: WE HAVE NO ELECTRICITY OR NOTHING.
THERE'S PEOPLE HERE ON DISABILITY AND WHEELCHAIRS AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE KIDS.
THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE THEIR FOOD AND EVERYTHING. ))
SUPER=01-Jody Matchett/Justice House Resident;
OUT Q=food and everything.
Appalachian Power would NOT comment on whether the electricity would be
restored, but a spokesman did say the account was delinquent.
If you improve it, they will come.
That's what Lynchburg city officials are hoping now that they've okayed a
plan to clean up the city's riverfront.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
SUPER=01-Joe Freeman/Lynch's Ferry Authority; :18
SUPER=01-Richard Jacques/Economic Development Director; :47
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Admittedly, Lynchburg's riverfront area isn't much to look at now, but that
should all change within the next few years.
City Council Tuesday night approved the "Riverfront Master Plan" which will
put bike trails, amphitheaters and landscaped green areas where vacant lots and
railroad tracks sit today.
IN Q=What we really
((JOE FREEMAN/LYNCH'S FERRY AUTHORITY: WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO DO IS TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THE RIVER AS A NATURAL SETTING. THIS PLAN DOES THAT, I THINK IT'S
WHAT PEOPLE LIKE, IT'S WHAT THEY COME DOWN TO THE RIVER FESTIVAL FOR AND WE
WANT TO ENHANCE THAT FOR PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=for people.
The city already has federal grant money in hand to buy up vacant railroad
property, and convert other land into a series of bike trails.
IN Q=So residents
((So residents can expect to see some major changes along Lynchburg's
riverfront within a year, and economic development officials say that should
also translate into big opportunities just a few blocks away.))
OUT Q=blocks away.
IN Q=That's always
((RICHARD JACQUES/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN THE
STRATEGY OVERALL IS THAT WHEN THE CITY BEGINS TO PUT ITS MONEY INTO
INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, IT HELPS TO SHOW THE FAITH, IF YOU WILL, IN THAT
AREA. THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL FOLLOW THROUGH WITH INVESTMENTS ON ITS OWN, MUCH
LIKE IT'S DONE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.))
OUT Q=downtown area.
Jacques expects the city to acquire the necessary property by the end of the
Construction and grading should get underway by next spring.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
In other action last night, Lynchburg city council voted unanimously to
allow Halifax County to participate in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail project.
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Don't go away.
We've got the latest winners in the Nobel Prize contest,
and John Bobbitt is trying to reconcile with his estranged wife.
What happened when he showed up with flowers and candy, next.
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More honors have been handed out in Sweden.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced today the winners of the
Nobel prize for PHYSICS.
It goes to two Americans, Martin Perl and Frederick (RY'-nehs) Reines.
They're being cited for their research into the history of the universe
through study of sub atomic particles.
And discoveries that helped curb destruction of the ozone layer have won
THREE people the Nobel Prize for CHEMISTRY.
The winners are Americans Mario Molina and F. Sherwood Rowland and Paul
Crutzen of the Netherlands.
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John Bobbitt reportedly wants his wife back.
The Washington Post reports that yesterday he showed up at the Arlington
hair salon where Lorena Bobbit works and tried to woo her back with flowers and
But co-workers say she turned him away twice and was escorted to her car by
an off-duty officer when she got off of work.
In 19-93, Lorena cut off her husband's penis, saying he had raped and
emotionally tortured her.
A jury found her innocent of malicious wounding by reason of temporary
Bobbitt was acquitted of sexually assaulting his wife in a separate trial.
The couple is in the process of getting a divorce.
Hurricane Roxanne is headed for the Gulf of Mexico after slamming into the
SUPER=03-Quintana Roo, Mexico;
The category three storm came ashore on the resort island of Cozumel last
night with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Roxanne is now just a minimal hurricane, with 75 mile per hour winds, but
forecasters expect it to regain strength as it moves into the gulf.
Forecasters say the storm could eventually turn north and head for Texas but
it's likely Roxanne will keep traveling west.
The Giles County Historical Society is ready for bids on a new museum.
As Tracy Altizer reports, it's part of a facelift for a national historic
landmark in Pearisburg.
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SUPER=07-Fowler Johnston; :16
SUPER=01-Alex Witten/Museum Committee Chairman; :37
SUPER=01-Winston Faust/Fundraising Chairman; :55
OUT Q=News 7 Pearisburg.
(( Andrew Johnston was a local entrepreneur when he built this house in 1829.
It stayed in his family for generations. Fowler Johnston was among the last
of the descendants to live here.
He vowed to never sell it, and 10 years ago donated the home to the
((FOWLER W. JOHNSTON: SO I WANTED TO GIVE IT TO SOMEBODY WHO WOULD LOOK AFTER
IT. IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG ASSET TO THE COUNTY. ))
The society has raised almost 140- thousand dollars towards its goal of 225
Part of the funds will refurbish the home.
But the biggest expense will be construction of a museum behind the house.
((ALEX WITTEN/MUSEUM COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: IT'S EDUCATION AND THINGS OF THAT
TYPE, THAT IT WILL MEAN SO MUCH TO THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OF THE COUNTY. ))
Witten says the plans have been sent to contractors for bidding.
And though the groundbreaking may be a little premature, organizers hope to
proceed with the first phase of the project this winter.
((WINSTON FAUST/FUNDRAISING CHAIRMAN: WE'RE CONTINUING OUR FUNDRAISING PROJECTS
AND ALSO OUR SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS. WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT THAT WE'LL BE
ABLE TO CONTINUE ON WITH OUR CONSTRUCTION UNINTERRUPTED. ))
The historical society hopes the museum will be completed and ready to open
around this time next year. The renovation of the house will likely take a
little longer, and will depend on the availability of funding. Tracy Altizer,
News 7 Pearisburg.))
On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was DOWN one point.
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We'll have the latest on the major league playoffs,
and we'll take you to Thailand for some of the most unusual racing in the
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The Atlanta Braves are one game up in the National League championship
It took 11 innings to do it, but they beat the Cincinatti Reds last night.
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In the fourth inning the Reds get on the board when Barry Larkin scores on
Ron Gant's infield single.
Then in the top of the ninth Atlanta's David Justice
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got a hit that allowed Chipper Jones to score from third.
Atlanta managed to score again in the 11th-- taking game one two-to-one.
wipe wipe wipe
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In Seattle, the Indians and Mariners hooked up in the American League
championship series opener.
In the second, Mariner Mike Blowers rips one over the centerfield fence.
It's 2-to-nothing Seattle.
Albert Belle, the man who hit 50 homers during the regular season, ties it in
the top of the seventh with a mammoth solo shot.
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But the Mariners are back in front in the bottom of the seventh, and they
beat the Indians 3-to-2
The Winston Cup cars are off this week, but the Martinsville Speedway is set
to host a big Late Modal stock car extravaganza on Sunday with the Taco Bell
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Meantime, let's go to Thailand for no -- not stock car racing -- WATER
For more than 100 years, races have been held in this small town south of
This year more than five-thousand fans watched 159 buffaloes race on the 120
Amazingly the one ton animals cover the distance in 11 seconds.
(***toss to patrick***)
(patrick ad lib)
Today on Health Check-- a mystery at the National Institutes of Health, as
26 employees were apparently poisoned by a radiactive isotope.
The story, plus all the days news, sports and weather-- on News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.