An arrest is made in the shooting death of a Danville teenager.
The government is out with the Social Security cost of living increase.
And The Nobel award panel hopes to send a message with its choice for the
Clouds and showers move in just in time for our weekend festivities. I'll
tell you all about the soggy details coming up in weather.
News 7 at Noon is straight ahead.
A man accused of murdering a woman at the Lincoln Terrace Housing Project in
May was found guilty of the crime this morning.
18- year- old Arthur Jermaine Manns entered a plea of no contest to the
charge of first degree murder.
He was accused of shooting 31- year- old Vickie Michelle Nichols twice in
the back... after the two became involved in an argument.
Prosecutors did not consider a plea agreement.
IN Q=It's clear that between
((IT'S CLEAR THAT BETWEEN THE FIRST ALTERCATION, HE APPARENTLY WENT AND GOT THE
GUN, TOLD HIS FRIENDS THAT HE WOULD KILL HER, AND IN FACT DID SO.))
OUT Q=kill her and in fact, did so.
Manns could face up to life in prison when he is sentenced in December.
Police in Danville have arrested a 16- year- old for the fatal shooting of
The juvenile, whose name is not being released, is charged with INvoluntary
Police say he and 14- year- old Kevin Warren were PLAYING with a loaded gun
when it went off.
The incident happened Wednesday morning at 4-50 Henry Street.
Police say Warren died about an hour later at a Danville hospital.
GRAPHIC=state police investigation
Two Blacksburg police officers will NOT face criminal charges in the fatal
shooting of a suspect.
Special Prosecutor Gino Williams, Floyd County's Commonwealth's Attorney,
reviewed a state police investigation.
He determined Officers James Keene and Timothy Wimmer were justified in
shooting when Berman Maurice Taylor pointed a gun at them.
((GINO WILLIAMS/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: IT WAS MY DETERMINATION THAT THEY HAD EVERY
REASON TO USE WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE DEADLY FORCE IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE. ONCE
THEY DO THAT AND ONCE THEY HAVE A REASONABLE BELIEF THAT THEY CAN USE IT, THEIR
TRAINING IS TO USE SUCH FORCE UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE DANGER IS ALLEVIATED. ))
SUPER=01-Gino Williams/Special Prosecutor;
OUT Q=is alleviated.
That meant firing until Taylor hit the floor and the weapon, later found to
be a B-B gun, dropped from his hand.
Of the 18 shots fired, 12 struck Taylor and one wounded Officer Michael
Police hope the findings will put to rest criticisms that the officers shot
Taylor because he was black.
((LT. BRUCE BRADBERRY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.: WE'LL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE
COMMUNITY AND WE HOPE THE COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Bruce Bradberry/Blacksburg Police Dept.;
OUT Q=to support us.
The F-B-I is still conducting a separate civil rights investigation.
President Clinton is preparing to battle over the budget.
The White House is threatening a veto if the Republican plan to balance
the budget by 2- thousand- and- two, means carving into Medicare, Medicaid and
other domestic programs.
Yesterday, the house budget committee gave final approval of their measure
for almost 900- BILLION dollars in savings.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich says President Clinton has NOT studied the
proposal closely enough.
IN Q=we're offering greater
((NEWT GINGRICH/HOUSE SPEAKER: WE'RE OFFERING GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR DOCTORS
AND HOSPITALS AND HMO'S TO PROVIDE GOOD HEALTH CARE. WE'RE DOING IT IN A WAY
THAT PROTECTS SENIORS FROM BEING EXPLOITED. ))
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/House Speaker;
OUT Q=being exploited.
Meantime, Gingrich reportedly has been sounding out G-O-P leaders about a
possible '96 presidential bid.
Sources say Gingrich is worried Bob Dole is faltering, and that the
nomination could go to Colin Powell, whose stance on social issues is too
liberal for the House speaker.
Social Security recipients won't see much of an increase in their monthly
checks next year.
The government says their cost-of-living increase will be just two-point-six
percent -- the second smallest in 21 years.
Monthly Social Security checks will average 720 dollars in 19-96, up from
702 dollars this year.
A man and a group devoted to ridding the world of nuclear weapons are
winners of the 19-95 Nobel Peace Prize.
British physicist Joseph Rotblat and his London based organization: the
"Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs" are credited by the
Norwegian prize panel for supporting other ways to resolve disputes.
The Pugwash series of conferences, set up by Rotblat and Albert
Einstein after World War Two, focuses on the catastrophic consequences of
nuclear weapons use and how to reduce the threat.
The award committee calls its choice a message of protest against tests by
France and China.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on this Friday the 13th -- a bizarre death in Kentucky and an
even stranger suicide attempt in Romania,
and police in Montgomery County say a confession may wind up costing this man
wx ad lib
music up full
A Halifax County murder trial ends in a hung jury.
The Commonwealth's Attorney says he will re- try the case against Kevin
The 17- year- old is accused of killing Anthony Scott Whitlock during a
drive- by shooting in February at Westside trailer court.
Prosecutors told the jury Newman was in the car and pulled the trigger.
Defense attorneys, however, argued Newman did not own the vehicle and the
windows were tinted.
The jury deliberated for about five hours before the judge declared a
Last month, Harry Traynham (TRAY-NUM) was convicted of first degree murder
after a jury held him responsible for driving the car.
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A Montgomery County man could face the death penalty after confessing to the
murder of his wife.
Scotty Overby is accused of RAPING and MURDERING his wife, Sheila Ann
Stafford, in August.
The two were separated, but Overby had invited Stafford to his trailer.
He told investigators he became angry when his wife told hime she was seeing
another man and might be pregnant.
The judge sent the charges to the grand jury which meets later this month.
The F-B-I investigation is winding down at the site of the deadly Amtrak
derailment in the Arizona desert.
But the probe is widening in other areas.
Federal investigators are now questioning Amtrak and Southern Pacific
employees and reviewing Amtrak's personnel records.
But the F-B-I says that does NOT mean it is focusing on the theory that the
person who did it could be a disgruntled railroad employee.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Janet Reno is again appealing for public help
in the case.
((JANET RENO; WE AS A NATION MUST CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST VIOLENCE AND
EXPRESS OUTRAGE AT SUCH A COWARDLY ACT OF SABOTAGE. ))
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/U.S. Attorney General;
OUT Q=ACT OF SABOTAGE.
Reno will not discuss what evidence has been uncovered and says it would be
premature to guess the motive for the sabotage.
A bizarre freeway accident has taken the life of a teenager.
SUPER=03-Near Lexington, KY;
Yesterday someone tossed a tombstone over the side of an overpass along
interstate 75 near Lexington, Kentucky.
The tombstone hit the windshield of a passing van and killed a teenage girl
riding in the van.
Kentucky State Police are now looking for three suspects and say the death
will be treated as a homicide.
Also from the file of the bizarre.
Marlene Dietrich is alive and well in Bucharest despite having tried to kill
No, she is not a reincarnation of the famous German movie star.
THIS Marlene Dietrich is a Romanian student who survived a suicide attempt
The 23-year-old woman attempted to end her life by shooting herself between
The bullet went straight through her brain and lodged itself in the back of
The young woman says she was depressed because her husband was spending too
much time at work.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next, Roanoke County is hosting a big indian Pow Wow. We'll see what's in
And here's what else is happening this weekend.
music up full
The first of five candidates for Roanoke Symphony Orchestra conductor has
arrived to prepare for Monday's opening night concert.
29- year- old David Wiley has recently accepted a position as Assistant
Conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony and was most recently Assistant conductor
of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
He says he's happy to be the first to perform this season.
IN Q=It's neat to be
((DAVID WILEY/CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: IT'S NEAT TO
BE FIRST BECAUSE I GET TO START THINGS OFF, I HOPE WITH A BANG. IT'S ALSO
WONDERFUL BECAUSE THERE'S NO PRECEDENTS SET. ))
SUPER=01-David Wiley/RSO Conductor Candidate;
OUT Q=no precedents set.
Wiley will tour the Roanoke Valley this afternoon and will start rehearsals
tomorrow for Monday's concert.
The four other finalists will also give performances this year.
The Symphony will select its new Music Director in April.
Indians from all of the United States and Canada have descended on Roanoke
County for the annual Native American Indian Summer Pow Pow.
The weekend-long event kicked off today at Green Hill Park, and here to tell
us about it is George Whitewolf, spiritual leader of the Monacan tribe.
What's going on behind you?
SUPER=01-George Whitewolf/Monacan Tribe;
(How many indian tribes are represented?)
(Tell us about today's event.)
(What other events are planned throughout the weekend?)
(Are you going to discuss any social issues facing the indian nation? If so,
what are your concerns?)
The Native American Indian Summer Pow Pow is now underway at Green Hill
Park in Roanoke County.
It's open to the public tomorrow from ten until nine and Sunday from ten
A Long Island company says it failed to properly service emergency
equipment for commercial and military aircraft.
The affected planes include the president's Air Force One and Air
The company and its top two executives have pleaded guilty to a battery of
Playskool is recalling 300-thousand highchairs because cracks in the
joints could cause them to collapse.
The toy maker says it has received ten reports of injuries involving its
1-2-3 High Chairs, including bumps, bruises and one concussion.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says consumers should inspect the
chairs for cracks-- and contact Playskool for either a free repair kit or a
Stock prices are sharply higher, thanks to strong corporate and benign
The government says consumer prices rose one-tenth of a percent last month.
On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was UP 33 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
In a moment -- what's up in sports this weekend.
But right now, let's see what else is going on in our area.
MUSIC UP FULL
The N-F-L weekend got an early start last night as the St. Louis Rams hosted
the Atlanta Falcons.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/TNT; :00
Former U-V-A star Keith Lyle makes his presence known with a jarring hit in
the first quarter.
Then Chris Miller and Isaac Bruce connect on two T-D passes in the first
The Rams lead 21-to-10 at the break.
Eric Metcalf brings the Falcons back in the third with a 66 yard punt
but the Rams win the battle of first place teams in the N-F-C West with a
21 to 19 win.
Traditional and district showdowns highlight another week of Friday Football
Here's a look at the the lineup.
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
OUT Q=...SHOT FREEZES.
And it's back to the ballparks for the major league playoffs tonight.
In the American League Championship Series, it's Seattle at Cleveland.
The series is tied at one-all.
And in the National League, it's Cincinnati at Atlanta.
The Braves lead that series 2-to-nothing.
The College basketball season gets underway at midnight tomorrow night.
Yesterday Jeff Jones and the Cavaliers talked about their plans for the
Roy Stanley has the story.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Season; :
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/UVa Guard; :38
SUPER=04-Last Season; :50
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/UVa Guard; 1:05
SUPER=01-Debbie Ryan/UVa Women's Head Coach; 1:29
SUPER=01-Jeffra Gausepohl/UVa Center; 1:49
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((With only 2 starters returning from last years spot, the Cavaleirs have a
lot of work to do in the pre-season. the Cavaliers are already ranked as high
as 8th in one pre-season pole, but how far this team goes will depend on a
tough pair of guards.
JEFF JONES/ UVA HEAD COACH: I THINK ITS FAIRLY OBVIOUS THAT HAROLD DEAN
AN CURTIS STAPLES ARE GOING TO BE STRENGTHS THROUGHOUT THIS CLUB. OUR
BACKCOURT AT LEAST LOOKS LIKE IT SHOULD BE MORE ADVANCED THAN OUR FRONTCOURT
HAROLD DEAN/UVA GUARD: WITH WHAT ME BEING A JUNIOR AND CURTIS BEING A
SOPHOMORE WE HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE TO GO OUT THERE AND GET THE JOB DONE. JUST
ENCOURAGE THE NEW GUYS COMING IN' JUST TELL THEM THE THINGS THAT THEY HAVE TO
DO, AND JUST TYE TO ET EVERYBODY TOGETHER AS A TEAM.
Staples started several games as a freshman last year, but his main role
was to come in off the bench. Staples led the Cavaliers in field goals last
season, but because of his experience, he will play a bigger role in the
CURTIS STAPLES/UVA GUARD: OUR BACKCOURT IS OUR STRENGTH THIS YEAR. YOU
KNOW JUNIOR BURROUGHS IS GONE SO MA AND HAROLD WILL HAVE TO TAKE UP A LOT OF
SLACK, BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO DO A GOOD JOB AT IT. WE PLAY HARD AND WE'RE
REAL COMPETITIVE, SO I THINK WE'LL BE ALRIGHT.
Debbie Ryan's team has 5 starters returning from last year, and despite
some nagging injuries in the pre-season' Ryan expects his team to also
challenge for a national championship.
DEBBIE RYAN/UVA WOMEN'S COACH: I FEEL LIKE GOING IN THAT WE HAVE SOME OF
THE COMPONENTS THAT WOULD DEFINITELY HELP US TO CHALLENGE FOR A NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP. NOW HOW THOSE COMPONENTS RESPOND TO DAY IN AND DAY OUT IN THE
EARLY PART OF THE SEASON, IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING
JEFFRA GAUSEPOHL/UVA CENTER: WE HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE BACK ON OUR
TEAM, WE HAVE A LOT OF LEADERSHIP, AND WE WERE SO CLOSE LAST YEAR, SO CLOSE.
THIS YEAR WE'RE BACK AND WE'RE OUT FOR BLOOD, I THINK
The men's and women's basketball teams will begin practice this Sunday.
In Charlottesville, Roy Stanley, News 7 Sports.))
(toss to patrick)
Coming up today on Health Check--
The government is zeroing in on ways to protect the nation's blood supply.
Keeping it safe will now be the responsibility of the government's
That's later on News 7 at FIVE--
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