A Campbell County manhunt for an armed robbery suspect and his hostage ends
in deadly gunfire in HENRICO County.
Negotiators looking for lasting peace in Bosnia are gathering in middle
And a bad break for Boxer Mike Tyson keeps him out of the ring Saturday
Showers, drizzle, fog and clouds are all major players in our forecast
today, but they should be clearing out of here by week's end. Stay tuned for
the latest forecast details from the News 7 Weather Center.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
A Halloween night crime spree began in Campbell County and ended this
morning in a Richmond suburb -- with a dead suspect and a wounded police
Ellen Qualls is at the scene of the bloody conclusion.
What's the latest?
Henrico Police say 31- year old Brad McCombie abducted a convenience store
clerk early this morning during an armed robbery in Lynchburg.
Police say McCombie then apparently dumped the clerk off unharmed at an
exit off Interstate 64 in the Richmond area.
IN Q=Henrico Police
SUPER=03-Henrico Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Bob Loving/Henrico Co. Police; :16
OUT Q=margiotta's life
(( A Henrico officer then allegedly spotted the clerk's car, gave chase, and
engaged in a gun battle.
By the time other police arrived on the scene in the Short Pump area west of
Richmond, McCombie lay dead in a ditch near the car, and the officer was
((SGT. BOB LOVING/HENRICO CO. POLICE:
The officer was hit three times, once in a bullet proof vest, and is listed
in stable condition.))
Police credit the bullet proof vest with saving the officer's life.
Authorities say McCombie apparently began his spree with an armed robbery of
ANOTHER convenience store last night in Campbell County.
For that part of the story we go to Steve Smallshaw in our Lynchburg
Ellen, police here are not surprised how this sequence of events ended,
especially when you consider how it began.
Brad McCombie started his alleged crime spree yesterday morning, and in a
sense, conducted his own reign of terror for the next twenty- four hours.
IN Q=Brad McCombie
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Chuck Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :31
SUPER=01-Det. Wally Layne/Lynchburg Police; 1:01
OUT Q=based on the final outcome.
(( Brad McCombie was already wanted on felony burglary charges in Campbell
County when he allegedly robbed the Buzz In Market on Waterlick Road Tuesday
In making his getaway, McCombie fired several shots at a sheriff's deputy
before fleeing into the woods. Several hours later, police say McCombie
was at it again, this time holding up the Stop In Food Mart on Campbell Avenue,
and taking the store clerk hostage.
McCombie and 22- year- old Michael Dorsey then got into Dorsey's own car and
drove east towards Richmond.
IN Q=This is certainly
((CHUCK BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: THIS IS CERTAINLY AN UNFORTUNATE
INCIDENT, PARTICULARLY IN LIGHT OF THE THINGS THAT COMMANDER WINGFIELD HAS
TALKED ABOUT, PARTICULARLY THE FACT THAT THIS MAN WAS ON PAROLE, AND OBVIOUSLY
APPARENTLY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SOME ILLICIT DRUG.))
OUT Q=some illicit drug.
SWAT teams were ready to storm a Campbell County trailer where they believed
McCombie may have been hiding, when they received word the store clerk had been
found unharmed in Henrico County.
IN Q=Convenience store
((INVEST. WALLY LANE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK WAS VERY
FORTUNATE, ESPECIALLY BASED ON WHAT HAD OCCURRED EARLIER IN THE EVENING AND
CERTAINLY BASED ON THE FINAL OUTCOME.))
OUT Q=the final outcome.))
Lane says the clerk is shaken and upset but otherwise unharmed.
The thoughts of police officers here are now with their fallen comrade in
Henrico County. Melanie?
(Q&A: Steve, the police mentioned McCombie was on parole, had he ever been
arrested for violent crimes like these before?)
Three and a half years into Europe's bloodiest war since World War Two, the
leaders of the three waring factions have stepped away from the war zone to sit
down at the bargaining table at a U-S Air Force Base in Ohio.
President Clinton calls the Bosnian talks the best, and maybe last chance
Byron Harlan reports.
SUPER=03-Wright Patterson AFB; :00
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Sec. of State; :19
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; :56
OUT Q=CBS News, Wright Patterson AFB.
In Tokyo, Defense Secretary William Perry has issued an extraordinary public
apology for the rape of a 12- year- old Okinawan girl.
Three American servicemen face charges in the attack.
Japanese protesters are now calling for the withdrawal of all U-S troops.
(( WILLIAM PERRY/U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY: I WANT TO EXPRESS MY DEEP SORROW AND
ANGER FOR THIS TERRIBLE ACT. SORROW FOR THE GIRL AND ANGER AT THE PERPETRATORS
WHO'S ACTIONS HAVE CAUSED A TRAGEDY BUT ALSO UNFAIRLY REFLECTED ON THE MILITARY
PERSONNEL IN JAPAN.))
SUPER=01-William Perry/U.S. Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=in Japan.
Perry says while the U-S may consolidate its military units they will not be
removed altogether from Japan.
Quebec separatists are meeting today to find a new leader.
SUPER=03-Quebec City, Canada;
That follows the resignation yesterday of Premier Jacques (PEAR-ih-zo)
Parizeau in the wake of the narrow defeat of a referendum to make his province
(PEAR-ih-zo) Parizeau denies his decision was related to the storm of
criticism he received when he blamed the referendum loss on non-French
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A teenager accused of killing a Martinsville girl may be tried as an adult,
and rail road crossings throughout the country will be put to the test
following last week's deadly train- school bus collision.
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The courts in Henry County will soon decide if 16- year- old Tommy Helms
will be tried for murder as an adult.
Helms is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 15- year-
old Lavina Scales along with three additional robberies.
Authorities say Helms shot Scales eight times in the head with two hand
During a press conference this morning, police officials said there is a
national trend of kids with guns.
IN Q=Every time you pick
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: EVERY TIME YOU PICK UP THE PAPER YOU READ OF
SOME YOUTH KILLING THEIR PARENTS OR KILLING OTHER YOUTH OR SHOOTING IN A
SCHOOL. AND WE SEE MORE GUNS ON THE STREET HERE NOW WITH YOUTH. BUT IT HADN'T
REALLY BEEN A PROBLEM UNTIL THIS.))
SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=problem until now.
Helms is being held without bond.
Prosecuters say they want Helms tried as an adult.
In Wythe County, a judge has ruled that a 16- year- old boy who is charged
with killing a sheriff's deputy WILL stand trial as an adult.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Christopher Shawn Wheeler
SUPER=01-Jonathan Venzie/Defense Lawyer; :30
SUPER=01-Keith Blankenship/Wythe Co. Asst. Prosecutor; 1:04
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Christopher Shawn Wheeler has been held at the Christiansburg Juvenile
Detention Center since allegedly shooting Deputy Cliff Dicker in the head last
His attorneys argued the juvenile system is where he should stay.
Defense psychologists testified Wheeler is a product of a chaotic
environment in which family members introduced him to drugs, alcohol, guns and
sex by age 11.
His lawyers say he deserves a shot at rehabilitation through the therapy,
education and structure juvenile detention can provide.
((JONATHAN VENZIE/DEFENSE LAWYER: I THINK ANYBODY DESERVES NOT A SECOND CHANCE
BUT A FIRST CHANCE TO LEARN AND GET IT RIGHT. HE'S NEVER HAD THAT CHANCE.
HE'S BEEN IN THE SYSTEM NOW FOR A YEAR AND HIS BEHAVIOR SHOWS THAT HE KNOWS AND
CAN ADAPT TO THAT ENVIRONMENT. ))
But Wheeler's teacher at the detention center testified she's overheard
Wheeler make numerous disturbing comments about guns, drugs, even assassinating
She says he bragged to another student that he "did a cop in the head."
Prosecutors argued it's not in the interest of public safety to keep Wheeler
in a system which would have to set him free at age 21.
((KEITH BLANKENSHIP/WYTHE CO. ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR: I THINK PUBLIC SAFETY DOES
HAVE TO BE THE COMMONWEALTH'S CONCERN AND I THINK THE COMMONWEALTH ALSO HAS TO
BE CONCERNED WITH THE VICTIMS. WE FOCUS A LOT ON THE DEFENDANT AND HIS ALLEGED
PROBLEMS, BUT WE HAVE TO ALSO REMEMBER THAT WE'VE GOT A MURDERED WYTHE COUNTY
SHERIFF'S DEPUTY. ))
The judge granted the motion to transfer the case to circuit court.
Wheeler's lawyers say they'll appeal. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
A Henrico County juvenile court judge today scheduled a January 12th
hearing on a lesbian mother's petition to regain custody of her son.
Sharon Bottoms believes her son should be returned to her because her living
conditions have improved.
Three courts have already ruled that four- year- old Tyler should live with
The judge also ordered both sides to abide by a visitation order.
Bottoms claims her mother has been denying visitation.
The judge will hear arguments on the issue during the January hearing.
Federal transportation officials are trying to prevent a repeat of last
week's deadly train- school bus accident in Illinois.
The National Transporation Safety Board has called for a nationwide
inspection of 14-hundred rail crossings where road traffic signals are
activated by approaching trains.
SUPER=03-Fox River Grove, IL/October 28;
Tests on the traffice light in Illinois show vehicles have as little as two
seconds to clear the tracks when a train triggers the light.
The N-T-S-B says there have been more than five-thousand accidents at the
targeted crossings between 19-82 and 19-94.
Those accidents have involved approximately 415 deaths.
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Still to come,
Evidence of an improving economy is turned around by the recent economic
and it's flu season again.
We'll talk to a doctor who warns against the dangers of too much medication
for your kids.
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With cold season upon us, we hope you bundled up your little trick or
treaters last night.
But if your kids do get sick, be careful not to give them too much medicine.
According to a recent survey, most pediatricians believe parents need to be
more selective when they medicate their kids.
Here to give us tips for better treatment is Dr. F. Joseph Duckwall, a
pediatrician at Lewis Gale Clinic.
Are some parents guilty of over medicating their children?
SUPER=01-Dr. F. Joseph Duckwall/Pediatrician;
(What's the best way to diagnose an illness?)
(How do you determine whether an illness requires a trip to the doctor?)
(How do you determine if a child just has a cold or something more serious like
the flu or strep throat?)
(Are flu shots recommended for children and at what age should you start?)
(What about finding out what's wrong with a very young child, one who cannot
(Before you leave, have you seen a lot of stomach aches as a result of too much
halloween candy today?)
(What advice do you have for parents when it comes to doling out the sweets?)
The latest economic report contradicts evidence that the economy is
The government's Index of Leading Economic Indicators fell one-tenth of one
percent in September.
It's the second decline in the last three months.
Stocks moved higher following the economic report.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP ten points.
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When News 7 returns,
Talk about your thumb luck.
A broken finger cancels Mike Tyson's upcoming boxing match,
and the heat is on the Hokies.
Steve Mason takes a look at what this weekend's match up with Syracuse
means for Tech.
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Mike Tyson's free T-V heavyweight boxing match set for this Saturday night
has gotten a thumbs down!
The bout and the entire boxing card was cancelled after the Tyson camp
confirmed the former champ has a broken right thumb.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV/Monday; :00
Tyson appeared to be fine during a sparring session in Vegas Monday, but
doctors have told the Nevada boxing commission he does have a fracture and will
out of commission for four to six weeks.
SUPER=04-Last Night - ESPN2;
Late last night in Las Vegas, the Tyson camp held a news conference to
confirm the cancellation is due to an injury and not sagging interest and
IN Q=I believe...
((MIKE TYSON/SUFFERS BROKEN THUMB: I BELIEVE IT HAPPENDED IN OHIO SOMEWHERE
RIGHT BEFORE I CAME HERE, AND THEN AGAIN YESTERDAY AND TODAY. IT'S A PRETTY
SERIOUS SET BACK AS FAR AS MY CONTINUATION ON CONFERENCE FIGHTS. IT'S NOT GOING
TO KILL ME. I MEAN, I'M NOT HURTING FOR MONEY. I WAS REALLY IN ANTICIPATION FOR
THIS TO GO ON.))
SUPER=01-Mike Tyson/Suffers Broken Thumb; :00
OUT Q=...fight to go on.
The top spot in the Big East is up for grabs this Saturday as the Virginia
Tech Hokies host Syracuse.
But those aren't the only stakes.
Steve Mason has the story.
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SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/Saturday; :00
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/This Season; :15
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :25
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Season; :34
SUPER=01-George DelRicco/Hokie Leading Tackler; :46
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/6 Sacks, 74 Tackles; :55
SUPER=03-Syracuse/Last Year; 1:33
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Virginia Tech's defense is now ranked #1 in the country against the run
and 9th overall. West Virginia gained only 15 yards on the ground in Hokies 27
to nothing domination. However, Tech is hardly banking on a Syracuse shutout.
The Orangemen are averaging a Big East leading 29 points per game.
FRANK BEAMER/VA TECH HEAD COACH: I THINK SYRACUSE HAS QUITE A BIT MORE
SPEED AT THE WIDE RECEIVER POSITION AND THE RUNNING BACK POSITION, AT THE
QUARTERBACK POSITION, A LOT MORE SPEED. OPTION GAME, THEY'LL GET INTO A
WISHBONE, THEY'LL GET INTO QUITE A FEW DIFFERENT SETS
The stakes for this weekend's game are higher for other reasons as well.
Saturday's game marks the final appearance in Lane Stadium for 17 Hokie
seniors, an last years 28 to 20 loss has been hard to forget.
GEORGE DEL RICCO/HOKIE LEADING TACKLER: THEY BEAT US UP LAST YEAR, ON THE
FRONT LINE, THE RUNNING BACKS EVERYBODY. I MEAN ITS GOING TO BE A PAYBACK
J.C. PRICE/6 SACKS, 74 TACKLES: THE EMOTION IS GOING TO BE RIDING HIGH
FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. THE UPPER CLASSMEN DEFINITELY BECAUSE ITS GOING TO BE OUR
LAST ONE IN THE BIG HOUSE ON THE FIELD AT LAND STADIUM, AND THE UNDERCLASSMEN
ARE GOING TO WANT TO SEND US OUT WITH A WIN.
One motivation for both teams is that officials from the Sugar, Gator and
Carquest bowls are going to be here at Lane Stadium Saturday. But the most
immediate incentive, is taking another step towards the conference
I TOLD OUR PLAYERS- LETS CONCENTRATE ON SYRACUSE, AND IF WE DO A GREAT JOB
PREPARING AND FOCUSING AND PLAYING, THEN ALL OF THOSE OTHER THINGS WILL TAKE
CARE OF THEMSELVES. I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF POSSIBILITIES RIGHT NOW, AND
THE ONE THING I CAN SAY RIGHT NOW IS THAT I FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE THAT THE
HOKIES ARE GOING TO BE IN A BOWL
If the Hokies beat Syracuse they will take over the top spot in the Big
East with only conference doormat Temple left on the schedule. In essence, a
victory over the Orangemen and Tech all but wraps-up the Big East championship.
In Blacksburg, Steve Mason, News 7 Sports.))
Thanks for joining us, and have a good day.
That's all for News 7 at Noon.