Tonight on News-7, the woman accusing two Roanoke deputies of sexual
assault...is going to have twins.
And in Franklin County, a hunter is shot and seriously wounded
In sports, famous last words from the Hokies and the Cavaliers, Tech coach
frank Beamer is up for a national award, we will have the Friday Football Extra
and Roanoke Express head coach Frank Anzalone makes some changes this
morning as his team prepares for tonight's battle with South Carolina.
The weekend forecast looks better now. Clouds Saturday but fair weather
Sunday. The leaf raking forecast is straight ahead.
Two sheriff's deputies accused of sexually assaulting a Roanoke woman in
May, now face paternity tests.
Special prosecutor Bob Bushnell says the alleged victim is pregnant with
Bushnell says the twins are due within a month and that time table indicates
that one of the accused may be the father.
Ronlyn Eaton claims the deputies, David Keith Bell and Larry Dean Neighbors,
sexually assaulted her after she asked them for a ride home from a bar.
During a motions hearing this morning Bushnell asked for an April court
By that time, the prosecution hopes to have results of a paternity test.
IN Q=if we can
((BOB BUSHNELL/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: IF WE CAN PROVE THAT HER CHILDREN ARE THE
CHILDREN OF ONE OF THESE GENTLEMEN, THEN FOR PRETTY OBVIOUS BIOLOGICAL REASONS
THE QUESTION OF INTERCOURSE BECOMES PRETTY EASY FOR US TO PROVE.))
SUPER=01-Bob Bushnell/Special Prosecutor;
OUT Q=US TO PROVE
**Keith On ENG**
The defense was also seeking a motion to have the prosecution disclose
Eaton's sexual history.
The court ruled that only previous rape allegations and whatever sexual
history that appears on police reports was admissible.
The defense will also have access to the victim's prior criminal convictions
and her medical records.
IN Q=THIS CASE IS
((TONY ANDERSON/BELL'S ATTORNEY: THIS CASE IS GOING TO BOIL DOWN TO HER
CREDIBILITY AND WE THINK THAT ONCE WE HAVE OBTAINED THE INFORMATION WE'RE
ENTITLED TO, HER CREDIBILITY WILL BE SEVERELY IN QUESTION.))
SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Bell's Attorney;
OUT Q=IN QUESTION
Bell is accused of sodomy and Neighbors is accused of rape and sodomy.
Both worked as guards in the Roanoke City Jail and are on administrative
leave without pay.
The trial date is scheduled for April 23rd.
A hunting accident in Franklin County this afternoon....
A 42-year man was reportedly shot in the shoulder.
It happened in the Union Hall area of the county around 2:30.
IN Q=Basically, we had
SUPER=01-Sgt. Ron Henry/Game Warden
OUT Q=hunting party.
Open season on deer doesn't begin until Monday. This incident involved
black-powder muzzle loaders.
So far no names have been released. The victim was air-lifted to Roanoke
Memorial Hospital within 90-minutes of the shooting.
Sheriff Quint Overton says he understands the man was in "pretty bad
The case of the former Amherst mayor accused of Money laundering is now in the
hands of a Lynchburg jury.
Roger Beidler is standing trial on nine counts of money laundering in
connection with a drug and gambling ring in central Virginia.
Prosecutors say Beidler took more than 100- thousand dollars from ringleader
Wendell Wood, and invested it in a real estate development.
To avoid filing a federal transaction report, Beidler made the deposits in
amounts of less than ten- thousand dollars.
Beidler testified today he never knew the source of Wood's money and only
broke up the deposits to protect Wood's privacy.
The jury began its deliberations about two hours ago.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
With its health risks versus economic benefits, the future of the tobacco
industry remains locked in controversy and uncertainty.
But research on the Virginia Tech campus could lead even its opponents to
eventually embrace the golden leaf.
Tracy Altizer joins us from Blacksburg with the final part of our series
"Tobacco Under Fire."
Tobacco may have a reputation as a "killer crop," but believe it or not, it
may provide the cure for a rare and potentially deadly disease.
IN Q=Here in a Virginia Tech
SUPER=01-Carole Cramer/CropTech Vice-Pres.; :13
SUPER=01-David Radin/CropTech President; 1:22
OUT Q=or pet food.
(( Here in a Virginia Tech greenhouse, a company called CropTech is carefully
cultivating tobacco plants.
Unlike any you'd see growing in a field, researchers have engineered these
plants with a HUMAN protein- producing gene.
((CAROLE CRAMER/CROPTECH VICE-PRES. FOR RESEARCH: SO THAT PLANTS SUCH AS THIS
ARE NOW PROGRAMMED TO PRODUCE THIS PROTEIN IN THEIR LEAVES. ))
That protein produces an important enzyme, which is missing in victims of
Patients suffer from bone deformities and other complications that can lead
Research at CropTech shows promise that genetically- engineered tobacco may
be used to mass-produce the enzyme, which is currently obtained from human
placentae at an annual cost of 300 thousand dollars per patient.
((WE HAVE THE EQUIVALENT OF A SINGLE DOSE PRODUCED IN A SINGLE PLANT. IF YOU
LOOK AT THE EQUIVALENCY, THAT'S ABOUT WHAT'S CURRENTLY EXTRACTED FROM ABOUT
BETWEEN TWO AND EIGHT THOUSAND PLACENTAE. ))
THE ADVANTAGE OF TOBACCO TO THIS TYPE OF RESEARCH IS THAT IT ESSENTIALLY GROWS
LIKE A WEED, SO THAT THE HUMAN GENE INTRODUCED INTO ONE PLANT WILL BE RAPIDLY
AND EFFICIENTLY REPRODUCED.
((DAVID RADIN/CROPTECH PRESIDENT: POTENTIALLY FROM ONE PLANT YOU COULD THEN
TAKE THE SEEDS THERE AND PRODUCE A WHOLE FIELD, MANY ACRES. ))
Researchers believe they should be able to use the same technology to
produce other proteins. The U.S. Army thinks so too.
((AND WE'VE JUST SIGNED A CONTRACT TO DEVELOP PLANTS FOR PRODUCTION AND
DELIVERY OF ORAL VACCINES FOR TWO HUMAN DISEASES, ANTHRAX AND BUBONIC PLAGUE.
The technology could also have non- medical applications.
But for now, it's still developmental, and therefore limited and expensive.
((BUT OUR FEELING IS THAT AS THIS TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MORE AND MORE
COST-EFFECTIVE, THEN TOBACCO COULD BE USED FOR PRODUCING ENZYMES THAT MIGHT GO
INTO DETERGENTS, OR COMPOUNDS THAT WOULD GO INTO COSMETICS OR PET FOOD. ))
OUT Q=or pet food.))
Other companies are looking into insecticides produced naturally in the
plant's leaves, and tobacco proteins as food additives.
And though the new technologies won't provide a quick fix for tobacco
farmers, they do leave the long- term future wide open.
(Wouldn't it be ironic if the product that has been so vilified as a detriment
to our health turns out to be an answer to what ails us?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6, a short jail term for a man found guilty of
severely shaking an infant, the Stock Market continues its climb to the five
and the Government shutdown could mean some private citizens will spend the
holidays without a paycheck as well.
Robin in WX
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A Bedford man will have to spend 10 days in jail for abusing a two- month-
22- year- old Kevin Lee Dillon admitted he was frustrated last Winter when
the baby started crying and he shook the little girl.
Dillon pled no contest to the charges in August.
A friend had left the baby in Dillon's care.
She suffered a significant head injury and stopped breathing, but has since
In addition to the ten-day jail term, Dillon will be on probation for two
The Blue Ridge Parkway is still open to motorists, but Federal officials are
slamming the brakes on popular attractions.
The Peaks of Otter Lodge has closed for the duration of the shutdown.
As Scott Prince reports, it could leave some people stranded.
IN Q=Gary Camp
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Gary Camp/Peaks of Otter Guest; :08
SUPER=01-Don Humphreys/Peaks of Otter Lodge; :29
SUPER=01-Cindy Downs/Hostess; 1:04
OUT Q=Prince News 7
(( Gary Camp was planning on a getaway weekend at Peaks of Otter.
Natsound van trunk
Now he has to get AWAY from the lodge.
IN Q=When we came in
((GARY CAMP/PEAKS OF OTTER GUEST: WHEN WE CAME IN, CHECKED IN AS USUAL AND AT
DINNER TIME-- OH BY THE WAY, WE'LL BE CLOSING SO YOU'LL HAVE TO MAKE OTHER
ARRANGEMENTS FOR TOMORROW. ))
OUT Q=for tomorrow
But Camp isn't alone.
All sixty- three rooms were booked this weekend.
The same holds true over the Thanksgiving holiday.
And now officials are planning for the worst.
IN Q=We will probably
((DON HUMPHREYS/PEAKS OF OTTER LODGE: WE WILL PROBABLY CANCEL MOST RESERVATIONS
THROUGH MONDAY, TODAY. AND THEN WE'LL BE GOING ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS CANCELLING
RESERVATIONS AND LETTING THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE'RE STILL CLOSED. ))
OUT Q=still closed
Stand up 12:30:20
But Lodge guests aren't the only ones affected.
Even though this facility is on Federal land, it's privately owned and
For those 80 or so employees here, that means most of them are laid off,
until they hear otherwise.
Waiters and waitresses, front desk personnel and gift shop employees will be
without a job during the shutdown.
That means no paychecks as the holidays approach.
IN Q=I'm saddened
((CINDY DOWNS/HOSTESS: I'M SADDENED THAT SOME OF THESE PEOPLE DEPEND ON THIS
FOR THEIR TOTAL INCOME AND RIGHT HERE AT CHRISTMAS AND THEY DON'T GET A CHECK
LIKE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. ))
OUT Q=government employees
So while federal officials try to balance the budget, a countless number of
Southwest Virginians have to hang in the balance.
Scott Prince, News 7.
All eyes were on the Dow Jones Industrial Average as it sailed through
uncharted territory again today.
Len Besthoff says everyone has an opinion on why the index is shooting up.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :05 (quick!)
SUPER=01-Forrest Miles/Davenport & Co.; :11
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; :30
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
The Dow didn't make it.
When the New York Stock Exchange closed today, it was still a few points shy
of the 5000 mark.
SOT FROM MARKET 16:35:41
IN Q=The Dow
((FORREST MILES/DAVENPORT & COMPANY: THE DOW FINISHED THE DAY AT 49-90 WHICH
IS A NEW HIGH ON THE DOW, THIS WEEK IT HAS SET FOUR RECORDS, FOR BEING UP THE
OUT Q=up the most.
So why is this closely watched index closing in on 5000 when at the same
time there's a budget crisis in Washington?
Many in the financial industry say the battle is actually fueling the Dow's
SOT FROM NOON CLEAN 12:20:32
IN Q=This debate
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS INC.: THIS DEBATE WILL BE SETTLED, WE'LL
BE CLOSER TO A BALANCED BUDGET WHEN IT IS RESOLVED, AND THE MARKET LIKES THAT.
OUT Q=likes that.
Others have different reasons.
SOT FROM MARKET 16:36:22
IN Q=Well, what
((MILES: WELL, WHAT HAS MADE THE DOW JUMP UP HIGH RECENTLY IS RECORD EARNINGS
REPORTS FROM MAJOR CORPORATIONS, IT'S BEEN A VERY GOOD QUARTER FOR
OUT Q=good quarter for corporations.
But what's really in a number?; Such as 5000 for the Dow...
Here's where most experts agree: it mostly provides a psychological boost
for people who closely follow the economy.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
((Dissolve straight from page 7 to local stocks))
A federal judge today denied Bill Stump's motions for acquittal.
In September, a jury convicted Stump of two firearms violations.
He testified that he was among the Blue Ridge Hunt Club members who fired
weapons that had been altered with illegal silencers.
Judge Jackson Kiser has ordered a date set for sentencing.
Stump faces up to 20 years in prison on the two possession counts, but
federal sentencing guidelines will undoubtably call for considerably less.
Here's a new one for any of you railroad enthusiasts out there.
This morning Norfolk Southern had this mammoth rail car on display.
It's referred to as the Universal Car.
The car is 140 FEET LONG, and 19 FEET HIGH.
There are only three of these in existence.
More are being built though.
It's specially made for transporting finished autos and pickups.
The company says the car is mainly designed to provide a new level of
secure, cost-effective, and damage free distribution.
Just this morning, Express head coach Frank Anzalone shakes up his team,
we will give you the temporary changes, the college basketball season begins
for some area teams this weekend,
and Virginia Tech coach frank beamer is up for a bigtime award.
In an effort to figure out why the 8 and 7 Express has been inconsistent
in the win column; head coach Frank Anzalone has made some changes for
tonight's East divisional game against South Carolina at the Round House.
Dave Stewart, who served as the Express captain last year and for the
first 15 games this season, will temporarily turn over his captainship to Craig
Also, Jeff Jestadt will temporarily replace Jeff Jablonski as assistant
captain. Stewart will serve as assistant tonight.
The reasoning behind the moves is simply to try and find a winning
IN Q=Our problem
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/9 Goals, 8 Assists; :20
OUT Q=...Puck Luck"
Herr made a solid committment to hockey over the summer and it has paid
off. He is the teams second leading scorer with 8 goals and 5 assists.
IN Q=I got...
SUPER=01-Craig Herr/Temporary Express Captain; :00
OUT Q=...to be happy round here"
Also, tonight, Daniel Berthiaume will get his first start in goal since
returning to the Express.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer is one of six finalists for the
Football writer's of America coach of the year award.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/November 4th; :00
Beamer has led Tech to eight straight wins a share of the Big East
championship this season.
But he faces some very stiff competition Amongst the finalists.
Florida's Steve Spurrier, Ohio State's John Cooper, and Northwestern's Gary
Barnett are also in the running for the award that will be announced on
And also tonight Tech's Cornell Brown was named one of seven finalists
nationally for the Football News defensive player of the year honor.
20th ranked Virginia Tech and number 13 Virginia will put state bragging
rights on the line tomorrow at high noon at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.
Players and coaches from both sides offered these famous last words.
IN Q="When you talk
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa Running Back; :
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Virginia Tech Linebacker; :
OUT Q=....on the field field saturday"
Several interesting match ups during the first week of the high school
football regional semi finals.
Heres a look at tonight's Friday Football Extra Schedule.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=....LAST GAME."
The area college basketball season gets underway tonight down in Lexington at
the Washington and Lee tipoff tournament.
The Generals play the second game of this evening's first round doubleheader
at eight o'clock against Atlanta's Emory College.
Tonight will also mark the beginning of a new era and Kevin Moore coaches his
first game at W&L.
IN Q="We're done preparing...
((KEVIN MOORE/WASHINGTON & LEE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Kevin Moore/Washington & Lee Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...good we can be."
Cave Spring High School will again host a "Midnight Madness" basketball
event to kick off the beginning of the season tomorrow night at 9:30.
A 2-dollar donation plus a can of food is all that's necessary to enjoy
free pizza, sodas and ice cream.
The money will be donated to the Ronald McDonald house.
And fans in Halifax can see the Blue Comets at their "Midnight Madness'
on Sunday night.
Arsonists are often tough to track down, but the Virginia Department of
Forestry has an ace investigator with a powerful sense of smell.
Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with a preview of that story.
Keith, close to 20 percent of all forest fires are deliberately set
and in the woodlands of western Virginia, a bloodhound is proving to be one
of the most potent weapons against arson.
Tonight We'll introduce you to T.C.
and bring you all of the news weather and sports at Eleven.