Up next on News 7 at eleven-
A Hollins College student home for Thanksgiving may have been murdered.
California Authorities find the remains of what could be a missing model.
Plus a Greyhound bus crash in Marlyand- injuries dozens.
And Robin with the warmer weekend forecast.
News 7 is next.
A Hollins College student may be dead after a suspicious fire in Fairfax.
SUPER=03-Fairfax Co./Thursday Morning;
Police say the victim is probably Ann Harper, a junior at Hollins.
But the woman's identity won't be confirmed until an autopsy is done.
SUPER=03-North East, MD;
A bus overturns on Interstate 95 in Maryland.
Police say the driver may have fallen asleep.
Nearly 40 passengers were injured-- four seriously.
SUPER=03-New York City;
And some of Frank Sinatra's belongings were on sale today in New York.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Police say a suspicious fire in a Fairfax home may have claimed the life of
a Hollins College student.
They say the victim was probably Ann Harper, a junior at Hollins.
But they won't be able to confirm the woman's identity until an autopsy is
SUPER=03-Fairfax Co./Thursday Morning;
Police believe Harper was assaulted before the house was set on fire around
two Thursday morning.
Her mother escaped the blaze with first and second degree burns.
The cause of the blaze and the cause of death have not been determined.
Hollins College officials say Harper was an honors student and was a member
of the Chapel Choir.
Harper was home visiting her family for Thanksgiving.
The investigation continues into the death of a woman- whose body was found
along the James River in Amherst County Wednesday.
Two deer hunters, one of them an off- duty deputy, discovered the body of
25- year- old Robin Jeanette Burge (berj) on a riverbank in the Galts Mill
section of the county.
It appeared Burge's body had been there a couple of days.
A state medical examiner is still conducting an autopsy, but police say
Burge apparently suffered a gunshot wound to the upper torso.
Burge's mother says she had not seen her daughter in two years, and has been
unable to provide police with any leads as to who might have killed her.
Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Amherst County
Authorities searching a southern California forest for a missing model
SUPER=03-Angeles Nat. Forest;
have found human remains off a remote mountain road.
Police don't know yet if the remains are those of Linda Sobek,
a former Los Angeles Raiders Cheerleader.
Sobek vanished November 16th after telling her mother she had a modeling
SUPER=03-Redondo Beach, CA;
A photographer, Charles Rath-bun is the suspect.
He reportedly told investigators he'd accidentally hit Sobek with a sport
utility truck- while demonstrating a driving maneuver.
Rathbun apparently says he panicked and decided to bury her.
Rathbun reportedly tried to commit suicide earlier today in his
jail cell with a razor blade- He was treated and later in the day led the
search team to the site.
The leader of the Bosnian Serbs is promising to accept a peace agreement.
(RA-dough-van KA-ra-Jich) Radovan Kardzic is also trying to persuade
diehard rebels that resisting would be useless.
Even so, leaders of the Serb held suburbs are vowing to fight rather than
give up territory.
And today Serbs protested saying they would not give up Sarajevo-
They're also complaining that the peace plan carves up Serb territory.
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Meanwhile U-S troops in Germany are preparing to go to Bosnia.
They could be there in just a few weeks-
((WILLIAM PERRY/DEFENSE SECRETARY: WE ARE NOT GOING INT EHRE TO FIGHT A WAR. WE
ARE NOT PLANNING TO FIGHT OUR WAY INA ND WE DO NOT EXPECT ORGANIZED
((I BELIEVE THIS FORCE IS WELL TRAINED, WELL EQUIPPED, STRONG AND READY FOR THE
SUPER=01-William Perry/Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=FOR THE MISSION."
Perry is in Germany visiting U-S troops.
He said they'll be authorized to use deadly force whenever necessary.
The stores are empty now, but that wasn't the case this afternoon.
Customers jammed into Valley View Mall- getting a jump on the holiday
Some stores opened at 6 this morning, and that made for an early rush.
Parking was definitely at a premium.
Some people even spent more time parking than shopping.
SOT tape 1 10:36:30
IN Q=You can't
((JODY FITCH/SHOPPER: YOU CAN'T FIND A PLACE TO PARK. SO WE PARKED OVER AT MY
MOM'S HOUSE AND WALKED OVER. ))
OUT Q=walked over
Once inside, shoppers were greeted by big sales and big crowds.
Some say it takes a special kind of person to hit the stores on the busiest
shopping day of the year.
SOT tape 2 15:01:42
IN Q=You have to be
((BETTY STEWART/SHOPPER: YOU HAVE TO BE A LITTLE BIT CRAZY TO BE OUT HERE
NUMBER 1. IT'S KIND OF FUN. IT KIND OF GIVES YOU THE EXCITEMENT OF CHRISTMAS
APPROACHING AND KIND OF GETS YOU IN THE MOOD. ))
OUT Q=in the mood.
If you weren't one of ones who braved the malls today, you have exactly 30
shopping days left before Christmas.
Now that the shopping season is in full swing, retailers hope to pull off
last minute sales.
Jay Moore talks with a retail analyst who tells us some businesses will see
increased sales while one faces Chapter 11.
IN Q=Christmas time
SUPER=01-Kenneth Gassman/Retail Analyst; :12
OUT Q=News 7.
((Christmas time is the key season for retailers.
In fact, some make 100 percent of their profits in November and December.
And what gifts will bring in the dollars this holiday season?
IN Q=We think the
((WE THINK THE MERCHANDISE THAT'S GOING TO BE SOLD THIS CHRISTMAS WILL
REPRESENT THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE.))
OUT Q=in life
Those items include things like jewelry, computers and upper end apparel.
((OUR BEST PICK IN THE APPAREL AREA FOR AN APPAREL REBOUND IS SOMETHING LIKE
STEIN MART. STEIN MART CARRIES BETTER APPAREL AND THEY HAVE A NICHE THAT'S
DIFFERENT FROM OTHER RETAILERS.))
Analyst predict the nations' number one retailer may be stale this year.
IN Q=The names that
((THE NAMES THAT PROBABLY WON'T DO WELL WILL INCLUDE WAL*MART. THOSE FOLKS CAN
ONLY HOPE CHRISTMAS 96 WILL BE BETTER.))
OUT Q=will be better.
IN Q=And how about
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: AND HOW ABOUT WALMART'S BIGGEST COMPETITOR. IN THE
PAST YEAR, KMART HAS CLOSED MORE THAN 150 STORES AND GASSMAN SAYS IT MAY ON THE
BRINK OF FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY.))
OUT Q=filing for bankruptcy.
((IT WOULDN'T TAKE BANKRUPTCY FOR FINANCIAL REASONS BUT IT WOULD TAKE
BANKRUPTCY TO DUMP 200-300 UNFAVORABLE STORE LEASES SO THEY COULD GET BACK ON
THEIR FEET. ))
Standing strong in the consumer electronics area is Circuit City.
It continues to take the market share away from everyone.
((IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHETHER ITS BEST BUYS, SOUND ADVICE, ULTIMATE
ELECTRONICS, OR ANY OTHER NAMES PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW. CIRCUIT CITY CONTINUES
TO GROW RAPIDLY.))
And although consumers have kept the purse strings tight for most of the
year, you probably won't be able to tell much of a difference when rolling into
Jay Moore, News 7.))
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Coming up on News-7,
Forty people are injured as a Greyhound bus overturns in Maryland,
And we'll show you a man whose wheelchair van service may be upset if a
Danville city ordinance gets changed.
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A sleepy bus driver may have been the cause of a Greyhound bus crash in
SUPER=03-North East, MD;
It happened on Interstate 95.
The bus went out of control, and flipped on its side- injuring nearly 40
passengers- four seriously.
((THE BUS DRIVER MAY HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP OR TIRED AND INATTENTION AND LOST
CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, THAT'S WHAT WE UNDERSTAND.))
OUT Q=WHAT WE UNDERSTAND."
The bus was on its way from Fayetteville, North Carolina to New York
The Interstate was closed for nearly three hours- while the bus was
turned upright and towed away.
Three teenagers charged with murdering a Tennessee Sheriff's deputy will
stay in jail.
A judge turned down the trio's request for bail at a detention hearing
SUPER=03-Sullivan Co., TN/Wednesday;
The teens are charged with the first-degree murder of Deputy Steve Mullins.
Mullins had set up a roadblock when he was struck and killed by a van the
teenagers apparantly stole.
They're also charged with the theft of the van, evading arrest and
possession of cocaine.
The teens are from Orlando, Florida.
Police began chasing the van Wednesday in Bristol.
The pursuit crossed into Sullivan County, Tennessee, where the deputy was
Another hearing is set for next month to determine whether to try the
15-year-olds as adults.
A Montgomery County supervisor is rethinking a vote which could kill the
Monday the board decided not to let the state condemn land in a farming and
Joe Gorman was one of two supervisors who had supported the road, but voted
AGAINST against condemning the land.
He now hopes to meet with highway planners and POSSIBLY bring the matter up
for reconsideration at a work session Monday.
((JOE GORMAN/MONTGOMERY CO. SUPERVISOR: RIGHT NOW I FEEL LIKE WE'RE A LITTLE
BIT SHORT ON INFORMATION, AND WE DID ACT IN HASTE BECAUSE OF THE REQUIREMENT OF
THE STATE LAW. AND I FRANKLY THINK WE'VE ACTED TOO QUICKLY TO HAVE ALL THE
INFORMATION ON THE TABLE. ))
SUPER=01-Joe Gorman/Montgomery Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=on the table.
Gorman says he's also concerned the public has misinterpreted the vote as
being pro-environment and anti-economic development.
((I THINK THE ITEMS UNDER CONSIDERATION WAS THE EFFECT TO THE EXISTING
AGRICULTURE AND FOREST DISTRICT, RATHER THAN AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT QUESTION,
AND THAT'S WHAT WAS ACTED ON. ))
OUT Q=was acted on.
Gorman says if he brings the matter up Monday, it would be a request for the
board to let the highway department submit more information.
A Danville businessman says the city is infringing on his rights.
But city officials say regulating Richard Smith's business is in the best
interest of residents.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=James Shepherd
SUPER=01-James Shepherd/"Out and About" Customer; :15
SUPER=01-Richard Smith/"Out and About" Owner; :47
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
(( James Shepherd has relied on "Out and About's" service for a little less
than six- months.
2:47:42 nat sound: OK, you're going on up.
Shepherd says he used other wheelchair van services to get to and from the
doctor, but none were as reliable.
IN Q=Out and About
((JAMES SHEPHERD/"OUT AND ABOUT" CUSTOMER: OUT AND ABOUT, YOU CAN SET YOUR
WATCH BY THEM, YOU GOT AN APPOINTMENT AT 1:15, THEY'LL BE HERE AT 1:15 GETTING
YOU UP THERE BY 1:30.))
OUT Q=by 1:30.
Shepherd's opinion of "Out and About" is one reason Richard Smith has
stayed in business for the last year and a half.
He also credits his ability to offer reasonable rates for his service.
Currently, he says the State monitors his business with an E-M-S and
medicaid license, but some city officials want to keep a closer eye on Smith by
classifying his business as a "taxi cab".
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((RICHARD SMITH/"OUT AND ABOUT" OWNER: BASICALLY AT THAT POINT THEY WOULD BE
ALLOWED TO REGULATE RATES, BECAUSE THE CITY COUNCIL HERE SETS RATES FOR TAXI
CABS AND I WOULD BE FORCED TO CHARGE WHATEVER RATE WAS DICTATED TO ME, WHICH
COULD PRICE SOME LOWER INCOME PEOPLE OUT OF THE ABILITY TO RIDE THE WHEELCHAIR
OUT Q=wheelchair van.
Right now, Richard Smith's business falls within a grey area in terms of
classification. He's NOT considered a taxi cab nor an ambulance.
But city attorney, James Saul says the city's definition of a taxi has been
altered to include wheelchair van service.
But before the change becomes official-- City council will have to vote on
Saul says the change is in the best interest of residents because the city
will be able to monitor the rates charged- just as they do with taxi cabs.
One source told News 7, the change wasn't to single out Richard Smith,
rather to keep a check on others who may want to start similar businesses.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
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Up next on news 7,
the old Norfolk Southern office building in Roanoke may have a new have a
future in education.
The old Norfolk Southern Office Building in downtown Roanoke may soon start
a second career.
Plans to establish a higher education center are raising hope the landmark
building will be saved, but they're also raising questions.
The center would bring college- level classes, continuing ed, graduate
programs and worker training under one roof.
But with few specifics on the table so far, some officials are skeptical.
SOT MCCADDEN 15:09:26
IN Q=I think the question
((MAC MCCADDEN/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I THINK THE QUESTION THAT I WANT TO RAISE
IS THAT WE AREN'T IN A COMPETITIVE MODE AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH. I THINK THAT'S
VERY IMPORTANT. I WANT EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE GREAT
ALLIANCES WITH VIRGINIA TECH AND I DON'T WAN'T THIS TO BE A HINDRANCE.))
((JOHN EDWARDS/ROANOKE VICE- MAYOR: AT NO POINT HAVE WE THOUGHT OF THE HIGHER
EDUCATION CENTER AS BEING COMPETITIVE WITH VIRGINIA TECH, AND IN FACT, VIRGINIA
TECH WE HOPE WOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER CONCEPT.))
OUT Q=higher education concept.
Ultimately, McCadden agreed to include the project on a list of
City Council will decide next month whether to press the General Assembly
French Director (Louey Mal) Louis Malle died of Lymphoma complications-
at his home in Beverly Hills.
The 63 year old- was married to Murphy Brown star Candice Bergen.
((MURPHY BROWN: EXCUSE ME MR. MALLE. LOUIS MALLE: OH, MURPHY BROWN, HI. I'M
DELIGHTED YOU'LL BE WORKING WITH US. THANKS FOR DROPPING BY. WE'LL SEE YOU
OUT Q=see you Friday, Laughter.
Malle began his career as an assistant to Jacque Cousteau.
SUPER=04-Atlantic City; (quick!)
His films include Pretty Baby, Atlantic City, and My Dinner with Andre.
Malle was 63.
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Still to come on news 7, Roy will have all the scores from tonight's playoff
And we'll see what items you can find at Frank Sinatra's garage sale.
In the Region Three Division Four Semi Final, the Salem Spartans were trying
to avenge last year's beating at the hands of Amherst County.
But the Lancers survived the night, beating the Spartans 36-29 in overtime.
It looked like the Salem fans weren't going to have much to cheer about
Amherst County scored two touchdowns in the first three and a half minutes
and when Maurice Clark takes this Mitch White hand off.
His 91 yard scamper puts the Lancers in the lead 21 to 7 in the first
But Salem showed up in the second.
On third and goal from the 19 Seth Moore, looking for a receiver finds Ricky
Eubanks for this diving T-D reception.
Regulation would end in a 29-29 tie.
And in overtime Maurice Clark gets the call again. The Lancers score and
win the contest 36 to 29.
Down in Pulaski at the Cougars Den the Cougars played host to the
undefeated E.C. Glass Hilltoppers in the Division five Norhtwest Regional
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Cougars vs Hilltoppers; :
After a 46 yard punt return to the Glass 4 Ronald Branch keeps the ball and
goes in for the score to make it 7 to nothing Cougars.
Glass's high powered offense had an answer Chris Matthews barrels in from
three yards out the point after tied the game at 7 in the first quarter.
Both teams traded touchdowns before SUPER=36-Pulaski Co./=24/E.C.
Glass/=28;the cougars took the lead for a third time Juwan Clark caps an 8
minute drive with a one yard run Pulaski led 21 to 14 and Glass goes on to win
it 28 to 24.
The Region Three Division Three championship goes to William Campbell
for the second straight year.
Tonight the Generals improved their record to 12 and 0 with a 28 to 16 win
SUPER=03-Naruna/William Campbell vs F.-Collinsville; :
William Campbell marched down the field on its opening drive Dominick Dews
drops back and finds Marco Pannell for a 36 yard touchdown and the 2 point
conversion made it 8 to nothing Campbell.
The Cavaliers came right back on SUPER=36-William
Campbell/=28/F.-Collinsville/=16;their next drive Phillip Hairston airs it out
to Brad Scales over the middle for a 44 yard strike to make it 8 to 7 William
Campbell and the Generals win it 28 to 16.
It's regional championship night so lets check the scores and the games
that will be played tomorrow.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....LAST SCORE."
SUPER=55-L.C. Bird/Sat./Varina/1:30/Green Run/=7/Indian
SUPER=55-C.D. Hlyton/21/Woodbridge/=6/Lee-Davis/35/Highland Springs/13/Deep
SUPER=55-McLean/23/West Potomac/=7/E.C.Glass/28/Pulaski Co./24/Nansemond
SUPER=55-Goochland/14/Strasburg/28/Bland Co./Sat./Bath Co./1:30/J.I.
Leon Johnson rushed for 139 yards and scored two touchdowns as North
Carolina beat North Carolina State 30 to 28.
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/ABC SPORTS; :
The Wolfpack was looking for this win to save their season.
But Johnson scored the first of his two touchdowns on this short run diving
over the line and giving the Tar Heels the early lead.
The Wolfpack rallied. With seconds on the clock in the fourth quarter
Terry Harvey hooks up with Jim Grissett on this 14 yard touchdown pass pulling
State to within two points.
Harvey went for the tie throwing SUPER=36-North Carolina/=30/North
Carolina State/=28;into the end zone for Mark Thomas who appeared to be pushed
by a Tar Heel defender but Carolina wins it 30 to 28.
Chad Johnston had a super day as the West Virginia Mountaineers ended their
season with a 21 to nothing Big East win over Pittsburgh.
SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/ESPN; :
In the second quarter, Johnston goes to the air and hooks up with David
Saunders on this 29 yard touchdown pass as the Mountaineers took a 14 to
Johnston was 14 of 30 for 235 yards here he completes this 39 yard pass to
Lovett Pernell setting up a Mountaineer touchdown early in the third quarter of
Several plays later Johnston goes SUPER=36-West
Virginia/=21/Pittsburgh/==0;to the air and and hits Pernell on the 7 yard
touchdown and the Mountaineers end the season with the 21 to nothing win.
Top Ranked Nebraska finished its third straight undefeated regular season
with a 37 to nothing win over Oklahoma.
SUPER=03-Lincoln, NB/ABC SPORTS; :
Sooner coach Howard Schnellenberger watches from the sidelines.
And this was not what he wanted to see. Jamel Williams intercepts this
Eric Moore Pass and he returns it 35 ayrds for a touchdown and a 7 to nothing
Nebraska led 20 to nothing after SUPER=36-Nebraska/=37/Oklahoma/==0;
three quarters and the Cornhuskers iced the win in the fourth quarter routing
Oklahoma 37 to nothing.
And coming up, Virginia opens its basketball season tonight Felipe Lopez
leads St. John's to a win.
and the Bruins take care of the Kings in Boston this afternoon.
Curtis Staples scored 17 points and tied a school record with 7 steals to
lead 17-th ranked Virginia to an 84 to 65 win over Tennessee-Martin in the
season opener for both schools.
Freshman Courtney Alexander had 15 points for the Cavaliers and Harold Deane
scored 11 all in the first half.
At Madison Square Garden St. John's picked up a big win over Niagara 88 to
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG NETWORK; :
Felipe Lopez takes the floor as the game gets underway.
Then Fred Lyson pulls up and nails this three pointer and the Redmen took
the 19 to 11 lead.
Lopez gets the ball out on the floor and he goes in for the breakaway jam
and St. John's led 32 to 20.
Niagara tried to come back in the SUPER=34-St.
John's/=88/Niagara/=72;second half Chris Watson with the steal and Slam but
St. John's wins it 88 to 72.
The Boston Bruins held on this afternoon to beat the Los Angeles Kings 2 to
1 in Boston.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/ESPN; :
The Bruins got on the board in the first period Cam Neely gets the rebound
and scores on the power play and Boston led 1 to nothing.
Still in the first Sandy Moger gets the score on the follow up for his
third goal of the season and a 2 to nothing Boston lead.
The Kings prevented the shutout in SUPER=31-Boston/==2/Los
Angeles/==1;the third quarter Rob Cowie with the Slap shot but Boston wins the
game 2 to 1.
Philadelphia and Chicago won hockey games tonight for those and all of
tonight's scores lets go to the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
When the average person feels he has too much stuff, he has a garage sale.
We'll if you're Frank Sinatra you have an auction at Christie's.
Sinatra is cashing in as he sales his memorabilia and belongings to the
Among the items; Fabarge gold boxes, Andrew Wyeth paintings, and a jaguar.
Frank is even parting with a wedding gift from his wife.
The items go on sale December first in New York City.