One of Virginia's most infamous inmates tells his story on the Internet.
We'll examine one of Jens Soering's appeal points on NEWS 7 tonight.
And hear from the number one prospect for state Republican Party chairman-
-a member of the Allen cabinet.
In sports, Mike Stevens and Roy Stanley will join us from Lexington for a
report on tonight's WDBJ live basketball broadcasts, The Hokies tell what
they're doing while they wait for a bowl bid,
and we will have highlights from UVa's win over William and Mary.
Snow in the upper elevations should NOT impact our weather overnight, but
cold air is on the way into the region. We'll look at all the factors coming
up in weather.
The young man who's serving a double life sentence for killing Derek and
Nancy Haysom a decade ago has published his life story on the Internet.
"Mortal Thoughts," by Jens Soering is to be the springboard for a new appeal
of his murder conviction.
The 12- chapter autobiography tells of Soering's infatuation with Elizabeth
Haysom and offers what he calls a "blow-by-blow description" of the trial and
everything that led up to it.
Haysom testified that Soering got carried away- -acting out an idle fantasy
of hers- -wishing her parents were dead.
HE says SHE killed them and got HIM to take the rap.
IN Q=Basically, we decided
((JENS SOERING: BASICALLY, WE DECIDED THE ONLY WAY I COULD HELP HER--THAT COULD
POSSIBLY WORK- -WAS FOR ME TO ACCEPT THE BLAME FOR WHAT SHE'D DONE.))
SUPER=10-Jens Soering/Convicted Killer/June, 18, 1990
OUT Q=what she'd done.
Most of his latest claims have already been heard on direct appeal and
Soering HAS set forth one new point, challenging his trial lawyer's
He says Rick Neaton admits he was under a "mental disability" at the time of
the trial and that the Detroit lawyer has since "lost his license."
The Michigan State Bar and the Attorney Discipline Board confirm that Neaton
was suspended from practicing law two years ago for misappropriation of funds,
misrepresentation and neglect of a client.
A second disciplinary action against Neaton is still pending in Michigan.
Neaton's problems could be enough to get Soering a new trial.
A pedestrian in Henry County was struck and killed this morning as he walked
across Route 58.
State Police say 61-year old Wilham Brockman of Martinsville was struck by
the vehicle driven by Debra Smith of Henry County.
Brockman died at the Hospital.
A Carroll County judge will decide next month whether a confession from a
17- year- old alleged murderer may be used against him at trial.
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape;
Attorneys for Chris Gammon argued today the teen's mother should have been
present when police questioned him about the shooting of his father and
stepmother a year ago.
Gary Gammon was killed and his wife critically injured in the home they
shared with Chris and his older brother Willie Gammon, who is also charged with
Prosecutor Greg Goad argued Chris waived his rights and gave his statement
voluntarily, and never asked to have anyone present.
His trial has not been set. Willie's is scheduled February 12th.
Lynchburg police are searching for a man they say abducted and raped a city
woman over the weekend.
Police say around 5:30 Sunday evening, the man forced his way into the
victim's car, and forced her to drive on Route 460 for several hours before
He's described as a black male in his mid- 30's, about 5 feet 6 inches tall,
medium build with a mustache and beard.
He was wearing a long, dark brown coat and dark clothing.
Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Lynchburg police.
Virginia Republican chairman Pat McSweeney says he would NOT have been doing
his job for the party if people liked him enough to re-elect him.
So after a colorful four years, he happily says he won't run again next
Ellen Qualls says controversy already surrounds the only other person who
wants the job -- a member of George Allen's cabinet.
IN Q=Secretary of the
SUPER=03-Richmond/November 1993; :05
SUPER=01-Pat McSweeney/Va. Republican Party Chairman; :
SUPER=01-Mike Thomas/Va. Secretary of Administration; :39
SUPER=03-Danville/March 26; 1:14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Secretary of the Administration Mike Thomas wanted McSweeney gone in 1993.
That's when the George Allen won over a million votes -- and still blamed
McSweeney for NOT supporting him more.
But Thomas says the campaign feuds are yesterday's news -- he's ready to
serve as both a Cabinet Secretary and a party chairman.
McSweeney's NOT supporting his bid.
((PAT MCSWEENEY/VA. REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN: PARTIES IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHO
TAKE OVER TEND TO PUT IN SOMEONE WHO IS NOTHING MORE THAN THE LONG ARM OF THE
PRESIDENT. AND THE PARTY GOES DOWNHILL. INSTEAD OF BUILDING GRASS ROOTS.))
((PAT MCSWEENEY/VA. REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN: I JUST THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR
THE PARTY TO BE INDEPENDENT. AND I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT AGREES WITH THAT.
AND IT'S NOT A REPUBLICAN, AND IT'S NOT PARTICULARLY A CONSERVATIVE VIEW. IT'S
JUST A PARTY VIEW.))
((MIKE THOMAS/VA. SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION: I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT
FOR OUR PARTY CHAIRMAN, FOR OUR PARTY STRUCTURE, TO HAVE A GOOD WORKING
RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. BE THAT A GOVERNOR, A LEGISLATOR, OR
A LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL.))
Former Democratic party chairman Paul Goldman says its the perfect example
of a vindictive law boomeranging on Republicans.
During his party tenure, Goldman was the target of a law that keeps party
officials from lobbying.
He says Cabinet Secretaries lobby for the Governor's agenda.
Conflict or no, McSweeney's announcement signals the end of a colorful
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Still to come on News 7, the excitement's mounting in Lexington as V-M-I and
Washington and Lee prepare for tonight's historic basketball game,
and a group of environmentalist say they hope the Montgomery County Board of
Supervisors gets a better education on the smart highway.
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Some local environmentalists say Montgomery County supervisors need more
ACCURATE information than they've gotten on the smart highway.
Last night the board rescinded its decision barring the state from
condemning land in an agriculture and forest district.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
It set up a committee to seek more information from the highway department
on how the road would impact those lands.
Ed Wesley, a founder of the New River Environmental Coalition says a 1991
draft impact statement was flawed, and that V-DOT never produced the material
used to make its projections.
((ED WESLEY/NRV ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION: I JUST HOPE IF THEY GIVE THEM SOME NEW
INFORMATION, IT'S MORE ACCURATE THAN THAT AND THEY SHOW THE ASSUMPTIONS THEY
USED TO MAKE TRAFFIC PROJECTIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Ed Wesley/NRV Environmental Coalition;
OUT Q=things like that.
Others worry V-DOT will inflate cost estimates to build a planned 460-
bypass connector without the smart road.
((SHIREEN PARSONS/SIERRA CLUB: I THINK THAT DEPENDING ON WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO
CONVINCE SOMEBODY TO DO THE FIGURES WILL ADD UP TO ADD WEIGHT TO THEIR
SUPER=01-Shireen Parsons/Sierra Club;
OUT Q=to their arguments.
The committee is to report back to the board December 11th.
Central Virginia residents are getting their first look tonight at plans for
a 160- million dollar bypass around Madison Heights.
The road would ease congestion on Route 29 by redirecting traffic to the
east, connecting with Route 460 outside Lynchburg.
17 property owners in Campbell County would be displaced by the
V-DOT wants to hear from them and other residents before the plans are
IN Q=We've often made
((BOB GIBSON/VDOT AREA ENGINEER: WE'VE OFTEN MADE CHANGES AS A RESULT OF
COMMENTS RECEIVED AT PUBLIC HEARINGS. THAT'S WHAT WE'D LIKE TO GET ACROSS. NONE
OF THIS IS CARVED IN STONE. UNTIL WE GET THE COMMENTS IN, HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO EVALUATE THOSE AND SUBMIT TO THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD FOR THEIR
APPROVAL, IT'S NOT CARVED IN STONE. SO WE ARE HERE TO LISTEN.))
SUPER=01-Bob Gibson/VDOT Area Engineer; :00
OUT Q=here to listen.
The plans are on display until 8 tonight at V-DOT's Lynchburg headquarters.
A major tobacco company with ties to Danville is hoping to acquire the
rights to several name brand cigarettes.
Lorillard Tobacco is based in North Carolina, but operates a storage
facility in Danville.
Today the company announced it has entered into a contract with Brown and
Williamson Tobacco Corporation.
Montclair, Riviera, Malibu and Crowns are among the trademarks Lorillard
hopes to acquire.
The deal must first be approved by the Federal Trade Commission.
A company spokesman says it's too early to tell if the deal would have any
impact on Danville.
A warm house and even warmer smiles.
That was the scene this morning on Mallard Drive in Roanoke County.
Steve Wiley became the 50- thousandth customer for Roanoke Gas.
And to mark the milestone, the company awarded him with a 1- thousand dollar
Officials say today's event had been a long time in the making.
IN Q= We've probably
((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS COMPANY: WE'VE PROBABLY BEEN ABOUT 20 YEARS GOING
FROM 25,000 TO 50,000 AND INCLUDED IN THAT WAS THE ACQUISITION OF BLUEFIELD GAS
COMPANY WHICH PICKED UP ABOUT 5,000 CUSTOMERS KIND OF QUICK. BUT WE'RE LOOKING
FORWARD TO THE 60,000TH BUT WE'RE CELEBRATING NUMBER 50,000 TODAY. ))
SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas Co.;
OUT Q=50,000 today.
Williamson says Roanoke Gas is growing at a yearly 3- percent clip.
He hopes that announcements like these will continue to feed the fire for
It took a late rally to do so, but the stock market set another new record
The DOW rose seven points closing at
It was the fifth straight day the DOW set a new high.
Nasdaq climbed almost 21 points.
Help for your small business is now under one roof as the Regional Business
Center opens its doors in downtown Roanoke.
The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce has brought together the Small
Business Development Center, Virginia's International Trade Office and the
Center for Innovative Technology.
Officials say the new locale will offer one- stop assistance for those with
questions about their small business.
IN Q=We've created
((JOHN STROUD/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE'VE CREATED THE ONLY
PLACE IN VIRGINIA WHERE A BUSINESS CAN GO TO ONE LOCATION AND RECEIVE HELP ON A
BROAD RANGE OF TOPICS. ))
SUPER=01-John Stroud/Roanoke Reg. Chamber of Commerce;
OUT Q=range of topics
All counseling services are free to any small business owner.
But officials say some research projects may involve a small fee or a
government-subsidized cost sharing arrangement.
Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University renew their
rivalry on the basketball court tonight, after a break of 54 years.
And even before the first basket, Lexington is looking for a rematch.
IN Q=Rumor in barracks
((RUMOR IN BARRACKS IS THAT IT'S SOLD OUT. AND FRATERNITIES HAVE BOUGHT LARGE
SECTIONS OF SEATS, SO IT'S GOING TO BE FUN. IT'S GOING TO BE A PACKED HOUSE.))
SUPER=01-Turner Perrow/VMI Cadet;
OUT Q=be a packed house.
*******Keith on ENG******
This week, the scoreboard at VMI's Alumni field issued a call to arms.
But both schools hope to have large cheering sections when the game gets
underway at Cameron Hall.
And in the community there is hope that the series will become a permanent
fixture on the basketball schedules of the two schools.
IN Q=The Lee Jackson Lacrosse Classic
((MIKE ZITMORE/SOUTHERN INN: THE LEE JACKSON LACROSSE CLASSIC, THEY RALLY
AROUND THAT, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND LACROSSE, BUT I THINK
EVERYBODY, SORT OF, UNDERSTANDS THE GAME OF BASKETBALL, SO I CAN SEE A MAJOR
RIVALRY COMING OUT OF THIS.))
SUPER=01-Mike Zitmore/Southern Inn;
OUT Q=major rivalry coming out of this.
A major rivalry perhaps, but one that school officials hope will remain
friendly in the future.
The VMI/Washington and Lee tip off is just over an hour away, Mike Stevens,
Charlie Moir, and Roy Stanley will join us live from Lexington for a report,
the Express gears up for the ECHL's best team,
and the Hokies have turned in their pads for books and running shoes as they
continue to wait for a bowl bid.
The crosstown clash between VMi and Washington and Lee is set to tip off in
just over an hour. Your hometown station will be broadcasting the game live.
DOUBLE BOX/STEVE AND MIKE
Our Mike Stevens and Roy Stanley will call all the action with some help
from former Virginia tech coach Charlie Moir. gentlemen, has is this evening
MIKE CENTERED LIVE
Cameron Hall will be rocking tonight as cross town rivals Washington & Lee
and VMI meet on the hardwoods for the first time in 54 years.
A record crowd is expected for this evening's 7:30 tipoff.
Your Hometown station is bringing the game into your home LIVE tonight at
TWO SHOT OF MIKE & MOIR
And helping me out on the broadcast this evening is the winningest coach in
Virginia Tech history and a familiar face to many of you out there, Charlie
Coach welcome aboard.
SUPER=01-Charlie Moir/616 Career Victories;
Mike and Charlie Moir will adlib
On Moir's second answer about VMI offense roll first tape of VMI Highlights.
SUPER=03-Lexington/November 14; :00
B-roll runs :45
Two shot of MIke & Charlie
Well, Bart Bellairs is convinced VMI can win with this style of play, and he
had this to say about why he eventually decided to go with this "Run & Stun"
style of offense over more conventional styles.
Roll Bart Bellairs Bite
IN Q="More than anything...
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...we best do that."
Mike & Charlie 2-shot
We'll see how things go tonight at 7:30 as W&L tries to pull off the upset of
the season so far. Now back to Steve Mason in the studio with the rest of
Tomorrow, the Virginia Cavaliers face Kansas in the great 8. last night, the
Cavs ran the floor against William & Mary at University Hall.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Tribe vs. Cavaliers; :00
Virginia fell behind early, but finally got going in the second half. Chase
Metheney had 6 blocked shots in 17 minutes to lead the way.
Then, Scott Johnson goes on the break, passing to to Jamal Robinson, he
hits Curtis Staples for the fingeroll layin and UVa had the lead.
SUPER=33-Virginia/=87/William & Mary/=58;
UVa moves to 2-and-oh with the 87-to-58 win.
The Radford Highlanders were also victorious last night.
SUPER=03-Radford/Senators vs. Highlanders;
A 21 point run in the first half put the game out of reach early.
Corey Reed finishes off the break with the short pullup.
Eric Parker misses the short jumper but Mike Pete-in elevates and throws
down the rebound.
SUPER=33-Davis & Elkins/=49/Radford/=94;
Radford blows out Davis and Elkins 94 to 49. Radford battles VMI saturday.
The Virginia tech mens basketball team will be put to the test for the
first time this season when the 22nd ranked Hokies take the Cassell Coliseum
floor in Blacksburg for their season opener against Coastal Carolina. Tip off
is set for 7pm and we will have the highlights at 11.
Tech's 9 and 2 football team continues to wait to see what bowl it will be
playing at. In the mean time, the coaching staff has taken advantage of the
down time, exercising the minds and legs of the 13th ranked Hokies.
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...skill part of football"
The Roanoke Express plays host to the ECHL's number one team tonight. The
Toledo Storm enters the Round House with a 16-3 and 2 record. The Storm leads
the league in goals, scoring 5 a game on average. Roanoke is riding a 4 game
winning streak. The puck drops at 7.