President Clinton says without U-S troops the war in Bosnia will flare up
Police look for suspects in the Thanksgiving Day stabbing of a Hollins
And the man convicted in a sensational Bedford County double murder ten
years ago makes his case on the Internet.
It's already raining in some places. We can expect more of that today... and
cooler temperatures this afternoon.
I'll tell you more about that in a few minutes.
Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.
President Clinton has laid the groundwork for committing 20-thousand U-S
troops to Bosnia.
In a televised address last night he said America must take the lead and
enforce the U-S brokered peace plan.
((AMERICA'S ROLE WILL NOT BE ABOUT FIGHTING A WAR. IT WILL BE ABOUT
HELPING THE PEOPLE OF BOSNIA TO SECURE THEIR OWN PEACE. OUR MISSION WILL BE
LIMITED, FOCUSED AND UNDER THE COMMAND OF AN AMERICAN GENERAL. IN FULFILLING
THIS MISSION, WE WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO HELP STOP THE KILLING OF INNOCENT
CIVILIANS, AND ESPECIALLY CHILDREN, AND, AT THE SAME TIME, BRING STABILITY TO
CENTRAL EUROPE, A REGION OF THE WORLD THAT IS VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS.
SUPER=03-The White House/Last Night;
OUT Q=our national interests.
On Capitol Hill today, Congress opened hearings on the President's plan.
The Senate Armed Services Committe will hear testimony from Brent
Scowcroft, who as National Secrity Adviser to former President Bush oversaw the
deployment of U-S forces to the Persian Gulf.
Congress wants to be fully consulted by President Clinton before any troops
are dispatched to Bosnia.
Meantime, lawmakers in Germany have already given their approval for troop
The German cabinet today agreed to send some four-thousand German soldiers
The first 180 soldiers are to be deployed at the end of next week, together
with a British contingent.
Germany will be sending engineers, transport units, mountain troopers and
The NATO troops heading to Bosnia will be based in the Muslim city of
Tuzla-- near the front lines of the four- year- old civil war.
Bob Simon has more.
SUPER=01-Bob Simon/Reporting; :00
SUPER=01-Carl Bildt/European Union Peace Mediator; :48
OUT Q=Bob Simon, CBS News Tuzla.
While a peace deal is underway in the Balkans, unrest continues in the Middle
SUPER=03-Kiryat Shmona, Israel;
Islamic guerillas today launched a rocket attack into northern Israel,
wounding at least six people and causing severe damage to several buildings.
Israel responded with artillery and air strikes against suspected Hezbollah
Police are still looking for a suspect in the Thanksgiving Day killing of
a Hollins College student in her Fairfax County home.
Meanwhile, Ann Harper's teachers and peers are in a state of shock over
her death, which is being investigated as both murder and arson.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=Ann Harper was only
SUPER=03-Fairfax Co./November 23; :08
SUPER=01-Linda Steele/Director of College Relations; :18
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :31
SUPER=01-Miranda Mattson/Hollins Sophomore; :39
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((Ann Harper was only 20 years old, a junior at Hollins College when she was
killed early Thanksgiving morning.
Police say Harper was stabbed to death in her home-- which was later set on
There is no known suspect at this time-- and those who knew her say she was
((LINDA STEELE/DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE RELATIONS: MANY STUDENTS KNEW HER. SHE WAS
VERY ACTIVE IN THE CHOIR, IN THE RELIGIOUS LIFE ASSOCIATION, IN THE CREATIVE
WRITING PROGRAM, IN THE MUSIC PROGRAM. AND MANY OF THE STUDENTS WHO KNEW HER
ARE VERY, VERY UPSET.))
While upsetting to the entire college community, Harper's untimely death is
also making her fellow students more aware of their own mortality.
((MIRANDA MATTSON/HOLLINS SOPHOMORE: I MEAN, YOU THINK EVERYONE'S GOING TO
LIVE UNTIL THEY DIE OF OLD AGE. BUT WHEN THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN, I THINK A
LOT OF PEOPLE RE-DO THEIR LIVES. THEY START LIVING FOR THE DAY AND START TO
SEIZE THE MOMENTS BECAUSE NOBODY KNOWS HOW LONG THEY HAVE.))
SOT standup here 18:19:30
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: SINCE HOLLINS COLLEGE IS SUCH A CLOSE- KNIT
COMMUNITY, PEOPLE HERE SAY THERE'S A LOT OF SUPPORT TO GET THEM THROUGH THIS.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR ANN HARPER WEDNESDAY IN DUPONT
Ten years after the sensational double murder of Derek and Nancy Haysom in
suburban Lynchburg, the man who's doing time for the crime is gearing up for
another round of appeals.
Jens Soering (yenz SIR-ing) insists he's innocent.
Among the claims he says he intends to file with the State Supreme Court:
that his original lawyer, Rick Neaton, suffered from "a mental disability" at
the time of the trial in Bedford.
The 27-year old German native lays out his case in an autobiography
distributed on the Internet.
The rest of his claims about the judge, pre-trial publicity and bloody
footprint evidence have all been made before and rejected by higher courts.
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Still to come, a boy in Detroit is traded for drugs,
and we'll show you what Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson are doing in ads
sponsored by gay and lesbian groups.
Showers are expected throughout the day in many areas.
While it's warm outside right now, temperatures are going to be dropping into
the 40s this afternoon... Tonight lows will be in the 30s and the temperatures
will just STAY there for a day or so. I'll have the forecast for you in just a
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A 61-year old man was struck and killed by a car this morning as he walked
across a road in Henry County.
Police have identified the victim as Wilham Brockman of Martinsville.
They say Debra Smith of Henry County was driving along route 58 when she
Brockman was taken to Martinsville-Henry County Memorial Hospital where he
died an hour later.
Also in Henry County -- police hope an eye witness will help them solve a
Authorities believe 33- year old Richard Scott Powell of Eden, North
Carolina was shot INSIDE his pick- up early Saturday morning in Sandy Level.
Police say a WOUNDED Powell and his passenger then fled to Rockingham
County, North Carolina.
SUPER=03-Rockingham Co., NC;
A passer-by discovered Powell slumped over DEAD in his truck along Route
7-70 later that day.
Authorities hope now that they've located Powell's passenger, they will be
able to confirm what happened.
IN Q=Our investigation
((SGT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT. OUR INVESTIGATION REVEALS THAT
THE VICTIM CAME HERE WITH A COMPANION PULLED IN, AND THAT THE OCCUPANTS OF THE
MOTOR VEHICLE WERE IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING A DRUG TRANSACTION OR PURCHASE
HERE AND THAT A YOUNG BLACK MALE WHO WAS TALKING WITH THEM, REACHED INTO THE
VEHICLE AND ATTEMPTED TO RIP THEM OFF BY TAKING MONEY FROM THE OCCUPANTS AND
SHORTLY AFTER THAT GUNFIRE ERUPTED NEAR THE HOME TO THE LEFT OF US HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=left of us here.
Police DO have suspects, but have NOT made an arrest.
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Officials at the Burrell (Burle) Nursing Center installed a hidden camera
in a comatose patient's room because they thought someone was stealing from
Instead, the camera caught an occupational therapist fondling the 19-year
In court yesterday James Gary Nowlin did not contest a charge of attempted
aggravated sexual battery.
He could receive up to ten years behind bars when he's sentenced.
In Detroit, a shocking case of child abuse.
Police have located a 15-year old boy who reportedly was sold by his mother
to drug dealers to pay off a crack cocaine debt.
Witnesses say for six months the boy was forced to sell drugs while in the
hands of the dealer.
And they say he had been offered sexually to male customers and became
hooked on crack himself.
One T-V station says the boy was found last night and is now in foster
Jerry Falwell is mentioned in some controversial new ads against gay
It's all part of the continuing debate between the religious right and
groups for gay and lesbian rights.
Edie Magnus takes a look at both sides.
IN Q=the message
OUT Q=new york
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Up next, it's tough enough to hold on to your cash while Christmas shopping,
we'll show you how to at least hold on to your wallet,
and we'll take you to the White House for the President's annual dose of
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It's off again, on again for the Smart Road.
Last week, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors voted against
rezoning land for the road.
But yesterday it filed a resolution rescinding the action and is now
reconsidering the project.
Virginia Tech officials are hoping more information comes out concerning
the implications of not going forward with the Smart Road.
IN Q=Specifically, those are
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA TECH PRESIDENT: SPECIFICALLY, THOSE ARE IMPLICATIONS THAT
WOULD AFFECT 3-A, WHICH I DON'T THINK HAVE BEEN THOUGHT THROUGH VERY CAREFULLY.
AND I THINK WE'RE QUITE PREPARED TO DESCRIBE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President;
OUT Q=development implications
The board's action also establishes a committee to decide what kind of
information is needed.
It's expected to report back to the board December 11th.
The city of Paris could use an extra highway or two today.
France woke up to its second nationwide strike in less than a week.
That put a halt to most public transportation and created pre-dawn traffic
jams at entry points into Paris.
The strike was called by the country's biggest independent union, to
protest social security reforms.
And while shoppers in Paris may have a hard time getting around to do their
Christmas shopping today, folks here are out in full force.
Here's something to keep in mind while browsing for holiday bargains --
someone may be browsing for your wallet.
Police say when shopping don't carry a lot of cash or credit cards.
They also advise NOT to shop alone.
IN Q=Things like traveling
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: THINGS LIKE TRAVELING WITH COMPANIONS AND
SHOPPING WITH FRIENDS INSTEAD OF BEING ALONE. MOST CRIMINALS LIKE TO FIND
SOMEONE THAT'S BY THEMSELF TO TARGET AS THE VICTIM. THINGS LIKE NOT LEAVING
PROPERTY UNATTENDED IN YOUR CAR. IF YOU ARE DOING YOUR SHOPPING MAKE SURE YOU
KEEP YOUR PURCHASES WITH YOU. DON'T GO BACK OUT TO THE CAR AND PUT THEM IN THE
CAR WHERE A WOULD BE CRIMINAL COULD BE WORKING THROUGH THE PARKING LOT LOOKING
SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=looking for stuff.
Kincaid says if you are approached it's better not to resist.
IN Q=Don't resist give.
((DON'T RESIST GIVE THEM THE MONEY AND JUST CALL THE POLICE AFTERWARDS AND
WE'LL SEE IF WE CAN LOCATE THEM AFTER THE FACT. WHATEVER MONEY YOU HAVE OR
PERSONAL PROPERTY IS NOT WORTH YOU GETTING HURT.))
OUT Q=you getting hurt.
Kincaid also says don't leave packages or other valuables in the car while
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the First Family's home.
The White House Christmas tree has arrived from Ashe County, North Carolina.
It rolled up in a horse drawn cart.
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton says the White House has dozens of
volunteers who are making wreaths and unpacking ornaments.
The White House will be decorated before the Clinton's return Sunday from a
trip to Europe.
Turn the valve and let the celebration begin.
That's exactly what Roanoke Gas officials were saying this morning.
They were on hand for a milestone event at a Roanoke County household--
service was turned on to customer number 50- thousand.
Officials say more and more people are switching over to natural gas and
that this event shows they're on a 'hot streak.'
IN Q= The company has
((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS COMPANY: THE COMPANY HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR
ABOUT 110 YEARS AND HAS HAD A 50 THOUSANDTH GAS CUSTOMER GOAL FOR QUITE SOME
TIME. SO WE'RE OUT HERE TO TURN ON THE METER AND CELEBRATE WITH OUR NEW
CUSTOMERS AN HISTORIC EVENT FOR THE GAS COMPANY. ))
SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas Co.;
OUT Q=for the gas company
Steve Wiley, who owns the home, is getting more than natural gas.
Because he was the 50- thousandth customer, the gas company is giving him a
one- thousand dollar check.
A Roanoke based firm is growing once again.
E-T-S International has agreed to acquire a Florida company.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
If it goes through, E-T-S's water and waste management division will merge
with Pipe-Liner Installers of Pompano Beach.
The company says the merger will help it meet growing demand for companies
that can rebuild aging storm and sewer lines.
E-T-S has made several acquisitions over the past few years, most in
For the third straight month, housing starts are down.
The government says the three-point-seven-percent decline in October was
the largest in seven months.
Construction of new homes and apartments was down in every region except
Analysts had been predicting an increase.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 24 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for highlights of Monday Night Football,
and make it one for the road for Sharp Try.
The story of a TRUE draft horse, next, on News 7 at Noon.
MUSIC UP FULL
Andre Agassi has pulled out of the United States Davis Cup final against
Russia this weekend.
The former world top-ranked player has been troubled by a pulled
chest muscle first suffered in the Davis Cup semifinal against Sweden in
He reinjured himself while playing in a tournament in Germany last month.
In Monday night football, San Diego booted Oakland 12-to-6.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA/ABC;
Dwayne Harper intercepted a pass in the final minute to seal the Raiders'
second straight loss.
The 8-and-4 Raiders remain one game behind first-place Kansas City in the
Tonight V-M-I and W & L faceoff for the first time in 54 years, and you can
watch the game right here on your hometown station.
The two teams' only other meeting was in the southern conference and despite
being only a 100 yards apart, they have never played in Lexington.
IN Q=When I first got
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD COACH: WHEN I FIRST GOT HERE, I THOUGHT WE'RE NOT
GOING TO DO IT BECAUSE IT'S A NO-WIN SITUATION FOR A DIVISION ONE TO PLAY A
DIVISION THREE. YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BEAT THEM. I'VE SEEN WASHINGTON AND LEE KIDS
PLAY AND I'VE GOT A LOT OF RESPECT FOR THOSE PROGRAMS. I'VE COACHED DIVISION
THREE LEVEL AND THEY PLAY GOOD BASKETBALL UP THERE. BUT WHAT I SAW WHEN I
WALKED OUT THERE WAS NOBODY IN THE STANDS AND I TOLD MY ASSISTANT THAT WE'VE
GOT TO GET PEOPLE HERE TO SEE OUR PRODUCT. IT'S LIKE ANY BUSINESS - YOU'VE GOT
TO GIVE PEOPLE A TEST. THAT'S WHY THEY GIVE YOU THOSE LITTLE SAMPLES IN THE
MAIL. YOU'VE GOT TO TEST IT FIRST.))
((CAM DYER/WASHINGTON & LEE FORWARD: IT'S GOING TO BE EXCITING FOR BOTH SCHOOLS
- REALLY TO GET THE SCHOOL SPIRIT UP AND GET EVERYBODY OUT TO THE BASKETBALL
GAME. GET PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT BASKETBALL. IT SHOULD BE THE BEGINNING OF A
REALLY GOOD RIVALRY.))
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Cam Dyer/Washington & Lee Forward; :31
OUT Q=a good rivalry.
You can catch tonight's game begining at 7:30 on W-D-B-J-7.
Now, a story where the term "party animal" takes on a whole new meaning.
SUPER=03-Hollywood Park, CA;
Meet "Sharp Try".
This four-year-old colt loves to do two things, run and drink beer.
You heard right.
Every day with his meal, "Sharp Try" is served a tall, warm beer.
His trainer says the vitamins and barley and hops in the brew are actually
good for Sharp.
And no, the beer doesn't get the horse drunk.
He weighs over 12-hundred pounds.
His trainer says a beer a day helps keep the veterinarian away.
Coming up in tonight's Health Check Report on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a drug to fight one of
the most agressive forms of leukemia.
We'll have the latest on the drug Vesanoid, which causes the leukemia cells
to age rapidly and die off.
Thanks for watching. Byee.
That report and more news, weather and sports, tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE.