Up next on News 7 at five-
A grandmother may be to blame for the fatal fire that killed her
Plus Bill Cosby's coming back to T-V- this time on CBS. We'll tell you
Simply a super weekend forecast. Mostly sunny, not too much wind and highs
On Health Check-- it's World AIDS Day....
We'll tell you about some of the events around the globe, and closer to
home....commemorating the lives claimed by AIDS.
(Jean AD LIB)
A relative may be responsible for the fire that claimed the life of a Henry
Investigators believe the grandmother may have set yesterday's fatal fire
in Henry County.
One-year-old Ethan Cole Kirkman died in the blaze.
Patricia Kirkman is now in a Danville mental institution for evaluation.
Officials say the 57-year-old woman was in the house when the fire started.
They say she has a history of mental illness and that charges probably WILL
NOT be filed because of her condition.
IN Q=WE BELIEVE
((SGT KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT: WE BELIEVE THAT THE PARTY THAT
MAY HAVE SET THE FIRE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AWARE OF WHAT THEY WERE DOING AT THE
TIME THE FIRE WAS SET,))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=FIRE WAS SET
IN Q=I'D SEE HIM
((PAUL STUART/NEIGHBOR: I'D SEE HIM ON THE TRACTOR WITH HIS DAD MOWING THE
YARD. I'D SEE HIM PLAYING WITH HIS MOM.))
OUT Q=WITH HIS MOM
Wanda Kirkman put her son down for a nap shortly before the fire started.
She and her husband, Colvin, were repairing a fence in a nearby pasture.
By the time they returned to the house it was fully engulfed in flames.
Their attempts to rescue Ethan failed.
His body was sent to Roanoke for an autopsy, but investigators believe he
died from smoke inhalation.
No one else was seriously hurt in the blaze.
Patricia Kirkman is in The Southern Virginia Mental Institution.
It took a Lynchburg jury just 30 minutes to find a teen guilty of taking
part in the 1993 arson at E-C Glass High School.
17 year old Elmo Jason Wilkerson was the last of four teens to stand trial
for the crime.
Wilkerson was convicted of burglary and damaging a public building-
for his role in the blaze that left nearly a million dollars in damage.
Judge Richard Miller remanded Wilkerson to the Department of Youth and
Family Services for an undetermined amount of time.
He could be held until he's 21.
GRAPHIC=Law & Gavel
Victor Layman's Federal drug trial is just over a week away and prosecutors
may have acquired more witnesses to testify against him.
Last year, police seized more than a thousand marijuana plants from a half-
They accused Layman of running the highly- sophisticated indoor pot growing
Today, three others arrested in the bust pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
Bobby Sellman, along with George and Sheryl Fender face decades in jail and
millions of dollars in fines.
Prosecutors say the three may also help in convicting Layman.
IN Q=Any of them
((JOE MOTT/PROSECUTOR: ANY OF THEM FOLLOWING A GUILTY PLEA CAN BE CALLED AS A
WITNESS. IN OTHER WORDS A DEFENDANT LOSES THEIR FIFTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS UPON
ENTERING A PLEA. ))
OUT Q=entering a plea.
Sellman and the Fenders will be sentenced in February.
Layman's trial begins a week from Monday.
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A confrontation between two teens in Martinsville turned deadly last night.
Eighteen year old Corey Lavon Hairston is charged with fatally shooting
19-year old Douglas Holland, Junior.
Tha two were arguing in the parking lot of a convenience store on Fayette
IN Q=During the altercation
((DURING THE ALTERCATION, THERE WAS ONE GUN-SHOT FIRED, STRIKING THE VICTIM IN
THE CHEST. ))
SUPER=01-G.C. Dove/Martinsville Police;
OUT Q=in the chest.
Holland was pronounced dead at the hospital.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at five,
Some Patrick Henry High School students put together one of Roanoke's
largest holiday events.
On Health Check-- Connie Stevens joins us for a World AIDS Day update.
Plus, the government's new strategy for teaching AIDS prevention.
The target audience is the M-T-V generation.
Advance peacekeeping units begin leaving Germany tomorrow- headed for
The Pentagon says the force will include about 14 hundred Americans.
10 American soldiers are already in Bosnia surveying the region.
Today at hearings in Washington, Senators wanted to know what American
soldiers would die for in Bosnia.
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SECRETARY OF STATE: I THINK THEY WILL HAVE DIED IN ORDER
TO GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEACE. THEY WILL HAVE DIED IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE
PRESUMPTION OF WAR AND ATROCITIES.))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=war and atrocities."
NATO today gave the go ahead for troops to take positions in Bosnia.
President Clinton is continuing his tour of Ireland- but today he spoke of
Bosnia calling for a strong and stable Europe.
While addressing Parliament he also appealed for peace with Northern
((WE WANT FOR ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN THE RIGHT TO GROW UP IN AN IRELAND WHERE
THIS ENTIRE ISLAND GIVES EVERY MAN AND WOMAN THE RIGHT TO LIVE UP THE FULLEST
OF THEIR GOD GIVEN ABILITIES.))
OUT Q=God Given Abilities."
The President also enjoyed a lighter moment-
He visited Cassidy's bar- The President's mother's family were Cassidy's- a
common name in Ireland.
Students at Patrick Henry High School plan one of the city's most elaborate
Roanoke's "Festival of Lights" Parade is the work of its marketing students.
Beth Myer reports the students are working hard to get everything ready for
tomorrow night's big event.
SUPER=01-Lorri Pollard/Patrick Henry H.S. Senior;
SUPER=01-Erica Wilson/Patrick Henry H.S. Senior;
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7.
((For 16 years the DECA club, an association of marketing students, at Patrick
Henry High School has planned and raised all the funds for Roanoke's Christmas
The parade has grown from just 33 entries in 1979 to this year's 98.
Every year the students make the changes they want to improve the parade.
10 46 40 00 - 10 46 51 00
IN Q=We decided last
((LORRIE POLLARD/PATRICK HENRY H.S. SENIOR: WE DECIDED LAST YEAR TO DO IT AT
NIGHT. ALL ENTRIES HAD TO BE LIT UP WITH LIGHTS AND WE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE
PRETTY AND IT TURNED OUT VERY NICE. ))
OUT Q=out very nice.
The students spend a year getting ready for the event. They do everything from
securing a permit from the city, to mailing applications, to creating the
parade line- up.
10 47 39 00 - 10 47 53 00
IN Q=I've never really
((ERICA WILSON/PATRICK HENRY H.S. SENIOR: I'VE NEVER REALLY DONE ANYTHING LIKE
THIS. SO PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER, BEING ORGANIZED, JUST BEING WITH OTHER
PEOPLE LEARNING FROM OTHER EXPERIENCES WITH THIS PARADE. ))
OUT Q=with this parade.
11 11 41 00 - 11 11 49 00
IN Q=The students have
((The students have covered all bases. For safety, they've even assigned
spotters to monitor all entries with young children.))
OUT Q=young children.
The DECA club sponsor says the students have always been concerned with
safety, but this year they will be watching extra carefully.
It was just last weekend that a five year old boy was seriously injured in
the Franklin County Christmas parade. This year the parade will have extra
spotters to safeguard participants.
Beth Myer, News 7, Roanoke.))
The Festival of Lights Parade starts tomorrow night at 6:30 at Victory
The parade will follow Jefferson street to the downtown area.
groovy music under
If you want to experience the magic of Christmas, you'll want to head down
to the Roanoke City Market.
Patrick Evans is there to tell us all about it.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
Even though the temperature outside is less than ideal for sleigh-rides and
roasting chest-nuts, you can still have a Dickens of a Christmas tonight.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated is once again bringing the magic of Christmas
past to the market area, as Patrick Evans reports.
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
Where will the Virginia Tech Hokies be heading for the bowl game?
Mike Stevens will fill us in with the latest.
On Health Check-- a report for World AIDS Day.
And a preview of tonight's play "Katie and Josh" about a young mother's
struggle with AIDS.
We'll talk to the playwright who documented her story.
IN Q=You know we're
((YOU KNOW WE'RE ALL VULNERABLE TO THIS, THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE UPPER
CLASS.WE'RE ALL VULNERABLE. ))
OUT Q=all vulnerable.
health bump next
GRAPHIC=World Aids Day
It's World AIDS Day-- the eighth year of the memorial.... a time to
remember those who've died of AIDS, and those living with the disease.
With more on the days' events
Jean/Connie double box
around the region, Health Check's Connie Stevens joins us from Hollins
College-- the site of a play tonight about living with AIDS.
We'll have a preview of that play in just a moment, it's part of a day of
activities planned in 190 countries by nearly seven-thousand organizations.
A little closer to home, there was a commemorative march today.
IN Q=I have a friend
SUPER=01-Mark Epperly/New River Valley AIDS Coalition; :
SUPER=01-Georgia Chipouras/AIDS Council; :
SUPER=01-Betty Whittaker/American Red Cross; :
OUT Q=among females.
IN Q=I have a
((I HAVE A FRIEND WHO DIED LAST YEAR, AND THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME IT HAD REALLY
EFFECTED ME. ))
OUT Q=effected me.
butt butt butt butt butt
IN Q=Everybody's getting
((EVERYBODY'S GETTING IT, NOBODY'S IMMUNE. IT'S NOT A GAY DISEASE. IT'S NOT AN
AFRICAN AMERICAN DISEASE. IT'S EVERYBODY NO MATTER WHAT AGE OR RACE.))
OUT Q=or race.
The theme of this year's World AIDS Day-- "Shared Rights, Shared
Responsibilities"-- emphasizing the role of individuals, families, the
community and the government in providing education and support.
In Roanoke, and in many other communities, they're walking, praying and
remembering loved ones.
For AIDS educators, it's been a year of ups and downs.
IN Q=We've made progress
((WE'VE MADE PROGRESS GETTING PROGRAMS INTO THE SCHOOL AND GETTING THE WORD OUT
BUT WHAT WE'RE FINDING IS THE NUMBERS ARE STILL RISING, ESPECIALLY AMONG
OUT Q=among females
AIDS is the leading cause of death among 25-to-44 year olds in the U-S-- and
the fourth in Virginia.
More than 73-hundred cases of AIDS have been reported in the state, with
another eight-thousand cases of H-I-V infection in Virginia.
In Paris, World AIDS day wasn't so quiet.
SUPER=03-Paris, France; :
The anti-government group "Act-Up" held a protest in central Paris--
critical of what it considers the French government's lax attitude about the
The government estimates between 600-thousand to one million Americans are
living with H-I-V in this country.
To prevent future cases, its unveiled new AIDS public service ads aimed at
IN Q=These public service
SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/Health & Human Services Sec.; :00
SUPER=04-Public Service Announcement; :30
OUT Q=about right.
IN Q=These public service
((DONNA SHALALA/HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SEC.: THESE PUBLIC SERVICE
ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO REACH ADULTS. YOUNG ADULTS BETWEEN
THE AGES OF 18 AND 25 WITH A BALANCED MESSAGE OF ABSTINANCE, PREVENTION AND
They're hoping to appeal to the MTV generation...the 12-television spots
and seven radio ads feature clips of young adults giving frank advice to their
IN Q=I'm not an
((I'M NOT AN IV DRUG USER AND I KNOW I'M NOT A GAY MAN. I'M REALLY SAFE FROM
THE VIRUS....I THOUGHT.
I WAS RAISED IN A SMALL TOWN, SURELY NOT HERE.
THE SHADOW OF AIDS IS AMONG US.
A GOOD FRIEND OF MIND GOT HERPES, AND IF COULD HAPPEN TO HIM IT COULD HAPPEN TO
BECAUSE I WAS HAVING A MONOGAMOUS RELATIONSHIP I WAS HAVING UNRPOTETCTED SEX. I
FIGURED I WAS SAFE. HE CHEATED ON ME. MAYBE I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NOW
I COULD HAVE GOTTEN SOMETHING. IT'S SCARRY.
YOU BEGIN TO REALIZE, WHY COULDN'T IT BE ME?
RESPECT YOURSELF, PROTECT YOURSELF.))
OUT Q=protect yourself.
butt butt butt butt
IN Q=We've already been
((WE'VE ALREADY BEEN CRITICIZED ON BOTH SIDES FOR THEM NOT BEING EXPLICIT
ENOUGH OR BEING TOO EXPLICIT. THAT SUGGESTS TO ME THAT WE'VE GOT IT ABOUT
OUT Q=about right.
All of the major networks will run the ads.
GRAPHIC=world AIDS day
As we mentioned, here tonight at Hollins, the World AIDS Day events
continue-- with the play "Katie and Josh"-- it's the story of a young mother
and her son, who both have AIDS.
It's written by local playwright Jo Weinstein.
IN Q=I got to
SUPER=01-Jo Weinstein/Playwright; :00
OUT Q=give them.
IN Q=I got to know
((I GOT TO KNOW KATIE AND JOSH THROUGH KATIE'S MOTHER....AND WAS VERY TOUCHED
BY THE SITUATION AND BY THIS FAMILY REALLY SUPPORTING THEIR CHILD AND DOING ALL
THE RIGHT THINGS. ))
OUT Q=the right things.
Katie, a pseudonmyn, had a brief affair in college with an IV drug user.
IN Q=She finished college,
((SHE FINISHED COLLEGE, GOT MARRIED, HAD A CHILD, AND THE CHILD BECAME VERY ILL
AND TRACING BACK THEY FOUND THAT KATIE ALSO HAD AIDS. ))
OUT Q=had AIDS
butt butt butt
IN Q=I will stand
((I WILL STAND UP AND SAY "MY NAME IS KATIE AND I HAVE ACQUIRED IMMUNE
DEFICIENCY SYNDROME. ))
The end of the play features a quilt made in her Katie's memory-- she
passed away last year, just before Christmas.
IN Q=I really don't want
((I REALLY DON'T WANT MYSELF OR OTHER PEOPLE TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT KATIE
HAS GONE THROUGH OR WHAT KATIE'S PARENTS HAVE GONE THROUGH. IF YOU COULD SAVE
SOMEBODY FROM THAT, I DON'T KNOW WHAT BETTER GIFT YOU COULD GIVE THEM.))
OUT Q=give them.
Katie's son might be here tonight, if he's feeling well enough.
The play will be held tonight-- here at the Hollins Theatre-- at seven
It's free and open to the public.
Also there are a number of candlelight vigils around the coverage area
Time now to move on to sports.
Here's Mike Stevens, with the Two MInute Ticker.
Good evening everybody and welcome to your Friday night, your weekend and
today's two minute sports ticker.
It's been a big day for the Virginia Tech football team and a lousy one for
the University of Miami.
The Hurricanes were placed on probation today by the NCAA, opening the door
for the Hokies to make their first ever appearance in one of the big Alliance
More on MIami's specific penalties in a moment but first let's talk about the
Tech now knows it is playing in either the Orange or the Sugar Bowl, and
school officials are 99 percent positive it will be the Sugar in New Orleans on
New Year's Eve.
This afternoon head coach Frank Beamer says this is the biggest thing to ever
happen to the Tech program.
IN Q="Well, I've been...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...a period of time."
The Big East also ruled today that Tech no longer has to share the Big East
title with Miami, thus making them sole champions in the conference.
IN Q="Well, i felt...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
OUT Q=...OR MIAMI."
And you can find out for certain where Tech is headed Sunday afternoon at
5:30 right here on WDBJ as CBS presents the bowl alliance selection show.
One thing that is for certain is that Miami is going nowhere.
The Canes were slapped with a three year probation today by the NCAA for
violating a variety of rules.
The football program has to give up 24 scholarships over the next three years
and Miami is banned from postseason bowling this season.
All of the football violations occurred before head coach Butch David
arrived, while his predecessor Dennis Erickson was at the helm of the
The school is also on probation three years for violations in baseball,
women's golf and men's tennis.
Now the girls' state basketball tournament opened this afternoon in Salem.
Defending state champ Floyd County just finished its semi-final game with
George Mason, and the Lady Mustangs beat the Lady Buffs 64 to 60. They will
play Wilson Memorial tomorrow in the title game.
Roy Stanley will have a complete game story tonight at six.
I hope to see you tonight at 11:35 for Friday Football Extra.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
take a break
Cosby's coming back to T-V- this time to CBS.
Bill Cosby has reached an agreement with CBS to give sitcoms another try.
((LES MOONVES/PRESIDENT, CBS: WHEN YOU GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET WHAT I
CONSIDER THE FINEST ACTOR IN TELEVSION TO COME TO YOUR NETWORK YOU RUN. YOU
SUPER=01-Les Moonves/President, CBS;
OUT Q=YOU RUN. YOU DON'T WALK."
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
The new series is based on the British Comedy "One Foot in the Grave."
It focuses on an older man who's between jobs and fighting with the
frustrations of everyday life.
The show's expected to hit the air next fall.
A new team of emergency medical technicians has been added to the ranks in
Midnight this morning marked the official start-up for the Goode Rescue
Keith Humphry is in our newsroom to tell us more... Keith?
Jean, after months of planning, the Goode Rescue Squad is finally able to
start responding to emergency calls.
The squad's formation was marked by bitter disputes with nearby rescue
crews, which felt the Goode volunteers lacked the equipment and the manpower to
set out on their own.
But now Goode has an ambulance, and about two dozen members with a
commitment to serve their community.
We'll tell you more about them tonight on News7 at Six.