The Bosnia Peacekeeping mission is officially underway.
A Texas man goes on a deadly shooting spree, seeking revenge against the
girl he claims gave him AIDS.
And O-J Simpson prosecutor Chris Darden breaks into show-biz by inking a
million dollar movie deal.
Sunny skies and mild temperatures will gradually give way to clouds and the
possibility of showers by late tomorrow. Stay tuned for all the latest from
the News 7 Weather Center.
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.
The first NATO troops have set foot in Bosnia and Croatia to begin the
Balkan peacekeeping mission.
British and American soldiers from NATO'S Rapid Reaction force flew out of
Germany this morning.
((I'M TAKING ABOUT 50 OF MY TROOPS OUT TO SPLEET AND SARAJEVO TO PUT IN PLACE
THE COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE FOR COMMAND AND CONTROL THROUGHOUT BOSNIA TO
ALL APPROPRIATE TIME TO ENABLE THE COMMANDER GENERAL WALKER TO TAKE COMMAND. ))
SUPER=07-Lt. Colonel David McDowall;
OUT Q=to take command.
The troops arriving today are the first of 26-hundred soldiers who will lay
the groundwork for the 60-thousand-member NATO peacekeeping force.
In Japan, three marines accused of raping a twelve-year-old school
girl were back in court today in Okinawa.
There was new testimony in the trial that has enraged the Japanese-- an
apology, from the wife of one of the accused.
Barry Petersen has more from Tokyo.
SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting;; 1:00 (no standup)
OUT Q=Barry Petersen, CBS News Tokyo;
This was the day when family members had their day in court...a chance to
stand up on behalf of the three servicemen...
The wife of Marine PFC Rodrico Harp told the court - quote - I'm very sorry.
I'd like to apologize to the Japanese girl, to her mother and father, to the
people of Japan and the United States.
Harp buried his face in his hands and appeared to be crying as his wife said
he adored his two daughters and was a gentle man.
The case is being heard before three judges...there are no jury trials in
And to the Japanese, an apology shows remorse and can often lead to a
reduced jail sentence.
The families of the three men originally claimed the men had been railroaded
into giving confessions...one pleading guilty to the rape, the other two
admitting to the abduction.
Now, after their visit to Okinawa, the families say that was a
misunderstanding and in fact have offered to pay the family of the 12-year-old
Japanese girl 15-thousand dollars as a gesture of apology for the three - a
traditional Japanese custom.
But despite all that...the case continues to be a lightening rod for
opponents of the US presence in Okinawa...and is clearly forcing Japanese and
US officials into thinking of ways to trim the size of the bases - and ways to
move some of these troops somewhere else in Japan.
Barry Petersen, CBS News,Tokyo.))
Police in San Antonio Texas say a man who claimed a teenage girl gave him
AIDS burst into a house where he thought she was staying last night and opened
fire with a pistol.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;
Two people were fatally shot and three others wounded before the gunman
Witnesses say the gunman was screaming he had AIDS before entering the house.
((NEIGHBOR: THE GUNMAN IS SUPPOSE TO BE AN OLD BOYFRIEND OF ONE OF THE GIRLS
THAT LIVE THERE, BUT SHE DOESN'T LIVE THERE SHE HAS HER OWN APARTMENT AND THEY
SAY HE JUST CAME AND SHOT UP EVERYBODY. ))
OUT Q=and shot up everybody.
Police say the girl the gunman was looking for was not at the house at the
time of the shootings and denies the man's claims.
One man is in the hospital, another charged with reckless driving following
a fiery tractor trailer accident on Interstate 81 yesterday.
The wreck blocked traffic for more than eight hours.
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Barbara Stelling/Motorist; :21
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
SOT TAPE ONE 14:26:20
IN Q=Access onto
((SCANNER TRAFFIC: ACCESS ONTO 581 IS TOTALLY BLOCKED.))
OUT Q=totally blocked.
That was the scenario after this tractor trailer flipped and ended up
sandwiched between the guardrails of this bridge on Interstate 81.
The driver suffered minor injuries; his partner was thrown from the
cab...witnesses dragged him to safety just before the truck went up in flames.
SOT tape one 14:34:21
IN Q=I ran up
((BARBARA STELLING/MOTORIST: I RAN UP THE STREET, SCREAMED FOR PEOPLE TO COME
HELP ME BECAUSE I KNEW HE WOULD BURN UP IF WE DIDN'T GET HIM OUTTA THERE.))
OUT Q=outta there.
IN Q=One of
((One of the biggest challenges was getting the medical helicopter back over to
the highway, because there was a lot going on here in addition to the rescue
effort...the truck was still on fire.))
OUT Q=still on fire.
SOT 14:26:07 tape one
IN Q=Have landing
((SCANNER TRAFFIC: HAVE LANDING ZONE ESTABLISHED FOR LIFEGUARD 10.))
OUT Q=for Lifeguard 10.
The first time the chopper tried to land it didn't have enough room.
Rescue crews kept attending to the injured truck passenger until Lifeguard
10 had a wider area to touch down on.
Nat Sot of chopper landing
After that firefighters finally got to concentrate on just extinguishing the
truck full of electronic products.
But even that took a while, since crews weren't near any hydrants.
SOT 00:20:13 scanner
IN Q=Gonna have
((SCANNER TRAFFIC: GONNA HAVE TO RE-ROUTE THIS TRAFFIC SOUTHBOUND ON 581.))
OUT Q=on 581.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
The man airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital was 53-year-old David Morris
of Yadkin, North Carolina.
He's in serious condition.
The driver, 45-year-old Luke (SANE) Sain of Hickory, North Carolina, was
treated and released.
He's been charged with reckless driving.
TAPE#95-98 and edit of last week's tape
Roanoke fire officials say two fires in one week, and in the same
neighborhood were deliberately set.
A blaze in a vacant house on Campbell Avenue last night only caused minor
damage before firefighters put it out.
The fire started in a storage area in the back of the home.
Just a block away, investigators say last Sunday's fire in a vacant house on
Chapman Avenue started the same way. Authorities believe both fires were
So far, no arrests have been made.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
The strike in Paris continues, stranding commuters and letting down
but tourists in Roanoke will soon find it easier to get the Explore Park.
We'll tell you why.
music up full
GRAPHIC=us supreme court
The Supreme Court has upheld Medicaid-funded abortions for victims of rape
The court, without comment today, let stand a lower court ruling
in a case from Colorado.
Colorado argued that requiring such funding could force Colorado
to drop out of the Medicaid program.
In France, a huge 11-day strike has all but paralyzed Paris.
Shops are closed, commuters are stuck...and all as the busy Christmas season
Cinny Kennard reports.
SUPER=03-Paris, France; :00
SUPER=01-Cinny Kennard/Reporting; 1:20
OUT Q=Cinny Kennard, CBS News, London.
(( This is monday morning rush hour in Paris, hundreds of miles of
traffic jams, the french capitol in chaos, with no trains,buses
or paris metro service.
Desperate commuters are hailing free bato- mouche rides, the tourist river
boats or thousands of private buses that the government has pressed into
For the second week in a row the french
capitol has been paralysed by strikes, transportation workers joined by those
at the working for the gas company and the postal service.
What's worse the labor unrest has fuelled nasty demonstrations.
clashes involving police and strikers, sometimes strikers against anti
strikers...most of the anger is from public employees who are furious over a
government plan to reduce the country's deficit by changing
Social security and pension programs.
More than ten thousand students even
mounted a protest over the weekend demanding more money and teachers for their
Despite the widespread disruption, there is a wave of public support for the
And most are criticizing the government of President Jacques Chirac.
He has pledged to push on with his government reforms while trying to defuse
a national strike.
But, trade unions are urging teachers and telephone workers
airline staff and taxi drivers to join the job action.
That could come as early as tommorrow.
Cinny Kennard, CBS News, London.))
It impacted workers at eight factories in three different states but now it
seems the United Auto Workers' record long strike against the Caterpillar
Company is over.
SUPER=03- Peoria, IL;
Union members are going back to work, even though they voted down the latest
The employees haven't had a contract since 19-91, and they've been on strike
since June of last year.
Federal investigators want to know whether Microsoft designed "Windows 95"
to disable rival software that allows access to the Internet.
"The Wall Street Journal" says the Justice Department has issued subpoenas
to Microsoft's on-line competitors.
When the much-hyped "Windows 95" software was introduced in August, many
companies complained that it effectively wiped out their access programs.
Microsoft says the problems have stemmed from weaknesses in rival software
and that any problems "Windows 95" caused were unintentional.
Work crews are finally paving the way for the Roanoke River Parkway.
The spur will connect the Blue Ridge Parkway to Virginia's Explore Park.
Congress authorized the project back in 1987, but funding and environmental
concerns delayed the ground-breaking.
At a ceremony this morning, Explore officials said it was worth the wait.
IN Q=This was an
((RUPERT CUTLER/EXPLORE PARK DIRECTOR: THIS WAS AN ESSENTIAL PROJECT TO MAKE
EXPLORE SUCCEED, SO OBVIOUSLY I'M VERY PLEASED AND RELIEVED THAT IT'S UNDERWAY.
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Park Director;
OUT Q=it's underway
This year about 20- thousand people visited the park.
But Cutler hopes the direct link will help bring in 100- thousand tourists a
Contractors say the project should be completed by May of '97.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
Roanoke County makes an economic announcement. Len Besthoff will have a
and Christopher Darden could get over one-million dollars for his role in the
O-J Simpson case.
We'll tell you about it when News 7 returns.
music up full
A Montgomery County sheriff's deputy who was injured in an accidental
shooting yesterday is expected to be released from the hospital today.
Deputy Jeff Spooner is recovering from a bullet wound to his leg.
Sheriff Ken Phipps says Spooner, a firing range instructor, was reholstering
his weapon to leave the jail when it discharged on its own.
The gun is a 40- caliber Glock.
The sheriff's office is seeking information from other departments which use
that weapon to determine if there have been similar problems.
O-J Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden may be taking his story to the big
The producer of the blockbuster film "Forrest Gump" has reportedly signed
Darden to make a move about his life.
"Variety" magazine says the 40-year old L-A prosecutor will get 75-thousand
dollars up front and as much as one million if the film is actually made.
The newspaper says actors Denzel Washington and Laurence Fishburne are being
considered for the lead role.
Roanoke County has just wrapped up a news conference to announce what it
calls a major economic development.
It's about the renovation of a large vacant retail center.
Len Besthoff attended the announcment.
Len, what's going to happen?
(len ad lib)
SUPER=01-Edward Dunn/Harris Teeter President;
On Wall Street at noon the Dow is up nearly ten points. The market is
focusing on whether there will be yet another cut in interest rates. A
decision by the Federal Reserve Board is due later this month.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7,
The Washington Redskins end their losing streak in Texas,
and the Hokies celebrate sweet success after accepting a bowl bid.
We'll tell you where they're headed when we come back.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Virginia Tech Hokies will be ringing in the New Year on Bourbon Street.
Yesterday, the Sugar Bowl officially invited the Hokies to play Texas on New
Mike Stevens has the story.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :30
SUPER=01-Chuck Zatarain/Sugar Bowl Representative; :36
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Va. Tech Linebacker; 1:10
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/Va. Tech Defensive End; 1:30
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/Va. Tech Defensive Tackle; 1:55
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
In the N-F-L, Terry Allen scored two touchdowns and Heath Shuler passed for
one as the Redskins stunned Dallas.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/FOX SPORTS; :
The Cowboys come up big in the second quarter as Emmitt Smith scores from 7
It's Seven to nothing Cowboys.
But the Redskins answer.
Allen gets the ball and scores to make it 7 to 7 in the second quarter.
Dallas is 10 to 7 at the half, but Shuler hits Henry Ellard on the ten yard
T-D pass and Washington leads 14 to 10 in the third.
Stanley Richards intercepts a Troy Aikman pass.
Several plays later Allen scores SUPER=30-Washington/=24/Dallas/=17; from
The Redskins beat the Cowboys 24 to 17.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/NBC SPORTS; :
The Kansas City Chiefs clinched the A-F-C west title yesterday holding off
the Oakland Raiders 29 to 23.
Terry McDaniel steps in front of a Steve Bono pass and returns it 43 yards
for a touchdown and a 7 to nothing Raider lead in the first quarter.
Marcus Allen rushes SUPER=30-Kansas City/=29/Oakland/=23;to become the
first player in history to log more than 10-thousand rushing and 5-thousand
The Chiefs beat the Raiders 29 to 23.
(toss to patrick)
(patrick ad lib)