On News 7 at SIX tonight: a bank MANAGER admits to 5-figure embezzlement.
And an emotional public statement from a homosexual Naval officer.
Tonight in sports, the Express hopes to heat up the home ice tonight at the
Roundhouse as Wheeling comes to town.
Frank Beamer and Cornell Brown continue to rake in the postseason honors.
A William Campbell graduate Charles Haley backs out of the NFL with a career
Temperatures today were below normal by nearly ten degrees and a cold front
tonight will reinforce the cool weather trend.
A former bank manager in Bath County sobbed in court this morning as she
pled guilty to embezzling nearly 30- thousand dollars.
In March, Robin Rickett told police a black man dressed in dark clothing
robbed her bank and fled on foot.
But apparently Rickett was a suspect from the beginning.
This summer she was indicted on 17 charges, including fraud and forgery.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./March 30;
Police say she used names of fictitious customers to make fake loans to
herself at the State Bank of the Alleghenies.
Rickett finally confessed to state police that she took the money.
(RICKETT WALKING INTO THE COURT)
Rickett has agreed to give the bank 20- thousand dollars from her retirement
fund to pay restitution.
She will be sentenced later.
A Henry County girl is in serious condition after a car struck her as she
walked to her bus stop this morning.
Authorities say Amanda Wagoner was crossing Route 57, just east of
The car had apparently failed to stop for the bus' flashing lights-- and
Police say charges are pending against the driver-- a Martinsville woman.
State police are investigating the accident.
Jim Miller made it official today-- he'll challenge John Warner for the
United States Senate.
Miller greeted supporters at the Roanoke Regional Airport this afternoon
during a tour of the Commonwealth.
The former Reagan budget director says he can win the Republican Party
nomination in a primary election or convention.
But Miller is not only challenging Warner for his Senate seat.
He's challenging Warner's record as a Republican.
IN Q=With the conservative
((JIM MILLER/R- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: WITH THE RECENT CONSERVATIVE SURGE
ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME WE HAD A REAGAN REPUBLICAN IN THE
SENATE-- AND NOT A CLINTON REPUBLICAN. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Miller/(R) U.S. Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=a Clinton republican
Senator Warner was in Roanoke last night for a campaign fundraiser.
He says the holiday season is not the time for "rough and tumble politics",
but he'll be ready for the challenge come the first of the year.
A recent News 7-- Roanoke Times Poll shows Republican support for Warner is
holding steady at 41- percent, while Miller has seen an increase to 39-
Accused capital killer Paul David Thompson has reached a plea bargain on
the criminal charges he faces in WEST Virginia.
He's expected to enter a guilty plea in Fairmont, BEFORE he's tried in
Roanoke for the robbery and murder of Virgie Green.
Thompson's attorneys advised the judge in ROANOKE today that they expect
Thompson will be sentenced to "LIFE without mercy" in West Virginia. The 26-
year- old killer will have NO chance of parole.
When Roanoke police discovered Green's body in the trunk of a car behind her
home in Old Southwest, it was wrapped in plastic garbage bags and blankets.
IN Q=Where are those
((WHERE ARE THOSE BAGS NOW? I HAVE NO IDEA. WERE THEY DESTROYED? THEY MAY HAVE
SUPER=01-M.E. Meador/Roanoke Police Detective
OUT Q=may have been.
A city police evidence technician testified that he destroyed the bags and
blankets- -after documenting them with photographs- -because the items smelled
The Commonwealth's attorney's office concurred with the decision, but
Thompson's lawyers say even if police had no further use for the items, the
defense might have been able to use them.
Paul Thomasson grabbed the national spotlight outside a Virginia courtroom
Lawyers argued the first federal appeal of the Clinton Administration's
"don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military today in Richmond.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The full
SUPER=01-Paul Thomasson/Former Navy Lieutenant; :13
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis/Family Research Council; :56
SUPER=01-Allan Moore/Thomasson's Attorney; 1:08
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( All 13 judges in Richmond's federal appeals court presided over a standing
room only court.
Former Navy Lieutenant Paul Thomasson started it all when he told his
commander he was gay.
The Navy discharged him.
((PAUL THOMASSON/FORMER NAVY LIEUTENANT: I HOPE THAT THEY FIND THAT THIS
POLICY THAT -- THAT -- SORRY -- THIS POLICY THAT TELLS GAY AND LESBIAN SERVICE
MEMBERS THAT THEY CAN GO IN HARM'S WAY FOR THEIR COUNTRY, BUT THAT THEY CAN'T
COME OUT AND TRY TO DISPEL THE STEREOTYPES OR OVERCOME THE PREJUDICE WITH WHICH
THEY SUFFER IS ABSOLUTELY INIMICAL TO THE VERY CONSTITUTION THAT THEY'VE ALL
SWORN TO DEFEND.))
The Justice Department is defending Bill Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell"
compromise -- arguing that "telling" could imply one was engaging in homosexual
THAT would be a Navy no no.
The ultra-conservative Family Research Council argued against Thomasson, too
-- but with a different spin.
((LT. COL. ROBERT MAGINNIS/FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL: BACK IN '93, THE CONGRESS
PASSED A LAW AFTER A GREAT DEBATE IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THE CLINTON
ADMINISTRATION DECIDED TO SUBVERT THE LAW. TO IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT HOMOSEXUALS TO SERVE. AND THEY ARE NOW ALLOWING
HOMOSEXUALS TO SERVE.))
((ALLAN MOORE/THOMASSON'S ATTORNEY: THE POINT HERE IS THAT POLICY ADMITS THAT
SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS NOT A BAR TO SERVICE, AND PEOPLE KEEP OVERLOOKING THAT
POINT.06 SO AS LONG AS IT'S OKAY TO BE GAY AND SERVE, THE STATEMENT "I AM
GAY" DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING THAT'S ACTIONABLE.))
The appeals court will NOT rule before next year.
Whatever the outcome, the question will likely end up at the steps of the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A long-time employee of Total Action Against Poverty says TAP fired her for
going to the E-E-O-C with a racial discrimination claim.
The E-E-O-C took no action on Gloria Dowe's complaint in 1992. TAP fired
her last April, after nearly 29 years at the anti-poverty agency.
Now she's filed a two- million dollar lawsuit in federal court, claiming
TAP launched a campaign of harassment and retaliation against her.
Acting as her own lawyer, Dowe asks a federal judge issue an injunction
The president of Hollins College is resigning.
Maggie O'Brien has been on the job four years.
She's leaving to become President of St. Mary's College of Maryland.
St. Mary's is a public school with 15- hundred students. It offers mostly
liberal arts degrees.
The search for O'Brien's replacement at Hollins will involve College
trustees, alumnae, and staff.
Republican Preston Bryant is heading to the House of Delegates, and another
conservative has taken his spot on Lynchburg City Council.
But the panel's lone Democrat says the selection process is flawed.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=It was no
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :36
SUPER=04-November 8; :48
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Vogel/New Lynchburg Council Member; 1:06
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It was no surprise really.. when it came to replacing Republican Preston
Bryant on Lynchburg City council, the panel's conservative majority chose one
of its own.
Dr. Robert Vogel emerged from a field of 19 applicants.. and was approved by
a 4-1 vote...the lone holdout, Democrat Junius Haskins.
IN Q=Junius Haskins
((Junius Haskins admits Dr. Vogel seems well- qualified for the job... the
problem Haskins has is the way council went about the application process. As
soon as they knew they would need to replace Preston Bryant, Haskins says Mayor
Jim Whitaker all but told city residents that Democrats need not apply.))
OUT Q=need not apply.
SOT edit tape #206
IN Q=With the conservative
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WITH A CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY ON COUNCIL, IT'S
GOING TO MORE THAN LIKELY BE A CONSERVATIVE PERSON THAT'S APPOINTED, BUT WE
WANT TO LOOK AT EVERYBODY'S QUALIFICATIONS, WE'RE NOT GOING TO APPOINT A
CONSERVATIVE FOR CONSERVATIVE'S SAKE.))
OUT Q=for conservative's sake.
IN Q=We don't have
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE DON'T HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF
HAVING A FEMALE ON COUNCIL, ANOTHER MINORITY ON COUNCIL, THAT'S REPRESENTATIVE
OF THE CHARACTER OF THE COMMUNITY, AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE
CITIZENS SHOULD CERTAINLY TAKE NOTE OF.))
OUT Q=take note of.
Vogel makes no apologies for his conservative beliefs, but promises to
represent everyone equally.
IN Q=Again, I don't
((DR. ROBERT VOGEL/NEW LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: AGAIN, I DON'T WANT TO BE
PIGEONHOLED INTO ONE POSITION. I WANT TO THINK OF MYSELF AS SOMEONE WHO CAN
REACH OUT ACROSS THE AISLE IF YOU WILL, TO TRY TO FIND COMPROMISES THAT ARE
BENEFICIAL TO EVERYBODY.))
OUT Q=to everybody.
Vogel says he will run to keep his seat when it comes up for election next
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7, the latest on the search for a missing Lynchburg
And on the road to recovery--we'll take you to a place that offers hope to
those who want to kick a drug or alcohol habit.
wx ad lib
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
One week after a small plane disappeared in the mountains of West Virginia,
searchers have found no trace of the plane or its pilot, who is from Lynchburg.
SUPER=03-Webster Co., WV;
Colin Cambell was last seen on Tuesday morning, flying into the mountains in
He was bound for Lynchburg, when flight controllers in Beckley lost contact
with the twin-engine airplane.
Authorities have scoured a 20- square- mile area near Webster Springs, but
several inches of snow have complicated the search.
This afternoon, two aircraft were looking for the plane, but the ground
search has been suspended.
For nearly 25- years, a Christian based treatment and work program in
Danville has been an anchor for recovering alcoholics and drug abusers.
Teresa Hamilton takes a look at what "Hope Harbor" has to offer.
IN Q=For 33- year old
SUPER=01-Henry Gibbs/Hope Harbor Resident; :10
SUPER=01-Rev. Jeffrey Wright/Hope Harbor Executive Dir.; :53
OUT=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
((For 33- year old Henry Gibbs, "Hope Harbor" has lived up to its name.
The disease robbed him of his father, but he isn't letting alcoholism take
over his life.
IN Q=So far
((HENRY GIBBS/HOPE HARBOR RESIDENT: SO FAR, I'VE DONE WELL WITH IT, THERE'S
BEEN TIMES, THAT I'VE BLOWN UP, GOTTEN MAD, CUSSED AND RAISED HELL AND
EVERYTHING ELSE BUT AFTER TALKING WITH THE REVEREND HERE AND STAFF MEMBERS AND
OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOME HERE, I'VE LEARNED TO CONTROL MY ANGER AS WELL AS THE
OUT Q=the alcoholism.
Henry Gibbs has been alcohol free since June-- sobriety is a must for all
40- or so residents who live at Hope Harbor.
The programs structured environment and on site counselors are among the
reasons for its success.
Residents are required to work, which the program's Executive Director says
builds self esteem.
Half of all paychecks are turned over for room and board.
The facility provides transportation for those who've lost their licenses.
((REV. JEFFREY WRIGHT/HOPE HARBOR EXECUTIVE DIR.: WHENEVER, MOST OF THE PEOPLE
HERE BEGAN DOING MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL AT 13, 14 YEARS OLD AND IF THEY ARE HERE
SOBER, IN KIND OF A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE, THEY ARE GROWING, AND I CAN SEE IT, I
CAN SEE EMOTIONAL GROWTH, A LOT OF SKILLS THEY GAVE UP WHILE ADDICTED, THEY
OUT Q=they regained.
Most who enter the program have either left treatment facilities, or simply
walked in off the street.
Whatever the case, Reverend Wright says there's a need for facilities like
his. Almost weekly he's turning people away for a lack of room. Teresa
Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
About two thousand AIDS patients will soon have access to a powerful new
But, they'll have to win a pharmaceutical lottery to get it.
Ritonavir (Rih-TAHN-o-Veer) is still an EXPERIMENTAL drug-- it's the
latest in the new class of drugs called pro-tease inhibitors, which attack
Around Southwest Virginia, some patients are already on the list for
IN Q=The good thing
((ROBERT MORROW/AIDS COUNCIL OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: THE GOOD THING ABOUT IT IS
THEY TRY TO GET A RANDOM SAMPLE OF PEOPLE. THE BAD THING ABOUT IT IS MOST
MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THESE ARE PREDOMINATELY MEN, AND ONE
OF THE THINGS WE'RE FINDING OUT IS
THERE IS VERY LITTLE GOOD DATA ON WOMEN. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Morrow/AIDS Council of Western Va.; :
OUT Q=on women.
Morrow says while there's no cure on the horizon for AIDS-- the key is in
finding treatment and vaccines... and promoting prevention and education.
Four months ago today, Bell Atlantic's contract with the Communications
Workers of America expired.
The two sides still remain at an impasse.
There was hope of a breakthrough when the the C-W-A met with Bell Atlantic
for the first time in two months.
The union says management's offer doesn't have enough job security.
C-W-A leaders will meet Thursday to figure out what to do next.
A strike may not be out of the question.
IN Q=I'm certain
((LARRY AKERS/CWA LOCAL 2204: I'M CERTAIN THAT THAT DISCUSSION WILL TAKE
PLACE. AND PROBABLY DISCUSSIONS AS TO WHEN A STRIKE WOULD BE APPROPRIATE.))
SUPER=01-Larry Akers/CWA Local 2204;
OUT Q=would be appropriate.
Negotiators for Bell Atlantic insist their offer has strong job security
The company says it's frustrated with the lack of serious bargaining by
Bell Atlantic has more than 11-hundred employees in our area.
The Dow set another record high today on a rally of 37 points, replacing
At the close NASDAQ was down nearly four points.
Some Lynchburg developers hope to breathe new life into an abandoned
schoolhouse in Amherst County.
Robert Obey and his partners want turn the old Madison Heights High School
into a job training center for welfare recipients.
A meeting with the Amherst County board of supervisors today went well.
IN Q=There was some
((ROBERT OBEY/DEVELOPER: THERE WAS SOME TALK TODAY ABOUT SOME OTHER POTENTIAL
USES THAT THE SITE COULD HAVE FOR THE COUNTY IN THE LONG TERM. BUT THE MAJORITY
OF THE SUPERVISORS SEEM TO FEEL THAT THIS WAS A GOOD USE FOR THE FACILITY, THEY
DIDN'T WANT TO SEE THE PROPERTY TORN DOWN, IT DOES HAVE SOME HISTORICAL
SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD.))
SUPER=01-Robert Obey/Developer; :00
OUT Q=for the neighborhood.
Obey estimates it would take three million dollars to renovate the building.
The supervisors are expected to make a decision in two weeks.
Coming up tonight in sports, more awards for Frank Beamer and Cornell Brown.
No more football for Charles Haley, and 14 "Moore" catches for Herman.
Plus Frank Anzalone sounds off on Ilia Dubkov - as the Russian tries to break
out of his season long slump.
The 14 and 9 Roanoke Express plays host to the Wheeling Thunderbirds
tonight at the Round House.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
The Express practiced this morning for about an hour. The key to beating
the 13-7 and 1 Thunderbirds will be keeping the same type of emotion that
earned them two straight wins over division leader Richmond this past weekend.
IN Q="I tried
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...emotional by game time"
One concern for Anzalone has been the lack of goal production out of Ilya
Dubkov. The Russian only has 5 goals in 23 games this season and there's no way
around the issue.
OUT Q=drained him a little bit"
The puck drops at 7 tonight. Anzalone said that Daniel Berthiaume will
start in goal for Roanoke.
GRAPHIC=TECH SUGAR BOWL
The Sugar Bowl bound VIrginia Tech Hokies continue to reel in the postseason
This afternoon the Sports Information Directors from Division One colleges
across the state
named Frank Beamer, the coach of the year in the Commonwealth. Not bad for a
man who at one point this season was oh-and-2 and deflecting criticism left and
The Hokies of course won 9 straight games and the rest is history.
His star defender, defensive end Cornell Brown, who had 14 quarterback sacks
this season was voted the defensive player of the year.
Brown is one of 11 repeat players to make the all-state team.
One of the newcomers is Tiki Barber, who also was named Sports Illustrated's
most underrated player of the year.
The UVa tailback set a single season rushing record with more than 13 hundred
yards this year.
The VMI Keydets lone representative on the all-state squad is junior running
back Thomas Haskins, who joins Tiki in the backfield.
In other college football news; Nebraska tailback Lawrence Phillips has
been sentenced to one year of probation for assaulting his former girlfriend.
A Nebraska county court also ordered Phillips to pay property damages and
he must attend a domestic violence prevention course.
The running back had pleaded no contest to charges of third degree assault
and trespassing which stemmed from the September 10th incident.
He is on the team and is expected to play in the Fiesta Bowl.
The 10 and 3 Dallas Cowboys lost to the Redskins this past weekend; today
America's team suffered another big loss.
Defensive end Charles Haley will miss the rest of the season with a
ruptured disk. Coach Barry Switzer has confirmed the report.
Haley, who suffered from a similar back problem last season, has told the
"Dallas Morning News" that he might be retiring. The former James Madison star
has 10 and a half of the teams 28 sacks on the year.
Former UVa and George Washington, Danville star Herman Moore put on a show
last night on Monday Night Football.
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/ABC; :00
Moore grabbed a club record 14 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown as the
Lions picked up their fourth straight victory 27-to-7 over the Chicago Bears.
Scott Mitchell finished the game with 320 yards and three touchdowns as the
Lions improved to 7-and-6.
The 15th ranked Virginia Cavaliers entertain Vanderbilt tonight at
University Hall. The Commodores are 4 and 1 on the season. Tip off is scheduled
The Radford Highlanders will try and change their OH and 10 fortune against
Richmond tonight. That game starts at 7:30; the Spiders are 2 and 2 on the
The Minnesota Twins today announced the signing of free agent designated
hitter Paul Molitor.
The 39 year old Molitor was born and raised the Minneapolis-St, Paul area,
and he will now have the
opportunity of chasing the 3,000-hit plateau before his hometown
The lifetime 305 hitter needs 211 hits to reach 3000.