Up next on News 7-
A Tech student is dead-Three men are under arrest.
Newt Gingrich is now under investigation.
Plus Michael Jackson is in the hospital- after collapsing.
And we'll show you how Hokie players are getting in the holiday spirit.
Plus Robin says snow may be on the way in some areas.
News 7 is next.
Authorities say a Virginia Tech student was murdered out of pure
Alexander Defilippis was killed after three men carjacked him outside a
Three suspects are behind bars tonight.
SUPER=03-New York City;
Michael Jackson's in a New York City hospital tonight.
The singer collapsed on stage during rehearsal-
((WE FOUND THE PATIENT IN A DEHYDRATED STATE. HE WAS TREATED FOR THAT AND HE
WAS TREATED FOR LOW BLOOD PRESSURE.))
SUPER=01-David Bookstaver/EMS Public Affairs;
OUT Q=FOR LOW BLOOD PRESSURE."
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Blacksburg police say three men carjacked a Virginia Tech student last
night because their own car ran out of gas and they had no money.
But authorities say the 22 year- old student was murdered out of PURE
Tracy Altizer has the story.
IN Q=Alexander DeFilippis was
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Last night; :05
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director; :18
SUPER=03-Giles Co./Last night; :23
SUPER=01-Lt. R.L. Hamlin/Montgomery Co. Investigator; :41
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7..
(( Alexander DeFilippis was a junior at Tech, majoring in environmental
Montgomery County deputies found his body late last night in the Whitethorn
area at the direction of one of the suspects.
The killing has stunned a normally peaceful community.
((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR: IT'S A REPREHENSIBLE, FOUL,
HEINOUS CRIME. THIS KIND OF THINK JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN IN BLACKSBURG, AND WHEN
IT DOES IT JUST HURTS ALL THAT MUCH MORE. ))
Authorities say Mark Lilly and another suspect, Gary Wayne Barker have given
corroborating statements pointing to Lilly's older brother, Ben Lilly as the
They allegedly told police the plan was to let DeFilippis go, but that Ben,
who was paroled from prison in July, didn't want the victim to identify him.
((LT. R.L. HAMLIN/MONTGOMERY CO. INVESTIGATOR: ONE OF THE BOYS TOLD HIM, SAID
"GO AHEAD AND GET OUT OF HERE, START WALKING." AT THAT POINT ACCORDING TO
THEM, BEN GRABBED THE GUN, OR HAD THE GUN, BEN POINTED THE GUN AT THE GUY AND
SAID "NO," AND RUN UP BEHIND HIM AND STARTED FIRING. ))
Giles County authorities later arrested the trio and charged them with
armed robbery after they allegedly held up two convenience stores.
Montgomery County investigators have secured warrants for capital murder,
abduction, robbery and carjacking.
suBen Lilly was paroled after serving three years out of a five- year
sentence for malicious wounding, grand larceny and several other convictions.
All three men have a number of previous convictions.
And each was free on bond for pending charges in Montgomery County ranging
from burglary to grand larceny.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.
An apartment fire in downtown Lynchburg sent one man to the hospital earlier
The blaze broke out at the Virginia apartments around 7:30 p.m.
Authorities say the fire started in a sofa in a second- floor apartment and
quickly filled the room with smoke.
The resident of the apartment, whose name has not been released, was
transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.
He reportedly was suffering from smoke inhalation.
Residents spent a chilly half hour outside before they could re- enter the
A husband and wife are dead following an automoble accident tonight in
Police say the accident happened on Route 221 in the county when 75- year
old Willie Edgar Doss apparently pulled out of a private driveway into the path
of another car.
Doss and his 69 year old wife Ruth W. Doss were killed. A passenger in
their car, Frances Wright, was admitted to Lynchburg General Hospital. No word
yet on her condition.
The driver of the other car Ramona M.Williams was treated and released from
The accident is still under investigation.
A parents worst nightmare became reality today in Los Angeles.
A school bus accident- Two children are dead, another is critically hurt.
Apparently the bus was driving by a garbage truck just as the truck's
hydraulic arm broke free.
The arm punched a hole in the side of the truck- and broke through the
((AS HE WAS COMPACTING THE TRASH IT BROKE SOMETHING INSIDE BROKE AND IT SHOT
OUT THE SIDE OF THE TRASH TRUCK.))
OUT Q=OF THE TRASH TRUCK."
Forty-eight elementary school children were on the bus.
Newt Gingrich- is under investigation.
Sources say the House Ethics Committee will appoint an outside counsel to
investigate a college course the House Speaker taught.
The panel found Gingrich violated standards of conduct in three cases.
((REP. DAVID BONOIR: THEY FOUND HIM GUILTY OF ALLOWING A GO-PACK OFFICIALLY TO
OPERTE OUT OF HIS OFFICE IN VIOLATION OF HOUSE RULES. THEY WARNED HIM TO
IMMEDIATELY CEASE IMPROPER MINGLING OF OFFICIAL AND POLITICAL RESOURCES. THEY
FOUND HIM GUILTY OF IMPROPERLY USING THE HOUSE FLOOR TO PROMOTE THE
SOLICITATION OF HIS OWN VIDEOTAPES. ))
SUPER=07-Rep. David Bonoir;
OUT Q=HIS OWN VIDEOTAPES."
The panel is also questioning Gingrich's recent book deal.
It sounds like a familiar story- but its happening again today.
The President vetoed the Republican plan to balance the budget in seven
It contains more spending cuts and bigger tax cuts than the President
Clinton says he'll present his own seven-year plan-
((BUT IT ALSO PROTECTS HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND IT DOES
NOT RAISE TAXES ON WORKING FAMILIES.))
OUT Q=on working families."
The President will give his plan to republicans tomorrow.
With Virginia Tech headed to the Sugar Bowl-- you'd think the players
would be spending all of their time preparing for the Big Easy.
But as Kimberly McBroom reports, many of them spent the evening making
Christmas brighter for those less fortunate.
IN Q=Ooohh! They might like that
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/VA Tech Linebacker; :22
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/VA Tech Quarterback; :31
SUPER=01-T.J. Washington/VA Tech Offensive Lineman; :48
SUPER=01-Joyce Hendricks/Montgomery Co. Christmas Store; 1:11
OUT Q=News 7, Christiansburg
SOT tape 1 4:01:46
((OOHH! THEY MIGHT LIKE THAT RIGHT THERE. ))
This isn't your average Christmas shopping excursion--
And these Sugar Bowl- bound Hokies aren't your average salesmen.
About 25 Virginia Tech players took time away from the gridiron-- and used
their brawn to help out at the Montgomery County Christmas Store.
They helped needy families pick out Christmas gifts-- and found themselves
with their own reward.
SOT tape 2 4:22:43
((BRANDON SEMONES/VA TECH LINEBACKER: IT JUST UPLIFTS OUR HEARTS-- JUST FOR US
TO BE OUT HERE. I'M MUST GLAD WE COULD CONTRIBUTE TO WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. ))
SOT tape 2 4:36:41
((JIM DRUNKENMILLER/VA TECH QUARTERBACK: THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY
INTERESTED IN TECH FOOTBALL RIGHT NOW, AND I'M JUST REALLY HAPPY TO BE HERE AND
HELP OUT THE PEOPLE. ))
Besides handing out gifts and food-- the Hokies also helped babysit in the
And that proved to be as just as challenging as any tackle on the football
SOT tape 2 4:28:01
((T.J. WASHINGTON/VA TECH OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: I'D RATHER PLAY A GAME AGAINST
MIAMI OR SYRACUSE BEFORE I GO IN WITH KIDS-- BECAUSE KIDS ARE VERY TIRESOME.
BUT I LOVE THEM TO DEATH. I WOULD NEVER TRADE THAT FOR ANYTHING IN THE WORLD.
SOT tape 1 nat sound 4:16:16
((SINGING: PUT YOUR WHOLE BODY IN. PUT YOUR WHOLE BODY OUT. YOU PUT YOUR
WHOLE BODY IN AND YOU SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT. YOU DO THE HOKIE POKIE AND YOU TURN
YOURSELF AROUND. THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT! ))
SOT TAPE 2 4:41:00
((JOYCE HENDRICKS/MONTGOMERY CO. CHRISTMAS STORE: I THINK THE SHOPPERS HAVE
ENJOYED THEIR ENTERTAINMENT, TOO. THEY SANG FOR US AND DID A WONDERFUL JOB. I
THINK IT'S NICE THEY'RE PUTTING SOMETHING BACK IN THE COMMUNITY, TOO. THEY'RE
OFFERING THEIR TIME TO HELP US OUT. ))
SOT STANDUP HERE TAPE 2 4:56:09
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: IN ADDITION TO PREPARING FOR THE SUGAR BOWL, THESE
TECH PLAYERS ALSO HAVE EXAMS TO PREPARE FOR. BUT THEY SAY MAKING SOMEONE'S
CHRISTMAS A LITTLE BIT BETTER IS TIME WELL SPENT. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7,
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns in just a moment, two area companies are laying off
and scary moments tonight for pop star Michael Jackson as he is rushed to the
wx ad lib
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The first U-S military flight landed in Tuzla today-
The U-S Army teams are setting up a base for NATO peacekeeping troops in
((COL. NEIL PATTON/UNIT COMMANDER: WE BROUGHT IN SOME RUNWAY LIGHTING PIECES
AND SOME PIECES OF EQUIPMENT USED TO WORK ON THE AIRFIELD A LITTLE BIT. ))
SUPER=01-Col. Neil Patton/Unit Commander;
OUT Q=AIRFIELD A LITTLE BIT."
The Commander says the airfield is actually in good condition.
His unit will just add to it, so more U-S military planes can land.
Michael Jackson's in a New York City hospital tonight.
SUPER=03-New York City/Monday;
The singer collapsed on stage during rehearsal for an HBO special-
Jackson was then rushed to the hospital in an ambulance-
Emergency crews say he has low blood pressure.
((LASHUNN MCKNIGHT/EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN: WE GOT THERE. HE WAS LAYING
THERE. HE WAS SEMI-CONSCIOUS. WE TREATED HIM. HE APPEARED DEHYDRATED AND
SUPER=01-Lashunn McKnight/Emergency Medical Technician; 00
OUT Q=AND FATIGUED."
Jackson's sister Janet raced to the hospital tongiht to visit her brother.
Michael is in stable condition and will be held overnight.
State lawmakers get a failing grade when it comes to education money.
That's according to the new group- "Virginians for Improved Education."
It says schools in Northern Virginia receive more money per student than
other areas-- especially Southwest Virginia.
Members hope to get support from the General Assembly, and eventually "even
the playing field."
IN Q=The General Assembly
((BILL ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEEDS TO
LISTEN. THEY NEED TO RE- EXAMINE THE FUNDING FORMULAS. THEY NEED TO ASK THE
PEOPLE IN THE LOCALITIES, WHAT ARE THE ANSWERS TO THE DISPARITY? WE HAVE SOME
ANSWERS. WE HAVE SOLUTIONS. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Asbury/Pulaski Co. Schools Superintendent;
OUT Q=have solutions
Convincing Northern Virginia lawmakers could be a challenge, but V-I-E
already has support from some LOCAL legislators.
IN Q=I've been
((DEL. THOMAS BAKER/R-: I'VE BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER ALL ALONG OF THE DISPARITY
SUIT THAT UNFORTUNATELY WAS UNSUCCESSFUL IN OUR SUPREME COURT AND I'M ALSO IN
STRONG SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO CHANGE THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE
AS FAR AS FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS. ))
SUPER=01-Del. Thomas Baker/(R) Dublin;
OUT Q=for our schools
The group doesn't have a detailed plan yet, but members say that's only be
a matter of time.
State Senate Democrats say they're the majority party in the 20- 20 Senate.
So today they picked a new majority leader, and in doing so, put a new focus
on northern Virginia.
Ellen Qualls reports.
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Springfield; :18 QUICK
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotslyvania; :29 QUICK
SUPER=01-Sen. Jack Reasor/(D) Bluefield; :58
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( For years, Senator Hunter Andrews of Hampton kept the trains running on
time in the Senate and doled out the money as the head of the Senate Finance
Democrats say no one could fill his shoes.
Nor do they want anyone's shoes to be that big again.
Springfield's feisty and fairly liberal Dick Saslaw says he'll share.
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT. THERE'S GONNA BE
A LOT OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA.))
Spotsylvania's Edd Houck won the caucus chairmanship Rocky Mount's Virgil
Goode gave up.
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSYLVANIA: WHAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU TODAY IS REALLY THE
And the tie-breaking vote that makes Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer a key
player means a lot of the Senate's power comes from the northernmost third of
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: CERTAINLY AS A STATE SENATOR FROM THE 35TH DISTRICT, I
INTEND TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PEOPLE IN MY AREA CERTAINLY GET ALL THE GOOD
THINGS THAT I CAN DO FOR THEM DOWN HERE.))
Bluefield's Jack Reasor ran for the majority leader spot, but he says it's
NO loss for southwest Virginia.
((SEN. JACK REASOR/D-BLUEFIELD: I ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE OF RUNNING FOR THIS
POSITION. AND I CONGRATULATE SENATOR SASLAW. I THINK HE WILL BE AN
OUTSTANDING MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTING ALL VIRGINIANS AND PARTICULARLY ALL
DEMOCRATS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE.))
sot standup 06:00:04
((SENATE REPUBLICANS WILL CONVENE TUESDAY TO ORGANIZE THEIR LEADERSHIP. BUT
GONE NOW IS SOME OF THE HEADY POST- ELECTION TALK OF HAVING THEIR OWN MAJORITY
LEADER AND SHARING DAY TO DAY CONTROL OF THE UPPER CHAMBER. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS
Union workers at Westvaco will go home for the holidays with a new
The paperboard company worked out a six-year deal with the United
The union represents approximately 11-HUNDRED workers at Westvaco's
The deal gives workers annual cost of living increases of about three
percent, plus several other items.
SOT 09:32:37 from industry update
IN Q=The contract provides
((ROBERT CROCKETT/WESTVACO SPOKESMAN: THE CONTRACT PROVIDES FOR A RATIFICATION
BONUS OF 200-DOLLARS, AN INCREASED ALLOWANCE FOR SAFETY SHOES, AND COMMITS THE
PARTIES TO WORK TOGETHER ON EXPLORING INNOVATIVE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS AND HEALTH
CARE SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES.))
SUPER=01-Robert Crockett/Westvaco Spokesman;
OUT Q=savings opportunities.
Negotiations between the two sides did not take long.
They began bargaining in the middle of last month- The union's contract
expired last week.
The Volvo/GM truck plant in Dublin is laying off even more employees.
The reason- A sluggish market.
Last month the company said between 100 and 150 United Auto Workers would
lose their jobs.
Those numbers are now 200 to 250.
Union members say these kinds of things, unfortunately, come with the
IN Q=It affects
((SHERMAN BLANKENSHIP/UNITED AUTO WORKERS: IT AFFECTS MORALE QUITE A BIT,
ESPECIALLY WITH PEOPLE FACING A LAYOFF. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR
YEARS AND I'VE BEEN OVER TWENTY YEARS. IT'S BEEN AN UP AND DOWN THING. WE'RE
USED TO THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY. WE'VE HAD SEVERAL UPS AND DOWNS OVER THE TWENTY
SUPER=01-Sherman Blankenship/United Auto Workers;
OUT Q=over the twenty years
Volvo/GM currently makes seventy- five trucks a day.
That number will drop to 56.
The layoffs will take affect January second.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later in our broadcast, Southern College starts to horse
around for the holidays,
and some good luck for Britain's royal family as the Duchess of York's stolen
jewelry is recovered.
It sounds like a scene from Jurassic Park.
Doctors are scanning an incredibly preserved dinosaur egg which may
contain an ancient embryo.
The egg was uncovered in Argentina and dates back 80-million years.
What's even more unusual is the egg is perfectly fossilized and
The task now is to find out what's inside.
Today was the time for the "mane" event.
Horse lovers might want to check this one out.
Students at the Southern Virginia College for Women held what they call
"Horses' Christmas" today.
The tradition dates back to the fifties.
The school's riding horses and some miniature horses were dressed in
IN Q=I like
((KAREN FLOYD: I LIKE THE LITTLE TINY ONES. THEY THINK A LOT OF THOSE, THE
LITTLE HORSES. THEY LOVE HORSES, THEY COLLECT 'EM AT HOME. AND I LIKE THE
SMALL ONES THE BEST.))
OUT Q=the best.
One horse had a Christmas tree outfit.
Another bunch looked like Santa's reindeer.
Three horses with over 20 years experience doing Horses' Christmas were
brought out of retirement to join in the fun.
Instructors say the horses remember the event, which features carrots and
apples when it's over.
A big night for college football fans in the Commonwealth last night as
Lynchburg's Cornell Brown captures first team Associated Press All-American
and then beats out UVa's Tiki Barber to win the coveted Dudley award at the
Downtown Club in Richmond.
We'll hear from both Brown and Barber coming up a little later in Mornin.
The Downtown Club in Richmond hosted the annual Dudley awards ceremonies last
night as the top college football player in the Commonwealth was honored.
Virginia Tech's Cornell Brown walked away with the award as he beat out an
array of college stars from the state, including UVa's Tiki Barber and VMI's
Thomas Haskins, who finished second and third respectively.
IN Q="This is...
((CORNELL BROWN/1995 DUDLEY AWARD WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/1995 Dudley Award Winner; :00
OUT Q=...HA HA HA."
13 media members from across the state select this award, which is named in
honor of former UVa great Bullet Bill Dudley.
And despite his huge season, Tiki couldn't argue with the selection of Brown.
((TIKI BARBER/SECOND IN BALLOTING:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Second In Balloting; :00
OUT Q=...HAPPY FOR HIM."
And before his Dudley dues could fully sink in, Brown was informed that he
had also been voted a first team All-American by the Associated Press last
Bo Henson's former all-state performer at EC Glass, has now made four
postseason all-america teams to become the most decorated player at Tech since
The six foot, two inch Defensive end had 14 quarterback sacks this season on
his way to being named the Big East conference's defensive player of the year.
No junior including, big Bruce has ever collected as many postseason honors
as Cornell has garnered.
He still has a shot to make the KOdak All-American squad.
Salem' annual Stagg Party is ready to fire back up this Saturday afternoon at
Ticket sales are on the rise and total sales are not that far behind the past
two years when the games were sellouts.
Support in the Roanoke Valley has been outstanding again this year, but the
folks from the two competeing school in Wisconsin and New Jersey are dragging
their feet a bit compared to last year's participants.
IN Q="Where last year...
((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER/STAGG BOWL DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Stagg Bowl Director; :00
OUT Q=...a big difference."
SUPER=04-Last Year; :00
The big reason some area folks have been holding off on buying their tickets,
is the past weather history of the this Division three title game, that has
produced snow and rain each of the past two years.
IN Q="When I talked...
OUT Q=...very comfortable."
The painting of Salem stadium's turf is almost completely finished as Scott
Sampson and his crew worked overtime yesterday to beat what could be rough
weather to come.
((SCOTT SAMPSON/SALEM STADIUM MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :00
OUT Q=...IN THE PAST."
In one other college football note tonight, Georgia coach Ray Goff has been
questioned about NCAA violations in the school's football program. Officials
from the governing body met with Goff for more than two hours on the Georgia
The probe centers around whether
Georgia committed major violations while recruiting athletes from the state of
Florida from 1992 to the present.
The Redskins continue to reap the rewards from their upset win over the
Cowboys earlier this week.
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00
Free safety Stanley Richard
has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week for his
performance in Sunday's 24-17 win.
He is the first Redskins Defensive Player of the Week since cornerback
Darrell Green was selected following a victory over the Colts in 1993.
A couple of interesting scores in the Old Dominion Athletic conference from
First down in Lexington - Washington & Lee got its first win of the year by
beating Emory & Henry 92-TO-86.
Bridgewater beat preseason number one Hampden-Sydney 67-to-60.
Also Lynchburg lost its second straight non conference game falling to
And in women's play, Roanoke beat Guilford on the road0 79-to-74.
And there is more hoopla coming your way tonight as we check out some midweek
high school action
in Rocky Mount where the Eagles hosted the Heritage Pioneers.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
The Franklin County Eagles hosted Heritage tonight in an early season
triple-a boys basketball tussle in Rocky Mount.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/Pioneers vs. Eagles;
The cold weather outside signals the beginning of the hoop season, but the
Eagle was trying to stay warm in the nest tonight.
Franklin County was anything but warm in the first quarter. Lewis Tardy
picks Travis Kent and finishes off the play with the easy layin.
The Eagles hung around though. Jeremy Adkins finds the range at the first
quarter horn to bring his team to within 5.
Then watch Kent take advantage of the matador 'D' as the Friday Football
Extra Player of the Week slices down the lane for the bucket.
But the Pioneers pull away. Seneca Luther finds Antron Smith who knocks
down the foul line jumper, and the SUPER=33-Heritage/=61/Franklin Co./=40;
visitors led by 14 at the half. They go on to win it 61 to 40.
A former Stanley Cup Most Valuable player was traded today as the Montreal
Canadians shipped goalie Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche.
Roy, who has been benched and unhappy all year long is part of a five player
deal that moves Roy and Mike Keane to to the Avalanche in exchange for goalie
Jocelyn Thibault and wingers Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko.
The announcement was made today in Montreal.
Roy had fallen out of favor with some Montreal fans after blowing up on the
bench last Saturday night.
It's a robbery of Royal proportions-
SUPER=03-New York City;
380 thousand dollars worth of diamonds stolen from The Duchess of York-
The jewels were taken at New York's Kennedy airport.
The Duchess was returning to London- When she got home she noticed they
((JAMES KALLSTROM/FBI CHIEF: THE FBI IS VERY PLEASED TO TELL YOU WE RECOVERED
THE CROWN JEWELS.))
SUPER=01-James Kallstrom/F.B.I. Chief;
OUT Q=the crown jewels."
SUPER=03-New York City;
Agents say this man stole the jewels. He's a 19 year old luggage handler
from Queens, New York.
The necklace was found in his home. The bracelet turned up in a locker
at Kennedy airport.