A night of terror- -abduction, robbery and murder- -in and around
Blacksburg. A Virginia Tech student is dead, three men in jail, leaving
victims from Floyd to Giles County.
And the state Senate takes on a Northern slant... northern Virginia Senators
taking over the leadership.
Tonight in sports, we'll take alook back at tough losses on the hardwood by
Radford and UVa last night.
Signings and trades dot the NHl and NBA ranks this evening.
And the folks in Salem are painting the town and the field at Salem Stadium
as they get ready for Saturday afternoon's Stagg Bowl.
Snow advisories go into effect shortly as a fast moving storm brings the
threat of accumulating snow to the area.
A Virginia Tech student- -abducted and murdered last night- -was apparently
a victim of RANDOM violence.
Police say the three suspects carjacked 22 year- old Alexander DeFilippis of
McLean, Virginia from the Hethwood (HEETH-wood) Express store, because they
needed a ride.
DOUBLE BOXES KEITH/TRACY MICROWAVE
Tracy Altizer tracked the story through the night. She's back in our New
River Valley newsroom with the latest.
Keith, this murder has sent shock waves across the Virginia Tech campus.
It happened the same day the university was reported by the FBI as one of
Virginia's safest campuses.
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=robbery and carjacking.
(( 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.))
Charges are also pending in Floyd. Police say the weapon used in the
murder may have been stolen during a burglary there earlier yesterday.
QUESTION: Do these three suspects have any previous criminal history?
Giles County is taking applications for the position of County
The Board of Supervisors asked for and received the resignation of the
Supervisor Larry Jay Williams says Janet Tuckwiller wasn't staying on top of
things and that several county programs and industrial development efforts had
A retired manager of the Pembroke Phone Cooperative, Ross Martin, has agreed
to help run the county on an interim basis until the board hires Tuckwiller's
The balance of power in Virginia's Senate has tipped slightly north.
Democrats are claiming majority status, and named a Springfield Senator as
their majority leader.
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.))
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((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
Virginia Attorney General Jim Gilmore says the best defense is a good
offense when it comes to welfare reform.
Gilmore has written a "friend of the court" brief siding with New Jersey in
its defense of the family cap concept.
The family cap means welfare recipients get NO new money for children they
have after they begin receiving benefits.
Gilmore says if New Jersey wins its suit, it will set precedent for
New state programs designed to improve Virginia's public schools have been
well received, but now education leaders in Lynchburg are wondering how they
will pay for them.
The Lynchburg school board held its annual legislative breakfast this
morning with central Virginia lawmakers.
Board members say programs like the new Standards of Learning will cost an
extra three and a half million dollars.
Lawmakers would like to soften that blow by passing a bill that would give
school districts a portion of lottery profits for education.
IN Q=I believe that
((SENATOR- ELECT STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: I BELIEVE THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE
AN HONEST DISCUSSION, AS LONG AS WE CAN KEEP SOME OF THE RANCOR OUT OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIS YEAR, I THINK WE CAN TALK ABOUT WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE
COMMONWEALTH AND I THINK WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH IS TO RETURN THOSE
LOTTERY PROFITS BACK TO WHERE THEY BELONG, BACK TO LOCALITIES.))
SUPER=01-Senator-Elect Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=back to localities.
Over the past two years, more than a dozen bills that would have returned
lottery money have been shot down.
What money is available for schools may not be fairly distributed.
A group of educators and parents says Southwest Virginia is being shorted.
So, while students push the pencil, "Virginians for Improved Education" will
be pushing for new legislation to get more education dollars for this region.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=Nat sound open
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Asbury/Pulaski Co. Schools Superintendent; :21
SUPER=01-Del. Thomas Baker/(R) Dublin; 1:02
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Schools around the Commonwealth are shaping the minds of the future.
But what kind of shape are Southwest Virginia schools in?
A group called Virginians for Improved Education says there's a lack of
educational funding-- and that lawmakers are not making the grade.
IN Q=No question
((BILL ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: NO QUESTION. THEY GET AN F.
THEY GET AN A FOR DOING WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO UP IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
BUT I WOULD GIVE THEM AN F FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING FOR THE REST OF VIRGINIA. ))
OUT Q=rest of Virginia
V-I-E is launching a statewide campaign to increase public awareness over
the North- South disparity.
According to the Virginia Education Association, Arlington, Falls Church and
Alexandria school systems enjoy the highest per- pupil expenditures in the
The lowest are schools in Craig County, South Boston and Bedford.
V-I-E is vying for a level playing field.
They want more education money brought to Southwest Virginia, but first
they'll have to convince the General Assembly.
IN Q=They don't need
((DEL. THOMAS BAKER/R- DUBLIN: THEY DON'T NEED TO SELL ME ON IT. I'VE BEEN A
STRONG SUPPORTER ALL ALONG OF THE DISPARITY SUIT THAT UNFORTUNATELY WAS
UNSUCCESSFUL IN OUR SUPREME COURT. ))
OUT Q=supreme court
V-I-E supporters ARE expecting opposition from the North-- and it could come
down to a political test of wills.
But they say it's a test no one can afford to fail.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---a baby boom of sorts at a Salem hospital.
But first residents at one housing development are doing more than just
complaining about crime--they've got a message for those who want to make
trouble in their community.
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Residents at a Danville housing development are concerned about their
As Teresa Hamilton explains, they want people to know they're serious about
getting rid of troublemakers.
IN Q=Liberty View
SUPER=01-Veola Martin/Liberty View Resident; :13
SUPER=01-Kenny Wiggins/Security Manager; :47
OUT Q= Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
((Liberty View is Danville's oldest housing development.
And with 248- units, it's also the largest and some say most crime ridden.
But residents, like Veola Martin, pin the blame on outsiders.
IN Q=This is
((VEOLA MARTIN/LIBERTY VIEW RESIDENT: NINE OUT OF TEN, THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN
IN LIBERTY VIEW IS NOT THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE, IT'S THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE OTHER
PLACES AND COME OVER HERE.))
OUT Q=come over here.
Kenny Wiggins oversees security for Danville's housing developments.
He says Liberty View's reputation gives the impression, if you want to buy
drugs or trespass this is the place to do it.
But Wiggins wants to change that image-- by showing a united front.
Tuesday night, Danville city council gave the nod to renovating two
apartments into a community room.
Wiggins has been meeting with concerned residents who want to form groups.
IN Q=We plan
((KENNY WIGGINS/SECURITY MANAGER: WE PLAN TO CONDUCT CRIME WATCH MEETINGS,
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, HOPEFULLY BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH A RESIDENT PATROL WHICH HAS
BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER HOUSING AUTHORITIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF
OUT Q=of Virginia.
The community room will also benefit Liberty View's young people. Plans
call for after school tutoring.
Renovations will take anywhere from 60- to ninety days. But changing the
community's reputation will take much longer.
Nevertheless, Wiggins is confident, that day will come. Teresa Hamilton,
News 7, Danville.))
Contract talks at are at a stalemate at Bell Atlantic.
But that's not the case for the largest employer in the Alleghany Highlands.
Westvaco has worked out a new six- year deal with the union representing
11-hundred of its workers.
The paperboard company says the deal contains competitive wage and benefit
SOT 09:34:10 INDUSTRY UPDATE
IN Q=The company
((ROBERT CROCKETT/WESTVACO SPOKESMAN: THE COMPANY BEGAN NEGOTIATING IN THE
MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER. AND THE CONTRACT EXPIRED ON NOVEMBER 30TH, SO THIS WAS
CERTAINLY WELCOME NEWS, NOT ONLY I'M SURE FOR EMPLOYEES, BUT ALSO THE COMPANY
SUPER=01-Robert Crockett/Westvaco Spokesman;
OUT Q=the company as well.
Westvaco workers will get annual raises of roughly three-percent.
The two sides also agreed to find ways to cut the costs of the company's
health care program.
90 new industrial jobs are coming to Rockbridge County.
SUPER=03-Natural Bridge Station; (QUICK!)
DesChamps (deh-SHAHMZ) Labs of Natural Bridge Station will do the hiring.
Its most popular product combats "sick building syndrome", which results
from poor air circulation in an office building.
DesChamps Labs says the only way it can keep up with the demand is to put up
SOT 13:08:35 DESCHAMPS TAPE
IN Q=We've pretty
((NICK DESCHAMPS/DESCHAMPS LABS: WE'VE PRETTY MUCH RUN OUT OF SPACE EVEN
THOUGH WE JUST FINISHED A PLANT EXPANSION. SO WE HAVE TO START PLANNING FOR
THIS ADDITIONAL 40-PERCENT INCREASE.))
SUPER=01-Nick DesChamps/DesChamps Labs;
OUT Q=40-percent increase.
The company expects to complete the new building by next fall.
The additional hiring will take place over the next year or two.
Between 200 and 250 United Auto Workers are being laid off at the Volvo- G-M
Truck plant in Dublin.
The New River Valley factory currently makes 75 trucks a day.
That number will be cut to a daily production of 56 trucks.
Company officials say it's due to a sluggish market.
Last month Volvo- G-M announced productions cuts-- but not as severe as
Union members say they're caught in a downward cycle.
IN Q=It's a little
((SHERMAN BLANKENSHIP/UNITED AUTO WORKERS: IT'S A LITTLE DEPRESSED NOW DUE TO
THE LAYOFFS. THIS CAME KIND OF SUDDEN ON US. ABOUT THE LAST SIX WEEKS OR SO. A
COUPLE OF MONTHS BACK EVERYTHING WAS ROLLING REAL GOOD. AND THEN ALL OF A
SUDDEN IT JUST TOOK A DOWN TURN. ))
SUPER=01-Sherman Blankenship/United Auto Workers;
OUT Q=down turn
The layoffs will take affect January second.
The stock market broke the 52-hundred mark today, only to fall off just a
fraction below 52-hundred.
At the close, the Dow had gained nearly 22 points for another record.
NASDAQ lost four points.
Horses were parading around the campus of the Southern Virginia College for
Women this morning.
But they hadn't broken loose from the paddock.
Every year the college dresses up its steeds for "Horses' Christmas".
The tradition dates back more than four decades.
200 spectators saw the horses stomp around the ring in a variety of
One horse had a candy- cane outfit.
Five others were dressed as Santa's reindeer.
But the MINIATURE horses stole the show.
They were by far the crowd favorite.
With the help of a Blacksburg couple, Lewis- Gale Hospital has reached a
When Holly Katherine Rader was born last night she became the one-thousandth
baby to be delivered at the hospital this year.
That makes it a record year at Lewis Gale.
Holly's parents got a gift basket from the hospital, and a free night at the
The baby gets a 1-thousand dollar savings bond.
Coming up tonight in sports, the final preparations are being made for this
Saturday's Stagg Bowl, and its not too late to get your ticket.
There was a big trade in the NHL today.
Plus UVa let its guard down last night and as a result Vanderbilt escaped
University Hall with a suprisingly easy win.
Salem' big Stagg Party is starting to pick up steam as Saturday's one o'clock
kickoff draws nearer.
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 today to beat what could be rough weather
((SCOTT SAMPSON/SALEM STADIUM MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :00
OUT Q=...IN THE PAST."
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.
Roanoke rocked the roundhouse last night like never before as they scored a
team record 11 goals and beat Wheeling 11-to-3.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Thunderbirds vs. Express; :00
The Express came into the Civic Center looking for their sixth win in their
last seven outings.
And Jeff Jablonski would be part of an all around offensive explosion as he
had a hat trick and assist.
Roanoke wins its 15th game of the year 11-to-3,
They are not back home until December 16th. There have three road games
between now and then.
The Virginia Cavaliers played solid defense, but stinking offense last night
as they were humbled by the Vanderbilt Commodores 61-to-48.
The Cavs held Vandy to just 32 percent shooting for the game, but the
Commodores still led by ten at halftime thanks to Malik Evans.
Courtney Alexander was the only UVa player to hit the bottom of the well with
any consistency. His jumper cut the Vandy lead to 29-to-24 at halftime.
But Frank Seckar bombed away from three point range with 17 points to lead
Vanderbilt to a 61-to-48 win.
Harold Deane made just one basket in 12 attempts and was 0-for-8 from three
point range in the worst game of his career.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Radford vs. Richmond;
Radford played the Spiders in Richmond last night.
Look at Richmond's Jerod Stevenson soar to the hoop for the monster slam!
This was a homecoming for Radford's Mike Petin, as the former Meadowbrook
star flies in off the Right side for tipin.
But Richmond would lead by 9 at the half as Carlos Queto finds Kevin Connor
and its 32-to-23.
Jason Landsdown would lead a furious Radford rally as he hits for 3 of his
game high 25 points. The game is tied at 41-all
But Rick Edwards seals the Spider win with the move inside and the bucket.
UR beats RU 73-to-67.
In the NBA, the regular referees announced last night that they are headed
back to work, and today the San Antonio Spurs announced that
All-Star center David Robinson will be working for them for the rest of his
The most valuable player in the league last season, signed a long term
contract with the Spurs this afternoon that according to team officials is good
The Admiral is San Antonio's all-time leader in rebounds and blocked shots
and second only to George Gervin in scoring.