A deadly overnight crime spree in the New River Valley.
President Clinton continues to make his case for sending U-S troops to
And the President of Hollins College tells us why she's leaving.
Snow is in the forecast, with an advisory posted for locations West of the
The Roanoke Valley can expect a taste of winter weather overnight and into
I'll have all the details.
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.
A Virginia Tech student is dead and three men face charges including
abduction, capital murder and armed robbery following a crime spree in the New
Tracy Altizer has the story.
IN Q=22 year- old Alexander
SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief; :13
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :29
SUPER=01-Capt. O.P. Ramsey/Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :46
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :57
SUPER=01-E. L. Montgomery/Narrows Police; 1:14
OUT Q=Tracy Altizer, News 7
((22 year- old Alexander DeFilippis waited in his car while his cousin entered
the convenience store to copy some papers.
His cousin called police after a witness alerted him to trouble outside.
((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF: A COLLEGE-AGE MALE WENT INTO THE HETHWOOD
EXPRESS AND SAYS "YOUR FRIEND OUT THERE IS BEING ABDUCTED." AND WHEN HE WENT
OUTSIDE TO CHECK ON HIS FRIEND, THE CAR WAS GONE AND HIS FRIEND WAS GONE. ))
Brown says the three suspects abandoned a vehicle that ran out of gas
outside the store.
They allegedly drove the victim's car to the Whitethorn area of Montgomery
County, where police say they forced DeFilippis to get out of the car, take off
his clothes and start walking.
Police say a cooperative suspect told them Ben Lilly then shot DeFilippis in
the head, and also told them where to find the body.
((CAPT. O.P. RAMSEY/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: GILES CALLED BLACKSBURG,
BLACKSBURG NOTIFIED OUR DEPARTMENT, THAT SENT THE DEPUTY DOWN HERE CHECKING
THIS AREA, WHICH LED TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE BODY. ))
Ramsey says the three suspects drove on to Giles County, where they
allegedly held up two convenience stores.
Authorities apprehended two of the men when they stopped near Eggleston in
the victim's car.
They say Ben Lilly surrendered peacefully. They found another man, Gary
Barker hiding nearby.
((E.L. MONTGOMERY/NARROWS POLICE: AND THEN WE OBSERVED ONE INDIVIDUAL DOWN
THERE WITH A RIFLE, SITTING DOWN IN THE GULLEY, AND HE HAD THE RIFLE TO HIS
HEAD, SAID HE WAS GONNA BLOW HIS HEAD OFF. ))
Police captured Ben Lilly's brother, Mark Lilly running along route 460 in
All three suspects are being held without bond in the Giles County jail.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Authorities are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incidents to call
Blacksburg police or the Montgomery County sheriff's department.
Germany's parliament made history today by ordering the deployment of
four-thousand soldiers to Bosnia.
It's the largest German military mission abroad since World War Two.
Meantime, President Clinton continues to drive home his message about the
importance of the U-S mission in Bosnia.
((IF WE ARE GOING TO BE NATO'S LEADER WE HAVE TO BE PART OF THIS MISSION IF WE
BURN BACK ON BOSNI, NOW OUR ALLI'S WILL DO THE SAME AND PEACE WILL FAIL AND
CONFLICT WILL SPREAD, THE SLAUGHTER WILL CERTAINLY RESUME.))
OUT Q=CERTAINLY RESUME.
While troop deployment continues to pick up speed, mother nature created a
slight delay this morning.
A heavy snowfall at the Sarajevo airport has temporarily delayed incoming
U-N troops have been busy clearing the runway and flights have been
rescheduled for later today.
As troops begin their mission in Bosnia- a legal battle is underway
stateside concerning gays in the military.
President Clinton's "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy made it to its first
federal appeals court in Richmond, yesterday.
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.))
Today the President of Hollins College makes it official by announcing her
After four years at Hollins, Maggie O'Brien is leaving to become President
of St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Her tenure at Hollins has been marked by fundraising successes as well as
News 7's Ron Jones is at Hollins College, where he is joined by President
Maggie O'Brien. Ron?
SUPER=01-Maggie O'Brien/Hollins College President;
School Board members in Lynchburg are worried about how they will pay for
new state mandates aimed at improving the quality of education.
Board members met with area state legislators this morning to outline their
positions on a number of education issues.
School officials say they support the new Standards of Learning curriculum,
but the state needs to lend some financial support.
IN Q=We don't have
((DR. JULIUS SIGLER/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THEM
FOR THE MOST PART IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY'RE ASKING US TO DO, WE DON'T HAVE A
PROBLEM WITH THE ASSESSMENT. BUT WE ESTIMATE IT'S GOING TO COST US ABOUT TWO
AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS JUST TO IMPLEMENT THEM, JUST IN TERMS OF CURRICULUM
AND TEXTBOOKS. AND WE DON'T KNOW YET THE COST OF DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF
COMPUTERS IN OUR SCHOOLS WHICH THE SOL'S WOULD REQUIRE US TO DO.))
((DEL. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE HERE LOCALLY
AND ACROSS THE STATE SEEN A DECREASE IN A LOT OF THE TEST SCORES THAT WE'RE
CONCERNED ABOUT, I THINK THAT IF WE GOT ON A HIGHER STANDARD THAT IF WE REQUIRE
HIGHER STANDARDS AND PROPERLY FUND THOSE, THAT WE CAN ALL HAVE A BETTER OUTLOOK
FOR OUR KIDS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Julius Sigler/Lynchburg School Board Chairman; :00
SUPER=01-Senator-Elect Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :20
OUT Q=for our kids.
Newman hopes legislators can avoid the partisan bickering that marked much
of last year's General Assembly session.
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Coming up on News 7,
A major corporation is set to let go of more than two hundred workers,
and the strike in Paris heats up.
Workers who say they're being burned by the government make a blistering
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As many as two hundred- fifty hourly and salaried workers in Pulaski County
will start the new year without jobs.
Pulaski County's Volvo G-M Heavy Truck Corporation is laying them off.
Yesterday, the company announced it would reduce its staff by one- hundred
workers next month.
That announcement is in addition to the one- hundred to one- hundred- fifty
layoffs announced in November.
Volvo says the lay offs are necessary because the number of truck orders at
the plant has been decreasing.
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Striking workers in Paris yesterday held their biggest and nastiest
demonstration yet in the 13-day old walkout.
And now Air France is threatening to strike in a move that is sure to close
The strike has already paralyzed public transportation and severly curbed
Workers are protesting the government plan to cut social security and
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
The confessed killer of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin made a court
appearance today in Tel Aviv and was formally charged with murder.
Yigal Amir's (YEE'-gahl ah-MEER's) brother and a friend are charged with
conspiracy and weapons violations in connection with the assassination.
Amir's trial date has been set for December 19th.
A man accused in the robbery and murder of a Roanoke woman reached a plea
bargain on charges he faces in WEST Virginia.
Accused capital killer Paul David Thompson is expected to enter a guilty
plea in Fairmont, BEFORE he's tried in Roanoke for the murder of Virgie Green.
Thompson's attorneys advised the judge in ROANOKE yesterday they expect
Thompson will be sentenced to "LIFE without mercy" in West Virginia.
That means the 26- year- old killer will have NO chance of parole in that
Prosecutors HERE will ask the jury for a DEATH sentence.
The judge agreed to bring in one HUNDRED potential jurors for the lawyers to
Green's body was found in the trunk of a car behind her home in Old
Southwest last year.
Trial in that case is set to begin Monday.
The condition of a Henry County girl who was hit by a car yesterday has
been upgraded from serious to satisfactory.
Authorities say Amanda Wagoner was walking to her bus stop across Route 57,
just east of Martinsville.
The driver the car apparently failed to stop for the bus' flashing lights--
and struck Wagoner.
Charges are pending against the driver.
State police are still investigating.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
O-J Simpson schedules a television interview,
and an airport worker is in a royal mess for allegedly stealing jewels from the
Dutchess of York.
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There is new evidence of the benefits of folic acid, a naturally occurring
substance that's a popular vitamin supplement.
A new study suggests that folic acid in women's diets could help prevent
severe birth defects, like Spina Bifida, and more.
Dave Fehling reports.
IN Q=Delia Wright is
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; :26
SUPER=01-Dr. Joan Mastrobattista/Obstetrician; 1:03 QUICK!!
OUT Q=Dave Fehling, CBS News Houston;
Delia wright is expecting her first child just a couple
days after christmas..
"HI MISS WRIGHT, HOW YA DOIN TODAY? FINE.
One of her doctor's big concerns sounds like advice from your mother...
"HAVE YOU BEEN TAKING YOUR VITAMINS? YES I HAVE."
In the last few years, doctors have become convinced that if women took
vitamins containing folic acid, they'd lower the risk of having babies with
the crippling defect spina bifida or the fatal brain stem
deformity called anencephaly.
Dave Fehling:what's new is, researchers now believe they've established a
conclusive link between a lack of folic acid in a mothers red blood cells to
the increased odds that she'll ahve a baby with serious birth defects.
The new study is detailed in the latest journal of the
american medical association.
An accompanying editorial says that "the consumption
of..folic acid in the diet of many americans is sufficiently low to be a public
But its not just a concern for women like delia wright.
Other studies now show that folic acid may reduce cardiovascular disease.
But making people aware of the need hasnt been easy.
Obstetrician Joan Mastrobattista quizes all her patients.
((((VERY QUICK)))) S/DR. JOAN MASTROBATTISTA, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL
SCHOOL "MANY MANY PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT IT."
So now in light of the new study, doctors are pushing
harder than ever for the government to require that staple foods like flour be
enriched with folic acid.
This is especially important to prevent birth defects
because the folic acid only does good if taken in the earliest days of a
pregnancy...before most women even realize they're pregnant.
Getting the folic acid to begin with in basic foods like bread could help
increase the odds of having healthy babies...and possibly decrease the risk of
heart disease for everyone.
Dave Fehling CBS NEWS HOUSTON.))
C-N-N says it will get O.J. Simpson's first televised interview.
And Simpson is apparently adamant that there be no ground rules, to give it
It's not known when the interview might take place.
There's no comment from the Simpson camp.
A 19- year- old baggage handler at New York's Kennedy Airport is under
arrest for allegedly stealing a diamond necklace and bracelet belonging to the
Duchess of York.
Sarah Ferguson wore the bracelet to the White House on Sunday.
The gems reportedly are worth about 500-thousand dollars.
They were taken from an aide's luggage on a trip from Washington to London.
Queen Elizabeth gave the jewels to the Dutchess as a wedding gift.
The government's main gauge on the economy's future is down sharply.
The Commerce Department says the Index of Leading Economic Indicators dipped
point-five percent in October.
That and other numbers have some analysts suggesting a possible
drop in interest rates is due.
Stocks have been climbing in early trading, topping the 52-hundred mark.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 16 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Don't go away - just ahead on News 7,
The Express steamrolls Wheeling,
and Hokie fans are gobbling up tickets to the sweetest game of the season.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Virginia Cavaliers are probably practicing their shots today after losing
to the Commodores last night.
The Cavs shot poorly in the opening half and never recovered.
Malik Evans hits a jump shot over Chase Matheny and Vanderbilt leads
George Welsh and his captains officially accepted their Peach Bowl invitation
But that failed to fire up the Cavs.
Vanderbilt wins 61-to-48.
Harold Deane made just one basket in 12 attempts in the worst game of his
The Radford Highlanders went into last night's game in Richmond with a
lifetime 0-and-10 mark against the Spiders.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Highlanders vs. Spiders; :00
And the Spiders would show off in their home opener, as Jerod (JER-ROD)
Stevenson makes the monster slam.
This was a homecoming for Radford's Mike Petin (PEE-TIN), as the former
Meadowbrook star makes the tip-in.
But Richmond leads as Carlos Queto (QUIT-TOW) finds Kevin Connor and its
Jason Landsdown starts a Radford rally as he hits for 3 of his game high 25
The game is tied at 41-all
But Rick Edwards seals the Spider win.
U-R beats R-U 73-to-67.
Let's now head over to the Roundhouse where the Roanoke Express beat
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Thunderbirds vs. Express; :00
Roanoke's Jeff Jablonski slaps it in off the right side and Roanoke takes a
5-to-2 lead in the second period.
Later in the second, Jablonski blasts another one in a 6-to-3 advantage.
Roanoke gets an 11 to 3 win.
GRAPHIC=TECH SUGAR BOWL
The Sugar Bowl bound Virginia Tech Hokies have sold more than 12-thousand
tickets so far for their date with Texas in the Superdome.
Yesterday the Sports Information Directors from Division One colleges across
also 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.
The Hokies of course won 9 straight games and the rest is history.
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That's News 7 at NOON, thanks for joining us.
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