Up next on News 7 at eleven-
This man pleads guilty to the murder of a Roanoke woman-
More details released tonight int the death of model Linda Sobek.
And this is what happened after heavy rain in California.
Plus the full forecast. News 7 is next.
The crime spree ended in Florida for Paul David Thompson.
Now that he's pled guilty to CAPITAL murder here in Roanoke, he'll most
likely START serving a 12-year sentence IN FLORIDA.
Ultimately, the 26-year old drifter may be sent back to Virginia to serve
TWO life terms for killing Virgie Green last year.
She'd taken him in for a couple of weeks LAST fall. Thompson and his
partner bludgeoned her with a pipe wrench.
In a strategic maneuver, the defense arranged to have Thompson taken to
Marion County West, VIRGINIA just last week.
There, the 26-year old drifter admitted to the beating death of a 63-year
IN Q=The way we've
((THE WAY WE'VE ANALYZED THIS CASE: THE PLEA OF GUILTY IN WEST VIRGINIA LAST
WEEK REMOVED- -OR AT LEAST IN LARGE PART- REMOVED THE POWER OF THE
COMMONWEALTH'S ARGUMENT THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN DANGEROUS IN THE FUTURE, SINCE
HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SERVING "LIFE WITHOUT MERCY," AS THEY CALL IT IN WEST
VIRGINIA, WHICH IS LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE.))
((WE HAD DECIDED ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE TO
EXTEND A PLEA AGREEMENT IN THIS CASE FOR A LIFE SENTENCE.))
SUPER=01-David Damico/Thompson's Attorney
SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney; :19
OUT Q=life sentence.
The problem: unlike most cases where the co-defendants blame each other-
-both men wanted credit for this grisly crime.
Rather than see a death sentence overturned on appeal, Caldwell decided to
bank on a sure thing and take the guilty plea.
It will take more than a few stitches to heal the Virginia Tech community
stunned by the murder of a student last week.
But police say that's all that's needed to mend the wound of the alleged
Investigators say Benjamin Lilly slit his arm with a razor blade yesterday
at the Montgomery County jail.
He's charged along with two others in the abduction and murder of 22 year-
old Alexander DeFilippis.
Today Virginia Tech held a memorial to remember the student.
((JOHNNY CALLE/VA TECH STUDENT: I DIDN'T KNOW HIM PERSONALLY BUT THE FACT IS
THAT IT HAPPENED AND IT MADE NO SENSE. SO I MEAN I'M HERE TO PAY RESPECTS TO
HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND PRAY FOR SOME PEACE HERE IN BLACKSBURG. ))
((KEVIN COOPER/DEFILIPPIS' FRIEND: IT WAS JUST SOMEBODY WHO WAS MURDERED, I WAS
LIKE "OKAY, THAT'S A SHAME," BUT I COULD LIVE WITH IT. BUT KNOWING IT WAS ALEX
AND HOW GREAT A GUY HE WAS, IT REALLY HURT.))
OUT Q=it really hurt.
A Catholic memorial mass will be held on campus next semester.
Two suspects in last months fire bombing of a New York Subway token booth
may have fled to Virginia.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Yesterday;
Brooklyn authorities today contacted the Virginia State Police.
Authorities say one of the suspects has family living in Virginia.
The men are suspected of squeezing a flammable liquid into a token booth and
The November 26th explosion demolished the booth.
50- year old Harry Kaufman was inside and died yesterday from second and
third degree burns.
Police are searching for 26- year old Rocky Butler and 28- year old Scarvey
Authorities say McCargo has family in Halifax County.
He also goes by the names Drew Darnell Jackson and Andre McCarlo.
Police say the men are traveling in a rental car with New York plates.
They may have burns to their hands, arms and face.
Model Linda Sobek died of asphyxiation- The Medical Examiner released the
official cause of death today.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/File Tape;
The autopsy also showed Sobek was sexually assaulted although specific
details were not given.
Sobek was also legally drunk at the time of her death.
Photographer Charles Rathbun claims he accidentally killed Sobek during a
highspeed car maneuver, and maintains his innocence.
He led authorities to Sobek's body buried in the Angeles National Forest.
It's been more than a month since Israel's Prime Minister was killed-
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; 00
But today his successor and President Clinton vowed to keep the peace
process moving forward.
((SHIMON PERES/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: IT'S TIME TO PUT AN END TO THE ARAB
((AS ISRAEL CONTINUES TO TAKE RISKS FOR A LAST AND COMPHREHENSIVE PEACE THE
U.S. WILL STAND WITH YOU TO MINIMIZE THOSE RISKS AND TO ENSURE YOUR SUCCESS.))
SUPER=01-Shimon Peres/Israeli Prime Minister; 00-04 quick!
OUT Q=ENSURE YOUR SUCCESS."
The President today announced the Secretary of State Warren Christopher
will go to the Mideast to reopen peace talks.
Congresswoman Enid Waldholtz says she WON'T resign-
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;
At a teary press conference she says her estranged husband- secretly duped
her with lies and forgeries.
((REP. ENID WALDHOLTZ/(R) UTAH: I NOW KNOW FROM THE EVENTS OF THE PAST FOUR
WEEKS THE PERSON I LOVED AND TRUSTED NEVER EXISTED.))
((THE FACT IS I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THESE ILLEGAL ACTIONS AND I DID NOT IN ANY
WAY ATTEMPT TO COVER THEM UP.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Enid Waldholtz/(R) Utah;
OUT Q=TO COVER THEM UP."
Joe Waldholtz is under investigation for allegedly stealing campaign funds
and for check fraud reaching near two million dollars.
Four schools in our viewing area are altering their schedules tomorrow
because of the cold temperatures.
(Jean runs closings from the screen)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, we'll tell you what was on TAP with the Roanoke
City Council. Total Action Against Poverty worries about its budget,
And one Roanoke family doesn't have much reason to celebrate this
Christmas. Their home is destroyed by fire, and a family member is stricken
wx ad lib
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
After a weekend fire one Roanoke family has little to celebrate this holiday
Not only have they lost their belongings, but the little girl is very
The Anders family is in a motel living on fast food.
Yesterday, their neighbor's apartment caught fire and the smoke damaged
Stephanie Anders says this isn't the first tragedy around Christmas.
Her daughter Ashley was diagnosed with leukemia last year.
Stephanie says the children can't sleep since the fire.
IN Q=Mommy I can't
((STEPHANIE ANDERS/FIRE VICTIM: MOMMY I CAN'T SLEEP... AND I WOULD TRY TO
CONSOLE HER AND SHE WAS AFRAID THE PLACE WAS GOING TO CATCH ON FIRE HERE AND
SHE'S REMEMBERING HEARING THE PEOPLE SCREAM TO GET US OUT OF THE HOUSE. A FIRE
TRUCK WENT BY LAST NIGHT AND SHE HEARD IT AND GOT UP AND WAS GOING TO THE DOOR
AND SHE THOUGHT THE HOTEL WAS GOING TO CATCH ON FIRE.))
SUPER=01-Stephanie Anders/Fire Victim;
OUT Q=catch on fire.
Stephanie says their Christmas is ruined.
To make matters worse, doctors found a new growth in Ashley's leg and its
unknown if its cancerous.
The Red Cross is trying to help.
Red Cross officials say anyone who wants to help the Anders can call them
at (540) 985-3535.
With a new regional jail and a Social Services building in the works,
Lynchburg wants to make sure it can count on state help paying for these
That was the message for Lynchburg- area lawmakers today during a joint
meeting with city council.
Council members hope legislators Steve Newman, Joyce Crouch and Preston
Bryant can bring home some much- needed money from Richmond.
IN Q=We're not the
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE'RE NOT THE ONLY LOCALITY THAT'S LOOKING FOR
FUNDS, THEY'RE BEING TUGGED AND PULLED AND HAMMERED ON BY ALL THE LOCALITIES
ACROSS THE STATE, AND THERE'S ONLY ONE POT OF MONEY AND IT CAN ONLY GO SO FAR.
BUT IF YOU DON'T ASK YOU'RE NOT GOING TO RECEIVE.))
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=not going to receive.
Lawmakers say it'll be tough to come up with extra funding in what's
expected to be a tight fiscal year.
Fears over funding packed the house at a Roanoke City Council meeting
Supporters of Total Action Against Poverty urged members not to tinker with
the city's budget process.
Roanokers who've benefitted from TAP told their stories to City Council
While officials discussed removing TAP as a line- item in the city budget,
supporters of TAP urged council not to sever its relationship with the city.
IN Q=There's really no bad blood
((TED FEINOUR/TAP CHAIRMAN: THERE'S REALLY NO BAD BLOOD OR ANYTHING. WE WOULD
JUST LIKE TO DISCUSS IT SO THEY HAVE A REAL UNDERSTANDING OF OUR POSITION.))
((THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THAT WE DO TOGETHER AND DO SO WELL TOGETHER AND WE'D
LIKE TO CONTINUE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Ted Feinour/TAP Board Chairman;
OUT Q=like to continue that.
A change in budget procedure would not mean the end of city funding for
TAP, and today Mayor David Bowers said fears that Roanoke is going to put TAP
out of business are unfounded.
Another out-of-state bank will try to gain a niche in the crowded southwest
The First American Corporation of Nashville is off to a good start.
Last week it officially acquired Charter Federal Savings of Bristol, with 15
branches stretching from Marion to Roanoke.
First American says recent mergers have created big banks that give
customers less personal service.
It's philosophy is to use technology to speed up service, but not to the
point where customers have a hard time finding a human being to handle their
IN Q=Some institutions
((DENNY BOTTORFF/FIRST AMERICAN CEO: SOME INSTITUTIONS TEND TO MORE MECHANIZE
THE OPERATION. WE BELIEVE BANKING IS STILL A PEOPLE BUSINESS. AND WE TRY TO
DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE LONG STANDING IN NATURE, AS OPPOSED TO
AUTOMATING AND MECHANIZING THE DELIVERY OF BANKING SERVICES.))
SUPER=01-Denny Bottorff/First American CEO;
OUT Q=banking services.
First American executives were in town today touring some the bank's new
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns after these messages, residents are evacuated following
an explosion at a chemical plant,
and from California, we'll see what happens when Mother Nature brings down the
Making the most of what a community has to offer.
That's what a group of residents and civic leaders in Danville hope to
The Cultural Enrichment Steering Committee held its second meeting tonight
for more brainstorming.
Organizers say Danville is filled with talented people and cultural
One goal is to get those folks working together to improve cultural life.
IN Q=We're trying to
(( MEG CLEMENT/COMMITTEE ORGANIZER: WE'RE TRYING TO TIE IT IN WITH NOT ONLY
WHAT WE CAN BRING TO ALL CITIZENS IN DANVILLE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA AND THE
COUNTY AS WELL BUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP IN TERMS OF EDUCATION FOR OUR YOUTH
HERE, IN TERMS OF THE ARTS, WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR
THIS AREA AND CERTAINLY IN TERMS OF TOURISM. TOURISM IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST
INDUSTRIES IN THE STATE AND WE CERTAINLY HAVE A LOT TO OFFER HERE.))
SUPER=01-Meg Clement/Committee Organizer; :00
OUT Q=offer here.
Clement says she'd like to see the Dan River promoted more.
Another recommendation is to form an Arts Council.
The group has hired a consultant.
The results of tonights meeting will be forwarded to her for recommendations.
A massive explosion at a North Carolina chemical plant today-
It sent a huge ball of fire and a massive plume of smoke into the sky
north of Lenoir.
The blast happened at the Histrand Chemical Company which makes furniture
Fear of dangerous fumes forced a few thousand residents from their homes
One person was admitted to the hospital-
Still no word on what caused the explosion.
Bad Weather is hitting much of the nation.-
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;
On the West Coast- the result is something you've got to see to believe.
A home tumbled into a sinkhole.
Workers say the collapse started when a sewer line broke- That combined
with heavy rain took its toll on the home's foundation.
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
It is snow causing trouble in Buffalo.
The city is digging out from under three feet of snow- that came down in
Main and secondary roads are open again- but many side streets are still
Meanwhile bitter cold is frosting the country from the Gulf to the Great
Tallahassee and Orlando Florida even dipped below the freezing mark.
Barry Switzer lashes back at his critics, Bo Jackson gets his diploma from
Auburn, we'll hear from him, plus meet this year's Civitan Sportsmanship award
winner, and see what kind of honor the Patrick Henry volleyball team received
today at Roanoke City Council, after we check tonight's scores.
(/////Sports chyron motion/////)
Sports chyron motion
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
The Dallas Cowboys are still reeling after Sunday's loss to Philadelphia, but
there are signs that America's team is on the mend.
Last night head coach Barry Switzer deflected reports that he may lose his
job, and warned that even thought the Boys are down they're not out of the
Super Bowl chase.
IN Q="WHAT WE'RE...
((BARRY SWITZER/COWBOYS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Barry Switzer/Cowboys Head Coach; :00
If Switzer does lose his job he way want to look to getting back in the
Last night UCLA boss Terry Donahue says he's leaving the Bruins after 20 years
as head coach.
In that time his teams won 151 games and eight PAC-10 titles.
He plans to join CBS as a football analyst next season.
While Donahue was checking out of college yesterday, another big timer was
checking back onto campus for the final time.
SUPER=03-Auburn, AL; :00
Bo Jackson, who won the Heisman trophy ten years ago, and left school early
for a two sport career in baseball and the NFL, returned to Auburn yesterday to
finally receive his diploma.
He is the first of 10 children in his family to graduate form a 4 year
IN Q="I hope...
((BO JACKSON/GRADUATES FROM AUBURN:))
SUPER=01-Bo Jackson/Graduates From Auburn; :00
OUT Q=...COMPLETE IT."
Another former Southeast conference athlete who left school early is now
working on getting back on the court.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL; :00
Shaquille O'Neal, with his thumb heavily bandaged practiced with the team for
the first time this afternoon, but will he return Wednesday for the Bulls or
later in the week on Friday.
IN Q="When Shaq...
((BRIAN HILL/ORLANDO HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Brian Hill/Orlando Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...I SAID FRIDAY!!!
The Patrick Henry girl's volleyball team was in the spotlight yesterday in
Roanoke City Council chambers.
The most successful volleyball team in the school history was recognized for
winning the Northwest Regional championship and finishing as state runners-up
in Group Three-A.
Each of coach Marty Swann's players received a gift from Davis Bowers, a
proclamation and praise from all sides of council.
IN Q="THE FACT...
((JOHN EDWARDS/VICE MAYOR:))
OUT Q=...TO ALL OF YOU."
The lady Patriots were also praised for receiving the sportsmanship award
from the VHSL at the Group-Three=A championships.
The Indians were on the warpath in the Star City yesterday as they picked up
some hardware and a $500 scholarship from the Civitan Club.
This afternoon at the Civic Center Holiday Inn Blacksburg high school
received this year's prestigious sportsmanship award from the Commissioner of
Western Virginia officials Ernie Bradd.
And in a day when showboating has become the norm it's refreshing to find
players and coaches who don't tolerate taunting and Deion-like strutting.
IN Q="We just...
((STEVEN HUNT/BLACKSBURG TRI-CAPTAIN: WE JUST DON'T TOLERATE IT. WE PLAY WITH
A LOT OF EXCITEMENT AND A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM, BUT WE JUST HAVE TO CONTROL IT,
AND KNOW HOW FAR NOT TO GO.))
((TUCKER LaFORCE/BLACKSBURG TRI-CAPTAIN: ONE OF OUR RUNNING BACKS DID A DEION
SANDERS IN THE END ZONE, AND AFTER COACH SAID THAT'S THE LAST TIME I WANT TO
SEE THAT. HE DOESN'T TOLERATING THE SHOWBOATING. IF YOU SCORE YOU SCORE, ITS
JUST - YOU TAKE IT IN STRIDE.))
((KIP KENYON/BLACKSBURG LINEBACKER: THEY ARE THE ONES THAT MOLD OUR TEAM, AND
THEY ARE THE ONES WHO MAKE US WHAT WE ARE. BECAUSE ITS KIND OF LIKE THEY ARE
OUR TEACHERS AND EVERYTHING THAT WE LEARN ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD WE LEARN FROM
SUPER=01-Steven Hunt/Blacksburg Tri-Captain; :00
SUPER=01-Tucker LaForce/Blacksburg Tri-Captain; :12
SUPER=01-Kip Kenyon/Blacksburg Linebacker; :25
OUT Q=...WITH OUT THEM."
The director for Programs for the Virginia High School League, Larry Johnson,
was the guest speaker for yesterday's event.
IN Q="This is...
((LARRY JOHNSON/VHSL PROGRAMS SUPERVISOR: THIS IS IF NOT OUR NUMBER ONE
PRIORITY ITS IN OUR TOP TWO. WE ARE TRYING TO PUT A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON THIS,
AND WE ARE GOING OUT AND SPEAKING TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN ABOUT
SPORTSMANSHIP, AND ITS IMPORTANT FOR US TO RECOGNIZE WHEN WE HAVE GOOD EXAMPLES
OF GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP.))
SUPER=01-Larry Johnson/VHSL Programs Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=...good sportsmanship."
And there's more to come tonight.
Bath County makes some football history for the VHSL.
And yet another of the Roanoke Valley's founding fathers of ice hockey passes
The Bath County Chargers got more than their first ever state championship in
football as they beat Strasburg yesterday in the Division One title game.
SUPER=03-Low Moor/Yesterday; :00
The Chargers also made history in another way.
Yesterday's game, which was postponed from Saturday because of sleet and snow
in the Alleghany Highlands, marks the first time in the 82 year history of the
league that a playoff game of any kind was played on a Sunday.
IN Q="It was very...
((LARRY JOHNSON/VHSL PROGRAMS DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Larry Johnson/VHSL Programs Director; :00
OUT Q=...WINTER SEASON."
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS.
A great many Roanoke Express fans who have supported area hockey for the past
25 years are no doubt saddened by the death of one of the area's Ice Hockey
fathers, Colin Kilburn.
SUPER=04-40th Anniversary Archives; :00
The Edmonton native was one of the main men in the Roanoke Valley's first
hockey heyday back in the seventies.
Kilburn took over the Roanoke Valley Rebels in the 1969-70 season and coached
them to a second place finish in the Southern Division.
IN Q="THE BOYS...
((COLIN KILBURN/REBELS COACH IN 1970:))
SUPER=10-Colin Kilburn/Rebels Coach/1970;
Kilburn took over as General manager of the team in 1972 and hired Greg
Pilling as head coach.
The 1973-74 team won 53 games in the regular season and the league
Colin Kilburn died last Thursday at his home in Edmonton, Alberta at the age
The owner of the team in those days Gene Hawthorne also died earlier this
year, passing away back in May.
The Smart Road still has many miles to travel before it becomes a reality.
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors heard a committee report tonight.
The committee came up with a list of questions board members would like to
have answered before proceeding with plans to build the Smart Road.
Committee members compiled 92 questions-- focusing on the Smart Road's
economic and environmental impact on the area's rural landscape.
IN Q=We're talking about
SUPER=01-Roy Thorpe/Montgomery Co. Attorney;
OUT Q=land use for the area
The board also passed a resolution for condemnation procedures in
agricultural and forestral districts.
Whenever V- DOT re- applies, the board has 30 days to review its
If the board needs more time-- it can then have a 60- day extension and
must hold more public hearings.
For years, officials have tried to make Smith Mountain Lake more accessible.
As Scott Prince reports, one local business man is now taking matters into
his own hands.
IN Q=A local
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Joe Altadonna/Future Motel Owner; :16
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Joe Altadonna is making some noise at Smith Mountain Lake.
He's transforming this office building into a motel-- the FIRST of its kind
at Smith Mountain Lake.
The venture may not be a "shore" thing, but he'll take his chances anyway.
IN Q=I thought about
((JOE ALTADONNA/FUTURE MOTEL OWNER: I THOUGHT ABOUT IT. I GOT THE BUILDING
EMPTY AND DECIDED TO CHANGE IT TO A MOTEL. ))
OUT Q=to a motel
Remodeling started about a month ago and Altadonna says construction costs
will total 140- thousand dollars.
The 25- room motel will be located on Route 122 near Burnt Chimney and about
a quarter of a mile from the water.
Even though it isn't exactly on the lake, Altadonna still hopes to attract
many lake- goers.
He hopes to offer customers package deals with golf courses and marinas.
IN Q=There's a lot
((ALTADONNA: THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LOOK FOR ROOMS IN THIS AREA AND I
THINK IT'S TIME FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I LIKE A GAMBLE IN BUSINESS AND THAT'S
MY JOB TO DO IT. ))
OUT Q=to do it
He won't have to wait very long to find out if his gamble pays off.
The motel is scheduled to open in March.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Michael Jackson is leaving the leaving the hospital tomorrow.
SUPER=03-New York/Last Week;
Doctors say Jackson
was transferred this morning from intensive care to a private room
-- and will go home tomorrow afternoon.
Jackson, who's 37, is recovering from an intestinal virus that
caused him to collapse at a rehearsal last week.