Up next on News 7 at eleven-
It's trial number two for this man accused of trying to kill his
The FBI search this home in California- in connection with the sabotage
of an Amtrak Train.
Plus you've seen the ads- free jewelry and furniture IF it snows- We'll
check these ads out- to see what they're all about.
Plus the weekend forecast.
News 7 is next.
President Clinton is on his way to
France tonight- while debate over his Bosnia plan continues here at home.
The Bosnian Peace Treaty will be signed in Paris tomorrow-
SUPER=03-Val Verde, CA;
FBI agents searched the home of a California man-- saying he may be linked
to the Amtrack train sabotage in Arizona.
And you've probably seen the ads- if it snows you get jewelry or
furniture you bought for free. We'll check out the ads to see what its all
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The RE-TRIAL of a Martinsville man will continue tomorrow- He's accused of
attempting to kill his former girlfriend's father with a pipe bomb.
For Michael Draper this is the second trial for the same crime.
In July the jury was split-- and the judge was forced to declare a mistrial.
Police say Draper shot at his girlfriend's father Roy Harriston in the
Summer of 93.
Harriston was supposed to testify a few months later against Draper.
SUPER=04-October 22, 1993;
But, just days before the trial, a pipe-bomb exploded in the Sara Lee Knit
products parking lot where Harriston worked.
Harriston wasn't injured, but shrapnel from the bomb severely injured his
friend James Harris.
IN Q=Before I was
((JAMES HARRIS/VICTIM: BEFORE I WAS A 12 HOUR SHIFT WORKER. I WAS ACTIVE IN
SPORTS BOWLING. I WAS AN ALL AROUND SPORTSMAN YOU KNOW. AND RIGHT NOW IT TOOK
ALL OF THAT AWAY FROM ME.))
OUT Q=away from me
Closing arguments and jury deliberation begin tomorrow morning.
F-B-I agents searched the home of a California railroad contractor-
SUPER=03-Val Verde, CA;
suspecting he may be linked to the Amtrak train sabotage in Arizona-
FBI agents removed several items in plastic bags, but they did not arrest
Olin arrived home later- telling reporters he did not derail the train.
SUPER=03-Near Hyder, AZ/October 20;
It was October that the Sunset Limited plunged 30 feet below. One person
was killed and 78 others hurt.
Investigators say someone tampered with the tracks.
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This man entered a not guilty plea to what prosecutors call a Chilling
Crime- conspiring to blow up U-S Airliners in the far east.
SUPER=03-New York City;
Wali Con Amin Shaw was brought to New York last night from Malaysia.
((MARY JO WHITE/U.S. ATTORNEY: WAS TO STRIKE AMERICAN TARGETS IN RETALIATION
FOR AMERICAN FINANCIAL, POLITICAL AND MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO ISRAEL.))
SUPER=01-Mary Jo White/U.S. Attorney;
OUT Q=to Israel."
Documents obtained by CBS indicate eleven flights were targeted.
There was one explosion- a possible trial run on a Philippines Jet- one
man was killed.
Prosecutors say the plot included plans to assassinate the Pope during
his visit to Manila.
The alleged Mastermind is Ram-zi Ahmed Yousef- who's also accused in the
World Trade Center bombing. He's in custody awaiting trial.
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SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;
The two suspects in the Oklahoma City Bombing appeared before a judge
An early morning motorcade brought Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to
Outside- Nichols brother spoke to reporters.
((REPORTER: WHEN YOU TALK WHAT DOES YOUR BROTHER TELL YOU ABOUT THIS CASE?
JAMES NICHOLS/SUSPECT'S BROTHER: JUST THAT THE FBI AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS
FABRICATED A LOT OF STUFF AND I KNOW THAT FIRST HAND CAUSE I'VE BEEN THROUGH
THE SAME THING.))
SUPER=01-James Nichols/Suspect's Brother;
OUT Q=THE SAME THING."
Attorneys argued over whether defense attorneys pay should be made
public- those fees are paid with taxpayer's money.
A water main break is causing problems in the town of Narrows tonight.
The town's storage tanks are draining faster than they can be filled.
The town manager is asking residents to restrict water use until crews can
repair the broken line.
Narrows Elementary and Narrows High School will both be closed tomorrow to
help conserve water.
"If it snows, it's free"-- that's what two area businesses are telling
Kimberly McBroom checked out what could be Christmas shopper's dream come
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Paula Amrhein/Amrhein's Jewelers; :25
SUPER=01-Walt McDearmon/Amrhein's Customer; :35
SUPER=01-Jeff Mills/Schewel Furniture Co.; :52
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT tape 1 4:33:23
((OH. LET ME GET YOU A TOTAL THERE. THAT'S VERY PRETTY. ))
Courteous customer service, along with a bet on Old Man Winter are boosting
sales at Amrhein's Jewelers this Christmas season.
For the first time ever, the store will refund all purchases made between
November 24th and Christmas Eve-- IF Roanoke gets a four- inch snowfall New
For some customers, it's a concept too good to be true.
SOT TAPE 1 4:06:16
((PAULA AMRHEIN/AMRHEIN'S JEWELERS: SOME OF THEM ARE SNICKERING AND SOME OF
THEM ARE REALIZING THAT YES, IN FACT, IT COULD HAPPEN. SO, WE'RE JUST HOPING
THAT IT DOES HAPPEN AND THAT IT IS A REAL SUCCESS. WE'D JUST LOVE TO GIVE ALL
THE MONEY BACK TO THE CUSTOMERS. ))
SOT TAPE 1 4:28:50
((WALT MCDEARMON/AMRHEIN'S CUSTOMER: I REALLY LIKE THAT, BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT
WAS A REALLY GOOD DEAL AND I HOPE IT SNOWS. ))
Schewel's Furniture is also getting in on the winter weather gamble.
It's promising a full refund on items purchased last Sunday-- provided
Lynchburg gets the white stuff between midnight Christmas Eve and noon
SOT tape 1 5:08:35
((JEFF MILLS/SCHEWEL FURNITURE CO.: IT HAS TO SNOW WITHIN THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG
TWO- POINT- ONE INCHES. IF THAT HAPPENS BETWEEN THAT 12- HOUR PERIOD, A LOT OF
PEOPLE WOULD GET A LOT OF FREE FURNITURE.))
Both Amrhein's and Schewel's are insured in case they have to make good on
But just what are the chances for holiday snow?
We asked our own Robin Reed.
SOT TAPE 2 7:14:41
((ROBIN REED/NEWS 7 CHIEF METEREOLOGIST: AS FAR AS NEW YEAR'S GOES, WE CHECKED
BACK IN THE RECORD BOOKS ALMOST 20 YEARS-- AND ROANOKE HAS NOT HAD A FOUR INCH
SNOWFALL IN THE LAST 20 YEARS. SO, IF YOU'RE BETTING ON SNOW ON EITHER OF
THOSE DAYS, IN EITHER OF THOSE CITIES, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. ))
But for now, many consumers are dreaming of a white Christmas.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
Speaking of businesses taking a gamble--
The Days Inn Civic Center is offering free rooms to out of town hockey
fans this weekend.
It's a bold business gesture--
Inn officials are so confident the Roanoke Express will beat the Richmond
Renegades Saturday night-- that they'll let Richmond fans spend the night for
The catch is, Richmond has to score eight goals and win the game.
IN Q=We're a confident
((MICHAEL WARE/DAYS INN CIVIC CENTER: WE'RE A CONFIDENT TEAM AND THE GOAL
TENDERS AREN'T GOING TO LET UP. BUT WE JUST SAID WE'RE NOT GOING TO INSURE IT,
WE FIGURE THAT WAY, IF WORSE COMES TO WORSE AND WE DO LOSE AND WE HAVE TO GIVE
THE ROOMS UP-- ODDS ARE, IF THEY PLAY FOUR OR FIVE MORE TIMES AT HOME-- WE'LL
GET THEM TO COME BACK. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Ware/Days Inn Civic Center;
OUT Q=TO COME BACK
To qualify for the free rooms-- Richmond fans must make reservations at the
36 dollar East Coast Hockey League rate.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, Roanoke's school superintendent wants to give teachers
And over 40 people are dead as a airliner crashes in Italy.
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
It's believed 49 people are dead after a Plane crash in Northern Italy-
The Romanian Turbo prop went down shortly after takeoff- in snowy, windy
It crashed about a mile from the runway then caught fire.
The charter plane was bound for Romania. Reports say most of those on
board were Italian.
The Bosnian Peace Treaty is set for signing tomorrow in Paris.
President Clinton is en route to France tonight for the signing.
But as he leaves - debate over his Bosnia Policy continues.
Senators today voted to allow funding for U-S troops, but MANY made it
clear they're against the mission.
((SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON/R- TEXAS: MR. PRESIDENT CONGRESS HAS NOT BEEN
CONSULTED. CONGRESS HAS NOT AUTHORIZED THIS DEPLOYMENT. IT IS NOT AN
((SEN. DANIEL COATS/R-INDIANA: IT SAID OUR VITAL NATIONAL INTEREST AR
CHALLENGED BY A BALKAN CIVIL WAR, BUT THIS IS SIMPLY NOT CREDIBLE. WHAT
RESOURCES ARE THREATENED? WHAT TRADE ROUTE IS INTERRUPTED?))
SUPER=01-Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison/(R) Texas; 00
SUPER=01-Sen. Daniel Coats/(R) Indiana; 10
OUT Q=ROUTE IS INTERRUPTED?
SUPER=03-Gorni Vakuf, Bosnia;
Despite their opposition, Senators say they'll will support U-S troops in
Bosnia- even if they don't agree with the mission.
Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris hopes to give teachers a
substantial pay raise, but he'll have to find more money to do it.
The preliminary budget proposal he presented to the school board includes
pay raises averaging seven percent.
That would be the first step in a three- year plan to bring city salaries
in line with the national average.
IN Q=It is very important
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SAY
CLEARLY TO THE TEACHERS WHO WORK VERY HARD, WHO ARE COMMITTED TO OUR CHILDREN,
THAT WHAT YOU DO IS SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK ANYWHERE, THAT YOU ARE
PROFESSIONAL AND THAT YOU DESERVE TO MAKE REASONABLE SALARY IN ORDER TO SUPPORT
YOUR FAMILY AND THIS IS THE COMPENSATION FOR IT.))
OUT Q=compensation for it.
The salary proposal will depend on additional funding from the city and
The school system must boost revenues by two million dollars to pay for the
A federal inquiry has raised questions about the safety of 401-k pension
Experts say most of the funds ARE well run.
But they have some tips on how you can detect any foul play.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=A 401-k
SUPER=01-Rachel Noel/401K Participant;:08
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards & Sons;:39
SUPER=01-Tyler Pugh/Wheat First Butcher Singer;:58
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
A 401-k is a popular way to save for your retirement.
It's a tax-deferred account built up through payroll deductions.
IN Q=With the
((RACHEL NOEL/401K PARTICIPANT: WITH THE 401-K IT HAS HELPED ME TO PUT ASIDE
MONEY, THAT I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO DO IN A REGULAR SAVINGS ACCOUNT.))
OUT Q=savings account.
But financial advisors say it's important to make sure your employer is
handling your savings properly.
They say be curious...ask questions, talk to fellow employees about it.
Study your check stub...see how much money is taken out, and trace it to
your quarterly 401-k statement.
Call the firm that's handling your funds, if you don't want your employer to
know your checking up on your account.
And when you call, ask for your balance.
IN Q=You're putting
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC.: YOU'RE PUTTING YOUR OWN MONEY IN
THE PLAN, SO ABSOLUTELY, BE INVOLVED, KNOW WHERE YOUR MONEY'S GOING AND HOW
OUT Q=it's performing.
Financial advisors have some warning signs to look for if you suspect fraud.
Make sure you're getting quarterly statements and materials from the
investment firm holding onto your money...if not, ask questions.
IN Q=If your
((TYLER PUGH/WHEAT FIRST BUTCHER SINGER: IF YOUR FUNDS ARE INVESTED IN A
PUBLICLY HELD MUTUAL FUND YOU SHOULD RECEIVE PROSPECTUS AND INFORMATION ABOUT
THE WAY THESE FUNDS ARE INVESTED.))
OUT Q=are invested.
(( Experts emphasize most 401-k plans are above board, and provide a great
opportunity to build a retirement nest egg.
But they add keeping close track of them never hurts.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Three months after getting locked out of its offices, Lynchburg's AIDS
support agency has survived a financial audit and is back on its feet.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=01-Tom Jividen/CVACC Executive Director; :18
SUPER=01-Carol Franklin/Office Manager; :45
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Community Action Group; :56
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Since its birth in 1992, the Central Virginia AIDS Coordinating Council had
been a fairly loose- knit organization of volunteers.
The problem was many of the people charged with handling CVACC's federal
grant money also were clients.
A September audit suggested that agency officials no longer write checks to
IN Q=We decided that
((TOM JIVIDEN/CVACC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE DECIDED THAT WE'D REORGANIZE THE
BOARD AND ASK THE PEOPLE WHO WERE CLIENTS TO NOT BE ON THE BOARD, AND THEN IN
THE FUTURE WE'LL ORGANIZE AN ADVISORY BOARD TO ALLOW CLIENTS TO HAVE SOME INPUT
INTO THE AGENCY AND THE DIRECTION IT'S TAKING.))
OUT Q=direction it's taking.
Leading the way is office manager Carol Franklin who came on board three
An accountant has been hired to handle the books, and things are slowly
returning to normal.
IN Q=It's basically almost
((CAROL FRANKLIN/OFFICE MANAGER: IT'S BASICALLY ALMOST THERE. BUT WE'RE STILL
PLANNING, WE'RE STILL TRYING TO MAKE THIS INTO A GOOD ORGANIZATION.))
OUT Q=good organization.
IN Q=They share our
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP: THEY SHARE OUR INTAKE
TELEPHONE SYSTEM, OUR WAITING AREA, AND IT'S JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL.))
OUT Q=business as usual.
IN Q=Junius Haskins says
((Junius Haskins says CVACC has a home in the LYNCAG building for as long as it
wants.. there's even room next door for the group to expand. CVACC officials
say the most important thing now is to restore clients' confidence in the
OUT Q=in the agency.
Clients say they're still waiting to see how the CVACC reorganization shakes
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later in the newscast, Carroll County breaks new ground
and we'll see why Walmart hopes shoppers will bank on the new Super center in
Construction will take about two years, but when it's all done Carroll
County residents should see more efficient local government.
Officials broke ground today for a new seven and a half million dollar
county office and court complex.
((BILLY MITCHELL/CARROLL CO. ADMINISTRATOR: IT WILL CONSOLIDATE ALL OF THE
LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS UNDER ONE ROOF. WE'RE CURRENTLY SPREAD OUT OVER
ABOUT A THREE-MILE RADIUS IN AND AROUND THE TOWN OF HILLSVILLE IN ABOUT SIX
DIFFERENT FACILITIES. ))
SUPER=01-Billy Mitchell/Carroll Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=different facilities.
The county will maintain its historic courthouse as a cultural center.
Mitchell says it'll take some study to determine the best use of the
historic Carter building next door.
The county will probably sell its other facilities.
Grading is already under way on the new complex, with construction set to
begin in the spring.
Jim Grigsby says it won't be easy to merge Roanoke's fire and emergency
but the chief of the new department says he's confident the men and women
under his command are up to the challenge.
On the job since the end of October, Grigsby is meeting with firefighters
and E-M-S personnel.
While the next five years promise plenty of change, Grigsby says the
department will make the merger successful.
IN Q=Overwhelmingly, the quality
((JIM GRIGSBY: OVERWHELMINGLY, THE QUALITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS ORGANIZATION
REALLY ASTOUNDS ME. GOOD PEOPLE WHO WANT TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND WORK,
HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL AND HIGHLY TRAINED AND WANTING TO DO THE JOB. SO IT'S GOING
TO BE A TOUGH PROCESS TO GET THAT PLANNING DONE, BUT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES, THE
CAPABILITY AND THE MOTIVATION TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=motivation to do that.
Right now, Grigsby says the fire and E-M-S services are one department in
But he says that will begin to change within three to six months.
Christmas came a little early for a number of players and coaches last night,
as WDBJ-7 hosted its 12th annual Friday Football Extra awards banquet at the
Airport Marriott's Grand ball room.
Mike Stevens has the envelope with all of this season's winners.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Roanoke/FFE Awards Banquet; :00
SUPER=01-Bo Henson/FFE Group AAA Coach of the Year; :27
SUPER=01-Mike Scharnus/FFE Group AA Coach of the Year; :39
SUPER=01-Steve Isaacs/FFE Group A Coach of the Year; :49
SUPER=01-Kevin Saunders/FFE Overall Coach of the Year; :57
SUPER=01-Brandon Steele/WDBJ-Stop In Scholar Athlete; 1:26
SUPER=01-Michael White/WDBJ-Leggett Scholar Athlete; 1:38
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
(( 163 folks filled the ballroom for a night of fun and surprises.
Our 13 players of the week each picked up their just rewards for the 1995
season, before the coaches in attendance had to sweat out their awards.
Each year Friday Football Extra's coaches vote for a top field boss in each
Group and pick an overall coach of the year.
This year's winners featured a old familiar face and three new kids on the
((BO HENSON/FFE GROUP AAA COACH OF THE YEAR:))
((MIKE SCHARNUS/FFE GROUP AA COACH OF THE YEAR:))
((STEVE ISAACS/FFE GROUP A COACH OF THE YEAR:))
((KEVIN SAUNDERS/FFE OVERALL COACH OF THE YEAR:))
With the help of Leggett and Stop-In, WDBJ also presented two $2000
scholarships to this year's top scholar athletes, Giles Brandon Steele and Fort
Chiswell Michael White - two all-district stars with four point oh grade point
((BRANDON STEELE/WDBJ-STOP IN SCHOLAR ATHLETE:))
((MICHAEL WHITE/WDBJ-LEGGETT SCHOLAR ATHLETE:))
Three players of the week also got some good news after the banquet as
Pulaski Shayne Graham and E.C. Glass quarterback Andre Kendrick were named
first team all-state by the associated press.
Glass running back Chris Matthews was a second team selection.
Mike Stevens news 7 sports.))
On a more somber note, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer continues to
prepare the Hokies for the Sugar Bowl, despite a bitter situation.
Yesterday, Beamer suspended reserve receiver James Crawford and that
gentleman, Tony Morrison, indefinitely.
The Associated Press reported today that the linebacker was arrested this
past weekend on charges of public intoxication, petty larceny and destruction
of private property at Arnolds in Blacksburg.
Morrison played in all 11 games for the Hokies this season, but has been in
and out of trouble. Morrison's father Jim says Tony is the victim.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
And still to come tonight; football fans are crying the "Blues" in Green
Bay as they learn the fate of all pro defensive lineman Reggie White,
and the Roanoke Express hockey team was all smiles today as they held their
first optional practice of the season today.
This weekend, the Express plays three straight games.
Friday, Roanoke takes on Hampton at the Scope in Norfolk and then
turns right around to play Richmond Saturday night. Then the team faces
tallahassee Sunday at 3pm.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
Playing three games in 2 and a half days warranted an optional practice
today at the Round House. Most of the players were there and they told us their
coach was at home doing team paper work.
IN Q="Just to loose
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/HAS WON 7 STRAIGHT AS GOALIE:))
SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/7 Straight Wins as Goalie; :00
OUT Q=....Another chance"
The Express is 8 and 2 in it's last 10 games. One reason, the team's line
up is stable, in fact Roanoke has not waived a player in almost a month.
((DAVE STEWART/EXPRESS DEFENDER:))
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defender; :00
OUT Q=...shows out there"
The Players and the coaches weren't the only ones surprised tonight at our
Friday Football Extra awards banquet..
WDBJ vice president Jim Shaver presented our Mike Stevens with a leather and
felt jacket with our call letters embroidered on the front in long overdue
appreciation for Mike's outstanding dedication to local sports coverage. The
best part was that his wife Sharon and two of santa's helpers presented him
with the early Christmas present.
IN Q="We wanted
SUPER=01-Jim Shaver/WDBJ-7 Vice Pres.; :00
OUT Q=...say so little"
While Mike had little to say; his peers were hardly at a loss for words.
IN Q="One of
OUT Q=....statler brothers"
A Virginia bank will try to cash in on Wal-Mart's popularity.
Central Fidelity plans to open full-service branches in seven Wal-Mart
supercenters in the state.
The first one will open in Wal-Mart's new Roanoke store January 24th.
Other local Wal-Mart supercenters getting bank branches include the ones in
Christiansburg, Martinsville, and Farmville.
Wal-Mart has tried to redefine the phrase "one stop shopping" with its
Most contain grocery stores, hair salons, and fast food restaurants in
addition to general merchandise.
He has a ticket to ride, and it's okay...that he's a hamster.
On Monday, when a grumpy bus driver discovered an 11 year old school boy had
brought a hamster on the bus, he made the boy pay an extra fare.
"Sweep" the Hamster is the school's pet and the boy was taking it home for
the weekend when the driver made the demand.
When the chief of the company heard about it, he went to Sweep's school to
He also presented the Hamster with his very own bus pass. Now Sweep can
ride any where he wants...for free.