And the late news on SEVEN includes
- -a bond ruling that means "home for the holiday's" for a deadly D-U-I
- -a plane crash in the Andes so hard to reach it'll be next week before they
get to all the bodies.
- -and the road to Bent Mountain is paved with political popularity, not
necessarily high-tech engineering.
News 7 at 11 is next... It's almost Christmas... stay up with us.
A teen accused of killing a neighbor in a drunk- driving accident will get
to spend the holidays at home.
The judge released the teen after he admitted he drank beer and vodka
before the accident.
Officials in Arlington were discussing the fate of Route 221 today.
They are leaning towards widening roads already in existance.
And "Come on down," Carl Dudley from Henry County was a winning
contestant on The Price is Right! We'll tell you about his winnings.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A Roanoke County teenager involved in a fatal, alcohol- related car
accident last week was released from jail this afternoon.
The young defendant walked from the Roanoke County Courthouse with his
parents after a judge released him on 20- thousand dollars bond.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Dec. 14;
He has admitted drinking beer and vodka before the accident that killed 45-
year- old Bonnie Kitts last week.
Today, his attorney argued for his release while he awaits trial.
IN Q=He has never been before
((CHARLIE PHILLIPS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE HAS NEVER BEEN BEFORE THE COURT BEFORE.
HE HAS STRONG TIES. HIS FAMILY HAS STRONG SUPPORT AND WE'RE GOING TO GET HIM
INTO A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING. AND WE FEEL HE IS
NO THREAT TO SOCIETY OR HIMSELF AND HE CERTAINLY DESERVES BOND.))
SUPER=01-Charlie Phillips/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=certainly deserves bond.
Early next year, A judge will decide whether the 16- year- old should be
tried as an adult.
Meanwhile, in the Roanoke County subdivision where the accident occurred
and both families live, neighbors have decorated their homes with white
An 18- year- old is spared a life sentence.
After listening to several witnesses who appeared on Arthur Manns' behalf,
the judge decided on a lesser sentence.
Manns got 30 years to serve.
He was found guilty in October of the shooting death of 31- year- old Vickie
Michelle Nichols in the Lincoln Terrace Housing Project.
IN Q=I do believe
((JUDGE DIANE STRICKLAND: I DO BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULD BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY
TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY, HOWEVER I BELIEVE THAT OPPORTUNITY MUST NOT
COME ANYTIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE ))
SUPER=02-Judge Diane Strickland; (voice of)
OUT Q=the near future.
In June, Manns shot Nichols twice in the back... after the two became
involved in an argument.
Manns said today he was on crack at the time and doesn't remember shooting
However, twelve hours after the shooting, in a 21 page statement to police,
Manns admitted to the crime.
An investigation of the Botetourt County sheriff is on the desk of
Lynchburg's Commonwealth Attorney.
State Police investigated Reed Kelly after he was accused of beating a jail
Now Bill Petty must determine if charges will be filed.
In October, Kelly received a letter from inmate Jason Joseph Jones.
In the letter, Jones described in graphic detail how he was going to kill
the sheriff, and the sheriff's family.
The prisoner says he was beaten and choked by after Kelly read the note.
Kelly flatly denied the charge and said the allegations are politically
He told News- 7 he's happy that a non- partisan party is looking into the
A huge passenger jet crashed on final approach to the airport in Cali,
The remains of the Boeing 757- -it's crew and passengers- -are strewn across
treacherous terrain in the Andes Mountains.
Witnesses say part of the fuselage was spiked deep into the ground.
It took hours for rescuers to reach the remote crash site.
Authorities on the ground said tonight that there are SIX survivors.
It took rescuers 15 hours to start moving the injured off the mountain.
Late this afternoon the search was halted due to bad weather.
The Kanellakis family of Rhode Island did get on board. A neighbor
remembered, wishing them good-bye.
IN Q=We said
((MARY ANDRABE: WE SAID "GOODBYE." I GAVE HER A HUG. HE SAID "HAPPY HOLIDAYS."
I SAID, I'LL SAY A PRAYER FOR A SAFE FLIGHT WHICH I GUESS GOD HAD OTHER
SUPER=01-Mary Andrabe/Crash Victims' Neighbor
OUT Q=other plans.
Colombian authorities say it may be after Christmas before all the bodies
are removed from the wreckage.
The White House has agreed to surrender disputed Whitewater notes.
The Clinton Administration says an aide's notes on a 1993 Whitewater
meeting will be turned over in the next day or so to lawmakers and
prosecutors investigating Whitewater.
Today's decision will avoid a showdown in court over it.
Negotiators working to end the Government shutdown met for four hours
In a short three line statement the group called their meeting constructive
and said they plan to meet again Friday at the White House.
But that means time is running out on veterans.
Unless a temporary stop- gap measure is passed before midnight, benefit
checks will be delayed.
Here in Southwest Virginia, Veterans Affairs officials are ready to send
All they need is the go- ahead from Washington.
((JIM MAYE/VETERANS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: ANTICIPATING THIS WOULD HAPPEN, VETERANS
AFFAIRS HAS PREPARED ALL THE COMPUTER TAPES NECESSARY TO DO THE COMPENSATION
AND PENSION PAYMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Maye/Veterans Affairs Director;
OUT Q=month of January
The Federal shutdown now presents other ramifications for Veterans Affairs.
Maye says the furlough is causing a tremendous work backlog.
He believes it could take months before his office is caught up.
Occidental Chemical company has agreed to pay 129 million dollars to cover
the cleanup at Love Canal- -near Niagara Falls, New York.
The settlement essentially repays the government for putting a lid over a
ruined neighborhood... in the hope of sealing in a toxic waste site that
((CAROL BROWNER, EPA ADMINISTRATOR: ORANGE GOOP, TOXIC SOUP IS WHAT IT'S BEEN
CALLED. YOU HAD 80 DIFFERENT CHEMICALS SOME VERY BAD STUFF WAS IN THESE
PEOPLE'S BACKYARDS WAS LITERALLY SEEPING INTO THEIR BASEMENTS.))
SUPER=01-Carol Browner/EPA Administrator
The chemical plant had buried nearly 22-thousand tons of toxic waste in the
old Love Canal during and after World War II.
The federal government also has agreed to contribute eight million dollars
toward the cleanup to settle Occidental's claims that the government shared
responsibility for the contamination.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7, a new report criticizes the F-B-I's handliing of the
Ruby Ridge shootings,
And O-J Simpson could soon have his own infomercial as he prepares to
take his defense to a V-C-R near you.
wx ad lib
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
O-J Simpson is apparently producing his own video.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA
Shooting began yesterday for an O-J "infomercial."
No one is talking, but Simpson reportedly has a multi-million dollar deal,
for a two hour video, in which he declares his innocence in the death of his
ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ron Goldman.
The deal includes the sale of the video-taped declaration at 29-95, with an
infomercial to promote the sale.
A new report out tonight on the fatal gunfight at Ruby Ridge, Idaho three
and a half years ago.
SUPER=03-Ruby Ridge, ID/1992
Federal agents were getting ready to move in to arrest white separatist
An F-B-I sniper shot and killed Weaver's wife, Vicki. His 14-year old son
was also killed, along with a Deputy U-S Marshal.
A Senate Judiciary committee report released today was sharply critical of
the special orders, calling for agents to fire at any armed adult male outside
IN Q=Our report concluded
((SENATOR HERB KOHL: OUR REPORT CONCLUDED THAT THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH BLAME
TO SPREAD AROUND TO THE RUBY RIDGE FIASCO. RANDY WEAVER BROUGHT MUCH OF THIS
UPON HIMSELF. BUT FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS MADE A SERIOUS OF MISTAKES
AND BLUNDERS THAT CLEARLY LED TO THIS TRAGEDY.))
SUPER=01-Senator Herb Kohl/D-Wisconsin
OUT Q=to this tragedy.
Committee chairman Arlen Spector says he intends to hold hearings next
month, examining whether the F-B-I should absorb the federal bureau of Alcohol
Tobacco and Firearms- -doing away with A-T-F.
Smooth out the "S" curve and widen the road.
But follow the existing path of Roanoke County's winding Route 221 as
closely as possible.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board backed up its chief engineer today --
who chose to engineer the most politically popular solution.
Ellen Qualls travelled to Arlington for the story.
IN Q=Dangerous turns
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jack Hodge/VDOT Chief Engineer; :18
SUPER=01-Robert Martinez/Va. Transportation Secretary; :42
SUPER=01-Lorinda Lionberger/Salem Transportation District; 1:09
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Arlington.
(( Dangerous turns. Restricted speeds. Too many different folks all trying
to travel down the same narrow path.
It's Route 221 from Roanoke to Bent Mountain.
It might also describe the political path Virginia Department of
Transportation engineers are travelling -- perhaps over their best judgment.
((JACK HODGE/VDOT CHIEF ENGINEER: OUR ENGINEER RECOMMENDED THAT WE DO A STUDY
ON THE EXISTING ROADWAY AND ON THE PURPLE LINE WHICH IS SOUTH OF THE CREEK. I
HAVE NOT CHANGED HIS RECOMMENDATION. I HAVE PRIORITIZED IT. I WANT TO DO WHAT
THE PEOPLE WANT TO DO, AND THAT'S DEVELOP IT ALONG THE EXISTING ROAD. IF IT
BECOMES INFEASIBLE ALONG THE EXISTING ROAD, WE'LL COME BACK TO THE COMMONWEALTH
TRANSPORTATION BOARD AND THE PEOPLE AND SAY WE CAN'T DO THIS.))
sot 03:35:24 tape two
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: BUT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE ARE
DIFFERENT VIEWS AMONG DIFFERENT ENGINEERS AT VDOT, THAT'S A GOOD THING, NOT A
BAD THING. IT'S JUST THAT SOME INSTANCES IT BECOMES MORE PUBLIC, IN OTHER
INSTANCES, LESS PUBLIC.))
This meeting at the posh Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Arlington may have been
hundreds of miles away, but these board members have driven the road to Bent
But the Salem District member says the squeakiest wheels got the grease --
and that's not necessarily in the majority interest.
((LORINDA LIONBERGER/SALEM TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT: I THINK THE GENERAL PUBLIC
NEEDS TO BE ON ALERT THAT WHEN PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE HELD ON ROAD PROJECTS OR ON
ANY AREAS WHERE THE CITIZENS' VIEWPOINT IS NEEDED, THAT THEY MAKE A POINT OF
MAKING THEIR VOICE AND THEIR VIEWPOINT HEARD.))
sot STANDUP 04:55:45
((WHEN V-DOT ENGINEERS HAVE DEVELOPED AN EXACT ROUTE FOR 221 -- WITH A PRICE
TAG -- IT WILL COME BACK TO THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD. THAT'S
EXPECTED TO TAKE AT LEAST A YEAR. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, ARLINGTON.))
Developers have pushed back constructing a major apartment complex in
Occidental Development had planned to break ground on the Deer Cross complex
over the summer.
But the attorney for the company says its attention was diverted by other
projects in Richmond and Indiana.
Occidental Development now plans to have a groundbreaking in the spring.
When it's complete, Deer Cross will have 264 units along Colonial Avenue.
Lynchburg residents may soon pay more for cable T-V.
Lynchburg Cablevision is adding three new channels to its Standard Tier-
V-H-1, The Inspirational Network, and The Home and Garden Network.
The monthly rate for that service will jump about two dollars and 50 cents,
to 15.55 a month.
Basic cable viewers will get more than a quarter taken off their rates,
which will drop to nine 27 a-month.
Lynchburg Cablevision says it still charges less for its Basic and Standard
Tier services than the federal government allows.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7, a Lynchburg woman is upset when teenagers deck her
And a man from Franklin County is surprised when he discovers the Price is
Right on a house full of new furniture.
A handful of people took advantage of the Mayor's Open House invitation this
afternoon in Roanoke.
Mayor David Bowers opened his doors to the public from 4-30 to seven.
He had about a dozen people show up.
But that didn't stop those who attended from having a good time.
IN Q=This lady ran
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: THIS LADY RAN FOR MAYOR IN SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO.
NOW YOU'RE NOT GETTING ANY IDEAS FOR RUNNING FOR MAYOR IN ROANOKE. BEDFORD
RESIDENT: NO NO! BOWER: I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE HERE.))
OUT Q=make sure here.
The mayor showed off some of his personal favorites.
Including a photo with the President and Vice President.
IN Q=The mayor is one
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: THE MAYOR IS ONE OF THE FEW LOCAL ELECTED
OFFICIALS THAT ACTUALLY HAS AN OFFICE WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME AND VISIT IN. THE
COUNCIL MEMBERS DON'T HAVE OFFICES. STATE LEGISLATORS HAVE OFFICES IN
RICHMOND, NOT HERE IN ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=not here in Roanoke.
Mayor Bowers says the number of people attending has declined over the
The first time he had over 150 attend.
Three teenagers driving an improperly registered car led Lynchburg police on
a short chase today before crashing into a house.
It all happened when an officer tried to stop the teens on Early Street
The juveniles jumped out of the car, which then rolled down a hill and into
this house at 797 Early Street.
A woman inside the home was not injured in the accident.
Two of the teens were apprehended a short time later, but were released to
Charges against the driver of the car are pending.
A van stolen in Roanoke County ended up on ice in Radford.
It took a crane to lift the 1993 Mercury van out of the city pool at
Radford's Bissett Park.
Police say it plowed through the fence and into the deep end of the pool,
then slid on ice to the shallow end.
Most of the van's damages came from the crane lift though.
It will cost the city about three thousand dollars to repair the fence.
No one was in the van when it was discovered early this morning.
Police say they do not have a suspect.
The Queen of England used the dreaded "D" word today... "D" as in divorce.
Prince Charles kept his distance today... but he's said he IS ready to
divorce the Princess of Wales.
Diana is holding out for a princely settlement.
IN Q=I don't want
((I DON'T WANT A DIVORCE BUT OBVIOUSLY WE NEED CLARITY ON THE SITUATION.))
SUPER=03-BBC Panorama/November 20
The betting is that price of clarity is around twenty million dollars.
The Virginia Cavaliers upped their
record to 4 and 2 last night beating V-C-U 80 to 65 in Charlottesville.
Jeff Jones and his Cavaliers trying to rebound at home.
But Richmond took the early lead. The big man Patrick Lee hits the three
pointer U-V-a trailed 14 to 5.
Virginia came right back Courtney Alexander pulls up and hits this jumper
cutting the lead to 14 to 7.
The Cavaliers then come right back Chris Alexander passes to Curtis
Staples for the score to make it 22 to 18 Virginia.
The Rams answered with six straight points to take a four point lead at
Virginia rallied in the second SUPER=33-Virginia/=80/VCU/=65;half Norman
Nolan gets the offensive rebound and scores two of his 21 on the slam as
Virginia pulls away to win it 80 to 65.
The Knights of Cave spring went on the road last night to take on top
Ranked G.W. of Danville.
SUPER=03-Danville/Eagles vs Knights; :
The Eagles were warming up for their out of district game with the
Tyrone Robertson takes the pass inside and scores the easy layup putting
the Eagles on top.
But the Knights came back Ryan Boitnott passes the ball to Billy Frantz
for the jump shot keeping the Knights close.
The Eagles then go to Howard Graves he passes to Nathan Poole for the
slam dunk and Danville maintained its lead in the first half.
Cave Spring Coach Chris Carr talking to his team during the action.
And the Knight's Olin McClain SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/=66/Cave
Spring/=51;gets the pass inside for the shot and foul but the Eagles beat the
Knights 66 to 51.
That's all the time we have for now, but coming up in just a few moments
we'll hear why the Virginia Tech Hokies say they're ready for the upcoming
After a big win over Patrick Henry earlier this week, The William Fleming
Colonels hosted Heritage of the Western District last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs Pioneers; :
The Pioneers were making their first trip to Fleming this year.
In the first quarter, Lewis Tardy drives to the basket from the corner and
scores the hoop and Fleming led 17 to 14.
Heritage would continue to be aggressive. Shawntee Jefferson pulls down
the rebound and the basket to give the Pioneers the lead at 18 to 17.
The Colonels stepped up on offense Charles Burnette gets the ball down
court and scores the layup the Colonels trailed by 2.
But the Fleming defense tightened SUPER=33-William
Fleming/=60/Heritage/=35;up in the second half on this play Sterling Tate with
the block shot and Fleming goes on to win the Game 60 to 35.
VMI won by 30 tonight for that and all of the College, N-B-A, N-H-L and
High school scores lets go to the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=....JEFFERSON FOREST."
GRAPHIC=Tech Sugar Bowl
A different Virginia Tech team will suit up for this seasons Sugar Bowl
game against Texas in New Orleans later this month.
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/1994 Gator Bowl; :
The Hokies still remember 45 to 23 loss to Tennessee last season in the
Some of the Hokies got caught up the pre game festivities but this year
the focus will be on the game against the Longhorns.
IN Q="We're taking it
((WILLIAM YARBOROUGH/TECH SAFETY: ))
((BRYANT STILL/TECH RECEIVER: ))
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-William Yarborough/Tech Safety; :00
SUPER=01-Bryant Still/Tech Receiver; :
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=.....STAY FOCUSED."
That's it for sports. Everybody have a great weekend and a very Happy
And coming up its the season for baseball players to be switching teams
we'll tell you about a couple.
And Virginia Tech is taking the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans very seriously.
The Virginia Cavaliers are at Furman University preparing for their Peach
Bowl meeting with the University of Georgia.
SUPER=03-Athens, GA; :
The Bulldogs are just happy to be playing in the post season.
But through all of the ups and downs they've had this season including the
firing of head coach Ray Goff the Dogs are still focused for Virginia.
IN Q="The Way
((DAVID WEEKS/GEORGIA CENTER: ))
SUPER=01-David Weeks/Georgia Center; :
OUT Q=......to be successful."
Second baseman Roberto Alomar is making a change.
Alomar, a free agent, signed today with the Baltimore Orioles.
Alomar was one of the leaders in the Toronto Blue Jays two consecutive
World Series titles.
Last year he led the Jays with a 300 average hitting 13 homer runs and
driving in 66 runs.
Alomar will get a three year contract.
The Orioles were also trying to sign pitcher David Cone.
But despite the lowering of his contract Cone has decided to say with the
New York Yankees.
Cone will apparently receive an 18 point-5 million dollar contract over the
next three years.
He began the season with toronto and finished 9 and 2 with the Yankees.
A Roanoke man hopes his new seeing eye dog will make him less dependent on
his sighted friends.
David McManamay (Mac-man-ah-may) returned today from the Leaderdog School
for the Blind in Rochester.
But he wasn't alone.
He was accompanied by Dusty.
So far, he and the German Shepherd have had a great working relationship.
IN Q=I carry his
((DAVID MCMANAMAY: I CARRY HIS HARNESS AND FEED HIM, WATER HIM, TAKE HIM OUT
WHEN HE NEEDS TO GO AND SO FORTH AND HE LETS ME SET DOWN AND HAVE 15 MINUTES OF
PEACE A DAY. ))
OUT Q=piece a day
It cost about 12- thousand-dollars to train every team.
McManamay (Mac-man-ah-may) is currently unemployed, but he hopes his new
friend will aide him in finding a job.
The Leader Dog school gets half of its funding from Lion's Clubs across the
A Franklin County man recently received a house full of new furniture.
The best part of all was the Price was right...free.
During a trip to Southern California, Carl Dudley got tickets to the
television gameshow The Price is Right.
Dudley was immediately selected to make it on to contestants row.
From there he got on stage by pricing a dishwasher.
Dudley fell a little short of winning a new car, but he made up for it in
the showcase showdown.
That's when he really cleaned up.
He won his showcase-- valued at more than 14- thousand dollars.
His prizes included furniture for every room in his house.
Unfortunately for him, Dudley just re- modeled his home.
He's not sure what he's going to do with his winnings.