Up next on News 7-
Day 12 of the government shutdown. We'll tell you what's up.
The infamous snowball thrower at Giants stadium is identified-
And the three stooges settle their differences in court.
Plus how use space heaters safely-
News 7 is next.
The government shutdown has reached day twelve.
Most federal offices remain closed while the president and GOP leaders
put off the talks until Friday.
The antics of the Three Stooges have ended up in a court of law.
We'll tell you how Larry and Curly finally got revenge on Moe.
Did you ever think a snowball fight would end up in a police search?
It happened after this scene at Giant's stadium. Police tonight have
identified the infamous snowball thrower.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The White House describes the budget situation as urgent- but there were
no high level talks today- They don't begin until Friday.
Instead, AIDES and staffers worked on the budget today-
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While many government offices remain closed.
It is the 12th day of the budget shutdown and that has some Americans
((WELL EVERY DAY I WAKE UP WHEN THEY GONNA CUT BY MEDICARE WHEN THEY GONNA CUT
MY SOCIAL SECURITY. THAT'S ALL THEY TALK ABOUT IN THE NEWSPAPERS. HERE I AM 65
YEARS OLD. I'M OFFICIALLY A SENIOR CITIZEN THIS YEAR AND I'M LIVING IN
UNCERTAINTY AND INSECURITY.))
OUT Q=AND INSECURITY."
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Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole says he realized many Americans are fed
((SENATOR ROBERT DOLE/R-MAJORITY LEADER: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED THEY'RE
DEMOCRATS AND THEY'RE INDEPENDENTS AND THEY'RE REPUBLICANS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE
DON'T TRUST CONGRESS THEY DON'T TRUST THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH BUT IN MY VIEW WE'VE
EMBARKED ON A COURSE THAT WILL NOT ONLY CHANGE THAT BUT WILL ALSO CHANGE THE
DIRECTION OF AMERICA.))
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OUT Q=direction of America."
Dole says he believes the American people want change.
He expects a budget outline will be ready the American people by
The budget standoff should be over in a few days--
That's the prediction of Congressman Tom Bliley.
The Republican has high hopes for Friday's meeting between the President and
Even so Bliley still blames President Clinton for the shutdown-- saying he's
refused to come up with a balanced budget.
IN Q=All of the details
((REP. TOM BLILEY/R- RICHMOND: ALL OF THE DETAILS WE WILL BE HAPPY TO
NEGOTIATE WITH YOU. BUT WE WILL NOT NEGOTIATE ON A SEVEN- YEAR BALANCED
BUDGET. AND THAT'S THAT SIMPLE. ))
SUPER=01-Rep. Tom Bliley/(R) Richmond;
OUT Q=that simple
Bliley appeared at the state capitol today with Governor Allen-- who says a
balanced budget would lower interest rates.
IN Q=That means there's
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THAT
MEANS THERE'S MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS AND THE CHECKING ACCOUNTS OF THE
PEOPLE. AND THAT MEANS WITH LOWER INTEREST RATES THERE IS MORE INVESTMENT WITH
MORE INVESTMENT THERE ARE MORE JOBS. IT HELPS THE HOUSING INDUSTRY, IT HELPS
WITH CAR LOANS, IT HELPS WITH COLLEGE TUITION, FOR EXAMPLE.))
OUT Q=tuition, for example
Meanwhile, Bliley expects Congress will have a balanced budget to vote on
early next week.
Growing criticism that the U-S mission in Bosnia is creeping into more
than originally agreed on-
The Pentagon denies that's the case but says it's true troops will not
only be deployed in the Northeast sector of the country but wherever needed.
((LT. GEN. HOWELL ESTES/PENTAGON SPOKESMAN: THERE'S NO CREEP IN THE MISSION.
THE MISSION IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IT WAS LAID OUT BY THE DAYTON AGREEMENT. THE
TASKS HAVE NOT CHANGED.))
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OUT Q=TASKS HAVE NOT CHANGED.
Meanwhile heavy rain is causing trouble for NATO forces who set up camp on
The camp is completely flooded-
Tents and vehicles were swept away.
The floods also swept away bridges in the Mostar area and destroyed a
hydro-electric power plant.
A Rockbridge County family's holiday has been shattered following the
shooting death of a son.
26-year old Ronald C. Hewitt is accused of killing 24- year- old Christopher
Higgins and wounding Higgins' girlfriend Brenda Tomlin.
Tomlin had dated Hewitt two years ago.
The victim's family says Hewitt forced his way into their home on Christmas
Eve armed with a rifle.
As Higgins and Tomlin were in bed Hewitt allegedly walked down the hallway
and shot them both.
Now family members are mourning the loss.
IN Q=He was just (QUICK!)
((BARBARA WEEMS/VICTIM'S SISTER: HE WAS JUST ALWAYS THERE FOR ME AND I THINK I
WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR HIM WHEN HE NEEDED ME.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Weems/Victim's Sister;
SUPER=01-Carl Higgins/Victim's Brother; :07
((CARL HIGGINS/VICTIM'S BROTHER: YOU KNOW I WOULD LIKE FOR HIM TO HAVE THE
ELECTRIC CHAIR... I WOULD LIKE FOR HIM TO SPEND HIS LIFE IN PRISON. AS LONG AS
JUSTICE IS DONE. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IT'S NOT GOING TO BRING CHRIS BACK.))
OUT Q=bring Chris back.
Brenda Tomlin is in critical condition at the University of Virginia
Ronald Hewitt will be arraigned in January.
It could be another week before investigators have some answers about what
started the Christmas day fire that destroyed a Lynchburg landmark.
The suspicious fire destroyed the old Lukens building on Commerce Street,
and gutted a structure next door.
The remains of the building have been too hot and too unstable for
authorities to get inside the rubble and search for clues.
A crane will be in place by tomorrow morning to knock down the elevator
shaft and one corner of the building that's still standing.
Fire Marshal John Jennings is asking state police to help in the
Authorities met with the building's owner, Larry Halstead, late this
An elderly Boones Mill woman remains in critical, but stable condition at
the U-V-A Burn Center.
Evelyn Scott suffered second and third degree burns Saturday after an
accident involving portable space heaters.
Each year numerous fires are blamed on the appliances.
But as Kimberly McBroom reports, many of these fires are preventable.
IN Q=Fire officials
SUPER=03-Boones Mill/December 23; :00
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Hylton/Roanoke City Fire Dept.; :16
SUPER=01-Carl Carty/Lowe's Home Center; :41
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Fire officials say 84- year- old Evelyn Scott was trying to re-fuel her
kerosene heater when she accidentally fell and spilled the fuel into a nearby
Authorities say accidents involving portable heaters are all too common.
((LT. JIM HYLTON/ROANOKE CITY FIRE DEPT.: I HAVEN'T PERSONALLY NOTICED AN
INCREASE, BUT WE HAVE FIRES FROM SPACE HEATERS EVERY YEAR FROM EITHER PEOPLE
USING THEM IMPROPERLY, OR USING THE WRONG FUEL IN THEM-- OR ELSE TRYING TO
BOOST THE FIRE BY ADDING GAS OR KEROSENE TO A FIRE TO TRY TO GET IT TO HURRY UP
AND CATCH UP. ))
The early arrival of Old Man Winter has boosted the sales of space heaters.
Lowe's Home Center employees estimate they've sold about two- thousand units
((CARL CARTY/LOWE'S HOME CENTER: THINGS THAT THEY WERE GOING TO PUT OFF UNTIL
FEBRUARY-- THEY WERE IN HERE IN DECEMBER, READY TO GO AND TRY TO GET THEIR
HOUSE WARM. ))
And while heating your home-- fire officials say it's important to
remember the basics.
Change the batteries in smoke detectors, keep combustible materials at
least three feet away from portable heaters, and use the proper fuel in all
SOT standup 8:14:46
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: SO NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF HEAT SOURCE YOU USE THIS
WINTER-- IT'S IMPORTANT TO ALSO USE GOOD COMMON SENSE. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7, what started as a mischievous prank snowballs into
much more for one football fan,
and we'll tell you why a Roanoke postman believes he's found the long lost
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Chances are you saw his picture- The man hurling a snowball at Giants
Now police say they've identified the infamous snowball thrower.
Mike Ty-eebee reports from New Jersey-
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SUPER=01-Pat Hanlon/Giants' Spokesman; 31
SUPER=01-Bob Mulcahy/Giants' General Mgr.; 1:08
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((So called fans taking aim at players, at cameramen, and any other
moving target including each other...and even including the barrage after San
Diego Chargers equipment manager Sid Brooks was knocked unconscious by an ice
ball tossed form the upper deck.
It was a horror show that still has Giants owner Wellington Mara conversing
gravely with stadium manager Billy Squires....and that has the club sticking by
its vow to revok the coveted season tickets of anyone who was ejected for
throwing snow and ice...or who just gave his ticket to anyone else who did it.
PAT HANLON/GIANTS' SPOKESMAN
PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT WAS A HARSH MEASURE OR THAT'S UNPRECEDENTED...BUT I
WOULD SAY THAT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE STADIUM WAS UNPRECEDENTED.
Meanwhile the posterboy for Saturday's shame...whose photo appeared nation wide
has been identified and can expect a visit from the state police.
BOB MULCAHY/GENERAL MANAGER
I WILL SAY HE'S NOT THE ORDINARY GIANT FAN AND I THINK THAT WILL COME OUT IN
DUE COURSE. REPORTER: I HEAR HE HAS A FELONY RECORD. I HAVE NO COMMENT ON
The scene was indisputably ugly...the worst in a history of a well run stadium.
It sent season ticket holder Mike Berkson home early...even with the Giants
holding a rare late game lead.
I WAS SO DISGUSTED THAT I BASICALLY LEFT THE GAME.
MIKE TAIBBI FOR CBS NEWS.))
After a booming start, business in Virginia took a downward turn toward
Len Besthoff has the story in part Two of our special year end edition of
the News 7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Halifax Co./May; :07
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./June; :47
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./July; 1:34
OUT Q=Nat Sot
Halifax County welcomed another manufacturer in May when the
90-million-dollar J-M Huber particle board plant opened for business.
In the Alleghany Highlands, the Bacova Guild announced a major expansion
that will produce hundreds of new jobs.
It's new home furnishings factory is now close to completion.
Southwest Virginia's largest employer announced some big changes.
The Carilion Health System said it will restructure and reduce its budget by
174-million-dollars a year.
Carilion's rival got even bigger in May, as Columbia/HCA purchased Alleghany
Ericsson of Lynchburg doubled the number of people it expects to hire as a
result of an expansion by the communications company, from 400 to 800.
Botetourt County remains bullish about its business prospects.
It spent four-million-dollars to purchase 900 acres of land for development
Right after that, the county reeled in a big prospect on another piece of
A-O Smith of Milwaukee broke ground on a new, 24-million-dollar truck parts
Tobacco farmers took a big hit this summer.
Heavy rains produced a bumper crop of the blue mold fungus that ruins
In Bedford, fears that a large employer would shut down were put aside when
an investor bought Goldenwest Foods.
And Bedford's largest employer was also sold, when the Rubatex rubber
products company was bought by an investor group.
Collegiate Pacific, a Roanoke screenprinting business that once employed 150
people, shut down this summer...but a handful of former employees bought a
portion its business and reopened it under another name.
Pittsylvania County learned of a big layoff when the Times Fiber coaxial
cable plant idled more than 100 workers.
Danville got a dose of the jobless blues when blue jeans maker Jonbil closed
...at one point it had 250 employees.
A month later the city got some better news, when Dan River Mills announced
an expansion that will create up to 500 new jobs.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review Year End Edition.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later on the broadcast, a California court rules in
favor of a couple of Stooges,
And we'll see why Staunton's favorite sons are now considered some of the
nation's most popular singers.
Ed Easterling earns his living delivering mail in Roanoke.
But searching for buried treasure now consumes much of his free time.
Joe Dashiell reports on the latest effort to unearth the Beale Treasure in
IN Q=Ed Easterling has been hiking
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Easterling/Treasure Hunter; :08
SUPER=04-November, 1989; :17
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Ed Easterling has been hiking these hills since he was a boy...
And he now believes the Beale Treasure is within reach.
IN Q=I believe that it's right
((ED EASTERLING/TREASURE HUNTER: I BELIEVE THAT IT'S RIGHT AT OUR FINGERTIPS
NOW AND IT'S JUST A MATTER OF PURSUING IT A LITTLE BIT DEEPER. AND I BELIEVE
SOMEBODY'S GOING TO FIND IT SOON.))
OUT Q=going to find it soon.
The prospect of gold and silver buried beneath the Bedford County
countryside has inspired more than a few searches.
But those expeditions have produced no trace of the fortune that Thomas
Jefferson Beale and his associates are said to have buried there more than 170
Famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher failed and so have dozens of others, but
Easterling believes he knows where they went wrong.
Easterling says this dirt path may be the key to finding the treasure.
He believes Mel Fisher and others were unsuccessful because they didn't know
the route of the old stage trail.
IN Q=I believe
((ED EASTERLING: I BELIEVE THAT MEL FISHER WAS INITIALLY ON THE RIGHT PATH, BUT
NOT HAVING THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHERE THE STAGE TRAIL RAN, I BELIEVE HE GOT OFF
COURSE RATHER RAPIDLY AND MADE SOME MONUMENTAL ERRORS AND ONCE HE GOT THE BALL
ROLLING IT WAS HARD TO STOP.))
OUT Q=hard to stop.
Easterling's research lead him to write, "In Search of the Golden Vault."
Convinced that the legend is no hoax, he's recruiting a team to search on 25
acres he believes are especially promising.
IN Q=You just can't go out in one day
((ED EASTERLING: YOU JUST CAN'T GO OUT IN ONE DAY AND EXPECT TO FIND TREASURE.
YOU HAVE TO BE PERSISTENT JUST LIKE IN ANY AREA OF LIFE, YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD
AT IT. AND YOU HAVE THE PATIENCE? I HAVE A LITTLE BIT LEFT.))
OUT Q=a little bit left.
Enough patience, he hopes, to reveal a fortune beneath his feet.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Bedford County))
The Express avenged Tuesday night's loss to Raleigh last night and, in the
process of the 7-6 win, picks up a crucial East Division win.
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The Express players said they played flat Tuesday night, last night they
were fired up, Jason Clarke will not put up with the Raleigh goalie's jabs and
Late in the first, Chris Potter registers the unassisted goal to put the
Express on top 2 to nothing.
Then, a couple of minutes into the second, Tim Hanley notches Roanoke's
third tally of the night with the blast SUPER=34-Roanoke/==7/Raleigh/==6;
from the left side. Give the assist to Dave Holum and Jon Larson.
Raleigh would tie the game at 3. Rob Pattison starts the Icecaps run with
this goal, but Roanoke holds on for the shoot out 7-6 victory.
GRAPHIC-Nations Bank Holiday Hoops
After two days of fast paced action at the Salem Civic Center the
championship round of the Nations Bank Holiday Hoops tournament is set. Salem
will take on Riverside of Durham, North Carolina today at 3:45.
SUPER=03-Salem/Vikings vs. Pirates;
Northside trailed by 15 at the half before Justin Porterfield finds Spence
Peters who knocks down the corner trey and the lead was cut to 8.
But the North Carolinians were too much. Jason Holmes scores in the paint
as the Pirates start to pull away.
Then watch Holmes hit Derrick Wiley SUPER=33-Riverside/=70/Northside/=50;
with the lookaway, A la Magic and Riverside wins it 70 to 50.
A pair of old rivals, William Byrd and Salem hooked up in the nightcap.
Scott Hall scores in the post as the Spartans took an early 10 point lead.
Byrd hangs tough. Chris Childress posts up and gets the deuce.
Salem then beats the press and Eric SUPER=33-Salem/=64/William Byrd/=62;
Grinnell finishes the play as the Spartans go on to win it 64 to 62.
If you plan on going to the Peach Bowl this Saturday night and you don't have
tickets forget it!!
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Game officials announced the game is a complete sellout and all 71 thousand
seats in the Georgia Dome are spoken for.
But while ticket sales have been hot the weather in Atlanta has not.
IN Q="It's gonna...
((TIKI BARBER/UVA RUNNING BACK:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa Running Back; :00
OUT Q=...PRACTICE THROUGH IT."
The game will be played in the 70 degree climate controlled dome that UVa
will get its first look at today.
IN Q="We get...
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...TO GET ACQUAINTED."
The Virginia Tech Hokies are in New Orleans preparing for Texas in their
New Years eve Sugar Bowl debut.
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The Longhorns hit the practice field for a while. Texas went through it's
drills on the turf inside the Super Dome.
The Hokies practiced outside yesterday and while they feel they have earned
the right to play in the Alliance Bowl, the Hokies still appreciate the chance.
IN Q=I think
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=get there"
In addition to the Sugar Bowl, the Hokies might receive another post
Christmas gift in the form Pulaski kicker Shayne Graham.
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The former 2 time Friday Football Extra Player of the Week has called a
2pm news conference for this Friday.
All indications point to the senior announcing that he will attend
The first team all state performer kicked 38 field goals in 4 years as a
Cougar, which ranks second in the nation all time. Shayne booted 17 field
goals this season.
Again, Pulaski County kicker Shayne Graham has called a Friday news
conference where he will most likely make a verbal committment to play at
GRAPHIC=copper bowl OR college football!!
The Copper Bowl kicked off tonight in Tucson as Texas Tech battled Air
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The falcons are known for their ariel assault, but it was the Red Raiders
who went to the air first!
Stacy Mitchell of Texas Tech pulls in this touchdown catch over the middle
for the first strike of the game in the first quarter.
Air force answered on the ground with Akia Addison's 4 yard TD run up the
middle, right now, Texas Tech leads __ to __ in the third quarter. now the
wipe to boards!!
Chyron in motion
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OUT Q=...last score
And still to come tonight, the worst team in the NFL produces the best
rookie of the year,
and the Buccaneer's Sam Wiche runs out of time in Tampa Bay as he is let go
after 4 years at the helm.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head football coach Sam Wyche today.
Under Wyche, the Buccaneers had four losing seasons although he guided
Tampa Bay to it's best record in 12 years this season at 7 and 9. His record
over 4 years was 23 and 41.
In his farewell news conference today, Wyche encouraged tampa fans to keep
their enthusiasm for their team.
IN Q="They deserve
SUPER=01-Sam Wyche/Fired by Tampa Bay Today; :00
OUT Q=...don't get there"
VO-NAT wipe to #Eng
One other NFL note, New York Jet pass rusher Hugh Douglas was named the
defensive rookie of the year today by the Associated Press.
Douglas was the 16th player selected in this year's draft. The defensive
lineman recorded 10 sacks this season. he received 57 of the votes from 88
sports reporters across the nation.
We close with some NBA jams..Washington Bullets against the Golden State
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a "Paine-Webber" type of night, Painful for Golden state because of Chris
Webber, who had SUPER=32-Washington/115/Golden State/=94;
triple-double in The Bullets 115 to94 romp.
Webber scored a game high 40 points and had 10 assists, one to Jim
McIlvaine. Bullets win.
Two of the three stooges have finally gotten back at Moe for slapping them
A federal judge in California has given the licensing rights to the stooges
to the families of Larry Fine and Curly Joe Derita.
The move ends years of litigation.
Now the families of the two comedians are now free to sell film rights about
The case moved into federal court after the family of Moe Howard was forced
into bankruptcy as a result of a multi million dollar judgement against them.
A lawsuit claimed the Howard family cheated the relatives of two other
Stooges out of merchandising profits.
In other news Stauton's own Statler brothers are reaching new heights of
A new poll rates the Statler's as the second most popular singers in the
Last year the group didn't even make the list.
But now Harold, Don, Phil and Jimmy follow only Ole Blue Eyes.
Frank Sinatra topped the list.
Reba McEntire ranked third. Garth Brooks is next.
Barbara Streisand, the Beatles and Alan Jackson.
Last years number one Whitney Houston falls to fifth followed by Vince Gill,