No News 7 at 5 on 1/1/96 due to Football Runover.
Authorities say a struggle between a Henry County man and his teenage
step-son ended in murder.
The shooting happened around 10- last night at the victim's residence in
Investigators say the shooting was sparked by a dispute between the 15 year
old and his 19 year old gilfriend outside the home.
A Sheriff's investigator says the step-father got involved when the teen
went inside and grabbed a 22- caliber rifle.
Authorities say the two struggled before 30 -year old James Nelson Marshall,
Junior was shot in the chest.
The teen is also charged with another shooting.
IN Q=For some
((P.G. PUCKETT/HENRY CO. INVESTIGATOR: FOR SOME REASON THE ACCUSED CAME OUTSIDE
THE RESIDENCE, WHILE HE WAS OUTSIDE FIRED ANOTHER ROUND THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR
OF THE RESIDENCE, THIS SECOND ROUND STRUCK THE ACCUSED GIRLFRIEND, THE 19- YEAR
OLD FEMALE. ))
SUPER=01-P.G. Puckett/Henry Co. Investigator; :00
OUT Q=year old female.
The young man's 19- year old girlfriend, La-keshia Massey, has been released
from a local hospital.
The teen was charged with second degree murder in connection with his
He's being held in a Danville juvenile facility.
Meanwhile, authorities in Halifax County are busy investigating that area's
first murder of the new year.
Authorities say 17- year old Jason Lamont Chandler was shot and killed at
the Super- Eight Motel in Riverdale around one in the morning.
Sheriff's officials have NOT made an arrest.
They say the shooting may have been drug or gang related.
A deadly New Year's Day accident in Mexico.
SUPER=03-Near Sonoita, Mexico;
A head on bus crash kills 26 people and injures at least 22 others.
It happened in Northern Mexico near the Arizona border.
Mexican police say one bus crossed into the path of another.
Six of the dead are children.
((ENRIQUE MOTA/PARAMEDIC: THE BIGGEST ACCIDENT WE'VE EVER HAD. LOTS OF BODIES.
PEOPLE CRYING FOR HELP.))
SUPER=01-Enrique Mota/Paramedic; 00
OUT Q=CRYING FOR HELP."
A Mexican prosecutor says several passengers noticed brake
problems, but their complaints were ignored by the two drivers on
Helicopters took the injured to hospitals on both sides of the border.
Mexican authorities say no Americans were among the injured.
In Boston, police say a man deliberately drove his car into a New Year's
The car plowed through a group of people watching the fireworks over Boston
More than 20 people were rushed to the hospital-
IN Q=And it was
((DOUG HICKS/WITNESS: AND IT WAS MOVING THROUGH THE CROWD AND IT WAS JUST
COMPLETELY SCARY BECAUSE IT WAS OBVIOUSLY KNOCKING PEOPLE OVER AND MOST OF THE
CROWD JUST TRIED TO RUN AWAY.))
SUPER=01-Doug Hicks/Witness; 00
OUT Q=TRIED TO RUN AWAY."
Angry onlookers kicked in the car's windows and headlights and slashed the
The 26- year- old driver is charged with assault.
Police say they don't know why he did it.
U-S military engineers in Croatia have spent New Year's day battling mud.
They're trying to stabilize the pontoon bridge put up to move the military
But that hasn't stopped hundreds of U-S troops from crossing into Bosnia
using the bridge.
It is day two of massive American ground troop deployment-
150 U-S Army vehicles and 436 soldiers made the trek.
Hundreds more are expected to move across Croatia over the next few days.
The troops will then split up with some moving in a convoy to Tulza.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport
A few airplanes have just departed from Roanoke Regional Airport,
Even still, thousands of holiday travelers had to change their plans today.
Dense fog in the Roanoke Valley hampered pilot visibility.
Both arrivals and departures were either delayed or re- routed.
The skies were empty, and so was the terminal.
Some just waited... hoping their flights would take off.
But the fog never lifted, and most planes were grounded.
GRAPHIC=Tech Sugar Bowl
Believe it or not, there were thousands of New Years' travelers not phased
by the fog.
Scott Prince has their story.
IN Q=Hokie fans
SUPER=01-Melvin Dunman/Virginia Tech Fan; :16
SUPER=01-Brice Cole/Virginia Tech Fan; :22
SUPER=01-Beverly Sgro/Virginia Education Secretary; :32
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Regional Airport; :54
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Hokie fans have waited a long time for a victory in a major bowl.
So waiting to get back to Southwest Virginia was no big deal.
Heavy fog at Roanoke Regional Airport forced Sugar Bowl travelers to switch
gears... and fly to other airports.
But emotions could not be grounded.
IN Q=It did not
((MELVIN DUNMAN/VIRGINIA TECH FAN: IT DID NOT MATTER. NO IT DIDN'T. WE HAD A
WONDERFUL TRIP FROM BEGINNING TO END. WE ENJOYED THE NEW ORLEANS. WE ENJOYED
THE FOOTBALL GAME. ))
((BRICE COLE/VIRGINIA TECH FAN: IT WAS AWESOME. I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT WIN
AND ANOTHER STEP FOR VIRGINIA TECH SPORTS. ))
OUT Q=Virginia Tech sports.
Even Virginia's Secretary of Education said Tech doubters learned a valuable
IN Q=The team just played
((BEVERLY SGRO/VIRGINIA EDUCATION SECRETARY: THE TEAM JUST PLAYED SUPERBLY. THE
CROWD WAS PHENOMENAL. THE SUPPORT FOR VIRGINIA TECH WAS JUST INCREDIBLE. IT WAS
REALLY GREAT. ))
OUT Q=really great
These Tech fans were the lucky ones.
THEIR charter flights landed in either Lynchburg, Charlottesville or
Greensboro, and then shuttle busses brought them to Roanoke.
But there are a number of Tech fans who never made it out of New Orleans
because of the weather.
IN Q=So now we have
((MARK COURTNEY/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: SO NOW WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING
TO PICK THESE PASSENGERS UP AND THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION. SO IN
SOME CASES THEY'RE JUST COMING OUT TO THE AIRPORT TO FIND OUT IF WE HAVE
UPDATED INFORMATION, AND AGAIN, WE OFTEN DON'T HAVE THAT. ))
OUT Q=don't have that
Even though the fog made travel plans confusing... there was no confusion on
the football field.
And for many a Hokie victory made it all worth while.
Scott Prince, News 7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7,
we'll start the New Year by taking a look back at the Top Ten Stories of 1995.
wx ad lib
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Another year has come and gone.
But not before Virginians witnessed controversy, jubilation, and tradgedy.
Scott Prince counts down the top ten stories of 1995.
IN Q= The O-J Simpson
SUPER=01-Capt. O.P. Ramsey/Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Dept.; 1:54
SUPER=04-Home Video; 2:18
SUPER=01-Amber Medlin/Miss Virginia 1995; 3:23
SUPER=01-Kimball Glass/Lynchburg Lifesaving Crew Chief; 4:13
SUPER=01-John Brymer/Neighbor; QUICK!!!! 4:47
SUPER=01-Michelle Pritchett/Downstairs Neighbor; QUICK!!!!! 4:49
SUPER=01-Loretta LaPrade/Victim's Daughter; 5:01
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( The O- J simpson verdict, Colin Powell deciding not to seek the
Presidency, and the decision to send American troops to Bosnia.
These are just some of stories the nation will remember.
But there are many memories that hit very close to home.
So let's take a look at Central and Southwest Virginia's top 10 stories of
Number 10 tells a story of a
community's strength and perseverance.
Corrections Corporation of America planned to build a medium security prison
The county board of supervisors originally approved the 15- hundred bed
facility... even though thousands of residents were outraged.
SOT 95-9 00:01:50 (start with gavel)
IN Q=Ladies and Gentleman
((LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! CROWD: LET THE PEOPLE VOTE ON IT.
OUT Q=let the people vote on it
Residents took their frustration to Richmond, and then to the polls.
Voters ousted two board members who supported the private facility.
And a new supervisor's vote shot down construction of any type of prison.
The ninth biggest story takes us to Blacksburg, where Virginia Tech sports
For the first time in 22 years, the men's basketball team captured the
N- I- T championship.
Meanwhile on the gridiron, Tech shook off two early season losses and plowed
through the rest of its schedule.
The Hokies wound up co- champs of the Big East and earned a bid to the Sugar
Number eight focuses on the dividing line between men and women.
Early in 1995, the Federal Appeals Court allowed V- M- I to continue its
exclusion of women.
That paved the way for the Women's Institute for Leadership program at Mary
Both schools said they were pleased with the decision-- but the Justice
Department was not... calling the move "separate but equal discrimination."
Even still, 42 women made history this fall as they became the first cadets
in the V- WIL program.
Police call number seven a senseless tragedy.
On the night of December 5th, Virginia Tech student Alexander DeFilippis was
found dead, with a gunshot wound to the head.
SOTtape 95-102 :15:22
((CAPT. O.P. RAMSEY/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: SENT THE DEPUTY DOWN HERE
CHECKING THIS AREA, WHICH LED TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE BODY. ))
Authorities say Mark Lilly, his brother Ben Lilly, and Gary Wayne Barker
carjacked and killed the student during a two- county crime spree.
Each suspect faces 12 felonies, including abduction, robbery and murder.
The sixth biggest news maker of 1995 comes in the form of fire.
Maybe the greatest loss was felt in the Gainsboro district, when two
juveniles set fire to the Old First Baptist Church.
About a week before that blaze 750 fire- fighters were battling flames in
the mountains of Craig County.
Nearly 5- thousand acres of national forest were blackened.
Something old becomes something new for our fifth biggest story.
The forty- million- dollar face lift on the Grand Old Lady was finally
completed, and folks lined up to see how she had changed.
The addition of a conference center, and extensive remodeling of guest rooms
highlight the new Hotel Roanoke.
But with all the changes there were still many things left alone or
And of course the recipes for spoon bread and peanut soup were untouched.
Our 4th biggest story is hardly a thing of beauty for Andrea Ballengee.
On July 1st she was crowned Miss Virginia-- but three weeks later, she was
stripped of her title.
Pageant organizers said she lied about her academic record-- claiming to be
a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a first a year law student at the University of
The controversy opened the door for runner- up Amber Medlin.
tape 95-53 46:52
((AMBER MEDLIN/MISS VIRGINIA 1995: IT WAS JUST AS HONORABLE TO RECEIVE THE MISS
VIRGINIA TITLE IN THIS WAY RATHER THAN ON JULY FIRST. ))
We voted election day as the third biggest story of 1995.
SOT election tape 95-101 22:34:15
IN Q=We want John
((CROWD/WE WANT JOHN))
OUT Q=We want John
And voters got him.
Roanoke Vice- Mayor John Edwards soundly defeated Republican incumbent
Brandon Bell to capture the twenty- first senate seat.
Meanwhile House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell easily beat Republican
challenger Trixie Averill.
IN Q=I love each
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/(D)- VINTON: I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND I THANK
YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. ))
OUT Q=of my heart
Republicans were hoping to gain control of the General Assembly for the
first time-- but fell short.
They earned a split in the Senate, but Democrats kept their stronghold on
the House of Delegates.
Mother nature claims the second spot.
In June, parts of Central and Southwest Virginia were pounded by rain.
SOT 95-61 00:21
IN Q=Been real bad
((BEEN REAL BAD. BEEN REAL BAD AND REAL SAD...))
Floods swallowed up cars and homes-- but the biggest loss was human life.
One downpour in Franklin County caused multiple deaths.
Three men were killed when their pickup truck crashed into a 25- foot hole.
The story was just as sad in Lynchburg-- where water washed out Timberlake
Two lives were claimed there-- one of them a rescue worker.
For the number one story of 1995, we have to go all the way back to the start
of the year.
New Year's Day, Roanoke police dragged five murder victims out of this Old
IN Q=i woke up
((JOHN BRYMER/NEIGHBOR: I WOKE UP TO GUN SHOTS.))
((WHILE I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH DISPATCH THERE WAS ANOTHER GUNSHOT.))
OUT Q=another gun shot
It was the worst mass murder in more than twenty- years.
The gunman was Robert Michael May-- who eventually pleaded no contest to
five capital murder charges.
SOTTAPE# 95-66 13:10
IN Q=He has no
((LORETTA LAPRADE/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: HE TOOK MY MOTHER. HE DOESN;T HAVE A RIGHT
OUT Q=right to live.
But in August, the court said he did.
He was given life in prison, instead of the death penalty.
That's how News- 7 team ranked the top ten stories of 1995.
Stay tuned in 1996.
We're sure it will be just as eventful.
Scott Prince, News 7))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return, the British royal family starts off the new year in the
And we'll see how some Danville singles are counting on their cable hookup
to help them make a love connection.
It appears Princess Diana is moving closer to divorcing Prince Charles.
According to a London newspaper Diana's admitted to friends that divorce
But friends say the Princess of Wales wants a guarantee that she will
have a role in public life and be treated like a princess for life.
Diana and Charles separated in 1992 after 11 years of marriage and the
birth of 2 sons, William and Harry.
Diana is vacationing in the Caribbean while Charles and his
two sons arrived in Zurich today on their way to a Swiss ski resort.
A Danville Cable company is spicing up the airwaves.
Teresa Hamilton reports, finding a love connection could be as easy as
spinning the dial.
SUPER=01-Don Robertson/CVN Director; :27
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
((Television has been called a lot of things, but matchmaker isn't one.
Yet, that's exactly what Cable Vision Industries in Danville, has become.
((Nat sound from the television. ))
Perhaps no one's more familiar with the role of matchmaker that Don
As Director of CVI's Video Connection Network, it's his to oversee the
personals that appear on Cable Channel 12.
IN Q=THERE ARE
((DON ROBERTSON/VCN DIRECTOR:THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE TO GO OUT ON THE
BAR SCENE, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT MAYBE AREN'T AS OUTGOING THAT NEED A SERVICE
LIKE THIS. ))
OUT Q= like this.
Placing an ad is free and confidential-- it's all done by computer.
There are no names or pictures.
CVI makes its profit from viewers who respond to the ads-- using a 1-900
CVI also runs other photo-classifieds-- for homes, cars and other
But none seem to have gained as much notoriety as the person to person ads.
IN Q=It's pretty neat
((IT'S PRETTY NEAT...EVERYWHERE YOU GO YOU HERE PEOPLE COMMENTING, YOU KNOW, OH
YOU WORK FOR THAT THING, THAT'S GOT ALL THOSE DATING PERSONAL ADS, SO IT'S
KIND OF HELPED BUILD OUR IDENTITY IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. ))
OUT Q= period of time.
Women are allowed eight weeks to run an ad-- men on the other hand, are
given just three.
The way Robertson sees it, women are likely to need more time, because
they're more timid and shy.
Whatever the case, he says, the service does work.
((I'VE ONLY HAD ONE LADY TO CALL ME AND ACTUALLY THANK ME, BUT I GUESS WHEN
YOU'RE IN THAT SITUATION, YOU KIND OF GET A LITTLE BIT EMBARRASSED AND DON'T
REALLY WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE HOW YOU CAME ABOUT, MEETING THAT SIGNIFICANT
OUT Q=significant other.
But as Channel 12 continues to gain viewers and more love connections are
made, perhaps others will be less apprehensive in giving "Person to Person"
credit for a perfect match.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
We start with the Grand Daddy of them all; the Rose Bowl where USC benefitted
from Keyshawn Johnson's career performance which propelled the Trojans past
Northwestern 41 to 32.
SUPER=03-Pasadena, CA/Rose Bowl;
Johnson hauled in 12 passes for a Rose Bowl record 216 yards. Included on
the stat sheet....a 56 yard touchdown grab in the third quarter.
The Wildcats helped USC's cause by coughing up the ball twice! Daylon
McCutcheon returned a fumble recovery 53 yards for a TD that pu the Trojans up
Northwestern did take a 32-31 lead SUPER=36-USC/=41/Northwestern/=32;
]in the fourth quarter on Darnell Autry's third touchdown of the day.
But the 17th ranked Trojans close out the scoring to beat the 3rd ranked
cats in a 41-32 shoot out win.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/Citrus Bowl;
The Citrus Bowl matched Tennessee against Ohio State in a game between two
teams tied for 4th in the Associated Press rankings.
Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George ran for 101 yards and this
but the Buckeye was out classed on this day by the Volunteer's Jay
Graham. Graham rushed 26 times for 154 yards. He amassed nearly half of those
on this 69 yard sprint.
Peyton manning was also sharp, he SUPER=36-Tennessee/=20/Ohio State/14;
connects with Joey Kent on this 47 yard bomb in the 3rd that put the Vols up
The Buckeyes self destructed in the end, losing three fumbles over their
last 4 possessions and Tennessee wins the Citrus Bowl by a touchdown.
Syracuse crushed 23rd ranked Clemson 41 to nothing in the Gator Bowl
yesterday down in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Orangeman that caught the tiger by the tail....was none other than
freshman Donovan McNabb. The quarterback tallied four touchdowns on the day.
This five yard run was the game's second.
He also threw three more. marvin SUPER=36-Syracuse/=41/Clemson/==0;
Harrison is on the receiving end of this 38 yard bomb and the count was 20 to
Harrison would catch another...a 56 yard TD connection and Syracuse blanks
Clemson 41 to nothing.
To Tampa we go for the Outback Bowl between 15th ranked Penn State and 16th
SUPER=03-Tampa Bay, FL;
They might be only one ranking apart in the polls, but on this day, the
Nittany Lions were a whole lot better.
Penn State set Outback records with 43 points and 487 offensive yards.
Nittany Lion quarterback wally Richardson tossed 4 touchdown passes. If you are
passing then you are recieving. SUPER=36-Penn State/=43/Auburn/=14;
Bobby Engram set a bowl record with 113 receiving yards on 4 catches, he also
And of course, Joe Paterno took an evening bath in Penn State's 43-14 win.
7th ranked Colorado forced 5 turnovers and dominated 12th ranked Oregon 38
to 6 in the Cotton Bowl.
The Buffaloes of Colorado are known for offense, but the defense was
sharp today. Marcus Washington lead the stampede. The Buff set a cotton bowl
record with this 95 yard interception SUPER=36-Colorado/=38/Oregon/==6;
returned for a touchdown.
Colorado quarterback John Hessler hurled two TD passes and ran for another
as the Buffaloes down Oregon down Oregon 38 to 6.
UVa's Peach Bowl win has registered for the Cavaliers. Yesterday, Ronde
and Tiki Barber were back at home in Roanoke for a brief visit.
Now that their Bowl game is over, the Barbers took time to give the Lazy
Boy a work out while they watched the bowls.
They also talked about another last second win.
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Peach Bowl MVP; :00
OUT Q=...doesn't matter"
Now the tandem starts to look to next season.
IN Q="the program
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :00
OUT Q=...have to do"
Still a head tonight, we will tell you who is the NFL's most valuable
player this season and,
and we will wrap up Virginia tech's super season capped off by the Sugar Bowl
The biggest post season game to date pitted Notre Dame against Florida
State in the Orange Bowl. And this classic rivalry would live up to it's
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Orange Bowl;
The Fighting Irish; always dangerous with that gentleman Lou Holtz at the
controls, even if Notre Dame was without starting quarterback Ron Powlus.
His back up played like a veteran. Thomas Krug opened up the game with
this 45 yard touchdown connection to Derrick Mayes over the middle that gave
the Irish the lead 7-nothing.
But the seminoles would answer. Florida State quarterback Danny Kannell, on
the run, hits Andre Cooper for the first of three touchdown receptions for
number 1 on the evening. 7-7.
You cannot give Kannell time or he will hurt you. The QB scrambles away
from the pressure and finds Cooper again. Cooper literally steals the ball away
from a Notre Dame defensive back for the touchdown. 14-10 Noles in the second
Lou Holtz; not afraid to take a chance. he does on this fourth down,
SUPER=36-Florida State/=31/Notre Dame/=26;
deep in Irish relestate, the play works as Marc Edwards goes for the first
down. But the seminole get another TD from Cooper and they beat the Irish 31 to
26 in the Orange Bowl.
He lead the Pack to it's first divisional title in 23 years and now Green
Bay's Brett Favre is reaping the rewards for his efforts.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI/NFC Wild Card; :00
Favre is the The Associated Press choice as the NFL's most valuable
player. He threw 38 touchdown passes this season and amassed over 44 hundred
yards through the air in carrying the packers to an 11 and 5 record.