A New Year's Eve shooting leaves a man dead and his stepson in custody.
Plus Hokie Fans are arriving back in Town.
But not the way they planned.
We'll have a live report.
In sports, Mike Stevens will have the latest on Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl
win, 6 bowls kicked off today,
but all Virginia stars Tiki and Ronde barber did today was KICK BACK in the
ole easy boy at the home, we will hear from them.
Dense fog causes all sorts of travel problems this New Years Day and we need
to prepare for another arctic outbreak later this week.
A New Year's Eve shooting left a Henry County man dead-- and his 15- year
old stepson charged with murder.
Authorities say the shooting was sparked by a dispute between the teen and
Henry County Sheriff's deputies were at the scene earlier today wrapping up
Authorities say around 10- last night the suspect was outside the home
fighting with his 19 year old girlfriend.
According to a Sheriff's investigator, the boy's step-father became involved
when the 15 year old went inside and grabbed a 22 caliber rifle.
IN Q=The stepfather
((P.G. PUCKETT/HENRY CO. INVESTIGATOR: THE STEPFATHER GOES INTO THE BEDROOM
WHERE THE ACCUSED IS, CONFRONTS HIM ABOUT THE RIFLE, HE BACKS HIM OFF, DOWN THE
HALL, AND BACK INTO THE KITCHEN AND THEY BOTH GOT THEIR HANDS ON THE WEAPON
STRUGGLING WITH THE WEAPON AND THE WEAPON DISCHARGED AND THE VICTIM IS STRUCK
IN THE UPPER CHEST. ))
SUPER=01-P.G. Puckett/Henry Co. Investigator; :00
OUT Q=the upper chest.
The victim's been identified as 30- year James Nelson Marshall, Junior.
Police say after shooting his stepfather, the teen shot his 19- year old
Authorities say La-keshia Massey was treated and released from an area
The 15 year old was arrested at the scene.
The Halifax County Sheriff's Department is also investigating a fatal
Authorities say 17- year old Jason Lamont Chandler was shot and killed at
the Super-Eight Motel in Riverdale early this morning.
Authorities say the shooting may have been drug or gang related.
Sheriff's investigators are still talking witnesses, but have NOT made an
The Hokies may have been able to handle the Texas Longhorns last night but
they could not control mother nature today.
Dense Fog closed the Roanoke Regional Airport -- forcing thousands of Tech
fans to fly to different cities today.
Scott Prince is at Roanoke Regional Airport .
Scott how are people able to get back to southwest Virginia?
Roll cue:made it worth while.
SUPER=01-Rita English/Tech Fan; :19
SUPER=01-Melvin Dunman/Tech Fan; :25
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Regional Airport;
OUT Q=even more than that.
(Scott ad lib)
(Q/A: Scott, how is the team getting back?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast,
we'll take a look back at some of the events that had the most impact on
Southwest and Central Virginia-
We countdown the top news stories of 1995. (----------------)
Toss to Robin
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1995 may be gone, but the memories will last a lifetime.
Scott Prince takes a look back at the past year... counting down the top ten
News stories in Central and Southwest Virginia.
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.
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((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.
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((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.
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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.
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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))
MUSIC ON TAPE
When we return, we'll see
why no one can accuse some Danville singles of sending out mixed signals.
Their channeling their passions- as they look for Love through Cable T-V.
MUSIC UP FULL
NEWSCAST=New Years Day
A Danville Cable Company is revolutionizing love in the 90's.
Teresa Hamilton reports on a new way to dial up a potential romance.
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.))
Coming up in Sports,
the Hokies are still celebrating their Sugar Bowl win last night in New
Orleans, Mike Stevens will have the latest.
What a way to bring in the new year for Virginia Tech. The Hokies captured
the 62nd Sugar Bowl title last night, beating Texas 28 to 10 at the Super Dome.
Mike Stevens has a wrap up of Tech's biggest football win in school history.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Scored Game Winning TD; :35
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/266 Yards Passing; 1:05
SUPER=01-Bryan Still/Sugar Bowl MVP; 1:14
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/8 Tackles, 1 Sack; 1:36
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:55
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
UVa's Peach Bowl win has sunk in to the Cavaliers. Today, Ronde
and Tiki Barber were back at home in Roanoke for a brief visit.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/This Afternoon; :00
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"
The accolades continue to pile up for Green Bay's Brett Favre.
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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.