Ten years after the abduction, robbery and murder of Charles Bousman in
Roanoke... his killer is just a few steps away from the death chamber.
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight: we'll hear from the Governor on the fate of Walter
And the story of a grade-school boy struck and killed while waiting for the
bus this morning.
Tonight in sports, Don Shula may be calling it quits on this his 66th
Patrick Henry's Woody Deans is officially stepping down after this year.
And Frank Beamer and Demetrius Allen picks up honors on behalf of their
universities today at the state capital.
Cloudy, cold weather with snow tossed in as well. A typical winter forecast
Virginia is now three hours away from its first scheduled execution of 1996
-- the 30th in the two decades since the death penalty was reinstated.
Walter Correll, Junior will die by lethal injection -- barring intervention
from the Governor.
DOUBLE BOXES=Keith/Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's the latest from the Governor's office?
Keith, Governor Allen flew in from Bedford County this afternoon, recognized
Virginia Tech and UVA at a post bowl games news conference, and sat down to
consider this clemency request.
Walter Correll confessed three times to this murder WITHOUT legal counsel --
and that got the conviction thrown out as recently as 1994 by Roanoke federal
Judge James Turk.
IN Q=The third confession
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./May, 1986; :00
SUPER=03-Franlkin Co./August, 1985; :
OUT Q=solemn responsibility.
(( The third confession was good enough, however, for both the U.S. Appeals
Court and, yesterday, the Supreme Court.
Correll admitted then to him and two friends stopping Charles W. Bousman,
Junior in Roanoke.
He said they strangled Bousman until he passed out, stuffed him in the trunk
of his own car, drove him to the Bay Roc Marina area of Smith Mountain Lake,
and stabbed him to death with his own knife.
Correll's attorneys made the argument that his accomplices, Richard Reynolds
and John Dalton, played a greater role in the murder.
Governor Allen this afternoon promised a swift decision.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I JUST THINK SOMEBODY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE PEACE WITH
THEIR GOD IF I'VE DECIDED NOT TO INTERVENE AND DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST
SECOND. IT'S NOT A PLEASANT THING. IT'S A VERY SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY.))
The motive in this case, beyond robbery, was believed to be homophobia.
Charles Bousman's parents told us in 1994 that they wanted to witness this
Last year, the state started allowing victim's families to do so.
Corrections officials will NOT reveal if they are on the witness list.
Has everyone chosen lethal injection since it became legal?
State police don't expect to file any charges against the woman who struck a
Henry County boy after he apparently ran in front of her car.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./This Morning;
Eight- year old Kyle Helton suffered head trauma, a broken leg and possible
He was flown to a Roanoke hospital, where he died this afternoon.
State police say the young boy apparently ran in front of 57- year old
Pauline Woodall, while waiting for the school bus.
((TROOPER RON VIA/VA. STATE POLICE: APPARENTLY FROM WHAT AN UNKNOWN WITNESS
SAID, AT THIS TIME, WAS THAT THE BOY WAS STANDING BY A MAILBOX AT THE DRIVE WAY
AND DECIDED TO CROSS THE STREET AND WAS STRUCK BY THE CAR, THAT'S BASICALLY ALL
I KNOW AT THIS TIME. )) ))
SUPER=01-Trooper Ron Via/Va. State Police; :00
OUT Q=at this time.
The accident happened around 7-30 this morning on Route 57, near
A three-vehicle collision in Lynchburg this afternoon has left one person
The accident at the intersection of Ward's Road and Harvard Street involved
a logging truck, passenger truck and small car.
Police say the woman driving the car was killed.
No word on any other injuries, or just how the accident happened.
The accident has tied up traffic in all directions.
Charges were dismissed today against an 18- year old suspect in a Henry
County murder case.
Harden Anthony Ward was released this afternoon following a preliminary
He was a suspect in the October fatal shooting of 25- year old Orbin Smith.
Witnesses who testified in court today could not place Ward at the scene
because both suspects were wearing masks.
Ward's 24- year old brother Michael, is still charged in the crime.
An F-B-I report concluded two Blacksburg police officers were justified in
the shooting of a man they were trying to arrest in a Revco store last summer.
Officers J.E. Keene and T.D. Wimmer fired their weapons when 22 year- old
Maurice Taylor pulled a B-B gun which looked like a semi-automatic handgun.
Taylor was shot 12 times, leading some in the community to complain the
white officers used excessive force because Taylor was black.
The report upholds an earlier ruling by special prosecutor Gino Williams
following a state police investigation.
It has been forwarded to the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division
Bedford County has brought Virginia its first big industrial announcement of
A New York pharmaceutical company says it will open a satellite facility in
Forest and employ more than 100 people.
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=01-Bruce Downey/Barr Laboratories; :31
SUPER=@File; :43 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; :55
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Nat Sot tape one clapping
The Bedford County area has a lot to clap about.
Barr Laboratories of Pomona New York says it will put a manufacturing site
in Forest and create 125 new jobs.
SOT TAPE ONE 23:23:13
IN Q=Barr Laboratories
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: BARR LABORATORIES IS GOING TO INVEST
14-MILLION-DOLLARS HERE IN BEDFORD, TO CONVERT THIS BUILDING INTO A STATE OF
THE ART BIOTECH MANUFACTURING FACILITY. ))
OUT Q=manufacturing facility.
SOT TAPE TWO 12:45:13
IN Q=Barr Labs is one
((Barr Labs is one of the 10 largest makers of generic drugs in the country,
and you can find them in almost any local pharmacy. And if all goes as planned
they'll be making some of these drugs in Central Virginia by next year.))
OUT Q=by next year.
SOT TAPE ONE TOT 23:41:36
IN Q=We'll be
((BRUCE DOWNEY/BARR LABORATORIES: WE'LL BE HIRING CHEMISTS, LABORATORY
TECHNICIANS, PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURING SPECIALISTS, IN SHORT, WE'LL BE
CREATING A HIGHLY SKILLED, WELL PAID TEAM OF EMPLOYEES HERE IN THE FOREST AND
OUT Q=Bedford community.
Barr Labs will move into the building vacated by the Galileo Corporation two
It just shows how helpful an idle industrial site can be.
SOT TAPE TWO 11:51:45
IN Q=Vacant buildings
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: VACANT BUILDINGS ARE VERY SIMILAR IN
NATURE TO THE SHELL BUILDING PROGRAMS THAT MANY COMMUNITIES HAVE AND THEY
BECOME A REAL ASSET, OR CARROT IF YOU WILL TO DRAW A LOT OF PROSPECTS IN TO
OUT Q=your community.
The state's putting up several hundred thousand dollars worth of incentives
to sweeten the deal for Barr Labs.
The company wants to begin renovating the old Galileo plant this spring.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--How a sweet victory turned sour for hundreds
of Hokie fans stranded after the Sugar Bowl.
The owner of a travel agency in Blacksburg is on the hot seat--and she says
she feels for the fans.
SOT on News Tease Edit Tape
IN Q=I'm sorry
((TRAVEL AGENCY OWNER: "I'M SORRY. I'M SORRY. I'M JUST SO SORRY." ))
OUT Q=just so sorry
So just who is to blame for the delay in getting the Hokie faithful back
home--we'll try and sort it all out--Robin?
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
More than a half million federal employees worked today-- WITHOUT pay.
The partial federal budget shut-down continues, now in its 20th day.
Domestic programs-- like "Meals on Wheels" are now in danger of having
their federal funding frozen.
IN Q=For a great
((KEVIN MCCULLOUGH/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS: FOR A GREAT MANY PEOPLE THIS IS
THEIR ONLY MEAL THEY RECEIVE ALL DAY LONG. IT'S ALSO THEIR WELL-BEING THESE
PEOPLE WILL MOST LIKELY GO HUNGRY. WE'RE TAKING EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT
DOES NOT OCCUR, AND THAT THESE PEOPLE CONTINUE TO RECEIVE FOOD.))
SUPER=01-Kevin McCullough/League of Older Americans; :
OUT Q=receive food.
In Roanoke, the Meals on Wheels program will continue to operate with or
without federal funding-- thanks to private donations.
That's the case with most of the Meals on Wheels programs in our region--
but all say they can last like that for only a short time.
Flowers from an understanding client brought tears to Patti Cowley's
(COO-lee's) eyes today.
The owner of Omni Travel in Blacksburg has taken a beating from some angry
Hokie fans who were stranded after the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy
Cowley was stranded with them, but was back in Blacksburg today, where Tracy
Altizer caught up with her.
Keith, Cowley says she takes full responsibility for what happened to the Tech
fans, after all, she organized their Sugar Bowl trip.
But she says she did her best to get them home and is considering some legal
action against the charter company she contracted.
IN Q=Despite their sweet victory
SUPER=01-Patti Cowley/Omni Travel; :28
OUT Q=not treated fairly.
(( Despite their sweet victory, the Sugar Bowl trip turned sour for many of
the 500 Hokie fans who finally returned to Roanoke Wednesday.
They became stranded in New Orleans when weather delayed their flight
Monday, and the charter company opted to fulfill its other flight obligations
before getting back to them.
((PATTI COWLEY/OMNI TRAVEL: I WAS PROMISED REPEATEDLY THAT AIRPLANES WOLD BE
THERE, THAT AIRPLANES WOULD BE THERE. THEY GAVE ME TIMES, THEY PUT MY PEOPLE
IN BUSES AND SAID THE PLANES WERE THERE, AND THEN WE HAD TO BRING THEM BACK. ))
Cowley says in desperation, she complained to the main legal counsel for the
U.S. Department of Transportation, and finally got a guarantee of planes for
the next morning.
Now she wants her reputation restored, and reimbursement for her clients.
((I WANT LEGAL RECOURSE. I FEEL THAT MY PASSENGERS WERE NOT TREATED FAIRLY.))
Keith, Cowley says that's the best she can do now, aside from offering her
Doug Wilder's ex- wife has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the state
Attorney General's office.
A former employee of Richmond City Treasurer Eunice Wilder had alleged Mrs.
Wilder was paying her daughter Lynn for more hours than she'd actually worked.
Lynn Wilder was a full- time employee in the Treasurer's office at the time.
The state probe concluded, however, that there was "insufficient evidence to
warrant further investigation."
A lane to the future.
That's how Senator Bo Trumbo describes a near complete project, which it is
hoped will be an economic boost to the Alleghany Highlands.
Trumbo helped join in today's dedication of a new bridge which leads to the
Alleghany Regional Commerce Center.
IN Q=The bridge is
((GLYNN LOOPE/ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS ECON. DEVELOPMENT: THE BRIDGE IS THE LINK TO
EVERYTHING TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE JACKSON RIVER IN ALLEGHANY COUNTY. WHAT
WE'LL END UP DOING IS HAVING LAND USE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER ALL THE
WAY BACK TO CLIFTON FORGE.))
SUPER=01-Glynn Loope/Alleghany Highlands Econ. Development;
OUT Q=to Clifton Forge.
So far the 300 acre park has attracted one major employer.
Bacova Guild is opening a manufacturing center there.
It will employ close to 400 people.
IN Q=The road
((PAT HAYNES/BACOVA GUILD C.E.O.: THE ROAD SHOULD BE READY FOR TRAVEL IN TWO
WEEKS, WATER AND SEWER READY FOR TWO WEEKS. WE HOPE TO BE MOVING IN THE 25TH
OF JANUARY. ))
SUPER=01-Pat Haynes/Bacova Guild C.E.O.;
OUT Q=of January.
The Commerce Center will have approximately twelve additional sites for new
or expanding business.
The stock market experienced its first loss of 1996.
Reports that budget discussions in Washington had again stalled caused some
stocks to fall.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 20 points.
NASDAQ dipped nearly 17 points.
It will be at least three years before a D- Day Memorial is built in
But detailed planning of the project begins NOW.
Today, two new board members were formally introduced.
Former Explore Park engineer Richard Burrow is the facility's executive
Carl Manfield has been named development consultant.
They aren't sure how much the memorial will cost... but they DO know plenty
of financial assistance is needed.
IN Q=We hope to have
((RICHARD BURROW/ NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: WE HOPE TO HAVE SOME
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AND WE HOPE TO HAVE MANY PARTNERS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED
STATES AND WE HOPE TO HAVE MANY REGIONALLY TO HELP US ACCOMPLISH THIS PROJECT.
SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/National D-Day Memorial Foundation;
OUT Q=this project
SUPER=03-Normandy, France/June 6, 1944;
The memorial will honor those who participated in the Normandy Invasion.
It will be built in Bedford, an area that felt the impact of D- Day like no
Bedford lost 19 men on D-Day.
A University of Virginia football player arrested for driving under the
influence WON'T have to serve jail time as long as he plays by the rules laid
down by a Danville judge.
21- year old Rafael Garcia was arrested November 23rd in Danville.
This morning the judge convicted the place kicker.
But judge suspended a fine and jail-time on the condition Garcia attend
substance abuse classes.
His driving privileges were also restricted and he was ordered to serve 40-
hours community service.
Garcia is a native of Barcelona, Spain, who came to Danville as an exchange
Coming up tonight in sports, Don Shula may be calling it quits as soon as
The Governor honors Tech and UVa at the Capital this afternoon.
And Roy Stanley talks with Patrick Henry coach Woody Deans, who'se stepping
down after this season.
Let's begin down in Miami where football fans are a little edgy tonight after
unconfirmed reports began surfacing late this afternoon concerning Dolphins'
head coach Don Shula.
Several radio and TV stations in Miami are reporting that the winningest
coach in NFL history, is planning to step down as the Dolphins boss possibly as
early as tomorrow.
Neither Shula nor Dolphins officials would confirm the report which says
Shula met with team owner Wayne Huizenga last night and reached his decision to
In other football news, Governor George Allen took time out of his schedule
today to honor Virginia Tech and UVa at the capital.
Head coach Frank Beamer and assistants Billy Hite and Todd Grantham joined
Education secretary Bev Sgro at the podium. And Beamer came bearing gifts.
IN Q="Of course...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...CARE OF THAY YET."
George Welsh skipped the ceremony to recruit, but he sent the Peach Bowl
hero, Demetrius Allen in his place.
IN Q="We are...
((DEMETRIUS "PETEY" ALLEN/PEACH BOWL HERO:))
SUPER=01-Demetrius "Petey" Allen/Peach Bowl Hero; :00
OUT Q=...THANKS ALOT."
When the Patrick Henry Patriots tip it off for the last time this season
it will also be the last time that Woody Deans will coach the basketball team.
Deans is retiring at the end of the season and Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Woody Deans/Retiring at End of Season; :12
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; 1:17
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Lee/Patrick Henry Principal; 1:28
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((The decision to hang up his whistle as head coach of the Patriots didn't just
Two years ago Deans made up his mind to retire after the 1995-96 season.))
((WOODY DEANS/PATRICK HENRY HEAD COACH: ))
((Deans leaves behind a legacy when he comes to Patrick Henry Basketball. He's
been a part of the program for more than 25 years 12 of those as the Patriots
Patrick henry won it's first championship in 1988 on a team that was led by
George Lynch, now a member of the Los Angeles lakers.
Then in 1992 Troy Manns and Curtis Staples led the Patriots to the state
Deans has also been an ambassador for basketball in the valley. Through
his efforts some of the top programs in the country including Dematha and Oak
Hill Academy have entertained the hoop fans in the area.))
((WOODY DEANS: ))
((While Deans is retiring as head basketball coach he will remain with the
school as a teacher.
And Patrick Henry principal Elizabeth Lee said the process for finding a
replacement will begin immediately.))
((ELIZABETH LEE/PATRICK HENRY PRINCIPAL: ))
((Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
The Virginia Cavaliers lost their ACC opener last night right here on your
hometown station, falling to Florida State 69-TO-64.
Despite a cold start, the Cavs led by three points at halftime thanks to this
Harold Dean steal and layin.
But Lamarr Greer scored a game high 22 points to lead the Seminoles to the
five point win. UVa is now 5-and-4.
In Radford last night, three players scored in double figures and the
Highlanders beat Duquesne 65-to-64.
The Highlanders improve to 5-and-6 on the year with the one point win.
You know the new year has started when the engines start firing up in
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00
Three days worth of General Motors testing began yesterday and will conclude
And as usual at Daytona, all eyes are on Dale Earnhardt, who will again
attempt to win the only big race that has eluded him the Daytona 500 next
Due to weather conditions in the Cedarville, Ohio area, this evening's
LIberty University women's basketball game has been cancelled because of the
weather in the Ohio area.