Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
A man is dead in Martinsville, his girlfriend is behind bars charged with
Did the gun go off by accident? That's the question in the case of Joe
Bolling- Tonight a jury reaches its decision.
Plus a surprise in the latest presidential poll.
And Robin with the gloomy forecast.
News 7 is next.
A man is murdered in Martinsville tonight.
His girlfriend- Mary Lorene Spencer Mitchell is behind bars charged in
the stabbing. We'll have details.
A military plane crashed in a residential area near Nashville, today.
Five people were killed - Two crew members on the plane and three people on the
And a poll tells the status of the Republican candidates in New Hampshire.
Bob Dole and Steve Forbes are in a dead heat.
Plus Magic Johnson's is back with the Lakers. Join us for News 7 at
A domestic dispute today erupted into Martinsville's first murder of the
32- year- old James Weldon Lee, Junior was stabbed to death--
Authorities are charging his girlfriend, Mary Mitchell with the murder.
The incident happened around 4- 30 this afternoon at the Patrick Henry
Apartments on Booker Road.
Police say Mitchell admitted to stabbing Lee in the chest-- but she said it
was an act of self- defense.
IN Q=There was a domestic
((TONY TURNER/MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPT.: THERE WAS A DOMESTIC DISPUTE BETWEEN
THE TWO. BOTH WERE ARMED WITH KNIVES. HE SUPPOSEDLY SWUNG AT HER WITH A KNIFE
AND SHE SWUNG BACK, STRIKING HIM IN THE CHEST. ))
SUPER=01-Tony Turner/Martinsville Police Dept.;
OUT Q=in the chest
Lee was pronounced dead at 5-45 at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville-
Police believe alcohol may have been involved.
A Bedford County man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the
shooting death of his girlfriend last spring.
It took a jury just over four hours tonight to find 48 year old Joe Gardner
Bolling guilty of second degree murder.
Bolling shot and killed 27 year old Torina Wright during an argument in their
home last June.
The jury apparently did not believe that his gun fired accidentally.
After arriving at a verdict around 9:15 tonight, the panel spent another 45
minutes sentencing Bolling to 27 years in prison for the murder and three years
on the firearms charge.
Bolling was also fined 30-thousand dollars.
An argument outside a Franklin County restaurant turned deadly this weekend.
A stabbing left one man dead and another behind bars.
Police say it all started in a parking lot near the restaurant-
That's where they say 21 year old Barry Morton Dudley and 27 year old
Kenneth Russell Moore got into an argument.
IN Q=Received a call to
((LT. EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: RECEIVED A CALL TO GO TO PAUL'S
BAR-B-QUE DURING A FIGHT OR ALTERCATION AT PAUL'S BAR-B-QUE SHORTLY MIDNIGHT
SATURDAY. AFTER OUR OFFICERS ARRIVED AT PAUL'S BAR-B-QUE WE FOUND SEVERAL
PEOPLE HAD BEEN IN AN ALTERCATION OR DISAGREEMENT THERE AT PAUL'S BAR-B-QUE.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Ewell Hunt/Franklin Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=Paul's Bar-B-Que. 4TH TIME
The Sheriff's Department says the incident then carried over to a trailer
park in Franklin County where Moore was stabbed once in the chest by Dudley
with a large knife.
Moore died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital yesterday morning.
Dudley is being held without bond at the Franklin County jail.
Police also say Dudley is currently on probation for an unlawful wounding
incident that occurred in 1992.
A Danville High School student wanted for shooting and killing a fellow
classmate is still at large.
16- year old Tony Spraggins was killed yesterday afternoon on Winslow
He was a sophomore at George Washington High School.
The wanted teen is also a student at the school.
Police aren't releasing his name because he's underage.
Witnesses say the two had a fight last week in the school cafeteria.
But neither police nor school officials will confirm if the incidents are
IN Q=That may or may
((MAJ. B. C. ELLIOTT/DANVILLE POLICE DEPT.:THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE SO, THERE'S
BEEN A LITTLE SPECULATION ON THAT, BUT NOT ANYTHING REAL STRONG ON THAT AS YET,
THAT WE WANT TO RELEASE ANYWAY. ))
SUPER=01-Maj. B. C. Elliott/Danville Police Dept.; :00
OUT Q=release anyway.
Officials at the National Center for Juvenile Justice say the number of
teens charged with murder is on the rise.
In 1993, 14- percent of all murder arrests in Virginia involved suspects
between the ages of 10 and 17.
The Henry County Sheriff's Department says it needs assistance fighting
the areas's growing number of drug crimes.
But as Kimberly McBroom reports, the department says the help needs to come
from the county.
IN Q=Two drug- related
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; :20
SUPER=01-Robert Lawler/Henry Co. Administrator; :53
OUT Q=News 7, Henry County
(( Two drug- related murders in the last year-- plus numerous other crimes
have kept Henry County authorities busy.
The Sheriff's department recently asked the county's permission to apply
for a federal grant to hire two more narcotics officers.
But to the department's disappointment, the board of supervisors said no.
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: I THINK A LOT OF THE OFFICERS THOUGHT AS
MUCH DRUG PROBLEMS AS WE HAVE IN THIS AREA, AND AS NECESSARY AS THESE POSITIONS
ARE, AND THE HELP THEY COULD BE TO US-- I THINK THEY THOUGHT THAT THE BOARD
WOULD CERTAINLY GO ALONG WITH THEM. ))
The federal government would have funded most of the 148- thousand dollar
grant-- Henry County would have had to put up a quarter of the money-- around
37- thousand dollars.
But county officials say that's still too much for an already tight budget.
((ROBERT LAWLER/HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE'RE LOOKING AT APPROXIMATELY 10-
15- MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW SCHOOL DEBT AND THE BOARD DID NOT WANT TO COMMIT
FUNDS INTO THAT BUDGET WITHOUT SEEING ALL THE EXPENDITURES AND ALL THE
Lawler says two of the three current drug officers are financed through
another federal grant.
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: MEMBERS OF THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY'RE
GRATEFUL FOR THE OFFICERS THEY DO HAVE-- BUT IN THEIR WORDS, IT'S GOING TO TAKE
A LOT MORE SOLDIERS TO FIGHT IN THIS WAR ON DRUGS. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7,
HENRY COUNTY. ))
The weather is forcing some school systems to alter their schedules for
Schools in Bedford will open one hour late
Nelson County schools will open TWO hours late.
In Pocahontas County West Virginia, the following schools will open two
Green Bank Elementary and Middle Schools.
Hillsboro Elementary and Middle school as well as Pocahontas High School
are all two hours late.
Marlington Elementary and Middle Schools are CLOSED Tuesday
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, the so called Doctor Death assists in yet
and five people are dead following the crash of a military jet today in
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Military
Firefighters say victims of a military plane crash never had a chance.
Dave Fehling reports, five people died when the jet went down near
SUPER=03-Nashville, TN; 00
OUT Q=CBS News, Nashville."
((Hours after the crash, flames were still erupting from the neat brick
homes of this subdivision two and a half miles southeast of the Nashville
international airport. One house was blown off its frame by the impact...
another was flattened...minutes later two others were engulfed in fire.
The pilot and co-pilot of the F-14 Tomcat were killed on impact. An
elderly couple and another person at a house hit directly by the jet are
among the confirmed dead.
Witnesses say police at the scene saved lives by forcing bystanders away from
the crash area. A second fire ball erupted on the heels of the initial
WITNESS: IT WAS LIKE FLAMES WERE CHASING ME.
The crew was on a routine training mission and had stopped to refuel
at nashville international airport. The plane was part of a fighter squadron
based at Miramar Naval Air station near San Diego. Dave Fehling, CBS News,
Dr. Jack Kevorkian's helped in another suicide- but today Prosecutors ruled
it a homicide.
A 48 year old woman with multiple sclerosis was found dead in Kevorkian's
The doctors' attorney says Kevorkian tried to convince the woman to wait
a week or a month- but she refused.
((GEOFFREY FIEGER/KEVORKIAN'S ATTORNEY: DR. KEVORKIANS THRUST OF HIS COUNSELING
IS GO ON TIL THE VERY END UNTIL YOU CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE AND THEN GO ON BEYOND
THAT AND THAT IS WHY HUNDREDS OF DR. KEVORKIANS PATIENTS HAVE GONE ON AND DIED
NATURALLY JUST KNOWING THAT HE WOULD BE THERE.))
SUPER=01-Geoffrey Fieger/Kevorkian's Attorney;05
OUT Q=WOULD BE THERE."
Kevorkian has acknowledged attending 27 deaths since 1990.
Police searched John DuPont's estate but only found a few weapons.
SUPER=03-Newton Square, PA;
They feared he had booby-trapped the mansion with explosives while he was
The chemical company heir is charged with killing Olympic wrestler Dave
Police did find a 38 caliber revolver they believe was used in the slaying.
DuPont held police at bay for two days- until yesterday when the standoff
A new survey shows Republicans Bob Dole and Steve Forbes in a dead heat in
next months New Hampshire Primary.
Forbes was considered a long shot but his flat tax plan is drawing
((STEVE FORBES/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: IT'S THE PROGRESS WE ARE MAKING IN
TERMS OF OUR MESSAGE OF HOPE, GROWTH, AND OPPORTUNITY GETTING TO THE VOTERS.))
((SEN. ROBERT DOLE/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: WE'RE NOT GONNA LET IT WORRY US.
WE'RE GONNA RUN OUR CAMPAIGN AND HOPE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT A FLAT TAX IS
NOT GONNA CURE EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Steve Forbes/(R) Presidential Candidate; 00 very quick!
SUPER=01-Sen. Robert Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; 05
OUT Q=not gonna cure everything."
Republican Phil Gramm says the poll only shows one thing- that there's no
real front runner. He ranks third in the poll.
Charter schools in other states allow corporations, parents, teachers, or
anyone to try education a new way.
If they fail, they lose their charter.
If they succeed, they help children that public schools just aren't
But those who oppose them say charter schools open the door to segregation
-- providing public money to those who want to go to schools with others just
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=If you pass...
SUPER=01-Todd Lindner/Charter School Supporter; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Schroeder/Charter Schools Supporter; :23
SUPER=01-Kristen Amundson/Va. School Boards Association; :43
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( sot 10:49:28
((TODD LINDNER/SUPPORTS CHARTER SCHOOLS: IF YOU PASS THIS BILL, MAYBE SOMEONE
WILL START A SCHOOL WHERE KIDS LIKE ME CAN KEEP LEARNING.))
Kids like Todd may be bright, but learning disabled.
Their parents think a special autonomous public school, NOT religious, could
focus just on them.
SOT tape one 10:36:11
((BILL BOSHER/VA. SUPT. OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: IT IS NOT THE SALVATION OF
PUBLIC SCHOOLS. NOR WILL IT DESTROY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.))
SOT TAPE THREE 11:37:22
((JIM SCHROEDER/SUPPORTS CHARTER SCHOOLS: THIS WOULD BE ONE MORE TOOL...HELP
SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.))
But a bi-partisan committee suggestions to require local school board
approval, and limit the experiment to two schools per district still doesn't
meet the muster of many in the education community.
SOT TAPE 3 11:33:34
((KRISTEN AMUNDSON/VA. SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOC./OPPOSES CHARTER SCHOOLS: BUT
CHARTER SCHOOLS HASTEN THE SKYBOXING OF OUR NATION... EXACTLY LIKE THEM... HEY
LOOK AT THE BALKANS.))
sot insert standup here
((THE REFERENCE TO SKYBOXING IS TO THE HIGH DOLLAR SEATS IN SPORTS ARENAS,
WHERE SOME SIT ABOVE THE CROWD.
AND THE BALKANS REFERENCE WE'VE HEARD BEFORE, FROM VINTON'S OWN DICK
CRANWELL, WHO COULD STILL BE A FORMIDABLE OPPONENENT IF CHARTER SCHOOLS MAKES
IT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS YEAR. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7, some Lynchburg ministers want to see a thousand
and with the wolf at the door, an area zoo is forced to shutdown part of its
endagered animal program.
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Fortune Teller Lola Miller convinced a Franklin County man to pay her
65-thousand dollars to help him pick lottery numbers.
She got him to tap his retirement funds, because she said "God doesn't
believe in I-R-A accounts."
Now HE is going to the courts in a effort to get it back.
Better known as "Miss Stella," the palm reader is now long gone.
She packed up her crystal ball and spent the last year in a federal prison.
Warren Smith of Glade Hill testified that Miller assured him money would
not be a problem, predicting that he would win three million dollars.
IN Q=She told me
((WARREN SMITH: SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS GOING TO GIVE ME SOME NUMBERS FOR THE
LOTTERY. SHE WAS GOING TO GO TO CHURCH AND GOD WOULD GIVE HER THESE NUMBERS.))
SUPER=07-Warren Eugene Smith
OUT Q=these numbers.
After hearing from another victim, the Judge concluded Smith had been
Judge Pat Doherty warned them not to look to the stars for answers to
life's daily problems.
((JUDGE PAT DOHERTY: AND TO AWARD PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN THIS WOULD BE THE SAME AS
PROVIDING AN AWARD FOR BEING GULLIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Judge Pat Doherty/Roanoke Circuit Court
OUT Q=daily life.
Judge Doherty DID order Miller to return the almost 66 thousand dollars
Smith paid her.
It's likely though to be a hollow victory since the decision is virtually
You remember the million man march held in Washington last fall?
How about a thousand man march.
That's what a number of Lynchburg Area ministers are planning for March 16th.
Although there won't be as many people as the million man march- the message
is still the same.
IN Q=We must bring
((REVEREND BENJAMIN HARRIS/MARCH ORGANIZER: WE MUST BRING DIGNITY AND
RESPONSIBILITY BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY WHILE COMBATING THE SELF DESTRUCTIVE
BEHAVIORS BY SOME BLACK MEN--SUCH AS MURDER, SELLING DRUGS, AND EXPLOITATION OF
OUR WOMEN. ))
SUPER=01-Reverend Benjamin Harris/March Organizer;
OUT Q=of our women.
Marchers will walk from the Lynchburg City Jail to the Court Street Baptist
Organizers want men, women, and children--of all ages-- to march in SUPPORT
of their communities.
The Hokies beat a not so average JOE to get their 14th win of the year.
Roanoke hooks up with Lynchburg tonight.
The Lakers once again have a Magic act.
And the Super Bowl teams return home, after we turn the pages on tonight's
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=..LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped to 13th in the new Associated Press top 25
that was released today.
But tonight they dropped St. Josephs's 85-to-76 to improve to 7-and-1 in the
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hawks vs. Hokies; :00
The Hawks made their first trip to the Cassell tonight as head coach Phil
Martelli looked to pull off the upset.
Travis Jackson has struggled a bit lately, but not tonight as he scored 10
points in the first half and finished with a dozen.
Tech's other big man Keefe Matthews has also been in a slump, but watch him
hammer in the David Jackson miss with two hands.
St. Joe's Reggie Townsend threw his weight around tonight and shot the Hawks
to an early lead on this short jumper. Tech led by 3 at the half.
And after intermission, Shawn Smith knocks down this free throw line jumper
off the Ace Custis assist.
But THIS would not be cakewalk, as Terrell Myers came off the bench and
scored 23, to get the Hawks within 4 with under 3 minutes to go.
Shawn Good would ice it for the Tech SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=85/St.
with this Jumper with the shot clock running down.
Tech gets good balanced scoring and wins it 85-to-76.
IN Q="Every team...
((SHAWN SMITH/13 POINTS & 5 REBOUNDS:))
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((PHIL MARTELLI/ST. JOSEPH'S HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/13 Points & 5 Rebounds; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :09
SUPER=01-Phil Martelli/St. Joseph's Head Coach; :18
OUT Q=...is NUTS!!!!
A battle between the third place and 6th place teams in the ODAC tipped
off last night over in Salem at the Bast Center as Roanoke hosted Lynchburg.
SUPER=03-Salem/Hornets vs. Maroons; :00
Page Moir's team entered the game at 7 and 4 in the conference
while Joe Davis's Hornets were 5 and 5.
The Hornets took advantage Roanoke's slow start. Former E.C. Glass star
Otis Tucker dishes to Bryan Lightner, he scores two of his 12 on the night.
The maroon's Michael ball is on the Ball; giving to former Franklin County
standout Derek Bryant who proves why he isa three point specialist.
Roanoke led 38-30 at the half and SUPER=33-Roanoke/=83/Lynchburg/=63;
extended that advantage. Nathan Hungate notches one of his 8 assists to Tim
Braun. Braun had a game high 17 points.
Former Patrick henry star Turk Smith kept fighting for Lynchburg, but the
Hornets come up 20 points short; 83-63.
SUPER=01-Joe Davis/Lynchburg Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :09
OUT Q=...9 to 15"
Don't look now but starting tonight the Magic is back in LA.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson,
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA; :00
the former league MVP who is now 36, officially announced his comeback to the
"Magic" practiced with the Lakers again yesterday and then made the
He quit the game in 1991 after he was diagnosed with the HIV virus.
He says he's coming back for the sake of his family.
IN Q="I have prayed...
((EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON/REJOINS THE LAKERS:))
SUPER=01-Earvin "Magic" Johnson/Rejoins The Lakers; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Bird/Former Celtics Great; :19
OUT Q=...should be playing."
Magic will play his first game tonight and he says his comeback is for more
than just himself.
OUT Q=...to go on."
In one other NBA note, Philadelphia 76ers guard Vernon Maxwell has been
sentenced to 90 days in jail in a Houston drug case.
Last October, Maxwell pleaded no-contest to misdemeanor
He was ordered into a drug rehab program and to submit to regular drug
testing, but he didn't follow those
orders. So today, he was sentenced to jailtime.
Maxwell's lawyers plan to appeal. They must do so within 30 days.
The Charlotte Hornets newest acquisition continues to pay dividends.
Last night Kenny Anderson leads these Hornets to 88-to-86 win over the
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Cavaliers vs. Hornets; :00
With the game tied at 86 and time running out, Mike Fratello got more than
eyeful of Anderson as he goes one on one with the running one hander and banks
it in left handed to give Charlotte a 2 points win over Cleveland.
GRAPHIC=SUPER BOWL XXX
Most of the Super Bowl champions who are not playing in the Pro Bowl out in
Hawaii, arrived back Dallas last night on a charter flight.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
Head coach Barry Switzer led the team off the jet, but most of the players
looked like they were suffering from jet lag and could use a little sleep.
The exception was game MVP Larry Brown, who has yet to go to sleep.
((LARRY BROWN/MVP SUPER BOWL XXX:))
SUPER=01-Larry Brown/MVP Super Bowl XXX; :00
OUT Q=...SUNK IN NOW."
The Steelers touched down back in the Steel city around dusk last night.
Several hundred fans greeted the team at the airport and mobbed place kicker
Norm Johnson who played a big role in the Steelers upset bid Sunday night.
Both team now hope to get some much deserved R & R.
Still to come tonight, some football news as the Hokies land a big all-state
And the Cowboys and Steelers arrive back home from the desert.
We'll hear from game MVP Larry Brown in a moment.
The Virginia Tech Hokies received a committment from one of the top lineman
in the state today as E.C. Glass's Carl Bradley committed to Tech.
SUPER=03-Newport News/Division 5 Championship; :00
Bradley, seen here wearing number 77, helped lead the Hilltoppers to the
Division five state championship this past season where they lost to Hampton.
He is an all-state selection for the past two seasons.
He picked Tech over Florida, Pitt, Tennessee and South Carolina.
A shooting has occurred tonight in Pittsylvania county, near Chatham.
Authorities say two people were injured-- one was shot in the head.
No other details are available at this time.
We have a crew on the scene and will have more on details on News 7 Mornin.
A captive breeding program that began with high hopes three years ago, has
now ended quietly.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./June 1995;
The American Center for Rare and Endangered Species was a collaboration
between the Mill Mountain Zoo and Virginia's Explore Park.
Red wolves were the first endangered animals to arrive, and organizers had
hoped to bring others to the Roanoke County site, but a lack of money forced
the zoo to end the program.
IN Q=Whenever you get involved
((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: WHENEVER YOU GET INVOLVED WITH ANY ENDANGERED
SPECIES PROGRAM, THIS WAS THE 5TH SSP WE STARTED. YOU HOPE TO STAY IN IT AND
CONTRIBUTE FOR QUITE A LONG TIME. IT WAS A NEW VENTURE FOR US HAVING A
SECONDARY SITE LIKE THAT. BEING A SECOND SITE, THAT WAS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST
EXPENSE OF IT BECAUSE YOU HAD TO OUTFIT IT MUCH LIKE YOU DO A ZOO SITE
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo;
OUT Q=a zoo site really.
The zoo plans to continue its breeding programs with other endangered
animals at the zoo's Mill Mountain location.