Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE....
The three men wanted in the murder of a Tech student are in court today.
Not exactly a picture-perfect landing in Houston...
And the year of the pig is over-- now it's the year of the rat.
Looks like very little sun this week. Clouds and showers are more like it.
Forecast details straight ahead.
On Health Check--
a new resource for breast cancer patients, and their families in the
Plus, February's frigid temperatures can't stop allergens from hitting
Coming up, a report on winter-time allergies.
All these stories and the Two Minute Sports Ticker-- next--stay tuned.
A judge found enough evidence against the three men accused of killing a
Virginia Tech student to send their cases to a grand jury.
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Good Evening this is News-7 at Five, I'm Connie Stevens.
After a preliminary hearing in Montgomery County, charges of capital murder,
abduction, carjacking and robbery are certified against Gary Wayne Barker and
brothers Mark and Benjamin Lilly.
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Tracy Altizer has followed the story since the night 22 year- old Alexander
DeFillipis was shot to death.
Did we learn any new evidence today?
As we reported at the time of the murder, Gary Barker and Mark Lilly have
each identified Ben Lilly as the alleged killer.
But today, Ben Lilly's attorneys unveiled their defense strategy to shift
IN Q=Even during their
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./December 6, 1995; :10
SUPER=01-Chris Tuck/Ben Lilly's Lawyer; :22
SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Asst. Montgomery Co. Prosecutor; :29
OUT Q=time of the killing.
Even during their initial interrogations with a Giles County detective, Gary
Barker and Mark Lilly said it was Ben Lilly who forced Alexander DeFilippis at
gunpoint into his car, then shot and killed him in the Whitethorn area of
But victims of two convenience store robberies in Giles County AFTER the
murder say it was Gary Barker who threatened them with the gun.
((CHRIS TUCK/BEN LILLY'S LAWYER: THESE EVENTS HAPPENED IN RAPID SUCCESSION.
AND IT'S APPARENT THAT MR. BARKER HAD THE FIREARM THAT WAS USED IN THE MURDER
IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS. ))
((SKIP SCHWAB/ASST. MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: THE FACT THAT SOMEBODY HAD A THE
GUN IN GILES COUNTY SOME HALF AN HOUR OR MORE LATER AFTER THE APPARENT TIME OF
THE KILLING DOES NOT MEAN OR INDICATE ANYTHING ABOUT WHO HAD THE GUN AT THE
TIME OF THE KILLING. ))
In his statement to police, Ben Lilly said his brother and Barker picked him
up while he was hitchhiking.
That would have been AFTER the murder.
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He blames them for the robberies as well, and says he didn't want any part
of them because he had already been in prison and didn't want to go back.
The Irish Republican Army has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing
of a bus in central London.
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One person was killed and eight others injured aboard a double-decker bus
The bombing follows another deadly blast ten days ago in London's financial
Last Thursday an explosive was diffused near the theatre district.
This marks an end to the 17-month cease fire, as it appears the I-R-A is
now targeting London instead of Northern Ireland.
Police are now saying they found a weapon in the wreckage of the bus, but
they're not giving details.
Also, Scotland Yard arrested two people today under anti-terrorism charges--
it is unknown if the arrests are connected to the bus bomb.
The investigation into Friday's train wreck in Maryland is focusing on one
of the engineers.
In Silver Spring, eleven people were killed when a commuter train collided
with an Amtrak train.
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Eight job corps students and three crew members died in the crash.
Investigators believe the engineer of the commuter train was travelling
more than 60 miles per hour-- double the speed he should have been doing under
a yellow caution signal.
It's not clear whether he saw the signal.
IN Q=The fact that
((JOHN GOGLIA/NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A
LONG STRETCH OF HIGH SPEED RAIL, WE COME AROUND THE CORNER THAT HAS LIMITED
VISIBILITY, TRACK SPEED AT THIS POINT IS SEVENTY MILES PER HOUR. AND THE FIRST
TIME YOU COULD SEE IS 1800 FEET, FIRST TIME YOU COULD SEE THAT SIGNAL, AND IF
IT'S TELLING YOU TO STOP LIKE THIS ONE DID, THERE'S NO WAY THAT THE OPERATOR
COULD STOP, THERE'S NOT ENOUGH PHYSICAL ROOM.))
SUPER=01-John Goglia/National Transportation Safety Board; :
OUT Q=physical room.
The engineer was one of those killed in the crash.
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In Houston, it was not a landing Continental Airlines hopes to repeat.
A D-C-nine had a close call, as the landing gear collapsed.
The jet ended up on it's belly in a grassy area off the runway.
One person was taken to the hospital with a back injury-- but none of the
other 86 passengers and crew were seriously hurt.
The flight originated from National Airport, in Washington D.C.
A lack of physical evidence is making it difficult to find a suspect in the
robbery and murder of a Halifax County store owner.
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Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville newsroom with an update.
Connie, investigators have been working around the clock, but leads in the
case have been dwindling.
That's why they're hoping a five-thousand dollar reward will lead them to
Bill Maxey's killer.
IN Q=Evidence gets old
SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff; :00 quick
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./January 26; :13
SUPER=01-Dan Sleeper/Halifax Co. Administrator; :38
OUT Q=in the community
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: EVIDENCE GETS OLD, FINGERPRINTS DETERIORATE.
That's why Sheriff Jeff Oakes says its crucial someone step forward.
It's been exactly three- weeks since 59- year old Bill Maxie was found shot
to death outside his country store in the community of Alton.
The killer stole the cash register and apparently acted quickly-- which left
investigators with little physical evidence.
Oakes does have a theory.
He believes the killer knew Maxie's daily routine and wasn't acting alone.
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors is hoping someone comes forward- it
donated 25-hundred dollars toward the reward.
IN Q=They want
((DAN SLEEPER/HALIFAX CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THEY WANT TO GET A MESSAGE OUT TO
PEOPLE ON THE STREETS THAT WE'LL BE SUPPORTING THE SHERIFF AND OTHER CITIZENS
TO STOP THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY. ))
OUT Q=in the community.))
The other 25-hundred dollars was donated by the local Crime Stoppers
Organization and community donations.
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(questions: Do you know how much money the suspect took in the robbery? )
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Straight ahead on News-7 at FIVE- the Virginia Tech board of visitors does
the numbers crunch-- Ron Jones is on campus with a live report.
And Happy New Year!! Today marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New
Year-- the Year of the Rat.
On Health Check-- reports on respiratory conditions-- from cold-induced
asthma to winter-time allergies.
Plus Patrick is live at the ODAC tournament in Salem-- when NEWS-7 at FIVE
As the cost of college tuition continues to rise, Virginia Tech is
considering its own fiscal options.
Today the Board of Visitors met to discuss the possible increase of
tuition and other fees.
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Ron Jones is on the Virginia Tech campus with an update.
(ron ad lib)
(roll cue: "...next fiscal year.")
IN Q=i'm very pleased
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: ))
((EVAN PANER/VIRGINIA TECH SENIOR: ))
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President; :00
SUPER=01-Evan Paner/Virginia Tech Senior; :20
OUT Q=have to pay everything
(ron ad lib)
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Governor George Allen's staff thought it would be a banner day.
The Governor announced he has exceeded a campaign promise to bring 125-
thousand jobs to Virginia by 1998.
Allen's claiming almost 152- thousand new jobs in just two years.
But a Virginia N-double-A-C-P news conference at the Capitol took some of
the wind out of the Governor's sails.
The group says Allen's stances on such bills as whether Richmond should hold
city-wide elections to pick a mayor have turned back the clock on civil rights.
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IN Q=Anything to
((PAUL GILLIS/VA. NAACP PRESIDENT: ANYTHING TO DRUM THIS BACK UP, ESPECIALLY
FROM HOWDY DOODY OVER HERE THAT LIVES IN THE BACK OF US. WE CALL HIM BOY
GEORGE I THINK. I'M SORRY LINDA, YOU DON'T HAVE TO HIT ME, I'M GONNA BE NICE
TODAY. BUT HE IS HOWDY DOODY. A CLOWN. AND THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE FOR GOVERNOR
SUPER=01-Paul Gillis/Va. NAACP President;
OUT Q=Governor of Virginia.
What does the Governor think of those words?
IN Q=I think it's
((NOT MUCH. I THINK IT'S FAIRLY JUVENILE AND INFANTILE. WHAT IS HE
CRITICIZING ME FOR?))
OUT Q=me for?
Allen has tried to revive failed legislation on the Richmond mayor issue
that the N-double-A-C-P opposes.
It's hard enough getting the lucky number when it comes to playing the
lottery...but lately, you'd have to be lucky to even get a ticket.
Yesterday the state's lottery faithful couldn't buy any of the Lotto, Pick
3, Pick 4, or Cash 5 games.
It was all due to a computer glitch caused when the lottery tried to put a
new game in its system.
But a state lottery spokeswoman says the system was fixed around six this
Wall Street is closed in honor of President's Day-
Coming up next-- the Rotary Club and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference
are teaming up at the Salem Civic Center.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The ODAC Men's Basketball Championship is on the line tonight, but the
coaches and tournament sponsors all agree: The Tourney isn't just about
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Patrick Evans joins us live from the Salem Civic Center to tell us more
about how good sportsmanship and good deeds combine to make this a
SUPER=01-Jim McAden/Rotary Tournament Director;
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke College Head Coach;
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health music under
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE--
The Maroons are hoping to bring home the ODAC championship tonight.
And on Health Check--
We'll tell you about the new organization "Tranquility"
A Salem man wants to help breast cancer patients and survivors, and their
health bump next
Topping tonight's Health Check report--
A big portion of the ongoing re-engineering program at Carilion Health
System of Roanoke involves dividing it up based upon the type of medical
Today it named nine healthcare professionals to help run these new
Carilion says this will ultimately benefit patients, because it gets
physicians more involved with Carilion's administrative decisions.
If you've had a cold that you just can't seem to shake-- if it's gone on
for more than two months, there's a good chance it's allergic disease you're
While spring and fall are often associated with allergies, there's plenty
of cause for reaction in the winter.
For example, the house dust mite is still potent in colder weather.
IN Q=Indoor mold
((DR. PAUL WHITE/ALLERGIST: INDOOR MOLD EXPOSURE, PET EXPOSURE, THINGS OF THIS
KIND WHICH ARE YEAR-ROUND CAN CAUSE YEAR-ROUND PROBLEMS. BUT THEY MAY BE MORE
PREVALENT DURING WINTER BECAUSE MORE TIME IS SPENT INDOORS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul White/Allergist; :
Dr. White says the study of allergic disease has grown tremendously in
terms of our understanding the process involved.
It really wasn't understood what was happening with allergies at the
cellular level, up until the late '60's.
In related news, for thousands of people, these chilly temperatures make it
much harder to breathe.
They may be suffering from cold-induced asthma.
A sudden attack can be deadly-- and many people just aren't aware that
when they're outside and feel tightness in the chest, it could pose a real
IN Q=I feel a
((ELIZABETH LUDAS/ASTHMA PATIENT: I FEEL A TIGHTNESS IN MY CHEST AND I HEAR A
WHISTLING SOUND, SOMETIMES
A WHEEZE, A LOUD WHEEZE. BUT THE FIRST TIME I NOTICED IT IT WAS A FAINT WHISTLE
AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM.))
((DR. ELLIOT ISRAEL/BRIGHAM & WOMEN'S HOSPITAL: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE HAVE
ASTHMA IS THAT THEY HAVE TWITCHY AIRWAYS, THEIR AIRWAYS ARE SENSITIVE TO
CERTAIN TYPES OF STIMULATION AND COLD DRY AIR IS ONE OF THOSE TYPES OF
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Ludas/Asthma Patient; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Elliot Israel/Brigham & Women's Hospital; :11
For those with cold-induced asthma, it's important to see a doctor about
the medications that can prevent an attack.
A Salem man is on a mission of hope and perseverance.
Two years ago James Graham learned his wife had breast cancer.
She has since recovered, but the experience changed her husband forever.
Graham has started the "Tranquility Foundation"-- a non- profit organization
designed to lend support to cancer victims and their families.
He hopes to eventually set up support centers across the nation.
IN Q=These centers
((JAMES GRAHAM/TRANQUILITY FOUNDATION: THESE CENTERS WILL MAINLY FUNCTION AS
PLACES FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED PATIENTS TO GO AND TO BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THEIR
OPTIONS. AND GET THEM AWAY FROM A CLINICAL HOSPITAL- TYPE ENVIRONMENT. ))
SUPER=01-James Graham/Tranquility Foundation;
OUT Q=hospital- type environment
Lewis Gale Hospital has donated office space to the Tranquility Foundation,
and eight doctors serve on its board.
Graham's initial goal is to raise 100- million dollars.
So far the foundation has only received a small portion of that amount--
mostly from the sale of prints at local Signet Bank branches.
It's crunch time for college basketball teams throughout the nation.
Mike Stevens is back from sunny Florida with more from the ODAC tournament
in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Monday ticker. The 20th annual ODAC
championship tips off tonight at 7 over at the Salem Civic Center. The 21 and 4
Roanoke Maroons match up against the 18 and 8 Bridgewater Eagles.
Bridgewater is playing in only it's second Old Dominion Athletic Conference
title game ever! The eagles are led by a trio of perimeter players in Craig
Tutt, Eddie Bentley, and Scott Powers,
while The Maroons rely heavily on guard Jason Bishop, who is an all
conference second team selection.
Page' Moir's team is no stranger to the championship game. Roanoke is
making it's 10th appearance and has already won 9 ODAC crowns. But Bridgewater
has beaten the maroons once this season.
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...kill ya"
One NBA game on this Presidents Day. Shawn Bradley scored 27 as the New
Jersey Nets won their fourth straight 99-81 over the Bullets.
Dale Jarrett captured yesterday's Daytona 500 by holding of Dale Earnhardt in
the closing laps of the 500 mile event.
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For Jarrett it marked his second career win in the great American race, and
the victory and his preparation leading up to it during Speedweeks was
witnessed and reported by more media members than any 500 in history.
In fact, track officials issued more media credentials for Speedweeks than
the NFL issued for this year's Super Bowl.
IN Q="We credentialed...
((HOLLI HYATT/DAYTONA ))
SUPER=01-Holli Hyatt/Daytona Public Relations; :00
OUT Q=...in the future."
Jarrett made sure of that by keeping Earnhardt's winless streak in the 500 in
tact. Earnhardt is now 0-for-18 in racing's super bowl.
IN Q="I hate it...
((DALE JARRETT/TWO TIME DAYTONA 500 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Two Time Daytona 500 Winner; :00
OUT Q=...the 500."
Much more coming up at six including Steve Mason live from the ODAC title
game with league commissioner Dan Wooldridge.
Have a good night everybody, Connie is coming back with more News 7 At Five
right after this.
take a break
Say goodbye to the Year of the Pig and hello to the Year of the Rat.
It's the Lunar New Year.
Parks and temples throughout Beijing were filled with people today as
families celebrated the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year.
Traditionally family celebrations focus on giving thanks for a prosperous
year of the Pig and hopes for continued good fortune during the Year of the
People touch this stone monkey and ring a brass bell in the temple courtyard
for good luck.
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to Connie)
If you caught a whiff of marijuana smoke in Bedford County today, don't
bother calling the police... they were the ones doing the burning.
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Keith Humphry is in our newsroom to explain...
Connie, today was early spring cleaning for Sheriff Mike Brown and his
Marijuana, crack cocaine, moonshine... it all went up in smoke as
authorities destroyed decades worth of old evidence.
It's all part of Mike Brown's efforts to modernize his department in the
We'll tell you more about that in one half hour on news7 at 6.
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And that;s it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- goodnight.