Up next on News 7 at eleven
A third body is found at the scene of a murder in Blacksburg tonight. We'll
O-J Simpson goes to new lengths to sell his video tape.
And district tournament champions are crowned all over the area tonight.
Plus Robin Reed with the weekend forecast. News 7 is next.
Police are investigating two deaths in Blacksburg.
The victims were found shot to death in a townhouse shortly before 4 this
A neighobor called after hearing the gunshots.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;
Hundreds of students are protesting in Salt Lake City.
They're angry at the Board of Education for banning all extra curricular
clubs rather than allow gay
clubs in school.
Plus we'll show you O-J Simpson's latest tactic to sell his tell all video.
Robin says Saturday will bring some sun. Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Three people are dead after an apparent double murder- suicide in
It happened around four o- clock this afternoon at Fairfax Point apartments.
News- 7 has learned a young teenager came home to the sound of gunshots.
It was police who found the bodies.
((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF: I CALLED THE RESIDENCE AND TRIED TO GET
SOMEONE TO THE PHONE BEFORE TE OFFICERS ENTERED AND NEVER COULD GET ANY
RESPONSE FROM THE INSIDE. SO THEY WENT ON AND ENTERED THE APARTMENT AND FOUND
SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief;
OUT Q=found the bodies.
The boy's mother and stepfather, 60 year- old Robert L. Asbury of
Christiansburg and 44 year- old Susan M. Asbury of Blacksburg were found dead
in a bedroom.
Police later found the body of 44 year- old Donald G. Anderson of Radford in
Two weapons were at the scene. Police say at least ten gunshots were fired,
but it will take further investigation and autopsies to determine who shot
Police say Robert and Susan Asbury were separated, and Anderson was an
An anonymous tip helped lead authorities to their main suspect in a
Pittsylvania County double murder.
24- year old Mark Anthony Carter was arrested this afternoon.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=It was
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Tuesday; :00
SUPER=01-Daryl Hairston/Victim's Brother; :23
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :36
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :59
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((It was early Tuesday morning when a passerby discovered the body of 27-
year old Knova (Key-nova) Day lying on State Road 841, in Pittsylvania County.
Day survived the attack-- but his friends did not.
Nearby, authorities discovered the bodies of 19- year old Sherell Hairston
and her 25- year old boyfriend, Darrell Womack.
Both had been shot in the head.
IN Q=She was
((DARYL HAIRSTON/VICTIM'S BROTHER: SHE WAS VERY ENERGETIC ABOUT DOING STUFF, IF
SHE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING, SHE WOULD DO IT, SHE WAS REALLY HAPPY ALL THE TIME.
OUT Q=all the time.
Capital murder warrants were issued Thursday for Mark Carter.
But it wasn't until today police got the tip they'd been waiting for.
Around 1- this afternoon, an anonymous caller spotted Carter's vehicle.
The tip paid off-- Carter was arrested without incident in the Henry County
community of Axton.
Ironically-- this was the second time this week Carter crossed paths with a
Henry County Deputy.
On Sunday, he told authorities he'd been robbed at gunpoint.
IN Q=Due to the
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: DUE TO THE PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY
INVESTIGATION OF THE DOUBLE HOMICIDE, WE HAVE DISCOVERED THERE IS REASON TO
BELIEVE THIS INCIDENT MAY NOT HAVE OCCURRED. ))
OUT Q=have occurred.
Carter told police the robbers pocketed 100- dollars he'd been given by a
relative to buy pizza.
Authorities believe Carter may have simply pocketed the money for other use.
Police say additional arrests related to the double murder are expected.
Teresa Hamilton News 7.))
A Pittsylvania County man accused of shooting another man and dumping his
body in the woods may have tried to cover up his crime.
38 year old Randall E. Faris is charged with the murder of 36 year old Bobby
Carter's body was found yesterday along Route 608 in a remote section of
Authorities impounded Faris' car after neighbors say they saw him give it a
good cleaning two days ago.
IN Q=It's my understanding
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT ATTEMPTS WERE MADE
TO CLEAN UP THE VEHICLE, HIS VEHICLE, WHICH WAS IMPOUNDED, HAS BEEN EXAMINED BY
A FORENSIC EXPERT AND WE ARE WAITING RIGHT NOW TO SEE WHAT THE RESULTS OF THOSE
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=those examinations were.
Brown credits the hard work of the regional homicide task force with making
a quick arrest.
O-J Simpson's using any tactic he can to sell his video.
This is what Simpson was up to this week-
parading around his front yard holding up a sign with the toll free number
to order the tell-all video.
Simpson has spent much of the week back at the legal offices-
He's continuing to give his deposition in the civil suit against him.
No charges filed against a man who ran over his girlfriend last night in
It happened around 11:30 in the parking lot of the Graves Mill Shopping
Center in Forest.
29 year old Deanna Kidd was killed when she fell beneath the wheels of her
boyfriend's tow truck.
Authorities say Kidd and 26- year- old Robert Evans had argued earlier in
the day, and that night she had climbed onto the back of the truck several
Police did not charge Evans when other witnesses backed up his version of
The investigation is continuing.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a student protest turns tragic,
and a case of alleged espionage as a man is accused of selling classified
secrets to the Soviet Union.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The FBI arrested a man accused of selling secrets to the Soviet Union.
Agents arrested Robert Lipka- after surrounding his Pennsylvania home.
The alleged espionage happened in the sixties and seventies.
Lipka was an Army Sargeant assigned to the National Security Agency.
((BARBARA COHEN/ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY: HE HAD ACCESS TO THE HIGHEST SECRETS
OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AT THAT TIME.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Cohen/Assistant U.S. Attorney;
OUT Q=AT THAT TIME."
Lipka allegedy took secret documents and passed them to the Soviets at drop
sites around Washington. The motivation- money.
Lipka is now in his 50's. The FBI will not pursue the death penalty
because the alleged crime happened so long ago- when Lipka was a soldier barely
20 years old.
The Medical Examiner has identified that mysterious leg found in the
Oklahoma City Bombing Rubble.
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City/April 1995;
Authorities say the leg belongs to a woman who had been previously
identified as Lakesa Levy.
The Medical Examiner says there is a leg buried with Levy that is not hers.
((DR. FRED JORDAN/OK. CITY CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER: THE CONDITIONS OF THESE
VICTIMS IN MANY CASES IS VERY VERY BAD. THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF DESTRUCTION.
A GREAT DEAL OF INJURY AND DAMAGE AND THERE ARE MANY VICTIMS WHO ARE NOT IN
TACT. AN INTACT VICTIM IS AN UNUSUAL VICTIM.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Fred Jordan/Chief Medical Examiner;
OUT Q=IS AN UNUSUAL VICTIM."
Jordan says he believes a left leg was probably lying free close to Levy
and was put with her body.
Students are protesting a ban on clubs at Salt Lake City Schools- that was
put in place to stop gay clubs from forming in the schools.
As Marcos Ortiz reports, today's rally took a tragic turn- when a student
was hit by a car.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT; 00
SUPER=01-Josh McKee/Student; 48
OUT Q=Salt Lake City."
((Students at two Salt Lake City high schools walked out of classes today
and took to the streets to protest the Salt Lake Board of Education's ban on
ALL extra-curricular clubs.
The board banned all clubs rather than allow gay and lesbian students the
right to form their own.
One group of protesting students marched to the steps of the Utah state
capitol where events took a tragic turn. A 16 year old student was hit by a car
and is in serious condition.))
A Virginia lesbian who lost custody of her son because of her sexual
orientation will have her story told in a made for T-V movie.
Sharon Bottoms goes back to court Monday in Henrico County for the latest in
her three year custody battle.
"For the Love of Tyler" is to begin filming next month in Texas.
"One Day at a Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli is signed on to play Bottoms.
Vanessa Redgrave will portray Sharon's mother, Kay Bottoms.
The Wythe County administrator says the board of supervisors may have
violated his civil rights.
At the very least, he says, the board acted illegally when it discussed his
future at a January 15th meeting.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Billy Branson submitted
SUPER=01-Billy Branson/Wythe Co. Administrator; :15
SUPER=01-Charles Dix/Wythe Supervisors Chrmn.; :29
OUT Q=News 7 Wytheville
(( Billy Branson submitted his resignation February first at the request of
the board of supervisors.
What concerns him is how board members decided they wanted it.
The request came from former Chairman Mark Munsey, a day after the full
board met in Munsey's office.
IN Q=He came to
((BILLY BRANSON/WYTHE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: HE COME TO THE OFFICE AND TOLD ME THE
BOARD UNANIMOUSLY AGREED LAST NIGHT THAT YOU'D HAVE TO RESIGN. ))
OUT Q=have to resign
The trouble with that, Branson says, is that the meeting was not recorded in
minutes or on tape, as is required by law when an elected body is discussing
IN Q=to my knowledge
((CHARLES DIX/WYTHE CO. SUPERVISORS CHRMN.: TO MY KNOWLEDGE I DIDN'T SEE ANY
MINUTES TAKEN OR ANY TAPE RECORDING BEING MADE.))
OUT Q=recording being made.
Dix says after the meeting it crossed his mind the board may have acted
illegally, and that the county attorney confirmed his suspicions.
Branson says board members have made comments about his age, and without
minutes or a recording, it will be tough for him to prove whether he's a victim
of age discrimination.
IN Q=I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT
((I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT IF ANY OF THE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT DID ANYTHING THAT
TAKES AWAY MY RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL LAW. ))
OUT Q=UNDER FEDERAL LAW.
IN Q=NO I DON'T THINK AGE
((I DON'T THINK AGE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. ))
OUT Q=HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT.
SU Branson says this has nothing to do with giving up his job, he says he'll
soon be 65 and was thinking of retiring anyway. Rather, he says it's a matter
of being forced out, especially if it was accomplished through illegal means.
He hasn't yet decided whether to seek legal remedies. Tracy Altizer, NEws 7
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, state lawmakers hope new regulations will
keep cigarettes out the hands of young people,
and we hope to rope you in with our story of the Lone Star World Championship
MUSIC UP FULL
The Virginia General Assembly says yes to a pair of bills that would make it
tougher for children to buy tobacco products.
One requires a photo I-D from people who look like they're younger than 18.
The other requires cigarette vending machines to be within the line of sight
of the owner of a public establishment.
IN Q=We did an
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: WE DID AN ANNOUNCEMENT SOME TIME AGO DOWN IN
PULASKI WITH THE JAYCEES WHEN THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT FOCUSING ON JUVENILE
SMOKING AND TRYING TO STOP THAT. AND SO TO ME IT'S NEITHER ANTI- NOR
PRO-TOBACCO. YOU'RE JUST DEALING WITH TRYING TO HELP THE KIDS.))
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: BUT TRYING TO STOP THE USAGE OF MINORS
PARTICULARLY OF VENDING MACHINES, IT'S IMPRACTICAL. IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO
ENFORCE IT. AND YOU'RE PUTTING PEOPLE IN JEOPARDY THAT IT'S GONNA BE JUST
OUT Q=undue hardship.
A spokesman for George Allen says he expects the Governor to sign the bills
Filing tax forms is now easier for Roanoke County residents.
The county is one of five places taking part in a pilot program that helps
people file both state and federal tax forms.
Wayne Compton says his office is filing four to five hundred returns a day.
Compton says it'll save the I-R-S time and money.
IN Q=it's filed directly
((WAYNE COMPTON/ROANOKE CO. COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE: IT'S FILED DIRECTLY WITH
ANDOVER. THAT'S WHERE THE FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE COMPUTER IS AND
WE'RE FILING IT DIRECTLY ON THEIR COMPUTER AND THE STATE THEN RETRIEVES THAT
INFORMATION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROCESS A STATE INCOME TAX. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Compton/Roanoke Co. Commissioner of Revenue;
OUT Q=STATE INCOME TAX
The 20-dollar fee covers the cost of the new software and modem time.
The service is only for Roanoke
But Compton says the program will eventually go state wide.
A little Friday Basketball Extra for you tonight as we hip hop across
Southwest and Central Virginia with highlights of no less than 7 district
But first, the Winston Cup Warriors were rolling and the Rock today.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :00
Chevy and Pontiac had a big day as they took 7 of the top 10 spots in Cup
The pole winner was Terry Labonte in the Kelloggs Chevrolet.
He posted a lap at 156 point 879 miles an hour.
He edged Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon, the race's defending
champ, by just over a tenth of a second.
Here's the starting grid 1-through-25.
(/////SPORTS CHYRON MOTION/////)
SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=first audio
OUT Q=...RICKY RUDD."
take a break
We begin our Friday night potpourri of fat free hoop highlights with a trip
down to the Vines Center in Lynchburg where the Liberty Minutemen were crowned
champions of the Seminole district.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Altavista vs. Liberty; :00
The nicest on-campus facility in the state was shining tonight as Mark Hanks
and the Minutemen came in looking to stay unbeaten on the season.
Altavista would try to pull an inside job as as Kurt Reighard looks inside to
Brian Clark for the layin as the Colonels look good.
But watch the "Junior Jordan" move coming up by Liberty's Cheyney Preston who
swoops and scoops his way off the glass for 2.
Reighard would try to keep the upset alive with this long three from the
But Preston was the man he hits a triple of his own from wing.
Liberty improves its record to 21-and-oh on the season with the 66-to-50 win
in the Seminole title game.
Let's now head up to Blacksburg high school the site of tonight's Three
Rivers championship and likely the home of the most exciting game of the night
as Giles battled Floyd.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Giles vs. Floyd Co.; :00
This was the third meeting between the two 3-rivers rivals, and it would turn
out to be the most exciting.
The Spartans led the entire game until Floyd's Adam Harris hit this three
pointer with five seconds left in regulation to send the overtime tied at
But Giles scored the first four points of the overtime to lead 53-to-49, but
it was still far from finished.
Floyd's Travis Cantrell comes right back and hits a three pointer and the
Buffaloes were within one at 53-to-52 with 45 seconds to play.
But that was it as Giles wins the Three Rivers title 60-to-55 in overtime and
earn a home date in the Regionals.
IN Q="WE ...
((JOHN HOWLETT/GILES HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Howlett/Giles Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...INTO THE REGIONALS."
At Christiansburg high school, Blacksburg and Christiansburg hooked up the
final New River tournament championship game.
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Blacksburg vs. Christiansburg; :00
Next year both schools will join the Blue Ridge, but tonight they had one
more performance to make on the New River stage.
Blacksburg's Michael Davis got the Indians off to a hot start as he came out
and hit his first two shots of the game.
The Blue Demons would take awhile to warm up, but David Rhudy went inside the
the layin as Christiansburg started to tighten it up.
The Indians led by 13 at the halftime break, and the Indians win the final
New River District tournament title
48-TO-40. Both teams move on to the Region IV tourney next week.
GRAPHIC=Blue Ridge tourney
Salem will meet Northside in the Blue Ridge District championship
tomorrow night at 9.
SUPER=03-Salem/Alleghany vs. Northside; :00
The Vikings topped the Mountaineers of Alleghany 61-42 in the opening
Ben Peete led all scorers with 22 points; he gets two of those on this
slashing move to the iron that falls.
The Mounties hung in there. Chris SUPER=33-Northside/=61/Alleghany/=42;
Morris sinks the blue collar basket from deep in the paint. he would get the
foul as well.
Justin Porterfield knocked down 16 and dished out this nifty assist to
Pistol Peete. Northside advances to the district title for the 7th time in 8
((BILL POPE/NORTHSIDE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Pope/Northside Coach; :00
OUT Q=...fought game"
SUPER=04-William Byrd vs. Salem;
Salem and Hershel Thomas shocked William Byrd 83 to 56 to earn finalist
honors as well.
Chris Childress tallied 20 on the night to lead all scorers, but the
Spartans were on tonight.
Thomas scored 19 points; including this pull up jumper off the Byrd turnover.
salem vs Northside tomorrow night at 9.
We now head up to Clifton Forge where the Pioneer district showcased its
final four tonight at Dabney Lancaster Community College.
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/P. McCluer vs. Glenvar; :00
In the opener Parry McCluer's Nelson Fox was trying to his team primed for an
upset on top seeded Glenvar.
But Glenvar would take advantage of several Blues' miscues, as Perry Taylor
gets the rebound and the outlet pass to Eric East - who gives Glenvar an early
8 point lead.
The Blues would stagger back into the game as Charles Rowsey turns David
Coleman's pass into a driving score. But the Highs still led by 10.
Glenvar's defense then really kick in as Nathan Floyd's pass is picked off by
James Williams, who drives down and cans the "J". He had 23.
The Highlanders defense kept applying the heat in the second half, as East
gets the loose ball to Cory Willis who drives in for the score. He had 22 and
Glenvar win s it 53-to-46.
IN Q="We are a...
((ART LAWRENCE/GLENVAR HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...their offense."
SUPER=04-Bath Co. vs. James River; :00
Before the start of the second game players and fans observed a moment of
silence for Roanoke's Glen Stevens, a referee who died of a heart attack while
officiated this event a year ago tomorrow.
Bath and James River both started slowly, but the Chargers would get this
jumper from the corner by Jon Rodgers to take a 3 point lead.
Chris Firebaugh would try to shake of the Knights and keep them within
SUPER=33-Bath Co/=55/James River/=38;
But David Buzzard flips this was in from underneath as Bath scores 22 in the
final quarter to win it 55-to-38, and earn the school its first trip to
regionals in 23 years.
Elsewhere tonight, George Wythe won the Hogoheege crown by topping Lebanon
STill to come tonight some more hoopla as the Bulls road show rolls into
and Roanoke and Randy-Mac advance to tomorrow's women's ODAC championship
It will be Roanoke against Randolph-Macon in tomorrow's ODAC women's
Both won today but each to struggle.
SUPER=03-Salem/Quakers vs. Maroons; :00
Susan Dunagan's team advanced to the finals by edging Guilford 78-70 in the
semifinals this afternoon.
But not without a scare. Laura Haynes scored a game high 30 points for the
Lady Quakers who were within 1 SUPER=33-Roanoke/=78/Guilford/=70;
point; 69-68 with 2:25 to play.
But Roanoke senior Marcee Hufton ices the win with this break away lay up
and Roanoke advances to tomorrow's 2pm title tilt.
IN Q="It's gonna
((SUSAN DUNAGAN/ROANOKE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...want it"
Former Cave Spring star Aimee Beightol led Macon to its 70-to-66 win over
Emory & Henry with 27 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals.
And finally in a stunning NBA final tonight, the Heat beat the Bulls
113-to-104, despite that fact that the Heat dressed only eight players for the
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Bulls vs. Heat; :00
And folks it really wasn't even close as Miami led by as many as 26 points
late in the third quarter.
Rex Chapman, of all folks ignited the upset with a career high 39 point
Miami hit a club record 15 treys as they shock the Bulls 113-to-104.
Chicago is now 48-and-6.
Rodeos give cowboys and cowgirls across the nation a time to compete.
But imagine your competition being you own father.
Well that was the case at the Lone Star World Championship Rodeo tonight in
Jay Moore has the story.
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Renaud/Calf Roper; :08 Quick
SUPER=01-Rich Renaud/Calf Roper; :20 Quick
OUT Q=News 7.
(( Ever since Jeff Renaud can remember, he's been ropin' just about anything
that comes along.
IN Q=My daddy and my
((RENAUD: MY DADDY AND MY FAMILY STARTED ME OUT WITH IT. WHEN I WAS BORN I
PICKED UP A ROPE SO I'VE DONE IT ALL MY LIFE. ))
OUT Q=all my life.
Speakin' of father, well he's also a calf roper ... and he doesn't mind
throwing a little competition his son's way.
IN Q=It's kinda
((RICH RENAUD/CALF ROPER: ))
OUT Q=with them.
Rich lives in Rhode Island.
But he comes back for local events, like the one at the Virginia Horse
So how did family get so involved in roping.
Rich said it was inevitable since he has three older brothers who also rope.
Now the big question..how does Rich do against his son.
IN Q=Usually he's
OUT Q= a lot of fun.
IN Q=It takes a
((RENAUD: IT TAKES A LOT OF TRY. YOUR HEART'S GOT TO BE IN IT CAUSE IT TOUGH
BEING OUT ON THE ROAD ALL THE TIME AND BEING AWAY FROM HOME YOU'VE GOT TO WANT
TO DO IT. ))
OUT Q=want to do it.
Once the summer time rolls around Jeff will leave Bedford County and join
his dad for team roping competitions... putting their years of experience
In Rockbridge County Jay Moore, News 7.