Up next on News 7 at eleven-
A 16 year drunk driver whose speeding killed a teacher is now serving time.
A verdict for Eric and Lyle Menendez in Los Angeles.
Plus hang on- It's winter weather on the first day of spring.
Robin will have our forecast. News 7 is coming your way NEXT!
A guilty verdict for Eric and Lyle Menendez of first degree murder.
A jury found them guilty in the shotgun killings of their parents in
August of 1989.
((JERRIANNE HAYFLETT/COURT SPOKESWOMAN: THERE REALLY WAS VERY LITTLE REACTION.
THEY JUST LOOKED AT THE JURY AND LOOKED DOWN.I COULD NOT DETECT ANY EMOTION ON
SUPER=01-Jerrianne Hayflett/Court Spokeswoman;
OUT Q=EMOTION ON THEIR FACES."
They don't all it the windy city for nothing. This is what folks had to
deal with in Chicago today. A March storm gusted through the Midwest bringing
high wind and snow.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
An 16 year old drunk driver whose speeding car killed a teacher in Roanoke
County last December- is now locked up.
He's began serving time as a youthful offender today.
Judge Phil Trompeter told the young man: "I hope you will think of Mrs.
Kitts everyday you wake up."
Bonnie Kitts died when the young man who lived in the same neighborhood
stuck her while she was out for a walk with her husband.
IN Q=There's no justice
((THERE'S NO JUSTICE THAT WOULD REPLACE HER LIFE. I MEAN NOTHING THEY COULD DO
IS EVER GOING TO BRING HER BACK. I WAS SAD TO WALK IN HERE TODAY, AND I'M SAD
TO WALK OUT TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Gary Kitts/Victim's Husband
OUT Q=out today.
In court Gary Kitts pointed out that his son, Brian, is junior class
president at Glenvar, "a gifted kid, too," like the young driver. Only "he
didn't kill anybody," Kitts said.
The boy is serving for an undetermined amount of time.
Youth corrections could keep the him until he's 21, but the prosecutor said
it's typically more like FOUR MONTHS.
The boy loses his drivers license for five years, and once he's released,
he'll have to perform 100 hours of community service.
A 47 year old Christiansburg man racked up six charges including murder
William Michael Knowles allegedly shot his wife, 43 year- old Angie Knowles
and their teenage daughter this morning.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=As police escorted him
SUPER=01-Sgt. Hank Epperly/Christiansburg Police; :31
SUPER=01-Peggy Ridgeway/Neighbor; :51
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( As police led him in handcuffs to the Montgomery County magistrate's
office, Michael Knowles expressed regret.
((IT WAS A BIG, BIG, BIG MISTAKE. ))
Around 6:30 a-m, police say Knowles broke in through the back door at 109
Evans Street, where his estranged wife Angie and their children had moved about
a month before.
During a struggle over his shotgun, he allegedly shot his wife in the
abdomen, and his 18 year- old daughter in the finger.
Police say when they arrived, he turned his gun on them.
((SGT. HANK EPPERLY/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE: HE EXITED THE REAR DOOR AND FIRED
TWICE AT OUR OFFICERS WITH A SHOTGUN. THE OFFICERS RETURNED FIRE. HE WENT
BACK INTO THE HOUSE FOR APPROXIMATELY FIVE MINUTES AND THEN CAME BACK OUT AGAIN
Police say that's when the teenager threw her father's gun out the front
door, and they arrested him.
((PEGGY RIDGEWAY/NEIGHBOR: WELL I WAS AWAKENED BY A GUNSHOT AND THEN I CAME TO
MY FRONT WINDOWS AND POLICE WERE RUNNING AROUND EVERYWHERE AND THEY HAD GUNS.
AND THEN A LADY CAME OUT AND DROPPED HER GUN AND I THINK THAT MUST'VE BEEN THE
END OF IT BECAUSE THAT'S WHEN THEY STARTED BRINGING PEOPLE OUT. ))
The two younger children in the house at the time were not hurt.
Angie Knowles died during surgery at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
A fund has been set up for all four of her children at First National Bank
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
A mock hostage situation at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville was a little
too realistic for a few nurses.
It was designed to test the ability of hospital employees to handle such
But now, some nurses are turning to the legal system to help cure their
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=About four A-M
SUPER=01-Jim Shortt/Nurses' Attorney; :27
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Martinsville Commonwealth's Atty; :58
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( About four A-M on January 25th, the E-R at Memorial Hospital was invaded
by five masked gunmen-- who took several nurses and other employees hostage.
Turns out, it wasn't a life- threatening situation in the E-R, but a War of
the Worlds- type drama.
Now, four nurses who were on duty have sworn criminal warrants against the
phony gunmen for brandishing firearms.
They say the make- believe drill caused them emotional trauma.
SOT shortt tape 16:24:42
((JIM SHORTT/NURSES' ATTORNEY: CERTAIN EMERGENCY ROOM BUZZERS HAVE GONE OFF
OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SIX WEEKS-- THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO REACT TO THEM
WHEN THE BUZZERS GO OFF-- THEY START TO PANIC. ))
pre- pro here please
Meanwhile, the hospital had no comment-- and maintains that in order to
make it realistic, some employees were not informed about the drill.
end pre- pro
Meanwhile, the Martinsville Police Department has been asked to conduct an
But the Commonwealth's Attorney says if the drill involved actors
performing a script-- it'll be hard to prove wrongdoing.
((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: OBVIOUSLY, IF THAT'S WHAT
EVERYBODY WAS DOING AND THAT'S WHAT THEY INTENDED TO DO AND NOBODY DEVIATED
FROM THAT, THEN I THINK YOU'D FIND IT VERY DIFFICULT TO PROVE ANY CRIMINAL
STAND UP HERE, SECOND ONE PLEASE
The nurses are receiving psychiatric counseling.
Their attorneys say the'll likely seek punitive damages in a civil suit if
the hospital doesn't settle with them first.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Martinsville.))
A guilty verdict for the Menendez brothers- first degree murder for the
shotgun killings of their parents.
The two could face the death penalty.
Manuel Gallegus has more from Los Angeles.
SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA/August, 1989;
OUT Q=CBS News, Los Angeles."
((First degree murder verdicts for both Eric and Lyle Menendez in the
murders of their wealthy parents.
Author Dominic Dunne was in the courtroom.
DOMINIC DUNNE/WRITER: EVERYONE WAS VERY CALM. THE BROTHERS WERE BOTH VERY CALM.
It was August 20th 1989. Jose Menendez, a wealthy entertainment executive,
and his wife Kitty were shot to death with shotguns while watching television
in their Beverly Hills mansion. At first their sons Eric then 19 and Lyle, 21
denied any role in the killings. They said they were at the movies. They
went on with their lives spending their inheritance. Six
months later, they were arrested. Then the trial where their surprising and
complicated defense was revealed.
The young men said they had been sexually and psychologically
abused by their father-- an that their mother was a deeply troubled woman who
looked the other way from their father's abuse.
Prosecutors argued the brothers were greedy. In the end two juries deadlocked
on verdicts. The District Attorney refused a plea bargain and insisted on a
retrial seeking first degree murder convictions
and the death penalty for both.
The second trial which started last October was very different no T.V. cameras,
one jury and in a blow to the the defense the judge severely limited the
possibility of involuntary manslaughter for the brothers. Manuel Gallegus CBS
News, Los Angeles.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the Newscast, a Ferrum football player is thrown out of
school after he's accused of assault,
and some scary moments today as a passenger has to land a plane.
Toss to Robin
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It was just a few weeks ago we told you about the Chicago man accused of
raping his children, drugging them and feeding them rats and roaches.
Today Chicago prosecutors dropped the charges.
The decision came after three of the four children took back their story.
Prosecutors said the state could not prove the case.
Gerald Hill was jailed six weeks ago. His attorney maintains he's innocent.
The Children ages five to 12 made the allegations while in the older
brother's custody- Other family members say they were coaxed into making the
A dramatic plane landing in Washington state.-
The pilot passes out and the passnger is forced to land the plane.
The two were aboard this Cessna float plane when the pilot had a heart
The tower talked the passenger into landing the plane on Lake Washington.
The first attempt failed.
On the second try, the plane skipped in the water and slid ashore on the
The pilot died- The passenger who took over was able to walk away.
A star football player at Ferrum College is in trouble with the law.
Starting running back Lonnie David Anthony's been thrown out of school after
he was arrested three times over the weekend.
He's charged with assault and battery in two separate incidents, and faces
an additional charge of trespassing.
The 23 year old junior led the Ferrum College Panthers in rushing last
He goes to trial at the end of next month.
Black vultures have become a deadly menace in the skies above many Virginia
Now the state wants to lend a hand.
Virginia's pushing to take the birds off a nationwide list of federally
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The state began
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Fulghum/Va. Dept. of Agriculture; :11
SUPER=03-Hanover Co.; :19
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The state began counting black vultures in January.
The goldmine is near the Radford Arsenal.
An estimated three thousand birds have made it the largest black vulture
roost on the East Coast.
((FRANK FULGHUM/VA. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: MOST OF THE ONES THAT GOT THE
PERMITS TO GO OUT AND KILL WERE FROM THAT GENERAL AREA DOWN THERE, BECAUSE THEY
HAD HAD THE GREATEST LOSSES.))
Losses in terms of calves -- killed in the last three years.
((FRANK FULGHUM/VA. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: IT MAY JUST BE THAT THERE'S NOT AS
MUCH AS DEAD FOOD OUT THERE FOR THEM. AND SO THE POPULATION IS UP AND THEY'VE
LEARNED THEY CAN GO AND GET THESE OTHER EASY SOURCES OF MEAT. MAYBE ONCE
THEY'VE DONE THAT, THEY DECIDE THEY LIKE IT.))
So Virginia is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to intervene.
To lift the Migratory Birds Act protection from the black vulture.
That would mean farmers would NO longer need kill permits, and there would
be NO limit on the number one could kill.
((FRANK FULGHUM/VA. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IS
AWARE THAT WE ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. THERE HAS BEEN SOME POLITICAL PRESSURE
BROUGHT TO BEAR TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS.))
But federal officials are openly skeptical.
A spokesman says that modern cattle farmers are partly to blame -- leaving
their herds unsupervised while they go off to other jobs, and grazing their
cattle in open fields, so birthing cows are easier targets to predators in the
((FRANK FULGHUM/VA. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY REPORTS OF ANY
HUMANS BEING ATTACKED. THE BLACK VULTURES ARE PRETTY AGRESSIVE THOUGH, AND
THEY DON'T SCARE EASILY.))
So for now, Virginia is counting its vultures as they hatch, trying to prove
killing some more is NO big deal.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
If you live in Lynchburg did you know the city is revamping its sewer
system? City officials are trying to convince residents its in their best
interest to take part.
Every time it rains hard, Lynchburg's sewer pipes overflow, dumping
contaminated water into area streams.
Cutting down on the amount of rainwater that goes into the sewers means
disconnecting thousands of downspouts on Hill City homes.
IN Q=What we're proposing
((TERRY REID/LYNCHBURG PUBLIC WORKS: WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING TO DO, BY ASKING
PROPERTY OWNERS, SOME OF THEM WILL BE VERY SIMPLE SOLUTIONS, SUCH AS CUTTING
OFF THE GUTTER PIPE HERE, PUTTING A BEND ON IT AND PUTTING A SPLASH BLOCK ON
IT, TO CARRY IT AWAY FROM THE HOMES.))
SUPER=01-Terry Reid/Lynchburg Public Works; :00
OUT Q=away from the homes.
Homeowners will be paid 150 dollars for every downspout they disconnect
And there's an environmental incentive as well.
IN Q=I think there's
((BOB BLAIR/BLAIR COMMUNICATIONS: I THINK THERE'S A GREAT LOVE FOR THE
ENVIRONMENT AND FOR BEING GOOD STEWARDS AND THIS IS CERTAINLY PART OF IT, AND
UNFORTUNATELY IT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY AND IS GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF TIME, BUT
PEOPLE SEEM TO BE READY TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND GO TO WORK SOLVING THIS
SUPER=01-Bob Blair/Blair Communications; :00
OUT Q=solving this problem.
The rainleader disconnection program gets underway this fall.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up after this break, spring blows in across the country,
and we'll see how some four legged friends are dispensing some important
medicine at one local hospital.
MUSIC UP FULL
Clifton Forge school officials say they're in desperate need of new
They say the aging schools are NOT meeting the needs of the children.
School officials say the buildings are outdated and need extensive repair.
They also admit they don't have the money to build new ones.
The city manager recently asked the Alleghany Foundation for help.
Last July the Foundation received 35-million dollars from the sale of the
SOT 13:07:42 (Tape# 2)
IN Q=Is to request
((RICHARD MAGNIFICO/CLIFTON FORGE CITY MANAGER: IS TO REQUEST OF THE ALLEGHANY
FOUNDATION CONSIDERATION FOR THE FUNDING OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN CLIFTON
FORGE AND AN AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH THE FOCUS BEING PLACED ON TECHNOLOGY AND
SUPER=01-Richard Magnifico/Clifton Forge City Manager;
School officials also want the new schools but don't want to lose a link to
IN Q=I would not like
((DELLA DALE/ASST. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I WOULD NOT LIKE TO SEE THE
BUILDING TORN DOWN BECAUSE IT WAS THE OLD BLACK HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE INTEGRATION.
IT MEANS A LOT TO THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.. ESPECIALLY IN THIS BLOCK.))
SUPER=01-Della Dale/Asst. Elementary School Principal;
OUT Q=Especially in this block.
The Alleghany Foundation says it will NOT make a decision on the funding
until next December.
Tammy Faye Messner has colon cancer.
The former wife of evangelist Jim Bakker faces radiation and chemotherapy
A spokesman say she will undero agressive cancer therapy over the next
eight weeks and her prognosis is good.
Her husband Roe Messner also has cancer- his is of the prostate.
He was sentenced to 27 months in prison today for bankruptcy fraud.
Messner is free on bond while the case is appealed.
It may be the first day of spring, but it did not feel like it.
Hey in Chicago, this is why they call it the windy city.
Have a police officer rescue you off the corner. Whatever it takes.
A major March storm brought hurricane force winds and snow to much of the
Heavy snow fell in Indianapolis, Detroit and Cincinnati.
NCAA happenings, NIT highlights, news concerning Melvin Whitaker and the
Group Two-A all-state teams, plus Roy Stanley with the Lady Cavs after we check
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
take a break
The Group-Two-A all-state basketball honors came out last night.
Nansemond River's Antonie Willie is the player of the year, and Fort
DeFiance's Bill Hale is the coach of the year.
Two local roundball stars made the first team. William Byrd's six foot three
inch senior Chris Childress and Staunton River's 6-3 junior Hunter Hoggatt make
the top five.
Wipe to eng#
Surprisingly, only one member of the unbeaten state champion Liberty
Minutemen made either first or second team.
J.J. Coles, the 5-10 senior guard is joined on the second team.
go to pinnacle board!
He's joined on the second squad by fellow Seminole member Dennis Brown from
Altavista and the Piedmont's 6-6 Rashad Wall from Laurel Park.
University of Virginia basketball recruit Melvin Whittaker likely will have
face felony charges of malicious wounding.
Yesterday an Albemarle County Circuit Court judge ruled that their is
sufficient evidence to send the charge to the grand jury that meets on April
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/March 5; :00
The 6 foot 10 inch North Carolina native did not testify in the court house
and refused to comment afterwards.
He was released on a 25 hundred dollar bond to his father's custody and
allowed to return to his home in Garner.
The victim of the alleged assault Maurice Anderson a 260 pounder said he
received over 75 stitches as a result of the alleged assault.
The Virginia Tech Hokies went to New York and won the NIT last year, now a
Virginia native will a chance to do the same thing.
SUPER=03-Columbia, SC/ESPN; :00
Lynchburg native and Ferrum Hall of Famer David Hobbs, the head coach of the
University of Alabama watched his Crimson Tide earn a spot in the final four
last night with a 68-to-67 win over South Carolina.
Eric Washington led the Gamecocks with a game high 25 points.
He also set the all-time single season SEC 3 point record with 103 on the
This is Alabama's fourth trip to the NIT semi-finals. They'll play Rhode
Island or St. Joe's.
Many of you may remember Tech beat Alabama 74-to-73 in the 1973 semi-finals
at the Garden.
The normally dry but mandatory NCAA pregame newsconferences were full of
First in Atlanta as the U-Mass Minutemen were making their way to the table,
watch Carmello Travieso coming in behind Marcus Camby fall down behind the
podium and drop under the curtain backdrop.
It what could turn out to be a costly fall.
IN Q="They don't have...
((JOHN CALIPARI/MASSACHUSETTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Calipari/Massachusetts Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...right now."
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN; :00
But the best line of the day was delivered by Wake head coach Dave Odom, who
jokingly questioned the treatment of southerners up in Minneapolis.
IN Q="We'll start right here...
((DAVE ODOM/WAKE FOREST HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dave Odom/Wake Forest Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...THE DIFFERENCE."
Also this afternoon Georgetown head coach John Thompson confirmed that he was
in the process of becoming a part owner of a Las Vegas Casino that operates
slot machines at the Vegas airport when the university's president asked him to
Thompson says he has since withdrawn his application for a gaming license.
IN Q="Any man...
((JOHN THOMPSON/GEORGETOWN HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Thompson/Georgetown Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...WE'RE IN."
Coming up after a quick break, Roy Stanley takes us to the Charlottesville to
check in on the
women's team at UVa. The Cavaliers are hosting and they hope toasting the
field in this weekend's Sweet 16 east regional bash at University Hall.
GRAPHIC=WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR
The women's East Regional is set for University Hall in Charlottesville
Tennessee, Kansas, Old Dominion and UVa will battle for the right to move
onto the Final Four.
Roy Stanley says the Cavs have a legitimate shot at a national title if
they can just get through the weekend.
IN Q="The lady...
SUPER=01-Wendy Palmer/UVa Center; :22
SUPER=01-Jenny Boucek/UVa Guard; :36
SUPER=01-Debbie Ryan/UVa Head Coach; 1:01
OUT Q=.......7 sports."
((The Lady Cavaliers are looking at the Sweet 16 as a time to get out and have
Virginia has dominated two previous post season games at University hall.
But for Senior point guard jenny Boucek and Center Wendy Palmer the fun
could end on their home floor when they open the East Regionals this
((WENDY PALMER/UVA CENTER: THIS IS IT FOR US, IT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING FOUR
YEARS FOR, AND WE HAVE TO GO INTO IT, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN, BUT YOU
WANT TO ALSO PLAY HARD, SO, WE DID WORK OUR BUTTS OFF FOR THIS ALL SEASON LONG,
SO THIS IS THE FUN TIME. ))
((JENNY BOUCEK/UVA GUARD: WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON ELIMINATING SECOND
SHOTS FOR OTHER TEAMS. I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE A BIG KEY FOR US IN THE
UPCOMING GAMES. BECAUSE THESE TEAMS FROM HERE ON OUT ARE GREAT REBOUNDING
((Hitting the boards and playing the tough defense has been a strong point of
Virginia's game this season.
The old saying that defense wins games is the main focus as the Lady Cavs
prepare for state rival Old Dominion.))
((DEBBIE RYAN/UVA HEAD COACH: THIS TEAM KNOWS THAT ITS GROUNDED I THE DEFENSIVE
END AND THE REBOUNDING END, AND THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE WHAT THE DEFENSE GIVES
THEM OFFENSIVELY. SO I'M NOT REALLY WORRIED ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO FLOW OUT
THERE. I THINK THAT AS LONG AS WE PLAY DEFENSE WE'LL BE ALRIGHT. ))
((ROY STANDUP: TENNESSEE WILL OPEN THE EAST REGIONALS AT UNIVERSITY HALL
AGAINST KANSAS AND THE LADY CAVALIERS WILL TAKE ON STATE RIVALS OLD DOMINION
LATER THAT AFTERNOON. IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, ROY STANLEY, NEWS 7 SPORTS. ))
College football fans in the Mountaineer state got a big boost today as
Marshall and WVU have agreed to meet on the football field for the first time
The renewal of the rivalry will take place in the opening game of the 1997
West Virginia will pay the Thundering Herd 150 thousand dollars to come to
Morgantown and give up 73 hundred tickets.
The game will be Marshall's first as a division one member.
Pet-Pals (6pm version)
Community Hospital in Roanoke has some new staff-members.
Today, the team was out meeting patients....and licking their hands?
It's the Pet-Pals program, a form of therapy for the kids in pediatrics...
anxious to see some new faces.
IN Q=We want to
((JOAN ALLAN/C.H.R.V. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: WE WANT TO GIVE EVERYONE A CHANCE
TO SEE THAT THE HOSPITAL ISN'T SUCH A BAD PLACE. YOU CAN HAVE FUN.
IT GIVES THEM SOMETHING POSITIVE TO TALK ABOUT TO THEIR FRIENDS
SO THEIR SELF-ESTEEM IS IMPROVED A LITTLE BIT, IT JUST ALL FEELS WONDERFUL
TO HAVE THEIR PICTURES TAKEN WITH THE DOGS HERE ))
SUPER=01-Joan Allan/CHRV Occupational Therapist; :
OUT Q=with the dogs here.
The dogs have passed extensive testing-- to prove they can stay calm while
being poked, stroked, hugged, and kissed.
The dogs are expected to do just what they do best-- look good and offer