Coming up on News 7, big bucks are being handed over in exchange for
Jackie Onassis' possessions,
and the man charged with the deaths of a Vinton family after a high-speed chase
tells his side of the story from jail.
Sunny skies this afternoon with temperatures in the 60s.
I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
Don't go away, the news is next.
The man accused of causing a fatal traffic accident while fleeing from
Roanoke County police was formally charged today.
This morning, 21-year-old Scott Allman appeared in court, where a judge
advised him of three new counts of involuntary manslaughter filed against him.
He is accused in the deaths of a Vinton couple and their infant daughter.
Allman's preliminary hearing is scheduled for May.
During a phone interview from jail, Allman told News 7 this is actually the
second time he has run from police.
He says he was chased on foot by Roanoke County officers three weeks ago.
Allman says he has several outstanding warrants against him but wanted to
avoid going back to jail.
He also blamed police for Sunday's high speed chase that ended in tragedy.
Ron Jones has more.
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IN Q=But I feel like
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Sunday; :16
SUPER=@Ron2; 1:24 (quick)
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News 7, Roanoke
((VOICE OF SCOTT ALLMAN: BUT I FEEL LIKE I'M JUST ANOTHER. I FEEL LIKE I'M
JUST THAT GUY TIM McVIEGH. THE HATED GUY IN OKLAHOMA CITY. I FEEL LIKE I'M
THE HATED GUY OF ROANOKE.))
Allman cried throughout the interview saying he has led a confused and
It came to head on Sunday when he led police on a twelve mile high speed
chase that ultimately claimed the life of a Vinton family and put Allman's
wife, who was a passenger in his car, in the hospital.
When asked why he ran from police.
((THE REASON WHY I RAN IS BECAUSE I WANTED TO BE WITH MY WIFE. OKAY IF YOU
LOVE SOMEBODY SO MUCH ENOUGH TO DIE FOR HIM LIKE I DO TO MY WIFE.))
Allman says he didn't want to go to jail-- plus he says he had a bunch of
outstanding warrants against him.
Moments before the fatal crash officers say they slowed down and called off
the chase-- Allman says...
((YES, THEY SLOWED DOWN TO ABOUT 25 MILE BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. YEAH, THAT'S
When asked why he kept going?
((I DON'T KNOW... I COULDN'T TELL YOU.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((I DON'T BLAME THESE PEOPLE FOR BEING UPSET. BUT I'M JUST A 21 YEAR OLD,
ADULT, OR BOY. WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT. THAT'S BEEN TRYING TO GET HELP
SINCE HE WAS A KID.))
What about his pending court case and his feelings about the family that was
((I JUST AM REALLY SORRY. I MEAN... I'M 21. I' JUST WISH THEY JUST GIVE ME THE
LOW MAXIMUM SENTENCE.))
Allman also believes the police shouldn't have chased him for tinted
But during the interview Allman contradicted himself and said if he had to
do all over again-- he would pull over.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
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A gunbattle outside a public housing complex in Roanoke sends three people
to the hospital.
Police say at one point as many as five people were firing handguns outside
a home in the Bluestone Park complex.
Authorities say the shooting apparently stemmed from a fight involving the
sister of one of the shooting victims.
((STAN SMITH/ROANOKE POLICE: ALL THESE PEOPLE WERE STANDING OUT BASICALLY
WATCHING THIS PHYSICAL ALTERCATION AND THEN AFTER A WHILE JUST GUNFIRE ERUPTED.
SUPER=01-Stan Smith/Roanoke Police;
OUT Q=gunfire erupted.
Following a search by car and foot police rounded up five suspects, they
have all been charged with malicious wounding.
The three victims, two teenagers and a 20 year old were not seriously
Today, police said that a detective who was headed to Bluestone Park was
shot at, when he answered a report of a malicious wounding on Hanover Avenue
Detective Neil Tolrud says as he was getting out of his car, a gunshot was
fired from the general direction of the house. He was NOT hit.
People in the house denied any weapons were fired.
A Northern California city is reeling from a crime that's almost
Three children, ranging in age from six to eight, are accused of severely
beating a one month old baby.
Authorities say the boys allegedly kicked and punched the infant after
breaking into a neighbor's home.
IN Q=The neighborhood is
((RAY HOWARD/RICHMOND POLICE DEPT: THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS A TIGHT COMMUNITY AND
THERE IS AN INDICATION THAT THE YOUNGSTERS KNEW ANOTHER CHILD IN THE INFANT'S
HOUSEHOLD, DID KNOW EACH OTHER THE KIDS DID. ))
SUPER=01-Ray Howard/Richmond Police Dept.;
OUT Q=THE KIDS DID.
The infant is hospitalized in critical condition and has been placed on life
support after suffering two skull fractures and internal bleeding.
The district attorney's office will decide whether to file criminal charges
against the boys.
Three fifth-graders who brought marijuana to Heritage Elementary School in
Lynchburg have been suspended for a year.
Officials say the kids were not dealing or using the drugs, but the
chairman of the school board says the punishment is standard policy for drug
offenses in school.
Police were notified of the incident when it occurred in February -- but
prosecutors say NO charges have been filed against the children.
A 16- year- old Henry county student who was expelled for violating his
school's weapons policy has filed a lawsuit.
Kimberly McBroom has that story.
IN Q=Brian Wood
SUPER=07-Brian Wood; :22
SUPER=01-Lavonne Wood/Brian's Mother; :42
SUPER=01-Reid Young/Brian's Attorney; 1:07
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Brian Wood was spending his Sophomore year at Bassett High School as an
active member of the band and wrestling team.
He was about to be inducted into the National Honor Society-- and his
family says he'd never gotten into trouble.
But a field trip to the Henry County jail changed his life.
It was during that trip that Wood realized he'd left this five- inch pocket
knife in his jeans.
SOT tape 1 7:05:55
((BRIAN WOOD: FOR SOMETHING I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW I HAD-- AND THEN TO EXPEL ME
FOR A YEAR FROM SCHOOL-- I FEEL THAT'S UNFAIR. ))
After a hearing April fourth, Brian was expelled for violating the
county's weapons policy.
His family then filed suit against the school board and its
superintendent-- believing Brian's punishment was too harsh.
SOT tape 1 7:20:06
((LAVONNE WOOD/BRIAN'S MOTHER: I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE HE GOT A REAL HEARING. I
DON'T FEEL LIKE ANYONE REALLY LISTENED OR CARED ABOUT WHAT THIS WAS DOING TO
Pre- Pro here
The policy states it will expel any student who has brought a firearm or
destructive device onto school property or to a school-sponsored activity.
But the Woods' attorney says Brian was denied due process at the school
board hearing-- and says the system is trying to make an example of him.
SOT tape 1 7:30:11
((REID YOUNG/WOOD'S ATTORNEY: WE DON'T CARE THAT HE WENT TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY.
HE'S GOING TO BE THE EXAMPLE BY VIRTUE OF THE FACT THAT HE INADVERTENTLY LEFT
THIS KNIFE IN HIS POCKET. ))
Meanwhile the school superintendent wouldn't comment-- and the school
board's attorney did not return our phone calls.
As for Brian Wood-- he says he just wants to finish the school year he
A hearing planned for next Monday will determine whether he gets to do
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A year after the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton signs
anti-terrorism legislation into law,
and the trial of the Japanese cult leader accused of plotting a subway nerve
gas attack is underway in Tokyo.
WX ad lib
music up full
In Japan, it's being called the trial of the century.
Doomsday Cult Leader Shoko Asahara is on trial for allegedly masterminding
the deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.
SUPER=04-March 20, 1995;
Twelve people died and more than five- thousand were sickened in last year's
At the opening of his trial today Asahara refused to enter a plea.
If convicted, he could face death by hanging.
A ray of optimism from the White House, on the Mideast.
President Clinton says he's gotten "encouraging news" about efforts to end
fighting between Israel and guerrillas in Lebanon, though he's offering no
He commented during a meeting with Lebanon's president.
Meantime, the president today signs a watered-down version of the
anti-terrorism legislation he proposed after the Oklahoma City bombing.
And Mr. Clinton and lawmakers are up against another budget deadline today.
Another temporary funding measure runs out at midnight.
But the House may vote as early as today on a compromise agreement to fund
the rest of the fiscal year.
A new visitor center for the city of Salem was the subject of last night's
city council candidates forum.
Scott Prince reports.
SOT Political stumping
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Salem
(( Political stumping took center stage-- on the auditorium stage-- of Salem
Incumbents Alex Brown and Howard Packett are seeking re- election, while
Harry Haskins, John Moore and Steve Smeltzer are looking for a first term in
One of the hot topics-- a Salem visitors bureau.
A proposal is already on the table to use the Civic Center as a site... a
plan that has all five candidates cautious yet optimistic.
Right now the Salem- Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce acts as a pseudo-
visitors center-- assisting passerbys and new residents.
Salem is also part of the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
All of the candidates feel that funding should continue.
For all of the debate and discussion on the visitors center, there are other
issues in Salem.
Citizens here expressed concerns over potential tax increases and industrial
These issues could prove vital come election time as candidates now have
less than three weeks to get their views across.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Salem.))
A public meeting today will focus on how to save a Danville landmark.
Officials believe the Jefferson Street building was accidentally set on fire
Friday night by trespassers.
The historic structure was empty at the time but had been used for
It was built in the early 1900's as Danville's first hospital.
It's in danger of being torn down because the owner's finances are
But help could be on the way.
Community members organized a public meeting to search for people willing to
help fix the building until James and Cristina Thomas can find a buyer.
IN Q=We just
((JAMES THOMAS/PROPERTY OWNER: WE JUST WENT UP INTO THE ATTIC A LITTLE WHILE
AGO, MAYBE A TARP OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD HELP WITH THE ROOF, IT'S A BIG
JOB BUT IT WOULD BE NICE.
SHARON HODNETT/DOWNTOWN COORDINATOR:THE WAY THE BUILDING IS CONSTRUCTED IT
COULD MAKE A WONDERFUL USE FOR A HOSPICE HOUSE, RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, SENIOR
CITIZENS ASSISTED CARE. ))
SUPER=01-James Thomas/Property Owner; :00
SUPER=01-Sharon Hodnett/Downtown Coordinator; :12
OUT Q=assisted care.
The meeting will take place at four this afternoon at the Jefferson Street
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
A troubled Hollywood actress who had been missing is found,
meantime, buyers are going broke outbidding each other for a piece of
Just how much some were willing to pay, next on News 7.
Actress Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane in the Superman movies, is
hospitalized in stable condition this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Glendale, CA/Last Night;
She was discovered last night in the backyard of a home in a Los Angeles
The homeowner said she was disoriented and missing her two front teeth.
Kidder's publicist reported her missing three days ago.
Medical problems following a 19-90 accident reportedly left the 47-year old
film star broke.
Want to buy a piece of Camelot? Better bring lots of cash.
Items from the estate of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis are being auctioned off
in New York and so far, prices have been sky high.
How high? Try nearly 50-thousand dollars for a tape measure.
Anthony Mason has more.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Rebecca Knapp/Art & Antiques Magazine; :48
SUPER=01-Marvin Shanken/Magazine Publisher; 1:42
SUPER=01-Anthony Mason/Reporting; 1:56
OUT Q=CBS News, New York.
The well dressed bidders came from all over the country...opened their
catalogs & check books & then attacked the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
in an extraordinary feeding
"WELL, HERE WE ARE AT LOT NUMBER 10..." The simple foot stool caroline
kennedy used to look out the
window at the white house, valued at $100...took off & didn't stop:
"Sold at 29,000 dollars."
Then john john's rocking horse galloped off...and the crowd
gasped as the lot estimated at $2,000 was....
"Sold for $75,000... "
There were 90 telephone bidders on the line...80,000 absentee bids mailed in.
even the very rich couldn't keep up:
REBECCA KNAPP/ART & ANTIQUES MAGAZINE: "AND THAT'S SORT OF WHAT A
HAPPENED THERE. THE NUMBERS JUST SORT OF LOST THEIR MEANING."
DOREEN GARLAND: "EVERYTHING WAS SKY HIGH. UNREAL." NARR: THIS CALIFORNIA
BIDDER WANTED SOME $300 DRESSING TABLE
CALIFORNIA BIDDER: "I QUIT AT 28,000. IT WENT FOR 37."
STEVEN KLAR: "BUT I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. I THINK IT'S THE
AMERICAN WAY...THE BUYER SETS THE VALUE."
So this portrait of jackie sold for $156,000...JFK's rocking chair went for
But the evening's final item set the record.
A humidor given to President Kennedy by Milton Berle...
"sold for ....... "
The buyer, marvin shanken, the publisher of cigar aficianado magazine, had
outbid a competitor on the phone from Chicago:
"When all was siad & done & the hammer went down, what did
SHANKEN: "I WAS RELIEVED THAT THE PHONE LINE FROM CHICAGO WENT DEAD."
And what do you do with a half a million dollar humidor.
SHANKEN: "I'M GONNA PUT CIGARS IN IT & USE IT."
When all the bidders were gone & the first session finished sotheby's had
collected almost 4 and a hald
million dollars...nearly 10 times it's initial sales estimate.
Anthony Mason, CBS News.))
The New River Valley Economic Development Alliance is once again without a
Earlier this month the regional marketing agency named Dublin businessman
Hiawatha Nicely to the post.
Nicely was to have taken the reins May first, but has decided to step down.
According to president Barry Evans, Nicely was unable to rearrange his
business and personal activities to devote his full attention to the Alliance.
Evans says the Alliance interviewed many exceptional candidates, and a new
selection will be forthcoming.
It's confirmed -- snack food giant Frito Lay is coming to Lynchburg,
bringing about one thousand new jobs.
City officials say Frito Lay wants to build a 100 million dollar plant on a
site inside the city's industrial park on Lakeside Drive.
Details are still being worked out, but a ceremony is scheduled for next
month where Governor George Allen would help welcome Frito Lay to the city.
Lynchburg beat out four other locations in Virginia, West Virginia and
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 44 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
What held up last night's game between Virginia Tech and West Virginia,
meantime the "transplant jocks" took to the basketball court.
We'll tell you all about it when we return.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Virginia Tech Hokies and their long time rivals from West Virginia made
a day of it yesterday - actually they made a day and a night of it.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Mountaineers vs. Hokies; :00
Rain and gusty winds forced the game to be postponed some 82 minutes.
Once things calm down West Virginia pitcher Chad Spencer rips by junior
outfielder Kevin Barker in the bottom of the first for a grand slam.
The Hokies jump on top four to nothing and never look back as Barker finishes
the day with two homers and six R-B-Is.
The Hokies win it 17-to-9 in a game SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/=17/West
that lasted three and half hours and had to be called because of darkness.
GRAPHIC=NEW 7 SPORTS
A unique basketball game was played at the Roanoke Armory gym last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
A group of doctors from Carilion endured 33 minutes of three- on-
three hoops with some of their former patients.
The "transplant jocks" as they were dubbed are not only surviving but
thriving transplant recipients.
IN Q="it's just...
((TOM REED/VIRGINIA'S ORGAN PROCUREMENT AGENCY:IT'S JUST AMAZING HOW YOU SEE
SOMEONE WHO IS SEVEN TO EIGHT WEEKS POST-OP WITH A LIVER TRANSPLANT GOING BACK
TO WORK, OR HEART TRANSPLANT RECIPIANTS GOING BACK TO WORK OR TAKING UP AND
RUNNING A MARATHON. YOU KNOW, DOING THE THINGS THAT YOU AND I WISH WE COULD DO.
THESE PEOPLE DO IT, YET THEY'VE HAD THE TRANSPLANT))
SUPER=01-Tom Reed/Virginia's Organ Procurement Agency; :00
OUT Q=...THE TRANSPLANT."
The transplant patients beat the doctors two out of three periods, in a game
that also had an official who had a kidney transplant just last year.
Coming up today on News 7 at FIVE's Health Check report--
Part two from the C-B-S investigative report into the safety of the
nation's blood supply.
More than one million people receive blood from United Blood Services-- or
U-B-S-- each year.
The company is now being targeted by the F-D-A for some 200 violations.
While donated blood can be a life saver, without proper safeguards it can
be a disaster.
Michelle Barkett claims bad blood gave her Hepatitis C.
IN Q=I think the
((DAN CONNOR/UNITED BLOOD SERVICES: I THINK THE FDA IS ASSUMING IT'S
APPROPRIATE REGULATORY ROLE. WE'VE GOTTEN THE MESSAGE, WE'RE MAKING THE
NECESSARY CHANGES. ))
SUPER=01-Dan Connor/United Blood Services; :
OUT Q=the necessary changes.
On News 7 at FIVE, we'll show you what C-B-S's undercover cameras turned up
at U-B-S-- with violations of donor screening regulations.
Join us for the story, plus all the latest news, sports and weather-- on
News 7 at FIVE.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.
Have a good day.