Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
Jurors hear the confession from the man accused of killing Polly Klaas.
Not enough room at this jail- We'll tell you what's being done.
Plus a little boy's disappearance may have been all a hoax. The parents are
Plus Robin with the much Warmer forecast. News 7 is next.
The man accused of killing Polly Klaas confessed to police.
Now jurors have heard that confession.
Klaas was abducted from her bedroom in October of 1993- and later found
We'll hear Richard Davis's confession.
Too many inmates, and not enough space in Henry County. We'll find what the
county's doing to make more room.
Also a teacher and a janitor arrested on drug charges-are not the first
Halifax County School employees suspended without pay this year.
Plus Robin with the much warmer forecast. News 7 is next.
The man accused of killing Polly Klaas confessed to killing the little
As Manuel Gallegus reports jurors watched a videotape of that confession in
SUPER=04-December 4, 1993; 00
SUPER=01-Joe Klaas/Polly's Grandfather; 49
OUT Q=CBS News, Los Angeles."
((RICHARD ALLEN DAVIS, ACCUSED KILLER: FINALLY I REALIZED WHAT I HAD DONE.
SHE WAS STILL ALIVE.
A tape made by police of Richard Allen Davis confessing to the
abduction and killing of 12 year old Polly Klaas. The disturbingly
candid tape was released by the superior court. On tape Davis
describes how he climbed through a window of Polly's home, took her
and eventually strangled her.
DAVIS: I STRANGLED HER WHILE WE WERE OUT AND SHE WAS COMING BACK TO THE
CAR TO GET BACK IN. POLICE: YOU STRANGLED HER? DAVIS: YEAH. POLICE: WHAT DID
YOU USE TO STRANGLE HER? DAVIS: A PIECE OF CLOTH?
As jurors in the Davis trial watched the tape tuesday, one cried
and the others appeared grim-faced.
Before the tape was played jurors were told that Davis decided to confess after
he learned police had found his palm print in Polly's bedroom.
The klaas family called the tape self-serving.
JOE KLAAS/POLLY'S GRANDFATHER:
HE WAS ACTING, PRETENDING TO BE IN ANGUISH WHILE CHAIN SMOKING AND DRINKING HOT
Davis is accused of kidnapping Polly from her bedroom while the girl and
two of her friends were having a sleep-over. That was in
October of 1993.
On the confession tape, Davis claims he took Polly because he was
high on drugs and alcohol and said he did not molest the child.
Prosecutors say they do not believe all of Davis' story. Instead they
say the tape shows a man trying to make the most of a desperate
situation. Manuel Gallegus, CBS News Los Angeles.))
Remember that story of two dogs who protected a little boy in the woods.
Now prosecutors say the boy's disappearance was a hoax.
The parents may be suspects.
The boy's mother and stepfather deny any wrongdoing and insist the
boy wandered away from home and was SUPER=03-Barry Co., MO/March;
kept alive by stray dogs.
But a Missouri prosecutor says the story is false and charges may be
((DAVID COLE/PROSECUTOR: THE INVESTIGATION HAS REVEALED THAT HAS GIVEN US
REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THIS BOY DID NOT WALK AWAY FROM HIS HOME.))
OUT Q=AWAY FROM HIS HOME."
Ten year old Josh Carlisle has Downs syndrome.
Prosecutors say the boy probably did not walk the distance from his home.
((I THINK HIS MEDICAL CONDITON MAKES IT UNLIKELY HE WAS THERE FOR THE ENTIRE
OUT Q=THE ENTIRE TIME."
So far no charges have been filed.
A teacher and janitor arrested this week on drug charges are not the first
Halifax County school employees suspended without pay this year.
Teresa Hamilton reports, a high school business teacher is also in danger of
losing her job because of criminal charges.
IN Q=37- year
SUPER=03-Halifax; :00 Quick
SUPER=01-Kenneth Walker/Halifax Co. Schools Superintendent; :11
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Halifax.
37- year old Dorothy Ferrell has taught at Halifax Elementary for a number
But the charges against her may place her job as a second grade teacher in
IN Q=I was
((DR. KENNETH WALKER/HALIFAX SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED
AND CONCERNED, WE VIEW ANY KIND OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE BY EMPLOYEES AS A VERY
SERIOUS MATTER. ))
OUT Q=as a very serious matter.
A Halifax Sheriff's Deputy answering a disturbance call says he spotted
Ferrell and a school custodian sitting in a car along with some crack cocaine
and pipes used to smoke it.
Ferrell and 40- year old Jerry Ragsdale were taken into custody.
Dorothy Ferrell isn't the first teacher this school year to run into trouble
with the law. Elizabeth Brade, a business teacher at Halifax County high
school, was suspended without pay after she was charged with 68-counts of
writing bad checks.
Prosecutors say Brade wrote the checks to support a substance abuse problem.
Whatever the case, news of MONDAY night's arrest has raised questions in the
Many want to know the school system's policy toward random drug testing.
((DR. KENNETH WALKER/HALIFAX SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT:I'VE CHECKED WITH LEGAL
COUNSEL AND I'VE BEEN ADVISED THAT WE'RE NOT AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO DO RANDOM
SEARCHES OF TEACHERS. ))
OUT Q=of teachers.
Custodians are also exempt.
But the county is allowed to search employees in safety sensitive positions,
such as bus drivers.
Both Ferrell and Ragsdale are suspended without pay pending the outcome of
their case. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Halifax.))
The man who led Virginia schools for George Allen is stepping down.
Superintendent for Public Instruction Bill (BOH-shur) Bosher will take over
Chesterfield County schools, at a higher salary of 135- thousand dollars.
Bosher helped lead the state through controversy over charter schools, and
to compromise on grade-specific academic standards and testing programs.
Too many inmates-- not enough space.
For years, that's been the dilemma at the Henry County Jail.
But now, a plan is underway to provide more space for prisoners-- and more
elbow room for the sheriff's department.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=We didn't realize
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; :32
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT NAT SOUND
((WE DIDN'T REALIZE... IT'S A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE CELLS UPSTAIRS. ))
And that realization created a solution to the long-time overcrowding
problem of the Henry County jail.
Last year, there was an average of 96 inmates-- many of them double-
But now, the county's approved a one- point- eight million dollar
expansion project that'll transform office space into jail cells.
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: WE'VE GOT PEOPLE SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR
NOW-- 10 YEARS FROM NOW THEY MAY BE SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR AGAIN. BUT IT'LL
ELEVIATE THE PROBLEM FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ))
The plan calls for the sheriff's department to move into the nearby
Social Services Building.
Social services will then move to another location.
But the project doesn't only provide additional room for prisoners--
SOT standup, next the last one
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: ONCE THEY MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THESE NARROW
HALLWAYS, MEMBERS OF THE HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAVE TO WORK IN SOME
PRETTY CRAMPED OFFICE SPACES. THAT'S WHY THEY'RE SO EXCITED ABOUT THE BIG MOVE
NEXT DOOR. ))
((CASSELL: WELL, I THINK THEY'LL FEEL LIKE THEY'VE GOTTEN OUT OF JAIL, TOO,
WHEN THEY GET SOMEWHERE WHERE THEY GOT ADEQUATE SPACE. ))
Three times their current space-- to be exact.
Sheriff Cassell says he's not sure when his department will get to move
into their new digs-- but he hopes to start packing soon.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Henry County.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, Richmond investigators say they may have not one
but two serial killers on the loose,
and after promising to make good on undelivered services, a local car wash
company apparently does a dissappearing act.
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Richmond police now admit that a string of murders of older women may be the
work of TWO different serial killers.
New details of the killings have been released, showing that six of the
seven black women murdered since 1990 were stabbed to death.
Six of the seven white women killed since 1993 were strangled, and some were
Police Chief Jerry Oliver says it's possible that the 14 murders being
investigated by the Operation Golden Years task force are the work of two
About a month ago, News-7 uncovered a number of complaints against a local
The new owner vowed to "make everything right."
But as Scott Prince found out, she's nowhere to be found.
IN Q=She promised
SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 27; :02
SUPER=01-Larry Musselwhite/Unsatisfied Customer; :20
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau; 1:05
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
(( Jennifer Farmer promised to clean up the business, but vehicles like this
one remain dirty.
Complaints have cropped up again against Professional Car Care Services
formerly VIP Customer Service.
The company's Williamson Road office is now closed, the telephone line is
disconnected, and no forwarding address has been given.
IN Q=I have
((LARRY MUSSELWHITE/UNSATISFIED CUSTOMER: I HAVE TWICE HAD SCHEDULES,
APPOINTMENTS SCHEDULED WITH MISS FARMER AND BOTH TIMES NEVER HEARD A WORD. MY
CAR IS STILL UNWAXED AND UNWASHED AT THIS TIME. ))
OUT Q=at this time
OUT Q=to the car
stand up 4:38:41
Larry Musselwhite is not alone.
According to police a number of unsatisfied customers have called in the
past week, expressing their displeasure with the car washing company.
And as of right now no one seems to know the whereabouts of Jennifer Farmer.
end stand up
The first set of complaints started in early March.
Area residents bought these certificates in advance, with the promise they
could be redeemed for a home service wash and wax.
But in a number of instances, the promise was not kept.
Officials at the Better Business Bureau are not surprised over the latest
IN Q=It's just
((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: IT'S JUST A NEW NAME FOR AN OLD GAME.
TAKE THE MONEY UP FRONT AND THEN DON'T GIVE THEM THE SERVICE. IT'S REALLY A
NEAT WAY TO MAKE A PROFIT.))
OUT Q=make a profit
There's no telling how many local residents bought certificates.
Officials say its doubtful anyone will get what they paid for.
Scott Prince, News 7.
Four months after an arsonist burned it to the ground, the remains of
Lynchburg's historic Lukens building remain virtually untouched.
The city of Lynchburg gave property owner Larry Halstead until May 8th to
arrange to have debris removed from the site.
So far it's received no response, and if the city is forced to do the
cleanup, it could cost Halstead close to 30 thousand dollars.
IN Q=We have placed
((WALTER ERWIN/LYNCHBURG CITY ATTORNEY: WE HAVE PLACED THE INSURANCE COMPANY ON
NOTICE THAT WE ARE CLAIMING A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS AND ASKING THE COMPANY
NOT TO DISBURSE PROCEEDS WITHOUT TAKING OUR LIEN INTO CONSIDERATION. NOW THERE
MAY BE OTHER LIENS AHEAD OF THE CITY BUT WE ARE TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THE
INSURANCE COMPANY AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Walter Erwin/Lynchburg City Attorney; :00
OUT Q=company as well.
Halstead already owes Lynchburg 25- thousand dollars for demolition.
His insurance company paid off Halstead's mortgage on the property, but is
waiting to see what the arson investigation turns up before writing any more
Neither Halstead nor his attorney could be reached for comment today.
R-R Donnelley's plan to build a multi million dollar printing facility in
Roanoke County is on schedule-
Thanks to some speedy grading work by contractors the county hired.
As part of the deal to attract R-R Donnelley here, the county promised to
have the site ready for construction in just a few months.
IN Q=With the
((BOB JOHNSON/ROANOKE COUNTY SUPERVISOR: WITH THE HELP OF JOE THOMAS AND HIS
CREW, WE CAME IN UNDER BUDGET AND ON TIME, IN FACT THEY SAVED ABOUT 400
OUT Q=400 thousand dollars.
With its largest piece of industrial land now taken, the county is looking
for other potential sites.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Supervisors say the 460 acre Glenn Mary parcel REMAINS under consideration,
in spite of some opposition from residents in the western part of the county.
IN Q=We have
((JOHNSON: WE HAVE CLOSED NO DOORS ANY OPTION THAT WE HAD AVAILABLE THREE TO
FOUR WEEKS AGO WE'RE STILL CONSIDERING ACTIVELY.))
OUT Q=considering actively.
Roanoke County is looking at about 45 different pieces of land within its
borders for industrial and commercial development.
MUSIC ON TAPE
When News 7 returns, a globe trotting teddy bear becomes a casuality of the
war against drugs,
and the literary world is abuzz as a new manuscript by a classic American
novelist is discovered sitting in a library.
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Students at Northside High School learned a hard lesson about drunk driving
They witnessed their friends' PRETEND deaths.
IN Q=It's just really hard
(( IT'S JUST REALLY HARD SEEING SOMEBODY THAT YOU KNOW AND LOVE DIE. ))
OUT Q=know and love die.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross staged this Mock
Alcohol-Related Accident in preparation for Northside's prom next week.
In the past eight years there haven't been any prom night drinking and
driving arrests or accidents at Roanoke Valley schools participating in the
IN Q=You look around and you
((ANGIE WADE/STUDENT: YOU LOOK AROUND AND YOU SEE THE CARS AND YOU THINK THOSE
ARE FRIENDS OUT THERE THAT YOU SEE AND THEN YOU THINK BUT MY REALLY GOOD
FRIENDS COULD BE THERE ON A CERTAIN NIGHT IF THEY MAKE A BAD CHOICE.))
SUPER=01-Angie Wade/Student; :00
OUT Q=make a bad choice.
James River High School will be the scene of the next Mock Accident.
A geography project by a class of Michigan fifth graders met a grizzly end.
Students at a Flint elementary school sent a teddy bear named Mr. Poo on a
world wide adventure in January with a U-S air crew.
The stuffed bear was supposed to return with postcards, souvenirs and notes
the students could use in their lessons.
Unfortunately Mr. Poo's travels ended abruptly in Frankfurt, Germany when
customs agents shredded the toy after they suspected he was stuffed with
contraband. The bear came up clean and the agents did at least return his
It shows he visited casinos in Las Vegas, the San Diego Zoo and a Pittsburgh
Penguins game. He even went to Paris, where he saw the Eiffel Tower.
And the latest piece of literary excellence hit the bookstores yesterday as
Dennis Rodman's new autobiography went on sale across the country.
It's entitled, "Bad As I wanna Be" and I sure it is at least entertaining.
The Chicago Bulls turned off the Heat last night as they swept their opening
round playoff series with Miami three games to none.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/TNT; :00
Michael Jordan played with his bad back but was still able to score 26 points
in just 3 quarters, but you can see the pain on his face.
The entire team would get into the act as Jordan feeds Ron Harper, who in
turn finds a new blond named Dennis Rodman for the jam.
Jordan would add another classic to his postseason reel with this no look
flip shot as the Bulls win it 112-to-91.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/TBS; :00
The Bulls will now get the New York Knicks, who completed their own three
game sweep last night by ousting the Cavaliers.
Patrick Ewing threw down 16 points as the Knicks went up by as many as 19.
The Cavs would come back, but John Starks knocked them out with 5 three
pointers. He scored 22 and the Knicks win game three 81-to-76.
It was been an eventful day for the Dallas Mavericks off the court.
First controlling interest in the team changed hands as Ross Perot Jr. and
and Dallas Car dealer David McDavid purchased 67 percent of the club.
As a result of the sale, Dick Motta has stepped down as the team's head
His resignation was part of the sale agreement. He will continue to serve
the team as a consultant.
Former Bethel high school star Allen Iverson is leaving college two years
early to enter the NBA draft.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
Iverson made the announcement at a newsconference at Georgetown this afternoon
with his Mom by his side.
IN Q="I JUST
((ALLEN IVERSON/DECIDES TO TURN PRO:))
SUPER=01-Allen Iverson/Decides To Turn Pro; :00
OUT Q=...do some things."
Iverson is the first player in Thompson's 24 years at Georgetown to leave
school early. That includes the likes of Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo.
IN Q="When patrick...
((JOHN THOMPSON/GEORGETOWN HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Thompson/Georgetown Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...TOO SOON.
The two time defending NBA champion Rockets can wrapup their first round
series with the Lakers with a win tomorrow night.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/Last Night; :00
Last night they beat the Lakers in game three, and this afternoon we talked
to former Houston star Ralph Sampson about the Rockets chances of pulling off
IN Q="The Lakers...
((RALPH SAMPSON/FORMER ROCKETS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Ralph Sampson/Former Rockets Center; :00
OUT Q=...it can happen."
Ralph also says the turmoil in Charlottesville with the Jeff Jones UVa
basketball program needs to be resolved as soon as possible for the sake of
recruiting and Ticket sales.
IN Q="tHIS IS A TOUGH...
OUT Q=...COACH HE IS."
The Charlotte Checkers began the ECHL Riley Cup playoffs by eliminating the
Express, now they are one game away from sweeping the Lizard Kings and claiming
the Riley Cup title.
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL/Game Three; :00
After losing the first two games in the Queen City, the Jacksonville fans
were anxious to get a win last night, but Charlotte would explode in the
opening period tallying four goals to send the Lizard Kings reeling.
Charlotte added one in the second, and three more in the third, as Phil
Berger puts the game on ice. Charlotte wins it 8-to-2 to take a 3 games to none
lead in the best of seven series.
Still to come tonight highlights from game three of the ECHL Riley Cup
playoffs, stage one of the Tour DuPont
and we'll tell you about a big time archery event coming to the area in
The first stage of the 1996 Tour Dupont is complete and now America's
premiere cycling event heads to Virginia.
SUPER=03-Wilmington, DE; :00
Before yesterday's 47 mile circuit race, 1995 champion Lance Armstrong
took time out at the start to honor the wishes of some autograph seekers.
Armstrong was not in contention for the Food Lion Yellow jersey, but one of
his teammates was! Team Motorola cyclists George Hincappie from Charlotte was
one of several riders who turned the end of the final circuit into a break
Hincappie finished 4th. Arvis Piziks won the first stage and captured the
yellow jersey with a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes and 44 seconds.
Today after riding to Virginia.
The cyclists will take part in a 94 mile ride from Fredericksburg to Richmond.
The stage starts at 3:30 and should finish around 6:45.
More than 16-hundred archers are coming to the Roanoke Valley for the
Trebark A-S-A Pro-Am Virginia Championships in June.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
The tournament will be held on American Electric Powers property at Smith
And it took the Archery Shooter's Association three years to pick the
IN Q="We looked at
((DAVE FOSTER/VANTAGE MARKETING, INC. : ))
SUPER=01-Dave Foster/Vantage Marketing, Inc.; :00
OUT Q=......here we are."
Randy Chappell the A-S-A Shooter of the year in 1995 headlines the
professional category. In 1993 Chappell set a world record with the sports
first perfect set.
Chappell spends up to 8-hours a day working on his skills which include
concentration and judging distance.
IN Q="you're concentrating...
((RANDY CHAPPELL/ASA CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Randy Chappell/ASA Champion; :
OUT Q= .....approach a shot."
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A not so hidden treasure was discovered in a Harvard library.
Louisa May Alcott published many inspiring novels, but do you know her
Not many people do - that's because it was never published and tucked away
at Houghton library since 1974.
The card catalog clearly marked the location of Alcott's novel, and stated
the it was her first.
Researchers say "The Inheritance" could be worth millions of dollars.
Book publishers and Hollywood producers are bidding for the rights.