Up next on News 7 at eleven-
The verdict is in for the man accused of killing 12 year old Polly Klaas.
Two military choppers collide killing several people.
A power line proposal hits a huge snag.
And we'll meet the only female deputy on one local sheriff's department.
News 7 is next.
Two military helicopters collided today leaving at least six dead.
The Black Hawk choppers like these were running routine demonstrations at
Fort Campbell Kentucky when their blades touched, causing the crash.
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A guilty verdict in the Polly Klass case.
Richard Allen Davis was convicted of kidnapping and murder today.
He could face the death penalty for murdering the twelve year old girl.
What's it like to be the only female deputy on the Henry County Sheriff's
We'll tell you her story.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
It was a story that gripped the nation-
12 year old Polly Klaas abducted from her own home during a slumber party.
Tonight a verdict for the man accused in her murder.
More from Dan Kerman.
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SUPER=01-Mark Klass/Polly's Father; 23
SUPER=01-Dan Kerman/CBS News; 1:11
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((RICHARD ALLEN DAVIS WAS VISIBLY ANGRY AFTER THE JURY'S VERDICT WAS READ THIS
GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND FOUR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE DEATH OF
12 YEAR OLD POLLY KLAAS.
FOR POLLY'S FAMILY, THE VERDICT BRINGS TO AN END A TRAGIC CHAPTER THAT BEGAN
MORE THAN 2 AND A HALF YEARS AGO.
MARK KLASS/POLLY'S FATHER: THE SON OF BITCH IS GETTING WHAT HE DESERVES. HE
KNOWS HOW WE FEEL ABOUT HIM. WE KNOW HOW HE FEELS ABOUT US.
POLLY WAS ABDUCTED FROM HER PETALUMA CALIFORNIA HOME DURING A SLUMBER PARTY ON
OCTOBER FIRST OF 1993.
THE SEARCH FOR THE GIRL BEGAN IN THE BAY AREA, BUT WORD OF HER DISAPPEARANCE
QUICKLY SPREAD NATIONWIDE...HOPES OF FINDING HER ALIVE WERE DASHED TWO MONTHS
AFTER THE KIDNAPPING, WHEN DAVIS CONFESSED TO KILLING HER AND DUMPING HER BODY
IN A FIELD NEAR THE TOWN OF CLOVERDALE.
DURING THE TRIAL, DEFENSE ATTORNEYS READILY ADMITTED THAT DAVIS KIDNAPPED AND
KILLED THE GIRL.
HOWEVER THEY MAINTAINED DAVIS DID NOT SEXUALLY ASSAULT POLLY AND POINTED TO
THE LACK OF PHYSICAL EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THAT CLAIM.
JURORS DID NOT AGREE...AND WENT ALONG WITH THE PROSECUTIONS CLAIM THAT DAVIS
DID ATTEMPT A LEWD ACT ON THE GIRL DURING THE MURDER.
THAT SETS THE STAGE FOR A SECOND TRIAL TO DETERMINE WHETHER DAVIS SHOULD BE
SENTENCED TO DEATH OR TO LIFE IN PRISON
ND UP WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. DAN KERMAN FOR CBS NEWS, SAN
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Six people are dead after two military helicopters collided today.
Sixteen other were injured, two of them civilians.
The Black Hawk choppers like these were conducting a demonstration at Fort
IN Q=Like I said
((LIKE I SAID, IT HAPPENED SO QUICK, I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHETHER I SAW THIS
PARTICULAR AIRCRAFT HIT THAT AIRCRAFT. ONE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO SPIN. BOTH
AIRCRAFTS HIT THE GROUND))
OUT Q=hit the ground.
A pentagon official says the chopper's propellers touched, and the
aircrafts plummeted to the ground.
This is the military's second fatal helicopter collision in little more
that a month.
The Federal Aviation Administration is changing-
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The move comes after the Valujet crash last month that killed 110 people.
The FAA is beefing up its inspections-
Also today- the F-A-A's top safety chief annnounced he's taking early
((FEDERICO PENA/TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: THE FAA LOOKED ITSELF IN THE MIRROR
AND IT FOUND THAT ORGANIZATIONAL AND MANAGEMENT CHANGES WERE NEEDED.))
SUPER=01-Federico Pena/Transportation Secretary;
OUT Q=were needed."
The FAA mission has been air safety and promoting commerce since 1958.
Pena wants the mission changed to safety and only safety.
A minor traffic accident turned into a manhunt tonight in the Willis section
of Floyd County.
State Police investigating the accident say they tried to arrest a suspect
for driving while intoxicated when he escaped custody and fled into some nearby
Six state police units and another six Floyd County Deputies searched for
the unidentified man before he was rearrested after allegedly scuffling with
Trooper D-J Rose.
No charges have been filed, but are anticipated.
Trooper Rose was not injured.
The latest episode over a controversial power line project ends with its
opponents the winners.
Len Besthoff has the story.
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SUPER=01-Bill Damon/Forest Supervisor; :30
SUPER=01-Ron Poff/AEP Project Manager; :52
SUPER=01-Ellen Coleman/Power Line Opponent; 1:16 Quick
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( American Electric Power wants to build a high voltage transmission line
from its generation fields in West Virginia to Botetourt County, and about 12
miles of the 115- mile route goes through federal land including the Jefferson
National Forest, the New River, and the Appalachian Trail.
For that reason, the U- S Forest Service has to review the lines potential
impact and after years of delays, it finally released its findings.
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IN Q=Based on
((BILL DAMON/FOREST SUPERVISOR: BASED ON THE ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION GATHERED
TO DATE, WE WOULD NOT ALLOW THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE POWER LINE ACROSS NATIONAL
FOREST OR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LANDS.))
OUT Q=service lands.
The Forest Service says AEP's preferred route OR any of its 12 alternatives
would have a severe environmental impact.
This decision left AEP shocked, infuriated, and with few options.
SOT AEP Tape 14:19:19
IN Q=You may be
((RON POFF/AEP PROJECT MANAGER: YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SNAKE THROUGH SOME VARIOUS
OPENINGS IN THE JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST, BUT YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT GET HERE
WITHOUT CROSSING THE NEW RIVER OR THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. SO THE ONLY
ALTERNATIVE YOU HAVE HERE IS NOT A TRANSMISSION ALTERNATIVE.))
OUT Q=transmission alternative.
AEP says the Forest Service is ignoring the area's need for more power.
As you might guess, the findings have the line's opponents overjoyed.
SOT 14:55:19 AEP TAPE
IN Q=This project
((ELLEN COLEMAN/POWER LINE OPPONENT: THIS PROJECT IS DEAD, AND WE REALLY NEED
APCO TO FACE IT.))
OUT Q=face it.
Before the Forest Service makes a final decision, it will go through a three
month public comment period.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
A Lynchburg jury today handed down a five-year prison term to a man
convicted of a killing outside the Glass House restaurant.
29-year old Danny Ricardo Jones argued he acted in self defense when he shot
and killed Robert Lewis Allen in January.
But the jury convicted him of voluntary manslaughter and using a firearm in
commission of a murder.
IN Q=I think the
((KIM WHITE/PROSECUTOR: I THINK THE JURY HAD SOME VERY DIFFICULT ISSUES,
DIFFICULT FACTS TO DEAL WITH AND I THINK THEY PLUGGED ALL THOSE FACTS INTO THE
INSTRUCTIONS AND CAME UP WITH A VERY JUST VERDICT.))
SUPER=01-Kim White/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=very just verdict.
But the victim's family says five years isn't enough.
IN Q=Where's the justice
((INA ALLEN/VICTIM'S MOTHER: WHERE'S THE JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS IN THAT? TELL ME.
THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY. GOD BLESS HIM, I HOPE HE CAN LIVE WITH THAT, BECAUSE A
PART OF ME IS GONE FOREVER AND HE STILL LIVES.))
SUPER=01-Ina Allen/Victim's Mother; :00
OUT Q=he still lives.
Jones remains free on bond until his formal sentencing in August.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, the U-S Attorney General orders an
investigation of the White House,
and a member of the House of Delegates does an about face as he pleads guilty
to indecent exposure.
Patrick in Wx office
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More trouble for the White House.
Attorney General Janet Reno is ordering an investigation into the F-B-I
She wants a complete probe into improper White House orders for
Last Friday, an F-B-I report concluded more than 400 background summaries
were sent to the White House without justification.
The suspected Unabomber is now charged with four attacks.
Theodore Kaczynski was indicted today-
He's charged with two fatal attacks in Sacramento.
Two other charges involve mail bombs allegedly sent from Sacramento.
Officials suspect Kaczynski was involved in at least 16 bombings.
The investigation is continuing.
Re-districting will NOT take place in the Lynchburg city school system next
year or possibly for the next several years.
School officials worried that potential residential development would force
them to redraw the city's high school and middle school attendance zones.
But a committee studying the numbers says the projections are not enough to
justify moving students around.
IN Q=In this decision
((CHIP JAMERSON/REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE: IN THIS DECISION WE'RE LOOKING AT
NEBULOUS PROJECTIONS AND WE'RE LOOKING AT POSSIBILITIES BUT WE'RE NOT LOOKING
AT ANYTHING THAT HAS ANY ABSOLUTE CONCRETE BASIS TO IT.))
SUPER=01-Chip Jamerson/Redistricting Committee; :00
OUT Q=concrete basis to it.
The school board tonight voted to leave the attendance districts alone.
They could revisit the issue if high school populations become too
Summer vacation may be a little sweeter for a Henry county teenager.
A judge today reversed the school board's decision to expel 16- year- old
Wood was expelled from Bassett High School earlier this year for carrying a
pocket knife on a field trip.
His parents sued the school system-- saying expulsion was too extreme for
Wood's violating the weapons policy.
The judge ordered the school board to re- examine the matter.
At this point, Wood can return to school in the Fall.
A Lexington couple is waiting for a ruling on whether their sick child can
attend a special education school in Buena Vista.
They say a denial can be devastating.
Five year old Ryan Turpin has had five heart operations, a cardiac arrest,
and he's been treated for stomach ulcers.
For the past three years Ryan has attended school in Buena Vista.
But school officials say because of cramped conditions, special ed children
must attend the new facility in Lexington.
IN Q=Economically advantageous for
((DR. NICHOLAS MASCHAL/LEXINGTON SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR: ECONOMICALLY
ADVANTAGEOUS FOR US AND FOR BUENA VISTA FOR US TO BRING OUR PROGRAM BACK HERE.
IT'S ALSO GOING TO BE ADVANTAGEOUS IN THAT WE CAN OFFER A BETTER INSTRUCTIONAL
PROGRAM WITH MORE ENGAGED LEARNING TIME FOR THE STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Maschal/Lexington School Administrator;
OUT Q=time for the students.
One of Ryan's doctors wrote school officials stating a change could cause
serious and perhaps permanent damage.
IN Q=They didn't care that
((LISA TURPIN/RYAN'S MOTHER: THEY DIDN'T CARE THAT THE DOCTOR WAS SAYING THAT
IT COULD HARM. AND WE WERE TOLD THAT WAS ONE DOCTOR'S OPINION AND THAT WHAT
ONE DOCTOR SAID BASICALLY DIDN'T MATTER.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Turpin/Ryan's Mother;
OUT Q=basically didn't matter.
Lexington school officials will make a decision in a couple of weeks.
He was immune from prosecution because of his political office in April.
In May, Suffolk Delegate Robert Nelms pleaded NOT guilty.
But finally today, the Republican lawmaker pleaded GUILTY to indecently
exposing himself to an undercover police officer in a Richmond park.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Suffolk Republican
SUPER=03-Richmond/May 9; :00
SUPER=01-Claire Cardwell/Richmond Prosecutor; :27
SUPER=01-Jim Roberts/Nelms' Attorney; :38
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Suffolk Republican Robert Nelms wrote a letter to his constituents in
April saying (quote) "I took a leak behind a fence."
But Nelms was NOT charged with urinating in public.
Prosecutors will only say a vice officer observed otherwise, leading them to
the indecent exposure charge, commonly used in relation to illicit sexual
Finally in this hearing, Nelms entered a plea of GUILTY -- acknowledging
that there was enough evidence to convict him.
((CLAIRE CARDWELL/RICHMOND PROSECUTOR: OUR OFFICE HAS MADE A COMMITMENT THAT
HE WOULD NOT BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY FROM ANYONE ELSE. WHEN ONE PLEADS TO A
MISDEMEANOR THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT THERE BE A SUMMARY OF THE EVIDENCE. IT'S
NOT NORMALLY DONE ON A PLEA TO A MISDEMEANOR, SO I'M NOT GONNA COMMENT ON WHAT
THE EVIDENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN.))
((JIM ROBERTS/NELMS' ATTORNEY: THIS HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF GREAT STRESS AND
GREAT PAIN FOR THE FAMILY. THUS, NEITHER DELEGATE NELMS OR I WILL MAKE ANY
FURTHER COMMENT AND THAT'S IT. THANK YOU. Robert are you indeed truly guilty?
But you said you were innocent before. We're just wondering why you say
guilty now. THAT'S IT.))
His sentence: 30 days in jail if he commits any other crimes in the next
year, a 50- dollar fine, and he's banned from Richmond parks and rec
sot standup 10;45:12
((IN THE PAST, DELEGATE NELMS HAS CHARACTERIZED HIS PROSECUTION AS A WITCH
HUNT...HE WOULD NOT SAY IF HE'S RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION NEXT FALL. ELLEN
QUALLS NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
MUSIC ON TAPE
When News 7 at 11 returns, a new Southside company celebrates its
groundbreaking with a gift to the community,
and we'll meet Tammy Pickurel. She's Henry County's only female deputy, but
she says there's room for a few more.
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Wife, mother, and sheriff's deputy--
Tammy Pickerul is Henry County's only female officer.
And as Kimberly McBroom reports, Pickerul would like to see more women on
patrol in Southside Virginia.
IN Q=Tammy Pickurel says she's
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Tammy Pickurel/Henry Co. Sheriff's Deputy; :21
SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; 1:09
OUT Q=News 7, Henry county
(( Tammy Pickurel says she's treated just like one of the guys-- and that's
the way she likes it.
Pickurel has worked the rural, but active Henry County beat for nearly
As the department's only female deputy, she takes some good- natured
ribbing from her male counterparts.
But Pickurel says being a woman in uniform has its advantages.
((TAMMY PICKUREL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: I COME IN HANDY EVERY ONCE IN A
WHILE, YOU KNOW, DEALING WITH OTHER FEMALES, AND SOMETIMES WITH SMALL CHILDREN,
I ALSO HAVE A DIFFERENT PROSPECTIVE OR OUTLOOK ON SOME SITUATIONS THAT MIGHT
GIVE A DIFFERENT IDEA ON HOW TO HANDLE SOMETHING. ))
She says southside Virginia is sorely lacking in female officers-- but it
takes a certain kind of woman to handle the job.
((YOU DON'T JUST WALK IN AND SAY, OKAY, I'M PUTTING ON A BROWN UNIFORM-- LET'S
GO OUT THERE AND FIGHT CRIME. YOU'VE GOT TO GO TO SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL IS NOT
EASY. IT'S PHYSICAL. YOU'VE GOT TO JUST-- YOU'VE JUST GOT TO WANT TO DO IT.
Pickurel's background includes her service as a U.S. Marine.
She was stationed in Quantico during Operation Desert Storm.
Her dedication and courage have earned her the respect of the department's
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: TAMMY IS FEARLESS. INCIDENTALLY, SHE'S
GOTTEN HURT A FEW TIMES WHERE SHE'S REFUSED TO BACK UP AND A LOT OF PEOPLE, MEN
AND WOMEN, JUST SIMPLY WON'T DO THAT. THEY'RE NOT CUT OUT FOR IT, BUT TAMMY
SOT TAPE 2 STANDUP 6:20:57
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THE SHERIFF SAYS HE'D JUST AS SOON HAVE PICKUREL
BACK HIM UP AS ANY MALE DEPUTY ON HIS STAFF-- AND HE SAYS HE'D WELCOME MORE
FEMALE OFFICERS JUST LIKE HER. ))
Horse shows doings, Petty on the campaign trail, Jordan in the limelight, and
the opening night in the Appalachian league,
SUPER=04-May 31; :00
But first the five game suspensions handed down to Cleveland Indians players
Julian Tavarez and Albert Belle were reduced to just 3 today.
The penalties stem from that May 31st game against Milwaukee in
which Belle flattened Brewers second baseman Fernando Vina with a forearm to
the head and Tavarez later flipped umpire Joe Brinkman.
Now let's check tonight's big league boards.
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TAKE A BREAK
The 1996 Appalachian league season opened last night for the area's two teams
as the Martinsville Phillies hosted the Danville Braves at Hooker Field.
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We pick it up in the top of the fifth with Danville on top 3-to-1 and looking
to pad its lead.
Tyronne Pendergrass lays down the punt, pitcher Tim Walton fields the ball
but make an errant throw that allows Pendergrass to advance all the way to
Three batters later , Jim Schearrer drills a shot past short and plates
Pendergrass for a 4-to-1 Danville lead.
But the Phillies get 5 runs in their last four at bats to come back for the
SS=hold appy league
Danville plays its home opener tonight with former GW head basketball coach
Harry Johnson throwing out the first pitch.
The only former Danville Brave to make it all the way to the big leagues
continues to sparkle.
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Last night in Atlanta, Jermaine Dye powered the Braves to a 5-to-3 win over
the slumping Padres as he hit his fourth homer of the year to lead off the
bottom of the third. The opposite field shot made it 1-to-nothing.
He then added an RBI double to give the Braves another run and the 5-to-3
win as the Padres lose for the 14th time in their last 16 games to fall a game
behind the Dodgers in the West.
It's been a big day for the world champion Chicago Bulls as Michael Jordan
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"His Airness" picked some more hardware for his mantle and more wheels for
Today the NBA honored Michael with NISSAN Pathfinder for winning MVP honors
in the finals for a record fourth time.
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OUT Q=...IT FOR HIM."
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Michael and the Bulls were honored this afternoon in Grant Park, as thousands
of fans turned out to cheer the newly crowned NBA champs.
A team of Dennis Rodman dancers set the stage for the one and only to make
his entrance wearing a Cook County sheriff's department shirt, and carrying the
There was provocative Rodman art, and numerous pleas to keep the Bulls in
tact so they can go for their fifth title next season.
IN Q="I hope...
((MICHAEL JORDAN/NBA FINALS MVP:))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/NBA Finals MVP; :00
OUT Q=...TO CHICAGO."
Don't be surprised if Richard Petty sightings on the NASCAR Winston Cup
circuit are few and far between in the next couple of months.
SUPER=03-Siler City, NC; :00
This morning the King of Stock Car Racing launched a 16 county hand shaking,
autograph signing blitz to kick off his run for North Carolina's Secretary of
250 Republican supporters were on hand this morning for the breakfast, and
Petty says he doesn't care of some came to talk racing and not policy.
IN Q="It's immaterial...
((RICHARD PETTY/N.C. SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATE:))
SUPER=01-Richard Petty/N.C. Secretary of State Candidate; :00
OUT Q=...CAR DRIVER."
Still to come tonight, hold on to your horses, Steve Mason
has an inside look into the luxurious side of the Roanoke Valley horse show,
which is celebrating its silver anniversary this week.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Valley Horse Show
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show is in the midst of its 25th anniversary
And Steve Mason says, a record number of entries and some unique
decorating touches are making this silver anniversary a big time for all.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-June Camper/Horse Show Co-Chairman; :17
SUPER=01-Don Stewart/Hunter-Jumper Trainer; :23
SUPER=01-Gary Garone/Fairfield South Stable; :47
SUPER=01-Bobbie Camper/Professional Equestrian; 1:06
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((Over 200 thousand dollars in prize money and some where in the
neighborhood of a thousand riders and horses competing are just two aspects the
show that have enabled it to be the longest running sporting event in the
Feast your eyes on the shows ever growing ambiance. chandeliers hang in stalls
to enhance tack rooms. There is even prize money on the line for the top
bridles and saddles on display.
Roanoke's Lakeland Stables fish pond outside it's stable might offer an
advantage, but the competition is all in fun. The horse show runs through this
Saturday. Competition begins at 8 am and finishes around 10:30 all week. In
Salem, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
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Now if you really want some high brow horses, you need to he over to England
for the annual Royal Ascot races that were founded in 1711 by Queen Anne.
It is an event where it is better to look good than be good.
50 thousand bottles of champagne and 45 hundred pounds of lobster will be
consumed this week.
Prince Charles and Phillip are there but no Di or Fergie.
A Halifax County organization that extends a helping hand to at-risk youth
got a helping hand of its own, today.
The Dollar General Corporation broke ground for its 60-million dollar
distribution center at the Halifax County- South Boston Industrial Park.
During the ceremony, C-E-O Cal Turner Junior and Gray Construction Company
presented the local Mentor and Role Model Program with a check for 10-thousand
IN Q=Oh, it just
((GATHA RICHARDSON/MENTOR & ROLE MODEL BD. MEMBER: OH, IT JUST MAKES ME FEEL
GREAT, I WAS SO SURPRISED THAT I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO I THOUGHT I WAS GOING
TO FAINT, REALLY.
HARVEY DILLARD/MENTOR & ROLE MODEL BOARD PRESIDENT:I WAS JUST COMPLETELY
SHOCKED, I HAD NO IDEA BUT WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE GENEROSITY OF DOLLAR
SUPER=01-Gatha Richardson/Mentor & Role Model Bd. Member; :00
SUPER=01-Harvey Dillard/Mentor & Role Model Board Pres.; :09
OUT Q=of dollar general.
The Dollar General Distribution center will also create 500 new jobs.