Up next on News 7-
A teenager could face the rest of his life in prison- after pleading no
contest to the shooting of his father and stop mother.
The City of Philadelphia found in the wrong in the bombing and fire from
eleven years ago on the Move Group.
Plus talk about baring it all. We'll show you the striptease star's latest
Plus a furniture store is closing shop.
News 7 is next.
A Carroll County teen could get three life terms for shooting his father
and step mother.
Christopher Lee Gammon plead no contest to charges of murder, aggravated
assault and malicious wounding.
Former White House workers are demanding anyone involved in ordering their
personal FBI reports be fired. They protested in front of the White House
Martinsville is losing a piece of its history.
Townes furniture is closing shop after one hundred years.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A Carroll County teenager faces up to THREE life terms in prison for the
shooting of his father and step- mother.
17 year- old Christopher Lee Gammon pled "no contest" to charges of murder
and aggravated malicious wounding.
Gary Gammon, Senior was shot to death. His wife Rebecca Gammon remains in a
wheelchair as a result of bullet wounds to her back.
Chris Gammon's lawyers say they'll ask for leniency in sentencing due to
Even Gary Gammon's oldest son and namesake says his brother shouldn't be
((GARY GAMMON, JR.:VICTIM'S SON: PUT IT THIS WAY, I'D RATHER HAVE MY BROTHERS
THAN MY DADDY. ))
((MAX JENKINS/CHRIS GAMMON'S LAWYER: HIS MOTIVATION WAS THAT HE, THIS BOY WAS
MISTREATED BADLY BY HIS FATHER, BADLY. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Gammon, Jr./Victim's Son;
SUPER=01-Max Jenkins/Chris Gammon's Lawyer;
OUT Q=by his father, badly.
But after seeing her suffer, Rebecca Gammon's family wants stiff penalties.
((MARY HYLTON/REBECCA GAMMON'S SISTER-IN-LAW: HE'S GONNA GET EVERYTHING HE
DESERVES AND I HOPE TO SEE IT. ))
SUPER=01-Mary Hylton/Rebecca Gammon's Sister-in-law;
OUT Q=hope to see it.
The judge will sentence Chris Gammon in November.
His older half brother, Willie Gammon is also charged with CAPITAL murder.
His trial is scheduled for October.
Lynchburg authorities are still searching for a newborn baby whose parents
may be embroiled in a custody battle.
Police were called to this home on Burnt Bridge Road this afternoon to check
on the welfare of a woman staying there.
Minutes later, the same woman, 30 year old Beverly Renee Wade was involved
in an accident on the Route 501 Expressway.
Wade was only slightly injured, but is refusing to tell police where her
two- week- old child is.
Fearing the worst, authorities searched the home and the roadway near the
accident site, with no success.
IN Q=So we're still
((CMDR. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG
POLICE: SO WE'RE STILL WAITING TO TALK WITH SOME OTHER FOLKS WHO LIVE AT THIS
RESIDENCE WHO ARE ON THEIR WAY BACK TO LYNCHBURG NOW WHO HAD BEEN OUT OF TOWN.
AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL FIND OUT WHERE THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE CHILD IS.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=of the child is.
Police say Wade may be fighting her common- law husband for custody of the
The woman who filed a sexual harrassment suit against the President will
have to wait a little longer-
The Supreme Court is putting Paula Jones' case on hold until after the
The justices will then decide whether private lawsuits should be delayed
until a President leaves office.
((THE PRESIDENT'S COUNSEL HAS CLAIMED IN PUBLIC REPORTS THAT THIS IS A TEN
BUTT TO 15:23:36
((ONE COULD ONLY WONDER IF THIS IS A 10 TO 20 MINUTE CASE, WHY IS HE ASKING
PAULA JONES, WHY IS PRESIDENT ASKING PAULA JONES UP TO SIX YEARS TO HAVE HER
DAY IN COURT.))
SUPER=01-Joseph Cammarata/Jones' Attorney; 00-06!
OUT Q=DAY IN COURT."
Jones claims the President propositioned her while he was Governor of
He denies the charge.
About 100 former White House Workers took their anger right to the White
They're mad the White House ordered their personal FBI reports- and
demanded the firing of anyone responsible.
((MARY CARROLL/FORMER BUSH WHITE HOUSE EMPLOYEE: INSTEAD OF IMMEDIATELY
FLUSHING OUT THE FACTS. THE WHITE HOUSE ONLY ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FILES
WHEN THEY ARE BACKED AGAINST THE WALL. WHAT IS THERE TO HIDE? IT'S TIME FOR ALL
THE FACTS TO COME OUT.))
SUPER=01-Mary Carroll/Former Bush White House Employee;
OUT Q=FACTS TO COME OUT."
Meanwhile there's now a question of whether Internal Revenue Service
Documents were among the background files gathered.
Republican Senator Charles Grassely says his aides spotted IRS documents
among the background files.
The city of Philadelphia must pay one and half million dollars for dropping
a bomb on a radical group's rowhouse in 1985.
A jury made the ruling today.
Officials dropped the explosive device during a confrontation with the
group MOVE- sparking a fire that killed eleven people and damaged 61 homes.
Ramona Africa was the only adult to escape-
((RAMONA AFRICA/MOVE: THIS AIN'T ABOUT MONEY. THIS IS ABOUT TAKING A STAND FOR
ALL PEOPLE SO THIS GOVERNMENT KNOWS PEOPLE AIN'T GONNA HAVE BOMBING PEOPLE AND
BURN PEOPLE ALIVE.))
((BILL RICHMOND/FORMER FIRE COMMISSIONER: MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME YEARS AGO DON'T
RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS BECAUSE IF YOU DO YOU'LL GET HURT. I'M NOT HURT. I'M
DISAPPOINTED, I'M GLAD IT'S FINALLY OVER.))
SUPER=01-Ramona Africa/Former MOVE Member;
SUPER=01-Bill Richmond/Former Fire Commissioner; 13
OUT Q=IT'S FINALLY OVER.:
Africa will share the award with relatives of two MOVE members who died
in the incident.
Wildfires are raging in the West-
Dry brush and hot summer winds are making them difficult to fight.
IN Q=NAT SOUND OF PLANE
((NAT SOUND OF PLANE ))
OUT QABOUT FIVE MINUTES OUT NOW."
So far the blazes have charred thousands of acres and forced hundreds from
((WE'VE KIND OF BEEN PRAYING FOR FIREFIGHTERS, PRAYING FOR THE PEOPLE, THE
PROPERTY ALL THEIR BELONGINGS. ))
OUT Q=ALL THEIR BELONGINGS."
Firefighters are working on blazes in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, researchers say some simple advice could save
thousands of sleeping babies,
and it will soon be the end of an era as a long time retailer in Martinsville
prepares to close its doors for good.
Robin in Wx office
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After the recent death of a Roanoke woman some experts are wondering if
Virginia's stalking laws are strong ENOUGH.
This past weekend police say 23-year old Robin Williams was apparently
stalked by ex-boyfriend Aquilia Barnette and shot to death in Roanoke.
Domestic violence experts say some violence can be avoided if help is
IN Q=There is help
((DARLENE YOUNG/TURNING POINT SHELTER: THERE IS HELP FOR THEM AND IF THEY WOULD
LIKE TO CALL THE TURNING POINT WHICH IS WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN. PERHAPS THEY
DON'T NEED SHELTER BUT THEY COULD CERTAINLY GET A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION ON
WHAT TO DO. IF THEY'RE BEING ABUSED OR BEING STALKED.))
SUPER=01-Darlene Young/Turning Point Director;
OUT Q=abused or being stalked.
Young offers this advice for those who are stalked.
-Notify police immediately.
-Tell family and friends who the stalker is.
-Get a protective order from authorities.
-And join a support group or shelter for additional help.
Young says all calls are anonymous and services are free.
Guards in Virginia prisons have a new tool to insure security.
The formerly gun-free Virginia corrections officers are now carrying weapons
that shoot stinging rubber pellets.
A blast of them was first fired Friday to help keep the peace.
Ellen Qualls has more.
IN Q=Maybe its bard
SUPER=01-Buck Rogers/Va. Dept. of Corrections; :11
SUPER=03-Powhatan Co.; :28
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Powhatan Co.
(( Maybe its bark is worse than its bite.
It's known affectionately to corrections professionals as the stinger gun --
for the 40 stinging rubber pellets that blast forth in one shot.
((BUCK ROGERS: ANYTIME THERE'S A THREAT TO LIFE, WHETHER IT BE WITH OUR STAFF,
OR WHETHER IT BE TO ANOTHER INMATE, THESE ARE DESIGNED OBVIOUSLY TO STOP
WHATEVER SITUATION THAT IS UNTIL WE CAN GET STAFF THERE TO QUELL THE
It's the firepower inside prison walls like Powhatan's that corrections
director Ron Angelone promised two and half years ago, when George Allen
brought him here from Nevada prisons.
A Powhatan Correctional Center officer fired the pellets heard round the
prison Friday, when three inmates attacked a fourth.
Regional director Buck Rogers is vague about the danger of such a weapon.
((SINCE I'VE NEVER BEEN SHOT WITH THESE I REALLY CAN'T SAY. OTHER THAN AN
INCIDENT THAT WAS VERY EFFECTIVE THE OTHER DAY. AND IT SEEMED TO HAVE THE
EFFECT JUST LIKE REGULAR PELLETS WOULD HAVE.))
That means stinging welts, according to Rogers, but NOT wounds like hunters'
But for those who work everyday with violent criminals, wearing a lethal
weapon that could be stolen and used against you is NOT a good idea.
sot STANDUP 01:32:09
((CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS AREN'T SAYING WHICH OTHER PRISONS ARE USING THE STINGER
GUNS. THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE IS CONSIDERED AN ADVANTAGE IN KEEPING PRISON
DISCIPLINE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, POWHATAN COUNTY.))
Some former General Electric workers think GE is trying to "sock- it" to
Retirees of the Salem plant held a demonstration this morning.
They say the company is shortchanging them when it comes to pension plans.
IN Q=One specific
((JIM ROBERTSON/IUE RETIREES UNION: ONE SPECIFIC THING I'VE BEEN ASKING FOR FOR
SEVERAL YEARS IS COST OF LIVING ADDED TO OUR PENSIONS. IF WE HAD THAT IT
WOULDN'T BE SO BAD. BUT WE HAD TEN DOLLARS EACH YEAR OF SERVICE. IF IT WENT UP
TO ELEVEN DOLLARS EACH YEAR THAT WOULD BE A BIG INCREASE. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Robertson/IUE Retirees;
OUT Q=big increase
Robertson says the last pension increase was five years ago... but since
that time cost of living expenses have gone up by 15 percent.
This is the fourth time members of the retirees union have picketed.
But they say their voice is seldom heard by company officials.
G- E does not recognize the retirees' union because members don't pay dues.
Even still, pickets like this one took place at more than 50 other
G- E locations across the country.
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Simple advice, but powerful results when it comes to saving babies lives.
Officials say a campaign to put babies to bed on their backs, instead of
their tummies, is responsible for a 30-percent drop in sudden
IN Q= We believe
SUPER=01-Dr. Duane Alexander/Institute Of Child Health
IN Q=We believe that
((WE BELIEVE THAT IF WE ARE ABLE TO ACHIEVE OUR ORIGINAL GOAL OF TEN PERCENT OF
BABIES SLEEPING ON THEIR TUMMIES, WE WILL BE ABLE TO REDUCE SIDS EVEN FURTHER,
PERHAPS OVER FIFTY PERCENT ))
OUT Q=by fifty percent
A federal health official says that back to sleep campaign has saved
15-hundred babies so far.
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Coming up next on News 7 at 11, friends from Danville hit the big time of
and we'll tell you why Demi apparently thinks Less is MOORE.
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It's been a landmark in Uptown Martinsville for nearly a century.
But after growing competition from larger stores, Townes Furniture is going
out of business.
As Kimberly McBroom reports, it represents a dying breed of family- owned
IN Q=Townes Furniture
SUPER=01-Eleanor Leath/Townes Furniture; :24
SUPER=01-Tom Leath/Townes Furniture; :56
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( Townes Furniture first opened its doors back in 1901.
Since then, it's lasted through two world wars and a fire that destroyed
the original structure in 1951.
Eleanor Leath's father rebuilt the store-- continuing the tradition of
personalized service and generous credit.
((ELEANOR LEATH/TOWNES FURNITURE: WHEN THEY HAD THE TOBACCO MARKET, SOMETIMES
THE FARMERS DIDN'T GET ENOUGH ON THEIR TOBACCO TO PAY FOR ALL THAT THEY WANTED
TO BUY IN FURNITURE-- HE CARRIED THEM OVER TO THE NEXT YEAR. YOU CAN'T SEE
THAT HAPPENING NOW. ))
Times have changed in the local economy.
Increased competition from larger stores and furniture outlets contributed
to the Leaths' decision to close up shop.
At this point, no official closing date is set.
Eleanor's husband, Tom says while consumers may see bigger as better-- the
trend has meant a decline in customer service.
((TOM LEATH/TOWNES FURNITURE: IT'S SO SAD THAT BUSINESS CAN NO LONGER PAY
PERSONAL ATTENTION TO THEIR CUSTOMERS. WE KNEW OUR CUSTOMERS BY NAME. THAT
WAS ONE OF OUR MOTTOES, "AT TOWNES FURNITURE, YOU'RE A NAME, NOT A NUMBER. ))
SOT standup, 6:05:40
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: WHILE MOM AND POP STORES LIKE TOWNES FURNITURE ARE
BECOMING A THING OF THE PAST-- THE LEATHS SAY IT'S STILL WORTH THE EFFORT TO
VENTURE INTO YOUR OWN BUSINESS, AS LONG AS YOU HAVE PLENTY OF ENERGY AND PLENTY
OF ENTHUSIASM. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, MARTINSVILLE. ))
A pair of Danville natives are preparing to take the music world by storm.
Timothy "Count-V" Allen and Ivan "The Jazzy" Dailey are part of the rap
group known as "The Top Dawgs".
The two were in Danville this afternoon at the Stratford Inn shooting a
music video that's slated to air on M-T-V.
They recently signed a five year contract with Solar Records in Hollywood
worth one-point-five million dollars.
IN Q=My mom
((TIMOTHY "COUNT V" ALLEN: MY MOM WAS A BIG INSPIRATION FOR THE SONG, WATCHING
HER, HOW SHE KEPT THE BILLS PAID. WHAT SHE HAD TO DO, WORKING TWO JOBS JUST FOR
HER KIDS. SHE LIVED FOR HER KIDS AND SO RIGHT NOW, I'M TRYING TO SHOW THE WORLD
WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH AND ALSO PRAISE HER, SHOW HER HOW MUCH I APPRECIATED WHAT
SHE DONE FOR US. ))
SUPER=07-Timothy "Count V" Allen; :00
OUT Q=for us.
The music video is expected to be complete in about a month.
The Bis South has a new league commissioner tonight.
Earlier today Kyle Kallander, the former commissioner for the now defunct
Southwest conference was give the job.
He is regarded as a go getter, with tremendous abilities in not only
administration but find rasing and negotiating. He replaces Buddy Sasser.
Baseball bad boy Steve Howe, who was released by the Yankees over the weekend
has been arrested at JFK airport in New York after trying to board a plane with
a loaded 357 magnum.
He was arrested last night and charged with a Class D felony.
The Salem Avalanche returned home to the friendly confines of Memorial
Stadium for the first time in the Carolina League's second half but dropped a 4
to 3 decision to Prince William.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Cannons;
Yesterday afternoon's rain showers made for a pleasant evening at the park.
Prince William broke open a scoreless tie in the 5th. Chandler Martin
serves up the cannonball to Joe Walker that clears the 400 ft. sign in straight
away center. 1-nothing Cannons.
Still in the 5th, Nilson Robledo with the liner down the right field line
that scores Dan Kopriva. Prince William had a 3-nothing edge.
The Avalanche got "juiced" in the bottom half of the inning. John Guidice
gets his 12th tater on the year SUPER=34-Salem/==3/Prince William/==4;
over the left field wall. The 3-run blast tied things up, but Salem falls 4-3.
The Atlanta Braves and John Smoltz were hoping to make little history last
night as they hosted the Cards, and Smoltz went for his 15th straight victory.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Cards vs. Braves; :00
But it was not to be as his first pitch of the night is sent over the left
center field fence by none other than his former teammate Ron Gant.
It's one to nothing Cards and Smoltz's string of 23 straight scoreless
innings is snapped.
Brian Jordan would beat on Smoltz all night long as he racked up a career
high 6 rbis, three came on this towering 400 foot homer to straight away center
The Cardinals beat the Braves 9-to-2, as Smoltz loses for the first time
since April 4th. He's now 14-and-2.
Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer has been true to his school, and yesterday the
Hokies rewarded him with a contract extension that will keep him in charge of
the Hokies through the year 2000.
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
The new deal give Beamer a five year extension with a base salary of $147,
517 dollars for the first year.
He will also get an additional $113 thousand dollars for his TV and radio
shows in 1996.
The new deal also reveals terms of an annuity that will mature by the year
2005 and be worth at least 1 million dollars to Beamer - as long as he stays
with the program through that season.
Beamer also is entitled to a five percent annual raise with the new contract.
A trio of American hopefuls slipped and fell on the grass at Wimbledon today.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, ENG/HBO & NBC;:00
The most stunning of the upsets involved third seeded Andre Agassi losing to
Flach had to play his way in through the qualifiers and he was ranked 600th
in the world earlier this year.
He beat Andre 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, and 7-6.
Michael Chang and JIm Courier were also ousted in today's opening round.
Seles and Sampras did manage to win.
Steffi Graf plays her opening match tomorrow.
Some Olympic Athletes were actually trying to STAB each other today over at
Hollins college yesterday!
The United States Women's Olympic Foil Team is living and training at
Hollins College this week.
The team is currently ranked third in the world and is considered a potential
medal winner in AtlANTA.
IN Q="we all
((SUZIE PAXTON/OLYMPIC TEAM MEMBER:))
((ANN MARSH/#1 U.S FENCER:))
SUPER=01-Suzie Paxton/Olympic Team Member; :00
SUPER=01-Ann Marsh/#1 U.S. Fencer; :17
The 6 woman team was introduced in a news conference yesterday. Three
athletes will compete in the games and three alternates serve as back ups.
There are open practices tonight, Wednesday morning and Thursday morning. If
you've never seen fencing, come on out.
((FELICIA ZIMMERMAN/CURRENT U.S. NATIONAL CHAMP:))
SUPER=01-Felicia Zimmerman/Current U.S. National Champ; :00
OUT Q=...is that"
Still to come tonight, no Kidding - Jason wants out of Dallas.
And George wouldn't mind having a few more campers as his sixth summer hoop
thom gets underway at Fleming.
NBA star George Lynch is back in Roanoke this week for his annual
But Steve Mason says some folks apparently forgot about the L.A. Lakers
annual stop over in the "Star City."
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Los Angeles Laker Forward; :13
SUPER=01-Angela Terry/Camp Counselor; :48
SUPER=01-Derrick Hankins/10 Year Old Camper; :57
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((Most of basketball's future stars are here...the Dennis Rodman's, the
Michael Jordan's, the Shawn Kemps and the Charles Barkley's.
But the numbers are down. Only 50 campers have turned out for the former
Patrick Henry stars camp.
Less campers does mean more individual attention, and in his 6th year of
running the summer hoops school, Lynch has learned to take advantage
The camp has ventured to William Fleming for the first time. Ages range from
6 to 16 and both boys and girls are present.
While Lynch will be keeping an eye on Wednesday's draft, Dallas Maverick
All-star Jason Kidd is doing more than watching the picks.
Kidd has reportedly
issued an ultimatum to team management to trade him or backcourt
partner Jim Jackson before next season due to philosophical
In other words they hate each other.
Kidd says quote "I'm not trying to run the team, but my only goal is to win
a championship. To do that we need 12 guys willing to dump their own agendas
and bust their butts. I'm not
sure Jackson is committed to that."
In one other NBA note, Iowa's Jess Settles withdrew his name from the draft
tonight saying he'll come back for his senior season with the Hawkeyes.
Actress Demi Moore shocked the audience at the premeire of her new movie
"Striptease," last night.
Fans saw more of Demi's skin than they were expecting...
SUPER=03-New York City;
But it's still not what they were expecting.
The unpredictable actress showed off her scalp following a new haircut.
In what was called a swift encounter with a pair of scissors, Moore left her
long hair behind for the Sinead O'Connor look.
The entire family matched as husband Bruce Willis and daughters Rumer and
Scout featured short hair as well.
Moore is currently working on a movie about a woman who receives Navy Seal