Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
An accident with a 2-week old missing passenger.
And tradition renewed at the Hotel Roanoke... with the arrival of Miss
Tonight in sports, Frank Beamer gets a contract extension through the year
Agassi, Chang and Courier fall on the grass at Wimbledon,
And the U.S. Olympic women's foil team is training at Hollins College we'll
check on them and tell you how you can watch them train tonight in sports.
Severe Thunderstorms invade the region but there is some good news on the
backside. We will dry out a bit later tomorrow.
A bizarre story out of Lynchburg today, as police are still trying to
determine the whereabouts of a newborn baby which may be the subject of a
Authorities say someone from Alabama called this afternoon, concerned about
the welfare of the woman staying at 2-thousand-4 Burnt Bridge Road.
A quick search of the residence turned up neither the mother or her two-
WEEK- old baby.
At the same time, the woman they were looking for was involved in an auto
accident on the 501 Expressway.
She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Her car was filled with luggage and a child safety seat, but the baby was
nowhere to be found.
IN Q=However at this
((CMDR. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: HOWEVER AT THIS POINT, WE CAN'T FIND
THE TWO- YEAR- OLD CHILD. THE MOTHER WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT IS NOT
REVEALING ANY INFORMATION TO US AND WE'RE NOT REALLY SURE WHY.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=not really sure why.
Emergency crews spent more than an hour searching the roadway near the
accident site for any sign of the child.
Authorities believe the child may the subject of a custody battle with the
One of two brothers accused of murdering their father and stepmother has
pled no contest to the crime.
But Christopher Gammon's family and lawyers say the teenager deserves
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=03-Carroll Co./October 31, 1994; :10
SUPER=01-Max Jenkins/Chris Gammon's Lawyer; :28
SUPER=01-Regina Barnes/Chris Gammon's Mother; :36
SUPER=01-Mary Hylton/Rebecca Gammon's Sister-in-law; 1:02
SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Carroll Co. Prosecutor; 1:17
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(( 17 year- old Chris Gammon pled no contest to the murder of his father Gary
Gammon, and the aggravated malicious wounding of his stepmother Rebecca.
Rebecca Gammon has said she and her husband returned home and Chris and his
older half brother William opened fire.
Police arrested the brothers in Henry County after a high-speed chase.
Chris' lawyers and his mother say the shooting was not without reason, and
they'll urge the judge to consider the circumstances at his sentencing.
((MAX JENKINS/CHRIS GAMMON'S LAWYER: HIS MOTIVATION WAS THAT HE, THIS BOY WAS
MISTREATED BADLY BY HIS FATHER, BADLY. ))
((REGINA BARNES/CHRIS GAMMON'S MOTHER: LOVE MY SON WITH ALL MY HEART AND I
BELIEVE IN HIS INNOCENCE.
QUESTION: YOU DON'T BELIEVE HE ACTUALLY DID IT?
ANSWER: I'M SAYING HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CHOICE BUT TO DO IT.))
Rebecca Gammon, still confined to a wheelchair as a result of her injuries,
did not want to comment.
But after seeing her suffer, HER family hopes the brothers receive stiff
Her sister-in-law believes no matter what his age, Chris knew exactly what
he was doing.
((MARY HYLTON/REBECCA GAMMON'S SISTER-IN-LAW: HE'S GONNA GET EVERYTHING HE
DESERVES AND I HOPE TO SEE IT. ))
Chris Gammon confessed to police after his arrest, but his lawyers have kept
him quiet since.
Prosecutor Greg Goad hasn't decided whether to make him break that silence.
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR: NOW THAT HE'S ENTERED THIS PLEA HE DOES
WAIVE HIS RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT ON FUTURE OCCASIONS, BUT AT THIS TIME IT'S
SUChris Gammon could be sentenced to three life terms in prison when the
judge sets his punishment in November. Willie Gammon is set to be tried for
CAPITAL murder in October. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Hillsville.))
Police in Roanoke say a young woman was stalked and killed by her
ex-boyfriend this past weekend.
Now some experts wonder if Virginia's stalking laws work.
Ron Jones reports.
IN Q=Family members say
SUPER=04-File Tape; :08
SUPER=01-Darlene Young/Turning Point Director; :32
SUPER=01-Dan Burroughs/ADT Regional Manager; 1:34
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
(( Family members say 23-year-old Robin Williams was stalked and threatened
by her ex-boyfriend for months.
Back in April police say her former boyfriend 23-year-old Aquilia Barnette
set Williams' apartment on fire forcing her to jump from the two story
building-- she was transported to the U-V-A burn center.
This past weekend police say Barnette finally caught up with Williams and
shot her to death on the streets of Roanoke.
Experts say even though the stalking law is helpful it could be stronger.
((DARLENE YOUNG/TURNING POINT SHELTER: WE NEED A LOT OF FINE TUNING ON IT.
BECAUSE SHE HAS TO PROVE SO MUCH THAT HE REALLY IS GOING TO HURT HER. AND IF
HE IS JUST STANDING ACROSS THE STREET THAT DOESN'T MEAN HE'S GOING TO BODILY
Darlene Young is coordinator for Turning Point-- a shelter for abused women.
She advises victims to become more agressive.
-She suggest notifying the police and Commonwealth's Attorney immediately.
-Have family and friends and look out for the stalker.
-Get a protective order from authorities.
-And join a support group or shelter for additional help.
Turning Point recently teamed up with ADT Security systems to fight domestic
On a limited basis the victim's home can receive free security equipment.
They can also wear this security pendant to call police.
((ADT officials say this system is easy to operate.
You just press this button here which sends a signal to the monitoring
system-- through this transmission equipment and police can arrive with in 3-5
((DAN BURROUGHS/ADT AREA MANAGER: AND THIS DOES ALLOW THEM TO FEEL LIKE THEY
CAN HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL SECURITY IN THEIR HOMES AND AROUND THEIR HOMES.))
Officials at Turning Point say they want victims to know their service and
support has the best price in town-- it's free.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
The Supreme Court of the United States did NOT hand down a decision today
on co-education at Virginia Military Institute.
News organizations were ready to descend on post in Lexington this morning,
in anticipation of the final ruling.
This was to have been the Court's last "opinion day" until October.
But the justices decided- -apparently last week- -to extend the session
through the end of the month. So an opinion is still due this week.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Six-
Some G-E retirees say they are less than delighted with their pension plans,
And fighting inmates at Powhatan Correctional Center get caught with a sting
When we return, we'll take a look at the latest tool in prison security.
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It's a blast from the future for Virginia prison inmates.
Friday, the first shell full of rubber pellets was fired from a special
shotgun to halt an attack on an inmate.
It marked a new day, when corrections officers finally have more than tear
gas to keep the peace.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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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.))
Governor Allen is keeping his wheels glued to the road for a second week.
Allen stopped at Danville Community College this afternoon as part of his
statewide "Listening Tour."
The tour is designed to give the Governor a chance to meet voters in
communities and towns all across the state.
While at D-C-C-, the Governor fielded questions from students on a variety
of topics including education and jobs.
IN Q=Our traditional
OUT Q=in exporting.
Last week, the Governor visited Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads
Some former G- E workers say when it comes to pension plans... officials
need to be 'enlightened.'
About two dozen retirees picketed the Salem plant this morning... one of
fifty such demonstrations across the country.
They say their pension plans are underfunded... and haven't been updated in
IN Q=After you
((JIM ROBERTSON/IUE RETIREES UNION: AFTER YOU REACH 65, PEOPLE TAKE ON A GOOD
BIT OF MEDICATION AND THERE'S ANOTHER THING. AFTER YOU GET 65, GE INSURANCE
ONLY COVERS 700 DOLLARS FROM THE HOSPITAL. WE'RE NOT COVERED BY DOCTORS. WE
DON'T HAVE ANY COVERAGE FROM DOCTORS, MEDICINE, HOSPITAL OR ANYTHING AT ALL.))
SUPER=01-Jim Robertson/IUE Retirees Union;
OUT Q=at all
Robertson says the International Union of Electrical Retirees has a tough
time getting its message across to G- E.
That's because General Electric does not recognize it as an actual union...
since members don't pay dues.
The group was formed in 1982... and this is the fourth time members have
formed a nationwide demonstration over G- E pension plans.
On Wall Street today, the stock market started the week on rise.
The DOW gained 12 and a-half points, closing at 57-hundred 18.
Nasdaq was UP seven points.
The Grand Old Lady welcomed some of the state's loveliest young women this
Contestants in the 76th Miss Virginia Pageant arrived at the Hotel
Roanoke... in preparation for this week's event.
Officials hope to avoid any controversy...
because last year's contest was hardly a thing of beauty.
Andrea Ballangee lost her title after lying on her resume.
That opened the door for Amber Medlin... who called being Miss Virginia a
IN Q=The most
((AMBER MEDLIN/MISS VIRGINIA: THE MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WAS AFTER I SHARED
MY PROGRAM, A LITTLE BOY CAME UP TO ME. HE HAD CEREBRAL PALSY. HE REALLY WANTED
TO THANK ME FOR WHAT I WAS DOING. THAT MADE ME FEEL REALLY GOOD INSIDE... THAT
I WAS ABLE TO HELP KIDS LIKE THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Amber Medlin/Miss Virginia;
OUT Q=experienced that;
This year's pageant will have an Olympics theme.
The competition begins Thursday night at the Roanoke Civic Center.
National stardom is one step closer for a pair of rappers from the
Danville natives Timothy "Count-V" Allen and Ivan "The Jazzy" Dailey are in
the rap group known as "The Top Dawgs".
The pair recently signed a five year contract with Solar Records in
Hollywood, California worth one-point-five million dollars.
Today the two set up at the Stratford Inn in Danville to shoot part of their
upcoming music video for M-T-V.
IN Q=My mom
SUPER=01-Timothy "Count V" Allen; :00
OUT Q=for us
The music video is expected to hit the airwaves within the next month.
A busy Monday in sports with upsets at Wimbledon, news contract in
Blacksburg, and olympic fencers invading Hollins.
Plus, Steve Mason checks in from the opening day of George Lynch's annual
camp in Roanoke.
The man who has taken Virginia Tech football into the big time, has been
rewarded with a contract that keeps him in charge of the Hokies through the
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.
The games in Atlanta are just three weeks away and one Olympic team has chose
Roanoke as a training site.
The U.S. Women's Foil Team will spend this week working out at Hollins
The Team went through two works out today at Hollins. The U.S. is
currently ranked third in the world, but has not won a medal in fencing at the
games since 1984.
IN Q="I think
((ANN MARSH/#1 U.S FENCER:))
SUPER=01-Ann Marsh/#1 U.S. Fencer; :17
OUT Q=....to do well"
The team was introduced at a news conference today. Fans can watch open
practices tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. Saturday, they will hold an
exhibition at Tanglewood Mall from 2 to 4.
Los Angeles Laker forward George Lynch is back in town this week for his
annual basketball camp.
Steve Mason says this year's camp has already been a learning experience for
both camper and coach.
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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.
It's been a wild opening day at Wimbledon as many of the top seeds were
bumped in the first round.
Leading the list of casualties is third seeded Andre Agassi, sixth seeded
Michael Chang and and 8th seeded Jim Courier.
HBO has placed an embargo on us showing you highlights until after eight PM.
So, I'll have them for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
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And finally tonight another interesting moment from the world of horse
SUPER=03-Arlington Heights, IL; :00
Yesterday at Arlington International Racecourse in Illinois watch the horse
on the inside "Lily Cozzene" give the term on the rail new meaning, as the
horse turns left and blasts through the wooden rail, throws the jockey and
Uptown Martinsville is losing a piece of its history.
A furniture store that's been in business for a century is closing its
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
That's right, Keith.
Townes Furniture has been a family- owned operation for about 100 years.
The owners say they've made life- long friends with their second and
third- generation customers.
But economic times have changed-- and larger stores are creating more
competition for smaller Mom- and- Pop businesses.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports