Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
A man is arrested for the murder of a Vinton family two years ago.
In Atlanta- federal agents confirm a security guard is the prime suspect in
the Olympic Park bombing.
-And check this out- It's the coolest new fad for teens- We'll tell you how
they get this colorful look.
News 7 is next.
The man suspected of killing a family of four in Vinton two years ago was
arrested in South Carolina today.
Considered a close family friend.. he is now behind bars.
Ron Jones reports.
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(( It was the most horrendous crime in the Roanoke Valley in recent memory.
Almost two years later police think they have their man.
A family of four murdered.
Teresa Hodges-- strangled.
Her husband, Blaine shot to death, along with their two daughters.
The house was set a blaze.
The next day police questioned Earl Bramblett, a family friend who often
visited their home.
But Bramblett didn't cooperate.
This week he was indicted for capital murder, three counts of first- degree
murder and related arson charges.
He was arrested in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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((MAJ. WILLIE BROWN/SPARTANBURG, SC SHERIFF DEPT.: WE HAD THE APPROPRIATE
MANPOWER TO HANDLE THAT KIND OF SITUATION SO HE HAD VERY LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO
DO ANYTHING AND THE TIME HE WAS APPREHENDED.))
Prosecutors praised both Vinton and State Police.
((SKIP BURKART/RKE CO. COMMONWEALTH ATTY: IT'S JUST TAKEN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT
OF TIME AND EFFORT. IT WAS JUST NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD IMMEDIATELY BE
ABLE TO GO OUT AND ARREST SOMEBODY AND SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTE THEM.))
Some residents had mixed reactions.
((I'M PERSONALLY GLAD TO KNOW THAT THE MAN HAS BEEN CAUGHT... IF HE'S THE
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((I GO BY THAT HOUSE EVERY DAY. AND IT BREAKS MY HEART. THEY LET HIM GO AND
THEY MADE ALL THESE EXCUSES SEEMS LIKE. I'M SO HAPPY FOR THEM. I HOPE THEY
This is just the beginning for Bramblett.
South Carolina authorities will determine when he will return to Virginia
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
Federal sources confirm an Atlanta Security Guard is the main suspect in
the Olympic Park Bombing.
But Richard Jewell says he's innocent.
Manuel Gallegus is following the investigation and has the latest from
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((Reporters were waiting for Richard Jewell as he left his home shortly after
the Atlanta Journal-constitution published this special edition, calling him a
suspect in the bombing. CBS news has learned that Jewell, a security guard
hired to work at Centennial Olympic Park, is one of several people being
considered possible suspects. It was jewell who was hailed as a hero after
alerting police to the presence of the knapsack that held the deadly pipe
bombs. Sources have told CBS news that from the beginning, they've wondered
whether he was the one who placed the explosives. Jewell denies it all.
RICHARD JEWELL, SECURITY GUARD:
The Atlanta newspaper says the FBI is comparing jewell's voice to that of the
man who made the 911 call warning of the bombing, and looking at surveillance
tapes of the park to see if they can spot Jewell that night.
Officially, the FBI is not commenting on the news reports, saying only that
no one's been arrested. Jewell is not in custody. He drove himself home after
being questioned at FBI headquarters.
All this as Centennial Park teems with life again after being reopened to the
public. But the idea that the man hailed as a hero may now be the bomber has
left people stunned.
MANUEL GALLEGUS CBS NEWS, ATLANTA.))
A bomb threat tonight has forced a U-S-Air jet bound for Germany to return
to Philadelphia International Airport.
U-S-Air Flight 894 to Frankfurt was evacuated and searched.
There were 189 passengers and eleven crew members aboard.
An airport spokeswoman says the airport received a call about
ten minutes after the plane left the gate saying a bomb was on
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Divers recovered 10 more bodies as well as large pieces of the fuselage in
the wreckage of Flight TWA 800.
Investigators retrieved large pieces of the fuselage and a cargo door 100
feet on the ocean floor.
With special equipment they were able to see part of the third engine.
IN Q=How they deal
((HOW THEY DEAL WITH BRINGING THAT UP, WHETHER THEY CAN BRING IT ALL UP AT ONE
TIME, WHETHER THEY'VE GOT TO DO SOME CUTTING.))
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/N.T.S.B. Vice Chairman;
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Concerns of bodies in the area are holding up recovery of the engine.
171 of the 230 victims in the crash have been recovered so far.
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Hundreds of people headed out to the Florida Everglades today to remember
the victims of the ValuJet crash.
Relatives and friends bused to the crash site.
Some put flowers into the muddy waters where the D-C-Nine crashed.
110 people died in the crash in May.
Tomorrow, a funeral is planned for 50 victims who were not identified.
Their remains will be placed into separate caskets for burial in a common
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Still to come on the broadcast, A Roanoke telemarketing firm agrees to
reimburse customers who bought its hearing aids,
and an insanity plea in the case of a man accused of killing an Elderly Floyd
Robin in Wx Center
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After seven hours of delibertions, a Pittsylvania County teenager has been
found guilty of murder.
A confession allegedly signed by 19-year old Paul Michael Dalton, Junior
was among the evidence.
Prosecutors say Dalton killed for money, but the defense had tried to
convince the jury otherwise.
Dalton admitted he helped bury 72-year old Clark Aubrey Adkins, but denied
firing the gun.
According to testimony, Dalton's teenage sister, Mary, was involved with
the elderly Adkins and had a boyfriend.
The defense maintained it was Mary's boyfriend who killed Adkins out of
But the jury apparently didn't buy the defense's story.
Dalton was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
A man charged with raping and murdering an elderly Floyd County woman
entered an insanity plea today.
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Thomas Lonnie Helms was charged with the murder of 77-year-old Harriet Shank
She was found dead outside of her home, four years ago.
Today, Helms pleaded NOT guilty by reason of insanity and was sent to
Central State Hospital in Petersburg.
Helms told authorities that a man held a gun to his head and forced him to
The Floyd prosecutor says the physical evidence indicated that Helms acted
If you ordered a certain type of hearing aid through the mail, you could
be in for a refund.
Roanoke based Telebrands agreed with 17 attorneys general to reimburse
people who bought the Whisper X-L hearing aid.
The product is considered unsafe.
The settlement will cost Telebrands 515 thousand dollars.
The company is required to reimburse anyone who asks for a refund within
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VMI is looking at Texas to see how they treat female cadets there.
Virginia Military Institute's Board of Visitors met in a closed session
today in Richmond.
Board members heard from a Texas A&M representative about that school's
style of co-education for its 100 female cadets.
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((WILLIAM BERRY/VMI BOARD CHAIRMAN: GENERAL BUNTING, A SMALL GROUP OF FACULTY
AND STAFF, AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CORPS OF CADETS HAVE BEEN MEETING
DAILY FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS TO FRAME THE OUTLINE FOR A CO-EDUCATION PLAN.))
((GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: THE ONE THOUGHT I WOULD LEAVE WITH
YOU IS THAT IF THE BOARD DOES APPROVE IT ON THE 21ST OF SEPTEMBER AT THEIR
MEETING, WE WILL DO IT IN A WAY WHICH DOES TREMENDOUS CREDIT TO VMI AND WE'LL
SURPRISE A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
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SUPER=01-Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :12
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Bunting's goal for the top secret co-ed plan is to keep the rat line
tradition as intact as possible.
But efforts to take the school private, and keep women out entirely will be
considered along with the co-ed plan on September 21st.
Martinsville and Henry County teachers are joining forces this year in the
hopes of better meeting the needs of special education students.
Two new programs are in place.
One will focus on reducing crime, violence and the drop out rate.
The other will work to improve programs for seriously emotionally disturbed
and disabled students.
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((J. DAVID MARTIN/HENRY COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT: WE REALLY DON'T HAVE TO HIRE
NEW STAFF. ALL IS IN PLACE. THE STATE GIVES US INCENTIVES CAPITALIZING ON
WHAT DOCTOR TROLLINGER STATED. WE WILL BE RECEIVING SOME INCENTIVES MONETARILY
GOING INTO A JOINT VENTURE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION. ))
SUPER=01-J. David Martin/Henry Co. Superintendent;
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School officials say these pilot programs may help ease the way for more
consolidation in the future.
A Roanoke County company has developed a robotic device that could save
railroads lots of time and money.
Systems Technology of Virginia, or S-T-I, introduced its Sideframe Milling
It makes it easier to rebuild sideframes, which sit between the body of a
boxcar and its wheels.
By hand it takes two people about an hour to restore a sideframe.
This new machine does it in just three minutes.
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((SCOTT REPSHER/STI PARTNER: THIS MACHINE CAN BE USED FOR ANY TYPE AND SIZE OF
SIDEFRAME. WITH SMALL ENGINEERING CHANGES ANYONE FROM EVEN A EUROPEAN SPEC
RAILROAD SYSTEM CAN USE THIS.))
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S-T-I built the product for Norfolk Southern.
Other railroads have expressed interest in the machine.
S-T-I expects it will hire 15 to 25 people in the next year to handle the
The company makes a variety of other robotic machines.
It set up shop here about a year ago.
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Still to come on News 7 at 11,
An Academy Award winning actress passes away in Barbados
And we'll see how an artist is taking to a Henry County school in an effort
to turn it inside out.
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Academy Award winning actress Claudette Colbert has died.
A funeral home director says Colbert died today at her home in Barbados.
Colbert starred in dozens of Hollywood films in the 1930's and '40's.
But she was best known for her performance as a runaway heiress in the 1934
comedy, "It Happened One Night."
That film won several Oscars including one for Colbert as best actress.
Colbert was 92 years old.
Students at a Martinsville elementary school might not believe their eyes
when they return this Fall.
A mural artist has transformed the school into a world of nature and
Kimberly McBroom gives us a look.
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SUPER=01-Roger Carroll/Mural Artist; :24
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( If you enjoyed watching painter Bob Ross on P-B-S-- you'll find the work
of Roger Carroll equally captivating.
Like Ross, Carroll is a soft- spoken artist who uses his talent to bring
art to life for children.
Carroll has painted murals at schools across Virginia and North Carolina.
His most recent project-- splashing color to the halls and cafeteria of
Druid Hills Elementary School in Martinsville.
((ROGER CARROLL/MURAL ARTIST: TRIED TO MAKE THE INDOORS APPEAR LIKE THEY'RE
OUTDOORS. THE THEORY BEHIND THAT IS IF THE CHILDREN FEEL LESS CONFINED, FEEL
GOOD ABOUT WHERE THEY'RE AT-- THEY'LL JUST NATURALLY DO BETTER. ))
Built in 1959, the school has the typical white, cinderblock walls.
But with a stroke of Carroll's paintbrush, the school looks less like an
institution-- and more like a scene from a storybook.
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((THE YOUNG LADY'S READING A BOOK ABOUT LAURA INGALLS WILDER'S, "LITTLE HOUSE
ON THE PRAIRIE" AND AS SHE'S READING THE BOOK, SHE ACTUALLY GETS INTO THE BOOK
SO DEEPLY, SHE FEELS LIKE SHE'S RIGHT THERE WITH THEM. ))
The Parent Teacher Organization raised funds for Carroll's three- week
stint at the school.
Carroll says his art will not only make the school more attractive to
students, but also makes it feel more like home.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Martinsville.))
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Still to come tonight, Steve Mason checks in from Panthers camp,
with a look at what will likely be the team's strong suit again this year -
the team's DEFENSE.
The St. Louis Rams finally got number one pick Lawrence Phillips in camp
yesterday signing him to a 3 year $5.6 million dollar contract.
The former Nebraska star who'se had his chare of trouble off the field dod
not receive a signing bonus.
Atlantic Coast Conference football invaded the Homestead today in the
1996 ACC kickoff.
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Players from each of the 9 conference universities were on hand.
Florida State's Warrick Dunn was among the stars in attendance.
The seminoles are picked to win the ACC; there top warrior showed up to
offer his thoughts on his 96 team.
((BOBBY BOWDEN/FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Bowden/Florida State Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...a good club"
George Welsh and his Cavs are picked second. The win over the seminoles has
helped more than just his squad.
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((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=....FSU with that"
The Dallas Cowboys say Michael irvin may report to training camp by the end
of this week, but right now he may not be that welcome in the Dallas community
when he returns.
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Yesterday the two women who were arrested in a hotel room with him 2 months
ago were back in court looking to work out a pleas agreement.
But the judge was not interested in working out a deal for the topless
Meanwhile, just last week, Irvin who has been living in Miami, was spotted in
a topless club in Ft. Lauderdale.
The USTA Challenger of Roanoke tennis tournament began its main draw today
with five first round matches taking place.
One player who began today chasing the the 25 thousand dollars in prize
money is Mashona Washington.
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Washington is ranked 294TH in the world and has set some high goals for the
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((MASHONA WASHINGTON/RANKED 294TH IN WORLD:))
SUPER=01-Mashona Washington/Ranked 294th in World; :00
OUT Q=...by this year"
The 20 year old has deep blood lines in tennis. Her brother is 27 year old
Wimbledon runner up Malavai Washington who is now competing in the Atlanta
William Washington serves as both father and coach. He was in Atlanta just
this week and although his son, who is ranked 12th in the world, did not win
Wimbledon, there is still much to be proud of.
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((WILLIAM WASHINGTON/MASHONA'S AND MALAVAI'S FATHER AND COACH:))
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Mashona was knocked out the tournament tonight losing to Australia's Trudy
Musgrave 6-7, 7-5 and 7-6, with the last set going down to a 7 to 4 tiebreaker.
Her brother also lost to Sergei Brugrera today at the Olympics in Atlanta.
The New York Mets got their first look at Carlos Baerga last night, one day
after picking him up in a trade with Cleveland.
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Baerga wasn't too happy about the trade, but he put his emotions aside and
took care of business yesterday as his pinch hit single in the eighth inning
drove in Andy Tomberlin with the game SUPER=35-New York/5/Pittsburgh/4;
winning run in his first at bat as a Met as New York beats Pittsburgh 5-to-4.
Boston's Jose Canseco is reportedly out for the rest of the season due to a
Jose failed to accompany the team to Kansas City for last night's game and
he is expected to undergo surgery within the next 10 days to repair a ruptured
Canseco who has already missed 18 games this season, re-injured his back
during batting practice and was not in the lineup Friday against Minnesota.
He was batting .308 with 28 homers and 77 RBI's in 85 games.
The Carolina Panthers proved last season that defense rules as they managed
to win 8 games in their first season.
The leader of that defense was veteran Sam Mills - who is back again ready
to make some moise.
Steve Mason has more from Spartanburg.
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SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Panthers Linebacker; :13
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Eric Davis/All Pro Cornerback; :55
SUPER=01-Tyrone Poole/Panthers Cornerback; 1:27
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((Sam Mill's son is 18 years old, that's just 5 years younger than Carolina
quarterback Kerry Collins. His play in carolina's inaugural season was one main
reason the Panthers finished the year with the 7th rated defense in the league.
((SAM MILLS:PANTHERS INSIDE LINEBACKER:))
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
Mills lead the team in tackles last season with 130. he also had 6
interceptions. The off season acquisition of Pittsburgh all pro linebacker
Kevin Green should help Mills. There are other factors that should take some of
the pressure off the 37 year old.
((ERIC DAVIS/ALL PRO CORNERBACK:))
Davis will now take each opponents top receiver, which alleviates some
pressure off Tyrone Poole, another Panther corner who, although extremely fast,
has taken some heat having trouble with big receivers.
((TYRONE POOLE/PANTHERS CORNERBACK:))
The clock is ticking for this panther defense, the unit's average age is 30
years old. In Spartanburg South Carolina, Steve mason News 7 sports.))
Trend- setting teenagers have found a new way to turn heads--
Wild Cherry and Kickin' Kiwi Lime aren't just Kool-Aid flavors-- they're
now hair colors.
Intern reporter Stacey Martin tells us about this latest fad.
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SUPER=07-Anne Sacco; :31
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(( Teens. They're into everything from tattooing to tongue-piercing and now
kool-aid...only they're not drinking it, they're wearing it.
Hair dyes with names like Wild Cherry and Kickin'-Kiwi Lime are gaining in
popularity with younger crowds.
It's believed to be in part because of celebrities like Dennis Rodman but
teens say it's more about being different.
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((ANNE SACCO/KOOL-AID HAIR ADVOCATE;
HOW MUCH DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU GUYS TO BE DIFFERENT? A LOT. WHY IS THAT?
WANT TO STAND OUT. DON'T WANT TO BE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.))
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Besides looking unusual, the trend has some good points.
It's inexpensive--4 packs of kool-aid run about one dollar.
And, it's easy to use--a little styling gel, a squirt of water--mix, paste
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IT'S NOT GOING TO HURT THE KIDS. YOU MAY THINK THEY LOOK WEIRD AND THEY'RE
DOPERS OR WHATEVER BUT THEY'RE REALLY NOT. THEY'RE GOOD KIDS. THEY REALLY ARE
THEY JUST WANT TO LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT.))
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All of this makes for a hairy situation for Kraft, the makers of kool-aid.
But, company representatives are quick to note that it's not part of their
Stacey Martin, News 7, Roanoke.))