An arrest in a quadruple murder and arson two summers ago.
Coming up on NEWS 7, a major development in the Hodges murders and the
"friend" of the family police have suspected all along... but only today
indicted and apprehended.
And the V-M-I Board meets in Richmond to begin fashioning a plan for female
Tonight in sports, the USTA of Roanoke continues at Hunting Hills with
Malavai Washington's sister in action, the Panthers hope be on the defensive
once again this year.
And Carl Lewis tells us what it's like to win his 9th gold medal!!
Very heavy showers over parts of the mountain state and to the south in the
Carolinas. We are in between systems for the moment but some rain is on the
It was the most horrendous crime in the Roanoke Valley in modern memory.
Now nearly two years later police think they've solved the case and have a
suspect in custody.
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 29, 1994
It was the murder of a family of four. Teresa Hodges was strangled. Her
husband, Blaine shot to death, along with their two daughters. The house was
then set on fire.
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The next day police questioned Earl Bramblett, a friend of the family who
occasionally spent the night at the house on East Virginia Avenue.
But Bramblett was not very cooperative.
Bramblett was indicted today for capital murder, three counts of first-
degree murder and related arson charges. He was arrested this afternoon just
before two o'clock in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Prosecutor Skip Burkart praised Vinton and State Police for pursuing the
most minute pieces of evidence, conducting hundreds of interviews in a
tremendously complex case.
IN Q=It's just taken
((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. AS I'VE
INDICATED TO ALL THE MEDIA FROM THE START I WASN'T GOING TO CHARGE ANYBODY
UNTIL I FELT WE HAD A CASE THAT WE COULD CHARGE AND WIN.))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Atty;
OUT Q=charge and win.
The neighborhood where the Hodges lived is reacting with surprise and relief
tonight to the news of Bramblett's arrest.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
Ron Jones has been talking to neighbors.
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(Rollcue: justice is served)
IN Q=I thought it should
OUT Q=conquered this job
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Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
GRAPHIC=VMI Supreme Court
IF they admit women, they're looking to Texas for ideas.
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
"adversitive- style" co-education of 100 female cadets.
IN Q=General Bunting
((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.))
SUPER=01-William Berry/VMI Board Chairman; :00
SUPER=01-Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :12
OUT Q=of people.
Bunting's goal for the top secret co-ed plan is to keep the rat line
tradition as intact as possible.
But efforts to make the school private, and- -in the process- -keep women
out entirely will be considered along with the co-ed plan on September 21st.
The Federal Election Commission is taking Pat Robertson's Christian
Coalition to court.
After years of maintaining that his Chesapeake, Virginia -based organization
is NOT political, Robertson's being sued for allegedly promoting Republican
candidates for president and Congress.
Robertson and director Ralph Reed oversee voter guides, conferences, direct
mail efforts, and phone banks that the Commission alleges have all targeted
Republican voters in an effort to get Republicans elected.
Virginia Democratic Party chairwoman Sue Wrenn applauds the lawsuit.
Wrenn points out Ralph Reed took public credit for helping Virginia Beach
state Senator Ken Stolle (STAH-lee) get elected in 1991.
Stolle (STAH-lee) is vying for the GOP nomination to run for Attorney
General in Virginia next year.
A mail order company in Roanoke has agreed to provide refunds to hundreds of
Telebrands reached an agreement with attorneys general in 17 states, to
reimburse people who bought possibly unsafe hearing aids.
The amount of the settlement comes to 515-thousand dollars.
The product was called Whisper X-L, and Telebrands is required to provide a
refund to anyone who asks for one within 90 days.
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Coming up on News 7 at Six-
A state official decides what to do about the store that sold beer to a
Roanoke County teenager--the boy who later caused a fatal accident.
And it's been a favorite drink for kids for years--but now some teenagers
are putting Kool Aid in their HAIR. We'll explore this latest trend.
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GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
The OTHER Warner is becoming more of a household name in Virginia, but it's
not helping him gain much ground in the race for U-S Senate.
A News 7 Mason/Dixon poll shows if Virginians cast their ballots today 53
percent would vote for incumbent John Warner over challenger Mark Warner.
John Warner's support is down six percentage points from a month ago.
The poll indicates Mark Warner has his highest level of support so far, with
28 percent of the vote.
And perhaps benefiting from an intense media campaign, Mark Warner is
becoming more well known.
87 percent of Virginians know WHO he is, but less than 30 percent have a
favorable view of him.
In contrast, more than half of those polled have favorable opinions of
incumbent John Warner.
For years, Glenvar teenagers have said it was the place to buy beer.
Though the current owner of Riverside Quickette had never been cited for
A-B-C violations before, a hearing officer has now concluded the store DID sell
alcohol to a minor on ONE occasion.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape
The store will lose its wine and beer licence for 30 days- -TWENTY days, if
Fred Dotson wants to pay a one-thousand dollar fine.
All that stems from the drunk driving fatality involving a 16-year old
honor student who struck and killed a teacher ten days before Christmas.
The hearing examiner cited the boy's age- -he was 16 at the time... and
intoxication- -he said he was already drunk when he went in the store... as
aggravating factors in the offense.
County police sent in a couple of 20-year olds two weeks later. They both
bought beer from the same clerk, but the hearing officer did the same thing a
district judge did... concluded a "reasonable person" could have thought they
A man charged with raping and killing an elderly Floyd County woman entered
an insanity plea today.
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./June 1992
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
Governor George Allen has taken his latest step toward protecting the
The Governor's Commission on Environmental Stewardship convened for the
first time today.
Its charge is to review environmental regulations and policies, get citizens
more involved -- and in keeping with the Allen legacy, keep big business in
IN Q=We ought
((ATTORNEY GEN. JIM GILMORE/COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO FIND
GOOD WAYS TO CLEAN THE ENVIRONMENT...AT THE SAME TIME.))
((ALBERT POLLARD/VA. SIERRA CLUB: TOMMY HUDSON, WHO'S A LOBBYIST FOR THE
CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION, IS ON THE BOARD. IT CERTAINLY MAKES YOU
THINK THAT THEY MIGHT BE WILLING TO GIVE DRACULA THE KEYS TO THE BLOOD BANK.
BUT WE'RE GOING TO RESERVE JUDGMENT UNTIL THAT FINAL REPORT. THEY'RE ALSO TWO
MEMBERS OF THE SO-CALLED VIRGINIANS FOR PROPERTY RIGHTS.))
SUPER=01-Attorney Gen. Jim Gilmore/Commission Chairman; :00
SUPER=01-Albert Pollard/Va. Sierra Club; :14
OUT Q=Property Rights.
The property rights movement opposes zoning and other land use controls.
The stock market advanced today.
The Dow gained 47 points, closing at 54-hundred-82.
NASDAQ up five and a half points.
Trends come and go quickly, especially among teenagers.
But, for this latest one getting caught in the rain isn't exactly "cool."
Intern reporter Stacey Martin explains.
IN Q=Teens. They're into
SUPER=01-Anne Sacco/Kool-Aid Hair Advocate;
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke.
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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IN Q=How much does
((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.))
OUT Q=like everyone else
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
SOT 13.59.09 - 13.59.13
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IN Q=It's not going
IT'S NOT GOING TO HURT THE KIDS. YOU MAY THINK THEY LOOK WEIRD AND THEY'RE
DOOPERS OR WHATEVER BUT THEY'RE REALLY NOT. THEY'RE GOOD KIDS. THEY REALLY
ARE THEY JUST WANT TO LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT.))
OUT Q=a little different
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
SM, News 7, Roanoke.
Coming your way tonight in sports, Carl Lewis talks about being golden for
the ninth time, Steve Mason gives us a look at the Carolina Panthers defense,
and we'll head out to the USTA event at Hunting Hills and meet a competitor
with some rich, competitive bloodlines.
The Centennial Olympic Park reopened to the public today, but most of the
folks in Atlanta were rejuvenated last night.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC Sports; :00
Father Time, Carl Lewis, who won four gold medals 12 years ago, shocked the
world last night as he won the long jump gold for the fourth straight Olympics.
The 35 year old legend says he didn't plan on coming to Atlanta to win his
nine gold medal.
IN Q="I came here...
((CARL LEWIS/9 GOLD MEDALS:))
SUPER=01-Carl Lewis/9 Gold Medals; :00
OUT Q=...APPARENTLY ENOUGH."
The Dream Team plays tonight, earlier today the US baseball team beat the
The USTA Challenger of Roanoke tournament is underway at Hunting Hills.
One player who has her sights on part of the 25 thousand dollars in prize
money is Mashona Washington.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Washington is ranked 311th in the world and has set some high goals for the
IN Q="I want..
((MASHONA WASHINGTON/RANKED 311TH IN WORLD:))
SUPER=01-Mashona Washington/Ranked 311th 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.
IN Q="He can say
((WILLIAM WASHINGTON/MASHONA'S AND MALAVAI'S FATHER AND COACH:))
SUPER=01-William Washington/Father and Coach; :00
Mashona has another brother that plays. 21 year old Mashiska is ranked
505th in the world.
In just a couple of weeks some of the top Club pros and amateur golfers in
the state will be at Hanging Rock golf Club in Salem.
Today organizers of the fifth annual Kazim Temple Mid-Atlantic tournament
took part in a newsconference on the club house porch.
This year's event is nearly twice as big as last year's.
IN Q="We started...
((MOODY DEVAUX/POTENTATE, KAZIM TEMPLE:))
((BILLY MCBRIDE/HANGING ROCK GOLF PRO:))
SUPER=01-Moody Devaux/Kazim Temple Potentate; :00
SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Golf Pro; :19
OUT Q=...THEM IN."
The one day tourney is set for August 12th.
In only their second year, the Carolina Panthers have built one of the top
defenses in the league.
Their leader is NFL veteran linebacker Sam Mills. Steve Mason has more on
this oldie but a goodie.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
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
OUT Q=...news 7 sports
((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.))
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Something old has become something new in Buchanan.
Now town officials are trying to capitalize.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Take a walk
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Harry Gleason/Buchanan Program Manager; :20
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County
((Take a walk down Main Street in Buchanan these days and you see some
New businesses have taken the place of empty lots, and the local economy is
Now officials are taking their revitalization efforts to the banks of the
They're proposing a new park--
And because of the recent discovery of a canal wall... the plan looks rock
IN Q=It was
((HARRY GLEASON/IT WAS LITERALLY BURIED ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE SOIL
LINE AND IT JUST APPEARED AS THOUGH THERE WAS A HILL THAT CAME DOWN. ))
OUT Q=came down
STAND UP 12:40:20
((They say it takes a lemon to make lemonade... and that's a pretty good
analogy in Buchanan.
This past winter, the James River flooded, and this area was covered with
debris-- so much in fact that volunteers were needed to clean up the mess.
One of those volunteers stumbled upon a piece of rock embedded in mud.
A few hours later, a significant portion of the wall was uncovered.))
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It was built sometime during the 1800's... but its been buried for at least
Even still, you can get a pretty good idea what the wall used to look like--
it was captured in an oil painting which hangs inside a local bank.
There's still no time table on the park... and the town hopes the majority
of funding will come through private donations.
But right now the WALL is completely visible.
And officials believe it will not only attract townspeople... but tourists
Scott Prince, News-7, Botetourt County.))
as well... because it's just a stone's throw from the Blue Ridge Parkway.