Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
The man charged with killing a Vinton family is brought back to Roanoke
Just what will happen to the old Henry County Courthouse-
Plus Lynchburg's new semi pro football team is storming into town.
news 7 is next
Earl Bramblett is back in the Roanoke Valley tonight.
He has been charged with the multiple murders of a Vinton family, and
Bramblett said he would resist coming back to Virginia, but came back
without a fight.
We'll have a full report.
There are no signs of foreign involvement in the Olympic Park bombing -
that's according to the FBI.
Security Guard Richard Jewell is still a suspect, but has not been
And we'll show you why one farmer's crop attracting tourists.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The man who's been the subject of a two- year capital murder investigation
in Vinton was brought back to the Roanoke Valley tonight.
Earl Conrad Bramblett waived extradition, rather than fight being
transferred to Virginia from South Carolina.
The 54-year old suspect has lived in Spartanburg for most of the past two
Police confirmed tonight that Bramblett has been their principle suspect
from the beginning- -
SUPER=04-August 29, 1994
from the day they discovered the bodies of a family of four in their burned out
home on East Virginia Avenue.
Bramblett was a friend of the Hodges family, had practically lived with
Blane and Teresa and their two girls.
Police won't discuss a motive and won't say what led to the arrest Tuesday.
IN Q=It will be
((CHIEF RICK FOUTZ/VINTON POLICE: IT WILL BE A VERY INTERESTING CASE. THAT'S
ALL I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW. BUT WHEN THE CASE BEGINS TO UNFOLD AND PEOPLE
WILL REALIZE WHY IT TOOK 23 MONTHS IT'S A VERY COMPLEX CASE AND A VERY UNUSUAL
CASE. A circumstantial case? A CIRCUMSTANTIAL CASE.))
SUPER=01-Rick Foutz/Vinton Police Chief
OUT Q=circumstantial case.
(double out| Q&A are the same.)
Bramblett was brought first to the Vinton Police department for processing,
than taken to the Roanoke County jail in Salem, where he awaits trial for
capital murder and arson.
A bill that ends the federal guarantee of Welfare is on it way to
The Senate passed the bill tonight.
It will end the guarantee of cash assistance to the poor.
Under the bill, federal funds will be turned over to the states in lump
sums with the states making key decisions about how the money will be spent
The measure is expected to save taxpayers 54 billion dollars over six
Million of Americans will have access to health insurance under a bill
passed by the House tonight.
The measure guarantees workers can keep coverage if they change
or lose their jobs -- regardless of their health.
Senate approval is expected tomorrow- and President Clinton's signature is
A not guilty verdict for two of President Clinton's associates in the
Second Whitewater Trial.
A federal jury acquitted two bankers of mis-using bank funds to help Bill
Clinton's political career.
Herby Branscum Junior and Robert Hill were found not guilty
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR;
of misapplying funds and conspiracy to boost Clinton's campaign for Governor.
A juror spoke to reporters tonight.
((WELL WE FELT THE GOVERNMENT DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SWING THE VERDICT
OUT Q=VERDICT THEIR WAY."
The two were accused of trying to hide large cash transactions from the
Internal Revenue Service and funneling bank funds to political campaigns.
Independent counsel Kenneth Starr may seek a retrial on seven other counts
on which the jury deadlocked.
The FBI says there is no sign of a foreign hand in the Olympic Park
Meanwhile federal agents spent the day searching a cabin that security
guard Richard Jewell rented before moving to Atlanta.
But Jewell has not been charged- and the FBI says there are hundreds of
investigators working on several leads.
((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR: THEY WILL NOT LEAVE ANY STONE UNTURNED. THERE ARE A
NUMBER OF GOOD LEADS THAT THEY HAVE. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SUSPECTS THEY'RE
SUPER=01-Louis Freeh/FBI Director;
OUT Q=THEY'RE LOOKING AT."
Freeh says sometimes suspects are brought forward and let go.
He says it's all part of the investigative process.
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SUPER=03-Off Long Island;
Rough seas are slowing the investigation of TWA Flight 800- High wind and
ten foot waves brought the work to a halt.
((ROBERT FRANCIS/NAT'L TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: IT IS VERY ROUGH OUT THERE.
FOUR OR FIVE OF US STANDING UP HERE HAVE BLACK AND BLUE MARKS TO ATTEST TO
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/National Trans. Safety Board;
OUT Q=to attest to that."
It's also slow going in the lab as well- where sources say they have not
found any evidence of chemical residue on plane parts.
((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR: WE HAVE NOT FOUND WHAT WE WOULD VIEW TO BE CREDIBLE
EVIDENCE OF A CRIMINAL ACT. ))
SUPER=01-Louis Freeh/FBI Director;
OUT Q=OF A CRIMINAL ACT.
Freeh did say it took one week after the Pan Am Crash before finding a tiny
piece of a swiss timing device.
And Freeh pointed out that wreckage was on land.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, Yokohama announces layoffs.
Automoblie air bags are facing some changes,
And we'll meet some people who are outstanding in their field as they look
into the latest batch of crop circles.
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Air bags may save lives- but they can be dangerous for children.
Now the government wants new warnings in vehicles pointing out their
((THIS WILL BE THE NEW WARNING. YOU WEILL BE ABLE TO CLEARLY SEE THIS. THIS
WILL GET YOUR ATTENTION. ))
SUPER=01-Leon Panetta/Transportation Secretary;
OUT Q=WILL GET YOUR ATTENTION."
Panetta also wants on off switches for air bags inside cars.
Kids can sometimes get caught between the air bag and the car.
Air bags are blamed in the deaths of 22 children.
Yokohama Tire adjustment of production and inventory in its Salem plant has
prompted the first layoffs there since 1989.
The company made it official today, announcing that over the next few weeks,
44 people will be laid off.
Yokohama first circulated word of impending cutbacks last week, but no firm
numbers were given.
The company has also begun a one- week plant shutdown.
Yokohama is one of the region's largest employers, with nearly 800
The Blue Ridge Regional Jail is still on the drawing board, but starting
today it has a new administrator.
Chris Webb is heading up the project that will oversee construction of a new
prison in Lynchburg, and the expansion of three existing jails in central
Webb has spent the past six years as superintendent of State Correctional
Unit Number 9 in Rustburg-
His local ties may have given him an edge up for the job.
IN Q=We were interested
((SHERIFF ROBERT MAXEY/REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY: WE WERE INTERESTED IN FINDING
THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB, AND NOT NECESSARILY SOMEBODY LOCAL, BUT I THINK
THAT WE WERE FORTUNATE IN THE FACT THAT CHRIS DID APPLY, HE'S VERY QUALIFIED
AND HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE VIRGINIA SYSTEM IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE AN ASSET TO
SUPER=01-Sheriff Robert Maxey/Regional Jail Authority; :00
OUT Q=asset to us.
Webb was one of 67 applicants from across the nation who applied for the
If you're a Virginia politician and don't have a seat on an environmental
commission -- you're just out of the loop.
Going green and getting headlines is the latest trend in Richmond.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Tuesday afternoon
SUPER=01-Attorney Gen. Jim Gilmore/Commission Chairman: :05
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D) Norfolk; :17
SUPER=01-Patti Jackson/James River Assoc.; :39
SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Va. GOP Caucus; :59
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Tuesday afternoon.
The Governor's Commission on Environmental Stewardship.
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: WE WANT TO FIND MORE AND BETTER WAYS TO CLEAN
THE ENVIRONMENT, TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE
The General Assembly's Subcommittee on the Future of Virginia's Environment.
sot 05;21:09 TAPE ONE
((DEL. TOM MOSS/D-NORFOLK: I'M WELL AWARE...GOING TO HAVE.))
This much manpower looking at environmental regulations has got to be good
news for environmentalists.
((PATTI JACKSON/JAMES RIVER ASSOCIATION: IF THOSE CONTINUE TO BE RATCHETED
DOWN TO THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, TO THE FEDERAL MINIMUM, ALL THE WHILE
THERE'S TALKING GOING ON - THEY'RE TALKING THE TALK, BUT NOT WALKING THE WALK
-- THEN I THINK IT'S GONNA MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE OVER WHETHER THEY'RE REALLY
TRYING TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OR WHETHER THEY'RE JUST TRYING TO SORT OF A
GREEN VENEER ON THINGS.))
sot tape one 04:53:38
((SCOTT LEAKE/VA. GOP CAUCUS: IN AUGUST, WHEN NOTHING MUCH ELSE IS HAPPENING,
YOU CAN HAVE A COMMISSION MEET ON ... SAID AND DONE AT THIS OFFICIAL
So while the Governor's making waves over cleaner rivers, environmentalists
and political observers hope the politicians aren't just testing the waters for
some feel-good 1997 election year legislation.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The Henry County Courthouse is about to be replaced.
The question now is what to do with it.
One group wants part of it renovated as an historical museum.
And as Kimberly McBroom reports, many residents agree.
IN Q=Serving for two centuries
SUPER=01-Eric Monday/M'ville-Henry Co. Historical Soc.; :17
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :34
SUPER=01-Tim Martin/Uptown Business Assoc.; :44
SUPER=01-Roscoe Gillispie/Henry Co. Resident; 1:05
OUT Q=News 7, Henry county
(( Serving for two centuries as the Henry County courthouse, this building
has stood the test of time.
But now that this landmark is showing its age-- the Martinsville-- Henry
County Historical Society is trying to preserve it.
They envision at least a portion of the courthouse as a museum.
SOT TAPE 2 19:57:07
((ERIC MONDAY/M'VILLE-HENRY CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WE HAVE A HISTORY OF
INDIVIDUALISM, OF INDUSTRIOUSNESS, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP THAT I THINK COULD NOT
ONLY SERVE TO BE A SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR OUR RESIDENTS, BUT COULD ALSO BE A GOOD
MARKETING TOOL FOR OUR REGION AS WE TRY TO BUILD AN ECONOMY FOR THE NEXT
Even as construction of the new courthouse nears completion--many
residents consider the old one as a cornerstone of the county's heritage and a
haven for its future. (/////SOT/////)
SOT TAPE 1 19:15:29
((TIM MARTIN/UPTOWN BUSINESS ASSOC.: IF WE TAKE OUR COURTHOUSE AWAY, OR DO
SOMETHING IN IT THAT DOES NOT MAINTAIN OUR UPTOWN AREA AND MAKE IT INTO A
MUSEUM OR WHATEVER IT MAY BE IN RETROSPECT TO WHAT EVERYBODY'S BEEN SAYING--
THEN WE'LL TEAR OUR CORE OUT, OUR HEART. ))
Some say a museum would benefit those who remember the area's history--
and those who have yet to learn about it.
SOT TAPE 1 19:23:06
((ROSCOE GILLISPIE/HENRY CO. RESIDENT: DURING MY CLASSES, I HAVE ASKED HIGH
SCHOOL STUDENTS, "WHO WAS HENRY COUNTY NAMED AFTER?" THEY DON'T KNOW. ))
SOT first standup please 20:17:05
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER, WHEN THE NEW COURTHOUSE
IS EXPECTED TO OPEN-- THE COUNTY WILL BE ASKING FOR MORE PUBLIC INPUT. THEY
SAY IT WILL ULTIMATELY BE THE RESIDENTS WHO DECIDE THE FATE OF AN OLD LANDMARK.
KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.))
Soft Music Under
Still to come on News 7 at 11,
the tobacco market opens under a cloud as the threat of further legislation
hangs over the industry,
And we'll tell you why Lynchburg is bracing itself for a storm. It's even
one they're willing to pay for.
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Hundreds were on hand in Danville this morning to witness one of the
South's oldest traditions.
IN Q=Nat sound
OUT Q=sold in Danville, Va.
Holland's Tobacco Warehouse was the site of "opening day" for the flue-cured
tobacco market in Danville.
The past few months haven't been easy for Southside farmers considering this
summer's drought like conditions.
The rain which has fallen over the past ten days has helped significantly.
Depending on the type sold, the golden leaf went for anywhere from a dollar
sixty to a dollar eighty seven a pound.
In fact, many experts are predicting a good selling season.
((CLARENCE BRYANT/TOBACCO FARMER:UNFORTUNATELY SOME OF OUR COUNTERPARTS TO THE,
IN THE EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA HAVE FALLEN ON, YOU KNOW HARD TIMES BECAUSE OF
THE HURRICANE, THAT'S GOING TO CAUSE THE MARKET UP THIS WAY, TO TRY AND GET THE
TOBACCO THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE DOWN THERE, SO I THINK THE MARKET WILL BE GOOD.
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Tobacco Farmer; :00
OUT Q=will be good.
During opening ceremonies, retiring Congressman L- F Payne got a letter
signed by local tobacco farmers and warehouse officials thanking him for his
years of support.
Some call it the work of UFO's, other dismiss it as a man-made hoax.
Either way, this crop circle is a mystery to Farmer J. Cornel-issen.
The flattened grain area measures 36 feet across, which is much larger
than other unexplained circles.
Cornelissen spotted the phenomenon, but kept it a secret because he was
leery of "circle tourists."
He was found out though when a crop circle researcher got lost and
stumbled onto the field.
We are now two-thirds of the way through the summer from a weather record
standpoint and in general it has been slightly cooler than normal. Lynchburg
and Roanoke ran rainfall deficits of more than an inch while Blacksburg got
soaked and was four inches above normal. Now let's check with Patrick Evans
for the latest stats in our August almanac.
OUT Q=...news 7 weather
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/60-64/Partly/Sunny/82-84;
SUPER=332-Clear Skies/Patchy Fog/52-55/Partly/Sunny/77-80;
Jeff Gordon dusts the field at Indy today to easily win the pole for the
The Brickyard 400 isn't until Saturday, but the folks in the Indianapolis
area have already had a big day's worth of racing.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ESPN; :00
Last night the NASCAR Craftsman Super Truck series took center stage at
Indianapolis Raceway park in the Cummins 200.
This would turn into an all out chase with everybody trying to catch MIke
Skinner in the Goodwrench Chevy.
Jimmy Hensley in his Dodge went from 8th to 2nd and dogged Skinner to the
halfway point and beyond.
But Jimmy's truck lost a cylinder midway through the final 100 lap segment,
and Skinner would never falter as he leads all 200 laps from start to finish to
capture his 12th career Super Truck victory.
Jeff Gordon continues to be the Dominator of Indy.
Yesterday he won the pole for Saturday Brickyard 400 in dominating fashion.
In the 3 years NASCAR has been coming to the track, Gordon has a win and two
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ESPN; :00
Despite all of his injuries, Dale Earnhardt strapped himself inside the
Goodwrench Chevy and went out and did a great job qualifying 13th.
Rick Mast, the 1994 pole winner at Indy was fast again qualifying 8th.
Mark Martin had the pole for much of the day as the Valvoline Ford turned a
lap at 175 point 9 miles an hour.
But with just six cars to go Jeff Gordon came out onto the track and blew
everybody away with a track record lap at 176 point 419 miles an hour.
IN Q="I HAD NO CLUE...
((JEFF GORDON/BRICKYARD 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Brickyard 400 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...THAT'S AWESOME."
Gordon, who did much of his early racing in Indiana, was definitely a popular
choice with the Brickyard crowd.
IN Q="There isn't...
OUT Q=...TO BE HERE."
Dale Jarrett was 24th fastest despite hitting the outside wall in turn four.
Now let's check the top 25.
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SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Gordon/176.419/2. Mark Martin/175.922/3. Lake Speed//4. Ken
Schrader//5. Bobby Hillin Jr.;
SUPER=0107-6. Joe Nemechek//7. Bill Elliott//8. Rick Mast//9. Terry
Labonte//10. Greg Sacks;
SUPER=0107-11. Sterling Marlin//12. Kyle Petty//13. D. Earnhardt//14. Johnny
Benson//15. Ernie Irvan;
SUPER=0107-16. Hut Stricklin//17. Rusty Wallace//18. W. Dallenbach//19. J.
Mayfield//20. J. Spencer;
SUPER=0107-21. Ted Musgrave//22. Brett Bodine//23. Bobby Labonte//24. Dale
Jarrett//25. Dick Trickle;
Stacy Compton was 44th fastest over five miles an hour off the pace at 171
miles an hour.
One of the kings of Indy and Cart racing Emerson Fittipaldi says he
may never race again.
Fittipaldi was released yesterday from a Miami hospital where he had surgery
for a serious neck injury suffered in a crash last weekend.
Doctors say the two-time Indy 500 champ will recover well enough to compete
again if he changes his mind.
Former UMASS star Marcus Camby is making news again, but this time it's not
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season; :00
Camby, who led the Minutemen to a 35-2 record last year may now have led
them to a forfeiture of the season.
According to the Boston Globe the star center has admitted to a school
committee that he accepted gifts and money from agents during his sophomore and
The school is expected to close the investigation by the end of the
summer, at which time they will report to the NCAA.
The Baltimore Orioles have already picked up a win this afternoon on the road
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/Orioles vs, Twins; :00
Brady Anderson got the game winning his in the 5TH inning as he dropped this
single into right center field and chased home Chris Hoiles and Jeffrey
The Orioles win it 4-to-2 and complete a three game sweep of the Twins.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Rockies vs. Cubs; :00
Over in the national league, the Chicago Cubs beat the Rockies 4-to-1 this
afternoon for the team's 4th straight win.
Sammy Sosa slammed his 37th homer to spark the win.
The Cubs have now won eight of their last nine games.
Still no word tonight on whether or not Carl Lewis will get his chance to
earn a record 10th gold medal.
This afternoon Leroy Burrell had to withdraw from the the men's 4 by 100
relay team due to acute achilles tendinitis opening the door for Lewis to step
in and run for the gold.
IN Q="If I get...
((CARL LEWIS/9 TIME GOLD MEDAL WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Carl Lewis/9 Time Gold Medal Winner; :00
OUT Q=...to win Saturday."
Tonight Michael Johnson won the men's 200 meter run to add to his 400 meter
title and he did it in record time 19 point 32 seconds.
Still to come tonight in sports, a Dixie League team from Vinton rolls out of
the valley for Mississippi,
And the Roanoke Riverdawgs are getting ready to host a big playoff game
tomorrow night at Victory Stadium.
Tonight at 8, the Roanoke Riverdawgs open the first round of the Premiere
League playoffs at Victory Stadium, in their first appearance at the City
IN Q=" I think
((MIKE DUNNE/RIVERDAWGS CENTER DEFENDER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Dunne/Riverdawgs Center Defender; :00
OUT Q=...we're a good team"
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Roanoke will play the Nashville Metros, a team the Riverdawgs have
already beaten twice this season.
((NATHAN FAIRCHILD/RIVERDAWGS MIDFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Nathan Fairchild/Riverdawgs Midfielder; :00
OUT Q=...ready for the game"
The Vinton Dixie boys baseball 13-14 year old all stars will play in the
Dixie World series this weekend.
SUPER=03-Vinton/This Evening; :00
The Vinton team won the Dixie state championship last week and is now one
of 12 teams that will vie for the world series title.
((JIM ADKINS/VINTON HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Adkins/Vinton Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...down there"
With the community behind them, the team left for Cleveland, Mississippi
earlier tonight, the city hosting the double elimination tournament.
IN Q="We will
OUT Q=wednesday we hope"
Don't bother to check the weather forecasts... Lynchburg residents can
expect a "Storm" to hit the Hill City Saturday night.
Steve Smallshaw has more on the re-birth of the city's semi-pro football
IN Q=I thought when
SUPER=01-Rob Cox/Storm General Manager; :33
SUPER=01-Chris Ellis/Sports Capital of VA; 1:00
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
IN Q=I thought when
((I THOUGHT WHEN I STARTED THAT NOTHING COULD FEEL BETTER THAN ACTUALLY SUITING
UP AND BEING ON THE FIELD, BUT I TELL YOU, WALKING DOWN HERE, TALKING TO YOU,
KNOWING THAT MY WORK FOR THE LAST YEAR IS GETTING READY TO COME, NOTHING COULD
FEEL ANY BETTER.))
OUT Q=feel any better.
Welcome to Rob Cox's field of dreams.
In about forty- eight hours, when the Lynchburg Storm plays its first game
here at City Stadium, Cox would like to see all 14- thousand seats filled with
An ambitious goal, but then, this is an ambitious man...with something to
prove to his community.
IN Q=My philosophy
((ROB COX/STORM GENERAL MANAGER: MY PHILOSOPHY RIGHT NOW IS I OWE THE CITY OF
LYNCHBURG AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS. I OWE THEM NOW. AND MY PHILOSOPHY IS TO
PUT A GOOD PRODUCT OUT HERE AND HAVE THE FANS AND BRING GOOD FOOTBALL TO
OUT Q=football to Lynchburg.
Lynchburg's previous semi-pro football team, the Jaguars, sputtered for a
few years before dying a quiet death in 1995.
Cox knows the Storm will be different...and with the backing of the chamber
of commerce, they're slowly making a name for themselves and the city.
IN Q=It will get
((CHRIS ELLIS/SPORTS CAPITAL OF VA: IT WILL GET LYNCHBURG'S NAME OUT THERE AND
HELP MARKET THE CITY, AND THEN ALSO ECONOMICALLY IT'S JUST LIKE OPENING UP
ANOTHER SMALL BUSINESS IN LYNCHBURG. I THINK IT'LL HELP IN MANY DIFFERENT
OUT Q=different areas.
IN Q=I do know
((COX: I DO KNOW I HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE. BUT WHAT'S GOING TO MAKE US
SUCCESSFUL IS PEOPLE COMING OUT HERE AND WATCHING THE PROGRAM.))
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=the program.