Two days after his arrest in South Carolina for multiple murder in Vinton,
Earl Bramblett is on his way back to stand trial.
We'll also hear from some of his suburban Spartanburg neighbors coming up
on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And a semi-pro football team taking the Hill City by storm.
Tonight in sports, Carl Lewis may get to run another gold afterall, Steve
Mason checks in on a Panthers with ties to tonight's 200 meter finals, Camby
may make UMass a mess,
And Jeff Gordon wins his second straight pole at Indy as he crushes the
Brickyard field in first round time trials today.
Looking for warmer weather? It may arrive by the weekend. Your hometown
weather story is just ahead.
Earl Bramblett is coming home.
When the multiple murder suspect was arrested Tuesday in South Carolina, he
originally said he would fight being sent back to Virginia.
He's changed his mind and is now on his way back to the Roanoke Valley in
the custody of Virginia State Police.
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 29, 1994 He'll be tried for capital murder and
arson in Roanoke County in the death of Teresa and Blaine Hodges and their two
IN Q=At least one
SUPER=02-Anthony Mabry/S.C. State Solicitor; :00
SUPER=01-Hurley Terry/Bramblett's Neighbor;
SUPER=01-Jimmy Haulbrook/Bramblett's Neighbor;
OUT Q=twice about it.
IN Q=At least one
((AT LEAST ONE OF THE VICTIMS WAS BURNED AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE.))
OUT Q=in Virginia.
Bramblett's jaw muscles tightened but he showed no other outward reaction as
the State's Attorney reviewed the charges he'll face in Virginia.
The 54-year old father of two tried to tell the judge about the house he'd
just bought in his sons' name.
He paid 3-thousand dollars for the condemned four-bedroom ranch in a blue-
collar suburb of Spartanburg.
Bramblett lived around the corner in the same neighborhood for most of the
last two years... in rental property.
Terry says detectives asked him and every parent on the block if Bramblett
had ever made any unwanted advances toward children.
Bramblett was formally accused of sexually molesting a ten-year old girl in
Roanoke in 1984, though that charge was dismissed.
Jimmy Haulbrook has a two-year old. He says he was probably Bramblett's
closest friend in Spartanburg.
IN Q=I wouldn't
((I WOULDN'T THINK ANYTHING ABOUT SAYING, "EARL WATCH THE HOUSE AND WATCH THE
LITTLE BOY, I'LL BE BACK IN A LITTLE WHILE." AND I WOULDN'T THINK TWICE ABOUT
OUT Q=about it.
Haulbrook says they've got to have a pretty strong case to convince him that
his friend killed a couple of kids and their parents.
A man from Danville was killed this morning after his car collided with a
Police say 24-year-old Shannon Flynn was entering Riverside Drive, when his
car was struck by an oncoming truck.
Flynn died at the hospital.
The driver of the truck was NOT hurt.
Police have NOT filed any charges.
A shadow appeared over this year's "Opening Day" for the Old Belt Tobacco
The dark cloud was created by the Food and Drug Administration's attempts
to regulate an industry that provides a living for thousands of Southside
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=Opening day
SUPER=01-Bobby Wilkerson/Tobacco Farmer; :43 QUICK!!!!
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( "Opening day" for the Old Belt Tobacco Market is one of the most
anticipated days of the year.
It's essentially "pay day" for thousands of Virginia tobacco farmers.
Those gathered at Hollands Tobacco Warehouse in Danville appeared content
with the price paid.
Depending on the type of tobacco sold-- farmers made anywhere from a dollar
sixty to a dollar eighty seven a pound.
For most of the summer, farmers have had to contend with drought like
But all that changed about ten days ago-- when the sky suddenly opened up
paving the way for an excellent crop.
Southside farmers, however, aren't out of the woods, just yet.
IN Q=It's just
((BOBBY WILKERSON/TOBACCO FARMER:IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE SOME OF THE
RESTRICTIONS THAT THEY ARE PUTTING ON US. ))
OUT Q=putting on us.
Wilkerson is referring to the FDA's move to regulate the tobacco industry.
In an attempt to cut down on underage smoking, the FDA has indicated it
plans to impose restrictions on cigarette advertising.
The agency may also try to prohibit the sale of cigarettes in vending
IN Q=What they're
((REP. L. F. PAYNE/D-NELSON CO.:WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS JUST DEAD WRONG, I THINK
WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME REGULATIONS OUT OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
PERHAPS BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. ))
OUT Q=end of this year.
If the FDA's regulations do make it through, don't expect any changes in the
One congressional sources predicts the FDA and tobacco companies will be
battling it out in court for some time.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Yokohama Tire has announced layoffs at its Salem plant for the first time
since it bought the facility in 1989.
The company alerted workers of the impending cutbacks last week.
But today the official word came down.
Over the next few weeks, 44 people will lose their jobs at one of the
region's largest employers.
Starting this morning, the plant also began a one- week shutdown.
Yokohama says this is all part of a plan to adjust inventory and production
Gerald Wheeler says in his 11 years as an animal warden he's learned that
"In Henry County, you don't mess with a man's wife, his kids, his cable T-V, or
SUPER=03-Henry Co./July 1996;
Yesterday the county suspended Wheeler for the second time in a year.
He expects he'll be fired Monday when the suspension ends, and he says he
isn't going to fight it.
Last year Wheeler was put on leave after he was indicted for distributing
drugs used to euthanize animals.
The charges were later dropped.
This time he says the county has a variety of infractions he allegedly
The county confirms it suspended Wheeler, but won't comment further.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Six,
Lynchburg may soon be welcoming a new professional sports team,
And they're hard at work on a new project.
We'll look into why Virginia politicians are going green.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-0.08''/minus 0.06''/29.42''/plus 5.95'';
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Drug enforcement agents have come across a laboratory hidden in the Penhook
section of Franklin County.
SUPER=04-Drug Enforcement Admin. Video
D-E-A Agent Don Lincoln says it was inside a hundred- year old tobacco
barn, further concealed by a thick lawyer of hay.
After digging through the hay bales, agents found a trap door and inside a
state-of-the art stainless steel laboratory.
Lincoln says it was used to manufacture amphetamine.
Eddie and Ronnie Meeks were arrested along with Tracy Hancock... all three
of them charged with manufacturing amphetamine AND marijuana.
A man wanted on federal drug charges held Bedford County authorities at bay
for two hours before surrendering this afternoon.
28- year- old David William Falwell and at least seven others were indicted
last week for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
After receiving a tip on his whereabouts, SWAT teams and deputies surrounded
an apartment in Forest where Falwell had holed up.
Authorities finally were able to establish phone contact and persuaded
Falwell to surrender without incident.
He's been turned over to the F-B-I.
The arrests stem from a six- month undercover investigation into drug
trafficking in central Virginia.
Virginia politicians have abolished parole, re-written juvenile justice
laws, and reformed welfare.
Now the race is on to show they care about clean and bountiful natural
Ellen Qualls has the story of "dueling commissions" on the environment.
IN Q=Tuesday afternoon
SUPER=01-Att. 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.))
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
Virginia voters are siding against President Clinton on the issues of the
economy, character, and a balanced budget.
58-percent of those polled say they are concerned about the future of the
economy and their own financial future.
38-percent think the economy is doing well.
4-percent are undecided.
When questioned about the significance of Whitewater--
55- percent say the investigation has raised serious questions about the
integrity of the President, 34-percent believe it has been a witch hunt and 11
percent are not sure.
Virginia voters did favor Clinton's views on preserving medicare.
51-percent said medicare is a vital program and should be preserved even if it
means increasing taxes. 42-percent said medicare should be reformed even if
benefits were reduced.
The stocks market was boosted sharply today as interest rates hit a two
The Dow gained nearly 66 points, closing at 55-hundred-95.
NASDAQ was up 18 points.
There's a storm headed for Lynchburg Saturday night... but officials there
hope this is one people will pay to sit and watch.
Steve Smallshaw has more on what the rebirth of semi-pro football could mean
to the Hill City.
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.))
OUT Q=the program.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Gordon rocks the Brickyard with a wicked lap,
Carl Lewis may get to run the the 4 X 100 relay afterall.
And Steve Mason talks with a former US olympian who is now trying to catch on
with the Carolina Panthers.
Qualifying today at Indianapolis for Saturday's Brickyard 400, and again the
Wonder Boy was the Golden Boy!
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."
Dale Jarrett qualified 24th despite hitting the wall in turn four. Now let's
check the entire top 25.
wipe to boards
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 Malin//12. Kyle Petty//13. Dale Earnhardt//14. Johnny
Benson//15. Ernie Irvan;
SUPER=0107-16. Hut Stricklin//17. Rusty Wallace//18. Wally Dallenbach//19.
Jeremy Mayfield//20. Jimmy 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.
Speaking of fast, olympic legend Carl Lewis may get his chance to earn a
record 10th gold medal afterall.
This afternoon Leroy Burrell had to withdraw from the the men's 4 by 100
relay team due to acute achilles tendinitis.
And while no decision has been made, this opens 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 the 200 meter final is in the spotlight in Atlanta.
The U.S.'s Michael Johnson is expected to makes history by winning his 2nd
gold medal, adding the 200 to his 400 title.
One of his former teammates has given up track for football and is now
trying to make the Carolina Panthers.
Steve Mason has the story of Michael Bates, who has already proven his
"medal" off the gridiron.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Bates/Panthers Wide Receiver; :23
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((Michael Bates is number 17 at panthers training camp, but, four years ago,
he was number 3 in the entire world.
((MICHAEL BATES/PANTHER WIDE RECEIVER:))
Right now, finding his spot on the Panthers first team is an incredible
challenge, but adversity is something Bates is quite familiar with.
He uses that same inspiration as a survival kit in the NFL.
These days, his leg work is spent on running routes, but Bates knows this
years Olympic team in Atlanta very well.
Bates will know if he's made cuts by August 25th when the complete 53 man
Panther roster is announced. In Spartanburg, South Carolina, Steve Mason, News
The climate numbers for the month of July are in the book. Lynchburg and
Roanoke ran rainfall deficits of more than an inch while Blacksburg got soaked
and was four inches above normal. What are the stats for August. Let's check
in with Patrick Evans
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;