Claiming to be virtually penniless, accused killer Earl Bramblett appears
before a judge to discuss his legal counsel.
And an abortion controversy in Britain as abortion opponents offer a woman
thousands of dollars not to abort one of the twins she is carrying.
It's hazy and humid outside. Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 80s.
I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
Earl Bramblett says he owns virtually nothing... so now the Roanoke County
court system will supply him with legal counsel.
The 54- year- old is accused of killing a Vinton family two years ago.
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 29, 1994;
August 29th, 19-94, Blaine Hodges, his wife Teresa and their two daughters
were found murdered inside their fire-gutted home.
All of them had been shot, except for Teresa Hodges, who was strangled.
This morning, Bramblett told the court that all he owned was a vehicle worth
about 500 dollars.
Then he asked if HE might choose his attorney.
NAT SOT 9:46:56
IN Q=Would you
((JUDGE G.O. CLEMENS: WOULD YOU LIKE THEN FOR ME TO CONSIDER APPOINTING AN
ATTORNEY FOR YOU?
EARL BRAMBLETT: YES I WOULD. DO I HAVE ANY DISCRETION?
CLEMENS: AS TO... CAN YOU SELECT YOUR COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY? NO SIR. ))
OUT Q=No sir.
Roanoke Circuit Court Judge G- O Clemens said he would likely give Bramblett
two lawyers because of the capital murder charge against him.
The selection of the attorneys will be decided at a hearing next week.
16-year old Christopher Shawn Wheeler has plead no contest to killing a
Wythe County Sheriff's deputy in December of 19-94.
Testimony is underway in the sentencing phase of the case.
Deputy Clifford Dicker had arrived at Wheeler's home with a juvenile
petition to take him into custody.
Another deputy testified Wheeler admitted he shot Dicker first with his
hunting gun then with Dicker's own 9 millimeter service weapon.
Wheeler faces up to 42-years in prison for second degree murder and using a
firearm in the commission of murder.
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Investigators may have new evidence to help prove that an explosion in a
front cargo hold downed T-W-A Flight 800.
SUPER=03-East Moriches, NY;
A Navy source says divers today are on the ocean floor looking at luggage
found closer to the airport than the main crash site.
Meantime, teams of investigators continue to pour over the massive one ton
jumble of twisted steel, gauges and wires that use to be the jet's cockpit.
((THE STUDY OF THE UNTANGLING HAS BENGUN, IT'S QUITE EXTYRAORIDNARY PUZZLE, NOT
GOING TO JUMP INTO IT BY RIPPING IT APART AND HOW ITS DONE AND THE IMPLICATIONS
OF WHAT IT MEANS. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/National Transportation Safety Bd.;
OUT Q=of what it means.
While they suspect a bomb destroyed the plane, they have not ruled out a
catastrophic mechanical failure or the possibility it was hit by a missile.
Meantime, 35- bodies are still missing.
Fragments from the Centennial Olympic Park bomb explosion have been found in
the apartment of Security guard Richard Jewell.
Jewell's lawyer describes the material as three pieces of metal fragments
and a piece of wood.
Watson Bryant says the material was given to Jewell by police as a souvenir
several days after the bombing.
And he says other security guards have also collected fragments.
Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for spotting the bomb but later become
Republicans who support the right to an abortion aren't giving up.
The head of Republicans for Choice says her group will try to reverse a move
by the Bob Dole campaign.
Yesterday it decided not to press the G-O-P party platform committe for
language expressing tolerance for differing views on abortion.
Linda Douglas has more.
SUPER=01-Gary Bauer/Family Research Council; :18
SUPER=01-Ann Stone/Republicans For Choice; :44
SUPER=01-Bay Buchanan/Campaign Manager; 1:01 quick!!
SUPER=01-Ralph Reed/Christian Coalition; 1:03 Very Quick
SUPER=01-Linda Douglass/Reporting; 1:06
OUT Q=CBS News San Diego.
In San Diego, it is almost showtime for Bob Dole: yet as delegates met to
hammer out position statements for Republican candidates, Dole was still dogged
by the issue that won't go away:
abortion. All day long warring factions threatened to undermine
the party's goal of unity.
GARY BAUER/FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL: WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT IN ANY MOOD TODAY
THIS WEEK TO GO BACKWARDS ON A COMMITMENT THAT HAS BEEN SOLID AND SURE AND
PREDICTABLE AND A WINNER FOR OUR PARTY.
Anti-abortion forces threatened a prime-time protest next week if dole
continued to ask republicans to be tolerant of those who support
abortion-rights. Meanwhile abortion rights supporters warned they might bolt if
the party continues to urge a
constitutional ban on abortion.
ANN STONE REPUBLICANS FOR CHOICE: 27 PER CENT OF MY MEMBERSHIP SAID THEY'RE
GOING TO QUIT THE PARTY IF THIS IS ADOPTED.
THEY'RE GOING TO WALK OUT.
Late monday, abortion-rights opponents, led by the
christian coalition, won the battle. the party will not officially
urge tolerance for supporters of abortion rights.
BAY BUCHANAN BUCHANAN FOR PRES CAMPAIGN MANAGER: THIS IS TOTAL VICTORY FOR THE
PRO LIFERS, BY THE WAY.
RALPH REED CHRISTIAN COALITION: IT'S JUST A HUGE VICTORY, I THINK WE'RE ALL
Abortion rights supporters accused their party of shutting them out, but
conceded they are wary of staging a fight during prime time tv, because they
don;t want to be blamed for
undermining Dole's convention. But they warn they may do something more
damaging to Dole: stay away from the polls in november. Linda Douglass CBS
News San Diego.))
Across the Atlantic in England, where abortion is available virtually on
demand, anti-abortion activists are ready to pay big bucks to convince a woman
not to have selective abortion.
In all, 77-thousand dollars has been pledged to a British woman who has said
she wants to abort one of the twins she is carrying.
The 28-year-old unidentified single woman already has one child, and says
she cannot afford to care for two more.
The abortion opponents are offering her the money if she'll carry both
fetuses to term.
((PETER GARRETT, ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVIST: WE'VE GOT LIFE MEMBERS
DONATING BABY CLOTHES AND WE'VE GOT THE OFFER OF FREE ACCOMMODATION. WE WOULD
DO EVERYTHING WE CAN BECAUSE WE WOULD
FEEL THAT WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY WHERE IT'S ECONOMICALLY VERY
DIFFICULT TO HAVE BABIES. ))
SUPER=01-Peter Garrett/Abortion Rights Opponent;
OUT Q=to have babies.
The woman may never know about the support she's being offered.
Administrators at the hospital where she's staying refuse to pass on the
information, saying it violate her confidentiality.
In Hiroshima, Japan today prayers for peace.
OUT Q=nat sound
A peace bell and moment of silence at Memorial Park to remember those killed
by the world's first atomic bomb.
SUPER=04-August 6, 1945;
It was 51 years ago today that the Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber,
dropped the bomb on the industrial city, instantly killing 80-thousand people.
Memorial Park is located near Ground Zero, the spot where the bomb exploded.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for more NEWS-7, Lipstick, yes. Pregnancy, no...that's among
the list of rules for women attending the Citadel.
And Bingo has a new set of rules, but it has nothing to do with how the game
is played. That story coming up.
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A dispute between the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority and the companies
collecting trash from area businesses is getting pretty messy.
The Resource Authority, which serves taxpayers in Roanoke City, Roanoke
County, and Vinton, believes one of its largest revenue sources may be in
Non- residential haulers are threatening to take their trash elsewhere.
They say the Authority's "tipping fees" are too high.
Authority members have a threat of their own.
During a Roanoke City Council meeting, the idea of having the Authority
COMPETE with the non- residential haulers was presented.
IN Q=It is a
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: IT IS A ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY
THOUSAND DOLLAR DEFICIT ITEM IF WE DO NOTHING, SO I WOULD EXPECT THAT COUNCIL
WOULD BE LOOKING TO US AND SAYING, GIVE US SOME OPTIONS.))
((KAREN FREELAND/BFI: CITY STAFF IS PRESENTING, IS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE THAT
CITY STAFF AND THE RESOURCE AUTHORITY HAVE IS TO THREATEN TO PUT THE PRIVATE
COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE WASTE IN THE VALLEY. WELL THERE
ARE MANY OTHER THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE BEFORE WE GET TO THAT POINT.))
SUPER=01-Karen Freeland/BFI; :11
OUT Q=to that point.
Non- residential haulers say there wouldn't be a problem if the Authority
would just lower its tipping fees.
The all-male Citadel in South Carolina is expecting at least three women to
enroll there in the fall.
So the school has designed rules for women--it deals with everything from
make-up to sit-ups.
Under the plan, female cadets would undergo the same stressful first-year
training as men,
but be judged by the Army's current physical standards for women.
The women also would share barracks with men but live in rooms with
Make-up rules allow upper class female cadets to wear what's described as
"conservative" lipstick and clear fingernail polish.
Female cadets won't be able to date a superior officer.
Sexual activity between cadets on campus is not allowed.
Neither is pregnancy-- a pregnant cadet would have to leave the South
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Using Bingo as a fundraiser is getting a little more difficult.
The Virginia Charitable Gaming Commission has added some rules.
A permit is mandatory and the commission requires Bingo operators to pay
up to six percent of the proceeds to a charity organization.
Bingo operators are concerned about the two- percent audit fee the
commission is already charging them.
SOT Cooper tape 6:42:13
IN Q=Our concern is
((WAYNE COOPER/BINGO CHAIRMAN: OUR CONCERN IS STATEWIDE, TOO. YOU KNOW A LOT
OF LOCALITIES ARE GOING TO LOSE A LOT OF FUNDING CHARITY DOLLARS OUT OF THEIR
COMMUNITY THAT'S GOING TO GO BACK TO THIS COMMISSION. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Cooper/Bingo Chairman;
OUT Q=back to this commission
Commissioners say the new rules will only last through next June.
As they work on more permanent regulations, they'll seek opinions from
SOT Bingo Jerry Rowe tape 20:39:08
IN Q=That will involve
((JERRY ROWE/VA CHARITABLE GAMING COMMISSION: THAT WILL INVOLVE CONTACTING
ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE KNOW ARE CONDUCTING CHARITABLE GAMING TO LET THEM KNOW
THAT WE ARE DEVELOPING THESE REGULATIONS AND INVITING THEIR INPUT. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Rowe/Va. Charitable Gaming Comm.;
OUT Q=inviting their input
Bingo operators fear the worthy projects such as volunteer rescue squads
and fire departments will suffer the most.
Danville police are looking for few good citizens.
Next month, the department unleashes its first "Citizen Police Academy".
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=Community policing
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :20
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
(( "Community policing" is probably a foreign concept to those unaccustomed
to police patrolling the neighborhood on foot.
The philosophy encourages officers to develop a rapport with the same people
they're sworn to protect.
The program is one of several expected to be highlighted during the
"Citizen Police Academy".
IN Q=We'll talk about
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:WE'LL TALK ABOUT FILING COMPLAINTS AGAINST
POLICE, WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW THEY PATROL AREAS, WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW THEY CAN
HELP US IMPROVE LIFE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, WHAT THEY SHOULD DO IF THEY SEE
CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. ))
OUT Q=criminal activity.
The eight week course will be structured similar to a traditional police
academy-- but the program is not intended to make participants an actual police
IN Q=In general
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:IN GENERAL, WE'LL JUST COVER EVERYTHING WE
CAN ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BETTER EDUCATE PEOPLE IN DANVILLE. WE THINK THAT
WILL MAKE IT BETTER FOR THEM AND CERTAINLY IT WILL MAKE IT BETTER FOR US IF
THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE ABOUT AND HOW THEY CAN HELP US MAKE DANVILLE A SAFER
OUT Q=a safer place.
The "Citizen Police Academy" will begin next month-- one night a week for
Anyone interested will be subject to a complete background check. Teresa
Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, air-fare wars are taking to the skies again.
and if you have kids about to begin school, we'll let you in on what's "phat"
It is quite an education toward the end of each summer when some people
study up on the latest fashion trends.
But as Ron Jones found out, classroom fashions can not only hurt the wallet
but self-esteem as well.
IN Q=School is just around
SUPER=07-Ricky Watkins; :25
SUPER=01-Dr. Wally Scott/Roanoke Family Center; :57
SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; 1:16
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
(( School is just around the corner and that means-- the fashion show begins.
Designer pants-- shoes-- and hats.
Things have changed quite a bit from good ole blue jeans and P-F Flyer
tennis shoes of the 1960's.
((And these won't make you run faster or jump higher like P-F Flyers, but I
was told they do make you look cooler and more phat... which means good.))
((RICKY WATKINS: I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS... WEARING THE SAME THING NOW.))
And what if you don't have the cool stuff?
((PROBABLY GET LAUGHED AT... BECAUSE YOU'LL LOOK PRETTY STUPID.))
These cool pants?... 28 dollars.
These phat shoes?... 140 dollars.
But what about children who can't afford to be part of the in crowd?
Experts believe it can distract from the learning experience.
((DR. WALLY SCOTT/ROANOKE FAMILY CENTER: WELL KIDS ARE MORE... HAVE'S AND THE
FILE FROM DANVILLE
A high school in Danville has already addressed this issue.
School officials are requiring standard uniforms this year.
But if you want your kids to be cool and phat this fall... be ready to pull
out your designer check book and pay a designer price.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
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It just got cheaper to travel by air.
A new round of discounts offered by America West Airlines has sparked
another air fare war.
Prices for a cross country, roundtrip ticket are falling as low as 200-
United, American, Delta and T-W-A have all decided to match the fares on
routes where they compete with America West.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN almost 23-points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next-- the man who wanted Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin killed
reports to a detention facility.
And high school football players are training on the gridiron, getting
ready for another season. Steve Mason has a wrapup.
MUSIC UP FULL
The former Dallas cop who tried to hire a hitman to kill Michael Irvin is
behind bars this afternoon.
Johnnie Hernandez pleaded guilty Friday in the murder for hire scheme to
Last night, he reported to a Dallas detention center.
Hernandez will spend two to six years in prison.
Hernandez says he hired a hit man because he claimed Irvin threatened to
"silence" his girlfriend Rachelle Smith.
Smith was in the hotel room with Irvin and another woman when they were
busted for cocaine possession.
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GRAPHIC=pre season practice
High school football practice for teams throughout the Friday Football Extra
coverage area is underway.
Steve Mason stopped by to see how things were going in Roanoke, Salem and
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Scott/Patrick Henry Coach; :08
SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; 1:03
SUPER=01-Dave Crist/Blacksburg Head Coach; 1:27
OUT Q=..news 7 sports"
((High School football boot cam is now in session.
((ED SCOTT/PATRICK HENRY COACH:))
Patrick Henry is getting IN shape OUT of pads. 11 starters return, 6 on
defense and 5 on offense.
((DENNIS DUNNAVILLE/PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK:))
Salem also welcomes back 11 starters from a year ago. There are some new
faces, like 6 foot 8, 327 pound lineman Joe Bender.
The Spartans open the season in a kick off classic scrimmage August 24th
The 1995 Blue Ridge champs are bigger and stronger this year. Their
coach, who begins his 33rd year of coaching is also wiser.
((WILLIS WHITE/14TH YEAR AT SALEM:))
David Crist is a veteran at Blacksburg, but, along with Christiansburg, opens
a new chapter in the Blue Ridge District.
((DAVID CRIST/BLACKSBURG HEAD COACH:))
The Friday Football Extra preview show kicks off August 23rd so make sure you
mark your calenders, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
The spirit of the Olympics is still alive in Washington D-C.
The torch lighting ceremonies for the Para-Olympics took place this morning.
The games involve more than 35-hundred disabled athletes representing 127
President Clinton attended the event at the White House, and offered some
words of encouragement.
((PRESIDENT CLINTON: MAY THIS TORCH SERVE AS AN INSPRIATION TO ALL AMERICANS.
TO GIVE THEIR BEST IN EVERY ENDEAVOR AND TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE ALL STRONGER
AND VIBRANT WHEN WE DEVELOP AND SUPPORT THE TALENT OF ALL OF OUR PEOPLE. ))
OUT Q=all of our people.
The torch will travel one-thousand-miles in the next ten days, before
returning to Atlanta for the start of the games August 15th.
That's it for NEWS-7 at Noon, have a great day. Bye.