The news is up next on W-D-B-J-7... with a killer's accomplice pleading
guilty... a foot-chase still underway....
And school bells are ringing early in a number of places this year.
We're back to school ...with Scott Prince in the classroom later in the
Tonight in sports, the Panthers pick up the Rocket, we'll check in with
Northside as the Vikes get ready for the upcoming football season, the Mets
fire their manager,
and the Rockies activate Bill Swift, the former big league all-star who
rehabbed last week in Salem.
A rather normal day with temperatures pushing into the low 80's. Meantime a
dangerous hurricane in the Atlantic needs a push to the north or it will pay
the U.S. coast a visit on Friday.
The next time 20 year- old Gary Wayne Barker feels what freedom is like,
he'll probably be in his 60's.
Barker pled guilty today as an accessory to capital murder in the death of a
Virginia Tech student last December.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=As Gary Wayne Barker
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./December 5, 1995; :18
SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Asst. Montgomery Co. Prosecutor; :29
SUPER=01-Jimmy Turk/Barker's Lawyer; :53
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((As Gary Wayne Barker pled guilty to the eight charges against him, it was
too much for his mother to bear.
SOT nat of crying
It was no more easy for the family of Alexander DeFilippis.
The Tech student was carjacked and abducted at a Blacksburg convenience
store last December, then driven to a remote section of Montgomery County and
shot to death.
Nevertheless, the victim's family gave its consent for a plea bargain, and a
sentence of 53 years in prison.
((SKIP SCHWAB/ASST. MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: SO THE FAMILY WAS SATISFIED THAT
IF HE WAS WILLING TO PLEAD GUILTY AND HE RECEIVED A SENTENCE WITHIN THE
SENTENCING GUIDELINES OF THE COMMONWEALTH, THEN THEY WOULD AGREE TO THAT. ))
Combined with pending robbery charges in Giles County, Barker could have
faced six life terms in prison.
Even his lawyers said a jury probably would've given him at least one life
((JIMMY TURK/BARKER'S LAWYER: THERE WAS JUST TOO MUCH INVOLVEMENT AND TOO MUCH
INVOLVEMENT IN SOME VERY, VERY SERIOUS CRIMES.
QUESTION: WELL SHOULD THE CITIZENS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY FEEL GOOD ABOUT THIS?
ANSWER: I THINK VERY GOOD. ))
Turk says it's important that the plea bargain may also help the
commonwealth nail the alleged triggerman, Ben Lilly, who will be tried for
capital murder later.
Barker has agreed to testify against him AND Ben's brother Mark Lilly, who
is also charged as an accessory. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Police are combing the Wasena area of Roanoke at this hour-- searching for
a robbery suspect.
Authorities say it all started at around 3- 30 this afternoon.
A black male allegedly stole a bag of money from an S- and S Cafeteria
employee, who was about to make a deposit at the nearby Central Fidelity bank.
The suspect then fled on foot from the Towers Mall parking lot.
IN Q=We jumped him
SUPER=01-Sgt. G.C. Hurley/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=900 block
An employee at Advanced Auto says the suspect showed up there, asking to
use the phone.
IN Q=He used the phone
OUT Q=wasena bridge
Authorities describe the suspect in his 20s, balding, and wearing a red
shirt and denim shorts.
Trial began today for a former South Boston Police officer charged with
embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.
42- year old Larry Jerome Stovall was fired as a narcotics investigator in
Prosecutors told the jury a state police investigation determined more than
two- thousand dollars was missing.
Authorities say Stovall pocketed one- thousand dollars seized as evidence in
a drug case.
He's also accused of taking funds that should have gone to pay drug
Stovall's attorney says his client is innocent-- that it was nothing more
than a bookkeeping error.
IN Q=Because of that
SUPER=01-Charles Cosby/Defense Attorney; :00
OUT Q=honest policeman.
Stovall's trial is expected to take two days.
Bond was set late this evening for a Halifax County man charged with killing
48- year old Robert Lewis Clay is being held in the Halifax jail on 250-
thousand dollars bond.
He's charged with killing his wife, Joy at their residence yesterday
Authorities say Clay turned himself in at the Sheriff's department 30-
minutes after the shooting.
Sheriff's officials say the shooting was apparently sparked by a domestic
A preliminary hearing has been set for October.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore counts two Virginia churches on his list of
But the Republican candidate for Governor's erecting a big tent of concern
for houses of worship.
Gilmore's following up his national leadership on the church arson issue
with a statewide summit next month.
IN Q=We're not
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: WE'RE NOT JUST CONTACTING BLACK CHURCHES. IN
FACT, SYNAGOGUE PEOPLE ARE BEING ASKED TO COME. PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH
OTHER HOUSES OF WORSHIP. MOSLEM MOSQUES. ALL CHURCHES THAT FEEL LIKE THEY MAY
BE THREATENED, OR THE SUBJECT OF AN ATTACK BASED ON A HATE CRIME.))
OUT Q=hate crime.
The Gilmore summit will be September fourth at Virginia Union University.
Everything from smoke detectors to new legislation is on the agenda.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still ahead on News 7 at 6--as Democrats gather in Chicago, a new exhibit
focuses on colorful memories of past presidential campaigns.
we'll also tell you about a Roanoke company's move to expand its horizons.
IN Q=We're taking
((JACK FREEMAN/VP-LITTON FIBERCOM: WE'RE TAKING THESE PRODUCTS INTO
INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, WE'RE TAKING THEM INTO OTHER NAVY OPPORTUNITIES.))
OUT Q=electrical equipment.
It's helping out in the search for TWA wreckage. That story and more but
first let's check in with Robin Reed.
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GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
The recovery of T-W-A Flight 800 has presented some enormous challenges.
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But it could have been a lot tougher without equipment built in ROANOKE.
The state- of- the- art Coast Guard Cutter used in the operation has
something called a LAN Interface Unit.
It's built by Litton FiberCom.
The device centrally connects the vessel's high- tech components.
IN Q=The wiring
((JACK FREEMAN/VP-LITTON FIBERCOM: THE WIRING BECOMES A LOT SIMPLER. IT'S
EASIER TO MAINTAIN, IT'S EASIER TO INSTALL, IT'S VERY MUCH EASIER TO ADD
EQUIPMENT LATER ON. WHEN NEWER EQUIPMENT BECOMES AVAILABLE OR THEY WANT TO
CHANGE OUT OLDER EQUIPMENT IT'S A VERY SIMPLE PROCESS TO UPDATE.))
SUPER=01-Jack Freeman/Litton FiberCom Vice President;
OUT Q=to update.
Right now Litton FiberCom's LAN Interface Unit is on two Coast Guard
It expects to be named the supplier for the next 11 ships built as well.
That would mean at least another two- million- dollars worth of business for
For the past several years Litton FiberCom has made its mark by designing
computer networking systems for airliners like Boeing's new 777.
The product used in the Coast Guard Cutters is an adaptation of the one made
If tightly scripted conventions have got you down, there's a reminder of the
more colorful side of presidential politics right here in Virginia.
Presidential campaign memorabilia went on exhibit today at the Virginia
As Ellen Qualls reports, it ranges from the reverent to the downright funky.
IN Q=Okay. This
SUPER=01-Jim Kelly/Va. Historical Society; :14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
This probably wasn't sanctioned by the Carter campaign.
But now that we've got your attention: IKE morphing.
The trinkets of American politics may have gotten a little more irreverent
since Andrew Jackson's election.
((JIM KELLY/VA. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WHEN THE AVERAGE MAN IN THE STREET GOT TO
CHOOSE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS WHO IN TURN CHOSE THE PRESIDENT, THAT HAPPENED
IN THE 1820'S. AND THAT'S WHEN WE SEE CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME HAVING TO
TAKE THEIR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE AT LARGE. OR AT LEAST THE ADULT MALE
POPULATION AT LARGE.))
After that, the tariff question.
The silver or gold standard.
Big questions of the day in the 19th century.
((I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE POLITICS OF THE PAST.
I HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ON THAT SCORE.))
If NOT the politics, how about the playthings?
Let's see -- gals finally found a role.
Not that women haven't made their way into presidential politics for
generations -- but the one that finally got on the ticket -- well you see what
happened to her.
The William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan soap dolls.
((CAN YOU IMAGINE TAKING A BATH WITH A LITTLE SOAP DOLE OR CLINTON OR GOD
FORBID PEROT? BUT THAT WOULD BE PRETTY BIZARRE. I SUPPOSE IT WAS BIZARRE IN
They didn't do much to clean up politics.
The exhibit runs through December 1st.
And by then we'll know if two decades more experience worked for Bob Dole.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The question of who to choose this fall...Clinton, Dole, or Perot, is not a
tough one for the leadership of the United Mine Workers of America.
The union represents thousands of people in our area who work in the coal
mines of far southwest Virginia and West Virginia.
From the floor of the Democratic national convention in Chicago, U-M-W-A
President Cecil Roberts tells News 7 he doesn't agree with all of President
But he doesn't disagree with him enough to pull his endorsement.
SOT 14:45:59 CLEAN FEED
IN Q=I think
((CECIL ROBERTS/UMWA PRESIDENT: I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CHOICES BETWEEN
BILL CLINTON AND BOB DOLE, THAT'S A NO BRAINIER FOR ANYONE THAT HAS TO WORK.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE LAST TWO YEARS OF WHAT THE REPUBLICAN
CONGRESS, NEW TIE AND THE BLOWHARDS, BEGAN IN 1994, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THEY WENT
AFTER OUR FATHERS AND MOTHERS MEDICARE AND WENT AFTER SOCIAL SECURITY.))
SUPER=01-Cecil Roberts/UMWA President;
OUT Q=social security.
Roberts also accuses Republicans of watering down laws protecting the health
care benefits of retirees who worked in the coal mines.
Republicans charge President Clinton has shown his anti- union colors by his
support of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The stock market dropped back today in lackluster trading.
The Dow fell 28 and a-half points, closing at 56 hundred 93.
NASDAQ was off nearly four points.
Workers at the Dupont plant in Henry County are getting word today that the
plant will close in mid- 1998.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
The nylon plant employs roughly 600 full time workers.
It has been in operation in Henry County since 1941.
At one time it had several thousand employees.
Workers have been learning the news as they have come in for their shifts
The company is basically following through on what it said it would do in
Dupont cited strong future foreign competition as the reason for its planned
We'll have more on this story on News-7 at 11.
GRAPHIC=Back to School
Autumn doesn't start for another month, but for thousands of local school
children, summer came to an end today.
It was the first day of school for some school districts.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
Scott Prince is at Glenvar Middle school in Roanoke County tonight.
He got a chance to sit in on a couple of classes this afternoon.
That's right Keith.
And for the most part... everything went pretty smooth.
Of course, the first day of school is always filled with lots of anxiety...
and also excitement.
And today was no exception.
IN Q=The first
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Crowder/Glenvar Middle School; :09
SUPER=01-Kristin Monclova/7th Grader; :20
OUT Q=locker combinations
((The first day of class was filled with new beginnings for students and
faculty at Glenvar Middle School.
Everything seemed to go according to plan... except for a few minor
((MIKE CROWDER/GLENVAR MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: TEACHERS ARE SAYING RIGHT NOW,
THERE ARE NO PENCIL SHARPENERS, SO I'VE GOT AN ELECTRIC ONE IN MY OFFICE AND
THE KIDS ARE COMING DOWN AND SHARPENING THEIR PENCILS THERE. LITTLE THINGS THAT
YOU TAKE FOR GRANTED.))
OUT Q=for granted
Even the students were calling the first day a success.
IN Q=The first
((KRISTIN MONCLOVA/SEVENTH GRADER: THE FIRST DAY YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF
HOMEWORK AND THE TEACHERS ARE REALLY NICE AND STUFF LIKE THAT. ))
OUT Q=stuff like that
While folks at Glenvar celebrated their new school... students and staff at
Cave Spring High can only wonder what might have been.
A bond referendum was shot down in April.
The tax would have supplied enough funds for a new school.
Instead... Cave Spring was awarded a double wide trailer to help defer the
influx of students.
But no one seemed to be dwelling on the situation.
It seemed students were focused on more pressing issues, like trying to find
their next classroom... and learning locker combinations.))
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Keith... interesting to note that there is a slight increase of students at
Cave Spring High this year.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
But overall enrollment for Roanoke County has remained about the same--
about 13- thousand 7- hundred students.
((QUESTION: USUALLY THE VARIOUS SCHOOL DISTRICTS WAIT UNTIL AFTER LABOR DAY TO
START CLASSES. WHY IS THERE A CHANGE THIS YEAR?))
Keith... there are some districts that will wait until after the holiday to
start classes like Roanoke City.
The ones who started today like Roanoke County, Salem, and Franklin County
did so because of the number of snow days last year.
In effect these are make up days from the last school year.
Coming your way tonight in sports, big news on the diamond as the Rockies
make a "Swift" move, the butler is back in LA, and Dallas Green is seeing Red.
Plus, how would you like to spend your Monday playing 100 holes of golf.
This man did just that today at the Roanoke Country Club.
Last week Bill Swift was in Salem getting roughed up by the Durham Bulls on
Tonight the major league veteran wil be back on the hill in the big leagues.
The Rockies are activated Swift just before tonight's game with Cincinnati
and he is expected to start.
Shoulder problems have limited him to just one start this season, that coming
back on June 3rd.
The New York Mets gave a pink slip to Green this afternoon
as the team fired manager Dallas Green, who has been leading the club since
But the Mets are currently in fourth place int he East, 23 games behind the
Braves and a dozen games behind in the wildcard chase.
Bobby Valentine, who managed Texas from 1985 through 1992, takes over as
manager. He's been managing the Mets triple-A team in Tidewater.
The Los Angeles Dodgers received some remarkable news this afternoon when
Brett Butler announced that he is ready to rejoin the team and will begin
Butler underwent tonsil cancer surgery on May 21st and his goal is to be
on the active roster by the second week of September.
His cancer was limited to one of 50 lymph nodes, when it was discovered
during a routine tonsillectomy on May 1st.
During treatments, Butler lost a lot of weight, but he has regained 16 pounds
and is now at his normal playing weight of 160 pounds.
Week one of Friday Football Extra games kick off this week. Northside will
step out of the Blue Ridge to take on Cave Spring this Friday.
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The Vikings finished in the middle of the district last year with a 2 and
3 record. Look for quarterback Xavier Lee to lead Jim Hickam's offensive
((JIM HICKAM/NORTHSIDE HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Hickam/Northside Head Football Coach; :00
OUT Q=...work habits"
It will be somewhat of a rebuilding year this season. Only 2 starters return
on offense and just 5 on defense. There are only 6 seniors on the team this
year, but many of the underclassman coming back have accumulated valuable game
IN Q="Our experience
OUT Q=boo coos of them"
The Carolina Panthers open the 1996 NFL season at home this Sunday against
the Atlanta Falcons, and they hope their latest acquisition can sure some of
their pass catching ills.
SUPER=04-1989 Kickoff Classic; :00
Rocket Ismail, who battled Shawn Moore and a host of others for the Heisman
his senior year at Notre Dame, is hoping a change of scenery can jump start his
His play potential was limited with the Raiders where he only caught 88
passes in three seasons.
IN Q="I think...
((KERRY COLLINS/PANTHERS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panthers Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...our ball club."
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To help make room for the Rocket the Panthers cut former Tech star J.C. Price
Price may still hang on with the team
as a member of the practice squad.
Today was is national golf day! Golfers all over the country joined forces
to help further the growth of junior golf in the PGA's nationwide annual fund
Roanoke Country Club was involved in the event. Golfers play 100 holes in
one day. Pledges are made on each hole. RCC assistant pro Steve Slotterback
participated in the golf marathon.
Junior golfers served as caddies throughout the day.
IN Q="We talk
((STEVE SLOTTERBACK/RCC ASSISTANT PRO:))
SUPER=01-Steve Slotterback/RCC Assistant Pro; :00
OUT Q=...Through the day"
Phillip Anderson caddied for Slotterback for part of the day and not only
learned more about the game but offered some much needed assistance.
((PHILLIP ANDERSON/JUNIOR GOLFER:))
SUPER=01-Phillip Anderson/Junior Golfer; :00
OUT Q=...someone that's good"
The Roanoke Country Club and Slotterback raised over 2 thousand dollars for
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