A former Martinsville School Teacher is found guilty of taking indecent
liberties with a student 18 years ago.
A jury convicted Anna Corbin this afternoon. Corbin denies the charge.
Hurricane Hortense is now blamed for at least eight deaths in Puerto Rico.
Winds and a foot and half of rain are plaguing the Commonwealth.
Huricane Warnings are now posted in the Domincan Republic and the Bahamas.
The latest coordinates on Hortense plus our forecast all coming up on News
7 at eleven.
A former Martinsville school teacher is sentenced to 30 days in jail for
taking indecent liberties with a student 18 years ago.
A jury convicted Anna Corbin this afternoon.
A 33-year veteran of the city school system, Corbin denied the charge, and
supporters described her as an exceptional teacher.
But a former student claimed Corbin abused her beginning in 1978, and she
recorded a telephone conversation last summer in which the defendant appeared
to admit her guilt.
IN Q=Somebody called you on the phone
((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE PROSECUTOR: SOMEBODY CALLED YOU ON THE PHONE AND
SAID "I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOU HAVING SEX WITH ME." IF YOU WEREN'T HAVING SEX
WITH EM, YOU WOULD SAY "WHAT THE WORLD ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHAT IN THE WORLD
IS THIS ALL ABOUT?" YOU WOULDN'T SAY, "I'M SORRY I DID IT."))
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Martinsville Prosecutor;
OUT Q=sorry I did it.
Corbin will remain on bond until she's formally sentenced.
The 29 year old woman who brought the complaint declined to comment on
camera after the verdict, but says she was satisfied with the decision.
Though Corbin did not receive a lengthy jail term, the woman said she is
glad the defendant will not teach again.
Hurricane Hortense has now struck the northeast tip of the Dominican
Republic- but apparently caused little damage there.
SUPER=03-Ponce, Puerto Rico;
That was not the case though in Puerto Rico-
Look what happens when a FOOT AND HALF of rain falls.
Bridges were swallowed up by flood water.
Stores barely peaking out from beneath water.
Many roads are covered-
MANY RESIDENTS were rescued from their homes by boat.
Hurricane Hortense is now blamed for eight deaths in Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Warnings are now up for the Turks and the Bahamas.
Help is on the way for Southside residents who suffered financial loss at
the hands of Hurricane Fran.
Steve Smallshaw reports applying for federal disaster aid has never been
IN Q=After the
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Bryant/FEMA; :20
SUPER=01-Gene Neiditch/FEMA; :36
OUT Q=News7, Danville.
The number to call to apply for federal disaster assistance is 1- 800- 462-
Those lines will be open from 8 a-m to 7 p-m seven days a week.
Officials say you MUST register by phone to be eligible for federal aid.
Hurricane Fran has already cost Virginia 12 lives.
Now state officials say it also cost at least 287-million dollars in
property damage, and that number is still growing.
Today, a multi-agency state task force went to work on the recovery.
Offices are setting up in Southside and the Shenandoah Valley.
They'll stay in operation for close to a year.
IN Q=Those offices
((BOB SKUNDA/VA. COMMERCE SECRETARY: THOSE OFFICES WILL UP AND
SUPER=01-Bob Skunda/Va. Commerce Secretary;
OUT Q=various programs. ***QUICK OUT***
SS=Virginia State Seal
The latest stats show 560-thousand homes were without power statewide at
the height of the destruction.
That means at least one million people.
More than 900 roads were closed Friday night.
The government wants V-M-I to quit taking applications from men, if it
won't immediately start processing applications from women.
The State Attorney General says he tried to mollify Justice Department
lawyers yesterday by promising to send out applications a week from Saturday-
-IF the Board of Visitors approves a plan for co-education next week.
The government responded today by filing a motion for an injunction against
The Board has been meeting since mid-July, trying to fashion a plan to
accomodate women ...with "minimal" changes to the Institute.
Since June 26- -when the Supreme Court sided against V-M-I- -54 women have
written or called the Institute expressing an interest in attending the school.
They've been told V-M-I is studying alternatives.
In the motion filed today, the government says: "after more than six years
of litigation" V-M-I continues "doing business as usual, fully serving the
interests of men but refusing even to send applications to women."
Two honors students just beginning military careers are charged with
murdering a high school student.
David Gramm and his longtime girlfriend Diana Zamora are accused of
killing Adrienne Jones, because of the girl's brief affair with Gramm.
Police say Gramm signed a confession- after his girlfriend told a
classmate about the crime.
Gramm says Diane struck her in the back of the head while I held her. I
just pointed and shot. I was very confused and scared. I fired again and ran to
But Gramm's lawyer says the statement will not hold up in court.
((HE WAS THREATED IF HE DID NOTMAKE THE STATMENT THEY WOULD THEN PURSUE THE
SUPER=01-Dan Cogdell/Graham's Lawyer;
OUT Q=the death penatly.
Prosecutors say the couple brought Jones to the country- where they killed
Ross Perot has made his choice for his vice presidential candidate.
IN Q=Dr. Pat Choate
((DR. PAT CHOATE IS THE PERSON I HAVE SELECTED TO BE MY RUNNING MATE ))
SUPER=Ross Perot/Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=be my running mate.
Choate is an academic who advised Perot in his 1992 campaign for
He stated tonight why he is running for Vice President of the reform
IN Q=I know Washington
((I KNOW WASHINGTON, AND I KNOW THAT IT CANNOT BE CHANGED BY EITHER OF THE 2
MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES ))
SUPER=01-Pat Choate/Vice Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=major political parties
Choate assisted Perot in his argument against the North American Free
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When News 7 returns, the Pentagon says it has NOT ruled out further military
action against Iraq,
and the Senate delivers two setbacks to gays and lesbians as it defines
marriage for the first time.
Robin in WX CENTER
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A warning goes out to Iraq-
the United States will take action to protect U-S pilots.
Pentagon officials warned Iraqi leader Saddam Husseim the U-S will strike
((KEN BACON/PENTAGON SPOKESMAN: WE HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO SADDAM THAT IF HE
REBUILDS AIR DEFENSES AND THREATENS OUR MISSION OVER THE NO FLY ZONES NOW
EXTENDEING TO THE 33RD PARALLEL, WE WILL TAKE ACTION.))
((NICHOLAS BURNS/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: WE HIT THEM ONCE LAST WEEK AND WE'LL
HIT THEM AGAIN IF NEED BE TO PROTECT AMERICAN INTERESTS.))
SUPER=01-Ken Bacon/Pentagon Spokesman;
SUPER=01-Nicholas Burns/State Dept. Spokesman; 17 quick!
OUT Q=PROTECT AMERICAN INTERESTS.
The U.S. conducted two separate air strikes in the region last week.
The Senate strikes down homosexual marriages- passing an act that defines
marriage as the union of a man and woman.
Regina Blakely explains what the bill means for lesbians and gays.
SUPER=01-Sen. Strom Thurmond/(R) South Carolina; 00 quick!
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington"
((STROM THURMOND/R-SC: A MARRIAGE IS THE LEGAL UNION OF A MAN AND A WOMAN.
So argued senators supporting the defense of marriage act... the
act allows states to refuse to recognize same sex marriages performed in other
states even though such unions aren't presently legal in any state.
But that may change as early as 1997... courts in Hawaii are
considering a state supreme court ruling declaring a ban on gay marriages
And while hearings got underway in Honolulu two women at the
center of the debate were on capitol hill defending thier rights to marry and
receive the institution's associated legal and financial benefits.
NINIA BAEHR/SEEKS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE:
IF I AM HIT BY A TRUCK TOMORROW, THEY MAY NOT LET GENORA SEE ME
OR DETERMINE MY MEDICAL CARE. THEY MAY CONSIDER MY PARENTS MY NEXT OF KIN AND
NOT ALLW HER IN THERE AT ALL.
To no one's surprise the Republican majority assured the bill's
passage but while Democrats question it's constitutionality
President Clinton has said he will sign it. Regina Blakely CBS News,
Another setback for homosexuals today on Capitol HIll.
A bill which would have barred job discrimination based on sexual
orientation- was defeated.
Rap star Tupac Shakur is said to be on life support tonight, three days
after he was shot on a Las Vegas Street.
A hospital source says Shakur is in critical condition after having a lung
The rapper was shot several times as he rode in a car Saturday night.
No arrests have been made and police say there are no new leads. They say
witnesses have been uncooperative.
They do say the shooting does NOT appear to be an accident or a random act.
Police are still saying little about the details surrounding the death of a
retired school teacher in Marion last week.
Police found 68 year-old Anna Jean Anderson dead in her home Wednesday
She had been strangled to death.
Police will not say whether they have any suspects.
But they are on the lookout for two people wanted for questioning.
They're looking for a man and a woman in their early 20's, driving a cobalt
blue mini-van with Tennessee tags.
The couple was seen in the area near the time of the murder, offering free
paper towels and dish detergent to people who let them demonstrate vacuum
cleaners or cleaning products.
Police do stress the two are NOT considered suspects.
The trial for the man accused of killing a family of four in Vinton should
begin in February, but it may be somewhere other than than the Roanoke Valley.
Those were the arrangements made today in the case of Earl Bramblett.
Bramblett was arrested in July- -almost two years to the day after Blane and
Teresa Hodges were murdered together with their two daughters in their own
The suspect was brought back to Virginia August second.
IN Q=You understand
((YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE TRIED WITHIN FIVE MONTHS, I
BELIEVE, OF AUGUST 2ND.))
SUPER=01-Judge Roy Willett/Roanoke Co. Circuit Court
OUT Q=August 2nd.
In court today, Bramblett waived his right to a speedy trial, agreeing to
give his lawyers six months to prepare for a trial that the judge says will
last three or four weeks.
The trial is tentatively set to begin February 18th.
Bramblett's lawyers want the case moved OUT of the area ...hoping to find
jurors who haven't heard about the murders.
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Stay with us, there's still more News 7 at 11, we'll hear what residents
around Henry Street say about plans to revitalize their neighborhood,
and despite its defeat today, workers for a proposed half way house in
Roanoke say former prisoners will someday live in the area.
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A Washington D-C firm that wants to build halfway house on Melrose Avenue in
Roanoke was denied a zoning request today.
The facility is designed to ease former inmates back into society.
Despite the fact the Board of Zoning denied the application from Washington
Halfway Homes Incorporated... halfway house officials believe some inmates will
will make their way to the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q=But no matter
((LORETTA CALDWELL/WHHI EXEC. DIR.: BUT NO MATTER... IN THEIR HOME
SUPER=01-Loretta Caldwell/WHHI Exec.
OUT Q=their home environment.
Melrose Avenue neighbors say they want to see something more constructive in
IN Q=I love this...
OUT Q=park for the kids.
Today's decision could be appealed in Circuit Court within 30-days.
The Henry Street Committee in Roanoke is still working out a few bugs over
the future of the area.
The workshop was attended by dozens of residents.
Committee members say one objective is to open communication between
Gainsboro residents and City Officials.
IN Q=But this is just
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: BUT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING PHASE. WHEN WE
GET THROUGH THIS WE BEGIN TO FORMULATE A PLAN. THERE WILL BE CONTINUING
DISCUSSIONS THIS IS AN ON GOING PROCESS. NOTHING GETS DONE RIGHT AWAY. THIS
PROJECT HAS BEEN LINGERING AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. BUT I'M COMMITTED TO SEEING
WITHIN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS WE GET UNDERWAY WITH HENRY STREET.))
SUPER=01-David Bowers/Roanoke Mayor;
OUT Q=with Henry Street.
Some don't believe the meetings are as productive as they should be.
IN Q=I really don't
((EVELYN BETHEL/COMMITTEE MEMBER: I REALLY DON'T KNOW AT THE PRESENT TIME AS TO
WHAT IS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED BECAUSE APPARENTLY THE MAJOR PLANS FIRST PRESENTED
SHOWS NO SIGN OF IMPROVEMENT. SO IT SEEMS TO ME WE ARE CONTINUING THROUGH THE
SUPER=01-Evelyn Bethel/Committee Member;
OUT Q=the same process.
The final meeting is in October and the results will then be presented to
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SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Light Wind/58-60/Clouds Early/Light Wind/73-76;
Girl's high school hoop highlights from Northside, Staunton River and
Christiansburg, plus our Tuesday night Tech report.
And Orioles and Yankees highlights from their respective games.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Braves vs. Rockies; :00
Speaking of games, the Braves and Rockies are cooking out West at Coors Field
The Crime Dog Fred McGriff gets into this one and sends it deep to right
field over Ellis Burks head or it it??
NOOOOOOO! he makes the catch now let's that score and tonight's other big
wipe to boards
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=0092-/Atlanta/6//Colorado/6/7//j/St. Louis/1//San Francisco/0///;
SUPER=0092-/Philadelphia/3/j/Houston/4///Two Late Games/;
Tuesday night means girls hoops.
We start over at Northside where the Vikings handed Floyd County it's first
loss of the season.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Buffaloes vs. Vikings; :00
Marilyn Bussey and A her lady Vikes only loss came last Tuesday against
Northside trailed until the last few minutes. Lady Viking Crystal Barrett
lead the Vikes Charge with 19 points, including this nice inside hoop.
The Lady Buffs Julie Sowers nailed an amazing 6 three pointers on the
night, this one pulled Floyd to within 2, 55-53.
Floyd's Amy Vest tied the game with SUPER=33-Northside/=58/Floyd Co./=57;
this drive in the lane with under a minute to play.
However, super Soph Amber Kerns's second free throw proved to be the game
winner. Northside is getting ready for a 14 game district stretch that begins
IN Q="it was
((MARILYN BUSSEY/NORTHSIDE HEAD COACH:))
((ALAN CANTRELL/FLOYD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Marilyn Bussey/Northside Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd Co. Head Coach; :12
OUT Q=...from the team"
Over in Moneta. The Staunton River Lady Golden Eagles played host to
William Byrd in another Non District match up.
SUPER=03-Moneta/Terriers vs. Golden Eagles; :00
The Visiting Lady Terriers were hoping to ground the Lady Golden Eagles on
their home turf.
In the first half, Byrd's Sarah Moore passes to her team's leading scorer
in Brandy Allen. She knocks down 2 of her 18 and Byrd was up 10-zip.
Staunton River with some nice passing and then crystal English sinks
SUPER=33-William Byrd/=59/Staunton River/=31;
the baseline J for 2 of her team high 10 points.
But Byrd would prevail. Lara Nester Feeds Stephanie Parnell for the layup.
She also had 18, Byrd cruises 59-31.
Let's now head down to the New River Valley where
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Bobcats vs. Blue Demons; :00
Radford coach Brenda King and her Lady Bobcats were back on the floor last
night looking to avenge Monday night's loss to Christiansburg.
But the Blue Demons would light it up early with Kristi Brown taking the
rock inside and knocking down two points off the glass.
Radford would battle back as Emily Nester gets the Charlie Taylor miss and
putback underneath to keep things tight.
In the second quarter, Tish Campbell gets it down low off the feed from
Shannon Hart and Christiansburg keep the momentum going.
Radford would again close the gap with Taylor scoring on the pass from
Nester but Christiansburg is able to
win it 48-to-42.
And don't forget, to get the scoop in the high school girl's hoops be sure to
check out News 7 tonight at 5 & 11 for Steve Mason's
full pinnacle page
Hometown Hoops Weekly report.
You can catch the weekly roundup segment each and every Wednesday night on
News 7 at 5 and 11.
Speaking of Steve Mason, he was in Blacksburg today for the Virginia Tech
Hokies weekly media gathering.
The suspension of some key players and a police investigation were hotter
topics than this week's opponent.
Steve has some leftovers from the Akron win and an update on what's taken
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SUPER=03-Akron, OH; :00
SUPER=01-Lt. Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police; :30
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :54
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Still to come tonight, the AL east pennant race is a hot one we'll check on
the O's and Yankees.
Plus, Marcus Camby signs for over 8 million today with the Raptors.
The Baltimore Orioles came into a half game back in the wildcard race and
just 2 and a half behind the Yanks in the AL east hunt.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/White Sox vs. Orioles; :00
Last night they hosted and roasted the wildcard leading White Sox.
The big blow that sealed the Orioles 5-to-1 win came from the bat of Rafael
Palmiero who ripped this two run homer.
Baltimore has won 28 of its last 48 games and they now move in front of the
Sox by a half game.
wipe to eng#
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Yankees vs. Tigers; :00
The Orioles take over the wildcard lead, but they can't make up any ground on
the Yanks, who outslugged the Tigers last night 9-to-8.
Derek Jeter led the Yankees attack with two big run scoring triples as the
Yanks beat the Motor CIty hitmen
9 to 8.
Sometimes pennant fever can get fans so involved that some have even been
known to run out onto the field.
And then there are those who want no part of the game.
This couple had a nice front row seat for the Mets-Marlins game at Shea
stadium and they were very luvvy duvvy.
Until Jeff Conine chased down this foul ball, and watch the lady's terrified
reaction as the ball heads right for her seat.
Marcus Camby, last year's Atlantic 10 player of the year officially joined
the NBA yesterday by signing a three year contract with the Toronto Raptors.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada; :00
The second overall pick in the June draft, who likely will play power
forward, will receive $8 point four million bucks over the next three seasons.
IN Q="I'm just...
((MARCUS CAMBY/SIGNS WITH RAPTORS:))
SUPER=01-Marcus Camby/Signs with Raptors; :00
OUT Q=...LAST YEAR."