(( HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
ROANOKE CITY SAYS MORE THAN 800-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN TAX MONEY HAS BEEN
INVESTED IN THE OLD DUMAS (DOO-MAS) HOTEL, SO WHY IS ONE GROUP WANTING TO BUY
IT BACK FOR A FRACTION OF THAT?
A STANDOFF ENDS IN SUICIDE IN GILES COUNTY AFTER A MAN HELD POLICE AT BAY
FOR SIX HOURS...))
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It's Monday, October 21st, tonight's TOP STORY--
Christopher Shawn Wheeler is treated like an adult for the fatal shooting of
a sheriff's deputy more than two years ago.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Tracy Altizer
sitting in for Connie Stevens.
The 17 year-old who killed a Wythe County sheriff's deputy in December of
1994 is going to PRISON for 43 years.
That's the maximum sentence the judge could impose on Christopher Shawn
Wheeler, who pled guilty in August to second degree murder and a related
Wheeler shot and killed deputy Clifford Dicker when Dicker tried to serve
him with arrest papers.
The defense was hoping Wheeler could serve a lesser sentence in a juvenile
detention center, saying he was a victim of a traumatic childhood and poor
((KARLA TURMAN/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: THE FIRST SHOT THAT HE TOOK, MAYBE HE THOUGHT
THAT MY DAD WAS GONNA SHOOT HIM. MAYBE I COULD EXCUSE THAT. BUT THE SECOND SHOT
HE DID INTENTIONALLY BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT MY DAD TO COME AFTER HIM AND HE
DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE TO GO TO JAIL FOR IT. SO MAYBE I COULD EXCUSE THE FIRST ONE
BUT NOT THE SECOND ONE. ))
((WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF: LOTS OF KIDS GO THROUGH A LOT WORSE THINGS THAN
HE'S EVER BEEN THROUGH AND OBVIOUSLY THEY DON'T GO AROUND KILLING POLICE
OFFICERS OR OTHER PEOPLE. SO I JUST FEAR FOR THE SAFETY OF INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO
LIVE AND WORK IN OUR COMMUNITY IF THIS GUY IS OUT WALKING AROUND SOMETIME. ))
SUPER=01-Karla Turman/Victim's Daughter; :00
OUT Q=walking around sometime.
Wheeler was first charged with CAPITAL murder, which can carry the death
But the judge reduced the charge because of some legal technicalities.
A tragic ending today to a standoff in the Ripplemead section of Giles
43-year old Barry Peters barricaded himself inside his home.
When authorities finally went to get him out six hours later, they found he
had committed suicide.
Scott Prince has the story.
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SUPER=01-Capt. Ken Paul/State Police; :16
OUT Q=news-7 giles co.
Residents in several Southern California towns have been urged to pack up
and leave because of a fast-moving wildfire.
Several houses have already been destroyed from the "wind driven" blaze in
the Lemon Heights area of North Orange County.
The Santa Ana Winds are to blame- blowing embers from roof to roof.
((SHERMAN FAIRBAIRN: WE SAW THE WIND BLOWING AND I SAW THE SMOKE WHEN I WAS AT
WORK AND I DIDN'T LIKE THE DIRECTION THE SMOKE WAS COMING FROM SO I JUST
CONTINUED ON UP, CAME OVER HERE AND FOUND OUT IT WAS MY STREET ON FIRE.))
OUT Q=street on fire."
The fire started in the brush in an exclusive area- which is about 35 miles
southeast of Los Angeles.
So far eleven homes are destroyed- and homes downwind are in danger of
Attorneys in the O.J. Simpson civil trial wrapped up the selection of
The two sides weeded through candidates, the defense quickly
booted prospective jurors with ties to police.
Alternates are a must
since it's likely the wrongful death trial will be long and may lose jurors
along the way.
49 year old Simpson was sued by families of his ex wife and Ron Goldman.
Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Ben Lilly's murder trial began in Montgomery County today after taking a
week for jury selection.
He's accused of being the triggerman in the murder of Virginia Tech
student Alexander Defillippis.
Today during opening statements defense attorney Max Jenkins called for a
mistrial after a picture of Defillippis was displayed.
SOT on feed tape
IN Q=and during this trial
((SKIP SCHWAB/PROSECUTOR: AND DURING THIS TRIAL, I AM GOING TO HAVE HIM BESIDE
ME AT THE TABLE, BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY WAY HE CAN BE HERE.))
SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Montgomery Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=he can be here
Circuit Court Judge Ray Grubbs allowed the picture to remain for opening
statements, but it was removed during testimony.
The trial is expected to last most of this week.
Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians break off, but the U-S says
there's no need to get excited---
And a Roanoke group trying to save part of its Henry Street heritage pickets
city hall...in hopes of getting back a part of the past.
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Palestinians have walked out on peace talks, claiming the Israelis are
reneging on existing agreements.
But a U-S source says both sides have agreed to return to the table.
The American official says the negotiations have produced good results so
far, including an agreement on authority for building permits.
Israel says there are only small details left to resolve regarding its
pullout from the West Bank town of Hebron.
U-S mediator Dennis Ross is returning to Washington until the talks resume.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher says that should be within a week.
On the campaign trail-- Senator John Warner made another swing through the
Roanoke Valley today.
He got a standing ovation from the Virginia Municipal League, meeting at the
He said the nation's welfare system is better off in the hands of local and
IN Q=based on your
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R- VIRGINIA; BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, IN TRYING TO
DETERMINE WHO IS ELIGIBLE, WHO NEEDS TRAINING, AND WHO SHOULD BE CUT OFF. THOSE
DECISIONS CAN BE MADE FAR BETTER BY YOU, THAN BY SOME FACELESS, NAMELESS
BUREAUCRAT IN WASHINGTON D.C.))
OUT Q=in Washington D.C.
Earlier today, Warner picked up the endorsement of a group of Virginia
agricultural leaders, as he did some handshaking at the Roanoke City Market.
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Democrat Mark Warner surrounded himself with Richmond schoolchildren to
announce the formation of Educators for Mark Warner.
IN Q=I'm trying
((I'M TRYING TO GET THE JOB TO BE A SENATOR. AND WHAT THE SENATORS DECIDE IS
THEY HELP MAKE THE RULES. LIKE WHAT KIND OF SCHOOLS WE HAVE, AND WHERE WE
BUILD THE ROADS. AND THEY MAKE THE DECISIONS, HELP, WORKING THE TEACHERS TO
DECIDE IF WE CAN PUT COMPUTERS IN YOUR CLASSES.))
OUT Q=your classes.
Educators for Mark Warner claims about 400 supporters so far, including
Virginia Education Association President Cheri (SHERRY) James and former
Virginia first lady Jeannie Baliles.
Mark Warner says John Warner can't have it both ways: saying he supports
education and then voting to cut the school lunch program, student loans, and
money for safe and drug free schools.
Some members of Roanoke's black community say the city is stealing what few
remains there are of their heritage on Henry Street.
About a dozen picketers marched in front of the municipal building today.
They're upset because city council won't sell the old Dumas Hotel building
back to it's original owners, for the original selling price... 24 thousand
The building's been renovated, and is now used by Total Action Against
IN Q=They have taken
((PERNELLER CHUBB-WILSON, SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE; THEY HAVE
TAKEN GAINSBORO, THEY'VE TAKEN HENRY STREET, AND THERE'S ONLY ONE LITTLE
BUILDING UP THERE AND DOG GONE IT, WE OUGHT TO HAVE THAT. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, SO
WE'LL BE PICKETING, SOMEBODY'LL BE HERE EVERYDAY.))
SUPER=01-Perneller Chubb-Wilson/Southern Christian Leadership Conf.;
OUT Q=up here everyday
A Roanoke City spokesperson says nearly 800 thousand dollars in tax money
was invested in the building, and city council said it wouldn't be fiscally
responsible to sell it for 24 thousand dollars.
There's more NEWS-7 Primetime heading your way
David Wiley steps up to the podium for his first concert as conductor of
the Roanoke Symphony-- we'll hear from him in a couple of minutes...stick
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If David Wiley had first night jitters-- he certainly didn't show it.
The new Roanoke Symphony Orchestra conductor made his debut tonight to a
sold- out audience.
The concert featured some of Wiley's personal favorites-- including works
by Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms.
And even though his opening night has been hyped up in the Valley, he says
he doesn't feel pressured.
IN Q=I don't feel pressured
SUPER=01-David Wiley/R.S.O. Conductor;
OUT Q=have received here
Wiley hopes the symphony's light- hearted ad campaign will bring in a more
IN Q=I want to
((DAVID WILEY ))
OUT Q=excited about orchestral music
Wiley hasn't indicated how long he'll stay in Roanoke-- but he says he
wants to make beautiful music here for several years to come.
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GRAPHIC=second hand smoke
Tonight on Health Check-- another study showing the effects of second-hand
Children of smokers need extra oxygen after surgery, much more often than
other youngsters do.
Researchers checked oxygen levels of 72 children after routine
surgery and later asked their parents whether they smoked.
Of 17 youngsters who needed extra oxygen, 15 lived with secondhand smoke.
Doctors at the Maimonides (my-MAW'-nuh-deez) Medical Center in New York,
didn't expect the difference to be so striking.
SS=second hand smoke
They recommend doctors routinely ask parents whether they smoke and should
ask them to refrain 12 hours before the operation.
GRAPHIC=breast cancer awareness
Information may be the latest weapon in the war against breast cancer.
Among the nearly 50 million pages on the World Wide Web, some of the mostly
widely read sites focus on breast cancer.
They offer answers to the most basic questions, updates on the latest in
diagnosis and treatment and you can even ask a doctor a question.
IN Q=now more than ever
((DR. ANTHONY C. CAHAN/BREAST SURGEON: NOW MORE THAN EVER THERE ARE TERRIFIC
RESOURCES FULL OF INFORMATION THAT IS ACCURATE AND UP TO DATE FOR A WOMAN WHO
IS FACED WITH EITHER THE DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER OR FACING THE BIOPSY,
AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO CAN GAIN ACCESS TO THE INTERNET. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Anthony C. Cahan/Breast Surgeon;
OUT Q=to the internet.
Chat- rooms offer on- line support groups for patients, and cd-roms can also
provide survivor's personal stories, as well as treatment details.
But while internet sites and cd-roms can supply a wealth of information,
doctors emphasize they cannot and should not be substitutes for face to face
interaction with a physician.
For tonight's video pick we take you to Chicago, where hundreds of people
are hoping for a chance to make an appearance with David Letterman.
The Late Show will be in the Windy City next month.
Captain Fluffy the Hamster is among the stars hoping to perform a "stupid
pet trick"...although he's so shy about his piloting skills his owner had a
tough time getting him to make this appearance.
And how about the dog, who might be better off suiting up with Michael
Jordan for a Bulls game.
And don't think PEOPLE were above spooning out their own acts...the Late
Show will have plenty of stupid human tricks to choose from as well.
Primetime sports is coming up with news of some firing in the NFL and the
Plus, Steve Mason reports from Charlottesville as the Cavs tune up for the
And Thomas Hearns was in town today, we'll tell you what he's up to, as well.
SUPER=03-New York/FOX; :00
But first, the Atlanta braves have taken a comfortable two games to none lead
on the New York Yankees in the World Series.
Tonight the Braves used Greg Maddux's steady pitching and some timely hitting
as they beat the Yankees 4-to-0.
The Series now shifts to Atlanta tomorrow night for game three.
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With the NFL season at its halfway point and a number of teams floundering,
it was expected that a couple of teams would make coaching moves today.
But while the winless Jets and Falcons kept their coaches the Saints and
Bengals lost theirs.
IN Q="I would...
((JIM MORA/RESIGNS AS SAINTS HEAD COACH:))
((TOM BENSON/SAINTS OWNER:))
((DAVE SHULA/FIRED AS BENGALS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Mora/Resigns As Saints Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Benson/Saints Owner; :13
SUPER=01-Dave Shula/Fired As Bengals Head Coach; :23
OUT Q=...AND OFTEN."
Bruce Coslet the former Jets head coach takes over for Shula.
The firings weren't limited just to the pro football ranks today as the
University of Kentucky announced that BIll Curry will not return next season as
the Wildcats head coach.
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY; :00
Curry, who has won just 23 games and lost 51 in his seven years at Kentucky,
read a statement after practice tonight but declined to answer questions.
He did says he wants all UK fans to rally behind the team and finish this
season with dignity.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Cavaliers vs. Hornets;
Speaking of Curry - Dell was in action tonight in CHarlotte as the Hornets
continued their exhibition season against the Cavaliers.
Dell had his usual solid game for the Hornets - but tonight he did some
damage inside as the Hornets win it
109 to 107.
Revenge and payback are big topics of conversation this week in
Charlottesville as 14th ranked Virginia prepares to meet 3rd ranked Florida
State in Tallahassee on Saturday.
Steve Mason has more on the payback possibilities from Charlottesville.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Bobby Bowden/Florida State Head Coach; :06
SUPER=01-Todd White/UVa Defensive Tackle; :30
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/759 Yards & 11 TDs This Season; :53
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
WIPE TO PINNACLE 18074
And WDBJ has two more good college games for you this weekend.
Saturday at Noon we'll bring you the Syracuse and Boston College Big East
wipe to pinnacle
Then we'll move on over to Knoxville at 3:30 for what is traditionally a very
entertaining game as the Tennessee Vols host the Crimson Tide of Alabama at
Mark your calendars for the night of November 29th.
That's when Thomas "The Hit Man" Hearns will fight a ten round bout at the
Roanoke Civic Center.
The Only man ever to win five world titles in the five different weight
classes is scheduled to fight Carl Willis as part of a seven bout show.
Hearns is fighting and promoting this time around. Roanoke is the first stop
on his 12 city tour.
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((THOMAS HEARNS/FIVE TIME WORLD CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Thomas Hearns/Five Time World Champion; :00
OUT Q=...CANNOT COMPLETE."
Hearns got a key to the city today from Jim Trout during his stop.
Again the fight is set for November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving.
Promoters Rick Hawkins and Melanie Steele say tickets go on sale tomorrow and
prices range from $15 to $150 bucks.
Here's what we are working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
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With Election day two weeks away, NEWS-7 continues its candidate profiles...
Tonight Kimberly McBroom will introduce us to Jay Rutledge-- the
Libertarian candidate who wants to represent the Sixth District in Washington.
Plus we'll take a look around the globe at the wacky works of Mother
NEWS-7 Primetime. Goodnight.
All this in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching