The damage toll continues to rise as wildfires burn though Southern
And a key witness takes the stand at the Ben Lilly capital murder trial.
Good Morning, I'm Melanie Moon.
The effort to contain raging wildfires in California continues.
So far more than 100 houses have been burned and six firefighters injured.
Dave Fehling joins us with the latest.
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OUT Q=now back to you in the studio.
A key witness named Ben Lilly as the triggerman in court yesterday.
Gary Wayne Barker was with Lilly and Lilly's brother the night a Virginia
Tech student was carjacked and killed.
The body of Alexander Defillipis was found in the Whitehorn area of
He had been shot four times.
Barker is already serving 53 years in prison for his part in the murder.
Almost in tears, he told the court it was Ben Lilly who pulled the trigger.
IN Q=He told
((GARY BARKER/WITNESS: HE TOLD MARK TO GIVE HIM THE PISTOL BACK. HE GOT OUT OF
THE CAR. RAN UP TO HIM. TURNED HIM AROUND AND SHOT HIM. ))
OUT Q=shot him
Barker went on to testify that he and the Lilly brothers then robbed a
couple of convenience stores that night.
He's expected to be back on the stand today for cross examination.
Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed says his organization is ready for the
Reed was in Washington yesterday to announce the group's biggest political
effort in its history.
Over the next two weeks, the Virginia-based coalition will distribute 45-
million voter guides in 120-thousand churches.
It plans to contact three to five million voters in person or by phone.
The group's effort is expected to benefit the conservative Republicans who
already control Congress.
A man is in serious condition this morning at the Danville Regional Medical
Center after being shot last night in Pittsylvania County.
Gunshots were reported at the Old Mayfield Trailer Park near Danville around
Sheriff's deputies say 44- year- old Jacob Watkins had already been taken to
the emergency room when they arrived.
Watkins underwent surgery last night.
Authorities are not sure what sparked the shooting.
The Pittsylvania sheriff's office is not yet releasing if they've arrested a
A large donation came rolling in last night to the Virginia Museum of
The gift came from the National Railway Historical Society Roanoke Chapter.
At last night's fundraiser it presented the museum a check for more than
IN Q=Early in the
((RICHARD SHELL/NATIONAL RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: EARLY IN THE YEAR, WE
CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF HELPING THE MUSEUM BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE OUR OWN
EXCURSION ANYMORE. AND IT WAS A GOOD WAY TO GET OUR NAME IN THE PUBLIC'S EYE
AND TO GET PEOPLE WHO RODE WITH US IN THE PAST ON OUR EXCURSIONS TO HELP THE
SUPER=01-Richard Shell/National Railway Historical Society;
OUT Q=HELP THE MUSEUM
Shell says the city matches every dollar the historical society raises.
He says the 12-thousand dollar gift will go toward an 813-thousand dollar
bond issue for the museum.
IN Q=WELL, WE WILL USE IT
((KAY HOUCK/TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM EXEC. DIR.: WELL, WE WILL USE IT TO HELP OUR
MAKING TRACKS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN. WE REALLY APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE
ABLE TO USE THIS MONEY TO ENHANCE OUR FACILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Kay Houck/Transportation Museum Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=enhance our facility
Houck says the museum will undergo several changes next year.
She says the building will get a new entrance, a pedestrian plaza, and a
It sounds like a phone sex ad.
But the commercial on a Roanoke radio station this week has a political
Its sponsor is Jay Rutledge, the Libertarian Party candidate for the sixth
The ad is a parody of phone sex commercials, with a character named Candy
who emits "oohs" and "mmms" while discussing Republican and Democratic campaign
A Libertarian Party official said Rutledge's message is on target -- but it
prefers a more conservative presentation.
No showers, no coffee and no mail delivery for rain-soaked parts of Maine.
Authorities are asking residents to wait a while to run their taps because a
pipeline ruptured yesterday.
The powerful nor' easter that hit the region over the weekend ruptured the
line, causing flooding.
The flooding is holding up mail delivery, since hard-hit Portland is a
major sorting center.
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
More than 100 homes have been damaged or destroyed in wildfires roaring
through southern California.
A key witness takes the stand at the capital murder trial of Ben Lily.
A Lexington homeless shelter is opening again after being destroyed by fire
two years ago.
And that's what's making news on this Wednesday October 23rd.
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Wild fires are roaring through southern California this morning.
So far more than 100 houses have been burned and six firefighters injured.
Dave Fehling has the latest.
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OUT Q=CBS NEws, Malibu.
A former F-B-I agent is accused of a cover-up in the 19-92 siege at Ruby
The justice department has charged former special agent Michael Kahoe with
obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying a report.
That document might have pin-pointed responsibility for the stand-off's
deadly end in which an F-B-I sniper killed the wife of white-separatist
At least two dozen people are dead after a Boeing 7-0-7 cargo jet crashed in
At least 20 of those killed were on the ground.
Witnesses say the jet clipped a church bell tower and broke up in flames,
coming down in a crowded neighborhood.
At least 20 more people were injured.
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There is hope in the Mideast that a peace deal might be near.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resume talks later today after working
into the early hours this morning. Israeli radio reports an agreement is
close on security matters for the
West Bank city of Hebron.
Opening statements are set to begin today in the wrongful death civil trial
of O-J Simpson.
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A new set of jurors will be asked their opinion of Simpson's guilt in the
murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.
This time the jury will be told to rule against Simpson if they find
51 percent of the evidence points towards guilt.
Simpson could not go to jail if found guilty. He would only face monetary
The dim light of candles was enough to draw attention in Danville last night
to the plight of children living without child support.
The vigil was organized by the "Association for Children for Enforcement of
Carol Waldie (Wal-dee) says she regrets the time she had to spend away from
her children to make ends meet.
IN Q=I mean
((CAROL WALDIE:I MEAN I KNOW IT WAS WORTH IT AS FAR AS HAVING A ROOF OVER THEIR
HEAD AND EVERYTHING BUT THERE WAS SO MUCH TIME WE LOST AND IT REALLY HURTS. ))
SUPER=07-Carol Waldie; :00
OUT Q=really hurts.
554-thousand children in Virginia went without child support in 19-94.
Organizers say the vigil helps children and parents realize they're not
IN Q=We just
((JAMES HORSLEY:WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO GET ANYTHING, JUST CAN'T GET MUCH, WE
CAN'T GO OUT TO EAT HARDLY ANY TIME.
JEFF CUMBO/VIGIL ORGANIZER:THE NAMES CHANGE, THE NUMBERS SOMETIMES CHANGE A
LITTLE BIT BUT IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT THE INNOCENT CHILDREN THAT ARE DOING WITHOUT
AND THAT ARE SUFFERING. AND, LIKE I SAID, THE MONEY IS ONE THING BUT IT'S THE
PHYSICAL PRESENCE THAT ALSO IS VERY PAINFUL. ))
SUPER=07-James Horsley; :00 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Jeff Cumbo/Vigil Organizer; :08
OUT Q=very painful.
Cumbo says an average of 25-hundred new cases are filed in Virginia each
month by parents with custody who are not receiving support for their children.
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Members of Virginia's General Assembly do not want the public thinking
poorly of them.
A legislative subcommittee is recommending changes to a law that granted
immunity from arrest to lawmakers during the winter legislative session.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: ALTHOUGH THEY MAY BE IMMUNE FROM BEING
PHYSICALLY INCARCERATED FOR CERTAIN MISDEMEANORS. THAT THEY CAN BE CHARGED
WITH A SUMMONS OR A WARRANT OR INDICTED DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION SO THAT
THE PROCESS WILL GO FORWARD TO MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR TO EVERYONE THAT NOBODY
IS IMMUNE FROM THEIR CRIMINAL CONDUCT BECAUSE OF SERVICE IN THE GENERAL
The immunity law came under close scrutiny earlier this year when Suffolk
Delegate Robert Nelms used it as a defense for an indecent exposure charge.
Nelms ended up pleading GUILTY.
A homeless shelter shut down two years ago by a fire will reopen its doors
again next month.
As Eric Earnhart reports, the experience only served to strengthen the
owner of Gladys House.
IN Q=For Gladys Steele
SUPER=04-December 25, 1994; :12
SUPER=01-Gladys Steele/Gladys House Founder; :20
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( FOR GLADYS STEELE, LIFE HAS BEEN A TEST OF FAITH LATELY. 10 YEARS AGO SHE
CREATED THIS HOMELESS SHELTER... THINGS STARTED GOING BAD TWO YEARS AGO,
EARLY CHRISTMAS DAY,
AN ELECTRICAL FIRE BROKE OUT. STEELE AND ALL FIVE SHELTER RESIDENTS ESCAPED,
BUT THE SECOND FLOOR SHELTER ITSELF WAS A CHARRED WRECK.
IN Q=everything went fine
((GLADYS STEELE/GLADYS HOUSE FOUNDER;EVERYTHING WENT FINE UNTIL WE HAD THE
FIRE, THEN WE HAD THE FLOOD.))
OUT Q=had the flood
THE FLOOD HIT A FEW MONTHS LATER, AS STEELE WAS STILL TRYING TO RE-OPEN THE
SHELTER UPSTAIRS, RUINING THE FURNACE AND THE CARPET DOWNSTAIRS.
IN Q=when I came out
((GLADYS STEELE/SHELTER FOUNDER; WHEN I CAME OUT IT WAS LIKE COMING OUT THE
BACK DOOR INTO A BIG ISLAND. THE WHOLE PLACE WAS WATER.))
OUT Q=whole place was water
Steele went back to work again. With the help of volunteers and insurance,
the house has been repaired literally from top to bottom.
She's still short on supplies like towels and linens, but she plans to
re-open the shelter November first.
IN Q=this is my work
((GLADYS STEELE/SHELTER FOUNDER; THIS IS MY WORK, THIS IS MY MINISTRY, AND UH,
WE HAVE ALL THESE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE DO, WE HAVE
THEM IN LIFE, AND I DON'T THINK YOU BACK DOWN, I THINK YOU PICK UP AND PRAY
ABOUT IT AND GO ON.))
OUT Q=and go on
When homeless people once again check into Gladys House... they'll find
their host is a person who's been there, and knows how to come out on top.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Gary Wayne Barker has already admitted his part in a two-county December
crime spree that left a Virginia Tech student dead.
Yesterday, he took the witnesses stand in Montgomery County Circuit Court,
and pointed most of the blame at his friend Ben Lilly.
Scott Prince has the story.
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SUPER=01-Gary Barker/Witness; :21
OUT Q=S.P. N-7, Montgomery County
((Capital murder suspect Ben Lilly could only sit and listen as his friend,
Gary Barker, gave him up.
Barker was with Ben Lilly and Lilly's brother the night Virginia Tech
student Alexander Defillipis was shot and killed.
He says Defillipis was outside a convenience store when Ben Lilly decided to
pull off a carjacking.
IN Q=He yelled
OUT Q=the wheel
Barker testified that Lilly drove the group to the Whitehorn section of the
He had Defillipis strip down to his underwear and socks but was prepared to
let the Tech student go free.
But Barker then said Lilly changed his mind... and killed him.
IN Q=He told
OUT Q=and shot him
Stand up close
Barker said there was only one reason why Lilly changed his mind and shot
He said Lilly was afraid Defillipis would be able to identify him and send
him to jail on kidnapping charges.
As for Gary Barker, he'll back on the stand... as he faces cross examination
from the defense.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Montgomery
An autopsy confirms Barry Peters died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police believe the 43- year- old killed himself at his parents' home in
Peters held police at bay for six hours.
He had armed himself with nearly half a dozen weapons, and fired aimlessly
around the house throughout the day.
Police tried to negotiate, and after they finally resorted to teargas and
entered the residence, they found Peters dead.
Neighbors said Peters suffered from depression.
GRAPHIC=drug bust cocaine
Nelson county authorities had one of their largest drug round- ups ever
The grand jury returned 29 indictments yesterday.
So far, 13 suspects have been arrested on charges of cocaine possession
with intent to distribute.
Authorities say their undercover investigation began in May.
They say they'll continue searching for the other suspects.
Sixth district Congressional Candidate Jeff Grey focused on children
yesterday, as he called for an expansion of the Head Start Program.
Speaking with reporters outside of the Salem Head Start Center, Grey said
the program has worked well, and should be expanded to include all of the
children who are eligible.
Yesterday, he charged that republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte voted to cut
funding for the program.
IN Q=He went to Washington D.C.
((JEFF GREY/D- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: HE WENT TO WASHINGTON D.C. AND VOTED FOR
BILL NUMBER 2127 WHICH REDUCED FUNDING FOR HEAD START BY 137- MILLION DOLLARS.
IF THAT BILL WOULD HAVE PASSED HE WOULD HAVE ELIMINATED THE ABILITY OF 48-
THOUSAND CHILDREN TO CONTINUE GOING TO HEAD START.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Grey/(D) Candidate for Congress;
OUT Q=going to Head Start.
A spokesman for Goodlatte says the incumbent has been a consistent
supporter of Head Start, most recently voting for a budget that included a 31-
million dollar increase for the program.
Virginia backers of Ross Perot have pledged their support to Senate
Candidate Mark Warner.
The Democrat agreed to sign an eight point pledge to abide by the Virginia
Independent Reform Party's principles.
IN Q=By signing
((BILL DAGGETT/VA. INDEPENDENT REFORM PARTY: BY SIGNING THE PLEDGE, MARK
WARNER HAS JOINED WITH US IN THE FIGHT TO OVERCOME THE INSIDIOUS INFLUENCES OF
SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT HAVE ENVELOPED OUR TWO PARTY SYSTEM THREATENING THE
FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.))
((MARK WARNER/D-SENATE CANDIDATE: TODAY THE REFORM PARTY COULD HAVE TAKEN THE
EASY ROUTE AND ENDORSED THE INCUMBENT. BUT THEY DID NOT. THEY STUCK TO THEIR
PRINCIPLES AND SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE TO VIRGINIA'S INDEPENDENT VOTERS.))
SUPER=01-Bill Daggett/Va. Independent Reform Party;
One of those messages is that Reform Party members need NOT say thank you to
Republican John Warner for backing their candidate Marshall Coleman over fellow
Republican Ollie North in 19-94.
The Reform Party had NO estimate of how many supporters it has in Virginia.
Ross Perot is polling in the low single digits in the state.
wipe wipe wipe
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For John Warner, yesterday's endorsement came from a coalition of Virginia
Members of the group say the republican incumbent has served their interests
in the Senate on issues including the economy, health care and crime.
Yesterday's speakers included Connie Seagle (SEE-guhl), a Wythe County
resident who endured a violent assault in 19-79 and now works for victims'
IN Q=It doesn't just affect those
((CONNIE SEAGLE/ADVOCATE FOR VICTIMS' RIGHTS: IT DOESN'T JUST AFFECT THOSE IN
THE CITY AREAS. IT AFFECTS EVERYONE AND I THINK WE NEED TO SUPPORT CANDIDATES
WHO WILL LISTEN TO WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY AND WILL DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE VICTIM
AND NOT THE ACCUSED.))
SUPER=01-Connie Seagle/Advocate for Victims' Rights;
OUT Q=not the accused.
The Coalition for Women says Warner has supported funding for breast
cancer research, small business opportunities for women, and legislation
protecting them against violent crime.
It looks like the Hokies will keep their popular head football coach.
Less than 24 hours after Kentucky announced that Bill Curry will not return
as the school's football coach next season, Frank Beamer's name surfaced as a
leading candidate to replace him.
Beamer was surprised by the reports coming out of Kentucky yesterday and he
had this to say about the job as he arrived at his weekly news conference.
IN Q="It does...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...RIGHT HERE."