Coming up on News 7-
Police try to solve a strange case- two bodies found shot to death in a
burning van in Lynchburg.
A verdict in the case that stemmed from a Jenny Jones show.
Plus say SO LONG to the free stock page in the Roanoke newspaper. We'll
tell you what's going on.
News 7 is next.
Authorities have a bizarre case on their hands in Lynchburg- after two
people were found apparently shot to death in a burning van.
The bodies of 29 year old Sharon Gilliam and 34 year old Dennis Oxford were
in a van outside the Lynchburg newspaper offices.
SUPER=03-New Delhi, India;
Two airplanes collided in mid air near the New Delhi India airport-
killing 351 people.
SUPER=04-Henry Co/File Tape;
And the Southside tries to make the area a recognized racing region.
We'll tell you about the plan to get this area on the fast track.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Police are trying to solve a bizarre case in Lynchburg-
Two people died there as the result of a strange murder-suicide.
The bodies of 29-year old Sharon Gilliam and 34-year old Dennis Oxford were
found in this burning van outside the Lynchburg newspaper offices.
Police say Gilliam and Oxford had dated a few times and had a friendly
A suicide note left in a cooler outside the burning van provided authorities
with a motive for the crime.
IN Q=Without going
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WITHOUT GOING INTO THE EXACT DETAILS
OF WHAT WAS CONTAINED IN THE NOTE, OTHER THAN TO SAY THAT MR. OXFORD, WHO
APPARENTLY LEFT THE NOTE, SEEMS TO BLAME MISS GILLIAM FOR A MEDICAL PROBLEM
THAT HE MAY HAVE THOUGHT HE HAD.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=thought he had.
Police recovered a gun from inside the car that had been fired at least
Autopsies should reveal whether one or both victims were shot to death
before the fire was set.
Police now say they've recovered 200 bodies after two planes collided in
the sky near New Delhi, India.
SUPER=03-Charki Dadri, India;
The Saudi jumbo jet had just taken off when it crashed with a (Ka-ZICK)
Kazak Airlines plane coming in for a landing.
A news photographer describes the gruesome scene.
((SO YOU AN SEE WRECKAGE ALL OVER. YOU CAN SEE DEAD BODIES YOU CAN SEE BODIES
WITHOUT HEADS. YOU CAN'T RECOGNIZE ANY BODIES YOU KNOW.))
OUT Q=ANY BODIES YOU KNOW."
Police say none of the 351 people aboard could have survived.
No word on why the two planes collided.
A single engine plane made an unexpected landing in Halifax County-
Inside, authorities found unexpected cargo- one dozen high powered weapons.
The pilot was arrested yesterday minutes after landing at the Tuck Airport,
near South Boston.
He's suspected of illegally smuggling guns from North Carolina to New York
as part of an organized crime ring.
Members of a Joint Firearms Task Force had been tracking the plane from
They do not know why the pilot decided to land in Virginia-- he was
apparently supposed to fly to New Jersey.
A flight instructor happened to be standing outside when the pilot landed.
((MIKE CANNON/PART-TIME FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR:PROBABLY A MINUTE OR SO AFTER THAT A
TWIN ENGINE PIPER LANDED, SO LIKE, QUITE AGRESSIVE, LIND OF LANDED LIKE
LUNATICS, FLEW IN HERE AND ONE GUY GOT OFF AND ACTED LIKE HE HAD TO GO TO THE
BATHROOM BADLY, BUT IT REALLY WAS JUST AN ACT, SO HE WENT INSIDE AND SEVERAL
MORE THE POLICE CAME OUT AND THEY APPREHENDED OR GOT THE GUY AT THE PAY PHONE,
PINNED HIM DOWN AND HANDCUFFED HIM AND READ HIM HIS RIGHTS AND TOOK HIM INSIDE.
SUPER=01-Mike Cannon/Part-Time Flight Instructor; :00
OUT Q=took him inside.
Sources say guns like the ones found on the plane sell for about one thousand
dollars each on the streets of New York City.
Lynchburg residents will have to live with their trash tag system, at least
for a little while longer.
But local civil rights advocates have won their fight to put a mural in
Steve Smallshaw has more from tonight's city council meeting.
IN Q=Business as usual
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :13
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :27
SUPER=01-Charles Church/Lynchburg City Manager; :52
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Business as usual when it came to city council and the issue of trash tags.
Council had a chance to reaffirm or get rid of the controversial refuse
Instead, it tabled the matter yet again.
IN Q=Rather than
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: RATHER THAN MAKING OUR INNER CITY AND
OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY A DUMPING GROUND FOR ILLEGAL TRASH, I THINK WE SHOULD
SEND THIS BACK TO A FULL SESSION, FULL COMMITTEE AND COME UP WITH ANOTHER
ALTERNATIVE TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=to do that.
IN Q=Unless there's
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: UNLESS THERE'S A ROCKET SCIENTIST
THAT CAN FIND DANGER IN WHAT WE HAVE DONE, I THINK WE CAME UP WITH THE MOST
REASONABLE DECISION AND MADE THE RECOMMENDATION.))
OUT Q=made the recommendation.
Tags or no tags, city employees will continue picking up the trash as
council okayed their three- year contract.
Also, civil rights advocates won their battle to have a mural honoring local
black leaders displayed in City Hall.
Council adopted a new policy on what is considered appropriate for a city
IN Q=It needs to
((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: IT NEEDS TO BE A LYNCHBURG- RELATED
ITEM THAT HAS SIGNIFICANCE TO LYNCHBURG AND NOT SOMETHING OF GENERAL APPEAL.))
OUT Q=general appeal.
IN Q=City officials
((City officials say the civil rights mural meets all the requirements of the
new policy, and more importantly, fits the measurements of the glass display
case in the lobby of City Hall. If all goes well, the mural could be in place
within a week. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
It's a murder case that stemmed from a talk show taping.
Today a verdict was reached in what's been called the Jenny Jones talks
Lou (Ay-bare) Hebert reports that 21 months after the murder, the trial is
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI; 00
SUPER=01-James Burdick/Defense Lawyer; 25
SUPER=01-Frank Amedure/Victim's Brother; 1:03
SUPER=01-Lou Herbert/CBS News;
OUT Q=for CBS News."
((JURY FOREMAN: GUILTY OF LESSER CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER.
Few of the facts were in dispute. Both sides agree that Jonathan Schmitz
killed Scott Amedure 3 days after the two appeared on an episode of the show
featuring same-sex crushes. But most testimony focused on Schmitz's
responsibility. Defense attorneys portrayed Schmitz as mentally and physically
ill, telling the jury he couldn't understand or control his actions.
JAMES BURDICK, DEFENSE LAWYER:
In the end on the second day of deliberations, the jury reached a compromise.
For Scott Amedure's family, the second degree murder verdict was little
FRANK AMEDURE/VICTIM'S BROTHER: THERE IS NO WAY HE'S GOING TO END UP GETTING
ENOUGH TIME AS WHAT HAPPENED TO SCOTT. SCOTT IS GONE FOREVER. HE'LL BE LUCKY TO
DO 20 YEARS.
Lou Herbert/CBS News: This verdict is not the last time this case will be
in court. Judge Francis O'Brien still has to sentence Schmitz. And the Amedure
family has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Jenny Jones and her
show. That civil case may finally determine what role, if any, the show played
in the murder. Lou Hebert, for CBS News, Pontiac.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, inmates in Virginia prisons say they're being
ruled with a heavy hand,
and subscribers to the Roanoke Times are getting more business numbers, but
soon they'll have to pay more for it.
Robin in WX CENTER
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-2.23''/plus 0.99''/49.67''/plus 13.46'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.93 foot/Down 2.25 feet;Lake levels
Chicago firefighters battled a four alarm blaze on the city's north side.
but they could not save several businesses in this building.
Nomadic Pictures which makes documentaries for cable and Public
Broadcasting- was destroyed.
((TODD LENDING/NOMADIC PICTURES: WE HAVE FOOTAGE THAT IS IRREPLACEABLE. WE
DON'T HAVE COPIES OF.))
SUPER=01-Todd Lending/Nomadic Pictures;
OUT Q=DON'T HAVE COPIES OF."
Lending says the building was not equipped with sprinklers.
Smoke and flames filled the sky over downtown Danville tonight.
Fire broke out at a building at the intersection of Industrial and Jefferson
Avenues at around six.
When firefighters arrived there was no hope of saving the building-- which
was used as storage for a local construction company.
About 20-fire fighters worked on the blaze.
Chief B-G Lewis says his main concern was keeping the fire from spreading.
IN Q=The building
SUPER=01-B. G. Lewis/Danville Fire Chief; :00
OUT Q=drowned it.
Fire officials are trying to figure out the cause of the blaze.
GRAPHIC=Prisons Under Pressure
Virginia's Department of Corrections chose the heavy hand approach to keep a
booming prison population under control.
But more rules mean more frustrations for the state's most violent
Take Fullscreen Graphic Prisons Under Pressure
Ellen Qualls has part two of "Prisons Under Pressure."
IN Q=There's a fine
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director; :17
SUPER=04-Courtesy Va. Dept. of Corrections; :27
SUPER=01-Laura Rinier/Inmate Advocate; 1:18
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( There's a fine line between controlling a dangerous population, and
pushing Virginia's most violent citizens to the breaking point.
sot 10:34:27 T1
((RON ANGELONE: FACT IS THESE PEOPLE ARE IN PRISON.))
And corrections director Ron Angelone can't stress enough the importance of
maintaining the upper hand.
Education and counseling?
sot T1 10:46:43
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: THERE'S NOT A SMORGASBORD OF
PROGRAMS. I DON'T THINK PRISON SHOULD BE A PLACE WHERE EVERY VOCATIONAL
TRAINING PROGRAM, EVERY ACADEMIC PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO AN INMATE.))
Inmates who need medical attention are now being charged.
sot t1 10:36:28
((RON ANGELONE: TOO MANY PEOPLE WERE GOING TO SICK CALL JUST TO GO. PEOPLE IN
THE COMMUNITY THAT WORK EVERYDAY AND HAVE A HEALTH PLAN WHEN THEY GO BECAUSE
THEY'RE SICK, THEY HAVE TO PAY A CO-PAYMENT. 12INMATES ARE EXPECTED TO PAY
THAT. THEY'RE NEVER STOPPED FROM SEEING A NURSE OR A DOCTOR DUE TO NOT HAVING
Angelone's says family bonding is important, but--
sot t1 10:43:29
((RON ANGELONE: IT AMAZES ME THAT IN PRISON, PEOPLE WANT THEIR FAMILIES TO
SPEND EVERY SATURDAY, EVERY SUNDAY, EIGHT HOURS A DAY, LOCKED INSIDE A
VISITATION ROOM INSIDE THE PRISON. AND IF THEY DON'T GET THAT THEIR WHOLE
FAMILY IS BEING DESTROYED.))
Some family members we spoke to on the condition of anonymity say they're
lucky to get two hours on visiting days, and now they're being told there's a
sot T1 10:24:01
((LAURA RINIER/INMATE ADVOCATE: OFTEN, THERE'S CRISIS SITUATIONS GOING ON
WITHIN THE FAMILIES OUT THERE. THAT NUMBER ONE, THE PRISONER FEELS TOTALLY
FRUSTRATED BY NOT BEING ABLE TO BE THERE TO DO ANYTHING TO HELP.))
Then there's the new phone policies.
Inmates can call home collect, with a three-dollar surcharge, a 15 minute
limit, a recorded message interrupting periodically -- AND the calls are all
SOT 10:24;28 T1
((LAURA RINIER: THEY'RE ALL JUST MECHANISMS THAT ARE GOING TO PROMOTE
FRUSTRATION. WHICH, OF COURSE, OFTEN LEADS TO BAD SITUATIONS.))
The Department just re-negotiated the phone contract for a multi-million
dollar profit to the state general fund.
((RON ANGELONE: THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT HAVE TO GO INTO OUR PHONE SYSTEM
SO THAT AN INDIVIDUAL DOESN'T CALL SOMEONE THAT THEY'VE JUST RAPED, A VICTIM,
AND TRY TO HARASS THEM. AND THOSE COSTS COME WITH THE TERRITORY OF HAVING THE
PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO USE THE PHONE IN PRISON.))
The department trumpets that its per inmate cost has actually dropped over
the past three years.
Critics say the budget cutting shows.
New rules may be a bummer for the cons -- but what if they push some over
Tomorrow, if Virginia prisons riot, Ron Angelone says he's ready.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up next, as temperatures hover near record lows, one locality has
trouble providing gas for its customers,
and we'll see how the southside region is seeking the General Assembly's
help in getting it into the winner's circle.
MUSIC UP FULL
After several days of relative calm, things may be heating up again in the
bidding war for Conrail.
(Roy-ters) Reuters News service says traders and analysts are speculating
that C-S-X may once again increase its friendly offer.
Last week Norfolk Southern upped its hostile bid for Conrail.
It tops the offer C-S-X made by more than one BILLION dollars.
The two Virginia railroads are fighting over Conrail because of its dominant
market share in the northeast.
N-S is one of the largest employers in the area, with more than 35-hundred
The Roanoke Times just became one of the only papers in the country to
eliminate its stock and mutual fund listings in favor of a separate
subscription- only publication.
This evening its business editor told the Ad Federation of the Roanoke
Valley why the paper did this.
John Levin explains that because it's going for a targeted audience, the new
report has ten times more listings than the old stock page, which was getting
whittled away by rising newsprint costs.
IN Q=Some of
((JOHN LEVIN/ROANOKE TIMES BUSINESS EDITOR: SOME OF THE CALLS THAT I'VE HAD
FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE UPSET OR ANGRY OVER THE CHANGE TELL ME, YOU KNOW, THE ONLY
REASON WE READ THE ROANOKE TIMES WAS FOR OUR STOCK REPORT, YOU KNOW, AND I CAN
ONLY SCRATCH MY HEAD AND SAY, WHY?))
SUPER=01-John Levin/Roanoke Times Business Editor;
OUT Q=head and say, why?
19-hundred people have subscribed to the new report, which costs an
additional 49-cents a week.
About one hundred homes are still without gas service tonight in the
It is part of problem that affected about one thousand people earlier today-
when gas service was interrupted.
Crews were apparently trying to repair a gas line when the malfunction
Homes in the Schoolfield and Druid Hills areas were affected.
Workers began going door to door this afternoon to fix the problems-
To report a problem: call the Danville Water and Gas Company at
SUPER=330-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/20-22/Increasing Clouds/Wind N-10/44-46;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/20-22/Sunny Early/Then Clouds/45-48;
SUPER=332-Clear & Cold/Calm Wind/15-18/Increasing/Cloudiness/38-40;
SUPER=333-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/15-20/Afternoon/Cloudiness/34-36;
SUPER=334-Clear & Cold/Calm Wind/14-18/Clouding Up/Snow Late/25-30;
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Pistons vs. Bullets; :00
Gheorghe Muresan was back in the Bullets' lineup for the first time this
season after battling injuries.
The 7 foot 7 inch center made only one shot tonight, but we have it right
But his two points were not enough as Detroit beats Washington 92-to-79
The East's last place Express looked more like the division leader last
night...a fair assessment considering Roanoke spanked the top divisional team
in Richmond 6-2 at the Round House.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Renegades vs. Express; :00
The over 38 hundred fans on hand gave Ilya Dubkov a warm welcome as the
franchise's leading scorer returned.
Jeff Jablonski put Roanoke on the board in the first period with this
blast. Jablonski's 6th goal of the season came at the 4:53 mark.
Dubkov tallied this goal with about 3 minutes left in the first. Roanoke
led 3-nothing after 1.
The Express got a scare when Dave Stewart left the game. Early reports say
he severely twisted an ankle.
Dave Gagnon picked up the slack for his injured defenseman with some pretty
saves, he made 34 on the night.
Tim Christian would score early in the third. 4-1 Express and Roanoke wins
6-2 behind a 3 for 4 power play performance.
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!
VO-NAT Wipe to Eng!!!!
It turned out to be not so good a day for two Express players. Oligs
Sorokin, who was obtained from Jacksonville for cash, was waived by Roanoke
as was Steve Salhaney, who came to Roanoke via Louisville. Again Sorokin and
Salhaney have been waived.
Girl's regional basketball action opened last night.
In Region-3 play at Rustburg, William Byrd beat Tunstall and Gretna topped
SUPER=03-Floyd/Covington vs. Floyd Co.; ;00
In a Region-C quarterfinal match-up, Covington invaded Floyd looking to stop
the Lady Buffs.
Covington would make a statement quickly jumping out to a four point lead
with the help of Jo Ann Helton, who scored a game high 33 points against the
But Floyd would comeback with a flurry of points, as Sonya Hylton finds an
open Julie Sowers, who drives and scores 2 of her team high 21.
Just second before the end of the first quarter, Amy Vest would turn into a
one woman gang as she makes the steal and drives back inside for the layin and
a 22-to-13 lead.
Floyd would continue to pour it on as Hylton dishes to Jill Quesenberry for
the jumper and Floyd County advances to Thursday night's Region-C semi-finals
with the 89-to-61 win.
SS=hold tourney time
Also, last night in Region-C Parry McCluer beat Galax 56-to-34.
One of the top coaches in the Friday Football Extra's area will step down
from his current post today.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
Patrick Henry's Ed Scott, who has been at the school since 1990, plans to
submit his letter of resignation this morning.
Scott, who is a Staunton native led the Patriots to two playoff berths and a
share of the RVD championship last season.
His teams finished 500 or better each of the past five years, but this season
along with some mild health concerns took their toll on Scott, as PH lost its
final three games and missed making the playoffs.
Scott replaced Dennis Vaught in March of 1990. Before that he won a state
championship while coaching at Park View Sterling.
The Baseball Writers of American handed out their Cy Young award for the
American League today.
Pat Hentgen who went 20-and-8 this season with a 3.22 E-R-A gets the honor.
He also led the league in innings pitched and complete games.
He edged out New York Yankees ace Andy Pettitte by a mere six points.
There are more signs tonight that Cleveland Indians slugger Albert Belle is
on his way South.
The Florida Marlins are very much interested in acquiring his services
although Albert cannot talk money with any team other than the Indians until
He and his agent have told the Indians that $8 and half million dollars over
five years is not enough.
Still to come tonight, the Hokies are set to enter the
eye of the Hurricanes this weekend, as they continue their run to what they
hope will be postseason glory.
It's back to the Big East wars this weekend for Virginia Tech as the Hokies
invade the Orange Bowl to battle Miami. Roy Stanley has a look at the
IN Q="Last year...
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/September 23, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :14
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Virginia Tech Defensive Back; :49
SUPER=01-Torrian Gray/Virginia Tech Safety; 1:21
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Last year the Hokies lost their first two games of the season but rebounded
in game three with a 13 to 7 win over the Hurricanes that turned the hokies
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((There are several similarities from last years game to this years at the
Antonio Banks was on crutches last year and he's not expected to play
True Freshman Lauren Johnson replaced Banks and he came up with the key
play of the game knocking this pass down in the end Zone.
Freshman Anthony Midget replaced banks in the second quarter of the East
Carolina game and he will get his first start in his home state against the
((LOREN JOHNSON/VIRGINIA TECH DEFENSIVE BACK: ))
((But no one play will be big enough to stop the Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl
and the Hokies will need the same type of effort that led to the win over East
((TORRIAN GRAY/VIRGINIA TECH SAFETY: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
And finally, the executive director of the Sugar Bowl was in North Carolina
this past Saturday scouting the Tarheels.
He got to see the Tarheels win, but then he got to see something else.
Paul Hoolahan was involved in a wreck in Chapel Hill at 12:45am Sunday.
He was arrested and charged with drunk driving after his blood alcohol was
nearly double the legal limit in North Carolina.
Leaders from Martinsville, Danville, and South Boston want to be in the
winners circle-- for tourism dollars, that is.
They hope to do that by asking the General Assembly to declare southside
Virginia's official Racing Region. Kimberly McBroom explains.
IN Q=Southside leaders
SUPER=03-Henry Co./September; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Harned/Martinsville Development Asst.; :12
SUPER=01-Steve Sheppard/Martinsville Speedway; :35
OUT Q=News 7, Henry County
(( Southside leaders think the checkered flag is just the tool to wave in
more tourism dollars.
For example, cashing in on the success of the Martinsville Speedway.
((TOM HARNED/ASST. TO THE CITY MGR. FOR DEVELOPMENT: THEY SELL OUT TWICE A
YEAR. THAT'S A REAL ECONOMIC ENGINE FOR THIS AREA AND ONE THAT, QUITE FRANKLY,
WE'VE BEEN JUST A LITTLE BIT SLOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. ))
Martinsville Speedway official Steve Sheppard says the Racing Region
concept is unique-- he says he's never seen one anywhere else.
SOT standup 17:23:28
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: IF SOUTHSIDE DOES BECOME A RACING REGION, SHEPPARD
BELIEVES RACE FANS WILL FILL UP THESE NEW STANDS-- AND STICK AROUND FOR THE
AREA'S OTHER ATTRACTIONS. ))
((STEVE SHEPPARD/MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: INSTEAD OF JUST COMING TO THE
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY, THEY'LL COME INTO
MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY AREAS AND THROUGHOUT OUR ENTIRE REGION HERE MAYBE ON
WEDNESDAY OF THAT WEEK. MAYBE GO FISHING ONE DAY, GO TO A MUSEUM ANOTHER DAY
AND STAY AND SEE THE SIGHTS HERE IN THE MARTINSVILLE AREA. ))
Those sights will be featured in a visitors guide scheduled to be printed
It will be sent to fans who buy tickets to races at the Martinsville or
South Boston Speedways.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Henry County.