32 inches of snow have blanketed the Great Lakes region so far and it just
keeps on falling.
And two people are dead after a car goes up in flames in Lynchburg.
The autumn leaves have not even been raked, but residents across much of the
Great Lakes are digging out from as
much as 32 inches of snow.
The heavy, wet snow has been blamed for a number of deaths, mostly traffic
It's also downed powerlines leaving tens of thousands without electricity.
And the snow just keeps falling.
The officials start of winter is still six weeks away.
Amy Castelli joins us from Cleveland with an update.
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Two people are dead after a bizarre car fire this morning in Lynchburg.
Double boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw joins us live from our Lynchburg newsroom, Steve what have
police been able to tell you so far?
Melanie, authorities are still piecing together what happened, but one of
the scenarios they're looking into is that this was a murder- suicide by fire.
IN Q=An employee
SUPER=01-Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :30
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :52
OUT Q=be quite revealing.
(( Fire authorities were called to Wyndale Drive around 7:45 after at least two
employees spotted a car on fire in the rear parking lot of the Lynchburg News
and Advance newspaper offices.
One woman told police she'd seen two people inside the car just before it
Once crews had the fire extinguished and could look inside, their worst
fears were confirmed.
The bodies of a man and a woman were in the back seat of the Chevy van.
How they died is still under investigation.
IN Q=We're investigating
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE'RE INVESTIGATING IT AS A HOMICIDE
AT THIS POINT. I'VE GOT INVESTIGATORS WORKING ON IT, WE TENTATIVELY HAVE GOT
NAMES ON THE TWO OCCUPANTS OF THE VEHICLE.))
OUT Q=of the vehicle.
A note reportedly was found in a cooler outside the vehicle, but police
would not comment on its contents or whether the fire was the result of a
Fire investigators say it's possible a flammable liquid was used to ignite
IN Q=I understand
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: I UNDERSTAND AUTOPSIES WILL BE DONE
TOMORROW. THAT SHOULD BE QUITE REVEALING.))
OUT Q=be quite revealing.))
Double Boxes/Melanie and Steve/Microwave
Those autopsies should show whether both victims died in the fire, or if one
was murdered beforehand.
Police are still trying to notify next of kin before releasing any
(Melanie question: do they know why it happened at the newspaper building?)
(steve ad lib answer)
A verdict has been reached in the so-called Talk Show murder trial.
IN Q=Our verdict
((VOICE OF JURY FOREMAN: OUR VERDICT AS TO THE CHARGE OF FIRST- DEGREE
PREMEDITATED MURDER IS GUILTY OF THE LESSER OFFENSE OF SECOND- DEGREE MURDER.
AND THE SECOND COUNT, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FIRST-
DEGREE, PREMEDITATED MURDER OR A SECOND- DEGREE MURDER OR VOLUNTARY
MANSLAUGHTER IS GUILTY.))
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SUPER=02-Jury Foreman; :05
OUT Q= is guilty.
OUT Q=(verdict read)
Jonathan Schmitz admitted fatally shooting a gay acquaintance after the man
revealed a crush on him during a Jenny Jones show.
Schmitz had been charged with first degree murder, but the jury convicted
him on the lesser charge.
His lawyers said he was publicly ambushed and humiliated when his secret
admirer turned out to be a man.
In India today, a mid air collision between two passenger jets.
Initial reports estimate at least 350 people are dead, making it the third
deadliest air disaster in world history.
Police say the crash was near a village some 60 miles from New Delhi.
One of the planes was a Saudi 7-47, the other was a Russian made plane.
The Army's sex scandal is growing.
Sexual misconduct charges were filed today against three officers at Fort
Leonard Wood in Missouri.
They're suspected of raping..
and harassing female recruits, then threatening them to keep them quiet.
The new charges come on the heels of similar charges at an army training base
Democratic Delegate Roscoe Reynolds is expected to throw his hat in the ring
tomorrow for the state senate seat vacated by Virgil Goode.
And yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer said he will do what he can to
help Reynolds' campaign.
IN Q=With Virgil Goode's ascension
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WITH VIRGIL GOODE'S ASCENSION TO CONGRESS, WE'RE GOING TO
BE FIGHTING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP THAT 20 - 20 BALANCE IN THE VIRGINIA
GENERAL ASSEMBLY. ROSCOE REYNOLDS IS A PROSECUTOR, A DUKE GRADUATE, UNIVERSITY
OF VIRGINIA LAW SCHOOL, A VERY BRIGHT GUY AND WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE
CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT HE WILL REPRESENT THE FRANKLIN, MARTINSVILLE, HENRY AND
PATRICK COUNTY AREA IN THE SENATE.))
OUT Q=in the senate.
With control of the Senate at stake, Beyer predicts that both parties will
pour enormous resources into a three or four week race.
Republican delegate Allen Dudley announced his candidacy for the Senate seat
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Still to come,
Liberty University gets a visit from the bill collector--
Radford University's President underwent the university's first ever
We'll find out how it turned out when we return.
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
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One- point- one million dollars in interest payments is keeping Liberty
University's buildings open.
Officials paid the sum to investors yesterday.
The Creditors had threatened to foreclose on it unless that payment was
Liberty owes about fifteen million dollars on a bond issue the school made
in the 19-80's.
It had offered to pay bondholders about half that amount in one lump sum.
Liberty says it stopped making interest payments while it waited to see if
that offer would be accepted.
But the committee handling the account reportedly never informed bondholders
of the offer.
Instead, that same committee threatened to foreclose on the school's
property unless the interest payments were made.
Liberty says it paid the money to avoid putting the school and its students
Virginia's first black University President was also the first RADFORD
president to undergo a performance evaluation.
The end result was a raise in salary, and a contract offer.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=If whatever prompted
SUPER=01-Douglas Covington/Radford University President; :08
SUPER=01-Jim Stutts/Board of Visitors Rector; :40
SUPER=01-Rev. John Price/Montgomery Co. NAACP President; 1:00
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( If whatever prompted the review of Douglas Covington was negative...he and
the board of visitors say it had a positive result.
((DOUGLAS COVINGTON/RADFORD UNIV. PRESIDENT: I BELIEVE THAT THE EVALUATION LAID
THE FOUNDATION FOR A VERY PRODUCTIVE AND MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE WORKING
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE VARIOUS CONSTITUENT GROUPS OF THE UNIVERSITY IN THE
Covington and the board are not releasing details.
But the board passed a resolution
stating the consultants reported Covington is responsible for a number of
improvements in his 15-month tenure.
It pledged to work candidly and harmoniously with the president and to
develop an employment contract for him.
((JIM STUTTS/BOARD OF VISITORS RECTOR: SO IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT WE
WERE NOT WORKING HARMONIOUSLY IN THE PAST. CERTAINLY WE CAN ALL IMPROVE AND I
THINK THERE'S SOME ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT THERE. BUT I THINK THERE WERE
INTENTIONS TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE PAST, BUT I THINK THERE ARE SOME WAYS WE CAN
IMPROVE ON THAT. ))
While the board and Covington appear ready to put the matter to rest, a
citizens group which charged the evaluation was racially-motivated does not.
((REV. JOHN PRICE/MONTGOMERY CO. NAACP PRES.: IF THAT INJUSTICE, WE DO NOT
OVERCOME THAT INJUSTICE, IT WILL REFLECT NOT ONLY ON THIS BOARD BUT ALSO ON
THIS COMMUNITY AND THIS STATE. ))
Rector Jim Stutts maintains race had nothing to do with the evaluation, and
says the board takes seriously its obligations to ensure fair employment
practices. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The Board of Visitors at Virginia Tech is backing the Administration's
handling of recent allegations against members of the football team.
The board did not discuss the matter in open session, but while in executive
session, President Torgersen briefed them on the situation.
IN Q=the board fully
((HENRY DEKKER/RECTOR/;THE BOARD FULLY SUPPORTS DR. TORGERSEN, IN THE ACTIONS
HE'S TAKEN AND WE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AND THE FOOTBALL
COACH AND WE THING THE CONTINUING APPROPRIATE ACTION WILL BE MADE.))
OUT Q=will be made
The players were indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury last week.
The first of two murder trials for James Henry Burley got underway in
Amherst County Circuit Court this morning.
The 44- year- old Burley is charged with killing Robin Jeanette Burge last
November and dumping her body in the woods.
Hunters found the body the day after Thanksgiving.
He's also accused of murdering Jacqueline Dorsey Carter a month later.
Carter's body also was found by hunters, along the James River near
Prosecutor Ed Meeks says D-N-A evidence will figure heavily in both trials.
Burley's trial for the murder of Robin Burge is expected to last two to
The second murder trial is scheduled for next month.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
Roanoke Police have found the truck, but not the gunman, in a carjacking
incident last night.
While over in Lynchburg, authorities are trying to stop a rash of car
Stay with us.
President Clinton meets with Congressional leaders this afternoon looking
for some common ground.
Budget plans are the top agenda item, also tax cuts and campaign finance
Speaking to reporters in the Oval office Mr. Clinton said the G-O-P should
not bicker over past differences.
IN Q=we're in this boat together..
OUT Q=pick up your paddle row.
Mr. Clinton's statements followed his first bill signing since re-election.
The new Parks Law will affect nature and historic areas in 41 states.
O-J Simpson faces court proceedings today on two fronts.
His wrongful death trial resumes in Santa Monica.
Meantime, the custody trial involving his two youngest children begins in
Simspon will battle in court with his ex- wife's parents.
The children have been living with the couple since Nicole Brown Simpson was
murdered two and a- half years ago.
Police are still on the lookout for suspects in an apparent carjacking
that occurred yesterday morning in northwest Roanoke.
48- year- old John Alexander Carter told police he was driving along Center
Avenue, when a man gestured for him to stop.
Carter said another man got in his truck, displayed a handgun and demanded
When he did not find any cash, the man reportedly fired shots through the
driver's side window.
Carter then jumped out of his truck-- and the suspect drove away.
Last night, authorities found Carter's abandoned pickup truck.
Locking car doors may no longer be enough to protect the belongings you
leave in your car when shopping in Lynchburg.
The number of automobile break-ins has skyrocketed this year.
Police say thieves have stolen nearly two hundred thousand dollars of goods
from vehicles since January first.
They're urging shoppers to be more careful, and put valuables in the trunk
to avoid tempting criminals.
Authorities related the story of one man who spotted two suspicious people
casing his neighborhood.
IN Q=Knowing that he
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: KNOWING THAT HE THOUGHT A CRIME WAS
GOING TO OCCUR, HE IMMEDIATELY GOES TO HIS PHONE TO CALL THE POLICE. HE
ESTIMATED IT TO BE NO MORE THAN TWO MINUTES, AND IN THAT TWO MINUTES THEY'D
BROKEN THE WINDOW OUT, COMPLETELY REMOVED THE IN-DASH RADIO FROM THE CAR AND
WERE GONE. SO THESE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING, AND SOMEBODY'S GOTTEN A LOT
OF PRACTICE AT THIS.))
SUPER=01-Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=practice at this.
Lynchburg police have started a reward program aimed at catching car
Here's a phone number for you. If you have information about an automobile
break-in call Lynchburg police.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 5 points.
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All the sports highlights ARE next,
The San Diego Chargers used a hail Mary pass to win over the Detroit Lions.
Another Atlanta Braves pitcher brings home the Cy Young award.
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The San Diego Chargers came away with a win at home in Monday Night Football
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA/ABC Sports;
The Chargers took a quick 7- nothing lead as Tony Martin grabs the 32 yard
Stan Humphries pass.
But Barry Sanders ran for two touchdowns to put the Lions up 14- 7.
In the closing seconds of the first half-- the Chargers connect on the Hail
Mary. Vince Coleman falls down with the ball in the back of the end zone for
the 17- 14 halftime lead.
Late in the fourth quarter, former UVa quarterback Don Majkowski
(ma-COW-ski) gets the one yard touchdown pass to Brett Perriman to bring the
Lions within 6-
But Junior Seau (Say-OW) recovers the onsides kick to seal the win for the
The Virginia Tech Hokies beat Yugoslavia last night in a preseason exhibition
at the Cassell.
After undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this Fall, Ace Custis was
anxious to get back on the court.
Once things got started, freshman Andre Ray makes the bounce pass inside to
Ace, and the Hokies lone returning starter knocks down 2 of his game high 20
Then Keefe Matthews fights his way through the defense for the hoops. Keefe
had 10 points.
Roanoke senior Troy Manns will then bottom out the nice jumper from the top
of the key to give Tech an early lead.
Matthews goes inside to Ace, then back to Matthews for the dunk as Tech
beats the Yugoslavians 69 to 53.
The Braves did not win the World Series, but last night their top pitcher in
19-96 picked up the National League Cy Young award.
John Smoltz says when the season began he was more worried about staying
healthy, then keeping up with teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.
IN Q="I had no...
((JOHN SMOLTZ/1996 CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER:))
SUPER=01-John Smoltz/1996 Cy Young Award Winner; :00
OUT Q=...OFF OF THAT."
Smoltz is now a free agent and he could leave Atlanta and sign with another
IN Q="My ideal...
((JOHN SMOLTZ: ))
OUT Q=...GO SOMEWHERE ELSE."
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The owners of a new comedy club in Roanoke are hoping to succeed where
others have failed.
The comedians- turned- entrepreneurs opened Slap Happys in the basement of
the Patrick Henry Hotel over a month ago.
The owners believe Slap Happy's will survive where other comedy clubs have
not, because they offer such a wide variety of acts.
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IN Q=I'm a XXX rated
((FRANK "ROWDY" LUNNEY/SLAP HAPPY'S: I'M A XXX RATED TYPE OF ACT FOR ADULTS,
VERY CONTROVERSIAL. WHEREBY THE FOLLOWING WEEK, WE HAD A CLOWN. SO, YOU KNOW,
IT WENT FROM ONE END OF THE SPECTRUM TO THE OTHER. AND I THINK THAT'S
SOMETHING THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THAT IS UNIQUE. ))
SUPER=01-Frank "Rowdy" Lunney/Slap Happy's;
OUT Q=that is unique
The comedy duo says Slap Happy's offers patrons great food, along with a
more intimate dose of comedy-- something they can't get from T-V or film.