Coming up on News 7-
A verdict for the man accused of killing his sister in law and her husband.
Skid marks provide more information on the Illinois plane crash-
It appears both pilots tried to avoid the crash.
And you've heard of the Jingle Cats- How about the Jingle Frogs-
News 7 is Next.
A capital murder conviction for the man charged with killing his
sister-in-law and her husband.
A Caroll county jury came back with the verdict tonight- finding Dennis
Stoneman guilty of killing Tina and Steve Quesenberry.
For the second day in a row, Norfolk Southern comes up short in court--
The railroad's motion to immediately halt a deal between CSX and Conrail-
was denied in appeals court in Philadelphia.
The judges may hear another appeal at a later date.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
The murder of Tina and Steve Quesenberry may cost Dennis Stoneman his own
A Carroll County jury convicted Stoneman of capital murder.
It'll return tomorrow to decide if he'll be sentenced to death or life in
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=01-Teresa Stoneman/Defendant's Estranged Wife; :19
SUPER=01-June Quesenberry/Victim's Mother; :26
OUT Q=News 7 Hillsville.
Authorities have the grim task of identifying the remains of what appears to
be a body discovered in Pittsylvania County.
A hunter found the skeletal remains around four this afternoon at the
Pittsylvania County Wildlife Hunt Club, near Chatham.
Sheriff's officials say it appears the skeleton's been there for quite some
The tough part, they say, will be trying to make an identification.
IN Q=We'll take
((CAPT. JAMES MCLAUGHLIN/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:WE'LL TAKE EVERYTHING
AND SEND IT TO THE MEDICAL EXAMINER TO SEE WHAT THEY CAN DETERMINE WHICH WILL
HELP US A LOT IN TRYING TO SOLVE IT BECAUSE MAYBE THEY CAN TELL US SOMETHING
AND BY THAT TIME MAYBE IF SOMEBODY HAS SOMEONE MISSING FOR SOMETIME MAYBE
THEY'LL COME FORWARD. ))
SUPER=01-Capt. James McLaughlin/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=come forward.
Mclaughlin says he's unaware of anyone reported missing in the county over
the past year.
A fire is still burning in a Hong Kong office building- hours after it
29 people are now dead- dozens others injured.
The blaze broke out on the lower floors but quickly spread to the top of the
Flames shot from windows and smoke filled the interior hallways.
Some people jumped from windows to escape-
Others were rescued by helicopters-
or climbed down ladders.
One of the dead was a firefighter.
Eight others are still missing.
It appears the pilots of both a United Commuter plane and a private plane
tried to avert a crash- but it was too late.
The National Transportation Safety Board says skid marks on the runway show
the United Pilot braked hard- as in an emergency-
Other skid marks show the King Air pilot also tried to avoid a crash.
((GEORGE BLACK/NTSB: THERE WAS ANOTHER SET OF TIRE MARKS LEFT SHOWING THE
AIRCRAFT VEERED TO THE RIGHT. THE KING AIR APPARENTLY EVADED AT THE LAST MINUTE
TO THE RIGHT AND LEFT A SET OF TIRE MARKS. UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS TOO LATE.))
OUT Q=IT WAS TOO LATE."
The planes crashed and burst into flames last night- killing all 14 people
It's looking less like a bomb or missile that caused the TWA crash.
That's according to F-B-I officials.
They says evidence makes it less likely that some sort of criminal act was
But they say different evidence could still turn up in parts of the plane
still not found.
Families of plane crash victims say airlines must be better prepared to
deal with families.
Richard Kessler lost his wife in the Valujet Crash last May.
((THE LAWS DID NOT PROTECT ME, MY DAUGHTER, THE FAMILIES OF THE OTHER VICITMS
OF THE PLANE.))
((JENNIFER STANSBURY/VICTIM'S SISTER: WE HAVE BEEN CHEATED OUT OF ANY
SEMBELENCE BECAUSE SOMEONE CARED MORE ABOUT THEIR OWN INTERESTS THATN THAT
THOSE CRASH VICTIM'S FAMILIES.))
SUPER=01-Richard Kessler/Victim's Husband;
SUPER=01-Jennifer Stansbury/Victim's Sister; 11
OUT Q=crash victim's families."
The families say airlines are insensitive to their needs-
One woman says she just wanted her loved one's personal effects.
Another said she wanted to know if her husband suffered.
The families met with an advisory panel to investigate ways to ease the
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on newscast, Virginia residents say they are concerned with
growing gang activity in the state,
and parents are heading back to the classroom in an effort to learn more about
keeping their children away from drugs.
MUSIC UP FULL
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The scene in downtown Danville tonight looked like an earthquake hit.
But what happened was a building collapse.
The front of a three story building on High Street tumbled down at around
The building at one time housed the Elk's lodge- It was condemned about two
Both entrances to High Street are now blocked off.
The attorney for a teenager from Gladys charged with murder says his client
was insane the night he shot and killed a neighbor.
17-year old Lewis "Trey" Mize pled not guilty by reason of insanity to the
murder charge today in Campbell County.
Mize told police he shot his neighbor, Roger Vassar Junior, last January
because he saw a similar crime on T-V.
Psychiatrists are expected to give different opinions as to whether Mize
was insane the night of the murder.
IN Q=the real issue
((TOM BLAYLOCK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE REAL ISSUE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS WHY IT
HAPPENED. AND I'LL SUBMIT TO YOU THAT AFTER YOU HEAR ALL THE EVIDENCE...ALL
THE EVIDENCE, THAT YOU'LL ONLY BE ABLE TO CONCLUDE THAT THIS YOUNG MAN WAS
INDEED INSANE WHEN THIS HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=when this happened
The trial is expected to last through Friday.
The limo driver was on the stand- in the O-J Simpson trial.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
Allan Park showed up to take Simpson to the airport the night of the
But he says when he got to the house he did not see Simpson's White Bronco.
He says he tried to reach Simpson by intercom but did not get a response.
Also today, an FBI agent testified a picture of Simpson shows him wearing
the same kind of shoes worn by the killer.
Simpson denied ever owning such shoes.
But the agent said it was Italian Bruni Magli's in Simpson's size that left
the bloody prints near the bodies.
They're not exactly the "Bloods" and the "Krips"--
But youth gang activity is up 160-percent in the Commonwealth.
That's according to a new study by the Virginia Commission on Youth.
It says most gang activities are violent crimes.
Also common are charges of drug distribution and breaking and entering.
Crime Commission officials say gangs are most prevalent in northern
Virginia-- existing in other areas on a smaller scale.
IN Q=We have our standard
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/CRIME COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: WE HAVE OUR STANDARD YOUTH OR
STREET GANGS IN MANY AREAS OF THE STATE THAT CONTINUE TO BE SOMETHING OF A
PROBLEM, BUT AT THIS POINT, THEY DON'T APPEAR TO OVERWHELM OUR SOCIAL OR LAW
ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS. ))
SUPER=01-Del. Chip Woodrum/Crime Commission Chairman;
OUT Q=enforcement organizations
Gangs may not be that much of a problem in the Roanoke Valley, but those
who work with troubled youth say some teens seem to idolize gang life.
IN Q=A lot of kids
((JIM O'HARE/SANCTUARY CRISIS INTERVENTION CENTER: A LOT OF KIDS THT WE'VE
DEALT WITH HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT GANGS AND DRESSING THEMSELVES IN DIFFERENT
COLORS FOR SOME TIME. IT'S SOMETHING WE'VE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT. ))
SUPER=01-Jim O'Hare/Sanctuary Crisis Intervention Center;
OUT Q=been concerned about
Woodrum says the General Assembly will likely discuss the issue of gang
crime during its next session.
GRAPHIC=Influence (over the shoulder)
It's often called the toughest job there is-- being a parent.
And in 1996 that job is made even more difficult as the drug rate among
young people continues to climb.
But some parents are taking a trip back to the classroom for a lesson in
SS=Fullscreen Under Whose Influence?
Melanie Moon explains in part three of Under Whose Influence?
SUPER=01-Jodi Widener/Former Teen Drug User; :16
SUPER=01-Joann Burkholder/Student Asst. Counselor; :28
SUPER=01-Debbie Henderson/Parent; 1;13 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Kathy Winger/Parent; 1:18
SUPER=01-Officer Tom Kincaid/Roanoke County Police Dept.; 1;41
SUPER=01-Margie Twigg/Counselor Lewis Gale Clinic; 2:10
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke.
JODI WIDENER:5:10:22:MARIJUANA AND ACID WERE MY TWO MAIN DRUGS, I'VE TAKE
SPEED PILLS BEFORE.
Jodi Widener is just 17 years old and fighting a drug addiction.
Jodi says she easily kept it secret from from her family with lies and
WIDENER:5:15:11 I HAVE TO REBUILD MY TRUST WITH MY MOM FOR LYING TO HER I'VE
LIED TO HER QUITE A BIT.
School counselors say teenagers also hide their drug use with acting.
JOANN BURKHOLDER:13;30:49 THEY LEARN HOW NOT TO ACT HIGH AND AFTER YOU ARE
PRACTICED FOR A WHILE A LOT OF TIME YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN A KID IS HIGH AND NOT
BECAUSE THEY 'VE BEEN DOING IT LONG THEY'RE JUST REALLY GOOD AT IT.
PARENT TO PARENT-7:50;05:
BELIEVE ME IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD, YOUR CHILD KNOWS YOU VERY WELL
AND THEY KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO PLAY YOU.
On this night its the parents who are in the classroom-- they're taking an
8 week course called Parent to Parent.
LISA CHILDRESS:7:55;20 RIGHT NOW WE HAVE SO MANY KIDS DOING DRUGS THAT IF YOU
CHOOSE NOT TO DO DRUGS YOU DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF CHOICES OF WHO YOU'RE
GOING TO HANG OUT WITH.
The program is both intervention and prevention.
It also creates a network of parents that educate other parents.
DEBBIE HENDERSON/PARENT:PARENT TO PARENT #2 8:17;48:WE HAVE TO EMPOWER THE
PARENTS TO TAKE A ROLE, FOR TOO LONG WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT.
KATHY WINGER/PARENT:parent to parent tape 1 8:12;38: MOST PEOPLE THINK WE'RE A
GOOD FAMILY WE HAVE GOOD VALUE WE TEACH OUR FAMILY PROPERLY IT'S GOING TO BE
THE OTHER GUY WHO HAS THE PROBLEM NOT ME, YOU'RE LEARNING IN THIS CLASS, THAT'S
NO THE WAY IT IS.
In the War on Drugs, knowledge is strength.
Parents are finding that when they know what their kids are up against, its
easier to communicate with them. The next step is spotting the warning
OFFICER TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPT.: 15;56:22 ONE THING THEY NEED
TO LOOK FOR IS A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR FROM WHAT THEIR TEEN HAD BEEN
DOING, IF THEY HAVE BIG MOOD SWINGS. IF THEY APPEAR TO BE HANGING OUT WITH
DIFFERENT PEOPLE THEY MIGHT WANT TO WATCH OUT FOR THE OTHER WARNING SIGNS.
They include any type of Drug paraphernalia, like pipes, rolling paper or
Empty aerosol cans, which are signs off huffing or inhaling.
Dropping grades in school.
The disappearance of money.
Also changes in appearance, sleeping habits and even appetite.
MARGIE TWIGG/ADOLESCENT COUNSELOR:5:01:39 I DON'T THINK ONE SIGN IS GOING TO
TELL YOU THAT YOUR CHILD IS INVOLVED IN DRUGS OR ALCOHOL, IT'S A TOTAL PICTURE.
If some of the signs are there the next step is to seek help from the
That may have been difference between life and death for Jodi.
JODI WIDENER 5:18:09:I'VE HAD SOME FRIENDS THAT HAVE GOT HURT OR KILLED FROM
DRUG USE AND I DON'T WANT TO END UP LIKE THAT. Melanie Moon, News 7 Roanoke.))
Tomorrow night, how one school system is using a very courageous teenager
to steer other teens in the right direction.
CSX and Conrail appear so confident their merger will pass, they announced
today they have already begun discussing the deal with unions at both
But Norfolk Southern is still working to steal Conrail away.
That effort though was dealt a blow for the second day in a row today.
Yesterday a judge refused an N-S request to halt the deal.
Today the motion was denied again by an appeals court.
Soft Music Under
Up next, a new treatment could offer hope for Alzheimer's patients,
and coming a little later in the newscast, we'll see what a record producer
is resorting to in an effort to make a little green.
MUSIC UP FULL
A study out today says estrogen treatment can dramatically sharpen memory and
concentration in women with Alzheimers Disease.
And one local group wants people to know that even though the disease is
incurable, there are steps you can take to slow it down.
That was one of the messages at today's annual education forum, sponsored by
the Roanoke-Salem Alzheimers Association.
Organizers say it's important to do everything possible to preserve what
memory Alzheimers patients do have, because once it's gone, there's no way to
get it back.
IN Q=every day, studies come out
((HEATHER GEARHART/ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION; EVERY DAY, STUDIES COME OUT EVERY
DAY AND NEW TECHNIQUES. LEARNING, ESPECIALLY WITH MEMORY BOOKS, AND MEMORY
ENHANCEMENT TECHNIQUES THAT KEEP THE MEMORIES ALIVE ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS.))
SUPER=01-Heather Gearhart/Alzheimers Association;
OUT Q=on a day to day basis
A new drug will be released in a few months that can improve memory in
patients, but doctors say it's only a short term solution.
If you're a woman who's had a hysterectomy for something other than cancer-
you may not need regular pap smears.
A new study suggests you can skip the test.
Pap smears are used to check for signs of cancer- mainly in the cervix.
But in hysterectomies the uterus and cervix are removed.
The study is in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Alleghany County Supervisors will try to rebuild a regional jail agreement
VO-NAT video on 96-82
The jail in Covington is deteriorating fast, but Covington, Clifton Forge,
and Bath county have either rejected or rescinded the current regional jail
Last night the Alleghany County board proposed a joint meeting next Tuesday
night, to try and rework the plan.
At least three localities have to sign a regional agreement to qualify for
Bill Vernon was a local radio announcer, but his reputation as an authority
on bluegrass music extended far beyond western Virginia.
Vernon died early this morning at his home in Franklin County after an
apparent asthma attack.
Raised in New York, Vernon came to the area in the early '70s.
He hosted bluegrass shows on several local stations, including a weekly
shift on public radio for more than a decade.
Vernon also collected vintage recordings, em-ceed bluegrass events and
wrote album liner notes for many leading musicians.
Bill Vernon was 59 years old.
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Tonight in sports, Hoops highlights from the Pistons, Hornets, and Hoosiers.
Plus, some coaches and players on the move and Hometown hoops weekly.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI; :00
And look who showed up in the Packers camp today!
Andre Rison the newly signed Green bay receiver is expect to play this
weekend. he is wearing the jersey number of former Green Bay great Sterling
Now your scores.
wipe to scores
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SUPER=0096-j/L.A. Clippers/93//San Antonio/81////Miami/51//Vancouver/45/3/Two
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oc= LAST SCORE
go to break
If it were not for the Chicago Bulls, the Detroit Pistons would be the talks
of the NBA.
Last night they improved their record to 9-and-1 and stayed perfect on the
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Pistons vs.Celtics; :00
To the Fleet Center we go, where Grant Hill kicked up his heels and made
himself right at home.
In the first half, Grant takes the pass from from the top of the arc drains
the jumper at the buzzer.
He led the Pistons with 23 points.
Two of those came on this drive by
slamming of Todd Day!
Great defense Dude!
the Pistons hammer the Celtics 108-to-83.
The Charlotte Hornets hosted the Atlantic Division leading New York Knicks
last night at the hive.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/TBS; :00
Anthony Mason, the former Knick, would play huge against his old teammates
as he spins on Charles Oakley, converts the finger roll and draws the foul.
But the Knicks have so many more weapons this season, Allan Houston the
former Piston drills the Jumper over Dell Curry.
Then Patrick clears the dance floor and wheels inside for the slam.
But the Hornets hang tough and win it 93-to-86.
The Roanoke Express won its fifth straight game last night by outlasting
Knoxville on the road 7-ro-5.
Dave Gagnon again got the win in net against the Cherokees.
Roanoke is on the road right now, and tonight they'll be rocking the
roundhouse in a 7:30 face off against the Charlotte Checkers.
Hampden-Sydney's Joe Bush announced his resignation as the school's head
football coach yesterday after 11 seasons at the helm.
His teams won 61 games over that time, and the ODAC championship in 1987.
SUPER=03-Lexington/1996 Season; :00
This season his team struggled more than usual finishing last in the
conference with a 1 and 4 record.
The Tigers were 3 and 7 overall.
He is staying on as the school's athletic director.
In the case of the Franklin County football program a Little help can go a
long way, as athletic director Jerry Little picked up another duty yesterday.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/October 25; :00
Little had the interim tag taken off his title as he accepted the challenge
to become the school head football coach on a full time basis.
The Ferrum College hall of famer replaced Horace Green in Mid-October and
led the Eagles to a big upset of Patrick Henry.
Next year he will have over 30 junior off this year's team returning to form
what should be a solid nucleus for the program.
One of Friday Football Extra featured games on this Friday night has been
moved to Saturday afternoon.
The Jefferson Forest at Brookville, division three Region three championship
game will now be played at 1:30 Saturday at Stinger stadium in Campbell County.
The Braves will now have all three of their Cy Young award winning pitchers
back in the fold next season.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
Yesterday afternoon, free agent John Smoltz signed a new 4 year, $31 million
dollar contract that makes his the game's highest paid pitcher.
At least four others teams wanted him, but he chose to stay with Tom Glavine
and Greg Maddux.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/Tuesday Night; :00
And the Houston Rockets think Hakeem Olajuwon wil be out of action for five
to seven days after being treated for an irregular heartbeat last night.
He is still in the hospital, set to undergo more tests today.
Still to come tonight, Steve Mason has this week's edition of Hometown Hoops
Besides setting the plate for the girl's final four.
he'll intorduces us to the new head basketball coach at Patrick Henry.
The state girls' basketball championships are down to the final four in the
single-A and Double-a ranks.
Steve Mason has more on the area's two survivors plus, he introduces us to
Woody Deans' successor at Patrick Henry.
IN Q=first audio
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SUPER=01-Brandy Allen/William Byrd Junior; :19(QUICK!!!!)
SUPER=03-Vinton/Last Night; :24
SUPER=01-Richard Thrasher/William Byrd Head Coach; :30
SUPER=03-Marion/Last Night; :38
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Last Night; 1:02
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd Co. Head Coach; 1:11
SUPER=01-Jack Esworthy/Patrick Henry Boys Head Coach; 1:42
SUPER=01-Boo Battle/Patriot Forward; 1:56(QUICK))))
OUT Q=...Hometown Hoops weekly"
((Lord Botetourt beat William Byrd last year, the lone starter back from the
team that remembers.
Allen and her team beat Richlands 63-45 to earn another shot at the Lady
The Thrasher sharks meet the Lady Cavaliers Friday. They topped Marion 69-53
Sarah Hick's 21 points led all scorers.
Before the Byrd/Botetourt 8:30 game, fans can watch the other state semi
final at 7pm. Louisa against Charlottesville.
These games, like the Single A semi finals will be played at Virginia High
in Bristol. The Salem Civic Center had a scheduling conflict this year.
In Single A, Floyd County lost to Honaker last night, but there is nothing
shabby about a 5th straight state tournament berth.
Friday at 2pm, Wilson Memorial will face Woodstock central and then Haysi
takes on Honaker in the 3:30 game.
He comes from Harrisburg Pennsylvania, he's 34 years old, and believes in
full court pressure.
No starters are back, but Boo Battle scored over 16 points a game last year.
He likes his new coach.
Finally tonight we have the story of a record producer who wants to make
those singing cats green with envy.
Guy Meada hopes his JINGLE FROGS will hop up the music charts soon.
After limited success in putting out his own albums, Meada thought he would
follow the lead of last year's Jingle CATS.
So using a croaking frog and a friend's computer, Guy is trying to make his
leap to the top.
OUT Q=Frogs music out
Meada says he had to rub a lot of frogs' backs producing "Froggy Christmas."