A college freshman surrenders in Delaware on charges he killed his
And convicted killer Dennis Stoneman asks a Hillsville jury to sentence him
Snow is falling across portions of the viewing area, and a winter weather
advisory is in effect for several counties. We'll look at that along with
doppler radar and the complete forecast.
Dennis Stoneman has asked the Carroll County jury that found his guilty of
capital murder to sentence him to death.
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The jury convicted Stoneman last night.
His 17- year- old son D.J. testified Stoneman shot Tina and Steve Quesenberry
during an argument.
The defense tried unsuccessfully to convince jurors that the teenager pulled
This morning Stoneman's lawyer read a statement from the defendant, saying
he'd lost his will to live when D.J. testified to things they both knew were
NOT true, and left the courtroom smiling over the verdict.
IN Q=THAT WAS, THAT WAS
SUPER=01-D. J. Stoneman/Defendant's Son;
OUT Q=REALLY HARD TO BEAR
The sentencing hearing is still underway.
An 18- year- old college freshman is behind bars this afternoon in Delaware
for allegedly killing his girlfriend's newborn son.
Brian Peterson Junior, accompanied by his parents, turned himself in to the
F-B-I this morning.
He and the baby's mother, Amy Grossberg, who is already in custody, could
face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder.
The baby's body was found last week in a trash bin.
In Puerto Rico, an explosion at a shoe factory has left at least 19 people
dead and dozens injured.
Police believe natural gas may have sparked the blast.
The explosion destroyed much of the six-story building housing the
store store in a residential and shipping district of San Juan.
In Hong Kong, the death toll in one of the city's worst fires has risen to
Scores more are still missing and today firemen continued to search for
bodies in the burnt out high-rise.
A faulty elevator is suspected of starting the blaze.
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 yesterday 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-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.
Plans are now in place to tear down the remaining portion of a building that
collapsed last night in downtown Danville.
The front of a three story building on High Street tumbled down at about
The building at one time housed the Elk's lodge.
It was condemned about two months ago.
Both entrances to High Street are now blocked off.
Authorities say no one was injured.
It was a long ride home for London commuters last night.
The city's underground subway system suffered a major power failure leaving
passengers out in the cold and with no transportation home.
SUPER=03-Near Calais, France;
Meantime, trains are rolling again through the Chunnel, but without
The Tunnel that links Britain and France has been closed since Monday's
fire, which may have been arson.
Scott Pelley reports from London.
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IN Q=Europe's Conference
SUPER=01-Jeremy Beech/Kent Fire Brigade;:43
SUPER=01-Scott Pelley/Reporting; 1:05
OUT Q=CBS News, London.
EUROPE'S CONFIDENCE IN THE UNDERSEA TUNNEL HAS BEEN SHAKEN BUY IMAGES OF
THE BURNED TRAIN AND THE DAMAGE TO THE PASSAGE, DESCRIBED AS SEVERE. MOST
OF THE BURNED CARS ARE STUCK INSIDE-- THEIR WHEELS WELDED TO THE TRACK.
EUROTUNNEL WAS BILLED AS A MARVEL OF FIRE SAFETY. BUT ITS CLEAR THE SYSTEM
BROKE DOWN AND THE ACCIDENT MIGHT HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.
EDDIE RYDER, a security guard near the entrance to the tunnel saw signs of
fire on one of the lorries e7/8tesiog the twnnel.
THE GUARD SOUNDED THE ALARM BUT THE MESSAGE DIDN'T GET TO THE TRAIN BEFORE
IT WAS WELL INSIDE. THE FIRE STARTED IN A TRUCK BEING FERRIED IN AN OPEN
SIDED CAR, FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE DESIGN IS UNSAFE.
JEREMY BEECH/KENT FIRE BRIGADE:i've always known that if a fire occurred on a
heavy goods vehicle it would
spread down the length of the train and the further down the train it was
the bigger the fire it would be.
34 PEOPLE HAD TO BE RESCUED, EIGHT WERE OVERCOME BY THE SMOKE. FRENCH
POLICE ARE NOW INVESTIGATING WHETHER THE FIRE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SET--AS PART
OF A LABOR DISPUTE INVOLVING LAYOFFS AT THE TUNNEL.
(PELLEY O/C) some, limited freight service resumed this mor7/8iog but the
vast majority of trains are banned. a complete review of tunnel safety is
underway and the passengers trains are not likely to roll for days. sp,
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When we return,
Bob Dole couldn't sell himself to the American voters, but one company is
hoping he can sell airline tickets.
Washington state is suffering through continued heavy rains that are making
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
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Thousands of people are without power this afternoon in Washington state
following an ice storm.
Meantime, heavy rain in Oregon has created a 30 foot sinkhole on a major
A portion of Interstate five collapsed today, swallowing up two
The drivers of the trucks suffered minor injuries.
President Clinton is getting ready to explore Australia's Great Barrier
Mr. Clinton arrived in Port Douglas this afternoon after spending the
morning in Sydney where he played golf with P-G-A star Greg Norman.
The game actually turned into more of a teaching clinic for the President.
Mr. Clinton arrives in the Philippines on Saturday for the Asia- Pacific
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Bob Dole may be out of the running for Bill Clinton's job, but he's still
appearing in ads, only this time he's making a pitch for someone else, AIR
An ad for the airline appeared today in six major U-S newspapers.
Dole plans to donate his three-thousand dollar fee to charity.
They're not exactly the big city gangs--
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.
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((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 THAT 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.
Another part of Virginia's law enforcement system may soon be getting a face
Alleghany County Supervisors will try to rebuild a regional jail agreement
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The jail in Covington is deteriorating fast, but Covington, Clifton Forge,
and Bath county have either rejected or rescinded the current regional jail
Tuesday 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
Two criminal investigations are now focused on a juvenile justice system
once considered to be a model for the rest of the state.
The director of Roanoke's Coyner Springs Juvenile Detention Home has already
resigned... amid allegations of missing money and FOOD.
County prosecutor Joel Branscom just got the police report Tuesday night.
He says his preliminary review of the report
makes him think there's not much more that needs to be done, but he has not
made a final decision.
Meantime, Roanoke City Police are looking into allegations that at least
four young men were physically assaulted by staffers.
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Up next on the newscast,
A new study on Alzheimer's disease gives new hope. It may be possible to
slow down memory loss.
We'll find out the influence Virginia's cash crop will have on the race for
the Governor's Mansion.
Stay with us.
Bill Vernon was a local radio announcer, but his reputation as an authority
on bluegrass music extended far beyond western Virginia.
Vernon died early yesterday 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.
A new study 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 yesterday'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.
Virginia death row inmate Ronald Bennett is slated for execution tonight.
The 42- year -old Bennett is sentenced to die for killing a Chesterfield County
woman in 19-85.
Anne Vaden was bound, stabbed, strangled and beaten.
Lawyers for Bennett met yesterday with Governor Allen's chief counsel to
argue Bennett's request for clemency.
They contend that Bennett's former wife who testified against him lied.
In a similar claim earlier this month, Allen commuted a death sentence to
life without parole for another inmate, Joseph Payne.
The American Cancer Society has once again set aside a special day for
Americans to kick the tobacco habit.
Today is the 20th annual Great American Smokeout and events are
scheduled in Roanoke and throughout nation, most involving kids.
Meantime the tobacco issue is heating up in state politics.
Ellen Qualls has the spin from the candidates for Governor.
IN Q=Does he or
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :48
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Does he or doesn't he?
The campaign manager for likely Democratic nominee Don Beyer says he's NOT
supporting the FDA proposal to regulate nicotine -- it's more nuanced than
But here's what the candidate says.
((BECAUSE OF THE STATE'S LACK OF LEADERSHIP, THERE IS A REASONABLE ROLE FOR THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IN THIS CASE THE FDA, TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS THAT
PROTECT CHILDREN FROM TOBACCO. IT'S A SHAME THAT THAT'S THE WAY IT HAS TO BE
DONE, BUT I WILL SUPPORT THAT.))
Fellow Democrat Whitt Clement of Danville calls that bad public policy and
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I'M GONNA ALWAYS TRY TO DO FIRST AND FOREMOST WHAT I
THINK IT RIGHT AND WHAT I THINK IS BEST. I THINK WE ALSO THAT WE SET UP A
FALSE CHOICE. THAT IT IS THE FAMILY TOBACCO FARMER VERSUS THE CHILDREN
SMOKING. THE CHOICE ISN'T THAT SIMPLE.))
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: THAT MAY BE A NUANCE THAT I THINK IS
LOST ON PEOPLE. BEYOND THAT I THINK THERE IS A DANGER FOR DON BEYER NOW IF
HE'S SEEN AS BACKSLIDING AS WELL. BECAUSE IF THERE'S BEEN ANY CRITICISM OF DON
BEYER OVER THE YEARS IT'S THAT HE HASN'T BEEN A FORCEFUL LEADER, HE HASN'T BEEN
A SORT OF TAKE CHARGE, STAND UP TYPE OF GUY.))
Then there's the tentative tiptoes of Republican Jim Gilmore -- who waited
several weeks to join North Carolina NOT in a lawsuit, but merely to file a
friendly brief opposing the FDA.
The Beyer-Gilmore split-- as nuanced as each side is-- puts Virginia in the
national spotlight, as a test case for the ever-more-complex politics of
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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C-S-X and Conrail appear so confident their merger will pass, they announced
yesterday they have already begun discussing the deal with unions at both
But Norfolk Southern is still working to steal Conrail away.
Their efforts were dealt a blow for the second day in a row.
Tuesday a judge refused an N-S request to halt the deal.
Yesterday the motion was denied again by an appeals court.
Stocks are lower as traders secure profits from the powerful blue-chip rally
of the past two weeks.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 23 points.
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Sports are next--
A local college coach retires,
The Atlanta Braves dole out big money to keep their ace pitching staff
Stay with us.
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If it were not for the undefeated Chicago Bulls, the Detroit Pistons would be
the talk of the N-B-A.
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.
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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.
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 19-87.
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.
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 him the game's highest paid pitcher.
At least four others teams wanted him, but he chose to stay with Tom Glavine
and Greg Maddux.