(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... THE THREE MEN WHO HIJACKED AN ETHIOPIAN
AIRLINER ARE PRESUMED DEAD IN THE CRASH THAT KILLED DOZENS OF PEOPLE.
A 20-YEAR OLD MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AT A ROANOKE COUTNY GARAGE...WILL NOT
FACE A DEATH SENTENCE. ))
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It's Monday, November 25th- Our Top Story
The head football coach at Lord Botetourt High School will spend the holidays
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime, on WEFC,
I'm Connie Stevens.
Andy Ward will serve 14 days in jail-- two days this weekend, the rest over
the Christmas holidays.
Earlier this year the football coach was convicted of DUI TWICE-- one time
in Botetourt County, the other in Roanoke...
Ward's license was suspended, and so was his jail sentence.
But it was speed that landed Ward in trouble, this time.
In August, a deputy clocked him doing 90 on Route 460... he was driving with
a suspended license.
This morning he pled guilty.
The Commonwealth's attorney asked the judge to send Ward to jail.
IN Q=there was a dui
((JOEL BRANSCOM/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; THERE WAS A DUI THAT HE HAD A
SUSPENDED LICENSE ON, AND HE WAS DRIVING AGAIN, I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE
REASONS. PLUS THE DRIVING, UP AT 90 MILES AN HOUR, IT JUST ELEVATED THE
SITATION THAT I THOUGHT THERE HAD TO BE JAIL TIME))
SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=had to be jail time
Neither Ward nor his attorney had any comment.
The Assistant Principal at Lord Botetourt highschool says he wasn't aware of
Ward's past convictions, or of today's trial.
He said Ward simply asked for the day off.
So far Ward's status as coach hasn't changed.
In MONTGOMERY COUNTY Circuit Court, football PLAYERS were the ones in court.
Advisement hearings took place for the nine Virginia Tech players indicted
on criminal charges earlier this month.
Eight of them are accused of assaulting two members of the track team.
The list of charged Hokies includes Brian Edmonds.
His attorney said the starting fullback
could NOT have been involved because of a leg injury at the time of the alleged
IN Q=He was
((JOE PAINTER/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE WAS UNABLE TO GET TO THAT SCENE IN TIME AND
ALSO HE'S ALLEGEDLY CHARGED WITH KICKING THE VICTIM. THIS WOULD BE HARD TO
SUPER=01-Joe Painter/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=hard to do
Trial dates were set for all nine players.
The first one is scheduled in January.
The last case to be heard is in April, against All American defensive end
All three men who hijacked an Ethiopian airliner were apparently killed in
Two survivors were being held and believed to be the hijackers--
Officials now say they are innocent passengers.
The Boeing 767 ran out of fuel and crashed off the Comoros islands Saturday.
Authorities say while seat belts saved some passengers from the crash- they
contributed to the deaths once the aircraft began to sink.
((GEORGE MARRAY/COMORO AIRLINES: MANY OF THE PEOPLE WERE STRAPPED INTO THEIR
SEATS AND IT SANK IN THE WATER ABOUT 28 METERS DOWN.))
SUPER=01-George Marray/Comoro Airlines;
OUT Q=28 METERS DOWN."
The hijackers ordered the crew take to them to Australia, but refused to
let the pilots land to refuel.
At least 127 people died- 52 survived.
A juror will reportedly be dismissed tomorrow morning, in O.J. Simpson's
Still no word on which juror it will be, but apparently it is NOT an
Meantime, Simpson could offer no explanations for blood evidence in
his Bronco the morning after the murders of his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman.
Dave Fehling reports from the courthouse.
IN Q=On his
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; :00
SUPER=04-Mona Edwards - Courtroom Artist; :59
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:27
OUT Q=D.F. CBS News, Santa Monica
On his second day of testimony, O.J. Simpson withstood a barrage of
questions designed to poke holes in his alibi for his whereabouts on the night
of June 12, 1994.
Simpson has always claimed that while his ex-wife Nicole and Ronald
Goldman were being murdered, he was at home, chipping golf balls in the front
yard, then taking a shower.
Petrocelli cited records of Simpson's cellphone which show a call made at
10:03pm to the home of Paula Barbieri, Simpson's girlfriend at the time.
Simpson had first told police he'd made that call from the bronco, but has
since changed his story, saying he made the call from his front yard.
Petrocelli hammered away at that, saying that Simpson had to change the
story, because if he was in his Bronco at 10:03 pm that night, it would support
the plaintiff's contention that he was out and about, ultimately
driving to Nicole's condo to commit murder.
Simpson's attorney Robert Baker repeatedly objected, charging Petrocelli
was showboating and being argumentative.
Petrocelli then put Simpson on the spot about blood found in his Bronco.
Simpson said he had no idea how blood matching his dna type got into the
"And you have no explanation of how the blood of Nicole was found on the
carpet of the driver's side?" asked Petrocelli.
Simpson said "no".
"And you have no explanation of how Ron Goldman's blood got in that
Bronco," asked Petrocelli.
Again, Simpson said no.
He also couldn't explain why there was blood on his finger and on his
kitchen counter as he left for chicago that night.
The plaintiffs are trying to show that Simpson is making up his alibi and
lying about his whereabouts that night, just as on Friday they were trying to
show that he was lying about ever having hit Nicole.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
Still to come-- A Carilion employee speaks candidly about the union effort
underway at area hospitals.
Another major player in the Clinton Administration is leaving-- this time,
the resignation comes from the top slot at the F-D-A.
go to break
An autopsy reveals a 21 year old Radford woman found dead in her apartment
died of a single gunshot to the head.
A neighbor reported hearing a noise coming from an apartment at 17-08 Grove
Avenue just before six yesterday morning.
Moments later, 26 year old Chad Larue allegedly knocked on the neighbor's
door, saying his live-in girlfriend, Melissa Ann Dyal, had been shot.
The neighbor called 9-1-1.
Police arrested Larue at the apartment building and charged him with
A 20-year old made a deal in court today that will save his own life.
Christopher James Saul pled "no contest" to the first- degree murder and
robbery of a Roanoke County auto mechanic.
IN Q=The court finds
SUPER=01-Judge Roy Willett/Roanoke Co. Circuit Court;
OUT Q=reasonable doubt.
The evidence: Saul's car was in the shop over the New Year's weekend, and
he was desperate to find a ride.
He stole Christopher Wilson's '86 Chrysler and beat him to death with a
crescent wrench and a jackstand taken from Brambleton Imports where Wilson
Saul faces life in prison when he's sentenced in January.
The Food and Drug Administration will have to find a new commissioner.
Dr. David Kessler, who waged a war on the tobacco industry, is stepping
((DR. DAVID KESSLER/FDA COMMISSIONER: THERE'S A TIME TO COME AND SERVE BUT
THERE'S ALSO A TIME WHEN YOU ARE DONE AND IT'S TIME TO LEAVE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Kessler/FDA Commissioner; :
OUT Q=time to leave.
Kessler, who is alternately admired or reviled as a fierce consumer
protector, says six years is enough as head of the regulatory industry.
The recent union movement at the Carilion Health System has been no secret.
But getting employees to talk about it is another story.
Lisa Vautrot (voh-troh) is stepping forward, though.
The cardiac care nurse heads Virginia Nurses for Change, which is trying to
unionize fellow nurses at Roanoke Memorial and Community hospitals.
Vautrot says the union drive was prompted by a system-wide reorganization,
which has nursing ASSISTANTS handling work traditionally performed by LICENSED
IN Q=Having the
((LISA VAUTROT/CARILION CARDIAC NURSE: HAVING THE KNOWLEDGE TO KNOW WHAT THE
COMPLICATIONS ARE, WHAT THE TREATMENTS ARE FOR THE COMPLICATIONS AND HOW TO
CATCH THE SUBTLE SIGNS OF A PROBLEM ARE PART OF WHAT WE GO TO NURSING SCHOOL
SUPER=01-Lisa Vautrot/Carilion Cardiac Nurse;
OUT Q=nursing school for.
Soon after the union campaign became public, Carilion announced it was
reassessing the pace of the change.
But it did not say that this move was in response to the organizing effort.
Ahead on News 7 Primetime, Turkeys will be in short supply
at many shelter tables this Thanksgiving.
We'll explain what Hunters for the Hungry is trying to do about it.
go to break
A turkey shortage at local food banks is making it difficult to meet the
needs at some shelters this Thanksgiving.
In Lynchburg, they've received less than half the usual number of donated
turkeys this year.
Food bank officials say suppliers are not overproducing-- cutting back on
the number of donated birds.
That means area churches and non-profit agencies could have trouble filling
their tables on Thursday.
IN Q=It's going to
((SHARON CASH/LYNCHBURG AREA FOOD BANK: IT'S GOING TO MEAN THAT THEY WON'T HAVE
THE TRADITIONAL TURKEY, BUT WE HAVE THE VENISON, THAT'S COMING IN REAL REGULAR
AND HEAVY RIGHT NOW, SO WE'RE HOPING MAYBE TO SUPPLEMENT THE TALBELS WITH THE
VENISON PRODUCT. ))
SUPER=01-Sharon Cash/Lynchburg Area Food Bank;
OUT Q=the venison product.
Cash says thanks to the Hunters for the Hungry Program, more than 12
thousand pounds of venison has been donated to the Lynchburg food bank.
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It's an old wives tale that eating yogurt prevents vaginal infections--
but does it really?
A new study finds it just might.
46 women with recurrent vaginal infections were given either pasteurized
yogurt or yogurt with live cultures to eat on a daily basis.
It turned out both kinds of yogurt seemed to reduce the number of yeast
infections-- but when it came to the bacterial infections only those women
eating the yogurt with the live cultures got some substantial improvement.
It's a small study, but it does confirm other research which has suggested
pretty much the same thing.
While more study is needed, it seems so far....mother was right.
Parents are being advised to keep a close eye on their child's day-care
The worry-- even the cleanest can be parasite playgrounds.
IN Q=I would imagine
(( DR. JOSEPH ROCCHIO/PEDIATRICIAN: I WOULD IMAGINE THE ONLY WAY TO
PREVENT UPPER RESP TRACT INFECTIONS IS TO PUT THEM IN A BUBBLE AND THEN SENT
THEM TO THE DAY CARE CENTER.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jospeh Rocchio/Pediatrician; :
OUT Q=day care center.
Experts say care-providers should be washing everyone's hands several
times a day, especially after "play-time" and diaper-changing.
And they should also wash all toys.
Children who attend daycare are twice as likely to come down with a
respiratory ailment as other kids--and THREE-times as likely to get a stomach
If your child is coming down with something, don't just assume it will
pass and drop him off at daycare anyway.
Ever notice how often our Video of the Day originates from either New York
There might be something to that-- so tonight, we've got them competing.
SOT **connie audio first**
IN Q=In Manhattan
SUPER=75-New York; :03
SUPER=75-Pasadena, CA; :
OUT Q=Sinatra tunes.
In Manhattan, a 100-foot long replica of the Concorde, the supersonic
jet that revolutionized trans-Atlantic travel, is causing a major commotion in
The 24-thousand pound, half-size replica...with a wingspan of nearly
50-feet, took up alot of parking spaces-- as workers prepared to hoist it some
70-feet in the air.
The plane is a 3-D advertisement for British Airways.
In Pasadena, this weekend marked the annual Doo-Dah Parade...a zany parody
of the Rose Parade.
Micheal Jackson was there....in clone, anyway, pushing a baby carriage.
The West Hollywood cheerleaders even shaved their beards for the occasion.
The Basset Hound Rescue performed the Howl-ellujah chorus, along with the
polyester-clad Lounge Lizards singing Sinatra tunes.))
Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, the hype begins for Friday's
Tech-UVa game, two ACC officially accept bowl invitations today, and three big
name coaches are out of jobs tonight in the ACC and Big East.
But first, Thomas Hearns will have an opponent afterall for Friday night's
"Brawl Beneath the Star" fight card at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Karl Willis, who withdrew from the fight last week for medical reasons is
back in today.
It seems his biggest ailment involved his handlers and entourage.
Plenty of good seats remain for Friday night's 8 bout card.
Now your scores, including a UVa win in Hawaii.
wipe to scores
SUPER=0096-/New Jersey/46//Utah/65/H///Chicago///L.A. Clippers///10:30pm
SUPER=0098-j/Virginia/93//South Carolina/70//Alexander - 26 pts/j/Wake
SUPER=0098-/Richmond/75/j/North Carolina/86////Penn State/41/j/N.C.
SUPER=0098-/William & Mary///Hampton////j/Old Dominion/65//Toledo/57///;
oc= LAST SCORE
go to break
It has been a bad day to be a coach in the Big East Football conference as
two coaches stepped down today.
For starters Dan Henning stepped down at Boston College after seeing his
program get rocked by gambling scandal this season.
Henning's Eagles were 16-19 and 1 in his three season.
And Johnny Majors, who was forced out at Tennessee also resigned today as the
head coach at Pitt.
Majors who is 61, has won only 11 games and lost 32 since taking over in
And Maryland fired head coach Mark Duffner today .
He had four losing seasons in his five years at Maryland.
Two other ACC schools accepted Bowl bids today as the Clemson Tigers said yes
to an invitation to play in the Peach Bowl on December 28th.
The Tigers likely will play the Tigers, as in LSU.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/November 16; :00
And the North Carolina Tarheels enthusiastically accepted bid to the Gator
Bowl this afternoon.
The Heels will likely face the Hokies in this game, but could meet Syracuse
for the second time this season.
The Cavaliers and Hokies are also headed to postseason bowls although the
formality of an official invitation has yet to take place.
And that's OK because this week both schools have their minds on something
more important - each other.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Walt Derey/UVa Tight End; :07 SUPER=@steve1; :25
SUPER=01-Todd White/UVa Defensive Tackle; :34
SUPER=04-November 1995; :54
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Held to 58 Yards by VT in 1995; 1:00
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Coming up tonight on NEWS-7 AT 11 on WDBJ-7-- After being told their loved
ones will have to leave a Clifton Forge Nursing Home, many people are looking
to the state for some answers.
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/File Tape;
Health officials met tonight with family members concerned about the
facility's loss of Medicaid funding after failing its latest inspection.
Many praised Shenandoah Manor's treatment of patients and said they don't
want to see their relatives move.
Ten have already moved-- the remaining 25 must be out by December 22nd.
Meanwhile, the nursing home has filed an appeal to retain the funding.
Thanks for joining us tonight, for NEWS-7 Primetime, Goodnight.
Kimberly McBroom has a full wrap-up in 30-minutes on WDBJ-7.