Coming up next-
A man pleads guilty to murdering two people-
This white couple is convicted of torturing a black boy. We'll hear from the
Three new studies on when you should begin yearly mammograms.
Religion in public school?- the topic comes up in Roanoke County.
News 7 is next.
A Halifax County man entered a plea of guilty today.
35 year old Raleigh Dean Martin pled guilty to capital murder for killing 32
year old Joseph Siffert Junior and his girlfriend Barbara Hackney.
Three new studies on breast cancer back up the theory that women should
begin having regular mammograms at age 40.
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Plus a white couple is convicted of beating up a black boy. Tonight we'll
hear from the boy about what he went through.
Plus Robin with the forecast- and Mike with the latest bowl news.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A Halifax County man accused of killing three people entered a plea on two
of the charges today.
35-year old Raleigh Dean Martin pled guilty to capital murder for killing
32-year old Joseph Siffert, Junior and his girlfriend, Barbara Hackney.
The couple was shot in November of last year in the presence of their infant
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Martin is also charged with killing his wife, Marion.
This evening, a Halifax County judge found Martin guilty of second degree
murder in that case.
The judge will begin hearing evidence tomorrow morning to determine whether
Martin will be sentenced to death, or life in prison.
A federal judge throws out the case filed by a former Danville police
officer who says he was fired for looking into allegations of police brutality.
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Jeffrey Williams filed the five-million dollar federal lawsuit in February.
According to court papers, Judge Jackson Kiser ruled that Williams failed to
prove his first amendment rights had been violated.
Judge Kiser also ruled Williams did not prove Chief Neal Morris and his
assistant discriminated against black officers and created a racially hostile
IN Q=I think
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:I THINK WE SAID FROM THE VERY BEGINNING
THAT WE WOULD TRY OUR CASE IN COURT AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE AND I THINK THE
COURT'S DECISION PRETTY MUCH SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. ))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=for itself.
Williams and his attorney were also ordered to pay the defendants' attorneys
fees of 264-dollars.
A White couple will go to prison for tying a ten year old boy to a tree
and then torturing him.
As Lee Cowan reports, it was the boys word against the adults and the jury
believed the young victim.
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SUPER=01-Benjamin Nims/Guilty of Assault; 47
OUT Q=CBS News, Charlotte"
((The quiet testimony that was about to come from this 10-year old would turn a
South Carolina courtroom cold.
DWIGHT MILLER, VICTIM: I WAS SCARED AND NERVOUS.
Almost dwarfed by the witness stand, he would tell of an afternoon nearly a
year ago when he says this couple, Betty and Benjamin Mims did the
MILLER: I THOUGHT THEY WAS GOING TO KILL ME.
They came close. He quietly told a jury how they tied him to a tree, beat him
with a crowbar, punched him repeatedly and at one point, had this shotgun
aimed just inches from his head as the couple took turns pulling the trigger.
but, as he told CBS News correspondent Bob Mcnamara last week, that wasn't
MILLER: THEN THE MOTHER CAME AROUND BEHIND ME AND PUT THE BELT AROUND
MY NECK AND CHOKED ME TILL I PASSED OUT.
The Mims deny it all.
BENJAMIN MIMS/DEFENDANT: THE GOOD LORD KNOWS I WOULD NOT HURT ANYBODY.
They were charged with lynching, the legal term for mob violence, but on that
charge, a jury found them not guilty.
Instead, the jury convicted them of the lesser charge of assault and battery,
which could have put them behind bars for up to 10 years. They were sentenced
ALICE DOCTOR-WEARING, RESIDENT: I THINK THE SENTENCE WAS JUSTIFIED. THEY WERE
FOUND GUILTY AND THEY'RE GOING TO JAIL.
LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, CHARLOTTE.))
A federal court ruled Circuit City discriminated against blacks at its
Richmond based headquarters- when it came to promotions.
A federal jury today in Richmond sided with two black employees in their
lawsuits against the electronics giant.
The employees called the victories satisfying and important.
IN Q=Satisfying because
((JOSEPH SELLERS/PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY: SATISFYING BECAUSE TO OUR CLIENTS AND
TO THE LAWYERS REPRESENTING THEM, WE HAVE FOR SOME TIME NOW SEEN EVIDENCE OF
THIS, AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT A JURY OF THEIR PEERS HAVE COME TO THE
SAME CONCLUSION. IMPORTANT AS WELL BECAUSE CIRCUIT CITY IS A LEADER IN THE
SUPER=01-Joseph Sellers/Plaintiffs' Attorney;
OUT Q=retail community.
The decision may open the door to other lawsuits against Circuit City.
The company says it doesn't discriminate. It plans to appeal.
A company with ties to this area is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit.
Lawyers claim R-R Donnelley fired African American Workers and rehired
them just a few weeks later to avoid paying pensions.
((JESSE JACKSON: MANY WORKERS I MET WITH YESTERDAY ARE NOW IN THEIR LATE
FIFTIES, EARLY SIXTIES. THEY DON'T HAVE PENSION PLANS THEY HAVE TEN YEARS
WORKING STATUS WHEN THEY'VE BEEN THERE THIRTY YEARS.))
SUPER=07-Rev. Jesse Jackson;
OUT Q=they've been there thirty years."
The printing giant has a plant in Lynchburg and is building one in Roanoke
County, but those plants are NOT named in the lawsuit.
R-R Donnelley denies the allegations.
Virginia Military Institute must file quarterly reports in federal court,
mapping out a specific "plan of action" for admitting women.
The judge today gave V-M-I credit for making progress in recruitment,
housing, security and financial aid for female cadets.
But Judge Jackson Kiser also noted V-M-I has not presented a formal plan.
Government lawyers accused V-M-I of dragging its feet on implementing the
Supreme Court order to admit women.
V-M-I balked at putting it in writing... for fear government bureaucrats
would micro-manage the process.
Today's court order requires a report within two weeks of each V-M-I Board
of Visitors meeting.
The first report will be due four days before Christmas.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11-- as police continue to search for her killer,
Hollins College students remember a fallen classmate,
and things get tense in an area courtroom after bond is denied to a man
accused of shooting an officer.
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The man accused of shooting and wounding a Danville police officer had to be
restrained after a judge would not set bond.
30-year old Marlow Andre Farmer is accused of shooting officer Dennis Haley
in the neck during a drug raid, last month.
This morning's hearing began peacefully with both attorneys presenting their
Farmer's attorney argued FOR bond saying her client is not a threat to
society and has seven children.
But the judge decided to hold Farmer without bond pointing to his criminal
record for various misdemeanor offenses.
The judge's ruling also angered one of Farmer's relatives.
IN Q=This is bull
((ROY WOMACK:THIS IS BULL, THIS IS BULL, THIS IS BULL.
MARLOW FARMER: LISTEN, DON'T PUSH ME, I'M GOING, THAT AIN'T RIGHT THOUGH, YOU
ALL KNOW IT AIN'T RIGHT, IT AIN'T RIGHT, AIN'T GOING NOWHERE, AIN'T THAT RIGHT.
OUT Q=ain't right.
Following the outburst, the judge ordered a brief recess to clear the
No one was arrested.
It's been exactly one week since Lord Botetourt's High School football
coach was sentenced to serve 14 days in jail.
But today he may be looking at even more time behind bars.
Ward reported to jail an hour and a half late Friday.
Because of that, he now faces an additional charge of failure to obey a
Ward already had two separate DUI arrests when he got four months in jail
for reckless driving and driving with a restricted license.
But the majority of that time was suspended.
A hearing will be held in a few weeks to see if Ward will have to serve any
of THAT time.
Students and faculty at Hollins College came together this afternoon to
remember one of their own.
A memorial service was held on campus in honor of Ann Harper.
The 20-year old junior was murdered last Thanksgiving at her Fairfax County
The group gathered at an oak tree that was planted last year in her memory.
Today, a plaque bearing her name was dedicated.
IN Q=We dedicated
((JAN FULLER-CARRUTHERS/HOLLINS COLLEGE CHAPLAIN: WE DEDICATED THE PLAQUE TO
REMEMBER NOT ONLY THE PLACE, BUT TO HAVE HER NAME VISIBLE, SOMEPLACE, ALWAYS.
SO WE MADE THIS A SPACE WHERE WE CAN ALWAYS COME BACK AND REMEMBER... AND NOT
ONLY TO MOURN, BUT TO REMEMBER WITH JOY AND DANCING AND LOVE. ))
SUPER=01-Jan Fuller-Carruthers/Hollins College Chaplain;
OUT Q=dancing and love
Meanwhile, the search for Harper's killer continues.
But at this point there are still no suspects in the case.
IN Q=I have
((I HAVE A FLIER HERE. THIS GIRL WAS MURDERED ABOUT A YEAR AGO, TODAY. AND
WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOME HELP IN SOLVING THIS MURDER. ))
OUT Q=this murder
Police in Fairfax County are now offering a 1-thousand dollar reward for
information leading to an arrest.
Organized prayer isn't allowed in public schools.
But some believe students should still be enlightened about religions and
cultures different from their own.
Tonight a representative from the group, Americans United for Separation
of Church and State spoke at a Vinton elementary school.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=The Supreme Court
SUPER=01-Bunnie Riedel/Amer. for Sep. of Church & State; :22
SUPER=01-Deedie Kagey/Roland E. Cook Principal; :47
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( The Supreme Court closed the book on organized school prayer nearly 30
But students can still share their religious faith voluntarily, on their
Bunnie Riedel is with the first amendment watchdog group, Americans United
for Separation of Church and State.
She says that separation is what actually promotes religious liberty.
IN Q=That wall of
((BUNNIE RIEDEL/AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: THAT WALL
OF SEPARATION HAS ALLOWED EVERYONE OF US TO THINK AND HAVE OUR CONSCIENCES, AND
NOT BE FORCED TO BELIEVE SOMEBODY ELSE'S BELIEFS BUT BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE A
FREEDOM THAT NOBODY ELSE ON THE PLANET ENJOYS. ))
OUT Q=on the planet enjoy
Riedel spoke to a crowd of Roanoke county educators and administrators.
Some say it's often difficult for teachers to have lessons about different
cultures-- without crossing the line.
IN Q=It is a
((DEEDIE KAGEY/ROLAND E. COOK PRINCIPAL: IT IS A VERY TOUCHY ISSUE AT TIMES,
BECAUSE WE'RE IN A PRETTY HOMOGENEOUS AREA HERE, WITH REGARD TO THE FACT THAT
THERE AREN'T TREMENDOUS ETHNIC DIFFERENCES. ))
OUT Q=ethnic differences
But Kagey says educators should teach that differences, religious or
otherwise are okay.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
You could probably make more money in the stock market--
But Governor George Allen was the first dad in line today to buy a prepaid
tuition plan for daughter Tyler and son Forrest.
The plans can drop the cost of college in 18 years from about 80-thousand to
about 15-thousand dollars.
IN Q=Whether it's
((DIANA CANTOR/VA. PREPAID EDUCATION PROGRAM: WHETHER IT'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE,
A UNIVERSITY, WHATEVER IT IS. WE PROVIDE IT FOR YOU. AND I THINK THAT'S
REALLY THE ANSWER. TO THINK NOW ABOUT SOMETHING. AND THEN, WHEN YOUR CHILD'S
GOING TO COLLEGE, TWO THINGS CAN HAPPEN. ONE, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF DEBT. AND
TWO, PARENTS CAN ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT THEIR RETIREMENT.))
SUPER=01-Diana Cantor/Va. Prepaid Education Program;
OUT Q=their retirement.
For more information you can call 1-888-567-0540
The Virginia Prepaid Education Program is only available through February
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Virginia's future college students have their work cut out for them.
A new draft report by the state Board of Education shows more students
qualifying for college credit.
Governor Allen says the report bolsters his administration's new academic
standards in the core subjects.
IN Q=And in fact
((AND IN FACT, AT THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATION MEETING EARLY LAST
WEEK. ... RIGOROUS HIGH ACADEMIC STANDARDS OF LEARNING.))
OUT Q=of learning.
Also in the new report, lower fourth grade reading scores, and stalled
passing rates for the sixth grade Literacy Passport tests.
Soft Music Under
Up next on our newscast, racketeering charges are dropped against the former
president of a failed Savings and Loan,
anda little later in the newscast, they may have golf carts, but they're not
playing a-round at Tanglewood. We'll tell you about the mall's latest efforts
to attract Christmas shoppers,
MUSIC UP FULL
A judge has thrown the fraud and racketeering conviction against Charles
A federal judge ruled the former Lincoln Savings Boss should get a new
He says jurors may have been prejudiced after learning of an earlier
GRAPHIC=Breast Cancer Prevention
The latest studies on breast cancer back up the theory that women should
begin having regular mammograms at age 40.
Results of three new studies were presented at a national meeting of
radiologists in Chicago.
((DR. STEPHEN FEIG/RADIOLOGIST: WE COULD REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BREAST CANCER
DEATHS BY AT LEAST ONE THIRD FOR WOMEN IN THEIR FORTIES IF THEY CAME TO GET
MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS EVERY YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Stephen Feig/Radiologist;
OUT Q=EVERY YEAR."
The National Cancer Institute still recommends regular testing at 50.
It's expected to reconsider next month whether to recommend testing for
Roanoke city officials are praying for a winter of dry pavement, but
they're preparing for the alternative.
Last year, Roanoke endured two and a half times its average snowfall.
Since then the city has doubled its supply of salt, added six snowplows and
And officials have added liquid chemicals to their arsenal.
IN Q=Normally if we would just
((BILL CLARK/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: NORMALLY, IF WE WOULD JUST PUT DOWN THE
ROCK SALT BEFORE THE SNOW FELL IT WOULD BOUNCE OFF THE PAVEMENT AND THEN CARS
GOING BY WOULD WHIP IT TO THE SIDE AND IT WOULDN'T BE THERE. BY PRE-WETTING THE
CHEMICALS, IT WOULD STAY ON THE PAVEMENT AND AS THE SNOW FALLS IT WILL MELT.))
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Public Works Dir.;
OUT Q=it will melt.))
Council also raised the prospect of a test with one of the city's
By encouraging residents to park on one side of the street, officials hope
to allow better access for the snow plows.
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Radford upsets VCU, the Raptiors misfire the Rockets, lots of bowl news from
Butch Davis accepting a Carquest bid to play UVa, to Notre Dame saying no
thanks to the postseason.
But first two new coaches were hired on the college level today.
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As the Kentucky Wildcats named Hal Mumme it's new field boss. Mumme comes
from Valdosta State and replaces Bill Curry.
And the University of Illinois selected Ron Turner its new head coach.
He has been the Bears defensive coordinator.
Now the scores.
wipe to scores
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SUPER=0098-j/Duke #10/103//Lehigh/51///j/N. Carolina
SUPER=0098-j/Tulsa #21/79//Delaware St./50///j/Xavier #23/95//Florida
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go to break
If VCU ever comes back to the Dedmon Center it will be too soon.
They lost at the buzzer back in 1991, and last night a big second half
comeback sent the Rams back to Richmond with another loss.
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VCU head coach Sonny Smith came back to his coaching roots that run
throughout the New River Valley last night.
He would watch Radford come out hot with Marquiz Williamson feeding the loose
ball to Corey Reed, who drives in for two of his 16 to give RU a 6 point lead.
But Rams' senior George Byrd would get position insiDe with the turnaround
jumper. He draws the foul. Byrd finished with 14.
Then watch the Rams' Melvin Drake takes to the hole with authority on the
baseline drive as VCU takes a 10 point 41-to-31 lead at halftime.
But nine different Highlanders would score in this one to lead a spirited
second half comeback as Radford upsets VCU 81-to-77.
Anthony Walker led Radford with 21.
The Highlanders host Richmond Thursday night at 9.
The Houston Rockets played without center Hakeem Olajuwon last night as he
continues to recover from another bout with an irregular heart beat.
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Last night his teammates were in Toronto and they played like they didn't
Walt Williams takes it to the rack untouched in the first half as he converts
Charles Barkley hammered in 30 points to lead the Rockets charge, but he
couldn't do it all.
Damon Stoudamire burns the Rockets for 27 as the Raptors devour the Rockets
The Hokies are on the verge of a second consecutive alliance bowl trip. But
there is still uncertainty in Blacksburg. Steve Mason has more on the 3.5
million dollar pay off that is worth the wait.
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SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Virginia Tech Athletic Director; :09
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :29
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Cavaliers vs. Hokies; :40
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Virginia Tech Cornerback; 1:20
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; 1:32
OUT Q=News-7 Sports.
Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz will finish his career with 100 wins and the
taste of defeat.
Saturday night's loss to Southern Cal dropped the Irish to 8-and-3.
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Last night they were officially eliminated from bowl alliance consideration,
and athletic director Mike Wadsworth said the school will NOT accept a bid to
either the Independence or Copper Bowls.
It't not an alliance bowl either, but the Miami Hurricanes gladly accepted an
invitation yesterday to play Virginia in the Carquest Bowl on December 27th.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00
The Canes had hoped to play in the Gator Bowl, against UNC, but head coach
Butch Davis was very enthusiastic when he talked about his team's opportunity
to play 20 miles away from campus at Pro Player stadium.
IN Q="65 percent...
((BUTCH DAVIS/MIAMI HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...AND VIRGINIA."
The West Virginia Mountaineers ended up being the Big East's second
The "Eers" are headed to the Gator Bowl to face North Carolina at 12;30 on
New Year's Day.
The Mountaineers, who won their first seven games of the year, appeared to be
headed to the Liberty Bowl before Miami upset Syracuse on Saturday.
The Gator picked the Mountaineers over the Hurricanes because of their fan
base. West Virginia brought 20 thousand fans to Jacksonville in 1989.
The three finalists competing for this year's Dudley award were announced
yesterday in Richmond.
The award is given to the top college player on the commonwealth.
UVa's Tiki Barber, who finished second in the balloting last year is joined
by Virginia Tech's Jim Druckenmiller, and VMI's Thomas Haskins, who finished
third last year.
The 1995 winner Cornell Brown was not nominated this season.
The winner will be announced Wednesday night at the Downtown Club in
And finally, Jim McMahon is no longer one of the NFL's marquee quarterbacks,
but that doesn't mean he isn't as zany as he was when he led the Bears to the
Superbowl title in 1986.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI/Yesterday; :00
At halftime of yesterday's game with the Bears McMahon snuck out of the
lockeroom and into the lunch room to grab a bratwurst.
He hurried scarfed it down and headed back on the field before the start of
the third quarter.
Still to come tonight, a snack for McMahon,
And I'll let you know who the three finalists for the Dudley award are right
Getting to your mall parking space by golf cart may be not be on par with
actually hitting the links- but shoppers at the Tanglewood Mall are NOT
A bunch of carts are now doing winter duty at the mall.
They're part of the Tanglewood Mall Shuttlebug Service offered this holiday
The mall manager came up with the idea.
She used golf carts at another mall she worked at for security.
The shuttlebug service was a logical transition.
SOT 10:05:30 FROM SHOPPING #1 cover second half of sot...
IN Q=We've got
((JUDY TULLIUS/TANGLEWOOD MALL: WE'VE GOT GOLF CARTS THAT WILL BE AT EACH OF
OUR ENTRANCES OF THE MALL, AND WHEN THEY COME OUT OF THE MALL WITH ALL OF THEIR
PACKAGES, WE'LL GIVE THEM A RIDE TO THEIR CAR.))
((NANCY AHMAD/SHOPPER: I THINK IT'S GREAT! Why's that? AHMAD: BECAUSE YOU
HAVE TO PARK SO FAR AWAY AND IT'S SO LONG TO GET TO THE MALL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU
ARE CARRYING PACKAGES.))
SUPER=01-Judy Tullius/Tanglewood Mall;
OUT Q=carrying packages.
The free service runs during the peak shopping periods.