The hearing for a Danville man accused of shooting and wounding a police
officer turns violent-
also in court this morning-- the man accused of one of the four recent
shooting deaths in Danville.
A court appearence for the Danville man accused of shooting and wounding a
police officer turned violent this morning.
The hearing began peacefully at ten O'clock but tempers soon escalated after
it appeared things were not moving in Marlow Andre Farmer's favor.
Farmer's attorney argued he was NOT a threat to society and was responsible
for seven children.
But the judge denied bond after prosecutors pointed to Farmer's prior
criminal record which included a host of misdemeanor charges dating back to
IN Q=This is bull
OUT Q=nowhere, ain't that right.
Farmer is charged with attempted Capital murder.
He allegedly shot officer Dennis Haley in the neck two weeks ago during a
drug raid on Moffett Street.
18- year- old Percy Levar Walton also made a brief appearance in Danville
court, this morning.
Walton was arrested Thanksgiving Day for allegedly killing 33- year- old
Police say the Danville man was shot once in the head and then stuffed
inside a closet at his Cabin Lake apartment.
Walton is charged with Capital murder because the shooting allegedly
The judge appointed a public defender but advised Walton he could hire his
own attorney if he wishes.
One college student is dead and two others are injured after their car hit a
utility pole in Campbell County.
They were returning to school after the holiday break.
The wreck occurred in the westbound lanes of Route 4-60 near Concord.
State police say the driver, 18- year- old April Lewis of Richmond, admitted
she'd been speeding when her car hit a patch of water, ran off the road and
struck a utility pole.
A passenger in the front seat, 18- year- old Bonita Barton of Caroline
County, was pronounced dead on arrival at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Rescue crews spent more than ninety minutes working to free another girl who
was trapped in the rear of the car.
All three teens were on their way back to college in Arkansas.
Charges against the driver are pending.
A fight turned deadly at a Roanoke V-F-W post yesterday.
Police say 49- year- old Anthony Roger Crutchfield was stabbed in a fight at
the post on Loudon Avenue.
He later died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The other man in the fight, 36- year- old Michael Wells of Roanoke, was
arrested after he tried to get a warrant charging Crutchfield with assault.
Wells told police Crutchfield started the fight, and he stabbed Crutchfield
in self defense.
Police have charged Wells with murder.
It's been a little over a year since a Hollins College student was murdered
at her Northern Virginia home.
Now authorities in that area are stepping up efforts in their search for the
Fairfax County Police are distributing fliers in the hopes that new
information will be revealed about Ann Harper's murder.
She was stabbed to death during last year's Thanksgiving holiday... then her
home was set on fire.
Hollins College officials have planned an on- campus memorial service for
Hundreds of Okinawans are protesting a plan that returns land to the
Japanese but does not significantly reduce the number of U-S military personnel
Barry Peterson has details on the agreement.
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SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan; :00
SUPER=01-William Perry/Secretary of Defense; :27
SUPER=01-Barry Peterson/Reporting; 1:35
Jesse Jackson is trying to settle a racial discrimination suit against
commercial printing giant R-R Donnelley.
He's due to talk to company officials today.
The suit claims Donnelley selectively fired several hundred African-American
employees at a shutdown plant.. while offering the plants' white workers -- new
The company denies the allegations.
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((REV. JESSE JACKSON/THE RAINBOW COALITION: IT'S THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. YOU
HAVE THE CASE OF AVIS AND MITSUBISHI AND THE
SOLDIERS RAPING THE WOMEN AND NOW YOU HAVE DONNELLY. IT MEANS THAT THE U-S
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS FOCUSED SO MUCH IN LATE YEARS ON STREET CRIME AND MORE
POLICE AND MORE JAILS. THERE'S BEEN ALMOST NO FOCUS ON OFFICE OF CONTRACT
EMPLOYERS OR EEOC OR ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BEING AGGRESSIVE AND FOCUS ON
CORPORATE RACISM AND CORPORATE SEXISM---DENYING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS
IN JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. ))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jesse Jackson/The Rainbow Coalition;
OUT Q=economic opportunities.
This case comes on the heels of Jackson's successful settlement of a race
discrimination suit against Texaco.
R-R Donnelley has a factory in Lynchburg and another under construction in
western Roanoke County, neither of which is involved in the lawsuit.
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Still to come on the newscast,
Many retailers were hoping this weekend would kick off a big season of
We'll see how the receipts added up.
no spacewalk is planned-- but the space shuttle crew is not returning to
earth just yet.
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
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The crew of the shuttle "Columbia" will get another day in space.
any shuttle video from this mission
NASA flight directors want to give an orbiting ultraviolet telescope more
time to make observations.
The crew will now return Friday.
Earlier today, two of the astronauts expressed disappointment over being
shut out of spacewalks last week.
They said the stuck hatch should remind NASA of the need for covering ALL
Retailers are smiling after the holiday weekend sales.
Pier One Imports and Sears say it was the best Thanksgiving sales weekend
Mall revenues for Friday--the biggest shopping day of the year--were up
11-percent from last year.
At that time, the economy was shakier and consumers were less confident.
This year, retailers are more optimistic, even though the Christmas shopping
season is shorter than usual.
Liberty University hopes its creditors will accept a buyout offer.
The school's chancellor says he's still waiting to hear if a 50 cents on the
dollar buyout will be accepted.
Liberty owes about 15- million dollars to creditors who bought bonds the
school issued in the 19-80's.
Lawyers representing the bondholders finished appraising the campus last
They had threatened to foreclose on the property unless Liberty made its
annual interest payment on the debt.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell says the school still has the financial backing
to offer bondholders half the value of their bonds.
IN Q=The bank commitment
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR: THE BANK COMMITMENT IS
STILL IN PLACE, IT'S STILL ON THE TABLE, AND WE'RE SIMPLY WAITING FOR THE
BONDHOLDERS' COMMITTEES ATTORNEYS TO STOP FIGHTING OVER MONEY FOR THEMSELVES
AND EITHER SAY YES OR NO.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty University Chancellor; :00
OUT Q=yes or no.
Falwell expects to hear within a week whether that offer is accepted.
He admits Liberty may have ruffled some feathers by paying the interest
directly to the bondholders rather than through their attorneys.
There's good and bad news for Virginia's schools.
Virginia's Board of Education's analysis says its public high school
students are doing "average to disappointing."
The final report will go to Governor George Allen and the General Assembly
It points to lower fourth-grade reading scores and stalled
passing rates for the sixth-grade Literacy Passport Test.
BUT, the percentage of students receiving scores that qualify for college
credit is a little ahead of the national average.
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Virginia Lottery Officials are almost out of luck when it comes to thinking
up new ways to attract players.
The profitability of the lottery's traditional numbers games and scratch
tickets has peaked.
To boost revenues, state legislators are considering making lottery games
more like casino-style gambling.
A subcommittee is studying a proposal for a new keno-style lottery game that
would be launched next year.
The game would be played in restaurants and taverns, with several drawings
The game could net the state 30 million dollars or more in profits.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Len Besthoff has some tips on how to manage your credit cards while doing
We'll visit an ancient house in Bedford.
Rumors have it, a former owner still haunts the hallways.
State funds have dried up so a preservation group is looking to the public
for help in restoring The Avenel (AV-en-el) Plantation.
The 158- year- old house was a fixture in Bedford long before the city
The historic home has only had two owners and many believe the first owner
still walks the halls.
Denise Allen has more.
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SUPER=01-Peggy Ballard Maupin/Avenel's Former Owner; :09
SUPER=03-Bedford/August 1996; :41
SUPER=04-August 1990; 1:32
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=OH FOR GOODNESS
((PEGGY BALLARD MAUPIN/AVENEL'S FORMER OWNER: OH FOR GOODNESS SAKES. WE USE
TO HAVE SQUARE DANCING HERE, ROUND DANCING. SOMETIMES WE'D HAVE DIFFERENT ONES
TO COME IN AND MAKE THE MUSIC.))
OUT Q=MAKE THE MUSIC.
Peggy Maupin is almost 98- years- old and has lived most of her life at
Her father bought the property from Burwell family in 1906.
The plantation has only had two owners.
Shortly after Peggy and her family moved in... the "white lady" revealed
IN Q=WHY WOULD IT
((WHY WOULD IT BE ANYONE ELSE ACCEPT MISS BURWELL. SHE WAS LOOKING AFTER HER
HOME AND SEEING THAT EVERYTHING WAS GOING ALL RIGHT.))
OUT Q=GOING ALL RIGHT
The story of the "white lady" attracted the attention of producers of the
television show "Sightings."
Peggy was interview for the show this summer.
She says she's only seen the "white lady" once, as a little girl.
Peggy says she her family and a number of party guests all saw the lady.
IN Q=AND WE SAY THIS
((AND WE SAW THIS LADY DRESSED IN AN OLD TIME WHITE DRESS AND SHE WAS CARRYING
A PARASOL IN HER HAND AND WHEN SHE GOT ACROSS THE ROAD SHE DISAPPEARED IN FRONT
OF A BIG OAK TREE. AND MY MOTHER TURNED AROUND AND SAID, "DID ANY OF YOU SEE
WHAT I JUST SEEN?" AND OF COURSE RIGHT MANY OF US HAD SEEN IT.))
OUT Q=US HAD SEEN IT
A preservation group has been trying to restore the historic site for some
They say the plantation offered Confederate soldiers refuge, Robert E. Lee
has stayed there, Lee even greeted soldiers at the home shortly after the war
But they say the history of the Burwell family alone, is enough reason to
save the house.
Peggy says she was never frightened of the spirit that lives at Avenel.
And even though she's only seen the "White Lady" once there have been other
Peggy says the spirit checked on her brother every night as he slept.
IN Q=he used
((HE USED TO SAY THAT DOOR WOULD OPEN AT 12 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT.))
OUT Q=AT NIGHT
Peggy says she's not sure how long the "White Lady" will remain at Avenel,
but she says she happy so many people have gotten a glimpse of the lady in
Denise Allen News 7.))
The show "Sightings" is about real people's experiences with U-F-O's, ghosts
and other weird happenings.
The episode on Avenel is supposed to air this month on the Sci-Fi channel.
SUPER=331-Clear/& Chilly/28-32/Sunny/& Mild/56-60;
Have you noticed that while most interest rates have been lower recently,
that's not the case with the rates you pay on your credit cards?
In this week's edition of Common Sense, Len Besthoff tells us about one way
to keep those balances down during the holiday season.
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
(( When you're out shopping and all caught up in the mood of the season, it's
easy to lose track of your spending.
A few charges here, a few charges there, and suddenly your credit card
balance is in the discomfort zone.
One good idea is to buy only big ticket gifts with credit cards.
Pay with cash, check, or a debit card for the rest of the presents.
Those purchases will be taken right out of your bank account, and you'll
have a better idea of where you stand.
Also, you won't have as many credit card purchases to keep track of.
And getting cash at the mall is easier these days, since many have ATM's
I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it
back to the newsdesk.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 39 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
Sports take center stage.
The Eagles stay on pace in the N-F-C East,
And, the Panthers hoped to stay within striking range of the 49ers.
Stay with us.
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The Carolina Panthers scored the first shutout in franchise history beating
Tampa Bay 24 to nothing.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/FOX Sports; :
The Panthers defense forced three Trent Dilfer turnovers on this play he is
hit and fumbles the ball Shawn King picks it up and scores from 12 yard out to
make it 10 to nothing in the second quarter.
Howard Griffith takes it in from the one yard line to make it 17 to
Then in the fourth quarter Anthony SUPER=30-Carolina/24/Tampa
Bay/0/;Johnson takes the handoff and he blows through the line and scores from
25 yards out and the Panthers beat the Bucs 24 to nothing.
IN Q="it feels
((SHAWN KING/PANTHER DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: ))
((CARLTON BAILEY/PANTHER LINEBACKER: ))
SUPER=01-Shawn King/Panther Defensive Lineman; :00(quick!!!)
SUPER=01-Carlton Bailey/Panther Linebacker; :06(quick!!!)
OUT Q=......Next Week."
The Eagles shut out the Giants, to make it a three way tie at the top of the
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/FOX Sports;
Ty Detmer goes to the air and hits Jason Dunn on the 14 yard touchdown pass
and the Eagles took the 10 to nothing lead in the first quarter.
After a Giant fumble, Detmer goes up top again this time hitting Irvan
Fryer on the 19 yard touchdown pass play and the Eagles led 17 to Nothing.
Detmer would strike again before SUPER=30-Philadelphia/24/N.Y.Giants/0/
the half throwing this bullet to Christy Jones and the Eagles go on to beat the
Giants 24 to Nothing.
The Eagles join Washington and Dallas at the top all three teams have 8 and
Tim Duncan had 14 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots as third
ranked Wake Forest routed Richmond 80 to 55.
Richmond was down early, but went inside to Rick Edwards--who finished with
a game high 17 points.
But Wake comes back with the inside game. Tim Duncan passes to Shawn Allen
for the easy slam as Wake led at the half.
Charles Jefferson nails the three pointer from the top of the key.
But Duncan took control and this SUPER=33-Wake
Forest/80/Richmond/55/;time he stays outside for three of his 17 points as
Wake Forest beats Richmond 80 to 55.
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