A lethal injection in Virginia tonight begins a string of executions.
Fumes from a fire kill a Halifax Couple.
Al Cowlings testifies today. We'll find out what he said.
Plus a Holiday tradition with a Russian flair in Roanoke.
News 7 is next.
A Halifax County husband and wife are dead
apparently overcome by fumes from an oil heater.
Authorities say there were no flames but the home was filled with black
smoke. Family members found Issaac and Annie Garner.
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O-J Simpson's Friend Al Cowlings tookt he stand today- telling the court
that Nicole told him O-J hit her.
It's a Christmas tradition with a Russian Twist.
The Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Moscow State Ballet is in Roanoke
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Jacob Beard was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of two young
women in 1980.
But a confession by a white supremacist is focusing new attention on the
Joe Dashiell has the story of Joseph Paul Franklin and his latest statement
about the Rainbow Family murders.
IN Q=From a prison in St. Louis
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OUT Q=JD News 7
((From a prison cell in St. Louis, convicted killer Joseph Paul Franklin
adds two young women to his list of victims.
IN Q=As soon as I shot her
((JOSEPH PAUL FRANKLIN/CONVICTED MURDERER: AS SOON AS I SHOT HER, I JUST TURNED
AROUND REALLY QUICKLY OVER THE SEAT AND SHOT THE OTHER ONE. IT ONLY TOOK ONE
SHOT FOR THE FIRST ONE. BEING A .44 MAGNUM, THE GUN MADE A LOT OF NOISE AND A
LOT OF RECOIL THERE, BUT I WAS JUST SO PSYCHED UP, I DIDN'T HEAR THE GUN FIRING
OUT Q=firing really.
Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero were hitchhiking to a Rainbow Family
Gathering in the summer of 1980.
Franklin was on a cross- country murder spree, and in a recent interview
with Cincinatti television station WKRC, Franklin said his racist beliefs lead
IN Q=They told me
((JOSEPH PAUL FRANKLIN: THEY TOLD ME THEY DATED BLACKS OR WHATEVER, YOU KNOW,
SO I DID NOT CONSIDER THEM AFTER THAT INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS YOU KNOW, AND SO
JUST BECAUSE OF THE BELIEFS I HAD AT THAT TIME I FIGURED THEY DESERVED TO
OUT Q=deserved to die
West Virginia authorities still believe they got the right man when they
prosecuted Jacob Beard.
Franklin's claims aren't new. They were excluded from Beard's trial as
But now Franklin says he's willing to testify, and state police have
indicated they will take a fresh look at the evidence.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Gregory Beaver was executed tonight for the 1985 murder of a Virginia state
The 30 year old man was put to death by lethal injection at the Greensville
Beaver pled guilty to shooting Trooper Leo Whitt during a routine traffic
stop in Prince George County.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Beaver's death sentence is the first in a 16-day spurt of executions on
Four more men are slated to die.
NONE are likely to have a court or the Governor intervene.
Ellen Qualls reports that would give Virginia the dubious distinction of
"speediest executioner" in the western world this year.
IN Q=Because of that
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU; :55
OUT Q=News 7 richmond
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BECAUSE OF THAT REASON -- THE REASON THAT THERE'S
SUPPOSEDLY MORE IN VIRGINIA THAN ANY OTHER STATE THIS YEAR, THAT'S NO REASON TO
DELAY SOMETHING UNTIL JANUARY SECOND. IF JUSTICE WILL BE DONE ON THE TIME
SCHEDULED, THAT'S NOT A REASON FOR ME TO INTERVENE.))
A look at the numbers shows South Carolina has put six to death this year.
Virginia has executed five if you include Gregory Beaver.
But Virginia has four more likely to go, and South Carolina has none.
Overall, since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Texas has set the
pace with 107.
Florida's number two with 37, and Virginia's a close third with 34,
By the end of the year, Florida may execute two more men -- and Virginia
The American Civil Liberties Union worries the sped-up process puts stress
on the U.S. Surpeme Court.
((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: AND THEY ARE OVERWHELMED WITH CASES. AND THE MORE
CASES THAT COME TO THEM, THE LESS LIKELY THEY ARE TO GIVE THE KIND OF ATTENTION
THEY SHOULD TO THESE CASES. SO BY TAKING THE WHOLE PROCESS OUTSIDE OF THE
SUPREME COURT SYSTEM, AND SPEEDING IT UP, AND GIVING THEM MORE CASES TO DEAL
WITH IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, IT'S ANOTHER WAY THAT WE'RE TRUNCATING
The pace of executions in Virginia is partly due to changes in state and
Judges are also dispatching with appeals quickly.
But Governor Allen says simply "judgment day has come."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
An elderly couple found dead in their Halifax County home apparently died
from smoke inhalation.
Family members stopped by the couple's home in the Lenning community around
noon when no one answered the phone.
That's when they discovered the bodies of Isaac and Annie Garner.
Fumes from an oil heater are being blamed for their death.
Authorities say there were NO flames but the home was filled with black
IN Q=All I've
((MAJ. RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:ALL I'VE HEARD FROM EVERYBODY WHO
HAVE SPOKE OF THEM TO ME IS THAT THEY WERE VERY WELL THOUGHT OF IN THE
COMMUNITY. THEY LIVED BESIDE THE CHURCH. THEY WERE AN ELDERLY COUPLE BUT WELL
THOUGHT OF. ))
SUPER=01-Maj. Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=thought of.
Authorities do NOT suspect foul play, but tests will be done to confirm the
exact cause of death.
The Garners were in their mid 80's.
It's a huge victory for gays.
SUPER=03-Honululu, HI/File Tape;
A state judge has barred Hawaii from denying marriage licenses to gay
One couple who sued the state held a wedding reception- now they can have
((GENORA DANCEL: NOBODY THOUGHT WE WOULD WIN INT HE BEGINNING. YOU CAN'T
BELIEVE HOW MUCH WE'VE WORKING FOR THIS.))
OUT Q=WORKING FOR THIS."
Until today same sex marriages in Hawaii have been only symbolic.
The state argued that allowing gay couples to marry would not be in the best
interests of children.
The state is expected to appeal the ruling.
A subway bombing near the Eiffel Tower has killed two commuters and wounded
The blast happened during rush hour tonight.
French radio says passengers saw an abandoned package on the train before the
One report says the bomb was a gas canister filled with nails.
So far no one's claimed responsibility.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, do you have enough money set aside for
retirement, a new study says most people don't,
and a potentially damaging day for O-J Simpson as one of his best friends
testifies in his civil suit today.
MUSIC UP FULL
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(("YOU'RE WATCHING NEWS 7 AT ELEVEN, WITH JEAN JADHON
ROBIN REED, AND MIKE STEVENS WITH SPORTS."))
O-J Simpson's boyhood friend and football teammate took the stand today.
But as Jennifer Sabih reports, Al Cowlings testimony contradicts what
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; 00
SUPER=01-Laurie Levinson/Legal Consultant; 09
SUPER=01-Jennifer Sabih/Reporting; (no standup) 1:12
OUT Q=Standard Outcue."
((He may be O.J. Simpson's best friend in the world, but today plaintiff
lawyers used A.C. Cowlings against him in a court of law.
LAURIE LEVINSON, LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL
HE WAS AROUND NICOLE & KNOWS THAT O.J. BEAT HER. IN FACT, AL COWLINGS TOOK
HER TO THE HOSPITAL, ONCE.
And on the stand today Cowlings indeed admitted that he'd taken Nicole to the
hospital, that he was called to the couples' Rockingham estate and although he
saw no signs of physical abuse on her face, no marks or bruises, Nicole told
him that O.J. had hit her and O.J. had pulled her hair.
It was testimony that seemed to contradict O.J.'s claims last week that he had
never hit, slapped, kicked or beaten his late wife and it was reluctant
testimony that will no doubt have big impact on jurors.
LAURIE LEVINSON, LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL
BECAUSE HE'S A PERSON WHO'S O.J.'S BEST FRIEND AND WAS WITH HIM DURING THE
BRONCO CHASE. ON THE OTHER HAND HE'S A TORN MAN BECAUSE HE'S A FRIEND OF
NICOLE AND TAKING THAT WITNESS STAND WILL BRING OUT ALL THOSE CONFLICTS.
Also on the witness stand today former playboy playmate of the year India
Allen, who told jurors she saw Simpson slap his ex-wife's face so hard back in
1983 that her glasses and headband fell to the ground.
And then there was the pharmacist who said he saw the couple on the beach in
1986 where Simpson swung and hit nicole so hard she fell and began to cry.
Jennifer Sabih, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
Allegations of illegal activity have surfaced against Rocky Mount's Town
One resident is accusing members of misappropriating funds and receiving
But Town Manager Mark (HENNA) Henne says there's absolutely no truth to
He says under no circumstances have any rules been broken.
Henne doesn't know why council is being targeted but he says it hurts on a
IN Q=I don't
((MARK HENNE/ROCKY MOUNT TOWN MANAGER: I DON'T KNOW IF ITS PERSONALLY...
PROFESSIONALLY, YES. WHEN WE KNOW OUR PEOPLE DOWN HERE. WE'VE GOT A GOOD STAFF.
WE'RE VERY PROUD OF OUR EMPLOYEES-- WORK HARD. WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF THEM.
THEY DO A LOT. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT GETS YOU. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Henne/Rocky Mount Town Manager;
OUT Q=gets you
Rumors have also circulated that a state police investigation may be
Commonwealth's Attorney Clifford Hapgood could not be reached for comment.
Early retirement could be an option for some Norfolk Southern clerks who
work in Roanoke.
The railroad is offering a voluntary separation plan.
People who accept get a 35-thousand dollar-gross payment.
To qualify, they must have had seniority prior to July of 1991.
400 clerical employees are eligible.
They work in the N-S offices and yards in Roanoke.
The railroad says it has been offering this type of separation program since
1984 to various employees.
Will you have enough money for retirement?
Experts say there's a big gap between what people expect for retirement and
the saving they're doing to get there.
((JOHN PENKO/COLONIAL INSURANCE VP: FOR YOUNGER WORKERS THERE MAY BE TIME TO
CATCH UP. FOR OLDER WORKERS IT'S GOING TO BE VERY HARD IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO
LIVE THEIR RETIREMENT DREAMS.))
SUPER=01-John Penko/Colonial Insurance V.P.;
OUT Q=THEIR RETIREMENT DREAMS."
The workplace pulse survey says the average worker expects an annual income
of 26-thousand dollars at retirement.
To make that, a 30 year old would have to save 662 dollars a month- or one
million dollars by age 65.
Someone now 60 needs 353-thousand dollars in savings.
Soft Music Under
Up next on our newscast, a international version of the Nutcracker comes to
and a deadly canine disease forces Roanoke's S-P-C-A to suspend puppy
MUSIC UP FULL
If you want to adopt a dog, or need to take one to the Roanoke Valley
S-P-C-A, you'll have to wait.
Adoptions and admissions are on hold because several cases of distemper and
parvo-virus were confirmed there.
Both diseases can be deadly for dogs.
SPCA officials are trying to keep them from spreading.
IN Q=we shut down all the
((JOHN PIEDMONT, ROANOKE VALLEY SPCA; WE SHUT DOWN ALL THE DOG ADOPTIONS FOR 10
DAYS UNTIL THE 14TH OF DECEMBER, TO LET ANY OF THE ANIMALS WHO MIGHT HAVE THE
DISEASE RUN THROUGH THE INCUBATION TIME AND START SHOWING SIGNS IF THEY DO
INDEED HAVE IT, AND IF THEY DON'T, EVERYTHING WILL BE JUST FINE.))
SUPER=01-John Piedmont/Roanoke Valley SPCA
OUT Q=be just fine
Adoptions will resume on the 14th.
Cats are not affected, and pounds will continue to release dogs to their
rightful owners during quarantine period.
The Spring Hollow Reservoir was built to supply Roanoke County residents
with drinking water.
But soon recreation will also be part of the equation there.
The recreation master plan presented to the board of supervisors includes
five phases over ten years.
The first work would include road improvements, parking lots, and trail
construction on 700 acres surrounding the reservoir.
IN Q=If you look at
((PETE HAISLIP/PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR: IF YOU LOOK AT THE MASTER PLAN,
WE PROBABLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DEVELOP ANYWHERE FROM 15 TO 20 MILES OF TRAILS,
WHICH IS QUITE AN EXTENSIVE TRAILS NETWORK. ALL THAT IS GOING TO TAKE YEARS AND
A LOT OF RESOURCES AS I POINTED OUT.))
SUPER=01-Pete Haislip/Parks and Recreation Director;
OUT Q=as I pointed out.
The plan will require close to three million dollars over ten years.
Eventually the property could include extensive trails for hikers, cyclists
and horse back riders, as well as a marina for canoes and paddle boats.
Just like the yearly rush of holiday shoppers-- the Nutcracker Ballet is
another sign that Christmas is near.
Tonight, Roanoke got a taste of the holiday classic from a Russian
Kimberly McBroom has more from tonight's performance by the Moscow State
IN Q=Dancing dolls and toy soldiers
SUPER=01-Akiva Talini/Moscow State Ballet Producer; :24
SUPER=08-Mary Francis Vest/Roanoke Ballet Dancer; :53
SUPER=00-Vladimir Barsoukov/Russian Dancer; 1:08 quick!!!!
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Dancing dolls and toy soldiers that come alive--
The Nutcracker with all of its powdery snow and light- hearted music
filled the stage of the Roanoke Civic Center.
But this time, it had a Russian theme.
The Moscow State Ballet set the tale in a Russian Village on Christmas Eve.
B-roll part of the bite please
((AKIVA TALINI/MOSCOW STATE BALLET PRODUCER: THE YOUNG GIRL HAS A DREAM. SHE
SEES IN THE CABINET A SOLDIER, A TOY SOLDIER, AND SHE SEES A NUTCRACKER. SHE
DREAMS OF HIM TURNING INTO A PRINCE AND HE TURNS INTO A PRINCE AND SHE FALLS IN
This marks the 75th anniversary of the world- renowned ballet company.
And as is customary in every city on their tour, the Russian dancers were
joined by young local talent.
The two dance groups had only three hours to rehearse together-- and it
took some time to get past the language barrier.
((MARY FRANCIS VEST/ROANOKE BALLET DANCER: IT'S BEEN REALLY HARD BECAUSE THEY
DON'T SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE, AND IT'S KIND OF HARD TO LEARN THE STEPS, BUT DANCE
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO LEARN IT, YOU CAN JUST WATCH. ))
shot of vladimir dancing in clown suit
But this Russian performer who needed a translator says dancers
communicate without words.
((VLADIMIR BARSOUKOV/RUSSIAN BALLET DANCER: WE HAVE ONE INTERNATIONAL
LANGUAGE-- IT'S THE LANGUAGE OF DANCE. ))
If you missed this performance, the Nutcracker comes to life again on
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
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But first, Dallas Cowboys lineman Leon Lett, has been suspended for a
minimum of one year for violating the league's drug policy for the second time.
The suspension takes place immediately. His appeal has already been denied.
The man who left Patrick Henry amid racial slurs, only to create the now
infamous cleat controversy, is making headlines again last night.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
News 7 Sports has learned that Richlands head football coach Dennis Vaught
is the subject of an internal investigation ordered by Tazewell County School
superintendent Woodrow Mullins.
At question, is whether or not Vaught ordered his players to injure Grundy
star quarterback, Jason Copenhaver and lineman Luke Owens during their October
Copenhaver suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his
RIGHT knee in the game.
Attorney Ronald King, who represents both players forwarded the allegations
to Mullins, but at this time says no litigation against the coach is planned.
The Tazewell school board meets next Monday, December 9th, no word on whether
any action will be taken at that time.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
The boy's high school basketball season opened last night with new players
and plenty of new coaches.
We begin over at William Fleming where the Colonels hosted Halifax Co.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Comets vs. Colonels; :00
New boy's boss Roland Lovelace seemed focused right before tip-off as he
welcomed 3 starters back from a year ago.
In the first quarter, Percy Pannell gives to Mondre Burnette and he nails
the shot for 2 of his team high 11 points.
Halifax answered with Savaughn Bailey. He drives and burns the net for 2
of his game high 18 points.
But the Fleming quarterback can also pass on the hardwood. Burnette to Percey
for the bucket. Lovelace gets his first win 55-48.
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Last night also marked a new start for the Cave Spring Knights as 1st year
head coach Billy Hicks made his debut against Alleghany.
We pick up the action in the second half. Watch David Harms dish to a
cutting Darnell Glover for the bucket and the nice roll.
The Knights were on the money all night. Wally Kern uses the wood to get
the rock to Corey Paxon, who snaps the nylon from the corner; 43-29 Cave Spring
in the 4th.
Alleghany never gave up. Travis Davis grabs the rebound and goes coast to coast
for the hoop in the lane, but Hicks opens his 1st year with a 57-42 win.
SUPER=03-Dry Fork/Tunstall vs Martinsville; :
Over in Tunstall last night, The Trojans were ready to grab the Bulldogs by
Less than 3 minutes into the game Tunstall's Lashan Adkins hits the jumper
to make it 4 to 2 Trojans.
But the Bulldogs went on a 10 to nothing run Manti Venable scoring off the
glass on the drive.
Martinsville would get out on the break Jason Wells takes it in for the
easy layup and 2 of his 12 points as the Bulldogs led by 6
Lorenzo Preston takes it outside for
SUPER=33-Tunstall/56/Martinsville/60/;the Trojans and hits the jumper but
Martinsville pulls away in the third quarter to win it 60 to 56.
Off the NBA hardwood last night, Washington Bullets star Juwan Howard will
enter an alcohol education program.
Howard appeared yesterday before a DC Superior Court commissioner, who put
off further action on the case until February 24th.
Howard had been scheduled
to plead to the drunk driving charges three days from now, but he agreed to
enter the court-monitored program yesterday.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI; :00
While Juwan was leaving court, Denny McLain was heading into another
courtroom in Detroit.
McLain is trying to fight his way out of charges that he and a former
business partner used pension fund money for personal investments such as a
The University of Virginia has lost out on the quarterback it coveted for
this year's recruiting class, as Woodberry Forest high school's Tim Olmstead,
the 8th rated signal caller in the country, made an oral committment to
Florida and not UVa.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/UVa Pre-Season Practice; :00
The 6 foot 4, 200 pound QB was seriously considering Virginia, which is
than than a hour from Woodberry Forest. He visited UVa during pre season
practice this year where the prep star spent some time with Cavalier head coach
Olmstead, who threw for 4 thousand, 546 yards during his time at Woodberry,
chose Florida over Virginia and Tennessee.
The fact that Aaron Brooks returns for UVa next year as a junior may have
had something to do with Olmstead's decision.
After a rash of firings in the college coaching ranks, the University of
Maryland is finally ready to do some hiring.
Tomorrow the Terrapins will announce the hiring of 40 year old Mark
Vanderlinden, an assistant at Northwestern.
He has spearheaded the Wildcats defense as coordinator since 1992, and he
will replace Mark Duffner who was fired at the end of the season.
Still to come tonight, we'll do a little trucking, but not with "The Dead",
rather with Darrell Waltrip and the NASCAR Super truck series.
Correct me if I'm wrong but, didn't the NASCAR season just end a few weeks
No matter the Super Truck guys were busy making the rounds at Disney World
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL; :00
The Craftsman Super Truck series opens its 1997 season at the Walt Disney
World Speedway on January 19th, and today and tomorrow are the only two chances
these drivers will have to practice before race weekend.
IN Q="Truck racing...
((DARRELL WALTRIP/SEARS SUPERTRUCK DRIVER:))
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/Sears SuperTruck Driver; :00
OUT Q=...A PICKUP TRUCK.
The Roanoke Express is off this week, but the team is still on themove off
The Express has pickd up defenseman Cory Peterson off waivers from Raleigh.
The 6 foot 200 pounder reported yesterday.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New York-
((THREE, TWO, ONE PULL SWITCH.. OOOH. ALRIGHT.))
SUPER=03-New York City;
OUT Q=OOOH. ALRIGHT."
Rockefeller Center ushered in the season tonight.
Yankees Manager Joe (Tory) Torre helped throw the switch- lighting up 26
thousand bulbs on the 90 foot spruce.
Students at Ferrum College got a 4-star history lesson this afternoon.
Roanoke native Sam Lynn lectured a class, dressed as General Robert E. Lee.
Lynn is a retired insurance salesman- who is now involved with Civil War
He says he was intrigued by the Battle of the States as a young child.
His grandfather was a part of the Confederate Army.
IN Q=He of course
((SAM LYNN/A.K.A. ROBERT E. LEE: HE OF COURSE WOULD TELL ME STORIES OF THE WAR
AND I'VE ALWAYS HAD INTEREST IN IT. SO I FOLLOWED THROUGH WITH IT. ))
SUPER=01-Sam Lynn/"Gen. Robert E. Lee";
OUT Q=through with it
Lynn talked about the various Civil War battles... particularly the ones in
He also showed off some of the weapons used at that time.