These are the headlines for NEWS 7 at SIX:
- -an elderly couple succumbs to the smoke of a faulty furnace.
- -Virginia begins a year-end streak of executions.
And we'll hear a jail-house confession in the Rainbow Family murders of a
Tonight in sports, the Super Trucks invaded Disney World today, the Maryland
Terrapins are set to name a new football coach, the boys high school hoop
season tips-off tonight,
and George Welsh and the Virginia Cavaliers lose one of their top prospects
for next season, as quarterback Tim Olmstead picks the Gators over the Cavs.
Clouds tonight and breezy conditions tomorrow. We stay out of the rain
though until Saturday.
Fumes from an oil heater are being blamed for the death of an elderly Halifax
The bodies of Isaac and Annie Garner were discovered inside their home in
the Lenning community around noon.
Family members had stopped by after no one answered the phone.
Although there were no flames authorities say the smoke detector was going
off and the house was filled with black smoke.
The fumes were apparently coming from an oil heater.
IN Q=It was
((MAJ. RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT WAS EMITTING SOME SMOKE AND
FUMES, THAT WAS APPARENTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO THE VICTIMS, THEY SUCCUMBED TO THE
SMOKE, IT WASN'T A HUGE AMOUNT OF HEAT, FROM MY UNDERSTANDING FROM THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT, BUT IT WAS QUITE A BIT OF SMOKE IN THE HOUSE WHEN THEY GOT THERE.
SUPER=01-Maj. Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.
OUT Q=got there.
The Garners were in their 80s. Family members describe the couple as very
religious and well respected in the community.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
A killer from Tidewater is going to be put to death tonight.
Gregory Beaver is the first of five men scheduled for execution over the
next two and a half weeks.
They've all served almost a decade apiece on Virginia's Death Row.
NONE of them is expecting to have a judge or the Governor intervene.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Amnesty International says Virginia is executing the most people in the
western world this year.
What's happened here to give us this dubious distinction?
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
State and federal laws have changed to speed up the process.
And judges are dispatching with appeals quickly.
But Governor George Allen -- the man on whose head the final decision rests
-- says simply judgment day has come for these killers.
IN Q=Because of that
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU; :55
OUT Q=truncating justice.
((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. Supreme 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
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
Another note about the numbers we showed you is that Virginia is a little
late to the game, NOT actually adopting the death penalty again until 1982.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
((Keith question: Is this execution pace likely to let up?
Ellen: Defense attorneys say NO, not for a few years.
But The Richmond Times-Dispatch just pointed out that Virginia judges and
juries have only handed down two death sentences in the last two years, since
truth-in-sentencing helped guarantee that a life sentence actually meant a
capital murderer would never walk out of jail.))
The man who has overseen a record number of executions in Virginia wants to
be the state's next Attorney General.
And Public Safety Secretary Jerry Kilgore walks a fine line on what is
likely to be a significant campaign issue, tobacco.
Jerry Kilgore says he grew up on a tobacco farm in Scott County, and
understands its economic importance.
As he kicked off his campaign in Roanoke today, he said he opposes F-D-A
regulation of tobacco.
He also said he discourages teens and minors from using, quote "tobacco or
any other drug".
IN Q=I don't consider it
((JERRY KILGORE/(R) ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE; I DON'T CONSIDER IT A DRUG PER
SE, BUT I DO RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS ADDICTIVE AND KIDS AND ADULTS GET ADDICTED TO
IT EVERY DAY, CERTAINLY WE'VE GOT TO DISCOURAGE TEENAGERS FROM USING TOBACCO OR
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/(R) Attorney General Candidate;
OUT Q=or illegal drugs
Kilgore says as attorney general he would step up efforts to discourage teen
Kilgore is giving up his job as Virginia's Secretary of Public Safety to run
Other Republicans after the Attorney General's nomination include State
Senators Kenneth Stolle and Mark Earley, and Lawyer Gil Davis.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6- -youngsters share the stage with an
internationally acclaimed ballet company. We'll have a live preview of The
and after a Rocky Mount apartment building was condemned, a dozen families were
left homeless--now a judge has decided the building won't have to be torn down
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Dog adoptions are on hold at the Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A because of a disease
Several cases of parvovirus and distemper were confirmed at the shelter.
Both diseases have a high death rate.
To keep them from spreading, the remaining dogs will be held until December
14th, to make sure they are disease free.
Also during that time, the S-P-C-A will not take dogs from the public, or
If you have a dog that needs to go a shelter, officials say you should keep
it till the 14th if you can, or take it to another shelter in the area.
Authorities in Pocahontas County thought they put a 15- year controversy to
rest when Jacob Beard was sentenced to life in prison for the Rainbow Family
But Joe Dashiell reports another man's confession is generating new
headlines and a fresh look at the case.
IN Q=From a prison in St. Louis
SUPER=03-St. Louis; :00
SUPER=01-Joseph Paul Franklin/Convicted Murderer; :08
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 Cincinnati 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))
For months, a dilapidated apartment building in Rocky Mount has been
Town officials were hoping the owner would be forced to tear it down... but
instead he's been given the go ahead to try and fix it up.
The only reason the structure on Green Meadow Drive hasn't fallen is because
of 2 support beams connected to the back of the dwelling.
In August, residents were forced to evacuate their apartments after heavy
rains shifted the building's foundation.
Owner Bill Bratton has 60 days to start making repairs.
There are more potential penalties for the former football coach at Lord
Botetourt High School.
According to court documents, Andy Ward may have been in violation of his
substance abuse program.
That could mean even MORE time behind bars for Ward, who last week was found
guilty of reckless driving... and driving on a restricted license.
Those convictions came on the heels of 2 DUI charges.
Ward served a portion of his 14- day sentence this past weekend... but he
arrived to the jail an hour and a half late.
THAT... coupled with possible VASAP violations... means he could be locked
up for an additional 55 days.
An abandoned car with blood stains in it has Lynchburg investigators
scratching their heads tonight.
The vehicle was left in the parking lot of the Olan Mills photography studio
on Wadsworth Street.
Studio employees say it had been parked there for about a week before they
called police this morning.
Officers forced the lock, only to find the front passenger seat covered in
what appeared to be blood.
The car has New York state tags, and a New York City police department
sticker on its windshield.
Authorities have "not" released any other information.
On Wall Street the Dow lost 79 points,
closing at 64 hundred 43.
NASDAQ was up a half point.
It is the timeless Christmas tale of toys that come to life. The Nutcracker
comes to the stage of the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium tonight.
The Moscow state ballet is in town to perform the classic.
Double Boxes=Keith and Kimberly/Microwave
Kimberly McBroom watched rehearsals this afternoon.
Kim how will this production of the Nutcracker be different from all the
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:Are always the warmest. )
SUPER=08-Mary Frances Vest/Roanoke Ballet Dancer;
SUPER=01-Serge Chterkov/Russian Dancer;
OUT Q=they're very smart.
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Double Boxes=Keith and Kimberly/Microwave
(Q&A: How many performances are scheduled for the Valley?)
Coming up tonight in sports, Virginia loses a top high school quarterback to
Florida, Juwan Howard has his day in court, the boy's high school basketball
season opens tonight.
and the NASCAR super trucks were at Disney World today, getting used to the
new on mile oval where they will open their season in 1997.
Woodberry Forest high school officials confirmed today that quarterback Tim
Olmstead, the 8th rated signal caller in the country, has 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 might have
had something to do with Olmstead's decision. Florida's Danny Weurffel is
graduating and the starting job is wide open next year.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are taking it easy this week, just happy to get some
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Cavaliers vs. Hokies; :00
After the best regular season in school history at 10 and 1; the Hokies
will ONLY be running, lifting and doing school work this week.
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK:))
((LOREN JOHNSON/VIRGINIA TECH CORNERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Virginia Tech Cornerback; :13
OUT Q=...a little bit stronger (double out)"
The NASCAR awards banquet is set for later this week in New York, but today
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.
Roanoke Express General Manager Pierre Paiement officially announced late
this afternoon that the team has picked up left defenseman Cory Peterson off
waivers from Raleigh. The 6 foot 200 pounder reported yesterday.
Washington Bullets star forward Juwan Howard has agreed to enter an alcohol
Howard appeared today 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 today.
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GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
The boys high school basketball season gets underway tonight with a number of
games across the state.
There are a number of new coaches in the area, including Billy Hicks at Cave
And Hicks not only has to deal with the pressure of winning, but he also has
some pressure from within his own family.
His niece Sarah Hicks has led Lord Botetourt to back to back state titles.
IN Q="Well, sarah...
((BILLY HICKS/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...NO DOUBT ABOUT IT."
And finally, if you want to pick a fight with someone, you know not to pick
someone who can whip you!
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/ABC; :00
That message apparently never made it to the Atlanta Falcons mascot, who was
decked last night in the Georgia Dome by world champion Evander Holyfield.
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Some Ferrum College students got a history lesson they won't soon forget.
General Robert E. Lee... A- K- A Sam Lynn... lectured at the Stanley Library
The obvious topic... the civil war.
The General talked about specific battles... particularly ones here in
He also had a strong message for confederates and yankees alike.
IN Q=We were
((SAM LYNN/GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE: WE WERE ALL AMERICANS. THERE WERE NO GOOD
GUYS OR BAD GUYS. WE WERE ALL AMERICANS AND IT WAS A SAD SAD WAR BECAUSE THERE
REALLY WERE BROTHERS FIGHTING AGAINST BROTHERS. AND WE DON'T NEED THAT. WE NEED
A UNION JUST LIKE WE ARE NOW. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ))
SUPER=01-Sam Lynn/"General Robert E. Lee";
OUT Q=of America
Lynn is a retired insurance salesman.
He spends a number of weeks out of the year impersonating General Lee at
Civil War reinactments up and down the east coast.
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