The man convicted of murdering his girlfriend's parents wants a new trial.
Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against two teens.
Also many parents would be tickled to find a tickle Me Elmo Doll- so how
hard are the popular toys to find in THIS area?
Joe Dashiell will have the answer.
News 7 is next.
(Yenz Sir-ing) Jens Soering was back in court today for the first time in six
Soering is hoping for a new trial.
He was convicted six years ago of killing his girlfriend's parents.
Actor Howard Rollins has died in New York City-
Rollins was best known for his role on televison's in the Heat of the Night.
This is the Tickle Me Elmo Doll. Many parents would be tickled to find it.
News 7's Joe Dashiell went out to see how difficult it is to find this
year's popular toys.
Join me for News 7 at Eleven.
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Six years after he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's parents, Jens
Soering made his first trip back to Bedford County Circuit Court today.
Soering is seeking a new trial, claiming investigators withheld crucial
evidence from his 1990 trial that would have cleared him of the murders.
That jury found Soering guilty of stabbing to death Derek and Nancy Haysom
in their Boonsboro home in April of 1985.
Today, a former Bedford County deputy testified he questioned two drifters a
few days after the murders, one of whom reportedly dropped a knife in his
Lab tests show the knife could have been used to commit the murders.
The two men later were arrested for stabbing a homeless man to death in
Soering's attorney claims had the 1990 jury heard this evidence, they might
have found her client not guilty.
Both sides argued today whether that evidence was improperly withheld, and
whether it would have had any impact on the jury.
Judge William Sweeney will decide later whether to grant Soering's request
for a new trial.
A judge NOT a jury- must decide the fate of a former Halifax teacher charged
with possessing crack cocaine- That's because the court was unable to seat a
Most people questioned today said they had heard or read about Dorothy
The former second grade teacher and a school custodian were arrested in
April after authorities found crack cocaine and a pipe used to smoke it in her
Ferrell's attorney tried to pin the blame on another woman who was in the
car that night.
But the judge wasn't swayed-- he found Ferrell guilty.
Sheriff Jeff Oakes credits state police who helped with the case.
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF:THE STATE POLICE IS INSTRUMENTAL IN OUR
EFFORTS THROUGH THE TRI-COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE AND ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS, THE
SUPPORT THEY OFFER IS, WE COULDN'T DO WITHOUT IT. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=without it.
Ferrell is also facing a second trial-- while free on bond she was picked up
once again in Burchland park on drug charges.
It was Fred Goldman's turn to speak in the O-J Simpson trial.
Goldman gave tearful testimony saying he loved his son and misses him
The father of the 24 year old waiter spoke in a wavering voice about the
emotional anguish his son's death has caused.
Goldman's testimony is intended to help jurors decide how much money the
murders should cost Simpson if he's found liable.
((ROBERT PUGSLEY/LAW PROFESSOR: IT SEEMS TO ME IF THEY FIX RESPONSIBILITY ON
HIM THEY'RE GOING TO BE PREPARED MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY ALSO TO HIT HIM WITH
A VERY HUGE PRICE TAGE. I WOULD SUGGEST IN THE MULTI MILLIONS.))
SUPER=01-Robert Pugsley/Law Professor;
OUT Q=the multi millions."
The defense then began it's case with detective Philip Vannatter
He admitted he made mistakes in the investigation.
But when a defense attorney accused Vannatter of denouncing Simpson on T-V
Vannatter shot back saying he believes Simpson is guilty.
Two teenagers accused of killing their newborn could face the death penalty.
SUPER=03-Wilmington, DE/Last Week;
A jury in Wilmington Delaware handed down indictments today.
Brian Peterson and Amy Grossberg both face two counts- one of first degree
intentional murder, the other of murder by abuse or neglect.
((JOSEPH HURLEY/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: WHAT THAT MEANS IS THERE HAS TO BE AN ACT OF
ABUSE, FOLLOWING THAT ACT OF ABUSE THERE HAS TO BE A RECKLESS ACT WHICH CAUSED
SUPER=01-Jospeh Hurley/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=which caused death."
Prosecutors say they'll ask for the death penalty. If the two are convicted
on the second count they face life in prison without parole.
Investigators say the two delivered the baby in a motel, then wrapped the
baby in plastic and dumped its body in a trash bin.
The F-B-I is hoping to find someone who saw something at Olympic Park
the night of this summer's bombing.
The agency is offering a half million-dollar reward.
Agents today modeled a backpack that looked like the one that may have held
And they played the 911 call that warned of the blast.
SOT PRE PRO
((THERE IS A BOMB IN CENTENNIAL PARK. YOU HAVE 30 MINUTES. ))
OUT Q=HAVE THIRTY MINUTES."
FBI agents say they don't have a suspect at this point.
((WELDON KENNEDY/F.B.I. DEPUTY DIRECTOR: THAT BEING THE CASE WE HAVE TO KEEP
OPEN RECEPTIVENESS TO WHATEVER INFORMATION MAY COME FORWARD.))
SUPER=01-Weldon Kennedy/F.B.I. Deputy Director;
OUT Q=MAY COME FORWARD.
One woman was killed and more than 100 others injured during the July 27th
WIPE WIPE WIPE
wipe wipe wipe
N-B-C has reached a settlement with Richard Jewell- the former Olympic Park
The network will pay compensation for comments made by news anchor Tom
Jewell's attorney said Brokaw implied Jewell was guilty. No word on the
amount of the settlement.
The owner of a local dog kennel says Channel 10's malicious, false
statements put him out of business.
Chris Benson and Puppyland are suing W-S-L-S for libel.
As the trial got underway in Circuit Court today, Channel 10 wasn't
backing away from the story.
SUPER=04-WSLS-TV Newscast - Sept. 1995 Last year the station reported
Benson beat and choked animals in his care.
"The evidence of abuse is going to be overwhelming," Channel 10's lawyer
told the jury.
BENSON's lawyer says this is not about mis-handled animals; it's about
false and defamatory statements.
After the stories aired in September of last year, Animal Control officers
They found 17 cases of injury to animals at Puppyland over a period of seven
or eight years.
IN Q=They ranged
((MIKE QUESENBERRY/ROANOKE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER: THEY RANGED FROM CLIPPER
BURNS TO CHEMICAL BURNS AROUND THE EYES. LAMENESS IN THE LEGS.))
SUPER=01-Mike Quesenberry/Roanoke Animal Control Officer
OUT Q=in the legs.
Puppyland blames a lot of what is says were libelous statements on a
disgruntled former employee.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, one of the star's of T-V's "In the Heat of the
Night" has died,
and we'll tell you why local parents in search of the latest "IN" toy are
finding Christmas shopping is no laughing matter.
MUSIC UP FULL
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(("YOU'RE WATCHING NEWS 7 AT ELEVEN, WITH JEAN JADHON
ROBIN REED, AND MIKE STEVENS WITH SPORTS."))
Every year since the Cabbage Patch Kids came to town, it seems Christmas
brings a shopping frenzy for the year's hottest toys.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports, 1996 is no different here in western
IN Q=Tickle Me Elmo made the newspaper
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Phil Vanderploeg/Store Manager; :15
SUPER=04-Jingle All the Way; :27
SUPER=07-Jack Lunsford; :47
SUPER=07-Sam Lunsford; :56
SUPER=07-Amanda Crawford; 1:05
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Tickle Me Elmo made the newspaper inserts on Sunday, but don't expect to
find him on the shelves of many local stores.
Sightings of the Sesame Street character have been few and far between.
SOT 15:47:53 BUTTED BITE
IN Q=We can't get enough of those
((WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THOSE IN. CHANCES ARE WE'LL PROBABLY BE GETTING THEM
OUT Q=after Christmas.
Customers were lining up at Hills before dawn Sunday.
The fifteen Elmos were gone within minutes.
NAT SOUND MOVIE CLIP 19:44:17
IN Q=They're all gone
OUT Q=turbo-man... LAUGHTER.
In a season when the holiday hunt for the hottest toys has made it to the
big screen, Tickle Me Elmo isn't the only character playing hard to get here in
the Roanoke Valley.
There's Holiday Barbie... and don't forget Buzz Lightyear.
NAT SOUND OF BUZZ
IN Q=No we haven't seen
((JACK LUNSFORD: NO WE HAVEN'T SEEN A TICKLE ME ELMO AND FORTUNATELY WE'RE NOT
LOOKING FOR ONE.))
((SAM LUNSFORD: MOST OF THE STUFF THAT'S ON MY LIST IS VERY EXPENSIVE, LIKE THE
NINTENDO 64, BUT THERE'S ALSO A SHORTAGE OF THAT, BECAUSE IT'S POPULAR TOO.))
OUT Q=popular too.
Of course, hope springs eternal... or at least for two more weeks...
IN Q=Everyone happy holidays
((AMANDA CRAWFORD: EVERYONE HAPPY HOLIDAYS... HAPPY SHOPPING! ))
OUT Q=happy shopping.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Most Norfolk Southern clerks that were offered early retirement say they'll
keep working on the railroad.
Last week Norfolk Southern told 400 clerical employees in Roanoke they were
eligible for a new voluntary separation program.
Only nine applied.
People who opt for the plan get a 35-thousand dollar gross payment.
The railroad says it's been offering this type of separation program since
1984 to various employees.
For the first time ever, the Virginia School Boards Association is suing the
State Board of Education.
The assocation says the state board is wrong to overrule local school boards
on whether to pay for professional training for teachers, administrators, and
school board members.
The assocation insists it's the principle -- NOT one specific teacher
or a philosophical disagreement with the Board appointed by Governor George
IN Q=It's an
((FRANK BARHAM: IT'S AN ILLEGAL DECISION. NOT AN UNFUNDED MANDATE. THE
UNFUNDED MANDATE IS THE REQUIREMENT FOR SCHOOL BOARD TRAINING IN THE FIRST
PLACE. IT'S NEVER BEEN FUNDED.))
SUPER=01-Frank Barham/Va. School Boards Assoc.;
OUT Q=been funded.
So far, the state Board of Education has NOT commented on the suit.
It adopted the new "in service" training review policy in November.
Airbags have been under close scrutiny after the deaths of several
Now safety officials are trying to educate the public on how to prevent
According to Drive Smart Virginia air bags have saved 11 hundred people.
Nine doctors confirm that Kathleen Jones survived a head-on collision last
August because she was wearing a safety belt and her air bag deployed.
13 45 27 00 - 13 45 41 00
IN Q=I would have
((KATHLEEN JONES/CRASH SURVIVOR: I WOULD HAVE WOUND UP EXACTLY LIKE THE
DRIVER THAT HIT ME. HE WASN'T WEARING A SEAT BELT, NO AIR BAG AND HE DIED AT
THE SCENE. HIS OLDEST BOY WAS IN THE FRONT SEAT AND THROWN THROUGH THE
WINDSHIELD BECAUSE HE ALSO WASN'T WEARING A SEAT BELT. ))
((CHUCK CLEMENT/DRIVE SMART VIRGINIA: CHILDREN NEED TO RIDE IN THE BACK SEAT,
IN THE MIDDLE IF UNDER THE AGE OF 12, EITHER IN A BELT HARNESS OR SAFETY SEAT
DEPENDING ON THEIR AGE AND WEIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Kathleen Jones/Crash Survivor; :00
SUPER=01-Chuck Clement/Drive Smart Virginia; :15
OUT Q=age and weight.
Air bags were designed with the average size person in mind.
On impact, they deploy explosively at 200 miles per hour.
Safety officials stress that air bags are a supplemental restraint and
should always be used with a lap and shoulder belt.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on the broadcast, a country music legend is in critical
condition following an apparent suicide attempt,
and we'll tell you why Virginia Tech Orange Bowl tickets are selling faster
than the Tickle Me Elmo.
MUSIC UP FULL
Actor Howard Rollins has died in New York City.
Rollins was best known for his role on television's "In the Heat of the
But recurring drug problems forced producers to fire Rollins from the show.
Earlier in his career, the actor received a best supporting Oscar nomination
for the 1981 film "A Soldier's Story."
A publicist says Rollins died of complications from lymphoma.
Howard Rollins was 46.
Police say country singer Faron Young is in critical condition after he shot
himself in the head in an apparent suicide attempt.
Authorities say he was found with a suicide note in his home this afternoon.
Friends say the 64-year old singer has been depressed lately over his
His attorney says Young is suffering from emphysema and prostate problems.
Young is best known for such hits as "Hello Walls," and "Four in the
It's the story of seven castaways with a different twist.
SUPER=03-Cape Hatteras, NC;
Tense moments today as seven people are rescued from a sinking schooner
off the coast of North Carolina.
They all jumped overboard with lifejackets when the Alexandria was taking
Coast Guard Helicopters went 50 miles off the shore to hoist the castaways
from 12 foot waves to safety.
The vessel had engine problems yesterday, but was repaired by an Army
She's not exactly Dr. Doolittle... but a Lynchburg resident claims she can
talk with the animals-- telepathically at least.
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=Anyone can
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Patty Summers/Animal Communicator; :25
SUPER=01-Sandy Young/Pet Owner; :57
OUT Q=S.P., N- 7, Bedford County
((Anyone can tell that Muffin here is a "camera hog."
But without any other knowledge of this pot bellied pig, could you possibly
know what kind of bedding it prefers?
NAT SOT 12:16:30
IN Q=Does she
((DOES SHE WANT HAY OR JUST WANT CHIPS? SHE LIKES THE CHIPS BETTER BECAUSE SHE
THINKS SHE CAN ROUTE THEM BETTER. SHE CAN MOVE THEM MORE EASILY. ))
OUT Q=more easily
Meet Patty Summers.
She refers to herself as an animal communicator... and claims to have the
power to converse with any living creature.
IN Q=I can't
((PATTY SUMMERS/ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR: I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW IT'S POSSIBLE,
BECAUSE I DON'T UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THAT I DO. JUST THAT I CAN DO IT. BUT
IT'S TELEPATHIC COMMUNICATION, IF YOU WILL.))
OUT Q=out there
Summers says she usually receives the messages through fragmented thoughts
and visual images.
And says from time to time, the animals can be quite funny.
IN Q=First time
((FIRST TIME I CAME TO THIS HOUSE, I CAME UP TO THIS FENCE AND THIS HORSE SAID,
"ARE YOU THE PERSON SHE TOLD US WAS COMING?" I SAID, "YES." AND HE SAID, "I'M
THE KING HORSE." AND I SAID, "I SEE!" ))
OUT Q=I see
Summers has dozens of clients up and down the east coast.
And she's definitely made a believer out of Bedford County resident Sandy
IN Q=She really
((SANDY YOUNG/PET OWNER: SHE REALLY HAS THE ABILITY TO DO IT AT A DEEPER LEVEL.
IT'S JUST LIKE SHE'S STANDING THERE LIKE YOU AND I ARE TALKING. SHE CAN DO THAT
WITH THE ANIMALS. ))
OUT Q=the animals
Despite those words of praise, Summers has run into a number of skeptics.
But she says she has nothing to prove to anyone... and lets her ability
SPEAK for itself... even though she's the only one that can hear it.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Bedford County.))
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SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/20-24/Partly Cloudy/Wind SW-10/50-54;
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team got off to a slow start but came on
strong to top UNC-Greensboro 66-50 at the "Cassell" last night.
Mike Stevens has more on the Hokies 4th straight win.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Jim Jackson/12 Points & 2 Steals; :20
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :48
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/18 Points & 6 Rebounds; 1:05
SUPER=33-UNC-Greensboro/50/Virginia Tech/66; 1:24
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
On to the NBA. Seattle head coach George Karl was fined 75 hundred dollars
for his explosive ejection during the Supersonics win last Thursday against
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Sonics vs. Sixers; :00
Last night, Karl's team was also explosive..against the Philadelphia 76ers.
A battle of two guards at the Core State Spectrum; Peyton and Iverson.
remenber this college all star. Jerry Stackhouse nails the three pointer
from way outside.
The battle of the guards???..won by SUPER=32-Seattle/118/Philadelphia/94;
Gary Peyton, here he slices through traffic and knocks down the lay up.
And then it started to RAIN INSIDE!! The Rain man, Shawn Kemp with the slam
and the Sonic boom sounds 118 to 94.
One note from the links--Hanging Rock teaching pro Chip Sullivan is
anxiously awaiting the final round of the PGA qualifying school tournament.
SUPER=03-Santa Barbara, CA; :00
The La Purisima Golf Course in Santa Barbara California is practically under
water! Actually today's final round was suspended because of rain. It will
resume tomorrow morning in a shot gun start at 8:30 pacific time, but it is
expected to rain through the night.
Chip is at 7 under par in the 6 round tournament, putting him tied for
second. The top 40 and ties get their PGA tour Card.
In college football, according to ESPN reports, Grambling State University
wants legendary football coach Eddie Robinson to resign.
SUPER=03-Grambling, LA; :00
Robinson, who is now 77 years old, has more wins than any other college
football coach in history, but this year, the team had problems-- most notably,
4 players were arrested on rape charges.
Reports say Robinson has been offered a vice presidents position but so
far he has reportedly refused to resign.
While Robinson seems to be nearing the end of his career, Mike Dubose's is
just beginning. Alabama named him the Crimson Tide's new football coach today.
SUPER=03-Tuscaloosa, AL; :00
The Alabama defensive coordinator takes over for Gene Stallings who will
step down after the Crimson Tide's Outback Bowl.
((MIKE DUBOSE/NEW ALABAMA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Dubose/New Alabama Head Coach; :00
One freezer note, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks over powered the Boston Bruins
5-2 tonight in Bean Town.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Ducks vs. Bruins; :00
The mightiest of ducks??...was none other than Joey Sako. Sako is in the
right place at the right time, he collects the reboud and goes top slef for the
There were also some close encounters with the glass tonight, Ducks win
5-2, now your digits.
wipe to boards!!!
SUPER=0098-/Wright State/60/j/Kentucky #6/92////Texas #18/63//Arizona
SUPER=0098-/Vanderbilt #20/52/j/Boston College/59///j/Virginia Tech/66//UNC
lots of sports still headed your way tonight.
while UVa gets ready for the Carquest bowl, one of their former stars receives
Virginia Tech is now preparing for a sea of red as the Hokies focus in on
their New Years Eve Orange Bowl match up against Nebraska.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; ;00
The Hokies celebration cry was rather controlled as they heard the pairings
from the Jamerson Athletic center at Tech.
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...will enter into it"
The Virginia Cavaliers are also gearing up for their December 27th Carquest
Bowl contest with Miami.
Today, Herman Moore, one of their former stars, received the true ValueMan
of the Year Award. The NFL gives the award to one member of each team in the
league. His Detroit Lions 5 and 9 record has been tough on the former Cavalier.
((HERMAN MOORE/DETROIT LIONS RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Herman Moore/Detroit Lions Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...it's tough"
This Christmas shopping season, Orange Bowl tickets are probably the
fastest-selling merchandise in Blacksburg.
Ticket sales started today on campus, with a steady stream of customers all
But a PRE-sale two weeks ago for season ticket holders and donors helped cut
down on the rush.
((SANDY SMITH/ASST. TICKET MGR.: AND WE HAD A VERY GOOD RESPONSE FROM THAT. WE
HAD OVER A THIRD OF OUR TICKET ALLOTMENT FOR THE ORANGE BOWL SOLD BEFORE WE
EVER WENT ON SALE. ))
SUPER=01-Sandy Smith/Assistant Ticket Manager;
OUT Q=went on sale.
Fans say the thought of playing last year's national champions just adds to
((DUANE WOOD/VA TECH STUDENT: KIND OF SCARED, NEBRASKA'S PROBABLY THE BEST TEAM
WE'VE EVER PLAYED, SO I'M KIND OF WORRIED.
QUESTION: BUT YOU'RE GOING ANYWAY?
ANSWER: YEAH, WE'RE DEFINITELY GOING, THERE'S ABOUT 10 OF US GOING. ))
SUPER=01-Duane Wood/Virginia Tech Student;
OUT Q=10 of us going.
All the tickets are for end zone seats. Prices range from 60 to 125