A familiar face to us finds himself in familiar surroundings- -making
We've got a late report on the infamous case of Jens Soering.
And the frenzy over Tech and NEBRASKA! in the Orange Bowl.
In sports, an update on Hanging Rock pro Chip Sullivan's quest for a PGA
card, 'Bama names a new football coach, the Hokies talk about the Huskers,
and Mike Stevens will have a report from Blacksburg on the Virginia Tech
mens basketball team.
Time to break the chain of cold weather days. Warmer conditions will arrive
tomorrow and last for the rest of the week.
Six years after he was convicted of the double murders of his girlfriend's
parents, Jens Soering returned to Bedford today seeking to overturn those
convictions and earn a new trial.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw is in Bedford tonight. Steve, does it looks like Soering will
get another day in court?
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: argued over evidence that never came up in his 1990 trial.)
VO-NAT **Steve mic hot**
Steve does v/o for :40 seconds
OUT Q of VO=should have made them suspects in the Haysom murders
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Round one is over for a former Halifax elementary school teacher convicted
of possessing crack cocaine.
Dorothy Ferrell and a school custodian were arrested in April after
authorities found crack cocaine and a pipe used to smoke it in her car.
Ferrell was convicted by a judge this afternoon and immediately sent to
The former second grade teacher's legal worries aren't over.
She now faces a second drug trial.
Ferrell was free on bond in connection with the April arrest when she was
picked up once again in Burchland Park.
Authorities refer to the area as an open air drug market.
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF:WE'RE BEEN TRYING REAL HARD IN THAT SECTION OF
THE COUNTY AND IT'S REAL REWARDING TO KNOW THAT WE'VE GOTTEN A REAL STRONG
CONVICTION FROM THAT SECTION. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=that section.
Ferrell faces a maximum of ten years in prison, when sentenced.
For the second time this year, fire broke out at the Rubatex company in
Firefighters got the call just after 11:30 this morning.
An explosion in an oven at the Waltex division sent smoke into the duct
system and out of the building.
Workers got out quickly, as firefighters cleared the smoke away.
No one was hurt; the cause of the oven explosion is under investigation.
Virginia Tech fans are on a Hokie High.
Ticket sales are booming, a day after the announcement that Tech will play
Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=nat of phone ringing
SUPER=01-Sandy Smith/Assistant Ticket Manager; :19
SUPER=01-Kym Hagwood/Virginia Tech Student; :35
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 31, 1995; :48
SUPER=01-Larry Hartung/Hokie Fan; :56
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
SOT 7:57:09 (phone rings twice)
((TICKET OFFICE, THIS IS JIM SPEAKING, MAY I HELP YOU? ))
At Virginia Tech's ticket office, five extra people were staffing the phones
and sales windows.
Even though fans streamed in all day, the rush wasn't as bad as it might
have been, thanks to a first-ever PRE-sale two weeks ago for season
ticket-holders and donors.
((SANDY SMITH/ASST. TICKET MGR.: WE HAD OVER A THIRD OF OUR TICKET ALLOTMENT
FOR THE ORANGE BOWL SOLD BEFORE WE EVER WENT ON SALE TODAY. ))
This year there's a certain edge to the bowl fever, as the Hokies seek
respect by facing off with Nebraska, national champions the last two years
((KYM HAGWOOD/VA TECH STUDENT: I THINK IT FINALLY PUTS TECH AT THE RIGHT LEVEL
WE SHOULD BE, AND I THINK IF WE WIN I THINK WE'LL GAIN A LOT OF RESPECT
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AS A MAJOR, MAJOR PLAYER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. ))
Larry Hartung and his boys wouldn't miss it for the world, even after last
They made it to the Sugar Bowl alright, but he says his car is probably
still sitting on that Alabama roadside where it broke down on the way.
((QUESTION: AND YOU'RE GOING BACK THIS YEAR?
LARRY HARTUNG/HOKIE FAN: DEFINITELY THIS YEAR. DON'T KNOW HOW WE'RE GONNA GO
DOWN THERE BUT WE'LL GET A RIDE SOME WAY. ))
At least they'll have their game tickets. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---we'll look at the issue of airbag safety.
There's renewed debate after some recent minor car accidents that turned fatal
because of deployed airbags.
and she says she can read your pet's mind. A Lynchburg woman earns her
living as an animal communicator. We'll meet her and find out what her work is
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-1.45''/plus 0.65''/53.65''/plus 14.69'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.49 foot/Down 0.72 foot;Lake levels
The owner of a Roanoke dog kennel and grooming parlor is laying out his
case in court against W-S-L-S- -T-V.
The civil trial of Puppyland versus Park Broadcasting began with eight
minutes of videotape.
SUPER=04-WSLS-TV Broadcast - Sept. 1995
The jury saw segments of last year's newscasts that Puppyland says were
Among other things, Channel 10's reporters said animals had been tortured
and abused at Puppyland.
SOT 13:57;55 Kris Loyd
((EVEN IF THE CASE ENDS UP IN COURT, IT COULD STILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO
* * * Keith ON ENG * * *
Channel 10 apparently intends to try to prove that its stories were
accurate, intending to call former Puppyland employees to back up last year's
Puppyland owner Chris Benson says the stories put him put of business.
Benson's lawyer put on a former employee to refute the claim that Benson
beat and choked animals in his care.
((I ALWAYS NOTICED HE WAS EXTREMELY GENTLE TO ANIMALS. I'VE NEVER SEEN HIM
ABUSE AN ANIMAL IN ANY WAY. ))
SUPER=01-Troy Stultz/Former Puppyland Employee
* * * Keith on ENG * * *
Kris Loyd's stories had included a claim that the State Agriculture
Department was investigating Puppyland.
SOT Cunningham 14:50:50
((I DON'T DO INVESTIGATIONS.
WAS ANYBODY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INVESTIGATING PUPPYLAND?
NOT AT THAT TIME TO MY KNOWLEDGE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Clinton Cunningham/Va. Dept. of Agriculture
OUT Q=to my knowledge.
Puppyland is asking one million dollars in damages on each of five counts
in the defamation suit.
Try, try again.
The Democrat who lost a bid for Attorney General in 1993 has formally kicked
off a 1997 campaign.
Arlington lawyer Bill Dolan has these words about Republican Jim Gilmore --
who beat him in '93.
IN Q=When Virginia's
((BILL DOLAN/D-ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE: WHEN VIRGINIA'S PRIMARY ANSWER TO
JUVENILE CRIME IS ADULT PUNISHMENT, IT IS TIME FOR NEW PRIORITIES. WHEN MR.
JEFFERSON'S VIRGINIA WILL BORROW BILLIONS TO BUILD PRISONS, BUT CANNOT
SUFFICIENTLY FUND EDUCATION, IT IS TIME FOR NEW PRIORITIES.))
SUPER=01-Bill Dolan/(D) Attorney General Candidate;
OUT Q=new priorities. 2ND REF!!!
As to whether a Don Beyer ticket would be better to run on than a Mary Sue
IN Q=I'll leave
((BILL DOLAN/(D) ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE: I'LL LEAVE THE DIRECT ANSWER TO
THAT TO THE PUNDITS. DON BEYER WILL WIN WHICH WILL BE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DON
AND MARY SUE.))
OUT Q=Mary Sue.
Dolan is so far unopposed within his party.
Four Republicans are vying to succeed Gilmore.
Airbags have come under scrutiny around the country, after some recent
minor car accidents in which they were deployed, resulting in the serious
injury or death of young children. Yet airbags have also saved many lives.
Beth Myer reports safety organizations are trying to get the word out about the
proper role of airbags.
IN Q=When I opened my eyes
SUPER=01-Kathleen Jones/Crash Survivor; :18
SUPER=04-Video Courtesy: Greer & Associates, Inc.; :33
SUPER=01-Chuck Clement/Drive Smart Virginia;:55
SUPER=01-Danny Pendleton/Mechanic; 1:15
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7.
13 47 32 00 - 13 47 39 00
IN Q=When I opened
((KATHLEEN JONES/SURVIVOR: WHEN I OPENED MY EYES I COULDN'T BELIEVE I WAS
OUT Q=I was alive.
video of Kathleen walking in apartment
Nine doctors have confirmed that Kathleen Jones is alive today because her air
bag deployed and she was wearing a safety belt.
production video of her car showing total damage
The head on collision at 55 miles per hour last August left her car in shambles
wrecked car with air bag deployed.
and one side of her lower body broken and bruised.
13 48 53 00 - 13 49 08 00
IN Q=The day I got
((KATHLEEN JONES/CRASH SURVIVOR: THE DAY I GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, AUGUST
28TH, USA TODAY SAID AIR BAGS PREVENT THE MOST NON LETHAL INJURIES. THOSE ARE
THE ONES WE WANT THEM TO PREVENT. I HAD A TON OF CUTS AND BRUISES. I'M ALIVE
BECAUSE OF IT.))
OUT Q= because of it.
Air bags have saved more than 11-hundred people according to Drive Smart
Virginia. But they are designed with the AVERAGE size person in mind, so
children should ALWAYS ride in the back seat.
video of deployment 16 47 26 00 P.R. tape
On impact, the air bag deploys explosively at 200 miles per hour.
more video of Kathleen's car
Passengers should wear safety belts and drivers should make a habit of
positioning themselves properly behind the wheel.
33 20 00 - 33 30 00
IN Q=You want to sit back
((CHUCK CLEMENT/DRIVE SMART VIRGINIA: YOU WANT TO SIT BACK AS FAR AS POSSIBLE,
GRIP ON BOTH SIDES BECAUSE WHEN IT DEPLOYS, THERE'S A HAND GOING RIGHT BACK ON
YOUR NOSE. ))
OUT Q=on your nose.
Once deployed, air bags must be replaced. Only car dealerships or mechanics
certified in air bag repair should work on them.
10 35 07 00 - 10 35 15 00
IN Q=Even static electricity in the wrong place
((DANNY PENDLETON/MECHANIC: EVEN STATIC ELECTRICITY IN THE WRONG PLACE FROM
YOU SITTING IN THE CAR CAN DEPLOY THIS AIR BAG IF YOU ARE IN THE WRONG PLACE
WITH THE WRONG INSTRUMENT. ))
OUT Q=wrong instrument.
P.R. video of dummies at 16 47 59 00-
this is a split screen top and bottom.
Safety officials stress that air bags are a supplemental restraint and should
always be used with a lap and shoulder belt.
13 49 08 00 - 13 49 14 00
IN Q=I'd like to tell
((KATHLEEN JONES/CRASH SURVIVOR: I'D LIKE TO TELL EVERYBODY PLEASE BUCKLE UP
AND WHEN YOU BUY A CAR, BUY ONE WITH AN AIR BAG. ))
OUT Q=an air bag.
Beth Myer, News 7.))
Stocks roared back today, as the Dow jumped 82 points, closing at 64 hundred
NASDAQ was up 28 and a half points.
Don't call her a pet psychologist... or a psychic.
Lynchburg resident Patty Summers is an animal communicator.
And she says she can tell what your pet is thinking.
Scott Prince has the story.
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.))
The Orange Bowl bound Hokies talk about stopping the sea of RED, Mike
Stevens will have the latest on Tech's mens basketball team,
and former Virginia star receiver Herman Moore is handed a big award.
Virginia Tech is now preparing to part the Red Sea as the Hokies gear up for
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 getting ready 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"
Alabama named Mike Debose as 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
For the first time in the franchise's short, two year history, the Carolina
Panthers have clinched a play off spot.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/Yesterday; :00
The Panthers beat San Francisco 30 to 24; it's the second win this season
against the 49ers and once again, former Niner Wesley Walls did most of the
damage, catching two TD passes from Kerry Collins.
One note from the links--Hanging Rock teaching pro Chip Sullivan is playing
the final round of the PGA qualifying school tournament at La Purisima Golf
Course in Santa Barbara California.
Chip is at 7 under par in the 6 round tournament, putting him tied for
second. The event is in a rain delay at this time. The top 40 and ties get
their PGA tour Card.
While most Tech fans are now consumed with the Corn Huskers, several thousand
will be concentrating on the Spartans tonight at Cassell Coliseum.
Mike Stevens has more on that from Blacksburg.
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Virginia Tech Assistant Coach; :20
OUT Q=back to you steve.
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(toss to Jean)
Local toy stores are filled to the rafters with merchandise, but many
shoppers are coming up short in their search for a special toy.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with more on the hunt for the holiday's
Keith, he has a catchy name and a contagious laugh...
IN Q=Oh Boy
((OH BOY, THAT TICKLES!))
OUT Q=that tickles.
But in Roanoke and across the nation, Tickle Me Elmo is in short supply.
And Elmo isn't alone.
We'll have that story plus all the latest news,
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
sports and weather on W-D-B-J News at 11. Keith?
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