(( HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... THE ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD IS
UNDER FIRE FOR FAILING TO RAISE SALARIES.
WITNESSES SAY A MAN CHARGED IN THE MURDER OF A 90-YEAR OLD CHRISTIANSBURG
WOMAN WAS SEEN WEARING BLOOD-SOAKED CLOTHES THE SAME DAY OF THE SLAYING. ))
OUT Q=as the slaying
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Tuesday December 10th-- Our Top Story
Jens Soering will have to wait at least two months to find out whether he'll
get a new trial.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
Six years ago Jens Soering endured what he calls a horrific and traumatic
But he's willing to do it again.
The German diplomat's son was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's
parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom.
Soering's attorney, Gail Marshall, says Bedford police did not mention two
drifters who were questioned a few days after the murders.
They robbed and killed a Roanoke man, and left a knife in a patrol car
that Marshall says COULD be the murder weapon.
SOT 596-34 59:40
IN Q=It would be
((IT WOULD BE A REASONABLE PROBABILITY THAT A JURY WOULD HAVE COME TO A
DIFFERENT CONCLUSION HAD ALL THESE ISSUES BEEN AIRED AT THE ORIGINAL TRAIL ))
SUPER=01-Gail Marshall/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=the original trail
The state says Soering's case is based on speculation, and contends the
men, Robert Albright and William Shifflett were never suspects in the murder,
so their where-abouts never came up in court.
SOT 96-89 37:32
IN Q=we're all human
((WE'RE ALL HUMAN, AND WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN A LARGE
OPERATION OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, NOTHING'S PERFECT. BUT THIS WAS A VERY
THOROUGH, VERY PROFESSIONAL, VERY CLEAN INVESTIGATION. ))
SUPER=01-John McLees/Asst. Attorney General;
OUT Q=very clean investigation
Judge William Sweeney gave Soering's attorney 60-days to have a set of
fingerprints from the crime scene examined to see if they match one or both of
It could take another month after that before Sweeney decides whether to
grant Soering a new trial.
Bloody clothes and a scrapbook found at the murder scene convinced a judge
today to charge James Reid with murder today.
He is charged in the death of 90-year old Anna Lester, who was found
brutally murdered in her home in October.
A witness testified that Reid, bloody and smelling of alcohol, approached
him from the direction of Lester's house to ask for a ride the day of the
((GEORGE EANES/WITNESS: A LOT OF BLOOD ON HIS JACKET, HIS PANTS, ON HIS SHOES
AND ON HIS HANDS.
QUESTION: DID YOU FIND THAT UNUSUAL?
ANSWER: I WAS KIND OF SCARED ABOUT IT BECAUSE I'D NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE. ))
OUT Q=seen him before.
Inside Lester's ransacked home, police also found a birthday card to Reid,
postmarked two days earlier.
A 15 year old boy who lived in the house where Reed rented a room, testified
Reid said he wanted to kill all the black women in Christiansburg.
The victim's cousin found Lester's mostly-nude body two days later.
Larry Stout, the sixth person on death row scheduled for execution this
year was pronounced dead about an hour ago.
He was given the death penalty for the 1987 murder of a Staunton store owner
during a robbery.
Stout was the second of five scheduled for execution just this month.
He was put to death by lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional
A man convicted five times of molesting children says only death will make
Now, the Supreme Court must decide if that threat is enough to keep him
locked up for treatment- even though he's finished his prison term.
The Kansas Attorney General
says it would be unconscionable for the state to release Leroy Hendricks before
he's been treated.
((CARLA STOVALL/KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: LEROY HENDRICKS HAS A FORTY YEAR
HISTORY OF SEXUALLY ABUSING CHILDREN. HE HAS ELEVEN VICTIMS THAT WE KNOW OF. IF
HE HAS ELEVEN VICTIMS THAT WE KNOW OF OVER FORTY YEARS. YOU CAN BET YOUR BOTTOM
DOLLAR THERE ARE MANY MANY VICTIMS OUT THERE.))
((TOM WEILERT/HENDRICK'S ATTORNEY: I THINK IT'S A VERY SLIPPERY SLOPE IF WE
START TALKING ABOUT INCARCERATING PEOPLE FOR WHAT THEY MIGHT DO IN THE
SUPER=01-Carla Stovall/Kansas Attorney General; 00
SUPER=01-Tom Weilert/Hendrick's Attorney; :12
OUT Q=in the future."
The Court is not expected to make a decision until July.
Roanoke City school teachers will get a pay raise next year, but it's not
what some would like.
At tonight's school board meeting, the superintendent recommended a four-
point- one percent increase for the 1997- 98 academic year.
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But Kimberly McBroom tells us that the Roanoke Education Association was
hoping for more.
Kim, how much were they expecting?
Connie, the R-E-A president asked the board to grant teachers a
six-percent pay raise for the next two school years to bring them up to the
IN Q=If we are
SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Assoc. President;
OUT Q=will be the case
But that's not the case according to the preliminary 1997-98 general
budget presented by Superintendent Wayne Harris.
The budget is based on a total projected revenue increase of two- point-
nine million dollars.
Harris says 82- percent of that amount makes up employee salaries and
And while R-E-A members may argue the recommended pay raise-- Harris says
Roanoke teachers will eventually reach the national average.
IN Q=This superintendnet
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent;
OUT Q=of the year 1998=99
This is not the final word on the budget.
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Connie, The board won't actually vote on it until its March meeting.
Citizens are coming forward to help solve the Olympic bombing mystery--
and Jennifer Jolin says she's ready to cut her hair and become a rat at VMI
with the others. Stay tuned.
go to break
The F-B-I says its half million-dollar reward in the Olympic bombing case
has netted a thousand calls in the first 24 hours.
Apparently, some callers are offering to turn over pictures and videos
taken the night of the blast in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.
The Roanoke dog groomer who's suing W-S-L-S over what his former employees
said about him on Channel 10 testified today that two of the four women NEVER
worked for him.
Keith Humphry reports.
IN Q=Channel 10
SUPER=04-WSLS-TV Newscast - Sept. 1995; :02
SUPER=01-Chris Benson/Puppyland Owner; :30
SUPER=02-Dan Brown/Attorney for WSLS-TV; :46 quick
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
Channel 10 broadcast an interview with Andrea Litvak last year, billing her
as a former employee who had worked for Puppyland for six months.
Litvak suggested Puppyland owner Chris Benson ought to be put out of
IN Q=If he chooses
((IF HE CHOOSES NOT TO TRY AND STRANGLE IT, THEN HE'LL JUST TAKE THE CLIPPERS
AND BANG IT UP AGAINST THE SIDE OF THE DOG'S HEAD.))
OUT Q=dog's head.
**Keith on ENG**
In court today, however, Benson said Litvak never worked for Puppyland.
SOT tape #2 11:34:10
IN Q=No, I do
((NO, I DO NOT KNOW HER.
HOW ABOUT SHAMARIE MARSHALL?
SAME THING. I HAVE NO PAYROLL RECORDS, NO RECOLLECTION. TO MY KNOWLEDGE THE
GIRL NEVER WORKED.))
OUT Q=never worked.
On cross examination by one of the attorneys for the television station,
Benson disputed Litvak's account of his grooming technique.
SOT tape 4 14:20:10
IN Q=You deny
((YOU DENY THAT YOU EVER HIT DOGS WITH YOUR FIST WHILE YOU ARE GROOMING?
MOST DEFINITELY I DON'T, AND I DON'T TOLERATE IT.
YOU DENY THAT YOU EVER HIT A DOG WITH SHEARS?
NO, BECAUSE THE SHEARS RUN OVER $100 A PAIR. ))
OUT Q=$100 a pair.
Benson was the final witness on his side of the case.
The defense called Andrea Litvak as its first witness.
She insists Benson hired her in 1989, that she worked at Puppyland for five
or six months. Under oath today, she repeated her account of the way Benson
handled dogs on the grooming table.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
VMI says the first female cadets will be issued skirts for social occasions
next fall, but they haven't decided how short their hair should be.
That doesn't bother Jennifer Jolin.
The 17-year-old Highland High School senior is one of the first four women
to be accepted to VMI.
She says she's ready to cut her long hair, even wear a buzz-cut like the
IN Q= I've thought about it
((JENNIFER JOLIN/FUTURE VMI KEYDET; I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT A LOT AND I THINK
IT'S REALLY NOT A BIG DEAL. IT'S GOING TO GROW BACK AND I SHOULD GET OVER IT
AND THAT'S THE WHOLE IDEA BEHIND THE RAT EXPERIENCE, PUT ASIDE EVERYBODY'S
DIFFERENCES AND COME TOGETHER AS A WHOLE.))
SUPER=01-Jennifer Jolin/Future VMI Cadet;
OUT Q=together as a whole
Jolin says she doesn't want special treatment, and doesn't expect any
additional hostility from her fellow cadets because she's a woman.
She says being on the ratline is a hostile experience whether you're male or
Tonight on Primetime SPorts-- The Hanging Rock golf pro- gets a P-G-A
He became famous for his heroics on the highway-- today Frankie Lee Hall is
honored once again-- the story when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
go to break
More praise for Staff Sergeant Frankie Lee Hall for acts of heroism.
Today, Major Richard Parsons presented the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to
Hall during a brief ceremony at the recruiting office in Roanoke.
The medal is the marine corps' highest award for heroism during peacetime.
IN Q=Complete disregard for
((MAJOR RICHARD PARSONS: COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR HIS PERSONAL SAFETY, HE JUMPED
TO HELP ANOTHER CITIZEN AND THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS WE TRY TO TEACH OUR
MARINES. IT IS A REAL HONOR TO HAVE A MAN LIKE THAT SERVING WITH US.))
SUPER=01-Major Richard Parsons/United States Marine Corps;
OUT Q=serving with us.
Hall helped to pull two young people from a burning car following an
accident on Interstate 581 in September.
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Wind SW-10/34-36/Increasing Clouds/Light Rain
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Our video of the day has something to shout about-- check it out in a
moment on News-7 Primetime right here on WEFC.
go to break
The way the U-S distributes organs for transplants is coming under close
A two-day federal meeting into the issue began today.
The United Network for Organ Sharing-- or UNOS-- oversees many aspects of
organ donation and transplant for the government.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
One of the key issues in these hearings is whether there should be a
national waiting list or if organs should be assigned through the regional
system that was first introduced five years ago.
Some critics say the regional system has vast inequalities, with people in
some states waiting only days or weeks while others might have to wait for
IN Q=We can argue
((DONALD STRATER/TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT: WE CAN ARGUE UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER
ABOUT HOW TO ALLOCATE ORGANS AND THAT WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. BUT MAKE NO
MISTAKE, THE UNOS POLICY IS FAIR. IT IS FAIR. ))
SUPER=01-Donald Strater/Transplant Recipient; :
OUT Q=is fair. it is fair.
About 72-hundred Americans need liver transplants annually and last year
there were fewer than four-thousand operations.
About 800 patients died in 1995 while on the waiting list.
Tonight's video of the day is full of emotion.
Just imagine a mood of sorrow, anger or joy...the performance motivation
was open to interpretation at Japan's annual shouting contest.
IN Q= NAT SOUND screaming
SUPER=75-Osaka, Japan; :
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
IN Q=NAT SOUND screaming
OUT Q=NAT SOUND screaming
The contest has gained popularity as a way of seeing out the old
year...and ushering in the new.
30 contestants were invited to express....LOUDLY.....their most memorable
personal experience of 1996.
They spoke, well screamed, of love lost, bureaucracy, and even shouted
congratulations to a baseball team, and to the birth of a new baby.
Their volume was monitored by a sound measuring machine...
IN Q=NAT SOUND screaming
OUT Q=NAT SOUND screaming
toss to sports
Hanging Rock teaching pro Chip Sullivan is now a PGA pro thanks to his
top 5 finish in the final PGA qualifying tournament stage.
SUPER=03-Santa Barbara, CA; :00
The final round of the 108 hole tourney was rained out at La Purisima golf
course in Santa Barbara, California, so the final results were tallied after 90
Sullivan, who has worked tirelessly on his game at Hanging Rock for the past 3
years, finished with a 7 under 353. The Mid Atlantic and PGA sectional champ
just got better on the west coast.
((BILLY MCBRIDE/HANGING ROCK GOLF DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Golf Director; :00
OUT Q=...ready for him"
Chip's top five finish also earns him one incredible luxury that those who
finished behind him will not have.
IN Q="He's is
OUT Q=...on the PGA tour"
Hometown Hoops Weekly ventured into Viking territory tonight for Cave
Spring /Northside tip off.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Knights vs. Vikings; :00
The Knights; not much size, but they can move the ball rather well. Ricky
Dierker....to David Harms...to Darnell Glover for the blue collar bucket.
Northside can also deliver. Daryl Holmes with the bullet to Nathan Marshall
who catches and scores SUPER=33-Cave Spring/63/Northside/48;
in mid air.
But The Knights went up 34-22 at the half. Get out of Harms way, Cave beats
Northside 63 to 48.
The VMI Keydets traveled down 81 to face cross state rival radford tonight
at the Demon center.
SUPER=03-Radford/Keydets vs. Highlanders; :00
Radford assistant coach Dick Bender was sitting in for a sick Rod Bradley.
His Highlanders were good medicine tonight at the bubble. Watch Cory Reed
drive into the lane and find Eric parkler for the baseline J.
VMI came back. Derrik Faulkner hits SUPER=33-Radford/70/VMI/68;
former Martinsville star Maurice Spencer for the trey.
But the Highlanders escape. Kevin Robertson with the hoop underneath and RU
wins 70-68 at home over VMI.
The men's team is off until Saturday's Georgia game at the castle.
Mike Stevens says the Bulldogs will be facing some young pups.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Russ Wheeler/Va. Tech Freshman Forward; :35
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/Averaging 20 Points a Game; :43
SUPER=01-Jim Jackson/Va. Tech Senior Forward; :51
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:17
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
(( Foster and his right hand man Bobby Hussey are living on the edge this year,
playing freshman and at the same time playing with fire.
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
The loss of four starters has put redshirt Freshman Andre ray in the starting
backcourt, and forced two true freshman to grow up in a hurry. Both Brendan
Dunlop from the Bronx in New York, and Georgia's Russ Wheeler are having to
adjust to the college game quicker than most.
((RUSS WHEELER/VA. TECH FRESHMAN FORWARD:))
((ACE CUSTIS/VA. TECH SENIOR FORWARD:))
((JIM JACKSON/VA. TECH SENIOR FORWARD:))
Sophomore post player Alvaro Tor has also been unexpectedly thrust into the
starting lineup. All will be tested in the next 12 days when Tech plays
Georgia at home and West Virginia on the road.))
In Blacksburg, Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
Here's what you'll see on NEWS-7 at 11.
dissolve to boards
SUPER=76-Remembering Faron Young
Country music singer Faron Young died today--
SUPER=77-In Search Of...
And....the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority is in search of a new
SUPER=78-Presents for the Pets
Also, this holiday season don't forget your pets. But do forget the
traditional bones and treats.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, have a good night.
It's all coming up in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7.