Yens Soering will have to wait until next year to find out if he gets a new
And it's the defense's turn at the O-J Simpson wrongful death trial.
Partly sunny and much warmer today, we'll look at the warming trend, and we
also tell who won in the N-F-L last night.
Don't go away, the news is next.
The hearing for convicted killer Jens Soering is over, with no ruling.
Judge William Sweeney says he'll give Soering's attorneys 60 days to get
fingerprint evidence examined.
And then he'll decide whether the former U-V-A honor student deserves a new
He was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's parents six years ago and is
claiming investigators withheld crucial evidence.
Soering was found guilty of stabbing Derek and Nancy Haysom to death in
their Boonsboro home.
Yesterday, a former Bedford County deputy testified he questioned two
drifters a few days after the murders. One man reportedly dropped a knife
in the patrol car.
The two were later arrested for stabbing a homeless man to death in Roanoke.
Soering's attorney claims had the 19-90 jury heard this evidence, they might
have found her client innocent.
A judge and NOT a jury found a former Halifax teacher guilty of possessing
That's because the court was unable to seat a jury.
Most people questioned yesterday 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 was not 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.
Iraq's re-entry into the oil export business today did not go quite as
The first barrels of oil scheduled to flow through a pipeline to Turkey have
been stalled by an electrical problem.
In 19-90 the U-N slapped sanctions on Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait,
ending Iraqi oil sales.
The U-N gave Iraq the go ahead yesterday to resume oil exports to buy food
The F-B-I says it's lucky someone accidently knocked over the knapsack that
contained the bomb that exploded July 27th in Olympic Centennial Park.
In a press conference yesterday, the officials said if the bomb had
detonated as intended, there could have been an even greater number of
Agents also modeled a backpack similar to the one that held the deadly pipe
And they played the chilling 9-1-1 warning call.
((THERE IS A BOMB IN CENTENNIAL PARK. YOU HAVE 30 MINUTES. ))
OUT Q=HAVE THIRTY MINUTES." ))
A reward has also been set at half a million dollars.
Meantime, N-B-C News has agreed to pay Richard Jewell for tying him to the
bombing during a broadcast just after the blast.
At the O-J Simpson civil trial today the first defense witness, retired
police detective Philip Vannatter, returns to the stand.
Yesterday, he startled the court when he blurted out that he believes
Simpson is guilty of murder.
The Plaintiffs wrapped up the first part of their case with emotional
testimony from the father of murder victim Ron Goldman.
Bill Whitaker reports.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-John Burris/Defense Attorney; 1:37
SUPER=01-Bill Whitaker/Reporting; 1:46
OUT Q=CBS News, Santa Monica.
(NARR: Fred Goldman has made clear his feelings about this case many times
but never in court. With tears and deep emotion, he told the
jury about his slain son Ron. His son always had a smile on his face,
he said. Their relationship always close.
Cleaning Ron's apartment after the murders, Fred Goldman said he
found detailed plans for a restaurant his son hoped some day to
open. Fighting tears and glaring at OJ Simpson he said "I never
knew how far Ron had gotten with his plans and dreams." Then
Fred Goldman broke down and cried.
The jurors appeared moved. A couple wiped their eyes.
After the jury was shown this videotape of Ron at a family party
eight months before his murder, attorney Daniel Petrocelli asked
Goldman, (EVE NEWS GRAPHIC) "DID YOU LOVE YOUR SON? "OH GOD YES,"
he cried. "DO YOU MISS HIM?" asked the attorney. "MORE THAN YOU
CAN IMAGINE," Goldman replied. "WILL YOU EVER BE THE SAME?"
"NEVER, NEVER." said Goldman.
With that, the plaintiff's wrapped their case.
NARR The defense immediately began its case, calling retired detective
Phillip Vannatter. To show that Simpson was cooperative from the
start, lead defense attorney Robert Baker played Simpson's taped
interview with Vannatter and his partner the day after the murders.
And Baker questioned Vannatter's rationale for entering Simpson's
property that morning without a search warrant...trying to convince
the jury he'd lied....trying to cast Vannatter as villain like
Simpson's criminal defense did. Vannatter shot back, "I would not
SOT (John Burris/defense attorney) THEY GOTTA SHOW THAT HE LIED WHEN HE
GOT THAT SEARCH WARRANT AND THAT'S IMPORTANT TO CAST NEGATIVE DOUBTS
ABOUT HIS CREDIBILITY. THAT'S IMPORTANT.
ONCAM (Bill Whitaker/CBS) Defense sources say Simpson's attorney should
take about three weeks to present their case. BW, CBS, LA.))
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski makes a courtroom appearance today in New
Jersey via television.
He'll take part in a live video conference to answer charges that he killed
a New Jersey ad executive.
Kaczynski remains in a California prison, where he's already pleaded
innocent to four Unabomber attacks that killed two people in Sacramento.
A Roman Catholic bishop and an exiled activist from East (TEE-mor) Timor
have accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway.
Jose Ramos Horta and Bishop Carlos Belo are recognized for their resistance
to Indonesia's occupation of East Timor.
Both said they hope to end the violence in their country.
South Africa is marking
International Human Rights Day with a new constitution.
President Nelson Mandela signed the constitution into law today in
The black township was the site of one of the nation's most notorious
The 150 page charter is one of the most liberal constitutions in the world
and includes a Bill of Rights guaranteeing equal rights for all.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast,
A local politician says he feels like he's competing with Santa Claus
The second day of a libel suit against W-S-L-S TV is underway.
Puppyland's owner is suing for 5 million dollars.
But first check in with Patrick.
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A fire yesterday at the Rubatex company in Bedford did little damage.
Firefighters got the call just before noon yesterday.
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.
The Democrat who lost a bid for Attorney General in 19-93 has formally
kicked off a 19-97 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.
Roscoe Reynolds says he's facing some tough competition in next week's
special election for Virgil Goode's state senate seat.
Reynolds made a campaign appearance with retiring Congressman L.F. Payne
Reynolds is running against Republican Allen Dudley, but says this time of
year, Dudley is not his only competitor.
IN Q=running a campaign
((ROSCOE REYNOLDS/(D) STATE SENATE CANDIDATE; RUNNING A CAMPAIGN ANYTIME IS
DIFFICULT, AND IT'S MADE MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE YOU'RE COMPETING AGAINST
RUDOLPH AND SANTA CLAUSE AND VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS.))
((REP. L.F. PAYNE/ I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO STOP AND PAY ATTENTION TO
THIS, BECAUSE I DO THINK THERE IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY HERE AND HOPE THAT PEOPLE
WILL IN FACT COME OUT AND VOTE IN VERY LARGE NUMBERS.))
SUPER=01-Del. Roscoe Reynolds/(D) State Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=in very large numbers
Reynolds says getting the public's attention won't be cheap.
He's raised 100 thousand dollars, but says he's not sure how much he'll have
to spend between now and the election.
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 yesterday, Channel 10 was not
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 is asking one million dollars in damages on each of five counts
in the defamation suit.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we continue,
We'll look at the season's hottest toys, and the struggle to find them.
It's no struggle for one Lynchburg woman to communicate with pets of all
An animal mind reader will amaze you when we come back...
It does not take a Christmas shopping season for Orange Bowl tickets to jump
off the shelves.
Ticket sales started yesterday on campus, with a steady stream of customers
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
Orange Bowl tickets are not the only hard to get item this Christmas.
Joe Dashiell reports, that the frenzy of Christmas has already come to
IN Q=Tickle Me Elmo made the newspaper
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Phil Vanderploeg/Store Manager; :15
SUPER=@Joe1; (screen rt.):19
SUPER=04-Jingle All the Way; :27
SUPER=23-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))
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.))
SUPER=301-41/53/S 12mph/30.12f/69/1946/ 7/1917;
SUPER=332-Partly/Cloudy/34-38/Mostly Cloudy/Rain Possible/54-58;
SUPER=334-Partly/Cloudy/36-40/Mostly Cloudy/Rain Possible/54-58;
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 30 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Later on the newscast,
The Hokies are getting excited about a tropical new year's eve.
We'll take a look at a contest where NO ONE will win Miss Congeniality, and
everyone's talent is...Yelling.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Raiders dominated the chiefs last night.
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/ABC Sports;
Oakland got rolling early as Napoleon Kaufman took it 45 yards down to the
Andrew Glover then finished off the drive.
Jeff Hostetler tossed two touchdown passes in the 3rd quarter to put the
game out of reach.
The Raiders go on to win 26-7. (-------------)
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"
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-1)
Seattle battled the 76ers at the Spectrum.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Sonics vs. Sixers; :00
Jerry Stackhouse nails the three pointer from way outside.
Gray Peyton won the battle of the guards,
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.
Alabama named Mike Dubose as the Crimson Tide's new football coach
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
In Japan, they are already celebrating the new year.
The annual shouting contest held in Osaka has gained popularity over the
years as a way to say goodbye to the old year and usher in the new.
The contestants shouted their most memorable personal experience of 19-96.
The top prize was 18-hundred dollars.