A photograph could be the break federal investigators have been looking for
in the Olympic bombing case.
And a death row inmate prepares to become the 7th person executed in the
state this year.
There's a possible lead in the Olympic bombing case.
An Atlanta newspaper says a man has given the F-B-I a photo showing a man
with a backpack similar to the one that carried the bomb.
FILE VIDEO OF BOMBING
The picture was taken near the blast site, about six
hours prior to the explosion.
This is just one of many tips the F-B-I has received since Monday, when it
posted a 5-thousand dollar reward and opened a hotline.
The bureau says it's so far received around a thousand phone calls.
((THE COVER A VARIETY OF ISSUES, MANY OF THEM ARE PROMISING BECAUSE THEY TALK
ABOUT VIDEO TAPE, OR OF STILL PHOTOGRAPHS. ))
SUPER=01-Woody Johnson/FBI Atlanta;
OUT Q= OR OF STILL PHOTOGRAPHS.
If you have any information for the F-B-I their tip line number is
Larry Stout has become the sixth Virginia death row inmate to be executed
Stout was put to death last night for the 19-87 murder and robbery of a
Three more executions are scheduled this month.
Lem Tuggle is slated for execution tomorrow.
He is the last survivor of six men who escaped from Virginia's death row
more than a decade ago.
It was the biggest death row breakout in U-S history.
A 15- year- old boy testified yesterday he heard James Reid say he wanted to
kill all the black woman in Christiansburg.
Two days later, 90- year- old Anna Lester was beaten and stabbed to death in
Two other witnesses testified Reid approached them from the direction of
They said he reeked of alcohol and was covered in blood.
((GARY EANES/WITNESS: HE HAD A BEIGE-LOOKING JACKET, BEIGE OR WHITE- COLORED
JACKET AND IT HAD BLOOD ALL OVER IT. HE HAD WHITE TENNIS SHOES ON THAT WERE
SOAKED IN BLOOD. ))
OUT Q=soaked in blood.
A short time later, Lester's body was found inside her ransacked home.
Police say they found evidence which may prove Reid had been there,
including a piece of his mail and a photo album.
((TOM LAWSON/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE INVESTIGATOR: I DISCOVERED MULTIPLE PICTURES
IN THE ALBUM OF MR. REID.
QUESTION: THE DEFENDANT?
ANSWER: YES, THE DEFENDANT, MR. REID. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Lawson/Christiansburg Police Investigator;
OUT Q=the defendant, Mr. Reid.
Judge John Quigley certified the murder charge against Reid to the grand
For the second time in as many days residents in central Utah are being
forced to evacuate because of a chemical spill.
The highway patrol says a truck carrying barrels of sulfur dioxide turned
over near the town of Santaquin (SAN'-tuh-quin), forcing a partial evacuation.
Yesterday, a truck carrying a hazardous chemical overturned on an
Interstate near the town of Mona and caught fire.
Residents within a seven-mile radius were forced to evacuate.
They may be allowed to return later today.
At the O-J Simpson civil trial today, former Los Angeles police detective
Tom Lange returns to the witness stand.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA/Yesterday;
During testimony yesterday he rejected a defense theory that a second
assailant was involved in the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
Meantime, the jury got to hear a tape-recording of Simpson's interview with
Lange and Detective Vanatter the afternoon after the murders.
((POLICE:DO YOU RECALL BLEEDING IN YOUR TRUCK.
SIMPSON:I RECALL BLEEDING IN THE HOUSE, LAST THING I DID BEFORE GOING TO
CHICAGO WAS GOT MY PHONE OUT OF THE BRONCO. ))
OUT Q=got my phone of the Bronco.
On the subject of blood, the defense grilled a nurse who drew blood from
Simpson-- trying to show that some of the sample may be missing and could have
The Supreme Court today weighs police safety against privacy rights.
At issue, whether police officers have the right to order passengers out of
a car during routine traffic stops.
Attorney General Janet Reno will push to give police greater control in
This is the first time Reno has argued before the high court.
The U-S Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on whether to keep repeat
child molesters locked- up indefinitely.
The state of Kansas argued in favor of keeping hard-core molesters behind
bars beyond their sentences if there's a good chance they'll prey on
(( CARLA STOVALL/KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL:IT WOULD BE UNCONSCIONABLE, I THINK,
FOR A STATE TO RELEASE SEX OFFENDERS AFTER PRISON NOT HAVING PROVIDED TREATMENT
FOR THEM AND KNOWING THAT THEY ARE GOING BACK OUT ON AN UNSUSPECTING PUBLIC AND
STATE HAS GOT TO PROVIDE THAT TREATMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Carla Stovall/Kansas Attorney General;
OUT Q=provide that treatment.
But a lawyer for a convicted molester argued holding anyone after they've
served their time violates a constitutional right to liberty.
A decision is expected by July.
The issue of teacher compensation was a hot topic at last night's Roanoke
School Board meeting.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=It's often said that teaching
SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Assoc. Pres.; :18
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent; :52
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( It's often said that teaching is a labor of love--
But those representing the interests of teachers believe they aren't paid
enough for their labor.
The Roanoke Education Association president requested the school board up
the ante of teacher salaries by six percent next year.
((ESTHER CIRASUNDA/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOC. PRES.: WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN REASON
TO BELIEVE THAT IT IS A SCHOOL BOARD COMMITMENT AS OF LAST YEAR TO BRING OUR
SALARIES TO THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, AND WE ARE ASKING THEM TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR
PROMISE AND COMMITMENT. ))
But Superintendent Wayne Harris instead suggested a four- point- one
percent pay hike in the preliminary 1997- 98 budget.
That budget is based on a projected revenue increase of two- point- nine
Harris says the figure still keeps city teachers on track to reach the
national average the following school year.
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THIS BOARD
IS COMMITTED TO HAVING ROANOKE CITY TEACHER SALARIES TO THE NATIONAL AVERAGE,
GIVEN THE MONEY AVAILABLE BY THE YEAR 1998-99. ))
THIS ISN'T THE FINAL WORD ON THE CITY SCHOOL BUDGET. IT WON'T BE FORMALLY
APPROVED UNTIL THE BOARD'S MARCH MEETING. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7.))
One side note, the board announced its unanimous approval of a new four-
year contract for Superintendent Harris.
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Still to come on the newscast,
A Roanoke man survives a plane crash in Georgia,
Former Puppyland customers are set to testify in the libel suit involving a
local TV- station.
But first let's check in with Patrick.
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The possibility of having to live with a crew cut doesn't seem to bother of
the first women accepted as a V-M-I cadet.
Jennifer Jolin believes she'll be treated just like any other other cadet.
She's a high school athlete and says she's ready for the demanding physical
Jolin also says she's prepared to wear a buzz-cut hair-style if required to,
and doesn't expect to encounter any more hostility than a male cadet would face
on the rat-line.
IN Q=most of the cadets
((JENNIFER JOLIN/FUTURE VMI KEYDET; MOST OF THE CADETS I'VE TALKED TO ARE
PRETTY ACCEPTING OF THE FACT THAT IT IS GOING COED, THEY DON'T LIKE IT. BEFORE
THE DECISION WAS MADE THEY DIDN'T WANT IT TO HAPPEN, SINCE IT DID, THEY'VE JUST
DECIDED TO DEAL WITH IT AND ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES.))
((DAWN MARSHALL/ JOLIN'S MOTHER; i'M JUST SO UNBELIEVABLY PROUD OF HER TO HAVE
THE COURAGE TO DO THIS. TO EVEN THINK ABOUT GOING TO THE SCHOOL WHEN THERE'S
BEEN SO MUCH CONTROVERSY AND EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Jennifer Jolin/Future VMI Keydet;
SUPER=01-Dawn Marshall/Jolin's Mother; :16
OUT Q=controversy and everything
V-M-I has decided to issue skirts for female cadets to wear at social
There is still no decision on women's hair, but a spokesman says they will
probably wear it LONGER than the male cadet's buzz-cuts.
GRAPHIC=plane crash private
A pilot from Roanoke walked away from a plane crash in Georgia yesterday.
Dwight Holland's plane hit a tree as he was trying to land at an Airport
outside of Atlanta.
Authorities say Holland missed the runway by about a hundred feet.
Firefighters had to use a cherry-picker to get him out of the plane, which
was stuck in a tree about 60 feet above the ground.
Holland was not injured.
A Smyth County man is behind bars... charged with murdering his son- in-
According to authorities, 62- year- old Joseph Louthen called 9-1-1 Sunday
night to report that he had shot 40- year- old Roger Thomas.
When deputies got there, they found Thomas already dead.
He had been shot four times.
His wife-- Louthen's daughter-- was apparently at the scene when the
Louthen is being held at the Smyth County Jail in lieu of 200- thousand
In Roanoke, the libel trial pitting the owner of a dog grooming and boarding
business against W-S-L-S TV continues today.
Chris Benson was the final witness in his ten-million dollar libel case
against channel 10.
Benson sued the station over news reports it aired last year.
One of them featured a woman who says she worked at Puppyland six or seven
Andrea Litvak described animal abuse at the hands of Chris Benson.
She told a similar story yesterday, under oath.
SOT tape 5 16:36:11
IN Q=ah, other times
((OTHER TIMES HE MIGHT HIT THE DOG WITH HIS HAND, SCISSORS, BRUSH, CLIPPERS,
WHATEVER HE HAPPENED TO HAVE IN HIS HAND AT THE TIME.))
SUPER=01-Andrea Litvak/Former Puppyland Employee
OUT Q=at the time.
Benson claims Litvak never worked for him.
But she was very specific about the five or six months she says she worked
SOT 14:20:35 tape #4
IN Q=You deny
((YOU DENY THAT YOU EVER HIT A DOG WITH A BRUSH IN THE FACE.
NO I DO NOT HIT DOGS.))
SUPER=02-Dan Brown/Attorney for WSLS-TV; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Benson/Puppyland Owner; :04
OUT Q=not hit dogs.
The union representing 80-plus workers at the C-F-W directory assistance
center in Clifton Forge says contract talks are not moving forward.
So the union filed four federal charges against C-F-W.
All involve what the union says is C-F-W's deliberate attempt to make the
The workers' chief negotiator says this is one of the toughest bargaining
agreements he's ever seen.
IN Q=I think
((GLENN ANGLIN/UPIU LOCAL 437: I THINK IT'S ONE OF THE WORST, THE MOST
DIFFICULT ONES I'VE BEEN IN, AND THAT COMES FOR A LOT OF REASONS, ONE REASON IS
THAT, AND I'M NOT MAKING LIGHT OF ANYBODY, BUT THEY'RE NEGOTIATORS ARE
INEXPERIENCED AND IT'S DIFFICULT TO NEGOTIATE WITH THEM.))
SUPER=01-Glenn Anglin/UPIU Local 437;
OUT Q=with them.
C-F-W officials say the charges are frivolous and to the best of their
knowledge the company has not done anything that violates federal labor laws.
A Roanoke man who sued First Union for race and age discrimination has
settled his case with the bank.
Court papers say attorneys representing Wallace Allen and First Union--
jointly agreed to dismiss the case, without saying how they'd settled their
Neither side will comment.
Allen sued First Union in the spring of 19-94.
He was was the highest ranking black executive Dominion Bankshares ever had.
Allen was fired shortly after First Union took over the Roanoke bank.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
Quick thinking paid off in September when Frankie Lee Hall made a daring
Now the Marine is enjoying the fruits of his labor.
A former Miss America was in the area.
Shawntel Smith wants area businesses to take a more active role in schools.
Stay with us.
The search will soon begin.
The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority will start looking for a new
(NEE-vuh) Neva Smith has announced she will retire next spring.
Smith was hired four years ago, but says she now wants to spend more time
with family members in Kentucky.
IN Q=I sort of woke up
((NEVA SMITH/HOUSING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR: I SORT OF WOKE UP ONE MORNING AND
THOUGHT THAT I HAD REACHED THE POINT IN MY LIFE WHERE I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING
ELSE, AND I THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND IT DIDN'T GO AWAY AND SO I REALIZED I HAD MADE
THE RIGHT DECISION.))
SUPER=01-Neva Smith/Housing Authority Director;
OUT Q=the right decision.
Smith says recent controversies played no role in her decision to retire.
She says she's proud of the agency's accomplishments, including the plan
to renovate Lincoln Terrace and efforts to provide more opportunities for
public housing residents.
Her reign may be over, but Shawntel Smith, Miss America 19-96, is still
spreading her message.
She spoke with students in Martinsville, Patrick and Franklin Counties
When Smith was crowned Miss America, she chose school-to-work as a platform.
The philosophy encourages business and community leaders to get involved
with their local school systems.
Smith says many teachers and students do not realize the skills needed for
IN Q=I think
((SHAWNTEL SMITH/MISS AMERICA 1996:I THINK EMPLOYERS ARE SEEING THAT IF THEY
GET INVOLVED THEY CAN ARTICULATE TO EDUCATORS, EXACTLY WHAT IS NEEDED OUT IN
THE WORKPLACE AND THEY CAN ALSO GET ACTIVELY INVOLVED AS WELL AS JUST THE
VERBAL COMMUNICATION, THROUGH PROVIDING INTERNSHIPS, APPRENTICESHIPS, JOB
SHADOWING AND WHEN THEY DO THAT THEY'RE MAKING THEIR EMPLOYEES BASE STRONGER
BECAUSE THEY'RE MORE SKILLED AND EQUIPPED TO TAKE ON THOSE POSITIONS. ))
SUPER=01-Shawntel Smith/Miss America 1996; :00
OUT Q=those positions.
Smith's appearance was sponsored by the Piedmont School-to-Work Consortium.
GRAPHIC=Frankie Lee Hall
It's another medal for Staff Sergeant Frankie Lee Hall
This time he received the marine corps' highest peacetime honor for heroism.
Hall's quick action in September helped two young people avoid serious
injury when their car collided with a truck and caught fire.
Yesterday, Major Richard Parsons presented the Navy and Marine Corps Medal
during a brief ceremony in Roanoke.
Hall said he appreciates the recognition.
IN Q=I truly enjoy all
((STAFF SGT. FRANKIE LEE HALL: I TRULY ENJOY ALL THE HOSPITALITY AND THE
HEARTWARMING THANKS THAT I HAVE RECEIVED FORM THE COMMUNITY. AND I AM LOOKING
FORWARD TO WORKING FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS IN THE ROANOKE COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=07-Frankie Lee Hall;
OUT Q=in the Roanoke Community.
Stocks remain sharply lower.
Analysts say investors are being spooked by concerns about the possibility
of higher interest rates.
At Noon, the Dow was DOWN 91 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast,
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne isn't exactly jumping up and down about his
team's matchup with Virginia Tech.
This cop IS jumping up and down.
When we return, We'll find out why this cop has such happy feet.
Stay with us...
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TAPE#=net (edit of S6-22)
The V-M-I Keydets traveled down 81 to face cross state rival Radford. The
Highlanders won by a single basket.
SUPER=03-Radford/Keydets vs. Highlanders; :00
Cory Reed drives into the lane and finds Eric Parkler for the baseline J.
V-M-I came back. Derrik Faulkner hits former Martinsville star Maurice
Spencer for the trey.
But the Highlanders Kevin Robertson gets this hoop underneath on the assist
from Maquis Williamson.
The Keydets answered. Andre Quarles finds Mike Spinelli down low for the
back door layup, but it would be one basket to little.
Radford's Eric Bownes makes good on the assist from Anthony Walker and the
Highlanders pull out the 70 to 68 win over V-M-I.
TAPE#=net (edit of ST5-25)
The N-B-A's best known bad boy is in trouble again. The Chicago Bulls said
late yesterday that Dennis Rodman will sit out the team's next two games for
using foul and abusive language during a televised interview Sunday.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Bullets vs. Knicks; :00
On to some action. The Washington Bullets were in New York to face the
Knicks. Patrick Ewing spreading a little holiday cheer.
John Starks finds the bottom of the net for the long three pointer.
Starks can thank Ewing for his nice SUPER=32-New York/85/Washington/73;
rebound and put back on this hoop.
Chris Webber threw down 2 of his 20 here, but the Knicks win 85-73.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are getting over their loss to Texas and preparing
to take on the Hokies.
SUPER=03-Lincoln, NE; :00
Even though the Huskers registered 10 wins on the season and were invited
to the Alliance's Orange bowl; the team still seems shocked over the Texas
((TOM OSBORNE/NEBRASKA HEAD COACH: WHEN THAT GAME WAS OVER, I DIDN'T THINK
WE'D BE PLAYING IN THE ALLIANCE, I FIGURED WE'D BE PLAYING IN ANOTHER BOWL
SOMEWHERE ELSE, AND I'M A LITTLE SURPRISED WE'RE IN IT, AND I THINK THAT THE
ORANGE BOWL AND PLAYING VIRGINIA TECH WILL BE APPEALING AND EXCITING TO THE
PLAYERS AND I THINK THEY'RE GOING TO WANT TO END IT ON A GOOD NOTE, I DON'T
THINK THEY ARE GONNA WANT TO END WITH ANOTHER GAME LIKE TEXAS.))
SUPER=01-Tom Osborne/Nebraska Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...like texas"
His lightning quick moves stop pedestrians and motorists in their their
For two weeks every year, former police officer Tony Lepore comes out of
retirement to entertain holiday shoppers.
The 49- year- old has become quite a celebrity, and has now appeared in t-v
commercials and newspaper articles.
Lepore has even written his autobiography.