Coming up next on News 7-
A verdict tonight in the ten million dollar Puppyland lawsuit against
Lem Tuggle was executed tonight. News 7's Steve Smallshaw was a media
witness. Well hear from him.
Plus Bath County has something new on the radio dial.
News 7 is next.
A Roanoke Jury tonight finds in favor of WSLS-TV.
Puppyland sued Channel ten and reporter Kris Loyd for ten million dollars
for libel- saying their reports were malicious- and cost the business money.
The news story reported that Puppyland's owner mistreated animals.
Friends and family mourn the death of a 17 year old in Northwest Roanoke.
Antwan Gray was gunned down last night.
and V-M-I's head football coach Bill Stewart abruptly quits for what he says
are personal reasons.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
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Channel 10 left the courthouse the winner tonight in a 10-million dollar
The T-V Station's General Manager called it "a victory for all media."
Keith Humphry has the verdict.
IN Q=We the jury
SUPER=02-Judge Pat Doherty/Roanoke Circuit Court; :00
SUPER=10-Shamarie Marshall/Former Puppyland Employee;
SUPER=01-Chris Benson/Puppyland Owner;
SUPER=01-Bill Foy/WSLS-TV News Director;
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/WSLS-TV General Manager
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
((WE THE JURY UNANIMOUSLY FIND OUR VERDICT IN FAVOR OF THE DEFENDANT AMY
Former Puppyland employee Amy Martin was the only one in the courtroom who
displayed even the slightest reaction.
Puppyland Owner Chris Benson didn't flinch as he learned he'd lost the
Though he was not the one on trial, he'd spent three days listening to
former employees and customers tell tales of animal abuse.
SOT from 12/11 11:13:00
IN Q=Once I saw
((ONCE I SAW HIM HIT A POODLE IN THE FACE WITH A WIRE BRUSH, THREE OR FOUR
OUT Q=4 times.
Though Benson had failed to convince the jury that HE was the victim of
what he contends were false statements aired on Channel 10, Benson couldn't say
whether he regrets filing the lawsuit.
IN Q=You know up on the
OUT Q=the stand. it showed for itself.
Channel 10's News Director said the station has never backed away from the
series of reports by reporter Kris Loyd.
SOT Foy 20:26:05
IN Q=We felt from the begining
OUT Q=they were factual.
Though certain inaccuracies were pointed out during the trial, the station
manager said he didn't find any holes in the stories.
((EVERYTHING COULD HAVE BEEN DONE DIFFERENTLY, BUT I'M VERY SATISFIED WITH THE
WAY THAT IT WAS DONE.))
Reporter Loyd had left the courthouse by the time the verdicts were read.
None of the jurors- -six women and one man- -was willing to discuss the case
once it was over.
Keith Humphry NEWS-7.
Friends of a murder victim held a make-shift memorial service this afternoon
in Northwest Roanoke.
They poured out one dozen bottles of beer where a wreath was placed in
Antwan Gray's memory.
The group also spray painted his name on the adjacent walls.
The 17-year old was shot multiple times last night at the 24-hundred block
of Centre Avenue.
When police arrived, Gray was lying in the middle of the street, already
Friends say they're still in shock... because they thought everyone liked
((LATANYA FOSTER/VICTIM'S FRIEND: EVERYONE LOVED ANTWAN. THERE'S NOT NO PLACE
UP HERE THAT ANTWAN COULDN'T HAVE WENT, COULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN MAD LOVE FROM.
COULDN'T GOT NOTHING FROM NOBODY. ANTWAN WAS COOL WITH EVERYBODY UP HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Latanya Foster/Victim's Friend;
OUT Q=up here
No arrests have been made in the case.
And authorities are asking anyone with information to call Roanoke Police
Penny Stallins says she wants to be a positive influence again.
Today, the former teacher and amateur golf champion apologized for using
Stallins was in Salem Circuit Court for sentencing on drug possession
IN Q=I'm very remorseful
((PENNY STALLINS/DEFENDANT: I'M VERY REMORSEFUL. I'VE HAD THIS DIRTY LITTLE
SECRET, AND I'M TERRIBLY REGRETFUL THAT I'VE USED DRUGS, AND I'VE USED DRUGS
WHILE I'VE TAUGHT OTHERS NOT TO USE DRUGS.))
OUT Q=use drugs.
The judge suspended her jail sentence, and ordered community service.
Stallins still faces sentencing in Botetourt County for possession of
cocaine with intent to distribute.
Saddam Hussein's eldest son survives an assassination attempt.
(Oh-DAY) Odai Hussein was wounded- while driving his car in Baghdad today-
but he is reportedly doing well.
That word comes from a T-V station he owns.
Odai heads Iraq's trade and information ministries and is considered one
of Iraq's most powerful figures.
The defense in the O-J Simpson trial continues to hammer away the idea that
former Detective Mark Furhman had the opportunity to plant evidence.
Jennifer Sabih has an update from Los Angeles.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
OUT Q=for CBS News."
((It was testimony from this man....DNA expert John Gerdes that drew the most
dramatic response from OJ Simpson's civil jury.
Panelists actually gasped as they watched a videotape narrated by Gerdes,
showing police technician Andrea Mazolla swabbing up blood sample with one hand
and leaning on the dirty ground with the other.
Several jurors even leaned forward for better views as Mazolla brushed her
hand across the ground as if cleaning the pavement. Gerdes told them the way
Mazolla collected evidence makes all the DNA samples contaminated and
From contamination to conspiracy...the defense again hammered away at police
conduct after the murders.
Lt. Frank Spangler used to be Mark Fuhrman's boss and Simpson's lawyers
got him to tell jurors that the first time he saw Detective Fuhrman at
Simpson's estate he was wearing a coat.
30 minutes later Fuhrman was in shirt sleeves. The defense is trying to suggest
that Fuhrman could have smuggled the bloody glove from the crime scene in his
coat- then taken it to Simpson's house to plant it.
Jennifer Sabih, CBS News.))
At 9:12 pm Virginia executed its seventh death row inmate this year.
That's a 1996 record for the western world.
Rapist and killer Lem Davis Tuggle junior- was the last of six men to pull
off the nation's largest death row breakout.
His execution tonight put Virginia in the both record book and the
Ellen Qualls is at Greensville where Tuggle's sentence was carried out.
(Rollcue: Shirley Brickee.)
SUPER=01-David Botkins/Corrections Spokesman;:08
SUPER=01-Steve Smallshaw/Media Witness; :22
SUPER=01-Henry Heller/Death Penalty Protester; :53
OUT Q=ran free
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, parents are warned about false rumors
concerning baby formula,
and we'll head to Bath County where a group of volunteers are working hard to
keep their local radio station on the air.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Roanoke's Together Dating Service shut down yesterday after it lost it's
The company's corporate headquarters said it wasn't making enough money.
A number of customers also complained- Eric Earnhart reports.
IN Q=Claudia Ramsey
SUPER=01-Claudia Ramsey/Together Customer; :10
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau; :30
SUPER=01-Don Ward/Prospective Client; :52
OUT Q=News 7
(( Claudi Ramsey is a widow... she joined Together Dating service, because
she says she thought it would help her find her match...
After a year she hasn't had one actual date.
IN Q=another guy called
((CLAUDIA RAMSEY/TOGETHER CLIENT; ANOTHER GUY CALLED AND HE SAID UM, IF YOU
CALL AND A WOMAN ANSWERS, IT'S JUST THIS LESBIAN I LIVE WITH ))
OUT Q=I live with
The service is supposed to conduct extensive interviews, and match up
But at the Better Business Bureau, they have a stack of complaints from
people paid up to three thousand dollars, and say they didn't' get their
IN Q=the service is also
((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU; THE SERVICE ALSO IS VERY VERY EXPENSIVE
AND PEOPLE TEND NOT TO WANT TO SPEND THAT KIND OF MONEY WITHOUT HAVING AND
ADEQUATE "PRODUCT" SHALL WE SAY? ))
OUT Q=shall we say?
Don Ward says when he went into talk about a membership he was pressured to
sign an expensive contract...
While there he met one of Together's clients and asked her out... On the
date, they ran into her husband... she was separated, but still married.
IN Q=I was upset
((DON WARD/PROSPECTIVE CLIENT; I WAS UPSET BECAUSE I WASN'T TOLD THE TRUTH BY
HER, OR THE DATING SERVICE WASN'T AND THEY DIDN'T CHECK.))
OUT Q=they didn't check.
Chances are, they didn't check. The Company's contract says "the Company's
screening of member applicants is limited to the information provided by the
applicant and personal interviews.
Together's internet site on the world wide web, does list a dozen
testimonials from satisfied Virginia customers... though no last names are
We tried to contact the former franchise owner John Byron and his attorney
today... they didn't return our calls.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Officials in several states are warning residents about false rumors
involving baby formula.
The rumors concern cash settlements stemming from a lawsuit over formula
Maryland's attorney general says parents should be wary of bogus claim forms
requiring personal information about their families.
In some states, con artists are charging parents a fee to file claims.
There is a legitimate settlement in 17 states.
However consumers filing a claim will only receive about five dollars and
not the rumored 14-hundred.
A brand new radio station hit the airwaves in Bath County recently.
After commercial stations did not make it in the area, some folks got
together and decided they needed a voice for the mountains.
Jay Moore reports.
SUPER=03-Bath Co.; :16
SUPER=01-Gibbs Kinderman/WCHG General Manager; :23
SUPER=01-Christopher Wood/Bath Co. H.S. Student; :45
SUPER=01-Jane Lyle/Bath Co. Representative; 1:05
OUT Q=Moore, News 7.
IN Q=You're listening to
((NAT SOUND: YOU'RE LISTENING TO ALLEGHANY MOUNTAIN RADIO. WCHG 107.1 FM, HOT
SPRINGS VIRGINIA. YOUR LISTENER SUPPORTED COMMUNITY RADIO STATION.))
OUT Q=community radio station.
That's music to the ears of those who've worked for three years to get the
W-C-H-G up and running.
IN Q=This is not
((GIBBS KINDERMAN/WCHG GENERAL MANAGER: THIS IS NOT A COMMUNITY THAT CAN
AFFORD TO SUPPORT AN ADVERTISED BASED RADIO STATION. IT'S JUST NOT BIG ENOUGH
SO IT'S GOING TO BE A LOW BUDGET OPERATION DEPENDING ON A LOT OF VOLUNTEER
OUT Q=of volunteer effort.
In fact, everyone that works at the station is a volunteer.
W-C-H-G is located on the campus of the county high school.
It uses students and eventually the school hopes to work radio classes into
IN Q=I like this
((CHRISTOPHER WOOD/BATH CO. STUDENT: I LIKE THIS BECAUSE YOU CAN PLAY WHAT YOU
WANT TO AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT LOOKS GOOD ON COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND MIGHT
HAVE A FUTURE JOB AS A D-J IN A RADIO STATION AND IT'S PRETTY FUN.))
OUT Q=it's pretty fun.
The station was built for about 22- thousand dollars.
But what W-C-H-G can provide for the community outweighs the price tag.
IN Q=We do not
((JANE LYLE/BATH CO. RADIO STATION CHAIRMAN: WE DO NOT HAVE MUCH LOCAL NEWS
THAT MAKES THE MEDIA OUTSIDE OF OUR AREA SO IT GIVES LOCAL EVENTS, LOCAL NEWS,
AND OUR COMMUNITIES THE SPOTLIGHT ON THE AIR.))
OUT Q=on the air.
W-C-H-G works with two other stations, one in Monterey, the other in Frost,
That helps the station fill time...until it can get more volunteers.
IN Q=Right now the
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: RIGHT NOW THE RADIO STATION IS ON THE AIR ABOUT 16
HOURS A DAY, TWO HOURS LOCALLY. KINDERMAN HOPES TO EXPAND ON THAT IN THE
FUTURE. IN BATH COUNTY, JAY MOORE, NEWS 7.))
OUT Q=Moore, News 7.
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later on the newscast, Mike Stevens has the story of a
surprise announcement concerning V-M-I football,
and from the Mill Mountain we'll see how the zoo is preparing for the winter
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
Winter at Mill Mountain Zoo may be cold, but the zoo keepers are as busy as
ever keeping the animals fed and watered.
Beth Myer reports this week is particularly busy as the zoo prepares for
SUPER=01-Beth Hartsel/Animal Care Supervisor;:15
OUT Q=News 7.
((open natsot of water pouring at 10:31:43
The day starts early for the animal keepers at Mill Mountain Zoo.
In the winter, some water sources are cut off so they don't freeze-- That means
a lot of extra hauling so that the animals have plenty of fresh water.
11 24 17 00 - 11 24 28 00
IN Q=The animals
((BETH HARTSEL/ANIMAL CARE SUPERVISOR: THE ANIMALS COULD DEHYDRATE IF THEY
DON'T HAVE WATER, SO WE BREAK ICE OUT OF WATER SEVERAL TIMES A DAY IF NECESSARY
AND ALWAYS TRY TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE PLENTY OF FRESH WATER. ))
OUT Q= of fresh water.
The cold weather is no deterrent to animal activity. You may even see more
at this time of year.
11 26 13 00 - 11 26 23 00
IN Q=A lot of the
((BETH HARTSEL/ANIMAL CARE SUPERVISOR: A LOT OF THE ANIMALS NOW CAN TAKE THE
WINTER TEMPERATURES SO A LOT ARE MORE ACTIVE THAN IN THE SUMMER. ))
OUT Q=in the summer.
Some of the animals do eat more in the winter... and their diets are strictly
regulated. So if you'd like to bring them a holiday treat-- Please bring it to
11 25 27 00 - 11 25 39 00
IN Q=We'd ask to
((BETH HARTSEL: WE'D ASK TO DISTRIBUTE TO THE KEEPERS TO DISTRIBUTE TO THE
ANIMALS. PEOPLE LIKE TO FEED AND IT'S NOT ALWAYS GOOD FOR THAT PARTICULAR
OUT Q=that particular animal.
This week the zoo staff is busy decorating for the holidays. Plenty of
lights will illumnate the zoo this weekend for the "Holiday Celebration with
11 24 53 00 - 11 25 04 00
IN Q=There are
((THERE ARE MANY STRANDS OF LIGHTS IN THE ZOO AROUND THE EXHIBITS SO IT WILL BE
GORGEOUS UP HERE. ))
OUT Q=up here.
The holiday celebration is Saturday from 1 to 8-pm... even Santa will be there.
Beth Myer, NEws 7.
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Florida Quarterback danny Wuerffel was named the winner of the Maxwell award
last night in Orlando at the Disney MGM studios theme park.
The Maxwell goes to the top player in the nation. Wuerffel is also the
favorite to win the Heisman.Now your scores.
VMI head football coach Bill Stewart resigned last night effective
The institution says he stepped down for unspecified personal reasons. But the
Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting in this morning's edition that the
resignation stems from allegations that the emotional coach used a racial slur
toward a black player in a late season practice.
Stewart took over the VMI program on December 31st of 1993 after Jim Shuck
abruptly left the institution.
In his three years as head coach, VMI produced 8 wins and 25 losses.
But his future at VMI was never more secure than it was on March 19th of this
year when he signed a 6 year contract extension giving him job security into
the next century.
VMI officials would not elaborate on his departure last night, and several
sources confirmed that Stewart already has left Lexington.
A search committee has already been formed to find his successor.
The current assistant coaches have all been retained and they will receive
new one year contracts on January 1st.
Boomer Esiason ripped the Redskins for 522 yards passing on November 10th,
but this Sunday he will be on the bench, replaced by Kent Graham.
Esiason walked out of practice yesterday after learning of the benching, but
he came back yesterday.
If he played he could earn some big incentive money, but he says that has
nothing to do with his actions.
((BOOMER ESIASON/522 YARDS PASSING VS. SKINS:))
SUPER=01-Boomer Esiason/522 Yards Passing vs. Skins; :00
OUT Q=...SAME THING."
The Carolina Panthers continue to act like anything but a two year old
Last Sunday they clinched a spot in the postseason, and today they put their
stamp on the NFC Pro Bowl squad.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
The playoff bound Panthers placed seven players on the NFC pro bowl squad
including the team's starting trio of linebackers in Sam Mills, Kevin Greene,
and Lamar Lathon.
IN Q="It's just...
((LAMAR LATHON/PANTHERS LINEBACKER:))
((KEVIN GREENE/PANTHERS LINEBACKER:))
((SAM MILLS/PANTHERS LINEBACKER:))
((WESLEY WALLS/PANTHERS PRO BOWL TIGHT END:))
SUPER=01-Lamar Lathon/Panthers Pro Bowl Linebacker; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Greene/Panthers Pro Bowl Linebacker; :08
SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Panthers Pro Bowl Linebacker; :15
SUPER=01-Wesley Walls/Panthers Tight End; :22
OUT Q=...reason we're here."
The three others Panthers to make the team are placekicker John Kasay,
Defensive back Eric Davis, and kick returner Michael Bates.
Three Redskins made the team - Ken Harvey, Matt Turk, and Terry Allen.
Bruce Smith and Herman Moore were also selected to the Pro bowl team.
The Green Bay Packers landed their share of players on the Pro Bowl team
yesterday including Brett Favre and Reggie White.
And White took advantage of the day to sign a five year $19 million dollar
deal with the Pack.
White, who is now 35 says he wants to retire as a Packer, but not until he
wins a Super Bowl.
The Texas Rangers are looking to expand their minor league organization, and
they're eyeing Pulaski's Calfee Park.
It's been four years since the Atlanta Braves moved their Appalachian League
team OUT of Pulaski, because Calfee didn't meet Major League Baseball's
Since then, the town has made some minor improvements to the park, but it
has yet to build a clubhouse.
Before the Rangers deal is final, Major League Baseball would have to waive
the clubhouse requirement.
Organizers in Pulaski say the town can't afford to build a clubhouse if
Texas isn't willing to commit to more than a one- year deal.
The Rangers want to play the 1997 season in Pulaski, with an option to
extend the contract.
Still to come tonight, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl is now just a couple of
as Robin said, not only will be have decent weather,
But we should also have a decent matchup. Roy Stanley checks in with Mt.
union and Rowan right after this.
Tickets are still available for this Saturday afternoon's Amos Alonzo Stagg
Bowl at Salem Stadium.
Rowan and Mt. Union College's got in a little practice today, and one
athlete picked up a big award.
Roy Stanley has more on today's activities.
IN Q="The activities...
SUPER=01-Lon Erickson/Gagliardi Trophy Winner; :20
SUPER=01-K.C. Keeler/Rowan Head Coach; :50
SUPER=01-Larry Kehres/Mount Union Head Coach; 1:14
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((The activities kicked off at the Salem rotary club with the Gagliardi Trophy
This years division three national player of the year is Lon Erickson of
Illinois Wesleyan University.
The six foot 190 pound quarterback led Division three in passing accuracy
and in the class room he has a 3 point 9 grade point average.))
((LON ERICKSON/GAGLIARDI TROPHY WINNER: ))
((Rowan is back for another shot at the Division three National Championship.
The Profs are 10 and 2 and making their third appearance in in the past four
((K.C. KEELER/ROWAN HEAD COACH: ))
((The Purple Raiders of Mount Union own the best winning percentage in college
football during the 90's and this years team is 12 and 0.))
((LARRY KEHRES/MOUNT UNION HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Condors are flying over Arizona-
SUPER=03-Vermillion Cliffs, AZ;
Scientists released six baby condors into the wild. They're trying to save
the California Condor from extinction.
The bird's been hurt by hunting and pesticide dumping.
The Arizona cliffs will serve as a safe haven.
((MARIA ZUSCHLAG: IT'S SOMETHING I BELIEVE IN. THEY WERE HERE A LONG TIME AGO.
WE MESSED IT UP. IT'S GREAT TO SEE THEM BACK.))
((MARK VEKASY/FIELD SUPERVISOR: WE'LL FOLLOW THE BIRDS AND MOVEMENT EVERYDAY
THEY KEY BEING TO MAKE SURE THEY FIND FOOD AND EAT. AND WE'LL FIND WHERE
SUPER=07-Maria Zuschlag; 00
SUPER=01-Mark Vekasy/Field Supervisor; 07
OUT Q=WHERE THEY'RE ROOSTING."
Scientists will watch the six month old condors- with the help of radio
transmitters tagged on their wings.