A man was fatally shot last night in the middle of a Roanoke neighborhood,
now police search for the shooter.
And a promise from top airline executives to make flying in the skies safer.
Showers are likely throughout the next day or so, and then cooler weather is
on the way for our weekend. I'll have all the details, plus a look at our
Friday Football Extra banquet.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
Roanoke police this afternoon are looking for the suspect who gunned down a
17- year- old last night in a Northwest neighborhood.
Police have identified the victim as Antwan Hilton Gray of Ferncliff Avenue.
A number of shots were fired at about seven in the 25- hundred block of
When authorities got to the scene, they found Gray's body lying in the
middle of the street surrounded by more than a hundred on-lookers.
Very little information is being released, but police at this point think
they know which direction the shots came from.
IN Q=Not sure
((SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: NOT SURE HOW MANY TIMES HE WAS SHOT OR
ANYTHING LIKE THAT. WE'VE GOT VERY LIMITED INFORMATION AT THIS POINT. BUT
PROBABLY THE SHOOTER WAS STANDING UP ON THE HILL OF THE YARD, UP TOWARD THE
HOUSING COMPLEX WHEN THE SHOTS WERE FIRED ))
SUPER=01-Stan Smith/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=fired the shots
Police are no commenting on any possible suspects.
This marks the 11th murder in Roanoke City this year.
Police are asking that anyone who might have information about the
shooting to call the detective division.
Top Executives of some of the nation's major airlines joined the President
at the White House today for an announcement on voluntary safety measures.
They have promised to install fire detectors in the cargo holds of all
The action comes in the wake of the May ValuJet crash in Florida that
killed all 110 aboard.
Investigators suspect a cargo fire caused the crash.
IN Q=I SAID IN OCTOBER.
OUT Q= PEOPLE AND SKIES SAFER.
However, the accord does not cover devices to put out fires after they're
Industry officials say there are technical issues that still need to be
From the White House today President Clinton also pledged to go to the mat
to defend his nominee for C-I-A director.
Key Senators yesterday criticized Anthony Lake for keeping secret a deal to
let Iran supply weapons to Bosnian Muslims.
Also, the Justice Department is investigating Lake for failing to sell off
energy stocks as required under White House conflict of interest
The U-S may be planning air strikes against Iran for its role in the June
bombing at a base in Saudia Arabia.
Today's "Los Angeles Times" says Pentagon officials believe Shiite
terrorists linked to Iran detonated the truck bomb that killed 19 servicemen.
Meanwhile, the commander of the base has been cleared of responsibility in
The deaths of a Jewish mother and her son near a West Bank settlement
appear to be revving up tensions in
SUPER=03-Beit El, West Bank/Last Night;
The two were killed last night in a drive by shooting.
A group called the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is claiming
It opposes Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and is linking the attack to
Israeli settlement policies.
At their funeral today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded
((WHAT WE EXPECT IS THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO LIVE UP TO ITS COMMITMENT,
THIS IS A TEST FOR THE, THIS A INDICATION OF WHETHER THEY ARE SERIOUS.))
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister;
OUT Q=WHETHER THEY ARE SERIOUS.
Palestinian security forces reportedly arrested some P-F-L-P
members today in connection with the case.
Israel's Army radio reports 15 arrests.
The sex scandal at a Maryland Army base is getting bigger.
"The New York Times" reports
more than 50 women at the Aberdeen base say they were raped, assaulted or
harassed in the last two years -- that's double the number
The Times report comes one day after a congressional delegation visited the
IN Q=There is concern...
(( SOT, REP. SUSAN MOLINARI R-NY ))
"There is a concern...and make changes."
SUPER=01-Rep. Susan Molinari/(R) New York;
OUT Q=and make changes.
A captain and two drill sergeants from Aberdeen have been charged with rape
and sexual harassment.
But the Times report says the probe is widening and now includes more than
25 drill sergeants and other instructors.
Lord Botetourt's former head football coach is hoping for a second chance.
But that will have to happen after he spends more than a month behind bars.
Yesterday, Andy Ward was sentenced to 40 days in jail.
Most of the punishment stems from a drunken driving conviction in March in
which he initially received probation.
But since then, Ward received another D-U-I charge... and was caught driving
on a suspended license.
He resigned amid the controversy a couple of weeks ago but at the time
remained silent about his situation.
But after yesterday's hearing Ward talked about his future.
IN Q=Plans are
((ANDY WARD/FORMER FOOTBALL COACH: PLANS ARE UP IN THE AIR RIGHT NOW.
EVENTUALLY I'D LIKE TO STAY IN COACHING. HOPEFULLY THERE'S SOMEBODY OUT THERE
THAT WILL GIVE ME THAT SECOND OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE THAT I AM A GOOD PERSON. I
JUST MADE A FEW MISTAKES IN MY LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Andy Ward/Former Football Coach;
OUT Q=in my life
Ward also apologized to his friends, family, and students.... calling the
past few weeks the most difficult period in his life.
Ward was suppose to start serving his jail time last night.
But he's free after entering an appeal.
His attorney, however, expects him to withdraw that appeal in the coming
A Roanoke dating service is out of business.
Together of Roanoke Incorporated closed yesterday.
The company's corporate headquarters told News 7 they terminated the
franchise because the business had not met its sales quota.
Franchise owner John Byron would not talk on camera, but in a faxed
statement, said he was closing because of his age, and concerns about the
The Better Business Bureau had concerns about the local franchise, giving it
a negative rating.
IN Q= because they have
((FRAN STEPHANZ BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU;BECAUSE THEY HAVE TOO MANY COMPLAINTS,
THEY HAVE NOT REMOVED THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF THE COMPLAINTS, AND ACTUALLY HAVE
AN UNANSWERED COMPLAINT. ))
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau
OUT Q=have an unanswered complaint
Most of the complaints are from people who say they did not get what they
paid for, and some paid as much as three-thousand dollars for introductions to
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When we return-
Roscoe Reynolds says Allen Dudley is misrepresenting his record
And a well-known performer's records may soon be the only way to hear him.
music up full
Tonight Lem Tuggle is scheduled to become the seventh man executed in
Virginia this year.
Tuggle is the last survivor of six men who pulled off the biggest death row
escape in U-S history.
Tuesday Larry Stout was executed.
Keith Humphry talked with a Roanoke minister, who was Stout's spiritual
advisor and friend.
IN Q=Not a good
SUPER=01-Rev. Bob West/Heartbeat Prison Ministry; :00
OUT Q=Humphry, News 7.
((BOB WEST/HEARTBEAT PRISON MINISTRY: NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PERFECT CITIZEN,
BUT HE WAS A CHANGED MAN... SINCE I'VE KNOWN HIM AND HE DIED PEACEFULLY LAST
Bob West has been to prison 5-thousand times.
He became a spiritual advisor to death row inmates in 1990. Over an
eight-day period- -this week and next, he and his wife will watch four men go
to their deaths.
((WE DEVELOP A WARM FRIENDSHIP. LARRY STOUT, LAST NIGHT AS WE LEFT HIM...))
((AS HE SHARES HIS LAST WORDS WITH US, HE SAYS, "BOB AND SARA, YOU'VE BEEN
((WHEN A MAN TELLS YOU THAT YOU'VE BECOME FAMILY, THEN IS IMMEDIATELY IS PUT TO
DEATH I SUPPOSE THAT TAKES A PIECE OF YOU AWAY. ))
((OF COURSE. OF COURSE.))
((THESE MEN NEED TO HAVE ONE PERSON WHO IS THERE BECAUSE WE LOVE THEM, AND
WE'RE THERE BECAUSE WE'RE A FRIEND.))
Capital killers can still choose the electric chair over lethal injection.
Joseph O'Dell is set to be executed Monday, and he says he wants to be
For some time West made a point of turning away as they pulled the switch
on the electric chair, but he finally watched Timothy Spencer die by
SOT 2:02:05 * * * tape #2
((I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE THE LAST ELECTROCUTION EVER, AND IT JUST SAID I OUGHT
TO WATCH IT SO I CAN ANSWER FOR MYSELF IF IT'S CRUEL. AND? IT IS.))
OUT Q=and it is.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
A channel 10 reporter defended her allegedly libelous stories about
Puppyland before a Roanoke jury yesterday.
Kris Loyd testified under oath for more than two hours- -reciting what she
did to check out the claims of former Puppyland employees and customers.
Earlier in the day W-S-L-S T-V called former Puppyland employees who said
they'd seen owner Chris Benson mistreat animals.... specifically muzzling dogs
with tape or rope.
IN Q=I was calling
((I WAS CALLING AROUND, CRAZY AS IT SOUNDS, TO FIND OUT WHAT WOULD BE STANDARD
IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY, WOULD TAPING UP A DOG'S MOUTH OR TYING IT UP WITH ROPE
BE CONSIDERED NORMAL. I MUST HAVE CALLED ABOUT 10 PLACES, AND THEY SAID
SUPER=01-Kris Loyd/WSLS-TV Reporter
OUT Q=absolutely not.
Her attorneys showed the jury a story Loyd had done that included a
demonstration of proper dog grooming techniques.
Benson and Puppyland are suing Loyd and the T-V station for 10-million
dollars, claiming her reports were maliciously false.
The special election to replace Virgil Goode in the State Senate is less
than a week away.
Yesterday, Democrats accused Republican Allen Dudley of
misrepresenting Roscoe Reynolds' record in the House of Delegates.
Dudley's ads claim that Reynolds voted against legislation that would have
made it easier to prosecute drug kingpins.
Reynolds voted to carry the legislation over to another General Assembly
And supporters say they object to suggestions that Reynolds is soft on
IN Q=Roscoe was a prosecutor
((DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG/D- MARTINSVILLE: ROSCOE WAS A PROSECUTOR FOR OVER 18
YEARS, WAS COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY FOR HENRY COUNTY. ONE THING YOU CAN SAY
ABOUT ROSCOE IS THAT HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF FIGHTING CRIME.))
OUT Q=fighting crime.
The jabs continued last night at a G-O-P news conference in Henry County.
Governor Allen accused Reynolds of trying to cut millions in funding for the
Governor's Opportunity Fund.
The program is used to lure industry to the commonwealth by awarding money
to localities-- The money is then used to improve sites where businesses have
agreed to locate.
IN Q=His opponent
((GEORGE ALLEN:HIS OPPONENT IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES VOTED TO CUT THIS 20-
MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OPPORTUNITY FUND. ALLEN STOOD WITH ME.
ALLEN DUDLEY STOOD WITH ME AND WE WERE ABLE TO EVENTUALLY, THANKS TO THE
SENATE, GET IT RESTORED. ))
Reynolds denies trying to slash funding, accusing Republicans of
misrepresenting his voting record.
Reynolds says he's always been, and will continue to be, a supporter of the
Governor's Opportunity Fund.
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Some Hokies are finding a special way to spread the holiday cheer
And Governor Allen is spreading the spirit throughout his office.
A nativity scene was recently set up in his waiting room.
The separation of church and state can be give lawmakers a headache around
But Governor Allen had absolutely NO qualms about letting a Fairfax woman
set up a nativity scene and Hanukkah display in his waiting room.
In fact, he helped.
IN Q=Believe it
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THIS IS ME ACTING WITHOUT ANY COUNSEL.
I WAS JUST DOING WHAT I THOUGHT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. FINDING A
OUT Q=a solution.
The American Civil Liberties Union says allowing the nativity scene opens
the public forum to free speech by any group -- even the American Nazi Party.
IN Q=Let me tell
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: LET ME TELL YOU THIS. ANYBODY FROM THE AMERICAN NAZI
PARTY WANTS TO HAVE A DISPLAY IN THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE, THE ANSWER'S NO. AND
WE REALLY DON'T EVEN CARE TO HAVE YOU IN HERE.))
OUT Q=in here.
The Governor says he will consider allowing an A-C-L-U display on the First
Amendment next to his plastic nativity scene.
This year, Rita Warren was allowed to erect an Easter display in a State
But for Christmas, a legislative committee turned her down after a three
hour closed door session.
Exams and the Orange Bowl may be just around the corner, but some Hokies
have found time to spread the holiday cheer.
Kimberly McBroom has the story. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=They may look a little too husky
SUPER=01-Cody Whipple/Tech Free Safety; :17
SUPER=01-T.J. Washington/Tech Offensive Tackle; :39
SUPER=01-Joyce Hendricks/Montgomery Co. Christmas Store; 1:03
OUT Q=News 7, Christiansburg
(( They may look a little too husky to be Santa's elves-- but these Virginia
Tech football players spent the evening spreading a little holiday cheer.
They helped needy families pick out toys, gifts, and food at the Montgomery
County Christmas Store.
((CODY WHIPPLE/TECH FREE SAFETY: I MEAN, REALLY THIS IS WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO.
THESE ARE OUR FANS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT COME TO THE GAMES. IT'S
EXCITING TO COME OUT AND SEE THEM BECAUSE THEY REALLY DO LOOK UP TO US, AND
IT'S A GOOD FEELING. ))
And it's a welcome feeling after a series of player indictments and
suspensions this year.
Some say volunteerism among the team extends beyond the Christmas season--
and it's not just for show.
((T.J. WASHINGTON/TECH OFFENSIVE TACKLE: WE DON'T DO IT FOR THE MERE FACT OF
BEING ON TELEVISION. WE DO IT FOR OURSELVES AND TO HELP EVERYONE. BUT I THINK
BY THIS, I HOPE WE CAN SHOW THAT WE'RE GOOD GUYS. WE HAVE MAYBE ONE OR TWO
GUYS THAT MADE BAD DECISIONS. BUT OVERALL, WE DO GOOD THINGS. ))
The Christmas store is in its 15th season.
This year it will make the holiday possible for 14- hundred needy
Organizers say the Tech helpers play a major role.
((JOYCE HENDRICKS/MONTGOMERY CO. CHRISTMAS STORE: THEY'RE REALLY PRETTY GOOD
GUYS, AND WE ENJOYED THEM LAST YEAR AND IT WAS GOOD TO HAVE THEM COME BACK THIS
The Hokies also took time to sign autographs for their young fans-- who
won't see these elves fly off to the North Pole, but to much warmer Miami for
the Orange Bowl.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Christiansburg.
Some sad news about music legend Frank Sinatra as he celebrates his 81 first
"The New York Post" reports that Sinatra is in "very poor health" and will
never perform again.
The Post quotes a source who says "it's only a question of how long he'll
Sinatra was hospitalized last month for what was said to be a pinched nerve.
His publicist says he plans to celebrate his birthday at home with family and
New York City will mark the day by illuminating the top of
the Empire State Building in blue.
SUPER=330-Showers/& Storms/44-48/Morning Clouds/Then Clearing/52-56;
SUPER=334-Rain/Very Likely/40-44/Cloudy/Rain Possible/43-46;
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 9 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next in sports,
Tournament organizers in Lynchburg expect to attract some of the Mid
Atlantic's top BASKETBALL talent for a February tournament.
The Area's top high school football players and coaches gathered last night
for the Friday Football Extra banquet.
MUSIC UP FULL
The 13th annual Friday Football Extra awards banquet attracted 150 people to
the Airport Marriot last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/FFE Awards Banquet;
All 15 Players of the week, including High School All- American Tyrone
Robertson, picked up plaques, caps, and jerseys,
The area's coaches also took home some hardware, and some cash.
Salem High School won one- thousand dollars as the area's team of the year.
The Spartans were this year's double-A state champions.
IN Q=I always tell
((I ALWAYS TELL GUYS WE WIN A LOT OF BALL GAMES WE SHOULDN'T WIN BECAUSE THEY
DON'T HAVE TO JUST BEAT OUR TEAM. THEY HAVE TO BEAT OUR COACHING STAFF, OUR
TEAM, THE CITY OF SALEM AND ALL THOSE FANS WE HAVE. ))
SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Spartans Head Coach;
OUT Q=FANS WE HAVE
Bob Grey from Staunton River won the Overall coach of the year award--
And Roy Stanley and Mike Stevens looked good enough to win "BEST-DRESSED."
In Blacksburg last night, the Hokies and Highlanders of Radford squared off
in a big game at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Virginia Tech vs. Radford; :
The Lady Highlanders worked the inside to open the game. Dana Schnell takes
it in for the reverse layup and a 24 to 21 Radford lead.
But the Hokies come back. Former William Byrd star Sherry Banks makes the
steal and cruises in for the easy layup.
The Lady Highlanders answered Wilma Walters passes to Kim Cruise who takes
it down the middle for the easy snowbird.
Tech pushed it outside. Kim Seaver SUPER=33-Virginia
Tech/82/Radford/84/;passes to Amy Wetzell and she pulls up to hit the three
pointer but Radford wins the game 84 to 82.
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
They're already calling it one of the premier high school basketball events
of the season, where area fans can catch a glimpse of tomorrow's college stars.
Sponsors yesterday announced they'll hold the first annual "Hill City
Shootout" at Liberty University's Vines Center in February.
Eight teams from the mid- Atlantic region will play in the one-day
tournament.. FOUR of them made the top ten of USA Today's preseason poll.
IN Q=This is the
((PATRIC BOGGS/CENTRAL VIRGINIA AAU: THIS IS THE HOTBED OF BASKETBALL TALENT
AND WITH THIS KIND OF TALENT COMING IN, WE FEEL LIKE THAT WE'LL HAVE A TERRIFIC
CROWD FOR PEOPLE WHO REALLY WANT TO COME IN AND SEE HIGH CALIBER COMPETITION
AND THIS IS CERTAINLY IT.))
SUPER=01-Patric Boggs/Central Virginia AAU; :00
OUT Q=this is certainly it.
Boggs says scheduling conflicts kept several local schools out of the
They hope to expand the field next year to include some of the area's top