Lem Tuggle escaped from death row in 19-84, but couldn't escape his death
sentence last night in Jarratt.
And police are looking for a Roanoke teenager suspected of fatally shooting
another teen Wednesday night.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
A Northwest Roanoke teen has been charged with murder.
Now police are trying to track him down.
The suspect is wanted for the slaying of 17- year- old Antwan Gray.
Gray was shot in the head Wednesday night in the 24- hundred block of Centre
Avenue... next to the Lansdowne public housing community.
Police say they've assigned more officers to the area.
IN Q=There has
((LT. DOUG ALLEN/ROANOKE CITY POLICE COPE UNIT: THERE HAS BEEN A STEPPED UP
AMOUNT OF PATROL, NOT FROM THE COPE TEAM BUT FROM THE REGULAR PLATOONS. LAST
NIGHT, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THERE WERE 2 PLATOON OFFICERS THAT WERE PUT OUT
HERE ON FOOT PATROL. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Doug Allen/Roanoke Police COPE Unit;
OUT Q=foot patrol
Authorities say the murder suspect is 17- years- old... and is part of the
Outreach Program at the Coyner Springs Juvenile Detention Center.
A would-be bank robber tried to make a withdrawal but walked away
Shortly after 10 this morning a man entered NationsBank on Melrose Avenue in
Police say the man presented a note to the teller requesting cash.
And he was carrying a handgun.
IN Q=she told
((SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: SHE TOLD HIM HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY MONEY
IN THAT PARTICULAR DRAW. HE LOOKED QUITE CONFUSED AND SO FORTH THEN LEFT OUT
THE FRONT DOOR WITHOUT GETTING ANYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Stan Smith/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=without getting anything
The F-B-I and the Roanoke City Police are looking for the suspect.
Authorities describe him as a black man around six feet tall, 170 to 180
pounds, wearing a heavy coat and knit hat.
If caught he faces charges of attempted robbery and use of a fire arm in
commission of a robbery.
For the second time this week Virginia has put to death a convicted killer.
Lem Tuggle was executed last night for the 1983 rape and murder of Jessie
Havens of Smyth County.
One year after that crime, he and five other inmates made national headlines
with their escape from death row.
Ellen Qualls has the story of Tuggle's final minutes.
SUPER=01-David Botkins/Corrections Spokesman;:08
SUPER=01-Steve Smallshaw/Media Witness; :22
SUPER=01-Henry Heller/Death Penalty Protester; :53
OUT Q=News 7 Jarratt
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
The F-B-I today is investigating the sighting of a green flare in the same
area off New York where T-W-A Flight 800 exploded.
The crew aboard a Saudi 7-47 reported it yesterday, and there was a similar
sighting last month.
Bob Orr has the latest.
IN Q=This Saudi
SUPER=04-August 20; :43
SUPER=01-Roland Penny/TWA 800 Eyewitness; :59
SUPER=01-Bob Orr/Reporting; 1:23
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington
Next week the television industry will unveil a voluntary ratings plan for
But Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti, who is
overseeing the industry's effort, warns that the T-V industry will accept its
OWN system for rating programs or no system at all.
He says any other rating system forced upon the industry by Congress will be
met with an immediate lawsuit.
((WE'RE SPECIFYING THIS PROGRAM MAY CONTAIN GRAPHIC VIOLENCE, INTENSE OVERT
SEX, COURSE LANGUAGE...IS THAT VAGUE?"
SUPER=01-Jack Valenti/Motion Picture Assoc. President;
OUT Q=is that vague.
But critics charge the voluntary rating will result in the softest
possible ratings for shows-- so as not to scare off advertisers.
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
There's a new gathering spot at Mill Mountain Zoo-- just in time for holiday
The Asian pavilion is designed in honor of Roanoke's sister city of Wonju,
It's the second finished structure in the zoo's new master plan.
Roanoke County paid for the 20 thousand dollar pavilion and the zoo staff
The structure will be used for special events, zoo camp and picnicking.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon--Attorney General Janet Reno considers her
future with a second Clinton administration, as the president prepares to name
more Cabinet appointments.
And the little town of Bethlehem is having some big money troubles which
threaten its yearly Christmas celebration.
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President Clinton has filled two more top administration jobs.
White House officials say he is picking Democratic activist Bill Daley, to
be Secretary of Commerce.
And Congressman Bill Richardson is Mr. Clinton's choice for ambassador to
The President will make his selections official today at a news conference.
He's also expected to announce that Janet Reno will stay on as Attorney
The two met at the White House last night.
The multi million dollar libel case against W-S-L-S T-V is over.
The jury decided Channel 10 did NOT libel the owner of a local pet grooming
Chris Benson sued the station over a series of reports that alleged he
mistreated pets brought to his business Puppyland.
The jury disagreed, however, and the station's general manager contends the
verdict is a victory for all media. He says overall he was happy with the
station's pursuit of the story.
((EVERYTHING COULD HAVE BEEN DONE DIFFERENTLY, BUT I'M VERY SATISFIED WITH THE
WAY THAT IT WAS DONE.))
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/WSLS-TV General Manager
OUT Q=it was done.
Leaving the courthouse Benson could not say whether he regretted filing the
ten million dollar lawsuit.
Penny Stallins hopes to rebuild her life.
Yesterday, 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.
The flu season is definitely here.
It's shut down a couple of schools in Ohio; is forcing hundreds of kids to
stay home in Iowa and Indiana and is straining hospitals in Massachusetts and
And as bad as the chest pains, the sore throat, the runny nose and headache
are-- experts say, in terms of numbers-- the worst is yet to come.
IN Q=I don't think
(( DR. KEIJI FUKUDA/CDC: I DON'T THINK WE'VE SEEN THE PEAK YET. I DON'T THINK
IT'S POSSIBLE TO PREDICT WHEN WE'LL SEE THE PEAK ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Keiji Fukuda/Centers for Disease Control; :
OUT Q=the peak.
Anyone who is not sick now, can still get a flu shot.
But even after the inoculation, there's a two-week window before the
protection kicks in.
Once, there was no room at the inn in Bethlehem.
Now, there's no money in the bank.
The biblical birthplace of Jesus is financially broke and cannot afford to
hold Christmas festivities this year.
Bethlehem's annual Christmas celebrations are attended by thousands of
Christians from around the world.
They usually include fireworks, parades, and performances by choirs and
bands, as well as a traditional Christmas mass at the Church of the Nativity.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next on News 7 at Noon--Patrick checks back in with our weekend forecast.
and Bath County has a radio station to call its own. That story and more
when we return.
A 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.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 12 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up in sports--gearing up for tomorrow's Stagg Bowl football
Also VMI is looking for a new football coach after a surprise resignation.
Patrick will have the details when we come back.
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VMI head football coach Bill Stewart has resigned.
VMI says he stepped down for unspecified personal reasons.
But the Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting the resignation stems from
allegations the coach used a racial slur toward a black player in a late season
Stewart took over the VMI program on December 31st of 1993 after Jim Shuck
abruptly left the institution.
In Stewart's three years as head coach, VMI produced 8 wins and 25 losses.
His future at VMI seemed secure on March 19th of this year when he signed a
six year contract extension.
VMI officials would not elaborate on his departure last night, and several
sources confirmed Stewart has already left Lexington.
A search committee has already been formed to find his successor.
The teams for this year's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl are now settled in here in
They began their final preparations for tomorrow's big game with a workout at
Salem High School.
Mount Union comes into the game with a 12 and 0 record.
Rowan finished its season 10 and two but the Profs are riding a seven game
win streak through the playoffs.
IN Q=First Audio
((K.C. KEELER/ROWAN HEAD COACH: ))
((LARRY KEHRES/MOUNT UNION HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-K.C. Keeler/Rowan Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Kehres/Mount Union Head Coach; :19
OUT Q=...by any stretch."
Those of you who have been following the Stagg Bowl since it landed in Salem
know that this is a rematch of the 1993 game won by Mount Union.
The Texas Rangers are looking to expand their minor league organization, and
they're eyeing Pulaski's Calfee Park for next year.
It's been four years since the Atlanta Braves moved their Appalachian League
team OUT of Pulaski, because the park 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 the required clubhouse.
The Rangers deal can't be finalized unless that clause is waived--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.
Doris Willis of Tacoma, Washington went to the bank the other day and
ended up spending the night in the bank vault.
The 86 year old was inspecting her safe deposit bank Wednesday when a bank
employee shut the vault for the day.
So making the best of the situation Willis pulled up a chair and went to
When the bank opened the next day she got out safe and sound.
Willis says she'll keep her account at the bank and the banks says it plans
to do something nice for her.