IN Q=Tonight on News 7 Primetime
(( Tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime...
another suspension at the Citadel as the investigation into the hazing of women
cadets continues. Charges and countercharges between the candidates in the
final hours before a special election for State Senate--))
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TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Monday December 16th--tonight's Top Story
More trouble for two Virginia Tech football players, charged with rape after
an incident at their Blacksburg apartment.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Prime Time
Good evening I'm Connie Stevens. You're watching News 7 Prime Time on
SS=Virginia Tech Football
Blacksburg police have charged Virginia Tech football players Brian Edmonds
and James Crawford with rape and attempted sodomy.
Former student Christy Brzonkala accused Crawford, a sophomore flanker, of
raping HER last year.
Edmonds is a senior starting fullback. He was one of a group of players
charged in an on-campus fight in September and suspended for one game.
According to a lawyer who represents Edmonds and Crawford, the alleged rape
VICTIM was at the players' apartment Friday night for a party, and returned
around five o-clock Saturday morning.
((JOE PAINTER/DEFENSE LAWYER: SHE CAME IN AND WAS SHOUTING AT JAMES CRAWFORD
ABOUT MONEY, THEN SHE GOES TO BRIAN'S ROOM. THE DOOR IS LOCKED, SHE KICKS ON
THE DOOR, THE POLICE HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE MARKS ON THE DOOR. THEN WHEN JAMES
COMES TO ASK HER TO LEAVE SHE ASSAULTS HIM WITH A BOOT. ))
SUPER=01-Joe Painter/Defense Lawyer;
OUT Q=with a boot.
A university spokesman says Coach Frank Beamer has discussed the situation
with both players.
But it's too soon to know when or if he and the university will take any
At the Citadel, a second cadet has been suspended, after allegations of
hazing by two female cadets.
The male cadet is being allowed to take final exams....but cannot live on
campus or take part in other military activities.
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC; :
The two FEMALE cadets are no longer living in the dormitories.
Today, Kim Messer and Jeannie Mentavalos took exams in civilian clothes.
IN Q=They've asked
SUPER=01-Terry Leedom/Citadel Spokesman; :00
SUPER=01-Clifton Poole/Citadel Interim President; :56 QUICK!!
OUT Q=ever heard of.
IN Q=They've asked
((TERRY LEEDOM/CITADEL SPOKESMAN: THEY'VE ASKED TO BE TAKEN FROM THE
SUPERVISION OF THE CORPS OF CADETS AND THE COLLEGE. AND WE HAVE SAID OK, IN
THAT CASE WE WANT YOU TOOK LOOK LIKE CIVILIANS SO THAT NO CADET OR
UPPERCLASSMEN WOULD SAY TO ONE OF THEM FOR EXAMPLE, YOUR SHIRTAIL IS OUT IT
NEEDS TO BE PUT IN, OR YOU NEED TO BUTTON UP YOUR JACKET AND THAT BE TAKEN AS
SOME FORM OF HARRASSMENT OR INTIMIDATION. WE DON'T WANT THAT. ))
OUT Q=don't want that.
Mentavlos's parents made a trip to the campus over the weekend.
IN Q=We're here
((WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT OUR DAUGHTER. SHE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG. ))
OUT Q=done nothing wrong
Kim Messer's father, a retired Army Seargant, told one newspaper the two
women have been struck in the head by a rifle wielded by a male cadet.
He said his daughter had been--quote "living in terror for
for God know's how long. Nothing was done. It got worse."
Earlier college officials were told by another cadet that the two women
were among three students who were sprayed with a flammable liquid and set on
fire by another cadet a month ago.
IN Q=I don't know whether
((CLIFTON POOLE/CITADEL INTERIM PRESIDENT: I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THEY THOUGHT IT
WAS A PRANK OR NOT.IT WAS THE STUPIDEST THING IF IT HAPPENED THEY WAY I'VE
HEARD IT HAPPENED, IT'S THE
STUPIDEST THINK I EVER HEARD OF.))
SUPER=01-Clifton Poole/Citadel Interim President; :
OUT Q=ever heard of.
Messer and Mentavlos are two of four women who entered The Citadel in
August, after the school dropped its all-male admissions policy.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Twin Engine
The crash of a small plane in Alabama killed all three people in the plane-
but amazingly no one on the ground was hurt.
The twin engine Seneca first hit the chimney on one home-
((CAPT. MIKE COPPAGE/BIRMINGHAM POLICE: AND THEN THE AIRCRAFT WENT ACROSS THE
STREET AND IMPACTED IN BETWEEN THE DAY CARE AND THE OTHER HOUSE AND THE HOUSE
OVER ACROSS THE STREET CAUGHT FIRE AND IS HEAVILY DAMAGED.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Mike Coppage/Birmingham Police;
OUT Q=AND IS HEAVILY DAMAGED.
Nine people inside the home got out safely.
Witnesses say the plane was wobbling over downtown Birmingham barely
missing a 30 story building before coming down in the residential area nearby.
The deadly Route 220 intersection in Henry County is on the road to better
The county board of supervisors heard some planned changes today for the
stretch of 220 in Ridgeway.
V- DOT is planning to re-align Mica Road with the intersection and Water
A cross-over and turning lanes will be built, and a new traffic light
will be installed.
Numerous accidents, and the death of Magna Vista High School coach Jim
Young prompted local leaders to push for road improvements.
IN Q=We're pushing to
((H.G. VAUGHN/HENRY CO. SUPERVISOR: WE'RE PUSHING TO GET SOME PERMANENT STATE
POLICE HELP OVER THERE, SO THAT WE CAN KEEP THE TRAFFIC SPEED DOWN TO TRY TO
PREVENT HAVING ANOTHER FATAL ACCIDENT OVER THERE UNTIL WE CAN GET THESE
IMPROVEMENTS IMPLEMENTED. ))
SUPER=01-H.G. Vaughn/Henry Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=improvements implemented
Vaughn says the project will likely take about 18- months.
Governor George Allen is politely dismissing a plea for mercy from the
SS=Pope John Paul
Pope John Paul is asking Allen to spare the life of convicted killer
Joseph O'Dell, who is scheduled to be executed this week.
O'Dell could be the first to die in the electric chair and the ninth man
Virginia's put to death this year if his execution goes ahead on Wednesday.
IN Q=Yes it is
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YES IT IS UNUSUAL TO GET A LETTER FROM THE POPE. OUR
PRESS OFFICE HAS BEEN SWAMPED WITH 3 OR 4 HUNDRED CALLS JUST TODAY FROM ITALY.
AND ALL OF THAT I SUPPOSE ADDS TIME AND EFFORT INTO IT. BUT IT'S SOMETHING
THAT WHETHER IT'S THE POPE OR ANY CITIZEN OF VIRGINIA, I TAKE THAT INTO
CONSIDERATION. BUT IT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS THE FACTS OF THE CASE.))
OUT Q=the case.
SS=Virginia State Seal
Earlier tonight former mental patient Ronald Hoke was executed by lethal
injection for a 1985 Petersburg murder. He is the eighth death row inmate
executed in Virginia this year.
It's been more than a month since Election Day, so why were some people
casting their votes for the Dole-Kemp ticket today? We'll explain.
And we'll have an update on the aftermath of the New Orleans freighter crash,
as searchers begin to comb through the rubble of a damaged shopping center.
go to break
In New Orleans, firefighters say there's no reason to believe anyone is
buried in the wreckage of a shopping arcade.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;
The city is working hard to get back to normal after a freighter crashed
into a riverfront mall Saturday.
Two people WERE reported missing last night but they've been located.
((MARC MORIAL/MAYOR: AT THIS POINT WE'RE PLEASED NO CONFIRMED DEATHS OR
FATALITIES HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS. I THINK IT'S NOTHING SHORT OF A CHRISTMAS
SUPER=01-Mark Morial/Mayor; :
OUT Q=A CHRISMTAS MIRACLE."
The accident sent more than 100 people to the hospital with minor injuries.
Most of the mall is reopened and the Mayor says the port should be back to
normal within 24 hours.
The 17 year old Roanoke boy charged with killing another teen has been in
trouble with the law before---he faces a drug charge in an unrelated case.
That was revealed this morning during the arraignment of (STEFF-fahn
dee-WAYNE Jones) Stephan Dwayne Jones
who's charged with murdering Antwan Gray.
There's been no decision on whether Jones will be tried as an adult.
But because the charges are so serious- including capital murder, there are
fewer things that will prevent that from happening.
((MELVIN HILL/PROSECUTOR: WELL THE LAW HAS CHANGED AND IF SOMEONE IS CAUGHT
AFTER I BELIEVE THE AGE IS 15 AND THE CHARGE IS MURDER OR CAPITAL MURDER IN
THIS CASE, THERE IS NO TRANSFER HEARING AS WE HAVE COME TO KNOW THAT, WHERE
THERE'S A BACKGROUND REPORT, AND THE JUVENILE JUDGE MAKES THE DETERMINATION
WHETHER OR NOT THE PERSON OUGHT TO BE TRIED AS AN ADULT. ))
OUT Q=an adult.
A preliminary hearing for Jones is set for January third.
Prosecutor Melvin Hill says if the judge finds probable cause to believe the
offenses have been committed and that Jones committed them, he will be indicted
and tried as an adult.
The campaign to fill the shoes of Congressman-elect Virgil Goode is in its
Delegates Allen Dudley and Roscoe Reynolds have been campaigning around the
clock in hopes of securing the seat.
A Dudley victory would put the G-O-P in control of a Virginia legislative
chamber for the first time in its history.
((DEL. ALLEN DUDLEY/R-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: JOBS ARE THE MAIN CONCERN AND A
GOOD EDUCATION SYSTEM ARE THE MAIN CONCERNS SO WITH THOSE TWO THINGS I DON'T
THINK IT TAKES, SAY A ROCKET SCIENTIST, TO FIGURE OUT THAT'S FOREMOST ON THE
MINDS OF PEOPLE IN THIS AREA.
DEL. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE:I'VE BEEN IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SINCE 1986 AND DURING THAT TIME I HAVE LEARNED HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT THIS
AREA HAVE A STRONG VOICE IN THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA. VIRGIL GOODE HAS BEEN THAT
STRONG VOICE, I THINK I CAN BE THAT STRONG VOICE, I'M WORKING FOR THAT. THAT'S
WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME IN THIS CAMPAIGN. ))
SUPER=01-Del. Allen Dudley/(R) State Senate Candidate; :00
SUPER=01-Del. Roscoe Reynolds/(D) State Senate Candidate; :13
OUT Q=in this campaign.
Any registered voter living in the 20th senatorial district is eligible to
cast a ballot during the special election-- which will be held tomorrow.
You may have thought you'd heard the last of the Dole-Kemp ticket.
But the Commonwealth of Virginia officially threw its support behind the
defeated candidates today.
In case you forgot, the Electoral College had yet to weigh in on the 1996
This afternoon, all 50 states' electors gathered to cast their votes, based
on who won the popular vote in that state.
Roanoke's Hugh Key says it bolsters the two-party system.
IN Q=We're the
((WE'RE THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT'S EVER BEEN ABLE TO MANAGE THAT. AND I THINK THE
ELECTORAL COLLEGE, THOUGH CEREMONIAL IN ONE SENSE, THE FACT THAT IT EXISTS AND
OPERATES THE WAY THAT IT DOES HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT STABILITY AND I'M
PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN A SMALL PART OF IT.))
SUPER=01-Hugh Key/Virginia Elector;
OUT Q=part of it.
Virginia cast her 13 votes for the Dole- Kemp ticket.
The Republicans say they're not bitter--they say they did their crying on
Coming up in medical news, the connection between depression and heart
also the goal was one thousand bikes or bust--so did a Roanoke disc jockey
reach his Christmas fundraising goal? We'll find out when we return.
go to break
The bikes or bust campaign was bursting at the seams-- they reached their
goal and then some.
The goal was to collect one thousand bicycles for the U.S marines to give
out in the Toys for Tots program.
But when they finally counted all the bikes, the total reached
The event was sponosored by J-93 point five Radio and your hometown station.
Disc Jockey Slam Duncan spent the last four days broadcasting from a camper
suspended above Tanglewood Mall parking lot.
IN Q=I think all we had
((SLAM DUNCAN/J-93 DISC JOCKEY; I THINK ALL WE HAD TO DO WAS GET IT OUT THERE
AND PEOPLE CAME. MY MOTTO THIS YEAR WAS IF WE BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME, AND
SUPER=01-Slam Duncan/J-93.5 Disc Jockey;
OUT Q=and they came
After the last bike came in, they were taken to the Salvation Army, which
will help distribute them to hundreds of excited kids between now and
SUPER=330-Cloudy with/Some Fog/34-38/Mostly Cloudy/Morning Showers/44-48;
SUPER=331-Cloudy with/Patchy Fog/34-38/Cloudy with/Morning Rain/48-52;
SUPER=333-Cloudy/Fog Developing/34-38/Morning Rain/& Cloudy/44-48;
Depression can be deadly-- as those who suffer major bouts of depression
may be four times as likely to have a heart attack compared with those who have
never been depressed.
The 13-year-study at Johns Hopkins University involved some two-thousand
One cardiologist isn't surprised by the high correlation-- explaining that
depression is a severe form of stress, and stress increases the risk of heart
The findings appear in the journal ``Circulation.''
As research continues in the United States-- the British government may
soon give clearance to transplant surgeons to use organs from specially-bred
SUPER=03-Birmingham, England; :
But there's concern there as well that pig organs might transmit deadly
animal viruses to patients.
The pigs have been genetically altered to reduce the incidence of organ
IN Q=It really is
((DAVID MORTION/BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY: IT REALLY IS IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE SURE
THE RIGHT STRATEGIES ARE IN PLACE TO LOOK FOR ANY VIRUSES AND ANY OTHER FORMS
OF CROSS INFECTION FROM ANIMALS TO HUMANS. AND THIS IS GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME.
((MARTIN BARSBY/HEART TRANSPLANT PATIENT: THERE WOULDN'T BE ANY
POINT IN GOING AHEAD WITH THE WHOLE SCHEME IF THEY WEREN'T CERTAIN ABOUT THE
WHOLE THING. OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE A SHORTAGE OF DONORS, WHICH IS A PROBLEM. ))
SUPER=01-David Morton/Birmingham University; :
SUPER=01-Martin Barsby/Heart Transplant Patient; :12
OUT Q=is a problem.
The goal with animal to human transplantation is to have a limitless
supply of healthy animal organs to replace diseased human ones.
The wait for a human organ can run two to three years....and in THIS
country, about three thousand people die each year because donor organs are not
Some dramatic video tonight, translating into tragedy for the residents of
the (A-ZOR) Azores island of Saint Miguel.
SUPER=75-Saint Miguel, Azores
Ten days of heavy rains have turned a quiet sea-side town into a raging
river of muddy runoff.
The floodwaters sliced through residential and business districts,
sweeping with them cars, trees and tons of debris.
Hundreds of cars were destroyed and scores of homes are under water.
So far there are no reports of injuries on the Portuguese-held island,
located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Lots of primetime sports headed your way but first some tragic racing
SUPER=03-Imola, Italy/1994; :00
Formula one driver Ayrton Senna was killed in this Grand Prix crash back in
May of 1994. The Williams Racing team is now facing manslaughter charges in
Italy in connection with what technical experts believe to be a poorly modified
steering column in Senna's car that ultimately killed him. Now the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-/Phoenix///LA Clippers///Late Game//Washington///Sacramento///Late
SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/2//Montreal/1/3///Hartford/1//NY Rangers/5/3//;
SUPER=0098-j/Louisville #18/65//Wright State/57///j/Liberty/68//UNC
go to break!!!
GRAPHIC=Hometown hoops weekly
Hometown Hoops Weekly traveled to Moneta tonight as the Staunton River
Golden Eagles played host to the Cavaliers of Fieldale Collinsville.
SUPER=03-Moneta/Cavaliers vs. Golden Eagles; :00
The Golden Eagles seem to have had their pregame homework done and were
ready for the cavs.
Golden Eagle Matt Roberts steps up at the top of the circle and nails the
SUPER=33-Staunton River/54/Fieldale Collinsville/48;
3 pter for 3 of his game high 23.
The Cavs answered. Brad Bodkin takes the pass and nails a trey of his own,
but the Golden Eagles prevail 54-48.
New York Yankee closer John Wettleland, who was the Most valuable player
of the world series signed with Texas today.
SUPER=04-1996 World Series; :00
Today, the rangers signed Wettleland to a 4 year, 23 million dollar free
agent contract. The new ranger closer is expected to bring consistency to the
Cowboy Michael Irvin spent time today dispelling rumors that he has
violated terms of his probation.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX; :00
In July, the dallas wide receiver was fined and sentenced to 4 years
probation for felony drug charges.
Irvin denies that he has violated his probation.
((MICHAEL IRVIN/DALLAS COWBOY RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Michael Irvin/Dallas Cowboy Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...this year"
VMI lost to North Carolina 105-61 yesterday.
But Travis Wells says while thethe margin was wide, the gap to the bigtime
closed a little.
IN Q="first audio...
SUPER=01-Dean Smith/UNC Head Coach; :41
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; 1:17
SUPER=01-Maurice Spencer/11 Pts. vs. Tarheels; 1:39
SUPER=01-Travis Wells/Reporting; 1:45
OUT Q=...News 7 Sports."
That's it for News 7 Prime Time. Thanks for watching and have a good night.