Coming up on News 7 at Eleven
More Trouble off the gridiron-
Two Virginia Tech Players are charged with rape.
At the Citadel another male cadet is suspended- as two female cadets leave
campus saying they fear for their safety.
And need a jolt of caffeine- here's a new soft drink for you.
news 7 is next.
Two Virginia Tech football players are charged with rape and sodomy.
Brian Edmunds and James Crawford both say the alleged victim is lying-- in
order to get money.
The Citadel suspended a second cadet for allegedly hazing two female
The women say they were hit, harassed and had their clothes burned.
They're now living off campus because they don't feel safe.
A disc jockey, a marines and a community with LOTS of holiday spirit will
make more than one thousand children happy this Christmas, we'll explain.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
More trouble OFF the-field for the Virginia Tech football team.
Blacksburg police have charged two players with rape and attempted sodomy.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=After a season of turmoil
SUPER=01-Joe Painter/Defense Lawyer; :47
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7
(( After a season of turmoil and numerous criminal charges against various
players, the Virginia Tech football team was finally basking in the glory of
its upcoming Orange Bowl bid against Nebraska.
Now another serious diversion.
EDMONDS Senior starting fullback Brian Edmonds, one of the players charged
in an on-campus brawl earlier in the season, is now charged with rape and
CRAWFORD So is his roommate, sophomore receiver James Crawford, one of two
players whom Christy Brzonkala accused of raping HER last year.
STANDUP According to an attorney who represents both players the alleged
victim in this case says Crawford and Edmonds raped her in an apartment the
players share in Blacksburg.
He says the woman had been at the apartment Friday night for a party, that
she left, then broke in through a patio door several hours later to demand
((JOE PAINTER/DEFENSE LAWYER: DIFFERENT STATEMENTS, ONE TIME 25 THOUSAND
DOLLARS FOR MY TUITION FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. ANOTHER TIME FIVE THOUSAND
DOLLARS A WEEK IF YOU GO TO THE NFL. OTHER TIMES TELLING PEOPLE "NOTHING REALLY
HAPPENED, I JUST WANT MONEY OUT OF THIS." ))
BEAMER GAME SIDELINE VIDEO (REPLACE THE VIDEO THAT'S ALREADY THERE) 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 action.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Police arrested Crawford and Edmonds late this afternoon. Their bond was
set at 45 thousand dollars each.
The Citadel has suspended a second cadet over allegations of hazing two
Ben (Mankowitz) Mankiewicz reports.
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SUPER=01-Col. Terry Leedom/Citadel Spokesman; 15
SUPER=01-Mary Mentavlos/Mother;27 quick!
SUPER=01-Ben Mankiewicz/Reporting; 1:05
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((Two of the four women students who donned the military
uniforms of Citadel cadets to make history last summer were in
civvies today....and no longer living in the dormitories where male
upperclassmen have the power to discipline them.
Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos asked -- through their lawyers --
that they be removed from the authority of male cadets. The school
agreed...but told them they must stop wearing cadet uniforms.
Mentavlos's parents made an emergency trip to the campus over the weekend.
WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT OUR DAUGHTER. SHE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG.
Kim Messer's father, Harvey, a retired army sergeant, told one
newspaper the two women had been struck in the head by a rifle wielded by a
He said his daughter had been "living in terror for God knows 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 flammable
liquid and set on fire by a cadet a month ago.
CLIFTON POOLE, CITADEL INTERIM PRESIDENT
DON'T KNOW IF THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A PRANK OR NOT. IT WAS THE STUPIDEST
THING IF IT HAPPENED THE WAY I HEARD IT HAPPENED, IT'S THE STUPIDEST THING I
EVER HEARD OF
The Citadel....for 150 years a bastion of all-male military
education was open to women under court orders. But Shannon Faulkner, the
first woman student, withdrew, citing stress.
Four more women started in August, as school officials claimed they had
adopted stern measures to protect them from abuse.
Authorities called in South Carolina police and the FBI to
investigate. While agreeing to isolate the two women....Citadel officals
denied their lawyers' claims their safety was in danger.
COL. TERRY LEEDOM, CITADEL
WELL, THAT'S JUST TOO BAD, BECAUSE WE'VE MADE EVERY POSSIBLE EFFORT TO MAKE
SURE IT IS SAFE, THE BARRAKCS ARE SAFE. WE HAVE TWO OTHER FEMALE CADETS WHO
HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER.
Citadel officials say they have suspended two students already....and have
removed several others from positions of authority while the investigation
Not Guilty on all counts for an Army Sergeant accused of sexual misconduct.
SUPER=03-Ft. Leonard Wood, MO;
The charges against George Blackley Junior ranged from fondling to making
The 34 year old from South Carolina did not comment after the verdict-
Blackley was one of the first Army soldiers that new recruits met at Fort
His duties included processing trainees upon their arrival.
Two other Sergeants at the base recently pleaded guilty to assault and
Changing dynamics in the health care industry are creating concerns for
Many are worried about how they can provide adequate care while following
Kimberly McBroom has more.
IN Q=Downsizing and re- engineering
SUPER=01-Lisa Vautrot/Carilion Registered Nurse;
SUPER=01-Rebecca Rice/VA Nurses Assoc. Pres.;
OUT Q=McBroom, news 7
(( Downsizing and re- engineering are quickly becoming buzz words for the
health care industry.
The current trend is to have unlicensed assistive personnel help with
traditional nursing duties.
But some R.N.'s say the help is becoming a hindrance.
((LISA VAUTROT/CARILION REGISTERED NURSE: WE DELEGATE THAT DUTY. IT'S A NURSING
DUTY. THEY'RE NOT A NURSE. THEY'RE PRACTICING NURSING WITHOUT A LICENSE. WE
DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DELEGATE TO THEM TO DO THAT, AND THAT LEAVES
EVERYBODY IN A BIND. ))
Representatives with the Virginia Nurses Association met with area health
The V- N- A says the board of nursing only has authority over licensed
employees-- often leaving R-N's accountable for those who are not licensed.
((REBECCA RICE/VA NURSES ASSOC. PRES. I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO BE CONCERNED
WITH LOOKING AT HOW THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE TRAINED, THE KINDS OF EXPERIENCE THEY
HAVE, AND THEN WHAT IS THE RATIO OF NURSES TO UNLICENSED ASSISTIVE PERSONNEL,
TO PATIENTS. ))
Rice says the Roanoke Valley isn't alone-- the trend is occurring all over
She says the V-N-A will be there to offer support to nurses as they deal
with the changes.
But there may be even more support coming.
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: SOME NURSES AT THE MEETING SAY IT'S TIME THEY STOOD
TOGETHER-- PERHAPS AS A UNION. LISA VAUTROT IS A LEADER IN THE EFFORT TO
UNIONIZE CARILION. SHE SAYS THAT CAMPAIGN IS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS. KIMBERLY
MCBROOM, NEWS 7. ))
Meanwhile, Carilion officials were not availible for comment.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, as Virginia executes it's third prisoner in
less than a week, Pope John Paul the second appeals for mercy for another,
and we'll tell you how two localities are dealing with dangerous
MUSIC UP FULL
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Ronald Lee Hoke Senior was executed tonight for the 1985 rape, robbery and
murder of a woman from Petersburg.
Hoke was put to death by lethal injection shortly after nine tonight.
He was the eighth inmate put to death in Virginia this year and the third in
the last week.
GRAPHIC=Pope John Paul
Meanwhile Pope John Paul the second is asking Governor Allen to spare the
life of another death row inmate facing execution this week.
Virginia Beach killer Joseph O'Dell is two days away from becoming the first
Virginian to die by electrocution since 1994.
That may be despite a plea from the Pope.
IN Q=You don't
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU DON'T WANT TO SAY THAT THE POPE GETTING INVOLVED IS
NOT IMPORTANT. THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ARE THE FACTS. THE ACTUAL FACTS. THE
ACTUAL EVIDENCE. I DON'T KNOW IF THE POPE WENT THROUGH ALL THESE TRANSCRIPTS,
AND WENT THROUGH ALL THE EVIDENCE, AND WENT THROUGH ALL THE DECISIONS BY THE
FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, AND VARIOUS DISTRICT COURTS, AND THE STATE
COURTS. I DON'T KNOW IF HE DID OR DID NOT. BUT I AM.))
OUT Q=But I am.
Allen says his office received 300 to 400 calls from Italian media and
government officials by noon today.
17-year old (Stephan Dee-Wayne Jones) Stephan Dwayne Jones was formally
charged with capital murder and two other charges during
his arraignment in Roanoke this morning.
Jones is accused of the shooting death of 17-year old Antwan Gray last week.
It happened in the 24-hundred block of Centre Avenue adjacent to the Lansdowne
The Prosecutor says Jones is facing serious allegations.
IN Q=The general
((MELVIN HILL/PROSECUTOR: THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS DECIDED THAT IF YOU KILL
SOMEONE IN THE COMMISSION OF A ROBBERY IT'S CAPITAL MURDER. THE SAME IS TRUE
IF THE PERSON IS 25 OR 17, IT'S A SERIOUS OFFENSE. ))
OUT Q=serious offense.
There's no word yet if Jones will be tried as an adult.
The capital murder charge could be downgraded because of his age.
If it isn't and Jones is found guilty, he could face the death penalty.
It was also revealed this morning that Jones also faces a drug charge in an
unrelated, previous offense.
He's being held without bond at the Coyner Springs Juvenile Detention
Consolidating social services and improving a dangerous intersection--
Those are two key issues the Henry Co. Board of Supervisors is working on.
Henry Co. and Martinsville leaders met jointly, and voted to merge their
social services departments.
The new consolidated department will move into the Tultex building in
The new office should be in operation by June first.
The county board also heard V-Dot's plans to improve the safety of the
hazardous Route 220 intersection in Ridgeway.
The plan includes the re-alignment of Mica Road with the intersection of
Water Plant Road.
Also included-- a new traffic light and turning lanes.
IN Q=WE feel it's
((H.G. VAUGHN/HENRY CO. SUPERVISOR: WE FEEL IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT CITIZENS
REALIZE V-DOT HAS GIVEN THIS TOP PRIORITY THROUGHOUT ALL THE PROJECTS THAT THEY
HAVE IN THE STATE. IF CITIZENS UNDERSTAND THAT, AND WE DO-- LET'S HOPE NOT, IF
WE SHOULD HAVE ANOTHER ACCIDENT THEN THEY'LL KNNOW V-DOT IS TRYING TO PUT THIS
THROUGH HAS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-H.G. Vaughn/Henry Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=quickly as possible
Vaughn expects the project to take about 18 months.
Improvements on Interstate 581 won't provide any relief for motorists this
Christmas season, but today Roanoke City Council took another step toward
building a new interchange near Valley View Mall.
Council voted to hire an architectural and engineering firm to design the
interchange bridge and ramps.
The project will cost about five million dollars. Officials say it will
divert much of the traffic that now empties onto Hershberger Road.
Motorists will have to endure one more Christmas of traffic problems before
the project is completed.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on the broadcast, the candidates for tomorrow's special
election push for last minute votes,
and we'll tell you what Coke is doing to surge to the top of the soft drink
MUSIC UP FULL
Voters have less than 24-hours to decide which candidate they'd like to take
the Senate seat left by Virgil Goode.
Delegates Roscoe Reynolds and Allen Dudley have been campaigning around the
clock in hopes of winning the spot.
Teresa Hamilton previews tomorrow's special election.
IN Q=At this point
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Friday; :10
SUPER=01-Del. Allen Dudley/(R) State Senate Candidate; :20
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
IN Q=At this point
((DEL.ALLEN DUDLEY/R-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE:AT THIS POINT, YOU'RE RIGHT, IT'S
JUST AN ATTEMPT TO SEE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN NOW AND ELECTION DAY.
OUT Q=and election day.
Allen Dudley is doing what he can to persuade voters.
But it's not been easy-- for either candidate, because of time constraints.
Dudley and his Democratic challenger, Roscoe Reynolds, have had only about
month to campaign.
((DEL.ALLEN DUDLEY/R-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: YOU'VE HAD TO DO A LOT OF THINGS
IN A VERY UNUSUAL FASHION OR A HURRIED FASHION, AND IN AN ATTEMPT TO DO THAT
YOU'VE HAD TO BE VERY CAREFUL THAT YOUR FACTS WERE CORRECT IN WHAT YOU ARE
SAYING OR PUTTING OUT.))
OUT Q=putting out.
Despite the hurdles, Dudley believes he's run a positive and accurate
campaign, but his democratic challenger sees things differently.
Roscoe Reynolds says the race has been littered with inaccuracies.
Last week, Dudley questioned Reynolds' committment to the Governor's
Opportunity Fund, a program which uses state money to lure business to
Reynolds' stance on crime was also challenged.
IN Q=I fought
((DEL. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE:I FOUGHT SINCE 1986 FOR CHANGES
AND IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CRIMINAL LAW, ALLEN HASN'T BEEN A LEADER IN THAT FIGHT,
THAT'S WHY THE GOVERNOR PUT ME ON THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM COMMISSION AND
NOT ALLEN DUDLEY.))
OUT Q=allen dudley.
Dudley has also questioned Reynolds' campaign tactics-- in particular-- a
direct mailer dealing with National Republican attacks on medicaid.
Campaign tactics-- aside-- there's a lot at stake in this special election.
A republican victory would put the G-O-P in control of a Virginia
legislative chamber for the first time in history.
IN Q=I don't
((DEL. ALLEN DUDLEY/R-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE:I DON'T KNOW THAT THE PRESSURE IS
THERE ON ME ON BEHALF OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND WHAT ALL THAT INVOLVES I
THINK IT'S MORE A MATTER OF LEADERSHIP FROM THIS DISTRICT REPRESENTING THESE
OUT Q=these people.
The 20th district senate race has been characterized as an expensive one--
because of time constraints, advertising has been a necessity-- for both
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
What's green, and filled with calories and caffeine.
It's the newest drink from Coca Cola- called Surge.
Coca Cola is betting millions that Surge will attract young consumers lured
away by Mountain Dew.
The citrus soda contains the energy boosting carbohydrate called
Each can has slightly more caffeine than Mountain Dew and more calories-
170 a can.
Surge cans also have wide mouths-
Coca-Cola plans a TV debut during the Super Bowl next month.
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SUPER=333-Cloudy/Fog Developing/34-38/Morning Rain/& Cloudy/44-48;
High school highlights and much more, but first, some tragic racing news.
SUPER=03-Imola, Italy/1994; :00
Formula one driver Ayrton Senna was killed in a 1994 crash. His racing team
is now facing manslaughter charges in connection with his death because of
mechanical problems. Now the numbers. (-------------)
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0103-j/Tampa Bay/4//Montreal/2////Hartford/2/j/NY Rangers/5///;
SUPER=0098-j/Louisville #18/65//Wright State/57///j/Liberty/68//UNC
go to break!!!
GRAPHIC=Hometown hoops weekly
Hometown Hoops Weekly was in Moneta last night for the Staunton
River/Fieldale Collinsville battle.
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
3 pointer for 3 of his game high 23.
The Cavs answered. Brad Bodkin takes the pass and nails a trey of his own.
But the eagles K.C. Carroll serves up a masterpiece in the form of a blue
collar basket and gets the foul.
and the Golden Eagles prevail 54-48 at home.
On to the NBA where the lowly Boston Celtics fell even further down in
Atlantic Division standings last night in a loss to Milwaukee.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Bucks vs. Celtics; :00
The game marked the debut of Milwaukee coach Chris Ford at Boston's Fleet
center. Ford coached the Celts from 90 to 95 and played for them.
Ray Allen sparked the Bucks, SUPER=32-Milwaukee/107/Boston/97;
scoring 13 of his 16 in the first quarter.
Allen also fed Vin Baker for 2 of his 28 as the Bucks down Boston 107-91.
Cowboy Michael Irvin spent time yesterday quieting rumors yesterday about
possible drug probation violations.
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"
According to the Detroit News, next week's season ending game with the Niners,
COULD be Wayne Fontes last as head coach of the Lions.
The Newspapaer reports that, like last season, Fontes needs a strong finish
in to stay in Detroit. The Lions fell to 5 and 10 after losing to Green Bay
Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer will have a new adversary next season. Big East
football added a new coach yesterday.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA; :00
Former Ohio State assistant Walt Harris was named the new head coach at
Pitt; he replaces Johnny Majors and hopes his team will play like the NFL's
((WALT HARRIS/NAMED NEW PITTSBURGH COACH:))
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Hanging Rock's Chip Sullivan is putting the initial celebration of getting
his PGA card behind him to focus in on playing! As far as being intimidated by
all the big time names on the tour: Chip seems to have a solid strategy.
IN Q="I'm still
((CHIP SULLIVAN/PGA PRO:))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Professional; :00
OUT Q=...competing against"
Still to come tonight, we will hear from the UVa football team,
and check in with some Nebraska Cornhusker fans trying to make red waves here
7 and 4 Virginia is preparing for it's december 27th date with Miami. Among
the topics this week, the polls; a subject, George Welsh has usually not wanted
to discuss. But with UVa out of the top 25, and recruiting on the line, George
Welsh spoke about it.
((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...helps recruiting"
Virginia Tech's game plan for the Hokies new year's eve date with Nebraska
in the Orange Bowl is still in the works.
Cornhusker fans are also working here in Roanoke and in Salema; trying to
build a River of red close to home.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Bob Bryan/Nebraska Fan; :24
SUPER=03-Lincoln, NE; :38
SUPER=01-Robert Benne/Nebraska Fan Club Chair; 1:02
OUT Q=...spicey ha, ha, ha,"
As if you counldn't tell; Bob Bryan hails from Nebraska. 7 of his siblings
still live there, His strong football and family ties helped his daughter's
basketball college decision making process. The Cave Spring senior center
recently accepted a full scholarship to nebraska.
Even though Nebraska red and white decorate his house in Roanoke co., Byran
is happy to see the Hokies make it to the Orange Bowl.
Which takes us to Roanoke college where Religion and Philosophy chair Dr.
Robert Benne also heads the Salem Cornhusker club.
it's amazing that Benne, who hails from West Point Nebraska, would even
cheer for the Huskers and their head coach Tom Osborne.
Benne, like Bryan predicts a Nebraska win. He also is a Tech fan and Getting
together on New Years eve will be interesting.
Over twelve hundred children will have new bikes this Christmas.
The donated bikes formed a Christmas tree in the Tanglewood mall parking
lot over the last four days.
The tree is the result of the Bikes or Bust campaign, co-sponsored by J-93
point-five and your hometown station.
The goal was one thousand bikes, but the two-wheelers kept rolling in this
morning, until the total added up to 12-hundred-37.
IN Q=all I want to do
((SLAM DUNCAN/J-93.5 DISC JOCKEY; ALL I WANT TO DO IS ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH MY FAMILY NOW THAT WE'VE GOT THIS UNDER OUR BELT AND KNOW THAT THERE'LL BE
A LOT OF OTHER FAMILIES
ABLE TO ENJOY THEIR HOLIDAY SEASON BECAUSE OF ALL THE FOLKS WHO CAME OUT AND
BROUGHT US BIKES.))
((SSGT. STEVE GARDNER/TOYS FOR TOTS; FORTUNATELY ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THE ROANOKE
VALLEY HEARD ABOUT IT AND JUST SAID THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO SUPPORT THIS YEAR
AND BECAUSE OF THAT IT WAS GREAT))
SUPER=01-Slam Duncan/J-93.5 Disc Jockey;
SUPER=01-Steve Gardner/Toys For Tots;
OUT Q=it was great
The bikes were taken to the Salvation Army. They'll be delivered to
children over the next few days.