Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The response to new rape charges filed against two prominent Virginia Tech
football players... includes a multi-million lawsuit.
We'll hear from their lawyer and get the alleged victim's point of view.
And a stay of execution keeps Virginia out of the execution record books.
Tonight in sports, the Express is home, PH and Fleming are set to hook up at
the Salem Civic Center tonight, UVa says it is in much better shape for this
year's Carquest bowl.
Plus, even thought the Governor is extremely concerned about the off the
field behavior of the Virginia Tech football team, he is still willing to bet
on them in the Orange Bowl.
A quick moving storm system is going to pass by, perhaps leaving as much as
3 to five inches of snow in its wake overnight tomorrow. I'll have the latest
from the News 7 Weather Center.
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The woman two Virginia Tech football players allegedly raped says Brian
Edmonds and James Crawford took advantage of her while she was intoxicated.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy/Microwave
Now, Tracy Altizer tells us Edmonds and Crawford claim THEY'RE the victims.
Keith, these two players are suing the alleged rape victim for 32 million
The suit accuses her of trespassing, attempting to extort so-called hush
money, slander, damaging property and assaulting Crawford.
IN Q=The woman tells News-7
SUPER=01-Matt Pethyridge/Players' Lawyer;
OUT Q=police department. None.
The woman tells News-7 she dated James Crawford in the summer of '95 and is
friends with him and Brian Edmonds.
She says after a party Friday night at the players' apartment both men
started taking turns with her while she was drunk. She says they ran when she
yelled for help.
The players' lawyer says it's ludicrous to think a rape victim would return
to the scene of the crime.
((MATT PETHYRIDGE/PLAYERS' LAWYER: SHE CAME IN THE APARTMENT, THEY WERE ASLEEP
AND SHE ACCOSTED JAMES IN HIS BED WHILE HE WAS ASLEEP. SHE EITHER DID THAT OR
SHE DID NOT, AND IF SHE DID SHE'S LIABLE FOR DAMAGES REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR
NOT SHE WAS RAPED. SHE WAS, OF COURSE, NOT RAPED BY EITHER OF THESE TWO
The woman says she did go back, to hurt the players like they had hurt her.
She admits beating Crawford with her boot, and says he told her he thought
she had consented to sex.
She denies the players' accusations that she demanded hush money, and says
the only mention of money all evening came during the party, when she asked
Crawford to borrow two dollars and he said it would cost her sex.
Meanwhile the players have now filed formal complaints with Blacksburg
police, requesting an investigation into THEIR claims.
((A DOZEN WITNESSES ALL PREPARED TO OFFER INFORMATION SUGGESTING THE INNOCENCE
OF THESE TWO PLAYERS. NONE OF THESE PEOPLE WERE INTERVIEWED BY THE BLACKSBURG
POLICE DEPARTMENT. NONE. ))
Blacksburg police chief Bill Brown says his department has consulted with
the prosecutor from the beginning and will continue to investigate the case.
(Tracy ad libs toss to Ellen)
The state's number one football fan is taking the latest charges very
Double Boxes=Tracy and Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What did Governor Allen say today?
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
Tracy, the Governor wants to make it clear he's NOT been briefed on any of
the allegations in this case -- and this is NOT a rush to judgment.
But we asked him what he'd do if he were the coach and had two players
facing such serious charges.
IN Q=Uhhh... Boy.
OUT Q=possible standards.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: UHHH. BOY. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT YOU PUNISH
SOMEONE BEFORE THEY'RE ACTUALLY PUNISHED. NEVERTHELESS, IT'S FAIRLY SERIOUS,
AND IT SEEMS TO ME THE COACH WOULD TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AND THAT THEY,
IN MY VIEW, NOT PLAY.))
Allen's NOT alone in his concern about the case.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IF IT LOOKS LIKE EITHER A JUDGE OR A GRAND JURY IS GONNA
INDICT THEM AND BIND THEM OVER FOR TRIAL, I WOULD NOT LET THEM REPRESENT
VIRGINIA. THEY SHOULDN'T PLAY FOR VIRGINIA TECH WITH THESE SERIOUS CHARGES
HANGING OVER THEIR HEAD.))
((ATTORNEY GEN. JIM GILMORE: WELL I'M THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE. I'M
NOT THE FOOTBALL COACH AT VIRGINIA TECH OR UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA OR ANYWHERE
ELSE. BUT I HAVE ALWAYS CONDUCTED THE PUBLIC LIFE THAT I HAD AND THE PLACES
THAT I HAVE RUN AS A PUBLIC OFFICIAL AT HIGH STANDARDS, AND THE HIGHEST
Governor Allen -- who was himself a quarterback at UVA, and whose father a
very successful NFL coach -- told us about his own experience coaching 5th
through 8th graders one year in Albemarle County.
He said if there were any infractions -- his players sat out the next game.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
(Keith question: Has the Governor expressed his concerns directly to Coach
Ellen response: As of late this afternoon, his press office said he had NOT.
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech Football
Just within the last half hour, Virginia Tech officials have made that
decision on their own.
James Crawford and Brian Edmonds have been suspended from the football team
until further notice.
Officials say while the players contend it's a case of false arrest, the
university must place its faith in the integrity of the police investigation.
IN Q=I mean it's not easy
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Dir.;
OUT Q=compelled to do this
SS=Virginia Tech Football
Braine says barring any dramatic developments in the next few days, the
players will NOT play in the Orange Bowl.
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Pope John Paul's prayer appears to have been answered.
SS=US Supreme Court
The U-S Supreme Court has delayed tomorrow's scheduled execution of Virginia
Beach killer Joseph Roger O'Dell.
That means Virginia's record year of executions ends with number eight,
Ronald Hoke... who was put to death last night.
The Pope had asked Governor Allen last week to grant O'Dell clemency.
Today, the Governor seemed relieved his burden was lifted for the year.
IN Q=Who knows
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHO KNOWS WHEN THEY'LL MAKE A DECISION ON IT. I DO FEEL
VERY SORRY FOR THE VICTIM'S FAMILIES. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ADEQUATE
ATTENTION... OR REVERENCE, OR SYMPATHY.))
OUT Q=or sympathy.
If O'Dell's appeals fail in 1997, he'll be the first to die in the electric
chair in two-and-a-half years.
The Roanoke Valley will NOT be hosting an international cycling event next
Sources close to Cycle Roanoke Valley says efforts to find new sponsors for
the last year of the Tour DuPont have fallen through.
SUPER=04-Video Courtesy: Tour DuPont 1996
DuPont announced earlier this month that it was pulling its name and money
from the race, after a falling out with promoters.
Since then, organizers have been trying to find the money for a May race.
But the Cycle Roanoke Valley sources say "the logistics just wouldn't work."
The group will work on getting international cycling back to the state by
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6: V-M-I officials spell out how they hope to
avoid the hazing problems that plague the Citadel.
and will the State Senate remain 20-20 or will the scales tip in favor of
Republicans? That's what is at stake in today's special election. We'll have
live reports on both candidates.
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Voters will know in a matter of hours who will become the 20th District's
next State Senator.
The special election to decide who will fill the seat vacated by
Congressman-elect Virgil Goode is winding down.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton is in Martinsville with the latest from Roscoe Reynolds'
(Teresa ad lib)
rollcue: closely watched race.
SUPER=01-Roscoe Reynolds/(D) State Senate Candidate; :00
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :10
OUT Q=wait and see
(Teresa ad lib)
Teresa tosses to Kimberly
(Teresa tosses to Kimberly)
(Kimberly ad lib)
rollcue: ...first time ever.
SUPER=01-Allen Dudley/(R) State Senate Candidate; :17
OUT Q=in southside Virginia
(Kimberly ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Kimberly/Microwave
(Keith question: where will Dudley spend the evening tonight as results begin
to come in?)
The man overseeing the transition to co-education at Virginia Military
Institute says he's confident V-M-I can avoid sexual harassment and hazing of
Colonel Mike Bissell served as Commandant at V-M-I for four years.
V-M-I has the advantage of having a year to get ready for women on Post, he
says, and he's convinced the first classmen will keep the "rats" in line.
IN Q=If we get
((IF WE GET THE CADET CORPS TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS AND HOW
THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE, TOTALLY, FOR THE GOOD AND THE BAD, I TRULY BELIEVE THAT
THEY THEMSELVES WILL POLICE AND WILL ENSURE TO THE DEGREE POSSIBLE THAT NOTHING
LIKE THAT HAPPENS. ))
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Bissell/VMI Special Assistant to Supt.
Colonel Bissell was responding to questions about a recent hazing incident
at the Citadel...
where two of the school's four female cadets had their clothes set on fire...
not once but three times.
The stock market rallied in heavy trading today.
The Dow gained 40 points, closing at 63 hundred eight.
NASDAQ was UP five points.
Virginia lawmakers dropped their jaws earlier this year at an eight BILLION
dollar maintenance and construction wish list for schools around the
Now, the politicians are lining up with stop-gap solutions.
Democrat Don Beyer wants more state aid to go to localities.
IN Q=Right now
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: RIGHT NOW, THE STATE CONTRIBUTES 11-DOLLARS AND 50-CENTS
FOR EVERY STUDENT. WE'RE GONNA PROPOSE RAISING IT TO 16- DOLLARS. THAT'S
ABOUT FOUR AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS IT'S FOUR AND A
HALF MILLION DOLLARS RIGHT NOW, THAT CAN BE USED FOR FIRE ALARMS, FOR AIR
CONDITIONING, FOR REPLACING BROKEN WINDOWS. THINGS THAT WILL HELP THESE KIDS
LIVE IN BETTER SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS.))
Republican Jim Gilmore wants to limit the aid to what localities can borrow
from the state Literary Fund.
IN Q=I think
((ATTORNEY GEN. JIM GILMORE: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE
DO USE THE LITERARY FUND FOR THESE PURPOSES. THIS YEAR I EXPECT TO SEE 20
MILLION DOLLARS FROM TRIGON, UNCLAIMED FUNDS, GOING INTO IT THAT WE WERE ABLE
TO GET FOR THE LITERARY FUND.))
OUT Q=Literary Fund.
Gilmore's following in the footsteps of Governor George Allen, who's
proposed NO direct aid -- but to expand what localities can borrow starting
It will cost close to 13- MILLION- DOLLARS to convert one of the old Norfolk
Southern buildings next to the Hotel Roanoke into a higher education center.
Those were among the findings released in a study sponsored by State Senator
Edwards notes constructing a new building would be more expensive than
renovating the downtown landmark.
IN Q=This is
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/(D)ROANOKE: THIS IS 80 DOLLARS PER SQUARE FOOT, AND IT
COMPARES FAVORABLY TO 115 DOLLARS PER SQUARE FOOT COST FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION FOR
HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITIES IN THE COMMONWEALTH.))
SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D)Roanoke;
OUT Q=in the Commonwealth.
Edwards says there's already enough demand for space from area schools to
fill all nine floors of the building.
The senator warns this will be a complex real estate project, and questions
about funding, ownership and management must still be answered.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Panthers prepare to make some serious
history this weekend, Tiger Woods has already done the same, the Governor plans
to bet on the Hokies,
And the Express is getting to take the Roundhouse ice tonight against the
The Roanoke Express plays host to the North Division Johnstown Chiefs tonight
at 7 at the round house.
The Express practiced on the Roanoke Civic Center ice for around and hour
today. Roanoke has won two straight, but understand how good Johnstown is; a
team that has won 3 of it's last 4.
IN Q="the team...
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :00
OUT Q=...FOR THEM TONIGHT."
Highlights for you later tonight on News 7 Primetime on WEFC and on News 7 at
Tuesday means a big night for High school basketball.
Tonight's featured game at the Salem Civic Center welcomes two new Head
coaches to the RVD.
Roland Lovelace leads the William Fleming Colonels and Jack Esworthy heads
the Patrick Henry Patriots in the 7:30 tip-off.
Highlights and postgame for you later tonight.
The Virginia Cavaliers depart for the sunshine state this Monday to put the
final preparations on their december 27th Carquest Bowl date with Miami.
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/1994; :00
In 94, the Cavs lost Boston College; another Big East school, in UVa's
first trip to the Carquest.
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...couple other bowl games"
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/November 29; :00
The cavaliers are finding part of their motivation for the Carquest Bowl in
the fact that their last showing against a Big East School; the Hokies, was not
a good one.
IN Q="I think
((JAMES FARRIOR/UVA LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-James Farrior/UVa Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=...something to prove"
As you hopefully heard from Ellen Qualls earlier in the newscast, Governor
Allen is extremely concerned about the state of affairs surrounding the Tech
SUPER=03-Shreveport, LA/December 1993; :00
Despite being a UVa graduate and former Cavalier player, the Governor is a
friend of head coach Frank Beamer, and is still considered the team's
unofficial good luck charm, dating back to the 1993 season.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/Last December;
Last December Allen bet his Texas counterpart on the Sugar Bowl and won.
He now trying to make a wager on Tech with Nebraska Governor Benjamin Nelson.
IN Q="Last year..
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN:))
OUT Q=...OUT OF NEBRASKA."
The Carolina Panthers are on the verge of clinching the NFC West this weekend
when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
The Panthers have 11 wins this season, and they earn themselves a home field
game at Ericsson Stadium by putting away their head coach's old team this
IN Q="In the NFL...
((MARK CARRIER/PANTHERS RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Mark Carrier/Panthers Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...TO PLAY."
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
The stakes won't be as high, but the emotions will be right up their in DC
this Sunday as the Redskins host the Cowboys in the final game ever at RFK
GRAPHIC=New 7 Sports
Tiger Woods, has made a name for himself in the world of golf and this week
he finds his name and face on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the 1996
Sportsman of the Year.
Woods won an unprecedented three straight U.S. amateur golf championships
and was given the award for his ideals of sportsmanship character and
Tiger turned pro after his third championship and is touted as the biggest
thing to hit the tour since Jack Nicklaus in 1962.
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The polls for the State Senate special election close in just 30 minutes.
News 7 will have the results as they begin coming in--and of course we'll
have a complete report and reaction from both candidates later tonight.
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