Coming up next on News 7-
Word tonight of major layoffs at a Roanoke County company- just days before
A judge decides whether O-J Simpson will get custody of his children. We'll
And the freeze is on- as far south as Florida.
Patrick will have an early peak at our Holiday forecast.
News 7 is Next.
Roanoke County's largest employer has notified workers of a major lay-off.
A source in Roanoke County government confirms the company is planning to
eliminate jobs in the women's apparel telemarketing division.
Hanover Direct is also apparently planning to cut the second shift at the
distribution warehouse on Hollins Road.
Hanover Direct is one of the nation's largest catalog companies.
Officials did not respond to repeated requests for more information today.
Roanoke County provided incentives to bring Hanover Direct here in 1995,
and the lay- offs will NOT violate the company's performance agreement.
There's no word on the exact number of employees who will lose their jobs,
or the date the lay- offs will take effect.
Pittsylvania County authorities are investigating the murder of a Gretna
55-year old Bernard Rosser was found dead at his home yesterday afternoon.
Sheriff's deputies checked on him after he failed to show up for work.
The medical examiner says Rosser died of blows to the head.
No one's been arrested.
Another big win for O-J Simpson- a judge says he will keep his kids.
Sandra Hughes reports from Los Angeles.
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((Eleven year old Sydney and eight year old Justin at the center of a
tug-of-war that turned into a court room battle, that is now over.
They've lived with their grandparents ever since police arrested O.J. Simpson
back in 1994, visiting their mother s grave every Sunday, placing a white rose
on her tombstone each time they go there.
Mr. Simpson's lawyers argued that they belong with their father, that he can
enlighten them about their African-American heritage.
Lawyers who represent the Browns say, Mr. Simpson abused Nicole and because
of that, the children should not be with him.))
Food Lion's won its lawsuit against A-B-C.
A jury says four producers committed fraud and trespass by sending
reporters into the store undercover-
The network then aired an expose on alleged unsanitary practices.
((FOOD LION CONTENDED FROM THE OUTSET THE REPORT WAS FALSE. FOOD LION CONTENDED
FROM THE OUTSET SOME OF THE SCENES ACTAULLY FILMED WERE STAGED.))
SUPER=01-Richard Wyatt Jr./Food Lion Attorney; 00
OUT Q=WERE STAGED."
The jury considers damages December 30th- Food Lion wants two and half
38 more hostages are free tonight in Peru.
The Red Cross says ambassadors from Brazil, Egypt and South Korea are among
those freed tonight by Peruvian rebels.
The communist guerrillas are still holding about 330 captives at the
Japanese Ambassador's residence.
Some of the people released complained of harsh conditions- One person says
the government should restore electricity, water and phones.
The cold snap is putting the big chill on the Southeast-
((brrr. brrr. brrr. ))
This is the reaction to the chilling temperatures in Tampa- where the
mercury dropped into the thirties.
In Tallahassee nursery workers are covering up the plants- it was in the
low twenties there today.
The Good news- Experts say the citrus areas are NOT cold enough to do any
In Atlanta the snow inspired some residents to get into the Christmas
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns,
black farmers from Franklin County discuss the problems of discrimination in
the agricultural community,
and we'll see how police forces in the area are giving time and money to
help children have a Merry Christmas.
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A Roanoke police officer was justified in using deadly force in a fatal
shooting in October.
That's according to Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell who says Officer
A-C Lampe had reason to fear for his life.
Two months ago, police responded to a call of a woman screaming for help in
They found 41-year old Rodney Lee Wilhelm outside his house, carrying two
He fired one, and pointed the other at officer Lampe.
Lampe fired five shots, hitting Wilhelm four times. Wilhelm died at the
A New York man convicted of animal cruelty and organized dog fighting will
spend the next 90- days in the Halifax County jail.
A judge ordered 24-year old Anthony Martinez to begin serving the three
month sentence today.
The New York native was also ordered to do one-thousand hours of community
service at an animal hospital.
Martinez and Alan Samuels were arrested in February after a Halifax County
deputy heard a pit bull moaning in the back of a pick up parked outside a local
Four injured dogs were discovered along with a videotape of people wagering
thousands of dollars on dog fights.
Deputies also found other evidence of dog fighting-- including drugs and a
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((LLOYD COBB/HALIFAX CO. DEPUTY:I THINK MOST OF THE PEOPLE DIDN'T REALIZE THE
DOG FIGHTS WERE GOING ON AND LIKE I SAID, IT WAS AN EDUCATION PERIOD FOR ME,
TOO, GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE ANIMAL WORDEN IN THIS COUNTY OPENED UP MY EYES
QUIET A BIT TO WHAT WAS GOING ON. ))
SUPER=01-Lloyd Cobb/Halifax Co. Deputy; :00
OUT Q=going on.
All four dogs were eventually "put to sleep".
Authorities say because of the way the dogs were raised, they were not
suitable candidates for adoption.
Hundreds of black farmers have filed complaints or lawsuits charging U-S-D-A
loan officials discouraged, delayed or rejected their loan applications because
of their race.
The Franklin County Chapter of the National Black Farmers of America met
tonight to discuss the recent findings against the U-S-D-A.
One farmer says he's been trying for 15 years to get a loan.
IN Q=Start out I
((THURMAN WITCHER/FRANKLIN CO. FARMER: START OUT I WASN'T QUALIFIED. THEY SAY
RENT. I SAY OK. I RENTED FOR YEARS. ONE YEAR I RENT 140 ACRES OF TOBACCO,
GOT CALLED UP TO DESERT STORM THAT THREW ME BACK. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?))
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OUT Q=have to do?
Wednesday, the Secretary of Agriculture ordered a suspension of government
farm foreclosures across the country pending the outcome of an investigation.
Representatives from Congressman Goodlatte and Senator Robb's office were at
IN Q=I'm here on
((ANNE GEYER/SEN. CHARLES ROBB'S OFFICE: I'M HERE ON HIS BEHALF TO SEE WHAT
THE FARMERS HAVE TO SAY AND WHAT SUGGESTION THEY WOULD HAVE SO WE COULD BE IN
THE PROCESS OF MAKING SOME STRIDES ON THEIR BEHALF.))
SUPER=01-Anne Geyer/Sen. Charles Robb's Office;
OUT Q=on their behalf.
A national forum on the issue will be held early next year.
Some black students in Oakland, California are now speaking a legitimate
The Oakland school board voted last night to recognize "black English" as an
official second language.
Officials there want federal funds to train teachers to communicate with
those students who use improper grammar.
But at least one LOCAL school administrator thinks that's a bad idea.
Dr. James McCormick says accepting bad English as a second language is
simply a lowering of standards.
IN Q=It says to
((DR. JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT SAYS TO OUR CHILDREN,
CONTINUE TO SPEAK INCORRECTLY OR MAYBE LEARN TO SPEAK INCORRECTLY. AND IT'S
TELLING OUR TEACHERS THAT WE MUST NOW WORK WITH OUR CHILDREN NOT ONLY IN SUB-
GROUPS BUT SUB- GROUPS OF SUB- GROUPS, POSSIBLY.))
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OUT Q=sub-groups possibly.
McCormick says the topic of "black English" has never been raised in
A George Allen budget goes down easy with the Democrat-dominated General
But don't think there there won't be changes.
Ellen Qualls covered the Governor's annual December ritual.
IN Q=He'd already
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SUPER=01-Sen. Stanley Walker/(D) Senate Finance Co-Chairman; 1:12
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( He'd already revealed new money for public education, the Chesapeake Bay,
So his last surprise?
20 million dollars NOT allocated for anything.
SOT T1 09:52:41
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AS A MATTER OF GENERAL POLICY AND PRINCIPLE, MY
PREFERENCE WOULD BE TO RETURN IT TO THE TAXPAYERS WHO EARNED IT. HOWEVER, IF
NOT, I WOULD URGE YOU TO LEAVE IT.))
So why NOT propose a tax cut himself?
SOT T2 10:08:40
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHAT CHANCE DO YOU RECKON IT HAS WITH THIS GROUP? I
THINK WE'VE GONE THROUGH THAT EXERCISE BEFORE.))
SOT T3 11:16:57
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I UNDERSTAND AND LISTENED TO THE RHETORIC ABOUT
THE 20 MILLION DOLLARS. BUT I KNOW WHY THE 20 MILLION DOLLARS IS THERE. THE
20 MILLION DOLLARS IS THERE SO WE CAN TAKE A MORE IN-DEPTH LOOK AT HOW TO DEAL
WITH THE LAG PAY PROBLEM.))
The lag pay problem is the new payroll system the Governor will enact in
January -- disbursing checks a day later each pay period, so state workers are
paid two weeks after actual time worked, like the private sector.
Allen's proposed to make up for a few days of the missing two weeks.
But the rest would consume some of state workers hard-won two percent
raises... that they were actually hoping to get sweetened this year.
SOT T2 10:14:02
((JOAN DENT/VA. GOV'T. EMPLOYEES ASSOC.: WE WOULD ANTICIPATE JUST AS TRADITION
GOES THAT WE'LL SEE A BETTER PACKAGE FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))
And there are other areas of discord.
SOT T3 11:15:15
((SEN. STANLEY WALKER/D-SENATE FINANCE CO-CHAIRMAN: I DO NOT SEE MUCH THERE
FOR HIGHER EDUCATION. WE EMBARKED ON A PATH IN THE LAST SESSION. AND IT WAS
CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THAT WE HAD MADE A STRONG BEGINNING. BUT THERE WAS ALSO A
FEELING THAT WE HAD A LONG WAYS TO GO.))
But it's a far cry from two years ago -- when an in-your-face Allen laid out
an ambitious tax and spending cut scheme that Democrats decimated within weeks.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Soft Music Under
When News 7 returns, Patrick will have our chilly forecast,
and we'll see why Virginia Tech's trip to the Orange Bowl means a sunny
forecast for one local screen printer.
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With just four days to finish their Christmas shopping, many people are
struggling with what to get their loved ones.
Len Besthoff has some suggestions for the high tech crowd in part one of his
"Cyber Santa" report.
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SUPER=01-Dave Dunham/Staples Electronics Expert; :27
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
With one in three people now owning a home computer, there's a whole new
world of options when it comes to Christmas presents.
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IN Q=I'm not
((BOB LEFEVR/COMPUTER OWNER: I'M NOT EVEN REALLY SURE WHAT'S OUT THERE BUT I
SEE SOME THINGS IN SOME OF THE COMPUTER STUFF IF I WOULD SHOP AROUND A BIT I
WOULD PROBABLY GET SOME COMPUTER RELATED STUFF.))
SUPER=01-Bob LeFevr/Computer Owner;
OUT Q=related stuff.
The folks at Staples say personal organizers are popular because you can
download the the information you put in them into your computer...pricewise,
you're looking at anywhere from 50 to several hundred- bucks.
IN Q=Some of them
((DAVE DUNHAM/STAPLES ELECTRONICS EXPERT: SOME OF THEM ACTUALLY VERY CLOSELY
IMITATE THE OPERATING SYSTEM ITSELF ON THE COMPUTER, SO THERE'S OF A LEARNING
CURVE AS FAR AS WORKING WITH THE ORGANIZER.))
OUT Q=the organizer.
For about 40- dollars you can get someone a Hot Wheels designer computer
mouse, that lights up, revs up, and comes with a racing game.
IN Q=These are
((DUNHAM: THESE ARE FUN ACCESSORIES THAT YOU CAN DRESS UP YOUR COMPUTER WITH.
OUT Q=computer with.
And don't forget, software, software, software.
You'll be glad to know Barbie has made the transition to the computer age,
and a 50- dollar program featuring her is a big hit.
IN Q=You can
((DUNHAM: YOU CAN USE THE COMPUTER AND DESIGN AND FIX UP AN IMAGE OF BARBIE AND
PUT DIFFERENT CLOTHES ON AND THINGS OF THAT SORT.))
OUT Q=that sort.
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IN Q=Now if
(( Now if you have a home computer and you don't feel like braving the malls,
you can shop via the Internet.
We'll explore that tomorrow.
Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
Christmas will be even brighter this year for several needy children thanks
to the Danville police department.
About a dozen children paired up with police officers for a shopping spree
at the Danville K-MART tonight.
The officers have spent the past few weeks raising money to buy clothes,
shoes and toys for the kids.
For the officers, the evening was about more than giving material gifts-- it
was about building trust and friendship.
IN Q=We wanted
((TODD BROWN/FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE PRES.:WE WANTED...NEEDED HELP. ))
SUPER=01-Todd Brown/Local Fraternal Order of Police Pres.
OUT Q=needed help.
This was the first year the department has sponsored a shopping spree-- but
it won't be the last.
Even though it was a lot of work, Brown says the evening went so well,
he's looking forward to next year.
The Christmas spirit was also evident in Halifax County.
This morning Sheriff Jeff Oakes and his deputies donated gifts to the local
department of social services.
The agency was running low on funds so social workers contacted the
sheriff's department to see if they'd be willing to help several families.
The deputies raised enough money for a shopping spree to buy stuffed animals
The local Leggett department store also donated gifts.
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A big game up in Glenvar tonight as the Highlanders hosted James River.
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The James River fans came ready to cheer for their team tonight.
The Highlanders working the defense Hunter Allen steals the ball and passes
to Josh Williamson who passes back to allen for the easy layup.
But the Knights come right back Bryan LeFlore hits Quincy Springs on the
outside and he drills the three from the center of the arc.
Moments later, Williamson takes the ball to the basket and scores the hoop
over the defender for another Highlander basket.
James River's Springs gets it again SUPER=33-Glenvar/73/James
River/62/;this time he drives the baseline to the hoop gets inside for the
layup but Glenvar wins the game 73 to 62.
Other winners tonight were G.W. Danville, Giles, Radford, and Pulaski
In the N-B-A tonight, Karl Malone and the Jazz were in the O'Arena tonight
taking on the Magic.
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Dennis Scott gives the Magic a six point lead when he hits the jumper to
make it 37 to 31 Magic.
Utah fell behind by 8 moments later but Malone throws the length of the
court pass to John Stockton for the layup to make it 39 to 33.
Orlando's Darryl Armstrong SUPER=32-Orlando/93/Utah/98/;receives the
pass and hits the running Jumper the Magic led by six at the half but Utah wins
the game 98 to 93.
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The N-B-A has suspended Charles Barkley for two games and his teammate
Clyde Drexler for one.
The two touched referee Jack Nies during an argument last night.
Both Rockets were also fined Barkley 75-hundred dollars and Drexler
Now, lets check the pro numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
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Rich Kotite's last game with the New York Jets will be this Sunday against
the Miami Dolphins.
Kotite resigned as the Jets head coach after posting a 1 and 14 record this
The team has won only four times in the last 38 games.
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((RICH KOTITE/RESIGNING AS JETS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Rich Kotite/Resigning as Jets Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=......down the road."
And coming up in Sports, Steve Mason will have the Roundhouse Wrapup
And Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer talks about the Cornhuskers of
We're a little over two weeks away from Virginia Tech's Orange bowl meeting
with Nebraska, and the Hokies still remain double digit underdogs against a
Husker team that is averaging 43 points a game.
IN Q="you know...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ON OFFENSE."
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The Holiday month has been filled with good spirits for the Express. The team
is undefeated in December.
Steve Mason now checks in with our latest instalment of Round House Wrapup.
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((Ilja Dubkov/Jeff Jablonski exploded for a combined 8 points against
Knoxville last saturday.
This saturday, Dubkov will play in his 219th game for the Express; a new
record that surpasses Michael Smith's mark of 218.
Jeff Cowan 3 goals in 2 games, gives him 13 total.
The Roanoke Civic center put in a new score board this week.
Harry York, 1 of over 70 former ECHL players to play in the NHL, faced the
Express last season while in Nashville. York, who was November's NHL player of
the month, is now in St. Louis.
Hampton Roads goalie Byron DeFoe was singing the Blues this week when he was
shelled by Mark Messier and the New York Rangers. Speaking of the Blues, former
Roanoke Valley rebel Mike Keenan was fired Thursday by St. Louis.
NHL Hall of Famer Brad Park coached Johnstown in the Express's 6-3 win
Tuesday. Park filled in for the suspended Nick Fotiu. Park's 17 year NHl career
was spent with three clubs, including the Boston Bruins and the Detroit
Redwings, where he also coached.
Now here's a look at the standings.))
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Virginia Tech's trip to the Orange Bowl is turning out to be the seed of a
cash crop for one Roanoke business.
Workers at Scribners Screen Printing have been working non-stop since the
announcement of The Orange Bowl contest between Tech and Nebraska.
Scribners prints shirts for the off-campus bookstore in Blacksburg.
When the Hokies go bowling, it's always good business.
IN Q=THE SUGAR BOWL
((GREG SCRIBNER/SCRIBNERS SCREEN PRINTING: THE SUGAR BOWL LAST YEAR THINGS
JUST TOOK OFF. THEY DID REAL WELL. WE SOLD ABOUT THREE THOUSAND PIECES.))
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OUT Q=THREE THOUSAND PIECES
So far the company has filled four orders totaling 15-hundred pieces.
Greg Scribner says this year's late bowl announcement made the selling
season shorter, but he's happy with the sales for the Orange Bowl merchandise.
But you don't have to go to Blacksburg for a shirt, Scribners is selling them
at its Roanoke location too.