Coming up next on News 7...
A 12 year old girl saved a Danville family today, after she smelled smoke
and warned them the house was on fire.
An Israeli soldier tries to short-circut the Mideast peace process by
shooting up a palestinian market.
And the polar bears come out to celebrate the new year.
Those stories, and a look back at the top stories of '96, next on News 7.
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A 12 year old girl's quick action helped save the life of a Danville woman
and her young children today.
Trease (TERESA) Burton's Holbrook Street home caught fire around six this
The house did NOT have a smoke detector but a 12- year old family friend who
was staying over woke up with a burning throat and coughing.
Krystle Beard says she was scared but knew she had to get help.
Beard ran into Trease Burton's room and woke her up in time to get Burton's
four young children to safety.
Only later did the two realize the full extent of the damage.
IN Q=She had
((KRYSTLE BEARD:SHE HAD A FOUR MONTH OLD PIT BULL DOG, THAT'S GONE, ALL HER
FURNITURE AND EVERYTHING IS GONE, I MEAN, SHE HAS TO START ALL OVER AGAIN,
SHE'S SCARED, EVERYTHING SHE EVER HAD IS GONE. ))
SUPER=07-Krystle Beard; :00
OUT Q=is gone.
It will probably take Burton, who's the mother of eight- children, a while
to replace all that was lost.
Fire fighters say the items that didn't burn up were damaged by heat and
Fire officials say a wire that "shorted out" in the attic sparked the blaze.
Authorities have released the name of the man found murdered on Chapman
Avenue in Roanoke Monday night.
Police say 33 year old Larry Edward Donahue of Patterson Avenue died after
he was shot in the head.
It was the city's 13th murder of 1996.
An Israeli soldier who wanted to stop the mideast peace process went on a
shooting rampage today.
The 19 year old soldier opened fire in a busy vegatable market, hitting five
He was tackled by his other Israeli soldiers, as chaos erupted i the
Police say the soldier told them he wanted to sabotage the peace agreement,
which would give 80 percent of Hebron to the Palestinians.
Israel's prime minister said no crime will be allowed to stop the peace
IN Q=I think the agreement
((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER; I THINK THE AGREEMENT THAT WE
HAVE BEEN LABORING ON FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, SEVERAL MONTHS ACTUALLY, HAS BEEN
DESIGNED TO PREVENT PRECISELY SUCH ACTS. ))
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister;
OUT Q=prevent such acts
P-L-O leader Yassar Arafat also said he hopes the shooting won't stand in
the way of the agreement.
U.S. envoy Dennis Ross said today he's optimistic that a deal will be signed
Rebels in Peru released another group of hostages today.
Seven more people were allowed to walk out of the Japanese Ambasssador's
residence, accompanied by Red Cross workers, and a Roman Catholic archbishop.
It is the second release in two days, but leftist rebels still hold 74
They are continuing to demand that the government free their jailed comrades.
For the second straight year, local air travelers rang in the New Year
watching their Roanoke- bound flights get diverted, delayed or dropped
Hundreds of Virginia Tech fans trying to return from last night's Orange
Bowl ended up elsewhere after the Roanoke airport got fogged in.
Kathy Reynolds spent 90 minutes waiting for her husband's flight to arrive
before she learned it had been diverted to another airport.
IN Q=They're going to
((KATHY REYNOLDS/WIFE OF TECH FAN: THEY'RE GOING TO RICHMOND. WE'LL JUST HAVE
TO GO HOME AND SEE WHAT THEY SAY, SEE WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO WITH 'EM.))
SUPER=01-Kathy Reynolds/Wife of Tech Fan; :00
OUT Q=do with 'em.
Airport officials say just four of eleven charter flights from Miami were
able to land in Roanoke today.
IN Q=It's been kind
((MARK COURTNEY/DEPUTY AIRPORT MANAGER: IT'S BEEN KIND OF A MIXED BAG. WEATHER
CONDITIONS LIKE THIS, IT'S JUST LUCK OF THE DRAW. UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S HAPPENED
TWICE IN A ROW NOW. I'M SURE A LOT OF THE VIRGINIA TECH FANS, CHARTER
PASSENGERS, CAN REMEMBER THE EXPERIENCE LAST YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Deputy Airport Manager; :00
OUT Q=experience last year.
Courtney says for the most part, passengers and their families were
understanding about the delays.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, the pacific northwest has to deal with more
problems as yet another storm pounds the area,
And we'll start off this new year by taking a look back at the top ten news
stories of 1996.
Well Eric, as you said earlier, fog is creating some travel headaches
Locally, visibility has been reduced to around a half- mile, so be extra
careful if you're going to be out driving tonight.
As for the temperatures...they turned cooler throughout the day...
MUSIC UP FULL
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1996 will be remembered for many things.
Here in Virginia, it will go in the record books as the year Virginia
Military Institute decided to go co-ed.
Here's a look back at that story, and and 9 others's that caught our
attention last year.
IN Q=No one is sure
SUPER=01-Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :25
SUPER=01-David Zirkle/VMI Cadet; :38
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Football Coach; :1:22
SUPER=01-Linda Rehm/Danville; 1:55
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; 2:38
SUPER=03-Giles Co./December 22; 3:16
SUPER=01-David Conley/Eyewitness; 3:20
SUPER=01-David Oliver/Lowes Community Relations; 4:06
SUPER=01-Tina Fisher/Neighbor; 4:33
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/ December 6, 1995; 4:55
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; 5:10
SUPER=01-Ezio DeFilippis/Victim's Father; 5:26
SUPER=01-Phyllis Comber/Lilly's Aunt; 5:40
(( No one one is sure EXACTLY when it will happen... but one day, 2 or 3
years from now, a Virginia Military Institute cadet will utter two words never
before spoken to an upper classman at the prestigious school..." Yes Maam".
Under pressure from a supreme court ruling, VMI's Board Of Visitors narrowly
approved a plan to admit women.
School officials vowed that changes will be minimal.
SOT tape 96-76 00:13:20
((GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT; I BELIEVE FULLY QUALIFIED YOUNG WOMEN
WOULD THEMSELVES FEEL DEMEANED BY ANY RELAXATION IN THE STANDARD OF VMI, THE
STANDARDS OF VMI. ))
The decision left some alumni and cadets in shock.
SOT 96-69 00:46:34
((DAVID ZIRKLE/VMI CADET; IT WILL BE A CERTAINTY TO ME NEXT AUGUST WHEN I SEE
THE FIRST YOUNG LADY STROLL INTO THE BARRACKS AS A CADET. UNTIL THAT POINT I
DON'T THINK IT WILL EVER BE COMPLETELY REAL TO ME. ))
About a dozen women have been offered admission so far.
Virginia Tech athletes took center stage last year, for alleged actions off
In January, former Tech Student Christy Brzonkala sued the school and two
football players she says raped her.
Though the players were never charged with rape, she said Tech forced her to
leave the university, by allowing the two players to return to school.
A federal judge threw the lawsuit out.
In November, 8 Tech football players were charged with assaulting two track
team members during a fight...
Seven current players were suspended.
SOT tape 596-28 54:41
((FRANK BEAMER/VT FOOTBALL COACH; IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY AGREED THAT SOME
SUSPENSIONS WERE IN ORDER, SIMPLY BECAUSE, AS STATED, THESE PLAYERS PUT
THEMSELVES IN A POSITION TO BE CHARGED WITH VIOLATIONS. ))
And then, in mid-December, two players were charged with rape and attempted
sodomy... fullback Brain Edmonds, who was also charged in the
November brawl, and receiver James Crawford, one of the players named in the
Brzonkala rape lawsuit.
The players' attorney called the accusation an extortion attempt.
The weather earned a place on our list, first by dumping up to 2 feet of
snow on Central and Western Virginia...
SOT 95-112 18:17
((LINDA REHM/DANVILLE; WE'RE NOT USED TO IT, IT MEAN, IT NEVER SNOWS HERE AND
NOW THAT IT HAS, EVERYBODY JUST FREAKS OUT.))
As the snow piled up, Governor Allen declared a state of emergency.
And then there was the rain... Delivered by hurricane Fran in September.
Parts of South Boston were submerged by flooding.
The storm killed one person, closed fifteen major roads and forced hundreds
to evacuate their homes.
In July, an arrest came in what some call one of the most horrendous crimes
in the Roanoke Valley.
Earl Bramblett was charged with killing a family of four.
Two years earlier, Teresa Hodges was strangled to death, her husband Blaine
and their two daughters shot.
Bramblett was arrested in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
He's scheduled to be tried early this year.
In April of last year, another family died.
Thomas Faucher and Lori Mason were killed, and their six week old daughter
fatally injured, when Scott Carlton Allman ran a red light and broadsided their
Alman was running from police, driving with a suspended license.
Charged with manslaughter, Allman told News 7 he ran from police because he
didn't want to go to jail.
SOT tape 96-26 tc 39:04
((VOICE OF SCOTT ALLMAN; I JUST AM REALLY SORRY. I MEAN... I'M 21, I JUST WISH
THEY'D JUST GIVE ME THE LOW MAXIMUM SENTENCE.))
Allman pled guilty, and was sentenced to serve more than 15 years in prison.
Also on our top ten list, a crash that shook a Giles County mountain.
SOT tape- Plane crash/night 9:35:31
((DAVID CONLEY/EYEWITNESS; THE MOUNTAINS LIT UP AND THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION AND
BLACK SMOKE AND RED AND BLUE FLAME. ))
An Airborn Express DC-8 cargo plane crashed in Narrows during bad weather.
The plane was on a maintenance flight... all six people on board were
Federal investigators recovered the flight recorder, known as the "black
The rest of the investigation will take several months to complete.
A successful investigation ended an epidemic of legionnaires disease in the
New River Valley.
In October, health officials noticed an increase in pneumonia-like symptoms.
16 cases were confirmed... two people died.
Medical detective work traced the bacteria to a hot tub display at the
Christiansburg Lowes store.
((DAVID OLIVER/LOWES COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR; WE BELIEVE THAT IT'S IN OUR
BEST INTERESTS AND THE BEST PRECAUTION IS TO GET RID OF WATER IN THE SPA
SYSTEMS IN OUR STORES. ))
The rest of the victims are all out of the hospital and doing well.
1996 was less than a month old, when a deadly fire shocked Roanoke, and
changed the way the city inspects rental property.
A short in an extension cord sparked a fire that killed four young children
and their grandmother.
Neighbors who watched the children grow up were devastated.
SOT tape 96-2 14:48
((TINA FISHER/NEIGHBOR; SHE WOULD SMILE AND WAVE. HAD A LITTLE ANGELIC FACE AND
I THINK THAT'S WHAT I'LL MISS MOST. SHE WAS SO PRECIOUS, I MEAN THEY WERE ALL
The house did not have a smoke detector... Investigators say a detector
would have warned the family about the smoldering fire.
The fire sped up city plans to enact a rental inspection program to make
sure rental housing is safe.
Residents of the New River Valley worried about their safety, after a
Virginia Tech student was abducted from a convenience store and murdered in
tape 95-102 22:15
Last year, three men were charged with killing Alexander DeFillipis during a
tape 95-102 24:34
20 year old Gary Wayne Barker pled guilty to being an accessory to capital
murder, in return for a 53 year prison sentence.
tape 95-102 tc 22:46
28 year old Ben Lilly, the accused trigger-man went to trial in October.
They jury found him guilty, and sentenced him to death.
SOT tape 96-79 tc 47:07
((EZIO DEFILIPPIS/VICTIM'S FATHER; AND I WANT TO THANK THE JURY FOR
ADMINISTERING JUSTICE, THAT'S ALL.
QUESTION-IS THIS A RELIEF TO YOU?
ANSWER: NOT YET. ))
tape 95-102 tc 26:26
Three weeks later, the third defendant, Ben Lilly's brother Mark, pled
At the sentencing hearing, family members said the Lilly brothers were
victims of child neglect.
SOT tape 96-87 tc 33:14
((PHYLLIS COMBER/LILLY'S AUNT; I HAVE NEVER SEEN KIDS THAT DIDN'T GET A HUG OR
SAT ON THEIR PARENTS LAP FROM EITHER OF THEIR PARENTS. ))
Lilly was sentenced to 49 years in prison.
Wrapping our top ten of 96, a story that ended just yesterday.
The Virginia Tech Hokies, despite controversy off the field, went 10 and 1,
climbed to 10th place in the AP poll, and won a spot in the Orange Bowl with
two time national champion Nebraska....
(will complete with details of the New Years eve game) ))
Soft Music Under
Coming up on the newscast, the new president of the N-double-C-P says he
wants to change the financial status of his members,
and we'll see how some honorary polar bears decide to fight a hangover.
MUSIC UP FULL
The new president of Roanoke's N-double-A-C-P says he is ready for the
challenges of the New Year.
34- year old Martin Jeffrey was sworn in today during the organization's
annual "Jubilee Day Celebration".
IN Q=I've been
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN WORKING IN THE
COMMUNITY ALL MY LIFE, AND THIS A COVETED POSITION, I THINK FOR A LOT OF
REASONS, BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL IMPACT THAT CAN BE MADE BY A PERSON, BY THIS
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :00
OUT Q=this organization.
The Roanoke organization also named Robbie Board it's "Citizen of the Year".
The 91- year old was praised for her years of hard work and dedication.
IN Q=I'm in
((ROBBIE BOARD/ROANOKE NAACP "CITIZEN OF THE YEAR":I'M IN THAT TO HELP ALL I
CAN TO BRING ABOUT EQUAL RIGHTS TO OUR PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Robbie Board/Roanoke NAACP "Citizen of the Year"; :00
During the two hour celebration, the N-double-A-C-P also swore in this
year's officers and board of directors.
Folks in the Northwest were hoping the new year would bring a change in the
Another winter storm is battering the area.
Heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides in Seattle.
And 60 mile an hour winds knocked over trees.
The region has now suffered through three major winter storms in a week,
leaving washed out roads, and more than 100 thousand people in Seattle without
Well, the forecast promises unseasonably warm weather to return for the
next few days of January.
What should we expect for the next 30 days?
Here's this month's almanac with the answers.
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SUPER=330-Clouds, Drizzle/& Fog/32-36/Mostly Cloudy/& Warmer/52-56;
SUPER=331-Patchy Dense/Fog/32-36/Cloudy Skies/Wind SW 10/52-56;
SUPER=332-Cloudy, Areas/of Fog/30-34/Mostly/Cloudy/52-56;
SUPER=333-Cloudy, with/Patchy Fog/32-36/Mostly Cloudy/Much Milder/52-56;
SUPER=334-Cloudy, Areas/of Fog/32-36/Cloudy/Wind SW 5-15/52-56;
Lots of bowling to do tonight, so let's get rolling with a little flavor
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL/ESPN; :
from Alabama's Outback Bowl win over Michigan...you like big hits? Wolverine
Chris Ford and Bama's Andre Short have a meeting of the minds.
Then watch Russell Shaw make the incredible grab, now you numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0101-j/Alabama #16/17//Michigan #15/14//Outback Bowl/j/UNC #12/20//West
Virginia #25/13//Gator Bowl/;
SUPER=0101-/Northwestern#11/28/j/Tennessee #9/48//Citrus Bowl/j/BYU
#5/19//Kansas State #14/15//Cotton Bowl/;
SUPER=0101-/Arizona State #2/17/j/Ohio State #4/20//Rose Bowl/j/Penn State
#7/38//Texas #20/15//Fiesta Bowl/;
SUPER=0098-j/Cincinnati #6/84//SW Missouri St./73///;
go to break
No charges have been filed as Dallas police continue to investigate a 23
year old woman's allegations that Michael Irvin held a gun to her head while
Cowboy lineman Eric Williams and another man raped her.
The team continues preparing for Sunday's NFC playoff game against Carolina.
But distracting questions hit a nerve today.
((TROY AIKMAN/DALLAS QUARTERBACK:))
((EMMITT SMITH/DALLAS RUNNING BACK:))
SUPER=01-Troy Aikman/Dallas Quarterback; ;00
SUPER=01-Emmitt Smith/Dallas Running Back; :31
OUT Q=...what I want to talk about"
The grand Daddy of them all had a grand finish. Ohio State and John
Cooper would shake the 1 and 6 bowl record monkey off their backs in beating
Arizona State; thus denying the Sun Devils a possible National Championship.
SUPER=03-Pasadena, CA/ABC; :00
The game came down to the final 19 seconds, with Arizona State up 17-14,
back up quarterback Joe Germaine SUPER=34-Ohio State/20/Arizona State/17;
finds David Boston on a 5 yard gam winning touchdown completion to give the
Buckeyes their first Rose Bowl title in 22 years.
VO-NAT Wipe to #ENG
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/Wildcats vs. Cougars; :00
In the Cotton Bowl, Brigham Young came back to beat Kansas State 19-15 and
iced the win on a last second interception to stop a Wildcat run.
The Cats Brian Cavanaugh broke it SUPER=36-BYU/19/Kansas State/15;
open with this 72 yard hail mary that somehow finds the finger tips of Kevin
But BYU comes back to take the lead and wins the Cotton by 4.
Peyton Manning's golden arm led a Tennessee assault that 11th ranked
Northwestern could not handle in the Citrus Bowl.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/ABC; :00
Manning would pass for 408 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 20 point win. In
the first, Manning connects with Peerless Price on a 43 yard TD toss, UT would
lead 21-nothing after 13 minutes!!.
Manning also hooked up, with Joey Kent for two TD passes through 3 quarters.
He was 27 of 39 with no SUPER=36-Tennessee/48/Northwestern/28;
interceptions and even...
ran for a touchdown to cap it off.
Northwestern stormed back to tie it. Darrell Autry scores here, but UT
12th ranked North Carloina was a touchdown better than 25th ranked West
Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL/NBC; :00
UNC's quarterback deserves an "Oscar for this performance. In his first
start, filling in for Chris Keldorf, Oscar Davenport threw for a touchdown and
ran for another. THis 18 yard strike goes to Octavus barnes in the 2nd quarter.
He also ran for this 5 yarder to SUPER=36-North Carolina/20/West
put UNC up 17-3 in the 2nd.
The Mountaineers Chad Johnston did throw this 34 yard TD pass in the third
quarter to David Sanders, but Carolina wins the Gator 20 to 13.
The Alabama Gene Stallings era ended today on a positive note as the
crimson Tide beat Michigan in the Outback Bowl 17-14.
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL/ESPN; :00
Bama's Dwayne Rudd broke the game open in the 4th when he intercepted
Brian Greise's pass and went 88 yards the other way for the TD 10-6 Tide.
Crimson Tide's Shaun Alexander is gonna score the eventual game winner, he
breaks through the line late in the SUPER=36-Alabama/17/Michigan/14;
4th on a 46 yard touchdown trot and no one's gonna catch em.
Greise found Russell Shaw on this 9 yarder, too little to late, Stallings
is carried out a victor.
more sports to serve up,
up next, our desert for the evening. Mike Stevens takes one final look at
Virginia Tech's loss to Nebraska in the Orange.
The Hokies return from their 41-21 Ornage Bowl loss to Nebraska tomorrow.
Here's one final look at 17 seniors and the Virginia Tech grand finale
courtesy of Mike Stevens and photgrapher Mark Hollinsworth.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Damon Benning/Orange Bowl MVP; :37
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Three TD Passes Last Night; 1:09
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:43
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/One TD Catch Last Night; 1:50
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
Are you looking for a way to make a splash on New Years?
You can join this group called the Polar Bears and have a splashing good
Every year the "bears" brave the the frigid water to ring in the new year.
IN Q=It's the greatest
((ITS THE GREATEST WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR, COMPLETELY CLEANSED. I FEEL
INCREDIBLE. IT WAS DAMN COLD THOUGH, DAMN COLD. ))
OUT Q=though, DAMN cold.
This New Years Day with its 20 degree weather is on record as one of the
Now, just in case you need more encouragement to take a dip yourself, the
Polar Bears say this is also a great hangover helper.