News SEVEN is next...
...with an 18-year old suspect shot in the shoulder by a State Trooper.
a local victim of Gulf War syndrome talks about the illness, as the Pentagon
is criticized for ignoring it.
The latest in the murder investigation of a six-year old beauty queen.
And autopsy results on the victims of T-W-A Flight 800.
A Campbell County man is in stable condition after being shot by a state
trooper this afternoon.
Trooper Keith Kincaid was on routine patrol around 3:20, when he spotted 18-
year- old Brad Jerome Miller using the payphone at Carpenter's Market on
Kincaid recognized Miller as the man Campbell sheriff's deputies had been
chasing earlier in the day.
IN Q=The trooper knew
((CAPT. HOWARD GREGORY/VA STATE POLICE: THE TROOPER KNEW THE SUBJECT WAS WANTED
BY THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, AND HAD BEEN ELUDING OFFICERS
EARLIER IN THE DAY. TROOPER KINCAID APPROACHED THE INDIVIDUAL, THE INDIVIDUAL
MADE AN OVERT ACTION. THE TROOPER FELT THREATENED AND SHOT, WOUNDING THE
SUBJECT. Reporter: Acted like he was going for a weapon? TROOPER KINCAID FELT
THREATENED AT THE TIME, YES. Reporter: Was a weapon found though? THE
INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING RIGHT NOW.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Howard Gregory/VA State Police; :00
OUT Q=continuing right now.
Police say Miller was wanted on a capias for failing to appear in court.
Trooper Kincaid will be placed on paid leave while the investigation is
The man accused of murdering four members of a Vinton family two years ago
says he wants a speedy trial.
Earl Bramblett faces a charge of capital murder.
He's accused of killing Blaine and Teresa Hodges and their two children in
August of 1994.
Today, his attorneys asked for a psychiatric evaluation to determine if
Bramblett is competent to stand trial.
Bramblett told the judge he wants the case to move forward quickly.
IN Q=I just want
((EARL BRAMBLETT/DEFENDANT: I JUST WANT THIS TO BE FAST. LET'S GET TO A
((TERRY GRIMES/BRAMBLETT'S ATTORNEY: MR. BRAMBLETT WOULD LIKE FOR THIS TRIAL TO
TAKE ABOUT A DAY AND FOR THE THING ALREADY TO HAVE BEEN OVER BY NOW, BUT THAT'S
SUPER=01-Earl Bramblett/Defendant; :00
SUPER=01-Terry Grimes/Bramblett's Attorney; :07
OUT Q=not realistic.
The trial is still scheduled to begin in mid- February, but the
evaluation ordered today could force a delay.
A report on Gulf War Syndrome accuses the Pentagon of "ineptitude
and indifference" in its investigation of illnesses incurred by veterans of the
C-B-S News reports the presidential advisory committee stops short of
accusing the Pentagon of a cover up.
It says the Pentagon did not take seriously reports that troops had been
exposed to chemical weapons.
U-S troops were exposed to chemical weapons when they blew up an Iraqi ammo
dump, but the Presidential panel concludes chemical weapons alone can not
explain all the illnesses suffered by Gulf War Vets.
It's a condition one Smyth County man has suffered through for five years.
Scott Prince has his story.
IN Q=Mark Powers
SUPER=03-Smyth Co.; :11
SUPER=01-Mark Powers/Gulf War Syndrome Victim; :24
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :40 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=03-Khamisiyah, Iraq/1991; :46
SUPER=01-Dr. George Ford/V.A. Medical Center; 1:00
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((Mark Powers has a host of good memories from his 8 years in the U- S Army.
But when he returned to his Southwestern Virginia home after Desert Storm,
he brought back with him some symptoms he'd rather forget.
Chronic fatigue, repeated stomach viruses and massive headaches.
He suffers from Gulf War Syndrome.
IN Q=We weren't
((MARK POWERS/GULF WAR SYNDROME VICTIM: WE WEREN'T FOR SURE WHAT WAS WRONG. WE
KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG AND WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS GULF WAR SYNDROME. BUT
JUST AS SOON AS WE WENT TO THE V- A, THERE WAS A DOCTOR THAT MET ME AT THE
DOOR. HE CHECKED ME OUT AND HE TOLD ME HONESTLY, STRAIGHT UP AND SAID YOU'VE
BEEN EXPOSED TO CHEMICALS AND NO ONE IS ADMITTING TO IT. ))
OUT Q=to it
After five years, the U- S Department of Defense finally launched a full
blown investigation into the illness.
Officials say the likely source was this chemical ammunition bunker... which
was destroyed shortly after the war.
Powers was one of 20- thousand troops in the vicinity of the explosion...
and now many of them need constant medical care.
IN Q=They have
((DR. GEORGE FORD/VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER: THEY HAVE SO MANY OF THE
SAME COMPLAINTS AND IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THEY'RE VERY SINCERE IN WHAT THEY'RE
SAYING ABOUT IT. SO WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT IT. THERE'S ALL KINDS OF STUDIES
BEING DONE ))
OUT Q=being done
Despite the attention now given to the disease, doctors have yet to find a
And in a number of cases, patient conditions are getting worse.
IN Q=I have
((MARK POWERS/GULF WAR SYNDROME VICTIM: I HAVE WHAT THEY CALL BAD DAYS AND REAL
BAD DAYS. IT'S VERY RARE I HAVE A GOOD DAY. ON A BAD DAY, I CAN GET UP. ON A
REAL BAD DAY, I'M IN THE BED ALL DAY-- SOMETIMES 2 OR 3 DAYS IN ROW. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Powers/Gulf War Syndrome Victim;
OUT Q=in a row
Powers fears he's given the disease to his wife and youngest son... who was
born after the war.
But at this point there's no medical proof to back that claim.
Despite the strain the illness has put on his family... he says first and
foremost he's an American... and would do it all over again if he had to.
IN Q=I love
((MARK POWERS/GULF WAR SYNDROME VICTIM: I LOVE THE SERVICE. I DID AND YEAH, I'D
DO IT AGAIN. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Powers/Gulf War Syndrome Victim;
OUT Q=do it again
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Followers of an Egyptian cleric jailed in the U-S may figure in the
investigation of a series of letter bombs.
Bomb number eight turned up today at the post office in Leavenworth, Kansas
addressed to the federal prison where two letter bombs were delivered
yesterday. All of them, say experts, were rigged to maim or kill... like the
ones delivered to the Washington offices of an arab newspaper.
((DANA SANDARUSI, AL HAYAT REPORTER: I SNIPPED OPEN THE TOP OF THE ENVELOPE AND
PEEKED INSIDE. WHAT DID YOU SEE? I SAW SOME SORT OF HOMOGENEOUS GRAY MATERIAL
PRESSED BETWEEN CELLOPHANE TAPED SOMEHOW TO THE INSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE.))
SUPER=01-Dana Sandarusi/Al Hayat Reporter
OUT Q=to the envelope.
Five bombs were addressed to the newspaper. Two were detonated by the bomb
The motive is still anyone's guess. Leavenworth prison is home to one of
the convicts in the world trade center bombing, but nobody knows if that's why
bombs were sent there.
Police from Boulder, Colorado were in Atlanta today- -investigating the
murder of a six- year old beauty queen.
Jonbenet Ramsey was found strangled to death in her parents' home in
Colorado last week-- after her mother had called police to report she'd been
Her parents, John and Patricia Ramsey, returned to Colorado by private plane
But Boulder police are still in Georgia.
IN Q=There are no
((THERE ARE NO ARRESTS PENDING IN THIS CASE, WE ARE NOT SERVING SEARCH WARRANTS
IN THIS AREA, AND IT'S UNKNOWN HOW LONG WE'LL BE IN THE ATLANTA AREA.))
SUPER=01-Steve Thomas/Boulder Police Detective
OUT Q=Atlanta area.
Police are still analyzing a ransom note turned over by Jonbenet's mother,
hours before the girl's body was found in the basement.
The local newspaper reports Jonbenet had been sexually assaulted.
Though the mayor insists there's no reason to fear someone walking the
The local cable T-V station continues to air an interview the parents gave
C-N-N last week.
((THERE IS A KILLER ON THE LOOSE, ABSOLUTELY.))
OUT Q=loose, absolutely.
John and Patricia Ramsey have hired separate attorneys who are negotiating
terms of an interview with police.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigat
The medical examiner who oversaw autopsies on most of the T-W-A Flight 800
victims is releasing some details about the deaths.
SUPER=03-off Long Island/July 17, 1996
Dr. Charles Wetli reluctantly released autopsy reports under pressure from
Wetli says the condition of the bodies was "horrendous."
He says the victims were killed instantly or were unconscious by the time
they hit the water.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the Newscast, regional officials say the recent rash of
layoffs does NOT indicate an economic slowdown,
And from Danville we'll see how the community has come to the aid of a woman
who lost everything she owned in a New Year's Day fire.
MUSIC UP FULL
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A Danville woman who lost her home in a New Years Day fire is overwhelmed by
the number of people who've offered help.
25- year old Trease (TERESA) Burton and her family lost nearly everything
when the home she rented caught fire.
The mother of eight has since received numerous donations.
But she and her husband are still in need of a home. Right now they're
staying with her in-laws.
Businessman Frank Roupas offered the family four months free rent in Roanoke
but Burton says she wants to stay in the Danville area to be close to her
IN Q=Oh, Lord
((TREASE BURTON:OH LORD, I'VE GOT LIVING ROOM SUITS HERE AND THERE, BEDS,
PEOPLE HAVE SENT CLOTHES, STUFF FOR THE KIDS, ME CLOTHES, MY HUSBAND STUFF, I
DON'T KNOW, I DIDN'T KNOW PEOPLE WAS THAT GOOD, I DIDN'T. ))
SUPER=07-Trease Burton; :00
OUT Q=I didn't.
Burton is still in need of many basics-- including clothes, for her three
She has two sons ages seven months and 22- months. Her daughter is four
Anyone who wishes to help can contact the American Red Cross in Danville.
It's been a rough few weeks for workers.
More than eight companies across the region have announced cutbacks or
The ranks include large employers like Hanover Direct, New River Castings,
the Salem G-E plant, and Allen Morrison of Lynchburg.
Nevertheless, Marjorie Skidmore of the Virginia Employment Commission
believes this isn't a trend ...yet.
IN Q=We saw a
((MARJORIE SKIDMORE/VA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: WE SAW A FEW MORE SHUTDOWNS THIS
YEAR DURING THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD THAN WE DID LAST YEAR. BUT UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
ARE STILL REALLY LOW. I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS IN
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.))
SUPER=01-Marjorie Skidmore/VA Employment Commission;
OUT Q=and February.
The Roanoke Valley Economic Development Partnership says in the coming
months a number of plant locations announced last year will begin to deliver,
as the companies start hiring.
In addition, unemployment rates in many parts of our area remain near record
In the Roanoke area it's two- point- eight- percent.
It's also important to point out that some of the cutbacks were NOT caused
exclusively by a lack of work.
It's been a little over a year since the doors at Justice House were boarded
During its downfall, no one seemed to know who owned the low- income
apartment building in Southwest Roanoke.
That issue has now been settled.
A court ruling says the Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions has been the
owner of the property since 1988... even during its demise.
Members thought they had sold the property to a group of trustees, but that
transfer was never finalized.
Therefore, according to the court, Justice House was never sold.
Members of the Mennonite Board of Missions could not be reached for comment.
Roanoke County Clerk of Court Steve McGraw was within his rights to fire
the chief deputy in 1991.
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the clerk is immune from suit.
Chief Deputy Marsha Conner sued McGraw, claiming she was dismissed for
Though the appeals court cites McGraw's "ever-changing explanations" for
firing Conner, he eventually came up with a valid reason: that it was because
she held a "policy-making position."
"While the number two position in the clerk's office is also substantially
an administrative position," the Appeals Court concluded "it nevertheless
remains the backup policy position for the clerk."
This week's decision reverses Judge Jackson Kiser's ruling.
Hard work and dedication has paid off for several Lynchburg police officers
who were rewarded with promotions today.
The retirement of one high- ranking officer set off a chain reaction in the
police department's command structure, as jobs were vacated then re- filled.
The investigations division is losing two of its top men, as Lieutenants
Earl Burnette and Jack Lewis were promoted to Captain and Major, respectively.
Chief Charles Bennett says change can be a good thing.
IN Q=So yes, we
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: SO YES, WE HAVE MADE A NUMBER OF
DIFFERENT ASSIGNMENTS WITH THESE PEOPLE AND WITH OTHERS AS THEIR CAREERS
CONTINUE. IT REALLY IS NICE YOU GET TO DO A WIDE VARIETY OF THINGS AND YET STAY
WITH THE SAME ORGANIZATION, SERVING THE SAME COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=the same community.
All told, seven officers received their new ranks and badges during this
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, up next, we'll tell you why the unseasonable weather is forcing
ski operators to change their focus,
and the old song that says you don't tug on Superman's cape may have to be
That's because the Man of Steel is about to lose his.
We'll show you his new look a little later on.
MUSIC UP FULL
A Nelson County ski resort is hoping for the big chill.
Mother Nature's early case of spring fever has softened the ski business at
The weather has limited skiing to only five of the resort's 17 slopes.
And the snow that is on the ground is loose and moist, like spring snow.
But that hasn't stopped some skiers from hitting the open trails.
In fact these are perfect conditions for snow-boarding.
And those that aren't on the slopes have hit the links.
IN Q=THERE'S A LOT
((MARK GLICKMAN/WINTERGREEN SKI RESORT: THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WILL PLAY
AS LONG AS IT'S ABOVE FREEZING. BUT OF COURSE THIS IS IDEAL SPRING WEATHER.
THIS IS SPRING SKIING AND SPRING GOLF THAT TRADITIONALLY SEE IN MARCH.))
SUPER=01-Mark Glickman/Wintergreen Ski Resort;
OUT Q=SEE IN MARCH
Mark Glickman says the unseasonably warm temperatures couldn't have come at
a better time.
The week after the holidays is traditionally a slow period and the warm
weather has brought more business to their other attractions.
Wintergreen is a year round resort which also offers hiking and tennis.
Colder temperatures are forecast to return next week.
Glickman says then they'll be able to make more snow and hope to open
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/45-49/Cloudy Skies/Wind S-10/65-70;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Wind SW-10/48-52/Cloudy Skies/Wind SW-15/60-64;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/And Mild/46-49/Cloudy Skies/Light Winds/57-59;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Wind SW-10/48-52/Variable Clouds/Wind SW-15/60-64;
In his first game back, Michael Smith had a goal and 2 assists for the
Express, and newcomer Wayne Strachan had 2 goals in cluding the game winner as
Roanoke beat Knoxville tonight 7-6. Roanoke improves to 19-11 and 3 on the
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL; :00
Speaking of numbers, the unanimous number one; Florida returned to
Gainesville today after beating Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. The Gators had
the national championship trophy in hand, now the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0097-j/Heritage/75//Rustburg/51//Lambert 23 Pts.//Glenvar/49//Parry
McCluer/60//Blues are 7-OH/;
SUPER=0097-/Chilowie/46/j/George Wythe/64///j/Fort Chiswell/66//Rocky
SUPER=0097-j/Salem/71//William Byrd/69//in Double OT/j/Liberty/70//Staunton
Northside's basketball team..an unheard of OH and 7..until tonight when the
Vikes topped Rockbridge.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wildcats vs. Vikings; :00
The Rock...looking for a good year under first year head coach Wene Miller,
But tonight, Northside knew a total team effort would skin the cats.
Early in the first period, the Vikings Dwone Steele is the recipient of
some stellar ball movement, he does a good job of window cleaning and we're off
to the races.
The Wildcats don't wait long to light up the score board. James Hines's
good position inside pays off with a nifty deuce.
Then, on the break, The Rock's Ricky Wright is gonna do the right thing in
giving Luke Serber the nice pass for the break away basket.
But Northside gets it's first win 83-67.
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Cougars vs. Knights; :00
In triple A action, Cave Spring hosted Pulaski in an Roanoke Valley
District game on the Knights court.
In the second half, Spencer Baird sees a wide open lane and takes it for 2.
The Cougars always have a lot of fight in them and would answer with this
Ronalfd Branch SUPER=33-Cave Spring/67/Pulaski Co/54 ;
basket off the glass affer the nifty half court pass.
but the Knights..to much, Alex Phillips to Ricky Dierker for 2 of his 20,
and Cave wins 67-54.
University of Virginia players, coaches and fans have been on the edge of
their seats lately.
Ronde Barber...he's been singing that athlete's song..should I stay or
should I go now...go to the NFL draft or stay for his last year of eligibility.
The envelope please.
((RONDE BARBER/15 CAREER INTERCEPTIONS:))
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Had 15 Career Interceptions; :00
OUT Q=...97 nfl draft"
Ronde enters the draft with his brother Tiki. He was an All-American and an
All-ACC selection at defensive back with 154 career tackles.
Barber's Cavaliers were left out of the final Associated Press and USA
Today/CNN Coaches poll; as was West Virginia. Florida is number one. Here''s
the final list.
wipe to boards
IN Q=first team
OUT Q=last team"
San Diego Charger head coach Bobby Ross resigned today in becoming part of
the 9th coaching change this season.
The search for his replacement will begin immediately.
Charger general manager Bobby Beathard will reportedly honor Ross' contract
worth one million dollars per year through 1999.
Ross led the Chargers to its first Super Bowl appearance in 1995 and
finshed 47 and 33, but 8 and 8 this season.
More sports headed your way tonight, including the ACC basketball list for
and Tech has a tough day ahead, Xavier is up next.
The Hokies begin the meat of their A-10 conference calling tomorrow against
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
The 5 and 4 Hokies are 1 and OH in conference play. In his first A-10 game
this season, Coach Foster likes what he sees, and has learned that this team is
very different from last year's squad.
((BILL FOSTER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...better coaching job"
It's a big weekend for ACC basketball here on your Hometown Station
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beginning with a double dip tomorrow. At 1:30, with the N.C. State/Florida
and then at 4pm, Virginia travels into Terrapin country to play Maryland.
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Then on Sunday, The Duke Blue devils make the trek to Georgia Tech to
battle the Yellow Jackets. That game starts at 1pm.
One of NASCAR's historic tracks has officially closed shop.
SUPER=03-North Wilkesboro, NC/Holly Farms 400;
North Wilkesboro Speedway closed its doors earlier this week just shy of its
Former track president Mike Staley says the speedway business office has
closed and all but 1 of the tracks eight full time employees were laud off over
the last few days.
Finally tonight, lagging sales are bringing about more changes for America's
In just the past couple of years he's been dead...THEN he got married.
NOW after 60 years Superman's getting a change of clothes.
Morry Alter has the story of the changing of an icon.
SUPER=01-Mike Carlin/DC Executive Editor;:22
OUT Q=you tell the kid, I can't.