Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Roanoke police make two arrests in a racially motivated murder.
A Bedford County child died tonight, after she was run over in a driveway
near her home...
And emergency workers out west watch the water rise as the snow melts.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Good evening... two men are in jail tonight for what investigators say may
be a racially motivated murder.
Larry Donahue was shot in the head last week.
An accident in a neighborhood driveway took the life of a four year old
Bedford County girl tonight.
Lauren Paige Cobb was playing in a neighbor's driveway when a car backed
And the Humane Society says zoning might be the answer to animal control
problems in Franklin County.
Plus, is the warm weather finally over? Find out, on News 7 at 11.
A young Bedford County girl died after she was run over by a car near her
home this afternoon.
The accident happened around 3 in this cul-de-sac at the end of Franklin
Place off Hawkins Mill Road.
State police say four- year- old Lauren Paige Cobb and two friends were
playing in the street when she ran to a nearby driveway to pick up some rocks.
At the same time, a neighbor was backing out of the driveway, and struck
Authorities say the driver could not see the girl because of a pickup truck
parked in the street.
Cobb died at the scene.
Trooper Rick Snead says it's not likely any charges will be filed, but he
will forward the information to the commonwealth's attorney.
Police say the murder of a Roanoke man last week was racially motivated.
A teenager and another man were arrested today.
33- year- old Larry Edward Donahue was shot to death Monday night on a
sidewalk on Chapman Avenue in Southwest Roanoke.
A 17- year- old boy was arrested this afternoon and taken to the Coyner
Springs Juvenile Detention Center.
Michael Shrawn Benton was charged several hours later with murder and the
use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
Benton had been charged earlier today with possession of marijuana.
Police in Boulder, Colorado say they're ready to interview the parents of a
six year old murder victim.
John and Patricia Ramsey, photographed leaving church service today, haven't
spoken to investigators since their daughter's body was found the day after
JonBenet Ramsey's body was discovered in the basement of the family home,
three hours after her mother found a ransom note promising her safe return in
exchange for more than 100 thousand dollars.
Police say they've completed a 10 day search of the family home, and are
prepared to talk to the parents.
Investigators say they have no suspects, but are also telling Boulder
residents they shouldn't be worried about a killer on the loose.
California officials are watching the levees in the central valley as the
snow pack in the Sierra continues to melt.
Two-thousand homes already have been destroyed after as much as 40 inches of
rain in the past week.
With the weather clearing, many of the 125-thousand people forced from their
homes in recent days are returning.
Lee Cowan has more.
IN Q=The Golden State
SUPER=03-Olivehurst, CA; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. John Madigan/Veterinarian; :25
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; :44
SUPER=03-Reno, NV; 1:11
OUT Q=CBS News, Near Sacramento.
(( The golden state was banking on its own version of nine lives... three days
in a row of the kind of weather this state is known for.
The kind of weather of just the opposite of what it's been getting.
Volunteers are busy rescuing animals trapped in homes that were evacuated
Everything from birds to horses.
DOCTOR JOHN MADIGAN, VET. "we"ve got...go underwater.
This dog has been here for the past four days.
Despite rescuers' best efforts he did not want to leave...man's best friend
Some of the water has started to recede, exposing hundreds of millions of
dollars in damage.
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted from some areas but the flooding is
nowhere near over.
Weak levees continue to give way, and if it's not water, it's mud that's a
This disaster is expected to have long-term effects.
Thousands of flood victims are now able to return to their homes.
They're unsure though what, if anything, they're going to find.
HELP IS NOW COMING IN FROM WASHINGTON.
President Clinton has sent the federal emergency management agency to
tour some of the hardest-hit areas.
FEMA Director James Lee Witt spent Sunday in Idaho and Nevada assessing
the damage and meeting with community leaders.
Meanwhile the cleanup is just beginning.
With each passing day the water seems to drop...with each passing day the
damage estimate seems to rise.
Lee Cowan, CBS News, Near Sacramento.))
A Lynchburg man trying to renovate his home ended up nearly burning it down
Fire authorities say Ryan Ganim (GAN-im) and his landlord were stripping the
floors in his James Street home when the fire broke out.
The two men apparently were using a blowtorch to dry up water on the floor..
the flames from the torch ignited fumes from the floor, catching the house on
Ganim and the other man escaped the burning home, although both suffered
All but one room in the four- room house was gutted by fire.
Franklin County officials say the case of a breeder charged with animal
neglect is just one example of a county wide problem.
Humane Society representatives say the county has no ordinances governing
the number of animals residents can own.
As Denise Allen reports they say zoning may be an answer.
IN Q=The Poindexters say
SUPER=03-Boones Mill; :00
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Yesterday; :07
SUPER=07-Rhonda Poindexter; :15
SUPER=01-Donna Essig/Franklin Co. Humane Soc.; :38
SUPER=07-Mike Dillon; 1:00
OUT Q=News 7
(( The Poindexters say they been trying for months to get county officials to
do something about their neighbor's dogs.
Officials say Valery Green had about one hundred dogs and cats on the
The Poindexters say the noise and smell made life unbearable.
IN Q=WE FOUND OUT
((RHONDA POINDEXTER: WE FOUND OUT THAT WITH NO ZONING, NO RESTRICTIONS OF THE
NUMBER OF DOGS THAT YOU CAN HAVE, THAT WE ARE HAVING A HARD TIME DEALING WITH
OUT Q=DEALING WITH THIS
Investigators began their looking into complaints on November 18th.
And on December second Valery Green was charged with failure of a pet dealer
to provide adequate care.
Valery Green says these charges are false and plans to fight them.
IN Q=THIS IS A
((DONNA ESSIG/FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY: THIS IS A GOOD CASE FOR WHEY WE
NEED ZONING. YOU COULD NOT OPERATING A BUSINESS IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA. SHE
WOULD BE SUBJECT TO INSPECTION.))
OUT Q=TO INSPECTION
Essig says the Humane Society would like to see a limit on the number of
animals a person can own.
And that they are in the process of discussing animal control issues with
the board of supervisors.
These residents say they hope zoning is in the future.
IN Q=THEY'LL HAVE TO
((MIKE DILLON: THEY HAVE TO BE ENFORCED BY COUNTY OFFICIALS OR INVESTIGATED BY
COUNTY OFFICIALS FASTER. I THINK ZONING WOULD PROTECT PEOPLE MORE.))
OUT Q=PEOPLE MORE
Humane Society officials say more improperly run kennels will keep cropping
up until county ordinances are developed to protect the animals and surrounding
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the Newscast,
The New York City skyline just won't look the same this week.
We'll tell you why.
And Jerry Falwell won't break his long-standing boycott of the movies.
Even for a film that's about a court case he fought.
(Toss to Kim)
Well, we're starting to see some changes in the temperatures--
As a cold front passes through, it's dropping the mercury into the 40s and
50s at this hour.
We'll continue seeing cooler weather for the next several days.
Meanwhile, today was unseasonably warm again...
MUSIC UP FULL
TAPE# net; 96-66 (payne)
It's official -- LF Payne will seek the Democratic nomination for Lietenant
The former Fifth District Congressman formally threw his hat into the ring
earlier this evening.
Payne begins a statewide tour in Northern Virginia.
He's planning to tour eleven cities in the next three days.
He'll be in Roanoke tomorrow and Danville and Lynchburg Tuesday.
Payne announced his retirement from the House of Representatives earlier
this year after serving for almost nine years.
Governor George Allen will unveil a propsed ethics reform package when the
General Assembly goes into session Wednesday night.
One part of the plan calls for lobbyists to provide detailed accounts of the
money they spend.
Local lawmakers say they don't expect the legislature to make any major
changes in the state's tax structure.
And they say there are no other issues that promise lasting controversy.
IN Q=It's the last year
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D- ROANOKE: IT'S THE LAST YEAR OF THE ALLEN ADMINISTRATION
AND I FULLY ANTICIPATE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF COOPERATION ACROSS THE BOARD ON
MOST OF THE ISSUES.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: I THINK THAT EVERYBODY OUGHT TO BE EXTREMELY
HAPPY THAT I PERCEIVE THIS TO BE A VERY BORING SESSION. PROBABLY PEOPLE WON'T
EVEN BE AWARE THAT WE'RE THERE FOR THE 45 DAYS. THERE ARE NO BIG ISSUES OUT
THERE. PEOPLE GENERALLY SEEM TO BE SATISFIED WITH WHAT'S GOING ON IN THEIR
LIVES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, STATE LEVEL, AND NATIONAL LEVEL.))
OUT Q=and national level.
Virginia lawmakers will be concentrating more on politics than on policies
when the General Assembly session begins.
Republicans and Democrats say much of the seven-week session will be spent
jostling for position as they prepare for November's election.
Up for election are the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and
attorney general and all 100 seats in the House of Delegates.
For nearly two decades now, Virginia law has allowed medical use of
But unlike similar initiatives in California and Arizona which set off a
storm of protest from the federal government, Virginia's law has been largely
If you use marijuana in Virginia on a doctor's advice to treat cancer and
glaucoma the police can't bust you.
The law is so little-known and little-used that many law enforcement
officials were unaware of its existence.
The medicinal use of marijuana was approved by the Virginia General Assembly
as part of a general loosening of the state's laws against possession and
distribution of small amounts of the drug.
State medical authorities don't know if Virginia doctors have ever
prescribed marijuana since the law was approved.
TAPE# 96-97; edit 596-36(Faldwell-Flynt)
For 45 years, the Reverand Jerry Falwell has not watched a movie.
And he won't end his boycott to see a new film that deals with a battle he
fought in the Supreme Court.
"The People vs. Larry Flynt," produced by Oliver Stone, opens in theaters
It chronicles a First Amendment court fight that started when Flynt's
Hustler magazine published a parody of Falwell in 19-83.
The Liberty University founder sued for libel.
Falwell says he holds no grudge against Flynt and still prays for him on a
GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace Talks
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's gone about as far as he
can in negotiations over Israeli troops on the West Bank.
He says any more concessions, and the Israelie cabinet won't approve the
Netanyahu met with U-S envoy Dennis Ross early today.
The meeting was seen as a last ditch effort to pull together an agreement on
re-deployment of Israeli troops in the West Bank town of Hebron.
IN Q=well we're still
((DENNIS ROSS/U.S. ENVOY; WELL WE'RE STILL TRYING TO OVERCOME THE DETAILS,
WE'RE CLOSE BUT YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO RESOLVE EVERYTHING TO HAVE AN AGREEMENT;))
SUPER=02-Dennis Ross/U.S. Envoy;
OUT Q=have an agreement
Netanyahu confirmed today he held a secret meeting with Palestinian leader
Yassar Arafat to talk about withdrawing troops from Hebron, but said they
couldn't work out a deal.
SS=Mideast Peace Talks
Israeli sources say Arafat is being pressured by Egypt to delay an agreement
so the Palestinians can get as many concessions as possible.
But Palestinians are blaming Israel for the delays.
A baby-food heist led to a high speed chase in Texas.
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;
A white mini-van ran from police at speeds over 100 miles an hour down
The van finally turned down a dead end street and the occupants stopped and
Police caught them a short distance away.
In the van they found almost a hundred cans of stolen baby formula.
Police say they think it was headed for the black market.
For the next week, the Empire State Building will not light up the New York
The lights will be turned off in honor of real estate magnate Harry
Helmsley, who died yesterday.
Helmsley, a self-made billionaire controlled the New York skyscraper along
with 27 hotels and 50 thousand apartments.
But he was better know for his wife, Leona Helmsley, who was sentenced to
four years in prison for dodging a million dollars in taxes.
Helmsley died of pnuemonia in Scottsdale, Arizona... he was 87.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next, the steel curtain failed to fall in the Steelers/Patriots
But that didn't stop fans in Roanoke from celebrating.
and resort owners hope Old Man Winter will come and stay for a while.
These balmy temperatures have hurt business but didn't keep diehard skiers
MUSIC UP FULL
Now that a chill is in the air the snowguns at a Nelson County ski resort
are firing out the white stuff.
A relatively warm December and a balmy start to January shut down two
Virginia ski resorts and melted inches of snow.
But the warm temperatures didn't stop skiers at Wintergreen Ski Resort, it
did limit their slope options though.
The warm temperatures of the past week have created spring- like snow
conditions at the resort.
While it's been perfect for snow-boarding, it hasn't been cold enough to
IN Q=THE PRINCIPLE
((JOHN KIRCHNER/SKI MANAGER: THE PRINCIPLE INGREDIENT IS COLD AIR. IT NEEDS
TO BE BELOW FREEZING AND WE SUPPLY THE WATER.))
((MARK GLICKMAN/WINTERGREEN SPOKESPERSON: WE ALWAYS ANTICIPATE THAT THERE'S
GOING TO BE A WEEK OF WARM WEATHER IN VIRGINIA. WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S
GOING TO HAPPEN. BUT WE ANTICIPATE IT AND THAT'S WHY WE STOCKPILE SNOW AND WE
MAKE SNOW EVERY OPPORTUNITY WE GET. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A BIG CROWD OUT HERE
AND WE'VE HAD A REAL GOOD SKI SEASON SO FAR IS A TRIBUTE TO OUR SNOW MAKING
SUPER=01-John Kirchner/Ski Manager; :08
SUPER=01-Mark Glickman/Wintergreen Spokesperson; :09
OUT Q=SNOW MAKING TEAM
Glickman says the heart of Virginia's ski season is late January and
Wintergreen has 17 trails and offers night skiing.
Both the Homestead Ski area and Bryce Resort closed last week because of the
lack of snow.
The Carolina Panthers became the second expansion team to advance to the
N-F-L conference Finals.
John Kasay booted four field goals and Kerry Collins passed for two
touchdowns as the Panthers beat Dallas 26 to 17.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/FOX SPORTS; :
The Panthers were undefeated at Ericcson Stadium and they continued the
In the first quarter, Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin makes the nice catch on
the Troy Aikman pass but Irvin injured his shoulder and did not return to the
Collins put the Panthers on the board when he rolled out and hit Wesley
Walls on the one yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to 3 Carolina.
Then in the second quarter, Collins puts it up again this time hitting
Willie Green on the 10 yard touchdown pass and the Panthers took a 14 to 3 lead
in the period.
Kasay's field goals help keep the Panthers on top and the defense came
SUPER=30-Carolina/26/Dallas/17;through again intercepting three Cowboy passes
and holding the Cowboys to a field goal after Dallas moved inside the five and
Carolina wins it 26 to 17.
IN Q="The defense
((KERRY COLLINS/THREE T-D PASSES: ))
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Three T-D Passes; :00
OUT Q=....part of this."
The Panthers advance to the N-F-C championship game against the Green Bay
And Green Bay with be without their leading tackler middle linebacker George
Koonce suffered a knee injury in yesterday's win over San Francisco and
will miss the game.
The New England Patriots will face Jacksonville in the A-F-C championship
Curtis Martin rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots
routed the Steelers 28 to 3.
SUPER=03-Foxboro, MA/NBC SPORTS; :
The game looked like the 1988 Fog Bowl game between Chicago and
But on the second play of the game Drew Bledsoe hands off to Martin and he
scores from 2 yards out to make it 7 to nothing New England.
The Patriots would score again in the first quarter. Bledsoe throws the
screen to Keith Byars, who played in that fog bowl, and he takes it down the
sideline 34 yards for the touchdown and a 14 to nothing lead.
New England added to its 14 to nothing halftime lead when Bledsoe pitches
the ball to Martin. He cuts back up the middle and scores from 78 yards out,
giving the Patriots a 21 to nothing lead in the third.
Pittsburgh added a field goal in the third but Martin gets the call again
this time. He scores from 23 yards out and New England beats Pittsburgh 28 to
3 to advance to the A-F-C championship game.
IN Q="I had a
((KEITH BYARS/ONE TOUCHDOWN: ))
SUPER=01-Keith Byars/One Touchdown; :
OUT Q=........OUT OF THE EQUATION.
Jacksonville and New England are no strangers. Early in the season the
Jaguars lost to the Patriots in overtime.
And Jacksonville head coach tom Coughlin had this thoughts on playing the
Patriots in the A-F-C championship game.
IN Q="They're a very
((TOM COUGHLIN/JACKSONVILLE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Tom Coughlin/Jacksonville Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....the Steelers."
and coming up, Roanoke College played for the championship in the Domino's
Pizza Lewis-Gale Classic Duke Beats Georgia Tech.
And Greg Norman wins the World championship of Golf.
Roanoke College was going after its fourth straight championship in the
Domino's Pizza Lewis-Gale Classic at the Bast Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Goucher; :
Maroon coach Page Moir giving his team some instructions as they prepared to
take the floor.
On Roanoke's first possession Nathan Hungate hits the three pointer giving
the Maroons the early first half lead.
But Goucher came right back Tavar Witherspoon steals the pass and takes it
to the hoop for the layup keeping the Gophers in the game.
Goucher steps up again Vince Williams makes the long pass to Bakari Ward
who pulls up and drains the short jumper.
The game remained tight Roanoke's SUPER=33-Roanoke/85/Goucher/81/;Jon
Maher gets the offensive rebound and puts it back in drawing the foul and
Roanoke wins the game 85 to 81 in overtime.
The Maroons are now 7 and 0 on the season.
Duke's Trajan Langdon and Jeff Capel hit three pointers in the final five
minutes as 13-th ranked Duke beat Georgia Tech 66 to 56.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Duke vs Georgia Tech; :
The Yellow Jackets dominated the first half by hitting the Boards hard.
Eddie Elisma goes in and gets the offensive rebound and scores to make it 24 to
Duke would also go inside on this play to Greg Newton he scores the basket
and the lead was cut to one.
But Georgia Tech went on a run Kevin Morris pulls up and nails the three
pointer and The Jackets led 37 to 26 at the half.
Blue Devil guard Trajan Langdon then began to take over the game he pulls
up and hits the three to start the Duke comeback.
With over 4 minutes left in the SUPER=33-Duke/66/Georgia Tech/56/;game
Jeff Capel gave the Blue Devils the lead when he nails this three pointer and
Duke wins it - 66 to 56.
SUPER=03-Gainsville, FL/JP SPORTS; :
In Gainsville, Florida hosted the 22-nd ranked Razorbacks of Arkansas.
And the Gators turned a 9 point halftime lead into an upset win over the
For that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-j/L.A. Clippers/93//San Antonio/84////Milwaukee/92/j/New
SUPER=0103-/Phoenix/1/j/Buffalo/5///j/St. Louis/5//New Jersey/3///;
OUT Q=....last score."
It was one of the tightest matches in the history of the event but Greg
Norman is the winner of the World Championship of golf.
SUPER=03-Scottsdale, AZ/ABC SPORTS; :
The championship was between Scott Hoch and Norman and Hoch kept the score
close with this nice chip in for birdie on the 23-rd hole of the event.
But Norman went four up with an eagle putt and then he won the match with
this birdie putt on the 36-th hole to claim the World championship.
The National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues have a new head coach.
The Blues have scheduled a news conference tomorrow at which time they will
introduce Colorado Avalanche assistant Joe Quenneville as their new man. He
replaces Mike Kennan who was fired two weeks ago.
The "steel curtain" was caught in a fog this afternoon while hundreds of
Pittsburgh Steelers fans watched in Roanoke.
The New England Patriots handed the Steelers a 28 to 3 loss in an N-F-L
The Star City Steelers Fan Club has grown over the years.
And every weekend during the professional football season they gather at
Charades to watch their team take on its latest foe.
IN Q=THAT STARTED
((DAVE ROSS/STAR CITY STEELERS FAN CLUB: THAT STARTED ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO AND
IT EVENTUALLY GREW TO WHERE WE HAVE AS YOU CAN SEE ON A DAY LIKE THIS ABOUT 200
((ED WATERS/STAR CITY STEELERS FAN CLUB: I'VE LIVED HERE SINCE 1982 AND WE'VE
ALWAYS HAD A LOT OF STEELERS FANS, BUT IT'S A LOT MORE FUN GETTING TOGETHER
WATCHING THE GAME AND THE CAMARADERIE. IT'S NOT EXACTLY LIKE BEING BACK HOME
BUT IT'S SIMILAR.))
SUPER=01-Dave Ross/Star City Steelers Fan Club; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Waters/Star City Steelers Fan Club; :16
OUT Q=BUT IT'S SIMILAR
They'll have to wait until next season for another chance to get together
and wave the terrible towels.