Two brothers charged with murder say they were afraid for their lives.
Skater Oksana Baiul was apparently DUI when she ran her car off the road.
A pee wee football coach charged with hitting players has his day in court.
Plus Robin shows us what it looks like when 86 inches of snow falls.
News 7 is next.
Figure Skater Oksana Baiul was apparently driving under the influence.
A hospital report says the 1994 Olympic Gold Medalist had a blood alcohol
level above the legal limit-
after her car ran off a road Sunday monring. Baiul is 19. The drinking age is
A pee wee Football coach in Salem is acquitted.
Keith Gaines had been accused of whipping three of his players with a belt-
Some people call if an eyesore.
Now plans are underway to turn this old Hospital into a new Museum.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
18 year-old Chris Gammon says he did not want to shoot his father and
stepmother, but he was afraid his older half-brother would shoot HIM.
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape;
At his sentencing hearing Chris testified he and Willie Gammon decided to
pack their bags and leave their dad's home, but their attempt to hot-wire a car
Chris says Willie then pulled a gun and said they've have to kill Gary and
Rebecca Gammon when the couple returned home.
Chris and a string of family members testified Gary Gammon was violent and
Chris says he and Willie were afraid for their own lives if their dad saw
what they had done to the car.
Both brothers pled guilty in Gary Gammon's death and their stepmother's
The judge will hear evidence in Willie's case tomorrow before sentencing
both brothers Wednesday.
In his first year as a pee wee football coach in Salem, Keith Gaines took
his group of 7 and 8 year olds to the top.
But a few months ago he hit bottom when some of his players accused him of
Tonight he hopes his reputation has been restored.
After two and a half hours of testimony, the charges against Gaines were
The children claimed that their coach had hit them with a belt during
But there were a number of adults who were there when the alleged incident
They said Gaines did in fact take his belt off... but that he never whipped
Gaines' attorney thinks some parents had it in for the coach... because of
"playing time" disputes.
((GREG PHILLIPS/GAINES' ATTORNEY: YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME PROBLEMS BETWEEN
THE PARENTS AND COACH WHEN THAT HAPPENS. IT'S JUST GOING HAPPEN TO ALL LITTLE
LEAGUE COACHES AND THIS IS THE WORST NIGHTMARE OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THAT DOES
SUPER=01-Greg Phillips/Gaines' Attorney;
OUT Q=does occur
Prosecutor Fred King says still believes his young witnesses, despite the
IN Q=I thought
((FRED KING/SALEM COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I THOUGHT THE WAY THESE YOUNG MEN
TESTIFIED WAS TOTALLY CREDIBLE. I WASN'T THERE. I BELIEVE THE YOUNG MEN. ))
SUPER=01-Fred King/Salem Commonwealth's Atty.;
OUT Q=the young men
Gaines would not say whether he'll coach football again.
He is currently an assistant coach for a youth basketball team.
The G-E plant in Salem is now in the second week of an unscheduled shutdown
because of a low workload.
G-E said without the shutdown it would have been forced to lay off 100
But an employee close to the situation at the Drive Systems plant believes
that soon after workers are back on the job, nearly 200 will get pink slips
G-E admits "the production workload situation is more serious than in years
past" but emphasizes it "doesn't have an announcement to make at this time",
and it continues to meet with union leaders.
G-E has about 800 hourly employees in Salem, and 12-hundred salaried
No arrests have been made in the shooting and robbery of a Lynchburg man
Around 11 last night 18-year old Steven Spinner told police he was
approached by two men on Jackson Street who demanded money.
Spinner refused and was walking away when the suspects shot him in the back
and took his wallet.
The pair escaped with a small amount of cash.
Spinner was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he's in serious
Police believe they've identified the two suspects but have "not" arrested
Two letter bombs are found at the United Nations headquarters today.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
A U-N spokesman says the bombs were both mailed to an Arabic-language
newspaper in the building.
((MICHAEL MCCANN/U.N. CHIEF OF SECURITY: IT WAS ADDRESSED TO AL HAYAT WITH NO
RETURN ADDRESS. BASED ON THAT. THAT'S WHAT THE OFFICER DETERMINED IT WARRANTED
SUPER=01-Michael McCann/U.N. Chief of Security;
OUT Q=additional scrutiny."
The bombs in New York were found just hours after a letter bomb exploded at
the paper's London offices, wounding two. No one was hurt in New York.
Olympic Figure Skater Oksana Baiul may have been driving under the
A hospital report shows Baiul's blood alcohol level was well over the legal
limit when her car ran off the road Sunday.
The 19-year old gold medalist is two years under the legal
Baiul was in Bloomfield, Connecticut when she skidded more than 100 feet,
then drove off the road at around two-thirty Sunday morning.
She was taken to the hospital with a cut on her head that required 12
stiches. A passenger-- a 30-year old fellow Ukranian skater- broke his finger.
Charges haven't been filed.
Baiul could have her license taken away.
Several school systems are still dealing with last week's snow and ice.
They are still altering their schedules for tomorrow.
Jean reads School watch from the screen
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, the Supreme Court must decide if Paula Jones can
go ahead with her suit against the President,
And we'll see what one local museum wants to do about its antique of a
MUSIC UP FULL
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Lawyers today asked O-J Simpson if he murdered his ex wife.
Simpson answered "no absolutely not."
The question ended intense cross examination by Daniel Petrocelli- Dave
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/CBS News;
OUT Q=Los Angeles."
((You have lied repeatedly haven't you? Petrocelli asked.
Simpson said no.
But what about cheating on your two wives?
Simpson said it was morally dishonest but he didn't consider
infidelity a lie.
Then in a separate court action, Petrocelli argued successfully
to introduce Nicole's diary in which she wrote Simpson quote "beat the holy
hell of of me."
And the judge allowed in an expert to talk about those 30 new
photos of Simpson wearing what appear to be Bruno Magli shoes..the kind
Simpson said he never owned but the kind that left bloody prints at the murder
DAVE FEHLING/CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
Paula Jones sexual harrassment suit (----------------)
against Bill Clinton went before the U-S Supreme Court today.
The issue- Can a President be sued while he's in office?
((GILBERT DAVIS/PAULA JONES' ATTORNEY: WE'RE CONFIDENT AS WE UNDERSTAND THESE
THAT PRESIDENT WILL BE FOUND LIKE EVERY OTHER PUBLIC OFFICIAL TO BE ACCOUNTABLE
FOR HIS PERSONAL CONDUCT.))
SUPER=01-Gilbert Davis/Paula Jones' Attorney;
OUT Q=PERSONAL CONDUCT."
The justices should come to a decision by July.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville is about to get
some new digs.
But they may be on the site of an old landmark.
Kimberly McBroom explains.
IN Q=Even though its residents
SUPER=01-Stephen Pike/VA Museum of Natural History; :15
SUPER=01-Tom Harned/M'ville Planning & Development; :45
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( Even though its residents aren't complaining-- the Virginia Museum of
Natural History is in need of more room.
Museum officials say collections are at risk because of the cluttered work
space-- and the current facility is no longer sufficient.
IN Q=Just because
(( STEPHEN PIKE/VA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: JUST BECAUSE OF THE CRAMPED
SPACE, WE HAVE TO STORE THINGS IN CONDITIONS THAT REALLY AREN'T OPTIMAL-- NEXT
TO AREAS WHERE SOMETIMES THERE IS CONSTRUCTION GOING ON AND THAT MEANS MATTER
GETS INTO THE AIR AND THAT CAN DAMAGE COLLECTIBLES OVER THE LONG HAUL.))
But the eight- year- old museum may find new life in an old city eyesore.
Martinsville officials are proposing a plan to tear down the old general
hospital on Starling Avenue-- and re- build the museum there.
The hospital was abandoned in 1989-- and is showing signs of neglect.
((TOM HARNED/MARTINSVILLE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT: THE BUILDING HAS OUTLIVED
ITS LIFE. IT'S OUTLIVED ITS ORIGINAL PURPOSE AND ALSO OUTLIVED TWO ADAPTED RE-
USES. THE BUILDING IS DETERIORATING AND BLIGHTED AND REPRESENTS A CHALLENGE TO
The city is asking for one- and- a- half- million dollars from the General
Assembly to pay for the demolition and cleanup.
Meanwhile, city officials are also planning to build a park to complement
And while the using name Jurassic Park was tempting-- city officials say
instead they plan to name it Founders Park.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Martinsville.
It was the last face-to-face Virginians would have with the men and women
who hold the state purse strings this year.
Ellen Qualls has their story.
IN Q=They prayed
SUPER=01-Rev. Claude Dykes/Roanoke's Fellowship Baptist Church; :03
SUPER=01-Cheri James/Va. Education Assoc.; :14
SUPER=01-John Moore/Higher Ed. Supporter; :38
SUPER=01-Judy Mason/Va. Council on Poverty; 1:00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( They prayed for guidance.
sot 12:02:07 earl tape
((REV. CLAUDE DYKES/ROANOKE'S FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH: GRANT THAT THEY MAY
BE WISE AS A SERPENT AND HARMLESS AS A DOVE.))
They'll need it.
Virginia teachers' salaries started the decade 423 dollars behind national
sot 04:34:16 BUDGET TWO
((CHERI JAMES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOC.: TODAY WE'RE MORE THAN THREE THOUSAND
DOLLARS BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. THE REVERSAL OF A DECADE'S PROGRESS TOWARD
REACHING THE NATIONAL AVERAGE SALARY FOR VIRGINIA TEACHERS IS A STRONG
DETERRENT TO ATTRACTING ACADEMICALLY STRONG, QUALIFIED PERSONS.))
College presidents want the other half of the 400 million dollars Democrats
promised last year.
Governor Allen has budgeted only 116- thousand more.
sot BUDGET TWO 04:30:28
((JOHN MOORE/HIGHER ED. SUPPORTER: THE CHOICE TO FUND HIGHER EDUCATION IS
ALWAYS THE DECISION THAT HAS A PAYBACK. AND EDUCATION IN GENERAL IS THE ONLY
GIFT THAT HAS THE POWER TO MAKE US ALL EQUAL.))
((SEN. MADISON MARYE: I FOR ONE SENATOR WOULD VOTE FOR A TAX INCREASE IF IT
WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO DO SO.))
Then there's social services.
((JUDY MASON/VA. COUNCIL ON POVERTY: THE AVERAGE COMMUNITY ACTION STAFF PERSON
MAKES LESS THAN 13- THOUSAND A YEAR...MEET THE INCOME QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THEY PROVIDE.))
OUT Q=they provide.
((ONE MAJOR FIGHT HAS BEEN SET ASIDE: LAG PAY FOR STATE WORKERS. THE GOVERNOR
AND ASSEMBLY LEADERS HAVE AGREED TO SWEETEN THE GOVERNOR'S DEAL BY ABOUT 21-
MILLION DOLLARS, KEEP 24 PAYCHECKS A YEAR, AND ONLY MOVE PAY DAY SIX DAYS BACK
STARTING IN JULY.))
That and the Governor's change of heart on Goals 2000 have cleared the decks
for new fights lawmakers have yet to pick.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on the newscast, the candidates for southside's latest
election get in their last minute campaigning,
and the Citadel lays down the law with its students...harass a female cadet and
you'll get thrown out.
MUSIC UP FULL
Citadel cadets are on notice- hazing female cadets will get you kicked out
That after two female cadets quit the school this weekend.
Jeanie Mentavlos and Kim Messer say they were sexually harassed, hazed and
had their clothes set on fire by male cadets.
((MAJ. GEN. ROGER POOLE/CITADEL INTERIM PRESIDENT: WE CAN NOT HAVE ANY
MISBEHAVIOR TOWARD FEMALE CADETS AND I HAVE TOLD MEMBERS OF THE CORP IN THE
SIMPLEST TERMS POSSIBLE THAT THE QUICKEST WAY OUT OF THIS COLLEGE FOR ANYONE IS
TO IN ANYWAY BEHAVE IN AN INAPPROPRIATE MANNER TOWARD ONE OF THE FEMALE
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Roger C. Poole/Citadel Interim President;
OUT Q=of the female cadets."
Two other women remain in the corps of Cadets.
The Citadel's experience won't happen in Virginia.
That word from Governor George Allen.
when asked "Would the same thing be tolerated at Virginia Military
IN Q=Oh absolutely
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: OH ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WON'T TOLERATE IT AS GOVERNOR. THE
BOARD OF VISITORS WILL NOT TOLERATE IT. THE ADMINISTRATION AT VMI WON'T
TOLERATE IT. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA WON'T TOLERATE IT.
THAT'S WHY I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING ANALOGOUS TO WHAT HAPPENED AT THE
OUT Q=the Citadel.
The Governor says VMI has taken the slow approach to co-education to help
ensure that it has the best chance for success.
The stage is set for another special election.
Tomorrow IN the 10th district, Democrat Barnie Day and Republican Phil
Plaster will square off to replace former Delegate Roscoe Reynolds.
Reynolds was elected to Congressman Virgil Goode's state Senate Seat.
The candidates admit they have few differences.
Governor Allen's refusal of federal Goals 2000 money was one of them.
IN Q=Certainly education
(( BARNIE DAY/(D)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; CERTAINLY EDUCATION HAS BEEN THE TOP
ISSUE, I'M TERRIBLY RELIEVED TO SEE THE GOVERNOR REVERSE HIS STAND ON THE GOALS
2000 ISSUE, THAT WILL PUT ANOTHER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS OUT HERE INTO
SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA FOR OUR COMMUNITY'S SCHOOLS.
PHIL PLASTER/(R)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; HE HELD OUT TO A PRINCIPLE, AND WE GOT
THE MONEY, SO WE ALL WIN, EVERYBODY WINS ON THIS.))
OUT Q=wins on this
This is the last special election in the wake of Goode's move to the U.S.
Even though Day is on the board of supervisors, if he wins and resigns, the
board can APPOINT someone to replace him.
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And take a look at what happened Sunday night in Auburn Hills.
That's former Virginia Lancer coach Dave Allison watching one of his players
Matt Ruchty go berserk after being tossed from the game for cross checking.
Allison coaches theGrand Rapids Griffins in the IHL.
Ruchty does durability testing for Rubbermaid when he's not on the ice.
The Virginia Cavaliers have two big tests this week against Wake and Duke
on the road, but yesterday they got a huge win in another kind of court
as star Harold Deane was acquitted by a Circuit Court judge in
Charlottesville of resisting arrest.
He was arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest on April
13th of last year.
He was originally convicted of the misdemeanors and given two suspended 30
The judge says a number of quality character witnesses and the inability of
the police to corroborate their stories led to the acquittal.
The Roanoke College Maroons shot the lights out at the Bast Center last
night as they jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 92-to-58 ODAC win
over Eastern Mennonite.
SUPER=03-Salem/Royals vs. Maroons; ;00
Jason Bishop led the Maroons onto the floor and in scoring.
But Jason would have to take a back seat in the first half to Kevin Sigafoes,
who knocks down this 3 pointer from the right wing.
Sigafoes, who is a senior from Burke, Virginia hit 8 straight shots in the
opening half and finished with 19 points.
But Bishop was the high man again as first rips the three pointer And later
scores again on the jumper SUPER=33-E. Mennonite/58/Roanoke/92;
for 2 of his game high 22 points.
Roanoke improves to 9-and-1 and 4-and-0 in the conference with the 92-to-58
The Roanoke women beat Bridgewater last night 71-to-68 as former Byrd star
Ashley Mccallum had a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds.
On the NBA front, Juwan Howard made his first trip to Miami since his Heat
contract was voided over the summer.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Bullets vs. Heat; :00
The Bullets star was booed all night but still scored 32.
And he got some help from big man Gheorghe Muresan who dunks to try and cut
into Miami's 22 point lead.
And he and the Bullets would do just that as Muresan scores and draws the
foul to get the Bullets within striking range.
But Alonzo Mourning turns up the Heat with the jam and Miami dodges a Bullet
to win it 98-to-95.
In the same room where former VMI football coach Bill Stewart was given a
five year contract extension last year
Ted Cain was introduced as the school's new field boss this morning.
Steve Mason has on hand for the announcement.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Lexington/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Ted Cain/New VMI Football Coach; :09
SUPER=01-Davis Babb/VMI Athletic Director; :42
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; :50
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; 1:08
SUPER=01-Jabarr Bean/VMI Junior Tailback; 1:17
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((VMI unveiled Ted Cain in the Marshall Library, quite appropriate,
considering he's one of the country's top offensive scholars.
VMI worked hard fora month to find what the school feels is a nice fit. Cain
has succeeded as a big time college assistant but his military background was
also attractive to VMI.
He comes to VMI from his N.C. State 11 year offensive coordinator's
position. 7 of the Wolfpacks'top passing yardage seasons came under his
guidance, making him even more of a welcome addition to a a team that had only
5 touchdown passes this past season.
((JABARR BEAN/SENIOR TAILBACK:))
cain keeps the entire VMI assistant coaching staff and adds two restricted
earnings coaches. In Lexington, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.
VMI alum Bobby Ross also got a new job today as he
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI; :00
formally accepted the Detroit Lions head coaching position today in Pontiac.
He says although the Lions struggled this year, they have two of the best
offensive players in the league.
IN Q="You've got...
((BOBBY ROSS/NEW DETROIT LIONS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Ross/New Detroit Lions Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...QUITE WELL."
Herman did have game that day, but Ross failed to mention that his Georgia
Tech not only won the game, but knocked UVa out of the number one spot in the
Still to come tonight, Darrell Waltrip is set for his silver season in
and he plans to make a run for the record book in a silver chrome Chevy.
We'll hear from DW right after this.
The 1997 NASCAR media tour wrapped up over the weekend, but we are far from
finished when it comes to bringing you some of the many stories from our
journey last week.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
This morning I want to give you a look at Darrell Waltrip's Western
Auto-Parts America Chevrolet that is not just silver, but chrome!
The paint job commemorates Darrell's 25th year in Winston Cup racing, but it
isn't an indication that he's ready to quit.
IN Q="In a couple of...
((DARRELL WALTRIP/25TH YEAR IN WINSTON CUP:))
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/25th Year In Winston Cup; :00
OUT Q=...COUNT IT OUT."
Besides driving the chrome car, Waltrip's car will feature several throwback
paint schemes, commemorating his success in the Gatorade, Pepsi, Mountain Dew,
Budweiser and Tide cars.
IN Q="There will be...
OUT Q=...GATORADE PAINT JOB."