They may have solved the murder of a court official in Franklin County.
That's the top story on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
And the county and town of Tazewell take center stage tonight in a made-for
TV movie on C-B-S. We'll meet some of the LOCAL actors who actually got
Tonight in sports, we'll check in on Kyle Petty's new racing operation in
Concord, plus Colts owner Bob Irsay died today after a long illness,
And Jennifer Capriati has a rough day down under, losing at the Australian
Open and then losing her composure.
Temperatures have already started to drop from our highs today.
We are expecting rain tomorrow evening-- It may show up as freezing rain in
Authorities may have solved the murder of a Franklin County probation
Today Pittsylvania County authorities charged a juvenile with killing 55-
year old Bernard Rosser.
Rosser's body was discovered inside his Gretna home in mid- December.
Authorities entered the house after Rosser apparently failed to show up for
An autopsy revealed Rosser died from a blow to the head.
Pittsylvania County authorities declined to reveal the youth's age or
possible connection to Rosser, who had 30 years experience in parole and
probation work, mostly with young people.
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Willie Gammon pled guilty to shooting his own father in Carroll County, but
told a probation officer he fired AFTER his dad pulled a gun first.
Gammon's sentencing hearing is still under way.
In an earlier statement to police, Gammon admitted planning Gary Gammon's
murder for two hours.
That's consistent with the testimony yesterday of his 18 year- old half-
brother Chris Gammon, who also pled guilty.
The brothers killed their father and shot their stepmother, Rebecca Gammon
in October of 1994.
The judge is expected to sentence them tomorrow.
Virginia's largest county is now enjoying the benefits of enhanced- 911.
Dispatchers in Pittsylvania County began operating under the improved system
Enhanced-911 means the caller's name, address and telephone number will
automatically appear on the dispatcher's screen when residents dial 9-1-1.
IN Q=I feel
((JIM DAVIS/EMERGENCY SERVICES MGR.:I FEEL LIKE THE PEOPLE DESERVE IT, THEY'VE
BEEN WAITING PATIENTLY, THE MONEY THAT THEY'VE BEEN PAYING FOR YEARS, AND IT'S
TIME THAT THEY SEE THEIR MONEY, THEIR TAX DOLLARS, WHATEVER, APPLIED,
ACCORDINGLY, AND PROPERLY, AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE'VE DONE. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Emergency Services Mgr.; :00
OUT Q=we've done.
Pittsylvania County has been working to establish enhanced 9-1-1 since 1993.
So far, the project has cost three- point two million dollars.
For farmers, industrial sludge is free fertilizer.
For Burlington Industries, such land applications may be a cost-effective
means of waste- disposal.
But at a public hearing tonight, the Pulaski County Planning Commission may
hear doubts that it's a total win-win situation.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=It's supposed to help
SUPER=01-Douglas Cullip/Beef Cattle Farmer;
SUPER=01-Ernst Kastning/Radford Univ. Hydro-geologist;
OUT Q=News 7 Pulaski Co.;
It's supposed to help the hay grow, it won't hurt the cows, and it will cut
his fertizer costs.
That's what cattle farmer Douglas Cullip has been told, and as long as he
has assurances that it won't cause any environmental problems, Cullip says
he'll welcome the industrial sludge on his farm.
((DOUGLAS CULLIP/BEEF CATTLE FARMER: THEY TESTED IT AND MADE MAPS OF IT, WHERE
THEY'RE GONNA PUT IT. SO IT WON'T BE NO PROBLEM, WON'T BE NO RUNOFF, AND IT
WON'T BE NEAR ANY HOUSES. ))
The sludge is waste from the industrial process left in two lagoons.
When Burlington Industries gave its idle plant to the town of Dublin for an
industrial park, it promised to clean out the ponds and return them to nature.
A company spokesman says Burlington doesn't want to put the sludge anywhere
that is environmentally unsafe.
But that's exactly what a Radford University hydro-geologist fears its
attempting to do.
Ernst Kastning says Pulaski County's karst terrain, full of limestone and
sinkholes would funnel the sludge straight to the groundwater.
((ERNST KASTNING/RADFORD UNIV. HYDRO-GEOLOGIST: ONE HAS TO ASK WOULD YOU BE
WILLING TO TAKE A GLASS OF THE WATER, THE SAME WATER THAT THEY'RE APPLYING UP
THERE AS THE SLUDGE AND DRINK IT? BECAUSE IN EFFECT IT'S ALMOST LIKE THAT. ))
suThe public hearing is only the first step. The state must give final
approval. It will first require collection and analysis of samples from the
ponds to determine if the material is safe. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Pulaski
The man accused of killing two prostitutes in Amherst County is once again
standing trial for murder.
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James Henry Burley already has been convicted of killing Robin Burge in
Today, a jury began hearing the case against Burley in the murder of
Jacqueline Dorsey Carter.
Police say both women died when they refused to trade sex for drugs with the
Police found the murder weapon in Burley's home, Carter's blood in his car
and at least two jail inmates heard Burley confess to the crime.
IN Q=And Mr. Seldon
((ED MEEKS/AMHERST CO. PROSECUTOR: AND MR. SELDON IS GOING TO TELL YOU THAT HE
WAS SITTING IN THERE ONE DAY, AND BURLEY COMES IN AND STRIKES UP A CONVERSATION
WITH MASON. AND DURING THAT CONVERSATION, SELDON OVERHEARD BURLEY SAY `I KILLED
((WILLIAM LIGHT/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: WE'LL SHOW YOU THAT EACH OF THESE INMATES HAS
MULTIPLE FELONY CONVICTIONS. AND EACH OF THESE INMATES HAD SOMETHING TO GAIN BY
VOLUNTEERING TO COME FORWARD AND TESTIFY, AND IN FACT EXPECTED SOMETHING IN
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Amherst Co. Prosecutor; :00
SUPER=01-William Light/Defense Attorney; :19
OUT Q=something in return.
Burley's trial is expected to last three days.
The cold weather is prompting some school announcements for tomorrow.
Here's the list called into our newsroom:
Take SchoolWatch Boards Full
(Keith reads boards)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--Governor Allen hasn't heard the last of the
Goals 2000 debate. Now the Governor's getting an earful for finally agreeing
to accept the federal education money.
and some local residents make their television debut tonight, part of a C-B-S
movie with native son George C. Scott. We'll find out what it's like to work
with an acting legend.
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Principled leadership or pragmatic cave-in?
Everyone in Capitol Square wants to put their spin on Governor George
Allen's decision to apply for Goals 2000 money.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=For two years
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania; :16
SUPER=01-Del. Randy Forbes/Va. GOP Chairman; :55
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( For two years, Governor George Allen held out on Goals 2000.
Now he's produced a letter from fellow Republican Trent Lott, saying
essentially, yes-- Congress meant to attach NO strings.
Democrats declared a political face-save.
sot EARL 12:15:15
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSYLVANIA: THIS SO-CALLED REVELATION THAT SEEMS TO HAVE
OCCURRED BY SENATOR LOTT'S LETTER. TO ME, THAT'S THE MOST CONFUSING POINT
ABOUT THIS WHOLE RECENT DEVELOPMENT WITH GOALS 2000. NOTHING HAS CHANGED WITH
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I THINK PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO GO TO THE POLLS AND
VOTE FOR US WOULD FEEL A LOT BETTER ABOUT THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE TO VOTE FOR IF
WHEN WE WANT TO CHANGE OUR POSITION BECAUSE WE KNOW IT'S BEEN WRONG WE WOULD
JUST "HEY WE WERE WRONG. AND WE'RE GONNA DO WHAT'S RIGHT NOW."))
Virginia students had already forfeited eight million dollars to make
sot 12:26:46 EARL
((DEL. RANDY FORBES/VA. GOP CHAIRMAN: IF IT COSTS EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS TO
ENSURE THAT THE ACADEMIC STANDARDS OF VIRGINIA'S STUDENTS DO NOT FALL BELOW
THOSE OF ARKANSAS, THEN I THINK THAT WAS EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS WELL SPENT.))
But the real hard-line conservatives are NOT happy.
The Lynchburg- based Virginia Taxpayer's Association labelled it a
sot 12:27:50 EARL
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: JUST WHO ARE THOSE ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE
EXTREMISTS? I'D LIKE TO KNOW BECAUSE WE'D LIKE TO TAKE ISSUE WITH THEM.))
The cave-in perception hurts Republicans in the legislature who reportedly
urged Allen to find a way to accept Goals 2000.
Whatever way voters perceive it, one of Virginia's loudest arguments over
what was only potential federal intrusion may be behind us.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Voters in the tenth district are just hours away from electing the area's
They're choosing between Democrat Barnie Day and Republican Phil Plaster.
The two are vying for the seat vacated by former delegate Roscoe Reynolds.
Democrat Reynolds was elected to the state senate in December, to fill the
shoes of Congressman Virgil Goode.
Voter turnout today has been especially low in Pittsylvania County.
At Mount Herman elementary, near Danville, less than 30- voters out of a
possible 770- had turned out by mid-afternoon.
A pee wee football coach calls yesterday one of the toughest days of his
For an hour, Keith Gaines listened, as three children testified that he
whipped them with a belt.
But those charges were ultimately dismissed... and now Gaines is trying to
put the past behind him.
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=Last night
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Keith Gaines/Embattled Football Coach; :12
SUPER=04-Home Video; :22
SUPER=04-Last Month; :35
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Salem.
((Last night, Keith Gaines was only concerned with getting hugs from his
relatives... and getting out of the Salem Courthouse.
Today, he says he and his family are ready to move on with their lives.
((KEITH GAINES: DEFINITELY PUT IT BEHIND ME. LET MY KIDS GO ON AND GO TO
SCHOOL-- THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SOMEBODY SAYING SOMETHING ABOUT
THEIR FATHER. ))
OUT Q=their father
What they were SAYING was that Gaines whipped some children with a belt
while he was head coach of the local pee wee football team.
Once the season ended, three of his young players accused him of assault and
battery... stemming from a November practice.
In an earlier interview with News- 7, Gaines admitted taking his belt off...
but only to show how HE was disciplined as a child.
He said, however, that under no circumstances did he strike any of the
Gaines relayed that testimony in court.
He was backed up by three adults who were also at the practice... and the
charges were dismissed.
Gaines hopes the assault allegations don't scare off others from coaching.
IN Q=I don't think
((KEITH GAINES/: I DON'T THINK ANYONE SHOULD LOOK AT THIS AND BE DETERRED. ONE
OF THINGS WE NEED MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IS ADULTS WORKING WITH OUR YOUNG
OUT Q=young people
It's not stopping him.
He's currently an assistant coach for a youth basketball team.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Salem.))
The stock market blasted to record highs today.
The Dow climbed 53 points and finished at 67 hundred 62.
NASDAQ gained 15 and a half points, also for a record close.
The coalfields of Virginia make a cameo appearance on TV tonight.
The movie "Country Justice" stars George C. Scott. He grew up in Wise
SUPER=04-"Country Justice" CBS 9PM
But there are hundreds of local extras- -and several people you may
recognize who have speaking roles.
NAT SOT- -train whistle
IN Q=NAT SOT: train whistle
SUPER=01-Elaine Day Simpson/"Trooper #8"; :52
SUPER=01-Tom Mason/"Judge Shifflette"; 1:12
SUPER=01-Deet Reed/"Tazewell Co. Deputy"; 1:30
OUT Q=or something, Ha ha ha.
The film starts out more like a documentary than a made-for-T-V drama.
EVERYONE'S LIFE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH COAL MINING.
Scott plays Clayton Hayes, a coal miner. His granddaughter, Emma, ends up
Elaine Day Simpson drove through a blizzard last January when the director
told her she'd actually play a scene opposite George C. Scott.
((HER WASN'T A PRIMA DONNA AT ALL.
AND I GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH HIM.))
Two of her lines are delivered off camera. In the third one, she's out of
Simpson's been around TV and the movie-making business long enough to know
an actor is always at the mercy of the producer.
((BUT I FIGURE IF GEORGE C. SCOTT SAYS YES THEN AS TROOPER #8, IT WAS PROBABLY
OKAY FOR ME TO SAY, "YES."))
Tom Mason never saw the star of the film.
He plays a judge in the movie.
((THE OBJECTIVE IN A CASE SUCH AS THIS.))
Mason was U-S Attorney in Roanoke for eight years, but never got the
position on the bench he aspired to.
((I'VE SEEN A LOT OF JUDGES.
YOU KNOW HOW THEY SHOULD ACT?
YOU KNOW HOW A JUDGE SHOULD BEHAVE?
I KNOW HOW THEY DO. HA HA.))
Deet Reed plays a Tazewell County police officer.
((HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU THINK YOUR GRANDFATHER HAS TO LIVE?))
((WHO KNOWS. MAYBE SOMEBODY WILL SEE IT AND GO, "WE COULD USE HIM IN A DOG FOOD
COMMERCIAL," OR SOMETHING.))
OUT Q=or something.
Coming your way tonight in sports, an emotional day for Jennifer Capriati,
new uniforms for the Dolphins, a new development in the Cowboys case,
And a new team for Kyle Petty and he and the King join forces to form Petty
Dallas police have charged the woman who wrongly accused Dallas Cowboys stars
Michael Irvin and Erik Williams of sexual assault with filing a false report.
Nina Shahravan, who recanted her claims last Friday that the two men sexually
assaulted her, could get up to six months in jail and be fined $2000, if
She may also have to deal with a lawsuit from the players.
Robert Irsay, the controversial NFL owner who moved his Colts
from Baltimore to Indianapolis under the cover of darkness in
1984, died this morning in Indianapolis. He was 73.
A spokesperson at Indiana Medical Center said that Irsay, who
suffered a massive stroke in November of 1995, was admitted
Monday and died this morning at 10:15 a.m. EST of heart and
Irsay was hospitalized on several occasions in
the past year and the team confirmed last November that he was
in critical condition.
A tough day down under for Jennifer Capriati as she played in the Australian
Open for the first time in four years.
The often troubled former teenage phenom suffered her fourth straight first
round loss at a grand slam event.
Afterwards, it was more than she could take.
((JENNIFER CAPRIATI/LOSES OPENING MATCH:))
SUPER=01-Jennifer Capriati/Loses Opening Match; :00
OUT Q=..I'm Sorry."
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The 9th annual Crestar Roundball Classic tips off this Saturday at the
Salem Civic Center as 8 teams will battle in the one day tournament.
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As in years past, the talent level will be solid as Northside, Nansemond
River, William Fleming, Potomac, Patrick Henry, Woodbridge, Salem and Woodrow
Wilson-Beckley fight it out.
IN Q=We got
((WOODY DEANS/CRESTAR CLASSIC TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Woody Deans/Crestar Classic Tournament Director; :00
OUT Q=....we have had"
The first begins at 3pm and the final game tips off at 8:15. Tickets are 5
dollars in advance, 6 at the door and 4 bucks for students.
Hampden-Sydney named Phil Culicerto the college's new head football coach
Culicerto is originally from Beckley, West Virginia. He played for Bill
Dooley at Tech, and has been an assistant for Joe Bush the past 11 years.
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Tonight we continue our reports from the NASCAR media tour with a look at
Kyle Petty and his latest venture in Winston Cup racing.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
This season Kyle is out on his own as a car owner at his new venture PE2,
which not suprisingly stands for Petty Enterprises Two.
Kyle says more than anything else he made this move to bring his wife and
three children closer to him during the now endless season.
((KYLE PETTY/CO-OWNER OF PE2:))
SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Co-Owner of pe2; :00
OUT Q=...AND LEARN THINGS."
Kyle says owning his own team and picking up Mattel Hot Wheels as a sponsor
is a perfect fit for his entire family.
And he'll get no arguments on that from either his wife or his Dad.
((PATTY PETTY/KYLE'S WIFE:))
((RICHARD PETTY/CO-OWNER OF PE2:))
SUPER=01-Patty Petty/Kyle's Wife; :00
SUPER=01-Richard Petty/Co-Owner of pe2; :00
OUT Q=...COULD HAVE GOTTEN."
A trip to the racetrack turned into something more than a group of New
Zealand fans counted on last night.
Five fans were injured after two sprint cars collided violently in a turn.
The accident sent debris including a complete gas tank flying in to the
The injuries included cuts, broken bones and bruises. Fortunately no was
The raceway's promoter says the accident was the first in the track's 10 year
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