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Neighbors are in shock after an eight-year old is charged with killing his
step-father in Pittsylvania County.
Sheriff Harold Plaster won't confirm the arrest and has placed a gag order
in his department.
The Commonwealth's attorney is also refusing comment.
But a source close to the Bernard Rosser murder case confirms the chief
suspect is the man's eight-year old stepson.
The 55-year old Franklin County probation officer was found dead at his
Gretna home in mid-December.
SUPER=04-Franklin News Post;
Authorities say he suffered a severe blow to the head.
Neighbors say prior to the arrest they were concerned for their own safety
because of the severity of the crime.
((JACK DALTON/VICTIM'S NEIGHBOR:NATURALLY, ANYBODY WOULD BE, LIVING TWO DOORS
DOWN, KNOWING SOMEBODY RUNNING LOOSE, THAT HAD MURDERED SOMEBODY, NATURALLY WE
WOULD BE TENSED.))
SUPER=01-Jack Dalton/Victim's Neighbor; :00
OUT Q=be tensed.
Neighbors say the Rosser family moved into the house about two years ago.
They report seeing the eight-year old boy playing in the yard.
Neighbors tell NEWS 7 the child was large for his age but did not cause any
problems in the neighborhood.
A Carroll County judge says Chris and Willie Gammon have lived a sad and
But Judge Duane Mink says that doesn't justify their actions.
Mink sentenced the half-brothers to 48 years each for murdering their
father and shooting their step-mother.
During their three-day sentencing hearing, Chris, Willie, and a string of
family members told horror stories of violence and abuse on the part of their
father, Gary Gammon.
The brothers' lawyers begged for leniency.
They could have gotten up to three life terms in prison.
A Bedford County man will "not" be charged after he ran over and killed his
neighbor's four-year old daughter.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./January 5;
Lauren Paige Cobb was playing with friends in this cul-de-sac when she ran
to a nearby driveway to pick up rocks.
That's when a neighbor hit Cobb while he backed out of his driveway.
Police say the man could not have seen the child because of a parked car in
Prosecutor Randy Krantz is still reviewing the final report, but does "not"
anticipate filing charges.
A blow to the defense in the O-J Simpson case today.
As Jennifer Sabih reports it has to do with that now infamous bloody glove.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; 00
OUT Q=CBS News, Los Angeles."
((With a California rain coming down hard, the day got off to a rough
start for plaintiff Fred Goldman.
But once inside the shelter of the courtroom, his lawyer tore apart
some of the most potent portions of OJ Simpson's defense case.
The biggest blow came when criminalist Dennis Fung recanted one of the biggest
successes in the defense case thus far - that the crime scene glove in this
photo is not the same glove Simpson tried on at the criminal trial, suggesting
police tampered with the evidence. But as a rebuttal witness, Fung said he
And before Fung, a former FBI photo expert testified that although it may
appear that the glove in the picture has a hole in the fourth finger, a hole
that isn't on the glove Simpson tried on in court, it's only an optical
illusion - it's not a hole at all, only a piece of debris.
Jennifer Sabih, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
Police charged two men today for leaking crime scene photos
from the JonBenet Ramsey murder case.
Lawrence Smith worked at a photo lab that processed the pictures for the
Those pictures showed up in the Tabloid the Globe.
((GEORGE EPP/BOULDER CO. SHERIFF: IN MY 24 YEARS WITH BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF
DEPARTMENT, I'VE NEVER SEEN A CASE WHERE THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE CRIME
CO-OPTED AS IT WAS IN THIS CASE.))
SUPER=01-George Epp/Boulder Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=it was in this case."
Also charged, Bret Sawyer- a former Sheriff's deputy who says he made a huge
error in judgement.
Sawyer has a six year old son.
((BRET ALAN SAWYER/CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTION: THE CONCEPT OF MY SON BEING KILLED
AND THEN SOMEBODY MAKE THOSE PHOTOS AVAILABLE IS ATROTIOUS TO ME.))
SUPER=01-Bret Sawyer/Charged with Obstruction;
OUT Q=IS ATROTIOUS TO ME.
Sawyers attorney says he was working as a private investigator who thought
he had a client.
After hours of angry debate-
Israel's cabinet approves the Hebron agreement- allowing the withdrawal of
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SECRETARY OF STATE: THE PROTOCOL ON HEBRON AND THE UNITED
STATES NOTE FOR THE RECORD ARE A CLEAR ROAD MAP FOR THE FUTURE OF PEACE
NEGOTIATIONS. THEY SET FORTH THE COMMITTMENT AND A TIME FRAME FOR BOTH ISRAEL
AND THE PALESTINIANS.))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=and the palestinians."
But some problems still exist...
The two sides have different interpretations of how much land will enter
He's one of the unsung heros of World War Two, partly because he never came
George Hobart Pierpont of Salem died in a plane crash in 1944.
SUPER=03-Mao'er Mtn., China
Until now, his family only knew the B-24 he was piloting did not return
from a bombing run over a Taiwan harbor.
((I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT HIM AND I FIGURED THAT HE'D GONE DOWN OVER THERE IN THE
TAIWAN STRAITS. EVEN IF THEY CRASH LAND AND GOT OUT OF IT, EITHER THE JAPS
WOULD HAVE SHOT THEM OR THE SHARKS WOULD HAVE GOT THEM. ))
SUPER=01-J.C. Penn/High School Friend
OUT Q=got them.
The mystery began to unravel last October when a chinese farmer discovered
the wreckage of the B-24 on the tallest peak in South China.
The remains- -Pierpont and his nine-man crew- -were handed over to U-S
They'll be shipped to Hawaii for positive identification and will eventually
be returned to the States for burial.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, Roanoke's police department is looking for a
few good officers,
And a woman from Martinsville says she has videotape that raises character
questions about one of Virginia's Attorney General candidates.
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-0.97''/minus 0.18''/0.97''/minus 0.18'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.45 foot/Down 0.97 foot;Lake levels
A Pittsylvania County woman says her experience with Gilbert Davis raises
questions about his character.
Davis is running for Virginia Attorney General, and represents Paula Jones
in her sexual harrassment suit against President Clinton.
Ramona Hines says Davis behaved innappropriately, when she and her husband
met him at a Roanoke Hotel for a conference on her case.
She says the three began drinking and partying, and talking about a playboy
IN Q=now what do you
off the preprod tape 16:44:18
"Now what do you want to do?"
"what did I tell you?"
"You want to take your clothes off"
"No I didn't say that...(laughter)
RAMONA HINES: THIS, WHAT YOU HAVE JUST SEEN IS NORMAL, THAT'S CHARACTER FROM
MR. DAVIS, AND WHEN I WOULD HEAR HIM ON CNN AND I WOULD HEAR HIM SPEAK, HE TO
ME WAS SPEAKING OUT OF CHARACTER;))
OUT Q=speaking out of character
A spokesman for Davis says he can't respond to Hine's statements because he
still represents her, and is bound by attorney client confidentiality.
Hines says she is considering a lawsuit agaist Davis, and may sell the
rights to the video tape, though she says she is not activly seeking a buyer.
There will surely be SOME political fallout for Gil Davis.
He's running against three other Republicans for the Virginia Attorney
General nomination in a June 10th primary.
Religious conservative Mark Earley is one of his two opponents in the state
IN Q=Clearly I
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CHESAPEAKE: CLEARLY I WOULD HOPE IT'S NOT TRUE. FOR A
LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS. NUMBER ONE I THINK IT REFLECTS POORLY ON THE BAR
ACROSS VIRGINIA. LAWYERS. IT CLEARLY WOULD REFLECT POORLY ON A CANDIDATE FOR
ATTORNEY GENERAL. BUT YOU KNOW I WANT TO WITHHOLD JUDGMENT IN ALL FAIRNESS
UNTIL I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE ALLEGATIONS ARE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake;
OUT Q=allegations are.
Virginia Beach Senator Ken Stolle (STAH-lee) declined to comment on camera,
but says the tape could be "extremely damaging" to Davis.
Former George Allen cabinet secretary Jerry Kilgore says he's anxious to
hear Gil Davis's side of the story.
About 165-thousand state classified employees, teachers, and college
professors are closely watching the General Assembly.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer has positioned himself on their side, pushing
for a one to three percent increase to the raise that will take effect at the
end of the year.
IN Q=We gave them
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE GAVE THEM A TWO PERCENT RAISE LAST YEAR AS A
PLACEHOLDER, JUST A FIRST STEP. AND NOW WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SWEETEN
THAT. TO MAKE IT THREE, OR EVEN FOUR PERCENT. IN A PERFECT WORLD FIVE. AND
TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TELL STATE EMPLOYEES "WE'RE ASKING YOU TO DO MORE WITH
LESS, BUT WE'RE GOING TO PAY YOU FOR IT TOO.))
((PLEASANT SHIELDS/VA. GOV'T. EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION: WE'RE STILL ABOUT TEN
PERCENT BEHIND THE PUBLIC SECTOR. AND WE HOPE THAT THEY CAN FIND MONEY TO GO
FROM THE TWO PERCENT, UP TOWARD THE FIVE PERCENT IS WHAT WE'RE SEEKING.))
SUPER=01-Pleasant Shields/Va. Gov't. Employees Assoc.; :21
Beyer's opponent for Governor this fall has good will but NO specific
proposal about the pay raise.
IN Q=We think
((JIM GILMORE/ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE THINK THEY'RE A PRIORITY. WE'VE DONE WELL
IN OUR OFFICE ON THAT. WE'RE GONNA CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON THAT. IN TERMS OF
SPECIFICALLY, I THINK WE'VE GOT TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE BUDGET.))
OUT Q=whole budget.
State workers got the first four-and half percent of their two part raise
just last month.
Roanoke's police force may not be at full-strength, but city officials say
there is no shortage of officers on the street.
There are now 12 Roanoke recruits in the police academy class that graduates
That will leave the department eight officers short of its authorized
strength, but officials say that's not unusual or especially troublesome.
IN Q=We do not have any areas
((LT. JIM DAY/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.: WE DO NOT HAVE ANY AREAS THAT ARE NOT FULLY
COVERED. THE ONLY THING THAT MIGHT BE DELAYED ON OCCASION IS MAYBE A SPECIAL
ASSIGNMENT OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE MIGHT HAVE TO BE DELAYED TEMPORARILY.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Day/Roanoke Police Dept.;
OUT Q=to be delayed temporarily.
The department is now reviewing 60 to 80 additional applications.
Judging from past experience, offficials say one in twenty will likely join
A sock maker that employs about 13-hundred people in Pulaski is closing its
flagship plant in North Carolina.
Renfro officials aren't saying what impact that may have in Southwest
Some of the Mount Airy workers will be able to relocate.
But the company also announced completion of a new 100 thousand square-foot
addition in Pulaski.
As a condition of a loan for that project, Renfro is obligated to bring 250
NEW jobs to Pulaski by the end of this year.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, North Dakota surrenders to Old Man Winter,
and Len Besthoff will take a look at just how much your A-T-M banking card
could cost you.
MUSIC UP FULL
Thinking of using your A-T-M card at a bank other than your own?
Len Besthoff reports it's getting harder to figure out just how much it'll
IN Q=If you
SUPER=01-Ty Smith/First Union Branch Manager; :52 (very quick!!!!!)
SUPER=01-Larry Kingsley/ATM User; :57
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( If you use another bank's A-T-M machine, it's no secret you're going to
But did you know a bank can charge non customers one price at one ATM and a
different fee at another?
Most First Union A-T-Ms around here charge customers from other banks a
dollar- fifty...but using one at the airport costs TWO- fifty.
SOT TAPE ONE 15:03:40
IN Q=I think
((LARRY KINGSLEY/ATM USER: I THINK THE WHOLE ATM THING HAS BECOME A RIPOFF, NO
QUESTION ABOUT IT. ))
OUT Q=about it.
SOT TAPE TWO 16:40:54
IN Q=They should
((TRINELL MCQUEEN/ATM USER: THEY SHOULD REGULATE HOW MUCH YOU'RE GONNA PAY TO
USE SOMEBODY ELSE'S MACHINE. ))
But they don't, the banks can pick their price.
SOT tape one 14:15:43
IN Q=There is
((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER: THERE IS SOME DISCRETION IN WHAT I
GUESS WE DEEM AS A REASONABLE CHARGE. ))
OUT Q=reasonable charge.
Other local banks have a one dollar, across- the- board ATM charge for non-
customers...but the main point of the story is to watch out, because not all
banks work this way.
First Union stresses though, that the airport ATM is barely breaking even,
and it's the only one around here with a higher charge.
SOT tape one 14:15:07
IN Q=Out at
((SMITH: OUT AT THE AIRPORT, THAT ATM THERE IS JUST SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF
OUT Q=of convenience.
SOT tape one 15:03:47
IN Q=People like
((KINGSLEY: PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO NEED TO DO THINGS FAIRLY QUICKLY ARE KINDA
FORCED TO USE THE CONVENIENCE. BUT THEY OUGHTA GET A LITTLE MORE REALISTIC
ABOUT WHAT THE CHARGE SHOULD BE.))
OUT Q=should be.
SOT tape two 17:09:11
IN Q=Another thing
((Another thing you want to remember when you're using someone else's ATM is
that YOUR OWN bank may also charge you for the privilege of doing that. And
that fee may only show up on your monthly statement. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7. ))
The snow keeps coming down in North Dakota.
The second severe blizzard in less than one week is making life miserable
Fierce winds are making it almost impossible to see anything.
That's forced highways to close- and advisories AGAINST travel.
It's so bad, authorities have even ordered snow plows off the roads.
SUPER=330-Freezing Rain Mixed/With Rain/30-34/Rain Ending Early/Winds
SUPER=331-Rain Begins/Winds S-10/34-36/Rain Ends/Winds W-20/40-43;
SUPER=332-Freezing Rain/Advisory/32-34/Mostly Cloudy/Snow Flurries/34-36;
SUPER=333-Winter Wx Advisory/Freezing Rain/28-30/Rain Ends/Winds W-25/40;
SUPER=334-Freezing Rain/Advisory/28-32/Mostly Cloudy/Snow Flurries/34-36;
Highlights from Tech and Roanoke College plus, Roy Stanley with highlights
and postgame from UVa's near upset of Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, and
Hometown Hoops weekly.
But first, 49ers head football coach George Seifert resigned today after
eight years on the job.
He'll be 57 in a couple of weeks, but he says he may coach again in the
league somewhere else.
And the Giants named Jim Fassel their newhead football coach today.
He ceoms from the Cardinals and replaces Dan Reeves. Now your college hoop
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/Wake Forest #2/58//Virginia/54///j/Clemson #3/67//Maryland
#13/87//UNC-Greensboro/49//UNCG @ Radford - Saturday/;
Tech/76////Averett/63/j/Ferrum/75//M.Hunter 22 Pts & 10 Rebs./;
SUPER=0098-j/East Carolina/65//V.C.U./61////Richmond/86/j/George Mason/98///;
SUPER=0098-/Old Dominion/77/j/American/80//Final In OT//N.C. State/56/j/North
SUPER=0098-/Florida State/58/j/Ga. Tech/71///j/Syracuse/83//Seton Hall/66///;
SUPER=0098-/Bridgewater/70/j/Roanoke/83///j/Lynchburg/83//Wash. & Lee/77///;
SUPER=0098-j/Maryville/96//Emory & Henry/70//J. Light Tops 1000 pts./j/Indiana
OUT Q=....last score."
go to break
The Virginia Cavaliers had second ranked Wake Forest on the ropes last night
But UVa failed to score a point in the final five minutes as Wake came from
behind to beat the Cavs 58-to-54.
Roy Stanley and photographer Scott Ayres have the story from Lawrence Joel
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/Nine Points; :28
SUPER=33-Virginia/54/Wake Forest #2/58; :50
SUPER=01-Tim Duncan/28 Points; :58
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; 1:10
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Virginia Tech Hokies held Georgia Southern to just 14 points in the
second half as they hammered the visiting Eagles 76-to-41 at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Eagles vs. Hokies; :00
Coach Bill Foster was anxiously anticipating the start of last night's game
as was his starting five, who wasted little time in breaking it open against
The Hokies looked hot early, as Troy Manns goes inside to Shawn Browne, who
dishes to Keefe Matthews who stays with it for the deuce.
Minutes later, Manns would get an assist to Jim Jackson - who drains the
three pointer to give Tech the early 9-to-nothing lead.
Tech would get on the board again as Ace Custis drives and dishes to Matthews
who misses the hook, but Ace comes through with the board and the bucket.
SUPER=33-Ga. Southern/41/Virginia Tech/76;
Custis would have a big night for Tech as he scores 18 and the Hokies hammer
Georgia Southern 76 to 41.
Bridgewater and Roanoke, the two premiere teams in the ODAC, met tonight
over in Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/Eagles vs. Maroons; :00
The maroons, looking to remain undefeated in conference play,
took on eagles, themselves with only had 1 ODAC loss.
The first half was a sharp shooting contest, former Franklin County star
Derek Bryant hit 5 treys on his way to a 15 point first half. Roanoke led 44-34
at the break.
The eagles finally took the lead, SUPER=33-Roanoke/83/Bridgewater/70;
57-56, on Eddie bentley's three pointer from the right side with ten minutes
remaining in the contest.
But Roanoke pulled away. Tim Braun to Nathan Hungate for the hoop, Hungate
had 11 assist,
and the Maroons go on to improve to 5 and OH in the ODAC, 10 and 1 overall,
with a 83-70 victory.
Dell Curry came into last night's game with the Nets needing 18 points to top
the 10,000 point mark for his career.
He hit 13, but the Hornets still won it 116-to-104.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN; :00
The Bulls beat the Timberwolves 112-to-102 last night, but Dennis Rodman is
in trouble again!
Watch him go for this rebound and get tabled up with the cameramen on the
He gets mad and kicks Eugene Amos in the groin.
Amos was eventually carried off the court. Rodman will likely find himself
in one very soon.
Still to come tonight, Steve Mason with this week's edition of Hometown Hoops
Tonight the inspiring story of a Patrick Henry girl's basketball player, who
has a message for each of us.
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
In this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly Steve Mason has the story of
an area athlete who is opening eyes wIith her closed ears.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Kelly Short/Patrick Henry Senior Guard; :57
SUPER=01-Troyleena Pate/Patrick Henry Guard; 1:32
SUPER=01-John Griffith/Patrick Henry Head Coach; 1:48
OUT Q=....Hometown Hoops Weekly"
((To Kelly Short, a confusing loud huddle sounds like this. But her hearing
impairment has hardly slowed her down.
In a world where adolescence can be cruel and tough to the challenged, Kelly
is often strength and inspiration for her teammates.
The 17 year old is an old pro at overcoming her impairment, back in 1991 she
stared for the Woodrow Wilson Presidents. In addition to her basketball, she
now plays varsity softball for the Patriots, and maintains a 3.8 grade point
average, feats that continually amaze her peers.
An interpreter is with Kelly at practice and at games and while the coach is
supposed to do the teaching, John griffith finds himself often learning from