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New information that the person arrested for murder in Franklin County is an
eight year old boy.
A videotape showing partying and drinking could hurt one candidate for
Plus an update on that man heading round the world in a balloon.
Rain will begin after sundown-- Most areas will see straight rain, but
deeper valleys will have to deal with icy roadways.
On Health Check-- first it took on food labels--
Now the F-D-A wants to improve the labels on prescription medications--
making them easier to read, and understand.
A bizarre twist to a Pittsylvania County murder investigation.
It's now confirmed that the chief suspect is the victim's young step- son.
Good evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Neither the sheriff nor the Commonwealth's attorney would comment.
But a source close to the case says the person arrested for the murder of
55-year old Bernard Rosser, was in fact Rosser's 8-year old step-son.
SUPER=04-Franklin News Post;
The Franklin County probation officer was found dead in his Gretna home last
He was killed after suffering a blow to the head.
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The boy's name is not being released... and officials declined to say
whether the child is being kept in custody.
A Carroll County judge has sentenced two brothers who killed their father
and shot their stepmother to serve 48 years in prison.
Willie and Chris Gammon could've gotten up to three life terms each.
In pleading for leniency, their lawyers called them psychological hostages
of a violent, abusive father, Gary.
They said the brothers feared for their own lives if their father saw they
had damaged the car in a failed effort to hot-wire it to run away.
((JONATHAN VENZIE/WILLIE GAMMON'S LAWYER: YEAH, THEY WERE HOSTAGES, AND THEY
TRIED TO STAND UP TO HIM AND IT JUST EXPLODED IN THEIR FACE. ))
SUPER=01-Jonathan Venzie/Willie Gammon's Lawyer;
OUT Q=in their face.
Gary Gammon died when his sons shot him in his home in October of 1994.
His wife, Rebecca Gammon may never walk as a result of her injuries.
She claims Gary was not the violent man his sons made him out to be, and
had little to say about their sentence.
((REBECCA GAMMON: WELL THERE'S NO AMOUNT OF TIME GONNA BRING BACK GARY'S LIFE
OR CHANGE MINE IN ANY WAY, SO I DON'T KNOW, IT JUST HASN'T HIT YET. ))
OUT Q=hasn't hit yet.
Chris and Willie Gammon both pled no contest to the charges.
A 1994 video tape has surfaced, showing Attorney General candidate Gil Davis
drinking and partying with a client in a Roanoke Hotel.
Davis, who is representing Paula Jones in her sexual harrassment suit
against President Clinton, also represents Pittsylvania County resident Ramona
Hines in a lawsuit.
In 1994, Hines video taped a meeting she and her husband had with Davis in a
Roanoke Hotel, where the three drank, and discussed a Playboy Magazine
IN Q=this, what you have just seen
((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 spokesperson for Davis says he can't comment on Hine's remarks, because he
still represents her and is bound by attorney-client confidentiality.
Tonight on News 7 at 6, we'll hear some excerpts from the tape.
Gil Davis has three opponents within his own party for the Attorney General
All acknowledge that Ramona Hines' tape could cause Davis problems in the
June 10th primary.
IN Q=And quite
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CHESAPEAKE: AND QUITE FRANKLY, THE IRONY OF IT ALL IS IF
IT'S TRUE IT MAY VERY WELL HELP BILL CLINTON MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE. SO THERE
ARE SOME NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS TO THE ALLEGATIONS.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake;
OUT Q=the allegations.
Mark Earley is one of two GOP state senators running against Davis.
Senator Ken (STAH-lee) Stolle says Hines' tape is "extremely damaging," NOT
just to his campaign but to his personal life.
Former George Allen cabinet secretary Jerry Kilgore says he's anxious to
hear what Gil Davis has to say about the tape.
A Lynchburg teenager is facing multiple charges after he allegedly crashed a
stolen car while trying to elude police today.
Police were following up a report of a possible abduction when an officer
spotted the vehicle on Monsview Place.
The 15-year old driver jumped a curb, backed into the police cruiser, then
took off again.
The short chase ended when the teen crashed the stolen vehicle into a parked
He was later taken to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of minor head
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead- even though most Virginia voters were excluded from
yesterday's special election, it cost tax-payers thousands of dollars.
And in California, the infamous glove is revisited at the O-J Simpson Civil
One government office has taken on the mission of preventing Type One
We'll tell you about a national study underway-- involving oral insulin--
coming up on Health Check.
Coming up-- How do the highway crews handle winter weather predictions?
That's Patrick's assignment for today-- his live report when NEWS-7 at fIVE
A photo lab employee lost his job for allegedly stealing crime scene photos
in the Jonbonet Ramsey case- and the worker may also face criminal charges.
The photos were printed in a tabloid newspaper, the Globe.
Photo Craft Labs processed the pictures for the coroners office.
Meanwhile investigators in the case say, don't believe everything you read.
((I THINK THERE ARE MANY LEAKS THAT HAVE EXTREMELY FALSE INFORMATION. I REALLY
ENCOURAGE THE MEDIA TO WAIT UNTIL WE FEEL IT IS APPROPRIATE TIME TO RELEASE THE
FACTS WE WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU. THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION
THERE THAT IS NOT ACCURATE. THAT IS VERY UNFORTUANTE.))
SUPER=01-Alex Hunter/Boulder District Attorney;
OUT Q=very unfortuante."
The body of six year old JonBonet Ramsey was found in the basement of her
home, the day after Christmas.
The bloody glove is again the topic at the O-J Simpson trial.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
A former F-B-I photo expert disputes Simpson's claim of evidence-tampering.
Gerald Richards says a mark in a picture of a glove is debris- not a hole.
The glove was found near the bodies of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The defense maintained it was a hole in the glove's ring finger - and the
glove shown the jury did not have one- They claim someone switched the glove
with another one.
Patrick County supervisor Barnie Day is headed to Richmond.
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The Democrat beat Republican challenger Phil Plaster for the 10th district
seat in the House of Delegates.
Registrars in three of the four localities involved in the special election
say it cost them about 17-thousand dollars.
Pittsylvania County could not provide an estimate.
But in one of that county's precincts, just ONE person voted.
That's because only a small part of that precinct is in the 10th House
groovy music UNDER
When most of us hear snow or freezing rain in the forecast, we hibernate,
but that's when V-Dot is put to the test.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
With last week's ice storm still fresh in our memories, another winter
threat is upon us.
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Patrick Evans decided to visit the Department of Transportation, not only
to find out how workers cope with the weather, but also to give us some of
VDOT's predictions, too.
SUPER=01-Donnie LaPrad/Repair Supervisor;
SUPER=01-Barry Francisco/Signal Repairman;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
SUPER=330-Rain Begins/Winds S-15/30-34/Rain Ending Early/Winds W-20/38-41;
SUPER=331-Rain Begins/Winds S-10/34-36/Rain Ends/Winds W-20/40-43;
SUPER=332-Rain Begins/Winds S-20/32-34/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 Adv./Turning Windy/28-32/Mostly Cloudy/Snow
health music under
In Tonight's Two Minute Ticker, Steve Mason has the latest edition of
Hometown Hoops Weekly.
On Health Check-- some optimistic news for treating ear infections in
Plus, we'll hear what researchers are now saying about which children
should be taking growth hormones.
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The F-D-A plans for prescription drugs what it already does for food
That is, provide you with some easy-to read and understandable
Prescription drug labels are sometimes cryptic-- and the lack of clear
information is blamed for thousands of hospitalizations each year, and for
people not getting the full benefit of their medications.
The new drug information will include things like "What's it for?"
-- What do you do if you miss a dose-- and possible side effects.
IN Q=The F-D-A-
((TOM MCGINNIS/FDA PHARMACY AFFAIRS: THE FDA LAUNCHED THIS PROGRAM TO GET
PATIENTS USEFUL INFORMATION WITH THEIR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS IN ORDER FOR
THE PATIENT TO WORK WITH THEIR PHYSICIAN AND PHARMACIST AND PREVENT UNNECESSARY
DRUG INTERACTIONS FROM OCCURING. ))
This F-D-A program will start immediately.
Preventing Type One Diabetes is the focus of a new study being launched by
the National Institutes of Health.
People at risk for developing Juvenile Diabetes will be given a capsule
containing insulin crystals in the hopes that it will prevent or delay the
onset of the disease.
The researchers say the oral insulin cannot be used to treat diabetes-- but
may stop the body's immune system from attacking the cells which produce the
Ear infections are the most common health problem in young children.
Treating them usually involves 10 days of an antibiotic given by mouth.
But a new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that a single injection
of an antibiotic works just as well.
The researchers say the single dose approach could be helpful for kids who
won't or can't take medicine by mouth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement about the use of
growth hormone in children.
Many healthy children are receiving the drug to make them grow taller.
Now the Academy says only those children who are deficient in growth
hormone should receive the drug.
Concern about the physical and psychological effects of the drug sparked the
The Dutchess of York has found a company to endorse.
Sarah Furgeson, better known as Fergie-- has signed on as the new face--
and body-- of Weight Watchers International.
IN Q=It's not just
((SARAH FERGUSON/WEIGHT WATCHERS INTERNATIONAL: IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT AN
ENDORSEMENT THOUGH, IT'S ABOUT A LIFESTYLE IT'S ABOUT ME STANDING UP HERE WITH
REAL PASSION AND WANTING TO TRY AND NOT LET OTHER MEN AND WOMEN GO THROUGH SUCH
TURMOIL AS I'VE BEEN THROUGH. IN TRYING TO RETAIN AND REGAIN MY CONTROL OF
MYSELF. IT'S A PART OF LIFE, IT'S NOT JUST A BIG PROMOTIONAL WORK OR A BIG
PROMOTIONAL TOUR. ))
SUPER=01-Sarah Ferguson/Weight Watchers International; :
OUT Q=PROMOTIONAL TOUR.
Fergie says she remembers when the media ridiculed her about her weight--
and she ways while she can laugh about it now, it certainly hurt at the time.
Let's begin tonight's two minute sports ticker with the Virginia Cavaliers
who are on the road in Winston-Salem this evening battling second ranked Wake
The game is not being televised tonight anywhere, but Roy Stanley and
photographer Scott Ayres are at Lawrence Joel Coliseum and we will have
highlights and postgame comments tonight at 11.
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Your Hometown station does have college basketball for you tonight at nine
from the ACC, as the struggling North Carolina Tarheels host N.C. State.
That game tips off at nine.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies, fresh off their win over U-Mass on Sunday are in
action tonight at the Cassell taking on Georgia Southern. That game gets
underway at 7.
And Roanoke College faces its biggest ODAC test of the season tonight as the
Maroons host Bridgewater.
I'll have highlights of both those game starting at 10 on News 7 Primetime on
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
We devote Hometown Hoops Weekly, not to the player who can dunk a basketball
or shoot the light out of the gym,
but to an incredibly gifted person who has scored the "Life winning shot" in
tackling a handicap. Steve Mason explains
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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
Imagine flying around the world in a hot air balloon.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Monday;
That's what one man is attempting.
Adventurer Steve Fossett left St. Louis Monday night- He's now somewhere
above the Atlantic.
Fossett communicates with his ground crew through e-mail and fax.
((BO KEMPER/LOYOLA UNIVERSITY: WE GET AN UPDATE EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR THEN WE
EVERY TWO OR THREE HOURS AN E-MAIL FROM STEVE SAYING THINGS ARE GOOD OR I'M
HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE HEATER OR WHATEVER.))
SUPER=01-Bo Kemper/Loyola University;
OUT Q=OR WHATEVER.
Fossett is flying at fairly low altitudes to take advantage of the strong
He plans to head into Scandinavia and then through Russia, China, Japan and
Fossett hopes to finish his trip within three weeks.
In the past few years, a number of new charges for A-T-M use have crept into
And there's a little- known fact about an old A-T-M fee you may want to know
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphry has more.
Let's say you use your bankcard at a SUPER=@Keith1;
machine owned by another bank.
Odds are you'll have to pay a charge.
But did you know that fee can vary from one machine to another, even though
they're owned by the same bank?
We found out this is happening in OUR area.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Coming up at six we'll tell you which bank is doing this and why.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
See you later, goodnight.