If the video tape tells the story, you're bound to be informed....
on NEWS 7 at SIX in just a moment we'll see a segment of the tape that Ramona
Hines says raises questions about a candidate for statewide office.
And we'll talk to the school-boy chum of a world war two flying ace from
Tonight in sports, lots of interesting college basketball coming your way
tonight, plus Jeff Gordon talks about his laid back approach to 1997, the
Giants get a new coach,
and the 49ers, George Seifert quits the team today - retiring just a couple
of weeks before his 57th birthday.
Rain is definitely coming, warm air is in place for most of the region.
But the colder valleys may get hit with some freezing rain.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff won't say anything.
Neither will the prosecutor.
But a source close to the Bernard Rosser murder case confirms that the chief
suspect is the man's 8- year- old step- son.
The boy was arrested yesterday... about a month after Rosser's body was
discovered inside his Gretna home.
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The Franklin County probation officer died from a severe blow to the head.
Neighbors expressed shock over the arrest, but are relieved someone's been
IN Q=Living this
((JACK DALTON/VICTIM'S NEIGHBOR:LIVING THIS CLOSE AND EVERYTHING, NATURALLY, WE
WOULD BE UNEASY TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, NOT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT WHERE THE
PERSON WOULD BE THAT DID THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Jack Dalton/Victim's Neighbor; :00
OUT Q=did this.
The Rosser's had lived in the home for about two years.
Neighbors tell NEWS 7 that the eight- year old is big for his age.
They also say the child appeared to enjoy the outdoors and was seen playing
the drums in the Rosser's yard days after the murder.
The man running for Attorney General of Virginia, AND representing Paula
Jones in her sexual harrassment lawsuit against President Clinton, is himself
facing questions of character tonight.
Eric Earnhart is in our newsroom with that story, Eric...
Keith, Gil Davis represents a Pittsylvania County woman in a lawsuit against
a Martinsville television station...
Ramona Hines is no stranger to controversy herself. She confessed to an
affair with a co-worker on tabloid-TV shows. But she says Gil Davis stepped out
of bounds in their attorney-client relationship, and she offers a video tape as
IN Q=Ramona Hines
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00quick
SUPER=07-Ramona Hines; :49
OUT Q=to buy it
((Ramona Hines say she made the video tape in 1994, when she and her husband
met Gil Davis at the Roanoke Marriott to talk about her lawsuit.
She says the three ended up partying and drinking, and their conversation
included some lighthearted discussion about her possible appearance in Playboy
On the video tape, Hines appears to be prompting Davis to recall an earlier
talk about arranging a magazine photoshoot.
SOT from preprod tape
"No come on and tell me, I want to do it look, this is the only way I can
"Now what do you want to do?"
"what did I tell you?"
"You want to take your clothes off"))
Hines says she wasn't bothered at the time, but now calls Davis's behavior
When asked about the apparent prompting, Hines said she was making the tape so
her husband could hear what Davis was telling her to do.
IN Q=it's probably
((RAMONA HINES/DAVIS' CLIENT; IT'S PROBABLY ME WANTING HIM TO STATE IT SO THAT
GLEN WOULD KNOW, IN FACT, WHAT I HAD ASKED HIM TO DO OR WHATEVER GILL HAD TOLD
ME HE WANTED ME TO DO.
OUT Q=he wanted to do
But Hines also says she wasn't serious about getting information on tape.
IN Q=no we were actually
((RAMONA HINES/DAVIS' CLIENT; NO WE WERE ACTUALLY JUST PLAYING AROUND WITH IT
THAT NIGHT, AND IT'S NOT LIKE HE WASN'T AWARE THAT IT WAS ON."
OUT Q=it was on
Davis was still on camera when he told Hines to leave the Playboy matter in
She says "You have contacts?"
He says "I didn't say that, just leave it in my hands... You have to have an
Hines says "Is that you"
Davis "That depends"
Hines "Upon what"
Davis "If I see that red light go off, I'll tell you"
Hines says she decided to take the tape public after seeing Davis speaking on
Hines is not releasing the entire tape to the media, and has expressed interest
in selling it.
IN Q=no I can't sit here and say
((I CAN'T SIT HERE AND SAY THAT I WILL NOT SELL IT, AND THAT SOMETHING WON'T
HAPPEN, I'M TELLING YOU THAT I'M NOT GOING OUT AND ACTIVELY PURSUING SOMEBODY
TO BUY IT...
OUT Q=somebody to buy it
Hines also says she is seriously considering filing a lawsuit against Davis.
A spokesperson for Davis says he can't comment on the tape, because he still
represents Hines, and is bound by attorney-client confidentiality.
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
Keith if Davis withdraws from Hines' case, he would be able to respond...
but so far that hasn't happened.
Ramona Hines' tape will surely have some political implications for Gil
He's running against three other Republicans for the Attorney General
nomination in a June 10th primary.
Religious conservative Mark Earley is one of his two opponents who's in the
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.
Lynchburg police are still trying to sort out the facts of a brief chase
that ended with a teenage suspect wrecking a stolen car.
Police were called to Monsview Place around noon to look for a vehicle
wanted used in a possible abduction.
An officer spotted the car and attempted to pull it over, but the driver
After hopping a curb, the 15-year-old backed into a police cruiser and sped
off again, this time crashing into a parked car.
The teen, whose identity is being withheld because of his age, suffered a
minor head injury in the crash.
He's facing charges of reckless driving, driving without a license, eluding
police and assault on an officer.
Authorities are still trying to track down information on the reported
Two brothers in Carroll County are on their way to prison for murdering
their father and shooting their stepmother.
Chris and Willie Gammon's lawyers begged for leniency.
They said Gary Gammon's sons were his psychological hostages, and after they
damaged the car in a failed hot-wiring attempt to leave him, they were afraid
for their lives.
((JONATHAN VENZIE/WILLIE GAMMON'S LAWYER: YEAH THEY WERE HOSTAGES, THEY SURE
WERE. AND IT DOESN'T REQUIRE THEM TO PHYSICALLY STAND OVER THEM WITH A GUN.
IT'S THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE'LL COME AFTER THEM, THAT HE'LL GET THEM. ))
((REGINA GAMMON/CHRIS GAMMON'S MOTHER: GARY WAS ABUSIVE, TERRIBLY. I HATE HIM,
I HATE HIM FOR WHAT HE'S DID.))
SUPER=01-Jonathan Venzie/Willie Gammon's Lawyer;
SUPER=01-Regina Gammon/Chris Gammon's Mother;
OUT Q=he'll get them.
But Rebecca Gammon, who was shot four times and remains in a wheelchair,
says her husband was never violent in the six years she spent with him until
((REBECCA GAMMON: THAT'S JUST SOMETHING THEY WAS SAYING TO TRY TO MAKE IT LOOK
BAD ON HIM AND GO A LOT EASIER ON THE BOYS. IT WASN'T THE GARY I KNEW. ))
OUT Q=the Gary I knew.
The judge sentenced Chris and Willie Gammon to 48 years each in prison.
They could've gotten up to three life terms.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6--
A Salem pilot is remembered 53 years after he gave his life for his country.
As recovery crews examine the crash site where George Pierpont and his crew
died in China--we'll talk with a friend of Pierpont's who never forgot.
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"No" charges will be filed against a Bedford County man who accidentally ran
over and killed his neighbor's daughter.
Four- year- old Lauren Paige Cobb died while playing with friends in a
cul-de-sac January 5th.
Cobb was hit by a neighbor's car backing out of its driveway.
Prosecutor Randy Krantz says a state police investigation showed "no"
negligence on the driver's part.
The remains of ten American servicemen were handed over to U-S officials
today in China... including those of a pilot from Salem.
Second Lieutenant George Hobart Pierpont was on his second bombing mission.
SUPER=03-Mao'er Mtn., China/Yesterday
It was August 31st 1944.
The B-24 crashed into the tallest peak in south China.
IN Q=I don't know
((J.C. PENN/PIERPONT'S HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND: I DON'T KNOW. I RECKON HOBART'S
SECOND MISSION LIKE THAT, AND UH FLYING AT NIGHT....))
OUT Q=at night....
**Keith on ENG**
J-C Penn and Hobart Pierpont were high school buddies at Andrew Lewis in
IN Q=I don't think
((I DON'T THINK HOBART HAD VERY MANY MANY ENEMIES THAT I KNOW OF, EXCEPT THE
JAPANESE. NO, HE GOT ALONG GOOD WITH EVERYBODY. ))
SUPER=01-J.C. Penn/Pierpont's High School Friend
OUT Q=with everybody.
**Keith on ENG**
A survivor of 35 World War two bombing missions himself, Penn has taken an
interest in what happened to Pierpont since the discovery of the wreckage just
IN Q=I remember Hobart
((I REMEMBER HOBART TALKING ABOUT GOING IN THE AIR FORCE, AND UH, WHICH HE DID.
THAT WAS THE GLAMOUR THING TO GET INTO BACK IN THE 40'S... AND UH....
IT WASN'T GLAMOUR ANYWAY. YOU JUST FELT LIKE IT WAS A DUTY TO DO SOMETHING.
WE THOUGHT HE'D GONE DOWN IN THE TAIWAN STRAITS OR THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.))
OUT Q=straits or something.
Peirpont and his crew had been on a bombing run over Taiwain Harbor... and
were heading back to a base in south China in bad weather when the crash
occurred 53-years ago.
Bern Ewert has travelled far and wide since he left the Explore Park in
1991, but now he's coming back to the Old Dominion.
Last night, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors named him county
The former Roanoke city manager and Explore Park Director has worked as a
consultant in recent years, spending several months in Czechoslovakia.
More recently he has served as the interim city manager in Galveston
Ewert starts his new position in northern Virginia March first.
The owner of a Patrick County general store is headed to the House of
But getting him there cost taxpayers a pretty penny.
SUPER=03-Patrick Co./Last Night
Democrat Barnie Day heads to Richmond to fill the seat Roscoe Reynolds gave
up to run for the state Senate.
Day held off Republican challenger Phil Plaster in yesterday's special
Registrars in Carroll, Henry and Patrick counties say the election cost them
roughly 17-thousand dollars in all.
The Pittsylvania registrar couldn't give a dollar figure.
But in one precinct, only ONE vote was cast all day, for Barnie Day.
That's because just a small part of that precinct--with a total of THREE
registered voters--is in the 10th House district.
The registrar asked the state if she could have them vote by absentee
ballot, instead of setting up a polling station.
But the Board of Elections said that would have been illegal.
The stock market pulled back today.
The Dow lost 35 points to close at 67 hundred 27.
NASDAQ dropped 12 and a half points.
A-T-Ms keep growing in popularity with bank customers.
But Len Besthoff reports it's getting harder to predict what the charge will
be when you use one owned by another bank.
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. ))
Coming your way tonight in sports, the 49ers head coach steps down, while a
new man steps up for the Giants.
We'll take a look back at last night's Express setback.
Plus, after doing everything but winning the Winston Cup championship in
1996, Jeff Gordon is ready for stress free New Year.
We'll talk with him, right after this.
The Roanoke Express lost to the Richmond Renegades last night 4-1 at the
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
There were a few bright spots. Ilya Dubkov tied the Express career goal
scoring mark with his third period tally,
and Coach Frank Anzalone welcomed scoring threat Jeff Loder back from
((JEFF LODER/RETURNS TO EXPRESS LINEUP:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Loder/Returns to Express Lineup; :00
OUT Q=...back in the line up"
While part of Roanoke's job is to develop players for the next level,
Anzalone admitted his concern over players being distracted with call ups.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...mean problem"
Your Hometown station has ACC basketball for you tonight LIVE at nine o'clock
as the North Carolina Tarheels host N.C. State at the Dean Dome.
The Tarheels are 0-and-3 in the ACC for the first time in school history.
Somehow, they are still in the AP Top 25.
Again, you can catch that game tonight at nine.
We've had a number of calls wondering why the the Virginia-Wake Forest game
is not on tonight.
The answer is simple - the game is not being televised anywhere.
However, Roy Stanley and photographer Scott Ayres are in Winston-Salem and
they will have highlights and postgame comments from Lawrence Joel Coliseum
tonight at 11.
The Hokies are back in the Cassell tonight looking for win number eight on
the season as they host Georgia Southern.
SUPER=04-Sunday Afternoon; :00
Sunday, the Hokies played one of their best games of the season as they beat
U-Mass on the road.
Ga. Southern lost at VMI on Monday night. This evening's game gets underway
The Roanoke College Maroons face their toughest ODAC test of the season
tonight when they entertain Bridgewater at the Bast Center in a 7:30 game.
Both team come into the contest ranked in the top 20 in Division 3.
SUPER=04-Monday Night; :00
The Maroons tuned up for this game with an easy victory over Eastern
Mennonite on Monday in which senior Kevin Sigafoes hit all 8 of his first half
Highlights of both this and Tech game tonight at 10 on News 7 Primetime on
The New York Giants dug up a fossil today as they named their new head coach.
Jim Fassel, who was an assistant at New York under Bill Parcells and Ray
Handley, and he comes back to the big Apple from the Arizona Cardinals where he
was the offensive coordinator.
IN Q="When I...
((JIM FASSEL/NEW GIANTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Fassel/New Giants Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...CAME BACK HERE."
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in a surprising coaching move out West, Forty Niners boss George Seifert is
quitting as the 49ers head coach effective immediately.
Seifert who turns 57 next week, leaves the game with the highest winning
percentage in NFL history.
He will be replaced by current University of California head coach Steve
Mariucci, who is a former quarterbacks coach with the Packers.
GRAPHIC=NASCAR MEDIA TOUR
1997 was a banner year for Jeff Gordon, even though he failed to pull off a
repeat performance and win his second straight Winston Cup Championship.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; ;00
During the NASCAR Media Tour's stop at Hendrick Motorsports, we talked to
Gordon about the relief of racing this season without the pressures of being
IN Q="WHEN YOU WIN...
((JEFF GORDON/19 CAREER WINS:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/19 Career Wins
OUT Q=...TAKES A CHAMPIONSHIP."
Gordon may have finished second to teammate Terry Labonte in the points race,
but he led the circuit in poles won, laps led, money earned, and wins with 10.
IN Q="I would give up...
OUT Q=...AND EVERY YEAR."
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