On NEWS -7 at SIX tonight...
They said goodbye to a 20-year old Tech student... the victim of a
suspected drunk driver.
Somebody's setting fires in Lynchburg- -three of them overnight.
And the reaction to Gil Davis' sex talk on video tape from the state
In sports, Dennis Rodman is in trouble again after an incident last night
and Russell Turner has found a home on Tobacco Road.
(Robin ad libs weather headline)
Friends of a Virginia Tech student killed by an alleged drunk driver
remember the young man they say made everyone feel like someone.
Some say they can only hope now his death won't be in vain.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Those whose lives
SUPER=01-Kevin Caviston/Kelly's Friend; :11
SUPER=01-Michael Ellerbrock/Campus Deacon; :44
SUPER=01-Jenny Hibbs/Kelly's Friend; 1:01
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Those whose lives he touched, however briefly, remembered 20 year- old
Daniel Jude Kelly as a friend, a tutor, a jokester, and always a smiling face.
((KEVIN CAVISTON/KELLY'S FRIEND: IT'S JUST REALLY HARD TO DEAL WITH BECAUSE HE
WAS JUST THE ONE HE SHOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN. IT'S REALLY THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY.
The computer engineering student died when he was struck by an alleged drunk
driver on campus Saturday.
His friend, Ryane Simpson suffered minor injuries.
Kelly's memorial included a prayer for the driver, 47 year- old Evelyn
Williams of Blacksburg.
((WITHOUT FORGIVENESS, THERE CAN BE NO PEACE. ))
A campus deacon says Williams is devastated, and struggling to cope with
what has happened.
((MICHAEL ELLERBROCK/CAMPUS DEACON: ACTIVE IN OUR PARISH HERE AT ST. MARY'S AND
A PERSON WHO WILL NEVER FORGIVE HERSELF FOR WHAT HAS HAPPENED. AND SHE WANTS
THE WORLD TO KNOW THAT. ))
Meanwhile, Kelly's friends want the world to remember the dangers of drunk
driving, and hope his death will be a wake-up call to others.
((JENNY HIBBS/KELLY'S FRIEND: I DON'T WANT DAN TO BE FORGOTTEN. I DON'T WANT
THE ACCIDENT TO BE FORGOTTEN. I WANT PEOPLE TO BE AWARE AND UNDERSTAND THAT
THIS STUFF DOES HAPPEN AND IT AFFECTS A LOT OF PEOPLE, AS YOU CAN SEE. AND I
DON'T THINK ANY FAMILY SHOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE HURT THAT THE KELLY'S ARE
GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW. ))
Kelly will be laid to rest in Maryland tomorrow. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Three separate fires discovered within minutes of each other last night have
Lynchburg police looking for an arsonist.
While fire crews were mopping up a small fire at a building supply company,
someone tried to set two nearby homes ablaze.
Firefighters pulled burning debris off the back porch of one house before it
could damage the building.
But a home just 100 hundred yards away on Marsh Street was heavily damaged
by an intentionally set fire.
No one was living in either house.
Fire marshal John Jennings says last night's fires may be the work of a
serial arsonist who could be responsible for as many as 18 fires in that
neighborhood since 1995.
Punishment will be limited IF a judge convicts the eight- year old
Pittsylvania County boy accused of killing his step-father.
A Commonwealth's attorney NOT connected with the case says the boy's age
would limit the prosecutor's options.
Sources have confirmed the eight- year old accused of killing 55- year old
Bernard Rosser is the man's step-son.
Rosser was found dead inside his Gretna home in mid-December.
Authorities say he died from a severe blow to the head.
Experts say because the boy is under age 10- he could NOT be sent to a
juvenile correctional center.
One possibility would be placing the child on probation.
IN Q=The court
((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.:THE COURT COULD ALSO TRANSFER
CUSTODY FROM THE PARENT OR SURVIVING PARENT, AT LEAST, TO THE DEPARTMENT OF
SOCIAL SERVICES, IN OTHER WORDS, PUT THE CHILD IN A FOSTER HOME OR WHATEVER. ))
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Martinsville Commonwealth's Atty.; :00
OUT Q=or whatever.
Experts say, if convicted, the child could also be left in the custody of a
parent, fined, sent to a home for troubled youths or an appropriate mental
Convicted killer James Henry Burley is facing another life term for the
murder of a Lynchburg woman last winter.
The 45- year- old Amherst County man had been found guilty in November for
murdering Robin Burge after she refused to trade sex for drugs with him.
This week, Burley was standing trial for shooting to death Jacqueline Carter
who died under similar circumstances.
A jury took just 90 minutes to find Burley guilty of first degree murder.
But defense attorneys plan to appeal the verdict, claiming the jury began
deliberating before they should have.
IN Q=The walls are
((WILLIAM LIGHT/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE WALLS ARE VERY THIN, AS THE JUDGE SAID,
AND THERE WAS SOME SHOUTING GOING ON. AND IT'S OUR ALLEGATION THAT THE JURY WAS
ACTUALLY DELIBERATING AND THE DELIBERATION WAS BEFORE CLOSING ARGUMENTS AND
BEFORE THEY HAD RECEIVED THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE JUDGE.))
((ED MEEKS/PROSECUTOR: THAT'S THEIR ALLEGATION. I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING FROM MY
SIDE OF THE COURTROOM.))
SUPER=01-William Light/Defense Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Prosecutor; :18
OUT Q=side of the courtroom.
Burley was given a life term for both murders.
Pending his appeal, sentencing is scheduled for February.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Seal
The decision to close Roanoke County schools this morning sent some parents
scrambling to make other arrangements.
But school officials say the last- minute announcement was unavoidable.
Superintendent Deanna Gordon says it was six o'clock before officials had
enough information on road conditions to make their decision.
IN Q=We particularly understand
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SUPERINTENDENT: WE PARTICULARLY UNDERSTAND IT'S
HARD ON WORKING PARENTS WHEN WE MAKE LATE DECISIONS AND WHEN WE HAVE TO MAKE
SUDDEN CHANGES AND DECISIONS. THAT'S VERY DISRUPTIVE TO THEM. THEY HAVE HEAVY
DEMANDS ON THEIR TIME AND WE CERTAINLY TRY TO BE SENSITIVE TO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Deanna Gordon/Roanoke Co. Superintendent;
OUT Q=sensitive to that.
School officials considered delaying the start of classes by two hours, but
the exam schedule in the county's secondary schools ruled out that option.
Roanoke County students will now attend classes on Monday, previously
scheduled as a teacher work day.
We have some weather-related school announcements to pass along tonight.
Take Schoolwatch Boards Fullscreen
(Keith reads boards)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
allegations of sexual harassment in the President's office of a local business
and it's been a familiar name to shoppers in southwest and central Virginia,
but times---and signs--are changing.
MUSIC UP FULL
A Vice President of National Business College has accused the President of
the College of sexual harassment.
The complaint is contained in a federal case against Frank Longaker and
N-B-C filed Tuesday.
It cites numerous specific instances when Longaker allegedly tried to
initiate a sexual relationship with Liza Meredith.
Attached to the suit are a couple of greeting cards. One of them says,
"Remember how your life used to be so simple and stress-free? I'll never let
that happen again." It's signed: "Happy Anniversary, Frank."
Meredith left the College on medical leave in late October.
The complaint calls Longaker's actions outrageous and intolerable, but it
asks only for a judgment against him... without specifying a dollar amount.
Longaker declined comment on the complaint.
His attorney says she hasn't seen it, but she says "the college believes
there's no basis for a complaint of that nature and will vigorously defend it."
Meredith's attorney says "those cards speak for themselves."
The campaign manager for Republican attorney general candidate Gil Davis has
Davis has yet to tell his story.
But he had NO defenders today in the halls of the State Capitol.
Ellen Qualls reports on the impact of a Pittsylvania County woman's
IN Q=You want
SUPER=01-Sen. Patricia Ticer/(D) Alexandria; :23
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Senate Majority Leader; :42
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/(D) Petersburg; :45
SUPER=01-Chris LaCavita/Va. GOP Director; :56
SUPER=01-Del. Randy Forbes/Va. GOP Chairman; 1:14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((GIL DAVIS: YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF DON'T YOU?))
The 1994 tape depicts Davis, drink in hand, discussing how client Ramona
Hines could get a nude photo spread in Playboy magazine.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT SEEMS INCREDIBLE TO ME THAT SOMEONE COULD OFFER
HIMSELF FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND BE RECORDED ON TAPE SAYING THAT HE COULD HELP
SOMEONE POSE NAKED IN PLAYBOY MAGAZINE.))
((SEN. PATRICIA TICER: IT MAKES HIM LOOK PRETTY SLEAZY, IF YOU WILL EXCUSE THE
EXPRESSION. THAT WHOLE INCIDENT. IT WAS AMUSING AS A MATTER OF FACT.))
Democrats aren't holding back.
They say they find some irony in Davis's outspoken representation of Paula
Jones in her sexual harrassment suit against the President.
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: IT'S MORE THAN A LITTLE BIT IRONIC. IT'S PLENTY IRONIC.))
((DEL. JAY DEBOER: THIS DOES APPEAR TO BE VERY HYPOCRITICAL. AS A LAWYER I
MIGHT ADD, IT ALSO APPEARS TO BE A RELATIVELY FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF A NUMBER OF
ITEMS IN OUR CODE OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY.))
Republicans are more reserved on Davis's plight.
((CHRIS LACAVITA/VA. GOP DIRECTOR: YOU KNOW IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT-- IT'S
ONE OF THOSE THINGS. AND IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE PARTICULARLY LIKE, BUT YOU
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT IT TO COMMENT. I REALLY
((DEL. RANDY FORBES: I'M SURE MR. DAVIS WOULD PREFER THAT THIS NOT BE OUT
THERE AT THIS POINT IN TIME. AND ANYTIME YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS, IT'S
CERTAINLY NOT HELPFUL TO YOU.))
((AS FOR GIL DAVIS, A SPOKESWOMAN SAYS HE WILL BE FILING PAPERS IN HENRY COUNTY
TO HAVE HIMSELF REMOVED AS RAMONA HINES' ATTORNEY OF RECORD. AFTER THAT'S
DONE, HE'LL BE OFFERING EXPLANATIONS TO REPUBLICANS WHO WILL LISTEN. ELLEN
QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
In the year Virginia joined the fight against federal tobacco regulations, a
relevent question may be "who owns tobacco stock?"
Governor George Allen has more than 11- thousand dollars worth.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore owns about 42- thousand dollars worth of Philip
And he's leading the fight in Virginia against the FDA.
((JIM GILMORE: WELL YOU KNOW MY WIFE AND I SAVED MONEY. WE'RE TRYING TO SAVE
THE BEST WAY WE CAN WHILE I'M IN PUBLIC LIFE. WE HAVE STOCKS IN A NUMBER OF
OUT Q=public companies.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer suggests a conflict.
IN Q=There may
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THERE MAY WELL BE. I HAVE NOT YET THE REPORTS YET.
I'VE JUST SEEN THE INITIAL PRESS STORIES. IT'S SOMETHING THAT MOST VIRGINIANS
WILL LOOK AT CAREFULLY.))
OUT Q=at carefully.
Beyer says if HE owns any tobacco stock -- it's just a small holding of
mutual funds in which he's invested.
Two longtime rivals in the Roanoke-Lynchburg radio market will soon be
Q-99 is buying K-92.
WSLC/WSLQ announced that it's going to buy WXLK in Roanoke and WLYK in
K92 was king of the market in the 80s, but has slipped in popularity in the
last few years.
Still, Q99 vice president Leonard Wheeler says it's still a strong station
and he doesn't foresee any major changes right now.
The Federal Communications Commission has to approve the sale; that's
usually a formality.
The Dow was back in record territory today, UP 38 points to close at at 67
NASDAQ lost seven points.
In 1997, Leggett is out, Belk is in.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Belk Department Stores acquired Leggett last year.
Today it announced all 31 Leggett stores will be re-named Belk.
This may not be a big change for shoppers, since Belk and Leggett have been
loosely affiliated since Leggett was founded 70 years ago.
The big change is for Leggett employees in Bedford and Altavista who are
losing their jobs.
Belk is closing those stores in a consolidation move.
Tomorrow Conrail shareholders will make a key vote on the railroad's
proposed merger with C-S-X of Richmond.
The deal has received attention here because Norfolk Southern, a large
employer here, is trying to break it up.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
In November, Len Besthoff travelled to Philadelphia to cover a failed
attempt by N-S to delay the deal.
Tonight he chronicles what's happened since.
Keith the back and forth has been hard for shareholders to follow.
IN Q=I have
SUPER=01-Ethel Noell/NS & CSX Shareholder; :00
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/November 1996; :12
SUPER=01-Larry Lynch/Roanoke Coll. Economics Professor; :58
OUT Q=own value.
IN Q=I have
((ETHEL NOELL/NS & CSX SHAREHOLDER: I HAVE SOME CSX STOCK, I HAVE SOME NORFOLK
SOUTHERN STOCK. I THINK THE IDEAL SOLUTION WOULD BE LET EM ALL THREE HAVE AT
OUT Q=have at it.
One of the latest fights Noell has watched was over a provision allowing
Conrail and C-S-X to delay a shareholder vote if they felt their deal didn't
have enough support.
A judge sided with N-S in its opposition to that, but the meeting was
delayed anyway after C-S-X revised the merger deal.
Nat Sot of auctioneer...we'll have to find something...
That move began a new round of bidding.
C-S-X upped it's stock and cash offer to a blended rate of about 102-
dollars- a- share.
N-S responded with a 115- dollar- a- share bid.
After taxes these offers are closer than they appear, with N-S ahead.
Nevertheless, C-S-X is favored to win the shareholder vote, it already owns
nearly 20- percent Conrail's stock, and Conrail's board is advising
shareholders to vote in favor of C-S-X.
IN Q=Management is
((LARRY LYNCH/ROANOKE COLLEGE ECON. PROFESSOR: MANAGEMENT IS MADE UP OF
HUMANS, AND THEY TEND TO WANT TO MAXIMIZE THEIR OWN VALUE.))
OUT Q=their own value.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
It has been suggested that Conrail execs favor the lower- priced C-S-X offer
because they know their jobs will be safe.
And coming up, Ricky Craven has a new ride on the Winston Cup Circuit.
And the N-B-A's bad bowl Dennis Rodman blows up in Minnesota last night.
The N-B-A is reviewing Dennis Rodman's latest act of violence on the court
and a league spokesman says a decision on a possible fine or suspension could
But the cameraman kicked by Rodman last night says he'll file assault
charges against the Chicago Bulls forward.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN; :
As Rodman was going for a rebound against Minnesota he stumbled into a row
Cameraman Eugene Amos turned his camera on Rodman and while sitting on the
floor Rodman kicked Amos in the groin.
Amos rolled over on his side for several minutes before being taken from
the floor on a stretcher.
After the game Rodman questioned the serious of the injury saying it's one
thing to be hurt but don't pretend to be more seriously hurt than you are.
Last night in Winston Salem, Wake Forest came from behind to beat Virginia
58 to 54 in an A-C-C game.
Former Roanoker Russell Turner was right in the middle of the big win,
Turner is an assistant under head coach Dave Odom.
IN Q="Turner joined...
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Odom/Wake Forest Head Coach; :14
SUPER=01-Russell Turner/Wake Forest Assistant Coach; :40
OUT Q=........Wake Forest."
((Turner joined Dave Odom's staff as a restricted earning's coach in 1994.
Odom had watched Turner at Hampden-Sydney as a player and when a full time
position opened he knew Turner was his man.))
((DAVE ODOM/WAKE FOREST HEAD COACH: ))
((That passion for the game started at an early age. Turner was a member of
the 1988 Patrick Henry State championship team.
He also was an all american at Hampden-Sydney graduating in 1992 as the
schools all time leading scorer and the ODAC player of the year.))
((RUSSELL TURNER/WAKE FOREST ASSISTANT COACH: ))
((Turner recruits and monitors the academic progress of the teams underclassmen
and he also handles the teams pre game scouting report.
But his biggest contribution is on the court during Wake practices.))
((A head coaching job is in Turner's future but he wants to earn those stripes
as he did to become an assistant at Wake Forest.))
GRAPHIC=NASCAR MEDIA TOUR
Last year Winston Cup driver Rickey Craven won a pole, finished 20th in the
points and won over $800 thousand dollars. He also was involved in one of the
most spectacular crashes of the year, and one of the most talked about moves.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
During the off-season, Craven replaced Ken Schrader in the Budweiser
Chevrolet at Hendrick Motorsports.
It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for the 30 year old Craven.
IN Q="You know...
((RICKY CRAVEN/BUDWEISER CHEVY DRIVER:))
SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Budweiser Chevy Driver; :00
OUT Q=...WIN A RACE."
SUPER=04-Last May; :00
Craven's hiring at Hendrick was aided by some good old-fashioned lobbying by
Ricky's good friend Jeff Gordon.
IN Q="You know...
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Craven's Teammate; :00
OUT Q=...GRAND NATIONAL."
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