Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Police have released a drawing of the man they believe murdered Bill Cosby's
An Amtrak train that serves Danville and Lynchburg collided with a tractor
And former Senator and Presidential candidate Paul Tsongas has died.
News 7 at 11 is up next.
Police investigating the murder of Ennis Cosby want to speak to one man and
The first man is a witness driving a hatchback; the second is the killer who
gunned down Bill Cosby's only son in Los Angeles.
Police have released sketches of both men.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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SUPER=01-Commander Tim McBride/LAPD; :15
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:21
OUT Q=News, Los Angeles.
Former Democratic Presidential candidate and U-S Senator Paul Tsongas died
Tsongas developed pneumonia after undergoing surgery earlier this month.
He was being treated for heart and liver problems related to a previous bout
His cancer forced him to end his his Senate career in 1984.
But he bounced back and briefly became the Democratic front-runner for
President in 1992.
Tsongas was one of the first nationally known Democrats to try to point the
party in a pro-business direction.
He was 55 years old.
A downtown Roanoke landmark will soon have a new owner.
News 7 has learned that the Heironimus building is under contract.
Calvin Powers of Vinton signed the deal to purchase the building about a
The closing date is in March.
Powers declined to comment when contacted by phone this afternoon.
Heironimus had a long history in downtown Roanoke, first coming there in the
It closed last January.
Powers owns several businesses in this area, including The Carpet Shop and
Powers Fence in Fairlawn.
The Amtrak train that serves Danville and Lynchburg hit a truck in Culpeper
County this morning.
About 15 passengers suffered bumps and bruises in the accident, but a state
police spokeswoman says nobody was seriously hurt.
The Amtrak "Crescent" was carrying approximately 300 passengers on its way
from New Orleans to New York.
The train hit a tractor- trailer at a county road crossing at about 9:30.
The driver of the truck was unharmed, but his rig was destroyed.
Norfolk Southern's turnaround in its pursuit of Conrail stunned many
observers this week.
Len Besthoff has been following N-S's attempt to take over the dominant rail
carrier in the northeast and has more analysis in this report.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/November 1996; :00
SUPER=01-George Brammer/Stockbroker-A.G. Edwards; :42
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
On Friday Conrail shareholders gave the thumbs down to a merger plan with
C-S-X, a rival of Norfolk Southern.
Until the last minute, many analysts predicted C-S-X would win, since going
into the balloting, it had more than 30- percent of the votes on its side.
The defeat surprised George Brammer.
He has closely followed the bidding war between C-S-X and N-S for Conrail,
since he represents dozens of current and former N-S employees that own its
Brammer says a majority of the Conrail shares are owned by mutual fund
managers that wouldn't go along with the C-S-X bid because N-S has a better
IN Q=The mutual
((GEORGE BRAMMER/STOCKBROKER-A.G. EDWARDS: THE MUTUAL FUNDS THAT OWN LARGE
BLOCKS OF CONRAIL CAME OUT OPENLY AND SAID THEY WERE AGAINST, ABSOLUTELY
AGAINST THIS DEAL THAT IS BEING PUT TOGETHER BY CSX AND CONRAIL, AND THEY VOTED
AGAINST IT IN BLOCKS AND THAT IS WHAT STOPPED THIS VOTE FROM GOING FORWARD.))
OUT Q=going forward.
Even after the vote, Conrail has insisted it will not merge with N-S.
But Brammer says if boardmembers continue to refuse competing offers,
shareholders just might kick them out of office.
SOT 05:33:01 bd mem replaced
IN Q=It's a long
((BRAMMER: IT'S A LONG PROCESS, BUT CERTAINLY THE SHAREHOLDERS CAN REPLACE
BOARD MEMBERS. AND IF THE BOARD AND THE SHAREHOLDERS DISAGREE, THEN YOU HAVE A
LENGTHY DISCUSSION AND BOARDMEMBERS CERTAINLY CAN BE REPLACED AND THE
SHAREHOLDERS CAN WIN OUT.))
OUT Q=can win out.
N-S appears to be showing more confidence now.
In it's latest release it says, whatever happens, we will move forward.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on our broadcast,
Roanoke City is trying to figure out the future of Mill Mountain.
and if you leave your pet out in the cold, you may have to lay out some cold
cash to animal control officers.
Well, it's no kind of night for people OR pets to be left out in the
Frigid temperatures and bitter wind chills kept us very cold again today.
But we'll notice some slightly warmer temperatures tomorrow-- along with
some light snow showers.
More about that in a few minutes-- first, let's check out the numbers...
MUSIC UP FULL
A Pittsylvania County woman's video tape has led Republican Attorney General
candidate Gil Davis to end his legal obligation to the woman.
Davis, who also represents Paula Jones, has filed papers in Henry County
requesting that he be removed as Ramona Hine's attorney of record.
Davis represented Hines in a lawsuit against a Martinsville television
This week she released excerpts from a video tape that shows Davis drinking
and talking about arranging a playboy magazine photo-shoot.
A spokesperson for Davis said he couldn't comment, because he was bound by
their attorney-client relationship.
She said Davis would make a statement when he is removed from Hine's case.
TAPE# net; 96-27
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Some or all 590 Virginia inmates in a private prison in Texas could return
to the state soon -- now that local and regional officials want to house them
in their jails.
Prison officials have said the inmates should all be back by the end of
But some lawmakers want them returned sooner.
SUPER=03-Newton Co., TX/File Tape;
Crowding in state prisons led Virginia to begin sending inmates to a
Texas Detention Center in February 1995.
There were more than 700 Virginia prisoners there at one point.
Since then, however, a large number of prison projects have been started or
completed, and 500 million dollars worth of new jail construction has been
completed, is under way or approved.
The future of one of the Roanoke Valley's most prominent symbols is in the
hands of a nine member committee.
The Mill Mountain Development Committee is creating the best plan of action
to keep preserve the area for future generations.
Denise Allen sat in on the "visioning retreat" today.
IN Q=Mill Mountain is more
SUPER=01-Betty Field/Resident; :25
SUPER=01-Jim Trout/Roanoke City Council; :41
SUPER=01-Carl Kopitzke/Committee Chairman; 1:01
OUT Q=News 7
(( Mill Mountain offers more than just a view.
Its development committee members say it's the symbol of Roanoke City's
The nine member committee spent the day on the mountain preparing for the
City residents sat in to ensure the mountain is protected from over
Betty Field walks the mountain everyday and says what happens here is
important to everyone, especially since the mountain holds the source of the
Crystal Spring water supply.
IN Q=in the future
OUT Q=underneath the mountain
City Councilman Jim Trout says keeping the commercial development minimal
seems to be the most likely avenue.
IN Q=we have museums
OUT Q=or Northern Virginia
But still the committee has many options to consider, such as a tram to the
top of the mountain and general maintenance to the star and park.
IN Q=do we want
OUT Q=plate right now
The committee is now prioritizing its options.
They hope to be able to present a preliminary blueprint to city council in a
couple of months.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Pet owners take note, when the mercury dips below zero your animals could
And if you don't provide adequate shelter YOU could pay the price.
Area animal control officers say they've been receiving many calls
concerning animals out in the cold with no shelter.
You must provide a place for your pets to seek shelter from the elements or
face possible charges.
SUPER=01-Chris Dillman/Salem Animal Control;
OUT Q=severe negligence
If pet owners don't heed the officer's warning, the penalty is a 200 dollar
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, coming up next on the broadcast, a local gym helps pump up
kids on crime prevention.
and a city known for political fireworks breaks out its biggest display of
inaugural fireworks in twenty years.
MUSIC UP FULL
The nation's capital is in the middle of a weekend inaugural celebration.
Tonight's festivities culminated in a massive fireworks display, which
rivaled the bicentennial display back in 1976.
The bitter cold cut back the size of the crowd for events on the mall today,
but Vice President Al Gore braved the weather to visit the Technology
IN Q=I think the people
((VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE; I THINK THE PEOPLE ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME HERE, AND
SEEING A LOT OF EXCITING NEW TECHNOLOGIES DEMONSTRATED AND GETTING A GLIMPSE OF
PART OF WHAT THE FUTURE'S GONNA LOOK LIKE.))
OUT Q=future's gonna look like
President Clinton passed up a chance to visit some of the inaugural events
today so he could keep polishing the speech he'll give on Monday.
A detour may cost an American balloonist his chance to travel around the
Steve Fossett had to burn too much fuel waiting for permission to cross
Libya, and his ground crew says he may not have enough left to finish the
Fossett is headed toward Asia, after enduring freezing temperatures over the
Saudi Arabian desert.
His team thinks he might land in Thailand, which would break his own world
The Express lost to the Icecaps tonight 4-1 in Raleigh. The game was 2-1,
but the caps reeld off 2 open net goals. Jeff Loder scored the lone Express
Now the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/Clemson #3/51//N.C. State/42///j/Cincinnati
SUPER=0098-j/Kentucky #5/77//Auburn/53///j/UCLA/84//Arizona #6/78///;
SUPER=0098-j/Minnesota #7/73//Ohio State/67////Colorado///Iowa State #45////;
SUPER=0098-j/Vanderbilt/67//Mississippi #20/64///j/S. Carolina/82//Georgia
SUPER=0098-j/UNC #22/73//Georgia Tech/50///j/Texas Tech #25/73//Kansas
SUPER=0098-j/Virginia Tech/113//Dayton/98//In Double OT//Liberty/67/j/Ch.
OUT Q=....last score."
go to break
Chip Sullivan has made the cut in his first PGA event, he's in 45th place
out of 81 golfers that made the field for tomorrow's fifth round.
Chip fired a par 72 today. After 4 rounds Sullivan is at 10 under of the
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at La Quinta Country Club.
SUPER=03-La Quinta, CA/ESPN; :00
Mark Calcavecchia leads with a sizzling 27 under, shooting a 64 in today's
The celebrities; also smoking, John Denver redefines Colorado mountain high
with this shot.
3 Cavaliers and 4 Hokies, including
Jim Druckenmiller played in the Senior all star game in Mobile Alabama.
SUPER=03-Mobile, AL/ESPN2; :00
Druckenmiller would try to impress Redskins coach and North skipper Norv
Druck looked good early, connecting on this 47 yard completion to kansas
State wide receiver Kevin Lockett. The perfect touch pass would put the north
in scoring position.
But Druckenmiller tossed a interception to kill the drive but did throw a 24
yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Tiki Barber, James Farior and Jamie Sharper represented Virginia on the South
team, Tiki caught this pass from Jake Plummer, but the north wins 35-14.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Crestar Roundball Classic tournament Director Woody Deans called it the
biggest upset in the events 9 years. Salem shocked Woodrow Wilson-Beckley, the
number 1 ranked triple A school in West Virginia, 63-53 tonight.
SUPER=03-Salem/Flying Eagles vs. Spartans; :00
The Spartans go to guy was Kwam Lewis. Sam Lazarro finds him on the
inside. Lewis lead Salem with 18 points.
The Spartans were lethal from the perimeter; Andy
Beach snaps the nylon; put a three pointer in the stat book.
Lewis was the top man though as Salem wins by 10 over Beckley.
Patrick Henry lost to Woodbridge 54-51 and Potomac beat William Fleming
VO-NAT WIPE TO #eng
SUPER=03-Salem/Warriors vs. Vikings; :00
In other action, Nansemond River faced Northside in the opener as two old
foes got together again, both having played each other in recent state
The warriors came out fast. Antoine Willie handles the long pass, brings
the rock down court and nails the shot in the second half.
The Vikings would try to keep it SUPER=33-Nansemond
close. Northside's Dwone Steele makes the nice pass to James Brady for the
break away lay up.
Northside's Charlie Bullen gets the hoop, but the River wins 64-47.
6 thousand, 624 fans were on hand for today's Virginia Tech/Rhode Island
game. The Hokies lost the Atlantic 10 contest 73-52 at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Rams vs. Hokies; :00
Tech was gunning for it's third conference win.
The Hokies jumped out to a 7 nothing lead before the Rams closed in,
thanks in part to Tyson Wheeler. All of his 15 came in the form of 5 three
Tech fought back. Ace Custis to Troy Manns; he's gonna drive and hit the
jumper for 2 of his 9 points on the day.
Manns returns the favor, giving to Ace, but Custis was held to only 8
points and 11 rebounds in this one.
Keefe Mathews was the only Hokie in SUPER=33-Rhode Island/73/Virginia
double figure scoring, knocking down 10 points. The rams, too much in the 2nd
half, Tech now 8 and 7 overall.
UVa found the friendly confines of Cameron not so friendly tonight as they
met Duke in a an ACC match up.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/ESPN; :00
Jeff Jones would have to play without Harold Deane, suspended for a game by
the NCAA for lacking the necessary class hours.
Duke led 38-21 at the half. Virginia pulled to within 9 right after
intermission. Former Patrick Henry star Curtis Staples, gives to Courtney
Alexander for the hoop.
Then Jamal Robinson finds the rock, SUPER=33-Duke/78/Virginia/59;
dishes to Staples for two of his 17 on the night.
Duke's Trajon Langdon answers with the hop and the harm, and the Blue Devils
drop UVa 78-59.
when we come back from this short break, we will head to the bubble,
otherwise known as the Demon Center where MIke Stevens. Roy Stanley and Ron
Shelburne will recap today's WDBJ live broadcast.
2,100 court side fans and a hole bunch of WDBJ viewers watched Radford top
UNC-Greensboro on your Hometown Stations live broadcast.
Our three amigos had the call from the Dedmon Bubble, fellas?.
SUPER=01-Ron Shelburne/Radford Hall of Famer; :34
SUPER=01-Eric Bowens/13 Points, 6 Rebounds; 1:45
SUPER=01-Anthony Walker/15 Points, 6 Assists; 1:54
SUPER=01-Randy Peele/Spartans Head Coach; 2:00
SUPER=01-Corey Reed/19 Points; 2:07
OUT Q=....to you steve"
The staff at The Corey Everson (EVE-er-son) gym exercised a little crime
The athletic facility sponsored a children identification day.
Management invited their client's children and children from near by day
care centers to take part in the i-d process.
A photographer took pictures of the children.
These photos will then be put on a card stating the child's age, height and
The day cares will then keep these on file.
The Roanoke County Police Department helped develop the process and says
this will help police should anything happen to these children.
IN Q=our staff
SUPER=01-Beth Carpenter/Corey Everson Fitness Center;
OUT Q=gives to corey's
Carpenter says the gym may do this several times a year.
It's a task many prospective college students dred- filling out those
financial aid applications.
But financial aid officers say its worth the time and effort.
Financial aid experts at area colleges say there are more sources for
funding now than ever before-- the key is to start looking early.
IN Q=We really encourage
((DR. JULIE SINA/VA TECH FINANCIAL AID DIR.: WE REALLY ENCOURAGE STUDENTS AS
THEY'RE LOOKING AT THEIR SCHOOLS AT THE SAME TIME THEY'RE INTERVIEWING AT
SCHOOLS-- THAT THEY AT THE SAME TIME ASK ABOUT WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL AID. WHAT
IS THE SCHOLARSHIP POSSIBILITY AT THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS THEY'RE CONSIDERING.
BECAUSE EACH OF US HAS OUR OWN SET OF DEADLINES. EACH OF US HAS OUR OWN SET OF
FORMS, AND SO YOU WANT TO BE SURE AT THE SAME TIME YOU KNOW HOW TO APPLY FOR
ADMISSION, YOU KNOW HOW TO APPLY FOR MONEY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Julie Sina/VA Tech Financial Aid Dir.;
OUT Q=apply for money
Meanwhile, school officials say better access to financial aid is making
college more of a buyer's market.
IN Q=I would think
((TOMMY BLAIR/ROANOKE COLLEGE FIN. AID DIR.: I WOULD THINK THERE'S AN
UNDERLYING GOAL IN THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICES IN THE STATE-- THERE IS A CERTAIN
AMOUNT OF COMPETITION. WE'D LIKE TO DO THE BEST TO DO OUR JOBS TO PROVIDE THE
STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY'D LIKE TO GO TO SCHOOL, NOT WHICH
SCHOOL THEY CAN AFFORD. ))
SUPER=01-Tommy Blair/Roanoke College Financial Aid Dir.;
OUT Q=they can afford
financial planning-- tune in to On Record tomorrow morning at 11.
To learn more about finding money for college, as well as long-term