After several days of closing arguments the jury today may begin deciding
the civil case against
And a Roanoke jury is hearing a case that charges police brutality, but
officers say they were the ones being attacked.
Temperatures have been pushing into the middle and even upper forties, but
that wil change as we head into this afternoon. Looking dropping mercury, and
a cold night to follow. That and Ladies Hoops in the ACC.
Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.
At the O-J Simpson civil trial, it appears to be the fifth and final day
for closing arguments.
Jurors still have to listen to a few more hours of rebuttal from the
But they are expected to get the case late this afternoon.
Jennifer Sabih reports from the Santa Monica courthouse.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; :00
SUPER=01-Jennifer Sabih/Reporting; :42
OUT Q=for CBS News
Seven lawyers ranting, raving, pleading, pontificating and pushing their
points for close to a week of closing arguments.
Aand today it's time for them
to sit down, clam up and let the jurors do the talking.
But first the 7 woman, 5 man panel will talk among themselves in the jury
room, weighing evidence.
among the factors they'll consider is the one argued yestrday by oj simpson's
lead lawyer, Bob Baker, who told jurors that his client was a victim of a
But in his rebuttal, plaintiff lawyer daniel petrocelli said the conspiracy
theory is nothing but a fantasy. they have invented arguments, he said, it's a
fraud. it's a big lie. it never happened.
It's what guilty men do.
Jennifer Sabih, CBS News, Santa Monica.))
A Roanoke man accused of starting a fight with police says HE was the one
who was attacked.
Now, a jury will decide who is telling the truth.
His attorney says Steven Leftwich was attacked by police officers who ganged
up on him after finding marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.
SOT tape 1 11:34:48
IN Q=9 or 10 officers
((HAROLD BARNES/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; 9 OR 10 OTHER OFFICERS WERE INVOLVED WITH THE
BEATING, THE KICKING, THE CLUBBING, OF MR.LEFTWICH AS HE LAY ON THE GROUND
SUPER=01-Harold Barnes/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=on the ground defenseless
But police officers say Leftwich started the fight, and made the situation
worse by twice trying to grab an officer's weapon.
SOT TAPE 4 2:40:49
IN Q=officer Forbes was on his knees
(( EARL WILSON/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.; OFFICER FORBES WAS ON HIS KNEES FACING
NORTH, AND THERE WAS SOMEONE BEHIND HIM PULLING UP ON HIS WEAPON, AND THIS WAS
SUCH FORCE I COULD ACTUALLY SEE HIS RIGHT SIDE COMING UP. ))
SUPER=01-Earl Wilson/Roanoke Police Dept.
OUT Q=coming up
The defense will begin presenting its case today.
In California, the hunt is on for a one-week old baby after she was
taken from a hospital by a woman claiming to be a volunteer.
Hospital surveillance cameras caught the suspect, a pregnant woman in her
20's, as she carried the infant away.
After telling the mother she would help get a crib for the baby, the woman
then asked if she could show the newborn to friends in another part of the
She never returned.
F-B-I officials call it one of their strongest leads yet in their probe of
the Olympic Park bombing.
SUPER=03-Atlanta/July 27, 1996;
Investigators today will be interviewing an Atlanta architect who may have
information about the bombing.
SUPER=03-Spokane, WA/October 1996;
The man reportedly contacted agents after seeing weekend news reports about
a possible link between the summer bombing and some men being held in
Washington state on another bombing charge.
The architect thinks he may have seen one of the men carrying a military
style knapsack near the bombing site before the explosion.
The punishment fit the crime--
That's what Congressman Bob Goodlatte says about House Speaker Newt
Gingrich's 300- thousand- dollar fine for violating ethics rules.
Goodlatte was at Northside Middle School this morning, speaking to eighth
graders about how government works.
He told News-7 that while Gingrich deserves to make amends-- he hopes the
case will prevent frivolous charges from being filed.
IN Q=While the speaker
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: WHILE THE SPEAKER WAS FOUND TO HAVE VIOLATED THOSE TWO
HOUSE RULES, IT'S ALSO TRUE THAT MORE THAN 600 COMPLAINTS WERE FILED AGAINST
HIM THAT WERE THROWN OUT.)) ))
OUT Q=were thrown out
Gingrich admitted ethical wrongdoing in connections with a college course
financed by tax exempt groups.
Police are searching for three suspects in the armed robbery of a Blacksburg
It happened at about 7:30 last night at the A and J Quick Shop on North Main
Authorities say two men wearing dark ski masks went into the store and
pointed a handgun at the clerk, ordering her into a back room.
A third suspect stood outside the store as a lookout.
The three fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police ask anyone with information to call the Blacksburg police department.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon,
At what age do you need to watch what you eat?...Health officials say its
younger than you think.
Two area colleges have received a big gift--a two MILLION dollar donation.
We'll have the story but first here's Patrick.
music up full
Two colleges in central Virginia will benefit from the generosity of
Elliot and Rosel (roe-ZELL) Schewel.
The Schewels have made a two- million dollar gift to Lynchburg College and
Randolph Macon Woman's College.
Elliot Schewel represented Lynchburg in the state senate for twenty years,
and he served on the Randolph Macon Board of Trustees for fifteen.
Rosel Schewel earned graduate degrees from Lynchburg College, worked as an
associate professor there, and now serves on that school's Board of Trustees.
In a news release, the Schewels say they feel privileged to support two
colleges that have meant so much to them and to the Lynchburg community.
Even teenagers may have to ``hold the fries.''
New research says that what young people eat and whether they
smoke can put them at risk for heart attacks later in life.
A study finds those who ate a fat-rich diet or smoked had begun
to build up fatty deposits in their aortas and coronary arteries.
Researchers at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in
New Orleans studied autopsies of young men and women who had died
violent or accidental deaths between the ages of 15 and 34.
The charges against a former Virginia Tech football player have been
A Montgomery County judge decided yesterday Greg Melvin will not have to
stand trial for the beating of a Virginia Tech track team member.
Just before Melvin's trial was to get under way, the judge dismissed the
charges, at the request of Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Keith.
Keith said the alleged victim, Hilliard Sumner, could not pinpoint Melvin as
one of his attackers.
((PHIL KEITH/MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: THEREFORE WE FELT IT WOULD BE IN THE
BEST INTEREST OF JUSTICE NOT TO PROSECUTE MR. MELVIN. ))
SUPER=01-Phil Keith/Montgomery Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=prosecute Mr. Melvin.
Melvin, a new father, says he just wants to move on with his life.
His lawyer says it was a case of guilt by association--and it's been hard on
Melvin's whole family.
((BEV DAVIS/MELVIN'S LAWYER: THEY'RE ALL DISTRAUGHT OVER IT. THEIR NAME HAS
BEEN SOILED THROUGHOUT ALL THISS. IT WAS ALL UNFORTUNATED, IT WAS GUILT BY
ASSOCIATION AND NOT GUILT BY FACTS OR TRUTH. ))
SUPER=01-Bev Davis/Melvin's Lawyer;
OUT Q=facts or truth.
In a taped conversation with Davis--, Sumner, the alleged beating victim
named football players Brian Edmonds, Sean Sullivan, Michael Hawkes and Angelo
Harrison as his attackers.
In Roanoke County a 20-year old killer has been sentenced to 42- years in
prison for beating a man to death last year.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./November 1996
Christopher Saul, seen here in a court appearance in November, used two
different weapons to fatally beat 26-year-old Christopher Wilson.
The victim had given Saul a ride to the garage where he worked.
Saul yesterday apologized for his actions, claiming
Wilson made sexual advances and that prompted him to over-react.
Judge Roy Willett focused on the brutality of the crime, which he said
could have supported a capital murder charge.
Saul got 35 years to serve on the first-degree murder conviction, plus 7
years for the robbery.
When Stella Arcaro called 9-1-1 in Christiansburg last April she reportedly
was depressed and threatening to commit suicide.
Half a dozen town police responded to the call.
One of them opened fire when Arcaro stepped out the back door with a rifle,
wounding her in the leg.
Her yesterday filed suit against Officer Alicia Smith and the Town of
IN Q=It's our position
((IT'S OUR POSITION IN THIS CASE, YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO DEFEND YOUR
HOME. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO POSSES ARMS. AND CERTAINLY A POLICE OFFICER HAS NO
RIGHT TO COME UP ON YOUR PREMISES. AND IF THEY DO, THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD
IDENTIFY THEMSELVES. SHE, IN THIS SITUATION, HAD EXPRESSLY SAID: "DO NOT SEND
SUPER=01-Bill Cruey/Arcaro's Attorney
OUT Q=police officers
The complaint filed in federal court seeks five million dollars in damages.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still ahead on News 7 at Noon,
Bike riding may soon become more than just exercise or a hobby in Roanoke --
it may be an answer to traffic congestion problems in some areas.
and, if you're a Roanoke Symphony fan, you'll soon be able to enjoy a
performance in the comfort of your own home.
If you enjoy cycling, you'll be glad to know regional planners are now
working on a blueprint for bikeways.
There is little room to spare along many of the Roanoke Valley's major
Planners believe bicycles can help the area minimize traffic congestion and
pollution, if the area can develop a safe and useful network of bikeways.
IN Q=And we found
((BARBARA DUERK/ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER: AND WE FOUND THAT THE AVERAGE
BICYCLE RIDER IN VIRGINIA IS OVER 50 YEARS OLD, SO THERE'S A LOT OF US BABY
BOOMERS OUT THERE THAT ARE FINDING BICYCLING FOR RECREATION AND TRANSPORTATION
TO MEET OUR NEEDS.))
((DON MANKIE/BICYCLIST: OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY DO IT. OTHER PARTS OF
EUROPE, ASIA IT'S DONE. WE HAVE TO MAKE A COMMITMENT TO DO IT.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Duerk/Advisory Committee Member; :00
SUPER=01-Don Mankie/Bicyclist; :14
OUT Q=a commitment to do it.
The plan is ultimately headed to local governments for their approval.
The bikeways would be built in phases over the next 20 years as new roads
are constructed and existing ones are improved.
Coming to a record store near you: the Roanoke Symphony and Roanoke
Valley Choral Society.
During a concert last night at the Civic Center Auditorium, Conductor David
Wiley announced plans for a live recording of Beethoven's Symphony Number 9.
The performance, and recording session, are scheduled for April 28th.
A grant from Symphony Society Board member Eldon Grover will make it
possible to record the concert. Cassettes and CDs should be available by
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SUPER=301-50/68/NW 7mph/30.11r/77/1944/ 4/1963;
SUPER=330-Clear/& Cold/14-18/Morning Sun/Afternoon Clouds/34-38;
SUPER=331-Clear/& Cold/18-22/Morning Sun/Increasing Clouds/34-38;
SUPER=333-Clear/& Cold/10-14/Sunny Morning/Cloudy Afternoon/30-35;
The Singer Furniture empire continues to crumble.
The company, which only a few years ago had several hundred employees in
Roanoke, announced it plans to get out of the United States furniture business
Singer says it lost 20- million- dollars during the fourth quarter of last
year, blaming most of that on its furniture division.
Singer has about one thousand remaining employees at two plants in North
A majority of the functions at the Roanoke plant shut down last summer.
Singer had just made another big restructuring announcement last month.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next in sports,
We have all the Ferrum hoop action, as the Panthers try to maintain their
You would think that ice would be something to count on in this cold month
of January -- The Roanoke Express did, until Sunday that is.
Stay tuned News 7 Sports is next.
MUSIC UP FULL
It looks like former bears coach Mike Ditka is headed to the Big Easy.
Ditka told the Chicago Tribune today he's agreed to a three year deal to
coach the New Orleans Saints.
Ditka led the Chicago Bears to six N-F-C Central titles, three N-F-C
Championship games and a victory in Super Bowl 20.
The Ferrum mens basketball team improved to 10 and 6 on the season last
night, beating the Chowan Braves 74-71.
Steve Mason has more from Ferrum.
IN Q=first score
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Braves vs. Panthers; :00
SUPER=01-Marcus Toney/Ferrum Guard; :38
SUPER=01-Larry Mangino/Ferrum Head Coach; :46
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
In womens basketball, Sixth ranked North Carolina was 0-and-10 at University
Hall under head coach Sylvia Hatchell--that was before last night's game with
8th ranked UVa.
And the Lady Tarheels would come out smoking, as Jessica Gaspar scores the
hoop to give Carolina a 10-to-nothing lead out of the blocks.
Another big problem for UVa was Tracy Reid, who scored 22 points in the
opening half to keep UVa at a double digit deficit.
Tora Suber did her best to keep things from getting completely out of hand as
she hits the long three, but it's 45-to-31 Carolina at the half.
Thanks to Reid the lead would balloon to as many as 17 as she makes the steal
and scores on the breakaway.
But UVa went on a 19-to-2 run, fueled by Suber's bombs. Tora would finish
with a career high 35 points as UVa took the lead.
SUPER=33-North Carolina #6/75/Virginia #8/71;
But Reid was the real deal as she scores the game winner with 2 point 4
second to play. She finishes with 41 points and 16 rebounds as UNC beats UVa
Baseball was the hot topic at the Monthly meeting of the Roanoke Valley
Former big league pitcher Jim Bibby, and Mike Solomon, the man leading the
charge to bring a Major league team to North Carolina, were the featured
Solomon hopes to land a team in the Piedmont Triad area between Greensboro,
Winston-Salem and High Point by the turn of the century.
And he and his backers believe that parts of Virginia are crucial to landing
either an expansion team or an existing franchise looking to relocate.
((MIKE SOLOMON/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR N.C. BASEBALL:))
((JIM BIBBY/LYNCHBURG HILLCATS PITCHING COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Solomon/N.C. Baseball Executive Director; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Bibby/Lynchburg Hillcats Pitching Coach; :30
OUT Q=...DOWN THERE."
A referendum will held in August to see if voters are interested in funding a
new stadium in the triad.
GRAPHIC=Major League Baseball
The Oakland A's say they have boosted their offense at the plate after a big
brings Jose Canseco back to the West Coast to be reunited with "Bash
Brother" Mark McGuire.
The A's acquire the slugger from the Redsox for pitcher John Wasdin.
If you have tickets for the Express game originally scheduled for tonight..
you'll have to wait 24 hours because the game has been moved to tomorrow night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 20, 1994;
A mechanical problem with the Civic Center's refrigeration system, similar to
the one experienced back in October of 1994 when a gasket interrupted ice
makin, is causing a few headaches.
Civic Center officials say the ice that was in place over the weekend lacked
the key ingredient known as glycol.
The bad ice was removed early Sunday morning, the system has been repaired
and new ice is being made as we speak and will be ready by tomorrow.