Coming up next on News 7 at 11
An infant is in critical condition after his father's car flips while
allegedly flees from police.
A man who accused Roanoke Police of beating him is convicted himself.
And we'll see how a group of artists has been able to do something that
thousands of car owners couldn't.
They've found a use for their Yugos.
News 7 at 11 is next.
An infant is fighting for his life after the baby's father allegedly leads
police on a high speed chase through Halifax County.
The car flipped over near Turbeville.
And the infant was seriously hurt when the top of the vehicle struck the
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Even though the O- J Simpson civil suit has gone to the jury, the lawyers in
the case continue to argue.
And he claims he was beaten by Roanoke police, but Steven Leftwich is the
one that ends up getting convicted.
Join us for those stories and more tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
An infant is in critical condition tonight after his father's car flipped in
The child's father was allegedly involved in a high speed chase when the
accident happened, near Turbeville.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=My baby, my baby
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SUPER=07-Carrie Slayton; :29
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Halifax County.
IN Q=My baby
((MY BABY, MY BABY, I'M NOT TRYING TO RUN. ))
OUT Q=to run.
It didn't take long for 19- year old Rashawn Crawford of Roxboro, North
Carolina to realize his four month old son may not make it.
The child was injured when Crawford's car flipped on Route 58 in Halifax
Witnesses say the roof of the car apparently struck the infant-- who was
strapped in a safety seat.
Carrie Slayton was one of the first to spot the accident.
IN Q=We said
((CARRIE SLAYTON:WE SAID, OH, MY GOD, WE STOPPED RIGHT THERE IN THE MEDIAN, I
JUST JUMPED OUT, I LEFT MY NEIGHBOR IN THE CAR, AND I RAN OVER HERE. ))
OUT Q=ran over here.
Slayton says the infant's head was bleeding when she pulled the four month
old from the car.
A North Carolina Sheriff's deputy performed CPR before the rescue squad
Authorities may never know how fast Crawford was driving when he crashed,
But Person County Sheriff's deputies, who chased Crawford for about 30-
miles, say at times he appeared to be driving up to 100- miles per hour.
Authorities say Crawford was wanted for larceny of a motor vehicle as well as
other felony charges.
They'd been searching for Crawford for about two months.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Halifax County.))
Crawford's sister and another child were also in the car, but apparently
weren't seriously injured.
A Roanoke jury found Steven Leftwich guilty of assaulting four police
The jury upheld a lower court conviction, but drastically reduced the
Eric Earnhart reports.
IN Q=the defense portrayed
SUPER=01-Linda Cupit/Defense Attorney;
SUPER=01-Ann Gardner/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=that's what they did
(( The defense portrayed the police officers involved as vicious and
SOT 8:52:05 tape 7
IN Q=the officers had
((LINDA CUPIT/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; THE OFFICERS HAD SOMETHING TO GAIN, THIS WAS
SPORT TO THE OFFICERS, THEY CHOSE THEIR TWO DEFENSELESS VICTIMS, AND THEY
ANALYZED THE SITUATION.))
OUT Q=the situation
But the prosecution said, while Leftwich WAS punched and kicked, it was only
because he had his hand on an officer's gun.
IN Q=that is not
((ANN GARDNER/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; THAT IS NOT UNREASONABLE UNDER THE
CIRCUMSTANCES, WHAT KIND OF HORRORS COULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THE GUN HAD COME
UNHOLSTERED. THERE WAS KICKING AND HITTING, AND THERE WAS A REASON FOR IT.))
OUT Q=reason for it
After less than 2 hours of deliberation, the jury returned four guilty
SOT verdict tape 11:49:19
IN Q=we the jury
((WE THE JURY UNANIMOUSLY FIND THE DEFENDANT STEVEN LAVONNE LEFTWICH GUILTY OF
ASSAULT AND BATTERY UPON TROOPER R.J. CARPENTIERI, AND FIX HIS PUNISHMENT AT 30
DAYS, ONE MONTH CONFINEMENT.))
OUT Q=one month confinement
Afterwards, Leftwich appeared shaken by the verdict, but stuck to his
SOT 12:21:08 LEFTWICH POST TAPE
((STEVEN LEFTWICH/DEFENDANT; I STILL KNOW THE TRUTH, INNOCENT, I RESPECT THE
JURY, THEY WERE UNDER TREMENDOUS PRESSURE TO GO AGAINST THE WHOLE ROANOKE CITY,
AND IT WAS HARD FOR THEM.))
OUT Q=hard for them
The jury reccommended a month in jail for each guilty verdict, much lower
than the two year sentence Leftwich received when his case was tried in a lower
The prosecutor says she's satisfied with that.
(( ANN GARDNER/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; WE WANTED THE JURY TO DECIDE WHAT
THEY FELT THAT THE CASE WAS WORTH AND WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS APPROPRIATE AND
THAT'S WHAT THEY DID;))
OUT Q=that's what they did
Leftwich will be sentenced in April. Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
In the same courtroom where the Leftwich trial was played out...18 year old
Robert Reed admitted stabbing a man to death.
Reed was originally charged with murder, but because of a plea bargain he
was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter.
In July--, 20- year- old Michael Dent was stabbed to death at the Hurt Park
According to police, Dent and Reed were arguing shortly before the killing
The teenager will be sentenced in early May.
Jurors in the O-J Simpson case have already deliberated more than twice as
long as the jury in the criminal case.
Today as lawyers argued about Simpson's finances, the jury seemed to be
concentrating on his shoes.
Byron Harlon reports.
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(( IT APPEARED AS IF IT WERE A TYPICAL DAY.
THE LAWYERS CAME TO FIGHT ABOUT MONEY AND THE ATTORNEYS WHO REPRESENT THE
FAMILIES SAY, O.J. SIMPSON HAD NOT TURNED-OVER FINANCIAL RECORDS AND HE MUST,
IN CASE HE LOSES AND HAS TO PAY.
JUDGE HIROSHI FUJISAKI AGREED.
WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER, THE GOLDMAN S LAWYER TOLD REPORTERS, THE WAITING S
A DECISION COULD COME ANYTIME, NOW THAT THE JURY IS DELIBERATING.
THEY VE ALREADY TAKEN LONGER THAN THE JURY THAT HEARD THE CRIMINAL CASE AND
ACQUITTED O.J. SIMPSON IN JUST A FEW HOURS.
MR. SIMPSON NEVER MADE IT TO COURT FOR THIS LATEST HEARING.
HE STAYED HOME, WHERE POLICE ARE POSITIONED TO PROTECT HIM IN CASE THINGS GET
BUT AT THE COURTHOUSE, IT S RELATIVELY CALM, WITH REPORTERS CREATING A CRUSH
OF CONFUSION ANYTIME ANYTHING HAPPENS.
BUT THE JURY IS APPARENTLY CONCENTRATING THROUGH IT ALL.
THEY ASKED FOR A PHOTO MAGNIFYING GLASS.
THAT MEANS THEY PROBABLY LOOKED CLOSELY AT THE PICTURES OF MR. SIMPSON
WEARING BRUNO MAGLI SHOES, HE SAYS HE NEVER OWNED, BUT THAT THE OTHER SIDE
SAYS HE WORE TO KILL NICOLE SIMPSON AND RON GOLDMAN.
BYRON HARLAN, CBS NEWS, SANTA MONICA.
An increase in the number of orders in the first quarter has prompted the
Radford Army Ammunition plant to recall some laid- off workers.
But even that hasn't been enough to prevent some long overtime hours.
Some workers have complained that 16- hour shifts are posing safety risks.
Plant manager Ken Dolph says the overtime has been needed over the last
couple of weeks to meet two production deadlines by this weekend.
Dolph says the arsenal will respond to the safety concerns by providing
extra break periods and seeking volunteers from other areas of the plant.
This month the arsenal has recalled about 75 laid- off workers.
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When News 7 at 11 continues, users of America On Line could be getting
And we'll show you one low tech alternative to communicating on the
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The murder charge against Charles Howard of Galax may have been dropped, but
the PROSECUTOR isn't ready to drop the issue.
Howard was accused in the stabbing death of Willie Goins, an elderly Galax
man who was murdered in his home last September.
But when Howard's sister said on the witness stand that she couldn't recall
Howard saying he killed Goins, Judge Ed Turner had to dismiss the case for lack
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR: I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE CHANGE OF
TESTIMONY OF MS. AUSTIN. SHE WAS CLEAR ON EVERYTHING AS OF A COUPLE OF DAYS
OUT Q=couple of days ago.
Goad says he still may present the case to a grand jury, depending on the
results of forensic lab tests.
((JONATHAN VENZIE/CHARLES HOWARD'S LAWYER: THE FACT THAT THERE'S BEEN NO
PROBABLE CAUSE FOUND HERE DOESN'T MEANT THAT A DIRECT INDICTMENT CAN'T BE
SOUGHT AT THE NEXT GRAND JURY. AND IT IS HIS WIFE THAT REMAINS IN CUSTODY. SO
HE MAY BE FREE BUT HE'S NOT A HAPPY MAN, NOT BY A LONG SHOT. ))
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OUT Q= a long shot.
The judge DID certify the murder charge against Howard's wife, Tisha
A state police investigator testified Tisha admitted killing Goins while
high on a drug- laced cigarette.
Teen abortions have been on the decline in Virginia since 1988.
But still, almost 23-hundred girls had abortions in 1995.
Parental notification finally found a friendly Senate committee, that
approved it on a 10 to five vote today.
The bill would require that parents be notified of their daughter's
abortion, unless the girl can convince a judge that she faces abuse if her
parents find out.
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((STEVE COLECCHI/VA. CATHOLIC DIOCESE: IT'S IMPORTANT TO OPPOSE ANY AMENDMENT
THAT WOULD ALLOW TEENAGERS TO BYPASS PARENTAL APPROVAL BY GAINING A
GRANDPARENT'S OR AN ADULT SIBLING'S PERMISSION FOR THE ABORTION.))
((JULIE MCCLELLAN/VA. WOMEN ATTORNEYS ASSOC.: THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS A
COMPLICATED AND INTRICATE SYSTEM FOR WHICH I ATTENDED SCHOOL... AND START
MAKING MOTIONS LIKE A YOUNG PERRY MASON.))
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SUPER=01-Julie McClellan/Va. Women Attorneys Assoc.; :10
OUT Q=Perry Mason.
The full Senate and House are expected to sign the bill this year.
Governor George Allen has already said he'd sign a TRUE parental
notification bill, that didn't require other relatives to be notified.
Some money could be headed your way if you've had trouble connecting to
The internet provider has been flooded with complaints since it started
offering a flat monthly access rate.
So under the threat of lawsuits, A- O- L has agreed to offer refunds or give
away a month of free service to disgruntled customers.
Refunds can be requested by writing to
pinnacle page one
P.O. Box 511
Ogden, Utah 84402-0511.
pinnacle page two
A toll-free number has been established-- it's 1-800- 827 -6364.
Lynchburg's largest private employer has landed a major international
contract with the help of Governor George Allen.
Allen was on hand today as Ericsson Incorporated announced it will build a
33-million dollar radio system for the South Korean National Police.
The groundwork for the deal was laid last year during the Governor's trade
mission to the Far East.
Allen says the contract should help open even more doors for Ericsson.
IN Q=The success
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE SUCCESS OF THIS ERICSSON SYSTEM WILL LEAD TO FUTURE
SALES EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THEY'LL TALK TO THE FOLKS WITH THE POLICE IN
KOREA AND SAY "HOW'S IT?" THEY'LL SAY "IT'S WORKING WELL." SO THEN YOU HAVE A
HAPPY CUSTOMER AND THEN OF COURSE, MORE CUSTOMERS, MORE SALES, MORE PRODUCTION
HERE IN VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=her in Virginia
Ericsson employs about 28-hundred people in Lynchburg.
The Korean deal is not expected to generate any new jobs.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, coming up a little later in the newscast...
and we'll see how former Yugo owners are finally getting some milage out of
their extinct cars.
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In this high- tech age, children often spend more time clicking a computer
mouse than listening to a story.
But today students at the Lincoln Terrace Saturn Network got the chance to
learn about communication the old- fashioned way-- through storytelling.
Kimberly McBroom has more.
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SUPER=01-Connie Goehle/Lincoln Terrace Saturn Network; :32
SUPER=01-Gail Anderson/"The Healing Force"; :56
SUPER=01-John Cross/4th Grader; 1:11
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((nat sound of singing-- please no more than :15 of this
Even though these kids are learning how to surf the Net-- they can still
appreciate some of the oldest forms of communication.
((MARCUS STILLMAN/2ND GRADER: I LIKED THE SONGS...AND I LIKED THE DANCES. ))
"The Healing Force" dons traditional African garb and plays authentic
African music to teach children about their culture.
The music, along with the storytelling, is a lesson in itself.
((CONNIE GOEHLE/LINCOLN TERRACE SATURN NETWORK: THAT THE TECHNOLOGY IS
IMPORTANT, BUT JUST THE BASIC COMMUNICATION OF LEARNING THROUGH HAVING FUN,
THROUGH DANCE, THROUGH MUSIC, AND JUST TELLING STORIES WILL LAST FOREVER FOR
THESE KIDS. ))
Even in this high- tech world of computers, film, and television-- group
members say storytelling will never become a lost art.
((GAIL ANDERSON/"THE HEALING FORCE": PEOPLE RESPOND SO READILY TO IT, PEOPLE
OF ALL AGES. LITTLE, TINY CHILDREN WHO MAY NOT EVEN UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING
THAT'S GOING ON, BUT THEY'LL GET SOMETHING OUT OF THE STORY. ))
((JOHN CROSS/4TH GRADER: What did you think about the storytelling? Did you
learn anything? NEVER TO GO OFF WITHOUT TELLING YOUR PARENTS. ))
And that's an important lesson for kids from any culture.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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The Internal Revenue Service is claiming that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and
his wife owe $8 point 3 million dollars in back taxes and penalties from 1992.
The IRS claims the Joneses underestimated their 1992 income by $23 point 4
The Express had to wait an extra night to play Knoxville, but the 24 hour
delay turned out to be a blessing as Roanoke blanks the high schoring Cherokees
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Larry Moberg was in the net last night in place of Dave Gagnon who has a
Roanoke led 3 to nothing after one period then late in the second period
Jeff Jablonski fires the shot and it barely crosses the line for the goal and a
four to nothing Express lead.
Then with less than two minutes left in the second Chris Lipsett fires the
SUPER=38-Roanoke/5/Knoxville/0;puck just inside the blue line it hits Tim
Christian in the face and goes in the net Roanoke led 5 to nothing and the
Express wins it 5 to nothing.
Moberg plays great getting
41 saves and the shutout in his first start in a over a month.
The Lady Maroons of Roanoke continued their redhot play tonight by beating
Eastern Mennonite 75 to 52 for their 13th straight win.
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The Maroons put their undefeated ODAC record on the line as the Royals came
Roanoke came out hot Suzanne Moore pulls it out and hits the three pointer
for three of her career high 26 points.
The Lady Maroons then tightened the defense Carrie McConnell makes the
steal and the nice move to the hoop for the score and Roanoke took a 10 point
Eastern Mennonite came up a little short handed with only seven players -
Laurie Miller hits the bucket and the lead was 8.
But Roanoke dominated the second SUPER=33-Roanoke/75/E.
Mennonite/52/;half of the game and the Maroons pull out the 75-to-52 win to up
their record to 13 and 1 and 10-and-O in the ODAC.
The Virginia Tech women's team suffered a heart breaking 54-to-52 loss to the
University of Massachusetts last night.
The Lady Hokies only had eight truly healthy players for the game, but one of
those was Sherry Banks.
The former Byrd star who has been forced to play the point guard position
lines up her shot and rips the nylon to give Tech a 6-to-2 lead.
U-Mass would come right back as Alison MacFarland gets the pass and drives in
for the hoop to give Massachusetts a 3 point lead.
U-Mass would keep the pressure on as Beth Kuzmeski shoots the jumper to push
the lead to nine.
Tech's Kim Seaver would help bring the Lady Hokies back, but U-Mass pulls off
the 2 point win topping Tech 54-to-52.
On the football front, Bill Parcells cannot coach another NFL team next
season without permission from the Patriots.
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue made the ruling last night saying Parcells
can stay in New England, or pursue other non-coaching jobs.
The only way he will be allowed to move on and coach the Jets, as had been
rumored for several weeks, is if the Pats let him out of his contract.
Heath Shuler and the Redskins and one step closer to ending their
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Shuler told management yesterday that he exercising the option to void the
final five years of his contract with the team.
As a restricted free agent, the Redskins have until February 13th to offer
him a new contract, but Washington does not want him.
In 1994, he signed an 8-year deal worth nearly 20 million, but he never has
lived up to his billing coming out of Tennessee.
While Heath hopes to restart his career, Jim Kelly is apparently ready to end
his this Friday.
The Bills have called a newsconference for then, and reports out of New York
say the 11 year veteran will announce his retirement.
Still to come tonight time to take it to the hoop with Steve Mason,
as he presents the latest edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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Time now for this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Let's grab a seat high up in the stands and see what Steve Mason has for us
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((With only 1 senior and five sophomores, Coach Burns Cougars are 8-7 in the
In single A, Parry McCluer is ranked # 2 in the state under a basketball Fox
who finds ways to win.
Every Fighting Blues player is averaging under 14 points a game a stat that
is is drawing comparisons to the 1993-94 state championship runner up team.
Jefferson Forest is third in the Seminole District at 5 and 3 under Jim
Steve Farquhar's Staunton River Golden Eagles are 6 and 10 overall and 3 and
5 in district play in his first year, but are holding teams to around 50 points
William Byrd is 8 and 1 in the district, 12 and 4 overall, good enough for
the state's 10th ranking.
Rockbridge is much better than it's 3 and 10 record. First year coach Weenie
Miller's Wildcats lead Byrd 30-21 at the half before losing by 7 last night.
Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
Dennis Rodman continues to serve his 11 game suspension for kicking a
photographer and he is getting counseling from the Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Jackson says he doesn't condone Rodman actions, but he believes the dyed-hair
one has suffered enough for his bad behavior.
Jackson plans to ask the NBA to reinstate him immediately.
A new auto show is giving a new meaning to the "recycling drive."
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That's because all these art works were once driven on the highways.
Every piece is made from a recycled Yugo.
The small car from Yugoslavia was only made for four years during the 1980's.
When the company shut down, it became impossible to find parts.
But thanks to a group of artists, the rejected autos are finding new life...
You can now take a shower in a bathtub Yugo.
You can play a little foosball or even a little tune.
or you could just take in a movie and go to a barbecue.
The exhibit is getting more mileage than the cars as it will spend the next
two years traveling across the country.
That's it for NEWS-7 at 11, thanks for joining us...and we hope you have a