Coming up on News 7-
You probably remember the crime when a 15 year old girl was shot in the
head- Today a 17 year old is sentenced.
A bank robber opens fire in Richmond killing one person and injuring several
Plus an ice rescue on Lake Erie.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
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A Henry County teenager will spend life in prison for a violent crime spree
that ended in murder.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./May 1996;
17-year old Tommy Helms was sentenced today to life plus 23-years for a
series of armed robberies and the murder of a teenage girl in the fall of '95.
15-year old Lavina Scales was shot eight times in the head.
Helms ultimately confessed to killing the young woman.
Before imposing punishment, the judge spoke about how Scales was robbed of
the chance to graduate from school, marry and have children.
The comments brought tears to the eye's of Scales' father.
IN Q=The first
((JAMES VAUGHN/SCALES' FATHER:THE FIRST STEP TO ANY KIND OF HEALING IS JUSTICE,
AND WITHOUT JUSTICE YOU CAN'T BE HEALED, SO THE HEALING PROCESS BEGINS, AS OF
SUPER=01-James Vaughn/Scales' Father; :00
OUT Q=as of today.
The prosecution and defense agreed that Helms should start his sentence in
the juvenile detention center.
But the judge ruled that Helms will serve his sentence in state prison.
A Pittsylvania County man who shot and killed two people will also spend
life in prison.
25-year old Mark Anthony Carter signed a plea agreement this evening to
avoid the death penalty.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./February 1996;
He admitted to shooting and killing Sydney Sherell Hairston and Darrell
Womack last February.
Carter also pleaded guilty to shooting and stabbing a third victim, who
survived the attack.
Before imposing punishment, the judge gave Carter a chance to speak.
IN Q=I'd like
((MARK ANTHONY CARTER:I'D LIKE YOU PEOPLE TO KNOW, I DIDN'T WANT TO KILL NOBODY
THAT NIGHT, I JUST WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT IF IT WEREN'T FOR KNOVA DAY, THESE
PEOPLE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE TODAY. ))
SUPER=07-Mark Anthony Carter;
OUT Q=alive today.
(Ka-Nova) Knova Day was in the courtroom.
During the attack, he was stabbed 14-times and shot twice but says he's
satisfied with the agreement.
IN Q=I don't
((KNOVA DAY/PROSECUTION WITNESS:I DON'T WISH NOBODY DEATH, EVEN THOUGH HE
KILLED TWO PEOPLE AND ALMOST KILLED ME, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT THAT COLD HEARTED,
BUT IF IT HAD BEEN ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO, THE WAY I WAS FEELING, YEAH, I WOULD
HAVE WISHED HIM DEATH.
THERESA RICHARDSON/DARRELL WOMACK'S SISTER:I'M TRYING TO GO ON AND BE STRONG,
BUT I DO FEEL LIKE HE SHOULD HAVE GOT THE DEATH PENALTY FOR WHAT HE DONE,
BECAUSE HE DIDN'T DESERVE TO TAKE MY BROTHER'S LIFE NOR SHERELL'S LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Knova Day/Prosecution Witness; :00
SUPER=01-Theresa Richardson/Darrell Womack's Sister; :15
OUT Q=Sherell's life.
Carter was sentenced to two life terms, plus 63- years.
Police say blood tests show that Evelyn Williams of Blacksburg HAD been
drinking when she struck and killed a Virginia Tech student on campus earlier
Williams blood alcohol level registered point-oh-four, below the legal limit
But Tech police chief Mike Jones says he's sure a forensic formula to
calculate blood alcohol levels hours earlier will prove Williams was legally
Williams refused a breath test and field sobriety tests at the scene of the
accident on Southgate Drive.
Police had to get a warrant to draw her blood six hours AFTER the crash.
Jones says 20 year-old Daniel Kelly was walking on the edge of the road when
he was hit from behind.
A bank teller was shot and killed this morning during a bank robbery in
Police say 23-year old Lori Robinson died of a gunshot wound to chest after
two men armed with assault rifles and a shotgun opened fire at a Nationsbank on
the city's east end.
Three other people were injured after the robbery.
The men escaped after grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash.
The jury in the O-J Simpson trial begins deliberating again tomorrow
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
Jurors have asked for photographs, enlargements of the rear gate of O-J
Simpson's house and his rear walkway.
They've also wanted to see exhibits related to DNA testing and pictures of
the Bronco as well as the gruesome shots of the victims at the crime scene.
While jurors deliberate, attorneys wait.
((DANIEL PETROCELLI/GOLDMAN FAMILY ATTORNEY; THEY'RE ANXIOUSLY WAITING TO HEAR
FROM US WHEN THE VERDICT IS IN. WE'RE IN TOUCH ALL THE TIME.))
SUPER=01-Daniel Petrocelli/Goldman Family Attorney;
OUT Q=all the time."
Word today that the jury foreman is a retired man in his fifties or sixties.
It is going to cost more than originally expected to build two new elementary
schools in Bedford County.
Finding the money to pay for them was the topic of a joint meeting between
the county board of supervisors and the school board tonight.
Officials estimate it will cost about 13-point five million dollars to build
new schools in the Forest and Stewartsville areas...that's up from the original
12 million dollar estimate.
((JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THE SUPERVISORS AREA AWARE OF
THE NEED. THEY'RE BURDENED WITH THE CONSIDERATION OF HOW YOU PAY FOR THOSE
NEEDS AND THAT'S PART OF WHY THE COUNTY HAS HIRED A FINANCIAL PLANNER AND THE
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE TWO BOARDS TO ENCOURAGE THAT THERE'S SOME STRONG
STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THOSE NEED. AND ALSO COST ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE NEEDS.
((LUCILLE BOGGESS/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: WE'RE GOING TO DO THE BEST WE CAN. I
DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ANY CHOICE BECAUSE OF THE GROWTH IN THE COUNTY
AND THE GROWTH IN THE SCHOOL POPULATION. I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BITE
THE BULLET AND DO IT.))
SUPER=01-John Kent/Bedford Co. School Super.
SUPER=01-Lucille Boggess/Supervisor's Chairman;
OUT Q=and do it.
Boggess says she's not ruling out a future tax increase to help relieve some
of the county's bond debt.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, defense attorneys say a murder on the streets
of Roanoke last fall was NOT racially motivated,
And three people are dead as a wall collapses at a Houston shopping mall.
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When a 33-year old man was shot in the back of the head last fall on
Chapman Avenue in Roanoke, City Police suggested it may have been an act of
At Michael Shrawn Benton's preliminary hearing today, the prosecution's key
witness said she heard SOMEone say "We don't have no love for whities."
Though the case was certified to the grand jury for indictment, Benton's
attorney says he did not hear anything attributed to his client suggesting any
IN Q=If I recall
((DARREN HALEY/BENTON'S ATTORNEY: IF I RECALL CORRECTLY, HER TESTIMONY WAS THAT
THERE HAD BEEN SOME RACIAL REMARKS MADE BY A GROUP OF PEOPLE JUST HANGING OUT,
AND THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE LINKING MY CLIENT TO ANY OF THOSE REMARKS.))
SUPER=01-Darren Haley/Benton's Attorney
OUT Q=those remarks
We were not allowed to tape the 15-year old eyewitness testimony, because
of her age.
She did say she saw the first of two or three shots fired, before she ran
A new study documents racial divisions in Roanoke.
But community leaders say they hope a negative report can help bring people
The study was prepared by a University of Michigan researcher who used 1990
census data to analyze racial patterns in residential neighborhoods.
The study rates Roanoke as the most-segregated metropolitan area in the
IN Q=Where people live
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: WHERE PEOPLE LIVE SAYS A LOT ABOUT
THE NATURE OF THE COMMUNITY. SO, IF IN FACT THIS REPORT IDENTIFIES A KEY
PROBLEM AREA AROUND WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, WE MUST NOT BLOW THIS OFF AND WE SHOULD
NOT BLOW THIS OFF. WE SHOULD TAKE IT TO INDICATE EXACTLY WHAT IT'S INDICATING,
THAT WE HAVE SOME THINGS WE REALLY NEED TO WORK ON.))
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I'M REAL DISAPPOINTED IN THAT HEADLINE. THAT'S
NOT ANYTHING FOR US TO BE PROUD OF. IF IT PROMPTS DISCUSSION ON HOW WE CAN
BECOME A MORE INTEGRATED, MULTI- CULTURAL COMMUNITY, I'M GOING TO BE AT THE
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :00
OUT Q=be at the table participating.
Roanoke's rating has improved since the 1980 census, but still remains
above the national average.
A wall collapses at a Houston shopping mall killed three people- six others
Dave Fehling reports.
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((They were the mall walkers, the retirees who came each morning to Houston's
Northline Mall. As some of them headed into an entry hallway an hour before the
stores opened, an outside wall suddenly collapsed.
WITNESS: SOUNDED LIKE AN EXPLOSION, WHOLE WALL TUMBLED DOWN.
WITNESS: LOOKED LIKE WAVES. THERE WAS A LADY IN FRONT OF ME WITH CANE
Mall employees just arriving for work started a frantic search.
MALL EMPLOYEE: I SAW THREE LADIES AND I DON'T SEE THEM NOW.
I COULDN'T GET THEM OUT. THE STEEL BEAM WAS TOO HEAVY.
Firefighters who'd helped out in the Oklahoma City bombing used electronic
sensors and dogs to try to find victims buried under tons of rubble. once
boies were located cranes were needed to finally reach them.
The collapsed wall was adjacent to a vacant department store under demoliton
to make way for a movie theater being built by Magic Johnson, the basketball
star. The wall was about 20 feet high and the collapsed section ran for some
150 feet. Dave Fehling, CBS News, Houston.))
Possible new evidence against Oklahoma Bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
CBS News has learned that prosecutors have a video tape that places McVeigh
near the shop that rented the bomb truck.
The tape shot by a security camera in a McDonalds restaurant shows McVeigh
buying a hamburger.
Sources tell CBS News the video places McVeigh in the Kansas neighborhood
minutes before the truck was rented.
Virginia's House of Delegates votes to outlaw marijuana for medical
House members members voted overwhelmingly to overturn a law it passed in
The vote came just one day after the New England Journal of Medicine said
the drug DOES have legitimate medical uses.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=85 out of
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :05
SUPER=01-Del. Kenneth Melvin/(D) Portsmouth; :17
OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Richmond.
85 out of 100 Delegates agreed with Bob Marshall.
SOT 12:27:53 FRED TAPE
((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: THERE IS NO SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND EVIDENCE THAT SMOKED
MARIJUANA IS MEDICALLY SUPERIOR TO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE THERAPIES. FORGET
SINCERITY. I'M TALKING SCIENCE.))
But 13 members took a political risk.
SOT FRED TAPE 12:25:36
((DEL. KENNETH MELVIN: THIS IS A MATTER OF COMPASSION HERE. WE HAVEN'T HAD
ANY PROBLEMS. THIS HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS. WHY ARE WE RUSHING TO DO THIS?
SIMPLY BECAUSE OF SOME KNEE-JERK REACTION TO SOMETHING GOING ON ON THE OTHER
California and Arizona drew national scorn by legalizing prescription pot
But Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith says Virginia's legalization law is much
more narrowly drawn.
SOT FRED TAPE 12:21:39
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: THIS HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS SINCE '79, AND WE
HAVEN'T HAD A SINGLE PROBLEM WITH IT. SO I KNOW IT'S AN ELECTION YEAR. I KNOW
I MAY NOT BE BACK NEXT YEAR-- AND I KNOW THERE'S GREAT JOY IN THAT --BECAUSE I
WILL BE PORTRAYED AS SOME KIND OF PROPONENT OF LEGALIZED MARIJUANA.))
The irony is that NO pharmacies are licensed to prescribe marijuana in
Virginia -- so the law has never really been invoked. Terminal patients must
still break the law to get their drugs.
A Richmond area AIDS patient, who asked NOT to be identified, is one of
SOT GRAY TAPE #3? 13:57:09 AIDS PATIENT
((MOST OF THESE DRUGS, UNFORTUNATELY, CAUSE NAUSEA AND VOMITING. AND I HAVE
FOUND IF I SMOKE TWO OR THREE HITS AFTER I TAKE MY PILLS, I DON'T GET SICK.))
The House says pot's synthetic cousin Marinol is good enough.
The AIDS patient says NO.
Now it's up to the Senate.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, coming up a little later in the newscast...Governor Allen has
a suggestion for the new state song,
and we'll see how a group of fishermen are glad to be back on solid ground
after spending some time on thin ice.
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Seven more cases of Legionnaires Disease have turned up as a result of the
ongoing investigation into the New River VAlley outbreak.
There are now 23 confirmed cases, including two people who died.
Officials stress this is NOT a new outbreak, and no one else has gotten sick
with the illness since last October.
At a news conference today, New River Health District Director Jody Hershey
outlined a Centers for Disease Control report of its preliminary study.
The report confirms health officials' findings linking the outbreak to a
display hot tub at Lowe's in Christiansburg.
The C-D-C is now reassessing maintenance guidelines for whirlpools and spas.
Coast Guard helicopters helped
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pluck 30 people from two chunks of ice that broke from the shore of Lake Erie.
The people were ice-fishing in Ohio when the ice broke free.
((BARRY FIALLA/FISHERMAN: WE HEARD THE ICE BREAK. YOU COULD HEAR THE CRACK. IT
WAS THAT QUICK AND IT WAS TOO WIDE TO GET ACROSS.))
OUT Q=wide to get across.
No one was hurt- everyone made it to shore safely.
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PrimeTime Deion Sanders returned to Cincinnati yesterday and got a one year
contract and big kiss from Reds Owner Marge Schott.
Deion will return to playing both baseball and football this year.
The Virginia Cavaliers won their third straight game last night beating the
Richmond Spiders 83 to 66 behind a 23 point performance by Harold Deane.
Steve Mason has more from University Hall.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Spiders vs. Cavaliers; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :09
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/Season High 23 Points; :32
SUPER=01-Chase Matheney/10 Points & 4 Rebounds; :59
SUPER=01-Colin Ducharme/14 Points & 4 Rebounds; 1;12
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/12 Points & 3 Assists; 1:28
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Virginia also picked up a surprise win over Virginia Tech in thE football
Parade All-American Yubrenal Isabelle, the top player in the state of West
Virginia made an verbal committment last night to the Cavaliers.
Several state publications had Isabelle headed to the Hokies, but this
afternoon he called George Welsh and ended a lengthy recruiting process that
saw Nebraska, Penn State, West Virginia and many others come up disappointed.
The national signing day is next Wednesday.
The Roanoke College women won their 14th straight game tonight and moved to
10-and-0 in the ODAC with a win over Hollins.
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Hollins head coach Karen Jenkins Harvey, the former Roanoke star was dead
serious about this game.
But so was Suzanne Moore, who follows up last night's career high 25 point
performance with this bomb from the corner.
Hollins' Amy Worley did everything she could to keep this game close, scoring
15 points and pulling down 16 rebounds.
But, Jessica Ficarro dishes to Ashley McCallum - the former Byrd star
converts and Roanoke wins it 64-to-35.
The Lady Maroons are now 14-and-1.
Former Redskins assistant Joe Bugel, the man who created the infamous Hogs,
was named the Oakland Raiders new head coach last night.
The Oakland players lobbied for Bugel as did his former boss, Joe Gibbs.
IN Q="We expect to win...
((JOE BUGEL/NEW RAIDERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Joe Bugel/New Raiders Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...PROFESSIONAL LIFE."
Emory & Henry College has reinstated head basketball coach Bob Johnson
Johnson was suspended with pay after five players quit the team and
complained about his coaching.
A four person committee reviewed the complaints and reinstated the coach
Ironically, in his absence, the team upset ODAC leader Roanoke College last
Still to come tonight, Chip Sullivan is in the hunt at Pebble Beach after one
and Riddick Bowe, the former heavyweight champ, decides he wants to be one of
the few, one of the proud, one of the Marines.
One of Boxing's top heavyweights is pursuing what he calls a life long
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :
Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe joined the Marine Corps Reserves
The 29-year old fighter will go through boot camp at Paris Island and then
be assigned to a reserve unit in Washington, D.C.
Bowe's boxing career is on hold until after basic training.
IN Q="If I...
((RIDDICK BOWE/JOINS THE MARINE RESERVES:))
SUPER=01-Riddick Bowe/Joins Marine Reserves; ;00
OUT Q=...I CAN BE."
Chip Sullivan is just four shots off the pace after the first round of the
Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.
Chip shot a 3 uder par 69 today
David Duval and Jesper Parnevik share the lead at 7 under.
SUPER=03-Pebble Beach, CA/USA; :00
As you know this is a pro-am!
And want all you weekend hackers out their to take a look at this shot by one
of the unidentified amateurs in the community.
He hooks his fairway shot into the water, but like magic it hits a rock in
the surf and ends up about a foot from the hole on 18.
Governor George Allen has pushed for years for a new state song that would
make Virginians "proud and inspired."
So while the General Assembly debates the fate of "Carry Me Back To Old
Virginia," the Governor's taking the matter into his own hands.
Allen's picked a new anthem to be played at the Southern Governor's
Association meeting this fall at the Homestead.
IN Q=And I was
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND I WAS TALKING TO SUSAN LAST NIGHT ))
OUT Q=about Virginia.
Most accounts in the Library of Virginia say the song's about a white
trader's love for an Indian chief's daughter.
The chief's name is Shenandoah -- and the reference to a river is to the