Coming up on News 7-
A unanimous verdict in the O-J Simpson case. We'll have the details from
More charges for a Charlotte man accused of killing a Roanoke woman.
We'll hear from the victim's mother.
Plus the President says the State of the union is well.
News 7 is next.
An eight year old accused of killing his step father will be released
tomorrow from a juvenile detention home. No word on where he'll live while
The boy is accused of killing 55 year old Bernard Rosser.
Authorities say Rosser died from blows to the head.
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Olympic Figure skater Oksana Baiul will not face drunk driving charges
A judge ordered the 19 year old to join an alcohol education program, do
community service and pay a fine.
The latest on the O-J Simpson verdict.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A verdict tonight in the O-J Simpson civil trial.
The jury just moments ago found Simpson willfully and wrongfully caused the
death of Ron Goldman-
Jurors also found Simpson committed battery against Nicole Brown Simpson.
The panel awarded the family of Ronald Goldman eight and half million
dollars in compensatory damages.
Byron Harlan is covering the details as they break from Santa Monica.
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SUPER=04-June 1994; :40
SUPER=04-October 1995; :48
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/CBS News;
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((SHORTLY AFTER THE JURY REACHED ITS VERDICT, THE PARTICIPANTS WERE SUMMONED TO
THE SANTA MONICA COURTHOUSE.
FIRST THE GOLDMAN FAMILY, LOOKING TENSE AFTER MONTHS OF TRIAL HEARINGS.
THEN A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER, O.J. SIMPSON HIMSELF ARRIVED AT THE COURTHOUSE.
HE WAS SURROUNDED BY A SWARM OF REPORTERS AND CURIOUS ONLOOKERS. HELICOPTERS
THEN THE DECISION EVERYONE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR... LIABLE FOR THE DEATHS OF
NICOLE BROWN AND RON GOLDMAN.
INSIDE THE COURTHOUSE, THROUGH A WINDOW, THE GOLDMAN FAMILY AND THEIR ATTORNEY
COULD BE SEEN REACTING TO THE RULING.
THE VERDICT WAS REACHED ON THE SIXTH DAY OF DELIBERATIONS, AND JUST HOURS
AFTER THE JURY HEARD READINGS ON CRUCIAL EVIDENCE IN THE CASE. THAT INCLUDED
SIMPSON'S TESTIMONY OF WHAT HE WAS DOING ON THE NIGHT OF THE MURDERS.
THE RULING IN THE CIVIL TRIAL IS THE LATEST CHAPTER IN THE SAGA OF O.J.
SIMPSON SINCE THE MURDERS OF NICOLE BROWN AND RON GOLDMAN. HE WAS ACQUITTED OF
THOSE CRIMES IN OCTOBER 1995.
BUT SINCE THEN, HAS BATTLED THE VICTIM'S FAMILIES IN THIS WRONGFUL DEATH
TONIGHT'S DECISION IS PROBABLY NOT THE LAST. O.J. SIMPSON IS EXPECTED TO
APPEAL. BYRON HARLAN, CBS NEWS, SANTA MONICA.))
An eight year old Pittsylvania County murder suspect WILL be released from
detention tomorrow morning.
The boy has been held in a Danville juvenile detention home since he was
charged last month with killing his 55-year old stepfather.
Bernard Rosser was found dead inside his Gretna home in mid-December.
Authorities say the former Franklin County probation officer died from blows
to the head.
Former Pittsylvania County Commonwealth's Attorney Glenn Berger is now
representing the child.
He says one of the next hearings will be to decide if the media will be
allowed to attend the trial.
IN Q=A minor
((GLENN BERGER/CHILD'S ATTORNEY:A MINOR HAS A RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND ALSO THE
MEDIA HAS A RIGHT TO ACCESS AND IT'S A BALANCE OF THOSE TWO RIGHTS THAT THE
COURT HAS TO MAKE A DECISION. ))
SUPER=01-Glenn Berger/Child's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=a decision.
Berger declined to say where the child will be taken once he's released from
detention to protect the child's privacy.
A Charlotte man in jail for the murder of a Roanoke woman is now facing 11
new federal charges relating to the crime.
Robin Williams tried to break up with Alquilia (A-QUILL-ia) Barnette in
March of last year.
According to Williams' mother, Barnette turned violent one month later.
IN Q=he never came
((BERTHA WILLIAMS/VICTIM'S MOTHER: HE NEVER CAME BACK UNTIL THEN, AND HE THREW
THE FIRE BOMB IN HER APARTMENT.))
SUPER=01-Bertha Williams/Victim's Mother
OUT Q=in her apartment.
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Robin Williams was badly burned in the incident, and Bertha Williams says
her daughter reached out to the police for help-- but got none.
Then Barnette made another trip to Roanoke.
Bertha Williams says this time, he shot his ex-girlfriend to death in the
middle of the street.
IN Q=i thought
((I THOUGHT THAT THE POLICE WAS SUPPOSED TO SERVE AND PROTECT-- BUT SHE GOT NO
PROTECTION. I KNOW SHE'S DEAD, AND THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT THAT, BUT
THERE'S GOT TO BE JUSTICE. ))
OUT Q=to be justice
In addition to murder charges, Barnette is accused of arson and carjacking
in connection with events allegedly leading to the murder.
Bertha Williams says she will testify at the trial in Charlotte.
President Clinton says the state of our union is strong.
In his annual address to the nation he said the economy is vital, crime is
down and welfare rolls are declining.
But the President says America must balance the budget-
((LET US AT LEAST AGREE TO DO THAT WITHOUT TOUCHING SOCIAL SECURITY.
OUT Q=social security.. applause."
A standing ovation for that pledge to keep social security and medicare
intact while balancing the budget
((LET ME SAY SOMETHING NOT ON MY SCRIPT TONIGHT I KNOW IT'S NOT GOING TO BE
OUT Q=TO BE EASY.
Clinton tonight stressed education -calling it his highest priority.
((LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE EVERY EIGHT YEAR OLD CAN READ, EVERY TWELVE
YEAR OLD CAN LOG ON THE INTERNET AND EVERY EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD CAN GO TO COLLEGE
AND EVERY ADULT CAN KEEP ON LEARNING FOR A LIFETIME.))
OUT Q=FOR A LIFETIME.
The President also challenged America to get two million more people off
welfare by the year 2000 and to pass campaign finance reform.
Republicans say the government must take more responsibility for the
Congressman J-C Watts gave an empassioned plea for a balanced budget
((REP. J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE ALREADY OVERTAXED.... IT'S
SUPER=01-Rep. J.C. Watts/(R) Oklahoma;
OUT Q=IT'S A SCANDAL."
Watts also promised that republicans will give traditonal and family values
a bigger place in solving America's problems.
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Still to come on our broadcast, more than 70 soldiers are killed as two
helicopters collide in Israel,
And figure skater Oksana Baiul will NOT face trial on charges of drinking
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It's being called the worst disaster in Israeli military history.
Two army helicopters collided today- exploding into a ball of fire.
All 73 soldiers aboard the two choppers were killed.
It was raining at the time, and foggy when the planes crashed.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian has NOT assisted a suicide in Virginia.
But Virginia's Senate wants to send a message to him and other doctors who
might help their patients commit suicide: leave Virginians to do their own
The bill was one of the many controversies Virginia lawmakers race through
on Crossover Day.
It would make assisted suicide a criminal act.
SOT 11:50:49 fred tape
IN Q=He says
((SEN. MARK EARLEY: HE SAYS THE PRACTICE OF ASSISTED SUICIDE IS SO COMMON IN
THE NETHERLANDS THAT THE LINE HAS BECOME BLURRED, AND DESPITE GUIDELINES,
HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS ARE KILLED EVERY YEAR WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT.))
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: TAKE A POSITION ON THE FUNDAMENTAL NOTION THAT IN THIS
COMMONWEALTH WE SIMPLY ARE NOT READY TO ACCEPT THE NOTION THAT ONE PERSON CAN
ASSIST ANOTHER IN KILLING THAT OTHER.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :15
OUT Q=that other.
But opponents of the bill say it's a choice Virginia lawmakers should stay
IN Q=There is
((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: THERE IS NO PROBLEM IN VIRGINIA. AND THERE IS
NO DR. KEVORKIAN GOING AROUND.))
SOT 11:57:02 fred tape
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: IN MICHIGAN, THEY HAVE ADOPTED LAW AFTER LAW AFTER LAW TO
GET AT DR. KEVORKIAN. AND HE HAS BEEN TRIED THREE TIMES AND THREE TIMES THAT
JURY HAS REFUSED TO CONVICT THAT MAN.))
SOT FRED TAPE 12:05:29
((SEN. JANET HOWELL: BUT IT IS SOMETHING SO INTENSELY PERSONAL WITHIN A
MARRIAGE, WITHIN A FAMILY, THAT I AM TERRIBLY CONCERNED WITH WHAT WE'RE
SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; : :05
SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :17
OUT Q=we're doing.
The criminalization of assisted suicide has failed before on the House side
-- where it heads next.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Virginia's tough new welfare-to-work law survived a quick fix today -- or a
watering down -- depending on your viewpoint.
An evenly divided House of Delegates stopped a bill that would make it
easier for welfare recipients to go to school.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Ted Bennett's
SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) McLean; :35
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 8; :41
SUPER=01-Del. Frank Hargrove/(R) Glen Allen; :59
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Ted Bennett's Southside district has the highest unemployment in the
sot fred tape 11:24:40
((DEL. TED BENNETT/D-HALIFAX: WHAT OPPORTUNITY IS THERE FOR THOSE SO INDEBTED
AND POOR, OR WITH SUCH LITTLE EDUCATION, COMING OUT INTO A SOCIETY AND JOB
MARKET WHERE THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 12-PERCENT? HOW IS THAT THOSE PEOPLE ARE
GOING TO BE ABLE TO MOVE UP THE ECONOMIC LADDER OTHER THAN BY GOING TO
The bill would have allowed students in good standing to keep collecting
welfare -- without having to take a job -- while they complete their degrees.
sot fred tape 11:31:48
((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-MCLEAN: WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH A BUNCH OF DEADBEATS
HERE. WE'RE DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO WANT TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES, AND WE SHOULD
But Governor George Allen had anticipated this defection from his legacy
legislation in his State of the Commonwealth speech.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I SHOULDN'T EVEN NEED TO THREATEN TO VETO ANY BACKSLIDING
IN THIS SESSION.))
sot fred tape 11:35:10
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R-LYNCHBURG: LET'S NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. THIS IS THE
FIRST STEP TOWARD ROLLING BACK WELFARE REFORM.))
sot fred tape 11:29:11
((DEL. FRANK HARGROVE: THE WORK REQUIREMENT THAT WE HAVE IN THIS WELFARE
REFORM IS HEALTHY.))
So twice the House voted on it.
And twice, it came down to a 50- 50 tie.
That means welfare reform in Virginia remains largely how the Governor
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
All ten people looking to replace Junius Haskins on Lynchburg city council
are, like Haskins himself, African- Americans.
That according to council member Carl Hutcherson, who met with his
colleagues behind closed doors today to review the applications.
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Haskins died last month, and council has until February 16th to replace him.
Both parties agree the candidate they choose should represent the inner-city
residents of Ward Two.
IN Q=I think one
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WHEN I
RAN IS THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT COUNCIL WAS NOT AS
POLITICAL AS IT HAD BEEN, AND I THINK WE'VE TRIED TO DO THAT SINCE WE'VE BEEN
ON COUNCIL. AND I THINK WHOEVER'S SELECTED TO IS GOING TO CONTINUE THAT
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE AS A COUNCIL WERE VERY IMPRESSED
WITH THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAME FORWARD OUT OF WARD TWO, HAD SOME GREAT AGE
RANGE THERE, A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE CAME FORWARD. AND SO WE HAVEN'T MADE A
DECISION, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT ALL THE DIFFERENT APPLICANTS, AND WE'LL BE
TALKING WITH THEM IN THE DAYS AHEAD.))
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :16
OUT Q=the days ahead.
Council likely will make the appointment early next week.
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Stay with us, after this break we'll tell you about a new local program that
helps addicted mothers to be,
and we'll visit with Laban and Larry as the chefs of "Cookin' Cheap" get a
shot at the big bucks.
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Olympic figure skater Oksana Baiul won't face trial for drinking and
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The 19 year old pleaded no contest to reduced charges of traveling
A judge ordered her to join an alcohol education program, perform 25 hours
of community service and pay a 90 dollar fine.
Police say Baiul was driving nearly one hundred miles an hour when her car
ran off the road January 12th.
If she completes the counseling program, her drunk driving charge will be
Pre-natal care is crucial in helping women have healthy babies.
When the pregnant woman is addicted to drugs and alcohol it is an even
But now efforts are being made in Roanoke to save both mother and child--
and even help pay for their care.
IN Q=In Virginia and
SUPER=01-Devonette Turner/Perinatal Substance Abuse Clinician; :25
OUT Q=CS, News 7.
In Virginia, and around the country, it's estimated that one in every
eleven children has been exposed to illicit substances in utero.
The Roanoke Valley Health Care Foundation-- along with Project Link and
Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital may be able to change the outcome of these
dangerous situations-- by linking women, prenatal care and substance abuse
IN Q=One of the
((DEVONETTE TURNER/PERINATAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE CLINICIAN: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
WE DO IF A WOMAN COMES IN AND SHE HAS A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM, WE WILL GIVE
THEM A SPECIAL ULTRA SOUND WHICH WOULD DETECT EXPOSURE TO SUBSTANCES AND WE
WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THEM GENETIC COUNSELING. WE ARE WILLING TO HELP THEM, MAYBE
THEY NEED TO BE IN HIGH RISK CLINIC AND SEE THEM MORE OFTEN, MAYBE THEY NEED A
NUTRITIONAL CONSULT, BECAUSE THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH DRUGS, IT CAUSES YOU NOT
TO WANT TO EAT AND EATING AND PROPER NOURISHMENT IS ONE OF THE KEY FACTORS IN
COMBATTING INTER-UTERINE GROWTH RETARDATION.))
OUT Q=uterine growth retardation.
And to combat the other obstacles to prenatal care and substance abuse
treatment-- transportation is even provided, along with day care for a woman's
This office hopes to stress that it's in everyone's best interest-- for
women to get help...and the earlier the better-- to improve the chances for a
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
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and the Braves have some players interested in getting a jump on Spring
Yesterday afternoon Dave Justice, Mark Wohlers, and Patrick County's Brad
Clontz the former Tech star tried to work out the kinks before heading south to
The Virginia Tech Hokies are still running the floor at the Cassell last
George Washington is in Blacksburg for a late Atlantic 10 battle for second
place in the West Division.
The game didn't tip off until about 9:35, and by then GW head coach Mike
Jarvis was anxious for some action.
Ace Custis would give him an eyeful as he banks in this shot to open the
scoring last night.
The Colonials would counter with their size advantage - Alexander Koul gets
the hoop and draws the foul in the lane.
Then Mescherikov would step out beyond the arc and drop in the three pointer
to put GW back in front.
But Troy Manns would answer that with a penetration dish to Alvaro Tor for a
Jim Jackson would come through in the SUPER=33-G.Washington/43/Virginia
second half with this steal and breakaway jam.
Right now the Hokies lead 43 to 41 in with less than a minute to go.
In the high school ranks tonight Highland Count moved to 13-and-2 by beating
Covington, Glenvar, martinsville, Laurel Park, and Lord Botetourt all won.
As did George Wythe, and PH, which got 28 from Boo Battle in a 109-to-70 win
over Pulaski County.
Floyd beat Auburn and travis Cantrell topped the 1000 point mark.
And the GW Danville Eagles flew over EC Glass tonight 72-to-49 in an
impressive Western District win.
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There was all the drama a fan wanted before this district tilt. The Eagles
hit their home floor in a dead heat with Albemarle to face a tough Glass team.
G-W counted on its dynamic duo in the first half. Charles Stevens cleans up
star guard Marcus Cunningham's mess with the slam.
But the Hilltopper's David Johnson kept Glass close-- he had 18-points on
the night...including this rebound and putback.
However the Eagles disposed of a 29-25 halftime lead, by going on a 22 to 2
third period run....that put the game away.
Cunningham lead four players in double figure scoring as he burned
Hilltoppers for 19-points.
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His teammate Stevens tallied 17 points as Danville buries E-C Glass 72-to 49
in the District Win.
The Charlotte Hornets won their 10th game in their last 13 outings thanks to
three point bomber Dell Curry.
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Dell was 11 of 16 from the floor tonight as he takes the nice feed inside
from Vlade Divac and scores on the circus shot inside.
The Divac and Dell would work their magic again as dell spots up from the
outside the ring and drills the three SUPER=33-Minnesota/115/Charlotte/101;
pointer. He finishes with 30 points as the Hornets pound the T-wolves
Bad Boy Dennis Rodman has been given permission to come back into the NBA.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Last Week;
He will return to the Bulls on February 11th following his 11 game
League commissioner david Stern says any further incidents could end his
He will donate his lost salary to charity.
The Roanoke Express lost to Charlotte tonight at Independence Arena by a
Goalie nick Fetucci turned away 41 Express shots.
Also, today the Express 's Matt O'dette signed a two way contract with one
of Roanoke's affiliates.
Express general manager Pierre paiement announced this morning that the 6'5
220 pound defenseman has signed a two way contract with the Saint John Flames
of the American Hockey League.
O'dette's agreement with Saint John will enable him to remain with the
Express as he develops while providing an avenue for being called up to the
Flames. There aren now 4 Express players under contract with either Calgary or
In the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-to-4 last
night and it's the 6th and final goal that stands out.
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Mario Lemieux scored this empty netter to become the seventh
player to reach 600 career goals.
The other players who have scored at least 600 career goals are Wayne
Gretzky, Gordie Howe,
Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, Mike Gartner and Bobby Hull.
Still to come tonight, The new York Jets
get anew coach and Bill Parcells to boot.
Details of the Jets moves right after this.
The New York jets named Bill Belichick their new head coach yesterday but
only on an interim basis. Belichick has been hired to run the team as head
coach for one year, until Bill Parcells obligations to the Patriots are
Parcells will have an office at the Jets complex and work as a consultant.
((BILL BELICHICK/NEWS JETS HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...THIS ORGANIZATION."
Not surprisingly, the Patriots have asked the NFL to look into this
One of the most sought after high school football players in the state will
announce his college choice tomorrow.
George Washington Danville's tyrone Robertson has narrowed his choices to
Virginia Tech and Georgia.
We'll let you know his pick tomorrow night.
Laban (LAY-ban) Johnson and Larry Bly say they're amazed by the long
running success of their television program, Cookin' Cheap.
Local success brought a national audience, and now Joe Dashiell reports, a
deal with a Cable Network.
IN Q=Oh Hello
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SUPER=00-Laban Johnson/Cookin' Cheap Co-Host; :27 quick
SUPER=01-Larry Bly/Cookin' Cheap Co-Host; :50
OUT Q=JD News 7
IN Q=Oh Hello
OUT Q=too many.
It's been 17 years, in fact, since Cookin Cheap first aired on Blue Ridge
Public Television and began its surprizing run.
In the course of almost 500 shows, Laban Johnson and Larry Bly have built a
loyal audience on public stations across the country.
IN Q=It's very gratifying
((IT'S VERY GRATIFYING, BUT IT'S ALSO AMAZING. IT'S MYSTIFYING, HA HA HA.))
OUT Q=mystifying ha, ha, ha..
Johnson has endured health problems that kept him off the air for a time,
but Cookin Cheap is back in production and now reaching an even larger
audience, the 35- million viewers of the Nostalgia Cable Channel.
IN Q=Mostly we realized
((MOSTLY WE REALIZED THERE WERE ALL THESE CABLE CHANNELS OUT THERE WITH MANY
HOURS TO FILL AND FROM MY EXPERIENCE VERY LITTLE TO FILL IT WITH, SO WE FELT WE
COULD DO AT LEAST AS GOOD AS THAT.))
OUT Q=as good as that.
Johnson and Bly hope their 13- week tryout will be the start of a long-
term relationship with the Cable Channel.
In the meantime, their syndicator is trying to sell European television an
Joe Dashiell News 7))
entertaining blend of humor and home cooking.