Financial problems at the Yokohama tire plant in Salem could mean the loss
of hundreds of jobs.
And the star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case calls it revenge for
Kind of a messy start to the weekend--
Clouds, drizzle, and flurries make up today's weather picture-- with mixed
precipitation becoming more widespread tonight.
Don't go away, the News is next.
This past year Salem's Yokohama plant lost its biggest customer.
Then 100 workers were laid off.
Now comes word that the company's entire future hinges on the next two
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=The 900
SUPER=03-Salem/File Tape; :00
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Salem
((The 900- or- so factory workers were not invited to a close door meeting
at the Yokohama Tire plant a few weeks ago.
But News- 7 obtained a transcript of the speech by (yah-SOO-oh) Yasuo
Tominaga given to plant managers and supervisors.
It reads... "If Yokohama Tire fails to return to the black ink within 2
years, Yokohama Rubber will be forced from supporting the tire operation."
It continues... "If such a situation comes true, all employees are out of a
So, how far in debt is Yokohama Tire?
Try 100- millions dollars.
That's more than 22- percent of all of the money pumped into the U-S market.
A spokesperson from Yokohama's California offices says that workers need to
ban together to make this 2- year deadline work.
But Tominaga is quoted in the transcript as saying "I am afraid probably
this plan will be short of the target by my business experience."
STAND UP CLOSE 18:05:50
At this point, company officials have not released a detailed plan of
It is clear, however, they have their work cut out for them.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Salem.))
Employees laid off by Salem's General Electric plant last month will head
back to work Monday.
More than 180 employees were laid off because of a slow work schedule.
Some of those workers returned after only one week off the job.
Officials say the rest are coming back because the work-load increase seems
to be happening earlier this year.
C-B-S News has obtained documents detailing confessions of two people who
say they were in with Timothy McVeigh on the Oklahoma City bombing plot.
In his confession, Michael Fortier told F-B-I investigators Timothy
McVeigh detonated the bomb to avenge the Branch Davidian raid near Waco, Texas.
A summary of a statement from Fortier's wife, Lori, shows she helped
McVeigh prepare a fake driver's license.
Michael Fortier is serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty to
knowing about the bombing plot.
Lori Fortier was never charged.
Michael Carl George became the first person to be put to death this year by
the state of Virginia.
The 39- year- old was executed last night for killing a 15- year- old boy in
Woodbridge in 19-90.
George did not make a final statement.
Fire swept through a mobile home in Montgomery County this morning.
Firefighters from Riner got a call to respond to the residence on Big Branch
Road in the Camp Carysbrook area after nine.
When they arrived flames were engulfing the trailer.
((PAT SAYLORS/RINER FIRE DEPT.: NO OCCUPANTS WERE INSIDE AT THE TIME. THE
FAMILY DID GET OUT. AT THIS TIME WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE.
WE WILL TRY TO DETERMINE AS WE CLEAN AND MOP UP HERE AT THE FIRE. ))
SUPER=01-Pat Saylors/Riner Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=here at the fire.
Fortunately no one was hurt.
The blaze destroyed the mobile home and everything in it.
Federal aviation officials are trying to determine why a pair of National
Guard jets intercepted a commercial airliner.
CBS THIS MORNING
The Pilot of a Nations Air 7-27 headed for New York on Wednesday. He thought
he was cleared to enter military air space off the coast of New Jersey.
A pair of F-16'S went to investigate.
They got so close that the Airline pilot had to dive and climb sharply to
avoid a tragedy.
A possible break in JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation.
Authorities say they've received an anonymous letter that could help them
crack the case.
They say the letter, mailed from Shreveport, Louisiana, contains significant
They're asking the author to come forward.
Is he a multi-millionaire or flat broke?
That's the main question facing the jury at the O-J Simpson wrongful death
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
Testimony could wrap up today in the punitive phase of the case as lawyers
argue over Simpson's net worth.
The jury would then decide whether to add more damages to the eight and a
half million dollar award it has already ordered.
(( WHEN WE STARTED OUT IT WAS ALL ABOUT FAME AND NOTORIETY AND AS WE END IT ITS
AGAIN ABOUT FAME AND NOTORIETY BUT WHAT DOLLAR FIGURE ARE WE GOING TO PUT ON
SUPER=01-Laurie Levenson/CBS News Consultant;
OUT Q=to put on it.
Simpson's lawyers say the former football star is more than nine million
dollars in debt.
But a plaintiffs' expert insists Simpson could still make up to
three million dollars a year on autographs and book deals.
The president of Ecuador, known as "El Loco," is barricaded inside the
national palace this afternoon.
&;01:17 and 7:04:37
President Abdala (ahb-DAH'-lah boo-kah-RAHM') is known for his singing and
Last night lawmakers voted to oust him for so -called mental incapacity.
But Bucaram calls the vote a coup and refuses to leave the palace.
Military officials in Ecuador are calling for a "legal solution" to the
Some local residents found out the hard way that, as the the old saying
goes...If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
They say they fell victim to an elaborate tax scheme.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=It's just
SUPER=07-Boyd Wade; :00
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :10
SUPER=07-Fletcher Burks; 1:17
SUPER=01-Thorn McDaniel/IRS Criminal Investigation Division; 1:47
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; 2:06
SUPER=07-Richard Cary; 2:17
OUT Q=LB News
SOT t2 14:29:25
IN Q=It's just
((BOYD WADE: IT'S JUST BEEN A NIGHTMARE. AT THIS POINT, NOT KNOWING WHAT'S
GOING TO HAPPEN BEFORE IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE.))
OUT Q=said and done.
Boyd Wade and some of his co- workers in Rockbridge County are in some hot
water with the I-R-S, which has fined them upwards of 15- hundred dollars, and
in some cases, put liens on their cars and homes.
Last year they filed amended tax returns, saying they were led to believe
the federal government can't tax their wages.
SOT tape two 14:24:07
IN Q=It's what
((WADE: IT'S WHAT YOU PHYSICALLY EARN. ANYTHING THAT YOU PHYSICALLY HAVE TO
WORK FOR. As a laborer? WADE: AS A LABORER. YOU'RE ENTITLED TO 100- PERCENT
OF IT, BASED ON SUPREME COURT RULINGS AND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE.))
OUT Q=Revenue Code.
They say they were taught this by Randall Breeden of neighboring Bedford
Breeden, who refused an on camera interview, admits he agreed to "educate"
these people for 150- dollars and 20- percent of anything the I-R-S returned
them, but he didn't do anything else.
IN Q=They wanted
((VOICE OF RANDALL BREEDEN: THEY WANTED THE INFORMATION, OF HOW TO DO IT. NOW
YOU KNOW I TOLD THEM, SAID LOOK, IF YOU WANT TO DO IT, NOW I CAN SHOW YOU THE
RESOURCES OF WHAT IT, YOU KNOW WHERE I WENT AND GOT STUFF, YOU KNOW, CAUSE FOR
YOU TO GO HERE, COLD TURKEY AND START, I MEAN, IT'D TAKE, YOU'D SPEND YEARS. ))
OUT Q=spend years.
But according to Fletcher Burks, Breeden did a lot more than just "educate".
SOT tape one 13:14:42
IN Q=He got my
((FLETCHER BURKS: HE GOT MY THREE YEARS PREVIOUS TAX FORMS, AND TOOK EM HOME
WITH HIM AND FILLED EM OUT AND BROUGHT EM BACK I FORGOT HOW MANY DAYS LATER.
AND I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET BACK A TOTAL OF 23, TWO THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND
NINETY FIVE DOLLARS. AND HE SAID I WOULD GET THE MONEY IN EIGHT TO TWELVE
WEEKS AND THAT, THAT WAS IT.))
OUT Q=that was it.
The I-R-S won't confirm or deny it's investigating this situation.
But if it were, Burks, Wade and perhaps dozens of others would be classified
as "illegal tax protestors".
SOT IRS GUY from richmond tape 00:00:40
IN Q=These are
((THORN MCDANIEL/IRS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIV.: THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO
UTILIZE A SCHEME AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SCHEMES THAT WE'VE IDENTIFIED, TO
EITHER FAIL TO REPORT THEIR INCOME, UNDER REPORT THEIR INCOME, OR CREATE FALSE
DEDUCTIONS ON THEIR TAX RETURNS.))
OUT Q=tax returns.
Breeden says HE has not heard from the I-R-S, and ironically, says he's
never used the technique he teaches on HIS OWN taxes.
His reach apparently stretches well beyond Rockbridge County.
Richard Cary says Breeden convinced two co- workers in the Roanoke Valley to
purchase his services, with this pitch.
SOT tape 4 tot 14:01:40
IN Q=He said
((RICHARD CARY: HE SAID IT WAS, BASICALLY, THAT HE'S DOING IT IN LEXINGTON, UM
WEST VIRGINIA, HE'S DONE IT IN BUENA VISTA, STAUNTON, HE'S GOT A COUPLE FROM
WINCHESTER, HE SAID ALL OVER THE PLACE.))
OUT Q=the place.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
TAPE#net (edit of 97-8)
A boat- user fee on Smith Mountain Lake was just one suggestion discussed
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./May 1996;
A Franklin County task force is looking into ways to remove debris and trash
from the lake.
IN Q=There's something wrong.
((KIRK SIMPSON: THERE'S SOMETHING BAD WRONG. A TAX IS NOT THE ANSWER. THE
COUNTIES ARE NOT LIVING UP TO THEIR RESPONSIBILITY FOR TAKING CARE OF THIS
OUT Q=of this lake
The cost of a skimmer is more than four- hundred thousand dollars and the
day to day operation would be more than 250 thousand annually.
American Electric Power has removed thousands of tons of debris and litter
since 19-94 with a similar skimmer.
The task force says the boat user fee could provide close to 250 thousand
dollars in revenue.
GRAPHIC=Bedford County Seal
Bedford County's Sheriff Department racked up some big numbers in 19-96.
More than twice as many calls for service were dispatched in Bedford in
19-96 compared to 19-95.. drug arrests were up nearly 400 percent, and D-U-I
arrests went up 130 percent.
To keep up that pace, Brown says he'll need more money from the county
IN Q=Everybody in the
((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO.: EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTY, ALL THE AGENCIES,
THEY NOT ONLY WANT BUT THEY NEED A PIECE OF THE PIE. IT'S A FINE LINE THAT
THEY'RE WALKING.. YOU'VE GOT YOUR EDUCATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, NOT THAT ANY
OF THE OTHERS, CERTAINLY THEY'RE IMPORTANT ALSO, THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN THE
COUNTY, BUT YOUR EDUCATION AND YOUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE I THINK SHOULD BE RIGHT AT
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=right at the top.
Brown will take his figures to the board next Monday night.
He expects to ask for 10 to 15 percent increase in local funds for the next
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Governor George Allen and Attorney General Jim Gilmore have won a round
against the federal government in a series of court battles.
The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Virginia may suspend or expel
special education students WITHOUT providing alternative schooling.
Allen and Gilmore say it's NOT just a victory for states' rights -- but a
guarantee of safer classrooms.
The Governor cited a case from Fairfax County.
IN Q=Where a
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHERE A STUDENT GANG HAD A SPECIFIC NAME. THEY HAD A MOB
ASSAULT ON ANOTHER STUDENT. THEY WERE USING A MEAT HOOK AS A WEAPON. THREE OF
THE GANG MEMBERS WERE EXPELLED. TWO OTHER GANG MEMBERS WERE SPECIAL EDUCATION
STUDENTS. AND WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN EXPELLED AND ARE STILL RECEIVING SERVICES.))
If a student's disruptive behavior is a result of his or her disability,
Virginia will still set up an alternative program for that student.
In 19-94, 126 of the state's 128- thousand learning disabled students were
suspended for reasons NOT connected to their disabilities.
The fight over single sex education is taking center stage in Virginia once
But now the battle is over V-WIL: the Virginia Women's Institute for
Leadership at Mary Baldwin College.
IN Q=We have
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS: WE HAVE A CHANCE HERE TO PUT YOUNG WOMEN IN A SITUATION
WHERE THEY ARE ABLE TO LEARN LEADERSHIP SKILLS AS THEY CAN AT NO OTHER PLACE.
THAT'S IN A SINGLE-SEX ENVIRONMENT.))
OUT Q=single-sex environment.
The full House of Delegates voted to phase-out funding over four years -- in
light of V-M-I's decision to admit women.
Now it's up to a budget conference committee and Governor Allen.
Wolf Creek Indian Village is open for business despite the cold of winter.
DOUBLE BOX MELANIE/PATRICK
Patrick Evans is on site in Bastian, Virginia with a look at the most recent
visitors to this rediscovered indian site.
SUPER=01-Foli Taylor/Wolf Creek Indian Village; :00
(PATRICK AD LIBS)
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/KIMBERLY
SUPER=330-Mix of Light/Rain & Snow/30-34/Cloudy, Mixed/Precip. Lingers/35-40;
SUPER=331-Light Rain &/Snow Mixed/30-34/Light Rain &/Snow Continues/35-40;
SUPER=332-Rain Turning/to Snow/30-34/More Snow/2-5 Inches Total/30-34;
SUPER=333-Cloudy, with/Light Snow/28-32/More Light/Snow Showers/30-34;
SUPER=334-Rain, then Snow/1 Inch or Less/30-34/Snow Likely/2-5 Inches
So far, investors like what they see in the unemployment report for January.
The jobless rate edged up to
five-point-four percent, and analysts say there are indications that inflation
remains under control.
As a result, stock and bond prices
TAPE#net (edit of BB97-1)
The Virginia Cavaliers saw their four game winning streak come to an abrupt
halt last night in Atlanta as Georgia Tech whipped the Cavs 66-to-53.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/JP Sports;:00
Norman Nolan would play huge for the Cavaliers in the opening half, hitting
five buckets for 10 points.
But Tech's Michael Maddox did him better in the first 20 minutes as he
dropped in 11 points to stake the Yellow Jackets to a 31-to-27 halftime lead.
The second half was all Georgia Tech as 6-9 center Eddie Elisma recorded
career highs with 23 points and 12 SUPER=33-Virginia/53/Ga. Tech/66;
U-V-a loses 66 to 53.
The nationally-ranked Lady Cavaliers ended a three game road trip last
night in Blacksburg by beating the Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech 90 to 41.
Roy Stanley has this report.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Virginia Tech vs Virginia; :00
SUPER=01-Debbie Ryan/Virginia Head Coach; :28
SUPER=33-Virginia/90/Virginia Tech/41/; :49
SUPER=01-Carol Alfano/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:02
OUT Q=...........news 7 sports."
It was a sad goodbye at a small town store in Washington state.
Residents are saying goodbye to Betsy the Lobster.
Believe it or not, biologists say she's around 100- years- old.
She arrived at the store a few weeks ago with a shipment of other lobsters
but the store decided to turn her into an educational project.
Now Betsy will be released back into her native waters off Maine.
Because of her size, she'll be off limits to fishermen.