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(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
CRUZ AND RIVERA WERE BOTH FACING LIFE IMPRISONMENT, AND AGREED TO COOPERATE
WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.
FEDERAL AUTHORITIES REVEAL-- NOT ONE- -BUT TWO- -CONVICTED DRUG TRAFFICKERS
HAVE BEEN LIVING AMONG US...
A JUDGE RULES THAT A MAN CHARGED WITH A JULY 4TH SLAYING CANNOT FACE FIRST
DEGREE MURDER CHARGES, SO WHAT'S THE JURY GOING TO DO?))
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TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Tuesday, February 25th- our Top Story
A man sets his own house on fire-- killing himself as a result of a domestic
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
A 65-year old Bedford County man who had been fighting with his wife and
son, set their home on fire, but he never escaped.
Authorities believe William Hall assaulted his 11-year old son with a knife
and then torched his appliance repair shop and his home next to it with a
propane tank and lamp oil.
Route 24 was blocked so firefighters could battle the blaze-- but they say
it was difficult to actually get to the burning buildings.
IN Q=we couldn't go
SUPER=01-Lt. Ricky Tuck/Moneta Volunteer Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=chain link fence was locked.
Hall's wife had called police earlier, then called back to alert them the
house was on fire.
The mother and boy were not hurt-- hours later rescue crews located the
man's body buried in the smoldering rubble of his home.
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In Nelson County, the charred body found in a burned out car still hasn't
Deputies found the car yesterday afternoon on a logging road near Wingina
A body was in the driver's seat of the two-door hatchback.
The sheriff says the fire appeared to have been set; there was a five-gallon
tank of gas in the car.
((THE "EL CID" INVESTIGATION GROWS OUT OF OUR OWN ROANOKE AREA. THIS IS A
SOBERING FACT, BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATES THAT NO COMMUNITY IS IMMUNE FROM
INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKING.) )
SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/US Attorney;
OUT Q=international drug trafficking.
***CONNIE ON CART***
Six years of international drug enforcement efforts in ROANOKE were
Including the role of convicted killer and drug runner Javier Cruz, who
became a government informant.
Cruz was arrested in Miami six years ago.
He and his former boss a drug trafficker named Leo Rivera, lived in the
IN Q=in columbia
((IN COLUMBIA, OUR OBJECTIVES WERE TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE THAT WOULD ALLOW US
TO MORE THOROUGHLY IDENTIFY THE CALI CARTEL MEMBERS, THEIR COMMAND AND CONTROL
STRUCTURE, THEIR OPERATIONAL TECHNIQUES, THEIR MEANS OF COMMUNICATION- -VERY
IMPORTANT- -THE LOCATION OF THEIR LABORATORIES, THEIR AIRFIELDS, THEIR STORAGE
LOCATIONS, AND THE LOCATION OF THEIR ASSETS. ))
SUPER=01-Peter Gruden/DEA Washington Office; :00
OUT Q=their assets
Now they've got the evidence, but about half of the 41 newly indicted drug
traffickers are still in South America...
The jury is still out in the trial of (Se-PAY-duh) Cepeda Wiley but he is
NO longer charged with first degree murder for killing Jesse Ferguson.
The judge threw out the charge today saying the prosecution had NOT proven
Earlier today the jury heard from the woman who was at the heart of the
deadly love triangle.
Kim Bonds was Ferguson's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son.
The trouble at the Embassy Motel started last July when Ferguson found
Bonds in a motel room with Cepeda Wiley's brother Ron.
Bonds testified Ferguson was violently jealous of Ron Wiley.
IN Q=if jesse would see
SUPER=01-Kim Bonds/Defense Witness;
OUT Q=i'm gonna kill him.
But the prosecution asked Bonds why, if she feared violence, did she let
Ferguson live at her apartment?
IN Q=i let Jesse
OUT Q=son away from him.
Attorneys say John Dupont is the wealthiest murder defendant in the
history of the United States.
Now, the millionaire has been spared a possible life sentence.
SUPER=03-Media, PA; :
A Pennsylvania jury found Dupont guilty of third-degree murder, but decided
mental illness did play a role in the fatal shooting of Olympic wrestler David
IN Q=I think people
((PATRICK MEEHAN/DELEWARE CO. DISTRICT ATTORNEY: I THINK PEOPLE THOUGHT
HE MIGHT USE MONEY TO TRIUMPH OVER JUSTICE. THAT DID NOT OCCUR. ))
SUPER=01-Patrick Meehan/Deleware Co. District Atty.; :
OUT Q=did not occur.
DuPont could still be sentenced up to 40 years for the murder-- but may
serve part of it in a mental hospital.
Police have charged 13 Roanoke College students and four other former
students with allegedly taking part in hazing.
Roanoke County police say four students were blindfolded and forced to lie
face down in Carvins Cove early this morning.
No one was hurt.
All 17 were charged with trespassing; ten with hazing.
The rest were charged with being drunk in public.
Police say the incident was part of what the students called a bonding
College officials say members of campus fraternities were NOT involved.
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Still to come on the newscast, Americans said "charge it" to the tune of
one TRILLION dollars last year.
And Southwestern Virginia will be well represented at the Grammy Awards
tomorrow night-- the story when News 7 Primetime on WEFC...continues.
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Americans are being given a lot of credit-- and it's costing them.
Sixty million American households are carrying balances on their credit
cards-- at an average of six-thousand dollars each.
Now many are having trouble paying off their debt.
IN Q=What they need
((RUTH SUSSWEIN/BANKCARD HOLDERS OF AMERICAN: WHAT THEY NEED IS THE ASSISTANCE
OF THE ISSUERS SO IT CAN BE A WIN WIN SITUATION THE ISSUER GETS THE MONEY BACK
THAT IS OWED AND THE CONSUMER IS ABLE TO PAY THE BILL.))
SUPER=01-Ruth Susswein/Bankcard Holders of America
OUT Q=PAY THE BILL."
The Consumer Federation says Americans charged more than one trillion
dollars last year.
Virginia's Board of Education is making it harder to get a high school
Students will have to pass a new statewide test before earning their
The board approved plans to have students do more work in the core
curriculum before graduating.
IN Q=I've also believed
((RICHARD LAPOINTE/STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF INSTRUCTION: I'VE ALSO BELIEVED THAT
THEY SHOULD FOCUS ON HIGHER ACADEMIC ATTAINMENT BY STUDENTS IN HISTORY,
ENGLISH, MATH AND SCIENCE AND THAT THE IMPACT OF IMPLEMENTING THESE PROPOSALS
WOULD BE A BETTER EDUCATION FOR ALL OF VIRGINIA'S STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Richard LaPointe/State Superintendent of Instruction;
OUT Q=Virginia's students.
The new requirements will be for all students, including those taking
As the numbers of divorces and teen pregnancies increase, so does the
number of absentee fathers.
But the Virginia Fatherhood campaign is hoping to change that trend.
The group held a forum in Roanoke this morning.
Its featured speaker says it's time for dads to stay in the home, and for
communities to put children first.
IN Q=There's no easy
((DR. DOUG LARSEN/CENTRAL SHENANDOAH HEALTH DIST.: THERE'S NO EASY SOLUTION.
IF THERE WAS A MAGIC BULLET, WE'D HAVE SHOT IT A LONG TIME AGO AND FINISHED
THIS PROBLEM. BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A FULL- COURT PRESS FROM THE ENTIRE
COMMUNITY THAT WE'RE INVOLVED IN. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Doug Larsen/Central Shenandoah Health District;
OUT Q=we're involved in
In its latest session, the General Assembly committed 200- thousand
dollars for further development of the campaign.
"Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia" currently has about a hundred
Religious officials say the term "conservative" has nothing to do with
politics... rather it's theology.
The state-wide group wrapped up its two- day Evangelism Conference at the
First Baptist Church in Roanoke.
One of the guest speakers.... Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell.
His Thomas Road Baptist Church contributes money to the conservative
convention every month.
IN Q=All of
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: ALL THE SEMINARIES ARE
COMMITTED TO THE BASIC DOCTRINES OF THE FAITH. I'M GLAD IN THAT REGARD TO SEE
THE LARGEST PROTESTANT DENOMINATION IN THE WORLD COMMITTED AGAIN TO THE BIBLE
TO CHRIST TOWARD EVANGELIZATION AND WE'RE GLAD TO BE A LITTLE PART OF IT ))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Road Baptist Church;
OUT Q=part of it
The fellowship was formed more than three years ago... and became a
convention this past September.
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Tonight on Primetime Sports-- it was an important game for both TECH and
U-V-A-- Mike has highlights from the in-state rivalry.
And a Virginia Tech research team is garnering scientific kudos, for
efforts to treat hemophiliacs.
It's using pigs to help manufacture vital human proteins.
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If you watch the Grammy Awards tomorrow night, you might want to check out
the LOCAL connection.
In fact, there are a couple.
Franklin County boasts two recording artists who hope to make it big in
Madison Square Garden tomorrow night.
Joe Dashiell has more.
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SUPER=01-Debbie Austin/Doobie Shea Records; :28
SUPER=01-Tim Austin/Doobie Shea Records; :37
SUPER=01-Dale Perry/Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; 1:01
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((Tracy Chapman is hoping to collect a Grammy.
So is Tim Austin.
The group Smashing Pumpkins is still in the running.
And So is Dale Perry.
Austin and Perry may not have aisle seats Wednesday Night, but they will be
in the audience as nominees for two different Grammy Awards.
Tim and Debbie Austin run Doobie Shea studios near Boones Mill. The first
project on their own label, and the last bluegrass recording before their old
studio burned to the ground... "The Stanley Tradition" has been a blessing.
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OUT Q=i'll tell you
Dale Perry plays bass for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, nominated in the
Southern Gospel Category.
The band has won many national bluegrass awards, but this would be their
IN Q=It'll probably
OUT Q=we get there.
The competition in both categories is tough...
but both Austin and Perry say they're honored to be included among the best
of the recording industry.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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While a company in Scotland is undergoing intense scrutiny for successfully
cloning a sheep--
A research team in Blacksburg is quietly working on a similar project.
Bill Velander is the team leader of a group at Virginia Tech that has
implanted a human gene into the DNA of pigs.
The gene governs mammary tissue--
So, a lactating sow with the altered gene produces high concentrations of
certain HUMAN proteins in its milk.
These same proteins can be gathered from human plasma--
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but the pigs don't carry any human viruses such as HIV or Hepatitis B.
And the harvesting of the proteins from pigs is much cheaper.
IN Q=The mammary
((BILL VELANDER/TEAM LEADER: THE MAMMARY GLAND OF A LIVESTOCK, BECAUSE IT HAS
SUCH A HIGH CELL CONCENTRATION RELATIVE TO THE MILK THAT IT'S GOING TO SECRETE
IS 100 TO A THOUSAND TIMES MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN A STAINLESS STEEL VESSEL OR
SUPER=01-Bill Velander/Biochemical Engineer; :
OUT Q=vessel or reactor.
The pigs at the Virginia Swine Center are now manufacturing clotting proteins
that are needed by hemophiliacs.
Velander's group receives funding from the American Red Cross, and expects
the Red Cross to commercialize the process in the near future.
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Carry that camera and you never know what you'll bump into.
One Idaho photographer found our video of the day.
SUPER=75-Kellogg, ID; :
He was out with three of his friends, snow-mobiling.
They'd been at it for about an hour and a half-- the photographer started
taping after making it to the top of a ridge.
That's when he realized his friends were being chased by an avalanche.
They were in fact able to out-run the wall of snow, as you can see--
estimated to be about 20 feet high and 350 yards wide.
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Highlights from tonight's wild Tech-Uva game in Richmond, plus highlights
from tonight's regional basketball action on the high school level from around
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Express; :00
But first, the Roanoke Express hit the ice tonight to battle Hampton Roads
with injured goalie Dave Gagnon out with an injured knee.
Roanoke would play well on the offensive end in the first as Duane Harmer
gets the assist to Jeff Jablonski and Roanoke is in front 1-to-nothing.
The Express took a 2-to-1 lead into the third, but Hampton Roads scores four
goals in the final period to beat Roanoke 5-to-2. Larry Moberg gets the loss in
goal replacing Dave Gagnon.
Now tonight's scores.
GO to scores
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The Virginia Cavaliers and Virginia Tech Hokies hooked up for the 111th
tonight in Richmond, and when the final buzzer had sounded the Hokies found
themselves on the short end of a 58-to-57 score.
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The Hokies who have had all kinds of offensive problems of late came out on
the offensive tonight scoring points and getting balanced scoring as Keefe
Matthews give the Hokies a 18-to-10 lead.
Courtney Alexander did his best to keep UVa in the game in the first half
with a 16 point explosion.
But the Hokies were on top 29-to-27 at halftime.
UVa finally moved on top in the second half thanks to Curtis Staples, who
found his three point touch and shot the Cavs into the lead.
UVa had a one point lead with 5 second to play, but Tech's Jim Jackson got a
good shot at the basket.
UVa though, got a better stop of defense and Colin Ducharme partially blocks
the shot and UVa escapes with a 58-to-57 win.
The high school regional playoffs opened tonight all around the area.
In Region C tonight, Grayson beat John Battle, and Floyd pounded Bath County
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And down in Buena Vista, Pioneer coach of the year Nelson Fox and his Parry
McCluer Blues hosted Bland.
Chip Coleman to David Coleman the long pass for the layup for the Blues to
tie the game in the first.
Bland would take the lead though when John Thompson dished the pill to Brent
Tate for the hoop and the Rockets are on top by 2.
But Chip Coleman drives on for the short jumper and the Blues win it 79-to-67
to advance to the Region C semi-finals.
The Region Three basketball tournament is holding court at the Salem Civic
Center this week.
Tonight 2 quarterfinal games to set up the final four were played.
SUPER=03-Salem/Wm. Campbell vs. J. Forest; :00
In the opener Dogwood runner-up William Campbell hooked up with Seminole
runner-up Jefferson Forest.
The Cavaliers would let their superior size advantage take control early as
Win Hunter misses off the drive, but Jerton Evans gets the follow-up putback.
Then watch the Cavs play the high-low post game with MIchael Diehl kicking it
down on the block to Kenneth Hancock for the deuce.
The Generals would come back with Chauncey Walker making the nice spin move
in traffic and then dishing behind his back to Travis Watson.
SUPER=33-Jefferson Forest/47/Wm. Campbell/48;
And William Campbell comes from behind to cut down Forest 48-TO-47. The
Generals next play Salem Friday night at 6.
In the other Region Three game tonight, defending state champ Liberty beat
SUPER=03-Salem/Blacksburg vs. Liberty; :00
Minutemen head coach Mark Hanks, the Seminole coach of the year was ready for
the challenge tonight.
And his own Robert Carson would take the ball all the way for the basket to
give Liberty a 3 point advantage early on.
The Indians would come back and go inside to their own big man Phillip Klaus
who gets the hoop to cut the liberty lead to 13.
But Rodney Morris goes to Cheyney Preston for the driving hoop and Liberty
moves on to meet Gretna Friday night in the semi-finals with the 68-to-49 win.
The William Fleming Colonels had an easy night at the office as they opened
play in the Northwest regionals with an 83-to-58 shellacking of Albemarle.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Albemarle vs. Fleming; :00
The Colonels were all business on the bench before player introductions.
And they carried that attitude onto the court, as Richard Wilson penetrates
and dishes to Percy Pannell for the layin and the Colonels are off and running.
Wilson would continue running the show - this time with the pass right at you
and right to Brad Dunleavy who knocks in the three from the corner. Brad had 15
Fleming would get good balanced scoring and everyone would play, as
Mondre Burnett leads the way with 17 points and Fleming wins it 83-to-58.
Roanoke College played host to a bit of Korean culture tonight.
A Korean music and dance ensemble from Roanoke's sister city of Wonju
performed at Olin Hall.
The ensemble includes 15 students between the ages of 11 and 14, as well
as choreographers, chaperones and even a Korean television crew.
Remaining performances will take place at Northside JUNIOR High and High
The troupe departs Thursday.
To follow up on one of our stories earlier in the newscast--
A Roanoke jury found Cepeda Wiley guilty of voluntary manslaughter...in the
murder of Jesse Ferguson at motel last July.
Jean Jadhon will have more on the verdict at midnight on WDBJ-7. Thanks
for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, we'll see you back here tomorrow at 10,