Police are talking to a former Miss America as they investigate the Jon
Bonet Ramsey murder.
Marilyn Van Derbuer Atler says her father sexually moleterd her.
Atler was interviewed in the Ramsey case as a resource.
McDonalds is slashing the price of a big Mac if you buy fries and a drink.
It's an effort to boost sales.
Who says taking your dog for a walk is tough.
We'll show you one pooch who keeps in shape while keeping warm.
Plus Metallica rocks at the Ronaoke Civic Center.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
For the second time in six months, police have arrested a 74 year old
Christiansburg man for distributing drugs.
It was last August that authorities seized crack cocaine and guns from the
home of William Bernice Smith and his wife Josephine, who has since died.
At that time, police said they were eliminating a major crack source in the
New River Valley.
But William Smith was free on bond and--police say-- up to his old tricks.
They arrested him again yesterday, and seized more crack, marijuana and
Two women, Tina Marie Sherman Richmond and Dawn Burkes Pryor were also
21 year- old Teddy Roe Dixon was out on bond for kidnapping charges in North
Now he's facing charges of murder and grand larceny in Carroll County.
Dixon is accused in the shooting and stabbing death of his roommate, 50
year- old William Charles Epperson.
Sheriffs deputies found Epperson dead in the home the men shared in Cana.
A witness reported seeing Dixon driving Epperson's truck.
Police in Mount Airy, North Carolina stopped the truck and arrested Dixon.
Authorities have not determined the motive for the killing.
A tearful Cepada (se-PAY-da) Wiley asked for mercy today.
But the jury sentenced him to 8 years in prison for the shooting death of
Jurors listened to Wiley as he said he'd never been in trouble with the law
before and NEVER would be again.
His lawyer said Wiley did not know what he was getting into when he came to
a Roanoke motel where his brother and Ferguson were fighting over a woman.
But the prosecution said Wiley went too far when he got his gun.
IN Q=if you have trouble
((TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE, CALL THE
POLICE AND YOU DON'T BRING OUT A GUN AND START FIRING AT RANDOM, PUTTING
INNOCENT PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE AT THIS MOTEL, IN PERIL.))
SUPER=01-Tom Bowers/Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=in peril
Wiley was originally on trial for first degree murder, but the judge threw
that charge out, saying the shooting was not pre-meditated.
Wiley will be held in jail until his formal sentencing in April.
Police have turned to a former Miss America as they investigate the murder
of JonBenet Ramsey.
Marilyn Van-Derbur Atler who is now in her late 50's- went public in 1991,
saying her late father sexually molested her.
Atler, who now lives in Denver-- says she was interviewed in the Ramsey
case as a resource.
IN Q=I will tell you
((MARILYN VAN DERBUR ATLER/FORMER MISS AMERICA: I WILL TELL YOU THAT ONE OF THE
MOST DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE RAMSEY CASE FOR ME IS THE DUCT TAPE OVER HER MOUTH.
THE STRONGEST MESSAGE THAT WE GET FROM OUR VIOLATORS IS NEVER TO SPEAK OF IT.))
SUPER=01-Marilyn Van Derbur Atler/Former Miss America; :
OUT Q=speak of it.
Ramsey was a child beauty queen who was found strangled in her Boulder,
SUPER=03-Boulder, CO/File Tape;
Colorado home on December 26th.
An autopsy concluded she may have been sexually assaulted.
Pawn brokers will let you hock just about anything: from a diamond ring to
a weed eater.
Some will even take the title to your car... not the car, itself... just
Keith Humphry tells us about a pawn broker who found out the hard way: it's
IN Q=The law
SUPER=01-Tim McGuire/City Pawn Shop Owner;
SUPER=01-Misty Hall/City Pawn Shop Customer;
OUT Q=Humphry, News 7.
The law that regulates pawn brokers hasn't changed in nearly half a
But a ruling from a Circuit Judge in Richmond now makes it illegal for pawn
brokers to accept a motor vehicle title as collateral on a loan.
Tim McGuire could have fought it.
IN Q=But we felt
((BUT WE FELT LIKE THE PEOPLE THAT DEALT HERE DID NOT DESERVE IT. AND IF WE
WERE GOING TO LOSE MONEY, I WOULD MUCH RATHER GIVE THEM THEIR CAR TITLE BACK
FREE AND CLEAR AND OWE ME NOTHING THAN I WOULD BE TO HAVE TO KEEP RUNNING MONEY
UP HERE TO MY LAWYER TO FIGHT THE STATE.))
OUT Q=the state.
The Attorney General says McGuire isn't a bona fide pawn broker. His
exorbitant interest rates are in violation of state law, according to the A-G.
That entitles customers to a full refund.
IN Q=I don't feel
((I DON'T FEEL LIKE HE SHOULD GIVE ANYBODY THEIR MONEY BACK, BUT I'M NOT THE
OUT Q=the lawmaker.
Most of the title holders we saw today seemed to agree.
But if they all come back to collect a refund, it could cost McGuire tens
of thousands of dollars.
If McGuire looks familiar, it may be because he's better known as a race
His brother, TONY, a silent partner in the pawn shop, also drives a race
car... one sponsored by WDBJ.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, students from Roanoke College appear in court
on charges of hazing,
And President Clinton defends himself against allegations he used the
Lincoln bedroom to help raise funds for the Democratic Party.
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-2.12''/minus 0.56''/4.30''/minus 1.10'';
SUPER=83-Down 1.20 feet/Down 1.68 feet;Lake levels
Roanoke was rocking tonight...
As Heavy Metal legends "Metallica" packed the Civic Center.
Andrew Freiden was there.
IN Q=They rock!
SUPER=07-Amanda Hammack; :25
SUPER=01-Kirk Hammett/Metallica; :30
SUPER=01-Charlotte Fowler/Parent; 1:07
SUPER=01-Mary Weeks/Parent; 1:16
OUT Q=news 7, Roanoke.
(( ((nat sound))
((THEY ROCK! ))
Metallica gave their fans just want they wanted to hear-- heavy metal music,
and lots of it.
((NAT SOUND OF THE BAND.))
The group is fourteen years old, and they say they are evolving into more
than just a metal band.
Their new short haircuts are sparking some concern among die-hard fans...
IN Q=THEY'RE LEANING
((AMANDA HAMMACK: THEY'RE LEANING TOWARDS THE MORE ALTERNATIVE SIDE, WHICH I
PERSONALLY DON'T THINK IS COOL...))
OUT Q=THINK IS COOL
IN Q=the most
((THE MOST OBVIOUS THING IS THAT WE'RE OLDER, WE'RE MORE MATURE-- YOU'LL FIND
THAT EVERY TIME WE GO ON TOUR, MAKE AN ALBUM, IT'S A REBIRTH.))
But they'll never go far from their roots...
IN Q=WE HAVE
((WE HAVE METAL IN OUR NAME, AND SO PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO SEE METALLICA
AND THINK WE ARE TEN FEET TALL MONSTERS THAT BREATH FIRE AND PLAY THE DEVILS
While the Band doesn't breath fire, It still plays songs fast and loud.
Some parents of concert goers couldn't handle the high decibel music, and
made use of the Civic Center's "quiet room."
IN Q=I BOUGHT A TICKET
((CHARLOTTE FOWLER: I BOUGHT A TICKET ALSO, BUT I CAME HERE BECAUSE THE EAR
PLUGS DIDN'T WORK.))
OUT Q=DIDN'T WORK.
IN Q=IM' FROM
((MARY WEEKS: I'M FROM FLOYD, SO IT'S QUITE A DRIVE LIKE THE REST OF THEM, AND
I GOT ROPED INTO BEING THE DD..HAHAHAHAH))
IN Q=THE BAND
((THE BAND MEMBERS ARE ALL A LITTLE OLDER, AND THEY SAY THEY'VE MELLOWED JUST A
BIT, BUT THEIR FANS AREN'T ANY LESS ENTHUSIASTIC, AND THEIR MUSIC IS JUST AS
LOUD. ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS7, ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=AF, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.
GRAPHIC=David, James Michael
A Desert Storm veteran says he acted in self defense when he beat his
roomate to death last year.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Dec. 24; :00
37-year old Richard Moye (moy) died after a fight inside this Lynchburg
motel room on Christmas Eve.
Police charged 33-year old James Michael David with Moye's murder.
David says he was sleeping when Moye attacked him that night, and he
A group of veterans was in court today to show their support for David.
IN Q=He is sort
((JIMMY MOORE/EX-PARATROOPER: HE IS SORT OF AN EXPERT IN SOME OF THE SELF
DEFENSE MOVES, AND OF COURSE, IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT
HAPPENS UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE. WE'RE SORRY THAT SOMEBODY HAD TO PASS AWAY, BUT WE
BELIEVE THIS BOY WAS JUST IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Moore/Ex-Paratrooper; :00
OUT Q=the wrong time.
Moore says David served as a paratrooper in Panama and Desert Storm.
A grand jury could indict David next week.
Eighteen current and former students at Roanoke College will face trial in
April for an alleged hazing incident.
Members of the group were in General District Court this morning.
They all face charges of trespassing.
Ten are accused of hazing, and four of being drunk in public.
They were arrested on property along Timber View Road near Carvins Cove
early yesterday morning.
Roanoke County police found four of the students blindfolded, lying face
down in four to six inches of water.
Members of the group declined to discuss the incident today, except to say
they were not hazing.
About 230 salaried employees at the Volvo- GM Heavy Truck plant in Dublin
are expected to vote March 14th on whether to join the United Autoworkers.
The U-A-W already represents WAGE workers in the factory.
Some of the salaried employees say they're frustrated with a lack of job
security and pay raises, and increases in insurance costs.
Salary personnel attempted to unionize back in 1989, but that vote was
Just how many guests have stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House
since Clinton took office?
New documents released by the White House show more than 900 guests in the
last four years.
Many of them big contributors to the President's re-election campaign.
That gives the impression the overnights were offered as a thank you or an
enticement to contribute.
The president even endorsed the plan...writing "ready to start overnights
right away. Give me the top ten list back."
((DID WE HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE THAT CAME THERE WOULD SUPPORT ME? PARTICULARLY
AFTER WE GOT INTO A POLITICAL SEASON? OF COURSE WE DID. BUT THERE WAS NO
SOLICITATION AT THE EVENTS.))
OUT Q=DURING THE EVENTS."
That would be clearly illegal.
Right or wrong though- it's adding to the overall controversy over campaign
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, we'll hear some contenders for a new state song,
and we'll see how McDonald's is trying to re-start the Burger Wars by launching
its latest Big Mac Attack.
MUSIC UP FULL
You may not notice anything different once George Allen officially retires
the state song.
But soon you'll hear the voices of those eager to fill the cultural gap left
by "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia."
Ellen Qualls brings you a sample.
IN Q=nat sot guitar
SUPER=01-Johnny Grey/Songwriter; :35
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; :50
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( nat sot grey guitar riff
What does a good state song sound like?
Who should pick?
Do we really need one?
sot TAPE ONE 03:01:44
((JOHNNY GREY/SONGWRITER: I'M NOT SAYING MY SONG IS THE BEST SONG. I HAVE
FAITH IN IT.))
nat sot JOHNNY GREY 02:48:43
((WE HAVE IT MADE IN VIRGINIA AND HER ROOTS RUN DEEP AND TRUE. VIRGINIA IS FOR
LOVERS, OLD DOMINION I LOVE YOU. guitar riff))
Johnny Grey says he didn't write his song to be the state song, but with all
the controversy over "Carry Me Back..."
sot TAPE ONE 03:00:46
((JOHNNY GREY/SONGWRITER: SOMEONE TOLD ME YOU KNOW THAT WOULD MAKE A GOOD
"Virginia Is For Lovers" was a last minute fix for his first album.
sot TAPE ONE 02:58:39
((JOHNNY GREY/SONGWRITER: SO I GOT UP AT THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. I
COULDN'T SLEEP BECAUSE I WAS CUTTING MY FIRST ALBUM. I WAS ALL NERVOUS. AND I
WENT TO THE KITCHEN TO GET A DRINK OF WATER AND IT HIT ME. I WROTE IT IN TEN
MINUTES, CALLED HIM, AND SANG IT OVER THE PHONE TO HIM, AND THEY NEVER CHANGED
A WORD INTO IT. IT WAS GOD SENT.))
sot 01:55:38 FRIDAY TAPE
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-FAIRFAX: YOU KNOW, SONGS AREN'T EASILY WRITTEN. AND GOOD
SONGS ARE RARELY EVER WRITTEN.))
So lawmakers this year refused to make any plan for finding a new song.
But that hasn't deterred the songwriters -- including Jack Phillips of
nat sot "Sweet Virginia Evermore"
It took lawmakers 27 years to retire the old one.
It may take a few to find the new one.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond. ))
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Roy Stanley checks in from the Big South quarterfinals in Lynchburg, Steve
Mason has an update on inured Express goalie Dave Gagnon.
Plus, Terry Allen resigns with the Skins for nearly $15 million.
But first, the Winston Cup circuit pulls into Richmond Friday for the Pontiac
And one of the favorites to win the pole is Ted Musgrave, who along with many
others got in some practice recently at the track.
((TED MUSGRAVE/TWO CAREER POLES AT RICHMOND:))
SUPER=01-Ted Musgrave/Two Career Poles At Richmond; :00
OUT Q=...WE'RE READY."
GO TO SCORES
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SUPER=0096-j/Sacramento/111//Boston/105//Polynice - 14
Rebounds//Miami/86/j/Orlando/98//Dennis Scott - 26 pts/;
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Gugliotta - 29 pts/;
SUPER=0098-j/UNC Asheville/54//UMBC/51///j/Charleston/67//Coastal Car./51///;
Still to come tonight Steve Mason checks in from the Roanoke Express camp
with an update on goalie Dave Gagnon - who is fighting through the pain
associated with an injured right knee.
UNC Asheville & Charleston Southern got the Big South conference tournament
rolling with quarterfinal wins this afternoon.
But Roy Stanley says it took wins by Radford and Liberty to get the Vines
Center rocking in the evening session.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/UNC-G vs. Radford; :00
SUPER=01-Marquiz Williamson/9 Points; :26
SUPER=01-Corey Reed/17 Points; 1:00
SUPER=04-Winthrop vs. Liberty; 1:09
SUPER=01-Jeff Meyer/Liberty Head Coach; 1:43
OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS.
The West Virginia Mountaineers did themselves a big favor last night by
upsetting 18th ranked Villanova 83-to-76.
The win keeps alive their NCAA hopes and their chances of winning their Big
SUPER=03-Morgantown/Villanova vs. WVU; :00
Gale Catlett would see his team do a great job inside.
Adrian Pledger misses the runner, but Gordon Malone powers in the miss with
the wicked one handed jam. 44-to-31 West Virginia at the half.
Pledger and Malone would keep SUPER=33-Villanova/76/West Virginia/83;
working their magic in the second half with the give and go and the jam.
West Virginia wins it 83-to-76.
Locally, the Salem Civic Center is bracing itself for next month's NCAA men's
division three basketball tournament.
This afternoon, NCAA assistant director of championship Chris Pohl was in
town along with Emory & Henry coach Bob Johnson, who this week is wearing an
NCAA hat as chairman of the south region.
In other words he can't politic for Roanoke and Bridgewater to get at large
bids when the 64 team field is announced on Sunday.
IN Q="I'm not...
((BOB JOHNSON/NCAA SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBER:))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/NCAA Selection Committee Member; :00
OUT Q=...THEY ARE."
Redskins' fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief with the news that
free agent Terry Allen has resigned with the club.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/December; :00
Actually the Skins made feel like Christmas in February for the the former
Clemson star by giving him a four year deal worth $14 point 8 million dollars.
But Allen knows he still has to earn his money.
IN Q="No contract...
((TERRY ALLEN/SIGNS FOR $14,8 MILLION:))
SUPER=01-Terry Allen/Signs For $14,8 Million; :00
OUT Q=...and produce."
The Roanoke Express is doing some serious regrouping tonight after finding
out that Dave Gagnon's injury is little more serious than first expected.
Steve Mason caught up with the veteran today and has an update on his
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Mike Holden/Express Head Trainer; :09
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; :25(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :43
OUT Q=...News 7 sports
((Gagnon appears healthy, but according to Express trainer Mike Holden, the
goalie might be out of action for a week.
The Express is on the road this Friday at South Carolina to face the
Stingrays. Steve Mason news 7 sports"))
A nagging injury is also ruining George Lynch's first season with the
George has been on the injured reserve list since January 20th with a
strained abdominal muscle.
Team officials said today it likely will be two more weeks before he returns
to the court.
The Roanoke Rush announced this afternoon that Duke Strager is coming back
next season as the team's head coach.
Strager led the team to a 12-and-2 record last season.
He likely will not have one of his best players next year. Fullback Billy
Pate was hit by car last week in Princeton and is lucky to be alive.
He suffered multiple injuries and is still in serious but stable condition.
McDonalds is slashing the prices of its Big Mac- to just 55 cents with the
purchase of fries and a drink.
It's the latest marketing strategy to jump start sales at the worlds largest
Sales are down at many of McDonalds 21 thousand outlets.
McDonalds also promises you'll get your order faster than ever.
((MICHAEL BARTLETT/SALES ANALYST: MCDONALDS WANTS TO RULE THE
UNIVERSE. IF YOU READ THEIR ANNUAL REPORT THEY WANT TO BE THE LARGEST FOOD
SERVICE COMPANY IN THE WORLD. THEY ARE AND WANT TO CONTINUE TO BE. ))
OUT Q=to continue to be.:
McDonalds says quote: we're on the threshold of an unprecedented value
offering that will be good news for the customer...bad news for the
Some franchise owners fear the discounts will hurt profits...
They're expected to approve the price cut tomorrow- That could easily
set off the biggest fast food price war in history.
Taking the dog for a walk is tough when it's cold outside-
but not so if the dog walking goes on IN-doors.
Cindy Byer brings her two legged friend to Bodyworks in Pennsyvlania- where
Charlie does the treadmill.
It started out when Charlie needed rehabilitation for a problem with his
((I ACTUALLY SAID COULD I GET A MY DOG A MEMBERSHIP AND THEY JUST LAUGHED AND
LAUGHED AND LUAGHTED. ))
((I'VE BEEN IN THE FITNESS BUSINESS FOR TWENTY YEARS. I'VE SEEN A LOT. I'VE
DONE A LOT. I'VE TRIED A LOT. THIS WAS A FIRST FOR ME.))
((GOOD BOY YOU'RE DOING GOOD. HURRY HURRY. THAT A BOY.))
SUPER=01-CinDee Byer/Charlie's Owner; 00
SUPER=01-Danise Hartle/"Bodyworx" Manager;
OUT Q=THAT A BOY."
Charlie is spurred by the voice of his master and his growing fan club.
He goes at a good clip on the treadmill- a little more than five miles an