Ahead on News 7 at Noon, Domestic violence leads to a fatal house fire in
And President Clinton denies trading a night at the White House for a
Showers will move across the region today. We'll examine the maps,
including Doppler Radar. In sports, did U-V-a steal a last second win from
Tech? We'll take a look.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
A Roanoke jury sentenced Cepada (se-PAY-da) Wiley to eight years in prison.
Wiley shot and killed Jesse Ferguson last July fourth, after Ferguson fought
with Wiley's brother over a woman.
In closing arguments last night, the defense said Wiley was protecting his
life, the prosecution disagreed.
((ALTON PRILLAMAN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT HE WAS IN FEAR OF
BODILY HARM, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN YOU HAVE A DUTY TO DO, AND THAT IS TO TURN
CEPADA WILEY LOOSE BECAUSE HE DID WHAT THE LAW ALLOWED HIM TO DO.
TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; WHETHER IT WAS A WARNING SHOT OR
WHATEVER, THEY SHOT A GUN AND THEN THEY TEAMED UP, GRABBED THEIR PREY, AND SET
HIM UP FOR THE KILL. DON'T LET THE LAWLESS HIDE BEHIND THE LAW.))
SUPER=01-Alton Prillaman/Defense Attorney;
SUPER=01-Tom Bowers/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney; :17
OUT Q=behind the law
The judge threw out a first degree murder charge, saying there was no
The jury had a choice of second degree murder, manslaughter, or not guilty.
((VOICE OF: JUDGE ROBERT DOHERTY; WE THE JURY ON THE ISSUE JOINED UNANIMOUSLY
FIND THE DEFENDANT CEPADA REYNALDO WILEY GUILTY OF VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER;))
SUPER=29-Judge Robert Doherty;
OUT Q=voluntary manslaughter
Following the jury's recommendation the judge revoked Wiley's bond and
ordered him taken into custody.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April.
A family dispute in Moneta ended in a deadly house fire yesterday.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=Fire crews called
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SUPER=01-Ricky Tuck/Moneta Fire Dept.; :15
SUPER=01-Gary Faribault/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :47
SUPER=01-John McCane/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; 1:01
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( Fire crews called to the scene on Route 24 near Moneta were greeted with a
column of black smoke rising into the sky.
It had taken just a few minutes for this cinder block building to go up in
flames, trapping its owner inside.
IN Q=We met the
((LT. RICKY TUCK/MONETA V.F.D.: WE MET THE DOORWAY.. .. FIRST GOT HERE.))
OUT Q=first got here.
Authorities say around 11 a-m, 65- year- old William Hall had argued with
his wife and assaulted his 11- year- old son with a knife.
His wife called police, but by the time they arrived, Hall had reportedly
taken a propane tank and lamp oil inside the house and set the building on
fire, with himself inside.
It would be another four hours before crews recovered what they believed was
IN Q=We've taken
((INVEST. GARY FARIBAULT/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE'VE TAKEN TAPED
STATEMENTS.. STILL INVESTIGATING IT.))
OUT Q=still investigating it.
Police have not said what might have prompted the family dispute, but add
they'd been called to the residence several times before.
((LT. JOHN MCCANE/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: ))
IN Q=More than seven
((More than seven hours after the blaze was first reported, fire crews were
still on the scene, hosing down hot spots in the smoldering rubble. Meanwhile,
William Hall's body has been sent to Roanoke where officials hope an autopsy
can provide a positive identification. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.))
Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that gutted a vacant
store in Lynchburg this morning.
Around 6, a passerby spotted flames coming from the rear of this building on
Firefighters tried to gain entry to the structure, but were forced out after
the second floor became too unstable.
It took them more than a half hour to bring the blaze under control.
IN Q=We went to
((BATT. CHIEF LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WE WENT TO DEFENSIVE POSITIONS,
KNOCKED THE FIRE DOWN FAIRLY WELL WITH MASSIVE STREAMS AND MADE A SECOND ENTRY.
BY THAT TIME THE FLOOR, THE SECOND FLOOR WAS TOO SPONGY FOR THE CREWS TO REMAIN
THERE, SO RIGHT NOW WE'RE JUST HITTING SOME HOT SPOTS AND GETTING TO THE FIRE
AS BEST WE CAN.))
SUPER=01-Les Puckett/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
OUT Q=as best we can.
No one was inside the building when the fire broke out.
Authorities say the owner reportedly had been using it for storage.
A 21- year- old man who was free on bond on kidnapping charges in North
Carolina is now charged with murder in Carroll County.
Teddy Roe Dixon is accused of shooting and stabbing 50- year- old William
The two men lived together in Cana.
Sheriff Warren Manning says Epperson's son asked deputies to check out the
house because he had not seen his father, but a witness had seen Dixon driving
Police in Mount Airy, North Carolina stopped the vehicle and arrested Dixon.
Dixon is awaiting extradition.
Murder charges against a man accused of killing his roommate on Christmas
Eve have been sent on to a grand jury.
Police say 33- year- old James Michael David kicked to death 37- year- old
Richard Moye (moy) inside their Lynchburg motel room December 24th.
SUPER=04-December 24; :09
David told police Moye woke him up that night and punched him in the nose.
David retaliated, punching Moye and kicking him after he'd fallen to the
Police say David appeared to be highly intoxicated when they arrived.
A grand jury could indict him next week.
Maine police are investigating a shooting at the home of Robert Cohen,
brother of Defense Secretary William Cohen.
Police in Brewer, Maine say a man was shot in the neck last night and is now
hospitalized in Bangor.
The man's name has not been
released, but authorities say the victim is not Robert Cohen.
No one has been charged in the case.
William Cohen became Defense Secretary in January.
Senate Majority leader Trent Lott is renewing his call for an independent
counsel to investigate Democratic fund raising.
Newly released White House documents show President Clinton was deeply
involved in the initial planning to invite big-time political contributors for
overnight stays at the the White House.
Mark Knoller reports.
SUPER=01-Mark Knoller/Reporting; :00 (no SU)
SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/Majority Leader; 1:19
OUT Q=at the white house.
The policy to prevent discrimination against gays in the military doesn't
seem to be working.
A report out today by a legal defense group calls President Clinton's "don't
ask, don't tell" policy a FAILURE that's led to an anti-gay backlash.
"The New York Times" reports the number of soldiers discharged for
homosexuality jumped 42-percent since the policy was put into place three years
The Defense Department says it will review the study.
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Botetourt County officials are NOT completely satisfied with V-DOT's new
proposal to save the Eagle Rock bridge, but they say it IS better.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Last Week;
If the Board of Supervisors agrees on the new plan, the county would NOT be
forced to fund repairs to an additional bridge in Iron Gate... which had been
one of the stipulations of the original V-DOT proposal.
One aspect has not changed, however.
V-DOT is still asking the county to put up at least one and a quarter
million dollars to fix the Eagle Rock Bridge.
But that figure could turn out to be much higher, depending on state funds.
Virginia students will now need more than good grades to graduate from high
They'll have to pass a new statewide test before earning a diploma.
Virginia's Board of Education approved plans to have students do more work
in the core curriculum.
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
More children are growing up without fathers, as the number of divorces and
teen pregnancies increases.
But the Virginia Fatherhood campaign is hoping to change that trend.
The group held a forum in Roanoke yesterday.
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.
Researchers in Scotland are not the only ones dabbling in the science of
A team in Blacksburg may not be working with sheep, but they are still
getting good results.
Bill Velander is the team leader of a group at Virginia Tech that has
implanted a human gene into the D-N-A 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--
SUPER=04-Virginia Tech Video;
but the pigs don't carry any human viruses such as H-I-V 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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It will be a big night for the music industry.
The 39th annual Grammy awards will be handed out in New York and you can
watch it right here on W-D-B-J.
Some of the nominees keeping their fingers crossed include record producer
Tim Austin and bluegrass musician Dale Perry, both from Franklin County.
Joe Dashiell has more.
IN Q=Tracy Chapman
SUPER=04-CBS Entertainment; :09
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :17
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
OUT Q=JD News 7
((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.
IN Q=Had we not
((DEBBIE AUSTIN: HAD WE NOT HAD THE ALBUM WE WOULD PROBABLY HAVE GONE BANKRUPT,
TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH BECAUSE TIM'S BEEN OUT OF BUSINESS FOR SIX MONTHS.))
((TIM AUSTIN: I NEVER EXPECTED TO BE NOMINATED OR EVEN GET ONTO THE BALLOT
BECAUSE WE'RE JUST SO NEW, SO YOUNG, STARTING OUT, BUT WE'VE TRULY BEEN BLESSED
WITH IT. I'LL TELL YOU.))
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
((DALE PERRY: IT'LL PROBABLY HIT ALL OF US ABOUT FRIDAY BY THE TIME WE GET BACK
HERE AND GET TO OUR SHOW IN ASHEVILLE. WE'LL PROBABLY REALIZE BY THEN WHAT'S
HAPPENED AND IT'LL ALREADY BE OVER WITH. WE'RE GOING TO HOPE FOR THE BEST WHEN
WE GET THERE.))
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))
A bit of Korean culture came to Roanoke College last night.
A Korean music and dance ensemble from Roanoke's sister city of Wonju
performed at Olin Hall.
The group includes 15 students between the ages of 11 and 14, as well as
choreographers, chaperones and even a Korean television crew.
Two more performances took place this morning at Northside JUNIOR High and
The troupe heads home tomorrow.
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Signet Bank will close 15 branches by the end of the year.
Two of them will be in our area.
The Richmond based bank announced locations in Galax and Pulaski are among
those being eliminated.
In all, Signet will close nine branches in Virginia, four in Maryland, and
two in Washington, D-C.
62 employees will be affected.
47 will be offered comparable jobs with the bank.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was
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The Virginia Cavaliers and Virginia Tech Hokies battled down to the wire
SUPER=03-Richmond/UVa vs. VT; :00
Keefe Matthews gives the Hokies a 18-to-10 lead.
Courtney Alexander did his best to keep U-V-a in the game in the first half
with a 16 point explosion.
But the Hokies led by 2 at halftime.
Curtis Staples gave U-V-A the lead hitting 5 treys in the game.
U-V-a had a one point lead with 5 seconds to play, but Tech's had the ball.
Jim Jackson got a good shot at the basket, but he either misses, gets
blocked or gets fouled. You make the call - UVa wins it 58-to-57 as the clock
expires without a whistle.
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Fleming opened play in the northwest quarterfinals with an 83-to-58 thumping
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Albemarle vs. Fleming;
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.
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Fleming will next host George Washington of Danville tomorrow night.
But last night it was the Fleming girls who squared off against the Danville
ladies in regional play.
SUPER=03-Danville/Fleming vs. G.W.;
In the second half, the Lady Eagles Shawna Price takes the rock down court
and passes to Shree Taylor for the hoop and the foul as George Washington
starts to pull away.
SUPER=33-Wm. Fleming/36/G.W. Danville/58;
The Lady Eagles were too much as they go on to beat Fleming 58 to 36.
IN Q="I think...
((WAYNE SHELTON/GEORGE WASHINGTON HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Wayne Shelton/G.W. Danville Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...deserve it."
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The Roanoke Express hit the ice last night to battle Hampton Roads without
injured goalie Dave Gagnon.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Express;
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.
Princess Diana has cleaned out her closets, all in the name of charity.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Some of her world famous evening gowns were on display yesterday as
Christie's announced it would auction them off this summer in New York.
All of the proceeds will go toward cancer and AIDS research.
Christie's is also working on a non-profit basis.
Princess Diana has chosen eighty gowns to sell from her collection.