(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...HALF SIBLINGS OF JON BONET RAMSEY ARE NO
LONGER SUSPECTS IN THE SIX YEAR OLD GIRL'S MURDER.
THOUSANDS OF VIRGINIANS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PREPAID TUITION FOR THEIR
CHILDREN'S FUTURE COLLEGE EDUCATION.
IT'S THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH, OUR TOP STORY
A LOT OF RUMORS GO IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, AND I SUPPOSE THAT WAS ONE OF THEM,
BUT NOBODY REALLY KNEW.
ARSON AND EXTORTION CHARGES CAME AS NO SURPRISE TO SOME ON 13TH STREET IN
SOUTHWEST ROANOKE TODAY... ))
OUT Q=SOUTHWEST ROANOKE TODAY.
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC. I'm Connie Stevens.
Will racketeering and extortion charges stick against the Abed family?
As Keith Humphry reports, a federal magistrate has scheduled a hearing to
determine whether the government's case is going to hold up.
IN Q=Rod Abed appeared
SUPER=01-David Damico/Rod Abed's Attorney; :19
SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994; :33
SUPER=01-Tom Bondurant/Prosecutor; :44
SUPER=01-Joseph Kirk/"Corner Store" Owner; :59 quick
SUPER=01-Jermaine Witcher/Fire Witness; 1:21
OUT Q=humphry news-7.
Rod Abed appeared before Magistrate Conrad this morning for a detention
In addition to the severity of the charges brought Tuesday- -that include
arson and murder, the prosecutor ticked off a list of assault CONVICTIONS...
burglaries and thefts that would make Abed a poor candidate for pre-trial
((I DON'T THINK THEY HAVE THE KIND OF HARD PROOF THAT GUARANTEES CONVICTION.))
Abed's lawyer challenged the basis of the government's case, citing a lack
of hard evidence such as surveillance tapes, confessions or independent
But the prosecutor says that's typical of such cases. The criminals may
not have been caught in the act, but there's no shortage of witnesses.
(( ON SOME OF THESE FIRES LIKES THE MIXERS, CORNER STORE, 30, 40, 50 WITNESSES
WILL BE TESTIFYING ABOUT THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE CASE.))
Tuesday's indictment says the Abed family set fire to the Corner Store
across the street from their Speedway Mart, in an attempt to put them out of
((YOU KNOW WHEN THE FIRE BROKE OUT WE PRETTY MUCH KNEW WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND
WHO WAS BEHIND IT.
((BUT WE REBUILT IT AND KEPT ON GOING. I think a lot of people would have said,
"i get the message. i'm out of here." WELL, WE'RE JUST TOO STUBBORN, I GUESS TO
Within hours of the corner store fire, another fire broke out just three
doors up the street.
((WE HEARD A GLASS BREAK AND ABOUT THE TIME EVERYBODY CAME AROUND AND LOOKED,
THERE WAS FIRE BURSTED OUT THE SIDE OF THE WINDOW.))
Witcher and his friends helped SOME of the residents get out.
But Marie Hardy and Todd Thomas died. The Feds figure the Abeds THOUGHT one
of them might have seen who set the earlier blaze.
((ANYBODY COULD HAVE SEEN IT. ALL TIMES OF NIGHT PEOPLE STAYED OUT HERE THROUGH
THE WHOLE NIGHT. IT'S A POSSIBILITY THAT THEY LIVED SO NEARBY ANYWAY. THEY
PROBABLY COULD HAVE SAW OR HEARD SOMETHING.))
Witcher says he thought this kind of thing happened only on TV.
Kirk says the Abed's must have been watching too many old Al Capone movies.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
A suspect in the shootings of two Richmond police officers turned himself in
peacefully tonight -- after a nearly five hour standoff with the Richmond SWAT
Police fired tear gas into a house.
About 45 minutes later, 18- year old Alex O'Neill Carter surrendered.
Carter's mother assisted police in negotiating with her son for a peaceful
end to the standoff.
IN Q=He's slightly
((VANETTA CLARK/SUSPECT'S MOTHER: HE'S SLIGHTLY MENTAL. HE TAKES DEPRESSION
MEDICINE. HE SEES PSYCHIATRISTS. LOOK AT ALL THAT'S AROUND HERE. WHAT DID
YOU EXPECT HIM TO DO. ALL I'M ASKING IS PLEASE LET HIM COME OUT THE HOUSE IF
HE IN THERE WITHOUT SOMEBODY SHOOTING HIM.))
SUPER=01-Vanetta Clark/Suspect's Mother;
OUT Q=shooting him.
One of the police officers wounded early this morning was shot in the chest.
The other officer was shot in the abdomen.
Both are in satisfactory condition tonight.
Police in Boulder, Colorado now say Jon Bonet Ramsey's half-siblings are
NOT considered suspects in her murder.
((KELVIN MCNEILL/BOULDER POLICE SPOKESMAN: JOHN ANDREW AND MELINDA ARE BEING
PUBLICLY CLEARED OF INVOLVEMENT IN THIS CASE TO RELIEVE THEM OF THE STRESS
CAUSED BY INAPPROPRIATE SPECULATION.))
SUPER=01-Kelvin McNeill/Boulder Police Spokesman;
OUT Q=inappropriate speculation."
McNeill says police are gathering new handwriting samples from Jon Bonet's
He says previous sets were affected from medication the girl's mother was
taking since the murder.
According to a network news report, a final analysis of the handwriting of
Jon Bonet's father, John, shows no match to a ransom note.
Tissue, possibly human, WAS found under Jon Bonet's fingernails, indicating
she fought her attacker.
The broadcast also says-- contrary to earlier reports-- no semen was found
on her body or clothing.
Six Year old Jon Bonet was found strangled to death in the family's
Boulder, Colorado home the day after Christmas.
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
Eric Ball was found guilty of murder and abduction by a Wythe County jury
The verdicts came down this afternoon, on the third day of the trial.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./January 22, 1996
Ball and two others dumped the body of 17-year-old Ricky Lee Coleman over a
creek bank last year.
An autopsy said Coleman died of exposure, and that he had a high blood
Ball told the jury yesterday that he thought Coleman was dead at the time.
The jury has not yet determined Ball's sentence.
Roanoke County Police Chief John Cease has a new job in another city.
Today, he accepted the position of Chief of Police in Wilmington, North
Cease came to Roanoke County in 1990 after voters approved the creation of
a police department.
He says he is proud of the transition that followed and the accreditation
the department received in 1992.
IN Q=And i think we
((JOHN CEASE/ROANOKE CO. POLICE CHIEF: AND I THINK WE, AND I SAY WE, WE AS A
GROUP HAVE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL. IT'S BEEN A COOPERATIVE EFFORT OF THE
ADMINISTRATORS OF THIS COUNTY, THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, CERTAINLY THE MEMBERS OF
THE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITIZENS. WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN SEVEN YEARS.))
SUPER=01-John Cease/Roanoke Co. Police Chief;
OUT Q=a long way in seven years.
Cease will assume his duties in Wilmington in early April. He says he'll
remain on the job in Roanoke County until then.
SUPER=x5040; Primetime Tease Load
SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
SUPER=x5041; Primetime Tease Stop
Later tonight on Primetime Sports-- Mike has highlights from the first game
of the ACC tournament--
Tattoos are increasingly popular among teenagers these days--
But if legislators have their way, those under 18 will have to have their
parents permission before the ink meets the flesh.
go to break
Governor George Allen gave his administration a pat on the back for its
economic development success in 1996--
Over three-and-a-half BILLION dollars in committed capital investment for
the year...bringing the state's three year total of net new jobs under Allen to
over 200- thousand.
SOT tape two 14:53:32
IN Q=As a
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AS A CANDIDATE, I SAID AS GOVERNOR I WOULD LIKE TO, I
DIDN'T SAY CREATE, BUT CREATE THE CONDITIONS SO THAT THERE'D BE 125- THOUSAND
JOBS CREATED. AND EVERYONE, I REMEMBER MY OPPONENT THEN AND OTHERS SAID "OH
WHAT A LUDICROUS PROMISE THAT IS."))
OUT Q=that is.
More than 16-thousand Virginia residents are taking advantage of the
premier prepaid tuition program.
The state's first investor in the tuition program is pleasantly surprised.
SOT 15:01:27 TAPE TWO
IN Q=And so
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND SO WE WERE SAYING WELL HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP
AND SO FORTH, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAD APPLIED. AND IT WASN'T THAT MANY IN THE
BEGINNING, SHE SAID. BUT IN THE FEW OTHER STATES THAT HAVE DONE IT, THEY GET
THE PILE OF THEM ALL IN JUST LIKE STUDENTS TURNING IN THEIR HOMEWORK, PARENTS
WAIT TO GET THE APPLICATIONS, OR GRANDPARENTS, AT THE VERY LAST SECOND. AS I
UNDERSTAND IT'S ABOUT 16-THOUSAND SIGNED UP. AND THAT'S GREAT.))
OUT Q=that's great.
The program closed out Friday, but will take new applications in the fall.
State officials say families in all economic categories bought into the
If you're under 18, and thinking about getting a tattoo...you just might
need your parent's permission.
A bill easily passed both chambers of the 1997 General Assembly and is
expected to be signed into law by the governor.
It would require parents to be present when minors get tattoos.
IN Q=It doesn't bother
((RONNIE HUFFMAN: IT DOESN'T BOTHER HIM BECAUSE MY DAD IS REALLY COOL PERSON.
HE LET'S ME DO WHAT I WANT TO DO. HE'S COOL ABOUT THAT. PLUS I WANNA BE LIKE
HIM LIKE HIM BECAUSE HE HAS TWO TATTOOS. ))
OUT Q=has two tattoos.
Some tattoo shop owners say if the bill goes into law it won't affect many
of the LOCAL businesses.
IN Q=I wouldn't want
((JOE HEGARTY/ALEX'S NEW TATTOO: I WOULDN'T WANT MY CHILD TO GET A TATTOO
WITHOUT MY PERMISSION IF HE WAS UNDER 18. I THINK IT'S MORE THAN REASONABLE.
IT'S BEEN A LONG STANDING POLICY IF YOU'RE UNDER 18 YOU'D BETTER HAVE A NOTE
FROM YOUR MOMMY.))
SUPER=01-Joe Hegarty/Alex's New Tattoo;
OUT Q=from your mommy.
Violating the soon-to-be law, is a class three misdemeanor.
Some students at an elementary school in Botetourt County are sometimes
asked to refrain from using the bathroom late in the day... because of a water
It's happening at Colonial Elementary School in Blue Ridge.
School Board officials say the problem WILL be considered in the next school
But that won't be passed for another couple of months.
In the meantime, students have to abide by certain rules.
IN Q=If it's
((LOIS TRENT/PRINCIPAL: IF IT'S AN EMERGENCY NEED TO USE THE BATHROOM...
CERTAINLY USE THE BATHROOM. BUT NOT TO TRY TO FLUSH THE COMMODE AT THAT TIME
UNTIL WE CAN GET THE PRESSURE BUILT BACK UP. THEN WE DO GO AROUND AND MAKE SURE
ALL OF THAT'S DONE PROPERLY. ))
OUT Q=done properly
Parents are also concerned about the problem.
Many are afraid it could make their children sick.
IN Q=It can
((DONNA DUDDING/CONCERNED PARENT: IT CAN CAUSE MEDICAL PROBLEMS IF KIDS CAN NOT
GO TO THE BATHROOM. ))
SUPER=01-Donna Dudding/Concerned Parent;
OUT Q=the bathroom
Later this month, the school's PTA is meeting to talk about the problems.
Botetourt County Schools Superintendent Jack Thomas is scheduled to be
It was windy enough in Blacksburg today to blow the roof off a house.
A driver for Nationwide homes was towing a double-wide when a gust of wind
tore off its roof.
One lane of traffic was blocked on Price's Fork Road.
Police say it may be tomorrow morning before all the debris can be cleaned
The National Weather Service says the wind this afternoon was gusting
between 25 and 30 miles an hour in Blacksburg.
It registered one gust of about 40 miles an hour.
toss to robin
SUPER=330-Windy And/Cold/28-32/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-15/47-49;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/And Cold/20-24/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/50-52;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Wind W-15/24-26/Partly Sunny/And Cool/44-46;
SUPER=333-Clear And/Blustery/20-24/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-10/44-46;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/And Cold/20-22/Partly Sunny/Wind W-15/40-42;
THere's more News-7 Primetime straight ahead right here on WEFC.
go to break
GRAPHIC=breast cancer awareness
Although we've been told that breast self exams help detect cancer early--
A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute says this might
not be so.
Over 100-thousand Chinese women were taught to detect lumps in their
own breasts, but researchers found this (----------------)
did not help women detect cancer any earlier than if they did not do
The study also found that self-exam did not change the death rate from
These are just preliminary results-- research is ongoing.
Federal health experts are calling for increased screening for chlamydia--
the sexually-transmitted disease is the nation's most common infection.
Chlamydia is a parasite that can lead to infertility and tubal
It's also common among young men, who are seldom offered screening.
Chlamydia is easy to cure, but often goes undiagnosed because it frequently
occurs without symptoms.
SUPER=x5042; Video of the Day Load
SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
For tonight's video pick we thought you'd like to relieve some stress from
As Larry Dowdy found out, all you need to do is climb behind the wheel,
buckle your seat belt, and push the pedal to the floor...indoors.
IN Q=Rusty Wallace may have...
SUPER=75-Richmond/Last Sunday; :00
SUPER=75-Kent Smith/Thunder Valley; :09
SUPER=75-Larry Dowdy/Reporting; 1:02
OUT Q=LARRY DOWDY NEWS-7
Rusty Wallace may have taken the checkered flag last week in Richmond, but
at Thunder Valley, his number may or may not cross the finish line first.
SOT TC 10:02:02
IN Q=We'll run six cars at...
((KENT SMITH/OWNER: WE'LL RUN SIX CARS AT A TIME, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY PEOPLE
ARE IN THE RACE. THE FUN PART ABOUT BEING OUT THERE IS RACING AGAINST EACH
OUT Q=against each other.
The latest in indoor fun opened 6 weeks ago. At a top speed of 20 mph,
flooring it takes on a whole new meaning.
SOT TC 10:01:15
IN Q=We get on them...
((WE GET ON THEM AND WE TEST THEM AND MAKE SURE SPEEDS ARE PRETTY MUCH THE
SAME. BUT IF SOMEONE IS A LOT LIGHTER THAN I AM, SIXTY POUNDS LIGHTER THAN I
AM, THEY CAN GET ON IT AND THEY CAN OUT RUN ME EVERY DAY.))
OUT Q=me every day.
The Go-Karts are specially ordered out of Michigan, painted just like many
of your favorite Nascar drivers.
A single ride is $3.50, with special discounts for up to 20 ride tickets.
Drivers must be at least eight years old and 56" tall to ride.
SOT TC 10:03:25
IN Q=As far as safety...
((AS FAR AS SAFETY IS CONCERNED, THEY'RE WIDE BODIED CARTS, LOW TO THE GROUND,
CENTER OF GRAVITY IS LOW. WE'VE GOT THEM SET UP SPEEDWISE SO THAT THEY'RE NOT
TOO FAST, BUT FAST ENOUGH TO HAVE A GOOD RACE AND HAVE FUN.))
OUT Q=and have fun.
Five minutes on the Thunder Valley track will get you between 25 and 35
Fans can either watch from the viewing area or play video games.
Bumping may be out, but there are advantages to being in the drivers seat.
SOT TC 10:02:20
IN Q=And thats when...
((AND THATS WHEN YOU FORGET ABOUT ALL THE STRESS, ALL THE HEADACHES, ALL THE
BILLS THAT YOU OWE AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT.))
OUT Q=everything like that.
lARRY DOWDY NEWS-7.
SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop
Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, NC State advances in the ACC
tournament tonight, the Hokies bow out of the Atlantic 10.
Plus, the Express makes a few ownership changes.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
But first, Virginia was one of seven teams to work out the Greensboro
Coliseum this afternoon.
Defending champ Wake Forest also put in some time. Tim Duncan has also been
on the phone this week.
He says UT quarterback Peyton Manning called him for some advice before
deciding to return for his senior season.
Now the scores.
GO TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Roanoke/63/j/Methodist/67//Division III South Region/j/Chris.
Newport/79//Hamp.-Sydney/74//Division III South Region/;
SUPER=0098-/Virginia Tech///Rhode Island///A-10 Quarterfinals//West
SUPER=0095-/Virginia Tech/2//Michigan/11//Chad Foutz - 3
TAKE A BREAK
The 43rd Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament tipped off tonight
at the Greensboro Coliseum with the N.C. State knocking off Ga. Tech in the
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/ESPN; :00
N.C. State trailed by 3 with 8 minutes to play, but Jeremy Hyatt found his
shooting eye at the right time as he knocks down the three pointer. He finished
Bobby Cremins' team fell apart down the stretch. Clint Harrison gets two of
his game high 19 points on the back SUPER=33-N.C. State/60/Ga. Tech/46;
door jam. And State ends Ga. Tech's season with the 60-to-46 win.
N.C. State now earns the right to play top seeded Duke in the quarterfinals
tomorrow at 2.
You can catch that game, and all of tomorrow's quarterfinals over on WDBJ-7
starting at Noon.
In Philadelphia today the Virginia Tech Hokies saw their season come to a
close today in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tourney against Rhode
SUPER=03-Philadelphia/Rhode Island vs. Va. Tech; :00
The Hokies took their first lead with 5-minutes left in the first half Ace
Custis hits the jumper from the corner Tech led 22 to 18.
Tech came the momentum on its side as freshman Russ Wheeler hits this
jumper to make it 24 to 18 Tech.
The Hokies upped that lead to 7 at the half then another freshman Brandon
Dunlop's three made it a 34 to 24 as the Hokies led by 10.
Rhode Island rallied midway through the second half - Tyson Wheeler's
jumper gave the rams a 41 to 40 lead and they would never trail again.
Tech fell behind by as many as seven, but Troy Manns takes it to the hoop
cutting the lead to one. but Rhode Island wins it 67 to 63.
Tech finishes the year and the Bill Foster era with a 15 and 16 record.
SUPER=03-New York/WVa. vs. Providence;
And West Virginia's tournament title hopes also come to a close today in the
Big East quarterfinals as they lost to Providence 76-to-69.
The Mountaineers are now 19-and-9 and headed either to the NCAA's or the NIT.
The Roanoke Express announced some ownership changes tonight at a
newsconference at the Roanoke Civic Center.
As expected, John Gagnon's 50 percent share in the team was purchased by the
But three new owners are also coming on board.
Mark Fackrell, an office supply businessman from Galax, and Mary and Harold
Jordan from Albemarle County.
IN Q="You try to...
((MARK FACKRELL/JOINS EXPRESS OWNERSHIP GROUP:))
SUPER=01-Mark Fackrell/Joins Express Ownership Group; :00
OUT Q=...WANNA DO."
SUPER=04-Tuesday Night; :00
The Express also announced today that Wayne Strachan was been recalled by
Strachan had 32 points in just 25 games.
IN Q="The last 4 or 5...
((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :00
OUT Q=...GREAT TRIO."
The VMI Keydets are renewing their rivalry with the Naval Academy this coming
On October 18th of this year, VMI will travel to Annapolis to play the
The last time the two teams played was 24 years ago in Lexington.
Spring drills begin for the Keydets on Monday.
And in one other football note from the NFL, concerning the Carolina
SUPER=03-Charlotte/Last Season; :00
The NFC West champs signed all-pro linebacker Sam Mills to a two year
contract extension. The 38 year old veteran, who was the team's leading
tackler the last two years, will play two more seasons in Carolina and then
((SAM MILLS/SIGNS FOR TWO MORE YEARS:))
SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Signs For Two More Years;:00
OUT Q=...ANOTHER YEAR."
For those of you who love cars-- Fort Lauderdale is the place to be this
week-- for the International Auto Show.
Students from New York's School of Visual ARTS made the trip-- to show off
their class projects.
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL; :
Their medium-- that Eastern European Jalopy-- the Yugo.
Check out this one, a foosball table, representing one of the favorite
games of Eastern Europe.
There's also a very convincing mailbox-- even an Accordion Yugo.
The most functional of Yugos-- a backyard grill.
That's all for us-- but for more news, watch NEWS-7 at 11 in 30- minutes over
on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow,