(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...SEX ON THE INTERNET...THE SUPREME COURT
TAKES UP THE ISSUE.
A CAMPBELL COUNTY TEENAGER IS SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 50-YEARS IN PRISON--
FOR KILLING HIS NEIGHBOR. ))
OUT Q=HIS NEIGHBOR.
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It's Wednesday, March 19th, our Top Story.
A Blacksburg woman is found guilty of driving under the influence in the
fatal crash that killed a 20-year old Virginia Tech student on campus.
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
Evelyn Williams' blood wasn't tested until six hours after the accident.
It took that long for officers to get a warrant.
20-year old Dan Kelly and Ryane Simpson were walking with their backs to
traffic on Virginia Tech's Southgate Drive.
The car Williams was driving hit them from behind.
Kelly died on impact.
((RYANE SIMPSON/ACCIDENT SURVIVOR: ALL I REMEMBER IS I WAS THROWN, BEING PICKED
UP, THROWN IN THE AIR AND THEN LANDING IN THE SNOW ALONGSIDE THE ROAD. THEN I
ROLLED OVER AND I SAW DAN LAYING ABOUT 30 FEET FROM ME. ))
SUPER=01-Ryane Simpson/Accident Survivor;
OUT Q=30 feet from me.
A state toxicologist used a measured rate to estimate blood alcohol level at
the time of the accident...saying it was in the neighborhood of POINT
1-3...above the legal limit of point-oh-eight.
((HON. THOMAS FRITH/MONTGOMERY CO. DIST. JUDGE: IT'S A REAL CLOSE SITUATION,
THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU. BUT IN VIEW OF MR. CARPENTER'S TESTIMONY I
DON'T FEEL I CAN DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT CONVICT YOU OF DUI. ))
SUPER=01-Hon. Thomas Frith/Montgomery Co. District Court Judge;
out=you of DUI.
Judge Frith fined Williams 500 dollars and suspended a 30- day jail
Her license is suspended for a year, or until she completes an alcohol
The judge also certified an involuntary manslaughter charge to the
Montgomery County grand jury.
A seventeen- year- old Campbell County boy will spend most of his adult life
in prison for killing his neighbor last year.
Based on average life expectancy, Judge Samuel Johnston estimated that Roger
Vassar had another 53 years to live before Lewis "Trey" Mize shot and killed
him in January, 1996.
So Johnston sentenced Mize to 53 years in prison for the murder, tacking on
another three years for the firearms charge.
IN Q=Nobody knows why
((NEIL VENER/PROSECUTOR: NOBODY KNOWS WHY HE KILLED ROGER VASSAR AND NOBODY
KNOWS WHAT HE'S CAPABLE OF IN THE FUTURE. AND THE COURT'S PRIMARY DUTY WAS TO
PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND THE COURT CARRIED OUT THAT DUTY.))
((MARGIE VASSAR/MOTHER OF VICTIM: AND IT'S VERY HARD, BECAUSE ROGER WAS IN THE
PROCESS OF GOING TO BUY LAND, AND NOW HE HAS A PLOT INSTEAD OF A LOT, SO IT'S
SUPER=01-Neil Vener/Prosecutor; :00
SUPER=01-Margie Vassar/Victim's Mother; :10
OUT Q=it's very hard.
Defense attorney Tom Blaylock says he's disappointed the judge gave Mize
more than what the guidelines called for.
IN Q=In essense
((TOM BLAYLOCK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IN ESSENCE WHAT THE JUDGE HAS DONE TODAY HAS
BASICALLY GIVEN HIM A LIFE SENTENCE WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO IT. AND THAT'S WHAT
WE'RE DISAPPOINTED ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Defense Attorney; :00
OUT Q=disappointed about.
Blaylock says it's likely he'll appeal the conviction.
A federal magistrate has set strict terms of release for Joe Abbott.
It could be blocked by a District Judge, but bond WAS set late today.
Rod Abed was DENIED bond today.
But the man the government says is the head of a Palestinian crime family
in Roanoke could be out of jail tomorrow, if he can post 250-thousand dollars
Another son- -who is NOT a suspect the racketeering case- -says it's simply
UNtrue. There is no crime family.
IN Q=We get up
((WE GET UP AND GO TO WORK EVERY MORNING JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, AND WE HAVE
THIS PRESSURE ON US. IT'S GETTING UNBEARABLE. AND WE WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE
MEDIA TO PLEASE TONE IT DOWN. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE ABED CRIME
SUPER=01-Robert Abed/Joe Abbott's Son
OUT Q=crime organization.
SUPER=04-January 13, 1995
The indictment charges Robert's brother, Rod, set TWO fires on 13th Street
the same day.
Two people DIED in the second one... possibly because they might have seen
who set the first fire.
Should indecent material be allowed on the Internet?
That's what the Supreme Court must decide. It's hearing arguments on-
whether congress has the power to limit pornography On-Line.
((BRUCE ENNIS/AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION: THE PRINCIPAL PROBLEM WITH THE
ACT IS IT COMPLETELY BANS FROM MOST OF CYBERPSACE A VAST AMOUNT OF SPEECH THAT
IS CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED FOR ADULTS.))
((DEE JEPSEN/"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH": A CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER CAN'T PUT A HUSTLER
MAGAZINE WHICH IS LEGAL FOR ADULTS IN FRONT OF CHILDREN OR CERTAINLY SELL IT TO
THEM OR THEY WOULD BE PROSECUTED. SO WHY IS THE INTERNET ANY DIFFERENT?))
SUPER=01-Bruce Ennis/American Civil Liberties Union; 00
SUPER=01-Dee Jepsen/"Enough is Enough"; :10
OUT Q=INTERNET ANY DIFFERENT?"
A ruling is due by July.
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Meantime, Roanoke County has been supplying free public access to the
internet for more than a year.
Library Director Spencer Watts says that's because libraries are in the
business of dispensing information.
IN Q=concern always is
((SPENCER WATTS: CONCERN ALWAYS IS WITH ANY TYPE OF REGULATION. IF THE
GOVERNMENT INTERVENES, AT SOME POINT, AND BEGINS TO DRAW STRONG LINES OF WHAT
SHOULD AND SHOULDN'T BE DONE...WHERE DO THESE LINES END UP? ))
SUPER=01-Spencer Watts/Library Director;
OUT Q=end up
Roanoke County's main library has its three internet terminals in public
Watts says that discourages people from accessing pornographic material.
IN Q=so far
((SPENCER WATTS/LIBRARY DIRECTOR: SO FAR WE'VE NOT EXPERIENCED A SIGNIFICANT
PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE USING THE INTERNET IN AN INAPPROPRIATE WAY. WE FIND THAT
MOST PEOPLE TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT THEY ARE IN A PUBLIC PLACE. ))
OUT Q=public place
Watts adds the best type of regulation comes from parents.
Choosing comp time instead of overtime pay could be everyone's option.
The House has narrowly approved a bill that Republicans say would liberate
American workers by giving them more time with their families.
Democrats and unions say it would open the door to abuses, with the
employer making the decision.
Although he supports the broad concept, President Clinton has threatened to
veto a comp time bill.
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A shutdown at a Central Virginia manufacturing plant is forcing employees
off the job for about a week.
Later tonight on Primetime Sports-- James Madison University quickly fills its
basketball coach vacancy-- details when we come back-- right here on WEFC.
go to break
Georgia- Pacific's container-board mill in Big Island is in the middle of a
one- week shutdown due to soft demand.
SUPER=03-Big Island/File Tape;
Close to 400 people work at the plant.
Nearly all of them have the week off without pay.
There is a handful of salaried, maintenance, and security employees still
The plant reopens Monday.
Georgia Pacific has closed several other facilities across the U-S for the
The last furlough at the Big Island plant took place in 1995.
Virginia Democrats are pointing the fund-raising finger back at
Republicans... calling today for Attorney General Jim Gilmore to give back 275-
thousand dollars to New York bond houses and step down from office.
Gilmore's running for the Republican nomination for Governor.
The 275- thousand dollar contribution was funneled through the national
Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Democrats say the New York brokers will be violating federal securities laws
if they do business in Virginia now after Gilmore's accepted the money.
Virginia Republicans say the story is a "smokescreen" to deflect attention
from the Roger Tamraz donation.
That's the 100- thousand dollars Virginia Democrats returned yesterday to an
oil tycoon with questionable access to President Clinton.
Governor George Allen's tinkering with campaign ethics bills passed by this
year's General Assembly.
The Governor says he will amend two bills.
One would require politicians to stop all fundraising during the annual
Allen cites examples of lawmakers who ask lobbyists to buy tickets to
fundraisers during the session.
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IN Q=I'm not
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I'M NOT SAYING THAT THAT IS ANY SORT OF A DEAL BEING MADE
THERE BUT IT JUST ISN'T RIGHT.))
OUT Q=isn't right.
Allen says Virginia has some of the weakest campaign laws in the
nation...but in comparison to questions about the Clinton White House--
IN Q=I would
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WOULD NOT WANT TO SAY THAT THERE IS ANYTHING LIKE THAT
GOING ON IN VIRGINIA.))
The Governor's other amendments would require lawmakers to report gifts or
entertainment donated to them with a value of 50-dollars or more.
Lawmakers had already passed a version with a 100-dollar reporting limit.
A plan to preserve Mount Rogers National Recreation Area -- but improve its
roads -- is finally in front of the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
But the recommended upgrades to Routes 58 and 16 through the forest land
came about in secret.
A citizens' committee headed up by V-DOT engineer Jamie Browder was
appointed by George Allen's Transportation Secretary.
The Governor "witnessed" the document allowing the appointments.
IN Q=If you
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: IF YOU KNOW THE AREA AND YOU
KNOW THE CONTROVERSY WITH THIS AREA, YOU KNOW THAT IF THE MEETINGS HAD BEEN
HELD IN AN OPEN FORMAT, WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY.))
SOT 11:35:38 tape two
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND SO I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY WERE HAVING THEM IN PRIVATE.
MAYBE THEY WERE NEGOTIATING. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE REASON WAS.))
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: THE OTHER REALITY IS THAT THIS
GROUP HAS NO AUTHORITY WHATSOEVER. NONE. ZILCH. NOTHING. NO AUTHORITY.))
OUT Q=no authority.
The next steps will occur in public.
The state board must vote to accept the recommendations and take them to
public hearing later this year.
The mystery continues-- has there been, or is there now, life on Mars?
SUPER=03-Houston, TX; :
Scientists have been studying the "magnetites" found in a large meteorite
The word today from NASA-- the studies are inconclusive.
IN Q=If you ask
((LAURIE LESHIN/UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA: IF YOU ASK ME WHETHER I BELIEVE LIFE
WAS STARTED ON MAR. I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT IT'S MORE LIKELY THAN NOT. 50-50,
BUT MORE LIKELY THAN NOT. ))
SUPER=01-Laurie Leshin/Univ. of California; :
OUT Q=more likely than not DOUBLE OUT!
Most scientists are holding out for more data.
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U.S. figure skating star Scott Hamilton has been diagnosed with testicular
He'll begin chemotherapy within a week.
The four-time world champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist said today in a
statement he's 100 percent confident that he can overcome the disease--and be
back on the ice within a few months.
Estrogen replacement therapy can help prevent osteoporosis and heart
Now, researchers say it can also help to prevent wrinkles.
Women who took estrogen were found to have up to 30-percent fewer wrinkles
and dry skin.
The study is reported in the Archives of Dermatology.
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When teachers at Alleghany COunty's Boiling Springs Elementary School
started their reading program last month-- they told the kids to think of it as
a NASCAR race.
The kids did, and they read more than 400-thousand pages.
Their reward today, is just one component of our video pick tonight--
IN Q=Nat Sound
SUPER=75-Alleghany Co.; :04
SUPER=75-Greensboro, NC; :27
SUPER=75-Madison, WI; :38
OUT Q=SPEED AND NEATNESS COUNTS.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
We couldn't skip this race between NASCAR drive Rick Mast and the School's
principal-- going head to head in a late model tricycle competition.
Mast told the kids-- if they want a future in racing-- or anything else--
they have to keep reading and stay in school.
While we're on the topic of career counseling--
Some fifth graders are ready for an almost real shuttle mission.
Five would-be astronauts are spending their 30 hours in their mockup space
They'll eat there.. sleep there.. and teach their classmates about the
mission on closed circuit tv.
And still on the clock-- check out these contestants in the Housekeeping
They call this event Bednastics.
Obviously, speed and neatness count!))
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A busy night on PrimeTime sports a former J-M-U player will take over for
Lefty Driesell and Former Duke Assistant Tommy Amaker is ready to take over the
program at Seton Hall.
But first a couple of notes from the N-F-L. Fullback Darryl Johnston has a
new contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
And Denver quarterback John Elway is recovering from surgery to his
He underwent Arthroscopic surgery this afternoon and will probably miss
May's mini camp but should be ready for July's training camp.
Now the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/Florida State/76//West Virginia/71////UNLV/14//Arkansas/21/1//;
SUPER=0103-/Florida/1//N.Y. Islanders/5/1///Montreal/3//N.Y. Rangers/3/3//;
SUPER=0103-/San Jose/0//Calgary/0/2///Tampa Bay/0//Edmonton/0/1//;
OUT Q=....last score."
The Seminoles of Florida State have advanced to the quarter finals of the
N-I-T with a win over West Virginia.
SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/ESPN; :
Seminole coach Pat Kennedy calling a play from the coaches box.
Florida State took the early lead in the first half Lamar Greer scoring on
the break to make it 27 to 26.
But the Mountaineers rallied pushing the ball inside for easy baskets to
lead 39 to 35 at the half.
The Seminoles made a run to open the second half this Randell Jackson
follow slam made it 49 to 44 Mountaineers.
West Virginia could maintain that lead with four minutes left in the game
Adrian Pledger scores to make it 64 to 60.
But the Seminoles got this three SUPER=33-Florida State/76/West
Virginia/71/;pointer from Greer to lead by one and Florida State advances with
the 76 to 71 win.
The folks in Harrisonburg have found a replacement for Left Driesell.
In fact, JMU has replaced the left hander with his former right hand man,
SUPER=03-Terre Haute, IN; :00
The 41-year-old Bassett native, got his first college coaching job under
Lefty at Maryland in 1979.
Before that he played at JMU, and most recently served as the head coach at
Larry Bird's alma mater, Indiana State for the past three years.
Dillard's teams won 29 games in those three seasons in Terre Haute.
Dillard was an honors student while at JMU.
And some of you may remember he was an assistant coach at Laurel Park during
the 1978-79 season.
Former Duke assistant Tommy Amaker is ready to take over the college
basketball program at Seton Hall.
Amaker met with school officials and team members this afternoon in New
Jersey after formally accepting the job.
IN Q="We're excited...
((TOMMY AMAKER/SETON HALL HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Tommy Amaker/Seton Hall Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=........Seton Hall."
The Express plays East Division leading South Carolina this Friday.
SS=Round House wrap Up full/18080
Last night's win over 2nd place Hampton Roads is just one topic in this
weeks Round House Wrap up.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Valeriy Svoboda/Express Right Winger; :34
SUPER=01-Ryan Equale/Express Center; :48
SUPER=01-Matt Carmichael/Express Back up Goalie; 1:11
SUPER=01-Tim Christian/Express Winger; 1:28
OUT Q=...Round House Wrap up"
((Valeri Svoboda practiced Wednesday morning with great confidence. The
reason? He registered an assist in his first game for the Express; in his first
game as a pro.
((:EXPRESS RIGHT WINGER))
Against Hampton, Svoboda, who signed with the Express yesterday, played on the
same line with Jeff Jablonsky and fellow Russian Ilja Dubkov.
The revolving door for back up goalies has been shut for now. Sylvain
Careau's replacement is Matt Carmichael, a teammate of Svoboda's in the Ontario
The Express worked out the downtown YMCA today. Roanoke is now just 4 points
behind Richmond after the Hampton Roads win. The Stingrays are up next.
Jeff Loder's injury woes from the Richmond game continue. Express sources
say he hyper extended his left knee against the Admirals but should play this
weekend. Steve Mason, Round House Wrap up.))
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
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The Franklin County Humane Society will be allowed to adopt- out the 100-
plus animals that were mistreated by a Ferrum breeder.
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NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow...goodnight.
More on the story with Jean Jadhon over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching