A Blacksburg woman was found guilty of drunk driving.
In January her car hit and killed a Virginia Tech student.
The judge also moved felony charges of involuntary manslaughter onto a grand
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Dan Kelly and Ryane
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/January 11; :00
SUPER=01-Ryane Simpson/Accident Survivor;:58
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Dan Kelly and Ryane Simpson were walking, with their backs to traffic, on
Tech's Southgate Drive.
Evelyn Williams hit them from behind.
Kelly was killed on impact.
A Tech police officer testified Williams slipped up in several field
But six hours passed before officers could get a warrant to test her blood.
It registered point-oh-four, well below the legal limit of point-oh-eight.
But a state toxicologist used a measured rate to estimate blood alcohol
level at the time of the accident.
((IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF O.13. ))
Though judge Thomas Frith struggled with his verdict, he couldn't ignore
the scientific testimony.
((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. ))
Frith fined Williams 500 dollars and suspended a 30- day jail sentence.
Her license is suspended for a year, or until she completes an alcohol safety
((RYANE SIMPSON/ACCIDENT SURVIVOR: WE MISS HIM A WHOLE LOT AND I KNOW THIS IS
NOT GONNA BRING HIM BACK BUT I'M GLAD THAT AT LEAST SOME JUSTICE IS SERVED.
WE'RE WAITING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THIS. ))
A Montgomery County grand jury will now consider whether Williams should
stand trial for involuntary manslaughter. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
A Campbell County teen who shot and killed his neighbor will spend most of
his life in prison.
Doctors said 17- year- old Lewis "Trey" Mize was suffering from a psychotic
disorder when he murdered 19- year- old Roger Vassar Junior in January, 19-96.
But a judge yesterday called it a "cold and calculated assassination" and
sentenced Mize to 56 years in prison.
IN Q=As the judge
((NEIL VENER/PROSECUTOR: AS THE JUDGE SAID IT WAS A TOTALLY SENSELESS HOMICIDE,
A TOTALLY SENSELESS MURDER, THERE WAS NO REASON FOR IT, AND WE'LL NEVER KNOW
WHY THE DEFENDANT DID IT, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO PREVENT THE
DEFENDANT FROM HAVING A CHANCE TO DO IT AGAIN.))
((ROGER VASSAR SR./VICTIM'S FATHER: WE HAVE LOST OUR SON AND THE MIZES HAVE
LOST THEIRS TOO, BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HIM COMING OUT AT A YOUNG AGE
WHERE WE COULD POSSIBLY DO IT AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Neil Vener/Prosecutor; :00
SUPER=01-Roger Vassar, Sr./Victim's Father; :13
OUT Q=do it again.
Mize apologized to the Vassar family before he was sentenced.
His attorney says an appeal is likely.
President Clinton arrived in Helsinki, Finland this morning for summit
talks with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Before leaving for the Summit, the President named George Tenet as his new
choice to head the Central intelligence agency.
Tenet replaces Anthony Lake, the first choice for the post, who withdrew his
name from nomination earlier this week.
Tenet was appointed acting director of the C-I-A last December.
The Franklin County Human society now has more than 100 animals looking for
A judge gave them the go- ahead to either adopt- out or sell the animals
removed from the care of animal breeder Valery Green.
In the meantime some of the animals have found temporary foster homes.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=It doesn't
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January; :08
SUPER=01-Lee Owens/Humane Society Volunteer; :25
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
A spokesperson from Franklin County Humane Society says the organization
will not be responding to telephone inquiries involving the Valery Green
Instead, volunteers will be posting adoption instructions at various
veterinary clinics throughout Franklin County, as well as the Roanoke Valley.
Joe Abbott may get out of jail today IF he can produce a quarter million
dollars to post bond.
Keith Humphry has the latest on what the GOVERNMENT calls an "organized
IN Q=Rod Abed was
SUPER=01-Robert Abed/Joe Abbott's Son; :12
SUPER=04-January 13, 1995; :45
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hardy/Fire Victim's Sister; 1:00
SUPER=01-Danny Kirk/Corner Store Owner; 1:31
SUPER=01-Kimberly Spradlin/Fahad Tawalbeh's Ex-girlfriend; 2:04
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
Rod Abed was denied bond.
But the magistrate set bond at 250-thousand dollars for his father, Joe
Abbott, the reputed Godfather of organized crime in Roanoke.
((I'LL HAVE MY DAY.))
((I DO HOPE THE MEDIA USE THE SAME PUBLICITY TO CLEAR MY FATHER AND MY BROTHER
AND MY UNCLE TO CLEAR THEIR NAMES AS YOU HAVE TO PUT A BLEMISH UPON IT.))
Robert Abed is NOT charged in the 12-count racketeering indictment.
He wants it known that there are more than 100 Abeds in Virginia, and HE
says it is NOT a crime family.
((You don't know what your father and other members of the family may have been
MR. HUMPHRY, IF MY FATHER WAS THE GODFATHER- -AS THEY PUT IT- -I AM HIS SON. I
WILL KNOW. I WOULD KNOW.))
The government suspects his father and others set fire to the Corner Store
at 13th and Chapman Avenue two years ago- -an attempt to force their
competitor- -across the street- -out of business.
That same night an apartment fire next door killed two people... including
((SHE HADN'T MENTIONED ANYTHING. SHE JUST MENTIONED THAT THE STORE HAD CAUGHT
ON FIRE, AND SHE BELIEVED THAT THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE STREET HAD SOMETHING TO DO
WITH IT. ))
But EVERYBODY on 13th Street knew of the competition between the two stores.
CAROLYN Hardy says it was more than that. Bunny had a run-in at the
((I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT SHE HAD A CONFRONTATION WITH THEM, YOU KNOW. SHE SPOKE
OF IT. WITH THE PEOPLE, ABED AND FAHAD, FAHAD, YES.))
Fahad Tawalbeh' bond was set at 125-thousand dollars.
He's charged in the store fire- -but NOT the apartment arson.
((I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT. BUT I DO KNOW THAT THE NIGHT THE FIGHT
STARTED RUFUS HICKS DIDN'T INSTIGATE ANYTHING. AND HE DIDN'T REALLY WANT ANY
Rufus Hicks was severely beaten on Speedway property in 1991. He died two
Corner Store Owner Danny Kirk says Tawalbeh thought Hicks was his son and
says it was all part of the attempt to run Kirk out of business.
Tawalbeh's ex-girlfriend went to Magistrate's court, insisting Fahad
Tawalbeh is not a violent person.
((IF THEY THINK THEY'VE GOT THE EVIDENCE, I HOPE THEY CAN COME UP WITH IT.
BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE IT. EVERYBODY THAT KNOWS FAHAD, THEY DON'T BELIEVE IT
The trial is still a long way off.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
Word out of Washington should ease fears about potential job losses in
Roanoke as a result of Norfolk Southern's purchase of Conrail's assets.
Some have worried that hundreds of jobs at N-S's East End shops are at risk,
because Conrail has a similar facility in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte met with Norfolk Southern's Chief
Executive David Goode yesterday.
Goode says he believes N-S WILL get the Altoona shops.
But he assured the Congressman that this will NOT effect the Roanoke
Goode went on to say that the deal could end up creating more jobs in
Roanoke, at places like its downtown offices.
Significant developments were made last night in a Henry County murder case.
Authorities charged 22- year- old Jaquan (Juh kwan) Anderson Ross with first
degree murder and illegal use of a firearm.
Sheriff's deputies have also identified the man Ross is accused of killing.
He is 27- year- old Carlton Alfonzo Flash.
Authorities found Flash's body in the road earlier this week. He had been
shot several times.
President Clinton is in Helsinki, Finland this morning for his
summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
SUPER=03-Helsinki, Finland/This Morning;
At the top of the Summit agenda: Russia's concerns over NATO'S eastward
President Clinton has so far been unable to convince Russia's President
Boris Yeltsin that NATO is not a threat.
The two leaders will also discuss arms control and economic reform.
A company that makes tobacco products is expected to publicly announce today
that cigarettes are addictive and cause cancer.
Liggett Groups public acknowledgment is part of a settlement with 22 states
that are suing tobacco companies for the cost of treating sick smokers.
Liggett is the smallest of the major U-S tobacco firms.
The company is also expected to cooperate fully with the states in their
efforts against other tobacco companies.
Thirty-four people affected by the 19-95 Oklahoma City bombing have filed
claims against the federal government totalling billions of dollars.
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK/Yesterday;
Their attorney filed suit against the government yesterday.
The blast's survivors and relatives of the victims claim the government knew
about the bombing in advance.
(( THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT NEGLECTED TO PROTECT PERSONS IN AND AROUND THE
MURRAH BUILDING, DESPITE KNOWING THAT TERRORISTS HAD DISCUSSED PLANS FOR
VIOLENCE BEFORE APRIL 19th, 1995.
OUT Q=for violence before april 19th 19-95.
But another group of survivors calls the lawsuit ridiculous.
The group says, the other side is interested in winning a huge award and is
potentially disrupting the judicial process.
Pornography on the Internet went before the Supreme Court yesterday.
Andrew Freiden has local reaction to this free speech issue.
IN Q=a roanoke college
SUPER=01-Harry Wilson/Roanoke College Professor;:07
SUPER=01-Spencer Watts/Roanoke Library Director; :31
OUT Q=af, news7 roanoke.
(( A Roanoke College Professor says the upcoming Supreme Court decision could
be an interesting one.
IN Q=THE BEST GUESS
((THE BEST GUESS SEEMS TO BE MOST, IF NOT ALL MEMBERS OF THE SUPREME COURT ARE
IN FACT ALMOST TOTALLY UNFAMILIAR WITH THE INTERNET AND THE WORLD WIDE WEB. SO
THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT REALLY IS. ))
OUT Q=REALLY IS
Meanwhile Roanoke County's library director says the Internet is a valuable
source of information.
And patrons are using the library's free access responsibly.
Still the library is testing Filter programs that block offensive websites.
IN Q=they still
((SPENCER WATTS/LIBRARY DIRECTOR: THEY STILL ALLOW A LOT OF ACCESS TO SITES
THAT THEY ARE INTENDED TO BLOCK. BUT THEY ALSO INADVERTENTLY BLOCK OUT A LOT
OF VERY GOOD SITES BY ACCIDENT.))
OUT Q=by accident.
For instance, Some filter programs block out all sites with the word "sex"
or "breast" in the title--
That limits access to discussion on Same-sex military schools and sites
dealing with Breast Cancer research.
Watts thinks most underage viewing of sexual material takes place at home...
IN Q=AS MUCH AS
((AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, IF YOU CAN MONITOR WHAT YOUR CHILD IS DOING...IF YOU
HAVE CONCERNS IN THAT AREA. THE VERY BEST FILTER DEVICE OF ALL IS MOM AND
OUT Q=MOM AND DAD
And a Supreme court decision banning pornography might not wipe out Internet
It has been estimated that more than 1/2 of all obscene sites originate
overseas-- making them immune to United States law.
AF, news7 Rke county.))
Most of the adult life of a 17- year- old Campbell County boy who killed his
neighbor will be spend behind bars.
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, 19-96.
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.
GRAPHIC=mornin health check
It's "Everything You Wanted To Know About Drugs, But Were Afraid To Ask."
Hundreds of people came to the Roanoke seminar yesterday looking for
Intern reporter Amy Bohutinsky reports.
SUPER=01-Judge Philip Trompeter/RVDAAC Chairman; :21
SUPER=01-Dr. Harold Crossley/Conference Speaker; :50
SUPER=20-Amy Bohutinsky; 1:23
OUT Q=Amy Bohutinsky, News 7
Parents... educators... students... businesspeople... doctors... and
government officials... they all came together to address concerns that affect
all reaches of the community-- problems of drugs and alcohol.
The Roanoke Valley Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council was one of the sponsors of
IN Q=It certainly is
((JUDGE PHILIP TROMPETER/RVDAAC CHAIRMAN: IT CERTAINLY IS OUR HOPE THAT IT WILL
BE A BUILDING BLOCK TO PROVIDE OUR COMMUNITY WITH OTHER STRATEGIES AND
RESOURCES TO ADDRESS ISSUES OF PREVENTION, AS WELL AS TREATMENT, AS WELL AS
OUT Q=enforcement issues.
Maryland expert, Doctor Harold Crossley travels around the country speaking
to communities about substance abuse.
He says though some drug use IS on the rise, the most widespread problem has
IN Q=They estimate
((DR. HAROLD CROSSLEY/CONFERENCE SPEAKER:THEY ESTIMATE THAT ABOUT TEN-PERCENT
OF THE POPULATION IS CHEMICALLY DEPENDANT, AND THAT'S ABOUT 26-MILLION PEOPLE,
AND PROBABLY AT LEAST 16-MILLION OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE DEPENDANT ON ALCOHOL, SO
ALCOHOL IS STILL OUR NUMBER-ONE PROBLEM))
OUT Q=number-one problem.
Participants were urged to apply these lessons locally.
IN Q=For the policy-makers
((JUDGE TROMPETER: FOR THE POLICY-MAKERS WHO ARE HERE, THE MORE THEY UNDERSTAND
ABOUT THESE ISSUES, THE MORE THEY CAN DECIDE HOW OUR DOLLARS ARE GOING TO BE
USED TO ADDRESS THE MULTITUDE OF PROBLEMS))
And if community education is the first step to treatment and prevention--
250 people have just gained the knowledge to help.
Amy Bohutinsky, News 7.))
(Toss to BUMP)
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 yesterday.
Rod Abed was DENIED bond yesterday.
But the man the government says is the head of a Palestinian crime family
in Roanoke could be out of jail today, 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.
A Blacksburg woman was found guilty of driving under the influence in the
fatal crash that killed a Virginia Tech student on campus.
Evelyn Williams' blood was not tested until six hours after the accident.
It took that long for officers to get a warrant.
Twenty- 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 One
three...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-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.
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 19-95.
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.
SOT tape one 11:24:47
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.
When teachers at Boiling Spring Elementary School in Alleghany County
started their annual reading competition with a NASCAR theme, they expected the
students to read about 70 thousand pages.
But the students had more horsepower then they thought, reading more than
Their reward was a visit from NASCAR driver Rick Mast, who showed off his
racing savvy by narrowly beating the school principal in a tricycle race.
Mast talked to the kids about the way racing is changing, and the importance
IN Q=It's a pretty exciting
((RICK MAST/NASCAR DRIVER; IT'S A PRETTY EXCITING BUSINESS TO BE IN RIGHT NOW,
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU GET TO TALK TO KIDS AND TELL 'EM THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING
IN SCHOOL AND ALL THAT, YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY, HERE'S THE DEAL, HERE'S
WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO DO AND HERE'S THE PAYOFF FOR IT AN A LOT OF THESE GUYS
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/NASCAR Driver;
OUT Q=guys understand that
Mast also handed out awards and personally congratulated the winners of the
In the N-B-A,
The Miami Heat came back from 15 points down in the third quarter to beat
Golden State in overtime 93-to-91.
For last night's scores, let's check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-j/Florida State/76//West Virginia/71////UNLV/73/j/Arkansas/86///;
OUT Q=....last score."