Police believe they've found the bodies of two sisters- missing since
Another Heavens Gate cult member is found dead in a hotel.
Plus cold nights put a chill on sales for area greenhouses.
And a possible twister hits New York City and New Jersey.
News 7 is next.
Earl Bramblett will stand trial for murder.
A judge ruled today Bramblett IS mentally competent to stand trial.
He's accused of murdering a Vinton family in 1994.
One former member of the Heaven's Gate Cult is dead. Another is in critical
condition. Their bodies found in a California hotel.
They apparently tried to imitate the cult's mass suicide.
SUPER=03-Staten Island, NY;
A possible tornado hit the New York City area this afternoon.
Severe storms knocked down trees, damaged roofs and collapsed at least one
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Police believe they have found the bodies of the two young girls who
disappeared last week from their Spotsylvania County home.
The bodies tentatively identified as sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk were
found this evening in Hanover County.
The girls disappeared from their home last Thursday.
The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's office says their descriptions match the
bodies found tonight.
They were discovered about 40 miles from where 15 year old Kristin and 12
year old Kati were last seen.
Authorities would not release a cause of death or any other details behind
Earl Bramblett will stand trial for murder as scheduled last month.
Bramblett is charged with killing Blain and Theresa Hodges and two of their
children in Vinton in 1994.
Today his defense attorneys argued he was not competent to stand trial.
IN Q=there are two prongs
TERRY GRIMES/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; THERE ARE TWO PRONGS TO COMPETENCY, ONE IS THAT
THE ACCUSED UNDERSTAND THE NATURE AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE CHARGES AGAINST
HIM, SECONDLY THAT THE ACCUSED BE ABLE TO ASSIST HIS COUNSEL IN PREPARATION OF
THE TRIAL OF THIS MATTER.
WE HAD SOME CONCERNS ABOUT COMPETENCY ELSE WE WOULDN'T HAVE FILED THE MOTION.
SUPER=01-Terry Grimes/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=filed the motion
After three hours of testimony from three psychologists, Judge Roy Willet
ruled Bramblett IS competent to stand trial.
No one will say what the psychologists talked about, but afterwards, the
judge said it was proper and necessary to close the hearing to protect
Bramblett's right to a fair trial.
A Troutville man is lucky to be alive after a train collided with his
68 year old James Craig was hit as he drove over a crossing on a private
The impact knocked him through the back window of the truck.
He was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he's in stable condition.
A neighbor who drove up right after the accident said she was surprised
because the train did not sound a warning whistle.
IN Q=I've never seen
((LISA DOOLEY/NEIGHBOR; I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN BEFORE, THEY
COME THROUGH HERE AND I USUALLY HEAR A WHISTLE BLOW BUT I DON'T KNOW IF THEY DO
IT EVERY TIME OR NOT, I CAN'T SAY.))
OUT Q=was his father
Trains are NOT required to sound a warning when they approach private
The trooper investigating the accident says there was a clear line of site
in each direction, and the engineer reported his speed at 22 miles a hour.
That's well under the 40 mile an hour limit for that section of track.
Police say the man found dead in northwest Roanoke this afternoon apparently
died of a drug overdose.
The body of 37-year old Alan Lynn Tarter was found at the construction site
at the Peter's Creek Road extension.
Police say a witness found the body after noticing someone driving a jeep
who was acting suspiciously.
They later found the driver of the jeep. The man told police that he and
Tartar bought some drugs; Tarter went into a coma and apparently died.
The driver dumped the body at the construction site.
So far, no charges have been filed.
It could've been the first of its kind- a death penalty sentence for a drunk
Instead a jury today decided life without parole for Thomas Richard Jones.
Liz Mullen reports.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC; 00
SUPER=04-September 4, 1996; 06
SUPER=01-Joy Witzl/Victim's Mother; 16 quick!
SUPER=01-David Friedman/Jones' Attorney;
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((The man you see here was the first drunk driver in the country to face the
death penalty. On september 4, 1996, 39-year-old Thomas Richard Jones ploughed
his car into another.. killing Julie Hansen and Maia Witzl.
JOY WITZL, VICTIM'S MOTHER: I WAS NOT ABLE TO PUT MY ARMS AROUND HER ONE LAST
But this case was different from the 17-thousand or so fatal drunk driving
accidents that occur each year.
JURORS: WE THE JURY FIND THE DEFENDANT GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER.
It was the first time a jury in North Carolina convicted a drunk driver of
first degree murder.
Even though Thomas Richard Jones calls his drinking habits,
JONES: MODERATE TO HEAVY.
... He has two prior convictions for driving while impaired. In 1980 he drank
so much that he fell off his lawn mower and severed his leg. He assaulted his
wife and his mother. Even his attorneys admit Jones' problems with drugs and
alcohol are mammoth.
DAVID FRIEDMAN, JONES' ATTORNEY)
HE IS A SICK MAN. HE IS A DISEASED MAN. BUT THERE WAS NO INTENTION THERE TO
KILL. LIZ MULLEN CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
A former member of the Heaven's Gate cult has been found dead and another
is in critical condition.
Authorities say the two apparently wanted to imitate the cult's
The men were found in a Holiday Inn north of San Diego.
Both were wearing black pants and Nike shoes.
25 years in prison for Army Staff Sargent Delmar Simpson.
A court martial jury sentenced Simpson for raping six female trainees at the
Aberdeen Proving Ground.
((LT. COL. GABRIEL RIESCO/U.S. ARMY ORDINANCE CENTER: THOSE SERGEANTS AND
INSTRUCTORS THAT ARE OUT TROLLING INSTEAD OF TRAINING SHOULD BE THINKING TWICE.
I THINK THIS SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT WE ARE IN FACT DOING WHAT WE SAID WE
WERE GONNA DO))
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Gabriel Riesco/Army Ordinance Center & School;
OUT Q=SAID WE WERE GONNA DO."
Simpson's lawyers say it was consensual sex.
((CAPTAIN EDWARD BRADY/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE ARMY'S GOT A PROBLEM AND NO ONE
WANTS TO ADMIT IT. THEY'VE GOT A GENDER INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENT IN THEIR BASIC
TRAINING AND THEIR ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL TRAINING AND IT'S NOT WORKING.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Edward Brady/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=AND IT'S NOT WORKING.
The defense plans to appeal.
Bell Atlantic and Nynex are disputing a report that says their proposed
merger will result in three times as many job cuts as they originally planned.
The Wall Street Journal reports the Baby Bells now expect to reduce their
combined workforce by at least 10-thousand people.
That's up from an earlier estimate of three-thousand, a number Bell Atlantic
and Nynex are sticking to.
Bell Atlantic has more than 12-hundred union workers in our area.
The Federal Communications Commission must still approve the merger.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, we'll have part two of our look at the homeless
problem in our area,
and the election is still six months away, but we'll let you know who's taking
the early lead in the governor's race.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-0.14''/minus 0.50''/10.16''/minus 2.87'';
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A family of nine has lost practically all of its possessions because of a
Flames broke out around 9 and spread quickly through this 2- story Franklin
County farm house.
A couple of small children and one of their parents were home at the time...
but they escaped without any injuries.
At this point, authorities still don't know what caused the blaze... and
they're not sure where it started.
The family will stay with nearby friends until a permanent home can be
GRAPHIC=News 7 poll
Virginia Commonwealth University's poll today shows them in a dead even tie.
But we have the results of the latest NEWS 7/Mason-Dixon poll on the race
And one candidate's starting to move up.
Ellen Qualls has the numbers.
IN Q=He hasn't
SUPER=03-Wakefield/April 16; :00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( He hasn't even officially kicked off his campaign, and he's already
Republican Jim Gilmore came from one point down in our January poll to inch
If the election were held today, 41- percent of the 812 registered voters
polled say they support Democrat Don Beyer.
43- percent are now supporting Gilmore.
Only 16- percent are still undecided.
The poll has a margin of error of three and a half points, so statistically
speaking they're still locked in a dead heat.
Beyer does slightly better with women; Gilmore with men.
Beyer has 69-percent support from black voters polled, but only 35- percent
support from whites polled.
Mason Dixon pointed out to voters that Gilmore plans to resign from his
full-time Attorney General job in June.
Should Beyer resign from his part-time Lieutenant Governor post?
42-percent say yes.
41-percent say no.
But if he doesn't, the impact may matter.
At this point, almost one in five voters say they would be LESS LIKELY to
vote for him.
Compelling numbers for a politician in what many expect to be a tight race.
Jim Gilmore's also winning a tight race for campaign dollars--everywhere but
But six months is a long time in politics.
Just ask Mary Sue Terry...who was 30 points ahead of a guy named George
Allen exactly four years ago.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
GRAPHIC=On the Street, On the Edge
**Note Anchor Tag**
The faces of homelessness are getting harder to recognize.
And that is especially evident in local shelters.
Families with multiple children and newly UNemployed parents are becoming
more typical at area shelters than the stereotypes.
Kimberly McBroom has more in part TWO of our series, "On the Street, On the
IN Q=Roanoke's Homeless Assistance Team
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Roanoke Rescue Mission; :38
SUPER=07-David Wills; 1:04
SUPER=07-Drema Wygal; 1:27
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Day and night, Roanoke's Homeless Assistance Team cruises city
streets--first offering food and coffee to the homeless, and if they are
willing, direct counseling.
SOT Night cover tape 9:12:44
((THESE GUYS ARE REALLY GOING TO APPRECIATE THIS, AND GIVING THEM THIS FOOD
WILL DO A LOT OF GOOD TO HELP US ESTABLISH TRUST AND BEGIN TO WORK WITH THEM.
HELP THEM TO TRUST US AND WANT TO ACCEPT SERVICES FROM US. ))
Standup at one of the sites HAT team took us to
But the homeless population isn't limited to just the people found sleeping
in post offices or inside crates.
In fact, those who run shelters say the majority of homeless people they
see are WORKING people.
end standup here
SOT rescue mission tape 10:22:35
((JOY SYLVESTER- JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION OF ROANOKE: YOU MIGHT BE WORKING RIGHT
NEXT TO SOMEONE TODAY THAT IS STAYING AT THIS SHELTER TONIGHT AND YOU WOULDN'T
HAVE A CLUE. BECAUSE THEY LOOK JUST LIKE YOU, THEY SOUND JUST LIKE YOU. THEY
SHOWED UP FOR WORK JUST LIKE YOU. BUT WHEN IT WAS TIME TO GO HOME, THEY DIDN'T
HAVE A HOME TO GO TO.))
Sylvester- Johnson says since the start of the year, 49- percent of those
coming into the Rescue Mission are there for the FIRST time.
David Wills is one of them.
He had been working as a mason, comfortably supporting his wife and four
SOT TAPE 8 11:05:19
((DAVID WILLS: WELL, WE'VE ALWAYS MADE IT PRETTY GOOD. WHEN I GOT LAID OFF,
IT DIDN'T HELP NONE. IT REALLY PUT US BEHIND REAL FAST. ))
Two months ago, Drema Wygal came to TAP's Transitional Living Center.
Rheumatoid Arthritis had taken her out of the workforce.
But she found disability compensation was not enough for her to live on.
SOT tape 6 2:49:32
((DREMA WYGAL: I JUST FOUND THAT IT WAS VERY HUMBLING FOR ME, WHAT I WAS GOING
THROUGH. AND WHEN I FIRST CAME HERE, I THOUGHT THAT I HAD DONE SOMETHING
WRONG. I WAS TRYING TO DO SOME SOUL- SEARCHING AND REPENTANCE, AND ASK GOD WHY
I WAS HERE. ))
Meanwhile, the Wills family is grateful to the Rescue Mission, but hopes to
get into permanent housing soon.
SOT TAPE 8 11:08:06
((DAVID WILLS: I NEVER THOUGHT I'D HAVE MY KIDS NOWHERE LIKE THIS. IT'S NOT
NOTHING THAT YOU WISH FOR. IT'S SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS, AND YOU HAVE TO GO DAY
BY DAY TO PICK BACK UP, GET BACK ON YOUR FEET. ))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
SS=On the Street, On the Edge
In the final part of our series, "On the Street, On the Edge", we'll learn
how working people can determine if they're in danger of becoming homeless.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Stay with us, coming up next- tornado's strike the eastern U-S,
and we'll see how unseasonable weather has left some greenhouses in need of
some quick growth in their business.
MUSIC UP FULL
A possible tornado ripped through the New York City area-
SUPER=03-Staten Island, NY;
damaging several homes and littering the streets with shingles, wood and
Heavy thunderstorms and high winds were forecast- but the force of the storm
caught many people by surprise.
SUPER=03-Jersey City, NJ;
In nearby Jersey City, authorities were searching for a homeless man feared
trapped in a collapsed building.
In Roanoke, the average date of the last frost is May 12.
But that doesn't stop gardeners from beginning to plant in April.
But this year, area greenhouses say sales are still in a deep freeze.
Andrew Freiden reports.
SUPER=01-Tom Monroe/Obenchain's Greenhouses;:09
SUPER=01-Cindy Morgan/Cindy's Greenery;:53
OUT Q=News 7
((nat sound of cash register.))
The sound of a cash register is music to Tom Monroe's ears-- but it's a song
he didn't hear enough in April.
IN Q=USUALLY THE LAST
((TOM MONROE/OBENCHAIN'S GREENHOUSES: USUALLY THE LAST 10 DAYS IN APRIL WE
BEGIN TO WARM UP AND WE BEGIN TO DO SOME GOOD BUSINESS, BUT THIS YEAR THEY
DIDN'T WARM UP, WE HAD JUST A VERY FEW DAYS OF GOOD BUSINESS IN APRIL.))
OUT Q=IN APRIL
March was a warm month this year-- giving area nurseries hope for a strong
The average high temperature was two degrees warmer than normal and the
average low was UP four degrees.
But most planting begins in April-- and gardener's say April was too cool.
The average high was four degrees below normal, and the average low-- one
Cold temperatures can damage young plants, and frost can kill them.
In April, the threats of overnight frost were frequent.
IN Q=THIS JUST
((TOM MONROE/OBENCHAIN'S GREENHOUSES: THIS JUST ISN'T MY GARDEN CENTER, THIS
IS THE SAME FOR ALL GARDEN CENTERS. EVERYBODY'S HURTING. ))
OUT Q=EVERYBODY'S HURTING.
IN Q=people are
((CINDY MORGAN/CINDY'S GREENERY: WE'RE PRETTY FAR OFF LAST YEAR FOR APRIL. OF
COURSE MARCH WAS BETTER. IT'S ALL WEATHER DEPENDENT IN THIS BUSINESS. WE HOPE
TO MAKE UP FOR IT IN MAY. ))
OUT Q=in may.
Area green houses still have a chance to make up for a slow spring. They're
hoping in May, sales will blossom.
Andrew Freiden, News7.
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SUPER=331-Clear And/Cool/38-40/Mostly Sunny/Wind NW-10/70-72;
SUPER=332-Clear And/Chilly/35-38/Mostly Sunny/Wind NW-10/64-66;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/Wind NW-10/34-38/Sunny And/Cool/62-64;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Frost Possible/28-34/Mostly Sunny/Wind NW-10/60-65;
Everything from high school baseball, to hockey in Greensboro, to Hillcats
highlights at City stadium coming your way tonight.
But first, five-time defending group A state champion Glenvar is faced the
possibility of elimination from Regional play today against Radford.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Bobcats vs. Highlanders; :00
Art Lawrence's Highlanders had already lost to Larry Manon and his Bobcats
once this season. Glenvar needed to win to keep it's postseason playoff hopes
The Highlanders looked to their top gun, number one player Josh Williamson
for a lift.
He would get it done, but right now the match is still going on at
It started at 4:30 and after nearly 7 hours of tennis the match is tied at
4 wins a piece.
Now your numbers.
wipe to boards!!!
SUPER=0091-/Detroit/1/j/Toronto/2//Final in 10
SUPER=0092-/Atlanta/3/j/St. Louis/4////New York/11/j/Colorado/12//Three Late
SUPER=0096-/Atlanta/97/j/Chicago/100//East Semi-Final Game 1//L.A.
SUPER=0103-/New Jersey/2//N.Y. Rangers/3//Game Three/;
go to break
More proof last night that if you want to beat the Bulls you must find a way
to stop or at least slow down Michael Jordan.
Game one of the Eastern conference semi-finals in Chicago with the Hawks
taking on his airness.
The Hawks led 50-to-39 at halftime, before Michale went berserk.
He scored 20 points in the third quarter alone, and finished the game
SUPER=32-Chicago/100/Atlanta/97/Bulls Lead 1-0;
with 34 as the Bulls survive a sluggish effort to beat the Hawks in game one
The Boston Celtics and Rick Pitino joined forces today as the master
rebuilder checked out of Kentucky for the new challenge of rebuilding the
IN Q="The pro game...
((RICK PITINO/NEW CELTICS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/New Celtics Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...JUST GROW OLD."
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY; :00
His contract is for 10 years at a reported $70 million dollars.
And his leaving was big news in Kentucky as TV many stations carried the
But there are some things bigger than even Pitino. Listen to this station
announcement during his news conference
OUT Q=...AND THE RESTLESS."
On the Stanley cup playoff ice last night in New York, the Rangers have taken
a two games to one lead on the Devils in their best of seven series.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG - Game 3; :00
Again the big name goalies were in the spotlight as Martin Brodeur squared off
against the Rangers Mike Richter.
The Rangers would prevail as Esa Tikkanen scored two times including this
eventual game winner on the putback in the second period to lift the Rangers to
the 3-to-2 win in game 3.
The Hartford Whalers are leaving Connecticut and heading south.
SS=Whalers/NC state logo
Yesterday the franchises's much rumored move to the Tarheel state was made
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; :00
when team officials and city administrators from Raleigh met at the site of
Raleigh's proposed $20 million dollar arena for the team.
The facility should be ready by 1999. In the meantime the team will play in
IN Q="We have a ...
((PETER KARMANOS/WHALERS OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Peter Karmanos/Whalers Owner; :00
OUT Q=...for them."
The new team will be called the Carolina Hurricanes.
That means seven pro hockey teams now have weather related nicknames.
Besides the new Hurricanes, there are two Thunders, two Blizzards, a Storm,
and the Quebec Rafales.
A Rafale being a strong wind.
By the way, while the Hurricanes take over the Greensboro coliseum, the
Monarchs will likely play one year in Raleigh, and the Icecaps will either fold
The Salem Avalanche won its 8th game of the year last night with a 4-to-1
victory over Kinston on the road
While in Lynchburg, the Hillcats looked to go above .500 against the team
just ahead of them in the northern division standings, the Wilmington Blue
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Blue Rocks vs. Hillcats;
It was a pleasant, but breezy night for baseball at historic City Stadium.
The homestanding 'Cats got on the board early. Mark Farris gets things
started as he lines this double into left center.
The very next batter, Aramis Ramirez goes "big fly" off the top of the
fence in right for a 2 run-homer, and a Hillcat lead after 2 innings.
Top draft pick Kris Benson was on the money tossing a 1 hitter through 8
innings and striking out 9 as the Hillcats win it 6 to 2.
In the area's big high school game yesterday Franklin County dominated Cave
Spring 13 to 1 in a Roanoke Valley District battle on the Knights home field.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Eagles vs. Knights; :00
We pick it up in the middle innings with Franklin County out in front
Pinch hitter Brock Anderson steps up to the plate and sends this pitch out
of the yard in line drive fashion for a solo homer that made the count
9-nothing Eagles in the top of the sixth.
Then, with the bases loaded, Jeremy Adkins connects on this pitch. The
shot to left center clears the base SUPER=34-Franklin Co./13/Cave Spring/1;
paths, scoring 3. The triple gave the eagles an 11-nothing cushion.
The Knights did get one run on a bases loads walk to avoid the shutout, but
Franklin County wins 13 to 1.
Still to come tonight, Steve Mason profiles the red hot Franklin County
And we'll have highlights from their RVD showdown this afternoon with the
Cave Spring Knights.
GRAPHIC=High School Baseball
With the win Franklin County stays on course to make the regionals and
possibly the state playoffs.
Steve Mason has more on the Eagles high flying season.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-F.L. Slough/Franklin Co. Baseball Coach; :11
SUPER=01-Larry Bowles/Eagle Pitcher & First Baseman; :57
SUPER=01-Jeremy Adkins/Eagle Pitcher & Third Baseman; 1:10
SUPER=01-Brian Strong/Eagle Pitcher & Shortstop; 1:18
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
((At 13 and 1, 8 and OH in the Roanoke valley District; one would think the
Eagles could sit back and coast for a while. Not a chance.
Jeremy Adkins, Larry Bowles and Brian Strong, are a combined 12 and 1 on the
mound with a 1.74 ERA and the trio, the top three hitters on the team, is
batting about .490.
The team batting average is .366 through 14 games; up from last year's .343.
The eagles need to finish 3 and 1 in their final four district games to
clinch a sixth straight Northwest region berth. In Franklin County, Steve Mason
News 7 sports"))