The defense calls him a drug dealer and a liar, but, so far, Michael Fortier
(FOR'-tee-ur) is sticking to his story today at the Oklahoma Bombing trial.
And the latest Roanoke City Budget includes some big raises for council
members and the mayor.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
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Roanoke City Council approved its budget last night, despite controversy
over pay hikes for the mayor and council members.
Andrew Freiden reports.
SUPER=07-Regina Vasser; :19
SUPER=01-David Mays/Va. Police Benevolent Assoc.; :50
SUPER=07-David Gravely; 1:04
SUPER=01-Lynda Wyatt/Roanoke Vice-Mayor; 1:19
OUT Q=News 7.
The budget includes a monthly hike of 44 cents in the 911 surcharge on your
phone bill-- an added tax burden of $5.28.
There's also a new 10 percent tax on cell phones, up to 3 dollars a month.
It also includes a real estate tax cut of 1 cent.
((REGINA VASSER: YOUR ONE CENT REAL PROPERTY TAX. IT'S AN INSULT. TO ME IT'S
AN INSULT AND A JOKE. ))
On a 100 thousand dollar home, that works out to a savings of 10 dollars a
Council also considered its own salaries.
Members gave themselves raises...from 14 to 16 thousand dollars a year for
The mayor's salary jumps from 18 to 23 thousand dollars annually.
Some citizens criticized the move...saying most city employees get less than
3 percent raises.
((DAVID MAYS: COST OF LIVING IS 2.8% AND EVERY COP I'VE TALKED TO IS GETTING
2.6 OR LESS. BUT YOU THINK IT'S RIGHT FOR YOU TO MAKE MORE THAN THE CITY OF
((DAVID GRAVELY: MR. MAYOR, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, ROANOKE DO NOT NEED YOU.
CITY COUNCIL. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, ROANOKE DO NOT NEED YOU.))
Two members of council voted against the pay raises.
((LYNDA WYATT/VICE-MAYOR: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE TAXPAYER MONEY. THEIR
DOLLARS AND I THINK THEY EXPECT US TO BE JUDICIOUS WITH THE WAY WE SPEND THEIR
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I ONLY RECEIVED 6 PHONE CALLS AGAINST THIS THIS
PAST WEEK, I HAD MANY CITIZENS COMING TO ME SAYING, IS THAT ALL THEY'RE PAYING
YOU TO BE MAYOR? ))
SOT on edit tape
((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: THE MAYOR DID GET A 20 PERCENT RAISE LAST YEAR, BUT
UNTIL THEN, THAT OFFICE HADN'T SEEN A RAISE SINCE 1987.
ALSO TONIGHT, THREE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WERE ELECTED. THEY ARE MARSHA
ELLISON, F. B. WEBSTER DAY, AND SHERMAN LEA. ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS7.))
Appomattox County authorities are getting help from five central Virginia
jurisdictions as they try to solve the county's first murder in three years.
Sunday night the body of 23- year- old Lisa Yvonne Crider was discovered in
the James River by two fishermen.
The men were fishing in the Bent Creek area of Appomattox County, just off
Authorities say it appears Crider was shot to death.
IN Q=At the present
((WILSON STAPLES/APPOMATTOX CO. SHERIFF: AT THE PRESENT TIME, THE REGIONAL
HOMICIDE SQUAD HAS BEEN ACTIVATED AND WE'RE FOLLOWING UP ALL LEADS AND ANY
INFORMATION THAT WE CAN OBTAIN FROM THE FAMILY AS TO WHEN SHE WAS LAST SEEN AND
HER ASSOCIATION WITH INDIVIDUALS AT THAT TIME.))
SUPER=01-Wilson Staples/Appomattox Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=at that time.
Crider was last seen in Lynchburg SATURDAY night, some 24 hours before her
body was discovered in Appomattox.
The prosecution's star witness is back in the spotlight at the Oklahoma City
bombing trial today.
Yesterday Michael Fortier (FOR'-tee-ur) delivered damaging testimony of how
his old Army buddy, Timothy McVeigh, carefully planned the bombing.
Byron Harlan has more.
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney; 1:12
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:19
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, DENVER.
MICHAEL FORTIER SAYS, HE KNEW AS EARLY AS FALL OF 1994 THAT TIM McVEIGH AND
TERRY NICHOLS HAD CHOSEN A FEDERAL BUILDING IN OKLAHOMA CITY AS THEIR TARGET.
HE TESTIFIED THAT HIS OLD ARMY BUDDY TIM McVEIGH NOT ONLY TOLD HIM ABOUT
WHERE HE WOULD STRIKE, BUT HOW.
FORTIER SAYS, McVEIGH TOLD HIM THAT HE D FIGURED-OUT HOW TO MAKE A TRUCK INTO
FORTIER IS SERVING TIME ON STOLEN WEAPONS CHARGES AND FOR LYING TO THE F.B.I.
BUT HE SAYS HE IS NOW TELLING THE TRUTH WHEN HE TESTIFIED THAT TIMOTHY
McVEIGH TOLD HIM, QUOTE-- SOMEBODY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE RAID ON
THE BRANCH DAVIDIAN COMPOUND IN WACO TEXAS AND THAT McVEIGH HAD CONCLUDED
THAT, QUOTE-- THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ATTACKED THOSE PEOPLE...THEY MURDERED
FORTIER TOLD THE COURT THAT McVEIGH WANTED TO BOMB THE MURRAH BUILDING TO
CREATE A GENERAL UPRISING AND THAT HE CONSIDERED ANYONE WHO WORKED THERE PART
OF AN EVIL EMPIRE AND GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION.
THEN PROSECUTOR JOSEPH HARTZLER ASKED HIM IF HE REALIZED THAT IF HE D GONE TO
THE AUTHORITIES, HE MIGHT HAVE PREVENTED THE BOMBING.
FORTIER SAID, QUOTE-- I LIVE WITH THAT KNOWLEDGE EVERYDAY.
McVEIGH S ATTORNEY SAYS, TESTIMONY LATELY HAS BEEN DAMAGING, BUT IT DOES NOT
MEAN THE JURY WILL SEE IT THAT WAY.
BUT MICHAEL FORTIER IS DRAWING A STRONG CONNECTION BETWEEN McVEIGH AND THE
BOMBING THAT MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR THE DEFENSE TO SEVER.
BYRON HARLAN, CBS NEWS, DENVER.))
The House today is looking into allegations that sloppy F-B-I lab work may
have damaged some major cases, including the Oklahoma City bombing.
F-B-I whistleblower Frederic Whitehurst testified this morning that he found
incompetence at the Bureau's crime lab from his first day there.
Today's hearing is the first in a series.
The House panel will also investigate the F-B-I's handling of Richard
Jewell, who was initially suspected, then cleared, in the OLYMPIC bombing.
The clean-up is underway in parts of Miami today after a twister roared
It was caught on video tape by local television news crews as it followed
the shore past towering condos and across the causeways bringing busy midday
traffic to a standstill.
The twister also uprooted trees and flipped over cars.
Only minor injuries were reported.
The U-S Supreme Court said no.
The justices refused to hear an appeal from a man on death row convicted of
killing an Old Dominion University Student.
Derek Barnabei was convicted of the 19-93 capital murder and rape of 17-
year- old Sarah Wisnosky in Norfolk.
Barnabei and Wisnosky met and began dating about two weeks before her death.
SUPER=03-Norfolk/September 22, 1993;
Although there was no direct evidence linking Barnabei to the murder,
Wisnosky's blood was found on the walls and bed frame of his room in a house
near the Old Dominion campus.
An heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune faces sentencing today for the
murder of world class wrestler David Schultz.
A jury found John du Pont
guilty of third-degree murder, but also mentally ill.
That means a judge could sentence du Pont to a mental institution.
The millionaire has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
The teenager accused of gunning down Bill Cosby's son -- will be arraigned
today in Los Angeles.
18- year- old Michael Markhasev (MAHR'-kuh-sev) is accused of shooting Ennis
Cosby January 16th, as Cosby stopped along a highway to change a tire.
Another act of violence, caught on videotape.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
In Los Angeles, a tourist from Virginia videotaped an elderly doctor being
beaten and robbed by a transient who attacked the man as he walked his dog in
Park Sunday morning.
About six hours later, with the help of the video tape, officers were able
to identify and arrest the suspect.
One politician is calling for change, saying Virginia is sending out the
wrong message to travelers with the recent violence at a rest area.
Republican Jerry Kilgore is running for Attorney General.
He wants all state rest stops privately run.
He says the individual restaurants and service stations could provide their
own security, making it easier on state police.
IN Q=You never
((JERRY KILGORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: YOU NEVER HAVE THE ABILITY
TO PROVIDE 24- HOUR- A- DAY, 7- DAY- A- WEEK SECURITY BECAUSE OF STAFFING
PATTERNS WITH THE STATE POLICE. IT'S JUST VERY DIFFICULT TO HAVE SOMEONE THERE
EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/(R) Candidate For Atty. General;
OUT Q=the day
Aside from security... Kilgore also believes rest area privatization would
save the state money.
But a group representing truck stops and travel plazas says the plan would
destroy all other interchange business.
The recently vacated positions on Virginia's State Council of Higher
Education in Virginia have been filled.
Three of Governor Allen's appointees and one remaining Doug Wilder
appointee resigned in protest last week,-- after the firing of the council's
The Governor yesterday appointed Bassett Furniture C-E-O Robert Spilman of
Henry County to the Council.
He also appointed Anne Marie Whittemore (Whit-TE-more) a lawyer who
defended Virginia Military Institute's men-only admissions policy.
Allen also appointed Douglas Guynn (GWINN) of Rockingham County, and M-C-I
executive John Gerdelman of Fairfax County.
More than the presses were smoking yesterday as fire damaged the Roanoke
offices of Leisure Publishing.
Flames burned through the roof, but no one was hurt, and company officials
say they don't expect any lasting damage to their business.
Leisure Publishing is responsible for the Roanoker Magazine, Blue Ridge
Country, and other publications.
The production areas of the building were not heavily damaged and employees
were able to escape with computer back- up discs.
IN Q=We had about 25 people
((RICHARD WELLS/PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER: WE HAD SOMEONE COME IN THE BUILDING,
SOMEONE WHO PASSED BY ON THE STREET AND SAW SMOKE COMING FROM THE SECOND STORY
RIGHT ABOVE MY OFFICE. WE HAD ABOUT 25 PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME. THEY
SAID YOUR BUILDING'S ON FIRE, GET OUT. AND WE QUICKLY GOT ON THE INTERCOM AND
TOLD EVERYBODY TO GET OUT.))
SUPER=01-Richard Wells/President and Publisher;
OUT Q=to get out.
There's no word yet from fire officials on the cause of the blaze, but the
fire apparently started in a portion of the attic where negatives and old
magazines were stored.
Virginia's school are at the top of the "to do" list for the Democratic
candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Former Fifth District congressman L.F. Payne kicked off his campaign
yesterday morning in his home county of Amherst.
Payne picked up the Democratic nomination over the weekend, and is now
taking his message of "Virginia values" across the state.
A former member of the "Blue Dogs", a group of conservative Democratic
congressmen, Payne says he'll strive for bipartisan cooperation in Richmond.
IN Q=That's been my
((L.F. PAYNE/D- LT. GOVERNOR CANDIDATE: THAT'S BEEN MY TRADEMARK, AND THAT'S
WHAT I'LL DO IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND THAT'S WHAT I WOULD DO IN RICHMOND, AND I
THINK THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT OUR PEOPLE WHO ARE LEADERS WHO WILL TAKE ON
RESPONSIBILITY, FIND SOLUTIONS AND MOVE US FORWARD.))
SUPER=01-L.F. Payne/(D) Lt. Gov. Candidate; :00
OUT Q=move us forward.
Payne is running against Republican John Hager.
The Internet is helping make the world a smaller place.
Yesterday about 500 business, education and government leaders from across
Southwest Virginia travelled the information superhighway together.
It was Congressman Rick Boucher's third annual technology conference on how
to put the Internet to work.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) NINTH DISTRICT: I HAVE A GOAL OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
BECOMING THE RURAL LEADER NATIONWIDE IN THE USE OF INFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY.
AND GREATER APPRECIATION OF AND USE OF THE INTERNET HOLDS A KEY TO THAT
OUT Q=to that success.
More than a dozen professionals presented demonstrations on employing the
Internet as a tool.
Boucher says a better technologically- connected region will be in a better
position to attract new business.
I-B-M may call it the true beginning of the information age, but a Virginia
Tech professor was not impressed with Sunday's chess victory by the Deep Blue
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Sunday;
The six game match came to a surprising end when world champion Garry
(Kas-PAR-ov) Kasparov resigned after 19 moves.
Jim Glanville teaches chemistry and plays tournament chess.
He says it was bound to happen sooner or later.
IN Q=this is just one
(( JIM GLANVILLE/TOURNAMENT PLAYER; THIS IS JUST ONE MORE STEP ALONG THE ROAD,
AFTER ALL, TEN YEARS AGO, FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, I LAUGHED AT COMPUTERS THAT TRIED
TO BEAT ME, AND CERTAINLY COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN TAKING ME APART FOR TEN YEARS
NOW, AND THEN THEY BEGAN TO TAKE APART INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS AND THEN THEY
BEGAN TO TAKE APART GRAND MASTERS, SO THIS IS JUST ANOTHER STEP IN THAT
SUPER=01-Jim Glanville/Tournament Chess Player;
OUT Q=in that trend
Glanville says Deep Blue won thanks to some very talented and very human
A new charity in New York reaps the benefits of an all-out art war.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Twenty pieces of impressionist art sparked a bidding war last night at
Christie's Auction House that approached near-record levels.
When the dust settled an hour later, nearly 100 million dollars had been
The money will benefit a new charity that supports education, health, family
planning, art and public policy.
SUPER=332-Mostly/Clear/40-44/Cloudy/Showers & Storms/64-68;
Nothing stands in the way of Kroger's planned transfer of a 250- employee
warehouse from West Virginia to Roanoke County.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled yesterday the grocery chain CAN
consolidate its Kanawha (kuh-NAH-wuh) County operation.
That cancelled a temporary injunction issued last week which would have
blocked the move for at least 60 days.
A lower court now has 14 days to hold a hearing on a PERMANENT injunction to
stop the move.
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-5)
William Byrd came from 3 runs down to secure its sixth straight Blue Ridge
regular season title by beating Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Spartans;
Salem jumped out to a 3-nothing lead. The Spartans get two of those in their
first at bat. Jeff Akers singles in Ricky Eubanks from third and Salem was
But Byrd came back. Steve Ragland gets things started with this one bagger
that plates Tommy Chambers and Salem's lead was cut to 2.
Ross Blankenship brings in the eventual game winner. His basehit scores two
runs and William Byrd takes the 5-3 victory.
TAPE#net (edit of S6-6)
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL B'BALL
Jefferson Forest clinched the Seminole regular season crown last night, as
SUPER=03-Moneta/Cavaliers vs. Golden Eagles; :00
Chris English hits the single to score Jay Johnston and give the Cavs 3 runs
in the first inning.
Golden Eagles Jeremy Haymore hits a shot through short that gets Jason Morgan
home to make it 3-to-1.
Then Cavs Dallas Gray lays down the perfect bunt. The catcher makes a nice
play, but the first baseman can't get a handle on it and Danny Gaertner scores.
The Cavs would get five more in the SUPER=34-Jefferson Forest/12/Staunton
inning - Kevin Wright drives in two on this bases loaded single that plates
Johnston and Nick Mistretta.
The Cavs win the game 12 to 5, and the district crown.
TAPE#net (edit of VB97-1)
One more win is all the New York Knicks need to advance to the Eastern
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG - Game 4;
Alonzo Mourning clears the lane and throws down the reverse slam.
But John Starks was the man of the night for the Knicks as he scored a
SUPER=32-Miami/76/New York/89/Knicks Lead 3-to-1;
game high 21 points on an array of shots to give the Knicks the hard fought
GRAPHIC=raising the bar
The idea of raising educational standards in Virginia's public schools is
hardly one to argue with.
But the method for doing so has sparked plenty of controversy.
The proposed new standards of accreditation would require more-- and
tougher-- academic courses.
For many students, that will mean less time for electives in vocational
training and classes such as art and music.
While most people agree higher standards are needed, critics of the
proposals worry they're too much, too fast.
((WILLIAM ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: I THINK WE ALL EMBRACE THE
FACT THAT WE HAVE TO RAISE STANDARDS. I DO BELIEVE IT WOULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE
IF WE DID IT IN A PROGRESSIVE FASHION WITH A STRONG FOUNDATION PROGRAM THAT
GRADUALLY WORKS ITS WAY INTO THE UPPER GRADES. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Asbury/Pulaski Co. School Supt.;
OUT Q=the upper grades.
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Start your engines...or rather your stretcher.
The 18th annual "Great Stretcher Race" kicked off National Hospital Week in
The stretchers in this annual event looked a bit different from the ones
found in an ambulance.