The top man in Bedford County Schools could get suspended- We'll have a live
More information on the man charged with murdering a Vinton family.
The Air Force decides on Kelly Flinn's case-
Plus we'll hear from sportscaster Marv Albert.
News 7 is next.
Air Force pilot Kelly Flinn won't get her honorable discharge.
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But Flinn will be allowed to resign rather than face a court martial.
Flinn was charged with adultery, lying and disobedience.
The man charged with killing a Vinton family apparently expressed some
peculiar feeligns about two little girls he accused of killing.
Keith Humphry will have details.
Marv Albert says he's innocent of sex and assault charges- The N-B-C
sportscaster has made his first public statement today.
Join us for News 7.
School is in session in Moneta tonight, but it is the Bedford County school
board that has the tough questions to answer.
For the third straight year the school system is finishing its fiscal year
in the red.
Now the school board is trying to take action so that doesn't happen again.
Steve Smallshaw joins us from Staunton River High School.
Steve how is the school system going about that?
((RollCue: superintendent John Kent.))
SUPER=01-Betty Earle/School Board Member;
OUT Q=directly to the board
It is still on the table...
Steve adlibs over :10 of vo;
((Q&A: Since the school system still needs a million dollars for this year's
budget, have they decided where that money is going to come from?))
A delay in the trial and some sexual overtones to the evidence against the
man accused of killing an entire family in Vinton three years ago.
Keith Humphry has both stories.
IN Q=Earl Bramblett's own
SUPER=01-Elmer Gist/Hair Expert; :09 QUICK!!!
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 1994; :13
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Commonwealth's Attorney; :21
SUPER=01-Judge Roy Willett/Roanoke Co. Circuit Court; 1:06
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
Earl Bramblett's own lawyers presented evidence today of a pubic hair found
in the Hodges home.
They want to keep Hair Expert Elmer Gist from telling the jury...
IN Q=The hair
((THE HAIR COULD HAVE ORIGINATED FROM EARL CONRAD BRAMBLETT.))
It turned up on a bedspread Gist examined... an item taken from the home
after the fire was put out... before the bodies were removed.
SOT Tape #1 9:49:02
IN Q=Two of the victims
((TWO OF THE VICTIMS INVOLVED, WINTER AND ANNA HODGES, ARE LAYING THERE SIDE BY
SIDE. THAT BEDSPREAD IS UNDERNEATH THEM AND BESIDE THEM. THIS IS NOT A PUBIC
HAIR THAT WE FOUND IN THE KITCHEN OR OUTSIDE OR ANYTHING ELSE. THIS HAIR WAS
FOUND RIGHT NEXT TO THE BODIES. ))
OUT Q=to the bodies.
The Prosecutor pointed to a tape of Bramblett the Judge heard two weeks
SOT Tape #2 9:57:25
((YOU CAN TELL FROM HEARING THESE TAPES HIS FEELINGS FOR THESE YOUNG GIRLS, AND
I THINK IN LIGHT OF THAT AND IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THOSE TAPES WILL COME IN
AND YOU WILL HEAR NOT SOME STRANGER, BUT HIS VOICE AT TO HOW HE MAY HAVE FELT
ABOUT THESE YOUNG GIRLS... EVEN THOUGH THERE WASN'T EVIDENCE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
IN THE EXAMINATION OF THEM THERE, I THINK THAT STRENGTHENS THE COMMONWEALTH'S
OUT Q=strengthens the Commonwealth's case.
Judge Roy Willett expressed concern about such evidence where there's no
evidence of molestation. He put off making a ruling.
((I WANT TO GET THIS DONE AS BADLY AS ANYONE IN THIS COURTROOM.))
OUT Q=in this courtroom.
But he reluctantly granted another continuance, to give the defense an
opportunity to investigate allegations of earlier sex crimes, as well as other
Keith Humphry News 7.
The defense for Timothy McVeigh
is trying to show the real bomber died in the blast.
The defense brought the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner to the stand-
He testified a left leg found in the rubble- was never accounted for.
((JOHN WALSH/CBS NEWS LEGAL CONSULTANT: THE REASON THAT'S IMPORTANT IS THEY'RE
STILL CONTINUING TO TRY TO SUGGEST THAT THE ACTUAL BOMBER MAY HAVE BEEN BLOWN
UP WITH THE BOMB AND THAT IT WASN'T TIM MCVEIGH.))
SUPER=01-John Walsh/CBS News Legal Consultant;
OUT Q=wasn't Tim McVeigh."
Defense attorneys will also call a bombing survivor who says she saw the
Ryder truck that morning.
The woman says the man who got out was shorter and darker than Tim McVeigh.
Pilot Kelly Flinn will not get the honorable discharge she wanted.
Instead she will fly out of the Air Force will a GENERAL discharge.
Air Force Brass say it came down to a lack of integrity and disobeying
Liz Mullen reports.
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SUPER=01-Sheila Widnall/Air Force Secretary;22
SUPER=01-Mary Flinn/Lt. Flinn's Mother; 56
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/CBS News; 53
OUT Q=Minot Air Force Base.
((Air force Pilot Kelly Flinn was denied an honorable discharge by Air Force
brass, but she will be allowed to resign from the service with a general
discharge rather than face a court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and
During a news conference at the Pentagon, Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall
said there were reasons an honorable discharge was denied.
SHEILA WIDNALL/AIR FORCE SECRETARY: ADULTERY WAS NOT THE MAIN ISSUE. IT WAS A
LACK OF INTEGRITY AND DISOBEYING ORDERS.
The Air force's first female b-52 bomber pilot admits to having an affair with
The husband of an air force enlistee.
But she was also accused of lying about the affair to officials and disobeying
orders to end the relationship.
Kelly Flinn was not at Minot AFB when her fate was decided, but her family
MARY FLINN/MOTHER: THIS IS NOT THE END. IT'S THE BEGINNING OF A NEW LIFE.
LIZ MULLEN/CBS NEWS: FLINN WILL BE ALLOWED TO APPLY FOR SERVICE IN THE AIR
NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVES. SHE ALSO HAS THE OPTION OF FLYING COMMERCIAL. FOR
NOW SHE IS EMOTIONALLY EXHAUSTED AND IS GETTING SOME MUCH NEEDED REST. LIZ
MULLEN CBS NEWS, MINOT AIR FORCE BASE.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, Roanoke's Festival in the Park kicks off, but
not before one radio station has something to say about it,
and in his first public appearance in days, sportscaster Marv Albert says he's
not guilty of a vicious assault.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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SUPER=83-Down 0.60 foot/Down 0.48 foot;Lake levels
Sportscaster Marv Albert told the public the sex and assault charges
against him are false.
((MARV ALBERT/SPORTSCASTER: I WOULD LIKE TO REASSERT MY INNOCENCE AND REITERATE
THAT ALL THE CHARGES AGAINST ME ARE FALSE.))
OUT Q=against me are false."
Albert's indictment stems from an alleged incident at this hotel in February.
A 41 year old woman says Albert bit her several times and forced her to
perform sexual acts.
Albert says he never got a chance to tell authorities his side of the
((NO ONE. NEITHER POLICE NOR PROSECUTORS EVER APPROACHED ME OR MY
REPRESENTATIVES ANY TIME BEFORE THESE ALLEGATIONS WERE MADE PUBLIC THIS PAST
OUT Q=this past Tuesday."
Albert's attorneys say the Grand jury did not interview Albert or the woman
or even check the woman's credibility.
And a Washington TV station is reporting the woman who accused Albert is
also facing charges herself.
She's accused of threatening to kill her former boyfriend.
Meanwhile NBC says Albert will broadcast an NBA playoff game Saturday as
A local radio station is getting negative feedback about comments on its
morning show today.
Many listeners were led to believe Roanoke Mayor David Bowers cancelled
Festival In the Park out of frustration over his defeat on a pay raise issue.
Both the city and festival organizers spent much of the day explaining to
dozens of callers that the longtime event WILL go on as planned.
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK DIRECTOR: INITIALLY I STARTED GETTING
CALLS VERY EARLY THIS MORNING AT HOME FROM SOME OF MY KEY VOLUNTEERS. WHO
CERTAINLY KNEW THAT WAS NOT THE CASE BUT CERTAINLY WANTED TO ALERT ME TO WHAT
WAS GOING ON. AND THEN OF COURSE THE PHONES STARTED RINGING IN THE OFFICE.))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival In The Park Director;
OUT Q=in the office.
J-93-F-M says listeners misunderstood a hypothetical discussion about the
Roanoke city budget.
The station did issue a clarification.
Perhaps the overriding phrase about the closing of the Bassett Furniture
plant in Martinsville is, "it could have been worse".
Most of the 400 employees will get jobs at other Bassett plants within
And today the city says at worst it will lose 30-thousand dollars in direct
revenues, in the form of machine-and tool taxes.
Putting that in perspective, Martinsville's annual budget is 62-MILLION
The city says the mounting challenge ahead is redeveloping the vacated
factories it has before they fall into disrepair.
Unwise sexual activity, violence and drug use can have serious, sometimes
Today, a nationally- known educator urged local teenagers to consider the
consequences of their actions.
Stephen Sroka (su-ROE-kuh) is an author and consultant to the Centers for
He's a teacher in the Cleveland Public School system- Today he spoke to
ninth graders at several Roanoke Valley schools.
IN Q=If I wanted to sell
((STEPHEN SROKA: IF I WANTED TO SELL A GREASEBURGER, I COULDN'T GO ON TV ONE
TIME. I'VE GOT TO GO ON EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND THAT'S OUR CHARGE HERE TO GIVE A
CLEAR, CONSISTENT, REPETITIVE MESSAGE ABOUT NOT TO USE, NOT TO DO DRUGS, NOT TO
OUT Q=to be violent.
Sroka said students must have accurate information and he encouraged them
to Just Say No. That's K-N-O-W.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next, a local artist takes her work from the canvas to the
and we'll tell you why the postal service wants to encourage young people to
start looking for a few grey hares.
MUSIC UP FULL
There have beennew developments at Bedford County's School Board meeting.
For the next few weeks, the name "Anne Bell" will be mentioned quite a bit
in this area.
The renowned artist is back in the Roanoke Valley where she'll be the
featured guest during a number of city sponsored events.
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=You might
SUPER=01-Anne Bell/Artist; :12
SUPER=04-Courtesy: CBS; :39
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
((You might not recognize her face.
But if you've lived in Central or
Southwestern Virginia for any length of time... you'll probably recognize her
Clearly, Anne Bell has canvassed this area.
IN Q=I hadn't
((ANNE BELL/ARTIST: I HADN'T PLANNED IT. IT JUST HAPPENED. I THINK I'M
FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING DOING SOMETHING I SO ENJOY AND LOVE. ))
OUT Q=and love
Bell lives in Florida.
But she's spent most of her life in the Roanoke Valley.
She calls the Star City her source of artistic inspiration.
IN Q=The beauty
((BELL: THE BEAUTY OF THE MOUNTAINS. THE MAGNIFICENT SKIES AND THE DIFFERENT
COLORS THROUGH THE DIFFERENT SEASONS OF THE YEAR. ))
OUT Q=of the year
In recent years, Bell has branched out artistically.
In fact one of her paintings proved to be crucial to the plot of "True
Women"-- a CBS miniseries that aired earlier this week.
IN Q=I'm hoping
((BELL: I'M HOPING MY MOVIE CAREER WILL MOVE ON. I HAVE CONTRACTS WITH
PRODUCTION COMPANIES NOW. THEY'VE GIVEN ME WORD THAT THEY'LL WORK WITH ME ON A
CONTINUOUS BASIS. ))
OUT Q=continuous basis
But even though Bell is now using a broader brush... she says she'll always
exhibit a love for Virginia.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Everybody's favorite cartoon rabbit is about to take a licking.
The U-S postal service honored Bugs Bunny today with his very own postage
The stamp was unveiled today on the lot of Warner Brothers studios.
It features the "wascally wabbit" holding a carrot, leaning against a
It will be availible in post offices nationwide tomorrow.
The current voice for Bugs Bunny says he's glad to see it.
IN Q=What would Bugs say?
SUPER=01-Noel Blanc/Mel Blanc's Son;
OUT Q=this is terrific.
The Postal Service hopes Bugs will serve as an ambassador for stamp
They want to interest more young people in the hobby.
SUPER=330-Patchy Frost/Near Record Low/37-40/Sunny And/Pleasant/74-76;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Patchy Frost/38-41/Mostly Sunny/Wind NW-10/74-78;
SUPER=332-Frost Warning/Wind Calm/32-34/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/70-73;
SUPER=333-Scattered Frost/Likely/34-36/Mostly Sunny/Wind NW-10/70-73;
SUPER=334-Frost Warning/Near Record Low/33-35/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/70-74;
Lots of sports tonight, but first a bowling note. Joey Durrett bowled a 300
tonight in his first game at the Vinton Bowling Center. Congrats Joey, now your
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-j/Boston/8//New York/2////Kansas City/1/j/Cleveland/9///;
SUPER=0092-/Colorado/2/j/San Francisco/7////Los Angeles/1/j/San Diego/4///;
SUPER=0096-/Miami/68/j/Chicago/75//Bulls Lead 2-0/;
OUT Q=....last score."
News 7 sports has learned that Fred Wagner has been offered the head
football coaching job at Liberty high school.
Wagner is currently an assistant football coach at William Byrd. He was
also instrumental as a head coach in turning around Northide's wrestling
program before returning to Byrd a few years ago. Wagner replaces Mike
Scharness, who took the head football job at Rustburg.
Glenvar high school has named it's new girl's head basketball coach. Bryan
Harvey replaces Dennis Layman as the lady Highlanders head coach for next
season. Harvey served as the Glenvar JV boys and girls coach this past year.
Bryan went to Glenvar and then attended Roanoke College.
For the first time since 1969; the Virginia Tech Hokies have won an NCAA
tournament baseball game; beating Southern Cal 3-2 in the South 2 Regional.
SUPER=03-Tuscaloosa, AL/Hokies vs. Trojans; :00
USC came in ranked 11th in the country. The Hokies trailed 2-nothing before
Matt Reynolds hit a solo homer to cut the lead to 2-1.
Then, in the top of the sixth, Barry Gouch connects on this sacrifice fly
to right field that allows Eric Shifflet to come home and the game was tied at
In the top of the ninth Reynolds, who attended william Byrd wins the game
on another solo homer and the Hokies advance to the second round where they
will meet N.C. State tonight at 8pm.
Junior Pitcher Denny Wagner went the distance for the win. Hokies advance.
IN Q="i thought
SUPER=01-Denny Wagner/Va. Tech Pitcher; :00
SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/Va. tech Coach; :089
OUT Q=baseball game"
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
The 47-th annual B'nai B'rith Athletic and Achievement awards were presented
tonight in Roanoke.
30 student athletes from area high schools were nominated for the awards.
Sarah Moore of Lord Botetourt high school received the female award.
Moore played on two state championship basketball teams at Botetourt and she
will continue her education at Campbell University.
IN Q="I really
((SARA MOORE/B'NAI B'RITH WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Sara Moore/B'nai B'rith Winner; :00
OUT Q=....to me."
Salem's Jeff Akers was the male recipient.
Akers helped the Spartans win their first football championship this
season. Akers is head to Lexington to football for the Keydets of V-M-I.
IN Q="The guest...
((JEFF AKERS/B'NAI B'RITH WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Akers/B'nai B'rith Winner; :00
OUT Q=......AN HONOR."
A new award was presented this year in Honor of the late Artie Levin.
Franklin County's Josh Gibson was the recipient of the Artie Levin Personal
IN Q="It's really
((JOSHUA GIBSON/ARTIE LEVIN LIFE AWARD: ))
SUPER=01-Joshua Gibson/Artie Levin Life Award; :00
OUT Q=........more special."
GRAPHIC=High School Baseball
Over at Cave Spring this evening, The Roanoke Valley Districts top two
teams Franklin County and Cave Spring battled for the tournament championship.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Knights vs Eagles; :
The Eagles beat the Knights three straight times during the regular season.
The Knights would take the lead in the top of the second. Patrick Connelly
hits a shot to left field with the bases loaded scoring two runs and Cave
Spring took the 2 to nothing lead.
But the Eagles put together a big inning in the bottom of the second it
started when Bobby Basham belts this solo homer over the centerfield wall for a
solo homer Franklin County trailed 2 to 1.
Cave Spring Pitcher Scott Shirley SUPER=34-Franklin Co./4/Cave
Spring/3;loads the bases and then walks Casey Eanes to tie the score at 2 to 2
and Franklin County wins 4-3.
One other Note. In the first cave Spring game; pitcher Ryan Holody threw a
no hitter in the Knights semi final win with 12 strikeouts.
NBA rookie of the year Allen Iverson has reportdely been involved in an
A washington DC television station says local police are investigating an
alleged fight involving Iverson. A man says he was assaulted by the NBA guard
and a group of friends at a DC night club last night.
Still to come in sports,
mike stevens reports on a special gatthering away from the track today as the
NASCAR family surrounds Leanord Wood his family.
GRAPHIC=Charlotte Motor Speedway
Betty Mae Wood's death last Saturday has put a damper on race weekend.
But Mike Stevens says this morning; a number of folks joined hands to
bring some closure to this tragedy.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Humpy Wheeler/Charlotte Motor Speedway President; :20
SUPER=01-Ned Jarrett/NASCAR Broadcaster; :54
OUT Q= .....news 7 sports"