Public pressure forces the mayor to back down from proposed city pay
raises, including his own.
And jurors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial hear from the defense today.
Another day for the shades--
Sunshine, with highs around 70.
But will we see the same cold temperatures as last night?
We'll tell you in the forecast.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-31)
The controversial pay raises for Roanoke's mayor and city council members
may become nothing but a bad memory.
Mayor David Bowers yesterday changed his mind.
The mayor says public outcry led to his change of heart.
He's no longer in favor of raising his salary to 23 thousand dollars, or
city council's to 16 thousand.
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: SOMETHING DIFFERENT WILL BE DONE ON JUNE 2 I
DON'T KNOW WHAT))
OUT Q=what it is yet
Phone calls to his office were 5 to 1 against the raise.
And monday, city employees staged a public demonstration.
Police Officer Rodger Hogan was there.
He says he's happy the raise has been tabled, but he's not taking the heat
OFF the mayor just yet.
((RODGER HOGAN/POLICE BENEVOLENCE ASSOCIATION: IT'S WITH MUCH
HESITATION.....CITY EMPLOYEES ))
SUPER=01-Rodger Hogan/Police Benevolence Association;
OUT Q=city employees.
Bowers says the rest of budget will remain untouched.
GRAPHIC=festival in the park
The issue of tabling the raises had another strange, yet unexpected
A local radio station caused quite a stir this morning when it joked that
Mayor David Bowers cancelled the annual Festival In the Park event in a fit
over his defeat on the pay raise issue.
The director of the event says without a doubt, Festival In the Park WILL go
on as planned.
IN Q=And then of course the phones
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK DIRECTOR: AND THEN OF COURSE THE PHONES
STARTED RINGING IN THE OFFICE WITH A LOT OF THE LISTENERS JUST QUESTIONING
WHETHER THIS REALLY IN FACT IF THIS WAS TRUE. I THINK A LOT OF THEM KNEW THAT
IT WAS SUPPOSEDLY A JOKE, BUT THEN OF COURSE THERE WERE SOME THAT WERE JUST
CHECKING TO MAKE SURE.))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival In The Park Director;
OUT Q=make sure.
The city of Roanoke also issued a statement late this morning saying that
Festival In the Park will be taking place.
Festival In The Park has been an annual event in Roanoke for 28 years.
After returning from Nebraska, two teens are facing murder charges in
18- year- olds Brandon Wayne Hedrick and Trevor Andrew Jones are accused of
abducting, robbing and shooting to death Lisa Yvonne Crider May 11th.
Crider's body was found dumped in the James River near Bent Creek.
Hedrick is charged with capital murder and could face the death penalty if
He was given a court-appointed attorney and ordered held without bond.
Jones' bond was set at half a million dollars.
Both men were arrested Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska where police say they
fled after the killing.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July.
The capital murder trial of Earl Bramblett will be postponed to give the
defense time to investigate new allegations against him.
The 55- year- old defendant is accused of killing Teresa and Blaine Hodges
and their two daughters, then setting fire to their Vinton home three years
There's no evidence the girls were molested but the prosecutor has put the
defense on notice that he intends to tell the jury about earlier sex offenses
and other so called "bad acts" that have yet to be tried in court.
The judge did not set a new trial date today but the case will now probably
be heard sometime in late summer or early fall.
It's the defenses turn in the trial of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy
Sources say McVeigh's lawyers plan to call up to 40 witnesses to attack the
The prosecution rested yesterday with testimony from a bombing
survivor that brought the jurors to tears.
Dave Fehling reports from Denver.
SUPER=01-Stephanie Ellingson/Sister of Victim; :30
SUPER=01-John Walsh/CBS Legal Consultant; :45 QUICK
OUT Q= CBS NEWS DENVER.
THE PROSECUTION ENDED ITS DEATH PENALTY MURDER CASE AGAINST TIM
MCVEIGH AS IT HAD BEGUN IT....WITH SURVIVORS.
FLORENCE ROGERS RAN THE CREDIT UNION ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE
AT 9;02 APRIL 19TH, SHE WAS MEETING WITH SEVEN WOMEN STAFF MEMBERS
IN HER OFFICE.
"I WAS THROWN TO THE FLOOR IN KIND OF A TORNADO-LIKE RUSH...ALL THE
GIRLS TOTALLY DISAPPEARED." SHE TESTIFIED.
FAMILY MEMBERS AND SOME JURORS BROKE INTO TEARS.
STEPHANIE ELLINGSON, SISTER OF VICTIM:"MY SISTER WAS IN THE MEETING WITH
FLORENCE AND TO ABSOLUTELY HEAR HER SAY SHE
SAT ON THE LEDGE AND COULD SEE THE SIX FLOORS THAT WERE PILED ON TOP OF THE
PEOPLE THAT WERE IN THE ROOM WITH HER..."
THEN, AFTER THREE WEEKS AND 137 WITNESSES , LEAD PROSECUTOR
JOSEPH HARTZLER TOLD THE JUDGE, "I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE WE REST."
JOHN WALSH, CBS LEGAL CONSULTANT:
"WELL THE PROSECUTION PUT MORE THAN A SOLID CASE FORWARD, THEY PUT TOGETHER A
NOW ITS UP TO MCVEIGH'S LEGAL TEAM TO AT LEAST SAVE THEIR CLIENT
FROM EXECUTION OR AT MOST, CONVINCE JURORS HE IS NOT THE BOMBER.
DEFENSE ATTORNEYS WILL TRY TO DISCREDIT THE ACCURACY OF FBI LAB
WORK THAT LINKED MCVEIGH TO THE BOMB THROUGH RESIDUE ON HIS CLOTHES.
THEY WILL ATTACK THE CREDIBILITY OF MCVEIGH'S FORMER FRIENDS THE
FORTIERS WHO SAID MCVEIGH MASTERMINDED THE BOMBING...
AND THEY WILL PUT ON WITNESSES WHO SAID IT WASN'T MCVEIGH BUT A
SHORTER DARKER MAN WHO RENTED THE TRUCK AND GOT OUT OF IT IN FRONT OF THE
MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING.
WALSH:"DO THEY PUT TIM MCVEIGH ON THE STAND OR NOT. IT SEEMS UNLIKELY AT THIS
POINT THEY'LL DO IT BUT ITS NEVER AN IMPOSSIBILITY."
"PUTTING MCVEIGH ON THE STAND WILL CERTAINLY GIVE A CHANCE TO SAY WHERE HE
WAS THAT MORNING, BUT IT WOULD ALSO LEAVE HIM WIDE OPEN FOR THE PROSECUTION'S
ATTACK. DF CBS NEWS DENVER."))
A decision is expected in the next day or two on Lieutenant Kelly Flinn's
request for an honorable discharge in lieu of a court-martial.
SUPER=03-Minot AFB, ND;
The Air force is normally tight-lipped about the case against its first
female B-52 pilot.
But yesterday its top general broke ranks and had harsh words for Flinn.
(( GEN. RONALD FOGELMAN, AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF:THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE OF
ADULTERY. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF AN OFFICER ENTRUSTED TO FLY NUCLEAR WEAPONS WHO
DISOBEYED ORDERS, WHO LIED.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Ronald Fogelman/U.S. Air Force;
OUT Q= WHO LIED.
The Flinn case is also quickly becoming a soap opera.
The married man Flinn had an affair with, Marc Zigo, was interviewed on base
yesterday by Flinn's attorneys.
His ex-wife, Gala, is expected to be interviewed today, one day after
sending an emotional letter to the Air Force Secretary.
A woman who accused N-B-C sportscaster Marv Albert of sodomy and assault is
herself facing a criminal charge.
The woman is accused in Washington D-C of threatening to kill her
The threat allegedly occurred in phone calls in March, a month after the
woman says Albert bit her and forced her to perform oral sex in an Arlington
Albert has denied the charges.
He could get a life sentence if convicted.
The woman faces six months in jail if convicted in the threat case.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-28)
A Henry County furniture company is closing its Martinsville plant, citing
lower than expected earnings.
Bassett Furniture announced it is shutting down the W-M Bassett plant in
Martinsville, as a part of a major restructuring plan.
400-employees work in that facility. Bassett officials say few if any jobs
will be eliminated.
IN Q=The company
((ROB SPILMAN/BASSETT PRESIDENT: THE COMPANY WILL RESTRUCTURE ITS
MANUFACTURING BY CLOSING THE COMPANY'S W-M BASSETT MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN
MARTINSVILLE VIRGINIA, AND MOVING THAT PLANT'S PRODUCTION TO THE COMPANY'S
MOUNT AIRY NORTH CAROLINA FACILITY, AS WELL AS SEVERAL PLANTS IN BASSETT
SUPER=01-Rob Spilman/Bassett President;
OUT Q=Bassett, Virginia.
Bassett employees will have the opportunity to transfer to other plants it
owns in Henry County and Mount Airy, North Carolina.
The Martinsville plant is expected to close within four- to- five months.
C-B-S News is reporting that the first lady has been cleared by a Washington
The jury was investigating her role in the firing of travel office
Also, the misuse of F-B-I personnel files, and the handling of personal
Clinton papers inside deputy white house counsel Vince Foster's office after
But the Clintons' still have another Grand jury to contend with, the one in
Little Rock, Arkansas.
Meantime, President Clinton has some harsh words for the fashion industry.
In a White house speech yesterday Mr. Clinton attack the industry for
portraying models as if they were strung out on heroin.
The President said the glorification of heroin is destructive.
If elected Governor, Jim Gilmore is promising four thousand new teachers.
But Democrat Don Beyer has the support of the group that includes
55-thousand of Virginia's 80-thousand teachers.
The Virginia Education Association says Beyer's legislative record earned
Beyer's also proposing to hike teacher pay an average of 31-hundred dollars
by the year 2002.
IN Q=Having Don
((CHERI JAMES/VEA PRESIDENT: HAVING DON AS THE GOVERNOR, THE PERSON AT THE
HEAD OF OUR STATE, WHO SETS THE TONE FOR OUR ENTIRE COMMONWEALTH ABOUT RESPECT
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL CHOICE IN
VIRGINIA IN THE YEARS TO COME. WE CAN TAKE THE GROWTH THAT WE HAVE AND GIVE IT
BACK IN MASSIVE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF. OR WE CAN CONTINUE TO INVEST IT
SUPER=01-Cheri James/VEA President;
OUT Q=in education.
Jim Gilmore's proposing a repeal of the tax on personal cars.
Delegate Joyce Crouch is retiring and a Lynchburg businesswoman wants to
fill her vacancy.
Kathy Byron announced yesterday she's seeking the Republican nomination.
Several G-O-P lawmakers were on hand to lend support -- including Steve
Newman and Charles Hawkins.
Joyce Crouch is also throwing her support behind Byron.
IN Q=The people
((DEL. JOYCE CROUCH/R-LYNCHBURG: THE PEOPLE WANT SOMEONE WHO WILL LISTEN TO
THEM, WHO WILL CARE ABOUT THEIR, NOT ONLY THEIR CONCERNS ON THE ISSUES BUT WILL
CARE ABOUT THEIR EVERYDAY LIFE, WHO WILL WANT TO SHARE AND WANT TO SERVE THEM
IN A WAY THAT WILL NOT ONLY BENEFIT THEM INDIVIDUALLY BUT BENEFIT THE
SUPER=01-Joyce Crouch/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=the community.
Ron Buchanan (bew-cannon) is also seeking the Republican nomination.
Another effort to legalize the selling of liquor by the drink in New Castle.
SUPER=03-Craig Co./File Tape;
Yesterday the owner of Briz's restaurant filed his request to put the issue
on the ballot for the November election.
This time, Jim Greenway says he's appealing to voters county- wide for a
referendum to legalize the selling of mixed drinks.
Two years ago, a similar referendum was defeated in the New Castle district.
A Lynchburg home went up in flames this morning.
The first crews on the scene found the back of the two- story, wood- frame
home engulfed in flames.
It took firefighters about a half hour to bring the blaze under control.
Authorities say the Taylor Street house was being renovated and they don't
believe anyone has been living there.
The fire appears to have started in the rear of the building, on the
The Lynchburg fire marshal is investigating.
After four months aboard the Russian space station Mir, astronaut Jerry
Linenger is on his way home.
The space shuttle Atlantis undocked from Mir last night, after a five day
It left behind a new oxygen generator and other crucial repair equipment, as
well as Linenger's replacement, Michael Foale (Fohl).
Atlantis is scheduled to land Saturday.
He became the first man to fly around the world without refueling-
now he's encouraging others to follow their dreams.
Dick Rutan (Roo-TAN) shared his story with young science students at Virginia
He says he accomplished more than he ever thought he could.
IN Q= To me
((DICK RUTAN/PILOT: TO ME THAT'S THE BIG MESSAGE, THAT PEOPLE PROBABLY
UNDERESTIMATE WHAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISH. AND THEY NEED TO BE MOTIVATED
BECAUSE THE AXIOM IS, IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT.))
OUT Q= you can do it
Rutan is a month into his latest world tour on a handmade plane.
In 19-86, it took him nine days to fly around the world...with his frail
plane he battled fatigue and stormy weather.
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Linens and silverware were among the items on the menu at La Maison
Everything went to the highest bidder.
People came out early to check tables full of restaurant equipment and
But the real excitement came when the building and grounds were auctioned
off, selling for 516-thousand dollars.
The buyer is an airplane broker.
He says he does NOT plan to start another restaurant.
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IN Q=I have a company
((GARY BANNISTER/NEW OWNER; I HAVE A COMPANY THAT I WAS THINK MAYBE WE'LL SET
UP OUR CORPORATE OFFICERS HERE, BUT THAT'S REMOTE. POSSIBLY I MAY SELL PART OF
SUPER=01-Gary Bannister/New Owner
OUT Q=sell part of it
But even though La Maison is gone, there are pieces of it spread throughout
the Roanoke valley.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-3)
GRAPHIC=Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Winston Cup Stars got a chance to shine at Sun Set last night during
qualifying for this Sunday's Coca Cola 600.
But when all was said and done it was the Pepsi kid who sat on the Pole.
Mike Stevens has more from Charlotte.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Goody's Pole Night; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Coke 600 Pole Winner; :35
SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Qualified Second; :54
OUT Q=Mike Stevens, N7 sports
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-5)
GRAPHIC=new 7 sports
The Saturn Festival Cup bicycle race and the ROC Hillclimb hit the streets
and hills of Roanoke this weekend.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
One local team that will be well represented is the Blue Ridge Club Bicycle
Racing team. Team members and the team sponsors were introduced to fans and the
media last night.
IN Q="Last year
((CHRIS NIELSEN/BLUE RIDGE CYCLING V.P. LAST YEAR WE HAD ABOUT SIX ACTIVE TEAM
RACERS. THIS YEAR WE'VE GOT TWENTY PLUS, INCLUDING FOUR WOMEN, FIVE JUNIORS AND
MANY SENIOR MEN. WE'VE EASILY DOUBLED OOUR RACING SO FAR TO DATE THIS YEAR.))
((RON GLOWCZYNSKI/BLUE RIDGE CYCLIST: I THINK THE TEAM'S GOING TO DO WONDERFUL
THIS WEEKEND, BECAUSE ITS HOME COURT FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Chris Nielsen/Blue Ridge Cycling VP; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Glowczynski/Blue Ridge Cyclists; :20
OUT Q=....court for us."
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-2)
Cave Spring held off Franklin County to capture the Roanoke Valley District
tournament title 3 to 1.
SUPER=03-Salem/Eagles vs. Knights; :00
The Eagles Megan Conklin makes the great catch and throws out the Cave
Spring runner at first.
The game ended on a trick play.
It SUPER=34-Cave Spring/3/Franklin Co./1;
looks like Cave Spring catcher Jennifer Lupton throws the ball; but she
actually keeps it.
Franklin County's Heather Jones comes on home and she is tagged out.
Cave Spring wins its 6th straight R-V-D tournament title 3-1.
((LYNN SAUNDERS/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH:))
((KERRY FAIR/CAVE SPRING PITCHER:))
SUPER=01-Lynn Saunders/Cave Spring Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Kerry Fair/Cave Spring Pitcher; :08
OUT Q=...great day"
In the Three Rivers Semi finals Glenvar beat Auburn 25 to 1 and Floyd
downed Radford 23 to 5.
A Washington state middle school was forced to evacuate twice in a single
SUPER=03-Mercer Island, WA;
The fire alarm was not a student prank.
Instead it was a classroom pet climbing the walls.
The teacher says the Iguana, named Chaos, seemed to enjoy the attention once
everyone returned after the evacuation.
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