Next on News 7-
New details of Jon Bonet Ramsey's murder
160 jobs will go at General Electric in Salem.
Plus find out why some folks say their neighborhood is contaminated with
And the news anchor who quit rather than work with Jerry springer- gets a new
News 7 is next.
New information is released about Jon Bonet Ramsey's murder.
Autopsy details reveal Ramsey had her skull fractured by a blow to the head-
and may have been sexually assaulted before being strangled.
A farming company sprayed a Covington cornfield with chemicals.
Then just a few days later neighbors noticed their trees were dying.
Tonight we'll hear from Covington residents-
The news anchor who made headlines when she quit rather than work with Jerry
Springer- is heading to a new job at CBS.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Last week General Electric workers in Salem got a new contract.
This week, they get word of 160 layoffs and a partial plant shutdown.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=For the
SUPER=01-Les Brown/Laid Off GE Employee;:41
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
For the past few days 900 production workers at the Salem G-E plant had the
prospect of impending layoffs hanging over them.
SOT 15:15:01 ge tape
IN Q=It's something
((DENNIS PARKS/GE EMPLOYEE: IT'S SOMETHING DEFINITE THIS TIME.))
OUT Q=definite this time.
They now know the details of G-E's cost cutting plan.
It includes the indefinite reduction of about 160 hourly jobs, plus a two
week partial shutdown that affects nearly everyone in production.
SOT 15:11:55 ge tape
IN Q=There's no
((THERE'S NO JOB SECURITY. IT'S ALL I CAN TELL YOU, BAD MANAGEMENT.))
OUT Q=bad management.
The company explains it doesn't have enough work on the factory floor to
maintain current employment.
This marks the third layoff this year at G-E, leaving some wondering about
the future of the industrial drives plant.
SOT 15:14:03 ge tape
IN Q=I'm not sure
((LES BROWN/LAID OFF GE EMPLOYEE: I'M NOT SURE. I DON'T KNOW IF THE WORK IS
BEING OUTSOURCED OR WHAT.))
OUT Q=or what.
Even the salaried side of the building hasn't been immune to cutbacks.
125 pink slips went out there last month.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
Some Covington residents say the cornfield next door is making them sick.
Eric Earnhart tells us why they're worried.
IN Q=The cornfield next
SUPER=01-Brenda Fleming/Neighbor; :08
SUPER=01-Wytina Ruble/Neighbor; :34
SUPER=01-Del. Creigh Deeds/(D)Warm Springs; 1:11
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( The cornfield next door never bothered Brenda Flemming and her neighbors
until May, when a work crew arrived and started spraying.
IN Q=it did spray the fields
((BRENDA FLEMING/NEIGHBOR; IT DID SPRAY THE FIELDS, IT WAS VERY WINDY THAT DAY
AND WHEN THEY WOULD COME OUT OF THE FIELD TO TURN TO GO BACK IN THEY NEVER CUT
THE SPRAYERS OFF. ))
OUT Q=the sprayers off
NEIGHBORS SAY THEIR CONCERN INTENSIFIED WHEN THEY NOTICED WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO
THE TREES IN THEIR YARDS.
The leaves on several large trees around their houses began to shrivel up.
And then they say some people got sick... Wytina Ruble has asthma, but says
this time the sickness was something new.
IN Q=whenever I get sick
((WYTINA RUBLE/NEIGHBOR; USUALLY WHENEVER I GET SICK I RUN A FEVER, THIS TIME I
DID NOT RUN FEVER, I WENT TO THE DOCTOR AND HE ASKED ME IF I'D BEEN INTO
ANYTHING AND I TOLD HIM AND HE SAID, IF YOU SEE THEM SPRAY, RUN. ))
OUT Q=them spray, run
Residents called state agriculture officials, who told them the chemicals
sprayed were the herbicides paraquat and atrazine.
The say they also called the company growing the corn, Bluestone Farms, and
an official told them there was nothing they could do but apologize.
Delegate Creigh Deeds looked over the site, and has spoken with Virginia
Department of Agriculture about it.
He says there's no evidence that anyone did anything illegal, but there is
cause for concern.
IN Q=it doesn't sound good
((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/(D) 18TH DISTRICT; IT DOESN'T SOUND GOOD, IT SOUNDS LIKE
THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE HAVE HAD SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WITH BREATHING AND OTHER
HEALTH RELATED PROBLEMS, IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE'S ENOUGH THAT'S HAPPENED HERE TO
GIVE THEM SOME CAUSE FOR CONCERN ABOUT THEIR WATER AS WELL"
OUT Q=water as well
Residents are drinking bottled water while the wait for test results on
their wells... results they hope will give them back their peace of mind.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.
We tried to contact Bluestone Farmers at their West Virginia Headquarters,
but no one answered the the phone this afternoon.))
Four youngsters are arrested in Henry County for allegedly committing murder
and robbery in Georgia.
Police rounded up the group after finding 19-year old Wayne Curtis Shaw and
a 15-year old boy on the side of the road today with pocketfuls of marijuana.
Shaw had also refused to stop for police directing traffic in Henry County
IN Q=He didn't want to
((SGT. HOWARD HONAKER/STATE POLICE: HE DIDN'T WANT TO STOP. THE TROOPER MADE
HIM STOP AND WHEN HE ASKED FOR A DRIVER'S LICENCE THE SUBJECT COULD NOT PRODUCE
SUPER=01-Sgt. Howard Honaker/State Police;
State police arrested 20-year old Jeffrey Bohannan and 17-year old Elizabeth
Weaver on Saturday night.
SUPER=03-Hall Co, Georgia;
Police say Weaver lured 18-year old Vernon Greer to a Georgia park Friday
She and the three males then allegedly stole Greer's car and drowned him in
a nearby lake.
20-year-old Shaw faces an extradition hearing tomorrow morning.
The other three will stand trial in Georgia.
State Board of education member Brandon Bell is in Roanoke tonight attending
one of four meetings across the Commonwealth.
The meetings are designed to give Virginians a chance to address pending
changes in the public school system.
Double Boxes=Jean/Freiden Microwave
Andrew Freiden joins us from Cave Spring High School.
Andrew, what seems to be on most people's minds tonight.
((Rollcue:local school systems decide ))
SUPER=07-Preston Quinn; :00
SUPER=01-Jeremy Baldwin/Student; :20
OUT Q=about sex
((Andrew adlibs then interviews Morgan Griffith))
What about vocational and fine arts electives? Do those still need to be
New details about the murder of 6 year old Jon Bonet Ramsey.
An autopsy report confirms Ramseys skull was fractured by a blow to the
head- and she may have been sexually assaulted before being strangled.
A court released the autopsy despite arguments from prosecutors who wanted
to keep the information sealed.
((MADELINE MASON/BOULDER COUNTY ATTORNEY: IF THAT SAME PIECE OF INFORMATION NOW
COMES OUT IN THE AUTOPSY REPORT, AND SOMEONE COMES IN AND TELLS YOU THAT, YOU
DON'T KNOW HOW TO EVALUATE IT, YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT'S FROM THE AUTOPSY REPORT
OF IF IT'S GENUINE FIRST HAND KNOWLEGE))
SUPER=01-Madeline Mason/Boulder County Attorney;
OUT Q=first hand knowlege
The child's body was found in the family's basement December 26th.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on our newscast, a bridge collapse injures dozens at the
and we'll tell you why a flight could help investigators solve the mystery
behind last year's T-W-A explosion.
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A man is dead tonight after a front-end loader overturns on top of him.
The accident happened this afternoon off of Sweet Annie Drive in Floyd
It took rescue workers nearly six hours to remove 62-year-old Allen Junior
He was apparently using the loader to remove the top of a small house--when
the vehicle toppled over.
IN Q=He apparently got
((LT. BILL MEADOR/ROANOKE CO. FIRE & RESCUE: HE APPARENTLY GO TOO CLOSE TO A
SMALL EMBANKMENT, ROLLED OVER ON THE EMBANKMENT AND WAS CRUSHED BY THE VEHICLE
SUPER=01-Lt. Bill Meador/Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue
OUT Q=crushed by the vehicle
Authorities say Nichols died at the scene.
The opening of the 15th Jewish Olympics is marred by disaster-
SUPER=03-Ramat Gan, Israel;
A bridge leading to the stadium collapsed- killing two people and wounding
About 100 Australian athletes were in the middle of the bridge- heading for
the stadium when the bridge came crashing down.
Athletes from 53 counties are competing in the games.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Almost one year after TWA flight 800 exploded- the investigation takes to
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
A look alike jet took off from JFK Airport-
Investigators are re-creating the fatal flight to examine the center fuel
((JIM HALL/NTSB CHAIRMAN; WE'VE BEEN VERY CAREFUL OF COURSE TO ENSURE WE'VE
ENGINEERED OUT ANY RISK THAT MIGHT BE INVOVLED IN THE FLIGHT BUT WE HOPE IT'L
GIVE US A VERY GOOD IDEA OF WHAT HAPPENED ON TWO 800.))
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/Nat'l Transporation Safety Board;
OUT Q=on TWA 800."
Today's flight is the first in a series concentrating on six different
scenarios that could have led to the explosion.
It's going- it's going- It's gone for more than 2 and half million dollars.
O-J Simpson's estate is sold at auction- to the bank that foreclosed on the
((WILCOCKS HALL/BANK REP: THE BANK BID AGAINST THE FIELD. THE BANK BID AGAINST
THE FIELD. THEY FIGURED THEY'LL SELL IT MAKING MROE MONEY THAN JUST TAKING BACK
SUPER=01-Wilcocks Hall/Bank Representative;
OUT Q=BACK THEIR LOAN."
The five bedroom estate comes with a tennis court- swimming pool and guest
((ELAINE YOUNG/FORMER REALTOR: THE HOUSE IS SO INFAMOUS. I THINK SOMEONE WOULD
WANT TO BUY IT JUST TO SAY THEY BOUGHT THAT HOUSE.))
SUPER=01-Elaine Young/Former Realtor;
OUT Q=BOUGHT THAT HOUSE."
Young sold the estate to Simpson 20 years ago for 650 thousand dollars.
It's now worth about 4 million.
A high school basketball coach was acquitted today on an assault charge.
Coach Paul Barnard (buh-NARD) had been accused of "bumping" a 16-year old
player on the team with his chest and shoulder.
The boy's father swore out the warrant, even as the coach accused Billy
Belcher of knocking him to the floor at William Byrd High School May 29th.
((I SIMPLY DID NOT TOUCH COACH BARNARD. I WANTED TO TOUCH HIM. I SURE DID. IT
TOOK ALL OF MY BEING TO KEEP FROM DOING THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Billy Belcher/Byrd Basketball Booster Club Pres.
OUT Q=from doing that.
Belcher had been incensed, because he felt the coach wasn't doing anything
about reports of theft in the team locker room.
Judge George Harris dismissed charges against the coach.
Upon hearing that Belcher planned to resign as booster club president and
that his boys had quit the team, the judge stopped short of convicting Belcher.
((IF THEY CHOOSE TO PLAY OR DON'T PLAY, THAT'S THEIR DECISION. I'LL HAVE TO
TAKE THEM FROM WHERE THEY ARE NOW. IT WAS SAID IN COURT TODAY THAT THEY'RE NOT
GOING TO PLAY. SO I ASSUME THEY'RE NOT GOING TO PLAY.
At some level you've got to be relied that that conflict has been removed.
OH YEAH, IT'S BEEN HARD. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Barnard/Wm Byrd Basketball Coach
OUT Q=it's been hard
He says its not as hard on him as it is on his family.
Later on News 7 at Eleven, a new type of toothpaste is heading to market,
but this one has more in common with soap,
and Bedford County's sheriff department puts some teeth in the fight against
She's the anchor who quit rather than work with tabloid talk show host Jerry
Now Chicago's Carol (Marine) Marin will work for CBS-
In May, Marin resigned from WMAQ-TV after the station hired Springer to do
"commentary" during the news.
((T'S A THRILL FOR ME TO BE GREETED BY A SMILING GENERAL MANAGER THAT HASN'T
HAPPEND IN AWHILE.))
SUPER=01-Carol Marin/CBS News Contributor;
OUT Q=in awhile."
Marin will be a Chicago based reporter for Bryant Gumbel's new primetime
Some four- legged officers are looking to make an impact in the war on drugs
in Bedford County.
Steve Smallshaw explains how local businesses have chipped in to help the
sheriff's department offer round- the- clock canine patrol.
IN Q=They're smart
SUPER=01-Betty Schuette/Regal Medical Services; :21
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :36
SUPER=01-Irv Pagan/Bedford Co. Deputy; 1:03
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; 1:19
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( They're smart, they've got a nose for crime and they'll work for dog
Meet the three newest members of the Bedford County sheriff's department.
It costs six thousand dollars to buy and train a good drug dog.. the county
could only afford one, but business owners Betty and David Schuette had no
problem writing a check for two more. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=Our law
((BETTY SCHUETTE/REGAL MEDICAL SERVICES: OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS NEED ALL
THE HELP THEY CAN GET OUT THERE AND I DON'T THINK YOU CAN PUT A DOLLAR VALUE ON
OUT Q=on their life.
Rico and Volco are both Belgian Malinois', which authorities say are quick,
hard-working dogs that don't tire easily.
IN Q=That's what I
((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THEM,
THEY DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH A PATTERN OF SEARCHES. IF IT'S CLOSE BY THEY'RE
GOING TO FIND IT.))
OUT Q=to find it.
natsot barking 1:11:15
IN Q=Most of
((Most of Bedford County's drug interdiction has taken place on the county's
major highways, and this is where deputies say drug dogs can really help out.
If a deputy has stopped a vehicle that he feels might be carrying illegal
drugs, but he doesn't have enough probable cause to search the car.. a
drug-sniffing dog can make all the difference.))
OUT Q=a difference.
IN Q=I just give
((IRV PAGAN/BEDFORD CO. DEPUTY: I JUST GIVE HIM THE COMMAND TO SEARCH, OR
FETCH- FIND, AND HE'LL JUST GO SWEEPING THE CAR, AND IF THERE'S SOMETHING IN
THE CAR THAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT OR SHOULDN'T BE THERE, HE'S GOING TO ALERT ON
THAT AND WE'RE GOING TO ACT ON THAT. HE GIVES US THE PROBABLE CAUSE TO DO A
LITTLE BIT MORE IN- DEPTH SEARCH INSIDE THE VEHICLE.))
OUT Q=inside the vehicle.
And with one dog for each shift, the county will be well- covered.
IN Q=But this will
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: BUT THIS WILL PUT THE DOG IN THE COUNTY AND
INSTEAD OF TAKING 35, 40 MINUTES, MAYBE AN HOUR GETTING A DOG TO A LOCATION, WE
CAN HAVE HIM THERE IN JUST A MATTER OF MINUTES.))
OUT Q=matter of minutes.
With every ounce of drugs they turn up, it's just a matter of TIME before
these canines pay for themselves.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
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SUPER=333-Clear And/Mild/64-66/Mostly Sunny/And Hot/88-90;
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Hillcats - Durham highlights from Lynchburg plus, a training camp update along
with soccer, racing and public address announcing.
But first, The VMI track and field team signed seven athletes to scholarship
papers today, including the first two female scholarship athletes in the 158
year history of the school.
Rachel Love, a distance runner from Emmaus, Pennsylvania and discus thrower
Kelly Sullivan from Jackson, Georgia will both join head coach Mike Bozeman.
Now the scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0093-/Durham/5//Lynchburg/5/11/Top of 11th/j/Salem/10//Prince
William/3//Salem Returns Home Tomorrow/;
SUPER=0091-/Milwaukee/1//Kansas City/1/11///Texas/1//Anaheim/4/4/Mariners &
A's - LATE/;
SUPER=0092-/Montreal/4/j/Florida/5//Final In 12//New York/4/j/Pittsburgh/5///;
SUPER=0092-/Houston/7//Chicago/7/8///Los Angeles/5//Colorado/7/6/Giants &
OUT Q=....last score."
take a break!!
With the Durham Bulls moving up to the Triple-A ranks next year, last night
marked the club's final trip to City Stadium to battle the Hillcats.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Bulls vs. Hillcats; :00
The heat may have kept some folks home and that's a shame because the Cats
were cooking in the mid innings.
With Lynchburg up one to nothing, Derek Swafford hits one straight up the
middle and chases home Mike Asche to make it two to nothing in the bottom of
Later in the that frame, Shon Walker lifts one to right field. The
outfielder makes the catch, but Swafford tags on the sac fly, and
SUPER=37-Durham/9/Lynchburg/5/Final In 11;
Lynchburg takes 3-to-zip lead.
But Durham comes back to win it 9-to-5 in 11 innings.
The Baltimore Orioles used a six runs sixth inning last night to snap what
else, but a six game slide.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Jays vs. O's; :00
The Orioles beat the Jays 9-to-5 as Brady Anderson, Geronimo Berroa, and B.J.
Surhoff each homered.
Anderson now has 8 homers on the SUPER=35-Toronto/5/Baltimore/9;
year, last year at this point he had over 30.
O's win by 4.
The Redskins aren't scheduled to check into Frostburg, Maryland until this
But a number of NFL clubs are not only in camp but already in trouble.
IN Q="Get me...
OUT Q=...huddle up.
SUPER=03-Lake Forest, IL/Bears Camp;:00
Bears head coach Dave Wanstadt was riding his team pretty hard yesterd as it
opened camp in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Among those in attendance was prized draft pick running back Darnell Autry.
IN Q="You know...
((DARNELL AUTRY/BEARS ROOKIE RUNNING BACK:))
SUPER=01-Darnell Autry/Bears Rookie Running Back; :00
OUT Q=...HAVE ANYWAY."
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/Lions Camp;
While the Bears have their full complement of backs, first year Lions boss
Bobby Ross is without running back Barry Sanders, who is again holding out for
IN Q="I WOULD
((BOBBY ROSS/LIONS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Ross/Lions Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...IGNORE IT.
SUPER=03-Buffalo, NY/Bills Camp;
Bruce Smith still hasn't shown up at the Bills camp in Buffalo, but the post
Jim Kelly era is well underway with Todd Collins as the team's new quarterback.
((TODD COLLINS/BILLS QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Todd Collins/Bills Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...TO FILL."
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI/Packers Camp;
And the defending Super Bowl champ are not exactly taking it easy.
Take a look at the full contact drill and the nice tackle by William & Mary
rookie Darren Sharper.
The Panthers camp opens in Spartanburg, South Carolina this weekend
and yesterday the team released center Curtis Whitely, the six year pro who
played at Clemson.
Last season he was suspended for four games for violating the league's
substance abuse policy.
His departure frees up $850 thousand dollars under the salary cap.
The Phoenix International Raceway was purchased today by someone other than
Bruton Smith, the man who controls Texas, Charlotte, and Bristol.
International Speedway Corporation which owns, Daytona, Talladega, Darlington
and Watkins Glen, purchased the 65 thousand seat one mile oval this morning.
One of the ISC's first priorities will be adding 25 thousand news seats.
Bill France Jr. is the CEO of International Speedway Corporation.
Earlier this month Roy Stanley brought us the story of a group of area soccer
players who were on their way to Europe.
Well, the Roanoke Stars 15 year old all-star team is not only safely across
the Atlantic, but it is already winning.
Today the team beat the club from Stockholm, Sweden 2-to-nothing in its first
match in the Gothia Cup tournament.
Kelly Ballard and Bruce Banning did today's scoring.
Still coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, we'll head down to Lynchburg
check in with the Hillcats public address announcer, who soon may be taking
his voice to UVA for cavalier football at Scott stadium.
The minor leagues are intended to develop players and move them on the
But this year the Lynchburg Hillcats have also seen their manager moe up.
And Travis Wells says yet another club member may be on the move.
IN Q="first audio..."
SUPER=01-Chuck Young/Lynchburg Hillcats PA Announcer; :23
SUPER=19-Travis Wells; :37
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/October 19, 1996; :51
OUT Q=...News 7 Sports."
When Hank Norton retired as Ferrum's head football coach in 1993 after 34
years of service to the school, he promised that he would spend his free time
Well, here's proof that four years after walking away from the game Hank is
keeping his word.
The latest issue of "The Rivah" the visitor's guide for tourists in the
Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula areas of the state features Big Hank on the
cover doing a little light tackle fishing near his home in Deltaville.
First- antibacterial soap. Now antibacterial toothpaste-
The Food and Drug Administration's approved Colgate Total.
It's shown to prevent gum disease- and the first toothpaste containing
triclosan-- an antibacterial ingredient common in soap.
Meanwhile- bottled water may taste great but it could mean more fillings.
Scientists say people who drink bottled water or filtered tap water also
filter out flouride.
Experts say if you use bottled water, look at other defenses against
cavities and check with your dentist.