IN Q=here's what
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THREE BODIES WERE FOUND IN ROANOKE CITY...
BUT THEY WERE ACTUALLY PLANTED THERE FOR AN EVIDENCE RECOVERY SCHOOL.
AUTUMN JACKSON FACES UP TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON. FOR TRYING TO EXTORT
40-MILLION DOLLARS FROM T-V DAD BILL COSBY. ))
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It's FRIDAY July 25TH--
Our top story--
A recent high school graduate, the son of Bedford County sheriff Mike Brown,
is killed in a car accident.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens
State Police say excessive speed may have been a factor in the crash
17- year- old Matthew Brown lost control of his car in this curve on route
691 around 1:15.
His father, Sheriff Mike Brown, had become concerned when his son didn't
Mike Brown was the first to find the car in the ditch.
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.
OUT Q=take their places.
Brown graduated from North Cross School in Roanoke County last month.
Today, he was remembered as a creative student, an accomplished magician who
loved to perform.
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((HUGH MEAGHER/DEAN OF STUDENTS: I'LL JUST REMEMBER HIM AS A WONDERFUL,
BRIGHT-EYED KID, WHO WAS REAL EVEN-TEMPERED AND WAS JUST FUN TO HAVE IN CLASS
AND FUN TO HAVE AROUND. WE WON'T FORGET HIM. MATT WAS NOT THE TYPE OF STUDENT
TO SORT OF SLIP INTO THE WOODWORK.))
SUPER=01-Hugh Meagher/Dean of Students;
OUT Q=slip into the woodwork.
An ammonia leak in Roanoke caused a spectacle earlier this evening.
Fire crews found a valve leaking ammonia inside the Roanoke Ice and Cold
Storage plant on 8th Street near Wasena Avenue at about 6:30.
No one was injured.
The valve was quickly turned off, and fans were set up to ventilate the
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SUPER=01-Bat. Chief Thomas Tyree/Roanoke Fire & EMS;
OUT Q=the builidng at the time.
Fire officials say since there wasn't much wind this evening, the ammonia was
contained much easier.
A conviction in the case of Autumn Jackson.
Jurors say there's no doubt the 22-year tried to extort 40 million dollars
from Bill Cosby.
Outside of court, jurors said the prosecution's evidence was overwhelming.
((THEY HAD SO MUCH EVIDENCE, MOUNTAINS AND MOUNTIANS. NOT ONLY TAPE RECORDINGS
BUT FAXES, LETTERS.))
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Jackson claimed Cosby is her father--
She broke down in court when the verdict was read.
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((ROBERT BAUM/JACKSON'S ATTORNEY: SHE'S JUST DEVASTATED. SHE JUST KEPT SAYING
TO ME. HOW COULD THEY? HOW COULD THEY?))
OUT Q=how could they? how could they?
Jackson could face up to 12 years in prison.
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In Los Angeles, a jury found that Carroll O'Connor did not slander a drug
user when he blamed him for his son's death.
Harry (Purzee-Gee-un) Perzigian sued- after O'Connor lashed out at him over
his son's drug-induced suicide.
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((CARROLL O'CONNOR/ACTOR: THEY'RE SENDING A MESSAGE THAT THEY PROBABLY WOULD
HAVE SAID AND DONE THE SAME THINGS I DID THAT'S THE MESSAGE FROM THE JURY.))
OUT Q=from the jury."
35 year old Hugh O'Connor killed himself in 1995.
Carroll O'Connor at one point called (Purzee-gee-un) a partner in murder for
giving his son cocaine.
Imigration agents raided two houses in Sanford, North Carolina, where it's
believed that deaf Mexicans were held captive and forced to make and sell
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Nine men, five women and three children were taken into custody and
moved to a Charlotte hotel, waiting for further questioning.
All of the adults are deaf mutes.
Officials say a married, deaf couple living in one of the homes, used vans
to transport the workers to their work locations, but no charges have been
Whether this North Carolina ring is connected to the one recently uncovered
in New York City is still unknown. Suspicions of similar rings have been
reported in several other cities.
A Franklin County man pled guilty today in an attempt to blackmail the
nation's largest cigarette maker.
Bruce Rehm became convinced asbestos was getting into cigarette filters
made by Phillip Morris.
Rehm had been to the plant where one of the raw materials is made. He has
a friend who worked at the (HIRKS) Hoechst Celanese Plant.
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That's where they make cellulose acetate tow.
Rather than tell (HIRKS) Hoechst Celanese- -or report it to the government,
Rehm called Phillip Morris using an assumed name, calling from various
different pay phones.
They finally arranged a meeting in Roanoke.
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((GREG PHILLIPS/REHM'S ATTORNEY: FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE DIALOGUE MY CLIENT
STATED, "ALL I WANT TO GET OUT OF THIS IS TO SET UP A CORPORATION AND CLEAN UP
THE ASBESTOS." AND MY CLIENT HAD A 97% PURE HEART, BUT WHEN PRESSED, HE WASN'T
WILLING TO RUN DOWN THE $1 MILLION. ))
SUPER=01-Greg Phillips/Rehm's Attorney
OUT Q=million dollars.
The million dollars was the F-B-I undercover agent's idea- -but Rehm went
along with it.
That makes him guilty of blackmail.
There's no evidence the Celanese product has asbestos in it.
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Take a return trip with us to Roanoke's Autumn Lane...
The city is preparing to fix the road into the defunct housing
As residents mobilize to make certain other neighborhoods don't become
Also tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime....
Norfolk Southern is closing one railroad crossing some Botetourt County
families rely on.
More on the story when we come back.
go to break
There are no suspects in the case of three bodies discovered in Roanoke.
In fact there wasn't even a crime.
The remains were donated by the medical examiners office and The College of
All to help authorities brush up on the art of evidence recovery.
Denise Allen was there.
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SUPER=01-Det. Rick Moorer/Instructor;
SUPER=01-Inv. Billie Stockton/Franklin Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=News 7
(( The skull peaking through the dirt is not that of a murder victim, but one
donated for research.
This is just one of three crime scenes located in the yard of this Roanoke
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: THE CLASS IS SET UP TO IMITATE A WORKING CRIME SCENE.
THOUGH THE CRIME IS FICTIONAL THE INVESTIGATORS ARE TAKING THE ACT OF
RECOVERING EVIDENCE SERIOUSLY.
SOT 15:09:14 tape 2
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((DET/ RICK MOORER/INSTRUCTOR: SOMETHING AS SMALL AS A SINGLE TOOTH CAN HELP US
DETERMINE THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE DECEASED OR HELP US DETERMINE AN ARTICLE OF
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When a skeleton is found the crime may be years old.
This course teaches investigators the best way to preserve even the most
SOT tape 2 15:21:10
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((INV. BILLIE STOCKTON/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: NOW I FEEL MORE CONFIDENT
IN WHAT I'M DOING WHEN I ARRIVE ON A CRIME SCENE LIKE THIS. THINGS I CAN TAKE
BACK TO MY DEPARTMENT.))
OUT Q=to my department
The investigators get hands on experience in uncovering the remains, but
also how to identify a gravesite.
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((MOORER: DISCOLORATION OF VEGETATION, DISCOLORATION OF SOILS THESE KINDS OF
THINGS LOOK FOR PLACES WHERE PEOPLE WILL LEAVE THESE BODIES.))
Moorer says these techniques help investigators identify victims and solve
Which he says often helps ease the pain of those left behind.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Norfolk Southern Railroad is closing several crossings in our area...and
that's angering some residents in Blue Ridge.
N-S says by closing crossings at many sites... accidents will be prevented
and lives will be saved.
Lisa Dooley and five other families have filed an injunction against the
railroad to stop its road block.
The families say the Cherry Lane passage is the main road out of town and
for emergency help to come in.
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((LISA DOOLEY/BLUE RIDGE RESIDENT:FOR MY FAMILY... ))
SUPER=01-Lisa Dooley/Blue Ridge Resident;
Norfolk Southern won't comment on this situation because of the litigation.
But safety officials say N-S provides alternate routes for residents when it
blocks an access.
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((DANNY GILBERT/SAFETY DEPT. ))
SUPER=01-Danny Gilbert/Norfolk Southern Safety Dept.;
The Blue Ridge residents are going to court Thursday to obtain a restraining
order against the closure.
Autumn Lane residents are putting the Roanoke city government on notice.
They say officials took too long to correct problems with a construction
site in their neighborhood.
City officials spent the morning touring what's left of contractor Phillip
Bane planned to put 11 homes on this land, but officials say his
inexperience led to violations and put an end to the development.
Now Autumn Lane residents are forming a city-wide action group to help other
neighborhoods which may face similar problems.
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((AUBREY BUTLER/AUTUMN LN RESIDENT: WE WILL ATTEND EVERY MEETING, ANYWHERE WE
CAN BE HEARD. WE WILL ASK PEOPLE TO COME AND JOIN US.))
SUPER=01-Aubrey Butler/Autumn Ln Resident;
OUT Q=AND JOIN US
The city says it'll make repairs to Autumn Lane this weekend.
Trees and more grass will be planted on the site in the fall.
It's more than just a a Geology field trip for a Radford University student
Doctor Skip Watts and Daniel Gilliam will spend eight days with a U-S
Geological Survey in Yosemite Park. They will study the site of a rock slide
that caused one death and 14 injuries last July.
To get the data they will have to rock climb to the site- which is 17-hundred
feet off the valley floor.
The information gathered will be used to predict other geological problems.
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((DR. SKIP WATTS/ ENGINEERING GEOSCIENCES DIRECTOR: THE MAIN THING THAT WE WANT
TO ACCOMPLISH IS TO IDENTIFY WHAT THE CAUSE OF LAST SUMMER'S ROCK SLIDE WAS AND
WHETHER OR NOT THERE'S MORE ROCK UP THERE WAITING TO COME DOWN AND IF SO TRY TO
IDENTIFY HOW MUCH, WHERE IT MIGHT COME DOWN AND WHEN IT MIGHT COME DOWN. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Skip Watts/ Engineering Geosciences Director
OUT Q=come down (quick out)
Gilliam plans to use the project as the basis for his masters thesis in
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There's more News 7 Primetime straight ahead-- including LOUNGE MUSIC, and
we are not talking the canned, elevator variety.
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**hold nat sound full through cc..**
Heads are rolling at Columbia- H-C-A, the nation's largest for- profit
hospital chain and one of the biggest health care providers in our area.
SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/File Tape;
Columbia's board of directors has sacked C-E-O Richard Scott and David
Vandewater (VAN-deh-water), his second in command.
In the shake-up, the company's chairman of the board, has been named new
chairman and C-E-O.
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((THOMAS FRIST JR./COLUMBIA-HCA CEO: I HAVE ACCEPTED THIS JOB, AND MY
CHALLENGE IS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES BEFORE IT. AND I AM ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO
ADDRESSING THOSE IF IT TAKES THREE MONTHS, OR THREE YEARS, OR LONGER.))
SUPER=01-Thomas Frist, Jr./Columbia-HCA CEO;
OUT Q=or longer.
The company's leadership has been on the hotseat ever since a federal
investigation was launched into allegations Columbia overbilled patients.
Scott and Vandewater deny any wrongdoing.
Last week, federal agents aided more than 35 Columbia hospitals and offices
in seven states.
Federal authorities have disclosed little about their findings--
There's NO indication that Columbia H-C-A medical centers in our area are
subjects of the investigation.
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For tonight's top shots, we're putting video to the music-- the sounds
America sang, hummed and whistled from the 1940s through the early 1960's.
Lounge Music is back now-- with a 90's flair.
It's music reminiscent of the cabaret, the big band sound that once defined
the supper club scene.
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It seems lounge music never really died, it just took a backseat to some
other music-- like rock and roll.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, plenty of golf from the PGA, seniors and local
links. Plus, Jeff Jones and Brett Favre ink new deals on the same day.
And Steve Mason checks in with some former Hokies trying to make it with the
But first two notes from the majors.
The Reds fired manager Ray Knight today.
The Reds were nine and half games out of first under his leadership.
And catcher Pudge Rodriguez turned down the Rangers latest contract offer
today. It was only $38 million over 5 years.
WIPE TO SCORES
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OUT Q=....last score."
take a break
Chip Sullivan has made the cut for this weekend's Canon Greater Hartford
Today Chip shot a two over 72 to go with yesterday's 71. He three over at
the turn, and lucky for him the cut was at 3 over.
Chip's friend John Daly also made the cut and overcame a little adversity
John hit this monster tee shot in the water, but managed to come back and
shoot even par today.
He's one over at the turn.
Wayne Levi is your leader. He was five under for today, and is now a record
11 under par at the turn.
Levi has a four shot lead on Jeff Maggert, Steve Pate and Brandel Chamblee.
By the way Chip will be paired with his friend Anthony Rodriguez tomorrow.
Across the Atlantic there is a new leader at the senior's British Open in
SUPER=03-Portrush, N. Ireland/ESPN;:00
Australian Noel Ratcliffe was the man today as he shot a course record seven
under par 65.
He now has a three shot lead on Gary Player and first round leader John Bland
at the halfway point.
Two time defending champ Brian Barnes shot a 75 today and withdrew citing a
Locally today, Dan Keffer won the Roanoke valley senior's hall of fame title
after shooting a final round of 68.
The second round began today at Hunting Hills with John Griffith in front.
But after Griffith followed up yesterday's 72 with an 86 today to fall out
Travis Horak captured the juniors crown. He has now won two tournaments this
week, and three of his four rounds have been in the 60's.
Today he ballooned to a one over 71.
Not all the golf news tonight is of the celebratory nature.
The legendary Ben Hogan died this afternoon at the age of 84.
Hogan had been in declining health. Two years ago he had colon cancer
surgery, and he also suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Hogan is third all-time in wins on the PGA tour with 63.
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Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre is now the NFL's highest paid
Today he signed a 7 year deal worth $48 million with a $12 million signing
And Terry Holland announced this afternoon that Jeff Jones has received a 2
year contract extension that will keep him as the Cavs head hoop coach through
the year 2000.
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And finally tonight former Hokie J.C.price failed to make the Panthers
roster last season, but Steve Mason says two more Hokies might be able to do
just that this summer.
Tonight Steve checks in with the latest on Myron Newsome and Waverly
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SUPER=01-Waverly Jackson/Panther Defensive Tackle; :13
SUPER=01-Myron Newsome/Panther Linebacker; :22
SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Panther Linebacker; :41
OUT Q=news 7 sports"
((Myron Newsome and Waverly Jackson- together again on another top notch
defensive unit. This one is lead by Dom Capers, a defensive guru whose zone
blitzing schemes confuses veterans.
Newsome is trying out for linebacker, although a spot on the special teams
might be more realistic. His physical stature resembles that of future Hall of
famer Sam Mills.
When he's not in awe of his surroundings, Waverly has impressed Panther
coaches at defensive tackle.
Newsome wore #53 at Tech while Jackson was 98. The pair has heart, a huge
playbook and each other in their first NFL training camp.))
Thanks for watching News 7 Prime Time. Have a good weekend.