Coming up on News 7-
A teenager is killed- the son of the Bedford County sheriff.
An amonia leak in Roanoke tongiht.
Plus a jury decides the extortion case of Autum Jackson
And the little eyes of Jane light up Roanoke. We'll hear a taste of Vince
News 7 is next.
Every parent's worst nightmare came true for Bedford County Sheriff Mike
Brown early this morning.
Brown's 17-year old son Matthew was killed when he lost control of his car
on Route 691 at around 1:15.
Sheriff Brown became concerned when his son did not return home- and went
searching for him.
He was the first to find his son's car overturned in a ditch about two miles
from the family home.
Friends of Matthew Brown remember him as a popular, talented student at
North Cross High School.
IN Q=Just a real
((HUGH MEAGHER/DEAN OF STUDENTS: JUST A REAL BRIGHT, OUTGOING KID. MEMBERS OF
HIS CLASS ARE VERY SHOOK UP BECAUSE HE WAS EXTREMELY WELL- LIKED. THE TYPE OF
KID WHO DIDN'T HAVE AN ENEMY, EVERYBODY LIKED HIM.))
SUPER=01-Hugh Meagher/Dean of Students; :00
OUT Q=everybody liked him.
Funeral services for Matthew Brown are scheduled for Monday morning.
A New York jury did not buy Autumn Jackson's story of betrayal and
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Instead jurors convicted her of
attempting to extort millions from Bill Cosby- by threatening to go to the
tabloids with her claim that he's her father.
Jurors said the prosecution's evidence was overwhelming-
IN Q=WHEN WE HEARD
((WHEN WE HEARD THE JACK SCHMIT TAPE WHEN SHE DEMANDED 40 MILLION DOLLARS AND
HE TOLD HER AUTUMN THIS IS EXTORTION, IT'S ILLEGAL, STOP IT. SHE WAS WARNED.
SHE CONTINUED. SHE DIDN'T STOP.))
OUT Q=she didn't stop."
Jackon's lawyer says she's devastated by the verdict.
IN Q=AUTUMN WILL SUFFER
((ROBERT BUAM/AUTUMN JACKSON'S ATTORNEY: AUTUMN WILL SUFFER GREATLY AS A RESULT
OF THIS. IF MR. COSBY IS AUTUMN'S FATHER, I CAN'T IMAGINE A FATHER FEELING GOOD
SEEING HIS DAUGHTER GO TO JAIL.))
SUPER=01-Robert Baum/Autumn Jackson's Attorney;
OUT Q=GO TO JAIL."
Jackson could face 12 years in prison.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Some jurors in the Carroll O'Connor slander trial say they agree the man who
gave his son drugs is a partner in murder.
Hugh O'Connor killed himself.
The jury found Carroll O'Connor not liable for blaming the drug dealer who
gave his son cocaine-
IN Q=They're sending a
((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 ))
((HARRY PERZIGIAN/PLAINTIFF: I'M DISAPPOINTED OBVIOUSLY. IT SHOWS LOS ANGELES
LOVES CELEBRITIES. YOU'RE NOT REALLY GOING TO GET A FAIR SHAKE IF YOU LOOK AT
THE HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES. THE CELEBRITY SIDE ALWAYS WINS.))
SUPER=01-Carroll O'Connor/Actor; 00
OUT Q=SIDE ALWAYS WINS."
(Pur-zee-gee-un) Perzigian sued O'Connor saying the actor trampled on his
Fernando Carreira says he found Andrew Cunanan, and deserves the 65-thousand
As Dave Fehling reports, he's suing for the money.
SUPER=01-Fernando Carreira/Houseboat Caretaker; 01 quick!!!
SUPER=03-Miami Beach, FL; 09
SUPER=01-Bob Kunst/Gay Activist; 37
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/CBS News; 1:06
OUT Q=CBS News, Miami."
((FERNANDO CARREIRA/CARETAKER: IN MY OPINION HE KILLED HIMSELF WHEN HE SAW ME.
Carreira is the caretaker who surprised Cunanan, who'd been hiding
out in the houseboat.
At the time, Carreira didnt even get a glimpse of Cunanan who,
apparently realizing he'd been discovered, shot himself.
Carriera's son called police to report the gunshot and now, the
family wants the reward money.
But Miami police say they're not sure Carreira meets the criteria
for the reward.
Gay activists, already angry at police for not finding cunanan
sooner, condemned the department.
BOB KUNST, GAY ACTIVIST: THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE INSULT TO INJURY BY AN
INCOMPETENT AND INDIFFERENT POLICE
THAT WAS SO BAD.
Back at the boat, police prepared to crack open a small safe that
was near Cunanan's body in the upstairs bedroom.
They're searching for any clues as to Cunanan's motivation..he left
no suicide message.
The houseboat's owner has talked with the F.B.I. and while
reportedly in tax trouble with authorities in his home country of Germany,
Torsten Reineck apparently has not been linked to Cunanan in any way.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Miami.))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke Police reported four rapes in a 24-hour span in the city.
One involved a thirteen year old girl.
Police say a man wielding a pocket knife forced her into his car.
He then drove her to a dead-end road, held her against the car and raped
The man later returned to the spot where he first saw the teenager; once
there the girl spotted her mother and fled.
Grayson County police are reporting tonight the gruesome discovery of a
severely burned male body.
They found the body at 5 a-m at the house of Louis Ceparano off of route 21
in the Clark Hill section of the county.
Authorities have yet to confirm the cause of death but they are charging
Ceprano with first degree murder and holding him in a county jail.
Blue Ridge residents and Norfolk Southern Railroad are at odds tonight but
both sides agree that safety should be the main issue.
N-S officials say by closing crossings at many sites... accidents will be
prevented and lives will be saved.
Residents who live near the rail lines that cross Cherry Lane say if that
section is closed, it will be more dangerous.
Families living in the vicinity say the railroad wants to land lock them, and
then wash its hands of the matter.
IN Q=He told us
((LEE WADE/BLUE RIDGE RESIDENT:HE TOLD US WE WERE TRESPASSING AND UNLESS WE
SIGNED THIS LICENCING AGREEMENT WHICH WOULD DO AWAY ALL OUR RIGHTS IF WE GOT
INJURED OR KILLED BY A TRAIN, BUT IF WE DIDN'T SIGN THAT WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO
USE THAT RAILROAD BED OR ROAD AND WE'D BE TRESPASSING AND WE COULD BE
SUPER=01-Lee Wade/Blue Ridge Resident; RUNS=:16
OUT Q=be arrested
Norfolk Southern representatives say the company has the interest of motorists
and employees at heart.
They say reducing the number of crossings is beneficial.
IN Q=So the correlation
((DANNY GILBERT/NS SAFETY DEPT.:SO THE CORRELATION IN GRAPH, SHOWS THAT AS LONG
AS THE CROSSINGS ARE BEING ELIMINATED THE ACCIDENTS ARE GOING DOWN ))
SUPER=01-Danny Gilbert/NS Safety Dept.;
OUT Q=going down
Five families are taking N-S to court next week, seeking an injunction to
postpone the closure.
Blue Ridge Concerned Citizens now say they have reason to believe that N-S
may not contest the injunction.
But, Norfolk Southern's lawyers have said they will not comment on the
A botched construction site is still causing Roanoke City officials
Residents of Autumn Lane say it's taken too long to clean up the property
which was once a Virginia Department of Transportation dump-site.
City officials spent the morning touring the property.
Contractor Phillip Bane planned to build 11 homes here, but the project has
been plagued by Bane's failure to comply with city ordinances.
Now the city is going to make some repairs.
IN Q=i believe i
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I BELIEVE I OWE IT TO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD TO
MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN HAVE THE USE OF THE RIGHT OF WAY AND RETURN IT TO THEIR
FAMILIES TO USE THAT'S WHAT OUR INTENT IS TO DO OVER THE WEEKEND.))
OUT Q=OVER THE WEEKEND
Autumn Lane residents say they plan to start a city-wide action group to
help other neighborhoods fight similar problems.
Their first meeting is July 29th, at seven o'clock in the Jefferson Center.
SUPER=82-3.24''/plus 0.28''/19.73''/minus 2.79'';
SUPER=83-Down 1.84 feet/Down 1.11 feet;Lake levels
A brief scare in Roanoke earlier this evening as an ammonia leak is
Fire officials arrived at the Ice and Cold Storage plant on Eighth Street
and found ammonia seeping from a valve.
Firefighters quickly stopped the leak and mounted fans to air-out the
IN Q=there could be
SUPER=01-Bat. Chief Thomas Tyree/ Roanoke Fire & Rescue
OUT Q=the building at the time.
Fire officials say low winds tonight helped them contain the leak.
Investigators from 10 different jurisdictions had a hand in recovering three
bodies from the yard of a Roanoke City home this afternoon.
The "crime" scene was actually the site of a school in evidence recovery
sponsored by the Roanoke County Police Department.
The remains were donated by the medical examiners office and The College of
Denise Allen and photographer Howard Swank sat in on the class.
IN Q=The skull
SUPER=01-Det. Rick Moorer/Instructor; :18
SUPER=01-Inv. Billie Stockton/Franklin Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :40
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
IN Q=something as small
((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
OUT Q=of evidence
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
IN Q=now i feel
((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.
IN Q=DISCOLORATION OF
((MOORER: DISCOLORATION OF VEGETATION, DISCOLORATION OF SOILS THESE KINDS OF
THINGS LOOK FOR PLACES WHERE PEOPLE WILL LEAVE THESE BODIES.))
OUT Q=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.))
A man from Union Hall pled guilty today for trying to blackmail Phillip
Morris, the nation's largest cigarette manufacturer.
Bruce William Rehm set out to alert the company that there might be
asbestos in its cigarette filters.
But he ended up getting drawn into a million- dollar extortion plot.
Rehm became convinced that asbestos was getting into the cellulose acetate
or TOW (toe) produced
by the Hoechst Celanese Plant in Narrows.
Tow is used to make cigarette filters. Before it's shipped to the
cigarette makers, the product is dried in huge machines at the celanese plant.
IN Q=THERE IS ASBESTOS
((GREG PHILLIPS/REHM'S ATTORNEY: THERE IS ASBESTOS THAT INSULATES THE DRIERS.
AND THE DRIERS WERE MADE BACK IN THE 1950'S, A LOT OF THEM WERE. AND MY CLIENT
AND HIS PARTNER BOTH BELIEVE- -HIS PARTNER BEING AN EMPLOYEE OF THE HOECHST
CELANESE PLANT, EXACTLY- -BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ASBESTOS SEEPING THROUGH SOME
OF THE DRIERS IN TO THE TOW.))
SUPER=01-Greg Phillips/Rehm's Attorney
OUT Q=into the tow.
There's no evidence the product has asbestos in it.
Rehm is scheduled for sentencing soon.
Bowing to public pressure, the Pittsylvania County supervisors passed a
resolution today asking a North Carolina company NOT to bring ten thousand hogs
to the area.
But the resolution lacks legal power... and residents blame the Right to
Farm Act for letting it get this far.
Tina Tenret explains.
IN Q=The Right to Farm Act
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Coy Harville/Pittsylvania Co. Supervisor; :25
OUT Q=News 7, Pittsylvania County
((The Right to Farm Act allows ANY farm to locate on ANY agricultural land...
no public hearing or special use permit required.
A North Carolina company is jumping at the chance to build a
ten-thousand-hog farm on these 550 acres.
Residents say hog manure will ruin their water, air and property values ...
but the Right to Farm Act leaves them no say in the matter.
IN Q=I think we need
((COY HARVILLE/PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SUPERVISOR: WE NEED A PUBLIC HEARING.
YOU'RE TAKING THE POWER OF THE LOCALITIES OUT AND LEAVING IT AT THE STATE
LEVEL. WE NEED THE LOCALITIES TO CONTROL WHAT THEY WANT AND WHAT THEY DON'T
OUT Q=they don't want
Delegate Ted Bennett supports the Right to Farm Act.
He says if the county will not welcome ALL farmers, it should not zone an
IN Q=If you want
((DEL. TED BENNETT (D)/HALIFAX COUNTY: IF YOU WANT TO PROVIDE AGRICULTURE,
THESE ARE THE RULES. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO ABIDE BY THOSE RULES, THEN YOU WRITE
YOUR OWN. I DON'T KNOW A MUCH MORE DEMOCRATIC WAY THAN THAT.))
OUT Q=way than that
Local legislators will examine the issue this summer.
In the meantime, Pittsylvania County residents can only hope the hog company
heeds their warning to stay away.
Tina Tenret, News7, Pittsylvania County))
The man who was running the nation's largest for- profit hospital chain is
looking for a new job.
Richard Scott was apparently ousted by the board of directors at Columbia-
He handed in his resignation today.
Columbia- H-C-A is also one of the largest health care providers in our
The company is the focus of a federal probe regarding the overbilling of
government health programs.
In a statement, Scott denies any wrongdoing.
There is NO indication that Columbia H-C-A medical centers in our area are
subjects of the investigation.
A master's thesis becomes an adventure for a Radford student.
Daniel Gilliam and one of his professors, Dr. "Skip" Watts, will spend eight
days studying a rock fall in Yosemite.
IN Q=I'm also
((DANIEL GILLIAM/ ENGINEERING GEOLOGY STUDENT: I'M ALSO WORKING FOR THE U-S
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, SO OUT OF THAT THEY'RE SENDING ME OUT TO YOSEMITE TO STUDY
THE ROCK FALL. OUT OF THAT I'LL GET MY THESIS BASED ON THE STABILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Daniel Gilliam/Engineering Geology Student
OUT Q=the stability
To get to the site they will have to rock climb- 17-hundred feet above the
However, if the project is successful the data they gather could help predict
other rock slides and prevent future disasters.
Vince Gill lit-up the stage tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center.
((Nat sound music ))
OUT Q=nat sound music."
6-thousand fans turned out to hear the legendary country artist.
The crowd ROARED as Gill sang his latest hits.
One fan came all the way from Blue Field, West Virginia to hear the country
IN Q=He's got this voice
((KARI LAW: HE'S GO THIS VOICE JUST WHEN YOU HERE IT. IT KIND OF GIVES YOU
((JIM CLEMMER: WHO WOULD MISS IT.. IT'S A GREAT SHOW..GREAT PERFORMANCE ))
((vince singing nat sound))
SUPER=07-Kari Law; 00 quick
SUPER=07-Jim Clemmer; 05 quick!
OUT Q=nat sound music."
The concert was sponsored by the Kraft Country Music Tour.
Country Artist Bryan White opened for Gill.
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/64-66/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/86-88;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/64-68/Mostly Sunny/And Warm/88-90;
SUPER=332-Patchy Fog/Late/62-64/Turning/Mostly Sunny/85-88;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Fog Likely/60-64/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/84-86;
SUPER=334-Clear Early/Then Foggy/60-65/Fog Early/Then Sunny/80-85;
Lots of golf, and plenty of football, and a little swimming coming your way
on this Friday night.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Braves - TBS;
But first the Reds fired manager Ray Knight and replaced him with Jack McKeon
for tonight's game with the Braves.
As is usually the case, the move was a waste.
Blauser, McGriff, Andruw and Chipper each homered as Atlanta pounded the Reds
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-j/Anaheim/5//Boston/4//Game One/j/Anaheim/8//Boston/5//Game Two/;
OUT Q=....last score."
take a break
Chip Sullivan made the cut for this weekend's Canon Greater Hartford Open.
Chip shot a two over 72 today and is 3 over after 36 holes.
The cut by the way was at plus 3.
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.
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
The golf world paused for a moment of silence today as news spread this
afternoon that Ben Hogan had died at his home in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Hogan was 84 years old and 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.
He also won four US Open titles.
And is one of only four players to win all 4 majors.
Despite all the second guessing and off the court problems, Jeff Jones
finally has new two year contract.
This afternoon, UVa athletic director Terry Holland announced that Jones has
accepted a two year extension to his current deal.
The new pact will keep Jeff in charge of the Cavs through the year 2000, his
10th as head coach.
SUPER=Green Bay, WI; :00
And in Green Bay this afternoon, Brett Favre became the NFL's highest paid
player signing a seven year deal worth $48 million, with a $12 million signing
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL; :00
Elsewhere in the league, Warrick Dunn came to terms with Tampa Bay last
night, and today he got down to business during the Bucs morning workout at
Ronde Barber, wearing number 20, continues to make the adjustment to the pro
game. Here Horace Copeland makes the catch in front of him.
Then watch him find out about an NFL stiff arm courtesy of fullback MIke
The Bucs open the preseason next Saturday against the Skins.
More football coming your way as the Panthers prowl finds two Hokies in the
Carolina camp tonight.
Plus, we'll jump in the pool at one of the biggest swim meets in the state
that's going on this weekend in Radford.
SS=Panthers training camp
Our Panthers training camp reports continue tonight with Steve Mason and a
couple of Hokies who are trying to make the teams as free agents.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1996 Season; :17(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :29
SUPER=01-Myron Newsome/Panther Linebacker; :45
SUPER=01-Kevin Steele/Panther Linebacker Coach; 1:00
SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Panther Linebacker; 1:14
SUPER=01-Waverly Jackson/Panther Defensive Tackle; 1:42
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
((Linebacker Myron Newsome and defensive tackle Waverly Jackson. Two former
Hokies a long way from Lane Stadium Worsham Field; adjusting to one hot NFL
The word on Waverly, who stared along side Tech All-American and now
Baltimore Raven Cornell Brown, is promising.
Myron Newsome terrorized college quarterbacks with his physical strength;
but is finding the pro game is more mind over muscle.
On the field; future hall of famer sam Mills has taken Myron under his wing
where the tandem is drawing some erie comparisons.
The panthers first roster reduction date is August 19, At Panthers training
camp, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
One of the biggest swimming meets in this part of the state is half way over
down at the Dedmon Center pool in Radford.
1048 swimmers from 20 teams in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Blacksburg, Radford
and Botetourt County began stroking this morning at eight, and will continue
doing so through tomorrow in the 30th annual Roanoke Valley Aquatic
Association's city-county meet.
IN Q="The 30th year...
((RON SPELLMAN/MEET DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Ron Spellman/City-County Meet Director;:00
OUT Q=...ON IT YEAR AROUND."
Taking care of the swimmers is tough enough, but organizers also have to find
somewhere to put the more than 600 parents who attend the meet.
It's not so unusual to see a stray pet running around,
but what would you do if you saw a 600 pound moose?
That's what people in Albany, New York had to deal with.
IN Q=It's the biggest
((IT'S THE BIGGEST MOOSE WE EVER HAD. WE DON'T HAVE ANY CRIME IN ALBANY BUT WE
HAVE A MOOSE ON THE LOOSE.))
OUT Q=moose on the loose
It was on the loose for nearly four hours-- running through city streets
It was finally taken down after three shots with a tranquilizer gun.
Afterwards workers iced down the moose to keep it cool.
It took fourteen people to load it up and carry it away back to the great