The issue of child custody laws divides the candidates in the Cranwell-
A segment of route 220 is designated INTERSTATE-73 without so much as
lifting a dozer- load of dirt.
Tonight in sports, The Indians go for the clincher tonight, G.W. Danville's
football team is in jeopardy of losing three of its wins this season.
Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville with the Cavaliers.
And Michael Irvin and the Cowboys are at Jack Cooke Stadium tonight as Dallas
and Washington meet on Monday night for the first time in four seasons.
Just ahead, big changes in the weather. Tired of the same old dry, warm
forecast? It goes away tomorrow.
The evidence in the capital murder trial of Earl Conrad Bramblett is as
diverse as it is complex.
Among the items for the defense: Amway sales receipts, tapes and letters
Bramblett sent his sister in Indiana and a convicted drug informant with a long
list of enemies.
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OUT Q=starts tomorrow.
fire scene The Commonwealth's case goes back to the items seized a few
days after the fire at 232 East Virginia Avenue in Vinton. This is where the
bullet-ridden bodies of Blaine, Teresa, Winter and Anna Hodges were found.
Bramblett returns from SC Earl Bramblett spent a lot of time there, but he
had no place to go with the Hodges' home in ashes.
standup at motel room #2 He got a room at the Apple Valley Motel. The
police were hot on his trail.
Questioned early on about the multiple murders, Bramblett allegedly asked:
"why don't you go on and charge me with murder and get it over with?"
They searched his motel room and took a dozen items, including note pads and
scraps of paper, a 22-caliber revolver and some ammunition, plus a pair of
red-handled pliers. The search warrant told police to LOOK for "cutting
tools," possibly pliers.
Winter's Mini-Storage A week later they searched a storage unit that
Bramblett had rented a couple of miles from the Hodges' home. There they found
photographs, audio tapes... more ammo.
If any of that provided proof of Bramblett's guilt, he wasn't arrested then.
Police worked the case for nearly two years before apprehending him in South
Attorneys are still arguing over whether police had probable cause to seize
STANDUP Meanwhile the defense has summoned Bramblett's sister, Shirley.
She's being flown here from Shelbyville, Indiana, and put up at state expense.
Teresa Hodges' brother, Mike Fulcher, was brought here ten days ago from the
Keen Mountain prison where he's serving time for grand larceny.
As an informant on the D-E-A payroll making as much as 2-thousand dollars a
month, Fulcher may have made enemies in the drug world. The defense will try
to convince the jury that one of them killed Fulcher's sister and her family in
Bramblett insists he's innocent, that he's been framed by police, perhaps
even set up by the Hodges.
The trial starts tomorrow.))
Advocates of expanding the rights of fathers are taking sides in the House
of Delegates 14th District race.
Group members rallied at the Veterans War Memorial in Vinton to support
Republican Al Bedrosian.
They say his "pro-family" stance separates him from long- time incumbent
Democrat Dick Cranwell.
The group is also seeking changes in Virginia parental custody laws.
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IN Q=Mr. Cranwell apparently
((MICHAEL EWING/VIRGINIA FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE PRES.: MR CRANWELL APPARENTLY
HAS NOT ACCEPTED THAT CHILDREN OF DIVORCE ARE AT RISK. I THINK THAT'S AN
IMPORTANT ISSUE AND THAT WHEN CHILDREN ARE DEPRIVED OF A RELATIONSHIP VIA
DIVORCE OR A NEVER MARRIED SITUATION THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE APPARENTLY MORE AT
RISK TO THEMSELVES AND SOCIETY.))
SUPER=01-Michael Ewing/Virginia Fatherhood Initiative;
OUT Q=themselves and society.
The group wants judges to award JOINT legal and physical custody of children
in divorce cases.
They claim Cranwell's acceptance of current law is detrimental to parents
Cranwell responds that he is "pro child" and that the groups are trying to
put the interest of parents above those of children.
It's a sign of the future on Route-220.
The sign saying: "Future I-73 Corridor" was unveiled today.
Traffic flow has outgrown state route 220.
Supporters of the new interstate say it would be cost efficient.
IN Q=This sign
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT: THIS SIGN IS GOING TO SYMBOLIZE THE
FUTURE FOR THE CREATION OF JOBS IN THIS AREA FOR BETTER HIGHWAY SAFETY GO DOWN
THIS ROAD A LITTLE WAY AND YOU ARE ON THE MOST UNSAFE ROADS IN ALL OF
OUT Q= of Virginia
Goodlatte notes a study will zero in on the best location for the road.
IN Q=The study
((THE STUDY WILL TAKE PROBABLY A FEW YEARS IN TERMS OF THE ENGINEERING THAT
NEEDS TO BE DONE THE ENVIRONMENT WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, THE HEARINGS,
PUBLIC HEARING,PUBLIC INPUT EXACTLY WHERE THE ROAD SHOULD GO, HOPEFULLY IN A
FEW YEARS WE'LL BE ABLE TO START CONSTRUCTION. ))
OUT Q= start construction.
A toll free number is available-- 1-8-8-8-I-73- P-L-A-N -- for those who
want to voice their opinions on I-73.
The president of the Colonial Downs race track says this is one contest he
But O-J Peterson believes the odds are in his favor, as voters in Roanoke and
Martinsville consider off track betting referendums.
Peterson was in town today trying to SUPER=03-Richmond/September 12;
sell the public on the benifits of a betting parlor, like this one in Richmond,
which he says has a proven track record.
IN Q=We've show that
((O.J. PETERSON/COLONIAL DOWNS PRESIDENT; WE'VE SHOWN THAT THERE IS NO CRIME
INVOLVED, WE'VE ACTUALLY BE TOLD BY OFFICIALS IN RICHMOND THAT THE AREA OF
BROAD STREET, WHERE OUR FACILITY IS LOCATED, CRIME HAS ACTUALLY GONE DOWN IN
THAT AREA SINCE WE OPENED BECAUSE OF THE MUCH LARGER POLICE PRESENCE AND
SECURITY PRESENCE THAN WAS THERE BEFORE. ))
SUPER=01-O.J. Peterson/Colonial Downs President;
OUT Q=was there before
Peterson is encouraged by the lack of organized opposition in Roanoke.
He believes a higher voter turnout in November will help the referendum
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Another face in the delivery room can help moms-to-be cope with the stress
of labor. That story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
and Virginia Tech wants to keep its students safe. We'll tell you about a
new campaign to make sure students and traffic can share the roads in and
around the campus.
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It's a lesson we were taught since we were old enough to take our first
steps--"look both ways before you cross the street".
But some Virginia Tech students are getting a refresher course.
Tech students, along with some help from T-V crash test dummies Vince and
Larry, are getting pledges to sign up for their STAR program. That's See,
Think, Act and Reward.
Students have been collecting data by observing pedestrian behavior on
IN Q=One of our
((TED BOYCE:AND CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON LEADING THE TOUR ACTUALLY TOLD
THE GROUP THAT WHEN THEY'RE CROSSING OUR DRILL FIELD WHICH HAPPENS TO BE A ONE
WAY ROAD THAT IF PEOPLE LOOK LEFT AND RIGHT AND THEN LEFT AGAIN WHICH IS WHAT
WE'RE TAUGHT FROM WHEN WE'RE VERY YOUNG THAT EVERYBODY WOULD KNOW THEY'RE A
FRESHMAN SO SHOULDN'T DO THAT))
SUPER=01-Ted Boyce/Project Organizer
OUT Q=do that
This year alone, nearly 30 pedestrians and bikers have been hit by cars on or
near the Tech campus.
Updating the library is a costly undertaking for many schools, and one
Montgomery County elementary school is getting a helping hand.
Lynda Johnson Robb presented a check for seven thousand dollars to Bethel
Elementary from the National Home Library Foundation.
The school applied for the grant to buy books.
The wife of U-S Senator Chuck Robb also commended Riner Elementary which was
recently selected as a "Blue Ribbon School".
Former principal Keith Rowland says the school has excellent test scores as
well as parent/teacher involvement and technological opportunities.
((KEITH ROWLAND/FALLING BRANCH ELEM. PRINCIPAL:RECEIVING THE BLUE RIBBON AWARD
IS THE BIGGEST AWARD YOU CAN WIN. I MEAN, THAT'S THE NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR
BEING CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION. DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN
SUPER=01-Keith Rowland/Falling Branch Elem. Principal; :00
OUT Q=than that.
Lynda Johnson Robb also visited Floyd Elementary.
She was there promoting the national "Reading is Fundamental" program--
which is known as RIF.
Many Jewish holidays are observed this time of year.
This week, the harvest festival Sukkot (soo-coat) begins.
Throughout our region, the Jewish population is small--
Tina Tenret reports from Danville on its tight-knit community.
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((Children at Temple Beth Sholom are decorating a sukkah (suh-cah)-- a
temporary shelter, adorned with vegetables and fruit.
Many families will eat in the sukkah, outside under the stars to commemorate
the Jewish trek through the wilderness.
The small number of Jewish families in Danville have seen signs of
IN Q=There are times
((JO ANN HOWARD: THERE ARE TIMES PEOPLE SAY UNKIND THINGS AND OFTEN TIMES,
PEOPLE MIGHT LEAVE A NOTE HERE AT THE TEMPLE THAT IS UNKIND. BUT IN ANY AREA,
THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO BE PREJUDICE AGAINST SOMETHING. IT REALLY
ISN'T AS BAD HERE IN DANVILLE AS IT COULD BE.))
OUT Q=as it could be
The High Holy Days are now over.
The temple's sanctuary is white -- for purity.
Solemn prayer marked Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Followed by Yom Kippur, a day of fasting for one's sins.
One year, when Rosh Hashanah conflicted with the first day of public school,
the school board would not change the date, so Jewish students missed the first
day of classes.
IN Q=Some children say
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: SOME CHILDREN SAY EVEN THEIR TEACHERS DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE
JEWISH HOLIDAYS. THE RABBI SUGGESTS PUTTING A MENORAH IN THE CLASSROOM --
ALONGSIDE THE CHRISTMAS TREE -- SO JEWISH STUDENTS FEEL LIKE THEY BELONG.))
OUT Q=feel like they belong
IN Q=I used to go to
((DAWNE HOWARD/JEWISH STUDENT: I USED TO GO TO CHURCH WITH MY FRIENDS SOMETIMES
AND THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANT TO BE JEWISH. THEY WERE CONVINCED
THAT THEY'D CONVERT ME TO CHRISTIANITY WHICH THEY NEVER DID.))
OUT Q=they never did
Six-year-old Sam Fraifeld explains the sabbath to his classmates.
IN Q=It's a Jewish holiday
((SAM FRAIFELD/JEWISH STUDENT: IT'S A JEWISH HOLIDAY AND IT COMES EVERY FRIDAY
AND IT'S A DAY OF REST.))
OUT Q=it's a day of rest
Jews in Southside Virginia say they form a close-knit family. With about 50
Jewish families, they hope their neighbors of other religions will make them
feel at home.
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
On Wall Street, stocks were higher throughout the Columbus Day session.
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The Dow gained 27 points.
NASDAQ was UP three points.
For a woman in labor, the term doula can mean "fairy godmother."
It's actually an ancient Greek word-- referring to a woman experienced in
childbirth, who offers all forms of support throughout the labor process.
Carilion Health System is now getting in on the act-- providing classes and
certification for doulas, and matching them with expectant mothers.
Doulas don't provide medical care. They help a woman relax and
concentrate on the task at hand.
IN Q=She can
((SHARON PARKER/DIRECTOR OF WOMEN'S HEALTH SERVICES: SHE CAN EXPECT THE DOULA
TO PROVIDE CONTINUOUS BEDSIDE CARE FOR HER, TO LISTEN TO HER, TO PROVIDE
COMFORT TECHNIQUES, TO HELP CLARIFY SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT'S GIVEN TO HER
FROM A CAREGIVER. ))
SUPER=01-Sharon Parker/Women's Health Services Dir.; :
OUT Q=a caregiver.
Studies have found that when doulas attend births-- labors are shorter,
with fewer complications.
The program should be available at Roanoke's Community Hospital by
Coming up tonight in sports, the Redskins and Cowboys are ready to rumble at
And the GW Danville team may not be in such good shape.
And after putting a Tiger in their tank over the weekend, UVa is revved and
looking forward to a date with Duke.
Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville in a moment.
The rivalry many still consider the best in the NFL resumes tonight as the
Redskins host the Cowboys at the Jack in Raljon, Maryland.
It's the first night game in the history of the new stadium, and one that
both teams desperately need.
IN Q="When you think...
((MICHAEL IRVIN/COWBOYS RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Michael Irvin/Cowboys Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...ON THAT."
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The Cowboys worked out in the Jack last night.
And check this out - Deion Sanders was playing quarterback.
I don't think you'll see Primetime doing that tonight.
This is the first time the two have meant on Monday night since 1993.
The Carolina Panthers found out yesterday that they are just not destined to
win tight games this season.
The Vikings beat Carolina 21-to-14 thanks in part to one of the most unusual
plays you've ever seen.
Viking quarterback Brad Johnson threw for 203 yards and two TD's, including
this four yard TD pass to himself.
It bounces off the Panthers line back into Johnson's hands and he does the
((BRAD JOHNSON/VIKINGS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Brad Johnson/Vikings Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...YEARS TO COME."
Virginia's 21-7 victory over Clemson Saturday in Death Valley breathed new
life into a team that has now won two straight.
Steve Mason says the Wahoos hope to continue their early season turnaround
against Duke this weekend.
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SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/Cavaliers vs. Tigers; :00
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SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/UVa Running Back; 1:16
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/November 2, 1996; 1:27
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Defensive Back; 1:36
SUPER=01-Doug Karczewski/UVa Offensive Tackle; 1:43
OUT Q=...News7 sports"
Another football team from the Western District is in danger of having to
forfeit a number of its games for using an ineligible player.
George Washington high school out of Danville will find out tomorrow if it
must forfeit three of its wins from this season.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
School administrators say the problem is not grade related, but rather one
Sources tell News 7 Sports that a transfer student from Pittsylvania County
failed to establish his home in the city of Danville. That's OK as long as he
pays an out of system tuition, which he did not.
The player was held out of this past Friday's win over Albemarle.
If the ruling goes against GW, the Eagles will have to forfeit three wins.
The Cleveland Indians can wrap up the American League pennant tonight with a
win over the Orioles.
Baltimore trails this wacky best of seven series 3 games to 1.
IN Q="The margin...
((DAVEY JOHNSON/ORIOLES MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Davey Johnson/Orioles Manager; :00
OUT Q=...OVER YET."
The Braves are in the same predicament as the Orioles. Game six of their
series is tomorrow night in Atlanta.
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Should Lynchburg students start attending school year- round? If you're a
parent in the Hill City, school officials want your input at a meeting tonight.
One option would be for students to attend nine weeks of school then have
three weeks off.
The break would give children who are falling behind a chance to catch up in
And educators say there would be less of a "summer learning loss".
The first of nine public meetings takes place tonight.
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We'll have the story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.