Prosecutors reveal evidence they say links Earl Bramlett to the murder of a
Residents of one neighborhood want a convicted sex offender out-
Plus word that John Denver was flying without a valid license.
And this man golfed more than 400 holes in one day!
News 7 is next.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Earl Bramblett knew he was being accused of mass murder-- in the death of a
Vinton family of four.
But he told a newspaper reporter right after his arrest he thought they
might still be alive.
Keith Humphry tells us about the opening day of the trial.
IN Q=At the time
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OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( At the time Barry Kessee didn't know what Bramblett was talking about.
Then the story came out in the newspaper.
Bramblett had questioned whether all the Hodges family members were really
"I had a gut feeling," reporter Diane Struzzi quoted Bramblett as saying...
"that possibly Winter, Anah and maybe Blaine were in a witness protection
program and that they were alive and well."
"I knew something happened to Teresa," Bramblett said, because a Hodges
relative told him gasoline had been sprinkled around her body.
Nobody else knew that until the state crime lab determine there was
gasoline on and around Teresa Hodges' body.
Relatives of the Hodges family didn't know that, says prosecutor Skip
"Only the killer could know," he says. KEITH HUMPHRY NEWS 7.))
Judge Roy Willett made several rulings in favor of the prosecution, before
beginning to pick a jury.
The judge WILL allow the jury to hear Bramblett's own words in countless
audio tapes Bramblett recorded ...and he's going to allow evidence seized from
Bramblett's motel room.
A convicted child molester is living in Botetourt County and some residents
want to push him out of their neighborhood.
Richard Maulick served 12 years in state prison for sexual molesting his
He says he's innocent...and parents have no reason to fear him.
The parole board investigated the case before allowing Maulick to move to
IN Q=I'm on a
((RICHARD MAULICK:I'M ON A LEG MONITOR WHICH REPORTS THROUGH THE PHONE, I CAN'T
LEAVE THE HOUSE, IF I DO LEAVE THE HOUSE I'M DOING SO WITH AN ESCORT FOR
TRANSPORTATION, SO AGAIN THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR))
OUT Q=nothing to fear
Maulick says the charges stem from a custody battle with his first wife.
More from Maulick, plus reaction from parents tomorrow on News 7 at 6.
Three life terms to avoid the death penalty.
That's the agreement reached by Smyth County prosecutors and Harold David
The 24- year old pleaded guilty to capital murder, robbery and burglary.
Davis will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole for
killing 68- year old Anna Jean Anderson, a retired Smyth County elementary
Davis' alleged accomplice, Josh Widener, will stand trial in January.
Widener was one of Anderson's former students.
Amherst County authorities are looking for suspects in the beating and
robbery of two elderly men last night.
78- year- old Lucian Mantiply (MANT-ih-ply) and his 95- year- old brother
Cyrus were attacked in their home on Dixie Airport Road.
Authorities believe someone used a fireplace poker to subdue the men--then
they stole a box that contained only costume jewelry.
Sheriff Jimmy Ayers says the brothers are lucky to be alive.
IN Q=Most anybody
((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: MOST ANYBODY COULD HAVE TAKEN ANYTHING THERE
THAT THEY SAW THEY WANTED AND NOT HAVE TO BEAT THESE TWO FELLOWS LIKE THEY WERE
BEATEN. THAT'S THE SERIOUS PART OF IT. IT'S BAD ENOUGH WHEN THEY BREAK INTO THE
HOME BUT TO BEAT THEM WITH THE HANDICAPS THAT THEY HAVE, JUST TOTALLY NO EXCUSE
SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=no excuse in it.
Ayers says the attacker may be someone the men know.
Anyone with information should contact the Amherst County sheriff's
Jim Gilmore has rasied the debate over abortion up a notch in Virginia.
IN Q=I think
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I THINK A SPOUSAL NOTIFICATION WOULD
BE SOMETHING THAT WE COULD REQUIRE SERIOUS CONSIDERATION.))
OUT Q=serious consideration.
Spousal notification means a wife would be required to tell her husband
before getting an abortion.
IN Q=A man
((JIM GILMORE: A MAN, A SPOUSE, A HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE TOGETHER IN THE
DECISIONS THEY MAKE AS A FAMILY. AND THERE SHOULD BE A LOT OF INTERACTION AND
DISCUSSION BETWEEN THEM. AND THERE CERTAINLY SHOULD BE A REASONABLE
NOTIFICATION. BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY IS NOT UNDER PUBLIC DISCUSSION
AT THIS TIME.))
OUT Q=at this time.
That having been said, it comes at a time when Don Beyer's running an ad
blasting Gilmore's desire to ban abortions after eight to 12 weeks -- even in
cases of rape or incest.
IN Q=It's perfectly
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: IT'S PERFECTLY FINE FOR ANYBODY
IN AMERICA TO BELIEVE THAT ABORTION IS WRONG OR SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. BUT THAT'S
THE VIEW THAT I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE IN VIRGINIA'S NEXT GOVERNOR.))
OUT Q=next governor.
Beyer and Gilmore meet for their final public debate tomorrow in Fairfax.
We'll have a full report tomorrow night.
Voters may not be paying much attention to the bottom of the statewide
But the candidates for Attorney General say important issues are at stake
in the November election.
Today, Democrat Bill Dolan and Republican Mark Earley made a joint
appearance at a meeting of the Roanoke Bar Association.
Earley promised to protect parole and welfare reform.
Dolan said he would fight to preserve abortion rights and the quality of
IN Q=Who the attorney general is
((BILL DOLAN/D- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: WHO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS AND
WHAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BELIEVES MAKES A VERY BIG DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOU'RE
GOING TO LIVE YOUR LIFE.))
((MARK EARLEY/R- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: PEOPLE KNOW WHERE I STAND ON
THE ISSUES. THERE'S A TEN- YEAR RECORD AND I THINK SOMEBODY WHO LOST THE RACE
FOUR YEARS AGO AND IS NOW TRYING TO REINVENT THEMSELVES, I THINK THE VOTERS ARE
GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE THROUGH THAT.))
OUT Q=see through that.
Dolan suggested that Earley's conservative record on issues such as
abortion should raise concerns among voters.
Earley argued that a Dolan victory could turn back the clock on the
abolition of parole... and other reforms of the last four years.
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Did John Denver have a valid flying license when he died in a plane crash
Sunday? The latest on the investigation is just ahead.
And Lexington firefighters are looking forward to new digs-- but first city
council has to dig deep into its pockets.
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John Denver was flying without a valid pilot's license when his plane
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The F-A-A revoked his medical certification last year- a necessary component
for a valid license.
Government officials say the certificate was taken away because of concerns
about his drinking.
Denver was arrested in 1993- and 94 for drunk driving.
((WALTER GERASH/DENVER'S LAWYER: NEVER HE WOULD NEVER FLY UNDER THE INFLUENCE
OF ANY DRUG OR ALCOHOL.))
SUPER=01-Walter Gerash/Denver's Lawyer;
OUT Q=or alcohol.
The Monterey County Sheriff says there's no sign Denver had been drinking.
(( NORMAN HICKS/ MONTEREY CO. SHERIFF TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO PLAYED GOLF WITH
HIM, WHO SAY HIM AT THE AIRPORT, TO THE PERSON WHO DEALT WITH HIM GETTING IT
READY TO FLY, HE WAS NOT DRINKING. ))
SUPER=01-Norman Hicks/Monterey Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=he was not drinking."
Investigators recovered the plane's engine- which is in good condition and
should help determine the cause of the crash.
New, longer tapes are turning up of Democratic fundraising- 60 tapes in all
totally 90 hours.
Most are being delivered to congressional and justice department
In Brazil, the president was asked what the tapes show.
((THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN GOING TO FUNDRAISERS WITH ME. YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN
IT LIVE, SO REPLAYING THEM IS PROBABLY BORING. THAT'S WHAT I UNDERSTAND. I'M
NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT.))
OUT Q=NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT."
News of the new tapes comes on the same day the Attorney General decided to
extend the invesgation into fundraising.
Janet Reno says her task force needs more time to determine if there was any
The Volunteer Fire Department in Lexington is getting claustrophobic.
So the firefighters are searching for a new home.
Andrew Freiden reports.
IN Q=after 30 years.
SUPER=00-Robert Foresman/Lexington Fire Department; :09
SUPER=01-Fred Kirchner/Lexington City Council; :57
OUT Q=AF, News 7, Lexington
(( After 30 years of battling blazes out of this fire station, the
department is now battling cramped conditions.
IN Q=IN DECEMBER
((ROBERT FORESMAN/LEXINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT: IN DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR, WE'LL
BE RECIEVING A NEW AREAL PIECE, HUNDRED FOOT AREAL PIECE, IT WILL FIT IN THE
BUILDING THAT IS CURRENTLY HERE. IT'LL BE A VERY TIGHT FIT-- WE'LL HAVE ABOUT
TWO INCHES CLEARANCE AT THE DOORWAY. ))
OUT Q=AT THE DOORWAY.
Firefighters say when they're called in to work-- they don't have enough
parking spaces...especially on weekends in the busy college town.
Unfortunately they can't expand on the current site.
It would eat up valuable downtown parking space.
IN Q=ANOTHER CONCERN
((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: ANOTHER CONCERN-- THE FIRE HOUSE SITS ON A BUSY ONE
WAY STREET. THE MOVE TO A DIFFERENT LOCATION COULD SPEED RESPONSE TIMES IN AN
EMERGENCY SITUATION. ))
So now city council is looking at closing the fire house-- and it's moving
closer to loosening the purse strings for a new facility.
IN Q=WE AUTHORIZED
((FRED KIRCHNER/LEXINGTON CITY COUNCIL: WE AUTHORIZED THE CITY MANAGER TO PUT
OUT A RFP TO ARCHITECTUAL FIRMS TO STUDY SITES AROUND THE CITY. ))
OUT Q=AROUND THE CITY.
If any of the proposed sites are acceptable, city council will have to
solicit public input, then vote on spending about one and a half million
dollars to build a new firehouse.
Andrew Freiden, News 7.))
GRAPHIC=first union/signet bank
First Union has government permission to acquire Signet Bank.
Today, the Federal Reserve Board approved the three-point two billion
Charlotte-based First Union has more than two-thousand offices, stretching
from Connecticut to Florida.
Richmond-based Signet has more than 200 branches in Virginia, Maryland and
Some customers complained the deal would result in decreased lending to
small businesses, minorities and low income people.
Both banks say they will close some branches, and cut jobs.
There's temporary work for some union employees of a Roanoke County
Former rank and file of Alcatel filed into union hall this morning to find
out which of the 215 layed off workers will return to their jobs.
Fifty-six employees with seniority will be given the choice to help close the
All the employees will receive their severance package and continue to be
paid until the December 31st shut down deadline.
But there is an incentive to clock in for the next couple of months.
IN Q=Well one of
((DAVID TERRY/UNION PRESIDENT: ONE OF THE INCENTIVES TO GO BACK TO WORK IS
THAT THE COMPANY HAS SAID IF YOU COME BACK TO WORK THAT THEY WILL MATCH YOU A
WEEKS PAY FOR EVERY WEEK THAT YOU WORK AND PAY THAT OUT IN A LUMP SUM JANUARY
SUPER=01-David Terry/Union President;
OUT Q=January the 7th.
Alcatel announced it was closing the county operation and relying on its
North Carolina facility.
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The only survivor in the car crash that killed Princess Diana makes a public
Ahead on NEWS-7 at 11, the Lyric Theater is getting a facelift and its
counting on the public to take a seat.
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Bodyguard Trevor Rees Jones made a rare public appearance-
The only survivor of the car crash that killed Princess Diana- walked with
the help of friends.
He attended a rugby match in England where he's a member of the rugby club.
This time he could be only a spectator.
Rees-Jones was released from a hospital in France to continue his recovery
Although he seemed weak, his recovery has astonished experts.
Doctors were unsure he would even survive such a horrific crash.
A major fundraising campaign at the Lyric Theatre is one way you can "save"
a seat at the movies.
The downtown Blacksburg theater is scheduled to close in January for
It's going to be a costly venture, so the theater is turning to the
Donors can sponsor the chair of their choice for 500- dollars.
A brass plaque will eventually be placed on the arm rest with a personalized
IN Q=They can
((SANDY WIEDEGREEN/LYRIC THEATRE EXEC. DIR.:THEY CAN PUT ANYTHING ON THE PLAGUE
THEY WANT, LIKE GIFT OF, ANONYMOUS, SOME CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS ARE GOING TO BUY
SEATS, A NEIGHBORHOOD MIGHT WANT TO BUY A SEAT, SO IT'S JUST A WAY OF HELPING
US WITH THE RENOVATIONS.
BOB STALCUP/PLAQUE SPONSOR:WE MOVED TO BLACKSBURG ABOUT EIGHT YEARS AGO AND I
JUST RETIRED FROM TECH. THIS TOWN AND THE UNIVERSITY HAVE GIVEN US A GREAT DEAL
AND THIS IS ONE WAY WE HAVE OF GIVING A LIT BIT OF SOMETHING BACK AND WE
UNDERSTAND THIS THEATRE HAS MEANT A GREAT DEAL TO AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Sandy Wiedegreen/Lyric Theatre Exec. Dir.; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Stalcup/Plaque Sponsor; :14
OUT Q=lot of people.
The theatre hopes to raise 500- thousand dollars.
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SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/With Showers/50-55/Clouds And/Showers/60-64;
SUPER=332-Cloudy With/Showers/38-44/Variable Clouds/And Cool/56-58;
SUPER=333-Clouds And/Sprinkles/45-50/Mostly Cloudy/Wind NE-10/58-60;
SUPER=334-Variable Clouds/And Cold/36-39/Partly Cloudy/And Cool/53-56;
coach Frank Anzalone and goalie Dave Gagnon will talk about the final
Express roster. The fans met the team tonight at Tanglewood mall, also; are the
Braves still alive?
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and , in our extra point; Pete Rose was in Salt Lake City this morning
trying to keep his hall of fame induction hopes alive.
IN Q="For the
((PETE ROSE/MOST HITS IN BASEBALL:))
SUPER=01-Pete Rose/Most Hits in Baseball; :00
OUT Q=...different places"
WIPE TO SCORES
GO TO BREAK
The Express opens the 1997-98 season Friday at the Round House against
Columbus. Tonight; head coach Frank Anzalone announced his final roster for the
Roanoke fans turned out at Tanglewood Mall to meet the 21 Express players.
9 players return from last year's playoff team.
IN Q="I'd say
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...as time goes on"
8 defenseman are on the final roster; including a rejuvenated Dave Stewart'
along with Duane Harmer.
IN Q="we have
((DAVE GAGNON/EXPRESS GOALIE:))
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; :00
OUT Q= ...solid position"
The Florida Marlins have just beaten the Atlanta Braves 7-4 to advance to
the world series. The marlins win the series 4 games to 2. Kevin brown pitched
a complete game for the Marlins.
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The Baltimore Orioles trail Cleveland 3-2 in the ALCS. game 6 is tomorrow
at Camden Yards. Mike Musina will try and keep the Birds alive.
IN Q="We have
((B.J. SURHOFF/ORIOLES LEFT FIELDER:))
((SANDY ALOMAR/INDIANS CATCHER:))
SUPER=01-B.J. Surhoff/Orioles Left Fielder; :00
SUPER=01-Sandy Alomar/Indians Catcher; :09
OUT Q=....play hard"
GRAPHIC=Hometown hoops weekly
Tomorrow, Hometown Hoops Weekly checks out the Seminole District. Tonight;
we bring ya highlights from two district games.
SUPER=03-Bedford/Red Devils vs. Minutemen; :00
Lets start in Bedford where Liberty hosted Rustburg.
In the first quarter; watch Liberty's Valerie Evans pass to Crystal Kennedy
who snaps the nylon with the trey. She scored 21 on the night.
The Lady Red Devils answered. Lauren Koenig dishes to Lauren Akers for the
bucket; but the Home team was to much.
Evans recovers the loose ball and finishes as Liberty wins 49-46.
VO-NAT WIPE to #eng
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Over in Forest; Staunton River and Jefferson Forest hooked up in another
The lady cavaliers Krystal Reeves makes the connection with Cara Lester
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who nails the shot from outside.
The Lady Golden Eagles Terri Bowler come right back with a nifty bounce pass
to Erin Wolfe who scores on the lay up.
Staunton River pulls out the win; 44-34.
SS=Hold Hometown Hoops weekly
One other game; Lord Botetourt beat Blacksburg 44-37.
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Still to come tonight; the latest on the VHSL's ruling on the G.W.
Danville football team
and Mike Stevens will check in on the Virginia Tech mens;s and women's
basketball teams as they begin the season with new coaches.
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The western district's principals met today in Charlottesville to attempt to
decide what punishment the G.W. Danville football team should receive for using
an ineligible player in three games.
Virginia High School League executive director Ken Tilley said the first
level of the appeal process was heard today, and that GW is continuing to
pursue the situation.
The Eagles could be forced tot forfeit three wins for using a player who
lives in PIttsylvania County.
College basketball practice officially begins at midnight Friday.
MIke Stevens has a preseason look at the Tech men and women.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Va. Tech Head Coach; :12
SUPER=01-Andre Ray/Va. Tech Forward; :30
SUPER=01-Myron Guillory/Va. Tech Senior Guard; :40
SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Va. Tech Women's Head Coach; 1:02
SUPER=01-Lisa Witherspoon/Va. Tech Point Guard; 1:16
SUPER=01-Michelle Hollister-Houseright/Va. Tech Junior Forward; 1:38
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
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Most all of us know a golf nut- (----------------)
SUPER=75-Rocky Mount, NC;
But meet Ken Whitaker.
He played 442 holes of golf in 12 hours.
That averages out to nine holes every 15- minutes.
When he hits his "already teed up" drive, a volunteer on the fairway shows
him where it lands.
When he gets to the green someone usually hands him a putter- but he's been
out here so long- even a sand wedge will do.
((NAT SOUND ....PUTT.. CLAPPING... WAY TO GO!))
OUT Q=WAY TO GO."
Whitaker then races off to the next hole-
((KEN WHITAKER/WORLD RECORD HOLDER: FEEL GREAT. FEEL STRONG. REPORTERS: IS IT
ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPECTED KEN?
KEN WHITAKER: PRETTY TOUGH. A LITTLE HARDER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.))
SUPER=75-Ken Whitaker/World Record Holder;
OUT Q=I thought it would be."
There is a method behind his madness- Whitakers raising money to pay off
medical bills for a family that lost a child to cancer.
He also broke a Guiness World Record in the process.
Whitaker did not keep score-
He usually golfs a 79 on average.
Whitaker kept going on bananas, Gatorade and crackers.
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