Maryland authorities have arrested a man wanted for questioning in the
stabbing death of an elderly Lynchburg man two weeks ago.
27- year- old Kenneth Lloyd Lawson was stopped yesterday for running a red
light in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
A computer check showed the vehicle Lawson was driving belonged to 72- year-
old Samuel J. York.
Police would "not" say whether Lawson is a suspect in York's death.
He'll be returned to Lynchburg later today.
Just like yesterday, students at
at Heath High School in Kentucky gathered this morning for prayer.
But this time the prayers were for the three teenage girls gunned down
during yesterday's prayer session by a fellow student.
The students also said a prayer for the 14 year old shooting suspect.
Lee Cowan reports from West Paducah.
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SUPER=05-West Paducah, KY;
SUPER=03-West Paducah, KY
SUPER=01-Ben Strong/Heath High School Student;
SUPER=01-Mindy Edwards/Heath High School Graduate;
OUT Q=what you'd expect
SUPER=05-West Paducah, KY;
((THE SCHOOL BUSES ARRIVED AT HEATH HIGH THIS MORNING, AND THE CHILDREN STEPPED
OUT INTO THE DECEMBER CHILL. BUT IT IS FAR FROM A NORMAL DAY, BECAUSE JUST 24
HOURS AGO, THERE WAS A BLOODBATH HERE.
(SOT, BILL BOND, PRINCIPAL, HAVE MINISTERS AND PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS,
BILL BOND KNOWS THE KIDS WHO GO TO HIS SCHOOL. WEST PADUCAH IS THE KIND OF
PLACE WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYONE ELSE. THAT MAKES THE CASE OF THE 14-YEAR
OLD SUSPECT ALL THE MORE BAFFLING.
(SOT, BOND, "I KNEW THIS YOUNG MAN HAD IMMATURITY NOTHING TO INDICATE HE BE
VIOLENT JUST A SMALL, IMMATURE 14 YEAR OLD IN HIGH SCHOOL.")
NOW, THAT 14-YEAR OLD IS IN JAIL, ACCUSED OF MURDERING THREE SCHOOLMATES AND
WOUNDING 5 OTHERS AS THEY STOOD IN THE LOBBY FOR A MORNING PRAYER. ALMOST
MATTER-OF-FACTLY, WITNESSES SAY HE PULLED EARPLUGS AND A PISTOL OUT OF HIS
BACKPACK AND OPENED FIRE. BEN STRONG LED THE PRAYER GROUP AND WATCHED THE
HORROR UNFOLD BEFORE HE FINALLY CONVINCED THE YOUNG KILLER TO STOP.
(SOT, BEN STRONG, HEATH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT)
AS FOR A WARNING, SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THE YOUNG MAN DID TELL FELLOW STUDENTS
THAT SOMETHING BIG WAS GOING TO HAPPEN THIS WEEK, BUT THAT WORD NEVER GOT BACK
TO ANY SCHOOL STAFF. WHY AN OTHERWISE QUIET TEENAGER WOULD SUDDENLY SNAP IS
THE QUESTION ON EVERYONE'S MIND.
(SOT, MINDY EDWARDS, HEATH HIGH GRADUATE, "HE'S A GOOD STUDENT, NICE KID, I
DON'T KNOW, NOT WHAT YOU'D EXPECT."))
Attorney General Janet Reno must decide today whether to seek an independent
counsel to investigate fundraising activities by President Clinton and Vice
She spent the morning talking to F-B-I director Louis Freeh who supports an
Despite the upcoming decision, President Clinton isn't slowing
down his hectic fund-raising schedule. Last night he helped raise
about 800-thousand dollars for the Democrats.
A Russian minning accident has claimed dozens of lives.
At least 61 miners on the overnight shift died when a huge methane gas
explosion ripped through a mine in southern Siberia.
Six miners are still missing.
The cause of the blast is not known, but Russia's mining industry has been
plagued by deteriorating safety and working conditions due largely to a lack of
Use of alcohol has resulted in the death of yet another college student in
This one from the University of Virginia.
Police say 21- year- old Leslie Anne Baltz of Reston had been drinking
before she fell down a flight of stairs and hit her head.
The accident happened Saturday evening.
A spokeswoman says Baltz died Sunday at the U-V-A Hospital.
Her's marks the fifth alcohol- related death of a college student in
Virginia in the last month.
Last night the Bland County planning commission shot down a proposed
medical waste incinerator.
But the company that wants to build the incinerator says this fight is far
Theresa Hamilton has more.
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SUPER=03-Bland Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Claude Otey/Wythe Co. Resident; :15
SUPER=01-Melinda Belcher/Bland Co. Resident; :28
SUPER=01-Vic Bonomo/CaseLin Systems President; :54
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
((DO YOU WANT TO KILL ALL THESE PEOPLE IN HERE? ))
86- year old Ina Miller was among the opponents saying NO to CaseLin Systems
request to change the zoning ordinance to allow medical waste incinerators--
fearing for their health and safety.
IN Q=This is
((CLAUDE OTEY/WYTHE CO. RESIDENT: THIS IS NOT JUST BLAND COUNTY'S SERIOUS
BUSINESS, THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS FOR GILES COUNTY, BLAND COUNTY, MONTGOMERY
COUNTY, ROANOKE COUNTY, ROANOKE COUNTY IS NOT OUT OF IT EITHER, ROANOKE COUNTY
IS DOWN WIND OF THIS THING. ))
IN Q=What if
((MELINDA BELCHER/BLAND CO. RESIDENT:WHAT IF IT GOES OVER THE MOUNTAIN, ARE WE
ALL GOING TO GRAB OUR GARBAGE BAGS AND GO DOWN OVER THE HILL AND GRAB IT AND
CLEAN IT UP, I JUST DON'T THINK THIS IS GOING TO WORK. ))
OUT Q=to work.
In the end-- the planning commission unanimously rejected CaseLin's request.
But this is one issue that's far from over. The entire matter is already tied
up in court. CaseLin was granted permission to build in Bland County Circuit
Court-- a decision the county hopes to appeal.
IN Q=It's unfortunate.
((VIC BONOMO/CASELIN SYSTEM'S PRESIDENT: IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THIS IS GOING TO
COST THE COUNTY A LOT OF MONEY. IT WILL COST US MONEY TOO, BUT THIS IS A
PROFITABLE BUSINESS VENTURE AND WE PLAN TO BE HERE FOR A LONG TIME.))
OUT Q=long time.
Bland County will ask the state supreme court to hear it's appeal-- December
11th. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
A school gym is now a temporary home for some Danville residents who lost
their belongings in a fire.
At O-T Bonner Middle School, cots and blankets greeted 62 families
who's apartments burned.
The Thanksgiving night blaze destroyed the Cabin Creek Apartments.
The director of the Danville American Red Cross says it's the worst tragedy
she's seen in 20 years.
IN Q=They're going through the process
((MARSHA GUNNELL/RED CROSS DIRECTOR: THEY'RE GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS... HOMES
SUPER=01-Marsha Gunnell/American Red Cross Director;
OUT Q=homes to rent
The Red Cross spent the day renovating the school's locker room showers,
delivering extra chairs and manning a health care booth.
Meanwhile, at the American Legion building, donations of clothing are
flowing in for the fire victims.
IN Q=It was great
((BUDDY DRYMAN/AMERICAN LEGION: IT WAS GREAT .. HELP THE PEOPLE THAT WERE
BURNED OUT, THEY LOST EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Buddy Dryman/American Legion;
OUT Q=they lost everything
There's still no word on what caused the fire.
GRAPHIC=ok bombing trial
The prosecution has rested at the second Oklahoma City bombing trial.
But before the prosecution rested, it put key scientific evidence to the
test in its effort to prove that the bomb that destroyed the federal building
was built with fertilizer and racing fuel.
Rick Sallinger reports from Denver on why that is so critical.
IN Q=speaking in
SUPER=01-Rick Sallinger/Reporting; :28
OUT Q=FOR CBS NEWS.
Meantime, as jury selection continues today in the unabomber trial a large
piece of evidence is en route from Montana to the trial in Sacramento.
Ted Kaczynski's mountain cabin is being trucked in.
Defense attorneys call it a key piece of evidence that will show their
client suffers from mental illness.
Last month's anti-abortion rally at a Lynchburg high school may land
organizers in court.
They now face charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.
More than one hundred Liberty University students marched onto the property
of E-C Glass High School for the early morning rally.
The group did not seek permission, and school officials called police to
disperse the crowd.
Yesterday in Lynchburg, a grand jury returned indictments against three men,
Phillip Lange (LANG) Benham, John Daniel Reyes (RAYS), and Jeffrey Lee Brown.
The Internet is uncharted territory for some parents, but this week's summit
in Washington will attempt to provide parents with a map.
America On-line, Disney, and other Internet content providers are pledging
to educate families about ways to block objectionable sites, and protect
children from predators.
One Roanoke Internet consultant says ultimately, it's up to parents to take
IN Q=I've been in many homes
((ELTON GHEE/NEW CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES: I'VE BEEN IN MANY HOMES WHERE PARENTS
WILL LEAVE THEIR KIDS WITH THE COMPUTER SYSTEM WHEN THEY GO OUT FOR THE WEEKEND
OR OUT FOR WHATEVER, THEY FAIL TO REALIZE THAT THEY HAVE OPENED UP THE WHOLE
WORLD FOR THEM AND WE HAVE TO PROTECT OUR KIDS OUT HERE IN DAY-TO-DAY LIFE AND
NEED TO PROTECT THEM ON-LINE AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Elton Ghee/New Century Technologies;
OUT Q=online as well
A hotline will also be set up for Internet users to report suspicious
Internet activity involving children.
The U-S and Great Britain have pledged to contribute millions of dollars to
a new international fund that will benefit Holocaust victims.
7:24:54 or 8:02:08
The announcement was made today in London at a 41 nation conference
examining the theft of gold by the Nazis in World War II.
The U-S, Britain and France want the 15 nations with stolen gold remaining
under their control
to put the money in the international fund.
An envionmental summit in Japan could have an effect right here in the
It's the Kyoto, Japan, summit on global warming.
Representatives from more than 150-countries are working on a treaty to
reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases.
Scientists say these gases contribute to warmer climates across the globe.
IN Q=the vast
((DR. MICHAEL MACCRACKEN/U.S. GLOBAL CLIMATE RESEARCH PROGRAM: THE VAST
MAJORITY OF SCIENTISTS, I THINK, AGREE THE WORLD IS WARMING. THE QUESTION IS
TRYING TO PIN THAT DOWN IN DETAIL ONTO HUMAN ACTIVITIES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael McCracken/U.S. Global Climate Research;
OUT Q= human activities
Virginia coal miners say their industry could be devastated if new limits
reduce the amount of coal that can be burned in the United States.
IN Q=The developing
((CECIL ROBERTS/UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA: THE DEVELOPING WORLD WHICH IS
EXEMPT FROM THIS TREATY WILL BE EMITTING OVER 60% OF THE EMISSIONS BY THE YEAR
2010. SO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS GO THROUGH ALL THIS PAIN AND SUFFERING IN
THE U.S. ECONOMICALLY, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY WE WON'T HAVE ANY REDUCTIONS
OF EMISSIONS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE.))
SUPER=01-Cecil Roberts/United Mine Workers;
OUT Q=the atmosphere
The Virginia Coal Council says a treaty limiting carbon dioxide emissions
would cost U-S jobs, and lead to higher electric bills and gas prices.
Astronomers are keeping an eye on the sky this week.
In the Southwest sky, eight planets are lined up in a straight line.
And right after dusk, you can see five of them with the naked eye.
Astronomers say it's a site worth checking out.
IN Q=FRIDAY EVENING
((GARY CLOSE/HOPKINS PLANETARIUM DIRECTOR: FRIDAY EVENING WE'RE HAVING A
SKYWATCH FOR STUDENTS AT BEDFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL. IT'LL BE AT LIBERTY LAKE PARK
IN BEDFORD. IT'LL START AT 6:30, AND WE'LL HAVE SOME TELESCOPES. AND WE'LL
HAVE SOME ITT NIGHT VISION GOGGLES FOR PEOPLE TO USE. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Close/Planetarium Director;
OUT Q=PEOPLE TO USE
Take Pinnacle Page-essC
If you want more advice on how to find the planets-- hop on the News 7 home
page, and click on WEBWATCH.
The Green Bay Packers have a one game lead over Tampa in the N-F-C Central
after beating Minnesota 27-to-11 last night.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/NFL-ABC Sports;
Brett Favre hit Robert Brooks to break a three-all tie in the second.
The Green Bay defense helped out by sacking Brad Johnson six times.
Minnesota didn't find the end zone until Leroy Hoard's four-yard
run with three-30 left in the game.
The Packers improved to 10-and-3.
Those of you Redskins' fans who have been clamoring for the team to replace
Gus Frerotte with Jeff Hostetler are finally getting your wish but not for the
reason you think.
Frerotte is out for the year after fracturing his hip in Sunday's game
against the Rams. He managed to finish the game, but now veteran Jeff
Hostetler will have to finish the season starting with this Sunday's game at
Also, The Redskins announced yesterday that running back Terry Allen could
miss the final three regular season games with a sprained ankle.
The announcement was also made yesterday that the team had finally cut Alvin
Harper, who has all of two catches this season.
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team improved to 3-and-0 last night by
whipping Liberty 80-to-47 at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Flames vs. Hokies; :00
First year Liberty head coach Randy Dunton and the Flames came in reeling
witha 1-and-4 record after playing a murderous early season schedule.
The Hokies led 30-to-11 at the break and freshman Rolan Roberts puts the
exclamation point on this hoop with a power slam. It's 67-to-38.
Liberty tried to make it a game from the three point line. Jay Boykin sinks
three of his nine points on the night to cut Tech's lead to 16 points.
But the Hokies were too much on the boards outrebounding the Flames 43-to-26.
Eddie Lucas with the put back. He had 16 points.
On defense Kenny Harrell creates the turnover and gets the ball for the
breakaway layin. Tech rolls to the
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((BOBBY HUSSEY/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((JENIS GRINDSTAFF/19 POINTS:))
((RANDY DUNTON/LIBERTY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jenis Grindstaff/19 Points for Hokies; :19
SUPER=01-Randy Dunton/Liberty Head Coach; :26
OUT Q=...THREE GAMES FOR THEM."
The Big East expects Syracuse to end up in the Fiesta Bowl, and last night
the league found out that Pitt is headed to the Liberty Bowl to play Southern
SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/Last Friday; :00
The Bowl officially extended Pittsburgh the invitation late yesterday to play
in the New Year's Eve bash in Memphis.
It will be the Panthers first bowl appearance since 1989.
They secured it by beating West Virginia in triple overtime last Friday.
A decade after putting down its roots a Grayson County Christmas tree
company is reaping its rewards.
Now it's won the state's "Outstanding Christmas Tree" award and a place in
the governor's mansion.
Elk Creek resident Jimmy Shaffer and his family were greeted by First Lady
Susan Allen as they delivered their prize-winning Fraser fir.
The tree grower says he's glad to have his tree in the governor's house.
IN Q=I'M GLAD...
SUPER=01-Jimmy Shaffer/Shaffer and Shaffer;
(( I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT GRAYSON COUNTY GROWERS ARE FINALLY GETTING A LITTLE
Approximately 20-million dollars worth of Christmas trees are sold each
year in Virginia.