Coming up on News 7-
A man charged with murdering an elderly woman enters a plea to avoid the
British Au-Pair Louise Woodward is back in court.
Plus evidence hits the road in the Unabomber case.
And UVa's Anthony Poindexter wins this year's Dudley Award.
News 7 is next.
A tough year could be in store for tobacco farmers.
Cigarette companies say they'll cut tobacco purchases by 15 percent.
SUPER=03-Great Falls, MT;
The cabin where suspected unabomber Theodore Kaczynski lived- is now on it's
way to California.
The cabin will be used by both the prosecution and defense as evidence.
A runaway school bus crashes into William Byrd High School just fifteen
minutes before school let out.
Luckily no one was hurt.
Plus Pizza Hut has a new face in it's ads- Former Soviet Leader Mikhail
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A 52-year man old charged with murdering an elderly woman was in court today.
James Reid was carrying a photo album and birthday card when he went to
visit Annie Lester at her home in Christiansburg, last October.
But witnesses say Reid had been drinking and was also carting a bottle of
Prosecutors say sometime later Reid beat and repeatedly stabbed the elderly
woman he'd worked for as a handyman.
Today Reid entered an Alford plea in court in hopes of avoiding the death
The plea acknowledges the state's evidence-- without admitting guilt.
The defense maintains Reid doesn't remember what happened that day because
of the alcohol.
His attorneys point to the fact Reid did not try to conceal his blood
covered clothes after the crime as an indication of his state of mind.
IN Q=It seems
((ROBBIE JENKINS/REID'S ATTORNEY:IT SEEMS THAT IF SOMEBODY WAS AWARE OF WHAT
THEY'D DONE AND HAD COMMITTED A CRIME LIKE THAT-- THAT THEY WOULD'VE SNUCK OVER
THERE, THAT THEY WOULD'VE HAD A WEAPON ON THEM, THAT THEY WOULD'VE SNUCK AWAY
FROM THE HOUSE, THEY WOULD'VE TRIED TO CONCEAL WHAT HAPPENED OR CLEAN
THEMSELVES UP AND NONE OF THIS HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Robbie Jenkins/Reid's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=none of this happened.
Forensic evidence showed Lester was not raped.
More than one hundred dollars was found in Reid's possession but it wasn't
clear if it was stolen from Lester.
The defense will present its case when court resumes tomorrow.
Lynchburg police make an arrest in the murder of an elderly man more than
two weeks ago.
72-year old Samuel J. York was found stabbed to death in his apartment
On Monday, Maryland police stopped 27-year old Kenneth Lloyd Lawson as he
was driving YORK'S stolen car.
Lawson was returned to Lynchburg where he now faces murder charges.
Police have also recovered a possible murder weapon.
Lawson remains held without bond.
Authorities don't know exactly what Tammy Lynn Baker picked up off the
sidewalk in Louisa County early this morning.
Whatever it was, instantly exploded, killing Baker and her unborn child.
Louisa County Police believe she grabbed a bomb intended for someone in the
The bombing is being investigated as a murder.
Louisa County is just east of Charlottesville.
A near disaster at William Byrd High School this afternoon, when a runaway
school bus crashed into the building.
The bus rolled across an empty parking lot, fifteen minutes before school
It hit the side of the building, punching a large hole in a classroom wall.
No one was hurt.
IN Q=this year it's empty
((RICHARD FLORA/TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR; THIS YEAR IT'S EMPTY, IT'S BEING
RENOVATED AS PART OF THE PROJECT THAT'S GOING ON DOWN HERE, IT WAS AN OCCUPIED
CLASSROOM LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR IT'S EMPTY AND IS JUST ABOUT , WAS ALMOST
FINISHED BEING RENOVATED.))
SUPER=01-Richard Flora/Transportation Supervisor;
OUT Q=being renovated
The bus driver said she stopped the bus, set the parking brake, and went
When she came out it was rolling away.
School officials are interviewing other drivers who were in the lot at the
time, hoping someone saw what happened.
Tobacco farmers are feeling the pinch from not only the government, but now
from cigarette companies.
As Tina Tenret reports, cigarette companies say there will be a 15-percent
reduction in tobacco purchases.
IN Q=If your employer
SUPER=01-Harry Lea/Tobacco Warehouse Owner; :00
SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; :12
OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7, Danville
IN Q=If your employer
((HARRY LEA/TOBACCO WAREHOUSE OWNER: IF YOUR EMPLOYER... THAT HURTS.)
OUT Q=that hurts
Harry Lea says because the government is cracking down on tobacco, cigarette
companies don't want to be stuck with surplus.
For the farmer, that means some of his fields will lie barren and his
In Danville, where the tobacco market rang in profits of 100-million-dollars
this year, that could mean a 15-million-dollar loss.
And prices have dropped to the 1983 level, which means further loss.
Still, Lea remains optimistic.
IN Q=For the young man
((HARRY LEA/TOBACCO WAREHOUSE OWNER: FOR THE YOUNG MAN... LIVELIHOOD FOR HIM.))
OUT Q=livelihood for him
TAKE SU HERE
IN Q=Farmers are not all doom
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: FARMERS ARE NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM -- THERE'S STILL DEMAND
FOR AMERICAN TOBACCO. BUT THEY SAY FARMS THAT DO NOT QUICKLY ADAPT TO CHANGE
COULD GO BELLY UP. TINA TENRET, NEWS7, DANVILLE.))
OUT Q=News7, Danville
A 14 year old charged with killing three students may not have acted alone-
SUPER=03-West Paducah, KY;
The Sheriff in McCracken county says that's his gut feeling.
Sheriff Frank Augustus says there's no evidence to back up his theory- but
he notes how Michael Carneal brought five guns to school-
((I DON'T BELIEVE THIS BOY PLANNED THIS BY HIMSELF. I REALLY DON'T. I BELIEVE
THERE'S SOMEONE IN BACKGROUND THAT WE NEED OR WE NEED TO TALK TO. ))
((DAN BOAZ/PROSECUTOR: THE WAY IT WAS CARRIED OUT, THE AMOUNT OF WEAPONS HE HAD
ON THEM THE WAY THAT HE DID IT. IT JUST LOOKS TO ME LIKE IT WAS DEEPER THAN A
FIT OF RAGE.))
SUPER=01-Frank Augustus/McCracken Co. Sheriff;
SUPER=01-Dan Boaz/County Prosecutor; 09
OUT Q=a fit of rage."
SUPER=03-West Paducah, KY;
Today the Principal searched students bags as they arrived for
Bill Bond says he believes suspect Michael Carneal was teased at school-
((BILL BOND/PRINCIPAL: I DID READ BACK THROUGH SOME OF THE WRITING HE HAD DONE
AND LOOKED AT SOME OF HIS SCHOOL WORK AND I THINK HE FELT LIKE HE WAS WEAK.))
OUT Q=he was weak."
Three students were killed in the attack- five were wounded. Two remain
Ted Kaczynski's cabin is making the trek to California.
It's the cabin where the suspected Unabomber tried to get away from it all-
SUPER=03-Great Falls, MT;
Today it became part of rush hour traffic.
The unusual piece of evidence is bound for Sacramento where Kaczinsky is being
Robert Graysmith has studied the unabomber case and says the
cabin is central to understanding Ted Kaczynski.
((ROBERT GRAYSMITH: EVERYTHING THAT MAN EVER OWNED WAS IN THAT CABIN. UH
EVEN ACCORDING TO THE PROSECUTION, THE SUNGLASSES AND THE HOODED SWEATSHIRT.))
OUT Q=THE HOODED SWEATSHIRT."
The cabin is just ten by twelve feet-
The defense will use the cabin to show the jury Kaczynski has a mental
((I THINK IT WILL CONVINCE THEM THAT NO RATIONAL HUMAN BEING COULD'VE LIVED
LIKE THAT FOR 25 YEARS.))
OUT Q=FOR 25 YEARS.
Prosecutors plan to show the cabin is where Kaczynksi planned a string of
Coming up on News-7 at Eleven, the Virginia Lottery holiday scratch game has
some christians itching for a fight
and coming up we'll see who's breathed new life into Buena Vista's old Blue
Blue Bird hasn't made a bus in Buena Vista for five years.
But Andrew Freiden reports a local company is breathing new life into Blue
Bird's empty building.
IN Q=des champs
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00
SUPER=01-Debbie Garret/Buena Vista Vice Mayor; 34
SUPER=01-Nick Des-Champs/Des-Champs Laboratories; 1:00
OUT Q=af, news 7, Buena Vista
(( Des Champs laboratories has been in cramped facilities for years.
But the company wouldn't buy the Blue Bird site-- the price was just too
It took an agreement between Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County
to make the move a reality.
((Andrew Freiden: People hear a lot on the news about sick buildings...NICK
DES CHAMPS: THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT-- SICK BUILDING SYNDROME. AND WE
ARE THE SOLUTION TO THAT PROBLEM. ))
Des-Champs Laboratories produces air conditioning units for large
And the three governments say Des-Champs is a breath of fresh air on the
((DEBBIE GARRETT/BUENA VISTA VICE MAYOR: IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE A COMPANY LIKE
DES CHAMPS THAT CAME HERE AND GAVE US A TRY AND IS KNOW GROWING BY LEAPS AND
((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: THE THREE LOCALITIES CALL THIS BUILDING A SUCCESS
STORY-- WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T CALL IT THE OLD BLUEBIRD PLANT. IF YOU DO,
YOU'RE SURE TO RUFFLE SOME FEATHERS. ))
((DEBBIE GARRETT/BUENA VISTA VICE MAYOR: I THINK WE'D LIKE TO START CALLING
THE AREA THE ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL PARK, BUENA VISTA. BECAUSE WE HOPE
THERE WILL BE FUTURE ROCKBRIDGE INDUSTRIAL PARKS. ))
((NICK DES-CHAMPS: WELL, IF THEY WANT TO CALL IT BLUEBIRD, WE CAN'T DO MUCH
ABOUT IT, CAN WE. WE PAINTED IT A DIFFERENT COLOR, SO AT LEAST WE'LL REMOVE
THAT IMAGE. IT'S NOW PAINTED BRONZE, THE COMPANY BUILDING COLORS. ))
And Nick Des Champs hopes the spacious new building helps keep his company
stay in the black.
Andrew Freiden News 7, Buena Vista.))
You may be itching to play it.
But the Virginia Lottery's latest instant scratch game is rubbing some
religious conservatives the wrong way.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=There's NO
SUPER=04-Virginia Lottery; :00
SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Va. Lottery Director; :30
SUPER=01-Bill Kincaid/Anti-Gambling Lobbyist; :47
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( There's NO getting around it.
It's a cute ad.
But some religious conservatives think the popular lottery's treading where
even angels fear to tread-- mixing religion with gambling.
((JUST SLIDE DOWN IT. NOTHING TO IT HE SAYS. THE VIRGINIA LOTTERY BRINGS YOU
THREE GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS.))
It's sacrilegious and NOT amusing says the Virginia Association of
But lottery officials say it's NOT a Christmas ticket -- it's a holiday
((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: I DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS ANY CHRISTIAN
SYMBOL, NOT EVEN OVERT. NO WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CONCERNS AT ALL. WE ARE
EXTREMELY CAREFUL AT THE LOTTERY, BEING A STATE AGENCY, NOT TO DO ANYTHING THAT
REPRESENTS ANY PARTICULAR RELIGION.))
((BILL KINCAID: IT'S KIND OF SHAME ON THE LOTTERY BOARD. AND SHAME ON THE
DIRECTOR. THEY'RE JUST KIND OF REACHING NEW LOWS EACH WEEK. THEY'VE NOW
OPENED UP NEW LOTTERY DRAWINGS FOR SUNDAY. AND THE NATURAL THING WOULD BE
CHRISTMAS LOTTERY TICKETS IN EVERYBODY'S STOCKING. AND THEN WHY DON'T WE JUST
-- WE'LL HAVE TO SEE WHAT EASTER BRINGS.))
((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE'VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH
EASTER. AND I'VE NEVER HEARD ANY PROPOSAL TO DO THAT.))
In defense of the Lottery, we voted for it.
And the staff's mandate is to make money.
And note again in the ad-- it's just Mom and Dad's stockings.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Coming up a little later, one former Soviet leader is going from Perestroika
and 48-years of service to Roanoke City is coming to an end.
The case of British Au-Pair Louise Woodward will be back in court next
A Superior Court judge agreed to speed up the appeals process and to
consolidate the defense and prosecution into one case.
((MARTHA COAKLEY/PROSECUTOR: WE BELIEVE THIS IS ANOTHER STEP FOR THE COURTS TO
REVIEW AND DETERMINE THAT IN FACT THE JURY REACHED THE RIGHT VERDICT IN THIS
OUT Q=and determine that."
But prosecutors wanted Woodward back in prison.
((HARVEY SILVERGATE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THIS IS ABSURD. IF SHE WAS GOING TO FLEE
SHE WOULD HAVE LEFT THE FIRST DAY.))
SUPER=01-Harvey Silvergate/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=left the first day."
A jury found Woodward guilty of murder in the death of Matthew Eappen-
But Judge Hiller Zobel reduced the charge to manslaughter and sentenced her
to time already served.
He sold Perestroika- Now he's selling Pizza.
Former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev will appear in a commercial for Pizza
Gorbachev has turned down previous TV offers but a spokesman says he agreed
this time because his Foundation needs cash.
((THE REASON IS THE FOUNDATION NEEDS A NEW BUILDING.))
OUT Q=a new building."
The foundation for political and economic studies doesn't receive public
funds because of President Boris Yeltsin's hostility toward Gorbachev.
The Greater Roanoke community said goodbye to a long time public servant
Roanoke Sheriff Alvin Hudson served the city for 48 years.
He started out as a motorcycle cop, and 28 years later got elected sheriff.
He's stepping down at the end of the year-- after his 20th year at the head
of the sheriff's department.
Hundreds of well wishers gathered tonight to bid him farewell.
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SUPER=330-Occasional/Light Rain/42-44/Cloudy With/Passing Sprinkles/53-55;
SUPER=331-Passing/Showers/44-46/Mostly Cloudy/Wind SE-10/54-58;
SUPER=332-Scattered/Showers/40-43/Mostly Cloudy/Wind W-15/48-50;
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The Express is getting Todd Norman back for this weekend's games.
Norman spent the last ten games with St. John in the AHL where he had 4
goals and 3 assists.
The Downtown Club in Richmond hosted last night's Dudley Award ceremony as
the top college football player in the state was named.
This beauty is the prize that goes to the winner. Previous recipients
include the likes of Jim Druckenmiller, Cornell Brown, Cary Perkins and Shawn
Moore, the inaugural winner in 1990.
This year UVa's Anthony Poindexter beat out Tech's Ken Oxendine and William &
Mary's Alvin Porch to win it.
IN Q="My coaches...
((ANTHONY POINDEXTER/1997 DUDLEY AWARD WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/1997 Dudley Award Winner; :00
OUT Q=....THIS AWARD."
Poindexter, the former Friday Football Extra player of the week from
Jefferson Forest, received congratulations from the award's namesake, Bullet
But Anthony wouldn't even tell Big Bill his plans for next year.
IN Q="We just...
OUT Q=...AND HERE."
The day wasn't a total loss for Ken Oxendine as the senior was named to the
Big East conference's second team all-star squad last night.
In all the Hokies but six players on the first team.
Place Kicker Shayne Graham from Pulaski County, who had a record setting
season for the Hokies is a first team selection for the second straight year.
And on the defensive side, safety Pierson Prioleau, who saved the Miami game
with this interception on a two point conversion also grabbed a spot on the
Gennaro DiNapoli, Todd Washington, Kerwin Hairston and punter Jimmy Kibble
also made first team all-Big East.
The Gator Bowl continues to be a likely destination for the North Carolina
Tarheels, but will the Heels have their coach once they find their postseason
The answer likely is no!
Reports from Texas last night said Mack Brown has agreed to become the new
head football coach at the University of Texas.
Brown was not at UNC's practice yesterday, reportedly he was in Austin.
If he takes the job he will replace John Mackovic, who was fired and
reassigned this past Saturday.
Mackovic was the University's 27th head coach.
Georgia Tech became the first ACC team to officially accept a bowl bid today
as the Yellow Jackets said yes to the Carquest.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Last Saturday; :00
The game will be played on December 29th at Pro Player stadium in Ft.
And it will mark Georgia Tech's first postseason appearance in six years.
IN Q="we're looking...
((GEORGE O'LEARY/GA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George O'Leary/Ga. Tech Head Coach; :03
OUT Q=...FOR THEM."
Earlier this week Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell was suspended for 10 games
without pay for getting into a fight with his head coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Yesterday Sprewell finally broke his silence on the incident.
((LATRELL SPREWELL/WILL LOSE $950,000 IN SUSPENSION:))
SUPER=01-Latrell Sprewell/Will Lose $950,000 In Suspension; :00
OUT Q=...THE GUYS."
Still to come tonight, we'll shift gears to baseball and checks in with one
of area's up and coming
pro sports stars - Houston Astros flame thrower Billy Wagner.
Houston Astros star Billy Wagner was back in the area this past weekend,
proving again that you're never too big time to come back home.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Billy Wagner/Houston Astros Pitcher; :24
SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 23; 1:04
OUT Q=...150 DOLLARS."
(( Wagner spent a couple of hours at the Roanoke Civic Center's annual
Thanksgiving weekend card show signing autographs on Saturday.
This past season he also attempted to make his signature fast ball a fixture
in the big leagues.
In his first full year as the central division champion Astros closer he
appeared in 62 games, struck out 106, and picked up 23 saves.
((BILLY WAGNER/ASTROS RELIEF PITCHER:))
The former Tazewell high school and Ferrum College standout was joined in
Roanoke by his Mom - and although he now lives in Houston his ties to the area
remain tight. His wife is from Dublin and back on January of this year, he
returned to southwest Virginia to talk to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
about his faith. Something you have to have when you're only 60 feed and 6
inches away from danger every time you go to work.
Although he's part of the big leagues, Wagner lacks the big time attitude.
In fact, he was amazed that one of his rookie cards is already worth $150
What began as a sideline for John Lawless is quickly becoming a full- time
The Roanoke County resident is building a successful publishing company on
the popularity of bluegrass music.
Joe Dashiell has his story.
IN Q=Don't be surprized
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-John Lawless/AcuTab Publications; :30
SUPER=01-Sammy Shelor/Lonesome River Band; :57
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Don't be surprized to find John Lawless comparing notes with some of the
biggest names in Bluegrass.
IN Q=And you're probably
((AND YOU'RE PROBABLY HAMMERING ONCE, BUT NOT THE SECOND TIME. SO YOU'RE
OUT Q=sliding yeah.
Scott Vestal is one of the country's top banjo pickers, a former bluegrass
banjo player of the year.
QUICK NAT SOUND OF VESTAL PLAYING
Lawless is a talented musician in his own right, a bluegrass banjo
teacher, and an up and coming publisher of musical notation.
IN Q=When a popular
((WHEN A POPULAR ROCK BAND RELEASES AN ALBUM, WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS THERE'S
THE GLOSSY FULL COLOR BOOK WITH ALL THE GUITAR TABLATURE AND HOW TO PLAY THE
LICKS AND ALL THAT STUFF , BUT PEOPLE HADN'T BEEN DOING IT WITH BLUEGRASS
OUT Q=with bluegrass music.
NAT SOUND OF BOOKS COMING OFF PRESS
The books that have rolled off the presses at Valley Printers have found a
And Lawless has signed a deal with one of the country's largest
distributors of music, that will put Acutab publications in music stores across
IN Q=When I was growing up,
((WHEN I WAS GROWING UP I TRIED TO LEARN NOTE FOR NOTE LIKE J.D. CROWE, TERRY
BAUCOM AND EARL SCRUGGS, AND TO WALK AROUND A FESTIVAL AND HEAR A JAM SESSION
AND HEAR SOMEBODY PLAYING WHAT YOU DO NOTE FOR NOTE, IT'S VERY FLATTERING.))
OUT Q=very flattering.
Acutab's first book belonged to Sammy Shelor, a member of the Lonesome
River Band, and another bluegrass banjo player of the year.
NAT SOUND OF SAMMY PLAYING
Shelor and Lawless are old friends, and Shelor helped introduce him to
The success of the first books has produced other collaborations.
IN Q=Like I joke around
((LIKE I JOKE AROUND WITH PEOPLE SOMETIMES, I'M NOT MAKING A FORTUNE, BUT J. D.
CROWE RETURNS MY CALLS. I DON'T HAVE EARL SCRUGGS RETURNING MY CALLS YET, BUT
I'M WORKING ON THAT TOO.))
Joe Dashiell News 7))
OUT Q=working on that too.