Next on News 7-
A hostage situation in Florida moves into another night and no sign the
suspect will let the children go- We'll have an update from Orlando.
Some local residents are upset their water rates are going up.
And Santa is on a roll- rolling right over a holiday tradtion.
News 7 is coming up next.
Hampton Rapist and killer Thomas Beavers Junior was put to death tonight-
setting a modern one-year record for executions in Virginia.
But Virginia corrections officials say they expect to "meet or exceed that
pace" next year.
Beavers raped and murdered his 60-year old neighbor in Hampton in 1990.
His attorneys argue he was brain-damaged and incompetent to stand trial.
60-year old Marguerite Lowerey was a retired cafeteria manager... and
apparently NOT his final victim.
Beavers' jury was told he raped two other women after her murder.
Virginia only made lethal injection an option in July 1995 -- but Beavers is
the 22nd inmate to die by it since then.
He's the state's 46th execution since 1982.
Only Texas has had more.
The average stay on Virginia's death row is now just under nine years... and
Police are becomming increasingly frustrated in Florida.
A murder suspect is still holed up in an Orlando home holding two children
Lee Cowan has the latest from the scene tonight.
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SUPER=01-Sal Lomanaco/Chief Negotiator; :07
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News;1:11
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((For the first time since this standoff began, a change in
tone and a hint at how long this may go on.
SAL LOMONACO/CHIEF NEGOTIATOR: UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE NOT AS OPTIMISTIC AS WE
WERE THIS MORNING.
John Armstrong hasn't stopped talking to negotiators. It's what
he's talking about that isn't encouraging.
SAL LOMONACO/CHIEF NEGOTIATOR: HE TOLD US TODAY. YOU KEEP SAYING I'M SO TIRED,
BUT I'M NOT SO TIRED. WELL I'M
TIRED MR. ARMSTRONG YOU MUST BE SUPERMAN.
Fatigue is one thing police had been counting onhoping it would
wear him down and force a peaceful surrender. Armstrong's family was hoping too
having spent much of the last three days hovering near police barricades with
no more answers than anyone else.
Police say the two young hostages four year old Malcolm Phillips
and 2 year old Tedi Vickson are doing well, having eaten and spent much of the
last three days watching TV without their mothers something negotiators say
can't and shouldn't last very much longer.
LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS:
THE CHILDREN'S WELFARE IS THE MEASURING STICK, POLICE SAYWHEN THAT CHANGES,
SO DO THEIR TACTICS. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, ORLANDO.))
The investigation into yesterday's fatal plane crash has begun.
National Transportation Safety Board officials walked the scene today and
began the long process of determining what caused of the crash.
Denise Allen was there.
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SUPER=01-Beverly Drake-Nurse/NTSB Investigator; :16
SUPER=01-Steve Simonton/Mail Carrier; :24
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(( Investigators searched for clues in the mangled wreckage of the single
engine Trinidad TB 20.
Pilot James Notch died when his plane hit this northwest Roanoke home.
Witness accounts and the taped distress call to the FAA Tower seemed to
point to engine failure.
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((BEVERLY DRAKE-NURSE/NTSB INVESTIGATOR: SHORTLY AFTER TAKE OF FROM RUNWAY 1-6
THE PILOT REPORTED TO THE TOWER THAT HE HAD LOST ENGINE POWER.))
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IN Q=I WAS ON COVE ROAD
((STEVE SIMONTON/MAIL CARRIER: I WAS ON COVE ROAD WHEN I'D SEEN THE PLANE GO
BY. IT DIDN'T MAKE A SOUND IT WAS LIKE A FEATHER DRIFTING IN AND BEFORE I
COULD EVEN SEE IT HARDLY IT HAD IT THE HOUSE AND EXPLODED.))
OUT Q=HOUSE EXPLODED
NTSB investigators will examine the engine, check Notches' flying record and
make sure the plane had the correct fuel and that it was not contaminated.
IN Q=WE'LL SECURE THE
((WE'LL SECURE THE MAINTENANCE RECORDS OF THE AIRPLANE. CHECK TO SEE WHEN WAS
THE LAST ANNUAL INSPECTION. ANYTHING THAT CAN GIVE US ANY INFORMATION.))
OUT Q=GIVE US ANY INFORMATION
Eleanor Lewis was home at the time of the crash and miraculously was not
She wants to know if it was mechanical difficulty did it occur suddenly and
what if anything could be done to prevent this tragedy.
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: IT COULD BE SOMETIME BEFORE ELEANOR LEWIS HAS
THE ANSWERS TO HER QUESTIONS.
INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY'LL HAVE A PRELIMINARY REPORT WITHIN A WEEK BUT THE
FINAL VERDICT ON WHAT CAUSED THIS CRASH COULD TAKE UP TO NINE MONTHS TO REACH.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))
The State Police Violent Crimes Unit is still working on the Bramblett
Earl Bramblett was convicted last month of killing a family of four he'd
lived with. He's due to be sentenced Tuesday.
At the same time, though, Keith Humphry says police are still working a
20-year old missing persons case that may involve Bramblett.
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SUPER=01-Carolyn Sue Davis/Missing Girl's Sister; :48
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Tammy Lynn Akers disappeared the morning of February 8th, 1977.
Earl Bramblett was questioned in the early 80's about his association with
Tammy, but he has never provided any information.
The girl's mother says Tammy was a frequent visitor at the A-frame house
Bramblett built in Bedford County.
((AND SHE WAS CLOSE TO EARL'S FAMILY. SHE SPENT TIME WITH EARL'S WIFE.))
It was here- -a year after the girls disappeared- -that Bramblett
reportedly broke down at a party and said he wished he hadn't hurt Tammy.
The young girls who were with him at the time later told police that
Bramblett had predicted Tammy would never be found.
There was another girl- -Angela Mae Rader- -who disappeared the same day.
Angela's is convinced Bramblett knows more than he's saying.
((BECAUSE THERE WAS A CONNECTION, AND HE WAS SUPPOSEDLY A FRIEND OF THE AKERS
FAMILY, JUST AS HE WAS OF THE HODGES FAMILY.))
Carolyn Davis had dropped off her sister at school the day she disappeared.
Someone must have noticed the two girls leave the school yard- -even as
their classmates were ARRIVING that morning?
Police hope somebody comes forward to tell them about it.
They also want to know more about a third girl Tammy's mother says was at
the house the night BEFORE Tammy and Angela disappeared. Maybe she remembers
The two 14 year olds had spoken by phone that night.
((BUT MY DAUGHTER, SHE TRIED TO TELL ME A FEW YEARS AGO, SHE SAID, "MAMA, THOSE
GIRLS DON'T COME BACK, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T COME BACK.")) RUNS=:08
((AND SEE THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE. I MEAN I BELIEVE THE REASON THAT SHE HASN'T
COME HOME IS 'CAUSE SHE CAN'T.))
Mrs. Rader says she often dreamt of Angie as a little girl. Then several
years ago her daughter appeared as an adult in a succession of dreams.
((I HAD A BEAUTIFUL DREAM OF HER JUST BEFORE THANKSGIVING AND ANOTHER ONE AT
((I WAS HAPPY AND TALKING AND LAUGHING. I WAS MY NATURAL SELF, YOU KNOW. IT WAS
GREAT. AND I SAID, OH, I KNOW SHE'S COMING BACK.))
Of course it didn't happen.
After Christmas Dorothy Rader sank back into deep depression.
If they do find the remains of either girl, their mothers have agreed to
provide blood samples for D-N-A analysis.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.
Danville has a shortage of doctors. We'll have that story in just a moment,
we'll tell you why problems between residents and a local government are
anything but water under the bridge.
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((CONNIE SEAGLE/WYTHE CO. RESIDENT: THERE'S JUST NO RHYME OR REASON TO THE WAY
OUR WATER BILLS HAVE BEEN.))
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The defense has rested in the trial of Oklahoma Bombing suspect Terry
Nichols- without explaining some key pieces of evidence against him.
They provided no explanation for a receipt for a ton of explosive
fertilizer found in Nichols home and a letter to Timothy
McVeigh telling him to "Go for it."
((MCVEIGH AND NICHOLS PLAN THIS BOMBING. THEY SELECTED THE TARGET OF THE MURRAH
SUPER=10-Joseph Hartzler/Assistant U.S. Attorney/August, 1995;
OUT Q=of the Murrah building."
Nichols never took the stand, and even the final witness, his
wife (Mar-i-fay) Marife, was unable to provide an alibi for him on the
day before the blast.
That's when prosecutors say he helped McVeigh build the bomb.
Former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros was indicted today-
He's charged with 18 counts of conspiracy, obstructing justice and making
false statements to the FBI.
The charges stem from a background check done on Cisneros.
He's accused of lying about 250 thousand dollars in payments he'd made to a
former mistress- Linda Jones
Jones was also charged with making a false statement.
Cisneros served as Housing secretary during President Clinton's first term-
Wythe County residents and Rural Retreat town officials are at odds over
increased water rates.
Stacey Martin has more.
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SUPER=01-Ray Matney/Rural Retreat Town Mgr.; :13
SUPER=01-Connie Seagle/Wythe Co. Resident; :39
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(( Water rate hikes in this area just outside of Rural Retreat have caused
many residents to use less.
And, it's also caused a rift between many people in the community and town
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IN Q=There might be
((RAY MATNEY/RURAL RETREAT TOWN MGR.: THERE MIGHT BE BAD BLOOD I CAN'T SAY THAT
THERE'S NOT. BUT, I CAN ASSURE YOU THERE'S NO BAD BLOOD ON THE PART OF THE
TOWN OF RURAL RETREAT, THE RURAL RETREAT TOWN COUNCIL AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF
THE TOWN OF RURAL RETREAT.))
OUT Q=town of Rural Retreat.
At issue?--a 75 percent surcharge on water for those living outside town
limits and the replacment of old water meters with newer ones.
The result--water bills many residents here say are double, sometimes triple
what they used to be.
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IN Q=We have no
((CONNIE SEAGLE/WYTHE CO. RESIDENT: WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHAT OUR WATER BILL
IS GOING TO BE AND WE HAVE NO WAY TO BUDGET THAT OR DETERMINE WHAT IT'S GOING
OUT Q=going to be.
Officials with Rural Retreat say the revenue is needed to pay for this one
point five million dollar water plant under construction.
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IN Q=But, town officials
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: BUT, TOWN OFFICIALS HAD TO BUILD THE NEW FACILITY IN
PART BECAUSE THEIR OLD WATER SUPPLY WAS FOUND TO BE CONTAMINATED.))
OUT Q=to be contaminated.
Residents now want to be annexed by the town to avoid paying the
surcharge--an idea that most previously rejected.
They've petitioned the Wythe County Board of Supervisors for help.
SOT 15.14.34 - 15.14.45
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((HARVEY ATKINSON/BOARD OF SUPV.:THEY HAVE SINCE CHANGED THEIR MINDS FOR
REPORTEDLY REASONS ASSOCIATED WITH WATER COSTS AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT AND
WITH A DESIRE TO HAVE SOME INPUT AND SOME VOICE IN HOW THEIR WATER RATES ARE
OUT Q=rates are set.
The board will meet Tuesday to discuss the issue.
But, residents say if they don't get their way they'll file a lawsuit.
Stacey Martin, News 7.
Danville doesn't have enough doctors- that's according to a recent study.
The Virginia Health Care Association points out Danville does not have
enough primary care doctors -- such as pediatricians.
It's apparently because the pay is higher for doctors who specialize in
areas like surgery.
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((DR. DENNIS SWANSON/HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR: PHYSICIAN INCOME IS PROBABLY
HIGHER THE MORE SPECIALIZED YOU BECOME, SO PHYSICIANS IN GENERAL HAVE A STRONG
INCENTIVE TO BECOME SPECIALISTS.))
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OUT Q=to become specialists
Swanson says the shortage of doctors is devastating to poor people in
Danville and surrounding areas.
IN Q=The people with these problems
((THE PEOPLE WITH THESE PROBLEMS THEN HAVE LESS ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE AS WELL,
SO THEY HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING MEDICAL CARE.))
OUT Q=medical care
Since the health department and the free clinic can not handle every patient
-- Swanson says Danville desperately needs doctors who treat lower income
Still ahead, Santa Claus uses a steam roller to strike back against the
and we'll see why the sky's the limit for this year's Bikes-or-Bust campaign.
The decision to close a Kroger distribution center in West Virginia ended
up in court.
But today a judge said the supermarket chain did not violate any agreements
when it transferred jobs to Roanoke County.
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A group of citizens and union leaders filed suit after Kroger decided to
close the Charleston warehouse earlier this year.
The group argued that Kroger had an obligation to stay in West Virginia
because it received tax breaks.
But this week a judge ruled that while Kroger used low-interest bonds to
build RETAIL stores, the money did not go to the warehouse.
The annual Bikes-or-Bust campaign got off on a high note today.
About 100 feet high.
Our own Steve Pardon and J-93's Slam Duncan will spend the next three days
perched high above the Tanglewood Mall parking lot.
It's all an effort to collect one thousand bikes for underprivileged children
in the area.
So far generous people have donated over 140 bikes.
Many folks are going the extra mile and bringing in helmets with their bike
Carilion hospitals donated 315 helmets today to make sure the children bike
For the latest update on the Bikes-or-Bust campaign, be sure to join Steve
and Slam live on the Mornin' Show tomorrow morning right here on your Hometown
Part of that broadcast will be simulcast on J-93, so you can be sure to catch
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Pro Bowl news, Tiki's new shoe, a Stagg update and a huge honor for Ronald
Curry are just ahead.
But first the Roanoke Express is in Richmond tomorrow night skating against
the Renegades and 18 games into the season one of the biggest surprises as been
the play of center Mike Peron, who bounced from Charlotte to Jacksonville
before landing in Roanoke.
((MIKE PERON/EXPRESS CENTER:))
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
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SUPER=75-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :20
GO TO SCORES
WIPE TO MOTION
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The NFL pro bowl teams were announced last night and suprisingly Tamp Bay has
more players on the team than Green Bay.
Rookie Warrick Dunn and fullback Mike Alstott are two of the seven players
the Bucs put on the NFC team.
The Panthers got just two spots on the team with kick returner Michael Bates,
and tight end Wesley Walls.
((WESLEY WALLS/PANTHERS PRO BOWL SELECTION:))
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OUT Q=...APPRECIATE THAT."
The Redskins put three players on the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Cornerback Darrell Green, LInebacker Ken Harvey and punter Matt Turk each
will play in Hawaii at the end of the season.
Those three and the rest of the team will have to be at its best this Saturday
as the team faces the first place Giants in the Meadowlands.
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((JEFF HOSTETLER/REDSKINS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Hostetler/Redskins Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...TO GO."
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!
The Redskins must find a way to slow down Tiki Barber, who had over 100 yards
of offense against the Skins back on November 23rd.
And now Tiki has his own shoe coming out January first.
It's called the Reebok Drive DMX.
Tiki and the shoe are already being featured in a numerous print ads this
Ronald Curry would like to have a shoe named after him one day, but for now
the Hampton star will have to settle
for being named the top high school football player in the entire nation.
Today in Hampton Curry was presented with the Gatorade Circle of champions
award that has been won in the past by the likes of Emmitt Smith, Terry Kirby
and Peyton Manning.
((RONALD CURRY/GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Ronald Curry/Gatorade Player of the Year; :00
OUT Q=...I DO."
Like going to college. Curry, who has a 3 point 5 grade point average has
verbally committed to play next season at UVa.
Plenty of good seats are still available for this year's Stagg Bowl, which
kicks off Saturday at one o'clock at Salem Stadium.
Yesterday the Mount Union Purple Raiders went through a workout at Salem High
School as they continued preparing to defend their Division three state
championship at Salem Stadium.
As the Purple Raiders were making their run through the playoffs Head coach
Larry Kehres was making plans for a trip to Salem whether his team was playing
IN Q="I tell other
((LARRY KEHRES/MOUNT UNION HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Larry Kehres/Mount Union Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......very memorable."
The Purple Raiders will face Lycoming in the championship game.
Lycoming, also practiced yesterday afternoon at the high school.
Lycoming has 22 consecutive winning seasons and the Warriors have played
in the Division three playoffs 5 times in the 90's.
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But to have a chance Saturday, Lycoming will have to stop Union quarterback
Bill Brochart, who picked up the Gagliardi award as the top player in the
He has 57 TD passes this season and only 2 interceptions.
Right after this we'll check in with Roy Stanley who has a chat with
Roanoke's newest member of the Senior Tour, the King of Blue Hills.
Billy King is trying to get his life in order as he prepares for his first
season on the prestigious PGA Senior's tour.
And although King won his way onto the tour with some clutch play last week
in Florida, Roy Stanley says Billy is quick to thank all of his friends at Blue
Hills for supporting him over the years.
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SUPER=01-Billy King/Senior Tour Pro; :00
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
IN Q="it's a pleasure
((BILL KING/SENIOR TOUR PRO: ))
OUT Q=......What I'm Doing."
((King also thanked his wife Linda who's been by his side through the good and
And the Good happened last week in Florida when King earned his card by
shooting a final round 69 on the T-P-C course in Ponte Verde Florida.
King played his final three rounds at 9 under par tieing for third to become
one of 8 players to make the Senior tour.))
((BILLY KING: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((King's first tournament will be Royal Caribbean in Key Biscayne at the end of
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.)
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If you've ever received an unwanted fruitcake for Christmas, this story is
Santa Claus or someone who looks a lot like him took some time from his busy
schedule... to steamroll thousands of fruitcakes.
It was all a publicity stunt to introduce a new line of brownies.
A survey of one thousand Americans found more than half get unwanted
fruitcakes as holiday gifts.
And about half of those people passed them on to someone else.
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