Coming up next on News 7-
A jury decides a penatly for the man convicted of killing a Vinton family.
A Tech student is accused of setting a Frat house on fire.
Plus a lion is on the loose in a Florida tourist town.
The precipitation deficit will continue to grow with this sunny forecast.
Hysterectomies could be replaced by a new medical procedure--
A new retirement home is opening in Danville--
those stories tonight on health check.
(Jean ad lib)
IN Q=I'm just going
((EARL BRAMBLETT: I'M JUST GOING TO SAY ONE MORE TIME FOR THE RECORD: I DID
NOT KILL THE HODGES FAMILY. ))
OUT Q=the Hodges family
Despite his denials, a convicted killer is sentenced to death.
GRAPHIC=News 7 at Five
Good afternoon I'm Jean Jadhon.
Still saying he did NOT do it, Earl Bramblett was condemned to die for
killing a family of four.
The 55-year old never wavered from his position that the police got the WRONG
Blaine Hodges' brother told the judge HE feels victimized by Bramblett.
SOT 9:15:40 Randy
IN Q=I think that this man
((RANDY HODGES/VICTIM'S BROTHER: I THINK THAT THIS MAN HAS MADE ALL OF US
VICTIMS. YOU, THE DEFENSE TEAM, THE PROSECUTION, THE PUBLIC, BECAUSE I THINK
WHAT HIS MURDEROUS ACTS DID ALL OF US WILL REMEMBER.))
SUPER=01-Randy Hodges/Victim's Brother
OUT Q=will remember
A Roanoke County jury convicted Bramblett last month of killing Hodges'
brother, his wife and two children, ages 11 and three.
Judge Roy Willett adopted the jury's sentence of multiple life terms, plus
400-thousand dollars in fines and a DEATH sentence.
Investigators aren't sure what sparked a blaze that killed an elderly
Bedford County woman this morning.
73-year old Barbara (STIH-glitz) Stieglitz died when her home on Whistling
Swan Drive was gutted by fire.
Firefighters say the blaze had a good head start and they had "no" chance of
IN Q=It was just
((LARRY BARBOUR/FOREST V.F.D. CHIEF: IT WAS JUST FIRE COMING OUT OF EVERY
WINDOW AND EVERY HOLE ON THE HOUSE. SO WE TRIED TO GO TO THE UNBURNED AREA IN
HOPES THAT MAYBE WE COULD LOCATE AND THAT'S WHERE WE FOCUSED AT FOR THE FIRST
PART OF THE MISSION.))
SUPER=01-Larry Barbour/Forest V.F.D. Chief; :00
OUT Q=of the mission.
The fire started near a fireplace in the rear of the house.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that ashes left smoldering
may have caught a living room and garage on fire.
A Virginia Tech student is accused of arson after his neighbors' fraternity
house was set on fire.
Double Boxes=Jean and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton is in our Blacksburg newsroom with the latest.
Teresa, I understand it was a pretty busy night for fire fighters?
That's right, Jean. There were actually several fire calls last night--
resulting in thousands of dollars in damage.
IN Q=Arson has
SUPER=01-Dave Nutter/VT Spokesman; :10 QUICK!!!!!!!
SUPER=01-Rob Beale/VT Student; :45
OUT Q=right there.
(( Arson has been ruled OUT in connection with this morning's fire at the
Architectural Annex, near campus.
Officials say an electrical problem ignited the fire.
IN Q=Right now
((DAVE NUTTER/VT SPOKESMAN:RIGHT NOW, OUR RISK MANAGEMENT TEAM HAS ESTIMATED
THE DAMAGE AT BETWEEN 250 TO 500- THOUSAND DOLLARS. ))
OUT Q=500,000 dollars.
It would prove to be a long night for fire fighters.
Less than two hours later, some Virginia Tech students called to report a
fire inside a storage shed, outside their Roanoke Street apartment.
A few minutes later, while talking with police, they say they saw flames
coming from the nearby Kappa Alpha fraternity house.
Another neighbor, Rob Beale, was also outside, and told police he saw 21-
year old Chad Justin Niemi walking toward the frat house with a bag just
IN Q=About maybe
((ROB BEALE/VT STUDENT:ABOUT MAYBE 20- MINUTES LATER ONE OF MY FRATERNITY
BROTHERS TOLD POLICE THAT WAS THE MAN HE SAW WALKING DOWN TO THE KAPPA ALPHA
THETA HOUSE AND THAT'S WHEN THEY ARRESTED HIM, RIGHT THERE.))
OUT Q=right there.
Right now-- Niemi has been charged ONLY with arson of the fraternity house--
but there have been 12 suspicious fires in Blacksburg since early August and
police are looking for any possible connection.
Double Boxes=Jean and Teresa/Microwave
( Teresa, was anyone injured last night?)
GRAPHIC=Oklahoma Bombing Trial
Jurors are now deliberating the case of Terry Nichols.
The two sides in the Nichols trial have finished closing arguments this
Now the jury must decide if Nichols played a role in the Oklahoma City
((JOHN WALSH/LEGAL ANALYST: THERE WAS MORE SORT OF DIRECT EVIDENCE WITH RESPECT
TO TIMOTHY MCVEIGH BUT THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT OF EVIDENCE THAT CONNECTS TERRY
NICHOLS TO EVERYTHING TIM MCVEIGH WAS DOING.))
SUPER=01-John Walsh/Legal Analyst;
OUT Q=McVeigh was doing."
Prosecutors asked jurors to find Nichols guilty of what they called the most
horrific crime in American history.
Defense lawyers made an emotional plea to the jurors insisting he is
wrongly accused in the bombing.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
What's to blame for growing credit card debt--out of control consumers or
aggressive marketing campaigns by banks and other lending institutions?
That's one of the stories still to come on News 7 at Five.
Also one Florida neighborhood is on alert-- a lost feline could show up in
In tonight's health check report--
a new device which has just received government approval could spare some women
the trauma of having a hysterectomy.
It's a holiday wish come true.
Patrick Evans will take us to a Christmas Fantasyland, a little later on
News 7 at Five.
There may be few surprises left Friday when Governor George Allen unveils
his new two-year budget.
Today, word leaked out that Allen's proposing another modest pay increase
for state workers... with bonuses based on performance.
Double Boxes=Jean and Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with some of the details.
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
Jean, state workers just got a four percent across the board raise in this
The Governor's proposal is that next year at this time they'd get a two and
a quarter percent raise... followed by another one in December of 1999.
But Allen's linked it with a two to four percent bonus based on performance,
that only about half of state workers would qualify for.
IN Q=We want to
SUPER=01-Joan Dent/Va. Gov't Employees Assoc.; :16
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D) Norfolk; :32
OUT Q=need it.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WE WANT TO REWARD THOSE WHO EXCEL AND EXCEED AS WELL AS
GIVE A COST OF LIVING INCREASE GENERALLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE MEETING
The Virginia Governmental Employees Association says merit pay ideas have
only been funded two of the last six budget years.
((JOAN DENT/VA. GOV'T. EMPLOYEES ASSOC.: YOU'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO FUND THIS
PROGRAM CONSISTENTLY. IT'S GOT TO BE THERE YEAR AFTER YEAR TO GET THE KIND OF
RESULTS THAT EMPLOYEES WANT AND THAT MANAGEMENT WANTS.))
But House Speaker Tom Moss says the pay raise is in jeopardy if Jim
Gilmore's no car tax pledge is kept.
((DEL. TOM MOSS/D-NORFOLK: THE SURPLUS...LORD KNOWS WE'RE GOING TO NEED IT.))
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
The Virginia Governmental Employees Association says the state's 80-
thousand employees need between a five and six percent raise to approximate
private sector salaries.
Double Boxes=Jean and Ellen/State Microwave
That, again, looks unlikely.
Too many Americans are saying Charge it.
The Consumer Federation says credit card debt jumped to 452 billion dollars
just this year.
It blames banks in part saying they increase credit lines to more than
people can handle, and aggressively market credit cards.
((STEPHEN BROBECK/CONSUMER FED. OF AMERICA: WE CALL ON LENDERS TO VOLUNTARILY
LIMIT THE CREDIT LINES AVAILABLE TO CONSUMERS NO MORE THAN 20 PERCENT OF
SUPER=01-Stephen Brobeck/Consumer Fedderation;
OUT Q=household incomes.
Brobeck says consumers should limit themselvs to only one or two cards and
always pay more than the minimum.
A lion is still on the loose in Florida-
The big cat escaped from Jungleland near Disneyworld after her cage
So far a day long search has not turned up the 450 pound female-
People in the tourist area have been put on alert- but officials say the
lioness has been declawed and is sociable.
((SHE WON'T DO ANYTHING UNLESS SHE PROVOKED. SHE'S SCARED.))
OUT Q=she's scared."
The lion was spotted from a helicopter about midday about 100 yards from the
zoo- but the swampy terrain made it impossible to reach her quickly from the
Visions of sugarplums come to life at a holiday Fantasyland.
OUT Q=Right after this break.
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Elves lurk around every corner, and animated reindeer paw their stables
anxiously awaiting Christmas Eve's journey.
It's not a TV Christmas special, it's Fantasy Land at Center in the Square,
and Patrick Evans has the complete story.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Santa Claus/"Jolly Old Elf"; 1:11 (quick)
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health music under
President Clinton chooses a name for his new best friend. We'll tell you
what it is, coming up on News 7 at Five.
On Health Check--
While many Americans are battling the bulge this holiday season--
A local support group's message is--like your body as it is--
And give up the dangerous diets.
IN Q=I'm seeing more of that
((MARY CLIFFORD/DIETICIAN:I'M SEEING MORE OF THAT, ESPECIALLY IN YOUNGER WOMEN
AND THAT'S A REAL BIG PROBLEM))
OUT Q=big problem
Good afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry.
Coming up tonight at six, we'll look at what Roanoke city is digging up at its
Public Works Service Center.
Workers have discovered containers holding chemicals similar to paint and
The material will be tested before being thrown away.
IN Q=THERE ARE SEVERAL
((BREN HUGGINS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT; THERE ARE SEVERAL CHARACTERISTICS THAT
ARE RUN, IGNITABILITY, FLAMMABILITY, THESE TYPES OF ANALYSIS ARE RUN AND THEN
WE CAN DETERMINE WHAT TYPE OF FACILITY THE WASTE HAS TO GO TO. ))
SUPER=01-Bren Huggins/Environmental Consultant;
OUT Q=TO GO TO.
Authorities are also trying to determine what if any environmental threat the
Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom
We'll tell you more about that tonight at Six.
Construction is underway for a new assisted living center for the elderly in
Danville Place is scheduled to open next spring, with room for 75 residents.
Developers say the key is that it is NOT a nursing home -- rather it
provides more freedom with private units, porches and walking trails.
The porches are designed as a quiet place for reflection.
IN Q=They live
((HAMMOND HUNT/HUNT AND ASSOCIATES: THEY LIVE LIFE THROUGH THEIR EYES,
SPECTATING AND SO FORTH. THE SENSE OF SMELL, THE SENSE OF TASTE ARE OBVIOUSLY
NOT WHAT THEY WERE IN YOUNGER YEARS.))
SUPER=01-Hammond Hunt/Hunt & Associates;
OUT Q=younger years
Danville Place will employ forty people and is currently hiring.
IN Q=It brings jobs
((ED COLEMAN/DEVELOPER: IT BRINGS JOBS, IT BRINGS SERVICES, IT BRINGS TAXES TO
THIS COMMUNITY AND IT IS A VERY POSITIVE FORM OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THIS
OUT Q=for this area
Building Danville Place will cost three and a half million dollars.
An estimated eight million Americans enroll in some kind of weight loss
program every year.
Now there's a new program in Roanoke that helps people with their size
The group is called Living Large and its message is--like your body as it is.
IN Q=It's a group
SUPER=01-Mary Clifford/Dietician; :00
SUPER=01-Doris St. Clair/Food Service Manager;:30
OUT Q=you're smaller
IN Q=It's a group
((MARY CLIFFORD/DIETICIAN:IT'S A GROUP THAT'S FOR ANYONE WHO'S INTERESTED IN
HAVING SOME BETTER SELF ESTEEM MOSTLY WE'RE LARGER WOMEN, BUT MEN CAN COME,
SMALLER WOMEN CAN COME, IT'S JUST KIND OF A SELF ESTEEM THING))
OUT Q=esteem thing
Mary Clifford and Doris St. Clair began the support group through
Carilion--both say they know what it's like to need a boost of self-confidence.
IN Q=I think
((MARY CLIFFORD/DIETICIAN:I THINK I'M FINALLY AT THE POINT WHERE I'M DONE WITH
DIETING. I STARTED IN THE FOURTH GRADE AND IT TOOK ALL THESE YEARS TO GET TO
THE WEIGHT THAT I AM NOW AND SO I'M JUST KIND OF TIRED OF IT))
OUT Q=tired of it.
IN Q=I would
((DORIS ST/CLAIR/FOOD SERVICE MANAGER:I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO KNOW THERE WAS A
GROUP LIKE THIS THAT WOULD HAVE LET ME ACCEPT MYSELF INSTEAD OF DIETING BECAUSE
EACH TIME I WENT ON A DIET AND WENT OFF IT THAN I'VE GAINED WEIGHT BACK AND
GAINED MORE BACK))
OUT Q=more back.
Clifford says many people don't have a good self image because of the images
they see in magazines and other advertising.
IN Q=The average
((MARY CLIFFORD/DIETICIAN:THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WOMAN IS 5-4 AND WEIGHTS 142
POUNDS, THE AVERAGE MODEL IS 5-9 AND WEIGHS 110))
OUT Q=weighs 110.
clothes video over first half of bite.
IN Q=One of
((DORIS ST. CLAIR:ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE DONE IS BROWSED THROUGH STORES AND I
HAVE A LONG LIST OF STORES THAT DO HAVE LARGE SIZES, MOST OF THEM PUT
EVERYTHING IN THE BACK, YOU KNOW IT'S NOT ANYTHING UP FRONT FOR THE LARGER
OUT Q=larger lady
In addition to tips on where to buy clothes, Living Large promotes healthy
eating and even advice on traveling--
IN Q=Several people
((DORIS ST. CLAIR:SEVERAL PEOPLE IN OUR GROUP DIDN'T KNOW THAT YOU COULD GET
EXTENDORS FOR THE SEATBELTS. THIS IS ONE OUR GROUP IS DOING IS EDUCATING PEOPLE
EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE LARGE GO OUT AND LIVE YOUR LIFE NOW, DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE
Living Large meetings are confidential and are held on the third Thursday of
every month at 6 p-m at the Fralin Center in Roanoke.
A new medical procedure could save thousands of women from having
to undergo hysterectomies.
It's called uterine balloon therapy, and it can help women who suffer from
excessive menstrual bleeding.
A water filled balloon is inserted into the uterus, destroying the lining and
thus stopping the bleeding.
IN Q=This procedure
SUPER=01-Dr. Brian Walsh/Brigham & Womens Hospital
OUT Q=to hysterectomies
While uterine balloon therapy is very effective, it is only for women who
are sure thay don't want to have more children.
Once the lining of the uterus is destroyed, there won't be problems with
excessive bleeding any longer, but pregnancy becomes impossible.
The procedure has just been approved by the F-D-A and should be widely
Time for sports--another injury for N-F-L veteran Jerry Rice.
and there will be a change in the front office for the Roanoke Express.
Here's Mike Stevens with more.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your two minute ticker.
Lets start on the ice, where the Express announced that one of it's family
members is leaving.
This will be General manger Pierre Paiement's final season with the hockey
franchise. Steve Mason has more.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1972 Roanoke Valley Rebels Season; :
SUPER=01-Claude Piche'/Longtime Paiement Friend; :18
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :40
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
Paiement, who was on a ski trip today and unavailable for comment, was one
of Roanoke's hockey pioneers partially responsible for rejuvenated the sport in
the valley. He played on the 1973-74 Roanoke Valley rebels team that won the
Southern Hockey league Championship.
Sources say there was friction between Paiement and some of the other
Express owners. Team president Joe Steffan says a search for his replacement
has already begun.
The San Francisco 49ers clinched the home field advantage through the
playoffs last night and retired Joe Montana's number 16 jersey.
And when Jerry Rice caught a TD pass in his comeback game from knee surgery
it looked like a perfect night.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/ABC; :00
But at this hour Rice is in surgery because x-rays have revealed that he
cracked his knee cap on the TD play.
The injury is unrelated to the surgery he had to repair ligament damage
earlier this year, but none the less it will sideline him the rest of the year.
IN Q="You feel...
((STEVE MARIUCCI/49ERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Steve Mariucci/49ers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...IS RIGHT NOW."
Have a great night folks.
take a break
The Clintons have named their new puppy Buddy-
after the President's late uncle who trained dogs.
Buddy seemed to like the cameras at today's walk before the press-
((HE HAS A LITTLE HOUSE IN THE KITCHEN. HE IS SLEEPING IN THE KITCHEN RIGHT
OUT Q=kitchen right now.
Socks the cat is still trying to adjust to having another four legged
creature in the family.
First Lady Hillary Rodham clinton is hoping Socks will make friends with
Buddy over the holidays.