A new way of fighting crime.
A suspected drug dealer is caught on the Net.
Melrose place gave her the boot cause she was pregnant. Now this soap star is
five-million bucks richer.
And American Electric is getting bigger- but will your electric bill grow
News 7 is next.
A man from Vinton is the region's first person charged with selling drugs
over the Internet.
52-year old Kirby Lee Adams was arrested late Saturday at his Bedford County
A Bedford deputy posing as a woman had been exchanging e-mail with Adams,
who reportedly offered to sell marijuana and prescription drugs.
IN Q=He's not a
((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE'S NOT A BIG-TIME DRUG DEALER.
HE'S MORE OF A, I THINK TO MEET GIRLS AND PUSH HIS DOPE. HE WOULDN'T DO ANY
LARGE QUANTITIES OF DOPE, IT'S ALL SMALL QUANTITIES BUT NEVERTHELESS HE IS
TRYING TO SELL IT AND DISTRIBUTE IT. AND BASICALLY IT WAS PRETTY MUCH OPEN TO
ANYBODY, IT COULD HAVE BEEN A KID.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=been a kid.
Marijuana, scales and a small amount of a so-called "date rape" drug were
confiscated from Adams' home.
Bedford authorities say they hope to step up their on-line efforts to keep
drug dealers off the net.
American Electric Power plans to surge in size.
The company that supplies electricity to most of Southwest Virginia is
merging with a Texas utility.
Currently, A-E-P is the third biggest utility in the country.
It supplies power to nine states.
After the merger with Central and South West, a company based in Dallas,
A-E-P will pick up four more states.
The combined company plans to cut 13-hundred jobs.
But A-E-P says those cuts will come at the corporate level.
And it says electricity rates in Southwest Virginia will stay among the
((TOM AYERS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: EVERY UTILITY IN THE COUNTRY, REGARDLESS
OF WHAT THEY'RE DOING, IS TRYING TO DRIVE DOWN THEIR COST. SO I GUARANTEE YOU
NO UTILITY IS LOOKING TO INCREASE ITS COST.))
SUPER=01-Tom Ayers/American Electric Power;
OUT Q=its cost
The merger needs to be approved by shareholders and federal regulators.
That could take up to a year-and a half.
Pulaski's Hoover Color will meet with Union officials later this week-- to
try and iron out a contract.
Nearly 30-hourly workers at the Pulaski County plant are on strike.
They're NOT satisfied with the company's latest contract offer.
Union members say it doesn't include a retirement plan and would increase
their insurance costs.
They're also at odds over Hoover Color's proposed absentee policy.
Union members have been manning the picket line 24-hours a day since last
IN Q=Our morale
((EUGENE GRAVELY/UNION MEMBER:OUR MORALE HAS NOT DROPPED ONE BIT I MEAN THE
COMMUNITY, HIWASSEE HAS GOT A COMMUNITY THAT IS BEHIND US 100- PERCENT, I MEAN
THEY KEEP US GOING, I DON'T SEE, ANYTIME, THAT OUR MORALE IS GOING TO DROP.))
SUPER=01-Eugene Gravely/Union Member; :00
OUT Q=to drop.
Company officials declined comment but verified they are searching for
The plant makes the color used in Crayola Crayons and other products.
A multi-million dollar victory for actress Hunter Tylo in her lawsuit
against Melrose Place producers.
Tylo claimed she was unfairly fired from the program because she was
As Jonathan Freed reports, the jury agreed.
SUPER=01-Hunter Tylo/Actress; 19
SUPER=03-Melrose Place/Spelling Entertainment;
SUPER=01-Gloria Allred/Tylo's Lawyer; 48-52
OUT Q=Los Angeles."
((THE WINNER AND STILL
CHAMPION, HUNTER TYLO!
A Los Angeles jury believes Hunter Tylo should be some five million dollars
The jury found that the producers of the television show, Melrose Place
unjustly fired Tylo when they learned that the actress was pregnant.
HUNTER TYLO/ACTRESS: IT WASN'T VICTORY FOR ME AND I MEAN THIS FROM THE
HEARTBUT A VICTORY FOR EVERY WOMANAND FOR EVERY CHILD THAT'S UNBORN.
Aaron Spelling Entertainment argued that a pregnant Tylo could not convincingly
play a sexy seductress on
the programand that her contract gave them the right to tear up her deal.
The jury awarded Tylo four million dollars for emotional distress twice what
her lawyers were asking for.
She was also awarded close to 900-thousand dollars for economic loss.
GLORIA ALLRED/TYLO'S LAWYER: THE POINT IS YOU CANNOT SIMPLY THROW OUT
INTO THE STREETS A WOMAN WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT IN HOLLYWOOD.
Bottom line: the jury was not convinced that Tylo was so pregnant-looking that
she could not do her joband that hollywood smoke and mirrors could have
concealed any problems.
FREDDIE MOORE/JURY FOREMAN: THE MAJORITY OF THE JURORS FELT THAT SHE
COULD STILL PLAY A VIXEN.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: TYLO FEELS SHE'S LOST TWO PRECIOUS YEARS OF HER
CAREERAND DOES NOT KNOW IF SUING A MAJOR PRODUCTION COMPANY HAS HURT HER
CHANCES FOR FUTURE WORK IN HOLLYWOOD. JONATHAN FREED, LOS ANGELES.))
Another day of deliberations and still no verdict in the Terry Nichols trial.
Outside court, reporters wait it out-
And victim's families far from home- are going through this tough time
Jurors discussed the case for a fifth day- trying to decide if Nichols helped
bomb the Murrah Federal Building.
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SUPER=03-Helena, MT/File Tape;
A jury is in place to hear the case against Theodore Kaczynski.
But the suspected Unabomber won't go on trial until next month.
Opening arguments were scheduled to begin next week-- but will now begin on
The F-D-A is giving new hope to balding men-- but it isn't the perfect cure.
And a little later in the newscast-- Botetourt County is seeking a historic
designation alongside some future hi-tech industries.
It could be a new hope for men who want to stop that receding hairline.
The Food and Drug Administraton has approved the first pill to fight
The drug (Pro-PEE-sha) has proven to grow hair on bald men and stop receding
The tablet is taken once a day.
It'll be available by prescription next month and costs about 45 dollars for
a months supply.
The drug does not mean a full head of hair- but it can shrink bald spots.
Like most drugs, there are possible side effects.
A small fraction of those tested, experienced decreased sex drive and
President Clinton is on his way back home after a visit to Bosnia.
The president was met with applause in Sarajevo.
He talked with the victims of war- and the young people who he says now have
((WE JUST CAME FROM A COFFEE SHOP TALKING TO A NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE THEN I
SAID WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THE U.S COULD DO TO HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY
AND IN UNISON THEY SAID STAY FOR AWHILE LONGER.))
OUT Q=for awhile longer.
President Clinton thanked the troops- telling them they're vital to peace.
Last week he announced the troops will stay longer than June.
The 50-thousand dollar check Virginia Beach televangelist Pat Robertson gave
Republican Jim Gilmore in April made its way into headlines and negative ads.
Well it turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg of Robertson's
involvement in electoral politics this year.
Robertson's name also shows up in federal campaign filings that weren't even
due until more than two weeks after the election.
Now we see Robertson gave another 200-thousand dollars to the Republican
National Committee one week before Gilmore was elected.
The Republican National Committee's various wings donated about one million
dollars to Gilmore in the final days of the campaign, bringing its total
contribution to Gilmore to over two million.
It's legal if Robertson did NOT designate which candidates should get the
The R-N-C says he did NOT.
Attorney General-elect Mark Earley has named his top advisors.
Two already hold top posts in the Attorney General's office.
Deputy Attorney General Bill Hurd becomes Senior Counsel.
Hurd's been the state's lawyer in the co-ed case at Virginia Military
Frank Ferguson continues as Deputy A-G in charge of local and
Earley's brought in education department lawyer Randy Beales to take over as
Chief Deputy Attorney General.
That's after former Chief Deputy David Anderson moved over to Governor-elect
Jim Gilmore's administration to be the Governor's lawyer.
George Allen campaigned on reducing the size and cost of state government.
But after four years, Allen's new budget is the largest in state history.
So it was more in keeping with his image today to announce that he's
changing or throwing out 71-percent of the state's regulations.
IN Q=We are
((WE ARE TERMINATING 30- PERCENT OF VIRGINIA'S REGULATIONS. THAT WE ARE
RETAINING 29- PERCENT. AND THAT WE ARE AMENDING 41- PERCENT.))
IN Q=There are
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE ARE PROCEDURES. IT'S NOT JUST THAT I SAY "ALRIGHT.
ELIMINATE IT. CHANGE IT. IT FIRST GOES THROUGH SEVERAL REVIEWS. HOW IT'S TO
BE CHANGED. HOW IT'S TO BE IMPROVED OR ELIMINATED. BUT THEN THERE'S AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. I COMMENT ON IT. BUT SO DO THE PEOPLE OF
SUPER=01-John Forbes/Va. Dept. of Planning & Budget
OUT Q=of Virginia.
Allen says the number one response his staff got when asking why a
regulation existed was "because we've always done it that way."
Botetourt County is hoping to shield part of a historic plantation -- with a
Greenfield Plantation stretches 900 acres -- including a log cabin and the
foundation of an 1800's home.
Botetourt wants to preserve part of this landmark by getting it on the
national register of historic places.
But county leaders are proposing only 28 acres for the recognition -- the
rest will be an industrial park.
IN Q=The Greenfield plantation
((NED MCELWAINE/DEPUTY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: THE GREENFIELD PLANTATION WAS
ACTUALLY A WORKING PLANTATION IN SOUTHERN BOTETOURT COUNTY, ONE OF THE FIRST IN
THIS AREA. IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CENTERS OF TRADE AND COMMERCE BACK YEARS
AGO AND SO IT'S QUITE FITTING THAT BOTETOURT COUNTY HAS PURCHASED THIS LOCATION
AND IS KIND OF REVIVING THAT ROLE.))
SUPER=01-Ned McElwaine/Assistant Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=reviving that role
Creeks and walking trails will wind through the new buildings -- preserving
the rural nature of the plantation.
Botetourt County won't know until March if Greenfield earns national
Coming up next on NEWS-7 at 11-- a Kris Kringle update--
Does Santa have a satellite office in Franklin COunty? We'll catch up with
him, right after this break.
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Our video pick tonight comes from Miami-- some of it underwater--
The two story houseboat where suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan killed
himself five months ago sank to the bottom of Indian Creek today.
Water reached halfway up to the street level front door.
The boat apparently sank overnight after developing a leak.
The craft named the "New Year" gained world-wide attention during the manhunt
for Cunanan, who was wanted in the slaying of designer Gianni Versace.
Since July, it has become a movie set, and a popular tourist spot.
SUPER=X5043 (CLEARS FX)
If you're driving along Route 40-West near Ferrum College at night, you may
notice a jolly old elf by the roadside.
As David Johnson reports-- the North Pole isn't the only place Santa checks
IN Q=OLE SAINT NICK
SUPER=01-Lonnie Rigney/Santa Claus; :16
SUPER=07-Whitney Yopp; :42
SUPER=19-David Johnson; :46
OUT Q=NEWS 7, FERRUM
(( Ole Saint Nick is alive and well operating out of a house near Rocky Mount
for the past four years.
After six each night, you'll find the man in the red suit on his porch
listening to children's requests from children and working with the community.
((LONNIE RIGNEY/SANTA CLAUS; SANTA GOES FROM HERE TO STUART, TO CHURCHES AND
PLACES LIKE THAT AND COMMUNITY BUILDINGS. I GO AROUND TO A FEW HOSPITALS. I
JUST DO IT TO BE DOING IT BECAUSE TO SEE THE REACTION WHEN SANTA COMES UP. ))
Santa says he likes this region-- and especially those people who believe he
knows when you've been bad or good..
((WHITNEY YOPP/SANTA CUSTOMER; MY MAW MAW TOLD ME THAT HE CAN READ PEOPLE'S
DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; SO IF YOU HAVEN'T COMPLETED YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH
LIST, YOU'D BETTER HURRY ON OVER TO SANTA'S HOUSE, BECAUSE CHRISTMAS IS JUST
AROUND THE CORNER.
((Bell rining...Santa saying "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas))
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, FERRUM
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highlights from the tech/West Virginia, UVa/VMI games to bring you; plus the
Carolina Panthers loose their brain trust;
but first the Philadelphia 76ers and the group AzYet teamed up for a little
holiday caroling in a recent recording. Here's a taste.
IN Q="oh come
OUT Q=....to Bethlehem"
we are coming back with all of tonight's sports in a few.
Virginia Tech came into tonight's game having beaten West Virginia in 3
out of the last four meetings. But the Moutaineers would capture their first
victory in Blacksburg since 1991. (----------------)
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Moutaineers vs. Hokies; :00
An eerie fog surrounded the castle as the Hokies geared up for the 68th
meeting with West Virginia.
Early in the first half; Tech center Russ Wheeler nails the jumper from
near the charity stripe. The roll goes in the Hokies favor.
Tech;s top gun was Rolan Roberts. The freshman takes the entry pass from
Eddie Lucas and joins the Phi-Jamma-slamma fraternity; just two of his team
high 14 points.
Then; the Mountaineers Brent Solheim SUPER=34-West Virginia/55/Virginia
misses but doews what every smart player should do...he floows and it pays off.
The Hokies Eddie Lucas comers right back with a nice move and short J.
But damian Owens scored 18 to lead West Virginia over Tech 55-52.
Up in Charlottesville; Virginia entertained VMI. The cavaliers were hardly
gracious hosts. Curtis Staples scored a game high 23 points as UVa prevailed 92
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Keydets vs. Cavaliers; :00
Despite the instate implications of this one; the U-Hall faithful did not
turn out in force.
The just over 4 thousand did get their money's worth. UVa's Norman Nolan
drives in the lane and does some window cleaning for two of his 19 points.
VMI tried to stay close with a perimeter game. Eric mann snaps the nylon
from up top but fails the get back on defense and the Cavs make VMI pay Nolan's
break away slam. UVa led SUPER=34-Virginia/92/VMI/55;
20 to 8.
VMI's Bryan Teug tickles the twine with another Keydet trifecta but it would
not be enough.
Colin Decharme converts the nice entry pass with a dunk; UVa wins by a 37.
Another ACC power handed Radford a tough loss tonight. Wake Forest beat the
Highlanders 85 to 53 in Winston-Salem. RU is now 2 and 5. Ryan Charles led
Radford with 14 points.
Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown underwent fusion surgery of the first
and second vertebrae today at Henry Ford Hospital in the Motor City.
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/ESPN; :00
Brown suffered a significant spinal injury on this play in last night's
Lions win over the new York Jets.
In a news conference today; team doctor David Collon said Brown has
sensation and movement in all of his extremities; butb the next 72 hours are
His locker remains intact while teammates rally around him and remain
focussed on the playoffs.
IN Q="It's our
((HERMAN MOORE/DETROIT RECEIVER:))
((BARRY SANDERS/DETROIT RUNNING BACK:))
SUPER=01-Herman Moore/Detroit Receiver; :00
SUPER=01-Barry Sanders/Detroit Running Back; :16
OUT Q=...back seat"
Tonight; the AFC East champion will be decided. Miami and New England are
fighting it out. Right now; the patriots lead 7-6 in the third quarter. Here's
a look at the wrest of tonight's numbers.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0098-j/West Virginia/55//Virginia Tech/52////VMI/55/j/Virginia/92///;
SUPER=0098-j/Maryland 22/110//NC Asheville/52///j/Wake
SUPER=0103-j/Detroit/4//Boston/2////Edmonton/3//Montreal/3//Final in OT/;
SUPER=0103-j/Ottawa/4//N.Y. Islanders/1////St. Louis/2//Tampa Bay/2//Final in
go to break
Still to come in sports tonight; the NFL's worst team begins cleaning house
with the dismissal of it's head coach,
and the Tarheels of North Carolina will talk about their new coach, the
Hokies and the Gator bowl when we come back.
The Indianapolis Colts fired their head coach and then; a few hours
later, hired Carolina general Manager Bill Polian, who made both the Buffalo
Bills and the panthers into forces. he joins the Colts after a 4 seasons with
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...with Bill"
Lindy Infante's Coltswere 3 and 13 this season; the worst record in the
league. Infante; who went 12 and 20 in his two years, had one year remaining on
Virginia Tech is the underdog against North Carolina in the Toyota Gator
Bowl. As far as coaching goes; give the Hokies the edge. They have post season
proven Frank Beamer. UNC went through a coaching change just a few weeks ago;
but the Tarheels remain upbeat about their new boss; former defensive
coordinator Carl Torbush. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q="The high
((CHRIS KELDORF/UNC QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Chris Keldorf/UNC Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...1 and OH"
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC;
Torbush takes over a program that owns the nations number 2 defense and went
10 and 1 during the regular season. And getting slighted by the Alliance has
hardly dampened the Tarheels spirits in preparing for the Hokies and the Gator
IN Q="I don't
((CARL TORBUSH/UNC HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Carl Torbush/UNC Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...for us"
The tarheels say they won't take the Hokies lightly and despite losing
their last two games; 7 and 4 Virginia tech has the Tarheels respect.
((DRE' BLY/UNC ALL-AMERICAN CORNER:))
SUPER=01-Dre'Bly/UNC All-American Corner; :00
OUT Q=...going in about it"
Scott Vestal is breaking new ground with the music he makes... and with the
five string banjo he plays.
Joe Dashiell visited a bluegrass musician who's taking the instrument down
IN Q=Scott Vestal has played
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Scott Vestal; :28
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke County
((Scott Vestal has played with the best in bluegrass, as a member of the
group Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and with his current band Continental
He's claimed top honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association,
but much of his music transcends the boundaries of bluegrass...
NAT SOT OF VESTAL PLAYING
The banjo Vestal plays is also unusual... a concept he carried to England
and banjo builder Phil Davidson.
IN Q=He loved the idea
((HE LOVED THE IDEA OF DOING A STRING THROUGH THE NECK LIKE THIS BECAUSE THAT'S
AN OLD ENGLISH DESIGN WHICH THEY USED IN THE 1800S. AND THE PEGHEAD, I JUST
DREW OUT ON A PIECE OF PAPER WHAT I WANTED HIM TO DO AND HE BUILT IT FOR ME.
AND THEN IT SEEMED LIKE PEOPLE WERE LIKE, MAN THAT MAKES SENSE NOT HAVING THE
PEG UP THERE.))
OUT Q=peg up there
He's moved the fifth string tuner from the neck to the peghead. The fifth
string goes undergound at the fifth fret, passing through a tube fitted beneath
A streamlined profile and a dark stain give the instrument its name, "the
IN Q=A lot of the traditional bluegrass
((A LOT OF THE TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS PEOPLE WILL BE, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR
BANJO NECK BOY. WHAT'S A MATTER WITH THAT THING. AND I'M LIKE WHAT ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT. WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT, BECAUSE IT'S JUST NATURAL TO ME NOW.))
OUT Q=natural to me now.
Vestal is now assembling the banjos himself, selling them with the help of
Acutab, a music publisher based in western Virginia.
He didn't expect to sell that many, but says he's found a surprizing demand
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
for a unique design.