Coming up on News 7 at 11.
A fatal fire in Henry County kills two men.
A Franklin County family is starting the new year in a motel after fire
destroyed the place they've called home for the last two decades.
And an American tradition for over a hundred years takes on a new spin.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Two New Year's Day fires--one claims the life of two men in Henry County.
the other leaves a Franklin County family homeless.
But the generosity of the community makes this family of 11 grateful to be
Two area chapters of the N-Double A-C-P are at odds over a ceremony today
honoring local companies.
And a look back at the top ten news stories of 1997.
Those stories and more plus sports and weather tonight on news 7 at 11.
Good Evening, I'm Tonya Flory, filling in tonight for Jean Jadhon.
A house fire in Henry County left two men dead this morning.
Firefighters were called to a home on Fairystone Park Highway shortly
before nine A-M. Heavy smoke was coming from the building.
68- year- old James Privette, and 40- year- old Banks Tunstall were
inside. Firefighters were unable to revive them.
The blaze apparently started in a sofa. Investigators say they believe
careless smoking was the cause.
Fire also destroyed a home in Franklin County early this morning, but
eleven family members there escaped without injury.
Mary Lou and Tony Brooks and their nine children were asleep when the smoke
alarms went off around two A- M.
Everyone made it out safely, but most of their belongings were destroyed.
Neighbors have rallied around the family with offers of food, clothing,
money and temporary shelter.
IN Q=I think that is the real story
((MARY LOU BROOKS: I THINK THAT THE REAL STORY HERE IS THIS NEIGHBORHOOD THAT
I'M PROUD OT LIVE IN, THAT I'VE LIVED HERE ALL MY LIFE, BECAUSE WE HAD NO
SHOES. WE HAD NO COATS AND PEOPLE HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY AND
BROUGHT US MONEY, CLOTHES, SHOES, FOOD, EVERYTHING. WE HAVE NOTHING WE DON'T
((TONY BROOKS: WE'VE BEEN ON THE OTHER SIDE A FEW TIMES AND HELPED OTHERS, BUT
WE'VE NEVER HAD IT POURED OUT ON US THIS WAY AND IT'S OVERWHELMING.))
SUPER=07-Mary Lou Brooks; :00
SUPER=07-Tony Brooks; :22
OUT Q=it's overwhelming.
Volunteers from four fire departments and two rescue squads responded to
A wood stove in the basement may have been responsible.
The home was insured, and the Brooks say they hope to rebuild.
40 families are homeless tonight after a New Year's Day fire destroyed a
Philadelphia apartment building.
Firefighters say most of the 31 injuries were minor--many suffered smoke
inhalation or were hurt escaping from second and third floor windows.
A baby was also thrown from an upstairs windows to safety.
Among the injured are 13 police officers who went into the four-story
building to rescue residents.
Fire investigators are calling the blaze suspicious.
A private wake is planned tomorrow for Michael Kennedy at the family
compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
A flag is at half-staff there today in memory of the 39-year-old Kennedy, who
died yesterday after skiing headfirst into a tree.
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Witnesses say Kennedy and other family members had been playing football
with a snow-packed water bottle--a family tradition.
Kennedy was trying to videotape the game at the same time when he went out
for a pass, caught the bottle and hit a tree.
He was pronounced dead about an hour and a half later.
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IN Q=At the base
((DR. WILLIAM RODMAN/ASPEN VALLEY HOSPITAL:AT THE BASE HE WAS MET BY OUR E-M-S
TEAM. THE PARAMEDICS TRANSPORTED HIM DIRECTLY TO ASPEN VALLEY HOSPITAL WHERE WE
CONTINUED TO ATTEMPT TO RESUSCITATE HIM))
SUPER=01-Dr. William Rodman/Aspen Valley Hospital;
OUT Q=resuscitate him.
Kennedy's body was met on Cape Cod today by family members, including Senator
A private funeral is set for Saturday.
Tonya tosses to Robin in the Chromakey.
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Stay with us. When we return
we'll take a last look at 1997 as we coundown the top news stories of the year.
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19-97 was a year full of stories that shocked and amazed us.
At the end of every year, the News- 7 staff takes a look at some of the
year's most memorable headlines.
News-7's Scott Goldberg gives us a rundown of the stories that stood out in
IN Q=some of them
SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 1; :35
SUPER=29-Eric Earnhart/Reporting; :45
SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/U.S. District Attorney; 1:28
SUPER=01-Felicia King/Resident; 2:00
SUPER=19-Mike Stevens; 2:33
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/September; 3:01
SUPER=01-Sgt. Recardo Faulkner/Danville National Guard; 3:08
SUPER=29-Teresa Hamilton; 3:20
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./June; 3:38 Quick
SUPER=03-Roanoke/December; 3:46 Quick
SUPER=07-Eleanor Lewis; 3:50
SUPER=03-Grayson Co./July; 4:09
SUPER=01-Pat Johnson/Victim's Cousin; 4:30
SUPER=01-Randy Hodges/Victim's Brother; 5:55
OUT Q=I'm Scott Goldberg
((Scott in Studio
"Yearender/Studio tape at 00:02:23
((Some of them were striking.
Some seemed like they couldn't have happened here.
Others will be remembered among Virginia's most significant moments in
They're the stories that made up our year.
Here's a look back at 19-97, and year's top ten stories, as chosen by the
News-7 news team.
Pre pro #10
tape 597-19 at 00:14
Our look back at 19-97 begins in April, a month marred by domestic violence.
quick natsound of shots fired??
In Hillsville a man killed himself after gunning down his estranged wife and
tape 97-7 at 55:30
In Campbell County another murder-suicide.
A 24-year-old shot himself and his parents.
tape 97-5 at 57:10
And in Roanoke, a 23-year-old said he killed his ex-girlfriend and her
Then Miguel Ortiz engaged police in a two-hour standoff, as Eric Earnhart
((VOICE OF ERIC EARNHART: ORTIZ'S MOOD SEEMED TO SHIFT RAPIDLY, SOMETIMES
SCREAMING, SOMETIMES CHANTING, SOMETIMES PLEADING, BUT ALWAYS ASKING THE SAME
QUESTION ... ARE THEY DEAD?
MIGUEL ORTIZ: ARE THEY DEAD, MAN? I'M ASKING YOU ARE THEY DEAD?
BYSTANDER: I DON'T KNOW!))
OUT Q=i don't know!
The standoff ended when police shot Ortiz in the stomach.
If he is convicted of the murders, Ortiz faces the death penalty.
Pre pro #9
96-106 at 58:06
It was described as an organized crime syndicate living right here in
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In March six members of the Abed family were indicted on counts of arson,
murder, extortion, fraud and racketeering.
SOT tape 96-106 AT 01:00:28
IN Q=these individuals
((BOB CROUCH/U.S. ATTORNEY: THESE INDIVIDUALS EITHER SOLELY OR JOINTLY HAVE HAD
OWNERSHIP IN APPROXIMATELY 33 COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, PRIMARILY CONVENIENCE
STORES, RESTAURANTS, BARS, RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES IN THE ROANOKE AREA.))
OUT Q= AREA
To make sure those businesses they owned faced as little competition as
possible, the Abeds allegedly set a series of fires, destroying stores that
threatened to steal their customers.
Pre pro #8
tape 97-85 at 17:41
Our eighth-biggest story happened on Thanksgiving day.
A fire ripped through the Cabin Lake apartment building in Danville, leaving
SOT tape 97-85 at 00:18:26 (first two seconds of sot covered with video)
IN Q=everything we had
((FELICIA KING/RESIDENT: EVERYTHING WE HAD WE LOST EXCEPT WHAT WAS ON OUR BACK
... WE HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR NOTHING.))
OUT Q=for nothing))
Fire inspectors don't know what started the blaze.
tape 597-46 at 44:23
Looking for a clue, they seized a videotape of the fire from W-D-B-J's
A judge has not yet ruled whether that seizure was legal.
Pre Pro #7
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October 17th was supposed to be a big night for High School football.
A night of district showdowns and games between longtime rivals.
But the hype turned into grief, as Mike Stevens reported on Friday Football
SOT FFE 16 at 23:36:27
IN Q=one of the
((MIKE STEVENS: ONE OF THE STARS OF THIS SHOW, A PLAYER, A MERE TEEN-AGER, DIED
AFTER A ROUTINE PLAY IN THE FLEMING-PULASKI COUNTY GAME TONIGHT. ))
16-year-old Danny Lee Cook died from what medical examiners would later
describe as a rare heart condition, caused by a blow to the chest.
Friends and teachers praised Cook as the sort of guy everybody liked.
His high school honored him by retiring Cook's number-77 jersey.
Pre pro #6
tape 97-67 at 2:06
It was the happiest of homecomings in September when 46-National Guard
members from Danville came back from a peacekeeping tour in Bosnia.
IN Q=i'm just
((SGT. RECARDO FAULKNER: I'M JUST OVERJOYED. I'M GLAD TO BE BACK HERE, CLOSE
TO HOME. I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE BACK. ))
OUT Q=to be back
TAPE 97-20 AT 23:19
Earlier in the year News-7's Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco
spent a week with the troops on location in Bosnia.
IN Q=with its
((TERESA HAMILTON/NEWS-7: WITH ITS MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS, AT FIRST GLANCE
BOSNIA LOOKS A LOT LIKE VIRGINIA. ))
But that's where the similarities ended.
Seven months of removing land mines was enough to convince the troops there
really is no place like home.
Pre pro #5
tape 97-46 at 00:01:38
Plane crashes comprise the year's fifth-biggest story.
In June a single-engine Cessna went down in Montgomery County.
It smashed into a hillside, killing all three men on board.
tape 97-87 at 00:14:45
In December a pilot from Texas died when HIS small plane slammed into a house
in Northwest Roanoke.
IN Q=i was
((I WAS JUST SITTING IN MY DEN, WATCHING TV. AND THERE WAS ONE LOUD BOOM! ))
OUT Q= boom!
Eleanor Lewis survived.
But a fire after the crash destroyed her house.
Pre Pro #4
tape 97-46 at 39:21
A grisly murder rocked Grayson County in July.
Investigators found the body of 40-year-old Garnett "G.P" Johnson, burned and
beheaded, near the Elk-Creek residence of Louis Ceparano.
perp shot: tape 97-62 at 34:23
Police arrested Ceparano and another man, Speedwell resident Emmett
(KRESS-ihl) Cressell Jr.
Both were charged with murder.
Investigators say Ceparano, Cressell and Johnson were friends and had been
partying together the night Johnson died.
IN Q=how anyone
((PAT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN: HOW ANYONE THAT KNEW G.P. COULD DO SOMETHING
LIKE THAT TO HIM IS UNREAL. ))
Civil rights leaders want the United States Justice Department to prosecute
the case as a racially motivated hate crime.
Pre pro #3
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On the surface it looked like the start of a normal school year at Virginia
But this year's Rat Line was one for the record books.
Women joined men in the first-ever mixed-gender freshman class.
V-M-I said all freshmen, called "rats," would get the same treatment.
But that didn't mean all the guys liked having women around, as Keith Humphry
IN Q=either it was a prank
((KEITH HUMPHRY: EITHER IT WAS A PRANK OR IT WAS A MESSAGE FROM SOMEONE WHO
STILL OPPOSES THE ADMISSION OF WOMEN TO VMI ))
OUT Q=TO VMI
Someone dumped 30-dead rats and a sign reading "SAVE THE MALES" on V-M-I's
It was reportedly the work of a student from neighboring Washington & Lee
Pre Pro #2
SOT tape 97-85 at 34:28
IN Q=i'm just
((EARL BRAMBLETT: I'M JUST GOING TO SAY ONE MORE TIME, FOR THE RECORD THAT I
DID NOT KILL THE HODGES FAMILY.))
Earl Bramblett insisted he was innocent.
But a jury found the evidence against him overwhelming.
Bramblett was convicted of killing Teresa and Blaine Hodges and their two
daughters, then setting fire to the Hodges home in Vinton.
In December, a Roanoke County Circuit Court judge sentenced Bramblett to die
for the murders.
The sentence brought little relief to the victims' relatives.
SOT tape 597-40 at 01:00:50
IN Q=i don't
((RANDY HODGES/VICTIM'S BROTHER: I DON'T TAKE ANY JOY IN HAVING ANYONE KILLED,
WHETHER IT'S EARL BRAMBLETT OR NOT. BUT THEN SOMETIMES IN LIFE THERE COMES A
TIME WHEN YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. AND IF I COULD, I'D BE THE ONE TO IMPOSE
OUT Q= the sentence
Earl Bramblett's execution is scheduled for next December.
Pre pro #1
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((GOVERNOR-ELECT JIM GILMORE: IS EVERYBODY READY FOR ANOTHER GREAT FOUR YEARS
HERE IN VIRGINIA?))
His promise to get rid of the personal property tax on cars vaulted Jim
Gilmore into Virginia's history books.
The candidate for governor led an election-night sweep for Republicans,
who for the first time will control the Commonwealth's top three elected
Ellen Qualls was at Republican headquarters on election night.
SOT 97-91 at 21:03:16
IN Q=i'm in
((ELLEN QUALLS: I'M IN A CLOUD OF CIGAR SMOKE, KEITH. ACTUALLY THIS ROOM IS
FILLED WITH MAYBE A THOUSAND HAPPY REPUBLICANS HERE AT THE RICHMOND MARRIOTT.
AND THERE ARE VARYING EXPLANATIONS FOR WHAT HAPPENED HERE TODAY TO HELP OUT THE
VIRGINIA REPUBLICANS. NONE OF IT IS GOOD FOR THE VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY. ))
Democrats ran against the legacy of popular Republican Governor George Allen
and the strong economy he oversaw.
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But ultimately it was Gilmore's no-car-tax platform that delivered the
Democratic candidate for governor Don Beyer vowed his party would recover.
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((DON BEYER: WE WILL BE BACK. WE WILL BE BACK. WE WILL BE BACK.))
OUT Q=be back
yearender/studio at 09:12:38
Will the Democrats revive themselves?
And will Republicans pass the tax plan they rode to victory?
It's a developing story.
One of the many we'll bring you in 19-98.
That's our look back at the year in news for 19-97.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
Coming up a little later in the newscast, The tournament of Roses parade
makes a detour on the internet,
and from Salem, two local chapters of the N-double-A-C-P take their
disagreement to the streets.
There's some disagreement between local black leaders over whether ten area
businesses deserve to be honored for hiring and promoting minorities.
The companies were recognized today during Jubilee Day ceremonies at First
But protesters from the Salem chapter say all those businesses did was fill
out a form.
IN Q=But I did
((NANCY WILSON/SALEM NAACP PRESIDENT: BUT I DID WANT HIM TO HAVE A SIGNED
AGREEMENT. FILLING OUT A SURVEY DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING. I FILL THOSE OUT EVERY
DAY AND IF YOU WANT TO GIVE ME A PLAQUE, I'VE EARNED FIVE OF THEM FOR FILLING
SUPER=01-Nancy Wilson/Salem NAACP President; :00
OUT Q=filling out surveys.
Roanoke chapter president Martin Jeffrey agrees the companies have room to
improve, but calls this an important first step.
IN Q=This is a
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: THIS IS A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO
DEALING WITH THESE ISSUES. LET'S BE PARTNERS, LET'S CREATE A RELATIONSHIP SO
THAT WE CAN AVOID A LOT OF THIS STUFF AND THEN WHEN THOSE THINGS COME UP, WE
ALREADY HAVE THE CHANNELS, WE ALREADY HAVE THE PROCESS, WE ALREADY HAVE THE
RELATIONSHIP AND THE TRUST TO DEAL WITH THEM IN A MUCH MORE PROGRESSIVE
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :00
OUT Q=more progressive manner.
Jeffrey says the idea is to hold these employers accountable for their
If folks at Michigan's Lake Superior State University have their way, some of
last year's "in" phrases will be "out" this year.
The school has come up with its annual list of misused, overused and useless
phrases that it wants banned from popular use.
The list includes "Show me the money."
The university says it was funny when the "Jerry Maguire" movie first came out
but --it's jaded now.
"My bad" is also out. The English teacher who nominated this one for the list
says people sound "infantile" when using it to apologize for a mistake.
Also on the list is "Talk to the hand."
This expression is used by folks who don't want to hear about it -- and the
list organizers don't want to hear about it any more either.
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Plenty of bowl news coming your way tonight including highlights from the
Rose, Outback, Citrus, Cotton and Gator bowls.
We'll check out Carolina's dominating performance against Tech and see what
both sides had to say about it afterwards.
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The Heels not only beat Tech on the scoreboard, but they dominated the stats
- holding the Hokies to a season low 185 total yards of offense.
It was so bad at one point the Hokies had 8 yards rushing in the first half.
IN Q="We took...
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...BE RIGHT BACK.
More from Beamer and others right after we check the scores.
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No matter what happens to Virginia Tech next season - the team needs to stay
away from the Gator Bowl.
In its two appearances in the last four years against Tennessee and North
Carolina Tech has been outscored 88-to-26.
yesterday the Heels stepped on the Hokies 42-to-3.
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The Hokies came into ALLTEL stadium as huge double digit underdogs to the
once beaten Tarheels.
And it didn't take North Carolina long to prove why it deserved to be in the
After a field goal put them up 3-to-nothing, Chris Keldorf used a super play
fake to freeze the defense and hit a wide open Octavus Barnes on a 62 yard
scoring strike. It's 10-to-nothing with 6:07 left in the first quarter.
And it got worse. Jimmy Kibble, who had never had a punt blocked in his Tech
career is smothered by the Heels.
Dre Bly, the All-American scoops up the ball and scores and it's
16-to-nothing after a quarter.
Tech would self-destruct again as the offensive line breaks down and the
Heels break up the handoff at the goal line. Greg Ellis recovers the ball in
the endzone. Carolina leads it 22-to-nothing at halftime.
Nick Sorensen came in at quarterback in the second half, and although he
provided few point he did give the Hokies' offense a spark leading them a field
goal. He also earned Tech's MVP honors for the game.
But this one was all Carolina Keldorf rips the Tech secondary for 290 yards
and three TDs as the Tarheels win it 42-to-3.
Amazingly, the Hokies were not speechless after the setback.
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SUPER=01-Carl Torbush/UNC Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Nick Sorensen/Tech's Gator Bowl MVP; :32
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/32 Yards Receiving; :39
SUPER=01-Al Clark/66 Yards Passing; :45
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Va. Tech Rover; :57
SUPER=01-Ken Oxendine/39 Yards Rushing; 1:07
OUT Q=...the way we did."
Tech's loss completes a postseason to forget for the Big East.
All four bowl teams from the conference, Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia and
Tech gave up a lot of points and all four lost their games.
As a conference the Big East was outscored 153-to-58.
More bowling coming up in just a moment as we check out some of the early
action from today
including a Cotton Bowl slugfest with a little playground excitement.
The Michigan Wolverines believe they are the national champs of college
The final polls do not come out until Saturday,
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but Michigan wrapped up a perfect unbeaten season in the Rose Bowl yesterday
by beating Washington State.
But in no way was it easy.
Heisman trophy winner Charles Woodson goes airborne in the endzone to make
this interception and stop a Cougars' scoring threat.
But early in the third, Ryan Leaf and Washington State were on top 13-to-7
after hitting the zone on this reverse.
But Brian Griese brought Michigan back with 2 second half TD passes. He
had three for the game as Michigan beats Washington State 21-to-16.
With the Rose Bowl being so close, and Michigan having to come from behind,
you have to believe Nebraska still has a chance to win the national title.
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later tonight, the undefeated Huskers meet the once beaten Tennessee
Volunteers in the Orange Bowl.
It will be Tom Osborne's last game at Nebraska and you watch it LIVE right
here on Your Hometown station tonight at eight o'clock.
The New Year's Day smorgasbord of bowl games began at 11 this morning in
Tampa with Georgia battling Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl.
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This one was a rout much like the Tech game.
Georgia just dominated Wisconsin as Robert Edwards ran for 110 yards and
scored three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 33-to-6 rout.
Head Coach Jim Donnan got a Gatorade shower from his seniors as the 12th
ranked Dawgs win it by 27.
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East of Tampa, in Orlando, the Florida Gators, last year's national champs,
put a hurting on Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.
Former quarterback turned receiver Jacques Green led the Gators to a
21 to 6 win with a couple of acrobatic touchdown receptions.
Steve Spurrier's team finishes the year with a 10-and-2 record while Penn
State ends up 9-and-3.
The most exciting game of the day was right here on Your Hometown Station
this afternoon as Texas A&M and UCLA put on an impressive fireworks display in
the Cotton Bowl.
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This game also had the play of the day - anywhere.
UCLA's Cade McNown has his inside screen pass picked off by A&M's Dat Nguyen
(GWINN) he takes off on the return, but has the great presence of mind to
lateral the ball back to a speedier teammate.
Brandon Jennings grabs the ball and takes off down the left sideline.
He gets the one block he needs to SUPER=36-Texas A&M/23/UCLA/29;
complete the 64 yard touchdown return.
But UCLA battles back to win a wild Cotton Bowl 29-to-23.
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Today was a picture perfect first day of the year for the annual Tournament
of Roses Parade.
The 109th Rose Bowl Parade wound its way through five-and-a-half miles
of Pasadena, California...
greeted by a million or so spectators.
Carol Burnett was the Grand Marshal.
This year's parade, themed "Hav'n Fun," featured 22 marching bands, 26
equestrian groups and 54 floats.
A new twist to the tradition: this year, a high-tech float beamed pictures
from the parade route onto the Internet.
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