Coming up on News 7 at Six...Two men are killed in a house fire in Henry
And a family of 11 gets the new year off to a bad start as fire destroys
their Franklin County home.
plus we'll take a look back at the top 10 news stories of 1997.
Tonight in sports, the New Year begins with its annual Bowl buffet.
We check out some of the action from the past 24 hours, including highlights
including highlights and postgame comments from the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville
where North Carolina kicked up its Heels and destroyed Virginia Tech 42 to 3.
Kicking off the new year with a pleasant forecast as temperature push to
near 50 tomorrow.
News 7 at 6 is next.
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Good Evening, I'm TF, Keith Humphrey has the night off.
Two men were killed in a fire in Henry County this morning.
The fire broke out around nine, at a house on Fairystone Highway in the
Bassett section of the county.
Heavy smoke was coming from the building when firefighters arrived.
Officials found two men inside the house and tried to revive them, but both
The victims were 68-year-old James Privette, the owner of the house; and a
friend, 40-year-old Banks Tunstall.
Authorities believe the cause of the fire was careless smoking.
11 members of a Franklin County family are counting their blessings after an
early morning fire destoryed their home.
Mary Lou and Tony Brooks and their nine children were asleep when smoke
detectors sounded the alarm around two a-m.
Everyone made it out safely but most of their belongings were destroyed by
flames, smoke and water.
IN Q=We were just fortunate
SUPER=07-Tony Brooks; :00
SUPER=07-Mary Lou Brooks;
Four volunteer fire departments and two rescue squads responded and spent
several hours at the fire.
Local restaurants have offered food and the Comfort Inn is providing
The house was insured. The couple hopes to rebuild on the property where
they have lived for more than 20 years.
Two local N- double- A- C- P chapters are at odds over whether some local
businesses deserve to be honored for their work in hiring and promoting
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
Central Virginia lawmakers say they want some citizen input before they
appoint any new local judges this year.
They've put together a non- partisan commission made up of fifteen
Lynchburg- area residents.
The group will interview and gather background information on potential
Its first job will be to help find a replacement for Bedford circuit judge
William Sweeney, who is retiring this year.
IN Q=There are probably
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: THERE ARE PROBABLY FOUR OR FIVE GOOD
QUALIFIED CANDIDATES, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE OPEN UP THE PROCESS TO ALLOW
CITIZENS INPUT BECAUSE OF THE POWER THAT THESE JUDGES WIELD FOR SUCH A LONG
PERIOD OF TIME. ONCE A JUDGE GOES ON A BENCH, HE'S PRETTY MUCH THERE FOR LIFE,
EVEN THOUGH HE DOES HAVE TO COME UP FOR REAPPOINTMENT PERIODICALLY.))
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OUT Q=reappointment periodically.
Lawmakers will get the commission's findings by January 20th.
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Stay with us, there's more News 7 to come.
after this break, we'll take a last look at 1997 with the Top Ten News
stories of the year.
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As 19-97 comes to an end, it's our tradition at News-7 to look back at the
year's biggest headlines.
Our staff got together and made a list of this year's top ten news events.
As News-7's Scott Goldberg reports, 19-97 was a year full of memorable
IN Q=some of them
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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.
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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
ffe aircheck, tape 97-71
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.
Stay with us there's more News 7 to come.
The region with the slowest growth rate in Virginia is Danville-Pittsylvania
New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show the area grew just a half
percent in the last six years.
The metropolitan area that grew the fastest was Charlottesville.
The Roanoke region showed a modest increase.
The city's population actually declined by one percent.
But Botetourt County grew by more than 11 percent.
The number of people living in Bedford County grew by almost 16 percent.
Coming your way tonight in sports, highlights and plenty of postgame comments
from Jacksonville where the Hokies were hammered by North Carolina this
We'll also check out some of today's other postseason action.
And tell you why this entire postseason has been a bust for the not so Big
go to break
Our own Steve Mason, who came down with pneumonia in Jacksonville earlier
this week is doing better and may be out of the hospital later tonight.
His bed at Baptist Medical Center may soon be occupied by the Hokies, who
could use a little treatment after losing to North Carolina 42 to 3 today in
the Gator Bowl.
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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.
Here's what both sides had to say about their performances after the game.
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SUPER=01-Al Clark/66 Yards Passing; :45
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Va. Tech Rover; :57
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OUT Q=...the way we did."
The Hokies' loss today to Carolina completes an absolutely horrible, but not
totally unexpected, sweep of every Big East conference team in the postseason.
West Virginia lost to Ga. Tech in the Carquest, Pitt was pummelled in the
Liberty Bowl by Southern Miss, and late last night in the Fiesta Bowl, Syracuse
was spanked by Kansas State 35-to-18.
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Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb came into the game as the marquee
But it didn't take long for him to take a back seat to K-State quarterback
The talented junior college transfer passed for 317 yards and four TDs and
ran for another as the Wildcats squeezed the Orangemen 35-to-18.
This day's plethora of bowl games began before the lunch hour with a bowl
sponsored by a what else but, a steakhouse.
Georgia hooked up with Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.
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This one was almost as lopsided as 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.
Quarterback Mike Bobo threw for 235 SUPER=36-Georgia/33/Wisconsin/6;
yards and head coach Jim Donnan got a Gatorade shower 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.
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