Coming up on News 7-
A horror story of abuse and torture of a four year old is told in court-
More details about the death of congressman Sonny Bono-
Plus helping children lose pounds with a special program in Roanoke.
And skating rivals prepare to meet again on the ice-
News 7 is coming up next.
Officials now say Sonny Bono
became separated from his family before slamming into a tree on a
SUPER=03-S. Lake Tahoe, CA;
They say he died on impact.
His family continued down the hill without him and alerted authorities when
he did not show up.
It's not just tough for adults to lose weight, but also for children too.
We'll tell you about a program that's helping kids take off the pounds.
Plus the women are gearing up for the U-S skating championships- in
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
New and old bruises covered a large part of four year old Annie Leftwich's
A medical examiner says the Dickenson County girl also had what appeared to
be bite marks-- perhaps from an animal.
Now her stepfather Kenneth Jessie is accused of murder.
Teresa Hamilton reports on today's testimony.
IN Q=Kenneth Jessie
SUPER=01-Donald Askins/Dickenson Co. Prosecutor; :18
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Christiansburg.
Kenneth Jessie's attorney says her client should've done more but should NOT
be convicted of murder because he wasn't home when his stepdaughter died.
But prosecutors contend the 35- year old is guilty because he was living
under the same roof and the child was repeatedly abused.
IN Q=The defendant
((DONALD ASKINS/DICKENSON CO. PROSECUTOR: THE DEFENDANT, KENNETH JESSIE HAD
ARRIVED HOME FROM WORK, SEEN WHAT HAD HAPPENED, TOLD ELIZABETH JESSIE, DIDN'T
YOU EVEN CHECK ON HER YOU DUMB BITCH, WE'RE BOTH GOING TO JAIL FOR MURDER. ))
OUT Q=for murder.
Indeed the child's mother, Elizabeth Jessie, faces up to 50- years in
She's already pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Prosecutors played part of the 911 call placed to dispatchers the day the
little girl died.
IN Q=Is she
((IS SHE BREATHING? NO, SHE'S NOT. ))
OUT Q=she's not.
Witnesses testified the child slept in a cramped utility room as punishment
for bed wetting-- a room she shared with wild squirrels.
Prosecutors believe she was actually taped to the bed the day she died--
before she was gagged.
The commonwealth still has a number of witnesses to call.
The case is expected to last through the end of the week.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Christiansburg.
More details tonight about the death of Congressman Sonny Bono.
Officials say he became separated from his family before slamming into a
tree on a California ski slope- and they say he died on impact.
Dave Schermer has the latest from South Lake Tahoe.
SUPER=04-Paul Brownstein Productions; :00
SUPER=03-S. Lake Tahoe, CA; :15
SUPER=01-Sheriff Ron Pierini/Douglas County, CA; :21
SUPER=03-Palm Springs, CA; 1:35
SUPER=01-Dave Schermer/CBS News; 1:42
OUT Q=Lake Tahoe
(( SONNY BONO AND HIS WIFE CHER RULED THE AIRWAVES IN THE 1970'S.
THEY WERE ONE OF CBS' MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS.
NOW, INVESTIGATORS ARE WONDERING HOW THE FORMER ENTERTAINER TURNED CONGRESSMAN
LOST HIS WAY ON THE SKI SLOPE, WITH DISASTEROUS RESULTS.
(SOT: Sheriff Ron Pierini, Douglas County CA)
"The Congressman died from massive head injuries, including blunt force trauma
to the head and neck. There appears to be nothing more in the tragic death of
IT HAPPENED ON A PICTURE PERFECT AFTERNOON HERE IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE.
POLICE BELIEVE THE 62 YEAR OLD BONO VEERED OFF THE SKI RUN NAMED UPPER ORION,
ALMOST SWERVING IN AND OUT OF THE TREE LINE.
WHEN HE FAILED TO MEET HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN AT THE SKI LODGE BELOW.... HE WAS
REPORTED MISSING...AND ABOUT TWO HOURS LATER SEARCH TEAMS FOUND HIS LIFELESS
BODY NEAR THE SKI RUN.
POLICE CONFIRMED HE DIED INSTANTLY WHEN HE HIT A TREE.
(NATS--Bono on Capitol Hill)
SONNY BONO WAS ONE OF THE FEW ENTERTAINERS TO MOVE FROM HOLLYWOOD TO THE
NATION'S CAPITAL....FIRST BEING ELECTED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN
HIS CELEBRITY STATUS OFTEN MADE HIM THE TARGET OF JOKES, INCLUDING THE LATE
COMEDIAN CHRIS FARLEY.
(NATS--Farley makes fun of Bono)
SONNY BONO'S BODY ARRIVED IN HIS HOMETOWN OF PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA TUESDAY
MEANWHILE, TEARY-EYED EX-WIFE CHER CANCELLED APPEARANCES IN LONDON AND QUICKLY
RETURNED HOME TO LOS ANGELES WITHOUT COMMENT.
DAVE SCHERMER FOR CBS NEWS SOUTH LAKE TAHOE.
Fellow Congressmen are remembering Sonny Bono as a man who did his work
with energy and good humor.
Flags flew at half staff in the nation's capitol.
But beyond Bono's laughs, colleagues say was an intelligent lawmaker with a
passion for politics.
((FRANK CULLEN/PRESS SECRETARY:THIS IS A MAN WHO ACCOMPLISHED HIS GOALS AND I
THINK HIS LEGACY WILL BE A MAN OF ACHIEVEMENT.
NEWT GINGRICH/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: THE TRUTH IS HE WAS A VERY EFFECTIVE STAND
UP COMEDIAN WHO WAS ALSO AN INCREASINGLY EFFECTIVE POLITICIAN, AND THAT WAS A
PRETTY POWERFUL COMBINATIONTHERE'S NOBODY I'VE EVER SEEN QUITE LIKE HIM.))
SUPER=01-Frank Cullen/Press Secretary; 00
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;
OUT Q=quite like him.
Sony Bono was 62.
Virginia's latest special election leaves things status quo in the
Running only against a write-in candidate, suburban Richmond Republican John
Watkins easily won a state Senate seat.
Watkins will replace former Senate Republican Leader Joe Benedetti -- who
took an agency head job in the new Gilmore administration.
Watkins' House of Delegate's seat -- and no fewer than three other
up-for-grabs seats -- now become the battlegrounds for power in Richmond.
The Virginia General Assembly's first crack at campaign finance reform took
effect in July.
It makes it illegal for lawmakers to solicit cash DURING the annual
legislative session that starts next week.
But the Joint Republican Caucus scheduled a fancy fundraiser for next month-
until NEWS 7 checked into it.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=You can't
SUPER=01-Del. Alan Diamonstein/(D) Newport News; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Patsy Ticer/(D) Alexandria; :46
SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Joint Republican Caucus; 1:07
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((DEL. ALAN DIAMONSTEIN/D-NEWPORT NEWS: YOU CAN'T DO INDIRECTLY WHAT YOU CAN'T
DO DIRECTLY. AND BECAUSE I CAN'T ACCEPT A CONTRIBUTION DURING THE SESSION,
CERTAINLY IT WOULD MEAN THAT I CAN'T HAVE MY AIDE OR SOMEONE WORKING FOR ME TO
GO OUT AND SAY "HEY YOU GO GET IT, THAT'S REALLY NOT ME." THAT'S NOT THE
INTENT OF THE LAW.))
But the Republican shindig at the ritzy Jefferson Hotel was to be thrown by
the caucus -- a collective arm of the lawmakers themselves.
((DEL. ALAN DIAMONSTEIN/D-NEWPORT NEWS: I THINK IT'S ALL THE SAME. WE DON'T
HAVE OUR CAUCUS STAFF COLLECTING MONEY. THAT WOULD OBVIOUSLY WOULD BE A MAJOR
WAY AROUND THE INTENT OF THE LAW.))
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN: I THINK THAT BOTH SIDES ARE TRYING TO LIVE WITHIN THE
LETTER OF THE LAW AND ALSO THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW. AND I'M SURE THAT WILL BE
ACCOMPLISHED AND I'M SURE YOU GUYS WILL POINT OUT WHERE IT'S NOT.))
((SEN. PATSY TICER: OH THAT REALLY IS NOT THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW. OH I CAN'T
IMAGINE THAT. ARE THEY REALLY?))
Well not anymore.
Republican Caucus director Scott Leake says once we asked, he's looking for
a new date AFTER the session.
But Leake points out that Democrats are only just complying with the law --
holding their own fundraiser across town ONE DAY BEFORE the legislature
((SCOTT LEAKE/JOINT REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: WHAT HAPPENS AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT?
WHY IS IT HORRIBLE JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT, BUT VIRTUOUS JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT?
WHEN IS THE MAGIC HOUR? SO I THINK THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF CHEST-THUMPING GOING
ON THESE DAYS. BUT ONCE AGAIN, WE'RE JUST GONNA WALK AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT
JUST DOESN'T EVEN APPEAR RIGHT.))
The lawmakers we talked to say they still think this law is a good "first
step" toward campaign finance reform -- even it only changes the public's
UVA political analyst Larry Sabato calls the flap "same-o same-o."
He says the law is just the politicians' way of "pretending" things have
Ellen Qualls, News 7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A former lieutenant in the Bedford County Sheriff's department is facing
more legal problems. We'll that after this break.
and from Roanoke we'll see how a group of young people are learning how to
lead healthier lifestyles.
MUSIC UP FULL
A Bedford County grand jury indicted former sheriff's lieutenant John
McCane for allegedly mis-using public money.
Just yesterday, a separate stalking charge against McCane was dropped for
lack of evidence.
But state police say McCane misused sheriff's department funds during a
recent undercover drug investigation.
Special prosecutor Joel Branscom has characterized the amount as being less
than one thousand dollars.
The negative publicity from the two criminal investigations led to McCane's
resignation from the sheriff's department last week.
The Sara Lee yarn and textile plant in Galax is getting a new owner.
It's the second time in two months a local Sara Lee plant has changed hands.
In November, Sara Lee sold its Hillsville facility.
This time, the Galax operation is one of nine Sara Lee plants being sold to
Winston-Salem-based National Textiles L-L-C.
It's part of Sara Lee's strategy to cut its losses.
Sara Lee says all employees at the Galax plant will keep their jobs under the
Local adolescents are learning how to fight a disease that's considered an
David Johnson explains how obese children are losing weight and gaining self
IN Q=There has been
SUPER=01-Bonny Lee/Center for Bariatric Medicine;
SUPER=01-Martin Clark/Lost 20 Pounds; :56
SUPER=01-Sherbie Harvey/Martin's Mom; 1:06
OUT Q=News 7.
((BONNY LEE/REGISTERED NURSE; THERE HAS BEEN, ALONG WITH OUR ADULT POPULATION,
AN UNFORTUNATE DRAMATIC INCREASE IN ADOLESCENT AND CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN THE
((Childhood obesity has doubled during that time.
"Shapedown" is a ten- week program at the Center for Bariatric Medicine
which teaches children how to control their weight.
((THE GOAL OF SHAPEDOWN IS FOR THEM TO TAKE THINGS FROM THIS PROGRAM THAT WILL
PERMANENTLY HELP THEM, EVEN AS ADULTS. USE A LOT OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. WE
STRESS THE SAME THINGS BASICALLY ALL TEN WEEKS.))
The children learn three basic behavioral modifications, what foods to eat
and when, how much water to drink and what their activity levels should be and
how to inprove them.
Not any child can participate in the program, only those ages 13 through 18
who have been referred by their family doctor.
Kids walk away with an appreciation for what they consume.
((MARTIN CLARK/LOST 20 POUNDS; NOW I;VE LEARNED TO READ MY LABELS. I'VE LEARNED
WHICH FATS ARE GOOD FOR ME AND NOT TO EAT FOODS WITH TOO MUCH SUGAR OR
((SHERBIE HARVEY/MARTIN'S MOM; I FEEL REAL PROUD OF HIM, I REALLY DO BECAUSE HE
HAD GAINED THE WEIGHT AND HE WAS DISSATISFIED WITH HIMSELF. NOW HE HAS MORE
SELF ESTEEM ABOUT HIMSELF AND EVERYTHING. HE LOOKS VERY WELL.))
The center just completed its third class. The five participants lost about
50- pounds between them.
For their graduation, each young person received an achievement award and
hopefully a healthier lifestyle.
David Johnson,News 7.))
A new company is opening in Roanoke to help the medical industry better serve
Around the Clock Healthcare services is a temp agency for health care
The company employs skilled professionals from nurses to receptionists to
fill in at hospitals, nursing homes, doctor's offices and schools.
But a medical degree is NOT enough to get the job.
IN Q=When they come in
((JACK SIAR/ATC BRANCH MANAGER:WHEN THEY COME IN THEY FILL OUT AN APPLICATION,
THEY IDENTIFY WHAT SKILLS THEY HAVE WE THEN GIVE THEM A TESTS, MOST OF OUT
TESTS ARE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF NURSING TESTS, AND THEN WE SEND OUT REFERENCE
CHECKS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS))
SUPER=01-Jack Siar/ATC Branch Manager;
OUT Q=background checks.
Siar says the focus is on helping the Roanoke Valley, but in the future,
A-T-C will find work for people all over Southwest Virginia.
Coming up a little later in the newscast, we'll meet a pair of painters who
will never forget their masterpieces,
and for the first time in 25 years, America is heading back to the moon.
A technical problem at the Virginia Lottery Offices in Richmond tonight
prevented the airing of tonight's drawings.
Tonight's Pick 3 numbers were 4-0-7.
The Pick 4 was 4-8-6-1.
There's a new factory up and running in South Boston, but it's not cranking
The Software Factory develops software code to fix computers with outdated
programming that can't handle the switch to the year 2000.
There is a nation-wide shortage of trained programers, so the Software
Factory came to South Boston and started a computer boot camp.
IN Q=because of the
((BEVERLY LUCAS/THE SOFTWARE FACTORY; BECAUSE OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIES
MOVING OUT, THERE WAS A HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, AND THIS SEEMED LIKE THE
PERFECT PLACE TO FIND THE POOL OF PEOPLE THAT WE NEEDED.
MARK HUTCHERSON/TRAINEE; WHAT THEY'RE DOING HERE IS GREAT, THEY'RE PROVIDING
THE TRAINING FOR THE PEOPLE SO THAT THEY KNOW THAT THEY'RE TRAINED PROPERLY AND
IT'S REALLY A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS AREA. ))
SUPER=01-Beverly Lucas/The Software Factory;
SUPER=01-Mark Hutcherson/Trainee; :11
OUT Q=in this area
Lucas says the work ethic in Southside will give them a dependable group of
programers, and allow them to handle business from all over the country.
NASA is heading back to the moon for the first time in 25 years.
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
The Lunar Prospector blasted off tonight around 9:30.
It's mission: search the surface of the moon for water that could one day be
used by human settlers.
The unmanned craft should arrive at the moon on Sunday.
Two days later, the probe will slip into a 60-mile-high orbit and begin
searching for evidence of frozen water, minerals and gases. The
spacecraft eventually will crash-land on the moon.
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SUPER=331-Clouds And/Showers/50-54/Patchy Fog/Showers/60-63;
SUPER=332-Areas Of Fog/And Rain/50-54/Mild With/Showers/55-60;
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VMI wins again to stay perfect in conference play.
Norman talks about carrying the Cavs this season.
We'll check out the Ford Taurus in its Daytona test debut.
But first tonight's Extra Point brings word that the Raiders have fired JOe
Bugel after he coaches the team to its worst record in 35 years.
Bugel, who gained his fame as Boss Hog in Washington by molding the fabled
Hogs was 4-and-12 this season as a head coach.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0097-/Floyd Co./60/j/Glenvar/67//Bryan Fasnacht 21 points/j/Cave
Spring/82//Franklin Co./42//Ricky Dierker 17 points/;
SUPER=0097-j/Rocky Gap/61//Galax/45//Adam Akers 19 points/j/Lord
SUPER=0097-/Chatham/101/j/Patrick Co./106//School Scoring
Record/j/Northside/43//Christiansburg/39//Charlie Bullen 14 points/;
SUPER=0097-j/G.W. Danville/69//Wm. Fleming/51//Charles Stephens 27
points//Chilhowie/61/j/George Wythe/84//Matt Williams 16 points/;
SUPER=0098-/UNC G'boro/65/j/VMI/68//Jason Bell 22
Carolina/2///j/Raleigh/3//Charlotte/2//Raleigh at Express - Friday/;
OUT Q=....last score."
GO TO BREAK
The last time VMI played UNC Greensboro, former Fleming ace Damon Williams
threw in a game high 23 points to lead VMI to a 26 point win over the Spartans
way back in 1989.
Last night the two met again, only this time as Southern Conference foes, and
the outcome was much closer.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Spartans vs. Keydets; :00
Keydets' boss Bart Bellairs warned his team to on top of its game against
visitors from the Triad.
And early on, UNC-G showed why they it was unbeaten in conference play.
Six-Eight Demetrius Cherry knocks the ball loose, runs it down and then throws
it down with two hands. The Spartans led by nine early.
But Darryl Faulkner, the Southern Conference player of the week, helped bring
VMi back as this bucket cuts into the lead.
The Keydets would then go to their three pointer bombing. Freshman Richard
Bruce from Spotswood high buries this long trey.
And junior Matt Matheny, the former SUPER=33-UNC Greensboro/65/VMI/68;
Cave Spring star would score 11 last night as VMI comes from behind to beat
The Keydets are now 7-and-4 overall and 2 and 0 in the conference. They host
Appalachian State this Saturday.
UVa power forward Norman Nolan is this week's ACC player of the week.
Nolan scored 79 points and grabbed 32 rebounds in Virginia's 3 games last
Nolan says he has been more than glad to lead the way the first 13 games of
the year while the Cavs' younger players continue to develop.
IN Q="I think so far...
((NORMAN NOLAN/ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
SUPER=01-Norman Nolan/ACC Player of the Week; :00
OUT Q=...START TO CLICK."
Nolan and the Cavs take on Liberty tomorrow night at U-Hall.
And the Flames will be shorthanded. Point guard Edward Marks is out
indefinitely with a dislocated left shoulder.
The UVa women's team faced some off the court adversity yesterday as player
Lauren Swierzcek (SWAIR-ZEK) was found guilty of two counts of petty larceny.
Swairzek admitted that she stole clothing from two stores at Fashion Square
Mall in Albemarle County.
Head Coach Debbie Ryan testified on her player's behalf as a character
witness, but the judge gave her a 30 day suspended term on each count.
Ryan says she hasn't decided if Swierzcek has a future with the team.
Let's check out a few NBA highlights involving the combatants in last year's
finals. Both Utah and Chicago in action last night on their home floors.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/Sixers vs. Jazz; :00
First to Salt Lake City where Larry Brown and Sixers are tangling with Utah.
Karl Malone takes the John Stockton feed and dunks all over Theo Ratliff's
head with the a strong left hand.
But that was nothing compared to this flying dunk off the right side, off the
break by Shannon Anderson. Utah wins it 98-to-95.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Celtics vs. Bulls;
In Chicago, this man is still hung over from New Year's and is it possible
Michael Jordan is as well?
The poor pass from Jordan is picked off by Antonie Walker and the Celts' star
puts it away with one hand.
But the Bulls would come back with how else but - Jud Buechler!!
The former Arizona star gets off the bench and knocks in two straight long
range jumpers as the Bulls win it 90-to-79.
The Roanoke Express finally gets back in the Roundhouse this weekend for
Friday and Saturday night dates with Raleigh and Richmond, but the team will be
without John Tripp.
He's been called back up to play for the Saint John Flames.
The 6-foot-2-inch right winger skated in just 9 games with Roanoke and had 2
assists before getting this reassignment.
The Ford teams began a much anticipated three day testing session yesterday
at Daytona as the new Ford Taurus race car rolled out on to the track for the
first time in the new year.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00
Yesterday morning not one car came close to matching the 188 mile an hour lap
turned in by Terry Labonte the top General Motors test driver.
But by the afternoon a number of cars were making progress, with two topping
187 miles an hour.
IN Q="The car...
((LAKE SPEED/MELLING FORD DRIVER:))
((RUSTY WALLACE/MILLER FORD DRIVER:))
SUPER=01-Lake Speed/Melling Ford Driver; :00
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Miller Ford Driver; :07
OUT Q=...THE THUNDERBIRD."
The top Ford speed of the day was turned in by Rick Mast, who had lap at 187
point 527 miles an hour in the Remington Ford.
Rookie Kenny Irwin was second quickest at 187 point one.
Still to come tonight, some racing news from Martinsville, where the Stocks
And we'll head to Daytona where the Ford Taurus made a comeback late in
Late Model Stock car drivers from the Mid-Atlantic will be without one of
their favorite races this year.
Track officials announced this afternoon that they have cancelled their
Spring Late Model event, the Miller 300.
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Last Year; :00
That Late model races always have their share of destruction, but this time
the problem is construction.
The track is adding 75 hundred new seats to the front stretch and they won't
be finished in time for the March 15th race.
Also, keep in mind that the Fall Taco Bell 300 has also been moved.
The race was originally set for October 18th, but now it will be held on
Sunday September 20th, a weekend before the Cup cars and Super Trucks take over
If you follow skating you know the names Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski.
The two are competing again for the U-S skating title-
Lipinski won last year- beating out the former champ Michelle Kwan.
Today it was practice for both skaters as they prepare for this years
Kwan is recovering from an injury to her foot-
((MICHELLE KWAN/SKATER: IT'S GETTING BETTER. LESS PAIN THAN BEFORE. IF IT WAS A
SCALE OF ONE ONE TEN, IT'S ABOUT A THREE RIGHT NOW. SO IT'S CLIMBING DOWN
WHICH IS GOOD.))
OUT Q=which is good now.
It's expected both skaters will represent the U-S in the Olympics next month.
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They never attended art school, but a pair of painters in Buffalo New York
is finding success in a BIG way.
Sheba and Surapa are two painting (pack-i-derms) pachyderms at the Buffalo
Zoo keepers taught the elephants to paint to give them something different to
The two are only too happy to put brush to canvas.
Their artwork is sold in the zoo's giftshop for $25 dollars.
The proceeds help train handlers.
While the elephants' artwork looks a little primative, at least they can
carry all their art supplies in one trunk.
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