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A body was found lying in a concrete pit last night alongside an office
building in downtown Roanoke.
Roanoke police and firefighters pulled the body of a white male from the
concrete basin next to the Professional Arts Building on Franklin Road.
The body was found about 30 feet below the parking lot.
Police identify him as Joel Stephen Elkins of Liberty Road northwest.
Elkins was reported missing a week ago.
His car had been parked in the lot. It was towed away a few hours before his
body was found.
Police believe Elkins fell into the pit by accident and was killed.
Bomb threats disrupted two Botetourt schools yesterday.
Sheriff Reed Kelly says a sixth grade student had all the makings of a pipe
bomb and may have been trying to sell the materials to another student.
Both students attend William Clark Middle School and have been suspended for
The Sheriff says they could face charges of manufacturing a bomb.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, Troutville Elementary School was
evacuated yesterday after a woman called in a bomb threat -- but sheriff's
deputies found nothing.
Lawyers on both sides in the
Unabomber trial will meet with psychiatrists today who plan to examine
suspect Ted Kaczynski.
They're trying to determine if he's
competent to stand trial -- and whether the court can grant Kaczynski's request
to represent himself.
Kaczynski is being constantly monitored in his cell today to make sure he
doesn't try to harm himself.
This, after an apparent suicide attempt.
(( LOU BLANAS, SACRAMENTO COUNTY UNDERSHERIFF:WHEN QUESTIONED,
HE SAID HE LOST HIS UNDERWEAR IN THE SHOWER. WE ARE ASSUMING, EMPHASIZE
ASSUMING, THAT SOMETIME DURING THE NIGHT HOURS, HE ATTEMPTED TO HANG HIMSELF
WITH HIS OWN UNDERWEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Lou Blanas/Sacramento Co. Undersheriff;
OUT Q=with his own underwear.
Yesterday, Kaczynski agreed to the tests, hoping to be allowed to represent
himself when his trial resumes.
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
SUPER=04-CBS Public Eye-Wednesday;
Meantime, the jury forewoman in the Terry Nichols' trial has received a bomb
Niki Deutchman (DOYCH'-mahn) tells police she received calls from a man who
promised to blow up her house.
After the jury deadlocked on a sentence for Nichols, Deutchman criticized
the way the government handled the case.
A Montgomery County jury sentenced Kenneth Jessie to 50 years in prison
after convicting him of second degree murder and child abuse.
As Teresa Hamilton reports-- the case of the Dickinson County man accused of
causing the death of his four- year- old stepdaughter brought out some intense
IN Q=You're no
SUPER=01-Nancy Dickenson/Kenneth Jessie's Attorney; :39
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Christiansburg.
IN Q=You're no doubt
((NANCY DICKENSON/KENNETH JESSIE'S ATTORNEY: YOU'RE NO DOUBT ANGRY THAT
SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN TO A LITTLE GIRL, A FOUR YEAR OLD, A
DEFENSELESS, PRECIOUS PRETTY LITTLE GIRL. ))
OUT Q=little girl.
Those were some of the sentiments shared by Kenneth Jessie's attorney as she
tried to convince jurors to convict her client ONLY of child abuse-- NOT first
To do so--Nancy Dickenson attempted to place the blame on Jessie's wife---
saying it was Elizabeth who killed four year old Annie by placing a gag inside
The child, who was severely beaten, suffocated to death last spring, after
she was tied to her bed, inside the family's Dickenson County mobile.
IN Q=What killed
((NANCY DICKENSON/KENNETH JESSIE'S ATTORNEY: WHAT KILLED ANNIE WAS THE RAG THAT
ELIZABETH JESSIE PUT IN HER MOUTH AND TAPED OVER. ))
OUT Q=taped over.
The commonwealth concedes the little girl could've gagged to death-- but
during closing arguments put a slightly different spin on the story-- one that
placed even more of the blame on the child's stepfather.
Prosecutors say Kenneth Jessie was the one who tied Annie to her urine soaked
bed in such a way-- the position of her body-- was enough to suffocate her--
even without a gag.
The jury recommended the maximum 50- year sentence.
The same sentence facing Jessie's wife.
She pleaded guilty to second degree murder and child abuse earlier this
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Christiansburg.))
The only longterm homeless shelter in the Roanoke Valley may have to close
its doors due to a clerical mis-hap.
The Transitional Living Center offers food, beds and the chance for families
to find work.
All this depends on money from Housing and Urban Development.
But shelter leaders at TAP - or Total Action Against Poverty - forgot to
mail part of this year's application for funds --
so the shelter was automatically disqualified.
IN Q=I'm just devastated
((ELLEN BROWN/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: I'M JUST DEVASTATED. THIS IS VERY
CLOSE TO OUR HEART AND TO THE HEARTS OF MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS IS
AN EFFECTIVE VERY MUCH NEEDED PROGRAM.))
((JACQULEN BURKS/SHELTER RESIDENT: SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE I'VE GOTTEN MY CHILDREN
INTO COUNSELING, I GO TO SCHOOL FOR COMPUTERS, SOMEPLACE TO STAY FOR LONGTERM
TIL I CAN GET MY SCHOOLING DONE.))
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Total Action Against Poverty;
SUPER=01-Jacqulen Burks/Shelter Resident; :15
OUT Q=schooling done
The shelter planned to get 300-thousand dollars in national funds.
Without that money -- shelter leaders say they'll need community support to
An ice storm continues to plague
residents of the Northeastern U-S and Canada.
About three million people in eastern Canada are still without power and
forecasters warned that more freezing rain will add to the region's worst ice
storm in decades.
About ten deaths have been attributed to the storm, which has hit hardest in
Meantime, a rare snowstorm in Tokyo has left two people dead and hundreds
In space, two cosmonauts suited up and stepped out into space this morning
outside the the MIR space station.
Their three hour mission mission included determining why the exit hatch on
the station has been loosing pressure.
Next month...MIR will mark its 12th anniversary in space.
It was designed to last only five years.
In other news from space, Astronomers say there's good evidence of a new
planet in our solar system.
A camera on the Hubble Space Telescope has captured a picture of a gas and
dust halo around a nearby star.
Entertainer turned politician
Sonny Bono is being buried today in California.
Some forty lawmakers boarded two Air Force planes this morning to travel to
the services in Bono's adopted hometown of Palm Springs.
SUPER=03-Palm Springs, CA;
Family, friends and fans filed past the flag-draped coffin during a vigil at
a church yesterday.
The 62- year- old Congressman died Monday in a skiing accident.
GRAPHIC=Virginia Supreme Court
Virginia's highest court will have to decide how seriously people could take
an unflattering title printed in Virginia Tech's Collegiate Times.
Tech administrator Sharon Yeagle wants an 850-thousand dollar lawsuit
reinstated over what the paper says was an unfortunate mistake on her job
IN Q=Honestly, growing
((JUSTICE LEROY HASSELL: HONESTLY, GROWING UP IN VIRGINIA, GROWING UP IN
AMERICA, THAT PHRASE HAS NO MEANING TO YOU? JAMES CREEKMORE: YOUR HONOR, THAT
PHRASE "DIRECTOR OF BUTTLICKING," THE ACTUAL LITERAL WORDS USED -- JUSTICE
HASSELL: BUT DOES THE WORD BUTTLICKER HAVE ANY MEANING TO YOU? JAMES
CREEKMORE: THE WORD BUTTLICKER MAY BE IMPLICATION CONTAIN THE SAME-- JUSTICE
HASSELL: NO I'M ASKING DOES IT HAVE ANY MEANING TO YOU? CREEKMORE: YOUR
HONOR, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IT CONVEYS THE SAME MEANING AS BROWN-NOSER OR APPLE
((LEISA CIAFFONE/YEAGLE'S ATTORNEY: IT MEANS BOOTLICKER, TO TRY TO GAIN FAVOR
BY FAWNING, SERVILITY, ETCETERA. APPLE POLISHER, A PERSON WHO CURRIES FAVOR BY
GIFTS OR FLATTERY, BROWN-NOSING, CURRYING FAVOR BY KISSING SOMEONE'S REAR END,
QUOTE KISS-ASS, FAWNING TO GAIN ADVANTAGE.))
SUPER=01-Justice Leroy Hassell/Virginia Supreme Court; :00
SUPER=02-James Creekmore/Collegiate Times' Attorney; :07
SUPER=01-Leisa Ciaffone/Yeagle's Attorney; :23
OUT Q=gain advantage.
The justices must decide if the suit should be reinstated after a Montgomery
County judge said NO reasonable person could conclude the title was factual.
A Roanoke landmark is suing for nearly eight-million dollars.
The walls are buckling inside the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center.
Management first noticed the damage in November, just three years after the
The hotel is suing two contractors who built the center...
But the hotel's lawyer says it is possible additional defendants will be
named as the lawsuit progresses.
hotel roanoke 2 tape
IN Q=OUR INVESTIGATION
((PAUL BEERS/HOTEL LAWYER: OUR INVESTIGATION IS VERY MUCH ONGOING, WE WANTED TO
MOVE PROMPTLY TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND THAT'S WHAT
WE INTEND TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Beers/Hotel Lawyer;
OUT Q=intend to do.
One of the contractors named in the lawsuit said the hotel is going after the
He said an independent consultant chose a type of soil used in the building's
The lawsuit says that soil expanded, and that's what made the walls move.
Two unlikely Virginia lawmakers are pooling their efforts.
Last year, Democratic state senator Louise Lucas and Republican Steve Newman
pushed through a bill that retired the state song "Carry Me Back to Old
Yesterday, Newman announced he and Lucas will team up to sponsor a bill that
would ban partial- birth abortions in Virginia.
IN Q=We've worked
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER ON A NUMBER OF BILLS
INCLUDING BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND OTHER BILLS, AND THIS, I THINK, GROWS OUT OF A
DESIRE FROM BOTH PRO- CHOICERS AND PRO- LIFERS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, TO
FINALLY ELIMINATE THIS HORRIBLE ACT OF PARTIAL- BIRTH ABORTION.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=partial-birth abortion.
Lucas voted against the measure last year, when it was defeated by a single
vote in a Senate committee.
Newman's bill would ban the procedure except when the life of the mother is
Virginia schools will no longer just be issue report cards.
The State Board of Education is set to send parents report cards on the
performance individual public schools.
Parents will get the numbers to compare how their children's learning
environment measures up.
The reports are another part of outgoing Governor George Allen's campaign to
raise school standards and increase accountability to parents.
The reports are expected to start going to parents in early fall.
Some police officers in Roanoke County are taking on a new role.
Officers like Dale Clark will be coaching high school student athletes as
part of the "Cops for Coaches" Program.
SOT 16.07.14 - 16.07.31
IN Q=I coached a
((OFC. DALE CLARK/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: I COACHED A LITTLE BIT WHEN I WAS IN HIGH
SCHOOL AND COACHED LITTLE LEAGUE BALL AND I UMPIRED AND I REALLY RESPECTED
UMPIRES AT THAT TIME WHEN I WENT THROUGH THAT AND I LEARN SOMETHING EVERYDAY.
SO, WHATEVER I LEARN I CAN TRY TO PASS ON TO THEM IF THEY WANT TO HEAR ABOUT
SUPER=01-Dale Clark/Roanoke Co. Police Dept.;
OUT Q=hear about it.
Police and school board officials kicked-off the program yesterday.
It targets "at risk" youths--giving them an opportunity to build a rapport
with police officers.
SOT 16.00.31 - 16.00.46
IN Q=At home, for
((MIKE STOVALL/CHRMN. ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL BOARD: AT HOME FOR EXAMPLE THERE MAY
BE PEER PRESSURE THAT YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN WITH YOUR PARENTS AND TELL THEM ABOUT
A PROBLEM BUT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO WALK UP TO THE POLICE OFFICER AND SAY HEY,
I'VE GOT A PROBLEM. A LOT OF TIMES COACHES CAN DO THAT. A LOT OF TIMES COACHES
FORM THAT BOND WITH THEM AND THEY CAN DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Mike Stovall/Roanoke Co. School Board;
OUT Q=can do that.
The Department of Criminal Justice has put up the funds for "Cops for
Officers will take to their new posts next month.
Its time to get out your western gear because World Championship Rodeo comes
to the Salem Civic Center this weekend.
The Kroger Valleydale Stampede will feature over 300 cowboys and COW GIRLS
from across the United States as well as right here in Virginia.
One of the crowd's favorite stars is always the rodeo clown.
John Hayden has spent his life entertaining audiences and saving riders from
the wrath of bucking bulls. He says life on the road is tough but rewarding.
IN Q=I like to travel
SUPER=01-John Hayden/Rodeo Clown;
OUT Q=Thats why I clown rodeo
From here most contestants will head to the International Finals Rodeo next
weekend in Oklahoma City.
It was a short trip today for two American balloonist attempting to circle
the globe non stop.
Less than two hours after lifting off this morning in New Mexico, Dick Rutan
and Dave Melton had to bring down their 170-foot silver balloon.
There apparently was a rip in the helium part of the balloon.
The one million dollar assault on one of aviation's last frontiers was
the third such attempt by a balloon team since December 31st.
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The Dallas Cowboys have called a news conference for 1:30 this afternoon to
discuss the team's coaching situation.
A team source says Coach Barry Switzer has agreed to resign.
The Cowboys were six-and-ten this season and failed to make
the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson of Michigan announced today that he is
giving up his final year of eligibility and will enter the N-F-L draft.
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI;
Woodson helped the Wolverines win a share of the National Football
championship with a 21-16 Rose Bowl victory over Washington State on New Year's
Woodson, a defensive back, last month became the first primarily defensive
player to win the Heisman.
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The North Carolina Tarheels showed once again why they are collectively the
number one team in the nation.
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The Tarheels faced Georgia Tech.
Antawn Jamison to Ademola Okulaja for the dunk inside as the Tarheels start
to turn up the tempo.
Vince Carter goes in the back door for the two handed alleyoop throwdown.
But here's the play of the night, not one but two behind the back Carolina
passes lead to a Jamison jam.
Matt Harpring knocked in 21 points for Georgia, but the Heels roll to the 96
to 75 win.
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The Generals returned to Lexington with a win over Hollins.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./W&L vs. Hollins;
Senior Amy Worley of Blacksburg became the third Hollins player ever to top
the 1000 career point mark.
Off the inbound pass Ansley Miller gets three of her game high 22 points for
Washington and Lee on this jumper.
Kellie Duncan drives her way to the hoop and scores for Hollins.
SUPER=33-Washington & Lee/64/Hollins/45;
Then the Generals' Tonia Dean would work the baseline and use a little pump
fake to get the basket.
The Generals win it last night 64-to-45.
This is the big weekend for the Express as the team has two games on tap at
the Roundhouse. Tonight Roanoke hosts the Raleigh Icecaps in a 7:30 faceoff.
Then on Saturday night, the Northeast division leading Richmond Renegades
skate into town for a key game.
Roanoke is currently in third place, five points behind the first place
And there's even more sports coming up in the newest edition to the News 7
This weekend will be the start of News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday
Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will have the news, weather and sports,
Every Sunday Denise Allen will introduce us to an unlikely sports hero.
This week she takes a visit to the dentist's chair where on any given day
you'll find professional hockey players.
For a marriage proposal, it was rather puzzling.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Yesterday morning, just like every morning as Emily Mindel completed the
crossword puzzle in the New York Times she found some very personal answers to
As the puzzle took shape Mindel not only found her name and her boyfriend's
name in the puzzle, but a marriage proposal.
((EMILY MINDEL:I HAD ALMOST THE ENTIRE PUZZLE COMPLETED AND THOUGHT I HAD TO
SAY SOMETHING TO HIM BECAUSE THIS IS JUST TOO RIGHT TO ME.
BILL GOTTLIEB: SHE LOOKS AT ME AND SAYS THIS PUZZLE AND I SAID WHAT DO YOU
MEAN AND SO I LOOKED AT HER AND SAID WILL YOU MARRY ME. ))
SUPER=07-Bill Gottlieb; :10
OUT Q=WILL YOU MARRY ME.
Mindel's answer was identical to 57 down, YES.