Next on News 7-
Monica Lewinsky's attorney tries to win his client immunity.
It was a battle to keep the post office in one town- We'll tell you who won.
Remember the drug smuggler turned informant? He pled guilty today- We'll have
the latest on Javier Cruz.
Plus an avalanche crashes down on students.
News 7 is next.
Monica Lewinsky's attorney is trying to strike a deal.
William GInsberg is hoping to gain immunity for his client-
as she describes her relationship with President Clinton.
Prosecutors say the former White House intern is likely to be indicted-
A Christiansburg landmark remains open, more than a month after it was
scheduled to close.
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And an avalanche in the French Alps has killed at least eleven people.
Officials say the victims strayed from marked trails near the Italian
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Monica Lewinsky's lawyer is again talking with the independent counsel's
office. William Ginsburg is trying to win the former White House intern
Scott Pelley has more.
SUPER=01-William Ginsburg/Lewinsky's Attorney;
OUT Q=Walt Whitman."
((Last week the FBI swept Lewinsky into a hotel room filled with agents
and prosecutors. She was shown surveillance photos of herself meeting
with former co-worker Linda Tripp. Tripp had recorded lewinsky's
admission that she lied under oath about an affair with Mr. Clinton. the
agents kept her ten hours. Lewinsky's lawyer Bill Ginsberg says she was
offered a deal.
WILLIAM GINSBURG: THEY WANTED TO SUGGEST TO HER AS I UNDERSTAND IT THAT SHE BE
WIRED TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS THAT MIGHT WELL BE RECORDED THEY WANTED HER
SCOTT PELLEY: YOU SAY CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER PEOPLE, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?
GINSBURG: I DONT KNOW BUT I WOULD ASSUME BASED ON EVERTHING THAT I HAVE SEEN
IN THE MEDIA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, VERNON JORDAN AND OTHERS
WOULD BE ON THEIR GUEST LIST.
In secretly recorded tapes, Lewinsky told her friend Linda Tripp there had
been a long affair and she was encouraged to cover it up. but in a sworn
affidavit she insisted there was no sexual relationship.
Sources tell CBS News FBI agents had Lewinskys consent to search her
apartment in the Watergate complex. the agents had a list of items they
wanted and left with Lewinsky's computer, some of her clothes and the
CBS News has learned Lewinsky claims to have received from the President
several items from the black dog gift shop in Martha's Vineyard, plus a
dress, gold brooch and a book of poetry by Walt Whitman.))
President Clinton has decided NOT to hold a news conference before his
Tuesday State of the Union Address.
Virginia Senator Chuck Robb says he recognizes the gravity of the latest
Washington scandal, and describes it as "a matter of significant concern."
But today in Roanoke, Robb also said he wants more information before
Robb met with the transportation committee of the Roanoke Regional Chamber
Speaking to reporters, the Democratic Senator said he hopes the facts come
to light soon.
IN Q=I think everybody
((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D- VIRGINIA: I THINK EVERYBODY WANTS MORE FACTS AND HOPES
THAT THOSE FACTS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY FORTHCOMING. IT CREATES A GREAT DEAL OF
DIFFICULTY FOR A PRESIDENT ABOUT TO GIVE A STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE IN WHICH
MANY OF THE INTITIATIVES AND THE MOMENTUM FOR THE REST OF THIS LEGISLATIVE YEAR
WILL BE INVOLVED.))
OUT Q=will be involved.
At the same time, Robb says the President has proven his ability to
perform while under fire.
A Giles County jury convicted 26- year old Scott Elliott of SECOND degree
murder this afternoon.
The jury deliberated for nearly three hours before reaching its conclusion.
Elliott was charged last February with shooting and killing his girlfriend--
Misty Dawn Dellinger.
Elliott's attorneys said the shooting as an accident.
The jury reccomended Elliott receive an 18 year sentence. Fifteen years for
second degree murder and three years for use of a firearm.
The First Virginia Bank in Wytheville was robbed today by a man who claimed
to have a bomb.
About 3:45 the man approached a teller in the branch on Main Street with a
bag he said had a bomb.
The man left the bag and fled with an undetermined amount of money.
The bag held an empty box.
Police are looking for a white male, about 40 years old with salt and pepper
hair and an off white baseball cap.
Candidate Jim Gilmore said eliminating the car tax would cost the state one
point six billion dollars over five years.
Today, Governor Gilmore added the numbers up to more than 2-point-7 Billion.
Jim Gilmore plans to pay 15-percent of the first 20-thousand dollars in
value of your car tax this year.
It goes up every year until it is 100-percent in the year 2002.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=The car tax
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
The car tax IS coming.
The numbers were just way off.
240- million in the first two year budget.
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: IT'S REALLY ALARMING TO THINK THAT WE COULD
BE OFF 240-MILLION DOLLARS ON SOMETHING. BECAUSE PLUS OR MINUS 240 MILLION'S
PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DOWN HERE.))
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE'RE PRACTICING NOW THE ART OF GOVERNANCE. WE'RE IN
OFFICE. WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO LOOK AT ALL THE BEST NUMBERS TO GET ALL THE
BEST INFORMATION. AND THEN ALSO TO LISTEN TO THE CONCERNS OF THE LOCALITIES.
AND TO DO A SOPHISTICATED LOOK.))
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THERE'S ALWAYS NECESSARY TO MAKE THE CAMPAIGN
RHETORIC WORK WITH THE OBLIGATION OF GOVERNING. RIGHT NOW WE'RE SEEING THE
New revenue forecasts and booming economy help with the struggle-- but there
10- million construction dollars for the new Virginia Museum of Natural
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE MARTINSVILLE PROJECT CONTINUES TO BE FUNDED FOR ITS
PLANNING AND THE CONSTRUCTION MONEY CAN BE RE-ADDRESSED IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM.))
In Roanoke 3-point-6 of nine million dollars George Allen promised the
Roanoke Higher Ed Center won't come from Jim Gilmore.
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: WE WERE CONCERNED THIS MIGHT HAPPEN. AND WE'RE
DISAPPOINTED. BUT WE'RE JUST GONNA HAVE TO GO TO WORK TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE
FUNDS WE NEED.))
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: WHAT IT UNDERSCORES...NOW THAT WE'RE SEEING
THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS IS THAT THERE'S NO FREE LUNCH. THERE'S GONNA BE PAIN.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville was left with just
650- thousand dollars in planning money -- which museum officials said they
were happy to have.
But by the end of the day, after hearing some criticism, Governor Gilmore
ponied up ANOTHER 600- thousand dollars for repairs to the existing building.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Still to come on the newscast, Lynchburg police believe they've arrested the
men responsible for a rash of armed robberies,
and some Christiansburg residents celebrate now that they've won the battle to
keep their post office open.
He spent three and a half years working undercover for the Drug
Enforcement Administration in Columbia.
Javier Cruz posed as a major narcotics importer... while based in Roanoke
Keith Humphry gives us a glimpse of the 40-year old drug smuggler turned
IN Q=Javier Cruz pled
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SUPER=01-Bill Cleaveland/Cruz' Attorney; :49
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Javier Cruz pled guilty today to five felonies dating back to 1991.
He was importing cocaine, then shipping it out of Roanoke by the
truck-load to New York, California, Texas and Florida.
A year and a half after his arrest, Cruz was back on the street- -working
for the D-E-A.
The government paid him $347,000.
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((AND WHY ARE WE PAYING ALL THIS MONEY? WHEN DID WE START PAYING CRIMINALS? ))
Glenda Garrett's son, Mark, was killed by Cruz.
Cruz and his boss, Leo Rivera, spent almost a year and a half in the County
Jail, trying to maintain their contacts in the drug world.
He spent just a few days in jail for manslaughter in the Garrett case, then
Cruz was out on the street working for the D-E-A.
His lawyer points out the government typically covers expenses for
((HE'S BEEN WORKING A LOT OF HOURS SINCE 1991, AND DURING THAT TIME, HE'S
PLACED HIS LIFE AT RISK ON ALMOST A DAILY BASIS, AT LEAST FOR A LARGE PERIOD OF
Cleaveland doesn't mean to suggest Cruz was drawing hazardous duty pay.
The government was simply re-imbursing him for expenses, while he was
traveling from his 288-thousand dollar home in Roanoke County and his
import-export business in Columbia between September 1992 and February, 1996.
((PAYMENTS MADE TO MR. CRUZ FOR OPERATION OF THE OPERATION IN COLUMBIA AS WELL
AS THE EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THAT OPERATION. ))
Cruz will be sentenced later.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.
A death sentence for the Pakistani man who killed two people outside CIA
Mir Aimal Kasi Kasi opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle onto cars waiting
to turn into the CIA's main gate-
The 1993 attack left two C-I-A employees dead and three wounded.
The 33 year old man told the court he was not proud of the shooting but
described it as retalitaion for U-S policies that he said hurt Islamic nations.
One day after Kasi was convicted - four U-S oil employees were killed in
Bigger may be better in some respects but it can't replace that "hometown
That's one reason that residents in Christiansburg say they fought to keep
the old town Post Office open.
It's a fight they've won.
Stacey Martin has more.
IN Q=The Christiansburg
SUPER=01-Jon Halberstadt/Christiansburg Resident; :15
SUPER=01-Jack Peterson/Christiansburg Resident; :38
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
((The Christiansburg Post Office would have gone the way of the dinosaurs if
the U-S Postal Service had its way.
But, customers are still mailing packages and buying stamps almost a month
after it was supposed to shut down.
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IN Q=I always thought
((JON HALBERSTADT/CHRISTIANSBURG RESIDENT: I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT DEEP DOWN
INSIDE THERE WAS ABOUT THAT MUCH CHANCE OF WINNING.))
OUT Q=chance of winning.
Postal officials wanted to close the old facility to make way for another
branch five miles away that was bigger and able to handle higher volumes of
But, they decided against the idea after residents complained its distance
from downtown Christiansburg made it inconvenient.
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IN Q=I don't like
((JACK PETERSON/RESIDENT: I DON'T LIKE GOING TO THE MALL BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC
AND EVERYTHING AND IT'S SO MUCH CLOSER TO MY BUSINESS. SO, I AM REAL HAPPY THAT
IT STAYED HERE.))
OUT Q=it stayed here.
Even though the old post office is open, service is somewhat limited on both
sides of the window.
Only one employee mans the office at a time and customers can't mail any
bulk items out of this branch.
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IN Q=An official opening
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: AN OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE
NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS AS A WAY TO THANK RESIDENTS WHO FOUGHT SO HARD TO KEEP
THIS POST OFFICE OPEN. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, CHRISTIANSBURG.))
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
For months, businesses across central Virginia were terrorized.. but now
authorities say they've arrested the people responsible for a string of recent
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=Months of surveillance
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :22
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Months of surveillance and investigative work finally paid off early Friday
when police converged on the Millwood apartment complex in Lynchburg.
There they detained 13 people in connection with a string of armed
robberies, larcenies and burglaries across central Virginia the past several
They also recovered two firearms, some clothing and stolen property.
IN Q=It is known
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD: IT IS KNOWN TO US THAT THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR A GREAT
NUMBER OF ROBBERIES.. AT A LATER DATE.))
OUT Q=a later date.
Four men are being held without bond.. 27- year- old William A. Smith is
charged with seven armed robberies in Lynchburg and Amherst County, as is 19-
year- old Marcus D. Sandidge.
21- year- old Sherwood Charlton faces two counts of grand larceny.. and 19-
year- old Wayne Thomas is charged with burglary, grand larceny and armed
Police and local business owners are breathing a sigh of relief.
IN Q=I along with
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: I ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER PEOPLE
WILL SLEEP A LOT BETTER THIS WEEKEND.))
OUT Q=this weekend.
Of the 27 armed robberies that have taken place, police say a significant
number have been solved with these arrests.
More charges are pending against other individuals.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Coming up next, the weak Asian Stock Market is causing problems for
international students at Virginia Tech,
and we'll meet some Denver Bronco fans who are going to extreme lengths to
prove their loyalty.
An avalanche roared in the French Alps- sweeping 39 people away-
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many of them teenagers.
11 people are dead- and at least nine others are injured.
The students were snowshoeing along the mountainside-
French officials are trying to figure out why the group escorted by adults-
strayed off marked trails.
Rescuers used chainsaws and long poles to search the snowy montain site
near the Italian border.
Meteorologists had warned earlier this week that there was a high risk of
avalanches in the Alps after heavy snowfalls.
Many international students at Virginia Tech are adjusting their lifestyle.
Sinking stock markets and layoffs have financially paralyzed many families
in countries like Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
For international students in Blacksburg-- this has meant less financial
assistance from their families back home.
Now many are scaling back their spending and looking for work.
Still-- most aren't just thinking about themselves.
IN Q=Are you
((ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR FAMILY BACK HOME?
ZULKIFLI ZAKARIA/MALAYSIAN STUDENT: QUITE, QUITE, CAUSE I ACTUALLY HAVE THREE
BROTHERS WORKING FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
MIN LEE/KOREAN STUDENT:I'VE BEEN LIVING IN THE US FOR SEVEN YEARS, INCLUSING
THIS YEAR, AND I NEVER HAD ANY FINANCIAL PROBLEMS SINCE THIS YEAR AND BASICALLY
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I EVER APPLIED FOR A JOB.))
SUPER=01-Zulkifli Zakaria/Malaysian Student; :00
SUPER=01-Min Lee/Korean Student; :11
OUT Q=for a job.
There is little Virginia Tech can do to help-- other than offering to spread
out the students' tuition payments and assisting them with trying to secure a
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High school hoops and Express highlights,
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But first, the extra point. Michael Jordan, with Dennis Rodman sent home by
coach Phil Jackson for missing a practice, had to give a little extra against
Jordan responded with 32, Scottie Pipen had 19; Bulls won 100-98 in OT.
WIPE TO MOTION
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A bench clearing brawl took place the last time Liberty and heritage met.
last night? what would happen?
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The two time defending state champs seemed confident before tip off.
The Minutemen wasted little time;
Rodney Morris with the nice pass to Brandon Mills; he finishes with the bucket.
Heritage's Russell Henderson dishes to Andre Gills who scores on the
lay up; cutting Liberty's lead to 6.
Gills returns the favor; gift wrapping this assist to Henderson; he dunks
Liberty's Peanut Arrington come right back with this hoop off the pass from
Liberty coach Mark Hanks is juiced and wins wins 68-54.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Patrick henry entertained franklin County in a Roanoke Valley District
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The eagles Bobby Basham did some serious damage; racking up a game high 29
points. here he takes advantage of a second chance; scoring the bucket off the
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The patriots apply pressure. Boo battle takes the loose ball and finds Mike
Hill for the easy deuce.
Battle would also get into the scoring act; registering 28 points as PH
wins it 95-73.
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Speaking of Blacksburg; former Indian and 1997 Blue Ridge player of the
year Phillip Klaus is adjusting to Big South baskettball.
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Klaus was in Radford this week as his Eagles took on the Highlanders. While
he's yet to crack the starting lineup; the coaches have been pleased with his
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SUPER=01-Phillip Klaus/Winthrop Freshman; :11
OUT Q=...whole new level"
The 6'6" frshman forward, who was a center at Blacksburg; is not the
biggest player on the floor; but that doersn't matter.
IN Q="I just
OUT Q=...and what not"
From hard wood to hard water. The Express fell to Charlotte last night at
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For selling the most popcorn in the valley; troop 236 got to honor America
Roanoke was ice cold early;. P.C. Drouin makes it 2-zip at the 3:33 mark of
Frank Anzalone; not happy at this point and the refs would hear about it.
But his team would fight back. Watch SUPER=34-Charlotte/5/Roanoke/4;
this play. Jeff Loder takes the puck in from the left side and fires top shelf;
ripping rope. His 11th goal on the season.
But the Checkers answer; beating Daniel Berthiaume. Charlotte wins 5-4 in a
Roanoke played tonight without Chris Cantu.
Head Coach frank Anzalone announced today that cantu has been called up to
the Saint John Flames; Roanoke's AHL affiliate.
It's is not know how long the rookie winger will be with the Flames. Cantu
leads the Express with 23 goals and 14 assists.
As WDBJ reported to you Wednesday; winger Chris Fess has announced his
retirement from hockey.
Still to come,
Roy Stanley was on post this week and checks in with the VMI basketball
Virginia plays Duke tomorrow without one of it's guards.
Freshman Chesley Watson had an emergency appendectomy last night and will
miss the game.
Head coach Jeff Jones will start Donald Hand and Pete McLaughlin tomorrow
against the Blue Devils.
A winless football season and an athletic director's resignation; two dark
clouds that have hovered over VMI
Roy Stanley says basketball has been one brigth spot on post.
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SUPER=01-Darryl Faulkner/VMI Guard; :40
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OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((Because of the closeness of the corp, the basketball team is fully aware of
the negatives surrounding the athletic programs.
But the Keydets are use to turning negatives into positives as part of the
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD COACH: ))
((The basketball team had it's own problems at the beginning of the season when
two key players Andre Quarles and Brent Conley redshirted this season.
But the school's philosophy of never say never has carried the team through
((DARRYL FAULKNER/VMI GUARD: ))
((On the court, V-M-I is 10 and 6 overall and 6 and 3 at Home. The Keydets
beat Penn State at Cameron and then went into the Cassell and beat Virginia
Bellair's up tempo game has been slowed a couple of times this season but
over all the team is playing at a high level.))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
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Even though they're big underdogs, Denver Bronco fans refuse to give up.
Fans like Mary Stevens are wearing their support on their sleeves...
and on every other part of their anatomy.
Stevens and her sister won five hundred dollars for their wild outfits.
And you only need to look at Dennis Bergner's smile to find out what team he
His wife came up with the idea of using a mouthpiece to make it look like
they have orange and blue teeth.
Dennis says he's proud of his new smile, even if he does get a few strange
looks at the grocery store.
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