Coming up on News 7-
A father who says hospital workers abused and ultimatelly killed his teenage
son- speaks with News 7 tonight.
Pan Am is cancelling all its flights beginning at midnight-
Plus the latest on the car tax and grocery tax from Richmond.
Join us at Eleven.
Will you see tax relief on your car or your grocery bill? We'll tell you
what lawmakers are voting on tonight.
A father who says hospital workers fatally injured his teenage son speaks
with News 7 tonight.
Motely Crew rocker Tommy Lee was in court today- He's facing charges of
abusing his wife.
Pan Am is cancelling all its flights beginning at midnight- after filing
Plus changes could be in the way that could keep some farms out of
Join us at Eleven.
They call it "the blob."
And tonight, it's the blob that ate away a little bit more at Governor Jim
Gilmore's car tax plan.
Fifty Democrats, 12 Republicans, and one Independent in the House of
Delegates voted for it.
The bill is called the blob because it calls for an unspecified degree of a
car tax cut AND a food tax cut -- plus it provides historic state money for
IN Q=It's been
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: IT'S BEEN REFERRED TO AFFECTIONATELY AS
BLOB, OR BLOB II, OR SON OF BLOB, OR I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE CURRENT NAME IS.
BUT I'M GONNA ASK THAT YOU REJECT THIS AMENDMENT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R)
So the blob takes cuts to Gilmore's plan even further than the Senate.
But it allows Democrats to say they voted for car tax relief, and
Republicans like Allen Dudley and Tommy Baker to say they also voted for food
IN Q=We've said
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: WE'VE SAID ALL ALONG WE WERE IN FAVOR OF
GENERAL, EQUITABLE TAX RELIEF. AND WE VOTED THAT WAY WHEN WE VOTED FOR THIS
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: WE'LL HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND FIGURE OUT
A NEW STRATEGY. WE'VE LOST THIS ROUND, BUT IT WAS VERY, VERY CLOSE AND I THINK
YOU'LL SEE THIS BILL COME BACK.))
OUT Q=come back.
There was NO comment from the Governor's office late tonight.
He can still push for his car tax bill to be revived.
The sentence is life in prison for a Roanoke man convicted of murder
A jury convicted 29-year-old Troy Weeks in a fatal stabbing last fall,
after a three-day trial.
Weeks was convicted of killing 39-year-old Lenwood Alston in Alston's
apartment on Day Avenue last September.
Alston was found dead at about three in the afternoon, lying in a pool of
blood in the hallway.
A fingerprint matching the defendant's was found in the building. The
reason Weeks killed Alston is unclear.
A father suing Western State Hospital for 10 million dollars over his son's
death is speaking out tonight.
Stacey Martin spoke with Carl and Rebecca McCloskey.
IN Q=The tattooed-cross
SUPER=03-Augusta Co.; :06
SUPER=07-Rebecca McCloskey; :15
SUPER=07-Carl McCloskey; :42
OUT Q=News 7
((((The tattooed-cross bears his son's name--the son Carl McCloskey says he
lost after someone violated him here at Western State Hospital.
SOT 06.07.24 - 06.07.33
IN Q=I see him
((REBECCA MCCLOSKEY: I SEE HIM EVERYDAY CRYING IN THE HOSPITAL BED. MOM, WHO
DO THIS TO ME? WHO HURT ME?))
OUT Q=who hurt me?
McCloskey said his son had mental problems beginning at age 16 when the
teenager would take a shower fully clothed and became bad tempered.
The problems ended with a 14-month stay at Western State Hospital beginning
December 15th where his father alleges someone shoved a broom handle up his
son's rectum then tried to cover up the incident.
SOT 06.03.57 - 06.04.18
IN Q=Tell me why
((CARL MCCLOSKEY: TELL ME WHY DO YOU BLAME THE HOSPITAL? BECAUSE OF THE TIME
FRAME THAT HE WAS OVER THERE AND FROM WHAT THE DOCTOR'S SAID ABOUT AN INJURY
LIKE THIS YOU WOULD HAVE SEVERE PAIN WITHIN 20 TO 74 HOURS I THINK. WHEN HE WAS
ADMITTED HE WAS GIVEN A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH PHYSICALLY.))
OUT Q=of health physically.
John was eventually transferred to the University of Virginia Hospital where
he underwent emergency surgery and seven operations to seal a hole in his
He died February 26, 1996. A medical examiner's report later ruled his death
IN Q=The FBI
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: THE F-B-I AND STATE POLICE ARE CONTINUING TO
INVESTIGATE THE CASE. MEANWHILE, LYNNWOOD HARDING, DIRECTOR AT WESTERN STATE
HOSPITAL REFUSED TO COMMENT ON THE LAWSUIT OTHER THAN TO DENY CLAIMS THAT THE
HOSPITAL STAFF DID ANYTHING WRONG. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7.))
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
Changes could be on the way for some farmers in Pittsylvania County-
But will the changes be enough to keep industrial hog farms from moving in?
Christy Hubley was at tonight's special meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
IN Q=This rare special meeting
SUPER=01-Lindy Hammock/Dairy Farmer;:38
SUPER=01-George Haley/Pittsylvania Co. Supervisor;:42
SUPER=01-Karen Maute/Concerned Resident;1:02
OUT Q=Christy Hubley, News7, Pittsylvania County.
(( This rare special meeting of the Pittsylvania County supervisors drew
quite a crowd.
But no one in the audience was allowed to speak on the livestock ordinance.
This meeting was all about the board voting to accept or reject the latest
set of changes.
SOT nats 10:24:17-:23
IN Q=All in favor
OUT Q=seven to zero.
The revisions passed unanimously.
In short, they state the more animals a farmer has, the more land he must
have to raise them, and the farther away they must be from neighboring
Farmers like Lindy Hammock want to put this ordinance issue to rest and get
back to farming.
SOT 10:29:56-:59 quick!
IN Q=We need to
((LINDY HAMMOCK/DAIRY FARMER: WE NEED TO BE AT HOME AND WORK INSTEAD OF AT
OUT Q=at these meetings.
IN Q=Everybody's not going
((GEORGE HALEY/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SUPERVISOR: EVERYBODY'S NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY
WITH EVERYTHING. BUT LET'S GET SOMETHING BEHIND US SO THAT THEY CAN GO ON ENJOY
RUNNING THEIR BUSINESSES AS THEY ARE.))
OUT Q=as they are.
For some, the changes don't go far enough.
They say large hog farms need to be much farther away from neighboring
properties or there will be serious environmental problems.
IN Q= Then you have the possibility
((KAREN MAUTE/CONCERNED RESIDENT: THEN YOU HAVE THE POSSIBILITY AND POTENTIAL
OF HAVING A LAGOON THAT'S FULL OF PIG MANURE AND URINE WITHIN 300 FEET OF
OUT Q=feet of somebody's house.
The livestock ordinance now goes to the county's Planning Commission for
After that, a public hearing which is set for March 17th.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
A Victory for Oprah Winfrey in a Texas Court-
((CHEERING CROWD... ))
OUT Q=CHEERING CROWD.
A jury rejected claims made by Texas Cattlemen that an Oprah show caused
them to lose millions.
Oprah says it's a victory for free speech.
((MY REACTION IS THAT UH FREE SPEECH NOT ONLY LIVES IT ROCKS. CHEERS.))
BUTT TO 14:06:40
((I THANK GOD IT'S FINALLY OVER I THANK GOD FOR ANSWERING A PRAYER. I WILL
CONTINUE TO USE MY VOICE I BELIEVED FROM THE BEGINNING THIS WAS AN ATTEMPT TO
MUZZLE THAT VOICE.))
SUPER=01-Oprah Winfrey/Talk Show Host; quick!
OUT Q=TO MUZZLE THAT VOICE."
Texas Cattle farmers say they're disappointed.
((PAUL ENGLER/CATTLE FARMER: BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE DO BELIEVE WE MADE ONE
VERY STRONG POINT VERY EMPHATIC, VERY CLEAR TO EVERYONE THAT U.S. BEEF IS
((JOE COYNE/CATTLEMEN'S ATTORNEY: YOU'D HAVE TO BE BLIND TO THINK THEY WEREN'T
INFLUENCE BY ONE OF THE 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL AMERICANS. THAT'S A STAR QUALTY
REALLY TOUGH TO GET OVER.))
((OPRAH: I THINK THE TRUTH THAT'S HARD THING TO FIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Paul Engler/Cattle Farmer; 00
SUPER=01-Joe Coyne/Cattlemen's Attorney; 11
OUT Q=hard to fight.
The Cattlemen say they will appeal.
They contend the show about mad cow disases cost them millions of dollars.
They accused Winfrey and a guest of deliberately and maliciously attacking
But Jurors said this-
((BASICALLY BOILED DOWN TO THE WORKDING OF CHARGE AND WE REFLECTED ON THE FIRST
AMENDMENT PRETTY HEAVILY IN THIS ONE.))
OUT Q=heavily in this one.
During the trial Winfrey testified she had tried to expose a
potential problem and was not out to get ranchers.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Murder charges are dropped against a Lynchburg man after a surprise
and in Roanoke, a judge throws out money laundering charges against a local man
who was under indictment for eight years.
The government held the indictment of Javier Cruz under seal for six
years, hoping to snare some major drug traffickers.
It took so long to get the case to trial... a judge threw out the charges
today against co-defendant Earl Frith.
The 63-year old realtor had been charged with laundering cash from Cruz's
cocaine- importation and distribution enterprise.
Cruz and his boss were released on bond soon after their arrest in 1991,
but Frith says he didn't even know he'd been indicted until last year.
IN Q=I'm afraid they're...
Judge James Turk urged the government to appeal his ruling... and said he
has no sympathy for Frith because he's convinced Frith lied when he denied
structuring cash deposits to hide Cruz's drug money.
A Lynchburg man is free tonight after prosecutors decided he acted in self
defense when he shot and killed a man last month.
32- year- old Aubrey Hughes was accused of shooting to death Terrence
Johnson during an altercation January 18th.
Hughes told police Johnson shot HIM first, but his only apparent injury was
a cut on his nose.
Police realized that cut was actually a gunshot wound when the bullet FELL
OUT of Hughes' nose a few days later as he sat in jail.
The commonwealth's attorney dropped the charge during a hearing this
Jens Soering says prosecutors withheld evidence important to his
defense. Today, attornies representing the convicted murderer made their case
to the state supreme court.
Soering was convicted of murdering Derek and Nancy Haysom, the parents
of his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom.
But his attorney says prosecutors failed to reveal that two men who were
stopped by police within a week of the murders, later committed a brutal
killing in Roanoke.
IN Q=These individuals proved
((GAIL STARLING MARSHALL/SOERING'S LAWYER: THESE INDIVIDUALS PROVED BY THEIR
STABBING OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL 26 TIMES, THEY'RE CAPABLE OF HAND TO HAND COMBAT
AND OF DESTROYING ANOTHER LIFE IN SUCH A FRENZIED WAY, IN A VERY SIMILAR WAY IN
WHICH MR. AND MRS. HAYSOM WERE SO BRUTALLY ATTACKED.))
((JOHN MCLEES/ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE BES THING THAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT THEM
FROM SOERING'S STANDPOINT IS THAT ON AN EVENING BETWEEN FOUR AND SIX DAYS AFTER
THE HAYSOM MURDERS THEY WERE KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN IN THE SAME COUNTY THAT THE
SUPER=01-Gail Starling Marshall/Soering's Lawyer; :00
SUPER=01-John McLees/Asst. Attorney General; :13
OUT Q=that the murders occurred.
The Justices also heard from attornies representing Ben Lilly. He was
sentenced to death for the 1995 murder of Virginia Tech student Alexander
Today his lawyers argued there were errors during the trial. Among them
a claim that certain jurors should have been disqualified.
It was last month that E-C Glass football coach Bo Henson claimed he was
fired because he had too many black players on his team.
His remarks sparked some serious concerns and questions in Lynchburg's
Now, school officials are responding.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=A committee of
SUPER=01-Julius Sigler/School Board Chairman; : 22
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/City Council Member; :44
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( A committee of concerned citizens sent a list of 19 questions to school
administrators, wanting to know the racial makeup of the city's school
populations, their sports teams and their faculty.
The school system responded with a thick stack of documents which
administrators say held "no" real surprises.
They're hoping residents will look past Coach Henson's remarks to see the
IN Q=The concern is
((JULIUS SIGLER/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THE CONCERN IS NOT THAT THERE ARE
CHARGES OF RACISM, BUT THERE IS THE POTENTIAL WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS TO UNDO WHAT A
LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE HAVE DONE OVER THE YEARS.))
OUT Q=over the years.
It will take a while for the citizens' committee to digest all the facts and
Councilman Carl Hutcherson says the important thing is the lines of
communication are now open.
IN Q=I think that
((CARL HUTCHERSON/CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: IN ANY SYSTEM AS LARGE AS OURS YOU'RE
GOING TO HAVE SOME PROBLEMS, CERTAINLY. I WOULDN'T THINK THEY WOULD BE OVERT OR
SO GLARING THAT THEY CAN'T BE OVERCOME.))
OUT Q=can't be overcome.
IN Q=School officials
((School officials say if there are disparities in those numbers, the reasons
are more socio- economic than they are racial. They add that compiling the
data has helped them identify potential problems, and get started on some
solutions. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
A Major airline declares bankruptcy and cancels its flights. We'll have the
details in just a moment,
and one of the entertainment world's most volatile marriages could end soon
with a divorce and a jail sentence.
One of the President's top image makers testified before a grand jury
Sidney Blumentahl says prosecutors crossed the line when they asked him
about conversations with reporters.
((SIDNEY BLUMENTHA/CLINTON'S PUBLIC RELATIONS: IF THEY THINK THEY HAVE
INTIMIDATED ME THEY HAVE FAILED.))
SUPER=01-Sidney Blumenthal/White House Public Relations;
OUT Q=THEY HAVE FAILED.
Prosecutors suspected Blumenthal was the source of negative stories about
The grand jury is investigating charges that the president had an affair
with a college intern and then asked her to lie about it.
Pan-Am isn't flying anywhere-
The Airline grounded all of its planes after the Pan Am Corporations two
main airline units filed for bankruptcy protection.
The airline says passengers will be greeted by signs telling them how to
Pan Am hopes the shutdown isn't permanent.
Pamela Anderson Lee is filing for divorce from her rocker husband Tommy Lee-
after three years of marriage.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
Tommy Lee was in court today- facing charges he abused his wife- but his
arraignement was postponed until tomorrow- so his personal attorney could be
The Motley Crue drummer is also charged with one count of child abuse and
one count of a firearm violation.
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SUPER=331-Increasing/Cloudiness/42-44/Mostly Cloudy/Light Winds/60-65;
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Lots of regional high school hoops Highlights; plus Big South and ODAC
But first our extra point. The Redskins beefed up their defensive line
today; signing Cincinnati defensive tackle dan Wilkinson to a five year; 21
point 4 million dollar contract with a five million dollar signing bonus.
The bengals receive a first and third round draft pick.
The Northwest Region Boys and Girls tournament opened at Lynchburg College
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Eagles vs Knights; :
The Cave Spring Boys faced top ranked G.W. Danville.
The Eagles Charles Stephens goes to the board for the tip in; two of his
game high 20 points as G.W. led 11-nothing in the first quarter.
Cave spring settled down; Wally Kern with the steal and layup and the
Knights got on the board making it 11 to 2.
Cave would slow it down on this play Corey Paxton scores two of his 14
points on the drive drawing the foul.
But Danville's Marcus Cunningham SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/65/Cave
Spring/55/;goes to corner for this J; 2 of his 19 as the Eagles beat the
Knights 65 to 55.
Meanwhile the Cave Springs girls are headed back to the state tourney after a
The Lady Knights hit key free throws down the stretch to beat William
Fleming for the fourth time this season.
The Cave Springs girls are headed back to the state tourney after a year
The Lady Knights hit key free throws down the stretch to beat William
Fleming for the fourth time this season.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Knights vs Colonels; :
This would be the fourth meeting between the two.
Fleming led by 4 at the half but the Knights hit a 6 to nothing run and it
was tied 22 to 22 in the third.
Cave took a 2 point lead but Flemings Tonia Brown hits the jumper to tie
the game at 27.
The Knights come right back going to the corner to Aaron Smailes who hits
the jumper to make it 29 to 27 Cave.
Fleming fell behind by five but SUPER=33-Cave Spring/45/William
Fleming/37/;Brown hits this three pointer cutting the lead to two but Cave
Spring holds on for the 45 to 37 win.
IN Q="I think...
((LINDA LONG/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Linda Long/Cave Spring Head Coach; :
OUT Q=..........done last night."
Group 2A defending state champion Liberty is headed back to state for a shot
at a three peat after disposing of Dan River 83-79 last night.
SUPER=03-Rustburg/Region III Semifinals; :00
The Minutemen seemed poised and ready for the region III semi final bout
with the Bobcats.
Liberty starts us off. Quarterback Robert Carson finds Rodney Morris right
under the iron. Morris makes the shot and draws the foul. Liberty led by five.
Dan River was not intimidated. Darrell Lanier shakes and bakes his way
through the lane for the easy lay up; Liberty led by 6.
The Minutemen's Brandon Mills then connects with all state performer Peanut
Arrington for another effortless Liberty hoop.
Raymond puts the final nail in Dan River's great season with the acrobatic
shot and Liberty advances to the region III championship with the 83-79 win.
IN region C quarterfinal action; parry McCluer's season came to an end
tonight. The Fighting Blues lost to John Battle 70-63 at Northwood high school
in one semifinal.
In the other Region C final four game; Glenvar was a winner; beating Bland 68
The Big South Womens basketball tournament final four is set. Liberty will
meet __________ and
Radford will meet UNC-Asheville tomorrow afternoon.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Winthrop vs. Radford; :00
Second seeded Radford University held center court against 7th seeded
Winthrop at Liberty University.
The Highlanders would get off to a good start as Kelli Tull, the Texas
Tornado from just outside of Fort Worth knocks in the three from just outside
Former Floyd County Lady Buffalo Leigh-Ann Pursifull turned in Winthrop's
second highest point total scoring 14 on the afternoon. Here she nails the off
Christiansburg's Rebecca McNeil scored all of her 15 points in the first
half, as RU puts four players in double figures to advance to tomorrow's
semi-finals with a 77-to-72 win.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0097-/Laurel Park/61/j/Graham/70////Cave Spring/55/j/Danville/65///;
SUPER=0097-/Bland/53/j/Glenvar/68///j/John Battle/70//Parry MCluer/63///;
OUT Q=......last score."
Still to come in sports; a douvble header of highlights to bring you from
the ODAC women's tourney,
and An Express goalie is suspended for three games for some poor puck luck
this past Tuesday against Johnstown.
The ODAC womens basketball tournament tipped off at the Salem Civic center
today in quarterfinal action.
SUPER=03-Salem/Quakers vs. Wasps; :00
The nightcap featured Guilford against these ladies; the wasps of Emory and
Watch Allison Schott make the perfect pass inside to Laura Haynes who
finishes the play with the kiss off the glass.
The lady Wasps answer. 5 foot 1 inch senior guard Angie Simpkins is
SUPER=33-Emory & Henry/59/Guilford/72;
gonna take matters into her own hands; making the nifty move and scoring.
Suzanne Groseclose then does some window cleaning; but sixth seeded Emory &
henry falls to third seeded Guilford 72-59.
Randolph-Macon dominated Washington & Lee 78-49 in their ODAC opener.
SUPER=03-Salem/Marlins vs. Maroons; :
Roanoke was fighting to stay alive in the other quarterfinal this
Megan Herrigan catches the pass and hits the turn around jumper the Lady
Maroons trailed by 1, 25 to 24.
then the Lady Marlins hit a run. Samantha Green hits the boards and scores
on the put back to make it 31 to 28 Marlins.
The Lady Marlins get fancy Bridgett Smith with the over the head pass to
Meliza Mead and the Maroons trailed 36 to 28.
Virginia Wesleyan's defense pushed SUPER=33-Virginia
Wesleyan/70/Roanoke/74/;the Maroons outside Toree Morris with the three
pointer Roanoke goes on to win the game 74 to 70.
The Express is on a two game road swing that begins tomorrow at Chesapeake
without one of it's goalties
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Chiefs vs. Express; :00
Daniel Berthiaume has been suspended by the ECHL for three games for
hitting referee Terry Koharski in the the head with the puc during the third
period of Roanoke's 5-2 win over Johnstown Tuesday night.
WIPE TO PINNACLE!!!
Also; Express defenseman Adam Young's father passed away this week. Cards
for Young can be sent to the Express offices, 4502 Starkey, suite 211 and the
zip is 24014.
The Salem Avalanche is throwing local elementary schools a curve in
SUPER=03-Hurt Park Elementary/Roanoke;
The Avalanche staff is visiting schools where members pitch the Reading
Challenge program to kids.
The program stresses the importance of reading and staying in school.
The Avalanche and team mascot, Mugsy, acted out the classic baseball play
"Casey at the Bat" to show the youngsters the rewards of reading.
IN Q=And basically
((TRACY BESKID/ SALEM AVALANCHE STAFF: AND BASICALLY WHAT THE CHALLENGE IS IS
THAT IF THEY READ 10 BOOKS AND RECORD THEM ON A BOOKMARK THAT WE SUPPLY, WE
WILL GIVE THEM TWO FREE TICKETS TO AN AVALANCHE GAME... THEY HAVE TWO CHOICES,
BOTH ON SUNDAYS IN MAY))
SUPER=01-Tracy Beskin/ Salem Avalanche Staff
OUT Q=in May
This is the third year the Avalanche has sponsored the program.
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