Coming up on News 7-
Louis Ceparano is behind bars for the burning and beheading of a man- Today he spoke excluvively to News 7 about the crime- and the victim.
The GM strike hits close to home-
and the truth is out there- and so are the crowds as the X-Files opens on the big screen.
News 7 is next.
The man serving time for the killing of Garnett G-P Johnson says he did not do it.
Louis Ceparano spoke exclusively to News 7 from his prison cell-
He talked about the night of the crime- and the victim- saying the two were friends.
Did State lawmakers violate the constitution to make more money? That's what the former head of the Democratic party says.
Plus they're off and running- the Jack Russell Terriers that is- We'll take a look at this popular event.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.[Ceparano]
In a phone interview from the Grayson County jail today, convicted murderer Louis Ceparano said he did NOT kill Garnett G-P Johnson last summer-- that the two were friends.
Ceparano also expressed doubts over the plea agreement he signed three weeks ago.
Teresa Hamilton has more on their conversation in this report.
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((LOUIS CEPARANO/CONVICTED MURDERER:GP WAS MY FRIEND AND EVEN THOUGH WE ALL MAY HAVE BEEN PRETTY WELL INTOXICATED I WOULD HAVE IN NO WAY WANT TO HURT HIM. ))
[OUT Q=hurt him.]
Ceparano declines to go into specifics about the crime saying he did NOT want to jeopardize the commonwealth's case against co-defendant, Emmett Cressell, Junior.
Ceparano, who'd been facing the death penalty, recently entered a plea that guaranteed him life in prison without parole after agreeing to testify against Cressell.
But Ceparano is adamant in wanting people to know he's NOT a racist.
[IN Q=I get along]
((I GET ALONG SOCIALLY CORRECT WITH EVERYBODY AND I THINK THE NEWSPAPERS HAVE LABELLED ME DIFFERENTLY AND I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT I'M NOT THIS BAD, MAD MAN TYPE PERSON THAT THEY HAVE MADE ME OUT TO BE. ))
[OUT Q=to be.]
Ceparano says he combined moonshine and whisky along with the prescription drugs Valium and Zanax in the hours leading up to the murder...
He remembers the three had been joking around and that he helped Cressell carry Johnson out of his house but says that's where his role in the crime ended.
And, while police say his clothes were covered in the victim's blood-- Ceparano denies dousing Johnson with gasoline or lighting the match-- or later beheading him.
((I DIDN'T KILL HIM, I KNOW I WOULDN'T HAVE, IT'S JUST NOT IN ME TO DO THAT. ))
[OUT Q=to do that.]
Ceparano has three teenage children and recently became a grandfather-- which he says prompted him to enter a plea agreement.
It's a decision he's now having second thoughts about.
His attorneys say it's understandable but still believe he made the right move and doubt anything can be done to reverse the decision.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.
He used to head Virginia's Democratic Party- Now Paul Goldman says state lawmakers have violated the constitution to pad their pockets.
Goldman this week asked the Attorney General to look into the lawmakers' doubling of their "per diem" allowance and increasing their office expense budgets.
The Virginia Constitution explicitly forbids the lawmakers from voting to raise their own "salaries" during their terms in office.
Goldman has now found a 1980 law that he thinks will make his point.
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((PAUL GOLDMAN/FORMER DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMAN: IT JUST SO HAPPENED IN 1980, THE LEGISLATURE CALLED THE VERY THING THEY DID A SALARY. IT WASN'T AN ALLOWANCE IN 1980. IT WAS A SALARY. BUT NOW OF COURSE, IN ORDER TO GET AROUND THE CONSTITUTION, THESE THINGS ARE KNOWN AS ALLOWANCES. SECOND OF ALL, WHAT I'VE POINTED OUT, AND MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THIS, IS THAT YOU AND I, THE TAXPAYERS OF VIRGINIA ARE PAYING FOR PENSIONS, OF COURSE FOR THE LEGISLATURE, AND THEIR PENSIONS ARE BASED ON THEIR EXPENSES!))
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[OUT Q=their expenses.]
That means when the office expense budget goes up July first, so do the pensions.
[IN Q=You know]
((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: YOU KNOW YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IF IT HAD BEEN A VERY STRONG CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE, SOMEONE WOULD HAVE RAISED IT ALONG THE WAY. I DON'T KNOW THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS RAISED IT DURING THE SESSION. BUT YOU KNOW, WE'LL CERTAINLY TAKE A LOOK AT IT. WE TAKE A LOOK AT EVERY LETTER FROM ANY CONSTITUENT IN VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=in Virginia.]
Goldman says Attorney General Mark Earley voted to base pensions on expenses himself-- when he was a state senator i
The General Motors strike is getting worse.
Today GM's biggest assembly plant shut down- In all 105 thousand people are out of work.
Drew Levinson has more.
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((With the two strikes against general motors-- now entering their second
and third weeks-- the wheels of the auto giant are grinding to a halt.
The ripple effects are being felt across north america. 90-percent of
General Motors production capacity is down, and nearly 100-thousand
hourly workers have been laid off.
For the first time since the united auto workers left the assembly line
for the picket line-- gm's chief executive spoke in public about the
His words came in a prepared speech to college graduates.
JACK SMITH/GM CHIEF EXECUTIVE
WE DIDN'T WANT THIS STRIKE.. WE'D LIKE IT TO END AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
But that's about all he had to say -- avoiding reporters' questions as
he left the building...
DARRYL BAKER/STRIKING WORKER
The strikes and their effect on the american economy have not gone
un-noticed in Washington.
THEY HAVE SOME APPARENTLY LEGITIMATE DIFFERENCES. WE HOPE THEY REACH AGREEMENT IN A TIMELY FASHION. Drew Levinson, CBS News, Flint Michigan..))
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The strike is being felt in southwest Virginia, forcing layoffs in Wythville.
Some 180 employees at the Kingston-Warren plant in Wythe County have been laid off for ten days now and a plant spokesman says he has no idea when they might be recalled.
The plant is still open, running with just 50 people.
The company makes rubber seals for car doors and windows and is a main supplier for GM.
Buena Vista may soon be getting a new high school.
The newest addition to the area's current high school-- Parry McCluer-- was built in 19-54.
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((IT IS ONE OF THE OLDEST HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE STATE AND IT STILL IS ROCK STEADY. IT JUST HAS OUTLIVED ITS USEFULNESS FOR A HIGH SCHOOL PURPOSE.))
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[OUT Q=high school purpose.]
Plans for the new school have already been drawn up.
It will cost a total of eight million dollars.
School officials expect to break ground on the project in January and to have it up and running by the year 2001.
Officials have raised area taxes to help pay for the new high school.
Now, they say they're waiting for approval of state funds before beginning construction.
A 22-year old Dublin man is dead following an accident on route 6-72 in Pulaski County this afternoon.
Police say David Dwight Perdue hit a tractor trailer head on.
Perdue died at the scene. No one else was injured.
Severe weather whipped through parts of Florida today-
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In Lake County, wind blew billboards and flipped two tractor trailers travelling on the Florida turnpike.
The sheriff says a small tornado was sited in the area.
The trucks blocked the turnpike and forced traffic to be rerouted for several hours.
Jean tosses to Patrick in the Chromakey
Your health could be affecting your driving.
We'll have the latest report out of U-V-A.
X-files fans flock to local theaters.
Did the big screen Scully and Mulder live up to their expectations?
We'll have reaction coming up.
Lynchburg firefighters say a lack of manpower and new federal regulations could be putting Hill City residents in danger.
The department asked city council this week for more money and more personnel to help deal with OSHA's new "Two In, Two Out" rule.
The law requires two firefighters to be stationed outside a burning building before two more can go INSIDE.
But some say waiting for more manpower can be a costly delay.
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((MIKE HAGAR/LYNCHBURG FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: IT INCREASES THE DANGER TO THE FIREFIGHTERS AND ALSO IT INCREASES THE FIRE LOSS AND PART OF THE JOB WE HAVE FIRST AND FOREMOST IS RESCUE AND KEEPING LIVES SAFE, BUT THE SECOND JOB THAT WE DO IS TRY AND MINIMIZE DAMAGE FROM FIRES, THAT'S PART OF OUR JOB.))
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[OUT Q=of our job.]
Lynchburg council will appoint a task force to study the problem and look for possible solutions.
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A new report shows diabetes can impair driving ability.
Tonya Flory reports researchers at the University of Virginia are trying to find out why and how hypoglycemia can cause reckless driving.
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((KIRSTEEN MITCHELL/DIABETIC:THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHEN I'VE PASSED OUT I'VE PASSED OUT DRIVING, YOU HAVE. YOU'VE PASSED OUT, YOU'VE DRIVEN OFF THE ROAD, OH YAY, I'VE HIT A CAR, I RODE OFF THE ROAD.))
[OUT Q=the road.]
Kirsteen Mitchell is part of a U-V-A study that tested how blood glucose levels effect driving.
Participants were tested using a realistic driving simulator.
Driving performance was monitored as well as self-treatment of low blood sugar.
The results were provided on three screens for the patients to view.
Mitchell suffered from severe hypoglycemia while driving her car.
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[IN Q=Blood sugar]
((DR. DANIEL J. COX/UVA PSYCHIATRIC MEDICINE:BLOOD SUGAR IS THE PRIMARY FUEL OF THE BRIAN, IF YOU DEPRIVE THE BRAIN OF IT'S FUEL THEN IT BECOMES DYSFUNCTIONAL TO THE POINT WHERE YOU EVENTUALLY BECOME UNCONSCIOUS AND CEASE AND COULD CONCLUDE IN DEATH.))
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The study revealed even when the subjects suspected their blood sugar was low, they waited too long to treat it, with potentially dangerous consequences. Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))
The findings were reported this week at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association.
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Jurors who convicted Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing-
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arrived in Oklahoma City today-
They'll meet with some survivors and victims families.
((GREAT ANTICIPATION OF MEETING THE PEOPLE, GETTING A LITTLE CLOSER THAN ALLOWED IN THE COURTROOM TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO SHARED SO MANY NEAR AND DEAR THOUGHT WITH US.))
[OUT Q=WITH US.]
But some have criticized the jurors calling the visit inappropriate.
((I WOULD SAY WITHOTU HESITATION THAT WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO OUR DELIBERATIONS, OUR FOCUS ON THE FACTS, OUR TESTIMONY OUR OBJECTIVE PROCESS WE USED DURING OUR DELIBERATIONS. WE IN NO WAY DID WE USE OUR EMOTIONS TO ARRIVE AT OUR VERDICT.))
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The weekend visit will include a tour of the bombing site and the planting of a spruce at the state Capitol.
Bumper boats and go-carts will spice up the summer at Smith Mountain Lake.
A second chance for a piece of local history,
We'll have the latest in the log cabin saga up next.
Athletes from the Boys Home of Covington took home two gold medals from the Home Olympics this week.
26 boys from the home participated in the event which brought together about 300 athletes from boys and girls home across the nation.
Events included basketball, softball, swimming and track and field.
Gold medal winners included Eric Gray who won the high jump competition and Pete Burns who set a record with his wins in the 16 hundred and 800 meter races.
A historic log cabin in Roanoke must be sold--- or it will be torn down.
The city has condemned this two-story log cabin to be destroyed by July second.
But contractors are not tearing down the main building YET -- instead they are waiting for potential buyers to save it.
[IN Q=The guys that made]
((THE GUYS THAT MADE THESE ... THIS PARTICULAR CITY.))
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The cabin's owner, Paul Levi, found a postcard from the Fountain Inn, dated 1827, tucked between the logs.
Historians say the woodwork is one of a kind and are racing to save the cabin.
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A developer is betting a new waterpark will make a big splash at Smith Mountain Lake.
Craig Caron is taking one of his Nascar-model Go Karts for a spin.
By June 30th, he says everyone will be able to speed around the track -- or float boats in the bumper pool.
He has spent 700-thousand-dollars -- and five years -- building the park.
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((WE HAD SOME DIFFICULTY MAKING EVERYONE BELIEVE IT WAS GOING TO BE A NICE PORJECT AND WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY.
PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY HAD CONCERNS AS TO WHAT EXACTLY WOULD BE GOING ON, HOW NOISY IT WOULD BE AND HOW IT WOULD AFFECT WHAT WAS ALREADY HERE.))
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To muffle noise -- Caron built the park below ground level with slopes as buffers.
Next year he plans to build two water slides and a 300 foot wave pool to draw in tourists.
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Some past and present NFL greats were in the kitchen yesterday for the grand opening of the "Player's Grill" restaurant in Orlando.
Hershel Walker, John Mackey and Tony Dorsett cooked up steak, Caesar salad and other dishes to help christen the new eatery.
Payne Stewart has the lead after two rounds of the US Open at the Olympic Club course in San Francisco.
He leads Bob Tway and Jeff Maggert by one stroke with a three under par score.
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He birdied the first three holes of his round yesterday.
But the Master, Jack Nicklaus had the shot of the day. Needing a birdie to ensure he would make the cut, watch this ball on 18 roll to the cup stop and then drop.
Nicklaus is in for the weekend.
Tiger Woods is at plus 6 but too made the cut as does John Daly at plus 5.[S-Dogs]
It was a big night at the Roanoke Valley horse show with a hall of fame induction and the wildly popular Jack Russell Terrier races.
First, the Horse Show's Hall of Fame, which was established in 1995 proudly inducted Evelyn Waldron into its hall last night, recognizing her for her many contributions.
Then it was time to turn loose the Terriers.
Folks here is the best race I've ever seen. In the preliminaries, 2 Jack Russells finish in a dead heat as they chase the fox tail into the hay.
It all came down to this final race, an all-out sprint to the finish, and watch the flip coming up from the white terrier in the center of the screen.
That dog comes up short but, Myron does not. The 2 year old from Culpeper wins the title for the second straight year.
Say bye, bye little doggies and wave to Andrew and Denise!
Jeff Gordon added another chapter to his legend yesterday by winning the pole despite smacking the wall.
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45 cars qualified yesterday afternoon but Gordon was unbeatable.
He won the pole with a lap at 168 point 042 miles an hour, and he did so even thought he brushed the wall with his right quarter panel.
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Rick Mast made the top 25 in the Remington Ford. Here's a look at the fast first rounders.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Mark Martin//7. Joe Nemechek//8. Ted Musgrave//9. Dale Jarrett//10. Chad Little//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Dale Earnhadt//12. Terry Labonte//13. Kenny Wallace//14. Wally Dallenbach//15. Sterling Marlin//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Bobby Hamilton//17. Kyle Petty//18. Darrell Waltrip//19. John Andretti//20. Mike Skinner//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Dick Trickle//22. Bill Elliott//23. Bobby Labonte//24. Rick Mast//25. Hut Stricklin//;]
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Salem High School is venue for tomorrow's AAU Junior Olympic Track & Field State Championships.
And Steve Mason says one group, in particular, is ready to run.
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[SUPER=01-Paul Moyer/Inner City Streak Coach; :47]
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[OUT Q=news 7 sports"]
((The Roanoke Inner City Streak athletes have sacrificed their entire summer for track. Through the sport, they have also learned how to run from the troubles that can bring down today's youth.
leaving the streets alone and focussing on track has paid off for Taheerah. She's one of the 30 inner city streak athletes with a solid shot at nationals. The program began in 1989 and is the only one of it's kind in the valley.
The ages range from 6 to 13, and the boys and girls train at Lucy Addison. Around 400 athletes will compete tomorrow. The top four finishers qualify for the nationals at Norfolk State University.))
And right after this quick break we will check in with Roy Stanley down in Franklin County
where more than cupid is drawing back his bow this weekend.
It's not bow season, but you would never know it in Franklin County.
Roy Stanley tells us why some of the best archers in the world are making their mark there this weekend.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Hopkins/1997 World Champion; :41]
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((Before the weekend is over, 12-hundred archers from all over the world are expected to compete in the event.
The archers will shoot at 3-d targets as well as the challenge pop and walk out target system.))
((Jeff Hopkins, the 1997 world champion, learned to shoot at the age of 9. He's competed in this tournament the last three years. And it was a very important stop on his quest for the championship he won last year.))
((JEFF HOPKINS/1997 WORLD CHAMPION:))
((Hopkins finished third in this event last year. A strong showing could help him in his goal to repeat as the World champion.))
David (Doo-Cuv-nee) Duchovny and Gillian Anderson officially made it to the silver screen tonight--
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as the X-Files movie opened at local theatres.
But, fans of the tv show had mixed reactions to the show's big screen debut.
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[IN Q=It wasn't as]
((JOHN CARISTA/X-FILES TV FAN:IT WASN'T AS GOOD BUT IT WAS GOOD. IT WAS WORTH THE MONEY. Would you see it again? NAH. I WOULDN'T SEE IT AGAIN.))
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[IN Q=If you like]
((JOHN SMITH/X-FILES TV FAN: IF YOU LIKE SORT OF PARANOIA--FEAR OF THE GOVERNMENT, OR ANYTHING IT'S A FUN MOVIE TO SEE.
AND, EVEN IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE CHARACTERS. I THINK AFTER THE MOVIE YOU'LL WANT TO KNOW THE CHARACTERS FROM THE SHOW.))
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[OUT Q=from the show.]
K-92 was on hand at Salem Valley Eight, providing music for movie-goers waiting their turn in the theaters.
But, some of them ended up having a longer wait than expected.
That's because the 9:45 showing there sold out an hour early.
The sci-fi flick is rated PG-13.
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