Just ahead on News 7, a 10 year old charged with arson at Willow Run apartments goes on trial. We'll have the latest.
The man charged with killing his three year old son enters a plea.
And it's not your typical television. We found some pretty strong reaction to our president's grand jury testimony.
Rainfall slips into the region ending a long dry spell for many. A full court press in the tropics with three systems spinning at once. A fall weather in our local forecast.
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The 10-year-old boy charged in the Willow River fires has been in a Salem courtroom this afternoon.
So has News-7's David Johnson. David, what's the latest?
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A Roanoke man who killed his three-year old son will never go to trial.
Instead, Kelvin Vaughn signed a plea bargain -- with a shot at less jail time.
Tina Tenret was in court today and tells us more.
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Jean-- Kelvin Vaughn admits murdering his own son.
He denies he tried to kill police but admits there's enough evidence to convict him of that, too.
So we asked prosecutors, why did they NOT pursue a trial?
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((WE HAD A VERY STRONG CASE AGAINST THIS MAN AND YET WE CAN GO THROUGH THREE DAYS OF TRIAL ... MISTRIAL.))
Kelvin Vaughn has been convicted of murdering his son and trying to kill two police officers.
He refused to leave his ex-girlfriend's Salem apartment last March.
Even when she left to get police, he stayed inside with the couple's three-year-old son.
Police say Vaughn shot at them twice -- wounding Officer Marge Dillon.
He then killed his three-year-old son as the boy lay in bed.
The couple had battled in court over child support -- Vaughn told officers the boy's mother Kim Carter never got enough and that he killed his son to protect him from suffering.
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((HE IS A VERY PROUD INDIVIDUAL. FROM WHAT I KNOW HE'S BEEN A HARD-WORKING INDIVIDUAL UP UNTIL THE DAY OF THIS INCIDENT. HE'S BEEN EMPLOYED SINCE BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL. TALKED TO A NUMBER OF HIS FRIENDS WHO SAY HE'S OUTGOING, FRIENDLY AND A GOOD PERSON.))
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Vaughn will be sentenced on November 24th.
Today he cried when prosecutors held up his son's pajamas and described the toddler's bullet wounds.
Before being convicted Vaughn stood up and said he was sorry.
(QUESTION: ANY SIGNS VAUGHN PLANNED THIS?)
Well, Jean, that's not sure.
But Vaughn did lock his office keys and I-D in a file drawer at work the night before the murder, in an envelope marked "could have been."
A Campbell County deputy who was nearly killed in the line of duty was awarded the law enforcement version of the Purple Heart today.
Rodney Thompson was stabbed in the chest and arm while trying to arrest a suspected credit card thief on July 25th.
Friends, family and fellow officers packed a ceremony honoring Thompson today.
After two more months of physical therapy, Thompson says he'll be back on the road.
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((DEP. RODNEY THOMPSON/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: AS A CHILD, I WANTED TO BE A POLICE OFFICER. IN 1996, CAMPBELL COUNTY GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL MY GOAL. ON JULY THE 25TH, THAT GOAL WAS ALMOST TAKEN AWAY FFROM ME. BUT THEY TEACH US IN THE ACADEMY OFFICER SURVIVAL AND THE MOTTO "REFUSE TO DIE", "REFUSE TO DIE".))
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Sergeant John Rieger was given a Lifesaving certificate for preventing Thompson from bleeding to death while they waited for help to arrive.
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Another twist today in the U-V-A switched babies case, in the Greene County court where it all started.
Judge Frank Somerville told Paula Johnson she could keep Callie Marie for now -- because the families of Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum have NOT asked for custody.
But the judge refused to order Carlton Conley to pay support for Callie -- because she's NOT his child either.
Johnson and Conley signed a voluntary 75-dollar a week support agreement on a reporter's notebook after today's non-traditional hearing.
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One of Virginia's biggest college feminists is a Christiansburg man. We'll meet him in a few minutes.
And next, watching history ... as a President's grand jury testimony goes on T-V. We'll have local reaction.
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Millions of Americans watched the four hours and three minutes of President Clinton's video-taped testimony today.
The tapes began playing just before 9-30 this morning.
On the tapes, President Clinton refused to answer some questions about specific sexual activity, saying he was trying to protect his family's privacy.
The president and prosecutors also discussed his definition of sexual activity and how that related to his denials of such contact in earlier depositions.
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((I DEPLORED IT , BUT I WAS DETERMINED TO WALK THROUGH THE MINEFIELD OF THIS DEPOSITION WITHOUT VIOLATING THE LAW AND I BELIEVE I DID.))
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The C-B-S Evening News will expand to a full hour tonight, starting at 6-30.
They'll have complete coverage of the release of the President's testimony.
The broadcast captured the attention of the nation, at least for a while.
Eric Earnhart tell us who was watching in our area, who wasn't, and why.
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((Charles Chewning watched with rapt attention as the video-taped drama played out at a Roanoke Cofee shop.
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((CHARLES CHEWNING/ AS AN AMERICAN I'M GENERALLY INTERESTED IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS COUNTRY, AND THIS IS A TERRIBLE SITUATION THAT'S GOING ON, WHICH I THINK AFFECTS ALL OF US AMERICANS, JUST TRYING TO STAY EDUCATED AND KNOWLEGABLE ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS, ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR CURRENT EVENT.))
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Just a table away, Kim Woolwine and her friends were trying just as hard NOT to watch.
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((KIM WOOLWINE; THERE'S BEEN TOO MUCH TALK ABOUT IT ALREADY AND I THINK WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT'S IMPORTANT AS FAR AS HE'S LIED, HE'S ALREADY DONE WHAT HE'S DONE, AND WHAT'S THE POINT OF SITTING WASTING MY TIME WATCHING IT, I'D RATHER BE DRINKING MY COFFEE))
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Charlotte Ferguson doesn't want her children exposed to the tape.
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At Corned Beef and Company, a SPORTS bar... noone was watching Cal Ripkin...
Preferring instead the jabs and volleys of the political game. Especially what the broadcast warned about exlicit sex.
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((MIKE CAUDILL/MANAGER; THAT SEEMS TO BE WHEN PEOPLE ARE MOST INTERESTED, CAN WE GET SOME VOLUME TURNED UP, AND SITUATIONS LIKE WHENEVER THE EXPLICIT SEX WARNINGS COME UP.))
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But as the testimony dragged into it's third and fourth hour... not even that was enough to generate much interest here... few were paying any attention at all.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))[WDBJ-Web]
If you would like to read President Clinton's testimony for yourself, just call up our home page on the internet.
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You can reach us at wdbj7-dot-com. We provide you direct access to the testimony and to the Independent Counsel's supporting documents. Our internet address again is wdbj-7-dot-com.
Two groups fighting for equal rights say they are joining hands.
The Roanoke N-Double-A-C-P and the National Organization for Women say they will work together to fight all forms of discrimination.
During a news conference today in Roanoke, the groups raised concerns they say cross lines of race and gender.
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((ALLISON MIESEN/ROANOKE VALLEY NOW: OF COURSE OUR FOCUS IS WOMEN'S RIGHTS, BUT A LOT OF THE VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION ARE WOMEN. A LOT OF THEM ARE WOMEN OF COLOR, SO THE PARTNERSHIP HERE JUST SEEMED LIKE A NATURAL THING.))
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Among the complaints highlighted today... was the case of Pat Puryear (per-YEAR) , a retired employee of the Roanoke County Real Estate Assessment Office, who says she was a victim of age discrimination and sexual harassment.
Edwin Compton says he was subjected to racial discrimination and harassment while working for the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority.
Both Roanoke County and the Resource Authority say they do not condone discrimination in any form.
Stocks recovered from an early sell-off to finish on the plus side.
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The Dow rose more than 37 and a half points to close at 79-33. NASDAQ stocks climbed more than 16 points.
He's just a guy who wants equality for women.
So why's a college student from Christiansburg attracting international media attention?
Ellen Qualls caught up with southwest Virginia's hottest feminist back at school.
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(( 20- year old Gabriel Hudson is the new co-coordinator of the Feminist Student Organization at the College of William and Mary.
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He stresses he wouldn't do it if he didn't share the top spot with a woman.
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((GABRIEL HUDSON/FEMINIST: AND I GUESS THAT IS A LEADERSHIP ROLE. BUT IT'S NOT SOME SORT OF AUTHORITATIVE ROLE TO WHERE YOU KNOW WHERE I TELL THE WOMEN WHAT TO DO OR I'M LEADING THE WOMEN TO EQUALITY.))
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((GABRIEL HUDSON/FEMINIST: THERE'S A SAYING THAT I SEE ON BUMPER STICKERS AROUND HERE THAT IF YOU'RE NOT OUTRAGED YOU'RE NOT AWARE. AND I THINK OF MYSELF AS PRETTY AWARE. AND SO I'M PRETTY UPSET ABOUT THE PHENOMENON OF RAPE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. THE PHENOMENON OF EATING DISORDERS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. THE PAY INEQUITY.))
Gabriel Hudson's outrage is starting to attract the attention of morning show radio DJs in DC and Canadian TV producers...
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((GABRIEL HUDSON/FEMINIST: HA HA! WHAT IS THIS? IT COMPLETELY BOGGLES ME. I WAS SO SURPRISED. YESTERDAY I CAME HOME AND I HAD I THINK THREE OR FOUR DIFFERENT NEWS SOURCES CALLING ME. AND I THOUGHT "MY GOODNESS WHAT IS SO NOVEL? I'M JUST A GUY THAT DISAPPROVES OF RAPE."))
Gabriel did confess he's also a guy who joined a fraternity.
But he says it's a pretty eclectic group... one that heavily recruited a frat boy feminist from southwest Virginia into their already diverse ranks.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Williamsburg.))
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville where the Cavs were relatively calm. Duke meanwhile is just plain sick to its stomach.
And we'll take a look back at yesterday's Taco Bell 300 at Martinsville where you had to be hard Taco just to survive.
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Olympic triple gold medalist & world record holder Florence Griffith Joyner has died at her home in Mission Viejo, California.
Her husband, Olympic gold medalist Al Joyner, called 9-1-1 this morning.
Griffith Joyner suffered a heart seizure two years ago and spent a day in the hospital.
She still holds the world records in the 100 & 200 meter dashes.
Since retiring, she's been designing and modeling clothes & working with children in sports programs.
Florence Griffith Joyner was 38. An autopsy will be performed.
The Virginia Cavaliers head down tobacco road Saturday to face Duke after getting their kicks this past weekend. Steve Mason explains.
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Roanoke's Chris Combs got sick right before kickoff and had to leave the game in the first quarter.
Duke officials said this afternoon that he should be fine by Saturday afternoon's kickoff.
Also, in North Carolina this afternoon Dale Earnhardt made a gigantic annoucement concerning his son Dale Junior.
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"Little E" who leads the Busch series this season has secured sponsorhsip from Budwesier to drive 5 Cup events next season, and a full schedule in 2000.
His contract with Anheuser Busch runs through the year 2004.
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The Martinsville Speedway is cleaning up today and regrouping for this coming weekend's Craftsman Truck and Winston Cup series races on Saturday and Sunday.
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But yesterday the Late Model stars were in the spotlight along with "Sugar" the chihuahua, the official star of the Taco Bell 300.
The other star was Dexter Canipe, who passed Ray Young with just 6 laps to go yesterday to win the event and pocket $25 thousand dollars.
I should mention, however, that Canipe refused to give "Sugar" a little sugar in victory lane.
Finally, take a look at this incident from one of the heat races before yesterday's main event.
A chain reaction crash in turn one ends up placing Mark Cox's car on top of the one driven by Philip Van Der Ver.
With gas dripping out from under his car, Cox would eventually climb out of his machine and then yank it back down on four wheels. Neither driver was hurt in the wreck.
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Don't forget that this coming Saturday News 7 Sports will present an hour long racing special entitled "More Thunder in the Foothills." It's Saturday night at 7 on the eve of the NAPA 500 at Martinsville as our NASCAR 98 series of specials continue.
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