The case of two Bedford teens accused of murder goes to a grand jury. (----------------)
And the U-N Security council dodges the issue of whether Iraq is honoring
its latest cooperation pledge.
Clouds will be gradually building throughout the day, with scattered showers likely by this evening.
Not much to interrupt your holiday travel plans, though as conditions dry out for Thanksgiving Day.
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A Bedford County grand jury will hear the case against two teenagers accused of murder.
A judge certified all of the charges against 17-year old Randy Ross and his 16-year old girlfriend Keirstin Davis.
Ross faces a charge of capital murder.
He is accused of killing Jamelle (juh-MELL) Poindexter in September.
Keirstin (KEER-stin) Davis is charged with first degree murder and robbery.
Yesterday, their attornies asked the judge to exclude reporters from the preliminary hearing.
[IN Q=I know you have a job to do]
((TOM BLAYLOCK/ROSS' ATTORNEY: I KNOW YOU HAVE A JOB TO DO AND YOU WANT TO DO YOUR JOB, BUT WE HAVE A JOB TO DO AS WELL, AND THAT'S TO TRY TO GET A FAIR TRIAL HERE IN THIS COUNTY AND WITH ALL THE PUBLICITY THAT'S BEEN GENERATED, THAT'S GOING TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT THING TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Ross' Attorney]
[OUT Q=very difficult thing to do.]
The judge certified the charges to the grand jury that meets early next month.
The defense attornies say they plan to ask for a change of venue when the case reaches circuit court.[E-Vaughn]
A Roanoke man will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering his three year old son and trying to kill two police officers.
Kelvin Vaughn was sentenced yesterday to three life sentences.
He will serve two at the same time, as part of the plea bargain.
Last March he refused to leave his ex-girlfriend's apartment.
He fired shots at police, wounded officer Marge Dillon, and killed his three-year-old son.
[SOT 15:37:35, 15:16:14 --BUTT BITES]
[IN Q=every morning]
((CARTER: EVERY MORNING...THE GOOD WITH THE BAD//////RIDER: HE WAS ALWAYS IN CONTROL...PART OF HIS BEHAVIOR.))
[SUPER=01-Kim Carter/Victim's Mother;00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Rider/Defense Attorney;13]
[OUT Q=PART OF HIS BEHAVIOR]
Vaughn said he was sorry he hurt people.
A Roanoke man charged with starting a downtown apartment fire that killed six people is expected to go on trial in early February.
Michael Jerrod Clements was formally charged yesterday with six counts of homicide and one count of arson.
He was arrested earlier this month.
He faces a maximum seven life terms in prison if convicted.
Two court appointed attorneys will represent Clements in the case.
Virginia's laws against sodomy are being challenged by one of the 18 men recently arrested in Roanoke for soliciting an under-cover police officer.
The investigation was prompted by a citizen complaint about public sex acts in Wasena and Smith Parks.
Roanoke Attorney Sam Garrison filed a motion to dismiss on behalf of Everette Elmo Davidson.
He says sodomy laws have been selectively enforced.
It's also a first amendment issue, Garrison says, because it's an attempt to enforce religious views of morality.
A teenager has pled no contest to arson for setting one of the seven suspicious fires at a Salem apartment complex this summer.
Officials believe the 15-year old was responsible for the July 28th fire at the Willow River apartments.
Police say the boy set the apartment on fire while burning some basketball trading cards he had apparently stolen and was supposed to return.
Officials say the investigation into the other fires continues.
The U-N Security Council says it's standing behind its weapon inspectors 100 percent.
The one line statement was issued last night following a three hour meeting.
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In that meeting top inspector Richard Butler briefed council members on Iraq's refusal to surrender documents on chemical weapons.
But the council dodged the issue of whether the latest problem constitutes a violation of Iraq's promise to cooperate with inspectors.
((MOST MEMBERS OF COUNCIL...BEGIN COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW. ))
[SUPER=01-Jeremy Greenstock/British Ambassador;]
[OUT Q=COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW ]
The council president says Russia questioned whether the documents existed and blocked a statement calling for Baghdad's compliance.
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In sports, a former Heritage standout runs into 'Giant' trouble with the law.
Denise Allen has details.
Good Morning Denise.
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[OUT Q=after this.]
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[SUPER=01-Duane Howard/Aviation Specialist;]
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A Danville man has died on death row in North Carolina -- from a heart attack.
Ricky Lee Price was convicted and sentenced to death for strangling a Danville woman in North Carolina 14 years ago.
Price was also convicted of a murder in Virginia, where he received a life sentence.
At the time of his death, Price's case was being appealed, so no execution date had been set.
There is word that the family of a man killed on the job at Bassett Furniture Industries in 1995 has settled with the company. There is a press conference scheduled for today.
(Ga-beeno Eee-beara) Gabino Ibarra died after falling from the third to second story of the Bassett Superior Lines warehouse.
He had come from Mexico to work in Henry County so he could send money to his destitute parents.
Ibarra's family took the fight for his death benefits to court.
"Citizens for Improved Workers' Compensation" issued a press release saying Bassett and Liberty Mutual have agreed to settle with the family.
A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography.
John Oscar Godoy used the internet to send an undercover Bedford County police officer images of children having sex.
Prosecuters said Godoy sent the pictures to undercover officer Sergio Kopelev, who was posing as a pedophile.
Godoy faces up to ten years in Prison at his sentencing in January.
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The price of cigarettes are going up and it is all part of the 200-billion dollar tobacco settlement.
Smokers will have to pay more to light up.
Around Roanoke, stores that sell cigarettes are raising prices.
That's because the country's two biggest cigarette companies are hiking THEIR prices.
[IN Q=we're talking]
((BRAMMER: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AN IMMEDIATE 45-CENT PER PACK INCREASE. ON AVERAGE, AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT'S GOING TO GO FROM ABOUT &2.20 A PACK TO $2.65. THAT'S A 20 PERCENT INCREASE IN THE COST OF A PACK OF CIGARETTES.))
[SUPER=01-George Brammer/A. G. Edwards & Sons;]
A-G Edwards predicts cigarette sales will drop eight percent in the U-S.
Some smokers say they plan on kicking the habit.
[IN Q=i'm gonna quit]
((I'M GONNA QUIT. why? CAUSE IT'S GETTING TOO EXPENSIVE.))
[OUT Q=TOO EXPENSIVE]
The price hike goes into effect this week.
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In medical news, today's Journal of The American Medical Association says that you should begin routine screening for Diabetes at age 25.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
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[SUPER=01-Kent Chrisman/History Museum of Western Va.;]
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
A forest fire rages out of control in Augusta County.
Hundreds of acres have been burned in the George Washington Jefferson Nationsl forests have been schorched so far and officials fear the dry conditions could produce more wildfires elsewhere in Virginia.
Ho, ho, ho, hazards!
Just in time for your holiday shopping, the U-S Public Interest
Research Group is out with its hazardous toy warnings for this
First on the list is balloons.
A consumer advocate says they're the worst killer toy because they're
a severe choking hazard.
And in New York city their getting ready for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
Broadway peformers will dancing through the streets of the "big apple" Thursday.
But an accident last year that injured a spectator has placed new restrictions on the size and shape of the famous balloons.
And that's what's making news on this .
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
A truck fire caused some delays for drivers on Interstate-81 yesterday in Rockbridge County.
The driver of this tractor trailer pulled over to the side of the road when he noticed flames coming from the rear of his truck.
Firefighters were able to extinquish the blaze quickly.
Officials suspect the truck's brakes caused the fire.
[WIPE, WIPE, WIPE][E-Van-Fire]
Less than fifteen miles away in Botetourt County, another vehicle caught fire at a rest stop.
Witnesses noticed smoke coming from this van.
Officials say it was fully engulfed by the time the owner returned to the vehicle.
Troutville firefighters were able to contain the blaze within minutes.
No one was injured in either incident.
A 700 acre forest fire is still burning out of control about 20 miles west of Staunton, in Augusta County.
Firefighters say with dry conditions across Southwest Virginia, it could happen anywhere.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SUPER=03-Augusta Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Parsons/U. S. Forest Service; :18]
[SUPER=01-Harry Fink/Firefighter; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Garland Newcomb/Hunter; 1:18]
[OUT Q=Eric Earnhart, News 7]
(( The smoke-stained sunset stretched for miles across the sky, as the fire continued to chew up acre after acre on the mountain overlook the small town of Deerfield.
At the foot of the mountain, a small army of firefighters are doing what they can.
[IN Q=we've tried]
((STEVE PARSONS/U.S. FOREST SERVICE; WE'VE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES TO CONTROL THE FIRE AND THAT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.. WINDS, WEATHER CONDITIONS, THE DRYNESS OF THE AREA HAVE ALL CONTRIBUTED TO THESE UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORTS.))
[OUT Q=unsuccessful efforts]
Earlier in the day, as the fire grew to 500 acres, more than 100 firefighters worked to block it's path, backed up by aerial water drops, but the fire still grew to 700 acres by nightfall.
The firefight is now a 24 hour operation. Right now there are four fire crews up there on the mountain, taking advantage of the lower winds, trying to make some progress.
Meanwhile, at the command post, a meteorologist works to develop a weather forcast the firefighters will use as they try to come up with a strategy to stop the advancing flames.
[IN Q=if we loose]
((FIREFIGHTER; IF WE LOSE THIS PIECE OVER HERE, THEN THIS AINT GOING TO MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE...))
[OUT Q=any difference]
[IN Q=it's bad]
((HARRY FINK/ DEERFIELD VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. IT'S BAD, ONE OF THE WORST I;VE EVER SEEN.
HOW MUCH DANGER IS THERE FOR HOMES AND PEOPLE IN THE AREA?
NONE RIGHT NOW.))
[OUT Q=none right now]
Residents and frequent visitors like Garland Newcomb say they've never seen anything like this.
[IN Q=we've actually]
((GARLAND NEWCOMB/HUNTER; WE'VE ACTUALLY CAMPED RIGHT HERE WHERE THE FIRE IS GOING NOW, SI IT'S UNREAL... I UNDERSTAND IT BURNED HUNDREDS OF ACRES...))
[OUT Q=hundreds of acres]
And it could burn hundreds more before it's over... Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Now that Attorney General Reno has refused to order an independent counsel investigation into Vice President
Gore's fundraising activities, Republicans are watching her next moves.
Reno must decide within two weeks whether independent counsels
are needed to conduct fund-raising investigations of President
Clinton and his former chief of staff Harold Ickes.
Jonathan Freed reports.
[SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Orrin Hatch/(R) Utah; :59]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/Reporting; 1:19]
[OUT Q= news, Washington]
SUPER: FILE/CAMPAIGN '96.
The Attorney General's decision lets the Vice President put the 1996
election behind him...as he concentrates more and more on campaign 2000.
LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, D.C.
The issue was whether Al Gore lied to investigators about campaign
fundraising...whether he knowingly broke rules that prohibit the raising
of so-called hard money while on federal property. That's money which
is used to help elect specific candidates.
In a court filing, Attorney General Janet Reno wrote that the evidence
against Gore is weak and circumstantial. And that it does not warrant
the appointment of an independent counsel. She said:
(RENO FILING): TODAY'S DETERMINATION DOES NOT MEAN THAT OUR WORK HAS
ENDED...WE WILL CONTINUE TO VIGOROUSLY INVESTIGATE ALL ALLEGATIONS OF
That refers to her ongoing fundraising probes of President Clinton and
former deputy White House chief of staff, Harold Ickes.
Reno's decision was quickly condemned by Republicans on Capitol
Hill...who have been pushing for an independent counsel.
SEN. ORRIN HATCH/R-UT: WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE IS THE PUBLIC'S
CONFIDENCE IN THE RULE OF LAW THAT'S FURTHER ERODED...AND IT'S DOUBTFUL
WHETHER THERE WILL BE FULL ACCOUNTING OF RECKLESS CAMPAIGNING BY CLINTON
AND OTHER OFFICIALS.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): A SPOKESPERSON FOR GORE IS SAYING
THE VICE PRESIDENT IS PLEASED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S DECISION. AND
THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THE PRESIDENT ALWAYS BELIEVED GORE ACTED WITHIN THE
LAW. JANET RENO IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE ON WHETHER TO APPOINT AN
INDEPENDENT COUNSEL IN THE CASES OF MR. CLINTON AND HAROLD ICKES IN THE
NEXT FEW WEEKS. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
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With Christmas just a month away, aA consumer group with an eye on children's safety has issued its annual list of unsafe toys.
Lee Cowan has the rundown.
[SUPER=01-Ed Mierzwinski/Consumer Advocate; :10]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:39]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, Charlotte, NC;]
WITH MOST ANALYSTS PREDICTING A CRUSH IN THE HOLIDAY TRAFFIC
AT THE CASH REGISTER --- CONSUMER WATCHDOG GROUPS ARE PREDICITING MORE
FATAL ACCIDENTS IN THE TOY AISLE.
ED MIERZWINSKI//U.S. PIRG:
"Choking on small toy parts, small balls and balloons, continues to be
the leading cause of toy related deaths."
(LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, DC)
RESEARCH DONE BY THE U-S PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP IN
WASHINGTON SHOWS 13 CHILDREN DIED JUST LAST YEAR FROM TOY RELATED
"The little tiny clock drops right into the choke tube."
-- 11 OF THEM CHOKED TO DEATH ON REMOVABLE PARTS SMALL ENOUGH
TO FIT IN A CHILD'S AIRWAY.
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"I think these are hazards that can be avoided, I think these are deaths
than can be avoided. Common sense is part of it but so are tough laws."
THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISION'S STANDARDS ARE BY NO
MEANS CHILD'S PLAY.
BUT THE GROUP STILL FOUND MORE THAN TWO DOZEN TOYS CURRENTLY
ON STORE SHEVLVES THAT MAY PRESENT A HAZARD.
GOVERNMNT TESTING IS NOT UNIVERSAL.
FOR EXAMPLE, THE CHEMICAL THAT MAKES SOME PLASTIC TEETHING
TOYS SOFTER HAS RAISED SOME HEALTH QUESTIONS OVERSEAS --- IT HAS RAISED
LITTLE MORE THAN EYEBROWS HERE.
AND SOME TESTS AREN'T EVEN REQUIRED - LIKE WHETHER A TOY CAN
DAMAGE YOUR CHILD'S HEARING.
ONCE AGAIN, THE TESTING IS UP TO YOU.
"If you hold it up to your ear and it hurts, then don't buy it.
This one hurts (rings)."
THE GROUP IS NOT WITHOUT IT'S SUCCESSES. OVER THE YEARS SOME
50 TOY RECALLS HAVE BEEN PUT INTO EFFECT AS A RESULT OF THEIR ANNUAL
AND THIS YEAR, THE GROUP ADMITTED TO HAVING A HARDER TIME
FINDING TOYS THAT VIOLATED SAFTY STANDARDS.
"But still, more than 65-thousand children under the age of 5 found
themselves in emergency rooms instead of playrooms.
Adult supervision should not be simply a suggestion, they say,
it should be a rule, regardless of what the package may say. Lee Cowan,
CBS News, Charlotte."))
A stately mansion in the old Sandusky Plantation area of Lynchburg.
It was built by Ferdinand Hutter in 1849.
Hutter was the paymaster of the Confederate Army.
There's a newly published theory that suggests Hutter stashed away some of the Confederate treasury hoping the South would rise again.
The house now belongs to the Reverend Jerry Falwell. His son has researched it, but concedes he has never been up in the attic.
[IN Q=It's just a]
((IT'S JUST A SMALL ACCESS DOOR, AND NOBODY IS SMALL ENOUGH TO GET UP THERE. SO WE HAVE NEVER LOOKED.
I'VE NEVER BEEN IN THE ATTIC. I DON'T KNOW IF ANYBODY EVER HAS.))
[SUPER=07-Jerry Falwell, Jr.; :00]
[SUPER=07-Rev. Jerry Falwell; :06]
[OUT Q=anybody ever has.]
Keith Humphry talks with the Falwells- -father and son- -about buried treasure...
[Treasure Trails graphic]
on News 7 at Six and 11 tonight... in part two of our series "Treasure Trails."
Preparations are underway in the big apple for a Thanksgiving day parade tradition, the Macy's Day Parade.
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The cast of Cabaret got in little practice yesterday outside of Macy's Department store.
A number of Broadway shows, including "Footloose" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" will take center stage for a national television audience and thousands of parade spectators.
But spectators will notice smaller balloons this year, balloon over 70 feet high have been banned.
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In sports, there won't be any N-B-A games under the Christmas tree this year.
Denise Allen has more.
Good Morning Denise.
[IN Q=Good morning]
[OUT Q=have a good day.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
A Bedford County grand Jury will hear the case of two teenagers accused of murdering Jamelle Poindexter in September.
Yesterday a judge certfied all of the charges against 17 year old Randy Ross and his 16 year old girlfriend Keirstin Davis.
Ross faces a charge of capital murder and Davis is charged with first degree murder and robbery.
The Grand Jury will meet early next month.
Kelvin Vaughn of Roanoke will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering his three year old son and trying to kill two police officers.
Vaughn was sentenced yesterday to three life sentences. He will serve two at the same time as part of a plea bargain.
A Roanoke Man is expected to go on trial in February for starting a downtown apartment fire that killed six people.
Michael Jarrod Clements was formally charged yesterday with six counts of homicide and one count of arson.
Clements faces a maximum seven life terms in prison if convicted.
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