Coming up next on News 7-
Rioting has broken out tonight in St. Petersburg Florida after police shot a
More than 3 months after the TWA crash the head of the airline is stepping
Plus some Halloween Trick or treating pails are being recalled.
News 7 is next.
A Halifax County man said he shot a man in self defense- but he could not
persuade the jury.
The jury convicted Barry Dwight Thomas, Junior of voluntary manslaughter-
for the death of 33 year old Anthony Meadows.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
The defense is getting its turn in the O-J Simpson civil trial- today
attcking Nicole Simpson's character.
Plus a recall of some Trick or treating pails shaped like jack-o-lanterns,
skulls and frankensteins.
The paint on the buckets apparently contains lead.
All the details coming up on News 7 at eleven.
Rioting is going on at this hour in St. Petersburg, Florida- set off after
police fatally shot a man.
Several hundred people are involved-
SUPER=03-St. Petersburg, FL;
Police have reported rock and bottle throwing and several fires to
businesses and vehicles.
One report that a T-V news truck was set on fire.
At least one news photographer was injured.
IN Q=Did you see
OUT Q=I got hit.
The shooting happened in a predominantly black neighborhood of south St.
Petersburg after a traffic stop.
The man died before reaching the hospital.
The dispatcher says one officer was shot in the arm, but that injury wasn't
News reports say there were at least two fires that firefighters
couldn't reach because of the threat to their safety.
Several police officers have now also been injured in the riot.
A police dispatcher calls the scene utter chaos.
A Halifax County man could not persuade a jury he shot and killed a man in
The jury tonight convicted Barry Dwight Thomas, Junior of voluntary
Authorities say he killed 33-year old Anthony Meadows in March at a trailer.
The two were apparently staying there with their girlfriends.
Thomas testified Meadows had been arguing with both women when he grabbed a
gun and asked Meadows to leave.
Thomas told the jury Meadows' then lunged at him, and he fired the gun.
Prosecutors pointed to inconsistencies in Thomas' story and that of his
Thomas was sentenced to five years in prison.
The defense rested its case in the capital murder trial of Ben Lilly today,
but not before trying to point the finger elsewhere.
Several witnesses testified Gary Barker and Mark Lilly were the ones
handling guns in the hours before the shooting of a Virginia Tech student.
Two people said Barker even threatened to kill anyone who tried to stop him
for driving without a license.
IN Q=And what was
((QUESTION: AND WHAT WAS THAT COMMENT?
WARREN NOLAN/DEFENSE WITNESS: A COMMENT ABOUT IF THEY GOT STOPPED OR ANYTHING
HE WOULD SHOOT THE BACK GLASS OUT AND SHOOT A COP OR ANYBODY. ))
SUPER=01-Warren Nolan/Defense Witness;
OUT Q=a cop or anybody.
A convenience store owner testified Barker held a gun on HIM during a
robbery the same night as the murder.
But prosecutor Skip Schwab pointed out Barker did NOT shoot, even though he
had the opportunity.
Tech student Alexander DeFilippis was shot four times just a couple of hours
Barker and Lilly's younger brother Mark have said Ben Lilly pulled the
Defense lawyers in the O.J. Simpson civil trail delivered their opening
As Byron Harlan reports they attacked Nicole Brown's character while trying
to explain that O-J was her friend, not her killer.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; :00
SUPER=01-Laurie Levinson/Legal Analyst; 26-29! quick!
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 55
OUT Q=cbs news Los Angeles."
(( Defense lawyers are dissecting Nicole Brown's life and the image they're
presenting is not flattering.
Robert Baker's opening argument includes stories about promiscuity, parties
with drugs and prostitutes.
Then there was an abortion after he said she got pregnant during a
relationship following her divorce from O.J. Simpson.
Baker said, she confided in Simpson about the pregnancy, that he was her
friend and confident, not an angry stalker.
LORI LEVINSON: INSTEAD OF JUST RESTORING O.J.'S CHARACTER, HE WENT AHEAD
AND ATTACKED THE VICTIM.
It was too much for Nicole's mother and sister Denise, who left the
courtroom in the middle of Baker's statement.
The defense statement followed the last plaintiff lawyer, who said Simpson
had an uncontrollable rage regarding Nicole, that he was obsessed with her
and wanted to know her every move.
Simpson listened to the lawyer, sometimes rolled his eyes, shook his head
and apparently mouthed, that's not true.
The next step: calling witnesses.
The plaintiff's will be first and they'll try to do what prosecutors
couldn't: show that O.J. Simpson had a motive and enough time to kill Nicole
Brown and Ron Goldman.
Byron Harlan, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
Three months after the TWA crash- the head of the airline announces he is
Jeffrey Erickson says he'll leave TWA in January- The news came shortly
after the airline posted a large quarterly loss linked to the Flight-800 crash.
SUPER=03-Off Long Island, NY/July;
Meanwhile investigators say they've found two crucial bits of wreckage from
the crash site.
They are now analyzing two fuel probes to see if they could have
malfunctioned and caused the center fuel tank to explode.
The Boeing 747 has seven fuel probes in the center tank.
wipe wipe wipe
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SUPER=03-East Moriches, NY;
Today was also a time to remember the victims.
In East Moriches, a memorial stone was unveiled honoring those who died.
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((IT JUST MEANS WE'RE NOT FORGETTING THEM. I SAID TO MY MOM, AT CHRISTMAS WE'LL
PUT A SMALL WREATH FOR THEM. IT'S JUST VERY SAD.))
SUPER=01-Robin Lallo/Long Island Resident; 00
OUT Q=JUST VERY SAD."
It's been 100 days since TWA Flight 800 went down.
Another case of Legionnaires' Disease has been reported in the New River
That brings the total number of cases to four.
Legionnaires is an acute form of pneumonia- that can be fatal.
The cases appear to be isolated-- the patients are from Montgomery County,
Floyd and Giles.
Two are in critical condition, the others are stable.
Victims usually inhale airborne water droplets containing the bacteria.
Symptoms include fevers between 103 and 105 degrees.
State epi-demiologists are in the area now, working with local officials--
they're also investigating a rise in PNEUMONIA cases in the New River Valley,
and don't know yet if they're related.
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Still to come on News 7 at 11---
Some halloween pails are being recalled because of a lead paint hazard.
We'll tell you which ones.
and this candidate for the Ninth District Congressional seat says he wants to
take Ross Perot style politics to Washington.
We'll meet him...coming up.
Robin in WX CENTER
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(("THIS IS NEWS 7 AT 11, WITH JEAN JADHON, METEOROLOGIST ROBIN REED AND MIKE
STEVENS WITH SPORTS."))
Will he stay or will he go?
Ross Perot says he's sticking with the Presidential race until the bitter
end- despite apparently pleas for the Bob Dole Campaign for him to drop out.
IN Q=In no way
((ROSS PEROT/REFORM PARTY CANDIDATE: IN NO WAY DO I WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO HARM
ANOTHER CANDIDATE'S CONSTRUCTIVE CAMPAIGNING AND I DON'T WANT TO SAY OR DO
ANYTHING I ASSURE YOU THAT IS I AM HERE TO STAY.))
SUPER=01-Ross Perot/Reform Party Candidate;
OUT Q=here to stay.
SUPER=03-Pensacola, FL; Quick!!!
Bob Dole continued his campaign swing through the south- telling folks in
Pensacola, Florida his word is his bond.
SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL; Quick!!!
President Clinton is also in the south- speaking in Birmingham Alabama.
Tom Roberts is challenging incumbent Rick Boucher for the 9th District
The engineer from Blacksburg says it's an uphill battle, but believes just
getting his ideas heard will be a partial victory.
Len Besthoff reports.
SUPER=01-Tom Roberts/(I) Candidate for Congress; :15
OUT Q=LB, News-7, Wytheville.
(( Addressing seniors in Wytheville, Tom Roberts sticks to the tenets of the
Reform Party's founder, Ross Perot...from the use of visual aids to homespun
analogies; like this one comparing the U-S budget debt to the Titanic.
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((TOM ROBERTS/(I)-CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: YOU KNOW IF THE SHIP IS SINKIN IT'S
NOT A GOOD TIME TO START ARGUING ABOUT WHAT TO HAVE FOR DESSERT, OR MOVING THE
DECK CHAIRS AROUND.))
OUT Q=deck chairs around.
Like Perot, Roberts believes the federal government's deficit spending has
to end...or it will spell disaster for this country.
IN Q=If this is
((ROBERTS: IF THIS IS ALL THE DEBT WE HAD, ONE TRILLION, FOR TWO HUNDRED
YEARS, AND THEN SUDDENLY, THESE PIGS AT A TROUGH COULDN'T GET ENOUGH TO EAT,
AND HAD TO GO TO THIS EXTENT, SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. AND THAT'S WHY I DIDN'T
SAY WELL I'M GONNA TRY TO REFORM THE SYSTEM FROM WITHIN THE DEMOCRAT AND
REPUBLICAN PARTIES BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT CAN BE DONE.))
OUT Q=can be done.
Nearly every position Roberts takes is in some way interwoven with his
hawkish stance on cutting federal spending.
Take crime for instance.
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((ROBERTS: THE U-S CONGRESS CAN DO MORE HARM ON A LOCAL LEVEL, AS FAR AS CRIME
IS CONCERNED, THAN THEY CAN GOOD. WHEN THEY RAISE THE TAXES AND TAKE 10
DOLLARS UP TO WASHINGTON D-C AND THEN GIVE YOU ONE DOLLAR BACK TOWARDS POLICE
TRAINING, I DON'T THINK THEY'RE DOING A GOOD THING. IT WOULD BE BETTER TO HAVE
THAT MONEY STAY ON A LOCAL LEVEL OR STATE LEVEL FOR WHAT'S DONE.))
OUT Q=for what's done.
Roberts also advocates closing most tax loopholes and serious restrictions
on campaign spending.
And while it may not be the biggest drain on the federal budget, he's got a
big problem with the principle of congressional pensions.
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((ROBERTS: WHEN CONGRESS FROM 1982 TO 1996 DOUBLES THEIR OWN PAY AND MAKES IT
SO THAT IF YOU SERVE FOR 14 YEARS YOU CAN HAVE OVER A MILLION DOLLAR PENSION
CARE OF THE TAXPAYERS, THERE'S SOMETHING UNEQUAL ABOUT THAT.))
OUT Q=about that.
IN Q=Roberts has some other interesting
((Roberts has some other interesting proposals. He talks about investing
current contributions to Social Security and some Medicare funding into stocks
and municipal bonds. Now his people have not done any polling on this race.
But they do expect their candidate will get a boost when Reform Party
presidential candidate Ross Perot visits the area right before election day.
Len Besthoff, News-7, Wytheville. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7, Wytheville.))
A fight at Halifax County High school this morning landed three students in
18-year old Craig Powell was the first to arrive at the Halifax County
He was followed by 18-year old Michael Ewing and a 16-year old student.
Authorities still don't know what led to the brawl-- there were actually
three fights going on at once.
IN Q=We've been
((MAJ. RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:WE'VE BEEN SEEING A LOT OF IT THIS
YEAR. SHERIFF OAKES INTENSIFIED THE INVESTIGATION ON THE NARCOTICS FIND AND THE
OTHER DISTURBANCES WE'VE BEEN HAVING SO IT'S BEEN QUITE A FEW ARRESTS SINCE THE
BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Maj. Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=school year.
The three have been charged with disorderly conduct.
Authorities also arrested another student this afternoon for possession of
marijuana on school grounds.
If your child has a trick or treating pail- take note.
An Ohio company is recalling nearly 12 thousand plastic Halloween candy
buckets because of a lead paint hazard.
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The small pails look like Jack-o-lanterns, skulls or
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The pails have been sold six to a package wrapped in cellophane with a
label that says Happy Halloween.
It also includes the name of the company- Direct Source International.
The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission says it found high levels of lead
in black, yellow and red paint on the buckets.
The agency says it can cause lead poisoning if a young child eats the paint.
Consumers are urged to return the items to stores for refunds.
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Coming up - will Linus finally meet the Great Pumpkin?
It's not likely ...if tomorow's special is the same as the past 30 years.
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((YOU BLOCKHEAD YOU'RE GOING TO MISS ALL THE FUN LIKE LAST YEAR. DON'T TALK
LIKE THAT THE GREAT PUMPKIN KNOWS WHICH KIDS HAVE BEEN GOOD.))
OUT Q=have been good.
Don't miss this story coming up when News 7 at 11 returns.
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The National Memorial for D-Day is still in the planning and fund-raising
Now it's been expanded to include a 25-thousand square foot visitor's center
with its own museum, auditorium and research center.
The additional facilities have boosted the price by two million dollars.
So it's now an EIGHT- million dollar project that'll go up on 88-acres
behind Bedford Elementary School.
Bedford Delegate Lacy Putney pushed a 200-thousand dollar appropriation
through the House.
The Senate scaled it back to 150-thousand.... less than 2-percent of what's
The check's been a long time getting to Bedford, but Putney presented it to
the D-Day foundation chairman today.
IN Q=Our plans are
((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY FOUNDATION DIRECTOR: OUR PLANS ARE TO TELL MANY OF THE
ORAL HISTORIES OF D-DAY VETERANS. BUT BEYOND D-DAY, TO CARRY FORTH THE STORY OF
THE BATTLE FOR NORMANDY AND THE BATTLE FOR EUROPE AND TO EXTEND THAT OUT,
PERHAPS, TO THE ENTIRE SECOND WORLD WAR.))
SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/D-Day Foundation Director;
OUT Q=second world war.
One-point eight million dollars have been raised so far.
They hope to dedicate the memorial June 6, 1999, the 55th anniversary of the
The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is trying to make the public more
Today, the group released a list of the 10 most endangered places in the
Most of the sites listed are structures... but a couple deal with the area's
Members say the Roanoke River is in jeopardy because of poor planning and
The list also includes the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains.
The Foundation is afraid of current and future development on the rolling
((RUSTY PRITCHETT/ROANOKE VALLEY PRESERVATION FOUNDATION: HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET
SOME COMMUNITY INTERACTION. SOME PLACES WE MAY NOT BE AWARE OF AND IT SHOULD
RAISE AWARENESS OF THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. ))
SUPER=01-Rusty Pritchett/Preservation Foundation;
OUT Q=as well
A couple of downtown buildings made the endangered list... like the Norfolk
& Western General Offices and the old Shenandoah Hotel.
The Claytor Clinic in the Historic Gainsboro District was also named.
Salem has one site on the list... the Burke Cabin on Clay Street.
Also mentioned was the Stokes House on Plantation Road in Roanoke County.
An update on game five of the world series, plus hoops highlights from Floyd,
and Steve Mason with a profile of UVa's Anthony Poindexter.
I'll also tell you about a rugby tourney headed your way this weekend, and
Sugar Ray Leonard talks about his comeback.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
But while he's coming back at the age of 40, Gabriella Sabatini officially
called it quits today at the age of 26. She did do at a New York
newsconferecne this afternoon.
She won 27 singles titles and spent most of her career ranked in the top 10.
More sports right after this.
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The 1996 world series cranked out another nial biter tonight as the Braves
and Yankees went to the last out in the bottom of the ninth to settle game
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX; :00
The only run of the first eight and half innings came off Cecil Fielder's
double that plates Charlie Hayes from second. Hayes reached on a error earlier
in the inning. 1-to-nothing Yankees.
The Braves put runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth when
pinch hitter Luis Polonia came on trying to drive in CHipper Jones and Ryan
Klesko, after fouling off seven pitches he lines a shot to right, but Paul
O'Neill with his bad hamstring is able to make the stretching catch for
SUPER=35-New York/1/Atlanta/0/Yankees Lead 3-to-2;
the third out.
The Yankees win game 5, 1-to-nothing.
They now lead the series 3 games to 2.
Floyd County showed no ill effects from last week's district loss to
Glenvar tonight, as the Lady Buffs picked up a resounding 83-58 win over
SUPER=03-Floyd/Lady Shawnees vs. Lady Buffaloes;
Tracy Poff's Shawnees were primed for a big upset early on.
It's Beth Burdette in 3-D..she drives, draws the defense, and dishes to
Sara Hagood for 2 of her 14 first half points and Shawsville led by 8.
But Julie Sowers puts in this 25 footer at the first quarter horn for 3 of
her 30 on the night to trim the lead to 1.
The Lady Buffs got a boost from their bench tonight. Lisa Smith takes the
rock and scores off the window and the rout was on.
In the second half, Sonya Hylton gets into the act with short jumper,
and Floyd keeps the heat on Glenvar in the Three Rivers in a big way, with the
83 to 58 win.
Also, tonight William Byrd beat Northside 54-to-42, and Fort Chiswell topped
Grayson County 59-to-51.
40 year old Sugar Ray Leonard announced his comeback to the ring today in
The grandfather of one is coming back to fight Hector Camacho next February,
but he's really coming back to be a role model for young kids.
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((SUGAR RAY LEONARD/PLANS TO FIGHT AGAIN IN FEBRUARY:))
SUPER=01-Sugar Ray Leonard/Plans To Fight Again In February; :00
OUT Q=...best condition possible."
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SUPER=03-Tulsa, OK/September 20;
In one other boxing item today, Tommy Morrison the HIV infected fighter says
he's signed to fight Anthony Cooks on November 3rd in Tokyo.
The fight contract has certain provisions to protect Morrison
and the other boxer. If Morrison is cut, the fight will be stopped
and the win will go to the fighter with the most points.
Two of the top defenses in the country will try to knock each other silly
this Saturday when Virginia and Florida State battle.
Anthony Poindexter is one of the Cavs biggest hitters.
But Steve Mason says this season he's also been a hit with his head -
playing the thinking man's defense.
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/November 2, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Safety; :12
SUPER=04-Saturday/Wolfpack vs. Cavaliers; :24
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :43(QUICK!!!!)
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Anthony Poindexter exploded onto the defensive scene last year when he and
Adrian Burnim to prevent Florida State tailback Warrick Dunn from crossing the
The safety is third on the team in tackles with 45. His glare and hitting
power are imposing. But the wrap on Anthony was that his love for the crunch
also, at times, distracted him from covering receivers. Anthony answered some
of his cover critics against N.C. State, where he pulled down 3 of his team
leading 4 interceptions.
Poindexter and the rest of his cover men will have their hands full
saturday. Florida State's two deep threats are back in E.G. Green and Andre
Cooper. Steve Mason, News 7 sports"))
Still to come tonight, the Friday football extra schedule for week nine
and a preview of this weekend's massive Rugby tournament taking place at
Green Hill Park.
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It's once again time to get down and dirty this weekend and some of the top
rugby teams in the Commonwealth invade Roanoke County.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./1995; :00
More than 25 club and collegiate teams comprised of both men and women will
compete in the two day event, as they battle for the coveted Ed and Sandy Lee
((JOHNNY MCLEAN/MID-ATLANTIC RUGBY UNION DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Johnny McLean/Mid-Atlantic Rugby Union Director;
OUT Q=...AND YOUR SCHOOL."
Hundred od players and fans come to the valley each year for this event, and
the biggest plus may be the site itself - Green Hill Park.
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OUT Q=...it's magnificent."
The action begins Saturday morning at nine and continues all day and then
again on Sunday, and best of all admission is absolutely free.
Week nine of Friday Football Extra is upon us and tomorrow night here is
where you'll find out crews roaming the sidelines.
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OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL.
It's almost Halloween- and what would the season be without the Great
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((DEAR GREAT PUMPKIN I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT.))
OUT Q=on Halloween Night."
This is the 30th anniversary of "Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
Charles Schultz first explored the idea of a child getting his holidays
mixed up in a 1959 comic strip.
Linus wrote to the Great Pumpkin telling him what he wanted for Halloween.
The story appeared annually in the Peanuts strip- and was brought to CBS in
The special airs tomorrow night on your hometown station at eight.
And we want to remind you to watch the region's only Prime Time newscast
News 7 Prime Time airs at 10 p-m on WEFC Television.
You can check your local cable listings for the channel in your area.
And that's going to do it for News 7 at 11.