The man who made threatening, obscene phone calls to numerous young girls in
this area will now spend 62 years behind bars.
And Danville police are trying to find out what happened to an elderly couple
found dead in their home yesterday.
The cold air is here to visit for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and sunshine
should last long enough to brighten the Tech/UVa game Friday. All that, plus
UVa's basketball team will play in the Maui Invitational Title Game.
A C-I-A employee is pleading innocent to charges that he spied for Russia.
Harold Nicholson waived his right to a speedy trial.
A federal judge approved a gag order to stop government officials from
making public statements about the espionage case at the request of Nicholson's
The trial is set for March.
An American missionary accused of being a spy by North Korea is on his way
Evan Hunsiker has been held by the North Koreans for the past three months.
Early this morning he arrived at an air base in Japan.
Bary Peterson has the story.
IN Q=Hunziker knew
SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/(D) New Mexico; :59
SUPER=01-Barry Peterson/Reporting; 1:17
OUT Q=Air Force Base, Japan.
Hunziker knew the three month ordeal was ending when the US Air Force jet
roared away from North Korea's capital.
He looked healthy and his spirits were so good he turned the video camera on
New Mexico Congressman Bill Richardson and the other men who negotiated his
The North Koreans - suddenly being nice - cleared the American jet to fly
through restricted North Korean airspace and in short order the plane landed at
a US air base near Tokyo.
Following the congressman out of the plane..he was clearly in good condition.
Before heading for a routine check at a military hospital, he shared a victory
salute with the
congressman. By some reports..he slipped across a river into North Korea to
bring his Christian beliefs to one of the world's last communist states.
Congressman Richardson admitted that money changed hands - about five thousand
dollars - but paid, he said, to cover expenses for time Hunziker was held in a
hotel. The Americans
refused to pay a fine demanded by the North Koreans..and rejected accusations
that Hunziker was a spy.
(SOT: CONGRESSMAN BILL RICHARDSON/NEW MEXICO)
I THINK HE IS A GOOD YOUNG MAN. HE IS 27 YEARS OLD. I DON'T BELIEVE SOME OF
THE ALLEGATIONS THAT HE WAS INVOLVED IN
ESPIONAGE AT ALL FOR ANYBODY. LET'S JUST SAY HE TRIED TO BE A TOURIST A LITTLE
BIT TOO MUCH.
ALL THIS WAS A FRIENDLY GESTURE TOWARD THE UNITED STATES. AND MAYBE MORE...THE
FIRST SIGN THAT NORTH
KOREA'S LONG AND DANGEROUS ISOLATION IS BEGINNING TO END.
Barry Peterson, CBS, TOKYO.
Some U.S. Soldiers from Virginia are headed to Bosnia.
The Pentagon has notified a National Guard and Reserve unit based in Salem
and one at Fort Pickett that they'll be replacing the current peacekeepers on
The first units will be moving out after Christmas.
By mid-March the new force should number some 85-hundred troops.
They could be in Bosnia until June of 19-98.
Lab findings disappointed (Yens Sir-ings) Jens Soering.
His attorney had hoped the knife would exonerate Soering of the murders of
Derek and Nancy Haysom.
But the state lab found no traces of blood.
Now serving TWO life terms for killing his girlfriend's parents, Soering is
due BACK in court in Bedford in two weeks.
His lawyer will argue that a couple of hitchhikers who killed a Roanoke man
two days later could have murdered the Haysoms, rather than the German honors
student from U-V-a.
An autopsy scheduled today will hopefully shed new light on the death of an
They were discovered in their Springfield Road home yesterday.
Police found Jessie and Elizabeth Kendrick dead after their daughter could
not get them to answer their door.
Authorities would not say how the Kendricks died but foul play appears to
have been a factor.
A back window in the home may have been forced open, and the couple's car
was found a few blocks away.
Police did say the two may have been dead for several days before they were
A former honors student who went to college on a Navy Scholarship is on his
way to prison.
Michael Obremski faces 62 years behind bars for making obscene phone calls
to young girls.
The 39- year- old cook says he was just talking to them, when he made the
calls from the pay phone outside his motel room.
A police detective let us hear an example of Obremski's calls.
OUT Q=so good.
The prosecutor says that was NOTHING compared to the graphic language
Obremski used in the hundreds of calls describing how he planned to defile his
Yesterday in Roanoke, Obremski got an additional 31-years added on to his
sentence-- that's on TOP of the 31 and a half years he'll serve in Botetourt
and Roanoke Counties.
Newly-released phone transcripts detail O-J Simpson's conversations from his
cellular phone during the slow-speed Bronco chase in June 19-94.
Simpson had a gun and was distraught, but said he did NOT plan to hurt
He also said he wanted to quote, "just go with Nicole."
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
Simpson spent 40 minutes on the stand yesterday before the court recessed
for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Next week the plaintiffs will call witnesses who may contradict Simpson's
testimony about a number of events.
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Honeymooners witnessed the crash of the hijacked Ethiopian Airlines last
These are the very LAST moments of the plane's flight.
The couple thought the low flying plane was part of an air show for
At least 120 people died in the crash. About 50 survived and were rescued by
people on the beach.
President Clinton is back on home turf.
SUPER=03-Andrews AFB, MD;
He arrived at Andrews Air Force Base this morning after spending 12 days in
the Far East. It was Mr. Clinton's longest trip overseas as President.
SUPER=03-Elmendorf AFB, AK;
Last night, he was cheered by airmen-and-women as he saluted the
military and wished them all a Happy Thanksgiving.
Now Mr. Clinton will head to Camp David, Maryland where he'll spend the
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Noon--
we'll go live to an exhibit with photos and artifacts from the Titanic,
and the Attorney General hopes to add a little "sting" if you sell tobacco to
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Fire could do some real damage to some of Virginia's high-rise dormitories.
An Associated Press investigation shows that 13 high-rise dorms at seven
state colleges lack sprinklers in living areas.
And if fire ever breaks out, half are too tall for ladder trucks to reach
the top floors.
Effected schools include Radford, Virginia Tech, U-V-A and James Madison.
Weeks after an a regional jail agreement in the Alleghany Highlands fell
apart a new one may be coming together.
Officials from Alleghany County, Bath County, and Clifton Forge spent almost
two- and- a -half hours in closed session, trying to hammer out a new deal.
State Senator Bo Trumbo, who was there to provide information, inferred that
there may be some flexibility in state deadlines for construction.
IN Q=they've got an
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-BOTETOURT CO.;THEY'VE GOT AN ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE OF
FEBRUARY OF '99, IF YOU GO AND EXPAND ON THAT THEN IT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW, BUT
BY THE SAME TOKEN, WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF VARIABLES, ALL THINGS ARE RELATIVE AND
WE'LL GET IT DONE WHEN WE GET IT DONE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bo Trumbo/(R) Botetourt Co.
OUT Q=when we get it done
Officials leaving the meeting would not comment on how things went, but
everyone appeared upbeat.
One representative said it was time well spent, and they've taken the first
A Radford firefighter loses his job and is charged with a D-U-I after an
accident involving a fire truck and a police car.
Tommy Long was placed on administrative leave immediately after the accident
Yesterday he was fired.
Radford police chief A-C Earles says the fire truck hit a police car that
was parked at another wreck at the intersection of Rock Road and Auburn Avenue.
The accident caused minor damages to the police car and fire truck and no
one was injured.
Long had been a firefighter in Radford for more than 20 years.
Virginia Public Safety Secretary Jerry Kilgore is stepping down.
Kilgore is expected to announce a bid for Attorney General.
That brings the number of Republicans to four who are interested in running
for Attorney General in 19-97.
Kilgore has overseen law enforcement, prisons and natural disasters for
Governor George Allen since 19-93.
He's from Scott County.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore's fight against the F-D-A's effort to stop kids
from smoking-- does not include lax enforcement in Virginia.
Gilmore says it's perfectly legal for law enforcement officers to use
children for undercover tobacco buying "sting" operations.
Loudoun Republican Bill Mims requested the opinion.
IN Q=I hope
((DEL. BILL MIMS/R-LEESBURG: I HOPE THAT THE OPINION WILL BE USED BY THE LOCAL
OFFICIALS IN DECIDING WHETHER THEY LOCALLY WANT TO HAVE THAT SORT OF AN
ENFORCEMENT EFFORT. AND OF COURSE, IF AN UNDERAGE PURCHASER DOES WORK WITH LAW
ENFORCEMENT, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE WITH THE FULL APPROVAL OF THAT YOUTH'S
PARENTS, AND ALSO WITH THE FULL CONSENT OF THE YOUTH AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bill Mims/(R) Leesburg;
OUT Q=as well
The Virginia Department of Health has just finished its second annual survey
of how often illegal sales of tobacco to minors are made.
About 100 youth volunteers tried to purchase tobacco at more than one
thousand stores and vending machines around the state.
They were successful in making an illegal purchase 37 percent of the time.
An exhibit of items recovered from the wreck of the Titanic opens today at
the Nauticus Maritime Center in Norfolk.
Double Boxes=Beth and Jan/Satellite
Jan Callaghan is in Norfolk at the exhibit.
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Coming up next on the broadcast-
MADD says Virginia's fight against drunk driving is good, but more can be
Expect more sobriety checkpoints this holiday season,
also expect lots of traffic since today is the busiest travel day of the year.
A Salem couple became the state's latest millionaires.
James and Martha Richards claimed the second half of last Wednesday's
eight-point- seven million dollar jackpot.
The Richards bought the winning ticket at C-J's Market on Chestnut Street in
The store gets five-thousand dollars for selling the winning ticket.
The Richards got their first of 19 payments yesterday for 149-thousand
dollars, after taxes.
An Alexandria Couple won the other half of the prize.
Today is the most heavily traveled day of the year and higher gasoline
prices are not keeping holiday travelers off the road.
Triple A predicts that 32 million, a record number of Americans will, be
traveling over this long Thanksgiving weekend, most of them by car.
About 6 million of those will be traveling by plane, train or bus.
The heavy traffic comes even with gasoline prices an average of 15 cents a
gallon higher than they were a year ago.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers... says the Commonwealth is doing pretty well
in the fight against drinking and driving.
Yesterday at a press conference, MADD gave Virginia a "B" grade... but for
the nation as a whole... the rating was only a "C"
Despite being better than average in the Commonwealth, officials believe
more can be done.
IN Q=Our state
((BRENDA ALTMAN/MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVERS: OUR STATE HAS MADE GREAT STRIDES
IN COMBATTING IMPAIRED DRIVING. WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY. BUT THERE IS ALWAYS
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Brenda Altman/Mothers Against Drunk Drivers;
One way to improve... according to Altman... is to increase the number of
She got some help yesterday from 15 local law enforcement agencies.
They teamed up for the first of many holiday season D- U- I stops.
IN Q=Our goal
((1ST SERGEANT JOE PETERS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: OUR GOAL IS BETWEEN NOW AND
THE END OF THE YEAR THROUGH NEW YEARS IS TO HAVE SEVERAL SOBRIETY CHECK POINTS
THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT.))
SUPER=01-Joe Peters/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=our district
Peters says the day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times
of the year.
He's urging motorists to drive defensively.
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SUPER=333-Clear & Cold/A Few Clouds/20-24/Partly Sunny/& Chilly/36-40;
SUPER=334-Partly/Cloudy/20-24/Mostly Cloudy/Flurries Possible/36-40;
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 30 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
News 7 sports is coming up next- we'll tell you what bowl U-V-A's football
team is heading to,
and it looks like the hoops season is shaping up nicely as the Cavs win a big
upset last night-- that gives them the chance for a tournament win.
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U-V-A's men's basketball team..was trying to keep cool both on and off of
the court in Hawaii in the Maui Invitational. Last night the Cavaliers topped
Atlantic 10 power Massachusetts 75-68.
SUPER=03-Maui, HI/ESPN; :00
Senior Jamal Robinson...is the sole benefactor off the UVa break..he
finishes with the slam. 60-40 UVa with 7:20 left in the game.
His back court mate and former Patrick Henry standout Curtis Staples scores
his 11th point on the night. SUPER=33-Virginia/75/Massachusetts/68;
Carmelo Travieso tries to bring the Minutemen back, but Virginia advances to
the Maui title game with the 75-68 win.
((HAROLD DEANE/SCORED 13 POINTS: IT'S GOOD WHEN YOU CAN HAVE MORE THAN ONE GUY
HAVING THE BALL BECAUSE WE CAN ATTACK FROM DIFFERENT AREAS. COURTNEY'S GOOD IN
THE DRIBBLE ALONG WITH CURT AND MYSELF AND JAMAL AND YOU KNOW IT'S GOOD WE CAN
COME OUT TOGETHER AND DO THINGS BECAUSE WE ARE MORE EFFECTIVE AS A TEAM. ))
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/Scored 13 Points; :00
OUT Q=...as a team"
The Charlotte Hornets took the hard wood against the defending champs from
the west in the Seattle SuperSonics. (----------------)
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Sonics vs. Hornets; :00
How about the big battle inside. The Super Sonics' Sam Perkins, the former
Carolina Tarheel, goes over Anthony Mason for the bucket.
Charlotte seems to have decent inside/outside punch this season with Dave
Cowen at the helm.
Watch former Virginia Tech sharp shooter Dell Curry do what he does best from
the corner...nothing but nylon.
Charlotte goes on to beat Seattle by 8.
On to the women's side where last night marked a special occasion for the
Lady Volunteers of Tennessee.
SUPER=03-Knoxville, TN; :00
Pat Summitt and her Lady Vols proudly watched as their 19-95 N-C-double-A
championship banner was raised into the rafters before tip off of U-T's game
with Wisconsin Green Bay.
The defending national champs would go on to dominate the contest winning 71
Virginia's win over North Carolina won them an invitation to play in the 6th
annual Carquest Bowl December 27th.
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/1994; :00
Tiki and Ronde Barber, along with the rest of the Cavaliers are making
their second trip to pro Player Park, which was Joe Robbie back then.
Virginia lost to Boston College on 31-13 on that day back in 1994. The Cavs
will most likely meet the loser of the Miami/Syracuse game this weekend,
but Carquest Bowl officials said yesterday, that they are also going to take a
good hard look at West Virginia. (-------------)
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