Tragedy in Pittsylvania County as a mobile home goes up in flames.
One record has been broken on the Columbia shuttle mission, now the
astronauts get ready to break a second.
It's the day after our December surprise, and the skies are sunny but they
won't stay that way for long. Rain is on the way for tonight, I'll have all
the details, plus a look at sports.
Stick around, the news is next.
A mobile home that caught fire this morning killed a Pittsylvania County
Police identified the victim as 17- year- old Alexander Ferrell.
The trailer was located on Beaver Street off Route 360 in the Blairs
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but foul play is NOT
An autopsy will be performed in Roanoke.
An icy road is being blamed for a traffic fatality in Amherst County.
State police say 46- year- old Vernon Drummond, Junior was killed in an
accident on Route 29, this morning.
Police say Drummond was trying to pass a tractor-trailer when he lost
control of his pickup, struck a guard rail and then was hit by the truck.
This fatality is part of the surprising wintry weather that blanketed the
The snow began falling late in the afternoon.
The timing of the snowfall resulted in a rush hour nightmare for motorist.
Some major highways experienced major traffic jams.
The National Weather Service says about two to four inches fell in most
The Alleghany Highlands got hit with the most Snow.
In northwestern Japan fourteen members of a construction crew have been
buried by a mudslide.
More than 100 police officers and firefighters are searching for
the workers who are believed to be buried in 65 feet of mud.
The mudslide struck as about 50 men were repairing a concrete dam that was
damaged by flooding last year.
It has been snowing and raining in the region for several days.
The region is set to host the Winter Olympics in 19-98.
NASA calls it good news-bad
First the bad news.
Low clouds over the FLorida skies are keeping Columbia in orbit one more
But the good news is that the 24 hour extension means Columbia will set a
record as the longest shuttle flight.
Sixty-one- year- old Story Musgrave, who is making his sixth and final
shuttle flight, is jokingly being blamed for Columbia's landing delays.
((CURT BROWN:WE GOT STORY UP THERE AND NOW WE CAN'T GET HIM BACK.
(butt bite, COVER WITH GRAPHIC OR NET J)
KEN COCKRELL:HE MAY BE THE REASON SENDING OUT ALL THOSE MENTAL VIBRATIONS. ))
SUPER=02-Ken Cockrell/Shuttle Commander; :03
OUT Q=to stay.
Columbia has been in space since November 19th.
A construction worker fell to his death yesterday at G-W Carver Elementary
Larry (LUCK-a-doo) Lucadoo was installing a metal frame on a set of windows
above the front door.
According to management at Jeffco, the company LUCK-a-doo was working for,
the 48- year- old slipped off a ladder and fell about 20 feet.
Lucadoo landed on his head on a concrete sidewalk.
Virginia authorities are trying to figure out who murdered a New York man
and dumped his body along a Amherst County road.
Yesterday, investigators with the regional homicide squad traveled to the
spot where Vincent Lee (SHUL-ter-brant's) Schulterbrandt's body was found by a
The 24- year- old Bronx resident had been shot once in the head.
It appeared he had been dead for several days.
IN Q=The only thing
((JIMM AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: THE ONLY THING WE'VE GATHERED FROM FAMILY IS
THAT HE LEFT THE NEW YORK AREA EN ROUTE DOWN TO THIS AREA TO VISIT SOME FRIENDS
THAT HAD MOVED TO THIS AREA FROM NEW YORK.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=from New York.
The car that police believe (SHUL-ter-brant) was driving had been found in
Its front passenger seat was covered with blood.
If you have information about the crime to contact the Amherst County
The plaintiffs in O-J Simpson's civil trial are expected to rest their
case today but not before testimony from Nicole Brown's mother and Ron
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
The defense will begin arguing its case next week.
Meanwhile, notes produced yesterday indicate Simpson admitted getting a
message from girlfriend Paula Barrbieri on the day of the murders.
Under oath, Simpson said he never got the message that she wanted to break
up with him.
Plaintiffs insist that news helped drive him into a murderous rage.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
The Federal government is changing its strategy in the prosecution of
Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski.
Officials want to try Kaczynski first in New Jersey for a murder there.
That trial would begin in June.
Kaczynski would then face another murder trial in November in California.
But Kaczynski's lawyers are requesting a single trial in California on all the
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast,
An American music classic is remade in memory of sixteen Scottish children
who perished at their school.
And Robbie Knievel is not jumping over cars-- he's jumping through legal
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
music up full
A popular song by Bob Dylan has been remade as a tribute
to the sixteen children who perished in the Dunblane Scotland school
Tom Fenton has the story.
OUT Q=CBS News
For Duncan Turner and Jack Crozier, time will fade the memories of the massacre
in which their sisters died on march 13th ..
When a lone gunman shot 16 of these children and their
teacher in a scottish school.
But from a music store near dunblane came the idea for a musical
memorial that is likely to become a best seller in britain this
Brothers and sisters of the dead children went to london's famed
abbey road studio to sing backing vocals on a new recording of
bob dylan's "knocking on heaven's door."
The children and theis parents are campaigning for a total ban
on handguns in britain.
The picture on the record jacket was drawn by 5-year-old emma
crozier three months before she died.
The father of the murdered joanna ross says he hopes his
surviving daughter will "think of her big sister every time it's
Profits from the record will go to children's charities in
scotland. the people of dunblane hope parents will buy it for
theis children at christmas, rather than toy guns.
Tom Fenton, CBS News, london.))
Keith Gaines coached his son's Pee Wee team to a championship--
But now allegations have surfaced that he hit some players with a belt.
Here he is November second, coaching his North Salem Eagles as they won the
championship in the seven to eight year old age group.
But police say the incident happened the night before during practice at
Gaines is accused of hitting three of the kids with his belt.
Yesterday, he admitted that he took his belt off... but says he NEVER struck
IN Q=I just
((KEITH GAINES/PEE WEE FOOTBALL COACH: I JUST THINK THEY'RE RIDICULOUS. IT'S
REAL HURTFUL. I THOUGHT I WAS DOING A GOOD JOB. I MAY HAVE BEEN IN POOR
JUDGEMENT TAKING THE BELT OFF, BUT I NEVER HURT ANY KID.))
SUPER=01-Keith Gaines/Pee Wee Football Coach;
OUT Q=any kid
Gaines says he's already hired a lawyer.
A trial date is scheduled for January 13th.
Daredevil Robby Knievel did not make it to Roanoke for his court case... but
apparently he does want to come back to the Star City for another shot at a
death- defying jump.
In October, Knievel was handed a drunk in public charge the night before a
performance at the civic center.
Police say he was banging on doors in a Northwest neighborhood.... and the
show was ultimately cancelled.
Today... a plea agreement was reached.
Through his attorney, he pleaded guilty to a lesser crime of disorderly
IN Q=They refused
((BETTINA ALTIZER/KNIEVEL'S ATTORNEY: THEY REFUSED TO GIVE HIM A BREATHALIZER.
HE REQUESTED TO DO ANY KIND OF TEST POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE ALCOHOL. THAT WAS
REFUSED. IF IT HAD GONE FORWARD ON THAT, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE DUKEING IT
SUPER=01-Bettina Altizer/Knievel's Attorney;
OUT Q=dukeing it out
Altizer says Knievel wants to make a return trip to Roanoke so he can please
his fans in Southwestern Virginia.
Blacksburg police believe they may finally close the books on a burglary
that happened in 19-93.
More than 125 thousand dollars worth of property, mostly jewelry and silver
was stolen from a residence in the southeast part of town.
Police connected gypsies from New York to that break-in, as well as several
Monica Frydrych (Freed-rick) was a suspect at the time.
Last month police in Palm Beach, Florida arrested her for suspicion of
She's awaiting extradition to Blacksburg.
State Senate hopeful Allen Dudley is enlisting the help of his fellow
The Republican hopes to fill the seat vacated by congressman elect Virgil
Goode. He campaigned in Henry County last night.
Dudley was joined by fellow Republicans Jim Gilmore and Jerry Kilgore.
The three who are each running for office, spoke about cracking down on
(( DEL. ALLEN DUDLEY/R-STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING TO
LOOK AT, AGAIN, IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EDUCATION, JOBS AND CRIME, IF WE'LL
EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN, AND PROVIDE A JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM, THESE ARE NOT THE
YOUNG PEOPLE THAT GROW UP TO BECOME CRIMINALS.))
SUPER=01-Del. Allen Dudley/(R) State Senate Candidate; :00
OUT Q=become criminals.
There's less than two weeks before the special election-- which pits Dudley
against Democrat Roscoe Reynolds.
Jim Gilmore wants the Alcohol Beverage Control Board to help keep tobacco
away from kids.
The A-B-C is already in charge of stopping sales of beer, wine and liquor to
anyone under 18.
Gilmore told the Farm Bureau yesterday that the agency should coordinate
efforts to stop tobacco sales to minors.
IN Q=I want to take
((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: I WANT TO TAKE CIGARETTES OUT OF THE HANDS
OF VIRGINIA'S CHILDREN. VIRGINIANS UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANT OF DETERRING OR
PREVENTING TOBACCO USE BY MINORS. VIRGINIA'S LAWS AGAINST SELLING TOBACCO
PRODUCTS TO CHILDREN ARE AMONG THE TOUGHEST IN THE COUNTRY.))
OUT Q=in the country.
Gilmore also said he does NOT support tougher federal regulations on tobacco
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
If you are watching this newscast on Cox Cable-- it will soon cost you more.
An art gallery for local artists in the New River Valley gets an unwanted
change of scenery.
Stay with us.
Cox cable rates are on the rise again.
The Roanoke Valley cable provider will increase its prices next March.
Folks with expanded cable will pay another two-dollars a month.
Jack Parrott is on the Roanoke Valley Cable Television Committee.
He says as long as the move is in compliance with federal guidelines,
there's not much the committee can do.
IN Q=Local governments
((JACK PARROTT/CABLE TELEVISION COMMITTEE: LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE QUITE
POWERLESS IN THESE SITUATIONS. Is that frustrating? PARROTT: IT IS, IT'S
SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/Cable Television Committee;
OUT Q=quite frustrating.
Cox says it's raising rates as a result of programming costs, channel
additions, inflation, and an overall increase in operating costs.
This marks the fourth rate increase by Cox Communications in a little more
than two years.
Some premium service customers will see an increase of fifty cents on
Before the rates go into effect though, the changes must be approved by
After only six days of business, the annual Gallery of Local Artists shut
down yesterday at the New River Valley Mall.
It will reopen today, but in a much smaller space at the other end of the
Artists worked all day yesterday to move into the new space, which does not
include enough room for all the live performances they had scheduled throughout
((DARCY MEEKER/NEW RIVER ARTS COUNCIL: THE LIVE PERFORMANCES ARE KIND OF DICEY
AT THE MOMENT. WE THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO HAVE SOME RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR DOOR AND
MAYBE SINGLE PERFORMERS INSIDE THE STORE SPACE, BUT WE DON'T KNOW YET. ))
SUPER=01-Darcy Meeker/New River Arts Council;
OUT Q=we don't know yet.
The building inspector nixed the original space because of its dirt floor.
After three weeks of set-up using volunteer labor and mostly- donated
materials, the artists had hoped to be able to use the space for the next
Fans of the Tour Dupont say the loss of the annual cycling event would be
more than just a disappointment to western Virginia.
The world- class event has focused attention on the sport and the
communities through which it passes.
It has also meant a boost in business for merchants who cater to cyclists
or the crowds that followed the race.
IN Q=We always noticed after the event
((SCOTT LEWEKE/CARDINAL BICYCLE: WE ALWAYS NOTICED AFTER THE EVENT CAME THROUGH
THAT THERE WAS A SURGE OF ENTHUSIASM. PEOPLE THAT WERE CYCLISTS BEFORE WOULD
COME IN AND GET MORE EXCITED ABOUT GOING OUT AND RIDING. WE ALWAYS HAD NEW
CUSTOMERS THAT THOUGHT WELL THIS WOULD BE A NEAT THING TO GET INTO. THEY HADN'T
REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT BEFORE, BUT IT BROUGHT NEW CUSTOMERS IN.))
SUPER=01-Scott Leweke/Cardinal Bicycle;
OUT Q=brought new customers in.
The withdrawal of Dupont as the main sponsor of the race, has left
organizers scrambling for support.
They'd have to raise more than two million dollars in the next two weeks to
keep the 19-97 event on course.
SUPER=330-Light Rain/Possible/36-40/Morning Clouds/Then Clearing/50-54;
Overseas stock markets are suffering.
Prices fell sharply in London and Asia today following remarks by Federal
Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Analysts say investors fear he
might raise interest rates to burst the bubble on the overvalued market.
Greenspan's comments also set the Dow Jones reeling.
Prices have recovered a bit.
At Noon, the Dow was DOWN 70 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Virginia tech doubles an opponent's score in Basketball.
And magical beer is on tap at a Pub in England.
We'll get the mystical details later on in the newscast.
MUSIC UP FULL
On the eve of NASCAR's Banquet that annually honors the drivers, a statement
was issued concerning Winston Cup champion car owner Rick Hendrick.
Hendrick was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for paying bribes
to executives of Honda of America in exchange for preferential treatment.
He said he would plead innocent and he received the backing of Nascar
yesterday in New York.
IN Q="THE RESULTS...
((BILL FRANCE/NASCAR PRESIDENT: ))
SUPER=01-Bill France/Nascar President; :
OUT Q=........way possible."
There's no place like home for the Hokies. The Tech hoopsters lost 2 out
of 3 in Hawaii last weekend but returned to Blacksburg and the Cassell for
their season home opener.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Bucs vs. Hokies; :00
The Hokies taking on 2 and 1 East Tennessee State. Tech leads the series
The Bucs came out hot. Lee walker drives and gets the shot to fall for a 2
point lead for ETSU.
Tech goes to it's ace in the hole. Ace Custis nails the J, but his Hokies
still trailed by a basket.
The Bucs Titus Shelton then takes SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/83/ETSU/41;
the rock inside and gets the blue collar basket to keep a 1 point advantage.
Former Patrick henry star Troy manns would answer with this pull up jumper
and the Hokies win 83 to 41.
In football, Virginia Tech is out of pads this week. Weight training and a
little running are the physical workouts the Hokies will take part in.
Exams begin next friday and wrap up on the 19th.
While the players will be studying; the coaches will take advantage of the
time to shake the bushes for future prospects.
IN Q="Right now
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=....on football"
You've heard the song, the one about the bottles of beer on the wall--the
one that's been sung on many a long car trip, well now you can see the real
thing at a British pub.
At Somerset House you can leave your pint of beer on the wall.
Experts can not explain why the pints stay on the wall without support.
But the pub owner may have an explanation.
IN Q=Something to do with the pub.
SUPER=01-John Selwyn/Pub Manager; :05
OUT Q= simply magic.
So far only Salwyn and a pub regular can perform this feat.