Coming up on News 7-
More police information about convicted killer Earl Bramblett, plus a first
look inside the Hodge family home.
Results of a Goodyear Contract vote
are out tonight- it could mean a plant shut down.
Plus a Civil War Love Story.
News 7 at Eleven is next.
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A gruesome crime discovered before dawn August 29th... the bedroom
ransacked, a fire designed to conceal the evidence.... It sounds like something
out of the pages of a cheap detective magazine.
That's exactly what police are saying about how Earl Bramblett staged the
murders in Vinton three years ago.
Keith Humphry says he did it "by the book."
IN Q=THIS book...
SUPER=10-Barry Keesee/Va. State Police Agent/Yesterday; :22
SUPER=01-Helen Akers/Missing Girl's Mother; 1:42
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THIS book- -a pulp periodical called "Front Page Detective."
It was seized from Bramblett's motel room. The magazine came out ten days
before the Hodges family was murdered.
Police believe Bramblett selected bits and pieces from various articles in
the magazine to set the stage at the Hodges house. The family allowed us
inside for the first time this week.
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((IT'S REWARDING TO SEE THE HODGES AND THE FULCHER FAMILY FINALLY UNDERSTAND
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THEIR LOVED ONES.))
The magazine was introduced as evidence... it's significance never
explained... until now.
One article profiles a murder on August 29th- -the day the Hodges were found
dead in their home.
Another refers to a note about a "family emergency." Authorities believe
Bramblett forced Teresa Hodges to post notes on the door about a family
emergency to warn off visitors.
There's an article about setting fire to destroy the evidence.
The same one refers to kerosene splashed all over a woman's body- -just what
Bramblett did to Teresa Hodges.
Her charred body was found face down on the living room couch- -her feet
sticking up in the air, just like a woman in the magazine.
The master bedroom was made to look like it had been ransacked, "searched
thoroughly and left a mess," just as it was in the Hodges house.
Blaine Hodges body was covered with a curtain- -again mimicking the
Bramblett may even have gotten the idea of ditching evidence in the dumpster
behind the sign company where he worked from one of the stories.
Many people believe this was not the first time Bramblett committed a crime
involving young girls.
Helen Akers' daughter Tammy disappeared in 1976. She's afraid she'll never
know what happened.
((BUT I BELIEVE THAT EARL WAS CLOSE ENOUGH TO TAMMY TO WHERE HE PROBABLY KNOWS
WHAT DID HAPPEN OR PERHAPS WHERE HER BODY IS.))
Tammy Lynn Akers was one of several teenaged girls who worked for Bramblett
at the sign shop on Fifth Street.
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((I JUST WANT TO KNOW THAT I HAVE MY BABY'S REMAINS BACK IN A PLACE WHERE I
KNOW WHERE THEY ARE.:09AND THAT IS MY PLEA TO HIM, AND IF HE SEES THIS I HOPE
About ten days after police had locked up the Hodges house... they found
this on the doorstep. Earl Bramblett often refered to 11-year old Winter
Hodges as his "Angel Doll." ))
In a move that could close the Danville Goodyear plant, union members have
refused to switch to a continuous work week.
Tina Tenret reports.
IN Q=Union members
SUPER=01-Danny Barber/Union President; :19
SUPER=01-Kori Reed/Communications Manager; 1:04
OUT Q=News 7 Danville
(( Union members stood outside the voting hall pressuring people to vote
against going continous -- and they may have succeeded.
817 people voted against a continous work week -- 760 for it.
This means Danville Goodyear employees will NOT have to work Sundays -- and
they will earn double-time when they do.
IN Q=I've always been against continous
((DANNY BARBER/UNION PRESIDENT: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN AGAINST CONTINOUS BECAUSE I
PERSONALLY FEEL WHEN A PERSON WORKS ON SUNDAYS IT SHOULD BE UP TO THAT
INDIVIDUAL. IT'S BEEN NOTED OVER THE YEARS THAT IN THIS AREA, WE'VE BEEN KNOWN
TO BE WORKING AND LIVING IN THE BIBLE BELT. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THIS
PLANT THAT OBSERVE THE SABBATH AS THE HOLY BOOK -- THE HOLY BIBLE -- SAYS IT'S
SUPPOSED TO BE OBSERVED AND I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD RESPECT THAT.))
OUT Q=everyone should respect that
But managers say this is bad news for Danville's Goodyear.
They say they can not make enough tires without working continously -- and
now they may close the plant.
Goodyear is Danville's second largest employer -- with the highest pay rate
IN Q=The vote today is very
((KORI REED/COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: THE VOTE TODAY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE
FUTURE OF THE DANVILLE-GOODYEAR PLANT. AT CURRENT CAPACITY WE CANNOT MEET
DEMAND FOR MEDIUM RADIAL TRUCK TIRES. WE HAVE ALREADY LOST SOME MARKET SHARE
BECAUSE WE CANNOT MEET THIS DEMAND. ))
OUT Q=meet this demand
Danville is the only Goodyear plant that does NOT have a continous work
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
U-S forces are standing by in the Persian gulf- as tensions escalate with
President Clinton is standing firm that U-S weapons inspectors be allowed to
work in Iraq.
((WE CAN'T PERMIT A MAN WITH HIS RECORD TO GET INTO THE WEAPONS OF MASS
DESTRUCTION BUSINESS. ))
OUT Q=destruction business."
The Pentagon is warning Iraq could face military action or
economic sanctions if it continues to bar U-N inspections of weapons
facilities. The inspections are part of U-N resolutions made after the Persian
An Air Force F-16 crashed and burned
in Sidney Texas this afternoon-
but both crewmembers were able to eject safely.
The jet went down in a field near a church and school.
Some students witnessed the crash- one saying he saw a missile with fins on
the ground near the burning plane.
The jet was stationed at the Naval Air station in Fort Worth.
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Still to come.. the city of Danville honors NASCAR's first
black driver- the late Wendell Scott whose contributions to racing measured
greater than the money he earned.
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OUT Q=in one race.
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New advice for the 50 million Americans with high blood pressure- and for
those trying to prevent it.
The National Institutes of Health now says diet can bring blood pressure
((A HEALTHY DIET RICH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND LOW IN TOTAL FATS
SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Sheldon Sheps/Study Chairman;
OUT Q=lowers blood pressure."
The researchers found that exercise, slight weight reduction, maintaining
potassium intake andd lowering alcohol and salt consumption could also make a
The new guidelines were released along with several public service
((SHE'LL FORGET YOUR SMILE AND YOUR EYES AND ALL YOUR DUMB JOKES SHE WON'T
UNDERSTAND WHAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS OR WHY IT TOOK HER DADDY AWAY.))
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OUT Q=HER DADDY AWAY."
High blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart disease and kidney failure.
A Danville road will be re-named in honor of the only black race car driver
to ever win a NASCAR race.
Nascar's first black driver, Wendell Scott began racing almost 50 years ago
He did not have sponsors or much money -- but he made his own cars and
frequently finished in the top ten.
IN Q=My father was a gem
((WENDELL SCOTT JR./SON: MY FATHER WAS A GEM OF A MAN YET ONE OF THE MOST
PRACTICAL APPROACHABLE PEOPLE I EVER SAW IN MY LIFE. A GOOD WAY TO DESCRIBE MY
FATHER IS LOYAL.))
((I WAS A LITTLE BOY WHEN WENDELL SCOTT PASSED AWAY. BUT I KNOW HE WOULD STOP
WORKING ON HIS CAR AND FIX MY BICYCLE FOR ME WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY. I KNOW
HE WOULD FIX MY BICYCLE RIGHT EVERY TIME.))
SUPER=07-Wendell Scott Jr;
OUT Q=right every time
Soon Keens Mill Road will be called Wendell Scott Drive -- and there could
be a museum in Scott's honor.
Some say it will show young people that even with nothing, they can rise to
IN Q=I just wish it could
((FRANCES MONTAGUE/NEIGHBOR: I JUST WISH IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED WHEN WENDELL
WAS LIVING SO HE COULD HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE GOOD THINGS THEY'RE DOING FOR HIM
NOW. YOU KNOW WE OFTEN WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE TO GIVE PEOPLE THEIR ROSES --
AND NOW HE'S NOT HERE TO SMELL ANY OF THE FRAGRANCE OF IT.))
OUT Q=any of the fragrance of it
Wendell Scott died in 1990.
Cox Communications says it's just trying to catch people getting their
But some cable customers say it's a matter of taking the good with the bad.
Stacey Martin has the story.
IN Q=I think it's
SUPER=01-Marshall Pearlman/Cable Customer; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :13
SUPER=01-Sharron Davies/Cox Communications; :30
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke.
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IN Q=I think it's
((MARSHALL PEARLMAN/CABLE CUSTOMER: I THINK IT'S A BIG INCONVENIENCE FOR
EVERYBODY WHO'S TRYING TO BE LEGAL.))
OUT Q=to be legal.
He's a paying cable customer whose box went out twice in about a week and he
blames Cox Communications for "zapping" it.
While the company wouldn't comment on any specific case, they say they've
started the second phase of their Theft Amnesty Program.
And, some customers may experience interference with their cable if they're
located too close to someone who gets it illegally.
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IN Q= As you know
((SHARRON DAVIES/ : AS YOU KNOW CABLE THEFT IS BECOMING A GROWING PROBLEM
NATIONWIDE AND A LOT OF CABLE COMPANIES ARE PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO IT.))
OUT Q=attention to it.
The company is monitoring cable signals coming from homes receiving the
services illegally and they're giving offenders until December 31st to turn in
the unlawful equipment or become cable subscribers.
So far, Cox Communications claims to have caught more than 400 illegal cable
But, some legal cable customers question the company's tactics.
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IN Q=Well, I would
((MARSHALL PEARLMAN/CABLE CUSTOMER: WELL, I WOULD IMAGINE THAT YOU HAVE OTHER
WAYS OF CATCHING PEOPLE THAT DID HAVE AN ILLEGAL BOX WITHOUT INCONVENIENCING
WHO KNOWS HOW MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE LEGAL BOXES.))
OUT Q=have legal boxes
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IN Q=But cable customers
((STACEY MARTIN/CABLE CUSTOMER: BUT CABLE CUSTOMERS SUCH AS MICHAEL PEARLMAN
WONDER IF THE NEXT TIME THEY GET A BILL SUCH AS THIS ONE IN THE MAIL THEIR
ACCOUNT WILL BE CREDITED FOR THE DAYS WHEN THEY HAD NO CABLE ACCESS. THE
COMPANY SAYS IT'LL TAKE THOSE CLAIMS ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. STACEY MARTIN,
NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=by case basis.
A North Dakota man says violent music lyrics killed his son-
Ray Kuntz's son killed himself- after listening to a song by rock group
Kuntz made the trip to Washington today to tell a Senate panel-
((RAY KUNTZ: I'D SAY THE LYRICS TO THIS SONG CONTRIBUTED DIRECTLY TO MY SON'S
SUPER=01-Ray Kuntz/Father of Suicide Victim;
OUT Q=TO MY SON'S DEATH."
15 year old Richard Kuntz shot him self last year-
His father says it happened after he listened to Marilyn Manson and become
obsessed with a song about Suicide.
(( ONE SHOT AND THE WORLD GETS SMALLER...MUISC ETC))
OUT Q=nat music."
Kuntz wants music companies to stop stores from selling CD's with parental
warning labels to kids under 17.
While Senators criticized the record industry they're not planning on new
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Coming up next on the newscast,
in part two of our series, we'll take a look at life and love during the Civil
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GRAPHIC=A Woman's War
The women of the Bedford plantation, (Ave-i-nell) Avenel, made sure their
voices were heard.
As Denise Allen explains in the second part of A Women's War, the writings
of Kate Burwell (Burrell)
Take Fullscreen "A Woman's War"
Bowyer (Boy-er) and Letitia Burwell were published in books and magazines of
IN Q="In the beginning
SUPER=01-Susan Overstreet/Avenel Foundation; :35
SUPER=04-Alderman Library - UVa; :49
SUPER=01-Annette Allen/Avenel Foundation; 2:19
OUT Q=News 7
(("In the beginning of course our larders were well stored and our barns filled
so that it was hard to believe a day of scarcity could ever come to us; and no
household had a higher pleasure than showering upon it soldiers every luxury in
the eating department that Virginia culinary lore could suggest...Kate Burwell
Bowyer, "A Woman's Story of the War."
As the battles raged, the south weakened.
But still life went on back home.
Fan, called the flower of Avenel, married her longtime love, Jimmy
Breckenridge on March 4th, 1862, but tragedy loomed.
SOT avenel 10/28/97 1 19:08:01
IN Q=WHEN SHE WENT
((SUSAN OVERSTREET/AVENEL FOUNDATION: WHEN SHE WENT TO VISIT JIMMY AT
GORDONSVILLE SHE CONTRACTED TYPHOID FEVER AND DIED JUST FOUR MONTHS AFTER THEIR
OUT Q=AFTER THEIR MARRIAGE
"Friday, May 2nd, 1862, Felt very sad about the war and more like giving up our
cause as lost than ever before; it seems so utterly hopeless for us to attempt
to hold Richmond, and if the Yankees get possession of that city it would seem
that our cause was about gone....Letitia Burwell"
And her sister Kate Bowyer remembers the actual fall of Richmond, this way,
in her article, "A Woman's Story of the War."
"...It was like the shock of an earthquake when General Lee's lines were first
found to be breaking up around Richmond. My husband hurriedly packed us up
and, pushing our way through the streets, succeeded in thrusting us into one of
the last remaining trains which left Richmond, before its evacuation."
Kate's brother-in-law, Jimmy Breckenridge, was still a soldier in the war,
but devastated by his wife, Fan's death, he fought each battle recklessly.
Then in 1865 at the battle at Dinwiddie Court House he joined his love.
SOT avenel 10/28/97 1 19:10:05
IN Q=HE KNEW THERE
((OVERSTREET: HE KNEW THERE WAS NO WAY HE COULD HOLD BACK. HE KNEW HE WAS
GOING TO DIE. AS THEY WERE RETREATING HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED AND LEFT THERE.))
OUT Q=AND LEFT THERE
The war had left the south and Avenel in ruins.
And after fighting in the war, William Burwell left his Bedford home and did
not return until he was on his death bed more than 20 years later.
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IN Q=FOOD WAS SCARCE
((OVERSTREET: FOOD WAS SCARCE, MONEY WAS SCARCE AND THEY WERE COLD AND YOU CAN
REALLY GET MORE AND MORE INTO THE FAMILY. YOU CAN NOT JUST FEEL THEY'RE PEOPLE
ON THE PAGE, THEY COME ALIVE.))
OUT Q=THEY COME ALIVE
SOT avenel 10/28/97 2 19:36:42
IN Q=THEY WERE CONFINED
((ANNETTE ALLEN/AVENEL FOUNDATION: THEY WERE CONFINED TO LIVE IN JUST A FEW
ROOMS OF THE HOUSE. THEY WERE UNABLE TO KEEP UP THE MANSION AND THE GROUNDS
WERE ONLY KEPT FOR THE GARDEN THAT YIELDED THEIR FOOD.))
OUT Q=YIELDED THEIR FOOD
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: THE CIVIL WAR HAD TORN THE FAMILY WITH DEATH AND
TRAUMATIZED IT FURTHER FINANCIALLY.
BY THE END OF THE CENTURY ONLY LETTY REMAINED AT AVENEL, HER PARENTS AND TWO
SISTERS WERE DEAD AND SISTER ROSA HAD MOVED TO KENTUCKY.
WHEN MISS LETTY DIED IN 1905 THE PLANTATION WAS JUST A SHADOW OF ITS FORMER
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))
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Girls' district tournament action, Steve Mason with Roundhouse wrapup, Roy
Stanley from the ODAC hoop newser, plus Friday Football Extra schedule of games
for the last night of the regular season.
But first an Extra Point of Court TV.
The NFL fined 13 players who were involved in a series of fights near the end
of Sunday's Panthers-Raiders game.
The fines total about $55 thousand dollars, with the Raiders Chester
McGlockton getting the biggest of all at $17 thousand 500.
In Miami this afternoon, Jose Canseco was in court to answer charges of
Canseco is accused of grabbing his wife by the hair and hitting her in the
head while the couple was driving home from their child's birthday party.
And Packers nose guard Gilbert Brown was sentenced to a year's probation
today after admitting in court he assaulted his girlfriend last summer.
But tonight the judge ordered Brown back in court tomorrow after new evidence
was brought to her attention.
wipe to scores
WIPE TO BOARDS
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take a break
It was semi-finals night in girls' district basketball action last night and
let's get right to the highlights in the Blue Ridge.
SUPER=03-Vinton/Blacksburg vs. William Byrd; :00
Byrd coach Richard Thrasher was looking to keep his unbeaten record in tact
and the fast break helped the Byrd girls take the lead early as Dawn Chewning
get sit to Andrea Gay. She gets 2 and a foul.
Blacksburg's Karly Geller, who has had a tremendous year scores this one in
the low post.
aa But the Terriers the easy 66-to-34 win thanks in part to the efforts Brandy
Allen, the talented senior.
SUPER=04-Northside vs. Salem; :00
The nightcap was a war as Northside and Salem battled for a spot in the
Salem's Lindsey Carroll would get this assist to Erin Collins for the layin.
But backs comes Northside. Samantha Webb inbounds the ball, gets it right
back and then gets a gratuitous roll for the 3 pointer.
But Salem would prevail as Sarah Palmer uses the window to beat three
defenders. Salem takes it 47-to-44 in overtime.
Elsewhere last night, in the 3 Rivers, Glenvar beat Radford and Floyd topped
Shawsville 68-to-51 as Julie Sowers scored 48 points.
And in the Mountain Empire, Ft. Chiswell beat Grayson, and Galax topped
It's hard to believe but after 11 Friday nights the regular season in high
school football comes to a close tonight.
Here are the Friday Football Extra hangouts for week 11.
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OUT Q=...LOGO COME FULL.
Dusty Baker has been named the National League's manager of the year by the
baseball writers of America.
Dusty guided the Giants through a last to first turnaround as they won the NL
The Old Dominion Athletic conference men's basketball coaches were in Salem
today for their preseason tipoff luncheon, along with our own Roy Stanley.
IN Q="It didn't
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SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/Hampden-Sydney Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke College Head Coach; :42
SUPER=01-Joe Davis/Lynchburg Head Coach; 1:00
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((It didn't take the coaches long to pick their pre-season poll.
And Hampden-Sydney is on the hot seat. Last year, The Tigers won the
conference tournament and a berth in the N-C-A-A and 10 players from that team
((TONY SHAVER/TIGERS HEAD COACH: ))
((Bridgewater and Virginia Wesleyan are second and third and in fourth place is
Maroon fans will notice a few new faces on the bench this year but Roanoke
returns enough experience to be better that fourth in the league.))
((PAGE MOIR/MAROONS HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((JOE DAVIS/HORNETS HEAD COACH: ))
((Emory and Henry is picked sixth, Washington and Lee ninth and Guilford 10-th.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
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Still to come tonight, Steve Mason will join us for the latest from the
as he hits the hardwater with another edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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The Bombers and the Riverfrogs will be rocking the Civic Center this weekend
as the Roanoke Express hosts games on Friday and Saturday nights.
Here's Steve Mason with this week's Roundhouse wrapup.
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SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :37
SUPER=04-Icecaps vs. Express; 1:03
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