Up next on News 7 at five-
A man arrested for stalking over the weekend, kills his former girlfrined
and then himself.
In Indiana- divorce papers apparently prompt a man to committ murder
Plus the jury decides a verdict in the arson of an Alabama High School.
A batch of showers will move in with the cold front this evening.
The weekend will be chilly with a clearing trend.
Plus, the latest medical news from around the region on Health Check
From new initiatives on rural health care, to the latest hi-tech way to
detect gallbladder disease and intestinal cancer.
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The man accused of yesterday's murder- suicide had been arrested six times
since October 3rd, and was out on bond when the shootings occured.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Roanoke police say Larry Mack faced a variety of charges, but the most
recent came just last weekend, when his girlfriend filed a complaint against
him for stalking.
Late Yesterday afternoon, Mack shot himself on Carver Avenue after telling
a relative he shot and killed his friend.
Roanoke County Police later found the body of 21- year- old Alesha Ann
Johnson at a construction site in the Valleypointe area of Roanoke County.
She had been shot several times.
An assistant commonwealth's attorney in the city HAD moved to revoke Mack's
The hearing was scheduled for today.
The family of two Danville children killed when their car collided with a
dump truck say this is one tragedy that could have been prevented.
Police say Norma Jean Daniels pulled out from Elizabeth Street into the
path of a dump truck travelling on Route 265.
Family members say 12- year old Jami Renee Earles and her 10- year old
brother James WERE wearing seat belts.
When Route 265 was built in the early 80's, the state has discussed building
a bridge so that traffic would not have to cross the highway.
The children's grandfather questions why the project was never completed.
IN Q=I would
((ROBERT LEE JONES/CHILDREN'S GRANDFATHER: ))
SUPER=01-Robert Lee Jones/Children's Grandfather;
OUT Q=is over.
A resident engineer with the Virginia Department of Transporation says the
bridge was never finished because of a lack of funding.
Highway officals are looking into the matter and are considering installing
a stop sign in the median.
Norma Jean Daniels a family friend of the children, is listed in fair
The truck driver's injuries were minor.
Mickey Wayne Davidson went willingly to his death last night at the
Greensville Correctional Center.
Davidson's lethal injection execution was delayed almost a half hour by a
legal fight which he opposed.
SUPER=03-Jarratt/Last Night;the day with Davidson.
Bob and Sarah West of Roanoke spent the day with Davidson.
IN Q=He was a little
((BOB WEST/PRISON CHAPLAIN: HE WAS A LITTLE, QUITE DISAPPOINTED THAT A LEGAL
BATTLE WAS GOING ON. HE HAD CHOSEN TO END HIS APPEALS. AND THAT WAS HIS WISH
EVEN ALL DURING THE DAY.))
SUPER=01-Bob West/Prison Chaplain;
OUT Q=during the day.
Davidson killed his wife and two stepdaughters with a crowbar in Saltville
five years ago.
A troubled marriage apparently prompted a man to enter a bank- fatally
shooting his wife and then himself.
It happened in Indiana.
Robert Montgomery walked into his wife's bank office and started shooting.
Both Montgomery and his wife are dead.
One customer says the scene was pandomium.
((ALL OF THE LADIES BEHIND THE DESKS IN THE OFFICES WERE YELLING AND
((ROGER CONN/CARMEL POLICE DEPT: ONE PERSON ENTERED THE BUILDING AND FIRED FOUR
TO FIVE SHOTS.))
SUPER=01-Roger Conn/Carmel Police Dept; 04 quick!!
OUT Q=four to five shots.
About 27 people were trapped inside but emergency crews got everyone out
through the first and second floor windows.
According to the Sheriff's office, divorce papers had recently been
served on the husband.
A jury acquits a man of setting a High School on fire in We-DOW-ee
SUPER=03-Wedowee, AL/August 1994;
Christopher Lynn Johnson was accused of starting the fire after the
school's white principal made remarks about mixed-race dates at the prom.
Defense attorneys for Johnson contend the ex-principal is the
Johnson faced a 30 year prison sentence and a 500-thousand dollar fine
if he was convicted of igniting the fire in August 1994.
The flooding in Florida continues...
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL;
But now it's more than just an inconvenience--
It may mean higher vegetable prices since it's affecting crops.
Tourist attractions may also be forced to shut down.
Federal and state officials are assessing damage and recovery centers will
be set up in affected areas.
Some counties in south Florida were recently declared federal disaster zones
after months of flooding from earlier tropical storms.
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More NEWS-7 is coming your way--
Retired General Colin Powell is pressing the flesh-- Is he campaigning or
merely peddling his book?
On Health Check-- Governor Allen has designated this week "Brown Lung Week."
Brown Lung is a disease of the textile industry-- some criticize little has
been done to protect the health of workers.
Also coming up-- the Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off this morning--
The Astronauts are studying what life would be like on the international
space station. Stay tuned.
Republicans may have won a Medicare battle last night, but they have a long
way to go before they win the war.
That's the word from Democratic Congressman L.F. Payne today, one day after
the G-O-P's Medicare bill cleared the House of Representatives.
Payne says President Clinton will veto the Republican plan as it stands now.
The two sides will then need to find a middle ground they can agree on.
IN Q=We'll have an
((REP. L.F. PAYNE/D- FIFTH DISTRICT: WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER OUR
PLAN AND A RECONCILIATION BUDGET ON THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK, BESIDE THE REPUBLICAN
PLAN THAT WILL BE THERE. AGAIN, I'M VERY HOPEFUL THAT WE'LL GET A LOT OF
ATTENTION ALTHOUGH I DON'T THINK IT WILL HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS.))
OUT Q=enough votes to pass.
Payne was in Bedford today addressing area business leaders.
Virginia Democrats are distancing themselves from an Alexandria polling
firm that says the party is close to losing control of the state Senate.
Pollster Alan Secrest (SEE-crest) writes in an October 4th planning memo to
Democratic candidates: "we have found absolutely terrifying marks for a number
of Democratic state Senators."
Democrats say the polling firm is using scare tactics to try to sell the
party more polls.
IN Q=They are doing
((GAIL NARDI/DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF VA.: THEY ARE DOING SOME INDIVIDUAL RACES IN
THE SENATE, COUPLE. THEY ARE DOING MORE HOUSE RACES AROUND VIRGINIA, SO THEY
WOULD HAVE A FEW PRECINCTS HERE IN A SENATE DISTRICT, A FEW PRECINCTS THERE IN
A SENATE DISTRICT. BUT THIS WAS AN EXERCISE IN SALESMANSHIP WHICH APPARENTLY
WENT ASTRAY YET AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Gail Nardi/Democratic Party of Va.;
OUT Q=yet again.
A memo from Cooper and Secrest embarrassed Democrats during the General
Assembly session, by detailing a play- by- play plan to thwart Governor Allen's
But Republicans say they're not surprised by the new memo.
IN Q=It does surprise
((SCOTT LEAKE/VA. GOP CAUCUS: IT DOES SURPRISE ME THAT HE PUT SOMETHING LIKE
THIS IN WRITING. BUT THE NUMBERS DO TRACK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE POLLING THAT
WE'VE BEEN DOING. SO IN THAT SENSE IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME.))
SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Va. GOP Caucus;
OUT Q=doesn't surprise me.
Both parties say Republicans have better odds at winning control of the
Senate than the House of Delegates.
It will be another month before Colin Powell decides if he'll run for
The Retired General wrapped up a 28-stop book tour today in Norfolk.
At a news conference outside the Naval Base, Powell said there are many
factors affecting his decision.
IN Q=One, do I
((COLIN POWELL/RETIRED GENERAL: ONE, DO I BRING SOMETHING TO THE POLITICAL
DIALOG IN AMERICA THAT IS USEFUL AND MISSING AND IS IT SUFFICIENTLY DIFFERENT
THEN WHAT OTHER CANDIDATES WILL BRING INTO THE DIALOG. TWO, IS THIS WHAT I
WANT TO DO WITH THIS PHASE OF MY LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Colin Powell/Retired General;
OUT Q=of my life.
Powell says his travels around the country have left him optimistic about
the nation's condition.
But he's says he's concerned about the tempo of recent military deployments.
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Kids of all ages are asking the same question: What are you dressing up as
for Halloween? Patrick has some suggestions.
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
With Halloween approaching, everyone's scrambling for a costume.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us with some tips on putting together Halloween
costumes that may give you or your kids some good ideas.
Patrick, what will YOU be for Halloween this year?
SUPER=01-Gary Wright/M J Designs;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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The World Series gets underway tomorrow-- coming up in tonight's Two Minute
Ticker--Mike has a preview.
On Health Check-- rural health care,
And the efforts to improve access to quality care.
We'll hear from the Virginia Rural Health Association.
IN Q=We have often
((WE HAVE OFTEN BEEN OVERLOOKED. WE HAVE OFTEN BEEN OVERLOOKED AND NOT GOTTEN
THE FUNDING OR THE PRESS COVERAGE OR IDENTIFIED THE ISSUES. AND I THINK WITH
THIS ASSOCIATION WE REALLY BECOME AN ACTIVE VOICE FOR HEALTH CARE.))
OUT Q=health care.
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For rural communities in Virginia, access to quality health care has been a
The newly-formed Virginia Rural Health Association is holding its annual
conference in Roanoke today.
Participants say not only is it difficult to recruit health care
professionals to rural areas, it can be difficult to keep them.
IN Q=Rural communities
((JANE NORWOOD KUSIAK/JOINT COMMISSION ON HEALTH CARE:RURAL COMMUNITIES TEND
TO HAVE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF THEIR POPULATION WHO ARE UNINSURED, WHICH MAKES
FINANCIAL ACCESS A PROBLEM
WE'VE BEEN SPENDING A LOT OF TIME HERE IN VIRGINIA TRYING TO INCREASE THE
NUMBER OF PHYSICIANS THAT CHOSE GENERALISM OF THEIR AREA OF FOCUS WHEN THEY GO
OUT AND PRACTICE. I REALLY BELIEVE IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS THE ISSUE OF RURAL
HEALTH CARE WILL NOT ONLY BE THE ISSUE OF PRIMARY CARE, BUT REALLY LONG TERM
CARE AND ISSUES FACING THE ELDERLY.ARE OF PARTICULAR CONCERN
IN RURAL VIRGINIA. ))
SUPER=01-Jane Norwood Kusiak/Joint Commission on Health Care; :
OUT Q=in Rural Virginia
The group's goal is to see that each of the state's medical schools has
50-percent of graduates going into primary care, rather than specialty
Severe coughing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest.
Those are just a few of the symptoms of Brown Lung-- a disease that's
associated with cotton dust.
For the second year, Governor Allen has proclaimed this "Brown Lung
Alice Adkins knows the symptoms well.
Her husband worked in the textile industry for 30- years before he died.
Since then, she's been working in Danville's Brown Lung office to educate
others in the textile industry.
Adkins' husband was diagnosed when he became sick with pneumonia.
IN Q=They sent
((ALICE ADKINS/WIDOW: THEY SENT HIM TO DUKE TO THE LUNG SPECIALIST DOWN THERE
AND I REMEMBER HIM ASKING THE DOCTOR AFTER THEY EXAMINED HIM IF HE HAD
EMPHYSEMA AND THE DOCTOR SAID NO YOU DON'T AND SO THEY WENT DOWN IN HIS LUNGS,
THROUGH HIS THROAT, AND THE DOCTOR TOLD HIM HE HAD BROWN LUNG. ))
SUPER=01-Alice Adkins/Widow; :00
OUT Q=had brown lung.
Adkins believes many textile workers have brown lung and don't know
it--mistaking it for a cold or asthma.
Roanoke Valley physicians have a new way of detecting diseases of the
It's called the Endoscopic Ultrasound-- and it's become the new gold
standard for detecting gallbladder disease and gastrointestinal cancer.
IN Q=In spite
((DR. JAMES DILL/GASTROENTEROLOGIST: IN SPITE OF ALL THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT
CAME BEFORE ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND, THERE WAS ALWAYS A GROUP OF PATIENTS THAT
WERE LEFT STILL IN PAIN, WITH ALL TESTS NEGATIVE. AND MANY TIMES THEY WERE
ACCUSED OF SAYING IT WAS ALL IN THEIR HEAD AND ALL THE MEDICINES WEREN'T
WORKING AND LEFT THE PATIENTS THOROUGHLY MISERABLE. NOW WE HAVE THE ADVANTAGE
OF BEING ABLE TO SEE THE GALLBLADDERS SO CLEARLY THAT WE CAN SEE TINY BITS OF
SLUDGE OR STONE THAT ARE MISSED BY ALL THE OTHER METHODS, OR BE ABLE TO SEE
THAT THE GALLBLADDER IS NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY AND WITH A GREATER THAN 90%
ACCURACY CAN NOW PREDICT IN THE PATIENTS GALLBLADDER DISEASE, PROVE IT IN
SURGERY AND GET THEM WELL.))
SUPER=01-Dr. James Dill/Gastroenterologist; :
OUT Q=get them well.
Community Hospital is one of three facilities in the state using the new
Soggy weather is dampening several sporting events in southwest and central
But that doesn't mean Mike Stevens is slowing down any-- Mike tell us what
Football games are still on for tonight?
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to your weekend. It's been a wet Friday
for a number of people, and as result a number of schools have decided to
postpone their football games originally scheduled for tonight.
Nine of the 15 games we originally planned to cover are now off for tonight.
But we have managed to rustle up eight great contests for you, and here's
we'll be tonight.
IN Q=AUDIO UP FULL
OUT Q=...shot full screen.
Tomorrow afternoon your Hometown station will present its final LIVE late
model stock car telecast of the season.
LIVE flag to flag coverage of the 250 lap Chevy Dealers Shootout begins at
three right here on your hometown station.
And also this afternoon, WDBJ programming has announced that the station will
televise its first live college basketball game on Tuesday night November 28th
when Washington & Lee takes on VMI at Cameron Hall in Lexington.
IN Q="It's a great...
((MIKE BELL/WDBJ PROGRAM DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Mike Bell/WDBJ Program Director; :00
OUT Q=...BONUS POINTS FOR US."
SUPER=03-Lexington/June 27; :00
Officials from both schools announced the play after a 55 year break back in
And tonight we're excited to announce that the winningest coach in Virginia
Tech history has agreed to be a part of our broadcast team that night.
IN Q="Well, this will be...
((CHARLIE MOIR/WDBJ BASKETBALL ANALYST:))
SUPER=01-Charlie Moir/WDBJ Basketball Analyst; :00
OUT Q=...TO THE PROGRAMS."
The 91st World Series opens tomorrow night in Atlanta with the Braves hosting
the Cleveland Indians in game one of the best of seven series.
Both think the series boils down to the Braves pitchers stopping the Indians
Cleveland hitting instructor Charlie Manuel, who lives in Roanoke County says
the Tribe is up for the challenge.
IN Q="I know...
((CHARLIE MANUEL/CLEVELAND HITTING INSTRUCTOR:))
SUPER=01-Charlie Manuel/Cleveland Hitting Instructor; :00
OUT Q=...WE CAN TOO."
Steve Mason will be along at six with your college game day previews.
Plus, we'll hear from the 1995 New River track champion on tomorrow's LIVE
telecast of the Chevy Dealers 250.
See you tonight at 11:35 for Friday Football Extra.
Have a great weekend everybody.
take a break
The Shuttle Columbia is finally in space today-
((FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE AND LIFT OFF OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA.))
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center, FL;
OUT Q=shuttle Columbia.
After weeks of delays from technical problems and weather-
the shuttle made it off the ground.
The shuttle is loaded with about one million dollars worth of scientific
NASA hopes the seven astronauts will return with a preview of what life
will be like on the planned international space station.
The ex-wife of an economist who just won a Nobel Prize, is pretty good at
Robert Lucas won a million dollars and a Nobel Prize this month for his
Now his ex-wife will get half of it.
When Rita Lucas divorced the University of Chicago economist nearly seven
years ago, she asked her lawyer to add one tiny clause to the property
It stated: should her husband ever win the Nobel Prize she would get 50
percent of the money.
And she was lucky in another way: the settlement stipulated that if Lucas
won the prize after October 31st, 1995, the clause was void.
In other words, if he had won it one month later, his ex-wife would not
have gained a penny.
As for Robert Lucas, he says a deal is a deal--adding it's hard to be
unpleasant after winning a prize like that.