Up next on News 7 at five-
A manhunt ends with a spray of gunfire between a Campbell County man and
We'll have two live reports.
Plus Bosnian leaders are talking peace in Ohio.
Plus we'll show you the latest look for Hollins College.
It depended on the mountains today, some folks enjoyed sunny weather, others
were stuck in the clouds.
On Health Check-- Ronald and Nancy Reagan are lending their name to a new
Plus, seafood-- New evidence of it's heart-healthy benefits.
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A Campbell County man ends an overnight crime spree in a blaze of gunfire
with a police officer in a Richmond suburb.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A trail of crime that began in Campbell County ended in a violent shootout
near Richmond this morning... The suspect is dead and a police officer
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Our coverage begins in Campbell County where we join Steve Smallshaw with
the details that lead up to the deadly shooting. Steve?
Jean, this is where Brad McCombie's alleged crime spree began last night, at
the Buzz In Market on Waterlick Road.
It's here where police say McCombie robbed the clerk at gunpoint, then spent
the next ten hours on the run.
IN Q=After holding up
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Det. Wally Layne/Lynchburg Police; :37
OUT Q=was going to be.
(( After reportedly holding up this convenience store Tuesday night, 31- year-
old Brad McCombie was a wanted man.
Authorities say McCombie's next move was to shoot at a Campbell County
deputy who tried to apprehend him minutes after the robbery.
McCombie fled on foot, but popped up again several hours later here on
Campbell Avenue in Lynchburg.
That's where police say a security video tape clearly shows McCombie robbing
another convenience store clerk at gunpoint, forcing him into a car and driving
Investigators at this robbery figured it too was the work of Brad McCombie.
They could only guess what he planned to do with the store clerk he had
abducted at gunpoint.
IN Q=Of course that
((DET. WALLY LAYNE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: OF COURSE THAT WAS OUR HOPE ALL ALONG. BUT
WE DIDN'T KNOW, AND IT COULD HAVE WENT EITHER WAY AT ANY TIME. THERE WAS JUST
NO WAY TO PREDICT WHAT THE FATE OF THAT CLERK WAS GOING TO BE.))
OUT Q=was going to be.))
Fortunately, the clerk was set free in Henrico County, having suffered no
apparent physical harm.
Brad McCombie, however, was not so fortunate.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom to tell us about his fate...Ellen?
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Henrico authorities say the trip between Lynchburg and the Richmond area
continued the crime spree.
It allegedly included buying and using crack cocaine, keeping Lynchburg
store clerk Michael Dorsey at gunpoint, and finally dropping him off near the
Within a half hour, Michael Dorsey's pay phone call to Henrico County police
led to a disastrous conclusion.
IN Q=A Henrico officer
SUPER=03-Henrico Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Henry Stanley/Henrico Co. Police Chief; :29
OUT Q=behind the car.
(( A Henrico officer gave chase to Brad McCombie.
The cars made contact, coming to rest near an underpass to Interstate 64.
There, Henrico police say McCombie shot first, from inside his car,
striking Officer Andi Margiotta in the chest, and knocking him off his feet.
Police say that surely would have been fatal, if not for Margiotta's
bullet proof vest.
The officer took two more hits, but returned eight shots of his own,
reloaded and started firing again.
((HENRY STANLEY/HENRICO CO. POLICE CHIEF: FROM ALL INDICATIONS, THE SHOOTING
TOOK PLACE AT SEVERAL DIFFERENT POINTS AROUND THE VEHICLE. But... THAT'S
McCombie died at the scene, knocked back into a ditch behind the car.))
Henrico police are happy to report tonight that Officer Margiotta is in good
condition, and expected to make a full recovery.
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Aside from the bruise from the bulletproof vest, he was shot in the groin
and the arm.
(question: How did the clerk, Micheal Dorsey, get away from McCombie?)
In Henry County-- a judge will soon decide if a teenager will be tried for
murder as an adult.
16-year old Tommy Helms is charged with first degree murder in the shooting
death of 15- year- old Lavina Scales of Martinsville.
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Authorities say Helms shot Scales eight times in the head on Route 6-79 last
According to police, Helms fired two semi-automatic handguns until both were
During a news conference this morning, police discussed the national trend
of kids carrying guns.
IN Q=Every time you pick
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: EVERY TIME YOU PICK UP THE PAPER YOU READ OF
SOME YOUTH KILLING THEIR PARENTS OR KILLING OTHER YOUTHS OR SHOOTING IN A
SCHOOL. AND WE SEE MORE GUNS ON THE STREET HERE NOW WITH YOUTH. BUT IT HADN'T
REALLY BEEN A PROBLEM UNTIL THIS.))
SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=problem until now.
Helms is also accused of three other robberies and the shooting of a
Ridgeway man three times during a failed robbery attempt.
Helms is being held without bond.
Bosnian peace talks are now underway- with an appeal to end the country's
long civil war.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher told the warring factions
negotiatons can work, if they're determined to make them work.
IN Q=we're here
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SECRETARY OF STATE: WE'RE HERE TO GIVE BOSNIA A CHANCE TO
BE A COUNTRY AT PEACE NOT A KILLING FIELD.))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=not a killing field."
Bosnia's foreign minister says Bosnian Serbs will not be able to hide
He's determined to make sure any agreement reached is enforced.
IN Q=we can't
((MUHAMMED SACRIBEY/BOSNIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: WE CAN'T BE TALKING OF PEACE IN
DAYTON WHILE PEOPEL ARE BEING ETHNICALLY CLEANSED IN BIADUKA. THERE IS A BASIC
INCONSISTENCY THERE AND OUR CONSCIOUS WILL NOT ALLOW US TO JUST SIT BY AND
WATCH THAT PROCESS TO CONTINUE.))
SUPER=01-Muhammed Sacribey/Bosnian Foreign Minister;
OUT Q=that process to continue."
Bosnian leaders say NATO forces implementing peace must be stationed
throughout the country-- including borders in order to enforce any peace
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the House votes on an historic abortion
And a little later-- it hasn't been a pretty sight in front of Hollins
College lately, but now the school is branching out. We'll explain.
On Health Check-- 43-percent of all deaths in the U.S. are caused by
But there are differences in heart attacks among men and women.
We'll have the latest finding that applies to both.
All these stories coming your way right after this break.
An abortion procedure that's rarely used could soon be against the law-
The House voted today to ban the procedure. It's called partial birth
It's used to end late term pregnancies.
((ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN/R-FLORIDA: AS A MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN, I DO NOT
COMPREHEND HOW WE CAN ALLOW ANY BABY TO BE SUBJECTED TO SUCH INHUMANE
((NITA LOWEY/D- NEW YORK: THIS IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO MAKE SURE THAT DOCTORS WHO
PERFORM ABORTIONS, WHICH ARE LEGAL IN THIS COUNTRY, ARE HARASSED.))
SUPER=01-Ileana Ros-Lehtinen/(R) Florida; 00
SUPER=01-Nita Lowey/(D) New York; 09
OUT Q=country are harassed.
Both supporters and opponents agree it's the first step toward legislating
an end to abortion rights.
Construction of a new Cave Spring High School in Roanoke County could be
nearly payed for-- if democrats had kept their promise about lottery money.
That's according to two state Republican candidates.
Senator Brandon Bell and House of Delegates candidate Newell Falkinburg say
lottery proceeds are NOT going back to localities for education.
Both candidates say if they were-- Roanoke County residents wouldn't be
facing a possible increase in their real estate tax rate to fund a new Cave
Spring High School.
IN Q=Particularly, for Roanoke county
((SEN. BRANDON BELL/R- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: PARTICULARLY FOR ROANOKE
COUNTY, THIS IS A SOLUTION THAT WOULD PREVENT THERE BEING ANY INCREASE IN THE
REAL ESTATE TAX RATE BECAUSE OF THE REVENUE THAT MIGHT BE COMING BACK TO THE
STATE THAT COULD GO TOWARD THE DEBT. ))
((NEWELL FALKINBURG/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THIS IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE
OF WHAT WOULD HAVE AND COULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THE LOTTERY REVENUES HAD BEEN
BROUGHT BACK TO THE LOCALITIES-- AS WAS PROMISED. ))
SUPER=01-Newell Falkinburg/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :12
OUT Q=as was promised
Meanwhile, Falkinburg's democratic opponent, Delegate Chip Woodrum says
lottery money IS being used for education.
He says if proceeds went back to localities-- they would be able to
determine what it was used for.
Woodrum says then there would be no guarantee it would go toward education.
The deadline for turning in absentee ballots is approaching fast.
If you plan to cast your ballot by mail, it must arrive at the registrar's
office by 5:00 tomorrow night.
Roanoke City's registrar says absentee voting has picked up this week--She
says that could mean a fairly busy election day.
IN Q=Comparing it with the
((SHELVA PAINTER/ROANOKE VOTER REGISTRAR: COMPARING IT WITH THE '93, WE HAD
643 ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS WITH A 63-PERCENT TURNOUT. WE THINK WE'LL
HAVE CLOSE TO THAT THIS TIME. SO HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE BETWEEN 50 AND 60
PERCENT TURNOUT. ))
SUPER=01-Shelva Painter/Roanoke Voter Registrar;
OUT Q=percent turnout.
The deadline for turning your absentee ballot in in person is Saturday.
The registrar's office will be open until 5:00 Saturday evening.
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Without the National Weather Service, forecasting the weather would be
IMPOSSIBLE-- and now you can see how the technology works.
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The National Weather Service Office in Blacksburg is giving the public an
opportunity to come and visit on Saturday.
The open house offers a chance for people to learn about the latest in
forecasting technology, like the Doppler Radar, DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
and Patrick Evans joins us with a preview.
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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Don't go away-- up next on NEWS-7 at FIVE the UVa Cavaliers are 18-point
underdogs going into tomorrow night's game with Florida State. We'll hear from
And on Health Check, about four million Americans have Alzheimer's
Now Ronald and Nancy Reagan are lending their name to a research center, to
better understand the debilitating condition.
IN Q=It wasn't
((IT WASN'T ESTABLISHED TO HONOR TWO PEOPLE. BUT TO SERVE AS A SYMBOL OF HOPE
IT'S NOT TO ALL THOSE WHO SHARE OUR DREAM OF A CURE FOR ALZHEIMER'S.))
OUT Q=cure for Alzheimer's. QUICK OUT!!
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In tonight's Health Check report-- A new Alzheimer's research
institute with a former first family's endorsement...plus some good news for
Connie Stevens has a wrap-up of today's top medical stories.
IN Q=Last year,
SUPER=01-Nancy Reagan/Former First Lady; :15
SUPER=04-Alzheimer's Association; :40
SUPER=01-Edward Trushke/Alzheimer's Association; :47
SUPER=01-Dr. Clifford Kavinsky/Rush Presbyterian Medical Center; 1:25
OUT Q=Connie Stevens. Health Check.
Last year, former President Ronald Reagan made public that he is one of the
four million Americans with Alzheimer's Disease.
The Reagans are joining in the fight against Alzheimer's, by establishing a
medical institute to help find a cure.
IN Q=We can't
((NANCY REAGAN: WE CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER TO STEP UP THE RESEARCH. PEOPLE ARE
LIVING LONGER AND THEIR WELL-BEING HAS TO BE OUR TOP PRIORITY
AND RONNIE AND I WANT TO SUPPORT THAT EFFORT. ))
OUT Q=that effort.
During his presidency, President Reagan declared November National
Now, his wife says it will take more than that.
Alzheimer's is a disease of the brain that kills memory, judgement and
The new research facility will encourage drug and biotech companies to
speed up their search for a cure.
IN Q=If we don't
((EDWARD TRUSHKE/ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: IF WE DON'T ACCELERATE
RESEARCH WE'RE GOING TO FACE A TICKING TIME BOMB AS THE POPULATION AGES AND THE
COST OF THIS DISEASE INCREASES
WELL BEYOND THE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS IT IS TODAY ))
OUT Q= it is today
In other news, seafood lovers may relish in this report.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says eating fish
may help keep your heart healthy.
The research finds eating fish can help hearts from beating irregularly and
widely out of control-- a phenomenon that can contribute to cardiac arrest.
The University of Washington team found even eating one fatty fish meal per
week corresponded to a 50-percent reduction in the risk of cardiac arrest.
Two servings a week cut the odds about 70-percent.
IN Q=This lends
((DR. CLIFFORD KAVINSKY/RUSH PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER: THIS LENDS MORE
CREDENCE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF INCORPORATING FISH INTO A HEART-HEALTHY
The heart-protecting fats in fish are polyunsaturated fatty acids called
Omega three fatty acids.
Foods regarded as rich in omega three acids include salmon, herring,
mackerel, albacore tuna, swordfish, oysters, mussels, rainbow trout and sea
Fish oil supplements are NOT being recommended as part of today's study--
because of their potential side effects.
And lastly-- a cholesterol-lowering drug could delay a form of heart disease
in women, at the same rate it slows the disease in men,
Connecticut researchers say the study into the drug Lovastatin is important,
because even though heart diseases are among the leading causes of death for
American women-- they haven't been included in studies of cholesterol-lowering
Connie Stevens. Health Check.))
Time now for Sports-- Youth Hockey is alive and well in the Roanoke
Plus Florida State is gearing up for a visit to the Commonwealth.
Steve Mason has it all in tonight's Two Minute Sports Ticker.
Thank you Jean-- Good afternoon everybody welcome to the Wednesday Two
Tomorrow night in Charlottesville the Virginia Cavaliers will attempt to
hand Florida State its first loss in the A-C-C since joining the league in
The Seminoles are 7 and 0 at this point in the season but after having
the week off they dropped to second place in the college football poll behind
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Bobby Bowden/Florida State Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Andre Cooper/Florida State Wide Receiver; :17
SUPER=01-Danny Kanell/Florida State Quarterback; :27
SUPER=01-Todd Rebol/Florida State Linebacker; :41
SUPER=01-Warrick Dunn/Florida State Running Back; :47
The Cavaliers are 18 point underdogs.
Tuning to the ice. While most kids were out trick-or-treating last night, a
few dedicated 10 and 11 year olds were hard at work in the freezer!
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With the Roanoke Express out of town; the Roanoke Valley Youth Hockey
organization took advantage of the free ice.
IN Q=We didn't...
((DALE KRATT/COACH OF 10-11 YEAR OLDS:))
SUPER=01-Dale Kratt/Coach of 10-11 Year Olds; :00
OUT Q=...on the ice skating"
At six, we will hear more about youth hockey in the valley, plus check in
with the Hokies. See ya then every one.
Hollins College officials hope their new landscaping LEAVES everyone
Students were getting down and dirty this afternoon, planting trees out in
front of the campus.
Just last month some undergraduates were upset over the loss of foliage.
Now, students and faculty hope everyone branches out to plant the new trees.
IN Q=The fact that
((ELIZABETH LUHN/HOLLINS COLLEGE STUDENT: THE FACT THAT WE'RE HELPING PUT THE
NEW TREES BACK IN-- IT SHOWS THAT THE STUDENTS WHO WERE UPSET CAN OBVIOUSLY CAN
COME OUT HERE AND HELP PUT THE TREES BACK IN. ))
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Luhn/Hollins College Student;
OUT Q=back in
Thirty- eight trees were chopped down to make way for a new entrance.
But they're now being replaced with 86- oaks and three-hundred boxwoods.
Everyone involved hopes the new trees will symbolize the roots of Hollins'
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This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Flood of '85.
In addition to re-living the perils of that time a decade ago, Keith
Humphry has been talking with rescue workers who were literally caught up in
the flood waters- -swept away by the swift current.
He's come up with home video that shows just how high the water was in some
IN Q=and water was
((BOB WILCOX/FORMER RESCUE SQUAD MEMBER: AND WATER WAS UP AS HIGH AS THIS,
BECAUSE THE RESCUE SQUAD WAS SITTING HERE ON THE BRIDGE, AND THE TRUCK WAS
Part one of our series of reports on the Flood of '85 starts TONIGHT on
NEWS 7 at SIX.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- see you again in 30-minutes. Goodnight.