Coming up on NEWS 7 at Five:
There's something in the water, and it doesn't look good. We'll tell you
what the problem is in Roanoke.
And a southside couple--staunch defenders of home-schooling-- are
confronted with a subpoena for their children.
While there is still the possibility of inclimate weather, it appears we
will be spared any truly traumatic meteorological activity this Thanksgiving,
I'll have all the details.
And on Health Check-- Kids and toys: it's hard to leave those off your
We'll have some suggestions on toys that stimulate a child's mental growth
and interaction with others.
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Water problems are plaguing the Roanoke Valley on this Thanksgiving Day--
but what's the source?
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Good Afternoon this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Keith Humphry.
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Roanoke Public Works Officials have received numerous calls from residents
about brown water.
They say it is also affecting some Roanoke COUNTY areas.
The murky water is apparently the result of heavy water use.
Stirring up iron deposits in old pipes... that's what's causing the brownish
Officials advise those with discolored water to boil it before using it.
Some residents are reporting low pressure as well as discolored water.
One Roanoke resident says his water has already cleared up.
IN Q=In the past
((A.C. DOSS/ROANOKE RESIDENT: IN THE PAST TWO HOURS, YES IT WAS CONSIDERABLE
BROWN. MUCH BETTER NOW. WE INDICATED WE WENT IN AND I DON'T SEE ANY BROWN
GOING ON NOW.))
SUPER=01-A.C. Doss/Roanoke Resident;
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The city says the brownish water will probably continue for the next few
A Tennessee Sheriff's Deputy was killed during a chase with three 15-year
olds in Bristol, Virginia yesterday.
SUPER=03-Sullivan Co., TN/Yesterday;
Three teenagers from Florida allegedly stole a van and were spotted in
Bristol, when the high-speed chase began.
The Sullivan County, Tennessee sheriff's Department says 41-year old Steve
Mullins was manning a road-block.
He was standing next to his car when he was struck.
((KEITH CARR/SULLIVAN CO. SHERIFF: OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE FACING MURDER CHARGES,
FELONY POSSESSION OF COCAINE, THEFT OVER 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS INCLUDING THE
SUPER=01-Keith Carr/Sullivan Co. Sheriff;
The boy and two girls were arrested.
Two of them are runaways.
Authorities are trying to find out whether the teens are wanted in any other
The District Attorney's office says it won't file any charges until tomorrow
at the earliest.
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A Fincastle woman was ejected from her car this morning when she apparently
fell asleep at the wheel on Interstate 81.
State police say she was southbound when the single-vehicle accident occurred
near Dixie Caverns in Roanoke County.
She is in stable condition, and her fiancee, who was a passenger, suffered
Police say charges are pending.
Amherst County authorities are still looking for clues to help identify a
body found yesterday near Galt's Mill.
The body of a white woman was discovered along a riverbank by two deer
She was in her mid- 20's, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with brown hair and
She had a bad injury. Police are treating her death as a homicide.
Anyone with information about the woman should call Amherst County
authorities at 804- 929- 9300.
A couple in Pittsylvania County opened the door recently to find an armed
sheriff's deputy bearing a subpoena for their children.
The lawman threatened to return with a capias, if they didn't comply.
Daniel and Laurie Cardwell knew that a social worker wanted to talk to their
kids, but the parents felt they had good reason to resist.
In September the Department of Social Services had begun investigating
allegations of child abuse and educational neglect.
The Cardwell's have four children. Two attend public school. The other two
are taught at home.
The family is represented by the Home School Legal Defense Association.
Their attorney says the Cardwells did everything they were supposed to.
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((MIKE FARRIS/CARDWELL'S ATTORNEY: THAT COOPERATION WASN'T ENOUGH IN THIS CASE
AND THE SOCIAL WORKER DID SOMETHING BIZARRE WHICH IS THEY HAD A PRACTICE GOING
ON IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY-- IF A SOCIAL WORKER WASN'T SATISFIED WITH THE
FAMILY'S COOPERATION-- SHE'D JUST GO DOWN AND GET A SUBPOENA WITHOUT A LAWSUIT.
SUPER=01-Mike Farris/Cardwell's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=a lawsuit.
Farris says the subpoena was NON-binding because there was no underlying
court proceeding or legal authorization.
The County Sheriff's Department, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and
Department of Social Services are defendants in the lawsuit.
D-S-S and court officials declined comment.
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((WE HANDLE ALL KINDS OF THESE CASES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND I'VE NEVER EVER
SEEN SUCH A THING ANYWHERE IN THE NATION AND WE HAVE 50,000 MEMBERS AND YOU
KNOW WE'VE JUST NEVER SEEN ANYONE TRY TO PULL THIS KIND OF STUNT. ))
OUT Q=of stunt.
Farris says they achieved one objective, because the Attorney General has
A spokesman for Attorney General Gilmore says the County will no longer be
using such subpoenas.
As for the Cardwell's, Farris says NO child abuse charges will be filed for
a lack of evidence.
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Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE--assisinated Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin was not the only target of accused assassin Yigal Amir.
And throughout the area Thanksgiving is being celebrated a number of
ways--including door to door with the Meals on Wheels program.
On Health Check, Connie will tell us about buying toys that are not only
safe but educational too.
And Roy has Roanoke Express highlights--full steam ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
U-S Defense Secretary William Perry warns opponents of peace in Bosnia they
had better think twice before attacking NATO soldiers.
Speaking in Copenhagen, Perry said NATO troops won't hesitate to return fire
if attacked. He says the response will be "immediate and firm."
Perry then flew from Denmark to Macedonia to visit with U-S forces already
in the Balkans region.
NATO plans to send 60-thousand troops to Bosnia to enforce the agreement
worked out in Ohio last week.
Twenty-thousand are to come from the United States.
Police in Israel say the man who admitted to killing Yitzhak Rabin also
plotted to kill Shimon Peres.
Meantime, the Foreign Ministry held a ceremony of farewell to Peres today.
The foreign minister was sworn in as Israel's 12th prime minister yesterday,
Meanwhile, Israeli magistrates held remand hearings for Hagai Amir, the
brother of Rabin's confessed assassin.
Police said the men planned to kill Shimon Peres if Rabin's assasination
They said Yigal Amir's BROTHER told investigators about the plan to kill
Peres. He also said the three discussed blowing up Rabin's car or shooting him.
Evangelist Billy Graham has been ordered to cancel his upcoming crusades in
February and March.
The 77-year old suffers from Parkinson's Disease.
He was scheduled to visit Australia and New Zealand but doctors say
they're concerned the strain of the tour could worsen his condition.
This summer, Graham collapsed while giving a speech in Toronto.
He was hospitalized for a bleeding colon.
Graham says he's broken-hearted about calling off the tour.
But plans to spend the time at the side of his ailing wife.
The number of woodland homes in Virginia has sky rocketed from 18- thousand
to 138-thousand since 19-79, and with that jump comes some concerns about
possible fire risks.
Roads leading into many housing developments are narrow and there is no
adequate space for emergency vehicles to park or turn around.
Still, preparing your yard properly can reduce the risk of losing a home
that's in the line of a forest fire.
The experts advise keep a clearance of at least 30 feet surrounding the
house. That distance increases if the home is built on a steep slope. Then,
clear brush off the property and cut tree branches that are less than 30 feet
off the ground.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/ FORESTER: THE SMALLER BRANCHES LIKE THIS, FIRE WILL BURN IN
THE LEAVES TO THE PINE, THE PINE WILL CARRY IT INTO THE OAKES. IT'S LIKE A
LADDER AND HOME OWNERS WANT TO REMOVE ONE SEGMENT OF THAT LADDER.))
OUT Q=of that ladder.
Thomsen recommends using fire resistant building materials like the
fiberglass used in this roof.
Chimneys should be capped to keep sparks from flying out.
The state Department of Forestry says good planning can reduce fire risk and
foresters will advise developers and homeowners to on how to improve fire
As families in our area celebrate Thanksgiving there are those who are
But one Congressman in Roanoke visited the shutins and spread good cheer.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte helped the League of Older Americans and Meals on
Wheels deliver thanksgiving dinners to senior citizens this morning.
He says those who receive the meals are very grateful.
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((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE: THEY GOT A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR THEM
TODAY THAT INCLUDES TURKEY AND STUFFING AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS. AND EVEN SOME
GODIVA CHOCOLATE THAT WAS DONATED BY A COMPANY SO WE HOPE THAT HAVE A WONDERFUL
MEAL AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THEY APPRECIATE.))
OUT Q=that they appreciate.
More than two-hundred meals were delivered throughout the Valley and
Alleghany Highlands today.
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At the Roanoke Rescue Mission they baked 40 turkeys, hundreds of pies and
had the help of almost a hundred volunteers today.
Joy Sylvester Johnson says nearly all the beds are full at the Mission.
She says children represent the fastest growing segment of the shelter
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((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/ROANOKE RESCUE MISSION: SINCE 1989, WE'VE HAD A THREE
THOUSAND PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBERS OF CHILDREN THAT COME THROUGH THE
SHELTER. LAST NIGHT, WE HAD 28 CHILDREN IN SHELTER. AND OUR FASTEST GROWING
GROUP ARE NOT JUST CHILDREN, BUT CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF TWO.))
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Roanoke Rescue Mission;
OUT Q=the age of two.
The Rescue Mission says even though it is traumatic for children not to
know where they'll be living, its goal is to give them good memories of the
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Snow and ice threatened the region, but will we see any of it? Patrick
Evans has the forecast in just a moment. But first--
How many people are giving thanks for becoming a millionaire in last night's
third largest lottery?
That answer next on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
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Many people in the Commonwealth had the fever yesterday, now most of them
are just feeling blue.
Throughout the state, people gobbled up tickets in the pre-holiday lottery
Just ONE ticket matched all six numbers correctly to win the 24-point
eight million dollar Lotto Jackpot last night.
The Virginia Lottery says the ticket was purchased at a convenience store
It was the largest Lotto jackpot in three years.
Closer to home, while it wasn't a multi-million dollar kitty-- a ticket
purchased in Galax matched all five numbers for a 25-thousand dollar prize.
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-the Roanoke Express plays at the
Roundhouse tonight- Roy Stanley has details in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
And on Health Check--
How to buy children toys, that nurture their mental growth.
We'll have recommendations for kids of all ages.
Thanksgiving marks the start of Toy Season-- as children fill out long wish
lists for the next holiday.
As Health Check's Connie Stevens reports-- it's important to monitor toys
not only for safety, but educational development as well.
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SUPER=01-Dr Mark McBride/Pediatrician; :30
SUPER=01-Dr. Ishtar Schwager/Educational Psychologist; 1:07
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As parents are bombarded by choices in overflowing toy stores-- the
advice-- safety first.
Earlier this week, a favorite of many toddlers came under fire-- Fisher
Price's "Little People" may be dangerous because they don't pass the choke
test-- meaning they contain parts smaller than the width of a toilet paper
Toys featuring plastic bags, or balloons can a suffocation hazard.
From infancy on, kids need age-appropriate toys that will stimulate their
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((DR. MARK MCBRIDE/PEDIATRICIAN: IN THE LESS THAN ONE YEAR AGE RANGE, IT'S
IMPORTANT TO SELECT TOYS THAT WORK TOWARDS SHAKING AND HOLDING. BECAUSE INFANTS
LIKE TO HOLD TOYS, THEY LIKE THINGS THAT ARE VERY COLORFUL AND BRIGHT THAT ARE
EASY TO HOLD, AND MUCH TO MOST PARENT'S DISMAY --- NOISY TOYS.))
OUT Q=noisy toys.
In the one to three year age group, toys that promote interaction with
other children are recommended.
At ages four-through ten, children are more likely to enjoy thinking toys--
but parents are warned against products that feature violence or aggression.
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((DR. ISHTAR SCHWAGER/EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST: THROUGH TOYS AND GAMES CHILDREN
LEARN A LOT OF SOCIAL SKILLS THAT THEY'LL USE THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFETIME.
THEY'LL LEARN TO COOPERATE AND COOBORATE, THEY LEARN TO DEAL WITH COMPETITION.
THEY LEARN THAT IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD IF YOU LOSE ONE ROUND OF A
GAME.THEY LEARN TO NEGOTIATE AND EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS IN WORDS.))
OUT Q=in words.
And for older children, the gift of music is often a winner, as well as
presents that promote athletics or outdoor activity.
For any age, though, it's important to follow the age recommendations.
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((D. SCHWAGER: WHEN A TOY IS RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN THREE AND OLDER IT'S
REALLY IMPORTANT NOT TO GET THAT TOY FOR A CHILD WHO IS UNDER THREE YEARS OLD
NO MATTER HOW PRECOCIOUS THAT CHILD MAY BE. ))
OUT Q=may be.
Connie reminds us, as you start thinking about Christmas Trees and holiday
decorations-- keep in mind ornaments can be hazards for toddlers.
As always, cut up plastic bags, so children can't put them over their
And while you are out shopping, you may want to watch out for shopping
A new study estimates accidents involving shopping carts injure about
25-thousand children each year.
Most injuries occur when children fall or jump, or when carts tip over.
Ohio State University researchers say parents shouldn't put children in the
carts until they're re-designed.
The country's largest shopping cart manufacturer says the real problem is
parents not keeping an eye on their children.
toss to sports next
The Roanoke Express will be on the ice tonight at the Roundhouse--
And the team isn't just playing hockey but helping a good cause--
Here's Roy Stanley with tonight's Thanksgiving Two Minute Ticker.
Thank you Keith and welcome to the Thanksgiving day two minute ticker. The
Roanoke Express beat Hampton Roads last night 4-3 in a shootout, on the road,
to improve to 10 and 8 on the season.
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The Admirals led 3-1 in regulation play. Dominic Molte gave them that lead
with this big goal.
But Roanoke stormed back. In the third period, Roanoke's dave Stewart ties
the game with this tally and the contest is all notted up at 3 apiece.
The game went into a shoot out. SUPER=34-Roanoke/==4/Hampton Roads/==3;
Jeff Jablonski led another Express comeback with this shootout goal, Ilaja
Dukov scored the game winner and Roanoke beats Hampton Roads 4-3.
The Roanoke Express and its Boosters club is sponsoring a toy drive for the
U-S Marine Corps toys for tots program.
So if you going over to the Roundhouse for tonight's game against the
Generals bring a new unwrapped toy to place in the toys for tots barrels at
each entrance door.
With a six oclock face off the Express will focus more on the Admirals
than a big Thanksgiving dinner.
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SUPER=01-Jason Clarke/Express Right Wing; :
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach;
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/Express Left Wing;
SUPER=01-Tim Woodburn/Director of Marketing;
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We'll have highlights tonight at 11. Virginia accepts an invitation to the
Peach Bowl. We'll have more on that at six, but stay tuned for more News 7 at
Parents-to-be, playing the baby NAME GAME may be interested in this one.
New York City's Health Department records show the name John is no longer
among the top ten names for boys born in the Big Apple.
It's the first time in this century the name did not make the list.
John was bumped off by Brandon.
Other popular boys' names include Michael, Christopher, Kevin, Anthony,
Jonathan, Daniel, Joseph, Matthew and David.
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As for the girls--
Ashley topped off the list for the third straight year, followed by
Jessica, Stephanie, Samantha, Amanda, Nicole, Jennifer and Michelle.
Tiffany and Danielle have replaced those American mainstays Melissa and
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Coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX-- Turkeys with a Roanoke connection?
Well actually it isn't the bird itself but some of the packaging.
A large portion of the turkey netting in the country is made in Roanoke
Len Besthoff has the story in his latest Made in Virginia Series.
See you then.
A full report and much more news just around the corner on NEWS-7 at SIX.