Up next on News 7 at Five-
A Rockbridge County family reacts to a Holiday shooting that killed a 24
500 were killed in a Korean Mall collapse last June- Today, the owner is
Plus America's most wanted snowballer has been identified.
The long stretch of cold weather may break a bit by the end of the week.
More sun in the forecast coming up.
And on Health Check-- more reason than ever to stick to those New Year's
A new study finds-- it's weight loss, not just physical fitness-- that
prevents heart disease.
IN Q=it's just
((IT'S JUST HARD TO IMAGINE SOMEONE BREAKS INTO YOUR HOUSE AND JUST SHOOTS YOUR
BROTHER'S FACE OFF))
OUT Q=FACE OFF.
A Rockbridge County family reacts to the fatal shooting Christmas Eve.
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 at FIVE
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE-- I'm Jean Jadhon.
A Rockbridge County man is waiting to face a judge for allegedly shooting and
killing a man and wounding a woman.
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Ron Jones spoke with the victim's family today and is in our newsroom with
Jean, this is a very tragic holiday story.
24-year-old Christopher Wayne Higgins was shot and killed in bed at his
mother and step-father's home in Raphine.
The Sheriff's Department says 26-year-old Ronald C. Hewitt, Junior, is in
custody and charged with murder.
The Higgins family says it was not a domestic dispute-- but that Hewitt
forced his way into their home-- and that he was stalking and obsessed with
Christopher Higgins' girlfriend-- Brenda Tomlin-- who was also Hewitt's FORMER
IN Q=Ronald C. Hewitt
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./December 24; :08
SUPER=01-Carl Higgins/Victim's Brother; :30
OUT Q=bring Chris back.
Picture of Hewitt
Ronald C. Hewitt is being held at Rockbridge County jail for the murder
PICTURE OF HIGGINS
of Christopher Higgins.
According to the Higgins family around two-thirty in the morning on
Christmas eve Hewitt forced his way into their home armed with a rifle.
WALK DOWN THE HALL SHOT
Hewitt allegedly walked down the hallway, and into the bedroom where Tomlin
and Hewitt were sleeping, and shot them both.
PAN FROM HALL TO FRONT DOOR SHOT
Higgins' mother who was in another bedroom, crawled to safety as his
stepfather chased Hewitt out the front door.
TWO SHOT OF BROTHER AND SISTER
The family says all they want now is justice.
((CARL HIGGINS/VICTIM'S BROTHER: YOU KNOW I WOULD LIKE FOR HIM TO HAVE THE
ELECTRIC CHAIR... I WOULD LIKE FOR HIM TO SPEND HIS LIFE IN PRISON. AS LONG AS
JUSTICE IS DONE. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IT'S NOT GOING TO BRING CHRIS BACK.))
Acording to family members Hewitt was Brenda Tomlin's boyfriend two years
ago and he had stalked her during that time.
Hewitt was scheduled to appear in court today but it has been postponed--
because now he is asking for an attorney.
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Tomlin remains in critical condition at the University of Virginia Hospital.
Higgins funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon.
GRAPHIC=state police investigation
Lynchburg fire officials want the state police to help investigate a
suspicious fire- The blaze levelled the Lukens building Christmas morning.
The 88- year old structure and a nearby building were destroyed in the early
Lukens owner Larry Halstead says the building was worth over four million
Fire officials are looking into whether people were living in the building
without the proper occupancy permits from the city.
They also want to determine if the sprinkler system was turned off at the
A crane to help demolish the elevator shaft should be on site tomorrow
Investigators then hope to sift through the rubble and try to determine the
None of the main players are there, but Budget talks are on again in
Congressional and White House aides are holding discussions-
Top budget negotiators will not meet until Friday.
The Government shutdown is now in its 12th day-
It's forcing some federal workers to live- at least temporarily on
Some visitors at the National Gallery of Art say they're fed up with the
((MAYBE WE SHOULD PUT THEM ALL IN A ROOM TOGETHER AND NOT PAY THEM UNTIL THEY
COME UP WITH A BUDGET.))
((GOVERNMENT IS TOTALLY TOP HEAVY. IF WE CAN LIVE NOW WITHOUT EM WHO NEEDS EM))
OUT Q=WHO NEEDS EM."
The museum's been closed since December 16th but it opened again today-
using private funds to pay security guards.
An end IS in sight for the budget shutdown--
At least through the eyes of Congressman Tom Bliley.
The Republican was at the state capitol today with Governor Allen.
Both continued to blame President Clinton for the stalemate.
IN Q=Now I think
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN:NOW I THINK THE PRESIDENT OUGHT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET.
HE OUGHT TO DO IT BY NOT COOKING THE BOOKS. HE OUGHT TO USE HONEST NUMBERS AND
HE SURELY SHOULD NOT BE AN OBSTICAL TO IT.))
OUT Q=OBSTICAL TO IT
Meanwhile, Bliley is optimistic about Friday's meeting between G-O-P
leaders and the President.
IN Q=He will come
((REP. TOM BLILEY/R- RICHMOND: HE WILL COME. AND I SUSPECT WE WILL GET
PROGRESS FRIDAY AND I SUSPECT WE'LL HAVE THIS, IN MY OPINION, I THINK WE'LL
HAVE THIS WRAPPED UP NEXT WEEK. ))
SUPER=01-Rep. Tom Bliley/(R) Richmond;
OUT Q=next week
Bliley believes that's when Congress will vote on a balanced budget.
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Straight ahead-- peace talks between Israel and Syria are going on in
And an explosion at a mobile home believed to be a drug lab--kills three
On Health Check-- some lessons in C-P-R.
Apparently, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation is administered incorrectly half
the time it's put to use.
A little later-- America's most wanted snowballer has been identified.
The New York Giants offered a thousand-dollar reward for the identity
of the man. The details when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
Mid-East Peace Talks are on again-
Syrian and Israeli officials resumed land for peace negotiations in
The meeting will delve into the future of the Golan heights- as well as
relations between Syria and Israel.
Talks will run through Friday and resume after New Year's.
Three toddlers in California were killed in an explosion in a mobile home
believed to be a drug lab.
Riverside, California authorities were dispatched to a fire at the
The children ages one, two and three were not able to escape and died in
Authorities became suspicious after discovering drug-making materials in
the vehicles next to the mobile home.
IN Q=WE ARE FINDING
((MARK LOHMAN/RIVERSIDE CO. SHERIFF: WE ARE FINDING...MANUFACTURE OF
SUPER=01-Mark Lohman/Riverside Co. Sheriff.;
OUT Q=OF METHAMPHETAMINE.
Neighbors say they heard an explosion before the fire-- and believe drugs
were being made inside the trailer since October.
Five people fled the scene after the explosion-- four adults were reportedly
treated for burns including the mother who is in critical condition.
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SUPER=03-Seoul, South Korea;
The owner of a luxury department store that collapsed in South Korea- is
sentenced to 10 and half years in prison.
The 73 year old was convicted of negligent homicide and embezzlement.
The owner's son, the store's president and several officials were also
The officials approved the illegal shoddy design for the store in return
The store developed large cracks the day before the June collapse but
store officials refused to warn the public or allow employees to leave their
Over 500 people were killed in the collapse.
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Up next-- it may be cold in our neck of the woods-- but throughout the world
mother nature is causing some problems--
when we come back we'll see where the Rain in Spain falls-- don't go away.
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The rain in spain falls mainly throughout the country where
heavy rain, wind and snow have killed at least five people.
The flooding is causing mudslides and uprooting trees.
The worst floods were reported in the southwest where many rivers burst
their banks forcing residents out of their homes.
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A state of emergency was declared for Scotland, as temperatures dipped down
The temperatures there are the coldest on record since 1940--even lower than
in Moscow today.
Nearly three thousand homes across Scotland spent a third night in the
Snow and frost continue to dominate life throughout the United
The London-based Weather Centre has predicted more snow for this weekend.
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Don't go away-- Virginia Tech is hoping to get a kick out of an
announcement Friday- Steve will explain in just a moment.
And on Health Check-- a look at
some of the phenomenal new computer programs that can allow people who are
completely paralyzed to finally lead full lives.
IN Q=I was lulled
((I WAS LULLED INTO A NUMBNESS BY DAYTIME TV. I WAS BORED, SELF CENTERED, AND
TOTALLY DISCONNECTED BY THE OUTSIDE WORLD. ))
OUT Q=outside world.
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GRAPHIC=diet vs. exericse
The holidays often mean overdoing it-- especially with food-- and that of
course might mean a few extra pounds.
Many of us will resolve to get back in shape in the New Year-- it might
mean diet for some, and exercise for others.
IN Q=I think
SUPER=01-Dr. Holly Anderson/Cardiologist; :03
OUT Q=body weight.
IN Q=I think
((DR. HOLLY ANDERSEN, CARDIOLOGIST: I THINK PHYSICIANS HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT
BOTH EXERCISE AND WEIGHT LOSS WERE IMPORTANT. I THINK THERE HAVE BEEN MORE
STUDIES THAT HAVE EXAMINED EXERCISE WITH REDUCING RISK FOR HEART DISEASE THAN
OUT Q=weight loss.
But the surprising findings of a new study may change what doctors
believe is most important to their patient's health.
Reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association
researchers compared overweight middle-aged and older men.
44 men lost 10% of their body weight on a low-fat low cal-diet.
49 improved their fitness level
but maintained a steady weight.
The results were clear...the men in the weight loss group significantly
improved important heart disease risk factors such as blood pressure,
cholesterol levels...especially H-D-L or "good" cholesterol...and blood sugar
IN Q=I think this
((I THINK THIS STUDY IS EXCITING BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T FOUND TOO MANY WAYS TO
IMPROVE THE GOOD CHOLESTEROL OR THE HDL AND WE KNOW THAT HDL IS VERY IMPORTANT
WITH RESPECT TO HEART DISEASE RISK.))
OUT Q=heart disease risk
And even a small amount of weight loss can help.
IN Q=It's important
((IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THESE PEOPLE DID NOT GO FROM OBESE TO
BEING NORMAL OR HAVING IDEAL BODY WEIGHTS THEY ONLY 10% OF THEIR BODY
OUT Q=body weight.
So while Americans are smoking less, working out more, and reducing their
blood pressure-- so far, what may be the most important part of preventing
heart disease hasn't been conquered-- and that's weight loss.
A new study says C-P-R may actually not help you much-- when administered
by bystanders that is.
Apparently, those who attempted cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on heart
attack patients get it wrong more than half the time.
If improperly administered-- it can cut a patients' chance for survival.
Often, amateurs don't tilt the head properly or pinch off the nose
IN Q=Another common
((JANET BENGE/RED CROSS INSTRUCTOR:ANOTHER COMMON MISTAKE IS NOT FINDING THE
COMPRESSION POINT. THEY WILL GUESS AT IT. BECAUSE AFTER THEY FIND IT THE FIRST
TIME AND GIVING THE TWO BREATHS THEY WILL GUESS AT THE POSITION INSTEAD OF
RELOCATING. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE RELOCATE.
ANOTHER COMMON MISTAKE THEY DO NOT KEEP THEIR SHOULDERS DIRECTLY OVER THEIR
HANDS WITH THEIR ELBOWS LOCKED, GIVING THE COMPRESSIONS. YOU ONLY NEED TO PRESS
AN ADULTS CHEST ABOUT TWO INCHES.))
SUPER=01-Janet Benge/Red Cross Instructor; :
OUT Q=two inches.
Janet Benge recommends to insure you'll get it right in an emergency,
contact your local American Red Cross chapter about C-P-R classes.
There are special rates when the whole family joins in.
New relief for vaginal yeast infection sufferers.
An improved medication called "Femstat Three" will hit store shelves by
Up until now, the drug was available by prescription only.
All other over-the-counter yeast infection medications require seven days
of treatment-- but "Femstat Three" takes just three days to work.
Being held prisoner inside your own body.
It's a condition most of us don't dare to even imagine, yet it's a way of
life for thousands of people who suffer paralysis or other disabling illnesses
like Lou Gherig's Disease.
But many of these people now have access to remarkable computers that allow
them to lead full lives-- even though they can hardly move a muscle.
Elizabeth Kaledin illustrates.
IN Q=With the blink of
SUPER=03-New York; :00
SUPER=01-Gary Petrillo/Computer User; 1:21
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/Reporting; 1:50
SUPER=01-Deborah Zeitlin/Speech & Language Technologist; 2:00
OUT Q=CBS News, NY.
With the blink of an eye a bright mind leaves a broken body.
That's the beauty of adaptive computer technology for Kam Katirafae.
Kam has full blown Lou Gehrig's disease and can't move any muscle in his
body except his eyes, but the computer allows us to have a conversation, even
share a joke.
His eye blink triggers an infrared sensor-- which in turn scans a list
of Kams frequently used words and all the letters of the alphabet.
Kam blinks at the letter or word he needs and he is freed from his silence.
((WITHOUT THIS SYSTEM I WOULD BE IN BONDAGE IN MY OWN BODY. MINIMAL IF ANY
INTELLECTUAL PURSUITS WOULD HAVE BEEN FEASIBLE. ))
He got the computer in 1989. Since then he has received his MBA, and
with his brother, works full time at the family business.
Writing and then
printing business letters is a snap, and he is a frequent user of the
(( I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT WITHOUT THIS TECHNOLOGY I WOULD HAVE WITHERED AND
DIED A LONG TIME AGO. ))
The same is true for Gary Petrillo.
Gary broke his neck body surfing
at the Jersey shore five years ago.
During surgery he had a stroke which left him unable to speak.
He now communicates with his chin, some softwear, and a voice simulator--
describing his life before the communicator.
((I WAS LULLED INTO A NUMBNESS BY DAYTIME TV. I WAS BORED, SELF CENTERED AND
TOTALLY DISCONNECTED BY THE OUTSIDE WORLD. ))
OUT Q=outside world.
Gary is now is writing a book, starting a line of greeting cards and as an
ordained methodist minister he continues to write and give sermons in his
((EACH OF US WILL RISE TO SPECTACULAR NEW LIFE. ))
Gary and Kam are the lucky ones though.
Although adaptive computer
technology has been in use since the seventies, it is expensive.
Without a doctors referral insurance companies won't pick up the tab.
(( DEBORAH ZEITLIN/SPEECH LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIST: IT'S DIFFICULT TO GO TO AN
INSURANCE COMPANY AND SAY THIS PERSON NEEDS SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF
EQUIPMENT AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THEY ARE GOING TO BE ALIVE.))
OUT Q=to live.
The future for the uses of adaptive technology has both clouds and
silver linings. On the one hand, the technology is improving. Scientists are
even experimenting with brain wave activated computers which though years
away, would make life much easier for people like Gary and Kam.
On the other hand, looming cuts in Medicare and Medicaid may make getting
this equipment much more difficult, keeping many brave people with a lot to
offer silent for good.
((THE JOURNEY IS NOT OVER BY A LONG SHOT. ))
Elizabeth Kaledin, CBS News, New York.))
One football fan's few moments of fame probably aren't what he wanted--
Steve Mason has more on that and some college football news.
Good afternoon, the Virginia Tech Hokies are in New Orleans preparing for the
Sugar Bowl. News 7 sports learned today that the Tech football program might be
receiving a late Christmas present this Friday.
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Pulaski County all star kicker Shayne Graham has called a 2pm news
conference this Friday.
All indications point to the senior announcing that he will attend
Graham recorded 38 field goals in 4 years as a Cougar, which ranks second in
the nation all time. Shayne booted 17 field goals this season and split the
uprights from 54 yards out.
Again, Pulaski County kicker Shayne Graham has called a Friday news
conference where he will most likely make a verbal committment to play at
In other football news, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head football coach
Sam Wyche today.
Under Wyche, the Buccaneers have experienced four losing seasons although
he guided Tampa Bay to it's best record in 12 years this season at 7 and 9. His
record over 4 years was 23 and 41.
In his farewell news conference today, Wyche encouraged tampa fans to keep
their enthusiasm for their team.
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SUPER=01-Sam Wyche/Fired by Tampa Bay; :00
OUT Q=...don't get there"
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/Last Weekend;
One other note, at the Giants/Chargers game this past weekend, players,
coaches, trainers and even TV cameramen were pelted with snowballs. The Giants
are trying to identify a man photgraphed throwing a iceball. The team has
offered a 1 thousand dollar reward for his identity. One iceball hit a San
Diego Equipment Manager. Sid had a message for the culprit.
IN Q="He's a
SUPER=01-Sid Brooks/Charger Equipment Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Dan Reeves/Giants Head Coach; :11
OUT Q=...wouldn't of done"
Coming up at six, highlights from day two of the Nations Bank Holiday Hoops
Classic. But, first more news 7 at 5.
The pink cadillac may be a classic-- but Americans seem to be coloring their
A survey by Dupont Paint finds the top choice among North American-made
cars and trucks this year is still plain old white.
DuPont calls it a quote-- "non-offensive color."
Dark green made a strong challenge last year-- but remains the second
choice for '95.
Among other favorites-- black, silver, and light brown.
The popularity of teal and aqua though seems to be fading fast.
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(Robin tosses to Jean)
Ed Easterling hopes a dirt path in Bedford County will lead him to a fortune
of silver and gold.
The Roanoke postal worker recently wrote a book about the famed Beale
Treasure, and now he is preparing to search some promising property.
Join us for the latest stop in a century old search for a buried treasure...