Up next on News 7 at five-
The man found in a Bramblton Avenue Auto shop was murdered.
We'll have the latest.
A judge orders the material girl to appear in court.
Plus local federal workers rally in Roanoke.
Winter temperatures returned in a big way today. Wind chill has been a
factor all afternoon and snow showers are on the horizon.
And on Health Check-- a possible link between women who drink while
they're pregnant and leukemia in their babies.
Plus, the government has it's NEW prescription for healthy living, in '96.
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((WE HAVE NO LEADS, WE HAVE NO MOTIVES AT THIS TIME. AS I SAID WE'RE TRYING TO
PIECE TOGETHER WHAT EVIDENCE WE HAVE.))
OUT Q=evidence we have.
What was first just called a "suspicious death" is now being investigated as
Roanoke County's first murder in 1996.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Roanoke County Police say the man found dead at work was beaten to death
with multiple blows to the head and body.
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Ron Jones is in our newsroom with the details.
Jean, authorities say the death of 26-year-old Christopher Lee Wilson is
still a mystery--
He was found dead at General Import Services-and auto repair shop on
One of Wilson's co-workers found him early yesterday morning.
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SUPER=03-Blue Ridge; :11
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday; :17
SUPER=01-Danice Wilson/Sister-In-Law; :23
OUT Q=police have to say.
(( Christopher Lee Wilson graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1987.
When he was 21 he moved to Blue Ridge and worked at General Imports in
He lived in this modest home in Blue Ridge and his landlord says he was a
good tenant-- saving to buy a home.
Those dreams came to an end yesterday when the shop manager found him
His family is baffled.
((DANICE WILSON/SISTER-IN-LAW: WE DON'T KNOW WHY. WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT
THAT LAST NIGHT THAT HE HAD SO MANY FRIENDS AND WE CAN'T THINK OF ANYBODY WHO
WOULD WANT TO HURT HIM ON PURPOSE. BUT GIVEN THE WAY CRIME IS YOU DON'T KNOW.
PEOPLE KILL EACH OTHER FOR JACKETS AND ALL KINDS OF STRANGE REASONS AND WE'RE
JUST WAITING TO SEE WHAT THE POLICE HAVE TO SAY.))
OUT Q=have to say
Yesterday police had only classified Wilson's death as suspicious.
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However, after the autopsy today police are now looking for leads and a
motive-- but so far they have turned up empty.
The Roanoke man charged with killing his wife over the weekend was assigned
a public defender today to handle his case.
Bryant Richard Ross is accused of murder, use of a firearm and auto theft.
Family and friends of the victim attended a brief hearing in Domestic
Relations court this afternoon.
The judge read the charges to the 36 year old defendant and appointed a
lawyer to represent him at future court appearances.
IN Q=I Would like
((KAY JOHNSON/VICTIM'S SISTER: I WOULD LIKE TO BE ALONE WITH HIM IN A ROOM
WITH NOTHING AND NO ONE IN IT. THAT'S WHAT I WOULD LIKE.))
SUPER=01-Kay Johnson/Victim's Sister
OUT Q=I would like.
Johnson says Ross and her sister had agreed to split up, and that he moved
his things out of their apartment.
When Vickie returned from visiting her mother in Philadelphia for
Christmas, Kay Johnson says she believes Ross was hiding in the apartment
waiting for her.
He'll be back in court for a preliminary hearing later this month.
Prosecutors have begun their case in the murder trial of Michael Jordan's
The district attorney says he'll show that Daniel Green shot James Jordan
in a roadside robbery.
The defense says Green wasn't present at the killing.
James Jordan was found dead two and half years ago in Lumberton, North
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Pop music's material girl did not materialize in court- in the case of
the man accused of stalking her.
Madonna's lawyer wanted the judge to either remove the defendant during
the singer's testimony-- or allow her to testify by videotape.
But that motion was denied- the judge says Madonna must appear.
((JOHN MYER/DEFENDANT'S ATTORNEY: MY CLIENT HAS A SIXTH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO
CONFRONT AND CROSS EXAM THE WITNESS AGAINST HIM.))
SUPER=01-John Myer/Defendant's Attorney; 00 quick!
OUT Q=the witness against him."
The judge ruled making Robert Hoskins leave court would prejudice the
jury by sending a message that he's too dangerous to be in the star's presence.
Prosecutors say Hoskins has been on Madonna's property several times and
threatened to kill her.
Hoskins faces up to ten years in prison.
Former beauty queen Tracy Lippard says her trial should have been moved from
Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
Today she returned to the Lewisburg courtroom where she was convicted of
Lippard has served three months of a two- year sentence in the regional
She was tried for an attack on the family of her romantic rival, and now
claims her original lawyer should have asked for a change of venue.
IN Q=Most writs of habeas
((RICK LORENSEN/PROSECUTING ATTORNEY: MOST WRITS OF HABEAS CORPUS BASED ON
INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL ARE BROUGHT ABOUT WHEN SOMEONE IS CONVICTED
OF A MAXIMUM PENALTY. THEY'RE GOING TO SPEND A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME IN
JAIL. HERE SHE WAS ACQUITTED OF FOUR FELONIES AND FOUND GUILTY ONLY OF
SUPER=01-Rick Lorensen/Prosecuting Attorney;
OUT Q=only of misdemeanors.
Today, a judge scheduled a full hearing in February on Lippard's request
for a new trial.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the state does the numbers crunch on
handing out computers to schools.
And in Roanoke, some federal workers are ready to get back to work.
And on Health Check--
The latest controversy in the medical community involves cholesterol
Plus, a little help might be on the way for dieters.
A report on the so-called Magic Pill of the future.
Patrick is in Downtown Roanoke looking for bargains...
But it's a bittersweet sale-- at the Heironimus on Jefferson Street.
The budget battle is heating up again.
President Clinton says the federal shutdown is an unnatural disaster
caused by House Republicans.
((IT IS PART OF AN EXPLICIT STRATEGY BY REPUBLICANS TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN
TO GET THEIR WAY ON THE BUDGET AND TAX ISSUES. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN DONE
OUT Q=BEEN DONE BEFORE."
In response, Republicans say Clinton brought on the shutdown with his
veto of a balanced-budget plan.
This shutdown is now in its 19th day--
and as lawmakers debated how to resolve the budget impasse and get
government workers back on the job, some two dozen federal employees marched in
protest outside the federal building in Roanoke.
((LINDA EDWARDS/V A WORKER: THE WORK IS JUST PILING UP EVERY DAY THAT GOES BY.
IN MY MIND THE 21 YEARS I'VE HAD WITH THE V.A., I CANNOT ENVISION HOW WE'RE
EVER GONNA GET CAUGHT UP. EVER.))
SUPER=01-Linda Edwards/V.A. Worker;
OUT Q=caught up, ever.
Edwards says she's willing to go back to work NOW, withOUT pay, rather than
face the enormous backlog that's building up while she's away from her desk.
A judge in Washington ruled today that the government can force federal
employees to work withOUT pay.
A state audit shows the Allen Administration handed out over 300 surplus
computers to school systems--
But with little regard to which schools needed them most and what equipment
was actually needed.
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The Governor announced the program in September.
By election day, 324 computers had been handed out only in the districts of
nine Republican lawmakers-- often by the lawmakers themselves.
The internal audit says many of the computers were NOT compatible with the
existing equipment in those divisions-- or even requested by local school
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((KEN STROUPE/GOVERNOR'S SPOKESMAN: WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE LOCALITY WHICH HAS
RECEIVED THE FIRST 324 COMPUTERS COME BACK TO US AND SAY WE DON'T NEED THEM, WE
DON'T WANT THEM. THERE HAVE, AS I SAID, BEEN RARE INSTANCES, SIX TO BE EXACT,
WHERE THE COMPUTERS HAVE NOT WORKED.))
SUPER=01-Ken Stroupe/Governor's Spokesman;
OUT Q=have not worked.
Stroupe (STROOP) says the program had NO political motivation.
But the ongoing computer handout will now be based on need, as decided by
the Department of Education.
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The last of Downtown Roanoke's department stores is preparing to close
But there's still time to make one last shopping trip.
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A downtown landmark is closing and everything in it is on sale.
Heironimus-- on the corner of Jefferson Street is liquidating it's
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Patrick Evans joins us from the store-- What do the shoppers think of the
store's departure, and do they have any bargains for ME?
SUPER=01-Katherine English/Heironimus Shopper;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
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Still to come-- the third annual Domino's Lewis-Gale Basketball Classic
tips off tonight.
Plus, the government's new recommendations for healthy living are in.
While some groups say they just aren't tough enough-- others say they're
right on target to shape up America.
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((EVERYBODY'S DIFFERENT, YOU CAN'T TELL EVERYONE THEY SHOULD RESTRICT MANY
THINGS TO AN EXTREME WHEN THEY DON'T REALLY NEED TO. ))
OUT Q=really need to
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A new study is drawing fire, after claiming that two popular
cholesterol-lowering drugs cause cancer in rats and mice.
Researchers say-- in the Journal of the American Medical Association-- that
doctors may need to rethink which patients get them.
IN Q=The prospect of
SUPER=01-Dr. Thomas Newman/Univ. of California; :03
SUPER=01-Dr. Bruce Gordon/Rogosin Institute; :28
SUPER=01-Dr. Jim Cleeman/Nat'l Cholesterol Education Program; :35
OUT Q=sudden death.
IN Q=The prospect
((DR. THOMAS NEWMAN/UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA: THE PROSPECT OF HAVING TENS OF
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THIS
COUNTRY TAKING CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE, AND NOT
KNOWING WHAT THE EFFECTS WILL BE TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW, IS A BIT ALARMING.))
Researchers analyzed data that showed Lovastatin caused cancer in rodents
at four times the human dose.
Gemfibrozil at one-point-three times the human dose.
THe study is generating enormous controversy within the medical community.
IN Q=The study
((DR. BRUCE GORDON/ ROGOSIN INSTITUTE: THE STUDY IS GOING TO UNDULY SCARE A
GREAT MANY PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE TAKING CHOLESTEROL-LOWERING DRUGS. ))
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IN Q=About twenty
((DR. JIM CLEEMAN, NATIONAL CHOLESTEROL EDUCATION PROGRAM: ABOUT TWENTY TO
THIRTY PERCENT OF PEOPLE WHO DEVELOP CORONARY DISEASE HAVE AS THEIR FIRST
EVIDENCE OF CORONARY DISEASE SUDDEN DEATH.))
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The message there-- it may be to late for patients if you wait for
evidence of heart disease.
Researchers remind us these drugs have played an important part in the
30-percent decline in deaths from heart disease.
The risk of contracting AIDS from blood transfusions is exceedingly small--
and getting smaller still.
That- from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The government agency found that about two dozen of the 12 million pints of
blood used in transfusions each year are infected with the AIDS virus.
That's about half the rate previously estimated.
Still, the F-D-A has recommended that an additional test be performed on
donated blood to make it even safer.
This report is published in the "New England Journal of Medicine."
Another new study suggests a link between women who drink while they're
pregnant and leukemia in their babies.
The University of Minnesota study found that for women who drank any amount
at any time during the pregnancy, the risk of their babies developing infant
leukemia increased by 160 percent.
And researchers say the risks increase more than ten-fold if women drink in
the six months before birth.
Infant leukemia is extremely rare.
Only about three babies out of 100-thousand develop leukemia before the age
of 18 months.
The government has released it's new lifestyle prescription for 1996.
The recommendation-- a little exercise, sensible eating, and even an
occasional glass of wine.
Here's our report on the new dietary guidelines released this week.
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SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/Health & Human Services Sec.; :03
OUT Q=their lives.
IN Q=They will allow
((DONNA SHALALA/ SEC. OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: THEY WILL ALLOW AMERICANS
TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH
NEW DIET RESOLUTIONS THAT'LL PROTECT THEIR HEALTH AND MAYBE SAVE LIVES.))
OUT Q=save lives.
There are some changes in this year's report.
Exercise gets greater emphasis-- at least 30 minutes a day of things like
brisk walking, housework, or calisthenics.
A low-fat diet with a variety of foods in moderation is they key.
And in a new twist, alcohol-- rather than being discouraged-- is now
allowed in moderation after several studies have found it can have healthful
The government is also trying to dispel a myth-- that as you age, you'll
also get fatter.
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((FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE GUIDELINES RECOMMEND ADULTS SHOULD MAINTAIN
THEIR WEIGHT IN ONE HEALTHY RANGE THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES. ))
OUT Q=their lives.
The guidelines also caution that if you're trying to shed those
post-holiday pounds, do it a half pound at a time-- and avoid the crash diet.
And as heart patients will tell you-- don't wait until it's too late.
Still, at least one food watchdog group says the guidelines are too mild to
There could be another boost for people trying to lose weight.
Scientists writing in the journal "Nature" say they've identified a
powerful appetite suppressor in the brain of rats.
A pill for humans could be just two years off.
A good tournament for a good cause is just a few hours away--
For more on the that and the final college football poll let's hear from
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Wednesday ticker. We start over
in Salem at Roanoke College where the third annual Domino's Lewis-Gale
Basketball classic is about to tip off. Four teams from as far as California
have come to play in the two day tournament.
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One of the other attractions of the tourney is the raffle.
Steve Mason joins us from near courtside with a report on that, plus
what this event is all about. Steve.
Mike, Fans who come out can not only watch some great division three
basketball but have a chance to win some pretty neat stuff.
For, example, eleven items will be raffled off tonight, including a Detroit
Piston Grant Hill autographed hat and a pair of Alonzo Mourning's size 17
So what's all this for? To fight cancer. Roanoke head coach Page Moir now
joins us- coach, who benefits from this event and talk about it's success?
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke College Head Coach;
Coach, I have to ask you about last year's conspiracy where YOUR WIFE Jodie
won the Autographed Shaquille O'Neil jersey? Will we avoid that this year?
B-Roll over second Question!!!!
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Thanks coach, Mike the first game between Menlo College out of California
and Jersey City State is about to tip off, at six, we will talk about the
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For the first time in school history, Virginia Tech finds itself in the Top
10 in the final Associated Press college football poll of the season.
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The Hokies 28-to-10 win over Texas vaulted the Hokies from the number 13 spot
over Notre Dame and into the top 10.
Now can they keep it going next season.
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((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...NEXT YEAR."
Nebraska grabbed the number one spot with ease, earning all 62 first place
Here's a complete look at the final poll that also spotlight UVa in the
number 16 slot.
More Steve Mason and a look back at last night's Fiesta Fiasco coming up at
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
We've all heard the expression "cats have nine lives"-but in this case, it
was the cat that is credited for saving FOUR lives.
SUPER=03-Maplewood, MN/Home Video;
Fire broke out in this house in Maplewood, Minnesota early in the morning.
The smoke alarms didn't work because they were tied into the electrical
system-- and the blaze disconnected power.
So it was the feline fire alarm to the rescue.
((AMBER PROESCH: SHE WAS MAKING THIS HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE LOUD MEOWS. I WOKE UP
AND THERE WAS A HUGE FIRE, EVERYTHING WAS JUST FIRE.))
OUT Q=WAS JUST FIRE.
Pood the cat woke up Amber Proesch who got the rest of her family up and out
of the house safely--along with their other pets.
Coming up at Six, an 8-point-3 million dollar lawsuit against Virginia Tech
and two of its football players may be the legal test for a new federal law.
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Here's Keith Humphry with a preview.
Jean, the attorney for the former student who says she was raped is already
Attorney Eileen Wagner was the first lawyer to take on VMI's single sex
status-- and she hopes to be the first to defend the 1994 Violence Against
She also hopes Tech will use Christy Brzonkala's (bron-KALA's) case to
change how it deals with rape charges.
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((EILEEN WAGNER/BRZONKALA'S ATTORNEY: BUT WHEN IT COMES TO ACTS THAT ARE
SERIOUS CRIMES, THEN THEY SHOULD TURN IT OVER TO THE POLICE AND STAY OUT OF
SUPER=01-Eileen Wagner/Brzonkala's Attorney;
OUT Q=out of it.
We'll hear more about the legal blitz Eileen Wagner says she'll put on Tech.
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That's coming up in one half hour, on NEWS 7 at SIX.
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