Coming up Next on News 7 at Five-
A local high school student dies- apparently of a heart attack.
A plea goes out from parents for help finding their missing girl.
Plus Howard Sterns' facing more fines.
Temperatures drop a full 20 degrees from yesterday and the sun was not around
much either. The forecast still has rain later in the week.
On Health Check--
We'll hear from a cardiologist,
talking about sudden death among young athletes.
Though there have been several recent cases, the risks are slight.
The death of a popular senior stuns teachers and students at a Roanoke
Good evening I'm Jean Jadhon and this is News 7 at Five.
At North Cross school in Roanoke, students and faculty are mourning the loss
of one of their own.
Senior Grayson Hooper died yesterday afternoon at the school- the victim of
an apparent heart attack.
Hooper was captain of the football team, and a member of the wrestling
He had complained of feeling ill after running around the school's
Hooper had been resting for about 45 minutes when he went into cardiac
failure. He couldn't be revived despite several rounds of C-P-R.
Counselors have been called into the school to help Hooper's friends deal
with the grief.
But they may never have an explanation as to WHY their friend-- Number
IN Q=That's what
((HUGH MEAGHER/NORTH CROSS DEAN OF STUDENTS: THAT'S WHAT THE STUDENTS WOULD
LIKE TO HAVE. THEY'D LIKE TO HAVE SOME SORT OF EXPLANATION THAT X-Y-Z HAPPENED
AND UNFORTUNATELY WITH THIS TYPE OF CORONARY THAT'S SOMETIMES NOT POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Hugh Meagher/North Cross Dean of Students; :
OUT Q=not possible,
Coming up in our Health Check segment, Connie will talk to an area
cardiologist with some advice for parents on understanding these untimely
Former Salem City Councilman Gary Lautenschlager is not going to prison-
even though he embezzled more than twenty-four thousand dollars from the Rescue
This morning he appeared in court for sentencing.
He received a ten year suspended sentence and twenty years probation.
Lautenschlager testified in court that he took the public funds to pay off
credit card debts.
Lautenschlager's attorney says his client has suffered enough.
IN Q=He did not get
((JACK GREGORY/LAUTENSCHLAGER'S ATTORNEY: HE DID NOT GET AWAY WITH IT. HE'S
BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY, HE'S LOST THREE JOBS, HE HAS CERTAINLY SUFFERED THE
LOST OF REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY. HE SUFFERED MORE SO THAN ANY OTHER
DEFENDANT I CAN THINK OF PRIOR TO COMING IN FOR SENTENCING.))
SUPER=01-Jack Gregory/Lautenschlager's Attorney;
OUT Q=coming in for sentencing.
Salem Rescue Squad officials say they're trying to put the past behind them.
IN Q=Squad pulled together
((EDDIE HITE/SALEM RESCUE ASST: SQUAD PULLED TOGETHER HAVE BEEN DOING THAT
THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE INCIDENT, THROUGH THE WHOLE YEAR. RUNNING CALLS AND DOING
WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSE TO BE DOING AND THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN BEHIND US.))
((MIKE MOORE/SALEM RESCUE CHIEF: I THINK A LESSER CREW THAT WOUNDN'T HAVE HAD
THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY, SUPPORT OF FAMILY MEMBERS AND SUPPORT OF CITIZENS OF
SALEM WE WOULD HAVE FOLDED.))
SUPER=01-Eddie Hite/Salem Rescue Asst. Chief;
SUPER=01-Mike Moore/Salem Rescue Squad Chief; :09
OUT Q=we would have folded.
Lautenschlager was also sentenced to 300 hours community service.
Some terrifying moments for passengers aboard a ferry anchored at a Turkish
Chechen rebels have stormed the ship.
They're targeting Russian passengers- threatening to kill one every ten
The gunmen have forced the ferry to leave port.
There's no word yet on where the Chechens are taking the vessel.
There are reports one Russian passenger has been killed.
Texas parents are making a plea for the return of their missing
Nine year old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped while riding her bike in
Donna Whitson and Richard Hagerman say an elderly man saw what happened
but did not have enough time to help.
((DONNA WHITSON/GIRL'S MOM: HE IS AN ELDERLY GENTLEMEN AND HE WAS 100 YARDS
AWAY AND THERE WAS BRUSH AND TREES IN HIS WAY. HE DID FEEL THAT HE WAS ABLE TO
SEE HER BEING TAKEN AND SHE WAS SCREAMING AND FIGHTING.))
SUPER=01-Donna Whitson/Girl's Mom; 00
OUT Q=screaming and fighting."
Nine year old Amber's been missing since Saturday.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke City officials admit they could have done a better job clearing
snow from city streets.
But they also say city employees deserve plenty of praise for the work they
performed during the Blizzard of '96.
Joe Dashiell reports on today's meeting of city council.
Jean, city officials have been stung by the criticism that the city's snow
removal did not measure up.
While they've heard from citizens who weren't satisfied with their efforts,
there were no complaints today from members of city council.
IN Q=We can always improve
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week; :15
OUT Q=pull together as a community.
IN Q=We can always improve
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: WE CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE. WE WILL TAKE THE
TIME OVER THE BALANCE OF THIS WEEK TO BRING FOCUS GROUPS TOGETHER AND MANY OF
THE GOOD IDEAS ON HOW WE CAN IMPROVE ARE GOING TO COME FROM OUR EMPLOYEES.))
OUT Q=come from our employees.
Bob Herbert says the city will learn from its experience with the Blizzard
of 96... and take a hard look at its snow removal equipment and its procedures.
But if city officials were bracing for complaints from members of council,
they shouldn't have worried.
Members were unanimous in their praise for the effort of city employees.
IN Q=Perhaps it's not necessary
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR:PERHAPS IT'S NOT NECESSARY TO SAY THERE WERE GREAT
INCONVENIENCES FOR MANY OF OUR CITIZENS AND MANY VISITORS TO OUR CITY, BUT TO
ALL I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR THANKS FOR THEIR PATIENCE. AND THE GOOD NEWS
AGAIN IS THAT WE DID PULL TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY.))
OUT Q=did pull together as a community.))
As the city looks at the last week, one issue officials plan to study is
Jean, the city manager says he hopes to discuss with neighborhood groups
the possibility of limiting parking to one side of some narrow streets to give
city snow plows better access.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's more NEWS-7 at Five heading your way--why Governor Allen is joining
the movement for Parents Rights. We'll explain.
And a frightening experience for workers in a Boston high rise as they're
trapped during a morning fire.
On Health Check-- the rise in deadly bacteria.
Government scientists are issuing a warning about infectious diseases-- now
stronger than ever.
A little later in sports-- news of a personnel change in the N-B-A.
The Phoenix Suns have fired their head coach--Mike will have the latest.
Illinois Murderer Guinevere Garcia is not going to the death chamber.
Governor Jim Edgar commuted the killer's controversial death sentence.
The 37 year old was to die by lethal injection after midnight for murdering
her second husband.
Today the governors lawyer read a statement-
((BILL ROBERTS/GOVERNOR EDGAR'S ATTORNEY: AFTER MUCH THOUGHT I HAVE CONCLUDED
THIS IS NOT THE KIND OF CASE I HAD IN MIND. WHEN I VOTED AS A LEGISLATOR TO
RESTORE THE DEATH PENALTY AND ACTED AS GOVERNOR TO EXPAND IT.))
SUPER=01-Bill Roberts/Governor Edgar's Attorney;
OUT Q=TO EXPAND IT."
In the statement Edgar also says he was not swayed by claims Garcia
suffered as a battered wife.
Fire broke out in a Boston High Rise trapping workers inside.
The seven alarm blaze started early this morning on the fifth floor-
Smoke spread quickly to the upper floors.
((GORDON BARRETT/RESCUED: GOT SCARY AT THE END BECAUSE OUR OFFICE FILLED UP
WITH SMOKE AND THE ONLY WAY TO BREATHE WAS TO KEEP OUR HEAD OUT THE WINDOW.)))
((MARTIN PIERCE/FIRE COMMISSIONER: PEOPLE WERE TRAPPED ON THE TENTH FLOOR AND
WERE HANGING OUT THE WINDOWS AND WE TRIED TO TELL THEM TO REMAIN CALM.))
SUPER=01-Gordon Barrett/Rescued; 03
SUPER=01-Martin Pierce/Fire Commissioner; 07 quick!Supers:
OUT Q=THEM TO REMAIN CALM."
Six people were injured including a firefighter.
Three in all were sent to the hospital.
Some Virginia conservatives want to amend the state constitution to give
parents the fundamental right to discipline, educate, and raise their children
however they want.
That sounds simple enough.
But opponents say "read between the lines."
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Why is this now an issue?
Governor George Allen makes it a larger blip on the General Assembly radar
screen this year.
He mentioned what's being called "the parent's rights amendment" in his
State of the Commonwealth speech.
IN Q=In doing so,
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 10; :00
OUT Q=buy on to.
(( In doing so, George Allen became the first Governor in the nation to
publicly support the idea.
SOT 03:51:20 TAPE ONE MONDAY
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT MAY BE HIS NECESSARY DEFERENCE, HIS NOD OF THE HEAD,
TO THE ULTRA- SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE FOLKS WHO HELPED HIM GET ELECTED.))
It's a two year old idea being pushed in 28 legislatures like Virginia's
Opponents fear it on many levels.
Is it a sort of end run to allow vouchers for private schools?
Does it give a minority of parents too much control over school curricula?
Could it protect child abusers?
sot 03:45:49 TAPE ONE MONDAY
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: WELL WE'LL HAVE TO LOOK FOR THE BILL TO MAKE
SURE THAT EVERYTHING IN IT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY PROTECT A PARENT WHO'S A FELON
OR IS APT TO ABUSE A CHILD. BUT WHEN YOU COME DOWN TO IT, PARENTS SHOULD RUN
THE FAMILY AND NOT BUREAUCRATS. AND THAT'S SOMETHING I CAN BUY ON TO.))
Parents rights amendment supporters say it will single- handedly parents a
voice in areas like school guidance counseling.
A good number of Virginia conservatives have protested the influence they
perceive counselors to have over their children.
And it's a political hot potato Virginia's school board has not resolved in
three years of debate.
Double Boxes=Jean and Ellen
(Jean)What shot does it have in Virginia's General Assembly?
A federal lawsuit will have an impact on the way cases of alleged child
abuse are investigated in Pittsylvania County.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Nov. 1995;
Daniel and Laurie Cardwell filed suit against county officials. The couple
claims the county used illegal subpoenas to try and force them to cooperate
with an investigation of alleged child abuse.
No charges were filed against the Cardwells.
The couple has reached an out of court settlement for three thousand
The Cardwell's attorney says as part of the agreement the Department of
Social Services must sign an agreement promising not to use unauthorized
Former sheriff's deputy Doug Mayhew stands to collect 53-hundred dollars
for the time he spent working with a tracking dog on the Bedford County
Mayhew sued sheriff Carl Wells for unpaid overtime, demanding 35-thousand
dollars for the care and feeding of Gypsy, the tracking dog.
Though Mayhew had never asked for compensation-- and Sheriff Wells never
denied it, the judge ruled Mayhew was entitled to SOME O-T.
Mayhew said today that he's glad he won the case, but may appeal the ruling
on HOW MUCH he's supposed to get.
Coming up next on NEWS-7 at FIVE,
have your umbrella handy--Robin says rain is on the way later in the week.
And the king of shock-jocks loses a round in court--the high court.
That story and much more still to come.
stocks bump next
A new survey concludes that discrimination in the workplace remains a big
factor when it comes to women's wages.
"Working Women" magazine reports the gender gap has become smaller when it
comes to pay, but there still is a significant difference.
The magazine notes that these days for every dollar a man makes, a woman
earns about 85-to-95 cents, on average.
The research says that last year the pay gap for women narrowed in some
But in others it actually widened.
The Supreme Court says federal fines for indecent broadcasts do not infringe
on freedom of speech.
The case started after the Federal Communications Commission fined Infinity
Broadcasting one point seven million dollars for alleged violations by radio
personality Howard Stern.
Today without comment the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling on the
That ruling backed fines for broadcasters who air indecent programs during
hours children might be watching or listening.
health music under
Stick around---It was "the mother of all wars"--and today veterans of the
Persian Gulf Conflict are remembering, five years later.
On Health Check-- in light of yesterday's death of a young area athlete,
we'll hear some words of wisdom from a cardiologist-- on identifying the risks.
((UNFORTUNATELY MANY CASES OF SUDDEN DEATH IN ATHLETES AREN'T PROCEEDED BY
SYMPTOMS.THE BEST SCREENING TECHNIQUES THAT WE HAVE ARE SIMPLY A HISTORY AND
OUT Q=by symptoms
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A difficult day for students and teachers at Roanoke County's North Cross
Yesterday, 18-year-old Grayson Hooper, an accomplished athlete, died of an
apparent heart attack.
IN Q= Grayson was attending
SUPER=01-Hugh Meagher/North Cross Dean of Students; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :26
SUPER=03-Olean, NY; 1:01
SUPER=01-Dr.Terrance May/Cardiologist; 1:33
OUT Q=not ignored.
IN Q=Grayson was
((HUGH MEAGHER/NORTH CROSS DEAN OF STUDENTS: GRAYSON WAS ATTENDING WRESTLING
PRACTICE AND HE RAN ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE LAPS ON OUR INDOOR TRACK WHICH WOULD BE
ABOUT A HALF MILE AT A JOG PACE AND TOLD THE WRESTLING COACH MR. DICKINSON HE
WASN'T FEELING WELL. AND MR. DICKINSON TOLD HIM TO GO SIT DOWN AND REST.))
OUT Q=and rest
About 45 minutes later, Hooper went into cardiac arrest-- a shock for
those who knew him as a strong athlete-- and captain of the Football team.
He couldn't be revived, despite the efforts of the coach, a doctor and
nurse on hand at the Carter Athletic Center, and the rescue squad.
SOT 11:35:49 HOOPER ONE
IN Q=They were never
((THEY WERE NEVER ABLE TO GET HIS HEART BEATING AGAIN. HE HAD A CORONARY ARREST
AND WHY HE HAD IT WE DON'T KNOW, AND WE MAY NEVER KNOW, AND OUR STUDENTS ARE
JUST SHOCKED BY THIS.))
OUT Q=by this.
It's a scenario that's unfortunately been seen before.
Just last month, two-time Olympic Gold medal ice skater Sergei Grinkov died
of cardiac failure-- while practicing on the ice with his wife.
He was 28.
This weekend, in New York, University of Massachusetts star basketball
player Marcus Camby collapsed and fell unconscious just before a game.
Camby is luckier-- he reportedly feels fine today-- though he's still
In his case, heart problems have been ruled out.
For the parents of young athletes, the odds-- though slim, are striking a
Grayson Hooper's autopsy results aren't in yet, but the most common cause
of sudden death among young athletes is a condition known as hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy-- involving an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle.
IN Q=The thickening
((DR. TERRANCE MAY/CARDIOLOGIST: THE THICKENING CAN LEAD TO OBSTRUCTION OF THE
MAIN CONDUIT OF THE HEART AND LIMITATION OF CIRCULATION TO THE BODY. IT CAN
ALSO LEAD TO SUDDEN, VERY FAST REVERSAL OF HEART RHYTHMS, THERE ARE OTHER
CAUSES THOUGH. ))
OUT Q=causes though.
Causes like an abnormal origin of one of the coronary arteries that bring
the heart muscle blood and oxygen.
Also, viral infections of the heart muscle can cause fast heart rhythms,
leading to a drop in blood pressure.
Still though, instances like these are RARE-- with just two or three
deaths per million among healthy, young athletes.
IN Q=Certainly if
((CERTAINLY IF YOUNGSTERS ARE FEELING ANY SYMPTOMS OF SHORTNESS OF BREATH,
CHEST DISCOMFORT, PALPITATION, OR LIGHT HEADEDNESS THESE SYMPTOMS WOULD NEED TO
BE EVALUATED AND NOT IGNORED. ))
OUT Q=not ignored.
Dr. May says currently, the best screening techniques available to all
young athletes simply involve a history and physical.
Government scientists are warning the medical community about the growing
threat of infectious diseases.
The C-D-C says deaths from these cases rose 58-percent between 1980 and
AIDS, respiratory diseases and blood infections are the main culprits.
The numbers fly in the face of historical predictions that deadly bugs were
headed for elimination.
Instead, new viruses have emerged-- with old germs developing resistance
The report is published in a special issue of the "Journal of the American
In sports an N-B-A head coach is out of a job.
The annoucement came today in Phoenix--Mike Stevens has the story in
tonight's two minute ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Tuesday night two minute sports
It unfortunately is not a good afternoon for Phoenix Suns head basketball
coach Paul Westphal.
The former NBA great was fired this afternoon after leading the Suns to a
less than stellar 14-and-19 start this season.
IN Q="Paul believes in his heart...
((JERRY COLANGELO/SUNS GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Jerry Colangelo/Suns General Manager; :00
OUT Q=...THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
The Suns have been plagued by injuries to Charles
Barkley and Danny Manning this season. And after losing of their last ten
games, Colangelo made the call to rehire Cotton Fitzsimmons.
IN Q="We are just...
((COTTON FITZSIMMONS/NEW SUNS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Cotton Fitzsimmons/New Suns Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...its record around."
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
No need for the Virginia Tech Hokies to turn anything around.
Last night they celebrated their highest ranking ever by beating George
Washington at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The 11th ranked Hokies stopped the Colonials 79-to-71.
Steve Mason will much more, including postgame comments coming up tonight at
The Steelers are still huge underdogs for next week's Super Bowl matchup in
Tempe, Arizona with the Dallas Cowboys.
And while the 12 and half point line may seem huge, don't overlook the
Steelers too quickly.
They will not be intimidated.
((BILL COWHER/STEELERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Cowher/Steelers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...BY ANYBODY."
The Steelers have never been to the Super Bowl under Cowher but they
certainly have history on their side having beaten the Cowboys in their other
two Super Bowl matchup in 1975 and 1978.
IN Q="There is still...
OUT Q=...WIN THE THING."
The Express is back home in the Roundhouse tonight skating against the
We'll preview tonight's game coming up at six.
Have a nice evening folks.
take a break
Today marks the five year anniversary of the beginning of the Persian Gulf
The war lasted six weeks--
Though time has past since 450-thousand Americans battled in Desert
Storm--some who were there will never be able to put the experience behind
Many-HOWEVER-have been able to let years take away a lot of the memories.
IN Q=After leaving there about
((SGT. SCOTT WILLIAMS: BECKLEY RECRUITING BATTALION, ROANOKE COMPANY: AFTER
LEAVING THERE ABOUT THE FIRST YEAR, IT WAS DIFFICULT COMING BACK. YA' KNOW YOU
DON'T SPEND A WHOLE YEAR SOMEWHERE AND IT NOT AFFECT YOU, BUT AS TIME'S GONE ON
IT'S KIND OF WARPED IT.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Scott Williams/Beckley Recruiting Battalion;
OUT Q=it's kind of warped it.
SS=Gulf War Anniversary
Sargent Williams says his HAPPIEST memory of Desert Storm--is coming home.
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
Coming up at Six, like the proverbial phoenix, a Lynchburg business is
rising from the ashes of a devastating fire.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Here's Keith Humphry with a preview...
Jean, the Christmas Day fire that destroyed the old Lukens building in
Lynchburg, also claimed one of the city's brightest revitalization projects.
The owners of Blue Ridge Anesthesia and Clinical Care lost everything in
that blaze, but their business is quickly rebounding.
They've set up temporary shop in a vacant office building downtown.
Now they have their sights set on renovating another downtown structure.
double boxes Jean/Keith
We'll tell you more about their plans on News7 at Six.
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