Up next on News 7 at Five-
A school bus driver is held at knifepoint in Roanoke.
Plus fire breaks out in a Madison Heights home- killing a man.
And Christopher Reeve is back in the hospital.
A nice break from the clouds for a few hours but they roll back in tonight
with rains moving in later tomorrow.
Infectious diseases are now the third (----------------)
leading cause of death in the country.
Some ideas on why, and the war against deadly bacteria.
A bus-jacking in Roanoke this morning...police say a young man held a city
school bus driver at knife point.
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Police are searching for the man who commandeered a Roanoke City school bus
this morning and forced the driver to take him to Salem.
No one was injured.
The driver had just dropped off a busload of students from Westside
But Terri Lambiosa and her nine- year- old daughter had some anxious
moments after the teenager flagged them down at the intersection of Cove Road
and Florida Avenue.
IN Q=He had a knife
((CHAUNCEY LOGAN/TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR: HE HAD A KNIFE, BUT HE DIDN'T
THREATEN, ACCORDING TO WHAT THE DRIVER TOLD ME. AND EVENTUALLY HE GOT OFF AND
LEFT. THANKFULLY THINGS WORKED OUT WELL. IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE.))
SUPER=01-Chauncey Logan/Transportation Director;
OUT Q=could have been much worse.
The hijacker is described as a black male about 15- years old.
He got off the bus on Route 419 at Midland Road.
Salem police searched the area for more than 30 minutes, but could not find
An elderly Amherst County man died this morning when fire broke out in his
Madison Heights home.
Firefighters were called to 320 Old Wrights Shop Road around 10:30.
The blaze started in the kitchen and quickly spread to the rear of the home,
filling the house with smoke.
Crews found the body of 77- year- old George Overstreet inside.
IN Q=Initial call
((ASST. CHIEF LEE DAY/MONELISON V.F.D.: INITIAL CALL WAS THERE, WE HAD POSSIBLY
A PERSON IN THE STRUCTURE. UPON INITIAL ENTRY BY THE ATTACK TEAM, THEY FOUND
THE VICTIM AS THEY WERE EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE.))
((INVEST. LINDY INGE/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE'RE ALWAYS CALLED ON THESE
JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S NOT SUSPICIOUS. WE TRY TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF
THE FIRE, OBVIOUSLY WHEN THERE'S A BODY IN THERE.))
SUPER=01-Asst. Chief Lee Day/Monelison Volunteer Fire Dept.; :00
SUPER=01-Inv. Lindy Inge/Amherst Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :07
OUT Q=body in there.
A preliminary examination shows Overstreet apparently died of smoke
Investigators say a space heater in the kitchen may have ignited the blaze.
Autopsy results found the high school student who became ill during
practice and died a short time later, had a tumor in his heart.
Chief Medical Examiner Doctor David Oxley says atrial (Mix-oma) myxoma
blocked blood flow to the heart of 18-year old Grayson Hooper.
Hooper was number 71- Captain of the Football Team at North Cross School.
During wrestling practice, Monday said he felt sick.
The school says Hooper rested for about 45-minutes and then his heart
C-P-R was attempted but he could not be revived.
As the Keydets of the Virginia Military Institute returned to class today,
the fate of their institution was being argued in the nation's highest court.
The U.S. Supreme Court finally took up the issue of publicly- supported
single sex education.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom -- just back from Washington.
Jean, we won't get a ruling for many weeks.
But today in oral arguments, four of the justices raised significant
questions about the school's exclusion of women.
IN Q=Justice Department
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape; :05
SUPER=01-Marsha Greenbacker/Nat. Women's Law Center; :10
OUT Q=experts are wrong.
Justice Department attorney Paul Bender told the Justices it's NOT about
whether women can take the heat at VMI, it's about whether men perceive women
can take the heat.
((MARSHA GREENBACKER/NAT. WOMEN'S LAW CENTER: WE HEARD THE UNIVERSITY OF
VIRGINIA ARGUE...WHO'VE EXCELLED.))
Virginia argues it's NOT responsible for providing an exactly equal program
for both genders -- and that the V-WIL program at Mary Baldwin is doing the
trick for women.
VMI adds that ironically if women were admitted, the differences they sought
-- including the intense, adversarial rat line experience -- would no longer
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((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: SO SHE WOULD....EXPERTS ARE WRONG.))
One of the livelier exchanges was between VMI attorney Ted Olsen and Justice
Breyer, who asked "what is it that's really so important about this really hard
to grasp adversitive thing" -- meaning basically the rat line experience --
that would change with the admission of women.
Olsen answered it what works for some young men.
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Then Justice Ginsburg asked "wouldn't something else work almost as well?"
(Q&A What's the impact on the Citadel?)
A former White House Aide says he did not get an order
from the First Lady to fire the travel office employees.
But David Watkins says he felt pressure from Hillary Clinton to dismiss
Congressional republicans claim the Clinton administration wanted its own
people in the travel office and fired the employees for no legitimate reason.
Watkins testimony today was done with all cameras and microphones turned
The engineer of a commuter train that collided with a school bus told what
Today he testified before the National Transportation Safety Board.
SUPER=03-Crystal Lake, IL/October 25, 1995;
The crash October 25th of last year killed seven high school students.
Ford Dotson saw the bus on the tracks- as he approached.
((FORD DOTSON/TRAIN ENGINEER: I JUST KEPT WHISTLING UP UNTIL I HIT THE BUS. I
KEPT SAYING TO MYSELF GOD PLEASE LET IT MOVE. PLEASE LET IT MOVE AND I KEPT
WHISTLING AND HOPING IT WOULD MOVE UP.))
SUPER=01-Ford Dotson/Train Engineer; 00 QUICK!
OUT Q=hoping it would move up."
Today is the first of three days of public hearings on the crash.
(toss to ROBIN)
(Robin Reed is next!)
(go to ROBIN!)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Ahead in the newscast-- a pastor in Southside pleads no contest. Teresa
Hamilton has a live report.
And a little later, some employees of a Roanoke Framing shop were literally
hung out to dry--
On Health Check--
A report on a state bill that allows new mothers more time to recuperate in
Plus, more evidence that eating bran can help you avoid cancer.
Christopher Reeve is back in the news and back in the hospital.
He addresses the media in a statement, later on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Convicted killer Billy Layne has lost his first appeal.
Layne was found guilty of abducting and murdering his 11-year old niece.
About two weeks earlier he'd told the girl's mother a story about abduction
and rape of a young girl.
She related the story-telling incident at trial, but his lawyer said that
The court of appeals concluded it did not matter whether the story was true.
The court sayid "Layne's thoughts and statements made while near the victim
at a proximate time to the crimes are relevant to his intent."
So Layne's conviction for abduction- with- intent to defile is upheld, along
with the murder conviction and two life sentences.
A former Halifax County pastor charged with fraud decided NOT to face a
Instead Jonathan Frizzelle, plead NO contest to 13- charges against him.
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Teresa Hamilton was in the courtroom and joins us live from Danville with
Jean, the 45-year old's actions have hurt a lot of people, especially
members of the two churches where he pastored.
IN Q=We're still
SUPER=01-Charles King/United Methodist Church Super.; :00 quick!!
((CHARLES KING/UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, SUPERINTENDENT: WE'RE STILL FEELING IT
AND WILL FEEL IT FOR YEARS TO COME. ))
OUT Q=to come.
Charles King was among Jonathan Frizzelle's victims.
As a District Superintendent for the United Methodist Church, he trusted
Frizzelle to pastor two local churches.
IN Q=We've had
((WE'VE HAD TO INSTITUTE VARIOUS BACKGROUND CHECKS AND CREDIT CHECKS AND
WHATEVER AS A RESULT OF THIS MISFORTUNE. ))
OUT Q=this misfortune.
Frizzelle was arrested last Spring on a variety of charges.
Authorities say he would take out loans to buy vehicles and expensive lawn
But police say he would sell the items without paying the bank.
This isn't his first brush with the law.
Authorities say Frizzelle's a convicted felon-- with charges in North
Carolina dating back to 1968.
IN Q=I think that
((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: I THINK THAT ONCE
EVERYTHING'S SAID AND DONE WE WILL PROBABLY FIND THAT DURING HIS TENURE HERE HE
DEFRAUDED VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS AND INSTITUTIONS OF AMOUNTS THAT PROBABLY WOULD
EXCEED 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS. ))
OUT Q= 150-thousand.
There's also a federal investigation going on.
Authorities say they have evidence that indicates Frizzelle tried to collect
on life insurance by forging his father's death certificate.
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Jean we'll have more on that angle tonight at six.
Picture Parts is hardly "picture perfect" according to its employees.
They say without warning, the store closed- leaving nearly a dozen people
out of work.
All of the inventory and customer belongings were sent to another Picture
Parts store in Charlottesville.
Employees couldn't believe what was happening.
IN Q=The sales
((CYNDI CUMMINGS/FORMER MANAGER: THE SALES HAD BEEN DOWN. THINGS HAVEN'T BEEN
THE GREATEST BUT WE HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS COMING.))
SUPER=01-Cyndi Cummings/Former Manager;
OUT Q=this was coming
Picture Parts is operated by Tygart Moulding (Molding) in Randolph County,
A company representative at the Roanoke County store wouldn't say anything
about the closing.
The owner of the company was unavailable for comment.
It was just a year ago when
a deadly earthquake rocked Kobe, Japan--we'll see how the city is
remembering and rebuilding, next on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
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It was one year ago today that a powerful earthquake shook Japan's Port
city of (Ko-BAY) Kobe.
OUT Q=nat sound
Today a gong sounded at 5:46 in the morning- the exact time the quake hit.
SUPER=04-January 17, 1995;
More than six thousand people were killed and 300 thousand others left
Even though a year has passed, the memory is still very fresh in Kobe.
In the hardest hit neighborhoods, temporary housing is still used.
City officials say it could be as long as ten years before some areas are
toss to robin
health music under
Stick around-- where will the Cleveland Browns play next year? That's what
N-F-L owners are kicking around-- the story in Tonight's Ticker.
And on Health Check--
Tracking the fast-rising rate of infectious disease.
Around the globe, scientists and doctors are gathering ammunition against
IN Q=The sea is
((THE SEA IS SET FOR ANY NUMBER OF NEW OUTBREAKS. ))
OUT Q=new outbreaks
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Yesterday we told you about the government's warning of the increasing
threat of infectious diseases-- new bugs, and old ones becoming resistant to
Today, medical experts are focusing on the WHY.
IN Q=The point is
OUT Q=common infection.
IN Q=The point is
((DR. STUART LEVY/TUFTS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: THE POINT IS WE NEVER
CONQUERED AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE. WHAT WE'VE DONE IS CONTROLLED IT THE BACTERIA
IN OTHER MICROBES IN THE ENVIRONMENT ARE NOT KILLED OFF. THEY'RE ALL SITTING
OUT THERE WAITING FOR THEIR CHANCE TO COME BACK AND TODAY WE'RE SEEING THAT
OUT Q=that return.
Nearly three decades ago, scientists declared they had won the war against
Not so, as infectious disease as a principal cause of death has increased
59-percent-- just between 1980 and 1992.
Today almost every disease-causing bacteria is resistant to at least one
It's been the focus of books and movies-- the fear surrounding the ebola
virus, plague, flesh-eating bacteria, mystery viruses, bacteria in drinking
water, the hantavirus.....and then of course, there's AIDS.
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IN Q=We live in
((DR. ANTHONY FAUCI/NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY & INFECTIOUS DISEASES: WE
LIVE IN A WORLD OF LIVING MICROBES. AND THESE MICROBES EVOLVE AND THEY MUTATE
AND THEY DEVELOP WAYS OF PROPAGATING THEIR OWN EXISTANCE. ))
Worldwide, decreasing disease surveillance, declining sanitation and
overcrowding are threatening the global outbreak of epidemic diseases.
This past October, the World Health Organization established a strike force
to ensure fast international response time.
SOT 3:13:00 7-8 tape
IN Q=We're not ready
((DR. DAVID HEYMANN/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: WE'RE NOT READY TO DETECT WHERE
DISEASE WILL OCCUR NEXT, WE'RE NOT READY TO DETECT WHERE DISEASE IS ALREADY
OCCURING. HIV CAME. ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS THAT OCCUR WITH ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE,
WE'RE JUST NOT READY TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT ONE DAY WE'LL GO TO A HOSPITAL AND
OUR CHILDREN WON'T BE ABLE TO BE TREATED BECAUSE ANTIBIOTICS ARE NO LONGER
EFFECTIVE IN TREATING THE COMMON INFECTION. ))
OUT Q=common infection.
Now, just as Americans are being asked to monitor their blood pressure and
cholesterol and get screened for cancer-- the government wants them to use that
same vigilance against infections.
The advice-- take your medications-- especially antibiotics-- as prescribed,
get the proper vaccinations, be careful handling food and keep sanitary
Tuberculosis has been a killer for hundreds of years.
In the 19th century, a T-B epidemic killed one out of every four Americans.
Today it's curable, but it's still spreading quickly-- with more than 10
million Americans infected with the contagious airborne disease.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA; :
Still, it often takes weeks to diagnose.
Now, though, the F-D-A has approved a new test-- that gets results from a
bacterial culture back within hours.
IN Q=The implications
((HANK NORDHOFF/GEN-PROBE PRESIDENT: THE IMPLICATIONS ARE TREMENDOUS. A
PHYSICIAN CAN EITHER TREAT A PATIENT ALONG WITH ISOLATING THEM FOR EIGHT
WEEKS-- OR HE CAN SET THEM FREE.
IF THE PATIENT GOES FREE THEY COULD INFECT OTHERS...REMEMBER THIS IS AN
AIRBORNE INFECTION THAT CAN SPREAD VERY RAPIDLY))
SUPER=01-Hank Nordhoff/Gen-Probe President; :
OUT Q=very rapidly
With the new test, called the "Gen Probe", diagnosis and treatment begins
the same day.
The test costs about 25-dollars.
As promised last year, Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum is filing a bill to
force insurance companies to give new mothers more time in the hospital.
Woodrum's bill would mandate a 48 hour stay for mother and baby -- or a 96
hour stay for those who've had a C-section.
He admits insurance companies and managed care providers will argue
legislative interference into medicine.
IN Q=But I think
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: BUT I THINK THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOING
TO THE HOSPITAL FOR THE DELIVERY OF AN INFANT, OR DELIVERY OF A CHILD, AND
GOING TO THE HOSPITAL TO HAVE A GALL BLADDER TAKEN OUT. IF I HAVE TO EXPLAIN
THAT DIFFERENCE TO SOMEONE THAN I THINK THEY'RE BEYOND HOPE OF ME TRYING TO
MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND IT.))
OUT Q=understand it.
Fairfax Senator Jane Woods is introducing a similar bill in the upper
More evidence that diet can influence the risk of cancer.
Scientists say a diet high in wheat bran or calcium can soak up the bile
acids that may spur colorectal cancer.
SUPER=04-File Tape; :
Some 138-thousand Americans were diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer last
year--about 55-thousand died of the disease.
Will the Cleveland Browns become the Baltimore Browns?
Mike has the latest on this as well as some highlights from the NBA.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the midweek ticker as we get set to
talk a little football.
But first a rarity in the NBA last night as his Weirdness, Dennis Rodman
recorded his first triple-double of his NBA career.
SUPER=03-Chicago/Last Night; :00
Rodman had 10 points, 10 assists and 21 rebounds to lead the Bulls to 116 to
104 win over the 76ers.
He even punctuated the performance with his first three pointer of the
IN Q="you know...
((PHIL JACKSON/BULLS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Bulls Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...you the truth."
Are the Cleveland Browns about to get final approval to leave town and head
We may know the answer within a day or so.
The NFL's owners gathered in Atlanta today to continue their week long
They must give the Browns move formal approval for it to go into effect.
The Commissioner promises a resolution by week's end, while city officials
continue to fight to keep the team in Cleveland.
((PAUL TAGLIABUE/NFL COMMISSIONER:))
((MICHAEL WHITE/CLEVELAND MAYOR:))
SUPER=01-Paul Tagliabue/NFL Commissioner; :00
SUPER=01-Michael White/Cleveland Mayor; :18
OUT Q=...TO GO FORWARD."
In one other football note, Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson has already made a
change on his coaching staff, firing defensive line coach Mean Joe Greene.
Much more coming your way at six.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Christopher Reeve is back in the hospital.
SUPER=03-Mount Kisko, NY;
The actor who was paralyzed in a riding accident last May is listed in
stable condition at a New York Hospital.
A spokesman read a statement from Reeve.
IN Q=I am experiencing
((DONALD DAVIS/READING REEVE'S STATEMENT: I AM EXPERIENCING A CONDITION CALLED
AUTONOMIC DYSREFLEXIA CAUSED BY AN IMPACTED COLON...THE CONDITION CAN ARISE
FROM THE BLADDER BEING UNABLE TO DRAIN, AN IN-GROWN TOENAIL.))
SUPER=01-Donald Davis/Reading Reeve's Statement;
OUT Q=ingrown toenail
Reeve says he expects to stay in the hospital for almost a week.
He apparently was able to breathe on his own for about 90 minutes this
That was his longest period without a respirator since the accident.
The star of Superman movies was thrown from a horse severely damaging his
spinal cord and shattering two bones in his neck.
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As the fight to keep V-M-I all male makes it way to the highest court in the
land, after 129- years one of Virginia's oldest all WOMEN colleges is shutting
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Keith Humphry is in our newsroom with the details.
Jean, Southern Virginia College of Buena Vista has had financial
difficulty for the past two years.
Now school officials say they have
lost their accreditation and will close its doors in May.
This afternoon we spoke with school officials and students and got their
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We'll bring you that plus some other stuff in 30-minutes tonight on NEWS-7
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